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Trump’s SC pick’s confirmation hearing in September

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Washington, Aug 11 : President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next justice on the Supreme Court –- Judge Brett Kavanaugh -– is set for a confirmation hearing on Sept. 4, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee announced Friday. 

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley  said, ” He has  met dozens of senators who have nothing but positive things to say.

“At this current pace, we have plenty of time to review the rest of emails and other records that we will receive from President Bush and the National Archives. It’s time for the American people to hear directly from Judge Kavanaugh at his public hearing.”

Grassley said he expects the hearing to last three or four days, CNN reported.

Trump nominated Kavanaugh to the high court last month to fill the spot of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Kavanaugh needs just 50 votes to be confirmed.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier on Friday that he hopes Kavanaugh would be confirmed by the Senate “before the first Monday in October”.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said Kavanaugh was looking forward to speaking with Congress, reports CNN.

“With the Senate already reviewing more documents than for any other Supreme Court nominee in history, Chairman Grassley has lived up to his promise to lead an open, transparent and fair process,” Shah said on Friday.

“Judge Kavanaugh looks forward to addressing the Judiciary Committee in public hearings for the American people to view.”

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7 killed in Karachi rain

The provincial disaster management authority of Sindh province, where Karachi is located, issued a warning of urban flooding in parts of the city and other areas.

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Karachi, July 7 : At least seven people were killed and several others injured in Pakistan’s Karachi city in separate rain-related incidents.

After weeks of extremely hot weather, the residents of Karachi on Monday found solace when the first monsoon rain in the ongoing summer season hit the port city of over 20 million people, but at the same time the unfortunate incidents of electrocution, roof collapse and uprooting of trees and billboards claimed seven lives, reports Xinhua news agency.

According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), rainfall up to 43 mm was recorded in the city, and it wreaked havoc in the areas where it was coupled with heavy winds.

Rescue teams said that the rainwater inundated several low-lying areas of the city, creating trouble for the residents.

Road traffic was also disrupted in several areas after rainwater submerged highways and other roads.

Electric poles also uprooted in several areas of the city, resulting in hours-long suspension of electricity supply.

The provincial disaster management authority of Sindh province, where Karachi is located, issued a warning of urban flooding in parts of the city and other areas.

The authority said heavy rainfall is expected in the province due to the monsoon and the residents and concerned departments of the urban areas should remain alert and take necessary precautionary measures during the forecast periods to avert any unfortunate incident.

The PMD forecast more rains on the same pattern in the city for the next two days.

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Situation ‘really not good’ as new COVID-19 cases break records: Fauci

The worst-hit states due to the fresh outbreak are California, Arizona, Texas and Florida.

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Washington, July 7 : America’s top infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci warned “the current state is really not good” due to the fresh spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country.

“We had been in a situation (where) we were averaging about 20,000 new cases a day,” Xinhua news agency quoted Fauci, Director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as saying on Monday.

In a livestream with Director of the US National Institutes of Health, Francis Collins, Fauci said a series of circumstances associated with various states and cities trying to open up, in the sense of getting back to some form of normality, has led to a situation where the country now has record-breaking cases.

He said the average age of people getting infected now is 15 years younger than it was a few months ago, but young people must understand they are not “in a vacuum”.

“Innocently, they could infect someone who’d infect someone, and then all of a sudden someone’s grandmother or grandfather, or aunt who”s getting chemotherapy for breast cancer gets infected.

“You’re part of the propagation of the pandemic so it’s your responsibility to yourself, as well as to society, to avoid infection,” Fauci added.

The US currently accounts for the world”s highest number of infections and fatalities at 2,935,008 and 130,277, respectively, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

The worst-hit states due to the fresh outbreak are California, Arizona, Texas and Florida.

Nearly two dozen states have paused their reopenings to combat the virus spread while others have taken extra measures to keep it out of their borders, said a CNN report.

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut issued a travel advisory that requires people arriving from eight states with high coronavirus rates to quarantine for two weeks.

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6.1-magnitude quake jolts Indonesia, no tsunami alert issued

Indonesia has been frequently jolted by earthquakes as it lies on a vulnerable quake-hit zone called “the Pacific Ring of Fire”.

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Jakarta, July 7 : An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale rocked Indonesia’s western Central Java province on Tuesday morning, the meteorology and geophysics agency said. It, however, did not issue a warning for tsunami.

The quake struck at 5.54 a.m. with the epicentre at 53 km northwest Jepara of the province and a depth of 578 km under the sea bed, Xinhua reported.

Indonesia has been frequently jolted by earthquakes as it lies on a vulnerable quake-hit zone called “the Pacific Ring of Fire”.

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