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Skoda Octavia vRS: All You Need To Know

This is a very busy year for Skoda India as it is ready to add cars to your wallets. Although we are looking forward to the Kodiak KVS, the Czech automaker leaves no stone to give its customers what they want.

Earlier this month, the automaker has informed us of its intention to introduce new cars in India, including the fast edition Monte Carlo has already been launched and the performance sedan Octavia RS.

The Octavia VRS will be sold in India as Octavia RS and will be the first performance-based model of the Czech automaker in India. While the company is ready to launch the car in India tomorrow, here is a look at what to expect from the car.

The Octavia VRS as the face-lift version of the sedan that was recently launched in India, but gets a glossy black treatment for several external bits like the net, trimmed frame. It also comes with 19-inch alloy wheels

The Octavia vRS comes with LED headlights with LED daytime running lights. The headlights are equipped with an adaptive front lighting system (AFS). The back also sees changes in the shape of a black diffuser and a spoiler in the back.

The stand, at the same time, has a multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles, combined leather / cloth seats, ambient lighting, touch screen entertainment system with Apple carplay, Android Auto MirrorLink and driver assistance system, among others.

The new Skoda Octavia vRS also features a revised suspension configuration and a wider rear track. Dynamic chassis control or DCC is a standard accessory and gives the car the agility it needs.

The Skoda Octavia vRS gets a 2.0 liter TSI engine that produces 230bhp and a maximum torque of 350 Nm.

It can go from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.7 seconds before reaching a top speed of 250 km / l. It is the fastest and most powerful sedan of the Skoda team in India.

Bookings for the Skoda Octavia VRS is underway for ₹ 50,000, and the car should come at a road price of ₹ 33 lakh to ₹ 35 lakh
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Financial year change to Jan-Dec ruled out, all states not in favour

The Center’s plan to change the fiscal cycle from April to March through January-December has been suspended and can not be translated into the current mandate of the Narendra Modi government, according to a senior official.

Any change in the exercise should be agreed by all States, and several of them were still not in their favor, the official said on Monday, not wishing to be named. In addition, the government did not see many benefits as it moved into the January-December cycle, the official added.

Surprisingly, the evolution of the fiscal year was one of the pet themes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “A number of states are not on board the idea. The change in the exercise has been put on the back,” said the official, adding that a final decision on the issue could be taken in 2019.

“Too many disruptions like the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and lack of data are also obstacles in the fiscal year’s progress,” the official said. The government, the official said, was also aware that the general elections of 2019 could complicate the process.

Modi spoke for the first time of the fiscal year change at a board meeting of the NITI Aayog in April, in which all states participated. He also ordered the states to take the initiative of the same thing. Madhya Pradesh became the first state in May to officially announce a transition to the fiscal year from January to December next year.

Your fiscal year will end in November. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also announced in Parliament that the government is considering moving to the fiscal year from January to December.

There have been contradictory voices from the government so far. While some officials had already told Business Standard that a change from April-March to January-December could occur as early as 2018, others said such a change, with short-term disruptions, might not occur so soon after the implementation of the GST.

The Center is studying the report of the Shankar Acharya Committee, which is responsible for studying the consequences of this change. The panel report has not yet been made public, but it is understood that it has been recommended against change.

India has followed the April-March fiscal year since 1867, primarily to align India’s fiscal year with that of the British government.

Doklam standoff resolution: India’s greatest diplomatic victory in decades

The end of the Doklam expansion is one of India’s most spectacular diplomatic victories for decades and, like any real victory, does not need to shout rooftops. From start to finish, the execution of India’s strategy here has been flawless and has achieved what India has always wanted – Status Quo Ante – and a much needed counter of the salami tactics in China.

The scope of victory is understood only when we realize how much a personal defeat for Xi Jinping is actually. Xi, clearly identified as the brain of this Gambit of Bhutan, had made a series of assumptions, which turned out to be erroneous. The first was the belief that India could be punished for its MIND-LIE OBJECTIVE by hiding Bhutan away from India.

