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Arunachal Pradesh: IAF chopper with 16 onboard makes emergency landing
Tezpur (Assam), Oct 11: An MI-17 helicopter of the IAF with 16 Air Force personnel on board on Thursday made an emergency landing in West Tuting of Arunachal Pradesh near India-China border due to technical problem, officials said. The [...]
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Aamir Khan quits Mogul over sexual assault case against director Subhash Kapoor
Mumbai, Oct 10: Superstar Aamir Khan on Wednesday announced his departure from an upcoming project while maintaining its anonymity, saying he has been informed of "sexual misconduct" on the part of the collaborator. In a joint statement by Aamir [...]
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Rocket failure forces astronauts to make emergency landing
US and Russian crew of Soyuz spacecraft reported safe after being forced back down to EarthA Russian-American space crew was forced to make an emergency landing in Kazakhstan after their Soyuz rocket suffered a failure shortly after launching from Russia’s Baikonur cosmodrome in one of the most serious space incidents in recent years.The launch began as a routine affair. Missions bound for the International Space Station (ISS) have been conducted every few months for the past 20 years. But 119 seconds into T hursday’s flight, mission controllers on the Nasa broadcast began to speak of a failure. Related: The Apollo programme: first steps into space, 50 years on Continue reading... [...]
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Rafale: Reliance defence was freely chosen as offset partner clarifies Dassault
New Delhi, Oct 11: Dassault Aviation the maker of the Rafale fighter jets said that it had freely chosen to make a partnership with the Reliance Group. The clarification comes in response to a French media website claim that Dassault was [...]
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J&K: One jawan injured as Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in Poonch
Srinagar, Oct 11: One jawan was injured as Pakistan violates ceasefire in Krishna Ghati sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir last night. Earlier on 30 Sep 18 in noon hours, Indian [...]
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India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli unhappy with ‘SG’, vouches for Dukes ball in Test Cricket
The Indian skipper expressed his displeasure at the SG Test ball's poor quality and said that England-made Dukes ball be used instead.  [...]
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'It's for my daughter's memory': the Indian village where every girl's life is celebrated
Grief-stricken after his daughter’s death, the chief of Piplantri village declared that every newborn girl would have a tree planted in her honour. In the process, he sowed the seeds of cultural, environmental and political revolutionShyam Sunder Paliwal knows his way through the trees. Pushing through low branches, he reaches a shady copse where a profusion of different varieties grow. Every evening, he comes here on his motorbike to see one tree in particular, a burflower – kadam in Hindi – that symbolises sublime love. In the silence of the copse, he wraps both arms tightly around the slender trunk and rests his head against it, eyes closed. “This is my daughter’s,” he says.Kiran, Paliwal’s 16-year-old daughter, died in 2006 – a tragedy he marked by planting the burflower tree. He went on to channel his grief into a mission. “She meant so much to me. How could parents kill a baby girl in the womb?” Continue reading... [...]
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Karti’s UK cottage, tennis club and properties worth Rs 54 crore attached by ED
New Delhi, Oct 11: The Enforcement Directorate has attached assets to the tune of Rs 54 crore belonging to Karti Chidambbaram, son of former union minister, P Chidambaram. The seizure was made in connection with the Aircel-Maxis case. Assets have [...]
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'Bizarre and Outlandish': Karti Chidambaram on assets seized in India, abroad
New Delhi, Oct 11: Minutes after the news of the ED's seizure broke, Karti Chidambaram took to Twitter and called it 'a bizarre and outlandish Provisional Attachment Order'. Karti insisted the provisional attachment order "is not based on law or facts [...]
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India-Russia may work together on resource rich Northern Sea Route
New Delhi, Oct 10: India and Russia signing a deal on S-400 Triumf air defence system has been a significant move in the direction of beefing up security measures by India looking at the threat perception that the country faces but [...]
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PM Modi's war cry to party workers ahead of 2019 elections
New Delhi, Oct 10: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday interacted with booth-level workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party from Raipur, Mysore, Damoh, Karauli-Dholpur and Agra. "I am fortunate that on the first day of Navratri, I have gotten the opportunity [...]
