Nissan Admits To Falsifying Emissions Data


Nissan has joined the increasing list of automakers who have admitted to falsifying data as regards emission or fuel economy. The company said it had uncovered falsified data from car exhaust emissions tests at most of its plants based in Japan. It further states that since the discovery in September 2017 of nonconformities in the final vehicle inspection process at its plants in Japan. Nissan has been proactively carrying out comprehensive compliance checks of various parts of its operations.

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Since Volkswagen’s ‘Dieselgate’ emissions scandal, in 2015, many a major automaker has come forward to admit that it has falsified data on emissions or fuel economy figures and this includes bigwigs like Daimler, General Motors, Suzuki and Mitsubishi.

Nissan discovered that the performance of exhaust emissions and fuel economy tests that deviated from the prescribed testing environment. It also noted that the creation of inspection reports were based on altered measurement values. Nissan has reported the current facts and investigation results to the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

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The company says that a full and comprehensive investigation of the facts outlined above, including the causes and background of the misconduct, is underway. Following re-verification of reliable log data, Nissan has confirmed that all vehicles produced, except the GT-R, conform to Japanese safety standards and also that the Nissan vehicle-type approval average measurement values guarantee the catalogue specifications for exhaust emissions.

Similarly, Nissan has also re-verified log data to confirm that all models subject to sampling tests guarantee the Nissan catalog specifications for fuel economy, meaning there are no errors within the fuel economy figures disclosed by Nissan.

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China To Provide Greater Access To Indian Anti-Cancer Medicines After Movie


China has agreed to grant licences to Indian companies to sell cancer medicines. (Representational)

Beijing: 

China on Monday said it has initiated specific measures for the import of Indian pharmaceuticals, specially anti-cancer medicines, to provide them “greater access” to the Chinese market, days after a Chinese movie on a leukaemia patient highlighted the need for paving the way for import of cheap Indian medicines.

However, it is not yet clear whether China has agreed to grant licences to Indian companies to sell cancer medicines in the huge market in China, which could be a major step.

About 4.3 million people are diagnosed with cancer annually in China, according to a report of the state-run China Central Television. Indian medicines, specially cancer curing ones, are in big demand in China as they are far cheaper than their western counterparts.

“We have seen China and India have reached agreement on the reduction of tariffs on medicines. For specifics, I will refer you to relevant competent authorities,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing in Beijing.

“We believe expansion of imports and slashing of tariffs on anti-cancer medicines will also usher in great opportunities for India and other countries in the region,” she added without providing any further detail.

In May, China had lifted tariffs on the import of cancer medicines. It was not clear whether Ms Hua was referring to that announcement.

The May announcement had, however, failed to enthuse Indian companies as they cannot legally market their medicines in China as it requires license from the country’s food and drug administration.

India has been demanding opening of China’s IT and pharmaceutical sectors as part of measures to reduce a $51 billion trade deficit in over $84 billion bilateral trade.

While announcing the agreement, Ms Hua referred to a new Chinese film on the plight of a leukaemia patient, highlighting the pressing need for China to pave the way for import of cheap Indian cancer medicines.

“There is a popular movie now in China called ‘Dying to Survive’. That movie is about zero tariffs imposition on anti-cancer medicines in China,” she said.

Asked whether China would cut tariffs on Indian anti-cancer medicines, she said, “As far as I know, the pharmaceutical trade between China and India is growing continuously, and the two sides have maintained sound communication on promoting the entry of Indian pharmaceuticals into the Chinese market and carrying out dialogue and exchanges and cooperation on the pharmaceutical industry between China and India”.

“The relevant departments have formulated specific measures on promoting China-India pharmaceutical trade cooperation and granting greater access to drugs from India”, she said issuing a clarification to her earlier statement in the day that both sides have reached an agreement.

“It is believed that expanding and deepening China-India pharmaceutical trade cooperation will further enhance the health and well-being of the two peoples,” she said.

About the general reduction of tariffs, Ms Hua said, “We have decided to expand our imports as well as opening up. This is what China needs in order to uphold the free trade and against protectionism. This is also in keeping up with our own pace of development and opening up.”

