THURSDAY NOV 7-30 05 DELHI, RAJASTHAN, HARYANA AND U.P. TOLD TO BAN CRACKERS IN THIS PERIOD NOVEMBER, 2020 epaper.morningstandard.in NOTICES SENT TO TN, ANDHRA, TELANGANA facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard NGT WIDENS THE AMBIT OF CRACKER POLLUTION CASES AMIT SHAH LUNCH DIPLOMACY IN BENGAL A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 8 Covid third wave in Delhi, no need to panic, says Kejriwal S O M R I TA G H O S H @ New Delhi WITH over 6,000 fresh Covid cases for the second consecutive day in the city Chief Min, ister Arvind Kejriwal said Delhi is going through the third wave of the pandemic. “In the past few days, cases of coronavirus have increased. Considering the trend, I would call it a third wave. Because by September end and October beginning, cases had started to drop...it went below 3,000. We are continuously keeping an eye over the condition of the pandemic in the city,” Kejriwal said. “All I would say is that there’s nothing to panic. We are constantly doing surveillance. We are going to challenge the high court order on our rule to reserve up to 80% ICU beds (for Covid patients) in private hospitals.” The Delhi Health Secretary also held a meeting with the medical directors and medical superintendents of city govt DELHI COVID WATCH TESTING STATUS 14,574 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ TrueNat tests conducted 48,80,433 Total tests done so far 2,56,864 Covid hospitals to discuss the paln for capacity escalation. Health Minister Satyendar Jain also said that the Covid spike can be called as the third wave in the city . Delhi witnessed the first peak in June and then in September. The Dr VK Paul Committee had suggested that owing to festive season along with winter and pollution, cases in Delhi are likely to reach up to 10,000 reports daily . Experts fear that going by the trend, the pandemic may slip out of the hands of the government. “The government should learn to balance between economy and illness. To improve the economy it opened up the , market and gave too many relaxations. All their good work is now undone,” said Dr Lalit Kant of ICMR. “People are getting more infected and govt needs to implement such policies so that there is minimum opportunity of physical interP4 action amongst people.” STATUS OF CASES Today Cumulative RECOVERED 5,797 3,65,866 DEATH 51 6,703 ACTIVE CASES -37,369 TOTAL +VE CASES 6,842 4,09,938 PATIENT MANAGEMENT Total beds Occupied Vacant HOSPITAL 15,782 6,945 8,837 CARE CENTRE 7,887 983 6,334* HEALTH CENTRE 527 351 176 22,248 HOME ISOLATION *570 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and Bubble flights Tests per million Source: Delhi health bulletin | November 04 BIHAR ‘NO NEED TO FEAR, MUSLIMS WILL NOT BE DEPORTED’ In poll campaign at Kishanganj, CM Nitish Kumar dispels fears among Muslims that they will be deported when the new new citizenship laws are implemented. Hits out at political rivals who, he says, are making such false statement among the people PAGE 8 TWENTY people have died in three days in Haryana’s Sonipat, with the police suspecting them to be a case of hooch poisoning as all of them had bought liquor from the same liquor vend. All the victims are from four residential colonies — Pragati Colony, Mayur Vihar, Indian Colony and Shastri Colony — on the Gohana Road in Sonipat. While seven people died on Monday, nine and four died on Tuesday and Wednesday . The family members of the sixteen deceased cremated the bodies without informing the police. The body of the four victims, who died on Wednesday, were taken into custody by the police and sent for postmortem. Most of the victims were from middle and lower middle class. It is learnt that the police J8.00 PAGES 12 JOE BIDEN 248 DONALD TRUMP Electoral college votes Electoral college votes 70,320,016 votes 67,524,937 votes 214 270 TO WIN BIDEN SURGES IN TIGHT RACE Trump prematurely claims victory, wants to stop all voting, threatens to approach SC; Biden projected to win more popular votes than any president in American history; four Indian American Democrats re-elected to the House Michigan EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE THE race for the White House between Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden was on the razor’s edge on Wednesday with the nervous president prematurely claiming victory demanding a halt to , all voting and threatening to go to the Supreme Court. Trump’s diatribe was tied to the understanding that most of the mailin ballots would go to Biden. “We won’t rest until every vote is counted,” Biden shot back, adding it is for the voters to decide the outcome and not the contestants. His campaign said their legal teams were on stand-by to resist Trump’s attempt to go to the court to stop tabulating the ballots. With millions of votes still to be counted, the battle had essentially boiled down to a handful of swing states. While Trump won Florida — closing his challenger’s path to an early victory — and was leading in Pennsylvania and Georgia, Biden managed to flip Arizona, a state that has supported a Democratic presidential candidate only once in the past 72 years. Biden was also leading in battleground states like Michigan and Wisconsin. Officials in Pennsylvania said they expect all votes to be