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Chennai Hyderabad Live Updates: Recoveries in TN cross 8.19 lakh as cases continue to decline in the state

Tamil Nadu Telangana Coronavirus Assembly Elections 2021 January 29 Highlights: According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 1,58,60,674 samples from the state have been tested till date.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: February 1, 2021 9:42:04 am
COVID-19 Test, Coronavirus testA total of 52,457 samples were tested in Tamil Nadu on Thursday. Express Photo: Praveen Khanna

Tamil Nadu Telangana Assembly Elections COVID-19 January 29 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 503 positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 8,36,818. Among these, Chennai reported 151 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,30,834. The state recorded six deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 12,339. All six of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 544 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 8,19,850.

As of Thursday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 4629. Till date, 5,05,756 males, 3,31,028 females and 34 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

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. Though her party is still keeping cordial ties with the AIADMK, Premalatha said the ruling party should initiate seat-sharing talks at the earliest as it will enable the alliance partners to campaign. The state election is just a few months away.

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18:04 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Mahesh Babu reveals Major’s release date

Telugu actor Mahesh Babu on Friday revealed the release date of forthcoming movie Major. The film will open in cinemas worldwide on July 2, 2021. Mahesh has co-produced the biopic starring Adivi Sesh in the lead role.

Major is based on the life of slain Indian Army Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan. Talking about the film earlier, Adivi noted that this biopic film would be a tribute to Sandeep Unnikrishnan’s life. “The world only knows how heroic he was and how he died in his final moments. But, everything I loved about him was the way he lived. 26/11 was not the chapter that defined him. Yes, it was an important chapter. But, he was a captain in 7th Bihar when he fought in Kargil. He served in Hyderabad. He went to the National Defence Academy. He was a training officer in the National Security Guard. I was interested in how beautifully he lived his life. That’s what I wanted to make a movie about,” Adivi had told indianexpress.com earlier.

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17:29 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Tamil Nadu reach Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy final riding on Arun Karthik’s 89

KB Arun Karthik led Tamil Nadu into their second successive Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy final with an unbeaten 89-run knock that shaped their seven-wicket victory over Rajasthan in the first semi-final on Friday.

Arun Karthik’s 89-run partnership with skipper Dinesh Karthik (26 not out) meant that Tamil Nadu overhauled the 155-run target with eight balls to spare.

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17:23 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Four booked for assault on Dalit teen in Pudukottai district of Tamil Nadu

Four upper-caste people were booked for alleged harassment and assault on an 18-year-old Dalit in the Pudukkotai district of Tamil Nadu. The case was registered on the youth’s complaint at the Meemisal police station in Pudukkotai district.

According to the police, the Dalit youth, who hails from Gunpathiranpatti, had gone fishing in a pond with a couple of family members on Sunday. On their way, their bike suffered a flat tyre. After running repairs, they stopped at a local eatery for a meal. As they were having their meal, a person named Pradeep and his brother, from Thanikondan village, walked up to them and asked which village they were from. They also asked the complainant to name his father.

As the complainant obliged with the information they sought, Pradeep allegedly used a derogatory word for his caste and demanded to know how they dared to ride a bike in front of them (the implication being that people from lower castes can’t ride bikes like they can).

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16:38 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Hyderabad: EFLU students claim denied entry to campus on R-Day, V-C booked

The Vice-Chancellor of English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), a central university in Hyderabad, along with other officials was booked for allegedly restraining students from participating in the Republic Day celebrations at the varsity campus.

In their complaint, Porika Vikas, a second-year BA (Spanish) student, Karnati Srinath and Gajula Kumar, two Ph.D. scholars, alleged that they were stopped at gate 2 of the campus on the morning of January 26 when they reached campus to take part in the Republic Day celebrations following a circular from the Registrar that invited students’ participation.

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15:56 (IST)29 Jan 2021
The star cast in Tamil Nadu politics is large, but there are no superstars this time

With assembly elections round the corner, politics in Tamil Nadu is in a flux: Too many actors crowd the script with no director seemingly in charge. The scene also has its share of pretenders and disguises that it may seem tough to figure the real act.

