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Three Shot On Tennessee State University Campus

By Aglaia Staff

One person has been killed and two others wounded by gunfire on the campus of Tennessee State University in  Nashville, police have said.

The shootings, which occurred just before 11 pm local time on Thursday, appeared to have stemmed from a dispute over a dice game in a courtyard, the Metropolitan Nashville police department said.

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Police did not say whether those involved were students. It is unclear whether any arrests have been made.

Three people were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said Tanya Stone, operations supervisor for the Metro Nashville emergency communication centre.

Last week, three people were shot and wounded during a large house party near the Tennessee State University campus.

The incidents follow a string of gun violence at or near several US schools in October, including fatal shootings on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and near Texas Southern University in Houston.


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Unidentified Foreigner Spotted Using Drone Near Parliament

By Aglaia Staff

In a major security alarm, an unidentified person was spotted flying a suspected drone near the high-security Vijay Chowk intersection close to Rashtrapati Bhavan and Parliament here on Saturday evening.

Police said that the incident was reported in the evening after a media person spotted a foreigner standing on the pavement near Vijay Chowk with a remote control in his hands. The foreigner was operating a flying object — suspected to be a drone — which was seen hovering around 20-30 feet above the ground, said a police official. -

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The media person told police that when he confronted the foreigner, he stopped the device and fled in a car that was parked near the pavement. The media person further claimed that the vehicle had a diplomatic registration number pertaining to the Russian embassy, said the official. The incident was caught on camera and the footage — in which the unidentified man can be seen sporting a white T-shirt and shorts — has been handed over to Parliament Street police station, said the official. “

The issue came to our notice through the media. We are inquiring into it,” said DCP (New Delhi) Jatin Narwal. He said that a special team is studying the video footage and further action will be initiated accordingly. Police said that it is only when the person who was operating the device is questioned can it be known whether the gadget was actually equipped with a camera and if he was taking photographs or videos in the high-security zone. Meanwhile, following the incident, security was tightened in and around Parliament Street and several police teams were deployed in the area.

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Donald Trump Loses It; Calls Sanders Maniac And Communist

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Just 24 hours after the first Democratic debate, Donald Trump spoke to a crowd of supporters and gave his thoughts on what the candidates said. In addition to his usual criticism of Hillary Clinton, Trump went hard after progressive favorite, Sen.  Sanders.

Ever since announcing his presidential campaign back in June, the billionaire real estate mogul has vaulted to the top of the Republican primary field. Despite making controversial comments about Hispanics, women, and other minority groups, the conservative base of the party continue to support the former host of “The Apprentice.” During an Oct. 14 campaign rally in Richmond, Virginia, Trump went on the attack.

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“I watched last night as Hillary and Bernie Sanders, they just couldn’t give away things fast enough,” Trump told the crowd. The Republican front runner had the crowd on their feet booing the Democratic candidates as he pointed out the “free stuff” they wanted to give to the American people. “They want heath care for illegal immigrants. They want drivers licenses for illegal immigrants,” Trump said, noting that, “They want, listen to this, social security for illegal immigrants.”

Trump then showed some sympathy for Clinton, referring to her as a “poor women,” citing the fact that she was forced to “give everything away” when standing next to Bernie Sanders. “The poor woman, she’s gotta give everything away because this maniac that was standing on her right was giving everything away, so she’s following! That’s what’s happening.”

Continuing his attack on Sanders, Trump referred to the Vermont senator as a “socialist” and a “communist.” “This socialist-slash-communist, okay? Nobody wants to say it,” Trump said as the crowd cheered. Warning his supporters, if Sanders is elected, they should expect to have their taxes raised to 90 percent.

Despite the charges of “socialism,” Sanders has spoken about using tax money to invest in rebuilding the country’s infrastructure, universal healthcare, and offer paid family leave, all programs that are prevalent in most industrialized nations around the world. Trump told the Virginia crowd that their taxes would be raised to 90 percent, a number that Sanders hasn’t ever said, but those who would see their taxes increased would be the wealthiest people and corporations in the country. A group that most likely didn’t attend Trump’s campaign rally.



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Saudi Woman Cuts Off Tamilian’s Arm

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Saudi Arabian officials have arrested a Saudi woman who chopped off the arm of a 56-year-old maid from Mungileri village near Katpadi in Tamil Nadu.

Officials with the Indian embassy in Riyadh took up the case with Saudi authorities at the highest level after learning that the employer of Kasthuri Munirathnam severed the maid’s right arm after she complained to officials that the family she was working for ill-treated her.

