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Chennai likely to remain dry in days ahead

The city is likely to remain dry in the coming days with temperatures likely to hover a degree above normal. IMD officials said while southern and interior districts have chances of rainfall in the next two days, Chennai may receive rainfall only over the weekend.

24 Jun 2021 12:52 pm
Stalin promises good decision on vanniyar quota issue

Tamil Nadu chief minister M K Stalin on Wednesday said in the assembly that he would hold discussions with the officials concerned and take a good decision on the exclusive reservation of 10.5% for vanniyars in employment and education.

24 Jun 2021 12:10 pm
TN spent Rs 20,000 crore to tackle pandemic: Thiagarajan

Tamil Nadu minister for finance and human resources PTR Palanivel Thiagarajan on Wednesday informed the state assembly that the government has spent Rs 20,000 crore to ramp up medical infrastructure and procure medicines for Covid-19 pandemic.

24 Jun 2021 12:03 pm
Four-lane link road to Velachery station nears completion

Motorists from OMR no longer need to take Taramani Link Road to travel to Velachery and beyond. A fourlane road connecting MGR Salai to Velachery MRTS station via Taramani and Perungudi stations will ease their path.

24 Jun 2021 11:32 am
One held in Haryana for ATM thefts in Chennai

A city police team arrested a suspect in the SBI ATM thefts from a hideout in Haryana on Wednesday. Police said they had seized Rs 4.5 lakh from Amir Alimuddin who was arrested in Mewat district and would be brought back to the city.

24 Jun 2021 11:18 am
Researchers find landslide-prone zones that cause tsunamis

An undersea landslide near the Andamans, followed by an earthquake near Sumatra, is believed to have powered the tsunami waves that slammed into Indias coast in 2004, killing more than 10,000 people. Such landslides, however, do not always need an earthquake to trigger them.

24 Jun 2021 11:02 am
Covid: Weekly average TPR in Tamil Nadu drops to 4.6%

The weekly average test positivity rate in Tamil Nadu dropped to 4.6% on Wednesday, when TN reported 6,596 new Covid-19 cases and 166 deaths. Active cases dropped to 52,884, while the cumulative toll reached 31,746 and case tally touched 24.4 lakh.

24 Jun 2021 9:50 am
18% adults in TN would have taken jab by July-end

By July 31, when the anticipated third wave of Covid-19 may hit, Tamil Nadu would have completed just 18% of its target vaccine doses. And if the state wants to vaccinate all adults at least by the end of the year, it should vaccinate at least 5.6 lakh people every day, TOI analysis shows.

24 Jun 2021 9:50 am
Cabinet list sent to Puducherry governor

All India NR Congress (AINRC) founderleader and chief minister N Rangasamy submitted the list of MLAs, who will be inducted into his cabinet, to lieutenant governor (additional charge) Tamilisai Soundararajan on Wednesday morning at Raj Nivas. This ends the wrangling and hectic negotiations between his party and chief ally BJP on sharing ministerial berths and plum portfolios that lasted more than 50 days.

24 Jun 2021 9:50 am
Declare 2021 zero academic year: PIL in Madras HC

An association for women empowerment has moved the Madras high court to direct the state government to announce 2021 as zero academic year. Thamizhaga Pengal Iyakkam also wanted the court to direct the state to take rapid efforts to provide online access to government and aided schools by setting up digital arrangements in every street in rural areas and slums where economically and socially downtrodden people live.

24 Jun 2021 9:50 am
Nurse infected in May is TNs first Delta positive case

A day after the health ministry categorised the Delta plus variant of Sars Cov 2 as a variant of concern, a Bengaluru-based lab confirmed the first case of the variant in Chennai. The patient, a nurse from a private hospital at Adyar who tested positive in May, has recovered from the ailment, public health officials said.

