Wed, 09 November 2016
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23:57   Why were the US election polls so wrong?
Republican Donald Trump will become the next US president. Many will be wondering who, among the estimated 129 million voters in the 2016 election, Trump has to thank for his victory.

Possibly, not most of them. Current projections suggest that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton might narrowly claim a larger share of the popular vote. But the distribution of votes in the electoral college still means that Trump finished the night with 276 of the 270 college votes needed to win and, once final counts come in from states that still havent officially been called, that count will probably jump to 306.

Those exit polls point to one clear, deep divide in voting behavior race. White voters chose Trump, non-white voters chose Clinton. This appears to be different from previous polling data, where the difference between candidates national popularity was so narrow that relatively small errors could affect the overall accuracy of results. The gap in Trump support between white voters and non-white voters is so large that even if exit polls were inaccurate, that difference probably still stands.

Read more HERE
23:52   Trump election puts Iran nuclear deal on shaky ground
Trump election puts Iran nuclear deal on shaky ground

Donald Trump's election as president raises the prospect the United States will pull out of the nuclear pact it signed last year with Iran, alienating Washington from its allies and potentially freeing Iran to act on its ambitions.

Outgoing President Barack Obama's administration touted the deal, a legacy foreign policy achievement, as a way to suspend Tehran's suspected drive to develop atomic weapons. In return Obama, a Democrat, agreed to a lifting of most sanctions.

The deal, harshly opposed by Republicans in Congress, was reached as a political commitment rather than a treaty ratified by lawmakers, making it vulnerable to a new U.S. president, such as Trump, who might disagree with its terms.

A Republican, Trump ran for the White House opposing the deal but contradictory statements made it unclear how he would act. In an upset over Democrat Hillary Clinton, Trump won on Tuesday and will succeed Obama on Jan. 20.

A businessman-turned-politician who has never held public office, Trump called the nuclear pact a "disaster".

Read more HERE
23:07   We are now all rooting for Trump's success: Obama
US President Barack Obama on Donald Trump's election win:

* "I am proud of Hillary Clinton; confident that she will continue to do good work for people of America"

* "US needs a sense of unity and and respect for institutions"

* "We are not Democrats first, not Republicans first. We're Americans first. We're patriots first. We all want the best"

* "To the young people who got into politics for the first time and may be have to stay encouraged."

* "Donad Trump and I have had serious differences; but will ensure smooth transition."

* "We all want what's best for this country, and that's what I heard from Donald Trump last night."

* "We are now all rooting for his (Trump) success in uniting and leading our country"

* "I have instructed my team to follow the example that President Bush's team set 8 years ago."

* ""If we lose, we learn from our mistakes...We brush ourselves off, we get back in the arena."

PM Modi spoke to US President-elect Donald Trump to congratulate him and convey his best wishes: Vikas Swarup, MEA
22:27   We have still not shattered that glass ceiling: Hillary
More highlights:

* "I believe we are stronger together and we will go forward together. And you should never, ever regret fighting for that."

* "To all the women who put their faith in this campaign & in me nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion"

* "To the young people...please never stop believing that fighting for what's right is worth it."

* "I am so grateful for our country and all that it has given to me."

* "Nothing has made me prouder than to be your (women who supported her) champion."

* "We have still have not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling. But some day, someone will"

* "To all little girls watching,never doubt that you are valuable & powerful & deserving of every chance & opportunity in the world"

* "I am incredibly honored and grateful to have had this chance to represent you in this consequential election."
22:20   We owe Trump the chance to lead: Hillary
More highlights from Hillary's concession speech:

* "Our campaign was never about one person or one election only."

* "Donald Trump is going to be our President, and we owe him a chance to lead."

* "Our constitutional democracy demands our participation. Not just every four years, but all the time."

* "To Barack and Michelle Obama, our country owes you an enormous debt of gratitude."

* "You (supporters) represent the best of America, and being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life

* "Our responsibility as citizens is to keep doing our part, to build that better, stronger, fairer America we seek."

* "We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought."

* "Our constitutional democracy demands our participation - not just every four years."

* "We thank you (Obamas) for your graceful, determined leadership, that has meant so much to so many Americans and people across the world."
22:15   Hillary: 'This is painful, and it will be for a long time'
Hillary Clinton speaks following her presidential election loss to Donald Trump:

*  "Last night I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work him on behalf of our country. I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans."

* "This is painful, and it will be for a long time."

* "I feel pride and gratitude for this wonderful campaign that we built together."

* Nobody had to wonder if Clinton would accept the results of the US election.

* "Our constitutional democracy demands our participation. Not just every four years, but all the time."

* "This is not the outcome we wanted. Im sorry we did not win this election for the vision we hold for our country."
22:11   I'm excited and proud of Hillary: Tim Kaine
Hillary Clinton's Tim Kaine speaks following her presidential election loss to Donald Trump:

* "I'm excited and proud of Hillary because she's built such a wonderful team."

* "She has made history."

* "I'm proud of Hillary because she loves this country."

* Nobody had to wonder if Clinton would accept the results of the US election.
21:47   Cash deposits of jewelers would be scrutinized: Govt
Revenue Secretary Hashmukh Adhia adds:

* Cash deposits of jewelers would be scrutinized against the sales made to check whether they have taken PAN numbers of buyers or not.

* Action tobe taken against those jewelers who fail to take PAN numbers from buyers to ensure this requirement is not compromised.

* A person buying jewelry has to give his PAN number;Instructions being issued to field authorities to check it withall jewelers
21:43   200 pc penalty on deposit mismatch over Rs 2.5 lakh
Further dangling the stick, government tonight warned that cash deposits above Rs 2.5 lakh threshold under the 50-day window could attract tax plus a 200 per cent penalty in case of income mismatch. 

"We would be getting reports of all cash deposited during the period of November 10 to December 30, 2016, above a threshold of Rs 2.5 lakh in every account.

"The (tax) department would do matching of this with income returns filed by the depositors. And suitable action may follow," Revenue Secretary Hashmukh Adhia said  on Wednesday night.

Any mismatch with income declared by the account holder will be treated as a case of tax evasion. 

"This would be treated as a case of tax evasion and the tax amount plus a penalty of 200 per cent of the tax payable would be levied as per the Section 270(A) of the Income Tax Act," he said.

The government has allowed citizens to deposit in their bank accounts old currency of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations, which had been declared invalid in the nation's biggest crackdown on blackmoney, corruption and counterfeit notes, between November 10 and December 30. 
Canada's immigration website crashed due to 'significant increase' in election night traffic

The CBC on Wednesday confirmed that Canadas immigration website crashed after an election night traffic spike.

Remi Lariviere, spokesman for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, told the CBC that the government agency's site "became temporarily inaccessible to users as a result of a significant increase in the volume of traffic" on Tuesday as Donald Trump marched to victory.

