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All-new Porsche 911 to be unveiled later this year
Porsche’s next 911 will get more power and feature more technology than the previous cars and will generate 395hp in the entry-level Carrera form. The new eighth-generation model, which uses the internal codename 992, is set to make its public premiere at the Los Angeles motor show in November before going on sale early next year in initial rear-wheel-drive Carrera and Carrera S guises. Further new 911 models will follow throughout 2019, including an advanced new four-wheel-drive Turbo, which insiders at Porsche’s Stuttgart headquarters suggest will make as much as 608hp in range-topping S form, giving it the same output as the limited-edition 911 Turbo S Exclusive launched last year. The 20hp increase in output over the current 911 Turbo S is said to combine with developments to the four- wheel-drive transmission and improved aerodynamics to give the new model a 0-100kph time of less than 2.9sec and a top speed beyond the 330kph of its predecessor. The new 911, which is claimed to offer a significant advance in structural engineering, introduces a newly developed platform that has been conceived to provide the basis for the third-generation Audi R8 and the successor to the Lamborghini Huracán. There have been conflicts between the three companies concerning the mounting of the fuel tank, which sits up front in the 911 but at the rear of the cabin in the R8 and Huracán. However, it is understood that the new platform consists of a series of interchangeable modules in an overall matrix that will allow the three Volkswagen Group models to share a number of key components and enjoy greater economies of scale. In a development aimed at keeping the kerb weight close to the 1,430kg of the manual version of today’s 911 Carrera, the new model also adopts an inner structure possessing a greater percentage of aluminium than that of its predecessor, most notably within the side sections. Although not made up exclusively of aluminium, the structure uses a new generation of hot-formed high-strength steel employed in varying thicknesses, a process known as tailored blanks, within the floorpan for increased strength. The structure, which has been developed in partnership with Bertrandt, a company Porsche has used for the development of all its recent models, is also claimed to bring greater levels of static stiffness and dynamic rigidity than those of today’s 911 models. Despite the developments to its platform and body structure, added equipment levels and incremental increases in dimensions mean the new 911 is unlikely to benefit from a significant reduction in kerb weight. Also unclear at this stage is whether Porsche will equip standard versions with the lithium-ion battery that, up until now, has been reserved for track-focused 911 models in place of a more traditional and heavier lead-acid battery. The styling of the new 911 is little changed. The new model was initially previewed in a series of photographs depicting a disguised prototype of the 2018-model-year 911 issued in February. It follows an evolutionary path with a continuation of the customary look that has characterised the Porsche model through the years, albeit with some subtle modifications over its direct predecessor. Included is a redesigned front end featuring a new-look bumper with altered air duct channelling, revised headlights that sit more upright and sport a new take on the four-element LED graphics adopted on all Porsche models, and reshaped front wings. Further back, the new door handles sit more flush with the bodywork and the rear haunches are more pronounced. The rear also adopts the full-width tail-light design of other recently launched Porsche models. The new 911 also adopts a number of active aerodynamic features, including louvres within the front air ducts and a new rear spoiler claimed to provide improved downforce. Dimensionally, the new Porsche is said to have grown. Official figures remain under wraps, but sources suggest that its length is up by around 20mm and overall width has increased to accommodate a rear track of 1,850mm. Changes to the interior are perhaps more comprehensive than those made to the exterior, with a new digital instrument panel, touch-operated switchgear and Porsche’s latest touchscreen infotainment system all featuring in a cabin that is claimed to be roomier than ever before. The platform of the new 911 is said to position the engine more inboard than in any previous generation for improved weight distribution. Along with passive mounts on lower-end models, Porsche will continue to equip the more powerful models with dynamic mounts to help suppress movement of the engine’s mass under load for more neutral handling. The existing turbocharged 3.0-litre horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine will be retained for the Carrera and Carrera S. It adopts a number of changes to improve performance while reducing CO2 emissions, i [...]
