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Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus August 17, 18 Highlights: Chennai TASMAC outlets to reopen today; DMK opposes decision

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus (Covid-19), Lockdown Latest News August 17, 18 Highlights: The TASMAC outlets will be allowed to operate from 10 am to 7 pm from Monday to Saturday and will remain closed on Sundays.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: August 19, 2020 9:42:42 am
Tamil Nadu govt challenges HC order on closure of Tasmac liquor shopsCustomers will have to adhere to social distancing norms and wear masks while making their purchases. (File)

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News August 17, 18 Highlights: Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation Limited (TASMAC) outlets in Chennai are all set to reopen from today. The shops will be allowed to operate from 10 am to 7 pm from Monday to Saturday. Sales will be limited to 500 customers a day, with 500 tokens to be distributed everyday at each outlet.

TASMAC outlets present inside malls and containment zones will continue to remain closed. Customers will have to adhere to social distancing norms and wear a mask while making their purchases. The outlets will remain closed on Sundays.

DMK president M K Stalin on Monday urged the Tamil Nadu government not to open TASMAC retail liquor outlets in Chennai from August 18, saying it would lead to further spread of coronavirus.

Opening liquor shops again was like clearing a “big way” for the spread of the virus in the state capital, he alleged in a Facebook post. Stalin alleged that TASMAC shops in the rest of Tamil Nadu had a “big role” in increasing the spread of the virus.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu reported 120 deaths due to Covid-19 on Monday, the highest spike in a single day till date. The total number of fatalities have reached 5,886. As many as 5,890 persons tested positive on Monday, taking the total number of cases to 3,43,945.

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18:55 (IST)18 Aug 2020
Constable, history-sheeter killed in country bomb attack

A police constable was killed near Manakarai on the Thoothukudi-Tirunelveli border on Tuesday when a history-sheeter lobbed country bombs at a special team when they came to nab him. Constable Subramaniam died on the spot while the history-sheeter Durai Muthu suffered injuries after one of the country bombs which he held in handed exploded. Muthu was rushed to the Tirunelveli Government Hospital where he succumbed to injuries. The police said two murder cases among others were pending against Muthu. (With Inputs from PTI)

14:26 (IST)18 Aug 2020
COVID-19: Active cases in top 10 zones in Chennai

Chennai has a total of 12,003 active cases across all 15 zones of the city.

Here are the active cases in the top 10 zones:

  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 1529
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 1330
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 1305
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 1157
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 1048
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 756
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 703
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 662
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 554
  • Madhavaram (Zone 3) - 550
14:23 (IST)18 Aug 2020
Over 1 lakh e-passes issued on Monday

Over 1 lakh e-passes were issued to individuals on Monday, after the Tamil Nadu government relaxed restrictions on e-passes for inter-district and inter-state travel. As per the relaxations, individuals can now receive their e-pass within 24 hours of appying.

Also Read | Tamil Nadu E-pass: How to apply for inter-district and inter-state travel

12:29 (IST)18 Aug 2020
Rajinikanth, Stalin wish SPB a speedy recovery

With S P Balasubrahmanyam continuing to remain in a critical condition in the ICU, a host of people, including DMK president M K Stalin and top actor Rajinikanth, wished him a speedy recovery even as his lakhs of fans continued to pray for him.

Stalin said in a Facebook post: “The news that Padum Nila (singing moon) S P Balasubrahmanyam’s health is improving gives joy.” The DMK chief also hailed the veteran singer as one who “treated” the people for their worries through his heartwarming voice. “He should fully recover soon and continue his journey of songs.”

Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth wished Balasubrahmanyam well on his Twitter account, saying, “Get well soon dear Balu sir.” The superstar also posted a short video in which he praised the singer for entertaining people for decades.

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12:17 (IST)18 Aug 2020
Madras HC refuses to allow Sterlite to reopen its Thoothukudi copper unit

The Madras High Court refused to allow the reopening of the Sterlite copper smelting plant in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi, news agency ANI reported on Tuesday. The plant was closed in 2018 over pollution concerns.

The state government had ordered the permanent closure of the unit in the wake of violent protests against Sterlite in Tuticorin that led to the killing of 13 people in police firing in May 2018. The Vedanta group challenged the May 23, 2018 orders of the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) refusing renewal of consent to the plant as well as its permanent closure, terming them as wholly illegal, unconstitutional and ultra vires.

In its petition in the high court, the company alleged that TNPCB had blindly and without any “independent application of mind” passed the closure orders in a knee jerk manner in response to the political situation brewing in the area and according to the whims of the state government. The orders were “wholly illegal, unconstitutional, ultra vires the Air and Water Act”, it claimed.

