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Bengaluru: Cylinder explodes at laboratory in IISc, 1 dead
Bengaluru, Dec 5: Suspected hydrogen cylinder explodes at a laboratory in IISc, Bengaluru leading to the death of one and injuring three. According to reports, the deceased has been identified as Manoj Kumar (32) and the three injured are [...]
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‘Missing' Praveen Togadia found in hospital, brought in unconscious state
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) president, who was believed to have gone missing, has been found in a hospital in Ahmedabad. Togadia was admitted to Chandramani Hospital in Ahmedabad in an unconscious state and his sugar levels were said to be [...]
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Stock market: Lowering trends
Stock market: Lowering trends [...]
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Indian supreme court starts hearing on decriminalising gay sex
Celebrities among those speaking out against 1861 law and how it ruins their livesAs the Indian supreme court begins a landmark hearing on homosexuality on Tuesday, gay men and women and human rights activists hope they are finally on the last leg of a 20-year legal battle to decriminalise gay sex.The court will begin hearing numerous petitions arguing that gay sex between consenting adults must be made legal. But this hearing will be different from earlier ones. Related: India's highest court to review colonial-era law criminalising gay sex Related: From vibrators to gay kisses, how Bollywood embraced the taboo Continue reading... [...]
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Croatia ready for France in FIFA World Cup 2018 final, says coach Zlatko Dalić
Croatia’s strength of character will serve them well in the World Cup final against France, their coach and players said after they came from behind for the third straight knockout match to beat England on Wednesday. [...]
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BMW clocks 13 percent sales growth in 2018
BMW Group India today announced that it sold 11,105 vehicles (including MINI) in 2018 (Jan-Dec), registering a growth of 13 percent year-on-year. Of the total, BMW models accounted for 10,405 units, up 11 percent year on year. BMW said that growth was lead by the 5 Series and the 6 Series GT. The German carmaker also saw its locally-assembled SUV range contributing over 50 percent to its overall sales with strong demand for the X3. Presently, BMW's Chennai plant, which locally assembles the X1, X3 and X5 is expected to begin assembly of the X4 and X7 this year, according to the carmaker. As we reported exclusively in our January 2019 issue, BMW is readying a model assault for India this year which includes 10 new models and two facelifts. Its 2019 innings is likely to commence with the launch of the X4 and will include the new 3 Series, the new X5, X7, X6, X4M, X3M, Z4, M8 Coupe, M8 Cabriolet, 7 Series facelift and X1 facelift (in no particular order). The MINI brand sold 700 units in 2018, posting a growth of 66 percent, albeit on a low base. The Countryman accounted for 60 percent of overall volumes, according to the carmaker. For BMW’s two-wheeler division, BMW Motorrad, volumes totaled 2,187 units. The company said that launch of the much-anticipated BMW G 310 R and BMW G 310 GS in the third quarter boosted sales, contributing to over 75 percent of the total motorcycles sold. So far, Swedish carmaker Volvo is the only other luxury carmaker to announce its sales results. It recorded a 30 percent sales growth with volumes totaling 2,638 units in 2018. India's luxury car market is currently led by Mercedes-Benz, which will soon announce its sales results. Although both BMW and Volvo have managed to buck the trend, demand for passenger vehicles - including those in the luxury segment - faced a challenge in the form of high interest rates, depreciation of the rupee and rising import costs in the second half of 2018.     [...]
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Production-spec Kia SP Concept to be feature-loaded
Kia Motors is readying the production version of the SP Concept for an India launch in August 2019. And the Korean carmaker wants to make a big splash in the crowded SUV space with its first offering for the country. An upright SUV design – something Indian buyers like – aside, Kia will also rely on an upmarket and feature-loaded cabin to draw buyers in. In reply to a question from Autocar India on whether the production model’s cabin will bear resemblance to the concept’s from Auto Expo 2018, Manohar Bhat, head of marketing and sales, Kia Motors India simply said, “You ain’t seen nothing yet!” It is understood Kia is striving for best-in-class features for its first product for India. And going by sources in the know of things, the list of probable features is a long one. A powered driver’s seat and ventilated front seats aside, the SP Concept is also expected to feature an advanced touchscreen with voice recognition and telematics system. On-board Wi-Fi, a 360-degree camera and wireless charging could also make it to the SP, which clearly points to a strong focus on connectivity to attract a younger buyer. Head-up display, an ambient lighting package, and fully digital instruments (as seen on the concept) are also items said to be on the cards for the top-spec version of the final product. Moreover, paddle shifters for the automatic versions of the petrol and diesel engine SPs are also expected.   While it remains to be seen how much Kia will manage to pack in while still keeping pricing competitive, it is interesting to note that the Korean carmaker’s decision to load the SP Concept with features is in line with the popularity of high- and top-spec variants in the segment.   Spy pictures of the SUV on test suggest the production model will bear a strong resemblance to the SP Concept from Auto Expo 2018. The production-spec SP Concept will launch with the 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines and, as confirmed recently, will be priced in the Rs 10-16 lakh (ex-showroom) bracket. [...]
