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Law Ministry to make an exception to intervene in SC’s widows welfare case, says Prasad
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday said his ministry would "make decisive intervention" in a case of widow welfare being heard by the Supreme Court to ensure protection of their rights. Speaking at an event organised by The [...]
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Kashmir on edge after local government falls amid militant clashes
Locals fear further violence as police admit Isis-inspired fighters are active in the regionThe disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir is on edge after clashes between militants and security forces, and the collapse of the local government over disagreements that include how to tackle the resurgent fighting in the state. Related: WhatsApp warriors on the new frontline of Kashmir’s conflict Related: Kashmir editor shot dead in Srinagar alongside bodyguards Continue reading... [...]
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India summons Pak's deputy HC, lodges protest over denying envoy Gurdwara visit
India on Saturday summoned Pakistan's Deputy High Commissioner here and lodged a strong protest over the denial of access to its envoy in Islamabad and consular officials to visit Gurdwara Panja Sahib and meet visiting Indian pilgrims. It was [...]
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Karnataka: BJP worker murdered in Chikmagalur
A BJP was killed by bike-borne assailants in Gowri Kaluve area, in Chikmagalur district Friday night at around 9.30 pm. The BJP worker has been identified as Anwar, BJP General Secretary of Chikmagalur district. According to reports, Anwar (46) [...]
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AgustaWestland scam: Italy refuses to extradite middleman Carlo Gerosa
Italy on Friday refused to extradite European middleman Carlo Valentino Gerosa to India in connection with the UPA-era Rs 3,727 crore VVIP chopper scam. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had in November submitted the request for extradition of [...]
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29 leaders in 29 states to hullabaloo to commemorate emergency imposed by Congress
New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) plans to observe June 26, 2018 as the Black Day across the country to commemorate imposition of emergency in the country that had curtailed rights and free speech in the country. However, [...]
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Yamaha Aerox 155 India launch not on the cards
The Yamaha Aerox 155 was first spotted in India just before the 2018 Auto Expo, but the company didn’t showcase it at the show. The scooter is, again, the matter of online chatter as it has been spotted at few Yamaha dealerships across our country, giving rise to rumours that it will be launched soon. We believe that Yamaha has no plans to launch this product in our market anytime soon. The moto-scooter has been brought down to India for promotion and brand building, and is being displayed at a few dealerships to gauge customer interest in a large, powerful and premium scooter. The Yamaha Aerox 155 is a futuristic looking thing, with sculpted body panels and an aggressive face that houses a large LED headlight. It is loaded with features such as 5.9-inch all-digital instrument console, mobile charger and offers a generous 25 litres of underseat storage space. The higher-spec Aerox 155 S variant gets keyless ignition, a start-stop system and single-channel ABS. The Aerox is powered by a Yamaha R15-sourced 155cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that uses variable valve actuation technology to produce 15hp of and 13.8Nm. If it ever makes it to our market, expect a price tag of around Rs 1 lakh (ex-showroom). Also see: Yamaha R15 V3.0 MotoGP edition launch in August [...]
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RACR riding and racing school to be held on July 15
RACR (Rajini Academy of Competitive Racing) is holding its next school on July 15, 2018. It will be a one-day event and be open to riders of all levels – beginners, intermediate or skilled. The cost for the session is Rs 13,500, but there is an early bird offer available till June 30, which will reduce the price to Rs 12,000 (both prices, excluding 18 percent GST). The price includes training, refreshments and photographs. Safety gear is also available on rent, but students are expected to carry their own helmets. RACR recommends DOT, ECE, Snell or JIS-certified helmets. The school will be held at Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore and be open to everyone above the age of 11. Both, theory and practical sessions will be held at the racetrack. Students can either rent a TVS Apache RTR race bike or bring their own motorcycle with the only requirement being that its engine displaces 100cc or more. For more details regarding the school, head here. You can also read our experience of when we attended this school here. [...]
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Paw prints of pet dog help trace missing toddler in Michigan
Paw prints of pet dog help trace missing toddler in Michigan [...]
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Jaitley calling Rahul 'Maoist-sympathiser' is absurd: Chidambaram
Jaitley calling Rahul 'Maoist-sympathiser' is absurd: Chidambaram [...]
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Gang raped and set on fire: ICC pushes to investigate Myanmar Rohingya atrocities
Exclusive: Evidence of horrific treatment emerges as the Hague gives Myanmar deadline to respond to claimsHarrowing accounts of Rohingya women tied to trees and raped for days by Myanmar’s military and men being pushed into mass graves, doused with petrol and set alight have been sent to the international criminal court.The evidence has been sent by a coalition of Bangladesh organisations to ICC prosecutors who are pushing to investigate allegations of forced deportation from a country where it has no jurisdiction.The ICC must be brave and accept it has jurisdiction. Continue reading... [...]
