Three persons, including a teacher and a clerk, were arrested from Himachal Pradesh on Saturday (April 7) in connection with the leak of Class 12 economics exam question paper. The third arrested individual is said to be a support staff. Reports [...]
In less than a week, Nepal should have a new prime minister — its 24th in 26 years. The unlamented resignation of Khadga Prasad Oli this week tells us something about the hubris of those charged with leading the country’s complex, multi-ethnic democra [...]
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New Delhi, Jul 30: A rape case has been filed against Uttarakhand BJP leader Harak Singh Rawat on the complaint of a woman. The case against Rawat was lodged at Safdarjung police station in South Delhi. The victim has alleged that [...]
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The 520d M Sport remains mechanically unchanged, but gets exterior and interior additions; to be produced in Chennai. [...]
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Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Monday said he is committed to waive farm loans or else he will retire from politics. The JD(S) leader, who was sworn-in as Karnataka chief minister last week after the Congress extended unconditional [...]
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday came down heavily on Pakistan over the treatment meted out to Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife and mother when they visited Islamabad to meet him. Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, Swaraj said human rights of the [...]
In a nation worn down by war, Isis’s ability to turn latent divisions into bloody slaughter should not be underestimatedAfghanistan’s 16-year war has largely been fought between the Taliban and a regime in Kabul backed by the US and Nato forces. The battle between the two was understood to be political, not sectarian. The Taliban considered a war between Muslims counterproductive to establishing an Islamic emirate. However the bombing of a Shia cultural centre in Kabul by Isis’s Afghan arm marks a new low of vicious identity violence.The blast took place in a part of west Kabul that is home to large numbers of Hazara, a largely Shia minority. Hazaras had been sidelined for generations and lived in fear of being massacred by the majority Pashtuns. However, the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 changed their fate. Hazaras now routinely top university admissions examinations, and within a decade almost half of the community’s girl students were passing university exams. Hazaras do not have political power but they are rising. Continue reading... [...]
As a result of dry conditions prevailing in Cape Town, the city dwellers and the travelling Indian cricket team there have been advised to not shower for more than two minutes, according to a report in The Indian Express. [...]
UN warns of ‘toxic fear’ among tens of thousands of children trapped in Rakhine state, some of whom have become separated from their parentsTens of thousands of Rohingya children have been left “trapped and almost forgotten” in remote, squalid camps and isolated villages in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, the UN has said. Stringent restrictions on the movement of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine, which have worsened amid the increased violence over the past 15 months, have left an estimated 60,000 children stranded, in need of aid, and suffering from “high levels of toxic fear”, said Unicef, the UN children’s agency. Related: Who are the Rohingya and what is happening in Myanmar? Related: 'When they began slaughtering us we ran for our lives': Rohingya trapped inside Myanmar | Alex Crawford Continue reading... [...]
If you’re on the hunt for a performance motorcycle between Rs 10-15 lakh, you will be spoilt for choice. The purchase part is, however, only a small part of the big-bike experience, as the real joy is in riding these machines. The quickest and fastest options are supersport motorcycles, their performance can knock your socks off, but they are also the least practical motorcycles you can buy.
Next up are the cruisers, which remain among the most aspirational genre for big-bike owners. They have visual appeal, and the low seat height makes them accessible for wider audience. However, they aren’t the most agile of motorcycles and riding them in the city can be tedious. This is where street bikes make a strong case for themselves, as they are amongst the most versatile and usable performance bikes you can buy.
However, none of the above motorcycles can match the go-anywhere nature and comfort offered by an adventure tourer. And when it comes to ADVs in India, the Triumph Tiger is the undisputed king of the segment. Earlier this year, Rishaad had ridden the 2018 Tiger range in Morocco, and he came back impressed. Now, it was my chance to ride and test the new Tiger 800 XRx. As Mumbai drowned (again) after heavy rains lashed the city, I set out on the new Tiger 800 XRx on a ride to Lavasa.
