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Our stand has been vindicated, it was a scam by Vinod Rai: Kapil Sibal post 2G verdict
Reacting to 2G verdict, Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Thursday said that their stand has been vindicated. He also said that Vinod Rai's presumptive loss theory has been proven wrong. Speaking to media, Sibal said,'' I had always [...]
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War on naxals: NIA seizes 4,000 kgs of gelatine explosives
A team of the National Investigation Agency has seized 4,000 kilograms of gelatine explosives in Jharkhand. The seizure comes close on the heels of the arrest of a naxalite, Mahavir Manjhi. On March 5, the Jharkhand police arrested 15-armed Maoist [...]
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French Open: Rafael Nadal marches past Maximilian Marterer and into quarter-finals
Rafael Nadal continued his birthday celebrations by moving into the French Open quarter-finals on Monday, beating a determined Maximilian Marterer 6-3 6-2 7-6(4). [...]
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Were naxals planning a recruitment drive at JNU
The submission made by the Pune police before a court suggest that the urban naxals were planning a major recruitment drive in the JNU. The recruitments and the luring of students into their thought process were to be done through a [...]
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Review: TCX RT Race Pro Air boot review
I’ve been using the TCX RT-Race boots for many months now and they’re one of the best value- for-money race boots out there. My only issue with them was a lack of ventilation – and that’s where the RT-Race Pro Air model you see here, comes in. This is at the top of the TCX line-up and it’s effectively the same boot used by racing stars like Johann Zarco, Sam Lowes and Brad Binder. The RT-Race Pro Air is based on the standard RT-Race but it brings some premium additions in the form of magnesium sliders that replace the regular boot’s polyurethane sliders on the toe and heel counter. Another big addition comes in the form of the new Michelin Burnout sole. This sole uses a dual compound structure and gets a detailed design inspired by the Powersport Evo tyre. This aims to increase grip and control, while also improving durability and abrasion resistance. While I had no complaints with the standard boot’s sole, the new one feels even more grippy, particularly on wet surfaces. And finally, as the name suggests, the microfibre material (faux leather; TCX doesn’t claim it to be otherwise either) is perforated, which helps brings some welcome ventilation on hot days at the track. The rest is familiar with the same external flex control system which prevents hyperextension of the ankle in a crash situation. A ratcheted closure system with a secure metal clasp helps fine-tune the top of the boot around the rider’s calf and the fit is further secured through an inner bootie that laces up via an easy drawstring system. All-day comfort on the street is reasonable, but I find that the gaiter at the top tends to feel rough on the skin after a few hours, if you wear your pants over the boots. On the track, the boots feel superbly secure and tactile. The RT-Race Pro Air brings some expensive goodies and, as a result, the price goes up enormously; the Pro Air is a huge Rs 14,500 more than the standard RT-Race. This may be okay for those who appreciate having the best there is, but if the price is too high for you, the standard RT-Race offers almost the same protection scheme and makes for great value if you’re looking for high-speed road or race track safety. Where: highnoteperformance.com Price: Rs 37,000 [...]
