The UNESCO has cautioned that the damage caused to the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) due to the Gorkhaland agitation may put in peril the World Heritage tag it earned in 1999.Two prime stations Gayabari and Sonada were torched while an arson attempt was made on Elysia Building — the headquarters of the DHR during the pro-Gorkhaland bandh that entered its 54th day today.“The DHR heritage toy train is already very vulnerable given the natural environmental surrounding and landslide and other disaster threats it faces. And, now this social turmoil has added another layer of vulnerability to it,” said Section Chief and Programme Specialist for Culture at UNESCO New Delhi Office Moe Chiba.“We are very worried about the DHR as after the UNESCO tag, it is a heritage symbol of outstanding universal value.And with all the damage caused to it during the strike, the World Heritage status enjoyed by it, may come up for review in the next World Heritage Committee meeting in 2018,” she told PTI.Indian Railways and UNESCO are currently working on preparing a Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP) for the DHR, work on which had begun in mid-2016.An office for the CCMP, with a team of experts, was set up in June last year in a room of the 1896-built Kurseong Station that falls midway on the 88-km-long narrow-gauge railway network between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling.The ongoing agitation for a separate Gorkhaland has halted the project operation in the hill town and UNESCO has opened a temporary office for it in its headquarters premises in Delhi.“Around June 8, the stir began in Darjeeling and we continued for a few days but finally, the situation became difficult and on June 12, we closed our CCMP project office in Kurseong.“We evacuated our staff and asked them to go back to their hometowns and work from there and later set up a CCMP office at the UNESCO Office in Chanakyapuri,” Chiba said, adding, “as soon as the area is made accessible, our team will visit Darjeeling to assess the extent of damage caused to this World Heritage“.Delhi-based conservation architect Aishwarya Tipnis, part of the CCMP project team, said DHR was inscribed in the UNESCO list nearly 20 years ago, and it is “Asia’s first industrial heritage site to earn the coveted tag“.“DHR is a complex cultural landscape, which impacts the everyday life of a large population. And, the unfortunate events of deliberate damage caused by arson attacks on Sonada, Gayabari stations and ‘Elysia’ brings to light an important question regarding the protection of world heritage sites in conflict situations in our country,” Tipnis told PTI.“We are very hopeful that the situation normalises soon enough,” she said.After DHR, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) and the Kalka-Shimla Railway (KSR) were successively accorded the UNESCO tag, and the three have been collectively designated as the Mountain Railways of India.The only other railway property which enjoys the World Heritage status in India is colonial-era Victoria Terminus (now Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus) station in Mumbai.“The objective of the CCMP is to provide a framework for management of the world heritage site with the various stakeholders — the railways, local administration, civic bodies, NGOs, tour operators — and people in general and an idea to collaboratively work towards its preservation and development by defining roles and responsibilities,” Tipnis said.According to the architect, if the DHR model of preservation goes as it is being planned, it will become a “yardstick of conservation” for various other projects in the field.Chiba said proper guidelines will be prepared for maintenance of DHR, its vintage steam locomotives, machinery and historic stations and other buildings, and other conservation-related aspects.Tipnis, who is a heritage consultation expert in the multi-disciplinary team said the CCMP is also preparing a conservation strategy for restoration of Ghoom Station, which house a museum.“The work includes documentation, mapping, condition assessment and conservation strategy. The DHR is country’s pride, and a proper conservation plan will go a long away in preserving it for posterity,” she said.Set up in 1881, the DHR is administered by the Guwahati- based Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR). The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Co. remained effective until it was taken over by the Government of India on October 20, 1948.Throughout that period Gillanders Artbuthnot & Co., one of the oldest managing houses in Calcutta, handled its financial, legal and purchasing interests, according to official website of the DHR.Asked if the damaged stations and buildings of the DHR can be restored, Tipnis said, “Yes we have all the drawings and data and we should be able to restore them. However we need to make an assessment of the damage as soon as we can.” The indefinite strike has paralysed normal life in Darjeeling and cries for separate Gorkhaland have replaced the whistling sound of the chugging steam engines that otherwise echo through the picturesque hills and tea gardens.
The Congress wants a “grand temple” to be built in Ayodhya, Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot said on Friday, days after the Supreme Court cleared the way for the construction of the shrine in the Hindu holy town. He also said the court’s decision was acceptable to all and people should now stop doing politics on the issue. In its verdict announced on November 9, the Supreme Court backed the construction of a Ram temple by a trust at the disputed site in Ayodhya, and ruled that an alternative five-acre plot be allotted for building a mosque in the town. “Everyone has welcomed the decision and the Congress Party wants a grand temple be built there [Ayodhya],” Mr. Pilot told reporters in Dausa district. “We have to happily respect and maintain that decision. Now, we have to stop doing politics on this issue; the world is moving forward,” he said. People who had been doing politics over the case for the past 30 years understand now that no one will benefit politically by raising the issue again and again, he added, without naming anyone. Speaking about the Congress’ performance in the recent civic body polls in Rajasthan and Assembly elections in some States, Mr. Pilot said there is a change in the country’s atmosphere. “[Congress’] performance in the recent civic body elections reflects that the organisation and workers have worked hard and people have liked the government’s work. State Assembly results in Haryana and the alliance government taking shape in Maharashtra reflect that the atmosphere in the country is changing,” he said. “The way we have worked in Rajasthan, I am happy to say that the Congress organisation worked as hard and with as much preparedness as it did when it was in the Opposition,” the Deputy Chief Minister said. The Congress registered an impressive victory in the civic body elections held in the State earlier this month to elect 2,000 councillors. The Party got a clear majority in 20 of the 49 municipal areas that went to polls. Mr. Pliot said the BJP had always believed urban areas to be its stronghold, but the Party could only manage a majority in six areas. He said while the BJP won all 25 Lok Sabha Seats in Rajasthan six months ago, people had given the mandate to the Congress now.
