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Bihar: Nitish cabinet decides to reduce examination fees for women candidates
Patna, Apr 7: In a Bihar Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, a decision was taken to reduce the fee for various competitive examinations for women candidates of all categories of the state. The decision was taken on Friday [...]
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Salman Khan's bail plea: Arguments in court over, order likely after 2 pm
A Jodhpur Court will continue the hearing of bail plea by Bollywood actor Salman Khan, who has been sentenced to five years in prison for killing two blackbucks in 1998, today (April 7). Salman Khan's lawyer had filed the bail application [...]
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PhotoGallery: 2018 Grazia vs Ntorq vs SR 125 comparison image gallery
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2018 Hyundai i30: 5 things you need to know
Hyundai’s i30 has been spied testing in India near Chennai recently, leading to speculation about what the hatchback is doing here. Here’s what you need to know about the i30: Is it an Elantra hatchback? The i30 is a premium model that was first unveiled at the 2016 Paris motor show. It slots in above the i20 in Hyundai’s international line-up and rivals the likes of the Honda Civic and Volkswagen Golf, in hatchback form. It is also available in coupé and sedan body styles. For India (and for the US), the Korean brand sells the model as a sedan, known as the Elantra. What about engines and power? The Elantra sedan is one that we’re familiar with; the i30 hatchback shares its underpinnings with this sedan, as well as most of the mechanical bits. The powertrain, however, differs for every market. The Elantra in India gets the 152hp, 2.0-litre petrol and 128hp, 1.6-litre diesel engines; both of these get six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions. Based on the badging, the i30 hatchback that was spied in Chennai was powered by a 1.6-litre diesel engine. It looks sporty. Is there a performance version, too? International markets also get a more extreme version of this car – the i30 N hot hatch. Hyundai’s performance arm has taken the i30 hatchback and changed its exterior to make it look faster. The carmaker has added wider intakes, a rear diffuser, twin exhaust pipes, N-labelled brake calipers and 18-inch (optional 19-inch) alloy wheels. The front-wheel-drive hot hatch is powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged petrol motor, which is available in two states of tune – 250hp and 275hp. In its former state, 100kph is reached from a standstill in 6.4sec, while its latter state shaves 0.3sec off that time. What about the technology it comes with? The standard models and the i30 N are all typical of the brand; they are quite feature-rich. While the India-spec Elantra is just at par with its rivals in the segment in terms of features, the hot hatch gets also gets a gamut of safety features beyond the usual six airbags, ABS and Isofix seat mounts. Driver-assist features include autonomous emergency braking, driver attention alert, lane keep assist and high beam assist technology. The car can also recognise road signs and display them in the car’s TFT instrument display cluster. Is it coming to India? Hyundai has not confirmed (or denied) plans to bring the i30 to India – there’s a high chance the car spotted was just a test mule to test components. The fact that the Elantra (and even the Creta) shares certain components with the i30, adds weight to this assumption. If brought to India, the i30 would be pricier than the current lot of sub-4-metre hatchbacks and would actually cost as much as mid-size sedans and SUVs. Then again, Hyundai did pioneer the premium hatchback segment in India in 2008 with the launch of the original i20; so don’t be surprised if Hyundai does decide to bring the i30 to India, in the future. Should Hyundai launch the i30 in India, and would you buy a premium hatchback for SUV or sedan money? Let us know in the comments section below. [...]
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Gadgets Guru director arrested for alleged tax evasion
The director of the online technology portal Gadgets Guru, Rajpal Singh, has been arrested on charges of non-payment of service tax and GST, said reports. ANI reported that there is a liability of over Rs 8 crores on Singh. [...]
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Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli gets ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhawan
Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli gets ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhawan [...]
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Mission Madhya Pradesh
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Gold Coast CWG 2018: India beat South Africa in lawn bowls triples
India defeated South Africa 18-17 in lawn bowls men`s Triples Sectional Play at the 21st Commonwealth Games here on Saturday.  [...]
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Gold Coast CWG 2018: Last-minute goal by Pakistan leads to a 2-2 draw with India in Hockey
A desperate Pakistan struck back late in the match to hold India 2-2 in their opening match in Pool B of the men's hockey competition at 2018 CWG in Gold Coast. [...]
