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Chennai Hyderabad February 8, 9 Highlights: TN recoveries cross 8.25 lakh as cases continue to decline in state

Tamil Nadu Telangana Coronavirus Assembly Elections 2021 February 8, 9 Highlights: According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 1,64,39,856 samples from the state have been tested till date.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: February 10, 2021 9:09:27 am
Chennai, Chennai Coronavirus Test, Chennai COVID-19 Test, Chennai CoronavirusHealth workers collect swabs at a fever camp in Chennai. Express Photo: Srinivas K

Tamil Nadu Telangana Assembly Elections COVID-19 February 8, 9 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 464 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 8,42,261. Among these, Chennai reported 143 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,32,464. The state recorded four deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 12,383. All four of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 495 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 8,25,520.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 4354. Till date, 5,08,997 males, 3,33,230 females and 34 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

Former AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala on Monday returned to Tamil Nadu, having served a four-year jail term in a disproportionate assets case, with crowds giving her a rousing reception all along the way from Bengaluru to Chennai. As a nervous AIADMK government watched people greeting her with the official party flag, Sasikala promised she would be returning to “active politics”. Her convoy consisting dozens of vehicles left Bengaluru in the morning but hadn’t reached Chennai till late in the night, as huge gatherings at almost all major towns made her 340-km trip longer. She stopped to give brief speeches at several places, saying the AIADMK was “in jitters” over her, and that she would never yield to “suppression”.

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18:26 (IST)09 Feb 2021
Andhra Pradesh: CM Jagan's sister hints at floating new political outfit in Telangana

Y S Sharmila, sister of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, on Tuesday held talks with her late father's sympathisers here, triggering speculations of her possible political entry in Telangana.

There have been rumours doing rounds on social media for the past few days that Sharmila plans to start a political party in Telangana state without her brother's intervention. She is believed to be in touch with some of the prominent Congress leaders, who were closely associated with late Rajasekhara Reddy and also his loyalists, eliciting their suggestions and opinion.

"I want to understand the ground realities and to take their suggestions and the information they have.. I called people from Nalgonda district. This is just a connection (with them).

The meeting will be held with people from every district, she told media before the meeting. Sharmila however did not directly respond when asked if she would launch a political party. (PTI)

17:37 (IST)09 Feb 2021
TNPSC recruitment 2021: Apply for 991 posts, salary up to Rs 1.77 lakh

The Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) has invited applications for the assistant agricultural officer, assistant horticultural officer, agricultural officer (extension), assistant director of horticulture, and horticultural officer. Interested can apply at tnpsc.gov.in, the last date to apply is March 4. The exam for assistant agricultural officer and assistant horticulture officer will be held on April 17 and the exam for the remaining post will be held on April 18.

A total of 991 jobs will be filled through this recruitment drive. To be selected for the job candidates will have to pass two successive stages, a written examination and an oral test (interview). The final selection will be made on the basis of the total marks obtained by the applicants at the written examination and oral test taken together subject to the rule of reservation of appointments.

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16:21 (IST)09 Feb 2021
Chief Minister Edappadi inaugurates Phase II of Chennai outer ring road

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami Monday inaugurated the second phase of the Chennai Outer Ring Road (CORR) built at a cost of 1,025 crore rupees. Rural Industries Minister P Benjamin, Tamil Culture Minister Mafoi K Pandiarajan, newly appointed Chief Secretary Rajeev Ranjan and other senior officials were present at the event.

The work for the second phase of the project began in March 2014. The 30.5-kilometer stretch built on behalf of the highways and minor ports department connecting the Nemilichery and Minjur on the Tiruvottiyur-Ponneri-Panchetty road is aimed to reduce the traffic congestion in the city suburbs connecting the national highways. The newly inaugurated stretch of the six-lane road is access controlled with service roads present on both ways.

The heavy vehicles can now reach the Tiruvallur port without entering the city. The motorists who intend to travel towards Tiruvallur and Andhra Pradesh can avail this road to reach the Chennai-Tiruvallur high road in less time. The motorists are subjected to pay the toll fee for which the government is yet to come up with a plan.

