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Why some people are more intelligent than others
Creative brains have higher IQ. (Wikimedia) The more variable a brain is and the more its different parts frequently connect with each other, the higher a person’s intelligenc [...]
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Aung San Suu Kyi won't be stripped of Nobel peace prize despite Rohingya crisis
Prize was awarded for past achievements, says panel after UN report on mass killings by Myanmar’s military Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel peace prize will not be withdrawn in the light of a United Nations report that said Myanmar’s military carried out mass killings of Muslim Rohingya. On Monday, UN investigators said Myanmar’s military carried out killings and gang rapes with “genocidal intent”, and the commander-in-chief and five generals should be prosecuted for the gravest crimes under international law. Related: Myanmar's military must be prosecuted for Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing', UN told Continue reading... [...]
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Maya Kodnani acquitted in Naroda Patiya riot case
The Gujarat High Court has acquitted Mayaben Kodnani in the Naroda Patiya riot case. The court held that there was no criminal conspiracy by her and the witnesses were not reliable. The court also acquitted Ganpat Chhara and Haresh [...]
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Such moments are game-changers, batsmen need to be wary of it: Ashwin on 'Mankading' Buttler
"I didn't even load and he just left the crease. We ended on the right side of the coin, but I definitely think that those are game-changing moments and batsmen need to be wary of it." [...]
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'Reconsideration of Justice Joseph’s elevation not revenge', says Ravi Shankar Prasad
Union Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad has rejected the narrative that the government had turned down the elevation of Justice K M Joseph to the Supreme Court due to his judgment on president's rule in Uttarakhand. The government is well [...]
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Congress has 3 CM candidates in Madhya Pradesh, each pulling others down: Modi
New Delhi, Oct 17: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday sought to mock at the Congress challenge to the BJP's 15-year-rule in Madhya Pradesh, saying it has three chief ministerial candidates with each pulling others down and that it cannot think of [...]
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IPL 2019, Hyderabad vs Chennai Highlights: As it happened
Team Hyderabad defeated Chennai by six wickets in the 33rd match of the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad on Wednesday. [...]
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More outsiders making it to the list of Congress causing resentment in Madhya Pradesh
New Delhi, Oct 29: All the criterion made by Congress president Rahul Gandhi for the ticket distribution for Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections seems to have gone for the toss as information is coming in that a big number of tainted and [...]
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Jayalalithaa's videos from hospital released ahead of R K Nagar bypoll
A day before the R K Nagar bypoll, TTV Dinakaran has released a video showing Jayalalithaa in the hospital. In a strategically timed move, Dinakaran's team has released the footage to counter suspicion of Jayalalithaa being unconscious throughout her treatment at [...]
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India aim to extend dominance over Windies in final ODI
The last time the Carribean side won a bilateral series against India was way back in 2006. [...]
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EC orders probe after Congress flags over 60 lakh 'fake voters' in MP
EC orders probe after Congress flags over 60 lakh 'fake voters' in MP [...]
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Afghan wrestling coach re-opens gym despite losing arm in Isis attack
In a poor corner of Kabul, wrestling offers hope and resistance against Isis’ sectarian terrorTo perform the “saltur”, an Afghan wrestling term, a fighter spins behind their opponent, then lifts them a few inches off the floor and slams the victim backwards overhead and into a pin. It is a technique that coach Ghulam Abbas has taught students for more than 30 years, and one he dearly loves to see.“I forget my troubles when a student takes the opportunity,” says the 57-year-old coach of the Maiwand wrestling club in west Kabul. But he can no longer demonstrate the move. As he strolls among his 40 teenage students, grappling and grunting, his left sleeve hangs conspicuously loose over where his arm should be. Continue reading... [...]
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Saraikela encounter: 1 CoBRA Commando, policeman killed; Chopper sent to airlift injured
One commando of the elite CoBRA force and a policeman were killed in an encounter with the Maoists in Jharkhand's Saraikela region on Thursday. The policeman was initially injured, but it was later reported that he succumbed to his injuries. Two [...]
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PM Modi hosts dinner for \"Friend\" Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted a private dinner for his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu and wife Sara at his 7, Lok Kalyan Marg residence on Sunday night. "Delighted to welcome Mrs. Netanyahu and PM @netanyahu to 7, Lok Kalyan [...]
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CPI(M) asks cadres to organise protests against polarisation
New Delhi, Jun 24: The CPI(M) central committee on Sunday asked its units across India to organise protests against the BJP-led central government, alleging that the four-year rule of the dispensation has seen "unprecedented" attacks on people's livelihood and sharpening of [...]
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Two British climbers rescued from Pakistan mountain
Austrian Christian Huber was killed when an avalanche crushed the trio’s tentPakistan’s air force has rescued two British climbers after an avalanche crushed their tent near the top of a mountain in northern Pakistan, killing the third member of the party.Bruce Normand and Timothy Miller raised the alarm on Saturday night after tumbling snow and ice trapped them 5,900 metres (19,400 ft) up Ultar Sar, a mid-size mountain in the Karakoram range that includes K2, the second-tallest mountain in the world, and spans the border of China, India and Pakistan. Continue reading... [...]
