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Ibtihaj Muhammad makes US history, wears hijab in Olympics
Ibtihaj Muhammad became the first athlete to compete at the Olympics while wearing a hijab. (Source: Reuters) Ibtihaj Muhammad looked like all the other fencers when she stepped on [...]
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No riches, but respect for Zimbabwe women’s football team at Rio 2016 Olympics
If you need a reminder that the Olympics are about more than just riches and rewards, then the Zimbabwean football team is one of the starkest in Rio de Janeiro. (Source: Reuters) F [...]
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Naruhito, in line to Japan’s Chrysanthemum throne, shares father Akihito’s quiet demeanour
Like his father, the son, Naruhito, is a soft-spoken and smiling man. A bit stocky at 56, he's married to a Harvard-educated former diplomat, Masako, who has been ill for more than a decade and seldom appears in public. The post Naruhito, in line to Japan’s Chrysanthemum throne, shares father Akihito’s quiet demeanour appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Thailand junta uneasy about Pokémon Go craze: Use it wisely, PM warns youngsters
Pokemon Go's debut in Thailand has alarmed the country's generals, prompting the kingdom's junta chief to warn youngsters against playing too much and the army to ban the game from barracks. The post Thailand junta uneasy about Pokémon Go craze: Use it wisely, PM warns youngsters appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Rio 2016: Swimming legend Michael Phelps bids for astonishing 20th Olympic gold
Phelps won his signature event in 2004 and 2008 before his finger-tip loss to le Clos in 2012, and he will be desperate to regain the gold in his final Games. [...]
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Mehbooba Mufti remains dedicated to her father’s peacemaking process
By calling for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to resume former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s open-hearted negotiations with Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has obliquely called Modi to account for his arrogant remark during a speech in Srinagar on 7 November last year that he did not need anyone’s advice The post Mehbooba Mufti remains dedicated to her father’s peacemaking process appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Vijay Rupani takes charge as new Gujarat CM, allocates portfolios to ministers
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Monday allocated portfolios to his Council of Ministers and kept the key home department with himself as he took charge of his new job. The post Vijay Rupani takes charge as new Gujarat CM, allocates portfolios to ministers appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Brand Bengaluru top priority, says Priyank Kharge, Karnataka tourism minister
At the age of 39, Priyank Kharge, minister for IT/BT and tourism in the Karnataka government is a man in a hurry. He has ambitious plans for his ministry and wants to leave a mark before the Assembly elections in two years. The post Brand Bengaluru top priority, says Priyank Kharge, Karnataka tourism minister appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Kalikho Pul: From humble beginnings to chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh
Former chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh and rebel congress leader Kalikho Pul's death on Tuesday morning shocked the political circles of the state. The post Kalikho Pul: From humble beginnings to chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Zebronics 5.1 Shark Tower Speakers launched at Rs. 21,211
  Zebronics has launched its new 5.1 Shark Tower Speakers at Rs. 21,211. The speakers feature a 2-inch tweeter paired with a mid-range 3-inch driver. It also sports 8-inch woofer. Users can stream music... [...]
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AMD launches Radeon RX 460 in India for Rs.11,990
  AMD has launched the AMD Radeon RX 460, the last of the three GPUs that they’d showcased at Computex 2016, the others being the Radeon RX 480 and the Radeon RX 470. Targeted at eSports gamers wi... [...]
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Identity Of Places
Mamata Banerjee government want to change the Kolkata to Bengal or Banga. Changing place names is not unknown in human history. In India, more recently, the renaming of places, citi [...]
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August 9, 1976, Forty Years Ago: Work On Viking
The vital arm of the Viking I spacecraft, used to scoop up soil from Mars for tests, has been freed after being stuck for four days, according to project scientists. This gave scientists new hope of rechecking of data on possible Martian life already tran [...]
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1.24 km river ropeway planned to boost tourism in Goa
Panaji, Aug 8: A 1.24 km long ropeway, linking Panaji to the picturesque Reis Magos village and home to one of the most popular Portuguese-era fort, is being planned over Mandovi river, Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said on Monday."The length [...]
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Heavy rains in Uttarakhand, rivers in spate
Dehradun, Aug 8: Uttarakhand has been experiencing very heavy rains, with rivers flowing near the danger mark and more downpours forecast.The Regional Meteorological Department has forecast very heavy rains in Uttarakhand over the next 48-hours. {image-uttarakhand-map-08-1470654077.jpg www.oneindia.com}It has been raining heavily [...]
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What upsets PM Narendra Modi
PM Narendra Modi’s emotional outburst that gau rakshaks better shoot him rather than harass Dalits is almost reminiscent of the Mahatma’s statement that he would rather the cow be killed [...]
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'Modi doing mere lip service on gau raksha', says Sheila Dikshit
Lucknow, Aug 8: Congress chief ministerial candidate for Uttar Pradesh Assembly Polls Sheila Dikshit today launched an attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that mere "lip service" on gau raksha will not work and in order to improve the situation, [...]