counted by Friday. The Biden camp believes that will give them an edge, while the Trump 20 DIE IN 3 DAYS, SONIPAT COPS SMELL HOOCH TRAGEDY H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh NEW DELHI The National Green Tribunal on Wednesday issued notices to 18 states, expanding the ambit of such cases beyond the NCR swung into action after bodies started arriving in large numbers at the Mehlana Road cremation ground . “Twenty people have died in the last three days and the families of most of the deceased have cremated their bodies. But we have taken four bodies in custody and have sent them for postmortem,’’ Deputy Superintendent of Police, Sonipat, Virender Singh said. “We are waiting for the viscera report of the four victims. But till then cannot say anything with surety as we suspect these people died due to consumption of spurious liquor. The family members did not inform us about these deaths.” Sources said that till now eight deaths have been confirmed due to the liquor consumed from the liquor vend under question. The police is now conducting raids at all liquor shops in the area. STATES WAITING FOR THE VERDICT* People gather in Black Lives Matter Plaza near White House in Washington on Tuesday, on Election Day | AP campaign fears that there could be electoral malpractice during the counting of votes. Trump himself articulated the fear, calling the election “a fraud on the American public”. “This is a major fraud on our nation. We want law to be used in a proper manner. So we’ll be going to the US Supreme Court,” he said. The delay in counting the postal ballots means the final outcome may not be known for days, if not weeks. Amid the cliff-hanger, there was something to cheer about as all four Democratic IndianAmerican lawmakers — Dr Ami Bera, Pramila Jayapal, Ro Khanna and Raja Krishnamoorthi — were re-elected to House of Representatives. Also called the Samosa caucus, the informal grouping of Indian-American lawmakers could have at least one more member as physician Dr Hiral Tipirneni was leading against Republican incumbent David Schweikert from the sixth Congressional district of Arizona. Also, filmmaker Mira Nair’s son Zohran Kwame Mamdani won the election for New York State Assembly . As for the House of Representatives, Democrats appeared to extend control over it for two more years but with a shrunken majority, as at least seven incumbents lost their seats. The race for Senate control was tight though analysts expected Republicans to edge ahead. FULL COVERAGE: P11 Past midnight, Wisconsin with 10 electoral votes flipped in Biden’s favour, putting him 22 short of a clean victory Georgia 16 Electoral votes 94% votes reported Biden 2,629,877 49.6% Trump 2,581,701 48.7% 16 Electoral votes 93% votes reported Trump 2,389,263 50.3% Biden 2,303,428 48.5% Pennsylvania Nevada 20 Electoral votes 80% votes reported Trump 3,061,817 53.4% Biden 2,595,192 45.3% 6 Electoral votes 86% votes reported Biden 588,252 49.9% Trump 580,605 48.7% North Carolina Alaska 15 Electoral votes 95% votes reported Trump 2,732,120 50.1% Biden 2,655,383 48.7% KEY QUESTIONS Who all are in the race? While Donald Trump and Joe Biden are fighting presidential polls, polling has also happened for 35 Senate, 11 gubernatorial and 435 congressional seats Who is ahead in the popular vote count? Biden is. By over 1.5% Why are popular votes not the barometer of victory? Because the US president is elected by an electoral college, not the majority vote count. Trump in 2016 was declared elected as he had more electoral college votes than challenger Hillary, who won more popular votes than him How does electoral college work? Each state has a fixed number of electoral votes. The party that wins a state pockets all its electoral votes. So, the trick lies in winning states with large electoral votes. In 2016, Trump secured 304 electoral votes as against Hillary’s 227 Huge outrage as Arnab arrested in 2018 case of abetting suicide EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Mumbai THE Maharashtra Police on Wednesday arrested Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami for allegedly abetting the suicide of a 53-year-old interior designer, Anvay Naik, in Raigad in 2018. Goswami was produced before the magistrate court in Alibaug where he alleged the police physically assaulted him. Following this, the court ordered a medical examination on him at the civil hospital. The police sought Goswami’s custody for 14 days, but the court held that custodial interrogation was not required. Goswami, along with two other accused, was remanded in judicial custody till November 18. Besides Goswami, the other two arrested accused in the case are Feroze Mohammed Shaikh and Nitesh Sarda Earlier, there was high drama at Goswami’s residence in Mumbai when Raigad police turned up to arrest him. The journalist fired a volley of Arnab Goswami arrives in a police van to be produced in Alibaug court | PTI questions at the police team and reportedly argued with them. Following this, he was forcibly taken into custody. Later, the Mumbai police also registered an FIR against Arnab, his wife and son on charges of obstructing and intimidating a police officer on duty. According to police, the arrest is in response to a complaint by Naik’s wife Akshata that her husband committed suicide because he was not paid for the work done for Republic TV studio. According to the complaint, Naik carried out interior design work for Republic TV’s studio in Mumbai for `5.40 crore. However, the money was not allegedly paid. The arrest evoked sharp criticism from journalists and political circles. Home minister Amit Shah tweeted, “Congress and its allies have shamed democracy once again. Blatant misuse of state power against Republic TV and Arnab Goswami is an attack on individual freedom and the fourth pillar of democracy It reminds us of the Emer. gency. This attack on the free press must be and WILL BE P7 OPPOSED.” EXTREMELY DISTRESSING: EDITORS’ GUILD The Editors Guild of India condemned the arrest, calling it “extremely distressing”. It also urged Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to ensure that Goswami is treated fairly and state power is not used against critical reporting by the media MAINTENANCE SC closes erring spouses’ escape route to bypass paying alimony K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi IN a big relief to women, the Supreme Court has issued detailed guidelines tightening the rules regarding maintenance in matrimonial cases. Now, both spouses will have to disclose their income and assets from the date the maintenance application is filed. Also, those who fail to pay maintenance could be arrested and jailed. “Maintenance laws have been enacted as a measure of social justice to provide recourse to dependant wives and children for their financial support, so as to prevent them from falling into destitution and vagrancy,” the judgment read. A bench of justices Indu Malhotra and Subash Reddy also laid down several criteria that must be considered while calculating the quantum of maintenance. The court had taken up the issue while hearing a case where a plea for maintenance filed by a woman had remained pending for more than seven years in various courts, while the husband had stopped paying even interim maintenance for the wife and child. Guidelines stated that detailed affidavits disclosing all sources of income, assets and liabilities must be filed by both parties - the claimant must file all details along with the application for maintenance, while the respondent must file their details within four weeks. The Delhi High Court is already implementing these set of measures as and when the mainte- nance petition is filed. The court also took note of that in many cases, husbands refuse to pay alimony amount by disposing of assets and claiming reduced income. “If false statements and misrepresentations are made, the Court may consider initiation of perjury proceedings and for contempt of Court,” said the CONTINUED ON: P7 bench. 3 Electoral votes 36% votes reported Trump 80,999 61.4% Biden 45,758 34.7% * As of 1 am. Source: Politico Union Home Minister to dine with refugee, tribal families on his two-day visit The green panel has sought response from Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, J&K, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttarakhand and Bengal. Notices were already issued to Delhi, Haryana and UP What is the half-way mark? It’s 270 as the total electoral vote count is 538 Why is the counting getting delayed? Because mass postal ballots were allowed due to Covid. While states like Florida counted them as they arrived before election day, others chose to begin counting only after all votes had been polled. The volume of postal ballots is huge. In some states, only mail-in ballots were allowed Why is Trump hassled by postal ballots? Because most of them are Democrat leaning. The majority of in-person votes went to Trump What about the House of Representatives and Senate races? The House appears set to stay with Democrats. But its drive to capture the Senate may fall short HATHRAS CASE SIT report raps police for midnight cremation N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow THE Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up by the Yogi Adityanath government to probe the Hathras rapemurder case has submitted its findings. In its report submitted to the Uttar Pradesh government, the three-member SIT headed by Bhagwan Swaroop, principal secretary (home), questioned the rush by the district police to cremate the victim’s body at midnight. The SIT has also suggested solutions to manage such crises in future. According to sources, a few more heads are likely to roll in the police department. On the basis of SIT’s preliminary findings, the state government had earlier suspended five cops including the then Hathras SP Vikrant Vir for ‘poor’ handling of the case. The SIT, also comprising DIG Chandra Prakash and PAC commandant Poonam, was set up on September 30 and was initially given a week’s time to probe and give a report. However, the ambit of investigation was expanded and the team was given two extensions of 10 days each. The team had been staying in Boolgarhi village for the past month and recorded the statements of the victim’s family local cops, the accused , and their families as well. The CBI has taken over the high-profile case and is investigating it under the supervision of the Allahabad High Court as directed by the Supreme Court.
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