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Pakistan gang accused of tapping unwitting girl's spinal fluid
Police say victim’s father tricked into believing gang were officials carrying out medical studyPolice in Pakistan have arrested four suspected members of a gang accused of tapping a 17-year-old girl’s spinal fluid without her knowledge and selling it on the black market.According to police in the city of Hafizabad, the gang members pretended to be government officials carrying out medical research. They promised the victim’s father a monthly fee in exchange for his consent to a blood test, saying the money could go towards his daughter’s dowry. Continue reading... [...]
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Rahul Gandhi calls RSS chief's Army speech as an 'insult' to every Indian
Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday tweeted on Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat's speech that said the organisation has the ability to prepare an "army" to fight for the country within three days. Gandhi called RSS chief's speech is [...]
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Shopian firing: SC to hear plea filed by Major’s father to quash FIR against his son
The Supreme Court will on Monday hear the petition filed by the father of an Army personnel belonging to the 10 Garhwal Rifles booked in connection with the killing of three civilians in alleged firing incident in Jammu Kashmir's Shopian district. [...]
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J&K: One CRPF personnel killed in Srinagar's Karan Nagar; encounter underway
A CRPF personnel who was seriously injured in gunfight during ongoing encounter at CRPF camp in Srinagar's Karan Nagar in Jammu and Kashmir succumbs to injuries on Monday. Earlier in the day,  a fierce encounter broke out between terrorists and the [...]
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Did AIADMK flout rules by unveiling Jayalalithaa’s portrait inside TN Assembly?
Chennai, Feb 12: More than a year after her death, the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) once again honoured late Jayalalithaa by unveiling her portrait inside the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Monday. The former chief minister died after [...]
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Supreme Court refuses interim stay on 'Kambala' race in Karnataka
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to grant interim stay on traditional buffalo races 'Kambala' held in Karnataka. the next date of hearing is March 14. On the ground of cruelty being meted out to the animals, NGO FIAPO [...]
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Electric two-wheelers showcased at Auto Expo
Electric vehicles (EVs) were the talk of the town at the Auto Expo 2018. With the government pushing for electric cars and bikes, it was evident that we would witness much action at the 2018 Auto Expo and we weren’t disappointed! From cruisers to superbike-rivalling motorcycles, there were many interesting electric vehicles displayed at this year’s show and we have picked the important ones out for you. UM Renegade Thor UM Motorcycles unveiled its first electric two-wheeler offering for India at the Auto Expo 2018 – the Renegade Thor. Staying true to the Renegade’s DNA, the Thor is a cruiser, too, albeit an electric one. With a Rs 9.9 lakh price tag, it also happens to be the most expensive electric motorcycle to go on sale in India. The styling of the Thor is typical of a cruiser with flowing lines and dollops of chrome and it’s only when you see the electric motor placed under the faux fuel tank that you figure out that it’s an electric bike. Powering the Thor is a 30kW motor which produces 70 Nm of torque. The Thor is also the first electric cruiser in the world to feature a 5-speed gearbox. According to UM, the 5-speed gearbox (with a belt drive) reduces the load on the powerplant which is beneficial in increasing the range of the bike. UM claims the Thor has a 270km range, 180kph top speed and 80 per cent of the battery can be charged in 40 minutes with the fast charger. Bookings for the Thor will start in April and deliveries will commence by end-2018. Twenty Two Motors Flow Twenty Two Motors launched its first electric scooter in India, and it’s called the Flow. Powering the Flow is a 2.1kw electric motor that delivers 90Nm of torque which enables it to reach a top speed of 60kph. The Flow has been priced at Rs 74,740 and it will be manufactured at Twenty Two Motors’ production facility in Rajasthan. It features an app-based geo-fencing security, which alerts the owner if the vehicle travels beyond the defined geographical boundaries, while providing the option to immobilise the vehicle. The Flow tips the scale at 85kg and gets a Lithium Ion Battery that can be fully charged in five hours, delivering an 80km range. However, there is an option to carry an additional battery which doubles its range to 160km. It also gets features like a reverse gear, cruise control, a hill assist system, a drag function (to help push during a puncture) and regenerative braking. TVS Creon TVS added to its list of impressive