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Karnataka elections: Yeddyurappa releases BJP’s manifesto, promises cow slaughter bill
Bharatiya Janta Party on Friday released its manifesto for the upcoming Karnataka elections in Bengaluru. The manifesto was released by party's Chief Minister candidate BS Yeddyurappa in the presence of various party leaders. The manifesto promises re-introduction of cow [...]
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Heavy rain lashes several parts in Rajasthan
Jaipur, July 29: Rains lashed several parts of Rajasthan today and the weatherman has forecast more showers tomorrow. Udaipur and Ajmer division received heavy rainfall while Bhilwara received 15 cm of rainfall followed by Arnod in Pratapgarh which received 13 cm [...]
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Next Door Nepal: Prachanda’s second innings
The current change could be well be another temporary exercise. That will discredit Nepal’s political leadership even more. (Source: Express archive) Pushpa Kamal Dahal, alias Pra [...]
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Christian missionaries control Congress and Sonia Gandhi: BJP's Ballia MP
Claiming that Christian missionaries are a threat to the unity and integrity of the country, BJP MP Bharat Singh has accused the Congress party of working on their directives. "Christian missionaries control the Congress. Sonia Gandhi, the mother of [...]
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This is a Hindu house, Congressmen stay away, reads poster in poll bound Karnataka
Amidst the election heat, posters banning Congressmen have come up outside houses in Bantwal, coastal Karnataka. The posters were found outside several houses in Kanyana village asking Congress leaders to stay away. "This is a Hindu house. Congress leaders [...]
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US-Indians raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Nepal
In the shattered neighborhoods of Kathmandu, down buckled, potholed dirt roads, similar stories emerge. (Source: Reuters) Indian-Americans, along with the small Nepali community, ar [...]
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NASA launches InSight spacecraft to Mars to dig down deep
NASA launches InSight spacecraft to Mars to dig down deep [...]
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Petra Kvitova looks on positive side after 'rollercoaster year'
The 27-year old two-time Wimbledon champion defied expectations in returning to competition despite suffering serious wounds to her playing left hand as she fought off a knife-wielding intruder at her home in the eastern Czech town of Prostejov in December 2016. [...]
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Serena, Venus get French Open doubles wildcard
Serena and Venus Williams were handed a wild card into the French Open women's doubles as the American sisters seek to add a third Roland Garros title to their triumphs in 1999 and 2010. [...]
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Several Congress, JDS MLAs willing to join BJP, claims Yeddyurappa
BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa on Saturday claimed that several disgruntled leaders from the ruling Congress and JD(S) are eager to join his party. Yeddyurappa's comments came as dissident activities of the MLAs intensified in the Congress over not getting [...]
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10 ASEAN leaders to be chief guests at Republic Day celebrations
10 ASEAN leaders to be chief guests at Republic Day celebrations [...]
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BJP behaving like a 100 Hitlers says Mamata
Kolkata, July 8: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said that she is not averse to working with the Congress to oust the BJP government at the centre which is behaving like "a hundred Hitlers". The TMC president, in an [...]
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Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder to use flat-six power
Porsche is developing the most driver-focused version of its current 718 Boxster. The car will be heavily related to the 718 Cayman GT4. In place of its current hottest 718’s turbocharged 2.5-litre flat-four, the new car will use the naturally aspirated, flat-six engine of the latest 911 GT3. The German automaker has now moved testing to the cold climate of the Arctic Circle. Porsche Motorsport has stuck to the formula applied to the car’s predecessors, which have cemented themselves as the driver’s Boxster model since 2009, giving the car a more responsive drivetrain that will make it the most involving Boxster on sale. “Natural aspiration is one of our main USPs,” Andreas Preuninger, head of GT car development at Porsche told our sister publication, Autocar UK, earlier this year. “At Motorsport, we think we can achieve throttle response and immediacy a little bit better with an atmospheric high-revving engine than any kind of turbo.” Output for the 4.0-litre unit is rated at 500hp at 8,250rpm in the 911 GT3. However, the Boxster Spyder’s power may be slightly down on this, in order to leave breathing space for its more expensive sibling. The previous Spyder used a 3.8-litre flat-six taken from the 911 Carrera of the time that was good for 375hp. The recently unveiled Boxster GTS and related Cayman GTS use highly-strung four-pot engines with 366hp. So the new Spyder will need to produce more power to cement itself as the top Boxster – an output of around 430hp seems likely. To signify its driver-focus, the car will be offered with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard; but those after maximum on track performance will be able to select the option of a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. The Spyder will also go on a hefty diet, ditching cabin insulation, along with its radio and air conditioning. The 718 Boxster’s electric folding soft top will also go. Taking its place is a manually removable ‘tent top’. These weight savings will combine with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber to make the car the sharpest handling production Boxster, yet produced. Much of the design treatment applied the Boxster Spyder will mirror those featured on the GTS. The Cayman GT4 will likely get the same adjustments, along with a more prominent rear wing to signify its even harder status. There is no word on if the 718 Boxster Spyder will come to India. Considering the less hardcore GTS versions of the Cayman and Boxster will not be coming, the Spyder is less likely to do so. [...]
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AAP slapgate: Take strict measures to restore normalcy in Delhi, Rajnath Singh tells Manoj Tiwari
AAP slapgate: Take strict measures to restore normalcy in Delhi, Rajnath Singh tells Manoj Tiwari [...]
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J&K: Four terrorists gunned down in Baramulla
Srinagar, Aug 8: Fours terrorists were gunned down by the security forces on Wednesday in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district. The encounter reportedly began a this afternoon at Rafiabad area in Baramulla. On August 4, five terrorists [...]
