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Karnataka assembly elections: Congress releases final list of 11 candidates
The Congress on Sunday announced a list of 11 candidates for the upcoming Karnataka Assembly elections 2018. The list was released by AICC general secretary Mukul Wasnik. Last week, the grand old party had released its first list [...]
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President Ram Nath Kovind signs ordinance for death penalty for convicts in child rape cases
President Ram Nath Kovind promulgates the ordinance to amend POCSO act(death sentence to those found guilty of raping a child below 12 years of age). In case of rape of a girl aged under 16 years, the minimum punishment to be [...]
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Review: Fiat Abarth Punto long term review, third report
First gear is all but useless. Shift to second, and it gets a bit better. But here too, go past half-throttle and you are back to square one – all you get is wheelspin, wheelspin and more wheelspin. This despite the considerably stiffer Bilstein shocks and wider 205 Yokohama S-drives (yes, we’ve just fitted 205mm tyres on a hatchback). And this is no mild-mannered wheelspin. The ramp up in power is so steep and the torque is so hard-hitting that the wheels just spin and spin, like they are running on ice. So, if you want to enjoy that rush of acceleration, as the Abarth is catapulted forward you have to short-shift to third, as absurd as that sounds. Sure, there’s a bit of a wait as the boost builds past 2,000rpm, and 50kph, but wait a bit more,  until around 2,500rpm, and you can feel it swell. The wave breaks soon after you cross 2,500rpm, and then all hell breaks loose. The boost and a thick wad of torque just comes flooding in, charging through the gates, and then all you can do is hang until you hit 140kph and 6,500rpm. Wheelspin now is quite mild and manageable at these higher road speeds, and, as long as you have a good grip on the wheel and keep it pointing straight, it feels like you are riding a rocket with a slow fuse. Execute a quick shift to fourth and there’s no real dip in the long lusty pull, as the Abarth reels the horizon. Do this and the Abarth delivers a straightline rush no car even twice its price can; I even got our TV-show host Renuka to jump out of her seat on a long, empty stretch of road. Oh, did I tell you the motor now puts out 170hp and 270Nm of torque, compared to the earlier 145hp and 212Nm? We did it the right way. The ECU was sent down to Peter Chacko of Pete’s Performance in Cochin, where boost pressure, ignition timing and fuelling were ‘tweaked’.  We’ve got a BMC replacement filter we have yet to use and we’ve still not run the car against the clock – can’t wait. Of course, it isn’t very efficient. Pull it hard regularly and efficiency easily drops below 5kpl. But, considering the performance on tap, I think it’s well worth it. Just how much better is our modded Abarth compared to the stock car? This and other questions answered in future issues. Also see: Fiat Abarth Punto long term review, second report 2016 Fiat Abarth Punto long term review, first report [...]
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2019 Byton electric SUV concept unveiled
Byton has unveiled a near-production-ready version of its first model – a high-tech, premium electric SUV – at its European launch at Milan Design Week. The concept shown at the event in Milan was described by company boss Carsten Breitfeld as being “85 percent there”. Minor modifications are likely needed to meet legal requirements, although Breitfeld described the touchscreen-dominated interior as being “series production-ready”. The new concept builds on the version that was revealed at CES, earlier this year. The firm says the focus of the machine is on allowing drivers to ‘enhance’ the time they spend in the car, rather than its on-road performance. Byton says the main focus of the brand will be on ‘the coming era of truly shared, smart mobility and autonomous driving.’ Byton showcased the concept for its brand stores at the event in Italy, and says they will offer ‘added benefits’ to traditional dealerships by allowing customers to ‘immerse themselves in a range of topics where Byton is at home’, including digital products and services. The first brand store will open in Shanghai at the end of this year. The car will be available in two powertrain configurations – either a single 272hp electric motor driving the rear axle to produce 400Nm of torque, or a four-wheel-drive version with motors driving each axle. The two motors in the four-wheel-drive version combine for 475hp and 710Nm of torque. Power will be stored in modular lithium-ion batteries that form part of the vehicle chassis. Though Byton hasn’t revealed the capacity of the batteries, the company does say the car will have a range of 399km, which can increase to 520km with an upgraded battery pack. The concept is 4,850mm long, 1,940mm wide and 1,650mm high and runs on 22-inch wheels. At the front of the car, slim LED headlights top what Byton refers to as a ‘smart surface’. In place of door handles, the concept features facial recognition cameras that check biometric data and will only unlock the door to authorised users. The interior is dominated by a 1,250mm x 250mm ‘Shared Experience Display’ that fills the dashboard. It is comprised of three panels, which can be customised. It is also used to show images from three rear-facing cameras. Two cameras take the place of the wing mirrors, with a third mounted in the car’s rear. The brightness and background colour of the display adjusts