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Tamil Nadu Telangana Coronavirus Assembly Elections 2021 February 24, 25 Highlights: The Prime Minister will be inaugurating key projects in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: February 26, 2021 8:58:53 am
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Tamil Nadu Telangana Assembly Elections COVID-19 February 24, 25 Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Tamil Nadu and Puducherry today to inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of various development initiatives, including key power projects in Tamil Nadu.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address an election meeting in Coimbatore on February 25 and at least 1.5 lakh people are expected to attend, BJP sources said on Tuesday.

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief minister O Panneerselvam will participate in the official function. Party workers and functionaries from 12 districts are expected to attend the meeting, in the presence of BJP national general secretary C T Ravi, Union minister of state for home G Kishan Reddy and State president L Murugan.

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18:30 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Man from TN held for duping homebuyers of Rs 2.50 cr by luring them to invest in housing project

A 46-year-old man was arrested from Tamil Nadu for allegedly duping homebuyers of Rs 2.50 crores by luring them to invest in a housing project in southwest Delhi's Dwarka area, police said on Thursday. K Ponniah, an ex-servicemen, was declared a proclaimed offender in 2018 after he fled to his native village in Tamil Nadu and did not join the probe related to this case despite issuance of several notices to him, they said. He was arrested on Tuesday from a lodge in Puddukottai district of Tamil Nadu by a team of Economic Offences Wing (EOW), police said.

Joint Commissioner of Police (EOW) O P Mishra said the complainants were induced by the accused to invest in his housing firm namely Defence Personnel Welfare Housing Organisation (DPWHO) for a project which was to come up in Poachanpur village in Dwarka sector 23. "In 2014, complainants were offered residential units in tower 24B constructed by DPWHO. However, till 2016, the accused did not hand over the possession and in 2017, the complainants came to know that the flats booked by them had been sold to other people," he said.

After an initial enquiry, a case was registered in 2017 and was later transferred to the EOW in 2019, police said. During investigation, bank details were verified and relevant documents were also scrutinized. After the case was transferred to EOW in 2019, surveillance was mounted during which the police traced the location of the accused to Tiruchirrapalli but since he was not found there, the investigating team moved to his native place in Thiruvarur district.

Sensing police raids in his village, he escaped from Tiruchirapalli and reached Pudukottai and switched off all his phone numbers. However, surveillance was also mounted on those whom he contacted and later a police team arrested the accused from a lodge in Pudukottai district where he had been hiding, the police added. (PTI)

18:12 (IST)25 Feb 2021
PM Modi inaugurates various projects in TN

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday dedicated to the nation key projects in Tamil Nadu, including the 2x500 mw Neyveli new thermal power plant, and laid the foundation stone for important initiatives in the state.

The Neyveli project is a lignite based power plant designed for power generation capacity of 1000 MW with two units of 500 MW capacity each.

The prime minister also inaugurated virtually a 709 MW solar power project of NLCIL and over 4,000 tenements in Tiruppur, Madurai and Tiruchirappalli, at an event attended by Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister K Palaniswami and deputy CM O Panneerselvam.

Modi also laid the foundation stone for the extension, renovation and modernisation of Lower Bhavani Project System. (PTI)

17:45 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Modi in Puducherry: ‘Your ex-CM Narayanasamy expert in lifting slippers of top party leaders’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday launched a scathing attack on the Congress and its erstwhile government in Puducherry after inaugurating a slew of development projects in the Union Territory.

Addressing a public meeting in the poll-bound UT days after the Congress-led government lost power during a vote of confidence, Modi said winds of change are visible in Puducherry.

In an apparent reference to the V Narayanasamy government that fell on Monday, the PM said that the people of Puducherry are “celebrating freedom from the misgovernance of the Congress”.

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17:13 (IST)25 Feb 2021
IN PICS | Commuters left stranded amid transport strike in Tamil Nadu
17:11 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Commuters, students bear the brunt as TN transport workers strike over wage demands

Hundreds of commuters, including school and college students, bore the brunt of the indefinite strike launched by Tamil Nadu Transportation Union on Thursday.

Over one lakh workers, affiliated to nine trade unions, participated in the strike against non-conclusion of wage talks and demanding clearance of provident fund and dues of retired workers, among others.

While nearly 50 per cent buses plied in the state capital during the early hours, the number of government buses in several districts was abysmally low. In Dharmapuri district, only 193 of a total fleet of 343 buses were available for service. In Madurai’s Usulampatti town, just 14 of 86 buses were pressed into service. The situation was similar in other districts such as Nagercoil, Tiruchy, Thanjavur, Cuddalore and Tiruvannamalai. Many buses remained anchored at the bays and some of the bus stations wore a deserted look.

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16:24 (IST)25 Feb 2021
AP govt to implement CBSE system for classes 1 to 7 in its schools from 2021-22

The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to implement CBSE system for classes 1 to 7 in all its schools from the 2021-22 academic year. The system will be gradually increased year-wise from classes 8 to 10. By the year 2024, all classes from 1 to 10 will be under CBSE, a release from the Chief Ministers Office said.

