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Why NOTA, a blank vote, is a waste with no impact on election results
New Delhi, Dec 19: On Monday, when the Assembly election results of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh were declared, the word NOTA (None Of The Above)--termed as a tool for the voters to reject all candidates contesting the elections--made its comeback. In fact, [...]
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India in South Africa: Need to take the attack to South African bowlers, says Virat Kohli
India's batsmen must show a more positive mindset to combat the South Africa bowling attack, their captain Virat Kohli said after losing the first Test on Monday. [...]
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Tamil Nadu: Salary hike only for MLAs, not for transport employees?
Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K.Palanisamy appealed transport unions, who are demanding salary hike, to withdraw strike and report to work immediately as the transport union's strike entered the seventh day on Wednesday. The bus strike by Tamil Nadu State [...]
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After BJP, PDP 'divorce' in J&K, is saffron party’s alliance with JD(U) at risk in Bihar?
Patna, June 22: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seems to be fast losing its alliance partners in various states. It has been quite a while now, the Shiv Sena has been regularly protesting against the BJP, although both the parties [...]
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185 monks, nuns from Thailand reach Leh on 'Pad Yatra'
185 monks, nuns from Thailand reach Leh on 'Pad Yatra' [...]
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2018 Mini Countryman showcased at Auto Expo
The all-new, second-generation Mini Countryman luxury SUV is also on display at the ongoing 2018 Auto Expo, along with a rather large selection of BMW models. The Countryman is expected to launch in India in the coming months, where it is expected to rival top-spec variants of compact luxury SUVs, like the Mercedes-Benz GLA, the Audi Q3 and its own cousin, the BMW X1. That’s right, the new Mini Countryman shares its UKL1 front-wheel-drive-biased platform – and therefore most of its mechanical bits – with its German counterpart; and that includes the engines. When it launches in India, expect a 192hp, 2.0-litre turbo-petrol in the Countryman Cooper S and a 190hp 2.0-litre diesel in the Countryman D. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox – again, like in the BMW X1. Unlike the previous Countryman, which was only front-wheel-drive in India, this one routes its power through Mini’s ALL4 AWD system. This mechanical difference also sets it apart from its estate-like sibling, the Clubman, which is only available in 2WD, therefore justifying the slight price premium you will have to pay. While the new car is certainly recognisable as a Mini, the Countryman sets itself apart visually. It’s the most distinctive looking, of the current crop of Minis. For instance, its headlamps and tail-lamps are almost square in shape and there are sharp ridges over the rear-wheel arches. Then there is the angry-looking ‘upturned’ chrome grille, aggressive bumpers and chunky cladding around the wheel arches. Finally, the characteristic Mini ‘floating’ roof has a kink at the rear, so as to make it look a bit different from its siblings. On the inside, of course, there’s that classic Mini retro look with loads of circular motifs on the dashboard, dials and doors. Beneath all the old-school chic, however, is a proper luxury car with quality levels that match (and in places, surpass) the BMW X1. It also has some state-of-the-art tech like the latest iDrive infotainment system with a touchscreen. However, in true Mini fashion, a lot of equipment is optional; and speccing it up could seriously shoot the sticker price up. Still, the previous Countryman was perhaps the most popular Mini in India and thanks to its SUV body style, this one has the potential to be, too. Do you think it’s a proper Mini, or just a big SUV that happens to wear the retro badge? Let us know in the comments below. Also see: Updated BMW M3 and M4 launched at Auto Expo 2018 BMW i3S electric hatch showcased at Auto Expo 2018 2018 BMW 6-series GT launched at Rs 58.9 lakh 2018 BMW M5 launched at Rs 1.43 crore 2018 BMW i8 Roadster showcased at Auto Expo Upcoming BMW X3 showcased at Auto Expo 2018 Best cars at Auto Expo 2018 [...]
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Mumbai's leopards have killed humans – but could they also be saving lives?
Leopards roaming the Sanjay Gandhi National Park could be helping to control the city’s dangerous stray dog population, study suggestsA fleeting glimpse of the black spots and gold fur of a leopard is not an uncommon sight at Sanjay Gandhi National Park in the Indian city of Mumbai.Leopards are often thought of as a threat to humans, but rather than being a problem in Mumbai, they may actually be helping their human neighbours – even saving their lives – as we argue in our paper published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. Related: The leopards of Mumbai: life and death among the city's 'living ghosts' Continue reading... [...]
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Russian roulette
In the next few days, the world will descend upon Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games. Russia, though, might not join the carnival. Last week, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld a ban imposed by the International Association of Athletics Fed [...]