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Prominent Lingayat seer lauds Siddaramaiah on religious minority tag
While commending the decision made by the Siddaramaiah government, a prominent Lingayat seer urged the Centre to approve the religious minority status for Lingayats. The Seer of Murugha mutt, Dr Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru handed over a memorandum to BJP [...]
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Poor infrastructure — not outdated syllabi — is what ails Indian universities
Teaching at the school-level has a profound effect on the quality of our university graduates. (Source: Express File) The famous scientist and peace advocate, Linus Pauling once sai [...]
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Asus ROG G20CB gaming PC with Pascal GPU launched at a starting price of Rs 1,85,990
Asus ROG G20CB is a gaming PC with world’s most powerful NVIDIA Pascal GPU (Source: NVIDIA) Asus has announced another new gaming device under its ROG series in India. The new [...]
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Afghan roadside bomb kills several children in Faryab province
At least eight children killed and six more wounded in blast in Shirin Tagab district, Afghan official saysAt least eight children have been killed in a roadside bomb explosion in northern Faryab province, an Afghan official has said.Karim Yuresh, spokesman for the provincial police chief, said six other children were wounded in the blast that took place late Friday afternoon in Shirin Tagab district. Continue reading... [...]
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Afghanistan: the 10 journalists who died in deadly day for media
Nine killed while reporting on Kabul bombings, while BBC reporter shot dead in Khost provinceNine journalists were among at least 25 people killed in twin bombings in Kabul on Monday. One BBC journalist was also killed in a separate incident in the eastern province of Khost, making it the deadliest day for media workers in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban. Among the dead were: Continue reading... [...]
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New ultra-capacitor tech may drastically boost EV range
A fast-acting carbon ‘ultra-capacitor’ is currently under development in France. This tech is expected to be capable of taking 30 percent off the weight of a lithium-ion EV battery pack. It is built using carbon and graphene nanotechnology and is claimed to store and discharge electrical energy much quicker than a standard lithium-ion cell. “Our advantage is the speed of charge and discharge,” said Ulrik Grape, chief executive of NAWA Technology – the company responsible for the development of this device. “Our carbon battery can pick up energy from regenerative braking and supply it back to the motor very quickly.” Ultra-capacitors offer very fast energy transfer but don’t have a large storage capacity (for now). According to NAWA, the ultra-capacitor could be integrated into a lithium-ion battery to provide instant power for improved performance, while reducing the number of charge and discharge cycles the main battery performs, thus extending the overall battery life. It is claimed that a simulation on the battery pack of a Formula E racing car – which was modified to include a NAWA ultra-capacitor – demonstrated the same performance and range but weighed 30 percent lesser than its original weight. The design of this ultra-capacitor is said to be unique. Compared to its rivals, it offers higher energy density storage. NAWA is looking at developing this design for production. The company said that it is targeting premium European car firms first with the “aim of full production in 2022” – although it expects to start making capacitors for power tools and material-handling firms, next year. One option is to mould the nanotubes into the body panels of the car. Last year, Lamborghini showed the Terzo Millennio concept, which was built in conjunction with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This concept car had bodywork made of carbon nanotube ultra-capacitors. [...]
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Cong-JD(S) government: Full list of possible ministers
H D Kumaraswamy has decided to take oath as Chief Minister of Karnataka on May 23, Wednesday. The post of Deputy Chief Minister is likely to go to Dr. G Parameshwar, the KPCC chief. While Kumaraswamy is likely to [...]
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Vidvat assault case: Bengaluru court denies bail to Nalapad Harris
The 63rd Sessions Court in Bengaluru denied bail to Mohammed Nalapad Harris, former general secretary of the Bengaluru city Youth Congress and son of Congress MLA NA Harris in connection with Vidvat assault case. Mohammed Nalapad Harris has been [...]
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Keys to Jagannath temple’s treasury go missing: Under fire Odisha CM orders probe
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday ordered a judicial probe into the missing of the key of the Ratna Bhandara of the Jagannath temple in Puri. "Chief minister Naveen Patnaik has ordered a judicial inquiry into the circumstances leading [...]
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Bus fire in Kazakhstan kills 52 people
Officials say victims were from neighbouring Uzbekistan and died on a road widely used to transport migrant workersA bus caught fire in a remote part of Kazakhstan on Thursday, killing 52 citizens of neighbouring Uzbekistan, the Kazakh interior ministry has said. The bus was travelling along a road in Kazakhstan’s north-western Aktau region that links the Russian city of Samara to Shymkent, a city in southern Kazakhstan close to the Uzbek border. Continue reading... [...]
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'Inside job' suspected after LeT terrorist's daring escape from Srinagar hospital
'Inside job' suspected after LeT terrorist's daring escape from Srinagar hospital [...]
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Afghan president announces conditional ceasefire with Taliban
Ashraf Ghani calls on insurgents to reciprocate to mark Eid al-Adha holidayThe Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, has announced a ceasefire with Taliban insurgents from Monday to mark the Eid al-Adha holiday, despite the heavy fighting in recent days in the central city of Ghazni. Related: Taliban hails 'helpful' US talks as boost to Afghan peace process Continue reading... [...]
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'All these flashbacks come': Rohingya’s teens speak out on Myanmar brutality | Liz Ford
Young male refugees in Bangladesh are being helped by pioneering aid efforts that try to address the hidden scars of warMemories of the day in October that changed the life of teenager Mohammed Riaz for ever come in vivid flashbacks, when it’s dark and quiet.State forces arrived in his village in the Buthidaung township of Myanmar. Officers entered the family home, raped and killed his two elder sisters and shot his brother dead. Continue reading... [...]
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