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TMC sends legal notice to Amit Shah for graft allegations against Mamata nephew
Kolkata, Aug 13: Trinamool Congress in West Bengal on Monday sent a defamation notice to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief Amit Shah for his speech in Kolkata where he had brought graft charges against Mamata Banerjee's nephew Abhishek Banerjee. [...]
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Kerala rains: Sabarimala temple restricts devotees as Pamba river overflows
Kochi, Aug 13: As the water level in the Pampa river has increased to an alarming level, the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) announced restrictions for Sabarimala pilgrimage. TDB authorities advised Ayyappa devotees to avoid Sabarimala pilgrimage until the situation [...]
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BJP mulls assembly polls with Lok Sabha elections in party-ruled states
New Delhi, Aug 13: In a bid to underline its commitment to simultaneous polls, the BJP is mulling holding assembly elections in 10-11 states along with the Lok Sabha polls, which are scheduled in the first half of next year. {image-modi-shah-22-1498099683-1534178477.jpg [...]
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Hero Duet 125 renamed Destini 125
Hero had showcased two new 125cc scooters, called the Maestro Edge 125 and the Duet 125, at the Auto Expo 2018. Now, however, leaked images of what looks to be a presentation slide reveals that the Duet 125 has been rebadged as the Destini 125. While the Destini 125 (Duet 125) is positioned as a family scooter offering, the Maestro Edge, on the other hand, targets younger buyers with its comparatively sportier styling. Both scooters use a 125cc motor that makes 8.7hp and 10.2Nm of torque. They also come equipped with i3S (idle-start-stop) tech that, until now, was seen only on Hero motorcycles. The Destini 125 will also feature an external fuel-filler cap, side-stand warning, service indicator and a pass switch. Furthermore, it comes with a boot lamp and mobile charging point. Styling-wise, the scooter gets body-coloured rear-view mirrors and a dual-tone seat. As for the Maestro Edge, we will believe Hero will keep that moniker as it is a strong brand for them. Expect more details about the two upcoming scooters to emerge in the weeks to come.   SOURCE [...]
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MotoGP: SIC Yamaha rider line-up confirmed
SIC is set to take over from Tech3 as Yamaha’s sole MotoGP satellite operation in 2019. Now, Yamaha Factory Racing managing director, Lin Jarvis, has confirmed that Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo will be racing for the team in its first season in the premier class. Morbidelli currently races for the Marc VDS Honda squad. His ties to Yamaha, via mentor Valentino Rossi, meant he was always highly likely to join the SIC squad in 2019, although the finalisation of his deal has been delayed by complications arising from his existing Marc VDS contract. Meanwhile, Quartararo will step up to MotoGP after two seasons in Moto2. The 19-year-old, who won his first Moto2 race at Barcelona in June, beat out Nieto Ducati rider Alvaro Bautista and Moto2 racer Lorenzo Baldassarri to become Morbidelli's teammate. Speaking to MotoGP.com, Jarvis said: “They’re (SIC Yamaha) an Independent Team. Of course, any rider they select needs to be finally approved by us at being at the level and the capacity to ride the M1. So they’ve chosen to go for Franco Morbidelli, who is a rider who is very interesting to us because he’s a World Champion, he’s an Academy rider and he definitely has talent. I think he’ll do better on the M1 than he is doing this year on the Honda so in the case of Franco there was no doubt at all from the beginning.” “In the case of Quartararo, he will be a rookie, but he’s young – only 19 – and he’s definitely talented. He lost his way maybe for a year or two but he’s showing promise again this year. But I think he could be one of the very good riders for the future.” The confirmation of SIC Yamaha’s line-up leaves only a few seats on the 2019 MotoGP grid to be confirmed. Honda has yet to announce that Takaaki Nakagami will stay on at LCR for a second season, although this is deemed a formality, while Avintia Ducati's line-up is also not yet fixed. It is anticipated Xavier Simeon will lose his ride, with well-financed Nieto rider Karel Abraham emerging as the favourite to replace the Belgian alongside Tito Rabat. [...]
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More British troops are being sent to Afghanistan – to appease Trump | Simon Jenkins
Why is no politician of any party brave enough to challenge the UK’s continued involvement in this distant and hopeless war?Four hundred and forty British troops are about to leave for Afghanistan to help fight the Taliban. Could someone explain why? It is now four years since British troops “left” that country, after 13 long years and £40bn of fighting, culminating in defeat in Helmand. In 2014, Nato formally ended its retaliation for Afghanistan harbouring Osama bin Laden. It said it would withdraw and leave a new Afghan government to its own devices.Yet not one British politician – Conservative or Labour – can bring themselves to challenge Britain’s continued involvement in this war; including this month’s doubling of troop numbers. All are afflicted with that old post-imperial tic, wanting to punch above their weight, set the world to rights, not seem weak in public? Afghanistan is not a defence policy, it is a rash, a virus, a disease of misused power. Related: The US and Afghanistan: can’t win the war, can’t stop it, can’t leave Continue reading... [...]
