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Aprilia SR 150 Bookings have begun in Parts of India July 27, 2016 11:06

Bookings for the sporty scooter Aprilia SR 150 have begun in Mumbai and Pune. A few of the dealers are currently taking bookings with token advances of Rs. 2000. Just last week, the price was announced as Rs. 65000 by the Piaggio Group. Though the price is relatively higher than most of its rivals in the scooter segment, the Aprilia SR 150 has been much awaited. So, the Aprilia already commands a good prospective share of the market too. However, the competition in the segment is not a cakewalk with both the Honda Activa 125 and the Suzuki Access 125, competing fiercely as the heavyweights in the market. They are also priced lower than the Aprilia SR 150. The Piaggio Group will now sell the Aprilia through the Vespa dealerships, though it had plans of selling the scooter through separate dealerships for the Aprilia scooter. The company may not take such a drastic step in the initial phases. It will all depend on the performance of the Aprilia to see if it will have a separate dealership as planned. The engine powering the Aprilia is the same as the Vespa's 154.4 cc, single-cylinder, 4-stroke, air-cooled engine; mated to a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). The power output of this engine is 12 PS and 11 Nm of torque. The Aprilia SR 150 is a very sporty and distinct scooter in its looks with the bold and aggressive telescopic front forks suspension and the larger tyres for a scooter. The headlamp is positioned much below the console in the mid-region of the front-shield. With a smaller instrument cluster, the handlebars and the position of the indicators seem to create better riding comfort. Though the bookings have begun, an official Indian launch will be made in August. Currently, the scooter gets a waiting period of 30 days. Source: Vicky.in

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Sanders loyalists took to the street against Clinton’s nomination July 27, 2016 10:28

Bernie Sanders loyalists protested inside and outside the Democratic National Convention site and clashed with police after Hillary Clinton won the party’s presidential nomination. "This was not a convention. This was a four-day Hillary party. And we weren't welcome," said Liz Maratea, a New Jersey delegate at the media tent protest. "We were treated like lepers."“We all have this unrealistic dream that democracy is alive in America,” said Debra Dilks, of Boonville, Missouri, who said she wasn’t sure she’ll vote in November. “Hillary didn’t get the nomination. The nomination was stolen.”Despite Sanders’ calls to support Clinton, thousands of activists have taken to the streets during the convention to voice support for the liberal Vermont U.S. senator and his progressive agenda.Unmoved by Sanders’ plea for party unity, the Bernie or Bust protesters walked miles in the stifling heat to make their case for him. They held a midday rally at City Hall, then made their way down Broad Street to the convention site. By early evening, a large crowd had formed outside the subway station closest to the arena.“I suspect we are witnessing an event that will fundamentally change American politics,” said James, of Flint, Michigan.College student Cory James said he expects the Democratic Party to split over the nomination.“He persuaded no one to vote for Hillary,” said Greg Gregg, a retired nurse from Salem, Oregon, who intends to cast his ballot in November for Green Party candidate Jill Stein.“They really agitate people more every time they stand up and do the Hillary Clinton hoo-rah hoo-rah,” Black Men for Bernie founder Bruce Carter said.Chris Scully, an engineer from Troy, New York, held a “Jill Before Hill” sign outside City Hall and said he opposes Clinton because of her war record as U.S. secretary of state.By Premji

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Mallanna Sagar Project Lands KCR in Trouble July 27, 2016 10:04

Telangana Chief Minister KCR has been undefeated after the formation of the separate state Telangana but the leader has been facing lot of heat from the people from his own district because of the Mallanna Sagar project which has been opposed by a section of people from 14 villages of Medak district. Massive protests from the villagers supported by opposition Congress party made KCR land in confusion. Mallanna Sagar project has an estimated budget of Rs 9800 crores and around 30,000 people from 14 villages of Medak are now on the streets opposing the decision of their Chief Minister. The government estimated that 12 lakh acres of irrigation land spread across the districts of Rangareddy, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, Medak and Warangal will be irrigated and the project could hold 51,000 million cubic feet of water. However the fact is that 14 villages will be vanished because of the prestigious Mallanna Sagar project. Though the government has been ready for hefty compensation, the villages are not ready to step forward. Let’s wait to see how KCR and his team will handle the matter. (Video Source: 10TV News Channel)

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BJP Spoils the Plans of Congress on AP Special Status July 27, 2016 09:30

