SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 07 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 P7 P6 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Mist/shallow fog in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 31 and 11 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 91% With lead in 2 key states, Biden moves closer to WH AGENCIES TEMPERATURE Min: 11.2°C (-4) SUN SETS 17:32 hrs MOON SETS 13:04 hrs THUMBNAILS During an ‘SMS’~ sanitisation, mask, and social distancing ~ campaign for public awareness on safety measures against Covid, organised by the New Delhi district administration, in DEEPAK the Capital on Friday. Shah gives Bengal wake-up call for new era: u Union Home minister Amit Shah on Friday asked West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to come out with a white paper on the political killings in the state and wondered why the state government has not sent the statistics of crime to the National Crime Record Bureau. Stating that the Citizenship Amendment Act will be implemented, Shah said the law is in place and it is the commitment of the Union government. WhatsApp payments service: WhatsApp on Friday said it was rolling out its payments services in India after receiving nod from the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). On Thursday, NPCI, which runs the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) used for real-time payments between peers or at merchants' end while making purchases, allowed WhatsApp to start its payments service in the country in a “graded” manner, starting with a maximum regP8 istered user base of 20 million in UPI. WASHINGTON, 6 NOVEMBER D emocratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Friday took crucial leads over US President Donald Trump in the key battleground states of Georgia and Pennsylvania, bringing him on the cusp of a historic victory in the closely-fought election. In Georgia, after the latest round of counting results, Biden edged past Trump with a slender lead of 1,096 votes, a remarkable development for the former vice president who until Wednesday night was trailing his Republican rival by more than 50,000 votes. In Pennsylvania, Biden took over Trump with a narrow lead of 5,587 votes. This is significant given that Trump was leading in the swing state till Wednesday night with more than 700,000 votes. Biden continued to maintain his small lead in the other two battleground States of Arizona and Nevada. To be declared the winner of the US election, either of the two candidates needs 270 of the 538 electoral college votes. As per the latest projections, Biden has 264 electoral college votes and Trump trails behind with 214. “I ask people to stay calm. The process is working. The count is being completed, the 77-year-old former US vice president said. CUSP OF PRESIDENCY GEORGIA:Biden edges past Trump with a slender lead of 1,096 votes, a remarkable development for the former V-P who until Wednesday night was trailing his Republican rival by more than 50,000 votes PENNSYLVANIA: Biden takes over Trump with a narrow lead of 5,587 votes. This is significant given that Trump was leading in the swing state till Wednesday night with more than 700,000 votes Will easily win if legal votes are counted: Trump US President Donald Trump has claimed that he would easily win the election if only the “legal votes” are counted in the closely-fought presidential polls. Addressing a news conference at the White House on Thursday, Trump indicated that the election results would finally end up on the doors of the Supreme Court as he plans to file a large number of litigations against alleged electoral malpractices. Trump, who did not take any questions from reporters, alleged that the Democrats are trying to win and rig the 2020 presidential elections. However, he did not offer any evidence to back his claim. As of Thursday night, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was on the cusp of an electoral victory with 253 electoral college votes. “If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us.” His message came as new tallies showed his lead dwindling in Georgia and Pennsylvania. Trump said he was advocating for a halt in counting of “votes that came in late,” and went on to tout races that had already been called for him. Biden, 77, would become the next president by winning Pennsylvania, or by winning two out of the trio of Georgia, Nevada and Arizona. Trump's likeliest path appeared narrower - he needed to hang onto both Pennsylvania and Georgia, and also to overtake Mr Biden in either Nevada or Arizona. In the US election, voters decide state-level contests rather than a single, national one. Each US state gets a certain number of Electoral College votes partly based on the size of the population, with a total of 538 up for grabs. President Trump at a White House news conference accused the Democrats of massive ballot fraud and alleged that the election was being stolen. He did not offer any evidence to back his claim. Several American news channels, ABC, CBS and NBC on Thursday evening cut off the live telecast of Trump's White House news conference as they believed that his allegations of voter fraud were without any evidence. WASHINGTON, 6 NOVEMBER Active Covid cases remain below 6L for 8th day SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 6 NOVEMBER India’s Covid-19 caseload went past 84 lakh, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 77.65 lakh, pushing the national recovery rate to 92.32 per cent, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday. India’s total coronavirus cases mounted to 84,11,724 with 47,638 new infections being reported in a day, while