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Lamborghini Urus super-SUV revealed
The all-new Urus – described by Lamborghini as a ‘super-SUV’ – was unveiled in Bologna, Italy. Powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, the four-wheel-drive Urus can achieve 0-100kph in 3.6sec, with a top speed of 306kph. It will cost around Rs1.43 crore in the UK. Lamborghini chief Stefano Domenicali has insisted that the Italian company’s “visionary” new Urus SUV fits perfectly alongside its line-up of supercars and that level of performance reflects a machine that “elevates the SUV to a level not previously possible”. He said that the Urus is “a true Lamborghini in terms of design, performance, driving dynamics and emotion, as well as drivable every day in a range of environments”. He added: “The Urus fits perfectly within the Lamborghini family as a high-performance car. It is the culmination of intensive development and passionate skill to create a new brand of bull: a super-SUV that transcends the boundaries of expectations and opens the door to new possibilities, for both our brand and our customers.” The Urus will be built in a new factory at the firm’s Sant’Agata Bolognese base. As a result, Lamborghini’s production output will double to around 7000 cars per year. The Urus’s dramatic exterior has been designed to embody Lamborghini’s range of supercars – following the same two-thirds body, one-third window ratio – and the firm says it also contains visual links to the LM002, the off-road SUV Lamborghini produced from 1986 until 1993. The peaked bonnet is styled on those seen on the Miura and Aventador, while diagonal hood lines, first used on the Countach, also feature. The styling, according to the company, has been honed to maximise the car’s aerodynamic potential, with a front splitter and air intakes to channel air to the underbody. Lamborghini has stuck with naturally aspirated V10 and V12 engines for its Aventador and Huracán, believing that it adds to the emotional experience of driving a supercar, but has used the front-mounted twin-turbo 4.0-litre petrol powerplant in the Urus. The reason for this, claims the firm, is that SUVs need the additional low-rev torque, especially when being used off-road. The front-mounted unit produces 650hp at 6800rpm, and 850Nm between 2240- 4500rpm. As well as hitting 100kph in 3.6sec, the Urus will reach 200 kph in 12.8sec. Carbon-ceramic brakes – measuring 440 by 40mm at the front and 370 by 30mm at the rear – help the Urus to stop from 100kph in 33.7 metres. The turbo engine is mounted low in the car to optimise the Urus’ centre of gravity and has been designed with the central turbocharger layout near the combustion chambers to enhance engine response. The twin-scroll turbochargers run in parallel to allow for maximum power when fully loaded, while reducing turbo lag. The unit also features two exhaust flows which, Lambo said, eliminate interference in the exhaust gas cycle and cylinder deactivation to reduce fuel consumption. The engine’s power is sent through an eight-speed automatic gearbox, which is electro-hydraulically controlled. The low gear ratios are set short to provide low-end power, with the high gears set at longer intervals. A specially developed torque converter is used to boost the engine response. Lamborghini will also add a plug-in hybrid engine option to the Urus at a later stage, enabling zero-emission running - essential to ensure the car conforms to stringent emissions legislation in certain areas of the world. The four-wheel-drive system on the Urus features a Torsen self-locking differential, with torque split 40/60 to the independent front and rear axles respectively. The system can send a maximum of 70% torque to the front wheels, or 87% to the rear, depending on demands. The rear differential features active torque vectoring, which can deliver power to each wheel according to the driving mode, style and grip levels. The rear-wheel steering system from the Aventador S has been carried over to the Urus, and can vary the rear steering angle by three degrees in either direction. It is set to use counter-phase steering at low speeds for increased manoeuvrability and in-phase steering at higher speeds for increased stability. The Urus is based on the Volkswagen Group’s MLB Evo platform that has also been used for the Bentley Bentayga, Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7. The SUV is 5112mm long, 2016mm wide and 1638mm high, with a wheelbase of 3003mm. Lamborghini says the machine has a kerb weight of less than 2200kg, with the chassis using aluminium and steel to maximise stiffness. There are aluminium doors, and torsional beams replacing the traditional C-pillar. Adaptive air suspension allows the Urus to be raised and lowered from 158mm to 248mm to suit conditions, and is also adjusted by the various drive modes. Wheel options extend from 21in to 23in rims and Pirelli has developed [...]
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Bollywood star Shashi Kapoor dies at 79
A scion of the Kapoor film-making dynasty, the celebrated actor appeared in a string of Indian features and Merchant Ivory films Veteran Indian film industry stalwart Shashi Kapoor has died at the age of 79, it has been confirmed. His nephew Randhir told the Press Trust of India (PTI) that the actor had died in Mumbai on Monday after several years of kidney problems.Kapoor was a scion of the celebrated Indian film-making dynasty, the son of Mughal-E-Azam star Prithviraj Kapoor, and brother of Raj Kapoor. Shashi Kapoor’s own screen career started as a child actor in the 1940s and 50s, appearing in films such as Aag and Awaara, in both of which he played the younger version of his already established brother Raj. His first leading role was in the award-winning 1961 Dharmputra, directed by Yash Chopra, which was one of the first Indian features to deal with partition. Continue reading... [...]
