Chennai, Tamil Nadu News Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the 42nd convocation of Anna University in Chennai Friday in the presence of Governor R N Ravi, Chief Minister M K Stalin, state Higher Education Minister K Ponmudy, and Union Minister of State L Murugun, among other dignitaries. “Congratulations to all those who are graduating today in Anna University’s 42nd convocation. You would have already built a future for yourselves in your minds. Therefore, today is not only a day of achievements but also of aspirations,” PM Modi said.
Also, the Supreme Court on Friday asked the Madras High Court to adjudicate upon in three weeks the pleas filed by O Panneerselvam (OPS) and others against the July 11 general council meet of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) in which OPS was expelled from the party.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai on Thursday evening, which was followed by a magnificent cultural display highlighting Tamil culture’s lengthy journey from the ancient Sangam age to the current Tamil Nadu. In a separate development, a day after BJP workers pasted photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on billboards for the Olympiad in Chennai saying they featured only Chief Minister M K Stalin, the Madras High Court Thursday ordered the Tamil Nadu government to ensure that photographs of the President and Prime Minister are published in all Chess Olympiad advertisements in print and electronic media.
Tamil Nadu continued to maintain a downward graph in COVID-19 cases by recording 1,624 new positive cases on Friday, taking the overall tally to 35,41,231 infections. The State witnessed 1,712 fresh COVID-19 cases a day ago.
The number of active cases also dropped to 13,510 today from 13,890 on Thursday. There was no deaths. The toll remained at 38,032. A lone traveller from Jharkhand tested positive for the contagion and was among the 1,624 new cases, said a bulletin from the State Health Department.
About 2,004 patients were discharged during the day and the net recoveries mounted to 34,89,689. Chennai accounted for 353 fresh cases followed by Chengalpattu 171 and Coimbatore with 159. (PTI)
Indian teams made winning starts in the Open and women’s sections of the 44th Chess Olympiad here on Friday. Top-seeded Indian women’s A team beat Tajikistan while the B side got the better of Wales. Both the Indian teams have taken unassailable 3-0 leads over their respective opponents.
India’s star player Koneru Humpy, playing on the top board, R Vaishali and Bhakti Kulkarni secured victories to ensure a winning start. The Indian C team too began with a win. The three Indian teams in the men’s event posted wins in the first round matches over Zimbabwe, UAE and South Sudan respectively.
The opening round of the historic Chess Olympiad was inaugurated by Sports Minister Anurag Thakur by making the first move on Indian player Vidit Gujrathi’s board. Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, All India Chess Federation President Sanjay Kapoor and Olympiad Director Bharat Singh Chauhan were also present on the occasion. (PTI)
The Madras High Court on Friday suggested to the Tamil Nadu government to make available psychiatric counsellors to each school attached with hostels in the state.
The government should ensure at least one such counsellor is appointed in each district, Justice N Sathish Kumar said when the criminal original petition from P Ramalingam, the father of the 17-year-old school girl, who allegedly died by suicide at her school premises in Chinna Salem in Kallakurichi district on July 13, came up for further hearing today. Annoyed over the recurring instances of suicide by school girls, the judge gave the suggestion to curb such incidents.
The judge also advised the media outlets and social media to desist from exaggerating such incidents and fomenting consequential violence, which may ultimately result in encouraging such suicides. The media should understand its responsibility towards society, he added. (PTI)
A strong government does not control everything or everyone but it controls the system’s impulse to interfere; a strong government is not restrictive but is responsive, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 42nd convocation of Anna University in Chennai on Friday.
Addressing a large gathering of students, Modi said the post-pandemic period throws opportunities even as “some would call it a time of uncertainty”.
The Covid-19 pandemic, “a once-in-a-century crisis that nobody had any user manual for” had tested every country, he said, while expressing gratitude to everyone from scientists to common people who helped India fight the difficult phase. “The post-pandemic period is about a new life in India, in every sector,” he said. (Read more)
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take appropriate steps to provide necessary guarantees to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) to facilitate holding the Asian Beach Games (ABG) here in 2024.
Stalin, in a letter to Modi, pointed out that the OCA in its executive committee meet held on May 6, 2022 at Tashkent had in principle accepted holding the ABG in Tamil Nadu in January, 2024. The OCA has to be provided necessary guarantees by the Union government by September 2022. Such guarantees, to be given by the Union Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry, include those related to free passage for participants.
The Chief Minister requested the Prime Minister to take appropriate steps to provide necessary guarantees to OCA to facilitate holding the ABG here in 2024, an official release here said. (PTI)
Taste for technology.
Trust in risk takers.
Temperament for reform. pic.twitter.com/iBRQKy7HUF
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday shared his memories from his recent trip to Chennai. PM Modi was in the Tamil Nadu’s capital to inaugurate the 44th International Chess Olympiad. Taking to Twitter, he said, “Memories from Chennai! Thank you for an unforgettable visit.”
Memories from Chennai!
Thank you for an unforgettable visit. pic.twitter.com/RDmFDbiZhN
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the ruling NDA has changed the notion that a strong government means it should control everything and everyone and hailed the spree of sectoral reforms, insisting it has opened up new avenues and given the much required infra push.
