THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 05 NOVEMBER 2020 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |`5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR Mainly clear sky. Moderate fog in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 30 and 11 degrees Celsius respectively. P12 US presidential race on razor’s edge Battle for White House hinges on fight in a handful of key states; Trump prematurely claims victory, wants counting stopped ASSOCIATED PRESS Min: 10.6°C (-4) SUN SETS 17:33 hrs MOON SETS 11:28 hrs THUMBNAILS Women perform puja on the occasion of Karva DEEPAK Chauth, in the Capital on Wednesday. CA exam: The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that it cannot hold the upcoming CA exam online as suggested by some of the candidates, in view of Covid-19, as it tests the analytical capabilities of the examinees. The ICAI said its 3-hour exam is of a different pattern altogether, which have descriptive answers and not tick marks. The court asked the ICAI to publish on its website the steps taken for students welfare with regard to Covid-19. Three more Rafales: A second batch of three Rafale fighter jets arrived at Jamnagar airbase in Gujarat on Wednesday evening after flying non-stop from France, in a further boost to the strike capability of the Indian Air Force when India and China are locked in a bitter border row in eastern Ladakh. The IAF said the three aircraft got airborne from Istres airbase in France and flew for over eight hours covering over 3,700 nautical miles before P5 landing in India. T he fate of the United States presidency hung in the balance Wednesday morning, as President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden battled for three familiar battleground states ~ Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania ~ that could prove crucial in determining who wins the White House. It was unclear when or how quickly a winner could be determined. A late burst of votes in Michigan andWisconsin gave Biden a small lead in those states, but it was still too early to call the race. Hundreds of thousands of votes were also outstanding in Pennsylvania. The high stakes election was held against the backdrop of a historic pandemic that has killed more than 230,000 Americans and wiped away millions of jobs. Both candidates spent months pressing dramatically different visions for the nation’s future and voters responded in huge numbers, with more than 100 million people casting votes ahead of Election Day. But the margins were exceedingly tight, with the candidates trading wins in battleground states across the country. Trump picked up Florida, the largest of the swing states, while Biden flipped Arizona, a state that has reliably voted Republican in recent elections. Neither cleared the 270 Electoral College votes needed to carry theWhite House. Trump, in an extraordinary move from the White House, issued premature claims of victory and said he would take the election to the Supreme Court to stop 227 213 Biden won Trump won the counting. It was unclear exactly what legal action he might try to pursue. Biden, briefly appearing in front of supporters in Delaware, urged patience, saying the election “ain’t over until every vote is counted, every ballot is counted.”“It’s not my place or Donald Trump’s place to declare who’s won this election,” Biden said. “That’s the decision of the American people.” Vote tabulations routinely continue beyond Election Day, and states largely set the rules for when the count has to end. In presidential elections, a key point is the date in December when presidential electors met. That’s set by federal law. Several states allow mailed-in votes to be accept- ed after Election Day, as long as they were postmarked by Tuesday. That includes Pennsylvania, where ballots postmarked by Nov. 3 can be accepted if they arrive up to three days after the election. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf tweeted that his state had over 1 million ballots to be counted and that he “promised Pennsylvanians that we would count every vote and that’s what we’re going to do.” Trump appeared to suggest those ballots should not be counted, and that he would fight for that outcome at the high court. But legal experts were dubious of Trump’s declaration. Democrats typically outperform Republicans in mail voting, while the GOP NOTE: No official results have been declared; these results are the calls made by The Associated Press and other media organisations looks to make up ground in Election Day turnout. That means the early margins between the candidates could be influenced by which type of votes ~ early or Election Day ~ were being reported by the states. Throughout the campaign, Trump cast doubt about the integrity of the election and repeatedly sug- gested that mail-in ballots should not be counted. Both campaigns had teams of lawyers at the ready to move into battleground states if there were legal challenges. The tight overall contest reflected a deeply polarized nation struggling to respond to the worst health crisis in more than a cen- Graphic: The Statesman/KBK Infographics Min: 43% TEMPERATURE Max: 28.0°C (-2) SUN RISES 06:37 hrs MOON RISES 21:02 hrs P7 WASHINGTON, 4 NOVEMBER RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 95% TRIPLE-STRIKE JOTA PLAYS STELLAR ROLE P4 P3 WEATHER CHILE AT THE CROSSROADS ‘PEOPLE OF BIHAR PREFER GOOD GOVERNANCE’ ‘FARMERS OF PUNJAB ARE NOT ANTI-NATIONALS’ tury, with millions of lost jobs, and a reckoning on racial injustice. Trump kept several states, including Texas, Iowa and Ohio, where Biden had made a strong play in the final stages of the campaign. But Biden also picked off states where Trump sought to compete, including New