SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 08 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 A TERRIBLE WAY TO GO CHINESE SQUEEZE SHARIF A JACKAL, TRYING TO CREATE RIFT IN ARMY: IMRAN P6 P11 Victory comes after more than three days of uncertainty WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Mist/shallow fog in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 30 and 11 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 91% P7 Min: 11.8°C (-2) SUN SETS 17:31 hrs MOON SETS 13:47 hrs ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON, 7 NOVEMBER Kamala Harris made history on Saturday as the first Black woman elected as vice president of the United States, shattering barriers that have kept men ~almost all of them white ~entrenched at the highest levels of American politics for more than two centuries. The 56-year-old California senator, also the first person of South Asian descent elected to the vice presidency, represents the multiculturalism that defines America but is largely absent from Washington’s power centers. Her Black identity has allowed her to speak in personal terms in a year of reckoning over police brutality and systemic racism. As the highest-ranking THUMBNAILS A social awareness campaign about Covid-19, an initiative by NDMC, depicts the importance of wearing face masks. In the Capital SUBRATA DUTTA on Saturday. Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha is new CIC: Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha was appointed as the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) on Saturday, according to a Rashtrapati Bhavan statement. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office to Sinha as the Chief Information Commissioner in the Central Information Commission at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan, it said. The post of the chief of transparency watchdog was lying vacant for over two months after Bimal Julka completed his term on 26 August. Trump refuses to concede, to mount legal challenge Many firsts in Harris’s historic V-P win Min: 39% Modi to come face-to-face with Xi, Imran: t f Prime Minister Narendra Modi will come face-toface with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at the virtual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) next week. The SCO summit, to be chaired by Russian President Vladimir Putin, is scheduled for 10 November. It will also see the participation by leaders of four Central Asian countries-- Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. P12 Biden triumphs over Trump TEMPERATURE Max: 30.0°C (+1) SUN RISES 06:39 hrs MOON RISES 23:57 hrs ‘LET THEM GIVE KOHLI THE BUM’S RUSH’ ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON, 7 NOVEMBER D emocrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday, positioning himself to lead a nation gripped by historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil. His victory came after more than three days of uncertainty as election officials sorted through a surge of mail-in votes that delayed the processing of some ballots. Biden crossed 270 Electoral College votes with a win in Pennsylvania. Trump refused to concede, threatening further legal action on ballot counting. Biden, in a statement, said he was humbled by the victory and it was time for the battered nation to set aside its differences. “It’s time for America to unite. And to heal,” Biden said. “With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation,” Biden said. “There’s nothing we can’t do if we do it together.” BIDEN REPUBLICAN 270 TO WIN 290 Biden was on track to win the national popular vote by more than 4 million, a margin that could grow as ballots continue to be counted. Trump was not giving up. Departing from longstanding democratic tradition and signaling a potentially turbulent transfer of power, he issued a combative statement while he was on his Virginia golf co- woman ever elected in American government, her victory gives hope to women who were devastated by Hillary Clinton’s defeat four years ago. Harris has been a rising star in Democratic politics for much of the last two decades, serving as San TRUMP US ELECTION 2020 DEMOCRAT Senator Kamala Harris, the daughter of a Jamaican father and Indian mother, will be the first woman, the first Black woman, the first Indian-American woman and the first daughter of immigrants to be sworn in as vice president. 214 urse. It said his campaign would take unspecified legal actions and he would “not rest until the American People have the honest vote count they deserve and that Democracy demands.” Trump has pointed to delays in processing the vote in some states to allege with no evidence that there was voter fraud and to argue that his rival was try- ing to seize power ~ an extraordinary charge by a sitting president trying to sow doubt about a bedrock democratic process. Trump is the first incumbent president to lose reelection since Republican George H W Bush in 1992. Trump repeated his unsupported allegations of election fraud and illegal voting on Twitter. One of his tweets, quickly flagged Francisco’s district attorney and California’s attorney general before becoming a U.S. senator. After