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Delhi govt tests anti-smog cannon to fight air pollution
Department of Environment and Delhi Pollution Control Committee tested anti-smog gun near Anand Vihar Bus Station in presence of Environment Minister Imran Hussain on Wednesday. At the time of trial, the AQI stood at 414- 'Hazardous' level. To deal with haze [...]
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Cyclone Ochki: Madras HC seeks status of missing fishermen
Madurai, Dec 19: The Madras High Court today directed the Centre and the Tamil Nadu government to inform it about the fate of 551 fishermen from Kanyakumari region who are reported missing in the aftermath of cyclone Ochki. Issuing [...]
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Government evaluating consumer incentives to support EV industry
In a bid to reach its ambitious target of complete electric mobility by 2030, the Indian government is currently considering offering consumers incentives to purchase and use EVs. NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, speaking at the International Conference on Electric Vehicles - Future Roadmap for India in New Delhi, said that the government’s target for electric vehicle use would be conducted through holistic development of the automobile and allied industries, without hindering growth prospects. The automobile and component industry contributes 7.2 percent to India’s total GDP, creates over 30 million jobs and exports almost 25 percent of its total manufacturing. At the conference organised by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), Kant said that the aim is to accelerate the pace of the electric vehicle segment, while ensuring that India maintains its size and scale, its GDP share, employment share, which is possible only if we are able to produce in size and scale. “We will continue to support this movement in a very big way. We will continue to support all OEM and Indian manufacturers. We would like major disruptions to take place in India, we would like interoperable charging systems and we would like to support EVs by a vast range of initiatives like lower road taxes. The government will act as a catalyst to support this entire movement so that the automobile and auto component sector continues to play a very major and significant role in India’s GDP, job creation as well as exports,” said Kant. “As a policy framework this cuts across several departments – Ministry of Road Transport, Power, Heavy Industries – but we in NITI Aayog will continue to coordinate and drive this movement,” he added. Addressing the concerns of the automobile industry, he said, “The change is inevitable but we should do it in a manner where we do not disturb combustion vehicle manufacturing. We should do to size and scale which will enable India to become a centre for manufacturing, battery manufacturing for usage as well as for exports. It is possible to do this in India is because our per capita usage of cars is still very low,” concluded Kant. [...]
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Toyota Gazoo GR Super Sport Concept teased before Tokyo debut
Toyota’s performance arm Gazoo Racing will display a new concept, the GR Super Sport Concept, at the upcoming Tokyo Auto Salon in January 2018. The road-going model will showcase technology that has been developed by Toyota’s Le Mans programme. The teaser image of the concept shows a sleek race-car-like silhouette, which is expected to feature a hybrid powertrain, similar to the one used on the team’s World Endurance Championship TS050 Hybrid. The WEC racer combines a 2.4-litre V6 petrol engine with electric motors to develop a total of 1,000hp, which is sent to all-four-wheels. The long rear section on the concept suggests the usage of this powertrain, which could be mounted just behind the passengers. The design of the GR Super Sport Concept also seems to be influenced from the LMP1 race car. The GR Super Sport Concept signals the continued efforts by Toyota Gazoo to introduce more road-going high performance cars. The new performance arm will bring the new Supra to international markets next year, followed by the recently revealed Yaris GRMN. In addition, Toyota Gazoo will also showcase an 86 GR, which is based on the GT86 and the Vitz GRMN, which is a limited-run Japan-only hot hatch, at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2018. In a bid to underline its racing heritage, the Japanese brand will also display its range of motorsport models, from its World Rally Championship and World Endurance Championship models, to those that have performed at national rallies and races. Also see: Toyota GR HV Sports concept revealed [...]
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Around 2 lakh complaints on non-functional bio-toilets in trains received: CAG report
New Delhi, Dec 19: A report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) on Tuesday said that almost two lakh complaints regarding choking, foul smelling and non-functional bio-toilets in trains were received from the public in 2016-2017.  [...]
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Vaibhav Tiwari murder: Two history-sheeters arrested
Two persons were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the murder of former BJP MLA Prem Prakash Tiwari's son Vaibhav Tiwari. Vaibhav was shot dead on Saturday at the Kasmanda House, barely 300 metres from the Uttar Pradesh Legislature building and [...]
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Kerala: Another RSS worker attacked, condition critical
A group of unidentified persons attacked a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker in Kerala's Kannur region on Tuesday evening. The incident took place in Kathiroor and the condition of the attacked individual is said to be critical. He has been rushed [...]
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Congress corners BJP in Rajya Sabha over collusion with Pakistan claim
Opposition demanded an apology from PM Narendra Modi. PM Modi had alleged Congress's collusion with Pakistan during Gujarat assembly elections. [...]
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PAAS and kapaas pulled BJP down, GST and DeMo were non-issues despite Rahul hype
Hardik Patel-led PAAS in the rural areas and farmers did not favour BJP. They preferred Rahul Gandhi-led Congress. On the other hand, the urban areas solidly backed the BJP, rejecting GST and demonetisation. [...]
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DIY generation: Visual Poetry
Paul has got over 16,000 followers in the two years since she set up ArtWhoring. [...]
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DIY generation: Going Places
Chandela and Jhala launched Lets Trip Cycle Tours in 2015, investing Rs 1.5 lakh from their savings to buy five bicycles. [...]