Same yet different
Triumph says it has made over 200 changes on the new Tiger 800. Yet, when you see the 800 XRx at a glance, you’d be hard-pressed to find the differences between the old and the new. However, look closely and the subtle differences emerge – it gets LED DRLs, redesigned body panels and aero deflectors. In fact, apart from the fuel tank, all the panels have been reworked to make the new Tiger 800 look more compact. The Tiger 800 XRx also features a TFT all-digital console, replacing the semi-digital unit as seen on its predecessor. It displays tonnes of information and adjusting the various parameters is an easy affair with the five-way joystick. The new windscreen is also manually adjustable, and like the Multistrada 950, it can be adjusted on the go. Standard seat height is 830mm, but the seat can be adjusted to drop by 20mm.
Power figures from the 800cc, liquid-cooled motor remain identical, as the triple-cylinder mill churns out 93.7hp at 9,500rpm and 79Nm of torque at 8,050rpm. However, Triumph has worked hard to improve smoothness and refinement (which are excellent) and the engine does feel a little more free-revving now. Triumph engineers have also shortened the first-gear and added a new crankshaft. To top it off, the stock exhaust system is lighter and more compact than the older model, but our bike was breathing through an optional and sweet-sounding Arrow exhaust that will set you back by Rs 42,167 (excluding taxes).
On the go
Throttle response from the ride-by-wire system is crisp and precise. Having ridden the older Tiger 800, the new engine felt even more tractable and a bit smoother too. Making my way out of the city and through the typical traffic snarls, the tractability of the engine helped, but a slip and assist clutch would have been welcome.
Once on the highway, the Tiger 800 XRx felt more comfortable as it was munching miles at a brisk pace. Cruising speeds lie between 5,000 and 6,000rpm in sixth gear, and overtakes require just a slight opening of the throttle. The new Tiger 800 is a quick motorcycle, but the linear power delivery and the electronic aids mean that inexperienced riders won’t sweat riding it, and it's not warp-speed quick like the Tiger 1200 that we rode in the last issue.
The upright riding posture is almost perfect, and adding to the comfort quotient is the generous and well-padded saddle. I was cruising down the highway, soaking in the beautiful vistas when suddenly the rain gods came down in full fury. The Tiger 800 XRx’s riding modes came in handy here and it gets four of them – road, sport, off-road and rain. With slippery road conditions, I switched to rain mode. You still get full power, but throttle response is mellower and the traction control is at its highest setting. Even with strong crosswinds and under heavy downpour, the Tiger 800 XRx was rock-solid. Cruise control now comes standard, as do heated grips, which added to the comfort quotient.
The road surface continued to deteriorate and soon reached lunar levels of ridiculousness. But the Tiger wasn’t bothered in the least and you just need to stand and roll on the throttle as the ADV wafts its way over bumps, potholes, undulations and what not! Helping its cause are the Showa USD fork and monoshock unit, with 180mm and 170mm of travel, respectively. Since the XRx is a mid-spec variant, there’s minimal adjustability and you can only change the preload of the monoshock.
The Tiger 800 XRx gets a 19-inch front wheel and a 17-inch rear one, running tubeless Metzeler Tourance tyres. This makes it more fun to ride around corners t [...]
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to grant interim stay on traditional buffalo races 'Kambala' held in Karnataka. the next date of hearing is March 14. On the ground of cruelty being meted out to the animals, NGO FIAPO [...]
Committee earlier requested a halt to Shantaruban’s removal from AustraliaA Tamil asylum seeker appears set for deportation to Sri Lanka after the UN committee against torture withdrew a request to Australia to halt his removal while it investigated the risk of him being tortured upon return.Shantaruban, currently held in immigration detention in Melbourne, has been in Australia since arriving by boat in 2012. A notice of intention to remove from Australia has been issued against him for Thursday 22 February. Related: Australia issues deportation order for Tamil asylum seeker despite torture fears I am dismayed … that the UN would accede to the Australian government’s request. Continue reading... [...]
New Delhi, Aug 16: Statesman and pragmatist, orator and poet, a man of peace and conviction. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a towering nationalist who softened the often sharp edge of his party's politics with a gentle sophistry of words, earning him the [...]
