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Weekly Horoscopes for the Week of June 21 by the Cut



Frida Kahlo, a Cancer.
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This is a busy astrological week, full of motion, change, and reversal. To start, on the morning of Sunday, June 20, normally expansive Jupiter begins its four-month retrograde period, offering you an opportunity to turn inward, to reflect on how much you’ve grown and consider where you’re going from here. Also on Sunday, the summer solstice marks the sun’s entrance into caring, intuitive Cancer. After the lively distractibility of Gemini season, the sun in Cancer invites you to rediscover your depths, to lean into emotion and vulnerability. On Tuesday evening, Mercury retrograde finally ends. Communication will come more easily again, and plans will go more smoothly, though it will take a few days for the retrograde effects to fully wear off. Then on Thursday, a full moon in Capricorn will guide you back to confidence in yourself and your ambitions. And finally on Friday, Neptune retrograde begins. During this time, which takes up nearly half of every year, fantasies and illusions lose some of their power over you — whether it’s comforting or painful, the truth becomes easier to see.

The same structures that bolster you can still feel limiting, sometimes. Even a home that is healthy and safe can be frustrating when you’re yearning for passion, adventure, intensity. When you’re seeking big victories and major feelings, ordinary stability and familiar love start to feel like disappointments. This week, though, try to appreciate the sweetness and support you’ve been given, without feeling bound or burdened by it. Let the people in your life care for you. Let them offer you everyday kindness. It isn’t a trap, but a gift, freely given.

One of your most valuable skills is your ability to keep going even when that’s difficult, to stay true to your purpose, no matter what happens. But constantly pressing forward without ceasing becomes exhausting. How could it not? So remember that you’re allowed to rest, to replenish your strength, to change your strategy when something’s not working. There are more options available than just muscling through or giving up. This week, don’t try to break down impossible barriers with nothing but your stubborn will to do so. Better right now to seek out the openings that already exist. In other words, you can take the path of least resistance.

Every time you walk through a city, or open a book, or engage another person in conversation, you’re learning, gathering clues, building and broadening your knowledge of the world. The trouble is, it’s hard to combine so many disparate pieces of information, and next to impossible to know how to use everything you’ve found to help yourself and others. This week, don’t push to make everything fit perfectly together. Certain ideas just won’t click yet. Some of the things you’ve learned won’t make sense until later. Right now, it’s best to find your way forward not by reason, but by instinct.

Finding the kind of home you want to live in is a much greater challenge than most people realize. Because it’s not just about the place where you sleep and eat and spend your time, but also the broader environment — streets and forests and cities you share with others. This week, don’t let anyone convince you that your home is demarcated by the four walls around you. When you try to make the wider world around you sweeter, softer, better, that’s because this whole world is your home, too, a home you share with others, one worth protecting together.

Lately, you’ve felt strangely afraid of your mistakes — scared that choices you made in the past will re-emerge to ruin you, or that you’ll make devastating missteps in the future. But this week, that fear will abate. It isn’t exactly that you’ve become newly emboldened, and even less that you’re suddenly perfect, never to do anything wrong again. Only that, by now, you’ve had a few chances to see how life works. Mistakes happen, and they change things, but they aren’t the end. There’s always time to learn, to reset, to find your way. And sometimes the results are painful, but they can be surprising too, even beautiful.

There’s an intense guilt that comes from not giving every moment your all, not fighting hard enough, not being able or willing to labor without rest or reward. Some of the guilt comes from inside you, of course, but you’re not the only one who demands unreasonable things of yourself. Others lay their extravagant expectations on you, too. This week, it isn’t wrong to see to your own needs, to prioritize healing or grieving or simply making it through to the other side. This isn’t selfishness at all. The world needs you to heal, just as much as it needs you to work and to fight.

Sometimes it’s hard to escape the dark gravitational pull of resentment. No matter how brilliant you are or how much of yourself you give, it’s easy to end up feeling invisible and unappreciated. There’s this nagging feeling that you’re always overlooked in favor of someone louder, flashier, more demanding. There are so many ways you should have been treated better in the past. So much in this world is truly unfair, but if nothing else, this week, you’ll be reminded that you aren’t invisible. You know, intellectually, that you matter to others, but now you’ll actually believe it, too.

