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IPL 2019: Delhi Capitals beat Kings XI Punjab by five wickets
In the first leg in Mohali, DC lost seven wickets for eight runs to gift KXIP victory after sitting pretty at 144 for three in the 17th over while chasing 168.  [...]
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Battling Brighton & Hove Albion secure vital draw at Wolves
With four games left, Brighton remained fourth-bottom of the table on 34 points, three ahead of Cardiff City who host Liverpool on Sunday.  [...]
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IPL 2019, Delhi vs Punjab Highlights: As it happened
Team Delhi defeated Punjab by five wickets in the 37th match of the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on Saturday. [...]
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Lalu Yadav's life in danger, claims Rabri Devi
Patna, Apr 21: Former chief minister of Bihar Rabri Devi on Saturday claimed that the life of her husband and Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, is in danger. She further warned the state and central governments that the people [...]
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Lok Sabha election: Sunny Deol to get BJP ticket from Amritsar?
New Delhi, Apr 20: Bollywood actor Sunny Deol met BJP chief Amit Shah and ever since the meeting, there are speculations that Dharmendra's son will contest Lok Sabha election on BJP ticket from Amritsar. According to ANI, the BJP president met [...]
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India's top judge denies victimising worker over alleged harassment
Woman claims she and family lost jobs after she rejected Ranjan Gogoi’s advancesThe chief justice of India’s supreme court, Ranjan Gogoi, has denied allegations that he made unwanted sexual advances towards a junior court assistant working from his home and that she was subsequently victimised.“This is unbelievable,” India’s most powerful judge told a special hearing of the court, which he called on Saturday so the allegations could be addressed. “I should not stoop low even in denying it.” Continue reading... [...]
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Afghan telecoms ministry hit by blast as attackers enter Kabul building
Officials report gunfire as unknown attackers battle security forces in Afghan capital Three suicide attackers stormed the Afghan ministry of communications on Saturday, killing five and injuring six, the day after the collapse of long-anticipated peace talks between the Taliban and a broad spectrum of their Afghan opponents.The complex assault also shattered weeks of relative calm in the Afghan capital. The militants targeted one of the tallest buildings in Kabul, at the centre of its busy commercial hub and next to the prestigious Serena hotel, that has been hit several times before in insurgent attacks. Related: 'I lost consciousness': woman whipped by the Taliban over burqa without veil | Haroon Janjua Continue reading... [...]
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BJP will get ‘rosogolla’ in West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee
Kolkata, Apr 19: Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee on Friday claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will get a 'rosogolla' (zero) in West Bengal in the general elections, asserting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's aim of winning a large [...]
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Volkswagen’s Chakan plant produces its millionth car
Volkswagen India's plant in Chakan, Pune has rolled out its millionth car, 10 years after operations began. The 1 millionth model, the Volkswagen Ameo, was rolled off the assembly line in the presence of Gurpratap Boparai, managing director, Volkswagen India; Steffen Knapp, director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India, the top management of Volkswagen Pune Plant and some of the oldest employees who have been part of the production department since a decade at Volkswagen Pune Plant.   The manufacturing facility became operational on March 31, 2009 – the first car that it produced was the Skoda Fabia. Three more models – the Volkswagen Polo, Vento and Skoda Rapid – soon started rolling off the production site by end of 2010. The plant, which was initially set up to cater to the Indian market, also began exporting cars to international markets such as South Africa in 2012. Mexico went on to become one of the most important destinations for the made-in- India cars and the Vento quickly became the highest-selling Volkswagen in that market. Today, more than 4,00,000 cars manufactured at the Volkswagen Pune Plant have been exported to over 50 countries in Asia, Africa, North America and South America. India 2.0 project to drive future growth As we had reported earlier, the Volkswagen Group is looking to strengthen its commitment to the domestic market through its regional India 2.0 project. The focus of this project is to develop more cars that are relevant to the requirements of the Indian market on a platform that has been localised. The Volkswagen Group is investing a billion Euro (about Rs 8,000 crore) in this project and has already set up a Technology Centre at the Pune Plant for local development to begin. The brand is laying the foundation for development of products based on a heavily localised MQB-A0-IN platform tailored to the needs of customers in India.  Earlier this month, the Volkswagen Group announced its intent to merge its three Indian subsidiaries – Volkswagen India, Volkswagen Group Sales India and Skoda India. The Volkswagen Group brands – Volkswagen, Skoda, Audi, Porsche and Lamborghini – will maintain their individual identities, dealer network and customer experience initiatives. The brands will work under the leadership of Gurpratap Boparai with a common strategy for the Indian market. Click here for Volkswagen India models, prices, reviews, videos, images and more [...]
