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Chennai Hyderabad March 3, 4 Highlights: Active cases drop to 3990 in Tamil Nadu as cases continue to decline

Tamil Nadu Telangana Coronavirus Assembly Elections 2021 March 3, 4 Highlights: According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 1,76,30,655 samples from the state have been tested till date.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: March 5, 2021 9:05:35 am
COVID-19 test, Coronavirus testTill date, 5,15,368 males, 3,37,564 females and 35 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in Tamil Nadu. Express Photo: Amit Mehra

Tamil Nadu Telangana Assembly Elections COVID-19 March 3, 4 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 489 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 8,52,967. Among these, Chennai reported 184 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,36,072. The state recorded two deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 12,504. Both of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 494 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 8,36,473.

With just a month to go for Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa’s close aide VK Sasikala, who was released from a Bengaluru prison on January 27, issued a statement Wednesday that she has decided to “step aside” from politics and that she will pray for Amma’s (Jayalalithaa’s) “golden rule”.

A two-page letter, signed by her, and released first on Jaya TV, appealed to Amma’s followers to work hard to ensure her rule. “As Amma used to say, defeating the evil force DMK should be the main aim of all obedient cadre of Amma’s party,” Sasikala wrote, thanking all who showered her with love.

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18:26 (IST)04 Mar 2021
Former editor of Tamil daily 'Dinamalar,' renowned numismatist R Krishnamurthy passes away

Former editor of popular Tamil daily 'Dinamalar' and renowned numismatist R Krishnamurthy died in Chennai on Thursday following a heart attack. Krishnamurthy, 88, is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.

"He suffered a heart attack and passed away at his residence this morning," Dinamalar Editor K Ramasubbu said.

Known as 'RK', he became the Dinamalar editor in 1977 after joining the daily in 1956, founded by his father T V Ramasubbier. A post-graduate in geology from the Presidency College here, he introduced the now well known 'Periyar' script which has lesser number of Tamil characters in the newspaper's Tiruchirappalli edition in 1977. Later, the Tamil Nadu government came forward to introduce the script in text books and it is widely followed today.

He studied in detail the various inscriptions in 'Vattezhuthu' script in different parts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and published three books in Tamil on the data collected by him. "Vattezhuthu is a 'circular' script that evolved out of the Tamil Brahmi script around fifth-sixth century AD.

His stellar work brought to light coins belonging to the Sangam age, be it one on the Pandian king 'Peruvaluthi,' the Chera silver coins (Maakkothai) or the 'Malaiyaman' coins. To help people outside Tamil Nadu to understand the significance, he published a book 'Sangam age Tamil coins' in English.

In recognition of his service and contribution to journalism, Tamil script reform, epigraphy and numismatics, the Madurai Kamaraj University conferred him the honorary degree of Doctor of Science in 2004. He was also a recipient of the 'Tholkappiar Award' for his work on Tamil script and numismatics in 2015. The Royal Numismatic Society in London honoured him by electing him as a Fellow and he was president TN Numismatic Society of India since its inception in 1986. (PTI) 

18:08 (IST)04 Mar 2021
Sasikala’s exit will help to fulfil Jaya’s dreams: C T Ravi

BJP on Thursday hailed the decision of expelled AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala to quit politics and said her exit will help fulfil late chief minister J Jayalalaithaa’s dream of a progressive and prosperous Tamil Nadu.

Pointing out that it was entirely Sasikala’s decision to relinquish politics, BJP national secretary in-charge of Tamil Nadu C T Ravi said “our party welcomes her decision. Her decision will fulfil Amma’s (Jayalalithaa) dreams.”

“The BJP’s aim is to strengthen the NDA in Tamil Nadu and strive for victory in all the 234 constituencies. Our major intention is to defeat the DMK and ensure the return of AIADMK,” Ravi said.

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17:41 (IST)04 Mar 2021
COVID awareness program at Tondiarpet metro station on Friday

Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has announced that a COVID-19 safety awareness program will be conducted at Tondiarpet Metro Station on Friday. The program, which will consist of musical performances will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm.

