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Kiran trainer aircraft crashes in Telangana, Court of Inquiry ordered
A Kiran trainer aircraft, that took off from Hakimpet Air Force station crashed in Siddipet district, Telangana. Woman cadet on board, who was undergoing fighter training, had ejected in time, reported ANI. IAF said the aircraft was on a [...]
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Beyond the Drone Zone
  The Internet of Things enables the coordinated operation of multiple devices across diverse environments. Aerial drones provide an exciting demonstration of this capability in action and a number of p... [...]
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India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test: Birthday boy Shikhar Dhawan completes 8000 runs in first-class cricket
The left-handed batsman reached the landmark with four off the third ball of 27th over in the Indian second innings. It's his 115th first-class match. [...]
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Smart Vision EQ concept revealed
Smart Vision EQ concept revealed [...]
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Husband assaults wife for painting PM Modi, Adityanath
A man allegedly beat up his wife for painting portraits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh. Shamsher Khan, the father of Nagma, claimed that his son-in-law thrashed his daughter for painting [...]
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Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli most important Indian batsmen: Michael Clarke
When asked whether Virat Kohli's Team India is more prepared to win overseason, Clarke refused to compare the present team with that of Sourav Ganguly's. [...]
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Aung San Suu Kyi award suspended by UK union over Myanmar crisis
Unison one of a number of institutions in Britain to withdraw honours in response to humanitarian crisisOne of Britain’s largest trade unions has suspended an award given to Aung San Suu Kyi during her time as a political prisoner, as international criticism mounts over her tepid response to Myanmar’s humanitarian crisis.The move comes as a number of British institutions say they are reviewing or removing honours bestowed on Aung San Suu Kyi during her campaign for democracy under Myanmar’s oppressive military junta. Related: Aung San Suu Kyi says Myanmar does not fear scrutiny over Rohingya crisis Related: Aung San Suu Kyi: damned by her silence | Observer profile Continue reading... [...]
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Bobby Jindal slams Republican presidential opponent
“We have men and women in the military who are in the field trying to fight ISIS right now,” said Jindal. Moving closer to a formal announcement of his US presidential b [...]
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Promote cashless transactions to strengthen economy: JP Nadda
Shimla, Oct 5: Union minister J P Nadda urged people to adopt cashless transactions to strengthen the economy, saying it would increase the income of the banks and accelerate development. Speaking at 'Mudra Protsahan' programme organised by the state-level [...]
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Islamist radicals blow up a 16th century Sufi Mosque in Yemen
Sunni Islamist radicals in Yemen have blown up a 16th century mosque housing the shrine of a revered Sufi scholar in the city of Taez, The post Islamist radicals blow up a 16th century Sufi Mosque in Yemen appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Google and Dashlane’s new approach to password management is YOLO
  When you think YOLO, the 4-letter acronym that was all the craze a few years ago, the first thing that comes to mind are college kids and teens who used You Only Live Once as a mantra to engage in all... [...]
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GST bill to be taken up by Lok Sabha tomorrow
New Delhi, August 7: Major tax reform--GST bill--will be taken up by Lok Sabha tomorrow, with virtually all political parties backing this legislation. GST, the biggest economic reform since 1991, is likely to sail through smoothly in the Lower House. {image-gst-05-1470389252.jpg [...]
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Budgam encounter: Sameer Tiger, man with M4 carbine trapped
A major encounter has broken out in in Budgam Kashmir. A top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sameer Tiger who was recently seen sporting the carbine rifle is trapped. Apart from him there are around 4 terrorists of the Jaish-e-Mohammad too [...]
