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 Defiling the hallowed spaces of democracy COIMBATORE l friday l january 08, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l LATE CITY EDITION 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 (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 unlawful protests.” P10, 13 capitol disgrace W Centre estimates pandemic to pull down GDP growth to -7.7% in FY21 Express News Service @ 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 taxing times? express read Sasikala likely to be released on January 27, counsel to HC Mixed reaction to reopening schools Chennai: While parents of class 10 and 12 students want schools to reopen, as they are concerned about public exams, others want to continue with online classes. Friday is the last day for them to submit a feedback to the State on this issue | P2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai Union minister to oversee dry run in TN Chennai: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan will visit Chennai on Friday to review the preparedness and oversee the Covid-19 vaccine dry run that will be conducted in all districts of Tamil Nadu Racer CS Santosh was put in a medically-induced coma after suffering a big accident during Stage 4 of Dakar Rally Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami addresses a large gathering at Panneerselvam Park in Erode on Thursday, as part of his election campaign bull-taming season is back e x p r e s s n e w s s e r v i c e @ Madurai The world-famous Alanganallur Jallikattu is set to be flagged off this year by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on January 16, said Minister for Revenue, Disaster Management and Information Technology RB , Udhayakumar, on Thursday The minister was inspecting the pre. paratory works at Alanganallur. Besides, he added, Jallikattu events at Avaniyapuram and Palamedu have been scheduled to be conducted on January 14 and 15, respectively Full report: P4 . 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 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 long-term effects of Covid-19, effectiveness in children below 18 years, pregnant, lactating women and immune-compromised individuals. While commending the transparency good clinical and ethi, cal 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 SARS-CoV-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.” continued on: P5 VK Sasikala, the one-time confidante of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, is likely to be released from prison on January 27, her counsel informed the Madras High Court on Thursday The submission . was made while seeking adjour nment of an appeal, moved by the Income Tax department, challenging the assessment filed by Sasikala for the financial year 1994-95. The issue pertains to the I-T returns, filed by Sasikala for the assessment year 1994-95, for `28.86 lakh. Subsequently, a raid conducted by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) had found that she had suppressed information on the purchase of 80 acres of land, during the assessment year. Based on the DVAC report, the I-T department had passed an order, dated March 14, 2002, demanding tax to the tune of `48 lakh. Sasikala had challenged it before the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT), which quashed the order. The department has moved the present appeal in the high court, challenging the tribunal’s order. continued on: p4
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