South Africa’s Caster Semenya crosses the line to win the gold in the women’s 800-meter final during the Diamond League in Doha, Qatar, Friday, May 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)Caster Semenya was defiant in every way at what very well could be her last 800 meter race.Her raised fist at the start. Her unstoppable victory. And with her reply Friday to the big question of whether she will now submit to new testosterone regulations in track and field and take hormone-reducing medication.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Suns name 76ers assistant Monty Williams as new coach Now, her career appears to be at a crossroads: Does she take medication to lower her testosterone? The medication will likely inhibit her athletic performance and could blunt her dominance. Or does she switch events and run in long-distance races not affected by the regulations?She was emphatic when she told reporters after Friday’s race that she wouldn’t take the medication.“That’s an illegal method,” she said.But Semenya also didn’t give a clear idea of what she would do next. She said she wouldn’t move up to the 5,000 meters and she definitely wouldn’t retire.“God has decided my career, God will end my career,” she said in the BBC interview. “No man, or any other human, can stop me from running. How am I going to retire when I’m 28? I still feel young, energetic. I still have 10 years or more in athletics.“It doesn’t matter how I’m going to do it. What matters is I’ll still be here. I am never going anywhere.”Semenya’s comments may foreshadow an appeal against the CAS ruling, aimed first at allowing Semenya to defend her 800 title at the world championships, also in Doha, in September and October while not taking the hormone-suppressing drugs.But, if she keeps her promise not to lower her testosterone, there is a chance that Friday was the last time that Semenya runs in the 800, where she is a double Olympic and a three-time world champion, and arguably the best female athlete to run the distance in 40 years.Her career, however, seems destined to be overshadowed by the testosterone debate, which has the potential for implications far beyond her own results.Semenya gave away little on the track to indicate it might be her last race at the distance. She raised her right fist when announcers introduced her before the race. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated View comments It was Semenya’s first 800 meter race this year and first since losing her case against the IAAF this week.“Actions speak louder than words,” Semenya told the BBC. “When you are a great champion, you always deliver.”But Semenya’s four-year dominance over two laps — Friday’s win was her 30th straight in the 800 continuing a run that started in late 2015 — may now be at an end.Ended not by another competitor, but by new regulations set to come into effect Wednesday. They require the South African star and other female athletes with high levels of natural testosterone to medically lower them to be eligible to compete in events ranging from 400 meters to the mile.Semenya failed to overturn those rules in her appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “Hell no,” the Olympic champion from South Africa said.Semenya responded to her defeat in a landmark court case against track and field’s governing body two days earlier with a resounding win in a place where she’s done nothing but win the last four years — over two laps of the track.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsShe won the 800 meters at the opening Diamond League meeting of the season in Doha, Qatar, with a meet record of 1 minute, 54.98 seconds. It was her fourth-fastest time ever. The only person ahead of her at any time during the race was the pacemaker.Semenya’s nearest challenger, the Olympic silver medalist Francine Niyonsaba, was nearly three seconds and about 20 meters behind her — barely in the picture. Ajee Wilson of the United States was third. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles She was presented with a bunch of flowers and tossed them to the crowd at the end. She then gave a thumbs-up to fans, flashed a brief smile, and walked off the track.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES
(EDs: Adding Virat Kohlis name in intro) Colombo, July 20 (PTI) Whether its Shikhar Dhawan or Abhinav Mukund, whoever opens alongside KL Rahul in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle should treat this as an opportunity rather than feel the pressure to perform, India skipper Virat Kohli said today. The skipper termed regular Test opener Murali Vijays wrist injury as “unfortunate” but also praised his players being honest about their fitness status. “Every player comes to the team wanting to perform. Injuries are unfortunate part of sport. Vijay was back from rehab and played a game and told selectors he was not match fit. That is the kind of culture being created. People are honest,” Kohli said during his arrival media conference. “Abhinav (Mukund) is there, he has played lot of domestic cricket. Shikhar got a hundred here last time and then he had to miss couple of games. “(Cheteshwar) Pujara opened in the last Test (in Dharamsala). So guys are looking these scenarios as opportunities rather than getting under pressure. I am sure they are going to be up for it,” said Kohli admitting that the team will have to make a mental change from white ball to red ball cricket. Sri Lanka performed shoddily against Zimbabwe in the recently concluded series where they even lost the ODI rubber. But Kohli insisted that they are not taking Sri Lanka lightly. “Not at all. I remember we came here two years back after tour of Australia, we were six or seven in the rankings. That particular series in Sri Lanka gave us belief. It taught us to come together as a team. Everyone in the team knows this is where it all started after losing the first Test in Galle. It was a dent for us. “The way we came together in the last tour is iconic for us,” said Kohli referring to the 2-1 win in the 2015 Test series, which was his first as full-time captain. Sri Lanka are a team in transition but Kohli expects them to put up more than a fight. “We know we have to work very hard. You have to respect the game. You have to be professional,” said Kohli when asked what it takes to be the number one Test side. Sri Lanka senior spinner Rangana Herath took 15 wickets in the last series two years with seven of them coming in the victorious Galle Test. “He is such a good bowler. If you dont find a solution to tackle him, then he will do what he did at Galle. You have to stay a step ahead of the opposition and find ways to counter it. If mistakes happen consistently and then you are not improving as a side,” Kohli stated. Ravi Shastri insisted that his team will play fearless cricket but is that simple, Kohli quipped: “Yes it is.” “All you need is that players are in the frame of mind so that they can be at their best. After you take the field, you are expected to take over and adapt to situations. That is something have been doing well in the past few years.” PTI BS KHS ATKadvertisement
