India Asks United Nations To Conduct Visitor Tours In Hindi Language


The UN offers tours in its six languages – Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.

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In its push to promote Hindi at the world body, India has reiterated its request to the UN to conduct tours for visitors to the headquarters in that language.

Saying that the tour is popular with Indians visiting New York, Deepak Misra, a minister in the Indian Mission, made the request while speaking at a meeting on Friday on information issues held by the General Assembly committee dealing with special political matters.

“The guided tour has been very popular with Indian tourists to New York and, as highlighted by our delegations last year. We urge the addition of guided tour in Hindi, India’s official language, to facilitate the tourists,” he said.

The UN now offers tours in its six official languages – Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish – as well as in German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese.

The tours run between 45 minutes and an hour and cost $22 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.

Besides viewing the Security Council and General Assembly Chambers and visiting exhibits, the visitors get an overview from the tour guides of issues important to the UN like disarmament, peace and security, human rights and sustainable development.

Stressing the case for Hindi, Mr Misra said: “Genuine multilingualism promotes unity in diversity and international understanding by recognising the importance of communicating to the peoples of the world in their languages by bringing the common goals and ideals closer to the people.”

Mr Misra also asked the UN to publish its peacekeeping website in “the main languages” of the troop contributing countries.

He acknowledged that the UN was facing a financial crunch that affected its ability to expand its activities.

Therefore, he said, the Department of Public Information has to look at innovative ways to raise resources through initiatives like raising voluntary contributions to expand its global outreach activities in the widely-spoken non-official languages.

The UN began to incorporate Hindi in its social media outreach by launching a Twitter feed in the language in July.

Last month, the UN advertised for a Hindi Public Information Officer at its headquarters in New York.

The advertisement said that besides monitoring media, the officer’s responsibilities would include production of news stories and multimedia feature materials on UN activities.





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Red Dead Redemption 2 Ultimate and Special Edition Sold Out in India


Red Dead Redemption 2 Ultimate and Special Edition variants have sold out in India. These two versions of the game have been available for pre-order in India a day after their announcement back in June. Aside from having Red Dead Redemption 2 on a disc or two, it also comes with additional in-game content and physical goodies such as a printed map and steelbook. So if you were waiting till launch day to get either version, you may well be out of luck. At the moment, all online stores that were selling these versions of the game don’t have it available for pre-order any more. In some situations, those who pre-ordered either Red Dead Redemption 2 Ultimate or Special Edition were downgraded and the balance amount was returned to them. This appears to be the case for those who paid for the higher-priced versions of the game on Xbox One and not PS4, Gadgets 360 has learned from several customers. Red Dead Redemption 2 distributor E-xpress has not replied to Gadgets 360’s request for comment on the same.

“I ordered the Ultimate Edition of Red Dead Redemption 2 on Xbox One,” a customer tells Gadgets 360 on the condition of anonymity. “My order was changed to Red Dead Redemption 2 Special Edition and the balance amount was returned as a credit note.”

It will be interesting to see if Red Dead Redemption 2 makes it to India on time what with some retailers telling their clientele that the game will be delayed following instructions from Rockstar. Similar rules were in place during the release of GTA V on PS3 and Xbox 360. Here’s what the Red Dead Redemption 2 Special and Ultimate Editions have.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Special Edition

The Red Dead Redemption 2 Special Edition has a map and exclusive content for Story Mode including:

  • Bank Robbery Mission and Gang Hideout: Get exclusive access to a Bank Robbery Mission, in which Arthur and a couple of his fellow gang members come up with a daring plan to break in and rob the bank in the southern town of Rhodes. Elsewhere, the Del Lobos Gang has taken over a hacienda – clear this gang’s hideout and rob their stash for a lucrative take.
  • Dappled black thoroughbred: This thoroughbred racehorse sporting a beautiful reverse-dappled black coat will keep you at the front of the pack with its exceptional speed and acceleration. You will also get the exclusive Nuevo Paraiso Saddle, handmade in dark chocolate leather with silver medallion detailing. This horse and saddle are available in Red Dead Redemption 2 Story Mode.
  • Talisman and Medallion gameplay bonuses: These special Story Mode items will give Arthur a helping hand whenever they are equipped. Attaching the Eagle Talon Talisman to his boot, Arthur’s environmental awareness skill will last longer. By carrying the Iguana Scale in his personal Satchel, Arthur will take less damage while riding on horseback.
  • Gameplay boosts, cash bonuses, and discounts: This collection of exclusive Story Mode boosts, bonuses and discounts will help Arthur to survive out in the harsh wilderness and better provide for his gang members and their camp. The Core Stat boost benefits Arthur’s Stamina, Health and Dead Eye Cores. Earn more cash during robbery missions with the Van der Linde gang, and when hunting and selling animal carcasses. Receive discounts on all upgrades to the Van der Linde gang’s camp.
  • The Nuevo Paraiso Gunslinger outfit: This exclusive Story Mode outfit for Arthur is inspired by the clothing worn by vaqueros and banditos south of the border. The outfit features a wide brimmed black cowboy hat, deep indigo coat, worn denim chaps, leather gloves and boots.
  • Free access to additional weapons: A good range of weapons is essential for survival in the Old West. Get free access to three weapons at the in-game Gunsmiths in Story Mode: the robust Volcanic Pistol, devastating Pump Action Shotgun and versatile Lancaster Varmint Rifle.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Ultimate Edition

