Hyundai launches the Elite i20 in Auto Expo 2018

The new Elite i20 will be available in 6 options with brand new alloy wheels
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With winter coming to an end, the Auto Expo in Delhi has started. Like every year, there will be a launch of some fabulous cars, including Mercedes, Toyota and many more. Apart from the luxury cars, this year also witnessed the launch of the new Elite i20 model by Hyundai Motor Company.

This premium car was launched on February 7, Wednesday. Director of Sales and Marketing, Hyundai India Pvt.Ltd, Rakesh Srivastava was present at the launch.

Elite i20 is a revised version of the preceding model with a few modifications on features and an enhancement in appearance.

Pronounced changes can be figured out from the face of the car itself. The highlighting features being a new black cascading grille, a redesigned headlamp with LED daytime running lights, bumper with inbuilt spoiler and an arrow-head fog lamp housing. The body of the car gives out a stylish muscular look with the sculpted doors and new alloy wheels. The rear looks somewhat different with bigger tail lamps and newly designed tailgate.

The interior of this new model did go through significant changes and looks more superior compared to the old one. In this new model, the center console features a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports inbuilt navigation and connectivity devices including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Elite i20 is also equipped with 6 airbags, parking assist and auto door lock at high speed, all these features will provide the passengers with maximum safety.

Mileage of this new model is 1.2 litre in case of petrol and 1.4 litres in that of diesel. The higher variants have a CTV automatic gearbox. However, the lower variants have a manual transmission.

The petrol variant of the Elite i20 starts from Rs. 5.35 lakh, going up to Rs. 7.91 lakh. While the diesel model lies within the range of Rs. 6.73 lakh to Rs. 9.16 lakh. Bookings for this new Hyundai launch is open.

Overall, this new model is nothing more than a modified version of its predecessor.

Sources: News18, Times of India

Delhi: 8 month old baby sexually assaulted by relative


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Protests against increasing incidences of rapes in DelhiOn January 28th, an eight-month-old infant was allegedly raped by her 28-year-old cousin. The incident occurred in Shakurbasti, northwest Delhi. The child suffered severe injuries in her vital organs and was immediately rushed to the Kalawati Saran hospital. She was kept under ventilator support in the ICU. After undergoing a 3-hour long surgery, her condition stabilized. According to reports from NDTV, the accused confessed guilty of the crime on January 29th and was arrested by the police.

Reports from Hindustan times stated that the baby’s parents left her in their relative’s house as they had to go to work. The child lived with her parents on the first floor while the relatives lived on the ground floor of the same building. The mother of the accused was taking care of the child when her son suggested that he would take her to the room and play with her. On police interrogation, the 28-year-old revealed that he muzzled the child’s mouth to suppress her screams and then raped her.

When the child’s mother returned home in the night, she found that her child’s clothes were stained with blood and she was profusely crying. The child was admitted to the hospital where the doctors confirmed that it was a case of sexual assault. The police were informed and a case was registered.

The 28-year old initially denied his actions during police questioning, following which he escaped from his house. The police later tracked down his location and arrested him. A rape case under the IPC section and POCSO section (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act) was registered against the accused at the Subhash Place police station.


Sources: Hindustan Times, NDTV


Kathputli demolition cause irreparable loss to Students

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Delhi High Court reprimanded Delhi Development Authority and Raheja Developers for irresponsible handling of Kathputli Colony demolition.

New Delhi, January 19:  The Delhi High Court on 18th January reprimanded Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and Raheja Developers Limited for the irresponsible way in which the Kathputli Colony demolition was carried out.

It was during the hearing of a PIL filed against the demolition that the court noted that an irreparable loss had been caused to the students of class X and XII, who were forced to move to transit camps along with their families following the demolition.

The bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar warned the authorities of stringent action if in the future they were to conduct demolition drives at a crucial time when students’ exams are approaching. It further directed the AAP government and its transport department to ensure availability of facilities, including transportation to these children and asked it to take immediate steps on the matter.

The Delhi government’s standing counsel Satyakam assured the bench that these problems would be addressed immediately. Responding to the concern raised by the court observers regarding the provision of an adequate and efficient public transportation facility enabling those resettled in Narela to reach their work place on time, it said that a bus facility will be started to take them to Shadipur Depot. It also added that those displaced could access the Public Distribution System by changing their address through online facility.

Home to a large number of puppeteers, magicians, singers and musicians, the Kathputli Colony in West Delhi, spreads over an area of around 14 acres. Despite all resistance against the redevelopment project announced in 2009, DDA evicted the residents of the colony and flattened 400 houses during October – November in 2017.


Sources: The Quint, The Hindu

AAP MLAs refused interim relief by Delhi HC

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AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj talks to the press about the HC ruling which can be considered as one among many setbacks suffered by his party.

