LIVE: US entitled to know the winner on election day, says Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump during an event in the White House AP/PTI
Americans are making their choice between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, selecting a leader to steer a nation battered by a surging pandemic that has killed more than 231,000 people and cost millions their jobs. Nearly 100 million Americans voted early. Biden entered Tuesday with multiple paths to victory. Trump had a narrower but still feasible road to clinch 270 Electoral College votes, news agency AP reported.

Republicans are fighting to retain their Senate majority against a surge of Democratic challengers across a vast political map in states once considered long shots for Democrats. Trump says he’s planning an aggressive legal strategy to try to prevent Pennsylvania from counting mailed ballots that are received in the three days after Tuesday's election. 

The Supreme Court of India today adjourned hearing on a batch of pleas seeking a waiver of interest charged by banks on equated monthly instalments during the Reserve Bank's six-month loan moratorium period on Centre's request. The SC bench will now take up the case on November 5.

In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP, which has a comfortable majority in the Assembly, is locked in a battle of prestige on seven seats, six of which it had won in the last election. The seventh one was with the Samajwadi Party. In Gujarat, the bypolls are being held in eight seats after the Congress MLAs resigned ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls in June this year. Five of them later joined the ruling BJP and are contesting again. Assembly bypolls will also be held in Chhattisgarh (1 seat), Haryana (1), Jharkhand (2), Karnataka (2), Nagaland (2), Odisha (2) and Telangana (1).

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Doing 'very well' in Florida, Arizona, Texas; going to have great 4 years: Trump

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday expressed confidence ahead of the results of the US Presidential polls, saying that he is hearing that Republicans are performing well in key states like Florida and Arizona and they are going to have "great four years".
Speaking at the RNC headquarters in Virginia, Trump said, "I hear we're doing very well in Florida, very well in Arizona, incredibly well in Texas, we're doing very well all over here. I think we're going to have a great night and more importantly, we're going to have a great four years."
On the question of whether he has prepared any acceptance speech, the US President replied, "Not thinking about concession speech or acceptance speech yet. Hopefully, we'll be doing only one of those two. Winning is easy, losing is never easy - not for me, it's not. When you see rallies, there's tremendous love going on in this country, tremendous unity."
Over his campaign trail, he added, "We have done rallies and there was love at those rallies. There has never been anything like we had. I think it was the combination of rallies and the second debate...I think we took off."

US election results: what to expect

US election day is finally here, and 100 million people have already voted by mail or in person. 

Millions more were to vote in person on Tuesday, and the winner -- Republican President Donald Trump or Democratic challenger Joe Biden -- won't be known until the evening at the earliest.

But the battle to achieve a majority 270 electoral votes, earned by winning the popular vote in individual states, has been so close that knowing the winner could spill over into Wednesday or even longer, and result in legal battles over the vote count.
When are the first vote tallies reported?
Numbers start to come in after in-person voting closes at 6:00 pm Eastern Time (EST) (2300 GMT) in parts of two states, and then build as more states stop allowing votes in the hours after.
Most close by 9:00 pm EST, opening the way for a gusher of vote tallies over the following hours, with some districts and states reporting faster than others.
Several, including California, the largest, only close at 11:00 pm EST, and Hawaii and Alaska, small voter-wise, vote until midnight and 1:00 am EST, respectively.
States to watch
Given that opinion polls already indicate clearly which way 38 of the 50 states will go, the focus is on 12 key states. 
The first ones to watch are the eastern states of Georgia, where polls close at 7:00 pm; Florida, where, depending on the district, polls shut at 7:00 pm or 8:00 pm; North Carolina where polls close at 7:30 pm; and the western state of Arizona at 8:00 pm EST.
Based on projections for the "decided" states, it is possible that if Biden captures Florida and two of the above others, he could be judged the overall winner of more than 270 electoral college votes early in the night.

Oil rises 2% but traders brace for wild ride

Oil prices rose over 2 per cent on Tuesday, advancing with other financial markets on US Election Day although traders were bracing for volatility depending on the voting results and as surging coronavirus cases around the world fed worries about fuel demand.
Brent futures rose 84 cents, or 2.2 per cent, to $39.81 a barrel by 1:58 p.m. EST (1858 GMT), while US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude rose 89 cents, or 2.4 per cent, to $37.70.

'Vote and get home': Anxious voters say on Election Day

She carefully planned a five-hour drive to the polling place in her Tennessee hometown to vote on Election Day. She considered the traffic, the weather, the surging coronavirus pandemic and something she never imagined having to contemplate the possibility of civil unrest in the aftermath of an American election.
The last four years have delivered so many shocks that anything seemed possible to Lacey Stannard, the wife of a soldier. She had tried to get an absentee ballot sent to her home on a military base on the other side of the state. But the clerk in her hometown refused. A part of her thought it was crazy to drive 10 hours roundtrip to cast a Democratic vote in deep-red Tennessee, but a larger part thought it was worth it to register her displeasure.
Americans voting on Election Day are exhausted from constant crises, uneasy because of volatile political divisions and anxious about what will happen next. Like those who cast ballots early, their agony is not in deciding between President Donald Trump or his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden. Most made that choice long ago.

