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Tamil Nadu Telangana Coronavirus Assembly Elections 2021 January 15 Highlights: The Tamil Nadu government has banned public entry to tourist spots in Chennai on January 15, 16 and 17.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: January 18, 2021 9:24:10 am
Marina beach, Marina beach reopned to public, Marina beach visiting hours, Chennai Covid news, chennai covid latest updates, chennai news, indian expressSome early visitors at Marina beach on Tuesday. (Express photo)

Tamil Nadu Telangana Assembly Elections COVID-19 January 15 Highlights: As Tamil Nadu celebrates Day 2 of Pongal, Jallikattu (bull taming) event is underway at Madurai’s Palaimedu. The event was inaugurated at 8 am by State Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management, R B Udhaya Kumar. A total of 800 bulls and 651 bull tamers will be participating today.

As per COVID-19 guidelines issued by the state government, the number of players competing should not exceed 150 and COVID negative certificates are mandatory for the players. Meanwhile, the number of spectators should not to be more than 50 per cent of the gathering.

Also Read | Jallikattu: Tamil Nadu govt lays down Covid rules, bull tamers say ill-planned

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and DMK youth wing leader Udhyanidhi Stalin visited Avaniyapuram to take part in the Pongal celebrations and watch Jallikattu on Thursday. Speaking to reporters at the Madurai airport, Gandhi alleged that the Centre is trying to suppress the Tamil spirit and that is the worst thing they can do to the country. Gandhi said he flew down from Delhi to witness the hugely popular event “because I think Tamil culture, Tamil language (and) Tamil history are essential for the future of India and need to be respected by everybody” in the country.

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16:46 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Former MP and Tamil Maanila Congress leader BS Gnanadesikan passes away

Former Member of Parliament and vice-president of Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) party, BS Gnanadesikan (71) passed away in Chennai on Friday. As per reports, he was admitted to Apollo Hospital on November 11 where he was being treated for an age-related illness.

Gnanadesikan was a staunch follower of Congress leader and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Kamaraj. In 1996, when GK Moopanar-led faction split away from the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC), Gnanadesikan joined Moopanar and served as the general secretary of the party till 2002. After Moopanar’s demise, his son GK Vasan merged the TMC with TNCC and Gnanadesikan returned to the Congress fold. From 2011-2014, he served as the president of TNCC. In 2014 December, he returned to TMC and stayed with the party till his last breath.

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16:11 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Prabhas’ movie Salaar launched, KGF star Yash in attendance

Actor Prabhas’ next film Salaar went on the floors on Friday. The film was launched in Hyderabad with a customary puja. Prabhas, director Prashanth Neel and Vijay Kiragandur of Hombale Films, who is bankrolling the big-budget action drama, were also in attendance. KGF star Yash also took part in the launch event.

Prabhas is quite upbeat about Salaar. “I’m really excited to start the shoot of the film post the Muhurat Puja in Hyderabad and reveal my look to the fans,” added the Baahubali star.

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14:54 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Jallikattu tests both bulls and bull tamers at Palamedu

Bulls and men tried to get the better of each other as Jallikattu (bull taming sport) began at the famed Palamedu in Madurai on Friday. A test of grit was on full display with the animals fiercely trying to get past the waiting men while the tamers attempted to get on to their humps to emerge victorious.

The animals were let out one after the other from 'Vadivasal,' a narrow entrance to the sporting arena after announcements on the bull. As hundreds of spectators cheered from the gallery, over 300 bulls and men have taken part in the sport so far amid tight security and a number of people, which includes participants, sustained injuries.

The bull owners were given prizes if their animals outmanouvered the waiting men and the participants were rewarded if they managed to hang from the hump of the bulls for a while. Till now, 100 plus bulls and men - with some men managing to dominate four to five bulls one after the other- have been declared winners and the prizes on offer include a range of things including bicycles, utensils and chairs. (PTI)

14:07 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Explained: As Jallikattu begins, recalling the cultural argument for an ancient tradition

As Pongal celebrations began in Tamil Nadu on Thursday (January 14), Congress leader Rahul Gandhi witnessed a Jallikattu event near Madurai and spoke of the “Tamil spirit” and “emotions of the Tamil people”.

