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Viswanathan Anand wins bronze at World Blitz Chess Championship
Viswanathan Anand continued his excellent run bagging a bronze in the World Blitz Chess Championship. [...]
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Nepal bans blind people and double amputees from climbing Everest
Tourist board criticised for new regulations, which also prohibit solo ascents with the aim of reducing the number of accidentsSolo climbers, blind people and double amputees have been banned from climbing Everest under new rules the Nepalese tourism ministry believes will reduce the number of deaths on the mountain.The changes have provoked criticism from the US ambassador to Nepal and a former Gurkha soldier planning to scale the peak after losing both legs in Afghanistan. Related: British cancer patient reaches Everest summit Continue reading... [...]
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Caught on camera: Chennai man slaps policeman in full public view
A shocking video of a college student slapping a Chennai policeman has now gone viral. The student, identified as Manikandan, is seen assaulting the policeman in full public view after being stopped for traffic violation. The video dated December [...]
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'We will vandalise cinema halls': Rajput Karni Sena's open threat to movie Padmavati
In an open threat to to the cinema halls, the Rajput Karni Sena, which has been protesting against the movie Padmavati, on Saturday, said it it would vandalise halls which are going to screen the Sanjay Leela Banshali directed period film. [...]
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Padmavati: Pahlaj Nihalani blames CBFC for sidelining the film
The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has decided to give Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmavati" a UA certificate and has suggested the director change the film's title to "Padmavat". Pahlaj Nihalani, the former chief of the Central Board of [...]
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Palestine conveys 'deep regret' over envoy's presence at Hafiz Saeed event: MEA
The Palestinian on Saturday conveyed deep regrets after India strongly condemned the Palestinian envoy's presence at a rally organised by Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief and 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and assured the Government of India that they are taking [...]
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Jio tops 4G download speed chart at 19.6 mbps in Oct: TRAI
New Delhi, Dec 29: Reliance Jio topped the chart by registering an average download speed of 19.6 mbps in mobile broadband in October, according to Trai data released. While, Idea Cellular recorded highest upload speed of 6.5 mbps (megabits [...]
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Mini to offer 3D printing-based customisation options
Mini is turning to 3D printing technology to offer its customers a wider range of personalisation options. In order to make its models even more special for their owners, Mini will be offering its customers to design their own exterior and interior trim bits for their cars. This will be done via  dedicated online configuration software. The upgrade package includes 3D-printed side indicator inlays and dashboard trim, as well as personalised sill plates and LED puddle lights. The indicator inlays and dashboard facia come in one of five colours and can display text, simple images and textured patterns, or one of a small selection of cityscapes. Using a laser etching technique, meanwhile, the illuminated sill plates can present text in the owner’s handwriting, basic graphics and even star constellations. Additionally, when the doors are opened, the puddle lights project personalised text onto the ground. The components, which are designed to be fitted at home, will be manufactured in Munich, with Mini anticipating a four-week lead time once the designs have been submitted. Each component is subject to the same BMW Group crash and durability tests as any other item of trim. Given the cost and complexity of 3D printing, Mini teamed up with computing giant Hewlett Packard to refine the process. These new set of customization options will be available in select markets initially.  There is no news of it being coming to India in the near future.  [...]
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The Guardian view on the Kabul bombing: vicious identity violence | Editorial
In a nation worn down by war, Isis’s ability to turn latent divisions into bloody slaughter should not be underestimatedAfghanistan’s 16-year war has largely been fought between the Taliban and a regime in Kabul backed by the US and Nato forces. The battle between the two was understood to be political, not sectarian. The Taliban considered a war between Muslims counterproductive to establishing an Islamic emirate. However the bombing of a Shia cultural centre in Kabul by Isis’s Afghan arm marks a new low of vicious identity violence.The blast took place in a part of west Kabul that is home to large numbers of Hazara, a largely Shia minority. Hazaras had been sidelined for generations and lived in fear of being massacred by the majority Pashtuns. However, the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 changed their fate. Hazaras now routinely top university admissions examinations, and within a decade almost half of the community’s girl students were passing university exams. Hazaras do not have political power but they are rising. Continue reading... [...]
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Arun Jaitley terms oppn comments on economy 'exaggerated'
New Delhi, Dec 29: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley dismissed as "exaggerated" the suggestion that India's growth rate plummeted to an all-time low, saying that for the last three consecutive years, the country has remained the fastest growing economy in the world. [...]
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No free conversion of PIO cards to OCI cards after Dec 31
New Delhi, Dec 29: The scheme allowing conversion of Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cards to Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards free of cost will come to an end on Sunday, a home ministry official said. The official [...]
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BJP leader sends footwear online to Pakistan high commission
New Delhi, Dec 29: A Delhi BJP leader ordered footwear online and gave the address of the Pakistan High Commission here for its delivery to protest against the ill- treatment meted out to the mother and the wife of death row [...]
