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FIFA World Cup good for French economic growth: Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire
France’s World Cup soccer triumphs, which have taken “Les Bleus” to the tournament final, should be generally positive for the country’s economy, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said. [...]
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Rescued Thai football team will not attend FIFA World Cup 2018 final
Twelve Thai boys and their coach who were rescued from a flooded cave will not attend the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday for medical reasons, world soccer`s governing body FIFA said on Tuesday. [...]
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Mumbai sinking, Delhi in garbage and govt does nothing: SC
New Delhi, July 11: Delhi is getting buried under mounds of garbage and Mumbai is sinking under water, but the government is doing nothing, an anguished Supreme Court observed. It slapped fines on 10 states and two union territories [...]
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Sushma Swaraj most followed woman leader on Twitter
New Delhi, July 11: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the third most followed leader on Twitter after US President Donald Trump and Pope Francis, according to a report by communications agency BCW. Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj is [...]
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Suicide bombing kills at least 12 at Pakistan political rally
Attack targeted meeting of Awami National party in Peshawar, with election candidate among the deadA suicide bomber blew himself up at an anti-Taliban political party’s rally in north-west Pakistan on Tuesday, killing 12 people, including a candidate for elections due to be held on 25 July, police said. The attack on a meeting of the Awami National party (ANP) in Peshawar also injured nearly 50 others, said city police chief Jamil Qazi. Related: US drone strike kills Pakistan Taliban leader, say officials Continue reading... [...]
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Chabahar port: Iran criticises India for not making assured investments
New Delhi, July 11: Iran has criticised India for not fulfilling its promise of making investments in expansion of the strategically located Chabahar port and said New Delhi will stand to lose "special privileges" if it cuts import of Iranian oil. [...]
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Monsoon update: Heavy rain likely over Konkan, Goa, Madhya Pradesh and south Gujarat
The axis of monsoon trough continues to pass through Sri Ganganagar, Alwar, Narnaul, Shivpuri, Umaria, Pendra, Jharsuguda, Puri and then towards East-central Bay of Bengal. During the last 24 hours, Monsoon remained vigorous over Konkan & Goa including Mumbai [...]
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Netflix wades into political row: Cong leader claims 'Sacred Games' portrays Gandhis in bad light
New Delhi, July 10: A Kolkata based Congress leader on Tuesday filed a complaint against Netflix's first Indian original series 'Sacred Games' and Nawazuddin Siddiqui for portraying Gandhis in bad light. He said that it is tarnishing Rajiv Gandhi's image in [...]
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Sena slams BJP on rape incidents, asks how it plans to bring 'Ram Rajya'
Mumbai, July 10: Hitting out at a BJP MLA's remarks on rape incidents in the country, the Shiv Sena said today that law and order has gone out of control and asked how in such a scenario does the BJP plan [...]
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2018 to be the year of the 911, says Porsche India
SUVs may be all the rage right now, but Porsche India is all set to sell its highest number of 911’s this year. The company which has both SUV’s and sports cars are witnessing an uptake in 911 sales. Interestingly 65 percent of the 911’s sold are of higher variants, priced over the 2.5 crore mark with the GT3 in particular receiving a good response. While Porsche India have not revealed individual numbers, speaking to Autocar India on the sidelines of the GT2 RS launch in Mumbai Pavan Shetty Director Porsche India said “today the GT3’s are selling in two digits and we are still not able to satisfy the demand” with the company now already asking for a higher allocation for India. Porsche is also very upbeat on the GT2’s prospects in India and Pavan states that the demand for the 911 range topper is three times the amount that will be supplied. The company also claims that the overall share of sports car sales is increasing, where early it stood at 20% of total sales, today it stands at 35%. The 718 which was launched in 2016 clocked three digit sales in 2017 helping this achievement. However Pavan states that SUV’s have not de-grown but the overall pie has increased with the sports cars segment going up. The company sold 435 units in 2017, up 10 percent over the previous year. [...]
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NDRF rescues citizens in Palghar after heavy downpour
NDRF rescues citizens in Palghar after heavy downpour [...]
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Samsung Galaxy A6+
  About one and a half years ago, Samsung introduced Samsung Experience as a replacement for their aging and bloated Android user interface named TouchWiz. By updating its flagship line of smartphones w... [...]
