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Mound spotted by CM Nitish Kumar yields 3000-year-old potsherds in Bihar
Patna, Jan 1: A mound spotted by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at a village in Sheikhpura district has yielded potsherds, perhaps dating back to 1000 BC. Potsherds are pieces of broken ceramic pot or other earthenware that have archaeological significance. [...]
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Review: Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo review, test drive
The confusion starts pretty early on, actually. I’m handed a key, and as I walk up to the parade of Panameras parked before us, I click down the unlock button and walk up to the white one that lights up. But it’s not until I walk around to the back of the car to load my bag into the boot that I realise I’ve been given the key to a ‘regular’ Panamera, and not the Sport Turismo. The two are identical from the nose to the rear door, and even beyond that, the roof is raised so subtly, you might not be able to spot it at first glance. Heck, the Sport Turismo even has the same tail-light cluster as the standard car, with the band of red LEDs sitting above the word ‘Porsche’ and connecting a pair of slim 911-like lamps on either side. The roof of this estate car actually tapers downward ever so slightly, which makes you wonder, how much more space could they have possibly squeezed out of it? PRACTICAL MAGIC The answer to that is 50 litres, which seems like a pittance, when you consider that an estate is an entirely different body style designed for added practicality. In fact, Porsche’s own product presentation shows that the Sport Turismo can only take one suitcase more than the normal car. And thanks to the sloping roof, packing it to its rafters doesn’t take much; it doesn’t have the square loading area you’d expect from a more utilitarian body. What’s the point of that? The greater benefit, you’ll find is in how much easier it is to load now. The loading sill is far lower, carved into the bumper rather than above it, which I notice as I haul my bag over the tall lip of the regular Panamera. And, for the first time in a Panamera, you can have a bench seat in the back. Yes, no longer are you restricted to a pair of individual rear chairs, as snug and sporty as those are, but once again, this isn’t the game-changing feature you might think it is. The ‘bench’ is still made up of two ‘chairs’ and the only difference is that there’s a third seat belt, and a cushion in place of the storage console that once resided between the seats. This cushion is raised, narrow and not very comfortable, and the poor soul who’s sat here will have their legs splayed astride the wide central tunnel. So it’s only a bench in concept, and the Panamera Sport Turismo is a 4+1 seater at best. Yes, headroom is more than you get in a regular Panamera, thanks to the taller roof, and legroom is pretty good too, but you still feel very cocooned back here, without the same sensation of vastness that you’d get in a proper luxury sedan. Everything else from the Panamera returns too – good things like the flawless build quality, semi-digital five-pod instrument cluster and snug bucket seats. And also things that border on the outright ludicrous, like a smudge-happy, black touch control panel for even mundane tasks like the blower speed, and air con vents that can only be adjusted via the touchscreen! YES, BUT IS IT A PORSCHE? It most certainly is. Thanks to a finely honed formula in the chassis and dynamics department, Porsche somehow makes even its largest and flabbiest cars nicer to drive than anything else of a comparable size and girth. The Panamera is not a small car; it’s long and it’s wide and visibility, rearward, is not great. But once you get to grips with the dimensions, the way it drives is really something special. The Sport Turismo feels exactly the same to drive, although, if anything, the view out back is even worse, thanks to the porthole-like rear windscreen. The steering is on the heavy side, but not enough to be a burden; instead it’s a good heft that keeps you on your toes, reminding you that you’re in charge of a serious piece of hardware. After a go in the ludicrously powered 680hp Panamera Turbo S E-hybrid ‘sedan’ earlier in the day, I’m trying out the Sport Turismo in Turbo form – yup, the good ol’ fashioned V8 internal combustion-only model. And I never thought I’d see the day when a twin-turbocharged car with electric power steering felt like the purer driving experience. The hybrid model, with its electric intervention, greater kerb weight and wooden regenerative brakes left me feeling a bit disconnected. But the Turbo? Oh no, this one lets you feel what’s going on between the steering rack and the wheels, the pedal and the brakes. And since they’ve managed to almost entirely eliminate turbo lag, power delivery is just relentless. It’s the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 with 550hp and 770Nm of torque as we get in our ‘normal’ Panamera in India, and with its eight-speed PDK gearbox and AWD, it will crack 100kph in 3.6sec. ENTER THE WAGON Even Porsche doesn’t quite have a properly defined handle on what the Sport Turismo is. They’re reluctant to call it a station wagon or [...]
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Bring stability to economy, end divisive politics: India’s wish list in 2018
New Delhi, Jan 1: A new year means new dreams and goals to be fulfilled. 2018 is no different, as India tries to catch up with the rest of the world; countrymen have already prepared their wish list to be accomplished [...]
