Australian Prime Minister, President Kovind To Unveil Gandhi Statue Today


Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison with President Kovind.

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison shot off a series of tweets on Wednesday criticising some leaders of the Muslim community for boycotting a meeting that he called on Thursday to find ways of de-radicalising members of the Muslim community.

Mr Morrison’s strategic presence instead at the unveiling of the Gandhi statue today is sure to make great optics. He met with President Ramnath Kovind this morning which again was not the first engagement in the President’s initial schedule for the day. 

He will accompany the Indian President at three events today. Besides his first bilateral delegation level meeting, Mr Morrison will be in Paramatta, a Sydney suburb, for the unveiling of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi and then in the evening he will attend the Australian Financial Review India Business Summit.

President Kovind’s earlier schedule had him inaugurating the statue on Wednesday but with Mr Morrison deciding to participate as well, the unveiling was pushed to Thursday. Coincidentally, perhaps, it was also to be the day that Mr Morrison was to extend the olive branch to the Muslim community whose leaders have been smarting after Australian Prime Minister’s blunt comments after the Melbourne terror attack.

After visiting Pellegrini’s cafe in Melbourne where the owner Sisto Malaspina was stabbed to death last week allegedly by Islamic terrorists, Mr Morrison called for Imams and other members of the Muslim community to be better at identifying radicalised people in their congregations and alerting the authorities.

“I won’t cop the excuses,” Mr Morrison warned. “For those who want to stick their head in the sand, for those who want to make excuses for those who stick their head in the sand, you are not making Australia safer. You are giving people an excuse to look the other way and not deal with things right in front of you,” he said.

“If there are people in a religious community, an Islamic community, that are bringing in hateful, violent, extremist ideologies into your community, you’ve got to call it out,” the Australian Prime Minister added.

A group of nine, including the Grand Mufti, have now told him they’re deeply disappointed by his comments and want the meeting deferred until their concerns have been addressed.

The Imams called for a boycott of the Thursday peace meeting, criticising Mr Morrison’s comments. “These statements have achieved nothing to address underlying issues, but rather, have alienated large segments of the Muslim community,” the group wrote.

But the war of words continued late on Wednesday with the Prime Minister tweeting sharply.
 

In such a charged atmosphere, Mr Morrison’s presence at the unveiling of a statue of a man of peace and non violence who dedicated his life to integrating people of all faiths will send out a strong signal to his people that he is for inclusiveness in Australian society and polity.





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Jawa 300 Motorcycle Exhaust Note Teased Ahead Of Unveil


The latest teaser gives a hint of the exhaust note of the upcoming 300 cc Jawa motorcycle. Read on to know more.

With just three days left for the upcoming Jawa motorcycle to be unveiled, the manufacturer is releasing more details about its upcoming offering. While leaked images have given us a fair idea as to how the bike will look like, the latest teaser hints at the exhaust note of the upcoming 300 cc motorcycle. The motorcycle does not have the same growl as something like a Royal Enfield, and you get a milder yet throaty exhaust note instead, if the video is anything to go by. The original Jawas weren’t known for loud thumps either, but for more of a ring-a-ding-ding exhaust note, unique to two-stroke engines. The company does seem to have taken the original trait into account with respect to the exhaust note as well.

Also Read: Upcoming Jawa Motorcycle To Get A New 293 cc Single-Cylinder

The Jawa 300 motorcycle will be officially unveiled on November 15, 2018, and could be showcased in multiple variants including a roadster, modern classic and possibly a scrambler version too. Officially, Jawa Motorcycles has revealed only the engine details on the upcoming offering. The bike will be using a 293 cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine tuned to produce 27 bhp and 28 Nm of peak torque. The motor will come paired with a 6-speed gearbox.

At the official unveiling, we expect to learn more about the firing order and more details on how the exhaust note was achieved. With respect to the design language, the spy shots have revealed the 300 cc Jawa, which certainly takes you back to the retro era. The design is nearly identical to the original Jawas including round headlamp, dual-tone chrome finished fuel tank, twin exhausts, and a flat saddle. The front forks have also been covered to look period specific. Smaller details that make a difference include the chain cover, wire-spoked wheels, and the round instrument cluster. The maroon paint scheme with yellow pinstripes on the leaked image seem inspired from the Jawa Type A.

