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Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News September 14, 15 Highlights: Chennai among 11 districts accounting for 42% COVID-19 deaths in country

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus (Covid-19), Lockdown Latest News September 14, 15 Highlights: As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 46,912.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: September 16, 2020 9:30:21 am
Including Chennai, the 11 districts in India have reported more than 1,000 deaths of people infected with novel coronavirus. (PTI)

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News September 14, 15 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 5752 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 5,08,511. Among these, Chennai reported 991 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,49,583.

The state recorded 53 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 8434. 50 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 46,912. Till date, 3,06,354 males, 2,02,128 females and 29 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, 59,68,209 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 80,123 samples having been sent yesterday.

The state discharged 5799 patients following treatment yesterday, putting the total number of recoveries at 4,53,165.

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18:25 (IST)15 Sep 2020
CM comes up with new plan for quick redressal of people's grievances

A state-level help centre-cum-integrated public grievance redressal management system will be implemented for expeditious registration and initiation of remedial measures, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced in the Assembly on Tuesday. Under the initiative, a person can upload his grievances, related to several government departments, in a single portal and all petitions shall be promptly processed and remedied, he said.

Noting that several petitions received by the authorities sought employment opportunities, EPS said steps will be taken to provide such individuals skill development as per need and jobs.

The project will be implemented through the information technology department at an estimated cost of Rs.12.78 crore in the first phase, he said adding, the help centre proposed under the plan would be extended on need basis.

18:03 (IST)15 Sep 2020
DMK responsible for NEET, death of 13 aspirants: CM

Under pressure from the opposition parties, including the DMK, on the NEET issue in the state, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday sought to turn the tables on his party's arch rival, accusing it of "thrusting" the test on students while being part of the UPA.

The issue, which has generated a lot of political heat in the state after the death of four medical aspirants last week--three of them in a day, echoed in the Tamil Nadu Assembly today, even resulting in the eviction of Congress MLAs after they protested the mention of party veteran P Chidambaram's wife's name in connection with a case related to NEET.

Accusing the DMK of being responsible for introducing the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test when it shared power with the Congress during the UPA rule, Palaniswami said the DMK committed "a historical blunder" in "thrusting" the exam upon the nation. Responding to a special call attention motion moved by the leader of the opposition in the Assembly, M K Stalin, he recalled that due to late chief minister J Jayalalithaa's efforts, the Supreme Court quashed introduction of the NEET for admission to medical and dental courses at the UG and PG levels.

But, the UPA dispensation then sought a review and this led to the conduct of the exam, the chief minister said. "Who is responsible for NEET in 2010 and who went to the court after the apex court quashed the introduction of the exam. It is DMK, which is also responsible for the death of 13
aspirants in the state," Palaniswami charged.

16:56 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Neither Congress nor DMK responsible for NEET: Alagiri

Health Minister C Vijayabaskar's accusation that seeds for National Eligibility cum Entrance test were sown during the Congress-led regime at the Centre was 'unfounded,' Tamil Nadu Congress Committee said on Tuesday. Joining issue with the Minister, TNCC president K S Alagiri said the national test was not implemented till 2014 when the United Progressive Alliance held the reins of power at the Centre.

"If the NEET examination is being held today in all the states, the BJP, which is at power at the Centre is responsible," Alagiri said, adding neither his party nor ally DMK were behind the test. In addition to not being able to stop the test in Tamil Nadu, the AIADMK government also could not prepare the students for NEET through coaching classes, he alleged.

"Tamil Nadu government started 412 coaching centres to prepare state-run school students for NEET. Did these centres run properly?," he asked adding even if they functioned, there were no qualified trainers to prepare the students, he alleged. The Minister's accusation that Congress and DMK were responsible for the emergence of NEET "is unfounded and defamatory," Alagiri said. "It is necessary to teach an appropriate lesson to those in power for shattering the dreams of Tamil Nadu students to pursue medicine. People will never forgive the AIADMK government for their sin," he added.

Health minister Vijaya Baskar had on Monday slammed DMK and Congress over their criticism of the state government on the NEET issue, saying the seeds for the qualifying test were "sowed" when the United Progressive Alliance was in power.