“On July 1, the outcome of the round of negotiations under the Asia Pacific Trade Agreement released a document and we have agreed to slash tariffs by 33 per cent. So according to my understanding the slashing of tariffs by the Indian side is also part of this negotiation…We will also impose a negotiated agreed tariff rate on relevant items in accordance with our regulations,” she said.

The six member states of the agreement – China, India, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Laos – will cut tariffs on a total of 10,312 taxable items, she said.

Ms Hua said China has announced a series of measures to expand its opening up to the outside world, actively expand imports, significantly reduce the automobile parts and consumer goods import tariffs, also zero tariff in anti-cancer medicines.

“This is a positive measure China has taken based on its own development needs. China will continue to expand its opening up in accordance with its own pace, goals and development needs. We believe that China’s further expansion of imports and tax reductions will bring huge market opportunities to countries in the region, including India, as well as countries around the world,” she said.

Both countries have stepped up negotiations for Chinese imports of Indian rice, sugar and pharmaceuticals after a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping during the April 28 Wuhan informal summit.

 





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Shoaib Akhtar Trolled For Praising Team India And Rohit Sharma


Shoaib Akhtar Trolled For Praising Team India, Rohit Sharma


Shoaib Akhtar applauded Team India and Rohit Sharma’s valiant efforts against England. © AFP


Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten century and Hardik Pandya’s four-wicket haul helped India breeze past England by seven wickets at the County Ground in Bristol to clinch the three-match series 2-1. Chasing 199 for victory, India opener Rohit Sharma scored 100 not out off 56 balls to guide India to a resounding win over England. Apart from praising Pakistan team, who defeated Australia in the tri-series final, former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar applauded Team India and Rohit Sharma’s valiant efforts against England. “Pakistan beats Australia in a thriller & now in decider Hindustan beats England comprehensively that goes to shows that subcontinent teams are so well equipped in shorter format ..But outstanding innings by Rohit Sharma..3 hundred in T20 is something else,” Akhtar’s post read.

Akhtar’s tweet didn’t go well with some of the Pakistan fans as they started trolling the former Pakistan cricketer.

Put in to bat by captain Virat Kohli, England posted 198 for 9. For India, Hardik Pandya returned career-best figures of 4/38.

In reply, riding on Rohit’s brilliance, India made 201/3 in 18.4 overs. Pandya also played an unbeaten 14-ball 33-run cameo. This was India’s sixth successive T20I series win.








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‘I Didn’t Know The Man’


Robin Wright, Kevin Spacey in a still from House Of Cards(Image courtesy: HouseofCards)

Robin Wright, who is pressing ahead as the marquee player on House of Cards after Kevin Spacey’s scandal-riddled ouster last fall, is finally speaking out about her former co-star. In an exclusive interview with “Today” co-host Savannah Guthrie, Wright made plain that she and Spacey punched the same time clock and left it at that.

“We were co-workers really. We never socialized outside of work,” said Wright, who starred alongside Spacey for five seasons as Claire Underwood, the Lady Macbeth to his calculating political machine Frank Underwood. Wright added that the two Netflix stars had a “respectful professional relationship.”

“He was so great with me,” she said. “So that’s my personal experience. That’s the only thing I feel that I have the right to talk about.”

Last November, Netflix announced that it was severing ties with Spacey just days after the Oscar winner was accused of sexual misconduct by actor Anthony Rapp, who said Spacey had made sexual advances toward him when he was 14 and Spacey 26. Since Rapp’s accusation, Spacey has faced numerous other accusations of sexual misconduct, most recently last week.

During the interview on “Today,” which weathered its own storm last year after NBC fired then co-host Matt Lauer amid allegations of sexual misconduct, Wright responded to Guthrie’s questions by emphasizing her distance from Spacey.

Had she reached out to Spacey?

“No,” Wright answered. “I haven’t heard from him and I don’t even know how to reach him.”

But was there anything, anything at all that pointed to the actor’s swift fall from grace?

“Kevin and I knew each other between action and cut and in between setups where we would giggle,” Wright said. “I didn’t know the man. I knew the incredible craftsman that he is.”

When asked if Netflix did the right thing by firing Spacey, Wright said she “didn’t know how to comment on that.” But the actress did add that the temperature at the time was feverish. “At that time the shock was so intense all over the nation for many reasons, many stories, many people. I think that everybody felt that it was respectful to back off,” she said.

