03102017-TTC-01.qxd 10/3/2017 1:17 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 tuesday, october 3, 2017 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 168 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd among two dead, 58 shot dead from 32nd floor 9-yr-oldin Poonchshelling 14 hurt 515 injured in US’ deadliest mass shooting in Vegas; 64-yr-old ‘lone wolf’ Las Vegas, October 2 In one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history, at least 58 people were killed and 515 injured as a gunman in a high-rise hotel here opened fire on a huge outdoor concert festival, sending thousands of terrified survivors fleeing for cover on Sunday night. The gunman, identified as local resident Stephen Paddock, 64, was later found dead by officers on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino from where he opened fire into the concert, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said during a news briefing. The Islamic State group released a statement through its news agency Amaq saying it was behind Sunday night’s mass shooting. However, the police had previously said that Paddock was not found to be associated with any terrorist activity and described him as a “distressed individual”. Thousands of concertgoers who had gathered for a threeday music festival raced towards shelter when the gunfire began at 10.08 pm (local time) on Sunday while singer Jason Aldean was performing on stage. Police said Delhi HC ex-CJ Rohini to head OBC panel New Delhi, October 2 Former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Justice G Rohini will head a five-member commission to examine the subcategorisation of the Other Backward Classes. The commission will have to present its report within 12 weeks on assumption of charge. The commission will have Dr JK Bajaj as its member along with two ex-officio members in Director, Anthropological Survey of India, and Registrar General and Census Commissioner, and Joint Secretary, Department of Social Justice and Empowerment, as secretary. President Ram Nath Kovind appointed the commission under Article 340 and the decision would ensure the more backward among the OBC communities to avail the benefits of reservation, an official announcement said tonight. Terms of reference include examining extent of inequitable distribution of benefits of quota among castes or communities included in the broad category of OBCs, with reference to such classes included in Central List. —TNS Arteev Sharma & Shyam Sood Tribune News Service People attending the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival crouch down as a gunman opens fire from the 32nd floor of a hotel in Las Vegas (left) and a pair of cowboy boots lies outside the concert venue after the mass shooting on Sunday night. REUTERS over 22,000 people were at the concert when Paddock began firing round after round. Sheriff Lombardo said Paddock was a “lone wolf” attacker and his body was found in his hotel room by the Las Vegas SWAT officers. Recordings of the attack suggested that Paddock used an automatic weapon in the attack. He was found with more than 10 rifles, Lombardo said. In the initial chaotic aftermath, authorities had searched for a woman named Marilou Danley, described as Paddock’s “travelling companion”. Later, the officials said she had been located out of the country. The gunman was previously known to local police for past run-ins with law enforcement, according to people familiar with the investigation. US President Donald Trump called the attack “an act of pure evil” and said he would visit Las Vegas on Wednesday. “We thought it was fireworks at first or trouble with the speakers,” said Kayla Ritchie, a concertgoer. “Then everything went dark.” Jake Owen, a country singer who was on stage with Aldean when the shooting began, told CNN that it was like “shooting fish in a barrel from where he was”. “People kept dropping and dropping... People were getting shot one foot away from us,” an eyewitness said. “People were trying to save their friends. There were gunshots everywhere. Helping them would’ve meant that we got shot too.” Off-duty police officers were among the dead. Two other police officers were also being treated for injuries. — IANS Jammu/Rajouri, October 2 A nine-year-old boy and a teenage girl were killed while 14 others injured as Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing and shelling at more than 10 villages and security posts along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir today. The deceased have been identified as Israr Ahmed of Qasba village and Yasmeen Akhta (16) of Digwar. Among the injured were two soldiers (Sepoys Santosh Gharti and Abhishek of the Gorkha Regiment) and 12 civilians, the condition of four of whom was stated to be critical, said an