Hyundai announces partnership with Revv

Hyundai to partner with

self-drive start-up Revv

South Korean automobile major Hyundai Motor Company on Monday announced a partnership with Revv, an Indian self-drive car sharing start-up. The partnership, along with Hyundai Motor’s investment in Revv, will help the two firms build competency and the technology necessary for leading the “future mobility market” in India, Hyundai Motor said in a statement. It, however, did not disclose the investment details.

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Shooter Deepak Kumar finally lands a major medal

India’s Deepak Kumar produced a late surge to steal a silver in the men’s 10m rifle event at the Asian Games, giving the shooting contingent its second medal here.

China’s defending champion Yang Haoran was a cut above the rest, winning the gold with an aggregate of 249.1.

Deepak, who was not in the race for a medal until the 18th shot when he produced a perfect 10.9, earned his maiden Asian Games medal with 247.7, pushing Taipei’s Lu Shaochuan to third with 226.8 in the 24-shot final.

Ravi Kumar, who had won a mixed team bronze alongside Apurvi Chandela on Sunday, was unlucky to miss out on a medal. He was eliminated after the 20th shot, scoring 205.2.

Chandela bows out

Shooter Chandela, meanwhile, bowed out of the women’s 10m Air Rifle finals as she finished fifth in the category.

Despite a great start as Apurvi was once placed third, the 25-year-old shooter faltered towards the end and could manage to shoot only 186 points to finish fifth.

Major individual medal

For the Delhi-based Deepak, it was his first major individual medal, after having won a World Cup in mixed team event alongside Mehuli Ghosh in Guadalajara earlier this year.

A medal from a highly competitive field is a promising result but still there is a long way to go before the current crop can match the performances by Olympic medallists Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang.

Deepak and Ravi had finished fourth and fifth in the 60-shot classification held earlier on Monday. The top eight qualify for the finals.

Late in the finals, Deepak shot a perfect 10.9 to dislodge his Air Force mate Ravi before producing a 10.8 to pip the Taipei shooter.

Giving a peek into his state of mind while he was trailing for major part of the finals, Deepak said he just thought about what his coach Manoj Kumar would say.

“I was trailing also in the qualification. I just thought about his words. He often says ‘you have the potential and you know your limits’ Starting was not good, the middle was worse. So I just tried to stay calm,” the 30-year-old said.AGENCIES

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Will Lauren Conrad Be On ‘The Hills: New Beginnings’? Here’s What We Know

MTV briefly rewound itself back to 2008 when it announced during the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards that The Hills would be making its way back into our lives. Before the announcement, rumors swirled that the cast was preparing for a Hills reboot, but its former leading lady definitely made it clear that she wasn’t tied to any surprise bombshells involving the show. The blonde fashionista at the helm of The Hills wasn’t at the VMAs, so will Lauren Conrad be in The Hills: New Beginnings?

Elite Daily reached out to MTV to confirm which returning cast members will join the revival and what the exact air date is, but has not heard back by the time of publication.

As first reported by People, the main cast of the hit MTV reality series was set to reunite on the VMAs red carpet after several years of discussing the possibility of reviving the show. Although Conrad starred in a 2016 anniversary special commemorating the start of The Hills, E! News reported her absence from the VMAs plan. A source told the outlet, "Lauren is concentrating right now on her Kohl’s line and her charity work, which she is very passionate about."

Although she returned to MTV for that special anniversary program, Conrad has definitely distanced herself from her Hills origins over the years. After starring in MTV’s Laguna Beach from 2004 to 2006, she pursued a fashion career in Los Angeles throughout The Hills, which ran from 2006 to 2010. Longtime fans are probably dying for their fave Hills narrator to reconcile with one-time BFF Heidi Pratt or return to Kelly Cutrone’s PR agency for a chat, but Conrad’s done exactly what she set out to do all those years ago. She built her own fashion empire, and those responsibilities plus having a family have understandably put The Hills on the bottom of her list of priorities.

She isn’t the only Hills lady who avoided the VMAs reunion and has steered away from any revival news in the past. Lauren "Lo" Bosworth, who essentially took on Conrad’s "best friend" role after she feuded with Pratt, revealed earlier this year that she immediately turned down an executive producer’s question about getting the cast back together. On her Lady Lovin’ podcast, Bosworth said:

Any hopes of Conrad joining a reboot series at the last minute are probably fruitless, too. Since The Hills wrapped, she’s gotten married and had a son, Liam, and her new role as a mommy seems to have changed her outlook on starring in more reality TV. In 2017, she told People, "I don’t think I’m doing any more reality television that includes my personal life."

