US appeals court judges spar with Trump lawyer over bid to block

first_img(Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Friday appeared unlikely to grant President Donald Trump’s request that it block a congressional subpoena for his financial records.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard oral arguments in a lawsuit Trump filed arguing his accounting firm, Mazars LLP, does not need to comply with a House of Representatives Oversight Committee subpoena.The three judges on the panel did not say how or when they would rule. But they repeatedly sparred with Trump’s personal lawyer William Consovoy over his central argument that the subpoena is unconstitutional because it is “law enforcement” that would not further Congress’ main task of enacting laws. Judge David Tatel said the House is already working on legislation relating to presidential conflicts of interest and government ethics, and suggested that the financial records requested from Mazars are reasonably related to that effort. World 11 Jul 2019 U.S. House Speaker Pelosi tells her Democrats to kill the tweets World 11 Jul 2019 U.S. appeals court hands win to Trump in hotel ’emoluments’ case “These bills have passed the House and are directly related to the subject of this subpoena,” Tatel said.The House Oversight Committee has also said it needs Trump’s financial records to examine whether he broke the law by not disentangling himself from his business holdings, as previous presidents have done.But Consovoy urged the judges to look at the “totality of the evidence,” including media reports that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told fellow Democrats that she wants to see Trump in prison.Consovoy said Pelosi’s remark makes clear that Congress’ real objective with the Mazars subpoena is to investigate Trump so it can make him look bad and score political points. “The court does not have to be naive … and deny what is staring the court in its face,” Consovoy said.Judge Patricia Millett told Consovoy she was wary of second-guessing Congress’ motives. If she adopted his argument, she would be essentially calling the House’s proposed ethics laws “a ruse” for getting Trump’s financial records, she said.”Can we do that?” Millett asked, noting that courts have long been reluctant to block congressional subpoenas. Mazars has avoided taking sides in the dispute and said it will “comply with all legal obligations.”In August an appeals court in New York will hear oral arguments in a challenge Trump brought seeking to block similar congressional subpoenas issued to Deutsche Bank AG and Capital One Financial Corp.Trump is refusing to cooperate with a series of investigations on issues ranging from his tax returns and policy decisions to his Washington hotel and his children’s security clearances. (Reporting by Jan Wolfe; Editing by Susan Thomas) Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related Newslast_img read more

Chief Justice heads honours list

first_img {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related News Nation 19 May 2019 Final farewell to CAP president Nation 17 Jun 2019 Rozali is Seberang Prai mayor GEORGE TOWN: Chief Justice Dat­uk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat heads the honours list to mark the 81st birthday of Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas today.Tengku Maimun was conferred the state’s highest honours, the Darjah Utama Pangkuan Negeri (DUPN), which carries the title Datuk Seri Utama.Two others who are getting the Darjah Panglima Pangkuan Negeri (DPPN), which carries the title Datuk Seri, are Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador and Royal Malaysian Air Force chief Jen Tan Sri Affendi Buang.Kek Lok Si Temple trustee and Malaysia Buddhist Association honorary life president Datuk Steven Ooi Teik Heng was conferred the Darjah Gemilang Pangkuan Negeri (DGPN), which carries the title Datuk Seri.center_img Prominent businessman and Malaysian-Pakistani League Penang president Datuk Abdul Rafique Abdul Karim was also conferred the DGPN together with Unimech Group Bhd founder Datuk Lim Cheah Chooi.Criminologist and Universiti Sains Malaysia security director Assoc Prof Dr P. Sundramoorthy and Penang Lay Buddhist honorary president Yeoh Beng Foo were conferred the Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri (DSPN), which carries the title Datuk.State secretary Datuk Seri Farizan Darus said there are a total of 877 recipients this year with 170 of them receiving their honours during Abdul Rahman’s birthday.“The presentation of awards will continue for next three days on July 15, 16 and 17,” he said during a press conference at Dewan Sri Pinang here yesterday. A hi-tea to mark the celebration will be held today at the Setia SPICE Arena and attended by Abdul Rahman, recipients and state dignitaries.The ceremonial dinner will be held on July 15 at the Setia SPICE Convention Centre.Farizan said a hi-tea will also be held at the SP Arena in Seberang Jaya on July 18. Related News Nation 18 May 2019 Leaders pay last respects as CAP’s S.M. Mohamed Idris laid to restlast_img read more

