Like millions of Pakistani children, Ahmed had to work to support his family. The sexual abuse he suffered is as commonplace as the government’s failure to actAwad was 12 when his employer started sexually abusing him. He had a new job in a factory in Kasur and, he says, he knew such abuse was common. It continued for more than a year. “He used to take my name, and say, ‘Awad you are my gift’ … He said that and kept hurting me.” In Awad’s mind, this was part of his job. “I could not refuse, because he paid me.” All Awad remembers from this time is feeling shame. Related: NHS admits doctors may be using tools made by children in Pakistan Continue reading... [...]
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Images of a new X-Power edition of Isuzu’s D-Max pickup and MU-X SUV have surfaced online. The special edition models, which are based on the facelifts (already available in India) are expected to be introduced in the Chinese market soon. Both sport some cosmetic changes inside and outside although there are no mechanical changes, when compared to the standard models in that market.
The outside of the MU-X X-Power gets a dark grey finish (black for the grille) and contrasting orange highlights above the circular fog lamps (the India-spec model gets LED DRLs next to the fog lamps). The same orange highlights are also seen on the centre of the blacked-out twin-spoke alloy wheels, which look like they are wrapped in the standard 255/65 R17 tyres. On the inside, the cabin gets orange highlights, seen as stitching in the arm rests, seats and door upholstery. There is no change in equipment.
The exterior of the D-Max X-Power is also painted in dark grey, but gets sliver cladding on the front and rear bumper with yellow highlights for the front unit. Like the MU-X X-Power, the D-Max also gets the corresponding highlight on the back-finished alloy wheels. Unlike the India-spec model, the D-Max X-Power does not get LED fog lamps. The interior of the X-Power pickup is slightly more vibrant with yellow touches on the all-black dashboard, around the central console and on the seats.
Unlike the D-Max sold in India, which is powered by a 136hp, 2.5-litre diesel engine, the China-spec models share its 177hp, 3.0-litre diesel with the MU-X sold there. The SUV also gets a 163hp, 1.9-litre diesel engine variant in that market. Transmission options for both in China are a six-speed manual and an Aisin-sourced six-speed automatic; while the Indian D-Max and MU-X get a five-speed manual and a five-speed automatic, respectively.
While there is no word on Isuzu bringing the X-Power editions to the Indian market, they should surely help the Japanese brand move a few more units from its showrooms. The MU-X, in particular, is a slow-selling model for Isuzu and a special edition or a new variant along these lines could definitely help sales.
The D-Max V-Cross facelift had launched in India at the start of this year and retails at Rs 14.32 lakh for the Standard trim and Rs 15.82 lakh for the High variant. The MU-X rivals the likes of the Ford Endeavour, Mitsubishi Pajero, Skoda Kodiaq and Toyota Fortuner and is priced between Rs 24.84-26.80 lakh, depending on whether you opt for the 4x2 or the 4x4 version.
Do you think Isuzu should get the X-Power versions to India? Leave a comment below.
(All prices ex-showroom, Delhi)
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Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India commenced deliveries of the 2018 Gold Wing, its flagship premium touring machine, at a grand event held in Jaipur.
Heavily revised for 2018, the new Gold Wing features a reworked 1,833cc flat-six engine coupled with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. In addition to this, the tourer gets a raft of features, including a 7.0-inch TFT display, Apple CarPlay integration, keyless ignition, heated grips and seats, cruise control, full-LED lighting and an electronically adjustable screen.
The 2018 Gold Wing also features a unique double-wishbone front suspension system, similar to the Duolever system seen on some high-end BMW motorcycles.
All of this, rather predictably, comes at a hefty price; the Gold Wing retails for Rs 26.85 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and is sold across 24 Honda Wing World dealerships in India. Its pricing makes it slightly more expensive than the Harley-Davidson Road King, but considerably cheaper than the Road Glide Special. And when compared to Indian’s line-up, the Honda Gold Wing is priced a bit above the Chief Vintage, but considerably less than the Springfield.