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Ford Figo prices now start at Rs 5.23 lakh
It was only in March this year that Ford gave its hatchback, the Figo, a much-needed facelift, which brought styling in line with the Aspire compact sedan, added more equipment to the model and introduced new 1.2-litre and 1.5-litre petrol engines. Now, Ford has revised prices for the hatchback with effect from April 1, 2019. The base petrol Figo Ambiente is now priced at Rs 5.23 lakh, a hike of about Rs 8,000, while the diesel Figo Ambiente now costs Rs 6.13 lakh, representing a Rs 18,000 increase. Interestingly, while prices for the base variants have gone up, prices for the higher Titanium and Titanium Blu variants have decreased by a larger margin. Petrol Titanium variants, which are available with 1.2-litre-manual and a 1.5-litre-automatic options, now costs Rs 39,000 less than the before– while its diesel sibling sees a downward revision of about Rs 29,000. Coming to the sportier top-end Figo Titanium Blu variants, the petrol and diesel versions are now priced at Rs 6.65 lakh and Rs 7.55 lakh, respectively – a reduction of about Rs 29,000 and Rs 19,000. As before the Figo facelift is available with three engine options – a 96hp, 1.2-litre petrol and 100hp, 1.5-litre diesel paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox, along with a more powerful 123hp, 1.5-litre petrol unit offered with a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The Figo facelift rivals the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai Grand i10 and Volkswagen Polo. Here is look at the variant-wise revision in prices: 2019 Ford Figo variant-wise pricesVariantNew pricesOld pricesChange1.2P Ambiente MTRs 5.23 lakhRs 5.15 lakh+ Rs 8,0001.2P Titanium MTRs 6.00 lakhRs 6.39 lakh- Rs 39,0001.2P Titanium BluRs 6.65 lakhRs 6.94 lakh- Rs 29,0001.5D Ambiente MTRs 6.13 lakhRs 5.95 lakh+ Rs 18,0001.5D Titanium MTRs 6.90 lakhRs 7.19 lakh- Rs 29,0001.5D Titanium BluRs 7.55 lakhRs 7.74 lakh- Rs 19,0001.5P Titanium ATRs 7.70 lakhRs 8.09 lakh- Rs 39,000 All prices are ex-showroom, India Click here for Ford Figo facelift prices, reviews, videos, images and more [...]
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JeM threatens to blow up 5 Firozpur railway stations
JeM threatens to blow up 5 Firozpur railway stations [...]
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50 lakh Indian men lost jobs between 2016-18, says Azim Premji University report
50 lakh Indian men lost jobs between 2016-18, says Azim Premji University report [...]
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EC bans Himachal BJP chief from campaigning from 48 hours
New Delhi, Apr 19: Himachal Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Satpal Singh Satti, who had used an obscene slur for Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has been barred from campaigning for 48 hours by the Election Commission. The development comes after the [...]
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Azam Khan breaks down, says he is being treated like a “terrorist”
Lucknow, Apr 20: Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan, who has drawn flak from all quarters for his derogatory remark against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jaya Prada, broke down during a rally at Uttar Pradesh's Rampur said that he is [...]
