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'What did I study to become CM?': HDK counters critics on 'Class 8 Pass' education minister
"What have I studied? I'm working as the chief minister" - this was Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy response as he dismissed questions on allocating Higher Education portfolio to a minister who has studied till class 8. Kumaraswamy, [...]
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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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2018 Suzuki V-Strom 650 to launch next month
Shortly after the launch of the GSX-S750 and Burgman Street, Suzuki is gearing up to launch yet another motorcycle in India. August 2018 will see the launch of the company’s mid-size adventure motorcycle – the Suzuki V-Strom 650. Interestingly, India will likely only get the adventure-focused XT variant of the V-Strom 650. We expect it to be priced between Rs 7.5-7.7 lakh (ex-showroom). The V-Strom will be the third motorcycle from the bike maker to be locally assembled, after the Hayabusa and the recently launched GSX-S750. Internationally, the V-Strom adventure tourer is offered in two variants – the standard V-Strom, which is a more road-biased motorcycle, and the off-road-specific V-Strom XT, the version that is expected to be sold in India. The styling of the V-Strom XT is inspired by its larger sibling, the V-Strom 1000. The smaller engine motorcycle gets premium anodized wire-spoke rims shod with Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A40 tubeless tyres. The twin-spar alloy frame is suspended on a conventional telescopic fork at the front and a monoshock with rebound adjustment and a remote preload adjuster at the rear. The seat height of the V-Strom 650 XT is 835mm, as opposed to the 840mm of the its main rival, the Kawasaki Versys 650. The Suzuki’s fuel tank is quite generous at 20 litres and the motorcycle tips the scales at 216kg (kerb weight). The bike is powered by a 645cc, V-twin engine that makes 71hp and 62Nm of torque and is mated to a six-speed grarbox. Meanwhile, the Kawasaki Versys 650’s engine makes 69hp and 64Nm, but also uses a six-speed transmission.  The V-Strom 650 XT gets a three-stage traction control system (two levels and a disengage option). Other features include three-way height adjustable windscreen, Suzuki’s useful Easy Start System and standard ABS (off-road enthusiasts will be disappointed to know that it cannot be disengaged). The Kawasaki Versys 650 retails for Rs 6.69 lakh (ex-showroom), which is significantly cheaper than the expected pricing of the V-Strom 650 XT. However, the Versys 650 sold in India is a more road-oriented model and doesn’t come with the V-Strom's expensive wheels or electronic aids like traction control, which could work to Suzuki’s advantage. Also see: 2018 Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT showcased at the Auto Expo Suzuki Motorcycle at Auto Expo 2018 first look video [...]
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McDonald’s to use chicken without human antibiotics
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England's James Anderson escapes injury after being struck by golf ball
James Anderson went for a golf session with fellow Stuart Broad and a shot went horribly wrong. [...]
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Muzaffarpur rape scandal: Hell comes home
Muzaffarpur rape scandal: Hell comes home [...]
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Task force to probe malnourishment death of tribal infants in Odisha
Odisha government finally formed a task force to investigate the deaths of as many as 19 children due to malnourishment. [...]
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Congress was Cambridge Analytica's client, says whistleblower Christopher Wylie
In a major twist to series of events related to data theft, Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower who brought to the fore misuse of Facebook data, on Tuesday said he believed that the Congress party was a client of Cambridge Analytica. The [...]
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Mumbai beach goes from dump to turtle hatchery in two years
Olive Ridley turtle hatchlings spotted after cleanup of Versova beach by Afroz Shah and volunteersHatchlings from a vulnerable turtle species have been spotted for the first time in decades on a Mumbai beach that was rejuvenated in the past two years by a massive volunteer cleanup operation.At least 80 Olive Ridley turtles have made their way into the Arabian Sea from nests on the southern end of Versova beach in the past week, protected from wild dogs and birds of prey by volunteers who slept overnight in the sand to watch over them. Continue reading... [...]
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Odisha: BJD wins elections in two Notified Area Councils
Bhubaneswar, April 5:  The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) swept the elections to two Notified Area Councils (NACs), the results of which were announced on Thursday. In Attabira NAC of Bargarh district, the BJD won all 12 wards, while in Hindol NAC [...]
