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2018 Tata Tiago NRG launched at Rs 5.50 lakh
Just a week after pictures of Tata's first production cross-hatch were leaked online, the company has today launched the Tiago NRG at an introductory price of Rs 5.50 lakh for the petrol and Rs 6.32 lakh for the diesel (ex-showroom, Delhi).  As you'd expect from a cross-hatch, the Tiago NRG is largely identical to the standard hatch but features a full body kit in a contrasting black shade, aimed at adding a bit of SUV flavour to the package. The body kit consists of front- and rear-bumper add-ons with faux brushed-aluminium scuff plates, along with additional trim pieces on the running boards and wheel arches. A big difference between the NRG and the standard Tiago is the raised ride height. The Tiago NRG cross-hatch boasts 180mm of ground clearance, as opposed to the 170mm seen in the standard car. It is marginally longer, wider and taller than the standard hatchback as well, but that is due to the addition of exterior elements. In terms of appearance, the Tiago NRG sports a black front-grille with no chrome detailing, a black roof, black roof-rails, black wing mirrors and door handles, and an additional black plastic trim on the tailgate. The NRG also gets headlamps with projector lens and black inserts (similar to the ones seen on the top-of-the-line Tigor compact sedan), and a new design for the 14-inch alloy wheels. On the inside, the model gets contrasting trim elements finished in orange for the dashboard. Additionally, it is also equipped with electrically adjustable wing-mirrors and a cooled glove box. The Tiago NRG is the only Tiago variant available with a 5.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that doubles as the reverse-camera display. It also gets the Tigor's four-speaker Harman sound system. Mechanically, the Tiago NRG is exactly the same as the standard hatch. Engine options include an 84hp, 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 69hp, 1.0-litre three-cylinder diesel unit. Interestingly, the only gearbox on offer is the five-speed manual – the standard Tiago can also be had with a five-speed AMT. At this price, the Tiago NRG comfortably undercuts the Ford Freestyle but is also one size smaller. Only a full comparison will tell us which one is the better cross-hatch. In the meantime, do you think the NRG is an attractive alternative to a standard hatchback? Leave your thoughts in the comments. Also see: 2018 Tata Tiago NRG vs rivals: Specifications comparison [...]
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AP special status: YSRCP members continue indefinite hunger strike
Yuvajana Shramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) members continued indefinite hunger strike at Andhra Pradesh Bhawan over demand of special category status for Andhra Pradesh. On Friday, 5 MPs submitted their resignation to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on the last day [...]
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Cheers! Music can bring your beer alive
There is no doubt that soothing music lifts your mood and makes a perfect evening but popular songs in a bar can also impact how much you enjoy your beer. According to researchers led by Felipe Reinoso Cavalho from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Unive [...]
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Live Cricket Score, Sri Lanka vs Australia, 1st Test Day 5: Day’s play delayed due to rain at Pallekele
Live Cricket Score, Sri Lanka vs Australia, 1st Test Day 5: Australia need 185 more runs to win. (Source: Reuters) A rain-curtailed, bad lights interrupted cricket match between hos [...]
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'Manual scavenging': death toll of Indian sewer cleaners revealed
Eleven Indians have died this month while cleaning sewers or septic tanks without adequate safety gearAt least one Indian worker has died while cleaning sewers or septic tanks every five days since the beginning of 2017, according to the first official government statistics on the work, considered one of country’s deadliest jobs and most insidious form of caste discrimination.But activists and the National Commission for Safai Karamacharis (NCSK), the government agency that provided the data, say the real death rate is probably much higher – with many Indian authorities still undercounting the number of such workers in their state. Related: 'I'm born to do this': Condemned by caste, India's sewer cleaners risk death daily Continue reading... [...]
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After CWG silver, boxer Satish now targets Olympic gold
Satish lost by a unanimous 0:5 verdict to Frazer Clarke of England after an extremely hard fought final in which both boxers pushed themselves to the limit. [...]
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Packs of feral dogs kill six children in northern India
Terrified parents keep children at home after week of deaths around town of Sitapur Roaming packs of feral dogs have killed six children in the past week in northern India, terrifying villagers who have begun keeping their children at home and killing any dogs they encounter. At least two dozen more children have been injured in attacks. Continue reading... [...]
