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Twitter CEO accused of ignoring plight of Rohingya in tweets promoting Myanmar
Jack Dorsey rhapsodised about 10-day meditation retreat and encouraged his 4 million followers to visitThe CEO of Twitter has faced fierce criticism for promoting Myanmar as a tourist destination in a series of tweets despite hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing human rights abuses that the UN says amounts to genocide.Jack Dorsey told his 4 million followers he had travelled to northern Myanmar last month for a 10-day silent meditation retreat, before encouraging them to visit.For my birthday this year, I did a 10-day silent vipassana meditation, this time in Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar . We went into silence on the night of my birthday, the 19th. Here’s what I know Myanmar is an absolutely beautiful country. The people are full of joy and the food is amazing. I visited the cities of Yangon, Mandalay, and Bagan. We visited and meditated at many monasteries around the country. pic.twitter.com/wMp3cmkfwiI’ve interviewed dozens of #Rohingya #refugees who shared horrific details of atrocities committed against them by #Myanmar’s military. It was only in Oct that the head of a UN fact finding mission said genocide was ongoing in #Rakhine. This thread left me utterly speechless. https://t.co/j78ttbq5pF Continue reading... [...]
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AAI employees to go on hunger strike against govt move to privatise 6 airports
New Delhi, Dec 9: Hundreds of employees of state-owned AAI are likely to go on a hunger strike across the country from Monday against the government's decision to privatise six profit-making airports. The protests were organised by the Airports Authority Employees [...]
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Nokia 7.1
  HMD Global owned Nokia has been on a strong roll for the last year, launching one popular device after another. The company added another feather to its cap this year when they announced that Nokia de... [...]
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India: Hindus demand building of temple on disputed Ayodhya site
Modi government urged to build temple at site of mosque razed by Hindu mob in 1992Dozens of Hindu monks and tens of thousands of followers have urged the Indian government to help build a temple on the ruins of a 16th-century mosque.Causing a frenzy in a crowd of more than 200,000 people, Hindu seers made a series of fiery speeches laced with religious overtones on Sunday to demand action paving the way for a temple in the northern town of Ayodhya. Related: Ayodhya verdict: Muslims and Hindus ordered to share religious site Related: Ayodhya: a history of violence Continue reading... [...]
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BJP says it will win Rajasthan again; Cong waits to 'surpass' exit poll numbers
Jaipur, Dec 7: Ahead of the counting of votes on December 11, arch-rivals BJP and the Congress have both claimed they are forming the government in Rajasthan, a state that has seen the two national parties alternate power over the last [...]
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Union Cabinet 'biggest casualty' in Modi government: Sinha
New Delhi, Dec 9: Former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Sunday accused the Narendra Modi government of destroying various institutions in the country, including the Union Cabinet. Speaking at a talk show, 'Idea of Bengal', organised by the ruling Trinamool Congress, [...]
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Rahane, Pujara are quality players, have put us in a good position: Indian batting coach Sanjay Bangar
The batsmen stitched an 87-run partnership to help India post a total in excess of 300 which seemed improbable at one stage.  [...]
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Afghan football officials suspended over sexual and physical abuse allegations
• Country’s attorney general acts against six Afghan FA members• Allegations relate to abuse of the Afghanistan women’s teamThe Afghanistan attorney general, Farid Hamidi, has suspended six members of the Afghanistan Football Federation, including the president, Keramuddin Karim, after reviewing allegations of sexual and physical abuse of the Afghanistan women’s national team by AFF staff. Related: Fifa examining claims of sexual and physical abuse on Afghanistan women’s team Continue reading... [...]
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Mulayam Yadav surprises all, attends brother Shivpal’s ‘show of strength’ in Lucknow
Lucknow, Dec 9: Amid the festering family feud, Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh surprised all by arriving for the rally organised by party rebel and younger brother Shivpal Yadav, who recently floated the Samajwadi Secular Morcha (SSM). Mulayam's daughter-in-law [...]
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BJP mocks all-party meet, asks oppn to reveal PM candidate's name
Kolkata, Dec 9: BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on Sunday mocked the scheduled meeting of opposition parties in New Delhi, and said they should first declare a prime ministerial candidate before thinking of ousting the Narendra Modi government. [...]
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India is not a 'dharamshala' for illegal immigrants, says Amit Shah on NRC
New Delhi, Dec 9: BJP chief Amit Shah said on Saturday that Indians have the right to the country's resources, and it is not a 'dharamshala' where illegal immigrants can come to settle down. Describing illegal immigration as threat to the [...]
