CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 10 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 SUU KYI’S PARTY CLAIMS MAJORITY IN MYANMAR POLLS P9 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperature most likely to be around 32 °C and 19 °C respectively.. RAINFALL: NIL RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.94% TEMPERATURE Max: 32.1°C (1) SUN RISES 05:46 hrs MOON RISES --.-New moon on 15 P6 THUMBNAILS Rajpath shrouded in smog on Monday as New Delhi air continues to remain ‘severe’. DEEPAK Total ban on firecrackers in Delhi-NCR: The N National Green Tribunal has imposed a total ban on sale and use of firecrackers in Delhi and adjoining areas starting 9 November midnight to 30 November. If anyone is caught bursting firecrackers in this duration, they can be given 1.5-6 years jail term, state Environment minister Gopal Rai said. The ban has been imposed ahead of Diwali to prevent further rise in air pollution. Sensex at new high: Rising for the 6th straight session, the BSE Sensex jumped 704.37 points or 1.68 per cent to close at its lifetime peak of 42,597.43 points on Monday. Intra-day, it touched its all-time high level of 42,645.33 points. The previous closing record for the Sensex was PG 8 41,952.63 points, hit on 14 January 2020. Paternity leave for Kohli: The BCCI on Monday confirmed that it has granted paternity leave to Indian captain Virat Kohli, who will return from Team India’s upcoming tour of Australia after the first Test. The BCCI confirmed Kohli had informed the board about his plans to return home for the birth of his first child. Bihar on cusp of major generational shift in politics as it awaits poll result ihar appears on the cusp of major generational shift in politics as it prepares for tomorrow’s counting of votes for the threephased Assembly elections with most exit polls predicting formation of Grand Alliance government headed by RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav who celebrated his 31st birthday only today. The tricenarian is caught in a straight contest with 69-year-old JD-U president Nitish Kumar who has been in the saddle for the past 15 years. If Tejashwi manages to get the throne, he will be the youngest chief minister of the state. Prior to him, Satish Prasad Singh had become the CM at the age of 32, though his tenure lasted for just a week. This will also be a record of sorts for Tejashwi if he bounces to power since he did all that single handedly. While the BJP fielded an army of leaders, such as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party chief JP Nadda, chief ministers of two states, 10 Union ministers, scores of party parliamentarians and national spokespersons, Tejashwi remained dependent only on himself! He not only campaigned for his party, but also for the alliance partners, such as the Congress and the Left. On an average, he addressed 16 election rallies a day and was seen literally rushing from the helipads to the dais to ensure he covers all rallies Prime Minister Narendra Modi will come face-to-face virtually with Chinese President Xi Jinping tomorrow for the first time since the military standoff at eastern Ladakh began when the two leaders take part in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit. This is the first time the SCO Summit, which is being hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin, will be taking place in a virtual format. It will also be attended by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan apart from the leaders of four Central Asian countries~ Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. “The Prime Minister will lead Although the state has a total of 243 Assembly seats, the most keenly watched among them is obviously Raghopur constituency in Vaishali district from where Tejashwi Yadav is contesting elections for the second time WILMINGTON, 9 NOVEMBER as planned. Although the state has a total of 243 Assembly seats, the most keenly watched among them is obviously Raghopur constituency in Vaishali district from where Tejashwi is contesting elections for the second time although he paid little attention to his seat for his busiestever campaign schedule. It is to be seen how the masses react. On the other hand, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar is not contesting elections this time again. As such, he has never contested elections in the past 15 years since becoming the chief minister in 2005. Rather, he has been reaching the Bihar Assembly through backdoor~ by getting himself nominated to the Bihar Legislative Council like his deputy and senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi. With his father Lalu Prasad in jail and mother the Indian delegation to the 20th Summit of the SCO Council of Heads of State, which will be held in the virtual format on 10 November. This is the third meeting where we will be participating as full members,” Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said. India, along with Pakistan, became a full-time member of the SCO in June 2017. The SCO’s objectives include maintaining peace in