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Is the BJP’s mission Odisha unfolds with Jay Panda’s resignation?
New Delhi: With the Prime Minister Narendra Modi blowing the poll bugle for the next Lok Sabha election from Odisha, the new battleground for the Bharatiya Janata Partyis is set to be for Odisha. Some more leaders of the [...]
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Behind the scenes: Unsung heroes of the airport
The Kempegowda International Airport at Bengaluru is the third-busiest airport by passenger traffic in the country, behind the ones at Delhi and Mumbai. In calendar year 2017, it handled over 25.04 million passengers, with over 600 aircraft movements a day. It currently has one runway that measures 4,000 metres in length and 45 metres in width, and is CAT-I ILS equipped. And just like any other airport in a major city, this airport also has multiple emergency vehicles, out of which the Airport Crash Fire Tender (ACFT) or in simple terms, the airport fire engine, are one of the most important ones.  Aircraft fires or any other type of fire that takes place at an active airport poses various, unique challenges for first responders. To douse of a fire caused by jet fuel requires thousands of gallons of water and, at times, foam. More importantly, the temperature of the burning fuel is so high that the emergency team has only a few minutes (two minutes only at Bengaluru) to reach the incident spot. To tackle such situations, the Bengaluru International Airport has the swanky made-in-Austria Rosenbauer Panther 6X6 ACFT. The main machine One of the very few similarities that you may find between the Panther and your local fire engine is the red shade. This similarity ends when it comes to power and what powers this massive, close-to-11-metres-in-length fire truck is a 715hp, 18,000cc engine! Yes, you read that right. It translates to a gigantic 18-litre diesel powerplant supplied by Caterpillar, a company well known for high displacement diesel engines. The engine propels this 40-tonne monster to 80kph in no more than 25 sec, reaching a top speed of 120kph. This is no small feat, as this beast achieves this speed while carrying 12,500 litres of water, 1,500 litres of foam and a long list of fire fighting and emergency equipment with it. The turret fixed at the top of the fire truck is the main equipment used for discharging water, which it does at an earth-shattering 6,000 litres per minute! There’s another set of turrets at the vehicle’s front and rear bumpers that discharge water at a slightly slower 1,500 litres per minute. While these are its ‘basic’ fitments for attending an airport emergency, the Panther 6X6 ACFT also has some gizmos up its sleeve. It is equipped with a high-tech, low-visibility enhanced vision system that  – coupled with a roof-mounted forward-looking infrared camera – helps the crew look through dense smoke or heavy rain. The driver’s cabin is no less than a throne and offers a panoramic view out, especially of the aircraft in distress. All buttons, driving or other functions related, are backlit and well within reach of the driver. It also comes with the Driver Enhanced Visibility System (DEVS), which, with the help of GPS, guides the driver by helping him choose the easiest way to reach the incident site without slowing down.  Additionally, it also features Roll stability control (RSC), which helps this massive vehicle mitigate sharp turns at high speeds. Shod with rugged Michelin 16.00 R20 XZL tyres, the vehicle also features an on-board tyre pressure monitoring, inflation and deflation system that helps the vehicle navigate off-road terrain with ease.  The experience Keeping all number crunching aside, it was time for us to experience this beast hands-on – well, almost.  The Bengaluru Airport has four such fire trucks, out of which three are on standby 24X7 and one is kept as an active backup. The vehicles never leave the airport premises and are not officially registered with the local RTO. A special team of technicians visit the airport fire station periodically to carry out maintenance on these machines. The tarmac area of the Bengaluru airport is kept shut for about two hours every Tuesdays to carry out scheduled routine maintenance work. And it is during this time that we participated in a ‘mock drill’ that was held just to give us an experience of how the ACFTs work during an actual emergency. A few of us were strapped in the compact cabin of the Panther and, once the emergency siren went off, the vehicles started from the fire station towards the ‘dummy’ incident location at the threshold of Runway 9/27. They reached speeds of around 110kph within no time and began slowing down upon approaching the dirt road, beyond which was the ‘incident’ location. Around 200 litres of fuel was lit at the incident site in order to demonstrate the vehicle’s fire-fighting capability. The fire was doused in around 10sec flat by the two ACFTs in our convoy, using only around 20 percent of their 12,500 litre water capacities. We also got to check out the other vehicles used at the airport to ensure its smooth functioning. Airport Surface Friction Tester The Airport Surface Friction Tester (ASFT) is another important vehicle that’s present at most major air [...]
