CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 03 NOVEMBER 2020 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5.00|LC* KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR SC ASKS CENTRE FOR STATUS REPORT ON MALLYA EXTRADITION WILLIAM’S COVID POSITIVE REPORT KEPT SECRET P10 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Temperature will be in the range of 33-24 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: NIL RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.95% TEMPERATURE BATTLE FOR BIHAR REACHES DECISIVE PHASE P5 P5 Kamal Nath can stay star campaigner: SC EC had revoked the former MP CM’s status for Model Code violation Max: 33.1°C (2) Min: 24.9°C (3) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:42 hrs 16:58 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 18:13 hrs 06:54 hrs Moon third quarter on 8 November THUMBNAILS Devotees light candles on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the fourth Sikh Guru Ramdas, at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. AFP Local train services in Bengal: Railway authorities are keen to resume local train services in West Bengal allowing 50 per cent of passenger strength and ensuring that Covid-19 safety protocols are followed strictly, officials said on Monday. Initially, they were targeting to resume the operations with 10-20 per cent of the normal services which will be slowly increased P3 to 25 per cent, they said. Rajasthan to make wearing of masks mandatory: Rajasthan will be the first state in the country to enact a law making it compulsory to wear masks to prevent the spread of Covid-19, CM Ashok Gehlot said. An amendment Bill was introduced in the Assembly on Saturday. Bypolls in 10 states: Bypolls in 28 Assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh will be held on Tuesday, amidst speculation over the prospects of supporters of Congressman-turned-BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, who are in the poll arena on BJP ticket. he Supreme Court on Monday stayed the Election Commission order which revoked “star campaigner” status of former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath for model code violation during the campaign for bypolls in 28 Assembly constituencies in the state. The counsel appearing for the poll panel told a bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde that Nath’s plea has become infructuous as the campaigning has ended and the voting is to take place on Tuesday. We are staying it, said the bench, also comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian. The apex court was hearing Nath’s plea challenging the 30 October order of the EC revoking his star campaigner status. While a political party pays for the expenditure of its star campaigner, a candidate pays the expenses of other campaigners. Besides seeking quashing of the EC order, the senior Congress leader has also sought framing of appropriate guidelines for speeches during campaigning by star campaigners or campaigners, “keeping in mind the right to freedom of speech and expression and concept of democratic elections”. During the hearing conducted through video-conferencing on Monday, How can you determine who is their leader? It’s their power not EC’s power, the bench asked Election Commission’s counsel. The counsel appearing for the poll panel told a bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde that Nath’s plea has become infructuous as the campaigning has ended and the voting is to take place on Tuesday It does not matter whether the matter is infructuous or not. We will determine that from where do you get power, the bench said T senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, appearing for the EC, told the bench, This is infructuous as campaigning has ended. Voting is tomorrow. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Nath, said the matter has not become infructuous and the EC had not issued any notice to the former chief minister before passing the 30 October order. How can you determine who is their leader? It’s their power not EC’s power, the bench asked EC’s counsel. Dwivedi said, We have acted under the model code of conduct and moreover, now the matter is infructuous. It does not matter whether the matter is infructuous or not. We will determine that from where do you get power, the bench said. When Dwivedi said if the court is to determine this aspect then EC’s order not be stayed, the bench said, No, we are staying it. Nath, who is currently the president of Madhya Pradesh Congress Com- BSP-BJP alliance not possible, ideologies opposite: Mayawati SNS & PTI LUCKNOW, 2 NOVEMBER Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati asserted on Monday that her party would never enter into an alliance with the BJP in the Assembly or the Lok Sabha elections, highlighting that the ideology of the two parties were “opposite”. Her clarification came amidst speculation over her last week’s statement that the BSP would vote for the BJP or any other party's candidate to ensure defeat of the Samajwadi Party contenders in future elections, including those of the Uttar Pradesh legislative council and the Rajya Sabha. Mayawati alleged that the SP and the Congress were mis- Clarification comes amidst speculation over Mayawati’s statement that BSP would vote for BJP or any other party’s candidate to ensure defeat of SP contenders in future polls using her recent statement so that the Muslim community distances itself from the BSP. “The alliance of the BJP with the BSP is not possible in any polls in the future. The BSP cannot contest with the communal party,” she said in a media briefing. “Our ideology is of ‘sarvajan sarva dharma hitay’ (benefit of everyone and all religions)’ and is oppo- First phase of Quad nations Malabar drill kicks off today STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 2 NOVEMBER Reflecting their growing strategic convergence against the backdrop of renewed Chinese assertiveness on maritime issues, the four ‘Quad’ nations~ India, Australia, Japan and the US~ are all set to launch the first phase of the 24th edition of the Malabar naval exercise off Vishakhapatnam in Bay of Bengal tomorrow. The four-day mega navy drill will witness the participation of Indian Navy units with United States Ship (USS) John S McCain (Guided-missile destroyer), Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Ballarat (long range frigates) with integral MH-60 helicopter, and Japan Maritime Self Defence Ship (JMSDF) Onami (Destroyer) with integral SH-60 helicopter, the Defence Ministry announced today. The Indian Navy participation in Phase 1 will be led by Rear Admiral SanjayVatsayan, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Fleet. Indian Navy units participating in the exercise include destroyer Ranvijay, frigate Shivalik, Off-Shore Patrol Vessel Sukanya, Fleet Support Ship Shakti and submarine Sindhuraj. In addition, Advanced Jet Trainer Hawk, long-range maritime patrol aircraft P-8I, Dornier maritime patrol aircraft, and helicopters will also be participating in the exercise. The Malabar series of maritime exercises commenced in 1992 as a bilateral Indo-US exercise. site to the BJP’s ideology,” she said. “The BSP cannot enter into an alliance with those having communal, casteist and capitalist ideology.” Mayawati said she would rather take ‘sanyas’ (retirement) from politics than ally with such parties. “I will fight on all fronts with the communal, casteist and capitalist forces, and not going to bow before anyone,” she added. “Our party will support the candidate of any party, including the BJP, which is strong to defeat the second candidate of the SP she said. ,” “I stand by my earlier statement, which is misused by the SP and the Congress for political gains so that the Muslim community distances itself from the party.” India in pole position globally in Covid-19 recoveries, active cases see downward trend NEW DELHI, 2 NOVEMBER VINDICATED NEW DELHI, 2 NOVEMBER P12 SNS & PTI Min. 59% SNS & PTI HOW SAHA HAS MADE HIMSELF QUITE USEFUL mittee, has said in his plea that the EC has passed the order without any notice or hearing him based on a complaint by the BJP against a speech delivered on 13 October. “It is submitted that the impugned order (of EC) is illegal, arbitrary, unreasoned, passed in complete violation of basic canons of natural justice and in negation of fair play and therefore, deserves to be quashed. In his plea, Nath said that EC has passed the 30 October order and has revoked his name from the list of ‘star campaigners’ of the Indian National Congress on the ground of repeated violation of model code of conduct (MCC) and advisories of the poll panel. The plea has said that MCC has been in force for 12 districts of Madhya Pradesh since 29 September when the schedule for by-elections to 28 seats in the state legislative Assembly, which are to be held on 3 November, was announced by the EC. The former Union minister and nine-time MP further claimed that leaders of the BJP have been “repeatedly making statements ex-facie in violation of the model code during campaigning for the by-elections. It is reiterated that despite use of such language in public view and blatant violation of the Model Code of Conduct, the Respondent No.1 (EC) has not taken any such action against any leaders of BJP or the party itself for allowing its leaders to repeatedly violate provisions of MCC, it has said. The plea has also raised several questions of law of public importance, including whether the fundamental right of freedom of speech and expression guaranteed to Nath has been abrogated by the EC. The commission referred to his remarks against MPchief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. He had used the words “mafia” and “milawat khor” against a political rival at a recent campaigning event. India continues to occupy the top position globally in terms of Covid-19 recoveries, while the total number of active cases have witnessed a sustained downward trend with its percentage having reduced more than three times in just two months, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday. With 53,285 people recuperating from the infection in a day, the total number of recoveries have surged to 75,44,798 on Monday, while at the same time the country recorded 45,231 new cases. There are 5,61,908 active cases of coronavirus infection which comprises only 6.83 per cent of the total caseload in the country, the ministry said. The number of active cases remained below six lakh for four days in a row. “In a span of just two months, the percentage of active cases have reduced more than three times. On 3 September, the percentage of active cases was 21.16 per cent,” it highlighted. India has demonstrated an exponential increase in the number of Covid-19 cumulative tests since January 2020. Expanded testing has led to early identification and appropriate treatment of Covid-19. It has crossed the landmark of 11 crore total tests so far, the ministry said. The country’s testing capacities have multiplied manifold with 2,037 laboratories across the country and with collaborative Youngsters use face masks to beat the Coronavirus. In the Capital on Monday. SUBRATA DUTTA Bengal extends existing virus curbs till 30 Nov KOLKATA 2 NOVEMBER West Bengal today registered a single-day spike of 3,957 Covid cases and 57 deaths due to infection while the state government issued a notification extending the existing lockdown measures till 30 November. The total Covid case count is 3,81,608 and toll is 6,957 in the state till now while there are 36,576 active cases. Thirteen people died in Kolkata with 882 fresh cases being recorded SNS in the city. UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. MONDAY 02 NOVEMBER 2020 efforts of the Centre, states and UTs, it said. The higher number of recoveries is also reflected in the continuous increase in the national recovery rate, which is at present 91.68 per cent. Of the new recovered cases registered in a day, 78 per cent are from 10 states and Union Terri- tories. Kerala and Karnataka have contributed the highest number to these with more than 8,000 cases. Delhi and West Bengal recorded more than 4,000 recovered cases each. The Ministry said 80 per cent of the 45,231 new infections are concentrated in 10 states and UTs. Gunmen storm Kabul University killing 25 ASSOCIATED PRESS KABUL, 2 NOVEMBER Gunmen stormed Kabul University on Monday as it hosted a book fair attended by the Iranian ambassador to Afghanistan, sparking an hours-long gun battle and leaving at least 25 dead and wounded at the war-torn country’s