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Mahindra Racing 2018/19 Formula E driver line-up announced
Mahindra Racing on Tuesday said it has signed Jerome d’Ambrosio and Pascal Wehrlein as its two drivers for the fifth season of the Formula E championship. D’Ambrosio, a two-time Formula E race winner who has raced in each of the championship’s 45 races so far, moves from Dragon Racing. Wehrlein, the 2015 DTM champion who returned to the German touring car series this season after two years in Formula One, will make his Formula E debut. “I’m very happy to be joining Mahindra Racing,” 23-year-old Wehrlein said. “I had the first meeting with Dilbagh in the summer and met the team for the first time at a test event. It’s a small team but with really high ambitions and I have the same high ambitions,” the German added. D’Ambrosio said: “I think we have a great team and a really dedicated bunch of people with the possibility of doing something great so I am really motivated to make sure that we achieve the results that the team deserves. I’ve known Dilbagh for the last four years and what the team has achieved in that time is amazing and has shown great progression and I want to make sure that continues,” d’Ambrosio, who raced for the Virgin team in Formula One in 2011, added. Wehrlein and d’Ambrosio replace Felix Rosenqvist and Nick Heidfeld. But, the latter will remain with the team in an advisory role and as a test and reserve driver. Belgian Sam Dejhonge will be the team’s simulator and development driver. Mahindra unveiled the driver line-up ahead of the first pre-season test in Valencia, which kicks off today. The team also took the wraps off their new season five challenger the M5 Electro. The only Indian team on the grid, the outfit has scored three wins, 15 podiums and six pole positions in their four seasons in Formula E. They were in contention for the title in the early part of last season. “Last season we had a very strong start and were in championship contention,” said team principal, Dilbagh Gill. To attract and retain drivers of this calibre shows Mahindra Racing’s future potential and intention and I cannot wait to get out on track in Saudi Arabia to begin our 2018/19 campaign.” The fifth season of Formula E, which will feature radically redesigned and faster cars capable of lasting an entire race distance, flags off in Saudi Arabia on December 15th this year. The season, which runs for 13 races, will end in New York on July 14th, 2019. Abhishek Takle [...]
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In most metros, diesel price rise cancels out Centre's Rs 2.50 cut
In most metros, diesel price rise cancels out Centre's Rs 2.50 cut [...]
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3 arrested as UP cops claim failed plot to attack Parkash Badal rally
3 arrested as UP cops claim failed plot to attack Parkash Badal rally [...]
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Haryana Roadways strike from today, bus services, commuters to be hit
Haryana Roadways strike from today, bus services, commuters to be hit [...]
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Indian minister sues alleged victim over #MeToo claims
Mobashar Jawed Akbar says allegations made against him by 12 women are baselessAn Indian government minister accused of sexual misconduct by at least 12 women has said the claims are “wild and baseless” and filed a defamation lawsuit against one of his alleged victims.Mobashar Jawed Akbar, India’s junior foreign minister, returned from government business in Nigeria on Sunday to face mounting allegations he harassed or abused employees during his previous career as a journalist. Related: India has #MeToo moment as claims of sexual misconduct reach government Related: Bollywood sexual harassment: actors speak out on Indian cinema's open secret Continue reading... [...]
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12 courts set up to try pending criminal cases against legislators, Centre tells SC
New Delhi, Oct 16: The Centre has told the Supreme Court that 12 courts have been set up to try MPs and MLAs who have pending criminal cases against them. 12 such courts have been set up in 11 states, the [...]
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Google Pixel 3
  If you are looking for the crème dela crème Android experience on a smartphone, chances are you are looking at the Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 9, LG G7+ ThinkQ, and offerings from Nokia... [...]
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The work of jailed Bangladeshi photojournalist Shahidul Alam
Alam is an internationally recognised and award-winning photojournalist, teacher and activist, and has been imprisoned after speaking out on recent student protests in Bangladesh. His work focuses on exposing abuses of powerA selection of images from his show A Struggle for Democracy are on display in galleries around the UK Continue reading... [...]
