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Lalu again hits out at PM for 'silence' on Dalit atrocities
Patna, Jul 22: RJD supremo Lalu Prasad hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for second successive day today on his "continued silence" on atrocities against Dalits and wondered whether "these incidents are taking place at his instigation." "Auron ki khansi/jukhaam [...]
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Coal scam: Court frames charges against ex-CM Madhu Koda
New Delhi, Aug 31: A court here framed charges of corruption, criminal conspiracy and cheating against former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda in a case pertaining to irregularities in the allocation of a coal block in the state. Special [...]
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On indefinite hunger strike, Anna Hazare has lost 4 kg: Aide
Social activist Anna Hazare has lost 4 kg since he began his indefinite hunger strike at the Ramlila Maidan here on Friday, but his blood pressure is normal, his aide said on Sunday. Hazare has been on an indefinite [...]
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Next-gen Suzuki Jimny to be made-in-India – Report
Reported to be based on the Baleno’s lightweight platform. Car and Bike reports that Suzuki will make India the production hub for the next generation Suzuki Jimny. It could be launched in markets like Brazil, Indonesia and Europe before the end of the decade. The Jimny could be launched in markets like Brazil, Indonesia and Europe before the end of the decade. Suzuki’s tough-as-teeth SUV will be based on the Maruti Baleno‘s lightweight platform, offering significant weight savings that could be beneficial when traversing mucky terrain. It will continue to offer the characteristic 4×4 drivetrain, but could be powered by the 112 PS 1.0L Boosterjet engine from the export-spec Maruti Baleno. Given that a 3-door mini SUV is a niche in the Indian market, Maruti is likely to introduce the Jimny as an extended, 4-door version in India, should the manufacturer consider a launch. As the Jimny name would be new to regular car buyers, Maruti could consider launching it as a long-time successor to the iconic Gypsy to garner attention. Like the Maruti Vitara Brezza, it can be sold as a sub-4m SUV, competing against the likes of the Mahindra TUV300. Given that a 3-door mini SUV is a niche in the Indian market, Maruti is likely to introduce the Jimny as an extended, 4-door version in India. Also Read: Maruti Ignis reportedly getting AMT in petrol and diesel The Jimny will be manufactured at Maruti’s new plant in Gujarat, which will commence operations in 2017. The first car to be produced will be the Maruti Baleno, followed by the next gen Suzuki Swift Dzire reportedly. Suzuki Jimny – Image Gallery [Source: Car and Bike] [...]
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Now, clinical specialists for AP govt hospitals
Vijayawada, Jul 26: Andhra Pradesh government today announced a new initiative in the health sector under which clinical specialists could offer their services free of cost or on an honorarium in all government hospitals. "This is a first-of-its-kind initiative in the [...]
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'Chilling reality': Afghanistan suffers worst floods in seven years
Thousands of homes swept away as rains follow devastating drought, with UN ‘shocked’ by lack of crisis funding support Afghanistan has been hit with the worst flooding in seven years, with 20 dead, thousands of homes swept away and many families, already displaced by drought, forced to leave their homes for the second time.The latest climate shock, which affected eight provinces including Kandahar, came as the UN’s humanitarian coordinator in Afghanistan criticised the European Commission for its “wholly insufficient” response to hunger and suffering in a country already in the grip of what analysts describe as the world’s deadliest conflict. Related: Afghanistan bucks global trend with sharp rise in civilian casualties Continue reading... [...]
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CBSE paper leak: Three including a teacher arrested from Himachal Pradesh
Three persons, including a teacher and a clerk, were arrested from Himachal Pradesh on Saturday (April 7) in connection with the leak of Class 12 economics exam question paper. The third arrested individual is said to be a support staff. Reports [...]
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Good neighbours
In less than a week, Nepal should have a new prime minister — its 24th in 26 years. The unlamented resignation of Khadga Prasad Oli this week tells us something about the hubris of those charged with leading the country’s complex, multi-ethnic democra [...]
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The Windows 10 free update option ends today
  Microsoft has been rolling out operating systems since its First OS DOS up to its current version Windows 10, which was released one year back on July 29. Microsoft has been offering Windows 10 upgrad... [...]
