Communal Polarisation Can’t Cut Ice With People

New Delhi: 

Former union minister Yashwant Sinha on Thursday said there is a “great deal of agrarian distress” in the country that may have reflected in the voting pattern in the recent assembly polls, but asserted it will be a “grave error of judgement” to call assembly results a trend-setter for Lok Sabha elections.

Mr Sinha, who has been a vocal critic of the current BJP leadership and the government and had quit the party in April, also said that the election results, especially in the three Hindi heartland states, have “clearly proven” that Ram temple issue or “communal polarisation” does not cut ice with the people.

His comments came after the Congress wrested power from the BJP in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Congress had made farmers’ issues a major poll plank.

Interacting with reporters at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of South Asia here, Mr Sinha claimed “agrarian distress” has emerged as a “major issue” in the country, and the polls, perhaps, reflected that too.

The former union finance minister said, “I know the condition of farmers, I have personally been a witness to that. And, I can say, without fear of contradiction, that there is a great deal of agrarian distress, not just in states which went to polls recently but all across the country.”

Mr Sinha said there was no quick remedy to these problems and “farmers were not happy, in fact, they were angry”.

“And, maybe, it reflected in the voting pattern,” he said, adding, “I hope political parties will pay attention and take some steps to alleviate their conditions”.

Mr Sinha, in his address, also said that the results in these elections do represent a “certain distress” at the grassroots level, but, underlined that voters have learned to “distinguish” between a state election and a general election.

“Look at the history of elections in three Hindi heartlands — Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh — where elections have preceded Lok Sabha polls for a number of times. While we can read some meaning into the results, it will be a grave error of judgement to say they set a trend for the future or that this is what is going to happen in general elections,” he said.

Many parties have lost the assembly polls but won in Lok Sabha and others have won state polls but lost in general elections, he said.

Asked if the raking up of Ram temple issue went against the BJP, the former union minister said, “I would say, elections in these five states, especially the Hindi heartland, have clearly proven that the Ram Temple issue or communal polarisation does not cut ice with the people.”

He also appeared to take a veiled dig at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who had been vocal about the Ram Temple issue during campaigning for the polls and had renamed Allahabad and Faizabad recently.

“Also, in the run up to these elections, too much trust on one individual in the BJP, who they thought would be able to polarise the voters. He failed comprehensively,” Mr Sinha said.

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Air Force Successfully Conducts 11-Day Crossbow-18 Exercise In Andhra


The Combined Guided Weapon Firing exercise ‘CROSSBOW-18’ ended successfully Thursday at the Suryalanka Air Force Station in Andhra Pradesh.

The 11-day exercise, conducted under the aegis of the Southern Air Command, saw various Surface-to-Air Missile systems like the indigenously developed Akash, Spyder, OSA-AK-M and IGLA carrying out drills and live firing for the first time on manoeuvrable aerial targets, a Defence release here said.

Live firing by night added to the uniqueness and complexity of the exercise while participation of SU-30 fighter jets made it operationally realistic, it said.

“The live firing helped the Indian Air Force in validating the Air Defence philosophy by integrating both legacy and modern Surface-to-Air Guided Weapon Systems and the Integrated Air Command and Control System (IACCS).

It was a unique event in the history of the IAF and is a precursor to the modernization of Suryalanka range,” it added.

Air warriors from over 20 participating Surface-to-Air Guided Weapon squadrons actively participated in the exercise.

Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Southern Air Command, Air Marshal B Suresh and other senior officials from the Air Headquarters and Western Air Command visited the Air Force Station in Guntur district during the course of the exercise and witnessed the live missile firing by four missile systems, the release said.

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Hockey World Cup 2018: India Knocked Out After Losing To Netherlands In Quarterfinal

India’s 43-year-long wait to reach the semi-finals of the Hockey World Cup was prolonged by the Netherlands as they beat the hosts 2-1 on Thursday at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. World No.4 Netherlands were clearly the better team as they dominated the hosts from the very beginning. After scoring one in the first quarter, another goal from Mink van der Weerden in the fourth quarter doubled the Netherlands lead, virtually leaving India out of contention. However, India tried to claw their way back in the game but the Netherlands were too strong for them.

Both sides started with a bang in an eventful first quarter that witnessed Akashdeep putting the hosts ahead in the 12th minute with a brilliant reverse flick after the initial penalty corner attempt was parried by the Dutch goalkeeper. The visitors pulled off a stunning equaliser just before the end of the first quarter, thanks to Thierry hitting the box to make it 1-1.