chief(Eds: Cong reax, CBFC chief, Raj BJP chief comments)Jaipur/Bengaluru, Nov 15 (PTI) Rajasthan minister Kiran Maheshwari today joined the chorus of protests against Bollywood movie Padmavati even as the Shri Rajput Karni Sena called for a country-wide bandh on December 1, the day the film is slated to be released.Rajasthan BJP chief Ashok Parnami, member of erstwhile Udaipur royal family Laksyaraj Singh Mewar and Congresss Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh were among others who said that no effort to distort historic facts would be tolerated.The Congress said that if there are any scenes in Padmavati that hurt sentiments they need to be reviewed.Censor Board chief Prasoon Joshi sought to dismiss reports that he watched the film. Some reports suggested that Joshi had found nothing objectionable in the film.The Rajasthan State Commission for Women (RSCW) also wrote to the censor board asking it to clear the “ambiguity” over the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film “in the interest of law and order”.The protests, meanwhile, reached south with Karni Sena members staging a demonstration in Bengaluru.In Jaipur, Karni Sena leader Lokendra Singh Kalvi said the reported comments by actress Deepika Padukone, who plays the legendary queen in the movie, that nothing can stop the release of the film was provocative.”Deepika Padukones statement is provocative and I take it as a challenge, therefore, I have called for a nationwide bandh,” Kalvi said.”Ye jauhar ki jwala hai bahut kuch jalega. Rokna hai to Padmini ko rok lo (This is the flame of the Jauhar and a lot will burn. Stop it if you want to),” he threatened. He also made some disparaging remarks against the actor.advertisementKalvi recalled that he and Padukones father ace shuttler Prakash Padukone were together at a sports camp in Patiala years ago. The Karni Sena leader said that he has not spoken to her father on this issue.The Karni Sena seemed to have found some support in Maheshwari, a minister in the Vasundhara Raje government in Rajasthan. Maheshwari said she strongly opposed the film claiming it was made purely for money making and entertainment.In a social media post, the minister said that Rani Padmini had performed Jauhar with 16,000 women. “Deceit in any case with the history of immortal valour of such women cannot be accepted,” she wrote.State BJP chief Parnami also said that no one would be allowed to play with history.In New Delhi, Congress spokesperson R P N Singh said though he had not seen the film, it was up to the censor board to clear the movie. He said that if there are scenes that hurt sentiments, they should be reviewed.Rajasthans commission for women chief Suman Sharma, meanwhile, wrote to the censor board seeking clarity over movie so that peace is maintained.In a letter to Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Prasoon Joshi, Sharma said that it needs to seen that the movie does not affect the dignity of women.Citing protests in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra, she said such incidents were adversely affecting the law and order situation.Members of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena claimed that even Muslim leaders had come out against the film.Karni Sena leader Kalvi demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi intervene in the matter saying the central government had the powers to stop the release of a film for three months.That provision should be invoked in case of Padmavati which is slated to be released on December 1, he demanded.”We are calling for a country-wide bandh on December 1 if the film is released. We have the support of all castes and communities. We will hold public meetings and rallies in Gurgaon, Patna and Bhopal before that,” Kalvi told reporters.He claimed that film hall owners association and distributors had refused to release the film in the state.He said that the film maker had promised to organise a pre-screening before the censor boards approval but he released the promo and song without taking the Rajput community into confidence.The Sena is not demanding any pre-screening now but a total ban as the filmmaker had “betrayed”, he said.The protests spread to the south as Rajput community members today staged a demonstration and held a rally in Bengaluru.A large number of people from the Karni Rajput Sena turned up at the Town Hall in the heart of the city and marched up to the Freedom Park.”What we have learnt is that there is lots of distortion of historical facts. Till our objections are addressed, we will not let the movie to be screened anywhere,” said Sukhdev Singh, president of the Karni Sena.advertisementIn Uttar Pradesh, Director General of Police Sulkhan Singh said the force had been asked to remain extra vigilant.In Kota, six of the eight persons detained on Tuesday night in connection for allegedly vandalising a cinema hall were arrested and produced before a court that sent them to judicial custody till November 19. PTI SDA AG ABN GMS RA VS SKC RDS BK ADS ADS
Next Varun Singh New DelhiOctober 9, 2019UPDATED: October 9, 2019 17:26 IST Tata Tigor EV electric sedan extended range gets a 21.5 kWh battery pack. (Representative Image)HIGHLIGHTSThe extended range Tata Tigor EV electric sedan now boasts of an ARAI-certified range of 213 km.The extended range Tata Tigor EV electric sedan is now available in three variants — XE+, XM+ and XT+.The extended range Tata Tigor EV electric sedan has two driving modes — Drive and Sport.Tata Motors today launched the Tigor EV electric sedan extended range for an introductory price of Rs 9.44 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) after deducting government subsidies. Now the electric vehicle will be available for both fleet and personal segment customers across 30 cities.Tata Tigor EV electric sedan extended range qualifies for FAME II incentive for eligible commercial customers. The new extended version offers an enhanced driving range and low cost of ownership.Tata Tigor EV electric sedan extended rangeThe extended range Tata Tigor EV electric sedan now boasts of an ARAI-certified range of 213 km.Tata Tigor EV electric sedan extended range variantsThe extended range Tata Tigor EV electric sedan is now available in three variants — XE+, XM+ and XT+.Tata Tigor EV electric sedan extended range coloursThe extended range Tata Tigor EV electric sedan gets colour options like Pearlescent White, Egyptian Blue and Roman Silver.Tata Tigor EV electric sedan extended range drive modesThe new extended range Tata Tigor EV has two driving modes — Drive and Sport.Tata Tigor EV electric sedan extended range batteryThe new extended range Tata Tigor EV gets a 21.5 kWh battery pack. The car has two charging ports for fast charging as well as slow AC charging.Tata Tigor EV electric sedan extended range featuresThe Tata Tigor EV extended range boasts of exterior features like premium front grille, signature EV decals, stylish alloys, shark-fin antenna and LED high mounted stop lamp. The electric gets classic black and grey interiors. Other features include height-adjustable seat and superior seat fabric.advertisementTata Tigor EV electric sedan extended range warrantyThe electric vehicle comes with a warranty of 3 years or 1.25 lakh km, whichever is earlier.Tata Tigor EV electric sedan extended range safety featuresThe