The site appears to be working now.
Nepal's central bank asks banking and other financial institutions in the country to stop transactions in Rs 500, Rs 1000 Indian notes: PTI
21:04   Will Trump's presidency ignite a world crisis?
If Donald Trump tries to implement his worldview, he could ignite a new world crisis. World crises are rare. They occur when a fault-line opens up in the international system that generates enormous instability and unleashes powerful opposing forces with no means of reconciling them. 

The last world crisis occurred in the late 1940s with the breakdown of the post-war settlement, Soviet expansionism, containment, and the advent of the Cold War. 
Before that, the emergence of Nazi Germany destroyed the equilibrium in Europe and paved the path for the World War II.

This crisis is simple enough to understand. The United States could withdraw from its role as the leader of a liberal international order. 

The order would then collapse and other countries would scramble to respond. 

Read more HERE

20:18   No nano GPS chip in new Rs 2,000 note: FM
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday dispelled rumours of the Rs 2,000 note having a 'micro nano GPS chip' to enable its tracking through satellite. 

"From where did you come to know this? I have not heard of it," Jaitley said when asked if the Rs 2,000 currency note, being issued by the government, had a chip to enable its satellite tracking.

According to the rumours doing rounds on the social media, the currency note carries a chip that makes it detectable when a pile is kept together, and it can be also tracked via satellite.

Jaitley was talking to reporters in New Delhi a day after the government, in a surprise move, demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes.
19:48   Hillary to address supporters shortly
Hillary Clinton will address supporters at 9.30 am EST (8 pm Indian time) today in her first public remarks since Trump's stunning election win.

Earlier, her campaign chief said that Clinton will not speak tonight.

"We are so proud of you. We are so proud of her. Let's get the votes counted. They're still counting votes and every vote should count. We're not going to have any more to say tonight," her campaign chair John Podesta had said.
19:24   Note ban to stop terror funding, Pak-printed fake currency: Ministers
Terming the scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes as an 'attack on terrorism', Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said it has got Pakistan worried.

The minister also said the demonetisation of higher currency notes is a step towards making the country an economic super power.

"Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes give strength to those patronising terrorism... Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken away this strength by banning these notes. Fake Indian currency notes are printed in Pakistan and circulated in the country to destroy its economy," Rajnath said at BJPs Parivartan Yatra held in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh.

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju also said the demonetisation of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes will lead to closure of printing press in Pakistan, where fake Indian currency notes are printed.
19:03   Body of Kannada actor who drowned during shooting found
The body of Kannada actor Uday, who went missing after he jumped from a chopper into Thippagondanahalli Reservoir on Monday during a movie shoot was found in Bengaluru.

The incident happened when the crew of upcoming Kannada film Masti Gudi was shooting the climax scene.

The scene had two actors jumping out of a chopper into the reservoir.Lead actor Duniya Vijay along with co-actors Uday and Anil had to jump off from the helicopter from a height of over 100 feet.

While Vijay, swam to safety, Anil and Uday, failed to surface.The video shows three of the actors jumping into the water but only Vijay managing to swim ashore.

According to reports, filmmakers may be charged with negligence as they did not provide for safety nets in place.
18:26   Soldier killed in Pak firing; Security forces kill 2 terrorists
One soldier has been killed in firing by Pakistani Rangers in Machhal Sector of Kupwara district, Jammu and Kashmir.

Two Lashkar-e-Tayyaba terrorists were also killed in an encounter with security forces in the Watergam area of Baramulla district in the state.

Meanwhile, India summoned Pak Deputy High Commissioner on Wednesday and conveyed strong concern on continued ceasefire violations and endangering safety of its High Commission officials.

"The government conveyed (to Pak deputy HC that) such loss of life is unacceptable. Injuries to civilians during shelling by Pak are deplorable and were strongly condemned," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

"The government also protested the manner in which photographs of eight officials of High Commission of India in Islamabad were prominently displayed in newspapers in the wake of factually incorrect allegations by the government of Pakistan and conveyed  that this is against basic norms of diplomatic practice and courtesy, besides having potential to endanger their security and safety," he said.

"It is expected that Pak side will desist from such actions and will ensure security of all members of Indian High Commission in Islamabad," Swarup said.
18:09   Banks to work on weekend to exchange old currency notes
JUST IN: Banks will remain open for public on Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13, 2016, the Reserve Bank of India has said.

A huge rush is expected at banks when they open tomorrow of people wanting to exchange their old Rs 500, 1000 notes.
18:02   Trump updates his Twitter bio after win to President-elect
Donald Trump updated his Twitter bio to reflect his new position after winning the US presidential election.

The 70-year-old real estate tycoon has updated his bio to "President-elect of the United States". 

His Twitter handle @realDonaldTrump has around 13.5 million followers, over 2 million more than President Barack Obama. 

His first tweet after the election result said: "Such a beautiful and important evening! The forgotten man and woman will never be forgotten again. We will all come together as never before."  
17:17   White-supremacist body KKK takes credit for Trump win
A former Ku Klux Klan leader or 'grand wizard' has suggested fascists had helped Donald Trump win the US presidential election.

The Independent reports that David Duke, who once led the neo-Nazi, white-supermacist organisation, tweeted the claim on election night.

This is one of the most exciting nights of my life, Mr Duke wrote.

Make no mistake about it, our people have played a huge role in electing Trump!

The Republican became the 45th president-elect early on Wednesday morning, in a victory which defied the polls and shocked pundits.

Mr Duke, a former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, was also running for Senate this year, but lost his race in the state.

During the election campaign, Mr Trump only hesitantly denounced Mr Duke and the KKK, but that did not deter the far-right politician.

Mr Duke reiterated his support following the election result, even appearing to class his politics and Mr Trump's politics as one and the same.

We have the moral high ground, 100%, he said on Twitter.

He also posted a series of bizarre photoshopped images of Mr Trump, including one of him holding a rifle while standing on a tank bearing his name, surrounded by fireworks, an eagle and the US flag.

Image: The photoshopped image posted by David Duke
17:05   Thousands protest Trump win, woman 'intentionally' run over
Protesters took to the streets of Oakland, California, early Wednesday after Donald Trump's shock presidential win. According to local media, several different protests took place throughout the Bay Area city.

In one, a woman was injured after being struck by a car that witnesses said hit her intentionally, according to local media. It was unclear if the woman was involved in the protest.

The California Highway Patrol confirmed that the eastbound lanes were shut down due to the incident, but they did not elaborate on the circumstances.

About 200 people, mostly students, took part in a protest at the University of California, Berkeley, local media reported. Elsewhere, protesters reportedly lit flares and burned Trump in effigy, while others lit garbage on fire in the downtown area.
No toll to be charged on highways across India till Friday to facilitate smooth traffic after Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes are scrapped. 
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das address media on PM Modi's crackdown on black money.
16:34   The Mahindra-Melania connection
So what is Anand Mahindra's connection with Melania Trump?

A beloved former colleague says Melania Trump hails from a town called Novo Mesto.

Novo Mesto is home to Revoz, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Renault, which had the famous joint venture with M&M.

