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Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus August 26, 27 Highlights: TN to take call on conducting NEET only after pandemic ends

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus (Covid-19), Lockdown Latest News August 26, 27 Highlights: Till date, 44,22,361 samples have been tested across the state.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: August 28, 2020 9:25:08 am
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Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News August 26, 27 Highlights: Except for the final semester examination, other examinations for undergraduate and postgraduate students stand cancelled in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said on Wednesday.

Students who have paid the fee for subjects related to other semesters shall be exempted from taking the examinations and they be awarded marks, he said. The move is in sync with the guidelines of the University Grants Commission and the All India Council for Technical Education, the CM said.

EPS said he has directed the Higher Education Department to issue a detailed Government Order on the matter.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu on Wednesday recorded 5,958 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the total number of patients undergoing treatment for the disease in the state to 3,97,261. Of the new cases, close to 37 per cent came from Chennai and its neighbouring districts Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur.

As many as 118 deaths were recorded in the state on Wednesday, taking the COVID-19 death toll in Tamil Nadu to 6,839. Among the deceased, 11 patients had no comorbidities.

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18:08 (IST)27 Aug 2020
IIT-M coordinating "national efforts to create crash courses" for rural learners

The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) on Thursday said it was coordinating a "national effort to create crash courses" for rural learners affected by the coronavirus-induced lockdown and the lectures will be telecast on educational television channels. Around 300 hours of video lectures have already been created under this initiative, aimed at helping students who could not attend classes due to the lockdown, the institute said in a release.

"The core objective is to help rural students who could not attend classes due to the Covid-19 Lockdown. The focus is to create crash courses with an emphasis on problem-solving approaches. The lectures were recorded by faculty from various central universities from their homes," it said.
The schedule of lectures are available and will be updated on the website of DTH channel for education, Swayam Prabha, www.swayamprabha.gov.in. Swayam Prabha is a group of 32 DTH channels devoted to telecasting of high-quality educational programmes on a 24x7 basis using the GSAT-15 satellite, it said. The content would be repeated several times during the day for students' convenience, it said.

The contents are provided by NPTEL, IITs, UGC, CEC, IGNOU, NCERT and NIOS. The first broadcast is scheduled for Friday. This new content will broadcast on NPTEL (National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning) channel 11-18 till August 31 and rescheduled on channels 11-16 from September 1, it said.

17:48 (IST)27 Aug 2020
Parts of TN to receive rainfall

The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) in Chennai has heavy rainfall in several districts across Tamil Nadu today.

Parts of Cuddalore, Villupuram, Thiruvallur, Vellore, Salem, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Dindigul, Theni, Madurai, Pudukottai, Sivagangai, Virudhunagar, Tenkasi, Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi districts are expected to receive light to heavy showers over the next 24 hours. The RMC has also forecast rainfall in parts of Chennai today.

17:26 (IST)27 Aug 2020
IN PICS | Preparations underway at Kalaivanar Arangam for monsoon session of state Assembly
16:24 (IST)27 Aug 2020
Koyambedu market traders mulling opening shops on rotational basis

Traders at Chennai's Koyambedu market are working on various solutions to contain the spread of the virus and prevent crowding, after the clearance was given to reopen the market. Traders are also considering an even-odd system to operate the shops. A traders' committee will be formed to monitor the stores and work on solutiond to ensure social distancing and prevent an outbreak within the market.

The Koyambedu market had been shut down in April after two clusters - Kyambedu market and Tablighi Jamaat - led to a rise in cases in Tamil Nadu.

15:27 (IST)27 Aug 2020
TN will decide on NEET only after Covid-19 pandemic ends

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami Thursday said that the state government will take a call on conducting NEET only after the Covid-19 comes to an end. Addressing the reporters in Cuddalore, Palanisami told he had also written a letter to Prime Minister Modi regarding this. Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabhaskar Wednesday wrote to Union Health Minister Harsha Vardhan seeking cancellation of NEET examination from the current academic year. He said the admission to dental/medical courses can be based on marks secured by the students in their class XII exams.

13:12 (IST)27 Aug 2020
COVID-19: Active cases in top 10 zones in Chennai

Chennai has recorded 2638 COVID-19 deaths till date.

Here are the deaths in the top 10 zones in Chennai:

  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 378
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 285
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 285
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 279
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 268
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 263
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 175
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 135
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 132
  • Tiruvottiyur (Zone 1) - 127
13:09 (IST)27 Aug 2020
Former Supreme Court judge A R Lakshmanan passes away

A R Lakshmanan, a former Supreme Court Judge passed away on Thursday in Trichy following a cardiac arrest. The 78-year-old justice passed away just a few days after his wife's demise. 

Lakshmanan had served as a judge at the Madras High Court and Kerala High Court and had also served as the Chief Justice at the Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan High Courts. He later served at the Supreme Court for five years from 2002 to 2007.