17:09 (IST)04 Mar 2021
MS Dhoni in Chennai; CSK training camp for IPL 2021 likely from March 9

Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has landed in Chennai to take part in the team’s training camp likely to begin on March 9 in the lead-up to the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The former India captain arrived here late on Wednesday and will serve a five-day quarantine.

CSK tweeted a picture of Dhoni at the airport and wrote: “Thalai-Vaa! Smile with the Mass(k) on! Super Night! #DenComing #WhistlePodu #Yellove.”

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16:23 (IST)04 Mar 2021
DMK seals poll pact with VCK; Allots six seats

The DMK on Thursday allotted six constituencies to ally Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi for the April 6 assembly elections in Tamil Nadu.

An electoral pact was signed by DMK president M K Stalin and VCK chief Thol Thirumavalavan at the Dravidian party headquarters 'Anna Arivalayam' here.

"We have decided to fight from six segments." Though there was dissatisfaction on the number of seats offered in the party, it was decided to accept the deal to drive out 'Sanathana forces' from Tamil Nadu and to consolidate secular votes, Thirumavalavan told reporters.

In the absence of DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi and AIADMK matriarch J Jayalalithaa, the BJP was trying hard to weaken both the Dravidian parties and working towards destroying politics that was aimed at upholding social justice, he alleged. (PTI)

15:57 (IST)04 Mar 2021
Five YSRC candidates file nominations for AP Legislative Council elections

Five candidates of the ruling YSR Congress on Thursday filed their nominations for the biennial election to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council. The sixth candidate filed his papers for the by-election to the Council.

Accompanied by ministers Botsa Satyanarayana, Buggana Rajendranath and Government Advisor (Public Affairs) Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy, the six candidates completed the formality on the last day of the nomination process. Earlier, YSRC president and Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy handed the candidates the party's requisite authorisation in Form-B.

The YSRC re-nominated sitting MLC Shaik Mohammed Iqbal of Kurnool district, besides bringing back political heavyweight C Ramachandraiah of Kadapa to the Council. It also nominated Balli Kalyan Chakravarthy, son of deceased Tirupati MP Durga Prasada Rao, and leaders Mohammed Karimunneesa from Vijayawada and Duvvada Srinivas from Srikakulam for three other seats.

Five Council seats will fall vacant on March 29, at the end of the six-year term of the sitting members, three of whom belong to the main opposition Telugu Desam Party. (PTI)

15:50 (IST)04 Mar 2021
TN election: In talks with ‘like-minded’ parties for alliance, says Kamal Haasan

Veteran actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder Kamal Haasan on Wednesday said he is in talks with “like-minded” parties for a possible electoral alliance for the April 6 assembly election.

Reiterating that he is keen on forging ties with “good people”, Haasan said several parties have initiated discussions for a possible alliance with the MNM and he “shook hands” with the All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi (AISMK).

“Many parties are holding discussions and some like the AISMK shook hands. We will decide on alliance first before a confab on seat-sharing,” Haasan told reporters in Chennai when his attention was drawn to AISMK founder R Sarath Kumar’s assertion that an alliance between the two parties has been firmed up.

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14:50 (IST)04 Mar 2021
Telangana reports 152 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths

Telangana recorded 152 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, pushing the tally to 2,99,406, while the death toll rose to 1,637 with two more fatalities, the state government said on Thursday.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 25, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri and Rangareddy districts with 11 and 10 respectively, it said in a bulletin.

The cumulative recovered cases stood at 2,95,821, while 1,948 were under treatment. The bulletin said 41,201 samples were tested on March 3. Cumulatively, the number of samples tested was 88,42,852. The samples tested per million population was 2,37,583, it said.

The recovery rate in the state was 98.80 per cent while the case fatality rate in the state was 0.54 per cent. (PTI)

14:18 (IST)04 Mar 2021
As seat sharing talks break down, DMDK leader targets AIADMK

Desiya Murpoku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) Deputy General Secretary L K Sudhish targeted the AIADMK on Wednesday as seat sharing talks between the alliance partners broke down ahead of the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections. Sudhish claimed the AIADMK would have “vanished” had it not forged an alliance with the DMDK in 2011.

