Chennai Hyderabad News Live Updates: Northeast monsoon sets in Tamil Nadu as thunderstorms, heavy rainfall lash parts of state – The Indian Express

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Several areas in Chennai reported waterlogging following heavy rainfall on Thursday. Express Photo: Srinivas K

Chennai News Live Updates: The northeast monsoon has arrived in Tamil Nadu as parts of the state received heavy rainfall, accompanied by thunderstorms on Thursday in the wee hours of morning. Parts of Chennai received heavy rainfall, leading to waterlogging in several areas.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Chennai and neighbouring districts of Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpattu will receive heavy rainfall over the next few hours. Private weather blogger Tamil Nadu Weatherman said that Chennai had received around 150 to 200 mm of rainfall.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu recorded 2516 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 7,16,751. Among these, Chennai reported 688 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,97,751. Tamil Nadu recorded 35 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 11,018. Thirty one of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.

As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 26,356. Till date, 4,32,620 males, 2,84,099 females and 32 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, 94,68,838 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 71,147 samples having been sent yesterday.

The state discharged 3859 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 6,79,377.

From accusing judges of caste discrimination to convicting SC bench: Why Justice Karnan was jailed

Justice Karnan (File Photo)

The BJP, which was short of issues before the Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections in 2021, is getting some help with the Manusmriti flaring up in the state. In his speech delivered at a small online event titled ‘Periyar and Indian Politics’, Dalit leader and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) chief Thirumavalavan quoting from the Manusmriti said: “What does Sanatana Hindu Dharma say about women? Women are basically created by God as prostitutes. All women are prostitutes, as per Hindu dharma… Manu dharma.”

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The objection is to the use of the word “prostitute,” which many argue is an interpretation of the speaker from an ancient text, or possibly from one of the many published translations of Manusmriti. Soon, BJP leader Khushbu Sundar sought an apology from the leader. After A Ashwathaman, the state secretary of BJP legal cell filed a complaint, the Chennai city police booked Thirumavalavan under Sections 153, 153 (A)(1)(a), 295 A, 298, 505 (1)(b) and 505 (2) of the IPC.

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Following a complaint by a lawyer of the Madras High Court, the Chennai police cyber cell on Tuesday booked former HC judge C S Karnan for his remarks against several former and sitting judges of the high court and the Supreme Court.

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A senior officer said the complaint was followed by a letter written by senior lawyers of Madras High Court to Chief Justice of India Sharad A Bobde against Karnan over a video in which he is purportedly heard making objectionable comments against women, threatening judicial officers and spouses of judges with sexual violence.

The video also shows Karnan alleging that some judges of the Supreme Court and the high court “sexually assaulted women court staff and women judges” and naming the alleged victims.

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