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5 detained as students clash at Odisha university over alleged harassment
Bhubaneswar, Nov 25: Violent clashes broke out at the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), Bhubaneshwar on Saturday between two groups over the alleged harassment of a female student. The fight broke out after a second year engineering student allegedly made [...]
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Mumbai special court rejects Mallya's plea seeking stay on declaring him fugitive
Mumbai, Nov 29: Mumbai court on Thursday rejected Vijay Mallya's plea seeking stay on hearing of Enforcement Directorate's application to declare him a fugitive. The decision from the judicature came after five parties, including a family member of Mallya, sought court [...]
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Exit Poll 2018 Telangana results: Majority believe KCR-led TRS set to return to power
New Delhi, Dec 7: The K Chandrashekhar Rao-led Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) is likely to storm back to power with an impressive margin in Telangana once the results of the assembly elections are declared on December 11, various exit polls 2018 [...]
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When Arvind Kejriwal hosted Arun Jaitley after GST Council meet
When Arvind Kejriwal hosted Arun Jaitley after GST Council meet [...]
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'Gauri Day' to mark slain journalist Gauri Lankesh's birth anniversary in Bengaluru
Gauri Lankesh would have turned 56 years old on Monday had she not been shot dead by unknown assailants in September 2017. As a mark of respect to the slain journalist, her fans, family, supporters, colleagues and student leaders will celebrate [...]
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Stock market: Weeding out
Stock market: Weeding out [...]
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Badminton: RMV Gurusaidutt, Sameer Verma reach quarters of Swiss Open
Gurusaidutt defeated compatriot Sourabh Verma 21-18 21-14, while second seed Sameer eked out an 11-21 21-18 21-16 win over Japan's Yu Igarashi. [...]
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UP research centre invents mango wine
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New cars and SUVs launched in 2018
Most carmakers in India, particularly the premium manufacturers, have been on a launching spree since 2018 began. While the 2018 Auto Expo saw its share of new car launches, the rest of the year hasn’t been slow either. The first launch of the year was a special edition Kwid and the most expensive one (so far) has been the Rolls-Royce Phantom. Additionally, Hyundai brought out the refreshed i20 (and then a CVT for the petrol version) while Datsun, Maruti and Tata have added a dash of convenience to their respective models with AMT-equipped variants. The month of May saw the largest number of launches so far in 2018, totaling 16. Here’s our comprehensive list of the launches so far this year. However, if you'd like to see which new cars are just around the corner, click here. AUGUST Renault Kwid facelift (Aug 1) Renault has launched the refreshed Kwid range in the Indian market. Prices for the 2018 Renault Kwid remain unchanged and start from Rs 2.66 lakh for the base 800cc variant, go up to Rs 4.59 lakh for the top-spec 1.0-litre Climber AMT trim. On the outside, the updated Kwid gets a new grille design with chrome trim on higher variants. The budget hatchback comes in six exterior paint shade options. Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) equipped rear seat belts now come as standard across the range while the top-spec Kwid RXT (O) comes with a reverse camera. AMT-equipped models get a creep function now. Also see: 2018 Renault Kwid 1.0 AMT review, test drive Honda City Edge edition (Aug 6) Honda has launched a special edition of its City sedan called the City Edge. Available in both, petrol and diesel guises, it is priced at Rs 9.75 lakh and Rs 11.10 lakh, respectively (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Honda City Edge edition is based on the SV variant which gets standard equipment like steering-mounted audio controls, climate control, rear AC vents, cruise control, a driver’s seat height adjust and power-folding wing mirrors. In addition to these features, the City Edge gets features like 15-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, rear parking sensors and a rear camera with the display located in the rear-view mirror.  