Toyota Corolla 2020 smashes past crash test with five-star safety rating

Toyota Corolla has been on roads around the world for years and years. And years. The reliable workhorse of a sedan from the Japanese has been trusted by millions and for good reason. And the list of reasons can now be added with the new 2020 Corolla's five-star safety rating given by Latin NCAP authority.In a recent on cam test conducted by Latin NCAP, a new vehicle evaluation program in Latin American and the Caribbean, the 2020 Corolla came out shattered - but only in appearance on the outside....

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Shortage of material to issue Civil IDs – PACI facing crisis

Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) is currently facing a crisis in the issuance of Civil IDs due to shortage of materials by the company in charge of import, reports Al-Qabas daily.The daily quoting reliable sources said the issuance of ID cards now takes 7 days while it was earlier accomplished within 48 hours.They denied rumors, which said the system was hacked, affirming there’s no interruption of service and that the system is working normal aside from delay in the issuance of civiSource...

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Tipu lessons in Karnataka school textbooks to stay, rules expert panel

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the history of Tipu Sultan being taught to children in schools in Karnataka. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, had earlier made it clear that they were trying to remove all mention of Tipu Sultan from textbooks. However now, the expert committee which was formed to look into the issue, has decided to retain the lessons and said that nothing would be changed.Noting that the lessons on Mysuru would be incomplete without mention of the role Tipu Sultan played,...

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Veteran Telugu actor Gollapudi Maruthi Rao passes away at the age of 80

Veteran actor, writer and screenwriter Gollapudi Maruthi Rao passed away at the age of 80 on Thursday at a private hospital in Chennai. He was undergoing treatment at Lifeline Hospital in T Nagar after falling ill and succumbed at around 12 noon.As per hospital sources, he had been undergoing treatment for age-related ailments.Gollapudi Maruthi Rao was born in 1939 in Vizianagaram in Madras Presidency, in present-day Andhra Pradesh. He attended Andhra University in Visakhapatnam. The late actor is not only...

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2001 Parliament attack: Breach that led to a security overhaul

On this day 18 years ago, a five-member suicide squad comprising Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists attacked the Indian Parliament, while the Lok Sabha was in session: the Houses were adjourned at the time of the attack, but several parliamentarians and staff were present inside the building.Although all five were neutralised outside the building itself, the attack prompted an extensive overhaul of the security of parliament building. Today, it is one of the most secured complexes in the country.The...

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Uncertainty looms over India-Japan summit as Assam protests intensify

Doubts persisted on Thursday as to whether India and Japan would go ahead with an annual summit in Guwahati during December 15-17 after widespread violent protests in Assam over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) left at least two persons dead.Last week, India announced the dates for the summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe. Though both sides haven’t formally named the venue, preparations were on to hold the summit in Guwahati. Some of the banners...

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Amid ongoing Assam violence, Guwahati comes out of life under curfew

Continuing their protest against the citizenship law, hundreds of people gathered at the Chandmari field in Guwahati on Friday morning to take part in a mass hunger strike against the new Act.The 10-hour-hunger strike has been called by All Assam Students Union (AASU) as part of its protests against the law.AASU has announced that it will file a PIL in Supreme Court challenging the law. “There is no way Assam or Assamese people will accept it. Besides peaceful protests we will continue legal battle...

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From CAB to SPG, how the Winter Session reinforces Amit Shah’s leadership

When Amit Shah rose to table the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 in the Lok Sabha, and subsequently the Rajya Sabha, this week, few would have remembered that the home minister is just a first-term Lok Sabha member.And that is because the Bharatiya Janata Party president, who proved himself as an organiser-par-excellence in Narendra Modi’s first term, delivering successive electoral wins, has, in quick time, established himself as the government’s key architect of policy and legislations. His power...

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Reckless public transport bus drivers blamed for traffic chaos in Jleeb area

The Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior for Traffic and Operations Affairs, Major General Jamal Al-Sayegh, spoke about chaos and traffic congestion created by the bus drivers in the Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh area, reports Al-Qabas daily.In a letter addressed to the Kuwait Municipality, the copy of which has been acquired by the daily, Al-Sayegh suggested solutions to the chaos created by the public transport buses in the Jleeb Al- Shuyoukh area.The Traffic Engineering Department made an inspection...

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Uncertainty hangs over future of 80% eateries, cafés in Kuwait

The Kuwait Municipality is expected to close down more than 80% of the country’s licensed restaurants and cafes when the Municipal Council took the decision during its last meeting Monday, to separate the restaurant activity from the café and prevent hookahs in the closed areas, reports Al-Qabas daily.The source told the daily, the café is issued a license by the Ministry of Commerce, under the name ‘Shisha Café’. The municipal council’s decision to prevent hookahs in closed places is inconsistent...

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