Moving past her nonexistent personal relationship with Spacey, Wright did have something to say about the #MeToo movement that swept up her former co-star. When asked if she’d ever experienced her own #MeToo moment, Wright answered, “Of course. Who hasn’t?”

“This last year I think has shined a light in a new way to allow us to start a new conversation,” she said. “So we just need to shift the paradigm.”

The sixth and final season of House of Cards will debut on Netflix this fall.|

(c) 2018, The Washington Post

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Odisha Sand Artist Sudarsan Pattnaik’s Sculpture Has A Prayer For Thai Boys Stuck In Cave


Sudarsan Pattnaik used five tons of sand for his ‘Thai Cave Rescue’ creation.

Odisha: 

Thailand has been riveted by the dramatic rescue mission to save 12 players and their coach from the “Wild Boars” team after they first got trapped in Tham Luang cave more than two weeks ago by rising floodwaters.

Rescuers are racing to extract the rest of the squad and their coach as heavy rains pick back up, threatening to complicate the last phase of the mission by re-flooding the cave.

As rescue operation at the cave site is underway, international sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a sand sculpture on the same theme at Puri Beach in Odisha.

Depicting the boys stuck inside the cave, the message on the sculpture read, “We pray for the safe rescue of the Thai boys.”

Mr Pattnaik used five tons of sand for his ‘Thai Cave Rescue’ creation and it took him three hours to complete the four-feet high piece of art.

“I created this sand sculpture with my prayers for the rescue of the boys stuck inside the cave. I pray to God that the boys return home safely,” said Mr Pattnaik.

Out of 13 Wild Boars soccer team members, eight have so far been rescued from the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand’s Chiang Rai. The rest five are being rescued.





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Hardik Pandya Lauds Team-Mates, Says “This Team Knows Only Two Things”


India kicked off their England tour on a high, winning the three-match Twenty20 International series 2-1. Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya credited Rohit Sharma for the team’s comprehensive win in the series-clinching third T20I, saying it was a special innings from the stylish right-hander. After the series victory, Pandya took to Twitter and posted: “This team knows only two things: 1. Win, 2. Learn. So proud #ENGvIND”.

Rohit notched up his third T20I century as India chased down a 199-run target with seven wickets in hand.

“Rohit played amazingly well. He was outstanding and played a fantastic hand. He won the game single-handedly for us. We expect that from him. I haven’t seen anyone hit the ball as hard as Rohit,” Pandya said at the post-match press conference.

“Not having two good games and then coming back to play such an innings, that is special. It shows the confidence players have in this team, in themselves. It all comes down to the support staff. They have been great,” he added.

Rohit scored 32 and 5 in his first two outings in the T20I series. But he got back his mojo in the third T20I and smashed an unbeaten 100 off just 56 balls with the help of 11 boundaries and five sixes to steer India home.

Pandya too played a major role with both bat and ball.

He first returned figures of 4 for 38 and then came ahead of MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina to hit an unbeaten 33 off just 14 balls.

After the three T20Is, India are scheduled to play three ODIs and five-Test series against the hosts.





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Five Trapped In Thai Cave To Be Brought Out At The Same Time


BANGKOK/CHIANG RAI: 

The third phase of an operation to rescue four remaining boys and their soccer coach trapped inside a flooded Thai cave began on Tuesday morning, the head of the rescue mission said.

Narongsak Osottanakorn told a news conference the latest rescue operation began at about 10:08 a.m. local time (0308 GMT).

“All five will be brought out at the same time today,” he said, to cheers from reporters and rescue workers.

© Thomson Reuters 2018

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OnePlus 6 8GB RAM, 256GB Storage Variant in Midnight Black Colour Goes on Sale in India: Price, Features, and More


OnePlus 6 8GB RAM, 256GB storage variant in Midnight Black finish is now available for purchase in India. Launched last month, the new variant is the top-end model in the OnePlus 6 family, which also includes the Mirror Black version with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage, Silk White Limited Edition with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, and the Red Edition that is set to go on sale in the country starting July 16. OnePlus previously brought 8GB RAM and 256GB storage configuration through the OnePlus 6 Marvel Avengers Limited Edition, but being the limited offering, it was taken off shelves a few days after its launch. This launch comes soon after the Asus ZenFone 5Z smartphone with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage was released in the country.

