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Don't preach about democracy <i>Rahul Baba</i>, Congress didn't believe in it: Amit Shah
The blame game over Parliament disruption escalated to a new level altogether today with both the Congress and the BJP attacking each other with sharp remarks. While the Congress said that the time had come for PM Modi and the BJP [...]
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‘2019 elections will be Islam vs <i>Bhagwan</i>', says UP BJP MLA
A BJP MLA has made a highly controversial and communal statement in Uttar Pradesh's Ballia. BJP MLA from Bairia, Surendra Singh, said the 2019 Lok Sabha elections would be about choosing between Islam and Bhagwan (god). He also called the oppositions [...]
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Nitish orders security to be restored at Rabri Devi's residence
Patna, Apr 12: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday ordered restoration of the security arrangements at the residence of former chief minister Rabri Devi, a day after the latter "returned" the state security cover in protest against withdrawal of guards [...]
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Rahul observes candlelight vigil at India Gate to protest against Kathua, Unnao rapes
Congress president Rahul Gandhi observed a candlelight vigil on the midnight intervening Thursday (April 12) and Friday (April 13) at the India Gate in New Delhi to register his protest against the growing incidents of crime against women. Rahul, who was [...]
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Modi to fast today LIVE: 'Opposition lacks courage to debate,' says Amit Shah
Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with other Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders are observing a day-long fast on Thursday to protest against the alleged disruptions by the Congress in Parliament, that led to a complete washout of the second part of [...]
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Acer Swift 3 (Ryzen 5)
  AMD has shown serious resilience on the desktop side in the past year and now, the company is taking on Intel in the laptop department. Laptops powered by AMD’s latest Ryzen mobile processors ha... [...]
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Muslim rape-murder case in India disrupted by Hindu groups
Arrest of temple custodian leads to confrontation between police and dozens of Hindu lawyersWhen police in northern India went to court on Monday to file charges implicating eight men in the rape and murder of a Muslim child, they were confronted by dozens of Hindu lawyers determined to keep them out. The killing of eight year-old Asifa Bano, details of which were released on Wednesday, and ongoing efforts by Hindu groups to disrupt the police investigation have sickened many Indians and deepened concerns about a growing sense of impunity among religious nationalists. Continue reading... [...]
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Mahindra's high-performance EV start-up: 5 things you need to know
We broke the news last month and caught the world by surprise, and now, it's about to be made official. Mahindra is all set to reveal its new EV start-up tomorrow, in Italy, ahead of the Formula E Rome ePrix. But before that announcement is made, here are five things you need to know about Mahindra's new company:  Designed by Pininfarina Mahindra has a burning ambition to join the global EV race and is keen on taking a crack at the high-end EV market. Its new start-up (codenamed 'Project Montana', based in Europe and to be headed by ex-Audi India chief Michael Perschke) will develop a range of high-end, low-volume models that can stand toe to toe with the best sportscars and SUVs in the world. And to get things spot on, Mahindra is playing the Pininfarina card. The new company is likely to be called Automobili Pininfarina, and all the design and styling for the new EV range will be done by the famed Italian design house. All the cars will sport the Pininfarina badge, thus fulfilling the dream of its founders to make a road car under their own brand name. Powered by Rimac With the right people working on the design, Mahindra knows how important it is to have the right powertrain as well, and so, it has roped in Rimac – an EV specialist that makes electric hypercars. It stunned the world at this year's Geneva motor show with the premiere of its second hypercar, the C_Two concept. The C_Two develops a claimed 1,915hp and can accelerate from 0-100kph in a scarcely believable 1.85sec. Rimac is also developing and manufacturing the battery system for the Aston Martin-Red Bull Racing's AM-RB 001 hypercar as well as the Koenigsegg Regera. A Bugatti Chiron rival will be up first Leading the charge (no pun intended) will be an electric supercar that will rival the 1,500hp Bugatti Chiron. Internally dubbed 'PF-Zero', the electric hypercar will be one of the four models to be developed by the new start-up, with a limited production run of around only 20 units planned. High-performance SUVs to follow A range of electric SUVs is also being developed to be produced on a larger scale, and topping this range will be a Lamborghini Urus fighter, codenamed PF1. The fully electric PF1 will be developed on a modular platform that will boast a battery pack of around 140 kWh and an output of over 700kW (around 940hp). The company is targeting a 0-100kph run of under 3sec. The two other SUVs in the range will compete in the large and medium-size luxury segments, going up against vehicles such as the Porsche Cayenne and Porsche Macan, respectively.  First car coming in 2020 The initial seed funding of $100 million will be utilised towards the development of the performance SUV and supercar; the latter is expected go into development in 2018-19 and on sale by 2020. According to company sources, the new start-up will look at strategic partners for additional funding to expand its line-up, with an aim to launch four models in five years at a total investment of $500 million (over Rs 3,200 crore). The new EV company will also take inputs from Mahindra Racing, whose successes in Formula E bring invaluable know-how and experience with electric powertrains and battery management.   [...]
