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Mercedes-Benz C-class facelift gets EQ hybrid tech
The German carmaker is ready to introduce two plug-in hybrids to its facelifted C-class line-up as part of plans for an extended range of EQ-Power-badged models. The new EQ-Power system increases the output of the electric motor by 40hp over that used by the existing four-year-old 300h to 122hp. The two new hybrids’ electric range will extend to more than 30.6km, thanks to the lithium-ion battery capacity rising from 6.4kWh to 13.8kWh. The electrified drivetrains are based around a new hybrid system. It operates in tandem with a four-cylinder petrol engine in the new C300e and a four-cylinder diesel engine in the C 300de. Mercedes has remained tight-lipped about the combined system outputs for the new C 300e and C300de. However, the C 330e’s turbo 2.0-litre engine is claimed to deliver 211hp and the C300de’s turbo 2.0-litre engine 194hp. The revisions include a number of subtle styling upgrades including re-profiled bumpers with added chrome highlights, new headlights and a new diamond-pattern grille insert for AMG Line models. Inside, the facelifted C-class retains the basic dashboard design of the outgoing model and gets updated analogue instruments and a 7.0-inch infotainment display. Optional equipment includes a new 12.3-inch high-definition digital instrument display offering three themes (Classic, Sport and Progressive), a revised multi-function steering wheel with touch-control pads, a 10.25-inch free-standing infotainment display and a touchpad controller within a reworked centre console. The C-class’ Comand infotainment system has been upgraded to the same standard as that used by the facelifted S-class. However, it forgoes the touchscreen control and connectivity functions of the more advanced system present in the new A-class. The C-class also gets optional smartphone integration supporting Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. It is also outfitted with a wireless charging pad. The line-up will be offered with new remote parking pilot and driving assistance package plus systems. The new line-up will have three diesel models: the 150hp C 200d, 195hp C 220d and 244hp C 300d. Each runs Mercedes’ latest 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine. Three petrol models feature in the line-up: the C 180, C 200 and C 300. The C 180 uses a 1.6-litre turbo engine that produces 156hp in the SLC 180. The C 200 and C 300 both have Mercedes’ new four-cylinder petrol engine. In the C 200 – a mild hybrid with EQ-Boost badging – the engine delivers a nominal 191hp, with an added 17hp available on kickdown when the alternator acts as an electric motor to boost performance. The C 300 gets a higher state of tune at 244hp, but no electric assistance. The facelifted C-class line-up will make its public debut in sedan and estate body styles at the Geneva motor show in March. They will be sold in three trim levels – SE, Sport and AMG Line – and Mercedes says the new entry-level SE spec will be higher than today’s. Mercedes currently sells the previous C-class in India with prices ranging between Rs 41.94 lakh to Rs 46.40 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). There is no word on when this facelift will arrive in India and if the hybrid tech will come along with it. Also see: 2018 Mercedes C-class image gallery 2017 Mercedes-AMG C 43 vs Audi S5 Sportback comparison 2017 Mercedes C-class Edition C launched at Rs 42.54 lakh [...]
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Delhi: 7-year-old boy kidnapped by former tenant, keeps body in suitcase for 35 days
A seven-year-old boy in Delhi was killed and his rotting body was stuffed inside a suitcase for 35 days by a former tenant. The incident took place in Delhi's Swaroop Nagar. Identified as Avadesh Sakya, the accused is an [...]
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UP: Man accused of killing Allahabad Law student arrested
Three days after a 26-year-old man was beaten to death at a restaurant in Uttar Pradesh's Allahabad, main accused has been arrested. Police arrested the man identified as Vijay Shankar Singh, an Indian Railways employee has been missing since the killing. [...]
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Logitech G613
  Wireless connectivity has existed for decades on peripherals, keyboards included. Currently, we do have wireless connectivity in both keyboards and mice but they aren’t suitable for hardcore gam... [...]
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How Pitcairn made history on votes for women | Brief letters
Votes for women | Obtaining the pill | Henry Moore sculpture | Asma Jahangir | Ballet reviews | EvolutionIn 2013 Pitcairn islanders celebrated 175 years of women’s right to vote (Letters, 10 February). Pitcairn may be small and remote but the islanders are justifiably proud of this contribution to world history.Liz TimmsBerwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland• In 1972, I wasn’t able to have an evening appointment at my local family planning clinic for the pill as I wasn’t married (Letters, 6 February). Gill FletcherSheffield Continue reading... [...]