automatically to suit lighting conditions. The Shard Experience Display features gesture and voice control and can be operated by a smartphone app. There are two displays for passengers in the rear, with the same control methods. The main driver information, including navigation systems, is displayed in a touch-controlled 8.0-inch Driver Tablet integrated into the steering wheel. The edges of the display feature buttons for the drive selectors, indicators and infotainment volume. Each seat features a facial recognition camera that will identify the user and allow personalised settings to be transferred to any seat. The front seats can swivel by 12 degrees. Byton's SUV will come equipped with driverless car technology provided by industry expert Aurora. Aurora is headed by Google's former autonomous driving boss, Chris Urmson, and several pioneers of the autonomous car industry. Its technology enables Level 4 autonomy, meaning it will be able to drive itself without any human input. The automaker said its SUV will feature driver assistance systems based around Aurora's suite of hardware, including cameras, ultrasonic sensors, radar and laser scanners, along with features such as biometric recognition and a large infotainment display that works in conjunction with a ‘Byton Life’ cloud-sharing platform. The car has been designed to allow components to be upgraded as technology develops. The vehicle architecture is designed for 5G mobile data connection, with speeds of up to 10GB per second. Based on the same platform as the SUV, a sedan (which will be previewed in a concept, this June), and an MPV are due to follow. The new China-based company has development offices in the USA and Germany, and its senior management team includes several experienced car industry executives. The firm is headed by Carsten Breitfeld, who joined from BMW’s i division along with designer Benoit Jacob. The firm’s marketing chief, Henrik Wenders, has also joined Byton from BMW’s i division. As with other new start-ups (such as the Geely-owned Lynk&Co), Byton will forego traditional dealerships in favour of a focus on online and a series of ‘brand stores’ that will be set up with partners. The first prototype version of the upcoming SUV was completed at Byton’s factory in Nanjing, China, last week. A small batch is now being built now for crash tests, with the first development pr [...]
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Union minister Santosh Gangwar says fuss shouldn't be created over one or two rape cases
Union Minister Santosh Gangwar made yet another controversial remark by saying that people should not make a fuss over one or two rape incidents. Speaking to media, Gangwar said,''Such cases are unfortunate, but sometimes cannot be prevented. Governments everywhere are alert [...]
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Amritsar-Delhi Air India hits severe turbulence mid-air; three passenger injured
An Air India flight from Amritsar to Delhi experienced a severe turbulence last week leaving at least three passengers with minor injuries. A window panel also fell off during the incident. The incident happened on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner (VTANI) [...]
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Dozens dead in bombing at Kabul voter registration centre
Islamic State claims responsibility for suicide attack on ID cards queue that killed at least 48 peopleA suicide bomber has killed at least 48 people and wounded dozens outside a voter registration centre in Kabul, the health ministry said, in the latest attack on election preparations. The public health ministry spokesman Wahid Majro said another 54 people were wounded in Sunday’s attack. Gen Daud Amin, the Kabul police chief, said the suicide bomber targeted civilians who had gathered to receive national identification cards. Related: Family of Afghan man tortured by CIA demands US reveal location of his body Continue reading... [...]
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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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Nothing wrong in Siddaramaiah contesting from 2 seats: Kharge
Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said on Sunday there was nothing wrong in Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah contesting from two constituencies in the May 12 assembly polls, and expressed confidence he will win both the seats. To build Siddaramaiah's case, [...]
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Congress releases final list of 11 candidates for Karnataka elections
Congress releases final list of 11 candidates for Karnataka elections [...]
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PM Modi to visit China on April 27 and April 28 for informal summit with President Xi Jinping
PM Modi to visit China on April 27 and April 28 for informal summit with President Xi Jinping [...]
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New VHP President Sadashiv Kokje to visit Ayodhya
New VHP President Sadashiv Kokje to visit Ayodhya [...]
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Petra Kvitova win puts Czech Republic in Fed Cup final
Petra Kvitova put the Czech Republic into a sixth Fed Cup final in eight years as her win against Angelique Kerber on Sunday sealed a 3-1 semi-final victory over Germany. [...]
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Ravi Kumar, Arjun Babuta miss out on medal at ISSF World Cup
 Indian shooters Ravi Kumar and Arjun Babuta missed out on a medal on Sunday after raising hopes on the first day of the ISSF World Cup Stage 2 [...]