After the state bifurcation, Andhra Pradesh has been demanding special status with a huge package for the development of the new capital. Despite of several attempts, Chandra Babu Naidu and TDP failed to get a promise from the ruling BJP. Now Congress has taken the charge to fight against BJP in Parliament for special status. Senior MP KVP Ramachandra Rao took the lead and he passed a private bill demanding the special status. He requested all the MPs to come ahead and support so that the state would be benefited. Here comes the tale after which the bill has been rejected and not sent for voting by BJP during the Parliament sessions yesterday. Senior leader Arun Jaitley has taken the responsibility to divert the topic that the Congress MPs could not fight against and get time for voting. After a series of dicussions, the house has been suspended for the day which left the MPs in shock. KVP thanked all the state leaders for supporting him and he revealed that BJP planned everything in advance not to conduct the voting.   (Video Source: ABN Telugu)

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Salman Khan Shocks Rajkumar Santoshi July 26, 2016 17:51

Bollywood Superstar Salman Khan is on cloud nine after the release of his latest movie titled Sultan. The movie has been declared as a massive hit all over which has been directed by Abbas Ali Zaffar. Anushka Sharma essayed the female lead in the movie and Aditya Chopra produced Sultan on Yash Raj Films banner. He will be next shooting for his upcoming movie titled Tubelight which will be directed by Kabir Khan. The regular shoot of the movie will start in Ladakh from August. Salman signed his next movie in the direction of Rajkumar Santoshi and the film has been expected to start rolling from December this year. Atul Agnihotri was roped in to produce the movie however the film has been shelved completely. Salman and Santoshi met recently and they kept the movie on hold revealed a leading tabloid. Rajkumar Santoshi will work with Wave Cinemas soon as Salman’s film is not happening.

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Fire Birds Won Women’s Pro Kabaddi Qualifier; Beat Ice Divas 22-13 July 26, 2016 16:45

Although the score looks completely one sided, Ice Divas could not pull a win against Fire Birds despite a tight performance in Women’s Pro Kabaddi Qualifier at Thyagaraj Sports Complex in Delhi on Monday.Till the last five minutes Ice Divas were in the game, but in the last five minutes Fire Birds turned the game to their side. Raider Mariya Mounika gave a 2-point lead to Fire Birds with scoreline reads 3-1 after three minutes. It was difficult for Ice Divas to score points without Abhilasha Mhatre on field. Soanli Shingate scored a point to level the scores at 3-3. But Mamtha Poojari scored a raid point to give 4-3 lead to Fire Birds in the sixth minute. Fire Birds’ defense played a key role in defending Ice Birds raiders as well providing points as they provided 7-5 lead to Fire Birds after 13 minutes. At the end of the first half, Ice Divas somehow managed to level the game at 8-8 with the help of Sumithra Sharma’s points. Later, in the second half, after too much give and take, match were leveled at 9-9 after 18 minutes. Abhilasha Mhatre could not score a single point till 20th minute. Ice Divas awarded with a technical point in 20th minute to level the game again at 10-10. Sonali Shingate again scored a point and provided Ice Divas 12-10 lead. After 25 minutes, Fire Birds were trailing 12-13. With just five minutes remaining to finish the game, Fire Birds attacked with their full force and scored back to back points with a super tackle to wrap up the game at 22-13.By Prajakt K.

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Patna Pirates Beat Dabang Delhi KC 32-31 July 26, 2016 16:28

Dabang Delhi KC, who were ahead throughout the game could not pull win against Patna Pirates at Game 52 of fourth edition of Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League on Monday at Thyagaraj Sports Complex in Delhi.  Patna Pirates are at the top of the table with scoring 52 points in 10 wins out of 13 and with their qualification hopes resting on the performances of the other teams, Dabang Delhi KC are at seventh position with 27 points in 4 wins. In the first half, Dabang Delhi KC immediately after the start send Pradeep Narwal out of the game to level the 1-1 after Rajesh Mondal opened the account fro Patna Pirates. In the sixth minute Kashiling Adake scored points to provide 4-3 lead to his team. But counter attack from Rajesh Mondal ensured Patna Pirates leveling the score at 4-4 in the seventh minute. After 11 minutes, scores were 6-6. Star raider Pradeep Narwal who could not score till the first 12 minute went on to score a bonus point in 14th minute with Patna Pirates leading 9-7. Kashiling Adake saved an all out of his team and scored points as his team were trailing 11-13 after 16 minutes. Two back to back super tackles provided 16-14 lead to Delhi KC at the end of the first half. Later, in the second half, Patna Pirates, managed to level the score at 16-16 after 22 minutes. Patna Pirates missed 4th chance of scoring an all out on Delhi KC as Meraj Sheykh came between them and scored points to lead 21-19 after 25 minutes. Dabang Delhi KC’s Meraj Shyekh were giving a top class performance as he went on scoring and proving firm leads to his team. In the 29th minute Patna Pirates successfully scored their first all out of the game on Delhi KC to lead 26-25. They even sent Meraj Sheykh out of the game to lead 27-25. But Kashiling Adake scored a supoer raid and provided 31-29 lead in the 31st minute. Pradeep Narwal scoring good points leveled the score at 31-31 in the 38th minute and at the end inflicted a tackle to win 32-31. By Prajakt K.

