MG Motor’s SUV To Come With 75 Per Cent Localisation At The Time Of The Launch

MG Motor will be launching is first model in India in the second quarter of 2019 and it will come with 75 per cent localisation. The SUV will be manufactured at the company’s Halol plant

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MG Motor’s first model to be launched in India will be an SUV

MG Motor has recently announced that its first model to be launched in India will come with 75 per cent locally sourced content. The company had previously announced that the company first model for the Indian market will be an SUV, and it will be built at the company Halol plant, in Gujarat, and it will be launched in the country in the second quarter of next year. MG has also announced its second product, which will be a pure-electric SUV, which will arrive within one year of its first vehicle launch.

Announcing the company’s product plan, Rajeev Chaba, President & Managing Director, MG Motor India, said, “All our products will be designed and engineered in UK and China with the support of Indian engineers. These vehicles will be heavily localized, built at our plant in Halol by our engineers conforming to global quality standards and validated and customized for India to suit the Indian road and driving conditions.”

MG Motor has said that the current capacity of its Halol manufacturing facility is about 80,000 units per annum, which the company hopes to expand to 200,000 units in the future, depending upon the requirement. The company had earlier revealed that it will be making an initial investment of ₹ 2,000 crore and have an annual capacity of manufacturing 80,000 units per year, to begin with. Over the next six years, MG Motor plans to invest ₹ 5,000 crores in India.


As of now there, MG Motor hasn’t revealed its first model for the Indian market, however, if we’d have to guess, it could be the new MG HS SUV, which right now the company’s flagship model in the Global markets. Having said that, MG Motor has been testing several other SUVs in India, like the MG RX5, the ZS SUV, and even the Baojun 530 SUV, which is sold in China.

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USCIS US Citizenship And Immigration Services Faces ITServe Alliance Lawsuit

H-1B Visa: ITServe Alliance filed a lawsuit against USCIS last week (Representational)


An IT advocacy group representing more than 1,000 small IT companies mostly run by Indian-Americans has filed a lawsuit against the US immigration agency for issuing H-1B visas for shorter than three years durations.

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. The technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China.

These visas are typically issued for three to six years to employers to hire a foreign worker.

Based out of Dallas in Texas, the ITServe Alliance in its 43-page lawsuit filed last week, alleged that the US Citizenship and Immigration Services has recently begun a practice of approving H-1B petitions for shorter than three years durations.

“These petitions are often valid for only months or days at a time, and some cases are expired by the time the approval is received,” it said.

The ITServe lawsuit against the USCIS alleges that the agency has no authority to misinterpret existing regulations and shorten approval durations.

In fact, the United States Congress has specifically granted power to the Department of Labor and its regulations grant three-year approvals, the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit also alleges that the itinerary requirement put forth by the USCIS is also unlawful.

This is the second lawsuit filed by ITServe against USCIS.

In the first lawsuit filed in July 2018, ITServe demanded USCIS to remove language from their website prohibiting F-1 STEM OPT students working at the third part client locations.

“The USCIS has been making arbitrary rules and memos for over eight years, it’s our top priority to set things right and hold USCIS accountable to follow the regulations set by the Unites States Congress,” said ITServe’s national president for 2018, Gopi Kandukuri.

Referring to the recent spate of H-1B denials that ITServe members received, Mr Kandukuri added members of ITServe Alliance are tired of receiving random denials for no reason.

 “The new battlefield for us is the federal courthouse and not USCIS service centers,” he said.

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Under-Pressure Germany Coach Joachim Loew Insists He Can Handle Criticism

That loss left Germany bottom of their Nations League group, fuelling questions about whether he should have retained his job after the humiliating early exit from the World Cup.

“Of course, the defeat in the Netherlands has done a lot of damage, to the staff, the players and most of all the fans,” Loew said on Monday.

“It’s not really surprising to me. After the World Cup, it is a process we have to manage. There will be setbacks or defeats. I am not too surprised about that.

“It’s normal for me to be criticised, but I can handle criticism very well. I’ve spoken with the president (of the federation), it’s clear that we have to stick together.

“Criticism from the outside does not bother me. It is important that I motivate my players against France. I can easily forget the criticism and remain 100 percent focused.”

Loew has stayed loyal to players who won the 2014 World Cup even though the likes of Thomas Mueller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels are in nowhere near the form they showed in Brazil.

At 32, and after twice fracturing his foot last year, Manuel Neuer seems no longer a world-class goalkeeper.

Against the Dutch, Boateng and Hummels often left gaps. At the other end, Germany have only scored 10 goals in the last twelve games.

“For the first 30 minutes against the Netherlands we played well. In attack, we had a lot of goal attempts but we lacked the organisation we have had in the past. We have to change things tactically.”

Defeat on Tuesday would leave Germany on the verge of relegation to the B division of the Nations League. It would also be a sixth in 2018, a German record in a calendar year.