A strong government does not control everything or everyone. It controls the system’s impulse to interfere. It is one that is not restrictive but responsive, he said in his address at the 42nd Convocation of Anna University, Tamil Nadu’s premier technical varsity.
“A strong government does not move into every domain. It limits itself and makes space for people’s talents. A strong government’s strength relies in its humility to accept that it cannot know or do everything. This is why you see reforms in every sphere that make greater space for the people and freedom”, he said. (PTI)
On Thursday, Tamil Nadu certified 1,712 new COVID-19 cases, including three returns from Bangladesh and Andhra Pradesh, bringing the total to 35,39,607.
According to a medical statement, there were no new fatalities and the overall death toll remained at 38,032. (PTI) Read More
An image of Thiruvalluvar on copies of the classic Tamil work Thirukkural used for a mass book reading session at a Coimbatore book festival triggered controversy after it was pointed out that the revered saint-poet was shown clad in saffron robes instead of the usual white.
Last year, the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) in Coimbatore landed in controversy after a portrait of Thiruvalluvar clad in saffron was placed in its library. After it triggered a row with allegations of saffronisation, the authorities replaced the portrait with one in which the poet is seen in white attire. Read More
The Centre has allowed the Tamil Nadu Health Department to conduct tests for detection of monkey pox disease at the over-a-century old King Institute of Preventive Medicine and Research here, State Minister Ma Subramanian said on Thursday.
The Minister for Medical and Family Welfare, after inspecting the facility, said instead of sending the samples of patients, who show symptoms of the disease, to the National Institute of Virology, Pune, the tests can be done at King Institute itself. Read more
Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the 42nd convocation of Anna University in Chennai Friday in the presence of Governor R N Ravi, Chief Minister M K Stalin, state Higher Education Minister K Ponmudy, and Union Minister of State L Murugun, among other dignitaries.
“Congratulations to all those who are graduating today in Anna University’s 42nd convocation. You would have already built a future for yourselves in your minds. Therefore, today is not only a day of achievements but also of aspirations,” PM Modi said. Read more
#WATCH | PM Modi visits multiple classrooms to meet graduating students who couldn’t be present at the main venue of the Anna University convocation ceremony due to space constraints#Chennai pic.twitter.com/XC8fa9vYbY
தமிழ் உலகத்தின் பழமையான மொழி. தேசிய அளவில் தமிழ்நாடு, சதுரங்கத்தில் மிகப் பெரிய சக்தியாகும்.
Tamil is the oldest language of the world. Tamil Nadu is a natural powerhouse in Chess: Honourable @PMOIndia @narendramodi pic.twitter.com/MoapLW53FD
While delivering the convocation address at Anna University in Chennai Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “In this era of tech-led disruptions, there are three important factors in your favour. The first factor is there is a taste for technology. There is a growing sense of comfort with the use of technology. Even the poorest of the poor are adapting to it.”
Delivering the convocation address at Anna University in Chennai, PM Modi said, “In the last year, India was the world’s second-largest mobile phone manufacturer. Innovation is becoming a way of life. In just the last 6 years, the number of recognised start-ups increased by 15,000 percent.
“India at the forefront in many sectors, converting obstacles into opportunities,” said Modi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said “The Covid-19 pandemic was an unprecedented event. It was a once-in-a-century crisis that nobody had any user manual for.” he said.
The COVID-19 pandemic was an unprecedented event.
It was a once-in-a-century crisis that nobody had any user manual for.
It tested every country: PM @narendramodi
While delivering the convocation address at the Anna University in Chennai Friday, PM Modi said, “The whole world is looking at India’s youth with hope. Because you are the growth engines of the country and India is the world’s growth engine.”
Speaking at the convocation at Anna University in Chennai, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said “Today is not only a day of achievement, but also of aspirations. I wish that all the dreams of our youth come true. To teachers & other staff members, you are nation-builders, who are creating the leaders of tomorrow.”
சென்னை அண்ணா பல்கலைக்கழக பட்டமளிப்பு விழாவில் பிரதமர் நரேந்திரமோடி உரையாற்றி வருகிறார்.
நேரலை: https://t.co/aRsmlQ4lfu@PMOIndia @narendramodi @Murugan_MoS @rajbhavan_tn @mkstalin @MIB_India @PIB_India pic.twitter.com/dPtLnE835L
Countdown has begun for the world’s biggest chess event – the 44th International Chess Olympiad – which is scheduled to take place from July 28 to August 10 at Poonjeri Village in Mamallapuram, a UNESCO heritage site, located about 50 kilometres from Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
On July 22, Minister of Environment – Climate Change and Youth Welfare and Sports Siva V Meyyanathan tweeted that according to the directions of the state’s CM M K Stalin, a review meeting to discuss the arrangements for the event with officials was also conducted.
The Tamil Nadu Government Monday announced a holiday for schools, colleges, and other non-essential government offices in four districts for Thursday, July 28, in view of the opening day of the 44th International Chess Olympiad.
The International Chess Olympiad is scheduled to take place from July 28 to August 10 in Mamallapuram near Chennai. On the opening day, a grand inaugural ceremony is planned at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium which is likely to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister M K Stalin and other dignitaries.