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Cleveland CycleWerks India launch delayed
American motorcycle brand Cleveland CycleWerks made its debut in India at the 2018 Auto Expo with a plan to start operations by June 2018. However, it has now announced (on Twitter) that the launch has been pushed to October 2018. Cleveland hasn’t given any reasoning for the delay; but we suspect the lack of a suitably set-up dealership network has deferred the launch. The American brand has partnered with Hyderabad-based Laish-Madison Motor Werks for production and distribution in India. At Auto Expo 2018, the company shared that the motorcycles launched in India will be imported as CKD kits from China and will be assembled at the bike maker's Pune facility. Cleveland had showcased four new models for the Indian market – Misfit, Ace Deluxe, Ace Scrambler and Ace Cafe. Of the four motorcycles, the Cleveland Misfit is the most interesting looking motorcycle with its cafe racer styling. It is powered by a 229cc; single-cylinder, air-cooled engine with a power output of 15.4hp at 7,000rpm, and its peak torque of 16Nm arrives at 6,000rpm. The engine is mated to a five-speed gearbox. The Misfit employs a tubular, steel-backbone-type dual-cradle frame, which is suspended on a USD fork and twin shock absorbers at the rear. It employs 18-inch steel spoke wheels on both ends which are wrapped with a 100/90 section tyre at the front and a 120/90 section tyre at the rear. The Misfit gets a 320mm disc with a four-piston radial mount caliper at the front and a 220mm disc at the rear. It gets a 15-litre fuel tank and it tips the scale at 144kg (kerb weight). The Ace range is more conventional in comparison to the Misfit, but is offered in three different body styles. The powertrain on the Ace range is similar to the one found on the Misfit. The Ace range features a square-section single-downtube frame. The Ace Cafe 250 and Deluxe 250 sport USD forks, while the Ace Scrambler 250 has been equipped with a conventional telescopic fork. Twin shock-absorbers at the back remain common for all the three Ace motorcycles. While the Ace Cafe 250 and Deluxe 250 run on 17-inch aluminium spoke wheels at either end, the Ace Scrambler gets 18-inch aluminium rims. Braking hardware consists of a single 298mm disc with twin-piston callipers at the front, and a 210mm disc with a single-piston caliper at the rear, for all the Ace models. All three Ace models feature a 14-litre fuel tank and have a similar kerb weight of 133kg. Cleveland CycleWerks plans to sell 5,000 units in India by 2019 and the Ace range and Misfit are expected to be priced between Rs 2-2.5 lakh (ex-showroom). Watch this space for more updates. [...]
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Talaq, talaq, talaq: Shashi Tharoor echoes voter sentiment after assembly election results
Talaq, talaq, talaq: Shashi Tharoor echoes voter sentiment after assembly election results [...]
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'What arrogance', says PM Modi on Sonia Gandhi's '272' remark
New Delhi, July 20: Targetting Sonia Gandhi over her recent statement on strength of the parties supporting the no-confidence motion, PM Modi said he was reminded of 1999, when she joined other parties to challenge the NDA government led by Atal Bihari [...]
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Foetus found in Air Asia plane lavatory, woman detained
New Delhi, July 25: A foetus, believed to be around six months old, was recovered from a lavatory of an AirAsia plane after it landed here from Guwahati this afternoon, police said. A woman who boarded the plane in [...]
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Rahul Gandhi backs Mamata Banerjee rally: Hope we send a powerful message together
Rahul Gandhi backs Mamata Banerjee rally: Hope we send a powerful message together [...]
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Modi meets Parrikar in hospital, Goa CM's ailment still a ‘mystery'
Amid rumours that Manohar Parrikar is suffering from a major ailment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday met Goa Chief Minister at Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital. Although Parrikar's ailment has been kept under the wraps, a report had emerged that [...]
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Oppo F5
  If trends are what you’re after, the Oppo F5 is quite an enticing proposition. It packs the in-vogue univisium display, a powerful selfie camera that boasts of artificial intelligence and comes... [...]
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Ferrari files Targa Top patent
Luxury sportscar manufacturer, Ferrari, has filed a patent with the European Patent Office for a new Targa removable roof system. This 'Targa Top' design could signal a potential return to the body style for the Italian carmaker after a 20-year hiatus. The patent application refers to “a car with a ‘Targa Top’ body” that features a “coupé body with a rigid roof that is removable and is supported at the front by the upright of the windshield and at the rear by a robust, full-width roll bar”. The Targa top style that Ferrari refers to is similar to that currently used by Porsche on the 911, but the new patent refers to the specific design and engineering involved. It proposes decreasing the aerodynamic turbulence associated with Targa tops by increasing the height of the windscreen upright, with a possible false insert that is installed when the roof is removed. Ferrari claims that a Targa-style production car of its design would be “free from the aforementioned drawbacks” as well as being “easy and inexpensive to manufacture.” Although it’s not known yet whether an existing Ferrari model will benefit from the new removable roof design, the patent drawings illustrate an old F430 for reference. That mid-engined V8 model is a predecessor to the 488 GTB. The 355 GTS from the 1995-1999 time period was the last Targa-style Ferrari in mass production, although limited-run models such as the 575 Superamerica and LaFerrari Aperta were produced in small quantities since that car. A Targa-topped 488 would sit alongside the existing GTB and Spider convertible in the range, expanding a line-up that makes up a significant proportion of Ferrari’s annual sales. Lawrence Allan [...]
