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I'm Telangana's agent, not of BJP or Congress, says KCR
Hyderabad, Dec 3: TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao said Monday he was only an "agent" of the people of Telangana and not anyone else's, amid accusations that he was the BJP's "B team" and also the Congress' "agent". "He [...]
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TRS, Cong, TDP, AIMIM dynastic parties, becoming 'threat to democracy': Modi
Hyderabad, Dec 3: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday accused the TRS, Congress, TDP and AIMIM of perpetuating dynastic and family rule, saying these parties were becoming a "threat to democracy". [Telangana elections: Rahul calls KCR 'Khao Commission Rao'] [...]
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SCOOP! JLR to pull out of 2019 Geneva Motor Show
Jaguar Land Rover will not participate in the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, as part of cost-cutting measures after its business suffered a serious blow due to low sales in China and waning diesel demand in Europe. One of the largest shows in the automotive calendar, the Geneva Motor Show showcases a flood of innovative technology and advanced design from various automakers. Even the production version of JLR’s 400hp all-electric I-Pace and the Range Rover SV Coupé made its debut at the 2018 edition of the motor show in the Swiss city. Following heavy losses in the previous quarter, Jaguar had announced that it will undertake steps aimed at driving a two- to three-year turnaround to improve profitability and cash flow. In fact, the carmaker recently conducted a two-week shutdown at its plant in Solihull. The British carmaker posted its second successive quarterly loss in the three months ending September 2018, with a post-tax loss to the tune of 101 million pounds (around Rs 908 crore). JLR sold 1,29,887 vehicles between July and September, recording a 13.2 percent decline year-on-year. Revenues declined 11 percent to 5.6 billion pounds (around Rs 50,201 crore). JLR said the recently begun trade war between China and US created consumer uncertainty and hurt demand. In an ironic turn of events that depicts a reversal of fortunes, JLR’s parent company and homegrown carmaker Tata Motors is expected to occupy a bigger space than usual at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The carmaker marked its 20 years at the 2018 edition of the motor show, with the global unveiling of the sleek all-electric EVision Sedan Concept. JLR, however, won’t be the only carmaker conspicuous by its absence as reports suggest Swedish carmaker Volvo could also give the 2019 Geneva Motor show a miss. [...]
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Nissan Kicks to be showcased at Autocar Performance Show 2018
As the Autocar Performance Show 2018 draws closer, here’s news of a brand new SUV that’ll be present at the show – Nissan will bring the Kicks SUV to APS 2018, making this the first time the SUV will be on display for enthusiasts in Mumbai. Revealed in October as a rival to the Hyundai Creta, the India-spec Nissan Kicks retains almost all the cues that are present on the international model we drove in September. What’s new on the India-spec Kicks is a redesigned front bumper with faux air inlets above the fog lights and an aluminium skid plate, all of which is meant to add a dash of toughness to the Kicks' appearance. Also present on the India-spec Kicks are LED headlights and a new honeycomb mesh design for the grille, flanked by a more angular ‘V-motion’ chrome band. Size-wise, the India-spec Kicks is bigger than the international model. It measures in at 4,384mm, 89mm longer than the model sold abroad, and is wider (1,813mm) and taller (1,656mm), with a longer wheelbase (2,673mm). It's based on an updated version of the Alliance's M0 platform (and not on Nissan's V platform), which also underpins the Renault Captur. Interestingly, while the Kicks is longer and taller than the Captur, it has the exact same wheelbase. Ground clearance on the India-spec Kicks is rated at 210mm. While the interior remains under wraps for now, what we can tell you is that the India-spec Kicks will have more space on the inside compared to the international model thanks to the increase in size, and will also likely have more boot space than the international Kicks' 432 litres. A 7.0-inch ‘floating’ touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be part of the package, as will several other segment-firsts such as a 360-degree surround-view system and a telematics-enabled smartwatch. It is likely the India-spec Kicks will likely have the same engine and gearbox options as the Nissan Terrano, Renault Duster and Captur: the tried-and-tested 110hp, 1.5-litre diesel motor, and a 106hp, 1.5-litre petrol engine. Gearbox options could include a 6-speed manual for the diesel and a 5-speed manual for the petrol. A CVT gearbox on the petrol and an automatic transmission on the diesel engine will be offered with the Kicks, though some time after it has launched. As it will be positioned above the Terrano in Nissan's line-up, expect prices for the Kicks SUV to range from Rs 9.4 lakh to 15 lakh (ex-showroom) when it is launched in January 2019. The Nissan Kicks is set to take on the Hyundai Creta. Also see: 2018 Autocar Performance Show dates announced Autocar Performance Show 2017 report Autocar Performance Show 2017 image gallery Nissan Kicks to get segment-first features 2019 Nissan Kicks vs rivals: Specifications comparison [...]