The second half saw both teams battling for the lead even as the tourists managed to keep possession of the ball on most occasions, only to return to the dug out locked at 1-1 by half time.

On resumption, the tourists earned three back-to-back PC’s but India blocked away all of them even as the hosts were temporarily reduced to 10 men after Hardik was shown the green card towards the end of the quarter.

With both sides desperate for the lead, the Netherlands started the final quarter by successfully converting their fourth PC to make it 2-1.

It was in the 50th minute, when Van Der Weerden hit the ball dead straight only to find India’s custodian PR Sreejesh wrong footed as the ball found the target.

With 10 minutes to go, India were once again penalised after Amit Rohidas was shown the yellow card but the Manpreet Singh-led side kept pressing for the equaliser.

In the next minute, India had a golden opportunity to square things off but Harmanpreet’s shot was saved by the Dutch goalkeeper.

From there on, the Dutch defence did not allow any room to the home side as the tie ended in a heartbreak for the vociferous home crowd.

The Dutch side will meet Australia in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Earlier, Olympic silver medallists Belgium edged out two-time champions Germany 2-1 in a keenly contested quarter-final.

In a neck and neck fight, third ranked Belgium held their nerves and came back from a goal down to enter the semi-finals for the first time.

Belgium will face a resurgent England in the semi-final, who had defeated Argentina 3-2 in the first quarter-final on Wednesday.

(With IANS inputs)

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Confronted By Police, Teenage Gunman Kills Self At US School

It was unclear if the teenager was struck by police bullets before taking his life. (Representational)


A teenage gunman killed himself Thursday at a school in Indiana, after being confronted by police officers who were alerted in advance of an armed suspect heading to campus, US media reported.

Police officers exchanged gunfire with the suspect around 8:00 a.m. at Dennis Intermediate School in the city of Richmond, according to reports.

It was not immediately known if the teenager was a student at the school.

No other students or staff were harmed, authorities said. Students were evacuated to another school campus where they were reunited with their parents.

The shooting “resulted in the death of a teenage suspect. No other students reported to be injured,” the Indiana state police said on its Twitter account.

Eyewitnesses reported hearing several gunshots and saw a heavy police presence as the school day was commencing.

Peggy Lewis, who lives across the street from the school campus, told local television station RTV6 that police shot out the glass of a side door into the school building and soon after rushed in.

“I heard, I want to say like three gunshots, and I look out my door, and the police were shooting at the door, and they shot the window out,” Lewis told the TV station.

The Richmond school district put all school buildings on lockdown, but later said classes at all schools other than Dennis Intermediate would resume on a regular schedule.

The Indianapolis Star newspaper reported that the teenage gunman arrived at the school at approximately the same time as officers, who had been alerted to an armed individual heading to campus.

After an excahnge of gunfire outside, the suspect ran into the building and another exchange of gunfire occured at a stairwell.

It was unclear if the teenager was struck by police bullets before taking his own life.

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

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“He’s Getting Close To His Best Again”: Tim Paine Backs Mitchell Starc Ahead Of 2nd Test

Australia suffered a 31-run defeat in the first Test against India in Adelaide and star pacer Mitchell Starc came under the scanner after failing to fire in the match. Starc, who managed to pick only five wickets in the game, was criticised by cricket pundits who thought his performance was lacklustre. Now as the second Test starts on Friday, Australia have decided to go into the match with an unchanged team. With Starc set to take the field in Perth, skipper Tim Paine feels the 28-year-old will bounce back stronger after all the criticism. Paine said that there was no doubt over Starc’s place in the team, further adding that the left-arm pacer is getting close to his best.

“There wasn’t any doubt (on Starc playing in the second Test). He has been good for us, and the criticism he has faced this week has been pretty unfair to be honest. Apart from two or three overs in Adelaide where he got his radar a bit wrong, I thought he bowled really well. His best and his worst are getting closer together and he is getting really close to his best again,” quoted Paine as saying.

“The conditions are going to suit him down to the ground, and one thing I know about Starc is when he cops a bit of criticism, he bounces back hard.

“I’m pretty pumped to see him go tomorrow or the next day and see what he can produce. We know his best is the best, so we’re excited to have him in our team and realise how lucky we are to have him,” Paine added. 

Another disappointment for the home team in the first match was opener Aaron Finch, who scored 0 and 11 in the two innings. Paine, ahead of the second Test asserted that Finch is only one score away from getting back to his best and he just needs to stick to his strengths.

