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Not contesting elections nor campaigning for any political party: Salman Khan
Mumbai, Mar 21: Bollywood actor Salman Khan on Thursday dismissed reports of him contesting Lok Sabha election 2019. He said he wouldn't even campaign for any political party. Salman took to his Twitter page and stated that he is [...]
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Benelli TRK 502, TRK 502X receive 150 bookings
Benelli recently launched both variants of the TRK 502 in India. The standard model has been priced at Rs 5 lakh, while the higher-spec model costs Rs 5.40 lakh (both prices, ex-showroom Delhi). The company has just announced that it has received 150 bookings for the two in just 15 days since their launch. While both models are mid-capacity adventure motorcycles, the 502X is more off-road focused. Interestingly, the company has received more bookings for the more expensive model (TRK 502X) at 85 units. The standard model, meanwhile, makes up the remaining 65 units booked. Benelli’s dealership count has also gone from 16 to 18 in India, showing that it is on track to meet its target of setting up 40 dealerships in India by the end of 2019.  Along with the two new ADV bikes, the dealerships continue to sell the company’s other bikes – the TNT 300, TNT 600i and 302R. All five bikes come with a five-year unlimited kilometre warranty as standard. Also see: India-spec Benelli Imperiale 400 to be BS-VI-compliant Benelli evaluating electric scooter, e-bicycles for India in 2020 [...]
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Top 10 PV Sales: Tata Tiago re-enters bestseller list
Weak market sentiment continues to impact the auto industry in the country. The Indian automobile industry is doing everything possible to overcome this slowdown, which has hit it hard over the past six months. Right now, the passenger vehicle segment is set to close FY2019 in the low single digits. A sudden rise in insurance prices with higher interest rates on loans had an impact on customer purchase decisions for the most part of CY2018. The upcoming general elections – slated for May – have also kept consumers from making any discretionary purchases right now. As the industry still struggles to moderate inventories, February 2019 sales remained subdued with PV sales declining 1.11 percent to 2,72,284 units (February 2018: 2,75,357). Apex industry body SIAM expects the scenario to improve only after the elections. Meanwhile, here’s a look at the top 10 bestselling PVs in February 2019: The Maruti Suzuki Alto, the quintessential go-to car in the entry-level hatchback segment has emerged as the top performer once more in February, selling 24,751 units. The car sold 19,760 units in the same month last year, thus marking sizeable gains in recent times. In second place, the Maruti Suzuki Swift has gained one position over last year's numbers with a sale of 18,224 units (February 2018: 17,291). The Swift, in its latest avatar, has wooed buyers with all its enhanced practicality in an appealing package. It helps that the car also offers the convenience of automated manual gearboxes in both its petrol and diesel variants. The Swift's premium hatchback sibling, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, has been retailed through the company's Nexa network. The car also rose one spot to secure the No. 3 position on this list. The car went home to 17,944 buyers (February 2018: 15,807) and after being sprucing-up its aesthetics and feature enhancements in the recent facelift in January, the Baleno is making it difficult for anyone to look away when it comes to having a large dose of style, comfort and safety features at an irresistible price point. Maruti Suzuki's winning spree continues at the No. 4 spot as well, with the Dzire. However, the popular compact sedan has slumped three positions since last year. Where it had once clocked 20,941 units in February 2018 as the top performer, the Dzire garnered volumes of 15,915 units last month, still averaging better than most of its competitors in the market. The No. 5 position remains secure with the ever-popular Maruti Suzuki Wagon R. The car sold 15,661 units in the month (February 2018: 14,029). The latest third-generation tall-boy hatchback has grown in dimensions by being built on a completely new platform and thus, offers exceptional space on the inside. The car has also evolved in terms of safety, with dual airbags, ABS with EBD and parking sensors fitted across the range, as standard. With a vehicle in almost every popular segment, Maruti has its hands full when it comes to the UV space, too. India's bestselling UV, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza jumps one spot to No. 6, selling 11,613 units. Even though sales remained almost flat (February 2018: 11,620), it moved up one spot in the tabulation. At No. 7, Hyundai's i20 drops one spot, clocking an overall dispatch of 11,547 units (February 2018: 13,378). The car is direct competition to the Baleno; and Maruti's relatively better-grade line-up could be the reason behind this sales slowdown. The Hyundai Creta continues to be the king of its segment and has risen by one position on this list to total incremental sales of 10,206 units (February 2018: 9,278). A favourite among SUV buyers, the Creta becomes even more popular after Hyundai's new top-of-the-line variant with segment-first updates like ventilated seats. In less than four years since launch in 2015, this past February also marked a milestone for the crossover, after it crossed the 5,00,000-unit mark across domestic sales and exports from India. The Hyundai Grand i10 – the Korean carmaker’s B-segment hatchback – drops one position on the bestseller list, shifting to No. 9 with a sale of 9,065 units in February 2019 (February 2018: 10,198). The car is expected to receive a generational change this year, in around July. The Tata Tiago makes a comeback to the Top 10 chart after being off it for 14 months. Taking the spot on the roster occupied by the Maruti Suzuki Celerio last month, the Tiago closes the Top 10 list with statistics that hint at an overall sales figure of 8,286 units in the month. The car has been responsible for Tata's recovery in the PV space, where it now has the feat of achieving 2,00,000 units, which also came up in February. With just two weeks to go to close the fiscal year, both OEMs and dealers would want to clear the maximum backlog of inventories within FY2019, and start the next assessment year on a fresh (and brighter) note. Industry exper [...]
