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Budget 2018: Will Arun Jaitley make India happy?
New Delhi, Feb 1: All eyes are on Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, and he must deliver to make one and all happy by tabling a smart and populist budget in Parliament. Tough task, nonetheless, experts say not impossible. In a [...]
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Union Budget 2018 Live: Reforms or middle class expectations? How will Jaitley strike balance
Finance minister Arun Jaitley will present the Union Budget 2018 in Parliament on Thursday, with investors expecting increased spending and a reduction in tax slabs. In his budget speech, Jaitley is expected to address agriculture distress, unemployment and ways to boost [...]
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HP Elitebook 1030 G2
  Specifications: CPU: Intel Core i7-7600U GPU: Intel HD 620 Display Size: 13.3-inch Display Resolution: 1920 x 1080p RAM: 8GB DDR4 Storage: 512GB SSD M.2 Battery: 57Whr The Elitebook 1030 G2... [...]
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Google doodle honours Kamala Das, ‘Mother of modern English poetry’
Search engine giant Google today honoured Kamala Das, one of the most prominent feminist voices in the postcolonial era. Das is one of India's prominent poets and a Malayalam author who dared to write about women's sexual lives and [...]
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Hybrids to remain focus for Lexus despite government's EV push
Japanese luxury carmaker Lexus will continue to launch hybrids in India despite the India government’s clear cut push for full electric vehicles. Lexus officials believe hybrids are not only an important stepping stone towards full electrification, but also an ideal solution to curb vehicular pollution. The brand sees lack of renewable energy generation as a major hurdle in EV adoption. “Apart from the high cost of EVs, generating clean energy is also an issue. We still use fossil fuels and coal for generating 70-80 percent of electricity, so the purpose gets lost. With EVs, we are only moving the problem somewhere else,” newly appointed Lexus India chairman, N Raja told Autocar India. The government's ambitious plan of shifting entirely to electric vehicles by 2030 has faced a lot of flak from various sections of the auto industry, which maintain the view that hybrids are a necessary stepping stone to full battery electrics. Lexus believes in the mid- to long-term, India can promote both hybrid and electric options, because one will lead to better utilisation of the other. "Each has a greater chance of succeeding because this is tied to the cost of the battery and ultimately the cost of the vehicle," a company spokesperson said. Vince Socco, executive vice president, Lexus Asia Pacific expressed concern over the government placing larger emphasis on the desired outcome (of lowering emissions) rather than technology itself. "By including hybrids in our line-up, we are supporting the government’s move to electrification, but they clearly have focused only on battery electric vehicles as their big bet going forward. And that’s fine, but what we are saying is 'please have a broad definition of electrification'," Socco told Autocar India. Going ahead, popularising hybrids is the biggest challenge for Lexus and it has sought the government’s support in making them attractive. Lexus was forced to hike prices of its hybrids, which account for a major chunk of its range in India, post GST as they were subject to a tax rate of 43 percent, up from around 30 percent earlier. Continuing with its push towards hybrid technology, the Japanese carmaker recently launched the LS 500h, its sixth hybrid in the range at a price of Rs 1.77-1.93 crore (ex-showroom India). Also see: 2018 Lexus LS 500h: 5 things you need to know 2018 Lexus LS 500h walkaround video 2017 Lexus LS 500h review video Lexus NX300h priced from Rs 53.18 Lakh 2017 Lexus NX300h video review [...]
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Steel Ministry's target of achieving 75 million tonnes meets with a rude shock
Steel: Castles in the air [...]
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Earth's ultimate yogis – in pictures
Worried that fitness obsessives were making yoga too commercial, photographer Andy Richter went in search of the true spiritual path – from mass retreats in America to caves in India Continue reading... [...]
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​Jiah Khan's ex-partner Sooraj Pancholi charged over death of Bollywood star
Pancholi is accused of abetting suicide of fellow actor Jiah Khan, who died in Mumbai in 2013 A court in Mumbai has charged the Bollywood actor Sooraj Pancholi with abetting the suicide of his former partner, the actor Jiah Khan, who was found dead in her apartment by her mother in June 2013. Continue reading... [...]
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Devoid of hope, displaced Rohingya children are vulnerable to trafficking and radicalisation
The refugee emergency along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border is a crisis of the young, with generations-long repercussions for the region, and the worldThe soldiers came in the darkness to Majuma Begum’s village. She watched the soldiers work systematically through Boli Bazaar, torching homes and executing those who did not, or could not, flee. Seven months pregnant, she ran.“When the burning started, I ran with my family members for the forest. We stayed for four days hiding there. We had nothing. I ate the bark from the trees.” Related: Rohingya refugee children at risk from monsoon season 'catastrophe' Related: 'There is no peace': traumatised Rohingya vow they won't go back to Myanmar Continue reading... [...]
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High Five: Jaitley's fifth consecutive Union Budget puts him in an exclusive club of finance ministers
Jaitley's fifth consecutive Union Budget puts him in an exclusive club of finance ministers [...]
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More money than sense
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Blood in the marshes
55 rhino poachers killed in 3 years: Trigger-happy Kaziranga guards violating human rights? [...]
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Hawala 2.0
Hawala 2.0: How India's oldest black money network changed gear to beat note ban [...]
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Noose tightens around Vijay Mallya, all stops pulled for extradition
Noose tightens around Vijay Mallya, all stops pulled for extradition [...]