“Finchy has been successful at international cricket and he played really well in the UAE, and he just needs that one score to get that little bit more self-belief at Test level.

“You are not going to succeed in international cricket unless you stick to your strengths. He knows the best way to go about his batting, and I’ll make sure he keeps trying to do that. If he does he will come good for us,” Paine added.

India currently lead the four-match Test series 1-0.

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Best Movies of 2018: Gadgets 360 Staff Pick Their Favourite Movies of the Year

When we’re not busy covering all things take, Gadgets 360 staff members love to unwind by watching movies. Our staff members’ taste is quite varied as you would expect, so we decided to ask everyone in the team to pick their favourite film from 2018. We didn’t set any restrictions in terms of genres or languages, and we got everything from underrated regional films to global blockbusters. Here are our favourite movies of 2018.

Abhinav Lal: Annihilation
I’m a science fiction buff. That being said, I am usually disappointed with the technobabble spewed in most movies in this genre, or their dumbed-down plots and super-cliche dialogue. There are a few exceptions that stand out from this excess of pulp, and they don’t necessarily need to be hard science fiction where every bit is spelled out, or be something extremely complex that requires multiple viewings to piece together.

Instead, they could follow a formula that Alex Garland’s Annihilation used — a story that leaves you wondering just what happened at the end, with multiple possibilities that each have a good chance of being correct.


I haven’t read Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy, the first book of which the movie is based on, but I’m now excited to do so, thanks to the movie — not something very common with movie adaptations of books for me. The fact that it also features some refined acting, evocative dialogue, great direction, and mind-blowing visuals, all helped make it the best movie of 2018 for me.

Watch Annihilation on Netflix

Aditya Shenoy: Raazi
I don’t watch a lot of movies but one movie I was dragged into the theater to watch was Raazi. This is a Hindi spy thriller and has a very good story line. Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal played their roles very well.


The movie is based on a novel Calling Sehmat which is based on real events that occurred during the Bangladesh liberation war between India and Pakistan.

Watch Raazi on Amazon Prime Video

Akhil Arora: Roma and The Heiresses
There’s never going to be a year I’ll have one single favourite, so the best I can do — while gritting my teeth — is two. The first is Roma, one you’ve likely heard a lot about in the past few months if you follow even one film site. In the hands of a lesser director, Roma might have been a story about the filmmaker’s own upbringing during the changing social and political landscape of Mexico in the 1970s. But this affecting, black-and-white semi-autobiographical tale from Alfonso Cuarón rises above that with its perspective shift, conveying the story from the point-of-view of a family’s live-in housekeeper, and her life in and outside of the household.

Watch Roma on Netflix, from December 14


My second pick is called The Heiresses, which marks a feature-length debut for its Paraguayan writer-director Marcelo Martinessi. It’s a success story on several levels: it’s an excellent and poignant relationship drama about two formerly-wealthy lesbian sexagenarians, which is still rare in today’s supposedly progressive industry; it surprisingly marks a terrific screen debut for two stage veterans in Ana Brun and Margarita Irun; and it comes out of a country that has virtually no film industry to speak of, which is why it took dozens of indie producers worldwide for it to be made.

Check out The Heiresses on IMDb

Akshay Jadhav: A Quiet Place
My favorite movie this year has been A Quiet Place. It was an outstanding thriller with a simple premise of a family trying to survive silently in a post-apocalyptic world, which made this movie really suspenseful and terrifying to watch.

Buy A Quiet Place on iTunes or Google Play


Aman Rashid: Avengers: Infinity War
My favorite movie of 2018 has to be Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War. The movie was everything that the fanboy in me could have ever wanted.


Thoroughly enjoyed it from the beginning to the end. And speaking of Avengers, I just can’t wait for the next installment that’s about to come next year. Hyped!

Check out Avengers: Infinity War on IMDb

Gagan Gupta: Deadpool 2
I haven’t had the chance to catch many movies this year such as Mission: Impossible Fallout, A Star is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody, Solo… well, the list goes on. Marvel was quite disappointing this year in my opinion, save for Black Panther, which was somewhat enjoyable. But if I had to pick one movie that I watched and thoroughly enjoyed, it has got to be Deadpool 2.


The first Deadpool film seemed like it was trying too hard, and the jokes seemed overdone in the second half, but in the sequel there were fresh elements constantly added to the plot to keep things interesting. The jokes were better this time as well. So though I’m highly hyped about Aquaman and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse, as of now, Deadpool 2 will be my top pick.