Addressing party workers in Arni near Tiruvannamalai, Sudhish said the alliance would be decided by party leader Captain Vijayakant in a couple of days.

“We formed an alliance with AIADMK in 2011 after our cadre and office bearers requested us. We won the election and became an Opposition party. Today, we are not pleading with them. Many parties want to form an alliance under the leadership of Vijayakant,” said Sudhish, who is the DMDK chief’s brother-in-law.

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14:17 (IST)04 Mar 2021
As BJP wants her in ADMK, Sasikala stuns: ‘withdrawing from politics’

With just a month to go for Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa’s close aide VK Sasikala, who was released from a Bengaluru prison on January 27, issued a statement Wednesday that she has decided to “step aside” from politics and that she will pray for Amma’s (Jayalalithaa’s) “golden rule”.

A two-page letter, signed by her, and released first on Jaya TV, appealed to Amma’s followers to work hard to ensure her rule. “As Amma used to say, defeating the evil force DMK should be the main aim of all obedient cadre of Amma’s party,” Sasikala wrote, thanking all who showered her with love.

While Sasikala’s surprise and sudden decision is expected to help the ruling AIADMK and avoid splitting of votes, it comes as a jolt to her nephew TTV Dhinakaran, who was ousted from AIADMK along with her in 2017. After defeating the AIADMK and DMK candidates in the high-decibel RK Nagar — Jayalalithaa’s constituency — bypoll in December 2017, he launched his own party, Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK), in March 2018. The party garnered a vote share of more than 4 per cent in the Lok Sabha polls in 2019.

Minutes after her statement, Dhinakaran told media persons he was not in agreement with her on the decision. “I tried to speak to her, convince her… I told her this is unnecessary now, and requested her to remain in politics. I delayed the release of her statement for about 30 minutes. But I cannot stop her from taking her personal decision, isn’t it?” he said.

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12:02 (IST)04 Mar 2021
Explained: How Kamal Haasan is placed in the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls

Kamal Haasan was never an MGR but rather a Sivaji Ganesan, one who was a much revered and beloved actor in Tamil cinema. However, when he launched his political party, Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), in February 2018, his superstar status had somewhat waned. All that Kamal had were lofty political dreams with a pinch of socialism, neither a political background nor a fan base with ideological conviction.

Even as his rallies witnessed a decent crowd almost everywhere in the 2019 elections owing to his celebrity status, Kamal seemed more popular among the urban population than rural in Tamil Nadu, maybe owing to his Sivaji-like image. While MGR and Rajinikanth were mass heroes, the strength of Captain Vijayakanth too was his popularity among the rural masses.

However, Kamal, who often speaks for the poor and the villages, is likely to contest from a constituency in Chennai city this time, most likely Alandur, which is largely known for its upper-caste Hindu population.

The reason he is unlikely to choose Mylapore is probably that over time, the neighborhood has developed into an increasingly complex population, with at least six slums sandwiched between its temples, sabhas and mutts, and is no more a powerful Brahmin, upper-class stronghold.

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11:21 (IST)04 Mar 2021
250 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Wednesday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 250 fever clinics in Chennai on Wednesday. A total of 18,578 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 78 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.

11:18 (IST)04 Mar 2021
Kanchipuram photographer bags largest grant for lens-based practitioners in South Asia

Tamil Nadu-based photographer Purushothaman Sathish Kumar has bagged the first-ever Serendipity Arles Grant (SAG), the largest photography, video and new media grant in South Asia, SAG has announced.

Kumar, a resident of Kanchipuram, was selected out of a shortlist of 10 lens-based practitioners from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar.

He will receive Rs 12 lakh to develop his winning project and show the final presentation at Rencontres d’Arles, an annual summer photography festival in France in 2022.

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10:23 (IST)04 Mar 2021
Over Rs 1 crore worth of gold, i-phones seized; 3 arrested

Gold and other articles, worth Rs. 1.88 crore, have been seized from three people who arrived at the airport in Chennai from Dubai, Customs officials said on Wednesday. The trio, hailing from Tamil Nadu, was arrested, said the officials.

