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National anthem in movie theatres: Centre urge SC to modify order
New Delhi, Jan 8: In a change of stand, the Centre today suggested the Supreme Court to modify its earlier order making it mandatory for cinema halls to play the national anthem before screening of a feature film. It [...]
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Fanatics hound, push Karnataka woman to suicide for saying \"I love Muslims\"
Constant harassment and threats by pro-Hindu activists pushed a 20-year-old woman in Karnataka to kill herself for declaring that she "loved Muslims". Dhanyashree was found hanging at her residence a day after a group of five pro-Hindu group workers threatened her [...]
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'Victims, perpetrators of communal clashes are Dalits, OBCs,' points out Siddaramaiah
Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah on Monday pointed out that victims as well as accused in communal clashes are always Dalits or those from backward classes. Addressing a gathering during his statewide tour in Udupi, Siddaramaiah said that communal incidents will [...]
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Reporter who exposed huge Indian data breach named in government criminal complaint
Investigation by Rachna Khaira claimed that access to a database of more than a billion people was for sale for less than £6A journalist who broke the story that personal records of more than a billion Indians could be purchased online for less than £6 has been named in a criminal complaint filed by the government agency responsible for the data.Senior Indian journalists and national press associations have criticised the complaint against Rachna Khaira as “unfair, unjustified and a direct attack on the freedom of the press”. Continue reading... [...]
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Rajinikanth’s hand symbol has this Mumbai start up worried, here is why
The hand symbol made popular by Rajinikanth has a start up in Mumbai worried. The hand position that the actor-and-would-be politician is known for is often likened to "apana mudra", a yoga finger and palm posture. And now, Mumbai's [...]
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2018 Hyundai Verna 1.4 petrol priced from Rs 7.99 lakh
Hyundai has added a 1.4-litre petrol engine option to its Verna line-up. The 1,368cc motor, mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, is expected to make 98.6hp and 134Nm of torque, and is the second petrol unit in the mid-size sedan's line-up, with the other one being the more powerful 1.6-litre option.  The starting price (ex-showroom, Mumbai) for the Verna 1.4 E variant is Rs 7.29 lakh. Hyundai has not revealed prices for the better-equipped Verna 1.4 EX trim as of now. The cheaper and less-powerful Verna 1.4 undercuts the 1.6-litre base variant by around Rs 70,000; the 1.6 E MT costs Rs 7.99 lakh.  The 1.4-litre engine in the Verna is the same unit seen in the i20 automatic.  Hyundai, however, will soon discontinue this engine in the hatchback. The feature list for the Verna 1.4 is similar to that of the 1.6-litre version. The base Verna 1.4 E comes with 15-inch steel wheels, dual airbags, ABS, tilt steering, power mirrors, a trip computer, a cooled glovebox, and a rear centre armrest. The Verna 1.4 EX additionally gets keyless entry, rear parking sensors, projector fog lamps, a front armrest, a 5.0-inch touchscreen system with four speakers, cruise control, rear AC vents and a driver’s seat height adjust as well. [...]
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India to rethink colonial-era law criminalising gay sex
Supreme court to re-examine law that activists say is used to blackmail LBGTI Indians and block HIV and Aids initiativesIndia may be on the verge of a major victory for gay rights after the country’s supreme court agreed to re-examine a colonial-era law outlawing sex between men.The court on Monday said it would refer the question of the validity of section 377 of the Indian penal code to a larger bench for examination before October this year. Continue reading... [...]
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Fire at sessions court building in Mumbai, no casualities
Mumbai, Jan 8: In what is fifth such incident in the last 20 days in Mumbai, a fire broke out on the third floor of the sessions court building this morning. No casualty or injury has been reported so far. {image-fire-mumbai-08-1515386038.jpg [...]
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Tamil Nadu Transport workers' strike enters 5th day
Transport workers' unions strike continued for the fifth day on Monday in Tamil Nadu as the employees are demanding wage hike among other things. The strike continued even after the Madras High Court warned the protesting workers to get back to [...]
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If you are a Hindu, why promote eating beef, Yogi asks Siddaramaiah
Do you consider yourself a Hindu is what Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath asked his counterpart in Karnataka, Siddaramaiah. If so, then why does Siddaramaiah promote beef-eating, Yogi asked. Adityanath was addressing a BJP Nava Karnataka Nirmana Parivartana [...]
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WB reels under cold spell, similar conditions to continue: MeT
Icy winds walloped most areas in West Bengal intensifying the prevailing cold conditions even as the MeT office on Sunday forecast similar conditions for the next few days. While the western districts of the state experienced cold wave conditions, [...]
