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Gurgaon, An auto-rickshaw driver, who was hit near a mall here by the speeding car of a Gurgaon gangster after unidentified gunmen opened fire at him, died on Wednesday.gurgaon-shootout-auto-crushed_650x400_61436940625

The incident occurred on Mehrauli-Gurgaon (MG) road when four gunmen in a car shot the gangster, Rakesh Yadav, while he was on his way to a court, police said.

Unofficial sources claimed that the auto-rickshaw driver was hit by a bullet.

Yadav, 40, escaped unhurt in firing but was injured after his speeding car collided with the auto-rickshaw, a police officer said. The driver of Yadav’s car, however, suffered a bullet injury in his head.

Yadav managed to escape from the car and took shelter in nearby Times Tower Flats on busy MG road. He has been admitted to a private hospital.

“The assailants fled the spot, our investigation is on,” a police officer said.

Yadav is the main accused in the killing of Rakesh Kumar Yadav, the sarpanch (village head) of Hayatpur village.

(IANS)

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Las Vegas Massacre Begs the Question: Who Regulates Gun Selling?

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Las Vegas Metro Police and medical workers stage in the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard South after a mass shooting at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, Oct. 1, 2017. VOA
  • By Salil Gewali

Oct 08, 2017: Money can do any harmful thing. Yes, now it seems that one can buy lethal weapons as easily as he buys his bread and butter from a store and the recent las vegas massacre proves this. How many have such violent cases happened in a couple of years? They are countless. They all have instantly extinguished the lives of endless innocent people. Sometimes Mississippi, Newtown, Texas, Las Vegas, and sometimes France, Kuwait, Manchester, Landon Bridge, Lahore…! In each case, if we go deeper, the big boss America is directly or indirectly responsible.

Well, as to the rise of gun culture in the USA, I totally blame its Government. The very recent Las Vegas massacre shocked the entire the world. How can the US Government allow Tom, Dick, and Harry to purchase the weapons? The police have found a stockpile of arsenal from the possession of perpetrator Stephen Paddock who killed 59 people, leaving 527 wounded. How did he procure this all deadly stuff? And what had stopped the government from totally banning gun selling in any manners in the wake of the cruel instances of shootings at various spots? Small kids are shooting themselves, schoolboys shooting their classmates for fun, sons gunning down fathers and mothers in a rage, wives shooting their hubbies over petty issues.

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Assault weapons and handguns are seen for sale at Capitol City Arms Supply in Springfield. VOA

Also Read: Las Vegas Mass Shooting Reignites Gun Debate in US Congress 

This is how the most advanced country in the world is now virtually reeling from a stream of horrific tragedies. Are not the leaders and business houses insanely stupid who all have been resisting the gun control legislation? They have not realized yet the “evil” also roars from gun barrels. Bluntly speaking, can these leaders give sharp daggers to their own kids? It is exactly like that. People may have grown up but their minds are cluttered with gory thoughts and sadism. And, the results are nowhere to make the world shudder with fear and anguish.

One wonders, how much more such dangerous tragedies should strike the mankind before the leaders come to sense and then act sensibly. No one should gamble with the life of the innocent. Explosive America cannot hit the jackpot for the humanity.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter @SGewali

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Auto Rickshaw: This Mini Four-wheeled Vehicle in Egypt Gets New and Home-grown Challenger

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Ahmed Saeed Omar, 35, looks on inside his new "Mini-Car-Egypt" car at his workshop, near Egypt's pyramids of Giza, in Kerdasa, Egypt, May 10, 2017. VOA

In his workshop near Cairo’s pyramids, Ahmed Saeed Omar has manufactured a mini four-wheeled vehicle that he hopes will fill a gap in the market.

Omar’s “mini car,” a rectangular vehicle made of a solid steel body which seats up to six people, is cheaper than the widely-used imported auto rickshaw — not much more than a covered three-wheel scooter with a passenger bench — because it is almost entirely locally produced.

Prices of imported products have soared since Egypt devalued its currency in November as part of measures to stimulate the economy.

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A rickshaw can cost around 38,000 Egyptian pounds ($2,105)and has a 175cc engine, while Omar’s mini car costs 34,000 pounds and has 300cc engine.

“This is a better alternative to the [rickshaw], more cost-efficient and more spacious,” Omar, 35, told Reuters. Three-wheeled rickshaws are widespread in many Egyptian cities, usually in neighborhoods with narrow alleyways, and are mostly imported from India.

Since the cost of imports has soared, Omar thinks there may be market for his design.

“The cars are in some showrooms and people have bought them,” he said. “There is demand.” (VOA)

($1 = 18.0500 Egyptian pounds)

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US Assures the American-Indian Community of Speedy Trials of the Recent Hate Crimes against Indians

FBI is also involved in the investigation of the shooting of 2 the Indian engineers- Srinivas Kuchibhotla, Alok Madasani

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US, March 7, 2017: US has assured the American-Indian community of speedy trials of the series of recent hate crimes against Indians in US.

FBI has joined the investigation of the shooting of the Deep Rai, a US citizen of Sikh-Indian origin, who was tragically shot outside his home last Friday in Kent, Washington by a partially masked man who had expressed anti-Indian sentiments. FBI Seattle is investigating this incident jointly with Kent Police Department, mentioned PTI.

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FBI is also involved in the investigation of the shooting of 2 the Indian engineers- Srinivas Kuchibhotla, Alok Madasani, by a US navy veteran Adam Purinton who had shot them in a bar in Kansas. Kuchibhotla had died, Madasani had survived.

Navtej Sarna, India’s ambassador to US had expressed his concerns to the State Department regarding the recent occurrences of hate crimes against American-Indians.

Prepared by Upama Bhattacharya. Twitter @Upama_myself