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Rafale: Govt upset with CBI director meeting Arun Shourie, Prashant Bhushan
New Delhi, Oct 10: The government is understood to be unhappy with CBI Director Alok Verma meeting former Union minister Arun Shourie and lawyer Prashant Bhushan who demanded a probe into the alleged corruption in the Rafale aircraft deal, with a [...]
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S-400 deal a setback for US efforts to isolate Russia: Stephen Tankel
New Delhi, Oct 10: India and Russia recently inked the 5 billion US dollar deal to procure Moscow's most advance air defence system, the S-400 Triumf. The meeting between Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Russian President, Vladimir Putin [...]
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It’s Chak De flashback for Shah Rukh Khan, says heart beats for Hockey
The Bollywood actor is all set to support the Indian team in the Men's Hockey World Cup opening ceremony at the Kalinga Stadium in Odisha. [...]
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Cycling: Geraint Thomas’ Tour de France trophy stolen at cycle show
The Tour de France trophy won by Team Sky`s Geraint Thomas earlier this year has been stolen during a cycle show in Birmingham, the British team said on Wednesday. [...]
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Hearing on petitions challenging Rafale deal expected in SC today
New Delhi, Oct 10: The Supreme Court will hear a fresh PIL against the Rafale deal between India and France today. A Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph said it [...]
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Polling underway for 380 local bodies in 13 districts of J&K
Srinagar, Oct 10: Polling has commenced in over 380 local bodies spread across 13 districts in the second phase of the urban local body elections at Jammu and Kashmir. Polling is taking place amidst a shutdown called by the separatists. {image-polling-1539135622.jpg [...]
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5 dead, several injured after New Farakka Express train derails in Raebareli
Raebareli, Oct 10: At least five died and several injured after six coaches of New Farakka Express train derailed 50 m from Harchandpur railway station on Wednesday. CM Yogi Adityanath has taken cognisance of the train accident 50 m [...]
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Review: 2018 Hyundai Santro review, track drive
WHAT IS IT? The Hyundai Santro, much like its brand ambassador Shah Rukh Khan, is a car that needs no introduction. It's the car that started it all for Hyundai in India. Although it wasn’t very attractive to look at, it had a peppy responsive engine that was light and easy to drive, and it came with many segment-firsts. Now Hyundai has brought its tall boy back; well, sort of. With the new Santro, the brand wants to pick up from where the previous one left off. While the Santro's bigger and more upmarket successors such as the i10 and the Grand i10 have seen a fair measure of success, the Eon – the car which the new Santro should eventually replace – didn't. The new car looks more attractive than the Eon. Gone are loose, flowing 'fluidic' lines and in comes a sharp, almost sculpted look. Hyundai’s ‘cascading' grille, replete with chrome piping, takes centre stage on the front bumper. Placed in a black surround, it gets a pair of neat-looking fog lamps and a sporty 'V' shape. What's particularly interesting, however, is that the headlight and badge (in particular) have moved to the top of the bonnet, and this results in a sporty look. The sharply cut headlamps are swept back and the slight kink in the window line helps give it a bit of an edgy look too. While the Santro carries forward the 'tall boy' DNA (like the Grand i10), it doesn't seem particularly lofty thanks to the increase in length and width, and the cabin doesn't stand out like a sore thumb. There are stylistic cuts on the front and rear fenders, as well as the doors, and the sculpted lines work well around the rear too. The tail-lights don't extend onto the hatch ( a cost-cutting measure), and this does add a bit of bulk to the rear, but the frameless rear windshield, that hint of a rear spoiler and the nicely done cutline along the base make it look neat. Based on the same platform as the Grand i10, the new Santro is 3,610mm long, 1,645mm wide and 1,560mm tall. The 2,400mm-long wheelbase and a wide track also mean Hyundai has made sure there's plenty of space for passengers. The front has a McPherson strut suspension and the rear has a non-independent torsion beam axle. Under the hood, the new Santro is powered by Hyundai’s updated 1.1-litre Epsilon petrol engine. It makes 69hp at 5,500rpm and 99Nm of torque at 4,500rpm, against the Eon's 1.0-litre unit that makes 69hp and 94Nm. The Santro is the first Hyundai to feature an AMT gearbox. The engine can be mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT, both of which are claimed to deliver 20.3kpl. WHAT'S IT LIKE ON THE INSIDE? As with most Hyundais, the cabin of the Santro is well appointed. It gets a dual-tone look with a premium beige-on-black colour scheme. The dashboard’s key attraction is the 7.0-inch touchscreen, which is a responsive system that comes with a suite of connectivity options such as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Mirror Link and Voice Recognition. There’s a single USB port at the front along with a power outlet. A rubberised strip of buttons is housed below the screen, with