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Doctor who performed castration on Gurmeet Ram Rahim's followers arrested
Mahender is a qualified surgeon who allegedly castrated at least 300 followers on being directed by Ram Rahim in a Dera-owned hospital. [...]
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You have much to learn from Karnataka, Siddaramiah tells UP CM. Here's Yogi's reply
In his tweet, Adityanath told Siddaramaiah that as Uttar Pradesh's chief minister, he was "working to undo the misery and lawlessness unleashed by your allies." [...]
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Uttar Pradesh: 2 men caught stealing cows in Mughalsarai, thrashed
Chandauli SP SK Singh said the men were fleeing after stealing a cow and a calf, and that the animals' owner caught them. [...]
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Sri Lanka Cricket gives coach Chandika Hathurusinghe selector's job on tour
Sri Lanka's sports law of 1973, though, does not permit the coach to be a national selector. [...]
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BJP announces candidates for Lok Sabha bypolls
Announcing candidates for bypolls in Lok Sabha seats, the BJP on Sunday said Jaswant Singh Yadav will stand in Alwar and Ramswarup Lamba will stand in Ajmer in Rajasthan. Yadav is a minister in the Rajasthan government. Lamba is [...]
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Aadhaar data breach: UIDAI files FIR against scribe, draws flak
The Delhi Police has registered an FIR on a complaint by a deputy director of the Unique Identification Authority of India in connection with a newspaper report on the breach of details of the over one billion Aadhaar cards, naming the [...]
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Rohingya rebels say 'no option' but to fight after ambush on Myanmar army
Insurgents claim responsibility for attack in northern Rakhine state, saying they are fighting ‘Burmese state-sponsored terrorism’Rohingya Muslim have said they have “no other option” but to fight what they called Myanmar’s state-sponsored terrorism in order to defend their community.On Sunday the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) claimed responsibility for an ambush on Myanmar security forces that left several wounded in northern Rakhine state, the first attack in weeks in a region gutted by violence.The Rohingya are Muslims who live in majority-Buddhist Myanmar. They are often described as "the world's most persecuted minority".  Related: In the name of humanity, don’t look away from the plight of the Rohingya people | Ian Woolverton Related: The Guardian view on Myanmar: telling the truth about the Rohingya | Editorial Related: World's awkward silence over Rohingya genocide warnings Continue reading... [...]
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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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UP govt issues directives on use of loudspeakers at public places
After receiving flak from the Allahabad High Court over noise pollution in Uttar Pradesh, the State government on Sunday issued detailed directives on the use of permanently installed loudspeakers at public places. The Allahabad High Court in December 2017 [...]
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Living with an e-Scooter
 I was pushing the Okinawa Ridge up a flyover on the very first day I got it. I’ll be honest: I was mighty annoyed. A bunch of scooter riders stopped to ask me if I had run out of fuel; “I wish,” I mumbled to myself. Two days later, the agony of that first experience had all but vanished. You see, the Ridge came to me with just one bar worth of charge, and that remnant juice wasn’t enough to pull the scooter and its rider up an incline. Once I had a full charge though, things were very different. But let’s start from the basics. The Ridge is a typical electric scooter – batteries under the seat and an electric motor housed in the rear wheel hub. Charging is through a regular three-pin AC socket. Unfortunately, the battery isn’t a removable unit like in some smaller e-scooters, so one needs a socket in the parking area, or an extension cord to wherever the scooter is parked. Okinawa claims a full charge can be achieved in 4-6 hours, though in my experience, you aren’t looking at anything less than seven hours. While the whole charging shebang might be novel for you, the actual riding experience won’t, which is the great thing about the Ridge. Most other e-scooters feel awkward to ride, especially in terms of ergonomics, but the Ridge is almost natural. It’s the same size as most petrol-powered scooters, adequately comfortable and decently peppy for city riding. It’ll carry two people easily (unless you’re on one bar of charge) and cruise at a heady 55kph with the throttle fully rolled open. Cruising at 55, however, comes at a cost – charge. Okinawa claims a lofty range of 80-90km for the Ridge, but keep it in Sport mode (needed to touch 55kph) and the battery runs out in around 50km. In Eco mode (speed limited to 35kph with dulled throttle responses), though, you can get nearly 70km out. Fair warning, the charge indicator isn’t particularly accurate; it was not uncommon for the number of bars to fluctuate between one and three at their own whim. There are a handful of other issues with the Ridge. The front and rear drum brakes are woefully ineffective and the silence of the electric operation is countered by the rattling noises from loose plastic panels. Furthermore, the Ridge didn’t have a trip meter that would allow me to easily know the