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Infocus Turbo 5
   Good battery backup is something I personally look for when buying a phone. I usually commute for long periods and want to keep myself entertained while I travel, a feeling that I think many... [...]
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KCR snubbed by Akhilesh, Mayawati
New Delhi, Dec 27: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is trying to galvanise the regional parties for a non-BJP non Congress front for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He met West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday [...]
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Resign and face fresh election, AGP tells Sonowal
Guwahati, Jan 8: A day after pulling out of the BJP-led government in Assam over the Citizenship Amendment Bill, the AGP Tuesday demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and dared the saffron party to face fresh polls. [...]
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Mumbai dance bar case: SC fixes next hearing on August 8
Mumbai, July 24: The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned the matter and fixed its next hearing of the Mumbai dance bar case, where, the bar owners have challenged the stringent norms regulating bars on August 8. The Maharashtra government has justified [...]
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Top 5 bikes under Rs 2 lakh in India
Some years ago, it was unimaginable to spend over a lakh on an India-made motorcycle (barring Royal Enfields, of course). Today, this Rs 1-2 lakh segment is one of the fastest growing in the Indian market. Unsurprisingly, this bracket also encompasses some of the most interesting, fun and relatively accessible motorcycles in the country. And as always, we’re looking at the ex-showroom prices, not the final on-road costs. Note: All the prices mentioned here are post-GST. Yamaha FZ25 After years of waiting for Yamaha to launch a quarter-litre motorcycle in India, it finally surprised us this year with the FZ25. The bike sports a squat, muscular stance much like the FZ16 and manages to look quite pleasing, albeit not as intimidating as some of Yamaha’s larger streetfighters. It gets a 249cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled motor that not exactly is a shining example of power and performance, but does dish out a healthy dose of refinement and linear power delivery. Weighing 148kg, the FZ25 is among the lighter bikes in this class, which makes for acceptably sprightly acceleration. And with a claimed mileage of 43kpl, it certainly seems to be one of the most efficient motorcycles in this segment as well. It is sprung a bit on the stiffer side, but that does endow it good handling characteristics, although it is not the best in class. It doesn’t get features such as ABS yet, however, it does pack an LED headlight as well as an all-LCD instrument cluster. The FZ25 might not be setting benchmarks in this category, but with its practicality, comfort, refinement and charming design, it is certainly one of the most easily likeable bikes here. Power: 20.9hp at 8,000rpm Torque: 20Nm at 6,000rpm Price: Rs 1.19 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) Also read: 2017 Yamaha FZ25 review Bajaj Pulsar RS200 The Pulsar RS200 is the company’s flagship model and the only faired motorcycle in its range. It has been around since 2014, and its last noteworthy update came in 2017 with the arrival of the BS-IV emission norms. To refresh your memory, the RS200 is summarily the faired version of the NS200; which, in turn, is Bajaj’s spin on a fun motorcycle produced by its Austrian counterpart – the KTM 200 Duke. However, the RS200 is more than just another motorcycle with a lot of bodywork. The bike has a completely different frame and suspension set-up than the KTM and is a seriously fast and capable motorcycle in its own right. Underneath the fairing sits a 199.5cc motor paired to a six-speed gearbox. This liquid-cooled, four-valve, single-cylinder engine is similar to the KTM but uses a unique triple-spark-plug SOHC layout. The result is a healthy 24.5hp output at 9,750rpm with a peak torque of 18.6Nm at 8,000rpm. Like some of its competition, the RS misses out on LED headlights. However, the projectors it is equipped with do a very good job of lighting up the road. The Pulsar also has decently sized brakes – 300mm up front and 230mm at the rear – and also offers a single-channel ABS. That being said, all is not perfect with the RS200. The fit and finish levels need to improve and the styling is not to all tastes. Power: 24.5hp at 9,750rpm Torque: 18.6Nm at 8,000rpm Price: Rs 1.26 lakh (non-ABS), Rs 1.38 lakh (ABS) (ex-showroom, Delhi) Also read:  2018 Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 vs Bajaj Pulsar RS200 comparison Bajaj Dominar 400 Thanks to Bajaj, we got the first India-made power cruiser last year – the Dominar. Styled to look like the Ducati Diavel’s baby sibling with its low-slung, muscular stance, the Dominar packs quite a bit of road presence. There are some very interesting design choices as well, such as mounting the tell-tale lights on the fuel tank in a secondary instrument dashboard rather than around the all-digital primary instrument console. And it has the performance to match its beefy looks as well, as it packs a motor derived from the 373cc mill found in the KTM 390. Sure, it only gets a single camshaft, so it does lack a bit of the top-end performance of the orange machine. But thanks to three sparkplugs in the head and an engine specifically tuned for bottom-end performance, you get improved fuel efficiency and a whopping 28Nm (of the total 35Nm) of torque coming in at just 3,000rpm. This means brisk low-speed acceleration; and the Dominar can also manage to cruise comfortably at speeds of 120-130kph. It stops short of being a long-distance tourer, thanks to a small fuel tank, capacity of 13 litres, and a stiff suspension. But because of its setup, it does manage great handling characteristics; and with optional dual-channel ABS, stopping power isn’t an issue either. The Dominar promises and delivers a very thrilling riding experience. Power: 35hp at 8,000rpm Torque: 35Nm at 6,500rpm Price: Rs 1.62 lakh (dual-channel ABS) (ex-showroom, Delhi) Also read: 2017 Bajaj Dominar 400 re [...]
