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Not competitors, pests are the biggest problem for IKEA in India: Here's why
Hyderabad, Sep 21: Not competitors, the biggest challenge IKEA has faced so far in India are pests. In another embarrassment for Swedish firm IKEA in India, a customer has said that he found a insect in a chocolate cake that he [...]
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Cut hands of govt officials accepting bribes, says Goa MLA
Panaji, August 2: An Independent MLA in the Goa Legislative Assembly today demanded that hands of those government officials caught red-handed accepting bribes should be chopped. “Their hands should be cut. If government is serious about curbing corruption, cut the hands [...]
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United World Wrestling clears Narsingh Yadav's name for Rio Olympics
The news was confirmed by the Wrestling Federation of India​ president Brij Bhushan Saran Singh. [...]
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BJP appoints election in-charges for poll-bound states
New Delhi, Oct 3: Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah on Wednesday appointed Union Ministers J P Nadda, Prakash Javadekar and Dharmendra Pradhan as the party's election in-charges for Telangana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh respectively, a party statement said. The [...]
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Arvind Kejriwal vs LG: High court verdict is slap on Delhi voters
It is a slap on Arvind Kejriwal's face, exulted his critics after the Delhi High Court's decision making Najeeb Jung the boss of Delhi. The slap is actually on the face of Delhi's voters. The post Arvind Kejriwal vs LG: High court verdict is slap on Delhi voters appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Prasanna Puwanarajah: 'I thought Planet Acting didn't need someone like me'
He used to get cast as either a doctor or a terrorist. Now Prasanna Puwanarajah is on stage at the National, starring opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Patrick Melrose – and even writing his own sci-fi showIt was nine years ago that Prasanna Puwanarajah last worked on a hospital ward – he went from there to rehearsals for Twelfth Night at the Royal Shakespeare Company. In the previous two years, he had been working as a jobbing actor, writer and director, and as a doctor – going wherever he was needed in the NHS, and fitting in auditions, making a couple of short films, directing some plays, in between. He had been deferring a training post in reconstructive surgery, and at some point, though he never really made a definitive decision, he just never went back to medicine.We meet at the National Theatre, where Puwanarajah is appearing in Absolute Hell. There is still something doctorly about his manner – the steady voice; the careful, analytical responses. The National is a place that proved instrumental in his career change. “I’d done a show at the Arcola,” he says, “and I was heading back to the NHS. I got auditions at the RSC and then at the National. I came here and did four shows and wrote a play, over the course of a year and a half. It felt vibrant and exciting and possible.” Continue reading... [...]
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Siddaramaiah slams Parrikar, BJP over Mahadeyi issue
Bengaluru, Dec 24: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today accused his Goa counterpart Manohar Parrikar and state BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa of trying to play out a 'drama' on the issue Mahadayi river water issue, keeping the coming assembly elections in [...]
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BJP sacks Uttarakhand BJP general secretary Sanjay Kumar over sexual harassment charges
Dehradun, Nov 4: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) removed its Uttarakhand General Secretary Sanjay Kumar from his post after a woman party worker accuses him of sexual harassment. According to ANI, the BJP central leadership on Sunday removed Sanjay Kumar [...]
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Rafale deal: Dassault CEO Eric Trappier's interview a dictated PR stunt, says Congress
Rafale deal: Dassault CEO Eric Trappier's interview a dictated PR stunt, says Congress [...]
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How cattle slaughter rules threaten economy, revolt in South India
How cattle slaughter rules threaten economy, revolt in South India [...]
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5-time FIFA World Cup champion Brazil held 1-1 by Switzerland
Switzerland upset the mighty Brazil 1-1 in their Group B opening match.  [...]
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Big Bash 2018-19: Conventional coin toss set to be replaced with bat flip
Cricket Australia's head of Big Bash League Kim McConnie believes that the introduction of an innovative concept like a bat flip is a reflection of what the BBL is all about.  [...]
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INX media case: CBI moves SC against bail granted to Karti Chidambaram by Delhi HC
The Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday moved the Supreme Court against bail granted to Karti Chidambaram by Delhi High Court in connection with the INX media case. The Delhi High Court had in May granted bail to Karti [...]
