Chennai News Live Updates: Tamil Nadu inoculates 12.62 lakh people against Covid-19 in mass vaccination drive – The Indian Express

  • September 13, 2022

Chennai News Live Updates Today: The Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) has launched raids at places belonging to former Tamil Nadu minister C Vijayabaskar and SP Velumani. The raids were conducted against Velumani on allegations of abusing his position and granting tenders to his close associates from 2015 to 2018 and causing loss to the government up to Rs 500 crores.
In other news, the Madras High Court on Monday directed the Tamil Nadu government to restore the Buckingham canal, running through the city for centuries and now polluted and narrowed down due to encroachments, back to its glory in six months. The first bench of Chief Justice M N Bhandari and Justice N Mala gave the direction while passing orders on a PIL petition from Kasturba and Indira Nagar Residents Welfare Forum, on Monday.
The FIDE Chess Olympiad held here recently has created interest among young people on this indoor game and due to the efforts of the state government the WTA Chennai Open 2022 is being held here, Chief Minister M K Stalin said here on Monday. In sync with the Dravidian model of all-round development including sports, the Chief Minister said sportspersons from Tamil Nadu should take part in international events, win medals and bring glory to the state.
Telangana Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan said on Monday that she had never been insulted by the government as claimed by Murasoli, the mouthpiece of Tamil Nadu’s ruling DMK.
“I was never insulted. I am astonished about how someone in Tamil Nadu can rejoice if their sister is disrespected in another state. It is not the right frame of mind. Welcoming a relative or someone who is close to us is part of culture. As I step into the fourth year as the governor at Telangana, I spoke about the good and some other instances that I experienced here. While listing out several good instances I also happened to say how the governor is also disrespected in certain issues. That doesn’t mean I scream or cry about those things. I will continue to carry out my work irrespective of whether I am respected or not,” Soundararajan told reporters in Tiruchirapalli. Read more.
The officials of Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) of the Tamil Nadu government are carrying out searches at the residences, offices and several areas belonging to former AIADMK ministers SP Velumani and C Vijayabaskar Tuesday.
The DVAC sleuths Monday registered a criminal case against former Municipal Administration Minister SP Velumani for his alleged involvement in allocation of tenders injudiciously to his close associated companies. According to the statement issued by the authorities, Velumani abused his official position causing a loss to the exchequer of Rs 500 crore in replacing the existing street lights with LED lights in rural areas during 2015-18. Read more.
When an outsider is asked to describe Chennai, they may speak highly about the beaches, Carnatic music sabas, historical venues like churches and museums, and food, referring to idli and sambar. But there is much more to this city, like the Dadashamakan, which is often referred to as the hub of beef in Chennai.
Dadashamakan, an area close to Otteri in northern Chennai, is a predominantly Muslim neighbourhood with a population of around 5,000. The area is home to shops offering customers a variety of food items. The regular customers here claim that no other area in the city can match the quality of beef that is available here. They claim even the prices are less in comparison with other areas in the city. Read more.
Tamil Nadu reported 426 Coronavirus positive cases on Monday taking the total infections in the State to 35,74,093 till date.
There has however been no fatality today and as a result, the toll continues to remain 38,038.
The active cases as on today declined to 4,839 from 4,866 on Sunday, according to a bulletin from the State health department.
About 453 COVID-19 positive patients were discharged following treatment today, thus taking the cumulative recoveries to 35,31,216 so far.
Among the districts, Chennai recorded the maximum infections of 84 followed by Coimbatore: 52 and Chengalpattu: 35. PTI
S P Velumani has been accused of abusing his position during the period between 2015-18. Several AIADMK cadre have gathered in front of his residence. Currently, the raids are been conducted at 26 places. 
#SPVelumani has been accused of abusing his position during the period between 2015-18. Several #AIADMK cadres have gathered in front of his residence. Currently, the raids are been carried at 26 places. (VC: Rahman)@IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/4eUL17E4i5
Tamil Nadu reported 426 Coronavirus positive cases on Monday taking the total infections in the State to 35,74,093 till date. (PTI)
A person, who had ordered food from a vegetarian restaurant, allegedly found a rat’s head in one of the food parcels on Sunday.
After inspecting the meat, the person alongside his family, reached the restaurant to enquire about the incident. The hotel, however, informed them that read more…
The Madras High Court on Monday directed the Tamil Nadu government to restore the Buckingham canal, running through the city for centuries and now polluted and narrowed down due to encroachments, back to its glory in six months. (PTI)
சென்னை, நேரு உள்விளையாட்டு அரங்கத்தில் நடைபெற்ற விழாவில் இளைஞர் நலன் மற்றும் விளையாட்டு மேம்பாட்டு துறை சார்பில், விளையாட்டுப் போட்டிகளில் சிறந்து விளங்குகின்ற 19 வீரர், வீராங்கனைகள், பயிற்றுநர்கள், உடற்பயிற்சி ஆசிரியர்கள் மற்றும்

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The Madras High Court was informed recently that guidelines fixing a time limit for keeping a government servant under suspension have been issued.
A submission to this effect was made by the the state-run Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANEGDCO), when two of its employees aggrieved over their suspension for a long time, approached the High Court challenging the same. (PTI)
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has moved the Madras High Court to permit it to carry out a procession wearing its uniform led by a musical band throughout Tamil Nadu on October 2 and conduct public meetings thereafter. (PTI)
The Tamil Nadu Idol Wing CID thwarted an attempt to smuggle antique idols out of the country and seized 20 idols from the residence of a French national in Auroville, police said on Monday. (PTI)
The Arignar Anna Zoological Park near Chennai, popularly referred to as the Vandalur Zoo, has secured top rank in India among the large zoo categories in the Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE-ZOO) report 2022 conducted by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. Know more here
Watch | People in the city visit Dashamakan, a place famous for its beef, in huge numbers.