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Justice Hurried is Justice Buried says court
Justice should not be sacrificed in an attempt to dispose of a case in a speedy manner, a Delhi court has said while setting aside the jail term awarded to two men for allegedly robbing a person of valuables in 2011. [...]
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Will soon find out if real deal can happen, Trump tweets before summit with Kim Jong-un
Will soon find out if real deal can happen, Trump tweets before summit with Kim Jong-un [...]
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Human rights violations in North Korea will take a backseat at Trump-Kim summit
Human rights violations in North Korea will take a backseat at Trump-Kim summit [...]
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Cheque given by Yogi Adityanath to UP board topper bounces
A Uttar Pradesh State Board topper had to face a disappointment after the cheque presented to him by the state Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had bounced and he had to pay the penalty for it. On May 29, Alok [...]
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Assassination bid on Modi: Sena scoffs, calls it laughable
The Shiv Sena on Monday dubbed as "laughable" the alleged Maoist letter suggesting a Maoist plot to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the conspiracy does not seem legitimate and appears like the story of a horror film. In [...]
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French Open: Roger Federer eyes top spot return in Stuttgart Cup
 Roger Federer said today his motivation is sky-high as he bids for a possible return to the number one ranking if he reaches the final at the Stuttgart Cup. [...]
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Watford Football Club bag Barcelona Deulofeu
 Barcelona today said they have sold Spanish striker Gerard Deulofeu to English Premier League side Watford, where he had been on loan since January, for 13 million euros (dollars). [...]
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Baseless says Haryana addl chief secretary on sexual harassment charge by IAS officer
An IAS officer in Haryana has accused the state Additional Chief Secretary of sexual harassment. Calling the allegations as baseless, Haryana Additional Chief Secretary said,''She was posted here a month back. We gradually came to know she's facing problems, I asked [...]
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Jayanagar Assembly Election 2018:  43 per cent voter turnout recorded till 3 PM
Voting for elections in the Jayanagar assembly constituency was underway on Monday in Karnataka with the ruling coalition in the state, the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular), fighting the polls together. Around 43 per cent voter turnout recorded till 3:00 [...]
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How India is winning the fight to end child branding
When a traditional healer burned hot clay into the chest of two-year-old Kushbu Lal, she died. Now moves are afoot to criminalise a practice that continues to cost livesJamna Lal shifts uncomfortably on his ancient charpoy bed, seemingly unable to comprehend that he may have been responsible for the death of his two-year-old daughter. He thinks for some time and eventually nods his head. “Yes, I’m also responsible. I decided to take her to the bhopa instead of the hospital, and I must suffer the consequences.” Lal’s daughter, Kushbu, developed breathing problems in January last year. Like many families in villages around Bhilwara, in the southern Indian state of Rajasthan, he did not immediately think of taking her to the hospital. Related: 'I don't like it': India's tattoo girls reject branding ritual – in pictures Continue reading... [...]
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Goa Church wants withdrawal of new draft coastal regulations
The Goa Church has demanded withdrawal of the draft Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notification 2018, saying it seems like "guidelines to facilitate projects rather than protecting the environment". The Centre for Responsible Tourism (CRT), an initiative of the Goa [...]
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Microsoft Surface Pro Review
  If you're looking to buy the 2017 Microsoft Surface Pro, I would like you to—as I have in the past several days—repeat the following words every time you do your research: "I am b... [...]
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Assam lynching: 16 arrested, strict vigil on social media
As many as 16 people have been arrested in connection with the lynching of two men in Karbi Anglong district of Assam, while a senior police officer has been given charge to keep a vigil on rumours in social media, the [...]