Harris ended her own 2020 Democratic presidential campaign, Joe Biden tapped her as his running mate. They will be sworn in as president and vice as potentially misleading by Twitter, claimed: “I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!” In Wilmington, Delaware, near a stage that has stood empty since it was erected to celebrate a potential victory on Election Night, people cheered and pumped their fists as the news that the presidential race had been called for the state’s former senator arrived on their cell phones. Harris, in workout gear, was shown on video speaking to Biden on the phone, exuberantly telling the president-elect “We did it!” Biden was expected to president on Jan. 20. Harris often framed her candidacy as part of the legacy~ often undervalued~ of pioneering Black women who came before her, including educator Mary McLeod Bethune, civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer and Rep. Shirley Chisholm, the first Black candidate to seek a major party’s presidential nomination, in 1972. “We’re not often taught their stories,” Harris said in August as she accepted her party’s vice presidential nomination. “But as Americans, we all stand on their shoulders.” Despite the excitement surrounding Harris, she and Biden face steep challenges, including racial tensions in the US in the wake of a pandemic that has taken a disproportionate toll on Americans. take the stage for a drivein rally after dark. Across the country, there were parties and prayer. In New York City, spontaneous block parties broke out. People ran out of their buildings, banging on pots. They danced and highfived with strangers amid honking horns. It was Biden’s native Pennsylvania that put him over the top, the state he invoked throughout the campaign to connect with working class voters. Biden also won Nevada on Sunday, pushing his total to 290 Electoral College votes. J&K’s Gupkar alliance to Delhi largest contributor to single-day Covid spike ISRO launches earth fight upcoming DDC poll observation satellite SNS & PTI Delhi sees 6,953 new virus cases,79 deaths: Delhi Saturday recorded 6,953 new coronavirus (Covid-19) cases and 79 Covidlinked fatalities ~ worst in the last several months ~ according to the Delhi government's latest health bulletin. These fresh coronavirus cases were detected out of 57,433 tests. The city's Covid caseload mounted to 4,30,784 SNS (SEE P2) while its coronavirus toll climbed to 6,912. NEW DELHI, 7 NOVREMBER STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 7 NOVEMBER The recently formed People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) on Saturday announced its decision to contest the upcoming elections for District Development Councils (DDC) that will be held in 8 phases from 28 November in Jammu and Kashmir. The decision was taken in the meeting of the PAGD here at the residence of sitting MP and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah. This was the first meeting of the PAGD in Jammu where elaborate security arrangements were made around the venue of the meet in view of demonstrations by various political outfits against the organisation that is demanding restoration of Article 370. Spokesman of the PAGD, Sajad Lone said that modalities for fielding common candidates will be worked out. However, the list of candidates will be released by National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, who is heading the PAGD. Besides Farooq Abdullah, those present in the meeting included former chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah, Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami (CPI-M), Awami National Conference leader, Muzaffar Ahmad Shah and Sajad Lone (Peoples Conference). New Delhi overtook Maharashtra and Kerala by reporting 7,178 Covid-19 cases on Friday, becoming the largest contributor to the new 50,356 single day infections while 53,920 recoveries were being recorded during the same period according to Union Health Ministry on Saturday. Seventy-seven percent of these new cases of Covid19 are from 10 states and union territories~ Delhi, Kerala, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Karnataka, Andhra P r a d e s h , Ta m i l Na d u , Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Kerala recorded 7,002 new cases followed by Maha- rashtra at 6,870 new cases on Friday, the Ministry said. India’s Covid-19 caseload mounted to 84,62,080 with 50,356 infections being reported in a day, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease crossed 78 lakh pushing the national recovery rate to 92.41 per cent The coronavirus death toll climbed to 1,25,562 with 577 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 a.m. showed. The trend ofIndia’s daily new Covid-19 recoveries exceeding the single-day cases for the last five weeks played a pivotal role in pushing down the active caseload which is presently pegged at 5.16 lakh cases and comprises 6.11 percent of total cases, the Ministry said. “This trend has been observed for the last five weeks. This also played a pivotal role in pushing down the active caseload which is presently pegged at 5.16 lakh,” the Ministry said. 84,62,080 PATNA/NEW DELHI, 7 NOVEMBER