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Asus Zenfone Zoom S
  Around three years back when Asus entered the smartphone market, it brought above average hardware to the mid-tier segment. Powered by Intel chips and 4GB RAM, the original Zenfone was fast, efficient... [...]
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Trump plans to pull thousands of troops out of Afghanistan – report
Military withdrawal would pave way toward ‘a second 9/11’, warns Trump ally Lindsey GrahamDonald Trump is planning to withdraw more than 5,000 of the 14,000 US troops in Afghanistan, a US official and US media have said, in the latest sign Trump’s patience with America’s longest war is wearing thin.On Wednesday, Trump rebuffed top advisers and decided to pull all US troops out of Syria, a decision that was swiftly followed by the abrupt resignation of US defence secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday over significant policy differences with the president. Related: Defense secretary resigns: Mattis points to differences with Trump on allies Related: Donald Trump's Syria withdrawal could reverberate for years Continue reading... [...]
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No Government sanction needed to register case against Army, J&K police tell SC
New Delhi, July 25: The Jammu and Kashmir police told the Supreme Court that there was no need for sanction from the Government of India to register a criminal case against Army personnel. "Even under the AFSPA, the Army Act or [...]
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Chhetri, Gurpreet must lead from the front at Asian Cup: Bhaichung Bhutia
Asked about India`s chances in the competition, Bhutia pointed out that their first assignment against lower-ranked Thailand will make or break them. [...]
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BJP president discusses strategy to deal with no-confidence motion with party colleges
New Delhi, July 19: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah has discussed the floor management of the Lok Sabha for the no-confidence motion brought in against the National Democratic government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi by the Telugu Desam [...]
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For development, need of the hour is nationalist thinking says Yogi
Etah, July 23: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday said that "nationalist thinking" is needed for the development of a country. At a public meeting here, Adityanath said, "The Samajwadi Party encouraged casteism and dynasty politics. These [...]
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India has 35 percent chief ministers with criminal cases, 81 percent crorepatis: ADR
In India, around 35 percent chief ministers have criminal cases against them and 81 percent of the total are crorepatis, according to an ADR report released on Monday. The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW) [...]
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Myanmar freedom of expression getting worse 'day by day', report finds
Aung San Suu Kyi criticised for failing to halt jailing of Reuters reporters Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa LoneMyanmar’s freedom of expression has deteriorated under its new government, a new Human Rights Watch report has said.It cited the jailing of Reuters reporters Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone, who were investigating the Rohingya crisis, saying the case “shows the military’s willingness to penalise reporters who seek information the military would rather keep hidden”. Related: Reuters journalists to remain in Myanmar jail after losing appeal Continue reading... [...]
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Delhi: 17 killed in fire at Hotel Arpit Palace in Karol Bagh
New Delhi, Feb 12: At least 17 people were killed in the fire that broke out in Hotel Arpit Palace in Karol Bagh, Delhi earlier on Tuesday. The fire was brought under control around 7 am. [NHRC notice to UP govt [...]
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Nifty breaches 11,600 mark for the first time, Sensex at fresh all-time high
Mumbai, Aug 23: Indian stock markets (Sensex and Nifty) started higher on Thursday with BSE Sensex hitting a new all-time high and NSE Nifty breaching the psychological mark of 11,600 for the first time in stock market history. The [...]
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A barometer of performance
The awareness about the existence of the portal is evidently increasing. Resolving citizen grievances is a job for the department of administrative reforms and public grievances (DA [...]
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Russian athletics mess: Gloom and anger for athletes due to miss 2016 Rio Olympics
The international sports tribunal rejected an appeal by Russian athletes against a Rio Olympics ban amid mounting pressure for action over state-run doping in Russia. [...]
