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Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus September 9, 10 Highlights: Parts of TN to receive heavy rainfall over next 24 hours

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus (Covid-19), Lockdown Latest News September 9, 10 Highlights: School Education Minister K A Sengottaiyan said a brief vacation has been planned for the school students to help reduce their stress.

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Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News September 9, 10 Highlights: In a respite to school students attending online classes in the state, the Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday announced there would be a five-day break for them starting September 21 to reduce their stress and help them refresh.

School Education Minister K A Sengottaiyan said a brief vacation has been planned for the school students to help reduce their stress. “On normal occasions, students are provided quarterly and half-yearly holidays. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools had to switch to online mode of teaching. With Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami’s consent, online classes and telecast of video lessons on television channels will not be conducted from September 21 to 25,” he said.

All the schools, including private institutions, will be monitored by block-level officers to check whether classes are being conducted during these five days, the Minister added.

Meanwhile, a total of 5,584 fresh Covid-19 cases were reported in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, taking the overall tally to 4,80,524. As many as 78 deaths were reported taking the toll to 8,090. Chennai on Wednesday reported 993 cases. The city’s overall cases have now reached 1,44,595. Of the 78 fatalities, 14 persons died in Chennai.

The total number of recoveries surged to 4,23,231 including yesterday’s tally of 6,516. There are 49,203 active cases in the state.

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18:03 (IST)10 Sep 2020
CM announces solatium, govt job to kin of youth who died by suicide

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday announced a solatium of Rs. 7 lakh to the family of a 19-year old teenager who killed himself due to stress days before he was to sit for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test. EPS announced that a government job or employment under state undertakings will also be provided to a family member of the boy from Ariyalur district's Elanthankuzhi village.

Vignesh, who could not join medical college despite having cleared NEET earlier and trying to improve his score this time around allegedly killed himself on Wednesday.

Expressing grief over the youth ending his life due to mental stress, the Chief Minister said such extreme steps by students anguished him a lot and conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family. Sustained efforts and a determination to face any issue would bring success and there are myriad ways to emerge victorious in life, he told the student community and assured them that the government is always committed to their welfare. He also appealed to parents to understand the aspirations of their children and render appropriate guidance so as to prevent suicidal tendencies.

PMK also announced a financial assistance of Rs. 10 lakh to the family of Vignesh and reiterated its demand to do away with the national test.

16:32 (IST)10 Sep 2020
COVID-19: Recoveries in top 10 zones in Chennai

COVID-19 recoveries have crossed 10,000 in six of the 15 zones in Chennai. Adyar (Zone 8) leads the tally with 14,873 recoveries followed by Kodambakkam (Zone 10) with 14,852 recoveries. Royapuram (Zone 5) is third with 13,038 recoveries, Teynampet is fourth (Zone 9) with 12,729 recoveries and Tondiarpet (Zone 4) is fifth with 11,292 recoveries.

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

  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 14,873
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 14,852
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 13,038
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 12,729
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 11,293
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 10,134
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 9950
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 9136
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 8239
  • Madhavaram (Zone 3) - 4705
14:18 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Parts of TN to receive heavy rainfall over next 24 hours

The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) in Chennai has forecast heavy rainfall in parts of Tamil Nadu over the next 24 hours. According to the RMC, parts of Erode, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Salem and Namakkal will receive heavy rainfall, while parts of Vellore, Thiruvannamalai, Villupuram, Perambalur, Cuddalore, Trichy, Kallakurichi and Dindigul are expected to receive moderate rainfall.

The RMC has forecast heavy rainfall in Nilgiris over the next 24 hours, while parts of Chennai are slated to receive light showers.

14:13 (IST)10 Sep 2020
COVID-19: Active cases in top 10 zones in Chennai

Chennai has 10,854 active cases across all 15 zones.

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

  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 1154
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 1128
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 873
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 839
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 837
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 785
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 780
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 761
  • Alandur (Zone 12) - 715
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 549
11:08 (IST)10 Sep 2020
‘Trans-kitchen’ in Coimbatore woos diners with biryani and more

In probably the first of its kind, a group of transgenders opened a restaurant in the RS Puram area near Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. The ‘Covai Trans Kitchen’ is run by a group of 10 transgenders and can seat 32 people at once.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Coimbatore District Transgender Association president Sangeetha said many of their community members had lost jobs due to Covid-19 and this pushed them to start something of their own.

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10:14 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Royal Enfield to set up assembly unit in Argentina

Bike-manufacturer Royal Enfield on Wednesday said it would commence assembly of motorcycles in Argentina thereby becoming the first such facility to be set up outside Chennai.

