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Pakistan asks Trump to help fund border fence with Afghanistan
It tells US president the 1,800-mile barrier will help end the Afghan war and reduce terrorismPakistan is building a fence along its border with Afghanistan, and it wants Donald Trump to pay for it – or at least some of it.The 1,800-mile barrier being constructed will help end “the prolonged agony” of the Afghan war and reduce terrorism inside Pakistan, said Nasir Khan Janjua, the national security adviser to Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the prime minister. Related: 'Now is not the time': violence forces refugees to flee Afghanistan again Continue reading... [...]
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Why farmers in Madhya Pradesh are not likely to fall for Shivraj Singh Chouhan's sops
Why farmers in Madhya Pradesh are not likely to fall for Shivraj Singh Chouhan's sops [...]
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Maharashtra government slammed for awarding contract to firm chargesheeted in Girgaum fire
Maharashtra government slammed for awarding contract to firm chargesheeted in Girgaum fire [...]
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Rajasthan Congress slams Raje government for bajri price hike, says illegal market operating
Rajasthan Congress slams Raje government for bajri price hike, says illegal market operating [...]
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India vs South Africa, 6th ODI: When and where to watch live streaming and broadcast
India will look to seal the series 5-1 when they play South Africa in the sixth and last ODI at Centurion's SuperSport Park on Friday.  [...]
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Slow start for Aditi Ashok in Women’s Australian Open
Aditi Ashok will face an uphill task to stay for weekend action after carding a four-over 76 in the first round of the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open on Thursday. [...]
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Vijay Hazare Trophy: Rishabh Pant sizzles but Delhi in trouble after losing to Himachal Pradesh
Rishabh Pant once again showed his mastery in white ball cricket with a brilliant 93-ball-135 but Delhi lost a thriller to Himachal Pradesh by two runs with a serious possibility of losing out on a quarter-final berth in the Vijay Hazare Trophy on Thursday. [...]
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Misfit vapor
  Misfit is a brand known for its activity trackers. While the company has launched smartwatches like the Misfit Shine and Phase, they have used the traditional analog dial similar to the Timex Metropol... [...]
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‘Loot & Escape” has become the hallmark of Modi Government, says Congress
Addressing the media on Nirav Modi, the Congress said, "Post-escape of 'Lalit Modi' and 'Vijay Mallya', another 'Modi Scam' has hit India's banking sector the hardest. First, Lalit Modi escaped India. Vijya Mallya escaped India. ABG's Rishi Agarwal escaped India. Now, [...]
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The story of Mr Sudhir: how to survive in Delhi's 'grey market'
When sociologist Richard Sennett was fleeced by an iPhone dealer in Delhi, the pair struck up a friendship that opened a window into the informality of modern citiesIn the south-east of Delhi, a vast T-shaped market has arisen on top of an underground parking garage. Nehru Place came into being because in the 1970s Delhi did not have enough commercial real estate to house its burgeoning small businesses. Original plans show the plaza above the parking garage as empty, and lined with low, four-storey buildings meant for offices rather than shops. Today, there remain traces of that intention. The boxy buildings lining the sides of Nehru Place form a downmarket version of Silicon Valley. Here, tech startups occupy cramped rooms next to computer repair shops and cut-rate travel agents. Mr Sudir's situation is familiar, if uncomfortable morally – ethical family values ​coupled to shady behaviour Related: Story of cities #26: Delhi's modernist dream proves a far-fetched fantasy Continue reading... [...]
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'PM Modi did not meet Nirav Modi in Davos'
With Rahul Gandhi highlighting that Nirav Modi was part of a delegation of Indian businessmen that went to Davos, news agency ANI has reported that Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not meet the billionaire diamond merchant at the World Economic Forum. [...]
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Indian minister urinates on wall amid drive to end public defecation
Tweeted image embarrasses Kalicharan Saraf, whose party wants to end public urinationAn Indian health minister has been pictured urinating on a wall amid a nationwide drive to end public defecation and promote cleanliness and hygiene. Kalicharan Saraf, the health minister for Rajasthan state, was pictured relieving himself on a wall in Jaipur in an image tweeted by a staffer from the opposition Congress party.#Rajasthan Health Minister #KaliCharanSaraf urinating at roadside under a govt which claims record work in #ODF @OfficeOfRG @SachinPilot @VasundharaBJP @PMOIndia @vidyarthee pic.twitter.com/5z3ce461bn Related: Death-trap toilets: the hidden dangers of Mumbai's poorest slums Continue reading... [...]