largest school. The Ministry’s spokesman, Tariq Arian, would not break down the casualty numbers for the attack at the campus in the Afghan capital, though local media reports were saying there may be as many as 20 killed. Arian also said there were three attackers involved in the assault, all of whom were killed in the ensuing firefight. As the sun slowly set over the Afghan capital, there were few details though the Taliban issued a statement denying they took part in the assault. The attack came as the insurgents are continuing peace talks with the USbacked government. Those negotiations, taking place in the Gulf Arab state of Qatar, aim to help the U.S. finally withdraw from America’s longest war, though daily bloodshed continues and an Islamic State affiliate launches its own attacks on Shiites in the country. Five hours into the fighting, sporadic grenade explosions and automatic weapons fire echoed down the empty streets surrounding the university’s fenced compound. Afghan troops stood guard. Earlier, students were fleeing for their lives from the site. Ahmad Samim, a university student, told journalists he saw militants armed with pistols and Kalashnikov assault rifles firing at the school, the country’s oldest with some 82,29,313 5,61,908 45,231 53,285 1,22,607 19 Indian passengers test Covid-positive in VBM flight to Wuhan BEIJING, 2 NOVEMBER Security personnel gesture to onlookers while securing an area near the Kabul University on Monday. AFP 17,000 students. He said the attack happened at the university’s eastern side where its law and journalism faculty teach. Afghan media reported a book exhibition was being held at the university and attended by a number of dignitaries at the time of the shooting. While Afghan officials declined to discuss the bookfair, Iran’s semiofficial ISNA news agency reported on Sunday that Iranian Ambassador Bahador Aminian Mojtaba Noroozi were scheduled to inaugurate the fair, which would host some 40 Iranian publishers. Nineteen Indian passengers tested positive for Covid19 in a recent flight from New Delhi to the Chinese city of Wuhan under the Vande Bharat Mission (VBM), even as India on Monday announced plans to operate four more such flights to China beginning 13 November. The 30 October flight, the sixth operated by India to China in recent months and the first to Wuhan, where the virus emerged in December last year, brought 277 Indians from New Delhi and evacuated 157 on its return. As part of this process, Air India is planning to operate four flights to Delhi on 13, 20, 27 November and 4 December, the Indian Embassy here announced. PTI US election result may be delayed. That’s okay ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON, 2 NOVEMBER We may not know who won the presidential election on Tuesday night. And if so, it does not necessarily mean anything is broken, fraudulent, corrupted or wrong. President Donald Trump has repeatedly suggested a slower-than-typical result is a sign of trouble. I think it’s terrible that we can’t know the results of an election the night of the election, he said on Sunday. I think it’s a terrible thing when states are allowed to tabulate ballots for a long period of time after the election is over.” It’s unclear what the president thinks is a long period. But it’s standard practice to continue tabulating votes after Election Day. Here’s a closer look at why that count could take longer than usual, and why that might mean you go to bed Tuesday without knowing the winner: WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR? The biggest factor that may slow things down this year is clear: Millions of Americans decided to vote by mail rather than risk contracting coronavirus at a polling place. And in general, those mail ballots take longer to count. Election workers must remove the ballots from their envelopes, check for errors, sort them and flatten them all before they can be run through scanners the moment polls close and be tabulated. In states with well-established vote-by-mail programs, this processing happens weeks before Election Day. The results are often released quickly. But several states did not have this system in place before this year and laws on the books prohibited election officials from processing the ballots well in advance of Election Day. Without a head start, there’s virtually no way to process and count all the mail votes on Election Day, while also counting CMYK all the in-person votes. There are three important battlegrounds with restrictions on when the mail vote can be processed Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. In those states, Republicancontrolled legislatures have resisted pleas from election officials to update the laws to allow for a speedier count. Instead, they will initially report in-person votes expected to heavily favor Trump and gradually update with the more Democratic-leaning mail ballots later. But don’t news organisations call a winner before all the vote is counted? Yes, there’s never been a presidential race in history in which all votes are counted on election night. It’s just not physically possible to instantly count that many ballots possibly as many as 150 million on the night of 3 November.. Is there any hope for knowing the winner on election night? Sure. Not all battleground states are slow-counting states. So if several key states release their results promptly, one candidate may have a majority of the electoral vote even without knowing who won in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania or Michigan. That becomes more likely if the races in those states are not close. It’s a scenario that puts a lot of eyes on Florida. The state allows its election offices to process mail ballots 22 days before the election. It’s also the biggest swing state. As long as the race isn’t too close a big if in a place famous for tight races there could be a close-tocomplete count by midnight. In general, those early processing states Florida, Georgia, Ohio and North Carolina will report mail ballots first. Those will skew Democratic. But then those states will start tallying Election Day votes. Those should lean Republican. So initial returns may be heavily Democratic, then become more Republican as the night goes on.
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