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Chennai Hyderabad February 3, 4 Highlights: As cases continue to decline in TN, recoveries cross 8.23 lakh

Tamil Nadu Telangana Coronavirus Assembly Elections 2021 February 3, 4 Highlights: According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 1,61,76,919 samples from the state have been tested till date.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: February 5, 2021 9:18:17 am
Chennai, Chennai temple, covid-19A guard checks a woman's temperature at a temple in Chennai. Express Photo: Srinivas K

Tamil Nadu Telangana Assembly Elections COVID-19 February 3, 4 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 512 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 8,39,866. Among these, Chennai reported 145 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,31,711. The state recorded four deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 12,371. All four of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 533 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 8,23,001.

As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 4494. Till date, 5,07,588 males, 3,32,244 females and 34 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

Expelled AIADMK leader and close aide of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, VK Sasikala will be reaching Chennai on February 7, her nephew and AMMK general secretary TTV Dhinakaran informed on Wednesday. “Chinamma was a mother, sister to Amma (Jayalalithaa). She is the epitome of sacrifice. She dedicated her life to Amma without any expectation. She saved AIADMK from breaking into many factions. She struggled so much in prison and even after coming out, she tested positive for Covid-19. By god’s grace, she is fine now. She is coming to Chennai after a week’s rest,” Dhinakaran said.

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18:28 (IST)04 Feb 2021
Hyderabad: Man on bail arrested again after attacking woman who sent him to jail

A 25-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly attacking a married woman with an axe after she refused his proposal. Cheruku Rahul Goud, who was previously in judicial remand, planned to eliminate her once he came out on bail, said Meerpet police.

The incident took place on Monday evening when the victim, holding an infant in her arm, was talking to another woman in front of her house. Goud parked his two-wheeler near the house and ran towards the gate brandishing an axe. In CCTV footage of the attack, Goud is seen fleeing from the spot after the victim tries to block the attack with her hand and runs into her home.

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17:26 (IST)04 Feb 2021
Maanaadu movie teaser: STR messes with time

On the occasion of Tamil actor Simbu’s 38th birthday, celebrities from across India released the teaser of his upcoming film Maanaadu. While Oscar-winner AR Rahman released the Tamil version of the teaser, Bollywood filmmaker Anurag Kashyap launched the Hindi version. Sudeep did the honours for the Kannada version. Prithviraj Sukumaran and Ravi Teja released the Malayalam and Telugu versions, respectively.

Judging by the teaser, Maanaadu seems to play with the concept of time. The characters and the objects in the teaser move backwards in time. And the teaser wants us to believe that somehow Simbu’s Abdul Khaaliq controls the flow of time and in effect the course of human history. Does he own a wristwatch that enables him to mess with time? A genie in a bottle? The little over one-minute teaser doesn’t reveal much.

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17:01 (IST)04 Feb 2021
Hyderabad: 3 COVID positives in UoH, admin asks students to be alert and responsible

The University of Hyderabad (UoH) administration Wednesday appealed to the students to be alert and fully conscious of their responsibility to follow all COVID-19 related norms while on campus.

The communication comes in the wake of three MSc students in the School of Life Sciences testing positive for the virus in the last five days. The university administration has stated that they are among the PG students in their final semester who were permitted to return to campus so that they can complete their laboratory/practical work before they graduate in June.

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16:22 (IST)04 Feb 2021
Andhra Pradesh to hold SSC exam from June 7

Andhra Pradesh will conduct SSC (class 10) exam from June 7 to June 16. The schedule was released by Minister for Education Adimulapu Suresh here on February 3. The exam dates are common for regular, private, OSSC, and vocational candidates and will be taking place in a single shift from 9:30 am to 12:45 pm.

The minister said that the exams will be held for seven papers, of which three are languages, two are group subjects and two are of science papers, where all the examinations except science papers will be held for 100 marks each. Considering the shortened academic year due to Covid pandemic, the syllabus was reduced by 35 per cent and the examinations will also be held according to the updated syllabus, said the minister adding that the last classroom day for class 10 will be June 5.