Bill & Hillary Clinton cast votes for Biden-Harris

US postal service ordered to check for delayed ballots in key battleground states

A judge ordered the US Postal Service to sweep some mail processing facilities on Tuesday afternoon for delayed ballots and immediately dispatch them for delivery in election battlegrounds such Pennsylvania and Florida among other places.
Affected by the order are central Pennsylvania, northern New England, greater South Carolina, south Florida, Colorado, Arizona, Alabama and Wyoming as well as the cities of Atlanta, Houston, Philadelphia, Detroit and Lakeland, Florida.
US District Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered postal officials to complete the inspections by 3 p.m. EST (2000 GMT) and certify by 4:30 p.m. EST (2130 GMT) that no ballots were left behind.
The ruling came in response to a lawsuit brought by groups such as Vote Forward, a voting rights organization, and Latino community groups.

How liberal Americans are coping with Election Day anxiety

Rachel Richardson, a lifelong Democrat, is spending Election Day hiking trails along the Pacific Coast with her two daughters and a fellow mom with her kids in tow.
The 41-year-old Berkeley, California, native who already voted for Joe Biden said she decided to plan a three-day camping trip to stay away from minute-by-minute election news and keep anxiety over the potential reelection of President Donald Trump and the pandemic at bay.
“I think it’s now time for me to get a good night’s sleep, a few nights in the fresh, clean air with no WiFi signal anywhere in sight,” she told Reuters. “Away from the noise of people’s responses.”
Richardson and husband David Roderick spent the past months educating their children about the election and government along with about two dozen families from one of the most liberal US cities while supporting candidates in key senate races.

Appeals court declines to ban Houston drive-thru voting

A panel of federal appeals court judges has rejected an eleventh hour Republican effort to bar Election Day drive-thru voting in Houston.
The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals denied the request in a one-sentence ruling issued late Monday. The court hadn't been asked to invalidate votes already cast at drive-thru sites in the area.
The request stemmed from a lawsuit brought by conservative Texas activists, who have railed against expanded voting access in Harris County, where a record 1.4 million early votes have already been cast. The county is the nation's third-most populous and a crucial battleground in Texas, where President Donald Trump and Republicans are bracing for the closest election in America's largest red state in decades on Tuesday.

Anxious Americans show up for an election like no other

Whether she knew it or not, Claire D'Angelo spoke for millions of Americans as she stood in the cold after voting early Tuesday morning, a black mask covering her face.

"To say that I'm nervous or anxious about it is an understatement," said the 45-year-old restaurant worker who voted for Joe Biden in the city of Easton in Pennsylvania, an important swing state in the election.

"I just hope people come out today and speak their voice for what they want for their children and their future."
Across the country, Americans formed lines at polling stations to make their voice heard in an election unlike any before in the United States.
Polls opened with the country shaken from the coronavirus pandemic, waves of protests over police killings of minorities and President Donald Trump's efforts to sow doubt over the counting of votes.

Kamala Harris on chances of winning

Wall Street jumps on bets of Biden victory

US stocks jumped on Tuesday as investors bet that one of the country's most divisive presidential races would end with a clear victory for Democratic nominee Joe Biden and a swift deal on more fiscal stimulus.
All 11 major S&P indexes were up in early trading, led by financial, healthcare and industrial stocks.

We are all Pennsylvania pundits now: US election binge watcher's guide

The whirr of carpenters' buzzsaws boarding up glass windows on main street, heightened police mobilisation, overdose of Pennsylvania math, Trump supporters trying to shove a Biden bus off the freeway, fears of violence, undelivered ballots turning up on social feeds via whistleblowers - US election bingewatchers think it's all mostly "nuts!" and "bananas!"
That's not all. The quest for the shy Trump voter continues. That shiny word was coined in 2016 as an explanation for the Trump bombshell win. Now that pollsters have hit the submit button on final 2020 projections, the spaces between what pollsters' projections tell us and what could happen is often punctuated by the 'shy Trump voter' question mark that hangs around in the thick, wintry air.
"There are no shy Trump voters!", we heard from the Trump campaign bullhorn this week.
On the beat, in speaking with the voters, we find nuance to that soundbite.
Some voters just don't want to be named, they are haunted by the prospect of turning up on their "wife's Facebook feed", as one voter in Westfield, New Jersey, told IANS.
"Five hops later, what you said to someone becomes something else and I don't want to deal with that. Nah," he said.

