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Kaala to hit screens on Thursday as Supreme Court refuses to stall its release
Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to stay release of Rajinikanth starrer movie Kaala which is scheduled to hit screens tomorrow. Everybody is anxiously waiting for the release of the movie. We don't want to interfere with its release, the apex court [...]
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FRENCH OPEN: Garbine Muguruza thrashes Maria Sharapova to reach semi-finals in Paris
Garbine Muguruza roared into the French Open semi-finals with a 6-2 6-1 demolition job of Maria Sharapova on Wednesday. [...]
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European clubs ask for bigger UEFA competitions
Europe`s biggest clubs want more teams in UEFA competitions, such as the Champions League and Europa League, and more games for those participating, their umbrella organization said in a statement on Wednesday. [...]
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Spain not the only favourite to win FIFA World Cup, says ex-coach
Former Spain coach Vicente del Bosque on Wednesday said that the Spanish national team is not the only strong favourite to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup, set to kick off in Russia next week. [...]
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Audio clip 'captures Bangladeshi police killing drugs suspect'
Death of Akramul Haque raises fresh fears over extrajudicial killings in drugs crackdownA recorded phone conversation that appears to capture Bangladeshi police killing a local politician has raised fresh concerns over a Philippines-style drugs crackdown, after 130 people were shot dead in three weeks.Bangladesh’s elite Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) said last week it had killed Akramul Haque in a gunfight on 27 May. It accused Haque, 46, of being a drug dealer and claimed to have found two guns and thousands of methamphetamine pills on his body. Related: Bangladesh's Philippines-style drugs war creating 'atmosphere of terror' Continue reading... [...]
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RHA MA650 Wireless
  Our admiration of RHA, as a maker of noteworthy audio products, began with the T10i back in 2015. The USP of the device was the ability to customise its sound signature using any of the three bundled... [...]
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Aircel-Maxis case: Chidambaram to be questioned by ED for the second time on June 12
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday summoned former finance minister P Chidambaram for questioning in connection with the Aircel-Maxis case for the second time on June 12. Chidambaram was on Tuesday questioned in the Aircel-Maxis case for the first time by the Enforcement [...]
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Brands including Ikea shun new safety accord after Rana Plaza disaster
New pact follows Bangladesh Accord, a safety agreement reached after building collapse killed more than 1,000 workers American retailer Abercrombie and Fitch, Swedish furniture giant Ikea and the clothing label of rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs are among the brands yet to sign a new accord to uphold the safety of millions of garment workers in Bangladesh.The pact follows on from the Bangladesh Accord, the largest of the safety agreements signed between brands and unions five years ago after 1,134 garment industry workers were killed in the collapse of the Rana Plaza building on the outskirts of Dhaka. Related: Abuse is daily reality for female garment workers for Gap and H&M, says report Related: Rana Plaza, five years on: safety of workers hangs in balance in Bangladesh | Michael Safi and Dominic Rushe Continue reading... [...]
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Gurugram student murder case: HC denies bail to accused juvenile
Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday dismissed the bail plea of the accused minor in the alleged murder of 7-year-old boy inside a private Gurugram school. The Juvenile Justice Board had, on 20 December, last year, held that the [...]
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Maharashtra SSC Result 2018 date: How to check
The Maharashtra SSC Result 2018 will be declared soon. The results once declared will be available on the official website. The board has said that it has not released the date as yet. The results are expected before the end of [...]
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No FIR, yet a probe against me, says P Chidambaram on ED questioning
New Delhi, Jun 5: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, who was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the Aircel-Maxis money laundering case, said all the answers he gave to the probe agency were already recorded in government documents. {image-chidambaram1-1520473402.jpg [...]
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Rahul Gandhi to meet kin of farmers killed in Mandsaur
Mandsaur, June 5: Congress president Rahul Gandhi will meet family members of the farmers killed in police firing during an agitation in Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh on the first anniversary of the incident tomorrow and addressed a farmers' rally. [...]