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15:53 (IST)04 Feb 2021
Telangana reports 177 fresh COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths

Telangana recorded 177 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, pushing the total caseload to 2,95,101, while the death toll rose to 1,606 with two more fatalities, the state government said on Thursday.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 30, followed by Rangareddy and Medchal Malkajgiri districts with 11 each, it said in a bulletin. Kumram Bheem Asifabad, Medak, Nagarkurnool, Narayanpet and Suryapet districts reported zero cases.

The cumulative recovered cases stood at 2,91,510, while 1,985 were under treatment. The bulletin said 41,343 samples were tested on February 3. Cumulatively, the number of samples tested was 79,96,651. The samples tested per million population was 2,14,848, it said.

The recovery rate in the state was 98.78 per cent while the case fatality rate in the state was 0.54 per cent. (PTI)

14:48 (IST)04 Feb 2021
IN PICS | Telangana Guv honours NCC's AP and TS directorate for winning awards during R-Day Parade

Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan Wednesday appreciated the NCC’s Andhra Pradesh and Telangana directorate on winning the Best Directorate and other awards during the Republic Day Parade last week.

13:50 (IST)04 Feb 2021
337 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Wednesday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 337 fever clinics in Chennai on Wednesday. A total of 18,914 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 96 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.

13:14 (IST)04 Feb 2021
Chennai Metro Rail sees huge spike in patronage

The patronage of Chennai Metro saw a huge spike in January in comparison with previous months. This comes ahead of the inauguration of the nine-kilometer phase I extension in North Chennai connecting Old Washermanpet and Wimco Nagar.

As per the release, as many as 13.43 lakh passengers have availed the service of Chennai Metro in January 2021. On January 27 alone, a total of 63,699 passengers have used the metro train to commute. Ever since the lockdown was relaxed in the city in September 2020, a total of 44,96,141 passengers have travelled in the metro till January 2021. 

From September 2020 till January 2021, a total of 1,09,505 passengers have utilised the recently launched QR code ticketing system and 24,80,185 have used the  Travel Card Ticketing system.  

In her 2021 Union Budget on Monday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the funding of Chennai Metro’s Phase II of 118.9 km at a cost of 63,246 crore rupees.

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12:38 (IST)04 Feb 2021
Took up killing of Tamil fishermen with Lanka in strongest terms: Jaishankar

India has taken up with Sri Lanka in the strongest terms the killing of Tamil Nadu fishermen, and has made it very clear that such incidents are unacceptable, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar told Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

The statement came after Tamil parties raised the issue of four fishermen from the state being allegedly killed by the Sri Lankan Navy while fishing mid-sea.

“We have taken it up in strongest terms with the Sri Lankan government and this particular incident I think was particularly unacceptable and that has been made very very clear to them,” Jaishankar said.

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12:11 (IST)04 Feb 2021
Telangana: MP Revanth Reddy writes to Amit Shah seeking security cover

Congress MP Revanth Reddy has written a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah and sought security cover for himself, citing a threat to his life from the ruling TRS. 

In his letter, the MP said that he has been opposing the wrong policies and corruption of the TRS and has received threats by both the Chief Minister and his colleagues on various platforms. Reddy asked Shah to implement the decision of the Telangana High Court and provide him with a security detail of 4 + 4 gunmen and an escort vehicle.

11:13 (IST)04 Feb 2021
Telangana TS SSC paper pattern revised due to pandemic

The Telangana School Education Department has made changes in the existing paper pattern of the secondary school certificate (SSC) exams considering the Covid-19 pandemic situations. According to the notification, the students will now appear for six papers for six subjects instead of 11 papers earlier.

“As a part of the the new six question paper pattern, the paper 1 and 2 of first language, English, mathematics, general science (physics and biology) and social studies shall be merged into a single paper instead of two papers for each subject. There shall be no change in the second language paper,” the notification mentioned.

