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Chennai Hyderabad March 8, 9 Highlights: Active cases in TN cross 4000 as cases begin to rise in state

Tamil Nadu Telangana Coronavirus Assembly Elections 2021 March 8, 9 Highlights: As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 4018.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: March 10, 2021 9:25:57 am
Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Trains, Railway StationPassengers queue up to buy tickets at a suburban station in Chennai. Express Photo: Srinivas K

Tamil Nadu Telangana Assembly Elections COVID-19 March 8, 9 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 556 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 8,55,677. Among these, Chennai reported 229 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,37,204. The state recorded three deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 12,521 All three had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 532 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 8,39,138.

Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami promised that the AIADMK will give a monthly allowance of Rs 1,500 to all housewives and six free gas cylinders annually to each family if it was returned to power after the upcoming Assembly elections. The statement comes a day after DMK chief M K Stalin announced a monthly allowance of Rs 1,000 for housewives if his party was voted to power.

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15:00 (IST)09 Mar 2021
Telangana Police launch ‘QR Code Complaint System’ for women safety

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Telangana State Police on Monday launched a ‘QR Code Complaint System’ so that women can easily lodge complaints against harassment.

Women can scan the QR codes installed at various public places to lodge a complaint. Launching the system, DGP M Mahendar Reddy said it is not only a simple and easy to use solution but also ensures a secure complaint and feedback mechanism.

Women who are subject to any kind of harassment in public places, offices, during travel, online/social media, phone etc can use the system. One needs to merely scan through QR Codes and provide relevant information. According to the police, the issue will be routed to the SHE Team office concerned for further processing as per departmental guidelines.

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14:33 (IST)09 Mar 2021
Man opens three rounds of fire at wife and children, arrested

A 52-year-old man opened three rounds of fire on his wife and children in Hyderabad Monday. No one was injured, said police.

The incident took place during a heated argument between Syed Habeeb Hashmi and his wife at their house in Bilal Nagar, when Hashmi used his licenced revolver against own family members.

Kalapathar police registered a case of attempt to murder against Hashmi and invoked sections under Indian Arms Act 1959, as well.

According to Inspector K Sudarshan, police received a complaint from Syed Omer Hashmi, the son of the accused. The complainant told police that the incident unfolded as his father picked up an argument seeking property documents of their house on Monday. The accused took out his gun and pointed at the mother. The bullet he fired hit the roof as the older son, the complainant, caught hold of the father. As the mother and the children fled the house, the accused opened two more rounds at them with an intent to kill, said police.

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14:07 (IST)09 Mar 2021
Ruling TRS and opposition go all out in poll campaign for 2 LC seats

The campaigning for the March 14 poll to the Telangana Legislative Council from two Graduates' constituencies almost resembles that of an assembly election with the three major parties -- ruling TRS, opposition BJP and Congress -- making a determined bid to win. Having suffered unexpected losses in the bypoll to Dubbak assembly constituency and Hyderabad civic polls late last year, the TRS is keen on securing the two seats -- Khammam- Nalgonda-Warangal and Hyderabad-Rangareddy-Mahabubnagar Graduates' constituencies.

In a surprise move, TRS has fielded former Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao's daughter S Vani Devi, an educationist, from the Hyderabad-Rangareddy-Mahabubnagar seat to take on sitting MLC and BJP candidate N Ramachander Rao. The TRS leaders seek votes, alleging that the NDA government has not implemented the assurances given to Telangana at the time of bifurcation of undivided Andhra Pradesh in 2014. BJP's Ramachander Rao, a senior lawyer, is also leaving no stone unturned for his victory.

Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy and BJP OBC Morcha's national president K Laxman have campaigned in favour of their party candidate.

Congress has fielded former minister G Chinna Reddy and has argued that TRS has no right to seek votes in the name of Narasimha Rao as the former PM was a Congressman all his life. State Congress president and MP N Uttam Kumar Reddy alleged on Monday that TRS leaders were intimidating people to vote for their party candidate. 

TDP's Telangana unit president L Ramana and former MLC Professor K Nageshwar, a prominent analyst, are also in the fray from the Hyderabad-Rangareddy-Mahabubnagar seat. In the Khammam-Nalgonda-Warangal seat, sitting MLC Palla Rajeshwar Reddy is the TRS nominee,while his Congress rival is Ramulu Naik. BJP has fielded its leader G Premender Reddy. (PTI)

13:41 (IST)09 Mar 2021
Recoveries continue to outnumber fresh cases in Telangana

Recoveries continued to outnumber the number of new COVID-19 cases in Telangana as the tally of positive cases rose to just above three lakh on Monday, while two deaths took the toll to 1,644, the state government said on Tuesday.