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TVS Apache RTR 160 White Race Edition launched at Rs 79,715
TVS has launched a new colour scheme for the RTR 160 called the ‘White Race Edition’. The special-edition Apache RTR 160 remains mechanically identical to the standard bike and is available in two variants – front disc/rear drum (Rs 79,715) and front disc/rear disc (Rs 82,044) (both prices, ex-showroom, Delhi). As the name suggests, the motorcycle is mostly white in colour, with the addition of a few red stripes. It also gets a new fuel-tank badge. Keep in mind that the White Race Edition is based on the previous-generation RTR 160, which is still on sale, and is not to be confused with the recently launched 160 4V. The White Race Edition is priced on par with the Matte Red edition that was launched last year, and both are priced Rs 1,000 higher than the standard RTR 160. Except for the colour scheme, all three variants are mechanically identical and use the same 159.7cc single-cylinder motor making 15.1hp and 13Nm of torque. This engine comes mated to a five-speed gearbox. TVS also launched a thoroughly updated 2018 Apache RTR 160 4V last month, the price for which starts at Rs 81,490 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The 4V features a number of styling and mechanical changes; it gets a new frame and reworked engine, brakes, suspension and styling that is more in line with the Apache RTR 200. Click here to read more about it.   [...]
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Kathua rape and murder case: Hindu Ekta Manch members stage protest, demands CBI probe
The family members of the accused and Hindu Ekta Manch members on Thursday staged a protest and demanded CBI probe in Kathua rape case. Read | Murder, rape most foul: The death of an 8 year old divides Jammu on communal lines [...]
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India renews call for reasonable oil prices
India renews call for reasonable oil prices [...]
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Commonwealth Games 2018, Gold Coast: Indian paddlers reach men&amp;#039;s singles TT quarters
Sharath outplayed Australia's Heming Hu 4-1 (11-8, 12-10, 8-11, 11-6, 11-5) and will now clash against England's Liam Pitchford in the quarters on Friday. [...]
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Commonwealth Games 2018, Day 8 Medals Tally, Gold Coast – live updates
It's raining medals for India on the Day 8 of the 21st Commonwealth Games in Australia's Gold Coast. Wrestler Sushil Kumar clinched a Gold medal in men's freestyle 74kg wrestling to complete his CWG hat-trick. A short while ago, Indian wrestler Rahul Aware bagged another Gold followed by a Bronze by Wrestler Kiran in women's freestyle 76kg wrestling beating Mauritius's Katouskia Pariadhaven 10-0 in the final. India's current medal count has now reached 29. Here is the current medal count on the Day 8 of the 21st edition of the 2018 CWG in Australia's Gold Coast. [...]
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Commonwealth Games 2018, Gold Coast, Day 8: Here are India’s medal winners so far
The Indian contingent has so far won (12 Gold, 4 Silver, 8 Bronze). Here is the complete list of Indian medal winners at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games so far. [...]
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Verdict on SC/ST Act has done a great damage to the country: Centre to SC
The Centre on Thursday told the Supreme Court that its recent judgement on the SC/ST Act has "diluted" the provisions of the law, resulting in "great damage" to the country. It said the top court verdict, which had dealt [...]
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PM Modi in Chennai UPDATES: DMK floats a black balloon with the slogan 'Modi Go Back'
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Chennai was marred by protests called by M Karunanidhi's DMK. DMK floated a black balloon in Chennai with the slogan 'Modi Go Back', in protest against PM Modi's visit to Tamil Nadu. Also, Kanimozhi joined [...]
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Modi to formally inaugurate Defence Expo on Thursday
Thiruvidanthai, Apr 11: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Wednesday (April 11) that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will formally inaugurate Defence Expo - a biennial exhibition of weapons and military hardware - tomorrow though he will observe a day-long fast. {image-russian-helicopter-1523355429.jpg [...]
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Himachal Pradesh: 12-year-old girl allegedly raped by neighbour
Dharamshala, Apr 11: A 12-year-old girl has alleged that a neighbour raped her while she was alone at her house in Baijnath town, police said on Wednesday. The minor in her complaint said that while she was sleeping alone [...]
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Disruptions in Parliament were 'government-sponsored': Tharoor
Raipur, Apr 11: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday (April 11) accused the BJP of engineering "proxy disruption" during the recently-concluded Budget session of Parliament. He was speaking to reporters at the Raipur airport. "The allegations are baseless. Congress [...]
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Defence Expo 2018: Modi to inaugurate the event today in Chennai
Defence Expo India 2018, an event to showcase the country's defence manufacturing capabilities, would formally be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Thiruvidanthai, Chennai, on Thursday. The four-day exhibition will showcase the strengths of India's defence public sector and uncover the [...]
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Reuters reporters must stand trial over massacre story, Myanmar judge rules
Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo to be tried over report on atrocity the army admits took placeTwo Reuters journalists arrested while investigating a massacre of Rohingya Muslims will face trial in Myanmar after a court rejected a motion to drop the case against them.Reporters Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, were detained in December and accused of violating the country’s Official Secrets Act for possessing material relating to security operations in Rakhine state that was handed to them by the police.The Rohingya are Muslims who live in majority-Buddhist Myanmar. They are often described as "the world's most persecuted minority".  Related: Myanmar soldiers jailed for 10 years over massacre of Rohingya Muslims Continue reading... [...]
