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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
Trump now says he doesn''t want to postpone presidential elections in November
 
Washington: Donald Trump has quickly taken back his suggestion to delay November''s presidential election over alleged fraud concerns after he failed to garner support from top Republicans. Seeking a second consecutive term, Trump is facing a formidable challenge from Democratic nominee and former vice president Joe Biden, who, according to major national opinion polls, has double digit lead over the Republican president. The presidential election date in the US statutorily is set as "the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November" equalling "the first Tuesday after November 1".

Trump on Thursday for the first time openly floated the idea of postponing the presidential elections on November 3, citing irregularities in the mail-in vote. The suggestion was immediately criticised by leaders of the opposition Democratic Party. He also failed to garner support from his own Republican Party. Later in the day, Trump walked back on his suggestion. "I don''t want to delay. I want to have the election. But I also don''t want to have to wait for three months and then find out that the ballots are all missing and the election doesn''t mean anything," Trump told reporters at a news conference when asked about his tweet suggesting election be delayed.

"With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???" he tweeted on Thursday morning. Reacting to Trump''s suggestion, Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican and Trump ally, told CNN when asked about the President''s call to delay the election: "I don''t think that''s a particularly good idea." Graham said he believed Trump''s "concerns about mail-in voting are valid, but delaying the election is not the right answer.

"Majority Whip Senator John Thune, a member of Republican leadership, said that there will be an election in November despite the President''s tweet. "I think that''s probably a statement that gets some press attention, but I doubt it gets any serious traction," he said. "I think we''ve had elections every November since about 1788, and I expect that will be the case again this year," he said. "We''ve had elections during wars. We''ve had elections during depressions. We''ve had elections during civil unrest," Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee told reporters. "We should have our election when it''s scheduled in November, and I''m sure we will." Any change of date would have to be approved by the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Democrats control the House of Representatives and some have already said they will not support any delay to the vote. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, responded to the President with a tweet of her own quoting the Constitution, that gives Congress the authority to "determine the Time of choosing the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Vote." At his White House press conference, Trump said that the Mail-in-Vote would delay the counting of votes and election results. "I don''t want to be waiting around for weeks and months and literally, potentially, if you really did it right, years because you''ll never know. These ballots are missing," Trump said. "That doesn''t include absentee.

Absentee is different. Absentee you have to work, and you have to send in for applications. You have to go through a whole procedure. "For instance, I''m an absentee voter because I can''t be in Florida because I''m in Washington. I''m at the White House. So I''ll be an absentee voter. We have a lot of absentee voters and it works," he added. Democrats are pushing for Mail-in-Votes. During the COVID-19 pandemic era, a large number of Americans are expected to opt for mail in voting to avoid standing in line and going to a polling booth. Trump has expressed fear that this might be rigged and the counting of votes itself might take a long time and the results would not be declared on the night on November 3, which normally happens. "It''s very, very unfair to our country. If they do this, our country will be a laughingstock all over the world because everyone knows it doesn''t work," the president added.


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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
More Americans ''may die'' due to COVID if Trump does not cooperate with transition process: Biden
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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