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Mangaluru surfers eye Olympics 2020, wish to test global waters
Mangaluru, Aug 8: Surfers from Mangaluru now want to test international waters before trying their hand at the Olympics 2020. However, there are many hurdles to overcome. While sponsorship is one problem, competing with more established surfers from Japan, US, Brazil [...]
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Arvind Mathew to step down as Mahindra Reva CEO
Mathew, who assumed top role in May 2015, will be replaced by Mahindra Reva COO Mahesh Babu. [...]
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Mercedes-Benz GLC 220 d vs Land Rover Discovery Sport vs BMW X3 comparison
The GLC, Discovery Sport and X3, all offer varied things in the same space. Which is the best then? [...]
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New colors launched on Bajaj Avenger Cruise and Street
Now available to order at dealerships. Bajaj Auto has launched two new colour schemes for the Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220 and the Bajaj Avenger Street 150. The Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220 is now available in new Cosmic Red and the Bajaj Avenger Street 150 is now available in new Matte Wild Green. The Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220 is powered by the 19.03 PS 220 cc DTS-i oil-cooled engine. Previously, the Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220 was available only in Divine Black and Desert Gold, while the Bajaj Avenger Street 150 was sold finished in Midnight Blue as standard without any other option. The Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220 measures 2,177 mm in length, 801 mm in width and 1,070 mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 1,480 mm and a ground clearance of 169 mm. It’s powered by the 220 cc DTS-i oil-cooled engine that produces 19.03 PS at 8,400 rpm and 17.5 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm. The Bajaj Avenger Street 150 measures 2,177 mm in length, 806 mm in length, 1,142 mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 1,490 mm and a ground clearance of 169 mm. It’s powered by the 150 cc DTS-i air-cooled engine that develops 14.54 PS at 9,000 rpm and 12.50 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. The Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220 is powered by the 14.54 PS PS 220 cc DTS-i air-cooled engine. Also See: Bajaj Pulsar CS400’s exhaust note – Video The Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220 and Bajaj Avenger Street 150 in the new colour schemes are priced at the same INR 85,497 and INR 75,500 (ex-showroom Delhi) respectively. Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220 and Bajaj Avenger Street 150 – Image Gallery [...]
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Trial production of Maruti Baleno at new Gujarat plant to start in Q1 2017 – Report
Will help increase production rate of Baleno, thus reducing the waiting period. Business Standard reports that trial production of the Maruti Baleno will commence at its new plant in Hansalpur, Gujarat from Q1 2017. Reports suggest that the Baleno has reached its maximum production rate of 12,000 cars a month. It will help increase the production rate of the Baleno, as well as share the load with its existing plants in Manesar and Gurgaon, which are running at full capacity and struggling to meet the demand. Reports suggest that the Baleno has reached its maximum production rate of 12,000 cars a month, although the company could adjust production rates of other products to enhance the Baleno’s output. Currently, waiting period for a prospective customer ranges between 6-8 months. The production plant will commence operations with an initial capacity of 150,000 cars a year, before growing to 250,000 later on. Maximum capacity of the plant is pegged at 750,000 cars a year. Another plant near Hansalpur is also in the works, which will commence operations once the first plant’s maximum capacity is reached. Overall, Maruti expects to churn out 1.5 million cars a year from its two Gujarat plants. The production plant will commence operations with an initial capacity of 150,000 cars a year, before growing to 250,000 later on. Also Read: With Vitara Brezza, Maruti overtakes Mahindra as leading UV maker The first product to be produced at the new plant will be the Maruti Baleno, while the second model is reported to be the next generation Maruti Swift Dzire, which will be based on the next gen Maruti Swift. The new plant is also reported to be the global production hub of the Maruti Ignis, the company’s smallest crossover. Maruti Baleno RS concept – Image Gallery [Source: Business Standard] [...]
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BMW G310R spied in India yet again
Will be launched in India this FY. The BMW G310R has been spied testing in India yet again, courtesy Rushlane. The G310R is already listed internationally, but India isn’t among its first markets, according to several reports. The BMW G310R is manufactured at TVS Motor’s Hosur plant in India. The BMW G310R is the first motorcycle from the company’s collaboration with TVS Motor, as well as its first sub-500 cc roadster. The first made-in-India BMW Motorrad motorcycle entered production last month at TVS Motor’s Hosur plant near Bangalore. The BMW G310R is powered by a newly developed 313 cc water-cooled single-cylinder engine that develops 25 kW (34 PS/34 hp) at 9,500 rpm and 28 Nm of torque at 7,500 rpm and sends drive via a 6-speed transmission. The G310R has a top speed of 145 km/h. 300 mm disc brake with four-piston fixed caliper at the front and a 240 mm disc brake with single-piston floating caliper at the rear, and dual-channel ABS are standard. The BMW G310R is powered by a newly developed 25 kW (34 PS/34 hp) 313 cc liquid-cooled engine. Also Read: BMW G310R to ride on Michelin tyres The BMW G 310 R was said to be launched in India in October 2016. However, as per a recent report, the Indian launch of the G310R will take place sometime in February-March 2017. The TVS Akula 310‘s mechanical twin will be sold through BMW Motorrad outlets. BMW G310R – Image Gallery [Image Source: Rushlane] [...]
