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 HYDERABAD FRIDAY JANUARY 08, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION Defiling the hallowed spaces of democracy 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 President says he would go with them to Capitol, but doesn’t. He slips into his car and goes to the White House instead His 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 But 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 Finally, Trump says there will be orderly transition on January 20; Reps weigh options to stop Don even before his term ends here are they?” 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. After the dust settled, several White House officials resigned and House Judiciary Democrats circulated new articles of impeachment saying Trump committed high crimes and violated his oath to faithfully ex- ecute the office of the presidency by inciting violence. Within his Republican party itself, moves were afoot to explore ways to remove him from office for the remaining two weeks of his term. Some critics would argue that while Trump wore his crassness on his sleeve, the US has always been that way but with a lot more polish. The mayhem the US injected across the world for decades to germi- nate democracies led to bloody uprisings and the African and Arab Springs, repercussions of which are still being felt. Wednesday’s failed insurrection merely showed a mirror to the US of the havoc its policies have caused elsewhere though it keeps lecturing the world on democracy . What happened during the day 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. The mess ended after heavily armed officers brought in as re- inforcements started using tear gas to get people moving toward the door. Video footage 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 Centre estimates pandemic to 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 re, flect resurgence in economic activities in the third and fourth quarters. “The continuous quarter-on-quarter growth endorses the strength of economic fundamentals of the country to sustain a post-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 Agri is only bright spot Contraction is forecast in almost all sectors except agriculture, which is projected to grow at 3.4%, while manufacturing could contract 9.4%. The job-intensive construction sector to fall 12.6% of `134.40 lakh crore as against the provisional estimate of `145.66 lakh crore in FY20. Nominal GDP, which includes 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 seven-month period (April–October) — using a mix of data such as corporate results, agriculture production, transport and freight estimates, IIP and bank , deposits. The projection may be revised when better data is available. The second advance estimate is due to be released on February 26. CRASH RACER SANTOSH IN INDUCED COMA | P11 NEW ORDER Chief Minister KCR offers a bouquet of roses to the new Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court, Hima Kohli, during her oath-taking at Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad on Thursday. Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan (R) administered the oath of office to Justice Kohli |P3 Covishield’s neuro-inflammatory risk flagged 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 adverse 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. The scientific correspondence was shared with TNIE. Experts have also raised concerns about the duration of protection and dosing beyond the two-dose schedule, protection against long-term effects of Covid-19, effectiveness in children under 18, pregnant, lactating women and immune-compromised individuals. CONTINUED ON P5 NUTRITION WATCH The humble guava can make our tiny tots healthier V N I L E S H @ Hyderabad TRIAL RUN FOR R-DAY Farmers take out a tractor rally on Kundli–Manesar–Palwal Expressway on Thursday as a ‘rehearsal’ for a bigger vehicle march to Delhi on January 26 | SHEKHAR YADAV | P7 AN Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)-funded clinical trial by the Hyderabadbased National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) has highlighted the need to diversify the diet given to toddlers at anganwadis, to make them healthier. The intervention taken up by NIN researchers as part of the trial was simple — adding the humble guava fruit to the toddlers’ diet. Over a period of eight months of the trial, the guava helped in increasing haemoglobin, iron, vitamin C and folate levels in the chil- dren. A reduction in Acute Respiratory Infection (ARS) incidences was also observed. Why guava? The trial titled, ‘Guava with an institutional supplementary meal improves iron status of preschoolers: A cluster-randomised controlled trial’, was focused on finding out how the level of iron among toddlers can be improved. Guava was chosen for the purpose as it is rich in vitamin C — nearly four times than that of orange. Also, guava is easily available for the most part of the year, affordable and has a longer CONTINUED ON P4 shelf life. RESULTS AWAITED KCR complains of burning sensation in lungs, gets tested EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad CHIEF Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday underwent diagnostic tests at Yashoda Hospitals in Secunderabad, following a burning sensation in his lungs. His personal physician Dr MV Rao, pulmonologist Dr Navneeth Sagar and cardiologist Dr Pramod Kumar conducted preliminary tests and recommended that Rao should undergo an MRI, a CT scan and other tests at the hospital, according to an official release from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO). Accordingly, he visited the hospital and gave his blood samples. Accompanied by his daughter MLC K Kavitha, he spent about an hour and a half at the hospital. The Chief Minister reached the hospital at around 2 pm and was back at his official residence by 3.30 pm. According to information provided by the hospital, the CT scan revealed some lung infection but the doctors do not suspect Covid-19. They also conducted a 2D echo, an ultrasound and blood tests, the results of which will be out by Friday. Based on the test reports, the doctors will decide the future course of treatment, if necessary . Rao’s trip to the hospital was part of his routine annual health checkup. Last year too, he had been to the same hospiPHOTO ON P4 tal in January .
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