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He is accused of seeking Ukraine’s help to target Biden
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives were set on Wednesday to move forward with a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, a move that could dramatically change the 2020 presidential race.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who had for months resisted calls inside her party for Mr. Trump’s impeachment, announced that a formal inquiry would be launched after meeting members of her party on Tuesday.
In a brief, nationally televised statement, Ms. Pelosi accused Mr. Trump of seeking Ukraine’s help to smear Democratic presidential front runner Joe Biden ahead of the 2020 election.
Betrayal, says Speaker
The Speaker described the Republican President’s behaviour as a “betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections”.
Mr. Trump repeated his attack on Democrats on Wednesday and, as with the U.S. probe into alleged Russian meddling and potential obstruction of justice, called the inquiry a “Witch Hunt”.
Ms. Pelosi’s change of heart followed reports that Mr. Trump had pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a July 25 telephone call to investigate Mr. Biden, the former U.S. Vice-President, and his son Hunter Biden, who had worked for a company drilling for gas in Ukraine.
Scrutiny over their conversation is expected to intensify on Wednesday as Mr. Trump is scheduled to meet the Ukrainian leader alongside a UN meeting in New York and later take questions from the media.
On Tuesday, Mr. Trump said he would release a transcript of the call.
Mr. Trump has said he discussed Mr. Biden and his son in the call, but denied putting any pressure on the Ukrainian leader despite his administration’s withholding of nearly $400 million in military aid approved for Kiev by the Congress.
‘Since we are not a member, we can’t get fuel for producing nuclear energy’
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and PM Narendra Modi speaking at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum.APMark Lennihan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a pitch for India’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) here on Wednesday, as he addressed a largely business gathering in the Bloomberg Global Business Forum where he delivered the keynote address.
The comments were made during a Q&A session with former New York City Mayor and businessman, Michael Bloomberg.
“One challenge that is before us today is that of nuclear energy, because, since we are not a member of the NSG, we do not really have the ability to get the fuel for producing nuclear energy,” Mr. Modi said, as part of an answer on climate change and India’s energy needs.
“If we were to get that opportunity, we could perhaps be a model in this area for the world,” he said.
The NSG controls most of the world’s nuclear trade. While the U.S. and other countries support India’s entry into the NSG, China has opposed it saying India has not signed the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty. India and the U.S. announced in March that six U.S. companies would set up nuclear power reactors in India.
Speaking in Hindi, Mr. Modi switched to English for parts of the speech, such as when making a pitch for investments in India, including in infrastructure, urbanisation, defence and technology. “Your desires and our dreams match perfectly,” he said.
He spoke of his government’s reforms — GST, the bankruptcy and insolvency laws, unique ID (Aadhaar) and bank accounts for 370 million individuals.
Detection camps at 12 colleges show incidence higher than national average
When 18-year-old Anu (name changed) stood in a queue at Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College for a blood test, she had no idea that she would be detected with “severe” anaemia, which is risky, according to doctors. “I never thought I had anaemia. I did not feel any of its symptoms,” she said.
About 60% of female students in Delhi colleges are anaemic — well above the national average — according to an analysis of data collected from ongoing anaemia detection and awareness camps of the Delhi government accessed by The Hindu. The findings, which are yet to be made public, are based on tests on a total of 5,224 female students in 12 city colleges, of whom 3,128 (59.9%) were found to be anaemic.
The national average of anaemia among women between 15 and 49 years is 53% and in Delhi it’s 54.3%, according to National Family Health Survey-4.
While the national average came down from 55.3% to 53% between NFHS-3 and NFHS-4, it rose from 44.3% to 55.3% in Delhi.
“Anaemia can cause weakness, breathlessness, lack of concentration and if the haemoglobin level falls quickly over a few days, it can even lead to cardiac failure,” said Dr. Nitin Gupta, senior consultant, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.
The students found anaemic during the camps have been referred to nearest government hospitals for treatment. Also, the health department has asked all State government-run hospitals to make sure that students detected with “severe” anaemia are provided “out-of-queue treatment”.
‘IFA tablets for colleges’
State programme officer (adolescent health) Dr. Gautam Singh agreed that the percentage of women with anaemia is indeed very high. “We plan to extend distribution of IFA tablets to colleges,” he said.
During the camps, 94 of the 3,128 female students were detected with “severe” anaemia.
Automobile manufacturers roll out the red carpet to buyers to clear inventory
Big drive: The discounts range from ₹50,000 to ₹1,50,000 depending on the car brand.PTI-
Facing a slump, the automobile industry is offering heavy discounts to entice passenger car and two-wheeler buyers. The benefits, including exchange bonus and discounts, range from ₹50,000 to ₹1,50,000 depending on the brand and the manufacturer. But these schemes will not apply to newly launched cars and SUVs. Tata Motors, for example, is offering benefits of up to ₹1.5 lakh while Hyundai’s benefits range from ₹65,000-95,000 depending on the model.
Maruti Suzuki, the biggest car maker, has cut prices of several models by ₹5,000 to pass on the benefit of reduction in corporate tax by the government. This is apart from the discounts being offered by the company and its dealers.
Two-wheeler maker Bajaj Auto has already advertised benefits of up to ₹7,200 per motorcycle while Honda Motorcycles is planning to announce its scheme shortly.
Car sales have been declining for nine months, and last month the passenger vehicle sales had dropped by around 40% causing concern. Automakers are saddled with unsold stock at factories and dealerships and with the GST Council not reducing rates on automobiles, manufacturers are dropping prices and rolling out the red carpet to buyers to clear their inventory.
Even luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz India has joined the benefits party. It has introduced mobility solutions ‘Wishbox’ which is a compilation of customised financial solutions to help customers buy a new car. These include low or zero down payment. The exact benefits could not be established.
Hyundai Motor India is offering benefits of up to ₹95,000 on Grand i10, ₹65,000 on Elite i20, ₹65,000 on Santro and ₹80,000 on Creta, besides offering four years extended warranty.
Eight of them were returning from Army recruitment drive
Relatives of the deceased waiting outside the mortuary in Jind. Special arrangement
Ten people, including eight young men returning home from an Army recruitment camp, were killed in Haryana’s Jind on Tuesday night when a speeding oil tanker collided with the autorickshaw they were travelling in near Ramrai village. One person was injured.
The men, aged between 18 and 21, had gone to Hisar for medical examination as part of the recruitment drive. On their way back, they had boarded an autorickshaw. The oil tanker hit the vehicle on Hansi Road, around 8 km from Jind city, around 10 p.m., killing 10 people on the spot. The auto driver and a local passenger were among the dead.
“While the oil tanker was overspeeding, the autorickshaw was overloaded. It seems the tanker driver hit the autorickshaw head-on in a bid to avoid the potholes on the road,” said Jind SP Ashwin. Tanker driver Bachu Khan, a resident of Barmer in Rajasthan, fled after the accident. He was arrested on Wednesday.
The police team had a tough time pulling out the auto from under the tanker. The tanker was lifted with the help of two cranes. The victims included brothers, Sanjay and Parminder, from Badtana village. While Sanjay died, Parminder suffered grave injuries.