The Red Dead Redemption 2: Ultimate Edition delivers all of the Story Mode content from the Special Edition plus additional bonuses like a map and steelbook. Plus there’s in-game content including:

  • Bonus outfits: Get two exclusive outfits for your online character. The Blackrose Bounty Hunter outfit features a long oxblood-colored coat, a vest with gold pocket watch chain, and dark pants tucked into chocolate leather boots. The Copperhead Enforcer outfit features a fur-lined saddle-brown leather waistcoat, two-tone gloves, and pinstripe black pants tucked into black leather boots.
  • Black chestnut thoroughbred: Outrun the competition with this thoroughbred racehorse in a striking black chestnut coat and also receive the exclusive High Plains Cutting Saddle beautifully crafted in jet-black leather with gold metal accents. This horse and saddle are available in online.
  • Free access to the Survivor Camp theme: Customize your own personal Camp in online with free access to the Survivor theme.
  • Free access to additional weapons: Get access to the Volcanic Pistol, Pump Action Shotgun and Lancaster Varmint Rifle, free of charge from Gunsmiths in online.
  • Rank bonuses: As a great start for all Ultimate Edition players, you can rank up faster in online, up to rank 25.

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Nissan India To Almost Double Its Sales Network In Next 3 Years


Nissan currently has about 287 sales outlets in the country, which the company plans to increase to 500 touchpoints in the next three years.




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Thomas Kuehl, President Nissan India, said that the company aims to double its sales network in India

Nissan India has announced that the company will expand its sales network to 500 locations in the country by 2021. At the recent unveiling of the company’s newest SUV, Nissan Kicks, Thomas Kuehl, President Nissan India, said that the company aims to double its sales network in India in the next three years. Currently, the company has about 287 touchpoints in the country, which the company plans to increase to 500 touchpoints. These sales outlets will include both, Nissan and Datsun brand showrooms.


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Talking about the company plan for network expansion in India, Kuehl said, “When you want to have a strong brand, you can only get this done with a strong network. Even as we go into digitalisation, we will have our network very clear in front of us, we are going into touchpoints strategy. And with our two brands, I think we have an edge over all our challenger brands.”

Also Read: Nissan Kicks vs Rivals: Specifications Comparison

Kuehl was also open about what went wrong in the company’s older network strategy and pointing out the flaws, he added, “Before we were very confused. We tried to cater, with all the brands, everywhere, and nobody could understand what is Datsun and what is Nissan. Now are very very clear. Now we have volume mass (Datsun) and mainstream premium (Nissan), now we are catering to it and putting it into our network development.”

Also Read: Indian Spec Nissan Kicks Vs Global Spec Kicks SUV: What’s Different

Talking about how the company current dealership investors, Thomas Kuehl said, “I was very impressed with our investors. What we did in the last 12 months was we let even our investors talk to our board members directly, so that the board knows not only from us but also from the market, and from the consumer, how much they are in love with Nissan. What was Nissan doing right, and where we are wrong, and that is supporting us, as we also need the head quarter’s support.”

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Nissan India is currently set to launch its new compact SUC Kicks in India, in January 2019. The new Kicks SUV will be the first product to kickstart the company’s new strategy for India, which the carmaker has termed as Nissan 2.0. In India, the Nissan Kicks will rival the likes of Hyundai Creta and the Renault Captur.

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Switching To Clean Energy May Save 11 Million Life Years In India: Harvard Study


Air pollution is one of the largest contributors to death in India. (Representational)

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India could save an estimated 11 million life years annually by replacing coal-fired powerplants with clean, renewable energy, according to a Harvard study.

The 2.7 billion people who live in India and China — more than a third of the world’s population — regularly breath some of the dirtiest air on the planet, said researchers from the Harvard University in the US.

Air pollution is one of the largest contributors to death in both countries, ranked 4th in China and 5th in India, and harmful emissions from coal-fire powerplants are a major contributing factor, they said.

In the study, published in the journal Environment International, researchers wanted to know how replacing coal-fired powerplants in China and India with clean, renewable energy could benefit human health and save lives in the future.

They found that eliminating harmful emissions from powerplants could save an estimated annual 15 million years of life in China and 11 million years of life in India.

Previous research has explored mortality from exposure to fine particulate matter (known as PM2.5) in India and China but few studies have quantified the impact of specific sources and regions of pollution and identified efficient mitigation strategies, researchers said.

Using state-of-the-art atmospheric chemistry modelling, they calculated province-specific annual changes in mortality and life expectancy due to power generation.