official. The Indian troops fired in retaliation and the exchange of fire continued till around 11 am. “The Pakistan army started unprovoked and indiscriminate firing and lobbying of small arms, automatics and mortars at 7.15 am. The Indian Army retaliated effectively,” said Col NN Joshi, defence spokesman. Rajouri Deputy Commissioner Tariq Ahmad Zargar said four villages, including Qasba, Kirni and Digwar, were A child injured in shelling being taken to Jammu GMCH. INDERJEET SINGH BSF JAWAN INJURED IN PAK SNIPER FIRE Jammu: A BSF constable was injured in Pakistani sniper fire at an outpost along the Line of Control in the Rajouri sector on Monday evening. Two shots were fired towards the Indian post opposite Pakistan’s ‘Mohra’ post around 6.15 pm. One bullet hit Constable S Ramachari in the forearm, while another grazed his abdomen. He was in stable condition, said a senior BSF officer. TNS worst hit. “Of the four critically injured, two were airlifted to Government Medical College and Hospital, Jammu,” he said. Among the seriously injured was five-year-old Zabia Kousar of Digwar, who sustained splinter injuries in her abdomen and liver, said Dr Niaz Choudhry, Medical Superintendent, Poonch. On September 29, the Pakistan Rangers had committed to uphold the ceasefire. UT court tells Langah to Jagmeet Singh, 38, first non-white to surrender in Gurdaspur lead major Canadian political party Amit Sharma Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 2 Former Punjab minister Sucha Singh Langah, on the run following registration of a rape case against him in Gurdaspur, today dramatically turned up at the Chandigarh district courts to surrender, but his application was turned down and he was told to give himself up before the court in Gurdaspur. The senior Akali Dal leader was booked last week by the Gurdaspur police after a widow complained that he had repeatedly raped her since 2009. Curiously, the Punjab Police, which had been claiming that they were conducting raids, did not reach the court complex to arrest Langah even though he remained there for a few hours. Langah, along with his lawyers, reached the court of Duty Magistrate Hirdejit Singh in the afternoon. His lawyer HS Brar said Langah had moved a plea to surrender before the court in Chandigarh since he apprehended harassment by the Gurdaspur police after the arrest. “We wanted that the court should send Langah to judicial custody in Burail jail,” Brar added. Citing jurisdiction issues, the court after listening to the plea for around 20 minutes told Langah to surrender Former Akali minister Sucha Singh Langah leaving the district courts in Chandigarh on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR before the court in Gurdaspur. Langah immediately walked out and spoke to the media, terming the FIR against him a “deep-rooted conspiracy” and claiming that all the cases were false and politically motivated. Langah’s lawyer said they will file a petition in the High Court to demand a CBI inquiry into the case. Langah has been booked under Sections 376 (rape), 384 (extortion), 420 (cheating) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code. The victim has also provided a video clip in a pen drive to the police to support her accusations. Langah, however, claimed that he was not the man in the video that had gone viral. “I am being framed in false cases just because the Congress wants to win the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat bypoll,” he alleged. Langah, one of the most powerful SAD leaders of Majha, had earlier claimed he would surrender before the Gurdaspur duty magistrate on the afternoon of September 30, a day after he was booked, but his supporters said fearing arrest and torture, he had changed his mind and drove to an undisclosed destination. Meanwhile, SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal has expelled Langah from the primary membership of the party, even as the Akal Takht Jathedar today said the former minister had brought “disrepute”. More inside Toronto, October 2 Jagmeet Singh, an Ontario provincial lawmaker and practising Sikh, was elected on Sunday as leader of Canada’s left-leaning New Democrats, becoming the first non-white politician to head a major Canadian political party. The 38-year-old lawyer, whose penchant for colourful turbans and tailor-made three-piece suits made him a social media star, was elected on the first ballot to lead the New Democratic Party into the 2019 federal election against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals. “Thank you, New Democrats. The run for Prime Minister begins now,” Singh tweeted. He secured 54 per cent of the vote to become the new head of the NDP suc, ceeding Thomas Mulcair. The Toronto-area politician had been touted as someone who could bring new