WARANGAL MONDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 28 CITY EDITION JUDGE THROWS OUT TRUMP SUIT ON PENNSYLVANIA LOSS A Pennsylvania judge on Saturday dismissed Trump campaign’s lawsuit seeking to invalidate millions of mail-in votes STATE CAN NOW CERTIFY BIDEN AS WINNER HELPFUL VERDICT, CLAIMS TRUMP TEAM Judge Matthew Brann ruled that the Trump campaign “presented strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations unsupported by evidence”. Donald Trump had claimed some Pennsylvania counties contacted and let voters to fix mistakes in their mail ballot declarations. The path is now clear for the state to certify Joe Biden as the winner ■ ■ Trump’s legal team cast the ruling in a positive light, saying it helps their strategy to get the case expeditiously to the US Supreme Court, where a majority of judges are conservative The case will now go to the 3rd circuit of the US Court of Appeals, which, the Trump campaign hopes, will pass a quick verdict | P9 81,000 VOTES IS BIDEN’S LEAD OVER TRUMP IN PENNSYLVANIA 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 Javadekar flays TRS in scathing ‘chargesheet’ BJP chief’s ABC Plan for 120-day tour from Dec 5 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad TAKING the TRS by its horns, the BJP has come out with a 60-point chargesheet against the pink party, ahead of the crucial election to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC). The chargesheet comprised the ruling party’s “unbridled” `1 lakh-crore corruption, “unabashed” breaking of promises made in the 2016 civic body election (such as construction of 2BHKs), continuing “communal” camaraderie with the AIMIM and converting Hyderabad into a city of floods as the urban infrastructure remained fragile. Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javad e k a r, r e l e a s i n g t h e chargesheet on Sunday, called the TRS to account on why it could not fulfil any of the promises made to the people in the 2016 GHMC election. The chargesheet targeted the government on its 2BHK housing programme. It asked since when did one lakh begin to Cow cabinet mulls cess to raise funds EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bhopal THE first of its kind gau (cow) cabinet meeting on Sunday convened by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan explored the possibility of levying a cess to raise funds for the welfare of cows in Madhya Pradesh. “There was a time when every individual offered the first roti of the meal to a cow and the last roti to dogs, but now it doesn’t happen. Maybe we’ll make the people contribute financially but it will , be ensured that they aren’t pained by it,” Chauhan said. The gau cabinet, which met virtually also decided to set up over 2,000 cowsheds in the state for the protection of the cows. “We won’t let any cow remain shelterless. We’ve targeted 2,000 gaushalas to be managed by gover nment along with self-help groups.” EXPRESS READ Azad roasts ‘five-star culture’ of Congress mean 1,100 house-warming ceremonies, and where was the account for `67,000 crore which the government claims to have spent on Hyderabad? Responding to TRS working president KT Rama Rao’s allegations of unrest in the saffron party’s rule, Prakash Javadekar said the BJP is in power in around 100 municipal corporations across the country and has ensured that terror activities are reduced in all these areas. The Union Minister accused the TRS and AIMIM of being “family parties” and said the people were looking for a change in this election. “The BJP will emerge victorious. There will be a repeat of Dubbaka in GHMC,” he said, urging the people to choose between a TRS-AIMIM Mayor and BJP Mayor before casting their votes. He alleged that the TRS has failed to keep its promise to make Hussainsagar water potable. In six years, Hyderabad’s fortunes have nosedived, while KCR and his family’s wealth saw an upward trend, he said. “We will make Hyderabad dan- The BJP will emerge victorious. There will be a repeat of Dubbaka in the GHMC election - Prakash Javadekar, I&B Minister Party-ruled states have been categorised as A, while those by the Oppn are on the B list @ New Delhi Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy and BJP MP Bandi Sanjay release a ‘chargesheet’ on the TRS and MIM’s failures ahead of the GHMC poll, in Hyderabad | RVK RAO ga-mukt (riot-free), bhrashtachar-mukt (corruption-free), AIMIM-mukt (AIMIM-free) and vikas-yukt (full of progress),” he said. He questioned why Chief Minister KCR was talking about privatisation of the LIC, BPCL and so on, instead of focusing on the city’s development. AFTER recording just 28,609 fresh Covid-19 cases on November 16—the lowest in four months—India has recorded between 38,000 and 46,000 new cases daily in the last four days, raising concerns that the country is facing a second wave of the deadly infection. After recording 96,860 new infections in a day on September 16, there had been a steady decline in the new cases reported daily. But, in recent days, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, and Delhi have seen a sharp rise in daily new cases, pushing the national tally up. “We are definitely seeing early signs of a second wave at the national level,” health economist Rijo M John said. The mortality rate, too, is