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Chennai Hyderabad April 2 Highlights: Chennai tally now at 2,50,000 as city records 1083 fresh cases

Tamil Nadu Telangana Coronavirus Assembly Elections 2021 April 2 Highlights: As of Thursday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 17,043. Till date, 5,37,079 males, 3,52,375 females and 36 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: April 5, 2021 9:09:21 am
COVID-19 test, Coronavirus testGurgaon now has more than 4,000 active cases – the current count of active cases in the district is 4,455, of which 4,160 are in home isolation. (Express Photo: Praveen Khanna)

Tamil Nadu Telangana Assembly Elections COVID-19 April 2 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 2817 positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 8,89,490. Among these, Chennai reported 1083 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,50,000. The state recorded 19 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 12,738 Sixteen of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 1634 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 8,59,709.

If V K Sasikala’s family has lost out the most in Tamil Nadu politics after J Jayalalithaa’s death, spare a thought for Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam. Picked twice by Jayalalithaa to serve as stop-gap CM while she had to step down over charges, the 70-year-old who might have expected the chair following her death as reward for this abiding loyalty now finds it irretrievably out of reach. And it may get worse. A deputy to Chief Minister E Palaniswami now for four years, Panneerselvam is facing a tough battle in Bodinayakanur constituency near Theni

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18:29 (IST)02 Apr 2021
DMK and Congress leaders keep insulting women, says Modi during rally in Madurai

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday launched yet another blistering attack on the DMK and Congress, charging that their leaders "keep insulting women", while pointing out that the NDA schemes are aimed at empowering women.

Addressing an election rally in Madurai seeking votes for NDA candidates including from ally AIADMK for the April 6 Assembly polls, he said late Chief Minister M G Ramachandran's vision for inclusive development and prosperous society "inspires us." 

Lashing out at the DMK and Congress, Modi said they had no agenda to talk about and alleged that the two parties, facing polls as allies, will not guarantee either safety or dignity for the people while the law and order situation will "suffer" under them.

He charged that the DMK tried to make the peace loving Madurai a "mafia den" due to family issues earlier, apparently referring to the then squabble in the party's first family involving brothers MK Stalin and MK Alagiri. Modi said Madurai teaches about empowering 'nari shakti' (women power) and referred to the local deity Meenakshi Amman, and popular names associated with the region like Kannagi, Rani Mangammal and Velu Nachiyar.

He also said that many schemes of the NDA including the Ujjwala scheme were aimed at empowering women. "DMK and Congress have not understood this ethos. No wonder their leaders keep insulting women again and again," he said without naming anyone. (PTI)

17:54 (IST)02 Apr 2021
Thalaivi song Chali Chali: Kangana Ranaut recreates J Jayalalithaa’s ‘golden era’

The first song of Kangana Ranaut led Thalaivi, a film based on the life of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and actor J Jayalalithaa is out. Titled “Chali Chali”, the song captures the ‘golden era of Jayalalithaa’. The song has been sung by Saindhavi Prakash and its lyrics have been penned by Irshad Kamil.

“Chali Chali” chronicles Jayalalithaa’s journey in the Indian cinema. It has Kangana recreating many looks of the late actor, starting from her debut movie. She looks gorgeous as she replicates the charm that Jayalalithaa exuded on screen in her heydays.

Jayalalithaa acted in more than 120 films in several languages, including, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. She even acted in an English film titled, Epistle, which came out in 1961. She debuted in Kollywood with the 1965 film Vennira Aadai.

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17:52 (IST)02 Apr 2021
Tamil Nadu polls: BJP candidate Annamalai warns DMK cadres; Kanimozhi retorts, says dare you to touch them

The political mercury is rising in Tamil Nadu with former IPS officer K Annamalai, who is making his poll debut as BJP’s candidate for the Aravakurichi constituency, getting into a war of words with DMK MP Kanimozhi.

Annamalai had issued a warning to DMK cadres who plan to incite violence to which the DMK MP had dared him to touch a DMK cadre and said that no one can threaten them as she will always be standing for her party’s workers.