Check out Deadpool 2 on IMDb

Harpreet Singh: Ashke
My favorite movie this year has been Ashke. It’s a Punjabi movie that has the right amount of comedy, drama, and good music. They released its trailer just one day before the movie was supposed to release and it still did very well.


It’s something you can enjoy watching with your entire family.

Watch Ashke on YouTube

Jagmeet Singh: Mission: Impossible – Fallout and Daana Paani
I found Mission: Impossible – Fallout to be among the best movies of 2018. The movie comes is the sixth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise and features an action-packed experience. Tom Cruise, despite being a 56-year-old trouper, looks quite fresh and energetic in his role as an undercover agent.

Buy Mission: Impossible – Fallout on iTunes or Google Play

In addition to Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Punjabi period movie Daana Paani starring Jimmy Shergill and Simi Chahal is the prominent title that I’d like to feature in this list. Shergill performed quite well in the movie, and 26-year-old Chahal did her best in performing the character of villager Basant. The story constructed by Jass Grewal has all good elements to entertain the audience and the movie highlights the message of living a peaceful life by surrendering to the will of God.


Director Tanvir Jagpal also managed to detail the core of the message throughout the movie. Lastly, you’ll get a bunch of songs by distinguished singers such as Amrinder Gill, Harbhajan Mann, and Manmohan Waris that have the touch of Punjabi classics.

Watch Daana Paani on YouTube

Jamshed Avari: The Incredibles 2
Thanks to a lack of time and the routinely barbaric and illogical censorship that Indian cinemagoers have to deal with, I’ve let my list of movies to watch grow out of control. I did have to endure a few 10+ hour plane rides though, so I watched some of the obligatory big-banner titles.

My pick for the best of 2018 would be The Incredibles 2. After well over a decade of anticipation, it turned out to be good fun. The stakes were never really as high as they were in the first movie, and the main villain’s identity was painfully obvious right from the start, but we got to see plenty of clever moments as “Supers” emerged from hiding.


Each of the main characters was fleshed out convincingly and the inversion of the family’s roles was amusing enough. This could easily be developed into a massive franchise of movies and spin-off content… just as long as we’re all still alive by the time the next one comes out.

Buy The Incredibles 2 on Google Play

Kunal Dua: Bohemian RhapsodyI saw exactly four movies this year and none of them really stood out, but if I had to pick one I’d go with Bohemian Rhapsody. Yes, it’s full of historical inaccuracies and it’s hardly a classic, but the performances — Rami Malek has got to be a shoo-in for at least a nomination at the Oscars — and the sheer joy of revisiting Queen’s classics — especially the concert at the end — make it well worth the price of admission.

Oh, and Mike Myer’s cameo and the little Easter Egg (see the video below starting at 4:00) are a nice bonus.


Prabhakar Thakur: Deadpool 2
I watched a few good films this year including Mulk, Raazi, and Andhadhun. But I would pick Deadpool 2 as my favourite one simply because I found it very entertaining. This, when I had not watched the 2016 Deadpool. It was humourous from start to end and deserved my money.

Check out Deadpool 2 on IMDb

Pranay Parab: Annihilation
Just like Abhinav, I am a science fiction buff and it’s no surprise that our favourite movie is the same. Annihilation had an excellent storyline and its setting reminded me of one of my favourite science fiction movies of all time – Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker. You don’t need an ensemble cast to make a good film and Annihilation is a great example of that.

As Abhinav has mentioned, the ending is open to interpretation and that is something I appreciate a lot particularly in science fiction. The only sad thing is that this movie never made it to theatres as the studio sold the rights directly to Netflix. While I got to watch it on day 1, this is exactly the kind of movie that’s perfect for theatres. Watching it on my 22-inch monitor at home just didn’t do justice to its atmosphere.

Watch Annihilation on Netflix

Rishi Alwani – Unforeseen Consequences: A Half-Life Documentary
My favourite movie of 2018 involves epic plot twists, superheroes game developers, and (the alleged) death (of a franchise). What’s more is, it’s not got the name Avengers in it either. Unforeseen Consequences: A Half-Life Documentary is a stunning recollection of how Valve’s epic first-person shooter Half-Life influenced gamers and developers the world over.