rising in several states including Kerala, Odisha, Bihar, Assam, Jharkhand, EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad AS the second wave of Covid19 is causing jitters across the country, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has instructed officials concerned to take necessary preventive measures. He held a review meeting with officials at Pragati Bhavan here on Sunday regarding the incidence of the infection. At the meeting, he said all required measures will be taken to face the second wave of the pandemic and suggested that people be wary and follow the necessary protocol. “Personal safety is the best medicine for Covid-19. The situation is returning to normalcy in Telangana as Covid cases are decreasing. Despite increase in testing, the number of positive cases is lower than 2.1 per cent, while the recovery rate is 94.03 per cent. Though people with Covid-19 are suffering, the mortality rate is very low. The government is on high alert and is taking all measures. There are 10,000 beds with oxygen facility across the State. We can increase this tiple peaks before vaccines arrive and a second wave by end November or early December is highly likely,” he added. Understandably, the sudden rise in new cases has forced worried state governments to re-impose some of the restrictions that were dialed back. Haryana and Manipur have shut schools again while many districts in Rajasthan and Gujarat are under full or partial lockdowns. India on Sunday reported 45,209 new cases, taking the tally to 90.95 lakh. P7 number. The situation is under control,” he said. A sudden surge in Covid-19 cases has been reported in Delhi, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, Rao said. “The numbers are on the rise in Kerala and Karnataka too, which is being considered as the second wave of Covid-19. Officials should be alert and prepare accordingly,” he said. He said the government will put in place all measures to combat the disease but urged the people to cooperate. “Though the unlock process is underway peo, ple should be cautious.” Vaccine first for medicos The Chief Minister made it clear that once the vaccine against Covid-19 becomes available, it would first be administered to healthcare workers The TS govt is on high alert and is taking all necessary measures. There are 10,000 beds with oxygen facility across the State. We can increase this number. The situation is very much under control K Chandrasekhar Rao, Chief Minister Shah discusses strategy with BJP & RSS leaders E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai UNION Home Minister Amit Shah left from Chennai on Sunday, after holding a series of meetings with the core committee of the state BJP unit and senior RSS functionaries. The meetings that happened after Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam announced that the AIADMK’s alliance with the BJP would continue for the Assembly elections next year, much to the surprise of the even the saffron party’s state unit leaders, were held to chalk out strategies at multiple levels in the state, said sources. They were also held in the context of the expected release from prison of V K Sasikala, former aide of late chief minister J Jayalalithaa, the over- tures by M K Alagiri, estranged brother of DMK chief M K Stalin, and the ever looming Rajinikanth factor. Among those who met Shah from the RSS on Sunday morning were Tamil Nadt-Kerala zone organiser Senthil, TNKerala secretary Rajendran, southern TN organiser Arumugam and secretary Adalarasan, north TN organiser P M Ravikumar and secretary Jegadeesan. Thuglak Editor S Gurumurthy also called on the Union minister, and the meeting lasted about three hours. Speaking about his meeting, Gurumurthy said: “We discussed national and international issues, not just about Tamil Nadu. Nothing much was discussed about Rajinikanth as he has not taken a decision regarding his political entry .” TS to digitise, decarbonise, decentralise, decongest Hyd EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE BSF detects border tunnel in J&K Srinagar: Three days after four Pakistani terrorists of Jaish-eMohammad were killed in Nagrota, Jammu, the BSF on Sunday detected a tunnel on the border in Samba district, which is suspected to have been used by the terrorists | P8 WITH THIS ISSUE 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, John pointed out. Experts warned that the states that did well in containing the first wave may see a higher caseload this time around if they let the guard down. “In those states, since seroprevalence and infection-induced immunity are low, people venturing out would mean high daily cases,” said public health researcher Oommen C Kurian. “India will have mul- NEXT BIG GOAL @ Hyderabad YOUR LIFE COACH The BJP raised the TRS govt’s promise of making Hyderabad look like Dallas and Istanbul, the delay in the river front development, misappropriation of flood relief funds by TRS workers, the intention to offer 50% rebate in property tax when elections are round the corner, bad roads, the promise of converting Hussainsagar water into something like coconut water, the proposal to construct skyscrapers around the lake, the inability to take the Metro till Old City, poor sanitation and bankruptcy of ideas in garbage