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Farmer who committed suicide in Mantralaya to get revised compensation of Rs 54 lakh
Farmer who committed suicide in Mantralaya to get revised compensation of Rs 54 lakh [...]
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Maharashtra to buy 1.5 lakh books on PM Modi’s life for state government-run schools
Maharashtra to buy 1.5 lakh books on PM Modi’s life for state government-run schools [...]
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5th ODI: Rohit, Kuldeep shine as India seal historic series win in South Africa
India thrashed South Africa by 73 runs in the fifth ODI to secure the series at Port Elizabeth's St George's Park on Tuesday. They now lead the six-game rubber 4-1, and with this win they have also officially become the number one ODI team in the world, going past South Africa. [...]
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India end 25-year wait to win first bilateral ODI series in South Africa
When Hardik Pandya ran Hashim Amla out in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday, the writing was almost on the wall. India were on the brink of a historic first ever bilateral ODI series win on South African soil. And it happened. [...]
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UK record just as poor as that of US on Afghan interpreters | Letters
Despite public and parliamentary denunciation of the present approach, the government’s shameful attitude persists, writes retired colonel Simon DigginsYour video about former Afghan interpreters for US troops (12 February, theguardian.com) is deeply poignant and highlights a shameful abandonment of those who served in their fight against the Taliban. Sadly, the UK’s attitude has, if anything, been worse.The UK has chosen to make an almost entirely arbitrary distinction between the minority of interpreters who had served for 12 months, in Helmand, between 19 December 2011 and 19 December 2012, and the overwhelming majority, some 2,000, who hadn’t. For the former, there is the possibility of a visa for themselves and their families and some 390 former interpreters have been granted visas; for the rest, the majority, there has been only one successful application and he was a triple amputee. Continue reading... [...]
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McDonald’s to use chicken without human antibiotics
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Haul Myanmar’s military leaders before the international criminal court | Rushanara Ali
If Boris Johnson is serious about helping the Rohingya people, he must push for the prosecution of General Min Aung HlaingAt the weekend Boris Johnson visited Myanmar and Bangladesh, and saw for himself some of the devastated and burned-out villages where the Rohingya people used to live. The foreign secretary also met with the country’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. Yet nearly six months on from the outbreak of the horrific violence that led to the Rohingya refugee crisis, what action has the British government taken against the head of the Burmese army, General Min Aung Hlaing? Related: Boris Johnson pushes Aung San Suu Kyi on Rohingya refugees Related: Take away Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel peace prize. She no longer deserves it | George Monbiot Continue reading... [...]
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Hyundai i20 facelift: which variant you should buy
The well-rounded Elite i20 has been a hot seller for Hyundai. It’s got great quality and spacious interiors. It’s also practical, looks contemporary and has a set of refined engines too. The Korean carmaker has just given the Elite i20 a minor facelift and shuffled the equipment list across its ten variants. We help you pick the best variant. Diesel or petrol? The price difference between the diesel and petrol i20 varies across the line-up by Rs 1.20-1.40 lakh, with the former being more expensive. If your daily run is a few kilometres in the city, the petrol will do the job just fine and will deliver a satisfactory performance. However, if you drive mostly on the highway, irrespective of your annual usage, we’d recommend going in for the diesel for its punchy and effortless performance. What’s nice is that it is very refined too and the controls are light, so if you need to use it in the city too, the diesel i20 is equally easy to drive. Variant on a budget If on a tight budget, opt for the Magna Executive variant (P/D: Rs 6/7.31 lakh) which costs Rs 58,000-67,000 more than the base Era variant. While you get basic features like dual front airbags, ABS and speed-sensing door locks from the base variant, the Magna Executive gets the addition of a music system with six speakers, rear air-con vents, four power windows, cooled glovebox, electrically adjustable outside mirrors, front armrest and then some cosmetic features like wheel caps, body-coloured door handles and mirrors. Our pick The pick of the range is the Asta variant (P/D:  Rs 7.12/8.36 lakh) that’s Rs 1.05-1.12 lakh more than the Magna Executive and Rs 53,000 more than the Sportz variant. This variant strikes a good balance between value for money and features. It gets 15-inch alloy wheels, 7.0-inch touchscreen with navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Arkamys Sound Mood, automatic climate control and a tilt/telescopic steering wheel. You also get kit like steering-mounted controls, electric-folding outside mirrors, eight speakers, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, rear defogger, front fog lamps and daytime running lamps (near fog lamps) carried over from the Sportz variant. For those looking for maximum safety kit, there’s the Asta (O) variant (P/D: Rs 7.91/9.16 lakh) that offers side and curtain airbags as well. In addition, this variant gets automatic projector headlamps, keyless entry-go, Isofix child seat mounts, 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear seat armrest, an advance MID; all this at a premium of Rs 80,000 over the Asta variant.  [...]
