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Gujarat election result 2017: Yogendra Yadav 'feels sorry' for wrong prediction
Swaraj India leader and noted psephologist Yogendra Yadav, who had predicted drubbing for BJP in 2017 Gujarat assembly elections, felt 'sorry' for the wrong projections. The ruling BJP will comfortably cross the halfway-mark of 92 seats. As per latest data provided [...]
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Myanmar burned Rohingya villages after refugee deal, says rights group
Villages were still being damaged as late as 2 December, contradicting government assurances, says Human Rights WatchSatellite images show that dozens of Rohingya villages were burned the week Myanmar signed an agreement with Bangladesh to repatriate hundreds of thousands of refugees, Human Rights Watch has claimed.The evidence that villages were still being damaged as late as 2 December contradicted assurances by the Burmese government that violence had ceased and that the Rohingya could safely return to Myanmar, the watchdog said. Related: Massacre at Tula Toli: Rohingya recall horror of Myanmar army attack Continue reading... [...]
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'Illegal and primitive': Pakistan expels foreign aid groups in droves
Warnings of negative impact on ordinary people and damage to Pakistan’s international standing as 29 organisations are given two months to leaveThe Pakistani government has ordered a number of foreign charities and rights groups to close down their operations and leave the country by the end of January.Over the past few days, the interior ministry has sent letters to 29 major international non-government organisations (INGOs), including Action Aid and Marie Stopes, telling them to shut their offices and leave within 60 days. Related: Bold vision: giving blind people back their sight in Pakistan – in pictures Continue reading... [...]
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<i>Ganja</i> meant to be smuggled to Sri Lanka seized, one arrested
One person was arrested and 40 kg of narcotic sustance cannabis (ganja) was seized in Tamil Nadu's Ramanathapuram area on Monday. Acting on a tip-off, a team of customs officials seized ganja worth Rs 10 lakh and arrested a man from [...]
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Elections results prove that India is ready for reform, says Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived for the BJP parliamentary meeting to discuss the election results in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, where he was greeted by BJP president Amit Shah. Adressing to party workers at the BJP headquarters, Modi [...]
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‘Did not factor in Modi charisma’, says Kakade who predicted BJP loss in Gujarat
BJP MP Sanjay Kakade, who hogged the headlines for predicting a dismal show for his party in the Gujarat elections, had to eat his words after the saffron party emerged as a comfortable winner in the state poll results on Monday. [...]
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Animal rights activists demand ban on elephant rides
Among one of the many cruel cases, a disturbing video surfaced where an elephant was being ruthlessly beaten by its trainer till one of its hind legs broke. [...]
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Himachal election results 2017: History repeats itself
Bharatiya Janata Party makes a comeback in the Himalayan state by romping home with a comfortable majority. [...]
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DIY generation: Get Smarty
Daryani has designed the brainwave sensors, processing board, the wheelchair and programmed the data visualisation algorithm for the chair. [...]
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DIY generation: Net Gain
The first-level volunteers choose the subject and make the videos, the second-level managers check accuracy and send them back to the volunteers for uploading. [...]
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DIY generation: Chew on It
FeedOn, which makes good quality, fresh food available to the needy, was launched in April 2016. [...]
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DIY generation: Out of the Box
Pitaara has since grown from that seed of an idea. It works at two levels now-with students and mass influencers such as authors, artists and change-makers. [...]
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India vs Sri Lanka: Shikhar Dhawan&amp;#039;s brilliance to the fore as Men in Blue continue to dominate their neighbours
He will look to carry on the momentum when the neighbours resumed their rivalry in T20Is. The first of the three matches will be played on Wednesday (20) in Cuttack. [...]
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Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo hit top form in time for El Clasico
When the bitter rivals meet at the Santiago Bernabeu, Barcelona will be looking to increase their 11 point lead on fourth-placed Madrid, who have played one match less. [...]