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Buying used: (2014-2019) Mercedes C-class
GOOD FOR: Plush interiors, comfortable rear seat LOOK OUT FOR: Brake wear, power steering issue Buying a used luxury car is often a good bargain and the Mercedes-Benz C-class is a prime example of that. At the time of launch, the C-class costed close to Rs 50 lakh (on-road), and today you can buy a pre-owned one for half that amount. So, if you are in the market for a luxury sedan that offers comfort, quality interiors and brand value, the C-class is a good option, more specifically, the C 200. And the reason for this is the smooth 2.0-litre petrol engine making 184hp and 300Nm of torque, mated to a 7-speed automatic gearbox, and its high levels of refinement. Launched in 2014, Mercedes brought in the C-class as a fully imported model and it was only a year later that local assembly commenced. Also, the C 200 is available in a single trim (Avantgarde), which is well equipped in terms of features. You get LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, an 8.4-inch display with Merc’s COMAND system, a 13-speaker Burmester audio system, and other goodies like a three-zone climate control. Think of the C-class as a comfy, relaxed cruiser that you can use on the chaotic peak-hour runs and also on long weekend getaways. However, there are a few things you need to know before you go for one. Yes, it’s a Mercedes for half the price, but what doesn’t change is service costs and spare part prices. It is a luxury brand, so a basic service every year will cost around Rs 30,000. And if you have a mishap, spare part prices are on the higher side. Mercs aren’t really prone to breaking down, or being problematic, but there are a few niggles that come up. For example, the alternator can fail after 40,000km, so if the car in question has covered more than that, get this checked. A new alternator for the C-class is over Rs 1 lakh. There have also been a few complaints of brake wear as early as 20,000km. An easy way to know this is to keep an ear out for a grinding or squealing sound from the brakes. Also, cars manufactured between June 2016 and March 2018 were recalled for a steering column issue where due to the column not being electrically grounded properly, the airbag deployed without warning. Check the instrument cluster to see if the airbag warning sign is on. Another recall was for cars manufactured between November 2016 and February 2017 to fix the seatbelt pretensioner that would not engage due to a fluid imbalance. Other general checks include the battery life, condition of the brakes – which for a car over three years is crucial – and that it has a perfect service history. Cars from Mercedes’ pre-owned program are the best bet as they are in the best condition mechanically and cosmetically, although, they will command a premium price. Individual owners are the next safest bet before you start looking at dealers where little attention is given to the cars. Another bonus would be if the car you are looking at has extended warranty. It is worth paying a premium on these as it saves you a lot of money later and if the seller is asking a bit more for the extended warranty, you should go for it. After you buy the car, remember, you will need to take extra care, and if it is your first luxury car, you will need to drive it carefully and more importantly, correctly. HOW TO GET ONE IN YOUR GARAGE Buyer beware … Brake wear Check the brakes for any grinding or squealing noise, especially in cars that have covered over 25,000km. A new set will cost over Rs 10,000. Steering column Make sure the steering column has been fixed, if the car was part of the models recalled. Alternator If the car has difficulty in starting or is displaying a warning light, it might be an alternator issue. A new one is expensive, costing over Rs 1 lakh. Also worth knowing When looking at luxury cars like this one, it is advisable to take a trusted mechanic along with you, so you can assess if there are any more complicated issues. Look for a complete service history and make sure the car’s warranty is still valid. Owners tend to repair cars outside the authorised service centre; this not only voids the warranty, but also comes with a high risk of permanently damaging the car. How much to spend Rs 25-27 lakh The C-class is over four years now and the asking price is in the range of Rs 25 to 30 lakh. Dealer-owned cars are more expensive and you also have less room to negotiate. There is also a chance that they have been sitting in the showroom for a while. Look for a private-owned car that is well kept. An even safer option is looking at the Mercedes pre-owned programme. Now while the cars here command a premium, they are sure to be in excellent condition. FactfileYears produced2014-present Price when newFrom Rs 40.90 lakh Engine4 cyl, 1991cc, petrolPower184hp Torque300Nm 0-100kph8.11sec Top speed235kph Economy14.74kpl (ARAI) [...]
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Kunal Nayyar wants to be part of ‘Doctor Who’
Kunal Nayyar said: “Wouldn’t that be cool if I played Doctor Who? The first Indian ‘Doctor Who’ maybe after ‘Big Bang…'” Actor Kunal Nayyar [...]
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Review: 2019 Ford Figo facelift video review
Also see: 2019 Ford Figo facelift review, test drive 2019 Ford Figo facelift vs rivals: Price, specifications comparison 2019 Ford Figo facelift price, variants explained 2019 Ford Figo facelift image gallery [...]
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