Trump or Biden? US presidential race reaches climax

Americans were voting in large numbers across the nation on Tuesday in one of the most divisive and bitter presidential elections in decades in which incumbent Republican Donald Trump is challenged by Democrat Joe Biden.
Amidst a resurgent Covid-19 pandemic, over 100 million people have already cast their ballots in early voting, putting the country on course for its highest turnout in a century. Some 239 million people are eligible to vote this year.
The mail-in ballots could take days or weeks to be counted in some states - meaning a winner might not be declared in the hours after polls close on Tuesday.
Biden has pocketed his first election victory by winning all five votes of a small New Hampshire town that's always quick to declare its result.

Trump readies lawyers, anticipating counting tussle

President Donald Trump is pledging a legal fight over vote counting that drags on after polls close -- all but guaranteeing an ongoing struggle over pandemic-related voting rules if the election result is close.
Matthew Morgan, a longtime adviser to Vice President Mike Pence and now the Trump campaign’s general counsel, is leading the litigation strategy, which has so far been largely aimed at curtailing Democratic efforts to loosen rules for voting by mail. Read more here

Early Voting Passes 100 Million Ballots, 75% of 2016 Turnout

More than 100 million Americans have cast their ballots ahead of Election Day, the equivalent of about three-quarters of all the voters in the 2016 election, the US Elections Project reported Tuesday.
With one day to go before Election Day, the number of early votes this cycle is about 73% of the 137.5 million ballots cast in the 2016 election as a whole, and more than double the 47 million early votes.
The surge in early voting across the US reflects concern about the coronavirus pandemic as well as increased enthusiasm for the election. As the Covid-19 pandemic spread across the country in March, state legislatures across the country eased barriers to early and mail-in voting.

Kamala Harris as president would be 'terrible thing' for US and women: Trump

Democratic vice presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris becoming US president would be a "terrible thing" for both the country and women, President Donald Trump said on Tuesday as Americans were voting in one of the most divisive bitter presidential polls in decades.
Trump, 74, is seeking his re-election in the presidential elections. He is facing the toughest electoral battle of his life by the Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, 77, and his running mate Harris, 56. They are leading in opinion polls.
The Republican leader said that the US would never remain the same if Biden-Harris ticket are the winner. "Our country could never be the same country if they win, because they are radicalised left," Trump said as he launched a scathing attack against Harris.
"Joe Biden will never call the shots and if he does, he's not going to be there very long. He's got a vice president who's further left than (Senator) Bernie Sanders, who is not a particularly good person and she would be, I think, a terrible first representative," Trump alleged.
"If she became the first woman president, I think it would be a terrible thing for our country. I think it would be a terrible thing for women," he said.

Feel 'very good' about chances of winning: Trump

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said that he feels very good about his chances of winning the presidential elections against his Democratic rival Joe Biden, hoping that the large crowds at his rallies in key battleground states would turn into votes for him.
Trump addressed as many as 14 rallies in the last three days in the key battleground states, almost all of which were attended by thousands of people.
The top battleground States are Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Arizona.
We feel very good. We have crowds that nobody's ever had before, it's insane and I think you can agree. It's been incredible. The crowds have been incredible, Trump told Fox News in an interview on Tuesday morning.

Majority in UK think US election will impact bilateral trade deal: polls

UK citizens feel that the 2020 presidential elections in the US would affect potential trade agreement between London and Washington, YouGov polling company said on Tuesday.
According to Sputnik, as the United Kingdom prepares to exit the European Union, it is involved in negotiating separate trade deals with other countries, including the US.

Trump says he built greatest economy, which was 'horribly' interrupted by 'plague' from China

US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he had built the world's greatest economy, which was "horribly" interrupted by the "plague" that came from China.
Trump's remarks came as Americans were voting in large numbers in one of the most divisive bitter presidential polls in decades in which he is challenged by Democrat Joe Biden.
"We built the greatest economy in the world, it was horribly interrupted by something that should have never happened, came in from China, the plague. The plague from China," Trump told Fox News in an interview, his first on the election day.
Trump has repeatedly blamed China for the coronavirus pandemic which originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December last year and accused Beijing of suppressing the details of the contagion.
The US is the worst-affected country from the virus with over 2,31,000 deaths and over 9 million infections. The pandemic devastated the country's economy, resulting in the loss of millions of jobs.

Some US House of Representatives races to watch in the election

Democrats are defending their majority in the US House of Representatives in Tuesday’s election.
Colorado's 3rd District
Republican Lauren Boebert, a pistol-packing gun rights activist who defied coronavirus restrictions to open her restaurant, spoke warmly of the unfounded online conspiracy theory QAnon in May, but later said “I’m not a follower.” She faces Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush, a university professor, in a largely rural district encompassing western Colorado.
Georgia's 14th District
Republican small business owner Marjorie Taylor Greene is a political newcomer who promoted QAnon in a 2017 video but later backtracked, saying it was not part of her campaign. She is expected to win a House seat in conservative rural northwest Georgia after her Democratic opponent dropped out.
Minnesota's seventh district
Long-time Representative Collin Peterson, one of only two House Democrats who opposed both articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump in 2019, faces Minnesota’s former lieutenant governor, Republican Michelle Fischbach. The district in rural western Minnesota voted strongly for Trump in 2016.