Jallikattu is a bull-taming sport that has traditionally been part of the festival of Pongal. The festival is a celebration of nature, and thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest, of which cattle-worship is part.

The elite Jallikattu breeds test the strength and guile of farm hands in especially-constructed arenas. It is a violent sport, and there is only one winner, man or bull. Contests in Avaniapuram, Peelamedu and Alanganallur, villages neighbouring Madurai, set the tone for the season, which continues until April.

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13:39 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Telangana reports 202 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths

Telangana recorded 202 fresh COVID-19 cases on Thursday, taking the total positives to over 2.91 lakh while two fatalities pushed the toll to 1,574, the state government said on Friday.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 48, followed by Rangareddy and Warangal Urban with 15 and 13 respectively, it said in a bulletin.

The total number of cases stood at 2,91,118 while recoveries were at 2,85,102. As many as 4,442 patients are under treatment and 19,898 samples were tested on Thursday. Cumulatively, nearly 74 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was nearly 1.99 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.54 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 97.93 per cent. (PTI)

13:11 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Tasmacs earn over 417 crores in two days

With Tamil Nadu celebrating Pongal with fervour since Thursday, Tasmacs across the state have reportedly earned an income of Rs. 417.18 crores in two days.

12:41 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Marina Beach to be closed for three days

In a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19 as Tamil Nadu celebrates Pongal, officials in Chennai have announced that the city's iconic Marina Beach will remain closed to the public for the next three days.

Last week, The Tamil Nadu government had an order banning entry to popular tourist spots in Chennai to prevent people from gathering in large numbers amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. As per the order, Aringnar Anna Zoological Park near Vandaloor in Chengalpet district, National Park in Guindy, tourist spots in Mamallapuram, Marina and other beaches will be restricted to public on January 15, 16 and 17.

12:11 (IST)15 Jan 2021
UK returnees: 16 primary cases and 16 contact cases test negative, under home quarantine

A total of 26 passengers who had returned to Tamil Nadu from UK and 20 of their primary contacts have tested positive for COVID-19 till date. Among the 26 primary cases, 18 of them who tested negative in their follow up RT-PCR test have been discharged and kept under home quarantine. Similarly, 16 of the 20 contact cases have been discharged and kept under home quarantine.

Among the 26 primary cases, nine cases were reported in Chennai, three each in Thanjavur, Madurai, Nilgiris and Chengalpattu and one each in Theni, Nagapattinam, Coimbatore, Karur and Virudhunagar. Among the 20 contact cases, six were reported in Chennai, three in Thanjavur, two each in Nilgiris and Theni, four in Chengalpattu and three in Nagapattinam.

A total of 2300 passengers had travelled to Tamil Nadu from UK between November 25 and December 23, of which 2146 have been tested. Among these, 24 have tested positive, 2122 have tested negative and the tracing of more passengers is underway. Additionally, 3942 close contacts of the 2146 passengers who had tested negative were also tested for COVID-19 and were found to be negative.

A total of 265 passengers had travelled to Tamil Nadu from UK between January 8 and January 13, of which 148 have been tested. Among these, two have tested positive, 132 have tested negative and the results of 14 passengers are awaited.

All the UK returnees and their contacts have been kept in isolation wards, according to the Tamil Nadu Health Department.

11:37 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Indian embassy reaches out to Hyderabad woman trapped in Kuwait, promises to bring her home

A day after the daughter of 52-year-old Tahera Begum, a Hyderabad woman, requested the Union government to rescue her from Kuwait, she informed her family in a voice message that officials of the Indian embassy had got in touch with her and promised to send her back to Hyderabad on Sunday. Her daughter Tarannum Begum had written to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, claiming her mother was being harassed mentally and physically at a house where she is employed as a domestic help.

A resident of Shaikpet, Tahera Begum was offered the job of a housemaid in Kuwait by a doctor, residing near Golconda. Struggling to pay off debts that she ran up during her fourth daughter’s wedding, she agreed to take the job and was promised a monthly salary of Rs 25,000.

