MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 09 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 DID TRUMP HAVE HIS MCCARTHY MOMENT? P9 P7 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Shallow fog in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 30 and 11 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 98% Min: 11.2°C (-3) SUN SETS 17:31 hrs MOON SETS 13:47 hrs THUMBNAILS Hazy weather due to smog in the Capital on SUBRATA DUTTA Sunday. Shipping ministry to be renamed: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the Ministry of Shipping is being expanded and renamed as the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways. He was addressing a gathering after inaugurating a Ro-Pax ferry service between Hazira in Surat and Ghogha in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat, which will reduce the 370-km road distance between the two places to 90-km by sea P5 route. Nagorno-Karabakh fighting: Azerbaijan said on K Sunday its forces had captured the key town of Shusha from Armenian separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh, but Armenia insisted that fighting for the strategically vital area was ongoing. The capture of Shusha would be a major victory for Azerbaijan six weeks after new fighting erupted over NagornoKarabakh, an ethnic Armenian enclave that broke away from Azerbaijan's control in P9 the 1990s. Joe Biden pledges to unite America P12 India optimistic of strong ties with USA under Biden ASSOCIATED PRESS ASHOK TUTEJA WILMINGTON, 8 NOVEMBER NEW DELHI, 9 NOVEMBER J There is a sense of optimism in India over the election of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States with top politicians and bureaucrats confident that New Delhi's relationship with Washington will become more transparent and solid under his administration. One key reason why Indians were keenly awaiting the outcome in the election in the US was the fact that Biden, who was theVicePresident in the Barack Obama administration, chose Kamala Harris, an Indianorigin American woman, as his running mate for theVice Presidency. Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the 77-year-old Biden soon after he was declared the winner in the keenly-contested election against Donald Trump. “Congratulations @JoeBiden on your spectacular victory! As the VP your contribution to , strengthening Indo-US relations was critical and invaluable. I look forward to working closely together once again to take IndiaUS relations to greater heights,'' he tweeted. In another tweet, Modi congratulated Harris too, saying, “Your success is pathbreaking, and a matter of immense pride not just for your chittis, but also for all Indian-Americans. I am confident that the vibrant India-US ties will get even stronger with your support and leadership.” oe Biden used his first national address as president-elect to vow to heal a deeply divided nation, declaring it was time to “let this grim era of demonisation in America begin to end” and reaching out to the millions of people who voted against him to say, “Let’s give each other a chance.” His calls for reconciliation at a Saturday evening victory celebration came even as President Donald Trump continued to argue that the election had been stolen from him, an indication that the divisive politics that have gripped the US over the past four years are far from over. It also suggested that even as Biden seeks to build out a government during his transition to the presidency, the president has little interest in helping him do so. “For all those of you who voted for President Trump, I understand the disappointment,” Biden said during a drive-in event in Wilmington, Delaware. “It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again.” Biden heads into his first full day as presidentelect on Sunday with key staffing decisions to make as the coronavirus rages. The always-frenzied 10-week transition period before Inauguration Day on 20 January already has been shortened by the extra time it took to determine the winner of Tuesday’s election. The second Catholic to be elected president, Biden planned to attend church at St. Joseph on the Brandywine near his home in Wilmington, as he does nearly every week. He began Election Day with a visit to the church and the grave of his son, Beau, a former Delaware attorney general who died of brain cancer in 2015. His top priority in the transition is expected to be quickly naming a chief of staff. Biden suggested during the campaign that his first call after being elected would be to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, but his advisers have not said whether the two have spoken yet. Biden said Saturday that he would announce a task force of scientists and Firecrackers, prayers as Harris’ ancestral villages celebrate her US victory PRESS TRUST OF INDIA TIRUVARUR, 8 NOVEMBER The ancestral villages of US Vice-President elect Kamala Harris in Tamil Nadu on Sunday erupted in joy over the Democrat Senator's elevation and ushered in an early Deepavali with firecrackers and sweets to celebrate her win. The joy of locals in Thulasenthirapuram and Painganadu villages in this Cauvery delta district knew no bounds as they rejoiced the victory of “the woman of our house”. The villages, which are native to her maternal grandparents, were keenly awaiting the outcome of the presidential elections in the USA, where Harris was the running mate of the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, Joe Biden. The villagers had earlier held special prayers for Harris' win and once they were answered, celebrated it with much fanfare on Sunday. The locals celebrated 56 year-old Harris' win by bursting crackers and distributing sweets, even as special prayers were held at the local temple, in which state Food minister R