House Chamber 5 1 .10 pm (US time): Protesters capitol complex 4 pull down barricades on the West Front of the Capitol 1 2 2 .15 pm: Mob enters buildings in the Capitol complex 2 .15 pm: Senators evacuated from the chamber 2 .30 pm: Protesters roam around Defiling the hallowed spaces of democracy tirupati l friday l january 08, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l anantapur EDITION senate chamber 3 Statuary Hall, carrying flags 2 .43 pm: Police with guns drawn 6 watch as protesters try to break into the House Chamber Vice President’s office 2.59 pm: Protesters enter Senate chamber, mock leaders, take selfies 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 (Clockwise from above) Trump supporters massed outside the Capitol on Wednesday before breaking into it; Capitol Police with guns drawn stand near a barricaded door as protesters try to break into the House Chamber; and a protester covered in blood after a fight during the protest | AP Trump incites thousands of supporters at a rally, claiming he had won the presidential race, goads them to fight like hell Trump says he would go with them to the Capitol, but doesn’t. He slips into his car and goes to the White House instead Trump supporters storm Capitol building where joint session of House and Senate was on to count Presidential electoral votes One woman shot and killed by police during attempt by mob to break through a barricaded door; three others die too Trump calls the mob patriots in tweet; Twitter bans him for a day; Facebook, Insta block him for the rest of his term Session resumes after mob’s eviction; V-P Mike Pence defies Trump, affirms President-elect Joe Biden’s victory Trump finally says there will be orderly transition on January 20; Reps weigh options to stop Don even before his term ends h e re a re t h e y ? ” a Trump supporter demanded in a crowd of dozens roaming the halls of the Capitol, bearing Trump flags and pounding on doors. They — lawmakers, staff members and more — were hiding under tables, hunkered in lockdowns, saying prayers and seeing the fruits of the country’s divisions up close and violent. Guns were drawn. A woman was shot and killed by police, and three others died in apparent medical emergencies. A Trump flag hung on the Capitol. The graceful Rotunda reeked of tear gas. Glass shattered. On Wednesday hallowed , spaces of American democracy , one after another, yielded to the occupation of Congress, the Associated Press reported. The pro-Trump mob took over the presiding officer’s chair in the Senate, the offices of the House speaker and the Senate dais, where one yelled, “Trump won that election.” They mocked its leaders, posing for photos in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, one with his feet propped on a desk in her office, another sitting in the same seat Vice President Mike Pence had occupied only moments before during the proceedings to certify the Electoral College vote. That certification would eventually take place, but not until well after midnight. Wednesday began as a day of reckoning for President Donald Trump’s futile attempt to cling to power as Congress took up the certification of Presidentelect Joe Biden’s victory It de. volved into scenes of fear and agony that left a prime ritual of American democracy in tatters. Trump told his morning crowd at a rally that he would go with them to the Capitol, but he didn’t. Instead he sent them off with incendiary rhetoric. “If you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore,” he said, adding, “This is a time for strength.” His lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, told the crowd, “Let’s have trial by combat.” What happened was nothing less than an attempted coup, said Republican lawmaker Diana DeGette. Police recovered two pipe bombs and Molotov cocktails. As the mob got out of control, police evacuated lawmakers, grabbing boxes of Electoral College certificates as they left. Yet Trump, in a video posted 90 minutes after lawmakers were evacuated, told the insurrectionists “We love you. You’re very special,” while asking them to go home. Heavily ar med of ficers brought in as reinforcements started using tear gas in a coordinated effort to get people moving toward the door, then combed the halls for stragglers, pushing the mob farther out onto the plaza and lawn, in clouds of tear gas, flash-bangs and percussion grenades. Video footage also showed officers letting people calmly walk out the doors despite the rioting and vandalism. Only about a dozen arrests were made. “This is how a coup is started,” said another Republican lawmaker Jimmy Gomez. “This is how democracy dies.” The world reacted in horror, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeting: “Distressed to see news about rioting and violence in Washington DC. Orderly and peaceful transfer of power must continue. The democratic process cannot be allowed to be subverted through P6, 9 unlawful protests.” capitol disgrace W Panels for communal harmony set up Express News Service @ Vijayawada In the wake of a series of attacks on temples, the government on Thursday constituted State and district-level communal harmony committees. The panels will strive to promote communal harmony in the State, besides safeguarding the religious sentiments of people. Briefing mediapersons about the committees, Chief Secretary Aditya Nath Das said there seems to be a deeper conspiracy to disturb communal harmony in the State. “The recent incidents targeting religious institutions do not appear to be crimes done on the spur of the moment. It appears there is a deeper conspiracy with a design to disturb communal harmony in the State, which is taking up a lot of activities for the benefit of people. The motives seem to be derailment of development programmes, so officials bec o m e m o re bu s y w i t h controlling these incidents of communal disharmony, unable to concentrate on develop- BJP’s bid to storm into Ramatheertham foiled