CMYK WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 11 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 ‘INDIA IS SECONDHIGHEST IN TESTING’ POLITICAL TURMOIL OVER PERU PREZ’S IMPEACHMENT P9 WEATHER Partly cloudy Sky. Maximum and minimum temperature most likely to be around 33°C and 22°C respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.95% TEMPERATURE P4 P8 Max: 32.4°C (1) Min: 20.0°C (-1) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:47 hrs 16:54 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 01:23 hrs 15:15 hrs New moon on 15 November THUMBNAILS BJP supporters celebrate on-going Bihar Assembly poll counting at BJP headquarters in the Capital on Tuesday. DEEPAK Mumbai Indians clinch 5th IPL title: A peerless Rohit Sharma led defending champions Mumbai Indians to their fifth IPL title with a onesided demolition of Delhi Capitals in Dubai on Tuesday, closing an immensely successful tournament that had to be played in a controlled environment amid the raging Covid-19 pandemic. If last year’s one-run win over CSK was an absolute cliffhanger, Rohit’s aristocratic 68 off 50 balls made it an anti-climax with Mumbai Indians chasing the target of 157 in 18.4 overs. Five IPL titles are certain to make Rohit the undisputed ‘Numero Uno’ player-cum-leader in the IPL Universe. Local trains in Bengal from today: Wearing of masks is mandatory for commuters boarding suburban trains that will resume operation from tomorrow while entry and exit points at stations will be demarcated for facilitating passenger movement and random thermal screening would be conducted for passengers entering the stations-part of the 16-point SOP P3 issued by the state home department P12 Bihar cliffhanger NDA appeared poised to form government in Bihar; Tejashwi gives NDA a real fright MANOJ CHAURASIA PATNA, 10 NOVEMBER Min. 45% HONEST JOE HITS THE END OF THE DIFFICULT ROAD PROMOTE RUPAY CARDS: SITHARAMAN TO BANKS he NDA led by chief minister Nitish Kumar was poised for yet another victory for fourth time in Bihar by a slender margin, after a day-long see-saw battle compounded by delay in vote counting in the country’s first election amidst pandemic. Tejashwi Yadav’s RJD emerged as the single largest party as it either leads or won in 75 of 243-seat Bihar Assembly. According to trends from Election Commission, NDA either leads or won in 125 seats while Grand Alliance stood at 110. “People’s blessings to NDA’s good governance even after 15 years of rule shows what are Bihar's dreams and expectations,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi as NDA prevailed over the anti-incumbency sentiments, adding, “Bihar taught the world the first lesson of democracy and today again it has told the world how democracy is strengthened”. The Left’s bag of seats swelled after it won 14 of the 29 seats given by Yadav as part of poll pact with RJD. CPI (ML) was leading in two seats according to ECI website. Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi’s party AIMIM has won five seats. “Big parties treated me like an untouchable... Our party president met every important Muslim leader as well. But nothing worked out. Cannot tell you why it didn’t happen,” Owaisi said, adding he expected better performance from his party. SNS & PTI Figures indicate either wins/leads till 1 a.m. as per EC website T BHOPAL/LUCKNOW/ AHMEDABAD, 10 NOVEMBER TOTAL SEATS- 243 MAJORITY MARK- 122 22 125 110 74 75 01 43 19 05 04 7 12 04 02 01 NA 02 The AIMIM will decide later which party it will support, he said. When the counting of ballot papers began, the winding ways of this poll was evident since morning. The RJD-led Grand Alliance were spectacular in the early trend but very soon, the scene changed when the counting of EVM votes began. The Grand Alliance continued trailing in the EVM votes and it was never able to make up the loss even as it remained engaged in neck-to-neck fight. For the major part of the day, the NDA’s tally remained between 120 and 130, and eventually, it had the last laugh amid repeated allegations of unfair counting and delay in handing victory certificates to the Grand Alliance candidates. The result indicates chief minister Nitish Kumar will clinch victory for the fourth time in a row but now it all depends on the “mercy” of the BJP since his JD-U has won fewer seats than the BJP Although the . BJP has announced to offer Kumar the throne even if the JD-U wins lesser seats, experts say Kumar has lost “political legitimacy”. “Nitish Kumar has lost his political legitimacy to continue in power with his party winning fewer seats than his ally. So, it will be best for him to step down,” commented political expert Satyanarayan Madan. Kumar faced strident outcry from the masses attending his rallies and the situation became so critical that