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Tamil Nadu Rural Local Body Poll Results Highlights: DMK set to sweep rural polls in 9 TN districts, MK Stalin thanks voters

Tamil Nadu Rural Poll Results Highlights News: With a little more than 70 per cent of votes counted till late Tuesday evening, DMK was leading in nearly 1,100 seats of the total 1,381 panchayat union wards and all of the 140 district panchayat wards, indicating a likely victory of the ruling alliance.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, New Delhi |
Updated: October 14, 2021 11:14:36 am
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin. (File)

Tamil Nadu rural local body poll results Highlights: The ruling DMK and its alliance is set to register a sweeping victory in rural local body elections held in nine districts – in an ostensible boost to Chief Minister M K Stalin’s image of a “good governance” delivery. With a little more than 70 per cent of votes counted till late Tuesday evening, DMK was leading in nearly 1,100 seats of the total 1,381 panchayat union wards and all of the 140 district panchayat wards, indicating a likely victory of the ruling alliance. Votes were being counted at 74 counting centres under CCTV surveillance from Tuesday morning.

The main parties contesting the elections are the ruling DMK and its principal opposition AIADMK. The Left parties who are part of the DMK-led alliance are contesting alone in several districts. The Pattali Makkal Katchi is contesting on its own in all nine districts, and the BJP is contesting alone in the Kallakurichi district.

Meanwhile, The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for developing a multi-modal logistics park (MMLP) at an investment of Rs 1,200 crore in Mappedu village in neighbouring Tiruvallur district. The project, which will come up on 158 acres, is the first such one to be established in the State and it will facilitate employment opportunities to about 10,000 youths, Chief Minister M K Stalin, in whose presence the MoU was signed, said.

Claiming that the law and order situation in Tamil Nadu was ‘worsening’, the BJP state unit on Tuesday requested the state Governor RN Ravi to “instruct” the ruling DMK to focus on controlling the situation. A delegation of BJP leaders, led by its state unit president K Annamalai, met Ravi and handed over a petition, highlighting some recent “disturbing events”, including the killing of a woman college student here and the beheading of a woman in Dindigul district.

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21:56 (IST)13 Oct 2021
1,280 new Covid-19 infections reported in 24 hours, 19 deaths

Tamil Nadu added 1,280 new Covid-19 infections, pushing the caseload to 26,82,137, the health department said.

As many as 19 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the toll to 35,833, a bulletin said.      

Recoveries outnumbered new cases with 1,453 people discharged in the last 24 hours, aggregating to 26,30,654, leaving 15,650 active infections.

The fresh cases included a returnee from the United Arab Emirates.

20:13 (IST)13 Oct 2021
CM launches scheme to melt temple jewellery

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin launched the preliminary work to melt into 24 carat gold bars, the unutilised jewellery in the possession of the temples in the State.

Initially, the gold ornaments lying unutilised at the three renowned temples of Sri Karumariamman temple in Tiruverkadu, Sri Mariamman temple in Samayapuram and Sri Mariamman temple at Irukkankudi, will be melted and converted into gold bars for monetisation.

The funds raised by depositing the gold bars in  nationalised banks would be used for the development of the temples under the ambit of the State Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR & CE) department, the government said. (PTI)

18:54 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Man held for online gambling; Rs 24.68 lakh, 193 gram gold seized

The cybercrime wing of the central crime branch (CCB) arrested a man for allegedly cheating people through online gambling, including betting on cricket matches. The cops have seized assets including a car, cash worth Rs 24.68 lakh, 193 gram gold, 6 kg silver, 10 cell phones, a laptop and an iPad from the accused.

The accused, identified as Hari Krishnan, is a resident of Kilpauk and he was hiding in a hotel near Mahabalipuram. The police said he had cheated at least 30 people.

16:11 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Vijay Makkal Iyakkam makes a grand entry in rural local body polls

The Tamil Nadu rural local body election has provided the much-needed booster for actor Vijay’s fans who are awaiting their leader’s political entry. The members associated with Thalapathy Vijay Makkal Iyakkam, (VMI) the fan club of the actor, have won more than 100 seats in the polls.

The performance comes as a surprise in the state’s political arena as even the veteran actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan’s party Makkal Needhi Maiam or filmmaker-politician Seeman’s Naam’s Tamizhar Katchi failed to open their accounts.

The VMI members have put out a significant performance across all the nine districts, especially in Kallakurichi, Kancheepuram, Villupuram.

Bussy N Anand, the general-secretary of the party, said a total of 169 candidates contested in the election and 121 of them have won.