OnePlus 6 price in India

The price in India of OnePlus 6 Midnight Black 8GB RAM, 256GB storage is Rs. 43,999. The handset is at present exclusively available for purchase through Amazon.in, and became available to buy at 12am IST on Tuesday. However, it will also reach OnePlus.in and OnePlus offline channels in the country starting July 14. It is worth pointing out that compared to the Marvel Avengers edition that was launched last month at Rs. 44,999, the new Midnight Black colour model is Rs. 1,000 cheaper in price. However, you won’t receive the Marvel Avengers flavour that debuted through a dedicated back panel, preloaded Avengers wallpapers, and an Iron Man-themed back cover as well as one of the six pieces of the Infinity Medal. The limited edition handset went out of stock last month.

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OnePlus 6 Midnight Black specifications

Apart from the RAM and storage upgrades, the specifications of the OnePlus 6 Midnight Black 8GB RAM/ 256GB storage variant are identical to the other OnePlus 6 variants. The dual-SIM (Nano) smartphone runs OxygenOS on top of Android 8.1 Oreo and features a 6.28-inch full-HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) Full Optic AMOLED display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Under the hood, there is an octa-core Snapdragon 845 SoC, coupled with up to 8GB of RAM. The handset has a dual rear camera setup that has a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 20-megapixel secondary sensor, paired with a dual-LED flash. For selfies, a 16-megapixel Sony IMX371 sensor is available on the front along with an f/2.0 aperture.

 

The OnePlus 6 has 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB of onboard storage options that all are not expandable via microSD card. The smartphone has 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There is a rear-facing fingerprint sensor and a Face Unlock feature to limit unlock access. Besides, the smartphone packs a 3300mAh battery and measures 155.7×75.4×7.75mm.

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Thailand cave rescue operation day 3 rescued boys in good health


Thailand: थाईलैंड की गुफा में अभी भी फंसे चार बच्चों और उनके कोच को बाहर निकालने के अभियान को मंगलवार को बचाव अभियान का तीसरा चरण शुरू किया गया. इस मिशन को दुनिया का सबसे बड़ा रेस्क्यू बताया जा रहा है. सीएनएन के मुताबिक, चियांग राइ क्षेत्र के थाम लुआंग गुफा से बीते दो दिनों के बचाव अभियान में आठ बच्चों को सुरक्षित बाहर निकाला गया है लेकिन पांच अभी भी अंदर हैं. मौसम में सुधार होने से बचावकर्मियों को मदद मिल रही है लेकिन मंगलवार तड़के हुई भारी बारिश से इन प्रयासों में बाधा पहुंच सकती है. इस मिशन में 13 इंटरनेशनल और 5 थाई नेवी सील के गोताखोरों को गुफा के अंदर भेजा गया है. 

थाईलैंड में गुफा में फंसे बच्चों को निकालने के लिए युद्धस्तर पर बचाव कार्य, अब तक 8 बचाए गए

चियांग राइ के पूर्व गवर्नर और बचाव अभियान के कमांडर नारोंगसाक ओसोतानकोर्न ने सोमवार रात को कहा कि तीसरे बचाव अभियान की तैयारी में 20 घंटे लगे लेकिन मौसम और जलस्तर को देखते हुए समय में कुछ बदलाव किया जा सकता है. गुफा से सुरक्षित निकाले गए आठ बच्चों को अस्पताल पहुंचाया गया है. डॉक्टर्स उनकी जांच कर रहे हैं.

फीफा अध्यक्ष ने थाईलैंड में गुफा में फंसे बच्चों को विश्व कप फाइनल के आमंत्रित किया

टिप्पणियां


नारोंगसाक ने कहा कि जिन बच्चों को बचाया गया है, उनकी हालत अच्छी है. सोमवार को बचाए गए बच्चों की हालत उससे पहले दिन बचाए गए बच्चों की तुलना में बेहतर हैं. गौरतलब है कि 23 जून को फुटबॉल अभ्यास के बाद ये 12 बच्चे और उनके कोच गुफा में घूमने गए थे लेकिन भारी बारिश की वजह से अंदर ही फंस गए.

(इनपुट-आईएएनएस से भी…)



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