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Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus September 25, 26 Highlights: State tally crosses 5.6 lakh with 5679 fresh cases

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus (Covid-19), Lockdown Latest News September 25, 26 Highlights: According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 69,10,521 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: September 28, 2020 9:25:51 am
Tamil Nadu, Tamil Nadu Lockdown, Chennai, Railway StationSuburban train services will continue to remain suspended. Express Photo: Srinivas K

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News September 25, 26 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 5,679 positive cases of COVID-19 Friday, bringing the state’s tally to 5,69,370. Among these, Chennai reported 1,193 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,60,926.

Tamil Nadu recorded 72 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 9148. 68 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.

As of Friday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 46,386. Till date, 3,43,470 males, 2,25,870 females and 30 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

Meanwhile, condolences began pouring in as news of SP Balasubrahmanyam’s demise in Chennai broke out on Friday. Singer-actor SP Balasubrahmanyam passed away on Friday following coronavirus complications. He was 74.

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SPB’s son SP Charan told reporters at MGM Healthcare in Chennai, “SPB belongs to everyone. He will live on in his songs. My dad passed away at 1.04 pm.”

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18:14 (IST)26 Sep 2020
COVID-19: Recoveries in top 10 zones in Chennai

A total of 14,47,798 people have recovered across all 15 zones in Chennai till date. Recoveries have crossed 16,000 in two zones. Kodambakkam (Zone 10) leads the tally with 16,659 recoveries and Anna Nagar (Zone 8) comes second with 16,540 recoveries.

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

  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 16,659
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 16,550
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 14,282
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 14,010
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 12,205
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 11,436
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 11,155
  • Ambattur (Zone 6) - 10,392
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 9543
  • Madhavaram (Zone 3) - 5281
17:10 (IST)26 Sep 2020
‘A special music session on train, with SPB’: Man goes down memory lane

Veteran singer-actor SP Balasubrahmanyam passed away Friday, leaving fans all over the world heartbroken. As tributes poured in from all quarters and many shared personal interactions with the legend, one story stood out — that of a little boy who was witness to an impromptu musical session during a train journey in the early 70s.

Twitter user K Vaitheeswaran (@vaitheek) shared a story from his childhood when he happened to meet Balasubrahmanyam during Diwali vacation while travelling to Chennai from Howrah on a train. Sharing that the artiste impressed his family with his music, Vaitheeswaran wrote how they didn’t realise their “privilege at that time”.

“After settling down in his berth, the young man introduced himself as Balu, a playback singer. He was going to Madras for recording a Tamil song next day. We invited him to share our lunch and he readily agreed. The fun started after lunch,” he wrote in a tweet recounting the experience, saying the signer was in the same coach as them.

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16:01 (IST)26 Sep 2020
COVID-19: Deaths in top 10 zones in Chennai

A total of 3128 people have succumbed to COVID-19 across all 15 zones of Chennai till date.

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

  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 410
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 350
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 343
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 324
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 310
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 286
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 221
  • Ambattur (Zone 6) - 186
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 158
  • Tiruvottiyur (Zone 1) - 139
14:53 (IST)26 Sep 2020
S P Balasubrahmanyam laid to rest with state honours

Veteran singer, actor and music composer S P Balasubrahmanyam, hailed as "singing moon" and "music cloud" by his millions of fans was laid to rest at his farm house in Thamaraipakkam on Saturday with a 24-gun salute by the Tamil Nadu police.

After the singer's son S P Charan performed the funeral rites amid Vedic chants by priests, 24 police personnel gave a gun salute and the body was later lowered into a deep pit and buried. With policemen marching along, the body was brought on a bier to the designated burial spot from an enclosure earmarked for people to pay homage and perform rituals.

The farm house at Tamaraipakkam in nearby Tiruvallur district teemed with his fans, well-wishers and celebrities for the funeral and about 500 police personnel were deployed to regulate crowd.

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12:57 (IST)26 Sep 2020
S P Balasubrahmanyam: Sang for 4 generations of heroes, will be remembered for 7 generations

Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam, the playback singer, composer, actor, producer and musician whose evocative voice and the earnestness in it could elevate a simple piece of music to sublimity, died on Friday of cardio-respiratory arrest at MGM Healthcare in Chennai. He was 74.
Outside the hospital, an emotional S P Charan, his son, told reporters, “SPB belongs to everyone. He will live on in his songs”.