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West Bengal’s Azaadi movement: An attempt to merge Murshidabad with Bangladesh foiled
In West Bengal, the affair is a bloody one. With the local body elections round the corner, the situation in most parts of the state is tense. What is adding to the tension is a crude bomb that was hurled at [...]
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'Modi govt did nothing for 30-crore Dalits of the country', alleges UP’s BJP MP
Lucknow, April 7: After the recent violent uprising of the Dalits in six states of the country, now, the Narendra Modi government is facing charges from within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for doing nothing for the members of the community. [...]
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Andhra special category status: YSR Congress MPs on hunger strike after resigning
Intensifying the protest over Andhra Pradesh Special Status all five Loksabha MPs of YSR Congress who submitted their resignations to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Friday sat on indefinite hunger strike at AP Bhawan in Delhi. YSRCP chief [...]
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Ministry of Defence official website hacked; Nirmala Sitharaman says 'action initiated'
The official website of Ministry of Defence website has been hacked on Friday. The website shows Chinese characters on the home page which meant 'meditation'. The website shows an error message saying,''The website encountered an unexpected error. Please try [...]
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Develop and conquer! The teen game prodigies taking India by storm
The game-makers behind studio Vague Pixels used to squeeze in coding after their homework. Now they’re hoping that their frenetic action game Alter Army takes offJaipur has a population of around three million people, but only one video game development studio – or so Vague Pixels claims. Founders Mridul Bansal and Mridul Pancholi are set to release their debut game, the frenetically paced action platformer Alter Army, at the end of the month. An early build of the game shows enormous potential – it’s a little rough-hewn, as you’d expect from an unfinished version, but it’s energetic, characterful and boasts an entertainingly hard challenge. What makes it more remarkable is that it’s been created in less than two years by 16-year-olds with no game design experience.In fact, as Bansal explains to me over a patchy Skype connection, the pair were barely 14 when they started working together. He had recently moved schools when he met Pancholi; they were classmates, but rarely spoke. “One day we heard each other talking about computers and game development, and we thought we should discuss it,” Bansal recalls. “I went to his house and we decided to start a project so we could polish our skills.” Continue reading... [...]
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'Defence ministry website not hacked, its technical issue', says NIC
National Informatics Centre, which hosts government websites including MoD and MHA on Friday clarified that the defence ministry website has not been hacked as reported by media. Taking to twitter NIC said "the website is down due to some [...]
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J&K: Terrorist killed in encounter with security forces in Pulwama
One terrorist has been killed in a gunfight with security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, the Army said. Security forces had launched a cordon and search operation in Kangan village following information about the [...]
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K’taka polls: Congress, BJP skip civic bodies’ meet, JD(S) marks its presence by promising the moon
On Friday, the Civil Society Forum--a coalition of civic society organisations and individuals--released the manifeso for the upcoming Karnataka Assembly elections at an auditorium in Bengaluru. The manifesto is being released ahead of the Assembly elections so that political [...]
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Delhi: Dust storm, rain bring some respite from killer heat wave
In a sudden change in the weather, parts of Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) witnessed a dust storm and thunder showers news agency ANI reported. The change in conditions brought much-awaited respite to Delhiites reeling under hot [...]
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Indian Army-spec Tata Safari Storme deliveries commence
About a year ago, Tata Motors had formally signed a contract to supply as many as 3,192 units of Safari Storme to the Indian Armed Forces. As we had reported earlier, the Safari Storme beat its prime rival, the Scorpio to become the choice of general vehicle for the Indian Armed forces. This conclusion was achieved after more than a year of rigorous testing conducted in various terrains across the country. Tata Motors has now officially begun deliveries of the Army-spec Safari Storme SUV. The new Tata Safari Storme for the Indian army is categorised under the new GS800 (General Service 800) vehicle classification, which subscribes to the basic criteria of a capable hardtop vehicle with air-conditioning and a minimum payload of 800kg. A new set of images show the Army-spec Tata Safari Storme from all angles. The SUV gets unique matte-green paint and is devoid of its chrome trim in order to avoid any type of reflection. The erstwhile chrome-bits are either painted in the same green shade as the vehicle, or have been blacked out. The vehicle gets special blacked-out lamps on the front and the rear bumpers. It also gets two special, heavy-duty hooks at the back and a unique jerry-can holder on the left rear fender. The alloy wheels are also painted in matte-green, like the rest of the body. Tata Motors had previously clarified that the Safari Storme for the armed forces gets an upgraded drivetrain and a significantly modified suspension setup. The standard vehicle comes with a 2.2­litre diesel engine, which is good for 154hp and 400Nm of torque. The army wanted to move away from a GS500 (General Service 500kg) platform – which includes the Gypsy – as the need was for a hardtop vehicle with a heavier payload-carrying capacity. As mentioned before, Tata Motors has begun deliveries to the Army and Navy, which will take place in a phased manner. Image source [...]
