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'New visa rules by US, UK may pose challenge for Indian IT in 2018
New visa rules by countries like the US, UK, and Australia may pose challenge for Indian IT Industry in 2018 even as the sector may reach USD 150 billion mark, former Nasscom Chairman BVR Mohan Reddy has said. "In [...]
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Treated 'worse than animals': thousands of Indian women feared trapped in ashrams
Nearly 250 women and 48 girls so far found confined behind gates in properties belonging to the Adhyatmik Vishwa Vidyalaya religious organisationNeither the din of traffic nor the roar of aircraft from a nearby airport could blot out the screams neighbours say they regularly heard from the apartment building in west Delhi.On Saturday, on the second floor of the unassuming complex in Mohan Garden, authorities discovered 21 women and children living in a heavily fortified “spiritual university”, at least five believed to be minors. Related: Delhi police raid 'spiritual university' and find women behind locked doors Continue reading... [...]
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Don't fall at the feet of those with money,fame,power: Rajinikanth
'Superstar' Rajinikanth on Thursday came out against the practice of people falling at the feet of those who have power, money and fame, saying one should prostrate only before God and parents. "We should prostrate before God, and our [...]
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Sasikala on a 'vow of silence' in prison, says Dinakaran
Sasikala is on a "vow of silence" in the central prison here since the death anniversary of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on December 5, the deposed AIADMK leader's nephew T T V Dinakaran said on Thursday. [...]
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Denying information for lack of Aadhaar violates RTI Act: Central Information Commission
Denial of information for the lack of Aadhaar card is a serious breach of right guaranteed under the RTI Act and amounts to harassment of the applicant, the Central Information Commission has held. The Commission has imposed maximum penalty [...]
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Fadnavis breached people's trust on International Financial Services Centre: Maharashtra Congress
Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant pointed that the Union government has made it clear that the IFSC project will come in Gujarat and not in Maharashtra, as claimed by Fadnavis. [...]
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West Bengal: Protesters burn vehicle over power project conflict, several injured
Members of the committee were holding rallies in the locality to garner support against the proposed power grid. The locals allege that the group fired bullets, pelted stones and even hurled crude bombs. [...]
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Online shopping goes bizarre: Customer buys smartphone on Amazon, gets a stone delivered instead
The parcel looked untidy and used, which made Rakesh suspicious. After opening the box, he found a rock placed inside instead of the mobile phone he had bought online. [...]
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Sevilla name Vincenzo Montella to replace axed cancer-stricken coach Eduardo Berizzo
Montella was sacked by AC Milan in November after just 17 months in charge with the Italian giants marooned in mid-table. [...]
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1995 Ballon d'Or winner George Weah set to win Liberia presidency after 98.1 percent of all votes counted
The National Election Commission (NEC) said Weah had won an insurmountable 61.5 percent of Tuesday's vote, which was delayed several weeks after a legal challenge from Boakai. [...]
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UEFA 'don't care' about racism, says England's Under-17 FIFA World Cup star Rhian Brewster
The 17-year-old, who is yet to feature for Liverpool`s first team, says he has witnessed racial abuse – either aimed at him or a teammate – seven times this year. [...]
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Gionee M7 Power
  Different people tend to have different preferences when it comes to a mid ranged phone. Some might require a good front-facing camera, other may need two-day battery life, so on and so forth. Smooth... [...]
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'Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife, mother made to look like widows': Sushma Swaraj
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday came down heavily on Pakistan over the treatment meted out to Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife and mother when they visited Islamabad to meet him. Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, Swaraj said human rights of the [...]
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TTV Dinakaran visits Sasikala in jail for the first time as R K Nagar MLA
After being elected as MLA of Radhakrishnan Nagar better known as R K Nagar, a victorious TTV Dinakaran met Sasikala Natarajan on Thursday. Dinakaran's visit to Bengaluru central jail in Parappana Agrahara comes days after he won the R K Nagar [...]
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Dozens die in blasts claimed by Isis at news agency and Shia centre in Kabul
At least 41 people killed and 48 wounded in suicide bombing – the latest in a series of attacks on media organisationsDozens of people, many of them students, have been killed in a suicide attack on an office of the Afghan Voice news agency and a neighbouring cultural centre in Kabul.At least 40 people died and 30 were wounded in the blasts, the latest in a series to have hit media organisations in Kabul, the interior ministry deputy spokesman, Nasrat Rahimi, said. Continue reading... [...]
