India’s First Vintage Car Auction To Be Held On November 21

India’s first online classic and vintage car auction will be held on November 21 and will see 10 cars across price ranges going up on sale.

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India’s first classic and vintage car auction to be held on November 21

While auctions for classic and vintage cars are the norm across the world – especially in western countries, the auction format for selling cars to the public is a very rare occurrence in India. While most buyers prefer to sell personally or via the classic car network that is booming in the country or via private dealers, Astaguru, an aution house in Mumbai will soon host India’s first ever classic and vintage car auction. The auction will be held online and will consist of 10 cars or 10 ‘lots’ as it is called in auction terminology and will take place on November 21, 2018 via the Astaguru website.


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Astaguru has ensured that India’s first classic and vintage car auction consists of a wide cross section of cars, from affordable (relatively) Indian classics like a 1960 Hindustan Ambassador Mark 1 to a 1963 Fiat 1100 Super Select to thoroughbred classics of international repute such as a 1936 Chrysler Airstream or a 1947 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith. Private collectors in Mumbai, who have put them up for sale via the Astaguru auction house, currently own all the cars. Also amongst the cars up for auction are some evergreen classics such as a 1969 Volkswagen Beetle and a Mercedes-Benz 170S.


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Other cars that are up for auction include a 1957 Studebaker Commander, a 51 Chevrolet Styleline Deleuxe and a 1956 Dodge Kingsway. And finally, one of the most interesting cars that is being offered on sale amongst the lot is a 1937 Morris 8 Sedan. While the Morris 8 in general – although cute in its own right – is not a consequential car, the one on sale here has some real provenance as it is once said to be owned by none other than M F Hussain.


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While the concept of an online (or offline) classic car auction is a great one and as a classic car owner and enthusiast, I do hope more such events take place, as expected, prices on most of these cars are astronomical. While there are cars around the world of a similar vintage that do attract a similar price point, the fact that some cars in particular are listed at nearly twice their actual value is a bit of a put-off. While the auction method is a great – and more importantly transparent – way of getting new classic cars owners into the community, one has to wonder if an inflation of prices is the right way to look at it. That said, as with everything, where there is a demand, there is always a supply and there is no dearth of people around the country who are willing to pay a premium on convenience, provenance, peace of mind and of course, quality.

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Six Injured As Teenage Driver Sophia Floersch Suffers Airborne Crash At Macau Grand Prix

Six people have been injured in Macau Grand Prix horror crash.

Hong Kong, China: 

Teenage German driver Sophia Floersch suffered a terrifying airborne crash at the Macau Grand Prix’s Formula Three race on Sunday, injuring herself and five others.

Six people including Floersch were admitted to hospital, with the 17-year-old remaining conscious, according to medical reports by the Macau Grand Prix sent to AFP.

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

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Novak Djokovic Suggests A “Strong Candidate” For The England Cricket Team, Gets An Ace Reply From ICC

Novak Djokovic, who reached the summit showdown of the ATP Finals on Saturday after beating Kevin Anderson, has more than just tennis on his mind. World number one Djokovic, who plays Germany’s Alexander Zverev on Sunday, took to Twitter to suggest a “strong candidate” for the England cricket team. Posting a candid picture with Imran Bashir, his chauffuer during the ongoing ATP Finals, Djokovic praised Bashir’s cricketing abilities and said, “Imran Bashir (my chauffeur for the #NittoATPFinals) has been part of #TeamDjokovic for 10 years! He is also a famous batsman for his local #cricket team. He received this trophy for best batsman of the year and we need to get it out there!”

He then followed it up with a tweet, where he tagged England Cricket and put forward Bashir as a “strong candidate” for the Poms. “#TrevorBayliss @englandcricket, you should keep your eye on Imran. I think he is a strong candidate for your team.”

And the streak of tweets just didn’t end as the International Cricket Council (ICC) also jumped into the conversation, inviting him for a “net session” during the upcoming 2019 Cricket World Cup.

ICC tweeted, “We know you try to avoid nets as a tennis player, but if you feel like mixing up your @Wimbledon preparation next year, come down and have a net session at the @cricketworldcup!”

Djokovic comfortably saw off the fourth seed Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, never looking remotely troubled as he targets a record-equalling sixth end-of-season title at London’s O2 Arena.