Gold weighing 3.42 kg, 19 i-phones, as many watches, 15 airpods, 51 cigarette cartons and 18 used laptops were confiscated, they said. 

Acting on inputs, the three were checked at the international terminal. The check yielded gold in paste form concealed in their rectums and chains hidden in their pockets, they said.

Further investigations are on, they added. (PTI)

10:08 (IST)04 Mar 2021
Kamal Haasan’s MNM promises 50 lakh jobs for youth, monetisation of household labour

Ahead of the Assembly polls scheduled to take place on April 6, 2021, actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) leader Kamal Haasan Wednesday released his party’s agenda for women and youth welfare and sports. MNM has said that if it comes to power, it will provide 50 lakh jobs to youth of the state, monetise household labour and ensure 50 per cent representation for women in every uniformed sector.

Haasan told reporters how his party aims to work for development of women and welfare of the youth. Haasan said his party promises to give dignity and recognition to homemakers. It also aims to monetise household work and have 50 per cent representation for women in every uniformed sector.

To provide protection to women in distress, MNM will set up hostels in every district. Women can stay at night in these hostels for free in case of emergencies. Moreover, a system will be set up to follow up on complaints registered on the women’s helpline number (181).

The party will procure and distribute sanitary napkins via PDS for adolescent girls and women from poor, urban and rural backgrounds. A rural bank will be established in each district and it will be completely run by women and for women.

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09:36 (IST)04 Mar 2021
Anna University deputy registrar arrested in fake job racket

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) Monday arrested E Parthasarathy, the Deputy Registrar of Anna University, MIT Campus, for his alleged involvement in issuing fake job appointment orders to aspirants after collecting a sum of Rs 3.29 crore from them. The police said as many as 75 job seekers were cheated.

In 2019, Vishweshwaran (son of Parthasarathy) and his accomplices Valli Elango, Soolaiyur Ramasamy, Elangovan, Rajapandi, Arumugam, Ravindar Raja and Devasigamani were arrested by the CCB police following several complaints of cheating. The police said the accused had provided false assurances to the victims, saying they could secure government jobs like public relations officers in Anna University, assistant and junior assistant engineer posts in TANGEDCO, technical jobs in the Public Welfare Department and teaching jobs, etc after taking between Rs 1 lakh to Rs 15 lakh from each of the educated youths.

The money was received in cash or through multiple bank accounts. Vishweshwaran had provided Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh as commission to his other accomplices who worked as agents.

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09:19 (IST)04 Mar 2021
231 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities today

A total of 231 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 117 arrivals and 114 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:06 (IST)04 Mar 2021
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:

  • Tambaram Kadapperi: Kamachi Nagar, Housing Board, Durga Nagar, Thiruvalluvar Street and surrounding areas.
  • Tambaram Radha Nagar: Radha Nagar Main Road, Shanthi Nagar, Kollanchavadi, Rajaji Street, Bharathi Street, Kattabomman Street, Kattabomman Cross Street, Elumalai Street, Hanumar Koil and Station Road.
08:54 (IST)04 Mar 2021
TN reports 489 fresh cases, 2 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 489 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 8,52,967. Among these, Chennai reported 184 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,36,072. The state recorded two deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 12,504. Both of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 494 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 8,36,473.

As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 3990. Till date, 5,15,368 males, 3,37,564 females and 35 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, 1,76,30,655 samples from the state have been tested till date, with 50,783 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 257 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 69 are government and 188 are private facilities.

08:54 (IST)04 Mar 2021
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For assistance on COVID-19-related queries and mental health support in Chennai, citizens can contact the Greater Chennai Corporation's (GCC) COVID-19 helpline 044 46122300 | Citizens can find the nearest GCC-facilitated COVID-19 fever clinic here | For lodging rain-related complaints and assistance during the monsoon, citizens can contact the GCC's monsoon helplines 044 25384530 or 044 25384540 or the control room 1913 (available 24x7)

Chennai Hyderabad March 1, 2 Highlights

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