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Ujjwala Yojana: 'We achieved what the previous govt wasn't able to do,' says PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the BJP government provided LPG connections to 10 Crore households in four years, we have actually achieved what the previous government was not able to do in six decades. PM was in a special kind of [...]
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From trunk roads to new ports: A look at the Modi government's key infrastructure projects
From trunk roads to new ports: A look at the Modi government's key infrastructure projects [...]
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DD's Rishabh Pant named Emerging Player of IPL 2018
Delhi wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant was named Emerging Player of IPL2018 after the final on Sunday. [...]
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Daniel Ricciardo takes tense Monaco win on Red Bull's 250th
Daniel Ricciardo brought back memories of Formula One great Michael Schumacher in his prime on Sunday as the Australian nursed a wounded Red Bull to Monaco Grand Prix victory in the team's 250th race. [...]
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French Open: Venus Williams knocked out by China's Wang Qiang in first round
Former world number one Venus Williams suffered a shock defeat by Chinese player Wang Qiang in the French Open first round on Sunday. [...]
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Petrol price Rs 78.27, diesel Rs 69.17 in Delhi; Fuel prices surge for 15th consecutive day
The petrol price was hiked by 15 paise per litre in Delhi as it surged from Rs 78.12 on Sunday to Rs Rs 78. 27 per litre today (May 28). The diesel price, meanwhile, rose from Rs 69.06 on Sunday to [...]
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By-elections 2018 LIVE: 18.22% voter turnout in Jharkhand's Silli till 9 am, 14% in Gomia
By-polls to 4 Lok Saba and 10 assembly constituencies are being held today. All eyes would be on the Kairana Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh where a joint opposition would be taking on the BJP. The Lok Sabha [...]
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Taliban commander orders closure of opium labs in towns and cities
Recording suggests movement fears local discontent as US airstrikes target facilities in built-up areasA Taliban commander in the Afghan province of Helmand has ordered all drug labs to be moved out of the urban areas the insurgency controls as US airstrikes targeting the facilities are killing a rising number of civilians, according to a recorded conversation obtained by the Guardian. Related: UK may double troops in Afghanistan after Donald Trump request Continue reading... [...]
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RBI appoints Sudha Balakrishnan as its first CFO
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Monday appointed Sudha Balakrishnan as its first chief financial officer (CFO) effective from May 15, according to news report. This is the biggest organisational change ever since Urjit Patel took over as RBI Governor in [...]
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Gujarat: BSF detains Pak man for crossing IB in Kutch
Bhuj (Gujarat), May 27: A Pakistani national was detained on Sunday by the Border Security Force (BSF) when he tried to enter the country through the international border in Gujarat's Kutch district, an official said. Three SIM cards and [...]
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'Rahul Gandhi as PM face not acceptable to TDP'
Vijayawada, May 27: Andhra Pradesh minister Kalava Srinivasulu said on Sunday that the TDP would not accept Congress chief Rahul Gandhi as the prime ministerial candidate of a "united front" in case it comes into being before the 2019 polls. Srinivasulu [...]
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Rally-spec TVS Ntorq SXR makes over 20hp!
TVS has showcased a new scooter with a top speed in excess of 120kph and a power output of over 20hp! Excited? Sadly, you can’t buy this scooter. The TVS Ntorq SXR is the Hosur-based manufacturer’s latest machine to compete in scooter rallies across the country and it will replace the previous, TVS SXR 160. The new SXR is based on the TVS Ntorq 125, but the rally-spec scooter has undergone extensive modifications to tackle rough terrain. TVS hasn’t divulged the displacement of the Ntorq SXR, but we are sure that the engine has been bored over to increase its displacement as it competes in the scooter category (up to 210cc). TVS says that the Ntorq SXR delivers 20hp, which is more than double the output of the stock Ntorq 125 (9.4hp). In comparison, the TVS SXR 160 was powered by a modified 150cc engine (based on the TVS Wego) and produced a claimed 18hp. TVS mentions that the intake and exhaust system on the Ntorq SXR has been tuned for better performance along with reworked ignition system. However, the company hasn’t divulged the detailed modifications made to the engine and there isn't complete clarity on how it has achieved this enormous jump in power. The stock scooter weighs 116kg and we are sure the Ntorq SXR will be significantly lighter and an even more exciting scooter to ride (the SXR 160 weighed 90kg and used metal body panels). The Ntorq SXR runs on knobby tyres which are wrapped around 12-inch pressed steel wheels as they are lighter than the alloy wheels as seen on the standard scooter. The front mudguard has also been raised and suspension travel and ground clearance will almost certainly have been increased as well. Commenting on the scooter’s debut, B Selvaraj, Team Manager, TVS Racing said, “The TVS SXR 160 has always been a formidable machine in the scooter racing arena. With the debut of Ntorq SXR, we are confident to take the performance up by several notches. We have tested the scooter for performance and reliability and I am confident it will set new benchmarks in the scooter class. The TVS Racing scooter team holds a strong winning record and the Ntorq SXR will build on this success story.” The TVS Ntorq SXR made its debut at the fourth round of Indian National Rally Championship (INRC) on May 25 in Nashik. The scooter was ridden by three-time national champion, Asif Ali and his team-mate Shamim Khan.  [...]
