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Pranab Mukherjee’s RSS ‘masterstroke’ proves to be a ‘googly’ that deceived left, right and centre
New Delhi, June 8: Former President and veteran Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee's much-talked-about short trip to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) headquarters in Nagpur, Maharashtra on Thursday evening can be described in a single line: He came, he saw, he conquered! At [...]
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Important leaders from different political parties await for the right time to join BJP
New Delhi: In less than one year's time not only Assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram will take place and general elections will be completed by May 2019 in any circumstances. The way winning spree of [...]
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Google, Twitter told to share info about data-sharing agreement with Chinese firms
Washington, Jun 7: A top US lawmaker today asked Twitter and Google's parent company Alphabet to provide information about their data-sharing agreements with Chinese companies, amid growing security and intellegence concerns over the tech trade with third-party vendors. The [...]
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Govt has left no stone unturned in convincing UK court that Mallya should be extradited: MEA
New Delhi, Jun 7: The government has left no stone unturned in convincing a UK court that fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya must be extradited to India, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said today. "Extradition hearings have been going [...]
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Air India looks for Rs 1,000 crore short-term loans
State-run Air India, which has failed to pay salaries to its over 11,000 employees on time for the third month in a row, has sought proposals for short-term loans worth Rs 1,000 crore to meet "urgent" working capital requirements. The Rs [...]
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Maruti Suzuki Ciaz facelift spied undisguised
The refreshed Ciaz has been clicked undisguised for the very first time, reportedly at Maruti Suzuki’s stockyard in Haryana. The spy shots also suggest production is well underway to build inventory before the car’s launch in August 2018.   Though the images are grainy, what is clear is that frontal styling is where the bulk of the update has been concentrated. The grille is all new and now seems to fuse in with the headlamps, which have also been reprofiled, and now sport a prominent ‘brow’. Like the newer lot of Marutis, it is expected that the Ciaz too will be upgraded with LED headlamps. The front bumper has been redone as well, and get chrome surrounds for the fog-lamp housings. In all, the frontal styling is similar in appearance to to what we’ve seen on the new Ertiga that was unveiled in Indonesia last month. Worth noting is that the Ciaz facelift for India gets unique styling and is quite removed in look from the Suzuki Alivio sold in China. At the sides, the Ciaz will continue to be offered with 16-inch alloy wheels, though the multi-spoke rims are slightly different in look. Going by the pictures, changes at the rear will be minimal, though the tail-lamps could be re-profiled and sport LED elements too. On the inside, expect minor updates to the seat fabric and a new, lighter woodgrain shade. However, the dual-tone cabin theme is expected to continue. There will also be some enhancements to the features’ list, though, it’s uncertain whether Maruti will go on to offer a sunroof on fully loaded Ciazs. Under the hood, the updated Ciaz will see a big change in the form of a new petrol engine. Suzuki’s new 1.5-litre K15B engine will replace the current 1.4-litre K14 unit. Peak power will see a jump to 104hp (from 92hp) and max torque will also be a higher 138Nm (compared to 130Nm). The Ciaz’s 1.4-litre petrol engine was peppy in town but felt lackluster at higher speeds and we can only hope the new engine gives the Ciaz the performance it always needed. This new engine will also be seen under the hood of the all-new Ertiga MPV that will come to India this year. Expect this engine to be offered with manual and automatic transmission options. In addition to the new petrol, the older 1.3-litre diesel engine will also be offered at launch but will eventually be replaced by Suzuki’s in-house 1.5-litre engine that is in development. Prices, we expect, will remain competitive and continue to undercut rivals by a big margin. The Ciaz is a strong seller in the mid-size sedan segment and, with sales not showing any downturn even a full three years after launch, the facelifted car is sure to get off to a rolling start. Image source [...]
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Tata Motors announces June offers
In order to celebrate parent Tata Group’s 150th anniversary, Tata Motors has begun offering benefits and discounts across its range of passenger vehicles in India. The offer includes benefits of up to Rs 1 lakh, Rs 1 insurance and a special exchange bonus, and is valid until June 25. While the benefits depend on the model and vary from city to city, dealers in New Delhi are offering benefits of up to Rs 93,000 on the Hexa, Rs 47,000 on the Tigor and Rs 12,000 on the Tiago.* Tata’s current portfolio in India includes the Nano, Tiago and Bolt hatchbacks, the Tigor and Zest compact sedans, the Hexa, Safari and Sumo SUVs and the Nexon compact SUV. The brand has recently discontinued the iconic Indica and Indigo CS and introduced the AMT-equipped Nexon. While Tata’s passenger vehicles business reportedly grew 22 percent in FY18 (compared to the 7 percent industry average), the brand has also put a halt to its Prima Truck racing championship and is concentrating on providing more electric options, with the Tigor EV being evaluated for a roll out and a hybrid version of the H5X under consideration. * Disclaimer: Benefits vary from city to city. Please check with your local dealer for exact discounts, which may not match figures quoted here. [...]
