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Chennai Hyderabad April 7, 8 Highlights: Active cases in TN at 27,743 as states report 3986 fresh cases, 17 deaths

Tamil Nadu Telangana Coronavirus Assembly Elections 2021 April 7, 8 Highlights: According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 2,01,73,626 samples from the state have been tested till date.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: April 9, 2021 9:12:08 am
A total of 80,535 samples were tested in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. Express Photo: Prashant Nadkar

Tamil Nadu Telangana Assembly Elections COVID-19 April 7, 8 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 3986 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 9,11,110. Among these, Chennai reported 1459 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,57,851. The state recorded 17 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 12,821. Fourteen of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 1824 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 8,70,546.

As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 27,743. Till date, 5,49,952 males, 3,61,122 females and 36 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

The only two remaining Telugu Desam Party Legislators in Telangana Wednesday evening joined the ruling party and merged the TDP Legislature Party (TDPLP) into Telangana Rashtra Samithi Legislature Party (TRSLP). Mecha Nageshwara Rao who represents Ashwaraopet constituency and Sandra Venkata Veeraiah who represents Sathupalli were the only MLAs in Telangana Legislative Assembly to have won on TDP tickets. On Wednesday, Nageshwara Rao maintained that he could not do justice to the people of his constituency in the last two and a half years, and being the ruling party’s MLA could help him serve the people better.

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17:37 (IST)08 Apr 2021
Rajinikanth jets off to Hyderabad to resume shooting for Annaatthe

Superstar Rajinikanth on Thursday took a private plane to Hyderabad to join the shoot of his upcoming film, Annaatthe. Last December, the shooting came to an abrupt stop following the break of the coronavirus on the sets of the film in Hyderabad. While four crew members tested positive for the virus, Rajinikanth had tested negative. However, the stressful situation caused fluctuations in his blood pressure level, requiring hospitalization.

Rajinikanth will join his co-stars Nayanthara, Keerthy Suresh, Khushboo, Prakash Raj and others on the sets of Annaatthe. Written and directed by director Siva, the film is bankrolled by Sun Pictures. And if everything goes according to the plan, the film would release in theatres during the Deepavali holiday.

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16:53 (IST)08 Apr 2021
Covid-19 cases cross 2000-mark in Telangana, Begum Bazar traders to shut shop by 5 pm

In the wake of rising coronavirus infections in Telangana, particularly in Greater Hyderabad, traders at one of the oldest markets in Hyderabad have announced self-imposed restrictions. The state government has clarified — on multiple occasions — that it would not consider imposing a lockdown.

In Begum Bazar, a wholesale hub for items ranging from pulses to jewelry, the Hyderabad Kirana Merchants Association has resolved to keep the shops open only between 9 am and 5 pm, starting April 9. At a meeting on Wednesday, the members have stressed on the need for wearing masks and ensuring personal hygiene through use of sanitisers as well as social distancing. The association asked its members to push for wearing masks among customers and even provide the customers with masks if they don’t carry one.

In the past, different traders associations have imposed restrictions in timings. When the number of coronavirus cases rose rapidly in the city last year, the traders here had voluntarily observed lockdown.

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16:40 (IST)08 Apr 2021
Andhra Pradesh: Polling underway in MPTC, ZPTC elections

Polling is underway in 515 Zilla Parishad Territorial constituencies and 7,220 Mandal Parishad Territorial constituencies of Andhra Pradesh. Polling began at 7 am this morning and will continue till 5 pm. As of 11 am, 21.65 percent voting was recorded.

The elections are being held following an order of a division bench of the AP High Court comprising Chief Justice Arup Kumar Goswami and Justice C Praveen Kumar on Wednesday that set aside the single judge order and allowed the State Election Commission to conduct elections to MPTCs and ZPTCs as scheduled on April 8.

However, the court directed the SEC not to take up counting and declaration of results pending disposal of the petitions. A day before on Tuesday, the single judge bench of Justice U Durga Prasad Rao had stayed the election notification stating that the model code of conduct was not enforced as directed by the Supreme Court. Terming the elections ‘unlawful’, the opposition Telugu Desam Party had announced a boycott of the polls.

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16:21 (IST)08 Apr 2021
Telangana reports 2,055 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths

COVID-19 cases in Telangana breached the 2,000-mark on Wednesday with 2,055 fresh infections pushing the tally to over 3.18 lakh, while thetoll rose to 1,741 with seven more fatalities.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 398, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri (214) and Rangareddy (174), a government bulletin said on Thursday.