Despite Valve not being involved in its creation, YouTube channel NoClip managed to get industry luminaries that worked on Half-Life expansion packs such as Randy Pitchford (Borderlands 2) and Vince Zampella (Titanfall 2) to reveal how Valve operates. With Half-Life 3 dead, the franchise’s future lies with its fans who have kept it relevant thanks to an active modding community whose creations are explored here too. And if Half-Life’s contribution to gaming culture isn’t enough, this one hour and forty-seven-minute documentary is worth checking out just to see Pitchford drop an f-bomb regarding his dealings with Valve.

Watch Unforeseen Consequences: A Half-Life Documentary on YouTube

Roydon Cerejo: Hereditary
I enjoyed quite a few flicks this year but if I had to choose my favourite, it would have to be Hereditary. Easily one of the most chilling thrillers of 2018, I like the fact that the movie doesn’t rely on jump scares or the usual horror movie tropes to achieve its goal.


The beauty of Hereditary is that there’s no way of knowing which way the story is heading or guessing what’s coming next, which is part of the thrill. It stars Toni Collette, who’s done a brilliant job but really, the rest of the cast are great too. I’m not going to say anything more other than it’s a must watch, if you love thrillers. It’s not yet out on any streaming service as far as I’m aware, yet.

This is one movie that’s sure to give you sleepless nights for a while.

Check out Hereditary on IMDb

Sandeep Sinha: Tumbbad
Tumbbad portrays several human traits such as greed so very well. It’s a fictional film but the direction is so good that you can’t take your eyes off the screen for even a second. The background score of this film makes it even better.

Watch Tumbbad on Amazon Prime Video


Shobhit Varma: A Private War
The movie that shook me to the core and left an indelible mark was Matthew Heineman’s A Private War. It stars Rosamund Pike, who has given a career defining performance, as journalist Marie Colvin, who worked as a foreign affairs correspondent for The Sunday Times and died while covering the siege of Homs in Syria.

The dark and gritty movie takes you deep into the psyche of a journalist on the front lines and the unspeakable horror they experience right in front of their eyes. The movie also deftly sheds a light on the human cost of wars and never paints any side as the villain.


The cinematography is breathtaking and so is Rosamund Pike’s portrayal of the central character, which is sure to fetch her multiple awards. A must watch.

Check out A Private War on IMDb

Sumit Garg: Avengers: Infinity War
No surprises here, I am choosing Avengers: Infinity War as my favourite movie. This is the only movie where characters from two famous Marvel series – Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers – came together and fought under the same roof. The visual effects of the movie were super amazing and as I’ve read somewhere there were over 2500 VFX shots in this movie.

Tarun Chadha: 2.0
I recently saw the film 2.0 in a theatre. I really enjoyed the acting of Akshay Kumar and Rajinikanth. It’s not just a mindless action film, but it has taken up a serious issue as well. Its message resonates with me — our planet is not just for humans but it belongs to plants, animals, birds, and all other organisms too.


You’ll also get to see the magic of nicely done visual effects in the movie.

Check out 2.0 on IMDb

Tasneem Akolawala: Badhaai Ho
Of the two movies I watched this year, Badhaai Ho was refreshing to see. Neena Gupta was a shining star in the lead role, and Gajraj Rao was superb. I loved how the movie depicted and handled the societal topic, and the comedy was top-notch. An entertaining watch.


Check out Badhaai Ho on IMDb

Yousuf Jawed: Bohemian Rhapsody
In May 2018, I watched the first teaser of Bohemian Rhapsody and waited for the movie till November. The movie didn’t disappoint me. From the art direction to the actors’ look, everything was so close to the real band members of Queen. I was sure about Rami Malek as an actor. But I was also impressed with Gwylim Lee as Brian too.

The final part of the movie – The Live Aid Concert – was the best musical section of movie. The cinematography in Bohemian Rhapsody blew my mind. The movement of the camera from backstage to front, then comes a cut to a flashback from Freddie Mercury’s past.


The movie was the perfect package of music, drama, and emotion, based on a true story. Though there were some issues, I’ll file those under creative liberty. However, 2018 will be the year of Bohemian Rhapsody for me.

Check out Bohemian Rhapsody on IMDb

Which are your favourite movies of 2018? Let us know via the comments.