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Okinawa Ridge+ e-scooter launched at Rs 64,988
Okinawa Autotech has launched a new ‘+’ variant of the Ridge e-scooter at Rs 64,988 (ex-showroom, India). The company says that the new Ridge+ will build on the footsteps of its predecessor, the Ridge. The new scooter has a claimed top speed and range of 55kph and 120km (per charge), respectively. The 800W motor is claimed to be waterproof and features a new removable lithium-ion battery. This will enable people to carry the battery pack into their homes to charge it. Like its predecessor, the scooter continues to feature an anti-theft alarm, keyless entry and a 'find my scooter' function. The scooter also uses the same alloy wheels, tubeless tyres and telescopic suspension as the Ridge. Jeetender Sharma, managing director, Okinawa Autotech, said, “The Ridge+ offers great convenience by providing the detachable battery which makes the charging at ease. Users can take out the battery and carry to their home or office for charging.” He also said that it is equipped with a micro-charger featuring the auto-cut feature that gets the scooter up and running in two hours, flat. Okinawa is targeting to roll out 500 units of the Ridge+ e-scooter in October 2018, followed by 1,500 units in November 2018. We had spent a week with the older Okinawa Ridge, to read about our experience with the original model, click here. Also see:  Is the Okinawa Praise genuinely Indian? Okinawa Praise e-scooter launched at Rs 59,889 [...]
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Hyundai Santro AMT to be offered in two variants
Hyundai will bring out the new Santro on October 23, 2018 with five trim levels, of which the mid-spec Magna and Sportz trims come with both manual and AMT gearbox options. The same variants will also be offered with an optional factory-fit CNG kit, albeit without an AMT 'box. The Santro is the first model from the Korean carmaker to sport an automated manual transmission. Both AMT and manual transmission units will be mated to the same 69hp, 1.1-litre petrol engine. To keep all the variants within the model's price bracket, the 5-speed AMT gearbox will not be offered on the top-spec Asta trim. As a result, the two Santro AMT models are expected to miss out on features available on the Asta variant, such as the reverse camera, the rear air-con vents and the 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. However, safety kit and basic features like a driver’s side airbag, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, steering-mounted controls and power-adjustable wing mirrors are expected to be on offer across the Santro line-up, as standard. Prices for the Santro's AMT variants are expected to be about Rs 30,000 more than the respective manual gearbox-equipped variant. As Hyundai is looking at pricing the new hatchback aggressively, expect the AMT variants to be at par with the Tata Tiago AMT (Rs 5.04-5.63 lakh) and will possibly undercut the Maruti Suzuki Celerio AMT (Rs 5.49-5.94 lakh). All prices, ex-showroom, Delhi. Also see: 2018 Hyundai Santro vs rivals: Specifications comparison New Hyundai Santro to be sold in eight variants, bookings open 2018 Hyundai Santro review, track drive 2018 Hyundai Santro image gallery [...]
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Student drowns while trying to complete college project
Student drowns while trying to complete college project [...]
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Muzaffarpur shelter rape case accused Brajesh Thakur was running show from jail
Muzaffarpur shelter rape case accused Brajesh Thakur was running show from jail [...]
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Inquiry ordered over segregation of Hindu and Muslim students in Delhi school
New Delhi, Oct 10: After it emerged that a municipality school in Delhi's Wazirabad segregated Hindu and Muslim students in different sections, an inquiry has been ordered and the MCD School in charge was suspended. Delhi Government has ordered an inquiry [...]
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Govt cuts excise duty on aviation fuel from 14% to 11%
New Delhi, Oct 10: In the wake of falling value of Rupee and sharp increase in fuel prices, the Union Government has decided to slashed excise duty on aviation turbine fuel (ATF) from 14% to 11%. The airline companies [...]
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MHA orders compilation of fresh information on Rohingya in a set format
New Delhi, Oct 10: India deported seven Rohingya infiltrators to Myanmar around a week ago, however, identifying them has been a big issue as they are allegedly getting Indian identity documents made with the help of local touts. So Union ministry [...]
