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Trump’s decisions brought problems for him and the U.S.

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Washington is in a state of chaos that started with the sudden firing of director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) James Comey who was a key investigator  to probe Russian influence in U.S. 2016 election that resulted into a victory of the tycoon-turned politician Donald Trump and Moscow links with Trump’s campaign team .But on May 17th the Justice Department exercised its powers and appointed an independent investigator Robert Mueller .Former FBI Director Mueller has been appointed as a special counsel  to look into the investigation and can prosecute anyone who lies to him.

Then came another devastating revelations by Washington Post that President Trump had divulged highly sensitive information concerning ISIS terror plot in the middle east to the Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak ,during a meeting at the Oval Office.Trump wanted to boast that he enjoys the privilege of getting  great intelligence.

Russian political influence in the United States  and the sharing of exclusive intelligence with the Moscow officials have raised concerns among Senate Republicans  about the relationship between the Trump administration and Russia.

With this intelligence sharing,the relationship of U.S. with its allies comes under doubt as to whether the allies will continue sharing the highly unclassified information with the Trump administration and Israel’s ex Mossad chief has warned Netanyahu government to think twice before revealing any information concerning ISIS.

Trump’s personal desire of having close ties with Putin’s Russia and his recent moves has wider implications as there is a possibility that  Israeli spy can now be identified and killed by ISIS as the spy had infiltrated the Islamic State as because the information lies with the third party (Russia ) as well. Moreover, Trump have respect for the US institutions. Thus Russia is now an external threat to U.S. while TRump is an internal threat.

On May 16th reports emerged that that the president had advised his then FBI Director, Comey, to lay off Michael Flynn.The administration ties with Russia drew renewed attention after the resignation of Michael Flynn as President’s Trump’s national security adviser.Flynn held multiple phone calls with Russia’s ambassador to the US about sanctions on Moscow  before Trump took office.

While the White House argued that Flynn was ousted because of a lack of trust-he misled Vice President Pence  and others about those discussions.Trump even told Russians that firing James Comey –whom he described  as “a real nut job-relieved great pressure because of Russia.

But,with Robert Mueller, the former FBI director now overseeing the Department of Justice’s investigation into the Trump team’s connections with Russia in the 2016 elections, is a terrible blow for President Trump .

There has been reports that Mueller  has been briefed on the contents of the memos related to former FBI Director James Comey’s conversations with President Donald Trump related to the case. According to reports, “In one memo, Comey mentioned that Trump asked him to end the FBI probe into former national security advisor Michael Flynn.”

Mueller also visited FBI headquarters and discussed with the counter intelligence agents, who have been involved in the investigation of Russia’s meddling in the U.S. elections since last July. Ex-FBI Director James Comey has shown his willingness to speak to the special counsel Mueller before testifying publicly.

Trump scandal is well documented  and is a source of national humiliation .That is why some Democrats  are calling for his impeachment now.If the Democrats capture the House of Representatives during mid term elections in 2018, as it looks, then it is likely that they would vote to impeach Mr. Trump but though he may be saved by the Senate.

But there should be a way to control US President Trump as he will be battling with the institutions and he won’t be able to make the right decisions on matters of terrorism , Middle East etc.

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By : Arti Bali

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India’s Q3 GDP expected to inch-up above 4.5%

India Ratings and Research gave a forecast of 4.7 per cent for Q3 GDP.

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New Delhi, Feb 27 : India’s third quarter 2019-20 GDP growth rate is expected to inch up on the back of rising inflation, along with a modest uptick in the momentum of services and industry.

Several economists polled by IANS said that GDP growth rate is seen in the range of 4.6-4.8 per cent for the third quarter from 4.5 per cent reported for the second quarter of the current fiscal.

Various indicators like air passenger traffic, railways’ freight revenue and commercial vehicles’ sales have shown improvement in Q3FY20 against weak performance in Q2FY20.

The macro-economic data point of the national income and the GDP will be released on Friday.

“We expect the GDP Q3 number to be 4.8 per cent. Since no major improvement was observed among leading indicators, market expectations remain subdued,” said Karan Mehrishi, Lead Economist at Acuite Ratings and Research.

“Generally, Q3 is one of the strongest quarters in a financial year because the inclusion of festive seasons sales and kharif harvest-driven rural consumption, this time, however, nothing noteworthy is foreseen.”

Besides, he pointed out that capacity utilisation levels have also fallen.

“Fresh capex looks unlikely and investments will be moderate driven by the public sector. We are however mindful of the inflation trajectory moving forward,” Mehrishi said.

India Ratings and Research gave a forecast of 4.7 per cent for Q3 GDP.