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Man who accused Indian politician of raping daughter dies in custody
Alleged victim had attempted to self-immolate in protest against treatment by authorities on day before father died An Indian man who was arrested after accusing a ruling party official of raping his teenage daughter has died in police custody, prompting outrage and calls for an independent investigation.The day before the man died, his daughter had gone to Lucknow, the state capital of Uttar Pradesh, doused herself in kerosene and tried to self-immolate in protest against the alleged unwillingness of police to pursue her allegations. Continue reading... [...]
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Audi RS5 launched at Rs 1.1 crore
Audi has launched the second-generation RS5 Sports Coupè in India at Rs 1.1 crore (ex-showroom). The RS5 debuts the two-door coupè body style of the latest-gen A5 in India. Currently, the A5 line-up in India consists of sportback and convertible models.   Powering the new RS5 is a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol motor that is a big departure from 4.2-litre naturally aspirated V8 that powered the last-gen RS5. Even though it may be smaller in displacement, the engine new churns out a solid maximum power of 450hp and a humongous 600Nm of peak torque. Interestingly, the figures indicate that the new RS5 matches the old car on power, but produces a significant 170Nm more torque. As for performance, Audi claims the new RS5 can do the 0-100kph dash in just 3.9sec – half a second faster than the previous RS5. As expected, power is channelled to all four wheels via Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system mated to an eight-speed gearbox.   The sports coupé also boasts a limited top speed of 250kph in standard form. You can also upgrade to a top-speed of 280kph which is a paid opition. The new RS5 features Audi Sport’s aggressive styling cues. 19-inch wheels are standard, while 20-inchers are optional. On the inside, there is enough RS-spec elements to ma1ke you feel that you're in a performance car. Sport seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, Alcantara leather upholstery, sport pedals and Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital instrument system with RS highlights – these are a few elements that distinguish the RS5 from the standard A5 models.   At Rs 1.1 crore, the RS5's pricing is considerably cheaper than its direct rival, the BMW M4 that costs Rs 1.33 crore (ex-showroom).  [...]
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Mahindra Bolero crosses 1 million sales milestone in India
Mahindra has announced that sales of its Bolero utility vehicle have crossed the milestone of 1 million units. The Bolero has achieved this feat 18 years after it first went on sale. The car also enjoys the distinction of being Mahindra’s best-selling model of all time. To many, the Bolero is also the vehicle that helped establish Mahindra’s image in the market as a maker of rugged vehicles. The original Bolero (launched in 2000) was based on the Armada and has been updated over the years to keep it relevant, which made it a regular on the 'top 10 passenger vehicles by sales' list for most of its life span – that is, until two years ago, when it witnessed a sales drop. It made its comeback to the top 10 in February 2018 with sales of 8,001 units in the month. The Bolero has recorded a 23 percent year-on-year growth in the last fiscal – more than the 20.9 percent clip at which the UV segment grew in the same period. In the April-February period of the 2018 fiscal, Mahindra sold 65,906 units of the Bolero UVs. In conversation with Autocar India, Vijay Ram Nakra, Chief- Sales & Marketing - Mahindra, spoke of the key factors that have played a role in this revival in sales. “A strong comprehensive strategy for small cities and rural markets that the company put in place eight months back – complemented by the Bolero Plus – has helped the SUV regain lost volumes,” he said. For those who may not know, the Bolero Plus is a marginally shortened version of the Bolero. Its sub-four-metre length and 1.5-litre diesel engine qualify it for the government's lower rate of taxation on ‘small cars’, allowing Mahindra to price this version very competitively. Spec-to-spec, the Bolero Plus undercuts the regular Bolero by Rs 90,000, explaining how Mahindra has managed to make deeper inroads into the price-sensitive utility vehicles segment.   [...]
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Tecno Camon i
  Xiaomi continues to dominate the sub 10k market and for good reason. The company provides impressive hardware at an affordable price. A lot of companies have tried to impress audiences in the budget s... [...]
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Ambedkar advised shunning violent ways in post-1947 India: Bhagwat
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday said B R Ambedkar had felt that violence and even a non-violent protest such as a "Satyagraha" should have no place in independent India. Interestingly, his statement came against the backdrop of today's [...]
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Hunger games: Modi to lead tit-for-tat fast in row with opposition
India’s PM to stage rival fast days after opponents were caught eating curry before hunger strikeIndia’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, will lead a daylong fast on Thursday in a tit-for-tat protest against the opposition, whose leaders were caught feasting moments before they launched their own hunger strike.The rival protests are part of growing showdown between Modi’s ruling nationalist Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) and the Congress party before national elections. Both sides have faced social media ridicule over their fasts. Continue reading... [...]
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Mumbai: FIR against TV actor Akashdeep Saigal for beating up two auto drivers
An FIR was registered at the Bandra Police station in Mumbai against TV actor Akashdeep Saigal, known as Skywalker, for allegedly beating up autorickshaw drivers with bamboo sticks in Mumbai. In a statement to Hindustan Times, a police source [...]
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