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Delhi air quality deteriorates as stubble burning begins
New Delhi, Oct 14: The air quality in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) deteriorated to hazardous levels due to stubble burning in the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana in the last few days. [Fuel prices continue to rise, petrol [...]
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Union Minister MJ Akbar sends his resignation through Email
New Delhi, Oct 14: Union Minister MJ Akbar tendered his resignation on Sunday. He had returned to India on Sunday morning amid the storm raised by sexual harassment allegations against him. According to sources, he sent his resignation through Email. {image-mjakbar-1539446728.jpg [...]
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Datsun Go, Go+ facelift: 5 things to know
The Datsun Go hatchback and Go+ mini-MPV have been on sale since 2014. While these models have got mild tweaks over time, they’ve just received their first full update. Here are five things you should know about the refreshed models. They’ve got a visual makeover The Datsun’s exteriors have received plenty of changes. Their revamped front-ends feature more shapely bumpers, the grilles get a new mesh and top-spec models also feature LED DRLs. Larger, 14-inch wheels (alloy wheels, on the top-spec trim) have also done much to help the stance of the cars. At the rear, both Datsuns get a new bumper and a newly added windscreen wiper. Additionally, they get new body colours – the hatchback gets a new orange scheme and the MPV gets a new brown colour. Heavily reworked interior Datsun has given the interiors a major refresh. The redesigned dashboard gets reprofiled central AC vents and the glove compartment sees a long overdue addition of a lid. An analogue tachometer has been added to the instrument cluster as well but it’s the new 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system (featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity) which is the highlight on higher variants. Creature comforts like electrically adjustable exterior mirrors and power windows on all doors have also made their way inside the cabin. Of other notable changes, the ‘connected front seats’ have been replaced by individual seats for the driver and passenger, which allows for the handbrake to shift from the centre console to the now free space between the two front seats. Sadly, the adjustable headrests for the rear seat occupants are still missing.   More safety kit The Datsun Go was at the centre of a storm soon after launch, when Global NCAP rated the car with zero stars in its crash test. Datsun says the updated Go and Go+ meet India’s latest crash test norms, and has also given the cars a more loaded safety kit ahead of the features becoming mandatory on all cars next year. Dual front airbags, ABS, EBD and rear parking sensors are now standard across the whole variant line-up. This gives the Go a significant leg-up over its competitors like Maruti Suzuki Celerio and Tata Tiago, which do not offer these safety features as standard as yet. Engine-gearbox options remain unchanged Datsun's facelift is primarily a cosmetic one, with no changes seen under the hood. The hatchback and MPV both continue to be powered by a 1.2-litre three-pot petrol engine churning out 68hp and 104Nm of torque. Transmission duties are handled by a 5-speed manual gearbox. There is no official confirmation on an automatic gearbox option so far. They are more value-for-money now With the introduction of the updates, Datsun is trying to position the Go and Go+ as more premium offerings. However, prices for the base and mid-spec versions haven’t changed much. The new top-spec trim cars are more expensive; but given the equipment they come with, they come across as being well-priced. Updated Datsun Go prices range from Rs 3.29-4.89 lakh while the Go+ costs Rs 3.83-5.69 lakh. Also see: 2018 Datsun Go review, test drive 2018 Datsun Go, Go+ price, variants explained 2018 Datsun Go image gallery 2018 Datsun Go+ image gallery Updated Datsun Go and Go+ launched in India [...]