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Indian diplomats in Saudi Arabia told TOI on Thursday that the Al-Sahafa police in Riyadh initially investigated the case but, because of the heinous nature of the crime, handed over the probe to the General Intelligence Directorate (Al Mukhabarat Al A’amah), the foremost intelligence agency in the kingdom.

Kasthuri was in a critical condition but has stabilised and doctors are treating her in Kingdom Hospital in Riyadh.

Anil Nautiyal, first secretary (labour) at the Indian embassy in Riyadh, said the mission is pursuing the case with the Saudi Arabian ministry of foreign affairs.

Kasthuri’s son Mohan told TOI from Vellore that his mother Kasthuri sustained severe injuries in the attack by the woman of the house, whose name Saudi authorities have withheld.


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Love Story That Cost GVK Biosciences Its International Reputation

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A GVK Bio whistle-blower‘s personal crisis led to EU suspending approval for its generic drugs.

A torrid love affair between two employees resulted in the international scrutiny of GVK Biosciences and a ban on marketing of around 700 generic drugs tested by the facility.

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The employee, in love with a junior, left with her in 2011, prompting the girl’s parents to approach the police. As a result, GVK Biosciences — one of the largest Contract Research Organisations based in Hyderabad — dismissed the employee.

The police, during the investigation, went through the employee’s emails and found that he had written to every major drug regulatory authority in the world raising doubts about the quality of clinical research conducted at GVK Biosciences. The disgruntled employee’s emails served their intended purpose, at least for him.

International medicine agencies sought to inspect GVK Biosciences’ Hyderabad facility and alleged manipulation of data by the organisation. The European Union banned 700 drugs tested by GVK Biosciences in July this year after which the Indian government suspended the EU Free Trade Agreement (EU FTA) talks that were to resume in August after a two-year break.

It was found that the employee, though married and blessed with two children, had an illegitimate affair. He resigned from GVK Biosciences in September 2011 to sort out/resolve this issue but started blaming GVK Biosciences for his personal issue,” said Dorothy Paul, the company’s spokesperson.

The employee did not respond to email queries sent by The Hindu on October 6.

Between January and October 2013, the whistle-blower sent 15 emails to the United States Food & Drug Administration (USFDA), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) and the National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety (ANSM), requesting them to audit the facility. The emails have been seen by The Hindu.

“After thorough internal investigations on the anonymous emails, GVK Biosciences filed a police complaint,” added the spokesperson. Citing his reasons for the revelations in one of the 15 emails to USFDA, the employee wrote, “cruel politics of selfish senior employees” prompted him to complain against GVK Biosciences.

Reacting to the ban by European drug regulators, the Commerce Ministry said in a release that it was “disappointed by and concerned” at the ban on “one of the flagship sectors of India”, as the story snowballed into the latest setback to the reputation of India-made generic drugs.

The ban had come in the backdrop of increasing tensions, with multinational pharmaceutical companies accusing India of having a hostile intellectual property climate. The Indian generic drug-makers had countered by accusing big pharma of using patents as an excuse to keep affordable Indian medicines from the access of poor patients.

“The IPA is deeply concerned about the damage it has caused to the reputation of the Indian pharmaceutical industry as a reliable supplier of safe, effective and quality medicine at very competitive prices to the EU Member States and their people. The banning of these 700 drugs merely on a suspicion of “manipulation” of ECGs of healthy volunteers and without sufficient evidence was uncalled for. The inspector had erred, yet the Agency did not intervene, in spite of the error being brought to its notice by the government. It only leaves doubt about its intention,” said D.G. Shah, secretary-general of Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance (IPA), a lobby of domestic drug-makers.

G.N. Singh, Drug Controller-General of India (DCGI), confirmed that he knew about the whistle-blower. “We do not know why the whistle-blower — if that was his intention — did not approach the Indian regulators first. Having said that, one must understand that there is a bigger game being played out here. I have repeatedly stated that multinational pharmaceutical companies constantly use incidents like this to bring disrepute to Indian generic drug makers,” he said.



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Simbu Disses Vishal On Nadigar Sangam Issue

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With the Nadigar Sangam election set to happen in October 18th, actor Simbu thrashed Vishal of the Pandavar Ani yesterday. Speaking at a press conference, Simbu severely in his criticized Vishal. Simbu attacked Vishal saying he blame for the division in the Nadigar Sangam. The young star went on to accuse Vishal of splitting the Nadigar Sangam because of his personal issue with Sarathkumar. Also present at the press conference were Radhikaa, Simbu, Urvashi, Bhagyaraj and his wife Poornima

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An emotionally angry Simbu said, “I have been in this industry since I was a 9 months old child and I will not tolerate someone new coming in and breaking the cinema family. I won’t be quiet watching all this.