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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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Mangaluru: Man assaulted for taking to burqa-clad woman
Mangaluru, July 31: In an apparent case of moral policing, a group of people attacked a man who was found talking to a Muslim woman near here, police said today.Suresh was injured in the attack and treated as an outpatient at [...]
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Vajpayee – Pragmatist, orator, statesman who went beyond BJP's nationalist political agenda
New Delhi, Aug 16: Statesman and pragmatist, orator and poet, a man of peace and conviction. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a towering nationalist who softened the often sharp edge of his party's politics with a gentle sophistry of words, earning him the [...]
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'We cannot go back': grim future facing Rohingya one year after attacks
Food is dwindling and agencies warn of ‘lost generation’ of children growing up without schoolWhen the armed men arrived at her northern Myanmar village, Anuwara, a 33-year-old Rohingya woman, first wondered how she could protect her six children.When villagers delivered the body of her husband, a teacher who was shot dead as he returned from school, she thought of how her family could escape. Related: Rohingya crisis: 132 MPs across region call for Myanmar to be referred to ICC Related: Rohingya turn to blockchain to solve identity crisis Continue reading... [...]
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Wine lovers can now make their own Bordeaux vintage
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Jawaharlal Nehru's mistake in Kashmir can't be easily solved: Amit Shah
Jawaharlal Nehru's mistake in Kashmir can't be easily solved: Amit Shah [...]
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Nirbhaya case convicts may file curative petition in Delhi court
New Delhi, Mar 02: Convicts of 2012 Delhi gangrape and murder case may file a curative petition soon in the Delhi's Patiala House Court challenging the capital punishment. Counsel for the convicts told Delhi's Patiala House Court that curative petition might [...]
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Adityanath congratulates sanitation workers, officials for successful Kumbh Mela
Allahabad, Mar 05: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Tuesday congratulated ministers, officials and sanitation workers for making the Kumbh Mela -- the world's largest gathering of religious pilgrims -- a successful event. The chief minister also announced an [...]
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IPL 2018: I had nothing to lose, luckily got 2 wickets, says Nitish Rana
Kolkata part-time off-spinner Nitish Rana turned heads with his two wickets in successive deliveries to get rid of Bangalore star batsmen A.B.de Villiers and skipper Virat Kohli in their Indian Premier League (IPL) opener here. [...]
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London 'pollution pods' let you sample the smog in Beijing and Delhi
New installation at Somerset House in London lets visitors experience the air of some pollution hotspots – plus a pristine Norwegian islandNew Delhi: the suffocating smell of old cars and industry. São Paulo: enough ethanol to make your eyes water. And in London, a scent called Living Diesel.Those are the dominant notes of those cities’ contaminated air, according to an “artist’s approximation” that aims to raise awareness of the problem of pollution around the world. Related: Pant by numbers: the cities with the most dangerous air – listed Michael Pinsky’s #PollutionPods, in the forecourt of Somerset House, claim to reproduce the air pollution conditions of five cities pic.twitter.com/a6gwO4M8HgTwo young women ​entering the Tautra pod from São Paulo’s make a beeline for the air purifier. 'Breathe it in,' sighs oneTautra, Norway. Low levels of nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter. The green light for outdoor sports and cycling. Almost a relief on entry pic.twitter.com/JYuLNJ83GK Continue reading... [...]
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Kochi embarks on water metro project to revamp 'Venice of the east'
Islanders in Vembanad lagoon, now a popular Keralan tourist destination, hope new public transport will bring easy access to jobs and services on mainlandThe city of Kochi in the southern Indian state of Kerala is to become the first in the country to get its own water metro system, in a move that authorities say could transform the lives of thousands of fishermen and farmers living on islands in the local lagoon.The islands in the Vembanad lagoon, inevitably known as the “Venice of the east” because of the large network of canals which connect them, are home to some of Kerala’s poorest people, many of whom have little access to the urban mainland and earn less than £1 a day. Related: Where Hinduism meets hedonism Continue reading... [...]
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10 major judgments by Supreme Court in 2018
New Delhi, Sep 29: In his final week as chief justice, Dipak Misra has passed various judgments on important cases, ranging from the one on the constitutionality of Aadhaar to the case on the entry of women into the Ayyappa temple [...]