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IIIT closure: Another case of ‘politics over Amethi’?
The institute was established in 2005 and was one of the pet projects of Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi who first got elected to the constituency in 2004. (Source: File/PTI) T [...]
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'Mass murder' in Tuticorin: Stalin tweets chilling photo, says CM EPS incompetent
'Mass murder' in Tuticorin: Stalin tweets chilling photo, says CM EPS incompetent [...]
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The TV show exposing the misery of India's 24-hour train delays | Amrit Dhillon
News presenter Ravish Kumar is using his programme to fight for the millions of people who miss exams, job interviews and funerals because of India’s hopelessly inadequate rail system For three years, Ashutosh Agarwal studied hard at home for an agriculture exam. To sit the test, he had to travel from Patna to Kota, a 24-hour train ride away. Knowing how unreliable the trains can be, Agarwal planned his trip so he would reach the city a full day early. But the Patna-Kota express train was two days late, so he missed his exam. On prime time television, filmed by news channel NDTV, he was shown weeping over his three wasted years of study.Normally, Agarwal’s bitter experience would have remained a private story. News channels in India very rarely report on the daily hardships of the poor, or show interest in why the trains used by the wealthy run on time while those used by the masses routinely run late. Most news shows restrict themselves to broadcasting studio-based political slanging matches. Related: Life without toilets: the photographer tackling a global taboo Continue reading... [...]
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Review: Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo review, test drive
The confusion starts pretty early on, actually. I’m handed a key, and as I walk up to the parade of Panameras parked before us, I click down the unlock button and walk up to the white one that lights up. But it’s not until I walk around to the back of the car to load my bag into the boot that I realise I’ve been given the key to a ‘regular’ Panamera, and not the Sport Turismo. The two are identical from the nose to the rear door, and even beyond that, the roof is raised so subtly, you might not be able to spot it at first glance. Heck, the Sport Turismo even has the same tail-light cluster as the standard car, with the band of red LEDs sitting above the word ‘Porsche’ and connecting a pair of slim 911-like lamps on either side. The roof of this estate car actually tapers downward ever so slightly, which makes you wonder, how much more space could they have possibly squeezed out of it? PRACTICAL MAGIC The answer to that is 50 litres, which seems like a pittance, when you consider that an estate is an entirely different body style designed for added practicality. In fact, Porsche’s own product presentation shows that the Sport Turismo can only take one suitcase more than the normal car. And thanks to the sloping roof, packing it to its rafters doesn’t take much; it doesn’t have the square loading area you’d expect from a more utilitarian body. What’s the point of that? The greater benefit, you’ll find is in how much easier it is to load now. The loading sill is far lower, carved into the bumper rather than above it, which I notice as I haul my bag over the tall lip of the regular Panamera. And, for the first time in a Panamera, you can have a bench seat in the back. Yes, no longer are you restricted to a pair of individual rear chairs, as snug and sporty as those are, but once again, this isn’t the game-changing feature you might think it is. The ‘bench’ is still made up of two ‘chairs’ and the only difference is that there’s a third seat belt, and a cushion in place of the storage console that once resided between the seats. This cushion is raised, narrow and not very comfortable, and the poor soul who’s sat here will have their legs splayed astride the wide central tunnel. So it’s only a bench in concept, and the Panamera Sport Turismo is a 4+1 seater at best. Yes, headroom is more than you get in a regular Panamera, thanks to the taller roof, and legroom is pretty good too, but you still feel very cocooned back here, without the same sensation of vastness that you’d get in a proper luxury sedan. Everything else from the Panamera returns too – good things like the flawless build quality, semi-digital five-pod instrument cluster and snug bucket seats. And also things that border on the outright ludicrous, like a smudge-happy, black touch control panel for even mundane tasks like the blower speed, and air con vents that can only be adjusted via the touchscreen! YES, BUT IS IT A PORSCHE? It most certainly is. Thanks to a finely honed formula in the chassis and dynamics department, Porsche somehow makes even its largest and flabbiest cars nicer to drive than anything else of a comparable size and girth. The Panamera is