life to the party, which has struggled since the death of charismatic leader Jack Layton in 2011. Singh’s profile was boosted in early September after a video went viral showing him calmly responding with words of love to a heckler who interrupted a campaign event to accuse him of wanting to impose Islamic law. Born in Scarborough, Ontario, to immigrant parents from Punjab, Singh grew up in St John’s, New- Jagmeet Singh (second from right) exults after the results are announced with his parents — Harmeet Kaur and Jagtaran Singh — and campaign manager Michal Hay by his side in Toronto on Sunday. AP/PTI TOUGH ROAD AHEAD FOR NDP ■ NDP is the third largest party in the federal Parliament, with 44 of 338 seats. The party has never held power ■ In 2011 election, party made historic gains only to lose almost a million votes, mostly to Trudeau’s Liberals, four years later ■ The party lags well behind the centrist Liberals and right-leaning Conservatives in political fundraising this year foundland and Labrador and Windsor. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Western Ontario in 2001 and a Bachelor of Laws from York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School in 2005. He worked as a criminal defence lawyer in the Greater Toronto Area before entering politics. Sikhs account for 1.4 per cent of Canada’s population. Trudeau congratulated his new political rival, saying: “I look forward to speaking soon and working together for Canadians.” Singh will now focus on rallying supporters and targeting centre-left voters who helped propel Trudeau’s Liberals to a decisive victory in 2015. Singh does not have a seat in the federal Parliament and will have to win one. He also needs to persuade voters that his party can form a government, although it has never held power federally. There are also questions over whether he will have success in Quebec, the mainly French-speaking province, where overt signs of faith are frowned upon. — Agencies Edit: Visible minorityleader Three share Medicine Nobel for shedding light on how biological clock ticks For Circulation and Advertisement related issues please call at following numbers between 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Circulation: 0172-3050419 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org Advertisement: Classified: 0172-3050257, or e-mail at email@example.com Display: 0172-3050256, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org Stockholm, October 2 US geneticists Jeffrey C Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W Young were awarded the Nobel Medicine Prize today for shedding light on the biological clock that governs the sleep-wake cycles of most living things. The team’s work revealed the role of genes in setting the “circadian clock”, which regulates sleep and eating patterns, hormones and body temperature. “Their discoveries explain how plants, animals and humans adapt their biological rhythm so that it is synchronised with the Earth’s revolutions,” the Nobel Assembly said. All life on Earth is tuned to the rotation of our planet. Scientists have long known that living organisms, including humans, have an internal timekeeper that helps them anticipate and adapt to the rhythm of the day. Hall, 72, Rosbash, 73, and Young, 68, “were able to peek inside our biological clock Jeffrey C Hall Michael Rosbash Michael W Young and elucidate its inner workings”, the Nobel jury said. They identified genes that regulate the clock, and the mechanism by which light can synchronise it. The circadian clock is what causes jetlag — what happens when our internal clock and external environment move out of sync as we change time zones. It also regulates sleep, critical for normal brain function. Circadian dysfunction has been linked to depression, bipolar disorder, cognitive function, memory formation and some neurological diseases. Studies have indicated that a chronic misalignment between our lifestyle and circadian clock — irregular shift work, for example — may be associated with an increased risk for cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, metabolic disorders and inflammation. Scientists are working hard on methods to alter the rhythm of errant clocks as a means to “improve human health”, said the Nobel team. Using the fruit fly as a model organism, this year’s laureates isolated a gene that controls the daily biological rhythm, called the period gene. “They showed this gene encodes a protein that accumulates in the cell during the night and is then degraded during the day,” the Nobel team said. “Subsequently, they identified additional protein components, exposing the mechanism governing the self-sustaining clockwork inside the cell.” The trio will share $1.1 million. — AFP
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