The maximum of 31 cases were reported by Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), followed by Rangareddy and Medchal Malkajgiri districts with 12 and 10 cases respectively, a government bulletin said.

The total number of cases in the state stood at 3,00,153, while recoveries were 2,96,740 and 1,769 patients were under treatment at different hospitals. The samples tested per million population was 2,42,255, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.54 per cent, while the recovery rate was 98.86 per cent. (PTI)

13:16 (IST)09 Mar 2021
TN: Kamal Haasan’s party to contest from 154 Assembly segments

Actor politician Kamal Haasan-led Makkal Needhi Maiam has finalised a seat sharing pact with two of its allies for the April 6 Assembly polls and it is set to contest from 154 segments out of the 234 constituencies.

MNM inked an agreement with actor-politician Sarathkumar’s All India Samathuva Makhal Katchi and Indiya Jananayaka Katchi to jointly fight the polls. 

According to the understanding reached here late last night, AISMK and IJK would contest from 40 seats each. The primary goal was to contest polls in alliance with a “promise for change and emerge victorious to form the government,” the agreement said.

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13:07 (IST)09 Mar 2021
Dhinakaran, Owaisi: Why they add up to enough

T T V Dhinakaran’s Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) has entered into an electoral pact for the Assembly polls with the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) led by Asaduddin Owaisi. As Dhinakaran decides to move ahead with his poll plans even as his aunt V K Sasikala decided to step away from politics, why has he chosen Owaisi, a new entrant to Tamil Nadu politics?

Dhinakaran, anyway, couldn’t have struck an alliance with any major Tamil party as it is too late in the game. All potential allies of Dhinakaran or those who had long camaraderie with the Sasikala family joined other alliances days ago. With no real chance of winning, and looking as he is at sending a message to the established parties in this election, Dhinakaran can do enough damage with the AIMIM.

The AIMIM doesn’t have much of a presence in Tamil Nadu. However, it may make a mark in Vaniyambadi, having got about 10,000 votes here in the 2016 Assembly polls. Any votes Owaisi attracts are likely to hurt the DMK, a potential beneficiary of consolidated Muslim minority votes in this election due to the poll pact between the AIADMK and BJP.

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12:32 (IST)09 Mar 2021
Suspicious transactions, UPI payments monitored: Satyabrata Sahoo

Suspicious transactions through banks and those made using Unified Payments Interface based apps were being monitored to prevent inducement to voters and ensure fair assembly polls in Tamil Nadu on April 6, state Chief Electoral Officer, Satyabrata Sahoo said on Monday.

Addressing a press conference in Chennai, he said the EC was watchful about payments through Google Pay or other UPI based transfers. All kinds of suspicious bank transactions would be monitored. On the DMK's promise of Rs 1,000 monthly payout to women family heads if it came to power, he said poll assurances were in the domain of political parties and the EC would step in only if there was objection on grounds of violation of model code of conduct. 

Replying to a question, he said all electronic voting machines to be used in the poll were 'M3 Mark,' the latest, and since 2017 Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail machines were being used.

On cash seizures, he said there was no bar on anyone possessing or travelling with currency upto Rs 50,000 and if the amount exceeded they should have appropriate supporting documents, he said. Be it movement of cash for ATMs or banking purposes, the guidelines should be followed, he said.

Cumulatively, seizures worth Rs 32.03 crore had so far been made. Of this, Rs 23.75 crore was in cash, Rs 21.57 lakh worth liquor, gold valued at about Rs 6.53 crore (15.22 kg) and silver worth Rs 77 lakh (129 kg), the CEO added. (PTI)

12:00 (IST)09 Mar 2021
Southern Railway officers to be deputed for election duty vaccinated on Monday

The Southern Railway, in co-ordination with Greater Chennai Corporation had organized a vaccination camp for railway officials to be deputed for polling duty at the Railway Health Unit facility, NGO Annexe, Chennai Division on Monday.

A total of 67 employees of Southern Railway Headquarters and Chennai Division to be deputed for election duty were vaccinated. 

According to a release, employees will be vaccinated in batches not exceeding 100 per day duly adhering to all COVID safety protocols. 

