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Man absconding for 14 years, found hiding in washing machine to evade arrest
One of the constables, just to ensure they do not miss out on anything, decided to open the washing machine. To his surprise, he found the accused, Manoj Tiwari, under a pile of clothes staring up at the constable. [...]
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EPL Boxing Day: Liverpool beat Swansea, Manchester United draw to Burnley
With Manchester City not in action until Wednesday`s trip to Newcastle, United are now 12 points behind the runaway leaders. [...]
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Indian troops kill top militant in Kashmir
Leader of Jaish-e-Mohammad, a Pakistan-based group, is killed after gun battle in disputed regionGovernment forces have killed the commander of a Pakistan-based militant group in Indian-administered Kashmir, police have said, at the end of the deadliest year for a decade in the disputed territory.Noor Mohammad Tantray, the head of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) group in the Kashmir valley, was trapped in a house outside the main city of Srinagar on Monday evening along with his associates, triggering a fierce overnight gun battle. Related: WhatsApp warriors on the new frontline of Kashmir’s conflict Related: India’s crackdown in Kashmir: is this the world’s first mass blinding? Continue reading... [...]
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Cataract surgery in torch light on 32 patients in UP; probe ordered
Unnao (UP), December 26: A probe has been ordered into reports claiming that 32 cataract patients were operated upon in torchlight for want of steady electricity supply at a state-run facility in Unnao on Tuesday. According to the reports, [...]
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Water to get costlier in Delhi, hike in price of 20000 l
In a meeting of the Delhi Jal Board on December 26, headed by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, it was decided that the price of water will be hiked by 20% for usage over 20000 l. Which also means that for [...]
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Vijay Mallya a victim of flamboyance and arrogance\": Air Deccan chairman
Kingfisher Airlines (KFA) founder Vijay Mallya is a "victim of flamboyance and arrogance rather than any political conspiracy", Air Deccan chairman GR Gopinath has said. Gopinath, who is credited with making flying affordable through the no-frills airline, also said [...]
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Meghwal rubbishes Mamata Banerjee's charge on tableau
Union minister Arjun Ram Meghwal on Monday rubbished Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's allegation on the reported exclusion of West Bengal's proposed tableau in the Republic Day parade in Delhi and said that the Centre has no role in the selection process. [...]
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New cars for 2018: Upcoming SUVs
AUDI Q5 The Q5 has been the bestselling Audi for a few years now and the carmaker does not seem to want to tinker with a successful formula for the new car. It’s similar looking to the older car but the sharper styling and detailing makes it look more like a mini-Q7. It’s based on an all-new platform, which means its lighter than before, and the suspension too has been revised. The cabin is where the new Q5 really shines, with a top-notch interior in terms of design and quality. Equipment levels are impressive and it includes a 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster, in-car Wi-Fi, an 8.3-inch free-standing screen for the MMI system with CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Audi’s GLC and X3 baiter is wider and it comes with a longer wheelbase than before and this translates into more interior room and a larger boot capacity of 550 litres. A seven-speed auto gearbox and Quattro all-wheel drive will be offered as standard on most variants. Coming: January 2018 Engines: 2.0P, 2.0D, 3.0D Price: Rs 55-62 lakh Also see:  2018 Audi Q5 India video review AUDI Q8 The Q8 will be top dog in Audi’s SUV line-up when it launches in India. It is poised to take on BMW’s X7. Test mules suggest that it will retain the concept’s striking exterior design that combines the large footprint of an SUV with the sleek lines of a coupé. It shares its MLB platform with the Q7 but with a 5,020mm length, 2,040mm width and a 3,000mm wheelbase, making it even larger than a Range Rover. Audi says the Q8 will use a hybrid powertrain, combining a 3.0-litre turbo-petrol engine and an electric motor, with a total output of 450hp and 500Nm. Coming: Late 2018 Engines: 3.0P + electric Price: Rs 1.1crore Also see:  SCOOP! 