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Chennai Hyderabad February 5 Highlights: Telangana govt allows 100 per cent occupancy in all theatres, multiplexes

Tamil Nadu Telangana Coronavirus Assembly Elections 2021 February 5 Highlights: Till date, 5,07,889 males, 3,32,437 females and 34 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in Tamil Nadu.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: February 8, 2021 9:06:10 am
Theatre, Cinema HallA staff members sanitises a theatre ahead of a show. Express Photo

Tamil Nadu Telangana Assembly Elections COVID-19 February 5 Highlights: The Telangana government Friday granted permission to increase the seating capacity in all theatres, cinemas and multiplexes to 100 per cent across the state. Earlier, the government had restricted it to 50 per cent. In an order, the government stated that the decision had been taken following orders issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India and SOPs issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

The government added that managers and owners have to ensure that the COVID-19 SOP is adhered to by everyone.

Tamil Nadu recorded 494 positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 8,40,360. Among these, Chennai reported 149 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,31,855. The state recorded four deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 12,375. Three of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 517 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 8,23,518.

At a time when supporters of ousted AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala are preparing for a grand welcome on Monday, when she is to arrive in Chennai, senior AIADMK leaders and Tamil Nadu ministers C Ve Shanmugam and D Vijayakumar met DGP J K Tripathy on Thursday and sought steps to prevent her from using the party flag. The AIADMK leaders’ move comes against the backdrop of party functionaries facing action in several districts for putting up posters welcoming Sasikala.

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18:29 (IST)05 Feb 2021
Vetrimaaran: Happy that the first song Ilaiyaraaja recorded in his new studio is for my movie

Music legend Ilaiyaraaja on Wednesday opened his new music studio in Chennai. And he invited director Vetrimaaran, and actors Vijay Sethupathi and Soori to the opening ceremony. It was also a special moment for the guests as they got a chance to watch Ilaiyaraaja at work.

For the uninitiated, Ilaiyaraaja is composing music for an untitled film, which will be helmed by Vetrimaaran. The film stars Vijay Sethupathi and Soori in the lead roles. Ilaiyaraaja unveiled his new studio to the world by recording a song for Vetrimaaran’s new film.

“People of my generation grew up on Ilaiyaraaja’s music. We always refer to his body of work for inspiration. And now I have this opportunity to work with him on this film. And I am happy that the first song that he is recording in his newly opened studio is for my movie,” Vetrimaaran told reporters at the event.

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18:01 (IST)05 Feb 2021
Placements not impacted by COVID-19 for the year 2019-20: UoH

Students at the University of Hyderabad (UoH) have bagged jobs at good companies with high salary packages despite the pandemic for the year 2019 to 2020. According to a release from the university, the number of students who had been placed is higher than those for the year 2018-19.

A total of 348 students were placed in 131 companies for the academic year 2019-20. The release said that the students had been placed with many leading Companies/Laboratories/ Institutes/Institutions/Financial Institutions, Government Organizations/Publishing Houses/Broadcasting and Media representatives, and were offered salaries ranging from Rs. 3 lakh per annum - Rs. 43 lakh per annum.

16:09 (IST)05 Feb 2021
Hyderabad collector inspects arrangements for GHMC mayor, deputy mayor elections

Hyderabad district collector Swetha Mohanthy, who is the presiding officer for the election to the posts of Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation's (GHMC) new governing council inspected the arrangements for the upcoming elections scheduled for February 11 today. 

Mohanty held a meeting with GHMC Commissioner DS Lokesh Kumar, Election Department officials and secretaries. She told the authorities concerned that the meeting which will be held on February 11 should be videotaped in full.

15:06 (IST)05 Feb 2021
Telangana Congress leader demands immediate appointment of VCs to 11 universities in state

Telangana Congress leader and AICC Spokesperson Dr Sravan Dasoju demanded the immediate appointment of Vice Chancellors to 11 Telangana Universities where the posts of VC have been lying vacant. 

“It is so pathetic and very unfortunate that 11 Universities in Telangana have been functioning without Vice Chancellors for several years. They are running like headless corpses. No person who has head on his neck will ever allow this to happen as every institution must be run by a leader, VC in this case. However, our Hon’ble Chief Minister has been destroying Universities in Telangana by not appointing full time Vice Chancellors and not providing sufficient funds to operate on themselves thereby making them die on their own for the benefit of private Universities”, Dr Sravan said in a statement. 

15:04 (IST)05 Feb 2021
Rajiv Gandhi case convicts: Buck passed again, Governor says President ‘appropriate authority’

Three days after the Centre assured the Supreme Court that Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit was set to take a call on release of Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict A G Perarivalan, the Governor’s office, on January 25, left a decision on pardon of all the convicts in the case to President Ram Nath Kovind.

