House Chamber 5 1 .10 pm (US time): Protesters capitol complex 4 pull down baricades 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 SAMBALPUR l friday l january 08, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l CITY EDITION Statuary Hall, carrying flags 3 2 .43 pm: Police with guns drawn watch as protesters try to break into the House Chamber senate 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 P9 unlawful protests.” capitol disgrace W Centre estimates pandemic to pull down GDP growth to -7.7% in FY21 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ 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 Santosh in induced coma express read Naveen security beefed up after threat Bhubaneswar: An anonymous letter received at Naveen Niwas indicating a conspiracy to eliminate Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, prompted Odisha police to beef up security at strategic locations in the city on Thursday | P3 Bird Flu Fear: Odisha opens control room Bhubaneswar: The government on Thursday set up a State-level control room and issued advisory to all districts to intensify active surveillance after around 120 chickens were found dead at a poultry farm in Khurda district | P4 Racer CS Santosh was put in a medically-induced coma after suffering a big accident during Stage 4 of Dakar Rally | P11 Nalco to invest `30,000 cr on expansion and diversification E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar The Navratna Central public sector enterprise Nalco will invest around `30,000 crore on the company’s expansion and diversification plans by 2027-28, said Union Minister for Coal and M i n e s P r a l h a d Jo s h i o n Thursday . Addressing the 41st Foundation Day of the aluminium major here, Joshi said the company will spend over `7,000 crore on the fifth stream refinery, Pottangi bauxite mines, transportation system from south block and Utkal D and E coal mines. The rest `23,000 crore will be spent on smelter and captive power plant expansions, including the expansion of the company’s smelter plant at Angul with the construction of a 1400 MW feeder. The ambitious growth plans of Nalco, Joshi said, will contribute significantly to the alumina and aluminium sectors having a multiplier effect in the production and consumption of the strategic metal. The Union Minister said the Central government has been extending all round support to the mineral rich Odisha to avoid any interruption in the mineral production of the country . On the requests made by the State to expedite the auction of mineral blocks, he said, the government will amend the rules so that smooth production of minerals can be ensured and nonserious players barred from participating in bids. “The Union Government has approved the proposals to allot two iron ore mining blocks to Odisha Mineral Corporation and one block to Odisha Mineral 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 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 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, which was shared with TNIE. Experts have also raised concerns about the duration of protection and dosing beyond the two-dose schedule, protection against longterm effects of Covid-19, effectiveness in children below 18 years, pre gnant, lactating women and immunecompromised 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 said the report has some “unanswered questions pertaining to the control of the transmission of SARSCoV-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.” Exploration Corporation Ltd (OMECL) on the request of the State government,” Joshi said. Joshi said Nalco in association with Odisha government is also setting up a world class Aluminium Park at Angul. This will encourage development of downstream and ancillary industries, creating huge employment opportunities in the area and boosting local entrepreneurship. Highlighting the company’s performance, Nalco CMD Sridhar Patra said the export earnings accounted for about 59 per cent of the sales turnover in the first half of the fiscal. A caustic soda plant set up as part of a joint venture with Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Ltd is likely to be commissioned by mid-2021 and will ensure steady supply of caustic soda, he said. Poison on the Plate You eat with your eyes first, goes an adage. But going just by the looks of it may prove fatal considering the extent of spurious food that have made their way into the open markets, particularly from Cuttack. The recent raids by the Commissionerate Police are a pointer to the volume of fake and sub-standard food items laced with chemicals flooding the markets | P2
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