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Mandatory STPs: KSPCB cancels notices issued to apartments
The 'Apartment Rally', held on Saturday against the government order of mandatory Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) in the apartment with retrospective effect, was a success said Bangalore Apartment Forum. The forum claimed that around 10,050 residents participated in 40 different locations [...]
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Rahul Gandhi files nomination for top Congress post: What you need to know
Rahul Gandhi has filed the nomination for the post of Congress president, paving the way for his much-awaited elevation ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Rahul Gandhi is likely to emerge as the lone candidate in the fray and [...]
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Navy Day 2107: PM Modi extends greetings
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday greeted Indian naval personnel on the occasion of Navy Day 2017. "On Navy Day, greetings to all navy personnel and their families," Modi tweeted. Navy Day in India is observed on 4 December every year [...]
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Kids are suffering: NGT raps Delhi govt for failing to submit action plan on air pollution
NGT slammed authorities for holding India-Sri Lanka cricket match at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi despite hazardous air quality. [...]
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Tata Open India International Badminton Challenge: India's Lakshya Sen stunned by Thai shuttler Sitthikom Thammasin in final
The men's final produced some fighting display from both the shuttlers with Sen, a losing quarter finalist in the last world junior championships, dominating the opening game before faltering in the last two after frittering away chances. [...]
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Caught on cam: AIADMK MLA distributes money, liquor to cadres
An AIADMK MLA has been caught on camera distributing money and liquor to party cadres. MLA Kanakaraj is seen in the video purportedly distributing money to cadres ahead of the MG Ramachandran birth centenary celebrations. While the origin of the video [...]
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Andhra Pradesh: Groom thrashes bride on wedding night, case registered
In a bizarre incident, a 23-year-old bride was battered by her groom on their wedding night in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. The incident occurred in Motharanganapalli in Gangadhara Nellore Saturday night when Rajesh Reddy, a government school teacher, [...]
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Pollution stops play at Delhi Test match as bowlers struggle to breathe
Sri Lanka say conditions in smog-hit Indian capital left players vomiting, and some of them took to field wearing face masks A cricket Test match between India and Sri Lanka was repeatedly interrupted on Sunday with claims players were “continuously vomiting” due to hazardous pollution levels in the Indian capital.Commentators said it was the first recorded instance of an international match being halted due to the toxic smog that afflicts much of north India year-round but worsens to hazardous levels during winter months. Related: 'Half my lung cancer patients are non-smokers': toxic air crisis chokes Delhi Continue reading... [...]
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The Guardian view on Delhi’s pollution: when smog stops play | Editorial
Cricket is famous for the many things that can interrupt a game. But the halting of a Test match in Delhi because of smog is a wake-up call for IndiaCricket isn’t cricket without the occasional “rain stopped play” that has marked – not often enough for English taste – the Ashes test in Adelaide. But rain is not the only reason why cricket matches sometimes have to be halted. Snow, dazzling sunshine and a solar eclipse have all brought games to an early end. So have hedgehogs, pigs, snakes and cars on the pitch. But cricket’s love of the eccentric gave way to a truly disturbing interruption on Sunday when Delhi’s bad air pollution – which was 15 times the WHO’s recommended toxicity maximum – caused stops and starts to a test between India and Sri Lanka. With players forced to leave the game to vomit and Sri Lankans wearing anti-pollution masks on the field, this was a Delhi clean-up call. If India’s favourite sport can’t be played in the nation’s smog-laden capital, cricket in Delhi should be no-balled. Continue reading... [...]
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RK Nagar bypoll: Actor Vishal to file nominations tomorrow
Actor Vishal, who will be contesting Chennai's RK Nagar by poll as an independent candidate will file his nomination papers on Monday. The actor will be paying his respects to late AIADMK Supremo J Jayalalithaa, at her memorial at [...]
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Student hangs self in hostel washroom at Osmania university
A 20-year-old student at the city-based Osmania University apparently committed suicide today by hanging, police said. The body of E Murali, a first-year student of MSc Physics at the university, was found hanging in the washroom of one of [...]