Widely believed to be one of the finest male playback singers, Balasubrahmanyam had a 50-year career and transcended language barriers by singing in 16 of them including Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Tamil. He found success in the Hindi film industry. In South Indian film music there was more — a cult status and genuine affection from people. From MG Ramachandran (MGR), Sivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan to Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Mohan and a slew of actors in the present day, Balasubrahmanyam’s voice was often the fixture for all of them. That he held the Guinness World Record for singing the highest number of songs — 40,000 of them — was just another feather in his cap. In all of them, that tender, velvety voice triumphantly stood out as one of a kind — unpretentious yet grand. And that’s where the magic was.

Balasubrahmanyam was also a well-known dubbing artiste and dubbed for Haasan, Rajinikanth, Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor among others for Telugu versions of their films. He also acted in a few films.

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12:01 (IST)26 Sep 2020
COVID-19 toll in Puducherry touches 500

Six more people, including an 89-year old woman, succumbed to COVID-19 in Puducherry on Saturday taking the toll to 500. Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said in a release that 555 fresh cases were reported after examination of 5,032 samples during last 24 hours.

He said 424 patients recovered and were discharged during last 24 hours from hospitals. The fatality rate was 1.92 percent while the recovery rate was 77.62 percent here. Kumar said 1.66 lakh samples have been tested so far and it was found that 1.37 lakh out of them were negative and results of examination of remaining samples was awaited.

The addition of 555 new cases took the overall tally to 26,032 (after transfer of 12 cases to Tamil Nadu). While there were 5,327 active cases, the number of patients who recovered and were discharged were 20,205 while the fatalities were 500.

The six people who died of infection were in the age group ranging between 47 and 89 years and most of them had co-morbidities such as diabetes.

11:39 (IST)26 Sep 2020
IN PICS | SPB's funeral to take place outside Thamaraipakkam farm house
11:38 (IST)26 Sep 2020
TANCA 2020: Applications open for admission to MTech, ME, MArch, MPlan courses

Applications are open for the Tamil Nadu Common Admissions (TANCA) 2020. Students who have appeared in TANCET 2020 or GATE 2018, 19 or 20 can apply for TANCA at tanca.annauniv.edu. The last date to apply is 5:30 pm September 30. Through TANCA online counselling, candidates will be eligible to seek admission to ME, MTech, MArch, MPlan degree programmes.

Through TANCA, students can apply for admission to several universities including regional campuses, departments, and college affiliated to Anna University, Annamalai University, government and govt-aided engineering colleges, and self-financed engineering colleges.

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11:36 (IST)26 Sep 2020
SP Balasubrahmanyam’s velvety voice was unpretentious and yet grand

Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam, legendary playback singer, composer, actor, producer and musician whose evocative voice and the earnestness in it could elevate a simple piece of music to absolute sublimity, died on Friday afternoon following a cardio-respiratory arrest at MGM Healthcare in Chennai. He was 74.

Widely held as one of the finest male playback singers with a 50-year-long career, SP Balasubrahmanyam, transcended language barriers by singing in 16 of them including Hindi, Telugu, Kannada and Tamil among others. He found success in the Hindi film industry and a lot more than just success in South Indian film music — a cult status as an artiste who received genuine affection from people. From MG Ramachandran, Sivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan to Kamal Hassan, Mohan and a slew of actors in the present day, Balasubrahmanyam’s voice was a fixture for all of them. That he held the Guinness Book of World Record for singing the highest number of songs ever (40,000 songs) was just another feather in his cap. In all of them, that tender, velvety voice triumphantly stood out as one of a kind — it was unpretentious and yet grand. And that’s where the magic nestled itself.

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11:30 (IST)26 Sep 2020
COVID-19: Active cases in top 10 zones in Chennai

Chennai has 10,000 active cases across all 15 zones of the city as of Saturday. With 1160 cases, Anna Nagar (Zone 8) has the most active cases while Manali (Zone 2) has the least with 152 cases.