Referring to Vishal’s objection to leasing the Nadigar Sangam building out to SPI cinemas to construct a theatre among others, Simbu questioned if Vishal could make a career in films without theatres. Responding to Vishal’s argument of there are schools in the locality, Simbu asked, “Is theatre a TASMAC (liquor) shop?… If a theatre can’t come up there, what else should be built there? A bar or a club? …Will a true cinema-loving theatre owner ever screen a film of yours tomorrow?”


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Don Zimmer Passes Away

By Aglaia Staff

Don Zimmer, a current Tampa Bay Rays advisor who has spent the last six decades working in professional baseball as a player and coach, died Wednesday after a nearly two-month hospital stay. He was 83.

Zimmer, who has been working with the Rays in a limited-time capacity since 2004, underwent heart surgery in April to fix a leaky valve. Initially expected to only need a couple days of recovery before going home, his body never recouped properly. Topkin reported in late April. that Zimmer needed a ventilator to breathe and his progress was “slow” to do so on his own.

A baseball lifer, Zimmer goes down as one of the most indelible faces in MLB history. Working largely as a reserve infielder, he played 12 big league seasons, starting with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954. That call-up would start a 60-year relationship with America’s pastime, featuring stops at nearly every corner of the United States.

Zimmer played for the Dodgers, Cubs, Mets, Reds and Washington Senators. Working all over the diamond depending on need, Zimmer enjoyed limited individual success as a player. He made the 1961 All-Star Game but played in over 100 games just four times in his career. He had a career .235 batting average and hit 91 career home runs, with his playing days largely defined by his unquestioned work ethic and willingness to fill whatever role was needed.

Those traits served Zimmer well in his legendary coaching career. 

Starting first in the minor leagues, Zimmer again worked his way up through the system before earning a gig with the Montreal Expos in 1971. He would become a fixture on a major league bench over the next three-plus decades, where he’d become one of the best-traveled coaches in history. 

Zimmer coached or managed nine different franchises, including three different stints with the Yankees and two stops with the Red Sox. Not even the fiercest rivalry in baseball could keep someone as talented as him off a major league bench.

His five-year stint (1976-80) in Boston served as his greatest success as a manager. Zimmer’s teams never made the playoffs, but they were better than .500 every season and he had two campaigns with a .600 winning percentage. It’s possible he would have had a much longer managerial career had the wild card been in play then.

Zimmer’s only playoff appearance as a manager came in 1989 with the Cubs, a season in which he won the Manager of the Year award. Chicago lost to the San Francisco Giants in the NLCS. Overall, Zimmer went 885-858 as the man in charge with the Padres, Red Sox, Rangers and Cubs each giving him a shot.


Where Zimmer found his true calling was being the second in command.

Joe Torre tabbed him for his third and final stint in New York in 1996, and the two became one of the most successful clubhouse pairings of the modern era. Torre and Zimmer helped guide the Yankees to four World Series titles, a dynasty that helped end two decades of futility in the Bronx.

Zimmer also had his greatest moment of infamy in New York. During a bench-clearing brawl between the Yankees and Red Sox in 2003, Zimmer charged at Boston pitcher Pedro Martinez, who promptly threw him to the ground. While many criticized Martinez for his part in the fight, it was a quintessential Zimmer moment. He loved the game to the point where, even at an advanced age, he’d start a fight he had no chance to win in order to protect his players.

Torre is one of the infinite members of baseball royalty who owe gratitude to Zimmer. Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Carl Yastrzemski and many others had their lives touched by this great man. 


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World Of Literature Mourns Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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The death of Nobel prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez at the age of 87 has attracted world attention and international tributes.


Regarded as one of the greatest writers in the Spanish-language, he was best known for his masterpiece, “One Hundred Years of Solitude”.

His books were read by everyone from presidents to youngsters and with his unique blend of magic and realism they became popular around the world.

President Obama said the world had lost “one of its greatest visionary writers” while former US President Bill Clinton called him “a man with a unique gift of imagination and emotional honesty”.

Among his other works were “Love in the Time of Cholera” and “Chronicle of a Death Foretold”.

The Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, a one-time friend but after a punch outside a cinema they started one of literatures most talked-about feuds, said:

“A great writer had died, whose work gave great diffusion and prestige to the literature of the Spanish language. His novels will survive him and will continue to win over readers everywhere.”

Colombian by birth he was last seen in public on his birthday at his home in Mexico. He died there after several years of ill health.


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Narendra Modi’ji’: Nilekani’s Aadhar A Political Gimmick

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In a pertinent point raised by the honorable BJP prime ministerial candidate ; Narendra Modi on Tuesday subjected Infosys  co-founder Nandan Nilekani to a prolonged attack over the unique identity card, Aadhaar, to boost the prospects of his party colleague Ananth Kumar facing an uphill task to retain his Bangalore South seat.

