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Disruptions in Parliament were 'government-sponsored': Tharoor
Raipur, Apr 11: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday (April 11) accused the BJP of engineering "proxy disruption" during the recently-concluded Budget session of Parliament. He was speaking to reporters at the Raipur airport. "The allegations are baseless. Congress [...]
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Defence Expo 2018: Modi to inaugurate the event today in Chennai
Defence Expo India 2018, an event to showcase the country's defence manufacturing capabilities, would formally be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Thiruvidanthai, Chennai, on Thursday. The four-day exhibition will showcase the strengths of India's defence public sector and uncover the [...]
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Reuters reporters must stand trial over massacre story, Myanmar judge rules
Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo to be tried over report on atrocity the army admits took placeTwo Reuters journalists arrested while investigating a massacre of Rohingya Muslims will face trial in Myanmar after a court rejected a motion to drop the case against them.Reporters Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, were detained in December and accused of violating the country’s Official Secrets Act for possessing material relating to security operations in Rakhine state that was handed to them by the police.The Rohingya are Muslims who live in majority-Buddhist Myanmar. They are often described as "the world's most persecuted minority".  Related: Myanmar soldiers jailed for 10 years over massacre of Rohingya Muslims Continue reading... [...]
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Man who accused Indian politician of raping daughter dies in custody
Alleged victim had attempted to self-immolate in protest against treatment by authorities on day before father died An Indian man who was arrested after accusing a ruling party official of raping his teenage daughter has died in police custody, prompting outrage and calls for an independent investigation.The day before the man died, his daughter had gone to Lucknow, the state capital of Uttar Pradesh, doused herself in kerosene and tried to self-immolate in protest against the alleged unwillingness of police to pursue her allegations. Continue reading... [...]
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Audi RS5 launched at Rs 1.1 crore
Audi has launched the second-generation RS5 Sports Coupè in India at Rs 1.1 crore (ex-showroom). The RS5 debuts the two-door coupè body style of the latest-gen A5 in India. Currently, the A5 line-up in India consists of sportback and convertible models.   Powering the new RS5 is a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol motor that is a big departure from 4.2-litre naturally aspirated V8 that powered the last-gen RS5. Even though it may be smaller in displacement, the engine new churns out a solid maximum power of 450hp and a humongous 600Nm of peak torque. Interestingly, the figures indicate that the new RS5 matches the old car on power, but produces a significant 170Nm more torque. As for performance, Audi claims the new RS5 can do the 0-100kph dash in just 3.9sec – half a second faster than the previous RS5. As expected, power is channelled to all four wheels via Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system mated to an eight-speed gearbox.   The sports coupé also boasts a limited top speed of 250kph in standard form. You can also upgrade to a top-speed of 280kph which is a paid opition. The new RS5 features Audi Sport’s aggressive styling cues. 19-inch wheels are standard, while 20-inchers are optional. On the inside, there is enough RS-spec elements to ma1ke you feel that you're in a performance car. Sport seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, Alcantara leather upholstery, sport pedals and Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital instrument system with RS highlights – these are a few elements that distinguish the RS5 from the standard A5 models.   At Rs 1.1 crore, the RS5's pricing is considerably cheaper than its direct rival, the BMW M4 that costs Rs 1.33 crore (ex-showroom).  [...]
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Mahindra Bolero crosses 1 million sales milestone in India
Mahindra has announced that sales of its Bolero utility vehicle have crossed the milestone of 1 million units. The Bolero has achieved this feat 18 years after it first went on sale. The car also enjoys the distinction of being Mahindra’s best-selling model of all time. To many, the Bolero is also the vehicle that helped establish Mahindra’s image in the market as a maker of rugged vehicles. The original Bolero (launched in 2000) was based on the Armada and has been updated over the years to keep it relevant, which made it a regular on the 'top 10 passenger vehicles by sales' list for most of its life span – that is, until two years ago, when it witnessed a sales drop. It made its comeback to the top 10 in February 2018 with sales of 8,001 units in the month. The Bolero has recorded a 23 percent year-on-year growth in the last fiscal – more than the 20.9 percent clip at which the UV segment grew in the same period. In the April-February period of the 2018 fiscal, Mahindra sold 65,906 units of the Bolero UVs. In conversation with Autocar India, Vijay Ram Nakra, Chief- Sales & Marketing - Mahindra, spoke of the key factors that have played a role in this revival in sales. “A strong comprehensive strategy for small cities and rural markets that the company put in place eight months back – complemented by the Bolero Plus – has helped the SUV regain lost volumes,” he said. For those who may not know, the Bolero Plus is a marginally shortened version of the Bolero. Its sub-four-metre length and 1.5-litre diesel engine qualify it for the government's lower rate of taxation on ‘small cars’, allowing Mahindra to price this version very competitively. Spec-to-spec, the Bolero Plus undercuts the regular Bolero by Rs 90,000, explaining how Mahindra has managed to make deeper inroads into the price-sensitive utility vehicles segment.   [...]