Kamaraj participated. People gathered on roads in large numbers carrying the photos of Harris and handmade signs. Hundreds of digital banners have been put up in the area. Politicians cutting across party lines distributed sweets to the people. A local at Painganadu who drew a large 'kolam' (Rangoli) was all smiles when she hailed the victory of the “woman of our SOLSKJAER COMES OUT FIGHTING P10 In victory speech, US president-elect calls for end to era of demonisation Min: 44% TEMPERATURE Max: 29.6°C (0) SUN RISES 06:40 hrs MOON RISES 01:00 hrs ‘MAY BE FIRST WOMAN IN OFFICE, WON’T BE LAST’ SUU KYI PARTY SET TO WIN MYANMAR POLL house.” The colourful 'kolam' hailed Harris as the 'pride' of the village. Arulmozhi, a councillor representing the area in the Mannargudi panchayat union, wished Harris would visit the village after assuming office. “Even for winning an election at the local level, women have to struggle a lot. We can understand how difficult it would have been for Kamala Harris to win that fiercely fought election. We hope Kamala will one day pay a visit to our village after assuming office and we are eagerly waiting to shake hands (with her),” she said. The villagers had already kept the crackers ready in anticipation of Harris' win, even as the people were proud that their villages happen to be the native place of the grandparents of Kamala Harris. Thulasenthirapuram and Painganadu are agrarian villages and are located very close to each other near Mannargudi in the district. Harris' grandfather P V Gopalan moved out of Thulasenthirapuram village as a young man and took up a job in the British government service. Her grandmother Rajam belonged to the nearby Painganadu village. Though Kamala's ancestors left the village many decades ago, family members had kept their connections with the temple at Thulasenthirapuram intact. Maternal uncle spoke to Harris about win: Soaking in the moment of glory, Gopalan Balachandran, maternal uncle of Senator Kamala Harris, on Saturday night said he told her niece a day earlier that she was “going to win” to become the next US vice president. Delhi-based Balachandran said he was feeling “proud and happy”, describing Harris as a fighter. He expressed the hope her top-level position would give Indians in the US “greater access” in interacting with the US administration. experts Monday to develop a “blueprint” to begin beating back the virus by the time he assumes the presidency. He said his plan would be “built on bedrock science” and “constructed out of compassion, empathy and concern.” A former surgeon general, Vivek Murthy, and a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner, David Kessler, will lead the task force. This coming week, Biden will launch his agency review teams ~ the group of transition staffers that have access to key agencies in the current administration to smooth the transfer of power. The teams will collect and review information such as budgetary and staffing decisions, pending regulations and other work in progress from current staff at the depart- ments to help Biden’s team prepare to transition. 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. He made Trump the first incumbent president to be denied a second term since Republican George H.W. Bush lost to Bill Clinton in 1992. His running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, used her first address as vice presidentelect to showcase her history-making place as the first Black woman to become vice president, an achievement that comes as the US faces a reckoning on racial justice. The California senator is also the first person of South Asian descent elected to the vice presidency and the highest-ranking woman ever to serve in government. New Delhi feels that a strong relationship with India enjoys bipartisan support in the US and the new administration will work for strengthening Indo-US ties, given the growing threat of China. Biden himself advocated stronger ties with India during his election campaign. He also played a key role in giving a new direction to Indo-US ties under the Obama administration. New Delhi feels that a strong relationship with India enjoys bipartisan support in the US and the new administration will work to strengthen Indo-US ties, given the growing threat of China. Biden has advocated stronger ties with India during his election campaign. He also played a key role in giving a new direction to Indo-US ties under the Obama administration. While the Trump administration has been vocal in supporting India over the border stand-off with China, New Delhi hopes the Biden administration too will continue with an aggressive approach against Beijing. Biden, a former diplomat, has had a cordial relationship with Pakistan. In 2008, Pakistan had conferred Biden with the second highest civilian honour, 'Hilal-e-Pakistan'. Biden and Senator Richard Lugar were behind the proposal to give a massive non-military aid package to Pakistan. But things have changed in the last 12 years and successive US administrati- Arnab caught with phone, shifted to jail India, China agree to exercise restraint at LAC MUMBAI, 8 NOVEMBER STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 8 NOVEMBER Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, arrested in connection with the alleged suicide of an interior designer, was on Sunday shifted from Alibaug to Taloja jail in Maharashtra's Raigad district, police said. Goswami was moved to Taloja jail after allegedly being found using a mobile phone while in judicial custody at a school designated as Covid-19 centre for Alibaug prison, a police official said. Police found Goswami was active on social media using somebody's mobile phone, despite his personal mobile phone having been seized when he was taken into custody, the official said. SNS India