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India has 600 million young people – and they’re set to change our world | Ian Jack
This new generation is motivated: it combines the cultural values of the traditional Asian family with the life goals of the American teenagerAn illuminating and sometimes alarming book, Dreamers: How Young Indians Are Changing the World, is published this month. About 600 million people, more than half India’s population, are under 25 years old; no country has more young people.“No matter how poorly placed they find themselves now,” writes the book’s author, Delhi journalist Snigdha Poonam, “they make up the world’s largest ever cohort of like-minded young people, and they see absolutely no reason why the world shouldn’t run by their rules.” The effect, Poonam says, will be to “change our world in ways we can’t yet imagine”. Related: The scammers gaming India’s overcrowded job market The sheer number of young people has yet to become an asset: only 2.3% of the Indian workforce has had formal training Continue reading... [...]
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Rahul Gandhi promises Food Park in Amethi once Congress comes to power
Rahul Gandhi on Monday bagan his two day Uttar Pradesh tour with his visit to Hanuman Temple. He offered prayers at the Churva Hanuman Mandir on the Lucknow-Rae Bareli road hours after landing in the state capital. Addressing a [...]
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J&K: Governor appoints third advisor
Srinagar, June 30: Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra has appointed the state's former chief information commissioner Khurshid Ganai as his third advisor - the first local face in his top administration. The Governor of Jammu and Kashmir is [...]
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2019 BMW G 310 R gets new colour options
As part of the 2019 update, BMW will offer the G 310 R in a new shade of Racing Red. The G 310 R also gets a HP Motorsport paint finish (pearl white metallic with "HP" lettering), while Strato Blue Metallic has been discontinued. Cosmic Black One will probably be carried forward to the 2019 range of the G 310 R. This announcement comes just a few days before the G 310 R goes on sale in India on July 18, along with the G 310 GS. It’s likely that the bikes launched in India will be offered with the new colour options. Apart from the two new colour options, no changes have been made on the G 310 R. The BMW G 310 R has been designed and developed by BMW Motorrad and is manufactured in India by TVS Motors. It’s the most affordable motorcycle in the German brands portfolio. It has been rather long wait for Indian two-wheeler enthusiasts as, despite being built in our country, the bike was never launched in our market. According to BMW Motorrad, the India launch was delayed because they wanted to expand the dealership network prior to the bike going on sale. The G 310 R was first unveiled to Indian audiences at the 2016 Auto Expo, while the G 310 GS made its maiden India debut earlier this year at the 2018 Auto Expo. Powering the BMW G 310 R, and its sibling, is a 313cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder motor producing 34hp of power and 28Nm of torque. Transmission duties are handled by a six-speed gearbox. Both bikes also get tubular steel frames, five-spoke alloy wheels and ABS. While there is no word on pricing, according to sources the G 310 R will retail for Rs 3.5 lakh, while the G 310 GS will be priced at Rs 4 lakh (both prices are on-road, India). As we will be reporting live from the launch event, watch this space for more details. Also see: BMW G 310 R, G 310 GS: 5 things to know BMW G 310 R, G 310 GS India launch on July 18 BMW G 310 R, G 310 GS bookings open on June 8 [...]
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AAP slapgate: Take strict measures to restore normalcy in Delhi, Rajnath Singh tells Manoj Tiwari
AAP slapgate: Take strict measures to restore normalcy in Delhi, Rajnath Singh tells Manoj Tiwari [...]
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J&K: Four terrorists gunned down in Baramulla
Srinagar, Aug 8: Fours terrorists were gunned down by the security forces on Wednesday in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district. The encounter reportedly began a this afternoon at Rafiabad area in Baramulla. On August 4, five terrorists [...]
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Prominent Lingayat seer lauds Siddaramaiah on religious minority tag
While commending the decision made by the Siddaramaiah government, a prominent Lingayat seer urged the Centre to approve the religious minority status for Lingayats. The Seer of Murugha mutt, Dr Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru handed over a memorandum to BJP [...]
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Poor infrastructure — not outdated syllabi — is what ails Indian universities
Teaching at the school-level has a profound effect on the quality of our university graduates. (Source: Express File) The famous scientist and peace advocate, Linus Pauling once sai [...]
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Next Door Nepal: Prachanda’s second innings
The current change could be well be another temporary exercise. That will discredit Nepal’s political leadership even more. (Source: Express archive) Pushpa Kamal Dahal, alias Pra [...]
