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Chennai Hyderabad January 27, 28 Highlights: All 46 UK returnees to TN who tested positive discharged following treatment

Tamil Nadu Telangana Coronavirus Assembly Elections 2021 January 27, 28 Highlights: All 26 primary cases and all 20 positive cases who tested negative in their follow up RT-PCR test have been discharged and kept under home quarantine.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: January 29, 2021 9:12:08 am
Chennai, COVID-19 Test, Coronavirus TestA corporation official checks the temperature of a resident in Chennai. Express Photo: Srinivas K

Tamil Nadu Telangana Assembly Elections COVID-19 January 27, 28 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 512 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 8,35,315. Among these, Chennai reported 159 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,30,675. The state recorded eight deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 12,333. Seven of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 564 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 8,19,306.

A total of 26 passengers who had returned to Tamil Nadu from UK and 20 of their primary contacts have tested positive for COVID-19 till date. The health bulletin released by the Tamil Nadu health department stated that nine (six UK returnees and three of their contacts) of the 46 samples which had been sent to Instem Lab in Bengaluru were found to have the UK variant of the virus on Whole Genome Sequencing. All 26 primary cases and all 20 positive cases who tested negative in their follow up RT-PCR test have been discharged and kept under home quarantine.

Expelled AIADMK leader V K Sasikala was officially released from a Bengaluru prison on Wednesday after completion of her four-year jail term in a disproportionate asset case in which former chief minister late J Jayalalithaa was also convicted. After visiting the hospital, T T V Dhinakaran, her nephew and leader of Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK), invoking Jayalalithaa, said time has come to re-establish the real Amma government in poll-bound Tamil Nadu again.

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17:57 (IST)28 Jan 2021
Chennai Corporation to launch online registration for pet licences

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) will soon launch an online registration system on their website for acquiring pet licences.

The initiative, which was planned to be launched a couple of months ago, was put on hold due to the pandemic. The officials are now looking to launch the initiative in April.

According to the officials, people going for a licence for their pet/s will get free anti-rabies vaccination from civic bodies’ pet clinics present in Nungambakkam, T Nagar, Meenambakkam Thiru-Vi-Ka Nagar.

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17:14 (IST)28 Jan 2021
DMDK sets terms for alliance partner AIADMK ahead of seat sharing talks for TN polls

Desiya Murpoku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) treasurer and wife of ‘Captain’ Vijaykanth, Premalatha Vijaykanth, has said that her party expects senior ally AIADMK to allocate 41 seats in the upcoming Assembly election. Premalatha added that it will be similar to the deal her outfit struck with the ruling party in the 2011 Assembly polls.

Addressing reporters after a party meeting at Dharmapuri, Premalatha said “We are ready for the Assembly elections. We have appointed zonal and district functionaries in all the 234 constituencies to oversee preparatory work. Booth-committee work is also being conducted in full swing. We will launch our campaign after the general committee meeting.”

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16:20 (IST)28 Jan 2021
Man axed to death in Telangana

A 53-year-old man, who was earlier associated with the TDP, was killed on Thursday at Jangaon near Warangal over a land dispute, police said.

The assailants had followed and attacked him with axes when he was on his morning walk. 

The deceased got a favourable judgment in a land dispute case on Wednesday, they said. He had served as a municipal councillor on behalf of TDP earlier, but had no political affiliation in recent times, police added. (PTI)

15:35 (IST)28 Jan 2021
Airtel successfully demonstrates live 5G services in Hyderabad

Bharti Airtel has announced that it has become the first telecom service provider in the country to successfully “demonstrate and orchestrate” live 5G service. The demonstration took place in the city of Hyderabad.

Airtel has tested the new 5G network over its existing liberalised spectrum in the 1800 MHz band through the NSA (non-standalone) network technology. Using dynamic spectrum sharing, Airtel claims it has seamlessly operated 5G and 4G connections from within the same spectrum block.