14:36 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Female elephant found dead

A 40-year old female elephant died in the Burgur forest due to ailments, officials said on Wednesday. Forest department officials along with a veterinary doctor visited the spot after members of the public noticed a pachyderm in a deep pit in the Kovilnatham Ongepallam area in Burgur Forest Range and informed them. After examination, the veterinary doctor declared that the elephant had died due to age and ailment, slipped into a deep pit and died. No foul play is suspected, the Forest officials said. Forest department personnel arranged for the disposal of the carcass. (PTI)

14:33 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Press Council will be constituted soon: TN Minister

The Tamil Nadu government will soon constitute the Press Council, as directed by the Madras High Court, to weed out fake journalists, State Information and Publicity Minister M P Swaminathan said on Wednesday. The court had in August directed to constitute the Council headed by a retired judge within 90 days and the government is taking steps to form the same, Swaminathan told reporters in Coimbatore.

The council will solve all the problems being faced by the journalist community, he said, adding that steps were taken to provide houses to journalists through the Housing board. On DMK sweeping the local body polls across the State, he said that this was a reflection of people's acceptance to the various schemes being implemented by Chief Minister M K Stalin.

Earlier, Swaminathan inaugurated a permanent photo exhibition on the premises of the district Collectorate and also reviewed the safety and other equipment utilised for disaster management as part of the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2021. CPI(M) MP P R Natarajan, district Collector G M Sameeran, Corporation Commissioner Raja Gopal Sunkara and Information Department Director Jayasheelan were among those present at the event. (PTI)

14:15 (IST)13 Oct 2021
TN rural local body polls: MK Stalin thanks voters
14:01 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Tamil Nadu weather forecast: Heavy rainfall likely in various districts for next four days

The India Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rainfall and thunderstorm in parts of Tamil Nadu for the next four days. In Chennai, the sky condition is likely to be generally cloudy, IMD said. The weather agency has predicted thunderstorm with light rain is likely to occur in some areas in Chennai and the maximum and minimum temperature will be around 34 ̊C and 26 ̊C respectively.

The department said that for the next 48 hours, strong wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph is likely to prevail over southwest Bay of Bengal, Gulf of Mannar and Comorin area. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into these sea areas during the period mentioned above.

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13:33 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Tamil Nadu: With only 1 vote, BJP functionary contesting as independent invites ridicule

BJP youth wing leader who contested as an independent candidate in the Tamil Nadu rural local body polls at Kurudampalayam panchayat in Coimbatore district got only one vote, triggering ridicule. Even though D Karthik was contesting for ward councillor not as a BJP candidate, the party was also the butt of the jokes on social media with #Single_Vote_BJP, #onevote trending on Twitter.

12:49 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Tamil Nadu govt scraps quarterly, half-yearly exams for students of classes 10-12 this year

Tamil Nadu School Education Minister Anbil Poyyamozhi Mahesh Tuesday announced that there will be no quarterly or half-yearly examinations for students of classes 10-12 this academic year. The minister made the announcement at a review meeting with the Chief and District Education Officers, and said the state government was considering the possibility of keeping a combined mock exam in December, ahead of the board exams in March 2022.

12:30 (IST)13 Oct 2021
TNCC President KS Alagiri congratulates MK Stalin for DMK's victory in the rural body polls
12:25 (IST)13 Oct 2021
TN rural local body polls: 50 members of belonging to Vijay Makkal Iyakkam win
11:44 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Madras High Court bench upholds single judge order against varsity staff

A division bench of the Madras High Court has confirmed an order of a single judge upholding the show cause notices (SCNs) issued to thousands of staff members of the Annamalai University in Tamil Nadu to downgrade their salaries. The bench of Justices Pushpa Sathyanarayana and Krishnan Ramaswamy upheld the order dated March 5, 2019 of the single judge while dismissing a batch of over 400 writ appeals recently.

Pursuant to a proposal of the government to take over Annamalai University, located at Chidambaram in Cuddalore district and a resolution dated February 8, 2017, all the employees of the varsity were served with the notices, calling upon them to explain as to why their pay scales should not be downgraded.

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11:05 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Chennai Metro services to be available till midnight today in view of the upcoming festival holidays

The Chennai Metro Rail Services (CMRL) Tuesday announced that on account of continuous holidays, the train services will be extended on today (13.10.2021) till 12:00 midnight to assist passengers travelling out of city. The evening peak hour service with 5 minute headway from 05:00 pm to 08:00 pm has been extended to 10:00 pm, CMRL said in a press release.

In addition, Metro Train Services have been extended from 10:00 pm to 12:00 midnight with 15 minute headway. The above Metro Train extension is for today (13-10-2021) only.

