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Boston to Sue Pharmaceutic Companies over Opioids Epidemic June 19, 2018 05:24

Boston is retaining a law firm to charge pharmaceutical companies for the damages from the deadly opioid epidemic.Opioid acts on opioid receptors to produce morphine-like effects. They are medically used for pain relief, including anesthesia.On Tuesday, the Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh proclaimed he has tapped Motley Rice and anticipates the South Carolina Law firm will file litigation by the fall.The firm against opioid manufacturers and distributors hitherto represents numerous local governments in actions, including Chicago, Santa Clara County, and seven states.Earlier this week, the Purdue pharma, the maker of OxyContin, wes sued by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's office alleging the Connecticut company downplayed the prescription painkiller's risks.Among roughly two dozen states, including Florida, Nevada, North Dakota, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Texas, Massachusetts is the one among, who have filed suit against drugmakers recently.According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on average, 115 people die form opioid overdose every day.By Sowmya Sangam

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American Rapper XXXTentacion Shot Dead in Florida June 19, 2018 04:08

American rapper, singer, and songwriter XXXTentacion was shot dead in Florida on Monday. The rapper's bleak, self-rhymed propelled him to the top of the United States chart this year.XXXTentacion, 20, whose real name was Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was shot to death in beam daylight near a motorcycle store in Deerfield Beach north of Miami and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, the Broward County Sheriff's department said.In recent years, XXXTentacion becomes one of the biggest names in hip-hop to be killed after a slew of murders in the 1990s.The further details regarding the death were declined to give by a spokesman for the Sheriff's department and a representative for XXXTentacion did not immediately respond to a request for comment.According to news source Sheriff's department said the two assailants in hoodies, with the gunman in red mask, stole a Louis Vuitton bag from rapper's vehicle and sped away in black SUV.XXXTentacion, a Florida native gained a huge following by uploading songs on SoundCloud, a sharing site, with a dark, often muffled style of hip-hop dull of his depression and past crime lyrics.In March, his second album entitled "?," debuted at the top of Billboard album chart.The rapper's success led to controversy due to a violent past even by the standards of the rap world. At the time of his latest album's release, he was being released from house arrest as he awaits trial on charges of assaulting his former girlfriend.Earlier this month, Spotify singled out XXXTentacion as part of the policy not to promote songs by artists known for harmful and hateful behavior, merely it backed down after charges that it had overstepped its role over obscure criteria.By Sowmya Sangam

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Trump Threatens China to Impose New Tariffs on $200 Billion in Goods June 19, 2018 03:59

United States President Donald Trump vulnerable to compel a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods, intensifying a tit-for-tat trade war with Beijing. On Monday, Trump said in a statement he had asked U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to identify the Chinese products to be subject to the new tariffs. He said the move was in retaliation for China's decision to raise tariffs on $50 billion in U.S. goods. "After the legal process is complete, these tariffs will go into effect if China refuses to change its practices, and also if it insists on going forward with the new tariffs that it has recently announced," Trump said.Lighthizer said his office was preparing the proposed tariffs and they would undergo a similar legal process as previous tariffs, which were subject to a public comment period, a public hearing and some revisions. He did not say when the target list of Chinese goods would be unveiled. After failed negotiations in resolving U.S. complaints about Chinese industrial policies, lack of market access in China and a $375 billion U.S. trade deficit, Washington and Beijing appeared increasingly headed toward open trade conflict, On Friday Trump said he was pushing ahead with 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of Chinese products, prompting Beijing to respond in kind. "China apparently has no intention of changing its unfair practices related to the acquisition of American intellectual property and technology. Rather than altering those practices, it is now threatening United States companies, workers, and farmers who have done nothing wrong," he said.If China increases its tariffs again in response to the latest U.S. move, "we will meet that action by pursuing additional tariffs on another $200 billion of goods," Trump said. Trump further said he has an excellent relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping and they will continue working together on many issues. But, he said, "the United States will no longer be taken advantage of on trade by China and other countries in the world." A spokeswoman for the U.S. Trade Representative's Office said that the new list of $200 billion in Chinese goods targeted for 10 percent tariffs would supplant the former $100 billion list that Trump ordered to be prepared in early April as a consequence to China's first round of $50 billion in retaliatory tariffs.Derek Scissors, a China scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington think tank, said China will soon run out of imports of U.S. goods on which to impose retaliatory tariffs, as it only imported $130 billion worth of American goods last year. It would likely next seek to punish U.S. companies doing business in China.He added that China was unlikely to respond to an announcement of tariffs with changes in industrial policies. Those could take a long and painful trade fight."As I've said from the beginning, China will back off its industrial plans only when U.S. trade measures are large and lasting enough to threaten the influx of foreign exchange. Not due to announcements," he said.By Sowmya Sangam

