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BSP will contest on 38 seats, SP on 38 seats: Mayawati
Lucknow, Jan 12:  Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati said BSP will fight on 38 seats and Samajwadi Party (SP) on 38, while two seats have been reserved. Amethi and Rae Bareli are for Congress. In a joint press conference which is underway [...]
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Mini’s all-electric hot hatch scheduled for 2019 reveal
Mini has decided that, for its first-ever all-electric vehicle, it will not focus on economy and range, but will instead prioritise performance. When it is revealed later this year, the EV is likely to be called the Mini Cooper S E, to affirm its place at the performance side of the carmaker’s line-up. This will also make Mini the first company in the industry to manufacture a mass-production all-electric hot hatch. As the name suggests, the Mini Cooper S E will be based on the company’s three-door ‘S’ hatchbacks’ platform. Though the platform wasn’t originally designed for an electric powertrain, Mini has adapted it to accommodate EV technology. The Cooper S E is will retain most of the Cooper S’ styling, except for a few key distinguishing design elements to mark it as the electric version. It is currently speculated that the Cooper S E will use the same 183hp electric motor found in the BMW i3 S. However, it may be in a different state of tune. In any case this figure isn’t too far off the current 2.0-litre Cooper S’ 192hp, and the extra weight from the batteries is expected to be off-set by the instant torque from the electric motors. This also means similar 0-100kph times for both cars. The lithium-ion battery pack is also expected to be borrowed from the BMW i3 S, meaning we can expect a range of around 322km. Mini’s electric hot hatch was first shown in concept form at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show. The Cooper S E is likely to be revealed in the second-half of 2019, around the 60th anniversary celebration of Mini. There has been no official statement by Mini regarding an India launch as of now. Also see: 2019 Mini Electric details revealed Mini Electric concept image gallery [...]
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Afghanistan bucks global trend with sharp rise in civilian casualties
Number of innocent people killed or maimed in Afghan war rises 36% despite overall fall in casualties worldwideCivilian deaths and injuries in Afghanistan from explosive weapons rose by more than a third last year, against a downward trend globally, according to a survey seen by the Guardian.Most of the 4,260 civilians killed or injured in explosions in the country in 2018 – up from 3,119 in 2017 – were victims of suicide attacks, found a report by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV). Related: Civilian deaths in Afghanistan at record high, UN says Continue reading... [...]
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Banker-turned-politician Meera Sanyal passes away
New Delhi, Jan 11: Banker-turned-politician Meera Sanyal died Friday after a brief illness. Sanyal, 57, had joined the Aam Aadmi Party after quitting her job as the country chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland, and contested a Lok Sabha election [...]
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Petrol, diesel prices rise for 3rd consecutive day. Check latest rates
Petrol, diesel prices rise for 3rd consecutive day. Check latest rates [...]
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'God man' Ram Rahim Singh convicted of killing journalist
Cult leader guilty of plot to kill reporter who revealed Singh had raped followerA flamboyant Indian “god man” has been convicted of killing a journalist who was investigating two rapes committed by the influential spiritual leader.Ram Rahim Singh was convicted on Friday along with three others of killing Ram Chander Chhatrapati, 51, in 2002. Continue reading... [...]
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429 elephants killed since 2008, 642 poachers arrested
Noida, Jan 11: As many as 429 elephants were poached and killed in the country since 2008 and 642 poachers arrested, revealed a data obtained through an RTI query. In 2008, 53 elephants were killed in the country, but [...]
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Collegium recommends HC judges Dinesh Maheshwari, Sanjiv Khanna for SC
New Delhi, Jan 11: The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended the names of Justice Dinesh Maheshwari, Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court, and Justice Sanjiv Khanna of Delhi High Court for elevation as judges of the apex court. The [...]
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Dearest Arundhati Roy: Shahidul Alam reflects on his time in prison
The Bangladeshi photographer was charged with criticising his country on Facebook and spent more than 100 days behind bars. Now freed, he replies to the Indian novelist who wrote to him in jailDearest Arundhati,It was a letter I read and reread long before it appeared before my eyes. It was through layers of metal bars that I strained to listen to my wife Rahnuma’s words. The noise made by us as screaming prisoners, straining to hear and be heard, was akin to a crowded stadium or a fire siren. As she repeated her words over and over again, I faintly heard: Arundhati. Letter. I had been incarcerated for just over 100 days. A hundred days since I’d slept on my own bed, fed my fish, cycled down the streets of Dhaka. A hundred days since I’d pressed my shutter as I searched for that elusive light. Related: Amid arrests and killings, Bangladesh and India must fight censorship | Arundhati Roy The threat of bail being withdrawn is the threat they hope will silence my tongue, my pen and my camera Related: The work of jailed Bangladeshi photojournalist Shahidul Alam Continue reading... [...]
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NIFT admit card 2019: Steps to download
New Delhi, Jan12: NIFT admit card 2019 for the exam which will be held on January 20 is now available for download on the official site nift.ac.in.  To directly go to the NIFT admit card 2019 download page click here. {image-nift-1547233102.jpg [...]