The logic was that if Bhutan was hurried enough, it had to open direct talks with China through the embassy and thus open to OBOR. Opinion in Beijing seems uniform with respect to the genesis of this particular confrontation: in fact, Xi put personal immersion into the national interest. The net result of the personalization policy was one of the biggest setbacks China has found in recent memory.

Unambiguously, Chinese actions have simply added to the stature of India as a mature and responsible power of the status quo. What had become clear from day one was that China’s options were limited. On the one hand, if China used force, it would set a precedent by which other countries could also respond to the occupation of Chinese lands, not forgetting to destroy several fundamental principles of nuclear deterrence.

On the other hand, if China did not use force, it would be seen as weak – encouraging other neighbors to land on land and sea. Inadvertently, China has imposed itself on a dilemma “Doing and being doomed, not-do-and-be-doomed.” Knowing this well, India has chosen to give China a way out, even if it could have confused the land in dispute in perpetuity – just like China did. It is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of confidence.

What exactly happened here is that India has not only found the best way to deal with China, but has also created a model for other countries to follow. China, on land, expects other countries to feel passive and not shoot. What India’s actions have shown is that China has very few options, if other countries choose to crouch on Chinese (or disputed) lands. This is now at the heart of Xi Jinping’s troubles in Beijing.

As his purge of opponents intensifies, to counter his visible mismanagement of the economy, opposition to him within the party also intensifies. Beijing was full of rumors of severe criticism that faced within the party accordingly. In addition, Global Times, with its raucous rhetoric, instead of serving as a force multiplier, worsened its situation in the politburo, preventing it from covering its error.

Normally, all Xi Jinping would have to do was tell GT to reduce it. In this situation, he could not, since such a directive would be chosen by his opponents as a sign of weakness. For Xi, even the stars conspired against him. It was particularly painful for him to welcome the BRICS summit Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday with Indian troops allegedly squatting on Chinese soil – an ironic repetition when his troops squatted on our floor while Xi was held in Ahmedabad.

There was also no possibility of reprogramming the XIX Congress of the Communist Party of China, where it should be criticized harshly, albeit privately. This not only about Doklam, where his personal bump led trigger a Chinese blaze to the earth decade, but also of what is considered his poor personal management of the nuclear issue and missile And the deployment of a preventable missile shield that directly threatens Chinese security.

HC halts 2nd Vodafone arbitration in Rs 11,000-cr tax demand against India

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday restricted the Vodafone Group’s arbitration proceedings against India under a treaty with the UK in connection with a tax claim of Rs 11,000 crore against the company in connection with its Hutchinson Telecom loan $ 11 billion.

Manmohan J. prevented Vodafone or its subsidiaries from proceeding with arbitration under the Bilateral Investment Protection Agreement between India and the United Kingdom (BIPA) as the contracted telecommunications group Similar proceedings on the same issue under the India-Netherlands BIPA .

“In the present case, there is a duplication of parts and problems.” In fact, the reparation requested by the defendants under BIPA India-UK and by Vodafone International Holdings BV (VIHBV), the defendants’ subsidiary ( group Vodafone) under BIPA India-Netherlands are virtually identical.

“At first glance, this Court would be unfair, unjust and unfair to allow the defendants to pursue foreign arbitration,” the court said in an interim order.

He also notified Vodafone and requested its response by October 26 at the central government’s request for a permanent injunction against major telecommunications to proceed with arbitration under the India-UK BIPA.

In its provisional order, the court was also originally “India is the natural forum for the dispute of the claim of the defendants (Vodafone and its subsidiaries) against the applicant (center).”

The court noted that the government considered that the acquisition of 11 billion Hutchinson Telecommunications International Limited (HTIL) at Hutchinson Essar Limited (HEL) by Vodafone was sentenced to a tax deduction at source (TDS) under the Tax Law the rent.