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Christian missionaries control Congress and Sonia Gandhi: BJP's Ballia MP
Claiming that Christian missionaries are a threat to the unity and integrity of the country, BJP MP Bharat Singh has accused the Congress party of working on their directives. "Christian missionaries control the Congress. Sonia Gandhi, the mother of [...]
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This is a Hindu house, Congressmen stay away, reads poster in poll bound Karnataka
Amidst the election heat, posters banning Congressmen have come up outside houses in Bantwal, coastal Karnataka. The posters were found outside several houses in Kanyana village asking Congress leaders to stay away. "This is a Hindu house. Congress leaders [...]
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US-Indians raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Nepal
In the shattered neighborhoods of Kathmandu, down buckled, potholed dirt roads, similar stories emerge. (Source: Reuters) Indian-Americans, along with the small Nepali community, ar [...]
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NASA launches InSight spacecraft to Mars to dig down deep
NASA launches InSight spacecraft to Mars to dig down deep [...]
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Petra Kvitova looks on positive side after 'rollercoaster year'
The 27-year old two-time Wimbledon champion defied expectations in returning to competition despite suffering serious wounds to her playing left hand as she fought off a knife-wielding intruder at her home in the eastern Czech town of Prostejov in December 2016. [...]
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Serena, Venus get French Open doubles wildcard
Serena and Venus Williams were handed a wild card into the French Open women's doubles as the American sisters seek to add a third Roland Garros title to their triumphs in 1999 and 2010. [...]
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Rohingya fears grow as refugees face forcible return to Myanmar
Aid agencies give warning as Myanmar and Bangladesh begin return of ‘terrified’ refugees to Rahkine stateThe governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar are to push ahead with the repatriation of thousands of Rohingya this week, despite objections by the UN, and against the wishes of the refugees, who spoke of being “terrified” at being sent back.Last week fear gripped the camps in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh at the news that, without their consent, 4,355 people had been placed on a list of Rohingya approved for return by Myanmar. The first repatriations are due from Thursday, but not everyone who is on the list has been informed and it is unclear how it was compiled.Families are very confused and anxious. We do not know what is going to happen to us Continue reading... [...]
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Man killed on remote Indian island tried to 'declare Jesus' to tribe
John Allen Chau’s diary suggests he knew the risks of going to North Sentinel IslandAn American man who was killed by an isolated tribe on a remote Indian island wrote to his parents hours before his death that he wanted to “declare Jesus” to the tribespeople and that they should “not be angry at them or at God if I get killed”.John Allen Chau, 26, is believed to have been hit with a volley of arrows shortly after making land on North Sentinel Island, part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, last Friday. John Allen Chau Continue reading... [...]
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Several Congress, JDS MLAs willing to join BJP, claims Yeddyurappa
BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa on Saturday claimed that several disgruntled leaders from the ruling Congress and JD(S) are eager to join his party. Yeddyurappa's comments came as dissident activities of the MLAs intensified in the Congress over not getting [...]
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10 ASEAN leaders to be chief guests at Republic Day celebrations
10 ASEAN leaders to be chief guests at Republic Day celebrations [...]
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BJP behaving like a 100 Hitlers says Mamata
Kolkata, July 8: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said that she is not averse to working with the Congress to oust the BJP government at the centre which is behaving like "a hundred Hitlers". The TMC president, in an [...]
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Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder to use flat-six power
Porsche is developing the most driver-focused version of its current 718 Boxster. The car will be heavily related to the 718 Cayman GT4. In place of its current hottest 718’s turbocharged 2.5-litre flat-four, the new car will use the naturally aspirated, flat-six engine of the latest 911 GT3. The German automaker has now moved testing to the cold climate of the Arctic Circle. Porsche Motorsport has stuck to the formula applied to the car’s predecessors, which have cemented themselves as the driver’s Boxster model since 2009, giving the car a more responsive drivetrain that will make it the most involving Boxster on sale. “Natural aspiration is one of our main USPs,” Andreas Preuninger, head of GT car development at Porsche told our sister publication, Autocar UK, earlier this year. “At Motorsport, we think we can achieve throttle response and immediacy a little bit better with an atmospheric high-revving engine than any kind of turbo.” Output for the 4.0-litre unit is rated at 500hp at 8,250rpm in the 911 GT3. However, the Boxster Spyder’s power may be slightly down on this, in order to leave breathing space for its more expensive sibling. The previous Spyder used a 3.8-litre flat-six taken from the 911 Carrera of the time that was good for 375hp. The recently unveiled Boxster GTS and related Cayman GTS use highly-strung four-pot engines with 366hp. So the new Spyder will need to produce more power to cement itself as the top Boxster – an output of around 430hp seems likely. To signify its driver-focus, the car will be offered with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard; but those after maximum on track performance will be able to select the option of a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. The Spyder will also go on a hefty diet, ditching cabin insulation, along with its radio and air conditioning. The 718 Boxster’s electric folding soft top will also go. Taking its place is a manually removable ‘tent top’. These weight savings will combine with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber to make the car the sharpest handling production Boxster, yet produced. Much of the design treatment applied the Boxster Spyder will mirror those featured on the GTS. The Cayman GT4 will likely get the same adjustments, along with a more prominent rear wing to signify its even harder status. There is no word on if the 718 Boxster Spyder will come to India. Considering the less hardcore GTS versions of the Cayman and Boxster will not be coming, the Spyder is less likely to do so. [...]
