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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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Chahal-Kuldeep effect: South Africa train with five wrist spinners ahead of third ODI
South Africa called as many as five wrist spinners in the nets ahead of the third ODI against India on Wednesday, hoping it will help their struggling batsmen combat the combined threat of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. [...]
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IPL 2018 fixtures announced – Chennai Super Kings face Mumbai Indians in opener on April 7
The 11th edition the IPL will be played at nine venues across 51 days. Of the 60 matches, 12 will start at 1600 IST while the remaining 48 will begin 2000 IST. The final will be played in Mumbai on May 27. [...]
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‘Unspeakable numbers’: 10,000 civilians killed or injured in Afghanistan in 2017
Casualties above 10,000 for the fourth consecutive year, despite small drop on 2016 figures, as UN describes ‘appalling human suffering’More than 10,000 civilians were killed or injured in the violent attacks in the war in Afghanistan last year, the United Nations has said. The annual report released on 15 February by the UN’s mission in Afghanistan (Unama) showed the figure had dropped by 9% in 2017, compared with the previous year. Related: Isis killings in Afghanistan leave aid agencies 'hanging on by fingernails' Continue reading... [...]
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The Guardian view on Shahidul Alam: Bangladesh should let him go | Editorial
The acclaimed photographer and activist is one of many targeted under a draconian law. He should be freed, and the legislation changedThe work of renowned photographer and social activist Shahidul Alam has appeared in publications worldwide, including the Guardian. Now attention is on the 63-year-old himself. Police in Bangladesh have arrested him over “provocative comments” on Facebook; he was seized just after giving an interview about protests that have convulsed the country. As Mr Alam observed, demonstrations initially about road safety were fuelled by anger over issues including corruption and gagging of the media by the ruling Awami League. The resulting crackdown has seen police use teargas and rubber bullets on the streets – and the notorious section 57 of the information and communication technology act against Mr Alam. It has been employed against scores of citizens, and more than 20 journalists recently, for perfectly normal criticism or discussion of leaders. Even the government concedes it should go; unfortunately, the proposed replacement is in some ways worse.Britain and others should press for proper reform of the law, as well as urging the authorities to release Mr Alam, drop the charges and thoroughly investigate allegations of mistreatment in custody; friends of the photographer said he was unable to walk by himself into court and told them he had been assaulted. Governments and international bodies have a special duty to press this case. Mr Alam’s contribution to photography has been truly global: he founded Drik, Bangladesh’s first picture library and its Majority World agency, promoting photographers from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East; has trained hundreds of photographers in South Asia; and indeed is a visiting professor at the University of Sunderland. Charging such a high-profile figure is surely intended to have a chilling effect. To defend Mr Alam is to defend the right of journalists, and citizens in general, to speak out in Bangladesh. Continue reading... [...]
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Saffron surge in Tripura: 3 reasons for BJP's spectacular show in big Left bastion for 25 years
Saffron surge in Tripura: 3 reasons for BJP's spectacular show in big Left bastion for 25 years [...]
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Dabholkar murder case: Accused Sachin Andure sent to CBI custody till Aug 26
Pune, Aug 19: Sachin Andure an accused in 2013 Dabholkar murder case sent to CBI custody till 26 August. He was arrested by Central Bureau of Investigation yesterday. The arrest comes days after the Bombay High Court pulled up [...]
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Raghuram Rajan defends 80:20, says scheme was brought in to boost free trade
Amid questions being raised over the 80:20 gold import scheme, former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan today said "objective criteria" was followed in liberalising the scheme in May 2014 when the government was in transition. In May 2014, the 80:20 [...]
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Lights Out movie review: Can’t always have the lights on
Lights Out movie review: Sandberg, who extended his own impressive short by the same name into this extended film, should have let this one rest. Can’t always have the lights on.[/capti [...]
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Sisterhood Across Parties
What is noteworthy is that Mayawati deliberately made a calculated outreach to women politicians although her male colleagues had defended her equally vociferously. The outrage OVER [...]
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‘Sadaiv Atal’ theme of national executive; Shah asks workers to take vow for victory
New Delhi, Sep 8: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has started its national executive in New Delhi with 'Sadaiv Atal'(Always Atal) theme and the entire meeting will be Atal Bihari Vajpayee centric with lots of banner, posters, hoarding, display boards and [...]
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Petrol, diesel price cut: States follows Centre’s footsteps, reduce taxes on fuel
New Delhi, Oct 4: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced a cut of R s 2.50 percent in fuel prices. "Oil marketing companies will absorb Rs 1 from the central govt cut on 2.50 relief on petrol and diesel," he said. He [...]
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45 Years movie review: Charlotte Rampling is fabulous
45 Years movie review: Charlotte Rampling is fabulous in both her vulnerability and the need to put up a strong front. Tom Courtenay plays such a cruel hand while appearing entirely harmless [...]