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'Pranab Mukherjee has shown mirror of truth to RSS', says Congress
The Congress on Thursday said that the former president Pranab Mukherjee had shown the ‘mirror of truth' to the RSS by reminding them of India's 'pluralism, tolerance, secularism and inclusiveness' as an article of faith and soul of the country. {image-randeepsurjewala-1528387570.jpg [...]
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Alcatel Pop4 10
  If you are looking for a productivity device to carry with you on the go, chances are you are looking for a laptop. Finding a laptop that’s smooth for productivity and gives good battery life is... [...]
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'All ready to go' for summit with North Korea, says Donald Trump
'All ready to go' for summit with North Korea, says Donald Trump [...]
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Saraikela encounter: 1 CoBRA Commando, policeman killed; Chopper sent to airlift injured
One commando of the elite CoBRA force and a policeman were killed in an encounter with the Maoists in Jharkhand's Saraikela region on Thursday. The policeman was initially injured, but it was later reported that he succumbed to his injuries. Two [...]
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J&K: Guards thwart terrorists' attempt to loot bank van
Terrorists on Thursday fired at a bank van carrying cash and tried to loot it in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district. The guards of the bank are said to have retaliated and foiled the attempt by the terrorists to loot the [...]
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Viswanathan Anand loses to Fabiano Caruana in Norway Chess
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand went down fighting against Fabiano Caruana of United States in the eighth and penultimate round to slip to fifth spot in the Altibox Norway Chess tournament. [...]
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Rafael Nadal fights back to reach French Open semis
World number one Rafael Nadal continued his quest for 11th French Open title as he cemented his place in the semi-finals at the Roland Garros after struggling past Diego Schwartzma of Argentina on Thursday. [...]
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Arjun Tendulkar breaks into India U-19 squad
Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar`s son Arjun Tendulkar has found a place in the India Under-19 squad for the two four-day matches in Sri Lanka next month. [...]
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Mukherjee won't say anything which isn't in favour of the nation, says Virbhadra Singh
Former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Thursday said that Pranab Mukherjee's speech in Nagpur will be in favour of the nation. "I'm sure that Pranab Mukherjee won't say anything in Nagpur which isn't in favour of the [...]
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BJP alleges Congress hand in Bhima Koregaon violence
Hours after the police said they would investigate Congress' hand in Bhima Koregaon violence, BJP alleged that letter recovered from accused Rona Wilson's house establishes the link.  Sambit Patra showing the letter in a press conference, said, " This [...]
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Ant Audio H27
  There are quite a few names in the budget audio segment that have Bluetooth IEM offerings. Typically, you would want a certain number of things from a good Bluetooth IEM that these companies try... [...]
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'I couldn't even scream': survival and abuse inseparable for Kabul children | Pariwash Gouhari
Street children are forced to brave violent sexual predators in the Afghan capital as they struggle to earn moneyFor 14-year-old Ahmed*, life as a kid on the streets of the Afghan capital has become synonymous with abuse. His voice calm and unwavering, Ahmed reels off stories of the assaults he has suffered over the years. “One day, a man asked me to buy him a pack of chewing gum. I went out and bought it, and took it back to his house,” Ahmed tells me in a dimly-lit apartment he shares with his family. “He then forced me inside his home and raped me.” It happened two years ago, but his stories go back to when he was five years old.Violence is an accepted form of punishment in most households, and children get used to it Related: Kids working on Kabul's streets get a second chance at childhood | Sune Engel Rasmussen Continue reading... [...]
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Dera violence: Court rejects bail plea of Honeypreet
The Panchkula Cour on Thursday rejected the bail plea of Honeypreet Insan, who is facing charges of sedition and inciting violence after the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Ram Rahim in two rape cases. Priyanka Taneja alias Honeypreet [...]
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Pune: CBI raids National Defence Academy premises, books principal, professors in recruitment scam
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday conducted raids at the National Defence Academy premises in Pune's Khadakwasla and booked Om Prakash Shukla, Principal, and few others for irregularities in the 2012 appointment of the teaching faculties at the training [...]
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After 'Dancing uncle', this elderly couple from Kerala is breaking the internet
After Dancing Uncle Sanjeev Srivastava took the internet by storm as he grooved to the 1987 Govinda-Neelam classic ‘Aap Ke Aa Jane Se', this Kerala couple has set the internet on fire. In another viral video, a Kerala couple [...]
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Mumbai: Amit Shah meets Uddhav Thackeray's residence in closed room, meeting lasts for 2 hours
Amid strained relations and constant bickering between the two saffron allies, BJP President Amit Shah on Wednesday reached Matoshree, the residence of Shiv Sena chief Uddav Thackeray. Shah reached Mumbai in the afternoon on Wednesday and began his 'Sampark [...]
