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Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus September 28, 29 Highlights: Lockdown in state extended till October 31

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus (Covid-19), Lockdown Latest News September 28, 29 Highlights: According to the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) in Chennai, parts of the city are likely to receive lights showers and thunderstorms over the next 48 hours owing to a cyclonic circulation.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: September 30, 2020 9:31:14 am
Chennai Rains, Tamil Nadu Rains, Chennai Rainfall, Tamil Nadu Rainfall, Rain in ChennaiA few roads in the city reported water logging following the brief showers. Express Photo: Srinivas K

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News September 28, 29 Highlights: Ahead of the onset of the northeast monsoon in Tamil Nadu in October, parts of Chennai received heavy rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms on Monday afternoon, bringing some respite from the heat in the city.

According to the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) in Chennai, parts of the city are likely to receive lights showers and thunderstorms over the next 48 hours owing to a cyclonic circulation.

A few roads in the city reported water logging following the brief showers.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu recorded 5,589 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 5,86,397. Among these, Chennai reported 1,283 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,64,744.

Tamil Nadu recorded 70 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 9,383. 64 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.

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16:22 (IST)29 Sep 2020
EC to not conduct elections for 7 vacant assembly constituencies, including Tamil Nadu

The Election Commission (EC) Tuesday announced that elections for seven vacant assembly constituencies, including two in Tamil Nadu will not be conducted owing to difficulties in conducting the polls. The constituencies in Tiruvottiyur and Gudiyatham became vacant following the deaths of DMK MLAs K P P Samy and S Kathavarayan.

15:03 (IST)29 Sep 2020
COVID-19: Active cases in top 10 zones in Chennai

Chennai has 11,043 active cases across all 15 zones of the city, with Anna Nagar (Zone 8) having the highest cases with 1245 active cases.

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

  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 1245
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 1231
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 1058
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 971
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 903
  • Royapuram (zone 5) - 880
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 856
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 791
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 730
  • Alandur (Zone 12) - 630
14:59 (IST)29 Sep 2020
DMDK leader Vijayakant doing fine, says hospital

DMDK leader Vijayakant, who had tested positive for COVID-19 last week is doing fine and will be discharged soon, a statement from MIOT Hospital where he is undergoing treatment said on Tuesday. 

Vijayakant's wife and party treasurer Premalatha has also tested positive and is being monitored by a team of doctors.

12:28 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Guindy, Mambalam record most rainfall in Chennai according to private weather blogger

Parts of Chennai received heavy rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms on Monday, providing a respite from the heat in the city. According to private weather blogger Tamil Nadu Weatherman, Guindy received the highest rainfall with 44 mm of rain, followed by Mambalam with 40 mm and Meenambakkam with 23 mm. 

12:25 (IST)29 Sep 2020
India coronavirus numbers explained, Sept 29: How to read the drop in cases every Monday

Just about 70,000 new cases of novel coronavirus were detected across the country on Monday, the lowest since the start of this month, and about 27,000 lower than the highest that has been achieved in a single day so far.

While there has been a welcome lack of big surge in the daily numbers for the last couple of weeks, Monday’s drop can once again be explained by the reduced amount of testing on Sunday. Just about seven lakh samples were tested on Sunday, the lowest since August 10, and less than half of the number that was achieved last Thursday. When the testing numbers have been so low, the number of positive cases detected have been around what was reported on Monday. It has been substantially lower than the average number of cases detected for the previous week.

So this Monday’s drop fits into a pattern, and is not unusual. The test results usually take a day or two to arrive, and therefore the impact of low testing on a Sunday is most visible on Monday.

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11:09 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Centre clears procurement of 13.77 LMT of pulses and oilseeds for TN

Amid against the new farm laws, and days after it advanced procurement of kharif paddy in Punjab and Haryana, the Centre on Monday cleared early procurement in all the remaining states.

The Centre also approved the procurement of 13.77 lakh metric tonnes (LMT) of pulses and oilseeds for Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2020-21 for Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana and Haryana.

“The procurement of paddy for the remaining states will commence from 28.09.2020,” the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare said. “The arrival of Kharif Marketing Season 2020-21 has just begun and the government continues to procure Kharif 2020-21 crops at MSP from farmers as per its existing MSP schemes as done in previous seasons,” it said.

