FRIDAY 08 JANUARY, 2021 epaper.morningstandard.in TESTING STATUS facebook.com/TheMorningStandard 43,347 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ TrueNat tests conducted twitter.com/TheMornStandard POLICY PUSH 34,175 Rapid antigen test CENTRE APPROVES `28K-CR J&K PLAN 91,58,755 Total tests done so far Scheme likely to give direct and indirect employment to about 4.5 lakh persons 4,82,039 A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 8 NEW DELHI J8.00 PAGES 12 Tests per million DELHI COVID WATCH STATUS OF CASES Today Cumulative RECOVERED 780 6,14,026 DEATH 19 10,644 ACTIVE CASES -4,168 TOTAL +VE CASES 486 6,28,838 PATIENT MANAGEMENT Total beds Occupied Vacant HOSPITAL 13,838 1,610 12,228 CARE CENTRE 7,422 33 7,274 HEALTH CENTRE 562 24 538 2,015 HOME ISOLATION 115 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and Bubble flights 3,118 TOTAL NUMBER OF CONTAINMENT ZONES AS ON DATE 1,514 TOTAL NUMBER OF CALLS DISPATCHED TO AMBULANCES Source: Delhi health bulletin | January 07 This is not dissent, it’s disorder. It’s chaos. It borders on sedition Joe Biden Distressed to see news about rioting and violence in Washington DC. Orderly and peaceful transfer of power must continue The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power Boris Johnson These pictures made me angry and sad. I deeply regret that since November, President Trump has not accepted that he lost, and did not do so again yesterday Angela Merkel What happened today in Washington is not America. We believe in the strength of our democracies. We believe in the strength of American democracy Emmanuel Macron Donald Trump’s supporters massed outside the Capitol before breaking into it; (below) Capitol Police with guns drawn stand near a barricaded door as protesters try to break into the House chamber | AP SAVED FROM CAPITOL PUNISHMENT W HERE are they?” a Trump supporter demanded in a crowd of dozens roaming the halls of the Capitol, bearing Trump flags and pounding on doors. They — lawmakers, staff members and more — were hiding under tables, hunkered in lockdowns, saying prayers and seeing the fruits of the country’s divisions up close and violent. Guns were drawn. A woman was shot and killed by police, and three others died in apparent medical emergencies. A Trump flag hung on the Capitol. The graceful Rotunda reeked of tear gas. Glass shattered. On Wednesday hallowed , spaces of American democracy , one after another, yielded to the occupation of Congress, the Associated Press reported. The pro-Trump mob took over the presiding officer’s chair in the Senate, the offices of the House speaker and the Senate dais, where one yelled, “Trump won that election.” They mocked its leaders, posing for photos in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, one with his feet propped on a desk in her office, another sitting in the same seat Vice President Mike Pence had occupied only moments before during the proceedings to certify the Electoral College vote. That certification would eventually take place, but not until well after midnight. After the dust settled, several White House officials resigned and House Judiciary Democrats circulated new articles of impeachment saying Trump committed high crimes and violated his oath to faithfully execute the office of the presidency by inciting violence. Within his Republican party itself, moves were afoot to explore ways to remove him from office for the remaining two weeks of his term. Some critics would argue that while Trump wore his crassness on his sleeve, the US has always been that way but with a lot more polish. The mayhem the US injected across the world for decades to germinate democracies led to bloody Dark day: Defiling the hallowed spaces of democracy 6 am: Crowds begin gathering in Washington for a pro-Trump rally; Trump had earlier tweeted: ‘Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, be wild!’ 10 am: Rally begins with Trump’s sons speaking; Don speaks later, calling on the crowd: “After this, we’re going to walk down there, and I’ll be there with you, we’re going to walk down to the Capitol;” thousands begin march 1 pm: Congress meets to count electoral college votes; Pence, long-time Trump supporter, defied the President and said he would go ahead and certify Biden’s election win 1.10 pm: Rioters begin grappling with police on the Capitol Hill steps 2.10 pm: The building is breached, rioters enter building, mayhem starts CAPITOL COMPLEX HOUSE CHAMBER SENATE CHAMBER 2.24 pm: Trump tweets: ‘Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution’ 3.50 pm: Police reinforcements and National Guards begin arriving, Capitol is secured later 8 pm: Congress reconvenes to resume counting electoral college votes 3.30 am: After Biden wins 306 electoral college votes, Pence declares that Biden has been certified as the next President IN US TIME Narendra Modi uprisings and the African and Arab Springs, repercussions of which are still being felt. Wednesday’s failed insurrection merely showed a mirror to the US of the havoc its policies have caused elsewhere though it keeps lecturing the world on democracy . What happened during the day was nothing less than an attempted coup, said Republican lawmaker Diana DeGette. Police recovered two pipe bombs and Molotov cocktails. As the mob got out of control, police