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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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Knew from very beginning Grand Alliance will not last: Nitish
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday claimed that he knew "from the very beginning" that his alliance with Lalu Prasad's RJD "would not last for more than a year-and-a-half", but he did his best to carry on in the Grand [...]
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'Leave us alone': India's villagers rebel against urbanisation
Gujarat, one of the fastest urbanising states in India, seems to be doing so against the wishes of its peopleAs you move west from the crowded old neighbourhoods of inner-city Ahmedabad, the roads broaden, buildings rise taller and BMWs line the streets. Old-timers here remember watching these wealthy, modern neighbourhoods engulf the countryside – the lush fields of wheat and corn that are now gone.Those who live in villages on the city’s fringes today fear that the same will happen to them.If we will end up being daily wage workers in cities, it will hit our dignity the most Related: How the slum women of Ahmedabad led a housing revolution Continue reading... [...]
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PM Modi should clarify his stand on Mohan Bhagwat's remarks on the Army: Opposition
The Opposition on Monday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to clarify his stand on RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's reported remarks on the Army. The parties charged Bhagwat with "insulting" the armed forces and the country by claiming that in the eventuality [...]
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After ‘scum on earth’ remark, Goa minister says there are good people too in Haryana
After calling a section of the domestic tourists visiting Goa the "scum of the earth" and claiming that "north Indians" wanted to "create a Haryana" in the coastal state, agriculture minister Vijai Sardesai said on Monday "there are also good people [...]
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Marginal cut in coronary stents price, NPPA announces new rates
Marginal cut in coronary stents price, NPPA announces new rates [...]
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Pakistan declares 26/11 attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed a terrorist
Pakistan declares 26/11 attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed a terrorist [...]
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Kolkata: Couple finds their names in love jihad list that went viral, files police complaint
Kolkata: Couple finds their names in love jihad list that went viral, files police complaint [...]
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MS Dhoni's style of keeping works for him, says India's fielding coach R Sridhar
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's style of wicketkeeping has never been purely classical but it has worked wonderfully well for him, feels India's fielding coach R Sridhar. [...]
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal congratulates Manjot Kalra on U-19 World Cup win
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday met Under-19 cricketer Manjot Kalra and congratulated him on helping India beat Australia in the World Cup final in New Zealand early this month, an official statement said. [...]
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‘An indomitable will’ – why Asma Jahangir was Pakistan’s social conscience
The formidable human rights lawyer and activist died on Sunday having spent her life fighting against religious extremism and for the rights of women and oppressed minoritiesShe stood a smidgen over 5ft and had fine, delicate bones. But the bird-like frame contained a courageous heart, an indomitable will and an unflagging social conscience. The death of Asma Jahangir, the Pakistani activist, lawyer and human rights campaigner who passed away on Sunday after suffering a cardiac arrest at her home in Lahore, has left a nation reeling with a profound sense of loss.Looking through social media I am not surprised by the number of tributes to her, but by the fact that they come from her detractors as well as her supporters. The conservatives who branded her a traitor until last week are now acknowledging her courage. Whether that is out of political expediency or genuine feeling I cannot say. But for the besieged liberal community and the religious minorities of Pakistan, she was indispensable. When plainclothes security men barrelled into my sister’s home one night in 1999, dragging away my journalist brother-in-law at gunpoint, the first person she called was Asma. That’s how it was. If you wanted someone in your corner, you called Asma. And she would respond at once. Related: Prominent Pakistani rights activist Asma Jahangir dies aged 66 Related: Declan Walsh talks to Asma Jahangir, Pakistan's human rights champion Continue reading... [...]
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Pakistan will pay for this misadventure: Sitharaman on Sunjuwan attack
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said Pakistan will have to pay a price for the terror attack on Sunjuwan attack that killed five soldiers. Addressing a press conference soon after meeting Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti, Sitharaman said  [...]
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