Royal Enfield would commence local assembly of motorcycles in partnership with Grupo Simpa. Grupo Simpa has been Royal Enfield’s local distributor since 2018 and Wednesday’s announcement was significant as it would be the first time in the history of Royal Enfield that motorcycles would be assembled and produced outside the company’s manufacturing facilities located in Chennai.

The unit would be located at Campana in Buenos Aires, a company statement said here.

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10:12 (IST)10 Sep 2020
5-day break in online classes from September 21

In a respite to school students attending online classes in the state, the Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday announced there would be a five-day break for them starting September 21 to reduce their stress and help them refresh.

School Education Minister K A Sengottaiyan said a brief vacation has been planned for the school students to help reduce their stress. “On normal occasions, students are provided quarterly and half-yearly holidays. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools had to switch to online mode of teaching. With Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami’s consent, online classes and telecast of video lessons on television channels will not be conducted from September 21 to 25,” he said.

All the schools, including private institutions, will be monitored by block-level officers to check whether classes are being conducted during these five days, the Minister added. On Centre’s standard operating procedures (SOP) for partial re-opening of schools for students of classes 9 to 12, Sengottaiyan said the consultation would be done after the COVID-19 situation improves in Tamil Nadu.

On Saturday, the government had directed the schools not to compel students to attend online classes.

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10:11 (IST)10 Sep 2020
122 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 122 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 61 arrivals and 61 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:30 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Chennai, Coimbatore report maximum cases among districts

A total of 5,584 fresh Covid-19 cases were reported in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, taking the overall tally to 4,80,524. As many as 78 deaths were reported taking the toll to 8,090. Chennai on Wednesday reported 993 cases. The city’s overall cases have now reached 1,44,595. Of the 78 fatalities, 14 persons died in Chennai.

There has been a decline in number of cases in neighboring districts of Chennai like Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur. Together, they reported 689 cases. However, the cases in western districts continued to surge. They logged 1,285 cases with Coimbatore (445) contributing the maximum.

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09:29 (IST)10 Sep 2020
5,584 fresh cases reported

A total of 5,584 fresh Covid-19 cases were reported in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, taking the overall tally to 4,80,524. As many as 78 deaths were reported taking the toll to 8,090. Chennai on Wednesday reported 993 cases. The city’s overall cases have now reached 1,44,595. Of the 78 fatalities, 14 persons died in Chennai.

The total number of recoveries surged to 4,23,231 including today’s tally of 6,516.

There are 49,203 active cases in the state.

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09:27 (IST)10 Sep 2020
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18:26 (IST)09 Sep 2020
IN PICS | Metro services resume along Green Line in Chennai
17:52 (IST)09 Sep 2020
5-day break for students from online classes starting September 21

In a respite to school students attending online classes in the state, the Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday announced there would be a five-day break for them starting September 21 to reduce their stress and help them refresh.

School Education Minister K A Sengottaiyan said a brief vacation has been planned for the school students to help reduce their stress. "On normal occasions, students are provided quarterly and half-yearly holidays. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools had to switch to online mode of teaching. With Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami's consent, online classes and telecast of video lessons on television channels will not be conducted from September 21 to 25," he said.

All the schools, including private institutions, will be monitored by block-level officers to check whether classes are conducted during these five days, the Minister added. On the Centre's standard operating procedures (SOP) for partial re-opening of schools for students of classes 9 to 12, Sengottaiyan said consultation would be done after the COVID-19 situation improves in Tamil Nadu.

On Saturday, the government had directed the schools not to compel students to attend online classes.

16:51 (IST)09 Sep 2020
Cat from Bengaluru slips out of cargo at Delhi airport, ‘happy reunion’ 4 days later

An eight-month-old cat that went missing at Delhi airport last week while travelling to the city from Bengaluru with her owner, was found on Friday. Nala was reunited with its pet parent Aastha Shah after four days of search by airport authorities and non-profit Wildlife SOS. The cat had slipped out of a pet carrier, which was found undone in the cargo compartment of an Air India flight when it landed in the capital on September 1.

Shah said, “My cats are my family and I would move heaven and earth for their safety and welfare. House cats struggle to survive on their own for long and the thought of my cat lost in the busy Delhi airport had me in tears.”

She had brought Nala and another cat with her from Bengaluru, and had an onward journey from Delhi to Ahmedabad, which she cancelled upon learning that Nala was missing.