2018 Audi Q8 spied in India BMW X2 The Bavaria-based carmaker is on a spree to fill every possible niche there is for SUVs. The X2 will be its sixth SUV and it shares the UKL platform with the X1. Designed to be sportier than the X1, it stands 49mm shorter and 69mm lower. Design-wise, the X2 is quite similar to the Concept X2 that was showcased at the 2016 Paris motor show. A BMW roundel adorns a thick C-pillar, while a taut surfacing treatment along the flanks and squared-off wheel arches lend it a rugged look. The X2’s cabin shares plenty of elements with the X1’s, including the black panel instruments and the multifunction steering wheel. Base variants will feature front-wheel drive while four-wheel drive will be available on the top variants. The X2 will lock horns with the likes of the Range Rover Evoque. Coming: Mid 2018 Engines: 2.0P, 2.0D Price: Rs 40-50 lakh Also see:  India-bound BMW X2 unveiled BMW X3 The new X3 promises to deliver more luxury and driving pleasure than its predecessors. Set to rival the Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLC, the new X3 is built on a chassis that is considerably stiffer and 55kg lighter than the one on the car it replaces. It isn’t much larger on the outsides and overall dimensions are similar to the outgoing car. Where BMW engineers and designers have made more space is between the wheels. The high-quality interior follows in the footsteps of the new 5-series, with its hexagonal form and bevelled edges. There is a slightly more space in the rear and knee room is marginally more than the earlier X3. Passengers in the rear get three-zone climate control and the rear seats can be split 40:20:40 to expand the boot space to a massive 1,600 litres. The new X3 also rides better and is nicer to drive than its predecessor. There’s also an M Performance version with a lower, stiffer suspension and 360hp on tap, making it both quick and fun to drive. Coming: Early 2018 Engine: 2.0P, 2.0/3.0D Price: Rs 50-60 lakh Also see:  2017 BMW X3 review, test drive Exclusive! BMW plans multiple launches at Auto Expo 2018 BMW X4 The X4 is to the X3 what the X6 is the to X5 – a sportier, coupé-roofed sibling. In the new X4, you’ll get all the features and space of the new X3, but with less of headroom at the rear. It sits on BMW’s CLAR (Cluster Architecture) structure and uses a mix of high-strength steel and aluminum. Power is most likely to come from a 360hp, 3.0-litre, six-cylinder, petrol engine. Coming: Late 2018 Engines: 3.0P Price: Rs 65 lakh Honda CR-V There’s a new CR-V on its way here and this one is going to feature an all-new diesel engine option – a first for India. In addition to its proven 2.4-litre petrol, there’s going to be a new 158hp, 1.6-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine that is likely to be offered with a nine-speed automatic gearbox. This fifth-generation version of the CR-V is bigger than the car it replaces and will be launched in a seven-seater guise only. This should give the CR-V an immediate advan [...]
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PM Modi, Amit Shah to attend swearing-in of Jai Ram Thakur as Himachal CM on Wednesday
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and chief ministers of many BJP-ruled states would attend the swearing-in ceremony of Jai Ram Thakur as the new chief minister of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday. The ceremony would be held [...]
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RSS committed to Hindutva, doesn't play politics: Mohan Bhagwat
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Monday said his organisation is committed to "Hindutva" and does not play politics. "RSS does not play politics. It is committed to Hindutva, which means tolerance," he said at an event [...]
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Vijay Rupani to be sworn in as Gujarat CM for second time today
The new BJP government in Gujarat, led by Vijay Rupani and his deputy Nitin Patel, will be sworn-in at a grand function in Gandhinagar today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP national president Amit Shah, chief ministers of all BJP-ruled [...]
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EPS-OPS faction sacks 6 leaders for supporting Dinakaran
A day after sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran won the RK Nagar byelection with thumping margin, six district secretaries supporting Dinakaran have been sacked from AIADMK by EPS- OPS faction on Monday. They are: S Vetrivel, Thanga Tamil Selvan, [...]
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Commuters elated as first AC local train starts in Mumbai
Mumbai, December 25: In a Christmas gift to Mumbaikars, the country's first air-conditioned (AC) suburban train commenced its services on Monday, thus realising the long-awaited dream of lakhs of commuters. The train, operated by the Western Railway (WR), began [...]
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Vladamir Putin critic Alexei Navalny barred from Russian presidential election
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was barred on Monday from running in next year's presidential election after officials ruled he was ineligible to take part due to a suspended prison sentence he says was trumped up. [...]