15:27 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Explained: Why Tamil actor Suriya’s remarks on NEET are being scrutinised for contempt of court

With three students taking their lives a day before Sunday’s NEET exam, top actor Suriya was among those who issued statements condemning the situation in Tamil Nadu over the controversial competitive examinations. But certain portions of the popular Tamil actor’s statement have now kicked up a storm with a Madras High Court judge calling for judicial contempt action and senior retired judges lining up in support of the star.

Suriya’s statement had a portion blaming the Supreme Court for forcing students to write NEET amid a pandemic. In his statement, the actor said the three deaths by suicide on Saturday, a day before the scheduled exam, due to the stress and anxiety of taking the test amid the pandemic had “shaken his conscience”. Suriya said it was painful that the students were forced to prove their eligibility by writing a test “at a time when there was a threat to life due to the coronavirus pandemic.”

While the first portion of Suriya’s statement was mainly about the insensitivity in prioritising a nationwide exam amid a pandemic, he also made remarks about larger systemic problems: “A government that was supposed to ensure equal opportunities for everyone brought a law with an education system that creates inequality,” the actor wrote. He blamed the education policies in the country and said they were formulated by people who were clueless about the ground realities of the poor and the downtrodden.

The statement had a portion referring to the judiciary: “Courts were delivering justice through video-conferencing due to life-threatening coronavirus fears (but) are ordering students to fearlessly go and write the exams.” This offended Justice S M Subramaniam who wrote to the Chief Justice A P Sahi for initiating contempt proceedings against Suriya. Justice Subramaniam wrote that the statement claims “Hon’ble Judges are afraid of their own life and rendering justice through video conferencing. While-so, they have no morale to pass orders directing the students to appear for NEET Exam without fear.”

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15:04 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Sasikala may walk out of Bengaluru jail in January

V K Sasikala, former AIADMK leader and close aide of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, will be able to walk out of the Parappana Agrahara Central Prison in Bengaluru by January 27, 2021 if she agrees to pay a fine of Rs. 10 crore rupees handed to her in the disproportionate assets case.

Responding to an RTI query by advocate and activist T Narasimha Murthy, the office of The Chief Superintendent of Prison has said that if she fails to pay the amount, the probable date of release would be on February 27, 2022, and it may further vary if she utilises the parole facility.

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14:05 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Chennai among 11 districts accounting for 42% COVID-19 deaths in country

There are eleven districts in India right now which have reported more than 1,000 deaths of people infected with novel coronavirus. Together, they account for more than 42 per cent of all coronavirus-related deaths in the country, which exceeds 80,000 now.

While most of that list of 11 districts comprise of usual suspects like Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Pune, it also includes three relatively smaller urban centres from Maharashtra.

In the last three weeks, from the time India has started reporting more than 70,000 new infections every day, over 20,000 deaths have been added to India’s death count. This is about 1,000 deaths a day. This number is likely to go up in the coming days as people succumbing to the disease now are those who mostly would have been infected two to three weeks earlier. The surge in the infections that was witnessed during that time is likely to get reflected in the death numbers only now.

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13:57 (IST)15 Sep 2020
COVID-19: Active cases in top 10 zones in Chennai

Chennai has 10,436 active cases of COVID-19 across all 15 zones in the city, with 991 fresh cases reported yesterday.

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

  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 1184
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 1042
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 834
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 822
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 814
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 812
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 805
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 785
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 584
  • Alandur (Zone 12) - 531
11:53 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Actor Florent C Pereira succumbs to COVID-19

Tamil actor Florent C Pereira passed away in Chennai on Monday evening. He was 67. Pereira breathed his last at the city’s Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital.

The demise of Pereira has left the Tamil film fraternity shocked. Many took to social media to pay tribute to the actor.

Florent C Pereira made his debut in Tamil cinema with Pudhiya Geethai (2003), starring Vijay in the lead role. He shot to fame with director Prabhu Solomon’s Kayal (2014). He went on to act in movies like Dharmadurai, VIP 2, Raja Manthiri, Thodari, Mupparimanam, Kodiveeran, Enkitta Mothathe, Sathriyan, Podhuvaga En Manasu Thangam, Nagesh Thiraiyarangam and Taramaniand.