he had to depend on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bail him out. As protests intensified, the chief minister had to finally depend on Modi’s “popularity” and Kumar even shared dais with him at almost six election rallies to capitalise on Modi’s personal charisma. This Bihar election was indeed a major test for the BJP after it lost a series of Assembly elections in several key states in the past five years. How it had become a matter of prestige for the BJP is underlined from the fact that Modi launched a series of steps in the past four months to gain support of the masses. His instruments were launch of `50,000 crore worth Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan to boost employment and livelihood opportunities for migrant workers returning to villages in the wake of Covid-19 outbreak; promising free Covid-19 vaccines to the people of Bihar; Centre’s approval to All India Institute of Med- ical Sciences in Darbhanga; laying the foundation stone of Ram Temple at Ayodhya, and trying hard to make actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide a poll issue. Apart from these, the PM also repeatedly highlighted the sacrifice of soldiers from Bihar regiment. A good thing for the BJP is that it has managed to shed its junior tag and become JD-U’s “big brother” in the state Assembly after 15 years. Tejashwi may have missed the bus narrowly but the kind of political maturity he displayed has been hailed by one and all. In fact, he single-handedly countered the mighty NDA attack led by an army of leaders including Modi along with a dozen Union ministers, two chief ministers, several MPs and national spokespersons. India’s new cases below 40k for second time in Nov Republic TV's Arnab STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI/KOLKATA, 9 NOVEMBER Coronavirus cases in India neared 86-lakh mark with 38,073 new infections reported in a day. As per the Ministry of Health data, the coronavirus cases in India stands at 85,91,730. The number of new coronavirus infections reported in India in a span of 24 hours dropped below 40,000 for the second time this month, as India’s Covid-19 caseload rose to 85.91 lakh while the total number of recoveries neared 80 lakh, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday. The Covid-19 caseload increased to 85,91,730 with 38,073 new infections being reported in a day, while the death toll climbed to 1,27,059 with 448 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. The number of people who have recovered from the disease surged to 79,59,406 pushing the national recovery rate to 92.64 per cent, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.48 per cent. The number of active cases remained below six lakh for the 12th consecutive day. There are 5,05,265 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country as on date which comprise 5.88 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a cumulative total of 11,96,15,857 samples have been tested up to November 9 with 10,43,665 samples being tested on Monday. The 448 new fatalities include 85 from Maharashtra, 71 from Delhi, 56 from West Bengal, 25 from Uttar Pradesh, 22 from Kerala and 20 from Punjab. Total 1,27,059 deaths reported so far in the country include 45,325 from Maharashtra fol- lowed by 11,410 from Karnataka, 11,362 from Tamil Nadu, 7,350 from West Bengal, 7,231 from Uttar Pradesh, 7,060 from Delhi, 6,802 from Andhra Pradesh, 4,338 from Punjab and 3,765 from Gujarat. The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities. 3,891 new cases, 53 deaths in Bengal: West Bengal recorded a single-day spike with 3,891 fresh Covid cases and 53 deaths taking the total case count to 4,13,112 and death toll to 7,403 while the active cases decreased to 33,444. Kolkata registered 869 fresh cases and 15 deaths today followed by North 24 Parganas with 844 cases and 17 deaths. With 4,415 Covid patients being discharged from hospitals in a single day, a total of 3,72,265 patients have recovered in the state till now taking the discharge rate to 90.11 per cent. moves SC for bail PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 10 NOVEMBER 85,91,730 Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami moved the Supreme Court Tuesday seeking interim bail in the 2018 case of alleged abetment to suicide of an interior designer. The Bombay HC had refused to grant interim bail to Goswami and two others on Monday and asked them to move to the local court for the relief. The appeal against the high court order has been filed in the top court through lawyer Nirnimesh Dubey. Besides the Maharashtra government, Goswami who is in Taloja jail, has made the Centre, the SHO of Alibaug police station, Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh and Akshyata Anvay Naik as