Woman’s Head Severed After Leaning Out Of Bus To Vomit In Madhya Pradesh

Police said the body was handed to her family members after post-mortem. (Representational)


The head of a 56-year-old woman was smashed and severed after hitting an electric pole when she leaned out of the window of a rashly-driven bus to vomit in Madhya Pradesh on Friday, the police said.

The incident took place near Diamond crossing and the victim was identified as Asha Rani, who was travelling from Satna district to Panna district, they said.

Asha Rani leaned out of the bus window to vomit when her head hit the electric pole.

The impact was so massive that her head got severed and tumbled on the road, Kotwali police station inspector Arvind Kujur told PTI over phone.

“We have arrested the bus driver for rash driving and impounded the vehicle,” Mr Kujur said, adding investigations are on.

The body was handed to her family members after post-mortem, the police inspector said.

The deceased hailed from the adjoining Chhatapur district, the officer said.

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US ‘Leaning Way Forward’ To Ensure India Meets Strategic Goals In Indo-Pacific

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the US’ Indo-Pacific Command in Hawaii’s Pearl Harbour

New Delhi: 

India and the United States agreed on “accelerating the momentum” of their defence ties during Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s five-day visit to the US which ended today. According to officials privy to the high-level talks, the two largest democracies in the world focused on the Indo-Pacific region and agreed on enhancing India’s naval capabilities in the Indian Ocean region. Prime Minister Modi’s ‘Make in India’ programme was also discussed in detail, with an aim to increase participation by American companies.

The officials said that the “US is leaning way forward” to ensure India meets its needs and aspirations in the defence sector, adding that “The US is taking steps to ensure India achieves its strategic goals” in the Indo-Pacific.

However, no official announcement was made regarding the shifting of the production and manufacturing base of F-16 fighter jets to India. Officials did not comment about the deal for India to get weaponized drones either, though this was reportedly a part of the agenda.

Leaders from India and the United States, which are “major defense partners”, met multiple times in recent months to give momentum to their strategic vision of the Indo-Pacific region.

In the last one month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi first met US Vice President Mike Pence. The meeting was then followed by a trilateral meeting involving US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Prior to that, earlier this year US Defense Secretary James Mattis met PM Modi. The two nations also had the first ‘2+2 Dialogue’ when External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman hosted their US counterparts in New Delhi. The meeting was described as “highly successful” by both countries.

There is a “mutual desire to move positively and quickly” in our defence relationship, Ms Sitharaman told reporters at the Pentagon on Monday, which was her only media interaction during this US visit.

Nirmala Sitharaman, who was accorded a red-carpet welcome during her maiden visit to the US as Defence Minister, was given a rare look-in and briefing into the various aspects of US armed forces. She was also briefed about the US defence industry and the ecosystem that the United States has developed over the last many decades involving the military, strategic thinking community, research, and industrial base.

Ms Sitharaman also visited San Francisco, the hub of innovation and starts ups, where her delegation was given an insight into the American defence research setup and what are the best defence practices that can be adopted by India.

In a first, Defence Minister Sitharaman concluded her US visit with a stop at Hawaii – the headquarters of the US’ Indo-Pacific Command. The current situation in Indo-Pacific region was the topic of focus during Ms Sitharaman’s visit.

Showing the importance it gives to the partnership with India, the United States had renamed the ‘Pacific Command’ to ‘Indo-Pacific Command’, or INDOPACOM earlier this year.

During Ms Sitharaman’s visit, the two countries also discussed the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Recent developments in Sri Lanka, Maldives were also discussed.

According to news agency PTI, officials said issues like CAATSA and purchase of major defence equipment from Russia, including S-400 missiles, cropped up during the meeting, but the Americans gave an impression that the Trump Administration is “eager than ever” to enhance its defence trade and strategic ties with India.

While making it clear that India can buy weapons from any country it sees fit, the American leadership suggested that New Delhi should select the US over other countries in cases where India’s requirement is met by them.

Officials said that given India’s strategic geographical location, its representatives said they were willing to place orders for the “latest military hardware and technology and not for anything else.” The Indian delegation pointed out that in order to get the latest and most advanced military technology, US’ existing rules, regulations and legislations have slowed the process of defense acquisition from them.

Further, the officials said India does not want simple defence trade between the two countries. Instead, the focus must be on co-development and co-production, officials said. This would be essential to the India-US defence relationship, they pointed out.

The Americans appeared on the same page, but expressed their sense of frustration over India’s defence procurement process.