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Munich Prosecutors Arrested Audi Chief Rupert Stadler in Diesel Emissions Probe June 18, 2018 12:10

Munich, a city in Germany prosecutors on Monday apprehended chief executive of German carmaker Audi Rupert Stadler since investigators saw the peril that he might seek to suppress grounds in connection with a diesel emissions probe. Three years ago, the scandal erupted when it came out that cars had been fitted with devices designed to cheat emissions tests. Though the devices were initially found in Volkswagen cars, merely its Audi subsidiary has likewise been entangled in the scandal. Earlier this month, it admitted that another 60,000 A6 and A7 models with diesel engines have emission software issues. That is on the top the 850,000 recalled past year by Audi, of which only some have been found to require modification. "The suspect has been seen by a judge, who has ordered him to be remanded in custody," the prosecutor's office said in a statement.The prosecutors further said Stadler would be interrogated by Wednesday, once he had spoken to his attorneys. Earlier this week, to reckon Stadler among the suspects accused of fraud and mendacious advertising the prosecutor's office widened its emissions cheating investigation into Volkswagen's luxury brand Audi.By Sowmya Sangam

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India Striving to Become $ 5 Trillion Economy by 2025: Kovind June 18, 2018 11:34

President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday highlighting investment opportunities in the country said India is striving to become a $ 5 trillion economy and world's third largest consumer market by 2025. Kovind is the first Indian president to travel to Greece in 11 years. Addressing the diaspora in Greece, he said his visit will strengthen ties between India and Greece. He praised Indians abroad for playing a key role in improving bilateral relations. "Greece and India presented the ideals of civilization and culture in the ancient world. The relations between the two countries are very old and deep. Greek historian Megasthenes introduced India to the world through his book 'Indica'," the President said."We are working towards making India a $ 5 trillion economy and the world’s third-largest consumer market by 2025. According to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, our growth rate is going to be high," he said.At present, India's economy is approximated at $ 2.5 trillion. Kovind said that India had a very strong place in the world with the perspective of democracy, demographic divided and demand. "We are proud of our overseas Indians and their successes. Today there are plenty of opportunities for business, innovation, and investment in India. I hope that whatever you can do for the development of India for the motherland, you will do that," he said.The bilateral trade of India-Greece stands at $ 530 million and few Indian companies are also existing in the pharmaceutical, infrastructure, and steel sectors in the central European nation. Greece has 12,000 strong Indian diasporas. President Ram Nath Kovind will as well be traveling to Surinam and Cuba during his trip.By Sowmya Sangam

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Boston Globe Suspends Columnist Kevin Cullen for Marathon Bombing Remarks June 18, 2018 10:47

An American journalist and author Kevin Cullen have been suspended by an American daily newspaper Boston Globe without pay for three months after finding inconsistencies in his remarks following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.John Henry - Owner and publisher of STAT and the Boston Globe - American journalist & publishing executive Brian McGrory proclaimed on Friday that a self-directed review found Cullen probably fabricated some reports he shared in interviews after the bombing, which killed three people and bruised hundreds more.In one of Cullen’s marathon bombing columns, an uncorrected error was noted by the review as well but didn’t find gestural of fabrication in other works.Henry and McGrory say that Cullen, who was part of the Globe team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2014, didn't instantly comment, but has apologized.When WEEI, sports radio station in Boston noted the inconsistency in Cullen’s work, Cullen has been on paid leave since April, and the paper launched its probe.By Sowmya Sangam

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NTR’s Son Makes his Debut on Instagram June 18, 2018 07:40

Young Tiger NTR is completely delighted after his wife Pranathi delivered a baby boy recently. The duo has been expecting a baby and the news turned out to be a treat for his fans. After a while, NTR made his debut on Instagram and posted the first picture of his new born son. While Abhay Ram has been spotted holding his brother, Tarak was clicking a picture of the brothers. It is during this time, Pranathi clicked the picture covering all the three. The picture is now trending across the internet. "Welcoming the new #brat into the #bratpack ..photo courtesy #innocentmom. probably has no idea what’s coming her way" posted NTR on his instagram page. The actor has been busy shooting for Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava in the direction of Trivikram Srinivas. Pooja Hegde is the female lead and SS Thaman composed the music. Haarika and Hassine Creations is producing Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava which will release during Dasara.  