Here are the active cases in the top 10 zones in Chennai:

  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 1160
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 1114
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 945
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 850
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 807
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 795
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 780
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 760
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 686
  • Alandur (Zone 12) - 553
10:36 (IST)26 Sep 2020
PLAYLIST: Evergreen SP Balasubrahmanyam songs

There was something instantly likeable about SP Balasubrahmanyam. He always seemed rooted, charming and full of warmth and life. It looks like those are the side-effects of being a heavily gifted musician. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that for about 50 years, SPB has remained an integral part of every household down south. And his massive volume of songs will continue to mesmerize generations to come.

Here is a list of iconic songs that made our childhood so memorable and rewarding. Mind it, this list is just a drop from the ocean of songs that SPB has left behind.

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10:26 (IST)26 Sep 2020
Last Tamil school closed in Ahmedabad; CM urges Rupani to intervene

Reacting to the Gujarat education department’s decision of closing down the only Tamil medium secondary and higher secondary school in Ahmedabad run by a private trust in the wake of not meeting the criteria of minimum number of students, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Thiru Edappadi K Palaniswami wrote to his Gujarat counterpart Vijay Rupani asking him to intervene in the issue.

Palaniswami in a letter addressed to Rupani even offered to undertake the entire expenditure for the continuance of the Tamil medium school in Ahmedabad’s Maninagar area.

“I am distressed to know that the school which had been imparting education in Tamil medium to mainly migrant labourers at Ahmedabad in Gujarat has been closed suddenly, citing low attendance. These Tamil children are now left without any choice to continue their education,” the letter stated.

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10:25 (IST)26 Sep 2020
How Kollywood is getting back on its feet post Covid-19

The Tamil film industry is slowly getting back on its feet after the coronavirus-induced lockdown. Many big-budget movies, including Superstar Rajinikanth’s Annaatthe, halted their shooting due to the pandemic.

Following multiple requests from senior directors and producers, the Tamil Nadu government gave its nod for the resumption of film and television shooting with certain restrictions, which included that only 75 people can be on the set and the entire crew should follow all the precautionary measures listed by the government.

Speaking to indianexpress.com, film producer and distributor G Dhananjayan said the filmmakers are completing their pending portions quickly so that they can sell their finished product through other mediums if not through theaters.

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10:01 (IST)26 Sep 2020
Bookings open for daily specials from Chennai to Thiruvananthapuram and Mangalore

The Southern Railway announced on Friday that bookings for daily special trains between Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram and Chennai and Mangaluru have commenced.

The Southern Railway on Thursday announced that they will be operating two daily specials to Thiruvananthapuram and Mangaluru from Chennai, days after the resumption of intra-state trains in Tamil Nadu. Following the Railway Board's approval, it announced running one superfast special each to the two cities from September 27. The return services from Thiruvananthapuram and Mangaluru will start from September 28.

Train No. 02623/02624 Dr. MGR Chennai Central Thiruvananthapuram-Dr. MGR Chennai Central Superfast Special (Daily) will depart from Chennai at 19.45 hrs to reach the Kerala capital at 11.45 hrs the next day. In the return direction, Train No. 02624 will depart from Thiruvananthapuram Central at 15.00 hrs and reach Dr. MGR Chennai Central at 07.40 hrs the next day, it said.

Similarly, Mangalore-bound Train No. 02601 will leave from Dr. MGR Chennai Central at 20.10 hrs and reach Mangalore Central at 12.10 hrs the next day. In the return direction, Train No. 02602 will leave from Mangalore Central at 13.30 hrs to reach Dr. MGR Chennai Central at 05.35 hrs the next day, the release added.

09:56 (IST)26 Sep 2020
126 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 126 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 63 arrivals and 63 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:54 (IST)26 Sep 2020
Mortal remains of SPB to be laid to rest with police honours

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced on Friday that legendary singer S P Balasubrahmanyam, who succumbed to COVID-19 will be laid to rest with police honours today. 

09:51 (IST)26 Sep 2020
Singer S P Balasubrahmanyam succumbs to COVID-19

Singer-actor SP Balasubrahmanyam passed away on Friday following coronavirus complications. He was 74. SPB’s son SP Charan told reporters at MGM Healthcare in Chennai, “SPB belongs to everyone. He will live on in his songs. My dad passed away at 1.04 pm.”