As monsoon season approaches, some Rohingya refugees are finding work in the fishing industry in BangladeshAid agencies have said the monsoon season could trigger “an emergency within an emergency” for Rohingya refugees living in temporary shelters in south-east Bangladesh. The region is prone to cyclones, landslides and devastating downpours during the rainy season, which begins in June and typically lasts three months. It “is going to be big test for everybody involved in the humanitarian response”, said Caroline Gluck, a spokewoman for the UN refugee agency.The Shamlapur refugee camp, near a fishing colony on one of the world’s longest beaches, is home to about 10,000 refugees, aid groups say. Many were driven out of Myanmar’s Rakhine state by sectarian violence last year.Sometimes I don’t get paid and sometimes it’s 200 or 300 taka or I get paid with fish. The owner of the boat is Bangladeshi Continue reading... [...]
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Shujaat Bukhari, 50, first journalist to be killed in 12 years in disputed region A leading journalist and editor who worked for peace in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir has been shot dead along with his bodyguards.Shujaat Bukhari had just left the Srinagar city office of his newspaper, Rising Kashmir, on Thursday when three men on a motorcycle fired at him and his two guards, police said.#GlobalEditorsSummit 2018 #Lisbon pic.twitter.com/U4VyrSxrMUGeneral public is requested to identify the suspects in pictures involved in today’s terror attack at press enclave.#ShujaatBukhari @JmuKmrPolice @spvaid @DIGCKRSGR @PoliceSgr pic.twitter.com/3cXM0CC8BDThe @FCCNewDelhi strongly condemns the senseless killing of @RisingKashmir editor and veteran journalist Shujaat Bukhari and his two personal security officers.Despite understandable grief, the journalists at @RisingKashmir still managed to put out the next day's newspaper. pic.twitter.com/Uqyrhq9IBs Continue reading... [...]
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Kabul and Islamabad say Mullah Fazlullah killed along with two others in AfghanistanA US drone strike in north-east Afghanistan has killed the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Mullah Fazlullah, according to Pakistani and Afghan officials.A spokesperson for Afghanistan’s ministry of defence said two other Taliban militants were also killed in the strike in Kunar province. Fazlullah led the insurgency in Pakistan’s Swat valley between 2007-09 and ordered some of the most shocking attacks in the country’s history, including an assault on a school that killed 132 children and the shooting of the young activist Malala Yousafzai. Continue reading... [...]
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Volvo announced a new range-topping version of its upcoming S60. Preview images show that it uses high-performance Polestar parts and gets a boost in its electrified powertrain.
Dubbed the 'S60 T8 Twin Engine Polestar Engineered', the car will sit above the regular T8 Twin Engine variant of the new S60 due for a reveal next week, albeit leaked online, last month. Volvo has confirmed that the top S60 model will use a reworked version of the T8 Twin Engine’s hybrid powertain, which comprises a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor.
The engine produces a peak of 415hp and 670Nm of torque, up from 400hp and 640Nm of torque in the regular T8 model. The Swedish automaker has said that the software upgrades used to achieve this also unlock greater fuel economy and improved pure-electric performance, while smoothing out the eight-speed gearbox’s operation through a more effective torque-fill.
The car's Polestar-engineered parts include monoblock Brembo brake callipers painted in gold, slotted brake discs and Öhlins shock-absorbers for the multi-link front and rear suspension. The shocks are borrowed from the Polestar 1 hybrid performance car, implying that they are adjustable. The strut-brace that supports them to enhance front-end handling is also taken from the Polestar 1. Additionally, new lightweight wheels reduce un-sprung mass, while chrome exhaust tailpipes and gold-coloured seatbelts emphasise the car’s link to Polestar.
Henrik Green, senior vice-president of research and development at Volvo, said that the parts have been “fine-tuned to work together, delivering a responsive and exciting driver’s car”.
The Polestar Engineered sedan is the first of three confirmed models engineered by the carmaker's performance hybrid and EV brand, Polestar. The other two will join the V60 and XC60 ranges in 2019, simultaneously kick-starting Volvo’s shift towards electrification. Volvo has plans to see 25 percent of its line-up using electrified power by 2025.
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