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Rafale: Govt upset with CBI director meeting Arun Shourie, Prashant Bhushan
New Delhi, Oct 10: The government is understood to be unhappy with CBI Director Alok Verma meeting former Union minister Arun Shourie and lawyer Prashant Bhushan who demanded a probe into the alleged corruption in the Rafale aircraft deal, with a [...]
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S-400 deal a setback for US efforts to isolate Russia: Stephen Tankel
New Delhi, Oct 10: India and Russia recently inked the 5 billion US dollar deal to procure Moscow's most advance air defence system, the S-400 Triumf. The meeting between Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Russian President, Vladimir Putin [...]
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It’s Chak De flashback for Shah Rukh Khan, says heart beats for Hockey
The Bollywood actor is all set to support the Indian team in the Men's Hockey World Cup opening ceremony at the Kalinga Stadium in Odisha. [...]
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Cycling: Geraint Thomas’ Tour de France trophy stolen at cycle show
The Tour de France trophy won by Team Sky`s Geraint Thomas earlier this year has been stolen during a cycle show in Birmingham, the British team said on Wednesday. [...]
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Hearing on petitions challenging Rafale deal expected in SC today
New Delhi, Oct 10: The Supreme Court will hear a fresh PIL against the Rafale deal between India and France today. A Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph said it [...]
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Polling underway for 380 local bodies in 13 districts of J&K
Srinagar, Oct 10: Polling has commenced in over 380 local bodies spread across 13 districts in the second phase of the urban local body elections at Jammu and Kashmir. Polling is taking place amidst a shutdown called by the separatists. {image-polling-1539135622.jpg [...]
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5 dead, several injured after New Farakka Express train derails in Raebareli
Raebareli, Oct 10: At least five died and several injured after six coaches of New Farakka Express train derailed 50 m from Harchandpur railway station on Wednesday. CM Yogi Adityanath has taken cognisance of the train accident 50 m [...]
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Review: 2018 Hyundai Santro review, track drive
WHAT IS IT? The Hyundai Santro, much like its brand ambassador Shah Rukh Khan, is a car that needs no introduction. It's the car that started it all for Hyundai in India. Although it wasn’t very attractive to look at, it had a peppy responsive engine that was light and easy to drive, and it came with many segment-firsts. Now Hyundai has brought its tall boy back; well, sort of. With the new Santro, the brand wants to pick up from where the previous one left off. While the Santro's bigger and more upmarket successors such as the i10 and the Grand i10 have seen a fair measure of success, the Eon – the car which the new Santro should eventually replace – didn't. The new car looks more attractive than the Eon. Gone are loose, flowing 'fluidic' lines and in comes a sharp, almost sculpted look. Hyundai’s ‘cascading' grille, replete with chrome piping, takes centre stage on the front bumper. Placed in a black surround, it gets a pair of neat-looking fog lamps and a sporty 'V' shape. What's particularly interesting, however, is that the headlight and badge (in particular) have moved to the top of the bonnet, and this results in a sporty look. The sharply cut headlamps are swept back and the slight kink in the window line helps give it a bit of an edgy look too. While the Santro carries forward the 'tall boy' DNA (like the Grand i10), it doesn't seem particularly lofty thanks to the increase in length and width, and the cabin doesn't stand out like a sore thumb. There are stylistic cuts on the front and rear fenders, as well as the doors, and the sculpted lines work well around the rear too. The tail-lights don't extend onto the hatch ( a cost-cutting measure), and this does add a bit of bulk to the rear, but the frameless rear windshield, that hint of a rear spoiler and the nicely done cutline along the base make it look neat. Based on the same platform as the Grand i10, the new Santro is 3,610mm long, 1,645mm wide and 1,560mm tall. The 2,400mm-long wheelbase and a wide track also mean Hyundai has made sure there's plenty of space for passengers. The front has a McPherson strut suspension and the rear has a non-independent torsion beam axle. Under the hood, the new Santro is powered by Hyundai’s updated 1.1-litre Epsilon petrol engine. It makes 69hp at 5,500rpm and 