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Fodder scam: Jharkhand HC denies bail to RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav
Jharkhand High Court on Friday rejected the bail plea of former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad, who is serving a three and a half years sentence in Ranchi's Birsa Munda Central Jail after being convicted in a fodder case by a [...]
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I witnessed AAP MLAs assaulting chief secretary: CM’s adviser VK Jain to court
I witnessed AAP MLAs assaulting chief secretary: CM’s adviser VK Jain to court [...]
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Kamal Haasan says Rajinikanth non-reactive on many subjects, not just Cauvery issue
Kamal Haasan says Rajinikanth non-reactive on many subjects, not just Cauvery issue [...]
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Mohammed Shahid: ‘Dribbler, scorer, singer and a modern player in true sense’
It was clear when I first met Mohammed Shahid that this boy was destined to be a big player. He was the first truly modern player you’d see during that time. If you were to compare him in the present context, only football’s Lionel Messi would com [...]
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Reuters reporters jailed for seven years in Myanmar
Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested in December after reporting on a massacre of Rohingya MuslimsTwo Reuters journalists arrested in Myanmar while investigating a massacre of Rohingya Muslims have been found guilty of breaching the country’s Official Secrets Act and sentenced to seven years in prison.Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, are being held in prison in Yangon after being arrested in December, in a case that has prompted international outrage. Related: Myanmar: pleas for release of Reuters journalists mount Continue reading... [...]
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E-way bill rollout successful; no glitch so far: Government
Finance secretary Hasmukh Adhia on Monday said the re-introduction of the e-way bill system for GST has been smooth with no technical glitches. The GST provision requiring transporters to carry an electronic waybill or e-way bill when moving goods [...]
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Indian convicted in kickback scheme sting in US
Sandip Shah 41, resident of California were arrested An Indian man has been convicted in the US for his role in a fraudulent scheme to pay kickbacks to an undercover agent posing as [...]
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MoS status to 5 babas: Opposition slams Madhya Pradesh govt, Chouhan defends
The Madhya Pradesh government's decision to accord Minister of State (MoS) status to five religious leaders created a controversy on Wednesday with the opposition parties slamming the move as "unconstitutional" and reflective of religion-based appeasement by the BJP ahead of assembly [...]
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Watch: Bike engulfed in flames at petrol pump after man refill it to full tank
Watch: Bike engulfed in flames at petrol pump after man refill it to full tank [...]
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Rahul Gandhi’s Arhar Modi jibe is right and if you’re laughing, the joke’s on you
Had this been Noise Hour, everybody who laughed at Rahul Gandhi's 'Arhar Modi' jibe would have easily qualified as anti-national. But, let's look at this as sane, intelligent and conscientious Indians. The post Rahul Gandhi’s Arhar Modi jibe is right and if you’re laughing, the joke’s on you appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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'Untouchable' Myanmar army under fire over torture and murder claims | Joshua Carroll
A handful of recent convictions show troops are starting to be held to account, while the military are listed for the first time on a UN armed forces blacklistThe three young men went out to get firewood and never returned. Their families spent days worrying, then heard gunshots crackling in the distance. Hours later, they found the mutilated bodies, hastily buried five miles from their homes at the Maihkawng internal displacement camp in Myanmar’s conflict-torn Kachin state. Related: Myanmar accused of wiping out secret network of Rohingya reporters Continue reading... [...]
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GST impact: Cars, FMCG items to get cheaper; services dearer
New Delhi, Aug 7: Luxury cars, FMCG products, consumer durables, electronics items and readymade garments will become cheaper once GST is rolled out next year, but mobile phones, banking and insurance services, telephone bills as well as air travel will be [...]
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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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M K Alagiri lashes out at M K Stalin, blames him for DMK's constant failure
Elder son of M. Karunanidhi, M K Alagiri, who was expelled from DMK, has lashed out at M K Stalin who is the working president of the party. [...]
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In a communally sensitive Western UP, United opposition succeeds in keeping BJP at bay
New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has lost both the Kairana Lok Sabha seat to Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and Noorpur Assembly seat to Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate where united Opposition has put up one candidate against the BJP in [...]
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Are Congress and AAP forming an alliance in Delhi to contest 2019 Lok Sabha polls?
New Delhi, June 2: In the last few weeks, especially after the Karnataka Assembly elections and the recent by-polls in 11 states, the opposition parties seem to be determined to contest the big 2019 Lok Sabha elections together against the incumbent Bharatiya [...]
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International Yoga Day: Modi to take part in a gala event in Dehradun
Yoga has been a part of India's culture for thousands of years. The idea to dedicate a day aimed at spreading awareness regarding the benefits of yoga was proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), [...]