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Review: 2017 Skoda Octavia RS vs Volkswagen GTI comparison
Performance, until now, wasn’t really a priority for car buyers and the rising fuel prices haven’t helped either. But there is still a class of buyers who demand more performance from their cars. However, performance cars are still at its infancy. Yes, we have the Volkswagen Polo GTI that gives buyers a taste of performance, but now, Skoda has launched the hot Octavia RS and it costs almost Rs 6 lakh more than the VW. Both use powerful turbo-petrol engines, both get focused and stiffer suspensions and both have a raspy exhaust note that turns heads everywhere. While the Octavia RS is more powerful, the GTI scores higher in terms of being lighter and more nimble. The biggest similarity by far, however, is the 0-100kph time that is just 0.1sec apart. WHAT ARE THEY LIKE TO DRIVE? First impressions in the Octavia RS are very positive. The 230hp turbo-petrol engine catapults the RS swiftly, and the pace is searing. In normal ‘D’ or drive more, the RS feels just as exciting, but it is the more focused ‘S’ or Sport mode that really brings out its character. Engage this, and you have a more responsive engine, faster gearshifts from the six-speed DSG gearbox, which hold the gears right up to the 6,800rpm redline and, of course, that raw and raspy exhaust note that crackles and pops between shifts. The engine has a wide powerband which means you can overtake with minimal hesitance. The paddle shifters too, are well calibrated and shifts are instant after every flex of the fingers. Handling is excellent. The stiffer suspension, lower ride height and the superb grip from the Michelin Pilot Sport tyres help its case; it also has a lot to do with the electronic differential which keeps the RS from understeering. All combined, the result is flat and composed cornering with loads of grip from both the front and rear. You do feel the length no doubt, but as you go faster, it shrinks around you. Downsides? Well, the ride does get jarring after a long stint over broken roads, and it feels a bit skittish on mid-corner bumps, but that’s about it. The VW GTI may not have the show, but it too has a burly exhaust note, and if you mash the throttle you could easily get a similar heart rate. The GTI has a 190hp, 1.8-litre engine mated to a seven-speed DSG gearbox. Yes, it is a bit down on power, but with almost a 150kg advantage, the acceleration is just as exciting. In the sprint from 0-100kph, the Octavia RS crosses the line at 6.65sec and the GTI at 6.75sec. That said, gearshifts do feel jerky and you get quite a bit of that ‘head nod’ every time it upshifts. The GTI may not have the outright grip of the RS but it still attacks corners like a terrier. The combination of the compact dimensions, stiffened suspension, sharp steering and electronic differential setup is so good, you almost forget the lack of rigidity from the Polo body shell. What’s surprising is that, even at cruising speeds, the GTI feels relaxed and this allows you to do long hours comfortably. Technical specifications and performanceSkoda Octavia RSVolkswagen Polo GTIEngine 1984cc, 4 cyls1798cc, 4 cylsPeak power230hp at 5500-6200rpm192hp at 5400-6200rpmPeak torque350Nm at 1500-4500rpm250Nm at 1250-5300rpm0-100kph6.65s6.75sTop speed250kph233kph50-80kph through the gears1.98s2.02s20-80kph in kickdown4.07s4.18s40-100kph in kickdown4.73s4.46sEconomy14.45kpl (claimed)16.35kpl (claimed)Tank50 litres45 litresRange722km736kmBraking 80-0kph22.73mNA WHAT ARE THEY LIKE ON THE INSIDE? ‘Racy’ seems like a safe word to describe the RS’ interiors. All black with a hint of red in the stitching with carbon-fibre accents on the centre console. You also have the superb sport seats covered in Alcantara, with the ‘RS’ logo on the headrests. The seats are very comfortable and supportive as well; the cushioning is a tad firm but you need that with all the performance on offer. Apart from that, everything else is lifted straight from the top-end Octavia, which means you get the good build, plush materials, and buttons and switches that work superbly. In the rear, the seat is set a tad low and could have done with a bit more underthigh support. That said, there is ample legroom and headroom even for large-frame adults. The GTI, however, is on the back foot in comparison. The dashboard is strikingly similar to the Polo. The build quality is undoubtedly good and there is tartan fabric on the seats, which is interesting, but the feel-good factor isn’t a high as on the RS. Also, the front seats have extra side bolstering to support you. Distinguishing features on the GTI are the flat-bottomed steering wheel, sporty instrument cluster and a precise rotary adjuster for the seat backrest. Also, being a two-door, access to the rear seats is slightly difficult, and once seated, it is alarmingly cramped for adults; a far cry from the spacious cabin of the RS. WHAT ABOUT EQUIPMEN [...]
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3 schoolchildren, bus driver killed in road accident
Hoshiarpur, April 7: Four, including three school children were killed after the school bus collided with a minitruck in Hoshiarpur, Punjab on Friday morning. Several others were injured in the mishap. Following the accident, police rushed to the spot and [...]
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PhotoGallery: 2017 New York motor show image gallery
Here is a look at some of the high profile cars present at the New York motor show. [...]