the death toll climbed to 1,24,985 with 670 new fatalities, data updated at 8 a.m. showed. A total 77,65,966 people have recuperated from Covid19 so far, pushing the national recovery rate to 92.32 per cent, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.49 per cent. The number of active cases of Covid-19 remained below 6 P11 To be declared winner, either of two candidates needs 270 of 538 electoral college votes Min: 39% Max: 30.9°C (+2) SUN RISES 06:38 hrs MOON RISES 22:55 hrs SUU KYI’S PARTY EXPECTED TO WIN MYANMAR ELECTION ‘ELECTED J&K GOVERNMENT IN DUE COURSE’ RETURN OF MODERATION? In America, the vote is sacred. It's how the people of this nation express their will. And it is the will of the voters, no one and not anything else that chooses the President of the United States. So, each ballot must be counted and that's what is going on now. And that's how it should be, Biden said in his address to the media in Delaware on Thursday. Democracy is sometimes messy, so sometimes it requires a little patience. But that patience has been rewarded now for more than 240 years with a system of governance that has been the envy of the world. We continue to feel very good about where things stand, he said. Trump at his first White House news conference on Thursday evening alleged that his rivals were trying to “steal the elections.” If you count the legal votes, I easily win. If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us. If you count the votes that came in late~ we’re looking at them very strongly. But a lot of votes came in late, he said. Our goal is to defend the integrity of the election. We’ll not allow the corruption to steal such an important election or any election, for that matter. And we can't allow anybody to silence our voters and manufacture results, Trump said. Biden's path becomes clearer as vote count continues in decisive states, The Washington Post said. WHY LIFE IN BIO BUBBLE IS DIFFICULT P12 Rawat: China facing consequences of Ladakh operation STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 6 NOVEMBER China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is facing “unanticipated consequences” of its misadventure in Ladakh because of the firm response by Indian forces, Chief of the Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat said today while making it clear to Beijing that India would not accept any shifting of the LAC. The situation at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh remained tense. A full-scale conflict was unlikely but “border confrontations and unprovoked military actions spiralling into a larger conflict can’t be discounted,” he said at the diamond jubilee webinar of the National Defence College. “In the overall security calculus: border confrontations, transgressions, unprovoked tactical military actions spiralling into a larger conflict cannot be discounted,” said Gen Rawat even as India and China held the eighth round of military talks on their border stand-off. He pointed out that India’s posturing was unambiguous and it “will not accept any shift in LAC.” The former Army chief said the surgical strikes by the IAF on terror camps in Balakot in February last year have sent a strong message to Pakistan. “Pakistan no longer enjoys impunity of pushing terrorists into India under nuclear bogey.” “And their (Pakistan) Army will continue to raise the bogey of an existential threat from India to justify their disproportionately large strength and need for funds to maintain its war fighting capabilities," he said. NEW DELHI, 6 NOVEMBER Delhi today recorded over 7,000 new coronavirus infections (Covid-19) for the first time, which pushed its caseload to about 4.24 lakh, according to the Delhi government’s latest health bulletin. The national capital today logged 7,178 fresh Covid cases ~ its highest single-day spike ~which were detected out of 58,860 tests conducted the previous day. The city’s Covid positivity rate was lakh for the eighth consecutive day. There are 5,20,773 active cases of coronavirus infection reported to be 12.19 per cent. The total number of coronavirus infections climbed to 4,23,831 in the city. There were 39,722 active cases now, the health bulletin said. Delhi recorded 64 fresh Covid fatalities that pushed its coronavirus toll to 6,833, the bulletin stated. The city’s Covid recovery rate came down further to 89.01 per cent. The national capital had yesterday reported 6,715 coronavirus infections, which were identified when 52,294 tests were conducted. in the country as on date, which comprises 6.19 per cent of the total caseload, data stated. PATNA, 6 NOVEMBER The battle for ballots in the third and final phase of voting has turned very interesting with the focus shifting to the Muslim-dominated zones of Bihar, and the two key political alliances~opposition Grand Alliance and the ruling NDA trying hard to get support of Muslim and Hindu voters respectively amidst strong bids by Asaduddin Owaisi to strengthen his foothold in the state. In the last two phases, the poll contest remained largely between the NDA and the Grand Alliance but in the last phase, many players are working hard to get a share in the electoral pie. The fist among them is AIMIM president Owaisi who is working to spread his party footprints in the Seemanchal or border region having considerable Muslim population. Bolstered by his party victory from Kishanganj Assembly seat during by-polls held last year, Owaisi’s party has now fielded 19 candidates in the Muslim-dominated Seemanchal region having a total of 24 Assembly seats. In a bid to win support of his community, Owaisi has been frequently raising the issues of the citizenship Bill, NRC and poverty among the