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10:33 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Chennai, Coimbatore, Chengalpattu report highest cases among districts

Tamil Nadu recorded 5752 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 5,08,511. Among these, Chennai reported 991 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,49,583.

Besides Chennai, 364 cases were reported in Chengalpattu, 167 in Kancheepuram, 294 in Thiruvallur, 16 in Ariyalur, 498 in Coimbatore, 296 in Cuddalore, 87 in Dharmapuri, 76 in Dindigul, 133 in Erode, 139 in Kallakurichi, 134 in Kanyakumari, 57 in Karur, 78 in Krishnagiri, 95 in Madurai, 120 in Nagapattinam, 118 in Namakkal, 94 in Nilgiris, 10 in Perambalur, 95 in Pudukottai, 25 in Ramanathapuram, 99 in Ranipet, 297 in Salem, 39 in Sivagangai, 80 in Tenkasi, 125 in Thanjavur, 55 in Theni, 82 in Thirupathur, 222 in Thiruvannamalai, 143 in Thiruvarur, 73 in Thoothukudi, 72 in Tirunelveli, 192 in Tiruppur, 74 in Trichy, 139 in Vellore, 125 in Villupuram and 42 in Virudhunagar districts.

10:23 (IST)15 Sep 2020
SP Charan on SPB’s health: His lungs are improving

Filmmaker SP Charan on Monday took to Instagram to share an update about his father SP Balasubrahmanyam’s health. In a video, Charan said that there has been a lot of improvement in the singer-actor’s health.

In the video, Charan said, “His (SPB’s) lungs are improving. There is visible repair in the X-rays. Also, he is an active participant in physiotherapy. He is able to sit for 15-20 minutes. They (the medical staff) are also going to start oral feeding. Everything is looking good. He continues to be stable and the improvement continues.”

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10:21 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

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

Here are the affected areas:

  • Besant Nagar: 3rd, 4th Avenues, 4th Main Road and Urur Kuppam.
  • Adyar: Besant Avenue Road, RS Compound, Ponniamman Koil Street, Vasantha Press Road, Ramasamy Garden, Arunachalapuram - 1st, 2nd Streets and Bridge Road.
  • Adyar Indira Nagar: Rathinam Nagar, Twin Rose Apartment, Water Board, Nathan Complex and Parts of ECR.
10:03 (IST)15 Sep 2020
112 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 112 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 56 arrivals and 56 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:23 (IST)15 Sep 2020
State toll now at 8434 with 53 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 5752 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 5,08,511. Among these, Chennai reported 991 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,49,583.

The state recorded 53 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 8434. 50 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 5799 patients following treatment yesterday, putting the total number of recoveries at 4,53,165.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 46,912. Till date, 3,06,354 males, 2,02,128 females and 29 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, 59,68,209 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 80,123 samples having been sent yesterday.

09:22 (IST)15 Sep 2020
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16:53 (IST)14 Sep 2020
Missing TN fishermen rescued by Myanmar Navy: Minister

At least nine Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu who went missing nearly two months ago have been rescued by the Myanmar Navy and steps have been initiated for their return home, state Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar said on Monday.

The fishermen, who set sail on July 23 in a deep-sea fishing vessel from Chennai were supposed to return by August 7 and a multi-agency coordination including the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard was launched to search for them, he said. The state government, through the External Affairs Ministry, requested the help of neighbouring Myanmar, Thailand and Bangladesh in their search, he said in a release.

Subsequently, the fishermen were located by the Myanmar Navy there on Monday morning and have been "safely rescued" and brought ashore. The Indian mission in Myanmar has informed that the fishermen were doing well and provided with food and other facilities, the minister said. "Due steps have been initiated by the Tamil Nadu  government to bring back the fishermen home soon," he added.

16:22 (IST)14 Sep 2020
COVID-19: Recoveries in top 10 zones in Chennai

A total of 1,35,215 have recovered from COVID-19 till date across all 15 zones in Chennai. Recoveries have crossed 15,000 in two zones. Anna Nagar (Zone 8) leads the tally with 15,302 recoveries followed by Kodambakkam (Zone 10) with 15,276 recoveries.