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Review: Arai Chaser-X Shaped Red helmet review
When the time came to replace my race-spec Arai RX-7 after a crash at the track, I wanted to try something a little more street-oriented. Most of my riding is on the street on a variety of motorcycles, but I do make the occasional visit to the racetrack as well. The goal was to find something up to it all, and the Chaser-X has proved remarkably good at this. There are many things the Chaser-X shares with the range-topping RX-7V, including a similar anti-microbial inner lining material and Arai’s new variable axis visor system. Pull it over your head and it feels just as premium, with a remarkably balanced feel that effectively hides its 1,548gm weight. The Chaser-X also offers Arai’s trademark facial contour cheek pads that fit comfortably against your face, and the fit can be fine-tuned by thin layers of foam that peel away from the headliner. I find that most Arai models fit me differently (which is why you absolutely must try them on before purchase) and in the case of the Chaser-X, the head area was a bit too tight at first. The peel-away pads helped, but if you’re looking for more, Arai also sells a number of different sized headliners to make sure you get the fit you’re looking for. On the outside, the Chaser-X immediately comes across as more compact than the RX-7 and I like this. I also absolutely love the Shaped Red graphic design, despite initial apprehension that the helmet looked a bit boring in images. But Arai has a way of working with colours and textures in its graphics and the orange in this scheme absolutely pops in person. It helps make this an attractive design, but without being as loud as a typical race replica graphic. Overall quality is fantastic, right from the paint finish to the feel of the materials, and you are left with no doubt that this is a top-shelf helmet. Ventilation is impressive, especially from the two-stage jaw vent, and Arai’s trademark brow vents, built into the visor, channel the air through ducts above the head. The single vent on the top does a decent job, but there is a noticeable reduction compared to the almost breezy feel that comes with the RX-7V, which has three intake vents on top. On the plus side, the Chaser is much quieter, especially at urban speeds, but earplugs become necessary when riding on the highway. The Chaser-X is a sport-biased helmet and I’ve found that it works well enough on the track too. Unless you’re a professional racer or a track-day refugee, I think this helmet makes for a more rounded performer than the RX-7V. Of course, the Chaser does lack some of the RX-7s features – namely Arai’s latest, peripherally belted, outer shell technology, as well as the emergency-release cheek pads. But like all Arais, the Chaser-X conforms to the company’s stringent in-house testing that far surpasses the mandatory European ECE 22-05 standard, which this helmet is also certified to. Rs 51,000 might seem like a lot for a helmet, but it’s up to Rs 34,000 less than the top-spec RX-7V. Crucially, it is the full Arai experience and makes no significant compromises. An absolute recommend. Where: www.performanceracing.in Price: Rs 51,000 [...]
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Fuel price rise: Know how much petrol, diesel will cost you today
Fuel price rise: Know how much petrol, diesel will cost you today [...]
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Gurugram: Judge's gunman shoots at his wife, son
Gurugram, Oct 13: The wife and son of a Gurugram Judge were fired upon by the Judge's gunmen near Arcadia market in Sector-49, Gurugram, on Saturday. Both have sustained injuries and have been admitted to a hospital. As per latest reports, [...]
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MeToo: Tanushree Dutta demands Narco analysis of Nana Patekar and other accused
Mumbai, Oct 13: Tanushree Dutta has demanded Narco Analysis, Brain Mapping and Lie Detector Test of Nana Patekar and other accused in connection with the sexual harassment charges she has levelled against them. Tanushree Dutta's lawyer submitted an application [...]
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Yechury dubs Centre's policy on Kashmir as 'diabolical'
Kolkata, Oct 13: CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Saturday said the Centre's policy on Kashmir is "diabolical" and the "alienation of the people of the Valley is almost complete". The BJP-led government at the Centre is using the disturbances in [...]
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Nine climbers feared dead in Himalayas after storm at Mt Gurja
Officials say base camp of South Korean and Nepalese group was devastatedA group of five South Korean climbers and four Nepali climbers and porters are feared dead after a storm hit a camp on a Himalayan peak in west Nepal.Tourism ministry official Rameshwar Niraula said the storm struck the group at the base camp of Mount Gurja, a mountain of 7,913 metres. The official said the camp had been destroyed. Continue reading... [...]
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Sri Lanka, the land of the disappeared​ – a photo essay​
Moises Saman’s latest work captures the terrible aftermath of the country’s civil war among its Tamil minorityIt is nearly a decade since the civil war in Sri Lanka ended, but for many families the long struggle will never be over. During the conflict, many thousands of people from the minority Tamil community in the north of the country were “disappeared”. Amnesty International estimates that there are at least 60,000 of these “missing” people, perhaps as many as 100,000. Their families do not know if they were killed or imprisoned by the government forces. Many were teenagers or young adults when they were lost.The photographer Moises Saman travelled in the north of Sri Lanka earlier this year. His pictures are an attempt to photograph absence. They are haunted by the memory of the people who should be in them. You see those people, perhaps, in the empty rooms and the empty landscapes, in the ruined houses and the unslept-in beds.Yesudasan Francisca, 70, whose son disappeared in 1996 during an army raid on her village on the outskirts of JaffnaThe ruins of an outdoor theatre destroyed during the civil war in Point Pedro. The town came briefly under the control of the Tamil Tigers during the early 1990sA makeshift memorial commemorating the massacre of Tamil civilians at the hands of the Sri Lankan army near the end of the warAn empty room in the village of Keppapulavu, northern Sri Lanka, now abandoned by its former Tamil ownersA Tamil woman returns to her home years after the Sri Lankan army confiscated the property and land after the end of the war in 2009Vivekamanththan Yeyalinkeswary, 43, whose daughter, Tanoja, was 16 when she disappeared during an attack by the Sri Lankan army on the village of Mullivaikal. All images © Moises Saman/Magnum Photos with support from the Pulitzer Center Continue reading... [...]