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15:06 (IST)09 Feb 2021
149 new coronavirus cases, 1 death reported in Telangana

Telangana added 149 fresh cases to its COVID-19 tally, taking the total infection count to nearly 2.96 lakh while one related fatality pushed the toll to 1,612. 

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 25, followed byMedchal Malkajgiri with nine, a government bulletin said on Tuesday.

The total number of cases stood at 2,95,831 while recoveries were 2,92,415. As many as 1804 patients are under treatment and 31,831 samples were tested on Monday. Cumulatively, over 81.54 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 2.19 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.54 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 98.84 per cent. (PTI)

14:06 (IST)09 Feb 2021
Two cars loaded with firecrackers meant for Sasikala’s reception catch fire

Two cars caught fire near the Krishnagiri toll gate after supporters of former AIADMK leader V K Sasikala burst crackers ahead of her return to Tamil Nadu. Locals informed the fire department, who rushed to the spot and doused the blaze.

More than 100 cars were deployed on the Bengaluru highway to give a rousing reception to the 65-year-old confidante of Jayalalithaa. As per local reports, the AMMK cadres had firecrackers loaded in cars and two of those parked close to each other caught fire due to the bursting of the crackers.

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13:43 (IST)09 Feb 2021
Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Airport receives ACI World's 'Voice of Customer' recognition

Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Hyderabad have received the ACI World’s (Airports Council International) “Voice of Customer” recognition. The airport has been recognised for its continuous efforts to listen to passengers, engage and gather feedback to understand their needs and ensure customers’ voice was heard during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

According to an official press release, GMR Hyderabad Airport Limited (GHIAL) adapted to the new normal quickly and implemented several passenger friendly measures for a safe travel with the objective of restoring passenger trust in air travel.

13:17 (IST)09 Feb 2021
AIADMK expels seven functionaries for alleged anti-party activities

The ruling AIADMK on Monday announced removal of seven of its office bearers including a district deputy secretary for alleged anti-party activities. Though party coordinator O Panneerselvam and joint coordinator K Palaniswami did not specify the reason that
prompted the action against the seven, they were suspected to have joined in welcoming expelled AIADMK leader V K Sasikala upon her return to Tamil Nadu after serving a jail term at the Parapana Agrahara central prison in Bengaluru.

The seven, from Tiruvallur and Krishnagiri districts, were being removed from all posts, including primary membership, for going against party principles and bringing disrepute to it, the two leaders said in an AIADMK statement. They warned party workers to not to have any truck with them.

Her nephew T T V Dhinakaran had earlier in the day said many AIADMK workers had turned up to welcome her on her return, even as she travelled in the car of a ruling party functionary for some distance due to some issue with her vehicle. (PTI)

12:48 (IST)09 Feb 2021
Director wins big with film on sister, toddler’s long walk

Sometime in 2015, the mother of a two-year-old was beaten up and thrown out of the house by her alcoholic husband in the middle of the night, in a village near Melur in Madurai. She walked 13 km to her parents’ home carrying the child.

On Sunday, a film inspired by her story won the Tiger Award, the top honour at the recently concluded 50th edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2021. The director of the film Koozhangal (Pebbles) is the woman’s elder brother, P S Vinothraj. She has a cameo, appearing in a hazy dream sequence. While the two lost their father at the age of nine, their mother is a street-vendor in Madurai town.

Pebbles became the first Tamil film and only the second Indian film, after Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s S Durga, to get the Tiger Award, with Vinothraj winning in his debut effort. Pebbles is also the first movie project for cinematographers Vignesh Kumily and G Parthib, and editor Ganesh Siva.

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12:18 (IST)09 Feb 2021
308 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Monday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 308 fever clinics in Chennai on Monday. A total of 18,812 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 140 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 40 camps had been set up, while Madhavaram (Zone 3) had the least with six camps.

11:55 (IST)09 Feb 2021
AIADMK flag, crowds around her, politics on mind, Sasikala is back

Former AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala on Monday returned to Tamil Nadu, having served a four-year jail term in a disproportionate assets case, with crowds giving her a rousing reception all along the way from Bengaluru to Chennai. As a nervous AIADMK government watched people greeting her with the official party flag, Sasikala promised she would be returning to “active politics”.