Hampshire and Minnesota. But Florida was the biggest, fiercely contested battleground on the map, with both campaigns battling over the 29 Electoral College votes that went to Trump. The president adopted Florida as his new home state, wooed its Latino community, particularly CubanAmericans, and held rallies there incessantly. For his part, Biden deployed his top surrogate ~ President Barack Obama ~ there twice in the campaign’s closing days and benefitted from a $100 million pledge in the state from Michael Bloomberg. Democrats entered the night confident not only in Biden’s prospects, but also in the party’s ability to take control of the Senate. But the GOP held several seats that were considered vulnerable, including in Iowa, Texas and Kansas. The House was expected to remain under Democratic control. The coronavirus pandemic ~ and Trump’s handling of it ~ was the inescapable focus for 2020. For Trump, the election stood as a judgment on his four years in office, a term in which he bent Washington to his will, challenged faith in its institutions and changed how America was viewed across the globe. Rarely trying to unite a country divided along lines of race and class, he has often acted as an insurgent against the government he led while undermining the nation’s scientists, bureaucracy and media. The momentum from early voting carried into Election Day, as an energized electorate produced long lines at polling sites throughout the country. Turnout was higher than in 2016 in numerous counties. More reports on Pg 10 Jaishankar urges Gulf states India’s Covid tally crosses 83L cases to facilitate return of workers Delhi sees new Corona peak; Nine dead as godown collapses after explosion in Gujarat STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE AHMEDABAD, 4 NOVEMBER STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 4 NOVEMBER NEW DELHI, 4 NOVEMBER India urged members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Troika to facilitate the return of Indian workers to Gulf nations through sustainable travel bubble arrangements. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar made the request at the annual political dialogue with the GCC Troika, which was held virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The minister further informed the GCC countries about the progress made by India in vaccine development and manufacturing of diagnostic and other equipment pertaining to the coronavirus. The GCC was represented at the troika-level by Dr. Nayef Falah M Al-Hajraf, Secretary General of GCC, Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bahrain and Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. UAE Senior representatives from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar also participated in the meeting. The External Affairs Ministry later said, “The EAM (Jaishankar) mentioned that a large number of Indian workers and professionals are now eager to return to the GCC countries to resume their work. He urged the GCC leadership to facilitate their return through sustainable travel bubble arrangements with India, the MEA added. The GCC welcomed India's inclusion in the UNSC as a non-permanent member from January 2021. “The leaders also exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual concern. They agreed that the India-GCC partnership in political, economic and other domains would be further strengthened. Both sides affirmed their commitment to reform multilateral institutions to reflect the realities of the 21st century and to work together to address contemporary challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, sustainable development and terrorism”, the MEA said. With 46,253 fresh coronavirus infections and 514 deaths in a period of 24 hours, India's tally on Wednesday rose to 83,13,876, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. India had recorded 38,310 fresh cases on Tuesday. Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit state with a total of 1,692,693 cases, including 44,248 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. Out of the total Covid-19 cases, 5,33,787 are currently active, 76,56,478 have been discharged, while 1,23,611 lost the battle against the pandemic. While the recovery rate stands at 92.09 per cent, the fatality rate is 1.49 per cent, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare showed. The Indian Council faces ‘third wave’, says Kejri SNS & PTI Describing the sudden spike in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in Delhi as the ‘third wave’ of the Covid pandemic, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal today assured the people that there is no need to panic as his government is closely monitoring the situation in the city. Delhi today recorded 6,842 cases of coronavirus infection ~ its highest Covid spike so far~ which took the city’s caseload to 4,09,938, according to the Delhi government's latest health bulletin. (SEE P2) of Medical Research (ICMR) conducted 12,09,609 sample tests in a single day on Tuesday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 11,29,98,959. Globally, the overall number of coronavirus cases has topped 47.3 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 12,11,990, according to Johns Hopkins University. As of Wednesday morning, the total caseload and death toll stood at 4,73,20,376 and 12,11,996, respectively, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update. The USA is the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 93,76,293 and 2,32,529, respectively, according to the NEW DELHI, 4 NOVEMBER 83,13,876 5,33,787 46,253 53,357 1,23,611 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. WEDNESDAY 04 NOV 2020 CSSE. India comes in second place in terms