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Antigua examining Mehul Choksi's extradition request: Government
New Delhi, Oct 19: The request for extradition of fugitive diamond merchant Mehul Choksi is being "examined" by Antigua and Barbuda, the Ministry of External Affairs said Thursday. Answering a question on Choksi, MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar at a [...]
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Nana Patekar responds to CINTAA notice, calls Tanushree’s claims baseless
Mumbai, Oct 18: Nana Patekar has responded to a complaint filed by actor Tanushree Dutta with the Cine and Television Artistes' Association (CINTAA), calling her claims false and baseless. In his response, to the film association's notice, Nana Patekar [...]
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Top Afghan power broker killed in Kandahar shooting
Abdul Raziq was controversial figure accused of rights abuses but seen as bulwark against TalibanThe most important power broker in southern Afghanistan has been shot dead along with at least one other senior official days before parliamentary elections, leaving a security vacuum in the Taliban’s heartland.The gunman, part of the governor’s elite bodyguard, wiped out much of the leadership in Kandahar province, the birthplace of the insurgent group, as they emerged from a meeting. Continue reading... [...]
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Right wing players intensify pressure on the govt for construction of Ram temple
New Delhi, Oct 18: Various right wing organisations in the country have intensified their campaign demanding construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya. They have started putting pressure on the government to bring ordinance or get it done whichever way it is [...]
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Will the BJP be able to capture Mizoram the last citadel of the Congress in North-East?
New Delhi, Oct 18: Assembly elections in the northeastern state Mizoram is also scheduled along with the four other states of the country. The elections for 40 Assembly seats will be conducted on November 28. The Congress with 34 seats in [...]
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Can Ababeel deceive India's missile defence system?
New Delhi, Oct 18: Pakistan's surface-to-surface nuclear-capable missile Ababeel missiles was developed with an to beat India's Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) system. Ababeel can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads, and has a range of up to 2,200 kms. More than [...]
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Pakistan in control after seamer Mohammad Abbas wrecks Australia
Having dismissed Australia for a paltry 145 in their first innings, Pakistan stretched their lead to a daunting 281 by stumps on day two with Zaman`s 66 and an unbeaten 54 by Ali taking them to 144-2. [...]
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Cricketers to take WAGs on foreign tours? No decision yet, says BCCI
Reports suggested that the BCCI has agreed to Kohli’s request to allow WAGs to accompany players on overseas tours.   [...]
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Amitabh Choudhary not substituting Rahul Johri for ICC meeting, BCCI clarifies
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Thursday, clarified that acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary is not a substitute of Rahul Johri. [...]
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Kerala Lottery Results today: Check for Karunya Plus KN-235 lottery result
Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 18: The Kerala Lottery today results October 18 2018 Karunya Plus KN-235 Lottery Result will be out today. Once declared it will be available on the official website. The Live Kerala Lottery results would start at 2 [...]
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NYT journalist on way to Sabarimala temple stopped by protesters
Sabarimala, Oct 18: Two journalists of the New York Times, who managed to climb up the pathway to reach the famed Sabarimala temple, were forced go back following a massive protest by devotees who are protesting against the Supreme Court verdict.  {image-suhasinirajnyt-1539842469.jpg [...]
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DJ Mim Shaikh on finding his dad: ‘I wanted the Disney ending so much’
The 1Xtra presenter didn’t remember his father, and everything he had heard about him was bad. So why was he so driven to track him down?Mim Shaikh is explaining why he went looking for his father. “My nan always said to me that when you turn 25, you become a real man,” the the BBC 1Xtra presenter says. “That’s when you know your own mind and can make proper choices.”Now 27, Shaikh does seem to have changed in the past two years. He is still as warm and good-humoured as he was when we last met, but he seems more serious. It was the death of his grandmother in 2016, he tells me, that “changed everything” for him. Related: ‘I was reunited with my long-lost family on Oprah’ Continue reading... [...]
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Hyatt Regency incident: Gun-toting VVIP Brat Ashish Pandey surrenders before Delhi Court
New Delhi, Oct 18: Aashish Pandey, son of former BSP MP Rakesh Pandey, who was seen brandishing a gun outside Hyatt Regency on October 14 approached Delhi's Patiala House Court on Thursday to surrender. Police had registered an FIR on a [...]