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Tata reveals Impact Design 2.0 highlights
Tata Motors has revealed details of its latest design language – the Impact Design 2.0. A new premium hatchback (codename X451) and new SUV (codename H5) will be the first models to be designed on Impact Design 2.0, and both will get their very first showing at Tata’s expansive Auto Expo 2018 display.  The new design language will be an evolution of ‘Impact Design’ which has guided the look of all new Tata models since the Zest in 2014. However, Impact Design 2.0 promises to mark a shift to bolder designs. As per details shared by the carmaker, upcoming models will get ‘segment-leading wheel sizes’ and ‘strong fenders’ for enhanced road presence. The defining styling element on the newer models, however, will be a more prominent, three-dimensional ‘humanity line’ that is Tata speak for the styling element that underlines the grille and headlights. Also, body surfacing will be uncluttered and there will be a greater attention to detail with a mention of a ‘Tri-arrow’ pattern. There’s also word on new colours chosen specially to bring out the models’ lines. Tata’s release on Impact Design 2.0 also suggests a greater focus on practicality and general ambience on the inside of upcoming models. Again, ‘clutter-free’ is a term Tata has used to describe the new cabin design philosophy, with all functions and controls positioned to be within arm’s reach. Storage spaces will be aplenty, and that would address a complaint on many of Tata cars. The carmaker was among the first to address the need for in-car connectivity and you can expect the new models to take things to the next level. While no details have been revealed of the tech as yet, Tata has said the new car’s HMI (human-machine interface) screens will be segment-leading and will boast a ‘clear and intuitive’ user interface. Details revealed also suggest the new models from the carmaker will use higher-quality materials and will make clever use of colour combinations to enhance the cabin environment further. Interestingly, there will be scope for customisation too, with a mention of multiple accessory options that would allow ‘customers to shape and configure their driving environment’.   Tata Motors also revealed an almost cryptic teaser image of the upcoming hatchback today and will release another teaser image of the SUV on January 21, 2018. As always, stay tuned for the update.         Also see: Tata Nexon AMT to debut at Auto Expo 2018 Tata teases its Auto Expo 2018 line-up Auto Expo 2018 preview: Cars and SUVs [...]
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J&K: Governor Satya Pal Malik clears proposal to upgrade 5 hospitals
Jammu, Dec 14: The Jammu and Kashmir administration has decided to enhance the health care facilities in five hospitals by upgrading them to 'District Hospital' category, an official said. The State Admgginistrative Council (SAC), headed by Governor Satya Pal [...]
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Rajya Sabha Monsoon Session from July 18
New Delhi, July 1: The President has summoned the Rajya Sabha for the Monsoon Session from July 18 and it is scheduled to conclude on August 10, according to an official statement. "The President has summoned the Rajya Sabha to meet [...]
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TSPSC teachers recruitment test schedule released, check here
The TSPSC teachers recruitment test schedule has been released. The exams begin on February 24. The TSPSC release gives the date of the examination along with other details like: type of examination (CBRT or OMR), subject, medium of examination, [...]
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BCCI announces cash awards for Team India members after historic win vs Australia
The BCCI will also be handing an amount equivalent to the pro-rata salary/professional fee to the non-coaching members of the Indian team's support staff.  [...]
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Mallikarjun Kharge gives dissent note on Alok Verma's removal as CBI chief
New Delhi, Jan 10: Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjuna Kharge on Thursday gave a dissent note during a meeting of the high-profile panel chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi against its decision to shunt out CBI Director Alok Verma, two days [...]
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From firing at the Army, to activating a Delhi module, Rohingya Muslims are getting aggressive
New Delhi, July 26: There have been two very disturbing developments in the past two days, where the issue of Rohingya Muslims arre concerned. A patrol team of the Assam Rifles was fired upon recently and two Bangladeshis who were trying [...]
