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Chennai Hyderabad March 5 Highlights: TN reports 482 fresh cases, 4 deaths as cases slowly rise in state

Tamil Nadu Telangana Coronavirus Assembly Elections 2021 March 5 Highlights: As of Thursday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 3978.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: March 8, 2021 9:30:42 am
Outside Chennai central railway station.

Tamil Nadu Telangana Assembly Elections COVID-19 March 5 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 482 positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 8,53,449. Among these, Chennai reported 189 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,36,260. The state recorded four deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 12,508. Three of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 490 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 8,36,963.

According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 1,76,81,361 samples from the state have been tested till date, with 50,706 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 257 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 69 are government and 188 are private facilities.

The latest seroprevelance survey in Hyderabad has revealed that around 54 per cent of the city’s residents have developed antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, indicating prior exposure to the coronavirus. The survey also revealed that more than 75 per cent of the seropositive population did not know they had contracted coronavirus infection in the past.

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18:20 (IST)05 Mar 2021
COVID-19 vaccination drive: Chennai corporation releases list of vaccination centres in Chennai

With Phase 2 of the COVID vaccination drive underway across the country from March 1, the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has released a list of vaccination centres at both Government and Private hospitals in the city.

18:14 (IST)05 Mar 2021
Flying surveillance team seizes Rs 4.97 lakh in cash in Erode

Cash totalling Rs 4.97 lakh has been seized from two persons in separate incidents in Erode district of Tamil Nadu in the wake of the election code of conduct. The code of conduct stipulates that no one should carry cash over Rs 50,000 or prized articles as they could be used to bribe voters during the April 6 Assembly polls in the state.

Erode Collector-cum-District Election Officer C Kathiravan, in a press release on Friday, said the seizure was made by a flying surveillance team. As per the instructions of the Election Commission, the flying surveillance team, static surveillance team, video-viewing team, video surveillance team were patrolling round the clock in the eight Assembly constituencies of the districtfor the past six days.

The Collector said one of the teams checked a person near the Gobichettipalayam bus-stand and seized Rs 4 lakh in cash from him. The seized cash was deposited in the Treasury and a case registered against him, he said.

Similarly, in Thayil Palayam village located between Chitode and Kavindapadi, another team seized Rs 97,000 in cash from another person, said the Collector. (PTI)

18:01 (IST)05 Mar 2021
Amid reports of rift with DMK, Cong’s Veerappa Moily says seat deal likely in day or two

Veerappa Moily, Veerappa Moily dmk seat sharing, Veerappa Moily tamil nadu polls, tamil nadu assembly elections, DMK congress seat sharing, Amid reports of a stalemate in seat-sharing talks with the DMK, veteran Congress leader Veerappa Moily has said a deal will be finalised in a day or two.

Earlier, AICC in-charge of Tamil Nadu Dinesh Gundu Rao had said the seat-sharing deal has to be fair and based on mutual respect. Speaking to reporters after chairing a state committee meeting on Friday, Moily said he was hopeful of the allies closing a seat deal over the next couple of days. The Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) has been holding talks with the state committee over the last couple of days at the party’s Chennai office.

As per reports, Congress has demanded 27 seats from its ally but the DMK is firm on 23 seats and a Rajya Sabha berth. The Congress has been stressing that it is in alliance with the Dravidian party on the basis of a common ideology as well as agenda to defeat ‘fascist forces’.

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17:44 (IST)05 Mar 2021
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai on Saturday

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

Here are the affected areas:

    • Perungalathur: Sathyamoorthy Road, Thiruvallur Street, Kasthuribai Street, Valmiki Street, New Perungalathur, Krishna Road, Nehru Nedusalai, Kamaraj Salai, Soorathamman Koil, Kattapomman Street, Perumal Puram, Puthur Street and nearby areas.
    • MRC Nagar: RA Puram, Parts of MRC Nagar, Parts of Foreshore Estate, Parts of Gandhi Nagar, PRO Quarters, RK Nagar, Rani Meyiammai Tower and Kamaraja Salai.
    • Porur Iyyappanthangal: Iyyappanthangal, Ashok Nagar, Kattupakkam, Porur Garden - Phases 1, 2; Vannagaram, Karambakkam, Officer Colony, Parts of Poonamallee Road and nearby areas.
    • Porur Nandambakkam: RE Nagar, Sarawathi Nagar, Sirukalathur, Parts of Keluthipettai, Azhagesan Nagar, Periyar Nagar, Parts of Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, Nandhampakkam and Tharavur.
    • Thiruverkadu: Pallikuppam, PH Road, Madirvedu, Cooperative Nagar and Kamadhenu Nagar.
17:19 (IST)05 Mar 2021
Puducherry reports 30 fresh COVID-19 cases, tally rises to 39,824

Puducherry logged 30 new coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours taking the overall tally in the union territory to 39,824, a top Health department official said on Friday. No fresh fatality was reported from any of the four regions-Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam-, the Director of Health and Family Welfare Services S Mohan Kumar said in a release.

The 30 fresh cases were identified at the end of the examination of 1,314 samples and they were spread over Puducherry and Karaikal regions (13 cases each) and Mahe (four), he said, adding the infection tally rose to 39,824. As many as 20 patients were discharged after treatment during the last 24 hours.

The number of active cases stood at 176 while 38,979 patients had recovered and had been discharged so far. The number of fatalities remained at 669 as no fresh death was reported.  

The Health department Director said 6.35 lakh samples were tested so far and it was found that 5.91 lakh specimens were negative.     He said 10,938 healthcare workers and 2,495 frontline workers were vaccinated against Covid-19 so far in the union territory.

The second phase of vaccination of those above 60 years and those above 45 with comorbidities which commenced on March 1 has covered 1,642 people, Mohan Kumar added. (PTI)

16:35 (IST)05 Mar 2021
Tamil Nadu elections: EPS to contest from Edapaddi, OPS from Bodinayakanur

The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) on Friday released its first list of candidates for the upcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly elections. Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswamy will contest the polls from Edapaddi, while his deputy, O Panneerselvam is standing from Bodinayakanur.

D Jayakumar will contest from Royapuram, C V Shanmugam from Villupuram, S P Shanmuganathan from Srivaikuntam, and S Thenmozhi from Nilakottai (SC).

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15:07 (IST)05 Mar 2021
TANCET 2021 admit card to be released today

Anna University, Chennai will release the hall ticket for the Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET) 2021 on March 5, as per the official notification. The candidates can download the hall ticket through the official website-

The entrance test for MCA and MBA will be held on March 20 while for MTech, MArch, MPlan courses it would be conducted on March 21. Those who clear the exam will be eligible to seek admission to MBA, MCA, ME, MTech, MArch, MPlan degree programmes for the academic year 2021-2022.

The exam pattern for postgraduate admission for management and engineering and related fields are different.

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14:11 (IST)05 Mar 2021
AIADMK releases first list of candidates for TN polls
14:09 (IST)05 Mar 2021
‘Number of people in Hyderabad with Covid antibodies could be much more than Sero-Survey results,’ says CCMB Director

Against the backdrop of the latest seroprevalence survey, which revealed that more than half of Hyderabad’s population have antibodies against the novel coronavirus, Dr. Rakesh Mishra, the Director of CSIR-Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) stressed the importance of the ‘social vaccine’ — wearing masks, maintaining personal hygiene and social distancing.

Speaking to, Dr. Mishra said that the actual percentage of Hyderabad’s population that developed antibodies against the virus could be much more. “Our data shows 54 per cent of samples had antibodies against COVID-19. We also saw that 90 per cent of people who tested positive had antibodies, which means 10 per cent did not. It means that people who have gone through the infection could be higher than that because some antibodies may disappear after 6 or 8 months and some may not generate antibodies. So 10 to 15 per cent may be missing in this way and the actual number might be more than 54 per cent. Considering these factors, we can extrapolate it to over 60 per cent,” said Dr. Mishra.