Until recently, and for near five decades, politics in Tamil Nadu has revolved around three charismatic figures, who claimed the legacy of the Dravidian movement: DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi defined one pole of state politics while MGR and Jayalalithaa occupied the other end. MGR left the arena in 1987, Jayalalithaa in 2016 and Karunanidhi in 2018. The upcoming elections are also a battle for their legacy even as parties, who have so far been in the political periphery, sense an opportunity to reshape the consensus forged by the Dravidian movement. 

So far their leaders have only projected themselves as showboats by dressing up in veshti and angavastram and discovering and endorsing local traditions and festivals such as Pongal and Jallikkattu. This reductionism, wherein a powerful idea of federal politics, regional identity, linguistic pride and social justice is acknowledged through guest appearances and cultural references, perhaps, stems from a misunderstanding that all politics in Tamil Nadu is mere spectacle. Spectacle is a key part of Tamil politics of course; but it is that and much more.

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15:33 (IST)29 Jan 2021
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14:03 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Vaiko opposes use of the word 'Chennai' in city's newly-installed 'Namma Chennai' typography statue

MDMK leader Vaiko Friday sparked a language row, opposing the use of the word 'Chennai' in the city's newly-installed 'Namma Chennai' typography.

The statue, which had been inaugurated by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami at Marina Beach on Thursday features the Tamil word 'Namma' (meaning our) on top in red and the word 'Chennai' in English on the bottom in white.

Vaiko condemned the state government for using non-Tamil words and urged the government to install the statue with both written in Tamil.

13:32 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Airtel conducts 5G demo in Hyderabad; permits soon: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Bharti Airtel on Thursday announced the successful demonstration of its live 5G service over a commercial network in Hyderabad, the first in Inda, showcasing the readiness of its network for the next general of mobile telephony. However, India’s second largest telecom company underscored that the full impact of 5G will be available to its customers when adequate spectrum is made available and government approvals are received.

The development comes just days after Airtel’s rival and India’s largest telecom company Reliance Jio announced that it has begun advanced 5G tests on its network and bring 5G in India as soon as this year.

Meanwhile, Telecom and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Thursday that core 5G network should be Indian and the country should move faster on next-generation technology with indigenously made telecom gears. He added that the testbed is ready for 5G and the government will soon grant a permit for trials.

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12:43 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Telangana rreports 197 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths

Telangana recorded 197 fresh COVID-19 cases on Thursday, taking the total positives to nearly 2.94 lakh while two fatalities pushed the toll to 1,596.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 38, followed by Rangareddy and Karimnagar with 13 and 12 respectively, a government bulletin said on Friday.

The total number of cases stood at 2,94,120 while recoveries were at 2,89,987. As many as 2,537 patients are under treatment and 31,486 samples were tested on Thursday. Cumulatively, nearly 78 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 2.09 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.54 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 98.59 per cent. (PTI)

12:02 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Telangana Intermediate 1st, 2nd year exams from May 1

Education Minister P Sabita Indrareddy has released the schedule for the intermediate annual exams in Telangana. The first year exams will be held from May 1 to 19 and the second year exams will be held from May 2 to 20, the minister said. The exams will be held from 9 am to 12 pm.

The practicals exams will be held from April 7 to 20. The ethics and human values ​​exam will be held on April 1 and the environmental education exam will be held on April 3. The same timetable will be applicable for vocational courses.

The exams for both the first, second year will start with language paper and will conclude with geography, modern language. The entire datesheet is available for the students at tsbie.cgg.gov.in.

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11:30 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Indian players clear first of 3 COVID-19 tests, BCCI allows families during hard quarantine

The Indian cricketers on Thursday cleared their first round of RT-PCR tests and will be undergoing two more rounds before starting training from February 2 for the upcoming Test series against England.

The four-match series starts in Chennai on February 5.

The entire Indian contingent has already arrived in the city and both the teams are staying at the Leela Palace hotel.

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11:28 (IST)29 Jan 2021
301 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Thursday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 301 fever clinics in Chennai on Thursday. A total of 13,216 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 93 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 37 camps had been set up, while Manali (Zone 2) had the least with five camps.

11:08 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Tamil Nadu among six states lagging in vaccine rollout: Centre

In the first two weeks of the Covid-19 vaccination drive, 11 states and Union Territories administered the first dose of the vaccine to at least 35 per cent of their frontline workers, the Union Health Ministry said Thursday.

