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Heavy rainfall in Maharashtra, Gujarat from Wednesday due to cyclone Maha

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Mumbai: The Maharashtra Government has issued heavy rain and thundershowers warning for north Konkan and north-central part of the state from November 6-8 due to cyclone ”Maha”.

Fishermen have been asked to return to the shores and all the district administrations have been asked to remain alert.

On Sunday, Indian Coast Guard had deployed seven ships and two aircraft off Gujarat coast to warn fishing boats at sea and advising them to return to the nearest port in the wake of cyclone Maha.

The weather department also predicted heavy rainfall at isolated places over Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Thunderstorm accompanied by lightning and hail at isolated places is possible over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

In the meantime, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will receive light to moderate rainfall at isolated places during the next four days, as per the weekly bulletin issued by Regional Meteorological Department on 3 November 2019. The northern districts that includes Chennai will stay dry until Tuesday (5 November) but southern districts will continue witnessing light to moderate rainfall till the weekend. Isolated parts of Madurai & neighbouring districts in south Tamil Nadu experienced heavy rainfall yesterday.

Gale wind speed is very likely to increase gradually over east-central Arabian Sea becoming 125-135 kmph gusting to 150 kmph by Monday. Sea condition will be very high over east-central Arabian Sea for the next 24 hours and will become phenomenal from Monday, IMD said.

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Trump knew exactly what was going on: Giuliani aide

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Washington: An aide to Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, has said that the US President “knew exactly what was going on” regarding efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, it was reported on Thursday.

Ukrainian-American businessman Lev Parnass, who is facing separate criminal charges, made the comments in an interview with MSNBC on Wednesday after letters, phone records, notes and flash drives were obtained from him earlier this week, the BBC said in a report.

Documents show that the Ukraine-born Parnas was in regular contact with Giuliani as well as Ukrainian officials, and suggests that the businessman was directly involved in trying to have Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky look into the Bidens.

In the interview, Parnas said Trump was “aware of all my movements”.

“I wouldn’t do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani or the President. Why would President Zelensky’s inner circle or (Interior) Minister (Arsen) Avakov or all these people or (former) President (Petro) Poroshenko meet with me?

“Who am I? They were told to meet with me. And that’s the secret that they’re trying to keep. I was on the ground doing their work,” he added.

Parnas further said that the President was lying and knew that unless there was an investigation into Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who was a director of a Ukrainian gas company, military aid to Kiev would be withheld.

He also claimed that the investigation was about digging up dirt on Joe Biden.

Meanwhile, some of the materials obtained show Parnas and Giuliani discussing the removal of Marie Yovanovitch, the then US ambassador to Ukraine, said the BBC report.

In Wednesday’s interview, Parnas claimed the only motivation to get Yovanovitch removed from her post was because she was in the way of the effort to get Ukraine to announce an investigation into Joe Biden.

Trump was impeached by the Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives on December 18, 2019 and is accused of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The two articles of impeachment were sent to the Republican-majority Senate on Wednesday night, paving the way for the starting of a trial against the President.

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