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All-round fear in country; Judges, media scared: Rahul Gandhi

All-round fear in country; Judges, media scared: Rahul

Raipur: Hitting out at the BJP-led central government and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said an atmosphere of all-round fear prevailed in the country and even the Supreme Court Judges and the media are panicky.

Addressing panchayat representatives at Jan Swaraj Sammelan in Raipur in Chhattisgarh, Gandhi said: Even Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and MPs cannot open their mouths before Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Who is spreading this fear? Who is gaining from this atmosphere? Several BJP members of Parliament told me that no one can speak before Modi.

He said that the Indian Constitution was under severe attack and the current state of the judiciary was like that of Pakistan.

Usually people go to the Supreme Court for justice. But for the first time in 70 years, we saw Supreme Court Judges coming to the people to complain that they are being intimidated and they are not being allowed to do their job, Gandhi said.

Such a thing, the Congress leader said, would normally happen in a dictatorship.

It happened in Pakistan and Africa. But this happened for the first time in 70 years in India, he said, referring to the Supreme Court Judges' press conference in January.


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Live Updates: New Honda Amaze 2018 Launched In India


  • Available in 4 variants: E, S, V and VX
  • Prices start from Rs 5.59 lakh (ex-showroom, India), Rs 3k higher than the Maruti Suzuki Dzire
  • Prices are introductory; reserved for the first 20,000 buyers
  • Available with both petrol and diesel engines
  • Both engines are available with either a manual transmission or an automatic (CVT)
  • Fuel efficiency: Petrol (MT - 19.5kmpl / CVT - 19kmpl) and Diesel (MT - 27.4kmpl / CVT - 23.8kmpl)
  • CVT available in S and V variants only
  • Mandatory safety features like ABS and dual front airbags are standard
  • 3-year/unlimited kilometre warranty standard with the 2018 Amaze. Check out the warranty-wise comparison of the Amaze and its rivals here

Honda Amaze 2018

Honda has launched the second-gen Amaze in India. It’s available in four variants with two engine options. The introductory prices (for first 20,000 customers only) of the Amaze 2018 are as follows:







E MT Petrol

Rs 5.59 lakh

E / E(O) MT Petrol

Rs 5.58 lakh / Rs 5.7 lakh

S MT Petrol

Rs 6.49 lakh

S / S(O) MT Petrol

Rs 5.98 lakh / Rs 6 lakh

V MT Petrol

Rs 7.09 lakh

SX MT Petrol

Rs 7.06 lakh

VX MT Petrol

Rs 7.57 lakh

VX MT Petrol

Rs 7.45 lakh

S CVT Petrol

Rs 7.39 lakh

S / S(O) CVT Petrol

Rs 7.45 lakh / Rs 7.57 lakh

V CVT Petrol

Rs 7.99 lakh

VX CVT Petrol

Rs 8.45 lakh







E MT Diesel

Rs 6.69 lakh

E / E(O) MT Diesel

Rs 6.75 lakh / Rs 6.87 lakh

S MT Diesel

Rs 7.59 lakh

S / S(O) MT Diesel

Rs 7.62 lakh / Rs 7.73 lakh

V MT Diesel

Rs 8.19 lakh

SX MT Diesel

Rs 8.13 lakh

VX MT Diesel

Rs 8.67 lakh

VX MT Diesel

Rs 8.5 lakh

S CVT Diesel

Rs 8.39 lakh

V CVT Diesel

Rs 8.99 lakh

Each variant of the Amaze gets the following features (only the most important ones are listed):

Honda Amaze E:

  • Dual front airbags
  • ABS with EBD & Brake Assist
  • Reverse parking sensors
  • Impact-sensing door locks
  • Isofix seat anchors
  • All four power windows
  • Front accessory socket
  • Black-coloured door handles

Honda Amaze S (in addition to features on offer on the E):

  • Body-coloured door handles
  • 2-DIN audio player with AM/FM/Aux-in, USB & Bluetooth with 4 speakers and steering-mounted controls
  • Rear armrest with cup holders
  • Keyless entry
  • Rear accessory socket
  • Electrically-adjustable & foldable ORVMs
  • Tilt-adjustable steering
  • Height-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Adjustable front seat headrests

Honda Amaze V (in addition to features on offer on the S):

  • LED positioning lamps
  • 15-inch alloy wheels
  • Front fog lamps
  • Push start/stop button
  • Paddle shift (with CVT-petrol powertrain only)
  • Auto climate control

Honda Amaze VX (in addition to features on offer on the V)

  • Touchscreen infotainment system (Digipad 2.0) with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and navigation
  • Cruise control

Honda Amaze

Honda Amaze Specifications

The 2018 Amaze is based on a new platform but gets the same petrol and diesel engines as before. Both the engines are available with the option of a manual and an automatic CVT transmission. While both engines develop identical power figures as before, the diesel engine is tuned to offer only 80PS of power with the CVT, which is 20PS less than what it offers with the manual transmission. Honda says that it has been done to offer the best performance from the new powertrain. Both the engines now return better fuel efficiency than before.