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Ferrari wins big at 2018 International Engine of the Year awards
Ferrari scored a hat trick at the International Engine of the Year awards 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany, clinching the overall trophy for the third consecutive year for its 3.9-litre V8 that powers the 488 Pista. The engine won by a huge margin to the Porsche 3-litre six-cylinder turbo and impressed the judges for its performance, emotion and advanced technology. The 488 GTB gets the most powerful iteration of the V8, putting out peak power of 720hp and torque rating of 770Nm. This propels the Pista to 100kph from standstill in 2.8sec and onwards to 200kph time in 7.6sec. We exclusively drove a prototype of the Pista recently and were mighty impressed by its performance. “In the 488 GTB, the 3.9-litre eight cylinder was a near-perfect example of a high-performance turbocharged engine, setting the bar so high that it swept aside rival powertrains. But redeveloped and tweaked for the 488 Pista, the best engine in the world just got better,” said Dean Slavnich, co-chairman of the IEOTY Awards. Apart from the overall prize, the 3.9-litre V8 won top honours in the ‘Performance Engine’ and the ‘3.0 to 4.0-litre’ categories as well. In the Electric Powertrain category, which was created specifically for full-electric vehicles in 2017, Tesla’s all-electric powertrain was adjudged the winner. It also won the title of best 'Green Engine'. Volkswagen's 999cc three-cylinder turbo won in the 'sub-1.0-litre' category unseating the Ford's popular Ecoboost, which reigned supreme for six years.  The unit powers various VW Group models such as the Polo, Skoda Karoq, Audi Q2 and the Up GTI. In the '1.0-litre to 1.4-litre' category, the PSA Peugeot Citroën 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine won for the fourth year in a row. The unit staved off competition from Volkswagen's 1.4-litre TFSI which powers the Tiguan amongst other models. BMW's 1.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid from the i8 continued its winning streak, securing a fourth consecutive win in the '1.4 to 1.8-litre' category. In the '1.8-litre to 2.0-litre' category, Porsche secured its second win in a row with the 2.0-litre turbo that powers the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman. In the '2.0-litre to 2.5-litre' category, Audi's 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo powering the RS 3 and TT RS was adjudged the winner. However, second placed Porsche 2.5-litre used in the 718 Boxster GTS and 718 Cayman GTS did give the Audi a run for its money. Porsche's 3-litre flat-six turbo petrol powering the carmaker's 911 Carrera range was the juror's favorite in the '2.5-litre to 3.0-litre' category. It enjoyed a comfortable lead over the BMW's 3-litre six-cylinder unit that is equipped in the M4 Competition. Securing a hat trick of wins, Ferrari's explosive 6.5-litre V12 emerged victorious in the 'above 4.0-litre' category. The unit, which powers the 812 Superfast, propels the rear-wheel drive F12 Berlinetta replacement to 100kph from standstill in 2.9sec. The V12 also clinched the best 'New Engine' award. 2018 International Engine of the year award winnersNew EngineFerrari 6.5-litre V12Green EngineTesla full-electric powertrainElectric PowertrainTesla full-electric powertrainPerformance EngineFerrari 3.9-litre biturbo V8Sub 1-litreVolkswagen 999cc three-cylinder turbo1-litre to 1.4-litrePSA Peugeot Citroen 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo1.4-litre to 1.8-litreBMW 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol electric hybrid1.8-litre to 2.0-litre Porsche 2.0-litre turbo2.0-litre to 2.5-litre Audi 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo2.5-litre to 3.0-litre Porsche 3-litre six-cylinder turbo3.0-litre to 4.0-litre Ferrari 3.9-litre biturbo V8Above 4.0-litre Ferrari 6.5-litre V12International Engine of the YearFerrari 3.9-litre biturbo V8 [...]
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Tell-all memoir 'risks derailing' Imran Khan election hopes
Punjab court delays book by ex-wife Reham said to malign politician aiming to be Pakistan’s prime ministerA tell-all memoir by Imran Khan’s second wife is causing uproar in Pakistan and threatens to derail the former cricketer’s campaign to be elected prime minister next month.Reham Khan, 45, a journalist, married the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party chairman in 2015 but the couple divorced less than a year later. She has said the book will reveal details about their marriage and the inner workings of Pakistani politics. Related: Hopes for rare peaceful handover as Pakistan election date announced Continue reading... [...]
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NEET AIR 1 holder Kalpana Kumari tops Bihar Board 12th Results 2018
After her tremendous success in NEET examination, Kalpana Kumari has also bagged the topper position in Bihar Board 12th Results 2018 declared on Wednesday. She also got a cash award of Rs 1 lakh and a laptop. Speaking to [...]
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Arun Jaitley turns fact-checker after Rahul tears into BJP in Mandsaur
Arun Jaitley turns fact-checker after Rahul tears into BJP in Mandsaur [...]
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