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SL vs IND: Virat Kohli leapfrogs Sachin Tendulkar's tally of ODI victories as captain
Adding to it, Virat has now equalled the tally of Windies legend Clive Lloyd and former Aussie cricketer Michael Clarke. All three of them have 24 victories in their first 32 ODIs as a skipper. Leading the list is however, Viv Richards with 26 victories, followed by Ricky Ponting with 25 wins.   [...]
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J&K: clashes break out in Ananthnag, two policemen injured
Two policemen were injured after clashes broke out between security forces and protesters in Anantnag's district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. According to media reports, the incident happened when hundreds of protesters were marching towards Lal Chowk raising slogans against [...]
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Watch: This imitation of MS Dhoni's 'helicopter shot' will leave you in splits
The helicopter shot is one of those shots which look very easy to play but when it comes to execution, one has to make careful calculations. [...]
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New Audi RS4 Avant unveiled at Frankfurt
New Audi RS4 Avant unveiled at Frankfurt [...]
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Prisma, Snapseed and VSCO: The top photo-editing apps compared
Prisma claims it turns your photos into works of arts using styles of Munk and Picasso. (Source: Nandagopal Rajan) (Image resized for web) Prisma app might be just a month old, but [...]
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Bear in Myanmar has giant tongue removed by team of vets
Three-kilo tongue believed to be a mutation and was so big it dragged on the ground and prevented the bear from eatingA bear had emergency surgery to remove its tongue after it became so heavy that it lolled out of his mouth and dragged along the floor.Vets believe that the bizarre swelling, which weighed 3kg (6.5lb), was without precedent. Continue reading... [...]
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New Toyota Etios (facelift) spied ahead of launch this year
Changes could be similar to the Brazilian-spec 2016 Toyota Etios. Toyota is road-testing an updated version of the Toyota Etios sedan in Bangalore, featuring strategically-placed wraps that hide the cosmetic changes. It’s expected to launch in the country during the festive season this year. The facelifted Etios is expected to launch in the country during the festive season. To look contemporary in today’s market, it features a redesigned grille, where the sleek lines flow to form a V-shaped grille in the center with 4 slats, as well as new intakes and foglamp enclosures that look similar to the Toyota Vios. The rear-end has a new chrome bar running between the taillamps and a slightly redesigned lower bumper. An older spyshot has revealed the interior of the new Etios, which seems to feature a new fabric material for the seat upholstery and an updated steering pad with a digital instrument cluster similar to the unit fitted in the Brazilian-spec Etios and the Toyota Prius. The rear-end has a new chrome bar running between the taillamps and a slightly redesigned lower bumper. Also Read: Toyota Etios-based sedan (Honda City rival) to launch in Brazil first – Report Expect the engine lineup to remain unchanged. The current Etios is available with a 1.5L petrol engine and 1.4L diesel engine, which produces 90 PS/132 Nm of torque and 68 PS/170 Nm respectively. The only transmission option is a 5-speed manual gearbox in both variants. Brazilian-spec 2016 Toyota Etios – Image Gallery [Source: Motorbeam] [...]
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Govt issues draft norms for drones, to have unique identification numbers
The civil aviation ministry on Wednesday unveiled draft norms for operating drones for civilian purposes in the country. The Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), commonly known as drones, would require unique identification numbers, according to final draft rules prepared by [...]
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New York City gets its first India-born woman judge
Raja Rajeswari from Chennai in India (2nd R) raises her right hand during a Judicial Swearing-In Ceremony at New York City Hall in New York April 27, 2015. (Source: Reuters) Raja Ra [...]
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Gau Raksha: Narendra Modi has found a voice, and not without reason
Modi said, “I would like to tell these people that if you have any problem, if you have to attack, attack me. Stop attacking my Dalit brethren.” Prime Minister Narendra [...]
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Shoaib Akhtar shares throwback moment with Shah Rukh Khan, calls him most humble man
The former Pakistani speedster made his KKR debut against the Delhi Daredevils and earned Man of the Match award for helping his side defend a low score of 133 runs. [...]
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Smartron srt.phone
  With only two smartphones under its belt. Smartron is definitely the new kid on the block. The company's first two devices, the Smartron t.phone and the t.book were on the right path, but wit... [...]
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