The researchers were able to narrow down the areas of highest priority, recommending upgrades to the existing power generating technologies in Shandong, Henan, and Sichuan provinces in China, and Uttar Pradesh in India due to their dominant contributions to the current health risks.

“This study shows how modelling advances and expanding monitoring networks are strengthening the scientific basis for setting environmental priorities to protect the health of ordinary Chinese and Indian citizens,” said Chris Nielsen, executive director of the Harvard-China Project and a co-author of the research paper.

“It also drives home just how much middle-income countries could benefit by transitioning to non-fossil electricity sources as they grow,” Nielsen said. 





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Mi Band 3 Now Available to Buy via Offline Stores in India


Xiaomi has made its Mi Band 3 (Review) fitness tracker available to buy via partner offline retail stores in India. To recall, the Mi Band 3 was launched in India late last month, and went on sale via Amazon India and Mi.com the very next day. At the launch event, Xiaomi said the Mi Band 3 will be made available via Mi Home and offline stores soon. Gadgets 360 has learnt that the fitness tracker is now available to buy via offline stores. The development comes on the heels on new festive season discounts for offline stores from the Chinese company.

Launched at Rs. 1,999, the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 sports an 0.78-inch OLED display that comes with 128×80-pixel resolution, and the touch button on the display allows users to navigate by swiping up, down, left, and right, and the new Caller ID feature also allows users to see who is calling, and silence (tap) or decline calls (long press). It sports a 110mAh Li-ion polymer battery that is 60 percent larger than the predecessor, and is touted to give up to 20 days of battery life. It supports Bluetooth 4.2 BLE connectivity, and is certified for water resistance up to 50 metres.

 

The interchangeable straps are made of Thermoplastic Elastomer with an adjustable length of 15.5 to 21.6cm, and are available in Orange, Black, and Blue colour options. The dimensions of the tracker are 1.79×4.69×1.2cm, and the fitness band weighs only 20 grams. The Mi Band 3 can count steps, measure heart rate, count calories, count distance, and display date and time as well. It provides real-time notifications from app messages, texts, and calls, and the Mi Fit apps takes care of sleep analysis and full historical data of all measurements. It also lets you set a periodic heart rate tracking process for regular updates.

Additional features include stopwatch, alarm, and find your phone. Xiaomi also claims the pedometer has been improved, as well the reminder that tells users to stop sitting for too long has been retained. The Mi Band 3 is compatible with devices running Android 4.4 and above or iOS 9.0 and above.



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Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Arrives On Three-Day Visit To India, To Hold Talks With PM Modi


Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe reaches New Delhi.

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Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe reached New Delhi today on a three-day visit in a bid to boost ties in a range of areas including trade and investment and maritime security.

Mr Wickremesinghe and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold wide-ranging talks on Saturday.

“You are aware of close friendship between India and Sri Lanka. Development cooperation will be one of the agenda items,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a media briefing.

He said, “All shades of political opinion in Sri Lanka are for close relationship with India. We do enjoy very strong bonds of friendship.”

The two sides are also likely to review the status of the India-assisted housing projects in Jaffna during Mr Wickremesinghe’s visit. They are also likely to deliberate on the Tamil issue — the reconciliation process and devolution of powers in Tamil-dominated areas.

Sources said both sides are expected to discuss modalities of India taking charge of operating Sri Lanka’s loss-making Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport in Hambantota.

The $210 million facility, 241 km south-east of Colombo, is dubbed the “world’s emptiest airport” due to a lack of flights.

India is likely to operate the airport under a joint venture with the island nation.

During the visit, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will also call on Mr Wickremesinghe.

The visit comes in the backdrop of controversial media reports that the Lankan President had accused Indian intelligence agency RAW of plotting his assassination, a claim firmly rejected by Sri Lanka.





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Exclusive: BMW India To Launch 12 New Models In 2019


A massive product offensive is afoot at BMW India, and it will see 12 new model launches coming to India next year. This will be just BMW brand cars, and there will also be additional models from MINI and BMW Motorrad.




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BMW product plan includes the new 3 Series sedan, as well as the new X7 flagship SUV

BMW plans the largest ever product offensive from any manufacturer in India in the coming year. 2019 will see the introduction of a slew of new products that BMW expects will really fire up the market and help strengthen its position in the premium car space. The plan is to bring twelve model launches to India next calendar year from the BMW brand, and two additional new models also from MINI. The motorcycle side of the business will also see two all-new models being added in. This will be further supplemented by new variants or updates on existing products, Speaking exclusively to carandbike at the inauguration of BMW India’s brand new headquarters in Gurgaon, Hildegard Wortmann, Senior Vice President – Region Asia Pacific, BMW Group said the new car strategy is planned across the region, with India playing a strong part in it. “On a worldwide scale, it (will be) the biggest product segments that we have done at BMW. So we are really going full blast here into the product segments and I can full-heartedly say, the future is really bright. Fantastic cars coming, strong design aspects, strong performance, and you can feel the joy of BMW in every instance now!”, she added.