As Vodafone did not deduct the tax at the source, the government had raised Rs 11,000 crore request which was subsequently overturned by the Supreme Court on January 20, 2012, declared the Supreme Court.

Subsequently, the government made a retrospective amendment to the Income Tax Law that reassigned the responsibilities to Vodafone, the order of the High Court was noted.

Affected by the imposition of the tax, HIVBV invoked the arbitration clause under BIPA between India and the Netherlands by a dispute notice on April 17, 2012 and a notice of arbitration of April 17, 2014, Order of 10 pages.

While proceedings under the India-Netherlands BIPA were pending, Vodafone began arbitration under the India-UK BIPA on January 24 of this year.

Due to the second arbitration, the government, represented by Deputy Attorney General Sanjay Jain said that the two claims are based on the same cause of action and call for the same relief, but from two different courts constituted accordingly. investment against the host State itself.

ASG, assisted by the permanent central government lawyer, Sanjeev Narula, argued before that court that the arbitration procedure under the BIPA India in the United Kingdom was an abuse of the judicial process.

The government lawyer argued that disputes that include tax returns by a host state are beyond the scope of arbitration under the bilateral investment treaty, because taxation is a sovereign function and can not be agitated before a court Constitutional law of the host State.

They also argued that laws passed by Parliament can not be tried by an arbitral tribunal and are not the responsibility of BIPA or any other international treaty.

British Government Divided on Free Movement After Brexit

British Government Divided on Free Movement After Brexit

British Government Divided on Free Movement After Brexit

LONDON – In order to allow free movement of people after Britain’s abandonment, the European Union “would not trust” Brexit’s vote, the Secretary for International Trade said, underscoring the government’s divisions on the issue.

Liam Fox told the Sunday Times that government ministers did not reach a consensus on maintaining the free movement of people during a transitional period, a proposal described Friday by Finance Minister Philip Hammond.

Hammond had said that there should be no immediate change in immigration laws or negotiation when Britain will leave the EU in March 2019 and that the status quo could last until mid-2022.

“If there was any discussion about it, I would not let it,” Fox said in the newspaper.

“I have participated in any discussion about it, nor did I serve my consent for something like that.”

Divisions between ministers on Brexit’s strategy have become more open after Theresa’s prime minister has lost his majority in the early elections was called in June. With May parties, the debate has intensified.

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Hammond has led the government to ensure a favorable Brexit companies avoid a sudden change in 2019 in relations between Britain and the EU, which buys almost half of its exports.

Fox had previously said he supported a transitional agreement to ease the release of Britain’s trade bloc, but on Sunday he said freedom of movement should not continue.

“We have made it clear that control of our own borders was one of the things we wanted in the referendum, and it does not seem like free flow regulation of the freedom to keep faith in this decision,” the Sunday Times said.
“It can not be done by an individual or group within the company,” he said.

An ally of British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has also spoken out against the Hammond map on Sunday.

Gérard Lyons, Johnson’s former economic adviser when he was mayor of London, said a transition period would not last more than two years.

“Many of the” risks “that stand out in Brexit are perceived risks, not real risks, and a two-year transition to alleviate many concerns,” Lyons said in a Sunday Telegraph column.

A growing number of other ministers said they agreed on the need for a transitional period, but Johnson – who advocated a difficult approach to Brexit negotiations – has been silent on the issue recently.

At the end of Friday, Hammond and Johnson issued a joint statement saying they were working together to get the UK to the EU and its internal market, customs union and the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. The communiqué does not mention the transitional provisions.

US says ‘no point’ in UN meeting on North Korea after latest missile test

US says ‘no point’ in UN meeting on North Korea after latest missile test

US says ‘no point’ in UN meeting on North Korea after latest missile test

The ambassador suggested that Beijing pursue other diplomatic challenges to convert North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

Haley’s comments represent a change of direction after announcing last week that he was seeking China’s support for a new resolution to isolate North Korea.