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When SC said singing national anthem interferes with religious beliefs of a Jehovah
New Delhi, Oct 15: The Sabarimala issue, post the verdict of the Supreme Court is quickly turning into a national movement. One has got to witness in recent days scores of people taking to the streets protesting the verdict of the [...]
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PM says there is enough production but unique marketing features in oil sector pushing prices up
New Delhi, Oct 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his opinion in the meeting with CEOs and experts from oil and gas sector from India and abroad that oil market is producer driven and both the quantity and prices are [...]
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Unclaimed kingdom
Unclaimed kingdom [...]
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MeToo: Alok Nath seeks written apology and Re 1 compensation from Vinta Nanda
Mumbai, Oct 15: In a civil defamation suit filed against writer producer Vinta Nanda, actor Alok Nath has sought a written apology and compensation of Rs 1. Vinta Nanda had earlier accused Alok Nath of rape. "We have filed a defamation [...]
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French Open champion Simona Halep earns second successive year-end top ranking
The 27-year-old Romanian beat Sloane Stephens at the Roland Garros to win her maiden Grand Slam title in June. [...]
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Rafael Nadal holds top spot in ATP rankings, Novak Djokovic in 2nd; Federer 3rd
Djokovic climbed up to the 2nd spot after claiming the Shanghai Masters title for the 4th time against Croatia's Borna Coric on Sunday.  [...]
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Legendary cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya charged under ICC's anti-corruption code
Jayasuriya has been allotted a period of 15 days, starting October 15 for providing a response.  [...]
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Terror groups funding Mosques: How Kashmir-Kerala paved the way towards radicalisation
New Delhi, Oct 15: The investigations being conducted by the National Investigating Agency has found that a Mosque in Palwal, Haryana was built with the funds of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba. This came to light when the NIA was probing a [...]
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Minister MJ Akbar denies #MeToo allegations, warns of legal action
New Delhi, Oct 14: Union minister M J Akbar, who is facing allegations of sexual harassment by a number of women journalists denied all accusations against him as false and fabricated. "Accusation without evidence has become a viral fever [...]
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Review: 2017 Hyundai Tucson long term review, fifth report
Smart looks, spacious interiors, punchy engine and frugal nature – these have always been the Tucson’s strengths. They are also the reasons that have made me hold on to this particular long-termer for a while now. Since it joined our fleet in February last year, the Tucson has undertaken plenty of long-distance drives and has even been driven across the border to Nepal! It has definitely earned a reputation for being a great highway cruiser and tops my list in our long-term fleet for whenever I plan a drive out of town. It’s travelled frequently to Nashik, Mahabaleshwar and Goa, and apart from these long drives, I also clock about 60-odd kilometres on my daily commute. Our Tucson is a top-of-the-line GLS variant loaded with features that have really spoilt me. The keyless entry-and-go, for example, is very useful to get into the Tucson and drive off without having to pull out the key from the pocket. What I really find very convenient, though, is that the tailgate opens automatically when it senses the key in close proximity to the boot – quite useful for when my hands are full of bags. I also like the dual-zone climate control which lets me select different temperatures for the driver’s and the passenger’s side. Another feature I have really become used to is Apple CarPlay; it mirrors some of my phone’s applications onto the Tucson’s infotainment screen, from where I can use them without having to fiddle with the phone. The infotainment system has also been integrated with the Amazon Music app, allowing me to use it directly. The Tucson’s headlamps light up  automatically while I drive out of my building’s dark basement parking and the automatic wipers take care of the water leaking from the roof of the tunnel that I pass through on my way to office. A small, but very useful feature of the Tucson are its puddle lamps that light-up as I approach to unlock the Tucson. The door handles too have lights that highlight them, making it easy to place them in the dark. I like the large front seats – they are wide and well-shaped – but the cushioning is on the firm side. There is also a grouse that is common amongst the people riding shotgun – the seat height is positioned too low. Unlike the driver’s seat, it cannot be adjusted and almost feels a floor lower. But these are the faults I see only if I need to point at some. On the whole, the Tucson has always managed to keep long drives comfortable and hassle-free.  It did have its share of small niggles here and there; but to be fair, our Tucson has done some serious long-distance travelling, causing premature wear and tear. It is now nearing the 30,000km-mark and will soon need a routine service. The good thing is that the service will be covered under Hyundai’s 3-years/30,000km free maintenance program. Another long drive needs to be planned soon after it comes back from service. Any suggestions? Also see: 2017 Hyundai Tucson long term review, fourth report 2017 Hyundai Tucson long term review, third report 2017 Hyundai Tucson long term review, second report 2016 Hyundai Tucson long term review, first report [...]
