Washington DC: John Dean, the White House lawyer who helped bring about the Watergate downfall of Richard Nixon, has told Congress that there are “remarkable” similarities between the former president’s illegal behaviour and alleged acts of obstruction by Donald Trump. Dean told the House Judiciary Committee on Monday that the Mueller report, which outlines 10 possible acts of obstruction by Trump, is equivalent to the famous “road map” that prosecutor Leon Jaworski delivered to Congress in 1974, sparking impeachment proceedings against Nixon and forcing his resignation. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests'”In many ways the Mueller Report is to President Trump what the so-called Watergate roadmap… was to President Richard Nixon,” the 80-year-old Dean told the House Judiciary Committee. There were “remarkable parallels” between the two, especially related to obstruction of justice, said Dean, who as Nixon’s White House counsel was deeply involved in illegal efforts to stifle the Watergate probe. One of those parallels, Dean noted, was the primary role in Trump’s alleged obstruction efforts of former White House counsel Don McGahn, a main source for the Mueller investigation. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaMcGahn, who has been prevented by the White House from testifying to Congress, “is the most prominent fact witness regarding obstruction of justice cited in the Mueller Report,” Dean said as he himself was 46 years ago. Dean’s testimony came as congressional Democrats debate impeaching Trump for his interference in the special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s Russia meddling investigation. It sparked an angry attack from Trump, who has struggled in vain to put the Mueller probe behind him. On Twitter he called Dean a “sleazebag attorney” in a Democratic effort to “redo” the probe. “Can’t believe they are bringing in John Dean, the disgraced Nixon White House Counsel who is a paid CNN contributor. No Collusion – No Obstruction! Democrats just want a do-over which they’ll never get!” Trump tweeted. Trump told journalists separately that Dean has “been a loser for many years.” Asked if he thought he could be forced to step down like Nixon, Trump replied: “I don’t leave.” “You can’t impeach somebody when there’s never been a thing done wrong,” he added. Dean was the top lawyer for the Nixon’s White House in 1972 when the president sought his help to cover up his staff’s involvement in the break-in of Democratic offices at the Watergate complex.
San Francisco: Genius Media, a US-based digital media company that specialises in song lyrics, has accused Google of copying their work to display in its Search results for years without permission and has asked the search-engine giant to address the situation. According to Genius Media, the lyrics that Google displays alongside any usual information about a particular song on Search are picked up from the company’s work. “The company has shown Google irrefutable evidence again and again that they are displaying lyrics copied from Genius in their Lyrics OneBox. This is a serious issue and Google needs to address it,” The Verge reported Ben Gross, Chief Strategy Officer at Genius Media as saying on Sunday. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app Launched in 2009, Genius Media describes itself as a “platform for annotating clever rap lyrics” and has since expanded into other types of music as well. As part of its investigation, the site used a series of alternating straight and curved apostrophes in its lyrics to form a type of watermark and as per their plan, converting the patterns into Morse code revealed the words “Red Handed”. However, in defence, the search-engine giant confirmed that any information displayed in its search results are licensed from various sources. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails “The company is investigating this issue with our data partners and if we find that partners are not upholding good practices we will end our agreements,” the report quoted a Google spokesperson as saying. According to other media reports, Google has claimed that the lyrics its Search displays alongside any song being searched is sourced from a third-party called LyricFind Inc. The company LyricFind also denied that it borrowed song lyrics from Genius Media, the report said. The accusation on Google comes shortly after reports surfaced that the US Department of Justice is preparing to open a case against the tech giant for potential anti-trust violations, thus, putting scrutiny on the tech giant amid a growing chorus of criticism about the power of Big Tech Earlier in March, European Union’s (EU) anti-trust regulators on Wednesday fined Google 1.49 billion euros ($1.7 billion) for abusing its dominance in the online search market by blocking rivals. Later in May, India joined EU when its antitrust watchdog Competition Commission of India (CCI) ordered an investigation into Google’s aggressive push to Android that seems like a block-technique against its rivals.
Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao Thursday laid the foundation stone for the construction of new Secretariat buildingshere at the existing location. The “Bhumi puja” was performed at the D Block in the Secretariat complex situated near the picturesque Hussain Sagar lake. Several state ministers, including A Indrakaran Reddy and Vemula Prashant Reddy, TRS Parliamentary Party leader K Keshava Rao and Chief Secretary SK Joshi were among those present on the occasion. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah Once the designs are finalised, some of the old buildings located in the existing Secretariat would be demolished as per requirement, a senior official has said. The Telangana Cabinet has recently appointed a Group of Ministers headed by Road and Buildings Minister V Prashanth Reddy on the construction of new secretariat building. The Cabinet had endorsed the final decision-making choice on the building designs to the Chief Minister. The state government also indicated that the new secretariat which would come up in about four lakh sq-ft would cost around Rs 400 crore. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey Colony Meanwhile, the opposition BJP MLC N Ramchander Rao alleged he was not allowed by police to organise a planned protest against the construction of new Secretariat buildings, by demolishing some of the the existing structures. “If protest is not allowed, what is the state of democracy in Telangana,” the BJP leader asked. Andhra Pradesh last week handed over all the four blocks (in the Secretariat complex) which were under its control to the Telangana government paving way for it to construct a new Secretariat. The AP government was allotted four blocks in the secretariat complex here after bifurcation of the state in 2014, as Hyderabad was made common capital for both the states for a period not exceeding 10 years. The Telangana government is in the process of identifying office space for accommodating staff during the construction of a new secretariat complex.
Mumbai: Twenty three persons are feared dead after a dam in Maharashtra’s coastal Konkan region breached following incessant rains leading to flood-like situation in downstream villages, officials said Wednesday. Bodies of 11 persons have been recovered so far, a police official said. The total toll would be 23, he added. The Tiware dam in Chiplun taluka of Ratnagiri district has a storage capacity of 20 lakh cubic metre. It developed a breach late Tuesday night, a district official said. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chief The dam breach caused a flood-like situation in seven downstream villages, with 12 houses being swept away. “So far, 11 bodies have been recovered,” said Additional Superintendent of Police, Ratnagiri, Vishal Gaikwad. Police have moved villagers to safety, he added. Relatives of the victims said they had asked district administration to repair the dam as they had spotted cracks in November last year. There was an issue over the jurisdiction of which tehsil Tiware dam falls in, as Chiplun and Dapoli tehsil offices had ignored the application of the villagers, said a family member of one of the dead. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC “It is only because of their negligence that we have seen this day,” he said. “My parents, wife and child of one and a half year is missing,” he added. “My brother, who had gone to bring his vehicle did not return,” he said. A search operation has been launched by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and state police personnel. A police officer said rescue operations were hampered initially due to darkness and sudden influx of water. Local public representatives claimed the government neglected their pleas for repair of the dam. They said the administration was informed about cracks in the walls of the dam, but no action was taken. Maharashtra Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan said villagers in the area had complained of cracks in the dam. “This dam was built 14 years ago. The state government will find out at which level there was negligence and necessary action will be taken accordingly,” he said. Homes of the villagers washed away will be constructed at safe places, he said. A compensation of Rs four lakh will be given to the kin of each of the deceased person, he added. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered an inquiry into the incident. “The reason for the breach will be probed and action would be taken against the guilty expeditiously,” the chief minister said. Fadnavis contacted the district administration and took stock of the relief and rescue operations, an official statement said. Some local residents claimed that Water Resources department official recently visited the dam, which was filled to its capacity, after complaints that the walls had developed cracks.