Earlier, 21-year-old Zverev beat Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6 (7/5), denying the Swiss veteran a tilt at a 100th title and earning a chance to avenge his round-robin defeat at the hands of the Serb earlier in the tournament.

“I’m very pleased I’m able to play at a high level consistently week after week for the last six months,” said Djokovic.

“I played very well in the group stage against Sascha (Zverev) but I don’t think he was close to his best… It is the last match of the year for both of us so let the better player win.”

Anderson came into the evening contest knowing his serve had to be firing on all cylinders if he was to stand any chance against Djokovic — one of the greatest returners in the history of the game.

(With AFP inputs)

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IT Minister KJ Alphons To Visit Sabarimala Temple Tomorrow To Check Pilgrim Facilities


Union Minister of IT KJ Alphons will on Monday visit the temple town of Sabarimala to study the facilities meant for the pilgrims.

Mr Alphons told IANS that he will reach the Pamba base camp at 9 a.m.

“I had visited the temple town two months back and found out that it was in a pretty bad shape due to the floods. I had suggested that a lot of things had to be done to make it fit for a smooth pilgrimage,” he said.

He said he had come to know that the facilities were not up to the mark.

The bureaucrat-turned-politician’s visit comes at a time when the Kerala unit of the BJP observed Sunday as a protest day by blocking highways across the state following the arrest and remand of its senior leader K Surendran.

On Saturday night, following a scuffle with the police after he tried to break the police cordon in a bid to go to the Sabarimala temple, he was taken into custody at the Nilackal camp.

After keeping him at the Chittar police station overnight, on Sunday morning Surendran was produced before a magistrate near here who remanded him to 14 days judicial custody.

On Saturday, the police arrested Hindu Iykavedi President and senior BJP leader KP Sasikala.

She was detained while proceeding towards the Ayyappa shrine. She was produced before a local court and got bail.

Mr Alphons said the arrest was “totally unwarranted and undemocratic”.

“The Kerala government should show restraint in handling the Sabarimala issue and it should not be forgotten that a government is elected only for five years and not for a life time,” he noted in his Facebook page.

BJP leader V Murlaeedharan said that though he had been invited to the inauguration of the annual Kerala Union of Working Journalists meet at Kozhikode on Monday, he will not take part as it would be inaugurated by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

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Supreme Court Dismisses Plea Alleging Torture Of Key Kathua Rape Case Witness

The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea claiming that a key witness in Kathua case was tortured.

New Delhi: 

The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea claiming that a key witness in the sensational Kathua gang rape-and-murder case was allegedly tortured in custody by the Jammu and Kashmir Police in connection with a separate rape case.

A bench comprising justices A M Khanwilkar and Deepak Gupta rejected the petition filed by a close relative of Talib Hussain, a key witness in the Kathua case, on the ground that the petitioner failed to appear before it despite the court’s order.

In January, an eight-year-old girl from a minority nomadic community was allegedly abducted and gang raped in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district.

Petitioner M A Khan had approached the top court alleging that his relative Talib Hussain was tortured in custody by the state police after being arrested in connection with a separate rape case.

Advocate Shoeb Alam, representing the Jammu and Kashmir Police, had last month denied in the top court the allegations levelled in the petition and had said since Talib Hussain has been granted bail, the plea has become infructuous.

On October 22, the court had asked MA Khan to appear before it on November 13 to respond to the application filed by his advocate seeking his discharge from the case.

“Despite our order dated October 22, the writ petitioner (Khan) has chosen not to appear before this court to respond to the application for discharge filed by Sunil Fernandes, advocate on record for the petitioner. In the circumstances, the writ petition is dismissed for non-prosecution,” the bench said in its November 13 order.

In his plea, Mr Khan had alleged that Talib Hussain was kept in illegal detention by police and was subjected to custodial torture.

The apex court had earlier transferred the trial in the Kathua gang rape and murder case from Jammu and Kashmir to Pathankot in Punjab.

The state police’s crime branch had filed the main charge sheet against seven persons and a separate charge sheet against a juvenile in a court in Kathua district in the gang rape and murder case. 