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10:38 (IST)04 Feb 2021
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

Tangedco has announced a powercut in parts of Chennai from 9 am to 2 pm today to carry out maintenance work.

Here are the affected areas:

  • Taramani: South Lock Street, West Canal Road, Angalammankoil Street, Guruvappan Street, Pondy Street, Varathapuram Naidu Street, Thulukkantha Amman Street, Karunanidhi - I, II Streets; New Street and Ponniamman Koil Street.
  • Thiruvottiyur: TH Road, S Koil - 1st, 2nd, 3rd Streets, Periyar Nagar, Nethaji Nagar, North Mada Street, Thiru Nagar - 1st, 2nd Streets; K V Kuppam, EH Road, Anjugam Nagar, Sakthi Puram, Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, TNSC Board II, CMRL, Gandhi Nagar, Chinna Eranavoor, Wimco Nagar and Thiruvottiyur.
10:01 (IST)04 Feb 2021
Hyderabad: 8 arrested for cheating shopkeepers using ‘payATM spoof’ app; valuables worth over Rs 75,000 recovered

The Hyderabad Police arrested eight youth for cheating shopkeepers using fake payment gateway apps. According to the police, the youth were involved in four criminal cases registered in different police stations in the city. At least 22 pairs of trousers and 20 shirts worth Rs 28,000, sports items worth Rs 8,500, groceries worth Rs 10,700, and a gold ring worth Rs 28,000, were recovered from their possession.

On Wednesday, the police arrested Mohd Mustafa Hussain Muzakir (20), Syed Aamir Hassan (24), Syed Iliyas (25), Syed Wajeed Ali (27), Hafeez Rana (23), MohdSalman (20), Mohd. Abdul Shahed (22), Mohd Yousuf (18). All are Hyderabad residents. Two cases of cheating and theft were registered in Kanchanbagh police station, and one each at Chandrayangutta and Mirchowk police stations.

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09:36 (IST)04 Feb 2021
TN records 512 fresh cases, 4 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 512 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 8,39,866. Among these, Chennai reported 145 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,31,711. The state recorded four deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 12,371. All four of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 533 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 8,23,001.

As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 4494. Till date, 5,07,588 males, 3,32,244 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, 1,61,76,919 samples from the state have been tested till date, with 53,649 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.

09:35 (IST)04 Feb 2021
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17:50 (IST)03 Feb 2021
Sasikala to return to Tamil Nadu on Feb 7: TTV

V K Sasikala will return to Tamil Nadu on February 7 from Bengaluru, Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary, T T V Dhinakaran said in Madurai on Wednesday. She will start at 9 am on February 7 from Bengaluru and reach 'T Nagar residence' in Chennai by road.

'Chemical' changes were on in Tamil Nadu, ahead of her arrival, he said, apparently referring to actions like expulsion of five AIADMK workers for pasting wall posters in her support. 

Dhinakaran said his aunt told him that she was recovering well in Bengaluru. 'I know how many chemical changes are happening in Tamil Nadu as soon as the news of her release broke out,' he said. Events like the present closure and opening of the memorial days ago were the 'side effects' to Sasikala's return and it also showed the quality of people behind the move. For such actions, people would give their verdict in the Assembly elections due in a few months, he said.
      
Asked if his aunt would visit the AIADMK headquarters in Chennai and convene the general council to retrieve the party, he said,'let there be some suspense...wait, you will know.' 

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16:02 (IST)03 Feb 2021
Baskaran: Chepauk’s cobbler for the stars

From Sachin Tendulkar to MS Dhoni and David Warner, Baskaran has been mending the cricketing gears of the stars for nearly 25 years. The MA Chidambaram Stadium, also known as Chepauk, has been like a second home to the cobbler. On matchdays, he would be seen running back and forth between the home and away dressing room helping players. When India plays England in the first Test in Chennai, he is unsure whether he would be allowed inside the stadium.