The problem with seeing the world’s problems so clearly is that it means you can’t help recognizing your own place in the mess. But it’s all too easy to slip from necessary clarity to disproportionate harshness, whether toward yourself or others. This week, the world isn’t asking you to atone for trouble you aren’t guilty of. It’s not asking you to judge yourself too severely, as though to make up for everyone who ever let themself off the hook too easily. Instead, right now, do what you can to make the world just a little easier to bear — for yourself, for others, for everyone.

In the abstract, change doesn’t really scare you. Theoretically, you’re ready for whatever the world has to offer. Sometimes, though, in those moments of real growth and transition, of deep personal change, even you lose your nerve. You reach a point where the potential for loss feels altogether too great. This week, your task is to find your courage again: not by closing off your heart to fear, but by digging deep to find comfort and steadiness inside yourself, by finding the strength in you that isn’t going to change, no matter what else does.

When the world is hard and unyielding, it often feels like you must become equally immovable in response. As far as survival strategies go, it’s not ineffective. This week, though, it isn’t going to work the way it normally does. Instead, this is an opportunity not to match the world’s ruthlessness, but to undermine it by choosing gentleness, by letting your love grow instead of shrink. It feels counterintuitive, even dangerous, but it’s worth trying, if only to remind yourself that you still have access to your softness. This, too, is a survival strategy.

Your skill at envisioning new possibilities is unmatched, a bright and precious gift. Usually it makes life more bearable, but sometimes it causes suffering, too. It’s painful to imagine utopias when you can’t actually bring them into being, to dream of better, fairer, more beautiful worlds you’ll never be able to see. This week, though, you can realign yourself with the world that you’re actually living in. It isn’t about switching off your imagination, but about a fresh sense of connection to and appreciation for the love, beauty, and mysteries that exist right now, all around you.

It’s as if you’ve been enduring an intimacy drought: connections haven’t felt deep enough, haven’t felt really right. Everyone’s inner worlds have become so strange and unruly that it’s hard to know how to relate anymore, how to find one another again. This week, finally, it’s possible to find closeness in new places, and to see where it’s existed around you, all along. People hold more friendship and love and sweetness for you than you realized. And while none of it is perfect, all of it is good and precious and meant for you.

Read the weekly horoscopes for the week of June 14. The weekly horoscopes for the week of June 28 will be online next Sunday.

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Woman passenger from UK tests Covid positive at Hyderabad airport



Hyderabad: A 35-year-old international passenger who reached the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here on Wednesday has tested positive for Covid-19 after undergoing an RT-PCR test at the airport itself. The woman passenger had traveled from the United Kingdom, which has been categorised as an ‘At Risk Country’. 

The passenger has been admitted to the Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences (TIMS) and samples were collected and sent for genetic sequencing. Officials said she did not have any symptoms and that her health condition was being monitored closely. 

According to officials, the woman hails from Rangareddy district and was on a visit to UK from Hyderabad. Though her close relatives tested negative, their health condition is also being monitored. 

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Revealed: how Sidney Powell could be disbarred for lying in court for Trump | US elections 2020



Sidney Powell, the former lawyer for Donald Trump who filed lawsuits across America for the former president, hoping to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, has on several occasions represented to federal courts that people were co-counsel or plaintiffs in her cases without seeking their permission to do so, the Guardian has learned.

Some of these individuals say that they only found out that Powell had named them once the cases were already filed.

During this same period of time, Powell also named several other lawyers – with their permission in those instances – as co-counsel in her election-related cases, despite the fact that they played virtually no role whatsoever in bringing or litigating those cases.

Both Powell’s naming of other people as plaintiffs or co-counsel without their consent and representing that other attorneys were central to her cases when, in fact, their roles were nominal or nonexistent, constitute serious potential violations of the American Bar Association model rules for professional conduct, top legal ethicists told the Guardian.