Congress finds itself in such a bad shape today that it has fielded a man worth thousands of crores of wealth, but with no aadhaar (credentials) whatsoever for himself,” the Gujarat chief minister said at a BJP rally near Electronic City in the Bangalore South constituency.

BJP had strategically chosen the venue to take its fight to the IT heartland of Electronic City — which is home to a number of IT companies, including Infosys, the firm Nilekani co-founded.

The party, unsure of which direction the votes of IT professionals swing, brought Modi into their midst to speak at length on Aadhaar, ‘sluggish’ IT exports and ‘governance deficit’.

Kumar has been under incessant onslaught from Nilekani, who spares no opportunity to call him an ‘absentee’ MP with scant respect for his constituency. In his Hindi speech, Modi wondered whether Aadhaar made any sense and said Congress was unable to convince even the Supreme Court which has been pulling up In his Hindi speech, Modi wondered whether Aadhaar made any sense and said Congress was unable to convince even the Supreme Court which has been pulling up the government over the project. “It is a political gimmick with no vision,” Modi alleged.

He said he had raised many questions on Aadhaar from the security point of view on how it would enrol people in border areas and how illegal immigrants would be prevented from securing a card. “The people who thought of themselves as having giv

as having given birth to IT in this country refused to listen to a common man like me. Even the SC has demanded answers,” Modi said and alleged the Aadhaar programme was a bundle of lies in whose name the treasury was looted.

A day after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi claimed credit for his party for developing Bangalore into an information technology hub, Modi sought credit for the NDA regime under Atal Bihari Vajpayee for bringing a comprehensive IT law, which he said boosted

IT exports.

When NDA ruled the country, the country registered 40% growth in annual IT exports, but the same sank to 30% during the first five years of the UPA regime, and to 9% during UPA-II.

“I have come to the land of IT. Please tell me how you will explain this,” Narendra Modi said.






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Voting Begins In Four North-East States

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The 5-week parliamentary elections entered its second phase on Wednesday with voting in four north-eastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya and Nagaland.

Simultaneous polls for two Lok Sabha and 49 of the 60 assembly seats of Arunachal Pradesh began on a peaceful note on Wednesday.


Congress, BJP, NCP, Peoples Party of Arunachal besides independents are in the fray in the Western and Eastern parliamentary constituencies, which are traditional Congress strongholds since 1975, except in 2004 when the BJP made its dent for the first time.

Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering of Congress is pitted against BJP nominee Tarir Gao and PPA’S Wangman Lowangcha in the Eastern Parliamentary seat.

In the Western seat Congress MP nominee and sitting MP Takam Sanjoy has locked horns with BJP’s Kiren Rijiju in a multi-cornered contest which has eight candidates.

In the assembly polls the main contest will be between Congress and BJP but new entrant Naga Peoples Front (NPF), along with PPA and NCP are expected to put up formidable fight in several seats.

Altogether 155 candidates including 5 women are in the fray for 49 of the 60 Assembly seats in the state.

The rest 11 seats have been won uncontested by Congress. Among the winners are Chief Minister Nabam Tuki from Sagalee constituency.

An electorate of 7,53,170, including 3,77,272 women will cast their votes in 2,158 polling stations in the state.

An additional 20 companies of central paramilitary forces besides 24 existing companies have been deployed as well as 8000 policemen to maintain law and order during the polls.


Polling for the lone parliamentary seat in Nagaland which will decide the fate of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rioin began on a peaceful note on Wednesday.

Mr. Rioin is pitted against Congress’ K V Pusa and Akheu Achumi of Socialist Party (India).

This will be the first time that Nagaland would webcast poll proceedings of 84 stations out of the total 2,059 stations to maintain transparency.

Those polling stations can be viewed live through the CEO Nagaland website.

An electorate of 11,82,948, including 5,82,458 women will cast their votes during the day.


The Outer Manipur Lok Sabha seat, one of the two parliamentary constituencies in the state went to the polls on Wednesday.

A total 10 contestants from BJP, Congress, Trinamool Congress, Naga People’s Front, NCP, JD(U) and Aam Admi Party, besides three independents are in the fray.

The candidates whose fate will be decided today are sitting Congress MP Thangso Baite, Gangmumei Kamei (BJP), C Doungel (NCP), Kim Gangte (TMC), Soso Lorho (Naga People’s Front), L Gangte (JD—U) and M K Zou (AAP).


An electorate of 9,11,699, of whom 4,63,068 are women, will cast their votes in 511 polling booths.

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