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 BHUBANESWAR l friday l january 08, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l 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 Trump supporters massed outside the Capitol on Wednesday before breaking into it; a protester covered in blood after a fight during the protest; and Capitol Police with guns drawn stand near a barricaded door as protesters try to break into the House Chamber | AP Trump incites thousands of supporters at a rally, claiming he had won the presidential race, goads them to fight like hell W 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 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 re- signed and House Judiciary Democrats circulated new articles of impeachment saying Trump committed high crimes and violated his oath to faithfully execute 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 germinate 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 Republi- can 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 reinforcements 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 Gome z. “T his 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 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 d iv i s i o n s u p c l o s e a n d violent. Guns were drawn. A woman was shot and killed by police, 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 reflect 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 express read Naveen security beefed up after threat letter Bhubaneswar: An anonymous letter received at Naveen Niwas, the residence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, indicating a conspiracy to eliminate him, prompted Odisha police to beef up security at strategic locations in the city on Thursday | P3 Bird flu fear: Odisha opens control room Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government on Thursday set up a State-level control room and issued advisory to all districts to intensify active surveillance and monitoring of birds after around 120 chickens were found dead at a poultry farm in Khurda district | P4 crash Santosh in induced coma Racer CS Santosh was put in a medicallyinduced coma after suffering a big accident during Stage 4 of Dakar Rally | P11 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% 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 projec, tion may be revised when better data is available. The second advance estimate is due to be released on February 26. Nalco to invest `30,000 cr for expansion overdrive 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 Mines Pralhad Joshi on 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 pro- . duction 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 non-serious 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 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.
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