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'How will criminalising Triple Talaq benefit women', asks Congress
With the Union Government set to table the Triple Talaq bill in the Lok Sabha today, the Congress party has said that it will not support it. Senior Congress leader and former external affairs minister Salman Khurshid said that the BJP-led [...]
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Tensions in tourism: Nepal's middle class claim they are 'unwanted guests' | Pete Pattisson
Locals who want to join overseas visitors in enjoying the country’s stunning mountains say its tourist industry gives western trekkers preferential treatmentAs Sandeep Poudyal trudged along the last stretch of the track leading to Manang, a village in the Nepalese Himalayas overlooked by the towering Annapurna range, all he could think about was the warm bed and hot food waiting in the hotel he had booked for himself and his five Nepalese friends.But when he arrived, after trekking for nearly nine hours, he was told the hotel was fully booked. Poudyal later learned that his rooms had been given away to foreign trekkers. Two days later, it happened again in the next village on the trail. Related: 'My dream is coming true': the Nepalese woman who rose from slavery to politics | Kate Hodal Related: How HIV found its way to a remote corner of the Himalayas Continue reading... [...]
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Thanks for reminding, PM never means what he say: Rahul twists Jaitley statement
Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday took a dig at the government's statement in Rajya Sabha that Narendra Modi has never questioned Manmohan Singh's integrity, saying thanks for reminding India that the prime minister "never means what he says or says [...]
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Why tabling of triple talaq bill in Parl is more significant than Eid or Bakrid for Muslim women
On Thursday, when the triple talaq bill is all set to be tabled in the Lok Sabha, several Muslim women expressed a sense of victory for crossing so many hurdles before reaching this far to end the "malpractice" that has ruined [...]
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TVS Apache RR 310: Tech secrets
Like the TVS Apache RR 310? Why wouldn’t you? It’s a gorgeous, fast motorcycle with an impressive equipment list, fantastic handling and a tempting price tag as well. Yes, you also know by now that there is a fair bit of BMW (G 310 R) under its skin but is that all there is to it? Certainly not. Read on to find out what makes the Apache RR 310 the commendable motorcycle it is. ENGINE TECHNOLOGY The 312.2cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine has been jointly developed by BMW Motorrad and TVS and is common to, both, the BMW G 310 R and the Apache RR 310. The DOHC motor produces 34hp at 9,700 rpm and 27.3Nm of torque at 7,700 rpm, and is reverse inclined (tilts backwards), with the exhaust port emerging from the rear as well. This helps position the engine further ahead allowing for a longer swingarm, while keeping the wheelbase short, which aids stability and handling progression. The position of the engine helps it comply with emission norms since it makes the required exhaust length shorter, helping the catalytic converter heat up faster. Thanks to the cylinder head featuring a down draft port with a button tappet arrangement, this engine benefits from an 8 per cent increase in volumetric efficiency. This essentially translates to better intake characteristics and optimum use of the air-fuel mixture available within the cylinder. Additionally, the crankcase is a horizontally split unit and the engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox, which is slick and encouraging of quick gearshifts. AERODYNAMICS The Apache RR 310 has been designed extensively to provide top-notch aerodynamic performance. It has been wind-tunnel tested in India for over 300 hours, resulting in slippery bodywork with a best-in-class coefficient of drag as per TVS’ claims. The gill vents on the fairing channel hot air away from the engine and TVS has also designed a deflector cowl (patent pending) that diverts engine heat downwards and away from the rider. While the windscreen isn’t adjustable, it is, by default, accommodating enough to allow even tall riders a full racing crouch. Another notable touch is the panel gap consistency, which is a quality-control measure but also aids the RR’s aerodynamic performance. ABS Standard on the RR 310 is a dual-channel ABS unit that is programmed to be least intrusive. In a real-world scenario, this means the ABS only kicks in when you absolutely need it – either at crawling speeds or under absolute panic braking. This is great for those who don’t like the ABS intruding (who does, right?) into aggressive braking styles. Unfortunately, for those with an agenda against physics, the ABS cannot be disengaged, which means stoppies will be harder to perform. SUSPENSION The RR 310 shares its suspension components with the BMW G 310 R, albeit tuned to suit its purpose as an everyday road motorcycle that will also be ridden on a racetrack. The front-end gets a 41mm upside-down cartridge fork and the rear gets a preload-adjustable gas-assisted monoshock, both courtesy KYB. TYRES Michelin Pilot Street tyres, 110/70 R17 at the front and 150/60 R17 at the rear, are standard on the RR 310. These tyres have been co-developed with TVS, specifically for the RR 310. While these tyres offer impressive levels of grip – our racetrack stint was entirely devoid of drama no matter how hard we tried – they aren’t as communicative those on some of the RR’s peers (the KTM 390’s Metzelers that is).   Also see: In conversation with Arun Siddharth of TVS Motor TVS Apache RR 310: Where can you buy one? 2018 TVS Apache RR 310 review, test ride TVS Apache RR 310 vs rivals: Specifications comparison [...]
