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Tamil Nadu News June 18, 19 Highlights: 2,115 fresh COVID-19 cases reported in Tamil Nadu; total rises to 54,449

Tamil Nadu Coronavirus (Covid-19), Lockdown Latest News Juen 18, 19 Highlights: Chennai, Chengalpet, Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur districts will implement a strict 12-day lockdown from June 19 to June 30 under the National Disaster Act of 2005.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: June 20, 2020 9:27:52 am
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Tamil Nadu Coronavirus June 18, 19 Highlights: Chennai, Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpet districts will go on an intense 12-day lockdown from today in a bid to curb the surge in COVID-19 cases in the districts.

READ | Complete lockdown in four Tamil Nadu districts: Here is what’s allowed, what’s not

The Greater Chennai Police have issued a series of instructions for the city residents to follow during the period. Barring hospitals, labs, ambulances, pharmacies, and funeral hearses, there are restrictions on other activities. Auto rickshaws, taxi cabs will not be allowed to run in the city except in case of emergency.

People are allowed to buy vegetables, groceries, and other essential items only from shops that are within a two-kilometer range from their residence. Shops will be allowed to function from 6 am till 2 pm.

Tamil Nadu recorded 2,141 positive cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 52,334. Among these, Chennai reported 1373 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 37,070.

Tamil Nadu recorded 49 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 625. At least 42 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.

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20:08 (IST)19 Jun 2020
DMK stands firmly with PM Modi : MK Stalin

In the all-party convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the tense situation on the border with China, Stalin said he was glad to hear PM state that India wants peace, but it will not hesitate to retaliate if needed. Stalin further added that DMK has always stood in support, of the national interests."We have always worked to strengthen the hands of the Prime Ministers, be it Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru or Indira Gandhi or Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Today, we have no hesitation in supporting the Prime Minister Thiru. Narendra Modi, who has convened this All-Party Meeting," Stalin said.DMK stands firmly with the PM Modi says party leader MK Stalin. In the all-party meeting convened by PM to discuss the tense situation on the border with China, Stalin said he was glad to hear PM Modi state that India wants peace, but it will not hesitate to retaliate, if needed. 

19:11 (IST)19 Jun 2020
2,115 COVID-19 cases and 41 deaths reported in Tamil Nadu 

Tamil Nadu on Friday reported 2,115 new novel coronavirus cases taking the tally to 54,449. The total cases included 40 returnees from other countries and states. In Chennai, as many 1,322 cases were reported. A total of 1,630 persons got discharged and 41 deaths were reported in the past 24 hours. There are still 23,509 active cases in the state.

17:05 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Anna University directed to convert hostels into isolation wards

Anna University in Chennai has been directed by the Greater Chennai Corporation to hand over the hostels under its ambit to convert them into isolation wards for treating COVID-19 cases in the city. Corporation Commisioner G Prakash has warned the authorities of legal action if the university fails to hand over its space by tomorrow evening.

16:38 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Cannot monopolise expressions like 'Magic Masala', 'Magical Masala', says Madras High Court

The Madras High Court has made it clear that laudatory expressions like ‘Magic Masala’ and ‘Magical Masala’ cannot be monopolised and use of similar expressions would not amount to passing off under the Trademark Act.

The clarification was made while dismissing a plea by ITC, seeking to restrain Nestle India from using the expression ‘Magical Masala’ on their noodles product.

ITC claimed that it has been using the expression ‘Magic Masala’ from 2010 for its noodles products and therefore use of similar expression ‘Magical Masala’ by Nestle from 2013 would amount to passing off under the Trademark Act. Opposing the claim, Nestle contended that ITC cannot claim monopoly over laudatory expressions like ‘Magic’.

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16:14 (IST)19 Jun 2020
2.10 lakh samples tests done in Chennai in the past three months : Chennai Corporation Commisioner

Chennai Corporation Commissioner Prakash said close to 2.10 lakh samples tests have been done in Chennai in the past three months. Addressing the reporters, he said people should not hesitate to inform the corporation workers if they have any symptoms of COVID-19. He also urged the public to make use of the set-up of the medical camp by the corporation in all 15 zones.

15:07 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Class 10, 11 students to be declared as having passed exams

The government has directed that all Class 10, 11 students should be declared as having passed their quarterly and half yearly exams. The headmasters of all schools have been directed to do the same immediately.

Earlier, the government had announced that students will be awarded 80 per cent of their marks based on their quarterly and half-yearly examinations and 20 per cent of their marks based on their attendance.

12:27 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Stalin to attend Modi's virtual all-party meet

DMK leader M K Stalin will be attending the virtual all-party meet which has been called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the Indo-China stand-off at 5 pm. Modi will be chairing an all-party meet that aims to forge a broad political consensus on the situation.

11:36 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Zonal-wise distribution of COVID-19 cases in Chennai

According to data released by the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC), Royapuram has recorded 5828 COVID-19 cases in the zone till date, the highest in Chennai. The second highest is Tondiarpet with 4743 cases, followed by Teynampet with 4504 cases.

11:10 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Police arrest individual who made bomb hoax call to Rajinikanth's house

The state police have arrested the individual who had made a bomb hoax call to actor Rajinikanth's Poes Garden residence in Chennai on Thursday. A boy studying in Class 8 was said to have made the call. According to the police, the boy, who hails from Nellikuppam in Cuddalore is mentally ill.

Govindharaj, Govindharaj, Teynampet Assistant commissioner had said on Wednesday that a person had called 108 (ambulance control centre) and claimed that he had planted the bombs at actor Rajinikanth's residence. "Immediately, the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) were informed and they rushed to the actor's house. The call turned out to be a hoax. We are carrying out further investigations to trace the prankster", he said.

