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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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Serie B leaders Palermo sold for 10 euros
Languishing in Serie B when Zamparini took over in 2002, pink-shirted Palermo won promotion in 2003-04 as they returned to the top flight after a more than 30-year wait.  [...]
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For celebrating GDP date, Chidambaram takes this jibe at BJP
New Delhi, Dec 2: Congress leader P Chidambaram poked fun at the BJP Saturday over the GDP growth data, saying it did not warrant any jubilation by the ruling party. In a series of tweets, the former finance minister said that [...]
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Ayushman Bharat Yojana: First open heart surgery gives a fresh lease of life to 50-year-old
Agra, Dec 2: Two months after the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna or Ayushman Bharat Yojna was launched, in a bid to provide comprehensive health care to the vulnerable groups, the first open heart surgery under the scheme was performed in [...]
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Modi concludes Argentina visit, departs for Delhi
New Delhi, Dec 2: Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for New Delhi after concluding a hectic three-day tour of Argentina where he attended the 13th G20 Summit for state leaders, apart from hosting a number of high-profile and historic meetings. {image-narendra-modi38-1543726362.jpg [...]
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WB: Fire breaks out in Siliguri clothes market, four fire tenders rushed to spot
Kolkata, Dec 2: A fire broke out in four garment shops in Bidhan market at Siliguri in West Bengal in the wee hours of Sunday. According to ANI, at least four fire tenders are present at the spot to [...]
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Blog: Is downsizing dead?
Buzzwords, don’t you love ‘em? A new one seems to surface almost every day. And while some make sense, the vast majority only serves to infuriate. The often overused ‘downsizing’ is one such. Meant to describe a reduction in capacity of an engine, or the downward trend in engine size, we’ve been getting ‘downsized’ engines for years. The theory behind downsizing is simple enough. A smaller capacity engine, even with a turbo, will consume less fuel. Problem is, this isn’t always completely true; what works in the lab often doesn’t work in the real world. And the automotive world is rapidly discovering this. The difference between the two is said to be around 35 percent! And it isn’t just downsized engines, we’ve also have our fair share of engines with downsized power outputs; a double whammy. Yes, a couple of successfully downsized engines have been introduced here. VW’s super 1.2 TSI comes to mind, and there have been others, but, by and large, downsized engines haven’t been very successful here. Let’s see; Honda got its fingers burnt with the second-gen City that put out just 77hp as against the 100-odd horses back in 1998. Honda fixed this soon and got in a proper 100hp VTEC under the hood after three years. And then, on the third-gen City, the underpowered i-DSi was dropped altogether. The City hasn’t looked back since. Maruti, normally a company joined at the hip with Indian customers, has fallen into the same pit, several times. Its 48hp, two-cylinder diesel Celerio bombed so badly the car was quickly withdrawn. And pulling out a model is something Maruti almost never does; see the Omni, Gypsy, etc. The Baleno RS got a downsized engine next, and, truth be told, the 102hp, 1.0 litre, three-cylinder Boosterjet engine could have worked. But since the engine hasn’t been localised, Maruti has to charge a premium for it. It begs the question – why hasn’t Maruti invested in manufacturing the Boosterjet locally? Well, for one, it would be more expensive compared to the 1.2K Series, and then, fuel economy on these turbocharged petrol engines tends to go south as soon as boost from turbo comes in. And that sort of negates the very fuel-efficient driving style of Indian drivers. This is also the reason Ford hasn’t used the EcoBoost engine in more cars here. What it has done, in fact, is introduce the all-new 123hp, 1.5 Dragon engine for India; an upsize. Or, as some like to call it, a ‘right-size’. Maruti has done some ‘rightsizing’ of its own. The Ciaz facelift came with a larger and more powerful 105hp, 1.5-litre engine that finally allows it to compete better with cars like the Honda City. The same engine has replaced the 1.4 in the Ertiga as well. Yes, we will continue to get a trickle of smaller-capacity engine, like VW’s recently introduced 1.0 petrol, but apart from these missteps, it’s fair to say downsizing is dead. [...]
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Kerala DYFI organises secular tournament to prevent communal divide
Kerala DYFI organises secular tournament to prevent communal divide [...]
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Election commission admits cameras faced blackout at EVM strongroom in MP
Election commission admits cameras faced blackout at EVM strongroom in MP [...]
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Justice Kurian Joseph rules out corruption in higher judiciary
New Delhi, Dec 1: Justice (Retd) Kurian Joseph ruled out corruption in higher judiciary in an exclusive interview to news agency ANI. Justice Kurian said, "I'll never really agree that there's corruption in higher judiciary. If it is in [...]
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Will the jinx of Speaker not reaching next Assembly continue or get over in Rajasthan?
New Delhi, Dec 1:  There are certain myths in every election and so is the case with Rajasthan Assembly elections. There is a jinx about the Rajasthan Assembly elections that Speaker in the state Assembly fails to win the next election [...]
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Assam: 11 injured in blast inside Kamakhya-Dekargaon Intercity Express
Guwahati, Dec 1: At least 11 people have been injured in an explosion inside one of the coaches in Kamakhya-Dekargaon Intercity Express in Udalguri.  Assam Police said 11 persons were injured in an explosion.  Police said, "Explosion took place [...]
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