Schools in Tamil Nadu reopened for the students of classes 10th and 12th on January 19 after a gap of over nine months. A school in Madurai followed COVID-19 guidelines such as social distancing and masks. Students, teachers and other staff members were allowed entry only after a thermal screening. Director of School Education Department in Tamil Nadu, Dr S Kannappan visited Govt Girls Higher Secondary School in Chennai's Ashok Nagar on January 19. All educational institutions were forced to shut down due to coronavirus pandemic. Speaking to ANI, a student in Chennai said, "Half of our syllabus was covered during online classes. I am happy to see my friends after so long but we have to maintain social distance."
BJP president JP Nadda attended party's Pongal festival in Chennai on January 14. During his address, Nadda said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been ensuring that Tamil Nadu takes a big leap as far as development is concerned. He further compared the functioning of finance commission towards Tamil Nadu under UPA and PM Modi. "PM Modi has tried to see to it that the whole country goes forward. At the same time, he has made sure that Tamil Nadu takes a big leap as far as development is concerned. The 13 finance commission during the UPA government gave Rs 94,000 crores to Tamil Nadu for the development. But the same commission under PM Modi gave Tamil Nadu Rs 5 lakh 42,000 crores. Mainstreaming and bringing people of Tamil Nadu in the front of the development have been the basic ethos on which PM Modi is working," said BJP president JP Nadda.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat visited and offered prayers Sri Kadumbadi Chinnamman Temple in Ponniammanmedu on Jan 14. He also participated in Pongal celebrations. According to Tamil solar calendar, Pongal is observed at the start of the month Tai.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that the Centre govt is under the impression of suppressing the spirit of Tamil people but he visited Madurai to send a message that 'nobody is going to suppress the Tamil spirit'. Suppressing the Tamil spirit is the worst thing that Centre can do for the country. Like many other cultures, Tamil spirit is the essence of the country.
The ancestral village of Kamala Harris was beaming with joy as the U.S. Vice President took oath on January 20, 2021. Locals at Thulasendrapuram village in Tamil Nadu lit 'diyas' to celebrate Harris' big win. The village in Nagapattinam district was all decked up on the occasion of swearing-in. Locals also offered prayers at the village temple for the U.S. Vice President. Villagers prepared a traditional recipe 'murukku' to toast Harris' inauguration. Kamala Harris is the first woman to become the vice president of the United States. She is also the first Black American and first Asian American to come the vice president.
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All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader VK Sasikala, who was shifted from the Central Jail in Bengaluru to the Lady Curzon Hospital after complaining of fever, is in a stable condition, as informed by her nephew in Bengaluru. "I've reliable info that Sasikala's health is stable, doctors are looking after her. She is being monitored properly. She needs oxygen due to some secondary infections. Doctors still deciding on whether CT scans are required or not," said TTV Dhinakaran, nephew of Sasikala. The 63-year-old leader was a close associate of former Tamil Nadu chief minister, late Jayalalithaa. She has been serving a sentence in a disproportionate assets' case.