The move comes amid an ongoing litigation in the Supreme Court against the conversion of all government schools, from classes 1 to 6, to English medium, a move that has caused widespread resentment. The latest decision by Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy to switch over to the Central Board of Secondary Education is seen as a move on the sly to completely do away with the Telugu medium of education. 

Under CBSE, Telugu is only a subject taught and the curriculum will be in Hindi or English medium. The government did not specify whether it will do away with the state syllabus completely or introduce CBSE system parallel to it. (PTI)

15:22 (IST)25 Feb 2021
TN govt raises retirement age of its employees to 60 years

The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday enhanced the retirement age of its employees, including teachers and PSU staff, to 60 years.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, who raised the retirement age of government employees by a year, made an announcement in the Assembly under rule 110 that the increase will apply to all serving government employees including government and aided educational institutions, PSUs and local bodies, and those who retire on May 31, 2021.

In May last year, the CM had increased the retirement age of government employees to 59 from 58 years. The gesture came into immediate effect and the government came out with an order (GO) to give effect to the chief minister's announcement. (PTI)

15:21 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Tamil Nadu Class 9, 10 and 11 students to be promoted without exam

Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami Wednesday announced that all class 9, SSLC (class 10) and class 11 students to be promoted without the exam. The government took the decision based on the inputs from medical experts who suggested the situation is not conducive to conduct the SSLC and plus one exam.

The students will be assessed based on their marks on the internal assessment. The marks for the pending exam will be divided into two parameters. As much as, 80 per cent of marks will be evaluated based on students’ performance in quarterly and half-yearly examinations and 20 per cent will be based on attendance.

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14:15 (IST)25 Feb 2021
CMRL extends train timings in view of transport strike

The Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) announced it will commence its services for every five minutes from 7 am to 11 am and from 4 pm to 8 pm on Thursday on the day of the transport union’s strike. CMRL added that additional trips would be enabled during the non-peak hours depending on the passenger flow.

14:14 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Commuters affected as transport unions go on strike in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu Transportation Union Thursday began their indefinite strike they announced earlier despite the peace talks initiated by the state government. Over one lakh workers belonging to the nine unions including Labour Progressive Federation, Indian National Trade Union Congress, Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS)Centre of Indian trade unions (CITU), etc have participated in the strike citing the non-conclusion of wage talks, demanding clearance of provident fund, dues of retired workers, etc.

The government on Wednesday sounded confident of running the public transportation without causing any hindrance to the public. Transport Minister MR Vijayabaskar said AIADMK’s Anna Thozhir Sangam has the largest number of members and they will function as usual alongside the support of other members.

However, hundreds of commuters around the state were severely affected from the early morning on Thursday. From Koyambedu, many bus depots in Parrys, Tambaram, and others in Kancheepuram, Poonamalle provided limited services to the passengers.

Though a couple of passengers opted for other services like share-autos and other modes, school and college students who depend heavily on these services suffered a lot.

14:14 (IST)25 Feb 2021
TN Tranportation Unions commence indefinite strike

Tamil Nadu Transportation Union Thursday began their indefinite strike they announced earlier despite the peace talks initiated by the state government. Over one lakh workers belonging to the nine unions including Labour Progressive Federation, Indian National Trade Union Congress, Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS)Centre of Indian trade unions (CITU), etc have participated in the strike citing the non-conclusion of wage talks, demanding clearance of provident fund, dues of retired workers, etc.

The strike has been observed by eight State Transport undertakings including the Metropolitan Transport Corporation. The government has 21,000 buses. The members of the union claimed that the 13th wage contract expired on September 1, 2019 and the next wage revision is due for over two years. They even said the union is incurring losses for benefitting the public as they receive less income while operating busses in rural routes.

Speaking to IETamil.com, the Labour Progressive Federation treasurer K Natarajan says the government should protect the transport unions. He added that the authorities should provide enough funds to bridge the gap between the revenue and expenditure of the state transport corporation.

“It has been two years since the government held talks with us. We placed our demands before the government, committees were formed to initiate talks. We even conducted a round of meeting with the transport minister but there was no progress in regards to our demands. The election is around the corner, we cannot do anything once the election dates are announced. If any other government comes to power, it will take another five months for them to invite us for negotiations, to avert these hurdles, we are organising the strike and we will not withdraw this until the government accepts our demands,” he said.

14:00 (IST)25 Feb 2021
TN issues new guidelines for travellers entering the state by rail, air and road

The Tamil Nadu government has issued fresh guidelines for people entering the state in view of the rising Covid-19 cases in India.

As per the revised guidelines issued by the state Health and Family Welfare Department, travellers arriving in Tamil Nadu by rail, air or road from Kerala and Maharashtra have to home quarantine for seven days, following which they have to monitor their health for another seven days. If they develop a fever, cough or breathlessness, they need to visit a health facility.

Passengers entering by rail, air or road from other states have to monitor themselves for 14 days. During this period, if an individual develops a cough, fever or breathlessness, they will have to visit a health facility. Any individual who shows symptoms of Covid-19 at the entry point will be tested and referred to a medical facility.

