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Range of patriotic sarees released as Indian election date set

Range of patriotic sarees released as Indian election date setThe saree is being deployed as the latest political weapon in India’s elections as the world’s largest democracy prepares to go to the polls. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unveiled a collection of “political sarees”, hoping the women’s garments will act as mobile billboards for voters making up their minds in coming weeks. India’s election commission announced on Sunday that the country’s electorate, numbering over 900 million, will go to the polls in seven phases between 11 April to 19 May, with results due on 23 May. So the first big campaigning stunt by the incumbent BJP was to launch the new line of sarees, featuring pictures of Indian soldiers, fighter jets and Narendra Modi, the prime minister, printed on them. They were unveiled on Sunday at the state BJP headquarters in Jaipur, Rajasthan, hoping a recent rise in nationalism after the recent conflicts with Pakistan would spur party supporters to literally wear their loyalties. Mr Modi will be seeking a second term in office Credit: INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images Last week “air-strike” sarees, in shades of cream, saffron and green, as well as camouflage ones, became popular as the Indian government’s fiery rhetoric saw jingoistic tendencies soar. However several patriotic saree vendors were left embarrassed after tweeters pointed out that their garments bore images of American forces, not Indian. The sarees however may end up falling foul of the “model code of conduct” that exists during election periods – similar to “purdah” in Britain. The election commission on Saturday asked to keep the military out of campaigning, saying the armed forces are "apolitical and neutral stakeholders in a modern democracy". Narendra Modi heads the BJP Hindu nationalist party Credit: AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh The memo, which was sent to all parties, was issued after billboards featuring BJP leaders such as Mr Modi and its president, Amit Shah, along with the Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, appeared around Delhi. "Everything is possible under PM Modi," the billboards read. Just after the election dates were announced, Mr Modi tweeted: “The festival of democracy, Elections are here." “I urge my fellow Indians to enrich the 2019 Lok Sabha [Indian parliament] elections with their active participation. I hope this election witnesses a historic turnout. “I particularly call upon first time voters to vote in record numbers.” The Prime Minister had kept an intense schedule of launches and openings in the last fortnight as his administration tried to announce several policies and schemes before the code of conduct period was triggered.



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Nissan Leaf electric car gets longer range: 40% boost to battery power for Leaf e+

Nissan Leaf electric car gets longer range: 40% boost to battery power for Leaf e+Nissan is set to offer a long-range version of the Leaf in a long-awaited move that places it in competition with the Tesla Model 3 and Chevy Bolt.



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The 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus Has More Power, More Battery, Not That Much More Range

The 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus Has More Power, More Battery, Not That Much More RangeA 62.0-kWh battery pack boosts driving range by around 40 percent, but the Leaf still falls short of rival EVs.



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Iran wants to expand missile range despite U.S. opposition

Iran wants to expand missile range despite U.S. oppositionIran wants to increase its missiles’ range, a senior military official was quoted as saying on Tuesday, a move that would irk the United States which views Tehran’s weapons program as a regional security threat. U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of an international nuclear agreement in May and reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic, criticizing the deal for not including curbs on Iran’s development of ballistic missiles. “One of our most important programs is increasing the range of missiles and ammunition,” said the head of the Iranian air force, Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.



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Land Rover reveals new edition of Range Rover Evoque SUV

Land Rover reveals new edition of Range Rover Evoque SUVLand Rover revealed its 2020 Range Rover Evoque Thursday, “the luxury SUV for the city and beyond,” in a world premiere in London’s East End. The new #RangeRover #Evoque makes its debut, turning heads with its modernist design and bringing accessible luxury to the city and beyond. Based on exterior design, it’s difficult to tell the 2019 model from the latest one if not placed right beside one another — the 2020 model is just a hair longer to offer passengers more legroom and trunk space.



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The 2020 Range Rover Evoque Is an Evolution, Not a Revolution

The 2020 Range Rover Evoque Is an Evolution, Not a RevolutionThe second-generation model adds technology but otherwise sticks to a proven formula.



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Harley-Davidson unveils new range of electric motorbikes and an electric bicycle

Harley-Davidson unveils new range of electric motorbikes and an electric bicycleHarley-Davidson unveiled on Monday its first ever electric motorcycles and an electric bicycle, in what is being seen as the most radical shakeup of the struggling company in its 115-year-history. Matt Levatich, CEO of the Milwaukee-based company, said the new products were designed in response to changing times. “We are not running away from our core,” he said. The electric motorcycle range will include several of what Mr Levatich called “lightweight, urban” transportation products that are designed specifically to appeal to “young adults, globally, living in dense urban spaces.” In 2014 the company signalled its interest in electric motorbikes with the LiveWire electric prototype, which will go on sale next summer. Earlier this year the company announced an investment in electric motorcycle company Alta Motors. Harley-Davidson's Kansas City plant will close later this year, with the loss of 800 jobs Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph On Monday they presented as many as five more electric models – including lightweight, urban bikes – which will be on sale by 2022. They also unveiled their electric bicycle. Harley-Davidson's LiveWire electric bike The company revealed plans to promote its motorbikes in emerging markets, with a small motorcycle model introduced in India in the next two years; a series of middleweight bikes in 2020 in Europe; and an expansion of ranges and distribution in China. At the same time, the company will attempt to retain market dominance with the classic Harleys – full-size touring and cruiser motorcycles – that are the backbone of its international sales. “We are shifting our mindset from ‘we build bikes’ to ‘we build riders,’” said Mr Levatich, 53, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. Donald Trump invited Harley-Davidson executives to the White House in February 2017, and was infuriated when they moved some production to Europe He also defended his company’s decision, much criticised by President Donald Trump, to meet increased European Union tariffs by expanding production operations overseas. “Our preference is to make motorcycles in the US for the world market,” he said.  “But at the same time, we have to protect our business and preserve our market strength and serve our customers.”  The company says that its new models are a survival strategy. According to its 2018 second-quarter report, released last week, Harley domestic sales fell 6.4 per cent from the same period in 2017. “This whole plan to create new riders is a bold, ambitious and bordering-on-audacious goal,” said Mr Levatich. “But there is no other option.”



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BMW Concept iX3 Plugs Into Beijing With 249+ Miles Of Range

BMW Concept iX3 Plugs Into Beijing With 249+ Miles Of RangeThe concept will morph into a fully electric version of the X3 in 2020.



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2018 Nissan Leaf EV Delivers More Power, Extra Range

2018 Nissan Leaf EV Delivers More Power, Extra RangeThe 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car has been significantly updated with a more powerful electric motor, a longer-lasting battery pack that promises 150 miles of driving range, new driver-assist fea…



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North Korea Launches Short Range Ballistic Missiles Into Sea

North Korea Launches Short Range Ballistic Missiles Into SeaNorth Korea has fired an unidentified projectile into the sea off its east coast, South Korea’s news agency Yonhap reports.



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