At the conclusion of Ms Sitharaman’s visit, in a statement, US’ Indo-Pacific Command said this partnership was “A reflection of the increasing strategic importance of the US-India security relationship and the progress both countries have made in advancing their defence cooperation.”

The scope for mutual coordination and collaboration in the Indo-Pacific region continues to grow. Air forces of India and the US are currently conducting a 12-day military exercise in Kalaikunda and Panagarh air bases in West Bengal, with an aim to enhance operational coordination, according to Indian Air Forces officials. The ‘Ex Cope India-18’ will be the fourth edition in the series of bilateral drills between the Indian Air Force and the US Air Force.

Major changes in the US-India defence partnership so far include India being accorded a ‘major defense partner’ status in 2016, India being placed in STA-1 category this year, and New Delhi signing the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement in September.

(With inputs from PTI)

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EICMA 2018: 2019 Yamaha Niken GT Leaning Motorcycle Unveiled

The three-wheeled 2019 Yamaha Niken GT is mechanically similar to the standard model but gets additional equipment which make it a better touring motorcycle.

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The new Yamaha Niken GT has gotten more comfortable and suitable for longer commutes.

We first saw the Yamaha Niken three-wheeled motorcycle last year at EICMA and this year, the new Yamaha Niken GT that’s been unveiled at the 2018 EICMA in Milan, Italy has definitely gotten more comfortable and suitable for longer commutes. Instantly noticeable are the 25-litre panniers which also feature grab handles for the rear passengers and has a 12-volt outlet to charge a smartphone or any other gadget. The 2019 Niken GT also gets a centre stand unlike the standard Niken. Moreover, it gets a taller windscreen, wider seats and heated handle bar grips.


Mechanically the 2019 Yamaha Niken GT is similar to the standard three-wheeled Niken. It is also based on the Yamaha MT-09 and has two 15-inch wheels with modified cycle parts which help it lean at corners. The wheels are connected to the frame with two separate pairs of inverted forks which allow the Niken GT to lean through corners just like a regular two-wheeler. It is powered by the same 847cc in-line three-cylinder engine which is seen in the MT-09. The engine develops 114 bhp at 10,000 rpm and 87.5 Nm of peak torque at 8500 rpm. The 2019 Yamaha Niken GT is equipped with a standard slip and assist clutch, quickshifter and three-mode traction control. It also gets cruise control which is effective from fourth gear and over the speed of 50 kmph.



The Niken was the first three-wheeled motorcycle from Yamaha and as radical it may look, Yamaha is sure about this design and is planning more such motorcycles. Earlier, the company had also acquired the leaning three-wheeler designs and concepts from a Norwegian firm called Brudeli. The Yamaha Niken is already on sale in some of the international markets like the UK and US for $ 15,999. However, the company as of now is producing the Niken in limited numbers and has similar plans even for the 2019 Niken GT.

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Yuvraj Singh’s Leaning Tower Of Pisa Pic Was A Hilarious Fail. Wife Hazel Keech Has Proof

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Want a guide to the perfect Leaning Tower of Pisa picture for your travel photo album? Head to Hazel Keech’s Instagram for what NOT to do. Hazel just couldn’t wait till Thursday to share a priceless and hilarious throwback photo from when she was holidaying with husband Yuvraj Singh in Italy. On Monday morning, Hazel let us in on a blooper, which Yuvraj made while posing with the Leaning Tower of Pisa in the background. Yuvraj, who may have been concentrating at looking into the camera a bit too much, ended up making the photo look like a “balle balle” kinda scene. You’ll soon know why.

“When my Munda is told to hold up the leaning tower of Pisa….. it’s not only the wrong way but it looks like Balle Balle,” Hazel captioned the photo and added tags like “Tourism gone wrong” and “unintentionally funny”. “Tourism gone wrong but we got there in the end. Throw back to a happy holiday,” she finished the caption.



In January this year Hazel Keech and Yuvraj Singh trended a great deal after they trolled each over the “sexier selfie”. In a post on his Instagram, Yuvraj wrote: “When your wife is busy posing and your smouldering face photobombs and then you make her selfie sexier” while Hazel added one on her feed which said: “Is this selfie sexier because you’re in it, Yuvraj Singh? (I’m scared people will still vote yes) hehehe… Finally, I got a sneaky sleeping selfie of you.”





Hazel Keech and Yuvraj Singh married in December 2016 after which Hazel often accompanies Yuvraj to his cricket matches. Hazel Keech has featured in Bollywood film Bodyguard and in south films Billa and Maximum.