distance covered since full charge. Storage space is sparse; the tiny underseat storage wouldn’t take a full-face helmet, and squeezing in a half-face one would also be tricky on account of having to stash the charger there too. And finally, there’s the ergonomics of the switchgear; my fingers wouldn’t reach the turn signal switches or the horn unless I took my hand off the grips. But these problems are mere inconveniences. Living with the Ridge is actually quite pleasant. I have to travel a relatively short distance to work – a 6km round trip – which meant that a full charge lasted me a week’s worth of office commutes. Ownership costs are laudably low, as due to the relatively fewer number of moving parts, maintenance is inexpensive. Okinawa offers three free services, after which paid services are recommended at 2,000km intervals. The battery has a limited lifespan – two years as per Okinawa’s claim – though the actual life is determined by the number of charge cycles and usage patterns. Replacement costs around Rs 10,000, which isn’t too bad when you consider the running costs. A full charge consumes about three units of electricity, which costs a negligible amount, depending on the structure of your electricity bill. The Okinawa Ridge is a fairly amicable e-scooter to live with, but that statement comes with some caveats: your everyday mileage needs to be low and you need to have a convenient place to park and charge your scooter (constantly ‘borrowing’ power from your neighbourhood grocery store, like I did, isn’t a sustainable solution). If you can work around this, the Ridge is a realistic alternative to a standard petrol-powered scooter. [...]
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Audi considering two-door BMW 8-series rival
Audi's design boss Marc Lichte is keen on developing a luxury coupé to rival the upcoming BMW 8-series, but he does not believe that market demand is currently strong enough to justify such a model. When asked about Audi’s lack of presence in the segment, Lichte said: “I love the shape of a two-door coupé, but it is also true that the [sales] volumes [for them] are much lower than for four-doors. In the future, who knows? We have many ideas in this direction.” The luxury coupés sector has enjoyed a resurgence with the forthcoming 8-series which will take on the Mercedes-Benz S-class Coupe, as well as the new Polestar 1 – the first model from Volvo’s new performance arm. In the recent years, Audi has shifted its attention away from two-doors, but the Prologue concept car revealed at the Los Angeles motor show in 2014, hinted at how a range-topping coupé from Ingolstadt might look. The Prologue, one of Lichte’s first designs for the company, was ostensibly a car to preview Audi’s then-new design language, but could yet be the inspiration for the oft-mooted A9 two-door flagship. The Prologue concept was pitched as a potential sister car to the current A8, which was still in development at the time. At 5,100mm in length, 1,950mm in width and 1,390mm in height, the show car is 35mm shorter, 1mm narrower and 70mm lower than the A8. Despite the growing number of luxury coupé offerings from rival manufacturers, a two-door is unlikely to arrive before 2019, because Audi’s current model schedule has four new launches lined up. About the coupé's launch, Lichte said: “First we must launch the A6, then we have the Q8 next year, A1 and Q3. We won’t do anything before this. It’s step by step.”     [...]
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Rajnath Singh says Pakistan is inciting Kashmir youth against India
Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that terror infrastructure in Pakistan continued to exist and that the country is leaving no stone unturned to incite the Jammu and Kashmir youth against India. He also asked the state police [...]
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Fodder scam: After conviction, Lalu Prasad writes open letter from jail for people of Bihar
Hours after a special CBI court sentenced Lalu Prasad Yadav to 3.5 years in prison in a fodder scam case, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad took to Twitter to share his thoughts in an open letter. [...]
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MP: Modi to address top-level police conference in Gwalior today
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday will attend the three-day annual conference of top police officers on January 7-8 at the Border Security Force (BSF) Academy at Tekanpur in Gwalior. An official release said,'' Modi is expected to meet [...]
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Mumbai: After Cinevista Studio blaze, fire breaks out in Shiv Shakti Industrial State building
A day after Cinevista Studio blaze, fire broke out on first floor of three storey Shiv Shakti Industrial State building situated in Mumbai's Lower Parel on Sunday. Fire tenders were immediately rushed to the spot.  Earlier on Saturday, a [...]
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Killer fog continues to blanket Delhi: 36 trains running late, 9 rescheduled
As many as 36 trains are running late and 28 were cancelled due to fog and poor visibility in Delhi and other parts of North India on Sunday. 9 trains were rescheduled due to fog. Thousands of passengers have been affected [...]
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Government rejects Parliamentary panel suggestion to cap airfares
Aviation ministry said it cannot regulate airfares since they vary as per market forces of demand and supply. [...]
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