On Thursday, the Centre conveyed the same to the Supreme Court in an affidavit, saying, “The proposal received by the Central government will be processed in accordance with the law.”

On January 22, hearing Perarivalan’s plea for release, the Supreme Court Bench had called the long delay on deciding the matter as “extraordinary”. The Centre had then said Governor Purohit would decide the matter within two-three days. On January 25, Purohit’s office communicated to the Centre that the President is “the appropriate competent authority” to deal with the remission of the sentence.

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14:24 (IST)05 Feb 2021
Telangana CM to chair party's state executive meeting on February 7

TRS party president and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao will be chairing the party's state executive meeting which is scheduled on February 7 at 2 pm at the party headquarters, Telangana Bhavan. 

Apart from the state committee members, state ministers, members of the Lok Sabha, members of the Rajya Sabha, Legislators, members of the Legislative Council and other elected representatives holding various offices in local bodies will be attending the meeting to discuss the renewal of party memberships, appointment of party committees from village level to state level, election of state party president, and the party's annual general meeting on April 27, as well as other organizational issues at length, said a statement from TRS party.

14:19 (IST)05 Feb 2021
Two years imprisonment, fine for online gambling in Tamil Nadu

Online games like rummy and poker involving betting shall invite imprisonment up to two years or fine not exceeding Rs 10,000 or both, according to an amendment Bill introduced in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Thursday seeking to replace an ordinance banning cyberspace gambling.

No person shall ‘wager’ or ‘bet’ in games like rummy or similar games played online using ‘computers’ or ‘any communication device’ or any other instrument of gaming, the Bill said.

Also, no one shall facilitate or organise such games involving gambling in the cyberspace.

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14:18 (IST)05 Feb 2021
Andhra govt’s successful solar initiative offsets free power supply to farmers

The Andhra Pradesh government, which has developed 6,400 MW solar power plants, has procured close to 14,000 million units of solar power per annum at a tariff of Rs 2.48 per kWh, which is much lower than the tariff at which AP Distribution Utilities are procuring power. This has offset the free power given to the farm sector.

The YSRCP government had issued tenders for the development of 6,400 MW solar power plant with an aim to reduce the subsidy burden resulting from the supply of uninterrupted free power to farmers across the state. “The process has resulted in the government securing close to 14,000 million units of power per annum at a tariff of 2.48 per kWh, which is significantly lower than the tariff at which AP Distribution Utilities are procuring power,” an official said.

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13:35 (IST)05 Feb 2021
TN: Colleges, Universities to reopen on February 8

Undergraduate and post-graduation classes in all streams as well as technical and engineering colleges across Tamil Nadu will resume from February 8. Hostels have also been allowed to operate from the same day.

According to an order issued by the state’s higher education department, colleges and universities will function six days a week to cope with the syllabus and practical hours of the semester for the academic year 2020-21, while following the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

Final year classes for polytechnic and hotel management institutions included under the head technical are allowed to function from February 7.

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13:04 (IST)05 Feb 2021
Telangana couple throws baby shower for pet dog: ‘She’s a daughter for us’

The past Sunday was a happy day at Nutakki Asha and Navakumar’s home. Neighbours, friends and relatives poured in, showering their blessings on mother-to-be Steffi, at her seemantham, the traditional Telugu baby shower.

The house was decorated for the special occasion and a dressed-up Steffi, seated on a throne-like sofa, welcomed all the well-wishers, as they applied vermilion on her forehead. In the words of Navakumar, it was a family get-together with lots of laughter and joy, followed by a sumptuous meal. All the guests were sent home with return gifts.

Steffi is the couple’s 15-month-old pet dog. Navakumar, who works as the principal of a private B.Ed college in Sathupalli town in eastern Telangana’s Khammam district, said Steffi is like their daughter, and that is why they thought of holding the traditional ceremony.

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12:38 (IST)05 Feb 2021
336 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Thursday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 336 fever clinics in Chennai on Thursday. A total of 20,431 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 166 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 39 camps had been set up, while Manali (Zone 2) had the least with five camps.

12:20 (IST)05 Feb 2021
Telangana government permits 100 per cent occupancy in theatres

The Telangana government Friday granted permission to increase the seating capacity in all theatres, cinemas and multiplexes to 100 per cent across the state. Earlier, the government had restricted it to 50 per cent. In an order, the government stated that the decision had been taken following orders issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India and SOPs issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

The government added that managers and owners have to ensure that the COVID-19 SOP is adhered to by everyone. 

