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8 Apr
Breaking: Tamil Nadu govt announces fresh restrictions in the wake of surge in Covid19 cases.

- Ban on religious gatherings and festivals from April 10

- Restrictions imposed on small traders at Koyambedu market in Chennai from April 10

- Passengers will not be allowed to stand and travel in govt and private buses.

- Only 50% customers allowed in vegetable and grocery shops, tea shops, restaurants, large format stores, big showrooms, malls etc.

- Shops in the state allowed to function only till 11 pm
- Only 50% occupancy allowed in recreational clubs, entertainment parks etc

- Multiplex, theatres can allow only 50% occupancy

- Only 200 people allowed for educational, political, social, cultural, sports indoor meetings/ events etc
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23 Mar
Thread: Things that candidates in Tamil Nadu are doing this election season to get votes!

1. AIADMK candidate Thanga Kathiravan, who is contesting from Nagapattinam constituency, had to wash clothes.

2. Prabhakar Raja, DMK candidate from Virugambakkam constituency, made dosas.
AIADMK candidate from Singanallur KR Jayaram sold vegetables. ImageImage
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22 Mar
Thread: Main highlights from Tamil Nadu BJP's election manifesto:

- 50 lakhs new employment opportunities will be created.

-Assistance of Rs. 6000 per year for fishermen

- Total prohibition will be implemented in the state

#TamilNaduElections2021 Image
TN BJP manifesto:

-Administration of Hindu temples will be handed over to a board comprising Hindu scholars & saints.

- Recommend Indian citizenship to Sri Lankan Tamils living in refugee camps.

- Implement anti-conversion laws to criminalise conversion by force or allurement.
TN BJP manifesto highlights:

- Anti cow slaughter act will be strictly implemented. Total ban on smuggling of cows.

-Chennai corporation to be divided into 3 municipal corporations

-Sand mining to be banned for 5 years.

-Free tablets for class 8 and 9 students. Image
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23 Feb
Thread: Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister OPS, who also handles the finance portfolio, starts presenting the interim state budget for 2021-22 at Kalaivanar Arangam, Chennai.

#Budget #TamilNadu #Elections2021
Key pointers from the TN interim budget:

-TN govt has incurred a total expenditure of Rs13,352.85 crores for handling Covid19 pandemic.

-Out of the 413 recommendations given by economic expert committee, govt has implemented 273 of them.
- TN is expected to register a positive growth of 2.02% at 2011-12 constant prices in 2020-2021. This is against an all India negative growth of 7.7 percent.
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25 Jul 20
A complaint has been lodged against Dr. Subbiah Shanmugam, ABVP national president and a senior surgical oncologist at KMC hospital in Chennai, for allegedly harassing a woman living in his same apartment complex over a parking slot dispute. (1/6)
According to the complaint lodged by a relative of the 62-year-old single woman, Dr Subbiah has been harassing the woman and allegedly threw garbage and used masks, urinated (captured on CCTV) at her door step.
When we spoke to Dr Subbiah, he refuted the allegations. He said that the video is doctored and it is not him who is seen in the CCTV footage.
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30 Jun 20
Thread: The report submitted by the Judicial Magistrate to MHC regarding the Tuticorin custodial case is damning.

- CCTV footage at Sathankulam PS got erased as the settings automatically deletes the footage after 24 hours. This despite the system having 1TB storage space.
- A woman constable at the PS has turned witness. Other cops tried to hinder the process of recording her statement.

- She said that Jayaraj & Bennix were beaten up all night with lathis.

- She also said there were blood stains on lathis & on the table.
Woman constable agreed to sign the statement after JM assured her proper security.

When the JM asked the cops to produce lathis, they pretended as if they did not hear what he said. They tried to subvert. One cop escaped the station and ran away by jumping the wall.
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15 Jun 20
Complete lockdown announced in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Chengalpet districts from June 19- June 30.

The decision was taken in the cabinet meeting.

#TNLockdown #TNCoronaUpdates #Chennai
Guidelines for lockdown in Chennai, Tiruvallur, Chengalpet and Kancheepuram from June 19- June 30:

Grocery shops, vegetable shops and petrol bunks can function between 6.00 am and 2.00 pm.

People advised to travel only within 2 kms from their house to buy essentials.
Only essential services and travel for medical emergencies will be permitted in the 4 districts.

Hospitals, pharmacies, labs and ambulances- operational.

Autos, taxi cabs- allowed only for medical emergencies.
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29 May 20

At a time when Chennai is recording a high surge in number of Covid-19 cases, instead of being sensitive, private hospitals are fleecing patients.

We got several complaints from patients about this and that's why we decided to do a status check. Here's what we found:
We visited 3 prominent pvt hospitals in Chennai to understand how patients are exploited.

Hospital 1:
Advance amount- Rs 50,000
PPE kits per day- Rs 10,000
Deluxe room including other charges- Rs 70K- 80K per day
Ventilator- Up to Rs 1.25 lakh per day
Hospital 2:

This hospital gives Covid19 treatment packages. There is a Rs 3 lakh package and other packages depending on the room. And if the patient needs ICU, advance of Rs 1 lakh need to be paid immediately. They were out of ICU beds when we visited.

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23 Nov 18
Thread:Was travelling the entire day through cyclone Gaja affected areas, especially the interior villages. All these days, sitting in Chennai, I never realised the magnitude of the destruction. The towns maybe slowly limping back to normalcy but that’s not the case with villages
While travelling through Thanjavur, Thiruvarur, Vedaranyam and Nagapattinam, one can see protests by villagers almost everywhere. A week has passed. But even now there is no electricity. No food. No drinking water. No proper shelter and no means of communication.
Villagers stand on the roadside to reach out to the politicians and officials visiting the place. They would run towards their car and plead for help. Some of them get extremely angry when they don’t stop their cars. The anger amongst people is something that cannot be missed.
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