not a small car; it’s long and it’s wide and visibility, rearward, is not great. But once you get to grips with the dimensions, the way it drives is really something special. The Sport Turismo feels exactly the same to drive, although, if anything, the view out back is even worse, thanks to the porthole-like rear windscreen. The steering is on the heavy side, but not enough to be a burden; instead it’s a good heft that keeps you on your toes, reminding you that you’re in charge of a serious piece of hardware. After a go in the ludicrously powered 680hp Panamera Turbo S E-hybrid ‘sedan’ earlier in the day, I’m trying out the Sport Turismo in Turbo form – yup, the good ol’ fashioned V8 internal combustion-only model. And I never thought I’d see the day when a twin-turbocharged car with electric power steering felt like the purer driving experience. The hybrid model, with its electric intervention, greater kerb weight and wooden regenerative brakes left me feeling a bit disconnected. But the Turbo? Oh no, this one lets you feel what’s going on between the steering rack and the wheels, the pedal and the brakes. And since they’ve managed to almost entirely eliminate turbo lag, power delivery is just relentless. It’s the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 with 550hp and 770Nm of torque as we get in our ‘normal’ Panamera in India, and with its eight-speed PDK gearbox and AWD, it will crack 100kph in 3.6sec. ENTER THE WAGON Even Porsche doesn’t quite have a properly defined handle on what the Sport Turismo is. They’re reluctant to call it a station wagon or [...]
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Afghanistan suicide bomber kills scores of Muslim scholars
At least 40 dead and 60 injured at Kabul event marking prophet Muhammad’s birthdayA suicide bomber in Kabul has killed over 40 people and injured dozens more, setting off his explosives in a crowd of religious scholars marking the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad.There are fears the casualty toll could rise, as hundreds were packed into the large hall near Kabul’s airport, more often used to host weddings. Continue reading... [...]
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Root's England target rare series sweep in Sri Lanka
England have made two changes to their Test team with seamer Stuart Broad coming in for rested James Anderson, while Jonny Bairstow replaces injured all-rounder Sam Curran, who is out with a side strain. [...]
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Ertiga third row space a focus: Maruti R&D's CV Raman
Maruti Suzuki has launched the new Ertiga with a starting price of Rs 7.44 lakh. The new Ertiga is 99mm longer, 40mm wider and 5mm taller than the outgoing car. The larger footprint has made the cabin more spacious and the third row in particular has been a big beneficiary. Speaking to Autocar India, Dr C V Raman, Executive Director - Research & Development, Maruti Suzuki India said, “We tried to squeeze the engine space, so that has been reversed and we have been able to get 70mm of leg room in the third row, which makes it much more comfortable for passengers.” The middle row bench (there’s no captain’s chair option) can be slid forward to further increase rear legroom. Like the old Ertiga, the third row can also be folded flat (50:50 split) to maximize luggage room when needed. However, a welcome addition on the new Ertiga and across variants is the third row seat recline which does its bit to enhance overall comfort. The new Ertiga is available in ten variants and two engine options – a new 105hp, 1.5­-litre petrol and a 90hp, 1.3-litre diesel. The Ertiga diesel is priced from Rs 8.44 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).  Also see: New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga CNG to launch within six months New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga price, variants explained New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga launched at Rs 7.44 lakh 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga image gallery [...]
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JKBOSE Class 12 Annual 2017 regular results declared
The JKBOSE Class 12 Annual 2017 regular results have been declared. The results for the Kashmir division are available on the official website. The results for the higher secondary part two annual 2017 regular examinations for Kashmir Division have [...]
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ASUS GX501 Zephyrus Gaming Laptop
  ASUS’s GX501 or Zephyrus has been enjoying quite a bit of attention thanks to it being the first gaming laptop to feature NVIDIA’s Max-Q technology. NVIDIA’s Max-Q is a set of techno... [...]
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Tri-nation series schedule involving India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh revised
The fixtures for the T20I tri-series involving Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh have been revised, and the tournament will now be held from March 6 to 18. [...]