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Karnataka Budget 2018: Siddaramaiah's last budget ahead of assembly polls
Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah will present the last Budget of his government on Friday ahead of upcoming assembly election. Siddramaiah will present record 13th budget in all and the 6th of the present Congress government. The City Police commissioner T. [...]
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In conversation with Fabrice Cambolive, Renault Group
Design is a very big theme for Renault at the Auto Expo 2018. Is it something you are using to define the brand in India? When we look at cars we have, today – such as the Captur or Trezor – everything is focused on design and innovation in terms of design; and it's not just design , but design with functionality. In the last six years, we have successfully launched two cars – Duster and Kwid – which are not just pioneers in their respective segments but also bear specific references in terms of design while catering to the Indian buyers' needs. We are trying to replicate the success of both models with the recently launched Captur. But the Captur hasn’t been quite a runaway success. Why do you think its not met expectations? We are entering a new segment with the Captur. I think the Captur brings modernity and a design that is different from what is seen in the SUV segment. We are pretty confident and sure about the vehicle which has proven to be a success in different markets, such as Russia and Brazil. We just have to work further in marketing the Captur and its features and that will enable us in transforming the vehicle into a commercial success; but to do that, we need time. After just two months of launch, I don’t think it is justified to comment on sales numbers. We can rather talk about enquiries and bookings. Just give us a few months to demonstrate the Captur's potential for the Indian market. I’m very confident about the numbers. You have talked about entering new segments. So what are the new products we can expect from Renault? India is a strategic market for the success of our medium-term plan. Being local in India is very important and that's why we have two design centers. We also have a modern manufacturing plant and important technological centers. All these elements collectively enable us to be on a product offensive, for the next few years. As a part of our growth strategy, we will launch one new product, each year, targeting specific segments in India. Our next new model, due in 2019, will feature big innovation in terms of roominess. Can we expect Renault to introduce an affordable electric vehicle in India? If yes, when is that likely to happen? We are paying a lot of attention to the government's directions on electric vehicles. We have a good EV strategy and I think we are aligned with this direction. Renault has considerable experience in EVs; we are number one in Europe, where we have 25 percent market share. Secondly, we are developing new and affordable EVs in some countries, now – and of course, we are looking at what we can take from this learning to address our strategy for growth in this segment in India. We can introduce an electric vehicle in India in two years. The Kwid will be electrified for China. Could we see the same in India? I think it is possible once we see the response in China; but it is doable. More than China, we have to look at how the charging infrastructure develops, in India. In your portfolio, you have the Kwid family, the cars from the MO platform then a big white space in between. Are you trying to fill the void between the CMF-A and MO platforms? In India, there is still a big white space in all segments. We have to grow with targeted products and weigh the potential models in terms of size and roominess. it is also important to tap into the SUV segment-growth. There is a significant potential in the market and many directions for us to take. We will see how it all plays out, over the next two years. Also see: Renault Zoe e-Sport concept first look video Renault Zoe e-Sport displayed at Auto Expo 2018 2018 Renault Zoe e-Sport video review 2018 Renault Kwid Superhero Edition launched at Rs 4.34 lakh [...]
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New Toyota Yaris Cross revealed
Toyota is readying an international launch of the new Yaris Cross. Aimed primarily at emerging markets, the Yaris Cross is essentially a rugged version of the Yaris hatchback. The Yaris Cross gets typical muscular crossover-like styling changes on the outside. This includes roof rails, black cladding on the side and wheel-arch mouldings and a brush metal skid plate below the front and rear bumpers. Higher trims will come with leather seat upholstery, automatic climate control, an HD instrument cluster, two additional speakers and contrasting red stitching on the steering wheel and gear knob. Safety kit on the top-spec trim includes side airbags, curtain airbags and a driver’s side knee airbag. The Yaris Cross is powered by a 1.5-litre, naturally-aspirated, four-cylinder petrol motor that produces 107hp and 140Nm of torque. The engine is mated to either a five-speed manual or a CVT automatic transmission (offered only on a single trim). Incidentally, the same engine is expected to power the India-spec Yaris sedan, though the gearbox options are expected to be a six-speed manual and a seven-step CVT automatic. However, the Yaris sedan coming to India will rival the Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Suzuki’s Ciaz mid-size sedan. While the Yaris hatchback shares most of its underpinnings and other bits with the sedan, there is no news of it making it to our shores as of now. If Toyota decides to bring this car to India, it would take on the likes of the Hyundai i20 active. Should Toyota bring this to India? Let us know in the comments. Also see: 2018 Toyota Yaris: 5 things you need to know Toyota Yaris sedan first look video 2018 Toyota Yaris sedan India image gallery Toyota's Yaris: ready to take on the Honda City Toyota evaluating Alphard MPV for India launch [...]
