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Renault Zoe e-Sport displayed at Auto Expo 2018
Electric vehicles are the talk of the town nowadays and this trend can be seen at the Auto Expo 2018 as well. Almost every carmaker has an example of electric mobility at their stand in some or the other form. Renault wasn’t one to be left out and has showcased its performance-focused Zoe e-Sport at the motor show. Essentially a more powerful iteration of the Zoe electric hatchback, the e-Sport is a technology demonstrator for the French carmaker at the ongoing biennial event. Drawing inspiration from Renault’s Formula E involvement, the Zoe e-Sport is powered by two electric motors that produce a combined 466hp and 640Nm of peak torque; its claimed 0- 100kph time is a rapid 3.2sec. Though there is no information on when this EV will launch in the Indian market, we had earlier reported that the Zoe hatchback has been spotted testing in Bengaluru. From this, we can infer that Renault is evaluating the EV for an India introduction. The standard Zoe is powered by a new 41kWh battery, up from the 22kWh unit that was used in the previous model. It has a driving range of up to 400km (under the European driving cycle) and takes 65min for an 80 percent charge via a quickcharger. Renault claims a real-world driving range of 300km and also a full-charge time of 8-9 hours using a standard 7kW charger. Also see: 2018 Renault Zoe e-Sport video review Best cars at Auto Expo 2018 [...]
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Mumbai: Fire breaks out in shop near Maya Hotel in Mankhurd
A massive fire broke out in a shop near Maya Hotel in Mankhurd in Mumbai during wee hours on Sunday. Around fire tenders are on the spot and the operations are being carried out to douse the flames. [...]
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Boris Johnson: let Rohingya return home when conditions are right
UK foreign secretary visits refugee camp and calls for oversight of repatriationBoris Johnson has said Rohingya Muslim refugees should return to Myanmar only of their own accord and when the “conditions are right”.After a visit to a refugee camp in Bangladesh, the British foreign secretary stressed there should be international oversight of any repatriation to Rakhine province, from which thousands fled last summer. Continue reading... [...]
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Rules on cryptocurrencies should be out soon: Sebi
New Delhi, Feb 10: Amid continuing volatility in bitcoin prices and growing concerns about investors' safety, Sebi Chairman Ajay Tyagi today on Saturday the regulations on cryptocurrencies should be out soon and the role various regulators will play is being finalised. [...]
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Rafale deal biggest issue of corruption, Modi changed contract: Rahul Gandhi
Rafale deal biggest issue of corruption, Modi changed contract: Rahul Gandhi [...]
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India Today Group wins 13 ENBA awards, Aaj Tak is best Hindi channel of the year
India Today Group wins 13 ENBA awards, Aaj Tak is best Hindi channel of the year [...]
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SC judge recuses himself in Dara Singh fake encounter case involving Rajasthan minister
SC judge recuses himself in Dara Singh fake encounter case involving Rajasthan minister [...]
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The mother of all polls
The mother of all polls [...]
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Mignon Du Preez pulls off consolation win for South Africa Women over India
Mignon du Preez scored a valiant 90 as South Africa pulled off a consolation seven-wicket win over India to go down 1-2 in the three-match series, which was part of the ICC Women's ODI Championship. [...]
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Chidambaram questions growth rate under NDA govt, says economy downward
Congress leader P Chidambaram Saturday took a swipe at the NDA government for claiming that the growth rate was better in its rule, saying it was lower than UPA's 10 years average and was going downward. In multiple tweets, [...]
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Restaurant review: Diva Spiced takes you on an atavistic culinary voyage through Asia and beyond
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Terror strikes Sunjuwan Army camp: JCO martyred, 1 terrorist killed
An Army personnel has been martyred and one terrorist has been killed in the terror attack on an Army Camp in Sunjuwan, Jammu and Kashmir. Six persons who were injured in the attack have been shifted to the Military hospital in [...]