99Nm of torque at 4,500rpm, against the Eon's 1.0-litre unit that makes 69hp and 94Nm. The Santro is the first Hyundai to feature an AMT gearbox. The engine can be mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT, both of which are claimed to deliver 20.3kpl. WHAT'S IT LIKE ON THE INSIDE? As with most Hyundais, the cabin of the Santro is well appointed. It gets a dual-tone look with a premium beige-on-black colour scheme. The dashboard’s key attraction is the 7.0-inch touchscreen, which is a responsive system that comes with a suite of connectivity options such as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Mirror Link and Voice Recognition. There’s a single USB port at the front along with a power outlet. A rubberised strip of buttons is housed below the screen, with traditional knobs on both sides. The buttons work well and feel nice to use. The instrument cluster houses a speedo in the middle, and is flanked by an rpm meter and a multi-info display. The speedometer features a chequered-print, grey plaque design. Also on offer is a first-in-segment reverse camera and rear air-con vents. There are audio controls on the steering, and in a cost-saving measure, the front power window switches are placed at the centre rather than on the doors. The cabin gets only one dome light. The centre console and HVAC controls feel plasticky to touch, but the finishing on the other surfaces is decent and they also have good texturing. In terms of storage, what you get is decent space. You get a large glovebox with a small storage tray above it. There’s also a storage shelf below the air-con controls, and a storage box in the centre console, which also doubles up as a cup holder. All the doors get pockets with bottle holders (the front passengers get larger ones). The front seats feel comfortable with decent side bolstering and good thigh support. Broader passengers, however, will find the top to be narrow because of the lack of shoulder support. The seating position for the driver is quite elevated, which is a good thing as you don't get height-adjust, and the steering column isn't adjustable either. There is, however, quite a bit of travel to help with legroom. At the rear too, the seat is comfortable. The backrest feels slightly upright but thigh support and legroom are good. The sides are also contoured slightly. WHAT'S IT LIKE TO DRIVE? Start the engine up and the Santro feels smooth at idle for a car in this class. Although [...]
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Mercedes-Benz India sales dip slightly in Jan-Sep 2018
India’s largest-selling luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz India today announced that it sold 11,789 units in the Jan-Sep 2018, down marginally by 0.7 percent from 11,869 units sold during the same time last year. However, volumes in the third quarter of 2018 (Jul-Sep) declined significantly by 20 percent to 3,728 units, from 4,689 units last year. The automaker said factors like rising interest rates, depreciation of the rupee and rising import costs weighed on volumes. It also said a price hike could be on the horizon due to the previously stated factors. | Volumes in the first nine months of the calendar year were driven mainly models such as the long wheelbase E-Class, C-Class sedan and SUVs. “We are satisfied with our sales performance despite experiencing the prevailing micro-economic headwinds and also a high base of 2017, which was a result of the strong built up to the GST roll-out and also the onset of an earlier festive season, posing stiff sales challenges,” Michael Jopp, VP, Sales and Marketing, Mercedes-Benz India said in a company statement. So far this year, the carmaker has launched 10 models in India, the most recent being the C-class facelift and the all new G63 AMG. Going ahead, Jopp said the company foresees a pick-up in sales with the onset of the festive season, which usually sees a spurt in demand for new cars. Meanwhile, Merc’s key German rival, BMW, recently announced that it posted a sales growth in Jan-Sep 2018, delivering 7,915 units (including Mini), up 11 percent year-on-year on the back of upbeat demand for the 6-series GT, the 5-series, the X1 and record sales of the Mini. Moreover, Swedish carmaker Volvo, too registered a significant growth in volumes in the first nine months of 2018, albeit on a relatively lower base. Sales totaled 1,896 units, up 34 percent year-on-year from 1,413 units sold during the same period in 2017. [...]
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India Today impact: Maharashtra government to use Sanatan Sanstha expose as evidence
India Today impact: Maharashtra government to use Sanatan Sanstha expose as evidence [...]
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