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Swadeshi Jagran Manch alleges BMGF of lobbying for pharmaceutical companies
New Delhi, July 13: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's affiliated organisation Swadeshi Jagaran Manch (SJM) has demanded banning such NGOs working in India that are facing allegations of conflict of interests and promoting certain pharmaceutical companies manufacturing ‘contentious' vaccines. SJM demanded [...]
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Bhopal hostel rape case: Fourth case filed against hostel owner
Bhopal hostel rape case: Fourth case filed against hostel owner [...]
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Arvind Kejriwal likens AAP-BJP tussle to ‘holy war’ between Kauravas and Pandavas
Reacting to the arrest of its MLA Naresh Yadav on Sunday, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said AAP-ruled Delhi was locked in a "holy war" with the central government, like the "Kauravas and Pandavas" The post Arvind Kejriwal likens AAP-BJP tussle to ‘holy war’ between Kauravas and Pandavas appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Millions of Indian students face resits after exams leak
Maths and economics papers were spread via WhatsApp before students sat the examsIndia has vowed to strengthen online security measures after high school exam papers were leaked in advance, forcing millions of students to resit their finals.The education minister, Prakash Javadekar, said an investigation was under way into how the mathematics and economics papers were accessed and spread via WhatsApp before the exam. Related: 'Getting naked before the white man': Indian minister rubbishes privacy fears Continue reading... [...]
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Green shoots
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Asia Cup 2018: All you need to know about Continental rivals
The 14th edition of the Asia Cup is set to begin from Saturday. The Continental bragging rights will be up for grabs as heavyweights and minnows battle it out in the six-nation extravaganza hosted by the United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi and Dubai).  [...]
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Commonwealth Games 2018, Gold Coast, Day 6 medals tally: India bags one more Gold, eleventh overall, check the latest figures
On the Day 6 of the 21st edition of the 2018 Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Australia's Gold Coast, India bagged one more Gold - its eleventh overall - and ranks third in the overall medals tally with Australia on top on Tuesday.  [...]
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Commonwealth Games 2018, Gold Coast: Vikram Malhotra-Ramit Tandon crash out of men's double Squash quarter-finals
Vikram and Ramit succumbed to the English pair's aggression in the next two games to go down 8-11, 5-11. [...]
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Birthday boy Rashid stars in Afghanistan's 136-run win against Bangladesh
Rashid smashed an unbeaten 57 off just 32 balls in a superb counter-attacking batting display to take Afghanistan to a competitive 255 for 7 after opting to bat. [...]
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Stop hosting home series in UAE: Muhammad Yousuf to PCB
Mohammad Yousuf has played 90 Test matches for Pakistan. (Source: AP) Former captain and top batsman, Muhammad Yousuf has warned the Pakistan Cricket Board to stop hosting its &#8 [...]
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In China, a stirring and a new question
Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and the New York Times are among the sites already banned in China. Illustration by: C R Sasikumar For the five years that this column has been in [...]
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It’s Chak De flashback for Shah Rukh Khan, says heart beats for Hockey
The Bollywood actor is all set to support the Indian team in the Men's Hockey World Cup opening ceremony at the Kalinga Stadium in Odisha. [...]
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Waiting for a BS-VI-compliant diesel car
I want to buy a diesel car. Should I wait for one that’s BS-VI compliant or should I just go for a BS-IV-compliant car? What will be the effect of using BS-VI grade fuel in a BS-IV car? Aashish, Panchkula AAA BS-VI diesel has a sulphur content of 10 parts per million compared to 50 parts per million of the current BS-IV diesel. This makes BS-VI diesel much more environment friendly. HC and NOx emissions are also reduced by 50 percent, along with a five-fold reduction in particulate matter. However, there are some long-term implications of using BS-VI fuel in a BS-IV vehicle due to the difference in sulphur content and some chemical properties – a result of more complex refinery methods used to make the fuel cleaner. The fuel injectors need sulphur in diesel for chemical lubrication, so due to the lower content, there is a possibility of internal scoring or wear and tear in the long run. However, past experience in other countries has shown that this problem is more theoretical and not a major issue. If your heart is set on a new car, we recommend you go ahead and buy it. [...]