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2019 will also see the launch of the company’s flagship SUV, the BMW X7

Spearheading that charge will be the most awaited new generation of the BMW 3 Series sedan. The 7th generation G20 just made its public debut at the recently concluded Paris Motor Show and it will get to India next year. There are big expectations from the new sedan, which includes its performance on the road, as well as on the sales charts. Speaking about the 3 series and also another significant upcoming model, Ms Wortmann says, “Clearly if you look at it, the core of BMW business around the 3 series is a very very important part of our business. And having the new 3 series coming is obviously a milestone again. I think I am not exaggerating if I see the 3 series as an icon in the automotive industry, not just in India, but everywhere in the world. So having that model coming next year is very exciting. Personally I think the big news will be the X7, where again we created something very special, very new, and I think that one will have very big impact.” So the other big plan then is a huge offensive of the X range of cars. Currently the X portfolio comprises four models, but in 2019 that will go to seven with the addition of the X7 flagship SUV, as well as the X2 and X4 crossovers. BMW sees much potential for the large and very luxurious X7 in the Asia Pacific region as a whole, but particularly so in India.

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In 2019 BMW will have seven X models in its portfolio with the addition of X2, X4, and X7

Also Read: BS-VI Compliant BMW X1 Petrol Launched In India

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BMW India had its most successful year in India in 2017, with total car sales at 9800 units, which was a 25 per cent growth over the previous year. And it expects 2018 to end even bigger, with the first nine months already showing an 11 per cent year-on-year growth at 7915 units. But next year will clearly be another one for the record books, and also one where it might be able to eye the number one slot again – held by Mercedes-Benz for 3 years straight. “I think we’ve shown over the 11 years that we have to find the right strategy, the right way of approaching the market, and really making sure we grasp what customers desire here, I think last year was a really good jump and I am highly satisfied to seeing the development here. And 2018 as a strong year now, with the major launches – you’ve seen the 6 GT coming and again a new segment that we created. And obviously the future is very bright as I look forward to the next year. 12 launches! So it will definitely keep the team here, spending long evenings in these offices!” says Ms Wortmann.

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The 80 Best Movies on Amazon Prime Video in India


Prime Video is just one of several benefits alongside free shipping and Prime Music that make up Amazon’s Prime subscription service, which really makes the whole Rs. 999-per-year thing quite a no-brainer if streaming constitutes even a tiny chunk of your entertainment viewing. Amazon, for its part, is intent on delivering the best possible slate, and we’ve seen the number of movies on offer grow by nearly 30 percent in the last few months. Of course, the quality of content is arguable, which is why we saw fit to round up the best movies on Prime Video in India, with the help of aggregate ratings on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb.

Unlike with Netflix though, Amazon still doesn’t have enough great films to warrant a top-100 list, which is why we dropped a couple of rows to 80. We will update this list once every few months if there are any worthy additions or if some movies are removed from the service, so bookmark this page and keep checking in. Here are the best movies on Amazon Prime Video in India, sorted alphabetically.

  • 20th Century Women (2016)
    Set in 1970s Southern California, and based in part on the writer-director’s own childhood, this dramedy is the story of a teenage boy who was brought up by his mother and two other women: a free-spirited punk artist, and a teenage neighbour.

  • A Beautiful Mind (2001)
    The life of John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, from his spiral into paranoid schizophrenia and working on a secret project he made up, to regaining control over his life and becoming a Nobel Laureate.

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  • Agantuk [The Stranger] (1991)
    In Satyajit Ray’s last film, a mysterious and world-weary explorer returns to India after 35 years to see his only surviving relative, his niece, but has trouble convincing the family who he claims to be.

  • Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
    Two slackers (Aamir Khan and Salman Khan) who belong to middle-class families vie for the affections of an heiress, and inadvertently become her protectors from a local gangster in Rajkumar Santoshi’s cult comedy favourite.

  • Aparajito (1956)
    In this second part of Satyajit Ray’s acclaimed The Apu Trilogy, the film picks up where the original ended with the family moving to Varanasi, and then charts Apu’s life from childhood to teenage years, right up to the death of his mother.

  • Argo (2012)
    Ben Affleck directs and stars in this film about a CIA agent posing as a Hollywood producer scouting for location in Iran, in order to rescue six Americans during the US hostage crisis of 1979.

  • Baby Driver (2017)
    Coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), a young, getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) who syncs his driving to the perfect soundtrack find himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail. Edgar Wright directs.

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  • Batman Begins (2005)
    Before Christopher Nolan struck gold with The Dark Knight, he gave us Bruce Wayne’s (Christian Bale) origin as the Caped Crusader, from the death of his parents at a young age, travelling halfway across the world to train under a mentor, and returning to Gotham City to fight crime.

  • Birdman (2014)
    Alejandro G. Iñárritu won three Oscars including Best Picture for this tale of a washed-up superhero actor (Michael Keaton) who struggles to revive his career with a Broadway play. Known for appearing as if it was shot in a single take, it also starred Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, and Emma Stone.

  • Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
    Ridley Scott’s iconic 1982 original gets a follow-up starring Ryan Gosling as a blade runner who uncovers a secret that sends him in the search for another blade runner (Harrison Ford) who has been missing for three decades.

  • Blood Diamond (2006)
    Set during the Sierra Leone Civil War at the turn of the century, an arms smuggler (Leonardo DiCaprio) promises to help a fisherman (Djimon Hounsou) find his family in exchange for a priceless diamond the latter found in a river.

  • Brazil (1985)
    Terry Gilliam blends social satire with his signature visual inventiveness in this dystopian sci-fi set in a retro-future world, which follows a lowly clerk who becomes an enemy of the state after trying to correct an administrative error.

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  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
    Audrey Hepburn lights up the screen as a young, broke socialite who takes a fancy to a young, struggling writer after he moves into her apartment building, as she tries to keep her ugly past buried.

  • Call Me by Your Name (2017)
    Based on André Aciman’s 2007 novel of the same name, a 17-year-old student (Timothée Chalamet) starts a romantic relationship with a 24-year-old graduate student (Armie Hammer) who’s working as an assistant for the former’s father during the summer of 1983 in northern Italy.

  • Cast Away (2000)
    After his plane crash-lands in the Pacific, a FedEx employee (Tom Hanks) wakes up on a deserted island and must use everything at his disposal and transform himself physically to survive living alone.

  • Chak De! India (2007)
    Ostracised and vilified by the press and public, a former Muslim men’s hockey captain (Shah Rukh Khan) plans to redeem himself by coaching the unpolished Indian women’s hockey team to glory.

  • Chinatown (1974)
    A private detective (Jack Nicholson) hired to investigate an adultery case stumbles onto a murder plot involving incest and privatisation of water, and uncovers a vast conspiracy despite threat of legal action against him.

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  • Collateral (2004)
    Tom Cruise plays a hitman who takes a taxi driver, played by Jamie Foxx, hostage in Michael Mann’s neo-noir crime thriller, in which the latter must figure out how to stop the former.

  • Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
    Farhan Akhtar’s directorial debut about three inseparable childhood friends whose wildly different approach to relationships creates a strain on their friendship remains a cult favourite. Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, and Preity Zinta star.

  • Dunkirk (2017)
    Christopher Nolan’s first historical war movie chronicles the evacuation of Allied soldiers from the French beaches of Dunkirk in World War II, using his love for non-linear storytelling by depicting three fronts – land, sea, and air – in time-shifted ways.

  • Easy A (2010)
    Emma Stone delivers a winning performance as an average clean-cut high school student who uses the school’s gossip-driven rumour mill to advance her social and financial standing, landing herself in trouble on every front.

  • Elle (2016)
    Isabelle Huppert stars as the successful CEO of a video game company in this French psychological thriller, who is raped in her home and then tries to learn the man’s identity without any help from the police, due to her past experience.

  • Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
    Roald Dahl’s children’s novel about a fox who steals food from three mean and wealthy farmers gets the stop-motion treatment from Wes Anderson, featuring the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, and Michael Gambon.

  • Fences (2016)
    A working-class African-American father (Denzel Washington), who missed the opportunity to be a baseball player in his youth due to racism, takes out his frustration on his loved ones in this family drama set in the 1950s.

  • Fight Club (1999)
    Brad Pitt and Edward Norton star in this cult hit from David Fincher, about a white-collared insomniac disappointed with his capitalistic lifestyle, who forms an underground fight club with a devil-may-care soapmaker, which evolves into something much more.

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  • Forrest Gump (1994)
    A slow-witted but kind-hearted man (Tom Hanks) takes part in a series of defining events of the second half of the 20th century in the US, while pining for his childhood love.

  • Gandhi (1982)
    The life of M.K. Gandhi (Ben Kingsley), India’s iconic leader in its non-violent independence movement against the British, from his days in South Africa to his assassination in 1948 won eight Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actor.

  • Ghare Baire (1984)
    Based on Rabindranath Tagore’s novel of the same name, and set in the chaotic aftermath of the partition of Bengal, writer-director Satyajit Ray tells the story of a woman married to a forward-thinking man whose lives are upended by the appearance of the husband’s radical friend.

  • Gone Girl (2014)
    Based on Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel and directed by David Fincher, a confounded husband (Ben Affleck) becomes the primary suspect in the sudden mystery disappearance of his wife (Rosamund Pike).

  • Gravity (2013)
    Two US astronauts, a first-timer (Sandra Bullock) and another on his final mission (George Clooney), are stranded in space after their shuttle is destroyed, and then must battle debris and challenging conditions to return home.

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
    In this final thrilling chapter, the famous trio – Harry, Ron, and Hermione – face a race against time to find and destroy Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes, while the students and teachers of Hogwarts unite to defend the school.

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  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
    Alfonso Cuarón stepped behind the camera for what many consider to be the best Harry Potter film, as the boy who lived enters his third year at Hogwarts, and is told that Sirus Black, an escapee from the wizarding world prison Azkaban, is after his life.