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13:12 (IST)25 Feb 2021
253 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Wednesday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 253 fever clinics in Chennai on Wednesday. A total of 18,067 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 68 people who were identified with ILI symptoms, while others were provided with medication for minor ailments.

The most number of camps were held in Adyar (Zone 13) where 44 camps had been set up, while Perungudi (Zone 14) had the least with four camps.

12:42 (IST)25 Feb 2021
WATCH | TN BJP leaders feature in song to welcome Modi to Coimbatore

Tamil Nadu BJP leaders including state BJP president L Murugan and president of BJP Mahila Morcha Vanathi Srinivasan have featured in a song to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his visit to Coimbatore. The song highlights the various projects launched by Modi in Tamil Nadu.

12:04 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Next in line for vaccine on March 1: All above 60, 45-plus with comorbidities

The Centre said on Wednesday that the second phase of the Covid-19 vaccination drive will begin from March 1 — for all citizens above 60 years of age and those over 45 years with comorbidities.

While the vaccine will be available for free at the 10,000-odd government healthcare facilities, the beneficiaries will have to pay at the estimated 20,000 private facilities that are expected to be roped in.

Announcing the Cabinet decision, Union Information & Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said: “The cost of vaccination in the private sector will be announced by the Union Health Ministry in the next two-three days. We are in discussions with the private hospitals.”

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11:35 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Retirement age of govt employees increased to 60: EPS

Making announcements in the Tamil Nadu Assembly today, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappado K Palaniswami announced that the retirement age of government employees has been raised to 60 years.

He also announced that all students studying in Classes 9, 10 and 11 will have passed without writing their exams.

11:14 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Chennai: Sanitary pad vending machines at 39 metro stations

To facilitate women passengers, the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has installed sanitary napkin vending machines across 39 stations in the city.

Tamil Nadu Industries Minister MC Sampath launched the initiative on Tuesday.

The CMRL has joined hands with Geo India Foundation and Rotary International in launching the vending machines, with each capable of holding up to 20 pads. Every station has been provided a stock of 1,000 pads for a refill. The machines will be set up near women’s toilets. Commuters can get a sanitary pad by inserting a coin into the machine, with the help of staff members stationed there.

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10:52 (IST)25 Feb 2021
On Jayalalithaa’s birth anniversary, Kangana Rananut shares Thalaivi’s release date

Actor Kangana Ranaut remembered J Jayalalithaa on her birth anniversary, on Wednesday. On the occasion, Kangana took to Twitter to share a motion poster of Thalaivi, and also announced the release date of the much-awaited biopic of the legendary actor-politician.

Kangana tweeted, “To Jaya Amma, on her birthanniversary Witness the story of the legend, #Thalaivi, in cinemas on 23rd April, 2021.”

The motion poster traces Jayalalithaa’s journey from films to politics. The audience hears a voice-over stating, “She changed the face of Indian cinema when she entered films. She changed the fate of Tamil Nadu when she entered politics. She wrote her own destiny and created history. By changing the future of millions, she became ‘Thalaivi.'”

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10:15 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Tamil Nadu government to probe sexual allegation complaint against Special DGP; officer put on ‘compulsory wait’

Tamil Nadu government Wednesday issued an order to constitute an enquiry committee to probe the sexual allegation complaint filed by a woman IAS officer against Special Director General of Police (Law and order) Rajesh Das. The officer has been put on ‘compulsory wait’, which means he will not get any posting and cannot carry out his duties as the Special DGP as long as the probe is on.

According to sources, the IAS officer had filed the complaint to both Home Secretary and the Director General of Police a couple of days ago, claiming that Das had misbehaved with her in his car.

IAS officer Jayashree Ragunandan will be the presiding officer for the committee comprising IPS officers Seema Agarwal, A Arun and Shamoondeswari, Chief Administrative Officer VK Ramesh Babu, Head (Programme Management) of International Justice Mission Loretta Jhona.

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09:37 (IST)25 Feb 2021
236 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 236 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 119 arrivals and 117 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

chennai metro, chennai metro pads at stations, chennai news The CMRL has joined hands with Geo India Foundation and Rotary International in launching the vending machines.

To facilitate women passengers, the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has installed sanitary napkin vending machines across 39 stations in the city. CMRL has joined hands with Geo India Foundation and Rotary International in launching the vending machines, with each capable of holding up to 20 pads. Every station has been provided a stock of 1,000 pads for a refill. The machines will be set up near women’s toilets. Commuters can get a sanitary pad by inserting a coin into the machine, with the help of staff members stationed there.

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Tamil Nadu government Wednesday issued an order to constitute an enquiry committee to probe the sexual allegation complaint filed by a woman IAS officer against Special Director General of Police (Law and order) Rajesh Das. The officer has been put on ‘compulsory wait’, which means he will not get any posting and cannot carry out his duties as the Special DGP as long as the probe is on.

READ | Tamil Nadu government to probe sexual allegation complaint against Special DGP; officer put on ‘compulsory wait’

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