WEDNESDAY OCTOBER EXPORTS, IMPORTS DIP, TRADE DEFICIT NARROWS 04 PETROLEUM, GEMS, LEATHER SHIPMENTS DOWN After recording positive growth in September, India’s exports fell 5.4% to $24.82 billion in October, latest data showed NOVEMBER, 2020 epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard UTTARAKHAND MIGRANTS GOT JOBS IN STATE Study finds 71% of migrants who returned decided to stay back in the state A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 8 NEW DELHI J8.00 Trump or Biden? Florida may offer the earliest clue After around 100 million cast their ballot early, voters queued up to decide who will be their next president amid Covid worries and fears of violence if Trump loses but refuses to concede defeat. A look at the race to 270 electoral college votes for outright victory EXPECT DELAY MARKETS BUOYANT First polls close at 4.30 am IST on Tuesday, but the last one will be open toll 11.30 am on Wednesday, so the final results will be delayed No uniform rule on how and when to count postal ballots. Also, states differ in postal ballot deadlines. Georgia, for instance, will count ballots received on or before November 3, but others like Ohio will accept late ballots if they have the November 3 postmark US stocks led the rally in global equity markets amid optimism about Biden’s victory and hopes for fresh stimulus. Dow Jones up; major S&P indexes stay north STATUS OF CASES Today Recovered Death Active cases Positive cases Cumulative 3,610 48 -6,725 3,60,069 6,652 36,375 4,03,096 PATIENT MANAGEMENT Total beds Occupied Vacant Hospital Care centre Health centre 15,823 7,887 527 6,798 9,025 973 6,349* 358 169 HOME ISOLATION: 21,521 *565 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and bubble flights TESTING STATUS 13,560 45,980 RTPCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat tests conducted Rapid antigen test conducted in the city 48,21,523 2,53,764 Total tests done so far Tests per million Containment zones as on date: 3,453 Calls received in control room: 327 Total number of calls dispatched to ambulances: 1,706 Total number of calls refused : Nil Source: Delhi health bulletin | Data for Nov 03 Security fencing put up around White House in Washington on Tuesday | AP WHITE HOUSE ‘LOCKDOWN’ Amid concern over possible violence, with some even fearing a civil war, a fence was erected around the White House complex, the Ellipse and Lafayette Square National Guard troops have been put on standby THE FLORIDA FACTOR gust-end, to dip again in midSeptember. The Centre has attributed DELHI logged its highest sin- the sudden surge in daily incigle-day Covid spike on Tues- dences in the last few days to day since the outbreak with greater movement of people 6,725 new cases recorded in during festive season and laxthe last 24 hours. ity in adhering to safety For the first time, Delhi re- norms. corded 6,725 cases, taking the The Dr VK Paul Committee infection tally in the national had already recommended capital to over 4 lakh, even as that Delhi in the time of festhe positivity rate tivity is likely to witstood at 11.29 per cent ness a surge in cases Spike amid festive season of novel coronavirus continues and rising pollution. as much as above Delhi had On Monday, 59,540 10,000 daily. While recorded over tests were conducted. the Delhi govt 5,000 daily The previous highest claimed that there cases for five single-day spike — are sufficient beds 5,891 cases — was re- days on the trot, available in hospitals ending Sunday corded on Friday. and Covid care cenForty-eight new fa- when the count tres for patients, mawas at 5,664. talities were recordjor city based hospied, pushing the toll to The city recorded tals are already out 4,001 cases on 6,652, according to of ICU beds with Monday with the latest bulletin isventilators. sued by the Delhi positivity rate at Of 36,000 plus ac11 per cent health department. tive cases in Delhi, Delhi had recorded more than 21,000 paover 5,000 daily cases for five tients are in home isolation days on the trot, ending Sun- while 6,798 are admitted in day when the count stood hospitals. at 5,664. The city recorded The Delhi government has 4,001 Covid cases on Monday significantly ramped up testwith positivity rate hovering ing in the past few days. The around 11 per cent. number of Rapid Antigen The national capital has Tests conducted on Monday seen a see-saw battle with the stood at 45,980 while the RTpandemic, with the graph de- PCR, CBNAAT and True clining after the first peak in NAAT tests figures were 13,560 June and then going up in Au- in all adding to 59,540. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi EXPRESS READ After Tamil Nadu reported deaths by suicide after losing money in alleged online gambling, the Madurai bench of Madras HC issued notices to India captain Virat Kohli, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on a PIL, which sought action against such companies. The IPL has Dream11 as title sponsor and Ganguly endorses My Circle 11, which are online gaming platforms STIMULUS BOTH TEJASHWI & I ARE THE FUTURE: RAHUL Under Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Bihar had left behind the darkness of insecurity and anarchy of the RJD rule, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said. “Roads and markets today bustle with people even late at night.” Of all the swing states, Florida is the largest with 29 electoral college votes. Its result will be declared early as the state has been counting the mail-in ballots as they arrive, unlike others that begin the counting process today. If Trump loses Florida, analysts say it will be very tough for him to pull off a win | P9 Notice to Ganguly, Kohli for endorsing ‘online gambling ’ PAGES 12 NITISH RULE ENDED ANARCHY, SAYS MODI Delhi records 6,725 fresh cases, Covidload crosses 4 lakh-mark D E L H I COV I D WAT C H PACKAGE WILL BE UNVEILED SOON, SAID TARUN BAJAJ, SECRETARY - DEA 8th round of Sino-India Corps Commander talks likely on Nov 6 The eighth round of Corps Commander-level talks between India and China is likely to take place on Friday with an aim to carry forward negotiations on the disengagement process in eastern Ladakh as their troops brace for a harsh winter. There was no breakthrough on the disengagement of troops from the friction points in eastern Ladakh during the seventh round of military talks on Oct 12. P7 VIENNA SHOCKER Four dead, 17 wounded in suspected terror attack EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AT LEAST four people were killed in Vienna and 17 were wounded, some of them critically when gunmen fired upon , people at random in the Austrian capital on Monday night. One of the assailants, identified as 20-year-old ISIS sympathiser Kujtim Fejzulai, was shot dead by police. He was reportedly wearing a fake suicide vest. Police said they were searching for at least one more shooter still at large. The shooting happened in the heart of Vienna hours before a coronavirus lockdown started, Austrian authorities said on Tuesday . Of the four killed, two were women, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said, terming it an Islamist terror attack. “It was an attack out of hatred — hatred for our fundamental values, hatred for our way of life, hatred for our democracy in which all people have equal rights and dignity,” the Austrian Chancellor added. Authorities said of the 17 injured in the attack, seven were in life-threatening condition. According to reports, the attacker who was shot dead was released from jail last year after spending 22 months of incarceration for trying to travel to Syria to join the ISIS. The terror attack drew widespread condemnation from global leaders, including from French President Emmanuel Macron, whose country experienced three terror attacks in recent weeks, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “NDA has plundered Bihar and lied to the people. Modi and Nitish are a spent force have not done anything for the state. But our alliance will deliver. Tejashwi ji and me are the future,” Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said ‘Parivartan’ looks certain, but it may mean more than Nitish or Tejashwi in Bihar MUKESH RANJAN @ Bhagalpur/Kishenganj/Khagaria IF random voices of voters were to be taken as an indication of what might come on November 10, when votes for the Bihar polls are counted, then the state will see a parivartan (change). At many villages and towns, especially in the poorest districts, there is a sense of despair and even anger. On the face of it, this could be interpreted as a sign that the 15-year rule of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is coming to an end and that his challenger, Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav, is going to win hands down. Yet, the mood of the people is not as black and white as it may seem, rather there is a lot of grey So while there is a cry for . change, the voters don’t want the RJD. The voters agree that Nitish has brought development, but are angry with him that he has failed on employment, migrants and bureaucratic corruption. In other words, the Nitish and Tejashwi seem to be their own biggest enemy Rudra Ku. mar, a final year graduation student at Zero Mile in Naugachia village of Bhagalpur district, said being a Yadav, he would vote for the RJD candidate from his Gopalpur seat but praised both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nitish. Voters stand in queues patiently awaiting their turn to cast their votes during the second phase of Bihar Assembly elections in Patna on Tuesday | PTI BIHAR 2020 53.51% “I want the RJD to win from my seat but an NDA government must be formed in Bihar,” he said. Explaining the contradiction, Kumar said: “If Tejashwi Yadav comes to power, there will be jungle raj in Bihar once again.” Tejashwi rallies are drawing huge crowds where the mood is of parivartan, but his party’s record of lawlessness haunts him. And if a taste of things under his possible regime was needed, it came on Tuesday, hours after voting in a constituency of Patna. Kavindra Mahato, 45, and his family were allegedly thrashed by RJD goons for not voting for EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Dehradun HELICOPTER service providers in and around Kedarnath shrine have been violating norms flying below prescribed altitude despite National Green Tribunal directions. “By randomly analysing data of altimeter as well as data received from monitoring stations, it is clear that most of the times, helicopter companies have flouted rules and are not adhering to the parameters suggested by the Wildlife Institute of India report,” a report by divisional forest officer of Kedarnath to the chief wildlife warden says. According to the report, there were at least 74 instances of violations were found in year 2018 alone with a chopper reported to be flying as low as 270 meters above the sanctuary . The report was prepared using data by random sampling of the elevation at which these choppers were flying was conducted both through altimeter reading and monitoring stations that were set up in the Kedar valley . Conservationists said that this has been adversely affecting sensitive high-altitude Himalayan flora and fauna in Kedaranath Wildlife Sanctuary such as species of musk deer, blue sheep, leopards. Recognition for ASHA worker who educated villagers through paintings RANJANA Dwivedi from Madhya Pradesh’s Rewa district is the lone representative from India to be featured by the US’ National Public Radio (NPR) in its documentary of 19 women from across the globe who shared their challenges and how they are overcoming them in the Covid pandemic. The recognition of this middle-aged ASHA worker is remarkable as the NPR is an American privately and publicly funded non-profit media organization. Most of its member stations are owned by government entities. Fondly called Asha Didi in the village where she works, Dwivedi has been endlessly engaged in serving 500-strong hilly and remote Gurguda village in Jawa block of Rewa district for a decade now. Unlike other ASHA workers, Ranjana uses paintings drawn by her and son to educate residents of the village about various health programs of the government, particularly the immunization program. The Gurguda village, her area of operation, is surrounded by dense forests and houses the backward Kevat (boatman) and Pal (shepherd) community , who are mostly illiterate and resist change. According to Ranjana, just like the problems she faced during her early days as ASHA worker – when women used to run away and hide from her, when she went on immunizaThe women in Gurguda believe me blindly, so much that one of them (who was afraid of giving birth to a third daughter) not only delivered the child, but named her after me — Ranjana, ASHA worker tion drives – during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic also, people in the same village would say, “there is no such thing like Corona.” But her sheer perseverance and the paintings drawn by her and son, saw her educate the Gurguda village dwellers about the dangers of COVID-19 and how it can be avoided through wearing masks, cleanliness and social distancing.“The women in Gurguda believe me blindly, so much that one of them (who was afraid of giving birth to a third daughter in male dominated society) not only delivered the third girl child, but also named her after me,” Ranjana said. For the last decade, Ranjana has been travelling 20 km daily from her home to Gurguda, which includes crossing the mighty Tamas river in a boat. “I twice fell in the river, but it has failed to jolt my duty and commitment to the villagers.” Ranjana intends to carry on educating the villagers even as a large number of ASHA workers are on strike demanding hike in wages. Turnout in Phase II of Bihar polls till 5 pm. Figure likely to go up. Total 53.79% polling in two phases so far as against 55.35% in 2015 their party The victim has filed . a written complaint with the police against some unknown persons. Narrating the incident to a local video journalist, Mahato alleged that the goons tore his shirt. If Tejashwi falls under his own weight, then Nitish could also trip on his own. Anil Kumar Yadav of East Thatha village in Khagaria district admitted that under Nitish, the state has seen development. “The condition of main roads and highways along with electricity and water has definitely improved in the state,” Yadav said. CONTINUED ON P8 Copters not adhering to NGT rules in Kedarnath GOOD NEWS E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bhopal Lower shipments in petroleum products (down 53.30%) and India’s mainstays gems & jewellery (down 21.27%), and leather (down 16.69%) saw exports falling in the festive month. Imports also fell 11.56% to $33.6 billion, leading to trade deficit narrowing to $8.78 billion. Sectors which grew include rice, oil meals, iron ore, oil seeds, carpet, pharma and spices GANDHIGIRI AMARINDER AT RAJGHAT TODAY R AJGHAT will be the protest venue for embattled Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday after failing to get an audience with President Ram Nath Kovind. The Congress leader is leading the dharna to highlight his state’s power crisis and shortage of essential supplies. Due to the suspension of of goods trains, GVK Thermal — a private thermal plant — also ran out of coal stock on Tuesday. rail. Public power plants in the state had already shut down earlier. As Section 144 is in place in Delhi, Congress MLAs will walk from Punjab Bhawan till Rajghat in batches of four, Amarinder said P8 GAINS FARM SECTOR GOT 50-FOLD RETURN FROM MISSION Farmers, fishermen and livestock rearers have received monetary benefits worth `50,000 crore in the last five years from the National Monsoon Mission, says a report | P7
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