the region and “strengthening mutual trust and neighbourliness among the member states”, while promoting cooperation in politics, trade, economy, research, technology and culture, as well as education, energy, transport, tourism, environmental pro- tection, and other areas”. There is no likelihood of any interaction between Modi and the Chinese leader since the meeting is being conducted in the virtual format. In any case, Sino-Indian ties have touched a new low ever since the Ladakh stand-off began in April-May. According to the spokesperson, India will also host a SCO heads-of-government meeting on 30 November where the Prime Ministers of SCO member countries will come together. Modi and Xi are expected to again come face-to-face virtually during the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) Summit on 17 November, and the G-20 Summit on 22 November. While most of the exit polls have predicted a spectacular performance by the Grand Alliance, NDA leaders claim all such claims would prove false and the ruling alliance would again return to power. They say similar predictions had proved false in 2015 Assembly polls too Rabri Devi restricting her movements due to Covid fear, the poll campaign was left entirely on the shoulders of Tejashwi. A victory for the RJD-led coalition will bring a redemption of sorts for Tejashwi whose leadership abilities were called into question after the Grand Alliance put up a disastrous performance in the last Lok Sabha polls winning only one seat out of the state’s total 40 LS seats. This was for the first time in 22 years since its formation in 1997 that the RJD had failed to open its account in LS elections. The only party which could open its account was the Congress. Hours before the counting of votes, the offices of major political parties, remained deserted although claims and counter-claims continue. While most of the exit polls have predicted spectacular performance by the Grand Alliance, NDA PRESS TRUST OF INDIA MUMBAI, 9 NOVEMBER nection with the suicide of architect-interior designer Anvay Naik and his mother in 2018 over alleged non-payment of dues by companies of the accused. The HC in its order on Monday said, “The petitioners have the efficacious remedy of seeking bail before the sessions court concerned. We have already noted earlier that if such bail plea is filed, then the sessions court shall decide the same in four days.” The bench noted that refusal of the interim bail applications shall not affect the remedy available to the petitioners to seek regular bail. It said the sessions court shall hear and decide the bail pleas on merits. “Rejection of interim order shall not be construed as an impediment to the petitioners seeking alternate remedies. The observations made in this order rejecting interim bail are prima facie only,” the high court said in its order. Goswami on Monday morning filed a bail application in the Alibaug sessions court, his lawyer Gaurav Parkar said. The sessions court is currently also hearing the revision application filed by the Alibaug police challenging a 4 Novem- leaders claim all such claims would prove false and the ruling alliance would again return to power. They say similar predictions had proved false in 2015 Assembly polls too. The RJD in a curious move has asked the workers not to indulge in fireworks or celebratory firings and maintain restraint on the day of counting. It also asked the workers to accept the result with humility whatever it may be. Tejashwi himself kept his birthday celebration a lowkey affair today and also appealed to his supporters not to rush to his residence to convey birthday wishes. They also put up several hoardings in the state capital, addressing Tejashwi as “Bhavi” (future) CM. Meanwhile, massive security arrangements have been made across the state in view of tomorrow’s counting of votes which will take place at a total 55 centres. President Trump is facing pressure to cooperate with President-elect Joe Biden’s team to ensure a smooth transfer of power when the new administration takes office in January. The General Services Administration is tasked with formally recognising Biden as president-elect, which begins the transition. But the agency’s Trumpappointed administrator, Emily Murphy, has not started the process and has given no guidance on when she will do so. That lack of clarity is fueling questions about whether Trump, who has not publicly recognised Biden’s victory and has falsely claimed the election was stolen, will impede Democrats as they try to establish a government. There is little precedent in the modern era of a president erecting such hurdles for his successor. The stakes are especially high this year because Biden will take office amidst a raging pandemic, which will require a comprehensive government response. America’s national security and economic interests depend on the federal government signaling clearly and swiftly that the United States government will respect the will of the American people and engage in a smooth and peaceful transfer of power, Jen Psaki, a Biden transition