Edelweiss Securities’ Economist Madhavi Arora said: “We expect a marginal shallow pick up in 3Q, amid still-sluggish corporate earnings and weak industrial sector.”

“While government spending has been a respite for the services sector, its’ contribution to growth will also decline marginally. We expect 3Q GDP to print around 4.6-4.7 per cent.”

Meanwhile, ICRA expects the GDP and the gross value added (GVA) growth at basic prices to rise mildly to 4.7 per cent and 4.5 per cent, respectively, in Q3FY20, from 4.5 per cent and 4.3 per cent, respectively, in Q2FY20.

“Some industrial and service sectors displayed a pickup in YoY volume growth in Q3FY20 relative to the previous quarter, while the output of kharif crops displayed a mixed trend,” its principal economist Aditi Nayar said.

“Lower raw material costs, high growth of the government’s non-interest revenue expenditure and the stable profitability metrics revealed by the earnings of some banks would provide a cushion to the pace of economic growth,” she said.

However, the extent and duration of coronavirus outbreak would test the sustainability of the nascent upturn in growth in the ongoing quarter.

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Cannabis use rises among the elderly, finds study

Women, and individuals who were married, had a college degree, or had higher income also significantly increased their cannabis use.

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New Delhi, Feb 26 : Cannabis use continues to increase in popularity among adults of 65 years of age and older in the United States, according to a new study.

Published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the study from NYU Grossman School of Medicine estimates that cannabis use in adults aged 65 and older increased from 2.4 percent to 4.2 percent in the United States — a significant increase of 75 percent — between 2015 and 2018.

With the legalization of cannabis for medical and recreational purposes in many states in the US, medical professionals are studying its use in treating a number of chronic health conditions. Since 1996, 31 states have legalized medical marijuana, while 11 states and Washington DC have legalized recreational use.

The survey categorized cannabis use by asking whether marijuana, hashish, pot, grass, or hash oil was either smoked or ingested.

Researchers observed trends in prevalence of past-year cannabis use, broken down by sociodemographic background, chronic disease, healthcare utilization, and other substance use among adults age 65 and older, in the United States, between 2015 and 2018.

Certain subsets of this population saw an even higher rise in prevalence. For example, researchers estimated that past-year use more than doubled by older adults with diabetes, among those who have received mental health treatment, and those reporting past-year alcohol use.

Women, and individuals who were married, had a college degree, or had higher income also significantly increased their cannabis use.

Researchers say they next plan to acquire more detailed information about how medical marijuana affects older populations, its risks and side effects.

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Ground Zero: A dangerous mix of politics and police inaction?

Eyewitness say when the pro and anti-CAA protesters clashed, the police remained a mute spectator.

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New Delhi, Feb 24 : After all, the sudden quiet at Shaheen Bagh, on the boil for over two months, was deeply deceptive, if you look at the way how the protest — for and against the new citizenship law — spilled out to north-east of Delhi, with the police yet again failing to read the situation.

Many locals say the violence at Maujpur-Jafrabad in north-east Delhi erupted soon after BJP leader Kapil Mishra took out a march on Sunday in support of the Controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) as well as against the anti-CAA women protesters who had blocked the road at Jafrabad metro station.

The police stepped in when Kapil Mishra addressed the crowd, sources said. He was flanked by the Deputy Commissioner of Police clad in full riot gear. Some people cite a video clip that shows the BJP leader giving an “ultimatum” to the police, saying “he will come back after the visiting US President leaves India”.

“But the DCP did not act,” said a local resident.

Stone-pelting soon started on the crowd protesting against CAA at Jafrabad.

But how does Kapil Mishra get into the picture? The Karawal Nagar (another north-east Delhi locality) politician was in the AAm AAdmi Party and had switched to the BJP just days before the Delhi polls. He contested from Karawal Nagar, but lost.

A few days back, scores of Jafrabad residents had let it be known that on Saturday (February 22), they would start a march to Rajghat. They were responding to an appeal by Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad who had called for ‘Bharat bandh’ on Sunday. On saturday, the women protesters were stopped midway, but soon they were at Jafrabad Metro station, blocking the road and the metro station.

Eyewitness say when the pro and anti-CAA protesters clashed, the police remained a mute spectator.

The situation turned uglier: On Monday the violence reached the lanes and by-lanes of some localities where passers-by were beaten up if they did not tell their names to aggressive groups of men.

Many pictures and videos of violence have gone viral where unidentified people have been seen brandishing guns as policemen look on. A head constable, Ratan Lal, lost his life on Monday after being hit by rioters.

The violence has spread to Chand Bagh, Khureji in east Delhi and Hauz Rani in south Delhi and fear stalks the roads. Yet no one knows how it all started and when and how it will end.

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