HUBBALLI SUNDAY NOVEMBER 08, 2020 `8.00 PAGES 26 CITY EDITION 5K COACHES TUNED INTO COVID CARE UNITS, BUT ONLY 813 USED D90K AVG COST OF CONVERTING A COACH 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 Nearly D45 crore was incurred on converting non-AC railway coaches into isolation facilities, according to an RTI reply ■ 573 PATIENTS RELUCTANT TO USE THEM ■ 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 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 Has the die been caste in Bihar? DONALD TRUMP Electoral college votes Electoral college votes 7,48,57,880 votes 270 TO WIN NORTH CAROLINA (99% votes counted) Electoral votes:15 Trump: + 76,479 7,05,98,535 votes GEORGIA 214 (99% votes counted) Electoral votes:16 Biden: + 7,248 JOE BIDEN DONALD TRUMP NEVADA (88% votes counted) Electoral votes:6 Biden: +25,699 IN PROGRESS PRESIDENT BIDEN! But Trump refuses to concede, threatens legal action on vote counting 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 Pennsylvania, the state where he was born put him over the 270 electoral votes needed to win. With Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes, Biden now has a total of 290 electoral votes, according to some projections. 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.” 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. He added Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states and pointed out that highly contested states are headed for recounts. Earlier in the day he had re, iterated allegations of fraud in vote counting and continued to raise doubts about mail-in P10 votes. Nitish exit written all over 243 Total seats NDA 116 115-125 110-120 3-5 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru THE Indian Space Research Organisation launched an earth observation satellite from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on Saturday. Apart from the primary satellite, nine satellites of international customers P5 were also kicked off. 91-117 AN Assistant Sub-Inspector of police, who opted for the voluntary retirement scheme in 2011, had turned into a ragpicker on the streets Chinthamani in Chikkaballapur district. The ex-ASI, Madhusudhan Rao (61), who was found roaming the streets in unkempt clothes with a long beard, was rescued after some of his old friends from the department recognised him. When the matter reached local Superintendent of Police G K Mithun Kumar, he rehabilitated Rao and placed him at the Chinthamani Madhusudhan Rao police station. Mithun told TNSE that Rao was depressed and did not contact his son who works in the private sector in Bengaluru. He also did not reach out to his two daughters who are married and staying in Bengaluru. But he chose to live the life of a ragpicker and eked out a living by collecting and selling waste material. Mithun said that he took up the issue with Central Range Inspector General of Police Seemanth Kumar Singh, who in turn sent instructions to rehabilitate the former officer immediately . Chinthamani Town Inspector Anand and other police officers picked up Rao, who was sleeping on the roadside, took him to a salon for a haircut and CONTINUED ON: P3 a shave. 10-15 5-8 3-6 ABP-CVOTER 108-131 104-128 1-4 4-8 TODAY’S CHANAKYA 180 55 0 8 BJP: 65–75 JD(U): 25–35 CONG: 15–20 LEFT PARTIES: 3–5 LJP: 3–5 GDSF/ Independents: 5–13 (Margin of error - Plus or Minus Three per cent) 2015 124 107 80 71 SIPPING tea at a roadside stall in Nathnagar, Muzaffarpur, Ram Charan Yadav was of the view that under chief minister Nitish Kumar, Bihar has seen unprecedented development. He claimed that not only him but people of all castes, Yadavs included, would vote for Nitish. “At 65, I have seen days when power used to come only for a few minutes. Now it is regular. There were no roads or water but now there is water supply at home. What else do we need, Nitish Kumar is doing his best to change the face of the state and we must support him,” Yadav said. With the third and last phase of the polling over on Saturday, the die has been cast on the Bihar elections. All the rivals can now do the math on the likely outcome at leisure. But is caste no longer a factor in the elections, as the elderly Yadav claimed? Traditionally, caste has always played a dominant role in the elections. Not surprisingly, it is said that the people of Bihar don’t cast their vote, they vote their caste. But the striking feature of this campaign