saturDAY 26 07 november, 2020 It will be operational by mid2022, and is meant to protect data from disasters, Amazon Web Services said on Friday epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard Amazon to invest `20,761 cr in Hyderabad for new data hub twitter.com/TheMornStandard P O L L B UG L E Largest FDI in telangana’s history ‘Bengal HAS 3 sets of laWs’ Laws are different for Mamata’s nephew, her vote bank and people: Amit Shah A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS Page 8 l New Delhi l J8.00 PAGES 12 l Biden blitzkrieg continues Races past Trump in Pennsylvania; recount set to be ordered in Georgia where he now has a narrow lead; also ahead in Nevada 264 JOE BIDEN 214 DONALD TRUMP Electoral college votes Electoral college votes 73,708,884 popular vote 69,772,211 popular vote 270 TO WIN Express News Service Democrat Joe Biden on Friday got within kissing distance of the White House as he overtook President Donald Trump in the vote count in the big battleground states of Pennsylvania and Georgia. The two states have 20 and 16 electoral college votes respectively and their vote tabulation is expected to end by Friday Bi. den needs just six to reach the halfway mark of 270. However, Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger indicated a recount. “With a margin that small, there will be a recount... “The final tally in Georgia at this point has huge implications for the entire country he ,” told CBS News. If Biden wins Georgia, he would be the first Democrat to flip it since Bill Clinton in 1992. Biden is also ahead in Nevada that has six electors, but its final vote tally is expected to take a few more days. A desperate Trump continued haranguing the tabulation of mail-in votes, since most of them are expected to be Democrat leaning. It is these postal votes that snuffed out his leads in Pennsylvania and Georgia. “They’re trying to rig an election, and we can’t let that happen,” he argued, but several media networks cut off telecast of his briefing at the White House midway as he charges were unsubstantiated. In contrast, Biden was measured and presidential in his response: “No one is going to take our democracy away from us. Not now, not ever.” Trump’s aides initiated legal challenges in several states, but judges in Georgia and Michigan threw them out, putting his campaign’s legal strategy — to attack the integrity of the voting process — in disarray . Trump also stood increasingly isolated even within his Republican party His sons Don . Jr and Eric articulated the frustration, accusing the party of being “weak”, adding “Our voters will never forget you if your [sic] sheep!” “The total lack of action from virtually all of the ‘2024 GOP [Republican] hopefuls’ is pretty amazing,” Don Jr tweeted, which was directed among others at former UN amP9 bassador Nikki Haley . 12 Nitish ministers in the fray About 2.34 crore voters, spread across 78 assembly segments, will decide the fates of 1204 candidates, including the Speaker and 12 members of the Nitish Cabinet Don losing steam in postal ballot count n Joe Biden n Donald Trump In Progress While tabulation of mail-in votes in five states is still on, Trump is ahead only in North Carolina and Alaska, not enough for re-election Georgia 2,450,186 49.4% 2,448,629 49.4% Electoral votes: 16 Vote counted:99% Pennsylvania 3,308,149 49.5% 3,295,640 49.3% Electoral votes: 20 Vote counted:98% North Carolina 2,655,383 48.7% 2,732,084 50.1% Electoral votes: 15 Vote counted:94% 627,104 49.7% 606,967 48.1% Electoral votes: 6 Vote counted:87% Nevada Other parties may play spoiler BIHAR 2020 63,992 33.5% Alaska While the contest is between the NDA and the Grand Alliance, but three-time former MP Pappu Yadav’s Jan Adhikar party, the AIMIM and the LJP could spring a surprise R a j e s h K u mar T ha k u r @ Patna 1,18,602 62.1% express news service @ Chandigarh The murder of 21-year-old college student Nikita Tomar in Faridabad’s Ballabhgarh was a ‘pre-planned’ conspiracy ac, cording to the 600-page charge sheet filed by a Special Investigating Team (SIT) of Haryana Police in a local court. According to the charge sheet, the main accused, Tausif (22), came with a coun- Death Active cases Positive cases 6,121 64 -- 7,178 3,77,276 6,833 39,722 4,23,831 Patient Management an apology . In a counter, junior Union home minister Nityanand Rai accused the Congress and RJD of misleading the people. “The people know the reality and have trust in NDA led by Nitish Kumar. Where there is Modi, there is faith and development. Wherever Nitish is, there is employment.” Bihar goes for the third and final phase of polling on Saturday with contests in 78 seats, mostly in the Muslim-dominated Seemanchal area. If the NDA loses in these areas, the prospects of it retaining power P8 will become difficult. Total beds Occupied Vacant Hospital 15,781 Care centre 7,887 Health centre 527 7,528 992 345 8,253 6,277* 182 *618 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and bubble flights H o m e I s o l ati o n : 2 3 , 6 7 9 Testing Status 15,666 43,194 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ TrueNat tests conducted Rapid antigen test conducted in the city 49,91,587 2,62,715 Total tests done so far Tests per million Source: Delhi health bulletin | Data for Nov 06 mentoring Role models to inspire juniors crack NEET-JEE GAYAT H R I M a n i @ New Delhi Students of Delhi government schools who cracked the NEET and JEE will now be “role models” for inspiring their juniors. The Directorate of Education (DoE) will place 622 role models — 569 who cleared NEET and 53 successful JEE aspirants — in each of the zones in the city “It is admira. ble to share the achievements of the students of Government schools who qualified the competitive Examinations JEE (Mains/Advance) and NEET this year. They have become the role model of the students studying in Government schools who are aspiring for Medical and Engineering Profession,” the DoE said in circular. The idea is to inform the various processes involved for medical and engineering aspirants. “They may also not know the method of preparation, fee structure, institutions and availability