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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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Black ink thrown at Jawaharlal Nehru's statue in West Bengal
Unidentified miscreants threw black ink at a statue of Jawaharlal Nehru in Katwa's Telephone Maidan on Friday night. Police reached the spot on receiving information and the statue was cleaned later. Police yet to identify the culprits. This is [...]
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Murder in Darbhanga not linked with naming chowk after PM Modi: Police
The Bihar police on Saturday denied the reports of the beheading of an old man in Darbhanga linking it with the naming of private land after Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Satya Veer Singh, SSP on the killing of a [...]
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BJP insensitive towards demands, pointless to continue: Naidu tells Amit Shah
TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday wrote to BJP president Amit Shah, saying they felt it pointless to continue in NDA as the union government appears insensitive to the aspirations of people of the state. "Joined alliance with [...]
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Derogatory remarks: Yeddyurappa moves HC seeking restraint order
Former chief minister and BJP's CM candidate in the upcoming Assembly elections, BS Yeddyurappa on Friday approached the Karnataka High Court seeking an injunction over the 'derogatory comments' made by members of the ruling Congress party against him. On [...]
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Six new BMW FWD models to watch out for
The upcoming BMW 1-series is the first of six upcoming models which have been due to switch to new front-wheel-drive underpinnings, called FAAR (Frontantriebsarchitektur). Each of these models will come with either two-wheel or all-wheel drive. We run through what to expect in the list below 1-series hatchback The 1-series hatch is the first model to benefit from the new FAAR platform. Insiders indicate that it will again be offered with the choice of three and five-door layouts. 2-series Gran Turismo Instead of the China-made front-driven 1-series sedan, BMW will offer Europe a FAAR-based model that's likely to be a sedan-cum-hatchback. 2-series Active Tourer BMW’s first dedicated front-wheel-drive model will switch from its existing UKL platform to the new FAAR architecture in 2021. 2-series Gran Tourer The successor to today’s 2-series Gran Tourer is due in 2021. Plans are being made for a more luxurious model with improved comfort and space. iX1 The FAAR platform will play a key role in BMW’s electric car line-up. Pencilled in for 2022 is a junior SUV model conceived as an i3 successor. X1 Having made the switch from rear-wheel drive to BMW’s UKL platform in 2016, it is no surprise that the next-gen X1 will use the FAAR platform. [...]
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Volkswagen Ameo Cup Car experience: Pure Am(e)ore
Steve McQueen’s iconic line in the movie Le Mans goes, “Racing is life. Everything else is just waiting.” And I’d been waiting a long, long time. Sure, I’ve been part of the odd go-karting slugfest with the guys from the office, but nothing that required me to slip into a full-on race suit, strap on racing boots and sit through a session just on the type of flags used at a race track. I’m at the recently updated MMRT and I’m here to play pro racer for the weekend. Volkswagen is hosting an Ameo Cup round for the media, so the grid is full of familiar faces from our small fraternity. It’s a mixed bag when talking race experience though. Some are discussing racing lines, while others are figuring out the track layout. I’m part of the latter bunch. The Ameo Cup car is no toy. It’s a serious racing machine with a functional rear spoiler, racing slicks, and a track-spec suspension setup. And… it’s powered by a 205hp, 1.8-litre turbo-petrol that’s mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox. I can barely contort my way through the roll cage and I can’t say the racing seat is a match for the comfy chairs on the road-going Ameo either. Claustrophobia hits good and proper when the six-point harness is tightened. Thankfully, we are amidst the week-long winter in Chennai, so it’s more slow burn than blast furnace in the car. Race champ and VW Motorsport’s driver coach Rayomand Banajee advises us to use the Friday practice to get comfy with the car and learn the track layout. But as soon as I’m past the green light at the pit-lane exit, I feel like an energetic dog let off its leash, and just go for it. The car sounds hardcore, is nicely grippy in the bends and has some seriously good brakes on call, too. My gut tells me I’m doing alright. I finish Practice 1 in P2, just a tenth off Carwale’s (and ex-Autocar India’s) Ameya Dandekar’s time. I start wondering if it’s too late to take up racing professionally… I take more risks in Practice 2 and my cleanest laps net me a time half a second quicker than my Practice 1 best; but then it all starts going wrong. I’m penalised for missing the chequered flag that signals the end of the session (rookie mistake, I promise!), and coming in a lap too late. The penalty? I’m to miss the start of my qualifying session. Disaster! The only thing to do is to drive hard and try to make my way past whoever I can to get a proper hot lap in. I manage an overtake or two, but after trailing Top Gear’s Ashok George, impatience kicks in. I’m on the inside of C2, a slowish 90-degree right hander, and I think he’s gone wide – but mid-way through the manoeuvre, he turns in and there’s contact. His car spins on the grass and I know I’ve damaged my car’s steering. As I roll into the pit lane, I’m also informed I’ve been summoned by the stewards who are investigating my little adventure. I’m given the verbal equivalent of a rap on my knuckles and I’m let off with a warning. My best qualifying lap time is a full 4sec off my best in practice, putting me seventh on the grid. Abhik Das from Auto Today, Ameya and Anosh Khumbatta from Car India are the three fastest drivers of the day. Sunday is the big day – it’s race day; and everyone’s eyes tell the same story – everyone is in it to win it. Warm-up lap done with, it’s showtime. The five lights go out… aaand I’ve botched up my start. I’m a moment too late with my launch and I’ve already lost a position before the first corner. This is becoming embarrassing. Then, one car runs wide and I move up the order. Another car goes off a lap later and another position opens up. By lap 3 of 8, I’ve found my groove and make a lunge down the inside of a rival and get by. That thrill of an overtake… it’s a major endorphin release. I’m running in fifth position, now and chasing Ameya, who’s desperate to fight his way up the order after losing two positions following a short-but-costly off-track excursion, early on. He’s making uncharacteristic mistakes, allowing me to chip away at his lead. Soon enough, we also catch up with Anosh who is running third. I’m a prime spectator to the dogfight ahead and the action just intensifies on the last lap. On the third from last corner, the pressure gets to Anosh, he slips up and gifts P3 and P4 to Ameya and me – but it isn’t over, yet. Ameya bungles up the very last corner of the race allowing me to give it a last go. Unfortunately, I don’t have the room and finish just four-tenths behind him at the finish line. Abhik won the race by a massive margin from Ashok who had a quiet race to P2. I don’t have any silverware to show for the weekend but, still – what an experience! This sim [...]
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Australian man who raped Indian orphans released immediately after conviction
Paul Henry Dean guilty of ‘unnatural sex’ with young boys and men at orphanageAn Australian man who posed as a doctor and priest to rape children at the Indian orphanages where he volunteered has been released immediately after being convicted.Paul Henry Dean, 75, was found guilty last month of “unnatural sex” with young boys and men at an orphanage for children with visual, speech and hearing impairments. Continue reading... [...]
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