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Indian supreme court starts hearing on decriminalising gay sex
Celebrities among those speaking out against 1861 law and how it ruins their livesAs the Indian supreme court begins a landmark hearing on homosexuality on Tuesday, gay men and women and human rights activists hope they are finally on the last leg of a 20-year legal battle to decriminalise gay sex.The court will begin hearing numerous petitions arguing that gay sex between consenting adults must be made legal. But this hearing will be different from earlier ones. Related: India's highest court to review colonial-era law criminalising gay sex Related: From vibrators to gay kisses, how Bollywood embraced the taboo Continue reading... [...]
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Latha Rajinikanth to face trial for fraud in Rs 6.2 crore non-payment case: SC
New Delhi, July 10: The Supreme Court has set aside an order of the Karnataka High Court which had ordered quashing of proceedings against Latha Rajinikanth. The court observed that it was a fit case for commencement of trial. [...]
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J&K: Two terrorists killed, 50 injured in post encounter clash
Srinagar, July 10: 50 persons were injured after security forces opened fire on the protesters at Shopian, Jammu and Kashmir. The clash took place near the encounter site where two terrorists were killed and a security personnel was injured earlier today. [...]
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The staggering rise of India’s super-rich
India’s new billionaires have accumulated more money, more quickly, than plutocrats in almost any country in history. By James CrabtreeOn 3 May, at around 4.45pm, a short, trim Indian man walked quickly down London’s Old Compton Street, his head bowed as if trying not to be seen. From his seat by the window of a nearby noodle bar, Anuvab Pal recognised him instantly. “He is tiny, and his face had been all over every newspaper in India,” Pal recalled. “I knew it was him.”Few in Britain would have given the passing figure a second look. And that, in a way, was the point. The man pacing through Soho on that Wednesday night was Nirav Modi: Indian jeweller, billionaire and international fugitive. Related: The scammers gaming India’s overcrowded job market Continue reading... [...]
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Weather forecast for July 11: Mumbai rains likely to reduce after 24 hours
New Delhi, July 10: Here is the weather forecast for Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Mumbai for July 11. Bengaluru: As per Skymet weather, Light to moderate rains with isolated heavy spells are likely to occur over remaining parts [...]
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INX Media case: Anxiety for Chidambaram over HC's written order
New Delhi, Jul 9: It was a nerve-wracking moment for former union minister P Chidambaram last week when he found that the interim protection from arrest, granted by the Delhi High Court in the INX Media case, was not present in [...]
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Sunil Gavaskar turns 69 – Cricket fraternity wishes 'The Little Master' on his birthday
As exceptional opener of all time Sunil Gavaskar celebrates his 69th birthday, wishes come from all corners of the world. [...]
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Security situation in north-east has improved \"drastically\": Rajnath Singh
Shillong, July 9: The security situation in North East has "improved drastically" during the four years of NDA government, with insurgency-related incidents coming down by 85 per cent as compared to the 90s, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said. The [...]
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India's unofficial recycling bin: the city where electronics go to die
In Moradabad, whole communities subsist by processing waste created by the world’s love affair with electronic goods. In this extract from their book, Assa Doron and Robin Jeffrey investigate the impact of this dangerous tradeFrom the road one could see locals washing the ash from burned e-waste and using sieves to recover fragments of metal. Women and children broke apart and segregated the printed circuit board components, prying open the object and separating the gold, silver and copper-plated components.Locals in Moradabad in western Uttar Pradesh described [to us] the process of recycling this hazardous material. Once the basic dismantling and separation were achieved, different methods of extraction followed: typically burning, grinding, washing and bathing in acid. 50% of the printed circuit boards ​used in appliances in India end up in Moradabad Related: Deluge of electronic waste turning Thailand into 'world's rubbish dump' Continue reading... [...]
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Imran Khan criticised for defence of Pakistan blasphemy laws
PTI leader accused of using blasphemy issue to win backing of religious right Imran Khan has been accused of risking bloodshed for electoral gain after the former cricketer-turned-politician offered a full-throated defence of Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws in the run-up to the general election on 25 July.“We are standing with Article 295c and will defend it,” said the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) at a gathering of Muslim leaders in Islamabad on Saturday, referring to the clause of the constitution that mandates the death penalty for any “imputation, insinuation or innuendo” against the prophet Muhammad. Continue reading... [...]