Her convoy consisting dozens of vehicles left Bengaluru in the morning but hadn’t reached Chennai till late in the night, as huge gatherings at almost all major towns made her 340-km trip longer. She stopped to give brief speeches at several places, saying the AIADMK was “in jitters” over her, and that she would never yield to “suppression”.

At other times, Sasikala said “the enemy” should not come to power and hence “everyone should work together like the children of the same mother, under the AIADMK banner”. Asked by reporters if she would return to active politics, with the Assembly elections near, she said, “Sure, for party workers.”

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11:22 (IST)09 Feb 2021
AIADMK ally threatens to contest alone in Tamil Nadu polls

Ratcheting up pressure on alliance partner AIADMK, DMDK treasurer Premalatha Vijayakanth said her party can clinch 10-15 per cent of the vote share if they contest alone.

Addressing a party meeting in T Nagar on Sunday, Premalatha said: “It is not a bigger deal for DMDK to contest alone in all the 234 constituencies. Functionaries have been appointed in all the constituencies, if Captain (Vijayakanth) decides, it will take less than a second to announce our candidates. However, respecting the alliance Dharma we are waiting patiently. But, I am here to say you all that there is a limit to our patience as well.”

Premalatha has been locking horns with her alliance partners over a seat-sharing for the upcoming assembly elections. With senior ally AIADMK, Premalatha has been upset over the delay in announcing the seats.

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11:01 (IST)09 Feb 2021
Forest department imposes heavy fines on people who cut down a neem tree in Saidabad

The forest department imposed heavy fines on people who cut down a neem tree in Hyderabad's Saisabad area, following a complaint raised by a Class 8 student.

Officials said that locals had cut down the tree that was obstructing the construction of a house. In addition to knocking down a forty-year-old neem tree at night, attempts were also made to move the timber so that the landmark could not be seen and to burn the tree landmark.  

An student studying in the eighth grade noticed the incident at dawn and called the Forest Department toll free number. Introducing himself as a Green Brigadier, the student called for action against those who had hit a large tree near his home. 

Officials who conducted the investigation confirmed the tree felling without permission and said that those who were responsible were fined Rs 62,075. The student was later congratulated by the department officials.

10:34 (IST)09 Feb 2021
Tamil Nadu: 48-day retreat for temple elephants kicks off near Mettupalayam

The 48-day annual retreat for captive elephants in Tamil Nadu commenced Monday at the Thekkampatti village, near Mettupalayam in Coimbatore district.

Organised by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Trust (HR &CE), the camp was inaugurated by Forest Minister Dindigul Srinivasan, Municipal administration minister SP Velumani, and HR & CE Minister Sevur S Ramachandran by feeding fruits and sugarcane to the elephants.

The state government, which began preparations for the events a few months ago, had asked attending mahouts and their assistants to provide Covid-19 negative certificates before entering the camp. According to officials, Rs 1.67 crore was allocated for the camp, to set up shelters, bathing platforms, walking tracks, kitchen, food court, mobile toilets, etc., and ensure a supply of necessary medicines for the elephants and the people accompanying them.

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10:11 (IST)09 Feb 2021
Will remain in active politics, win upcoming polls for Amma: Sasikala

With her prison term over, VK Sasikala, expelled AIADMK leader and close aide of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, Monday said she would remain involved in active politics.

Ever since she reached Chennai on Monday, Sasikala has received an enthusiastic welcome from her cadres. At more than 50 places, grand receptions –– which included drones cameras to carry banners featuring Sasikala’s face, with slogans inviting her to take over the party –– were organised by the Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) cadres.

On her way, Sasikala stopped near Vaaniyambadi and addressed her cadres after a gap of four years. She said the government’s decision to stop her from using the AIADMK flag “reveals the fear among the current AIADMK leadership”.

“I thank everyone who wished for my good health. With the blessings of god and Amma, I have recovered from Covid-19. I thank the Karnataka government, their hospital doctors and nurses. Amma said even after her, the AIADMK party will stay here and rule for 100 years. To continue her vision, I will dedicate the remaining days of my life to the welfare of the party,” Sasikala said.