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14:58 (IST)28 Jan 2021
Telangana govt empowers sarpanches to decide on wild boar culling, order triggers fear of misuse

The Telangana government has empowered sarpanches of gram panchayats to decide on culling of wild pigs that damage agriculture crops outside the Protected Areas and Reserve Forest areas. The government order issued Tuesday notifies over 12,720-odd gram sarpanches as ‘Honorary Wildlife Warden’ for this purpose for one year.

While the latest order is hailed by some as need of the hour, others criticize the same as an open invitation to indiscriminate hunting that could impact the wildlife adversely.

As per the orders, the sarpanch can act only on receipt of a written complaint from a farmer, following which he/she along with a group of elders from the village have to investigate and ascertain if the situation warrants hunting. The same has to be documented in the Panchnama and communicated to the forest department’s field officer. For culling wild pigs, services of hunters enlisted by Telangana Forest Department or any local expert shooter with a valid license for possession of firearms can be availed, states the order which also clarifies that no wild pigs found in protected areas, reserved forest areas and other government lands shall be hunted.

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14:00 (IST)28 Jan 2021
IN PICS | EPS, OPS inaugurate Jayalalithaa's residence as memorial
13:34 (IST)28 Jan 2021
Jayalalithaa’s residence inaugurated as a memorial

Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa’s residence, ‘Veda Nilayam’ in Poes Garden, was formally inaugurated as a memorial Thursday by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami. Deputy Chief Minister O Pannerselvam, state cabinet ministers and other senior AIADMK functionaries participated in the event and paid floral tributes to a portrait of ‘Amma’.

The Madras High Court on Wednesday restrained the state government from throwing the memorial open to the public. Passing interim orders on the petitions filed by Jayalalithaa’s legal heirs J Deepa and J Deepak, the court said the inauguration event alone can take place as scheduled.

However, scores of AIADMK cadres started to gather in front of the Poes Garden residence in the early hours on Thursday. Except for the leaders in the party’s high command, others were restricted from entering the premises. The event was inaugurated by senior AIADMK ministers with the lighting of lamps.

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12:15 (IST)28 Jan 2021
WeHub creates a ramp for Telangana’s women entrepreneurs to take off

The pandemic-induced-lockdown of last year has brought to light a new and evolved narrative of women entrepreneurship, one that involves merit and dignity, from Telangana.

When K Kavya Sirikonda, an electronics engineer from Teldarpally in Telangana’s Khammam district, decided to start a business it was not difficult for her to choose mushroom farming given her family background. She prepared a detailed project report, pitched her plan before the bankers, and succeeded. Through the COVID-19 pandemic season, when challenges of breakages in supply and distribution channels mounted on her, she turned it into an opportunity by scaling up and diversifying into pickle-making in addition to mushroom farming. For all the handholding through these difficult times, she credits WeHub, a special incubator and accelerator for women entrepreneurs.

On March 8, International Women’s Day, WeHub will mark three years of its existence. Since its inception, the initiative of the government of Telangana has engaged with 3427 women entrepreneurs, incubated 148 women-led start-ups, and supported 276 such startups across the ecosystem. Kavya is one of the incubatees from the 2019 cohort.

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11:31 (IST)28 Jan 2021
Tamil Nadu: Cops gun down one, nab two after jeweller’s wife, son killed in robbery

Tamil Nadu Police Wednesday busted a three-member gang, which killed two family members of a jewellery shop owner and robbed around 16 kg gold near Sirkazhi town in the Mayiladuthurai district.

One of the gang members was killed in an encounter as he tried to escape while the other two were arrested, police said, adding they recovered the jewellery as well.

The alleged criminals- Manipal, Manush, and Ramesh – barged into the residence of Dhanraj Choudhary, the shop owner and tried to rob jewellery. As his family members tried to resist, the gang of robbers attacked them with knives and machetes. Choudhary’s 47-year-old wife Asha and 28-year-old son Akhil died on the spot, while his daughter-in-law Nihila suffered injuries.

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11:15 (IST)28 Jan 2021
Telangana records 186 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death

Telangana posted 186 fresh cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, taking the total positives to nearly 2.94 lakh while one related fatality pushed the toll to 1,594.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 35, followed by Rangareddy and Medchal Malkajgiri with 15 and 12 respectively, a government bulletin said on Thursday.