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‘My Children Are My Reason To Get Better’

New Delhi: 

Veteran actress Nafisa Ali shared a heart-wrenching post on Saturday about being diagnosed with cancer. Sharing a photo with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Nafisa Ali revealed that the recently concluded diagnosis detected ‘stage 3’ cancer. In a subsequent post, she added that she has been diagnosed with peritoneal and ovarian cancer. “Just met my precious friend who wished me luck and to get well from my just diagnosed stage 3 cancer,” she wrote on Instagram. Nafisa Ali followed this post with more photos of her family – daughters Pia and Armana, son Ajit and husband retired Colonel R S Sodhi, and said: “My Family and strength.”





In an emotional note, Nafisa Ali added that she is looking forward to getting better for more years of togetherness with her children. The note was shared on Pia’s birthday as Nafisa Ali wrote: “Happy birthday my darling Pia and my children are my reason to get better through my cancer struggle and overcome. It’s just going to take its own course with peritoneal and ovarian cancer.”





Nafisa Ali, who is a former beauty queen and a swimming champion, is best known for her roles in films such as Junoon, Major Saab, Bewafaa , Life In A… Metro and Yamla Pagla Deewana. In her acting career, she has shared screen space with the likes of Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra. She was last seen in Sanjay Dutt’s Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3. Previously in 2009, Nafisa Ali contested the Lok Sabha election on a Samajwadi Party ticket after which she joined Congress later that year.

Meanwhile, this year, actress Sonali Bendre also revealed that she’s been diagnosed with metastatic cancer. The 43-year-old actress is currently being treated in New York. In March this year, actor Irrfan Khan had also revealed that he’s battling neuroendocrine tumor and that he’s flown off to London for cancer treatment.

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कर्ज में डूबा पाकिस्तान, मदद की आस में UAE की चौखट पर पहुंचे इमरान खान

दुबई: पाकिस्तानी प्रधानमंत्री इमरान खान रविवार को एक दिवसीय दौरे पर संयुक्त अरब अमीरात (यूएई) पहुंचे जहां वह संभवत: आर्थिक मदद हासिल करने की कोशिश करेंगे जिससे कर्ज में डूबे पाकिस्तान की आईएमएफ के सहायता पैकेज पर निर्भरता कम की जा सके. पिछले दो महीनों में खान का यूएई का यह दूसरा दौरा है. उन्होंने प्रेसिडेंशियल पैलेस में अबुधाबी के वली अहद युवराज और यूएई के सशस्त्र बलों के उप सर्वोच्च कमांडर शेख मोहम्मद बिन जायेद से मुलाकात की. एक्सप्रेस ट्रिब्यून की खबर के मुताबिक उनके साथ विदेश मंत्री शाह महमूद कुरैशी और वित्त मंत्री असद उमर समेत अन्य अधिकारी हैं.

अखबार ने कहा, ‘‘इस दौरे का उद्देश्य मदद के तौर पर अरबों डॉलर हासिल करना है क्योंकि अंतरराष्ट्रीय मुद्रा कोष (आईएमएफ) राजकोषीय और मौद्रिक मोर्चे पर पाकिस्तान को लेकर सख्त रूख अपनाए हुए है.’’अखबार ने एक कैबिनेट मंत्री को उद्धृत करते हुए कहा कि दोनों पक्ष आर्थिक सहायता पैकेज के लिये एक सहमति पत्र पर हस्ताक्षर कर सकते हैं. वित्त मंत्री उमर ने आईएमएफ की शर्तों और प्रधानमंत्री के यूएई दौरे के बीच किसी तरह के संबंध से इनकार किया है. 

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Nafisa Ali Diagnosed With 3rd Stage Ovarian Cancer Meets Sonia Gandhi

खास बातें

  1. तीसरे स्टेज के कैंसर से पीड़ित हैं नफीसा अली
  2. सोशल मीडिया पर दी कैंसर से लड़ने की जानकारी
  3. नसीफा की हाल जानने पहुंचीं सोनिया गांधी