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Clear case of murder say cops on N D Tiwari’s son’s death
New Delhi, Apr 20: Rohit Shekhar Tiwari, son of late Uttarakhand chief minister N D. Tiwari, died of "asphyxia" as he was strangulated and smothered, according to the autopsy report that was released on Friday. Following the postmortem at [...]
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Bigger forces trying to destabilise judiciary, CJI on charges of sexual misconduct
New Delhi, Apr 20: An urgent hearing of the Supreme Court was held after a former woman employee accused the Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi of sexual misconduct. A special Bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Sanjiv Khanna was [...]
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India elections: man chops off finger after voting for wrong party
Pawan Kumar had voted for Modi party in confusion over symbols on machineA man has chopped off his index finger in desperation after voting for the wrong party in India’s general election.Pawan Kumar became confused by the symbols on the electronic voting machine and voted for Narendra Modi’s party instead of its regional rival in Uttar Pradesh state on Thursday, his brother said. Continue reading... [...]
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Leave Tripoli immediately: Swaraj appeals to Indians as Libyan crisis grows
New Delhi, Apr 19: As Libya's capital Tripoli continues to be hit by violence, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday said that over 500 Indians are stuck there and suggested that they leave the city immediately. The minister said that [...]
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Dravidianism in Retreat?
Dravidianism in Retreat? [...]
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The Fight For Rights, Dignity | Uttar Pradesh
The Fight For Rights, Dignity | Uttar Pradesh [...]
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Hours after EC ban ends, Adityanath's 'Babur Ki Aulad' jibe at SP leader
Lucknow, Apr 19: Back after a 72-hour Election Commission ban, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday called a Samajwadi party candidate "Babur ki Aulad" or "Babur's child". Taking on the SP candidate from Sambhal, Shafiq-ur-Rehman Burq, the [...]
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IPL 2019, Day 28 points table, orange cap and purple cap leaderboard
Bangalore registered their second win in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019, following victory by a margin of 10 runs against Kolkata on Friday.  [...]
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IPL 2019, Kolkata vs Bangalore Highlights: As it happened
Team Bangalore defeated Kolkata by 10 runs in the 35th match of the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Friday.  [...]
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IPL 2019: Royal Challengers Bangalore pull off 10-run win after another Andre Russell carnage
Needing 113 runs off the last six overs, Russell (65 off 25) and Rana (85 not out off 46) almost got their team over the line but Moeen Ali managed to defend 24 in the final over.  [...]
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SpiceJet hires 500 Jet Airways employees, including 100 pilots
New Delhi, Apr 19: Budget carrier SpiceJet on Friday said it has already absorbed over 500 employees, including 100 pilots, of the grounded carrier Jet Airways and it is open to induct more as it adds more aircraft and routes in [...]
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Analysis: Hyundai Venue – Still want that Creta?