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Jaguar mulls going completely electric within next decade
Jaguar Land Rover bosses are considering transforming the company into an EV-only brand within the next decade. It is understood that company’s product planners have produced an outline strategy under which Jaguar’s conventional vehicle range would be phased out over the next five to seven years, to be replaced by fully electric vehicles. Under the plans being considered, a full-on luxury electric sedan, replacing the XJ, is expected within two years. It will be a direct competitor for Porsche’s upcoming Taycan, alongside strong-selling cars such as the Tesla Model S. Rethought as an electric vehicle, the new XJ will both play to the strengths of the 1967 original by offering segment-leading refinement and ride and look to the future by completely reinventing the classic Jaguar interior. It is understood that the new XJ will be a no-holds-barred luxury car in every sense, offering customers a zero-pollution alternative to a Mercedes-Benz S-class or even a Bentley Flying Spur. The thinking is that Jaguar will steal a march on rivals by building a true luxury EV in a segment that is probably the most environmentally minded and offers greater profitability per car than lower segments. EVs also fit in perfectly with the brief of a modern-day chauffeur of private hire driver, with excellent mechanical refinement and the ability to enter low-emission zones in cities without financial penalties. As the XE and XF reach the end of their lives in 2023, they could be replaced by an all-electric crossover slightly bigger than Audi’s E-tron. An all-new I-Pace would arrive in 2025 as the E-Pace and F-Pace models are phased out. Jaguar would be nearly all-electric by 2026, with only the flagship J-Pace luxury crossover surviving until 2027 or so. And with no replacement for the F-Type in the works for when it dies in the first half of the 2020s, an electric Jaguar sports car is also a possibility. Early internal estimates suggest that a four or five-model all-electric Jaguar line-up could sell as many as 3,00,000 units per year, benefiting from much higher retail prices and surfing a trend that is expected to see a sizeable chunk of the luxury vehicle market switching to battery power. The electric vehicle proposal has received added impetus from the extremely strong reception for the new electric I-Pace and Jaguar’s continued involvement in Formula E — the new I-Type 3 Gen 2 single-seater racing car has also just been unveiled — giving the perfect introduction to revolutionising the brand, according to insiders. Our sister publication, Autocar UK, understands that although the outline of a reinvention of Jaguar has reached a fairly advanced stage, the project still does not have the green light. JLR’s dramatic plans come against a background of mediocre sales for Jaguar’s three-model sedan car range, which has forced the company to introduce a three-day week for the rest of 2018 at its Castle Bromwich factory. Executives at Tata, Jaguar’s Indian parent company, are said to be extremely unhappy by the brand’s recent performance, given its extensive investment. Although Jaguar sales have been hit by both concerns over the future of diesel and some Brexit uncertainties, the latest sales figures for the XE, XF and XJ – all of which are made in Castle Bromwich – show evidence that buyers are shunning Jaguar’s sedans. The good news for Jaguar is that the E-Pace is now the company’s second-bestselling model, after the F-Pace, although the E-Pace’s August sales were well below those of its elderly Range Rover Evoque sister model. The dilemma facing JLR senior management is clear. As product plans are laid for the company’s next generation of cars based on the MLA aluminium platform, can investment in three replacement Jaguar sedans be justified? Indeed, is there any profitable future for conventional Jaguar sedan cars of any kind? If the XE, XF and XJ models are dropped in their current forms after this generation, what future would there be for a Jaguar brand that amounted to, say, three crossovers? Dealers would probably be unable to thrive with such a small range and sources say that, at that point, the Jaguar brand would be difficult to support as a going concern. All of these reasons are why the JLR board finds itself closely examining a plan that would result in an all-electric Jaguar line-up. Sources say that developing viable battery-powered Land Rover models is very difficult without diluting the brand’s values. Difficulties include the need to substantially change the styling to create a small frontal area and the complexity of making EVs safe in situations such as fording rivers. Many in JLR believe that this radical plan is win-win. It gives Jaguar perhaps its last best chance to grow into a self- supporting brand; it ensures JLR has bespoke entries in the growing global market for [...]
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Volkswagen Passat Connect launched at Rs 25.99 lakh
Volkswagen has introduced the Passat Connect sedan which features the ‘Volkswagen Connect’ advanced telematics and vehicle assistance system. The application enables customers to experience features such as trip tracking, fuel cost monitoring, driving behavior and more. The Volkswagen Connect app allows users to connect their car to their smartphone through a ‘Plug and Play’ data dongle fitted to the on-board diagnostics (OBD) port of the car. Once connected with a smartphone via Bluetooth, the app will enable customers to experience advanced connected features like trip tracking, fuel cost monitor, driving behavior, location sharing, SOS calls and service appointments. The Connect application is compatible with both Android and iOS platforms.   Mechanically, the Passat Connect remains unchanged. There is a solitary 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine on offer which puts out 177hp and 350Nm of torque and is mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. VW claims a fuel efficiency of 17.42kpl thanks to the onboard ‘Think Blue Trainer’ that gives the driver prompts to improve their driving efficiency. The Passat comes packed with features such as nine airbags, hill-start assist and auto-hold, dynamic chassis control, a reverse camera with a 360-degree view, park sensors, Nappa leather seats, three-zone climate control, electric adjustable front seats with heating and massage functions, LED headlamps with DRLs, LED tail-lamps and a hands-free boot opening mechanism. The Volkswagen Passat Connect is priced at Rs 25.99 lakh for the base Comfortline variant whereas the top-spec Highline trim costs Rs 28.99 lakh. The Passat rivals the Skoda Superb, which recently got a new mid-spec Sportline trim, and the Toyota Camry Hybrid in our market. Prices are ex-showroom, India Also see: Volkswagen Polo, Ameo, Vento Connected Edition launched Volkswagen Vento gets side airbags Volkswagen T-Cross global unveil on October 25 [...]
