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Chennai Hyderabad March 29, 30 Highlights: 2279 fresh cases, 12 deaths reported in TN while active cases inch towards 14K

Tamil Nadu Telangana Coronavirus Assembly Elections 2021 March 29, 30 Highlights: According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 1,94,28,501 samples from the state have been tested till date.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: March 31, 2021 9:02:14 am
Healthworker, COVID-19 testAs of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 13,983. Express Photo: Praveen Khanna

Tamil Nadu Telangana Assembly Elections COVID-19 March 29, 30 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 2279 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 8,81,752. Among these, Chennai reported 815 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,47,148. The state recorded 14 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 12,684. Twelve of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 1352 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 8,55,085.

Tamil Nadu’s Health and Family Welfare Department secretary, J Radhakrishnan, on Sunday said that the government will not take any sudden decision on imposing another lockdown in the state as it causes unnecessary panic among the public. He said that there is laxity among workers and the government in taking steps to curb the spread of Covid-19 cases in the state. “We should not squander the gain achieved through effective monitoring measures,” he added.

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18:27 (IST)30 Mar 2021
Cars of TN Speaker, Minister collide near Dharapuram

Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal and Municipal Administration Minister S P Velumani escaped unhurt after their cars collided near Tirupur, while they were going to attend an election rally in Dharapuram, to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday afternoon.

According to police, the cars, part of the convoy of both the VIPs, collided at a junction near Dharapuram. Under the impact, the windscreen and bumper of Dhanapal's car were damaged. Velumani's car's rear bumper was also damaged, they said.

While Dhanapal and Velumani escaped unhurt and left for the venue in separate vehicles, two security personnel sustained minor injuries, they said. (PTI)

17:44 (IST)30 Mar 2021
Over 7.02 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till Monday

A total of 7,02,432 people have been inoculated in Chennai till Monday, with 26,368 people having received their vaccine on Monday.

17:41 (IST)30 Mar 2021
PM Modi slams Cong-DMK over remark against TN CM's mother, dubs Raja 'outdated 2G missile'

In a veiled attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday dubbed former union telecom minister A Raja, as an 'outdated 2G missile' of the Congress and DMK and slammed him for insulting the mother of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and targeting Tamil Nadu women.

Without naming Raja, Modi in his election rally in Dharapuram said Congress and DMK have launched their 'outdated 2G missile' and this missile has one clear target, the women of Tamil Nadu. 

"A few days back, this missile was launched by UPA with a clear order to attack the nari shakti of Tamil Nadu." Today Congress and DMK have insulted the respected mother of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami, he alleged. "God forbid, if they come to power, they will insult many other women of Tamil Nadu."

Asking Congress and DMK leadership to control their party leaders, the PM said the people of Tamil Nadu are noting everything and they would never tolerate insult to the women of the state. (PTI)

17:08 (IST)30 Mar 2021
IN PICS | MNM leader Kamal Haasan campaigns for Velachery candidate Santhosh Babu
16:35 (IST)30 Mar 2021
Tenkasi: Three including teacher arrested for sharing picture of postal vote on Facebook

Three people including a school teacher have been arrested by the district police of Tenkasi for sharing on social media a picture of a postal ballot with a vote cast ahead of the Tamil Nadu elections.

The action was taken based on a complaint by S Palani Nadar, a Congress candidate from the Tenkasi Assembly constituency. He claimed Sahara Arockia Anishtal, a graduate teacher from RC Middle School in Surandai, had cast her vote through a postal ballot, taken a picture of the ballot paper and shared it with her friends on WhatsApp and Facebook.

Following the complaint, the school administration was directed by the district election in-charge to suspend the teacher, and send a compliance report to the district education officer.

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15:53 (IST)30 Mar 2021
Four deaths, 463 new COVID-19 cases reported in Telangana

The upward trend in COVID-19 cases continued in Telangana with 463 new infections being reported Monday, pushing the total positives to 3.07 lakh, while the toll rose to 1,694 with four more fatalities.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) saw the most number of cases with 145, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri and Rangareddy districts with 46 and 28 cases respectively, a state government bulletin said on Tuesday.