Read the new Amaze’s first-drive review to know more

Honda Amaze: Old vs New​​​​​​​

Honda Amaze: Old vs New

Honda Amaze: Old vs New

Honda Amaze Competition

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I’ve the choice to change and not change my name: Sonam Kapoor Ahuja

I've the choice to change and not change my name: Sonam Kapoor Ahuja

Mumbai: The true idea of feminism is having a choice and equal opportunity, says newly wed actress Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, who chose to add her husband Anand Ahuja's surname and was at the receiving end of comments and criticism.

Sonam, who dazzled on the red carpet of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, spoke to select media in a video chat from the gala, where she represented cosmetic brand L'Oreal Paris.

I am a true feminist and I believe in choice. Nobody told me to change my name after marriage. I decided to do it by myself. The whole idea of feminism is to have equal opportunity and choice to do what I want to do. That choice should be mine, Sonam said.

I always said that I am a feminist and I have the choice to change and not change my name. Kapoor is my family name, so is Ahuja. I am a part of that family too, so I chose to keep both the names. In fact, Anand has also changed his name and nobody noticed that. It is my personal choice, added the daughter of veteran actor Anil Kapoor.

Sonam married longtime beau Anand on May 8. She immediately changed her name to Sonam Kapoor Ahuja on all her social media accounts after the marriage ceremony got over.

Taking your father's name as the last name is a practice. That is how you show respect to your father. You can give the same respect to your husband using his name as the last name. It is the same thing. It is a cyclical thing.

One can break it and give their child a new surname but it takes a lot of effort. It is a complicated discussion, but at this point in time, this is my choice, she said.

Her new film Veere Di Wedding is all set to release on June 1.

Asked if she would be working in films as enthusiastically as she did before marriage, Sonam said: Well, people are asking me these questions, which is sad. I do not think it has really changed that much.

I know it for a fact that Kajol, who also got married at the peak of her career worked. Actresses like Dimple Kapadia, Waheeda Rehman also worked after marriage. In fact, Madhuri Dixit did a film like 'Devdas' after marriage.

I think as women we should come together and understand that it should be always a choice. And that should not be taken away. I am also making sure that I am leading a normal life of coming back to work after marriage and doing what I do the best, added the Khoobsurat actress.

There has been a buzz that she is shifting to London with her husband.

Clarifying that, Sonam said: I already have a home in London. I am there for last two years, and nobody noticed. My life will be the same as it is for the last two years. I will stay there for four-five months and then mostly in Mumbai.

She said she is not even looking for any flat in Mumbai.

I already have a house in Mumbai, then why?

Commenting on pay disparity in the film industry, Sonam said: There is a very misogynistic and patriarchal attitude towards women at the workplace globally, not only in India.

Women in a powerful position are expected to be masculine or aggressive, otherwise she is not given the kind of respect... People expect her to be in a certain way.

Even though she demands a certain amount of money or power, they certainly become undesirable. That mindset is what we need to fight. There should be women who should stand and say this is something that I want to change. Things will change.

Being the brand ambassador of the cosmetic brand L'Oreal, Sonam felt proud to represent her country at a global platform like Cannes as a woman of worth.

It has been amazing for me to be a part of the brand for the last eight years. They are greatÂ…the kind of campaigns that are happening at the red carpet with Time's Up and #MeToo where women are standing for their equal right, it is great to represent the brand as a woman of worth, said the actress.

On the film front, she is looking forward to shooting her new film The Zoya Factor


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Jethmalani moves SC against Karnataka Governor’s decision

Jethmalani moves SC against Karnataka Governor's decision

New Delhi: Senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani on Thursday approached the Supreme Court in his personal capacity against Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala's decision of inviting BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa to form a new government in the state despite being eight short of a simple majority in the assembly.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud asked Jethmalani to mention his plea on Friday before the bench concerned.

Jethmalani, who had taken retirement from law practice, told the bench that the Karnataka Governor's order is a gross abuse of Constitutional power.

The apex court early on Thursday after a midnight hearing refused to stall the swearing-in of Yeddyurappa as Karnataka's new Chief Minister.

Yeddyurappa took the oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka on Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Raj Bhavan amid tight security.

The court, however, sought the communications which Yeddyurappa had written to Karnataka Governor informing him his election as BJP legislature party.

The apex court said that the swearing-in is subject to the final outcome of the matter before it.

The bench headed by Justice A.K. Sikri, while seeking Yeddyurappa's response on the petition by Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) seeking to stall his swearing-in, has directed further hearing of the matter at 10.30 a.m. on Friday.


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Congress, JDS approaches CJI for urgent hearing on Karnataka issue

Congress, JDS approaches CJI for urgent hearing on Karnataka issue

New Delhi: After Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala on Wednesday invited BJP legislative party leader B.S. Yeddyurappa to form the new government in the state, the Congress approached Supreme Court Chief Justice Dipak Misra for an urgent hearing on the matter.

Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi is the leading his party's challenge.

The Congress said the Governor denigrated his office, trampled the Constitution and acted as a BJP puppet.

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala has invited Yeddyurappa to take oath as Chief Minister on Thursday morning at the Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru.