KOLLAM l Thursday l november 05, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l city EDITION NGT widens the ambit of cracker pollution cases The National Green Tribunal on Wednesday issued notices to 18 states, expanding the ambit of such cases beyond the NCR Notices sent to tn, andhra, telangana May prohibit crackers in some cities The green panel has sought response from Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttarakhand and West Bengal. Notices were already issued to Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh ■ ■ A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel noted that Odisha and Rajasthan have already issued a notification prohibiting the sale and use of firecrackers The tribunal said it may prohibit the use of firecrackers in cities where air quality is generally beyond permissible limits Nov 7-30 dELHI, rAJASTHAN, hARYANA AND u.p. TOLD TO BAN CRACKERS IN THIS PERIOD 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 JOE BIDEN 238 DONALD TRUMP Electoral college votes Electoral college votes 70,024,012 votes 67,306,775 votes 213 270 TO WIN U.S. race Too tight to call 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 JOE BIDEN E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e The race for the White House between Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden was on the razor’s edge on Tuesday 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 boiling 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 Michigan, Biden managed to flip Arizona, a state that has supported a Democratic presidential candidate only once in the last 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 Hathras case 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. outrage as Arnab arrested in case of abetting suicide N A M ITA B A J PAI @ Lucknow E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ 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. Goswami, along with two others, has been booked under Sections 306 (abetment of suicide), and 34 of the IPC. Earlier, there was high drama at the Goswami’s residence in Mumbai when Raigad police turned up to arrest him. The journalist 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 IN PROGRESS 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 Full coverage: P12 Cremation at midnight: SIT report raps police The Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up by the Uttar Pradesh government to probe the Hathras rape-murder case has submitted its findings. In its report submitted to the state government, the threemember 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 was set up on September 30 and was initially given a week’s time to probe. DONALD TRUMP Arnab Goswami arrives in a police van to be produced in Alibaug court fired a volley of questions at the police team and reportedly argued with them. Following this, he was forcibly taken into custody . Later, the Mumbai police also re gistered an FIR against Arnab, his wife and son on charges of obstructing and intimidating a police officer on duty . According to police, the latest action is in response to a complaint by Naik’s wife Akshata demanding inquiry and action against Goswami. ED serves notice on CM’s addl pvt secy Raveendran E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kochi THE Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is probing the money trail in the gold smuggling case, has turned the screws further on the chief minister’s office (CMO) by issuing a notice to Additional Private Secretary C M Raveendran to appear for interrogation in Kochi on Friday morning. The notice to Raveendran comes close on the heels of the interrogation of the chief minister’s former principal secretary M Sivasankar, who is in the central agency’s custody. The notice is more significant as he is still with the CMO while Sivasankar was suspended by the time the ED questioned him. ED officials said Sivasankar had revealed infor mation about some of the projects implemented by the state government’s IT department. Swapna too had told ED in her statement that Raveendran used to call her once in a while for visa stamping and certificate verification purposes. “Raveendran has to be questioned regarding the funds and project allotment for the projects. We suspect that huge kickbacks were given for these projects. All aspects regarding the projects in which Sivasankar was involved have to be probed. The notice to Raveendran is part of it,” an official said. ED has already questioned Minister K T Jaleel and Life Mission CEO U V Jose in the case. 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 Raveendran came in contact with M Sivasankar when the latter was the KSEB chairman The relation helped Sivasankar join as officer on special duty in the CMO Reacting to the development, Benny Behanan, MP, said Raveendran was the chief minister’s confidante and aware of everything that happened in the CMO. “Now the distance to Pinarayi Vijayan is not too far,” he added. UDF Convenor M M Hassan said, “As for the ED sending summons to Raveendran, it proves that our suspicions regarding the involvement of more people in the CMO were right.” Meanwhile, BJP state president K Surendran said, “The BJP had repeatedly been highlighting the dubious antecedents of people in the CMO and now it has come true. In the coming days, more people associated with the office are likely to be interrogated.” State withdraws general consent granted to CBI E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram THE Enforcement Directorate, investigating the money trail in the drug-trafficking case in Bengaluru, tightened the noose around Bineesh Kodiyeri, conducting day-long raids at his house and at the business establishments of his partners in the state capital and in Kannur. The raids took place simultaneously at six places in order to verify his financial transactions and alleged benami deals. The inspection decision was based on the statements the central agency had recorded while questioning Bineesh at its Bengaluru office. In a report filed in a Bengaluru court, ED had claimed that the modus operandi of Bineesh has been to create many “benamidars” and transfer assets in their names to avoid detection. In addition to Bineesh’s house ‘Kodiyeri’ at Maruthankuzhy, the officers raided ‘Car Palace’, a car accessories shop owned by Abdul Latheef at Kesavadasapuram; Latheef ’s house at Ja- Bineesh’s benamidar paid $2L as commission Customs to arraign consulate’s ex-fin head ‘No entry’ to CBI out of fear: K Surendran Bineesh’s benami Abdul Latheef paid $2 lakh as commission to UAE diplomats for securing projects related to the consulate in Thiruvananthapuram. Customs suspects that the $1.9 lakh ex-financial head of UAE Consulate Khalid carried while travelling to Cairo from T’Puram might be commission. BJP state president K Surendran has said that government’s ‘no entry’ to CBI was born out of fear as the investigators are knocking at the doors of the chief minister. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram The ED team collecting details of the car in T’Puram on Wednesday | Vincent Pulickal wahar Nagar; KK Rocks, a quarry office owned by Arun Varghese at Pattom; Torres Remedies, a pharmaceutical firm of Anand Padmanabhan at Statue and Al Jasam Abdul Jaffar’s house at Aruvikkara. They are all suspected to be Bineesh’s benamis. ● More on P4 Apex court closes erring spouses’ escape route to bypass paying alimony 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 C M Raveendran was in the personal staff of former LDF convenor P V Kunjikkannan in the early 80s. He grew in strength Bineesh’s house, partners’ firms raided Maintenance K a n u S a r d a @ New Delhi WHO’S RAVEENDRAN? 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: P9 bench. KERALA on Wednesday became the latest non-BJP ruled state to withdraw the general consent given to the CBI to undertake any investigation in the state. Earlier, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra too had withdrawn the permission. This means the probe agency will have to seek prior permission from the state government before registering a case in Kerala. However, the Cabinet decision will not affect cases currently being investigated by the CBI. The decision assumes significance as it comes days after the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan accused central probe agencies for going beyond their brief. The CPM state secretariat and politburo had earlier asked the state government to explore the feasibility of withdrawing the general consent given to the CBI. The CBI, which comes under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, requires states to give it a general consent to act against Central government employees within a state. Though the decision was on the table for quite some time, the latest provocation came from the agency’s decision to start an investigation into the allegations connected to LIFE Mission project based on MLA Anil Akkara’s plea.
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