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New Honda Amaze variants explained
The new Honda Amaze will be on sale from May 16, 2018. Bookings are in full-swing with dealers promising deliveries by end of this month. There will be four powertrain options at launch –  the 90hp, 1.2-litre petrol and the 100hp, 1.5-litre diesel will both get the five-speed manual and CVT automatic as an option. Interestingly, the power and torque figures in the diesel-auto option are 20hp and 40Nm less than in its manual counterpart. As reported by us earlier, the new Amaze will be available in four trim levels – the base E-trim, S, V and VX. The features available in each variant are listed below. Honda Amaze E Dual front airbags Isofix child-seat anchors ABS with EBD Day/Night rear view mirror Rear parking sensors Power steering 4.0-cm multi-info display All four power windows Front 12V accessory socket Honda Amaze S Body-coloured, power-folding and adjustable wing mirrors with turn indicators. Body-coloured door handles Full-wheel covers 2DIN audio system with Aux/Bluetooth/USB Steering-mounted audio and telephony controls Central locking Power door locks with Keyless entry Rear 12V accessory socket Height-adjustable driver’s seat Rear armrest with cupholder Tilt-steering Adjustable front seat headrests Honda Amaze V Available with optional CVT gearbox (petrol and diesel) LED daytime-running lamps 15-inch alloy wheels Front fog lamps Keyless go with push-button start Automatic climate control 7.0-cm Multi-info display Rear defogger Paddle shifters (on petrol CVT only) Honda Amaze VX 6.7-inch Infotainment system with capacitive touchscreen GPS with turn-by-turn navigation Android Auto and Apple CarPlay Reverse Camera Steering-mounted voice controls Cruise Control Honda is likely to price the Amaze slightly higher than its predecessor. Key rivals to the new Amaze include the Maruti Dzire, the Hyundai Xcent and the Volkswagen Ameo. Also, Honda will offer special introductory price for first 20,000 bookings of the new Amaze sedan.  [...]
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Returning artefacts of empire isn’t so simple | Letters
Michael Liversidge and Dr Jharna Gourlay respond to David Olusoga’s suggestion that British museums should send back thousands of objects taken from former coloniesAs someone raised in colonial Africa who has taught art history here for nearly 50 years I agree with David Olusoga that returning the spoils of empire makes a lot of sense (UK should return looted art to ex-colonies, says historian, 28 May). It need not empty our museums of everything so acquired. As he showed in his recent BBC Civilisations programmes, cultural interchange between Europe and the rest of the world shaped a shared heritage. That needs displaying so its legacies can be appreciated without concealing the uncomfortable historical facts.Objects from the old empires will still have a place in European museum collections because, more vividly than most postcolonial history books, they bring that past to life. Wherever we and they are physically, with modern digital technologies and the internet they can be recorded, seen and interpreted from anywhere, but still there is no substitute for the originals, especially in countries that have few surviving artefacts from their own past. That is why returning some, while retaining others, would be mutually beneficial educationally, culturally and diplomatically. Continue reading... [...]
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India Today impact: Thane police registers case against crypto scam mastermind
India Today impact: Thane police registers case against crypto scam mastermind [...]
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IMA protest against NMC bill  may hit hospital services
Indian Medical Association (IMA) has called for a one-day strike on Tuesday against National Medical Commission (NMC) bill. "The IMA headquarter hereby declares closure of all routine services for 12 hours from 6 AM to 6 PM tomorrow across [...]
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4 engineering students drown in pond in Andhra Pradesh
Four engineering students drowned in a pond in Andhra Pradesh's West Godavari district, a police official said on Sunday. The victims, three third year students and one of first year of the Ramchandra Engineering College in Eluru, went to [...]
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Lorry mishap in AP kills 7 farm workers
At least seven farm workers, including three women from Tamil Nadu, were killed and 12 others injured when a lorry carrying them rolled down into a gorge at Peddavanka forest near Kuppam, 110 km from here. The mishap occurred late [...]
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Shillong selected as 100th city under Smart Cities Mission
Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya was on Wednesday selected as the 100th smart city of India. According to a statement released by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, with the selection of Shillong, the total proposed investment in the [...]
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India signs 6 MoUs with Seychelles, offers 100 million dollar aid for defence
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Danny Faure on Monday witnessed signing of 6 MoUs between India and Seychelles. India, Seychelles committed to maintaining peace and stability in Indian Ocean region: PM Modi said after talks with Seychelles President. [...]
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Al-Qaida moves in to recruit from Islamic State and its affiliates
Switch of loyalties seen as a key indicator of resilience of Isis as it evolves after territorial collapseAl-Qaida has been trying to win over extremists from Islamic State, while the Isis “caliphate” collapses amid heavy losses of men, material, territory and prestige.The recruitment campaign started last summer, even before Isis had lost its final strongholds, underlining the importance al-Qaida attach to winning over fighters and resources from its rivals. Related: Mosul six months after Isis was ousted – then and now Related: 'We will get him': the long hunt for Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Continue reading... [...]