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Citizens should be informed about their duties, rights: Modi
New Delhi, Mar 6: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said it was imperative that people are made aware about the importance of their duties as asserting one's own rights without rendering duties is against the fundamental value of the Constitution. [...]
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Hyundai Le Fil Rouge concept revealed at Geneva motor show
Hyundai revealed its Le Fil Rouge concept car at the Geneva motor show as the blueprint for the brand's future design direction. The new theme, named Sensuous Sportiness and was first applied to the Kona, Nexo and Santa Fe SUVs which came with 'cascading' grilles and wide bonnets. The design theme is claimed to exhibit harmonised proportion, architecture, styling, and technology. “Our goal is to build Hyundai into a beloved brand by creating vehicles with heightened emotional value," said the company's head of styling, Sang Yup Lee. Le Fil Rouge translates from French to 'common thread' and the concept's design is said to reflect Hyundai’s belief that the brand’s past, present and future designs are all connected. "The concept is a reinterpretation of Hyundai’s design DNA that originated from the Coupé concept of 1974,” said Luc Donckerwolke, head of design. This wedge-shaped car was penned by Italdesign and previewed Hyundai's first-ever model, the Pony. The integrated pillars and swept look of the Le Fil Rouge, along with the long wheelbase and short overhangs, are said to imbue the five-door coupé with a 'dynamic' look. Hyundai describes the frame of the interior as a 'tube architecture' that reflects the exterior profile of the car. The company claims the car's four-seat cabin is designed to give a calm, spacious and comfortable travel environment, with ample legroom for passengers, and a driver's seat that's optimised for ergonomics. Features on the concept include an aviation-inspired two-way air- conditioning system and trims made from revitalised wood. Infotainment duties are handled by a panoramic display with haptic feedback for the driver, while rear passengers each get a touchscreen. The interior is divided by a 'floating' wrap-around central console that extends from the dashboard back to the rear seat bench, like in the new Range Rover SV Coupé. Hyundai's Sensuous Sportiness theme takes over from Fluid Sculpture, which was introduced with the Sonata sedan in 2009. Also see: 2018 Geneva motor show image gallery [...]
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Microsoft Surface Laptop
  In June last year, Apple updated its 2010-born MacBook Air yet again with nothing except a newer processor that clocked slightly faster. Meanwhile, Microsoft had just finished forging a new weapon in... [...]
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AIADMK slams TDP’s no-confidence motion, calls it opportunistic party
AIADMK slams TDP’s no-confidence motion, calls it opportunistic party [...]
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Kerala govt thanks central forces for rescue operations during flood crisis
Kerala govt thanks central forces for rescue operations during flood crisis [...]
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Myanmar dam breach: thousands evacuate homes, officials say
The country’s main highway and 100 villages have been inundated by flood waterMore than 50,000 people evacuated their homes in central Myanmar on Wednesday after a dam breach flooded towns and villages and caused the closure of a major highway, two officials said.Fire authorities sent a team to the Swar irrigation dam after the breach at 5.30 am (11pm GMT) unleashed water into the nearby town of Swar and several other settlements. Related: Myanmar's military must be prosecuted for Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing', UN told Continue reading... [...]
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2 LeT terrorists killed in encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara
2 LeT terrorists killed in encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara [...]
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Why triple talaq ordinance is aimed at assembly polls in 4 states
Why triple talaq ordinance is aimed at assembly polls in 4 states [...]
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Researchers identify protein that boosts memory
The researchers also found that study participants with more years of education showed higher levels of the protein. (Source: Thinkstock Images) Researchers have discovered a link b [...]
