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Bajaj Pulsar NS160 ABS to launch soon
Manufacturers are no longer allowed to produce two-wheelers without CBS/ABS, following the April 1, 2019 deadline, which made it mandatory. The ruling brought into question the future of a few motorcycles; and while most have been updated with the appropriate safety feature, there are still a handful whose updates have not yet been officially announced. The Bajaj Pulsar NS160 is one of these motorcycles. Over the past few months, a number of Bajaj offerings including bikes from the Avenger and Pulsar line-up were spotted and updated with ABS. The NS160 wasn’t one of these motorcycles. But now, we have received information that the Bajaj Pulsar NS160 ABS is in the works and it’s only a matter of time until the bike reaches dealerships. The NS160 is powered by a 160.3cc single-cylinder motor that makes 15.5hp at 8,500rpm and 14.6Nm of torque at 6,500rpm. It’s likely that the bike won’t receive any mechanical updates apart from the addition of a single-channel ABS unit. Currently, the Bajaj Pulsar NS160 retails at Rs 85,939 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Pulsar NS200 saw a hike of Rs 12,000 with the inclusion of a single-channel ABS unit and we expect a similar or slightly lower increase when the system is brought onto the NS160. The non-ABS Pulsar NS160, just like other non-ABS bikes, will be available a a select dealerships until stocks last. Also see: 2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS160 review, test ride [...]
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Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki to work on unified standard for electric bikes
Sources in Japan claim that the big four Japanese motorcycle brands – Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki – plan to form a consultative body to discuss details about a unified standard for batteries, charging stations and more. This gathering is substantial because this move could dramatically increase usability of electric products to come from the brands. A unified standard of batteries doesn’t mean that the four big brands will use identical batteries on their products; it only means that the batteries on these products will have the ability to be charged by the same power source. Speaking of which, the likes of a unified standard for charging stations would prove to be monumental in increasing the reach and convenience of an electric two-wheeler. Moves like these could promote and speed-up the spread of electric motorcycles on an international scale. Given the size and popularity of these four Japanese giants, we could also see other electric two-wheeler brands from around the world adapt this unified standard. We witnessed a move similar to this in the mobile phone industry, where manufacturers went from having their own numerous individual charging pins, and settle on three as standard – micro-USB, Apple’s lighting port and the USB Type-C. We are now at a point where it appears that the USB Type-C charger will take over the other two and be the standard for charging every mobile phone in the future. On a related note, Taiwanese-giant Kymco launched a platform that provides tailor-made arrangement of electric vehicles, charging facilities and removable batteries, last year. Called Ionex Commercial, the platform or ecosystem claims to provide various charging solutions including standard charging, fast charging, battery swaps, or any combination of these. To read more about it, head here. While we haven’t seen any high-powered electric two-wheelers from the big four in production-ready form, Kawasaki was recently in the news as patents of its upcoming air- and oil-cooled e-motorcycle recently made an appearance. Also see: Evoke Motorcycles to enter India with electric motorcycle Ultraviolette F77 electric bike caught testing undisguised AI-enabled Revolt electric motorcycle to launch in June 2019 SOURCE [...]
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BJP MP Sanjeev Balyan alleges fake voting in Muzaffarnagar through burqas
BJP MP Sanjeev Balyan alleges fake voting in Muzaffarnagar through burqas [...]
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Mulayam reiterates getting 'clean chit' in disproportionate assets case
New Delhi, Apr 11: Claiming innocence, Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav has filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court in connection with a petition of a lawyer, who had alleged that Yadav has amassed wealth disproportionate to his unknown sources [...]
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Anker Soundcore Flare
  Sometimes, just sometimes, it is easy to give in to the elitist tendency of dismissing anything with LED RGB lights on it as being gimmicky. In many cases, that does turn out to be true but not with t... [...]
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Political allegiances have eroded journalistic responsibility: SC in Rafale case
New Delhi, Apr 10: The Supreme Court which agreed to hear a review plea in the Rafale case had some words of wisdom on freedom of press. While dealing with the publication of documents relating to the deal in [...]
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Narendra Modi film pulled from cinemas on eve of Indian election
Film that critics called a disguised political ad was to be released on first day of votingIndia’s election commission has halted the release of a controversial film about the life of the prime minister, Narendra Modi, on the eve of the first day of voting in the country’s nationwide elections.The film PM Narendra Modi was set to be released in cinemas on Thursday, when Indians start voting in 91 seats across the country. Related: What's at stake as India's 900m voters head for the polls? Continue reading... [...]