The total number of cases stood at 3,18,704 while with 303 patients being cured, the total recoveries were at 3,03,601. The state has 13,362 active cases and 87,332 samples were tested on Wednesday. Cumulatively, over 1.06 crore samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 2.86 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.54 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 95.26 per cent. According to a separate release, over 14.04 lakh people in the state have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine while over 2.76 lakh got their second shot also as of April 6. (PTI)

15:21 (IST)08 Apr 2021
Duraimurugan tests positive for COVID-19

DMK general secretary Duraimurugan tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. He is reportedly isolating himself at home in Chennai. 

Ahead of the assembly election in Tamil Nadu, Duraimurugan had been actively participating in various party initiatives. 

Sources said on Wednesday evening that he experienced slight discomfort and took a COVID-19 test at a private hospital in Nungambakkam. The result on Thursday confirmed that he has been infected with the virus.

As per local reports, Duraimurugan undertook COVID-19 vaccine but has tested positive for the pandemic virus. 

14:38 (IST)08 Apr 2021
Veteran Filmmaker SP Muthu Raman hospitalized, COVID-19 pneumonia suspected

Veteran Tamil filmmaker SP Muthuraman (86) has been admitted to Medway hospital in Chennai with symptoms and signs of COVID-19. In a press release issued by the hospital, Muthuraman is suspected to have COVID-19 pneumonia. “He is under the observation of the Medical Team at Medway Hospitals. He is stable at present,” the release read.

SP Muthuraman who made his debut with Kanimuthu Paapa in 1972 worked closely with Tamil film actors like Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Jai Shankar, etc. His association with Rajinikanth in particular was widely appreciated. He won the state award for best director for ‘Aarilirunthu Arubathu Varai’ movie starting Rajinikanth. His last movie ‘Thottil Kuzhanthai’ was released in 1995.

14:09 (IST)08 Apr 2021
‘No connection with candidate’: Grocery shop owner in Tamil Nadu turns away voters hoping to encash Rs 2000 token

It is not uncommon for some voters to feel cheated by politicians who fail to keep their election promises. But in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu, it did not take long for voters to realise that they have been taken for a ride.

Around 200 people queued outside a grocery shop in Kumbakonam town on Wednesday morning, the day after Assembly polls ended in the state, hoping to encash the Rs 2000 tokens issued to them, allegedly by a local candidate. However, the store owner, Sheik Mohammed, had to turn them away claiming that his shop has no connection to the candidate.

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13:59 (IST)08 Apr 2021
Madras HC says GO cancelling arrear exams not acceptable

The Madras High Court on Wednesday took objection to a Tamil Nadu government order (GO) of August 2020 cancelling arrear exams of college students in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and held the GO was not acceptable to it.

The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy, which made the observation while passing further interim orders on the PILs from advocate Ramkumar Adityan and former Anna University VC E Balagurusamy, directed the state government and the UGC to arrive at a solution that can be taken by way of an examination or some other method.

"The State and the UGC should put their heads together to suggest any ameliorate measures that may be taken by way of an exam or some other method. There is no doubt that lakhs of students, who had thought that they had cleared the particular course after writing the final semester exam may have to be held back because they did not clear previous papers. At the same time, unqualified persons cannot be certified to have qualified to pursue professional courses or even higher studies," the judges said.

Earlier, Advocate-General Vijay Narayan told the judges that the exemption had been granted only to arts and science courses since the regulatory bodies of other professional courses like medicine, engineering and law, refused their sanction. The court also pointed out the UGC guidelines, which do not provide such a scenario. "The State government appears to have cancelled arrear exams in violation of UGC guidelines and they are absolutely unacceptable," the bench said.

The court then adjourned the matter till April 15 after directing the UGC and the State government to jointly work and find out a solution that would serve the interest of students without compromising on the sanctity of the system, notwithstanding the COVID-19 pandemic. (PTI)

13:08 (IST)08 Apr 2021
Man sentenced to life till death for raping minor daughter

A Hyderabad court on Wednesday awarded life sentence till death to a man for raping his 17-year-old daughter in 2017. Judge B Suresh of the Metropolitan Sessions Judge (MSJ) Courtat LB Nagar, found the accused, guilty under relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and IPC and sentenced him to undergo life imprisonment until death.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000, a release from Cyberabad Police Commissionerate said.

The girl was staying with her father after the death of her mother and following her elder sister's marriage, the release said. In October 2017, the girl filed a complaint with police stating that over a 10-month period her father used to come home drunk at night and sexually assault her besides threatening her that if she disclosed it to anyone, he would send her out from his house.

Consequently, she informed her father that she was not getting menstrual periods following which he took her to a hospital where a doctor after examination said she was pregnant. Her father gave her some tablets and got the pregnancy aborted.

