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KABUL A rocket hit an area of central Kabul on Sunday, an interior ministry official said, triggering alarms in foreign embassies that were on high alert following a suicide attack a day earlier in which 80 people died.
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Interior ministry bans public gatherings in apparent attempt to avoid inter-communal strife after attack on Hazara marchAfghanistan has marked a national day of mourning a day after a suicide bomber killed at least 80 people who were taking part in a peaceful demonstration in Kabul. The attack was claimed by Islamic State.Authorities said 231 people were wounded, some seriously, in the bombing on Saturday afternoon at a march by members of the ethnic Hazara community, who are predominantly Shia Muslim. Most Afghans are Sunni, and Isis regards Shias as apostates. Continue reading... [...]
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Available with two engine options.
Perodua launched the Perodua Bezza in Malaysia this week. After the quick first look at the car in pictures yesterday, Paultan is now giving a detailed look at the Perodua Bezza in a walkaround video.
The Perodua Bezza is based on the Perodua Axia’s platform; the wheelbase is identical to the hatch.
The Perodua Bezza is the company’s first-ever sedan and first car designed in-house. It’s not entirely new though; it’s based on the Perodua Axia‘s platform. However, the whole body is unique. The small sedan measures 4,150 mm in length, 1,620 mm in width and 1,510 mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,455 mm.
The Perodua Bezza is available in five trim levels, with prices (OTR, incl. insurance) starting at RM37,300 (INR 6,15,831.18) and going up to RM50,800 (INR 8,38,719.14). The Bezza is the first Perodua to be available with keyless entry, push-button start, engine start/stop system, MirrorLink smartphone screen mirroring function featuring touchscreen infotainment system, handphone slot with USB charging port and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC).
The Perodua Bezza is available with 67 hp 1.0-litre VVT-i and 94 hp 1.3-litre Dual VVT-i engine options.
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The Perodua Bezza can be had with a 1.0-litre VVT-i engine producing 67 hp and 91 Nm of torque or a 1.3-litre Dual VVT-i engine developing 94 hp and 121 Nm of torque. 5-speed manual transmission is standard, but a 4-speed automatic transmission can be opted for, irrespective of the engine chosen.
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