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Use vernacular languages in science communication: Modi to scientists
Kolkata, Jan 1: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday pitched for using vernacular languages in promoting science communication in a "big way" to develop "love of science" in the youth, saying language should not be a barrier but a facilitator. {image-narendramodiani-01-1514791630.jpg [...]
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Fireworks, food and prayers: new year celebrated around the world
Revellers in Edinburgh and London spared predicted storms as they welcomed in 2018, while France and Germany held celebrations under tight securityThe forecast of strong wind in Scotland for New Year’s Eve did not end up affecting Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations as the gales of up to 80mph confined themselves to other parts of the country. London was also spared the showers that had been predicted, and tens of thousands of partygoers were able to enjoy the extravagant firework display on the South Bank without the weather dampening their spirits.HAPPY NEW YEAR: Dubai counts down the seconds to 2018 with a humongous building-sized display. Follow all the celebrations live from around the world: https://t.co/fTMfaxjvF3 pic.twitter.com/Fpk0uACeT2 Continue reading... [...]
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Rajinikanth enters politics: The superstar’s journey from bus conductor to potential leader
Superstar Rajinikanth, who rode to stardom with his unique acting style and cast a spell on people cutting across barriers, has come a long way from his humble beginnings to his much-delayed political plunge. Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, rechristened Rajinikanth [...]
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Flashback 2017: What Indians were curious about in this year?
Google India's ‘2017 Year in Search' results shows the latest top trends and searches through the eyes of search users in India. Google's ‘Year in Search' shows interests of around 420 million internet users in India. Like always, Bollywood [...]
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Will Rajinikanth succeed in politics? 5 challenges the Superstar will face
Here are five major challenges that Rajinikanth will face, as he prepares to launch a party and take on the heavyweights of Tamil Nadu politics. [...]
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Happy New Year 2018! 21st century can vote now, but still can't buy booze
We wish all India Today readers a very Happy New Year! [...]
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ISL 2017: Miku, Sunil Chettri on target as Bengaluru FC beat Kerala Blasters 3-1
The win took Bengaluru to third position on the table and in touching distance of league leaders Chennaiyin FC. [...]
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Emotional Parveen Rana vows to beat Sushil Kumar in PWL, for cancer-stricken mother
Rana has alleged that Sushil's supporters beat him and his elder brother post the match for daring to take the mat against the former. [...]
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Muslim bodies to move Supreme Court if Triple Talaq bill passed by Rajya Sabha
Alleging "illegality" in provisions of the bill that criminalises instant triple talaq, an Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) leader on Sunday said Muslim bodies would challenge it in the Supreme Court if the Rajya Sabha also passes it. The [...]
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Popular Indian parody site closes after death threats from Hindu nationalists
Writer behind Facebook page Humans of Hindutva says ‘in the current volatile environment of India, people are not ready for jokes’Humans of Hindutva lasted eight months: from April, when an anonymous author established the Facebook page, to December, when men starting calling his phone and threatening to kill his family.This week, the man behind the popular Indian parody site declared “surrender”, deleting the page and illustrating the present limits on political satire in the world’s largest democracy. Related: Indians celebrate Christmas despite fears of anti-Christian backlash It’s not about the legality, it’s about the state not supporting you if someone chooses to act outside the law.The police can hardly protect a common man like me and the mobs are making heroes out of criminals. Continue reading... [...]
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Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: Amit Shah to review BJP's poll preparedness
After victories in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, BJP chief Amit Shah will visit Karnataka today to review the party's organisation and strategy in the Congress-ruled state which will hold assembly polls in the first half of next year. The [...]
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Former SIMI operative arrested in Mumbai
A former member of the Students Islamic Movement of India has been arrested in Mumbai. The arrest was carried out by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad. Sarjeel Sheikh was picked up from the Mumbai International Airport based on a tip [...]
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Infiniti prepares EV concept for Detroit motor show
Infiniti has announced it will bring an electric sports sedan concept to the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and has teased its styling. The concept’s name has not been revealed, officially. However, Infiniti's design boss Alfonso Albaisa previously spoke to our sister publication, Autocar UK, confirmed the car will be a pure electric model in its own right, rather than an electric variant of an existing car. "Our Detroit concept car heralds a new generation of Infiniti," said Albaisa, "a seamless and stunning new design philosophy demonstrating Infiniti artistry in the new age of autonomy and breakthrough drivetrains.” Albaisa also explained that the unnamed electric sedan will use elements of Infiniti’s Prototype 9 concept from 2017’s Monterey car week. However, it’s likely to take a far more conventional form than the retro racer-inspired Prototype 9. The Executive Design Director, Karim Habib, explained that the sedan will have “smarter, more compact and less intrusive powertrains.” This implies that the car will take the form of a traditional sedan, albeit with tweaks to its formula. As for the sedan itself, the car’s grille is solid; which further confirms its electric powertrain. The deep slashes seen in the car’s bonnet suggest that Infiniti's current generation's aggressive look is not expected to soften, any time soon. The production version of this EV is expected to go on sale in 2019, alongside a raft of EVs from across the industry. The car sits on a new platform – not shared with the Nissan Leaf. [...]