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PNB fraud case: Special PMLA court issues non bailable warrant against Nirav Modi
The special PMLA court in Mumbai issued a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi in connection with the Punjab National Bank loan default case. Nirav Modi and his family left India in January before the CBI and ED started investigating [...]
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Actor Dileep's arrest for sexual abuse and the dark underbelly of Malayalam cinema
Dileep's arrest for sexual abuse: The dark underbelly of Malayalam cinema [...]
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Maruti Vitara Brezza sales crosses 3,00,000 unit mark
Maruti’s Vitara Brezza, which already enjoys the distinction of being India’s bestselling SUV, has added another feather to its cap by crossing the 3,00,000-unit sales mark. The carmaker says that this makes the Brezza the fastest SUV to reach this milestone in the country, achieving the feat in just 28 months. A regular in the list of the Top 10 selling passenger vehicles in India every month, the Brezza has not only boosted Maruti’s overall UV sales but also enabled the country’s biggest carmaker to dethrone Mahindra to become the largest UV maker. With sales of 2,53,759 units in FY2018, Maruti’s share grew to 27.53 percent from 25.69 percent, while Mahindra’s UV share (2,33,915 units) dropped to 25.38 percent from 29.20 percent in FY2017 when it was the market leader. Maruti recently updated the SUV, giving it an all-black interior, the option of a new orange paint and enhanced safety features. But the notable change was the option of AMT gearbox, which gave the Brezza's popularity a further boost. In fact, Maruti says the AMT has been well received, accounting for over 23 percent of fresh bookings since its launch in May 2018. We drove the Brezza AMT recently and found that the SUV was convenient and easy to drive around town with a linear creep function minus the jerk that is typical of most AMTs. “The contribution of the top variants in the total sales of Vitara Brezza has risen to 56 percent. Vitara Brezza continues to be the most loved SUV despite several new entrants in the segment,” R S Kalsi, Senior Executive Director (Marketing and Sales), Maruti Suzuki, said in a company statement. The Brezza sold 15,629 units in May, up 26 percent year on year, and 1,48,462 units in FY2018, recording a growth of 36.66 percent. [...]
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India on the road to becoming a 'world beater' in handlooms
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Platform fixing in Bihar: It takes just Rs 100 bribe to change tracks of running trains at last minute
Platform fixing in Bihar: It takes just Rs 100 bribe to change tracks of running trains at last minute [...]
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Mid-air collision of Air India plane with Vistara flight averted, aircraft just '100 feet' apart
Mid-air collision of Air India plane with Vistara flight averted, aircraft just '100 feet' apart [...]
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New Harley-Davidson Iron 1200, Forty-Eight Special unveiled
Harley-Davidson has added to its Sportster motorcycle line with the introduction of the Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special models. The latest in a line of 100 motorcycles the company plans to introduce by 2027, these new high-bar Sportsters combine throw back styling trends from the custom bike scene with the Sportster platform and the Evolution 1200 V-Twin engine. Harley-Davidson Iron 1200 The Iron 1200 carries on the design first seen in the Iron 883, but brings a bigger 1,202cc motor to the table. This results in a claimed increase in torque of 36 percent, from 72.9Nm in the Iron 883 to 98.9Nm in the Iron 1200. The styling is also influenced by original Iron 883, with a blacked-out engine and chrome pushrod tubes. The bike also uses similar nine-spoke, 19-inch front and 16-inch rear wheels as the Iron 883. The Iron 1200 features a raised handlebar that is 812mm wide and with a 165mm pull-back, which should result in a more upright riding position. The Iron 1200 also has a new cowl around the single headlight that isn’t seen on the 883. The bike comes from factory with a single seat and a 12.5-litre fuel tank. ABS and the Harley-Davidson Smart Security System are available as factory-installed optional extras on the US-spec models. The Iron 1200 is priced at $9,999 (about Rs 6.5 lakh), which makes it a thousand dollars higher than the Iron 883 in the United States. However, it is the most affordable of the 1200cc Sportster range, priced thousand dollars below the 1200 Custom. The Iron 1200 is available in three colour options – Vivid Black, Twisted Cherry and Billiard White. Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special The Forty-Eight Special uses the same motor as the new Iron 1200. However, this bike gets a beefier front-end, with its 130mm section front tyre and 49mm diameter fork. Adding to the chunkiness in the front are the large aluminium triple clamps. The Special also has a tall handlebar but it is shorter and has less pull-back than the Iron 1200. The bottom-end of the 1200cc engine and gearbox on this motorcycle is covered in chrome. The exhaust system on the Forty-Eight Special is chrome as well, unlike the black-out pipes on the Iron 1200. The Special uses Harley’s famous “peanut” fuel tank with a capacity of around 8.3 litres. The wheels on the Special are 16-inch nine-spoke alloys, front and rear.  The Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special is priced at USD 11,299 (about Rs 7.35 lakh), which matches the price of the regular Forty-Eight and the Roadster. As with the Iron 1200, ABS and the Harley-Davidson Smart Security System are available as factory-installed optional extras. The Special is available in three colour options - Vivid Black, Wicked Red and Billiard White. Whether these two motorcycles will come to India is currently under consideration, but we see good reason for at least the Iron 1200 to make it to India (if not both) as the new entry point to the 1200 range in the Sportster family. However, before that happens, Harley-Davidson will be launching two new motorcycles within the Softail family in India on the Feb 28. Harley’s international line-up in the Softail family consists of nine models, of which four are currently available in India – the Street Bob, Fat Bob, Fat Boy and Heritage Classic. [...]
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Now,modified chocolate that can slow down ageing
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Why was S P Vaid removed as J&K police chief
Srinagar, Sep 7: In a late night development, Shesh Paul Vaid was removed as the Jammu and Kashmir police chief. He will be posted as the state transport commissioner, while Dilbag Singh, DGP (Prisons) will hold the additional charge until a [...]
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Maruti Super Carry launched in India at INR 4.01 Lakhs
Only launched in Ahmedabad, Ludhiana and Kolkata, for now. Maruti has launched its first ever commercial pick up in India – the Maruti Super Carry. For now it’s only launched in Ahmedabad, Ludhiana and Kolkata, and priced at INR 4.03 Lakhs, INR 4.11 Lakhs and INR 4.01 Lakhs (all ex-showroom) respectively. For India, the Maruti Super Carry is available only in a diesel variant. The Tata Ace-rival has a payload capacity of 750 kg. It measures 3.8 meters long and 1.56 meters wide, has a load deck measuring 2.18 x 1.49 meters, a ground clearance of 175 mm and a turning cycle of 8.6 meters diameter. The suspension system comprises of independent MacPherson struts and coil springs in the front and a rigid axle with leaf springs at the rear. It sources the 793 cc two-cylinder diesel engine from the Maruti Celerio, producing 24 KW (32 hp) at 3500 RPM and 75 Nm at 2000 RPM. It is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission and capable of fuel efficiency of 22.07 Km/L as well as a top speed of 80 Kmph. The Maruti Super Carry has a top-speed of 80 km/h. As standard, it is equipped with a mobile charging socket, dual assist grip, odometer, trip meter, fuel meter, digital clock, provision for a stereo, integrated rain guard, sliding back window glass, and spare wheel. (Maruti) Suzuki Super Carry – Image Gallery (South African-spec) [...]
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TS DOST 2018: Check application process for Telangana Degree Admission 2018
The TS DOST admission schedule has been released. The Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE) had announced the result for Intermediate 1st and 2nd year examination on Friday. For admission to degree programs in Universities in Telangana, students [...]
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Inside Track: Pecking order
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. (Source: PTI Photo) There is some heartburn in the Congress over the pecking order in the Rajya Sabha. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was surpris [...]
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With chemical foam, froth Bengaluru's Kalkere lake goes the Bellandur way
With chemical foam, froth Bengaluru's Kalkere lake goes the Bellandur way [...]
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Battle for the middle
Battle for the middle [...]
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Is a war on the cards or will India inflict Pakistan with a ‘thousand cuts’
New Delhi, Oct 3: India has taken an aggressive approach in the wake of the unending escalation of violence by Pakistan. Sushma Swaraj's tough talk at the United Nations was followed by a stern message by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The [...]
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