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Nitish Kumar, KCR, video goes viral, BJP leader mocks

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A video of the joint press conference held after K Chandrasekhar Rao, the chief minister of Telangana, met Nitish Kumar, the chief minister of Bihar, on Wednesday has gone viral. It was when KCR was questioned about the opposition parties’ alliance for the 2024 Lok Sabha election and whether the Congress would have a part in it. While KCR is responding to the query in the video, Nitish Kumar implores him to brush off such inquiries. Tejashwi Yadav, the deputy chief minister of Bihar, was also present on stage.

“I have not seen such a press conference. KCR insulted Nitish Kumar,” BJP leader Giriraj Singh said. BJP’s Amit Malviya said it was KCR who got insulted. “Did KCR travel to Patna to get insulted like this? In a press interaction, Nitish Kumar didn’t even accord him the basic courtesy of completing his point. Nitish was dismissive of KCR’s pleas to let him finish. But then, that is Nitish Kumar. self-conceited. KCR asked for it…,” Malviya tweeted along with the video clip.

After the power shift in Bihar, where Nitish Kumar sided with the Congress and the RJD, which left the NDA alliance, KCR was questioned about his thoughts on Nitish Kumar running for prime minister in 2024. “Who am I to make this claim? If I mention something, someone might disagree. Why are you moving so quickly? Let’s sit down and discuss this first” said KCR. Nitish Kumar and Tejashwi got up from their seats in response to the query, possibly indicating that the news session was over. KCR told a reporter, “I’m sitting. Please take a seat.”

KCR motioned for Nitish Kumar, who was indicating that the press session was over with a smile on his face, to sit down.

“Why are you asking this question?” Nitish Kumar said as KCR was asked whether Rahul Gandhi would be the PM’s face of the joint opposition. As KCR started replying to this question, Nitish Kumar again got up and urged KCR to not indulge in this question.

“We will strive to bring all opposition parties together. We will sit and discuss. Whatever is decided in consensus, you will be informed in detail because no wedding takes place without the brahmin. Nothing can happen without you (media),” KCR said.

“Let’s go…these are all bogus,” Nitish Kumar told KCR, to which KCR asked him to sit down. “Aap iske chakkar mein mat pade (don’t fall into their traps),” Nitish Kumar said to KCR.

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Indian student in US killed in campus, roommate arrested

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A 20-year-old Indian-origin student Varun Manish Chheda was allegedly killed by his roommate in his dormitory in the US state of Indiana. The student was found with “multiple sharp force traumatic injuries” at a residence hall on the Indiana campus.  The 22-year-old Korean roommate was taken into custody, according to media reports.

Chheda from Indianapolis, who was studying at Purdue University, was found dead in McCutcheon Hall on the western edge of campus. 

Chheda was a 2020 graduate of Park Tudor, as per the Fox59, a tv station.
Meanwhile, one of his closest friends remembering Chheda said that he will be remembered as a kind, intelligent and passionate person, as per the tv station. A vigil was also scheduled for him. 

Chheda’s roommate, a 22-year-old Ji Min “Jimmy” Sha, from Korea is now in police custody and is the prime suspect in the case. Sha is a junior cybersecurity major and international student from Korea.

At 12:45 am on Wednesday Sha called 911 to alert police about the death, Purdue University Police Chief Lesley Wiete said during a news conference on Wednesday morning, reported NBC. 

No further details of the call and how the victim died in his room on the first floor of McCutcheon Hall were disclosed. In fact, the death of the student has left a number of questions unanswered behind as the preliminary autopsy results say that the manner of death was a homicide, while a section of the people called it a murder. 

The police is treating the death as a homicide case. The chief and the Tippecanoe County Coroner Office identified the deceased as Varun Manish Chheda, a 20-year-old senior from Indianapolis who was studying data science. 

An autopsy is scheduled for later in the day. Purdue University Police Chief Wiete said that the suspect has been taken into custody and transported to the police station for further investigation. 

According to the Police Chief, the suspect has not been booked yet. She said that at the time of 911 call, only Chheda and Sha were in the room at the time. “I believe this was unprovoked and senseless,” she said, noting neither roommate was asleep when the Purdue President Mitch Daniels called the news “as tragic an event as we can imagine happening on our campus and our hearts and thoughts go out to all of those affected by this terrible event.” 

According to its website, Purdue has about 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled for the fall semester incident. 

“I write to let you know that early this morning, one of our students was killed in his residence hall room. The suspect, the victim’s roommate, called police to report the incident and is in custody,” a message from the University’s President read. We do not have all the details yet, he added and said that Purdue University Police Department is conducting a thorough investigation of this incident so that they can learn more about what transpired. 