traditional knobs on both sides. The buttons work well and feel nice to use. The instrument cluster houses a speedo in the middle, and is flanked by an rpm meter and a multi-info display. The speedometer features a chequered-print, grey plaque design. Also on offer is a first-in-segment reverse camera and rear air-con vents. There are audio controls on the steering, and in a cost-saving measure, the front power window switches are placed at the centre rather than on the doors. The cabin gets only one dome light. The centre console and HVAC controls feel plasticky to touch, but the finishing on the other surfaces is decent and they also have good texturing. In terms of storage, what you get is decent space. You get a large glovebox with a small storage tray above it. There’s also a storage shelf below the air-con controls, and a storage box in the centre console, which also doubles up as a cup holder. All the doors get pockets with bottle holders (the front passengers get larger ones). The front seats feel comfortable with decent side bolstering and good thigh support. Broader passengers, however, will find the top to be narrow because of the lack of shoulder support. The seating position for the driver is quite elevated, which is a good thing as you don't get height-adjust, and the steering column isn't adjustable either. There is, however, quite a bit of travel to help with legroom. At the rear too, the seat is comfortable. The backrest feels slightly upright but thigh support and legroom are good. The sides are also contoured slightly. WHAT'S IT LIKE TO DRIVE? Start the engine up and the Santro feels smooth at idle for a car in this class. Although [...]
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Mercedes-Benz India sales dip slightly in Jan-Sep 2018
India’s largest-selling luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz India today announced that it sold 11,789 units in the Jan-Sep 2018, down marginally by 0.7 percent from 11,869 units sold during the same time last year. However, volumes in the third quarter of 2018 (Jul-Sep) declined significantly by 20 percent to 3,728 units, from 4,689 units last year. The automaker said factors like rising interest rates, depreciation of the rupee and rising import costs weighed on volumes. It also said a price hike could be on the horizon due to the previously stated factors. | Volumes in the first nine months of the calendar year were driven mainly models such as the long wheelbase E-Class, C-Class sedan and SUVs. “We are satisfied with our sales performance despite experiencing the prevailing micro-economic headwinds and also a high base of 2017, which was a result of the strong built up to the GST roll-out and also the onset of an earlier festive season, posing stiff sales challenges,” Michael Jopp, VP, Sales and Marketing, Mercedes-Benz India said in a company statement. So far this year, the carmaker has launched 10 models in India, the most recent being the C-class facelift and the all new G63 AMG. Going ahead, Jopp said the company foresees a pick-up in sales with the onset of the festive season, which usually sees a spurt in demand for new cars. Meanwhile, Merc’s key German rival, BMW, recently announced that it posted a sales growth in Jan-Sep 2018, delivering 7,915 units (including Mini), up 11 percent year-on-year on the back of upbeat demand for the 6-series GT, the 5-series, the X1 and record sales of the Mini. Moreover, Swedish carmaker Volvo, too registered a significant growth in volumes in the first nine months of 2018, albeit on a relatively lower base. Sales totaled 1,896 units, up 34 percent year-on-year from 1,413 units sold during the same period in 2017. [...]
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India Today impact: Maharashtra government to use Sanatan Sanstha expose as evidence
India Today impact: Maharashtra government to use Sanatan Sanstha expose as evidence [...]
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Nakkheeran editor R Gopal released, Chennai court upholds freedom of press
Nakkheeran editor R Gopal released, Chennai court upholds freedom of press [...]
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Following criticism, TNSTC revokes suspension of bus driver who spoke against poor bus conditions
Following criticism, TNSTC revokes suspension of bus driver who spoke against poor bus conditions [...]
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'Playing hide and seek': SC sends 3 directors of Amrapali group to police custody
New Delhi, Oct 9: The Supreme Court Tuesday sent three directors of the Amrapali group to police custody, directing them to hand over all the documents of the 46 group companies to forensic auditors. A bench of Justices Arun [...]
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India has #MeToo moment as claims of sexual misconduct reach government
Entertainment and media industries rocked by accusations against prominent men, including a minister India’s media and entertainment industries have been rocked by accusations of sexual misconduct against prominent men that activists are hailing as the belated arrival of the country’s #MeToo moment.Senior journalists are stepping aside, a film production studio has closed, and one of India’s bestselling authors has issued a public apology after a flood of women named men on social media whom they accused of behaving inappropriately. Related: Trump mocking Christine Blasey Ford shows how women are silenced | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett Continue reading... [...]