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Ranji Trophy semi-finals, Day 2: Gautam Gambhir seizes control for Delhi vs Bengal
With Bengal scoring a below par 286 in their first essay, they are sure to concede the first innings lead. The only positive aspect for Bengal was the final session where Delhi scored just 51 runs losing three wickets, including that of Gambhir (127 off 216 balls) off the bowling of Mohammed Shami. Gambhir was an epitome of calmness during his 42nd first-class hundred in the company of Chandela (113 off 192 balls), who is playing only his third first-class match. [...]
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What a victory in Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh means for the BJP, Congress
The big day is here and in a few hours from now, the verdict in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections will be out. The verdict in both the states would mean a lot for both the BJP and Congress. [...]
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In the name of humanity, don’t look away from the plight of the Rohingya people | Ian Woolverton
I’ve seen suffering all over the world, but nothing prepared me for the wretched conditions 655,000 people fleeing violence endure in the camps of BangladeshI have stood among tsunami flatted buildings in Aceh and Japan. I have held the hand of a dying infant in flood swamped Pakistan. I have attempted to console the families of loved ones lost to the Bali bombings. And I have helped retrieve the body of a dying man trapped in an earthquake crumpled building. But nothing prepared me for what I have now witnessed – a city sized population living in squalor after fleeing the horror of human rights atrocities in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state. Related: The Guardian view on Myanmar: telling the truth about the Rohingya | Editorial Continue reading... [...]
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Hindus not a minority in Jammu and Kashmir, state tells SC
The Hindus are not recognised as a minority in Jammu and Kashmir and the state government goes by the Centre's list of minorities. This was submitted by the PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir in an affidavit before the Supreme Court. [...]
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Half of 30 crore PANs linked with Aadhaar so far: UIDAI
Nearly half of the Permanent Account Numbers in the country have been liked with Aadhaar as of now. 14 crore out of the 30 crore PANs have so far been liked with the national digital ID Aadhaar. The situation [...]
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Amidst EVM tampering allegations, EC taking nothing to chance in Gujarat
The Election Commission of India has taken no chances and has ensured top level security as counting for the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections get underway today. 40,000 personnel will be deployed at the 37 centres where counting of [...]
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Himachal Pradesh Election Results 2017 LIVE: Counting of votes to begin at 8 am
The fate of 337 candidates including Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his predecessor Prem Kumar Dhumal will be known today as counting of votes will take place in Himachal Pradesh where traditional rivals BJP and Congress have contested all 68 seats. [...]
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Polestar 1 production limited to 500 units a year
Polestar has announced that their hybrid performance sedan, the 1, will have a production run of 500 units per year once it goes into production in mid-2019. The limited number of models is due to the complex construction process required to create its carbon-fibre bodywork. The brand’s first model since it became a standalone brand from Volvo will first be available in the US, Chinese, German, Swedish, Norwegian and Dutch markets as the firm has said that these ones have the highest demand for its product. There is no official word on when the model will arrive in India. The 600hp, four-seat GT coupe will be the brand’s flagship model, acting as a halo product and will only be on sale online through subscription. Company boss Thomas Ingenlath labelled the 1 as “an electric car with support from an internal-combustion engine”. The 1 will be the only hybrid in Polestar’s line-up with all future models, starting with a Tesla Model 3 competitor, possessing an all-electric set-up. Two electric motors, with the aid of an integrated starter/generator, power the rear wheels, and produce a combined 218hp. A 150km range has been claimed in pure-electric mode. Volvo’s 382hp, 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine drives the front wheels. When combined the total system output is 600hp and 999Nm of torque.   As we had mentioned at its unveiling, the Polestar 1’s styling is derivative of the Volvo Concept Coupé unveiled in 2012. The main differences between the two, at least at the front, are the Polestar logo replacing the Volvo one and the grille. "Polestar will not have a front grille, it will have the grid," explained Ingenlath.  