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10:01 (IST)09 Feb 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:

  • Puzhal: Padmavathi Nagar, Lakshmi Kanthammal Nagar, Thirumal Nagar, Velmurugan Nagar, Revathi Nagar, Iyyan Thiruvalluvar Road and nearby areas.
  • Sembium: TH Road, MH Road, Kamaraj Salai, Gandhi Nagar Street - 1st to 4th; Pallavan Salai, Jawahar Street, EB Road, Chinnathamburan Street, Palaniyappa Nagar, Pandiyan Street, Francis Colony, SSV Koil Street, Paper Mills Road and nearby areas.
  • Tambaram Kadapperi: TNHB Colony Phase - 1, 2, 3; Annai Indira Nagar, Mummoorthy Nagar, TB Hospital, Kamatchi Nagar, Chitlapakkam 1st Main Road, Anna Salai Main Road, Padasalai Street, Ambedkar Street, Moovendhar Street, Saraswathypuram, Delhi Street and nearby areas.
09:39 (IST)09 Feb 2021
One more passenger who returned from UK tests positive, tally now at 30

A total of 30 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 30 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 and four in Trichy. 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, 3977 close contacts of the 2122 passengers who had tested negative were also tested for COVID-19 and were found to be negative.

A total of 1683 passengers had travelled to Tamil Nadu from UK between January 8 and February 8, of which 1406 have been tested. Among these, six have tested positive, 1390 have tested negative and the results of 10 passengers are awaited. Tracing of further passengers is underway.

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

Of the 30 primary cases, 26 of them who tested negative in their follow up RT-PCR test have been discharged and kept under home quarantine. Similarly, all 20 contact cases who tested negative in their follow up RT-PCR test have been discharged and kept under home quarantine. Four of the primary cases are under hospital isolation.

09:18 (IST)09 Feb 2021
TN records 464 fresh cases, 4 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 464 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 8,42,261. Among these, Chennai reported 143 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,32,464. The state recorded four deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 12,383. All four of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 495 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 8,25,520.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 4354. Till date, 5,08,997 males, 3,33,230 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, 1,64,39,856 samples from the state have been tested till date, with 51,448 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 254 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 68 are government and 186 are private facilities.

09:17 (IST)09 Feb 2021
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18:30 (IST)08 Feb 2021
Uttarakhand floods: TN ready to offer assistance, says EPS

The Tamil Nadu government on Monday offered all possible assistance to Uttarakhand, after a glacier burst triggered a deluge, killing 10 people on Sunday and leaving over 140 missing.

In a statement, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami expressed his grief over the deaths and said, " On behalf of the people of Tamil Nadu and the state government, I extend my deep condolences and sympathies to the families of those killed in the flood". He added, "The Tamil Nadu government is prepared to extend all assistance to Uttarakhand." (PTI)

18:04 (IST)08 Feb 2021
Authorities identify animal roaming in vicinity of Rajiv Gandhi International Airport as wild cat

Authorities have identified the animal roaming in the vicinity of the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Shamshabad as a wild cat. Images of wild cats were recorded on Sunday night on cameras set up by the forest department. 

There have been reports of a leopard roaming around Shamshabad for some time now. However, the Forest Department personnel did not find any evidence or movement regarding a leopard.

Shamshabad Forest Divisional Officer Ch Shivayya said that the pictures of a healthy wild cat were caught on camera and there was no leopard wandering. He said that the locals need not be afraid.

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With her prison term over, VK Sasikala, expelled AIADMK leader and close aide of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, Monday said she would remain involved in active politics. “I thank everyone who wished for my good health. With the blessings of god and Amma, I have recovered from Covid-19. I thank the Karnataka government, their hospital doctors and nurses. Amma said even after her, the AIADMK party will stay here and rule for 100 years. To continue her vision, I will dedicate the remaining days of my life to the welfare of the party,” Sasikala said.

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The 48-day annual retreat for captive elephants in Tamil Nadu commenced Monday at the Thekkampatti village, near Mettupalayam in Coimbatore district. Organised by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Trust (HR &CE), the camp was inaugurated by Forest Minister Dindigul Srinivasan, Municipal administration minister SP Velumani, and HR & CE Minister Sevur S Ramachandran by feeding fruits and sugarcane to the elephants.

READ | Tamil Nadu: 48-day retreat for temple elephants kicks off near Mettupalayam

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