Chennai Hyderabad Coronavirus Live Updates: Recoveries cross 7.18 lakh in TN; BJP wins Dubbaka seat – The Indian Express

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A health worker takes a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19 in Hyderabad. (AP)

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News Live Updates: Tamil Nadu recorded 2146 positive cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the state tally to 7,48,225. Among these, Chennai reported 577 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,06,024.

Tamil Nadu recorded 25 deaths on Tuesday, putting the state toll at 11,387. Twenty two of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 2237 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,18,129.

As of Tuesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 18,709. Till date, 4,51,808 males, 2,96,384 females and 33 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, 1,07,09,256 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 72,257 samples having been sent yesterday.

In a major upset for the ruling TRS in Telangana, the BJP bagged the Dubbaka Assembly constituency in a close bypoll contest. The seat fell vacant following the sudden demise of TRS MLA Solipeta Ramalinga Reddy last August. The TRS fielded Reddy’s wife Solipeta Sujata, while BJP fielded M Raghunandan Rao, a lawyer and party spokesperson, who unsuccessfully contested in 2014 and 2018. He won with a slender majority of 1470 votes. Congress candidate Cheruku Srinivas Reddy finished third.

The victory gave the BJP its second MLA in the state, and also a shot in the arm for the newly appointed state chief and MP Bandi Sanjay. TRS leaders opined that infighting over nominating Solipeta Ramalinga Reddy’s wife as the TRS candidate may have caused the party to lose.

Following the suicide of second-year LSR College student Aishwarya Reddy (19), whose family couldn’t afford a laptop for her to attend online classes, principals of several Delhi University colleges have said they will work harder to bridge the digital divide facing students from economically weaker sections.

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LSR Principal Suman Sharma said the college had Tuesday put out a notification extending the deadline for submission of fees for all courses, so students get more time to pay.

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Stating that she held a meeting with teachers-in-charge on how to go forward, Suman said: “There is a lot of hand-holding in LSR but we felt we can do more. There is a lot of diversity now and students are coming from remote areas, so we will keep speaking to students about issues they face. We are going to strengthen our structures and systems. We have to see how to extend our scholarships, given the Covid times.”

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Over a year after the High Court of England and Wales rejected Pakistan’s claim to 35 million pounds in a seven-decades-old ‘Hyderabad Fund Case’, and ruled in favour of India and the Nizam VII, Nawab Osman Ali Khan Bahadur’s grandsons’ – Mufakkam and Mukkaram Jah, the legal battle appears to be far from over.

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Najaf Ali Khan, a grandson of the Nizam, has decided to take his cousins, the two princes, to court, accusing them of fraud and misappropriation of funds, among other serious charges. Mir Osman Ali Khan had 16 sons and 18 daughters.

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