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Bajaj, Kawasaki end alliance in India

New Delhi: Bajaj Auto said it has agreed with Japan’s Kawasaki to end their decade-old alliance for sales and services in India from next month. The Pune based company is focusing on its partnership with Austrian firm KTM, under which it has been converting its Probiking outlets, where Kawasaki motorcycles were also sold, into KTM dealerships. “Kawasaki and Bajaj have mutually arrived at an amicable decision to end their alliance in

BSNL offers 1 GB free data to its non internet users

New Delhi: State-owned telecom corporation Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd today said it will offer 1 GB of free data to smartphone users who have a BSNL connection but are not using the company’s data services. In a statement here, BSNL said it has ‘decided to give a special free offer for smartphone users to promote digital India drive and to increase internet users in prepaid mobile services’. The offer would

Vasupal must pay money he owed: Karnataka Minister

Bengaluru: Amid the raging Stayzilla controversy, Karnataka IT Minister Priyank Kharge today said no industry, including startups and vendors, are above law and should function within the parameters and anybody raising money should pay up. Yogendra Vasupal, co-founder of Stayzilla, was arrested on 14 March for alleged cheating and criminal intimidation. “Stayzilla controversy has been blown out of proportion. However the advise I would give in this whole episode is that there

Yechury wants data on amount of old currency deposited

New Delhi: The CPI(M) today attacked the NDA government for not making public the data on the amount of junked currency deposited in banks post note ban. Taking to Twitter, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury asked whether the Modi government is “that incompetent” that it is yet to come out with the numbers. “Why don’t we have the data on amount of old currency notes deposited even now? Is the

Shirish Kunder apologises for comments on UP CM

Mumbai: Filmmaker Shirish Kunder has apologised on social media after an FIR was registered against him for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Aditya Nath Yogi. “I unconditionally apologise. I never meant to hurt anyones feelings or sentiment,” Kunder posted on his Twitter page. The FIR against the director was registered yesterday in Lucknow based on a complaint filed by Amit Kumar Tiwari, Secretary of Thakurdwara Trust of

Resident doctors in Maharashtra call off stir

Mumbai: Resident doctors across Maharashtra called off their five-day protest against a spate of assaults and resumed duties following an ultimatum from the Bombay High Court and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The State government had also given an assurance to the protesting doctors that their demands will be looked into. “Most of the doctors have resumed duties. The OPDs have also become operational per schedule and resident doctors paid a visit

Hot air balloon creates panic again in Goa village

Panaji: Panic gripped gullible residents of a village in South Goa when a hot air balloon-which is part of the State government’s tourism initiative-landed in their locality this morning. The incident took place 9.30 am in Raia village located on Margao-Ponda highway, 35 kms from here. Fear-stricken villagers raised an alarm on seeing the hot air balloon and even called the local police. “We all panicked as we saw the