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SSC releases important notification regarding exam centre: Read here
The SSC or Staff Selection Committee has released an important notification regarding the examination centres. Recently, the commission has closed the online application window for SSC Combined Higher Secondary Level examination. Like the previous years, this year also the [...]
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Bihar Police Constable Result 2017 update: Check PAT scheme here
The Bihar Police Constable Result 2017 has been delayed. All efforts are being made to declare the results next week, sources said. Once declared the results would be available on the official website. Sources had indicated that the results were expected [...]
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Villagers pay tragic price as Indian building boom drives demand for sand
Last May three men from one family were shot dead, victims of the violence that has spread as local people protest against miners“We didn’t know they had guns,” Santosh Yadav says. “If we knew they had so many guns – that they were planning to commit a massacre – we would never have argued with them.”Months later Yadav still replays the morning of 19 May in his mind. The decision he made with his uncle and cousins to go to the riverbank. To confront the men mining sand near his village. Not to run when the miners went to their vehicles and returned with guns. Continue reading... [...]
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Fidayeen strike at CRPF camp, J&K: 1 jawan martyred
Around 2 to 3 terrorists stormed a CRPF training camp to stage a fidayeen attack at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir. The terrorists are said to have lobbed grenades and then opened fire at the training centre located in Awantipora. One [...]
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Truth, work and growth will be three mantras of our party: Rajinikanth
Ending all the suspense and anticipation, Superstar Rajinikanth on Sunday said his political entry in Tamil Nadu is definite. Rajinikanth said that he will soon start his own political party and will launch it prior to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and his [...]
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Its dreams of a caliphate are gone. Now Isis has a deadly new strategy | Hassan Hassan
Territorial losses in Syria and Iraq mean Islamic State militants are igniting bloody sectarian insurgencies elsewhereIts much-vaunted caliphate has gone, crushed by the might of Russian, Syrian and US warplanes, Iran-backed militias, Kurdish forces and armies launched by Damascus and Baghdad. But while 2017 might have seen the end of Islamic State’s dream of ruling over its twisted vision of an ideal society, the year ended with an ominous sign that its deadly international campaign against the many people and faiths it sees as spiritual foes has gathered new energy.Last Thursday, dozens of civilians in Kabul were killed in a suicide attack that targeted a Shia cultural centre in the Afghan capital. The assault was the latest in persistent attacks by an affiliate of Isis, which has proved to be resilient despite a relentless campaign against it in recent months. Related: Scores killed in Isis bombing of Kabul news agency and Shia centre Its territorial demise might exacerbate other insurgencies, if militants fill up the ranks of affiliates in other countries Related: Gunmen launch deadly attack on Coptic church near Cairo Continue reading... [...]
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Censor board suggests changes to Padmavati including changing movie name
The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has suggested a host of changes to movie Padmavati including changing the film name to Padmavat. The censor board has agreed to give a UA certificate after modifications are made. The reviewing [...]
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Historian invited to watch Padmavati raises glaring inaccuracies to CBFC
Professor Kapil Kumar, who was invited by the CBFC to watch Padmavati, has found glaring factual inaccuracies in the film and mentioned the same to the panel. [...]
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Mumbai fire: Complaint filed against civic, excise officials, cops seeking action
An advocate filed a complaint before the State Human Rights Commission against the local municipal officers, excise department officers and policemen for negligence in two fire tragedies. [...]
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After Rahul Gandhi's temple run in Gujarat, Asaduddin Owaisi vows to visit mosques in Karnataka
Taking a dig at temple visits of Congress president Rahul Gandhi during Gujarat Assembly election, Owaisi said that like Rahul, he too will visit all the mosques of the state. [...]
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Serena Williams loses on comeback from maternity break
Serena Williams lost on her comeback from a maternity break as French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko powered to victory in the 'first to ten points' final set at the Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament on Saturday. [...]
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India in South Africa: Virat Kohli reveals why India opted not to have a practice game
"In the nets, we have the freedom to put more water on the wicket, roll it, make it harder come tomorrow's practice session and you have the conditions you want," the India captain explained. [...]
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