of facilities for financial assistance.” As per the DOE, the role models will motivate students of their school and those nearby whenever they would be available as per their convenience. Currently, the students are interacting with their juniors through online messaging tools such as WhatsApp, Google Meet, and Zoom. Electoral Votes: 3 Vote counted:50% try-made revolver with an intention to kill Nikita, a thirdye a r B . C o m s t u d e n t o f Aggarwal College at Ballabgarh bordering Delhi, and shot her at point black range. A day before, Tausif and his friend Rehan had done a recce of the college. Sources said Tausif had kidnapped Nikita in 2018 and her father Mool Chand Tomar had complained to the police at status of cases Today Cumulative Recovered He will continue to head the NDA as CM with a majority .” Several others from JD-U such as Kurshid Alam and NK Yadav of BJP shared Singh’s views. However, Nitish maintained studied silence. “It speaks a lot for itself,” said Ajit Kumar, a social activist. On the other hand, Congress general secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala said Nitish has announced his “retirement” as he can see election defeat right in front of him. Surjewala said it would have been better for Bihar had Nitish and his deputy Sushil Modi announced retirement after Telangana was chosen due to its startup and enterprise ecosystem. Availability of talent also played a role The new data hub will enable more startups and big companies access to better cloud infrastructure CDS Bipin Rawat warns of larger conflict with China on LAC stand-off day the Corps Commanders of India and China met at A larger conflict with China Chushul on the Indian side of cannot be ruled out, Chief of LAC to discuss disengageDefence Staff (CDS) Gen ment from stand-off positions Bipin Rawat, the senior-most in eastern Ladakh. military officer in the counIndian Air Force Chief Air try, warned on FriChief Marshal R K S day He said China’s . Bhadauria, who also People’s Liberation spoke at the webinar, Army is facing “unsaid IAF’s proactive anticipated conseactions and strong quences” for its misposture played a maadventure in eastern jor role in dissuadLadakh thanks to Ining China from makdian forces’ strong Commanders i n g a n y f u r t h e r response. attempts to alter stameet held “In the overall setus quo in Ladakh. curity calculus, bor- India-China Corps The CDS also Commanders der confrontations, pointed out the colluheld their 8th transgressions and sion between China meeting in unprovoked tactical and Pakistan. military actions spi- Chushul on Friday “The constant fricto discuss ralling into a larger tion with two of our disengagement conflict cannot be nuclear-ar med from stand-off discounted,” he said, neighbours with positions in adding, “Our posturwh o m I n d i a h a s eastern Ladakh ing is unambiguous. fought wars, with We will not accept both increasingly any shifting of the LAC.” acting in collusion, poses an Rawat was delivering a key- omnipresent danger of renote address at a webinar on gional strategic instability ‘India’s National Security- with potential for escalation, The Decade Ahead’ at the Na- threatening our territorial intional Defence College. tegrity and strategic coheThe comments came on a sion,” he said. Nikita TOMAR’s murder Pre-Planned: SIT D E L H I COV I D WAT C H Security personnel carrying EVMs and VVPATs leave for polling booths from a distribution centre in Hajipur ahead of the final phase of Bihar elections | Pti It will be the largest-ever foreign direct investment in Telangana, the state’s IT & Industries Minister KT Rama Rao said. The AWS Asia Pacific Hyderabad Region will have three Availability Zones (data centres) with independent power, cooling and physical security systems. telangana’s startup ecosystem credited maya n k s i n gh @ New Delhi President Donald Trump speaks at the White House on Thursday in Washington | AP People of Bihar want Nitish more than others: JD-U A day after CM Nitish Kumar created a flutter by saying this would be his last Assembly election, JD-U and BJP leaders on Friday downplayed his statement, saying it was “wrongly interpreted”. In an official statement, the JD-U said the party chief would continue to work as long as the people of Bihar want, and that his statement did not mean he was retiring. “The remark was intended for the last phase of polling.” On the last day of campaigning on Thursday Nitish while , speaking at a rally in Purnia had said that it was his last election. RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav and LJP’s Chirag Paswan linked the statement to the CM’s indirect acceptance of defeat in the polls. The JD-U later clarified that the CM wanted to say that it was the last day of campaigning for him in the election. “He will continue to work — he has said it is his job to serve the people.” JD-U state chief Bashishtha Narayan Singh told the media that no one retires from politics. “How can Nitish retire when the people of Bihar want him more than others? Availability Zones in Asia, including in Australia, Japan and China Note for teachers The DoE asked principals to help the alumni students reach out to their juniors through digital mode till the schools re-open They (alumni) have become the role model of students studying in Government schools who are aspiring for Medical and Engineering Profession — DoE circular that time. But he had later withdrawn the complaint due to pressure. In his statement to the SIT, her father reportedly accepted withdrawing the case but said he was coerced by the accused family which was politically influential in the area. The charge sheet, which was filed in record time of 11 days by the five-member SIT, has the statements of around 60 witnesses, including Nikita’s friend who had tried to help her evade kidnapping, doctors and police officers, besides digital, forensic and material evidence such as the CCTV footage, murder weapon and the car used in the crime. The three accused, including Tausif, Rehan and Arjju, who supplied the murder weapon, had already been arrested by the police.
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