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Tecno Camon i
  Xiaomi continues to dominate the sub 10k market and for good reason. The company provides impressive hardware at an affordable price. A lot of companies have tried to impress audiences in the budget s... [...]
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Ambedkar advised shunning violent ways in post-1947 India: Bhagwat
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday said B R Ambedkar had felt that violence and even a non-violent protest such as a "Satyagraha" should have no place in independent India. Interestingly, his statement came against the backdrop of today's [...]
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Hunger games: Modi to lead tit-for-tat fast in row with opposition
India’s PM to stage rival fast days after opponents were caught eating curry before hunger strikeIndia’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, will lead a daylong fast on Thursday in a tit-for-tat protest against the opposition, whose leaders were caught feasting moments before they launched their own hunger strike.The rival protests are part of growing showdown between Modi’s ruling nationalist Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) and the Congress party before national elections. Both sides have faced social media ridicule over their fasts. Continue reading... [...]
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Mumbai: FIR against TV actor Akashdeep Saigal for beating up two auto drivers
An FIR was registered at the Bandra Police station in Mumbai against TV actor Akashdeep Saigal, known as Skywalker, for allegedly beating up autorickshaw drivers with bamboo sticks in Mumbai. In a statement to Hindustan Times, a police source [...]
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Fire breaks out in Thane's mall, cooling operation underway
Fire breaks out in Thane's mall, cooling operation underway [...]
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'They killed my father': Unnao rape survivor speaks out
'They killed my father': Unnao rape survivor speaks out [...]
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Algerian military plane with more than 100 on board crashes, several dead
Algerian military plane with more than 100 on board crashes, several dead [...]
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Commonwealth Games 2018, Gold Coast, Day 6 medals tally: India bags one more Gold, eleventh overall, check the latest figures
On the Day 6 of the 21st edition of the 2018 Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Australia's Gold Coast, India bagged one more Gold - its eleventh overall - and ranks third in the overall medals tally with Australia on top on Tuesday.  [...]
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Parties believing in Hindutva will have to unite for 2019 polls: Fadnavis
In a subtle hint of his hopes of the BJP and Shiv Sena jointly contesting the next year's polls, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that all "secular but Hindutva" parties would come together to counter the "pseudo-secular" opposition. {image-devendrafadnavis-jpg-pagespeed-ic-5-v0r7sre7-29-1503994424.jpg [...]
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India will be a key driver of energy demand in next 2-5 yrs: PM Modi
Prime Minster Narendra Modi on Wednesday called for reasonable and responsible pricing to provide easy access to affordable energy to all. In the presence of oil cartel OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabian Oil Minister, Khalid A. Al-Falih, Modi said efforts [...]
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Myanmar soldiers jailed for 10 years over massacre of Rohingya Muslims
Seven soldiers were sentenced to ‘10 years in prison with hard labour’ for ‘contributing and participating in murder’ of 10 Rohingya menSeven Myanmar soldiers have been sentenced to “10 years in prison with hard labour in a remote area” for participating in a massacre of 10 Rohingya Muslim men in a village in north-western Rakhine state last September, the army said on Tuesday. The military said in a statement that seven soldiers have had “action taken against them” for “contributing and participating in murder”. Related: Myanmar military admits to murder of 10 Rohingya Muslims Continue reading... [...]
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PM Modi, Amit Shah to observe fast over Parliament disruptions on April 12
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah will observe a day-long fast on April 12 over the washout of Budget Session in Parliament. The BJP holds opposition solely responsible for disruptions in Parliament because of which hardly any legislative [...]
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Protest against IPL: Teams enter stadium through back gate, massive police deployment at Chepauk
Massive police deployment, of over 4,000 personnel, and other security arrangements were made on Tuesday (April 10) evening outside Chepauk stadium in Chennai to ensure that IPL match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders is held, amid raging protests by Tamil [...]
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CBSE to conduct re-examination in Punjab on April 27
The Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) will conduct the re-examination of papers, which could not be held on April 2 in Punjab, on April 27. Class 10th French, Sanskrit and Urdu Course-B and class 12 Gujarati, Nepali, Kashmiri, Hindi- Elective [...]
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Rising air pollution: Centre considering nationwide ban on pet coke use
New Delhi, Apr 10: The Union Government is considering a nationwide ban on the use of pet coke by various industries and a decision is likely to be taken within a month, the Supreme Court was informed on Tuesday (April 10). [...]