Six degrees of separation.  
16:24   Obama calls Trump, Washington meeting soon
President-elect Donald Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, says President Barack Obama called Trump after his victory. Conway told CNN that the two had "a great conversation' and will meet soon in Washington.

The White House has yet to comment. But the White House had said it would keep room in Obama's schedule this week for such a meeting and would work with either candidate to move forward with the transition of power.

This morning President Obama had a message for Americans: The sun will, in fact, come out tomorrow.

In an election night message he recorded for BuzzFeed News, Obama sought to sooth any angst among voters as they cast ballots on Tuesday after what's been a contentious presidential race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

"This has been an exhausting, stressful and sometimes downright weird election for all of us," Obama said. "We've been through tough and divisive elections before and we've always come out stronger for it."

In recent weeks, Obama has hit the trail for Clinton in several battleground states. On Monday, Obama, joined by his wife, Michelle, campaigned alongside Clinton in Philadelphia.

"Whether your chosen candidates win or lose tonight, let's all agree, not only to stay engaged, but to push ourselves to do even better," he said.

In closing, he added, "no matter what happens, the sun will rise in the morning."
16:03   5 reasons why Trump will win
Filmmaker Michael Moore lists five reasons why Trump won. But he said it way ahead of the elections. Take a look.
15:38   Russian parliament breaks into applause after Trump win
Russian politicians reportedly burst into applause as an MP broke the news of Donald Trump's emphatic election victory. Clapping and cheering in the State Duma - the country's parliament equivalent - muffled an announcement by foreign affairs committee member Vyacheslav Nikonov that  Mr Trump had triumphed.

State news agency RIA-Novosti and Russian website quoted Mr Nikonov, also an education committee chairman, as saying: "Three minutes ago, Hillary Clinton acknowledged her defeat in the US presidential elections and just seconds ago, Trump began his speech as president-elect. I congratulate all of you on this."

Russian President Vladimir Putin today congratulated Donald Trump for his victory in US elections, hoping to work with him to improve relations, the Kremlin said in a statement.

Putin "expressed hope for mutual work on bringing US- Russia relations out of their critical condition" and said that "building constructive dialogue" would be in the interest of both countries and the world community, the Kremlin statement said.
15:24   The other Donald
Pictures of a loving father -- a young Donald Trump cuddling his children -- emerges from a thrift shop. Take a look.
15:14   Abe congratulates Trump, calls nations 'unshakeable allies'
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe congratulated Donald Trump today on his election as US president and vowed that the countries will maintain their close relationship. "I express my heartfelt congratulations on your election as the next president of the United States," Abe said in a statement. "The stability of the Asia-Pacific region, which is the driving force of the global economy, brings peace and prosperity to the United States," Abe said.
15:07   PM congratulates Trump
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated Donald Trump on being elected as US President, saying he looks forward to working with him closely to take Indo-US ties to a new height.

"Congratulations @realDonaldTrump on being elected as the 45th US President," Modi said in a tweet. He said the country looks forward to working closely with Trump to strengthen bilateral ties. "We look forward to working with you closely to take India-US bilateral ties to a new height," the Prime Minister said. "We appreciate the friendship you have articulated towards India during your campaign, @realDonaldTrump," he said. Trump today beat seasoned politician Hillary Clinton in the knife-edge polls, defying the odds to become the 45th US President
15:05   Putin congratulates Trump, hopes for 'constructive dialogue'
Russian President Vladimir Putin today congratulated Donald Trump for his victory in US elections, hoping to work with him to improve relations, the Kremlin said in a statement. Putin "expressed hope for mutual work on bringing US- Russia relations out of their critical condition" and said that "building constructive dialogue" would be in the interest of both countries and the world community, the Kremlin statement said.
The real reason why Donald Trump won in his own words.
The 'President for all Americans'. 
14:49   Soon-to-be First Lady Melania slays it in jumpsuit stunner
Melania Trump, 46, wore a white jumpsuit when her husband Donald Trump delivered his victory speech, and the world is talking about it. The jumpsuit featured wide legs and crisp seams, and had just one shoulder. The silk crepe piece, designed by Ralph Lauren, retails for $3,990!

The First Lady-in-waiting will be watched by sartorial hawks.
Narendra Modi @narendramodi tweets: Congratulations @realDonaldTrump on being elected as the 45th US President.
14:07   America wants to live in Trump's world
New Yorker editor David Remnick doesn't mince words when he calls the US presidential election results an American tragedy.

"The election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism. Trump's shocking victory, his ascension to the Presidency, is a sickening event in the history of the United States and liberal democracy. " Read more

13:55   Trump: We will not let you down
"It's been what they call an historic campaign," Trump says.

"But to be really historic, you have to do a great job. And I promise you that we will not let you down. We will do a great job.

"While the campaign is over, our work on this movement is really only just beginning.

"We're going to be doing a job that hopefully you'll be so proud of your president. It's been an amazing honor...

"And I love this country. Thank you. Thank you very much."

The crowd chants USA! USA!

Image: Trump with his wife Melania and their son.
13:42   Trump strikes a conciliatory, gracious note in acceptance speech
Trump thanks senator Jeff Sessions, saying "he's as smart as you get.'"Great man."

"Another great man, very tough competitor, he was not easy, he was not easy... oh, Rudy [Giuliani] get up here. Another great man who has been really a friend to me but I'll tell you I got to know him as a competitor. Dr Ben Carson. Where is Ben? And by the way Mike Huckabee is here someplace. General Mike Flynn."

It's a litany of what were thought to be peripheral figures from the conservative stale bread box. Not any more. Now Trump is on to Reince Priebus, RNC chair.

Trump says that Reince is a superstar. "I'll tell you Reince is really a star, and he is the hardest working guy. Get over here Reince. 'Reince gets over there. Trump gives him the microphone.

Priebus: "Ladies and gentlemen, the next president of the United States, Donald Trump!"
13:36   Time has come to stand united as a nation: Trump
Now Trump thanks Melania and Don and Ivanka and Eric and Tiffany and Barron --  "I love you and I thank you. And especially for putting up with all of those hours. This was tough.

"You've all given me such incredible support," he says. Then he thanks his staff  -- "and Kellyanne and Chris and Rudy and Steve and David -- we have got tremendously talented people."
13:32   America's interests first, but will deal fairly with everyone: Trump
Trump describes a "national project of renewal."

He says he will gather the best and brightest. "We will double our growth and have the strongest economy in the world. At the same time, we will get along with all other nations willing to get along with us.

"America will no longer settle for anything less than the best. We must reclaim our country's destiny, and dream big, and bold and daring.

"I want to tell the world community that while we will always put America's interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone.

"And now, I'd like to take this moment to thank some of the people who really helped me."
13:29   We will finally take care of our great veterans: Trump
Trump says the government will serve the people.

"Working together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation," he says. "I've gotten to know our country so well. Tremendous potential... every single American will have the ability to realize his or her potential...

"We are going to fix our inner cities... we're gonna rebuild our infrastructure, which will become by the way second to none. And we're going to put millions of people to work as we rebuild it.