Andhra Pradesh YS Jagan Mohan Reddy govt presents its first budget

first_img Next Press Trust of India AmravatiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 22:02 IST Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy. (Image: Twitter)The YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government on Friday presented its first Budget in the Andhra Pradesh Legislature with a total outlay of Rs 2.27 lakh crore for 2019-20.In February, the then Telugu Desam Party government had presented a Rs 2.26 lakh crore vote-on-account budget ahead of the general elections.The revised estimates for 2018-19 showed a cut of over Rs 29,000 crore in the budget, against the Rs 1.19 lakh crore estimates presented in March last year.Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath, who presented his budget, estimated that the revenue deficit would be Rs 1,778.52 crore and the fiscal deficit Rs 35,260.58 crore.The huge revenue deficit continues to be a cause for concern as the state, reeling under an acute financial crisis, is faced with a mounting expenditure bill with the introduction of numerous new doles for different sections.As per the figures given by the Finance Minister, the revenue deficit in 2018-19 was estimated to be Rs 11,654.91 crore, down from Rs 16,151.68 crore in the previous year.Of the total expenditure of Rs 2,27,974.99 crore proposed in the 2019-20 Budget, revenue expenditure estimated alone would be Rs 1,80,475.94 crore, Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath said.Capital expenditure was estimated at Rs 32,293.39 crore, including Rs 8,994 crore towards principal repayment of public debt.Incidentally, the states debt burden soared to Rs 2,58,928 crore by the end of the 2019 fiscal.”This government has inherited probably one of the worst financial positions ever inherited in the history of our country.The debt of the residuary state at the time of bifurcation (in June 2014), which was Rs 1,30,654 crore, reached a whopping Rs 2,58,928 crore by 2018-19, Buggana Rajendranath said.Further, over Rs 10,000 crore was borrowed through various corporations and diverted for spending by government.Another Rs 18,000 crore worth bills were kept pending, he added.”With all these liabilities, as soon as we came into the government, we were told that there was a resource gap of around Rs 45,000 crore to fulfill the commitments under.Vote-on-Account budget presented in February.This resource gap is further amplified by the budget necessary for our new programmes, Buggana Rajendra also said.The demand for Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh thus gained significance, the Minister noted.”The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 was passed only after Special Category Status was promised and this was not the case with any other bifurcation.Andhra Pradesh is the only state that is demanding Special Category Status for reasons beyond its control, as bifurcation has severely deteriorated the finances of the state,” the minister pointed out.Also, Andhra Pradesh was the only state whose Special Category Status was approved by the Union Cabinet but has been pending for implementation, he said.”Therefore, I am appealing to the Prime Minister and Government of India that Andhra Pradesh be given Special Category Status,” the Finance Minister said.Summing up his presentation, Buggana Rajendranath quoted the great political philosopher Chanakya, saying the latters”Chaturvidha Vikasa” (four-pronged development) would be the goal of their government.”Achieving the desired target,sustaining the achievement, expanding the sustained achievements, ensuring expanded results…are useful for all, the minister said, quoting ChanakyaALSO READ | Lok Sabha clears bill to set up central, tribal universities in Andhra PradeshALSO WATCH | Nataka in Karnataka: Rahul Gandhi breaks his silence, says BJP using money power to topple govtsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKritika Kashyap Tags :Follow Y S Jagan Mohan ReddyFollow Telugu Desam Party (TDP)Follow budget 2019-20Follow Andhra PradeshFollow Buggana Rajendranath Reddy Andhra Pradesh: YS Jagan Mohan Reddy govt presents its first budgetThe YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government on Friday presented its first Budget in the Andhra Pradesh Legislature with a total outlay of Rs 2.27 lakh crore for 2019-20.advertisementlast_img read more

Prison platter Kerala jail ties up with Swiggy to deliver food

first_img P S Gopikrishnan Unnithan ThrissurJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 09:24 IST Image for representation (Photo: Pinterest)HIGHLIGHTSInmates of Viyyur’s Central Prison will deliver a chicken combo meal by using SwiggyAt Rs 127, the combo includes chicken biryani, chicken curry, chapatis, pickle, salad and waterFor the past few years prison inmates have been running ‘Freedom Food Factory’, a canteenKerala’s cuisine is famous throughout the country. Be it the traditional tapioca-fish curry or idiyappam with curry or the iconic Thalaserry chicken biryani or the ishtu-appam combo. Now these delicious dishes are being cooked and delivered by some very unlikely cooks.In a first of its kind initiative, Central Prison, Viyyur in Thrissur district of Kerala is offering a chicken biryani combo, served in a banana leaf with a bottle of drinking water.If you are a little hesitant or embarrassed to step into a jail compound, don’t worry, you can just get it home-delivered. Viyyur jail authorities have tied up with food delivery app Swiggy to deliver food at customers’ doorsteps.For the past few years prison inmates have been running a canteen, ‘Freedom Food Factory’. Now the services will reach a wider consumer base.Right from preparation to packing, the whole process is carried out by the inmates of Central Prison. In a bid to spread the message of being eco friendly, the parcel is delivered in paper bags made by jail inmates.The combo includes 300 gm of biryani rice, a fried chicken leg piece, chicken curry, four chapatis, pickle, salad and a bottle of water. All this comes for Rs 127 only. Customers will also have the option of not buying the water, which would bring down the price of the combo to Rs 117.Initially, the delivery will be restricted to a 6-km radius of the jail in Thrissur city. The project was launched on Thursday in the presence of Superintendent NS Nirmalandan Nair and other officers.Officials from the food safety department were also present. The combo was an instant hit as prison authorities had to close the listing from Swiggy in 20 minutes due to over booking.Kerala jails have been in the food business for many years now. Under the brand name ‘Food for Freedom’ they have opened a restaurant near the central jail in Thiruvananthapuram, which has become a huge hit.The iconic jail chapati with veg or non-veg curry is available through mobile sales units which run across the state.For Central Prison, Viyyur, online food delivery is the latest offering alongside organic farming, a volleyball team and its own music band among others.Also read | Jailhouse Blues | KeralaAlso read | 4 places in Delhi that serve the best food from KeralaFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnumika Bahukhandi Next Prison platter: Kerala jail ties up with Swiggy to deliver foodInmates of Viyyur’s Central Prison will deliver a chicken combo meal by using Swiggy.advertisementlast_img read more