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Power ministry may make 24 degrees celsius as default setting for air conditioners
Power minister RK Singh said on Friday that the government will consider making 24 degrees celsius as mandatory default setting for air conditioners within a few months. At a meeting with the minister, AC makers were also advised to [...]
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'No regrets about press conference on CJI': Justice Chelameswar
Justice Chelameswar, who retired as a Supreme Court judge on Friday maintained that he had no regrets over January 12 presser which triggered a nation-wide debate. The press meet on 12 January, the first in the chequered history of [...]
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Row in Karnataka after minister says he'd discuss with CM renaming of Haj Bhavan after Tipu Sultan
A fresh row erupted in Karnataka today after a minister said he would discuss with the chief minister renaming of the 'Haj Bhavan' here after Tipu Sultan, an 18th century ruler of the Mysore kingdom. Minority Welfare and Wakf [...]
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FIFA World Cup 2018 Group E points table
After two defeats in two matches, Costa Rica find themselves out of the tournament and play for pride in their final group match against Switzerland on Wednesday. Costa Rica survived the Brazilian strikes for 90 minutes and nearly pulled off a draw but Coutinho and Neymar scored in the Stoppage time, guiding Brazil to the top position in Group E. Both Serbia and Switzerland will fancy a spot in the round of 16 after Switzerland beat Serbia 2-1.  [...]
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Switzerland defeat Serbia 2-1 in last-minute thriller
A 90th-minute goal by Xherdan Shaqiri secured Switzerland a 2-1 victory over Serbia. [...]
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Switzerland beat Serbia 2-1 in FIFA World Cup 2018 Group E match – As it happened
 Xhaka scored a brilliant goal from distance in the second-half and Shaqiri’s stunner in the 90th minute sealed the match for Switzerland.  [...]
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After BJP, PDP 'divorce' in J&K, is saffron party’s alliance with JD(U) at risk in Bihar?
Patna, June 22: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seems to be fast losing its alliance partners in various states. It has been quite a while now, the Shiv Sena has been regularly protesting against the BJP, although both the parties [...]
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Those who like Musharraf should be given 'one-way ticket' to Pakistan: Swamy
Taking a strong exception to Congress leader Saifuddin Soz's 'Kashmir independence remark', BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Friday said that those who like Pervez Musharraf should be given 'one-way ticket' to Pakistan. Soz had stirred a hornet's nest by backing former [...]
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BJP hits back at Ghulam Nabi Azad for comments on Governor's rule
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad hit back at Congress for being praised by terror outfit Lashkar-e-Tayiba (LeT) on its stand on Governor's rule in Jammu and Kashmir. The Union Minister compared the number terrorists killed during the Congress and the BJP [...]
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ED seeks Mallya to be declared as 'fugitive offender' under new legislation
New Delhi, Jun 22: India on Friday made its first official move to clampdown against big bank loan defaulters under a new law as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) moved a court against liquor baron Vijay Mallya seeking to declare him a [...]