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

  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 15,302
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 15,276
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 13,314
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 13,031
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 11,522
  • ADyar (Zone 13) - 10,421
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 10,233
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 9474
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 8582
  • Alandur (Zone 12) - 5063
14:39 (IST)14 Sep 2020
DMK demands ban on NEET as TN Assembly session begins

The three-day monsoon session of the Tamil Nadu Assembly commenced on Monday at the Kalaivanar auditorium in Chennai amidst demand by the opposition DMK for a ban on the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) in the state. On Monday, the House condoled the deaths of Pranab Mukherjee, Congress MP H Vasantha Kumar, Anbazhagan and those who had lost their lives due to coronavirus.

DMK, led by party President M K Stalin turned up wearing face masks containing the bilingual slogans "Ban NEET, Save TN Students". Later, speaking to reporters outside the auditorium, Stalin said he had sought the Speaker to include the names of the NEET aspirants in Tamil Nadu who had committed suicide, in the Assembly condolence resolution. "I had put forth this demand before the resolution was taken up by the house. But he (Speaker) declined. This is not only regrettable but also condemnable," Stalin said, while pointing out the aspirants allegedly committed suicide due to fear of the exam.

The leader of the opposition also claimed that the Assembly business advisory committee refused to pay heed to the party's suggestion for an extended session to discuss crucial issues like NEET and the Centre's draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) 2020 notification. "I and my party MLAs have given about 15 to 20 notices seeking special call attention motion to discuss the issues. I wonder if these could be taken up in the next two days," Stalin told reporters.

12:03 (IST)14 Sep 2020
COVID-19: Active cases in top 10 zones in Chennai

Chennai has 10,393 active cases of COVID-19 across all 15 zones as of Monday.

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

  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 1194
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 1053
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 839
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 822
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 820
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 816
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 800
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 787
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 580
  • Perungudi (Zone 14) - 511
10:21 (IST)14 Sep 2020
DMK MLAs enter Assembly wearing 'Ban NEET, Save TN Students' masks
09:43 (IST)14 Sep 2020
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

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

Here are the affected areas:

  • Adyar: Gandhi Nagar - 3rd, 4th Main Roads and 2nd, 3rd Crescent Park Roads.

Tamil Nadu Plastic Wall, Nilgiris Plastic Wall, Plastic Wall at Nilgiris, Plastic Wall Tamil Nadu, India news, Indian Express The wall made of waste materials.

The ‘Plastic Wall’ project in Tamil Nadu’s Nilgiris district will soon be turned into a solid wall using a Gabion mesh, as per a new experiment by the municipality. The Plastic Wall – a project which was kick-started on June 5, 2020, on the occasion of ‘World Environment Day’ – is now 26.75 meters with at least 12000 kg plastic waste (non-saleable and non-recyclable).

READ | This ‘Plastic Wall’ in Tamil Nadu’s Nilgiris helps prevent landslides

Talking about the Plastic Wall, PM Malamurugan, sanitary Inspector at the Coonoor municipality, said, “Normally, we build walls with bricks, but these are built by soiled and other non-recyclable waste particles. Our Municipal Health Officer J Ragunathan suggested this idea. Plastics take approximately 120 years to decompose, so we thought why shouldn’t we experiment with this.”

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The Income Tax Department on Friday moved a petition in Madras High Court accusing Oscar-winning music composer A R Rahman of evading tax by allegedly routing income through his non-profit organisation, A R Rahman Foundation. Admitting the appeal, a High Court division bench of Justices T S Sivagnanam and V Bhavani Subbaroyan ordered a notice to be issued to Rahman.

READ | I-T dept says tax evasion by A R Rahman, moves plea in Madras HC

In the petition, the I-T Department has asked whether the composer was using A R Rahman Foundation as a “conduit for accounting his own untaxed income, and as a tool for siphoning his funds”. The petition alleges that Rahman had routed income of Rs 3.47 crore through the Foundation, a registered charitable trust that he directly manages.

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