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India teri maut aayi: Masood Azhar's brother threatens terror strike bigger than Pathankot
Ghost commander of terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed and brother of its chief Masood Azhar, Mufti Abdul Rauf Asghar has assured the outfit of a strike in India bigger than Pathankot attack. [...]
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Faf du Plessis doubtful for South Africa vs Zimbabwe Test
Du Plessis has not played since suffering a back injury during a one-day international against Bangladesh in October. [...]
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English Premier League Fantasy XI of 2017
It seems like ages since the end of last season, when Chelsea finished at the top and Manchester City ended their campaign at third. The new 2017-18 season has been different, with the Blues currently at 3rd and City at pole position, with a 16 point lead over the defending champions. [...]
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Indian Cricket 2017: A year of brilliance
Stand-in-skipper Rohit Sharma sent records tumbling with the likes of former skipper MS Dhoni. [...]
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Tortured by police, separated from his family for years, but Tamil refugee still says nandri – thank you
Rescued after 22 hours in freezing water, Para Paheer applied for asylum in Australia. An extraordinary friendship with a Victorian woman helped ease the pain of waiting eight years to see his wife and sonThe word nandri comes easily and often to Para Paheer: to the bishop who rescued him from torture, to the ship’s captain who plucked him from the ocean after 22 freezing hours in the water, to the Victorian family who adopted him in his adopted land, and to the Australian community at large for his family’s second chance.Paheer’s near decade-long search for safety and to be reunited with his wife and child has been marked by trial and tribulation, but it is nandri – Tamil for thank you – that he reaches for first upon reflection on his journey. Related: Sri Lanka accused of waging 'silent war' as Tamil land is appropriated by army Related: Twelve former Australians of the Year condemn government and urge action on Manus Related: Australia built a hell for refugees on Manus. The shame will outlive us all | Richard Flanagan Related: Why do you want people to drown at sea? | First Dog on the Moon Related: Australia still embraces multiculturalism but fracture lines are deepening | David Marr Related: Australia's offshore detention regime is a brutal and obscene piece of self-delusion | Ben Doherty and Helen Davidson Related: Sri Lankan man 'risks torture and rape' if deported from Australia Related: Second cohort of Nauru and Manus refugees to be resettled in US Continue reading... [...]
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Indians celebrate Christmas despite fears of anti-Christian backlash
Government asked states to increase security for Christmas celebrations after recent isolated attacks on ChristiansChristians and others in India celebrated Christmas despite fears of a backlash in some parts of the predominantly Hindu country.The Indian government asked states to increase security for Christmas celebrations this year after recent isolated attacks on Christians in northern India. No new incidents had been reported as of late Monday. Continue reading... [...]
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Bikers snatch Indian diplomat Eenam Gambhir's mobile phone in Delhi
Men on a bike snatched the phone from UN diplomat Eenam Gambhir in Delhi's Rohini on December 23. A case has been registered. Eenam Gambhir India's First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations. She [...]
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Kabul suicide attack kills six near Afghan intelligence agency
Blast comes a week after Isis claimed responsibility for attack on National Directorate of Security training centre A suicide attacker on foot blew himself up near a compound belonging to the Afghan intelligence agency in Kabul on Monday, killing six civilians, officials said.The attacker struck at a time when workers were arriving at their offices. It comes a week after militants stormed a National Directorate of Security (NDS) training centre in the Afghan capital. Related: Europe rebuked for removing Afghans to one of world's most dangerous countries Continue reading... [...]
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India should reduce petrol imports by 2022: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday that India should reduce petrol imports by 2022 when India mark 75 years of freedom, In order to achieve this, state of the art mass transit systems are the need of the hour, he said [...]
