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Washington : A number of people were reportedly injured in a shooting incident outside a mall in Houston city of the US on Monday, the media said.

At least seven people were reportedly injured when a black male, who was later shot by Houston Police, opened fire outside the Randalls supermarket strip centre early on Monday morning, NBC News reported.
“Several people were shot by a suspect. It’s unclear (about) the severity of their injuries,” the police confirmed on Twitter.

The motive of the violent shooting that took place in Weslayan area was not clear yet, the police said.

The area remained closed to traffic while the police was investigating the incident.

A bomb squad was also called after a suspicious vehicle was found near the scene, Houston Police Department said.

“We received a call at 6.29 a.m. that we had a shooting at the Petco store… the first units were directed to the parking lot where the shooting was still active,” another police official said.

“I literally heard the gunshots past my face,” an eyewitness said. “It’s a hard pill to swallow.”

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Put farm laws on hold or we will do it, Chief Justice Bobde tells government

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New Delhi, 11 Jan : A Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice S. A. Bobde on Monday toughened its stand on the farm laws and said the court has made up its mind to stay the implementation of the three farm laws, which have led to the protest by thousands of farmers at various Delhi borders.

“What is going on? States are rebelling against your laws”, a bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde told the Centre. “We are extremely disappointed with the negotiation process,” he said.

“If the Centre does not want to stay the implementation of farm laws, we will put a stay on it,” the CJI added.

“We don’t want to make any stray observations on your negotiations but we are extremely disappointed with the process,” said the bench, also comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian.

The apex court, which was hearing a clutch of pleas challenging the new farm laws as well as the ones raising issues related to the ongoing agitation at Delhi borders, said it is not talking about the repeal of these farm laws at the moment.

“This is a very delicate situation,” the bench said, adding, “There is not a single petition before us which says that these farm laws are beneficial.”

“We will stay implementation of laws,” the CJI said. “You can carry on the protest. But the question is whether the protest should be held at the same site,” he added.

“Some people have committed suicide, old people and women are a part of the agitation. What is happening?” he said.

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Farmer agitation enters 47th day, all eyes on SC hearing pleas on protests

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New Delhi, 11 Jan : The farmer agitation on the borders of the national capital entered the 47th day on Monday as the farmers have taken to the streets protesting against the three central farm laws. But now all eyes are glued on the Supreme Court which would conduct a hearing on various pleas related to the farmers’ agitation and the new farm laws on Monday.

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Talks with farmers end without breakthrough, dialogue may resume on Jan 8

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New Delhi, 4 Jan : The crucial seventh round of talks between the government and 41 farmers representatives ended without any breakthrough and the next round of talks is expected on January 8, sources said.

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