The total number of cases stood at 2,93,923 while recoveries were at 2,89,631. As many as 2,698 patients are under treatment and 31,119 samples were tested on Wednesday. Cumulatively, over 77.59 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 2.08 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.54 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 98.53 per cent. (PTI)

10:57 (IST)28 Jan 2021
320 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Wednesday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 320 fever clinics in Chennai on Wednesday. A total of 20,545 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 135 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 38 camps had been set up, while Manali (Zone 2) had the least with five camps.

10:47 (IST)28 Jan 2021
Explained: Out of prison, a look at the four options before V K Sasikala

V K Sasikala’s incarceration in the disproportionate asset case came to an end Wednesday. However, since she is being treated for Covid-19 at a Bengaluru hospital, it may take a few more days for Sasikala to reach Chennai.

But the question that Tamil Nadu is asking, is what next for Sasikala? A lot has changed in the years J Jayalalithaa’s confidante has been in prison. Rebel leader O Panneerselvam, who was ousted by Sasikala from the CM’s post before going to the prison, is back in the AIADMK. And the Chief Minister she handpicked, Edappadi K Palaniswami, had joined hands with the ‘betrayer’ Panneerselvam and ousted her from the party’s top post, leaving her no room to return even though she commanded huge respect for about three decades as J Jayalalithaa’s proxy.

Now, according to her close aides and relatives, who held negotiations with various political camps ahead of her release, there are only a few options left for Sasikala.

#Option 1: Rejoin AIADMK

#Option 2: AIADMK gets AMMK as an ally

#Option 3: AMMK leads a third front

#Option 4: Sasikala exits politics

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10:45 (IST)28 Jan 2021
AIADMK leaders OPS, EPS unveil grand memorial of former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami Wednesday inaugurated a grand memorial built for AIADMK supremo and former CM J Jayalalithaa. Spread over 50,000 square feet, the structure is built at a cost of Rs 79.75 crore alongside the Marina Beach in Chennai.

Apart from CM Edappadi, Deputy Chief Minister O Pannerselvam, Tamil Nadu cabinet ministers, Speaker P Dhanapal, MLAs, MPS, and other dignitaries took part in the mega event.

The giant structure is right behind the memorial of former chief minister MG Ramachandran (MGR). LED screens were set up at a couple of places near the Kamarajar Salai for the cadres to view the event.

Speaking at the event, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said Jayalalithaa served as the mother to the people of Tamil Nadu. “DMK president MK Stalin tried all the tricks under his sleeves to stall the construction of this memorial. Through his ‘Benamis’ he filed many cases, but nothing prevented us from inaugurating this beautiful structure. We have to win the upcoming elections by a big margin and return to this place to thank our Amma.”

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10:07 (IST)28 Jan 2021
Blindsided by Master’s early OTT release, theatre owners rue lack of transparency

On Wednesday, Amazon Prime Video announced that its subscribers could stream Tamil film Master, starring Vijay and Vijay Sethupathu, in the lead roles, from the comforts and safety of their homes, starting January 29. And this has pushed exhibitors and distributors across the country into distress.

“We were all shocked. We would have actually made profits in the third and fourth week, and now this OTT release will eat into our weekend crowds. We are about to take a big hit,” Rakesh Gowthaman, owner of Vettri Theatres in Chennai, said.

Typically, the exhibitors agree to a 70-30 revenue split with producers for films which have big stars like Vijay. In other words, for every Rs 100 that exhibitors make on a ticket, Rs 70 will go to the producers, say, for the first two weeks after a film’s release. In the following week, the revenue share of theatres will go up by, say 10 per cent. This is the window for theatre owners to actually make profits.

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09:45 (IST)28 Jan 2021
As Sasikala prepares for homecoming, buzz of new political equations in Chennai

Expelled AIADMK leader VK Sasikala, who had been serving a 4-year prison term in a disproportionate assets case, was officially released from the Parappana Agrahara jail in Bengaluru on Wednesday. 