24 Jun 2021 9:50 am
Chennai: Two arrested in highway scam

Police on Wednesday arrested two private landowners in connection with Chennai-Bengaluru national highway land acquisition scam. A police officer said Ashish Mehta, 40, of Ashok Nagar in Chennai and K Selvam, 45, of Sriperumbudur acquired government compensation worth Rs 33 crore by using fake documents.

24 Jun 2021 9:50 am
Not a crime, well continue to use ondriya arasu: Stalin

A debate over Tamil nomenclature and federalism is on in TN with the DMK government insisting on using the term ondriya arasu (Union) instead of mathiya arasu (Centre) to refer to the Union government, reports Shanmughasundaram J. Chief minister M K Stalin on Wednesday told the assembly that using the word Union to refer to the central government was not a social crime and no one needs to be rattled by it. Stalins assertion that his government would continue to use Union has revived the debate o

24 Jun 2021 9:32 am
Man dies after being thrashed by cop in Salem

A 45-year-old man died on Wednesday a day after he was thrashed with a lathi by a special police sub-inspector (SSI) at Ethapur in Salem district. The SSI, R Periasamy, has been arrested for murder. Chief minister M K Stalin has announced Rs 10 lakh compensation to the family of the victim.

24 Jun 2021 9:26 am
Who controlled Covid -- AIADMK or DMK?

The assembly on Wednesday saw the treasury and opposition taking pride in Covid work and the containment measures that had brought the infectious disease under control in most parts of Tamil Nadu. Opposition leader former CM Edappadi K Palaniswami said his govt had taken several initiatives including holding 9.4L fever camps that had benefited 4.85 cr people since March 2020.

24 Jun 2021 1:21 am
Puducherry gears up to hold civic body elections

The Puducherry state election commission has completed the exercise of delimitation of the wards in the local bodies and has begun preparations to hold the local body polls as per the Supreme Court's order. The commission has issued notifications on completion of the delimitation exercise and on the appointment of district electoral officers, regional electoral officers, returning officers and assistant returning officers.

23 Jun 2021 5:15 pm
Chennai: Positivity rate below 2% for 1st time since March

The weekly average Covid-19 test positivity rate (TPR) for Chennai dropped below 2% on Monday, official data from Greater Chennai Corporation revealed. TPR is the number of people testing positive for every 100 tests conducted. Chennais weekly average TPR was at 10% for May 25-31 and spiked to 23.13% for May 7-12. Latest data showed that the weekly average TPR for June 15-21 was 1.91%

23 Jun 2021 1:14 pm
Over 2,000 Covid cases left out by mistake: TN govt

The Tamil Nadu government said it had left out at least 2,012 Covid-19 cases due to data entry error, and added them to its registry on Tuesday, when the state recorded 6,895 new cases and194 deaths.

23 Jun 2021 9:50 am
Stalin urges 9 CMs to oppose Centres new minor ports bill

Chief minister M K Stalin on Tuesday sought the support of nine chief ministers, including that of eight coastal states of Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal and Union territory of Puducherry, in opposing the Draft Indian Ports Bill 2021, dealing with the management of minor ports.

23 Jun 2021 9:50 am
Chennai: Youngsters join hands to serve needy

Magimai Santhosh was 17 months old, his sister two and half years old and their mother pregnant with another child when he lost his father. His mother worked for daily wages and later as a noon meal worker to raise them. My elder sister is now a teacher and my younger sister a police constable, he said.

23 Jun 2021 9:50 am
TN: Cops crack the whip on obscene content on social media

A silent war is on in the city. Away from the public glare, the cybercrime wing is cracking down on obscene content going viral on social media platforms, having deleted more than 600 videos including those made by PUBG Madhan, now arrested, on YouTube.

23 Jun 2021 9:50 am
Will pass resolutions against CAA, farm laws: TN CM

Tamil Nadu chief minister M K Stalin on Tuesday announced that the state assembly would pass resolutions against the Union governments contentious farm laws and the Citizen Amendment Act (CAA) in the upcoming budget session.

23 Jun 2021 9:50 am