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Mumbai's Kamala Mills fire: Pub owners see no faults; 1Above blames Mojo's
After 14 patrons perished in a massive fire, a blame game began on Friday between the two Kamala Mills pubs - 1Above and Mojo's Bistro - which have been reduced to a heap of ashes. Even as authorities claimed [...]
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RTI activist Vihar Durve says fire safety norms not monitored in Mumbai
Pune-based RTI activist Vihar Durve has got RTI documents which say that there is no record available with BMC about the high-rise buildings in Mumbai. [...]
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Delhi: 23 students go missing in Paris, CBI registers case against 3 persons
The CBI registered a case of human trafficking against three persons after 23 students, who were taken to Paris to participate in a rugby training camp, went missing in the French capital. [...]
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Sandesara Case: Key witness ousted Congress leader Ahmed Patel, his son and son-in-law
In a sensational development which could have serious political implications, a key witness in the Sandesara case has named senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, his son Faisal Patel and his son-in-law Irfan Siddique in connection with the case. [...]
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Wrestler Sushil Kumar qualifies for Commonwealth Games 2018
The six freestyle wrestlers also qualified for next year's Senior Asian Wrestling Championship to be held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. [...]
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Football celebrates 1995 Ballon d'Or winner George Weah's Liberia election victory
Weah, idolised in Liberia as "Mister George", will be sworn in on January 22 after winning Thursday`s run-off against vice President Joseph Boakai. [...]
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Rishabh Pant not perturbed by BCCI chief selector MSK Prasad's remark on young keepers
Though not in the best of form in the ongoing Ranji Trophy season, Delhi's 20-year-old Pant is considered a bright prospect and has shown his capabilities in the not-too-distant past. [...]
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Apple iPhone X Review
  Apple pitched the iPhone X as the future. And, they are spot-on in saying that. It is the future, the future of iPhone, but it doesn't really redefine the category enough. Bezel-less phones has be... [...]
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Prez, PM condole loss of lives in Mumbai fire
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday condoled loss of lives in a major fire that broke out at a building in the Kamala Mills Compound in Mumbai's Lower Parel late on Thursday night. 15 people were [...]
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Tit-for-tat: Congress MLA slaps lady constable, cop slaps her back
A Congress MLA from Himachal Pradesh got a tit-for-tat response from a lady constable in Shimla on Friday. MLA Asha Kumari got into an argument with the constable and slapped her, the cop retaliated and immediately slapped her back. [...]
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Mumbai fire: at least 15 dead after blaze breaks out in restaurant
The fire quickly spread from the top floor of the four-storey building in India’s financial and entertainment capitalAt least 15 people have been killed and more than 50 injured in a fire that broke out in a restaurant in Mumbai early on Friday.The fire quickly spread from the top-floor restaurant through a four-storey building, said fire official Balkrishna Kadam. Related: 'Dark forces will be unleashed': the fire temple v the Mumbai metro Continue reading... [...]
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Dinakaran takes oath as RK Nagar MLA; trains gun at EPS-OPS
Sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran on Friday took oath as the MLA of Chennai's R K Nagar Assembly constituency. After taking the oath, Dinakaran, without taking names, warned certain leaders of AIADMK to mend their ways. "5-6 people in the party [...]
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Logitech Ultimate Ears (UE) Megaboom
  The UE Boom and UE Boom 2, both are fantastic speakers for the performance they offer. With the UE Megaboom, UE has upped the size, output and battery life when compared to the Boom and Boom 2. Should... [...]
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Gear Fit2 Pro Review
  It’s a brave new world for fitness trackers out there. While on one hand, affordable fitness trackers like the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 are flourishing, on the other hand, notable makers of fitness trac... [...]
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Mumbai fire: Was BMC aware of illegal construction?
If the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) was strict and had it acted on complaints by activists, the fire at Kamala Mills compound in Mumbai, which claimed 15 lives, could have been prevented. An activist on Friday claimed that he had complained [...]
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Autocar India’s top 5 car video reviews of 2017
1. Jeep Compass: Jeep was bet big on its first affordable model for India – the Compass – and it looks like their bets paid off: the Compass is already hugely popular and, in our opinion, very capable. 2. New Suzuki Swift (Exclusive Drive): We get behind the wheel of the upcoming Swift in one of our signature exclusive drives. We discover that the Swift just may have improved on the formula that made it such a runaway success. 3. Tata Nexon: The Tata Nexon is stylish, loaded with technology and powered by new engines – but what we loved most is that Tata brought the concept to reality without really changing it, all that much. 4. Maruti Ignis: The Maruti Ignis was probably one of the quirkiest cars to hit the market in 2017, featuring a unique, retro-inspired design that helps it stand out in a fleet. 5. Mahindra XUV500 vs Tata Hexa: The Tata Hexa makes for a compelling package with its proven engine and spacious, well-decked interiors. Can it, however, take on Mahindra’s popular XUV500? Clearly, we all had the same question, on our minds. [...]
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