Following his retirement, Lakshmanan served as the Chairperson of the 18th Law Commission of India.

Survived by two sons and two daughters, Lakshmanan's remains will be cremated in his native town today.

12:39 (IST)27 Aug 2020
72 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 72 flights will fly between Chennai and major cities today, with 36 departures and 36 arrivals scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

10:30 (IST)27 Aug 2020
Tamil Nadu minister writes to Union Health Minister, seeks NEET cancellation

Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabaskar wrote to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday, seeking cancellation of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and stating that conducting the exam amid the pandemic “would put the lives of the students attending it at great risk of infection”.

He demanded that the Centre allow admissions to medical courses on the basis of students’ marks in Class XII board exams.

The letter to Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Health and Family welfare, said “it would be very difficult for the students to actively prepare/take up NEET examination this year” citing the “current scenario.”

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09:38 (IST)27 Aug 2020
Two Chennai hospitals join Oxford University in Covishield vaccine human trials

Two hospitals in Chennai, Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital and Sri Ramachandra Hospital, will join the Oxford University in conducting human clinical trials of ‘Covishield’ on nearly 300 health volunteers aged 18 and above. This will be part of the multi-centric clinical trial in India, according to state Health Minister Dr C Vijayabaskar .

Stating that Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has issued orders for the trial, Vijayabaskar told reporters in Chennai that it will commence soon. The Director of public health (Dr T S Selvavinayagam) will be the principal investigator for the project, he said.

“After the successful phase two and three clinical trials, the vaccine would be brought for public use. This pro-people initiative of the Chief Minister will strengthen his efforts in containing the coronavirus,” Dr Vijayabaskar said.

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09:37 (IST)27 Aug 2020
Chennai, Coimbatore, Salem report maximum cases among districts

Tamil Nadu on Wednesday recorded 5,958 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the total number of patients undergoing treatment for the disease in the state to 3,97,261.

Of the new cases, close to 37 per cent came from Chennai and its neighbouring districts Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur. Apart from these districts, Coimbatore (484), Salem (451) and Cuddalore (286) recorded the maximum cases.

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09:36 (IST)27 Aug 2020
State tally crosses 3.9 lakh with 5,958 fresh cases

Tamil Nadu on Wednesday recorded 5,958 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the total number of patients undergoing treatment for the disease in the state to 3,97,261.

According to the medical bulletin issued by the state government, 5,606 patients were discharged from hospital following treatment. The total number of patients who have recovered from the infection in Tamil Nadu stands at 3,38,060.

A total of 75,500 samples were tested on Wednesday. Till date, 44,22,361 samples have been tested across the state.

As many as 118 deaths were recorded in the state on Wednesday, taking the COVID-19 death toll in Tamil Nadu to 6,839. Among the deceased, 11 patients had no comorbidities.

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09:34 (IST)27 Aug 2020
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Welcome to the live blog from Chennai where we bring to you the latest updates on COVID-19, lockdown in Tamil Nadu and more across Chennai and Tamil Nadu. Follow the blog to stay up to date with the state in real time.

18:29 (IST)26 Aug 2020
Next TN Assembly session may take place outside Fort St. George: A brief history of secretariat venues

For the first time in 10 years, Tamil Nadu’s Legislative assembly session is likely to take place outside the historic Fort St. George in Chennai, which is often described as the seat of power, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The decision has been taken as physical distancing cannot be achieved in the available space at Fort St. George. However, this isn’t the first time the venue of the Tamil Nadu Assembly has been changed.

Kalaivanar Arangam, a three-storeyed fully air-conditioned building situated at Walajah Road in Chennai, has been chosen as the alternative venue for the session. The session is likely to take place on the third floor of the building. The space is closer to the MLAs’ hostel and has a huge space for parking. The auditorium was primarily used for conducting dramas and other musical events.

“Following a request to find a safe space to hold the assembly session, we Inspected Kalaivanar Arangam today. We have not finalised anything, the decision will be made known to you (reporters),” he said.

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17:52 (IST)26 Aug 2020
Except final semester, other exams cancelled: TN CM

Except the final semester, other examinations for undergraduate and postgraduate students are cancelled in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said on Wednesday. Except the final semester exams, students who have paid fee for subjects related to other semesters and waiting for exams shall be exempted from taking the examinations and they would be awarded marks, he said.

Accepting the request of students considering their welfare and as per the recommendations of a high level committee, the decision has been taken, Palaniswami said in a statement. Also, the move is in sync with the guidelines of the University Grants Commission and the All India Council for Technical Education, he noted.

EPS said he has directed the Higher Education Department to issue a detailed Government Order on the matter.

16:55 (IST)26 Aug 2020
Parts of Chennai receive rainfall

Parts of Chennai have been receiving moderate to heavy rainfall since afternoon, after days of a dry spell in the city.

16:43 (IST)26 Aug 2020
TN seeks exemption from NEET for students in state

The Tamil Nadu government has requested the Centre to scrap NEET or at least exempt students from the state from attending the exam when they are held, Minister K A Sengottaiyan said on Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters, the School Education Minister reiterated that Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami will take a decision on re-opening of schools only after the COVID-19 pandemic goes. The Minister said admission in government and government-aided schools has begun and the response has been overwhelming.

Replying to a query on complaints from parents of school students that some private institutions were collecting 100 per cent fee, the Minister said if the parents lodge a proper complaint with proof, action would be taken on such schools. He cited the court order that only 40 per cent of the fees should be collected.

15:16 (IST)26 Aug 2020
It will be good for everyone if TN govt scraps e-pass system: Pon Radhakrishnan

BJP leader Pon Radhakrishnan on Wednesday appealed to the Tamil Nadu government to scrap the existing e-pass system in the state in accordance with the Unlock 3 guidelines issued by the Centre. Dispensing with the e-pass system will eventually be good for the people who have resumed normal life despite the coronavirus threat.

"The Tamil Nadu government is apparently hesitating to do away with the e-pass as the state is reporting about 6,000 (average) new COVID-19 cases daily. But it will be in the interest of the people, if the e- pass system is scrapped," Radhakrishnan, a former union minister told reporters after attending a meeting of the BJP workers.

After the Centre issued a circular to Chief Secretaries of all states, informing them that there shall be no restrictions on inter-state and intra-state travel of people and goods, fisheries minister D Jayakumar had said the state government will take a decision after discussions with officials and a medical expert team in the coming days.

13:37 (IST)26 Aug 2020
Recovery rate in Tamil Nadu is 80 per cent

Delhi has become the first state to cross the 90 per cent recovery rate of novel Coronavirus patients.
There are three states, Tamil Nadu, Bihar and Haryana, where the recovery rate is more than 80 per cent, while another 13 have recovery rate more than 70 per cent.

An increase in recovery rate is often cited as some sort of positive indicator, when in fact, it describes nothing more than a natural, and obvious, progression of the epidemic. Considering that less than one per cent of infected people are expected to be among the dead, the recovery rate at the end of the epidemic would be more than 99 per cent, or somewhere close to that.

For the country as a whole, the recovery rate has crossed 76.3 per cent, with more than 24.67 lakh people out of the 32.34 lakh, who have so far been detected to have been infected, having recovered.

After the dip on Sunday and Monday due to low testing over the weekend, the number of new cases detected in the country rose again on Tuesday, with more than 67,000 infections discovered. There was a big jump in the number of deaths as well, with 1,059 deaths reported. There have been only four days when the number of deaths reported by the states has crossed 1,000.

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12:19 (IST)26 Aug 2020
COVID-19: Active cases in top 10 zones in Chennai

Chennai has 13,371 active cases across its 15 zones as of Wednesday. Kodambakkam (Zone 10) has the most active cases with 1548 cases, while Manali (Zone 2) has the least active cases with 161 cases.

Here are the active cases in the top 10 zones:

  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 1548
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 1547
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 1258
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 1197
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 1098
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 1042
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 884
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 862
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 809
  • Alandur (Zone 12) - 635

Annamalai Kuppusamy, Annamalai Kuppusamy joins BJP, Singham Annamalai, Singham Annamalai joins BJP, Tamil Nadu politics, Indian Express Annamalai Kuppusamy joined the BJP in the presence of party national general secretary P Muralidhar Rao and Tamil Nadu BJP state president L Murugan.

For the first time in 10 years, Tamil Nadu’s Legislative assembly session is likely to take place outside the historic Fort St. George in Chennai, which is often described as the seat of power, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The decision has been taken as physical distancing cannot be achieved in the available space at Fort St. George. However, this isn’t the first time the venue of the Tamil Nadu Assembly has been changed.

READ | Next TN Assembly session may take place outside Fort St. George: A brief history of secretariat venues

Kalaivanar Arangam, a three-storeyed fully air-conditioned building situated at Walajah Road in Chennai, has been chosen as the alternative venue for the session. The session is likely to take place on the third floor of the building. The space is closer to the MLAs’ hostel and has a huge space for parking. The auditorium was primarily used for conducting dramas and other musical events.

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After months of speculation over his entry into politics, former Karnataka IPS officer Annamalai Kuppusamy, popularly referred to as ‘Singham Annamalai’, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of party national general secretary P Muralidhar Rao and Tamil Nadu state president L Murugan in New Delhi on Tuesday.

READ | Former Karnataka IPS officer ‘Singham Annamalai’ joins BJP

Speaking to IndianExpress.com, Kuppusamy said his decision to join the BJP was taken a week ago. He said he was entering politics as the country needed better governance, and there was a need to put the common man at the centre of the narrative.

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