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Chennai Hyderabad Coronavirus October 2, 3 Highlights: Chennai metro services from 6 am on Sunday for UPSC candidates; Charminar open to visitors

Tamil Nadu Andhra Pradesh Telangana Coronavirus (Covid-19), Lockdown Latest News October 2, 3 Highlights: Tickets will be issued only to those essential services staff who have been authorised by the state-appointed nodal officer and can be purchased at the booking counters in all stations in Chennai.

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Tamil Nadu Andhra Pradesh Telangana Coronavirus News October 2, 3 Highlights: The Southern Railway on Friday announced that Suburban trains, run as Workmen specials by the Chennai Division of the Southern Railway for essential services staff authorised by the Tamil Nadu government will be operational from October 5 in Chennai.

According to a circular issued by the Southern Railway, a nodal officer nominated by the government will authorise travel permission, containing details such as name of the staff, designation, department or office among others. A photo ID card issued by the respective organisation has to be presented while obtaining the travel permission. The staff should carry the travel permission and photo ID card with them while entering the stations and while travelling.

Citing a serosurvey conducted  by the ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition in Telangana, Health minister Eatala Rajender said that at least 40 lakh people in the state are estimated to have developed antibodies for Covid-19. He said that these people have been infected with novel coronavirus and have recovered. He was speaking at Nizams Institute of Medical Sciences(NIMS) after inaugurating stem cell and regenerative medicine facility.

Also Read | Serosurvey reveals Covid-19 spreading at slow pace in Telangana

Meanwhile, during an interaction with the media, Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, who has on several occasions flayed the state government for its low testing for Covid-19, congratulated the state government for its handling of the pandemic. She said that Telangana has done much better when compared to states like Andhra Pradesh or Tamil Nadu.

A medical professional herself, she noted that she had earlier suggested several measures in handling the disease to the state government and some of those recommendations have been implemented. She was addressing the media after launching e-office application at Raj Bhavan.

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18:33 (IST)03 Oct 2020
Chennai: NIS comes up with simple remedies to boost immunity during post COVID-19

With an increased focus on immunity in the post COVID-19 situation, Chennai-based National Institute of Siddha (NIS) has launched a campaign on the traditional medicine, providing simple remedies to enhance resistance and lead a healthy life.

Being carried out under the guidance of Dr R Meenakumari, director, NIS, the campaign involves the dissemination of information by Siddha doctors and students to those visiting the premier institute and is done online as well. Many ingredients that can be remedies, either in combination or alone, have traditionally been used in Indian cuisine and now is the time to revert to traditional recipes, doctors at the premier institute in Chennai said.

The Siddha for Immunity campaign, launched as part of the Ayush Ministrys three-month 'AYUSH for Immunity' initiative, is aimed at acquainting the people with valuable information about strengths of various Siddha-based solutions for enhancing immunity and preventing diseases.

Apart from Kabasura herbal concoction, the NIS is creating awareness on Nilavembu concoction, Amukura choornam and Triphala choornam, and other locally available herbs to be adopted in daily life to prevent diseases.

15:11 (IST)03 Oct 2020
Chennai metro services to commence at 6 am on Sunday for UPSC candidates

To faciliate the commute for candidates appearing for UPSC exams in Chennai on Sunday, Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has announced that train services will commence at 6 am tomorrow instead of 7 am. The services will be operated without peak hours throughout the day.

15:03 (IST)03 Oct 2020
Chennai Police flag off COVID-19 awareness vehicle

The Greater Chennai Police on Friday flagged off a COVID-19 awareness vehicle in Chennai. Flagged by Chennai CoP Mahesh Kumar Aggarwal, the car will go around the city, sensitising people to COVID-19 and on the importance of wearing masks and maintaining hygiene.

14:15 (IST)03 Oct 2020
Mango Special from Andhra Pradesh to Delhi from April to June

Mango special, Banana Special, Onion Special, Sapota Special. These are some of the routes of Kisan Rail — special seasonal trains identified by the government for farmers to send fresh fruits, vegetables and other perishable goods to buyers across India.

