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Modi’s government fails to act on rape | Letters
The media must question Modi about the involvement of his party members in these atrocities, write signatories including Meena Kandasamy, Sarah Green and Pragna PatelIn the context of Indian PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK, we are deeply shocked at the gut-wrenching violence against women and children in India being defended by politicians of Modi’s ruling Hindu rightwing party, the BJP.Hindu extremists, or their associates, stand implicated in rape and murder while some BJP leaders actively mobilise to defend them and undermine the rule of law (Reports, 12 April and 17 April). Continue reading... [...]
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Did BJP hand out tickets to this husband-wife to checkmate Congress in Belagavi
This sure provides for an interesting contest. The BJP has decided to field a couple from the Chikodi and Nippani constituencies. The BJP has given tickets to Anna Saheb Jolle and his wife Shashikala Jolle from the Chikkodi and Nippani constituencies [...]
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Mecca Masjid: Case got weaker as witnesses dropped out
The biggest setback for the National Investigation Agency in the Mecca Masjid blast probe were the witnesses. A majority of the witnessed turned hostile as the trial began. Moreover, in the pre-trial stage, several witnesses were dropped. Out of the 226 [...]
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Difficult opener for Aditya Patel at Blancpain GT Series Asia
Aditya Patel got a new start to the 2018 Blancpain GT Series Asia season with OD Racing Team WRT at the Sepang International Circuit. However, the first two races did not go as planned, for the team. The Audi R8 LMS GT3 was doing well in race 1 until the car’s hose pipe broke, costing the team what could have been a podium finish. In race 2, however, it was the higher temperatures that proved to be the problem. Both Aditya Patel and Mitch Gilbert had to drive a little more cautiously to finish the race and collect a single point. Gilbert started race 2 from 11th position on the grid, after which he fought hard to gain a few sports but the brakes were wearing too quickly causing him to lower the pace. However, he kept his place and passed the car over to Aditya Patel in 12th position. After this, a smooth pit-stop and steady pace allowed Patel to make up two places and finish the race in 10th. Gilbert was quoted saying, “I thought we were making progress over the weekend but we just keep coming across issues. We still have some work to do and we have a month to figure out what to do for the next round. At least we scored that one point today, and yesterday we could’ve scored six or seven points or more. So when we have a tough weekend we just have to make sure that we keep scoring points.” The next race will be held on the 12th and 13th May, at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand. [...]
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2018 Range Rover, Range Rover Sport bookings begin
Land Rover started accepting bookings for the upcoming 2018 Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport. The British marquee is giving a mid-cycle update to its flagship SUVs, with the most significant changes made to the exteriors and the interior. As before, the refreshed Range Rover will get a long-wheelbase version, along with the regular version. The refreshed Range Rover initially made a debut at the last LA Motor Show and was later spied testing in India, wearing a heavy camouflage. On the outside, the 2018 Range Rover has received significant changes to its face. It gets new Pixel-laser LED headlamps that inset into the gloss black fringes of the refreshed grille, which is designed in a new Atlas mesh pattern. In addition, the new Range Rover models also get a different bumper design, tweaked tail-lamps and a more tapered rake for the rear windscreen. On the inside, the cabin is quite a departure from the previous car and replicates the Velar to a large extent. For instance, the new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system sports two 10-inch touchscreens on the centre console (the top one being adjustable for angle) that allow access to a vast range of features inside the cabin, similar to the Velar. However, there are features which remain exclusive in this flagship, like the new front seats with heated armrests, up to 17 connecting points for charging and multimedia, a deployable centre console at the rear, hot stone seat massage function, gesture-controlled sunblinds, cabin air purifier, 4G Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity for up to eight devices and adaptive cruise control with the queue assist function. Though equipment and design updates are extensive, the flagships remain the same at their heart and continue to derive power from the same petrol and diesel engines that did duty in the outgoing models. Their engine range starts with the 247hp, 3.0-litre V6 diesel and goes up to the 551hp, 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol. Prices of the pre-facelift Range Rover that retails in India start at Rs 1.66 crore and goes up to Rs 3.61 crore (ex-showroom). When it arrives, the new model will rival the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLS, BMW X5 and the Audi Q7.  Also see: 2018 Range Rover Sport SVR facelift review, test drive In conversation with Ralf Speth, CEO, Jaguar Land Rover [...]