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BJP sees red as Dinesh Gundu says, Adityanath not a Yogi but Dongi
There was another Mani Shankar Aiyer moment in Karnataka. This time it was the turn of KPCC working president, Dinesh Gundu Rao who took on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath. The PM should sack him as he is [...]
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Lenovo's Vibe K5 Note doesn't really inspire confidence
  The Indian market has been slowly progressing towards the flagship range. The competition was in the sub-10k segment last year, and it lies today in the sub-15k smartphones. So, just like it did... [...]
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Ford Endeavour facelift India launch in early 2019
The facelifted Ford Endeavour (sold in international markets as the Everest) has been repeatedly spotted testing in Australia and Thailand in the run-up to its international launch expected in mid-2018. Autocar India can now confirm that the facelifted Endeavour will come to India in early 2019. Leaked images and spy shots show the updated SUV will only get minor cosmetic tweaks such as a reworked radiator grille, slightly protruding fog lamp inserts on the front bumper, a silver finish for the lower part of the front bumper and new six-spoke alloy wheels. On the inside, the refreshed seven-seat SUV is expected to get some more equipment like passive keyless entry and a push-button start, features so far missing on the model. While the cosmetic changes to the exteriors are minimal, the talking point of the version sold abroad will be the debut of a brand-new 2.0-litre diesel engine. The new four-cylinder diesel engine was introduced globally on the Ford Ranger pickup, along with a new 10-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain is offered with a choice of two outputs – 180hp/420Nm from the single-turbo version and 213hp/500Nm from the twin-turbo version. Sadly, the new diesel motor and 10-speed automatic gearbox will not make their way to the Indian Endeavour, according to the Ford India officials we spoke to. The current engine line-up that includes a 160hp/385Nm, 2.2-litre diesel and a 200hp/470Nm, 3.2-litre diesel will remain on sale, albeit with possible upgrades to meet the stricter BS-VI emission norms that come into force in 2020. The facelifted Ford Endeavour will compete with the Toyota Fortuner and will also have a new rival in Mahindra’s version of the SsangYong Rexton that goes on sale this year. Also see: Ford Ranger Raptor details released Ford Endeavour facelift spied in Thailand Ford Endeavour 2.2 Titanium gets a sunroof   Ford Ranger facelift unveiled [...]
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The truth which was 10 years ago remains the same today: Nana Patekar
New Delhi, Oct 8: Actor Nana Patekar finally made an appearance to clear the air on the allegations made by Tanushree Dutta. Addressing the media, Nana Patekar said, "The truth which was there 10 years back, stands true even today". He [...]
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Assam to complete National Register of Citizens by May end
The Supreme Court-monitored exercise aimed at identifying illegal immigrants will be completed by the end of this month, however, implementing it in the state is a big challenge for the government. The government aims to complete it by May 31, 2018, [...]
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Apple iPhone XS
  There was a lot of excitement around the launch of the iPhone this year. There were so many ways Apple could approach this launch and so many possible announcements they could make, but as the dates g... [...]
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Cabinet approves Rs 3,911 cr for installation of mobile towers in Meghalaya
New Delhi, May 23: The Cabinet on Tuesday approved installation of 2G and 4G mobile towers in uncovered parts of Meghalaya for Rs 3,911 crore, while raising total fund limit for telecom project in the northeast region. "The Union [...]
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IB ACIO 2017 results date update, website unresponsive
The IB ACIO 2017 results may be declared tomorrow. Once declared the results would be available on the official website. With Tier 2 exam scheduled for 7 January 2018, it is likely that the results for the previous examination [...]
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UP govt issues directives on use of loudspeakers at public places
After receiving flak from the Allahabad High Court over noise pollution in Uttar Pradesh, the State government on Sunday issued detailed directives on the use of permanently installed loudspeakers at public places. The Allahabad High Court in December 2017 [...]
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Yoga day: Does Rahul Gandhi know ‘Modi <i>asanas</i>’?
New Delhi, June 21: Editor to reporter: Hello, have you done yoga? Reporter: No, Sir! Editor (faking anger): Why? Don't you know today is the International Yoga Day! Reporter (slightly confused): Hmmm...yes, but Rahul is also skipping yoga, naa... Editor (trying to [...]
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Graeme Smith questions Virat Kohli&amp;#039;s captaincy credentials
Every day brings in some sort of criticism for India captain Virat Kohli. Now it's former South Africa captain Graeme Smith's turn to take a dig at him, especially his captaincy credentials. [...]
