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Aadhaar data breach: UIDAI files FIR against scribe, draws flak
The Delhi Police has registered an FIR on a complaint by a deputy director of the Unique Identification Authority of India in connection with a newspaper report on the breach of details of the over one billion Aadhaar cards, naming the [...]
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Rohingya rebels say 'no option' but to fight after ambush on Myanmar army
Insurgents claim responsibility for attack in northern Rakhine state, saying they are fighting ‘Burmese state-sponsored terrorism’Rohingya Muslim have said they have “no other option” but to fight what they called Myanmar’s state-sponsored terrorism in order to defend their community.On Sunday the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) claimed responsibility for an ambush on Myanmar security forces that left several wounded in northern Rakhine state, the first attack in weeks in a region gutted by violence.The Rohingya are Muslims who live in majority-Buddhist Myanmar. They are often described as "the world's most persecuted minority".  Related: In the name of humanity, don’t look away from the plight of the Rohingya people | Ian Woolverton Related: The Guardian view on Myanmar: telling the truth about the Rohingya | Editorial Related: World's awkward silence over Rohingya genocide warnings Continue reading... [...]
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4 engineering students drown in pond in Andhra Pradesh
Four engineering students drowned in a pond in Andhra Pradesh's West Godavari district, a police official said on Sunday. The victims, three third year students and one of first year of the Ramchandra Engineering College in Eluru, went to [...]
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UP govt issues directives on use of loudspeakers at public places
After receiving flak from the Allahabad High Court over noise pollution in Uttar Pradesh, the State government on Sunday issued detailed directives on the use of permanently installed loudspeakers at public places. The Allahabad High Court in December 2017 [...]
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Living with an e-Scooter
 I was pushing the Okinawa Ridge up a flyover on the very first day I got it. I’ll be honest: I was mighty annoyed. A bunch of scooter riders stopped to ask me if I had run out of fuel; “I wish,” I mumbled to myself. Two days later, the agony of that first experience had all but vanished. You see, the Ridge came to me with just one bar worth of charge, and that remnant juice wasn’t enough to pull the scooter and its rider up an incline. Once I had a full charge though, things were very different. But let’s start from the basics. The Ridge is a typical electric scooter – batteries under the seat and an electric motor housed in the rear wheel hub. Charging is through a regular three-pin AC socket. Unfortunately, the battery isn’t a removable unit like in some smaller e-scooters, so one needs a socket in the parking area, or an extension cord to wherever the scooter is parked. Okinawa claims a full charge can be achieved in 4-6 hours, though in my experience, you aren’t looking at anything less than seven hours. While the whole charging shebang might be novel for you, the actual riding experience won’t, which is the great thing about the Ridge. Most other e-scooters feel awkward to ride, especially in terms of ergonomics, but the Ridge is almost natural. It’s the same size as most petrol-powered scooters, adequately comfortable and decently peppy for city riding. It’ll carry two people easily (unless you’re on one bar of charge) and cruise at a heady 55kph with the throttle fully rolled open. Cruising at 55, however, comes at a cost – charge. Okinawa claims a lofty range of 80-90km for the Ridge, but keep it in Sport mode (needed to touch 55kph) and the battery runs out in around 50km. In Eco mode (speed limited to 35kph with dulled throttle responses), though, you can get nearly 70km out. Fair warning, the charge indicator isn’t particularly accurate; it was not uncommon for the number of bars to fluctuate between one and three at their own whim. There are a handful of other issues with the Ridge. The front and rear drum brakes are woefully ineffective and the silence of the electric operation is countered by the rattling noises from loose plastic panels. Furthermore, the Ridge didn’t have a trip meter that would allow me to easily know the distance covered since full charge. Storage space is sparse; the tiny underseat storage wouldn’t take a full-face helmet, and squeezing in a half-face one would also be tricky on account of having to stash the charger there too. And finally, there’s the ergonomics of the switchgear; my fingers wouldn’t reach the turn signal switches or the horn unless I took my hand off the grips. But these problems are mere inconveniences. Living with the Ridge is actually quite pleasant. I have to travel a relatively short distance to work – a 6km round trip – which meant that a full charge lasted me a week’s worth of office commutes. Ownership costs are laudably low, as due to the relatively fewer number of moving parts, maintenance is inexpensive. Okinawa offers three free services, after which paid services are recommended at 2,000km intervals. The battery has a limited lifespan – two years as per Okinawa’s claim – though the actual life is determined by the number of charge cycles and usage patterns. Replacement costs around Rs 10,000, which isn’t too bad when you consider the running costs. A full charge consumes about three units of electricity, which costs a negligible amount, depending on the structure of your electricity bill. The Okinawa Ridge is a fairly amicable e-scooter to live with, but that statement comes with some caveats: your everyday mileage needs to be low and you need to have a convenient place to park and charge your scooter (constantly ‘borrowing’ power from your neighbourhood grocery store, like I did, isn’t a sustainable solution). If you can work around this, the Ridge is a realistic alternative to a standard petrol-powered scooter. [...]