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2020 BMW M3 to outpower current M3 CS
The 2020 BMW M3 is expected to use an extensively updated version of the carmaker’s twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six engine producing around 471hp. Officials at the 2018 Paris motor show, including company boss Harald Krüger, confirmed that a new M3 was under development, although they declined to give details. It is understood, however, that engineers have been set the target of giving the new M3 a power boost over the M3 CS, which produced 460hp. It is believed the additional performance is likely to come from the use of a water injection system, like that used by the M4 GTS, to enable reduced cylinder temperatures for more efficient running. The only obstacle to this system being employed is believed to have centred on the issue of effective packaging, but that is now thought to have been overcome. The additional weight of the water injection system is minimal and unlikely to compromise BMW’s goal of making the car lighter than the 1,585kg M3 CS. This is thanks to the savings already made with the basic structure of the new 3-series, as well as the potential benefits of using carbon-fibre parts, including the roof. Both a four-wheel-drive system, similar to that used on the M5, and any form of electrification, are believed to have been vetoed because they would add too much weight, complexity and cost. However, persistent reports suggest that the 2020 M3 could be the final M model to be launched without some form of electrification, which is necessary due to the increasing priority of meeting fleet-average CO2 targets. There are no further details about the new M3’s potential performance, but the lighter, more powerful car will eclipse the current M3 CS’ 0-100kph time of 3.9sec. It will be sold with a choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic, with the latter enabling better performance figures due to a built-in electronic launch control system. The M3 will also benefit from the increased rigidity offered by its part-aluminium, part-high-strength-steel CLAR underpinnings. This is a key reason why BMW is already making class-leading claims about the dynamic abilities of the base 3-series. The regular car’s wider track and uprated suspension systems should also give engineers the foundations for a dynamically more capable M3. As well as offering greater performance potential, the stiffer chassis should reduce the amount of vibration transmitted into the car to enhance overall refinement. It should also allow engineers to adopt softer spring rates to give the M3 a more compliant ride in its most comfortable mode without hampering the car’s overall dynamic ability. Inside, the next M3 will follow in the M5's footsteps and swap its dash-top infotainment screen for one that’s more tidily integrated into the dashboard. The iDrive system is expected to retain a rotary control knob because it has been praised for its ease of use in current cars. The M3 will also gain significantly more advanced driver assist features, but former sales and marketing boss Ian Robertson has hinted to our sister publication, Autocar UK, that most BMW models will steer clear of the full autonomous hardware suites to be used on i5 and i7, due from 2021. M models, in particular, will still possess a very driver-centric character. The M3 will continue to form the basis for the technically identical M4 coupé, while M-worked 3-series models will lend their hardware to a two-door M440i M Performance coupé and M440d M Performance coupé. These models are also due to arrive in 2020 and are part of a 26-model onslaught of M division-tuned cars that aims to more extensively rival the growing ranges of Mercedes-AMG and Audi Sport. It remains uncertain whether the car will feature an active rear-wheel steering system to enhance agility and boost high-speed stability. Although it is under consideration, the business case for developing the system for the M3 only is believed to be under debate. The car, now testing on public roads in development form and due to go on sale in 2020, would inherit the active technology from the 5-series and 7-series. If the hardware does make the cut and is fitted to the super-saloon, the M3 would be the only car in the upcoming 3-series range to feature it. [...]
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PhotoGallery: 2018 Mercedes-Benz Classic Car Rally image gallery
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Telangana election: Ditch Owaisi and get our support, BJP tells TRS 2 days before results
Telangana election: Ditch Owaisi and get our support, BJP tells TRS 2 days before results [...]
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Kannur International Airport inaugurated, first flight takes off for Abu Dhabi
Kannur International Airport inaugurated, first flight takes off for Abu Dhabi [...]
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Kerala Lottery Result Today: Pournami RN-369 Today lottery results LIVE
Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 9: The Kerala Lottery today Pournami RN-369 Today Lottery Results will be declared today, December 9 2018. Once declared the results would be available on the official website. The live results will begin at 3 pm and the full [...]
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HSSC Group D answer keys 2018 released: Check direct links here
New Delhi, Dec 9: The HSSC Group D answer keys 2018 have been released. The same is available on the official website. The HSSC had invited the applications for various Group D posts through HSSC Group D Advt. No. [...]
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Voting underway for second phase of Assam Panchayat Polls
Dispur, Dec 9: Voting underway for the second and final phase of panchayat polls in Assam. 10 districts of the state went to polls in this phase to elect anchalik panchayat and Zila Parishad members, gaon panchayat members and gaon panchayat [...]
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Biggest surveyor Shivraj Chouhan says BJP will win in Madhya Pradesh
Bhopal, Dec 8: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressed confidence that his party would win with a comfortable majority in the Assembly election and exuded confidence of forming a government in the state for the fourth consecutive time. {image-shivrajsinghchouhan-01-1459481015.jpg [...]
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Atletico Madrid 's Lucas Hernández diagnosed with grade II sprain to right knee
Although Atletico Madrid did not specify when Lucas would be back to action, these kinds of injuries can take up to one month of recovery, depending on each individual case.   [...]