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Rape case filed against Uttarakhand BJP leader
New Delhi, Jul 30: A rape case has been filed against Uttarakhand BJP leader Harak Singh Rawat on the complaint of a woman. The case against Rawat was lodged at Safdarjung police station in South Delhi. The victim has alleged that [...]
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IPL 2018: Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina tag-team to put CSK in driver's seat
CSK must take heart from the fact that 182 is a winning total considering the slowness of the Uppal wicket. [...]
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OBITUARY | Manohar Parrikar
OBITUARY | Manohar Parrikar [...]
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BMW 520d M Sport launched at Rs 54 lakh
The 520d M Sport remains mechanically unchanged, but gets exterior and interior additions; to be produced in Chennai. [...]
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Follow these dos and don’ts when choosing your face wash, shampoo and eye cream
Avoid sulfates and paraben. (Source: Thinkstock Images) We all struggle with choosing the right skincare product. Most of us use over-the-counter products, without even reading the [...]
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Olympic qualification system is unfair, putting strain on players: Pullela Gopichand
The Olympic qualification period for the Tokyo Games starts April 29 this year with the Badminton World Federation (BWF) considering the ranking list, to be published on April 30, 2020, to allocate spots and Gopichand feels that the BWF needs to have a relook at the qualification system. [...]
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What lies behind Alok Verma vs Rakesh Asthana fight in CBI, explained in 10 points
What lies behind Alok Verma vs Rakesh Asthana fight in CBI, explained in 10 points [...]
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ICC suspends Sri Lankan bowling coach on corruption charges
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday suspended Sri Lankan bowling coach Nuwan Zoysa for breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.  [...]
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Committed to farm loan waiver, else will retire, says Kumaraswamy
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Monday said he is committed to waive farm loans or else he will retire from politics. The JD(S) leader, who was sworn-in as Karnataka chief minister last week after the Congress extended unconditional [...]
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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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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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Indian cricketers in Cape Town advised not to take shower for more than two minutes: Reports
As a result of dry conditions prevailing in Cape Town, the city dwellers and the travelling Indian cricket team there have been advised to not shower for more than two minutes, according to a report in The Indian Express. [...]
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Rohingya children left stranded amid garbage and muck in Myanmar
UN warns of ‘toxic fear’ among tens of thousands of children trapped in Rakhine state, some of whom have become separated from their parentsTens of thousands of Rohingya children have been left “trapped and almost forgotten” in remote, squalid camps and isolated villages in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, the UN has said. Stringent restrictions on the movement of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine, which have worsened amid the increased violence over the past 15 months, have left an estimated 60,000 children stranded, in need of aid, and suffering from “high levels of toxic fear”, said Unicef, the UN children’s agency. Related: Who are the Rohingya and what is happening in Myanmar? Related: 'When they began slaughtering us we ran for our lives': Rohingya trapped inside Myanmar | Alex Crawford Continue reading... [...]
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Odisha: Maoists kill man over suspicion of being police informer, torch vehicles
Bhubaneswar, Jan 7: Heavily-armed Maoists torched three vehicles in Odisha's Patiamba village and shot dead a man on suspicion of him being a police informer near Malickpada village in Kandhamal on Sunday, 6 November. Kandhamal SP Prateek Singh said, "We are [...]