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BEL recruitment 2018: 25 vacancies, Rs 1.6 lakh salary, how to apply before Aug 25
New Delhi, Aug 13: The BEL recruitment 2018 is underway and Bharat Electronics Limited has released a notification inviting interested, eligible candidates to apply for the posts of Senior Engineer, Deputy Engineer. There are 25 vacancies and candidates who are selected [...]
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Tea-20: Amit Shah's new gameplan for Lok Sabha 2019 elections
Tea-20: Amit Shah's new gameplan for Lok Sabha 2019 elections [...]
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Asus ZenBook Pro 15
  Let’s face the cold truth: dual-screen laptops of the past never really took off. Remember the Lenovo ThinkPad W700DS? It was a mammoth laptop that had a secondary 10.6-inch screen in upright fo... [...]
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Taliban hails 'helpful' US talks as boost to Afghan peace process
White House diplomacy efforts are proving successful, says member of militant groupFresh hope has been injected into the Afghan peace process after Taliban officials said groundbreaking preliminary talks with the US last month were “very helpful” and that another round will take place in Doha in September.Four Taliban members met Alice Wells, a senior US state department official, at a hotel in the Qatari capital on 23 July for the first face-to-face talks in seven years. Continue reading... [...]
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CBSE Compartment results 2018: How to apply for re-verification of marks
New Delhi, Aug 13: The re-verification notice for the CBSE Compartment results 2018 has been released. The same is also available on the official website. More than two lakh candidates have appeared for the CBSE compartment exams this year. [...]
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Former LS Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passes away at 89
New Delhi, August 13: The medical condition of Somnath Chatterjeepasses away on Monday at the age of 89. Earlier on Sunday, the hospital had issued a statement,"He is undergoing dialysis. In such cases, it happens at times that the [...]
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India vs England 2nd Test Day 4 – As it happened
The Indian batsmen failed to put up a fight on Day 4 and succumbed to England’s top-class bowling. Pacer James Anderson was in the form of his life as he finished with match figures of 9/43 (5/20, 4/23). [...]
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England defeat India by an innings and 159 runs in 2nd Test, lead series 2-0
England pace bowler Stuart Broad swept aside the India middle order batting in an inspired spell on Sunday to propel his team to a crushing innings and 159 runs victory on the fourth day of the second Test at Lord's. [...]
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Landmark Caspian Sea deal signed by five coastal nations
Convention seen as vital to break Iran’s sense of economic isolation after US sanctions Vladimir Putin met the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, on Sunday at the close of a dramatic week in which each had been threatened with punishing economic sanctions by the US.But they were not meeting to publicly agree a united response to the act of “economic warfare”, as Russia described the sanctions. The two presidents were in the small Kazakh coastal city of Aktau to sign a legal convention on the Caspian Sea. Related: Iran ambassador: Trump's sanctions violate UN security council resolution Related: 'A matter of life and death': Iranians despair as US sanctions bite Continue reading... [...]
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Weather forecast for Aug 13: Rains to reduce in Hyderabad
New Delhi, Aug 12: Here is the weather forecast for Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai for August 13. Bengaluru: As per India Meteorological Department, the city would witness generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. [...]
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Arrest of Shahidul Alam is an attack on rights in Bangladesh | Letters
Signatories including Joseph Stiglitz and Binayak Sen condemn the treatment of photojournalist Shahidul Alam The arbitrary arrest by Bangladeshi police of Shahidul Alam, an internationally recognised photojournalist, has outraged the world community (Photographer arrested over ‘provocative comments’, 7 August; Editorial, 9 August) and must be rectified immediately. This action is in serious breach of conventions of international human rights, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the international covenant on civil and political rights, and the international covenant on economic, social and cultural rights.Alam has been detained by the police. The one and only reason he was arrested is that he gave an interview to al-Jazeera in which he expressed views critical of the Bangladeshi regime’s brutal repression of public demonstrations in Dhaka, and had allegedly posted equally critical statements on Facebook. Continue reading... [...]
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Kerala rains: Rajnath Singh conducts aerial survey of flood-hit state
Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 12: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh conducted an aerial survey of flood-hit Kerala on Sunday. He was accompanied by Tourism Minister KJ Alphons and senior officers from the Ministry of Home Affairs. [Kerala rains: Death toll rises [...]