Powell’s misrepresentations to the courts in those particular instances often aided fundraising for her nonprofit, Defending the Republic. Powell had told prospective donors that the attorneys were integral members of an “elite strike force” who had played outsized roles in her cases – when in fact they were barely involved if at all.

A couple poses for a photo in front of a Trump campaign bus at a rally in Alpharetta, Georgia, on 2 December 2020.
A couple poses for a photo in front of a Trump campaign bus at a rally in Alpharetta, Georgia, on 2 December 2020. Photograph: Nathan Posner/REX/Shutterstock

Powell did not respond to multiple requests for comment via phone, email, and over social media.

The State Bar of Texas is already investigating Powell for making other allegedly false and misleading statements to federal courts by propagating increasingly implausible conspiracy theories to federal courts that Joe Biden’s election as president of the United States was illegitimate.

The Texas bar held its first closed-door hearing regarding the allegations about Powell on 4 November. Investigations by state bar associations are ordinarily conducted behind closed doors and thus largely opaque to the public.

A federal grand jury has also been separately investigating Powell, Defending the Republic, as well as a political action committee that goes by the same name, for fundraising fraud, according to records reviewed by the Guardian.

Among those who have alleged that Powell falsely named them as co-counsel is attorney Linn Wood, who brought and litigated with Powell many of her lawsuits attempting to overturn the results of the election with her, including in the hotly contested state of Michigan.

The Michigan case was a futile attempt by Powell to erase Joe Biden’s victory in that state and name Trump as the winner. On 25 August, federal district court Judge Linda Parker, of Michigan, sanctioned Powell and nine other attorneys who worked with her for having engaged in “a historic and profound abuse of the judicial process” in bringing the case in the first place. Powell’s claims of election fraud, Parker asserted, had no basis in law and were solely based on “speculation, conjecture, and unwarranted suspicion”.

Parker further concluded that the conduct of Powell, Wood, and the eight other attorneys who they worked with, warranted a “referral for investigation and possible suspension or disbarment to the appropriate disciplinary authority for each state … in which each attorney is admitted”.

Wood told the court in the Michigan case that Powell had wrongly named him as one of her co-counsel in the Michigan case. During a hearing in the case to determine whether to sanction Wood, his defense largely rested on his claim that he had not been involved in the case at all. Powell, Wood told the court, had put his name on the lawsuit without her even telling him.

A man holds a sign reading "The dead cannot vote" at a rally in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Trump supporters attend a rally in Alpharetta, Georgia, where Sidney Powell spoke on efforts to overturn the 2020 election. Photograph: Nathan Posner/REX/Shutterstock

Wood said: “I do not specifically recall being asked about the Michigan complaint … In this case obviously my name was included. My experience or my skills apparently were never needed, so I didn’t have any involvement with it.”

Wood’s attorney, Paul Stablein, was also categorical in asserting that his client had nothing to do with the case, telling the Guardian in an interview: “He didn’t draft the complaint. He didn’t sign it. He did not authorize anyone to put his name on it.”

Powell has denied she would have ever named Wood as a co-counsel without Wood’s permission.

But other people have since come forward to say that Powell has said that they were named as plaintiffs or lawyers in her election-related cases without their permission.

In a Wisconsin voting case, a former Republican candidate for Congress, Derrick Van Orden, said he only learned after the fact that he had been named as a plaintiff in one of Powell’s cases.

“I learned through social media today that my name was included in a lawsuit without my permission,” Van Orden said in a statement he posted on Twitter, “To be clear, I am not involved in the lawsuit seeking to overturn the election in Wisconsin.”

Jason Shepherd, the Republican chairman of Georgia’s Cobb county, was similarly listed as a plaintiff in a Georgia election case without his approval.

In a 26 November 2020 statement, Shepherd said he had been talking to an associate of Powell’s prior to the case’s filing about the “Cobb GOP being a plaintiff” but said he first “needed more information to at least make sure the executive officers were in agreeing to us being a party in the suit”. The Cobb County Republican party later agreed to remain plaintiffs in the case instead of withdrawing.

Leslie Levin, a professor at the University of Connecticut Law School, said in an interview: “Misrepresentations to the court are very serious because lawyers are officers of the court. Bringing a lawsuit in someone’s name when they haven’t consented to being a party is a very serious misrepresentation and one for which a lawyer should expect to face serious discipline.”

