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Kanyakumari: A student receives a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination campaign at a school in the Nagercoil Municipal Corporation area, in the Kanyakumari district, on Saturday, January 8, 2022. Vaccination for adolescents in the 15-18 age group started on Monday. (PTI photo)

In view of the sharp increase in new Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu, passengers who have received the two doses of vaccination will be able to travel on its suburban services from January 10, Southern Railway said on Saturday. In the latest set of guidelines issued by him, passengers with two doses of vaccination could undertake trips in the Chennai region.

The Southern Railway also warned about charging Rs 500 as a fine for a passenger found without a face mask on the premises. Considering the current increase in Covid-19 cases and the threat of the Omicron variant, the government of Tamil Nadu has imposed various restrictions from January 6 onwards, after which suburban train services operate with a 50 % of seating capacity.

The total number of beneficiaries receiving Covid-19 vaccines surpassed 9 million rupees on Saturday, with 17.34 lakh more people receiving the vaccines at the 18th mega vaccination camp, Tamil Nadu Minister Ma Subramanian said. . The Minister of Medical and Family Welfare, who inspected the vaccination exercise in the city, said that more than 90 percent of people in Chennai have received the first dose.

“Today the 18th Vaccination Mega Camp was held in which 17,34,083 beneficiaries received the jabs. Of these, 5,71,795 people received the first dose, while 11,62,288 received the second dose, ”he told reporters.

Partially annulling an FIR filed against a Catholic priest who was arrested last July for an allegedly disparaging speech, the Madras High Court ruled on Friday that his comments against “Bharat Mata”, “Bhuma Devi” attract the crime of hurting religious sentiments. according to Section 295A of the IPC, among others. The court dropped four of the seven charges against P George Ponnaiah.

Upon hearing Ponnaiah’s petition to annul the FIR, the court listed several allegedly disparaging comments from his speech, delivered on July 18, 2021, at a meeting organized in a church to pay tribute to the late activist Stan Swamy in Kanyakumari.


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