It also flagged six states that need to “improve their performance” on vaccinating their priority group. “Jharkhand (14.7 per cent), Delhi (15.7 per cent), Tamil Nadu (15.7 per cent), Uttarakhand (17.1 per cent), Chhattisgarh (20.6 per cent), and Maharashtra (20.7 per cent) need to improve vaccination performance. We are having a constant dialogue with these states” Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said.

Bhushan said that three states and UTs have completed giving the first dose of the vaccine to over 50 per cent of its registered health care workers: Lakshwadeep (83.4 per cent), Odisha (50.7 per cent), and Haryana (50 per cent). Five states and UTs have coverage of over 40 percent: Andaman (48.3 per cent), Rajasthan (46.8 per cent), Tripura (45.6 per cent), Mizoram (40.5 per cent), Telangana (40.3 per cent).

Three other bigger states—Andhra Pradesh (38.1 per cent), Karnataka (35.6 per cent) and Madhya Pradesh (35.5 per cent)—have completed giving the first dose of the vaccine to more than 35 percent of its health care workers, the health ministry said.

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10:41 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Researchers at Hyderabad varsity develop low-cost model to sort plastic waste

Researchers at the University of Hyderabad (UoH) have come up with a low-cost solution for sorting plastic waste, offering 97 per cent average accuracy in identification of samples. It could be a game changer in a world where the first step to recycling mounds of plastic waste is to effectively sort and identify the type and grade of plastic.

A research team, comprising doctoral scholar Rajendhar Junjuri and associate professor Dr G Manoj Kumar, employed a laser-based technique known as Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) to generate data from different types of plastics. With samples collected from a plastic waste sorting unit in Telangana’s Nirmal district to simulate the conditions of real-time application, they combined the data with machine learning to identify the types of plastic. They believe that their work has great potential in terms of giving the world a low-cost and contactless sorting system for determination of the quality of plastic waste, thereby enabling its efficient recycling.

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10:16 (IST)29 Jan 2021
HCL Technologies to conduct virtual recruitment rally from February 12

HCL Technologies is conducting a virtual mega recruitment rally in Vijayawada. The recruitment drive will be held on February 12 and 13 for 1000 job opportunities for freshers / experienced professionals. The interested candidates can apply till February 11 at hcltech.com.

Apart from job roles for freshers, the candidates with 2 to 8 years of experience in Java, chip designing, .net, Azure, microservices, SAP, Python, protocol development, networking, DevOps and automation testing will be preferred for job opportunities.

According to HCL, around 3,000 people will be hired in Vijayawada centre in the next two years. The recruitment drive is going on in Chennai, Bengaluru, Pune, Kolkata, Hyderabad.

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10:14 (IST)29 Jan 2021
EPS unveils 'Namma Chennai' selfie spot at Marina beach

Chennai on Thursday received a new attraction, "Namma Chennai", a selfie spot off Marina Beach under the Smart City Mission.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami unveiled the Rs 24 lakh facility, set up to celebrate the pride of the city
and its ethos and to express one's love for Chennai.

The Tamil word 'Namma' (our) in red colour is featured on top and the word Chennai in white is featured in English at the bottom of the typography. EPS, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and Local Administration Minister S P Velumani inaugurated the statue which is an initiative of the Greater Chennai Corporation. (PTI)

09:56 (IST)29 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 pets will get free anti-rabies vaccination from civic bodies’ pet clinics present in Nungambakkam, T Nagar, Meenambakkam and Thiru-Vi-Ka Nagar.

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09:55 (IST)29 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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09:25 (IST)29 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.

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09:23 (IST)29 Jan 2021
251 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities today

A total of 251 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 125 arrivals and 126 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

Jayalalithaa's house, Veda Nilayam, Poes Garden The court order said that once the function is over, the key of the premises of ‘Veda Nilayam’ should be handed over to the Court Registrar by authorities as the valuable movables of the late Chief Minister, to which the petitioners are now heirs, have to be valued. (Twitter/@koushiktweets)

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’.

READ | Jayalalithaa’s residence inaugurated as a memorial

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Researchers at the University of Hyderabad (UoH) have come up with a low-cost solution for sorting plastic waste, offering 97 per cent average accuracy in identification of samples. It could be a game changer in a world where the first step to recycling mounds of plastic waste is to effectively sort and identify the type and grade of plastic.

READ | Researchers at Hyderabad varsity develop low-cost model to sort plastic waste

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)

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