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Manipuri student JR Philemon found dead in JNU hostel

A PhD student of the Jawaharlal Nehru University was found dead under mysterious circumstances in his hostel room inside the campus on 25 October.

The deceased has been identified as JR Philemon, a native of Senapti district in Manipur. Philemon was found dead in room no 171 of the Brahmaputra Hostel.

The student had reportedly locked himself up inside the room for last three days. Philemon was pursing his PhD on the subject of West Asia and he hadn't been seen for the last three days, a senior police officer said.

"When a foul smell started emanating from the room, the student in the neighbouring room called other students and security and forcefully opened door. He was found dead in the room," he said.

Paul Beatty, first American author to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize

Paul Beatty has become the first American author to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize for "The Sellout" -- a satire of race and class in the United States.

The novel, described by the judges as "shocking and unexpectedly funny", tells the story of an African-American man who attempts to assert his identity, ironically by reintroducing slavery and segregation in his Los Angeles neighbourhood.

The 54-year-old author collected the 50,000 pound literary award at a ceremony at London's Guildhall last night.

Beatty appeared overwhelmed with emotion and struggled for words as he began his acceptance speech.

Here's what President Pranab Mukherjee's salary will be after a three-fold hike

Months after the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Union Cabinet cleared the Seventh Pay Commission, the salaries of President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Amsari are likely to see a three-fold hike.

The hike is a result of a Home Ministry proposal seeking an increase in the salaries of the country's top functionaries.

The implementation of the 7th Pay Commission's recommendations have brought to the ministry's notice that the salary of the President, Rs 1.5 lakh, is much less than what of the country's topmost bureaucrat, the Cabinet Secretary, receives.

According to reports, the proposal is expected to be placed before the Union Cabinet for its approval soon. Currently the President gets Rs. 1.50 lakh per month, the Vice-President gets Rs. 1.25 lakh and the Governor gets Rs 1.10 lakh.

Quetta attack survivor recalls the horrific strike that killed 62, injured 117

Survivors of the deadly attack on a police training college near Quetta, on 25 October, recounted their chilling stories of when heavily-armed militants stormed into the dormitories in the dead of the night and opened fire.

Cadets at a police training academy in Pakistan awoke to the horror of suicide bomb-wielding terrorists in an attack late Monday that killed 61 and injured 117.

"We were sleeping when terrorists attacked the center," said Asif Hussain, a cadet who was in the academy's barracks at the time, reports CNN.

Hussain further said that the cadets were caught by surprise and had no guns and were powerless to fight back when the militants struck through the window.

If Hillary Clinton becomes President, she will lead the US to World War III: Donald Trump

Warning of catastrophic consequences if Hillary Clinton was elected as President, Donald Trump has asserted that her policies as president to address the Syrian conflict would lead to World War III, further stating that the Democratic nominee would draw the United States into armed confrontation with Russia, Syria and Iran.

"What we should do is focus on ISIS. We should not be focusing on Syria. You're going to end up in World War III over Syria if we listen to Hillary Clinton. You're not fighting Syria anymore, you're fighting Syria, Russia and Iran, all right? Russia is a nuclear country, but a country where the nukes work as opposed to other countries that talk," Trump told news agencies in an interview, reports CNN.

However, Trump himself has not laid out a clear strategy for combating ISIS or addressing the globally destabilizing conflict in Syria, which has killed hundreds of thousands and pushed millions more to flee their homes.

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Self-driving Uber trucks deliver beer

If we didn't already have enough reason to cheer self-driving vehicles, this latest use of them is all the reason one needs. Uber's self-driving vehicles division, Otto, just made its first commercial delivery - 2,000 cases of beer.

The autonomous truck travelled a distance of 120 miles between Fort Collins, Colorado, to Colorado Springs without any hitches. While largely symbolic, the move showcases Uber's desire to take over even the commercial transport business.

Dutch unveil giant vacuum cleaner to filter air

It's a device that Delhi could definitely do with, plagued as it is with air pollution problems. Dutch scientists have unveiled a large vacuum that can clean outside air.

The device - a large purifying system that filters out toxic particles from air surrounding it - is capable of cleansing air within a 300-metre radius, and from up to seven kilometres above.

According to the company, Envinity Group, it could treat up to 800,000 cubic metres of air an hour. What's more, it's able to filter out 100% of the fine particles and at least 95% percent of ultra-fine particles.

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2016 International Whaling Commission disappoints

The International Whaling Commission, now in the 70th year of its existence, continues to underwhelm. Notably, a proposal to set up a sanctuary for whales in the South Atlantic was shot down by a vote of 38-24 with two abstentions. To pass, the motion required 47 yes votes.

The countries that voted for the concept included all the EU nations present as well as the Latin American bloc while Tanzania, Japan, Russia and Mongolia were the most notable in the 'no' group.

 
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