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Lok Sabha Election 2019: BJP first list out, PM to contest from Varanasi, Amit Shah from Gandhinagar
New Delhi, Mar 21: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday released its first list of candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections that begin from April 11 and end on May 19. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will contest from Varanasi, while BJP president [...]
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Uttar Pradesh: BJP MLA shot at, sustains injuries on leg
Uttar Pradesh: BJP MLA shot at, sustains injuries on leg [...]
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Lok Sabha polls 2019: PM Narendra Modi to contest from Varanasi
Lok Sabha polls 2019: PM Narendra Modi to contest from Varanasi [...]
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BJP Lok Sabha 1st full list: BJP announces names of 184 candidates
BJP Lok Sabha 1st full list: BJP announces names of 184 candidates [...]
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Kachin women from Myanmar 'raped until they get pregnant' in China
Women from Kachin minority are allowed to go home only if they leave baby behind, says HRW report Burmese and Chinese authorities are turning a blind eye to a growing trade in women from Myanmar’s Kachin minority, who are taken across the border, sold as wives to Chinese men and raped until they become pregnant, a report claims.Some of the women are allowed to return home after they have given birth, but are forced to leave their children, according to an investigation by Human Rights Watch, titled Give Us a Baby and We’ll Let You Go. Continue reading... [...]
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Karnataka: List of BJP candidate for 21 Lok Sabha seats
New Delhi, Mar 21: Union Minister and BJP leader JP Nadda on Thursday announced the first list of 182 candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. PM Narendra Modi to contest from Varanasi, BJP Chief Amit Shah from Gandhinagar, Home Minister [...]
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'It's a godsend': the healthcare scheme bringing hope to India's sick
In a country where treatment can cost two years’ wages, a new project could mean free medical care for 500 million peopleRajiv Gupta has a distinct spring in his step. He has brought his mother to New Delhi from the northern state of Bihar for a hip replacement, for which he won’t have to pay. His mother qualified for free treatment under Ayushman Bharat, the government’s ambitious new health insurance scheme.“I can’t quite believe this is happening. When the doctors in Bihar told me it would cost 200,000 rupees [£2,180], I took mum home. That kind of money is impossible for me. I just run a tiny sari shop. And now she’s getting it done here free,” says Gupta. Then he hurries off as though scared he has got it wrong and someone is going to present him with a bill. Related: India's sick left out in the cold as New Delhi's top hospital struggles to cope Continue reading... [...]
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Delhi Crime: Netflix drama takes on gang rape that shocked India
Series focuses on aftermath of crime that pushed government into changing sexual assault lawsTwo Delhi police officers drive along a dark highway to the home of an accused rapist, reflecting on the increasingly sadistic violence they are seeing in the Indian capital. “It’s simple,” one tells the other. “The bigger the gap between the rich and poor, the more the crimes.”Delhi Crime, a Netflix miniseries debuting globally on Friday, reconstructs the police investigation into the notorious 2012 gang rape and murder of Jyoti Singh. The student’s killing triggered protests across India, reform of the country’s sexual assault laws and an ongoing reckoning about women’s safety in the country. Related: Netflix cuts real-life disaster footage out of Bird Box after criticism Related: Delhi rape: how India's other half lives Related: Madeleine McCann series to go on Netflix after delays and rows Continue reading... [...]
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BJP-BDJS gear up to fight Kerala polls together
New Delhi, Mar 21: The BJP has finalised its seat-sharing deal with the BDJS and Kerala Congress in the southern state for the Lok Sabha polls, party leaders said. The BJP will field candidates in 14 seats in Kerala, [...]
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Holi: a festival of colours – in pictures
The Hindu festival of Holi is under way in India. The two-day celebration signifies the victory of good over evil and marks the end of winter and the arrival of spring. Its origins can be found in Hindu mythology, while the use of colour is tied to stories about Lord Krishna Continue reading... [...]
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Why India will boycott a bigger China led BRF for the second time
New Delhi, Mar 21: India on Wednesday signalled that it will boycott China's second Belt and Road Forum for a second time, saying no country can participate in an initiative that ignores its core concerns on sovereignty and territorial integrity. {image-india-china-1553128178.jpg [...]
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Social media code of ethics for polls: EC sets stringent norms
New Delhi, Mar 21: No political campaign will be allowed to run on major social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, in the last 48 hours before polling ends, according to a voluntary code of ethics prepared by such platforms. [...]
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Miami Open: Rain continues to hamper proceedings
Prior to the start of the tournament, officials had boasted a 25 percent jump in ticket sales but the stands have been mostly empty through two days with only one of four sessions completed. [...]
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La Liga clubs refuse players permission to join Catalonia squad
All three teams have insisted that the decision is sporting, rather than political as tensions continue to rise between the autonomous region and the Madrid central government following an illegal referendum on independence in October 2017. [...]