standard safety features in Tata Tigor EV electric sedan extended range include dual airbags and ABS. However, the XE+ trim only has a driver airbag.Tata Tigor EV electric sedan extended range priceLocation/VariantXE+XM+XT+Ex-showroom price, Delhi (for personal segment buyers)Rs 13.09 lakhRs 13.26 lakhRs 13.41 lakhEx-showroom price, Rest of India (for personal segment buyers)Rs 12.59 lakhRs 12.76 lakhRs 12.91 lakhALSO READ | Royal Enfield Himalayan Adventure-Rongbuk scheduled from October 8 till October 19ALSO READ | Mercedes-Benz India beats slowdown blues, delivers more than 200 cars on Dussehra and NavratriALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Ciaz completes 5 years in India, over 2.7 lakh units soldGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Tata Tigor EVFollow Tata Tigor EV extended range Tata Tigor EV electric sedan extended range launched, price starts at Rs 9.44 lakhTata Tigor EV electric sedan extended range qualifies for FAME II incentive for eligible commercial customers. The new extended version offers an enhanced driving range and low cost of ownership.advertisement
New Delhi: More than 700 terrorists have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir over the last three years, the Home Ministry said on Tuesday. A total of 113 terrorists were killed between January and June 16 this year, 257 were killed in 2018, 213 in 2017 and 150 in 2016, taking the total number of those killed during the period to 733, it said. As many as 112 civilians have also lost their lives during this period in the state. Of them, 15 had died in 2016, 40 in 2017, 39 in 2018 and 18 between January and June 16, this year. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France “The government has adopted a policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism. Security forces are taking effective and continuous action in countering terrorism. This has resulted in corresponding change in the number of such incidents, including casualties,” Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy said in a written reply to Lok Sabha. “Security forces keep a close watch on persons who attempt to provide support to terrorists and initiate action against them,” he added.
OTTAWA – The auto sector rates nary a mention in the published list of U.S. objectives for the renegotiation of NAFTA.But senior Canadian officials privately believe the automotive industry is actually at the root of American demands for changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement and will be the key to the success — or failure — of negotiations to revamp the trilateral deal.Donald Trump, they note, rode a wave of anti-trade sentiment to victory in last fall’s presidential election, propelled by an unabashedly protectionist, America-first agenda, including a threat to rip up NAFTA, which he called “the worst trade deal in the history” of the United States.It was a populist message that tapped into long-simmering resentment over the exodus of American manufacturing operations — including the Big Three automakers and auto parts plants — to Mexico. And it resonated particularly loudly with voters in the 14 auto-producing states, 12 of which ultimately delivered their electoral college votes to Trump.Now, Canadian officials believe the success of the NAFTA renegotiation, set to start Aug. 16, hinges on Trump’s ability to claim a win on the auto front. And they believe the route to that victory lies in stricter labour and environmental standards to minimize Mexico’s low-wage advantage.It’s an issue on which Canadian and American interests are largely aligned. Some stark statistics compiled by Unifor, the union representing autoworkers in Canada, explain why:— Mexico buys just eight per cent of North American-made vehicles but employs 45 per cent of the continent’s auto workers.— Since NAFTA came into effect in 1994, four assembly plants in Canada and 10 in the United States have closed; eight new plants have opened in Mexico.— U.S. and Canadian vehicle and auto parts trade deficits with Mexico have grown exponentially — a four-fold increase for Canada, from $1.6 billion pre-NAFTA to $8.7 billion now.And all those disturbing numbers are explained by another stark statistic: Mexican autoworkers earn an average of about $4 per hour, compared to $30-$35 per hour in the U.S. and Canada.Rebalancing the auto industry so that all three countries get a fair share of investment and jobs “will be the biggest piece of the puzzle, I would suggest, in NAFTA,” says Unifor president Jerry Dias.On that score, there’s some urgency for Canada and the U.S., both of which hope to regain a bigger share of the pie as the auto industry embarks on historic investments in the next generation of vehicles: electric and self-driving cars.While the U.S. list of objectives for NAFTA negotiations doesn’t mention the auto sector specifically, it does call for stiffer rules of origin and more stringent, enforceable environmental and labour standards — which would have a direct bearing on the automotive industry.Unifor supports those American objectives. The union wants to see the rules of origin beefed up so that vehicles must have at least 70 per cent North American-made content — up from the current 62.5 per cent — to be eligible to move duty-free between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.That’s aimed primarily at forcing Asian and European automakers and Chinese producers of auto electronics to build more plants in North America.Automakers, however, are vehemently opposed to raising the minimum content requirement, which they argue is already the highest of any trade agreement in the world.“Any changes to the duty-free access and content rules will disrupt the highly integrated supply chains and reduce the massive benefits, undermining the global competitiveness of that integrated automotive industry we talk about,” Mark Nantais, president of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association, told the House of Commons trade committee last May.David Paterson, vice-president of General Motors Canada Ltd., reminded the committee that a vehicle built in North America can cross borders seven times during the manufacturing process. Tracing the content of every part already requires “a lot of bureaucracy.”“Under the category ‘do no harm,’ we must set out to reduce, not add, red tape,” he said. “We would prefer to see tracing eliminated.”On this issue, the government appears to be siding with the automakers.Rather than focus on rules of origin, senior Canadian officials — speaking anonymously because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter — said strengthening labour and environmental standards would be a more effective way to reduce Mexico’s disproportionate share of auto investment and jobs.The objective, one official stressed, is not to stop auto production in Mexico, but to close the wage gap so Mexican workers benefit while making the other two NAFTA partners more competitive.Mexico would not be averse to measures that would raise the standard of living for its workers, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., David MacNaughton, suggested in an interview.“The question really is over what period of time and how you achieve that,” MacNaughton said.