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Five bikers were arrested for allegedly performing dangerous stunts on the road in front of the ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s headquarters, Anna Arivalayam, in Chennai on Thursday night.
In a 30-second clip taken by a passerby, youths were seen performing stunts on costly motorcycles on Anna Salai and heading to the Anna bridge from Teynampet. After the clip was circulated widely on the internet, netizens tagged Chennai police on Twitter and called for action against the bikers. See here
As per reports, this happened yesterday at Anna Salai… Hope @chennaipolice_ will identify them soon and take appropriate action. pic.twitter.com/NHV0jx997W
Superstar Rajinikanth recently posed with a young fan on the sets of his film Jailer, and the photo of the duo has gone viral. In the viral photo, Rajinikanth signs an autograph and hugs the child while posing for the camera. See here

A 52-year-old farmer and activist who had been demanding the closure of illegal stone quarries was allegedly murdered by a quarry owner in Tamil Nadu’s Karur district over the weekend, his family has claimed.
The police said R Jaganathan, who was riding a two-wheeler, was knocked down by a truck at Karudayampalayam Saturday. Jaganathan was taken to the nearby government hospital where he was declared ‘dead on arrival’, they added. Read more.
The Arignar Anna Zoological Park in Tamil Nadu received the highest rating in India among the large zoo categories as per the Management Effectiveness Evaluation Report released by the Ministry of Environment, forests and climate change.
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It is a matter of great pride for Tamilnadu that Arignar Anna Zoological Park at Chennai has got the highest rating in India among the large category Zoos as per the Management Effectiveness Evaluation Report released by @moefcc.

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Tamil Nadu CM and DMK leader MK Stalin on Sunday attended the screening of a film based on MDMK leader Vaiko’s life. He tweeted: The one who measured the depth of politics with his speech! A political opponent who opposes the assembly in the ‘Dravidian banner’! I enjoyed watching the life journey of brother Vaiko on screen. Long live his charity! Win Dravidian! 
உரை வீச்சால் அரசியலின் ஆழத்தையும் – நெடும்பயணங்களால் தமிழ்நாட்டையும் அளந்தவர்!

‘திராவிடப் போர்வாள்’ எனச் செருக்களத்தில் கொள்கைப் பகைவர் கூட்டத்தை எதிர்ப்பவர்!

அண்ணன் வைகோ அவர்களது வாழ்க்கைப் பயணத்தைத் திரையில் கண்டு மகிழ்ந்தேன்.

வாழ்க அவரது தொண்டு! வெல்க திராவிடம்! pic.twitter.com/MNkspFaOdy

A 46-year old man, allegedly involved in selling banned lotteries, has been arrested, police here said on Sunday. The lottery tickets were seized from him so was cash totalling Rs 25,400, the police said. Similarly, another person was held for the same offence and tickets were confiscated from him in the district, they said. The two were remanded in judicial custody, the police added. PTI 
The Arignar Anna Zoological Park near Chennai, popularly referred to as the Vandalur Zoo, has secured top rank in India among the large zoo categories in the Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE-ZOO) report 2022 conducted by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
Tamil Nadu on Sunday inoculated 12,62,089 people against Covid-19 in the 36th mega vaccination held across the State, the Health Department has said. A total of .61,202 people received the first dose, 2,98,634 the second dose, while 9,02,253 people received the precautionary booster dose, a press release said here. The total number of people who were vaccinated (above the age of 18 years) with the first dose comprises 96.49 per cent and the second 91.09 per cent.
New Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu stood at 431, including a returnee from Uttar Pradesh, pushing the overall caseload to 35,73,667, said the Health Department on Sunday, reported PTI. There were no fresh fatalities and the death toll remained unchanged at 38,038, a bulletin said here. As many as 461 people recuperated from the virus in the last 24 hours aggregating to 35,30,763 leaving 4,866 active cases. Chennai has in the last few days seen cases marginally increasing. It rose to 86 today as against 85 on Saturday. On Friday, there were 87 cases while on Thursday, it was 85. Coimbatore reported 54 while the rest were spread across other districts.
The death anniversary of nationalist poet and freedom fighter Subramania Bharati, which falls on September 11, will be observed as Mahakavi Day, the Tamil Nadu government said on Saturday.
State ministers paid floral tributes to a statue of the firebrand poet here on Sunday. The commemoration of the death anniversary as Mahakavi Day by the government was among the 14 announcements made by Chief Minister M K Stalin in September last year.
In other updates, the revised power tariff of the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Ltd (TANGEDCO) came into effect on Saturday despite opposition by various political parties.
The new tariff, approved by the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC), however, retained the existing scheme of providing 100 units free to domestic, multi-tenements, old age homes and handlooms consumers.
The domestic consumers will have to pay Rs 4.50 per unit consumed, as against Rs 3 per unit up to 500 units, up to 400 units for two months and Rs 6.50 per unit from 401 to 500 units, and Rs 8 per unit for 501 to 600 units.
The Madras High Court has directed the Tamil Nadu police not to harass persons summoned for enquiry at police stations.
Justice G K Ilanthiraiyan gave the direction while disposing of a criminal original petition from S Prakash and three others from Tiruppur, on September 8.
The judge also issued a set of guidelines to be strictly adhered to by the cops while summoning any person to the police station. The judge said that while summoning any person named in the complaint or any witness to the incident complained of, the police officer shall summon such person/s through a written summon under Sec.160 of the Criminal Procedure Code, specifying a particular date and time for appearance.

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