aide, tweeted on Sunday. The advisory board of the nonpartisan Center for Presidential Transition also urged the Trump administration to “imme- China, Russia hold off on toasting to Biden’s victory BEIJING, 9 NOVEMBER China on Monday declined to congratulate Joe Biden as the winner of the US presidential election, saying the outcome of the American polls should be determined by the country’s laws and procedures. China has not yet come out with an official reaction to Biden and Kamala Harris’ victory in the 3 November election even though official media here are carrying out commentaries on their election. When pointed out that China is one of the few countries which has not yet made a statement on the US presidential election results, Chinese Fordiately begin the post-election transition process and the Biden team to take full advantage of the resources available under the Presidential Transition Act. Biden, who was elected the 46th president on Saturday, is taking steps to build a government despite questions about whether Trump will offer the traditional assistance. Biden will announce details on Monday of a task force that will create a blueprint to attempt to bring the pandemic under control that he plans to begin implementing after assuming the presidency on 20 Jan. Biden has already named a former surgeon general, Dr Vivek Murthy, and an ex-Food and Drug India Covid tally 85.5L; Delhi suffers 3rd wave STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 9 NOVEMBER Over 45,000 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours pushed India’s total tally to 85.53 lakh as per the Ministry of Health data. The coronavirus tally in India stands at 85,53,657 which includes 5,09,673 active cases after a decrease of 2,992 recoveries. Now the recovered cases in India stand at 79,17,373 with 48,405 new discharges in the last 24 hours taking the recovery rate to 92.56 per cent. The death toll in India is at 1,26,611 with 490 new deaths reported on Sunday. Almost 63 per cent of all deaths in the 24 hours were reported from Maharashtra (125), Delhi (77), West Bengal (59), Uttar Pradesh (26) and Kerala (24), 22 from Karnataka and 20 from Tamil Bengal adds 3.9K Covid cases in 24 hours: West Bengal today recorded a single-day spike with 3,907 fresh Covid cases and 56 deaths due to the infection. Till now, 4,09,221 people have been detected Covid positive, 7,350 died and 3,67,850 recovered of which 4,396 patients were discharged from hospitals in a single day taking the discharge rate to 89.89 per cent. Currently, there are 34,021 active Covid cases in the state while the positivity rate is 8.25 per cent and samples of 44,346 people were tested for the virus today. Kolkata registered 861 cases and 13 deaths in past 24 hours. SNS Nadu. In the last 24 hours, almost 48,000 people fought off the viral disease pushing the recovery rate to 92.6 per cent. The average daily case count has remained 45,000 for about two weeks now. As the national case rise seems to stagnate, onset of winter and severe air pollution has left Delhi grappling with a third wave of coronavirus~ its most severe yet. The national capital report- Bombay HC refuses interim bail to Arnab The Bombay High Court on Monday refused to grant interim bail to Republic TV Editorin-Chief Arnab Goswami and two others in a 2018 case of abetment of suicide of an interior designer. A division bench of Justices S S Shinde and M S Karnik while rejecting the interim bail pleas of Goswami and the two other accused~Feroze Shaikh and Nitish Sarda, said “no case has been made out for us (court) to exercise our extraordinary jurisdiction”. With the high court refusing interim bail to Goswami, his stay at the Taloja jail will be extended. Goswami and the two others were arrested by Alibaug police in Maharashtra’s Raigad district on 4 November in con- ASSOCIATED PRESS B Modi-Xi to come face-to-face virtually at SCO Summit today NEW DELHI, 9 NOVEMBER P12 Bihar readies for D-day Trump faces calls to work amidst winds of change with Biden on transition PATNA, 9 NOVEMBER Min: 18.5°C (-3) SUN SETS 16:54 hrs MOON SETS 12:51 hrs November STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE P4 MANOJ CHAURASIA Min. 42% SOLER CLAIMS VERY RARE DISTINCTION PM ASKS PEOPLE TO PROMOTE ‘LOCAL FOR DIWALI’ BIG TIME BATTLE OF WITS ber order of a magistrate’s court denying them custody of Goswami and the other two other accused and remanding the three in judicial custody. Goswami, Shaikh and Sarda last week filed petitions in the HC challenging their “illegal arrest,”seeking interim bail. Apart from interim bail, the petitioners also sought that the HC stay the investigation into the case and quash the FIR against them. The court will hear their pleas seeking to quash the FIR on 10 December. Goswami was arrested on 4 November from his Lower Parel residence in Mumbai and taken to Alibaug in Raigad district. He and the two other accused were later produced before a magistrate who refused to send them in police custody and remanded them in judicial custody till 18 November. CMYK ed 7,745 new Covid cases - its highest