The grid at front houses sensors. While not a proper Volvo, the Polestar 1 borrows plenty of technology from its parent company and will serve as a "technology spearhead". It is based on Volvo’s Scalable Platform Architecture, although Polestar claims about 50 percent of the structure is new. Measuring 4.5 metres in length, it is nearly 0.5m shorter than the S90, and is overall smaller than the luxury sedan. Weight has reduced by about 230kg, torsional rigidity has increased by 45 percent and the centre of gravity is lower than the S90 thanks to extensive use of carbon-firbe. With production capped at 500 units a year, only left-hand-drive models are expected to be produced at a bespoke Polestar production facility currently being built in Chengdu, China. Volvo has invested £570 million (about Rs 4,865 crore) into the new performance division. Forgoing a traditional dealer network in favour of online sales, Polestar will only retail its models online. Cars will be offered on an all-inclusive subscription basis, with a two or three-year fixed term, set monthly payments and no deposit. The yet-to-disclosed fee will include pick-up, delivery and servicing at selected Volvo workshops. The charge also includes a number of car rental days, allowing owners of the 1 to use larger Volvos. Polestar will also offer a range of concierge services, including hiring larger cars and items such as roof boxes and booking a valet cleaning, through an app. Once the term is complete, the firm will take the car back, refurbish it and sell it in the used market. Polestar cars will also feature ‘Phone-as-Key’ technology, which will allow app users to operate their car without a key or give a ‘virtual’ key to other users when needed. Polestar isn’t entirely moving away from traditional showrooms and will open a small number of Polestar Spaces in various locations, but none will be connected to current Volvo showrooms. The first Polestar Spaces are due to open in early 2019. Also see: Polestar 1 coupe image gallery Polestar sedan and SUV in the works [...]
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Deadly suicide attack on Christian church in Pakistan – video report
At least nine people were killed and many more injured when two suicide bombers targeted a Christian church in the Pakistani city of Quetta. The Baluchistan police chief, who oversees the province that includes Quetta, said one of the bombers had blown himself up when he was unable to get into the building, and the other had been shot by security servicesSuicide bombers kill nine at Christian church in Pakistan Continue reading... [...]
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Earthquake of magnitude 4.2 strikes Assam's Dhemaji
An earthquake of magnitude 4.2 hit A low intensity earthquake of 4.2 magnitude on the Richter scale hit Assam's Dhemaji area on Sunday. The tremors were felt at around 11:50 am, said India Meteorological Department (IMB). No damage or casualty has been reported yet. OneIndia News [...]
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AIADMK battles war within; actors eye political vacuum in TN
Chennai, Dec 17: 2017 was politically tumultuous for Tamil Nadu keeping the ruling AIADMK busy in setting its house in order as it faced storm after storm post-Jayalalithaa and the year also saw cinema veterans Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan hinting at [...]
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Suicide bombers kill nine at Christian church in Pakistan
More than 50 wounded after two attackers struck as hundreds of worshippers attended pre-Christmas services in QuettaTwo suicide bombers have attacked a church in the Pakistani city of Quetta, killing nine people and wounding more than 50.Sarfraz Bugti, the home minister for the south-western Baluchistan province, said hundreds of worshippers were attending services at the church before Christmas. He said the attackers clashed with security forces, with one assailant killed at the entrance while the other made it inside. Continue reading... [...]
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Railway may shorten recruitment process from 2 yrs to 6 months
New Delhi, Dec 17: The nearly two-year-long recruitment process for railway jobs may soon be over in just six months, if things go according to plan. Hit by severe staff crunch, Railways is mulling shortening the process by introducing online tests [...]
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Polling underway in 3 municipal corporations in Punjab
Chandigarh, Dec 17: Polling was underway in three municipal corporations including Amritsar, Jalandhar and Patiala and 29 municipal councils and nagar panchayats in Punjab amid tight security. The voting started at 8 AM and will continue till 4 PM, [...]
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