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‘Modi wave' to dominate 2019 polls, but not as much as 2014, predicts ABP-CSDS survey
The 'Modi wave' continues to remain a powerful force and the NDA will form government again 2019, but the win may not be as thumping as it was in the 2014 General Elections, predicted ABP-CSDS survey. The survey predicts that the [...]
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Yechury calls on secular, democratic forces to ensure BJP is defeated
Kolkata, May 24: The CPI(M) on Thursday (May 24) called upon all secular and democratic forces to dislodge the Narendra Modi-led BJP government in the 2019 Lok Sabha election. "In West Bengal, 'Modi Hatao, Desh Bachao, (Defeat Modi, Save Country) and [...]
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Grenade attacks in Jammu and Srinagar, two cops and a civilian injured
Two policemen and a civilian were injured on Thursday evening after suspected terrorists lobbed a grenade at a bus stand at Jammu's BC Road, said reports. "Sound of blast was heard during patrolling. Subsequently we came to know that 2 [...]
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Tata Motors axes Racemo project
Tata Motors has confirmed its decision to axe the Racemo sportscar project as part of its major cost-reduction drive. The decision was made public yesterday, at Tata Motors’ announcement of its FY2018 results. “There are projects at this point of time that we think do not have economic value, for example we have stopped the TaMo Racemo,” said PB Balaji, chief financial officer, Tata Motors. Autocar India had first broken the news of Tata reconsidering the TaMo project in the July 2017 issue of the magazine. The announcement has also put the future of the TaMo sub-brand in question, since the investments of Rs 250 crore allotted for the project will now be allocated to the commercial vehicle business that is in the midst of its own turnaround. TaMo was the company’s sub-brand to develop highly aspirational cars, and would share little with Tata Motors’ current portfolio of passenger vehicles. Racemo sportscar apart, an electric hatchback and a coupe-like crossover were envisaged as TaMo products. Interestingly, Tata Motors is also open to proposals from companies interested in taking over the Racemo project. “At a later point of time, if we find someone who can monetise the project for a better value, we will be more than happy to share it with them,” said Balaji. Apart with discontinuing the Racemo project, Tata Motors is also selling certain assets related to its defence business and disinvesting from several other holdings like Tata Technologies Limited. The Racemo is TaMo’s first product and was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2017. Powered by a twin-turbocharged version of Tata’s 1.2-litre Revotron engine, with power rated at 190hp, the drive was channelled to the rear wheels via a six-speed AMT transmission. Tata also showcased an electric version of the sportscar, the Racemo+-, at the 2018 Auto Expo. The Racemo was born as a virtual concept for digital gaming platforms but Tata Motors’ then chairman, Cyrus Mistry, was so taken by the physical prototype that he pushed for it to be built as a limited-production model. The mid-engined sportscar was the first application of a multi-material sandwich structure (branded MoFlex by Tata), the rights to which was bought in 2007 by Tata Motors from its creator, the legendary Italian designer Marcello Gandini. The Racemo was also to be a technology demonstrator for TaMo, featuring advance connected car technologies. It’s a pity, then, that with Tata Motors’ turnaround 2.0 in action, the Racemo is back to square one –limited only to digital platforms. [...]
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Review: 2018 Ford EcoSport S video review
Also see: 2018 Ford EcoSport S review, test drive Ford EcoSport facelift: 5 things to know Ford EcoSport S, Signature Edition launched [...]
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How to check Tripura JE 2018 result
The Tripura JE 2018 result has been declared. The results are available on the official website. Tripura JE is conducted for admission to different professional degree courses, such as Engineering, Technological, Agricultural, Veterinary, Fisheries and others. Students would need [...]
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Nipah virus threat: Kerala issues advisory against travel to four districts
As two suspected cases of Nipah virus emerged in neighbouring Karnataka, the Kerala Government is conducting surveillance in Kozhikode and in neighboring districts of Malappuram, Waynad & Kannur. Rajeev Sadanandan, additional chief secretary at the Kerala Department of Health and Family [...]
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Mamata Banerjee wishes Kerala CM on his birthday
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wished Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on his birthday a day after she greeted Left party leaders D Raja and Sitaram Yechury during the swearing-in ceremony of HD Kumaraswamy in Bengaluru. The swearing-in [...]
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Petrol price hike: Amitabh Bachchan draws flak for keeping mum
Petrol price hike has created a lot of outrage among people and Twitterati took no time to fume about old tweets by few celebrities who had raged about petrol and diesel price hike during the UPA regime. Veteran actors like Amitabh [...]