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13:17 (IST)05 Mar 2021
Ease of Living Index: Chennai ranked 4th most liveable city in India

Bengaluru been adjudged the most liveable city in India, followed by Pune, Ahmedabad, Chennai and Surat, according to the government’s Ease of Living Index released on Thursday.

According to the index, released by Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Shimla topped the category of cities with population of less than million. It is followed by Bhubaneswar, Silvassa, Kakinada and Salem. At the bottom of the list of 62 cities are Aligarh, Rampur, Namchi, Satna and Muzaffarpur.

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12:36 (IST)05 Mar 2021
Telangana reports 166 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths

Telangana recorded 166 fresh COVID-19 cases on Thursday, taking the total positives to over 2.99 lakh while two deaths pushed the tally to 1,639, the state government said on Friday.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 27, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri 14 and Rangareddy with 12, it said in a bulletin.

The total number of cases stood at2,99,572 while with 149patients being cured, the total recoveries were at 2,95,970. The state has 1,963 active cases and40,443 samples were tested on Thursday. Cumulatively, over 88.93 lakh samples have been
tested. The samples tested per million population was over 2.38 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.54 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 98.79 per cent. (PTI)

11:54 (IST)05 Mar 2021
Hyderabad: 54% population developed antibodies against Covid-19, says latest sero survey

The latest seroprevelance survey in Hyderabad has revealed that around 54 per cent of the city’s residents have developed antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, indicating prior exposure to the coronavirus. The survey also revealed that more than 75 per cent of the seropositive population did not know they had contracted coronavirus infection in the past.

The study, which was jointly conducted by CSIR – Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), ICMR – National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) and Bharat Biotech, was aimed at estimating the seroprevalence of antibodies against the coronavirus in Hyderabad.

The scientists checked over 9,000 samples for antibodies against the virus in people from across 30 wards of the city. At least 300 people from each ward, all of them older than 10 years of age, were tested during the survey.

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11:16 (IST)05 Mar 2021
247 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Thursday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 247 fever clinics in Chennai on Thursday. A total of 17,286 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 84 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 36 camps had been set up, while Manali (Zone 2) had the least with three camps.

10:55 (IST)05 Mar 2021
Restrain Rahul Gandhi from campaigning in TN: BJP plea to ECI

The Tamil Nadu unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday urged the Election Commission to restrain Congress leader Rahul Gandhi from campaigning in Tamil Nadu for the April 6 Assembly election, for allegedly violating the model code of conduct.

It also wanted the EC to direct the police to register an FIR against him for “inciting the youth to another freedom struggle.”

BJP state in-charge, election liaison committee, V Balachandran, alleged that Gandhi’s campaign in St.Joseph’s Matric Higher Secondary School in Mulagumoodu in Kanyakumari district on March 1 was akin to an election campaign in school premises.

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10:51 (IST)05 Mar 2021
Telangana HC awards 3 month jail term to District Collector, two others in contempt case

The Telangana High Court has sentenced Rajanna Sircilla District Collector D Krishna Bhaskar and two other officials, to three months simple imprisonment in a contempt case over acquisition of farm land belonging to a batch of farmers for building a reservoir.

Justice M S Ramachandra Rao held Bhaskar, then joint collector Yasmin Basha (now Collector of Wanaparthy district) and Revenue Divisional Officer N Srinivasa Rao had wilfully disobeyed the court's October 12, 2018 order restraining the authorities from dispossessing the petitioners of their land and taking up further construction work. The court, however, suspended the sentence for six weeks.

In a recent judgement, the Judge ordered that an adverse entry for "willful disobedience" of the court orders shall be recorded in the service records of the officials. He also imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 and directed them to pay costs of Rs 10,000 to each of the petitioners, who filed the contempt petition, within four weeks.
The petitioners, who are land owners and small farmers from Ananthagiri village in Rajanna Sircilla district, filed the contempt petition seeking to punish the respondents for disobeying the court's order, resulting in their land being submerged. (PTI)

10:25 (IST)05 Mar 2021
I-T dept detects Rs 175-crore black income in raids on TN contractors

The Income Tax Department detected “unaccounted” income of Rs 175 crore after it raided two groups of civil contractors in poll-bound Tamil Nadu, the CBDT said on Thursday.