Muslim community. His rallies are drawing good crowds. A split in Muslim votes could, thus, obviously spoil the poll prospects of RJD which also banks on the support of minority voters. The Muslim community now remains divided between 5,20,773 47,638 54,127 1,24,985 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. FRIDAY 06 NOVEMBER 2020 DGCA-approved Drone Pilot from Redbird aviation, India’s first batch of drone pilots ready for DEEPAK operations in the country. In the Capital on Friday. Distribution of EVMs and polling materials to polling officials from one of the distribution centres set up for the Phase III of the PIB ongoing Bihar Assembly election. In Muzaffarpur on Friday. Owaisi’s party and the RJD much to the glee of Nitish Kumar who has now returned to the BJP camp. “Literate Muslims are not supporting Owaisi since they know supporting the AIMIM will mean helping the BJP. The general Muslims supported Owaisi last time since it was a by-elec- The proactive deployment of IAF’s “offensive” capabilities in response to the standoff with China in eastern Ladakh demonstrated its current operational readiness and the strong posturing was instrumental in dissuading the adversary to a large extent, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said today. The Indian Air Force chief also said that the Balakot air strikes in Pakistan clearly demonstrated that air power could be put to sophisticated use and create a space for action below the conventional threshold. The IAF has deployed almost all its frontline fighter jets like Sukhoi 30 MKI, Jaguar and Mirage 2000 aircraft in the key frontier air bases in eastern Ladakh and elsewhere PTI along the LAC. He also said that in the coming years, Indian defence industry would be growing exponentially. “We must move out of the constant threat of sanctions or dependency on individual nations for our military requirements and invest in building long-term indigenous capability for strategic independence to meet present and emerging challenges,” he added. MUMBAI, 6 NOVEMBER 84,11,724 Third and final phase of Bihar Assembly elections today MANOJ CHAURASIA NEW DELHI, 6 NOVEMBER No bail yet for Goswami, HC hearing to continue DRONE PILOTS Delhi logs 7,178 new virus cases, its highest spike STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE ‘IAF’s strong posturing warded off Chinese threat’ The poll contest remained largely between the NDA and the Grand Alliance in the first two phases. But in the final phase, many players are working hard to get a share of the electoral pie. The fist among them is AIMIM chief Owaisi who is working to spread party footprints in Seemanchal area having a sizeable Muslim population. tion but this time, the main issue is the formation of the Grand Alliance government,” commented a resident from Kshanganj. Yet, Owaisi has emerged as a dominant force in the region. Similarly, Pappu Yadav who heads the Progressive Democratic Alliance wields clout in the Kosi and Purnia zone. Especially, he holds sway over the Yadav and extremely backward caste voters in districts like Madhepura, Saharsa, Supaul and Purnia. He already has represented Madhepura and Purnia Lok Sabha seats many times in the past while his wife Ranjit Ranjan has represented Supaul seat in the parliament. Again, the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) headed by Chirag Paswan is trying to make the contest triangular in some districts like Samastipur, Vaishali, and Saharsa. Out of them, Samstipur and Vaishali are already represented by LJP in the Lok Sabha. It is worth mentioning here that the LJP has gone solo this time but what’s more interesting, it has fielded candidates mainly against the JD-U. In the last Assembly polls, the Grand Alliance which then comprised Nitish Kumar’s JDU, RJD of Lalu Prasad and the Congress had emerged victorious in 54 seats out of the total 78 going to polls in the last phase. But the equation has changed entirely this time with Nitish Kumar now returning to the NDA. It’s to be seen now how the voters react this time. It is said Kumar’s declaration that this was his “last election” is only aimed at winning the sympathy of the voters annoyed with his frequent flip-flops in his political stand. There was no immediate relief for Republic TV Editorin-Chief Arnab Goswami, arrested in a 2018 abetment of suicide case, on Friday as the hearing on his interim bail plea before the Bombay High Court remained incomplete. The court on Saturday will continue to hear his petition seeking interim bail and challenging his arrest in connection with the suicide of architect-interior designer Anvay Naik and his mother. Goswami was arrested in the case by Alibaug police in neighbouring Raigad district on Wednesday, and a magistrate’s court there remanded him in judicial custody till 18 November. A division bench of Justices S S Shinde and M S Karnik heard arguments by his lawyers Harish Salve and Aabad Ponda on Friday, but said the hearing will continue on Saturday for paucity of time. “We will assemble for this matter tomorrow at noon. Since regular court work will not be there tomorrow, we can hear this matter at length,” the HC said. The bench noted that the normal practice when seeking bail is to first approach the concerned lower court magistrate or sessions court~ and move the high court if bail is refused. To this, Salve said section 439 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) gives the high court special powers to hear bail pleas. “His (Goswami’s) liberty is at stake,” Salve said. Advocate Ponda said a bail application was filed on the day of the arrest but PTI was later withdrawn.
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