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Lionel Messi pulls out of Malaga tie due to birth of his third child
Messi`s wife Antonella Roccuzzo is expecting a boy, a brother to five-year-old Thiago and Mateo, who is two.  [...]
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Madaari grosses Rs 4.45 crore worldwide on opening day but that isn’t Irrfan Khan’s main concern
Madaari grosses Rs 4.45 crore worldwide on opening day. Irrfan Khan starrer Madaari earned Rs 4.45 crore worldwide on its opening day, according to its makers. The film collected Rs [...]
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The pseudo alternative
Illustration by: C R Sasikumar The Sangh Parivar’s claims to being the true repository of Indian history and culture become louder every time it wields political power. It announc [...]
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July 28, Forty Years Ago: More Power To SC
The Swaran Singh Committee on constitutional reforms recommended more powers to the Supreme Court in relation to those in the High Courts. of the amendments the committee has suggested aims at empowering the Supreme Court to transfer a case pending in the [...]
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Zen and the art of following in your father’s footsteps
Peter Matthiessen’s The Snow Leopard, his famous book about a spiritual quest to a Buddhist monastery in the Himalayas, is 40 years old. His son, Alex, has recreated the trekIs it possible to be an armchair Zen Buddhist? That’s one of the questions that Peter Matthiessen’s great quest The Snow Leopard seems to present. No book I’ve read, certainly among those written in my lifetime, gives a more authentic account of a “journey of the heart” than Matthiessen’s celebrated trek to the Dolpo, the high, ancient Tibetan plateau of the Himalayas. I am not alone in that belief. Since it was first published in 1978, The Snow Leopard has no doubt been the inspiration for more hippy trails and backpacker expeditions to Kathmandu and beyond than any other volume (it is unmovable at the top of Amazon’s “Himalayas” chart). I’ve read the book a few times over the years, though never yet visited the places it describes. Returning to its opening pages now, in a beautiful new Folio Society edition marking both the 40th anniversary of its initial publication and four years since Matthiessen’s death, nevertheless feels like an uncanny invitation to breathe a little more deeply and see a little more clearly.Matthiessen embarked on his journey in the autumn of 1973 at the invitation of the celebrated field biologist George Schaller, (whose photographs of the people and places of that trail we publish for the first time). The purpose of Schaller’s trip was to study the rutting habits of the bharal, the Himalayan blue sheep that inhabits the high plateau and which Schaller hoped to prove was the genetic forebear of all sheep and goats. Matthiessen, who remains the only writer to have won America’s National Book award both for fiction and for nonfiction, was drawn to the expedition for other reasons, however. Continue reading... [...]
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'Matter should be resolved through dialogue': India on US strikes in Syria
With the United States and allies having carried out missile strikes in Syria, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Saturday (April 14) said "all parties" must show restraint so that the situation does not escalate further. The US, UK and France [...]
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UIDAI brings updated QR code for offline Aadhaar verification
To provide an extra layer of privacy to Aadhaar, Unique Identification Authority of India has introduced an updated 'QR code' that holds non-sensitive details like name, address, photo, and date of birth, and can be used for offline user verification without [...]
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Spectrum usage charge: Cabinet okays 3% SUC for September auction
The Trai had reconsidered its original proposal after the Union Cabinet, on June 22, had referenced back the SUC issue to the sectoral regulator for its opinion. The Cabinet on Wedn [...]
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Bolt vs Them
Minutes after landing in Rio, Usain Bolt was asked if, during his long flight from home, he had dreamt about winning his third Olympic treble. “I didn’t sleep at all,” he said with a drawl. He isn’t the only one tossing and turning at night wonder [...]
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BJP fiddling with Constitution to get power in Karnataka: Sachin Pilot
The Congress's Rajasthan unit chief Sachin Pilot today accused the Bharataiya Janata Party (BJP) of "strangulating democracy" in Karnataka and "fiddling with Constitution" to retain power. In the wake of the high-voltage political development in Karnataka, the opposition party [...]