parties to his appeal. State government, through 5,01,214 38,073 46,084 1,27,059 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. TUESDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2020 A BJP sweep in bypoll to Assembly seats across 11 states advocate Sachin Patil, has also filed a caveat in the SC to ensure that no order is passed on Goswami's plea without it being heard in the case. Goswami and the two others were arrested by Alibaug police in Maharashtra's Raigad district on November 4 in connection with the suicide of architect-interior designer Anvay Naik and his mother in 2018 over alleged nonpayment of dues by companies of the accused. Meanwhile, the hearing on Goswami's bail plea is also scheduled to be heard in the trial court during the day. The HC, while rejecting the interim bail pleas of Goswami and the two other accused Feroze Shaikh and Nitish Sarda, had said, “no case has been made out for us (court) to exercise our extraordinary jurisdiction”. The BJP on Tuesday was set to sweep the Assembly byelections held last week with leads and wins in more than 40 of 59 seats across 11 states, according to Election Commission trends. If the by-elections spelt a likely big win for the BJP , it seemed dismal for the Congress, particularly in Madhya Pradesh where it could lose big. However, it did have a few scattered wins, including in BJPruled Haryana. In accordance with ECI guidelines, extensive measures were taken to ensure social distancing and restricting people in counting halls. Madhya Pradesh: The BJP has so far won 16 seats on Tuesday out of the 28, leading in three others, giving it enough numbers to achieve majority in the House and provide stability to its government in the state, where it came to power in March. Congress has bagged six seats so far and is leading in three seats, according to ECI trends. The BSP interestingly, , had one lead. Elections were held for 28 seats, the first time that so many bypolls were held together. It will have an easy road to power if the trends hold out. It is a crucial test for Jyotiraditya Scindia, who quit the Congress with his loyalist MLAs to join the BJP top, pling the Congress-led Kamal Nath government. Gujarat: In a clean sweep, the ruling BJP on Tuesday won all the eight Assembly seats in Gujarat by-polls, dealing a blow to the opposition Congress which had bagged these constituencies in 2017. The BJP’s tally in the 182-member Assembly has now reached 111. Jubilant, CM Vijay Rupani termed the victory as a “trailer” for the upcoming local bodies as well as the 2022 Assembly polls. Uttar Pradesh: BJP retained six seats and the SP hung on to its Malhani constituency in the bypolls for seven assembly seats in UP the outcome indicating , the ruling party continued its hold over the populous state. SP chief Akhilesh Yadav alleged on Monday BJP was involved in “rigging”. Manipur: According to ECI trends, the BJP had won three seats and was leading in one with an Independent being voted unopposed in one. The byelections were necessitated by Congress MLAs in four seats resigning from the Assembly and quitting the party to join the BJP. Karnataka: The ruling BJP won both the seats for which by-elections were held, wresting Sira from the JD(S) and Rajarajeshwari Nagar from the Congress. It created history by recording its first ever victory in the Sira assembly segment Dr C M Rajesh Gowda winning with a margin of over 12,000 votes. In R R Nagar, N Munirathana emerged winner with a margin of over 58,000 votes against his nearest Congress rival Kusuma. Jharkhand: The state's ruling coalition retained both Dumka and Bermo, the former going to the JMM and the latter to the Congress, said Joint Chief Electoral Officer Hiralal Mandal. Earlier in the day, BJP's Lois Marandi was leading in Dumka over Basant Soren, Chief Minister Hemant Soren's brother. Odisha: The ruling BJD in Odisha on Tuesday wrested the Balasore Assembly seat from the BJP and retained Tirtol in the bypolls. Haryana: In a big win for the Congress, its candidate Indu Raj Narwal defeated the BJP’s candidate, Olympian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, in the Baroda assembly seat in BJP-ruled Haryana. The Congress retained the seat with Narwal winning by over 10,000 votes, said officials. The victory of Indu Raj Narwal is a win of farmers and labourers. I assure residents of Baroda that the Congress will live up to their expectations, tweeted Congress leader Kumari Selja. Chhattisgarh:The state’s ruling Congress won the Marwahi by-election to the seat that was necessitated due to the death of Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) MLA and former chief minister Ajit Jogi. Telangana: In a boost to the BJP in Telangana, the party on Tuesday won the bypoll to Dubbak Assembly seat, a