10:54 (IST)13 Oct 2021
TN Government at liberty to decide on temple opening for Vijayadasami: Madras HC

The Madras High Court on Tuesday granted liberty to the Tamil Nadu government to decide on keeping the temples open on Friday on which Vijayadasami falls. Shrines in the state are closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in view of the covid pandemic situation. The vacation bench of Justices R Mahadevan and Abdul Quddhose said this when a PIL petition praying for a direction to the government to keep the temples in the state open on the auspicious Vijayadasami day, came up on Tuesday.

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10:47 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Veteran Tamil actor Srikanth no more

Veteran Tamil actor Srikanth, who made his debut along with the late J Jayalalithaa in the 1965 classic 'Vennira Adai' died here on Tuesday, film industry sources said. The 82 year-old actor died due to old age, they said. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin condoled the demise of the actor.

In his 40-year career, Srikanth had acted as hero and villain, besides featuring in many character roles as well. 'Vennira Adai' (The white cloth) was directed by late veteran C V Sridhar. The actor is known for his many supporting roles in films starring top stars of Tamil cinema, including the late Sivaji Ganesan, Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan. (PTI)

10:42 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Temple gold melting is not new: Tamil Nadu Government

The Madras High Court was informed on Tuesday that melting of gold jewellery belonging to the temples in Tamil Nadu was not a new phenomenon. It was being done from 1977 and as much as five lakh grams of gold jewellery had been melted, Advocate-General R Shanmugasundaram told a vacation bench of Justices R Mahadevan and Abdul Quddhose, when the PIL petitions challenging the September 9 and 22 notifications of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) department came up for hearing today.

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10:17 (IST)13 Oct 2021
NIA raids premises of suspected Maoist supporters in Tamil Nadu

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) was carrying out searches in the houses of suspected supporters of Maoists here and nearby Pollachi, police said on Tuesday. According to police, NIA sleuths conducted the searches at the house of Dinesh, a dentist who was arrested by the Kerala Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) in February last for his suspected Maoist connections and lodged in a prison in the neighbouring state since then.

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09:50 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Tamil Nadu signs MoU for multi-modal logistics park near Chennai

The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for developing a multi-modal logistics park (MMLP) at an investment of Rs 1,200 crore in Mappedu village in neighbouring Tiruvallur district. The project, which will come up on 158 acres, is the first such one to be established in the State and it will facilitate employment opportunities to about 10,000 youths, Chief Minister M K Stalin, in whose presence the MoU was signed, said.

09:24 (IST)13 Oct 2021
DMK set to sweep rural polls in 9 TN districts

The ruling DMK and its alliance is set to register a sweeping victory in rural local body elections held in nine districts – in an ostensible boost to Chief Minister M K Stalin’s image of a “good governance” delivery.

With a little more than 70 per cent of votes counted till late Tuesday evening, DMK was leading in nearly 1,100 seats of the total 1,381 panchayat union wards and all of the 140 district panchayat wards, indicating a likely victory of the ruling alliance. Votes were being counted at 74 counting centres under CCTV surveillance from Tuesday morning.

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The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for developing a multi-modal logistics park (MMLP) at an investment of Rs 1,200 crore in Mappedu village in neighbouring Tiruvallur district. The project, which will come up on 158 acres, is the first such one to be established in the State and it will facilitate employment opportunities to about 10,000 youths, Chief Minister M K Stalin, in whose presence the MoU was signed, said.

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal and Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways V K Singh, participated in the event, virtually from New Delhi.

READ | Tamil Nadu signs MoU for multi-modal logistics park near Chennai

At least 17 people were bitten by a stray dog near the Sholinghur bus stand in Ranipet district of Tamil Nadu on Sunday. Of the 17, 13 were admitted to a local government hospital for treatment while four others visited the hospital as outpatients. Of the 13 admitted, 10 patients were discharged on Monday after being provided IV immunoglobulin. Following the incident, locals killed the dog and disposed it of themselves. Due to this, official said, no post-mortem could be conducted to ascertain whether the dog had rabies.

READ | Tamil Nadu: Stray dog bites 17 people in Ranipet, killed by locals

Tamil Nadu recorded 1,303 fresh cases of Covid-19 Monday. The overall tally has now reached 26,79, 568 and with 13 deaths, the toll rose to 35,796.

A total of 1,428 people were discharged and 1,39,836 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. The number of active cases, including isolation, was at 15,992. Among all districts, Chennai with 168 fresh cases, Coimbatore 128 and Chengalpattu 98, were the highest contributors to the caseload. Chennai, for the third consecutive day, reported zero deaths. So far, the capital city of Tamil Nadu has recorded 5,51,788 positive cases. The active cases stood at 1,856.

READ | Tamil Nadu records over 1300 Covid-19 cases, highest from Chennai

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