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'I just got shot!' US boy posts bloody selfie online
A 20-year-old US student who was shot in the shoulder decided to post a smiling selfie with the bleeding gunshot wound on social media rather than calling for medical help.
 
Arizona-based restaurant worker Isaac Martinez was shot during the deadly Arizona rampage this week.
 
Instead of calling 911, the first thing he did was reach for his smartphone and post a bloody selfie on social media app Snapchat, Mirror.co.uk reported.
 
The selfie-savvy college student did not just stop there and continued updating his harrowing ordeal online as he was being taken to the hospital, posting a series of bloody selfies
 
Once in the hospital, he shared another selfie which showed him lying in bed bare-chested with a white dressing on his bloodied shoulder.
 
A friend even turned one of his hospital snapshots into a meme, showing Martinez with a painted-on cigarette and dark sunglasses along with the caption that read "Thug Life".
 
After being released from the hospital, Martinez again updated his condition, saying that the bullet struck him from behind and exited out of his collar area.
 
"I was the only one injured. Everyone else was unharmed. Overall, I'm glad it went the way it did rather than any other way," the 20-year-old posted.
 
Police have arrested Ryan Giroux, 41, who is suspected of killing a man and injuring five others, including Martinez during the rampage.
 
Martinez was on his way to the eatery where he works part-time when Giroux allegedly confronted him in the parking lot and demanded his car, the report added.
 

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Mining leases for minerals may soon go coal block auction way
The bill for development of mines and minerals, to bring a regime of auctioning blocks for prospecting, was passed by parliament on Friday even as opposition parties, notably Congress and Left Front, demanded a re-look by the select committee.
 
The bill was first put for voting in the Rajya Sabha after debate and 117 members were in its favour and 69 against it, but not before Steel and Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar moved two amendments, based on the suggestions of the relevant select committee.
 
Accordingly, it was taken up again by the Lok Sabha -- which had already passed its original form on March 3 -- and it was again okayed by a voice vote after a brief discussion.
 
Minister Tomar said he was happy that the select panel made the suggestions, which the government accepted. "These are good provisions. I am happy the Rajya Sabha endorsed it. But basic thrust has not changed," he said.
 
Once the bill gets presidential consent, the new legislation will replace the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Ordinance of 2015), promulgated on January 12.
 
Earlier, the select panel had sent the bill back on March 18 without changes. But it wanted the government to consider issues like impact of mining on the environment, illegal mining, lack of scientific methods, land acquisition and resettlement and use of windfall profits for local and tribal welfare.
 
Tomar said the new bill takes into account most of the recommendations of the select committee and will allow states to have a say in the auction and all revenues will go to them. "Mining contributes over 2 percent to the GDP, but is in deep crisis. It is one of the biggest employers. A revival will give jobs to our youth."
 
He said there was also an urgent need for a transparent system. Taking the example of iron ore production, he said it was a matter of concern that its production had declined to 152 million tonnes in 2013-14 from 218 million tonnes in 2009-10.
 
Primarily, the new bill seeks to introduce a regime of auction to grant prospecting licences, like for coal blocks. It proposes that there will no renewal of mining concessions, unlike the original act of 1957. But it proposes a licence for 50 years as against 30 now.
 
The government has already identified 199 mines for auction.
 
The proposed legislation also calls for the setting up of a District Mineral Foundation where mining takes place that will address the grievances of the people affected by mining, with a contribution not exceeding a third of the royalty rate.
 
Another body, the National Mineral Exploration Trust, shall be appointed by the central government for regional and pan-India planning.
 
Some opposition parties, led by the Biju Janata Dal, opposed it saying it infringed on the rights of states -- a stand earlier supported by the Congress and Trinamool Congress. The opposition had also prevented its introduction in the Rajya Sabha where the treasury is in minority.
 
But on Friday, the Trinamool Congress, Biju Janata Dal and Samajwadi Party supported it.
 
Among its other salient features, the new act, once in force, will add a new schedule to include mining of bauxite, iron ore, limestone and manganese ore, now called notified minerals, under its purview.
 
The new act will call for state governments to grant mining leases and prospecting license-cum-mining leases for notified and other minerals, with the central government's approval, which will prescribe the terms and conditions for selection of bidders as also the procedure for auction.
 
The central government may also reserve some mines exclusively for some specific purposes, as also set the eligibility conditions for the same.
 
To plug another loophole that leads to arbitrariness, the central government will be permitted to increase the area allowed for mining, instead of granting additional leases.
 
Presently, while 10 sq km is set as maximum limit for prospecting per lessee, a leeway is given to alter this.
 

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More petha units shut down in Agra
With the sealing of seven more units, the number of centres manufacturing Agra's famous petha sweet that have been shut down for using coal has risen to 30.
 
The Wednesday night operation was a joint effort of the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board, the Agra Municipal Corporation and the district administration. It followed reports that the units making petha, a sweet candy made of gourd, were still using coal although they had given affidavits that they won't do so.
 
An FIR lodged by pollution control board official Anand Kumar triggered the latest crackdown.
 
The still functional petha units in Agra's Noori Darwaza area have downed their shutters protesting against the government action.
 
"At this rate, Agra's petha manufacturers will go out of business," fumed Ankur, a shopowner at Noori Darwaza, the chief petha bazaar in this Taj Mahal city, to IANS.
 
"We will be finished," added Govind Prasad, another shopkeeper.
 
On Tuesday, Divisional Commissioner Pradeep Bhatnagar ordered firm action against the polluting units.
 
The Supreme Court had in 1996 banned the use of coal to produce petha as a fallout of a public interest litigation filed by lawyer and green activist M.C. Mehta. More than 500 petha units, employing over 50,000 workers, manufacture tonnes of petha each day in this city.
 
Rarely do visitors to Agra fail to pick up a packet or two of this sweet.
 
Nutritionists say that although high in sugar, the sweet candy is nourishing and cheap and low on fat.
 
The legend is that thousands of workers and craftsmen were given petha, an instant source of energy, while chipping in hot the Agra summers to raise the 17th century Taj Mahal, India's biggest tourist draw.
 
Interestingly, the raw material for petha is not locally available.
 
The gourd is brought from Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and elsewhere. Only the expertise and skill for manufacturing the sweet are available locally, said Surendra Sharma, president of the Braj Mandal Heritage Conservation Society.
 
In recent years, petha makers have experimented with new flavours, sizes and colours, besides attractive packing.
 
Earlier, there were just two or three varieties. Now there is sandwich petha, kesar petha, khas petha, orange petha, pineapple petha, coconut petha and other varieties.
 
Diabetics can get sugar-free petha too.
 
At the heart of the present controversy is the administration's renewed effort to shift polluting units out of Agra.
 
The Agra Development Authority has developed a "Petha Nagri" and allotted plots to the units, but officials say the manufacturers are not keen on shifting.
 
A medical professional said: "These units have been polluting the area, adding to solid waste and releasing all kinds of toxic gases that combine with early morning fog to make life hell for the people."
 
An official said that the units in 2002 filed affidavits claiming they were not using coal and had switched to liquefied petroleum gas.
 
"But investigation revealed that the use of coal was rampant," he said.

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