stronghold of the ruling TRS, defeating the TRS candidate by a margin of 1,079 votes. The bypolls were called due to the death of sitting TRS MLA Solipeta Ramalinga Reddy in August this year. His widow Solipeta Sujatha was the ruling party’s choice. Nagaland: The National Democratic Progressive Party bagged the Southern Angami-I seat in Kohima while an Independent candidate was leading in the Pungro-Kiphire Assembly segment in Kiphire district. The elections were necessitated following the deaths of the sitting legislators Vikho-o Yhoshu and T Torechu. See pg 5 Respect sovereignty & territorial integrity: Modi’s message to China, Pak at SCO summit STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 10 NOVEMBER In a stern message to China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) to respect one another's sovereignty and territorial integrity and, in a veiled reference to Pakistan, regretted that bilateral issues were being unnecessarily brought into the SCO agenda. In his speech at the eightmember Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit, held virtually, Modi said, “India has strong cultural and historical ties with SCO countries...India believes that to enhance connectivity it is important that we move for- ward while respecting one another's sovereignty and territorial integrity”. In an oblique reference to Pakistan raising the Kashmir issue in the past meetings, Modi said, “It is unfortunate that there are unnecessary attempts to bring bilateral issues in the SCO agenda, which is in violation of SCO Charter and Shanghai spirit.” India, he said, strongly believed in peace, security and prosperity and has always opposed terrorism, illegal arms smuggling, drugs and money laundering. India has remained firm in its commitment to work as per the principles laid down in the SCO Charter, he added. Modi also called for “reformed multilateralism” to meet the present day challenges facing the global community. This was the first time since the Sino-India border row in eastern Ladakh began in early May that Modi faced, albeit virtually, Chinese President Xi Jinping. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Russian President Vladimir Putin and leaders of four central Asian countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan participated in the Summit. Putin chaired the summit. “India believes that to enhance connectivity, it is important that we move forward by following the core principle of respecting each other's sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Modi said while referring to New Delhi's involvement in International North South Corridor project, development of the Chabahar port and Ashgabat agreement. The International NorthSouth Transport Corridor (INSTC) is a 7,200-km-long multi-mode transport project for moving freight among India, Iran, Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Central Asia and Europe. Ashgabat agreement is a CMYK transport agreement among several Gulf and Central Asian countries which is aimed at creating a transit corridor to spur trade and investment. India has been supporting the project. In mid-September, India's National Security Advisor Ajit Doval walked out of a virtual meeting of top security officials of the SCO member states after the Pakistani representative projected a map that inaccurately depicted Kashmir. In his address, Modi also delved into a number of key issues like the threat of terrorism, long-pending reform of the United Nations and the need for concerted efforts to deal with the COVID-19 pan- demic as well as its adverse impact on global economy. “India strongly believes in peace, security and prosperity, and we have always voiced opposition to terrorism, illegal arms smuggling, drugs and money laundering,” Modi said. In this difficult time of unprecedented epidemic, India’s pharma industry sent essential medicines to over 150 countries, he said. “India strongly believes that a combination of economic multilateralism and national capacity building can help the countries including in the SCO region recover from the economic losses caused by the pandemic,” Modi said. I am confident that a selfreliant India will prove to be a force multiplier for the world economy and will trigger a momentum for economic development of the SCO countries,” he said. The Prime Minister also talked about India hosting a summit of the council of heads of government of the SCO on 30 November in the virtual format, and said an elaborate agenda is being prepared focussing on economic issues. The summit will culminate with the release of a Moscow Declaration which will reflect broad agenda of the bloc for one year, sources said. Separate documents on digital economy and Covid-19 may also be issued.
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