It said “unaccounted” cash of Rs 3 crore was seized after the searches were conducted on Wednesday at 18 premises in Madurai and Ramanathapuram districts.

The action was undertaken, the CBDT said, on the basis of intelligence inputs “about the existence of cash, which is likely to be distributed for election purposes.”

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09:59 (IST)05 Mar 2021
Sasikala’s exit will help to fulfil Jaya’s dreams: C T Ravi

BJP on Thursday hailed the decision of expelled AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala to quit politics and said her exit will help fulfil late chief minister J Jayalalaithaa’s dream of a progressive and prosperous Tamil Nadu.

Pointing out that it was entirely Sasikala’s decision to relinquish politics, BJP national secretary in-charge of Tamil Nadu C T Ravi said “our party welcomes her decision. Her decision will fulfil Amma’s (Jayalalithaa) dreams.”

“The BJP’s aim is to strengthen the NDA in Tamil Nadu and strive for victory in all the 234 constituencies. Our major intention is to defeat the DMK and ensure the return of AIADMK,” Ravi said.

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09:22 (IST)05 Mar 2021
DMK seals poll pact with VCK ahead of Tamil Nadu assembly polls, allots six seats

The DMK on Thursday allotted six constituencies to its ally Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) for the upcoming assembly elections in Tamil Nadu.

DMK president MK Stalin and VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan signed an electoral pact at the former’s headquarters, Anna Arivalayam, in Chennai.

“We have decided to contest from six constituencies using our individual symbol. Although many were dissatisfied, we decided to accept the deal to stop ‘Sanathana’ forces from winning in Tamil Nadu. BJP and the ‘Sangh Parivar’ are planning several conspiracies against Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. In absence of DMK president Kalaignar Karunanidhi and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa, the saffron camp is planning to wipe out both the Dravidian parties and are encouraging anti-secular forces to destroy this land of social justice,” VCK founder and MP, Thol Thirumavalavan said.

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09:20 (IST)05 Mar 2021
Voters information slips to replace photo voter slip

The Election Commission of India has decided to provide voter information slip, instead of photo voter slip, to all voters who have enrolled themselves, at least 5 days before the April 6 Assembly election.

The voter information slip will contain details about polling station, date and time of the poll etc but not the photograph of the voter, according to Tamil Nadu chief electoral officer (CEO) Satyabrata Sahoo.

In a statement in Chennai on Thursday, he said all District Election Officers have been directed to distribute the voter information slip at least 5 days before the date of poll to all enrolled electors. (PTI)

09:11 (IST)05 Mar 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:

  • Mogappair East: Parts of West End Colony, Golden Colony, Jeevan Bima Nagar, TVS Colony, Collector Nagar, Parts of TVS Avenue, Officer's Colony, Elango Nagar, Moorthy Nagar, Padi Pudhu Nagar and Thiruvallur Nagar.

DMK-VCK seal poll alliance DMK chief MK Stalin signs the poll pact with VCK founder Thol Thirumavalavan in Chennai on Thursday. (Source: Janardhan Koushik)

The DMK on Thursday allotted six constituencies to its ally Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) for the upcoming assembly elections in Tamil Nadu. Addressing reporters, VCK founder and MP, Thol Thirumavalavan, said though they are not very pleased with the number of seats offered to them, they have decided to accept the deal considering the political situation and to uphold social justice in the state.

READ | DMK seals poll pact with VCK ahead of Tamil Nadu assembly polls, allots six seats

Desiya Murpoku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) Deputy General Secretary L K Sudhish targeted the AIADMK on Wednesday as seat sharing talks between the alliance partners broke down ahead of the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections. Sudhish claimed the AIADMK would have “vanished” had it not forged an alliance with the DMDK in 2011. Addressing party workers in Arni near Tiruvannamalai, Sudhish said the alliance would be decided by party leader Captain Vijayakant in a couple of days.

READ | As seat sharing talks break down, DMDK leader targets AIADMK

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