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Political buzz: Will PM Modi contest from Odisha's Puri? Here's why he may
Political buzz: Will PM Modi contest from Odisha's Puri? Here's why he may [...]
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Gujarat govt seeks divine intervention from Indra, plans yagna for early monsoon
Gujarat govt seeks divine intervention from Indra, plans yagna for early monsoon [...]
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David Beckham's Miami MLS club could have name soon: Report
David Beckham's Major League Soccer expansion club isn't expected to debut until at least 2020, but it could soon have a name, the Miami Herald reported Wednesday. [...]
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Neck injury rules Virat Kohli out of county stint with Surrey
India captain Virat Kohli will not appear for English county Surrey on account of a neck injury, a BCCI press release said on Thursday. [...]
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PM Narendra Modi accepts Virat Kohli's online fitness challenge
India Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted cricket star Virat Kohli's online fitness challenge.   [...]
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Suresh Kumar as BJP’s candidate for Speaker just spruced things up
The trust vote that is to be conducted at the Karnataka Legislative Assembly will not be a run of the mill dull one. The BJP has decided to spruce it up by nominating Suresh Kumar as its candidate for Speaker. He [...]
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Chhattisgarh: One CRPF personnel killed, one injured in IED blast in Puswada
One CRPF personnel was killed and one injured in an IED blast in Chhattisgarh's Puswada. The injured jawan was of 206 CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) battalion injured in an IED blast. The IED blast occured around 7.45 [...]
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'My heart drowns': anguish as Pakistani girl killed in Texas shooting is buried
A guard of honor in Karachi received the body of Sabika Sheikh, who was at Santa Fe high school on a year-long exchange programWhen 17-year-old Sabika Sheikh landed in the US to begin her year-long study program at a Texas high school, she did so with dreams of presenting everyone she met with a new, different face of Pakistan – one far removed from the terrorist attacks they might have seen on TV.Earlier on Wednesday, her body was returned to Karachi, Pakistan’s business hub, after she was shot and killed in a school last week in Santa Fe, Texas. She was among 10 victims in the latest example of a particularly American nightmare. Related: Santa Fe shooting: Texas town reels as names of 10 victims released Continue reading... [...]
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Major Leetul Gogoi of ‘human shield' fame detained, allegedly found with a woman in Srinagar hotel
Major Leetul Gogoi, who made headlines last year for using a Kashmiri man as a human shield to save his team from stone pelters, was reportedly detained by the police along with a local woman from a hotel in Srinagar. The [...]
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Police in south India accused of mass murder after shooting dead protesters
Eleven people protesting over pollution from a copper plant have been killed by police in Tamil Nadu in south IndiaAnother person has been shot dead during violent protests in south India against a copper plant operated by a British mining giant residents say is polluting the local environment.Opposition politicians in the state of Tamil Nadu have accused the police of committing mass murder against protesters opposed to the expansion of a copper smelting facility in the port city of Thoothukudi. Continue reading... [...]
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Files on Tamil Tigers and MI5 in Sri Lanka erased at Foreign Office
Destruction of 1978-1980 files means there is no record of UK government’s work at the timeBritain’s Foreign Office destroyed almost 200 files on Sri Lanka dating from the start of a Tamil Tiger uprising during which MI5 and the SAS secretly advised the country’s security forces, it has emerged.The loss of the files means that there is almost no record of the British government’s work with the Sri Lankan authorities at the start of a famously brutal civil war. Related: Sri Lanka counts civilian war dead to counter war crimes claim Continue reading... [...]
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Cabinet approves Rs 3,911 cr for installation of mobile towers in Meghalaya
New Delhi, May 23: The Cabinet on Tuesday approved installation of 2G and 4G mobile towers in uncovered parts of Meghalaya for Rs 3,911 crore, while raising total fund limit for telecom project in the northeast region. "The Union [...]
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SSC paper leak case: CBI registers FIR, searches underway at 12 locations
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday (May 23) registered an FIR in the the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) paper leak scam case, which was entrusted to the top investigative agency in March this year. As per reports, the CBI [...]
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Class act: the great Dalit fightback that started in the schoolroom
A network of free after-school coaching classes for Dalits is just one way that India’s lowest caste is raising its sightsWhen he was 14, Govind Gyan Chand started attending the large school near his village. In the first week, some upper-caste boys took him aside and asked him about his caste. He told them he was Dalit, considered the lowest caste in Indian society. When he left school for the day, the boys were waiting outside, and flogged him. “I don’t know why they did it,” he says. “All I know is the upper caste likes to torture us. I wanted to give up school – somehow I didn’t.”Now 22, Chand divides his time between classes in college, working, and teaching English and maths to the Dalit children of his village. He is a volunteer for Bhim Pathshala, a network of free after-school coaching classes for Dalit children run by Bhim Army, an organisation that works for the education and rights of Dalits. Continue reading... [...]