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Efforts on in Congress to finish Digvijaya Singh politically?
New Delhi, March 21: A group of Congress leaders is working to finish senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh politically in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, say sources. Singh was once considered close to Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi but [...]
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RBI turns down IDBI Bank's proposal to change name
New Delhi, Mar 20: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has turned down IDBI Bank's proposal to change its name following the transfer of controlling 51 per cent stake to insurance behemoth LIC from the government of India. The board of [...]
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PM Narendra Modi biopic trailer release today
Mumbai, Mar 20: The trailer of Vivek Oberoi-starrer PM Narendra Modi biopic will be released in Mumbai on Wednesday. Vivek Oberoi's father Suresh Oberoi has shared the screen for the movie. The biopic is produced by Sandip Ssingh, Suresh Oberoi, Anand [...]
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Triumph issues massive recall for over 12,000 bikes
Triumph Motorcycles USA has issued a massive recall for 12,654 motorcycles that were produced over the last few years, for potential wiring issues. Transport Canada, the governing body for regulations and policies of transportation in Canada, has also reported that north of 1,700 motorcycles in the country have been recalled as well. The list of affected motorcycles include the Triumph Bonneville T100/T100 Black (2017-2019), Triumph Bonneville T120/T120 Black (2016-2019), Triumph Street Scrambler (2017-2018), Triumph Street Twin/Street Twin A2 (2016-2018) and the Triumph Street Cup (2017-2018). The last bike is a model that is based on the Street Twin and isn’t available in India. According to information revealed by the brand, Triumph has found that on some of its motorcycles, the wiring harness stands a chance of getting damaged by the clutch cable. A damaged wiring harness could result in an electrical failure, which could result in the failure of all electrical systems and potentially even the cranking of the engine. Triumph USA will directly contact owners of potentially affected motorcycles and will replace the affected parts, free of charge. We have got in touch with Triumph Motorcycles India to check whether bikes in India have been affected by this issue as well, but we are yet to receive information on the same. SOURCE [...]
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MG Motor signs Benedict Cumberbatch as its brand ambassador
MG Motor India has officially announced its association with British actor Benedict Cumberbatch as its brand ambassador.  The actor will promote MG's upcoming Hector SUV in India.   On the occassion of the official announcement, the actor said “I have grown up seeing and reading about MGB’s and MG Midgets, recognising MG as a classic and iconic brand. I am delighted to be part of the launch of the new MG in India with the MG Hector, which may well be a classic of the future.”   Additionally, Rajeev Chaba, Managing Director and CEO, MG India, said, “As one of the most recognised and beloved cultural icons from the UK, Benedict has a lot in common with Morris Garages. He has, throughout his career, experimented with various types of roles across stage productions, TV shows and movies to push the bar ever higher, something which resonates with MG’s commitment to technological innovation. His social and philanthropic work, as well as his support for inclusivity beyond gender is also in sync with our core brand ideology of nurturing diversity. We are glad to have Benedict Cumberbatch as our brand ambassador to represent MG.”   The Hector SUV will launch in India in the coming months. The model was recently spotted while being filmed for its TV promo with the actor in London.  The Hector will be powered by either a 1.5-litre petrol and a 2.0-litre diesel. There will be a six-speed manual along with a developed-in-house MG-SAIC sourced dual clutch auto.   As reported by us months ago, the MG Hector shares its underpinnings and body panels with the Baojun 530 SUV. MG Motor India has tweaked the looks of this SUV subtly by adding a new signature grille with a honeycomb design and a large 'MG' logo at the centre. The Hector also gets additional chrome trim on the front bumpers along with a brushed aluminum faux skid plate at the front and on the rear bumper.   The SUV will come with two sunroof options, a 10.4 inch infotainment touchscreen and a long list of features.  Expect more details on the SUV to trickle in as the launch nears.   [...]
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Alienware m15
  Earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show, the Alienware Area-51m stole the show for being the laptop with fully upgradable guts, running off a desktop processor. What the company also showed... [...]
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Samjautha express blast: Pak woman’s plea to examine witnesses rejected
Panchkula, Mar 20: A special court here, hearing the 2007 Samjhauta train bombing case, rejected the plea flied by a Pakistani woman for examining eyewitnesses from her country. In a last-minute application to the anti-terror court, Rahila Wakeel, the daughter of [...]
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Aseemanand: many aliases, one saffron identity
Aseemanand: many aliases, one saffron identity [...]
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Pollachi sexual abuse case: Students call off protest after assurance of no action against detainees
Pollachi sexual abuse case: Students call off protest after assurance of no action against detainees [...]
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Bada Modi snoozed, Chhota Modi escaped: Congress attacks PM
Bada Modi snoozed, Chhota Modi escaped: Congress attacks PM [...]
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In this prestigious battle for Chandigarh, can Kher triumph Bansal again?
Chandigarh, Mar 20: The battle lines are drawn and it would be interesting to see, how the elections in Chandigarh would shape up. There have been 13 Lok Sabha elections conducted on this seat and the Congress has won seven and [...]
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