“As is always the case, staff from our Office of the Dean of Students, our Residence Halls, and clinicians at Purdue’s Counseling and Psychological Services are providing support and are available to anyone who needs or wants their care,” the message added. 

Purdue’s president assured that the safety and security of students is the single highest priority on the campus. “Purdue is an extraordinarily safe place on any given day, and compared with cities of Purdue’s population (approximately 60,000 in all), we experience a tiny fraction of violent and property crime that occurs elsewhere.” 

“Such statistics are of no consolation on a day like this. A death on our campus and among our Purdue family affects each of us deeply. I am ever grateful to all of you who continually take the time to care for each other and know you will do so in the days ahead,” it added. 

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4 kidnapped Indian family found dead in California

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An eight-month-old baby girl along with her Indian-origin parents and uncle living in the US, who were abducted at gunpoint earlier this week in California were found dead in an orchard in the US state, police said. 

Bodies of four members of the family, who originally hail from Punjab were discovered lying close to each other, by a farm worker in a remote orchard in Merced county, Sheriff Vern Warnke said on Wednesday. 

“Tonight our worse fears have been confirmed,” the Sheriff said addressing a press conference. “We found four people from the kidnapping. They are in fact deceased,” Sheriff Vern Warnke said.

“The family (of the victim) have been notified. We have made arrangements through other contacts to try and get them,” he said. The police will process the scene of crime to determine the motive for the killings, he said. 

The family, according to authorities were taken by a convicted robber who tried to kill himself a day after the kidnappings.

The Sheriff described it as a “horribly senseless” act and said that the police did not know the “motivation yet.” 

“We have a whole family wiped out and for what? We don’t know yet,” he said.
36-year-old Jasdeep Singh, 27-year-old Jasleen Kaur, their eight-month-old child Aroohi Dheri, along with 39-year-old Amandeep Singh were abducted, police said.
The news of the missing family was reported on Monday after local authorities found the missing victim’s truck on fire in a rural area outside the Merced Country. 

A surveillance video that was released by the Twitter handle of the Merced County Sheriff’s office showed the suspect leading Jasdeep Singh who was carrying baby Aroohi in her arms into a truck and driving away. 

California fire officials discovered Amandeep Singh’s truck ablaze in a rural area outside Merced. 

“..received information that one of the victim’s ATM cards was used at an ATM located at a bank in the City of Atwater. Investigators obtained the surveillance photo of a subject making a bank transaction where the person is similar in appearance to the surveillance photo from the original kidnapping scene,” the Merced County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. 

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Mass shooting in Thailand kills 36, including 23 children

The killer of the massacre is an ex-cop who launches a frontal attack on a child care centre.

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t least 36 people, including 23 children, were killed in a mass shooting at a nursery in northeast Thailand, local media reported on Thursday. The attacker was identified as Panya Kamrab, a 34-year-old former policeman who killed himself immediately after the attack. The brutal incident took place at the Child Development Center in Nong Bua Lamphu province’s Uthaisawan Na Klang district.  

According to local police officials, the attacker was involved in an ongoing court case for allegedly selling drugs and had killed his wife and his stepson before taking his own life. 

The region where the massacre took place is located approximately 540 kilometres (around 335 miles) northeast of Bangkok and is a peaceful area, not known for violence, CNN reported citing the officials. 

The suspect had appeared in court in Nong Bua Lamphu province hours before “opening fire while the kids were sleeping,” according to Maj. Gen. Jirapob Puridet of the CIB. The former officer was dismissed from duty and “charged with selling narcotics” last year, Puridet told CNN.

His 2-year-old stepson was enrolled at the center he attacked Thursday, but was not present while the attack was carried out,  according to a local police chief.

“(The shooter) went to look for his two-year-old son, but the boy was not there … so he started shooting as well as stabbing people at the nursery,” police spokesperson Maj. General Paisan Luesomboon told CNN.

One of the center’s teachers described a horrific scene to local media, explaining that the attacker entered the center around noon, while two other staff members were having lunch.

“I suddenly heard the sound just sounded like fire crackers. So I looked back [and] the two staffs just collapsed on the floor,” the teacher said.

“Then he pulled another gun from his waist…I didn’t expect he would also kill the kids,” they said.

Earlier, the prime minister’s office had urged all the securities officials to catch the culprit. In a statement it said, “The prime minister has expressed his condolences on the shooting incident.”

