South Africa were dealt a major blow after their seniormost pacer Dale Steyn was ruled out for the remainder of three-match Test series against India after damaging a tissue on his left heel during the second day of the opening Test. [...]
A man from Nandauli, working in Saudi Arabia, gave triple talaq to his wife through SMS in Uttar Pradesh's Sultanpur. The incidents of triple talaq occur even after the Supreme Court suspended the practice for six months in its historic judgement. [...]
The Ranchi Special CBI Court sentenced former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad Yadav to 3.5 years in jail and imposed Rs 5 lakh fine in a fodder scam case. Lalu Prasad Yadav and 15 others were convicted in a fodder scam case 21 years [...]
Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad on Saturday was sentenced to three-and-half years jail in a fodder scam case by the Special CBI court in Ranchi. Shortly after being sentenced, Lalu has said his conviction is the result of political [...]
Union minister Ramdas Athawale on Saturday said the Gujarat MLA was not responsible for the violence at Bhima-Koregaon in Pune district on January 1. Speaking to reporters here after meeting Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Athawale, a prominent Dalit [...]
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Ford is readying a mid-cycle facelift for its popular Ranger pickup truck. The Ranger shares its underpinnings with the Endeavour SUV which is also sold in India. The updated Ranger will make its debut in Thailand first, followed by other international markets. A North American debut is on the cards as well.
New spy shots have emerged of a minor facelift for the T6 generation Ranger, which has been on sale in the ASEAN markets since 2015. This facelift, in comparison to the current Ranger, is a not a major one. Most noticeable of all changes is with the grille, which is now smaller and less in-your-face than before. The chrome borders are slimmer and the chunky chrome bar on which the Blue Oval badge is mounted has been split into two longer bars.
The front bumper, too, has been reworked, LED DRLs have been added and the facelift wears 'Limited' badging, which could be a new top-spec variant slotting in above the XLT. All changes accounted for, the Ranger now looks more premium and more like the SUV it shares its underpinnings with – the Everest (or the Endeavour, as we know it). That said, the Endeavour is due for a midlife refresh of its own and has been spied testing internationally.
For the international markets, the Ford Ranger is offered with a 2.2-litre Duratorq diesel engine with outputs ranging from 125 to 160hp and 320 to 385Nm of torque. Also available is a 3.2-litre, five-cylinder turbo-diesel with 200hp and 470Nm of torque. Gearbox options for the Ranger include a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic.
There's no word on whether Ford plans to introduce the Ranger in India, but if it does, it'll have competition in the form of the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross. [...]
Chennai, Jan 5: The Madras High Court directed the Tamil Nadu government to file its counter on the maintainability of a petition by a woman claiming to be the biological daughter of late chief minister Jayalalithaa and seeking a DNA test [...]
Kolkata, Jan 5: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed concern over reports that Aadhaar cards were easily available from fictitious agencies and asked the people to be more alert to prevent theft of data and violation of privacy. [...]
A week after the deadly fire at a pub in Mumbai left 14 people dead, the preliminary investigation report conducted by the Mumbai fire brigade revealed that the blaze started from a hookah at Mojo's Bistro and then spread to 1Above. [...]
Foreign minister says two countries have no alliance after Washington suspends almost $1bn in security assistancePakistan has said it is being treated like a “whipping boy” and has no alliance with the US after Washington suspended at least $900m (£660m) in security assistance to the country for failing to take “decisive action” against terrorist networks.The funding freeze announced on Thursday, along with a decision the same day to place Pakistan on a watchlist for “severe violations of religious freedom”, is the most forceful US effort in years to pressure Islamabad to rein in militant groups operating in the country. Related: 'Nothing but lies and deceit': Trump launches Twitter attack on Pakistan Continue reading... [...]
The special CBI court in Ranchi will pronounce the quantum of sentence for Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad and 15 other convicts in a fodder scam case on Saturday. The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief's lawyer Chittaranjan Sinha said that the [...]
To protect its bastion in south, Congress has raised an army of around 8 lakh booth-level workers in Karnataka. [...]
The procession was stopped midway by the police citing a High Court order
which asked the state government to maintain status quo in the case. [...]
South Africa will feel themselves in the ascendancy after India finished the opening day of the first Test in Newlands on 28/3 in their reply to the hosts' 286 on Friday. [...]
The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to analyse the effects of the ban on firecrackers in the Delhi-NCR region which the apex court had imposed in October last year. The apex court will hear the [...]
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Mumbai, Jan 5: The beginning of 2018 has brought cheers to the market as Sensex and Nifty on Friday touched a new record. The BSE Sensex soared to the life-time high of 34,175.21 and the NSE Nifty scaled the historic 10,562.80 [...]
Pictures don’t lie. Not most of the time, anyway, but I have to admit, when I first saw pictures of the new Audi Q5, I kind of wished that they were at least hiding something. At the front, it was hard to tell apart from the Q7 – the big hexagonal grille with a matte chrome surround, signature LED headlamps, and crease after Teutonic crease. Moreover, from there backward, it looked the same as the last Q5, and though their LED pattern was all new, the tail-lamps were almost the same shape. Had the Audi design team finally taken the ‘family look’ a bit too far?