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11:10 (IST)15 Jan 2021
199 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Thursday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 199 fever clinics in Chennai on Thursday. A total of 4827 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 33 people who were identified with ILI symptoms, while others were provided with medication for minor ailments.

The most number of camps were held in Tondiarpet (Zone 9) where 22 camps had been set up, while Manali (Zone 2) and Perungudi (Zone 14) had the least with three camps each.

10:44 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Rahul Gandhi in Tamil Nadu: No one can suppress Tamil spirit

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi accused the BJP-led government at the Centre of trying to destroy the diverse culture of the country and invoked Tamil spirit, hours after watching a Jallikattu event – a bull-taming sport held as part of Pongal celebrations – near Madurai on Thursday.

“They believe they can suppress the emotions of Tamil people, they believe they can crush the language of the Tamil people, they can suppress the spirit of the Tamil people,” Rahul told reporters after a visit to the famous Jallikattu arena at Avaniyapuram. “I came here to give them a message that nobody can suppress the Tamil spirit. Suppressing the Tamil spirit is the worst thing you can do to this country as this is the essence and soul of India.”

Rahul accused the central government of making moves that are affecting the country’s diverse culture and notions and said he was against promoting one idea, language or notion. “There are many different languages, ideas and all these contribute to our strength and that is my message,” he said.

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10:11 (IST)15 Jan 2021
PM Modi pays tributes to Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Tamil poet and philosopher Thiruvalluvar on the occasion of Thiruvallar Day today. Taking to Twitter, Modi said that his ideals have positively impacted people across generations and urged youngsters to read the Thirukkural.

Tweeting on both English and Tamil, Modi wrote, "I bow to the venerable Thiruvalluvar on Thiruvalluvar Day. His thoughts and works reflect the immense knowledge as well as wisdom he was blessed with. People across generations have been positively impacted by his ideals. I urge more youngsters across India to read the Kural." (sic) (PTI)

10:05 (IST)15 Jan 2021
250 flights to fly beween Chennai and major cities

A total of 250 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 125 arrivals and 125 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:49 (IST)15 Jan 2021
TN reports 665 fresh cases, 4 deaths as cases continue to decline in the state

Tamil Nadu recorded 665 positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 8,28,952. Among these, Chennai reported 195 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,28,566.

The state recorded four deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 12,246. All four of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 826 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 8,10,218.

As of Thursday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 6488. Till date, 5,01,048 males, 3,27,870 females and 34 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, 1,50,68,940 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 60,681 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 249 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 68 are government and 181 are private facilities.

09:38 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Jallikattu underway at Palamedu

Jallikattu (bull taming) event is underway at Madurai’s Palaimedu. The event was inaugurated at 8 am by State Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management, R B Udhaya Kumar. A total of 800 bulls and 651 bull tamers will be participating today.

As per COVID-19 guidelines issued by the state government, the number of players competing should not exceed 150 and COVID negative certificates are mandatory for the players. Meanwhile, the number of spectators should not to be more than 50 per cent of the gathering.

09:38 (IST)15 Jan 2021
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Rahul Gandhi, Pongal, Rahul Gandhi Madurai Rahul Gandhi scoops rice into a pot as the traditional sweet Pongal is being prepared.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi accused the BJP-led government at the Centre of trying to destroy the diverse culture of the country and invoked Tamil spirit, hours after watching a Jallikattu event – a bull-taming sport held as part of Pongal celebrations – near Madurai on Thursday. “They believe they can suppress the emotions of Tamil people, they believe they can crush the language of the Tamil people, they can suppress the spirit of the Tamil people,” Rahul told reporters after a visit to the famous Jallikattu arena at Avaniyapuram. “I came here to give them a message that nobody can suppress the Tamil spirit. Suppressing the Tamil spirit is the worst thing you can do to this country as this is the essence and soul of India.”

READ | Rahul Gandhi in Tamil Nadu: No one can suppress Tamil spirit

Telangana police arrested another Chinese national in connection with the ongoing probe into the instant online loan apps case. Rachakonda police commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat, addressing the media on Wednesday, said that 26-year-old HE Jian alias Mark, a native of Jiangxi in China, was picked up from Thane in Maharashtra.

READ | Telangana police arrest another Chinese man in instant loan apps case

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