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Royal Enfield Bullet Trials 350, 500 launched, priced from Rs 1.62 lakh
Royal Enfield has just launched its newest model – the Bullet Trials. Priced at Rs 1.62 lakh for the Trials 350 and Rs 2.07 lakh for the Trials 500, the bikes pay homage to Royal Enfield’s Trials bikes of yesteryear. The brand has called the journey of the Royal Enfield Bullet “the most enduring tale in motorcycling” and this new model adds to the long list of motorcycles that have worn the Bullet badge in the past. The two new models use the same engine and gearbox as the ones on their standard Bullet range counterparts. On the Bullet Trials 350, the 346cc motor makes 20hp and 28Nm of torque, while on the Bullet Trials 500, the 499cc motor produces 27.5hp and 41.3Nm of torque. Both engines are mated to the same 5-speed gearbox. The new Trials bikes also borrow the tank- and side-panels from the Bullets. In accordance with its off-road intentions, the front and rear fenders are shorter and narrower than on the standard Bullet. This off-road-friendly appearance is further accentuated by a taller handlebar that features a cross-brace similar to those seen on a lot of enduro motorcycles. A distinguishing factor between the Trials 350 and Trials 500 is the colour scheme. The 350 uses a red frame, while the 500 uses a green one. Both motorcycles come with dual-discs with dual-channel ABS. The Bullet Trials come with a 19-inch front and 18-inch rear wheel, shod with Ceat tyres. Keeping with the overall theme, the bike also features an upswept exhaust muffler. The headlight grille and crossbar padding seen on the bikes above are part of a accessory pack. At the moment, the Trials bikes have no direct competition and sit in between the standard Bullet series and the Royal Enfield Himalayan in terms of intent. All prices, ex-showroom India. Also see: 2019 Royal Enfield Bullet Trials 350 image gallery 2019 Royal Enfield Bullet Trials 500 image gallery [...]
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Security forces gun down 2 Naxals in Chhattisgarh
The security forces on Thursday conducted an operation in Chhattisgarh in which two Naxals were killed and around 15-20 were injured. Arms and ammunition were also recovered. "DRG and STF teams conducted an operation in which body of 2 [...]
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Salahuddin's nuclear threat: What did Modi-Doval do to rattle Pakistan so much?
Pakistan-based Hizbul chief Syed Salahuddin's threat of nuclear war against India should come as no surprise. In a country where the official military nuclear doctrine itself is an irresponsible 'touch-me-not' doctrine, born of acute weakness and insecurity, the Pakistani military seems [...]
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Why no Bharat Ratna for Savarkar: Sena asks BJP
Mumbai, May 13: Shiv Sena parliamentarian Sanjay Raut today said if the BJP-led NDA dispensation at the Centre had "pure Hindu blood" in its veins, it should confer the Bharat Ratna on late Hindutva icon V D Savarkar. The [...]
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In the name of humanity, don’t look away from the plight of the Rohingya people | Ian Woolverton
I’ve seen suffering all over the world, but nothing prepared me for the wretched conditions 655,000 people fleeing violence endure in the camps of BangladeshI have stood among tsunami flatted buildings in Aceh and Japan. I have held the hand of a dying infant in flood swamped Pakistan. I have attempted to console the families of loved ones lost to the Bali bombings. And I have helped retrieve the body of a dying man trapped in an earthquake crumpled building. But nothing prepared me for what I have now witnessed – a city sized population living in squalor after fleeing the horror of human rights atrocities in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state. Related: The Guardian view on Myanmar: telling the truth about the Rohingya | Editorial Continue reading... [...]
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From trunk roads to new ports: A look at the Modi government's key infrastructure projects
From trunk roads to new ports: A look at the Modi government's key infrastructure projects [...]
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Delhi govt deploys Environment Marshalls to combat pollution
Environment Minister, Imran Hussain on December 27 announced that Delhi government has deployed Environment Marshalls in various parts of the capital to control illegal burning in open, dust emanating from various sources and improper management of dhalaos, contributing to air pollution. [...]
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Rain lashes Mumbai, local train services hit; Two people electrocuted
Pre-monsoon showers hit the Mumbai on Saturday evening disrupting flights and local train traffic in the metropolitan city. Rain and thundershower, along with gusty winds, lashed parts of Thane, Kalyan, Dombivli, Ambernath, Navi Mumbai, Vasai and Virar from Saturday evening onward, [...]
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Stab victim Khadija Siddiqi: ‘My case is a fight for all Pakistani women’
The woman whose attempted murder by an ex-boyfriend became a cause celebre hopes her legal battle will inspire other womenA student who was stabbed 23 times in daylight in one of Pakistan’s busiest streets has accused the country’s justice system of misogyny after her attacker, having been found guilty of attempted murder, was sensationally acquitted last week.Khadija Siddiqi was ambushed as she collected her six-year-old sister from school two years ago. She was repeatedly slashed across the throat and abdomen by fellow student Shah Hussain in an attack she said was motivated by revenge after she had spurned his advances. She escaped with her life only after her driver managed to drag Hussain off her. Her attacker was sentenced to seven years in prison – the minimum for attempted murder. But in an extraordinary turn, last week he was acquitted by the high court following claims by his lawyers that it had been Siddiqi who had pursued him, based on a letter she had written when she was 17, and that she had wanted the case to become “high profile”. Continue reading... [...]
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