Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday pledged to donate his eyes and launched a dedicated portal of the state Health and Family Welfare Department which would be helpful to people interested in eye donation. (File)
Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News August 28, 29 Highlights: Tamil Nadu Congress leader and Kanyakumari MP Harikrishnan Vasanthakumar passed away Friday due to Covid-19. He was 70. Kumar was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Chennai since August 10. He was on ECMO and ventilator support and was being monitored by a multidisciplinary team of doctors.
He is the second legislator in the state to succumb to Covid-19. Earlier, DMK MLA J Anbazhagan had succumbed to Covid-19 after undergoing treatment for weeks in a private hospital in Chennai in June this year.
As news of his death broke out, several political leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi offered their condolences.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu recorded 5,996 positive cases of Covid-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 4,09,238. Among these, Chennai reported 1,296 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,31,869.
Tamil Nadu recorded 102 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 7050. 97 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.
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The previous budget session of the Tamil Nadu government was adjourned on March 24, ahead of the scheduled closure on April 9, due to the pandemic.
For the first time in 10 years, Tamil Nadu’s Legislative assembly session is likely to take place outside the historic Fort St. George in Chennai, which is often described as the seat of power, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The decision has been taken as physical distancing cannot be achieved in the available space at Fort St. George. However, this isn’t the first time the venue of the Tamil Nadu Assembly has been changed.
Kalaivanar Arangam, a three-storeyed fully air-conditioned building situated at Walajah Road in Chennai, has been chosen as the alternative venue for the session. The session is likely to take place on the third floor of the building. The space is closer to the MLAs’ hostel and has a huge space for parking. The auditorium was primarily used for conducting dramas and other musical events.
After months of speculation over his entry into politics, former Karnataka IPS officer Annamalai Kuppusamy, popularly referred to as ‘Singham Annamalai’, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of party national general secretary P Muralidhar Rao and Tamil Nadu state president L Murugan in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Speaking to IndianExpress.com, Kuppusamy said his decision to join the BJP was taken a week ago. He said he was entering politics as the country needed better governance, and there was a need to put the common man at the centre of the narrative.
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