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List of world’s best-selling cars in H1 2016 revealed
F2M Global Mobility Database has released a report listing the best-selling cars in H1 2016 globally. Here are the world’s top 10 cars on the basis of sales during H1 2016. 1. Toyota Corolla – 6,34,298 Unsurprisingly, the top-most selling car during H1 2016 globally was the Toyota Corolla. Toyota managed to sell 6,34,298 units of the car. However, the sales declined by 1.2% compared to H1 2015 (6,41,850). 2. VW Golf – 5,00,630 Volkswagen sold 5,00,630 units of VW Golf during H1 2017 globally, which although being impressive given the “diesel-gate” scandal, was 1.8% lower compared to H1 2015 (508,829). 3. Ford F-Series – 4,78,384 Ford sold 4,78,384 F-Series pickup trucks during H1 2016 globally, registering a 12.6% growth from H1 2015 (4,24,884). 4. Ford Focus – 3,67,479 The Ford Focus, the VW Golf’s rival, witnessed a steep decline during H1 2016 from H1 2015 with the sales dropping by 16.4%, from 4,39,584 to 3,67,479. 5. Hyundai Elantra – 3,63,490 The Hyundai Elantra‘s sixth generation model is yet to show its colours globally, as the car’s sales declined during H1 2016 from H1 2015 by 9.7% , from 4,02,526 to 3,58,602. 6. VW Polo – 3,58,602 The VW Polo is the only sub-compact car to have made it to the top ten list during H1 2016. However, the sales dropped by 1.8%, from 3,65,257 during H1 2015 to 3,58,602. 7. Toyota RAV4 – 3,46,791 Toyota sold 3,46,791 units of the Toyota RAV4 during H1 2016, 10.8% more than it did during H1 2015 (3,12,993). 8. Toyota Camry – 3,39,611 The Toyota Camry witnessed an 11.7% decline in sales during H1 2016 compared to H1 2015; the sales dropped from 3,84,421 then to 3,39,611 now. 9. Honda CR-V – 3,33,697 Honda sold 3,33,697 units of the Honda CR-V during H1 2016, 3.9% more than it did during H1 2015 (3,21,038). 10. Chevrolet Silverado – 3,07,845 Unlike for H1 2015, when the pickup truck’s sales were 3,10,981, the Chevrolet Silverado made it to the top ten list for H2 2016 registering a half-yearly sales of 3,07,845, which translates to a 1.0% decline in sales. [...]
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Every new sedan on discount this festive season
As the festive season is considered a good time to buy a new vehicle, carmakers – mass market ones like Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai, and luxury manufacturers like Audi and Jaguar – hope to increase their sales figures by offering discounts and benefits on their products. If you’re looking to buy a new sedan this month and the next, this in-depth list will help you out: Audi A4   Save up to Rs 7 lakh The rival to the BMW 3-series and Mercedes C-class can now be bought for Rs 7 lakh less. It is available with a 150hp, 1.4-litre turbo-petrol and a 190hp, 2.0-litre diesel, both of which are mated to a mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. The model is known for its cabin quality and overall refinement. Audi A3 Save up to Rs 5 lakh The smallest Audi on offer in the country comes with two powertrain options – a 150hp, 1.4-litre turbo-petrol and a 143hp, 2.0-litre diesel. During the festive season, dealerships are offering a significant Rs 5 lakh discount on the Mercedes CLA rival, and an additional exchange offer of Rs 1 lakh. Jaguar XE Save up to Rs 3.5 lakh Jaguar’s answer to the BMW 3-series and Mercedes C-class boasts of a great ride/handling package and comes with a strong 2.0-litre petrol engine in 200hp and 250hp states of tune. There’s also a 180hp, 2.0-litre diesel engine on offer. Customers can avail a Rs 3.5 lakh discount on the smallest Jag sedan during the festive season. Volkswagen Vento Save up to Rs 1.05 lakh Select variants of Volkswagen’s Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Hyundai Verna rival are now being offered with a Rs 60,000 cash discount and a Rs 40,000 exchange bonus. The Vento gets four engine-gearbox combinations – a 105hp, 1.6-litre petrol with a 5-speed manual, a 110hp, 1.5-litre diesel with either a 5-speed manual or 7-speed DSG, and a 105hp, 1.2-litre turbo-petrol with a 7-speed DSG. Volkswagen Ameo Save up to Rs 85,000 The German brand’s compact sedan shares its 76hp, 1.0-litre petrol engine with its hatchback sibling, the