A statement from the hospital read, “Thiru S P Balasubrahmanyam had been admitted at MGM Healthcare on August 5th and commenced on life support measures since August 14th for severe COVID-19 pneumonia. He continued to be closely monitored by our multidisciplinary team in the critical care unit. He tested negative for COVID-19 on September 4th. In a further setback this morning, despite maximal life support measures and the best efforts of the clinical team, his condition deteriorated further and he suffered a cardio-respiratory arrest. With profound grief, we regret to inform that he has passed away on September 25th at 13:04 Hours. We express our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, well-wishers and admirers at their loss during this time of anguish and sorrow.”

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09:49 (IST)26 Sep 2020
Cases continue to surge in Coimbatore

Tamil Nadu recorded 5,679 positive cases of COVID-19 Friday, bringing the state’s tally to 5,69,370. Among these, Chennai reported 1,193 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,60,926.

Besides Chennai, 277 cases were reported in Chengalpattu, 165 in Kancheepuram, 229 in Thiruvallur, 28 in Ariyalur, 661 in Coimbatore, 235 in Cuddalore, 148 in Dharmapuri, 58 in Dindigul, 151 in Erode, 57 in Kallakurichi, 86 in Kanyakumari, 49 in Karur, 104 in Krishnagiri, 71 in Madurai, 35 in Nagapattinam, 115 in Namakkal, 137 in Nilgiris, 17 in Perambalur, 66 in Pudukottai, 17 in Ramanathapuram, 65 in Ranipet, 297 in Salem, 46 in Sivagangai, 53 in Tenkasi, 150 in Thanjavur, 66 in Theni, 67 in Thirupathur, 173 in Thiruvannamalai, 139 in Thiruvarur, 46 in Thoothukudi, 77 in Tirunelveli, 158 in Tiruppur, 107 in Trichy, 125 in Vellore, 162 in Villupuram and 42 in Virudhunagar districts.

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09:49 (IST)26 Sep 2020
TN reports 5679 cases, 72 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 5,679 positive cases of COVID-19 Friday, bringing the state’s tally to 5,69,370. Among these, Chennai reported 1,193 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,60,926.

Tamil Nadu recorded 72 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 9148. 68 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 5,626 patients following treatment yesterday, putting the total number of recoveries at 5,13,836.

As of Friday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 46,386. Till date, 3,43,470 males, 2,25,870 females and 30 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 69,10,521 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 94,877 samples having been sent Friday.

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09:47 (IST)26 Sep 2020
Welcome to today's live blog

Good morning!
Welcome to the live blog from Chennai where we bring to you the latest updates on COVID-19, lockdown in Tamil Nadu, S P Balasubrahmanyam's demise and more across Chennai and Tamil Nadu. Follow the blog to stay up to date with the state in real time.

sp bala SPB’s son, S P Charan, had been frequently releasing information about him.

Singer-actor SP Balasubrahmanyam passed away on Friday following coronavirus complications. He was 74. SPB’s son SP Charan told reporters at MGM Healthcare in Chennai, “SPB belongs to everyone. He will live on in his songs. My dad passed away at 1.04 pm.

READ | Singer SP Balasubrahmanyam is no more

Known fondly as SPB, the renowned singer was admitted to the hospital with mild symptoms in early August. Back then, he had posted a video on social media saying he was “perfectly all right”.

The Tamil film industry is slowly getting back on its feet after the coronavirus-induced lockdown. Many big-budget movies, including Superstar Rajinikanth’s Annaatthe, halted their shooting due to the pandemic.

READ | How Kollywood is getting back on its feet post Covid-19

Following multiple requests from senior directors and producers, the Tamil Nadu government gave its nod for the resumption of film and television shooting with certain restrictions, which included that only 75 people can be on the set and the entire crew should follow all the precautionary measures listed by the government.

Also Read | Tamil Nadu Covid-19 wrap: While cases decline in Chennai, Coimbatore continues to see spike

Amid protests against the bifurcation of Chennai’s Anna University, members of the Anna University Teachers Association (AUTA) have written to Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit seeking his appointment to discuss the issue.

Also Read | Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami seeks more funds to fight pandemic

The AUTA and the vice chancellor of Anna University have also written to Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and state minister for Higher Education, K P Anbalagan against the bifurcation.

READ | Anna University bifurcation raises a storm, staff say will undo years of hard work

Voicing their dissent, AUTA members have been protesting since Monday. Wearing black badges, AUTA said that the bifurcation will undo all the hard work that had gone into making Anna University a reputed institute of learning in Chennai.

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