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Aung San Suu Kyi asks Australia and Asean for help with Rohingya crisis
Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull says Myanmar leader seeks humanitarian and ‘capacity building’ assistanceAung San Suu Kyi has reportedly personally addressed Myanmar’s ongoing Rohingya crisis at a closed-door meeting of south-east Asian leaders, asking for help from Asean nations with humanitarian relief and Myanmar’s capacity to recover from the conflict.At a meeting of leaders at the Australia-Asean summit in Sydney, Suu Kyi addressed the issue “comprehensively [and] at some considerable length”, the Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, said. Related: 'Mafia state': protesters rally against Cambodia PM Hun Sen's visit to Australia Related: Indonesia says it would be a 'good idea' for Australia to join Asean Continue reading... [...]
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Padma awards 2018: Full list of recommendations which were rejected
The Padma awards 2018 will be conferred by President Ram Nath Kovind on March 20 and April 2 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. This year the recommendations of seven Union Cabinet ministers also did not find a place in the final list. [...]
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J&K officer on a mission to provide medical aid to drivers on highway
Srinagar, March 19: The figures are mindboggling for sure. Nearly 1,50,785 persons were killed in 2016 as against 1,46,133 in 2015 in roads accidents across the country, as per the government data. Good news is that the number of road accidents in [...]
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The Guardian view on free speech online: let law decide the limits | Editorial
The standards by which the internet is controlled need to be open and subject to impartial judiciaries – not left to advertisersThe revelations we publish about how Facebook’s data was used by Cambridge Analytica to subvert the openness of democracy are only the latest examples of a global phenomenon. All over the world, governments are coming to grips with the destructive power of social media. In recent weeks, Sri Lanka, Britain, Indonesia and Myanmar have all seen measures taken against hate-speech campaigns. In some cases the companies that publish and profit from them have acted themselves; in others the government has taken direct action. In Sri Lanka, the government reacted to a burst of anti-Muslim rioting by completely shutting down Facebook, WhatsApp, and the messaging app Viber for a week on 7 March. In Britain, Facebook banned the neo-Nazi Britain First movement, which had acquired 2m “likes”, after two of its leaders were jailed. The leaders’ personal pages were also removed. Why it took the company that long to act, when the hateful nature of the pages had been obvious to the whole world ever since Donald Trump retweeted one of their made-up news stories in 2017, is difficult to explain.YouTube can not only profit from disturbing content but in unintended ways rewards its creation. The algorithms that guide viewers to new choices aim always to intensify the experience, and to keep the viewer excited. This can damage society, and individuals, without being explicitly political: recent research found that the nearly 9,000 YouTube videos explaining away American school shootings as the results of conspiracies using actors to play the part of victims had been watched, in total, more than 4bn times. Four billion page views is an awful lot of potential advertising revenue; it is also, in an embarrassingly literal sense, traffic in human misery and exploitation. Continue reading... [...]
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TDP, YSR Congress to push for no-confidence motion against Modi govt today
It is a crucial day for the BJP-led NDA government in Parliament today as the YSR Congress and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) will push for acceptance of their notices for no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government. However, the BJP has [...]
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Nissan Leaf SUV expected to breakthrough to the mainstream
In conversation with our sister publication, Autocar UK, Mamoru Aoki spoke about the Nissan Leaf. He says that the car will be the breakthrough model that makes battery-electric vehicles truly mainstream. Straight from Nissan’s design centre in London, Aoki said, “Of course, we have the new Leaf but I think the [production version of the] IMx concept will become a breakthrough model.” The IMx concept made its debut at the Tokyo show, last October. It promised a 612km range on a single charge and a dual-motor all-wheel-drive powertrain with a proposed 435hp and 700Nm of torque. Nissan also says that the IMx will feature the next generation of its autonomous ProPilot technology. “The IMx is not just a concept car. In a few years, it will appear [in production],” Aoki said, hinting that it could do for Nissan what the first Qashqai crossover did when it was launched in 2007. Aoiki pointed out that the overall cabin concept reflects Japanese architecture and interior design, because traditional Japanese houses are tiny and some rooms have to be multi-purpose in their usage. “The interior is notably bigger than with a conventional vehicle and there’s much more usable space thanks to the totally flat floor allowed by the [under-floor] battery pack," he goes on to say. "The dashboard is also pushed right back [towards the windscreen] because the HVAC [heating, ventilation and air-con] unit is under the bonnet.” Aoki was also keen to mention that the unusual interior trim in the IMx is an alternating laminate of wood and translucent plastic that can be illuminated from behind – a hint, perhaps, that this clever finish is heading for production. The Design Europe boss mentioned that the exterior of the IMx is meant to be a clear indicator of Nissan’s next-generation design language. The intention is to be closer to the company’s Japanese roots. He said the IMx does “not have a masculine look or a heavy appearance” of the type that is now commonly seen in the mainstream combustion-engine vehicles. “It has a light feel and sheer surfaces,” he said. “The exterior is very Japanese in its details – expressive but with purity and an expensive feeling.” Mamoru Aoki has been in charge of Nissan’s Paddington studio for only a few months. He joined Nissan in 1989 and oversaw the design of three Infiniti models, as well as the original 350Z sports car. The first car he was entirely responsible for in his career was the highly regarded Primera Mk1. Also see: Nissan IMx Kuro concept revealed 2018 Nissan Leaf review, test drive Nissan Terra details revealed [...]