  • Heat (1995)
    Al Pacino and Robert De Niro star on opposite sides of the law – the former a detective, the latter a thief – in Michael Mann’s stylistic crime drama, with a group of bank robbers planning a heist unaware the police are onto them.

  • Hugo (2011)
    In 1930s Paris, a boy who lives alone in the walls of a train station tries to figure out the mystery involving his late father and his most treasured possession, an automaton, that needs a key to function. Martin Scorsese directs.

  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
    Before Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi made this terrific adventure comedy about a young kid who finds himself on the run with his bad-tempered foster uncle, and how they form a close bond while a national manhunt looks for them across New Zealand.

  • Inception (2010)
    From the mind of Christopher Nolan, Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a thief who has the power to enter other’s dreams and steal their ideas, and is then given the mission of his life if he wants to be reunited with his family.

  • Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    Directed by Steven Spielberg off a story by George Lucas, an eponymous archaeologist (Harrison Ford) travels the world and battles a group of Nazis while looking for a mysterious artefact, in what is now often considered as one of the greatest films of all-time.

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  • Into The Wild (2007)
    Based on Jon Krakauer’s nonfiction book, Sean Penn goes behind the camera to direct the story of a top student and athlete who gives up all possessions and savings to charity, and hitchhikes across America to live in the Alaskan wilderness.

  • It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
    As a desperately frustrated businessman contemplates suicide on Christmas Eve, a guardian angel descends from Heaven to show him how different life in his community would be if he had never existed, in Frank Capra’s personal favourite that’s now screened around Christmas every year around the world.

  • L.A. Confidential (1997)
    As corruption brews in post-war Los Angeles, three police officers – one sordid (Kevin Spacey), one brutal (Russell Crowe) and one moralistic (Guy Pearce) – investigate a series of murders in their own way, and form an uneasy alliance.

  • La La Land (2016)
    In this musical from Damien Chazelle, a struggling jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) and an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) meet and fall in love while pursuing their respective dreams in Los Angeles, and explore the accompanying joy and pain of it.

  • Lipstick Under My Burkha (2016)
    Denied for a release for six months, this black comedy centres on four women in small town India who set out on a journey to discover freedom and happiness in a conservative society.

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
    Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron star in director George Miller’s reboot of his own franchise, which finds a woman (Theron) rebelling against a tyrannical ruler of postapocalyptic desert, and giving us some of the best action sequences in the process.

  • The Matrix (1999)
    A computer hacker (Keanu Reeves) starts to question the nature of his reality in the Wachowskis’ seminal work, and with help from a group of rebels, he begins the fight against the machines that now rule the world.

  • Mean Girls (2004)
    Tina Fey’s cult hit teen comedy follows a home-schooled 16-year-old (Lindsay Lohan) who’s an instant hit with A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for the ex-boyfriend of the clique’s alpha.

  • Minority Report (2002)
    Steven Spielberg loosely adapts Philip K. Dick’s short story of a future where a special police unit can catch criminals before a crime is committed thanks to a technology, and what happens when an officer from that unit (Tom Cruise) is himself accused of a murder.

  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)
    After the agency he works for is wrongly implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and a new team are forced to go rogue and clear their employer’s name in this fourth entry of the franchise.

  • Munich (2005)
    After a Palestinian terrorist group kills 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, the latter’s government launches a secret retaliation, tasking five men to hunt and kill those responsible for the massacre. Steven Spielberg directs, based on a true story.

  • Mustang (2015)
    Set in a remote Turkish village, this debut feature by a Turkish-French director depicts the lives of five young orphaned sisters and the challenges they face growing up in a conservative society.

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  • Newton (2017)
    Winner of the National Award for best Hindi film, in which Rajkummar Rao stars as a government clerk who tries to run a free and fair election in the Naxal-controlled conflict-ridden jungles of India.

  • No Country for Old Men (2007)
    In this Coen brothers’ neo-Western that’s often called their best work, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin engage in a cat and mouse thriller across eighties Texas, for two million dollars that cause a lot of bloodshed.

  • Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
    In this first of Steven Soderbergh’s trilogy, which features an ensemble cast including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon, Danny Ocean (Clooney) and his eleven associates plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos at the same time.

  • Once Upon A Time in America (1984)
    Spanning four decades, Sergio Leone’s final sprawling film about a kid in a Jewish slum (Robert De Niro) who rises to prominence in New York’s world of organised crime remains one of the greatest gangster films of all-time.

  • Pyaasa (1957)
    Guru Dutt directed and starred in this classic set in then-Calcutta which follows a struggling, anguished poet named Vijay (Dutt) who is unable to get recognition for his work until he meets Gulab (Waheeda Rehman), a prostitute with a heart of gold.

  • Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
    In this psychological horror based on Ira Levin’s best-selling novel, a young pregnant woman (Mia Farrow) suspects an evil cult – involving her neighbours – wants to take her baby for use in their rituals.