“Also, we need to make sure that living standards and good paying middle-class jobs in Canada and the United States continue to be created, too. So the question is, can you find a way to create that win-win-win?”Currently, NAFTA includes side deals on labour and the environment — essentially just aspirational goals to improve working conditions and committing each country to enforce its own labour and environmental standards.That has allowed Mexico to take advantage of its low wage rate, lack of free collective bargaining and non-existent health, safety and environmental standards to lure auto companies looking for the cheapest place to set up shop, says Dias.That advantage would diminish if companies operating in Mexico were compelled to abide by standards similar to those applied in the U.S. and Canada. Dias advocates strict timelines for raising wages and penalizing companies that don’t meet them.“There’s going to have to be a wholesale change in the system,” Dias says.“Corporations are going to have to be more responsible, they’re going to have to start to treat people better, they’re going to have to start to pay them respectfully.”— With additional reporting by Alexander Panetta in Washington
EDMONTON – Alberta’s environment minister says she’s not responsible for a controversial tweet advising people to eat less meat.Shannon Phillips tweeted on Friday that the message, which was posted on her Twitter account on Jan. 2, came from a staff person during a period when Phillips says she was away from her Twitter account.Phillips says the tweet was regrettable and that she has been assured it won’t happen again.The tweet began by suggesting anyone who needs a New Year’s resolution should consider taking the Green Challenge by Environment Lethbridge, which is an organization based in Phillips’ constituency.The tweet says the challenge advises people to “reuse shopping bags, take shorter showers, unplug electronics devices, eliminate vehicle idling and eat less meat.”Opposition Leader Jason Kenney tweeted in response that people are free to eat what they want, and it should stay that way.“As someone who supports Alberta’s farmers and ranchers — and enjoys a good steak from time to time — I will not be taking the NDP’s advice,” said Kenney, of the United Conservative Party, on Twitter.While Alberta’s oil industry has typically commanded many headlines in recent years, the beef industry is still a massive economic driver in the province.The Green Challenge by Environment Lethbridge runs between Jan. 15 and Feb. 15 and encourages people to reduce their climate footprint by focusing on five areas. It asks for people to go meatless for one day each week.Its website says meat production and consumption is one of the leading generators of greenhouse gases.The explanation from Phillips about the tweet followed a series of other tweets on Friday where she noted her support for the meat sector. She said she comes from a family of beef producers, adding that her grandfather came to Canada in 1919 and his cow-calf operation became one of Alberta’s most successful farm family operations.“My tweet was about a local enviro challenge and was in no way meant to offend the industries that are vital to our province’s culture and economy. We know that the rhetoric from Jason Kenney and the UCP is often overheated,” Phillips said on Twitter.The series of tweets went on to blame the staffer.“So all this is to say, I was away from my twitter account around NY Day, and the tweet that came from a staff person was regrettable,” the tweet said.
Madrid: Lionel Messi clinched an eighth La Liga title for Barcelona in 11 seasons on Saturday as he scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at home to Levante. The Argentine star struck his league-leading 34th goal of the campaign after coming off the bench for the second half to help Barca wrap up the title with three games remaining. Barca hold a nine-point lead over second-placed Atletico Madrid, but the Catalans cannot be overtaken thanks to their superior head-to-head record. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuIf Messi can find four more in the three games left, it will be his best La Liga return since his 43 in 2015. His partner, Luis Suarez, has 21 and together, they have scored more than every team in the division except Real Madrid and Sevilla. It is Barca’s 26th league title and nudges them closer to Real Madrid’s record of 33 in Spain. “To win the title with a distance and gap is difficult with the rivals we have. We’ve done it two years in a row,” Barca coach Ernesto Valverde told Movistar. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”We’re happy and to see people enjoying it makes us proud. But we still have challenges ahead.” Valverde initially left Messi on the bench with Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Liverpool in mind, but he replaced Philippe Coutinho at the break at the Camp Nou. Coutinho and Luis Suarez pressed Levante goalkeeper Aitor Fernandez into action early on, the Brazilian coming closest to breaking the deadlock when his free-kick rattled the crossbar shortly before half-time. He was sacrificed for Messi though, and it proved an inspired decision as the Argentine swept in the winner on 62 minutes following a frantic scramble inside the Levante area. The visitors, not yet safe from the threat of relegation, responded and put Barca on the defensive but were denied a last-gasp equaliser when the ball hit the post and rolled into the grateful arms of Marc-Andre ter Stegen. “In the end he scored the goal. He always scores goals everywhere,” Valverde said of Messi, who celebrated winning his 10th league crown. Atletico had delayed Barca’s title party earlier in the day as they scraped past strugglers Real Valladolid 1-0 after surviving late VAR penalty drama. Joaquin Fernandez’s own goal put Atletico ahead midway through the second half, but they had to endure a nervy final few minutes in which Jan Oblak had to be at his best and they survived a late VAR check over what looked like a clear Santiago Arias handball in the area. “It’s controversial, a ball that hits the hand and the referee’s decision is to see if it’s voluntary or not,” said Saul Niguez, whose cross led to their fortunate winner. Diego Simeone’s side are nine points ahead of local rivals and reigning European champions Real Madrid, who travel to Rayo Vallecano on Sunday amid increasing speculation they will respond to a disappointing season by swooping for Eden Hazard and Neymar. “It’s what we deserve, no more, no less. We’ve come so far,” added Saul. “There were moments when we wanted to be first and others that I would say no, that’s what we deserve.” Valladolid meanwhile stay 17th, just one point and a place away from the relegation zone after a match they will feel they were unlucky to lose. Earlier on Saturday, Athletic Bilbao and Alaves did their chances of European football next season no favours with a 1-1 draw in the Basque Country. Seventh-placed Bilbao are five points away from the Champions league places — with Alaves a further three points back — and could also see Valencia and Sevilla take the Europa league further away from them when they take on Eibar and Girona.