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Theresa May expresses 'regret' for 1919 Amritsar massacre
PM stops short of apologising for killings by British troops who opened fire on crowdTheresa May has expressed “deep regret” for the massacre of at least 379 Indians in the Punjabi city of Amritsar by British colonial troops a century ago, but stopped short of apologising for the slaughter.“We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused,” May told parliament on Wednesday, three days before India marks 100 years since the killing. Continue reading... [...]
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Centre defends restrictions on J&K highway, says only till May 31
New Delhi, Apr 10: Defending the move to impose restrictions on a vital national highway connecting Kashmir Valley with the rest of the country, the Home Ministry said today that the step has been taken to ensure safe movement of forces [...]
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Working to see if we can get 48 teams in the 2022 World Cup: Gianni Infantino
Infantino, who is in Brazil for a meeting of the South American Football Confederation, told delegates he was working to ensure the increase for the Qatar tournament, which would mean a guaranteed two extra places for South American sides. [...]
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Japan`s Olympic Minister Yoshitaka Sakurada resigns after latest gaffe
The 2011 quake and tsunami, which engulfed large swathes of eastern Japan`s Pacific coast, left more than 20,000 people dead or missing.  [...]
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IPL 2019, Mumbai vs Punjab: Latest Updates
Team Mumbai take on Punjab in the 24th match of the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Wednesday.  [...]
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Dalai Lama, 83, taken to hospital with chest infection
Tibetan spiritual leader to spend a few days in hospital in Delhi after feeling ‘some discomfort’The Dalai Lama has been admitted to hospital in Delhi with a chest infection, an aide said, adding that the 83-year-old Buddhist monk was stable.The Tibetan spiritual leader, who fled to India in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule, lives in exile in the northern Indian hill town of Dharamshala. Related: Chinese leader urges fresh push against 'separatist elements' in Tibet Continue reading... [...]
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Several political parties yet to publish criminal antecedents of its candidates
New Delhi, Apr 10: There are 35 candidates from the Congress who have declared pending criminal cases against them. Out of the 83 candidates analysed, 35 with pending criminal cases are fighting in the first phase of the polls. [...]
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Astronormers unveil first real image of blackhole
New Delhi, Apr 10: Astronomers unvieled first ever true image of a blackhole, which could reveal the shape of the mysterious, warped region of the spacetime fabric that has fuelled human imagination and inspired numerous sci-fi movies and literature for generations. [...]
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India: police charge Catholic bishop with raping nun
Franco Mulakkal denies multiple charges, including unlawful detention, in southern state of Kerala Police on Tuesday charged an Indian bishop with repeatedly raping a nun at a rural convent in a case that has cast a new shadow on the Catholic church’s global sex abuse crisis.Franco Mulakkal was charged with raping the nun several times between 2014 and 2016, according to K Subash, police deputy superintendent in the district of the southern state of Kerala where the investigation was carried out. Related: Indian Catholic nuns protest against bishop accused of rape Continue reading... [...]
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In India’s election race, Modi is not the strongman the world assumes | Ruchir Sharma
The country’s massive diversity means the Hindu nationalist leader needs to do more than threaten war with PakistanThe conventional wisdom in Delhi is that recent border clashes with Pakistan over Kashmir will help Narendra Modi win the landmark election that starts 11 April. If patriotic fervour benefits incumbent leaders, the prime minister is certainly well placed. A staunch Hindu nationalist, he has turned increasingly hawkish on Pakistan, and projected himself as a tough leader while centralising power in Delhi, managing the economy with a heavy personal touch and cowing much of the national press. But Indian elections are never about one dominant figure, and even if Modi is re-elected when the results emerge next month, his party is unlikely to win more than a third of the national vote, much of it in the northern states. Related: What's at stake as India's 900m voters head for the polls? Related: Kashmir is in a perilous state because of India’s pivot to nationalism | Ajai Shukla Continue reading... [...]
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Hope your political innings is not as abysmal as your cricket: Mehbooba tells Gambhir
New Delhi, Apr 10: Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir, who recently sparred with Omar Abdullah on the issue of autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir, on Tuesday exchanged sharp barbs with another former J&K chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti, who ended up blocking him [...]
