Trump tied Ukraine funds to Biden probe: Bolton

President Donald Trump told his national security adviser he wanted to maintain a freeze on military assistance to Ukraine until it aided political investigations into his Democratic rivals, according to a report in The New York Times. The newspaper said John Bolton’s description of his exchange with Trump appears in drafts of his forthcoming book. The revelation challenges the defense offered up by Trump and his attorneys in his Senate impeachment trial and raises the stakes as the chamber decided this week whether to seek sworn testimony from Bolton and other witnesses.

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Nirbhaya case: Tihar jail supplies all documents to convicts’ lawyer

The Delhi Police today told a Delhi court that the Tihar jail authorities have supplied all the relevant documents sought by the lawyer of the death row convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case. The public prosecutor, appearing for police, told Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Kumar Jain that the convicts are only adopting “delaying tactics”. Continue Reading

Cut in power supply

TANGEDCO has announced that electricity supply will be suspended in few places in city Monday, from 9 am to 4 pm for maintenance work. According to a press release, the power supply will be resumed even before 4 pm if the works are completed. The power supply will be halted in the following areas. Continue Reading

The “green man”

It is no surprise that Adyar’s MV Murthy is called ‘Pasumai’ Murthy. For, the neighbourhood owes a major portion of its green cover to this 50-year-old. A resident of LMN Koil Street, Murthy has till date planted about 1,410 trees. In his words, “Having been born and brought up in Adyar, I could not simply sit and watch the greenery disappear”’. But in 2000, he had to leave his home to work in Kuwait. After another few years of working in Dubai, he returned for good in 2012. Continue Reading

Apollo Hospitals launches spine care centre

The concept of treating spinal deformity is set to become a game changer with the launch of Apollo Institute of Spine Surgery, the most advanced spine surgery centre in Chennai. State Health Minister Dr C Vijayabaskar launched the centre in the presence of Apollo Hospitals Group chairman, Dr Pratap C Reddy and vice chairperson Preetha Reddy here Friday.

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Review: Rajavukku Check – Cheran express

Who said actor Cheran can’t pull off an action thriller. For many, whop had seen him a doting son or caring husband on screen comes Rajavukku Check as a surprise. He dons the role of a police officer who has a mission to achieve. He is more a brainy than brawny here. Continue Reading

Dhanush keen to remake “Netrikann”?

There are reports doing rounds that actor Dhanush wants to remake Rajinikanth-starrer Netrikann, as it is one of his favourite films of all time. Netrikann, directed by SP Muthraman was produced by K Balachander under his home banner Kavithalaya Productions. The film, which had Rajinikanth in two roles, follows the story of a son trying to get his womaniser dad change his behaviour. Continue Reading

Editorial: Sad & shocking

It was indeed a shocking news for thousands of job aspirants across the State. Tamilnadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) imposed a life ban on 99 candidates, 39 of whom made it to the top 100 list in the Group-IV results, from appearing in examinations conducted by it for indulging in malpractices. Continue Reading

US Secretary loses his temper, curses journalist

Shouts, glares and unprintable words: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lost his temper at a journalist after she questioned him on the administration’s stance on Ukraine, a country at the heart of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. It began when Pompeo gave an early morning interview to NPR radio. Much of the discussion dealt with Iran, but journalist Mary Louise Kelly closed by asking Pompeo about Ukraine.

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Boris Johnson signs EU divorce treaty

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday hailed “a new chapter” in Britain’s history as he signed its divorce treaty with the EU, clearing another hurdle before the country exits the bloc next Friday. It allows Britain to end its decades-long membership of the European Union and leave its closest neighbours and trading partners after several years of domestic acrimony and delays.

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