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CM Of Madhya Pradesh: Kamal Nath To be Next Madhya Pradesh CM

खास बातें

  1. कमलनाथ होंगे मध्यप्रदेश के अगले सीएम
  2. भोपाल में विधायकों की बैठक के बाद ऐलान
  3. कमलनाथ और सिंधिया भोपाल रवाना

नई दिल्ली: मध्यप्रदेश में कौन बनेगा मुख्यमंत्री (CM Of Madhya Pradesh) इसे लेकर सस्पेंस खत्म होता नजर आ रहा है. सूत्रों के मुताबिक कमलनाथ (Kamal Nath) मध्यप्रदेश के अगले मुख्यमंत्री होंगे. भोपाल में आज रात विधायक दल की बैठक होनी है, इसके बाद इसका औपचारिक ऐलान किया जाएगा. बता दें कि दिल्ली में राहुल गांधी के घर हुई मैराथन बैठक के बाद कमलनाथ और ज्योतिरादित्य सिंधिया दोनों भोपाल के लिए रवाना हो चुके हैं. बता दें कि इन दोनों नेताओं के बीच ही मुख्यमंत्री पद की रेस थी. दोनों ही लोकप्रिय नेता हैं और अपनी अलग पहचान रखते हैं. कमलनाथ मध्यप्रदेश के कांग्रेस प्रमुख हैं, तो सिंधिया प्रचार कमेटी के प्रमुख रहे हैं. कमलनाथ की पहचान एक अनुभवी वार्ताकार की रही है, लेकिन सिंधिया मध्यप्रदेश में ज्यादा लोकप्रिय चेहरा रहे हैं. कमलनाथ को दिग्विजय सिंह का भी समर्थन हासिल है तो वहीं, सिंधिया की वजह से कांग्रेस को ग्वालियर, चंबल संभाग में बड़ी जीत मिली है, जिसका उन्होंने दावा भी किया है. 

यह भी पढ़ें:​ MP में कमलनाथ का मुख्यमंत्री बनना लगभग तय, छत्तीसगढ़ में भूपेश बघेल तो राजस्थान में ये हैं CM की रेस में आगे

इससे पहले बैठक के बाद राहुल के घर से जाते समय कमलनाथ ने कहा कि सीएम पद पर फैसला भोपाल में होगा. इसके अलावा वह कुछ भी कहने से बचे. वहीं जब ज्योतिरादित्य सिंधिया राहुल के घर से बाहर आए तो उन्होंने कहा, ‘सीएम पद के लिए कोई रेस नहीं है. भोपाल में बैठक के बाद सीएम के नाम का ऐलान किया जाएगा.’  सिंधिया ने कहा कि कुर्सी के लिए कोई दौड़ नहीं है और सभी नेता मध्य प्रदेश की जनता की सेवा के लिए हैं.


इससे पहले कांग्रेस अध्यक्ष राहुल गांधी ने दोनों प्रबल दावेदारों कमलनाथ और ज्योतिरादित्य सिंधिया के साथ अपनी तस्वीर शेयर करते हुए कहा कि ‘धैर्य और समय दो सबसे शक्तिशाली योद्धा’ होते हैं. राहुल गांधी ने यह तस्वीर ट्विटर पर उस वक्त शेयर की है जब मध्य प्रदेश में मुख्यमंत्री को लेकर संशय बना हुआ है. कांग्रेस अध्यक्ष ने दोनों के साथ अपनी तस्वीर शेयर की और महान दार्शनिक लियो टॉलस्टॉय को उद्धत करते हुए कहा, ‘धैय और समय दो सबसे शक्तिशाली योद्धा हैं.’ 


विधानसभा चुनाव परिणाम 2018 : मध्य प्रदेश

‘इंदिरा गांधी मानती थी तीसरा बेटा’

मध्यप्रदेश में आठ महीने पहले जब कमलनाथ को प्रदेश कांग्रेस अध्यक्ष बनाया गया था तो पार्टी में कई लोगों को याद आया कि पूर्व प्रधानमंत्री इंदिरा गांधी उन्हें अपना तीसरा बेटा मानती थीं, जिन्होंने 1979 में मोरारजी देसाई की सरकार से मुकाबले में मदद की थी. 39 साल बाद 72 वर्षीय कमलनाथ ने अब इंदिरा के पोते कांग्रेस अध्यक्ष राहुल गांधी के लिए भी मध्यप्रदेश विधानसभा चुनाव में दमदार भूमिका निभाई. जनता के बीच ‘मामा’ के रूप में अपनी अच्छी छवि बना चुके एवं मध्यप्रदेश में सबसे अधिक समय तक मुख्यमंत्री रहने वाले शिवराज सिंह चौहान की नेतृत्व वाली भाजपा नीत सरकार को चौथी बार लगातार सत्ता में आने से रोकने के लिए उन्होंने कड़ी टक्कर दी है.