With the completion of the third and final phase of the Assembly elections in Bihar today, several exit polls gave the RJD-led opposition alliance an edge over the ruling NDA while at least three of them predicted a clear majority for the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ which has projected Tejashwi Yadav as its chief ministerial face. Most of the exit polls also predicted the RJD would emerge as the single largest party in the 243-member Assembly, along with diminished numbers for chief minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U). At least 57.58 per cent of voters cast their ballots in 78 seats spread in 15 districts in the third phase, higher than the polling percentage witnessed in the previous two rounds, according to Election Commission data. In the first two phases, the voting percentage was recorded at 55.69 and 55.70 respectively. The counting of votes will be done on 10 November. Exit polls are typically based on feedback from a limited number of voters in select areas and none of them have a 100 per cent accuracy record. Today’s Chanakya-CNN News18 projected 180 seats for the RJD-led grand alliance, 55 for the NDA and eight for others. The majority mark is 122. India Today-Axis My India poll showed the RJD-led block winning 139-161 seats, as against 69-91 for the NDA. It predicted 3-5 seats for LJP and also 3-5 for others. SEATS: 243 SOURCE CNN News 18-Todays Chanakya Dainik Bhaskar India Today-Axis My India News X-Dvresearch Republic TV-Jan Ki Baat Times Now- C Voter Poll Of Exit Polls The ABP-CVoter exit poll predicted NDA would get 104128 seats and 108-131 seats for the opposition grand alliance. MAJORITY: 122 NDA MGB LJP OTHERS 55 180 0 8 120-127 69-91 71-81 139-161 12-23 3-5 19-27 6-10 110-117 91-117 108-123 118-138 4-10 5-8 8-23 3-6 116 99 120 128 1 6 6 10 It projected Chirag Paswan-led LJP would get 1-3 seats. A similar trend was predicted by Times Now-CVoter, which projected 116 seats for the NDA, 120 for the opposition alliance and a single seat for the LJP. It predicted six seats PRESS TRUST OF INDIA SRIHARIKOTA, 7 NOVEMBER 5,16,632 50,356 53,920 1,25,562 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SATURDAY 07 NOVEMBER 2020 Bihar election: Exit polls project edge for RJD-led alliance SNS & AGENCIES in 2020’s 1st mission for others. Republic TV-Jan Ki Baat exit poll also gave a clear majority to the RJD-led alliance with 128 seats, while it projected 104 seats for the ruling NDA, seven seats for LJP and four for others. TV9 Bharatvarsh projected NDA to win 115 seats, the grand alliance 120 and four each for LJP and others. In terms of vote share, Today's Chanakya projected 44 per cent for the RJD-led opposition alliance and 34 per cent for the NDA. However, ABPCVoter projected a higher vote share for NDA at 37.7 per cent followed by the grand alliance with 36.3 per cent and 26 per cent for others. India TodayAxis My India poll showed 44 per cent of respondents prefer Tejashwi Yadav as the next chief minister, while 35 per cent would like to give another chance to Nitish Kumar. India successfully launched its latest earth observation satellite EOS-01 and nine international customer spacecraft on board a Polar rocket from the spaceport here on Saturday, in its first mission this year amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. The Indian Space Research Organisations workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C49) injected EOS-01, intended for applications in agriculture, forestry and disaster management support and other satellites one by one in orbit around 20 minutes after lift-off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), about 110 km from Chennai, at 3.12 p.m. This is ISRO’s first mission this year after the Covid-19 pandemic induced lockdown disturbed 10 missions being planned by the agency and the nine customer satellites are from the USA, Lithuania and Luxembourg. ISRO Chairman K Sivan described the mission as a “success” and termed it as “unusual” for ISRO as a rocket launch cannot happen like ‘work from home’ and all engineers and technicians had to travel from different centres and work together at Sriharikota for rocket launches. “Today, I am extremely happy to declare that PSLVC49 successfully placed earth observation satellite EOS-01 as well as nine customer satellites precisely into 575 kms orbit” he said at the mission control centre. Subsequent to the successful launch, the primary satellite commenced operating its own functions including deployment of solar panels, Sivan said. In view of the pandemic, ISRO implemented precautions for Covid-19 and scientists, mission directors, project directors, were seen with face masks and maintaining social distancing at the mission control centre. There was no gathering of media persons and the public viewing gallery too was closed. ISRO made arrangements for live telecast of the launch on its website and social media sites. In a text book sequence, the four stage 44.5-metre tall PSLVC49, in its 51st flight, blasted off from the first launch pad of SDSC at 3.12 p.m. at the end of the 26-hour countdown and soared into the sky.
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