Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated across the country except Kerala on Saturday as the moon was not sighted today, Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari said. The festival will be celebrated tomorrow in the southern state as the moon was sighted [...]
Intruder rapes woman in her South Delhi home [...]
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From politicians to journalists, the killing of Rising Kashmir's editor Shujaat Bukhari has left everyone shocked. Fifty-three-year-old Bukhari, who had worked as the state correspondent for national daily 'The Hindu' for several years, was shot dead soon after he boarded his [...]
Concerned about the portrayal of Muslims in India, author Nazia Erum hosted a multi-faith dinner in New Delhi to lay a few misconceptions to restAt a dinner in a Delhi home on Sunday, guests around the table were asked to write down one stereotype that they – Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Hindus – had about one another. The purpose? Breaking prejudices while breaking bread together.The interfaith meal was prompted by the hosts’ desire to address preconceptions about Muslims, whom they feel have been targeted under Narendra Modi’s government. Continue reading... [...]
The Guardian’s recently arrived correspondent reflects on the remarkable events of her first months in the job“Re-for-masi, Re-for-masi, Re-for-masi.” It was a warm evening last month as I stood in a field in Malaysia, listening as this deafening chant rang out from a crowd of thousands, gathered in an intoxicating mass. This was history in motion: Anwar Ibrahim, the man who had paid the high price of two jail terms for his attempts to bring reform in Malaysia – and who had coined the “reformasi” chant as the rallying cry for change – had just been released from prison that morning. A free man, he stood triumphant on stage as I watched from the sidelines. “We have entered a new era for Malaysia,” he shouted, to another euphoric roar from the crowd. Mahathir Mohamad takes no prisoners in his answers and, at 92, would probably outpace me in a marathon Continue reading... [...]
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Yet another police station came under a grenade attack in Kashmir today. The terrorists on Wednesday fired an Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL) at Pulwama's Lassipora police station. According to ANI report, the grenade landed outside the police station. The guard [...]
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Korean carmaker Kia has big plans for India. It will start its India innings in 2019 with the production version of the SP Concept, following which it will add four more models to the line-up. A compact SUV will be part of this mix and, as we reported, the Stonic and Grand Carnival are also under consideration. The Sportage, which was part of Kia’s massive Auto Expo 2018 exhibit, could also be on the cards for India. Here are five things you need to know about the attractive Kia SUV:
Looks that match its name
The model that Kia brought to the Auto Expo was the fourth-gen Sportage. It is a decidedly sporty looking SUV that carries Kia’s latest styling language with aplomb. Kia’s trademark ‘Tiger Nose’ grille is the focal point at the front, and comes flanked by large headlamps that help to accentuate the sporty look. Even from the side and rear, the Sportage exhibits an athletic design with a sloping roofline, a large rear spoiler and dual-exhaust pipes. The Korean brand also came out with a facelift for the model recently, which comes with tweaked lighting details at the front and rear, slightly different bumpers and new wheels available in 17- to 19-inch sizes. The top-spec trims get LED fog lamps and even sportier detailing.
A range of engines on offer
The facelift that was revealed wasn’t a mere nip-and-tuck job. The brand took the opportunity to introduce a new 1.6-litre diesel engine (replacing the older model’s 1.7-litre motor) in 115hp and 136hp states of tune. While the previous model’s 1.6-litre turbo-petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engines continue unchanged, the 2.0-litre diesel also gets the option of a hybrid powertrain in international markets. All-wheel-drive is available as an option for the 136hp 1.6-litre diesel, 1.6-litre turbo-petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engines. If brought to India, expect the Sportage to share its cousin, the Hyundai Tucson’s, 185hp, 2.0-litre diesel engine.
Even the base trim of the Sportage gets a decent level of kit, at least in international markets. This equipment includes front fog lights, hill-start assist and descent control, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, DAB radio and cruise control. Higher-spec variants get the option of either a 7.0-inch or 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, an eight-speaker JBL sound system, a panoramic sunroof, a reversing camera, parking assist, adaptive bi-xenon headlights and LED front fog lamps. The recently revealed facelift added a smart cruise control system (which can bring the car to a halt or pull away in traffic) and a 360-degree camera.
Hyundai Tucson rival
The Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson are built on the same platform. Remember, Hyundai owns Kia. Given that the two models are about the same size and uses similar powertrains too, the cousins will be rivals too. Aside from the Tucson, the Sportage would also take on the Jeep Compass and Volkswagen Tiguan. Honda is bringing its new CR-V to India soon and while it will be a rival to the Sportage on price and power, the Honda has the advantage of a third row of seats.
Under evaluation for India launch
The potential that the Sportage has for the Indian market is undeniable, with Kia currently evaluating the model to be brought to India in completely knocked down units, and then assembled at the brand’s facility in Andhra Pradesh. Besides sharing a number of parts with the Tucson, this localised assembly would also help keep costs in check and provide for competitive pricing.
Should the Sportage be one of the Kias you’d like to see on sale in India? Let us know in the comments section below.
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Last month, Aston Martin's performance arm unveiled the DB11 AMR. Its second model of the year will be the recently revealed hardcore Aston Martin Rapide AMR – the last hurrah for the Rapide S before the four-door sedan goes off sale in 2020 and is indirectly replaced by Aston’s first SUV, the DBX.
Talking about the model, Aston boss Andy Palmer says that the model has “enhanced performance, sharper dynamics and more powerful design language” which, as a result, “has taken Rapide to new and exciting extremes.”
The production model Rapide AMR — which predictably costs more than the standard Rapide S — is very close to the original concept shown at the Geneva motor show, back in 2017. Its front grille is reminiscent of the track-only Vantage AMR Pro and circular daytime running lights are similar to recent Zagato models.
The AMR variant maintains the same 0-100kph time as the standard Rapide S (4.2sec) and shares the same naturally aspirated 6.0-litre V12 engine, putting out 630Nm of torque. However, it gets uprated power – 603hp, as opposed to its predecessor's 553hp. The increase in power is achieved by enhanced airflow to the engine as a result of larger inlet manifolds as well as new engine and gearbox calibration.
The Rapide AMR sits 10mm lower than the Rapide S and the British carmaker says that its adaptive dampers have been re-engineered to be “more focused, agile and dynamic.”
The Rapide AMR clocks a top speed of 330kph, which is 3kph faster than the Rapide S. It also has a retuned suspension and optimised aerodynamics. Extra aerodynamic bodywork includes a carbon-fibre splitter, sills, rear diffuser and boot-lid-lip spoiler. A new bonnet with large ventilation insets is also made of carbon fibre.
It gets new 21-inch wheels — a first for Aston — paired with Michelin Super Sport tyres designed to aid brake cooling. The carbon-ceramic brakes measure 400mm at the front with six-piston callipers and 360mm at the rear with four-piston callipers. To further aid brake cooling, the Rapide AMR uses a version of the Vanquish S’s cooling system with modified brake ducts and dust shields.
Inside, there is a full-length carbon-fibre centre control and the seats are made with Alcanatara — both firsts for a Rapide. Each car gets AMR logos stitched into the seats and a limited-edition AMR plaque on the carbon sills.
There are three design schemes on offer – Standard, Silhouette and Signature. The Signature scheme gets Stirling Green paint with lime accents and stripe and draws the closest visual link to the classic livery of Aston Martin's race cars.
The Rapide AMR has a limited production of 210 cars. First customer deliveries are scheduled for autumn.
Also see: Aston Martin Rapide AMR image gallery [...]
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