and China have agreed to exercise restraint along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, where the troops of the two countries have been locked in a tense faceoff since April-May. A joint statement issued this morning by the two countries on the eighth round of military talks held on Friday said, "The two sides had a candid, in-depth and constructive exchange of views on disengagement along the Line of Actual Control in the Western Sector of IndiaChina border areas. Both sides agreed to earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the Officials say a meeting of the Working Mechanism for Coordination and Consultations (WMCC) on border areas could also be held soon to break the impasse over the stand-off. leaders of the two countries and ensure that their frontline troops exercise restraint and avoid misunderstanding and miscalculation". The statement further said, ''Both sides agreed to maintain dialogue and communication through military and diplomatic channels. India and China have also agreed to take forward the discussions and push for the settlement of other outstanding issues, so as to jointly maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas. They agreed to have another round of meeting soon.'' The statement clearly suggested that the two sides have not been able to resolve differences over the disengagement and de-escalation process despite marathon talks at the military and diplomatic levels. Officials say a meeting of the Working Mechanism for Coordination and Consultations (WMCC) on border areas could also be held soon to break the impasse over the stand-off. ons have seen how Pakistan has promoted terrorism in different countries, especially against India and Afghanistan. Biden is expected to reach out to India on the issue of terrorism while working for a close partnership with new Delhi in the strategic and defence field. On the H-1 B visa issue, Biden has maintained during his election campaign that his administration will reform the visa system by eliminating the restrictions on employment-based green cards for Indians. However, Biden’s attitude on human rights has led to some unease in New Delhi which received backing from the Trump administration on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir. Biden had expressed disapproval of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) while Harris made some stinging remarks against India on the abrogation of Article 370. India will have to do some tight ropewalking on these thorny issues. J&K encounter leaves seven dead, including three troops, BSF jawan JAMMU, 8 NOVEMBER Three Army soldiers and a BSF jawan were martyred and also three terrorists gunned down by security forces on Sunday in an encounter along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Machil sector of Kupwara district in north Kashmir. Among the martyred soldiers was an Army officer . The alert troops foiled the infiltration attempt by a big group of terrorists that was backed by the Pakistani army. Two Army soldiers were seriously injured and have been evacuated to the military hospital for treatment. BSF identified its martyred trooper as constable Sudip Sarkar who was deployed SNS in the Kashmir frontier. India’s coronavirus tally crosses 85-lakh mark STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 8 NOVEMBER India's Coronavirus case tally crossed the 85-lakh mark on Sunday as 45,674 new cases and 559 more Covid-19 deaths were reported, official data showed. While the country's total Covid-19 tally reached 85,07,754, its death toll touched 1,26,121, as per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) data. India's active cases now add up to 5,12,665 whereas cured cases total 78,68,968 as 49,082 more patients were discharged in the last 24 hours. While its recovery rate stands at 92.49 per cent, the fatality rate is 1.48 per cent, the data showed. The Indian Council of Med- Delhi sees record spike of 7,745 cases; toll nears 7K STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Delhi today recorded 7,745 fresh coronavirus infections (Covid-19) ~ its highest single-day Covid spike so far ~ which raised its caseload to 4,38,529, according to the Delhi government's latest health bulletin. These new cases were detected out of 50,754 tests, with the positivity rate soaring to 15.26 per cent. The city logged 77 fresh Covid fatalities, which raised its coronavirus toll to 6,989. On 6 November, Delhi had crossed a single-day count of 7,000 Covid cases for the first time, recording 7,178 Covid cases ~ its previous highest spike ~ which were detected out of 58,860 tests. It had then recorded 64 Covid fatalities. The city had yesterday recorded 6,953 coronavirus cases and 79 Covid deaths ~ worst in the last several months. These cases were detected out of 57,433 tests. Delhi health minister Satyen- dar Jain today reportedly said that the third wave of Covid was at its peak in the national capital and that it has been the worst since the pandemic swept into the city. Amid the current festive season, increased gatherings, lax public attitude, and soaring air pollution, Delhi has been witnessing a fresh surge in Covid cases for the past few weeks. Today, 6,069 Covid patients were said to have recovered with their total tally now reaching 3,89,683. ical Research (ICMR) tested 11,13,209 more samples in a single day on Saturday, taking the total tests so far to 11,65,42,304. Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit Indian state with 17,14,273 total cases, including 45,115 deaths, followed by Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi. NEW DELHI, 8 NOVEMBER 85,07,754 5,12,665 45,674 49,082 1,26,121 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SUNDAY 08 NOVEMBER 2020
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