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Polestar 1 production limited to 500 units a year
Polestar has announced that their hybrid performance sedan, the 1, will have a production run of 500 units per year once it goes into production in mid-2019. The limited number of models is due to the complex construction process required to create its carbon-fibre bodywork. The brand’s first model since it became a standalone brand from Volvo will first be available in the US, Chinese, German, Swedish, Norwegian and Dutch markets as the firm has said that these ones have the highest demand for its product. There is no official word on when the model will arrive in India. The 600hp, four-seat GT coupe will be the brand’s flagship model, acting as a halo product and will only be on sale online through subscription. Company boss Thomas Ingenlath labelled the 1 as “an electric car with support from an internal-combustion engine”. The 1 will be the only hybrid in Polestar’s line-up with all future models, starting with a Tesla Model 3 competitor, possessing an all-electric set-up. Two electric motors, with the aid of an integrated starter/generator, power the rear wheels, and produce a combined 218hp. A 150km range has been claimed in pure-electric mode. Volvo’s 382hp, 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine drives the front wheels. When combined the total system output is 600hp and 999Nm of torque.   As we had mentioned at its unveiling, the Polestar 1’s styling is derivative of the Volvo Concept Coupé unveiled in 2012. The main differences between the two, at least at the front, are the Polestar logo replacing the Volvo one and the grille. "Polestar will not have a front grille, it will have the grid," explained Ingenlath.  The grid at front houses sensors. While not a proper Volvo, the Polestar 1 borrows plenty of technology from its parent company and will serve as a "technology spearhead". It is based on Volvo’s Scalable Platform Architecture, although Polestar claims about 50 percent of the structure is new. Measuring 4.5 metres in length, it is nearly 0.5m shorter than the S90, and is overall smaller than the luxury sedan. Weight has reduced by about 230kg, torsional rigidity has increased by 45 percent and the centre of gravity is lower than the S90 thanks to extensive use of carbon-firbe. With production capped at 500 units a year, only left-hand-drive models are expected to be produced at a bespoke Polestar production facility currently being built in Chengdu, China. Volvo has invested £570 million (about Rs 4,865 crore) into the new performance division. Forgoing a traditional dealer network in favour of online sales, Polestar will only retail its models online. Cars will be offered on an all-inclusive subscription basis, with a two or three-year fixed term, set monthly payments and no deposit. The yet-to-disclosed fee will include pick-up, delivery and servicing at selected Volvo workshops. The charge also includes a number of car rental days, allowing owners of the 1 to use larger Volvos. Polestar will also offer a range of concierge services, including hiring larger cars and items such as roof boxes and booking a valet cleaning, through an app. Once the term is complete, the firm will take the car back, refurbish it and sell it in the used market. Polestar cars will also feature ‘Phone-as-Key’ technology, which will allow app users to operate their car without a key or give a ‘virtual’ key to other users when needed. Polestar isn’t entirely moving away from traditional showrooms and will open a small number of Polestar Spaces in various locations, but none will be connected to current Volvo showrooms. The first Polestar Spaces are due to open in early 2019. Also see: Polestar 1 coupe image gallery Polestar sedan and SUV in the works [...]
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I-League: Neroca FC hold Mohun Bagan to 0-0 draw
The best chance of the game fell to Mohun Bagan`s Shilton Dsilva who latched on to a loose ball after Neroca goalkeeper Varney K. Kallon blocked Sony Norde`s initial shot to put his effort wide. Neroca played exceptionally well with their fleet-footed footballers giving the home team a harrowing time. The result saw Sanjoy Sen`s Mohun Bagan move to nine points from five matches while Neroca are on seven points from four outings. [...]
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India in South Africa: I will be up and running in six weeks, says Dale Steyn
The premier South Africa pacer has been ruled out of the remainder of the Test series against India with a left heel injury sustained during the first Test in Cape Town. [...]
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Indian chess champion quits competition in Iran over headscarf rule
Soumya Swaminathan has withdrawn from the Asian chess championship because of a rule requiring her to wear a headscarfAn Indian chess champion has withdrawn from an international competition in Iran, saying a rule requiring her to wear a headscarf would violate her human rights. Soumya Swaminathan ranks fifth in India and was preparing to compete in the Asian chess championship in Bangladesh. However, when the competition was moved to Iran, the 29-year-old withdrew from the competition. Related: Iranian woman who removed headscarf jailed for two years Continue reading... [...]
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Modi to encapsulate making of new, innovative India in Davos
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accompanied by several ministers and business leaders, will encapsulate making of ‘a new, young and innovative India' when he addresses the rich and powerful from across the world at the snow-laden Swiss resort town of Davos later [...]
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Padmaavat row: Rajasthan government to approach SC
Jaipur, Jan 20: Rajasthan's Home and Justice minister Gulabchand Kataria on Saturday said that the state government has decided to file a review petition in the Supreme court against its order allowing the release of Sanja Leela Bhansali film 'Padmaavat'. {image-sc-padmavati-23-1511415175.jpg [...]
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Beyond Junk
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India takes a 'big leap forward' in the field of foreign trade
Exports: Rising & shining [...]
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Saccharine Trigger
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Pakistanis vote after bitterly contested yet low-energy campaign
Two-horse race between Imran Khan and Sharif family is only second peaceful transfer of power in nation’s historyPakistanis will go to the polls after an election campaign sullied by militant violence and widespread allegations of military interference that could see the former international cricketer Imran Khan gather enough support to lead his first government.The national vote is a two-horse race between the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), a long-established party that has ruled the country for the past five years, and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), formed by Khan to break open the nation’s hidebound politics. Continue reading... [...]
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CBSE Board Exam today: Last minute tips
The CBSE boards 2018 will be held from today. Here are some important tips for students taking the class 10, 12 board exams. The exams for class 10 will conclude on April 12, whereas for class 12 the last paper will [...]
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Mayawati’s moment
The BJP’s censure of its UP vice-president, Dayashankar Singh, for his abominable remarks against BSP supremo Mayawati was immediate: Singh was removed from the party post first, then the organisation, and party leaders expressed regret in Parliament a [...]
