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End of an era: Argentina football legend Diego Maradona dies        Greg Barclay elected ICC's Independent Chair        Have great respect for Indian bowlers but our batsmen have seen them a lot: Langer        Rupee rises 6 paise to 73.95 against US dollar in early trade        Biden seeks swift Cabinet votes, but GOP Senate stays silent        As virus cases spike, financial outlook for world's airlines dims        Nivar makes landfall, weakens into severe cyclonic storm        Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel passes away at 71        India's COVID-19 caseload goes past 92 lakh; no. of active cases increases by 6,079        Left Govt moves ahead with projects having no central clearances: Chennithala        Kerala Cabinet decides to approach Governor to repeal new ordinance        Kerala reports 5,420 new COVID cases, 5,149 recoveries: CM        Cyclone Nivar : heavy rain lashes Chennai, suburbs, govt holiday today        UP okays ordinance against conversion for marriage, violators face up to 10 yrs in jail        Govts have to work as team to ensure vaccination drive is smooth, sustained: PM Modi        ICC nominates Kohli, Ashwin for Men''s Player of the Decade Award        Rohit, Ishant to miss first two Australia Tests, also doubtful for remaining two: BCCI source        India''s home series against England to feature four Tests instead of five        Odisha pay the penalty as Hyderabad keep first-ever clean sheet        Looking at India squad, Surya could have been there: Brian Lara        
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International News
More Americans ''may die'' due to COVID if Trump does not cooperate with transition process: Biden
 
Washington: President-elect Joe Biden has warned that many more Americans "may die" if incumbent President Donald Trump does not cooperate with the transition process and hamper the incoming administration''s ability to tackle the deadly coronavirus pandemic. According to media projections, Democrat Biden has won the November 3 presidential election. Biden has 306 votes in the electoral college, surpassing the 270 threshold needed to win. However, Trump, a Republican, has not conceded and instead alleged election fraud without presenting any significant evidence. The Trump campaign has also mounted legal fights in a number of battleground states where he lost.

"More people may die if we don''t coordinate," Biden said in his home state of Delaware on Monday, responding to a question on President Trump refusing to concede the election and the outgoing administration not co-operating in the transition process. The US government agency that launches transition process - the General Services Administration (GSA), headed by a Trump appointee - has yet to recognise Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris as winners. The Trump-appointed administrator of the General Services Administration has so far refused to take the legally necessary step to begin the transition process, which would give Biden''s team a budget, intelligence briefings and access to federal agencies. “A vaccine is important. It''s of little use until you''re vaccinated.

So, how do we get the vaccine, how do we get over 300 million Americans vaccinated? What''s the game plan? It''s a huge, huge, huge undertaking to get it done, prioritise those greatest in need and working our way through, and also cooperate with the World Health Organization and the rest of the world in dealing with this,” he said. “So they (Trump administration) say they have this ''Warp Speed'' programme that not only dealt with getting vaccines, but also how to distribute this. The number of COVID-19 infections in the US has reached new heights in recent days, surpassing 160,000 cases in one day for the first time since the outbreak began. More than 247,000 people have died in the US do the disease. Dr Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious diseases expert, has warned that the country faces "a very challenging and ominous situation" as it approaches winter.

Calling nationwide vaccine distribution a "huge undertaking", Biden said that if his team had to wait until 20 January - his presidential inauguration - until they could begin work on the distribution programme, they would be behind by "over a month, month and a half". Biden said coordination is important "now, or as rapidly as we can get that done," and said that "it would make it a lot easier if the President were to participate." "I am hopeful that the President will be mildly more enlightened before we get to January 20," he said. "The idea the President is still playing golf and not doing anything about it is beyond my comprehension," Biden said. Biden also criticised Trump for failing to work with Congress to negotiate a measure to aid businesses and unemployed Americans as the pandemic rages heading into the winter.

Biden was also asked about his thoughts on Trump''s tweet over the weekend where he first seemed to acknowledge that Biden had won the election. However, soon after Trump said he would not concede, and that he had won. He called Trump''s refusal to acknowledge he lost the election, despite calls to do so from both sides, "totally irresponsible". “I interpret that as Trumping-ism, no change in his modus operandi. And I think the pressure will continue to build,” he said. The President-elect said that he is having a lot of meetings with world leaders on the telephone and he can get into negotiating with them about things that are going to be done.

They are calling with some degree of enthusiasm everyone from a holy father to prime ministers across the globe. “So we are moving along knowing what the outcome will be and … but I find this more embarrassing for the country than debilitating for my ability to get started,” Biden said.


Biden seeks swift Cabinet votes, but GOP Senate stays silent
As virus cases spike, financial outlook for world's airlines dims
Biden's first Cabinet picks expected Tuesday amid roadblocks
Hong Kong's Joshua Wong to plead guilty to protest charges
Federal Judge Dismisses Trump Lawsuit Seeking to Delay Pennsylvania Vote Certification
Moderna to charge governments $25-$37 per dose of its candidate vaccine - CEO
G-20 summit opens with Saudi urging united response to virus
Mala Adiga appointed policy director of Jill Biden
Tibetan leader Sangay visits White House for first time in 6 decades
China will have to play by rules; US to rejoin WHO: Biden
Biden wins Republican stronghold Georgia
Douglas Stuart''s ''Shuggie Bain'' wins 2020 Booker Prize, Indian-origin author Avni Doshi misses out
US says settlement products can be labelled ''Made in Israel''
Pak military had ties with Taliban, possibly Al Qaeda: Obama
JuD chief Saeed convicted in terror financing case
Biden and Harris receive briefing from national security experts
Transfer of power will be orderly and happen right on time: top Republican leader
Singapore needs more talent for growth of tech industry: PM Lee
Certain elements inside Pak military had links to al-Qaeda: Obama on raid that killed Osama
Pompeo meets Orthodox spiritual leader in Istanbul
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
My whole life has been a miracle: Rajinikanth
 Mumbai: From starting out as a bus conductor to becoming one of the biggest stars of the: country,  
'Game of Thrones' star Indira Varma tests positive for coronavirus
Coronavirus: Release of Ranveer Singh-starrer '83' put on hold
'Joker' earns Joaquin Phoenix his maiden Oscar
KERALA NEWS
Left Govt moves ahead with projects having no central clearances: Chennithala
 Thiruvananthapuram: Opposition leader in Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala on Tuesday alleged that
Kerala reports 5,420 new COVID cases, 5,149 recoveries: CM
Ker FM hits out at ED over reported probe against KIIFB; Opp says he has "something to hide"
Kerala adds 5,294 fresh COVID-19 cases; Active cases 65,856
NATIONAL NEWS
Nivar makes landfall, weakens into severe cyclonic storm
 Chennai: Very severe cyclonic storm Nivar made landfall near Puducherry in the early hours of Thursd
Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel passes away at 71
India's COVID-19 caseload goes past 92 lakh; no. of active cases increases by 6,079
Cyclone Nivar : heavy rain lashes Chennai, suburbs, govt holiday today
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