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2018 Hyundai Santro CNG to be offered in two variants
Hyundai is set to launch the new Santro on October 23, 2018. It will be available with one engine and two gearbox options; however, the CNG-equipped variants of the car will only be available with a manual gearbox and in the mid-spec Magna and Sportz trims. The petrol-powered Santro houses a 69hp, 1.1-litre petrol engine with a claimed 20.3kpl fuel economy, irrespective of the transmission. However, the CNG-powered version of the Santro will put out a lower 58hp when mated solely to a 5-speed manual gearbox. To keep all the variants within the model's overall price bracket, the top-spec Asta trim will not be fitted with the CNG mill. Likewise, the two Santro CNG models are expected to miss out on features available on the Asta variant, such as the reverse camera, the rear air-con vents and the 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. On the safety front, the Santro will come fitted with ABS, EBD, a driver's airbag and rear parking sensors as standard. Visually, the new Santro takes after its larger brethren and sports the cascading grille. Upon launch, the tall-boy hatchback will be available in seven exterior paint shades. Pricing for the new Santro CNG has yet to be announced but we estimate that it will be priced about Rs 50,000 more than the equivalent petrol variant. dealers are expected to begin deliveries of the car around October 25, 2018 Also see: More Hyundai models to get AMT gearbox options 2018 Hyundai Santro first look video Hyundai Santro AMT to be offered in two variants 2018 Hyundai Santro vs rivals: Specifications comparison 2018 Hyundai Santro review, track drive [...]
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4,000 kgs of turmeric went into making this Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata
4,000 kgs of turmeric went into making this Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata [...]
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What constitutes sexual harassment at workplace?
What constitutes sexual harassment at workplace? [...]
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Manohar Parrikar returns to Goa, to continue medical treatment at home
New Delhi, Oct 14:  Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar was shifted to his residence back in the state on Sunday afternoon from New Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after being treated at the hospital in the capital for [...]
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Nine climbers killed in Himalayan storm
Five South Koreans and four guides die at their base camp on Mount Gurja Five South Korean climbers and their four Nepali guides have been killed after a storm devastated their base camp in the Himalayas, local police and hiking officials have said.The record-breaking climber Kim Chang-ho was among those killed in Nepal’s worst climbing accident for two years. Continue reading... [...]
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As fuel prices rise, PM Modi to meet major oil company heads today
New Delhi, Oct 15: The petrol, diesel prices continued to rise across the four major metros today even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi prepares to meet oil company chief's today to take stock of the scenario. The fuel price hike continued [...]
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Rajnath Singh to celebrate Dussehra with BSF jawans in Rajasthan's Bikaner
New Delhi, Oct 14: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will celebrate the festival of Dussehra with BSF jawans in Rajasthan's Bikaner during two-day visit on 18 & 19 October. Perhaps this is for the first time that a senior [...]
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Thierry Henry good choice for Monaco coach: Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
Monaco are currently placed 18th on the Ligue 1 table with just 6 points following a poor start to the season.    [...]
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Pakistan vs Australia: Pak captain Sarfraz Ahmed faces questions over tactics, team composition
Left-arm quick Wahab Riaz also failed to effectively exploit any reverse swing, forcing Sarfraz to continuously change his tactics and fielding positions. [...]
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India vs West Indies, 2nd Test Day 3 live updates
India takes on the West Indies on Day 3 of the 2nd Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad on Sunday. [...]
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