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Untouchable no more: the Dalit bridegroom rejecting class prejudice | Amrit Dhillon
When a student from India’s lowest caste proposed to take his marriage procession past the homes of well-to-do Hindus, uproar ensued. Yet he is now poised for a significant victoryThe dusty, nondescript road has long been a no-go area, on pain of death, for bridegrooms from the Dalit caste and their wedding processions.In July, however, on a date yet to be fixed, Sanjay Kumar Jadav, 27, will lead his parade of male relatives – called the “baraat” – down the road in Nizampur village. The group will pass the houses of upper caste Hindus who fear they will be “tainted” by his passing, to where his fiancee Sheetal lives. There, the couple will be married. Continue reading... [...]
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HDK's swearing-in ceremony: Celebration comes with baggage of expectations
Two hours before the swearing-in ceremony heavy rains in Bengaluru almost dampened the spirit of the supporters of HD Kumaraswamy. Fortunately, the Rain God showed mercy and the event went smoothly as planned without any interruption. Certainly, the JDS [...]
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Karnataka updates: Modi congratulates HDK
H D Kumaraswamy was sworn in as Chief Minister of Karnataka at a grand ceremony on the steps of the Vidhan Soudha which houses the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. He was sworn in by Governor of Karnataka, Vajubhai Vala. Dr. [...]
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New one-off Ferrari SP38 unveiled
Ferrari has taken the wraps off its most recent custom creation, a road-legal one-off based on the 488 GTB, called SP38. The Italian supercar maker says the dramatically-styled model shows design cues inspired by the F40 and 308 GTB and it has been drastically altered at the front and rear compared to the 488 GTB it is based on. The changes run only to parts that do not need to be re-homologated, for time and cost reasons. The customer worked with Ferrari on the car from the beginning, collaborating on its design and their individual needs. Each project tends to take around 18 months on average, although this can vary widely depending on the project. It’s part of a growing trend among high-end car makers, as the industry turns increasingly to bespoke operations and tailor-made products for ever more demanding customers. Rolls-Royce, for example, claims that every single one of its cars comes out of the factory with some bespoke element on it. A Ferrari spokesman could not confirm an equivalent figure for the brand, but said that these projects are “extremely important” for Ferrari. New headlights have been fitted, and are as slim as possible for a more aggressive look, while the daytime running lights have been moved to the bumper lip. At the side, the 488 GTB’s air intake is replaced by bodywork at the SP38’s shoulder, moved to next to the rear side window. Grey lower bodywork separates the aerodynamic additions closer to the ground from the red custom bodywork above it. The rear is all but unrecognisable from the 488 GTB – a small fixed wing extends out from the rear flanks, while louvred bodywork covers what would usually be the car’s rear glass. New lights, air outlets and higher-set, larger exhausts dominate the rear fascia. Under the skin, it is mechanically identical to the 488 GTB, with the same twin-turbo 3.9-litre V8 likely making the same 670hp and 760Nm. Performance figures haven’t been revealed, but the 488 GTB’s 330kph top speed and 3.0sec 0-100kph time are likely closely matched. The SP38 is the latest in a line of one-off, customer-commissioned Ferraris, the number of which is uncertain as many customers prefer not to have their cars publicised. The 458 MM Speciale - another one-off, based on the 488’s 458 predecessor, bucked this trend, being both revealed by Ferrari and showcased at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2016. Again, the owner’s identity was not disclosed. The owner of the SP38 wished to remain anonymous, and Ferrari would not disclose whether the car was their first one-off. The owner chose for these images and snippets of information to be released through Ferrari. The SP38’s first public outing will be at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, later this week. It’s not known if the owner will showcase the car beyond this. Also see: Ferrari SP38 image gallery [...]
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'The mindset is that boys are not raped': India ends silence on male sex abuse
Major survey commissioned after film-maker finds evidence many Indian men may have suffered child abuseA film-maker asked by the Indian government to conduct a study of male survivors of child sexual abuse has said there is a culture of indifference in the country about “what happens to men as boys”.Insia Dariwala is linvestigating links between unresolved male trauma and its impact in later life, after an online survey of 160 Indian men showed that 71% of respondents had been sexually abused as children.Patriarchy forces a boy into thinking his abuse is something he can get over without any support Continue reading... [...]
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