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Congress is a \"bail gaadi\", says PM Modi in Jaipur rally
Jaipur, July 7:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a dig at opposition Congress for being a "bail gaadi" as many of its leaders are out on bail. Several leaders who are called stalwarts of the Congress and former ministers are out on [...]
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Unnao rape case: CBI files charge-sheet against 5 people over death of victim's father
Lucknow, July 7:  The Central Bureau of Investigation has filed a charge-sheet against five people in the death case of the father of a minor victim in the Unnao rape case. The victim had died in police custody. BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar was [...]
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Nirbhaya rape: SC to decide on Monday on convicts' plea against death sentence
New Delhi, July 7: The Supreme Court will on Monday pronounce its verdict in the Review petitions filed by the convicts in 2012 Nirbhaya rape case. The judgment will be delivered by a Bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak [...]
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2019 BMW G 310 R gets new colour options
As part of the 2019 update, BMW will offer the G 310 R in a new shade of Racing Red. The G 310 R also gets a HP Motorsport paint finish (pearl white metallic with "HP" lettering), while Strato Blue Metallic has been discontinued. Cosmic Black One will probably be carried forward to the 2019 range of the G 310 R. This announcement comes just a few days before the G 310 R goes on sale in India on July 18, along with the G 310 GS. It’s likely that the bikes launched in India will be offered with the new colour options. Apart from the two new colour options, no changes have been made on the G 310 R. The BMW G 310 R has been designed and developed by BMW Motorrad and is manufactured in India by TVS Motors. It’s the most affordable motorcycle in the German brands portfolio. It has been rather long wait for Indian two-wheeler enthusiasts as, despite being built in our country, the bike was never launched in our market. According to BMW Motorrad, the India launch was delayed because they wanted to expand the dealership network prior to the bike going on sale. The G 310 R was first unveiled to Indian audiences at the 2016 Auto Expo, while the G 310 GS made its maiden India debut earlier this year at the 2018 Auto Expo. Powering the BMW G 310 R, and its sibling, is a 313cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder motor producing 34hp of power and 28Nm of torque. Transmission duties are handled by a six-speed gearbox. Both bikes also get tubular steel frames, five-spoke alloy wheels and ABS. While there is no word on pricing, according to sources the G 310 R will retail for Rs 3.5 lakh, while the G 310 GS will be priced at Rs 4 lakh (both prices are on-road, India). As we will be reporting live from the launch event, watch this space for more details. Also see: BMW G 310 R, G 310 GS: 5 things to know BMW G 310 R, G 310 GS India launch on July 18 BMW G 310 R, G 310 GS bookings open on June 8 [...]
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SCOOP! Market name for Tata H5X SUV to be Harrier
The production version of the Tata Motors’ H5X has been given the market name, Harrier. The model is already known internally as ‘Harrier’ which follows Tata Motors' trend of codenaming its models after birds before launch. However, this time round, Tata Motors has decided to finalise that as a market name and is expected to make an official announcement sometime next week. Tata’s chosen moniker for its newest SUV isn’t completely unique as Toyota already has a mid-size SUV called Harrier in its global portfolio. However, the identical name is unlikely to cause much confusion in India since the Toyota Harrier, which is available in markets including Japan and Malaysia, is not sold in our market. Tata Motors is beefing up its sales network ahead of the model’s launch in India, which is expected to take place in the first half of 2019. Interestingly, potential buyers will be in for a richer experience as the carmaker is planning to give its dealerships a premium touch, with a possibility of a demarcating a special area to showcase the H5X (and future premium models). Marking its debut at the Auto Expo 2018, the SUV concept grabbed eyeballs with its unique design, not seen before on a Tata model. In fact, pictures of a close-to-production test mule, scooped by Autocar India in February, revealed that design will stay largely true to concept and the model will retain the high-set LED headlights. Other stylistic elements include a new, more defined interpretation of Tata’s trademark ‘humanity line’ that connects the headlights and grille. The SUV will be the first Tata product to carry the new Impact Design 2.0 design language. Set to be built at Tata's plant in Chakan, Pune, the SUV is expected to be powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine in two states of tune and the model will be offered in five and seven-seat configurations. What do you think of the Harrier name for the production Tata Motors H5X? Let us know in the comments section below. [...]