The change of attitude after a change of tone similar to that of Donald Trump who condemned the Chinese government very little in return for its neighbor and traditional ally.

Trump does not promise to stop China “doing nothing” in North Korea after the last missile test

Haley said in a statement: “A new Security Council resolution that does not significantly increase international pressure on North Korea has no value.

“It is actually worse than nothing, as it sends the message to the North Korean dictator that the international community does not really argue. China must decide if it is finally ready to take this important step.”

While Haley has not threatened to take military action against North Korea in his last statement, he said this month that the United States would use military force if diplomacy failed.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has imagined the game after the last test of an intercontinental ballistic missile last week. Photo: EPA

Haley said last week that his team did not “keep in touch with China and I can say things are moving” towards a new proposed UN Security Council agreement.

North Korea’s first missile launches led Haley, his South Korea and Japanese counterparts Cho Tae-yul and Koro Bassho to convene emergency meetings to impose additional sanctions.

That is not going to happen after the last Friday missile test highlighting the strategy change.

“Many have wondered if the United States will seek an emergency session of the Security Council on Monday,” Haley said.

“There is no need to have an emergency meeting if nothing of importance comes up. North Korea is already subject to numerous Security Council resolutions that are violated with impunity and not respected by all UN member states.”

Trump hit China, just hours before Haley has published his announcement, saying that Beijing could have avoided North Korea to succeed in efforts to develop nuclear weapons.

The US Treasury has identified the Dandong Bank as a “foreign financial institution of the main concern for money laundering,” which serves as a “gateway to access North Korea to the United States and financial systems Which facilitated millions of transactions for companies involved in ballistic and ballistic missile programs in North Korea, “Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said last month.

The parties subject to secondary sanctions also included Dalian Global Shipping Co Unit, in addition to two Chinese citizens accused of having ties with North Korean bank executive Ri Song-Hyok.

In North Korea, a generation gap grows behind the propaganda

In North Korea, a generation gap grows behind the propaganda

Pyongyang, North Korea (AP) – She dances under the portraits of two smiling dictators, a modern girl in a central square in Pyongyang returned to music calling on the North Koreans to die for their leader.

When he speaks, a torrent reverence is about the ruling family of North Korea, as if the phrases were randomly removed from a government newspaper: “The Great Leader’s Revolution” … “Workers believe and worship Marshal Kim Jong Un “.

And as hundreds of students are dancing behind her in a choreographed demonstration of loyalty, she is convinced of one thing: North Korea, she insists, has no generation gap.

“The spirit of youth remains the same as always!” Said Ryu Hye Gyong.

But look closer – look beyond his words, beyond the propaganda posters on every street, and the radio playing hymns to the ruling family – and the tacit reality is much more complicated.

A 19-year-old university student with a confident handshake and carefully wrought hair, Ryu lives in a city that now feels flooded with change. There are rich people now in Pyongyang, warmed to Mercedes, as well as citizens of most of the state of the police are still in poverty.

There is a supermarket that sells disposable diapers. On the sidewalks, where everyone dressed in Maoist harmonic compliance, there are young women in teenage minijuines and there are not enough young people with sideways-style K-pop baseball caps.

In this deeply isolated country, a generational division grew in silence.

Here, where leaders have long been worshiped as all-powerful providers, youth passed into adulthood without expecting anything from the plan.

His life, career aspirations to dating habits, is increasingly shaped by a growing market economy and a business booming underground television programs and music smuggling. Political fervor is broken by something else: a ferocious belief in the power of money.

Talks with more than two dozen North Korean refugees as well as academics, former government officials and activists point out that young people are increasingly confused by the powerful ideology that the government has long put in the center each life.

“When Kim Jong Un talks, young people do not listen,” said Han Song-Yi, 24, who left the North in 2014, the dream of pop music fame in the South. “They just pretend to listen.”

In her tight-fitting shorts and golden eyelashes, Han likes to talk about fashion and K-pop bands that she and her friends secretly listening to.

