Popular vote Popular vote 72,211,950 68,727,256 JOE BIDEN DONALD TRUMP 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 ■ Electoral college votes 214 264 Electoral college votes Counting down to the wire in these 4 states ■ Results from these battleground states will decide who will be the next President of the United States. As of now, Joe Biden has an upper hand SAMBALPUR l friday l november 06, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l CITY EDITION Nevada Biden win just a state away The race to 270 electoral college votes to claim the White House appeared within reach of Democrat Joe Biden on Thursday as he needed to bag just one of the four battleground states where the outcome is yet to be called. Biden already has 264 in the bag, in contrast to President Donald Trump’s 214. Trump needs to claim all four battleground states of Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia and Nevada to race from behind and touch 270. But his lead was narrowing in Georgia with more postal ballots getting counted. In Pennsylvania, more than seven lakh mail-in ballots are yet to be tabulated. And Biden is leading in Nevada. In another swing state of Arizona, whose result has already been called in Biden’s favour, Trump narrowed the gap to 3.4%as more votes were counted. With his hold on the Oval Office slipping, a nervous Trump tweeted: “Stop the count!” He was referring to the absentee ballots, most of which are perceived to be Democrat leaning. His campaign team launched a spate of legal challenges in Pennsylvania, Odisha clears 5 mega investment proposals worth `92,713 crore E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e million tonne per annum (MTPA) to 18.6 MTPA along with a 36 MTPA slurry pipeline and 12.5 MTPA ceOdisha government on Thursday ment plant with an investment of approved five mega investment `76,018 crore. It would create emproposals worth `92,713 crore that ployment opportunities for over are projected to create employ- 24,350 persons in two phases. ment opportunities for over 32,000 The proposal for expansion of persons. Jindal Stainless Limited’s stainThe investment proposals in the less steel capacity from 1.1 MTPA metal sector were cleared at the to 3.2 MTPA and cold rolling mill meeting of the High Level Clear- capacity from 0.8 MTPA to 2.4 ance Authority (HLCA) presided MTPA with an investment of `6,840 over by Chief Minister crores at Kalinga Nagar in Naveen Patnaik. Jajpur district with a proAddressing the meeting, jected employment generthe Chief Minister emphaation for over 2,236 persised on the importance of sons was also approved. accelerating the growth of The HLCA cleared Esindustries in the State and sar Minmet Limited’s 14 directed all agencies of MTPA beneficiation, 14 the government to work in MTPA pellet plant and 14 a coordinated manner to MTPA slurry pipeline achieve the goals of rapid with an investment of The State has industrial growth leading `6,650 crores to be set up approved to employment generain Keonjhar and Paradip investments tion. He directed Chief respectively with employworth `1.17 lakh Secretary Asit Tripathy to ment opportunities for crore since February 2020 review the projects and 1,468 persons. Similarly, with keep him apprised of the expansion project of Arceemployment progress on a regular lor Mittal Nippon Steel Inpotential for basis. dia Limited’s beneficiaExpressing happiness 53,000 persons tion plant in Keonjhar over the flow of investfrom 10.76 MTPA to 16.76 Naveen Patnaik, ment to the State, the MTPA and pellet plant at Chief Minister Chief Minister said that Paradip from 6 MTPA to 12 the industrial economy of MTPA with an investment Odisha has quickly revived from of `2000 crore was cleared. It would the pandemic. The State has ap- create employment opportunities proved investments worth `1.17 for over 655 persons. lakh crore since February 2020 Shyam Metalics and Energy Limwith employment potential for ited’s expansion proposal for its 53,000 persons. steel plant at Pandloi in Sambalpur The investment proposals ap- district from 0.77 MTPA to 2.373 proved at the meeting included, MTPA and rolling mill with an inthe expansion project of Jindal vestment of `1,205 crore and emSteel and Power Limited’s inte- ployment opportunities for over grated steel plant in Angul from 6 3,270 persons also got the go ahead. @ Bhubaneswar Michigan and Georgia and sought recount in Wisconsin. As for Biden, there was a spring in his step. “I will govern as an American president. “There will be no red states and blue states when we win. Just the United States of America,” he said. Biden has received over 72 million votes, the most in US history. At last count, Trump was trailing Biden by over 4 million popular votes. The overall voter turnout in the presidential election was projected to be the highest in 120 years at 66.9%. Biden got booster shots from “blue wall” battlegrounds of Wisconsin and Michigan, which Trump had flipped in 2016. However, two days after election day, there was still no clarity on when the final winner would be determined. The record turnout is tied to the pandemic, as postel ballots were aggressively pushed to ensure personal distancing. Yet, the nation saw a