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  • Salaam Bombay! (1988)
    Mira Nair’s feature-length directorial debut, which won National Award for best Hindi film and two awards at Cannes, focuses on the day-to-day life of children living in the slums of Mumbai (then Bombay).

  • Saving Private Ryan (1998)
    In Steven Spielberg’s World War II drama, while war rages on in Normandy, an army captain (Tom Hanks) is given the task of searching for a particular private (Matt Damon), whose three brothers have already been killed.

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
    After a brief experience with the Avengers, Peter Parker returns home to New York, balancing his life as a high school student with his superhero alter-ego, all under the watchful eye of his mentor, Tony Stark aka Iron Man.

  • Spotlight (2015)
    Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Rachel McAdams star as Boston Globe journalists in this based-on-a-true-story, which explores how they uncovered a massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local church.

  • Star Trek (2009)
    J.J. Abrams reboots the Trek film franchise by taking it into an alternate timeline, where the young Kirk and Spock aboard USS Enterprise must combat a determined enemy from the future, who’s creating black holes to destroy planets one by one.

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  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
    Often considered the best Trek film ever, in which Admiral Kirk going through a midlife crisis must pull himself to stop an old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, who’s on the hunt for revenge and a destructive device.

  • Superman (1978)
    Groundbreaking for its time, director Richard Donner brought together an ensemble cast to tell the tale of Superman’s origin: as an infant on Krypton, growing up in Smallville, and being a reporter and falling in love with Lois Lane in Metropolis, while battling Lex Luthor.

  • Taxi Driver (1976)
    A mentally unstable Vietnam War vet (Robert de Niro) takes a job as a taxi driver, and turns to violent action after seeing the sleaze, dysfunction and prostitution in New York. Martin Scorsese directs.

  • The Big Sick (2017)
    Kumail Nanjiani stars as himself in this rom-com loosely based on his romance with his wife, in which an aspiring comedian connects with his girlfriend’s parents after she falls into a mysterious coma.

  • The Conjuring (2013)
    A pair of paranormal investigators (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) are hired by a family who have been experiencing increasingly disturbing events at their farmhouse, in this effective horror from James Wan.

  • The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
    In this coming-of-age comedy, the life of an awkward young woman gets more complex after her older brother starts dating her best friend, though she finds solace in an unexpected friendship and a teacher-slash-mentor (Woody Harrelson).

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  • The Fugitive (1993)
    Falsely convicted for his wife’s murder, a prominent surgeon (Harrison Ford) escapes from prison, sets out to prove his innocence and find the real killer, while being the target of a nationwide manhunt.

  • The Godfather (1972)
    In what is considered one of the greatest films of all-time, an aging leader (Marlon Brando) of a New York mafia transfers control of his empire to his youngest son (Al Pacino), who goes from a reluctant outsider to a ruthless boss.

  • The Godfather Part II (1974)
    Francis Ford Coppola’s follow-up to his original, centering on Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) at the top of the pecking order while offering a look back at his father’s (Robert De Niro) past, is considered by some to be better than its predecessor.

  • The King of Comedy (1982)
    In Martin Scorsese’s overlooked satire of celebrity worship and media culture, an aspiring comic (Robert De Niro) stalks his late-night talk show idol to earn a big break, and then kidnaps him when things don’t work out.

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  • The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
    Batman must work together with a teenage orphan Robin he accidentally adopted and the new police commissioner, Barbara Gordon, in this frenetic animated comedy, to stop the Joker from taking over Gotham City.

  • The Lego Movie (2014)
    An ordinary, rules-following Lego minifigure (Chris Pratt) is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world from an evil tyrant, for which he is hilariously underprepared. It spawned the hit single, “Everything Is Awesome”.

  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003)
    Peter Jackson brought J.R.R. Tolkien’s expansive Middle-Earth to life in these three three-hour epics, which charts the journey of a meek hobbit (Elijah Wood) and his various companions, as they try to stop the Dark Lord Sauron by destroying the source of his power, the One Ring.

  • The Prestige (2006)
    After a tragic accident, two fellow magicians (Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale) turn bitter enemies in this thriller from Christopher Nolan, and engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion, while sacrificing everything they have.

  • The Untouchables (1987)
    With mobster Al Capone (Robert De Niro) making use of the rampant corruption during the Prohibition period in the US, federal agent Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) hand picks a team to expose his business and bring him to justice. Brian De Palma directs.

  • The Usual Suspects (1995)
    A small-time con man (Kevin Spacey) lays out an elaborate story during a police investigation of how he got mixed up in a massacre, telling them about the legend of a crime lord known as Keyser Söze.

  • Titli (2014)
    Set in the badlands of Delhi’s underbelly, the youngest member of a violent car-jacking brotherhood tries to escape his family business, and finds an unexpected confidant in his new wife, chosen for him by his unruly brothers.

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  • Up in the Air (2009)
    A corporate downsizing expert (George Clooney) who loves living out of a suitcase finds his lifestyle threatened due to a potential love interest (Vera Farmiga) and an ambitious new hire (Anna Kendrick).