Nora Freeman Engstrom, a law professor at Stanford University, says that Powell’s actions appear to violate Rule 3.3 of the ABA’s model rules of professional misconduct which hold that “a lawyer shall not knowingly … make a false statement of fact of law to a tribunal”.

Since election day last year, federal and state courts have dismissed more than 60 lawsuits alleging electoral fraud and irregularities by Powell, and other Trump allies.

Shortly after the election, Trump named Powell as a senior member of an “elite strike force” who would prove that Joe Biden only won the 2020 presidential race because the election was stolen from him. But Trump refused to pay her for her services. To remedy this, Powell set up a new nonprofit called Defending the Republic; its stated purpose is to “protect the integrity of elections in the United States”.

As a nonprofit, the group is allowed to raise unlimited amounts of “dark money” and donors are legally protected from the ordinary requirements to disclose their identities to the public. Powell warned supporters that for her to succeed, “millions of dollars must be raised”.

Echoing Trump’s rhetoric, Powell told prospective donors that Defending the Republic had a vast team of experienced litigators.

Sidney Powell speaks at a press conference on election results in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Sidney Powell speaks at a press conference on election results in Alpharetta, Georgia. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

Among the attorneys who Powell said made up this “taskforce” were Emily Newman, who had served Trump as the White House liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services and as a senior official with the Department of Homeland Security. Newman had been a founding board member of Defending the Republic.

But facing sanctions in the Michigan case, some of the attorneys attempted to distance themselves from having played much of a meaningful role in her litigation.

Newman’s attorney told Parker, the judge, that Newman had “not played a role in the drafting of the complaint … My client was a contract lawyer working from home who spent maybe five hours on this matter. She really wasn’t involved … Her role was de minimis.”

To have standing to file her Michigan case, Powell was initially unable to find a local attorney to be co-counsel on her case but eventually attorney Gregory Rohl agreed to help out.

But when Rohl was sanctioned by Parker and referred to the Michigan attorney disciplinary board for further investigation, his defense was that he, too, was barely involved in the case. He claimed that he only received a copy of “the already prepared” 830-page initial complaint at the last minute, reviewed it for “well over an hour”, while then “making no additions, decisions or corrections” to the original.

As with Newman, Parker, found that Rohl violated ethics rules by making little, if any, effort to verify the facts of the claims in Powell’s filings.

In sanctioning Rohl, the judge wrote that “the court finds it exceedingly difficult to believe that Rohl read an 830-page complaint in just ‘well over an hour’ on the day he filed it. So, Rohl’s argument in and of itself reveals sanctionable conduct.”

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Govt to introduce important Bill, Covid situation likely to be discussed



The government on Thursday will table ‘The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill 2021’ in the Lok Sabha. A discussion on Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and its various related aspects is also likely to take place in the lower House.

Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will move the ‘The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill’ in the Lok Sabha to amend the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Act, 1998.

Under rule 193, a discussion on Covid-19 pandemic and various aspects related to it will likely take place. According to sources, the members may also raise their concern and ask for the government’s preparedness for the new Omicron variant. Under Rule 193, members can seek details about the new Covid variant. “Short duration discussion is likely to be held in the Lok Sabha on the Covid and its various aspects, including new Omicron variant,” sources said.

Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Prahlad Singh Patel, General V.K. Singh, Krishan Pal, Bhanu Pratap Verma, Rameshwar Teli and Kaushal Kishore will lay papers on the table. Reports and action reports of different standing committees will also be laid in the day.

The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Amendment) Bill 2021 (ART) by voice vote as the amendments moved by the DMK MP N.K. Prem Chandran, Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy and Shiv Sena MP Vinayak Raut were negated. The ART Bill seeks to regulate fertility clinics. All such clinics will have to be registered under the National Registry of Banks and Clinics of India.

The opposition is likely to continue to raise its voices on price rise, unemployment and extended jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) in some states. The opposition parties are also demanding a law guaranteeing the minimum support price (MSP).

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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