10:52 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Government withdraws notification to replace anglicised version of Tamil names of places

The Tamil Nadu government Thursday withdrew its notification on replacing anglicised versions of Tamil names of at least 1,018 places in the state to match the Tamil pronunciation, saying it was working on alignment of views by experts on transliteration standards. The order was issued by the AIADMK government last week.

Minister for Tamil Official Language and Tamil Culture, K Pandiarajan said the government will reissue the order shortly after making necessary changes. “We are working on alignment of views by experts on Transliteration standards from Tamil to English. Hopefully, we should get this released in 2/3 days,” he said in a tweet.

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10:43 (IST)19 Jun 2020
E-passes issued earlier suspended from June 19 to June 30

The Tamil Nadu e-Government Agency, which has been issuing e-passes for individuals to commute during the lockdown has announced that all passes which were issued to essential goods manufacturers, continuous processing industries and essential services prior to June 19 have been suspended. They will have to apply for fresh e-passes to commute during the lockdown.

Passes which were issued for deaths, marriages and medical emergencies for travelling within the Greater Chennai Police limits will be revalidated automatically.

Meanwhile, individuals working in the media, government, judiciary and health sectors can commute using their ID cards.

10:32 (IST)19 Jun 2020
IN PICS | Chennai police carry out checks in Anna Nagar
10:10 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Meat shops, slaughter houses in Chennai to be closed

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has announced that all meat, beef, mutton and fish stalls and slaughter houses in Chennai which fall under the GCC's limits will be closed during the lockdown. 

10:04 (IST)19 Jun 2020
State crosses 52,000 cases on Thursday

Tamil Nadu on Thursday recorded 2,141 positive cases of Covid-19, bringing the state tally to 52,334. Among these, Chennai reported 1373 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 37,070. As of Thursday, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu were 23,065. The state discharged 1017 patients following treatment, putting the total number of discharged patients at 28,641.

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10:00 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Lockdown in Chennai: Here is what's allowed
  • Hospitals, labs, pharmacies, old age homes and orphanages can function as usual
  • Ambulances, funeral hearses, water tankers, milk vansand vehicles transporting essentials allowed to ply on roads
  • Taxis and autorickshaws allowed only during emergencies
  • Grocery stores, vegetable shops and shops selling essential items will be open from 6 am to 2 pm. Citizens are encouraged to make their purchases within a two kilometre radius
  • Vehicles of individuals not allowed to ply on roads. If found to be plying without a valid reason, the vehicles will be seized
  • NGOs and organisations providing services can operate with an e-pass

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09:39 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Anna Salai to be closed for motorists

With Chennai under a 12-day lockdown from today, Anna Salai will remain closed for commuters except for ambulances.

According to the instructions given by the Greater Chennai Police, vehicles of individuals found moving in the city without valid reasons will be seized.

Cabs and autos plying to and from the Chennai International Airport have been given passes. People working in the health sector, media, government and corporation have been instructed to carry their ID cards at all times.

Checkpoints and drones will be set up across the city to monitor movement.

09:32 (IST)19 Jun 2020
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22:00 (IST)18 Jun 2020
Govt withdraws order to change English spellings of place names

The Tamil Nadu government has withdrawn its order to change the English spellings of the names of several places in keeping with their Tamil pronunciations. The order, issued on June 10, changed the spellings of 1,018 places in the state. Minister for Tamil language and culture, Pandiarajan K tweeted: "The GO on the change of English names for Tamil names for places has been withdrawn. Will absorb all feedback & reissue shortly."

20:12 (IST)18 Jun 2020
2,141 fresh COVID cases reported in Tamil Nadu, Chennai accounts for 64 per cent

Tamil Nadu on Thursday reported 2,141 new novel coronavirus cases taking the tally to 52,334. The total cases included 50 returnees from other countries and states. In Chennai, as many 1,373 cases were reported. As many as 1,071 persons got discharged and 49 deaths were reported in the state in the last 24 hours. 

19:46 (IST)18 Jun 2020
18,000 police officers to be deployed in Chennai for lockdown duties

As many as 18,000 police personnel to be deployed in Chennai from tomorrow as the city undergoes intense lockdown for 12 days starting from tomorrow. Addressing the reporters, Chennai Commissioner AK Vishwanathan said E-pass obtained earlier will not be valid during this period and people need to apply fresh E-pass. He added that so far 788 police personnel have been infected by the novel coronavirus and 300 have recovered following treatment. 

Tamil Nadu Coronavirus Live Updates, Chennai news, Chennai lockdown, TN lockdown, Lockdown news Tamil Nadu Coronavirus Live Updates: Airports will remain operational in Chennai during the lock down. (Express Photo/File)

The Tamil Nadu government Thursday withdrew its notification on replacing anglicised versions of Tamil names of at least 1,018 places in the state to match the Tamil pronunciation, saying it was working on alignment of views by experts on transliteration standards. The order was issued by the AIADMK government last week.

Minister for Tamil Official Language and Tamil Culture, K Pandiarajan said the government will reissue the order shortly after making necessary changes. “We are working on alignment of views by experts on Transliteration standards from Tamil to English. Hopefully, we should get this released in 2/3 days,” he said in a tweet.

Two more labs in Tamil Nadu have been approved for Covid-19 testing in the state. Aarthi Scans and Labs in Vannarpet, Tirunelveli and Velammal Medical College Hospital and RI in Anuppanadi, Madurai were approved for testing on Thursday.

READ | Covid-19 in Tamil Nadu: Chennai police to strictly implement lockdown; state tally now 52,334

With this, the number of labs for Covid-19 testing in the state has gone up to 81 (45 government and 36 private labs).

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