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IPL 2018: Rohit Sharma becomes first Indian to score 300 sixes in all T20s
Rohit Sharma became the first Indian cricketer to score 300 sixes in all T20s after hitting Mujeeb Ur Rahman for his first maximum in the 17th over in Mumbai's away game to Punjab at Indore on Friday. [...]
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Could your Christmas gift of jewellery be funding genocide? | Hannah Lownsbrough
Luxury brands such as Bulgari must stop buying gems from Myanmar, where the military is committing horrifying acts of violence against the RohingyaAs Christmas approaches, luxury jewellery brands will be preparing themselves for the annual windfall of cash that it brings. But shoppers this year will want to consider their role in propping up the genocide of Rohingya people, and join the tens of thousands of people calling on high-end jewellery retailers to end their relationships with the Burmese military.In early December, 75,000 people signed an online petition calling on Cartier to do just that. Cartier’s response was swift and within days announced it had “decided to stop purchasing gemstones from Myanmar, which will become fully effective as of December 8”. Now other similar companies must follow suit.Almost all of the world’s superior quality jade originates in Myanmar, and 95% of the world’s rubies Related: In the name of humanity, don’t look away from the plight of the Rohingya people | Ian Woolverton 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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Brand Yoga
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Violence cannot solve any problem: PM Modi on Mann Ki Baat | Highlights
Violence cannot solve any problem: PM Modi on Mann Ki Baat | Highlights [...]
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Two British climbers rescued from Pakistan mountain
Austrian Christian Huber was killed when an avalanche crushed the trio’s tentPakistan’s air force has rescued two British climbers after an avalanche crushed their tent near the top of a mountain in northern Pakistan, killing the third member of the party.Bruce Normand and Timothy Miller raised the alarm on Saturday night after tumbling snow and ice trapped them 5,900 metres (19,400 ft) up Ultar Sar, a mid-size mountain in the Karakoram range that includes K2, the second-tallest mountain in the world, and spans the border of China, India and Pakistan. Continue reading... [...]
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Infocus Turbo 5
   Good battery backup is something I personally look for when buying a phone. I usually commute for long periods and want to keep myself entertained while I travel, a feeling that I think many... [...]
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Mumbai dance bar case: SC fixes next hearing on August 8
Mumbai, July 24: The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned the matter and fixed its next hearing of the Mumbai dance bar case, where, the bar owners have challenged the stringent norms regulating bars on August 8. The Maharashtra government has justified [...]
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Tripura recorded over 85 per cent voting during repolling at 6 booths
Agartala, Feb 26: On Monday, repolling was held at six booths in six Assembly constituencies in Tripura. Repolling saw more than 85 per cent voter turnout, according to IANS. According to ANI, repolling witnessed 37.07 per cent voter turnout till 11 am. [...]
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Madhya Pradesh: Eight swept away in flash flood in Shivpuri
Shivpuri (MP), Aug 15: At least eight merrymakers were swept away while bathing in Sultangarh Waterfall in Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh today, police said. Over 40 others are stranded as of tonight, they said. "Eight persons have been [...]
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Larger than life, Atal Vajpayee, the leader who took everyone along
New Delhi, Aug 17: The BJP rode on former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's larger than the party image and avuncular manners to win over new allies and back to back victories in Lok Sabha elections in 1998 and 1999 to [...]
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A league of their own
A league of their own [...]
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Google launches new app for art lovers in India
Google’s Arts & Cultural app will be available for all android and iOS platform Search engine giant Google on Thursday launched a new “Arts & Culture” app [...]
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Govt "blocking" Judges' appointments: Cong
New Delhi, Jul 21: Congress leader Anand Sharma today alleged that the government was blocking the appointment of judges as it was "very angry" after the Supreme Court's decision in the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC), a charge strongly refuted by [...]
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Why some people are more intelligent than others
Creative brains have higher IQ. (Wikimedia) The more variable a brain is and the more its different parts frequently connect with each other, the higher a person’s intelligenc [...]
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