“We have nothing to lose against the world champions,” Loew said. “We are here to take the three points.”

“We want to play boldly against the world champions. As for the players, of course, if you suffer a 3-0 defeat, you have to make changes. One thing I can tell you is that Neuer will be in goal… “

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UP Police File Final Report In Case By IPS Officer Against Mulayam Yadav

Mulayam Singh Yadav has denied allegations that he threatened an IPS officer in 2015


The Uttar Pradesh police on Monday said action should be taken against an Indian Police Service officer for filing a “false” First Information Report against Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav.

IPS officer Amitabh Thakur had filed an FIR against Mr Yadav in July 2015 for allegedly threatening him on the phone.

The UP police in their final report to the court of chief judicial magistrate Anand Prakash Singh said action should be taken against Mr Thakur.

The judge fixed November 15 for passing an order on the police’s final report.

Earlier, senior police officer Anil Kumar Yadav had said there was no evidence to prove Mr Yadav had threatened the IPS officer and so a previous final report was approved and the probe was closed.

The IPS officer had questioned a previous final report and sought further investigation into the matter.

The court on August 20, 2016 rejected the final report and directed the police to reinvestigate the matter.

The investigating officer, Anil Kumar Yadav, had collected the Samajwadi Party patriarch’s voice samples, though he initially refused to give the samples.

The former chief minister has said he spoke with Mr Thakur to make him understand as an elderly person and did not intend to threaten him. Mr Mulayam alleged that the IPS officer had exaggerated the incident without any reason.

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Anup Jalota And S Sreesanth Create Divide In The House

A still from Bigg Boss 12.

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Tonight’s episode of Bigg Boss 12 was replete with twists and turns. Unaware of S Sreesanth and Anup Jalota’s re-entry in the house, the housemates woke up to the tunes of the song Do Mastane Chale Zindagi Bitane, which was a subtle hint of what is in store for them. In tonight’s episode, Bigg Boss entirely changed the dynamics of the game and declared that there will not be any more jodis in the house and that all the contestants will now be competing against each other. The nomination process took place in a different way. Before splitting all the jodis, Bigg Boss invited all the jodis to the activity area and asked them to decide, which one of them should be nominated for this week’s eviction. As per Bigg Boss’ instructions, the jodis had to nominated the contestants who according to them, were least entertaining. The contestants who were nominated for this week’s eviction include Karanavir Bohra, Dipika Kakkar, Urvashi, Srishty Rhode and Saurabh.



On a lighter note, devotional singer Anup Jalota entertained all the contestants by singing Bachna Ae Haseeno from the confession room. Anup Jalota and Sreesanth received a warm welcome from all the housemates. Jasleen was delighted by Anup’s presence, while Karanvir couldn’t contain his excitement and got extremely emotional on seeing his friend Sreesanth.



In another segment of the show, Anup and Sreesanth told the housemates about the true colours of Dipika’s personality and asked them to be alert of her. Dipika was on the radar of both Anup and Sreesanth. Anup Jalota also told Karanvir Bohra that he seems to be highly influenced by Dipika and he called Jasleen gullible. It will be interesting to see if the changed dynamics will affect the relationship between the housemates.

Watch this space for more Bigg Boss 12 updates.

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Dassault Will Raise Production Rates On Certain Models, Says CEO Eric Trappier

Dassault Aviation’s Rafale is an all-weather multirole jet that can perform a variety of roles


French planemaker Dassault Aviation will nudge up production rates on certain business jet models, including its Falcoln 8x and 2000 jets, Chief Executive Eric Trappier said on Monday, a sign of broader industry demand for corporate aircraft.

“We are at the moment increasing a little bit our rate of production,” Trappier told reporters ahead of a major industry aviation show in Orlando. He would not give specifics.

Trappier said Dassault expects to deliver 40 business jets in 2018. Trappier said he would increase production of certain models in 2020.

After years of sluggish sales, potential buyers are looking closely at new models of business jets with longer ranges and elements like high-speed WiFi, planemakers and forecasters said at the executive aircraft industry’s largest convention in Orlando.

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(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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Virat Kohli Explains How India Could Improve Their Overseas Record

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli feels his team needs to improve their batting skills in order to better their overseas record. India thumped the Windies by 10 wickets on Sunday to clinch the two-match series in three days. Speaking after the match, Virat Kohli said, “Bowling was never the question overseas and I have always maintained that if we could bat better we could win overseas.” Virat Kohli maintained that India’s bowling has been up to the mark adding that his team has learnt from the last series. “I am pleased to see these guys taking twenty wickets. I am sure we’ve learnt from the last series, we applied ourselves better in India with the bat much better and we’d like to take that ahead as well”, he added.

India had a forgettable tour against England especially in the longer format of the game. After winning the T20I series 2-1, they lost both the ODI (1-2) and Test series (1-4). Barring the Trent Bridge game, which India won by 203 runs, the hosts put in a superlative performance in the remaining matches to comfortably outclass the visitors.