The tussle started when Annamalai, while campaigning at Aravakurichi, said, “Publish in papers that are biased towards your party that Annamalai will lose in this election. Why do you engage in personal attacks? Why do you attack Prime Minister Modi? What wrong has he done? Is he corrupt? I am proud to say I am a disciple of Prime Minister Modi. If you have a problem with it, then let it be. Will you defeat me in this election by engaging in malpractices? Do it. I am not the person to get frightened by these acts. I promise to the people of the constituency that whatever happens, Annamalai will stay here.”

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17:19 (IST)02 Apr 2021
Kamal Haasan a super-NOTA, his party will not win a single seat: Karti Chidambaram

Congress leader Karti Chidambaram on Friday dubbed Kamal Haasan a “super-NOTA” and said the actor-turned-politician’s Makkal Neethi Maiam (MNM) will not win a single seat in the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls as it is “not a sustainable political party”.

The Congress MP from Sivaganga also slammed the AIADMK-BJP alliance and said the people of Tamil Nadu do not want a government which has any “stain, scent or shadow” of the BJP as its “Hindi-Hindutva agenda irritates them”.

In an interview with PTI, Karti Chidambaram also claimed that the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam-Congress alliance will win over 200 of the 234 Assembly seats in the single-phase April 6 polls.

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17:18 (IST)02 Apr 2021
Telangana TSBIE Inter hall ticket for practical exam released

The Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE) released the hall ticket for the intermediate, class 12 practical exam on April 1. The students who will appear for the examinations can download the admit card through the official website, once released.

Students must submit the assignment work from April 1 to 20, the practical exam will be commenced from April 7. 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.

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17:17 (IST)02 Apr 2021
DMK slams Centre for ‘income tax searches’ in the residence of party chief Stalin’s daughter

The DMK on Friday condemned the Central government for ‘searches’ by income tax officials in the residence of party chief M K Stalin’s daughter Senthamarai in Chennai and alleged it has a ‘political objective.’

Party general secretary, Duraimurugan said when parties were on the verge of completing the campaign and looked forward to the day of polling, the income tax searches in the residence of Senthamarai, daughter of his party chief Stalin was done with a ‘political objective.’

The Centre has made a ‘wrong calculation’ that raids just ahead of the election would shock Stalin, his family and the party and also weaken poll preparations, he claimed while speaking to reporters in Vellore.

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16:38 (IST)02 Apr 2021
Superstar Rajinikanth gets Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Rajinikanth, the larger-than-life superstar whose near-mythical presence in the consciousness of the cinemagoing public has few parallels, will be bestowed the government’s highest honour for Indian cinema, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

The announcement, made by Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday, may have raised some eyebrows—coming as it did amid a heated election season. But few would dispute Rajini’s claim to the country’s most prestigious honour for a cinema artiste, which will be conferred upon him on May 3.

And sure enough, the congratulatory messages poured in swiftly, even from political rivals. DMK chief and Chief Minister candidate M K Stalin said it was a delayed honour for the superstar—an “unparalleled performer” and a “dear friend”. Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan said Rajini was the most appropriate artiste to get the award. He tweeted that Rajini had “proven that he can win over fans by appearing on screen”—a remark many interpreted as a subtle jibe at the actors’s on again, off again flirtation with politics.

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15:59 (IST)02 Apr 2021
No lockdown, Telangana government clarifies as fake circular goes viral

After a certain document, announcing restrictions on working hours for shops and business establishments, went viral on social media Thursday night, the Telangana government released a statement clarifying it was fake.

Dated April 1, and not signed by any official, the fake government order copy ‘G.O. No 45’ said that establishments were to shut at 6 pm with immediate effect and stay closed till 8 am.

In a statement, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar said no such order had been issued, and that government was not considering imposing a lockdown.

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15:36 (IST)02 Apr 2021
Telangana: Boys beaten, force-fed cow dung in Mahabubabad, two arrested

The police in Telangana’s Thorrur town in Mahabubabad district arrested two men on Friday for allegedly beating and force-feeding cow dung to two minors on suspicion of theft.

The two boys, aged 17 and 15, were tied up, beaten, and force-fed cow dung in Kantaipalem village of Thorrur Mandal Thursday evening by a group of men for allegedly attempting to steal mangoes from their orchard. The men also videographed the incident, said the police.

Based on a complaint from the mother of one of the two boys, Thorrur town police registered a case and detained the accused for questioning. According to police, the boys, aged 17 and 15 years, had entered the orchard in search of their pet dog. One of the men guarding the orchard shot the video on his mobile phone and shared it with others, said police.