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12:12 (IST)18 Aug 2020
IN PICS | 5 police personnel deployed at each outlet as TASMACs reopen in Chennai
10:58 (IST)18 Aug 2020
94% kids surveyed in 4 states don’t have smartphones or internet access for e-education: CRY

A survey among children in four southern states found that about 94 per cent of the respondents did not have access to smartphones or the internet for online education.

The study conducted by child rights body CRY in May-June covered 5,987 children in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The information was collected by CRY’s community organisers through telephonic interviews.

The study found that most of the respondents from Karnataka owned smartphones with nine per cent of the 1,445 respondents answering in the affirmative, while only three per cent out of the 1,740 children surveyed in Tamil Nadu had smartphones.

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10:46 (IST)18 Aug 2020
74 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 74 flights will fly between Chennai and major cities today, with 37 arrivals and 37 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

10:41 (IST)18 Aug 2020
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

Tangedco has announced a powercut in parts of Chennai today, with power to be suspended from 9 am to 2 pm to carry out maintenance work.

Here are the affected areas:

  • Palavakkam: Ambedkar Nagar - Canal Puram, Govindan Nagar - 1st to 7th Streets, Vaico Salai; Maniammai Street - Canal Road, MGR Nagar - 1st to 3rd Streets; Kolavizhiamman Nagar - 1st to 15th Streets; Krishna Nagar - 1st to 8th Streets; Periyar Salai, Gandhi Nagar - 1st to 4th Streets; Kandasamy Nagar - 8th to 10th Streets; Pachayappan Street - 1st to 11th Streets and DSG Nagar - 1st to 4th Streets.
  • Adyar IIT: Gandhimandapam Road, Naidu Street, Kottur Garden, Kottur 4th Main Road, River View Road, Navab Garden, Kottupuram Housing Board, Pumping Station and Science City.
09:01 (IST)18 Aug 2020
Chennai, Coimbatore record highest cases among districts

As many as 5,890 persons tested positive in Tamil Nadu on Monday, taking the total number of cases to 3,43,945. The list included 20 returnees from other countries and states.

In Chennai, 1,185 persons tested positive on Monday. Among other districts, Coimbatore (393), Cuddalore (390), Thiruvallur (308) and Theni (279) recorded maximum cases, while Nagapattinam (10), Krishnagiri (14),Nilgiris (27) and Dharmapuri (28) recorded less than 30 cases.

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09:01 (IST)18 Aug 2020
TN reports highest spike till date with 120 deaths in one day

Tamil Nadu reported 120 deaths due to Covid-19 on Monday, the highest spike in a single day till date. The total number of fatalities have reached 5,886.

As many as 5,890 persons tested positive on Monday, taking the total number of cases to 3,43,945. The list included 20 returnees from other countries and states.

After a total of 5,667 persons were discharged following treatment, the total number of recovered cases has increased to 2,83,937.

A total of 67,532 sample tests were conducted on Monday. Till date, the state has conducted 37,78,778 samples. There are still 54,122 active cases in the state.

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09:01 (IST)18 Aug 2020
DMK opposes reopening of Chennai TASMAC outlets

DMK president M K Stalin on Monday urged the Tamil Nadu government not to open TASMAC retail liquor outlets in Chennai from August 18, saying it would lead to further spread of coronavirus.

Opening liquor shops again was like clearing a “big way” for the spread of the virus in the state capital, he alleged in a Facebook post. Stalin alleged that TASMAC shops in the rest of Tamil Nadu had a “big role” in increasing the spread of the virus.

It was “inhuman to not worry about those who may be affected by the opening of liquor stores and be concerned only about the revenue to the government,” he alleged, and said the move to resume liquor sales would lead to further spread of coronavirus in the city.

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09:00 (IST)18 Aug 2020
TASMAC outlets in Chennai to reopen from today

Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation Limited (TASMAC) outlets in Chennai are all set to reopen from today. The shops will be allowed to operate from 10 am to 7 pm from Monday to Saturday.

Sales will be limited to 500 customers a day, with 500 tokens to be distributed everyday at each outlet.

TASMAC outlets present inside malls and containment zones will continue to remain closed. Customers will have to adhere to social distancing norms and wear a mask while making their purchases.

The outlets will remain closed on Sundays.

08:58 (IST)18 Aug 2020
Welcome to today's live blog

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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 in the state throughout the day. Follow the blog to stay up to date with the state in real time.

17:52 (IST)17 Aug 2020
SPB is stable, there are no complications: S P Charan

S P Charan, the son of singer S P Balasubrahmanyam announced today that his father continued to remain stable and said that there are no complications, The singer however, continues to remain critical and on ventilator.