"We will finally take care of our great veterans."
13:25   We owe Hillary a major debt of gratitude: President-elect Trump
Trump takes the lectern amid cheers of U-S-A! U-S-A!

"Sorry to keep you waiting, complicated business," Trump says.

"Thank you very much.'"I just received a call from secretary Clinton. She congratulated us, it's about us, on our victory, and I congratulated her and her family on a very very hard fought campaign. She fought it very well. Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude to our country, " he says.
13:23   Pence: Deeply grateful to American people
Pence thanked his family and said he's "deeply grateful to the American people for placing their confidence in this team... and I'm mostly grateful to the president elect, whose leadership and vision will make America great again."
US President-elect Donald Trump speaks after his running mate Mike Pence.
13:13   Trump WINS, Clinton calls president-elect to concede defeat
Just in: Hillary Clinton calls Donald Trump to concede defeat. Trump is elected the 45th President of the United States of America.  
13:05   AP calls election: Trump is US president
BREAKING: Donald Trump is elected president of the United States. Trump wins Wisconsin by a lead of 80,000... which takes the figure to: Trump: 276, Clinton: 218.
Sums it up...

@Salon tweets: Something is seriously wrong with a country that goes from Barack Obama to Donald Trump as president.
Simon Schama @simon_schama  Really John Podesta should NOT have told the heartbroken people in Clinton campaign just to "go home" - sums up the campaign
Donald Trump arrives at his election HQ.
12:47   218:266: Hillary will NOT speak tonight, says her campaign chief
John Podesta, Campaign Chair speaking at the Clinton HQ. He tells cheering supporters, "We are so proud of you. We are so proud of her. Let's get the votes counted. They're still counting votes and every vote should count. We're not going to have any more to say tonight."

Clinton will not speak tonight.  The Democrats are waiting for every vote to be counted.

Count so far: Clinton 218: Trump 266.

Republican wins senate race in Missouri.
12:39   Ro Khanna wins
Democratic congressional candidate Ro Khanna  defeats fellow San Jose Democrat Rep. Mike Honda.  In 2014, Khanna lost by just three points, and he received 2,200 more votes than the incumbent in the June primary this year.
The Guardian today. 
Campaign chair to speak shortly at Clinton HQ. 
12:30   Clinton supporters resilient amid impending defeat
At Javits, the massive convention centre where Democrat Hillary Clinton is to set up her post-election shop, supporters are clapping to Ain't No Mountain Enough - an early morning show of resilience, tweets the Guardian.

The picture was tweeted by Lauren Gambino of the Guardian.
"CALL IT!" chant at Trump HQ, directed at Fox News.
As Paola Villarreal points out, "Not. A. Single. Person. Of. Color..." at the Trump HQ.
12:13   Trump bags Pennsylvania, heartbeat away from White Houe
Trump wins Pennsylvania. Trump 264: Clinton 215. Results will be called any time now. "Trump moves closer to White House," said Politico as Trump's total of electoral college votes -- as per CNN projections -- touched 264, against Clinton's 215. To win the presidential election, a candidate needs 270 of the 538 electoral college votes.
12:03   Delhi metro will accept Rs 500, Rs 1000 notes for 72 hours
In the other big news from India: In relief to daily commuters, the government today extended the use of old-high denomination currency notes of Rs 500 and 1,000 at metro railway stations till Saturday.

The government had yesterday, after withdrawing all Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 banknotes in circulation, announced that the old high denomination currency would continue to be accepted for next 72 hours at certain public utilities.

These include government hospitals, pharmacies in government hospitals, railway ticketing counters, ticket counters of public transport, airline ticketing counters at airports, milk booths, cremetoria/burial grounds, petrol pumps and gas stations. The list did not include metro and announcements at metro stations this morning said they would not accept old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. Following this, Department of Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das spoke to the Ministry of Urban Development and the error was rectified.
11:59   Republicans retain control of Senate
Republicans retain control of the Senate with a victory in Pennsylvania. There are two senate races yet to be called: New Hampshire and Missouri. Both potential Democratic pickups, but control of the chamber is now out of reach.

Donald Trump is on the cusp of creating history as he inched closer to clinching the US presidency with a strong showing in battleground states helping him trump Hillary Clinton in the knife-edge race.

Major US news networks projected Republican candidate Trump to have won the crucial battleground states of Florida, Ohio and North Carolina.
11:40   Don't worry, cash withdrawal restrictions will ease
Cash withdrawal restrictions will be eased once the supply of new, hard-to-fake Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 currency notes improves and a stockpile of lower denomination notes is created, the government said today.

A day after it withdrew high-denomination bank notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 in the country's biggest crackdown against black money and corruption, the government said a lot of money lying unused will come into the formal economy that can be used for economic development of the country.

"There would be some short-term effect on the level of activity in the economy but once the supply of new currency notes is sufficient, then markets should stabilise and even the level of activity should go up," Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia told PTI.

The currency notes withdrawn have to be deposited in banks by December 30 and smaller denomination notes can be withdrawn with certain restrictions - Rs 10,000 from a bank account in a day and Rs 20,000 in a week and Rs 2,000 a day from ATMs.

"Initially, there will be restrictions on withdrawal, but as the supplies of new Rs 2,000 and 500 notes improve there would be relaxation given as early as possible. So over a period, people should get some relief," Adhia said.

He said when the last high-denomination currency demonetisation happened in 1978, banknotes of Rs 10,000, Rs 5,000 and Rs 1,000 that were in circulation then made up for less than 2 per cent of the overall currency in circulation. But now, the value of 500 and 1,000 rupee notes is about 85 per cent.

"It is a very big decision. This would have a major impact on the black money," he said. "The best thing that is happening is that a lot of money which was otherwise lying unused will now come into the formal economy and banks will get a lot of deposits and the same money can be used for productive purpose for economic development of the country," he said.

Explaining the rationale behind the move, he said the idea is to remove the shadow economy. The move, which mimics European Central Bank's action to discontinue use of 500-euro notes to stop their use in illicit activities, will curb black money and tax evasion. This is the first time since 1978 the government has withdrawn money from circulation.
Uttar Pradesh: Locals in Jabrauli village, adopted by the Clinton Health Foundation, pray for Hillary's win. 
The Independent page 1 today.
That's a 1000 Rupee note issued in 1940 during the British Rule.
A Hillary supporter weeps as Trump closes in on the presidency.
11:16   Mood grows darker in Clinton camp
Women in suits, mothers and daughters, hucksters selling "Nasty Women" pins and tens of thousands of members of the public came to Manhattan's largest glass ceiling on Tuesday night, to await the result of a presidential election that many hoped would sweep away the highest gender barrier in US politics. As the night went on and results did not go the Democrats' way, the mood in and around the building grew darker.