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Karnataka polls: AAP releases second list of candidates
Aam Aadmi Party released its 2nd list of candidates for Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 at the Bangalore Press Club. In charge of State Political Affairs and Co-Convener, Shivakumar Chengalraya released the list. People are eagerly looking for alternate politics [...]
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Asaram Bapu rape case: Court to pronounce verdict on April 25
The Jodhpur High Court will on April 25 hear a plea by the Rajasthan Police to pronounce the judgement in a rape case against self-styled godman Asaram Bapu to avoid any law and order situation in the city. The [...]
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Former actress convicted in Neeraj Grover murder booked for conning people
Former actress convicted in Neeraj Grover murder booked for conning people [...]
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Rahul Gandhi slams PM Modi, accuses BJP government of destroying banking system
Rahul Gandhi slams PM Modi, accuses BJP government of destroying banking system [...]
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IPL 2018: Buoyant Rajasthan meet Kolkata eyeing third consecutive win
The in-form Rajasthan Royals (RR) will be confident of a third consecutive victory when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Wednesday. [...]
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Novak Djokovic earns first Masters win of 2018 in Monte Carlo
Serbia's Novak Djokovic earned his first Masters 1,000 win this year after defeating fellow Serbian Dusan Lajovic 6-0, 6-1 in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters. [...]
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Unique Rashid Khan will have a big impact on IPL, feels SRH coach Tom Moody
The Afghanistan legspinner has made rapid strides since making his international debut in 2015 as a 17-year-old and in February became the youngest to top the ICC rankings for bowlers in T20Is and ODIs. [...]
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Playgrounds of rubbish: can upcycling help Kathmandu defeat trash?
As Kathmandu overflows with trash, the city is seeking not just to transform attitudes to waste – but the waste itselfFrom the air, Kathmandu seems to have a thousand winking eyes as the sun hits the solar panels installed on many homes across the city. But on the ground, the sun illuminates something very different: piles of plastic and household rubbish, strewn amongst the pagodas and along the labyrinthine streets. When we said we are building a playground and the materials come or we find them, everyone began laughingWe as the human race have hit the wall to some extent, and places like Kathmandu are the front bumper against that wallSo many youngsters are involved that often the mindset gets changed at home: kids tell their parents to use less plastic. Related: Has air pollution made Kathmandu unliveable? Continue reading... [...]
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Bharat is one, all Bharatiyas are one: RSS chief
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Monday said the word 'India' is derived from the river Indus, and suggested the more inclusive 'Bharat' as an alternative way of addressing the country. "India came from Indus, is there Cauvery in it? [...]
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Eight appear in court in India over rape and murder of Kashmir girl
Protests across country after another rape allegedly involving BJP lawmakerEight men have appeared in court accused of involvement in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state.It is the first hearing in a case that sparked nationwide outrage and criticism of the ruling Bharatiya Janata party. Related: Muslim rape-murder case in India disrupted by Hindu groups Continue reading... [...]
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Congress demands court-monitored probe into Kathua case
The Congress on Monday demanded a court-monitored probe into the rape-and-murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir and sought police protection to the lawyer who is fighting the case of the rape victim. Senior Congress [...]
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The Vespas of Pakistan – in pictures
Piaggio’s two-wheeled Vespa scooter was the ultimate status symbol for Pakistani bike aficionados in the 1960s and 70s, when only a handful of people could afford to import luxury items from Europe. These days dedicated fans are restoring the vintage scooters Continue reading... [...]
