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Karnataka elections: Yeddyurappa releases BJP’s manifesto, promises cow slaughter bill
Bharatiya Janta Party on Friday released its manifesto for the upcoming Karnataka elections in Bengaluru. The manifesto was released by party's Chief Minister candidate BS Yeddyurappa in the presence of various party leaders. The manifesto promises re-introduction of cow [...]
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Heavy rain lashes several parts in Rajasthan
Jaipur, July 29: Rains lashed several parts of Rajasthan today and the weatherman has forecast more showers tomorrow. Udaipur and Ajmer division received heavy rainfall while Bhilwara received 15 cm of rainfall followed by Arnod in Pratapgarh which received 13 cm [...]
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'The snowy carpet reflected like a camera the wonderful panorama'
Capt Fred Burnaby’s travel memoir from 1876 describes the northern lights in the sky above UzbekistanThe sunrise was glorious. “In no part of the world hitherto visited have I seen aurora in such magnificence,” wrote Captain Fred Burnaby, in his Central Asian travel memoir, A Ride to Khiva (1876). Continue reading... [...]
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BJP behaving like a 100 Hitlers says Mamata
Kolkata, July 8: 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 an [...]
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Bangladesh election: Sheikh Hasina heads for tainted victory
Prime minister presides over burgeoning economy but is accused of holding onto power partly by jailing, disappearing or silencing oppositionBangladeshis will vote on Sunday on whether to grant a record third consecutive term to a prime minister who has overseen one of the fastest growing economies in the world, but whose government is accused of rampant human rights abuses.Sheikh Hasina, 71, is favoured to remain PM after a bloody election campaign that opposition activists have described as the most stifled in the 47 years since her father became the country’s first leader. Related: Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam released from prison Continue reading... [...]
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Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder to use flat-six power
Porsche is developing the most driver-focused version of its current 718 Boxster. The car will be heavily related to the 718 Cayman GT4. In place of its current hottest 718’s turbocharged 2.5-litre flat-four, the new car will use the naturally aspirated, flat-six engine of the latest 911 GT3. The German automaker has now moved testing to the cold climate of the Arctic Circle. Porsche Motorsport has stuck to the formula applied to the car’s predecessors, which have cemented themselves as the driver’s Boxster model since 2009, giving the car a more responsive drivetrain that will make it the most involving Boxster on sale. “Natural aspiration is one of our main USPs,” Andreas Preuninger, head of GT car development at Porsche told our sister publication, Autocar UK, earlier this year. “At Motorsport, we think we can achieve throttle response and immediacy a little bit better with an atmospheric high-revving engine than any kind of turbo.” Output for the 4.0-litre unit is rated at 500hp at 8,250rpm in the 911 GT3. However, the Boxster Spyder’s power may be slightly down on this, in order to leave breathing space for its more expensive sibling. The previous Spyder used a 3.8-litre flat-six taken from the 911 Carrera of the time that was good for 375hp. The recently unveiled Boxster GTS and related Cayman GTS use highly-strung four-pot engines with 366hp. So the new Spyder will need to produce more power to cement itself as the top Boxster – an output of around 430hp seems likely. To signify its driver-focus, the car will be offered with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard; but those after maximum on track performance will be able to select the option of a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. The Spyder will also go on a hefty diet, ditching cabin insulation, along with its radio and air conditioning. The 718 Boxster’s electric folding soft top will also go. Taking its place is a manually removable ‘tent top’. These weight savings will combine with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber to make the car the sharpest handling production Boxster, yet produced. Much of the design treatment applied the Boxster Spyder will mirror those featured on the GTS. The Cayman GT4 will likely get the same adjustments, along with a more prominent rear wing to signify its even harder status. There is no word on if the 718 Boxster Spyder will come to India. Considering the less hardcore GTS versions of the Cayman and Boxster will not be coming, the Spyder is less likely to do so. [...]
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AAP slapgate: Take strict measures to restore normalcy in Delhi, Rajnath Singh tells Manoj Tiwari
AAP slapgate: Take strict measures to restore normalcy in Delhi, Rajnath Singh tells Manoj Tiwari [...]
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The Alex Iwobi ‘gorilla’ insult shines a light on south Asian anti-black racism | Sharan Dhaliwal
Bollywood actor Esha Gupta was part of a shameful conversation about the Arsenal player. The problem goes way beyond her, though“Did you know Gandhi was racist?” A white friend sits opposite me, grinning so widely I wonder if there’s going to be a punchline. “We know,” I reply, “we all know.” Her smile fades quickly and she moves on. I stop listening, the noise in the cafe dies down and the soundtrack to a sad Bollywood film fills the moment. She thought I didn’t know. Why don’t I talk about it more? I hide the trauma of black people because Gandhi was one of the few saviours we had in our toxic community. Anti-blackness was a punchline I wasn’t expecting.One thing I remember from studying A-level sociology is the idea of how you develop through your primary and then your secondary education – something that contributes greatly to social dynamics. Primary education is what you learn from your family home, secondary education is what is passed on to us from institutions. Related: India’s caste system is alive and kicking – and maiming and killing | Mari Marcel Thekaekara Related: Raheem Sterling shouldn’t have to educate the media about racism | Musa Okwonga Continue reading... [...]
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J&K: Four terrorists gunned down in Baramulla
Srinagar, Aug 8: Fours terrorists were gunned down by the security forces on Wednesday in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district. The encounter reportedly began a this afternoon at Rafiabad area in Baramulla. On August 4, five terrorists [...]