नई दिल्ली: बॉलीवुड एक्ट्रेस सोनाली बेंद्रे (Sonali Bendre) और अभिनेता इमरान खान इन दिनों कैंसर का इलाज करा रही हैं. सोनाली-इरमान के बाद एक बार और एक्ट्रेस की कैंसर से जूझने की खबर सामने आई हैं. दिग्गज अभिनेत्री नफीसा अली (Nafisa Ali) ने जानकारी दी है कि वह तीसरे स्टेज के ओवेरियन कैंसर से पीड़ित हैं और इसका इलाज करा रही हैं. इंस्टाग्राम में नफीसा ने अपनी तस्वीर कांग्रेस की पूर्व अध्यक्ष सोनिया गांधी (Sonia Gandhi) के साथ साझा की. नफीसा ने बताया कि कैंसर से पीड़ित होने की खबर लगते ही उनकी दोस्त सोनिया गांधी उनसे मिलने पहुंचीं और शुभकामनाएं दी.

अबराम खान हुए अमिताभ बच्चन से खफा, बोले- दादा आप हमारे घर पर क्यों…?


नेहा धूपिया ने दिया बेटी को जन्म, 6 महीने पहले अंगद बेदी संग सात फेरे लेकर चौंकाया…

एक अन्य पोस्ट में नफीसा ने अपने परिवार और बच्चों को अपनी हिम्मत का श्रोत बताया है. नफीसा ने लिखा कि इनकी मदद से ही वह कैंसर जैसी जानलेवा बीमारी से लड़ पा रही हैं.


सपना चौधरी कूंदीं कुश्ती के रिंग में और फिर हुआ कुछ ऐसा, Video ने उड़ाया गरदा…


बता दें, 61 वर्षीय नसीफा एक्ट्रेस होने के साथ साथ पूर्व कांग्रेस नेता रही हैं. सोशल एक्टविस्ट होने के अलावा उन्होंने 1976 में ‘मिस इंटरनेशनल’ कम्पटिशन में हिस्सा लिया और सैंकेड रनर-अप रही. साल 1979 में उन्होंने शशि कपूर स्टारर फिल्म ‘जुनून’ से बॉलीवुड में कदम रखा. नफीसा ने अमिताभ बच्चन के साथ ‘मेजर साब (1998)’ और धर्मेंद्र के साथ फिल्म ‘यमला पगला दीवाना (2010)’ में स्क्रीन शेयर की है.

…और भी हैं बॉलीवुड से जुड़ी ढेरों ख़बरें…

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Ducati Panigale V4 R Bookings Open In India

Ducati’s most powerful production bike ever, the Panigale V4 R is now available for bookings in India with deliveries to start in 2019.

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The Ducati Panigale V4 R gets a WSBK homologated engine with up to 234 bhp

Ducati India has started accepting bookings for the recently revealed Panigale V4 R. The Italian bike maker’s most powerful production bike ever, the 2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R is the new top-of-the-line model in the Panigale line-up and is a World Superbike (WSBK) homologation special with a specific set of mechanicals. In-line with the  WSBK homologation requirements, the V4 R uses a 998 cc Desmosedici Stradale R engine that is actually smaller than the 1103 cc motor on the standard Panigale V4, but has been tuned to produce  221 bhp and 111 Nm of peak torque.

Ducati Panigale V4

Also Read: 2019 Ducati Panigale V4 Unveiled At EICMA 2018

This has been achieved by lighter engine components and greater air intake efficiency. The engine revs faster than the standard V4 and redlines higher too at 16,500 rpm (13,000 rpm on the V4 S). The Ducati Panigale V4 R also comes with an optional Akrapovic race exhaust system, which will further push the power output to 234 bhp. The weight loss programme thanks to the lighter components has helped shed 2 kg over the V4 S and the V4 R tips the scales at 172 kg dry.


(The Ducati Panigale V4 R uses a smaller WSBK homologated 998 cc engine over the standard V4)

Visually too, the Ducati Panigale V4 R gets a host of changes including new fairing, new aerodynamics package and a bigger windshield. The new fairing sports twin gills for better engine cooling, and carbon fibre aerodynamic winglets that increase downforce on the front end under heavy acceleration.

There’s no word on the pricing yet for the Ducati Panigale V4 R. That said, Ducati’s most powerful production motorcycle won’t come cheap or reasonable for that matter, so expect a price tag around the ₹ 1 crore mark. Deliveries, on the other hand, will only begin sometime in 2019.



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