Can also deconstruct the way the sudden appearance of short skirts in her hometown in the fall of 2012 reflects not only the rise of Kim Jong Un, the new leader has often photographed his glamorous wife, but also the growing political cynicism around she.

Four Arab countries say they are ready for Qatar dialogue with conditions

Four Arab countries say they are ready for Qatar dialogue with conditions

Four Arab countries say they are ready for Qatar dialogue with conditions

DUBAI (Reuters) – The four Arab countries that have severed ties with Qatar said on Sunday they were ready for talks to address the dispute if Doha had intended to meet their demands.

Foreign ministers from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates met in Bahrain, capital of Manama, to discuss the crisis that has raised tensions throughout the region.

The Saudi block blocked ties with the Gulf state on June 5, accusing it of supporting militant groups and consulting with its enemy Iran, denying the accusations that Doha.

Kuwait’s diplomatic efforts and support from Western powers have failed to end the dispute, in which the four states have independent travel and communications with Qatar.

“The four countries are ready to dialogue with Qatar on the condition that it announces its sincere desire to stop terrorism and extremism funding and its commitment not to interfere in the foreign affairs of other countries and to satisfy claims,” ​​said the minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain, Cheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa, said at a joint news conference after the meeting.

They have not announced any new economic sanctions for the Gulf state.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain have already published a list of 13 Qatari claims, which include reducing their support for the Muslim Brotherhood, closing Al Jazeera in Doha, closing a military base in Turkey And reducing its relations with the enemy Gulf Iran.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that Qatar was not serious to meet the demands of countries.

“We are willing to talk to Qatar to implement the requirements of the implementation of the principles, if Qatar is serious, but clearly it is not,” he said.

The four countries have also listed “six principles” that they want Qatar to adopt.

Qatar Foreign Minister Cheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani rejected the statement from the four countries on Sunday and said sanctions violate international law.

“There is no clear vision (of the Manama meeting), there is a stubborn policy blocking countries and refusal to admit that it is illegal actions,” Sheikh Mohammed told al Jazeera television channel.

Earlier Sunday, the Al-Hayat newspaper said, citing unidentified sources in the Gulf, the four countries “should impose sanctions that will gradually affect Qatar’s economy.”

Saudi Arabia has closed its land border with Qatar, while four countries have cut off air connections with Doha requiring the country’s gas export to take several steps to demonstrate that it was changing its policies.

Turkey and Iran were involved in supplying produce, poultry and fresh dairy products in Qatar instead of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Oman and provides alternative port to those of the United Arab Emirates.

The four Arab countries have added 18 individuals and groups who say they are linked to their Qatar “terrorist” lists last week.

Reports by Sami Aboudi and Omar Fahmy; Additional report from Mostafa Hashem in Doha; Edited by Jane Merriman and Peter Cooney




President Vladimir Putin said the United States must reduce its diplomatic staff by 755 people in Russia and that Moscow could consider additional measures against Washington in response to new US sanctions approved by Congress.

Moscow ordered the United States Friday to distribute hundreds of diplomat and said it would take advantage of two US diplomatic properties after the United States House of Representatives and the Senate overwhelmingly approved new sanctions on Russia. The White House said Friday that US President Donald Trump would sign the sanctions bill.

Putin said in an interview with TVTV on Sunday that the United States should withdraw its diplomatic and technical personnel from 755 people by 1 September.

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“Because more than a thousand workers – diplomats and support personnel – worked and are still working in Russia, 755 must stop their activity in the Russian Federation,” he said.

The new US sanctions were in part a response to the results of US intelligence agencies that Russia had started during the 2016 United States presidential election and to punish Russia for the annexation of the Crimea in Ukraine in 2014 .

Russia’s response suggested that initial hopes for better relations with Washington under Trump had been pushed aside, something that the Republican president before being elected said he wanted to achieve.