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Kia Stonic: 5 things to know
Kia Motors' expansive display at the 2018 Auto Expo attracted plenty of showgoers, but the SP Concept (and the lovely Stinger GT) aside, there were two Kia cars that generated quite some interest – one of which was the Stonic SUV. Here are five things you need to know about it. How big is it? For the uninitiated, the Stonic is essentially a sister model to the Hyundai Kona crossover, the electric version of which will be launched in India in 2019. It's the smallest SUV that the company makes, and it sports a muscular bonnet with Kia’s trademark ‘tiger nose’ grille, flanked by angular headlights featuring LED DRLs. What make it look smarter are its swooping roofline, large alloys and muscular wheel arches. Kia believes design will be a key differentiator for the brand, enabling its models to appeal to a different set of customers – which could work well for the Stonic. Size-wise, the Stonic is not a whole lot bigger than the compact SUVs we're used to. Sure, at 4,140mm in length, it is longer than all of them, and has a bigger wheelbase (2,580mm), but is narrower than both the Ford EcoSport and Tata Nexon, and at 1,520mm, it's only about as tall as a Maruti Baleno. Boot space is pegged at 352 litres. To give you some perspective, the Nexon has a 350-litre boot, while the EcoSport has a 341-litre boot. What engines and gearboxes does it come with? Internationally, the Stonic is offered with a range of engines including a 120hp, 1.0-litre T-GDI petrol; an 84hp, 1.2-litre petrol; a 100hp, 1.4-litre petrol; and a 110hp, 1.6-litre diesel unit. Gearbox options include a five- and six-speed manual and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. While a plug-in hybrid option is expected at a later date in those markets, the model is expected to remain front-wheel-drive only. What about features and equipment? The Stonic's interior exhibits a high level of quality, and the India-spec car is likely to retain the same premium feel. Talking of features, the Stonic is loaded with equipment such as climate control, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, reverse camera, steering-mounted controls, cruise control, heated front seats and a six-speaker music system. In addition to this, Kia is also known for its superior warranty packages: in the USA, for instance, it offers a 10-year/1,60,000-km warranty on its cars. It remains to be seen if Kia offers such comprehensive warranties in our market. How’s it on safety? Take a look at the Stonic's equipment sheet, and it becomes immediately apparent that the focus is very much on safety. In addition to front, side and curtain airbags, the Stonic is also equipped with ABS, Electronic Stability Control, hill start assist, tyre pressure monitoring system, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning system and blind spot detection, among other things. For your information, Euro NCAP had given the Stonic a full five stars when it tested the SUV in 2017. Is it coming to India? We've learned that Kia is evaluating the Stonic for India, along with the Grand Carnival MPV. If Kia does bring the Stonic to India, it'll be interesting to see how it positions the small SUV between the production-spec SP Concept (likely to be called the Kia Trazor) and its made-for-India compact SUV that will also go on sale in the years to come. Do you think the Stonic would be a wise addition to Kia's India line-up? Let us know in the comments below. Also see: Kia holds first supplier meet in New Delhi Kia Grand Carnival image gallery Kia Sportage facelift revealed Kia to introduce new mild-hybrid tech in 2018 [...]
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Porsche Cayenne coupe green-lit for 2019
Porsche boss Oliver Blume has green-lit a new coupé iteration of the third-gen Cayenne. This new model has been conceived as a rival for the BMW X6 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé. It is also intended to broaden the scope of Porsche's Cayenne line-up. The new Cayenne receives the same front-end styling as the third-generation Cayenne, albeit with a unique front bumper design. However, it does adopt a newly styled liftback-style tailgate, altered rear side windows and a new tail-light design. This gives the Cayenne coupé a sporting profile similar to that of the second-gen Panamera. Porsche intends to position the Cayenne coupé as a performance model. Mechanically, two petrol engine options are set to be offered on launch – the 446hp version of its twin-turbocharged, 2.9-litre V6 and the 558hp version of its twin-turbocharged, 4.0-litre V8. No diesel engines are planned, for the new model. The five-door Cayenne coupé was first hinted at by Blume in an interview with our sister publication, Autocar UK, last year. It will be heavily based on its more practical Cayenne sibling and will be assembled alongside it at Porsche’s factory in Leipzig, Germany. Also see: Porsche Cayenne Turbo priced at Rs 1.92 crore 2018 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid to launch in September [...]