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Review: 2019 Triumph Bonneville Speed Twin review, test ride
These days, I daydream differently. It’s no longer panoramic visuals of riding a mildly chipped and sagging classic BMW through an arid African expanse, or perhaps a tedious chase involving a flat track in Tavullia. Instead, I now find myself wishing I worked at Triumph – in its product development division to be specific, because it’s been building bikes like it’s going out of fashion. It’s not surprising, then, that you can now have a Modern Classic (which is just one of its categories) to suit every imaginable two-wheeled purpose. You can have one to get through the working week, one that’ll take you through the Sahara desert, another one to make you look cool on Sunday mornings (talk about being specific) and even one that will go really well with your pastel trousers and waxed beard. Thinking up bikes like these must obviously be a fun job, then; and just when I thought it was all over, Triumph decided to take the wraps off its new Speed Twin. Well clearly, I thought wrong. Now the Speed Twin isn’t an all-new motorcycle but rather a cross between the Street Twin and the Thruxton R. But, of course, it’s more than just that. It slots into the void that so far lay unnoticed between the Street Twin/T120 and the basic Thruxton – offering the accessibility of a Street Twin but with stronger performance. At face value, the gap is a slim one but holds merit when you have to put your money where your mouth is and fall short of Thruxton kind of money. Viewed against that backdrop, the Speed Twin starts to make sense – but then it had to because that nameplate is an important one for Triumph. You see, it was the original Speed Twin 5T that took it upon itself to help Triumph make a strong revival in the aftermath of World War II. Edward Turner’s lightweight and well-engineered 500cc Speed Twin is the motorcycle that really fired up the British parallel-twin movement – previous attempts by others hadn’t met with even a sliver of success – and it soon gripped motorcycle manufacturers around the world. It wouldn’t, thus, be unfair to say that the Speed Twin is the father of the modern parallel-twin engine as we know it. However, the Speed Twin of that era was also a very uncomplicated motorcycle – the pre-war version featured a single carburettor, a Girder fork and a rigid frame, leaving a sprung seat to take care of comfort. The post-war model did better on most of those counts, but by then it had spawned more advanced models such as the Tiger, Thunderbird and the Bonneville and was, therefore, relegated to serving as an entry-level offering. However, the Speed Twin of today cannot afford to take the back seat. That should explain why Triumph has crammed its new ‘custom roadster’ with the best of its wondrous inventory and, of course, abilities. So, while it has the exact same engine output credentials as the Thruxton R – 97hp at 6,750 rpm and 112Nm torque at 4,950 rpm – and also uses the same 6-speed gearbox, it’s all meticulously tailored thereafter. The Speed Twin is now the lightest of Triumph’s Modern Classics range. Its 196kg (dry) weight has been achieved by replacing a substantial chunk of steel in the basic chassis with aluminium, apart from using the lighter metal to build the swingarm and the wheels as well. The engine, thanks to a clever mix of materials, is also lighter and Triumph has wisely focused on weight distribution and inertia to make this lighter weight work in favour of sportiness. And there’s more. The Speed twin features a longer wheelbase (1,430mm, up by 15mm) than the Street Twin and the Thruxton R but with the same 22.8-degree rake angle as seem on its flagship café racer. The Speed Twin also gets a larger fuel tank than the Street Twin, with a 14.5-litre capacity on offer and the seat height is thankfully (for taller riders) set at 807mm – the Street Twin’s 760mm could begin to feel cramped over long distances. However, not keen on going overboard with equipment so as to keep costs in check, Triumph retained a conventional fork (from the Street Twin but with uprated internals) rather than opting for the Thruxton’s USD big-piston fork; and it went one better on the Street Twin by offering a 305mm twin-disc setup (as opposed to a single disc) with Brembo four-piston calipers. Not one to skimp on electronics of late, Triumph threw in ride-by-wire, three riding modes (Road, Rain, Sport), switchable traction control and, of course, ABS, which makes the Speed Twin’s premise as ‘the new performance icon’ believable. Is it, really, though? The riding geometry certainly seemed to resonate. Viewed in profile, the Speed Twin has a noticeable forward hunch but the foot pegs are set further forward and lower than on the Thruxton. This results in a riding position that’s sporty but not unreasonable like on your ty [...]
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'A Brexited flatland’: Peter Gabriel hits out after Womad stars refused entry to UK
Festival co-founder urges government to make it easier for international artists to perform in BritainThe musician Peter Gabriel has expressed “alarm” over UK foreign policy after a number of international artists were unable to perform at Womad world music festival after visa issues.At least three acts scheduled to appear at the event in Wiltshire last weekend were unable to take part, according to the event’s director, Chris Smith. Related: Britain is open for business? Not for African artists coming to Womad | Ian Birrell Related: Womad review – from gnawa to Turkish protest songs, world music celebrates Related: 'Hostile environment': the hardline Home Office policy tearing families apart Related: Britain is open for business? Not for African artists coming to Womad | Ian Birrell Continue reading... [...]
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PNB scam now stands at Rs 12,636 crore: CBI questions former MD and two GMs
The PNB scam now officially stands at Rs 12,636 crore. The quantum of the unauthorised transactions of diamond merchants Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi rose by Rs 1,251 crore, according to a stock exchange notification by the Punjab National Bank. {image-pnb-1518887254.jpg [...]
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Home, auto loan EMIs to go up as SBI, PNB hike lending rates
Two state-run lenders State Bank of India and Punjab National Bank on Thursday raised their lending rates by up to 20 basis points, a move that will increase the interest rates on existing as well as home, auto loans and personal [...]
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