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Chennai Hyderabad February 1, 2 Highlights: Catamaran Deluxe Cruise inaugurated at Hyderbad’s Hussain Sagar Reservoir

Tamil Nadu Telangana Coronavirus Assembly Elections 2021 February 1, 2 Highlights: Till date, 5,06,968 males, 3,31,840 females and 34 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in Tamil Nadu.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: February 3, 2021 9:07:32 am
Catamaran Deluxe Cruise, Hyderabad, Srinivas GoudTelangana Minister for Excise, Sports, Tourism and Culture V. Srinivas Goud inaugurates Catamaran Deluxe Cruise at Hussain Sagar Reservoir in Hyderabad Tuesday.

Tamil Nadu Telangana Assembly Elections COVID-19 February 1, 2 Highlights: Telangana Minister for Excise, Sports, Tourism and Culture V. Srinivas Goud and State Home Minister Mohammad Mahmood Ali inaugurated the newly-procured Catamaran Deluxe Cruise under the auspices of Telangana Tourism at Hussain Sagar Reservoir in Hyderabad today.

The event was attended by Tourism Corporation Chairman Uppala Srinivas Gupta, MD Tourism Manohar and others.

Pattali Makkal Katchi president GK Mani on Sunday said the party’s founder Dr. Ramadoss has accepted their ally AIADMK’s invitation to discuss their demand on internal reservation (within the MBC quota) for the Vanniyar community in government jobs and education. Mani posted a statement on Twitter, saying that PMK’s general council has unanimously passed a resolution to hold meetings with the AIADMK on February 3.

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Catch the latest news in Chennai and Hyderabad as we bring you live updates on Tamil Nadu Elections 2021, COVID-19 vaccination, COVID-19, lockdown 6.0 and phase 6 of the unlock across Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and more through the day.

18:27 (IST)02 Feb 2021
AP Intermediate Exam Time Table 2021 released

The Board of Intermediate Education, Andhra Pradesh (BIEAP), Vijaywada will hold the exams for the first year and second year inter students from May 5 onwards. The exams will be held from 9 am to noon. The ethics and human values exam will be held on March 23 and the environmental education exam will be conducted on March 27. Practical exams will be held from March 21 to April 24, as per the official notice.

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18:01 (IST)02 Feb 2021
Chennai: Southern Railway reintroduces UTS mobile app for booking unreserved journey tickets on suburban trains, MRTS

After the Southern Railway began allowing the public to travel via Chennai’s Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) and suburban trains in December last year, the railway body reintroduced the use of the Mobile Unreserved Ticketing System app (Mobile UTS) across the city’s suburban and MRTS train network on Monday.

The app, which had been launched three years ago with the aim of curtailing long queues at ticket counters had been suspended during the lockdown and the initial unlock periods in Chennai. “It has been reintroduced now for Chennai users”, an official from Southern Railway told Indianexpress.com.

Currently, unreserved journey tickets can be booked on the app only by those travelling along the following routes in the Chennai network:

  • Chennai Beach – Velachery
  • Chennai Suburban Terminus – Tiruvallur
  • Royapuram – Gummidipoondi
  • Chennai Beach – Chengalpattu

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17:35 (IST)02 Feb 2021
Srinivas Goud inaugurates Catamaran Deluxe Cruise in Hyderabad

Telangana Minister for Excise, Sports, Tourism and Culture V. Srinivas Goud and State Home Minister Mohammad Mahmood Ali inaugurated the newly-procured Catamaran Deluxe Cruise under the auspices of Telangana Tourism at Hussain Sagar Reservoir in Hyderabad today.

The event was attended by Tourism Corporation Chairman Uppala Srinivas Gupta, MD Tourism Manohar and others. 

17:08 (IST)02 Feb 2021
Telangana students happy to be back in class, but catching up is not easy

Students of classes 9 and above stood in long queues, in their respective demarcated circles as part of social distancing norms. Hands sanitised and faces covered with masks, the next step was to undergo a temperature check. While this is the new normal in the post-COVID era, behind the masks were anxious faces happy to reunite with friends and teachers in the school. After 11 months, schools across Telangana Friday opened to physical classes for students of classes 9 and above.

According to the School Education Department, the first day of school reopening in Telangana recorded an attendance of 45 per cent across schools under different managements. Of the 9,59,914 students enrolled in classes 9, 10, intermediate first, and intermediate second years, across these schools, about 4,43,507 were present.

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16:14 (IST)02 Feb 2021
DMK stages walkout after arguing with Governor in TN Assembly

The DMK on Tuesday walked out of the Tamil Nadu Assembly after a heated argument with Governor Banwarilal Purohit ahead of his customary address to the House, over allowing them to raise some issues concerning the state. Even before the Governor could start his address, Leader of Opposition M K Stalin was on his feet and tried to raise some issues.