On the occasion of Diwali festival, the girl went to her aunt's house at Warangal and narrated her ordeal. A case was registered and the man was subsequently arrested. (PTI)

12:44 (IST)08 Apr 2021
Telangana: Last two TDP MLAs defect to TRS

The only two remaining Telugu Desam Party Legislators in Telangana Wednesday evening joined the ruling party and merged the TDP Legislature Party (TDPLP) into Telangana Rashtra Samithi Legislature Party (TRSLP).

Mecha Nageshwara Rao who represents Ashwaraopet constituency and Sandra Venkata Veeraiah who represents Sathupalli were the only MLAs in Telangana Legislative Assembly to have won on TDP tickets. On Wednesday, Nageshwara Rao maintained that he could not do justice to the people of his constituency in the last two and a half years, and being the ruling party’s MLA could help him serve the people better.

The two MLAs gave a letter to the Assembly speaker Pocharam Sreenivas Reddy requesting the merger. This followed their meeting with Chief Minister and TRS supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao at Pragathi Bhavan.

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12:30 (IST)08 Apr 2021
Did not breach MCC by remarks on Swaraj, Jaitley: Udhayanidhi Stalin

DMK youth wing leader Udhayanidhi Stalin on Wednesday denied he had breached the Model Code of Conduct during the poll campaign for the just concluded Tamil Nadu Assembly elections by making some remarks about late BJP leaders Sushma Sawaraj and Arun Jaitley.

Responding to an Election Commission notice, issued on Tuesday, he said it “has not taken the whole alleged speech into consideration and only referred to two lines” from his speech.

In his reply, Udhayanidhi Stalin said the “tenor and intention of his entire speech must be appreciated” to decide the context of the extracted two lines uttered and urged the EC to furnish a transcript of the entire speech for him to furnish a full and proper reply. “At the outset I deny that I have committed any breach of the Model Code of Conduct,” he said.

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12:14 (IST)08 Apr 2021
Woman accuses rape by brother, cousin in Telangana

A woman has complained that she was sexually assaulted by her brother and cousin since she was around eight years old in Kothagudem district, police said on Wednesday. A day after she filed the complaint, her 25-year-old cousin allegedly killed himself by hanging at his house on Wednesday, they said.

In the complaint, the 20-year-old woman accused her brother and cousin, a software engineer, working in London and now staying in Kothagudem, of repeatedly raping her since she was a second standard student (about 8 years). In the complaint, she alleged that her mother and other family members did not take action against her brother and cousin in spite of her informing them and she was tortured by all of them.

Following the complaint, a case under relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and IPC was registered, a police official said.

Meanwhile, an audio conversation, purportedly between the woman and one of the accused, was broadcast by some local news channels in which the accused is heard admitting his guilt and seeking apology from her. (PTI)

11:56 (IST)08 Apr 2021
231 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Wednesday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 231 fever clinics in Chennai on Wednesday. A total of 18,337 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 256 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 39 camps had been set up, while Manali (Zone 2) had the least with three camps.

11:22 (IST)08 Apr 2021
Telangana girl launches OPods or micro houses built of sewerage pipes at low-cost

While owning a house is everyone’s dream, making that come true is Perala Manasa’s dream. On Wednesday, the 23-year-old civil engineer announced the launch of OPods or micro homes in pipes comprising one bedroom with a built-up area 120 sq ft and made out of a concrete sewerage pipe of 2000 mm diameter.

Hailing from a poor family in Bommakal village in Telangana’s Karimnagar district, Manasa credits her single mother for inspiration and the Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TSWREIS) for the education that enabled her to dream. After doing B.Tech (civil engineering) from Lovely Professional University in May 2020, Manasa spent another six months researching the designs prevalent in Japan, Hong Kong and other places to suit the local needs and weather conditions before registering a company in January 2021. The work on the first model began in March 2021.

Though primarily aimed at the underprivileged, Manasa has 12 different designs of experimental mobile housing that may suit different sectors. The OPod comes with a bedroom, kitchen, hall, washroom, and shelves, and is equipped with electricity, water, and drainage. With a balcony-like lounge area over the tube, the OPod is best suited for one or two persons. “This is a first-of-its kind model in India. In 40 to 120 sq ft, we can have a customized movable all-weather home with a life span 100 years. The cost may come around Rs 3.5 lakh to Rs 5.5 lakh,” said Manasa, adding that designs for two or three-bedroom homes are also available.

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11:20 (IST)08 Apr 2021
VC appointed for TN Veterinary & Animal Sciences varsity

Governor Banwarilal Purohit appointedK N Selvakumar as the Vice-Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS) in Chennai for a period of three years.