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Modi unperturbed by opposition unity, says ‘its all about power politics, not people's mandate'
New Delhi, Aug 12: Unperturbed by the coming together of the opposition parties ahead of the 2019 general elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that ‘state-after-state' people have voted the BJP to power which only shows their unflinching trust in the [...]
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50% reservation for women in upcoming RPF recruitment: Piyush Goyal
Patna, Aug 12: In a major announcement, Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal on Sunday said that 50 percent of the posts in the upcoming recruitment of 10,000 personnel for the Railway Police Force (RPF) would be reserved for women. [...]
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2018 Ares Panther: new images and details revealed
Ares Design has confirmed the Panther name for its Lamborghini Huracán-based supercar. Due to the complexity of production and demand for exclusivity from buyers, the production run is strictly limited to 21 units, with the first models leaving its factory in Modena, Italy, in October. A camouflaged development prototype of the Panther is currently being tested on the roads around the company's base in Modena, Italy. Ares Design, headed by former Lotus boss Dany Bahar, has also confirmed that all of 2018's build slots have been accounted for. The model is being produced as the first of the design house's several custom designs based on the Huracán’s platform. The car’s design influence comes from the De Tomaso Pantera – an exotic Italian supercar produced in 1971. The Panther's fold-down headlights and rear buttresses are clear nods to that car’s shape, but the new supercar receives a modern touch in way of large-diameter wheels and handle-free doors. The Panther will also feature Pirelli P Zero rubber with F1-inspired coloured strips. Beneath its coachbuilt body, the Panther uses the Huracán's underpinnings and a 5.2-litre V10 engine – the sole mass-produced unit to use 10 cylinders in production – which puts out 641bhp (39bhp more than the standard Huracán) and the same 560Nm of torque as the Lamborghini. No performance figures have been released by the company yet. In addition to the Panther, Ares Design's recently announced Modena facility will also handle the production of Ares’ growing range of offerings, which recently expanded to include the Mercedes-Benz G-class and Bentley Mulsanne-based models. Bahar’s design company is also creating 53 bespoke Land Rover Defenders in conjunction with the British engineering firm JE MotorWorks. “Our new facility in Modena works perfectly for the growing market of special requests from car enthusiasts and Project Panther is the first of a portfolio of cars – and other surprises - that we will be presenting at an official opening in January,” revealed Dany Bahar. Despite its current spot atop Ares’ range, the Panther could be trumped by a higher-ranking model within a year. The company boss has big plans for Ares Design to become a global leader in bespoke car creations and expand to incorporate the complete process of custom car production. Bahar said “there is much more to come” in the next few years. [...]
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Bhopal hostel rape case: Fourth case filed against hostel owner
Bhopal hostel rape case: Fourth case filed against hostel owner [...]
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Kerala floods kill dozens with 36,000 evacuated
Indian tourist hotspot hit by severe rains that led authorities to open 27 reservoirsFlash floods in Kerala have killed 37 people and displaced around 36,000 according to Indian officials after heavy monsoons led to landslides and overflowing reservoirs across the southern state.Kerala, famed for its pristine palm-lined beaches and tea plantations, is battered by the monsoon every year but the rains have been particularly severe this season. Continue reading... [...]
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Paswan to tour the country with the NDA govt’s message for Dalits
New Delhi, Aug 11: With the passage of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill from Parliament, the responsibility to take the message that the National Democratic Alliance government (NDA) is committed to the cause of Dalits will [...]
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Rajnath, Shah visit AIIMS to enquire about Vajpayee's health condition
New Delhi, Aug 11: Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP president Amit Shah visited AIIMS on Saturday evening to enquire about the health condition of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who has been undergoing treatment at the premier institute. {image-vajapayee-1534004451.jpg [...]
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Karunanidhi: Tamil till the last breath
Karunanidhi: Tamil till the last breath [...]
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Muzaffarpur Shelter Home: CBI takes Brajesh Thakur's son into custody
Muzaffarpur, Aug 11: A CBI team on Saturday took into custody the son of Brajesh Thakur, prime accused in the shelter home sex scandal, after 11 hours of search operation and questioning at the premises owned by them. The [...]
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To reach out to agriculturists, Karnataka CM becomes farmer for a day
Mysuru, Aug 11: Folding up his white dhoti in a traditional south Indian style, Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy on Saturday sowed paddy saplings in a muddied agriculture field in Aralukuppe village in Mandya district. The objective of Kumaraswamy's [...]
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