The bulletin said 364 patients recovered from the infection on March 29. The cumulative recovered cases stood at 3,00,833, while 4,678 were under treatment. It said 42,461 samples were tested on March 29. Cumulatively, the number of samples tested was 1 crore. The samples tested per million population was 2,71,238, it said.

The recovery rate in the state was 97.92 per cent while the case fatality rate in the state was 0.55 per cent. (PTI)

15:00 (IST)30 Mar 2021
Kangana Rananut takes a dig at Karan Johar as she praises Simi Garewal’s interview with J Jayalalithaa

Actor Kangana Ranaut has said that Simi Garewal’s interview with former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa helped her in her research on the actor-politician while working on her biopic Thalaivi. The actor was responding to a Twitter user who wrote, “@Simi_Garewal is phenomenal. I don’t think any interviewer can match her level of grace. These shows nowadays have no soul honestly. Hers was authentic and enjoyable”. The tweet was in response to the YouTube link of an episode from Rendezvous with Simi Garewal that hosted J Jayalalithaa and mentioned how before watching Kangana’s Thalaivi one should watch “no-holds barred interview of the legend.”

Kangana said, “Yes @Simi_Garewal tapped in to real essence of a celebrity, A complete sketch of the subject. Rendezvous with Jayaa maa has helped me a lot in my research.” In the same tweet, she took a dig at Karan Johar and his popular talk show Koffee With Karan. “same can’t be said about certain Papa Jo whose interviews are all about bitching, bullying, gossip and frustrated sex,” she continued. Simi also retweeted the tweets.

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14:15 (IST)30 Mar 2021
PM Modi reaches Dharapuram to campaign for NDA-alliance candidates

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Dharapuram today to campaign for Tamil Nadu BJP president L Murugan and other alliance candidates ahead of the assembly polls on April 6. Murugan has been fielded as the party’s candidate for Dharapuram (Reserved) assembly constituency.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Pannerselvam and other alliance leaders have reached Dharapuram to participate in a public meeting at a ground located on Udumalapet main road. Thousands of BJP and other party cadres have been making a beeline to the venue since morning. As many as 15 candidates are expected to be endorsed by PM Modi at the election meeting today.

As many as 40,000 police personnel have been deployed at the venue. BJP national general secretary in-charge CT Ravi, Tiruppur District Collector K Vijayakarthikeyan and other officials have been inspecting for the past couple of days to take care of the security arrangements.

Earlier today, more than 50 members of Thanthai Periyar Dravida Kazhagam were arrested in Coimbatore for staging a protest against the arrival of PM Modi. They carried black flags and raised slogans against Modi. Environmental Activist S Mugilan was picked from his home hours after he announced that he will show the black flag to PM Modi. He accused the Centre of delaying the release of seven convicts in former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi Assassination case. 

14:04 (IST)30 Mar 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai and Hyderabad today

After staying unchanged for four consecutive day, petrol and diesel prices fell across the country on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. This is the third revision in fuel prices this month. Petrol and diesel prices were reduced last week after staying unchanged at their record highs for 24 days with the previous revision taking place on February 27, 2021. After two successive price cuts, the prices were frozen for another four days.

In Chennai, the price of petrol is Rs. 92.58 per litre while that of diesel is Rs. 85.88 per litre.

The price of petrol in Hyderabad is Rs. 94.16 per litre and diesel is Rs. 88.20 per litre.

13:28 (IST)30 Mar 2021
Telangana to procure paddy from village centres

The Telangana government has decided to procure paddy this year through its centres at the village level.

After the three farm laws were passed, there had been uncertainty over paddy procurement in the state. However, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday, during a review meeting, took the decision to procure paddy, through 6,408 centres in villages, as was done last year amid the coronavirus pandemic. This year too, with cases rising, procurement at village centres will prevent overcrowding at district headquarters.

On Monday, Rao asked officials to ensure the minimum support price (MSP), for paddy brought to centres with moisture content below 17 per cent.

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12:50 (IST)30 Mar 2021
238 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Monday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 238 fever clinics in Chennai on Monday. A total of 17,568 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 196 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 4) where 39 camps had been set up, while Manali (Zone 2) had the least with three camps.