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Congress loses no-confidence motion against Raman Singh govt in Chhattisgarh
Congress loses no-confidence motion against Raman Singh govt in Chhattisgarh [...]
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Day after refusing India's deportation plea, Malaysian PM meets Zakir Naik
Day after refusing India's deportation plea, Malaysian PM meets Zakir Naik [...]
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Muslim groups reject Uttar Pradesh govt's accusation they delayed Ramjanmabhoomi verdict
Muslim groups reject Uttar Pradesh govt's accusation they delayed Ramjanmabhoomi verdict [...]
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Weather forecast for July 8: Mumbai rains likely to continue for another 27-28 hours
New Delhi, July 7: Here is the weather forecast for Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Mumbai for July 8. Bengaluru: As per Skymet weather, Scattered light to moderate rains are expected over South Gujarat, East Uttar Pradesh, rest Bihar, [...]
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Not averse to working with Congress to oust BJP: Mamata Banerjee
Kolkata, July 7: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said that she is not averse to working with the Congress to oust the BJP government at the centre which is behaving like "a hundred Hitlers". The TMC president, in [...]
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Zakir Naik won’t be spared says India
New Delhi, July 7: After the Malaysian Government refused to deport Zakir Naik to India; Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir said the controversial Islamic preacher will not be spared. "Maybe not now, but eventually he [...]
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7th Pay Commission: Why the MSP hike could be an indicator of pay increase
New Delhi, July 7: News relating to the 7th Pay Commission have always raised the hopes of Central Government employees, but it has always ended up in disappointment. The CG employees have been relentlessly been demanding for a pay hike and [...]
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Brazil's defeat in FIFA World Cup 2018 hard to accept, says coach Tite
“Randomness, accidents, they happen. And today they happened. It hurts to say that. That is not to undermine Belgium, who are a great team. But chance was cruel to us. It was so hard and it is very hard to accept.” Tite said [...]
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FIFA World Cup 2018 Factbox: Russia vs Croatia
Hosts Russia play Croatia in a World Cup quarter-final match at the Fisht Stadium on Saturday. [...]
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FIFA World Cup 2018: England eye history, Sweden expect a tough match
Sweden captain, Andreas Granqvist said that facing England's captain, forward Harry Kane, in the quarterfinals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia would be hard, but the Swedish national team will try their best to stop Kane. [...]
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Selfies with the Taliban: Afghan women buoyed by ceasefire snaps | Ruchi Kumar
When Taliban fighters entered the cities of Afghanistan after hostilities were put on hold for Eid, some women took photos. A symbol of female resistance, the images quickly went viral One of the longest wars of our generation took an unexpected turn last month. The Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan accepted the government’s call for a three-day ceasefire during the Islamic festival of Eid al-Fitr.For the first time in years, Taliban fighters – known for their brutality on the frontline of the spiralling conflict – entered the capital, Kabul, and other urban centres in Afghanistan and socialised with the locals. Related: 'I want to empower Afghan women': female prosecutor on a lonely mission Continue reading... [...]
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Bihar ITICAT 2018 result declared, list of documents required for counselling
New Delhi, July 7: The Bihar ITICAT 2018 result has been declared. The results are available on the official website. The merit list for ITICAT has been published district-wise. The board will release the counselling schedule shortly. Candidates who [...]
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Former Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 years in jail
Corruption charges related to purchase of London flats, with verdict likely to affect electionThe former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for corruption in a verdict likely to influence the general election on 25 July.The National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Pakistan’s anti-graft court, ruled that Sharif and his family laundered money in the 1990s to pay for four luxury apartments in Park Lane, central London, drawing on allegations that resurfaced in the Panama Papers leak, published by the Guardian and others in 2016. Related: Imran Khan’s rise is a metaphor for a changing world the west has failed to see | Jason Burke Continue reading... [...]
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Ram Mandir case: Is a Mosque needed to pray, SC hearing continues on July 13
The Supreme Court fixed July 13 as the next date of hearing on the contentious Babri Masjid-Ram Temple land dispute case. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra on May 17 had heard submissions on behalf of [...]