15:22 (IST)17 Aug 2020
E-pass to be available within 24 hours from today

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami had announced last week that e-passes for inter-district and inter-state travel during the lockdown will be made available from today within 24 hours of applying.

Now, people who are stranded in other districts in Tamil Nadu can now return to their hometowns. The e-pass is mandatory for those travelling by private vehicles.

Here is how you can apply for an e-pass:

  1. Visit https://tnepass.tnega.org/#/user/pass, which is the official website by the TN government to apply for an e-pass.
  2. You will need to register yourself before filling the form. Enter your mobile number and the captcha to receive an OTP.
  3. Once you enter the OTP, you will be directed to a page where there are options to apply for e-pass for travel via road (private vehicles) and air for both individuals and groups, business round trip, guest workers from other states and commercial establishments, industries, businesses, traders and financial companies.
  4. After selecting the type of e-pass that you require, you need to fill in necessary details such as your name, address (home and destination), range of travel (inter-district/inter-state), duration of travel, number of passengers, vehicle details, ID proof, reason for travel etc. You will need to furnish the required documents for the travel, such as medical records in case of a medical emergency or wedding invitation if the journey is for a wedding.
  5. Once the details are filled in, a verification will be done. Both documents and ID proof have to be submitted. Once they are confirmed, the e-pass will be processed.
  6. You will be required to present your Aadhar Card or Voter ID, PAN Card, address proof, vehicle license and employment ID to avail the e-pass.
14:07 (IST)17 Aug 2020
COVID-19: Recoveries in top 10 zones in Chennai

Recoveries in Chennai have crossed the 10,000-mark in four of the city's 15 zones. Kodambakkam (Zone 10) leads the tally with 11,883 recoveries, followed by Anna Nagar (Zone 8) with 11,790 recoveries, Royapuram (Zone 5) with 11,281 recoveries and Teynampet (Zone 9) with 10,798 recoveries.

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

  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 11,883
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 11,790
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 11,281
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 10,798
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 9581
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 8177
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 7446
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 6326
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 7446
  • Tiruvottiyur (Zone 1) - 3697
13:49 (IST)17 Aug 2020
Stalin, TTV Dhinaran oppose reopening of TASMAC outlets in Chennai

DMK President M K Stalin on Monday urged the Tamil Nadu government not to open TASMAC retail liquor outlets in Chennai from August 18, saying it would lead to further spread of coronavirus.

Opening liquor shops again was like clearing upa "big way" for the spread of the pathogen in the statecapital, he alleged in a Facebook post. Stalin alleged that TASMAC shops in the rest of Tamil Nadu had a "big role" in increasing the spread of the virus.

It was "inhuman to not worry about those who may be affected by the opening of liquor stores and be concerned only about the revenue to the government," he alleged, and said the move to resume liquor sales would lead to further spread of coronavirus in the city.

AMMK chief TTV Dhinakaran also opposed opening TASMAC shops again in Chennai.

13:20 (IST)17 Aug 2020
COVID-19: Deaths in top 10 zones in Chennai

Chennai has recorded 2454 COVID-19 deaths till date. 

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

  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 362
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 266
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 265
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 260
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 255
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 250
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 157
  • Tiruvottiyur (Zone 1) - 122
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 122
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 118
11:57 (IST)17 Aug 2020
COVID-19: Active cases in top 10 zones in Chennai

Chennai has 11,498 active cases, after the city recorded 1196 cases on Sunday.

Here are the active cases in the top 10 zones:

  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 1494
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 11) - 1323
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 1241
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 1127
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 1026
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 785
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 769
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 689
  • Madhavaram (Zone 3) - 553
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 539

Chennai Lockdown, Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coronavirus, Chennai Police The e-pass is mandatory for those travelling by private vehicles. Express Photo

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami had announced last week that e-passes for inter-district and inter-state travel during the lockdown will be made available from August 17 within 24 hours of applying.

READ | Tamil Nadu E-pass: How to apply for inter-district and inter-state travel

In a statement, EPS had said that the decision to ease restriction on e-pass was taken in public interest. “I request people to utilize this e-pass only for important work. To prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, co-operate with the government by following all the guidelines,” he said.

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Singer-actor SP Balasubrahmanyam’s condition is stable, his son and filmmaker SP Charan informed fans and well-wishers via an Instagram video on Monday. In the video, Charan is heard saying, “Dad is in the same condition as he was yesterday, which is stable. Doctors are still calling it critical, but there are no complications, which they feel is a very good sign.”

READ | SP Charan on SPB’s health: There are no complications

After thanking everyone for their support and love, SP Charan said he is positive that his father will emerge victorious in this battle against the virus. “He will definitely come through it,” Charan added.

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