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Lohri 2018: Bonfires lit, rapturous celebrations held across country
The auspicious festival of Lohri was celebrated across the country, especially in Punjab and northern India, with pomp and fervour on Saturday evening. Lighting a bonfire and throwing in peanuts, popcorn, jaggery and other things in it while walking around it [...]
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ED raids on Chidambaram: <i>Raid Raj</i>, the DNA of Modi Government, says Congress
After the Enforcement Directorate raids on the former finance minister's Delhi and Chennai residence on January 13 in connection with Aircel-Maxis case, P Chidambaram blamed the ruling Government for misusing its powers and said, "Nothing was found. The panchnamas speak for themselves." [...]
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BJP leaders protesting against Siddaramaiah detained
The BJP leaders, who staged a protest in Bengaluru against Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for his remarks on RSS and Bajrang Dal, were on Saturday detained by the police. The protesters, which included Lok Sabha MP Shobha Karandlaje, condemned Siddaramaiah's remarks and [...]
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SCBA expresses 'grave concern' over the differences between judges and CJI
New Delhi, Jan 13: Justice Kurian Joseph, one of the four Supreme Court judges who virtually revolted against the chief justice, on Saturday expressed confidence that the issues raised by them would be resolved, while the apex court bar body said [...]
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BMW to launch new bikes at Auto Expo 2018
BMW Motorrad will launch its new middleweight adventure motorcycles, the F 750 GS and the F 850 GS, at the Auto Expo 2018. These two bikes will take BMW Motorrad’s total to 15 offerings in the country, most of which will likely be displayed at their stand as well. Other models on display will be the G 310 R and the G 310 GS, both of which have been launched internationally and are expected to make their way to India this year. BMW F 750 GS, F 850 GS The BMW F 750 GS and the F 850 GS were unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show last year in Italy. These new models feature sharper styling, new technology, a monocoque frame and a bigger 853cc engine – an upgrade to their 798cc predecessors, the F 700 GS and F 800 GS. The new 853cc parallel-twin engine is tuned to make different power figures in both bikes – 77hp and 83Nm of torque in the F750, and 85hp and 92Nm of torque in the F850. BMW suggests that the engine’s new 270-degree firing order makes it produce a ‘powerful’ sound. Another big change comes in the form of a new monocoque frame with new suspension geometry and fuel tank position, which has moved from the previous under-seat position to a conventional location behind the bars. The F 750 GS and F 850 GS get a new fork (an upside-down 43mm one in the case of the F 850 and a 41mm telescopic unit for the F 750). Rear suspension duties are handled by an aluminium double-sided swing-arm and a monoshock. BMW’s electronic suspension adjustment (ESA) is optional. Both come with ABS, ASC, and ‘Rain’ and ‘Road’ riding modes, as standard. Other optional equipment includes full-LED lighting and a multi-functional instrument cluster. Both bikes will come to India via the CBU route but they will be the most affordable bikes in the German manufacturer’s current line-up for India and should be priced competitively against the Triumph Tiger 800 range. BMW G 310 R BMW has played it safe with the styling of the G 310 R and stayed away from the slight quirkiness that can be seen on its bigger displacement models. The G 310 R will come armed with a 313cc, single-cylinder engine with twin-overhead camshafts that puts down 33.6hp and 28Nm of torque, and weighs 158kg. Like the TVS Apache RR 310, the G 310 R will come with a reversed-cylinder design that slopes towards the rear wheel, instead of the conventional engine layout. This would allow for a more compact motorcycle with more evenly distributed weight and a lower centre of gravity. The upside of this layout is that it creates space for a longer rear swing-arm, while keeping the wheelbase relatively short to make it a more manoeuvrable motorcycle. The G 310 R is expected to hit the market sometime in the fourth quarter of this year and is expected to be priced between Rs 2.25-2.4 lakh (ex-showroom). BMW G 310 GS BMW took the wraps off the adventure-touring version of the naked G 310 R at EICMA 2016. Like its naked sibling, the G 310 GS has been developed by BMW Motorrad in Germany and built at TVS' plant in Hosur, India. The baby GS inherits its family styling with the stubby front beak, radiator shrouds, headlamp cowl and tank design. It gets a tubular steel frame, and five-spoke alloy wheels. It is powered by a 313cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine, with four valves and a reversed DOHC cylinder head. It gets a six-speed manual transmission that will be tweaked to suit its adventure-touring nature. The engine will churn out 34hp of power and 28Nm of torque. It gets an upside-down 41mm fork, which has 49mm more travel than the G 310 R’s. However, it is non-adjustable, while the rear monoshock does boast an adjustable preload. ABS will come as standard on this 169.5kg bike, as well as a decently-equipped LCD dash. In addition to all this, it will also have a host of official accessories to choose from, including 12-volt power sockets, heated grips, two seat-height options (820mm and 850mm), luggage kits, a centre stand, satellite navigation and smartphone solutions. The G 310 GS, like the G 310 R, is also expected to hit the Indian market in the fourth quarter of this year and will be expected to be priced from Rs 2.6-2.8 lakh (ex-showroom). BMW K 1600 B, R nine T Racer and more BMW Motorrad’s most recent launches in India, the K 1600 B and R nineT Racer, are expected to be present at the company’s stand. Along with these two bikes, we can expect the German marque to display most of its Indian offerings, which includes the S 1000 RR, S 1000 R, S 1000 XR, R 1200 R, R 1200 RS, R nineT, R nineT Scrambler, R 1200 GS, R 1200 GS Adventure, R 1200 RT and the K 1600 GTL. Also see: BMW K 1600 B, R nineT Racer image gallery [...]