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Review: 2018 Triumph Tiger 800 XRx review, test ride
If you’re on the hunt for a performance motorcycle between Rs 10-15 lakh, you will be spoilt for choice. The purchase part is, however, only a small part of the big-bike experience, as the real joy is in riding these machines. The quickest and fastest options are supersport motorcycles, their performance can knock your socks off, but they are also the least practical motorcycles you can buy. Next up are the cruisers, which remain among the most aspirational genre for big-bike owners. They have visual appeal, and the low seat height makes them accessible for wider audience. However, they aren’t the most agile of motorcycles and riding them in the city can be tedious. This is where street bikes make a strong case for themselves, as they are amongst the most versatile and usable performance bikes you can buy. However, none of the above motorcycles can match the go-anywhere nature and comfort offered by an adventure tourer. And when it comes to ADVs in India, the Triumph Tiger is the undisputed king of the segment. Earlier this year, Rishaad had ridden the 2018 Tiger range in Morocco, and he came back impressed. Now, it was my chance to ride and test the new Tiger 800 XRx. As Mumbai drowned (again) after heavy rains lashed the city, I set out on the new Tiger 800 XRx on a ride to Lavasa. Same yet different Triumph says it has made over 200 changes on the new Tiger 800. Yet, when you see the 800 XRx at a glance, you’d be hard-pressed to find the differences between the old and the new. However, look closely and the subtle differences emerge – it gets LED DRLs, redesigned body panels and aero deflectors. In fact, apart from the fuel tank, all the panels have been reworked to make the new Tiger 800 look more compact. The Tiger 800 XRx also features a TFT all-digital console, replacing the semi-digital unit as seen on its predecessor. It displays tonnes of information and adjusting the various parameters is an easy affair with the five-way joystick. The new windscreen is also manually adjustable, and like the Multistrada 950, it can be adjusted on the go. Standard seat height is 830mm, but the seat can be adjusted to drop by 20mm. Power figures from the 800cc, liquid-cooled motor remain identical, as the triple-cylinder mill churns out 93.7hp at 9,500rpm and 79Nm of torque at 8,050rpm. However, Triumph has worked hard to improve smoothness and refinement (which are excellent) and the engine does feel a little more free-revving now. Triumph engineers have also shortened the first-gear and added a new crankshaft. To top it off, the stock exhaust system is lighter and more compact than the older model, but our bike was breathing through an optional and sweet-sounding Arrow exhaust that will set you back by Rs 42,167 (excluding taxes). On the go Throttle response from the ride-by-wire system is crisp and precise. Having ridden the older Tiger 800, the new engine felt even more tractable and a bit smoother too. Making my way out of the city and through the typical traffic snarls, the tractability of the engine helped, but a slip and assist clutch would have been welcome. Once on the highway, the Tiger 800 XRx felt more comfortable as it was munching miles at a brisk pace. Cruising speeds lie between 5,000 and 6,000rpm in sixth gear, and overtakes require just a slight opening of the throttle. The new Tiger 800 is a quick motorcycle, but the linear power delivery and the electronic aids mean that inexperienced riders won’t sweat riding it, and it's not warp-speed quick like the Tiger 1200 that we rode in the last issue. The upright riding posture is almost perfect, and adding to the comfort quotient is the generous and well-padded saddle. I was cruising down the highway, soaking in the beautiful vistas when suddenly the rain gods came down in full fury. The Tiger 800 XRx’s riding modes came in handy here and it gets four of them – road, sport, off-road and rain. With slippery road conditions, I switched to rain mode. You still get full power, but throttle response is mellower and the traction control is at its highest setting. Even with strong crosswinds and under heavy downpour, the Tiger 800 XRx was rock-solid. Cruise control now comes standard, as do heated grips, which added to the comfort quotient. The road surface continued to deteriorate and soon reached lunar levels of ridiculousness. But the Tiger wasn’t bothered in the least and you just need to stand and roll on the throttle as the ADV wafts its way over bumps, potholes, undulations and what not! Helping its cause are the Showa USD fork and monoshock unit, with 180mm and 170mm of travel, respectively. Since the XRx is a mid-spec variant, there’s minimal adjustability and you can only change the preload of the monoshock. The Tiger 800 XRx gets a 19-inch front wheel and a 17-inch rear one, running tubeless Metzeler Tourance tyres. This makes it more fun to ride around corners t [...]
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Ambati Rayadu reported for suspect bowling action after Sydney clash against Australia
The part-time off spinner will be permitted to bowl in international cricket until the results of tests, which he is required to undergo within 14 days are declared. [...]
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Supreme Court refuses interim stay on 'Kambala' race in Karnataka
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to grant interim stay on traditional buffalo races 'Kambala' held in Karnataka. the next date of hearing is March 14. On the ground of cruelty being meted out to the animals, NGO FIAPO [...]
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Mangaluru: Man assaulted for taking to burqa-clad woman
Mangaluru, July 31: In an apparent case of moral policing, a group of people attacked a man who was found talking to a Muslim woman near here, police said today.Suresh was injured in the attack and treated as an outpatient at [...]
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Vajpayee – Pragmatist, orator, statesman who went beyond BJP's nationalist political agenda
New Delhi, Aug 16: Statesman and pragmatist, orator and poet, a man of peace and conviction. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a towering nationalist who softened the often sharp edge of his party's politics with a gentle sophistry of words, earning him the [...]
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