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Lucknow: Local BJP leader stabbed to death by unidentified assailants
Lucknow: Local BJP leader stabbed to death by unidentified assailants [...]
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Owaisi accuses Naidu of 1999 police attack on him
Owaisi accuses Naidu of 1999 police attack on him [...]
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A N Jha appointed as new as Finance Secretary
New Delhi, Dec 3: AN Jha, Secretary, Expenditure, has been appointed as the new Finance Secretary, a government order said Monday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has cleared Mr Jha's appointment to the post after [...]
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Fortnum’s can lead tea workers’ struggle | Letters
The West End store must tell the estates from which it buys its tea that their workers need a pay rise, writes Fiona GoochFortnum & Mason has announced profits of £9.6m, buoyed by the sales of its loose leaf tea from Assam (Calming cuppa lifts fortunes for Fortnum & Mason, 30 November). At the same time, women in Assam are being paid less than £1.90 (167 rupees) a day to pick tea.If Fortnum’s wants better conditions for tea workers, it needs to follow the example of Yorkshire Tea and publish the list of the estates it buys from. And it needs to send a signal to suppliers in Assam that it would welcome a significant wage increase for workers. Continue reading... [...]
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India poised to be counted among top 3 nations, says Rajnath Singh
Jaipur, Dec 3: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh asserted Monday that India would soon be counted among the top three countries in the world as its economy is poised to expand at a fast rate. Addressing an election rally [...]
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Instead of passive protest, BJP workers actively helped the Congress to defeat their party in MP
New Delhi, Dec 3: The Congress in Madhya Pradesh is hopeful more on the fact that party has a fair chance of winning election as angry Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers unlike on earlier instances this time round worked for the [...]
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SC to hear pleas on 22 fake encounters in Gujarat, when Modi was CM
New Delhi, Dec 3: The Supreme Court will hear a plea on the 22 alleged fake encounters that took place in Gujarat when Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of the state. The petitions were filed by veteran journalist, B G [...]
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Geoff Lawson slams 'non performing' Mitch Marsh, says 'there is no way I'm playing him'
At the same time, he backed Travis Head over Peter Handscomb for the final spot.  [...]
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Ricky Ponting backs Kuldeep over Ashwin, cites 'conditions' as influencing factor
He further cited Ashwin's poor record in Australia as a factor behind his viewpoint, hailing Yadav's ability to generate turn on any surface.  [...]
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How to spot a populist
The p-word is much misunderstood. It’s as old as democracy, and has perhaps never been as popular as it is today. So who are the key protagonists?That’s a vexed question. Populism is usually described as a strategic approach that frames politics as a battle between the virtuous, “ordinary” masses and a nefarious or corrupt elite.It is time to free the French people from an arrogant elite” – Marine Le PenPeople want to take back control of their countries and they want to take back control of their lives and the lives of their family” – Donald TrumpThe European elite has failed, and this failure’s symbol is the European Commission” – Victor OrbanBrexit was about ordinary people rising up to defeat the establishment and we’ve now seen the same happen in the US” – Nigel Farage Related: How populist are you? Continue reading... [...]
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Indian Navy committed to curbing piracy in Gulf of Aden: Admiral
New Delhi, Dec 3: Ahead of 47th Navy Day, Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba said the naval force is committed to curbing piracy in Gulf of Aden. Admiral Sunil Lanba, "As regards our commitment to thwarting piracy in Gulf of Aden, [...]