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Mecca Masjid blast case: Judge who delivered verdict resigns, cites personal reasons
Hours after acquitting Swami Aseemanand and four others in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, the NIA special court judge Ravindra Reddy has resigned. Reportedly, Reddy has submitted his resignation letter to the Chief Justice of Hyderabad High Court citing personal resons. [...]
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Add \"Thulla\" remark to list of apologies': Delhi HC to Kejriwal
The Delhi High Court on Monday asked Chief Minister why cannot he apologise to a constable for allegedly using the slang 'thulla' for policemen, when he has been seeking pardon from others like Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Justice Anu Malhotra [...]
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Ford EcoSport Titanium S to launch next month
Ford will introduce a new EcoSport Titanium S variant in the Indian market in May. The new trim will sit at the top of the current EcoSport line-up. Ford had only recently rejigged the EcoSport line-up with equipment changes across variants. The EcoSport Titanium S will come with a sunroof – something which is becoming an increasingly sought-after feature in India. This new variant will also come in a unique alloy wheel design with gun metal finish, black grille, black fog lamp housing and headlamp inserts, and a dual-tone exterior finish. On the inside it will come with all-black interiors with exterior colour-coordinated inserts which will set it apart from the lower trims. The instrument cluster of the Titanium S also features chrome rings unavailable on the other variants. Aforementioned cosmetic changes aside, the Titanium S trim is expected to debut a new six-speed gearbox. This new gearbox will eventually replace the IB5 five-speed unit seen in all current variants. Additionally, Ford is also readying another special edition of the EcoSport that will be called the EcoSport Signature Edition. Also due for a launch in coming months, this Signature Edition of the EcoSport will get unique graphics on the exterior and a different alloy wheel design, along with a rear spoiler. While the addition of a sunroof and added features on the EcoSport Titanium S variant is sure to entice buyers, what remains a question mark for now is its pricing. Should Ford price the version significantly higher than the current Titanium+ trim, the EcoSport could find itself competing with SUVs from a segment above. Interestingly, of the larger SUVs the EcoSport Titanium S could compete with, the Hyundai Creta is due to sport a sunroof with the arrival of the facelifted version, this May. Image source [...]
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IRCTC has modified rules for online ticket reservations. 10 things you must know
IRCTC has modified rules for online ticket reservations. 10 things you must know [...]
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Mecca Masjid blast verdict: All accused acquitted by special NIA court
After 11 years the special NIA court on Monday delivered its verdict in the high-profile Mecca Masjid case in which all the accused were acquitted due to lack of evidence. [Mecca Masjid blast verdict: A timeline] The case has [...]
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Nokia 7 Plus
  For smartphones, the Rs 20,000-Rs 30,000 range is significantly under-served and untapped.  Most mid-range aim for the sweet spot of Rs 15,000 but with distinct compromises, while the high-end of... [...]
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Xbox One X
  The Xbox One X is the flagship console in Microsoft’s gaming portfolio. It is priced at $499 (plus tax) in the US, which is approximately Rs 36,000 based on the current dollar to rupee conversio... [...]
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Mecca Masjid blast verdict: A timeline
After 11 years, a special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Monday acquitted all accused due to lack of evidence in the sensational Mecca Masjid attack. The case has seen several twists and turns. The police had probed the case at [...]
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Karnataka Elections 2018: 'AIMIM will not contest, extends support to Janata Dal (S),' says Owaisi
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi announced that his party would not contest in the upcoming Karnataka Assembly elections. Also, he declared support to former PM HD Deve Gowda's Janata Dal (Secular) which is in pre-poll alliance with the Mayawati's [...]
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Surat rape case: Post-mortem reveals girl was raped, tortured for 8 days; identity yet to be ascertained
Surat rape case: Post-mortem reveals girl was raped, tortured for 8 days; identity yet to be ascertained [...]
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