evacuated lawmakers, grabbing boxes of Electoral College certificates as they left. The mess ended after heavily armed officers brought in as reinforcements started using tear gas to get people moving toward the door. Video footage showed officers letting people calmly walk out the doors despite the rioting and vandalism. Only about a dozen arrests were made. “This is how a coup is started,” said another Republican lawmaker Jimmy Gomez. “This is how democracy dies.” The world reacted in horror as scenes played out on TV with , Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeting: “Distressed to see news about rioting and violence in Washington DC. Orderly and peaceful transfer of power must continue. The democratic process cannot be allowed to be subverted through P6, 9 unlawful protests.” WHAT WAS GOING IN CONGRESS? WHAT HAPPENED THEN? The House of Representatives and Senate were holding a joint session to formally count the electoral college votes of the Nov 3 presidential election to certify the victory of President-elect Joe Biden. It is normally a ceremonial affair, but constitutionally-mandated The vice-president, in this case Mike Pence, presides over the proceedings. As it began its sitting at 1 pm, Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Hill, disrupted the proceedings and indulged in violence, killing four people FALLOUT Appalled at Trump’s behaviour, deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger and former chief of staff and special envoy to Northern Ireland Mick Mulvaney resigned. Two of the first lady’s top aides, Stephanie Grisham and Anna Cristina Niceta, also quit. Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Matthews resigned saying she was “deeply disturbed” by the storming of the Capitol PRESIDENT’S REMOVAL 25th amendment of the constitution: Under this, Pence and a majority of Trump’s cabinet need to declare that Trump is unable to perform the duties of the President and can remove him. Pence would have to take over Impeachment: A simple majority of the House of Representatives and a twothirds votes in the Senate has to approve the charges to remove Trump; some lawmakers are already working towards it MARCH OF THE TRACTORS Farmers drive their tractors on Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway in Haryana on Thursday in their rehearsal for January 26 rally to Delhi against the Centre’s three agriculture laws. Farmer unions will be holding eighth round of talks with Union ministers today | SHEKHAR YADAV | P 5&7 Pandemic to pull down GDP growth to -7.7% in FY20 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi INDIA’S pandemic-battered economy will shrink only 7.7% in the ongoing financial year (FY21) and not the near 10% decline projected by international agencies like the IMF and World Bank, as per the government’s advance GDP estimate released on Thursday . According to the finance ministry, the GDP estimates reflect resurgence in economic activities in the third and fourth quarters. “The continuous quarter-on-quarter growth endorses the strength of economic fundamentals of the country to sustain a post-lockdown V-shaped recovery,” a ministry statement read. However, the government’s projections would still make FY21 the worst year for Indian economy since independence. In FY20, GDP grew 4.2% — the slowest in 11 years. Real GDP at constant prices in FY21 is likely to attain a level of `134.40 lakh crore as against the provisional estimate of `145.66 lakh crore in FY20. Agri is only bright spot Contraction is forecast in almost all sectors except agriculture, which is projected to grow at 3.4%, while manufacturing could contract 9.4%. The job-intensive construction sector to fall 12.6% Nominal GDP, which includes the price increases along with real output growth, is projected to contract 4.2% to `194.82 lakh crore. The first advanced GDP estimate is based on data of a seven-month period (April–October) — using a mix of data such as corporate results, agriculture production, IIP. The projection may be revised when better data is available. The second advance estimate is to be released on February 26. COVISHIELD Experts flag neuro-inflammatory risk B A L A C H A U H A N @ Bengaluru ON the eve of the launch of Covishield, the Oxford-AstraZeneca-Serum Institute of India (SII) vaccine for Covid-19 in the country, medical experts have drawn attention to some unanswered questions in a public assessment report. These pertain to the control of the transmission of SARSCoV-2, its efficacy against the new strains of N501Y & B1.1.7 or other such mutations in the spike protein of the SARSCoV-2 virus and the reported a dv e r s e e v e n t s ( o f t h e vaccine). “The reported adverse events of the vaccine suggest that there is a high risk of neuroinflammatory disorders, including transverse myelitis, facial nerve palsies and trigeminal neuralgia that need to be closely monitored,” Dr Vishal Rao, member of an expert committee of the Covid Task Force, Karnataka, pointed out in a scientific correspondence. Experts have also raised concerns about other open issues, such as the duration of protection from antibody response and dosing beyond the two-dose schedule, effectiveness of the vaccine against long-term effects of Covid. CONTINUED ON P7
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