While her travel back to Chennai could still be a few days away as she is under treatment for Covid-19, speculations have already begun on the moves that may be afoot on the state’s political chess board with the return of ‘Chinnamma’. 

Speaking to reporters after visiting her at the hospital, TTV Dhinakaran, Sasikala’s nephew and leader of Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK), said the time has come to re-establish the real Amma government in Tamil Nadu. “I do not want to speak politics on a day my aunt is being released from prison,” he said. Asked to comment on Chief Minister Edapaddi Palaniswami inaugurating Jayalalithaa’s memorial at her Poes Garden residence on the day his aunt was released, Dhinakaran said, “It means nothing as they are also celebrating the release (of Sasikala).”

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09:40 (IST)28 Jan 2021
Tamil Nadu: 46 UK returnees who tested positive discharged following treatment

A total of 26 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 26 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. 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 961 passengers had travelled to Tamil Nadu from UK between January 8 and January 27, of which 756 have been tested. Among these, two have tested positive, 720 have tested negative and the results of 34 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

All 26 primary cases and all 20 positive cases who tested negative in their follow up RT-PCR test have been discharged and kept under home 

09:37 (IST)28 Jan 2021
Cases continue to decline in Tamil Nadu as state records 512 fresh cases

Tamil Nadu recorded 512 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 8,35,315. Among these, Chennai reported 159 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,30,675.

The state recorded eight deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 12,333. Seven of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 564 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 8,19,306.

As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 4676. Till date, 5,05,456 males, 3,30,825 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, 1,58,08,217 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 56,098 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.

09:36 (IST)28 Jan 2021
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17:40 (IST)27 Jan 2021
Blindsided by Master’s early OTT release, theatre owners rue lack of transparency

On Wednesday, Amazon Prime Video announced that its subscribers could stream Tamil film Master, starring Vijay and Vijay Sethupathu, in the lead roles, from the comforts and safety of their homes, starting January 29. And this has pushed exhibitors and distributors across the country into distress.

“We were all shocked. We would have actually made profits in the third and fourth week, and now this OTT release will eat into our weekend crowds. We are about to take a big hit,” Rakesh Gowthaman, owner of Vettri Theatres in Chennai, said.

Typically, the exhibitors agree to a 70-30 revenue split with producers for films which have big stars like Vijay. In other words, for every Rs 100 that exhibitors make on a ticket, Rs 70 will go to the producers, say, for the first two weeks after a film’s release. In the following week, the revenue share of theatres will go up by, say 10 per cent. This is the window for theatre owners to actually make profits.

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16:37 (IST)27 Jan 2021
Subramania Raja sacked for putting up posters supporting V K Sasikala

The ruling AIADMK sacked Subramania Raja, the joint secretary of Tirunelveli MGR Mandram for putting up posters in support of V K Sasikala. 

The former aide of the former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was released from Parappana Agrahara jail in Bengaluru earlier today.

The memorial is surrounded by manicured lush gardens and water cascades.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami Wednesday inaugurated a grand memorial built for AIADMK supremo and former CM J Jayalalithaa. Spread over 50,000 square feet, the structure is built at a cost of Rs 79.75 crore alongside the Marina Beach in Chennai. Apart from CM Edappadi, Deputy Chief Minister O Pannerselvam, Tamil Nadu cabinet ministers, Speaker P Dhanapal, MLAs, MPS, and other dignitaries took part in the mega event.

READ | AIADMK leaders OPS, EPS unveil grand memorial of former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa

Also Read | Explained: Out of prison, a look at the four options before V K Sasikala

The pandemic-induced-lockdown of last year has brought to light a new and evolved narrative of women entrepreneurship, one that involves merit and dignity, from Telangana. On March 8, International Women’s Day, WeHub will mark three years of its existence. Since its inception, the initiative of the government of Telangana has engaged with 3427 women entrepreneurs, incubated 148 women-led start-ups, and supported 276 such startups across the ecosystem.

READ | WeHub creates a ramp for Telangana’s women entrepreneurs to take off

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