Laayoune – A Sahrawi family from the Tindouf camps, composed of six members, currently in Morocco as part of the exchange of family visits between the camps and the Moroccan southern provinces, decided to stay in the motherland and leave for good the said camps, fleeing the suffering endured by Moroccans held captive by the polisario militia on the Algerian territory.The family, made up of the father, mother and four kids, arrived to Laayoune on May 15 coming from the camps of Tindouf (south-western Algeria), as part of the family exchange visits program, brokered by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), local authorities said.During a meting on Tuesday at the Wilaya of Laayoune, the local authorities received this family and congratulated it for taking the choice of staying in Morocco for good. This choice shows the sincere will by families to join their motherland Morocco and flee torture and suffering in the said camps which is denounced by several international human rights organizations.
WINNIPEG — Grain quotes Thursday for tonnes, basis Lakehead:Canola (Vancouver): Open High Low Close WedJuly ‘ 17 0.00 0.00 0.00 554.20 566.00Nov. 514.00 514.80 500.20 502.50 514.00Jan. ’18 517.80 519.60 504.30 506.40 517.50March 517.40 517.40 507.90 510.00 520.30May 514.00 514.00 507.60 509.80 520.50July 0.00 0.00 0.00 510.20 521.10Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 471.40 485.40Jan. ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 472.20 486.20March 0.00 0.00 0.00 472.20 486.20May 0.00 0.00 0.00 472.20 486.20July 0.00 0.00 0.00 472.20 486.20Barley (Western): Open High Low Close WedJuly ’17 0.00 0.00 0.00 138.00 138.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00March ’18 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00March ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00ICE Futures Canada cash prices:Feed wheat: Track Thunder Bay CW: $178.00Canola:Thunder Bay No. 1 Canada: $507.50 (November 2017)Vancouver No. 1 Canada: $527.50 (November 2017)
Under an accord reached over the summer in Accra, Ghana, the parties agreed to adopt legislative reforms, revise the Constitution’s provisions relating to eligibility by nationality for the presidency, and begin disarmament.Through a statement released today by his spokesman, the Secretary-General noted that these provisions “have not been met.”President Laurent Gbagbo, in an address to the nation on 12 October, said the political crisis should be resolved without further delay – a view the spokesman said Mr. Annan shares.”To this end, the Secretary-General urges the political forces in Côte d’Ivoire to ensure the full and unconditional implementation” of the Accra III agreement, as well as an accord they struck in 2003 in Linas-Marcoussis, France, the spokesman said, emphasizing the need to address constitutional reform and disarmament.The Secretary-General “urges adoption of all legislative reforms without delay, and also appeals to all armed elements, including militias, to commence disarmament at the earliest.”The statement also welcomed President Gbagbo’s condemnation of all acts of violence against the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) and the French peacekeeping forces, and said it “should be unconditionally enforced by all authorities concerned.”Côte d’Ivoire’s current crisis broke out in September 2002. The rebel Force Nouvelles dominates the north, and UN peacekeepers serving with UNOCI are stationed between the opposing sides.
Asian electric car consortium, led by China biomass company, in deal to buy Saab SHANGHAI – The Asian consortium planning to rescue Swedish automaker Saab Automobile from insolvency is led by a mainland Chinese alternative energy tycoon whose company has close ties with China’s State Grid electricity utility.Being linked to the acquisition of Saab’s car making assets could help bring the huge, state-owned utility a step closer toward its long-sought goal of breaking into the electric vehicle market.“It’s logical if they want to move into that market,” said Yale Zhang, managing director of the independent consultancy AutoForesight in Shanghai.State Grid is the main driver behind installing the charging stations and other infrastructure required to support electric vehicles. It has experimented with electric buses but lacks automotive technology.With a brand name, “If they want to build a higher-end EV, it would be easier to penetrate the European, American, even the Chinese market,” said Zhang.Kai Johan Jiang, the alternative energy tycoon, was born in rural eastern China, went to school in Sweden and once worked for Volvo Trucks, according to his company’s website.Most of his career has been in the energy sector. His company, National Bio-Energy Group, specializes in building and running power plants fueled by farm waste, such as straw and corn stalks. It has partnered in research on biomass energy with State Grid, whose logo is front-and-centre on the Bio-Energy Group website.National Bio-Energy Group also has co-operated with Sweden in biomass research.Another of Jiang’s companies, National Modern Energy Holdings, holds a 51 per cent stake in National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB, the company set up to buy Saab’s main assets. Sun Investment LLC, said to be a Japanese company, holds the remaining 49 per cent.Saab’s buyers say they plan to meld Swedish car design and manufacturing know-how with Japanese electric vehicle technology to promote premium electric vehicles in China â€” a goal that has so far proven elusive.Jiang and others did not disclose the price tag in announcing their purchase Wednesday of the Saab assets, which include the main parts of its auto manufacturing division.“Chinese customers demand a premium electric vehicle, which we will be able to offer by acquiring Saab,” Jiang told reporters at a news conference at Saab’s manufacturing plant in Trollhattan, Sweden.Perhaps, analysts say.But buying a car factory will not guarantee success in actually making and selling premium electric vehicles, whether in China or elsewhere.China’s economic planners have made development of electric vehicles a top economic priority, driven both by the need to reduce smog and also to curb soaring dependence on imported crude oil.But so far the market has failed to take off. Providing subsidies at the local level has only helped boost electric vehicle development in a couple of cities where local car manufacturers have relatively strong EV production, says Zhang.Jiang and his partners have tapped a former executive of Volvo Trucks, Karl-Erling Trogen, to head their consortium, which says it is already hiring staff to begin product development.Saab, which has more than 3,000 workers, filed for bankruptcy in December last year after its previous owner, the Dutch luxury car group Spyker â€” later named Swedish Automobile â€” failed to get sufficient backing for the brand.Helping perhaps to minimize friction over intellectual property concerns, the carmaker’s Saab Parts unit was not included in the agreement. IP rights for the Saab 9-5 car model, owned by the brand’s former owner General Motors Corp., were also excluded.Though Saab is not especially known for its prowess in electric vehicles, it will likely provide a platform for a prototype that State Grid could use to gain better co-operation with mainstream auto manufacturers, said Bill Russo, president of the consultancy Synergistics Ltd. Such companies have not been willing to take State Grid’s lead in pushing ahead with new products.“You wouldn’t buy Saab for its EVs. It’s about the ability of a power systems company to commercialize EV technology,” Russo said.“Will this lead to a high volume car business? Definitely not anytime soon,” he said.___Louise Nordstrom in Stockholm contributed to this report. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jun 14, 2012 5:41 am MDT