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Calvin Klein fragrance could be used to lure killer tiger
Officials in India say Obsession cologne may help trap animal that has killed nine peopleWildlife authorities in India trying to catch a tiger thought to have killed at least nine people say they are considering the use of an unconventional weapon: Calvin Klein’s Obsession cologne.The six-year-old tiger, given the name T1, has been accused of preying on people in Pandharkawada, a town in Maharashtra state. Related: Jaguars obsessed with Calvin Klein scent Continue reading... [...]
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MP elections: Congress-SP fissure widens over Budhni fiasco?
Bhopal, Oct 9: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has brutally snubbed the Congress in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh and refused to make an alliance, blaming the local leadership. On Monday, October 8, another major party from the Hindi belt - the Samajwadi [...]
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BSP will rather fight alone than beg for seats in alliance:Mayawati
New Delhi, Oct 9: BSP supremo Mayawati asserted on Tuesday that her party will rather fight elections on its own than "beg" for seats in any alliance. Her comments assume significance as she had last week called off talks [...]
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Apple iPhone XS Max
  Apple iPhone XS Max: Everything to the MAX. Sort of The iPhone XS Max was something that everyone expects. Leaksters in the industry had done their job well and by the time the launch event rolled... [...]
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Infographic: How Telangana voted
Hyderabad, Oct 9: Telangana, India's youngest state votes on December 7. This is the second time that polls are being held in the state after its formation in 2014.The last time elections were held were in the months of April-May 2014 [...]
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Attack on migrants in Gujarat: BJP demands expulsion of Alpesh Thakor from Congress
New Delhi, Oct 9: Amid exodus of migrants from UP and Bihar from Gujarat, the BJP has stepped up the attack on the Congress and demanded that Alpesh Thakor, who had allegedly made inflammatory speech against the outsiders, be expelled from [...]
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Afghan women still jailed alongside murderers for 'failing' virginity test | Fariba Housaini
Despite a public health policy outlawing the test, women continue to be subjected to this degrading ordeal, which can lead to arrest and imprisonmentSeven months ago, 18-year-old Bahara* was imprisoned for failing a test that she should never have had to undergo.Bahara had run away from home to meet a man she had been in a relationship with. They had never met, but were in contact through calls and messages. That night, when they met for the first time, he raped her. But when she reported the rape to the police, instead of support, she was taken to hospital to undergo a virginity test – a practice that was banned in Afghanistan in 2016.Fariba Housaini is a member of Sahar Speaks, a programme providing training, mentoring and publishing opportunities for Afghan female journalists Continue reading... [...]
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Pradhan says India will buy Iranian oil in November despite threat of US sanctions
New Delhi, Oct 8: Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday said two state refiners have placed orders for importing crude oil from Iran in November, the month when US sanctions on Iranian oil purchases take effect. "Two of [...]
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‘No differences between us', says Misa Bharti on Tejashwi-Tej Pratap rift
New Delhi, Oct 8: Amid reports that she publicly acknowledged the rift between her brothers Tejashwi and Tej Pratap, Lalu Prasad Yadav's daughter Misa Bharti on Monday said her statement was twisted and taken in a wrong sense. Earlier [...]
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Chelsea winger Eden Hazard reiterates Real Madrid dream
Chelsea winger Eden Hazard still hopes he can one day fulfil his dream of playing for Real Madrid. [...]
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Permission for Rahul Gandhi's rally in Bharatpur granted
Jaipur, Oct 8: Todabhim sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Jagdish Arya, who had earlier denied permission for Congress president Rahul Gandhi's rally in Bharatpur, has now granted the permission, said reports. The rally is scheduled to be held tomorrow (October 9). Gandhi [...]
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Times Now survey predicts win for BJP in Madhya Pradesh, Congress to do better than 2013
New Delhi, Oct 8: The Times Now-Warroom Strategies survey has predicted a win for the BJP in the upcoming Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections 2018, but the party will get fewer seats than what it got in 2013. According to the poll, [...]
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World Post Day 2018: Why is it celebrated?
New Delhi, Oct 9: Today (October 9) is World Post Day. It is celebrated to highlight the importance of the postal service. In this world of e-mails and online messaging, writing letters has become something which we rarely do. But, some [...]
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Karnataka Lok Sabha bypolls:  Acid test for Congress-JDS alliance
Bengaluru, Oct 8: Ever since the Election Commission announced bypoll for three Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka, Congress is more than unhappy with bypolls just ahead of 2019 general elections. Prima facie the bypoll looks like a waste of public money [...]
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