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Yamaha Files Patents For MT-03-Powered Leaning Three-Wheeler

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Patent images show an upcoming Yamaha leaning three-wheeler

Yamaha has filed patents for the next leaning three-wheeler, which is similar to the Yamaha Niken, which was launched earlier this year and based on the Yamaha MT-09, sharing the same 847 cc, DOHC, four valve per cylinder, in-line three cylinder engine. The Yamaha Niken is the first production leaning three-wheeled motorcycle, and looks like more leaning three-wheelers are being planned by Yamaha. The latest patent drawings show a two-wheeled front end which is near identical to that of the current Yamaha Niken, but the bike in the drawings will have its engine and chassis from the Yamaha MT-03, the naked version of the Yamaha YZF-R3.

The engine is a 321 cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin unit which makes around 40 bhp of power and 29 Nm of peak torque. As of now, there’s no word on what the production plans for the new leaning three-wheeler are, but from the looks of it, we can soon see something, at least in concept form, of the next leaning three-wheeler from Yamaha.

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(Yamaha MT-03-based leaning three-wheeler uses an identical front end as the Niken)

Also Read: Yamaha To Launch More Leaning Three-Wheelers


Yamaha sees a lot of potential in the leaning three-wheeler category. Earlier this year, Yamaha President and CEO Yoshihiro Hidaka confirmed that the Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer is involved in production and development of more products in the leaning three-wheeler segment. Yamaha already has a three-wheeled scooter, called the Yamaha Tricity, which was launched in 2014. The Yamaha Niken was launched earlier this year, and next year could well see the next leaning three-wheeler in the form of a R3-powered Niken. In fact, the Yamaha top boss gave a presentation with a blurred out image of a model between the Tricity and the Niken, which could well be the R3-powered leaning three-wheeler.

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Leaning Tower Of Pisa Has Withstood Earthquakes For Centuries. Now, Scientists Know Why

During a quake, the tower doesn’t shake as much as the earth beneath it, in further defiance of gravity.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa and its 5.5 degree lean has vexed engineers for centuries.

Partially constructed on unexpectedly soft soil, the ancient bell tower began to lean before it was even finished, a historical goof that went on to become one of the world’s historical oddities – and made the tower a UNESCO World Heritage site.

How can something so obviously structurally unsound endure in an earthquake-prone region for hundreds of years? People who assemble an IKEA cabinet and have 18 pieces left over don’t expect to pass a wobbly Hemnes down to their great-grandchildren.

The tower in northwestern Italy has managed to survive two world wars, millions of tourist visits and at least four strong earthquakes that have hit the region since 1280, according to Phys.org. One of those quakes was greater than 6.0 on the Richter scale.

Mylonakis, an engineering professor who studies geotechnics and soil-structure interaction, and more than a dozen researchers came up with an answer that involves that famous soft soil and a jargon-laden term called “dynamic soil-structure interaction.”

According to Phys.org, the engineers determined that the tower’s height and stiffness, “combined with the softness of the foundation soil, causes the vibrational characteristics of the structure to be modified substantially, in such a way that the Tower does not resonate with earthquake ground motion.”

So during a quake, the tower doesn’t shake as much as the earth beneath it, in further defiance of gravity.

“Ironically, the very same soil that caused the leaning instability and brought the tower to the verge of collapse can be credited for helping it survive these seismic events,” Mylonakis told the website.

The researchers have only released some of their findings. They expect to release the rest this month at the European Conference on Earthquake Engineering in Greece.

The tower’s insulation from earthquakes does not mean it can metaphorically thumb its nose at nearby, earthquake-ravaged buildings.

It has continued to settle throughout its history and by the early part of the 20th century, was in real danger of falling.

In 1990, the Italian government closed the tower to visitors and began a decade-long restoration project, according to Smithsonian Magazine. Restorers put 900 tons of lead counterweights on the north side of the tower while they came up with a better plan to slow its descent.

As The Washington Post’s Jane Morley wrote in 1998:

“The plan involves erecting a stationary A-frame structure on the north side and extending cables from it to a sort of sling or harness around the midsection.

“This is to hold the structure in place while crews gradually begin to remove small amounts of soil from the high north side. Presumably, this will cause that side to subside or sink slightly, rotating the tower back toward the north by about one-half of 1 degree.”

Engineers also installed equipment that allows them to make adjustments to the water pressure beneath the tower, further controlling the tilt.