Officials said the Rail and Agriculture ministries are working to institutionalise these “corridors”, or dedicated routes, to make them season-specific to a fruit or vegetable. The plans also include carrying fish and meat in refrigerated containers at some point in the future, they said.

So far, the identified routes and seasons include:

  • Onion and Banana Special from Nashik and Jalgaon to Delhi between March and December.
  • Mango Special from Andhra Pradesh to Delhi from April to June.
  • Banana Special for export from Anantpur to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in Mumbai.
  • Sapota (chiku) Special from Surat, Valsad and Navsari in Gujarat to Delhi between April and November.
  • Protein Special for packaged meat from the Dadri or Kanpur areas in UP to ports in Gujarat and Mumbai — this is already an established route.

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14:11 (IST)03 Oct 2020
TS LAWCET, PGLCET hall ticket released: How to download

The hall ticket for the Telangana State Law Common Entrance Test (TS LAWCET) and Postgraduate Law Common Entrance Test (PGLCET) has been released. The candidates who will appear in the exams can download the hall ticket from the official website- tsche.ac.in.

The LAWCET, PGLCET exams will be conducted on October 9. The exams will be held by Osmania University for admission into 3-year and 5-year LLB Regular courses and 2-year LLM courses in various law colleges in Telangana for the academic session 2020-21.

Click here to see how to download the hall ticket

13:06 (IST)03 Oct 2020
Hyderabad, Chennai among cities on Indian travellers’ list this year, survey finds

According to a survey conducted by Booking.com — one of the world’s leading digital travel players — people have been taking smaller journeys, and discovering and rediscovering heaps of wonderful experiences closer to home.

The survey further shows that more than half — that is 67 per cent — of the total distance travelled by Indians between June 1 and August 31, 2020, was within the country, compared with the 34 per cent in 2019. Additionally, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Gurugram, Mumbai and Hyderabad featured as the top most-booked destinations between June and August this year, followed by Jaipur, Chandigarh, Pune, Chennai and Kolkata.

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12:47 (IST)03 Oct 2020
Hyderabad School Parents Association demand cancellation of academic year for classes 1 to 8

Representatives of the Hyderabad School Parents Association (HSPA) demanded that the ongoing academic year for students of class 1 to 8 be cancelled. They alleged that private schools are harassing parents in the name of school fee, flouting the government order (GO) earlier issued by the state government in the wake of COVID19 pandemic. 

12:47 (IST)03 Oct 2020
Telangana: Water table rises by 5.9 m in May-September, thanks to 50% excess rainfall

Telangana has recorded an excess of 50 per cent rainfall between June and September this monsoon season. This is bountiful rainfall when compared to an excess of merely 6 per cent rainfall recorded during the monsoon season in 2019. Not only are the ponds, tanks and rivers brimming with water, the latest ground water level report issued by the state government reveals a significant rise in the water table –– 5.9 m between May and October 2020 –– across the state.

In several districts in the northern, eastern, and southern parts of the state, covering nearly 56 per cent of the total land area, the groundwater is available at less than five metres below ground level (mbgl) as of September 2020. Only 24 per cent land area had groundwater at less than 5 mbgl in the same period, if average depth for the last 10 years is taken into consideration. The officials attribute this rise in the water table to the copious rainfall the state received this season.

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12:03 (IST)03 Oct 2020
1 lakh Covid deaths in India

India’s coronavirus-related deaths crossed the 1 lakh mark on Friday, three days after the global toll touched 1 million. This means India now accounts for nearly 10 per cent of the world’s Covid-19 deaths. Only the United States and Brazil have had more deaths. More than 2.12 lakh people have died in the US, and about 1.45 lakh in Brazil.

India has of late been contributing between 15 per cent and 25 per cent of global deaths daily. Between 4,000 and 6,000 people have been dying every day; and India has been reporting more than 1,000 daily deaths for over a month now. This is not surprising given that India has been discovering far more cases than any other country.

Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have recorded more than 9,000 deaths each – but their CFRs are in line with the national average, around 1.5 per cent. Delhi, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh have had more than 5,000 deaths each.

Kerala, Bihar, Assam, Odisha, and even Andhra Pradesh seem to be doing relatively well in preventing deaths. These states have among the lowest CFRs among states with 1 lakh cases or more.

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11:57 (IST)03 Oct 2020
Charminar open to visitors

Hyderabad's iconic Charminar was thrown open to visitors Friday, after being shut for more than six months owing to the pandemic. The monument was scheduled to be opened in August but based on recommendations from the local authorities, the ASI had deferred its decision.

11:41 (IST)03 Oct 2020
Retired judge dies by suicide over worries of contracting COVID-19

A retired Judge was found dead hanging at his residence in Miyapur Friday. The 67-year-old was reportedly worried that he had contracted novel coronavirus.

Ramachandra Reddy Ramireddy, according to police, left behind a suicide note stating that he took the extreme step as he didn't want his family to suffer. After retiring as Warangal district judge five years ago, he was living in Hyderabad with wife, son, daughter-in-law, and grand daughter. 

11:39 (IST)03 Oct 2020
Amid EPS-OPS tussle, AIADMK may defer announcement of CM candidate

While the AIADMK had earlier declared that the party’s chief minister candidate for next year’s Assembly elections would be announced on October 7, Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami, who enjoys absolute majority in the party hierarchy, is likely to seek deferment of the announcement as a “gesture to pacify and convince” the rival camp headed by Deputy CM O Panneerselvam, it is learnt.

A top source in the party, who is close Palaniswami, said there are chances to postpone the announcement to prevent an open clash.

“In the present situation, Panneerselvam is unlikely to attend the October 7 meeting, as it was slated to announce Palaniswami as the CM candidate,” the source said. “The CM doesn’t want to hurriedly go ahead with the announcement, as he wants to give Panneerselvam a chance to resolve this issue.”

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11:38 (IST)03 Oct 2020
Finance ministry allows additional Rs 7,106 crore borrowing by AP

The Centre on Friday permitted Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh to go for an additional borrowing of Rs 7,106 crore, to meet their expenditure requirements amid falling revenues due to the COVID-19 crisis.

“The Ministry of Finance has granted additional borrowing permission to two more states, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, for successfully undertaking reforms in the public distribution system (PDS) and ease of doing business,” an official statement said.

Andhra Pradesh became the first state in the country to successfully undertake ease of doing business reforms and has thus become eligible to raise an additional amount of Rs 2,525 crore through open market borrowings. Earlier, Andhra Pradesh had also completed PDS reforms to enable the One Nation-One Ration Card system.

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11:00 (IST)03 Oct 2020
Ward boy at COVID Care Centre allegedly misbehaves with patient, case registered

A ward boy at the Gandhi hospital, the state's center of excellence for treating COVID-19, was removed from service and a case registered against him on charges of sexual harassment.

Chilkalguda police registered a case under section 354A of IPC against D Chandrasekhar for allegedly misbehaving with a 73-year-old COVID19 patient undergoing treatment at the hospital. 

10:14 (IST)03 Oct 2020
Tamilisai Soundararajan praises Telangana govt on handling of pandemic

During an interaction with the media, Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, who has on several occasions flayed the Telangana government for its low testing for Covid-19, congratulated the state government for its handling of the pandemic. She said that Telangana has done much better when compared to states like Andhra Pradesh or Tamil Nadu.

A medical professional herself, Tamilisai noted that she had earlier suggested several measures in handling the disease to the state government and some of those recommendations have been implemented.

The governor was addressing the media after launching an e-office application at Raj Bhavan.

10:07 (IST)03 Oct 2020
AP govt launches multi-specialty hospitals in tribal areas to provide better healthcare facilities

To provide better healthcare facilities in tribal and remote areas, the Andhra Pradesh government Friday laid the foundation stone to construct seven multi-specialty hospitals at Seethampeta (Srikakulam district), Parvathipuram (Vizianagaram district), Doranala (Prakasam district), Buttaigudem (West Godavari), and Rampachodavaram (East Godavari district).