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Hong Kong ePrix: Mahindra take victory following Abt's disqualification
Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist has been handed victory for the second Formula E race in Hong Kong after Daniel Abt’s disqualification due to a technical rules infringement. Abt had claimed his maiden victory in the series, and Audi Sport Abt's first as a works Formula E team, after long-time leader Edoardo Mortara spun late in the race. However, a post-race inspection revealed that the FIA security stickers on the inverters and motors did not correspond with those declared on one of his car's technical passport – a breach of the series' technical and sporting regulations. Rosenqvist thus claims his second Formula E win, completing an unusual race for the Mahindra driver after he spun out of the lead at the first corner at the start of the race and recovered to second. Mortara inherits second place, while Mitch Evans is promoted to the podium - Jaguar's first in the series. Abt's victory had launched him to the top of the championship after two races, but his exclusion means Saturday race winner Sam Bird now heads the table on 35 points, two points clear of Jean-Eric Vergne. It has also gifted 2015/16 champion Sebastien Buemi 10th place, meaning he at least has a solitary point to show for a disappointing opening weekend. It’s been an overall positive weekend for Mahindra Racing, which also secured a podium in the first race of the opening weekend, with Nick Heidfeld bagging third place. DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird won the season opener, despite serving a drivethrough penalty after he overshot his pitbox mark during the mid-race car swap. Bird, who managed to gain the race lead from poleman Jean-Eric Vergne over the first half of the race, still emerged ahead of the battling duo of Vergne and Heidfield, and went on to win the race. [...]
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Cyclone Ockhi: 357 fishermen rescued in TN, Kerala, says Nirmala Sitharaman
A total of 357 fishermen, including 71 from Tamil Nadu, stranded in sea due to Cyclone Ockhi, were rescued, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Sunday. A photograph on her official Twitter handle showed her inside a helicopter reviewing [...]
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Five years after the gang-rape and murder of Jyoti Singh, what has changed for women in India?
The Delhi student’s death sparked protest across the country, but campaigners, including Singh’s parents, say not enough has been done to keep women safeJyoti Singh stood by the side of the road, wrapped up from the chill of a Delhi winter evening, looking out for the headlights of a bus. It was about 9.30pm and she was on her way home from watching Life of Pi at the cinema in the Citywalk mall with a young male friend, Awindra Pandey.The date was 16 December 2012. She was 23 years old, a young woman making her way in the world, working nights in an IBM call centre to put herself through medical college to achieve her dream of becoming a physiotherapist. She had less than two weeks left to live.There was a huge public outcry to change the system… but hardly any change that has taken placeFor our government, rape is not a grave issue. They think these are trivial matters Related: Delhi police set up all-female motorbike squad to tackle crime against women Continue reading... [...]
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Actor Vishal to contest R K Nagar by-poll
Tamil actor Vishal would take the political plunge by contesting the R K Nagar Assembly bypoll, which is scheduled to be held on December 21, his office said on Saturday. The by-election to the assembly seat was necessitated after [...]
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Advocate fighting Pradyuman case attacked, threatened
Advocate Sushil Tekriwal who was fighting the Pradhyuman murder case for the victim's family has been attacked by some goons who tried to finish him and his family. The incident happened near Ashok Hotel in Chankyapuri in New Delhi. [...]
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Over 500 fishermen rescued, Ockhi hovers over SE Arabian sea
The death toll in rain-related incidents in Kerala rose to nine with the recovery of two more bodies, officials said. The state government decided to urge the Centre to declare Cyclone Ockhi, which left a trail of destruction in [...]
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Seek votes in 'dignified' ways: Manmohan to PM Modi
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday welcomed the uptick in the Q2 GDP growth at 6.3 per cent but cautioned that it is too early to say there is a reversal in decline seen in the past five quarters. {image-manmohan-singh-1-30-1504090905.jpg [...]
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Narendra Modi in Gujarat LIVE: PM back to election campaign in Bharuch, Saurashtra
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a two-day tour of Gujarat as part of BJP's election campaign. [...]
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Arun Jaitley likely to present India's first post-GST budget on February 1
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley likely to present India's first post-GST budget on February 1, 2018. [...]
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Bhopal gas tragedy: What had happened this day 33 years ago that killed thousands?
Three days after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, a major tragedy struck Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal, where thousands were killed in the world's worst industrial accident. [...]
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Teachers do not want to work in rural areas: Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar
Speaking to India Today, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said problem lies with the deployment of available teachers because most teachers do not want to work in rural areas. [...]
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SC verdict quashing appointment of assistant teachers who didn't clear TET leaves many in plight
The plight of ad hoc teachers is a symptom of the rot in our elementary school education system. [...]
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Ferrari could quit F1 over proposed changes: Sergio Marchionne
Marchionne is unhappy with the sport's proposed 2021 engine rules, which were revealed at the end of October, and has said that Ferrari could leave F1. [...]
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Virat Kohli becomes first international captain to hit six double centuries in Tests
Indian skipper Virat Kohli just crossed another milestone. [...]
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Kerala to urge Centre to declare Cyclone Ockhi as national calamity
Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 2: The Kerala government decided to urge the Centre to declare Cyclone Ockhi, which left a trail of destruction in the state, as a national calamity. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan entrusted chief secretary K M Abraham with [...]
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