by The Associated Press Posted Jun 16, 2016 8:31 am MDT Last Updated Jun 16, 2016 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Average US 30-year mortgage falls to 3.54 per cent WASHINGTON – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for a second straight week amid continued global economic concerns. The average rates touched their lowest points in 52 weeks.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dipped to 3.54 per cent from 3.60 per cent last week. That is well below its level a year ago of 4.00 per cent.The average rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages declined to 2.81 per cent from 2.87 per cent.Deepening doubt about the strength of the U.S. economy and concern that Britons could vote to leave the European Union in a referendum next week are stoking the malaise.Worries over a possible British exit from the 28-nation bloc helped depress the U.S. stock market for five straight days. Proponents of Britain remaining in the EU say a vote to leave could bring economic calamity to the country. It likely would roil global markets.Bond prices have remained high, keeping yields low. Bond investors say the uncertainty about the expected close British vote has forced European investors to buy up U.S. government bonds in a search for security, pushing bond yields to their lowest levels in years.Mortgage rates often move in sync with long-term bond yields. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note dropped to 1.57 per cent Wednesday from 1.70 per cent a week earlier. It fell further to 1.52 per cent Thursday morning.As expected, the Federal Reserve’s policymakers decided at their meeting this week to keep interest rates unchanged at 0.25 per cent to 0.50 per cent. In their announcement Wednesday, the Fed officials said that while U.S. economic activity continues to strengthen, “the pace of improvement in the labour market has slowed,” a reference to employment reports for April and May that were weaker than expected.To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country at the beginning of each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 per cent of the loan amount.The average fee for a 30-year mortgage was unchanged from last week at 0.5 point. The fee for a 15-year loan also was steady at 0.5 point.Rates on adjustable five-year mortgages averaged 2.74 per cent this week, down from 2.82 per cent last week. The fee remained at 0.5 per cent.
OSU then redshirt-sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) celebrates after a touchdown during a game against Michigan on Nov. 28 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorGoing into spring camp, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer had a definite answer for who was going to be the guy behind the center: redshirt junior J.T. Barrett. But beyond Barrett at quarterback, there are many questions of who is going to replace players such as running back Ezekiel Elliott or receivers Braxton Miller and Michael Thomas. With the Buckeyes’ annual spring game set for Saturday at 1:30 p.m., there are several young players looking to make a good impression on Meyer and the offensive coaches. OSU is looking to limit the transition phase to only the spring so it can come into the regular season ready to produce at the high level that is expected, and having the veteran Barrett still at the helm makes that slightly easier. After former offensive coordinator Tom Herman took the head coaching job at Houston before the 2015 season, co-offensive coordinators Tim Beck and Ed Warriner were left with the tall task of replacing him. There were obvious growing pains during the 2015 season, but they seemed to recede toward the end of the year, evidenced by the dominant performances against Michigan and Notre Dame. Meyer said Beck and Warinner are still learning, but, at the same time, they’re helping grow the offense.“(Beck) took over for a very valuable guy, and I expect more out of him and our offensive staff in general,” Meyer said. “We have to do a better job than we did a year ago. I see it happening this spring as far as the growth of the offensive staff.”As the centerpiece of the offense, Barrett has impressed many this spring, including Meyer. Just the fact that Barrett is healthy and getting a chance to take part in these valuable reps is a benefit that he hasn’t been afforded since leaving Texas for Columbus. “He’s having a great spring,” Meyer said. “He’s never been the quarterback in spring practice or in a spring game. We are changing some things on him that were not fundamentally where they needed to be last year. … He is a fast player and we need him to play as fast as he can.”Barrett said he is already working on some of those fundamental changes that Meyer and the offensive staff encouraged him to make. “I am trying to evolve my game to be able to see things faster because the game slows down as you play more,” Barrett said. “That’s just from watching film and transferring what I see onto the field.”That comes from practice, which Barrett said is a key part of what Buckeye fans see on Saturdays in the fall. “We don’t have game players,” Barrett said. “You have to make plays in practice in order to make plays on Saturday.”Two players taking advantage of the practice time are fighting for the top spot in the offensive backfield: senior Bri’onte Dunn and redshirt freshman Mike Weber.Even though Dunn has more game experience at the college level — he has 48 carries for 287 yards in his career — Meyer said both Weber, a high-profile recruit from Detroit, and Dunn are neck and neck to take Elliott’s spot.“As of now, Bri’onte and Mike are still fighting it out, and the young guys have done a decent job,” Meyer said. “No one has separated themselves yet.”The backup quarterback role is another position, in addition to offensive line, that still needs to be decided upon. Even though Barrett has solidified himself as the clear starter, redshirt freshman Joe Burrow is performing at a high level this spring. “He’s doing pretty well,” Meyer said. “I don’t think he’s the athlete that J.T. is right now, but he is becoming a much better runner, his release is night and day of what it was.” Meyer was asked what would happen if Barrett sustained an injury and Burrow had to assume the starting spot. “We would probably lean on the tailback and high-percentage passes,” Meyer said, “But he’s getting close to being game-ready.”With that said, a way for young players, like Burrow, to become game-ready is through the spring game. With fans breaking the national attendance record for spring games last year, Meyer is hoping that will happen again for the sake of the younger players. “I want to see Joe Burrow and Mike Weber perform in front of 100,000 people in the stadium,” Meyer said. “They have never done it. The value is probably the greatest it’s been in my four years here to see the young players respond.”Spring practice is not the stopping point, though, before the football season starts. It’s only a jumping off point, as there is still a lot of work to do before the team is game-ready, Barrett said. “One of the things we like to talk about is development and developing guys, and spring ball has definitely helped,” Barrett said. “Also, we still have summer. That’s the time where I get to work with receivers, especially the ones who haven’t been in. That’s definitely going to help us later on.”
