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Chennai Hyderabad April 5 Highlights: TN reports 3581 fresh cases, active cases now at 21,958

Tamil Nadu Telangana Coronavirus Assembly Elections 2021 April 5 Highlights: Till date, 5,43,189 males, 3,56,582 females and 36 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in Tamil Nadu.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: April 7, 2021 9:03:34 am
COVID-19 test, Coronavirus tetsAccording to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 1,96,06,156 samples from the state have been tested till date. Express Photo: Prashant Nadkar

Tamil Nadu Telangana Assembly Elections COVID-19 April 5 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 3581 positive cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the state tally to 8,99,807. Among these, Chennai reported 1344 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,53,760. The state recorded 14 deaths on Sunday, putting the state toll at 12,778. Twelve of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 1813 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 8,65,071.

Days ahead of polling in Tamil Nadu on April 6, the Income Tax department raided 28 premises linked to DMK leaders. Four belonged to DMK chief M K Stalin’s daughter Senthamarai and her powerful husband V Sabareesan, apart from the premises of a close aide of Sabareesan. If the DMK is elected to power, Sabareesan, Stalin’s strategist, facilitator and sounding board, is expected to be one of the most powerful faces in the state.

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18:30 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Disallow Stalin, four others of DMK from contesting Assembly polls: AIADMK

The ruling AIADMK on Monday urged the Chief Electoral Officer to 'cancel' the candidature of DMK president M K Stalin and four others of his party for the April 6 Assembly polls, alleging 'distribution of cash' to voters.

Associates of Stalin, who is contesting from Kolathur constituency in Chennai have been 'distributing a sum of Rs 5,000 to voters,' party's joint secretary of the advocate's wing, R M Babu Murugavel alleged in a petition to the CEO, Tamil Nadu, Satyabrata Sahoo. Women self-help groups were 'paid' Rs 10,000 each to act, canvass and cast votes in Stalin's favour and voters were remitted Rs 5,000 through mobile payments app 'G-Pay,' he alleged.

It was 'shocking' that despite repeated complaints from the AIADMK and others persons in the constituency no effort was taken by officials to stop distribution of cash for votes, the AIADMK functionary alleged in the petition. DMK nominee Stalin was involved in 'corrupt' practices which called for his 'disqualification' from contesting polls, he claimed.

"Hence the Election Commission should cancel the candidature of MK Stalin under the plenary powers of the Commission under Article 324 of the Constitution and the Representation of People Act." 

Making similar allegations against DMK nominees Udhayanidhi Stalin (Chepauk-Triplicane), E V Velu (Tiruvannamalai), K N Nehru (Tiruchirappalli West), and Duraimurugan (Katpadi), the AIADMK wanted all their candidatures to be 'cancelled.' (PTI)

17:55 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Fear of Covid-19, stringent curbs: Most Kerala and Tamil Nadu voters based in Bengaluru likely to skip tomorrow’s polls

With strict Covid-19 rules in place in Karnataka, most Kerala and Tamil Nadu voters living in Bengaluru are not keen on travelling to their constituencies to vote in the state Assembly elections.
 
After a surge in Covid-19 cases since the beginning of March in Karnataka, the state government has made it mandatory to produce negative RT-PCR reports for those entering the state from neighbouring Kerala.
 
According to Karnataka Kerala Travellers Forum (KKTF), there are 12 lakh Keralites living in Bengaluru, a siezable chunk of them working for IT companies and running various businesses. KKTF convener R Muraleedhar told indianexpress.com: “For Malayalis, participation and voting in the election is a festival. But most Keralites living in the city have decided not to go to Kerala since there are stringent Covid norms by the government and also the cases in Kerala is increasing.”

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17:18 (IST)05 Apr 2021
In Tamil Nadu, from personality politics to deepening democracy

Tamil Nadu has a history of strong governments and powerful chief ministers: C Rajagopalachari, K Kamaraj, C N Annadurai, Mu Karunanidhi, M G Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa. Few states have had a line-up of such chief ministers whose stature equalled that of prominent national figures. The one exception, until 2016, was M Bakthavasalam, who ruled for less than four years and presided over the demolition of the Congress in Tamil Nadu.

But this trend of political giants ended abruptly when Jayalalithaa passed away in December 2016, followed by Karunanidhi in August 2018. In the upcoming election, whichever coalition wins, there will be no titan to preside over the government. Neither the current chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, nor the potential chief minister-in-waiting M K Stalin, have the charisma to swing votes through evocative speeches or by their mere presence.

