visakhapatnam l sunday l november 08, 2020 l `8.00 l PAGES 24 l 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 ■ 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 DONALD TRUMP Electoral college votes 7,48,57,880 votes Electoral college votes 270 7,05,98,535 votes TO WIN 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 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 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 ‘Kerala church routed money via hawala’ Express News Service 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 (IT) 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 and for accommodation transactions,” said an IT dept communique. “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. The searches were carried out on the basis of credible information that the group, which enjoyed I-T exemption under the IT Act, 1961, received donations from foreign countries ostensibly for helping the poor and destitute. The State government has made amendments to the scheme of setting up 10,000 megawatt (MW) solar plants to provide 9-hour free power to the agriculture sector, for ‘more competitive tariff in bidding’ and ‘smooth completion’ of the project as per schedule. The amendments include increasing the tenure of the power purchase agreement (PPA) with the solar power developer (SPD) to 30 years from 25, extending government guarantee, in addition to the already approved letter of credit, and bringing down land lease rental. 243 122 Total seats Needed to win 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) 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 P8 Patna. Govt increases PPA for solar plants to 30 years from 25 Express News Service exit Polls Express news service @ Kochi @ Vijayawada 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 P9 The justification provided by the government, according to an order (MS 25) issued by Exofficio Principal Secretary (Energy) G Sai Prasad on Saturday , for extending the PPA by five years is that the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s (MNRE) tariff based competitive bidding (TBCB) guidelines state that the PPA should not be less than 25 years. “Hence, the proposed change is in line with the MNRE guidelines and the proposed increase in the PPA tenure will reduce levelised tariff and cash outflows to the State government for the entire PPA period, which is made after deliberations by P4 APGECL,” he said. 2015 124 107 80 53 ‘You’re fired’ Hundreds of New Yorkers outside Trump Tower shouted to the city’s native son: “You’re fired” 71 27 2 10 MGB RJD INC NDA JDU BJP LJP Others Sabarimala Covid negative certificate must for pilgrims Express News Service @ Vijayawada Land rental decreased Government has brought down the land lease rental to be paid by Solar Power Developers from `31,000 per acre to `25,000 EXPRESS READ 95,245 get `143 crore under YSR Kapu Nestham phase 2 Vijayawada: The State government on Saturday credited `143 crore into bank accounts of 95,245 beneficiaries under the second phase of YSR Kapu Nestham scheme, covering those who could not make it in the first phase, reiterating its commitment to their economic uplift. WITH THIS ISSUE Last date for applying to CET of RGUKT extended till Nov 13 Vijayawada: The last date for submission of online applications for the Common Entrance Test (CET) of Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies (RGUKT) has been extended to November 13 without fine and up to November 16 with a fine of `1,000. Unlock, Travel A keeper gives a bath to a horse on the seashore in Visakhapatnam on Saturday | G satyanarayana Cops who kicked 2 youths in full public glare, face action after video went viral E x p r e s s N e w s S e r v i c e @ Kakinada The ‘highhandedness’ of two traffic cops of Kakinada city police, who slapped, punched and kicked two inebriated youngsters in full public glare, drew flak after the video went viral on social media on Saturday. Police officials, who maintained that the highhanded behaviour of the two cops was in violation of their people-friendly policing, said the issue was taken to the notice of East Godavari district SP Adnan Nayeem Asmi for further action. The police also claimed that the two youngsters, who came under attack, misbehaved with a woman and also attacked a sub-inspector of police who went to the rescue of the woman. Though the incident took place a week ago, it came to light on Saturday with the video going viral on social media. In the video, two traffic policemen were seen slapping and punching the youngsters on their face, while the duo were taken to a nearby police vehicle. When one of them fell on the ground, a constable kicked him. Stung by public criticism, Kakinada DSP (Law and Order) Bheema Rao held a press meet to narrate the sequence of events that led to the row. He said the bike of A Krishna Chaitanya Reddy and Penumalla Subba Reddy rammed a car from behind at Sarpavaram Junction P4 around 7.30 pm on November 1. A seahorse! PLUS 12 PAGES A video grab of Kakinada cops kicking two youngsters who were involved in a minor road accident | Express Devotees who want to visit Sabarimala, need to mandatorily register themselves with the Kerala State police on the virtual queue portal. Only 1,000 pilgrims per day on week days and 2,000 on weekends will be allowed to register on this portal on the first come first served basis. The pilgrims will get the clearance for the visit to the temple only if they upload Covid negative certificate obtained 48 hours before registration. For registration, devotees can visit http://sabarimaonline.org. In view of the prevailing coronavirus pandemic across the country, the State government, which is taking all possible measures for the safety of pilgrims visiting Sabarimala shrine, issued the guidelines after holding a virtual conference with the Chief Secretary of the Kerala government on Saturday . The conference was attended by Secretary of Revenue (Endowments) Girija Shankar and Commissioner of Endowments P4 P Arjun Rao. A PD with a commitment to serve society Inspired by subcollector N Ramanna, a PD in a social welfare residential junior college at Badangi, got inspired by T Munivenkatapa, a subcollector who worked in Tekkali in 1968 and helped him in need G R a m e s h B a b u @ Srikakulam This physical director (PD) in a social welfare residential junior college leaves a mark wherever he works. From donating land to libraries for the benefit of students, to construction of playgrounds and daises, Nagiripenta Ramanna contributes to the development of the place he works. Ramanna, a PD in the social welfare residential junior college at Badangi village in Vizianagaram, hails from Dandugopalapuram village in Santhabommali mandal of Srikakulam. Ramanna said he was inspired by T Munivenkatappa, a sub-collector who worked in Tekkali in 1968 and helped him The library at Dandugopalapuram in Srikakulam district in need. “His advice to me is to help the society in whatever manner I can and I am following his footsteps,’’ the PD said. Ramanna, whose wife is also a government teacher, said that they decided to contribute some amount to social service activities from their salary As a be. ginning, he constructed Dhyana Mandir and installed a white marble idol of Goddess Saraswati at Dandugopalapuram high school, where he studied, at a cost of `2.8 lakh and dedicated the structure to Munivenkatappa from whom he was inspired. Starting social service activities from 1993 soon after getting the job, Ramanna cleared the bushes and levelled the playground at Kopperla in Vizianagaram with his own funds where he was posted as a PD for P5 the first time.
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