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Apple CarPlay to get Google Maps support
Apple CarPlay will finally get a much-awaited update that will see the inclusion of third-party navigation apps. The announcement was made at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California. The update will come later this year, and will allow the use of navigation apps like Google Maps, Waze and Here with Apple CarPlay. The news is sure to be welcomed by Apple iPhone users, especially in India. Unlike other countries in the world where Apple CarPlay comes bundled with Apple Maps, in India, Apple’s phone projection system does not include any navigation service. Google’s Android Auto, on the other hand, has always featured Google Maps.     Maruti Suzuki took the lead with Apple CarPlay integration in India being the first to offer the feature on its Baleno hatchback. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity is becoming a common feature across cars in India, and for many, even an important deciding factor. Also see:  Touchscreen systems analysed [...]
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Audi Q8 SUV officially unveiled
The new Audi Q8 has been officially unveiled. Powered by a choice of 3.0-litre petrol and diesel engines, the new Audi SUV is set to go head-to-head with the Range Rover Sport and also German premium rivals including the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé. The Q8 features a strikingly coupé-like roofline and frameless doors. Notable styling flourishes include the new-style upright grille design, which features six vertical chrome fins, bulging wheel arches inspired by the design of the famous Quattro (and which are now a design feature on all new Audis including the Audi A6, A7 and A8) and the option of 22-inch wheels, the largest ever to be offered straight out of the factory. Technical design flourishes include a full-width light across the rear. It incorporates a new LED arrangement that projects a striking 3D shape and emphasises the car’s width. Although the Q8 is shorter than the Q7 on which it is based, this is entirely down to the smaller overhangs at the front and rear of the car. As such, interior space is nearly identical, although the Q8 has a strict five-seat layout, whereas the Q7 can be had with seven. The Q8 is 130mm longer than the Range Rover Sport, as well as being 100mm lower and 10mm wider. The Audi’s wheelbase is also 70mm longer, underlining the additional interior space that it offers. Boot space is 650 litres with the seats up and 1,755 litres with them down, compared with the Q7’s 770/1,955 litres. While the roofline is 40mm lower than that of the Q7 at its highest point (above the front doors), the slope is achieved in part by design sleight, particularly with the use of the dropping roof spoiler. As a result, space at the rear seems to be sufficient even for tall adults. The Q8 is also 27mm wider than the Q7, a result of engineers seeking ways to make the car more stable and agile. Aluminium has also been extensively used on the retuned five-link front and rear suspension, in order to save weight, although the car’s total weight is yet to verified. As standard, the car has seven selectable driving modes that alter the settings for the suspension, steering and engine, ranging from off- road modes to more sporting setups. The Q8 can also be specified with one of three different types of suspension, two of which employ air springs to improve comfort. Inside, the influence of the new A8, which was revealed last year, is evident, most notably with the new control system for the major functions, which are spread across two large touchscreens. The upper 10.1-inch screen controls the infotainment and navigation functions, while the lower 8.1-inch screen controls the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. While these allow the dashboard to have very few buttons on it and give the interior a minimalist look, in the A8 the system has drawn some criticism for its usability. Similarly, the interior finish and choice of electronic driver aids are reminiscent of those found on Audi’s range-topping sedan. While treatments vary according to the trim level, there is abundant use of leather and chrome. Buyers can choose from numerous enhancements, including four types of leather, three types of seat design and a choice of sound systems that is crowned by a 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen set-up. Buyers can opt from four driver assistance packages, which range from a low-speed system that autonomously drives the car in a line of traffic, to a system that warns of potential impacts and can contact the emergency services if it detects an accident. In total, there are 39 driver assistance systems available. Initially, the Q8 will be available with a choice of two 3.0-litre engines: a 340hp petrol in the 55 TFSI and a 286hp diesel in the 50 TDI. The only performance figures released so far are that the diesel can accelerate the Q8 to 100kph from rest in 6.3sec, has a 230kph top speed and 600Nm of torque. The petrol will feature an eight-speed gearbox, with a seven-speed S tronic unit for the diesel. A less-powerful 230hp 3.0-litre diesel V6 – the 45 TDI – will be offered several months after launch, once the initial rush in demand for the car has slowed. All three engines employ fuel-saving 48V electrical technology, as pioneered on the SQ7. No other performance or economy figures have yet been released. However, it is already anticipated that hotter versions of the Q8 will be produced, potentially including a next-generation SQ8 that could be offered with a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain. The Q8 was tested rigorously across various terrains and was also spotted on Indian soil a few months ago. Also see: 2018 Audi Q8 image gallery [...]
