Trump vows ‘orderly transition’ after supporters storm US Capitol Congress certifies Biden victory
Joint session of US Congress on Thursday officially certified Joe Biden’s electoral victory as next president of the states United and Kamala Harris as Vice President in the Nov. 3 elections. Congressional certification of the election result, usually a formality as the losing candidate would have conceded long ago, has been extremely bitter and controversial this time around, as incumbent President Donald Trump continued to insist that the elections it was “stolen” to him.
- Acting on the president’s words, a pro-Trump mob stormed the United States Capitol for nearly four hours on a day that saw the deaths of four people. As a result, Congress, which had met to certify Joe Biden’s electoral victory, was evacuated halfway.
- The House and Senate met again after a brief period to resume their functions. Videos showed people smashing windows and passing barricades to enter.
- Legislators in the Senate and House of Representatives were evacuated. After repeatedly posting false accusations about the election, Twitter and Facebook suspended Trump’s account for violating the use policy.
- After his supporters stormed the United States Capitol, Trump said in a statement tweeted by social media director Dan Scavino: “Although I do not fully agree with the outcome of the election and that the facts confirm to me, there will be an orderly transition on January 20. “
India’s GDP is expected to contract by 7.7% in 2020-2021
India’s real GDP is expected to contract by 7.7% in 2020-2021, compared to a growth rate of 4.2% in 2019-20. The real GVA (gross value added) at basic prices is estimated at Rs. 123.39 lakh crore in 2020-21, down from Rs 133.01 lakh crore in 2019-20, showing a contraction of 7. 2%, according to the anticipated estimates of the National Bureau of Statistics. Only two sectors are expected to record positive GVA growth this year: agriculture (3.4%) and electricity, gas, water supply and other utilities (2.7%). The largest decline in 2020-2021 was expected in trade, hotels, transport, communications and broadcasting-related services (-21.4%), followed by construction (-12.6%) , mines and quarries (-12.4%), manufacturing (-9.4%), Public administration, defense and other services (-3.7%) and Financial, real estate and professional services (-0.8% ).
Farmers launch tractor march against farm laws
Amid strict security measures, thousands of farmers began their tractor march on Thursday from protest sites – at the borders of Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur – against the three agricultural laws. Union Bharati Kisan (Ekta Ugrahan) leader Joginder Singh Ugrahan said farmers participated in the march with more than 3,500 tractors and carts.
Farmers’ protest will be a ‘problem’ as Tablighi Jamaat, SC Center asks
Indian presiding judge Sharad A. Bobde on Thursday expressed Supreme Court fears that mass gatherings of farmers protest could lead to a “problem similar to that of the Tablighi Jamaat congregation?” “In March of last year, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. The court heard a petition calling for a CBI investigation into the circumstances that led to the massive gathering of migrant workers, eager to leave the national capital for their villages and places of origin, at the Anand Vihar bus terminal as well as in the Tablighi Jamaat congregation. Both incidents happened in March of last year. The tribunal sent a notice to the Center and the Delhi government. He also asked Mehta to present a detailed report on his guidelines to prevent Covid-19, including restrictions on mass gatherings.
Sonia asks the government to reduce excise duties on petroleum products
Congress President Sonia Gandhi demanded on Thursday that the Narendra Modi government apply the same rate of excise duty on petroleum products as the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), led by the Congress, and bring relief to ordinary people Excessive taxes imposed by the Modi government have led to the highest price of petroleum products in the last 73 years and the government has so far increased Rs. 19 crore lakh in duties. excise over the past six years, he said in a statement.
In a tweet, former party leader Rahul Gandhi claimed that since the government was “looting” people through heavy taxes, it refused to make petroleum products subject to the goods and services tax (GST).
Sourav Ganguly left the hospital
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly was discharged from Woodlands Hospital in Kolkata on Thursday. The former Indian cricket captain, who was admitted to hospital on January 2 after a mild heart attack, said he was perfectly fine. After being admitted to the hospital on January 2, she had a coronary angiography performed the same day. A team of doctors, including experts like Devi Shetty, visited and gave an update on the 48-year-old former cricketer’s health. Ganguly was diagnosed with three-vessel disease and the medical board decided that two more arteries would be treated after two to three weeks.
Covid Watch: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India stood at 1.04,03,173 at the time of this newsletter, with the death toll at 1,50,536.
The Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan wrote to Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal on Thursday, urging them to take action to reduce the peak of Covid-19 cases. Those states reported an increase in the number of new daily cases in recent days, according to a statement issued by the Department of Health. States have been advised to maintain “close surveillance ” and take steps to control the increase in cases, especially in light of the new strain of the virus seen in some countries and which has also been reported in some states in India. In his letter, Bhushan drew the attention of states to low and declining test rates. Any laxity at this crucial junction can squander the results of class action to contain transmission, he noted.
Madhya Pradesh will not allow shipments of chicken from Kerala and other southern states for the next 10 days due to fears of bird flu in parliament, Chief Minister Shivraj said on Wednesday. Singh Chouhan.