Purohit, however, appealed to Stalin to listen to him and pointed out that the Central budget has allocated Rs 1.03 lakh crore for Tamil Nadu. A din ensued, with DMK Deputy leader Duraimurugan and other members objecting to Purohit making a mention of the budget allocation.

Purohit underscored that this was the last session of the current Assembly and urged them to take full advantage by participating in the proceedings and debates. 

He said he had a suggestion to the DMK, saying they could register their protest if they wanted to do so and come back to the House. DMK's allies, including Congress MLAs who came with green headgear in support of agitating farmers outside Delhi who want repeal of three Central laws, followed suit. (PTI)

15:31 (IST)02 Feb 2021
IIT-M cultural fest ‘Saarang’ to go online for the first time this year

With the government easing relaxations gradually and students beginning to attend offline classes in college, the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) in Chennai has announced that the institute’s annual cultural fest, Saarang will be held online this year.

In it’s first online edition, the theme of Saarang will be Vintage Vogue. According to a release from the institute, students will be taking a trip down memory lane and going retro.

Saarang will be held from February 4 to 7, with access for the public to view the fest for free also enabled.

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14:49 (IST)02 Feb 2021
Chennai Corporation aims to set up 1000 more urban forests in the city

The Greater Chennai Corporation is mulling to set up 1000 more urban forests by utilising open spaces and reserve lands in a bid to increase the green cover of the city.

Addressing reporters at the anniversary celebration of Miyawaki forest in Kottupuram on Monday, Chennai Corporation Commissioner G Prakash requested resident associations, private firms, and NGOs to create more urban forests. He said private firms can even place advertisements and signboards in the forests they maintain.

As a first step toward developing interest, the corporation has decided to permit the residents to visit forests present in various parts of the city.

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14:22 (IST)02 Feb 2021
310 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Monday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 310 fever clinics in Chennai on Monday. A total of 16,714 people had attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 76 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.

13:30 (IST)02 Feb 2021
Tamil Nadu gets an infrastructure push in Budget

With elections to key states coming up later this year and the government facing farmer protests in the northern states, the Union Budget, while announcing a massive infrastructure push for these poll-bound states, is being projected as pro-farmers, with Prime Minister Modi calling it one framed with “villages and farmers at its heart.”

As it campaigns in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the BJP will focus on the measures in the Budget for the farmers. 

For Tamil Nadu, the Budget proposes 3,500 km of National Highway at an investment of Rs 1.03 lakh crore. These include the Madurai-Kollam corridor and Chittoor-Thatchur corridor for which construction will start next year, the government said.

The infrastructure push also includes funding for 11.5 kilometres of the second phase of the Kochi Metro, and 118.9 km of phase 2 of the Chennai Metro. The government also announced fishing harbours, including in Kochi, Chennai and Petuaghat in West Bengal.

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12:51 (IST)02 Feb 2021
152 new cases, 1 death reported in Telangana

Telangana added 152 fresh COVID-19 cases on Monday, taking the total infection count to over 2.94 lakh while one fatality pushed the toll to 1,602.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 29, followed by Rangareddy and Medchal Malkajgiri with 11 each, a government bulletin said on Tuesday.

The total number of cases stood at 2,94,739 while recoveries were at 2,91,115. As many as 2,022 patients are under treatment and 36,058 samples were tested on Monday. Cumulatively, over 79.15 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 2.12 lakh, the bulletin said.

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

12:06 (IST)02 Feb 2021
Hyderabad Customs officials seize foreign currency worth Rs. 54 lakh

Hyderabad Customs officials booked two cases of smuggling of foreign currency today. 

According to the officials, two packs bound for Dubai by EK-525 had concealed the forex, worth Rs. 54 lakh in boondi packets. The currency was later seized and further investigation is underway, they added.

11:55 (IST)02 Feb 2021
Budget 2021: ‘I wish there was a little help from government during these troubled times’

Like many other small and medium entrepreneurs in India, 32-year-old Vignesh Kumar raised funds for his Tirupur-based small textile venture from gold loans. When he started his small textile unit in 2016, his assets were his five years of experience at a garment factory, a degree in B.Sc Apparel and Fashion Technology and a capital of Rs 2 lakh. His business saw many ups and downs since then, before it crashed — three months ago.

What is left with him is a debt of around Rs 8 lakh, on which he pays interest. He had to vacate the building he took on rent. Most of the 30 workers dependent on his business returned to their villages or found odd-jobs to survive. And a few are still roaming around in Tirupur, dejected and drunk.

But Kumar says he is optimistic. He does not want to blame anyone or anything. The turbulence that hit his business, one after another, affected most industrial clusters across the country — demonetisation, GST, and, as businesses were limping back to normal, the pandemic.

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11:09 (IST)02 Feb 2021
Ally PMK accepts AIADMK invite to discuss reservation for Vanniyar community

Pattali Makkal Katchi president GK Mani on Sunday said the party’s founder Dr. Ramadoss has accepted their ally AIADMK’s invitation to discuss their demand on internal reservation (within the MBC quota) for the Vanniyar community in government jobs and education.

