BHUBANESWAR l wednesday l november 04, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l JEYPORE EDITION October exports, imports dip, trade deficit narrows After recording positive growth in September, India’s exports fell 5.4% to $24.82 billion in October, latest data showed Petroleum, Gems, leather shipments down 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 ■ Stimulus PM Modi to chair global investor meet ■ PM Narendra Modi will on Thursday chair a virtual global investor roundtable, which will be attended by leading global investors It will be an exclusive dialogue between global institutional investors, Indian business leaders and the highest decision makers from the Indian govt and financial market regulators P10 Package will be unveiled soon, said Tarun Bajaj, Secretary - DEA CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Trump or Biden? Florida may offer the earliest clue 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 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 Markets buoyant US stocks led the rally in global equity markets as optimism of Biden’s victory surged and hopes for fresh stimulus. Dow Jones up; major S&P indexes stay north 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 Expect delay 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 Vienna shocker Under Covid shadow, Four dead, Govt says no to Crackers 17 wounded E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar THE dark shadow of novel coronavirus has engulfed the festival of lights in Odisha too. The State governm e n t o n T u e s d ay a n nounced a ban on sale and use of firecrackers from November 10 to 30 in view of the pandemic. The government said the decision was taken considering the harmful consequences of bur ning of crackers amidst the Covid-19 situation and approaching winter. However, Diwali may be celebrated in the traditional way by lighting of earthen lamps (diyas) and other traditional lighting materials, a press note issued by the Revenue and Disaster Management Department said. The government sought wholehearted cooperation of people of Odisha in this regard to fight the global pandemic to save lives, especially of the vulnerable population. Stating that burning of the fire crackers releases copious amounts of harmful chemicals like nitrous oxide, sulphur dioxide and carbon monoxide, which have severe impact on respiratory health of vulnerable The decision was taken considering the harmful consequences of burning of crackers amidst the Covid-19 situation and approaching winter Govt order groups, the government said such pollutants can further aggravate health condition of Covid-19 positive persons including those staying in home isolation. The order said it is generally observed that elderly persons, children, persons with co-morbidities and others develop respiratory problems during winter. Further, the air pollution with higher concentration of suspended particulate matter (SPM) aggravates the respiratory problems. The government thanked the people of Odisha for working in tandem with the administrative machinery to keep the Covid-19 pandemic under control to a significant extent. However, it war ned that while the present number of active cases has shown a dip, the danger is still not over. It said in some parts of the country and the world, where Covid appropriate behaviours have not been strictly adhered to, resurgence of the infection has been witnessed. A number of countries across the world have been compelled to reimpose the lockdowns and other extreme measures to contain the resurgence, it said and cautioned that the international experience shows that the coming winter season may see further spread of the virus. Technical experts also agree to this, it said. The government warned that anyone found violating the orders banning sale and use of firecrackers will be punished as per provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and other relevant laws. The administration and police have been instructed in this regard, it said. express read Quad nations kick-start Malabar naval exercise 8th round of Sino-India talks likely this week Fresh spike fuels fear of second wave in Ganjam New Delhi: The navies of India, the US, Japan and Australia on Tuesday held a series of complex manoeuvres in the Bay of Bengal, kick-starting the first phase of the Malabar naval exercise, a prelude to future military cooperation among the Quadrilateral Coalition New Delhi: The eighth round of Corps Commander-level talks between India and China is likely to take place this week to carry forward negotiations on the disengagement process in eastern Ladakh as troops brace for a harsh winter Bhubaneswar: Even as the new Covid-19 cases declined in the State, Ganjam witnessed a sixfold rise in new infections during the 24-hour period, fuelling fears of a second wave in the district NOW, A loan default case adds to Bineesh’s WOES P R a m d a s @ Kochi Bineesh Kodiyeri Sandalwood actors denied bail The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday declined to grant bail to Kannada film actors Ragini Dwivedi and Sanjjanaa Galrani, who were arrested last month, in the drugs case. Justice Sreenivas Harish Kumar also dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of film producer Shivaprakash More trouble seems to be brewing for Bineesh Kodiyeri, son of Kerala CPM secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan. Currently in Enforcement Directorate’s custody in Bengaluru on charges of funding a drug cartel, he has now been named in a `30.74-lakh loan default case as well. TNIE has learnt that the Punjab National Bank (PNB) has filed a case against Bineesh and his partners Anand Padmanabhan and Arun S for defaulting on the repayment of the loan. They had taken the amount from the bank’s Kazhakkoottam branch to finance Old Coffee House, a Thiruvananthapuram-based multi-cuisine restaurant, by mortgaging the property of one Mini Pradeep of Thirumala in the state capital. The Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT), which facilitates recovery of defaulted loan from bank customers, issued notice to the trio, but they did not appear before it. The DRT has posted the case to November 25 to produce the original documents relied upon by PNB for giving the loan. in suspected terror attack E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e 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,” he added. Authorities said of the 17 injured in the attack, seven we re i n l i f e - t h re at e n i n g 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 ter ror 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. Wait for next POTUS Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand sculpture of Donald Trump and Joe Biden with the message ‘Best Wishes’, ahead of the US Presidential elections, at Puri beach on Tuesday | Express ‘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 are agreed 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 Nitish rule ended anarchy, says Modi 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 for which he will have only himself to blame. 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 P8 state,” Yadav said. 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.” “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 70 per cent polling in Balasore Sadar, Tirtol seats E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar Around 70 per cent (pc) of voters cast their votes in the bypolls to two Assembly constituencies in the State, according to tentative figures released by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO). Polling in the Balasore Sadar seat which witnessed a tough fight between the ruling BJD and BJP has dropped by nearly 10 pc compared to 2019 elections. The seat witnessed 71 pc turnout compared to 80.83 pc in 2019 and 74.08 pc in 2014 Assembly elections. Similarly, Tirtol recorded 69.99 pc of polling by 6 pm compared to 73.66 pc in 2019 and 75.48 pc in 2014 Assembly elections. CEO Sushil Kumar Lohani told mediapersons that there was no violence and polling was by and large peaceful across the two constituencies. He said that polling percentage released is tentative and is likely to increase when final tabu- lation will completed on Wednesday . Though the voting percentage in Balasore is considered to be high in view of the extraordinary situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the BJD poll managers are not very enthused. The ruling party had gone all out to wrest the seat from the BJP. Around 100 ministers, MPs, MLAs and senior leaders had camped in the constituency to oversee the elections. CONTINUED ON : P5
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