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Women vs MJ Akbar: Defamation case against Priya Ramani in court today
Women vs MJ Akbar: Defamation case against Priya Ramani in court today [...]
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Congress has 3 CM candidates in Madhya Pradesh, each pulling others down: Modi
New Delhi, Oct 17: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday sought to mock at the Congress challenge to the BJP's 15-year-rule in Madhya Pradesh, saying it has three chief ministerial candidates with each pulling others down and that it cannot think of [...]
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Rape accused Franco Mulakkal gets rousing reception in Jalandhar
Jalandhar, Oct 17: Roman Catholic bishop Franco Mulakkal, who faces allegations of raping a nun, received a rousing welcome from his supporters when he reached Jalandhar after being released on bail by a Kerala court. Mulakkal smiled as followers [...]
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Lanka govt rejects reports on President Sirisena's assassination plot by India's R&AW
Colombo, Oct 17: Sri Lankan government on Wednesday rejected as "completely untrue" media reports that President Maithripala Sirisena accused India's Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) of plotting his assassination and he opposed awarding a key port project to India. [...]
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ASUS ROG Zephyrus M (GM501)
  When ASUS launched the GX501 Zephyrus last year at COMPUTEX 2017, it was a one of a kind device borne out of the collaboration between NVIDIA and ASUS. It was the first MAX-Q laptop to be announced an... [...]
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Indian minister resigns over #MeToo allegations
Mobashar Jawed Akbar has filed criminal defamation charges against one of his accusersAn Indian minister accused of sexual harassment by more than 20 women has resigned as India’s #MeToo movement widens.Mobashar Jawed Akbar, a junior foreign minister, submitted his resignation on Tuesday, saying it was appropriate to step down while he presses defamation charges against one of his accusers.As women we feel vindicated by MJ Akbar’s resignation. I look forward to the day when I will also get justice in court #metoo Continue reading... [...]
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Zika cases rise to 100 in Jaipur, Centre sends team to change insecticides
Jaipur, Oct 17: As the number of people infected with Zika virus rose to 100 in Rajasthan Wednesday, the Centre rushed an Indian Council of Medical Research team to the state to intensify vector control measures. Of the total [...]
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Union Minister M J Akbar resigns over #MeToo
New Delhi, Oct 17: Editor-turned-politician MJ Akbar on Wednesday resigned from his post of Minister of State External Affairs, amid reports of sexual harassment allegations against him by several of his former colleagues. President Ram Nath Kovind Wednesday [...]
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Tensions high in Kerala as Hindu temple opens gates to women
Protests intensify around Sabarimala shrine after India’s supreme court overturns banA standoff is under way in the south Indian state of Kerala, where mainly female protesters are attempting to stop other women from entering the Sabarimala temple.On Wednesday, the Hindu shrine will open its gates for the first time since 28 September, after the supreme court struck down an entry ban on women of menstruating age. The judges ruled the ban against girls and women aged between 10 and 50 as discriminatory and, therefore, unconstitutional. Related: Adultery is not a crime, India's supreme court rules Continue reading... [...]
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Direct download link for Telangana VRO Final Answer Key 2018
New Delhi Oct 17: The Telangana VRO Final Answer Key 2018 has been released. The same is available on the official website. The answer keys for the Telangana Village Revenue Officer was released by the Telangana State Public Service [...]
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Mysuru police rejects media reports on sexual molestation during Dasara festival
Mysuru, Oct 17: The Mysuru police on Wednesday rejected media reports of incidents of sexual molestation at Open Street Festival (part of the 409th Dasara), as saying no such incident took place. It was earlier reported that an event during the [...]
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Anil Kumble enjoys warm wishes on birthday from cricketing fraternity
Fellow spinner Harbhajan Singh termed Kumble who is India's most successful test bowler with 619 wickets as his "idol" and "inspiration" wishing him success at every stage.  [...]
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Telangana: Four years on, the vote is still for the sentiment and not the caste factor
Hyderabad, Oct 17: India's youngest state, Telangana polls in December. Will K Chandrashekhar Rao retain power or will the Congress upset him. While that would be known December 11 after the December 7 polling, let us take a look at the [...]
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