According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 42,76,640 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date. (Representational)
Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News August 24, 25 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 5967 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 3,85,352. Among these, Chennai reported 1278 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,26,677.
Tamil Nadu recorded 97 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 6614. 92 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.
As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 53,282. Till date, 2,32,679 males, 1,52,644 females and 29 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, 42,76,640 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 70,023 samples having been sent yesterday.
The state discharged 6129 patients following treatment yesterday, putting the total number of recoveries at 3,25,456.
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Palaniswami has been careful to maintain most of the popular social welfare schemes launched by his predecessors, like the Rs 2,000 pongal dole. (PTI)
With just about a year left for Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, a rift has started emerging between the ruling AIADMK and the BJP. How this will impact the late J Jayalalithaa’s party as it tries to hold on to power for a third consecutive term depends on many factors including the plans of the national party and the re-entry of ousted party general secretary V K Sasikala, expected to walk out of prison in the next three months or so.
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To start with, the party unity has been impacted by then CM O Panneerselvam’s attempt to wrest power from Sasikala soon after Jayalalithaa’s death. There is already chatter on who will become then next chief minister — Palaniswami or Panneerselvam. Many top leaders confirm that despite this confusion, Palaniswami will remain the party’s man for the top job.
A fresh sign of discord is showing among AIADMK ministers over the demand for a second capital for Tamil Nadu to ensure administrative efficiency. Political observers believe the state government has taken a leaf out of neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, which has approved a three-capital plan.
As the clamour grew, Minister for Tamil Culture and Archaeology Mafoi Pandiarajan said Palaniswami would take a final call on the issue. The demand has been raised several times in the past. In 2004, there was much debate between Madurai and Trichy when the government sought to establish a new bench of the Madras High Court. It was eventually set up in Madurai.
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