These states could decide the US election

The US presidential election will be decided by about a dozen states that could swing to either President Donald Trump, a Republican, or Democratic challenger Joe Biden.
These states will play a critical role in delivering the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House. Due to a surge in mail voting amid the coronavirus pandemic - as well as the states’ varying rules for when ballots can be counted - the results may not be known on Tuesday’s Election Day.

US polls LIVE: Long lines seen outside polling stations as Americans head to vote

Americans were voting in large numbers on Tuesday in one of the most divisive bitter presidential elections in decades in which incumbent Republican Donald Trump is challenged by Democrat Joe Biden.

Amidst a resurgent COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 100 million people have already cast their ballots in early voting, putting the country on course for its highest turnout in a century. Some 239 million people are eligible to vote this year.

Nation by nation, the world watches historic Election Day in the US

For four years, the world’s nations have watched as a very different American president engages with the international community — or doesn’t.
Longtime alliances have been strained, agreements wiped away, tariffs erected, funding withdrawn. Some nations have been the objects of presidential derision. Others, like North Korea, have been on the receiving end of diplomatic overtures once considered unthinkable.
For countries around the planet, the presidency of Donald Trump in its first term has been, it is safe to say, a singular experience to watch. Now that an inflection point in Trump’s time in office is at hand with Tuesday’s US election, what’s at stake if his presidency ends — or if it continues? Nation by nation, how is Election Day in the United States being watched, considered, assessed? READ ON...

Donald Trump, Joe Biden confident of big victory as US goes for polls

US President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden on Tuesday exuded confidence of a big victory in the presidential polls as Americans in large numbers headed to cast their ballots to decide the fate of the two leaders in the world's most significant democratic exercise.
Trump predicted that a red wave would re-elect him to the White House, while his Democratic challenger Biden is confident of a big win.
Addressing as many as five election rallies in as many states on the last day of the campaigning, Trump exuded confidence of winning the race with a much greater margin. We are gonna have a red wave. It's gonna be a beautiful sight, Trump told thousands of his supporters in Wisconsin on Monday. At his last rally at Grand Rapids in Michigan, which passed midnight, Trump asked his supporters to give him a bit bigger margin of victory.

Joe Biden holds his lead nationally and in key battleground states: Apco

National and state polls remain steady with some tightening, but overall Joe Biden holds his lead both nationally and in key battleground states, according to a report by Apco Worldwide. The one important change is that infections, hospitalisations, and deaths from Covid-19 are worsening, especially in the Midwest.
Despite this, in his closing argument, President Donald Trump continues to downplay the pandemic and instead attacks Biden any way he can. Biden's closing argument focuses on the need to fight the pandemic and demonstrating the need for leadership.
"Regardless of what happens election night, don't be surprised if Trump proclaims victory on November 3 and for Biden to be more reserved, unless it is a clear blowout for him and then he will claim victory", the analysis said.
That said, don't expect either candidate to concede on election night. It is entirely possible that Trump will be ahead in several key states, but as mail-in ballots are counted, his lead could disappear, and Biden emerges as the victor. This is the scenario that most worry about and how both sides react to this will be critical to whether we see a protracted legal challenge from Trump, the analysis said. READ ON...

US polls 2020: Wall Street headed higher as investors bet on Joe Biden win

Wall Street was set to open higher on Tuesday as investors bet on a clear win for Joe Biden in the most polarised US presidential election in recent times. US President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Biden made a last-minute push for votes in battleground states on Monday. Their campaigns were wary of possible legal disputes that could delay a clear outcome, but a wave of risk appetite swept through markets, Reuters reported.
"The markets in the last 48 hours have become a bit more convinced of a Biden victory without the messy risk of weeks of uncertainty and turmoil," said Derek Halpenny, head of research at MUFG.
Wall Street futures were up before New York trading began, buoyed by gains in Asia and Europe and by hopes that a Biden win would translate into more stimulus programs. Dow e-minis were up 1.5%, S&P 500 e-minis rose 1.1% and Nasdaq 100 e-minis gained 0.54%.