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ABS-equipped Royal Enfield prices listed
Now that we are past the April 1, 2019 ABS/CBS deadline that made the safety tech mandatory, we have received Royal Enfield’s updated price list. This list mentions all the company’s models and their variants – the Bullet 350, 350 ES, 500,Classic 350 and Classic 500 – with prices starting at Rs 1.21 lakh (Bullet 350) and going up to Rs 2.14 lakh for the Thunderbird 500X. Interestingly, only the Royal Enfield Bullet 350 and Bullet 350 ES get a single-channel ABS, while the other models gets dual-channel ABS. We believe the company has done this in order to keep the price hike of its entry-level models to a minimum. Compare the new prices to the old ones and it shows that single-channel ABS only adds a little more than Rs 3,500 and Rs 1,400 to the price of the Bullet 350 and Bullet 350 ES, respectively – a surprisingly minimal hike compared to the premium of around Rs 11,000 on the models with the dual-channel system. Here is the price list: Prices (ex-showroom, Delhi)ModelPrice (ex-showroom, Delhi)Bullet 350 ABSRs 1.21 lakhBullet 350 ES ABSRs 1.35 lakhBullet 500 ABSRs 1.88 lakhClassic 350 ABSRs 1.53 lakhClassic 500 ABSRs 2.04 lakhClassic 500 Chrome ABSRs 2.12 lakhThunderbird 350 ABSRs 1.56 lakhThunderbird 350 X ABSRs 1.63 lakhThunderbird 500 ABSRs 2.06 lakhThunderbird 500 X ABSRs 2.14 lakhHimalayan ABSRs 1.80 lakhHimalayan Sleet ABSRs 1.82 lakh   Also see: Heavily updated Royal Enfield Classic 350, 500 spied Next-gen Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350, 500 spotted Royal Enfield Bullet Trials 350, 500 launched, priced from Rs 1.62 lakh [...]
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Review: 2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible video review
2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible video review  [...]
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NIA grills Mirwaiz in terror funding case again
New Delhi, Apr 10: Separatist leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq on Tuesday appeared before the National Investigation Agency for the second consecutive day for questioning in connection with a case related to funding of terror groups and separatist organisations in Jammu and [...]
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Delhi court frames defamation charge against Priya Ramani in case filed by MJ Akbar
Delhi court frames defamation charge against Priya Ramani in case filed by MJ Akbar [...]
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Pay salary or face legal action: Jet airways pilots send notice to CEO
Pay salary or face legal action: Jet airways pilots send notice to CEO [...]
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Imran Khan backing PM Modi for second term has left 'bhakts' confused: Mehbooba Mufti
Imran Khan backing PM Modi for second term has left 'bhakts' confused: Mehbooba Mufti [...]
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‘If Indira can be credited for 1971, why not applaud Modi for Balakot’
Amaravati, Apr 10: Union home minister Rajnath Singh said if then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi can be praised for splitting Pakistan into two in 1971, why can't incumbent Narendra Modi be applauded for giving a befitting reply to Islamabad for the [...]
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Brother of Sri Lanka ex-president sued over alleged torture and killings
Gotabaya Rajapaksa was defence secretary in last years of war against Tamil TigersThe brother of the former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa is being sued in a US court over alleged extrajudicial killing and torture, by the same lawyers who successfully brought a civil suit against the Syrian government for the killing of the Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin.Gotabaya Rajapaksa was Sri Lanka’s defence secretary during the final years of the country’s civil war against the Tamil Tigers until his brother lost the presidency in 2015, and has been mooted as the family’s presidential candidate in this year’s election. Related: Sri Lanka crisis: activists fear end of human rights investigations Continue reading... [...]
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Naxal attack on BJP convoy reminiscent of 2013 incident
Raipur, Apr 09: A convoy of the BJP being attacked by naxalites in Chhattisgarh brought back memories of a similar incident that took place in 2013 ahead of the elections. Naxalites targeted a convoy of the BJP in Dantewada in which [...]
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Kerala Congress (M) supremo K M Mani passes away in Kochi
Thiruvananthapuram, Apr 09: KM Mani,Veteran Kerala politician passed away at the age of 86 at a private hospital in Kochi on Tuesday. He was admitted to the hospital in the first week of April with respiratory-related illnesses. A medical [...]
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