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Ola-Uber drivers strike from Monday: All you need to know
If you are having trouble finding an Uber or Ola for yourself, it is because 3,000 of their drivers have threatened indefinite strike alleging "mismanagement" by these companies. The strike would hit operations in major metro cities including New [...]
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Rahul Gandhi slams GST citing World Bank report, BJP hits back
Union Minister Smriti Irani on Sunday lashed out at Congress president Rahul Gandhi as he once again took to the 'Gabbar Singh Tax' jibe to attack the government. Irani took to twitter and said, "Rahul Gandhi's hatred for India [...]
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None can raise question on govt's integrity, intention: Rajnath Singh
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said while there could be a debate on the performance of the BJP-led government at the Centre, no one could raise a question on its integrity and intention. After inaugurating a number of [...]
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Rahul should first apologise for misdeeds of Congress: Javadekar
Union HRD Minister and senior BJP leader Prakash Javadekar on Sunday attacked Congress president Rahul Gandhi over his speech at the party plenary session today, saying he should apologise for his party's misdeeds first and then attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi. [...]
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Only 16% of initial GST returns filed for July-Dec matched with final returns
Only 16% of initial GST returns filed for July-Dec matched with final returns [...]
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Purva Barve clinches Israel Junior 2018 badminton tournament
Defending champion Purva Barve won the women's singles (Under-19) title at the Israel Junior 2018 held in Rishon LeZion. [...]
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Rohit Sharma becomes third Indian to score 7,000 runs in T20s
 Rohit Sharma became the third Indian player to score 7,000 runs in all T20s during the Nidahas T20I tri-series final between India and Bangladesh in Colombo on Sunday. [...]
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Telangana CM KSR to meet Mamata Banerjee amid talk of third front
As part of his move to form a non-BJP and non Congress alternative, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao is all set to meet his West Bengal counterpart and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on Monday. Rao, president [...]
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UP research centre invents mango wine
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Rajnath Singh hits out at Pak, says Indian forces can cross border if needed to protect country
Blasting Pakistan for giving political legitimacy to terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed, home minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday security forces can cross over the Line of Control, if needed, to protect country's territorial integrity. Making it clear that Jammu [...]
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Ugadi is the festival of beginning of human civilisation: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday extended Ugadi wishes to the people of the country and said that the festival marks the beginning of human civilisation. Addressing a programme to mark Ugadi in Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh via video conferencing [...]
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Himachal HC stays probe in sexual assault case against actor Jeetendra
Himachal Pradesh High Court on Saturday stayed the probe against actor Jeetendra in a molestation case registered on his cousin's complaint. In a complaint made to police, his cousin sister had accused him of sexually assaulting her in January [...]
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2018 Suzuki Intruder FI launched at Rs 1.07 lakh
Suzuki Motorcycle India Private Limited (SMIPL) has launched the fuel-injected (Fi) version of the Intruder in India. The Japanese two-wheeler giant had showcased the cruiser at the 2018 Auto Expo earlier this year. The new Suzuki Intruder Fi has been priced at Rs 1,06,896; the stock carburettor version retails for Rs 99,995 (both prices, ex-showroom, New Delhi). The new cruiser motorcycle from Suzuki will be offered in two colour options – metallic oort/metallic matt black, and glass sparkle black/metallic matt titanium silver. According to Suzuki, the new fuel-injection system consists of six sensors that calculate the optimum amount of fuel required for better combustion. This not only improves fuel consumption, but also offers better throttle response. Commenting on the launch, Sajeev Rajasekharan, executive vice president, sales and marketing, SMIPL said, “Since its launch, the Intruder has received an overwhelming demand with close to 15,000 units sold, overachieving our projected sales target by 25 percent. With a unique blend of premium appeal, coupled with futuristic features like ABS and now an efficient fuel injection technology, the Intruder is a premium offering in the cruiser segment, unlike any other.” The Suzuki Intruder is based on the Gixxer platform and is the first affordable cruiser from Suzuki for the Indian market. Styling of the new motorcycle is a bit in-your-face and it has received mixed reviews for its design language. It carries forward the same all-digital instrument console as seen on the Gixxer. Powering the Intruder Fi, is the same 155cc, single-cylinder motor as seen on the standard Intruder and, despite the addition of fuel-injection, power and torque figures remain identical at 14.6hp and 14Nm respectively. Transmission duties are handled by a five-speed gearbox. It gets a 41mm telescopic setup up front and a mid-mounted, preload-adjustable monoshock at the rear. The bike has been equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, which come shod with 100-section MRF Nylogrip Zapper up front and a 140-section Zapper at the rear. Anchorage is provided by disc brakes on both ends and single-channel ABS comes as standard. Given its price and positioning, the Suzuki Intruder doesn’t have any real competition in our two-wheeler space and the only motorcycle that comes close with respect to pricing is the Bajaj Avenger 220 series. [...]