Stalin, who is widely predicted by the intelligentsia to be the next chief minister, appears to be riding a double anti-incumbency wave: The AIADMK has completed two terms in office and its national ally, the BJP, is into its second term.

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16:37 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Chhattisgarh naxal attack: Telangana cops on alert, step up combing operations

Telangana police has sounded an alert and intensified combing operations and beefed up security in the bordering areas of the state in the wake of killing of 22 security personnel by Naxals in an ambush in neighbouring Chhattisgarh.

The Telangana police have mounted vigil particularly in Bhadradri Kothagudem and Mulugu districts, a senior police official said on Monday.

"We are alert and regular combing operations are going on. In view of the (Chhattisgarh naxal attack), combing has been intensified and security has been beefed up in areas (near the Telangana-Chhattisgarh border)," a senior police official told P T I.

Police parties were carrying out checking, cordon and search operations as part of the measures taken to prevent maoists from entering Telangana, the official added. (PTI)

15:52 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Over 8.20 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till Sunday

A total of 8,20,079 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till Sunday, with 7809 people inoculated on April 4 alone.

15:50 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Hyderabad: Chartered Accountant arrested for circulating fake government order on fresh Covid-19 lockdown

A 48-year-old Chartered Accountant in Hyderabad was arrested Monday morning for allegedly circulating a fake government order that announced imposition of partial lockdown in Telangana from April 1.

Hyderabad police commissioner Anjani Kumar, while speaking at a press conference on Monday, revealed that the fake ‘G.O. 45’, dated April 1, 2021, was a copy of last year’s G.O that was allegedly forged and circulated by one Sreepathi Sanjeev Kumar. The accused works as a Chartered Accountant with Karvy & Co. in Hyderabad.

A native of Nellore town in Andhra Pradesh, Kumar has been living in Hyderabad since 1993. According to the police, Kumar on April 1 downloaded and forged the G.O copy issued by Telangana government last year when a lockdown was imposed. “After changing the dates of lockdown, he shared the PDF copy in a whatsapp group comprising 40 others from his badminton team. This was soon circulated to other groups via WhatsApp and soon went viral on social media,” said the police commissioner.

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14:49 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai and Hyderabad today

Prices of petrol and diesel were unchanged across the country for the sixth straight day on Monday, April 5, 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, petrol now costs Rs. 92.58 per litre whil diesel is priced at Rs. 85.88 per litre.

In Hyderabad, the cost of petrol is Rs. 94.16 per litre and that of diesel is Rs. 88.20 per litre.

14:02 (IST)05 Apr 2021
TN polls: Global Shapers Chennai Hub comes up with website to help voters make informed decisions before voting

With single-phase polling for 234 Assembly seats in Tamil Nadu to be held Tuesday, Global Shapers Chennai Hub has developed a website for voters to make informed decisions ahead of the polls.

A group powered by the Global Shapers Community, the team has developed a website (https://en.electionpromises.in/) which lists the manifestos of various parties that are contesting the polls in the state and their alliances, independent parties, the names of the candidates, party symbols and a comparison of party promises. The site also includes links for checking one’s name in the electoral rolls and downloading the digital voter ID.

According to the platform, the team’s aim is to empower voters with data and insights from the parties’ manifestos while making their decision. Besides listing the various poll promises, the site provides a comparison of promises made on key areas such as agriculture, education, social welfare, women empowerment, industrial development, minority welfare and more.

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13:06 (IST)05 Apr 2021
209 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Sunday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 209 fever clinics in Chennai on Sunday. A total of 6215 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 50 people who were identified with ILI symptoms, while others were provided with medication for minor ailments.

The most number of camps were held in Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) where 30 camps had been set up, while Manali (Zone 2) had the least with three camps.

12:16 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Telangana reports 1,097 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths

Telangana reported 1,097 fresh COVID-19 cases Sunday, pushing the tally to over 3.13 lakh, while the death toll rose to 1,723 with six more fatalities, the state government said on Monday.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 302, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri 138 and Rangareddy 116, it said in a bulletin.

