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NIA arrests another accused from Bihar in connection with Naeem alias Headley 2 case
National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday arrested another accused from Bihar in the 'Shaikh Abdul Naeem of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)' case. Dhannu Raja was arrested from Gopalganj in Bihar on charges of harbouring and providing logistics to Naeem. Earlier on [...]
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‘This is the world’s cheapest place to scrap ships’ – but in Chittagong, it’s people who pay the price
Thousands of workers have been killed or maimed dismantling the world’s ships in Bangladesh, India and PakistanMohamed Edris’s life as he knew it in the Bangladeshi ship recycling yards ended at 11.30am on Saturday 11 April 2015. The 38-year-old metal cutter had been working with 100 others on the 19,600-tonne container ship Eurus London at the Ferdous Steel Corporation shipyard in Chittagong when catastrophe struck.His task had been to cut away the huge 40-tonne propeller with a blow torch. Alarm bells rang, he said, when he saw that a large metal platform had been placed below the propeller to stop it falling into the mud on the beach.I feel like a dead man. I have no hope. I will never be able to go back to work. I am in constant pain. Continue reading... [...]
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Congress is slowly becoming extinct: Jaitley
Asserting that the Congress has already started making excuses for their defeat, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said: "Congress is slowly becoming extinct". Speaking in Surat, Jaitley said that the 10 years UPA regime was the most corrupt [...]
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Review: 2017 Jeep Compass review, road test
Jeep’s re-entry into India didn’t begin on the right foot. The launch of the iconic SUV brand was put on hold for a year by parent Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), thanks to a weakening rupee which threw Jeep’s cost structure out of the window. And when Jeep finally did decide to take the plunge, it found few takers for the fully imported Grand Cherokee and Wrangler that were simply priced out of contention. But matters are very different today. There’s a massive buzz at Jeep dealerships and it’s all thanks to the Compass. The Compass may be a small SUV in Jeep’s line-up but it’s a model with big sales potential. In fact, bookings crossed the 12,000 mark in four months since its launch, making it the most successful model from FCA in India in years. India also happens to be the mother plant for right-hand-drive Compasses and FCA has spent big (Rs 1,800 crore) to modernise its Ranjangaon facility to manufacture the SUV to the highest international standards. The benefit of local manufacture and component sourcing to you, the buyer, is keen pricing. The Compass range that comprises a petrol manual, a petrol auto, a diesel 4x2 manual and a diesel 4x4 manual starts at Rs 15.16 lakh and tops off at Rs 21.37 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).  So, it’s got the right price. It’s got the right shape. But why else should the Compass interest you? A detailed road test of the petrol auto and the range-topping 4x4 diesel should give the answer.  The Compass is available in three trims and, for its part, Jeep has equipped the SUV with a fair bit of safety kit as standard. All Compasses come with electronic stability control, electronic rollover mitigation, hill start assist, dual airbags and Isofix child-seat mounts on the rear seats. Unfortunately, there’s no hill descent control and only top-spec 4x4 versions get side and curtain airbags. As for creature comforts, the top-spec Limited trim gets most of what you’d like, just not all of it. The Compass Limited comes with leather seats, keyless go, dual-zone climate control, a rear air con vent, rear parking camera and a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Further, ◊ ∆ an Options Pack on the Compass Limited adds bi-xenon headlights and the black roof as on the model pictured here. Still, the Compass misses out on cruise control, a sunroof, auto-dimming mirror, auto headlights and rain-sensing wipers. Given that all of these features (as well as a larger 8.4-inch touchscreen system) are already onboard export-spec models made in India, it’s no biggie for Jeep to incorporate them on the India car. Perhaps Jeep is leaving the door open for the introduction of a new range-topping Compass variant in the future. The top-spec Compass’ 7.0-inch touchscreen is nice but isn’t the slickest of systems in terms of response. Your go-to interface for audio and phone functions, the screen also houses secondary controls for the climate control system. Sadly, the Compass only comes with a digital compass as standard; there’s no onboard satellite navigation. Voice commands work well for handsfree operation of the audio player and air con but the system rarely catches Indian names if you try to make a call off your phone book. Many, however, will simply take up the option to use Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Sound quality from the six-speaker setup is good with a pleasing depth to the notes.  We had high expectations for the Jeep Compass and are happy to report that it delivers the goods. If the attractive design and pricing are the hooks, the Compass’ tough build, high-quality cabin and genuinely good driving experience seal the deal. Importantly, the Compass feels like a true-blue Jeep. But it is not perfect. It’s not particularly spacious for its size, the engines can get noisy and it’s missing some features as well. The last bit should be a quick fix for Jeep and we don’t see too many people unhappy to pay more money for a feature-loaded Compass. However, as with all models from FCA, our concerns go beyond the product. Fiat doesn’t have the best reputation in sales and aftersales, and there is some rub-off on Jeep too. Jeep is expanding its sales setup in India and is also offering a 2-year/unlimited km warranty to instil confidence in buyers, and we can only hope it delivers the right experience. For the moment, let’s give them the benefit of the doubt. As things stand, apart from pointing Jeep in the right direction, this is the best SUV today for the money. [...]