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Next-gen BMW M130iX will be an AWD hot hatch
The third-generation BMW 1-series is set to be a turning point for the German carmaker and its launch signifies the company’s front-wheel drive push into high gear in 2019. However, the flagship M130iX M Performance model will be four-wheel drive. The M130iX hot hatch will be a crucial part of the overhaul to front-wheel drive as BMW tries to prove that it can offer a credible front-driven performance model alongside its traditionally successful rear-wheel-drive M cars. Currently in the early stages of development, the BMW M division’s future competitor to the Volkswagen Golf R, Audi S3 and upcoming Mercedes-AMG A35 is scheduled for launch in 2020. It will feature specially tuned version of BMW’s turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, developing around 304hp, together with a multi-plate-clutch xDrive four-wheel-drive system. BMW controversially halted a long tradition of rear-drive and four-wheel-drive models with the introduction of the 2-series Active Tourer in 2014 and the subsequent launch of the larger 2-series Gran Tourer in 2015. The carmaker now plans to bolster its front-wheel-drive line-up with the new 1-series, which forgoes the longitudinal engine mounting of today’s second-generation model for a space-saving transversely mounted engine. The move is set to provide the new 1-series with a lower kerb weight and improved packaging, together with simplified production processes and greater profitability than its rear-wheel-drive predecessor. The new rival to the Audi A3 is the first model to be based on BMW’s front-wheel-drive FAAR (Frontantriebsarchitektur) platform. According to BMW’s head of development, Klaus Fröhlich, this structure is a progression of the UKL platform that underpins the 2-series Active Tourer and 2-series Gran Tourer, as well as the existing Mini line-up, but with added modularity and the flexibility to support full-electric drivetrain and battery combinations. Despite the switch to BMW’s latest front-wheel-drive platform, the exterior styling of the new 1-series is set to retain the cab-back influences that have distinguished it from rivals since its addition to the BMW line-up in 2004. The new 1-series hatchback will be powered by updated versions of today’s turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder and turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engines. The more powerful versions are planned to adopt a particulate filter in an attempt to reduce CO2 emissions to a model-line-specific average of less than 120g/km, according to BMW engineering sources. BMW has future-proofed the new 1-series by providing it with at least one mild-hybrid drivetrain in the form of a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine fitted with an integrated starter motor and 48V electric system. BMW is also readying a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid variant of its new entry-level hatchback. [...]
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‘Harassment’ of diplomat: Pakistan refuses to send High Commissioner back to India
Pakistan is refuses to send its High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood back to New Delhi any time soon, reported The Express Tribune on Saturday. Islamabad's decision comes in the wake of allegations of harassment and intimidation of diplomats of both [...]
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Congress to retain Karnataka; Rahul Gandhi will be next PM: Siddaramaiah
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday exuded confidence that the Congress will retain power in the state, even as he asserted that "none can stop" party chief Rahul Gandhi from becoming the next prime minister of the country. Addressing [...]
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Rahul Gandhi changes his Twitter handle
Congress Party President Rahul Gandhi has changed the Twitter handle on Saturday. The @OfficeOfRG account has been discontinued. Rahul Gandhi intimated his followers regarding the change in the twitter handle. He tweeted, "For those of you who missed it, my Twitter [...]
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KCR, Mamata Banerjee to meet on Monday to start Third Front talks
KCR, Mamata Banerjee to meet on Monday to start Third Front talks [...]
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Christian Eriksen double sends Tottenham Hotspur into FA Cup semis
Christian Eriksen proved Tottenham can thrive without Harry Kane as the Dane's double sent them into the FA Cup semi-finals with a 3-0 win at Swansea on Saturday. [...]
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Tripura CM to meet PM to seek special financial package
Agartala, March 17:  Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon to seek a special package to tide over financial crisis in the state. Deb will also meet Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with the same [...]
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Chef Aditya Bal to cook up exotic American treats
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Mixing Scotch whisky with Darjeeling tea
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