Polo, though it also gets a 110hp, 1.5-litre diesel with the option of a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. Dealerships are now offering cash discounts worth Rs 50,000, an exchange bonus of Rs 25,000 and Rs 15,000 corporate discount. The rival to the Ford Aspire, Maruti Suzuki Dzire and Honda Amaze is a premium alternative, but falls short on practicality. Toyota Yaris Save up to Rs 50,000 In addition to the Rs 20,000 cash discount on offer, Toyota dealers are also offering a Rs 20,000 exchange bonus and a Rs 10,000 corporate discount on the Japanese carmaker’s Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Hyundai Verna rival. Unlike its competition, the Yaris is the only midsize sedan to be offered with just a petrol engine – the 107hp, 1.5-litre motor comes mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 7-step CVT automatic. Toyota Corolla Altis Save up to Rs 85,000 Toyota’s Skoda Octavia and Hyundai Elantra fighter now comes with a cash discount of Rs 35,000, along with a Rs 10,000 exchange offer and a Rs 40,000 corporate discount. The Corolla Altis comes with a 140hp, 1.8-litre petrol and an 88hp, 1.4-litre diesel engine, both of which are mated to a 6-speed manual, though the former gets the option of a CVT as well. Hyundai Xcent Save up to Rs 65,000 Hyundai’s Grand i10-based compact sedan may not be a segment leader, but its strengths include the high quality fit and finish and well-appointed interiors. The Ford Aspire and Honda Amaze competitor comes with the same 83hp, 1.2-litre petrol and 75hp, 1.2-litre diesel as its hatchback counterpart. The car is now available with a cash discount of Rs 20,000 and a Rs 45,000 exchange bonus during the ongoing festive season. The commercial version, which comes with the Prime suffix, also gets a cash discount worth Rs 40,000. Maruti Suzuki Dzire Save up to Rs 57,500 The Dzire’s USPs are a comfy ride, spacious cabin and its frugal engines. The Honda Amaze and Ford Aspire competitor is now on offer with discounts worth Rs 27,500 and an exchange bonus up to Rs 30,000. The compact sedan leads its segment in terms of sales and comes with a, 83hp, 1.2-litre petrol and a 75hp, 1.3-litre diesel engine option. 5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT options are also on offer. Nissan Sunny Save up to Rs 72,000 Nissan’s midsize sedan hasn’t set the sales charts on fire. For the duration of the festive season, dealerships will offer a 3g gold coin, a Rs 60,000 exchange bonus, one-year free insurance and a special Rs 12,000 discount for government employees. The Sunny gets two engine options – a 99hp, 1.5-litre petrol (mated to either a 5-speed manual or a CVT) and an 86hp, 1.5-litre diesel (paired to a 5-speed manual). Hyundai Verna Save up to Rs 85,000 Smartly-styled, well-finished and loaded with kit, the Rs 65,000 cash discount now available on the Verna makes it a more promising buy. There’s also a Rs 20, [...]
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PM to dedicate 'Statue of Unity' to nation today
Ahmedabad, Oct 31:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Ahmedabad on Wednesday. The 182-metre statue of Vallabhbhai Patel, the world's tallest statue the 'Statue of Unity', will be dedicated to the nation in Narmada District of Gujarat.   At the launch [...]
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Modi, Shah and Yogi Adityanath in maximum demand in Rajasthan elections
New Delhi, Nov 3: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is facing a daunting task to save its government in Rajasthan, will have star campaigners as Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath besides of course Prime Minister Narendra Modi, national party [...]
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Vladamir Putin critic Alexei Navalny barred from Russian presidential election
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was barred on Monday from running in next year's presidential election after officials ruled he was ineligible to take part due to a suspended prison sentence he says was trumped up. [...]
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A lot of activity but little action
A lot of activity but little action [...]
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