The leaked image has also showcased gas charged twin shock absorbers at the rear, and a front disc brake, with a drum at the back, pointing at single-channel ABS to be offered as standard.

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The upcoming Jawa 300 motorcycle will be the first real direct competition to Royal Enfield in the 300-500 cc retro segment. The former has a strong following in this space with its strong-selling Classic 350, which the Jawa 300 will compete against. Pricing will be a crucial factor in how the Jawa 300 is accepted and it is expected to remain aggressive, if not undercutting the rivals. We will be bringing you all the details on the Jawa 300 later this week. So make sure to keep watching this space.

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Skoda Scala Premium Hatchback Due For Global Unveil, Details Revealed


The Skoda Scala will replace the Skoda Fabia hatchback in markets worldwide and will be made on the Skoda Octavia platform.




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Skoda Scala Premium Hatchback To Replace Ageing Rapid

Skoda has official announced that it will showcase the new Scala premium hatchback at an event in Tel Aviv, Israel on December 6, 2018. The new hatchback will essentially be a replacement for the now aging Skoda Fabia hatchback and will take on the likes of the Volkswagen Golf in international markets. What that means is that the Skoda hatchback will move up a notch from being a Polo competitor to a Golf competitor in Europe and across the world. The new hatchback will be based on the same MQB A0 platform that underpins the likes of the Skoda Octavia. As a distinction, the Skoda Scala will also be the first ever car from the brand that will not have the logo at the rear but instead will have S-K-O-D-A lettering on the tail gate instead. 

Also Read: Skoda Octavia RS – REVIEW!

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(Skoda Scala)

Skoda has officially revealed that despite compact dimensions of the hatchback, the Scala will have the same amount of legroom in the back seat and even more headroom as compared to the larger Octavia sedan. The new car will also get a massive 467 litre boot, which when the rear seats are folded flat gets extended to a massive 1410-litres.

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(Skoda Scala interior)

The interior will also have a completely updated theme with a new design language. The instrument cluster on the top spec models will get the virtual cluster and a large tablet like touchscreen according to official sketches that has been put out by the Czech automaker.

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(Skoda Scala)

Skoda has also put out some ‘official’ spy shots that showcase the dimensions of the new car along with the new grille design and sleek headlamps that ape the Vision RS concept car that has been showcased recently at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.

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(Skoda Scala)

The new Skoda Scala will also get features like an electronic tail gate, an ice scraper in the fuel filler cap and our favourite Skoda feature – that door mounted umbrella. Although not much has been mentioned about engines just yet, the Skoda Scala will get five power plants at the time of launch ranging from about 90 bhp to 150 bhp depending on the variant.

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LG Said to Unveil Foldable Phone at CES 2019, Taking on Samsung and Huawei


LG might become one of the several smartphone manufacturers that will launch a foldable smartphone next year. Following the trend of multiple cameras, in-display fingerprint sensors, and display notches in 2018, next year is expected to witness multiple foldable phones in the market. While Samsung, Huawei, Microsoft, Xiaomi have already been said to be working on their own devices, LG has previously been reported to be developing displays for such handsets. As per the latest information, the South Korean company may launch its own foldable handset at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019.

Popular tipster Evan Blass, in a tweet, has said that he knows LG has plans to unveil a foldable phone during its CES 2019 keynote. He said that he did not know anything about Samsung’s plans, but LG will unveil a foldable phone in January. However, he did not reveal any other details about the smartphone. Interestedly, when asked, Ken Hong, LG’s Head of Global Corporate Communications told Digital Trends that “anything is possible at CES.” Notably, CES 2019 is set to be held at in Las Vegas, US from January 8 to January 11, which means it is not a long wait.

It is worth noting that LG will only “unveil a folding phone” in January, so it is possible that you may not be able to purchase it soon as it could just be a concept handset. However, back in July, a foldable LG phone patent was spotted by LetsGodigital.

While Samsung is already preparing to launch its own foldable handset in 2019, Blass tweeted a response to an inquiry about the Samsung device, saying, “Don’t take this to mean that Samsung isn’t also showing theirs at the show – I’ve read that they are – as it only means what it says, I can’t personally speak to it.” He added, “To me the appeal is obvious: we’re close to the limit in mobile device screen sizes, and foldables have the ability to push that limit out quite a bit.”