“I don’t know whether they will allow me into the stadium. I have approached the officials a couple of times but still, they have not informed me anything,” he says. “It was only today (Tuesday) that I opened my shop. I thought I would get some business as the matchday is just a few days away. Without fans, the place looks different. Huge crowds will be there before the match days. People will even ask me for tickets (chuckles) but there is no such buzz now,” says Baskaran.

Baskaran has been in the business since 1996, when Mohammed Azharuddin led the Indian cricket team. His shop is on the pavement, a few meters away from the Pattabiram gate entrance on Wallajah Road. With matches being played behind closed doors due to the Covid restrictions, Baskaran says it doesn’t feel like a cricket match will be taking place at Chepauk.

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14:38 (IST)03 Feb 2021
CBSE Class 12th datesheet release

The exam schedule of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) class 12 has been released. The students will appear for the board exams from May 4 to June 10 amid COVID-19 pandemic.

The class 12 exam will be conducted in two shifts – 10.30 to 1.30 pm and the afternoon shift at 2.30 pm onwards. According to CBSE, in second shift, exams of the subjects which are not offered by the students of schools situated abroad will be held.

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14:02 (IST)03 Feb 2021
Telangana reports 185 new cases, 2 deaths

Telangana recorded 185 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, pushing the tally to 2.94 lakh, while the toll rose to 1,604 with two more fatalities.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 27, followed by Rangareddy and Medchal Malkajgiri districts with 13 and 12 respectively, a state government bulletin said on Wednesday.

The cumulative number of cases stood at 2,94,924, while the cumulative number of recoveries were 2,91,312. The total number of active cases were 2,008. According to the bulletin, 40,203 samples were tested on February 2 and the cumulative number of samples tested was 79.55 lakh. The samples tested per million population was 2,13,737.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.54 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 98.77 per cent. (PTI)

13:21 (IST)03 Feb 2021
Prabhas-starrer Adipurush goes on the floors

Om Raut’s much-awaited magnum opus Adipurush has gone on floors. Actor Prabhas shared the news on Instagram. He took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a poster of the movie along with the word ‘Aarambh’ (begins) written on it.

The multilingual period drama Adipurush is an adaptation of Indian epic Ramayana. The tagline of the film reads, “Celebrating the victory of good over evil.” While Prabhas is essaying a role inspired by Lord Ram, Saif Ali Khan will be playing a role based on Ravana. The makers are yet to finalise the female lead of the movie.

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Baskaran, Chennai, Chepauk Stadium, TNCA Cobbler Baskaran claims he is the official cobbler for the TNCA and gets around Rs 1,000 as allowance on match days. Express Photo: Janardhan Koushik

From Sachin Tendulkar to MS Dhoni and David Warner, Baskaran has been mending the cricketing gears of the stars for nearly 25 years. The MA Chidambaram Stadium, also known as Chepauk, has been like a second home to the cobbler. On matchdays, he would be seen running back and forth between the home and away dressing room helping players. Baskaran has been in the business since 1996, when Mohammed Azharuddin led the Indian cricket team. His shop is on the pavement, a few meters away from the Pattabiram gate entrance on Wallajah Road. With matches being played behind closed doors due to the Covid restrictions, Baskaran says it doesn’t feel like a cricket match will be taking place at Chepauk.

READ | Baskaran: Chepauk’s cobbler for the stars

The Hyderabad Police arrested eight youth for cheating shopkeepers using fake payment gateway apps. According to the police, the youth were involved in four criminal cases registered in different police stations in the city. At least 22 pairs of trousers and 20 shirts worth Rs 28,000, sports items worth Rs 8,500, groceries worth Rs 10,700, and a gold ring worth Rs 28,000, were recovered from their possession.

READ | Hyderabad: 8 arrested for cheating shopkeepers using ‘payATM spoof’ app; valuables worth over Rs 75,000 recovered

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