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Auto Expo 2018: Our star cars
Honda Amaze - Hormazd Sorabjee The Honda Amaze has grown up and how. It may be a compact sedan in size, but it sure doesn’t look like one. Not this second-generation car, at least. The Brio-esque grille is gone and replaced by a vertical, chunky bar of chrome which gives it instant big-car cred. The interiors, too, have been spruced up and the new Amaze feels like a mini-City on the inside and not a Brio with a boot. And the cleverest bit is slipping a CVT automatic transmission into the diesel variant, which will no doubt help the Amaze find many new buyers. Kia SP Concept - Shapur Kotwal It takes a while normally for car companies to be on the ball here in India, but one look at Kia’s SP Concept and you know this company is going to hit the ground running. The bright work up front may be exaggerated and even so on the wheels, but this show car, in essence, is what we’ll see on our roads come 2019. The same spot-on proportions, the same fantastic stance and then there’s the tightly stretched skin. The more I looked at it, the more I liked it; especially those subtly flared wheel arches and the seamless manner in which the white roof merges with the rest of the car. Expect a lot from Kia. Kia Stinger GT - Gavin D'Souza There are more powerful sports sedans than the Kia Stinger GT, there are also better looking ones, ones with more desirable badges and more luxurious ones too. If given the option, chances are, many would not give it a second look, and simply put even more money down on something more familiar. But just the fact the Stinger GT exists at all makes it my pick from the 2018 Auto Expo. With 370hp and a 100kph time of 4.7sec, it’s no slouch, and unlike almost every other Kia, this one uses a proper, handling friendly rear-wheel-drive chassis! Kia could have just stuck to its affordable hatchbacks, family crossovers and planet-hugging hybrids, but they went and did this too. Please put it on sale here. Tata H5X - Nikhil Bhatia First up, kudos to Tata’s social media team. I think the cryptic teaser images they released in the run up to the Auto Expo 2018 were really nicely done. They got all and sundry genuinely excited about Tata’s big SUV reveal at the motor show. And you know what? The SUV really lived up to the hype. Bold, chunky and sexy even, the H5X, in my book, just takes Tata SUV design to the next level. I love the design and I love the detailing, and the techy cabin is really cool too. Now if only the final production version can stay true to concept.   Suzuki e-Survivor - Nishant Parekh The Suzuki e-Survivor is my star car of the Auto Expo, not least because the concept is as futuristic as it gets. Distinctive rugged looking exterior, massive wheel arches, huge wheels and four-wheel drive assure go-anywhere ability. An electric motor powering each of the four wheels promises an engaging driving experience. I hadn't even soaked in the exterior fully when the ultramodern-looking dash with its spherical monitor that displays vehicle data caught my eye – I was sold; I couldn't care less about its autonomous driving ability. To me, it's all the car one will ever need. Tata Racemo - Akbar Merchant I had my eyes on this little Tata right from its first showcase at Geneva last year. The ‘Racemo’ attempt by Tata has a really huge potential. The looks that are just right, the two-seat setup and that small, yet powerful engine could give India its own version of the Mazda Miata. Look at it! It’s surely a head-turner! Its combination of just about the right proportions, overall striking and ‘in your eye’ looks, a futuristic and youth oriented interior, and the 190hp motor – I find these to be just the perfect recipe for a unique product from Tata. Give it a few minor interior and exterior tweaks to make it production ready and there we have it!  We've seen the Tiago, the Tigor, the Hexa and the Nexon, and not to forget the stylish H5X and the 45X at the Auto Expo – they have surely made Tata Motors one of the most exciting mass-market car brands in recent times. Although chances are bleak, but I think a production version of the Racemo could just be an icing on that delicious cake that many of us are looking for. Tata 45X - Amaan Ahmed It'd be easy to draw up a list of stunning supercars, fancy sedans and burly SUVs. The list of jaw-dropping hatchbacks, though a short one, would definitely have the Tata 45X figure on it. There couldn't be a better way to introduce the IMPACT 2.0 design language. It's long and low-slung, the face displays just the right amount of aggression, the split rear spoiler looks funky and the detailing is just exquisite. Even the colour was done to perfection, and to add to the effect, Tata had placed it inside a glass showcase, so we were all looking at it like chil [...]