12:00 (IST)30 Mar 2021
Hyderabad temperature breaches 40°C-mark, may keep rising for next 2-3 days

The mercury continues to rise in Hyderabad with the state capital recording a maximum temperature of 40.1 degree Celsius on Monday afternoon, the Telangana State Development Planning Society (TSDPS) said.

On Sunday, the highest maximum temperature recorded was 39.4 degree Celsius at Narayanaguda in the city.

Data from state government-run TSDPS’s real-time automated weather stations showed that the highest maximum temperature recorded in the state was 42.7 degree from three different stations in Adilabad district on Monday.

Temperatures are very likely to be above normal by 2 to 3 degree Celsius at isolated places in Telangana between March 29 and April 1, the latest forecast issued by the Hyderabad centre of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed. Dry weather conditions are likely to prevail over the state for the next two or three days and the maximum temperatures across are likely to remain between 37 and 42 degree Celsius.

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11:23 (IST)30 Mar 2021
Madras HC refuses to disqualify DMK candidate

The Madras High Court on Monday refused to disqualify Thangam Thennarasu, DMK candidate from Tiruchuli in Virudhunagar, from contesting in the April 6 assembly polls, after an independent candidate alleged the former Minister distributed gifts to voters.

Instead, the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy directed the petitioner M Thiruppathy to approach the Election Commission of India, which is the sole authority to decide on the issue.

The petitioner, an independent candidate, alleged that Thennarasu indulged in distributing gifts to the voters and thereby violated the provisions of the Representation of the People Act. Hence, he should be disqualified by the court.

Despite repeated complaints to local election authorities, no action was taken. Hence, he has moved the court, the petitioner contended. (PTI)

11:22 (IST)30 Mar 2021
Kamal Haasan’s party doesn’t respect women: BJP’s Vanathi Srinivasan responds to MNM calling her ‘thukkada politician’

Vanathi Srinivasan, the national president of BJP’s women’s wing and the party’s candidate for Coimbatore South constituency, has slammed actor Kamal Haasan’s party Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) for calling her a ‘thukkada’ (minuscule) politician.

Taking to Twitter, Vanathi released a video where she said that a party that doesn’t respect women won’t be able to provide them protection.

“I have been provided the opportunity by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to serve as the National President of the BJP’s women’s wing. Our Union Minister Smirti Irani said Kamal Haasan should have a healthy debate with me and for that, the MNM party has called me a ‘thukkada politician’. I was born here in a small village, studied in a government school, and became a lawyer. I chose to dedicate my life to the public despite having the responsibility to take care of my children and my family,” she said.

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11:01 (IST)30 Mar 2021
Recollect tyrannical rule of DMK before voting: C T Ravi

The BJP on Monday asked the people of Tamil Nadu to recollect the five years of alleged tyrannical rule of the DMK from 2006-2011 before casting their vote during the April 6 Assembly poll in the state. 

DMK president M K Stalin believes that by spreading lies on a daily basis, he can come back to power. But, the Tamil people have realised that they have been taken for a ride, BJP's state election in-charge C T Ravi said. He said, "DMK stands for Dynasty, Money, Kattapanchayat." "Everyone (in Tamil Nadu) still recollect with fear the five years of tyranny, and when are you (Stalin) going to apologise for the endless atrocities and brutalities against them," Ravi said at a press meet in Coimbatore.

They (Tamil Nadu people) have led a peaceful life under the able administration of Chief Minister Palaniswami, he said on the sidelines of releasing the manifesto of Coimbatore south constituency candidate Vanathi Srinivasan. "Only the "double-engine" government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Palaniswami can take Tamil Nadu on the super-highway of progress and prosperity," Ravi said.

Condemning the derogatory remarks made by former Minister and DMK senior leader A Raja against the Chief Minister and his mother, Ravi said this was the DNA of DMK. Asked how confident the NDA alliance was in retaining power in the state as many surveys have given the DMK-led alliance an upperhand, Ravi said many of the earlier surveys had proven wrong. The AIADMK led-alliance was sure of retaining power, he said.

To a question on the Mekedatu Dam issue which farmers from the state were opposing, Ravi said the next intention of the government was to interlink rivers. Once it was over, the water crisis and disputes would be solved, he said. (PTI)

10:29 (IST)30 Mar 2021
Protests in Dharapuram ahead of PM Modi's visit

Protests broke out in Dharapuram in the morning ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the district today. Holding black flags and posters saying "Go back Modi", the protesters were later detained. Several farmers too hung black balloons in protest of Modi's visit.