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15:16 (IST)02 Apr 2021
Tamil Nadu: IT searches premises of MK Stalin’s son-in-law Sabareesan in Chennai

The Income Tax department is conducting searches at at least four premises of Sabareesan, who is the son-in-law of DMK president MK Stalin. Apart from his residence, several other places connected to him are also being searched. Sabareesan is a powerful face in Stalin’s camp, a man known for mobilising resources to holding talks and negotiations with friends as well as foes.

Sources said the residence of Karthik Mohan, son of DMK’s Anna Nagar candidate MK Mohan is also under the scanner.

DMK general secretary Duraimurugan said with just a couple of days left for the assembly polls, the raid at DMK’s daughter’s residence is politically motivated. Addressing the reporters in Vellore, he said “Our party won’t be frightened by these silly acts. This is not democracy, I condemn this act of the central government. These kinds of acts will only strengthen us,” he said.

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14:22 (IST)02 Apr 2021
Telangana reports 965 fresh cases, 5 deaths

Telangana recorded 965 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the highest single day spike so far this year, pushing the tally to over 3.08 lakh, while the death toll rose to 1,706 with five more fatalities, the state government said on Friday.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 254, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri 110 and Rangareddy 97, it said in a bulletin.

The total number of cases stood at 3,09,741 while with 312 patients being cured, the total recoveries were at 3,01,876. The state has 6,159 active cases and 59,343 samples were tested on Wednesday. Cumulatively, over 1.02 crore samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 2.75 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.55 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 97.46 per cent. According to a separate release, as many as 10,84,429 people in the statehave received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine while 2,42,178 got their second shot also as of April 1. (PTI)

13:41 (IST)02 Apr 2021
Women will have no protection if DMK returns to power: TN CM

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday alleged that women in the state will not have protection if the DMK was voted to power in the April 6 assembly election.

Referring to the alleged offensive remarks made by DMK MP A Raja recently over his birth, the CM said DMK Chief M K Stalin ‘failed’ to condemn the comments of his party leaders on women.

He said there would be no protection to women if the Dravidian party was voted to power.

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13:02 (IST)02 Apr 2021
237 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Thursday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 237 fever clinics in Chennai on Thursday. A total of 17,102 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 161 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 three camps.

12:33 (IST)02 Apr 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai and Hyderabad today

Petrol and diesel prices remained steady across the country for the third straight day on Friday, April 2, 2021. The auto fuel prices were last changed on March 30, when petrol fell by 22 paise per litre and diesel slipped by 23 paise in the national capital.

In Chennai, the price of petrol per litre is Rs. 92.58 and that of diesel is Rs. 85.88 per litre.

In Hyderabad, petrol is priced at Rs. 94.16 per litre while diesel is priced at Rs. 88.20 per litre.

12:26 (IST)02 Apr 2021
Madras HC rejects Raja’s plea for urgent hearing of petition against EC order

The Madras High Court on Thursday dismissed DMK MP A Raja’s plea for urgent hearing of a writ petition challenging the order of the Election Commission, which barred him from canvassing for 48 hours, besides removing him from the list of star campaigners.

A mention to this effect was made by Raja’s senior counsel V Shanmugasundaram before the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy.

He pleaded the request might be heard immediately in view of the urgency of the matter and availability of a short period of just three days for canvassing. The election is due on April 6 while the campaigning ends on April 4.

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11:51 (IST)02 Apr 2021
DMK chief Stalin hits back at Yogi Adityanath over comments on safety of women

DMK President M K Stalin on Thursday hit out at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for accusing his party of failing to safeguard women during its regime, saying he had no moral right to say so.

The fact is that the highest number of atrocities and sexual assaults against women and girls were reported from Uttar Pradesh, as per the record bureau of Central government, he said, adding the chief minister of that state is accusing DMK on women’s issues.

“What moral right Yogi (Adityanath) has to blame the DMK,” Stalin asked at an election meeting at Koundampalayam in Coimbatore.

Why Yogi Adityanath, for that matter prime minister Narendra Modi who had also raised the issue of women’s protection during DMK-Congress period, did not seek details of ‘mysterious’ death of former chief minister Jayalalithaa, who was also a woman, the DMK chief said.