Employees of Southern Railway to be deputed for election duty for the oncoming assembly polls in Tamil Nadu and Kerala will be vaccinated in phases at the respective Divisional Hospitals/Health units. 

11:32 (IST)09 Mar 2021
Andhra govt to introduce gender budget

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday said the state would introduce a gender budget. Inaugurating a slew of women-centric programmes, Reddy said this year’s budget would clearly list out the expenditure for women’s welfare through various schemes.

He also announced the provision of free biodegradable sanitary napkins to girl students studying in classes VII-XII in all government schools from July 1. The napkins will also be available at low prices in Cheyutha grocery stores across the state from the same day. The government also increased the casual leaves for women in government jobs to 20 from 15.

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11:20 (IST)09 Mar 2021
Take decision on providing equal status to women in Assembly polls, Madras HC tells Centre

The Madras High Court on Monday directed the Union government to take a decision on a plea to provide equal representation for women in the general elections.

The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthil Kumar Ramamurthy gave a direction to this effect, while disposing of a public interest writ petition from L Muthu Selvi of Rajapalayam.

The petitioner prayed for a direction to the State to consider her November 19, 2000 representation, which sought equal representation to women in the election to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly. When the PIL came up Monday, the Election Commission counsel informed the bench that only the central government was empowered to make a legislation in this regard. 

The judges recorded the submission and disposed of the petition with a direction to the centre to consider the plea and take a decision. (PTI)

10:54 (IST)09 Mar 2021
230 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Monday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 230 fever clinics in Chennai on Monday. A total of 16,870 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 107 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 Manali (Zone 2) had the least with three camps.

10:26 (IST)09 Mar 2021
‘Real Dharma Yudham’: Despite Sasikala surprise, TTV to fight polls, joins hands with AIMIM

While VK Sasikala’s sudden decision to step away from politics may have rattled the Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK), her nephew TTV Dhinakaran seems to be moving ahead with his poll plans. The AMMK will contest the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections from “as many seats as possible”, and has also got an ally — Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM).

On Monday, talking to reporters, Dhinakaran said “nothing could stop him” and the battle he is going to wage would be the real “dharma yudham,”  — a term used by deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam in early 2017 when he declared a revolt against then-AIADMK general secretary Sasikala.

“AMMK aims to establish Amma rule in this election. We are definitely going to win,” Dhinakaran said. “The people of Tamil Nadu will vote for us, we have a strong conviction about that,” he added, comparing his camp to the Pandavas.

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10:21 (IST)09 Mar 2021
Tamil Nadu: Palaniswami promises Rs 1,500 monthly allowance for housewives

Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami promised that the AIADMK will give a monthly allowance of Rs 1,500 to all housewives and six free gas cylinders annually to each family if it was returned to power after the upcoming Assembly elections.

The statement comes a day after DMK chief M K Stalin announced a monthly allowance of Rs 1,000 for housewives if his party was voted to power.

Extending his greetings on the occasion of International Women’s Day, Palaniswami said the announcement was a gift for the women of the state.

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09:36 (IST)09 Mar 2021
Hand gloves for voters, PPEs for COVID-19 infected in TN assembly polls

COVID-19 infected voters will be given personal protective equipment (PPE) kits while others hand gloves for casting their votes in the elections to Tamil Nadu assembly next month as part of preventive measures in view of the pandemic, state Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo said in Chennai on Monday.

On the day of polling, every voter will be given hand gloves before voting to ensure there was no chance of transmission of infection through the Electronic Voting Machine, he said. All other norms to help prevent COVID-19, including screening people with thermal scanners, will be followed during the polling on April 6, the official told a press conference at the Secretariat.

"People must go to polling stations wearing mask," he said adding public should follow social distancing as well. If people had fever or in case of suspicion about coronavirus, they would be given a medical certificate and allowed to vote during the last one hour. In case of people infected with COVID-19 or suspected of being infected with the virus, they would be permitted to cast their votes wearing a PPE kit that would be provided by authorities, he said. Arrangements are in place to ensure availability of PPEs, he noted.

Both polling stations and personnel have been increased in view of the pandemic and as a result the total booths now stood at 88,937 as against 68,324 and would be manned by 4,79,892 personnel, the CEO said. There are 76 counting centres in the state. While previously only the vulnerable and sensitive polling stations were monitored through web camera, for the first time now, a minimum of 50 per cent of polling booths shall be connected to the devices. (PTI)
As many as 150 general observers and 40 police observers have been deployed and they would all report in their respective assigned constituencies before March 19.