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Man Found Guilty of Murdering Indian-origin in Illinois June 18, 2018 04:15

A man in the United States has been condemned of the first-degree murder of an Indian-origin student after four years of his family's untiring endeavor to seek justice, according to a media report. Pravin Varughese, a student of Southern Illinois University was found dead in 2014 after being missing for five days, initially regime in Carbondale alleged it as a tragic mishap. According to report, Varughese's cause of death initially was reported as environmental hypothermia. However, the family of the 19-year-old student from Morton Grove, a village in Illinois, was merely unwilling to accept that. His menage pushed for further probe, had an independent necropsy performed that conflicted with the local coroner's findings and filed suit against Carbondale and its police chief, who was fired shortly.On Thursday, a Panel of 12-person found Gaege Bethune, a Southern Illinois man, culpable of the murder of Varughese. "Pravin's day finally came. He can rest in peace now," Pravin's mother, Lovely Varughese said.According to probe, Bethune, who was 19-year-old at that time, told police that he gave Varughese a ride in the night of February 12, 2014, after a party, and the two drove around while Varughese was allegedly looking to get cocaine. Bethune said that at some point he got into a fight with Varughese. The prosecution said the two had been fighting over money, and alleged Bethune landed several punches to Varughese's head and face that led to Varughese running into the woods, where he later found dead. According to a media report, jurors deliberated for seven hours before returning a verdict. Southern Illinoisan reported that they found Bethune at fault of one count of murder that hinged on the state arguing Bethune caused great bodily harm and that his death was "a direct and foreseeable consequence". According to the newspaper, Bethune was found culpable on a second murder charge that accused him of robbing the victim. A sentencing has not been scheduled and Bethune now faces 20 to 60 years of imprisonment.By Sowmya Sangam

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Vijay Mallya to Pay Costs to Indian Banks: UK Court Orders June 16, 2018 10:10

The United Kingdom High Court has ordered Indian businessman Vijay Mallya to pay a minimum of 200,000 pounds towards the costs of legal case pursued against him by 13 Indian banks, including State Bank of India. Earlier this month, after Mallya's attempt to throw out the registration of a ruling by India's Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT) in the UK, and a failure of worldwide freezing of international assets, Judge Henshaw needed Mallya to pay the costs of the World Freezing Order and of the DRT of Karnataka's judgement in Britain. "The court ordered that Mallya pay the banks costs. The standard order is that the court will assess those costs unless the parties can otherwise agree on a figure for what should be paid," said a legal expert familiar with the case.The court's assessment of costs is a separate process, which ends with another court hearing before a specialist costs judge in the UK. Merely meanwhile, Mallya must pay 200,000 pounds towards these legal costs liability.In a high court ruling dated May 8, Judge Henshaw had refused to overturn a worldwide order freezing Mallya's assets and upheld an Indian court's ruling that the consortium of 13 Indian banks.Thirteen Indian banksState Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, Corporation Bank, Federal Bank Ltd, IDBI Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Jammu and Kashmir Bank, Punjab and Sind Bank, Punjab National Bank, State Bank of Mysore, UCO Bank, United Bank of India and JM Financial Asset Reconstruction Co. Pvt Ltd, were entitled to recover funds amounting to about 1.145 billion pounds.The judicial costs owed to the banks emerged in a subsequent court order by the same judge.Charges against Mallya without substance, politically motivated: Mallya's lawyers"The First Defendant's (Mallya) application for permission to appeal is refused. Any further application for permission to appeal should be made to the Court of Appeal to be dealt with by a judge of that court," the judgment notes.Mallya, who is separately also fighting extradition to India on fraud and money laundering charges worth an estimated Rs 9,000 crore, has since filed an appeal notice at the Court of Appeal, which includes an application for permission to appeal.Approval will only be granted if the tribunal considers that the appeal would have a factual prospect of success or there is some other compelling reason for the appeal to be heard.Interim, Mallya is due back at Westminster Magistrates Court in London next month for one of the concluding hearings in his extradition case.A proceeding for concluding arguments to be presented by his defense team and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), on behalf of the Indian authorities, was scheduled for July 11 but is now likely to take place on July 31.The former Kingfisher Airlines brag remains on bail since his apprehension on an extradition warrant in April last year. The CPS believes it has successfully constituted a prima facie case of fraud against the man of affairs and that there are no bars to his extradition to face the courts in India.Mallya's lawyers have claimed the criminal charges against their client are "without substance" and "politically motivated". On human rights grounds, they have also challenged the case, questioning the situation at Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai, where the businessperson is to be held post-extradition. By Somwya Sangam

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Traffic Ramasamy Tamil Movie June 16, 2018 09:00

Traffic Ramasamy is an upcoming Kollywood film directed by Vicky, produced by SA Chandrasekhar. The film stars S.A. Chandrasekhar, Rohini, Prakash Raj, R. K. Suresh in the leading roles. For more previews, stay tuned....

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