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BJP to make electoral battle in Rajasthan Modi vs Rahul Gandhi
New Delhi, Oct 13: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is working on a strategy of making the electoral battle in Rajasthan as Prime Minister Narendra Modi versus Congress president Rahul Gandhi. This is part of the strategy of the BJP to [...]
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Pride and prejudice
Pride and prejudice [...]
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IBPS PO Prelims: Important instructions and tips
New Delhi, Oct 13: The IBPS PO Prelims will begin today. The UBPS PO and MT prelims exam will be held on October 14, 20 and 21, apart from October 13, 2108. IBPS PO preliminary examination consisting of objective [...]
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Delhi Half Marathon: World record holder Jepkosgei all set to challenge Dibaba
Jepkosgei is still looking for her first international win of 2018 and that will provide her with extra motivation in Delhi. [...]
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India vs West Indies, 2nd Test Day 2 live updates
India is all set to take on West Indies on Day 2 of the 2nd Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad on Saturday.  [...]
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TN TRB Final Selection list released: Check now for full details
New Delhi, Oct 13: The TN TRB Final Selection list has been released. The same is also available on the official website. TN TRB conducted written competitive examination for the direct recruitment of special teachers on September 23, 2017 [...]
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Phase 3: Voting underway in Jammu and Kashmir ULB polls
Srinagar, Oct 13: Voting is underway in the third phase of the Urban Local Body elections in Jammu and Kashmir. As many as 365 candidates are in the fray in the third phase of elections spread across 96 wards. [...]
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Rally-spec TVS Ntorq SXR ride experience
The convenience, utility and sheer effortlessness of riding a scooter has ensured it’s never going to be obsolete or irrelevant. A scooter simply gets things done with no fuss or drama. It also eliminates the need to walk anywhere, which is invaluable to someone cocooned in a sedentary lifestyle, such as myself. There is a small bunch of people, however, who think it’s a very good idea to go rallying on scooters, and the TVS Racing team is one of them. If that airborne scooter you see here is anything to go by, it sure is a good idea, eh? I’ll hold nothing against you if you thought this scooter was a TVS Ntorq 125 which blew up its pocket money at the sticker shop, but that’s far from the truth. This scooter is called the Ntorq SXR and, for starters, it’s not even a 125. No, it’s not on sale either, but this is TVS Racing’s entry into the INRC circuit in the scooter category (up to 210cc). There’s the small matter of it having won in its debut rally outing in Nashik earlier this year and a third-place finish at the Sportscraft Monsoon Scooter Rally, a typically unforgiving event, is no small feat either. I spent the first half of the day witnessing Syed Asif Ali, TVS’ off-road ace, raiding the treacherous slushy trail on the SXR and it’s his very own machine I’m supposed to sneak a ride on later in the day. Asif, an incredibly polite and genial chap, isn’t visibly impressed with the thought given that this is his steed for the rest of the season. TVS has re-bored the Ntorq’s motor to suit the classification’s 210cc ceiling, but it won’t (and isn’t bound to) divulge too many details. All I’m thrown at is a ‘20hp’ figure, which is enough to make my jaw drop, putting my few surviving teeth on public display. Asif isn’t visibly impressed with this either. Having partly recovered from the shock, I circle the SXR pensively, trying to absorb the details and looking for any obvious giveaways. The 12-inch pressed-steel wheels, replacing the smart, blacked-out alloys on the production scooter for the benefit of impact absorption, are easy to spot and so are the knobby Pirelli Scorpion MX tyres. All of the Ntorq’s bodywork has been retained, although it sits distinctly higher for reasons of ground clearance, with the front fender raised to good effect as well. The suspension appears stock, if taller, although the internals of the telescopic fork have been upgraded to a seriously high spec, considering the abuse it’s destined for. The exhaust end-can, meanwhile, looks like it was made using tinfoil and in exactly three minutes, but having seen Asif go about his job earlier, I knew it made a rather thrilling racket. Everything else looked bone-stock, if a bit chipped and battered for obvious reasons. After an attempt to give it a wipe-down (pointless, given the weather) for photography’s sake, I was signalled to take over. Unlike the challenges you would usually associate with simply getting on (or into) a racing machine, the Ntorq SXR posed none in terms of hopping on-board. It even featured a