“Up to 24.09.2020, the government, through its nodal agencies has procured 34.20 MT of moong having MSP value of Rs 25 lakh, benefiting 40 farmers in Tamil Nadu. Similarly, 5,089 MT of copra (the perennial crop) having MSP value of Rs 52.40 crore has been procured, benefiting 3,961 farmers in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu against the sanctioned quantity of 95.75 LMT for Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala,” it said.

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10:52 (IST)29 Sep 2020
AIADMK may name CM face for 2021 polls on October 7

Amid reports of issues within the AIADMK leadership on a complaint that Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and his associates were being sidelined by top leaders, a party executive council meeting on Monday decided to announce the CM candidate on October 7 for the Assembly elections expected to be held in May next year.

After a five-hour meeting of the council, the party’s deputy coordinator K P Munusamy said the AIADMK has decided to “stay united and fight the election” next year.

While sources close to Panneerselvam had earlier hinted that there will be heated arguments in the meeting challenging Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami to protest against his approach towards the Panneerselvam faction, multiple sources said that they discussed issues but there were no heated arguments.

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09:43 (IST)29 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 put maintenance work.

Here are the affected areas:

  • Avadi Thirumullaivoyal: Arch Antony Nagar, Vellanur Village, Sidco Women's Industrial Park and Kattur.
09:40 (IST)29 Sep 2020
110 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 110 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 55 arrivals and 55 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:33 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Parts of Chennai receive heavy rainfall

Ahead of the onset of the northeast monsoon in Tamil Nadu in October, parts of Chennai received heavy rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms on Monday afternoon, bringing some respite from the heat in the city.

According to the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) in Chennai, parts of the city are likely to receive lights showers and thunderstorms over the next 48 hours owing to a cyclonic circulation.

A few roads in the city reported water logging following the brief showers.

09:30 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Cases continue to rise in Chennai

Tamil Nadu recorded 5,589 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 5,86,397. Among these, Chennai reported 1,283 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,64,744.

Tamil Nadu recorded 70 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 9,383. 64 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 5,554 patients following treatment Monday, putting the total number of recoveries at 5,30,708.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 46,306. Till date, 3,53,858 males, 2,32,508 females and 31 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, 71,81,125 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 80,465 samples having been sent yesterday.

09:28 (IST)29 Sep 2020
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17:02 (IST)28 Sep 2020
DMK, allies protest against farm laws, Stalin says "ready to go to court"

DMK and its allies hit the streets in Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tiruchirappalli and Tirunelveli among other places across the state on Monday, protesting the three farm sector legislations, with chief M K Stalin saying his party was ready to challenge the Centre's contentious move in court.

Addressing a demonstration at a village in neighbouring Kancheepuram district as part of the state-wide protest, he alleged the new laws would drive farmers away from their lands. "Take back farm laws," "We will not rest until the farmers interests are protected," "farmers betrayed," and "farm laws lead to hoarding," were among the slogans raised during the demonstrations. Kerala was readying to approach the Supreme Court against the laws and Tamil Nadu government should follow suit and if this does not happen, "we (DMK) as an opposition party are ready to go to court on behalf of farmers and the people," he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had often said that he was the son of a poor mother and "this son of a poor mother is now making a large number of Indians poor" the DMK chief charged. Attacking Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, he said though the AIADMK leader took pride in calling himself a farmer, the lives of the royts have "taken a hit" only after he assumed power. Stalin alleged farmers would be driven out of their own lands and their lives shall go backward.

After consultations with allies, the next course of action like further protests against the farm laws would be decided, he said. MDMK chief Vaiko, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president K S Alagiri, DMK leaders T R Baalu, Dayanidhi Maran were among those who took part in the protests held at separate locations.

15:55 (IST)28 Sep 2020
CM candidate to be announced on October 7

Following the conclusion of the AIADMK executive meeting, party deputy coordinator KP Munusamy said that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam will make a joint announcement of the ruling party's candidate for the post of Chief Minister on October 7.

15:26 (IST)28 Sep 2020
KJ Yesudas: SP Balasubrahmanyam was like my brother

Legendary singer KJ Yesudas recently remembered his “brother” SP Balasubrahmanyam, who passed away on September 25 in Chennai following coronavirus complications.