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'Poetry is the antidote': in fight against Hindu nationalism, India turns to verse
Buoyed by social media, Urdu poetry is enjoying new popularity in the face of divisive sectarian politics In a Delhi hockey stadium in December, about 100,000 people of various ages, genders, and classes flooded in for two days of poetry, debates, food and calligraphy sessions. It was Jashn-e-Rekhta, a three-day Urdu cultural festival, and its popularity reflects a wider appreciation for Urdu poetry. Shayari, historically associated with the politics of resistance, is experiencing a revival in the face of rising Hindu nationalism in Delhi.At the festival, as people take selfies in front of an “I love Urdu” cutout, Shweta, a 20-year-old college student, says she believes shayari poetry could unite people.If you are feeling oppressed by the government, you need a mediumI literally love you all,every single of you who stood up against hate & bigotry. It was never my movement,I asked nobody to change name,Not one . But this is an befitting answer to hate. I want to apologise to all Muslims ,I am sorry we didn’t do better but we will #MyNameInUrdu Continue reading... [...]
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Congress leaders express their view that ticket for Lok Sabha elections to be decided early
New Delhi, Jan 11: The Congress has started playing to same old tune of distributing early tickets in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. However, the party failed to do so in the Assembly elections. In the meeting of the election preparations [...]
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I-League: Real Kashmir play out goalless draw against Aizawl FC
With the result, Real Kashmir FC have drawn level on points with second-placed Churchill Brothers, but are behind on goal difference. [...]
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Sabarimala: Kerala CM submits report to Governor says Sangh Parivar trying to polarise society
Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 11: Kerala Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday submitted report to Governor on Sabarimala violence following entry of two young women into the Sabarimala temple on January 2. The report said that 9,489 of the accused belong to Sangh [...]
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School headmaster suspended over derogatory remarks on MP CM Kamal Nath
Jabalpur (MP), Jan 11: The headmaster of a government school in Jabalpur was suspended on Thursday for allegedly making derogatory remarks about Chief Minister Kamal Nath. Jabalpur District Collector Chhavi Bharadwaj suspended Mukesh Tiwari, the headmaster of government-run Kanishta Buniyadi Middle [...]
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'Not acceptable': Indian army backs gay sex ban despite decriminalisation
General Bipin Rawat says lifting of ban on homosexuality and infidelity in India does not apply to armyIndia’s army chief said on Thursday that gay sex and adultery would not be tolerated in the army’s ranks, months after a landmark court ruling struck down colonial-era prohibitions against homosexuality and infidelity.After a decades-long campaign by activists the supreme court last year decriminalised Section 377 – also known as “unnatural offences” – and the adultery law from the statue books. Related: Campaigners celebrate as India decriminalises homosexuality Continue reading... [...]
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2014 LGBT Military Index report ranked India below Liberia, Congo
Bengaluru, Jan 11: Army Chief Bipin Rawat during his annual press conference categorically ruled out same-sex relations and decriminalising adultery in the force, saying that the Army is "conservative" and that LGBT issues "are not acceptable". Rawat's remarks were in response [...]
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Government lists all steps taken to promote EVs
In response to a question in the Rajya Sabha, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has listed out the steps taken by the government to promote the use of electric vehicles in the country. In order to promote electric vehicles, the government had notified for retro-fitment of the hybrid electric system or electric kit to vehicles and has specified the type approval procedure of electric hybrid vehicles. In addition, to provide EVs with a distinct identification, the registration mark for battery operated vehicles is to be on a plate with green background. To encourage the usage of electric two-wheelers of up to 4.0KW motor, the ministry has allow granting licence to age group of 16-18 years to drive gearless e-scooters and bikes. When it comes to facilitating charging infrastructure, the Ministry of Power had issued a policy on charging infrastructure and has clarified that charging electric vehicles will be a service that does not amount to sale of electricity, which will enable stakeholders to set up the charging infra easily. In addition, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has made amendments in the Urban and Regional Development Plans Formulation and Implementation (URDPFI) guidelines to provide for electric vehicle charging stations in private and commercial buildings. On the other hand, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has commercialised the indigenously developed lithium-ion battery technology and has already selected 14 companies for transfer of technology, which will promote localisation of the technology, thus lowering the TCO for EVs. The government's premier think-tank body, NITI Aayog, has taken an initiative to provide a Model Concessionaire Agreement (MCA) document for introducing electric-bus fleet in cities for public transportation on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode on operational expenditure (per km basis) model rather than paying the upfront capital cost. This move is said to enable manufacturers as service providers, thus leading to lower capital expenditure for the government. Additionally, for promoting the adoption of electric mobility in the country, the government had launched the Phase-I of FAME India Scheme [Faster Adoption of Electric (& Hybrid) Vehicles in India] with effect from April 1, 2015. This was initially for a period of two years and has subsequently been extended till March 31, 2019. All electric and hybrid vehicles, including public transport, registered under the scheme are being incentivised under the demand-creation focus area of this scheme. The Phase-1 of FAME Scheme at present, which will be available up to March 31, 2019, is available for all registered electric vehicles with lithium-ion batteries. On October 18, 2018 the Government released a notification granting an exemption for battery operated transport vehicles and transport vehicles running on ethanol and methanol fuels from the requirement of any permit. [...]