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5 things we know about the next-gen 2018 BMW 3 Series
The current, sixth generation BMW 3 Series was introduced in October 2011 and given a facelift in May 2015. Now, the company has started working on the seventh generation 2018 BMW 3 Series, and here are five things we know about the all-new model. 1. Design Like the new generation BMW 7 Series as well as the upcoming next-gen BMW 5 Series, BMW would take an evolutionary approach for the next-gen BMW 3 Series’ redesign. Speculative renderings suggest a more aggressive character that will make the car look sportier than it already is, but still retain the details that make it instantly recognizable as the 3er. This also means the proportions won’t drastically change. It remains to be seen, however, if BMW continues offering the Gran Turismo version alongside the Touring (estate) version. 2. Platform The next-gen BMW 3 Series will be based on the CLAR rear-wheel drive platform that already underpins the BMW 7 Series and will be used in the near-future for the 2017 BMW 5 Series. Thanks to the usage of lightweight materials including carbon fibre in the structure, lightweight components, as well as other weight saving measures, the next-gen BMW 3 Series could be as much as 80 kg lighter compared to the current model. 3. Engines The next-gen BMW 3 Series should be offered with an array of 2.0-litre four-cylinder and 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol and diesel engine options globally. There would be a small 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol model as well. Then there will also be an M high-performance variant which would presumably continue with a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, however it will probably be around a year away from the standard variant. 4. Electric Power BMW’s plug-in hybrid offensive plan will include an all-new BMW 3 Series iPerformance as well, and it can be expected to follow just a few months after the petrol/diesel-powered model’s debut. A pure electric variant could also be launched further down the road. BMW’s engineers are reportedly working on installation of a 90 kWh battery pack that could give a zero emissions driving range of around 300 miles (480 km). This variant is likely to be named ‘BMW 3 Series eDrive Sport’. 5. Debut Also See: BMW 4 Series facelift – Rendering The 2018 BMW 3 Series Sedan (codename: BMW G20) is expected to debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show and should go on sale in Germany and other first markets in early-2018. 2016 BMW 3 Series – Image Gallery [...]
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Fiat Avventura Urban Cross to launch in India in September – Report
Will only get the 1.4L T-Jet petrol engine with 140 PS. According to NDTV’s Car and Bike, the Fiat Avventura Urban Cross will launch in India in September. The Avventura is the third model in Fiat India’s lineup based on the Fiat Punto Evo hatchback. The Urban Cross features a new grille, updated headlamps, revised bumper and silver body cladding, as seen in the Auto Expo show car. The Urban Cross will only launch with the 1.4L T-Jet petrol engine sourced from the Fiat Avventura Powered by Abarth. The turbocharged engine produces a healthy 140 PS of power at 5,500 rpm and peak torque of 210 Nm between 2,000 and 4,000 rpm, and is paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The Fiat Urban Cross is not just simply an Avventura without the tailgate-mounted spare wheel. It features a new grille, updated headlamps, revised bumper and silver body cladding as seen in the Auto Expo show car. Inside, it features a touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity and satellite navigation, dual tone red and black interior and silver accents on the steering wheel. The Urban Cross will only launch with the 1.4L T-Jet petrol engine sourced from the Fiat Avventura Powered by Abarth. Also Read: Fiat Linea 125 S launched at INR 7.82 Lakhs Compared to the Avventura, there are barely any differences in dimensions. The Urban Cross measures 4,000 mm in length, 1,700 mm in width, and 1,500 mm in height. Fiat Avventura Urban Cross – Image Gallery [Source: Car and Bike] [...]
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Consumption of Soy may prevent diabetes, heart disease in women with PCOS
  Soy isoflavones are naturally occurring, plant-based estrogens found in the soybean plant. According to a recent study, consuming soy may be beneficial to improving metabolic [...]
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Meat is equal to sugar in regard to obesity: Study
The study differs from previous research into links between meat and obesity, which have linked meat’s fat content to weight problems. A new study says that meat intake is as harm [...]
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Video: Two Indian labours awarded by Singapore for saving a toddler
Two Indian nationals in Singapore were hailed as heroes and commended for saving a dangling toddler stuck between the rails on a parapet of a second floor apartment block. S Shammugun Nathan, 35, and P Muthukumar, 24, were both lauded by the Singapore Ci [...]
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