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Huawei Mate 20 Pro
  The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has been quite a device to use for the time we’ve had it in the lab. Having first used the device at its launch in London, there were some things that were immediately app... [...]
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Actress abduction case: SC to hear actor Dileep's plea on January 11
Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 3: The Supreme Court to hear Malayalam actor Dileep's plea to get visuals of the 2017 actress attack case on January 11. In his petition to the top court, the actor claimed that he has the right to access [...]
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New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga gets dealer-level CNG kit
Maruti Suzuki introduced the new-gen Ertiga to the Indian market on November 21, 2018. The MPV got a new 105hp, 1.5-litre petrol engine from the Ciaz sedan along with Maruti’s trusty 90hp, 1.3-litre diesel mill. Both engines are mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox with a 4-speed torque converter automatic available with the petrol motor. The new MPV’s accessories list has revealed that petrol variants can be equipped with a dealer-level sequential CNG kit. The kit has a capacity of 14kg, same as the last-gen CNG Ertiga, and is offered with a one-year warranty from the dealer as well. The CNG kit is priced at Rs 65,000, including charges for RTO and insurance.    The new Ertiga will be equipped with a factory-fitted CNG kit, but that model is still some months away from launch. In the meantime, customers can avail the benefits of the low-cost fuel by installing the dealer-level CNG kit. Prices for the new Ertiga range from Rs 7.44 lakh to Rs 9.95 lakh for the petrol variants and Rs 8.84 lakh to Rs 10.90 lakh for the diesel-powered versions. The MPV is available in 10 variants and is being retailed from the Maruti Suzuki Arena showrooms. The Ertiga competes against the Mahindra Marazzo and the Honda BR-V in the MPV market.  Prices, ex-showroom, Delhi Also see: Engine upgrade costs could make diesels unaffordable: Maruti New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga: Which variant should you buy? New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga meets Bharat NCAP norms 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga review, test drive New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga vs Mahindra Marazzo: Specifications comparison [...]
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Review: 2018 Ducati Monster 821 review, test ride
To question a motorcycle’s relevance is usually a sign of trouble (or worry, depending on which side you’re on), but allow me to explain. The Monster, you see, is essentially a 25-year-old idea. Sure, it saved Ducati from extinction and made its former owners, the Texas Pacific Group lots of money at the start of the new millennium, but it never was an engineering marvel. The Monster was essentially built from scraps of other Ducatis nobody seemed to want at the time. This worked in 1993 because it came at a development cost that was the equivalent of a team lunch, but the times are so very different today. The burden of this realisation descended upon me the instant I swung a leg over the shiny new Monster 821. I couldn’t grasp the needless outstretch demanded by the nearly flat handlebar, and the very premise of having just two cylinders at my service – when other marques offer between three and four – didn’t appeal too brightly either. The naked motorcycle of today is all about pushing the performance envelope in a supremely accessible package and the Monster didn’t quite come across as the flag-bearer of this philosophy. I pressed on, hoping something would change my mind during the course of the sweltering day.       In about 20 minutes, I felt calmer. Ducati’s L-twins have an addictive quality about them and the newest generation – across all its models – is particularly likeable for retaining a mechanical character despite the leaps in refinement. I was beginning to enjoy the creamy layer of torque and the fact that I could rapidly alter my speed of travel at any rpm, in any gear, with a simple twist of the wrist. The 821 sounds nice, too, leaving a raspy exhaust note in its wake as you indulge in bursts of acceleration. An hour later, the Monster had begun working its charm. I was having fun now, enough to not notice that it had, in fact, shed a sliver of its output figures in the process of getting BS-IV compliant. Now left with 108.7hp and 86Nm of torque, the Monster 821 still proved entertaining if not exactly explosive, unlike its peers.       