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IPL 2018: Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina tag-team to put CSK in driver's seat
CSK must take heart from the fact that 182 is a winning total considering the slowness of the Uppal wicket. [...]
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BJP lashes out at Yashwant Sinha, calls him 'Congress puppet'
New Delhi, Apr 21: Hours after Yashwant Sinha announced that he has quit the BJP, the party accused him of acting at the Congress' behest. BJP spokesperson Anil Baluni said that the party gave Sinha a lot of respect and importance, [...]
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Karnataka election: Complete list of BJP’s star campaigners
The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday (April 21) released a list of 40 star campaigners for the Karnataka Assembly elections 2018. Karnataka will go to polls on May 12. The counting of votes will take place on May 15. The term [...]
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Petrol price hiked by 13 paise/litre while diesel raised by 15 paise/litre
The price of petrol has been hiked by 13 paise per litre while that diesel has been raised by 15 paise per litre. With this, the petrol now costs Rs 74.21 a litre and diesel price touched an all-time high of [...]
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Punjab cabinet expansion: Nine new ministers sworn-in
Chandigarh, Apr 21: Nine new Cabinet ministers were sworn-in at the Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh on Saturday (April 21), in the first expansion of over a year-old Amarinder Singh-led Congress government in Punjab. Ministers of State Aruna Chaudhary and Razia Sultana [...]
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Porsche engine boss Kerner arrested following raid
Porsche’s powertrain development head, Jörg Kerner, has been arrest following a raid on offices and homes belonging to high ranking officials from the German car maker. The raid was conducted by lawyers and staff of the Stuttgart public prosecutor’s office and the German police. Based on information from the Stuttgart public prosecutor’s office, the 48-year-old German engineer was taken into custody on April 19, 2018 on suspicion of fraud related to the dieselgate emission manipulation scandal. Earlier this week, German media reports suggested Porsche R&D head, Michael Steiner, was also among the officials being investigated for possible involvement and/or knowledge of matters related to the manipulation of diesel emission figures via secret software programs. An official statement issued on Friday regarding the allegations levelled at Porsche employees relating to the fitment of so-called defeat devices in various diesel models, including the Macan and Cayenne, Porsche chairman, Oliver Blume said, "Porsche does not develop or produce any diesel engines or diesel software. The prosecution has accused Porsche of being aware that impermissible control equipment was installed. We reject this accusation." [...]
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India to introduce death penalty for child rapists
Prime minister approves executive order, which will apply to anyone convicted of raping a child under age of 12 India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, will introduce the death penalty for rapists of girls under 12 years old, following an outcry over the latest sexual assaults to shock the country.Modi convened an emergency cabinet meeting on Saturday to approve an executive order, or ordinance, that will amend India’s criminal law. The order will also force police to complete rape investigations within two months and extend maximum sentences for the rape of girls under 16 and women. Continue reading... [...]
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Mumbai police rejects Abu Salem's parole request
Mumbai blasts case convict Abu Salem's parole application has been rejected the by the Mumbai police on Saturday. Navi Mumbai Commissioner has rejected parole application of gangster Abu Salem who had sought the parole for his wedding. According to [...]
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Havildar injured in April 17 ceasefire violation in Jammu and Kashmir martyred
An Army jawan, who was injured in Pakistani firing along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district on 17 April, succumbed to injuries at a military hospital in Jammu on Saturday. Havildar Charanjeet Singh had suffered bullet injuries [...]
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Mahadayi water dispute: Farmers to seek euthanasia from President
Over 700 farmers protesting over Mahadayi water dispute in Naragund to leave for Delhi from Karnataka's Hubballi on 25 April. They will hold a 3-day protest in New Delhi and seek euthanasia from President Ramnath Kovind. In a press [...]
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Tejashwi Yadav, Sharad Pawar among star campaigners for Congress in Karnataka Assembly election
Tejashwi Yadav, Sharad Pawar among star campaigners for Congress in Karnataka Assembly election [...]
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Ahead of Karnataka polls, activist designs wedding invite as voter ID to urge people to vote
Ahead of Karnataka polls, activist designs wedding invite as voter ID to urge people to vote [...]
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IPL 2018: Regular wickets hurt KKR in the death overs
KKR stitched important stands -- 72, 62, 26 -- but all were broken at a time when the hosts would have least expected. [...]
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IPL 2018: Bhuvneshwar Kumar credits experience, better fitness for improvement
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a vital cog in the wheel for whichever team he plays, and the India and Hyderabad pacer says experience and superior fitness have made him an improved bowler. [...]
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