The iPod Nano is truly the chameleon of personal media players. It has gone through several distinct design phases over the years, from tall and skinny, to short and wide, to teeny-tiny and finger-friendly. Now the rumor mill indicates that Apple is at it again; the Nano as we’ve come to know it is slated to change.A new report claims that the device announced at Apple’s annual fall music event this year will be of the tall and skinny variety once again, but will still have a multitouch screen. In fact, the screen is rumored to be a little larger this time. Interestingly, it is also reportedly going to feature an iPhone-style home button.The current iPod Nano uses a very small multitouch screen, and has an iOS feel to the software. The new bigger Nano would make that software experience better, but I doubt it will be running iOS. More than likely, it’s just going to look and behave a lot more like the iPod Touch without running apps.The current Nano’s square design has encouraged some uber-nerds to turn the device into a watch, but that may be a thing of the past. The larger form factor would also open up the possibility of returning the camera to the device, which was ditched in the last minimalistic re-design.There are also some more shady rumors about a new iTunes service launching in tandem with the new Nano, but no specifics were forthcoming on that front. With people increasingly shifting to smartphones, I’m not sure it’s even worth the R&D on a mid-range media device like this.More at Macotakara, via Cult of Mac
In this week’s episode of Clark Talks, The Columbian explores the local economy, from the big picture to the success of one business.Columbian reporters Kaitlin Gillespie and Dameon Pesanti will introduce Troy Brynelson, the paper’s new business reporter.The three also chat with Scott Bailey, the regional economist with Washington’s Employment Security Department, about where people work in Clark County and the future of the economy in our region.This week’s episode closes with lunch at Daddy D’s Southern Style Barbecue, a hole-in-the-wall spot at a Shell station on Fourth Plain Boulevard.Podcasts can be downloaded on iTunes by searching for Clark Talks or at soundcloud.com/clark-talks.
New Galaxy S10 phones pile on sweet specs 6:04 The San Francisco event, which also saw the announcement of the much-anticipated Galaxy Fold, is important for Samsung as it tries to create more buzz for its products. With phone fatigue and sticker shock becoming more common, many of us are trying to wring more value out of devices. Samsung, Apple and everyone else need to work harder to woo us into spending. More from Samsung Instagram Samsung Snapchat Post a comment Samsung Event Mobile World Congress 2019 Smartphone shipments dropped 5 percent to 376 million units last year, according to Strategy Analytics. Samsung reported a steep drop in revenue and profits last month.Most of its businesses, from chips to displays, felt the effects of weaker demand and stiffer competition in the handset sector. Smartphone sales declined, memory chips destined for handsets didn’t sell as well and mobile displays suffered.First published 12:09 p.m. PT.Updated at 12:46 p.m. PT: Adds more detail. 41 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Everything Samsung showed at Unpacked New Galaxy S10 phones bring it Galaxy Fold is the most exciting phone we’ve seen in years Every camera lens and curve on the new Galaxy S10 phones What’s the difference in all the S10 models? Galaxy Buds with wireless charging arrive March 8 for $130 Phones Mobile 0 The Samsung Galaxy S10’s camera tech will work seamlessly within Instagram and other apps’ photo modes. James Martin/CNET Samsung opened its camera software development kit (SDK) to give apps full access to the tech used by its new Galaxy S10 phone’s camera.Photos taken within other apps will retain the same quality level as those taken with the camera proper, and you’ll be able to access all the camera’s features — like low-light shots and HDR.It showed off the direct integration with the S10’s new Instagram Mode at its Unpacked event on Wednesday, and revealed that photos you take within the Snapchat, Snow and Line will have the same options. Tags
Hero MotoCorp, India’s largest two-wheeler maker, introduced its all new Splendor iSmart motorbike with a price tag of ₹47,250 (ex-showroom Delhi).The Splendor iSmart, which comes equipped with stop-and-start i3S technology, was first showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014. The i3S technology automatically shuts the engine when idling and turns it on when needed with just one click.The bike comes with 100-cc air-cooled, 4-Stroke Single Cylinder OHC engine, which can churn out a power of 5.74 KW (7.8 Ps) at 7500 rpm and maximum torque of 0.82 Kg-m (8.04 N-M) @ 4500 rpm. The company will offer the new bike in four colour variants – Sports Red, Leaf Green, Excellent Blue and Heavy Grey.”Delivering on our commitment to bring revolutionary technologies that will transform the two-wheeler market, we have launched Splendor iSmart which is a great combination of style, performance and safety. Our customers will love the new i3S technology which makes this motorcycle truly smart, giving them more for every drop of fuel. We have applied for a patent for this technology which may be later extended to several other models,” said Anil Dua, Sr. Vice President (Marketing & Sales), Hero MotoCorp at the launch.At the Auto Expo, Hero had showcased diesel-electric hybrid concept RNT, Hero Xtreme, Hero Dash, Hero’s indigenously developed concept hybrid scooter Leap, Hero HX250R sports bike and the scooters – 150cc ZIR and 125cc Dare.In February, Hero had announced a price cut on all its models, after the proclamation of excise duty relief to the automobile industry in interim budget 2014-15. With the price cut, Honda’s Dream Neo 110cc bike, which is priced at ₹43,150 and ₹47,289, comes cheaper by ₹1,600. While the company’s CBR250R benefited a reduction of up to ₹7,600. Hero’s bikes like Karizma ZMR, Impulse, Splendor and Glamour got a price cut of up to ₹4,500.Hero Splendor iSmart Prices in India₹47,250 (ex-showroom Delhi)₹49,967 (ex-showroom Mumbai)₹48,192 (ex-showroom Chennai)₹48,549 (ex-showroom Kolkata)₹48,014 (ex-showroom Bangalore)