Image: Pall of gloom descends over Clinton supporters
Clinton wins western state of Nevada: US networks
11:07   The Canadian immigration site actually crashed on US election night
As election night results revealed a frighteningly close race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, nervous Americans considering an exit strategy apparently crashed Canada's immigration website. The site has been working intermittently throughout the night with high levels of traffic. The Huffington Post wasn't able to reach a representative from Citizenship and Immigration Canada for comment.
11:04   Republicans clinch House majority
California is sending minority leader Nancy Pelosi back to the House of Representatives, AP reports. She's won reelection. Republicans clinch House majority, extending 6-year lock on chamber, while Dems' gains modest.
Donald Trump on the verge of winning presidency of the United States, says ANI.
11:01   Trump: 244, Clinton: 215. Needed 270
ABC News quoting sources says, Trump has left his campaign HQ and is with his wife in their apartment. "He needed a moment, he is taking this in."

The figures now are: 244 Trump: 215 Clinton.

Donald Trump was on the cusp of creating history as he inched closer to clinching the US presidency with a strong showing in battleground states helping him trump Hillary Clinton in the knife-edge race. Major US news networks projected Republican candidate Trump to have won the crucial battleground states of Florida, Ohio and North Carolina. Clinton, 69, who grabbed the traditional Democratic strongholds of California and Virginia, was now facing a tough challenge from the 70-year-old real estate billionaire, who joined politics only 18 months ago.

IMAGE: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his wife Melania vote at PS 59 in New York. Photographs: Carlo Allegri/Reuters
10:59   Trump goes home to rest after 244:215 lead over Clinton
Asawin Suebsaeng @swin24 "Lots of terrified young people in front of WH atm "F**king scared out of my mind" "I can't believe this" Two women in hijabs tearing up."
10:53   The way ahead
Trump is likely to get 263, but still 7 short of a clear win. So what happens next? Here are a few plausible outcomes of the US elections. Read
Molly O'Toole @mollymotoole  Clinton donors, guests, supporters streaming out of Javits Center, won't take questions, crying, grim, crushed. #ElectionDay #2016election
10:23   Obama protege Kamala Harris scripts historic win
California's Attorney General Kamala Harris today scripted history as she won the US Senate seat from the state, becoming the first Indian-American to reach the feat.

Harris, 51, who defeated fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez, is also the sixth black individual to be elected to the US Senate.

US President Barack Obama was the fifth black elected Senator. She is the first black woman elected to the upper chamber in more than two decades. Her mother Shyamala Gopalan came to the US from Chennai to study science, specifically endocrinology and complex mechanisms of cancer.

Her father Donald grew up in Jamaica, where he became a national scholar and earned the opportunity to study economics Kamala was born in Oakland, California.

A two-term Attorney General of California, Harris defeated L Sancez from her own party. She would replace Barbara Boxer who announced her retirement in 2014 after serving more than two decades in the Senate.
Donald Trump now leads Hillary Clinton 232-209 in the race to 270 electoral votes.
10:14   Wins and losses
Trump wins Iowa and Georgia.

Clinton wins Washington and Oregon.

Focus remains on the key states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
10:09   Dick Cheney's daughter wins
Former US vice-president Dick Cheney's daughter Liz elected to House. Liz Cheney has won Wyoming's at-large House seat, as expected. It's the seat her father used to hold. 
10:07   Trump victory would be bigger than Brexit: Farage
Brexiter Nigel Farage@Nigel_Farage crows: "Looks like 2016 is going to be the year of two big political revolutions @realDonaldTrump. Would be bigger than Brexit!"

Farage has admitted he would accept American citizenship if it meant he could have a job in Donald Trump's government should he become the next President of the United States. The former leader of Ukip and staunch Brexiteer was asked by the BBC's Andrew Neil if he had considered American citizenship and "getting them to appoint you as ambassador to Brussels" while completing a round of media interviews as the US election results trickled in.
jodikantor @jodikantor  tweets: What I'm hearing from Democratic women, again and again: What am I going to tell my daughters in the morning?
09:50   Trump: 216, Clinton: 197
Trump wins North Carolina. Trump: 216, Clinton: 197

The big picture:  Hillary Clinton is in trouble. The states to focus on are Pennsylvania (20 electoral votes), Michigan (16) and Wisconsin (10). If Clinton loses either of the larger states, she's finished. She has a path to an 269-269 electoral tie if she loses Wisconsin -- but she would have to win New Hampshire, which hasn't been called yet.

And an electoral tie, after passing through a thicket of constitutional logistics, likely represents a win for Trump, owing to a strong Republican majority in the House of Representatives and retained Republican control of the Senate, which looks very likely.
09:46   Sensex crashes, Rupee nosedives as Trump waltzes towards White House
Sensex crashes 1,340 pts, Nifty plunges 476 points in pre-open session on black money crackdown and Trump's strong show in US poll. Rupee nosedives 23 paise against US dollar to 66.85 in early trade on black money crackdown.

Image: The family Trump.
Democratic candidate Raja Krishnamoorthi wins Illinois.
Florida and Ohio called for the challenger no one expected to win as he keeps other battlegrounds in play.
09:25   Asian shares plummet
Traders are reacting to the tightening presidential race in the US -- racing to gold, while Asian shares plummet and the peso crashes against the dollar.As Trump took the lead in a handful of key battleground states, Japan's Nikkei Index was down 2.5% a little after 9pm, and the peso has dropped to a 22-year low according to Financial Times. Gold, seen as a safe haven, has spiked by 3%.
America votes for Doomsday. Jayasree Vijayan@JayasreeVijayan "I'm at a Trump rally in Manhattan,& thousands r chanting "V hate Muslims, V hate blacks, V want our great country back"!
And Trump gets a prefix on Twitter. 
09:04   Trump leads 150-109: Dow bleeds at lower than 9/11!
Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton 150-109 in the race to 270 electoral votes. Trump has won the state of Missouri, as expected, the AP projects. Ten more electoral votes for Trump. The immediate impact: On 9/11 the Dow fell 540 points. Right now its down 680 points
08:52   Trump hosts 'victory' party charging $11 for a beer
This is Donald Trump's America, at least for anyone stood in the New York hotel room containing his most ardent supporters, Donald Trump's party and Donald Trump's bar. If you want a beer, you better be prepared to pay his prices.That's $11 for an imported beer, to be precise, $10 if you want a domestic beer, $13 for a glass of wine and $7 for the designated drivers relegated to soft drinks at his election night party.

Mr Trump has hired out the New York Hilton in Manhattan for what he preemptively branded his "victory party', with a cash bar in play.

Another eye-catching aspect of the function included a $7,000 sponge cake replica of a sombre looking Mr Trump which was wheeled in as proceedings got underway.

The chocolate cake was the result of 50 hours of work by Melissa Alt, a New Jersey-based baker who said she also made Hillary Clinton a cake.

-- The Guardian.
Donald Trump has a 55% chance of becoming president, as of now.
08:26   Salmon and fries boost Hillary, Bill's spirits as they watch results
Hillary Clinton is watching election returns with a collection of close campaign aides and her family in a suite at the Peninsula New York, a luxury hotel in midtown Manhattan, reports the Guardian.

