kochi l Sunday l november 08, 2020 l `8.00 l PAGES 26 l late city edition 5K coaches turned into covid care units, but only 813 used Nearly K45 crore was incurred on converting non-AC railway coaches into isolation facilities, according to an RTI reply K90K avg cost of converting a coach Patients reluctant to use them On average, about D90,000 was spent on each of the 5,231 coaches, RTI replies received by TNIE from multiple railway offices revealed. The South Western Railway spent D3.55 crore on conversion of 320 coaches. Central Railway zone converted 482 coaches into isolation units for D3.74 crore. North Eastern Railway converted 217 coaches for D1.49 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 railway 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 7,05,98,535 votes TO WIN 214 exit Polls president Biden! 243 122 Total seats PRoJECTIONs MGB 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 NDA India TodayAxis LJP OTHER MGB: 139-161 (150) Times Now C-Voter But Trump refuses to concede, threatens further legal action on ballot counting Biden’s patience rewarded Needed to win 120 116 1 6 NDA: 69-91 (80) 10-15 LJP: 3-5 (4) TV9 BHARATVARSH 115-125 110-120 3-5 OTHERS: 9 REPUBLIC-JAN KI BAAT 118-138 91-117 5-8 3-6 Caste out? ABP-CVOTER 108-131 104-128 1-4 Analysts feel economic factors may override caste preferences this time in Bihar 4-8 Today’s Chanakya 180 55 0 8 People’s Pulse projections 111 100 4 (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” 9 27 2 MGB RJD INC NDA JDU BJP LJP Others NOW, GOLD SHAME FOR LEAGUE Spl probe team arrests IUML leader M C Kamaruddin for duping depositors in his gold business ON a day the United Democratic Front launched “One Vote Against Corruption” as its campaign slogan for the upcoming local body elections, its major constituent Indian Union Muslim League’s (IUML) leader and Manjeshwar MLA M C Kamaruddin was arrested in connection with duping depositors in his gold business. A special investigating team (SIT), led by assistant superintendent of police (ASP) P Vivek Kumar, questioned Kamaruddin for six hours on Saturday before arresting him at 4pm. He was produced before Hosdurg court, which remanded him in judicial custody for two weeks. The MLA is put up at a COVID care centre near the District Hospital. His bail application is like- ly to be heard on Monday . This is the first time Kamaruddin was questioned by the police in the case, though the first set of complaints against him were filed by three depositors on August 28. They alleged the MLA duped them of `36 lakh. Since then, 115 depositors in ‘My arrest on the direction of government’ M C Kamaruddin said he was arrested on the direction of the government. “My arrest is politically motivated. My case is coming up in the High Court on Monday, but they did not even wait for that,” he said. The Manjeshwar MLA said he was not served any notice but was called to the district police chief office and arrested. “All these can’t destroy me,” he said. his gold business — run under the brand name Fashion Gold — have pressed charges of cheating (Section 420 of IPC) against Kamaruddin. Criminal cheating is a cognisable non-bailable offence. Kamaruddin was questioned over 77 complaints which alleged that the MLA had duped them of `13 crore. He was, however, arrested in connection with the first three cases. The SIT head told reporters that the police had evidence of the MLA defrauding his deposi● More on P5 tors of `15 crore. Muraleedharan holds talks with dissident BJP leaders SOVI VIDYADHARAN @ T’Puram A DAY after the RSS stepped in to end dissidence in the state unit of the BJP Union minister , V Muraleedharan reached out to senior leaders who had raised a banner of revolt against state president K Surendran. Muraleedharan, a former state chief, spoke to veteran P M Velayudhan, who had openly accused Surendran of completely sidelining him, and other leaders following the party reorganisation in March this year. Sources say Muraleedharan wants to send out a message of reconciliation through Velayudhan to Sobha Surendran and K P Sreeshan that their complaints too would be looked into. “I’ve conveyed certain issues within the party to him (Muraleedharan) and he has agreed to address them,” Velayudhan told TNIE. It is reliably learnt that Velayudhan told the Union minister that Surendran’s style of functioning, sidelining a bunch of senior leaders, was harming the party at the ● More on P5 grassroots level. Unlock, Travel PLUS 12 PAGES 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 three-phase Bihar assembly polls, which ended on Saturday, will be held on November 10. Exit polls are based on feed- M C Kamaruddin arrested in connection with duping of depositors in his gold business ■ ASP P Vivek Kumar arrested him at 4pm after six-hour quizzing 118 depositors in his gold business — run under the brand name Fashion Gold — have pressed charges of cheating (Section 420 of IPC) against Kamaruddin 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 Customs summons K T Jaleel for interrogation tomorrow Kochi: The customs, which is probing the case related to the import of copies of the Quran, has issued a notice to Higher Education Minister K T Jaleel to appear before it for interrogation on Monday. P5 ■ Kamaruddin was questioned over 77 complaints which alleged that the MLA had duped them of C13 crore ■ M C Kamaruddin being taken away by the police officials in Kasaragod on Saturday He was produced before Hosdurg court, which remanded him in judicial custody for two weeks ■ Anoop’s card seized during ED raid linked to Bineesh-funded restaurant P R a m d a s @ Kochi BIRTHDAY GIRL Sreekutty, an elephant calf at the Kottur rehabilitation centre in T’Puram, is turning one on Sunday. The calf’s doting caretakers have big plans for the birthday party, including a cake made of rice and ragi to mark the occasion | Vincent Pulickal express read JCB lit prize for Hareesh’s debut novel ‘Moustache’ W ITH THIS ISSUE written all over Arrest after 6-hr quizzing ■ G e o r g e P o i k ay i l @ Kasaragod 10 Nitish exit Kochi: Moustache, the English translation of writer S Hareesh’s debut Malayalam novel Meesha, has been chosen for the 2020 JCB Prize for Literature. Hareesh will be awarded D25 lakh. P2 THE debit card seized by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) during the 25-hour-long raid at Bineesh Kodiyeri’s residence in Thiruvananthapuram — bearing the name of Bengaluru drug case accused Mohammed Anoop — is linked to the Bengaluru-based Hayaat restaurant financed by Bineesh, said a report by the agency. With this, the claim made by Bineesh’s wife that the ED team ‘planted’ the evidence at their house may have fallen flat. In its report, a copy of which TNIE gained access to, the ED submitted that some digital evidence, suspected to contain incriminating material, were also collected from Bineesh’s house during the raid. Further, the ED has issued a summons to another person, identified as Rasheed, to record his statement regarding his alleged financial transactions with Anoop, as it is suspected that the said transactions were made on behalf of Bineesh. The agency also stated that Beecapital Forex Trading Pvt Ltd, Bengaluru, Bcapital Financial Services Pvt Ltd, and Torres Remedies Pvt Ltd, which Bineesh had claimed to be the ‘director’ of, were all shell companies registered under fake addresses. Search operations were conducted on the premises of all three firms, and it was revealed that no companies under those names existed on the declared address, the report said. The bank account details of the firms have to be obtained and more people need to be examined to ascertain if Bineesh was indulging in money laundering activities with the help of these shell companies, it added. The ED said Bineesh has been adopting evasive tactics including health-related excuses to avoid cooperating with the inves● More on P5 tigation.
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