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11:50 (IST)02 Apr 2021
TANCET 2021 result announced

Anna University has declared the TANCET 2021 result on April 1. The varsity has published results 15 days in advance. As per the initial calendar of events of the Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET 2021), the result was supposed to be announced on April 16. However, setting a record, Anna University has declared the result already.

Moreover, the TANCET 2021 mark sheet will be available for download from April 8. Here too, the date has preponed. Initially, the date was to be April 20.

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11:17 (IST)02 Apr 2021
CBI arrests three for taking bribe using TRS MP name; she denies link

The Central  Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday arrested three people, who claimed to work for TRS MP Kavitha Maloth, while they were taking bribe from a Delhi builder to help him get MCD clearance for his project.

The TRS MP from Mahabubabad in Telangana, however, denied that she had demanded any bribe and claimed that at least two of the accused were not known to her. The accused are identified as Rajiv Bhattacharya, Shivanji Gupta and Durgesh Maurya.

According to CBI, Bhattacharya got in touch with the builder claiming to be Maloth’s secretary and introduced Gupta as the Prime Minister’s coordinator. Gupta in turn introduced Maurya as Maloth’s personal assistant.

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10:59 (IST)02 Apr 2021
Madras HC rejects Pondy BJP stand on access to voters' numbers

Expressing dissatisfaction over the response of Puducherry unit of the BJP that mobile numbers of local voters were collected by party workers over a period of time, the Madras High Court on Thursday directed the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and the Election Commission (EC) to probe into the matter.

When the PIL petition by A Anand, president of the Puducherry unit of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) came up for further hearing, the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy found something fishy.

The UIDAI should pursue the matter involving a breach in the maintenance of secrecy, without any attempt to cover up the issue, the judges said. The EC should also deal with the perceived breach of code of conduct without putting a lid on the issue and a separate criminal investigation against the party should go on.

The petitioner has alleged that the local BJP candidates had obtained the cell phone numbers from the UIDAI and were creating WhatsApp groups in their respective constituencies for targeted campaigning. Besides achieving 'unfair political mileage' by resorting
to this form of campaigning without necessary permission from the EC, the privacy of the citizens was also seriously breached.

"This huge aspect of the matter should not be lost in the politics of the season or the hullaballoo of the attendant campaigning," the bench added and posted the matter for further hearing after six weeks. (PTI)

10:34 (IST)02 Apr 2021
Lawyers, journalists among 22 accused of Maoist links; NIA searches underway in Telugu states

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) searched the homes and offices of lawyers, journalists, and activists in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh for their alleged links with Maoists.

The raids, which started Wednesday night, were conducted at the premises of 22 persons in both states.

In Hyderabad, the NIA and local police teams raided the houses of high court advocate V Rathunath, and Dappu Ramesh, a former member of Jana Nitya Mandali.

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DMK, A Raja, Tamil Nadu election, Tamil Nadu assembly election 2021, india news, indian express DMK leader A Raja (File Photo)

Terming his remarks against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami “obscene” and akin to “lowering the dignity of women”, the Election Commission of India (ECI) Thursday reprimanded senior DMK leader A Raja and barred him from campaigning for 48 hours. The EC also delisted his name from the list of star campaigners ahead of the assembly elections scheduled on April 6. “The commission also advises you to be watchful and not to make intemperate, indecent, derogatory, obscene remarks and lower the dignity of women in future during the election campaign,” reads the ECI order dated April 1 and addressed to Raja.

READ | Anti-EPS remarks: A Raja debarred from campaigning for 48 hours, delisted as star campaigner

Going to polls on April 17, byelection to Telangana’s Nagarjuna Sagar assembly constituency is essentially a fight between a 7-time Congress legislator and son of the TRS leader who defeated the former in 2018. The BJP’s performance, which claims to be the main challenger to the ruling dispensation in the next general elections in 2023, will be keenly watched. While the Congress party was quick to name K Jana Reddy (74) as its candidate on the day the Election Commission of India issued the poll notification, the TRS and BJP chose to name their candidates Nomula Bagath Kumar (37) and Dr. Panugothu Ravi Kumar Naik (36), respectively, only a day before the last date for filing nominations

READ | Telangana: Newcomer versus veteran in Nagarjuna Sagar bypoll; BJP hopes to give tough fight

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