Meanwhile, Samsung has been constantly teasing the launch of its first-ever foldable smartphone, which is expected to become a reality as soon as November this year. The company had recently posted a teaser of its upcoming Samsung Developer Conference, to be held on November 7 to November 8, where the rumoured foldable smartphone might be announced. Huawei also confirmed plans to build a 5G foldable smartphone late last month.





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Upcoming Jawa 300 Motorcycle Spotted Testing Ahead Of Unveil Next Month


Ahead of its official unveil on November 15, the first test mule of Jawa’s upcoming 300 cc motorcycle has been spied.




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Jawa’s all-new motorcycle will be a 300 cc Royal Enfield Classic 350 rival

Czech motorcycle brand Jawa is all set to make its comeback to the Indian market and the bike maker has earmarked November 15, 2018, as its big day. Ahead of the official unveil next month, the first test mule of Jawa’s upcoming 300 motorcycle has been spied on road and it does keep the retro body very much intact, under all that camouflage. While little is known about the motorcycle including its name, Jawa has revealed details on the engine that will power the new motorcycle. It is likely that there will be more than one bike powered by the 300 cc engine from the brand.

The new Jawa 300 cc motorcycle spied certainly looks like it is preparing to take on the Royal Enfield Classic 350. The retro-styling looks very much in-line with the classic Jawas. Small details like the chain case, rear suspension cover and the single-round headlight are all retro and bring the vintage feel to the otherwise modern bike. The fuel tank also appears to be large, which should make for an respectable touring range. The twin-cylinder engine is the same as the one unveiled in images earlier this year and fits rather well.

While details haven’t been revealed yet, the Jawa 300 motorcycle is likely to feature telescopic forks up front and a gas charged twin shocks at the rear. The bike also sports a front disc brake while the rear gets a drum brake setup. The bike rides on what look like 18-inch spoke wheels with MRF tyres. It’s not confirmed if ABS will be available at the time of launch, which we hope is the case.

With respect to the powertrain, the upcoming Jawa bike will be using the 293 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine tuned to produce 27 bhp and 28 Nm of peak torque. The motor will be paired with a 6-speed gearbox.

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The Jawa brand is owned Classic Legends Private Limited, which in turn is owned by the Mahindra Group. The company is eyeing the premium motorcycle market with the Jawa brand, which will be sold alongside the Mahindra Mojo. Prices are expected to be in the vicinity of ₹ 1.5-1.75 lakh (ex-showroom). More details on the brand’s positioning, sales and marketing will be available in a fortnight from now. We will be bringing you complete details soon, so stay tuned!

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Gujarat : PM Narendra Modi unveil Sardar Patel’s Statue of Unity LIVE Updates


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Gujarat : PM Narendra Modi to unveil Sardar Patel’s world’s highest statue Statue of Unity


नई दिल्‍ली/अहमदाबाद: लौह पुरुष सरदार वल्लभभाई पटेल की आज 143वीं जयंती पर उनकी नवनिर्मित 182 मीटर ऊंची विशाल प्रतिमा ‘स्टेच्यू ऑफ यूनिटी’ का अनावरण प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी गुजरात के केवडि़या में सुबह 10 बजे करेंगे. दुनिया की सबसे ऊंची प्रतिमा यह प्रतिमा ‘स्टेच्यू ऑफ लिबर्टी’ से दोगुनी ऊंची है. यह नर्मदा जिले में सरदार सरोवर बांध के पास साधु बेट टापू पर बनाई गई है. पीएम मोदी द्वारा प्रतिमा के अनावरण के बाद भारतीय वायुसेना के तीन विमान वहां उड़ान भरेंगे और भगवा, सफेद तथा हरे रंग से आसमान में तिरंगा उकेरेंगे.

पीएम ‘वॉल ऑफ यूनिटी’ का भी उद्घाटन करेंगे
प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी सरदार पटेल की प्रतिमा के पास ‘वॉल ऑफ यूनिटी’ का भी उद्घाटन करेंगे. इस दौरान 3 जगुआर लड़ाकू विमान काफी नीचे से उड़ान भरते हुए जाएंगे. ‘वॉल ऑफ यूनिटी’ का उद्घाटन करने के बाद पीएम मोदी सरदार पटेल को पुष्पांजलि अर्पित करेंगे, क्‍योंकि आज उनकी जयंती भी है. इसी दौरान दो एमआई-17 हेलीकॉप्टर प्रतिमा पर पुष्पवर्षा करेंगे.