key, just like on a standard scooter, and save for the higher saddle height, everything seemed normal. Until the moment I thumbed the starter, that is. The Ntorq SXR makes a loud and racy soundtrack, and it sure doesn’t sound like something you’d want to go buy groceries on. With my fingers crossed (not literally), I hoped that all this noise was the by-product of some serious grunt and, rather mindlessly, squeezed open the throttle twist grip. TVS has endowed the SXR with a quick-throttle, something I learned about approximately five seconds too late. I’ve never seen a scooter dart off the line like such a madman! To be honest, there’s nothing you have to do to keep the Ntorq SXR going and, the basics aside, you don’t need much of a learning curve either. It’s fast, alright, but there’s no new skill you need to acquire or contribute. Rather than intimidating the rider, the Ntorq SXR enables you to do normal scooter things, with the bonus of being able to do it faster and in a more entertaining manner. If you have some experience of riding off-road, you apply pretty much the same principles to riding the SXR – flared elbows, appropriate leg out, and shifting fore and aft in the seat. The sole drawback, if a rather evident one, is the lack of a fuel tank to grip and knee one’s weight into, but the expert league of scooter rally riders substitute the tank with the seat. I didn’t bother, largely because the SXR is hardly disobedient or much of a taskmaster. It’s shockingly confident, in fact. Over a temptingly long straight, I wring the throttle open and the SXR commits to a heady velocity a bit too quickly. A series of disconcerting bumps line the straight, camouflaged by the slushiness of it all. It’s too l [...]
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Nissan Desert Drive Experience
There’s no better place to view the stark contrast of Dubai than from the 48th floor of the famous Dubai Frame – a 150-metre-high structure that’s won multiple design awards and is, well, quite simply the biggest photo frame in the world. On one side, you have vast, majestic deserts with a traditional middle-eastern vibe, while on the other side is Dubai as most know it today – futuristic skyscrapers piercing the sky and city streets peppered with exotic supercars. The dual landscape was a perfect setting to experience some of Nissan’s best-selling SUVs. We drove four SUVs from their quite potent stable in the Arab Emirates – the flagship Nissan Patrol, powered by a big V8 engine; the iconic Pathfinder, which had a cult following as an SUV but is now more of an urban crossover; the X-Trail, the previous generation of which was part of their Indian line-up; and lastly, the smallest of the lot – the Kicks. Now, while the Kicks is, for the obvious reason, the most interesting one here (set to launch in India next year), this was the UAE model and not the one that we will eventually get. As for the drive itself, we had two days, with the first one being straight out on the dunes; no easing into things here. After a nice, healthy lunch of fresh salads and the staple hummus with pita bread, I was raring to go. Before that, however, was a briefing about Dubai’s stringent driving laws and absolutely unforgiving officials. That didn’t dampen my spirits; but stepping out of the air-conditioned hotel lobby, my excitement simply evaporated in the scorching Dubai heat. The temperature on the phone showed close to 45deg C, and baking in this heat was the entire convoy of SUVs. As luck would have it: the Patrol I would be driving was black. Mumbling expletives, I hopped into the cabin. To my relief, the AC was on full blast; and the icing on the cake: fantastic cooled seats. We left the hotel in the most disciplined manner, straight onto the vast multi lane highways of downtown Dubai. Here, the V8 engine was relaxed and barely broke a sweat. Cruising at 100kph seemed like a cakewalk with none of the usual V8 traits like the burbling, or the raucous engine note. It was silent and almost like an airplane cabin inside. We left the city behind and passed countless camel caravans on a small desert trail until we arrived at our destination – soft sand, wild hot winds and an eerie calmness, soon to be disrupted by 15 growling V8s. We exchanged our rather urban Patrols for slightly tweaked ones to help in the desert. These had the bumpers replaced for a higher approach angle and they also had roll-cages installed for safety. I engaged sand mode, selected 4H on the gearbox for power to all four wheels and turned off traction control for uninterrupted power. A top tip while driving in the desert is to lower your tyre pressures, which results in a wider footprint and prevents you from sinking in. All checks done, we began the dune bashing. The soft desert sand tried to suck the SUV in at all times so I needed to keep the momentum going and have a steady right foot. Too much power will literally bury the wheels in, while too little will make you sink. Getting a good grip on the steering is very essential as well, because the grooves in the sand tend to pull you