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The world in 2017: how much do you know? – quiz
One state turned off the internet, another was accused of using starvation as a weapon of war, and beauty pageant contestants went rogue in the name of gender equality. What do you remember of the year that was?Which country hosts the world's largest refugee camp?TanzaniaKenyaUgandaSudanIn November, who became secretary of state for development after Priti Patel resigned amid controversy over covert meetings with Israeli officials?Andrea LeadsomJames BrokenshirePenny MordauntKaren BradleyThe government of which country turned off the internet for a week in September?TogoCongo-BrazzavilleEthiopiaEgyptAn aid watchdog accused three celebrities of producing 'poverty porn' for Comic Relief 2017. Who were they?Gary Lineker, Gal Gadot and Tom HardyBruno Mars, Chris Hemsworth and Anne HathawayBeyoncé, Jeremy Irons and Ben AffleckEd Sheeran, Tom Hardy and Eddie RedmayneIn May, the rail network of which country introduced an initiative to employ transgender workers? MexicoPakistanIndiaAfghanistanWho made headlines around the world by branding Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi 'one of the great ethnic cleansers'?Kendrick LamarLana Del ReyKeshaBob GeldofIn a speech in New York in September, who said: 'The world has never been healthier, wealthier or less violent'?Barack ObamaBill ClintonWarren BuffettJeffrey SachsIn November, contestants in which televised national beauty pageant announced figures on gender violence rather than their vital statistics? Miss PeruMiss PhilippinesMiss PakistanMiss ParaguayIn which country does Britain risk complicity in the use of starvation as a weapon of war, according to academic and author Alex de Waal?SyriaAfghanistanYemenIraqWho was branded a hypocrite after backing a luxury tourism project in Saudi Arabia, despite his outspoken criticism of human rights abuses in the country? Stelios Haji-IoannouPhilip GreenPrince CharlesRichard BransonIn a landmark decision, which country repealed a law that allowed rapists to avoid jail by marrying their victims?JordanEgyptLebanonSaudi Arabia11 and above.A truly stellar performance. Clearly you need to get out more.8 and above.An excellent effort. 6 and above.Nice job. 4 and above.Fair to middling. You're the XX of global news knowledge.0 and above.Seems you've not really been paying attention. Too many episodes of Game of Thrones, perhaps? Continue reading... [...]
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Telangana: Headmaster found hanging in school, note addressed to KCR found
Karimnagar(Telangana), Dec 24: The headmaster of a school allegedly committed suicide on Saturday in a room in the school at Gunturpally village in Telangana. Karimnagar Rural Circle Inspector Sashidhar Reddy said that headmaster Kethireddy Madhusudan Reddy's body was discovered [...]
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McLaren highlights issues in building an electric supercar
McLaren is sure about developing an all-electric supercar and our sister publication, Autocar UK, has been talking its engineers who have shared some details about the challenge faced in building an electric supercar. Dan Parry-Williams, McLaren’s engineering design director, says that the company is working with a pure Electric Vehicle (EV) test mule, with the main focus being on keeping the driver engagement intact. He said that the route is not that easy and McLaren has to cover quite a distance to meet its aspirations. Similar to other automakers who are venturing into EVs, for McLaren, technology is the major challenge. Parry-Williams explains this with an example: “If one wants to do some track driving for half an hour in an EV that has a road drive range of over 500 miles, then, at the end of the tracking, the car would completely run out of charge as the energy required for track performance is staggering.” Parry-Williams said that there is a lot of investment into energy-dense batteries, which are good for providing long range. However, for a supercar performance, power density is more important and a lot needs to be invested in such technology. So, for McLaren, a full EV is still some time away. However, Parry-Williams has confirmed that 50 percent of McLaren’s models will have hybrid powertrains by 2022 that will be high on performance. The company is looking forward to building an EV with an on-board power generator to prevent its battery from getting exhausted even after track performance. [...]
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Maoist leader carrying reward of Rs 25 lakh surrenders in Telangana
A prominent Maoist leader, who carried a reward of Rs 25 lakhs on his head, surrendered before the Telangana police on Sunday. Narasimha Reddy, a Central Committee member of the banned CPI (Maoist), surrendered with his wife H Rajitha, [...]
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China and Russia oppose UN resolution on Rohingya
Resolution calls on the Myanmar to allow access for aid workers, ensure the return of all refugees and grant full citizenship rights to the RohingyaThe UN general assembly has urged Myanmar to end a military campaign against Muslim Rohingya and called for the appointment of a UN special envoy, despite opposition from China, Russia and some regional countries.A resolution put forward by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation was adopted by a vote of 122 to 10 with 24 abstentions.The Rohingya are Muslims who live in majority-Buddhist Myanmar. They are often described as "the world's most persecuted minority".  Related: 'When they began slaughtering us we ran for our lives': Rohingya trapped inside Myanmar | Alex Crawford Continue reading... [...]
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