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Patanjali cancels proposed Rs 6,000-cr mega food processing park in UP
New Delhi, Jun 5: Baba Ramdev's Patanjali Ayurved today said it is pulling out of its proposed Rs 6,000-crore mega food processing project along the Yamuna Expressway, citing non-cooperation from the state government. However, the UP government said it has given [...]
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NHRC report blames WB Police for Ram Navami riots
NHRC report blames WB Police for Ram Navami riots [...]
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Gang involved in exchange of demonetised currency busted in Ghaziabad
Gang involved in exchange of demonetised currency busted in Ghaziabad [...]
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J&K: Terrorists attack army post at Hajin in Bandipora district
Terrorist on Tuesday attacked at an army post in Bandipora's Hajin. Around 4-6 terrorists came from two sides of army camp of 13 Rashtriya Rifles and Hajin police station and fired around 8 rounds of Underbarrel Grenade Launcher towards Army & [...]
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Now, rail passengers to pay six-time penalty for carrying excess luggage
New Delhi, Jun 5: Just like air travel, now beware of carrying excess luggage while travelling in trains as well. As a result of numerous complaints regarding excess baggage being towed into train compartments, the Indian Railways has decided to strictly [...]
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French Open: Madison Keys rallies back to beat Kazakhstan`s Yulia Putintseva and reach Paris semi-finals
 Madison Keys reached her maiden French Open semi-final, rallying from a break down in the opening set to claim a solid 7-6(5) 6-4 victory against Kazakhstan`s Yulia Putintseva on Tuesday. [...]
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French Open: Dominic Thiem crushes Zverev to book semi-final spot
 Austrian Dominic Thiem destroyed a lacklustre and battle-weary Alexander Zverev 6-4 6-2 6-1 on Tuesday to reach the French Open semi-finals for the third consecutive year. [...]
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Farmers’ stir: Supply of vegetables stays between normal and low
The ongoing farmers' stir in Madhya Pradesh saw a mixed response with some traders claiming the supply of vegetables at the agriculture markets had weakened while others termed it normal. A senior police official said the situation in the state today [...]
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J&K sex scandal: Five held guilty plea for leniency
Five persons, including a former DIG of the BSF, who have been found guilty by a special CBI court here in the 2006 J&K sex scandal, today sought leniency on various grounds even as the public prosecutor strongly opposed it and [...]
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Will a united Opposition be able to stop Modi-Shah juggernaut in 2019 Lok Sabha polls?
New Delhi, June 5: The political space of the country is fast changing, thanks to an emboldened Opposition which is all set to take on the mighty Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the big 2019 General Elections. Post the Karnataka Assembly [...]
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Plea in Madras HC to rescue elephant from mahout’s wife
A public interest litigation has been filed in the Madras High Court seeking a direction to authorities to hand over an Andaman-based elephant to the principal chief conservator of forests and chief wildlife warden here. The Bench, comprising Chief Justice Indira [...]
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'The martyrs did it': bloody end to Indian copper plant saga
Few Tuticorin residents are celebrating closure, with many battling cancer and sicknessDavid and Goliath are familiar characters in Tuticorin. The south Indian city, home to one of the country’s oldest Christian communities, has been fighting a giant. Days after 13 protesters were fatally gunned down by police, including a teenage girl, activists won a key victory over one of the world’s largest mining companies.For more than two decades, Sterlite, a subsidiary of the London-listed Vedanta Resources, has been operating a copper smelter on the outskirts of the city. Over the same period, activists have been arguing the site is fouling Tuticorin’s air and water, and has caused unnaturally high cancer rates in surrounding villages. Related: Indian copper plant shut down days after deadly protests Related: Police in south India accused of mass murder after shooting dead protesters Related: Closure of Vedanta copper plant in India must be followed by a cleanup | Letters Continue reading... [...]
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Monsoon updates: SW monsoon advances to Karnataka, TN; Rains expected in Bengaluru
Southwest monsoon has advanced into Karnataka, some parts of Tamil Nadu and other parts of coastal India, as pert India Meteorological Department (IMD)'s latest weather bulletin. With this, low to moderate rainfall can be expected in Bengaluru and other parts of [...]
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