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Honda in no hurry to join Formula E
You won’t be seeing a Honda team in the Formula E race series any time soon. Honda Motor Co’s President and CEO, Takahiro Hachigo, made this amply clear in his response to a question by Autocar India at a press gathering at the carmaker’s global headquarters in Tokyo. “There is a Japanese proverb which says, ‘If you run after two hares, you will catch neither',” Takahiro joked.  Saying his company remains fully committed to Formula 1, he added, “We do not anticipate Honda will take part in Formula E.” Honda’s stance on Formula E is in stark contrast to many of the world’s large carmakers that are making a bee-line to the all-electric race series – especially at a time when there’s a huge push for electric cars. Audi, DS, Jaguar, Renault and India’s own Mahindra are presently involved in Formula E; with BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Nissan lined up for entry in the seasons to come. A part of the reason for Honda remaining heavily invested in Formula 1 is the technology transfer from the race cars to its road cars. “Since F1 cars use hybrid systems, it’s easy to apply the learning from F1 to technology used on our mass-produced cars.” Takahiro said. Hybrids are a huge part of Honda’s road car powertrain plan up to the year 2030. As per Honda’s own estimates, battery electric vehicles will make up only 15 percent of its sales by the year 2030. While Honda’s CEO did refer to Formula 1 as the ‘pinnacle of automotive racing’, he also talked of the company’s poor performance since its return as an F1 engine supplier with McLaren, since 2015. “We were not able to deliver results that lived up to the expectations of everyone this F1 season. We were frustrated but want to recover from this situation. Therefore, right now we are giving our best shot to F1.” Takahiro said. Notably, McLaren and Honda parted ways at the end of the 2017 F1 season. The Japanese manufacturer’s engines will power the Toro Rosso’s cars from 2018, onwards.  [...]
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Peaceful protest against mandatory STPs in Bengaluru
Bangalore Apartments' Federation (BAF) organised a peaceful protest across the city against the government's order making STPs mandatory with retrospective effect without taking into consideration structural integrity and strength of the buildings. As per the government order construction of [...]
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7th Pay Commission: Latest news, indefinite strike, Jaitley the great betrayer
The Central Government employees had their hopes dashed when the Government refused to increase the basic minimum pay beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. Now the CG employees have said that they would go on an indefinite strike if [...]
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Infosys appoints Salil S Parekh as new CEO, managing director
The Board of Directors of Infosys on Saturday announced the appointment of Salil S Parekh as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, effective from January 2 next year. The appointment was approved by the Infosys board of directors for [...]
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Barack Obama says India needs to 'cherish and nurture' its Muslims
New Delhi, Dec 1: India needs to "cherish and nurture" its Muslim population, which is integrated and considers itself Indian, former US president Barack Obama said on Friday. It is an idea that needs to be reinforced, he emphasised [...]
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UP civic polls 2017:  In Gorakhpur, BJP loses ward where Gorakhnath temple is situated
We will never know what surprises elections throw up in a democracy. Whether it's a general election or local body polls, every contest has its own share of surprises. Today morning a BJP candidate Meera Agarwal, who contested from [...]
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Rahul Gandhi's question number 4 for PM Narendra Modi: Why is education unaffordable in Gujarat?
Rahul Gandhi asked, "Why Gujarat stands at 26th position in terms of governemnt expenditure on education? What is the fault of the youths?" [...]
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PM Modi, US President Donald Trump satisfied with Ivanka's India visit
Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka headed the US delegation to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad. [...]
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Mayawati's guarantee: No BJP govt in 2019 if ballot papers are used in polls
Mayawati's comment come a day after her party, the Bahujan Samaj Party, showed signs of a revival by winning two mayoral seats in the Uttar Pradesh civic polls. Chief Minister Yogi Adiyanath has rejected allegations that EVMs were tampered with in the election. [...]
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India Today Conclave East captures eastern and northeastern states in all their glory
The first-ever India Today conclave east showcased the jewels of the region in all their glory. [...]
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Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal questions India's green-track claim
India`s team management says they have laid out fast-paced pitches to prepare for their next challenge -- a tough away Test series against South Africa in January and February. [...]
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'We work under siege': the journalists who risk death for doing their jobs
In at least a dozen countries worldwide, the sword is proving mightier than the penFewer journalists have been killed this year than in the recent past. The global death toll in 2017 stands at 54, down on the 79 killed last year and on course to be the least bloody year for a decade.Of those 54, at least 34 killings have been confirmed as having a “journalistic motivation”. But the numbers tell only half the story. Related: Global press freedom plunges to worst level this century Related: 'You can get killed': journalists living in fear as states crack down Related: Katharine Viner: in turbulent times, we need good journalism more than ever Related: Russian opposition newspaper will arm its journalists Continue reading... [...]
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Gauri Lankesh remembered, book released on her work
The national capital once again gathered to remember Gauri Lankesh who was shot dead infront of her Bangalore residence two months back, and released a book comprising her work named - The Way I See It. The gathering saw [...]