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Mahindra eKUV100 EV showcased at Auto Expo
Mahindra had lots of electric vehicles on display at Auto Expo 2018, one of which was the eKUV100. The all-electric version of the KUV100 hatchback is part of Mahindra’s plans to electrify its range in the future, and it will be launched in India in 2019. The eKUV100 concept on display uses the same 30kW motor and lithium-ion battery pack as the eVerito already on sale. Mahindra claims a range of 140km on a single charge and that the battery is capable of fast charging, with 80 percent being charged in less than an hour. However, the Mahindra Electric official we spoke to said that the eKUV100 could run an updated motor and battery pack by the time it launches in 2019. In terms of design, both inside and out, there isn’t much to differentiate the electric version of the KUV100 from the standard internal combustion model, besides the EV badging and minor detailing. However, the lack of a standard transmission tunnel means there is more space liberated for the front passengers, meaning a six-seat layout is easier to configure. Like the e2o, the Mahindra eKUV100 is equipped with smartphone connectivity, remote diagnostics, cabin pre-cooling and real-time location tracking. The car will also monitor driving styles and calculate battery status depending on accelerator and driving inputs. Also see: Mahindra Rexton first look video Mahindra Stinger Concept SUV and EVs first look video Best cars at Auto Expo 2018 Mahindra Stinger convertible SUV concept revealed at Auto Expo 2018 Mahindra Rexton revealed at Auto Expo 2018   [...]
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EXCLUSIVE | Unprecedented, says Shashi Tharoor after Lok Sabha Speaker orders cancellation of Standing Committee meeting on Doklam
Unprecedented, says Tharoor after LS Speaker orders cancellation of Standing Committee meet on Doklam [...]
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India's message to China: Hope all countries can play constructive role in Maldives, instead of doing the opposite
India's message to China: Hope all countries can play constructive role in Maldives, instead of doing the opposite [...]
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Pakistan wants a barrier on the Afghan border. And it wants Trump's US to pay for it: Report
Pakistan wants a barrier on the Afghan border. And it wants Trump's US to pay for it: Report [...]
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India vs South Africa, 4th ODI: When and where to watch live on TV, live streaming online
India are on the cusp of creating history as a victory in the fourth match against South Africa in Johannesburg on Saturday will make Virat Kohli & Co the first team from India to win an ODI series in the rainbow nation.  [...]
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The bird market of Kabul – in pictures
A visit to the narrow lane of Ka Faroshi bird market brings comfort to war-weary Afghans Continue reading... [...]
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Myanmar killing report prompts call for release of arrested journalists
US state department demands inquiry after Reuters story about slaughter of 10 Rohingya menA Reuters investigation into the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar has prompted demands from the US state department for a credible inquiry into the bloodshed and calls for the release of two journalists who were arrested while working on the report. The report, published overnight, lays out events leading up to the killing of 10 Rohingya men from Inn Din village in Rakhine state. They were buried in a mass grave after being hacked to death or shot by Buddhist neighbours and soldiers. Related: World's awkward silence over Rohingya genocide warnings Continue reading... [...]
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Atia Abawi: 'There were lifejackets everywhere. People died trying to live'
Her own experiences as a refugee did little to prepare Atia Abawi for the disturbing realities that greeted her when she travelled to Lesbos to research her new novel about people fleeing SyriaAtia Abawi, a young adult novelist, was working on a very different book when an epiphany occurred.Sitting in her apartment with her young son, she was watching news reports of Syrian refugees on the deadly smuggling routes to Europe. Suddenly, she knew she had to write about that experience instead.I was lucky that my parents made that hard decision. It wasn’t a decision about self, but to save the family Related: I escaped war in Syria and am now free to dream – but other kids aren't so lucky | Bilal Rwaeh Continue reading... [...]
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Days after Lashkar terrorists escape, big changes in J&K police dept
Days after terrorists of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba managed to escape from a hospital in Srinagar, the government in Jammu and Kashmir has shunted out the Director General of Prisons. S K Mishra was transferred and posted as Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Jammu [...]