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Best Sedans Launched In 2018

From subcompact sedans to premium saloons, in 2018 we witnessed the launch of a bunch of new and updated sedans. Here we list down the top ones that launched this year.

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Here Are The Best Sedans Launched In India In 2018

The Indian auto industry had witnessed a growing surge of sedans in the market in the past couple of years. In 2018 alone, we saw a bunch of new and facelifted sedans being launched in the country, right from the sub-4 metre category to premium saloons. While we have already shared the best car launches and the top performance cars launched for this year, here we list down some of the best sedans that went on sale in India in 2018.

Also Read: Top 5 Ultra Luxury SUVs of 2018

Here Are The Best Sedans Launched In India In 2018:

Honda Amaze

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The 2018 Honda Amaze is a new-gen model and gets completely new styling and design

The Honda Amaze also received a generation upgrade this year, and it’s wouldn’t be an overstatement to call it an all-new car. The car is based on a new-generation platform and comes with all-new design and styling in line with Honda’s latest design language. While the car does miss out on the likes of LED headlamps or even projector headlamps, which are pretty common even in entry-level cars, but the Amaze does come with a nice road presence and CVT automatic option for both petrol and diesel variants. The engines, however, remain unchanged as the car gets the same 89 bhp 1.2-litre petrol and 99 bhp 1.5-litre diesel which come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and an optional 7-step CVT automatic. It also became the first in its segment to get a diesel CVT model.

Tata Tigor JTP


The Tata Tigor JTP is essentially a performance-oriented version of the subcompact sedan

Along with a refreshed Tigor, Tata Motors also launched a performance spec version of the subcompact sedan, christened Tata Tigor JTP. Developed in collaboration with Coimbatore-based Jayem Automotives, the new Tata Tigor JTP comes with a retuned 1.2 -litre turbocharged Revotron petrol engine which delivers 112 bhp and 150 Nm of peak torque, making it the most powerful sedan south of the sub-4 metre mark. It comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Visually, the Tigor JTP comes with aggressive front bumper with large trapezoidal lower grille, dual chamber projector headlamps with chrome rings and a hood vent. The car also comes with 15-inch diamond cut dual tone alloy wheels, contrast coloured ORVMs, roof spoiler, and wider tyres. The cabin gets a base black treatment with bold red accents and matching red double stitching on the seats, and ConnectNext infotainment system by Harman’ which is paired with 8 speakers and app suite and voice command recognition.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Facelift


The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz has received a facelift this year after four years

The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz received its proper mid-life facelift this year and come with a host exterior and interior cosmetic and feature upgrades. The facelifted Ciaz now comes with a new grille, updated headlamps and taillamps, and new alloy wheels. The cabin, on the other hand, gets updated interior with new upholstery, and a revised dashboard with new wooden inserts, and updated steering wheel with cruise control, and a revised instrument cluster with a colour MID display. The new Maruti Suzuki Ciaz continues to get smartphone connectivity in the form of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and Suzuki’s recently launched ‘Suzuki Connect’ telematics system. The biggest change, however, was under the hood – an all-new 103 bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine, replacing the older 1.4-litre engine, along with the tried the tested 89 bhp 1.3-litre diesel engine. Transmission option includes a 5-speed manual gearbox and an optional 4-speed AT for the petrol model.

Toyota Yaris

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The Toyota Yaris is offered with both manual and CVT options

With the Toyota Yaris, the Japanese automakers finally entered into competition with the likes of Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Honda City and Hyundai Verna. The Yaris is an all-new model for the Indian market and is based on the globally sold Toyota Vios. Unlike its competitors, the Toyota Yaris is offered only in petrol option, powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine that churns out 108 bhp of max power and 140Nm of peak torque, and comes mated to either a 6-Speed manual gearbox or an optional 7-step CVT automatic gearbox. The Toyota Yaris also the only model in this segment to offer a CVT automatic version under ₹ 10 lakh mark. The Yaris also comes with 8-way adjustable power driver seat, flat floor for the rear section, glass-high solar energy absorbing (HSEA) and tyre pressure monitoring system. Furthermore, it also gets 7 airbags including curtain and knee airbags, front parking sensors, rear parking sensor with a camera, ABS with EBD, stability control and disc brakes for all four wheels.

