COIMBATORE SUNDAY NOVEMBER 08, 2020 `8.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION 5K COACHES TURNED INTO COVID CARE UNITS, BUT ONLY 813 USED `90K 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 `45 crore was incurred on converting non-AC railway coaches into isolation facilities, according to an RTI reply 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 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 7,48,57,880 votes Electoral college 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 P9 votes. Tamil Nadu bags best State award for water management in 2019 T M U R U G A N A N D H A M @ Chennai TAMIL Nadu has been awarded the best State for water management for the year 2019. The State secured the top position under the ‘Normal Category’ in the National Water Awards, besides securing significant places under the categories – Best District in Revival of River, Water Conservation, Best Urban Local Body, Best Research/ Innovation/Adaptation of New Technology for Water Conservation and Best Water Warriors. Of all the awards in as many as 16 different categories to be presented for various States, Tamil Nadu has Kerala church routed money via hawala, says I-T department won 11 prizes under five key categories. The awards will be presented during a two-day ceremony to be held virtually on November 11 and 12, in the presence of Vice President, M Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, and Union Minister for Environment, Prakash Javadekar. On behalf of the State government, PWD Secretary, K Manivasan will be receiving the award. Under the category of ‘Revival of River’, Vellore and Karur districts bagged the top two spots, while Perambalur district won the second prize in the ‘Water Conservation’ category at the national level. , Winning big One of the State’s major feats in conservation is renovation of 6,278 water resources at `1,433 cr through kudimaramath scheme Lankan bizman behind major fraud held in TN EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE ANTONY FERNANDO AFTER conducting detailed raids in the premises of selfstyled evangelist and 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 across the country and most of them exist only on paper and have , been found to be used for routing the unaccounted funds,” said an IT dept communique. “It has been found that the modus operandi 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. A Sri Lankan businessman accused of swindling crores of rupees from investors in the island nations, has been arrested with his family from Kodiyakarai on Saturday. Ahamed Shareem Mohamed Shihab (45) from Colombo is accused of swindling 1,200 crore Sri Lankan rupees and escaping to Tamil Nadu on a fiberglass boat, allegedly with the help of a few smugglers. @ Kochi @ Nagapattinam
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