their way, so you are constantly wrestling with the car. This may all sound quite strenuous, but in reality, it was an absolute blast. I had a big V8 SUV, sand as far as the eye can see, and most importantly, the chance to go flat-out in a controlled environment. Countless jumps and sand-drifts later, it was time to head back. We left the dunes and the setting sun behind us. On the journey back, I chose the Pathfinder. On the desert trails and eventually the highways, the smooth petrol-CVT combo made for a relaxing end to an adrenaline-packed day. It was pitch dark by the time we reached the hotel but the temperature was still hovering around 40deg C. But seeing Dubai under lights is like a seeing a whole different city. The well-lit roads and glass skyscrapers laden with bright lights make for an epic skyline. Day two was quite the opposite of the first day. There were no more deserts or sand dunes to contend with. In fact, we were to drive in the heart of the city and visit some tourist spots including, of course, Dubai Mall. I chose to try out both the X-Trail and Kicks for this city drive. I quickly realised that while the X-Trail had 4WD and was built keeping a certain level of off-road ability in mind, the Kicks was strictly an urban vehicle. The international version of the Kicks is smaller in dimensions and with less equipment compared to the one that will make it to our shores. First impressions were quite positive and it seems to have all the right ingredients. It is light and easy to drive, has a nice and practical cabin with good space on offer, the engine-gearbox combination worked seam [...]
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Religious tourism should be beyond politics, says Chinese envoy
Religious tourism should be beyond politics, says Chinese envoy [...]
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India engages with US, EU over American threats on Iranian oil imports
India engages with US, EU over American threats on Iranian oil imports [...]
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UP Police DGP goes out to inspect cops dozing off on the job
UP Police DGP goes out to inspect cops dozing off on the job [...]
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Indian activist dies during hunger strike over Ganges river pollution
GD Agarwal had been fasting since 22 June to protest against government inaction in cleaning the riverAn Indian environmental activist has died on the 111th day of a hunger strike to pressure the government to clean the Ganges river.GD Agarwal, a former professor of environmental engineering at one of India’s top universities, died on Thursday afternoon in hospital in the north Indian city of Rishikesh, where he had been admitted earlier that day. Related: Murder most foul: polluted Indian river reported dead despite 'living entity' status Saddened by the demise of Shri GD Agarwal Ji. His passion towards learning, education, saving the environment, particularly Ganga cleaning will always be remembered. My condolences. Continue reading... [...]
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Madras HC orders CBI probe into corruption allegations against TN CM
Chennai, Oct 12: The Madras High Court has ordered a CBI probe into the corruption allegations made against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, E Palaniswamy. The HC was hearing a plea filed by the DMK seeking a directive to probe the award [...]
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SC refuses to stay West Bengal govt’s decision to grant Rs 28 crore to Durga Puja committees
New Delhi, Oct 12: The Supreme Court Friday refused to stay the decision of the West Bengal government to grant Rs 28 crore to 28,000 Durga puja committees across the state. A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and [...]
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Don't go to dangerous countries – unless the UK is deporting you
Hundreds of people are being returned to places the Foreign Office advises against visiting Related: Home Office agrees to inquiry into immigrant abuse allegations The British government routinely deports people to countries deemed too dangerous to visit by its own Foreign Office. Related: Immigration detention: 'It's basically a death sentence' – the Story podcast Continue reading... [...]
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WCD Ministry to set up committee to examine #Metoo complaints
New Delhi, Oct 12: The Ministry of Women and Child Development will be setting up a committee of senior judicial and legal persons as members to examine all issues emanating from the #MeTooIndia movement. Also Read | 'It was about [...]
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ICAI CA Admit Card 2018: Clarification on exam centre allotted in different zone
New Delhi, Oct 12: The ICAI CA Admit card has been released. The same is available on the official website. After the admit cards were released, some students realised that they had been allotted an exam centre in a [...]
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