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Audi considering two-door BMW 8-series rival
Audi's design boss Marc Lichte is keen on developing a luxury coupé to rival the upcoming BMW 8-series, but he does not believe that market demand is currently strong enough to justify such a model. When asked about Audi’s lack of presence in the segment, Lichte said: “I love the shape of a two-door coupé, but it is also true that the [sales] volumes [for them] are much lower than for four-doors. In the future, who knows? We have many ideas in this direction.” The luxury coupés sector has enjoyed a resurgence with the forthcoming 8-series which will take on the Mercedes-Benz S-class Coupe, as well as the new Polestar 1 – the first model from Volvo’s new performance arm. In the recent years, Audi has shifted its attention away from two-doors, but the Prologue concept car revealed at the Los Angeles motor show in 2014, hinted at how a range-topping coupé from Ingolstadt might look. The Prologue, one of Lichte’s first designs for the company, was ostensibly a car to preview Audi’s then-new design language, but could yet be the inspiration for the oft-mooted A9 two-door flagship. The Prologue concept was pitched as a potential sister car to the current A8, which was still in development at the time. At 5,100mm in length, 1,950mm in width and 1,390mm in height, the show car is 35mm shorter, 1mm narrower and 70mm lower than the A8. Despite the growing number of luxury coupé offerings from rival manufacturers, a two-door is unlikely to arrive before 2019, because Audi’s current model schedule has four new launches lined up. About the coupé's launch, Lichte said: “First we must launch the A6, then we have the Q8 next year, A1 and Q3. We won’t do anything before this. It’s step by step.”     [...]
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Rajnath Singh says Pakistan is inciting Kashmir youth against India
Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that terror infrastructure in Pakistan continued to exist and that the country is leaving no stone unturned to incite the Jammu and Kashmir youth against India. He also asked the state police [...]
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Fodder scam: After conviction, Lalu Prasad writes open letter from jail for people of Bihar
Hours after a special CBI court sentenced Lalu Prasad Yadav to 3.5 years in prison in a fodder scam case, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad took to Twitter to share his thoughts in an open letter. [...]
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MP: Modi to address top-level police conference in Gwalior today
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday will attend the three-day annual conference of top police officers on January 7-8 at the Border Security Force (BSF) Academy at Tekanpur in Gwalior. An official release said,'' Modi is expected to meet [...]
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Mumbai: After Cinevista Studio blaze, fire breaks out in Shiv Shakti Industrial State building
A day after Cinevista Studio blaze, fire broke out on first floor of three storey Shiv Shakti Industrial State building situated in Mumbai's Lower Parel on Sunday. Fire tenders were immediately rushed to the spot.  Earlier on Saturday, a [...]
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Killer fog continues to blanket Delhi: 36 trains running late, 9 rescheduled
As many as 36 trains are running late and 28 were cancelled due to fog and poor visibility in Delhi and other parts of North India on Sunday. 9 trains were rescheduled due to fog. Thousands of passengers have been affected [...]
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Government rejects Parliamentary panel suggestion to cap airfares
Aviation ministry said it cannot regulate airfares since they vary as per market forces of demand and supply. [...]
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Injured Dale Steyn ruled out of Test series against India
South Africa were dealt a major blow after their seniormost pacer Dale Steyn was ruled out for the remainder of three-match Test series against India after damaging a tissue on his left heel during the second day of the opening Test. [...]
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UP man working in Saudi gives triple talaq through SMS
A man from Nandauli, working in Saudi Arabia, gave triple talaq to his wife through SMS in Uttar Pradesh's Sultanpur. The incidents of triple talaq occur even after the Supreme Court suspended the practice for six months in its historic judgement. [...]
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Fodder scam case: Lalu sentenced to 3.5 years in jail, can't take bail in Ranchi court
The Ranchi Special CBI Court sentenced former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad Yadav to 3.5 years in jail and imposed Rs 5 lakh fine in a fodder scam case. Lalu Prasad Yadav and 15 others were convicted in a fodder scam case 21 years [...]
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Would rather die for social justice than follow BJP's 'rule', Lalu after sentencing
Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad on Saturday was sentenced to three-and-half years jail in a fodder scam case by the Special CBI court in Ranchi. Shortly after being sentenced, Lalu has said his conviction is the result of political [...]
