YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 31 C MIN 18 C GOLD SMUGGLING CASE: ED STUMPED AS COVID PLAYS THE SPOILSPORT OPINION Sky will be clear. Rs. 3 KOLKATA SATURDAY, 7 NOV, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—7, ISSUE—172 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) IND VS AUS: TEAM INDIA BEGINS PREPARATIONS FOR PINK-BALL TEST SPORTS Morning India Amit Shah promises to win 200 plus seats in Bengal next year Lalu to stay in KOLKATA : Union Home Minister Amit Shah today reiterated his confidence of winning 200 or more seats in the 2021 elections to the 294 member West Bengal Legislative Assembly and secure the two third majority in the house. Appealing to the people in the state to give BJP a chance to come to power next year through popular mandate after witnessing the disastrous effects of electing the Mamata Banerjee government for two consecutive terms since 2011, the Home minister promised to restore the past glory of Bengal by bringing back the concept of 'Sonar Bangla' soon afterwards. Addressing a packed new conference before departing for New Delhi this AT A GLANCE BIHAR POLLS: FUTURE OF 12 MINISTERS AT STAKE IN FINAL PHASE PATNA: The political future of 12 ministers of the Nitish Kumar government is at stake in the third and final phase of the Bihar assembly elections taking place on Saturday. In the third phase, elections for 78 seats will be held. In this phase, voters will also decide the political future of several veteran leaders of the Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance). EX-CS CREMATED WITH STATE HONOURS RANCHI: CM Hemant Soren, BJP MP Sanjay Seth, and senior government officials on Friday paid floral tributes to former chief secretary Sajal Chakravarty who passed away in Bengaluru on Thursday. The mortal remains of the former CS arrived at Birsa Munda international Airport on Friday evening. The CM alongwith chief secretary Sukhdev Singh, all additional chief secretaries, principal secretaries and secretaries laid wreath on him at the airport. His last rites were performed at the Swarnarekha river with state honors. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 8,364,797 TOTAL DEATH: 124,368 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 48,593,790 TOTAL DEATH: 1,233,299 evening after rounding off his two day visit to the state, Shah made it clear that the party was 'fully prepared to take on the challenge from the ruling Trinamool Congress' and had launched a special drive to win the poll in a free, fair and democratic manners without resorting to any violence. Coming down heavily on the TMC government and charged it with resorting to misrule for the past many years, he said the people of Bengal had unanimously elected Mamata Banerjee and her government in 2011 after 34 years of Left Front rule with many hopes and aspirations for a better future. 'But within a few years their hopes were dashed and Indian Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah visited Dakshineswar Kali Temple near Kolkata on Friday. Prabir Bhattacharya it allegedly turned out to be not only out an out corrupt but also as those who only believed in violence, fear mongering and even family rule', Shah alleged and called upon the people to opt for a change for the better in the coming year. Referring to his meeting with nearly 200 odd people and organisations from different areas during the last two days, Shah said it was very much palpable from their views that they were now desperately looking for a change and relief from the government which believed in the appeasement of a particular community. All their hopes had now been shattered, he said. Stating that the state government had deliberately not implemented as many as 80 odd central beneficiary schemes for the people in the state, while converting some others in their own names wrongfully, the Home minister said among them the two most important were the 'Ayusman Bharat Health Scheme' for free treatment of upto Rs five lakhs and the 'Kisan Samman Nidhi' programme where every farmer was to get Rs 6,000 every year. So far over 7 crore poor patients had been benefited and Rs 97,000 crores spent under these two schemes, he said and claimed that a multi party democracy was in place in every BJP ruled state where free gas connections and provision of toilets had been made in every household. Turning his attention to the steady growing crime records of the state Shah blamed the state government for not submitting any report to the National Crime Bureau since 2018. Shah alleged that in total contrast to its past glory, West Bengal had now claimed the top spot in terms of rape, acid attacks and untraced women, while in terms of atrocities on women it was now third and second in terms of lost for ever for various reasons. US ELECTIONS: TRUMP LAGS BEHIND IN GEORGIA, PENNSYLVANIA STATES BIDEN ON THE CUSP OF VICTORY WASHINGTON: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Friday took crucial leads over US President Donald Trump in the key battleground states of Georgia and Pennsylvania, bringing him on the cusp of a historic victory in the closely-fought election. In Georgia, after the latest round of counting results, Biden edged past Trump with a slender lead of 1096 votes, a remarkable development for the former vice president who until Wednesday night was trailing his Republican rival by more than 50,000 votes. In Pennsylvania, Biden took over Trump with a narrow lead of 5,587 votes. This is significant given that Trump was leading in the swing