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Carnage in Las Vegas, man in wheelchair called Pakistani, Yashwant Sinha on army presence in Kashmir: Top stories

Latest on the deadliest mass shooting in the US, Yashwant Sinha on Kashmir and more top stories.

india Updated: Oct 03, 2017 07:40 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Las Vegas,Mandalay Bay,United States of America
People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (AFP)

Las Vegas attack: At least 58 killed, over 500 injured in deadliest US shooting

A gunman perched on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel rained down a hail of bullets on an outdoor country music festival below, killing at least 58 people in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. The barrage into a crowd of 22,000 people lasted several minutes, leaving at least 515 others injured on Sunday night. Some fleeing concertgoers trampled each other as thousands screamed and ran for their lives. SWAT teams using explosives stormed 64-year-old gunman Stephen Craig Paddock’s hotel room in the sleek, gold-coloured glass skyscraper and found he had killed himself. There was no word on a motive for the attack. Read the story here.

‘Friendly man’: Vegas gunman was settling into retirement, had no criminal record

At first glance, it seemed Stephen Paddock, 64, was set for a quiet life in a desert retirement community near his beloved casinos where he bought a new home in 2015. From there it was only an hour’s drive to Las Vegas, where he would embark on the worst mass shooting in recent US history. Public records point to an itinerant existence across the American West: a few years in coastal California, a few years in other parts of Nevada. Paddock had a hunting license in Texas, where he lived for at least a few years. He got his pilot license, and had at least one single-engine aircraft registered in his name. In early 2015, he bought a modest two-story home in a new housing development for retirees on the dusty edge of Mesquite, a small desert town popular with golfers and gamblers that straddles the Nevada border with Arizona. Read the story here.

Trump calls Vegas carnage ‘pure evil’, says ‘our bonds cannot be shattered by violence’

US President Donald Trump called the carnage in Las Vegas an “act of pure evil” and said he had ordered the national flag to fly at half-mast in the memory of the victims — with at least 58 dead and more than 500 injured, this was the deadliest mass shooting in American history. In a tone noted for being measured and being “pitch-perfect”, he called for unity and said, “Our unity cannot be shattered by evil. Our bonds cannot be broken by violence. And though we feel such great anger at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today — and always will, forever.” However Trump, who is a supporter of the right to carry arms and is opposed to any dilution to the Second Amendment of the US Constitution, steered clear of questions regarding gun law reforms. Read the story here.

No connection to terrorism found in Las Vegas shooting, says FBI

Investigators have so far found “no connection” between international terrorist groups and a mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed at least 58 people and injured more than 500, an FBI special agent said on Monday. The Islamic State group, through its propaganda arm, had earlier claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming the shooter was a recently converted “soldier.” Police said the attack was carried out by Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old retired accountant. “As this event unfolds we have determined to this point no connection with an international terrorist group,” said Aaron Rouse, the special agent in charge of the Las Vegas office of the FBI. Read the story here.

Man in wheelchair called Pakistani for sitting during national anthem in Guwahati multiplex

A wheelchair-bound disability rights activist was allegedly heckled and called a Pakistani at a movie multiplex in Guwahati as he couldn’t stand when the national anthem was played before the show began. Arman Ali, the executive director of Shishu Sarothi, a non-profit organisation, had gone with relatives to watch Lucknow Central last Thursday when the public humiliation happened. Born with cerebral palsy, the 36-year-old Ali can’t stand on his legs and has been using a wheelchair since 2010. A moviegoer seated behind him allegedly commented: “Samney ek Pakistani baitha hai (a Pakistani is seating in the front).” Read the story here.

In Jammu and Kashmir, Indian Army should go back to barracks: Yashwant Sinha

BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Monday suggested that the Army should return to barracks in Jammu and Kashmir, leaving the anti-militancy operations to CRPF and state police, which he said would act “like a balm on the psyche” of the people there. The former external affairs minister also said that Pakistan has become a “necessary third party” in the J&K issue because of “our own repeated mistakes”. Delivering a talk on ‘Kashmir-Now and Way Ahead’ at an event in Hyderabad, Sinha pressed for an urgent dialogue with “our own people” of Jammu and Kashmir, saying too much violence has already taken place and too many lives lost, including that of the security forces, and it’s time to put an end to this. Read the story here.

Young Kashmiris pursue their dreams in half-burnt school buildings

A group of young girls laze on the grassy lawns of their school, discussing a class test the day after. The snow-capped Himalayan mountain peaks provide a majestic backdrop to the school building — a picture-postcard setting in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district. The school is a half-burnt building, ash lies everywhere on the floor and damaged wooden furniture are strewn all around. The broken walls are blackened by soot, part of the roof gone. Amid the scene of devastation, students take classes in other rooms of Kabamarg Government Higher Secondary School. It was one of at least 37 schools set afire by unidentified people in October last year when the Valley was rocked by months-long street protests after security forces gunned down militant commander Burhan Wani on July 8. Read the story here.

No to Chinese goods: Diwali idols by Arunachal students to hit market

There is competition for Chinese-made Lakshmi-Ganesh idols this Diwali. Idols made in Arunachal Pradesh by a group of students campaigning for ‘Swadeshi’ (locally made) are being presented as an alternative to the Chinese-made models. The idols, being sold with the tagline, ‘Arunachal Laxmi Ghar Lao- Jyada Dhan Milega’ (Bring Home Arunachal Laxmi-Get Wealthier) have also found political endorsement. Chief minister Pema Khandu and union minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju who also hails from the state are promoting the product that will be unveiled by the minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office Jitender Singh on Tuesday. Read the story here.

Rangana Herath surpasses Kapil Dev’s record, achieves unique ton vs Pakistan

Rangana Herath displayed his class and picked up yet another 10-wicket haul as Sri Lanka secured a dramatic 21-run win over Pakistan in the first Test at Abu Dhabi. The 39-year-old left-arm spinner changed the course of the match with a haul of 6/43 in the second innings as Pakistan, in pursuit of 136, were bowled out for 114. Herath achieved some remarkable statistics and showed why he is the best left-arm spinner in the world. The left-armer is the first bowler in Test history to take 100 wickets in Tests against Pakistan. The record for the previous highest number of wickets against them was 99 by India’s Kapil Dev. Herath became the second Sri Lankan bowler after Muttiah Muralitharan to go past 400 wickets in Tests. He is also the first left-arm spinner in Test history to take 400 Test wickets surpassing Daniel Vettori who held for the most wickets by a left-arm spinner with 362 wickets. Read the story here.

Ashish Nehra’s mantra: No long-term goals, no greed for money, no social media

Ready for yet another international comeback, veteran Ashish Nehra is hardly bothered about the doubters and cynics as he revels in the feeling of being a sought after pacer for India at the age of 38. Nehra has recently started using a smartphone and by his own admission, he is lightyears away from social media tools like Facebook and Twitter. Does he get perturbed by all the Twitter jokes on his age? Nehra laughs. “I don’t even know what people say about me on twitter. Now people may have a notion that since I am not visible on social media and now that I am in the team, where was I during the period. Well, I was religiously following my training schedule, working on my fitness, doing my bowling routines. Things you actually do to make a comeback,” he said. Read the story here.

First Published: Oct 03, 2017 07:40 IST