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2018 to be the year of the 911, says Porsche India
SUVs may be all the rage right now, but Porsche India is all set to sell its highest number of 911’s this year. The company which has both SUV’s and sports cars are witnessing an uptake in 911 sales. Interestingly 65 percent of the 911’s sold are of higher variants, priced over the 2.5 crore mark with the GT3 in particular receiving a good response. While Porsche India have not revealed individual numbers, speaking to Autocar India on the sidelines of the GT2 RS launch in Mumbai Pavan Shetty Director Porsche India said “today the GT3’s are selling in two digits and we are still not able to satisfy the demand” with the company now already asking for a higher allocation for India. Porsche is also very upbeat on the GT2’s prospects in India and Pavan states that the demand for the 911 range topper is three times the amount that will be supplied. The company also claims that the overall share of sports car sales is increasing, where early it stood at 20% of total sales, today it stands at 35%. The 718 which was launched in 2016 clocked three digit sales in 2017 helping this achievement. However Pavan states that SUV’s have not de-grown but the overall pie has increased with the sports cars segment going up. The company sold 435 units in 2017, up 10 percent over the previous year. [...]
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NEET SS (Super Speciality) 2018 new pattern: Check here
The NEET SS (Super Speciality) 2018 exam has revealed a new pattern. The National Board of Exams confirmed that it would conducting the NEET SS 2018 based on a new pattern. It would be conducted on a computer based [...]
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Asian Games 2018: Handball Federation of India 'relieved' after inclusion of men's team
Secretary of Handball Federation of India (HFI) Anandeshwar Pandey on Wednesday said that were relieved as the decision of including the men`s team for the 2018 Asian Games was in their favour. [...]
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Violent protests as opposition leader is jailed in Bangladesh
Police clash with Khaleda Zia’s supporters outside court after judge convicts her of corruptionA judge in Bangladesh has convicted the opposition leader Khaleda Zia of corruption and sentenced her to five years in jail as police clashed with thousands of her supporters outside the court.The court found the former prime minister guilty of embezzling money meant for an orphanage, a charge she had consistently dismissed as politically motivated. Continue reading... [...]
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Drunk police constable driving without helmet stopped by public in Coimbatore
Drunk police constable driving without helmet stopped by public in Coimbatore [...]
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Congress leader Kripashankar Singh discharged in disproportionate assets case
Congress leader Kripashankar Singh discharged in disproportionate assets case [...]
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Amazon Echo (2nd Generation)
  Last year Amazon’s smart speakers dominated the market with a share of 79.6 percent. This year, however, they dipped to 27.7 percent as Google and other smart speakers entered and spread themsel... [...]
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Afghan provincial governor defies president’s order to step down
Leader of Samangan province is second governor to defy Ghani, exposing his weaknessA second Afghan provincial governor has defied an attempt by the president, Ashraf Ghani, to remove him, deepening a political crisis that has underlined the weakness of the western-backed government in Kabul. Abdulkarim Khaddam, the governor of the northern province of Samangan, followed the leader of neighbouring Balkh province, Atta Mohammad Noor, in rejecting an order to step down, issued last week as part of a shakeup of regional governors. Related: Real patient or suicide bomber? The perils of being a Kabul ambulance driver Related: ‘Unspeakable numbers’: 10,000 civilians killed or injured in Afghanistan in 2017 Continue reading... [...]
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Donald Trump Jr cancels US foreign policy speech in India
US president’s son holds ‘fireside chat’ at business summit instead after accusations of interferenceA scheduled speech by Donald Trump Jr on US foreign policy in India has been abruptly changed to a “fireside chat” hours before the address was supposed to begin in Delhi.The 15-minute address was initially called “Reshaping Indo-Pacific ties: the new era of cooperation”, but the title was amended on the website of the business conference to remove any reference to a topic. Related: Indian investors offered dinner with Donald Trump Jr Related: Senate committee to release transcripts of Donald Trump Jr interview Continue reading... [...]
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Xiaomi Mi A2
  When Xiaomi launched the Mi A1 last year, it raised our collective expectations higher. The company, no longer an upstart, was known for giving a big bang for the buck in terms of hardware, while refr... [...]
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Uttarakhand: Atal Bihari Vajpayee's ashes immersed in Har-Ki-Pauri in Haridwar
New Delhi, Aug 19: Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee's daughter Namita and granddaughter Niharika immersed his ashes in Har-ki-Pauri in Uttarakhand's Haridwar. Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP President Amit Shah were also present during the immersion ceremony. The ashes of the [...]
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