Aides say the group is snacking on salmon, roasted carrots and fries -- along with vegan pizza and crme brulee for former President Bill Clinton, who's careful about his diet. Her granddaughter, Charlotte, is wearing a dress emblazoned with the campaign logo.Clinton and her husband have also been working on her election night remarks with her speechwriters.Later Tuesday evening, they'll move to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City for her election night party. It's a building with a glass ceiling '" a nod to the historic moment.

Image: Hillary Clinton supporters watch results at an election rally in Manhattan. Pic: Reuters.
08:19   Son tweets pic inside Trump Tower 'war room' as Donald leads
Eric Trump, the Republican nominee's son, tweets this picture inside Trump Tower. '@EricTrump In the "war room" watching the returns!!!"

Donald Trump has won Louisiana and its eight electoral votes.That extends his Electoral College total in Tuesday's elections to 137, compared with Hillary Clinton's 104.

History was on Donald Trump's side in the state. Louisiana hasn't given its electoral votes to a Democrat since Bill Clinton won 52 percent of the vote two decades ago.
As if there wasn't enough racism in this elections... Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee @GovMikeHuckabee tweets a : If HRC wins she will appoint her Filipino maid to head CIA. She already has access to all the secrets anyway. No need to train her.
07:59   I'm with Her: Asian Americans early voter turnout at record level
Asian Americans, including Indian Americans came out in large numbers to vote against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, according to a report based on early voting trends.

Early vote analysis by TargetSmart indicate that Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voters are responding against 70-year-old Trump and the Republicans by voting in record numbers, AAPI Victory Fund said yesterday.

In Nevada and North Carolina, the per cent of AAPI voters is outpacing Hispanic voters, who are turning out in high numbers, the report said. In Nevada, AAPI early vote is 42.7 per cent of the registered electorate and Hispanic vote is at 39.7 per cent. In North Carolina, AAPI early vote is 37.7 per cent versus 30.2 per cent for Hispanics.

The participation in the state is up 74 per cent in comparison to AAPI voter turnout in 2012, the report said.
Singer, songwriter Alicia Keys began her morning with this tweet: "This morning, I woke up feeling hopeful for the power of our voice, for unity, for our continued progress. #VoteLove #ImWithHer."
07:54   Trump takes 128 electoral votes Clinton has 97
Trump takes 128 electoral votes Clinton has 97.

Clinton was projected to win the District of Columbia, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, giving her 97 electoral votes, according to the Associated Press.

Trump locked down Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, North Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming, racking up 125 electoral votes.

Voting also ended in the key swing states of Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. But those pivotal states were too close to immediately call.
07:36   Get out and vote, America
Vice President Biden @VP Today is Election Day in America. It's time to get out and vote.
Senator Tim Kaine @timkaine  tweets: Thinking about my daughter right now. No little girl will ever again have to wonder whether she, too, can be president.
07:30   Trump wins Indiana, Kentucky;Clinton takes Vermont: projection
Republican Donald Trump has won in Indiana and Kentucky while his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton has come out on top in Vermont, early projections today indicated, as voting in the US elections came to a close in some East Coast states.

Indiana has 11 electoral college votes and Kentucky has eight, while Vermont has three. Vermont is the home state of Senator Bernie Sanders, who lost to Hillary in the Democratic presidential primary. Indiana is the home state of Mike Pence, the Republican vice presidential nominee, who is its governor. To win the presidential election, a candidate needs 270 of the 538 electoral college votes.

As the polls closed, CNN projected 19 electoral college votes to Republican nominee Trump, and three to Clinton, based on results of early voting. CNN projected a win for Trump in Indiana and Kentucky, while it projected a win for Clinton in Vermont.
'Trump' and 'Clinton' greet visitors to the US embassy in New Delhi.  
Polls close in first six states in US election.
The US embassy in New Delhi awaits the ticker-tape parade
07:15   Trump says it's 'sad' George W Bush didn't vote for him
Donald Trump went on conservative talk radio Tuesday evening to offer his final thoughts on the campaign.

During that conversation, radio host Howie Carr asked him how he felt about former President George W. Bush not voting for the top of the ticket.

"I think it's sad,' Trump said. "I think it's sad, you know. When I see George Bush do that, and look I was very critical of him for getting us into Iraq, which was obviously a horrible decision, and getting out the way Obama got us out was a horrible way to get out too -- the combination. I don't think it has any impact, frankly. I think it has no impact."

Before Carr asked about Bush, he also asked Trump about Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who said Tuesday he voted for Independent Evan McMullin."It's absolutely insane. All you're doing is giving up the Supreme Court,' Trump said.

"I beat him very badly in the primary, people forget that. He was easy pickins'. Rather than manning up he goes and does a thing like that.'Trump spoke to Carr for about 13 minutes. Carr asked him if he had any regrets from the campaign."No, it's been amazing,' he said.He also denied that the campaign took away his Twitter access.
07:11   Trump's last-minute appeal
As the US awaits the results of a bitterly fought presidential campaign, Republican Donald Trump issued a last-minute appeal to voters to cast their ballots, urging them to not "let up". Trump, who needs to win in key battleground states including Florida in order to chart a viable course to the White House, sent out a 11th hour tweet saying the election was far from over.

"Don't let up, keep getting out to vote - this election is FAR FROM OVER! We are doing well but there is much time left. GO FLORIDA!" he tweeted in the evening. He said in another tweet that he would be following the election results from the Trump Towers in Manhattan along with his family. "I will be watching the election results from Trump Tower in Manhattan with my family and friends. Very exciting!" he tweeted. Soon after he voted at a school in Manhattan in the morning, the Republican presidential nominee had taken to twitter to say, "Today we make America Great Again."

A video captured by a news network of Trump glancing over at his wife's ballot as the two cast their votes, went viral on social media. Meanwhile there were reports that former US president George Bush and his wife Laura Bush did not vote for Trump. The column on the ballot was left blank, his spokesman said. "President and Mrs Bush voted two weeks ago (not today) and did not vote for Hillary Clinton," said Freddy Ford Communication director for the former US President.
Among the critical states that remain too close to call: Virginia, where Hillary Clinton is hoping to outperform President Obama in the state's northern suburbs outside Washington, D.C.; North Carolina, where Clinton and Donald Trump campaigned fiercely; and Ohio, a state Trump has been banking on winning.
07:03   Trump wins Tennessee
Donald Trump has won Tennessee and its 11 electoral votes.

Tuesday's vote is the fifth presidential contest in a row in which the state voted for the Republican candidate. That includes the 2000 election, when native son Al Gore lost the state to Republican George W. Bush.

It takes 270 votes to win the presidency.
06:51   Donald Trump wins South Carolina
Donald Trump has won South Carolina.

The Republican nominee was awarded the state's nine electoral votes, giving him 40 for the night. 

The result was expected as the state has long been a Republican stronghold.
Tennessee: Trump wins big with 71.3% of the vote
06:44   Hillary wins Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey; Trump takes Oklahoma
Associated Press Reports: Democrat Hillary Clinton has won Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware and the District of Columbia while Republican Donald Trump has captured Oklahoma.