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Karnataka govt plans to celebrate Bahmani Utsav, BJP fumes
After the row over Tipu Jayanti, the Karnataka government's plans to celebrate the bygone era of Bahmani Sultanate's culture and art has become a new bone of contention between the ruling Congress and the BJP. While BJP expressed objections [...]
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India’s fastest train Gatimaan to slow down from 160 to 130 kmph on extended route
India's fastest train, Gatimaan Express, which runs at a speed of 160 kmph, will slow down to 130 kmph after it is extended to Gwalior and Jhansi, according to senior railways officials. Railway ministry officials say the Railway Board [...]
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Despite dip in popularity, AAP will form government in Delhi: ABP News opinion poll
If the ABP News survey is anything to go by, the Aam Aadmi Party will retain power in Delhi with 41 out of 70 seats if Assembly polls were held today. ABP News and C-Voter survey has found that [...]
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Rs 11,400cr fraud: PNB cautions other banks about modus operandi
Hit by a Rs 11,400 crore fraud, state-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) has cautioned other banks about the modus operandi of the scam. "It has been reported through a preliminary investigation that the suspected fraud has been carried out [...]
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Taliban publish letter calling on US to start Afghan peace talks
‘American people’ and ‘peace-loving congressmen’ urged to press Trump into negotiatingIn an unexpected overture at a time of increasing bloodshed in Afghanistan, the Taliban have published an open letter expressing a desire for peace talks and calling on the “American people” and “peace-loving congressmen” to pressurise the Donald Trump administration into negotiations.The letter, released by the Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, comes amid deteriorating conditions for US and Afghan coalition forces on the battlefield and after a month in which two Taliban assaults on Kabul killed 150 civilians. Related: New wave of Afghans seek a way out as fear grips Kabul Related: Why Trump's Afghanistan strategy risks the worst of both worlds Continue reading... [...]
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Sister of Bangladeshi student accused of Melbourne stabbing arrested in Dhaka
Police say Asmaul Husna, 22, attacked officers with a knife when they tried to question herThe sister of a Bangladeshi student accused of stabbing a man in an alleged terrorist attack in Melbourne has been arrested in Bangladesh’s capital after police said she attacked officers with a knife.A senior officer from the Dhaka metropolitan police said Asmaul Husna, 22, had been detained on Sunday after lashing out at police with knife when they arrived at her home to question her. Related: Woman charged over ‘Islamic State-inspired’ stabbing in Melbourne Related: New York attack: police in Bangladesh question Akayed Ullah's relatives Continue reading... [...]
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Raza Academy writes to CBFC to ban Priya Varrier's viral video from Oru Adaar Love film
Raza Academy writes to CBFC to ban Priya Varrier's viral video from Oru Adaar Love film [...]
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Maldives: Military throws MPs out of Parliament
Maldives: Military throws MPs out of Parliament [...]
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Congress leader Kripashankar Singh discharged in disproportionate assets case
Congress leader Kripashankar Singh discharged in disproportionate assets case [...]
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IPL 2018 fixtures announced – Chennai Super Kings face Mumbai Indians in opener on April 7
The 11th edition the IPL will be played at nine venues across 51 days. Of the 60 matches, 12 will start at 1600 IST while the remaining 48 will begin 2000 IST. The final will be played in Mumbai on May 27. [...]
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Congress's 'political hypocrisy' stands exposed: Naqvi on Batla House arrest
The Congress "political hypocrisy" stands exposed, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Wednesday after a suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorist, who had escaped the 2008 Batla House encounter, was arrested from the Indo-Nepal border. The minority affairs minister [...]
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PNB-Nirav Modi fraud case: ED registers money laundering case
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered a money laundering case in connection with the Rs 280-crore cheating of Punjab National Bank (PNB) allegedly by diamantaire Nirav Modi and others, on the basis of a CBI FIR. Official sources said [...]
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