concepts with the Creon electric scooter. The Creon, which shared the stage with the Zeppelin cruiser, could be its first step in the electric scooter space given that it wears TVS’ legendary racing DNA on its sleeve. The first thing that will grab your attention is the sporty and sleek styling of the scooter with sleek LED lights and dynamic LED indicators on the apron. Look closer and you will notice details like the TFT screen, aluminium perimeter frame and diamond cut alloy wheels which make the Creon look stunning. Powering the Creon is a 12kW electric motor which is good enough to propel the Creon from 0-60kmph in 5.1 seconds with a claimed range of 80km. It also gets a fast charging option that tops up 80 per cent of the battery in just an hour. For connectivity, TVS has partnered with Intel and the Creon features Cloud connectivity, three riding modes, regenerative braking, park assist, GPS, geo-fencing and safety/anti-theft features. In addition, it gets a smartphone charger and an under seat storage that can accommodate a full-face helmet. It also features a disc brake at either end and gets a single-channel ABS. Comprehensive for a concept, right? Emflux One Leading the charge of electric two-wheelers at the 2018 Auto Expo in terms of performance was the Emflux One. Emflux claims the One is the performance equivalent of a middleweight sports bike. Supporting this claim is another one – how about a 0-100kph dash in 3 seconds and a top speed of 200kph? These figures have been claimed for the version kitted out with the optional (and lighter) carbon fibre panels. It is powered by a 60kW motor which produces 84Nm and claimed city range of 200km. Highway range stands at 150km when ridden at 80kph. The battery pack itself is air-cooled and features battery cells developed by Samsung. Quick charging is available with a 0-80 per cent charge completing in 1hr 15min while optional fast charging will also be available. The bike showcased at the Auto Expo is a prototype and the production bike will be launched next year with deliveries commencing from April 2019. The Emflux One has been priced at Rs 6 lakh and it will be made available in three variants. The bike also features a 7-inch TFT screen that displays real time diagnostics, GPS and there’s also a HD camera to record your rides. Honda PCX Electric After showcasing the PCX scooter at the Auto Expo 2016, Honda now displayed the PCX electric at its [...]
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2018 Toyota Yaris: 5 things you need to know
The Yaris is Toyota’s much-awaited sedan which is likely to reach showrooms in a couple of months. Positioned between the Etios and the Corolla Altis, the Yaris will compete with the Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Maruti Ciaz and others. Compared to the Etios though, the Yaris feels a lot more desirable; and while its styling isn’t very exciting, this car packs in just the right amount of kit and comfort to be a practical and very competitive contender in the segment. Here are five things that you should know about this upcoming sedan: Dimensions Compared to cars like the City (4,440mm) and Ciaz (4,490mm), the Yaris is shorter in length, measuring 4,425mm. The car has a slightly shorter wheelbase, too – 2,550mm – as compared to the City’s 2,600mm and Ciaz’s 2,650mm. However, the Yaris is as wide as the Ciaz at 1,730mm. On the inside, space is huge with generous amount of room and ample seating comfort. Engine Toyota will be offering the Yaris with a single 108hp, 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder, petrol engine available with a 6-speed manual gearbox alongside a 7-step CVT (automatic transmission). There’s also a possibility of the Yaris being made available with a petrol-hybrid, at a later stage. This will not only be the most affordable hybrid offering but also a segment-first. Features Toyota is likely to give the Yaris several features so as to compete with its well-loaded competitors. Among most of the kit that we’ve come to expect out of a car in its segment, the Yaris will feature some segment-first features like gesture control for the touchscreen infotainment system, a tyre pressure-monitoring system, 60:40 rear seat split, adjustable three-neck restraints for the rear seat, roof-mounted rear air-con with ambient lighting, a powered driver’s seat and front parking sensors. Safety Not just segment-first gizmos but Toyota has even loaded the Yaris to the brim with a segment-first safety kit. It gets all-wheel disc brakes, seven airbags (including a driver knee airbag), Hill-Start Assist, ABS, EBD and ESP. A similar-specced Yaris has been awarded five stars in ASEAN NCAP crash tests, which is very reassuring. Price The Yaris will be manufactured in India at Toyota’s plant in Karnataka. The plant will also use a high percentage of localized parts, indicating that this car is likely to be priced very competitively with an estimated range of Rs 8.4-13.5 lakh (ex-showroom), undercutting the Honda City’s price of Rs 8.7-13.7 lakh. Also see: Toyota Yaris sedan first look video 2018 Toyota Yaris sedan India image gallery Toyota's Yaris: ready to take on the Honda City [...]