Also see: 2018 Yaris vs Verna vs City vs Ciaz comparison 2018 Yaris vs Verna vs City video comparison Honda BR-V Style edition (Aug 6) A special edition BR-V, called the Style edition, has arrived, priced between Rs 10.44 lakh for the S MT petrol variant, and going up to Rs 13.74 lakh for the VX MT diesel trim. It is available on all variants and gets additional equipment like a front bumper guard, a tailgate spoiler, body-side mouldings and bumper protectors at the front and back. The Honda BR-V Style Edition is available with a 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. While the diesel engine is only available with a six-speed manual gearbox, the petrol motor also gets a CVT automatic option, along with standard manual transmission. Also see: 2017 Honda BR-V long term review, final report Honda WR-V Alive edition (Aug 6) In a bid to boost the appeal of its WR-V crossover, Honda has introduced a special edition with a bit more equipment that enhances the vehicle's safety and comfort. Offered on the base S trim of the WR-V, the Alive edition is priced at Rs 8.02 lakh for the petrol and Rs 9.11 lakh for the diesel. Both the versions are priced Rs 23,500 higher than the standard S variants. (All prices, ex-showroom, Delhi). Additional features on the WR-V Alive edition include 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, rear parking camera, rear parking sensors, premium steering wheel cover and seat cover with a special edition logo. Additionally, WR-V customers also get a one-month subscription to Honda Connect. The app offers features such as service bookings, insurance and PUC reminders, impact alerts and trip analysis. Moreover, Honda has also introduced a new exterior paint shade dubbed Radiant Red, which is also available across the entire range. Also see: Freestyle vs WR-V vs i20 Active: Specifications comparison 2017 Honda WR-V review, test drive BMW X1 sDrive20d M Sport (Aug 7) BMW has introduced a new variant to its X1 line-up, called the sDrive20d M Sport, and priced it at Rs 41.50 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The new trim slots below the top-spec X1 xDrive20d M Sport that is priced at Rs 44.50 lakh. While the new variant is nearly identical to the top-spec trim – inside, outside and in terms of safety kit – there is one crucial mechanical difference between the two. As the sDrive nameplate suggests, the new variant does not get BMW’s all-wheel-drive (AWD) system that’s available on the xDrive20d M Sport. Also see: 2018 Volvo XC40 vs BMW X1 vs Audi Q3 comparison video BMW X1 facelift spied testing Maruti Suzuki Swift Z+ AMT (Aug 8) Maruti Suzuki has now introduced AMT versions on the top-spec Swift. The petrol-AMT [...]
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Dell Inspiron 3000, 5000 hybrid laptops: Versatile, not premium
  Dell has introduced its new lineup of hybrid laptops in India, under the Inspiron series. The Inspiron 3000 series now has an 11.6" hybrid with Pentium and Core m3 processor variants, while the I... [...]
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That Wonderful Time of the Year
It’s greek to me: A batch of Kourambiethes for Christmas. (Source: Express Archive) By: Shantanu David From the Chef’s kitchen: KOURAMBIETHES (GREEK ALMOND CHRISTMAS COOKIES) I [...]
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War took a heavy toll on her family. Now she is fighting … for Afghan democracy
Zakia Wardak is part of a wave of mostly young politicians prepared to fight powerful vested interests at the ballot box – despite all the dangersZakia Wardak’s family has been fractured and diminished by long decades of war in Afghanistan. Soviet forces killed her father four decades ago, Americans seized and tortured her husband two decades later and her brother was murdered in the capital this past summer.Yet, somehow, she has not abandoned hope. Relatives abroad begged her to join them after the latest killing. Instead, convinced that Afghanistan can still change, that the peaceful country of her childhood memories can be reclaimed, she has taken a tentative step into the dangerous, notoriously corrupt arena of Afghan politics, running for a seat in parliament. Related: 'Isis will be looking for targets': guns and fear mark Afghan Ashura Continue reading... [...]
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Weather forecast for Oct 3: Good rains likely in Mumbai
New Delhi, Oct 2: Here is the weather forecast for Bengaluru, Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai and Thiruvananthpuram for October 3. Bengaluru The weathermen at Skymet Weather have forecast that during the next 24 hours, Scattered light to moderate rains will [...]