09:10 (IST)09 Mar 2021
Non-adherence to Covid-19 norms results in increase of cases in Tamil Nadu

For the past couple of days, the number of Covid-19 positive cases has been on the rise in Tamil Nadu. The increase in the number of cases has put the health officials in a spot of bother as the number of cases stayed below the 500-mark for over a month. 

Non-adherence to Covid-19 norms has been cited as one of the main reasons for the marginal rise in number. The spike in the number of coronavirus cases has forced the corporation to intensify the guidelines which include barricading streets with more than three COVID-19 positive cases. The officials said of the 40,000 streets in Chennai, a total of 1,357 streets in the city have active cases.

On Monday, Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan carried out a mask compliance drive in the city’s populated streets including Ranganathan Street and other surrounding areas in T Nagar and collected a fine of Rs 200 from violators. Radhakrishnan attributed the recent spike mainly to clusters like family functions, traveling, political rallies, etc.

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09:08 (IST)09 Mar 2021
TN reports 556 fresh cases, 3 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 556 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 8,55,677. Among these, Chennai reported 229 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,37,204. The state recorded three deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 12,521 All three had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 532 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 8,39,138.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 4018. Till date, 5,16,994 males, 3,38,648 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, 1,79,00,716 samples from the state have been tested till date, with 54,325 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.

09:05 (IST)09 Mar 2021
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18:28 (IST)08 Mar 2021
AMMK ties up with AIMIM for upcoming TN Assembly polls

TTV Dhinakaran, the general secretary of Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) has tied up with AIMIM for the Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu on April 6. Asauddin Owaisi's party will contest from Vaniyambadi, Krishnagiri and Sankarapuram constituencies.

18:00 (IST)08 Mar 2021
Teenager drowns in canal in Erode

A 15-year-old boy drowned in a canal in which he along with his friends were bathing, police said on Monday.

Dineshkumar of Nambiyur, studying 9th standard in a government school in Erode district of Tamil Nadu, got washed away in the Lower Bhavani Project (LBP) canal on Sunday, the police said. His friends raised an alarm and some people nearby jumped into the waters and searched for him but in vain, they said.

Later, the police and Fire and Rescue Services personnel also searched. They could not trace him. This morning, the body was found about a kilometre away from the place of the incident, they said.

A case of accidental death has been registered, they added. (PTI)

17:19 (IST)08 Mar 2021
Amit Shah speaks to Kishan Reddy; enquires about incident at Bhainsa town, prevailing siutation

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday spoke to his deputy G Kishan Reddy and enquired about the incident and the prevailing situation at Bhainsa town in Telangana where prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC were imposed following a clash between members of two communities.

"Hon'ble Home Minister Sri @AmitShah Ji called me to enquire about the Bhainsa (Telangana) incident & the prevailing situation," Kishan Reddy, Union MoS (Home), tweeted.

Reddy said he spoke to Telangana DGP Mahendar Reddy again who told him that the situation was under control. "Spoke to @TelanganaDGP yet again, during which he apprised me & assured that the situation is now under control & that the offenders will be nabbed soon," Kishan Reddy said.

Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) (banning assembly of more than five people) were imposed in the communally-sensitive Bhainsa town in Nirmal district where members of two communities clashed, police said on Monday. (PTI)

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After several rounds of talks, the DMK on Monday signed the seat-sharing agreement with CPI(M), allotting them six seats for the assembly election. The deal was signed by DMK president MK Stalin and CPI(M) state secretary K Balakrishnan at the DMK headquarters ‘Anna Arivalayam’ in Chennai. Addressing the reporters, Balakrishnan said since they have a political responsibility to make AIADMK suffer a crushing defeat and also to stop BJP from gaining a foothold in Tamil Nadu, they have settled for six seats.

READ | Tamil Nadu: CPI(M) gets 6 seats in DMK alliance; deadlock continues in AIADMK-DMDK alliance

Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK) coordinator Seeman Sunday introduced his party’s candidates on a single stage at a public meeting held in YMCA ground near Royapettah in Chennai. The Tamil Nationalist party, which provided equal seats to men and women in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, has once again fielded an equal number of men and women in the upcoming assembly election. 117 men and 117 women were seated on either side of the stage with their leader, Seeman, standing in the centre and introducing the candidates to the gathering.

READ | Naam Tamilar party introduces all 234 candidates on single stage

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