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Nissan and Italdesign unveil GT-R50 prototype
To celebrate 50 years of the GT-R and Italdesign, Nissan has revealed a GT-R prototype which was created in collaboration with the design house. Named the GT-R50, the one-off collaboration is based on the GT-R Nismo. The development, engineering and building of the car was all Italdesign’s work, while the design itself was a project undertaken by Nissan’s London and San Diego design centres. No element of the car’s outward appearance remains untouched – even its roof line has been lowered by 54mm. The prototype is longer, wider and lower to the ground than the Nismo on which it’s based. Gold highlights have been used throughout the exterior, which seems to have undergone a dramatic restyle. Meanwhile, the car’s original features have been exaggerated and improved on an aerodynamic level, including its huge adjustable rear wing. With respect to performance, the car’s 3.8-litre V6 engine now produces 720hp and 780Nm of torque – up from the 600hp and 652Nm of the ‘regular’ GT-R Nismo. Its performance has been boosted, given the car’s special prototype status. It has also been fitted with race-spec turbochargers, a larger intercooler system, adjustable dampers, and heavy-duty crankshaft, pistons, bearings and connecting rods. Its intake and exhaust systems have been tweaked to achieve the 120hp boost from the Nismo’s figures.  “How often do you get to ask, ‘What if we created a GT-R without limits,’ and then actually get to build it?” said Nissan design boss Alfonso Albaisa. “This is a rare window in time when two big moments intersect: 50 years of Italdesign shaping the automotive world and 50 years of Nissan generating excitement through our iconic GT-R. So to celebrate this convergence, Nissan and Italdesign created this custom GT-R to mark 50 years of engineering leadership.” The Japanese carmaker quickly clarified that the car is not related to the next-generation GT-R (due around 2020) but wouldn’t comment when asked whether Italdesign would be involved in the next GT-R’s development. The next-gen GT-R is expected to have a high-output hybrid powertrain and retain its four-wheel-drive drivetrain. Also see:   [...]
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A Sarkar under threat
A Sarkar under threat [...]
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India reminds foreign journalists to take prior permission for reporting from Kashmir
India reminds foreign journalists to take prior permission for reporting from Kashmir [...]
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India vs South Africa, 4th ODI: When and where to watch live on TV, live streaming online
India are on the cusp of creating history as a victory in the fourth match against South Africa in Johannesburg on Saturday will make Virat Kohli & Co the first team from India to win an ODI series in the rainbow nation.  [...]
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2018 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X, 500X launch on Feb 28
Royal Enfield will launch its highly-anticipated Thunderbird 350X and 500X on Feb 28, 2018. The new Thunderbird variants had been spied towards the end of 2017 and RE will finally take the wraps off these motorcycles in less than a week from now. The new Thunderbird variants are likely to share the engine and gearbox with the standard Thunderbird range. However, there are multiple changes that set it apart from the regular model, such as the new handlebar and seats. The bikes stand with black alloy wheels shod with tubeless tyres and the engine gets a matte black finish instead of silver. The exhaust and suspension will also get a similar matte black look. The headlamp and tail-lamp are the same units as the standard model, replete with an LED daytime running light and an LED tail-lamp as well. Making a re-entry into the RE fold (after the long-gone Fury) are alloy wheels and the new Thunderbirds get 9-spoke blacked-out units. Given its expected ‘younger’ target audience, it would be interesting to see if the bike maker has opted for a smaller (and uniform; the present Thunderbird runs a 19-inch front/18-inch rear) 18-inch front wheel to boost its handling, especially in the urban context. Disc brakes will be standard at the front and rear although ABS is unlikely to be offered – the first Royal Enfields to feature ABS will be the Interceptor/Continental GT 650 twins. The 350X sports identical visual and ergonomic revisions as the 500X. It gets a blacked-out headlight dome with an LED daytime running lamp and is also equipped with a new, shorter handlebar (as opposed to the ape hangers on the regular Thunderbird). The digi-analogue twin-pod instrument cluster also gets the blacked-out treatment with a chrome garnish around the dials. A major change is the all-new seat, a single-piece unit – unlike the split seat on the regular Thunderbird – which looks modern and in-tune with the rest of the motorcycle’s appeal. Interestingly, the pillion seat on the X doesn’t get a backrest. The grab rail is also a noteworthy feature – it is neatly integrated next to the pillion seat and ends in the tail-lamp unit. Also finished in matte black are the exhaust and the telescopic fork, as well as the top and bottom ends of the dual shock absorbers. The Thunderbird 350X will be available in red and white (fuel tanks only – everything else is uniform, on both variants) while the 500X will be available in a bright yellow as well as blue. Keeping with the Royal Enfield tradition, more colour options are expected to make their way to this range, over time. While the launch details are yet to be revealed, we expect the X variants to be priced at a slight premium over the existing Thunderbirds – which are currently priced at Rs 1.48 lakh (350) and Rs 1.90 lakh (500; all prices ex-showroom, Mumbai). Given the changes on offer, we expect to see a price increment of around Rs 5,000 over the existing models.  Image Source [...]
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