A federal investigation into the implementation of Congressional Law and several studies in the United States exploring the possibility that the country Trump connivance with Russia makes it more difficult for Trump to open a new chapter with Putin. Russia denies interference in the election and Trump said there was no collusion.

Moscow said on Friday that the United States had until September 1 to reduce its diplomatic staff in Russia to 455 people, which is the number of Russian diplomats left the United States after Washington expelled 35 Russians in December.

On Friday, a US Embassy official, who asked not to be identified, said the embassy employed about 1,100 employees and diplomatic support in Russia, including Russian and US citizens.

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The State Department declined to comment on the exact number of ambassadors and consular staff in Russia.

But a State Department official called Russia’s action “an unfortunate act and is not called.”

“We assess the impact of these restrictions and how we will respond,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

As of 2013, the United States mission in Russia, including the embassy and consulates of Moscow to St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok, staff employment of 1279, the report of the Inspector General Department of State this year. There were 934 locally employed workers and 301 employees in the United States of “direct contracting” of 35 US government agencies, according to the report.

This rupture suggests that the actual number of Americans forced to leave Russia would be well below 755.

MLB Trade Deadline: Cubs reportedly land Justin Wilson and Alex Avila from Tigers

MLB Trade Deadline: Cubs reportedly land Justin Wilson and Alex Avila from Tigers

MLB Trade Deadline: Cubs reportedly land Justin Wilson and Alex Avila from Tigers

When Wilson finds himself in the Cubs bullpen is a fun topic. Wade Davis remains the closest, but many types Maddon employs in late, high-altitude situations, including Carl Edwards Jr., Pedro Strop, Koji Uehara, Hector Rondon and Brian Duensing under.

Mike Montgomery is a southpaw like Duensing and Wilson, but he stays along as a kid. Justin Grimm may have difficulty being assigned to be assigned here as they are likely to type Wilson’s presence.

The appearance of the Cubs’ reliever body was already strong. The team currently has a Bullpen 3.34 ERA, which is good for the quarter (linked to the Yankees, in fact) in the Major Leagues, just behind the Indians, Dodgers and Red Sox. Now it’s the best.

Looking back, a trio of back-end Davis, Wilson and Edwards with Uehara as gears, Duensing as a guy just needs to get left, along Montgomery as a man and softener and Rondon available continues Being of first class.
Keep in mind that other NL competitors like the Dodgers and Nationals have also lived for Wilson to get it is also a win for the visitors, the Cubs are planning to face the playoffs.

Even more bonuses for the Cubs is that Wilson did not enter the free agency until after 2018. If Wade Davis walks in the free agency – which looks likely to set the stage – the Cubs could switch Wilson closer role next season.

Avila, 30, hit .274 / .394 / .475 with 11 doubles, 11 doubles and 32 RBIs in 264 flat appearances this season. Young Willson Contreras is firmly entrenched as the starting manifold, so Avila is likely to be used to rest Contreras.

Note that you can handle Contreras field on the left, too, if the Cubs wanted to use there with Avila behind the plate. The innovator Victor Caratini be returned to minors to open the way to Avila.

Candelario, 23, is a .136 / .240 / .250 hitter in 50 major league games. He batted .266 / .361 / .507 with 27 doubles, three trebles and 12 bouts in 81 games with Triple-A Iowa this season. It was considered a high range of pamphlets and ranked number 96 in the baseball booklet in the year by

Candelario can play first base or third base. With tigers, you will also have a chance of DH. Although many candidates, which was very consumable for the Cubs, such as Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant block the foreseeable future.

It is currently locked in Detroit also, by Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Nick Castellanos, but the tigers are being rebuilt, which can store younger workers, regardless of their position, is a good start.

Paredes is a short-term 18-year-old third baseman who plays with class A. Through 91 games, he hit .261 / .341 / .399 with 25 doubles, seven runs, 49 RBIs, 49 RBIs and two bases. Stolen Without doubt, it is projectable, but far from the major ones. Again, it makes sense to both parties.

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