All that construction fixed the tilt a bit – to 3.9 degrees from 5.5 degrees – while still helping the building maintain its namesake lean.

But more importantly, it meant the tower wasn’t in danger of toppling from the effects of gravity alone.

“It is extremely unlikely that the foundations of the tower will fail,” John Burland, one of the leaders of the restoration project, told the magazine. If anything causes the tower to collapse “it is much more likely that it would be due to a very large earthquake.”

Then again, maybe not.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Yamaha Niken Leaning Three-Wheeler Prices Announced In The UK

Yamaha has announced the price in the UK of the radical leaning three-wheeler which we have been seeing around motor shows for the most part of a year now. The Yamaha Niken is now available at a price of GBP 13,499 (roughly around ₹ 12.39 lakh) in the UK. The Niken can be ordered online in Britain and customers will receive an email confirmation of a temporary allocation if the Niken is available. Then, customers can visit a Yamaha dealer within 14 days to confirm and finalise the purchase process.

The Yamaha Niken is based on the Yamaha MT-09, sharing the same in-line three-cylinder, 847 cc engine, which makes 114 bhp at 10,000 rpm and 87.5 Nm of peak torque at 8,500 rpm. The difference is, of course, in the cycle parts, and the fact that the Niken employs a radically different leaning front end with two wheels. And that has led to considerable gain in weight as well. While the MT-09 tips the scales at 193 kg kerb weight, the Niken is considerably heavier, at 263 kg. But it’s expected to be quite the performer, when compared to any other three-wheeled motorcycle available in the market right now.

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The Yamaha Niken has no real competitor right now

Also Read: Yamaha Buys Patent For Brudeli Leanster

Yamaha seems to be betting big on the three-wheeled side of things, acquiring patents for a little known Norwegian brand called Brudeli, which is also in the business of designing and developing leaning three-wheelers, based on a KTM 690 Supermoto engine, and gearbox. The Yamaha top boss has been vocal about the ongoing development and R&D of more three-wheeled machines, so looks like we’ll get to see more of these leaning three-wheelers from Yamaha in the near future. So far, Yamaha seems to have taken the lead in a completely new segment of motorcycles – the leaning three-wheeler.


Now, coming to the price, the Yamaha Niken has no real competitors to make a fair judgement of if it’s been priced well, or if it’s slightly on the higher side. Compared to the Yamaha MT-09, priced at GBP 8,499 (which retails at ₹ 9.55 lakh in India), the Niken does seem to be a little pricey, but it does get the radical new leaning three-wheeled technology. And with limited numbers available, it remains to be seen how the Yamaha Niken is accepted in the market. Our guess is, it will sell out soon!

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Yamaha Patents Leaning Three-Wheel V-Max

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The patent image bears an uncanny resemblance to the Yamaha V-Max

Yamaha has filed patents for yet another leaning three-wheeled motorcycle, and this time around, the patent drawings look uncannily similar to the Yamaha V-Max. Yamaha already has been somewhat vocal about the company’s focus on leaning three-wheelers for future product development. The Yamaha Niken is the latest leaning three-wheeler, which was unveiled for the first time at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show. The Niken was again showcased at last year’s EICMA motorcycle show and pre-orders for Europe are expected to be opened this month.

Also Read:Yamaha Niken Pre-Orders Announced

Earlier this year, Yamaha’s President and CEO Yoshihiro Hidaka that the company is focussing on the leaning three-wheeler segment with more products under development. The latest patent only underscores that strategy that Yamaha is serious about the leaning three-wheeler segment and sees considerable promise to focus continuous R&D efforts in that direction. Yamaha’s first three-wheeler was the Tricity which was launched in 2014, and with renewed global interest in the Niken, it’s only obvious that more new three-wheelers are in the making.

Also Read: Yamaha To Launch More Leaning Three-Wheelers

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The V-Max is a 200 bhp cruiser from Yamaha and bears striking resemblance to the patent images

Also Read: Yamaha Buys Patent For Brudeli Leanster

The latest patent drawings, when overlaid with the Yamaha V-Max, look near identical, hinting towards a completely new update on the big cruiser from Yamaha. The biggest difference though is that the latest patents show a leaning three-wheeler version of the V-Max. Japanese magazine Young Machine have overlaid the patent drawings with a picture of the V-Max to show how similar the bikes are. As things stand today, these are still patents, but we will be looking forward to more three-wheeled news coming our way from Yamaha.

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