11:55 (IST)05 Feb 2021
Telangana records 169 fresh cases, one death

Reflecting steady improvement in the COVID-19 situation, active cases remained under 2,000 in Telangana for the second day while 169 fresh infections took the tally to over 2.95 lakh, the government said on Friday. One more COVID-19 death pushed the toll to 1,607 as of 8 pm on Thursday, a bulletin said.
    
The total number of cases rose to 2,95,270 while the cumulative recoveries stood at 2,91,699. Of the fresh cases, as many as 31 were reported from Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) areas, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri and Karimnagar with 11 and 10 cases respectively.

A total of 37,387 samples were tested on Thursday, taking the cumulative number of specimens examined so far to over 80 lakh with a samples tested per million population of more than 2.15 lakh, the bulletin said. 

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.54 per cent while the recovery rate stood at 98.79 per cent as against 97.1 per cent in the country. (PTI)

11:19 (IST)05 Feb 2021
Tamil Nadu: Five blindfold man, thrash him with cane; video goes viral

After videos of a blindfolded man being caned by a group of people in Tamil Nadu went viral, the police confirmed that the incident took place near Ammapetai in Thanjavur district on Wednesday.

Officers said the victim, Rahul, is a 24-year-old labourer from Poondimelatheru. He was blindfolded and beaten up by four people, while one person shot the video and posted it on social media.

Speaking to indianexpress.com, Thanjavur Rural DSP G Anand said the dispute between the group and the labourer had been going on since Sunday. “We don’t know the exact reason for the incident. We are still investigating the issue,” he said.

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10:47 (IST)05 Feb 2021
Rajiv Gandhi case convicts: Buck passed again, Governor says President ‘appropriate authority’

Three days after the Centre assured the Supreme Court that Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit was set to take a call on release of Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict A G Perarivalan, the Governor’s office, on January 25, left a decision on pardon of all the convicts in the case to President Ram Nath Kovind.

On Thursday, the Centre conveyed the same to the Supreme Court in an affidavit, saying, “The proposal received by the Central government will be processed in accordance with the law.”

Incidentally, the issue figured in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Thursday, with Chief Minister E Palaniswami saying they were waiting for a reply from the Governor, and that he had taken up the matter with Purohit for an expeditious decision, including on January 29. “I expect him to take a good decision in the matter,” the CM said.

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10:20 (IST)05 Feb 2021
AIADMK leaders meet DGP, seek steps to prevent Sasikala from using party flag

At a time when supporters of ousted AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala are preparing for a grand welcome on Monday, when she is to arrive in Chennai, senior AIADMK leaders and Tamil Nadu ministers C Ve Shanmugam and D Vijayakumar met DGP J K Tripathy on Thursday and sought steps to prevent her from using the party flag.

The AIADMK leaders’ move comes against the backdrop of party functionaries facing action in several districts for putting up posters welcoming Sasikala.

Speaking to mediapersons outside the DGP’s office, Shanmugam said Sasikala has no legal or moral right to use the party flag. He said the petition to the DGP was to prevent her from using the party flag. He said the Election Commission and the courts have endorsed the authority of the current AIADMK leadership and that Sasikala is not a party member.

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09:56 (IST)05 Feb 2021
243 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities today

A total of 243 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 121 arrivals and 122 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:28 (IST)05 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:

  • Tambaram: Viswanathan Street, Panchayat Market, Suguna Colony, Kolapillai Street, Namalwer Street, Kamatchi Nagar, Housing Board, Durga Nagar, Thiruvalluvar Street and neighbouring areas.
09:20 (IST)05 Feb 2021
Chennai records 149 fresh cases, taking tally to over 2.31 lakh

Tamil Nadu recorded 494 positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 8,40,360. Among these, Chennai reported 149 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,31,855. The state recorded four deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 12,375. Three of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 517 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 8,23,518.

As of Thursday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 4467. Till date, 5,07,889 males, 3,32,437 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, 1,62,28,801 samples from the state have been tested till date, with 51,882 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.

09:19 (IST)05 Feb 2021
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Chennai Metro, CMRL As many as 13.43 lakh passengers have availed the service of Chennai Metro in January 2021.

The patronage of Chennai Metro saw a huge spike in January in comparison with previous months. As per a 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.

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The past Sunday was a happy day at Nutakki Asha and Navakumar’s home. Neighbours, friends and relatives poured in, showering their blessings on mother-to-be Steffi, at her seemantham, the traditional Telugu baby shower. Steffi is the couple’s 15-month-old pet dog. The house was decorated for the special occasion and a dressed-up Steffi, seated on a throne-like sofa, welcomed all the well-wishers, as they applied vermilion on her forehead.

READ | Telangana couple throws baby shower for pet dog: ‘She’s a daughter for us’

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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