was the emergence of issues, among them development, unemployment, corruption and jungle raj. It is not that caste been cast aside totally But there is a widespread . feeling that voting this time will not take place solely P8 on caste considerations. Exit poll says BJP will bag by-elections seats 53 27 2 10 MGB RJD INC NDA JDU BJP LJP OTH Bengaluru: The ruling BJP is likely to win both Sira and RR Nagar assembly bypolls, as per an exit poll conducted by conducted by CVoter. BJP National Secretary C T Ravi, concurring with the exit poll, said the BJP’s internal report as well as chief minister’s intelligence report favour the party in both constituencies. “We will win RR Nagar by 25,000 lead and in Sira by 15,000,’’ Ravi said. MORE ON: P4 ACB officials examine documents in the house of B Sudha (inset) in Bengaluru NOT FIRST TIME In 2015, the Lokayukta police had raided Sudha’s residence and other officials over an alleged illegal transfer of agricultural land to residential purpose. She was then the additional land acquisition officer at BDA. Cop to rags: Ex-ASI rescued from streets V V E L AY U D H A M @Chikballapura 6 REPUBLIC-JAN KI BAAT 118-138 People’s Pulse RJD: 85–95 1 TV9 BHARATVARSH @Bengaluru ISRO’s earth sat blasts off LJP OTHER TIMES NOW C-VOTER 120 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE ACB stated that a case of disproportionate assets and irregularity had been filed against Sudha, who is now an administrative officer at the IT-BT department, was filed in June 2020. Based on an FIR, the sleuths conducted simultaneous raids at six places, including her two houses at Thindlu and Yelahanka in Bengaluru, her residence in Mysuru and Udupi and her current office at Shathinagar on Lalbagh Road. The raid went on for more than five hours. Sudha came under the scanner after a public complaint was filed before a court by TJ Abraham, president of the Anti-Corruption and Environmental Forum. He alleged that Sudha was involved in corruption over the last few years. The ACB acted after the court issued an order to conduct the raids, an ACB press release CONTINUED ON: P3 stated. Cut-off mark PROJECTIONS MGB ACB raids houses of KAS officer, finds wardrobe full of gold KAS officer B Sudha could be the Imelda Marcos of Bengaluru. The local officer had a wardrobe full of gold jewellery that could put a showroom to shame, a la the former Filipino First Lady, who had row upon rows of high0-end shoes, clothes and jewellery . After a raid at her house on Thindlu Main Road near Kodigehalli on Saturday morning, Anti-Corruption Bureau officials came out with bags full of gold jewellery, Rs 10 lakh cash and documents pertaining to real estate properties. Sudha, who was the land acquisition officer at Bangalore Development Authority had ac, quired more assets than her salary could justify There was . high drama when ACB officials knocked on her door in the morning. The moment Sudha saw the raiding party she start, ed screaming, and locked the door from inside. ACB officials warned her that they will bring the local police to break the door open and her entire neighbourhood would come to know about the raid. Only then did she allow the officers inside. A special team that included women officials searched her two houses in Bengaluru. 122 RAJESH KUMAR THAKUR & MUKESH R A N J A N @ Patna/Muzaffarpur Madhusudhan Rao is the guest of Chinthamani police and soon, a rented accommodation will be arranged. We will also look for a security guard’s job for him G K Mithun Kumar, Superintendent of Police ‘Kerala church routed money via hawala’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kochi AFTER conducting raids on the premises of Believers Eastern Church founder K P Yohannan at different locations across the country the Income , Tax sleuths have found that the group routed unaccounted money through organisations that remained only on paper. “The group runs about 30 trusts, registered in the country, and most of them exist only on paper and have been found to be used for routing the unaccounted funds,” said the IT dept. “It has been found that the modus operandi of the group is to systematically inflate expenses with the help of other parties, who will return the inflated amount in cash through domestic hawala channels to the functionaries of the group,” it said. WITH THIS ISSUE UNLOCK, TRAVEL PLUS 12 PAGES
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