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Maruti to build 12 automated driving test centres in Delhi
Maruti has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Department of Transport, NCT of Delhi, to set up state-of-the-art Automated Driving Test Centres across 12 locations in the city. The carmaker will invest approximately Rs 15 crore to help build the centres. As per the MoA, pending the Transport Department’s approval, Maruti will help to build the test centres, which will comprise of test tracks, high-definition cameras and an integrated IT system. The Japanese brand will set up and maintain the test centres for a period of three years while the Transport Department will conduct the tests and issue driving licenses to eligible applicants. The plan for the test centres is to set them up in phases, before being handed over to the Transport Department, who will commission them and decide how they are operated. The Automated Driving Test Centres will possess advanced video analytic technology to monitor and assess the applicant’s driving skills, instead of the manual assessment currently performed. The Japanese manufacturer, at present, facilitates driver training through its network of nearly 430 Driving Schools, operated in partnership with Maruti dealers across India. It also manages six IDTRs (Institute of Driving and Traffic Research), which use driving simulators and employ trained instructors to impart training based on a theory-cum-practical curriculum, in partnership with state governments. In the first phase, these Automated Driving Test Centres will be set up at Hauz Khas, Shakur Basti, Raja Garden, Hari Nagar, Burari, Loni Road, Sarai Kale Khan, Rohini, Jharoda Kalan, Mayur Vihar Phase I, Surajmal Vihar and Dwarka. [...]
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Children increasingly used as weapons of war, Unicef warns
2017 was a brutal year for young people caught in conflict, UN agency says, citing their recruitment as fighters and bombersChildren caught in war zones are increasingly being used as weapons of war – recruited to fight, forced to act as suicide bombers, and used as human shields – the United Nations children’s agency has warned. In a statement summarising 2017 as a brutal year for children caught in conflict, Unicef said parties to conflicts were blatantly disregarding international humanitarian law and children were routinely coming under attack. Related: More than 300,000 Rohingya refugee children 'outcast and desperate', Unicef says Related: Hurricane Irma: Unicef appeals for international help for Caribbean islands Continue reading... [...]
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Delhi govt deploys Environment Marshalls to combat pollution
Environment Minister, Imran Hussain on December 27 announced that Delhi government has deployed Environment Marshalls in various parts of the capital to control illegal burning in open, dust emanating from various sources and improper management of dhalaos, contributing to air pollution. [...]
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PM Modi takes a Coffee break in Shimla, remembers old days
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was in Shimla for the swearing-in ceremony of the new state government took a brief break at the Indian Coffee House - a place he often used to spend time at during party-related work years ago. [...]
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MSI GV62 7RE
  This year NVIDIA introduced one of the best gaming GPUs for budding gamers in the form of the GTX 1050 Ti. With lower TDPs and much lower heat signatures, the relatively new 4GB GPU is a hit among cas... [...]
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IT raids at Sasikala's aides continues
Income Tax officials have raided places belonging to VK Sasikala's relatives on Wednesday. The development comes three days after the results of the RK Nagar byelection had been declared. Sasikala's nephew TTV Dhinakaran won the election as an independent [...]
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M K Alagiri lashes out at M K Stalin, blames him for DMK's constant failure
Elder son of M. Karunanidhi, M K Alagiri, who was expelled from DMK, has lashed out at M K Stalin who is the working president of the party. [...]
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Egypt coach Hector Raul Cuper reveals secrets about FIFA World Cup qualification
It is the third time for Egypt to enter the FIFA World Cup and the first time in 28 years (the last time Egypt participated was 1990 edition in Italy). [...]
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