US Elections 2020: Closing of polls, counting of ballots in key battleground states

Even though election day is on Tuesday, every state has a different process and set of rules for counting of ballots. According to CNN, millions of Americans have voted in person or by mail this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic and many are set to vote on election day -- November 3 as well. Here is a look at how ballots would be counted in some of the key battleground states across the US.
The polls would close at 9 p.m EST. Most counties release pre-election votes first. Texas typically finishes most vote counting on election night. According to CNN, the polls in Ohio would close at 7:30 pm EST. Early processing of pre-election ballots could help earlier vote release. Many counties expected to release pre-election votes first, then November 3 results. The state typically finishes counting on election night or next day.
With regard to states that are expected to finish counting after election day, the states -- Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan -- require the arrival of mail ballots by November 3. In the case of Pennsylvania, the deadline extends to November 6.

Election Commission announces polling percentage for by-elections in various states

US Presidential election: What's in store for the Indian stock markets?

The much-awaited election day kicked off in the United States with the first ballots cast in Dixville Notch and Millsfield, two small towns in New Hampshire. The midnight vote began today with voters choosing their preferred candidates for US president and New Hampshire governor, as well as federal and state legislative seats. US President Donald Trump has thanked his supporters, while Democratic nominee Joe Biden said that he will work harder for those who do not back him in a tweet early Tuesday morning. Listen to Business Standard's podcast here.

FM to unveil another stimulus soon, says Economic Affairs Secretary

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will soon announce the next set of stimulus package to boost the coronavirus-hit economy, Economic Affairs Secretary Tarun Bajaj said on Tuesday. The Finance Ministry is looking into suggestions and requests received from various sectors of the economy, he said in a virtual conference with media.
"We are actually discussing that. It is difficult for me to commit a date but we have received a lotof requests and comments from various sectors and we are looking into it. Very soon it will be unveiled. The finance minister will come out and speak to you on that," he said.
The finance minister last month had announced a slew of measures to spur demand and ramp-up capital expenditure. This was the third stimulus package since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The government had announced a Rs 1.70 lakh crore Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKP) in March to protect the poor and vulnerable sections from the impact of COVID-19 crisis.

Explainer: What's 270? The magic number that decides the fate of US polls

What's all this hubbub about 270? It's not about the 270 whales stranded this fall on Australia's island state of Tasmania. It's not about congestion on Interstate 270 feeding commuters into Washington, D.C. It's about who's going to sit in the White House for the next four years. Nearly 2.9 million more people voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, but she still lost.
President Donald Trump won because he took the Electoral College, under a system set up in the US Constitution and refined through the centuries. This is where the magic number comes into play. To win the White House, a candidate must win at least 270 electoral votes. That's a majority of the 538 that are up for grabs in the 50 states. READ ON...

PM Narendra Modi will chair Virtual Global Investor Roundtable on Thursday

Scam-hit PMC Bank invites EoI from potential investors for reconstruction

Fraud-hit Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank on Tuesday invited expression of interest (EoI) from potential investors for investment or equity participation in the bank for its reconstruction.
Objective of the process of invitation of EoI is to identify a suitable equity investor/ group of investors willing to take over management control so as to revive the bank and commence regular day-to-day operations, PMC Bank said in an advertisement. Subsequent to commencement of the normal day-to-day operations, it will be open for the investors to convert the bank into a small finance bank by making an application to the RBI, the lender said.
The conversion will be subject to compliance of the RBI guidelines on Voluntary Transition of Primary (Urban) Co-operative Banks (UCBs) into Small Finance Banks (SFBs) dated September 27, 2018. READ ON...

US polls 2020 LIVE: Donald Trump to remain in White House on Election Day

After months of campaigning during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic across the US seeking a second four year term, President Donald Trump will remain at the White House on Tuesday as the country votes for a leader.
After holding 14 rallies in the last three days, the President will host a campaign party on Tuesday night where hundreds of guests are likely to be in attendance despite the raging pandemic that has infected 9,284,261 people and killed 231,507 others in the country, which is currently the worst-hit.
On Tuesday morning, he will appear on the "Fox & Friends" show on Fox News, after which he will visit campaign offices in nearby Arlington, Virginia.
"The President is very excited to watch election results from the White House, which only an incumbent president gets to do. He's energetic. He feels the momentum. For a lot of us this feels very similar to 2016," The Hill news report quoted White House communications director Alyssa Farah as saying on Fox News.

US Elections 2020: Biden-Harris urge US citizens to cast their ballots

Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris on Tuesday took to Twitter to urge the citizens to cast their ballots on the election day.
"It's Election Day. Go vote, America!" said Biden on Twitter.
Similarly, Harris said, "Election Day is here, and polling places across the country are starting to open. Mask up and find your polling place at"
The 2020 US Presidential election is much different from the previous presidential elections owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the relations between the US and China being the key talking points of the election campaigns.

