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Hindi weekly news bulletin from UN has begun: Sushma Swaraj
New Delhi, Aug 10: A Hindi weekly news bulletin from the platform of the UN has started broadcast as part of a pilot project, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced, emphasising that the government was also making efforts to make Hindi [...]
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India vs England 2nd Test Day 2: Anderson takes five, India all out for 107
It was Edgbaston all over again as India succumbed to pace and swing. England topped the sessions on Day 2, can India comeback into this Test match?  [...]
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Jamil Dehlavi: 'In Pakistan, there is always something in the offing'
Over the decades, the film-maker has told transgressive tales of the country’s existential turmoil. Such commentary, however, has come at a price“My films aren’t really shown in Pakistan,” laughs the country’s greatest living – and most radical – film director, who now lives in a converted chapel in Camden, north London. “They’re a bit too risque.”To catch a Jamil Dehlavi film in his homeland is tricky. The last time was in 2006, when Infinite Justice, his docudrama about an American reporter held hostage and beheaded in Karachi, was shown somewhere on the Arabian seafront, the same Karachi shore you see in his films, shaded by the heaviness of monsoon clouds, the beige pallor of the light, and the tracks of sea turtles laying their eggs along the sand. Continue reading... [...]
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I-Day celebrations: 2,500 lamps illuminate Red Fort after sunset
New Delhi, Aug 10: Around 2,500 lamps will illuminate the historic Red Fort from 7:30 pm to 11 pm, starting today, in the run-up to Independence Day celebrations, a statement by the Ministry of Culture said. It is the first ever [...]
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Indian sex workers vent fury over law they fear will promote harassment
Legislation designed to protect trafficking victims ignores workers who enter sex trade voluntarily, critics warnSex workers in New Delhi’s red light district have reacted with fury to new anti-trafficking legislation that they believe will penalise them.The Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) bill, which is set to become law after being passed last month by parliament, seeks to prevent, rescue and rehabilitate people who have been trafficked. Related: 'No longer at the mercy of the madams': India's bank for sex workers | Amrit Dhillon Continue reading... [...]
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Indian MP attends parliament in Hitler costume
Naramalli Sivaprasad warns failure to boost funds for his state will lead to PM’s downfallAn MP in India has attended parliament dressed as Adolf Hitler to campaign for more funds for his state.Naramalli Sivaprasad, an actor turned politician, frequently dresses up for parliamentary sittings. On Thursday, the Telegu Desam party MP appeared in a brown suit with a swastika armband and wore a narrow moustache. Continue reading... [...]
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Delhi: Kanwariya who smashed a car arrested, said to be a drug addict, thief
New Delhi, Aug 10: Based on CCTV footage which clearly shows a Kanwariya smashing a grey i10 car on Tuesday, the Delhi Police yesterday (August 9) arrested Rahul alias Billa from west Delhi's Uttam Nagar. Also Read | UP: Two groups of [...]
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Afghanistan: dozens dead as Taliban attack Ghazni, officials say
Many killed in overnight attack on provincial capital before troops force militants outTaliban fighters armed with heavy weapons have tried to overrun a provincial capital in Afghanistan, attacking security forces and killing at least 14 police officers in Ghazni overnight before being pushed back, officials said.US attack helicopters and drone aircraft provided government forces with air support. But as smoke rose across the city on Friday morning, witnesses reported bodies lying in the streets. Related: Islamic State attacks show group is intent on killing Afghan peace hopes Related: Afghanistan: gunmen storm government building in eastern city Continue reading... [...]