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Telangana's KCR eyes 2019 re-election with more quotas for Muslims, STs
Telangana's KCR eyes 2019 re-election with more quotas for Muslims, STs [...]
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Manchester United extend Juan Mata's contract
The 29-year-old is now committed to Manchester United until 2019. [...]
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Chelsea sign Brazilian Emerson Palmieri  from AS Roma
The left-back, who can also play in a more advanced role on the flank, cost Chelsea a reported fee of 17.6 million pounds and will offer manager Conte an alternative to Alonso. [...]
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Formula One abolishes 'grid girls'
Formula One has ended the practice of using scantily clad "grid girls" before races, the sport`s organisers Liberty Media said on Wednesday. [...]
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Super Blue Blood Moon 2018 India: Where to watch in Bengaluru
Today one would get to witness a rare spectacle after 152 years. The Super Blue Blood Moon 2018 Lunar Eclipse will take place. It would be a rear coincidence where three different phases of the moon will be visible [...]
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‘Establishment Ristorante’ Food Review: Trading on Tradition
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Moto X4 6GB
  In the time of giant bezel-less screens, compact phones are a rarity. Even rarer is a powerful mid-range compact phone, which is a power user's wet dream. Thankfully, Moto attempted to fill up tha... [...]
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Can Sri Lanka's elephants and humans learn to live together? – in pictures
On this small, densely populated island, clashes between elephants and humans are rapidly increasing. Rangers and villagers are working to find ways to avoid the conflict and the devastating, at times deadly, impacts on both sides Continue reading... [...]
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6th Pay Commission Karnataka: Employees set for 30 pc hike, report today
The Karnataka government employees will get good news soon as the 6th Pay Commission headed by former IAS officer M R Srinivasa Murthy is set to recommend a 25 to 30 per cent hike. The recommendations will be submitted [...]
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Karnataka assembly elections 2018: Congress looks to win polls, BJP style
Win booths, win the elections. The Congress has decided to adopt this strategy ahead of the Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018. Following a crucial meeting, the Congress decided to rope in its senior leaders and put them in charge of polling booths [...]
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'Price of conflict is too high': hunger at crisis levels in eight countries
War driving up acute food insecurity on a vast scale, report finds, with Yemen, South Sudan and Syria worst affectedThe number of hungry people living in conflict zones is rising, with eight countries recording crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity in at least a quarter of their people, food agencies warned the UN security council on Monday.In Yemen, 17 million people, or 60% of the population, are facing acute food insecurity, while in South Sudan, the figure is 4.8 million or 45% of its people. The other countries ranked as having the highest proportions of food insecure people were Syria, Lebanon, Central African Republic, Ukraine, Afghanistan and Somalia, according to a report by the World Food Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organisation. Related: The struggle for food in a fragile world – in pictures Continue reading... [...]
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The changing face of Bhutan – in pictures
For decades Bhutan had no television, no traffic lights and a culture that had barely changed in centuries. Today, bars dot the capital, Thimphu, set in mist-covered mountains, teenagers play video games in internet cafes, and men smoke and gamble in snooker halls Continue reading... [...]
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Court drops attempt to murder charges against Togadia following Gujarat govt request
A metropolitan court in Ahmedabad has dropped all charges against Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader, Pravin Togadia and 38 others in a two decade old case. It may be recalled that a few days back the same court had issued [...]
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SCOOP! New Audi RS5 Coupe India launch next month
Audi may not be participating in the Auto Expo 2018, but it's doing plenty to stay in the spotlight. The all-new Q5 arrived, earlier this month; and we have now learned that Audi will introduce the new RS5 Coupe at the end of February. The second-generation RS5 Coupe is new from the ground up. It's based on a new platform that sees it grow in size, as compared to the outgoing car. Despite that, when equipped with the optional carbon-fibre roof, the new RS5 is about 60kg lighter than its predecessor. This RS5 is the first model to follow Audi Sport's aggressive new design language; and to that effect, it features new bumpers, a more prominent 'Single frame' grille, 'quattro blisters' that highlight the beefier wheel arches, 19-inch wheels (20-inchers optional), Matrix LED headlights and added air intakes. The big news is its change of heart: the new RS5 foregoes the previous car's 4.2-litre V8 for a new, 2.9-litre, turbocharged V6 – also deployed in the Porsche Panamera. While it may be smaller and have fewer cylinders, the V6 matches the V8's power output of 450hp; and at 600Nm of torque, outdoes its predecessor's output. In comparison, the BMW M4 – the RS5's rival-in-chief – makes 431hp and 550Nm of torque. Also, the M4 is rear-wheel drive, whereas in the RS5, power goes to all four wheels through Audi's famed quattro all-wheel drive system. Only now, it's directed through an eight-speed automatic gearbox, which replaces the old seven-speeder. With a drop in weight, a jump in torque and a smarter AWD system, Audi claims the new RS5 Coupe will do 0-100kph in just 3.9 seconds – over half a second quicker than the car it replaces and equalling the original R8 V10's time. Top speed is limited to 250kph but ticking the 'dynamic pack' option will let it run up to 280kph. Inside, the RS5 features the usual RS fare – sport seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, Alcantara trimmings, an RS-specific display for the virtual cockpit system and stainless steel pedals. A Sport exhaust system is optional. Expect the new RS5 to be priced at close to Rs 1.2 crore (ex-showroom). Also see: 2017 Mercedes-AMG C 43 vs Audi S5 Sportback comparison 2018 Audi Q5 launched at Rs 53.25 lakh [...]
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