Well, it’s a frigid morning on an empty stretch of highway in Jaipur and my breakfast is a nice, heavy helping of my own words. Yes, it’s only a little bit larger than the last Q5, but there’s a nuance to the design that makes this brand-new, second-generation Q5 look altogether more athletic and, visually, a little more compact. That Q7-like grille and headlamp combination are more raked back and angular and the daytime running lamp signature is quite different. Even around the sides, there’s a thick crease that curves over the wheel arches and to the tail, and a more pronounced ‘dimple’ in the doors. Yes, the rear is still reminiscent of the last car, but the LED pattern in the lamps is all new and there’s a small rear undertray with faux exhaust tips that adds a bit of character. In classic Audi fashion, it’s a design that will probably grow on you in time. The 18-inch alloys, though, do look a bit too ordinary – I wish they’d opted for a more dramatic-looking set.
SAME, BUT DIFFERENT
It’s on this deserted desert highway that I’m getting my first glimpse of this car, the orange glow of the dawn bringing those new lines to life. And also glinting in that light is the badge – 35 TDI. Now I’ve learned enough about Audi’s new badging scheme over the last few years to know that this isn’t the V6 model, but instead the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel. But what I’m happy to find (after a little digging) is that it’s the brand-new 190hp, 400Nm engine that’s in the A4. And because this new Q5 is built on the same new MLB Evo platform as the Q7, it’s as much as 90kg lighter, in some variants, than the old car. That bodes well for fuel economy and performance, and though I won’t get a proper chance to test the former today, I certainly can tell you about the latter.
It feels deceptively quick. Not in an electrifying way like, say, a larger six-cylinder engine, but rather in the smooth, silent swell of torque that we’ve now come to expect from newer VW Group diesel engines. This version of Audi’s seven-speed ‘S-Tronic’ dual-clutch gearbox feels quick as ever with its shifts and is really good at sensing what you want from it almost before you’ve provided an input. The difference is, this time it feels a lot smoother and more refined than what we’re used to, to the point that it almost feels like a torque-converter automatic.
The Q5 for India, of course, has Quattro all-wheel drive and that allows it to put power down really effectively. Not that any customer realistically would, but it’s really easy to launch this car quickly – it simply lunges off the line with very little drama. Audi claims a 7.9sec 0-100kph time, and for a 1.9-tonne SUV with a four-cylinder engine that’s really not too shabby at all, and perfectly believable. We will, of course, need to strap our testing equipment to it soon to verify that for you. It then proceeds to pull strongly to the redline, with an especially healthy mid-range, as it hurtles me down the Rajasthani national highway, quickly reaching three-digit speeds and holding me there with a confident ease. It’s smoother and more linear than the older versions of the 2.0 TDI, but it still delivers a nice kick.
Still, this is not a performance car, and what owners are likely going to appreciate more is the refinement, and that’s something the new Q5 does exceptionally well. There’s a welcome hush on the move at just about any speed, and it’s not just the engine; even road and wind noise are locked firmly out of the cabin. Part-throttle driving, likely what a Q5 will spend a lot of time doing in city traffic, is also an easy and relaxed affair. The gearbox works around any turbo lag there might be, and even when it does shift, it’s a small and barely-felt interruption to the flow of power.
This is a highway in Rajasthan, and that means, search as relentlessly as I do, there isn’t a corner in sight. Some wide, meandering bends, sure, but nothing to really put the chassis under duress. Again, this is not a sportscar, so perhaps that isn’t critical here, but there’s a very interesting new addition to the specification that makes me want to get a better se [...]
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Judge in India declares the Force India co-owner a ‘proclaimed offender’ after failing to appear in courtA New Delhi court on Thursday declared India’s flamboyant tycoon Vijay Mallya a “proclaimed offender” for failing to appear to answer allegations of money laundering by flouting foreign currency laws.The order paves the way for the government to take over Mallya’s businesses and real estate holdings. Related: Force India F1 team boss Vijay Mallya arrested in London Continue reading... [...]
The Yogi Adityanath-led government in Uttar Pradesh has drawn flak from the opposition for painting the Haj House in Lucknow saffron. The Haj House, which is used as a transit point by Muslims on their way to Mecca, was earlier green [...]
Newspaper says it bought access to details from world’s largest biometric database, used to administer public services The personal information of more than a billion Indians stored in the world’s largest biometric database can be bought online for less than £6, according to an investigation by an Indian newspaper.The reported breach is the latest in a series of alleged leaks from the Aadhaar database, which has been collecting the photographs, thumbprints, retina scans and other identifying details of every Indian citizen. Related: India goes from village to village to compile world’s biggest ID database Related: No ID, no benefits: thousands could lose lifeline under India’s biometric scheme Continue reading... [...]
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday stressed on the need to unify India and make it a country free of social discrimination, and asked all citizens of the country to embrace each other. Bhagwat's comments came at [...]
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday assured that the positive impact of the economic measures being taken by the government would be seen in medium to long term. The minister, in a debate 'short-term discussion on the state of [...]
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