Clinton was awarded Massachusetts' 11 electoral votes, 10 from Maryland, 14 from New Jersey and three each from Delaware and the nation's capital, giving her 44 for the night. 

Trump picked up seven from Oklahoma, giving him 31.

The results were not surprising. Massachusetts and the District of Columbia are two of the nation's safest Democratic strongholds.
Florida: At 52.7 percent precincts reporting, Clinton is now leading with 48.8% of the popular vote
South Carolina: Trump wins big with 57.6% of the vote
Polls are closing in these East Coast states -- including crucial battlegrounds of Florida and Pennsylvania
06:23   Trump leads in Florida, North Carolina; Clinton in New Hampshire
Among the battleground states where polling has closed, CNN predicts a Trump victory in Kentucky, where 8 electoral college votes are up for grabs, and Indiana, with 11 votes for grabs. It predicts Clinton will win Vermont (3 votes), with Ohio and North Carolina too early to call.

In Florida (where 29 votes are up for grabs), Trump leads Clinton 49.7% to 47.4%, after 55% of the vote is in.

In North Carolina, Trump leads 54.5% to 43.4%.

Meanwhile, with 1% of the vote counted in New Hampshire, Clinton leads 49.7% to 45.5%. She also leads in In Virginia, 49.5% to 45.5%.

Polls in Indiana and Kentucky were the first to close, and a flood of vital battleground states such as Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio will provide initial clues about the possible winner.
Trump cake (left) spotted at the election night party venue at the Midtown Hilton Hotel, across the street from the Museum of Modern Art, and just a few blocks from his home in Trump Tower.
Hillary Clinton has an edge over Donald Trump in North Carolina
06:05   CNN calls West Virginia verdict in Trump's favour
Donald Trump will win West Virginia, CNN projects based on exit polls.
06:02   North Carolina extends voting in some precincts
The North Carolina State Board of Elections extended voting for an additional hour at two precincts in Durham County, hardest hit by technical issues with a voter check in system. 

The board extended times at six other precincts in the county by 25 to 45 minutes depending on how long they were delayed. Another precinct in Columbus County was extended for 30 minutes.
06:02   Trump stays ahead in Florida
30 per cent of the vote now counted in Florida. Trump leads Clinton 49.5 percent of the vote to 47.7.
05:57   Very early lead for Trump in Florida
In Florida, a very early count of the vote -- with just 2 per cent of the electorate -- gave Donald Trump an early lead with 58.5 per cent of the vote to 30.2 per cent for Clinton.

That figure will change significantly.
05:54   'Trump is watching the returns from his apartment, drinking Diet Coke'
Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trumps friend and adviser, said in an interview early Tuesday evening that he had just left a small gathering with the Republican nominee at Trump Tower. Trump, he said, was in his apartment "watching everything even though I am telling him not to."

According to the Washington Post, Giuliani said Trump was drinking Diet Coke as he eyed the television and the initial returns out of several states. At 6 pm, Trump had not yet eaten dinner.

"He is calm. We are all cautiously optimistic," Giuliani said when asked to describe the mood at Trump's home. "We think its going to be very, very close. We know there is a populism across the country that's powerful and he has been lifted by it."

On George W Bush and others not voting for Trump, Giuliani said he and others close to Trump shrugged off the reports. "It doesnt hurt at this point. Everybody knew that's where they were."
05:45   Pollster who gave Trump best chance of winning has changed his odds
Nate Silver, the renowned pollster who has seriously talked up the chances of Donald Trump winning today's election, has released his final forecast, the Independent reported.

And it is good news for Hillary Clinton, with Silver's model now giving her a 71.4 per cent chance of victory compared to Trump's 28.6 per cent.

Silver's FiveThirtyEight project had come in for some criticism in the last week after it gave Trump a chunky 35 per cent chance of becoming president.

Releasing his final forecast, Silver noted that there was a gap between the Electoral College and the national vote, with Ms Clinton 81 per cent likely to get the overall majority of votes in the latter.
05:41   Trump projected winner in Indiana, Kentucky; Clinton takes Vermont
Donald Trump is projected to be the winner in Indiana, collecting 11 electoral votes there, according to the Associated Press.

Trump was also projected to be the winner in Kentucky. 

Initial indications from Kentucky showed that the Republican candidate was dominating the voting in that state, with 79 per cent of the ballots yet counted.

The state was always likely to support Trump. But the results show that Trump's support is still holding strong.

Kentucky was one of the first states to close at 6pm eastern time and is likely to be one of the first to declare its results. It is almost certain that voters there will back Trump, but the margin of victory might prove a useful way of understanding the support he is generating across the country.

Both Kentucky and Indiana are traditionally Republican strongholds.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has won Vermont and its three electoral votes. The state was among the first to be called in the presidential election. 
05:33   1 dead, multiple people shot near polling station; active shooter 'heavily armed'
Meanwhile, authorities in Los Angeles County said they were responding to a reported active shooter there on Tuesday afternoon that occurred not far from two polling locations.

According to the Los Angeles Times, one person has been killed and at least three others wounded in the shooting in Azusa.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Capt Jeff Scroggin said police were dealing with at least one suspect who was heavily armed.

Few details were released about the shooting, which occurred sometime after 2 pm local time in a residential neighborhood in the area of Fourth Street and Orange Avenue, said Officer Jerry Willison of the Azusa Police Department.

"This is a very volatile and critical situation," he said.

Willison declined to provide the location of the shooting for the safety of the officers and the victims, he said.
05:27   62 percent bothered by Clinton's email use: Fox News exit poll
According to the Fox News' exit poll, 62 percent of voters say Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when secretary of state bothered them, with 37 percent saying it didn't bother them.

Meanwhile. 71 percent of voters say Donald Trump's treatment of women bothers them, with only 28 percent saying it didn't bother them.

As for who would be the best commander-in-chief, Clinton holds a 49-46 percent edge over Trump. But Trump holds a slight edge -- 48-46 percent -- among voters as to who would handle the economy better.
05:17   US election 2016's price tag: $6.8 billion
No one ever said democracy was cheap.

Americans who are running for federal elective offices spent more than ever -- about $6.8 billion -- in that pursuit, including the nastiest presidential election in recent memory, between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

The nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics estimates spending on the Clinton-Trump contest at more than $2.65 billion, actually down a bit from $2.76 billion in 2012 when Democratic incumbent Barack Obama defeated Republican challenger Mitt Romney.  

Read more HERE
Associated Press reports: Hillary Clinton is thanking members of a Facebook group called "Pantsuit Nation."

In a message Tuesday, Clinton said the group, which was named for her signature apparel, provides a special place for supporters to build a community. 

She said that "for some of you, it's been difficult to feel like you could wear your support on your sleeve."

Clinton also joked about the group's moniker, saying "have you ever heard a better name?!"