At the end of a series of teaser videos and a fairly long wait, the Hyundai Venue compact SUV finally made its global debut yesterday. While potential buyers know exactly where the Venue fits into Hyundai’s scheme of things, a lot of people were left wondering – does the Creta still have something unique to offer? And if the Venue can do it all, does one really need to stretch their budget for a Creta? This is a question that’ll be on the mind of every individual who has either of the two SUVs on their shopping list, so we’ve tried to answer all your questions and tell you what both SUVs have to offer. Is the Hyundai Venue an alternative to the Creta? In case you’re wondering, the Venue is not intended to be an alternative to the hot-selling Creta. What it is, is Hyundai’s first-ever compact SUV, one that will enter what is possibly the hottest segment in the Indian passenger vehicle market today, and will go up against established rivals such as the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon and the Mahindra XUV300. It is now the smallest SUV in Hyundai’s global line-up. How much of a size difference is there in between the Venue and the Creta? Being a sub-four-metre SUV, the Venue is decidedly more compact than the Creta, which is a proper midsize SUV and sits a segment above. Overall length is where the biggest difference lies between the two Hyundai SUVs. The Creta is a full 275mm longer than the Venue that has been tailored to fit into the sub-four-metre bracket (and consequently enjoy tax sops extended to ‘small cars’). The Creta is also a good 75mm taller, overall, than the Venue, and while the Venue is nearly as wide (1,770mm) as the Creta (1,780mm), the Creta has a 90mm longer wheelbase, which makes a clear difference in terms of interior space. The Venue’s rear seat is significantly down on space to the Creta’s, which has a good amount of room. Hyundai hasn’t yet revealed the exact capacity of the Venue’s boot, and while it is spacious and well-shaped for a compact SUV, it will most certainly fall short of matching the Creta’s 405-litre boot. Ultimately, for someone who needs the extra space, the Creta will still be the SUV to pick. How do the Hyundai Venue’s engine and gearbox options compare to the Creta’s? When it comes to petrol engines, the Hyundai Creta has only one option on offer – a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder unit that produces 123hp and 151Nm of torque. Gearbox options for the Creta petrol include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque convertor automatic. The Venue offers more in the way of choice when it comes to petrol engines. On offer with the Venue are a 1.2-litre, four-cylinder unit – the same as on the i20 – that makes 83hp and 115Nm of torque, and a brand-new, 1.0-litre, three-cylinder T-GDI turbo-petrol churning out 120hp and 172Nm. An interesting point to note is that the Venue’s turbo-petrol engine makes more torque than the Creta’s 1.6-litre unit, and being the smaller of the two, the Venue is likely to be a sprightly drive. While the 1.2-litre petrol variant can only be had with a 5-speed manual, buyers can pick either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox for the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol. Do remember, the Venue is the only compact SUV to currently get a dual-clutch gearbox, and that the Creta doesn’t get a DCT. What the Creta does get, however, is a bigger diesel engine. Yes, it does have a smaller 1.4-litre unit available too (making 90hp and 220Nm of torque), but the one that sees most takers is the 1.6-litre diesel that makes 128hp and 260Nm of torque. In comparison, the Venue diesel borrows the 1.4-litre diesel from the Creta in the same state of tune. Where the Creta pulls out an advantage is in the gearbox options – while a 6-speed manual is standard for both SUVs, the Creta also has the option of a torque convertor automatic gearbox available with the 1.6-litre diesel engine. Yes, there is no automatic option offered with the Venue diesel – at least at launch. By default, the Creta will be the pick of the two, for those looking for the convenience of a diesel-automatic.  Does the Hyundai Venue have more features than the Creta? It would be incorrect to say the Venue gets more features than the Creta, but it does pack in most of what its bigger sibling does. The biggest differentiator for the Hyundai Venue is its BlueLink infotainment system, which, with an embedded SIM card, offers 33 connectivity features, including giving owners the ability to track their vehicle, remotely switch the engine and air-conditioning on or off and more. The Creta does not have this feature, and will only get it when the new-generation model arrives later in 2020. The Venue’s floating 8.0-inch touchscreen unit is also bigger than the 7.0-inch screen in the Creta. Both SUVs get projector headlights with LED DRLs, allo [...]
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Modi govt made Kovind president because of his caste: Ashok Gehlot
Modi govt made Kovind president because of his caste: Ashok Gehlot [...]
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Kalank review – an opulent attempt to save the Bollywood melodrama
Abhishek Varman spares no expense in this tale of forbidden love – but heavenly visuals are marred by clunky storytellingWith the oddly titled Kalank (Blemish), we find Bollywood in something of a pickle. Since the runaway global success of the two-part Telugu epic Baahubali, Indian producers have followed a bigger-is-better credo, drumming up a succession of thunderous historical throwbacks such as Manikarnika, which summoned multitudes of extras but precious little poetry or wonder.Audiences have started to gravitate instead towards more personal stories and pithier genre fare, such as surprise-pregnancy comedy Badhaai Ho and horror Stree. Continue reading... [...]
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