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Karnataka elections: Congress list likely to be announced on April 12    
Bengaluru, Apr 10: The list of Congress candidates for the Karnataka Assembly elections, scheduled for May 12, could be released on April 12, a party functionary said on Tuesday. The screening committee has already submitted its report to the Congress [...]
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Pininfarina-designed Hybrid Kinetic Group H500 takes shape
After recently revealing the H600, Hybrid Kinetic Group will unveil another electric model, later this month. This car uses micro-turbine range-extender technology and is of Pininfarina design. Due at the Beijing motor show on 25 April, 2018, the H500 sedan is a smaller sibling to the H600. It shares its powertrain technology with that car, as well as Hybrid Kinetic's HK GT coupé and K550 and K750 SUVs. The details for the H500 have yet to be revealed, though. However, the cars it shares its technology with offer up to 1,000km of range and use battery packs with 50,000-charge-cycle life spans. A preview image shows that the H500 will have four doors and a rear roofline that extends further back than on regular sedans, giving it the sort of silhouette we've come to expect from models prioritising rear head room, such as the BMW 3-series Gran Turismo. By opting for this bodyshape, the company has decided to mirror design trends in China, where demand for cars with generous rear room is higher than in most other countries. This is evident with the number of long-wheelbase versions of cars, such as the Jaguar XEL and XFL, on sale there. An image of the H500's interior shows that it features a wrap-around dash screen with a digital instrument cluster in addition to the other screen in the lower centre console. Pininfarina, the Italian design house, is soon to launch its own car company with an exotic electric hypercar which is being designed to rival the Bugatti Chiron. The brand has penned all of Hybrid Kinetic's models as part of a partnership worth £55 million (approximately Rs 504 crore).   [...]
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VW Group may replace CEO Matthias Muller
Matthias Müller looks set to stand down as Volkswagen CEO this Friday, April 13, 2018, in what is being described as an “development of the management structure". Reports in German media suggest Müller, who has been at the helm of the Volkswagen Group since the emission scandal was revealed in September 2015, will be succeeded by Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand. Volkswagen issued a statement confirming that it's considering management changes that “would also be associated with personnel changes in the board of management”. When contacted by our sister publication Autocar UK, however, a spokesman couldn’t confirm whether that included the removal of Müller from the group’s lead position. Autocar UK understands that Müller's departure comes as part of plans thought up by Wolfgang Porsche, Hans Michel Piëch and Hans Dieter Pötsch. The former two come from the families that control more than 52 percent of the Volkswagen Group, while the latter is the chairman of the Supervisory Board. Müller’s departure would also leave a vacant space on the board of Porsche, where he also has a seat. Müller has led the Volkswagen Group through one of its toughest periods as it faced fire for its emissions cheating scandal. He inherited the top role from Martin Winterkorn, who resigned when the scandal broke. [...]
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Two dozen children killed after school bus crashes off mountain road in India
Police say 27 bodies have been recovered from the accident site in Himachal Pradesh, including 24 childrenAt least 24 children and three adults have been killed after a school bus plunged off a mountain road in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, police said. Santosh Patial, a senior police officer in Himachal Pradesh, said they had recovered 27 bodies from the accident site. The adult dead included the driver. Related: Indian runaway train takes 1,000 passengers on engineless journey Continue reading... [...]
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Sri Lanka opens door for return of divisive former president
Voters who turfed Mahinda Rajapaksa out of office in 2015 give his party local election winA familiar face is back on walls across Sri Lanka. The country’s former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has been grinning from thousands of posters and billboards recently, palms pressed together in gratitude.Voters delivered a shock repudiation of Rajapaksa’s government three years ago, as the UN investigated war crimes against Tamil civilians, dissidents disappeared in unmarked white vans and warnings were issued that Sri Lankan democracy was at risk. Related: Body of Sri Lankan journalist who foresaw his murder to be exhumed Related: Sri Lanka election: shock as president Mahinda Rajapaksa concedes defeat Related: ‘The biggest game changer in 100 years’: Chinese money gushes into Sri Lanka Continue reading... [...]
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Paswan calls for inclusion of SC/ST Act, Dalit quotas in 9th Schedule
Patna, Apr 9: Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Monday favoured inclusion of the SC/ST Act and reservations for Dalits in Ninth Schedule of the Constitution so that they cannot be challenged in a court of law. Laws under the Ninth Schedule [...]
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Why no Ram Temple despite being in majority, asks Togadia
New Delhi, Apr 9: The VHP's international working president Pravin Togadia on Monday alleged that the BJP may start a "diluted agitation" for Ram temple merely to grab the majority vote by painting other parties "anti-Hindu." Togadia made the [...]
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