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Elimination of Lashkar leadership forced desperate escape in Srinagar: Police
The Jammu and Kashmir police have said that the escape of the terrorists from a Srinagar hospital was a desperate move by the Lashkar-e-Tayiba as its top leadership had been eliminated. The police said the police exercised restraint at [...]
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How did draft note on Aircel-Maxis case reach Chidambaram: CBI begins probe
The mysterious manner in which a 2013 draft report reached the residence of former union minister, P Chidambaram is being probed by the CBI. The Central Bureau of Investigation had prepared a draft report in connection with the Aircel-Maxis case and [...]
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New Hyundai i20 facelift price, variants explained
Hyundai has launched the facelift to its i20 hatchback at the 2018 Auto Expo, in Delhi. Apart from minor cosmetic changes to the exterior, the new version also gets additional kit on the inside. The facelift will continue to carry the powertrain options from the previous-gen i20, however, an all new CVT transmission will be mated to the 1.2-litre Kappa engine. This is a replacement, of sorts, for the earlier car's 1.4-litre petrol engine with the four-speed torque convertor. The new i20 offers five variants – the Era, Magna Executive, Sports, Asta and the top of the line Asta (O). Below is the equipment and safety that is on offer in each variant. ERA (Petrol/Diesel) Rs 5.34-6.73 lakh 5-speed MT/6-speed MT Dual front airbags ABS Speed-sensing door locks Engine Immobilizer Gear-shift indicator Manual climate control Body-coloured bumpers Steel wheels Power windows for the front, only MAGNA EXECUTIVE (Petrol/Diesel) Rs 6.00-7.31 lakh Body-coloured door mirrors Wheel covers for steel wheels Audio player with front and rear speakers Front tweeters AUX and USB ports Rear power windows Cooled glovebox Rear AC vents Electrically adjustable ORVM SPORTZ (Petrol/Diesel) Rs 6.59-7.83 lakh Front fog lamps Keyless entry Follow-me-home headlamps Rear defogger DRL (near fog lamp) Turn indicators on ORVMs Electric folding ORVMs Rear parcel tray Height adjust for driver's seat Front and rear tweeters Bluetooth telephony Steering-mounted controls Hyundai iblue remote application ASTA (Petrol/Diesel) Rs 7.12-8.36 lakh Rear camera with reverse parking sensors 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system 15-inch alloy wheels (16-inch wheels on the dual-tone variant) Adjustable rear headrests Sliding armrest Apple CarPlay, Android Auto , MirrorLink Arkamys audio system USB charger Voice commands Automatic climate control Tilt/Telescopic steering adjust ASTA (O) (Petrol/Diesel) Rs 7.91-9.16 lakh Side and curtain airbags Automatic headlamps Keyless entry/go ISOFIX child seat mounts Height-adjustable seatbelts for driver and passenger LED DRL with projector headlamps Cornering lights Chrome door handles 16-inch wheels Leather-wrapped steering with gearknob Steering position reminder with service reminder Rear wiper with washer Hyundai i20 technical specificationsEngine1197cc/1396ccPower83hp at 6000rpm/90hp at 4000rpmTorque115Nm at 4000rpm/ 220Nm at 1500-2750rpmTransmission5-speed manual/6-speed manualLength3985mmWidth1734mmHeight1505mmWheelbase2570mmTyre185/70 R14 - 185/65 R15 – 195/55 R16Boot space285 litresFuel tank40 litresBrakes (f/r)Disc/DrumSuspension (f/r)MacPherson strut/ Torsion beam Also see: 2018 Hyundai i20 facelift first look video 2018 Hyundai i20 facelift image gallery Hyundai may bring back Santro name with all-new budget hatchback Hyundai Kona showcased at Auto Expo 2018 Hyundai Ioniq EV, Hybrid showcased at Auto Expo 2018 [...]
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Days after escape, Abu Hanzala’s picture surfaces on social media
Naved alias Abu Hanzala has surfaced on the social media, just three days after he escaped from a hospital in Srinagar. In the photograph he is seen holding an AK-47 rifle and posing with two of his Hizbul Mujahideen counterparts, Sadam [...]
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