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Dune-bashing in Jaisalmer with two 6x6s
Fluids have no form. They flow, they change shape, and because they have very low density they can’t support any mass. Now sand isn’t a fluid, but here in the Sam, out in the middle of nowhere, it sure is behaving like one. I scoop up a handful, but when I open my fingers even slightly, it runs right out. This isn’t like moist beach sand at all. And when the wind picks up, it even flows, with ripples and circular eddies.   I trudge up one of the tall dunes, my feet sinking in, all the way to my ankles. And the higher I go, the softer the sand becomes. This is going to be tough. That piece of metal behind me weighs 15 tonnes; it will sink like the Titanic. There are two fundamental problems here. Number one is staying ‘afloat’, and the only way to do that is to distribute weight. And then there’s the difficult job of finding traction. Bunch the sand up under your wheels and it will compress and you can move. But how’s that even possible here? Now conventional wisdom says a 4x4 is absolutely the best way to tackle sand. But I can’t help marvel at how easily the inch-long scarab scampers over the golden sand on its six legs. It falters at times, and often a couple of its legs slip, but because the others are still pulling forward, it continues moving. And that’s exactly why a 6x6, despite the extra weight of an additional axle, should be better. It’s time to drive up to the area where I’m meeting Rahul, who’s also with a 6x6. Thing is, he’s riding a quad-based Polaris and is expecting me to turn up in something similar. He’s going to fall over when he sees this 15-tonne monster bearing down on him. And bear down on him I will; I plan to drive right up to him before I stop. THE BEAST MAKES ITS MARK I don’t want to get stuck before we even get going, so I’m going to skirt around the periphery of the dunes. Even a regular truck needs a big step up to the cab, but this one is more like a hike. Starting up is easy enough, but what I have to pay attention to are the width and the length. And then there are the eight gears. I ask the man from Ashok Leyland if I can skip gears, and he just shrugs. “No problem sir,” he says, totally nonplussed. So I start the beast and head out.  It isn’t smooth, there’s a lot of resonance and loads of diesel clatter, but compared to a regular truck engine, this 360hp common-rail diesel is quite refined. What takes some getting used to is the narrow powerband; truck engines like this max out at 2,500rpm. And peak power is even lower. This is due to the extremely heavy engine components and massive reciprocating masses. So I let it growl to around 1,400rpm, double-declutch and shift to the next gear. I start in first, go up to third and then slot fifth. And apart from some severe ‘head-nodding’ due to my poor clutch action, everything else seems okay. My passenger smiles. We are off the highway, on to a dirt road, and looking back in the rear-view mirror, I see the double rear axle leaving its imprint in the sand like a tracked vehicle. Crazy. IT TURNED, EVENTUALLY Unsurprisingly, I feel none of the ruts and stones below. We must be riding on at least a foot and a half of air, and with six wheels, the huge off-road tyres, and weight of the truck, pretty much everything is being steamrolled. The rear axles feel supple and malleable because the load each axle has to carry is halved. And with truck riding on so much air and rubber, the ride at speed is actually super.   I stoke it up to around 70kph and this feels quite effortless, but then come a few scary moments. You’ve heard of turbo lag, but this thing at speed seems to have steering lag. Of course, I don’t mean literally, but there’s so much momentum here, it just wants to carry on going straight before finally turning. And the steering is slow. The big manhole-sized wheel is pretty driver friendly but there are many, many turns lock to lock, and that is an issue in tight turns initially. Still, this over-assisted power steering is light and easy, even if you have to make those big sweeping arm movements. UNDER PRESSURE Then, finally, the dunes. And up ahead, Rahul, sitting on the Polaris 6x6, looking into the distance, bored. Guess he’s waiting for me. I have to lower the tyre pressure for the dunes, but if I stop I’ll lose the element of surprise. The tyres are currently in highway mode, at around 70psi, but for sand, we have to use the on-board system to drop them to around 20. Still, the man from Ashok Leyland says it’s okay to drive up the initial bit. So, I motor straight in, select a low gear and start chugging up the dune. Rahul looks on in interest, but can’t see inside. “Wow, an army truck in full battle camo,” he must be saying. Out comes the phone to take a picture. And still, [...]
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Amit Shah to felicitate ‘MISA Vasi’ on June 26
New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah is so per-occupied in making strategy for 2019 Lok Sabha elections that despite the party seeking time for Yoga Day in Delhi and a programme at Kota in Rajasthan, he could not spare [...]
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Suspected with cancer, patient hangs self in Delhi's Lohia hospital
Suspected with cancer, patient hangs self in Delhi's Lohia hospital [...]
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Father says girl on Time Magazine cover was not taken from mother
Father says girl on Time Magazine cover was not taken from mother [...]
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Rats break into Indian ATM and chew up cash worth £13,300
Shredded bank notes discovered after cash machine stops working in Assam stateRats have nibbled through more than 1m rupees of banknotes after entering a cash machine in north-east India, police said.The costly invasion in Assam state was only detected by bank officials after complained that the machine was faulty and had stopped dispensing cash, police in Tinsukia district said. Continue reading... [...]
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Baghpat boys forced into stone pelting on Army jawans by local people
New Delhi: Different stories about stone palters will be revealed in the days to come that had been suppressed making things difficult for the Bharatiya Janata Party to continue in alliance with the PDP. Testimony to such things has [...]
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AirAsia India staff accused of 'rude' behaviour; govt says will take appropriate action
Some passengers on a Bagdogra-bound AirAsia India flight have complained of ill treatment by the airline staff after the flight was delayed by more than four hours on Wednesday, prompting the civil aviation ministry to assure of "appropriate follow-up action". {image-airasia-1-17-1484647451-jpg-pagespeed-ce-t71qjlto4g-21-1490083658.jpg [...]
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