With Sport mode engaged (the other two being Touring – same power but milder responses – and Urban, which cuts down power to 73hp), the Monster is brisk. It’s at ease sustaining triple-digit speeds and has just about enough brawn left even towards the tail-end of its rev range. What those with prior Monster experience will appreciate is its polished low-speed performance; the progressive clutch action and crisp throttle supplement the smooth layer of low-end torque admirably. Another good thing is, in modern Ducati tradition, the Monster 821 comes with an impressive electronics package and you can customise the rider assists (eight-level traction control, three-level ABS) to suit your appetite. Unfortunately, doing so isn’t most intuitive; I spent what felt like an hour buried into the new (and fantastic) colour TFT display, trying only to disengage traction control using the left-hand-side switchgear. Now, I’m no tech-wizard but I do know an intuitive interface from one that isn’t. Once you do manage to set up the 821 to your liking, there’s no other disappointment headed your way. The suspension is supple (albeit on the softer side) and absorbs most bumps delightfully, and you can adjust the offset monoshock for preload. The 320mm twin-disc setup offers confident braking and lever progression is good, too; your arms, however, do get stressed under hard braking forces, due to that handlebar. The best bit is the chassis itself – it masks its 206kg kerb weight beautifully and also goes on to deliver a seamless handling package that is, in every way, a step up from the Monsters before the 821.       However, true as that may be, it still can’t quite hold a candle to its peers. The Monster is, perhaps, too deep-rooted in tradition to ever be able to outdo any of its existing competitors again. Its very premise, revolving strongly around minimalism, dictates the course of its evolution; it’s never going to be a raging fireball that is the Street Triple RS, or even just a sharp pocket knife like the GSX-S750. However, at Rs 9.51 lakh (Rs 9.65 lakh for the Ducati Yellow, ex-showroom, India), the Monster 821 is a motorcycle-sized chunk of Italian art and heritage wrapped in an exciting, if not completely insane, package. And you can’t really wheelie a Leonardo Da Vinci painting, so it’s a fair deal, right? [...]
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Nigeria's Buhari denies dying and being replaced by lookalike
Nigeria's Buhari denies dying and being replaced by lookalike [...]
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One killed in Mercedes hit-and-run in Delhi
One killed in Mercedes hit-and-run in Delhi [...]
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Senior Taliban commander killed by US airstrike in Afghanistan, officials say
News came at the end of a week in which three American service members were killedA senior Taliban military commander has been killed in a US airstrike in Afghanistan, officials said on Sunday. The news came at the end of a week in which three American service members were killed. Related: British G4S employee killed in Kabul attack named as Luke Griffin Continue reading... [...]
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Congress which questioned existence of Lord Ram now talking about Hinduism: Smriti Irani
New Delhi, Dec 2: Union Minister Smriti Irani hit out at the Congress on Sunday, saying the party which had once questioned the existence of Lord Ram was now talking about Hinduism. Referring to Congress president Rahul Gandhi remarks on Prime [...]
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Telangana polls: TRS releases poll manifesto
Hyderabad, Dec 2: Telangana Rashtra Samithi on Sunday released its party manifesto for the upcoming Telangana Assembly elections. Releasing a 24- poll promises in its manifesto at a public meeting here, party President and caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar rao said [...]
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Governor changing permanent residency rules in J&K, alleges political parties
Srinagar, Dec 2: The Jammu and Kashmir's four major political parties-- National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Congress and BJP ally People's Conference-- have alleged governor Satya Pal Malik was trying to change rules for issuing permanent resident certificates in [...]
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Religion personal matter, not inheritance of political party: Jyotiraditya Scindia
Jaipur, Dec 2: Amid war of words between political parties in poll-bound Rajasthan, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said Sunday religion is a personal matter and not the inheritance of a party. Scindia's remarks come a day after External Affairs Minister Sushma [...]
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ZEE5 sponsored Northern Warriors enter T10 Cricket League final
Led by Darren Sammy, the team also consists of players like Dwayne Smith, Ravi Bopara, Chris Green, Lendl Simmons.  [...]
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Hockey World Cup: India hold Belgium 2-2 in exciting clash
Alexander Hendrickx drew first blood for Belgium when he fired a penalty corner through the legs of Indian goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh in the eighth minute. [...]
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