  • Wonder Woman (2017)
    After a pilot crashes and informs them about an ongoing World War, an Amazonian princess (Gal Gadot) leaves her secluded life to enter the world of men, and stop what she believes to be the return of Amazons’ nemesis.

  • Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)
    Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, and Abhay Deol star as three childhood friends who set off on a bachelor trip across Spain, which becomes an opportunity to heal past wounds, combat their worst fears, and fall in love with life.



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    Nissan Kicks India Unveil Live Updates; Images, Features, Specifications



    Nissan Kicks India Unveil Live Updates; Images, Features, Specifications

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    The India-bound new Nissan Kicks will be bigger than the global version of the SUV

    Nissan Kicks, the all-new compact SUV from the Japanese carmaker is all set to make its India debut today, and we’ll be bringing you all the live updates from the launch event here. Slated to be launched in January 2019, the all-new Kicks set to be showcased here is the India-spec model which will be different from the already revealed global spec model which was showcased last year in Brazil. Nissan says that the new Indian-spec Kicks SUV will be bigger than the internationally sold model and has been designed based on the B0 platform that also underpins the Renault Duster and Captur, as well as the Nissan Terrano.

    Also Read: Nissan Announces New Strategy For India With Kicks SUV To Lead Charge

    The Nissan Kicks has been developed at the new Nissan Design Centre, located in Chennai. Furthermore, the India-bound Kicks will also be slightly bigger than its international counterpart and is expected to come with a roomier cabin, and a bunch of technical features for connectivity that will be specific to the Indian market.

    Also Read: Nissan Kicks Spotted Testing In India For The First Time

    However, the styling, for the most part, will be very similar to the Kicks sold in the Brazilian market, as indicated by the recently released teaser sketch. The Kicks will come with the company’s signature V-motion grille, large sweptback headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, along with a wide central airdam and LED foglamps on either end. The rear, on the other hand, will come with a set of sharp LED taillamps, sculpted tailgate, and a beefy rear bumper with diffuser. We also expect the India-bound kicks to retain the floating roof design with dual tone colour treatment.



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    2018 Porsche Cayenne Range Launched In India; Prices Start At Rs. 1.19 Crore


    The 2018 Porsche Cayenne gets a bunch of upgrades over the old model and looks sharper too.




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    The Porsche Cayenne is one of the best-selling Porsche cars in India

    Porsche has launched the third generation of the Cayenne in India. Prices for the Cayenne range start from ₹ 1.19 Crore for the standard model. Prices for the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid start at ₹ 1.58 Crore and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo is priced at ₹ 1.92 Crore (ex-showroom India). The bookings for the new Cayenne started at the beginning of this year, however, the bookings for the Turbo variant started just in September 2018. The first batch of cars has already been sold and this speaks volumes about the popularity of the Cayenne in the country. Before the Macan was launched in the country, the Cayenne was the top selling Porsche in India and with the launch of the third generation model things have just got better.

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    Also Read: 2018 Porsche Cayenne India Launch: Live Updates

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    The 2018 Porsche Cayenne SUV gets a host of upgrades over its predecessor including a revised chassis, and a separated link design for the front axle and a multi-link rear axle. The latter though is offered as optional, but further improves the agility on the car. Visually too, the Cayenne has evolved and gets a sharper look while retaining the overall appearance. The SUV now comes with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PLDS) or LED Matrix Beam headlights, which also include PDLS. Capable of going off-tarmac, the third-gen Porsche Cayenne will be available in four modes – Mud, Gravel, Sand, or Rock. The car can be further tuned to change the drive mode, chassis settings, and differential locks to adapt to the terrain.

    Also Read: 2018 Porsche Cayenne Launch Details Revealed

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    The new Cayenne will also come loaded with features including a new display and control concept from Porsche that uses a 12.3-inch touchscreen system shared with the Panamera. The instrument console gets a central analogue tachometer taking prominence and two 7-inch full-HD displays. In addition, the SUV comes with a host of active and passive safety systems including Lane Changing Assist, lane keeping assist with traffic sign recognition, traffic jam assist, park assist, adaptive cruise control and more.

    Also Read: 2018 Porsche Cayenne Review

    In terms of power, the new generation Porsche Cayenne will be offered in a range of engine options including V6 and V8. The standard version will use a 3.0-litre single-turbo V6 with 335 bhp and 450 Nm of peak torque, while the Cayenne S will draw power from the 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 that produces 433 bhp and 550 Nm of peak torque. The 2018 Cayenne Turbo packs in 542 bhp and 770 Nm of peak torque from a 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 engine, and is capable of hitting a top speed of 286 kmph.

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    Also Read: 2018 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Review

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    There will also be an E-Hybrid variant on offer.It will use the 3.0-litre V6 engine, which coupled with the electric motor will churn out a combined power output of 462 bhp and peak torque of 700 Nm. A newly-developed eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission is standard across the Cayenne line. The Cayenne E-Hybrid claims a 0-100 kmph of 5 seconds, while the top speed is rated at 253 kmph.

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