New Delhi, January 19: After Election Commission of India’s (ECI) recommendations of disqualifying 20 AAP MLAs, The Delhi High Court refused to grant relief to the aforementioned party.

Justice Rekha Palli, criticized the conduct of the MLAs towards the ECI, questioning their decision to not appear before the poll panel in spite of their pleas remaining unresolved in the High Court.

The AAP lawyer told the court, “Complaints and allegations leveled against the party are full of malice”. However, the AAP council was cut short by Justice Palli who strongly pointed out that in spite of High Court not granting a stay order on the summons by the ECI, AAP legislators failed to turn up. “You cannot dictate to the election commission that you will not appear before it” she expressed on a day which provided with another major setback to Arvind Kejriwal’s Party.

Usually, The President sends a reference to the poll panel of the ECI in petitions seeking disqualification of lawmakers, which in turn decides the case by sending back its opinion

In this case, EC said that the 21 AAP MLAs abused their posts of parliamentary secretaries and should be disqualified as MLAs of the Delhi Assembly. Thus, under the current circumstances, the President is bound to go by the recommendation of the EC.


Source: Hindustan Times, ANI

Student furore against 75% attendance rule for all subjects in JNU

“What kind of attendance they are talking about when we PhD students do not even have classes,” a PhD student said after Jawaharlal Nehru University made 75% attendance compulsory for students of all courses.

Teachers have to mark attendance with the signature of students which then would have to be submitted to the central office of the university.

The directive which becomes effective from this winter session, will apply to all part-time and BA, MA, M.Sc., M. Tech, MPH, PG Diploma and M.Phil. students.

60% attendance would be enough for students who can justify their absence on valid medical grounds, to sit for end semester exams.

A total leave of 30 days in an academic year is allowed officially with permission from the supervisor.

Now, it is mandatory for the MPhil and PhD students to attend at least two contact sessions with the supervisor.

The leave will be a part of their tenure of MPhil or PhD program. According to the circular as published by the institution, it is compulsory for all students to sign the attendance register every day.

Jignesh Mevani refuses to call off rally despite Delhi Police order

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Gujarat legislator and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani is an accused in the recent violence occurred in Bhima-Koregaon, Pune.

New Delhi, January 09: Newly elected Gujarat legislator and Dalit leader, Jignesh Mevani called out the ‘Yuva Hunkaar Rally’ along with Assam peasant leader Akhil Gogoi to address Dalit activists on January 09, 2017, even when the Delhi Police denied permission citing an National Green Tribunal (NGT) order that had disallowed protests at Jantar Mantar.

Around 1500 police and paramilitary personnel, armed with tear gas and 10 water cannons, have been deployed at the venue. In spite of that, a large number of students from universities in New Delhi, women’s groups, teachers’ associations and activists associated with Mevani from across the country are expected to attend the rally.

On Monday, a tweet by the office of Deputy Commissioner of Police said, “No permission granted so far by Delhi Police to hold proposed protest at Parliament Street in view of NGT orders.” However, the organisers have claimed that their protest is on Parliament Street and not Jantar Mantar.

The purpose behind the rally is to demand the release of Chandrashekhar Azad, the Dalit leader arrested last June over caste clashes in Saharanpur.

The 37-year-old Mevani is accused in the case of violence in the recent clashes at Bhima-Koregaon near Pune, that eventually spread across Maharashtra.


Sources: The Indian Express, India Today

Intense fog affects trains, flights in Delhi (NCR)

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Railways had to cancel 18 trains while 62 were delayed, besides 20 rescheduled due to fog in several parts of North India.
New Delhi, January 05: In the last 2 days, Delhi has witnessed very dense fog in the early hours of the day. Thick, dense fog built up in the last two days led to suspension of landing operations at Delhi Airport for couple of hours. As of the morning of January 5, shallow to moderate fog is witnessed by many areas of the city.
Hundreds of passengers at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport and railways stations were stranded after operations of trains and flights continued to be affected. Around 62 trains in Delhi have been delayed, 20 rescheduled and 18 cancelled due to low visibility as fog continues to grip the region, reports ANI. 17 flights have been delayed at the Delhi Airport, at the time of filing this report. The air quality in the national capital has been keeping under ‘very poor’ category as the fog has not been allowing the particulate matter to disperse.
Yesterday, Northern Railway Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) Nitin Chowdhary told ANI that the Indian Railways has installed a fog-safety device in the trains to prevent their long delays in winters.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Indian Railways has decided to extend the services of few weekly special trains, in order to clear the holiday rush of passengers and the inconvenience caused due to dense fog in the national capital region. Moreover, hundreds of passengers at several railway stations in north India have been left stranded after multiple trains have been cancelled, delayed and rescheduled for the last couple of days.
The weather condition is likely to remain the same for the next few days.