The Democratic presidential nominee said she was hopeful she would win the presidential contest. If she does, she said she wants "to use those pantsuits for the best occasion of all -- celebrating."
04:49   US voters not keen on either candidate: poll
Fewer than half of voters who cast presidential ballots on Tuesday say they made their choice out of a strong preference for their candidate.

Preliminary results of the exit poll, conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research, found both Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton are viewed unfavourably by a majority of the presidential electorate.

And a majority of the electorate also distrusts each of them.

Six of 10 voters say they are somewhat bothered or bothered a lot by Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state.

And more than seven out of 10 presidential voters say they are irked by Trump's treatment of women.
04:48   A Trump internal model shows him losing: CNN
CNN reports: While continuing to be optimistic about their chances, two sources acknowledge an internal model the Trump campaign and his allies are relying on shows the GOP nominee coming up short of 270 electoral votes, according to two sources.

These are models -- not results -- and many key battleground states remain close both in public and private metrics, but at least for now, a key internal model does not spell victory.

Trump has maintained his bold predictions for victory on the campaign trail, but privately multiple aides acknowledge that Trump is a worrier. He has been pressing aides all day for any hard data to indicate where the race is trending.
04:45   No, George Bush didn't vote for Clinton, or Trump
A spokesperson for former president George W. Bush debunked earlier claims that the former Republican president voted for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Spokesman Freddy Ford says the most recent Republican president voted "none of the above for president and Republican down-ballot."

That means Bush voted for Republicans in congressional and local races.

It's not a complete surprise. The Bush family includes the two most recent Republican presidents but neither endorsed nor campaigned for the billionaire businessman who captured the party's nomination.
04:42   Hillary 'humbled'
Earlier in the day, Hillary Clinton, after casting her vote with her husband in Chappaqua, New York, said she was "humbled" by the process.

"It is the most humbling feeling because I know how much responsibility goes with this and so many people are counting on the outcome of this election," she said.

"I know how much responsibility is on it, what it means for this country and I'll do the very best that I can if I'm fortunate enough to win today." 
04:39   Florida election clerks fired
Two election clerks in Florida were fired for not adhering to policies and procedures, according to authorities.

Tonya Edwards, a spokeswoman for the Broward supervisor of elections, told the Miami Herald that the two precinct clerks were fired around 12.30 pm local time from the Herb Skolnick Centre in Pompano.

She said the policies pertained to where people could stand near the precinct.

Two poll watchers were also removed related to the same problem, but it was not clear which entity or campaign the watchers represented.
At least 2,000 people are already waiting inside the New York City convention centre where Hillary Clinton is scheduled to hold her election night party.

Most people are sitting on the floor in an area the size of an airplane hangar. A handful of women are wearing pant-suits to honour Clinton.
04:37   Early exit poll finds Americans' belief in accurate vote count
Preliminary presidential exit polls results suggest that a clear majority of Americans going to the polls Tuesday have at least a moderate amount of confidence that votes will be counted accurately.

About half of those polled for The Associated Press and television networks told Edison Research they are very confident in the results. Another third said they are somewhat confident.

Fewer than one out of five say they're not very confident or at all confident in the vote count.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has railed against the electoral system. He's called it rigged and suggested without evidence there is widespread voter fraud that could affect the outcome.
03:15   Trump on accepting verdict: 'Let's see how things play out'
Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would have to "see how things play out" before accepting the election results, pointing to possible irregularities as he again warned of a rigged political system.

Local media reported that voters in several counties in Pennsylvania had reported that touch-screen voting machines had not been recording their ballots correctly.

"We are going to see how things play out today. Hopefully they will play out well and hopefully we will not have to worry about it, meaning hopefully we'll win," Trump said in a telephone interview on Fox News. "I want to see everything honest."

Pennsylvania is one of a handful of states that rely on electronic voting machines without a paper backup that allows officials to double-check the outcome, if challenged.
03:12   US voters want leader to end advantage of rich and powerful: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Americans who had cast their votes for the next president early on Tuesday appeared to be worried about the direction of the country, and were looking for a "strong leader who can take the country back from the rich and powerful," according to an early reading from the Reuters/Ipsos national Election Day poll.

The poll of more than 10,000 people who have already cast their ballots in the presidential election showed a majority of voters are worried about their ability to get ahead and have little confidence in political parties or the media to improve their situation. A majority also feel that the economy is rigged to mostly help the wealthy.

The poll, which will be updated as additional responses are tallied and votes are counted throughout Tuesday, found:

-- 75 percent agree that "America needs a strong leader to take the country back from the rich and powerful."

-- 72 percent agree "the American economy is rigged to advantage the rich and powerful."

-- 68 percent agree that "traditional parties and politicians dont care about people like me."

Read more HERE
02:21   Eric Trump illegally tweets a picture of his ballot
Eric Trump proudly posted a photo of his vote for his father, Donald Trump, on social media. 

There is only one problem it is illegal in the state of New York to share a picture of an official election ballot. 

"It is an incredible honour to vote for my father!" Mr Trump wrote in the now-deleted tweet. "He will do such a great job for the USA!"

Soon afterward, though, the Election Day tweet mysteriously disappeared, but not before being captured for posterity by Twitter users.

The Trump campaign didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The current sanction for a ballot selfie in New York is a $1,000 fine or up to a year in jail.
02:17   Nevada judge denies Trump campaign lawsuit over early voting
A Nevada court judge denied a request Tuesday from Donald Trump campaign lawyers to issue an order directing a county registrar of voters to preserve and separate ballots from voting machines in four early voting sites in Clark County, Nevada.

In legal briefs filed Monday night, Trump lawyers had asked for an order to have the pertinent early vote ballots not to be "co-mingled or interspersed" with other ballots after the campaign alleged the county registrar kept polling locations open beyond their designated hours.

Judge Gloria Sturman, of the District Court for Clark County Nevada, ruled from the bench, saying County Registrar of Voters Joe P. Gloria was already obligated by state law to maintain the records that the Trump campaign is seeking.

01:57   Currency exchange: RBI starts helpline for citizens
The RBI has started a helpline number for the citizens who may face any difficulties.

Citizens can reach out to the RBI on 022-22602201 022-22602944 starting on Wednesday for any doubts and clarifications.
01:28   Stock mkts to remain open; risk management systems beefed up
Stock markets will remain open today and all risk management systems and surveillance measures have been beefed up to tackle any extreme volatility in the wake of demonetisation of certain currency notes and the US presidential election results.

Banks will remain closed today for the public to allow them time to cope with the government's decision to discontinue existing Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes with
effect from midnight on November 8. 

However, the stock markets will remain open, and clearing and settlement systems will operate normally, exchange official said.

Sources said that the capital markets regulator Sebi and the stock exchanges have taken necessary steps to safeguard any extreme volatility due to the sudden measures announced by the government to check black money menace and counterfeiting of currency notes.

Besides, the risk management systems and surveillance measures have also been beefed up to tackle any extreme volatility that may arise due to the results of the US presidential elections expected on Wednesday morning.