YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 28 C MIN 16 C GOLD SMUGGLING CASE: ED STUMPED AS COVID PLAYS THE SPOILSPORT OPINION Sky will be clear. IND VS AUS: TEAM INDIA BEGINS PREPARATIONS FOR PINK-BALL TEST SPORTS Morning India Rs. 5 RANCHI SATURDAY, 7 NOV, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—184 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) Lalu to stay in E-auction of Jharkhand mines jail as HC defers 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 AT A GLANCE 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. US ELECTIONS: TRUMP LAGS BEHIND IN GEORGIA, PENNSYLVANIA STATES 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 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." 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. How an aggressive Shah is eyeing over 200 Assembly seats in 2021 UNION HOME MINISTER HAS MADE HIS PRIORITY CLEAR BY MAKING FIRST VISIT TO MAMATA’S TURF NEW DELHI: The prediction of then national president Amit Shah about West Bengal during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections almost turned out to be prophetic. Today Home Minister Amit Shah has again created a stir saying that the BJP will win more than 200 seats in the Assembly elections in Bengal next year. So confident is Home Minister Shah about winning 200 seats in Bengal that he told workers in Bankura on Thursday, "Those who don't believe me can laugh, but I am saying that the BJP will form the government by winning more than 200 seats." After a long interval, Home Minister Amit Shah appears to have acquired an aggressive posture, for which he is known. After winning the war with Coronavirus, Home Minister Shah chose West Bengal for his first visit, and this can be really significant. A senior BJP leader told IANS, "After regaining his health, Home Minister Amit Shah has made his priority clear by making his first visit to Bengal. In the BJP's national executive meeting at Bhubaneswar in 2017, he had categorically stated that the BJP's golden age would begin with a victory in Bengal and Odisha. Shah wants to fulfil his dream in the 2021 assembly elections." The two-day Bengal visit of MISSION BENGAL Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday and Friday makes his strategy of playing the Dalit and tribal card in the state clear. On Thursday, he ate at the home of a tribal worker at Chaturdihi village in tribal-dominated Bankura district. The 55 lakh to 60 lakh tribals in the state often decide who wins or loses. Home Minister Shah has tried to bring this section closer to the BJP by eating at the home of a tribal family. On the second day of his visit, he ate at the home of a matua family in Gaurangnagar. The people of the Matua sect fall in the scheduled castes category. As per the 2011 census, the Dalit population in Bengal is about 1.85 crore. Of these as many as 80 lakh are part of the matua community. The BJP wants to increase its influence in the Matua community since on many seats people from the community are in a position to influence voting. Sources said Home Minister Shah also ate at the house of the Matua community member since it shows the closeness of the community to the BJP. During the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Ram temple, the community had sent water and soil from Bengal. So, what are Shah's plans for Mission Bengal? The Home Minister had appealed to the workers in Bankura to work with integrity on a special action plan. He said that the party can win more than 200 seats working on this plan. BJP sources said Shah has evolved a number of action plans for workers that need to be implemented on the ground over the next few months. The party will take the 'appeasement policies' of the Trinamool government to the people. During his two-day visit, he accused the Mamata Banerjee government of appeasement. The BJP will continue to be aggressive on issues such as non-implementation of central government schemes, misuse of funds from the Centre and the law and order niggles. The party will also go to the public and clarify its vision for the development of West Bengal. The BJP also wants to take advantage of the anti-incumbency factor against the Mamata Banerjee government that has been in power since 2011. A BJP national functionary told IANS, "If Home Minister Amit Shah is talking about winning more than 200 seats, he must have conducted his own survey about it. In the Lok Sabha elections, he spoke of wining more than 300 seats and the results are known to everybody. In West Bengal, he predicted 22 seats and about 18 seats came into its kitty. So, 200 seats isn't an exaggeration."