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An IT SEZ to come up in West Bengal? Infosys seeks govt nod to set up the zone
New Delhi, Aug 5: Software major Infosys has sought the Union government's approval to set up an IT special economic zone (SEZ) in West Bengal. The company's application will be considered by the inter-ministerial body, Board of Approval (BoA), headed by [...]
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Rafale: Govt upset with CBI director meeting Arun Shourie, Prashant Bhushan
New Delhi, Oct 10: The government is understood to be unhappy with CBI Director Alok Verma meeting former Union minister Arun Shourie and lawyer Prashant Bhushan who demanded a probe into the alleged corruption in the Rafale aircraft deal, with a [...]
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Maruti Suzuki announces service campaign for Swift and Baleno
Maruti Suzuki has announced a service campaign on its Nexa website to inspect and fix a possible issue with the car's brake vacuum hose. The manufacturer will contact owners via their dealers starting May 14 to replace the possibly faulty part which was fitted on the Swift and Baleno hatchbacks that were manufactured between December 1, 2017 and March 16, 2018 – a total of 52,686 units. As is usually the case in mass recalls such as these, if a replacement is required, it will be performed by the automaker, free of cost. Owners of the Swift and Baleno models can use this link to find out if this mass recall affects their car. All they need to do is fill their car’s chassis number into the form provided. In other news, the company is expected to launch a number of models this year, including the second-genation Ertiga MPV, an updated Vitara Brezza compact SUV and the third-generation WagonR – Maruti’s tall-boy hatch.   [...]
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Nana Patekar responds to CINTAA notice, calls Tanushree’s claims baseless
Mumbai, Oct 18: Nana Patekar has responded to a complaint filed by actor Tanushree Dutta with the Cine and Television Artistes' Association (CINTAA), calling her claims false and baseless. In his response, to the film association's notice, Nana Patekar [...]
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Sir review – sexual tension brews in Mumbai
Social taboos and the status of women form the focus of a delicately observed drama about the relationship between a wealthy man and his maidThe Indian screenwriter and documentary director Rohena Gera makes her fiction feature debut with this thoughtful and heartfelt drama she has written and directed, showing here at Cannes in the Critics’ Week sidebar. It’s a love story that slides a bit towards sentimentality and photo-love unreality in its final act, away from the strongly and plausibly rooted situation we had started out with – but the performances are likable and persuasive enough, particularly the female lead.Tillotama Shome (whose screen credits include Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding) plays Ratka, a young woman from a remote village who has come to Mumbai to be the live-in maid to a wealthy newly married couple in their handsome apartment. She has been allowed this relative freedom because she is a widow – her husband died shortly after their wedding. But something is very wrong. She is briskly informed by her employer that she will have to take up residency earlier than expected because the honeymoon isn’t happening. Then the supposed groom arrives on his own: the young, handsome and depressed Ashwin, played by Vivek Gomber. There has evidently been a monumental row, the marriage is off and now Ratka’s job is looking after this highly attractive and eligible young man. They will effectively be living together. Continue reading... [...]
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Rahul Gandhi should walk the talk on having women chief ministers: Vasundhara Raje
Rahul Gandhi should walk the talk on having women chief ministers: Vasundhara Raje [...]
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Congress party's attacks on Anil Ambani are shameful, deplorable: Reliance
New Delhi, Nov 2: After Rahul Gandhi levelled fresh allegations about Anil Ambani's role in the controversial Rafale fighter jet deal, Reliance Group slammed the Congress for "continued lies and falsehoods". In a statement released by the company, Reliance [...]
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Truth, work and growth will be three mantras of our party: Rajinikanth
Ending all the suspense and anticipation, Superstar Rajinikanth on Sunday said his political entry in Tamil Nadu is definite. Rajinikanth said that he will soon start his own political party and will launch it prior to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and his [...]