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Review: 2018 Mahindra XUV500 petrol AT review, test drive
What is it? If the fact that the Mahindra XUV500 is available with a petrol engine comes as a surprise to you, you aren’t alone. Mahindra has earned its stripes as a maker of hardy UVs and SUVs powered by diesel engines, so a petrol-powered XUV500 is a bit of an anomaly in the line-up. While the petrol XUV500 has been brought out to cater to the small but growing number of petrol SUV buyers in India, this version has been manufactured primarily for export markets. The XUV500 petrol is available in only one variant, the G Automatic, and is priced at Rs 15.50 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), which is Rs 1 lakh less than the corresponding diesel variant (W9 AT). G trim means the petrol XUV misses out on features like side and curtain airbags, a reverse parking camera, an electric sunroof, quilted leather upholstery and 18-inch alloy wheels. This one rides on 17-inch wheels.   In terms of design, there is only the badging to tell this version apart from a comparable diesel. In general, the XUV500 does look more upmarket following the recent facelift that brought with it a chrome studded grille and a redesigned tailgate. What’s it like inside? The petrol XUV500 follows an all-black cabin theme but there are no soft touch elements on the dash as on the top-spec diesel. Gloss black plastics and brushed silver elements do help uplift the cabin but general fit and finish is not up there with the best in class. What looks rather nice are the shapely tan-finished fabric seats, and the front pair does offer good lateral support. The middle row is big on space and can comfortably accommodate three adults, but thigh support is in short supply. The third row remains a place best used for short journeys. The petrol XUV500 gets a decent amount of kit. There's standard kit such as dual airbags, ESP with rollover mitigation, hill hold control, and hill descent control, while convenience features include keyless entry, cruise control and a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Android Auto connectivity. What is sorely missed is a reversing camera, and a sunroof would have also been a nice addition. What’s it like to drive? The petrol engine powering the XUV500 is a 2.2-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged unit that, interestingly enough, is built around the same block as the diesel engine. The engine comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with power channeled solely to the front wheels. With power at 140hp and 320Nm of torque, the numbers are reasonable for an SUV of this size.  If you’ve been in an XUV500 diesel, you’ll appreciate the enhanced refinement of the petrol version. But it's not the most refined as petrol units go. What is nice, however, is the engine’s responsiveness in low-speed environments. Part-throttle responses are good, and power is delivered in a smooth and linear way. Also helping the experience in average city driving conditions is that the gearshifts are seamless. The turbocharger kicks in at around 1,800rpm and the XUV starts pulling away nicely after that point. Floor the accelerator though and you’ll find the gearbox isn’t very quick to downshift. Shifting to manual mode for overtakes doesn’t really help as the 'box automatically shifts up when above 4,300rpm, which is pretty low for a petrol engine. Also, while the engine is fairly responsive initially, it lacks punch as you go higher up the powerband. The XUV500 petrol will do the 0-100kph dash in 12.77sec, which makes it just as fast as the diesel XUV that's got an extra 15hp. But you will experience considerable torque steer under hard acceleration. What will be a bigger concern for urban users is the XUV500’s fuel economy. We rarely saw the numbers touch double digits – not a good sign in times of rising fuel prices. The ride quality is similar to what we’ve experienced on the XUV before. The ride is a bit lumpy at low speeds but it gets better with speed. The XUV500 does exhibit vertical movement at highway speeds but feels composed enough. And, as ever, you can feel the SUV's size in the bends; carry more speed than needed and it will understeer into a corner. There’s pronounced kickback at the steering on big bumps as well. Should I buy one? Priced at Rs 15.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the XUV500 petrol does get you plenty of SUV for the money. But is it the version to buy? Not really. Sure, the petrol model will appeal to buyers for whom refinement is high up on the list of priorities, and it does work fine for urban use, but the low fuel economy is sure to be a put-off even for the most ardent petrolheads. Our advice would be to go for the XUV500 diesel automatic as it remains the best of the XUVs to buy. [...]
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\"Women treated unfairly in all communities, even Ram left Sita once\": Congress' Hussain Dalwai
New Delhi, Aug 10: Ahead of the Triple Talaq Bill's Rajya Sabha test, Congress leader Hussain Dalwai on Friday said that society needs to change as a whole as women are treated unfairly in all communities. Dalwai's remark comes [...]
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Rain brings misery to Kerala: Tourists stranded, Idukki dam opens fully
Rain brings misery to Kerala: Tourists stranded, Idukki dam opens fully [...]
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Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit to undergo surgery in France
Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit to undergo surgery in France [...]
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8-Month-Old Anirudh Seeks Your Help For His Final Surgery
"Anirudh is our only child. I remember when I was pregnant with him, my practical and economical husband filled our little house with baby clothes and decorated the walls with baby photos. We waited for the arrival of Anirudh. We never [...]
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BJP holds strategy meet ahead of Triple Talaq Bill's Rajya Sabha test
New Delhi, Aug 10: With the Union Government set to table the Triple Talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha today, a BJP strategy meeting is currently underway in the Parliament. Also Read | Bail clause amendment in Triple Talaq approved by Cabinet [...]
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'None will be spared': students fear reprisals over Bangladesh unrest
As protests subside, authorities are using onerous digital laws to target demonstratorsThe list began spreading from phone to phone on Saturday, just as police were starting to fire teargas and rubber bullets at protesters in Dhaka demonstrating for safer roads.“Please pass these addresses to trusted people through Messenger or text message,” it read. Names, phone numbers and locations were listed: sanctuaries for students fleeing a police crackdown. Related: Unrest in Bangladesh as student road safety protests turn violent Related: The dysfunctional megacity: why Dhaka is bursting at the sewers Continue reading... [...]