of number of cases. TV channel editor-in-chief arrested on abetment to suicide charge PRESS TRUST OF INDIA MUMBAI, 4 NOVEMBER Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami was on Wednesday arrested for allegedly abetting the suicide of a 53-year-old interior designer in 2018, a police official said. The official said a team of Alibaug police picked up Goswami from his Lower Parel house in the morning. Goswami, who was seen being pushed into the police van, claimed he was assaulted by police at his home, before being taken away. “Alibaug police arrested Goswami under sections 306 (abetment of suicide), and 34 (acts done by persons in furtherance of common inten- tion) of the Indian Penal Code. This (arrest) pertains to the 2018 case of a man and his mother committing suicide. We have evidence (against Goswami),” the police official said. “When we gave the intimation (of arrest) to Goswami's wife, she tore up the paper,” said the official who was present at Goswami's home when he was picked up by police. Soon after the vehicle carrying Goswami reached Alibaug, just over 90 km from Mumbai, he was produced in a local court, which directed police to take him to the civil hospital there for medical check-up, after his lawyer alleged the senior journalist was assaulted by police. Mumbai police, meanwhile, registered an FIR against Goswami, his wife, son and two others for allegedly assaulting a police official. The architect and his mother committed suicide over alleged non-payment of dues by Republic TV, police said. In May this year, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh announced he has ordered a fresh probe in the case after a complaint by Adnya Naik, daughter of the architect, Anvay Naik. Deshmukh said Adnya alleged that the police had not investigated the alleged non-payment of dues from Goswami's channel, which she claimed drove her father and grandmother to suicide in May 2018. While in the police van, Goswami was seen claiming that police assaulted him and his son and he was also not allowed to meet his in-laws. Police said that in a suicide note, Anvay Naik, who owned Concorde Designs Pvt Ltd, had claimed that he was ending his life due to non-payment of his dues by Goswami, Feroz Shaikh of IcastX/Skimedia and Niteish Sarda of Smart- works. Police said that as per the note, the three firms owed Naiks company Rs 83 lakh, Rs four crore and Rs 55 lakh respectively. Police said the two others named in the suicide note have also been arrested. Responding to the claim on non-payment of dues, Republic TV had in a statement said the entire amount owed to Concorde had been paid. Senior BJP leaders reacted strongly to the action against Goswami. Terming the arrest as a “blatant misuse of state power”, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the “attack on free press must be and will be opposed”. He said the Congress and its allies have “shamed democracy” and that the incident “reminds us of Emergency”. “The way Goswami was arrested shows the mentality of Congress party and Maharashtra Government. It is a big blow to the principles of democracy and journalism. I condemn it,” BJP president J P Nadda said. Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate retorted she was “actually very shocked with the selective outrage” of the BJP and of sections of the government. “Why are they silent when Prashant Kanojia is jailed for a number of months just because he exposed a scam where children were being served salt and chapati in Mirzapur?” she asked, referring to the journalist who was arrested by the UP police. At least nine labourers, three of them women, were killed when a portion of a chemical godown collapsed following a powerful explosion here on Wednesday morning, said officials. Nine others were injured in the incident which took place on Pirana-Piplaj Road, an industrial area located on the outskirts of Ahmedabad city, they said. Fire brigade personnel rushed to the spot on learning about the explosion and pulled out 18 persons from the rubble and shifted them to LG Hospital in '108' ambulances, said chief fire officer MF Dastur. Out of the 18, nine were either declared brought dead or they succumbed to injuries shortly after getting admitted to the government-run hospital, he said. The deceased, all labourers, included three women, he said. The remaining nine persons, including some women, are under treatment for injuries, said the hospital in a statement. “There was a fire but it was minor. The godown structure collapsed due to the explosion. We are using concrete breakers to dismantle the concrete slabs to pull out people. Till now, we have pulled out 18 persons, who were trapped under the debris and sent them to the hospital,” said Dastur. A fire control room official said at least 26 rescue and fire fighting vehicles were pressed into service after a call regarding a fire and explosion was received around 11 am. While police and fire brigade officials were yet to ascertain the exact cause of the explosion, some local factory owners said the blast took place in a boiler installed at the chemical godown-cum-processing unit. PTI
The Statesman is one of India's oldest English newspapers. It was founded in Kolkata in 1875 and is directly descended from The Friend of India (founded 1818). The Englishman (founded 1821) was merged with The Statesman in 1934. The Delhi edition of The Statesman began publication in 1931. The Statesman Weekly is a compendium of news and views from the Kolkata and Delhi editions. Printed on airmail paper, it is popular with readers outside India. The Statesman (average weekday circulation approximately 180,000) is a leading English newspaper in West Bengal. The Sunday Statesman has a circulation of 230,000.