Chennai News Highlights: Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin admitted to hospital in Chennai days after testing Covid positive – The Indian Express

Chennai, Tamil Nadu Highlights: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has been admitted to the Kauvery Hospital in Chennai, days after he tested positive for Covid-19, a statement by the hospital read. The Co-Founder and Executive Founder of the Kauvery Hospital, Dr Aravindan Selvaraj, via the statement, informed that Stalin “has been admitted at the Kauvery Hospital, Alwarpet, Chennai for investigations and observation for Covid-related symptoms.”
The Chennai International Airport is finally set to open its primary taxiway ‘Bravo’ on Thursday, four years after straightening work on it began in 2018. According to officials, the functioning of Bravo, the primary taxiway (B-TWY), will ensure faster movement of flights, resulting in a significant increase of the existing primary runway handling capacity.
As the catchment areas of Cauvery river in neighbouring Karnataka are receiving heavy rains, the water level in Mettur dam in Salem district breached the 105 feet mark on Wednesday. The full reservoir level in the dam, also known as Stanley Reservoir, is at 120 feet. The water level is likely to increase by another two feet late in the night, as inflow is increasing fast throughout the day. Meanwhile, days after his elevation, top AIADMK leader K Palaniswami on Wednesday asserted that attempts by those ‘betraying’ the party to split it would not succeed and that the organisation would sustain on the strength of its supporters’ hard work. He also announced the appointment of two senior leaders as deputy general secretaries of the party.
Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian Thursday said four private hospitals of the state will be permanently shut for their alleged involvement in the sale of egg cells of a 16-year-old girl from Erode district.
In June this year, the state police had unearthed a case of a minor girl who was raped by her mother’s male friend on multiple occasions and forced to sell her oocytes (female gamete cells or eggs) to several private hospitals in the region by faking her age. (Read More)
Chennai mayor R Priya has filed a police complaint seeking action against an imposter who allegedly attempted to dupe Greater Chennai Corporation officials by impersonating her on WhatsApp.
According to police, the imposter had Priya’s image as his or her display picture and sent messages on WhatsApp to a few zonal officers of the civic body. The officials were messaged that the mayor was in a meeting and unable to call them. The imposter asked the officials whether they were familiar with online gift cards and directed them to log on to a website, the police added. (Read More)
A Class 12 student of a private higher secondary school at Chinna Salem near Kallakurichi in Tamil Nadu died by suicide on Tuesday night, after leaving behind a note alleging that she was being tortured by two teachers, police said. While the teachers denied the allegations, the parents and relatives of the student blocked the Kallakurichi-Salem highway on Wednesday, raising slogans against the school management. Read more
Two days after Tamil Nadu CM M K Stalin announced that he tested positive for Covid-19, he was admitted to the Kauvery hospital in Chennai for “investigations and observation for Covid related symptoms.”
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin was admitted to the Kauvery hospital in Chennai Thursday over Covid-19 related symptoms. A press release from the hospital said that Stalin was admitted for “investigations and observation for Covid related symptoms.” 
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin admitted to Kauvery hospital for investigations and observation for #COVID19 related symptoms. @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/kDocOlXmCh

Tamil superstar Kamal Haasan’s latest blockbuster Vikram has emerged as one of the top movies on streaming platform Disney Plus Hotstar. The film was made available last week and it has recorded the highest opening weekend in terms viewership. “#Vikram – The highest ever opening weekend viewership, subscription and watch time on Disney+ Hotstar,” read a tweet from Disney+ Hotstar Tamil.
Vikram is the biggest ever commercial hit in Kamal Haasan’s career spanning over six decades. The movie created a box office storm by raking in more than Rs 400 crore from its worldwide ticket sales. In India alone, the film is said to have earned a whopping Rs 300 crore. Read more

Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian Thursday said that action has been taken against four fertility hospitals in the state in connection to a case, where a minor girl who was raped by her mother’s male friend on multiple occasion and was forced to sell her oocytes, the female gamete cell or egg, to several hospitals in the region.
Action has been taken against four fertility hospitals in the state, in connection with a case where a 16-year-old minor girl was allegedly forced to sell ovarian eggs by her family: Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian pic.twitter.com/4yUNRDbNuo

The Chennai International Airport is finally set to open its primary taxiway ‘Bravo’ on Thursday, four years after straightening work on it began in 2018. According to officials, the functioning of Bravo, the primary taxiway (B-TWY), will ensure faster movement of flights, resulting in a significant increase in the existing primary runway handling capacity.
As per a release from the Chennai airport, B-TWY runs parallel to the main runway that caters to 90 per cent of domestic, international and cargo movements. 
AIADMK top leader Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday announced the appointment of two senior leaders as deputy general secretaries of the party. Announcing the appointments of various functionaries for the first time after being elected as AIADMK’s interim general secretary, he urged the party workers to extend their cooperation to the new functionaries. Read more
Days after his elevation, top AIADMK leader K Palaniswami on Wednesday asserted that attempts by those ‘betraying’ the party to split it would not succeed and that the organisation would sustain on the strength of its supporters’ hard work. Palaniswami, elected as the party’s interim General Secretary on Monday, also said he never thought he would reach such heights in the organisation.
Attending a family event of a party functionary, the Leader of Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Assembly said much like the party managed crises and successfully emerged during the days of the late AIADMK stalwarts MG Ramachandran (MGR, the founder) and J Jayalalithaa, it would once again bounce back now and even come to the ruling saddle. Read more
As many as 2,084 students of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) graduated during its 59th Convocation held here on Wednesday. The premier technical institute also presented its 60,000th degree since its inception. Established with German technical assistance, IIT-M was formally inaugurated in 1959.
A total of 2,084 students graduated on Wednesday, in the first convocation to be held in the physical mode after a gap of two years, a release from IIT-M said. “As many as 2,620 degrees (including Joint and Dual Degrees) were awarded to the students on the occasion,” it said. Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran, chief guest on the occasion, lauded the graduating students.
In his address he said “it is clear that it is going to be a digital world and a digital economy.” “The adoption of digital technologies by everyone, rich and poor, has demonstrated that it has become a behavioral change…” the release quoted him as saying. (PTI)
Vice-Chancellor of Pondicherry University professor Gurmeet Singh on Wednesday assumed additional charge as Vice-Chancellor of the Gandhigram Rural Institute in Dindigul in neighbouring Tamil Nadu. Singh has been Vice-Chancellor of the university since November 2017 and assigned the additional charge by the Union Education Ministry, said a release from the Assistant Registrar of Pondicherry University K Mahesh. (PTI)
The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) has announced that power will be suspended in parts of Chennai today in Anna Nagar, Chepauk, Guindy, T Nagar, Tambaram, Avadi, Porur, Ambattur, Perambur, KK Nagar, IT Corridor, Adyar, Mylapore for carrying out maintenance work in the city. Parts of Chennai will face a power shutdown from 9 am to 2 pm, with supply expected to resume before 2 pm if the work is completed. Here’s the full list of affected areas

Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) founder Dr S Ramadoss Wednesday announced that he has tested positive for Covid-19. “I have been suffering from throat pain since yesterday; the tests today evening confirmed that I am Covid-19 positive. I have isolated myself at Thailapuram residence,” he wrote on Twitter. 
As the catchment areas of Cauvery river in neighbouring Karnataka are receiving heavy rains, the water level in Mettur dam in Salem district breached the 105 feet mark on Wednesday. The full reservoir level in the dam, also known as Stanley Reservoir, is at 120 feet. The water level is likely to increase by another two feet late in the night, as inflow is increasing fast throughout the day. 
Tamil Nadu on Wednesday recorded 2,269 fresh Covid-19 cases and witnessed a dip in the active infections. Discharges outnumbered new cases, with 2,697 persons being cured of the virus, a government medical bulletin said. Active cases stood at 18,282, down from the 18,710 on Tuesday. Read here
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As the catchment areas of Cauvery river in neighbouring Karnataka are receiving heavy rains, the water level in Mettur dam in Salem district breached the 105 feet mark on Wednesday.
The full reservoir level in the dam, also known as Stanley Reservoir, is at 120 feet. The water level is likely to increase by another two feet late in the night, as inflow is increasing fast throughout the day.
The level stood at just over 100 feet on Tuesday morning and there was an increase of over four feet on a single day, official sources said.
The catchment areas of Cauvery in Karnataka are receiving heavy rains and the inflow at Biligundlu, the entry point of Cauvery water from Karnataka to Tamil Nadu, stood at around 1.10 lakh cusecs on Tuesday.
The reservoir is the lifeline of farmers in the delta districts of Tamil Nadu. (PTI)
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin would visit Erode district on August 4 and 5 and lay foundation stones for schemes as well as inaugurate finished schemes.
Announcing this to reporters here on Wednesday, S Muthusamy, State Minister for Housing and Urban Development, said the Chief Minister would declare open a book fair too and lay the foundation stone for a bus-stand.
The Minister further said almost all the electoral promises of the State government have been fulfilled; the rest would be honoured after the financial position of the State administration improves. (PTI)
The Tamil Nadu BJP has written to the Governor, R N Ravi, demanding a probe into a fake passport case allegedly involving state intelligence chief Davidson Devaasirvatham even by the anti-terror central agency National Investigation Agency (NIA).
A senior IPS officer, Devaasirvatham has often drawn fire from the BJP leaders and Hindutva outfits in the state.
In his letter dated June 12, 2022, to the Governor, the state BJP president K Annamalai has demanded immediate action against Devaasirvatham, charging the latter with blocking the investigation into the fake passport case involving some Sri Lankan nationals. Arun Janardhanan writes
The tumultuous developments in the AIADMK, leading up to the crowning of E Palaniswami (EPS) as the most powerful man in the party and the ouster of O Panneerselvam or OPS, may appear, on the face of it, a setback for the BJP. In the long power tussle between the two leaders, the BJP was seen to favour OPS. However, party leaders insist, a strong, united AIADMK that might emerge after the settlement of the leadership debate, is good news for the BJP.
Senior leaders, who have been closely involved with the BJP’s attempts to gain a footing in Tamil Nadu, say there may be a short-term setback due to the party’s association with OPS. However, the AIADMK emerging as “a cohesive, coherent and consolidated force… would help the BJP in the long run”, said a leader.
Till the end, O Panneerselvam or OPS kept fighting, in the party and outside it, from the High Court to the Supreme Court. On Monday, the 71-year-old seemed to have finally hit a dead end, after being expelled from the AIADMK along with his aides.
Simmering for long, the latest crisis in the AIADMK started bubbling last month after the E Palaniswami or EPS faction proposed that the party go back to a single-leader system to check its successive poll debacles since 2019. The current system, with OPS as coordinator and EPS as joint coordinator, had been introduced in 2017 to end disputes arising after Jayalalithaa’s death.

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