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7th pay commission notified, Central government employees to have salary hike July 26, 2016 15:56

The Modi government has notified the 7th Pay Commission report, which means Central government employees will get the new pay boost in their August salaries. The Union Cabinet had earlier cleared the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission headed by A K Mathur on June 29 in respect of the hike in basic pay and pension. 4.8 million central government employees and 5.2 million pensioners will get the increased payout for their August salaries.The decision on 7th Pay Commission suggestions relating to allowances has been referred to a Committee headed by Finance Secretary. The recommendations on Allowances (except Dearness Allowance) will be referred to the Committee comprising of Finance Secretary and Secretary (Expenditure) as Chairman and Secretaries of Home Affairs, Defence, Health and Family Welfare, Personnel and Training, Posts and Chairman, Railway Board as Members.There shall be two dates for the grant of increment, 1st January and 1st July of every year, instead of existing date of 1st July, provided that an employee shall be entitled to only one annual increment on either one of these two dates depending on the date of appointment, promotion or grant of financial up-gradation.Rate of increment has been retained at 3 percent. This will benefit the employees in future on account of higher basic pay as the annual increments that they earn in future will be 2.57 times than at present.The additional financial impact on account of implementation of 7th Pay Commission suggestions in 2016-17 will be Rs. 1,02,100 crore. There will be an additional implication of Rs. 12,133 crore on account of payments of arrears of pay and pension for two months of 2015-16. Brief snapshot of what this means for government employees. 1. There will be an overall hike of 23.55 per cent in the basic salary and allowances. 2. The 23.55 per cent overall hike in salaries, allowances and pension would entail an additional annual burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore, or nearly 0.7 per cent of the GDP. 3. Entry level pay will be raised to Rs 18,000 a month from the current Rs 7,000. 4. The maximum pay has been fixed at Rs 2.5 lakh a month, up from the current Rs 90,000. 5. This is the lowest pay hike for government employees, in terms of a pay panel report, in the last 70 years. 6. While the Budget for 2016-17 fiscal did not provide an explicit provision for implementation of the 7th Pay Commission, the government had said the once-in-a-decade pay hike for government employees has been built in as an interim allocation for different ministries. 7. Experts said the higher payout will boost consumption, especially of consumer durables and services. By Premji

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Pakistani terrorist caught alive by Indian Army July 26, 2016 14:51

Four militants were killed and another apprehended by security forces during an encounter in Naugam sector near the LoC in Kupwara district of Kashmir, an Army official said. He said all the militants were foreign nationals. Amid Pakistan sponsored terrorist activities in the state of Jammu and Kashmir on the rise, the security forces had a major success when they caught a Pakistani terrorist alive.The arrest of a Pakistani terrorist in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupawara district is a "big success" for the security forces, as it exposes the game plan of Pakistan, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said."Catching a terrorist alive is a big success as it brings in open the game plan of Pakistan. The arrest of a terrorist in Kupwara is a big achievement of security forces," he told reporters in New Delhi.Minister of State (MoS), Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir confirmed that, "The terrorist caught alive in Kupwara is a Pakistani."“The Army had launched search operation to flush out suspected militants. After two days, contact was established and during the ensuing gunfight four militants were killed while one militant was apprehended,” Srinagar based Defence spokesperson said.“The militant group was intercepted close to Anti-Insurgency Obstacle System (AIOS) after the Army noticed a suspicious movement. As the militants were challenged, they opened fired triggering a gun battle. The Army maintained a tight cordon around the forest area for the whole night to ensure that the militants don’t manage to escape from the area,” he said.Terming the arrest of a terrorist alive as a “big catch”, the official said once the arrested terrorist is subjected to intense grilling, many vital information about the design of the terror groups operating from across the border is likely to unravel.By Premji

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Akshay Kumar’s Special Cameo July 26, 2016 13:58

Bollywood Superstar Akshay Kumar is known for wrapping up films in quick succession. He manages to release 3-4 films every year and he has number of movies lined up always. He scored massive hits like Airlift and Housefull 3 this year and his next film Rustom is gearing up for release on August 12th. The actor surprised everyone in a cameo in the upcoming action entertainer Dishoom starring John Abraham and Varun Dhawan. The movie has been directed by Rohit Dhawan who made his directorial debut with Desi Boyz starring Akshay Kumar and John Abraham. Akshay Kumar shares a good bonding with the director and he gave his nod for a cameo. His new look for the movie has been creating huge sensation all over and Akshay has been seen in a completely different look with long hair. The movie is gearing up for a massive release on July 29th all over the world. Sajid Nadiadwala produced Dishoom which is releasing between huge expectations.

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