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Sony WH-1000XM2
  Last year, when Sony introduced the flagship MDR-1000X pair of headphones, I was left mighty impressed by how very good they sounded. Alongside, it offered superior active noise cancellation abilities... [...]
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Assembly Elections 2018: Tripura votes on Feb 18, Meghalaya, Nagaland on Feb 27
The Election Commission has announced the election dates for three north east states, viz., Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland on Thursday. Election to states to happen in two rounds. Tripura will vote on February 18. 2017 (Sunday), while Meghalaya will [...]
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Vivo V7+
  In the beginning of the year, dual cameras were a craze and after the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6 came into the picture, the edge-to-edge display became a feature to have. While we have already seen p... [...]
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You don’t need to know Plato and Aristotle to be a humanist | Letters
Academic philosophers call on Amber Rudd to reconsider decision to refuse Pakistani’s request for asylum on the grounds that he did not mention Plato and Aristotle when questioned about humanismAs academic philosophers, including many from the UK, we implore the home secretary, Amber Rudd, to reconsider the decision to refuse Hamza bin Walayat’s request for asylum on the grounds that he did not mention Plato and Aristotle when questioned about humanism (Pakistani denied asylum after he failed to answer Plato question, 18 January). Knowledge of Plato and Aristotle is not a reliable test for whether someone is a humanist. Even in the UK, one could be or become a humanist without ever encountering them.There is no scholarly basis to think that Plato or Aristotle were humanist thinkers, which is defined by Humanists UK as atheists or agnostics who believe in leading a good life on the basis of reason and our common humanity. Both hold that there is a divine realm and stress its philosophical importance. Plato presents arguments for the existence of a divine creator, the immortality of the soul, and proposes a source of value in a supernatural domain independent of the human world (and thus does not reject religious belief). Aristotle is also complex: he believes in an objective human good, but he also believes that this good is shaped by its relation to a divine Unmoved Mover. Continue reading... [...]
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Two building collapse in Greater Noida's Shah Beri village, many feared trapped
New Delhi, July 18: Two buildings have collapsed in Shah Beri village under Bisrakh police station limits in Greater Noida, trapping several people under the debris on Tuesday evening. A National Disaster Response Force team has reached the spot and another [...]
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Spa F3: Jehan Daruvala wins Race 1 from pole
Sahara Force India Academy racer Jehan Daruvala claimed his first victory of the 2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship, winning Race 1 at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. Daruvala started the race from pole position and consolidated his win with a fastest lap as well. After a poor getaway from pole position in Race 1, Daruvala found himself in third place at the exit of Eau Rouge on lap one. He managed to climb up to second place before a safety car period came into effect, owing to an incident further down the field. Once racing resumed, Daruvala passed Alex Palou for the lead, and then pulled away to achieve a comfortable win with a 3.2sec gap. Estonian driver Ralf Aron rounded out the podium in third, finishing 11.9sec behind Daruvala. “The start was not ideal, but I kept my cool as I knew we were quick. Once I was ahead, I just had to make sure I made no mistakes. A lot of credit goes to the team for all the effort that they have put in,” commented Daruvala. The Carlin racer then backed up his race win with another strong showing in Race 2, climbing from his 12th place starting position to finish on the podium, in third place. He crossed the line just behind Fabio Scherer, while Dan Ticktum stormed from 10th on the grid to win the race. Daruvala’s third place finish in Race 2 marks his fifth appearance on the podium this season, and he now sits fifth in the drivers’ championship. The 19-year-old is enjoying his strongest weekend in the class so far, and will be starting Race 3 from fourth on the grid. [...]
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Sridevi was penniless when Boney Kapoor came into her life: RGV
In a 'tell-all' Facebook post about Sridevi's life, filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma has said that the late actress was actually a child trapped in a woman's body. Varma's letter says that Sridevi was not 'happy' as she seemed to the public. [...]
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