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Siddaramaiah government scam-free, BJP broke world record in graft in Karnataka: Rahul
Continuing his attack on the BJP over the issue of corruption, Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said, the BJP had broken "world records" in graft in Karnataka. The Congress president, continuing with the first leg of his poll campaign in [...]
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INX Media case: ED issues fresh summons to Karti Chidambaram
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued fresh summons to Karti Chidambaram, son of senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, in connection with the INX Media money laundering case, official sources said. They said Karti has been asked to depose before [...]
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Pregnant woman injured in Sunjuwan attack delivers baby girl
A pregnant woman, who was injured in an attack by armed terrorists on the family quarters at the Sunjuwan military camp in Jammu, delivered a baby girl in the hospital  on Sunday. Rifleman Nazir Ahmed and his pregnant wife [...]
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Mid-air collision over Mumbai averted, 2 planes just 100 feet apart
A mid-air collision was averted over Mumbai's airspace when a Vistara aircraft came close to an Air India plane, prompting the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau to launch a probe. On February 7, Vistara flight UK997, going from Delhi to [...]
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Mid-air collision of Air India plane with Vistara flight averted, aircraft just '100 feet' apart
Mid-air collision of Air India plane with Vistara flight averted, aircraft just '100 feet' apart [...]
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Army launches clearing operation in Sunjwan camp, says 'no exchange of fire'
Army launches clearing operation in Sunjwan camp, says 'no exchange of fire' [...]
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Two-time winner Tomas Berdych bows out of Davis Cup duty
Tomas Berdych said Sunday he was quitting the Davis Cup after leading the Czech Republic to two consecutive wins in 2012 and 2013. [...]
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Matt Ritchie scores his first goal of the season as Newcastle United stun Manchester United
Matt Ritchie condemned Manchester United to a shock 1-0 defeat at struggling Newcastle, while Huddersfield climbed out of the relegation zone after a 4-1 win against Bournemouth on Sunday. [...]
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Boris Johnson pushes Aung San Suu Kyi on Rohingya refugees
Foreign secretary tells de facto Myanmar leader refugees must return under UN supervisionBoris Johnson has told Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi the UN refugee agency must be allowed to supervise the return of Rohingya refugees, saying it was clear many were terrified to return home.The UK’s foreign secretary told reporters the charred homes of devastated Rohingya villages were like nothing he had seen before in his life, after visiting refugee camps in Bangladesh and northern Rakhine state in Myanmar. Related: Witness to a massacre: the former Myanmar soldier who saw his village burn Related: Rohingya refugees on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border – in pictures Continue reading... [...]
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Sunjwan attack over: 5 soldiers martyred, 3 terrorists killed
Five soldiers have been martyred and three terrorists killed in the Sunjwan attack at Jammu and Kashmir. The attack that lasted over 36 hours is over. On Saturday 2 terrorists were killed in the attack. A group of heavily [...]
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Unlike Army’s six months, RSS can prepare an army within 3 days: Mohan Bhagwat
Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday said the organization has the ability to prepare an "army" to fight for the country within three days, if such a situation arises. The RSS chief said this while addressing [...]
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'I feel no hatred': the radical response to an honour killing that shook India
When Ankrit, a Hindu, was murdered by a Muslim couple for dating their daughter, his father chose love over angerIt was Thursday last week when the unexpected visitors climbed the stairs to Yashpal Saxena’s one room home in west Delhi.Saxena offered the couple tea but they declined. After 45 minutes, they left and Saxena and his wife Kamlesh began preparing dinner for their son Ankit, 23, who was expected home any moment. But he never came. At 8pm, screams erupted outside their Raghubir Nagar home. Continue reading... [...]
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Prominent Pakistani rights activist Asma Jahangir dies aged 66
Lawyer who was outspoken critic of country’s Islamist extremism had a heart attack in LahoreAsma Jahangir, one of Pakistan’s most prominent human rights activists, has died of a heart attack aged 66.She was rushed to hospital in Lahore on Saturday night and died the following day, said her daughter Muneeze Jahangir. Related: Pakistan’s rulers must show an honest resolve to fight terrorism | Asma Jahangir Continue reading... [...]