In a statement, Yesudas, mourning the loss of the legendary vocalist, mentioned that he shared a brother-like relationship with SPB.

He said, “Among the friends who work with me, Balu was like my brother. I do not know how much Balu loved me, but he used to call me Anna. Even though we weren’t born to the same mother, he behaved with me like a brother. Perhaps we might have been brothers in a previous life.”

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14:00 (IST)28 Sep 2020
Puducherry reports 286 new COVID-19 cases

Puducherry on Monday reported 286 fresh COVID-19 cases while two more patients including a 51-year old woman succumbed to the infection, taking the toll to 515, a top Health department official said.

The 286 fresh cases were reported after examination of 3,596 samples during the last 24 hours pushing the tally to 26,685 (after transfer of one case to Tamil Nadu), Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said in a release. He said 505 patients recovered and were discharged during the last 24 hours from various hospitals.

The fatality rate in Puducherry was 1.93 per cent while the recovery rate was 79.28 per cent. Mohan Kumar said 1,76,184 samples have been tested so far and it was found that 1,45,800 were negative and the results of the examination of remaining specimens were awaited.

Of the total 26,685 coronavirus cases, 5,013 were active while the number of patients who have recovered and have been discharged stood at 21,156, he added. Of the two patients who died of infection, one was an 89-year old male from Karaikal while the other was a 51-year old from Puducherry.

While the Puducherry region reported 248 of the 286 fresh cases, Karaikal saw 30 new infections being added, followed by Yanam (7) and Mahe (1), the Health department Director said.

13:57 (IST)28 Sep 2020
COVID-19: Active cases in top 10 zones in Chennai

Chennai has 10,656 active cases across all 15 zones of the city as of Monday.

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

  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 1206
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 1190
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 1003
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 942
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 868
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 863
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 817
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 752
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 662
  • Alandur (Zone 12) - 617
12:34 (IST)28 Sep 2020
AIADMK passes 15 resolutions at meet
12:29 (IST)28 Sep 2020
AIADMK executive commitee passes 15 resolutions; stands firm on two-language policy

The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam executive committee meeting took place Monday at the party headquarters in Chennai. The meeting which happens at the backdrop of several other issues the party is facing was attended by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami, Deputy Chief Minister O.Pannerselvam, and other executive members. The committee stood firm on the language policy, it said it will continue to use Tamil as the main language and English as the supportive language. The committee urged the centre to scrap the NEET exam in the state and disburse the GST dues and provide enough funds for the Covid-19 relief. Further, the committee condemned the efforts of the Karnataka government to build a dam across the Cauvery river at Mekedatu.

12:20 (IST)28 Sep 2020
AIADMK executive comitee passes 15 resolutions; stands firm on two-language policy

The All Indian Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's executive meeting took place at the party headquarters in Chennai today. The meeting which took place in the backdrop of several issues facing the party was attended by both Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami and Deputy Chief Minister O Pannerselvam and other AIADMK office-bearers. In the meeting, 15 resolutions were passed with the approval of committee members. The party stood firm on its two language-policy and said it will continue to pursue Tamil as the main language and English as the supportive language. They also condemned the efforts of the Karnataka government to construct a dam across Cauvery at Mekadadu and also urged the center to disperse the GST dues and allocate necessary funds for Covid-19 relief.

AIADMK meeting, AIADMK CM candidate, AIADMK NEET, AIADMK cultural panel, tamil nadu assembly polls, Edappadi K Palanisami, O Pannerselvam, chennai news, indian express The meeting was attended by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami, Deputy Chief Minister O Pannerselvam, and other executive members. (Express photo)

In a sign that the leadership tussle in All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) is to continue, the party failed to nominate a CM candidate for the upcoming 2021 Assembly elections in its executive meeting on Monday.

READ | AIADMK meet: CM name for 2021 state polls on October 7

Addressing reporters after the meet, AIADMK deputy coordinator KP Munusamy said party coordinator Pannerselvam and joint coordinator Palanisami would together announce the CM candidate on October 7.

However, there was no information on the 11-member steering committee, which has been the primary demand of the OPS faction ever since its merger with the party in 2017.

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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.

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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