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Tata H5 SUV to be unveiled at Auto Expo 2018
Tata will bring a near-production version of its new Jeep Compass rival, codenamed H5, to the 2018 Auto Expo. The new Tata SUV, which has been spied testing in the country, is expected to be offered in five-seat and seven-seat configurations. While both versions will be based on the Land Rover Discovery Sport’s L550 platform, the SUVs are said to be completely different in terms of design and feel. The versions will also share FCA’s 2.0-litre, four-cylinder MultiJet II diesel engine, but in different states of tune – 140hp for the five-seater and 170hp for the seven-seater. Two-wheel and four-wheel-drive variants are expected to be on offer as well. In terms of pricing, Tata is likely to peg the five-seat SUV at a price close to Rs 13 lakh, while the seven-seater is expected to have a base ex-showroom price tag of about Rs 15 lakh, thus targeting the Jeep Compass as well as the Hyundai Creta.  Besides the H5 SUV, Tata will also have its new Hyundai i20 and Maruti Baleno rival, codenamed X451, in near-production form at the 2018 Auto Expo. Also see: New car launches around the corner Maruti Future S compact SUV concept to make global debut at Auto Expo 2018 SCOOP! Hyundai i20 1.2 petrol CVT to debut at Auto Expo 2018 New cars for 2018: Upcoming hatchbacks   Spy pic source [...]
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High alert in Jammu and Jaish plans fidayeen strike
The Intelligence Bureau has sounded a high alert following intercepts of a possible terror strike at Jammu. The alert states that terrorists of the dreaded Jaish-e-Mohammad are likely to carry out a fidayeen strike in Jammu. The input was [...]
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Did 4 SC judges go too far by openly dissenting against CJI in front of media?
New Delhi, Jan 13: What happens when we face an unprecedented event? First, it evokes shock. Second, once we understand the gravity of the situation, views fly thick and fast. In the process, experts air myriad and contrasting opinions. A similar [...]
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Techtonic shock
Why a spurt in lay-offs has made India's IT sector wobbly [...]
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India has 600 million young people – and they’re set to change our world | Ian Jack
This new generation is motivated: it combines the cultural values of the traditional Asian family with the life goals of the American teenagerAn illuminating and sometimes alarming book, Dreamers: How Young Indians Are Changing the World, is published this month. About 600 million people, more than half India’s population, are under 25 years old; no country has more young people.“No matter how poorly placed they find themselves now,” writes the book’s author, Delhi journalist Snigdha Poonam, “they make up the world’s largest ever cohort of like-minded young people, and they see absolutely no reason why the world shouldn’t run by their rules.” The effect, Poonam says, will be to “change our world in ways we can’t yet imagine”. Related: The scammers gaming India’s overcrowded job market The sheer number of young people has yet to become an asset: only 2.3% of the Indian workforce has had formal training Continue reading... [...]
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Anna Hazare congratulates four judges, says their views 'exposed' unholy nexus
Social activist Anna Hazare on Friday congratulated the four Supreme Court judges and said that the concern raised by them reveals a kind of nexus between government and some judges. The areas of concern flagged by the four senior [...]
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Karnataka polls: Siddaramaiah meets Rahul Gandhi, chalk out electoral plans
Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday met Congress president Rahul Gandhi at his Delhi residence, ahead of Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018. A host of Congress leaders from Karnataka has accompanied him to Delhi. According to sources, proposals related to [...]
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Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2
  Razer has always been synonymous with expensive and premium products whether it’s their keyboards or mice or headsets. Their keyboard lineup targets enthusiasts, offering premium features they w... [...]
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Woman in Nepal dies after being exiled to outdoor hut during her period
Smoke inhalation suspected to have killed 21-year-old who lit fire to keep warm while observing controversial practice of sleeping outside during menstruationA woman has died in a remote village in Nepal because of a controversial tradition that means menstruating women are required to sleep in huts.Temperatures in Nepal can fall below zero degrees celsius in the winter months, but women are still forced to sleep in outdoor sheds that are often poorly insulated and unheated. Related: Nepal outlaws custom of exiling women during their periods Continue reading... [...]