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Olympics: WADA `disappointed` as IOC fails to ban Russia
 The World Anti-Doping Agency added its voice Sunday to those criticising the International Olympic Committee`s failure to ban Russia from the Rio Olympics in the wake of doping revelations. [...]
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Porsche working on baby Panamera
The Porsche Pajun is likely to get a 507hp engine; to rival Audi A6, Mercedes E-class and BMW 5-series. [...]
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Yashwant Sinha quits BJP, says 'he will fight for democracy'
Yashwant Sinha, former Finance Minister and a critique of the PM Narendra Modi government, quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday. The leader said he will end his ties with the BJP and will not join any political party, according [...]
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Huawei P20 Pro
  Huawei’s flagship smartphone of this year finally gets to make an entry into India. Last year, Huawei left India out when it came to launching their flagship, but this year things have changed.... [...]
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Heaven freezes over: Riding to the Himalayas on Royal Enfields
I’ve been stuck on a motorcycle on a high-altitude pass before. I’ve been in -40deg Celsius at the Arctic circle a few years ago, and I’ve even woken up on a sack of flour in a dingy dhaba in the middle of a snowstorm and cried because it was so cold. So I like to think that I am pretty qualified for this crazy ride that Royal Enfield has planned. This time, there is one crucial difference. All my previous such adventures have been for a day at the worst and an hour at best. This time, they say it will be nine sustained days of teeth chatter and no, my amma won’t be able to come save me when I’ve had enough. I quickly pack Rs 7,000 worth (in excess baggage) of warm clothes and riding gear and buy enough thermals to own a controlling stake in Decathlon. This is not the usual cold-weather adventure, it can go very wrong. Also sending chills down my spine is when Royal Enfield delays the start of the trip by a couple of days because they want us to be in Kaza for the heaviest snowfall of the season. Hang on a minute! Don’t normal people try to avoid bad weather? I quickly make another trip to Decathlon and arrive at the starting point with my best frosty smile pasted on. The start point is in Shimla and I’m told there will be seven slightly modified Royal Enfield Himalayan Sleets (see box) waiting for us. We will then attempt to ride to Kaza in Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, via the only route that is open/maybe open at this time of the year. The e-mail from Royal Enfield promises minus polar bear temperatures, lots of black ice on the road and a small side note that tells us that a hot bath at the end of a cold ride will be impossible once we cross over into Spiti Valley. Am I nervous? You bet I am. I know from past experience that snow and ice are the most difficult surfaces to ride a motorcycle on. You need to be fit because every inch of progress on zero-traction surfaces like these is like clawing back victory from the icy fingers of winter. The problem with snow and ice is that they have this ability to make you go from full CS Santosh control to sliding on your donkey ass in exactly 0.1 milliseconds. Oh well, like Vijay Parmar (India’s Thierry Sabine for those not in the know) said, I asked for this. GLOBAL WARMING So far, that e-mail has failed to live up to its veiled threat. The sun is out but it is cold and for once, I seem to be wearing the right warm riding gear. That changes slightly when we get to the high point on the road. The first sign I get is when my toes start freezing. Painfully. The frosty bite of winter is seeping in through my boots and woollen socks and robbing my toes of feel. I am also a very clever fellow obviously, because, in my bid to take a few photographs at the helipad at Nako, I’ve exposed my fingers to the knife-edged wind that is blowing through the place. I now have frozen toes and fingers. I look back now and thank god I didn’t feel the need to answer nature’s call at that point. I quickly stuff my hands into the rain mitts that have been fitted on the Sleets and turn on the heated grips to 80 percent heat. It takes a while for the grips to warm up and in that while, every clutch pull and every two-finger front brake application is agony. A few kilometres up, there is ice on the road at Malling Nallah – the crossover into Spiti. We finally seem to be leaving the everyday comforts we take for granted behind. I’m told we can forget about heated hotel rooms and running water. From now on, the water I brush my teeth with is so icy it scalds, and every time I smile at the face of adversity, my dry lips crack painfully. No amount of slathered Burt’s Bees helps (Vaseline does a better job, though), and anyone using anything other than a BSNL network can forget about their daily social media updates. I am surprised that the usual signs of AMS – the slower thought process, slight nausea, the mild headaches – aren’t hitting me. Vijay Parmar tells me that because it is so cold right now, the air up here is denser. We are, in effect, breathing like a K&N cold air filter. How cool is that! That night at a homestay in Tabo, we huddle around a bukhari sipping on soup and rum. I learn certain rules of a mountain home chief, of which is that if you leave the room for whatever reason, you close the door behind you and when you come back, you bring two logs of wood from the pile outside to keep the fire going. I step out and stare in wonder at the diamond carpet high above me before my rapidly depleting body heat forces me under three blankets, a down jacket and uneasy sleep. There is still no sign of snow. WE WILL GO AND FIND IT THEN Apparently, when it snows, it isn’t as cold as when it is not snowing. Either that or you are working so hard to get the bike through deep snow that you forget how cold it is. I think it is the latter because I’ve been [...]
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Rapoo V110
    Before buying a keyboard and/or mouse, you need to decide on your primary use-case. Whether you want to use it for office work or for gaming. Under gaming, you have to keep in mind that if y... [...]
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