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Asus Zenfone 5z
  It’s a curious year, 2018, for the Indian smartphone market. Usually, by the time we hit July, flagship smartphones are available in abundance and only then OEMs focus on the mid-range and high-... [...]
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PM to address welfare scheme beneficiaries; transporting them to Jaipur will cost Rs 7 crore
Jaipur, July 6:  The Rajasthan government is spending over Rs 7 crore to ferry beneficiaries of welfare schemes to a rally which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address in Jaipur tomorrow, according to an official order. The money for [...]
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Separatist or terrorist: Why it is time to silence Asiya Andrabi
New Delhi, July 6: The NIA was grated 10 days custody of one of the most dangerous and notorious separatists of Kashmir, Asiya Andrabi. The NIA while filing an FIR against her had termed her organisation the Dukhtaran-e-Milat chief, Asiya Andrabi [...]
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Ducati announces DRE Off-Road Days
Ducati will be hosting the first edition of Ducati Ride Experience – Off Road Days in India on August 4-5, 2018. The DRE – Off Road Days event will be held at the Off-Road Adventure Zone (ORAZ) circuit in Gurugram and is open to both Ducati and non-Ducati owners. The event is free-of-cost for owners of the Ducati Scrambler, Multistrada and Hypermotard range of motorcycles. Non-Ducati riders (who own or ride a 500cc and above motorcycle) can avail the early bird passes for Rs 5,000 before July 15, after which a slot will cost Rs 19,500. Each riding slot for a non-Ducati entrant entails the rider a Ducati motorcycle for the event, the supervision of a DRE-certified trainer, breakfast, DRE certification and a goody bag. Participants can register themselves on the Ducati India website and 20 slots are available on each day (10 for Ducati owners and 10 for non-Ducati riders). The riders will be trained by certified DRE instructor Vijay Parmar, who is also the founder of the legendary Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya rally. According to the organisers, the off-road course has been designed keeping in mind the varied riding skills of participants. So whether you’re a newbie or an old hand at off-road riding, the DRE – Off Road Days event will have you covered. All participants will also receive exclusive Ducati DRE merchandise and a certificate of completion. [...]
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Volvo Car India registers record half-yearly sales
The Indian subsidiary of Swedish carmaker Volvo has announced that it witnessed record H1 sales growth during the calendar year 2018. The carmaker delivered 1,242 units in Jan-June 2018, a significant growth of 33 percent year-on-year, albeit on a lower base. The capable XC60 SUV spearheaded sales for Volvo, contributing to 25 percent of the total sales volume. "Successful addition of S90 to local assembly and aggressive network expansion led to the best ever H1 (first half) sales performance for the company," according to the company statement. Moreover, the carmaker is set to witness a significant growth in sales with the roll out of its newly launched small SUV, the XC40. A new entry-point to Volvo's SUV line-up, the carmaker expects the model to bring new customers to its brand.   “We are extremely happy with our growth pace and intend to keep up the momentum for the rest of 2018. The recently launched XC40 is our first offering in the entry level SUV segment and we expect the XC40 to build a new customer base for us and drive sales,” Charles Frump, managing director, Volvo Car India said. India's luxury vehicle market has seen robust growth in the first half of 2018 as German luxury marques Mercedes and BMW reported record sales. Market leader Mercedes-Benz sold 8,061 units, registering a growth of 12.4 percent, year-on-year, while sales of BMW and Mini combined totalled 5,171 units, up 13 percent, year-on-year.  [...]
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Thai boys stranded in cave need help. Enter Elon Musk
Thai boys stranded in cave need help. Enter Elon Musk [...]
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I am cement that holds BJP, JD(U) together in Bihar: Ram Vilas Paswan
I am cement that holds BJP, JD(U) together in Bihar: Ram Vilas Paswan [...]
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Weather forecast for July 7: Delhi likely to witness more showers
New Delhi, July 6: Here is the weather forecast for Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Mumbai for July 7. Bengaluru: Rains over Kerala reduced though it continued over parts of Coastal Karnataka, Konkan, and Goa and Coastal Gujarat region. [...]
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After losing one child, this father fights to save his newborn daughter
"We were ecstatic to learn that we were going to have twins," says Purna Kumar, adding that he and his wife have been married since 12 years and had been trying to conceive since a long time. "God finally answered our [...]
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