Tension prevailed at Ramatheertham in Vizianagaram district on Thursday, when BJP activists, led by party State president Somu Veerraju, tried to force their way beyond the barricades put up at Nellimarla Junction, as part of the protest against temple vandalism Covid may pull down GDP growth to -7.7% in FY21 Express News Service @ New Delhi India’s pandemic-battered economy will shrink only 7.7% in the ongoing financial year (FY21) and not the near 10% decline projected by international agencies like the IMF and World Bank, according to the government’s advance GDP estimate released on Thursday . According to the finance ministry, the GDP estimates reflect resurgence in economic activities in the third and fourth quarters. “The continuous quar ter-on-quar ter growth endorses the strength of economic fundamentals of the country to sustain a post- ment activities,” he said. The Chief Secretary said that the responsibilities of these committees are to visit the places where such incidents occurred, take confidence building measures to ensure social fabric of the State is not affected and at the same time to ensure that everyone comes together to prevent recurrence of such incidents in the future. “The lockdown V-shaped recovery ,” a ministry statement read. However, the government’s projections would still make FY21 the worst year for Indian economy since independence. In FY20, GDP had grown 4.2% — the slowest in 11 years. Real GDP at constant prices in FY21 is likely to attain a level of `134.40 lakh crore as against the provisional estimate of `145.66 lakh crore in FY20. Nominal GDP which in, cludes the price increases along with real output growth, is projected to contract 4.2% to `194.82 lakh crore. The first advanced GDP estimate is based on data of a sevenm o n t h p e r i o d (April–October). crash Santosh in induced coma committees will also look into the crime, progress of investigation and how the evidence is being gathered,” he said. On remarks of some leaders attributing religion to the public servants, Das said such innuendos are not proper. A public servant does not have any religion, caste or region. From top to bottom, all the public servants are only for public service, he asserted. With regard to progress of investigation in temple desecration cases, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Ravi Shankar Ayyanar said the CID is probing the matter. Technical evidence and other details are being P5 gathered. Racer CS Santosh was put in a medically-induced coma after suffering a big accident during Stage 4 of Dakar Rally | P11 housing Plan to offer affordable plots to urban middle class Express News Service @ Vijayawada security scan Security men comb the venue, where CM Jagan Mohan Reddy will lay foundation for reconstruction of nine temples, in Vijayawada on Thursday | P Ravindra Babu express read R&B to take up `6.4K cr road projects Vijayawada: The R&B has proposed to take up AP Mandal Connectivity and Rural Connectivity Improvement Project and AP Roads and Bridges Reconstruction Project at an estimated cost of `6,400 crore. MAUD dept signs MoU with Cambridge varsity Vijayawada: The Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department on Thursday entered into an MoU with University of Cambridge for training teachers of municipal schools in English language skills. Su r e s h o t ? Expert flags Covishield’s neuro-inflammatory risk B a l a C h a u h a n @ Bengaluru Ahead of the launch of Covishield, the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, medical experts have drawn attention to some unanswered questions in a public assessment report. These pertain to the vaccine’s ability to control transmission of SARS-CoV-2, efficacy against new strains or other such mutations in the spike protein of the virus, and ad- verse events. “The reported adverse events of the vaccine suggest there is a high risk of neuro-inflammatory disorders, including transverse myelitis, facial nerve palsies and trigeminal neuralgia that need to be closely monitored,” Dr Vishal Rao, member of Karnataka government’s Covid Task Force, said in a scientific correspondence, which was shared with TNIE. Experts have also raised concerns about the duration of protection and dosing beyond the two-dose schedule, protection against long-ter m effects of Covid-19, effectiveness in children below 18 years, pregnant, lactating women and immunecompromised individuals. While commending the transparency good clinical and ethi, cal practices of the vaccine in ‘The Public Assessment Report of the Authorisation for Temporary Supply of AZD1222 from the MHRA, Government of UK,’ Dr Rao said the report has some “unanswered questions pertaining to the control of the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 or to prevent infection, though it seems to reduce the intensity of the illness. We will have to continue to wear face masks even after getting vaccinated.” After launching a mega housing scheme for the poor, the State government has proposed to offer affordable plots to the middle class people. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed the Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD) Department to evolve a policy for providing developed plots with clear title deeds at affordable prices to t h e u r b a n m i d d l e cl a s s people. In a review meeting on Thursday Jag, an proposed to take up a project for the urban middle class families akin to the Rajiv Swagruha scheme implemented during the regime of his father YS Rajasekhara Reddy in the erstwhile undivided Andhra Pradesh. While flats were given under Rajiv Swagruha, the Chief Minister said we can provide plots as part of the new initiative. The idea stems from the desire to do something for the urban middle class. There will be a lot of concerns with respect to the land credentials when a family plans to purchase a plot from private parP4 ties, he said.
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