Donald Trump thanks supporters, Joe Biden offers to work harder for non-supporters

As voting begins for the much-anticipated US presidential election on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump has thanked his supporters, while Democratic nominee Joe Biden said that he will work harder for those who do not back him In a tweet early Tuesday morning, the President, who is seeking another four years at the helm, said: "To all of our supporters: thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have been there from the beginning, and I will never let you down.
"Your hopes are my hopes, your dreams are my dreams, and your future is what I am fighting for every single day." Also taking to Twitter, the former Vice President said he was "running as a proud Democrat, but I will govern as an American President".
"I will work with Democrats and Republicans, and I'll work as hard for those who don't support me as for those who do. "Because that's the job of a President," Biden added.
Polling stations have already opened in the state of Vermont and the first ballots were cast earlier on Tuesday in Dixville Notch and Millsfield, two small towns in New Hampshire.

India's exports decline 5.4% in October to $24.82 billion: Govt data

India's exports declined 5.4 per cent to $24.82 billion in October due to fall in shipments of sectors like petroleum products, gems and jewellery, and leather, according to government data released on Tuesday. Exports during April-October 2020-21 stood at $150.07 billion, registering a decline of 19.05 per cent over the same period last year.
"India's merchandise exports in October 2020 were $24.82 billion, as compared to $26.23 billion in October 2019, showing a fall of 5.4 per cent," the Commerce and Industry Ministry said in a statement.
Imports also fell 11.56 per cent to $33.6 billion during October. "India was thus a net importer in October 2020 with a trade deficit of $8.78 billion, as compared to trade deficit of $11.76 billion, an improvement by 25.34 per cent," it added.

Sensex extends gains on banking, finance boost; global markets firm on US election day

The Sensex rallied 504 points while the Nifty reclaimed the 11,800-level on Tuesday, propped up by banking and finance counters, as global markets marched higher on US election day. Encouraging Q2 results and foreign capital inflows added to the buying momentum in the domestic markets, traders said.
Rising for the second straight session, the 30-share BSE Sensex ended 503.55 points or 1.27 per cent higher at 40,261.13. Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty jumped 144.35 points or 1.24 per cent to 11,813.50. ICICI Bank was the top gainer in the Sensex pack, soaring 6.51 per cent, followed by SBI, HDFC, PowerGrid, Sun Pharma, IndusInd Bank, Titan, Bajaj Auto, HDFC Bank and Axis Bank.
On the other hand, NTPC, Reliance Industries, Nestle India, HCL Tech, Infosys and HUL were among the laggards, shedding up to 3.75 per cent.

US Elections 2020: Joe Biden wins all five votes in Dixville Notch

Democratic US Presidential nominee Joe Biden has won all five of the votes cast in Dixville Notch, a tiny New Hampshire township along the US-Canada border. The ballots were cast in the minutes after midnight, becoming some of the first cast and counted on Election Day, CNN reported.
Dixville Notch has become one of the first places in the country to show its preference.CNN reported that Dixville Notch in 2016 went for then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, even though then-GOP nominee Donald Trump went on to win the Electoral College. By tradition, all eligible voters gather in the storied "Ballot Room" at The Balsams resort in Dixville Notch to cast their secret ballots once polls open at midnight, CNN said.
The 2020 US elections, including presidential and congressional races, came amid a surging COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Americans will decide the fate of incumbent President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden through their votings. To win the presidency, either Trump or Biden must acquire over 50 per cent of the electoral college vote, which is 538 in total. Therefore, each candidate must get a minimum of 270 electoral votes to clinch the presidency.

Presidential polls 2020: Polling stations open in US state of Vermont

Polling stations in the US state of Vermont opened on Tuesday morning for the presidential election. The polling station opened at 5 a.m. (local time) across the northeastern state located in the New England region. The state has voted Democrat since 1992, in the 2016 presidential election, party candidate Hillary Clinton won 56.68 per cent of the votes, while then Republican candidate trailed 30.27 per cent.
Before Vermont, the first ballots were cast earlier Tuesday in Dixville Notch and Millsfield, two small towns in the state of New Hampshire.
According to the latest RealClearPolitics polling average, incumbent Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was leading Trump by 6.7 percentage points nationally, but only by 2.8 percentage points in top battleground states, including Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Arizona.

Fearing poll-related violence, security tightened across US; stores, businesses board up

Security has been tightened at the White House and major commercial avenues across the US, with retailers boarding up their stores to head off any damages as America braced for possible unrest and violence in a bitter and divisive presidential race.
Vital government installations are on high alert while the Secret Service has fortified the White House. A "non-scalable" wall has been temporarily erected around the sprawling presidential complex ahead of the voting on Tuesday. About 600 National Guard troops have also been designated to help respond to protests around the country if requested.
On election eve, contractors were seen busy boarding up major stores and businesses from New York and Boston in the north to southern Houston to Washington DC and Chicago in the east to San Francisco in the West.
Stores along the posh 5th Avenue in Manhattan as well as across the New York city boarded up and workers were seen drilling plywood onto the stores' facade late in the night, amid fears that Election Day could bring violence, looting and clashes, similar to the chaos seen in the summer during protests over the death of George Floyd.