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Ayodhya to Colombo: Now, IRCTC to introduce Ramayana Express train from Nov 14
New Delhi, Jul 10: The Indian Railways has decided to launch a special train for pilgrimage at the places related to famous Hindu epic Ramayana - a journey that will start from a visit to Ayodhya, the birthplace of Hindu god [...]
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Nissan admits to irregularity in emissions testing process
Japanese carmaker Nissan has reported that proactive initiatives by it to prevent testing irregularities have revealed just that – misconduct in reporting emissions data. The brand stated that there have been irregularities in its exhaust emissions testing procedure in Japan and submitted related information to the Japanese ministry of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism. The brand alleges to have discovered ‘nonconformities’ in its final inspection process back in September 2017 and has since carried out an internal investigation into how the discrepancies came about. Reuters reports that both Nissan and sister brand Renault's shares have fallen since the announcement. A statement released by Nissan admits that emissions and fuel economy tests “deviated from the prescribed testing environment” and the “creation of inspection reports based on altered measurement values”. The misconduct was discovered through “proactive initiatives to prevent recurrence of such issues”, although the company wouldn't explain why these initiatives were launched when they were. Nissan has commissioned a law firm to investigate the issue and implemented its own preventative measures to ensure that a similar issue doesn’t occur in the future. Nissan has clarified that none of its cars strays from its advertised fuel economy and emissions figures and that it will continue to search for areas of non-compliance, taking the necessary steps if more are uncovered. [...]
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2018 Hero Xtreme 200R deliveries commence
Soon after the launch of the Hero Xtreme 200R, its deliveries have commenced in select north-eastern states of India. Hero MotoCorp hasn’t revealed the timeline of the 200R’s availability in other markets as yet. The images you see here are from Guwahati, where the first lot of Xtreme 200Rs has already been delivered. The first buyer was also presented with a Xtreme-branded helmet, jacket and backpack. The Hero Xtreme 200R retails for Rs 88,000 (ex-showroom), which makes it the most affordable 200cc motorcycle on sale in India Displacement wise, the Xtreme 200R competes with the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V and the Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 priced at Rs 1.03 lakh and Rs 1.04 lakh respectively (for base variants). However, with respect to its pricing, the new Hero 200cc motorcycle rivals the Bajaj Pulsar NS 160, which retails at Rs 85,786, and the base TVS RTR 160 4V, which is priced at Rs 84,248 (all prices, ex-showroom Arunachal Pradesh). It's worth noting that neither the Bajaj nor the TVS offer ABS yet, while the Hero comes equipped with a single-channel ABS as standard. You can read more about the Hero Xtreme 200R in our first ride report. Image source     [...]
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Intercaste marriages and grooms who pay their way: welcome to the new India
Survey of young people shows traditions surrounding caste and hierarchy falling by the wayside as technology redefines attitudes Greater openness to intercaste marriage and an increased willingness among men to help with wedding costs point to the emergence of a more liberal generation in India, a study of young people’s attitudes in the country has found.A “pulse of the nation” survey of 130,000 18- to 35-year-olds, carried out by Inshorts, a news app that has been downloaded by 10 million Indians, found 70% were happy with marriages between people of different castes, turning on its head the the country’s entrenched caste hierarchy. Related: Untouchable no more: the Dalit bridegroom rejecting class prejudice | Amrit Dhillon Continue reading... [...]
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'Chaiwala' jibe against Modi: How Congress is often falling into BJP’s ‘well-oiled PR machine’ trap
New Delhi, July 9: What the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wishes, the Congress delivers generously. First, it was senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, who with a smug on his face, called then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi a "chaiwala" or tea [...]
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Dreaded gangster Munna Bajrangi shot dead in Baghpat jail, days after wife alleges threat
Lucknow, July 9: Dreaded mafia don Prem Prakash Singh alias Munna Bajrangi was shot dead inside prison compound in Baghpat district on Monday. Investigation team arrives at District Jail Baghpat where the gangster has been shot dead. Meamwhile, Chief [...]
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