state till Wednesday night with more than 700,00 votes. Biden continued to maintain his small lead in the other two battleground States of Arizona and Nevada. To be declared the winner of the US election, either of the two candidates needs 270 of the 538 electoral college votes. As per the latest projections, Biden has 264 electoral college votes and Trump trails behind with 214. In the US election, voters decide state-level contests rather than a single, national one. Each US state gets a certain number of Electoral College votes partly based on the size of the population, with a total of 538 up for grabs. President Trump at a White House news conference accused the Democrats of massive ballot fraud and alleged that the election was being stolen. He did not offer any evidence to back his claim. His campaign has filed multiple lawsuits in the States of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, and Nevada and has demanded a recount of votes in Wisconsin. The Biden campaign has denied the allegations. Several American news channels on Thursday evening cut off the live telecast of Trump's White Trump has no plans to immediately concede: Report House news conference as they believed that his allegations of voter fraud were without any evidence. In America, the vote is sacred. It's how the people of this nation express their will. And it is the will of the voters, no one and not anything else that chooses the President of the United States. So, each ballot must be counted and that's what is going on now. And that's how it should be, Biden said in his address to the media in Delaware on Thursday. Democracy is sometimes messy, so sometimes it requires a little patience. But that patience has been rewarded now for more than 240 years with a system of governance that has been the envy of the world. We continue to feel very good about where things stand, he said. Trump at his first White House news conference on Thursday evening alleged that his rivals were trying to "steal the elections." If you count the legal votes, I easily win. If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us. If you count the votes that came in late -- we're looking at them very strongly. But a lot of votes came in late, he said. Our goal is to defend the integrity of the election. We'll not allow the corruption to steal such an important election or any election, for that matter. And we can't allow anybody to silence our voters and manufacture results, Trump said. WASHINGTON: Donald Trump does not have plans to immediately concede the election to Joe Biden after his Democratic rival pulled ahead in key states that could deliver him enough electoral votes to win the race for the White House, a senior aide of the president was quoted as saying by a media report on Friday. According to latest US media projections, Biden pulled ahead of Trump in Georgia. He has also taken the lead over Trump in Pennsylvania. THE PRESIDENT’S Trump cannot find COUNSELLORS a route to 270 HAVE BEEN GIVING electoral votes HIM ADVICE IN without Georgia BOTH DIRECand Pennsylvania, TIONS, WITH so his chances of SOME TELLING securing reelecTRUMP THAT A tion will hinge on CONCESSION IS developments in THE CORRECT the two key batTHING TO DO. tleground states. Georgia’s 16 electoral votes would be enough to guarantee at least a tie in the 538-member Electoral College, pending results from the other uncalled states. Pennsylvania, which has 20 electoral college votes would singlehandedly deliver the White House to Biden. Reacting to the latest developments, the senior Trump aide told Fox News that the president’s counsellors have been giving him advice in both directions, with some telling Trump that a concession is the correct thing to do, and others pushing him to continue to fight to ensure the vote was correct and legitimate. The aide, who was not identified, told Trump''s favourite news channel that the president is "simply skeptical." E-auction of Jharkhand mines will be subject to final orders: SC NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday said the auction of mines in Jharkhand for commercial mining -which includes any subsequent order of licence, lease etc. -- will be subject to final orders of the top court and the bid allocation will be provisional. Attorney General K.K. Venugopal assured a bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde that in the meantime no trees will be cut and no mining will start. The response from the Attorney General came on a query put forth by senior advocate Fali S. Nariman, representing the Jharkhand government, that no trees should be cut in the meantime. Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, also appearing for the Jharkhand government, informed the top court that the auctioning is in the final stage. The Chief Justice said: "We will pass orders. Also please inform the recipients of bid allocation that this is provisional in nature." He added that the respondent (Centre) will inform the recipient of any benefit that the matter is provisional and A BENCH HEADED BY THE CHIEF JUSTICE NOTED THAT IT IS THINKING OF SETTING UP AN EXPERT COMMITTEE TO ASSESS THE IMPACT OF MINING IN COAL BLOCKS NEAR ECOSENSITIVE REGIONS IN THE STATE. subject to orders from this court. The Chief Justice, listing the matter after vacation, said, "We will pass further orders in chambers." On November 4, during the hearing of the Jharkhand government's original suit against the Centre's decision to auction coal blocks in the state, the Supreme Court had said it wants to