kochi l saturday l november 07, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l late city EDITION Amazon to invest `20,761 cr in Hyderabad for new data hub Largest FDI in telangana’s history 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. Mumbai is presently the only Indian city housing an AWS region It will be operational by mid-2022, and is meant to protect data from disasters, Amazon Web Services said on Friday ■ 26 T’gana’s startup ecosystem credited ■ Telangana was chosen due to its successful startup and enterprise ecosystem. Other factors like availability of talent, Hyderabad’s connectivity to other metros also played a role The new data hub will offer more startups and big companies access to better cloud infrastructure, the AWS said in a statement Availability Zones in Asia, including in Australia, Japan and China 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 Biden blitzkrieg continues 264 JOE BIDEN Races past Trump in Pennsylvania; recount set to be ordered in Georgia where he now has a narrow lead; also ahead in Nevada 214 DONALD TRUMP Electoral college votes Electoral college votes 73,708,884 popular vote 69,772,211 popular vote 270 TO WIN E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e 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 . RSS to Surendran: Cadre won’t back BJP in polls if discord not addressed ing leaders who are not identified with the V Muraleedharan WITH dissidence in the BJP faction. state unit threatening to ad“Three senior RSS leaders versely affect the saffron party’s have been assigned to hear the performance in the upcoming grievances of Sobha, Velayudlocal body polls, Sangh Parivar han and Sreeshan and to resolve fountainhead RSS has the crisis at the earlistepped in to quell the est. They’ll meet these discord. leaders soon,” said the Sources said BJP source. president K Surendran Recently, Sobha, VeIf there are any was given a stern ulti- issues in the party, layudhan and Sreethere is an matum by the RSS top shan, along with organisational leadership that its cadfor mer and serving mechanism to re would not cooperate state office-bearers as rectify them. The in the ensuing polls if well as national counfocus of the party dissidence is not ended should be to work cil members numberimmediately. The RSS ing over 20, had come unitedly for the stepped in after senior together and sent a upcoming local BJP leaders Sobha joint petition to the nabody polls Surendran, P K Velaytional leadership. udhan and K P Sree- P K Krishnadas, BJP Surendran dubbed former state president shan came out in the the entire dissidence open with their grouse episode as a “creation of being sidelined by Surendran of the media”. It is learnt that in the party reorganisation. dissident leaders told the RSS Sobha’s studied silence to the that the saffron party can perspeculation that she was all set form well in the local body polls to leave the party also made the only if around 100 state-level RSS leadership intervene quick- leaders and around 1,500 local ly in the matter. A source said leaders, who have been totally the RSS expressed its displeas- sidelined, are given opportunity P4 ure at Surendran totally sidelin- to function in the party . S O VI VI D YA D HARAN @ T’Puram 16 pages, including 4 pages of KOCHI Express E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram President Donald Trump speaks at the White House on Thursday in Washington | AP 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 63,992 33.5% Alaska 1,18,602 62.1% Benami deals: ED team to stay in capital city Pennar Industries MD no-show for quizzing Kodiyeri to stay on as CPM state chief T’Puram: After conducting extensive raids in connection with Bineesh Kodiyeri’s alleged benami deals here, a team of Enforcement Directorate officers has decided to stay in the capital city for further probe. P4 Kochi: Adithya N Rao, MD of the Pennar Industries which bagged the LIFE Mission project contract for seven districts, failed to turn up for questioning before the Enforcement Directorate on Friday. T’Puram: Contrary to speculation that he may have to step down from his post as CPM state secretary in view of the ED probe against his son Bineesh Kodiyeri, the party secretariat has decided that there is no reason for Kodiyeri Balakrishnan to stay away from office. P4 Edit: Let probe agencies do their job in kerala | P6 CDS rules out redrawing LAC, not larger conflict with China m aya n k s i n g h @ New Delhi A larger conflict with China cannot be ruled out, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen Bipin Rawat, the seniormost military officer in the country, warned on Friday. He said the situation along the border with China remains tense and China’s People’s Liberation Army is facing “unanticipated consequences” for its misadventure in eastern Ladakh thanks to India’s strong response. “In the overall security calculus, border confrontations, transgressions and unprovoked tactical military actions spiralling into a larger conflict cannot therefore be discounted,” he said. “Our posturing is unambiguous. We will not accept any shifting of the LAC.” The CDS was delivering a keynote address at a webinar on ‘India’s National Security- The Decade Ahead’ at the National Defence College. The CDS also pointed out the collusion between China and Pakistan. He said, “Constant friction with two of our nuclear neighbours with whom India has fought wars increasingly acting in collusion poses an omnipresent danger of regional strategic instability with the potential for escalation threatening our territor i a l i n t e g r i t y a n d s t r at e g i c cohesion.” Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria said IAF’s proactive actions played a major role in dissuading China from making any further attempts to alter status quo in the Ladakh theatre. JUMBO STATS 849 wild elephants died in state forests from ’09 to ’19 THE death rate of wild elephants in Kerala is high, reveals statistics shared by the forest department. According to an RTI reply 849 wild , elephants died in the state during the last decade, from 2009-10 to 2018-19. As per the 2018 census, the wild elephant population in the state is 5,706. The death rate is high, say experts. “The life expectancy of captive elephants in Kerala is 70 to 75 years while that of wild elephants is only 60 years,” said B N Anjan Kumar, technical assistant to chief Electoral Votes: 3 Vote counted:50% express read ‘high death rate’ A S at i s h @ Palakkad 3-phase local body polls from Dec 8, results on Dec 16 wildlife warden. Around 80 per cent of wild elephants die due to natural causes and the remaining due to electrocution, fight among tuskers, injuries caused by snares planted by humans and poaching. After 50 years, these elephants 5,706 60 yrs 80% wild elephants in Kerala as per the 2018 census is the life expectancy of wild elephants of wild elephants die due to natural causes lose chewing teeth which makes it difficult for them to eat. This affects the health of the animal. The mortality rate of juvenile elephants is also high. In many cases, the elephants were found suffering from TB, Anjan Kumar said. “We’ve to analyse the reasons based on postmortem examination reports to find out whether the mortality rate is high. We’ve to find out whether it is old age, disease or unnatural causes like poaching that caused their deaths. The forest department of late has also been following up on the postmortem reports,” said Dr P S Easa, a member of the Asian Elephant Specialist Group. Recently, there were reports of the presence of herpes virus, he said. Forest veterinary surgeon Arun Zachariah said most deaths could be due to natural causes and dis● More on P4 eases. LOCAL body elections in the state will be held in three phases on December 8, 10 and 14. The counting of votes will be held on December 16 so that newly elected councils assume office before the end of the year. The civic body polls, which have usually been held in two phases, were rescheduled to three phases this time in view of the Covid situation. With the election dates having announced, the model code of conduct has come into effect in the state. The election notification will be issued on November 12. The first phase will see Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Idukki districts going to polls. While polling will be held in Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad and Wayanad on December 10, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod will go to polls on December 14. “Being the first election to be held in the state since the pandemic broke out, Covid protocol will be strictly followed. Besides officials on poll duty, Covid patients and those in quarantine will be allowed to postalvote,” State Election Commissioner V Bhaskaran told reporters. The duration of polling, extended by an hour, will be from 7am to 6pm. The State Election Commission exuded KEY DATES Nov 12 Election notification Nov 19 Last date for filing of nominations Nov 20 Scrutiny of nominations Nov 23 Last date for withdrawal of candidature Dec 8 Polling in T’Puram, Kollam, P’Thitta, Alappuzha, Idukki Dec 10 Polling in Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Wayanad Dec 14 Polling in Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur, Kasaragod Dec 16 Counting of votes Dec 23 Election process to be completed confidence that polling could be completed within the extended time despite Covid restrictions. As many as 2.71 crore voters --- 1.29 crore males, 1.45 crore females and 282 transgenders --- figured in the final electoral roll published on October 1. A supplementary list will be published on Tuesday . Elections will be held in 21,865 wards in 1,199 local bodies including 941 grama panchayats, 152 block panchayats, 14 district panchayats, 86 municipalities and six corporaP4 tions.
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