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Corsair K70 RGB MK.2
  Corsair’s premium line-up of keyboards has always been a standard for mechanical keyboards. Whether it’s build quality, features or software support, they’ve tried to stay ahead of t... [...]
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Triple Talaq Bill to be tabled in Rajya Sabha tomorrow
New Delhi, Aug 9: Triple Talaq Bill will be introduced in Rajyya Sabha on Friday. The Union Cabinet on Thursday, 9 August, approved an amendment to the Triple Talaq Bill, allowing the magistrate to grant bail to an accused. [...]
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3 tax notices under foreign black money law slapped on Nirav Modi: Revenue Dept
New Delhi, Aug 9: The Income Tax department has slapped three notices under the foreign black money law against diamond trader Nirav Modi, involved in Rs 14,000 crore PNB fraud case, for allegedly holding illegal assets abroad. "Three notices [...]
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India vs England 2nd Test Day 1: play abandoned due to rain
The Indian batsmen, who succumbed to England’s probing pace and swing, will look to answer their batting woes in the second Test match. [...]
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Thibaut Courtois 'turned down bigger offers' in order to join Real Madrid
Courtois, 26, signed for Madrid from Chelsea on Wednesday for a reported 35 million euros after winning two Premier League titles as well as the FA Cup and League Cup in England.   [...]
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Atletico Madrid boost strike force by signing Nikola Kalinic from AC Milan
Croatian striker Kalinic struck six goals in 20 starts in Serie A last season and is likely to be Atletico`s third choice striker behind Costa and Griezmann.   [...]
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SFIO arrests former Bhushan Steel MD Neeraj Singhal for alleged fraud
New Delhi, Aug 9: Neeraj Singal, erstwhile Promoter & Managing Director of Bhushan Steel Limited was arrested on Thursday by the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO). He was produced before the court of Competent Jurisdiction today & has been sent to [...]
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Buddhist monks in the Himalayas get ready for winter – in pictures
About 5,500m (18,000ft) above sea level in the Indian Himalayas sits the Tangyud Gompa Buddhist monastery, where snow can leave the monks in complete isolation for seven months a year. The monks and residents of the nearby village of Komik, said to be Asia’s highest, are already stocking up for winter – and praying. Continue reading... [...]
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Uttar Pradesh police showers flowers on Kawaria from chopper
New Delhi, Aug 9: The Uttar Pradesh government has spent Rs 14 lakh to give flower shower to Kawariyas from the chopper in Meerut and adjoining areas. However, the chopper was hired to keep a watch on the Kawar Yatra. {image-chopper-2-1533830003.jpg [...]
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Muzaffarpur Shelter Home: CBI takes all documents related to this case from Court
New Delhi, Aug 9: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has taken all documents (such as FIR copy, chargesheet copy, case diary) related to Muzaffarpur Shelter Home case from the court. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has demanded [...]
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Sexual violence is the new normal in India – and pornography is to blame | Mari Marcel Thekaekara
‘Girls and women are getting raped left, right and centre,’ says the supreme court. Instead of lamenting, it should actAnother day, another shocking headline about rape in India, from the 30 girls in a Bihar shelter who were allegedly sexually abused over many years to the 10-year-old child who escaped from another “shelter” in Uttar Pradesh and ran to a police station asking for help.Rapes have become the new normal in my country. So much so that India’s supreme court made headlines itself on Monday, asking: “What is to be done? Girls and women are getting raped left, right and centre.” This is unusual practice for a supreme court anywhere, and underlines the gravity of the situation. Justice Madan Lokur of the supreme court pointed out: “The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data observes that a woman is raped every six hours in India.” Related: India is the most dangerous country for women. It must face reality | Deepa Narayan Continue reading... [...]
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Chicken meatballs and masala boxes: Ikea comes to India
Hyderabad opening, complete with military band, is Swedish firm’s first in country of 1.25bnCurious customers lay on beds and nestled into armchairs as Ikea opened its first Indian store, hoping to attract a burgeoning middle class with offerings tweaked to local tastes, including a variation on its famous meatballs.With an opening that featured a military band, the store in the southern city of Hyderabad is the first of 25 outlets the Swedish furniture company hopes to have open across the country of 1.25 billion people by 2025. Related: Meatball mania: the top 10 Ikea products of all time – rated Continue reading... [...]
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Samsung Galaxy J6
  If you are looking for a smartphone in the sub 15k price bracket, then you are spoiled for choice. From the Redmi Note 5 Pro to the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, and even offerings from Motorola, the sub 1... [...]
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