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Blog: No driving for me
I grew up worshipping cars and my childhood cupboard back home is still slathered with posters from back in the day. Bikes caught my fancy too, but cars were always on top for me. Years later, when I first started off in this business, I was still a car guy who just so happened to know all about the theory of riding motorcycles, but had almost zero experience actually doing so. Along the way, I swiftly discovered the delights of having two wheels less, but the big switch came when I moved to Mumbai. The city fully drained the joy of driving and I steadily moved towards bikes. Today, I’m at the point where I consider myself blessed to be making a living from riding motorcycles for the top auto magazine in the country. Given the job description, I almost never drive in Mumbai anymore. It’s either motorcycles or Uber for me in the big city, and it’s happily been that way for nearly two years now. That, however, changed recently when I needed to drive the family to Pune, and so I borrowed a car from the office. On the drive home that evening, I found myself wondering why I’d avoided them for so long. Having a nice comfy seat, air conditioning and music - it was all great! Eventually, a traffic snarl slapped me back to reality and I sighed, ‘Ah, that’s why…’ But I was wrong. Over three days and about 500km in the city and on the highway, I realised it wasn’t the traffic jams that bothered me so much. What actually boiled my blood was enduring the incredible nonsense that goes on on our roads. ‘Wrong-side’ oncoming traffic, people reversing into traffic to avoid having to drive a little further ahead for a U-turn, random vehicle stoppages in the middle of the street, morons cutting into toll plaza queues, the mass inability of drivers to hold a lane, a complete lack of understanding and/or disregard for the rules in general, the rude and incessant honking, the aggression and outright lack of courtesy, the appalling planning and maintenance of our road infrastructure... this ramble will go on and on. That’s when it hit me. I hate driving here because, in a car, you’re a prisoner to these situations, whereas on a bike, you can almost always just ride around them and carry on. Driving shoots my blood pressure up and I consistently get home in a foul mood, which is just no way to end the day. So yes, I will happily endure the heat, the pollution, and the very real risk of a small accident resulting in much more than just bent bumpers. After all, somehow, there is still joy to be had when you’re commuting on two wheels. [...]
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Security tightened in Haryana, Punjab ahead of murder trial verdict against Ram Rahim
Security tightened in Haryana, Punjab ahead of murder trial verdict against Ram Rahim [...]
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1984 anti-Sikh riots: SC to hear Sajjan Kumar's appeal on Jan 14
1984 anti-Sikh riots: SC to hear Sajjan Kumar's appeal on Jan 14 [...]
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Here is your horoscope for January 11, 2019
Here is your horoscope for January 11, 2019 [...]
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Delhi HC to pronounce verdict tomorrow on Rakesh Asthana's plea to quash FIR against him
New Delhi, Jan 10: The Delhi High Court is likely to pronounce verdict on pleas of CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana and others seeking quashing of FIR against them on bribery allegations. Justice Najmi Waziri had reserved the judgment [...]
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Alok Verma removed as CBI chief by selection panel
New Delhi, Jan 10: The high powered committee headed by the Prime Minister has removed Alok Verma as the CBI director. The decision was taken following a selection committee meeting comprising the Prime Minister, leader of opposition and a judge of the [...]
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Mother and two boys suffocate in Nepal's latest 'period hut' tragedy
Practice of banishing women to small outbuildings during periods claims further victims despite country declaring practice illegal A woman and her two sons have suffocated to death in a windowless shed to which they were banished in the latest tragedy linked to the illegal practice of chhaupadi, whereby women in Nepal are forced to sleep in “period huts”.Police said Amba Bohara, 35, had spent four days in the cowshed with her sons Ramit, nine, and Suresh, 12, when her father-in-law discovered their bodies on Wednesday morning. Related: Nepal’s bleeding shame: menstruating women banished to cattle sheds | Kate Hodal Continue reading... [...]
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Gaganyaan, India’s first human space flight likely to have woman on board
New Delhi, Jan 10: Gaganyaan, India's first human space flight that will be launched in 2021, will, most likely, have at least one woman astronaut on board. The space agency has planned to send a three-member team into space for up [...]
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Mallikarjun Kharge gives dissent note on Alok Verma's removal as CBI chief
New Delhi, Jan 10: Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjuna Kharge on Thursday gave a dissent note during a meeting of the high-profile panel chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi against its decision to shunt out CBI Director Alok Verma, two days [...]
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‘Need people like Prakash Raj in Parliament’, says Arvind Kejriwal
New Delhi, Jan 10: Actor Prakash Raj, who recently announced he would contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the national capital on Thursday, with the latter saying that his Aam Aadmi Party "fully supports" [...]
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