An Indian teenager died accidentally while clicking a selfie with a handgun. Ramandeep Singh, a teenager of 15 years from Pathankot, Punjab while posing for a selfie with a handgun, pulled the trigger and shot himself accidentally in the head. He was rushed to the hospital in a nearby city but was succumbed to his head injuries. The selfie proved fatal to his life and he was declared dead. Police are continuing with the investigations and it has been found that the gun the victim used belonged to his father. No foul play was suspected.
India continues to lead the world in number of tragedies as a result of selfies. Several countries all around the world have declared zones where people are prohibited from clicking selfies. Similarly in a tragic accident at Nagpur in March of last year, India seven teenagers drowned and lost their life, while clicking selfie in a boat, which led to the capsizing of the boat. 19 out of the 49 selfie caused deaths around the world are from India. This has led several cities in India imposing restrictions for taking selfies in urban areas.
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As the stock markets closed for the last day of this year, investors were happy to see the year come to a close. The market closed at 0.7 percent decline from the beginning of the year on 2nd January. Investors declared the year as one of the most disappointing as the stock markets never seemed to rise and were always on the decline compared to past trends.
Brad McMillan, Chief Investment Officer of Commonwealth Financial Network announced that this year was the first down year since 2011. This year was one without much volatility as there were no significant price movements this year compared to other years. The Dow industrials closed this year with a 5 percent drop its first in seven years. Investors, who followed leading trends this year, would have ended at prices lower than what they started at the beginning of the year. One major sector that performed badly this year is the energy sector. With the global drop in crude oil prices, the energy sector went down by 27 percent this year, making several investors lose their hard earned money.
However, technical giants such as Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google managed to provide returns for their investors. All these four companies ended the year with double digit gains with Amazon and Netflix gaining more than double of their last year’s gains. Bonds too fared poorly this year and closed at 0.4 percent lesser than last year.
However, analysts are hopeful that next year will be more positive. According to reports, improvements in the unemployment rate and increase in individual incomes, 2016 is set off to an upward path and the US economy continues to get back on its feet slowly but surely.
Consumer sales still on a slump even as the holiday season begins. The sales of consumer goods especially auto products continued on a decline for the fourth month. Analysts had predicted a slight increase in the consumer sales for the months of October and November which is usually when holiday season shopping is at a peak. But the predictions turned out false with consumer sales still on a decline even this month.
The automobile sector is the sector to be hit the worst due to drop in consumer sales. It reported a growth of 1.4 percent for September and the sales for October dropped to 0.4 percent even with the motor manufacturers hopeful to exceed sales of September. Sales of consumer products excluding automobiles, gasoline and construction materials rose up by 0.1 percent compared to September. Sales at electronic stores fell by 0.4 percent and sales at clothing stores was stagnant with no significant increase or decrease of that of September. However, online stores reported an increase in sales by 0.4 percent. These trends are an indication of the way consumers shop during the holiday season.