Senior most serving professor of TANUVAS with rich teaching experience of about 32 years, Selvakumar, played a key role in the development of Technology Achievement Index in the Indian Livestock Sector and Milk Price Policy Modelling Technique for the state government.

Selvakumar, working as Dean of Madras Veterinary College, had served as Member Technical Monitoring Committee, Animal Husbandry Department, Tamil Nadu government. He possesses a vast research experience having 84 overall journal publications and presented 14 research papers in International academic events, a communique from the Raj Bhavan said here on Wednesday.

He has about 22 years experience in the University administration having functioned as Director of Distance Education, Controller of Examinations, Dean, Madras Veterinary College, Dean, Veterinary College and Research Institute, Orathanadu and Professor & Head in Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University. Also, he has 25 years experience in the University UG and PG admission programmes. (PTI)

10:26 (IST)08 Apr 2021
Sarath Kumar, Radhika sentenced to 1 year imprisonment in cheque bounce case

Actor-politician R Sarath Kumar, his wife Radhika and another person were on Wednesday  sentenced to undergo one year imprisonment in connection with a cheque bounce case. A Special Court constituted for hearing cases against MPs and MLAs, which passed the conviction order, however, kept it in abeyance for 30 days following an appeal from the accused. Both are actors while Kumar, head of the political party All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi, is also a former MP and ex-MLA.

According to film financing firm Radiance Media Private Limited,  Magic Frames company, in which Kumar, Radhika and Listin Stephen were partners, had borrowed Rs 1.50 crore. Later, Kumar had obtained a hand loan of Rs 50 lakh from the firm. In return, they had issued cheques. When the cheques were presented for realisation, they all bounced.

Following a complaint from the firm, cases were filed against the accused. They had moved the Madras High Court challenging the criminal proceedings pending against them before the Saidapet fast track court. However, the court had refused to quash it in May 2019. Instead, the judge had directed the Saidapet court to complete the trial within a stipulated period. In the meantime, the case was transferred to the Special Court for MP/MLAs in Chennai. 

When the matter came up on Wednesday, presiding officer N Alicia recorded the submissions of the counsel for the plaintiff and defendants and sentenced the three to one year imprisonment for offences under Sections 138 and 141 of the Negotiable Instruments Act. (PTI)

09:56 (IST)08 Apr 2021
245 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities today

A total of 245 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 122 arrivals and 123 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:32 (IST)08 Apr 2021
Tamil Nadu: Corporation staff carrying EVMs on two-wheelers caught by public in Velachery; EC orders probe

Tension prevailed in Tamil Nadu’s Velachery area on Tuesday evening after some men wearing ‘Polling Official’ badges were found carrying four electronic voting machines, including two VVPAT machines, on two-wheelers. It is reported that the ‘poll officials’ were corporation staffers.

The Election Commission has suspended the three officials besides ordering an investigation into the incident.

Apparently one of the machines fell on the road when the men were riding near the Taramani main road and as they attempted to lift it, they were caught by a passer-by who stopped them with the help of local residents. The officials were also reported to have been carrying some cash.

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09:22 (IST)08 Apr 2021
TN reports 3986 fresh cases, 17 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 3986 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 9,11,110. Among these, Chennai reported 1459 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,57,851. The state recorded 17 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 12,821. Fourteen of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 1824 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 8,70,546.

As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 27,743. Till date, 5,49,952 males, 3,61,122 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, 2,01,73,626 samples from the state have been tested till date, with 80,535 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 260 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 69 are government and 191 are private facilities.

09:21 (IST)08 Apr 2021
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The OPod comes with a bedroom, kitchen, hall, washroom, and shelves, and is equipped with electricity, water, and drainage. (Express Photo)

While owning a house is everyone’s dream, making that come true is Perala Manasa’s dream. On Wednesday, the 23-year-old civil engineer announced the launch of OPods or micro homes in pipes comprising one bedroom with a built-up area 120 sq ft and made out of a concrete sewerage pipe of 2000 mm diameter. Though primarily aimed at the underprivileged, Manasa has 12 different designs of experimental mobile housing that may suit different sectors.

READ | Telangana girl launches OPods or micro houses built of sewerage pipes at low-cost

The Tamil Nadu Assembly elections ended peacefully on Tuesday and the voter turnout stood at 72.78 per cent with people sealing the fate of nearly 4,000 candidates including that of AIADMK’s Edappadi K Palaniswami and DMK chief M K Stalin, the key contenders for power. Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo told reporters that the EVMs and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail units functioned well and less than one per cent warranted replacements.

READ | TN Assembly polls end peacefully, voter turnout 72.78 per cent

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