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Anti Sterlite protests: Internet services in Thoothukudi to resume tonight
The internet services, which were suspended in violence-hit Thoothukudi on Wednesday (May 23), would resume tonight, said reports. Over a dozen people were killed in Thoothukudi (Tuticorin) in the last week over protests against the Sterlite copper plant. Earlier today (May [...]
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Hopes for rare peaceful handover as Pakistan election date announced
Election to pit ruling PML-N party against that of former cricket star Imran KhanPakistan will hold a general election on 25 July in what could be only the second democratic transfer of power in the nuclear-armed country’s history.The election is expected to pit the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party against former cricket star Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party. Related: Nawaz Sharif has gone. But Pakistan’s high-level corruption survives | Tariq Ali Related: Shutdown of Pakistani TV network hints at army's bid for control Continue reading... [...]
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CBSE class 12th results: Kendriya Vidyalayas outshine other schools
New Delhi, May 26: Kendriya Vidyalayas gave the best results among different categories of schools affiliated to the CBSE with a pass percentage of 97.78, as opposed to 95.86 last year. While private schools had the lowest pass percentage with 82.50, [...]
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4 years of Modi govt: Nitish congratulates PM
Patna, May 26: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the completion of four years of his rule and expressed confidence that his government would live up to the expectations of the people of the [...]
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India, China launch first joint projects in Big Data, AI
India, China launch first joint projects in Big Data, AI [...]
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Smart watch controversy needless: Ramiz Raja
Former Test captain Ramiz Raja says the 'smart watch' controversy was unnecessarily created by media during the Pakistan and England Test match at Lord's. [...]
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Indian fast bowlers' performance big positive from this IPL: MS Dhoni
 Chennai skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday said that the consistency of the Indian fast bowlers was one of the big positives of the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League. [...]
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Mohamed Salah injury 'serious', says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp revealed that Mohamed Salah's injury that forced him off in the first half of the Champions League final on Saturday was "serious". [...]
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4 years of Modi government: Efforts on economic front will pay-off in the long run
The opinion on the way Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government handled the economy in the last four years is divided. While the opposition leaders would vehemently criticise every move of the BJP government, the allies would praise it, barring, of course, the [...]
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Karnataka bandh tomorrow, state likely to be hit
There would be a Karnataka bandh tomorrow, May 28. The BJP has said that the bandh call was given as Chief Minister Kumaraswamy had failed to waive of the farmer loans within 24 hours of him coming to power. [...]
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Not averse to farm loan waiver says H D Kumaraswamy
In the backdrop of the BJP calling for a Karnataka bandh, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has said that there was no question on going back on farm loan waiver. He said that he had already spoken with the Congress on [...]
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Intel Optane SSD 800p 118GB
  Intel has been actively pushing its Optane lineup globally for more than a year now. The initial devices were only available in low capacities unless you had really deep pockets and opted for the ente... [...]
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BJP playing divisive politics in Kairana: RLD candidate
Kairana (UP), May 26:  Opposition candidate Tabassum Hasan has accused the BJP of resorting to divisive politics as it has no “concrete issue” to raise ahead of Monday’s bye-election for the Kairana Lok Sabha seat. Tabassum Hasan is contesting [...]
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‘Even dog considers himself a tiger when in power': Shiv Sena's jibe at Fadnavis
With the audio clip released by Uddhav Thackeray sending political temperatures soaring in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut has said that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is "full of arrogance". Ahead of the Palghar Lok Sabha by-poll on May 28, Shiv Sena [...]
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