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15:35 (IST)09 Sep 2020
COVID-19: Recoveries in top 10 zones in Chennai

COVID-19 recoveries have crossed 14,000 in two zones in Chennai. Kodambakkam (Zone 10) leads the recoveries tally in Chennai with 14,731 recoveries, till date while Anna Nagar (Zone 8) comes second with 14,729 recoveries. Till date, the city has recorded 1,29,677 recoveries.

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

  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 14,731
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 14,729
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 12,926
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 12,668
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 11,221
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 10,036
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 9863
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 9066
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 8142
  • Madhavaram (Zone 3) - 4646
15:28 (IST)09 Sep 2020
Actor Duraipandian passes away

Popular actor and criminal lawyer Duraipandian, who is known for his role in films such as Mounam Pesiyadhe, Run and Gemini among others passed away on Wednesday in Chennai. 

The actor, who had been undergoing treatment at Government Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital for chest pain had been suffering from lung problems and diabetes. 

Members from the film fraternity and lawyers offered their condolences as news of his demise broke out.

14:41 (IST)09 Sep 2020
IN PICS | Kannada film delegation met CM, asks help revive cinema post-Covid-19 crisis

Delegation from Kannada film industry which included Shivarajkumar, Yash, Tara, Duniya Vijay and Rockline Venkatesh among others, met the Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa to discuss the various issues faced by the film industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

14:40 (IST)09 Sep 2020
Parts of coastal TN, Puducherry to receive rainfall

The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) in Chennai has forecast moderate rainfall in parts of coastal Tamil and Puducherry and Karaikal today. According to the RMC, parts of Salem, Namakkal, Nilgiris, Theni, Dindigul, Madurai, Virudhunagar and Kanyakumari will receive heavy rainfall.

13:59 (IST)09 Sep 2020
CMRL extends train timings till 9 pm

Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has extended train timings till 9 pm with effect from Wednesday. Currently, metro trains are operational from 7 am to 8 pm. The trains will be operational from 7 am to 9 pm from September 10.

"Considering several requests from public, passengers and domestic/international travellers, CMRL has decided to extend its Metro rail services from 7 am to 9 pm from tomorrow, i.e. September 10, 2020 (Thursday) with peak hour (morning - 8 am to 10.30 am and evening - 5 pm to 8 pm) headway of 5 minutes and non-peak hour headway of 10 minutes", CMRL said in a statement.

CMRL added that train services from Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M G Ramachandran Central Metro to St. Thomas Mount and Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M G Ramachandran Central Metro to Chennai airport via Koyambedu will be run as an alternate train from September 10.

Metro services in Chennai had resumed on September 7 in a graded manner. While trains along the Blue Line from Chennai Airport to Washermanpet had resumed on September 7, services along the Green Line, from St. Thomas Mount to Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M G Ramachandran Central Metro via Koyambedu resumed at 7 am today.

13:31 (IST)09 Sep 2020
COVID-19: Active cases in top 10 zones in Chennai

Chennai has 11,029 active cases across the city's 15 zones. The city recorded 988 fresh cases on Tuesday, taking the tally in Chennai to 1,43,603.

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

  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 1166
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 1149
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 871
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 859
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 834
  • Ambattur (Zone 8) - 822
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 782
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 747
  • Alandur (Zone 12) - 735
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 559

In probably the first of its kind, a group of transgenders opened a restaurant in the RS Puram area near Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. The ‘Covai Trans Kitchen’ is run by a group of 10 transgenders and can seat 32 people at once.

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Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Coimbatore District Transgender Association president Sangeetha said many of their community members had lost jobs due to Covid-19 and this pushed them to start something of their own.

READ | ‘Trans-kitchen’ in Coimbatore woos diners with biryani and more

The restaurant staff had even undergone training in catering service at CSI Bishop Appasamy College of Arts and Science.

The Tamil Nadu government has discovered a scam amounting to over Rs 110 crore in the PM-Kisan Scheme, with money withdrawn fraudulently online with the help of government officials and local-level politicians. Initial estimates show nearly five-and-a-half lakh people may have benefited as advantage was taken of clearance norms being relaxed after the Covid-19 lockdown began.

READ | PM-Kisan norms eased for Covid, TN probes Rs 110 crore fraud, 18 held

Principal Secretary Gagandeep Singh Bedi said they first noticed the unusually high number of beneficiaries being added to the scheme in August, especially from 13 districts. While 18 people, all ‘agents’ or ‘brokers’, have been arrested, 80-odd officials associated with agricultural schemes have been dismissed and 34 officials suspended, Bedi said. The suspended officials include three assistant directors of the Agriculture Department.

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