Native village in Tamil Nadu prays for Kamala Harris' victory in US elections

As millions of US citizens queue up to vote for their next President and his deputy, the people of Thulasenthirapuram in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday prayed for the success of Kamala Harris, Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee, who has a connect to this small village.
Posters were put up in many parts of the village in Tiruvarur district in the state wishing Harris success, with locals holding special prayers seeking divine intervention.
The Democrats and Republicans face-off in a bitter fight in the race to the White House in the US. Joe Biden, the Democratic challenger for President Donald Trump, had earlier nominated Harris, born to a Jamaican father and Indian mother, both immigrants, as his running mate.

Indian Embassy in Austria assures safety of Indian community after Vienna terror attack

Following a terror attack in Vienna, the Indian Embassy in Austria on Tuesday assured that they were in touch with authorities for the safety of the Indian community in Vienna.
In a Twitter post, the Embassy advised all to exercise caution since the terrorists may still be at large. A group of unidentified persons carried out a series of attacks with shooting in downtown Vienna killing two people.
According to law enforcement, several people were seriously wounded, including a policeman, one attacker was neutralised, and at least one more attacker is being sought. The attacks, in particular, targeted a synagogue, according to media reports. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the incident was a terrorist act.

Jharkhand bypolls: 46.47% voting till 1 pm in two assembly seats

Around 46.47 per cent of total 5.63 lakh voters cast their ballots till 1 pm in by-elections to two assembly seats in Jharkhand on Tuesday amidst tight security and strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocol, election officials said. Dumka seat reported 46.96 per cent turnout, while 46.07 per cent of voters cast their ballots in Bermo constituency of Bokaro district, they said.
Polling began at 7 am and no untoward incident has been reported so far, they said. Electors were seen standing in queues in polling booths by maintaining social distancing. They were given masks, sanitiser and gloves, the officials said. The fates of 12 candidates in Dumka and 16 in Bermo will be sealed in the EVMs by 5 pm.

Posters showing support for US vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris in her native village Thulasendrapuram

Odisha assembly bypolls: 40.52% voting in two assembly seats till 1 pm

Around 40.52 per cent of 4.67 lakh voters exercised their franchise till 1 pm in by- elections to two assembly seats in Odisha on Tuesday amidst tight security and strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocol, election officials said. Balasore seat reported 41.36 per cent polling, while 39.68 per cent of voters in Titrol constituency in Jagatsinghpur district have cast their ballots, they said.
Voting, which commenced at 7 am, is in progress in a peaceful manner. Errors found in VVPAT machines during mock polling at some places were corrected, a poll official said.
There was a marginal drop in turnout around noon, but voting is likely to pick up again, state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) S K Lohani said. Police is looking into media reports about the distribution of money by a woman in Balasore.

US Congress prepared if poll results are disputed: Nancy Pelosi

Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi has said that Congress was prepared to decide the outcome of the presidential election, which will take place on Tuesday, if the results were disputed.
According to the US political system, if there isn't a clear winner by electoral vote, the House then chooses the next President, The Hill news website reported.
"We understand what the law is and the pre-eminence of the role of Congress and specifically the House of Representatives when it comes to counting the votes.
"We're ready. We're prepared. We've been ready for a while because we see this irresponsibility of the President, his disrespect for the Constitution, for our democracy and for the integrity of our elections. So we're ready for him," the veteran Democrat was quoted as saying in an NPR public radio station interview on Monday.


US Elections 2020: Vote like your life depends on it, says Lady Gaga at final Biden campaign

Musician Lady Gaga on Monday night (local time) delivered a passionate speech at the Democratic party's presidential candidate Joe Biden's final campaign event at Pennsylvania. According to Variety, the 34-year-old musician complimented her speech along with a power-packed performance of her songs 'Shallow,' and 'You and I.'
Pennsylvania is the home state of Biden. Besides Gaga, the rally also saw musician John Legden and vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris's husband at the stage. Gaga kicked off the speech by walking, dancing, and cheering the crowd to Childish Gambino's 'This Is America.'
"This is a big one, Pennsylvania. So if you are here, you probably already believe in Joe Biden. I know I believe in Joe Biden. You probably already believe he is the right choice over Donald Trump. You don't need me to tell you why," Variety quoted Gaga as saying.

US Elections 2020: Voting begins, first ballots cast in New Hampshire

The much-awaited election day kicked off in the United States on Tuesday with the first ballots cast in Dixville Notch and Millsfield, towns in the northeastern state of New Hampshire. The midnight vote began today with voters choosing their preferred candidates for US president and New Hampshire governor, as well as federal and state legislative seats, Xinhua reported.
In the makeshift "Ballot Room" at Dixville Notch's Balsams Resort, Les Otten, one of the only five local registered voters, cast the first ballot. The 2020 US elections, including presidential and congressional races, came amid a surging COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
Americans will decide the fate of incumbent President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden through their votings. To win the presidency, either Trump or Biden must acquire over 50 per cent of the electoral college vote, which is 538 in total. Therefore, each candidate must get a minimum of 270 electoral votes to clinch the presidency.