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India's top judges issue unprecedented warning over integrity of supreme court
Four justices call extraordinary press conference to warn that bribery row has ‘far-reaching consequences’ for IndiaFour senior Indian supreme court judges have gone public with an extraordinary warning that India’s chief justice is mishandling sensitive cases and endangering the court’s integrity and the country’s democracy. The four judges, the most senior members of the bench after the chief justice, abruptly left their courtrooms on Friday morning and called the first press conference by members of the usually solemn institution. Continue reading... [...]
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J&K: Militants open fire on police post in Shopian
Srinagar, Jan 12: Militants opened fire on a police post in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, an official said. The incident took place in the Keegam area. Police personnel responded to the firing. There was no loss of life [...]
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CBI arrests medical officer in connection with Vyapam scam
New Delhi, Jan 12: The CBI has arrested a medical officer from Uttar Pradesh's Barabanki who has been absconding in a Vyapam scam case related to Madhya Pradesh Pre Medical Test conducted in 2012, an official said. The agency [...]
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Action, drama, revolt, arrests – all supreme controversies judges courted over the years
Action, drama, revolt, arrests – all supreme controversies judges courted over the years [...]
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Justice Chelameswar: Supreme Court judge who will retire in 6 months as chief dissenter
Justice Chelameswar: Supreme Court judge who will retire in 6 months as chief dissenter [...]
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How cattle slaughter rules threaten economy, revolt in South India
How cattle slaughter rules threaten economy, revolt in South India [...]
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Why chips are down for Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in row over offshore casinos
Why chips are down for Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in row over offshore casinos [...]
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Pep Guardiola named Premier League manager of the month for a record fourth straight time
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was named December's Premier League manager of the month for a record fourth consecutive time, while Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane equalled Steven Gerrard's tally with his sixth player of the month award. [...]
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Netgear ReadyNAS 424
  The NETGEAR ReadyNAS 424 is part of the new lineup powered by Intel’s ULP Denverton SoCs. The ReadyNAS 424, in particular, has the Atom C3338 (2 cores, 2 threads) for all the heavy lifting. Comp... [...]
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World taking note of development & reforms under NDA govt: Amit Shah
New Delhi, Jan 12: BJP president Amit Shah cited Prime Minister Narendra Modi's high ranking in a survey of global leaders to assert that it shows the world has taken note of "record developmental strides" the NDA government has taken. {image-shah-28-1514482057.jpg [...]
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Kite festival at Vadodara sees participants from 12 countries
Vadodara, Jan 12: The International Kite Festival held at the city's sprawling Navlakhi grounds today saw the participation of 36 expert kite flyers from 12 countries, officials here said. Vinod Rao, Vadodara Municipal Commissioner, said that the event, jointly [...]
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Karnataka assembly elections 2018: Curtains down on Siddaramaiah's statewide tour
A month-long statewide tour by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah ended on a grand note on Friday. Ahead of the Karnataka assembly elections 2018, Siddaramaiah, as part of his Nava Karnataka Nirmana Yatra has visited 27 districts in 30 days. [...]
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Now, Passports may not serve as valid proof of address
New Delhi, Jan 12: Passports may no longer serve as a valid proof of address as the External Affairs Ministry has decided not to print the last page of the travel document with the address of the holder. The [...]
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Royal Enfield Himalayan Sleet launched at Rs 2.12 lakh
Royal Enfield has launched the Himalayan Sleet limited edition with the ‘Explorer’ kit at an introductory price of Rs 2.12 lakh (on-road, Chennai). The motorcycle is limited to 500 units and will only be sold online. Registrations are open online from January 12-30, after which the sale will go live on January 30. The first 500 registered users who pay the booking amount of Rs 5,000 on January 30 will be able to purchase the motorcycle. The new colour scheme features an angular camouflage pattern on matte-grey panels and looks to be inspired from the rocky snow-covered Himalayan terrain. The new Himalayan Sleet will come pre-fitted with the Explorer kit which consists of aluminium panniers, pannier-mounting rails and aluminium handlebar with a cross brace. The Explorer kit will go on sale after January 30, which is when Royal Enfield will announce its prices.  The company has also recently updated its Himalayan to correct the previous bike’s reputation for low reliability. The biggest change on the updated Himalayan is that it now uses a fuel-injection system instead of a carburettor; the company has done this in order to meet BS-IV norms. The bike has also undergone other small changes, like the addition of a small metal guard on the oil cooler and matte-black powder coating for the fuel tank cap, and bar-end weights and luggage mounts below the rear seat. Royal Enfield had re-introduced the updated Himalayan last year for Rs 1.65 lakh, which has now been revised to Rs 1.67 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). With a price of Rs 2.12 lakh (on-road, Chennai), the Sleet is priced at Rs 28,000 higher than the standard Himalayan which costs Rs 1.84 lakh (on-road, Chennai). Also see: Royal Enfield discontinues GT 535; GT 650 to be its new flagship model Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X in the works New Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X spied [...]
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