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Get lessons in honesty from Mumbai ragpicker who finds a ‘treasure’ and returns it to its owner
Mumbai, April 6: Even richest of the rich can't resist the temptation of "looting" money belonging to others. Isn't that what we saw in the recent times? It is because of people like billionaires Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya, who conveniently [...]
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Pakistan is my home. But as a journalist, my life is in danger there | Taha Siddiqui
From the safety of Paris, I can finally say what I want to the chief of the Pakistani army: dissent is essential to progress. Don’t censor itTo the chief of the army of Pakistan,I did not want to write an open letter to you. But after much deliberation, I thought it was important – not just for you to know what is happening in our beloved country, but also for the world to be aware of how dissent is being targeted in Pakistan, forcing journalists like me into exile. Continue reading... [...]
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Recruiters order Sri Lankan women to take birth control before working in Gulf
Agencies offer guarantee that women desperate to support families devastated by conflict will not fall pregnantSri Lankan women who take up domestic work in the Middle East to support families devastated by conflict are being targeted by recruitment agents who order them to take contraceptives before leaving.Six recruiters licensed by the Sri Lankan government said they could provide an employer with a “three-month guarantee” that a maid would not become pregnant. Some women think it’s necessary to have sex with the agents to go abroad. The agents coax and then abuse women Related: Saudi Arabian torment of migrant workers at mercy of abusive 'madams' Continue reading... [...]
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Siddaramaiah unsure about contesting from two constituencies
Karnataka Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah is yet to take a call on whether to contest from two constituencies or not. While it is certain that he would be contesting from the Chamundeshwari constituency, a call on whether to represent Badami in North [...]
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Oil drops after U.S. President Trump threatens new China trade tariffs
Oil drops after U.S. President Trump threatens new China trade tariffs [...]
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Commonwealth Games 2018, Gold Coast medals tally Day 2: Here's who stands where in the table
 Here is the current medal count from the 21st Commonwealth Games 2018 being held in Gold Coast after the conclusion of events on Day 1. [...]
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Spacewatch: India loses contact with communications satellite
GSAT 6A, primed for a 10-year mission showed no signs of malfunctioning before going silentAn Indian communications satellite has stopped talking to ground controllers. The spacecraft went silent so suddenly that an unnamed official was quoted by the Times of India as saying that it was like the satellite had suffered a “cardiac arrest.” Normally ground controllers see things start to go wrong before a spacecraft stops communicating. This time, however, according to the quoted official, there were no signs at all. This is making it difficult to diagnose the error and try to bring the spacecraft back online. Continue reading... [...]
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Myanmar groups criticise Zuckerberg's response to hate speech spread on Facebook
Groups that have worked with Facebook to flag dangerous content reveal it took more than four days for it to respond when messages started circulating A consortium of civil society, human rights and monitoring groups in Myanmar have criticised Mark Zuckerberg’s response to the spread of hate speech on the platform and accused the social media giant of failing to act quickly enough to curtail dangerous messages that incited violence inside the country. Earlier this week, Zuckerberg told Vox Facebook’s systems had detected a pair of chain letters spreading around Myanmar on Facebook Messenger last year. One warned of an imminent attack by Muslims on 11 September. Related: Revealed: Facebook hate speech exploded in Myanmar during Rohingya crisis Your team did not seem to have picked up on the pattern Continue reading... [...]
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