ensure that forests are not destroyed due to mining as there isn't any economic value in forests, instead it is in timber. The Chief Justice emphasised that the court's only concern is that resources should not be depleted forever. A bench headed by the Chief Justice noted that it is thinking of setting up an expert committee to assess the impact of mining in coal blocks near eco-sensitive regions in the state. The Chief Justice told the counsel of the state government and the Attorney General, representing the Centre, "You don't put an economic value on forest. You put it on timber. We don't want to stop the development of country in anyway, but forest is a natural wealth, which cannot be eroded either." The bench also comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian orally observed that the court might stay the auction process of coal blocks slated for November for a month till the expert committee submits a report in the matter. jail as HC defers hearing till Nov 27 HC showcause to IG (prisons), Supdt for not filing visitors’ report SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Taking a strong exception to the failure of the jail administration to file details of visitors of Lalu Prasad, lodged in the RIMS Director's bungalow, and other related issues, the Jharkhand High Court has asked for an explanation from the jail inspector general and the superintendent of Birsa Munda central jail for not following its order. The court, in its last order, had sought details of the visitors who met Lalu in the wake of the Assembly elections in Bihar. Meanwhile, the court deferred the hearing in the bail petition in the fodder scam case related to illegal withdrawal from the Dumka treasury till November 27 after the CBI lawyers sought time. Incidentally, Lalu's son and RJD chief ministerial candidate Tejashwai Yadav had declared in an election rally that his father will be out of jail on bail on November 9 and participate in his victory celebrations. Assistant solicitor general of India Rajiv Sinha said that he had sought time from the court to file a reply on the arguments raised by Lalu's lawyers for bail. Lalu's lawyers opposed the move saying the CBI had enough time for framing the reply. Eventually, the court asked the CBI to submit a reply. Meanwhile, the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) presented the health status of Lalu but the jail administration did not give a report on issues raised by the court. The order issued earlier had stated that the IG prison and the superintendent of Birsa Munda Central jail shall submit a report whether the provisions of the jail manual and all other conditions for securing the custody of the convict is being followed or not since the appellant continues to remain under medical treatment in RIMS. The report should also indicate the number of visitors who have been allowed permission to meet the appellant in the last three months and if so with proper permission or not." It may be stated here that the court would take up the issue for hearing on November 27. Lalu has secured bail in two cases related to Chaibasa treasury and one concerning Deoghar treasury. He is awaiting bail in the case related to illegal withdrawal from the Dumka treasury. The RJD leader has been in jail since December 23 2017 after his conviction in a fodder scam case. Later on, he was shifted to RIMS for treatment of his illnesses. NO RELIEF FOR ARNAB YET, HC TO HEAR MATTER TODAY MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Friday kept for further hearing on Saturday a habeas corpus plea by Republic TV Managing Director and Chief Editor Arnab Goswami, challenging his arrest by the Maharashtra Police in an abetment of suicide case and seeking interim bail. The court will also hear a plea filed by Adnya Naik, daughter of the architect Anvay Naik, who along with his mother Kumud Naik, had committed suicide at their bungalow in Alibaug, Raigad, on May 5, 2018. She has sought a reinvestigation into the case or transferring it to an independent agency. Since the hearings - in which Goswami's lawyers Harish Salve and Abad Ponda made a strong plea for releasing him on bail - could not be completed, it will continue on Saturday before a division bench of Justice S.S. Shinde and Justice M.S. Karnik. This will be a rare hearing by the Bombay HC on a weekly holiday as normally courts remain closed during weekends. ED attaches properties worth Rs 3.1 cr of ex-PMCH Medical Superintendent NEW DELHI : The Enforcement Directorate (ED) said on Friday that it has attached movable and immovable assets worth Rs 3.14 crore of Om Prakash Choudhary, former Medical Superintendent of Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra in connection with a cheating case. The ED said in a statement that it attached the properties under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in a case of criminal misconduct and cheating. The attached properties are in the form of plots and flats in Patna, Ghaziabad, Pune and Bengaluru while the movable assets are in the form of three four-wheelers and balances in bank accounts. The ED had registered a case against Choudhary and others on the basis of FIRs registered by the Special Vigilance Unit of Bihar. It said that during investigation, it was revealed that medicines, chemicals, equipment, machines etc. were purchased by the officials of PMCH during the period between 2008-09 and 2009-10 from the local vendors or commission agents in contrary to the guidelines prescribed for purchase of these items.