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Cyclone Ockhi: Depression alert over south Andaman Sea; death toll reaches 8
Chennai, Dec 1: A low pressure system over the South Andaman Sea is expected to turn into a depression in the next 48 hours, which may bring more rainfall to Tamil Nadu, as the death toll due to Cyclone Ockhi in [...]
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We MPs do our best – I can sympathise with Tulip Siddiq’s lapse of judgment | Rupa Huq
I have asked questions in parliament about Bangladeshi human rights, but local MPs can’t be expected to resolve complex issues on the hoof• Rupa Huq is Labour MP for Ealing Central and ActonWith the long hours, the public nature of the job and the advent of online abuse, MPs can sometimes lose their rag. Like many people, I was taken aback to see the skirmish on Channel 4 news this week in which my friend and colleague Tulip Siddiq did just that with a journalist. It was an unedifying spectacle. She recognises that too, and has apologised. But I can understand how it happened too.As an MP you’re expected to be an expert on everything. Old and new media voraciously seek stories. Jeremy Corbyn’s interview with GQ serves as a reminder that top politicians employ media handlers – the Labour leader apparently vetoed Alastair Campbell as his interviewer, and his communications director Seumas Milne turned up to the photo shoot. Those belonging to the lower orders don’t have that luxury and are approached by broadcasters direct with no screening, even though the public reaction is often “Why does the Labour party put these people up for these appearances?”I’m a British-born MP of Bangladeshi origin, and the expectation is that I should represent the entire Bangladeshi diaspora Related: Bangladesh PM claims 'forced disappearances take place in UK and US' Continue reading... [...]
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Taliban gunmen wearing burqas launch deadly attack on Peshawar college
Nine people killed and dozens injured after militants open fire at agricultural college in north-western PakistanNine people have been killed and dozens injured after Taliban militants wearing burqas stormed a college in Peshawar as Pakistan marked the birthday of the prophet Muhammad, officials said.Police said at least three militants opened fire at security guards near the gates of the Agriculture Training Institute, injuring one person before making their way inside and targeting student accommodation. Continue reading... [...]
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India kickstarts process to build 6 nuclear-powered attack submarines
New Delhi, Dec 1: India has kick-started the process to build six nuclear-powered attack submarines which will significantly boost the Navy's overall strike capabilities in the face of China's growing military manoeuvring in the Indo-Pacific region. "It has kicked [...]
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Two teachers arrested in connection with sexual assault of 4 year old student
Two Physical Training (PT) teachers of the GD Birla school of Kolkata were arrested in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a Kindergarten student. The two have been charged under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. [...]
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Madame Tussauds cruises into India – in pictures
Madame Tussauds has opened is 23rd museum in Delhi, with 50 wax figures of personalities from sports, music, film, history and politics Continue reading... [...]
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Does it really matter if Modi, Rahul are Hindus, Muslims or Christians?
New Delhi, Dec 1: What is the first and foremost duty of a public servant? Isn't it to work for the citizens, listen to their concerns, find solution to their problems and bring peace and prosperity to the nation? What matters most [...]
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Datsun Redigo AMT to launch in January 2018
Datsun will add a new automatic variant to the Redigo line up towards the tail end of January 2018. Like its cousin from Renault, the Kwid AMT, the Redigo automatic will also come equipped with a 5-speed AMT gearbox on the 1.0-litre engine option. What will be interesting to see is if the Redigo AMT will make use of a conventional gear lever or a rotary controller for the gearbox as on the Kwid AMT. Notably, the Kwid’s arrangement doesn’t allow for the option of a manual mode for gearshifts, something offered on rivals like the Alto AMT.  Expect Datsun to price the Redigo automatic at a premium of around Rs 30,000 to the equivalent manual model variant. Prices for the Redigo AMT should start at Rs 3.9 lakh (estimated, ex-showroom, Delhi) and top-off at about Rs 4.1 lakh.  [...]
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Adani mining giant likely to face fresh scrutiny over financial fraud allegations
India’s finance secretary has called for decision clearing company of allegations of siphoning huge sums into tax havens to be reviewedThe Adani Group is likely to again have to answer allegations it siphoned more than US$600m (£445m) into overseas tax havens after senior Indian finance authorities recommended an appeal of a judgment clearing the mining giant.The Indian finance secretary has confirmed to local media the August decision clearing the Adani Group had been reviewed by senior officials in November who ordered an appeal to be lodged by 14 December. Related: Why Adani's planned Carmichael coalmine matters to Australia – and the world Continue reading... [...]
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4 year old student sexually assaulted by school teacher in Kolkata
Kolkata on Friday woke up to a horrific incident of a 4-year-old student being allegedly sexually assaulted by the Physical Training teacher of her school. The incident occurred at the reputed GD Birla School in South Kolkata on Thursday [...]
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Rahul's 3rd question to Modi ahead of Guj polls: 'Why power was bought at higher rates?'
New Delhi, Dec 1: On Friday, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi posed his third question to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter ahead of the Gujarat Assembly elections 2017. The Assembly elections in Modi's home turf are scheduled on December 9 and [...]
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