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Bhima-Koregaon violence: Mevani not responsible, find out real culprits, says Athawale
Union minister Ramdas Athawale on Saturday said the Gujarat MLA was not responsible for the violence at Bhima-Koregaon in Pune district on January 1. Speaking to reporters here after meeting Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Athawale, a prominent Dalit [...]
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Kamala Mills Fire tragedy: Mojo's Bistro owner arrested for culpable homicide
A day after the Mumbai fire brigade report revealed that the fire started from the high-eng-pub, one of the owners of the Mojo's Bistro pub, in connection with the deadly fire at the Kamala Mills compound here on December 29, which [...]
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ASUS Cerberus V2
  ASUS has been quite aggressive with their gaming product lineup for a few years. Their Cerberus series saw several peripherals from their side, catering to the lower budget segment. It was a long time... [...]
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2018 Ford Ranger facelift spied
Ford is readying a mid-cycle facelift for its popular Ranger pickup truck. The Ranger shares its underpinnings with the Endeavour SUV which is also sold in India. The updated Ranger will make its debut in Thailand first, followed by other international markets. A North American debut is on the cards as well. New spy shots have emerged of a minor facelift for the T6 generation Ranger, which has been on sale in the ASEAN markets since 2015.  This facelift, in comparison to the current Ranger, is a not a major one. Most noticeable of all changes is with the grille, which is now smaller and less in-your-face than before. The chrome borders are slimmer and the chunky chrome bar on which the Blue Oval badge is mounted has been split into two longer bars. The front bumper, too, has been reworked, LED DRLs have been added and the facelift wears 'Limited' badging, which could be a new top-spec variant slotting in above the XLT. All changes accounted for, the Ranger now looks more premium and more like the SUV it shares its underpinnings with – the Everest (or the Endeavour, as we know it). That said, the Endeavour is due for a midlife refresh of its own and has been spied testing internationally. For the international markets, the Ford Ranger is offered with a 2.2-litre Duratorq diesel engine with outputs ranging from 125 to 160hp and 320 to 385Nm of torque. Also available is a 3.2-litre, five-cylinder turbo-diesel with 200hp and 470Nm of torque. Gearbox options for the Ranger include a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic. There's no word on whether Ford plans to introduce the Ranger in India, but if it does, it'll have competition in the form of the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross. [...]
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Plea by woman claiming to be Jaya's daughter: HC directs TN govt to file counter
Chennai, Jan 5: The Madras High Court directed the Tamil Nadu government to file its counter on the maintainability of a petition by a woman claiming to be the biological daughter of late chief minister Jayalalithaa and seeking a DNA test [...]
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Mamata Banerjee expresses concern over easy availability of Aadhaar cards
Kolkata, Jan 5: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed concern over reports that Aadhaar cards were easily available from fictitious agencies and asked the people to be more alert to prevent theft of data and violation of privacy. [...]
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Mumbai's Kamala Mills case: Probe reveals fire began due to hookah charcoal at Mojo's Bistro
A week after the deadly fire at a pub in Mumbai left 14 people dead, the preliminary investigation report conducted by the Mumbai fire brigade revealed that the blaze started from a hookah at Mojo's Bistro and then spread to 1Above. [...]
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Pakistan accuses US of treating it like 'whipping boy' as terror row grows
Foreign minister says two countries have no alliance after Washington suspends almost $1bn in security assistancePakistan has said it is being treated like a “whipping boy” and has no alliance with the US after Washington suspended at least $900m (£660m) in security assistance to the country for failing to take “decisive action” against terrorist networks.The funding freeze announced on Thursday, along with a decision the same day to place Pakistan on a watchlist for “severe violations of religious freedom”, is the most forceful US effort in years to pressure Islamabad to rein in militant groups operating in the country. Related: 'Nothing but lies and deceit': Trump launches Twitter attack on Pakistan Continue reading... [...]
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Fodder scam case: Court to decide fate of Lalu Prasad Yadav today
The special CBI court in Ranchi will pronounce the quantum of sentence for Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad and 15 other convicts in a fodder scam case on Saturday. The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief's lawyer Chittaranjan Sinha said that the [...]
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Karnataka Assembly polls 2018: How Congress plans to keep out BJP from its southern bastion
To protect its bastion in south, Congress has raised an army of around 8 lakh booth-level workers in Karnataka. [...]
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Kerala: Clashes erupt in Bonacaud during religious procession, several injured
The procession was stopped midway by the police citing a High Court order which asked the state government to maintain status quo in the case. [...]
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India vs South Africa, 1st Test: SA score 286, come back to reduce India to 26/3 on Day 1
South Africa will feel themselves in the ascendancy after India finished the opening day of the first Test in Newlands on 28/3 in their reply to the hosts' 286 on Friday. [...]
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