The hospitals will be constructed within a year and they will provide top class healthcare facilities to tribals and people living in remote villages under the YSR Arogyasri scheme. The seven multi-specialty hospitals will function under the Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA).

Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy also laid the laid foundation stone online for a medical college at Paderu, a tribal area in Visakhapatnam district, and Tribal Engineering College at Kurupam in Vizianagaram district.

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10:06 (IST)03 Oct 2020
Workmen special suburban trains for govt authorised essential services staff in Chennai from October 5

The Southern Railway on Friday announced that Suburban trains, run as Workmen specials by the Chennai Division of the Southern Railway for essential services staff authorised by the Tamil Nadu government will be operational from October 5 in Chennai.

According to a circular issued by the Southern Railway, a nodal officer nominated by the government will authorise travel permission, containing details such as name of the staff, designation, department or office among others. A photo ID card issued by the respective organisation has to be presented while obtaining the travel permission.The staff should carry the travel permission and photo ID card with them while entering the stations and while travelling.

Tickets will be issued only to those essential services staff who have been authorised by the nodal officer and can be purchased at the booking counters in all stations in Chennai. Ticket checking for the staff will be carried out twice at the suburban stations - once at the entrance to the stations and once at the entrance to the platforms.

In case a station has several counters, one counter will be allocated for season tickets. If a station has only one counter, only single journey tickets will be issued during peak hours, while season tickets will be issued during non-peak hours.

Railway staff will carry out thermal screening of passengers prior to entering the stations. Only those passengers whose temperatures are within the limits will be allowed to commute in the trains. Passengers have been advised to adhere to COVID-19 norms such as following social distancing and wearing face masks at all times. Further, railway staff will carry out frequent sanitisation of the rakes.

09:50 (IST)03 Oct 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:

  • Pammal: Kamarajapuram, Thiruneermalai Main Road, Thendral Nagar, Vinayaga Nagar, 200 Feet Service Road, Parts of LIC Nagar, Ganapathi Street and Fathima Nagar.
09:45 (IST)03 Oct 2020
114 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 114 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities, with 57 arrivals and 57 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:41 (IST)03 Oct 2020
Cases continue to surge in Coimbatore and Salem

Tamil Nadu on Friday reported 5,595 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the state’s overall tally to 6,08,885. With 67 deaths, the toll reached 9,653. 

After Chennai reported 1278 Covid-19 cases, the city’s overall tally reached 1,70,025. Neighboring districts of Chengalpattu (396), Kancheepuram (157) and Thiruvallur (255), reported 808 cases.

Meanwhile, cases continue to surge in Coimbatore (495) and Salem (355). A total of 23 districts reported less than 100 cases.

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While the AIADMK had earlier declared that the party’s chief minister candidate for next year’s Assembly elections would be announced on October 7, Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami, who enjoys absolute majority in the party hierarchy, is likely to seek deferment of the announcement as a “gesture to pacify and convince” the rival camp headed by Deputy CM O Panneerselvam, it is learnt.

READ | Amid EPS-OPS tussle, AIADMK may defer announcement of CM candidate

A top source in the party, who is close Palaniswami, said there are chances to postpone the announcement to prevent an open clash. “In the present situation, Panneerselvam is unlikely to attend the October 7 meeting, as it was slated to announce Palaniswami as the CM candidate,” the source said. “The CM doesn’t want to hurriedly go ahead with the announcement, as he wants to give Panneerselvam a chance to resolve this issue.”

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The second round of serosurvey to monitor the transmission of novel coronavirus infection in Telangana was conducted by the ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition(NIN), and has concluded that “the spread of disease is occurring at a slow pace in the state, which could be because of appropriate measures.”

READ | Serosurvey reveals Covid-19 spreading at slow pace in Telangana

The NIN has suggested that many people are still susceptible to the infection. Hence all appropriate personal protection measures like wearing the mask, personal hygiene, and social distancing may be continued.

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