Food is dwindling and agencies warn of ‘lost generation’ of children growing up without schoolWhen the armed men arrived at her northern Myanmar village, Anuwara, a 33-year-old Rohingya woman, first wondered how she could protect her six children.When villagers delivered the body of her husband, a teacher who was shot dead as he returned from school, she thought of how her family could escape. Related: Rohingya crisis: 132 MPs across region call for Myanmar to be referred to ICC Related: Rohingya turn to blockchain to solve identity crisis Continue reading... [...]
Kolkata part-time off-spinner Nitish Rana turned heads with his two wickets in successive deliveries to get rid of Bangalore star batsmen A.B.de Villiers and skipper Virat Kohli in their Indian Premier League (IPL) opener here. [...]
New installation at Somerset House in London lets visitors experience the air of some pollution hotspots – plus a pristine Norwegian islandNew Delhi: the suffocating smell of old cars and industry. São Paulo: enough ethanol to make your eyes water. And in London, a scent called Living Diesel.Those are the dominant notes of those cities’ contaminated air, according to an “artist’s approximation” that aims to raise awareness of the problem of pollution around the world. Related: Pant by numbers: the cities with the most dangerous air – listed Michael Pinsky’s #PollutionPods, in the forecourt of Somerset House, claim to reproduce the air pollution conditions of five cities pic.twitter.com/a6gwO4M8HgTwo young women entering the Tautra pod from São Paulo’s make a beeline for the air purifier. 'Breathe it in,' sighs oneTautra, Norway. Low levels of nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter. The green light for outdoor sports and cycling. Almost a relief on entry pic.twitter.com/JYuLNJ83GK Continue reading... [...]
Islanders in Vembanad lagoon, now a popular Keralan tourist destination, hope new public transport will bring easy access to jobs and services on mainlandThe city of Kochi in the southern Indian state of Kerala is to become the first in the country to get its own water metro system, in a move that authorities say could transform the lives of thousands of fishermen and farmers living on islands in the local lagoon.The islands in the Vembanad lagoon, inevitably known as the “Venice of the east” because of the large network of canals which connect them, are home to some of Kerala’s poorest people, many of whom have little access to the urban mainland and earn less than £1 a day. Related: Where Hinduism meets hedonism Continue reading... [...]
New Delhi, Sep 29: In his final week as chief justice, Dipak Misra has passed various judgments on important cases, ranging from the one on the constitutionality of Aadhaar to the case on the entry of women into the Ayyappa temple [...]
The security forces on Thursday conducted an operation in Chhattisgarh in which two Naxals were killed and around 15-20 were injured. Arms and ammunition were also recovered. "DRG and STF teams conducted an operation in which body of 2 [...]
Pakistan-based Hizbul chief Syed Salahuddin's threat of nuclear war against India should come as no surprise. In a country where the official military nuclear doctrine itself is an irresponsible 'touch-me-not' doctrine, born of acute weakness and insecurity, the Pakistani military seems [...]
Mumbai, May 13: Shiv Sena parliamentarian Sanjay Raut today said if the BJP-led NDA dispensation at the Centre had "pure Hindu blood" in its veins, it should confer the Bharat Ratna on late Hindutva icon V D Savarkar. The [...]
I’ve seen suffering all over the world, but nothing prepared me for the wretched conditions 655,000 people fleeing violence endure in the camps of BangladeshI have stood among tsunami flatted buildings in Aceh and Japan. I have held the hand of a dying infant in flood swamped Pakistan. I have attempted to console the families of loved ones lost to the Bali bombings. And I have helped retrieve the body of a dying man trapped in an earthquake crumpled building. But nothing prepared me for what I have now witnessed – a city sized population living in squalor after fleeing the horror of human rights atrocities in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state. Related: The Guardian view on Myanmar: telling the truth about the Rohingya | Editorial Continue reading... [...]
"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, [...]
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) president, who was believed to have gone missing, has been found in a hospital in Ahmedabad. Togadia was admitted to Chandramani Hospital in Ahmedabad in an unconscious state and his sugar levels were said to be [...]