Mass shootings in the country are rare but in 2020  an incident saw a soldier killing 29 people in a shooting spree that began at a military site and then sent shoppers hunting for cover after the gunman entered a mall, reported CNN. 

However, the rate of gun ownership is high compared with some other countries in the region, and illegal weapons are common.

The incident sparked international condemnation.

In a statement, UNICEF said it was “shocked” by the tragedy and sent its condolences to the families affected. It condemned the attack, saying: “No child should be a target or witness of violence anywhere, anytime,” adding, “Early childhood development centers, schools and all learning spaces must be safe havens for young children to learn, play and grow during their most critical years.” 

UK Prime Minister Liz Truss said in a tweet that she was “shocked to hear of the horrific events,” and said that her “thoughts are with all those affected and the first responders.”

“The UK stands with the Thai people at this terrible time,” she said.

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Iran closes border crossing with Pakistan amid deadly clashes

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Iranian government closed the Gabd-Rimdan border with Pakistan following deadly clashes between Iran’s security forces and its Baloch people in Zahedan, the capital of Iran’s Sistan and Balochistan Provinces.
The border demarcates Gabd in Pakistan’s Balochistan and Rimdan in Iran’s Sistan province. Iran had closed the crossing point after armed clashes between its security forces and Iranian Baloch people in Zahedan, where “hundreds of people were killed and several others injured.” “The Gabd crossing gate was closed for an indefinite period for pilgrims and trade,” Iranian officials said.
At least 63 people were killed last week when Iranian security forces “bloodily suppressed” a protest in the city of Zahedan, a Norway-based Iran Human Rights (IHR) NGO was quoted as saying.
Iranian forces also suffered casualties, including two senior intelligence commanders. 
According to the rights group, the clashes started after reports of a police chief in the port city of Chabahar (in Sistan and Baluchestan province) allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl. Reports added that after the news spread, deadly clashes broke out in Zahedan, the capital of the province, which is home to the Baluch ethnic minority that largely adheres to Sunni Islam in predominantly Shiite Iran, reports added.
The incident occurs against the backdrop of nationwide protests following the death of Mahsa Amini by morality police.

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SpaceX blasts off for international space station

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Billionaire tycoon Elon Musk-led Space X blasted off from Florida on Wednesday and headed for the International Space Station.
The mission included a Russian cosmonaut, a Japanese and two American astronauts. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company’s Dragon spacecraft is launched on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Koichi Wakata, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina onboard on October 5 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, according to the press statement released by NASA.
NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 is the fifth mission of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the ISS as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. 
The crew members assigned to NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission are in orbit now. The international crew will serve as the agency’s fifth commercial crew rotation mission with SpaceX aboard the orbital laboratory.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket propelled the Dragon Endurance spacecraft into orbit, carrying NASA astronauts Nicole Mann, as mission commander, and Josh Cassada, as pilot. A statement said, “Wakata and Kikina, also aboard the Dragon, will serve as mission specialists for their science expedition in microgravity aboard the space station”. Dragon will dock autonomously to the space-facing port of the station’s Harmony module around 4:57 p.m. Thursday, 6 October. NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website will provide live coverage of docking and hatch opening.

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White House says OPEC+ ‘aligning’ with Russia over oil production cuts

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The White House on Wednesday (local time) expressed disappointment over the announcement of a cut in oil production quotas by Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies.
Criticizing the move by OPEC+ on cuts, the Biden administration said that it was a “short-sighted decision”. White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre accused OPEC+ of “aligning with Russia”.
The White House said in a statement from national security adviser Jake Sullivan and National Economic Council Director Brian Deese that “the president is disappointed by the shortsighted decision by OPEC+ to cut production quotas while the global economy is dealing with the continued negative impact of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.”
Earlier in the day, members of OPEC+ said that they would cut November production quotas by two million barrels per day, citing the “uncertainty that surrounds the global economic and oil market outlooks.”
“We (OPEC+) are here to stay as a moderating force, to bring about stability,” Saudi Arabian energy minister Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud said during a news conference. 
An OPEC+ memo outlining cuts shows that Saudi Arabia and Russia will make the biggest individual reductions of the 19 countries doing so, lowering output by 526,000 monthly barrels a piece.
The White House warned that OPEC’s move would “have the most negative impact on lower-and middle-income countries that are already reeling from elevated energy prices.” 
The White House also said that President Biden has directed the Department of Energy to release another 10 million oil barrels from the country’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve next month, signalling the administration’s effort to keep gas prices low for another month until the crucial midterms.

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