disposal, among others CASES IN CHECK BUT STAY ALERT: KCR URGES PEOPLE New Delhi: Congress veteran Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday lashed out at the party leadership saying there’s a huge disconnect between people and Congress leaders and “five-star culture” has crept into the party that is costing it elections. THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST HIGHLIGHTS OF BJP’S CHARGESHEET Experts see building of second Covid wave S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi workers in the course of his state visits, which will commence from Uttarakhand. BeTO get a head start for the 2024 sides the ABC states, Nadda Lok Sabha elections, the BJP will also travel to the states has put in place an ‘ABC Plan’ where Assembly elections will that will see party be held next year. chief J P Nadda emThe BJP has said bark on a 120-day tour Nadda’s travel plans of states from Decemwill follow all Covid-19 ber 5 to gear up the orguidelines, with arganisation for the big rangements being electoral challenge. made for checking Nadda will head out temperatures, masks to the A, B and C cateand santisation. gories of states, with “The plan of action Strategy in the first two compris- Oppn-ruled for the travel of the ing party and opposiBJP chief across the states tion ruled states, recountry includes In Oppositionspectively The smaller . building a positive imruled states, states have been placed age in the party-ruled Nadda will in the C basket. states, team spirit, strategise to BJP national generstrategy for the 2024 build campaigns al secretary Arun Lok Sabha elections, against the Singh on Sunday told besides stress on clarreporters that the 120- ruling parties by ity of the party ideoltaking up day long tour would be ogy said Singh. ,” various ssues utilised for building Given the imporforcefully dialogue, strategies tance of social media, and team spirit in the Nadda will hold meetcadre. “The BJP chief will be ings with digital volunteers spending three days each in during his state visits. Another large states and two days each important feature will be meetin the smaller states,” he said. ings allies in the states. “The BJP national general secretary BJP will endeavour during the Tarun Chug will coordinate meetings to strategise on winNadda’s travel plans. ning those Lok Sabha seats the Singh said the BJP chief will party could not in 2019,” said connect with booth level party Singh. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Minister KT Rama Rao shared his thoughts on Hyderabad’s global image at a conference in the city on Sunday TELANGANA has major potential to attract investments in the electronics, food processing, textiles and logistics sectors over the next 10 years, IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao said on Sunday . Addressing techies, investors and entrepreneurs at the Brand Hyderabad conference organised by Hyderabad Software Enterprises Association (HYSEA), Rama Rao said in the next few decades the aim will be to digitise, decarbonise, decentralise and also decongest the city . For de-carbonising, he said the Telangana government has come up with the electronic vehicles policy “After Covid. 19, everyone is more conscious about health, clean city and air quality. Electric vehicles will definitely play a part in it,” he said. In the food processing sector, he reiterated Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s plan of establishing a special food processing zone in various districts. “TS is surplus in terms of food processing and can cater to the needs of other States. We can start talking about exporting processed foods,” KTR URGES TECHIES TO VOTE FOR TRS Rama Rao indirectly criticised the BJP and its State president Bandi Sanjay Kumar. He urged the techies to vote for the TRS in the GHMC poll to ensure Hyd’s development. He said elections come and go but the culture being promoted is important. “Trying to disturb communal harmony for an election is a cardinal sin. To stall the growth trajectory of the city is idiocy,” he said he said. In the logistics sector, Hyderabad’s geographical position comes as a great advantage, which will play a key role in furthering investments, Rama Rao said. Talking about the aerospace sector, he pointed out that the cabin for the US President’s chopper is made in TS. However, in a lighter tone he said, “Although I don’t know who the current, correct President is — Biden or Trump?” As for the city’s infrastructure, Rama Rao assured action on improving the city’s drainage facilities. He admitted that in the past few years, there has been institutional neglect in dealing with encroachments on water bodies and nalas, but promised to turn the situation around in the coming years. He also said the TRS government has treated everyone equally. “Great cities are built with great governance. Delivering promises without any discrimination has helped Hyderabad to remain as an investment magnet,” Rama Rao added. Talking about the city’s development, he said Rome was not built in a day. “See the intent and see the sincerity of the government, we have started a journey in that direction. We have taken up a lot of development activities, and have a lot more to do,” he said.
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