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सांस्कृतिक और संगीत कार्यक्रमों की प्रस्तुति होगी
इस अवसर पर गुजरात पुलिस, सशस्त्र और अर्द्धसैनिक बलों के बैंड सांस्कृतिक और संगीत कार्यक्रमों की प्रस्तुति देंगे. इस मौके पर 29 राज्यों और दो केंद्रशासित प्रदेशों के कलाकार नृत्य और संगीत की प्रस्तुति देंगे. इस दौरान कई आकर्षण होंगे, जिनमें 17 किलोमीटर लंबी फूलों की घाटी का उद्घाटन, प्रतिमा के पास पर्यटकों के लिए तंबुओं के शहर और पटेल के जीवन पर आधारित संग्रहालय का लोकार्पण भी शामिल है. प्रतिमा के अंदर 135 मीटर की ऊंचाई पर एक दर्शक दीर्घा बनाई गई है, जिससे पर्यटक बांध और पास की पर्वत श्रृंखला का दीदार कर सकेंगे.

स्टैच्यू ऑफ लिबर्टी से लगभग दोगुना बड़ी है पटेल की प्रतिमा
182 मीटर ऊंची यह विशाल प्रतिमा देश के पहले गृह मंत्री को श्रद्धांजलि होगी, जिन्होंने 1947 के विभाजन के बाद राजाओं-नवाबों के कब्जे वाली रियासतों को भारत संघ में मिलाने में अहम योगदान दिया था. यह प्रतिमा मौजूदा समय में विश्व की सबसे ऊंची प्रतिमा चीन के स्प्रिंग टेम्पल ऑफ बुद्ध से भी 29 मीटर ऊंची है. चीन की प्रतिमा की ऊंचाई 153 मीटर है. सरदार पटेल की प्रतिमा न्यूयॉर्क स्थित 93 मीटर ऊंची स्टैच्यू ऑफ लिबर्टी से लगभग दोगुना बड़ी है. बताया जा रहा है कि इसकी गैलरी में एक समय में करीब 200 पर्यटकों को समायोजित किया जा सकता है. यहां से सरदार सरोवर बांध और सतपुड़ा व विंध्य की पर्वत श्रृंखला तथा अन्य जगहों का दीदार किया जा सकेगा. 

दुनिया की सबसे ऊंची मूर्ति
विंध्याचल व सतपुड़ा की पहाड़ियों के बीच नर्मदा नदी के साधु बेट टापू पर बनी दुनिया की सबसे ऊंची इस मूर्ति को बनाने में करीब 2389 करोड़ रुपये खर्च हुए हैं. राज्य सरकार के एक अधिकारी ने कहा कि स्टैच्यू ऑफ यूनिटी से राज्य के पर्यटन विभाग को बहुत फायदा होगा. इसके बनने से प्रतिदिन करीब 15000 पर्यटक के यहां आने की संभावना है और इससे गुजरात देश का सबसे व्यस्त पर्यटक स्थल बन सकता है. इसमें दो हाई स्पीड लिफ्ट भी होंगी जिससे एक समय में करीब 40 लोग गैलरी तक जा सकते हैं. यहां एक संग्रहालय में सरदार पटेल के जीवन से जुड़ी घटनाओं पर लाइट एंड साउंड शो भी होगा. 

प्रतिमा निर्माण का विरोध भी हो रहा है 
नर्मदा जिले के कुछ आदिवासी समूहों ने प्रतिमा निर्माण का विरोध किया था. इस बीच स्थानीय आदिवासी नेताओं ने बुधवार के आयोजन का बहिष्कार करने की घोषणा की है और दावा किया कि इस परियोजना से प्राकृतिक संसाधनों को बड़े स्तर पर नुकसान पहुंचेगा. पीएम मोदी को संबोधित पत्र में नर्मदा नदी पर सरदार सरोवर बांध के पास स्थित 22 गांवों के सरपंचों ने कहा कि जब प्रधानमंत्री समारोह के लिए पहुंचेंगे तो ग्रामीण उनका स्वागत नहीं करेंगे. पत्र में अहमदाबाद से करीब 200 किलोमीटर दूर स्थित नर्मदा जिले के गांवों के सरपंचों के दस्तखत हैं.