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India vs South Africa, 2nd T20I: Heinrich Klaasen, JP Duminy come good as the Proteas level series at 1-1
Heinrich Klaasen and skipper JP Duminy sparkled with the bat as South Africa beat India by six wickets in the 2nd T20I to level the three-game series at 1-1 at Centurion's SuperSport Park on Wednesday.  [...]
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‘Teary eyed' Kamal Haasan pays tribute to Sridevi in a video message
In a video message expressing grief over the demise of actress Sridevi, actor turned politician Kamal Haasan on Sunday got emotional and said her stardom was well deserved. Haasan, who worked with Sridevi in over 25 films, said her stardom was [...]
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Gauri Gill's best photograph: a rat nursing an elderly woman
At the Bahoda mask festival in India, people dress up as characters from myth. But I wanted to have real people in real situations – as well as a ratIn 2014, I was working in rural Maharashtra, in western India, when I heard about the Bahoda festival, in which papier-mache artists create masks of characters from Hindu and tribal myth. People are chosen to wear them and are consecrated by a priest, after which they “become” their characters and parade through their village over several nights.The masks are spectacular. But I began to wonder why what is represented in rituals is often so idealised. Why are there no people with grey hair or big noses? Why is no one wearing spectacles? Why can’t routine gestures, such as sweeping the floor, be enacted too, as opposed to the drama of slaying a demon?I wondered why masks are idealised. Why are there no people with grey hair? Why is no one wearing spectacles? Continue reading... [...]
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F1 tycoon Vijay Mallya’s superyacht impounded over wage dispute
Luxury $93m vessel seized in row over businessman’s failure to pay crew $1m in wagesA $93m (£67m) superyacht owned by Indian multimillionaire Vijay Mallya has been impounded in Malta in a dispute over the businessman’s failure to pay the crew more than $1m in wages.Mallya’s 95-metre Indian Empress was boarded by port officials and prevented from leaving Malta on Tuesday as part of the crew’s legal action to recover unpaid wages. Continue reading... [...]
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Honda CB300R booked for three months
At the launch of the CB300R, Honda announced that it had already received three months’ worth of booking for the street-naked motorcycle. Honda has priced it at Rs 2.41 lakh (ex-showroom, India), which puts it in the competitive entry-level sports bike segment. Yadvinder Singh Guleria, senior vice president – sales and marketing, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India, said, “Honda has put the spotlight on the growing middleweight category and motor enthusiasts across India have responded. In just 25 days since the start of bookings, the CB300R is already booked for over three months, based on our current production plan”. While this is impressive, the company hasn’t given out an exact figure. This means, there could have been a limited-production plan to begin with. The CB300R is being sold in India as a CKD (Completely Knocked Down) offering and is available across Honda’s 22 Wing World dealerships in the country for a booking amount of Rs 5,000. The company has also said that deliveries are set to begin from March 2019 onwards. The CB300R has been tweaked slightly for the Indian market. While the bike uses the same 286cc, four-valve, single-cylinder, DOHC liquid-cooled motor that is paired to a 6-speed gearbox, the India-spec engine makes 30.4hp at 8,000rpm and 27.4Nm of torque at 6,500rpm. These figures are slightly lower than the UK-spec bike and the spec sheet of the India-spec CB mentions that it makes 1hp less at 8,000rpm (instead of 8,500rpm) and 0.1Nm of torque less at 6,500rpm (instead of 7,500rpm). The Indian model also uses Michelin Pilot Street tyres instead of the Dunlops found on the international-spec model. Its kerb weight of 147kg also makes the CB300R one of the lightest motorcycles in the segment. In terms of competition, the CB300R goes up against the BMW G 310 R (Rs 2.99 lakh), KTM 390 Duke (Rs 2.44 lakh) and the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 (which start at Rs 2.50 lakh)(all prices, ex-showroom, India). Also see: 2019 Honda CB300R image gallery 2019 Honda CB300R: 5 things to know 2019 Honda CB300R vs rivals: Specifications comparison [...]
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DMK will face 'threat' after Sept 5 rally, claims Alagiri
Madurai, Aug 25: Expelled DMK leader M K Alagiri on Saturday fired a fresh salvo claiming the party would face a 'threat' after his September 5 Chennai rally, expected to be a show of strength by him. Days after [...]
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Shivraj Singh Chauhan to restart his Jan Ashirvad Yatra from August 29
New Delhi, Aug 28: Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, who had stopped his Jan Ashirvad Yatra after the death of former Prime Minister of the country Atal Bihari Vajpayee, will restart his yatra from Rahli to reach Teekamgarh in [...]
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