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DIY generation: Ace of space
The contest was organised by Canada's Idoodle Learning in association with NASA. [...]
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DIY generation: Trash to Treasure
Wanting to do her bit for the planet, Sukhija decided to transform everyday household waste material into statement jewellery. [...]
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DIY generation: Here Comes the Bus
The app locates and tracks school buses in real time, serving as a guide to parents out to drop or pick up their children. [...]
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I-League: Neroca FC hold Mohun Bagan to 0-0 draw
The best chance of the game fell to Mohun Bagan`s Shilton Dsilva who latched on to a loose ball after Neroca goalkeeper Varney K. Kallon blocked Sony Norde`s initial shot to put his effort wide. Neroca played exceptionally well with their fleet-footed footballers giving the home team a harrowing time. The result saw Sanjoy Sen`s Mohun Bagan move to nine points from five matches while Neroca are on seven points from four outings. [...]
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InFocus Vision 3
  The year 2017, or at least its latter half, in the world of smartphones has really been about a couple of features showing up everywhere - 18:9 displays and dual cameras. Some phones have even launche... [...]
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IBPS SO Admit Card 2017 released: How to download
The IBPS SO Admit Card 2017 has been released. The admit card for the prelims exam has been released on the official website. BPS will select candidates on the basis of their performance in preliminary, main and interview. in [...]
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Language of the Rohingya to be digitised: 'It legitimises the struggle'
Turning written script into digital characters will allow persecuted group to write emails and texts and post on social media in their own languageFor decades the Rohingya have been denied recognition in Myanmar, but the persecuted minority is close to securing a crucial symbol of their identity – their own unique digital alphabet.The language of the stateless Muslim people has reportedly been included in the planned upgrade to the Unicode Standard, the global coding system that turns written script into digital characters and numbers. Related: Myanmar burned Rohingya villages after refugee deal, says rights group The Rohingya are Muslims who live in majority-Buddhist Myanmar. They are often described as "the world's most persecuted minority".  Related: 6,700 Rohingya Muslims killed in one month in Myanmar, MSF says Continue reading... [...]
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OTET result 2017 declared: Download at bseodisha.ac.in
The OTET result 2017 has been declared. The results are available on the official website. The candidates, who have appeared for the OTET 2017 examination held on 25 September 2017, given the chance to raise their objections till October [...]
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Why NOTA, a blank vote, is a waste with no impact on election results
New Delhi, Dec 19: On Monday, when the Assembly election results of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh were declared, the word NOTA (None Of The Above)--termed as a tool for the voters to reject all candidates contesting the elections--made its comeback. In fact, [...]
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J&K: Two terrorists killed in Shopian encounter, search operation underway
Two terrorists were killed during an encounter with the security forces on Tuesday morning in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir. According to the reports, the terrorists most likely belong to the Pakistan based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), report [...]
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Relief operation: PM Modi leaves for Lakshadweep, to meet Cyclone Ockhi victims
Prime Minister Narendra Modi left Mangaluru on Tuesday morning in a special helicopter to Lakshadweep for a review of cyclone Ockhi. PM Modi will visit Kavaratti, Kanyakumari and Thiruvananthapuram, where he'll review the status of relief operations, according to [...]
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Advice on Honda's Activa 4G
How good is the Honda Activa 4G? Amaresh, Mumbai AAA The Honda Activa 4G is a good scooter. Its competitors all have similar levels of fuel economy and performance, but the Activa is a great all-rounder. The only concern we have is that the rear suspension may feel a bit stiff over bumps. But we recommend taking a test ride and experiencing this scooter before making a buying decision. [...]
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Hyundai Kona achieves five-star Euro NCAP rating
In the latest batch of Euro NCAP’s crash tests, Hyundai’s Kona SUV has managed to score five stars, making it one of the safest models in its segment. With 87 percent in adult occupant safety, 85 percent in child occupant safety, 62 percent in pedestrian safety and 60 percent in safety assistance systems, all versions of the Euro-spec Nissan Juke rival earned the five-star rating. The Kona which is being evaluated for India will be an all-electric model rather than the petrol and diesel ones that were tested. The model that was tested possessed an array of driver assistance systems that Hyundai calls SmartSense – such as lane keep-assist, autonomous emergency braking, a driver alert, blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert. In addition to these, the Kona tested comes with nine airbags. Hyundai’s Kona EV, which was showcased at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show (and is expected to launch internationally at the 2018 Geneva motor show in March) is expected to be powered by a more powerful version of the all-electric Ioniq’s 28kWh battery that develops 120hp and has a claimed range of 280km. The Korean brand is targeting a range of about 384km for the electric Kona. The model – which is still under evaluation for the Indian market – will be on display at the upcoming Auto Expo, in February 2018. It will share space with a new electric sedan at Hyundai’s stall at the event, along with an i20 facelift and a new hatchback that will replace the Eon.  Also see: New Hyundai Kona SUV image gallery [...]
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It’s not Modi; <i>karyakartas</i> are the real heroes of BJP’s win in Gujarat, HP
New Delhi, Dec 18: Why is it that the "hero" of a film takes away all the credit for a film's success? Why is the ‘boss' often portrayed as the "hero" of success achieved because of the hard work of an entire [...]
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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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