Well, seeing as The Hills was often a deep dive into Conrad’s relationships and friendship troubles, it looks like we won’t be seeing her on TV any time soon. Sorry, folks, but LC has officially grown up.


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Erasing the past

To rename the 150-year-old Mughalsarai railway station in Uttar Pradesh after Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, who was mysteriously found dead on the railway track close to the station in 1968, doesn’t make much sense if the objective is to systematically erase Mughal history. Islamic and Hindu cultures mingled in India for centuries, leaving a plethora of shared or overlapping nomenclature — too many to wipe out. How far do we go back in history and what do we choose to excise?

Yet this prominent example is but one in a long list of stations, roads and other venues that are slowly and steadily being renamed. Are we witnessing a movement that seeks to rewrite or erase parts of history?

Some seek to justify this process and draw parallels to movements in other countries, such as the movement against Confederate monuments and memorials in the U.S., or the movement to bring down the Cecil Rhodes statue in Oxford in the U.K. But these are not the same. In the U.S., fierce debates continue to rage over allowing Confederate statues — symbols of the country’s dark history of slavery and white supremacy — to stand, and parks bearing the names of Confederate leaders have been renamed Justice Park and Emancipation Park. The net impact has been to bring a measure of solace or closure to those who suffered racist attacks. And in the U.K., students have led protests to bring down the statute of Cecil Rhodes, the British-origin Prime Minister of Cape Colony who espoused racist views, yet left behind a generous and lasting corpus of funds in higher education. This hints at a broader social realisation of the legacy of colonialist racism.

In India, the last of the Mughals became the symbolic leaders of a revolt against white rulers. Yet, Aurangzeb, not the most popular of Mughal rulers in public memory, has been so demonised in school textbooks that alternative readings of him have become impossible. As historian Narayani Gupta once remarked to this newspaper, “Ultimately, it comes down to the appalling way we teach history in terms of good and bad kings. It shows a lack of imagination, a lack of a sense of history, a smallness of mind.”

The clamour for renaming roads is also unlike the movement to erase the names of British rulers from the roads of Delhi. Colonialism differed from Mughal rule in that the British government’s motives were resource extraction and strategic control. Thus, an argument could be made for relabelling roads named Chelmsford, Curzon, and Connaught after Indian leaders. However, isn’t India’s Mughal legacy an indispensable part of its history, culture and cuisine? There are always new roads and railway stations waiting to be named after Indian leaders. So, why attempt to wish away history?

The writer is an Associate Editor with The Hindu in New Delhi

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Monitoring committee expanded

Thoothukudi Collector Sandeep Nanduri on Monday said that a representative from Sterlite Copper has been added to the district-level monitoring committee so that the company could be provided access to the administrative block as per the orders of the National Green Tribunal.

He said though the company’s representatives had not sought administrative access so far, further steps would be taken according to the orders of the NGT. The panel is headed by the Sub-Collector and includes the Corporation Commissioner, officials from the Inspectorate of Factories, Tangedco, the commercial taxes department, the police department and the Ottapidaram Union.

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Dalit student murdered in M.P.

A 23-year-old Dalit student was killed here on Monday by a man who was allegedly putting pressure on her to withdraw a sexual harassment complaint against him, the police said.

The incident took place around noon when the student was walking to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Government Girls College here. The accused, 38-year-old Anil Mishra, got down from his motorcycle and dragged the woman to the roadside by her hair. He allegedly pushed her to the ground and smashed her head with a big stone lying nearby, said Kotwali police station in-charge Arvind Jain.

Some people rushed to help and overpowered Mishra. The woman, who was seriously injured and bleeding profusely, died while being taken to a hospital, Mr. Jain said.

Mishra, who has been arrested, prima facie committed the crime as the victim had refused to withdraw the sexual harassment case against him, said K.K. Verma, Seoni sub-divisional officer (police). Both are residents of a village in Seoni, Mr. Verma said.

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Traffic jam, water logging witnessed across city

It was a wet Monday for the twin cities owing to incessant rains throughout the day.

The rainfall ranged between 1.7 cm in Alwal, 1.4 cm in Kapra to traces in several parts. The Met Department has predicted more rainfall tomorrow.

The wet spell and the pot-holed roads in most parts of the city led to traffic logjams throughout the day with many commuters forced to be spend long hours on the road. This has been reported in areas of Kukatpally, Erragadda, Begumpet, Secunderabad, Banjara Hills, Jubilee Hills, Hi-Tec City, Gachibowli, Malakpet, Nampally, Kondapur and other parts.