10:26 (IST)30 Mar 2021
E K Palaniswami targets MK Stalin over faith

Targeting his rival MK Stalin on the subject of faith, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E K Palaniswami on Monday said AIADMK members were true believers and lashed out at the DMK leader for certain past controversial acts, including him allegedly ‘wiping off’ kumkum from his forehead.

The AIADMK Joint Coordinator also recalled the alleged attack on late Chief Minister and then Leader of Opposition J Jayalalithaa in the Assembly in 1989, when the DMK was in power.

“If that had been her plight, imagine that of the common man,” Palaniswami, who has launched a full-scale attack against the DMK while seeking a third term for his party in the April 6 Assembly elections, told an election rally here.

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10:03 (IST)30 Mar 2021
PM to address election meeting at Dharapuram in TN on March 30

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address an election meeting on March 30 at Dharapuram from where BJP State unit president L Murugan is contesting the April 6 assembly elections.

Modi, who launched the party campaign in Coimbatore on February 25, is expected to arrive at the city airport at 10.20 am and leave by helicopter for Dharapuram in Tirupur district, the sources said.

After the meeting, the prime minister will return to the city around 2.20 pm and leave for Chennai. (PTI)

10:03 (IST)30 Mar 2021
No to CAA if DMK voted to power, says Stalin

DMK President M K Stalin on Monday promised that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act will not be allowed in Tamil Nadu if his party was voted to power in the April 6 Assembly elections and slammed the ruling AIADMK for ‘supporting’ the BJP in Parliament on the issue.

Had the AIADMK and lone PMK member in the Rajya Sabha voted against the bill, CAA would not have seen the light of day and the two parties should be blamed for the ‘plight’ of minorities all over the country, he said.

Addressing an election meeting in Jolarpet, Stalin charged the ruling AIADMK with “enacting a drama” on the matter ahead of the polls and recalled that his party had earlier staged protests against the CAA and also launched a massive signature campaign against it.

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09:35 (IST)30 Mar 2021
TRS, BJP announce candidates for Nagarjuna Sagar bypoll

The ruling TRS in Telangana on Monday announced Nomula Bhagat Kumar as its candidate for the April 17 bypoll from the Nagarjuna Sagar assembly constituency.

Bhagat Kumar is son of Nomula Narasimhaiah, the sitting TRS MLA whose death in December last due to ill-health necessitated the by-election.

Meanwhile, the BJP announced that P Ravi Kumar would be its nominee for the bypoll.

The Congress has already announced the candidature of senior leader K Jana Reddy, who had served as Leader of Opposition in the previous Legislative Assembly, as its candidate. (PTI)

DMK leader A Raja (left) had made the statements against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami while campaigning in Chepauk-Thiruvallikeni.

Former Union Minister A Raja on Monday apologized to Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami for his remarks regarding the latter’s birth during campaigning. Raja had been facing huge protests by the AIADMK cadre across the state and even DMK MP Kanimozhi had expressed her displeasure regarding the statement. Raja, while addressing reporters on Monday, read out a statement saying if Palaniswami was hurt by his comments, he will not hesitate to issue an apology. “I never intended to insult the Chief Minister’s mother. I was sad to know that he (Edappadi) was hurt by my comments which were edited and put out for political reasons. I wholeheartedly apologize to the Chief Minister. Again, I would like to say that my comments were never personal and were just a comparison of two public personalities.”

READ | DMK leader A Raja apologises for remark against Tamil Nadu CM E Palaniswami

Vanathi Srinivasan, the national president of BJP’s women’s wing and the party’s candidate for Coimbatore South constituency, has slammed actor Kamal Haasan’s party Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) for calling her a ‘thukkada’ (minuscule) politician. Taking to Twitter, Vanathi released a video where she said that a party that doesn’t respect women won’t be able to provide them protection.

READ | Kamal Haasan’s party doesn’t respect women: BJP’s Vanathi Srinivasan responds to MNM calling her ‘thukkada politician’

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