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US watchdog uncovers violence against pro-union workers at Indian factory
Shahi Exports, which makes clothes for top brands such as H&M and Benetton, accused by Worker Rights ConsortiumAt Shahi Exports, India’s largest apparel exporter, several union supporters were this spring circulating a petition that asked management to provide cleaner water and increase pay. Shahi managers responded, an independent monitoring group found, by making death threats to several pro-union workers and directing other employees to beat them. Related: Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $4.7bn over talc cancer claims If we had left it to the brands, the union would be dead, its leaders blacklisted, the workforce terrorized into silence Related: M&S one of UK retailers yet to renew safety deal in Bangladesh factories Continue reading... [...]
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Honda announces new racing series for India
As part of a renewed effort to promote Indian racing talent, Honda 2Wheeler India will be launching a new motorcycle racing series in 2019. Set to run parallel to existing national championships, the one-make championship will see participants compete on the Honda NSF 250R Moto3 racer – a bike which helped Honda clinch the Moto3 constructors’ title in 2015. Developed by Honda Racing Corporation in 2011 as a replacement for the two-stroke Honda RS125R, the four-stroke NSF 250R is powered by a 249cc engine assisted by a ram-air intake system. Commenting on the introduction of the Moto3 racer in India, Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President, Brand and Communications, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt Ltd. said, “Setting a new benchmark, the highly successful NSF 250R starts a new chapter in Indian motorsports. Acknowledged globally as a stepping stone for budding champions, NSF 250R will be a huge step up for Indian riders. Riding experience on purpose built racing motorcycle will help them gain competitive edge bringing them at par with international racing at an early stage of their career.” The NSF 250R is a very serious race bike that has competed at the highest international level for this engine class. It’s a highly commendable move for Honda to introduce this motorcycle to Indian racing. It will help take the talent pool a step forward towards preparedness for competing internationally. Honda 2Wheeler India has also announced three new teams exclusively for Asian riders in international racing championships. The first of these will be the Honda Asia Dream Racing team, which will compete in the Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race and the JSB1000 class of the All-Japan Road Race Championship. The IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia and Honda Team Asia teams will compete in the Moto2 and Moto3 class of the FIM Road Racing Championship respectively – both classes serving as important stepping stones to the premiere MotoGP class. “It is my dream to see an iconic Indian compete in Grand Prix level racing. With a clear development path and structured approach to nurture riders in place, we now want to take Indian motorsports to the next level. Honda will introduce the Moto3 machine NSF 250R as competition bike in India next year. India’s best racers from Honda India Talent Cup and national championship will be racing on NSF 250R in a separate series running parallel to existing national championships. Motorsports has a bright future in India and Honda will continue to take such steps to support racing talent,” said Minoru Kato, President and CEO, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt Ltd. [...]
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Govt nod to launch of Aysuhman Bharat National Health Protection Mission
New Delhi, Mar 21: The government today gave its nod for the launch of 'Ayushman Bharat' - National Health Protection Mission to provide a cover of Rs 5 lakh per family annually to 10 crore poor and vulnerable families. [...]
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Congress continues to deny link with Cambridge Analytica, calls RS Prasad ‘lying law minister'
The Congress on Tuesday continued to deny any links with Cambridge Analytica, the firm at the center of Facebook data breach scandal, even as whistleblower Christopher Wylie claimed that he "believed" that the grand old party was CA's client. [...]
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US Secretary of State Pompeo, Def Secy Mattis arrive for 2+2 talks
New Delhi, Sep 5: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis arrived here Wednesday to hold the inaugural two-plus-two talks with their Indian counterparts, focus of which will be to deepen strategic ties and resolve differences over [...]
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Bulls Eye: Garland hurled at Rahul Gandhi lands exactly around his neck, watch video
Bulls Eye and it does not get more perfect that this. A garland thrown by a Congress supporter landed exactly around Rahul Gandhi's neck during a roadshow in Karnataka. The incident happened during a campaign in Tumakuru on Wednesday [...]
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Irregularities worth Rs 97,000 crore under Akhilesh Yadav government: CAG
Irregularities worth Rs 97,000 crore under Akhilesh Yadav government: CAG [...]
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'Adopt poor kids to get votes': Anandiben Patel tells BJP leaders
Madhya Pradesh governor Anandiben Patel has reportedly asked BJP leaders of a town in MP to adopt poor and malnourished kids to garner votes for the saffron party. An undated video of Anandiben Patel purportedly offering advice to Bharatiya [...]
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Times Now survey predicts win for BJP in Madhya Pradesh, Congress to do better than 2013
New Delhi, Oct 8: The Times Now-Warroom Strategies survey has predicted a win for the BJP in the upcoming Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections 2018, but the party will get fewer seats than what it got in 2013. According to the poll, [...]
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