Even the flyovers were clogged either due to water logging or because newly-laid patch works had come off leaving cracked thoroughfares making the vehicles crawl as it has been witnessed at Punjagutta, Greenlands, Begumpet, Harihara Kala Bhavan, Telugu Talli and so on.

The municipal corporation emergency teams got into a high alert post midnight itself with personnel fanning out to different areas to tackle inundations and other issues. The monsoon was active in rest of the State too, with highest rainfall recorded 221.3mm at Aswaraopeta in Bhadradri-Kothagudem district.

High alert

DGP M. Mahender Reddy, in the meantime, has instructed all the police commissioners and SPs to be alert, proactive and coordinate with revenue, fire services, NDRF, local communities, swimmers, irrigation department to prevent loss of life, predominantly in the areas where vulnerability is high.

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Avicii Won Best Dance Video At The 2018 VMAs & It Was A Bittersweet Moment

The music world was shocked and saddened on April 20, 2018 when news broke that superstar DJ Avicii had passed away at the age of 28 years old. Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, was a groundbreaking force in the industry; his impact on the hitmakers of today and the EDM genre overall was massive, and his loss was deeply felt by fans and celebrities alike. Rita Ora, who collaborated with Avicii on 2017’s "Lonely Together," took to the Radio City stage on Sunday night to honor his memory. She announced Avicii won Best Dance Video at the 2018 VMAs, but of course — the win was bittersweet. His posthumous victory only reminds fans of the late musician’s artistry and memorable contribution to music.

"I just found out Avicii and I won Best Dance, please let’s make some noise for Avicii right now,” Ora told the audience on Monday night. The late Avicii and Rita beat out heavy hitters in the category like Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa, The Chainsmokers, Zedd and Liam Payne, Marshmello featuring Khalid, and David Guetta and Sia.

Following Avicii’s passing in April, Ora expressed her sadness and condolences via Twitter. The singer wrote:

Many collaborators, admirers, fellow DJs, and fans shared their heartbreak over his passing through social media as well.

"Working with him was one of my favorite collaborative moments. far too young. the world was a happier and fuller place with his presence and art," Imagine Dragons tweeted.

"I can’t express how deeply sad I am. Meeting him changed my life. He was an amazingly talented person and it hurts so bad that he’s gone," Aloe Blacc shared.

Rita Ora additionally opened up about Avicii during a King’s Day performance in the Netherlands a week after his death. She told the crowd:

Avicii’s family released statements regarding his death last April, including one that described the Swedish-born Bergling as a "fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions." A portion of their statement read:

While fans are definitely happy to see Avicii recognized, it doesn’t take away from the bittersweet moment that comes with recognizing such an idol who really was gone too soon.

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Seminar

A seminar on “One year of GST- Success and Challenges under the Goods and Services Tax Law” will be held here on August 21 at Hotel Grand Mercure. CII Mysuru in partnership with M/s Lakshmikumaran and Sridharan, Attorneys, as the Knowledge Partner, has organised the seminar.

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Inter Milan shocked in Serie A opener

A late Edin Dzeko stunner got AS Roma off the mark in their Serie A campaign at Torino on Sunday but Inter Milan made the worst possible start with a 1-0 loss at Sassuolo.

Roma’s win meant the top three from last year’s campaign all won their opening round of matches.

Champions Juventus, with new superstar signing Cristiano Ronaldo making his debut, won 3-2 at Chievo on Saturday with runners-up Napoli coming back to win 2-1 at Lazio.

But Inter Milan – fourth last season – suffered an early upset after Domenico Berardi slotted in a 27th-minute penalty to give all three points to their rivals from Modena.

“This has complicated everything,” said Inter coach Luciano Spalletti.

“Sassuolo did well on the counter-attack, they were compact without giving anything.

“We lost the game because of a penalty and Sassuolo didn’t create many chances.”

Sassuolo dominated the first half, earning a penalty when Joao Mario brought down Federico Di Francesco in the penalty area.

Inter Milan’s top scorer last season Mauro Icardi came close twice, with Croatian Ivan Perisic also sending the ball over the top in the second half.

Spectacular play

Earlier Roma’s only goal came oneminute from time following spectacular play by new Dutch signing Justin Kluivert, son of former Barcelona striker Patrick Kluivert.

The 19-year-old came on as a second-half substitute, running down the right flank, dribbling past past three players to provide the crucial cross which Dzeko lashed into the far top corner.

“It was a great cross, and I scored even better goal!” Dzeko joked. “Last year I scored one that was maybe a bit better (against Chelsea), but this is among the best three.

“I saw Kluivert on the right and hoped he would cross it to the back post, which is fortunately what he did. He definitely changed the game.”AFP

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