Skoda Superb Sportline


Skoda Superb Sportline is positioned between the Style and range-topping Lauren and Klement trim


This year Skoda launched the 2018 Superb Sportline model in India, which came with similar treatment to the Octavia VRS in the looks department. The new Skoda Superb Sportline is the mid-spec variant and has been slotted between the Style variant and the range-topping Lauren and Klement trim. The new Skoda Superb Sportline comes with a host of cosmetic changes on the outside which include a glossy black grille and rear lip spoiler, gloss black treatment on the approach angle and sides, a matte black rear diffuser that sports chrome exhaust pipes, 17-inch dual tone Drakon Alloy wheels and Sportline badging. Offered in both petrol and diesel, the Skoda Superb Sportline trim, gets the same 180 bhp 1.8-litre TSI petrol and 177 bhp 2.0-litre TDI oil burner under the hood.

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Manish Sisodia Says Tax Fraud Of 262 Crore Unearthed By Delhi Police

Manish Sisodia said the cyber tax fraud had been carrying on since 2013 (File Photo)

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The Delhi government has unearthed a cyber-tax fraud totalling Rs 262 crore committed by over 8,700 traders who were found showing fraudulent tax deposits in 13 banks since 2013, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Wednesday.

Mr Sisodia, who also holds the finance portfolio, said that the Trade and Taxes Department has registered a complaint with the Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing (EOW) for registration of complaints in the matter.

“Delhi govt tax authorities have unearthed a big cyber-tax fraud. More than 8,000 registered dealers have been found showing fraudulent tax deposits into 13 banks. The matter has been handed over to EOW, Delhi Police. AAP govt believes in zero tolerance to any corrupt practice,” he tweeted.

Earlier in the day, the deputy chief minister said during the scrutiny of suspected fraud transactions, it was noticed that the fraud had been continuing since 2013.

“The government has detected cyber-tax fraud of Rs 262 crore. As per our initial investigation, around 8,700 traders were involved in the fraud. It is a very serious issue that should be investigated thoroughly by probe agencies,” he said.

Mr Sisodia also said the traders who were found involved in this fraud had tracked bank IDs and passwords, and also showed that they have deposited tax online, but in reality, they were not depositing tax.

The Delhi Police said Reena Toppo, VAT officer, Delhi, has lodged a complaint against some business firms which had claimed input tax credit under GST on the basis of fictitious documents and non-existent bank accounts.

Preliminary amount involved is Rs 9.97 crore and the complaint is being examined by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW), it said.

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Devendra Fadnavis To Reply To Supreme Court Notice On Plea Against Him: Chief Minister’s Office

Devendra Fadnavis will file an appropriate response to the Supreme Court’s notice to him, the CMO said


Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will file an appropriate response to the Supreme Court’s notice to him on a plea seeking annulment of his election to the state assembly for alleged non-disclosure of pending criminal cases against him in his nomination papers, the Chief Minister’s Office said Thursday.

Mr Fadnavis had filed all the details about cases against him in the election affidavit in 2014, the Chief Minister’s Office or CMO said in a statement.

“An appropriate response will be filed to the notice. Fadnavis had filed all details about cases against him in the election affidavit in 2014. The petitioner had moved the high court which dismissed the case calling it baseless,” it said.

Earlier in the day, the top court sought response of the chief minister on an appeal filed against a Bombay High Court order.

The Bombay High Court had dismissed the plea of Satish Ukey seeking annulment of Mr Fadnavis’s election to the Maharashtra Assembly on the ground of alleged non-disclosure of all pending criminal cases against him in his nomination papers.

The top court was hearing an appeal of Mr Ukey against the high court order.

Meanwhile, NCP spokesman Nawab Malik said the chief minister talks about morality and transparency but “hid two cases involving him” and it shows how transparent his governance is.

“He has lost the moral right to stay on the chief minister’s post. The Supreme Court will disqualify his election whenever it does. We demand him to immediately step down from his post,” Mr Malik said.

All India Congress Committee secretary for Maharashtra Ashish Dua took a swipe at BJP leaders, alleging that they have taken cover under the umbrella of untruth and arrogance.

“Leaders of #BJP lead by example…When #devendrafadnavis. #Maharashtra CM, Union Ministers & top leaders are hiding facts who have taken shelter under umbrella of opacity, untruth & arrogance…People of the country are ready to oust such an Empire of Lies,” Mr Dua said in a tweet.

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