Mani posted a statement on Twitter, saying that PMK’s general council has unanimously passed a resolution to hold meetings with the AIADMK on February 3.

According to the statement issued by the PMK, a ministerial delegation, led by Local Administration Minister SP Velumani, Law minister CV Shanmugam, Electricity Minister P Thangamani and Higher Education Minister KP Anbalagan, met Dr.Ramadoss a day before the party’s general council decided to take a call on the alliance ahead of the 2021 Assembly election in Tamil Nadu.

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10:36 (IST)02 Feb 2021
233 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities today

A total of 233 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 118 arrivals and 115 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:33 (IST)02 Feb 2021
Tamil Nadu BJP leader held for alleged hate speech at public meeting

A BJP leader was arrested on the charge of spreading enmity between two communities in Tamil Nadu.

According Mettupalayam police, the leader, identified as P Kalayanraman, allegedly made a derogatory reference to Prophet Muhammad while addressing a gathering in the town on Sunday.

Speaking to indianexpress.com, Muttupalayam SP Ara Arularasu said the public meeting, where he had made the alleged hate speech, took place around 5.30 pm on Sunday. “After hearing him speak, a couple of members of the Social Democratic Party of India reached the venue of the meeting and started raising slogans against the BJP. Though the police got them to leave the place shortly after, fresh trouble erupted a couple of hours later when some people stormed the venue and started hurling stones. They were detained by the police,” the SP said.

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09:14 (IST)02 Feb 2021
TN reports 502 fresh cases, 7 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 502 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 8,38,842. Among these, Chennai reported 134 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,31,424.

The state recorded seven deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 12,363. Six of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 517 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 8,21,947.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 4532. Till date, 5,06,968 males, 3,31,840 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, 1,60,71,626 samples from the state have been tested till date, with 51,664 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.

09:14 (IST)02 Feb 2021
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18:30 (IST)01 Feb 2021
EPS announces relief to farmers affected by crop loss in January

The Tamil Nadu government will provide Rs 1,116.97 crore as input relief to about 11.43 lakh farmers across the state, anticipating central assistance, for the crop loss of the ryots due to rains in January, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said on Monday. The relief sum will be credited directly to their bank accounts, he said in a statement.

Owing to the heavy rains last month, a total of 6,62,689 hectares of agricultural crops besides 18,645 hectares of horticultural crops were damaged, the chief minister said.

Accordingly, the input relief for rain-fed and irrigated paddy crop and other irrigated crops was enhanced to Rs 20,000 from Rs 13,500 per hectare. While the relief for all rain-fed crops, except rain-fed paddy, was hiked to Rs 10,000 from Rs 7,410 per
hectare, the relief for the perennial crops was increased to Rs 25,000 from Rs 18,000 per hectare.

EPS informed that a Central team will visit Tamil Nadu again from February 3-5 to assess the extent of crop loss of farmers. (PTI)

18:07 (IST)01 Feb 2021
Tamil Nadu policeman after being rammed by load van

A police Sub-Inspector in Tuticorin died on Sunday night after a man he had allegedly pulled up for causing nuisance in an inebriated condition rammed the victim's two-wheeler using a load van, police said.

The deceased policeman was identified as Balu of Aral station in the district, police said on Monday. Balu had reprimanded the suspect R Murugavel, on the run, for causing nuisance under the influence of liquor in the locality.

The enraged Murugavel, a goods carrier driver, later followed Balu and hit his two-wheeler from behind, police said, adding he died on the spot. (PTI)

17:43 (IST)01 Feb 2021
Woman healthcare worker in Telangana dies 11 days after Covid vaccination; Doctors say no link

A 55-year-old healthcare worker in Telangana died late Saturday night, 11 days after she received her vaccine against Covid-19. This is the third post immunization death reported in the State. The Health department has said the woman had comorbidities that led to her demise.

The deceased, who hails from Kasipet in north Telangana’s Mancherial district, was vaccinated on January 19 at PHC Kasipet. According to a statement from the Director of Public Health, she complained of shortness of breath and also giddiness on January 29, following which she was admitted to a private hospital in the district. A day later, she was referred to the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) in Hyderabad.

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The Tamil Nadu government on Sunday extended the lockdown in the state till February 28 with further relaxations. All arts, science, technical, engineering, agriculture, veterinary and fisheries colleges will reopen for undergraduate, post graduate and diploma students from February 8, with hostels permitted to reopen as well. Schools and hostels for Classes 9 and 11 will reopen on February 8.

READ | Tamil Nadu: Lockdown extended till Feb 28; Colleges, classes 9 and 11 to reopen on Feb 8

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A 55-year-old healthcare worker in Telangana died late Saturday night, 11 days after she received her vaccine against Covid-19. This is the third post immunization death reported in the State. The Health department has said the woman had comorbidities that led to her demise.

READ | Woman healthcare worker in Telangana dies 11 days after Covid vaccination; Doctors say no link

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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