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 HUBBALLI FRIDAY JANUARY 08, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 14 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 Trump supporters massed outside the Capitol on Wednesday before breaking into it| AP W CAPITOL Trump incites 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 goes to the White House instead Supporters storm Capitol Hill where joint session of House, Senate was on to count electoral votes One woman shot and killed by police during attempt by mob to break through a barricaded door; three others die too FY20-21 Centre estimates pandemic to pull down GDP growth to -7.7% 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 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 SANTOSH IN INDUCED COMA Racer CS Santosh was put in a medically-induced coma after suffering a big accident during Stage 4 of Dakar Rally | P13 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 DISGRACE 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 SURE SHOT? Expert flags Covishield’s neuro-inflammatory risk B A L A C H A U H A N @ Bengaluru On the eve of the launch of Covishield, the Oxford-AstraZeneca-Serum Institute of India (SII) vaccine for Covid-19 in the country, medical experts have drawn attention to some unanswered questions in a public assessment report. These pertain to the control of the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, its efficacy against the new strains of N501Y & B1.1.7 or other such mutations in the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the reported adverse events (of the vaccine). “The reported adverse events of the vaccine suggest that 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, well-known oncologist and member of an expert committee of the Covid Task Force, Government of Karnataka, has pointed out in a scientific correspondence, which was shared with The News Indian Express. Experts have also raised concerns about some other open issues regarding the vaccine, such as the duration of protection from antibody response and dosing beyond the two-dose schedule, effectiveness of the vaccine against long-term effects of Covid-19 disease, effectiveness in children below 18 years of age, pregnant, lactating women and immune-compromised individuals. While commending the transparency, good clinical and ethical 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 has stated that the data presented in this 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,” he has stated. The Public Assessment Report has highlighted Adverse Events (AEs), Serious Adverse Events (SAEs) and the risks that ought to be included in the information for healthcare professionals and recipients of the AstraZeneca/ Serum Institute of India Covid-19 vaccine ‘Covishield.’ Preparing for the rollout 24 district hospitals 20 medical colleges 43 taluk hospitals 31 community health centres 87 30 primary healthcare centres 28 private health centres urban primary healthcare centres CONTINUED ON: P3 VACCINE READINESS The Centre has provided: 24 lakh syringes of 0.5 ml each 10 walk-in coolers 4 walk-in freezers 263 Locations Second dry run on FRIDAY 3,201 ice-lined refrigerators 3,039 deep freezers 3,312 cold boxes 46,591 vaccine carriers 2,25,749 ice packs. 64 large ice-lined refrigerators with 225-litres capacity State-wide dry run at 263 points E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru KARNATAKA is all set to conduct the second dry run across 263 locations on Friday for the Covid-19 vaccine rollout. “ per the Centre’s guidelines, the dry runs will As be held in at least three locations in every district. In Karnataka, it will be held at 263 different health facilities,” Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said on Thursday . The first dry run for the vaccine in Karnataka was held on January 2 in five disP3 tricts — Bengaluru Urban, Belagavi, Kalaburgi, Mysuru and Shivamogga. 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. . 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 coor- dinated 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 P8, 11 unlawful protests.”
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