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Shooting at Florida gay nightclub, 50 killed

Mass shooting is being investigated as an "act of terrorism."

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Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, center right, and Orlando Police Chief John Mina, center left, arrive to a news conference after a fatal shooting at Pulse Orlando nightclub in Orlando Image: VOA
  • Shooting at Florida gay nightclub in Orlando
  • Omar Saddiqui guMateen has been identified as the gunman behind the incident
  • Another 53 people were killed when the police shot the suspect and rescued the club-goers inside

A gunman behind the worst mass shooting in US history that left 50 people dead at an Orlando, Florida gay nightclub has reportedly been identified as Omar Saddiqui Mateen, a U.S. citizen of Afghan descent.

The early Sunday attack ended when police stormed the Pulse nightclub, fatally shooting the suspect and rescuing club-goers trapped inside. Another 53 people were wounded.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said Sunday that a state of emergency has been declared.

An FBI official said the mass shooting is being investigated as an “act of terrorism.”

 Christina Grimmie performs as the opener for Rachel Platten at Center Stage Theater, in Atlanta, March 2, 2016. Grimmie was shot by a gunman as she signed autographs for fans after a show, killing the onetime star of "The Voice" late Friday Image: VOA
Christina Grimmie performs as the opener for Rachel Platten at Center Stage Theater, in Atlanta, March 2, 2016. Grimmie was shot by a gunman as she signed autographs for fans after a show, killing the onetime star of “The Voice” late Friday
Image: VOA

The White House issued a statement indicating President Barack Obama has been briefed by his counterterrorism and homeland security advisor and has asked to receive regular updates.  The statement said the president ordered the federal government to provide investigators with “any assistance necessary.”  It also said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the victims.”

On the gay club’s Facebook page, a post around 2 a.m. gave early indication of the tragedy that was unfolding.

“Everyone get out of pulse,” a page administrator wrote, “and keep running.

Why the club was targeted remains unclear. The shooting comes as many cities around the world celebrate June as LGBT Pride Month. The mass shooting follows another grim night in Orlando. Singer Christina Grimmie, a 22-year-old YouTube star and one-time contestant of the TV talent show “The Voice,” was fatally shot by a man during a meet-and-greet session with fans outside her concert in the same city Friday night. (VOA)

 

  • AJ Krish

    Everyone has the right to be who they are.They needn’t be afraid of it. But the recent killings show that people are yet to accept them.This is truly sad.

  • devika todi

    such acts of violence, i feel are acts against humanity.

  • Paras Vashisth

    Pray for the victims of the family. It is indeed a tragic incident and this is the time for all of us to stood in unity.

  • Chetna Karnani

    A total act of hindering world peace. While the LGBT community had always been targeted as the ‘other’ in the society, this act in the US has brought men together as one standing against violence.

  • sahil nandwani

    I pay my heartiest griveance to the people of America.I think that from this violence people should stand in unity and should fight against it. So that this incident should not happen in future.

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  • AJ Krish

    Everyone has the right to be who they are.They needn’t be afraid of it. But the recent killings show that people are yet to accept them.This is truly sad.

  • devika todi

    such acts of violence, i feel are acts against humanity.

  • Paras Vashisth

    Pray for the victims of the family. It is indeed a tragic incident and this is the time for all of us to stood in unity.

  • Chetna Karnani

    A total act of hindering world peace. While the LGBT community had always been targeted as the ‘other’ in the society, this act in the US has brought men together as one standing against violence.

  • sahil nandwani

    I pay my heartiest griveance to the people of America.I think that from this violence people should stand in unity and should fight against it. So that this incident should not happen in future.

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Here’s How TV Stars Stay Fit Amidst Shoots And Vacations

TV stars including Mreenal Deshraj, Ankit Bathla and Jasmin Bhasin don't ditch their fitness regime no matter where they are - including vacations and outdoor schedules

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TV stars including Mreenal Deshraj, Ankit Bathla and Jasmin Bhasin don’t ditch their fitness regime no matter where they are — including vacations and outdoor schedules.

Some alter their diet while others try to indulge in physical exercise. Some resort to yoga while others prefer to go on a run. Here’s what all the actors do to stay fit.

* Mreenal Deshraj
“When I am working and don’t have time to go to the gym, I usually workout at home. I try to do at least 30-45 minute of an intense workout. Whereas when we are shooting outdoor or on a holiday, I take care of my diet and try to do some kind of physical exercise.”

* Arif Zakaria
“Fitness doesn’t need a gym or an expansive space. The world is tailored to walk, run or sit on a mat and pontificate. I try and do all of this when I travel. Of course, I also try to find a tennis court to play.”

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Photo of Tumpa Paul, Indian TV Actor on the set of Beder Meye Jyotsna. Wikimedia Commons

* Zuber K. Khan
“As an actor, I always try to manage my day and schedule it accordingly. I swim and go to the gym daily at least six days a week. Fitness is the one thing which gives me a high in life. If I’m on outdoor shoots and not able to workout, I try to run and do parkour workouts outdoor.”

* Amal Sehrawat
“Personally, I don’t like gymming, though I have to hit the gym for the sake of my packs. I love running on the beach or gardens. I prefer the stairs over the lift. During my outdoor shoots, I stay outdoors.”

* Ira Sone
“I have a love-hate relationship with fitness and diet. I love to eat as I am a foodie but I also love to hit the gym, to get results you need to balance both. On days, when I can’t hit the gym, I make sure to control what I eat and try to walk after all meals. But as an actor, I need to be fit so that I can work for 12 hours.”

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* Jasmin Bhasin
“I do yoga and a little bit of cardio to keep myself fit because it’s very important for me to feel healthy from the inside.”

* Ankit Bathla
“It’s a very interesting story, when I can’t go to the gym, my trainer comes on the set and we work out with the weights of the crane. I also believe that there are so many functional activities that can be done without a gym… burpees and the best is our Surya Namaskar.”

* Malhar Pandya
“You can be fit with yoga and a good diet. As an actor, if I say fitness is very important to me, it doesn’t mean that I have to be muscular. It’s good to be lean because as an actor you can fit in any role or clothes. Even if I would have not been an actor, I would have been fit. When I go outdoors for a shoot, there are certain kinds of exercises which can be done there itself, which don’t not need a gym, so I do those.” (IANS)