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Sharad Yadav expresses regret over his ‘fat’ remark on Vasundhara Raje
New Delhi, Dec 8: Former JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav on Saturday expressed regret over his controversial remarks on Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje's appearance. "I saw her statement. I have very old family relations with her. If my words hurt her, [...]
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Weather forecast for Dec 9: Isolated rains likely in Hyderabad in next 24 hours
New Delhi, Dec 8: Here is the weather forecast for Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad and Chennai on December 9. BengaluruThe rainy spells have vacated entire South Peninsula and mostly dry weather conditions are now prevailing over Tamil Nadu, Karnataka , [...]
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Rohingya survivors: 'why do they want to destroy us?' – in pictures
In Cox’s Bazar, photographer Renaud Philippe met Rohingya Muslims who managed to flee the Myanmar military’s brutal crackdown. ‘The Rohingya Crisis: A People in Exile’ exhibition runs until 19 Jan at the Guardian’s London offices Continue reading... [...]
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Delhi HC to hear PIL seeking entry of women into Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah
New Delhi, Dec 8: The Delhi High Court will hear the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking entry of women in sanctum sanctorum of Nizamuddin Dargah on December 10. The public interest litigation, which is likely to come up for hearing [...]
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Congress set to form govt in Rajasthan, says Sachin Pilot
Jaipur, Dec 7: Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee (RPCC) chief Sachin Pilot said Friday his party will form the next government in the state. He said that exit polls were encouraging and indicating towards the formation of the Congress government in the [...]
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Number of income tax payers can double to 12 cr, says Jaitley
New Delhi, Dec 7: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said the number of income tax payers can double to almost 12 crore with increased formalisation of the economy. [Jaitley counters Congress' charge on GDP, says new series are [...]
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SCOOP! Mercedes-Benz V-class India launch in January 2019
Mercedes-Benz will introduce the V-class in India in January 2019. The model is one of multiple products that the German brand has lined-up for the Indian market next year. The current-gen Mercedes V-class MPV was first revealed back in 2014. The model is currently built in Europe and will come to India via the CBU route. This will be the third foray for the brand in the Indian luxury MPV space after the R-class MPV and older MB100 and MB140 vans.  The latest-gen V-class has been restyled over the past few years and the look is in line with the latest Mercedes design language. The new V-class's cabin is luxuriously appointed with high quality bits on and around the dashboard, along with the latest iteration of Mercedes Comand infotainment system. Unlacquered wood and Napa leather provide the cabin with a proper upmarket feel. The V-class shares some of its switchgear and the steering wheel with newer Mercedes models like the C- and S-class sedans.  The V-class is 5,170mm long in the standard form and also comes with an extended length option that stretches the MPV to 5,370mm. Two seating configurations are expected to come on the India-spec version. Additionally, the V-class comes with a luxury sleeper option too, where the rear-most seats fold to form a bed. However, it remains to be seen whether this option makes it to the Indian model. The V-class in India will be sold with a single diesel engine option – the latest OM654 motor that also powers the recently updated C-class and the E-class All-Terrain in India. It gets a diesel particulate filter (DPF), a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) unit and an AdBlue tank – all of which make this motor meet the stricter, cleaner BS-VI emission standard, even while running on regular BS-IV diesel. The engine is a 2.0-litre four cylinder unit that generates 194hp and 400Nm of torque. Apart from standard safety features, the V-class will also come with Crosswind Assist and a fatigue detecting attention assist system. Expect Mercedes to price the V-class in India in the range of Rs 75-80 lakh (ex-showroom). Also see: New Mercedes V-class MPV image gallery [...]
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New Bajaj Pulsar ABS spotted
A Bajaj Pulsar equipped with ABS has been spotted testing. The bike is said to be the Pulsar 150, but could possibly even be the updated 180. While that remains uncertain, what isn’t, is that both the 150 and the 180 will have to get the safety feature before the government’s deadline of April 2019. The bike in the spy image features a belly pan similar to the one that has recently made its way (along with updated decals) to the Pulsar 150 Twin Disc. That said, Bajaj could also be working on an updated version of the Pulsar 180, which will also use a similar belly pan, and get other cosmetic updates along with the inclusion of ABS. Another Bajaj bike that was also spotted testing the safety feature is the 220F. We believe the 150, 180 and the 220F will be equipped with a single-channel ABS unit, similar to the one found on the NS200 and the RS200. For reference, the ABS-equipped RS200 costs around Rs 12,000 more than the non-ABS model. However, we will not be surprised to see a smaller price hike for the ABS models of the Pulsar 150, 180 and 220, given how important they are to the brand and also because they operate in a more price sensitive segment of the market.  Other manufacturers, like Royal Enfield, KTM and Honda, have already begun launching ABS versions of their current models.   IMAGE SOURCE [...]
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