If it wasn’t for Kohli, who finished as the Test series highest run scorer with 593 runs, no other Indian batsman could breach the 300-run mark. Evidently, India’s batting let them down in the Test series while their bowlers continued to shine. Indian pacer Ishant Sharma finished as the series’ second highest wicket-taker with 18 scalps to his name.

India’s record at home has been admirable as no team has been able to stop their juggernaut in recent years. However, it is their overseas form, especially with the bat, that requires some fine tuning.

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Apple Buys Music Analytics Company Asaii: Report

Apple has acquired music analytics start-up Asaii, Axios reported on Sunday, citing sources, in a bid to strengthen content recommendations to its music users.

Apple’s deal to buy Asaii was worth less than $100 million, Axios reported, citing a source.

Asaii can help Apple compete with Spotify Technology SA’s efforts to work directly with smaller artists, like a music label, the report added.

Last month, Apple completed the acquisition of music discovery app Shazam, a deal to help it better compete with Spotify, the industry leader in music streaming services.

Apple and Asaii were not immediately available for comment outside regular business hours.

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MNC employee raped by colleagues in southwest Delhis Vasant Kunj 

नई दिल्ली: दक्षिण पश्चिम दिल्ली के वसंतकुंज में बहुराष्ट्रीय कंपनी (MNC) की कर्मचारी से उसके दो सहयोगियों ने कथित रूप से बलात्कार किया. पुलिस ने बताया कि घटना शनिवार की है. पुलिस ने बताया कि पीड़िता की ओर से दर्ज करायी गई शिकायत के आधार पर मामला दर्ज कर लिया गया है. पुलिस ने बताया कि महिला से कथित रूप से बलात्कार उसके सहयोगियों ने कार्यालय समय के दौरान किया. 

यह भी पढ़ें : हरियाणा के चरखी दादरी में विवाहिता से तीन युवकों ने किया गैंगरेप, गिरफ्तार

पुलिस के एक वरिष्ठ अधिकारी ने बताया कि पीड़िता को कार्यालय में एक कक्ष में ले जाया गया, जहां उन्होंने उससे बलात्कार किया. हालांकि पुलिस ने इन आरोपों से इनकार किया कि पीड़िता को उसके सहयोगियों ने कार्यालय का समय समाप्त होने के बाद घर छोड़ने की पेशकश की और उसे एक फ्लैट पर ले गए जहां उससे बलात्कार किया गया.


यह भी पढ़ें : पूर्वी दिल्ली में 10वीं में पढ़ने वाली नाबालिग से मकान मालिक के बेटे ने दोस्तों के साथ मिलकर किया गैंगरेप

अधिकारी ने बताया कि दोनों आरोपियों की पहचान विनोद कुमार (31) और बिरजू मलिक (25) के तौर पर की गई है. दोनों को उसी दिन मामले के सिलसिले में उनके आवास से गिरफ्तार कर लिया गया. पुलिस अधिकारी ने कहा, ‘पीड़िता की उम्र भी 20 से 25 साल के बीच है. 

(इनपुट: भाषा) 

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Suzuki Plans To Invest In A New Manufacturing Plant By 2021

The new facility will have three assembly lines adding 7.5 lakh units more to the company’s total production capacity.

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Suzuki has already stated with the land acquisition process to establish its new plant.

Suzuki Motor is planning to start building a new manufacturing facility in Gujarat by 2021. The company has plans to invest ₹ 9000 crore into a new plant which it will be setting up at Vithalpur in Gujarat, about 35 kms away from its already operational plant at Hansalpur. Suzuki has already started with the land acquisition process to establish its new plant. Maruti Suzuki has acquired 400 acres for the new manufacturing base and is in the process to take possession of 100 acres more while the government is expected to allot additional 60 acres to the company.

Maruti Suzuki

Also Read: Honda Cars India Looking To Set Up A Third Facility In The Country

The Vithalpur plant is expected to expand Maruti Suzuki’s production capacity by 7.5 lakh units per annum. The facility will have three Assembly lines which will have a capacity to roll out 2.5 lakh vehicle each in a year. The company has estimated to invest around Rs 3000 crore for each assembly line. Prior to start construction of the new assembly unit, Suzuki will come up with two more assembly lines at its Hansalpur facility. Likewise, the new assembly lines even at the Hansalpur facility will have a production capacity of 2.5 lakh units each per annum taking the total production capacity of the plant to 7.5 lakh units annually. Suzuki has invested around Rs 15,000 crore in Gujarat so far.

Maruti Suzuki being India’s largest carmaker at present accounts about 55 per cent of the market share. The addition of five more assembly lines will add 12.5 lakh of additional manufacturing capacity helping the company to achieve its target of selling over 22 lakh vehicles in India by 2024.


Source: Times News Network


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