US election 2020: White House fenced up, President Donald Trump warns of violence as America votes

US President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden wrapped up their campaigns on Monday as a ring of unscalable fence went up around the White House in Washington DC in anticipation of unrest on election night in a grim reminder of a country on edge.

Madhya Pradesh by-polls: Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and his wife Kiran Tomar cast their vote in Gwalior

Violin maestro and Padma awardee TN Krishnan dies at 92 in Chennai

By-poll voter turnout till 10 am

Odisha (Balasore and Tirtol) - 9.81 %
Jharkhand (Dumka, Bermo) - 13.21 %
Nagaland (Southern Angami-I, Pungro-Kiphire) - 36.98 %
Chhattisgarh (Marwahi) - 2.40 %
Haryana (Baroda) - 13 %
Telangana (Dubbaka) - 12.74 %

Vienna attack: Austrian Embassy in New Delhi to remain closed to the pubkic until November 11, 2020

As a precautionary measure, the Austrian Embassy in New Delhi will remain closed to the public until November 11, 2020.

Loan moratorium case: Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi says the circular of the RBI has discriminatory elements

Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi: We are power producers, all we are asking that the circular of the RBI has discriminatory elements. This may be given some priority.

Kerala PCS to give 10% reservation in government jobs for EWS in general category

The Kerala Public Service Commission (PSC) has decided that 10% reservation in government jobs for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in the general category will be applicable for all job notifications, which were active on Oct 23

Deeply shocked and saddened by the dastardly terror attacks in Vienna

Deeply shocked and saddened by the dastardly terror attacks in Vienna. India stands with Austria during this tragic time. My thoughts are with the victims and their families: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Loan moratorium case LIVE | Banks will be guided by a scheme for effectuating ex gratia payments to borrowers: RBI to SC

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has informed the Court that banks shall be guided by a Scheme for effectuating ex gratia payments to borrowers towards specified loan amounts vide additional affidavit.

Loan moratorium case LIVE: SC to take up pleas shortly

Supreme Court’s Justice Ashok Bhushan led bench will shortly take up plea(s) seeking extension of the Covid19 induced loan moratorium & waiver of accruing interest.

Voter turnout of 11.48% recorded till 10 am in Madhya Pradesh by-elections

Polling is being held for 28 seats in the state.

Supreme Court to hear today, plea by one of the Rajiv Gandhi Assassination convicts

Supreme Court to hear today, plea by one of the Rajiv Gandhi Assassination convicts - AG Perarivalan, for parole.

Karnataka bypoll: Voting underway for the by-poll to Sira

Govt seeks adjournment in loan moratorium case listed in SC for today

Letter states that SG Tushar Mehta will be making submissions in the matter challenging Central Vista project, & therefore won’t be able to appear in the loan moratorium case.

Elections 2020 LIVE: J P Nadda urges people to vote in large numbers

BJP President JP Nadda appealed to people to come out in large numbers and ensure their participation in the grand festival of democracy while adhering to COVID-19 guidelines.

Odisha bypolls: Voting underway in Balasore, Tirtol assembly seats

Polling is underway for the by-elections to two assembly seats in Odisha on Tuesday amidst tight security and strict adherence to the Covid-19 protocol, officials said.
Around 4.67 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the by-elections to Balasore and Tirtol constituencies. Voting has commenced at 7 am, a senior election official said.
The by-elections were necessitated following the deaths of the BJP's Balasore MLA Madan Mohan Dutta and the BJD's Titrol legislator Bishnu Charan Das.

Gwalior bypolls 2020: BJP candidate for the Dabra by-poll, Imarti Devi cast her vote

Karnataka bypolls: Congress candidate for RR Nagar by-poll, Kusuma H cast her vote

Voting begins for the by-election in 54 Assembly seats across 10 states.

8 seats in Madhya Pradesh, 8 in Gujarat, 7 in Uttar Pradesh, 2 each in Odisha, Nagaland, Karnataka & Jharkhand, and one seat each in Chhattisgarh, Telangana & Haryana going to polls today.

Vienna terror attack: Emmanuel Macron says, ''we will not give in"

"After France, it is a friendly country that is attacked. This is our Europe. Our enemies must know who they are dealing with. We will not give in," Macron wrote on Twitter.

Vienna terror attack: Interior Minister Karl Nehammer warns people to stay away from the centre of the city

Interior Minister Karl Nehammer warned people to stay away from the centre of the city, adding that border checks were being reinforced.

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