new high of 1.03 lakh cases in a day . Amid all the tension, Trump loyalists staged protests in Detroit and Phoenix, while anti-Trump protesters elsewhere demanded | P9 full count of the ballots. North Carolina ■ ■ Electoral votes: 20 ■ Vote counted: 87% Donald Trump 3,225,536 (50.4%) Joe Biden 3,100,662 (48.4%) Electoral votes: 6 ■ Vote counted: 75% Joe Biden 588,252 (49.3%) Donald Trump 580,605 (48.7%) The fight for a second term gets tougher for Trump as absentee ballots are eating into his leads in battleground states, sending his team into a nervous frenzy to file lawsuits and seek recount E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e Pennsylvania ■ Electoral votes: 15 Vote counted: 94% Donald Trump 2,732,084 (50.1%) Joe Biden 2,655,383 (48.7%) ■ US President Donald Trump’s claims of voter fraud are baseless, according to international observers. Observers from the Organization for Security and co-operation in Europe, of which the US is a member, said the November 3 general elections were competitive Georgia Electoral votes: 16 Vote counted: 99% Donald Trump 2,434,354 (49.5%) Joe Biden 2,419,589 (49.2%) ■ ■ As of 10.00 pm Thursday Over dozen Indian Americans win ALASKA Electoral votes: 3 ■ Vote counted: 50% Donald Trump 118,602 (62.1%) Joe Biden 63,992 (33.5%) ■ More than a dozen Indian Americans, including five women, have won state-level elections. This is in addition to the four Indian Americans elected to the US House of Representatives. At least three other races, including one for the US House of Representatives, are yet undecided Demonstrators attend a rally to support all votes being counted one day after Election Day, in Washington | AP Nitish plays emotional card saying it’s his last poll R a j e s h K u m a r T h a k u r @ Patna slip of tongue or the emotional card, either way this is a make-or-break election for Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who rather unexpectedly declared on Thursday that this would be his last polls. Turning 70 in a few months, age is not really on his side, even by the norm in politics where no one really retires. But aware that he will be close to 75 when the elections are next held in the state, it is crucial that Nitish wins in the face of a stiff challenge from the Rashtriya Janata Dal’s 31-year-old Tejashwi Yadav. Campaigning in Purnea district on the last day of electioneering, Nitish made an emotional appeal to the people, asking them to vote for his party’s sitting MLA as this was his last election. “Day after tomorrow is voting day and this is my last election. All is well that ends well. Will you vote for my party candidate?” he asked dramatically, setting tongues wagging in Bihar and beyond. Most political parties downplayed the remarks, including Nitish’s own, the Janata Dal (United). Senior party spokesperson Ajay Alok rubbished the interpretation that Kumar was retiring from politics. “Nitish Kumar will head the state as the CM with the people’s mandate,” he said. Its ally the Bharatiya Jana, ta Party, also dismissed any such speculation. “He has not announced that he is quitting politics. The people will not allow him to go out because Bihar needs him,” BJP leader Prem Ranjan Patel said. The RJD took a dig at the CM, saying that Nitish had played the emotional card as he had sensed that he was losing. continued on: p7 EXPRESS READ 2 dozen infra projects to get priority funding No interim relief for Arnab New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday chaired a global investors meet focused on attracting investment for the country’s ambitious infrastructure project pipeline. “We have an ambitious plan to invest 1.5 trillion dollars under the National Infrastructure Pipeline,” he said | P10 Artificial limbs spell hope for many to live life with dignity Mumbai : The Bombay HC on Thursday refused to give interim relief to Republic TV editor-inchief Arnab Goswami, arrested in a case of abetment of suicide, and posted his bail plea for hearing on Friday. A bench comprising justice S S Shinde and M S Karnik observed that it cannot pass interim order without hearing the complainant and the state | P7 Sambalpur: For Soubhagya Pradhan of Chandimal village in Kuchinda block, Regional Centre for Disability Rehabilitation (RCDR) in the district, brought new hope to start life afresh. A few months back, the RCDR helped him with an artificial limb and with a little encouragement he learnt a new skill that enabled him to start work again. The youngster learnt driving and now earns `8,000 per month driving a tractor | P4 Not a cracker of a Diwali for them This year, Diwali will bring no smile to hundreds of wholesalers and retailers of firecrackers who eagerly look forward to the festival of lights which brought them a little more earning - and happiness too. Instead, they are staring at huge losses | P2 Move Naveen suspends 3-time MLA Jiban Pradip Das and added that he has been victim of a conspiracy . “I will try to meet the Chief Two days after voters exercised Minister and apprise him about their franchise in the Balasore Sa- my position,” he said. dar bypoll, Chief Minister and Meanwhile, the sudden action BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik on betrays a sense of unease within Thursday suspended former MLA the party over its prospects in the Jiban Pradip Das from the party . just concluded election. Though The reason given by the BJD for the BJD camp maintains that the the action against the party will wrest the seat three-time MLA was that from BJP, action against he indulged in anti-party the senior leader has activities. Das had been brought to the fore the No doubt I was elected from the seat, fact that not everything unhappy after I once from BJP and twice is okay in the ruling was denied the as the ruling BJD candicamp. ticket, but I had date. In 2019 Assembly Observers believe that extended full election, he had lost to the alleged anti-party acsupport to the BJP’s Madan Mohan tivities attributed to Das party candidate Dutta, whose death ne- and worked hard may have affected the cessitated the byprospects of the BJD canduring the election election. didate. There was also He was an aspirant for strong resentment among Jiban Pradip Das, the ticket from the seat a section of the party former MLA for the November 3 byleaders and workers after poll but the party fielded major contenders includa new face Swarup Kumar Das. ing former MP and district presiTalking to mediapersons, Das dent Rabindra Jena were ignored said that he was shocked by his by Naveen for the party ticket. suspension. “No doubt I was unNaveen had to depute senior happy after I was denied the tick- leader Pratap Deb to Balasore to et, but I had extended full support manage the rebellion like situato the party candidate and worked tion after the name of the BJD hard during the election,” he said candidate was announced. ‘Voter fraud claims baseless’ to shut down schools resented E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar DIWALI PRops Girls check out fancy lights for decorating homes ahead of Diwali festival in Bhubaneswar on Thursday | Irfana Resentment is brewing in Ganjam over the State Government’s decision to close a whopping 433 primary and upper primary schools having low student enrollment in the district | P4 Odisha to have over 3.11L Covid-19 cases by Nov 15 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar AMID fear of second wave of Covid-19 during winter, the State government has projected that the total number of confirmed cases would cross 3.11 lakh and active cases surpass 15,000 by November 15. According to an internal assessment by the Health and Family Welfare department, the cumulative coronavirus cases in Odisha will reach 3,11,169, including 15,869 active, in the next 10 days. The numbers have been calculated as per the current growth rate of 0.51 per cent (seven day average). The State recorded 1,385 new infections and 14 deaths in last 24 hours taking the tal- ly to 2,97,274 and death toll to 1,431. The new cases witnessed a slight drop as the number of tests went up to over 50,000 after more than a month. As many as 50,780 tests were conducted on Wednesday. The new infections had soared to 1,474 on Tuesday, up by 20 pc as compared to Monday (1201). Of the 1,385 cases in last 24 hours, 798 were in quarantine and 587 local contacts. The number of districts reporting more than 100 cases also rose to three with Khurda recording maximum 159 cases, followed by Cuttack (109) and Mayurbhanj (103). The districts that saw a rise in the number of daily counts included Sundargarh (91), Angul (88), Nuapada (88) and Ba- CORONA STATS State recorded 1,385 new infections and 14 deaths in last 24 hours Number of dists reporting more than 100 cases also rose to 3 with Khurda recording maximum 159 cases, followed by Cuttack (109) and Mayurbhanj (103) Khurda tops the active cases chart with 12.4 pc langir (77). Though cases are moderately down in Balasore (36) and Jagatsinghpur (50), health experts warned it is likely to increase as both the districts witnessed large congregations during the recent by-elections. Five districts contribute 37.58 pc of the total active cases in the State. Khurda tops the chart with 12.4 pc, followed by Cuttack (7.6 pc), Sundargarh (6.08 pc), Mayurbhanj (6.1 pc) and Jagatsinghpur (5.4 pc). There is, however, no let up in Covid-19 fatalities as 14 more patients, including three each from Bhubaneswar and Mayurbhanj, two each from Cuttack and Sundargarh and one each from Ganjam, Nayagarh, Nabarangpur and Sambalpur succumbed to the disease. Meanwhile, the Health and Family Welfare department has geared up to prevent the severity of the second wave, which is expected between mid December and January. Additional Chief Secretary of Health department PK Mohapatra said along with the intensified grassroots level surveillance on SARI and ILI cases, focus is on post Covid care. “SCB Medical College and Hospital has been declared as a nodal centre for post Covid care. It will collaborate with international universities and institutes for research activities,” he said. The State Government is also planning to conduct the next phase of serological survey in Puri, Balasore and Sambalpur in December. The report of the ongoing study in Cuttack is expected by November 10. The number of active cases in the State now stands at 13,770.
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