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Prominent Lingayat seer lauds Siddaramaiah on religious minority tag
While commending the decision made by the Siddaramaiah government, a prominent Lingayat seer urged the Centre to approve the religious minority status for Lingayats. The Seer of Murugha mutt, Dr Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru handed over a memorandum to BJP [...]
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Poor infrastructure — not outdated syllabi — is what ails Indian universities
Teaching at the school-level has a profound effect on the quality of our university graduates. (Source: Express File) The famous scientist and peace advocate, Linus Pauling once sai [...]
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Next Door Nepal: Prachanda’s second innings
The current change could be well be another temporary exercise. That will discredit Nepal’s political leadership even more. (Source: Express archive) Pushpa Kamal Dahal, alias Pra [...]
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Christian missionaries control Congress and Sonia Gandhi: BJP's Ballia MP
Claiming that Christian missionaries are a threat to the unity and integrity of the country, BJP MP Bharat Singh has accused the Congress party of working on their directives. "Christian missionaries control the Congress. Sonia Gandhi, the mother of [...]
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This is a Hindu house, Congressmen stay away, reads poster in poll bound Karnataka
Amidst the election heat, posters banning Congressmen have come up outside houses in Bantwal, coastal Karnataka. The posters were found outside several houses in Kanyana village asking Congress leaders to stay away. "This is a Hindu house. Congress leaders [...]
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US-Indians raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Nepal
In the shattered neighborhoods of Kathmandu, down buckled, potholed dirt roads, similar stories emerge. (Source: Reuters) Indian-Americans, along with the small Nepali community, ar [...]
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NASA launches InSight spacecraft to Mars to dig down deep
NASA launches InSight spacecraft to Mars to dig down deep [...]
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Petra Kvitova looks on positive side after 'rollercoaster year'
The 27-year old two-time Wimbledon champion defied expectations in returning to competition despite suffering serious wounds to her playing left hand as she fought off a knife-wielding intruder at her home in the eastern Czech town of Prostejov in December 2016. [...]
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Serena, Venus get French Open doubles wildcard
Serena and Venus Williams were handed a wild card into the French Open women's doubles as the American sisters seek to add a third Roland Garros title to their triumphs in 1999 and 2010. [...]
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Rohingya fears grow as refugees face forcible return to Myanmar
Aid agencies give warning as Myanmar and Bangladesh begin return of ‘terrified’ refugees to Rahkine stateThe governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar are to push ahead with the repatriation of thousands of Rohingya this week, despite objections by the UN, and against the wishes of the refugees, who spoke of being “terrified” at being sent back.Last week fear gripped the camps in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh at the news that, without their consent, 4,355 people had been placed on a list of Rohingya approved for return by Myanmar. The first repatriations are due from Thursday, but not everyone who is on the list has been informed and it is unclear how it was compiled.Families are very confused and anxious. We do not know what is going to happen to us Continue reading... [...]
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Man killed on remote Indian island tried to 'declare Jesus' to tribe
John Allen Chau’s diary suggests he knew the risks of going to North Sentinel IslandAn American man who was killed by an isolated tribe on a remote Indian island wrote to his parents hours before his death that he wanted to “declare Jesus” to the tribespeople and that they should “not be angry at them or at God if I get killed”.John Allen Chau, 26, is believed to have been hit with a volley of arrows shortly after making land on North Sentinel Island, part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, last Friday. John Allen Chau Continue reading... [...]
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Several Congress, JDS MLAs willing to join BJP, claims Yeddyurappa
BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa on Saturday claimed that several disgruntled leaders from the ruling Congress and JD(S) are eager to join his party. Yeddyurappa's comments came as dissident activities of the MLAs intensified in the Congress over not getting [...]
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10 ASEAN leaders to be chief guests at Republic Day celebrations
10 ASEAN leaders to be chief guests at Republic Day celebrations [...]
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Bus fire in Kazakhstan kills 52 people
Officials say victims were from neighbouring Uzbekistan and died on a road widely used to transport migrant workersA bus caught fire in a remote part of Kazakhstan on Thursday, killing 52 citizens of neighbouring Uzbekistan, the Kazakh interior ministry has said. The bus was travelling along a road in Kazakhstan’s north-western Aktau region that links the Russian city of Samara to Shymkent, a city in southern Kazakhstan close to the Uzbek border. Continue reading... [...]
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Fire breaks out at cloth factory in Bhiwandi, no casualties reported
Thane, Dec 31: A fire broke out at a cloth factory in Bhiwandi on Monday, news agency ANI reported. Three fire tenders are present at the spot. The latest blaze comes in a series of similar incidents that have [...]
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South Africa ease to series-clinching victory over Pakistan
Pakistan will take positives from the second test where they avoided an innings defeat with a stout batting performance on Saturday to force the match into a fourth day. [...]
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'Inside job' suspected after LeT terrorist's daring escape from Srinagar hospital
'Inside job' suspected after LeT terrorist's daring escape from Srinagar hospital [...]
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Nation wants people like Shah Faesal, his resignation not in “country's interest”: BJP
New Delhi, Jan 16: IAS officer Shah Faesal's resignation in protest against alleged "unabated" killings in Kashmir has given yet another issue to the Congress and the BJP to fight over. While senior Congress leader and former union minister P Chidambaram [...]
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Railways to provide 23K jobs under 10% quota for gen category poor in 2 years
New Delhi, Jan 23: Railways is set to become the first government department to implement the 10 per cent quota for the general category poor, providing around 23,000 jobs in the next two years, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said Wednesday. {image-08-1465389283-railways-06-1473179606.jpg [...]
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