The total number of cases stood at 3,13,237 while with 268 patients being cured, the total recoveries were at 3,02,768. The state has 8,746 active cases and 43,070 samples were tested on Sunday. Cumulatively, over 1.04 crore samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 2.80 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.55 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 96.65 per cent. According to a separate release, over 12 lakh people in the statehave received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine while over 2.60 lakh got their second shot also as of April 4. (PTI)

11:35 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Uber to offer free services for those above 80 and persons with disabilities on Tuesday
11:04 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Why DMK making issue out of I-T raid against Stalin's daughter, asks TN CM

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami asked on Saturday why DMK leaders were making a big issue out of a raid at the house of party chief MK Stalin's daughter, saying one need not fear if there is nothing to hide. A slew of AIADMK functionaries, including some ministers, have also been raided by Income Tax officials "but we are not saying anything", he said.

"But the DMK is making such a big issue out of IT officials holding searches at the house of Stalin's daughter. If one has nothing to hide, why are you afraid?" Palaniswami asked while addressing an election rally in Salem.

The DMK lashed out at the BJP-led Centre on Friday over the searches by Income Tax officials at the residence of Stalin's daughter Senthamarai in Chennai and alleged that there was a "political objective" behind the action.

The raids on Senthamarai and others were aimed to check "political cash distribution" in poll-bound Tamil Nadu, sources in the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) had said. Palaniswami further said I-T officials carry out checks based on information and referred to such searches on the premises of AIADMK  functionaries, including Higher Education Minister KP Anbalagan.

He asked if Senthamarai belongs to a royal household and whether searches cannot be conducted at her place. In a democratic country, searches can be carried out anywhere, the chief minister added. (PTI)

10:32 (IST)05 Apr 2021
V Sabareesan: Tamil Nadu’s first family’s premier son-in-law

Days ahead of polling in Tamil Nadu on April 6, the Income Tax department raided 28 premises linked to DMK leaders. Four belonged to DMK chief M K Stalin’s daughter Senthamarai and her powerful husband V Sabareesan, apart from the premises of a close aide of Sabareesan.

If the DMK is elected to power, Sabareesan, Stalin’s strategist, facilitator and sounding board, is expected to be one of the most powerful faces in the state.

Sabareesan, who is in his 40s, comes from a non-political family belonging to Tirunelveli. He and Senthamarai had a love marriage, and have two children. While Senthamarai has not shown any interest in politics and is busy with a school she runs in Chennai, Sabareesan himself was a non-presence in the previous DMK regime. It was during the DMK’s 10 long years in the Opposition, as M Karunanidhi gradually took a back seat due to his illness and Stalin came into his own, that Sabareesan started having a say in party matters.

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09:44 (IST)05 Apr 2021
IIT-Hyderabad to offer joint doctoral programme with Deakin University

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Hyderabad) is offering joint doctoral programme in collaboration with Deakin UniversitY. The programme, as per the institute, will be offered in a wide array of subjects include materials and smart manufacturing, affordable healthcare, food, environment and agriculture, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, cyber-physical systems, and energy.

The candidates need to possess a BTech or MTech degree to be eligible for the doctoral programme, also they have to qualify in the interview round. The qualified candidates can spend between 3 to 12 months at Deakin University as per the research requirements.

The students will get PhD fellowship including the travel expenses to Deakin university. The varsity will also provide a full tuition fee waiver for upto four years. On completing the programme, the candidates will be awarded certificates from both institutes.

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09:24 (IST)05 Apr 2021
248 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities today

A total of 248 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 124 arrivals and 124 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:17 (IST)05 Apr 2021
TN reports 3581 fresh cases, 14 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 3581 positive cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the state tally to 8,99,807. Among these, Chennai reported 1344 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,53,760. The state recorded 14 deaths on Sunday, putting the state toll at 12,778. Twelve of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 1813 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 8,65,071.

As of Sunday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 21,958. Till date, 5,43,189 males, 3,56,582 females and 36 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, 1,96,06,156 samples from the state have been tested till date, with 82,187 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 259 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 69 are government and 190 are private facilities.

09:13 (IST)05 Apr 2021
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As lockdown puts cap on liquor sales, withdrawal issues could become new headache for government Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao. (PTI Photo)

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao Saturday reiterated the demand for setting up six airstrips in the state. The CM requested Pradeep Singh Kharola, the Union Secretary for Civil Aviation, to expedite the process when the latter paid him a visit. The official has assured the CM that the matter would be taken up for speedy sanction, according to the CM’s office.

READ | Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao requests Centre to expedite setting up of six new airports in state

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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