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In crowded terror market, new outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen India is born
Adding to the already crowded terror market in India, three Bangladeshis have set up the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen India. This was set up by Salahuddin Salehin and Jahidul Islam alias Bomaru Mizan. In an interview given by Salehin, the announcement to [...]
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Attack at Sunjuwan, J&K: This is what the IB alert stated
The attack on an Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir came in the wake of a very specific Intelligence Bureau alert. Ahead of the death anniversaries of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat, a message flashed at every police station in Kashmir. [...]
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Sunjuwan attack: Rules broken as Islamic terrorists target women, children
The terrorists who carried out the attack on the Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir were dressed in military fatigues. The terrorists of the Afzal Guru squad of the Jaish-e-Mohammad broke every rule in the book and attacked both women and [...]
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Auto Expo 2018 show report
Despite the absence of several high-profile names for various reasons, the Auto Expo 2018 had plenty going for it. As expected, there were several new concept cars that debuted at the Expo, along with many production-ready cars as well. Here's a quick round-up: SUVs The craze for SUVs shows no signs of fading and carmakers are bringing in many more of them this year. Headlining the list, is the Tata H5X concept, a striking new SUV based on a Land Rover platform that'll be available in five- and seven-seat versions when it goes on sale later this year. Maruti Suzuki, apart from the e-Survivor concept, has a baby SUV on display, the Concept Future S, which will slot in below the Vitara Brezza when it goes into production early next year. The only new carmaker at the show, Kia Motors, too, debuted the made-for-India SP Concept, a Creta rival that'll go on sale in 2019. Honda displayed the India-bound CR-V, which, for the very first time, will come with a diesel engine. Mahindra had a rebadged G4 Rexton and the Stinger convertible SUV concept at its stand, while Hyundai brought in the Kona SUV, the EV version of which is being evaluated for India. BMW showcased the new X3, which is due in a few months' time. Mini put the new Countryman crossover on display, as Mercedes-Benz strutted its all-electric Concept EQ SUV, alongside the E-class All-Terrain. Sedans There were plenty of important new sedans unveiled at the Expo, starting with the new Honda Amaze, which made its global debut, and the new Civic, which is due later this financial year. Toyota trained its guns at the Honda City with its new offering, the Yaris, which will be launched in the coming months. Kia Motors had the delicious Stinger GT on display, while Tata Motors revealed the sporty, 110hp JTP Tigor. BMW launched the 6-series Gran Turismo, a rival to the Mercedes E-class LWB, while Mercedes-Benz launched a brace of new Maybachs: the S 560 and the range-topping S 650. Hatchbacks There was enough action in the hatchback space, too. Tata wowed the audience with the gorgeous 45X hatchback concept, as well as the sporty JTP Tiago. Maruti launched the all-new Swift, Hyundai introduced the i20 facelift, while Kia showcased its Ceed hatchback. EVs and hybrids This is the space that saw the most activity. Nearly every carmaker had an electric offering of some sort. BMW had the i3s hatch and the stunning i8 Roadster, Honda showcased its Sports EV concept while Hyundai brought in the electric and hybrid versions of the Ioniq. Tata debuted the Racemo EV, along with all-electric versions of the Tiago and Tigor, as Mahindra showcased the eKUV100. Renault brought along the crazy 460hp Zoe e-Sport concept, while Kia displaying several EVs and hybrids, with the Soul EV crossover being one of them. Motorcycles and scooters Every two-wheeler manufacturer had a big launch or unveil this year. Yamaha launched the much-awaited R15 V3.0 along with the updated R3. Honda introduced the 160cc X-Blade alongside the Activa 5G. There were a bunch of new 125cc scooters: Suzuki debuted the Burgman Street, as Hero came out with 125cc versions of the Duet and Maestro Edge. The Piaggio Group was out in full force, launching the Aprilia SR 125 and debuting the new Storm scooter, to go with the hot new RS and Tuono 150s. BMW Motorrad announced the launch of the new F 750 GS and F 850 GS, while announcing plans to bring the G 310 R and G 310 GS to India this year. Also on display were the Hero XPulse 200, Suzuki GSX-S750, Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX, UM Renegade Duty and Thor. These aside, there was also the Emflux One electric sportbike. Also see: Auto Expo 2018: Our star cars Best cars at Auto Expo 2018 image gallery Best cars at Auto Expo 2018 Best scooters at Auto Expo 2018 Best bikes at Auto Expo 2018 [...]
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