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Statue Of Unity: PM Modi To Unveil Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s Statue Of Unity Today: 10 Points


PM To Unveil Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's Statue Of Unity Today: 10 Points

At 597 feet or 182 metres, the Statue of Unity will be the world’s tallest statue

New Delhi:  As a tribute to freedom movement icon Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his 143rd birth anniversary today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil the ‘Statue of Unity’, which at 182 metres is the tallest statue in the world. The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel statue, twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty, has been built at a cost of Rs 2,389 crore and is located 3.2 km downstream of the Narmada dam in Gujarat.

Following are the top 10 things to know about the Statue of Unity:

  1. At the launch ceremony, PM Modi will pour soil and Narmada water into a ‘kalash‘ or urn, a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said. PM Modi had laid the foundation stone for the project five years ago, on October 31, 2013, when he was the chief minister of Gujarat.
  2. The statue depicts Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India’s first Home Minister, wearing a traditional dhoti and shawl, towering over the Narmada River. Iron was collected from all over the country for the statue of Sardar Patel, also known as the Iron Man of India.
  3. The statue has been designed by Padma Bhushan-winning sculptor Ram V Sutar and has been built by Larsen and Toubro and the state-run Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd. It took about 250 engineers and 3,400 labourers to construct the statue in 33 months.
  4. The Statue of Unity will stand 177 feet higher than the current world’s tallest statue, China’s Spring Temple Buddha in the central Henan province.
  5. The core of the statue is made up of reinforced concrete, but its surface that gives it a distinct design, has been created using 553 bronze panels – each panel has 10 to 15 micro panels. The panels were cast at a foundry in China and imported, which led to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi repeatedly targeting the government, claiming that the statue which will have a ‘Made in China’ tag.
  6. The panels were cast in a foundry in China as part of the international bidding process since there was no such facility in India that could make panels of that size, officials said.
  7. The statue will have a viewing gallery at the height of 193 metres from the sea level which can accommodate 200 visitors at a time. This gallery, at 153 metres height, will offer a view of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, its reservoir, and the Satpura and Vindhya mountain ranges.
  8. The statue will have a museum on the life of Sardar Patel at the base, and two high speed lifts will take people to the viewers’ gallery, from where they can see beyond the Narmada Dam.
  9. Once completed, around 15,000 tourists are likely to visit the statue every day, officials said.
  10. The museum will have 40,000 documents, 2,000 photographs and a research centre dedicated to Sardar Patel’s life.

With inputs from agencies





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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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Jawa Motorcycles Unveil Date Announced


Mahindra owned Jawa Motorcycles is all set to unveil its first offering on November 15 this year, and it is likely that the bike will be offered in three iterations.

Resurrecting the brand name in India, the Mahindra Group owned Classic Legends Jawa Motorcycles announced its new 293 cc engine earlier this week and the company has now announced that its first motorcycle will be revealed on November 15, 2018. The new motorcycle has been developed from ground up by the Indian auto giant and is likely to be inspired from the yesteryear Jawas. Details though are scarce at the moment on the new bike from the manufacturer.

Also Read: Upcoming Jawa Motorcycles To Get A New 293 cc Single-Cylinder Engine

Thatsaid, reports suggest that the new Jawa motorcycle will be offered in three iterations based on the same platform. The bike will be drawing power from the recently revealed 293 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine tuned for 27 bhp and 28 Nm of peak torque. The engine looks every bit retro with the faux cooling fins and a Rei exhaust system. Keeping up with the modern times though, there’s fuel injection available that will make it ready to meet BS6 regulations by 2020. A 6-speed gearbox will be paired with the new engine on the Jawa.

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(The new Jawa Engine for India looks retro while being future ready with fuel injection)

With regards to performance, the new engine is said to offer a generous mid-range and a flat torque curve which should help maintain spirited performance on the motorcycle at low rpms without making overly sporty.

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Once a strong competitor to Royal Enfield, Jawa Motorcycles seized operations in India during the 1990s. However, the brand enjoys a large fan following even today with owners continuing to meet ups and riding groups. With the new motorcycles from the brand, a large of section of these riders will certainly be very happy. We will get more details on the new Jawa Motorcycles and the brand’s future plans on November 15. Make sure to keep watching this space for all the details.

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