HYDERABAD SUNDAY NOVEMBER 08, 2020 `8.00 PAGES 26 LATE CITY EDITION 5K COACHES TURNED INTO COVID CARE UNITS, BUT ONLY 813 USED Nearly `45 crore was incurred on converting non-AC railway coaches into isolation facilities, according to an RTI reply `90K AVG COST OF CONVERTING A COACH PATIENTS RELUCTANT TO USE THEM On average, about `90,000 was spent on each of the 5,231 coaches, RTI replies received by TNIE from multiple railway offices revealed. The South Western Railway spent `3.55 crore on conversion of 320 coaches. Central Railway zone converted 482 coaches into isolation units for `3.74 crore. North Eastern Railway converted 217 coaches for `1.49 crore ■ ■ Many Covid patients complained of extreme heat inside these coaches during May, June and July. This, the authorities said, was a reason why most of them were not used The converted coaches will be restored for passenger services once their requirement to serve as isolation centres is fulfilled 573 COACHES CONVERTED INTO COVID CARE UNITS BY SOUTHERN RAILWAYS 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 290 DONALD TRUMP Electoral college votes Electoral college votes 7,48,57,880 votes 270 TO WIN 7,05,98,535 votes 214 PRESIDENT BIDEN! But Trump refuses to concede, threatens further legal action on ballot counting Biden’s patience rewarded President-elect Joe Biden and VP-elect Kamala Harris. (R) People in Washington DC cheer at the news of Biden’s victory | AP EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AFTER four days of uncertainty and slow pace of vote counting due to a surge of mail-in votes. US media outlets on Saturday declared Joe Biden as the winner of the November 3 presidential elections. The 77-year-old former US vice president will become the 46th president of the US, after a victory in Nevada and Pennsylvania, the state where he was born, put him over the 270 electoral votes needed to win. Welcoming the victory call, Biden said, “America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country. The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise I will be a President for all Americans - whether you voted for me or not.” With Biden’s victory Kamala , Harris has become vice-president-elect, the first time in history that a woman — an IndianAmerican one at that — has been elected to such a White House position. Before becoming the Democratic presidential nominee, Biden served as vice president under former President Barack Obama. He is also Delaware’s longest-serving senator. Meanwhile, incumbent Republican President Donald Trump, 74, has not yet conceded defeat yet. “We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don’t want the truth to be exposed. The simple fact is this election is far from over,” Trump said in a hurriedly issued statement, indicating that the fight is far from over. MORE REPORTS ON: P11 Election results had seemed inconclusive until Saturday evening, when some US media outlets projected victory for Joe Biden in the states of Pennsylvania and Nevada (20 + 6 electoral votes), that put him over the 270-mark. He had 264 votes till then EXIT POLLS 243 122 Total seats PROJECTIONS MGB NDA LJP OTHER India TodayAxis MGB: 139-161 (150) TIMES NOW C-VOTER 120 116 1 6 NDA: 69-91 (80) TV9 BHARATVARSH 115-125 110-120 3-5 LJP: 3-5 (4) 10-15 OTHERS: 9 REPUBLIC-JAN KI BAAT 118-138 91-117 5-8 3-6 ABP-CVOTER 108-131 104-128 1-4 4-8 TODAY’S CHANAKYA 180 55 0 8 PEOPLE’S PULSE PROJECTIONS 111 100 4 9 Caste out? Analysts feel economic factors may override caste preferences this time in Bihar (Margin of error - Plus or Minus Three per cent) 2015 124 107 80 71 53 ‘You’re fired’ Hundreds of New Yorkers outside Trump Tower shouted to the city’s native son: “You’re fired” Needed to win 27 2 10 MGB RJD INC NDA JDU BJP LJP Others NITISH EXIT WRITTEN ALL OVER EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NITISH Kumar’s 15-year rule in Bihar is set to come to an end in Bihar and Tejashwi Yadav will be the next chief minister, three out of seven exit polls predicted on Saturday . The projected tally for Rashtriya Janata Dal-led Mahagathbandhan (MBD), which comprises the Congress and several Left parties besides the Tejashwi Yadav-led RJD, ranged from 115 to 161 while 122 seats are needed to form government. Most of the exit polls also predicted RJD to again emerge as the single largest party in the 243-member Assembly along with a clear dip in the seat tally of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar-led JD(U). While Today’s Chanakya-CNN News18 projected 180 seats for the MBD, India Today-Axis My India poll gave the alliance between 139 and 161 seats, against 69-91 for the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance. Counting of votes for the threephase Bihar assembly polls, which ended on Saturday, will be held on November 10. Exit polls are based on feed- back from a limited number of voters in select areas. In terms of vote share, Today’s Chanakya projected 44 per cent for the RJD-led opposition alliance and 34 per cent for the NDA. However, ABP-CVoter projected a higher vote share for NDA at 37.7 per cent followed by the grand alliance with 36.3 per cent and 26 per cent for others. India Today-Axis My India poll showed 44 per cent of respondents prefer Tejashwi Yadav as the next chief minister, while 35 per cent would like to give another chance to Nitish Kumar. It projected 44 per cent vote share for the RJDled alliance and 39 per cent for the NDA. According to political observers, the exit poll projections show caste was not a big factor in the elections as voters were concerned about economic and development issues. “Thanks to the corona-induced lockdown, the factor this time has become livelihood other than caste. The parties have fielded candidates from all castes and that’s a good sign,” said Meera Singh, an educationist from Patna. P10 Pandemic may dent Telangana’s revenues Tollywood superstars Chiranjeevi and Nagarjuna with Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao at Pragathi Bhavan on Saturday No impact on welfare schemes The estimated revenue receipts for 2020-21 were `1,43,151.94 crore. But if the revenues decrease by `52,750 crore, the revenue receipts would be around `90,401 crore, which means only 63 per cent realisation of the revenue this year as against the Budget estimates. Nevertheless, this would not affect Item, Budget estimate Revised estimate Shortfall 16,727 (all figures in ` cr) Tax/ non-tax revenue tfall Shor ue en in rev 0-21: 2 fo r 2 0 750 `52r,ore 802 4,829 TS’ share in Central taxes 9,725 8,923 c 11,898 TELANGANA’S revenues are expected to decrease by `52,750 crore this financial year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said on Saturday The estimat. ed decrease includes the State’s own revenue and cut in Central funds. Rao arrived at this conclusion after a midterm review of the 2020-21 Budget with officials of the Finance Department at Pragathi Bhavan. With this, he has decided to make certain amendments in the current year’s budget allocations. He has directed the officials to set priorities and prepare a suitable financial management plan. NUMBERS SAY IT ALL 47,119 @ Hyderabad 68,781 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 1,15,900 TS GOVT GOT ONLY `4,592 CR FOR CSS Centrally Sponsored Schemes the government’s welfare measures. The expenditure on Aasara pensions, Rythu Bandhu and charged account expenditure, such as salaries of government employees, would be met. According to sources, the government cannot take up new tasks, especially capital work. Road repairs and other construction work would be stalled in the next six months. CONTINUED ON P7 Govt plans sprawling film city on Hyd outskirts, theatres to reopen EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad THE Telangana government will acquire around 1,500-2,000 acres for the construction of a film city, on par with international standards, on the outskirts of Hyderabad. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced this when prominent personalities from Tollywood called on him at Pragathi Bhavan on Saturday He also said film shootings . can resume and theatres can start screening movies too. Rao told the film personalities and officials concerned to visit Bulgaria, inspect the Film City there and chalk out plans for one in Hyderabad. He also announced that plots would be allocated to production companies to set up studios with stateof-the-art technologies and to suit future needs. Provision would be created at the proposed film city for an airstrip KCR tells officials to visit Bulgaria and closure of theatres during the pandemic has badly affected the workers’ livelihood, Rao said. But the Covid-19 recovery rate in TS is 91.88%, he said. “Resume film shootings by following Covid-19 guidelines. Open theatres too, so that the workers dependent on the industry can come out of their problems,” the Chief Minister told the film personalities. Chiranjeevi and Nagarjuna informed him that shootings had already resumed and theatres would be open shortly Rao . said there are ample opportunities to develop the film industry in the State. “Wonderful facilities can be created here for shootings, and all other filmmaking activities can take place here,” he said. Under the Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS), Telangana has to receive `9,725 crore. Of this, till October this year, it had to get `5,673 crore but the State received only `4,592 crore, a shortage of `1,081 crore. The officials have estimated that by the end of this year, the State may get `8,923 crore against `9,725 crore under CSS. In all, the shortage in the CSS funds would be `802 crore ‘CENTRE’S ATTITUDE EXPOSED’ Resume film shootings by following Covid-19 guidelines... Wonderful facilities can be created here (Telangana) for film shootings. All other film-making activities can also take place here Chief Minister KCR on Saturday came down heavily on the Centre for not providing funds for flood relief operations in Hyderabad. During a meeting at Pragathi Bhavan, when the Finance Department officials informed Rao that they did not receive any the funds, he said: “It has been proved, once again, that the Centre makes empty promises and does not act. It has failed to release even a single rupee for flood relief operations. Its attitude has been exposed.” K Chandrasekhar Rao, Chief Minister CONTINUED ON P7 During a meeting at Pragathi Bhavan with film personalities and officials, KCR told them to visit Bulgaria, inspect the Film City there and chalk out plans to develop one on Hyd’s outskirts and other infrastructure facilities would also be developed, he said. 10 lakh people dependent on film industry, says KCR Tollywood superstars K Chiranjeevi and A Nagarjuna met the Chief Minister. Rao said around 10 lakh people, either directly or indirectly, are dependent on the film industry. The cancellation of shootings Two exit polls predict TRS victory in Dubbaka polls E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad THE AARAA exit poll has predicted that TRS candidate S Sujatha would win the Dubbaka bypoll, which had witnessed high drama during the run up to the election day However, the Mission Chanakya . exit poll has predicted victory for BJP candidate M Raghunandan Rao. According to the AARAA exit poll, the TRS would get 48.72 per cent votes, the BJP 44.64 per cent and the Congress 6.12 per cent. The others are likely to bag 2.52 per cent. But the Mission Chanakya exit poll has predicted that the BJP would get 83,729 votes (51.82 per cent), followed by the TRS with 58,356 votes (35.67 per cent) and the Congress 19,194 votes (12.15 per cent). The others would get 769 votes. The Third Vision exit poll has predicted a TRS victory , wherein the pink party would get 51.54 per cent votes, the BJP 33.36 per cent votes and the Congress 8.11 per cent votes. The Political Laboratory has predicted a BJP win and said the party would bag 47 per cent votes, the TRS 38 per cent and the Congress 13 per cent. In all, two exit polls have predicted TRS’ victory in the Dubbaka bypoll. Interestingly all four surveys have predict, ed third place for the Congress. 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