BENGALURU SUNDAY NOVEMBER 08, 2020 `8.00 PAGES 30 LATE CITY EDITION 5K COACHES TURNED INTO COVID CARE UNITS, BUT ONLY 813 USED Nearly D45 crore was incurred on converting non-AC railway coaches into isolation facilities, according to an RTI reply D90K AVG COST OF CONVERTING A COACH 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 ■ 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 TO WIN 7,05,98,535 votes 214 PRESIDENT BIDEN! But Trump refuses to concede, threatens further legal action on ballot counting Nitish exit written all over EXIT POLLS 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 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: P14 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 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 feedback 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 P10 cent for others. Exit poll says BJP will bag by-elections seats 71 53 27 2 10 MGB RJD INC NDA JDU BJP LJP Others Bengaluru: The ruling BJP is likely to win both Sira and RR Nagar assembly bypolls, as per an exit poll. 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 Officer raided, wardrobe full of gold found EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Bengaluru 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 jewellery showroom to shame, a la the former Filipino First Lady, who had row upon rows of high-end shoes, clothes and jewellery . After a raid at Sudha’s 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 acquired more assets than her salary could justify . 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