yet. This was the second time the daily count breached the 7,000-mark in Delhi, which also topped the state list of highest cases. Globally, 15 per cent Covid cases, amidst the ongoing surge, are linked to air pollution. The problem has contributed almost 17 per cent to Delhi’s third wave, the Indian Medical Association has said. NEW DELHI, 9 NOVEMBER The Delhi High Court on Monday asked media houses AGR Outlier Media and Bennett Coleman and Company to ensure that no defamatory content is uploaded on social media or displayed on their channels, while hearing a plea by Bollywood producers seeking to restrain them from making irresponsible remarks. In strong observations while hearing the plea, the high court cited the death of Princess Diana while trying to escape the media chase, and said there needs to be “some toning down” as people are “afraid of the fourth pillar of democracy” because of its powers. The court sought replies from Republic TV, its editorin-chief Arnab Goswami and reporter Pradeep Bhandari, Times Now editor-inchief Rahul Shivshankar and group editor Navika Kumar, and intermediaries Google, Facebook and Twitter on the plea. Leading Bollywood producers have sought to restrain them from making or publishing allegedly irresponsible, derogatory and defamatory remarks” against the film industry and conducting media trials against its members on various issues following the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Administration commissioner, David Kessler, as cochairs. Biden was also launching agency review teams, groups of transition staffers that have access to key agencies in the current administration. They will collect and review information such as budgetary and staffing decisions, pending regulations and other work in progress from current Trump administration staff at the departments to help Biden’s team in transition. But that process cant begin in full until the GSA recognises Biden as president-elect. The definition of a clear election winner for the GSA is legally murky, making next steps unclear. SEE PAGE 10 Covid vaccine is looking 90% effective: Pfizer WASHINGTON, 9 NOVEMBER 85,53,657 5,09,673 45,903 48,405 1,26,611 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. MONDAY 09 NOVEMBER 2020 Delhi HC asks Republic, Times Now to ensure no defamatory content PRESS TRUST OF INDIA eign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said: We have noticed that Biden declared he is the winner of the election. Our understanding is that the outcome of the election will be determined in accordance with US laws and procedures,” he said. China is among a handful of major countries including Russia and Mexico that have not congratulated the President-elect. The Kremlin said on Monday it would wait for the official results of the US presidential election before commenting on its outcome, and that it had noted incumbent Trump’s announcement of legal challenges relatPTI ed to the vote. The lawsuit by four Bollywood industry associations and 34 leading producers, has also sought to restrain them from interfering with the right to privacy of persons associated with the industry. Justice Rajiv Shakdher was assured by the counsel for the media houses that they will follow the programme code and the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act. The court questioned the plaintiffs for not making individual celebrities parties in the suit. The high court issued summons to the media houses and intermediaries and listed the suit for further hearing on 14 December. Pfizer said on Monday that an early peek at the data on its coronavirus vaccine suggests the shots may be a surprisingly robust 90% effective at preventing Covid-19, putting the company on track to apply later this month for emergency-use approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The announcement, less than a week after a presidential election that was seen as a referendum on President Donald Trump’s handling of the crisis, was a rare and major piece of encouraging news lately in the battle against the scourge that has killed more than 1.2 million people globally. “We’re in a position potentially to be able to offer some hope,” Dr. Bill Gruber, Pfizer’s senior vice president of clinical development, said. “We’re very encouraged.” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top-infectious disease expert, said the results suggesting 90% effectiveness are “just extraordinary,” adding: “Not many people expected it would be as high as that. It’s going to have a major impact on everything we do with respect to Covid,” he said. Pharmaceutical companies and various countries are in a global race to develop a vaccine against the virus. Fauci said that the Pfizer vaccine and virtually all others in testing target the spike protein the coronavirus uses to infect cells, so the results validate that approach. Monday’s announcement doesn’t mean for certain that a vaccine is imminent. Pfizer Inc. cautioned that the initial protection rate might change by the time the AP study ends.
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