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Stab victim Khadija Siddiqi: ‘My case is a fight for all Pakistani women’
The woman whose attempted murder by an ex-boyfriend became a cause celebre hopes her legal battle will inspire other womenA student who was stabbed 23 times in daylight in one of Pakistan’s busiest streets has accused the country’s justice system of misogyny after her attacker, having been found guilty of attempted murder, was sensationally acquitted last week.Khadija Siddiqi was ambushed as she collected her six-year-old sister from school two years ago. She was repeatedly slashed across the throat and abdomen by fellow student Shah Hussain in an attack she said was motivated by revenge after she had spurned his advances. She escaped with her life only after her driver managed to drag Hussain off her. Her attacker was sentenced to seven years in prison – the minimum for attempted murder. But in an extraordinary turn, last week he was acquitted by the high court following claims by his lawyers that it had been Siddiqi who had pursued him, based on a letter she had written when she was 17, and that she had wanted the case to become “high profile”. Continue reading... [...]
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9 popular hangout spots in Delhi found serving expired beer
Before you gulp down your favourite brand of beer at a bar or a club in the city, make sure you check the expiry date on the bottle, especially after some establishments have been found serving "expired beer". The [...]
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Dr Kafeel Khan's brother shot at in Gorakhpur, condition critical
Dr Kafeel Khan's brother shot at in Gorakhpur, condition critical [...]
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Back to the drawing board
Back to the drawing board [...]
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Vladimir Putin says he is willing to meet Trump at summit
Russian president reaches out after welcoming Trump’s call to readmit Moscow into G7Vladimir Putin has said he is happy to meet Donald Trump once Washington is ready to hold a summit and welcomed the US president’s call to bring Russia back into the G7 group of leading industrialised nations.Speaking to reporters in Qingdao, China, the Russian president said Austria was among the countries that have offered to host his meeting with Trump. Continue reading... [...]
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'Freedom 251' maker Mohit Goel arrested by Delhi police
Mohit Goel, the founder of Ringing Bells that offered 'Freedom 251' has been arrested by the Delhi Police. According to a tweet by ANI, few others have also been arrested along with Goel. In another post, the agency asserted [...]
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Rafael Nadal defeats Dominic Thiem in three-sets, wins 11th French Open title
Rafael Nadal now has 17 Grand Slam titles, just three behind Roger Federer. [...]
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Sunil Chhetri helps India beat Kenya 2-0 to win Intercontinental Cup
India were back as a full strength side for the Intercontinental Cup final after head coach Stephen Constantine effected seven changes in the last league game against New Zealand, which they lost 1-2.  [...]
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Bollywood star apologises over Hindu terror plot row
Priyanka Chopra ‘saddened and sorry’ after TV series portrayed Hindu terror plotThe Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra has apologised after a furore over a US TV series that showed her uncovering a terror plot hatched by Indian Hindu nationalists.The episode of the spy thriller Quantico showed Chopra’s character, an FBI agent named Alex Parrish, thwarting the plan and noticing one of the terrorists wearing a Hindu rosary. The terrorists had tried to frame Pakistanis for the attack planned ahead of a summit on Kashmir, a disputed Himalayan territory that arch-rivals India and Pakistan both claim. Continue reading... [...]
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Delhi dust storm impacts service on Blue, Red line
Services on the Red Line and Blue Line of the Delhi Metro were affected briefly due to some snags on a few stretches after a dust storm, with winds gusting up to 70 kmph, hit the national capital on Saturday, officials [...]
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Farmers to end 10-day agitation with nationwide strike today
A nation-wide bandh has been called by agitating farmers on June 10 to mark the end of their 10-day agitation that started on June 1. Farmers have been protesting in parts of Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan. Their [...]
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'What did I study to become CM?': HDK counters critics on 'Class 8 Pass' education minister
"What have I studied? I'm working as the chief minister" - this was Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy response as he dismissed questions on allocating Higher Education portfolio to a minister who has studied till class 8. Kumaraswamy, [...]
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