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Afghan president announces conditional ceasefire with Taliban
Ashraf Ghani calls on insurgents to reciprocate to mark Eid al-Adha holidayThe Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, has announced a ceasefire with Taliban insurgents from Monday to mark the Eid al-Adha holiday, despite the heavy fighting in recent days in the central city of Ghazni. Related: Taliban hails 'helpful' US talks as boost to Afghan peace process Continue reading... [...]
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'All these flashbacks come': Rohingya’s teens speak out on Myanmar brutality | Liz Ford
Young male refugees in Bangladesh are being helped by pioneering aid efforts that try to address the hidden scars of warMemories of the day in October that changed the life of teenager Mohammed Riaz for ever come in vivid flashbacks, when it’s dark and quiet.State forces arrived in his village in the Buthidaung township of Myanmar. Officers entered the family home, raped and killed his two elder sisters and shot his brother dead. Continue reading... [...]
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Rohit Sharma becomes third Indian to score 7,000 runs in T20s
 Rohit Sharma became the third Indian player to score 7,000 runs in all T20s during the Nidahas T20I tri-series final between India and Bangladesh in Colombo on Sunday. [...]
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Asus ROG G20CB gaming PC with Pascal GPU launched at a starting price of Rs 1,85,990
Asus ROG G20CB is a gaming PC with world’s most powerful NVIDIA Pascal GPU (Source: NVIDIA) Asus has announced another new gaming device under its ROG series in India. The new [...]
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Afghan roadside bomb kills several children in Faryab province
At least eight children killed and six more wounded in blast in Shirin Tagab district, Afghan official saysAt least eight children have been killed in a roadside bomb explosion in northern Faryab province, an Afghan official has said.Karim Yuresh, spokesman for the provincial police chief, said six other children were wounded in the blast that took place late Friday afternoon in Shirin Tagab district. Continue reading... [...]
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Afghanistan: the 10 journalists who died in deadly day for media
Nine killed while reporting on Kabul bombings, while BBC reporter shot dead in Khost provinceNine journalists were among at least 25 people killed in twin bombings in Kabul on Monday. One BBC journalist was also killed in a separate incident in the eastern province of Khost, making it the deadliest day for media workers in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban. Among the dead were: Continue reading... [...]
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New ultra-capacitor tech may drastically boost EV range
A fast-acting carbon ‘ultra-capacitor’ is currently under development in France. This tech is expected to be capable of taking 30 percent off the weight of a lithium-ion EV battery pack. It is built using carbon and graphene nanotechnology and is claimed to store and discharge electrical energy much quicker than a standard lithium-ion cell. “Our advantage is the speed of charge and discharge,” said Ulrik Grape, chief executive of NAWA Technology – the company responsible for the development of this device. “Our carbon battery can pick up energy from regenerative braking and supply it back to the motor very quickly.” Ultra-capacitors offer very fast energy transfer but don’t have a large storage capacity (for now). According to NAWA, the ultra-capacitor could be integrated into a lithium-ion battery to provide instant power for improved performance, while reducing the number of charge and discharge cycles the main battery performs, thus extending the overall battery life. It is claimed that a simulation on the battery pack of a Formula E racing car – which was modified to include a NAWA ultra-capacitor – demonstrated the same performance and range but weighed 30 percent lesser than its original weight. The design of this ultra-capacitor is said to be unique. Compared to its rivals, it offers higher energy density storage. NAWA is looking at developing this design for production. The company said that it is targeting premium European car firms first with the “aim of full production in 2022” – although it expects to start making capacitors for power tools and material-handling firms, next year. One option is to mould the nanotubes into the body panels of the car. Last year, Lamborghini showed the Terzo Millennio concept, which was built in conjunction with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This concept car had bodywork made of carbon nanotube ultra-capacitors. [...]
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