Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Hyundai’s Global Launch of the ‘i20 ACTIVE’

 Hyundai’s Global Launch of the ‘i20 ACTIVE’
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Hyundai Motor India Ltd, the countryⳠleading premium vehicle manufacturer and the largest passenger car exporter today launched the much awaited sport styled i20 Active. The launch marks the global debut of i20 Active in India.
 The i20 Active possesses stylish design and advanced technology to further redefine HyundaiⳠautomotive excellence in India. The i20 Active is developed for the aspirational, metropolitan, enthusiastic and value-seeking, young risers who have an active lifestyle.
Speaking at the launch of i20 Active, Mr. B S Seo, MD & CEO, HMIL said, 㒥affirming our commitment to Indian market, we are delighted to launch i20 Active. The i20 Active is a sport styled vehicle with many segment unique features. The i20 Active will be a trendsetter model reflecting HyundaiⳠModern Premium brand direction and will propel HyundaiⳠgrowth in India. Designed with a vision of creating cutting edge driving innovations and delivering outstanding comfort features; the i20 Active will appeal to young consumers in India raising the bar in the Sport styled vehicle segment.伯span>
The i20 Active is a powerful and efficient sport styled vehicle designed with HyundaiⳠFluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy. The i20 Active offers urban mobility with a complete package from style to performance. The design expresses HyundaiⳠprogressive spirit and passion with its aggressive and tall stance. i20 Active has a bold and athletic presence achieved through refined, flowing surfaces, bold proportions, sharp lines and hexagonal grille.
Combining state-of-the-art technology and human engineering with the 2.0 Fluidic design; the latest expression model successfully fulfils the need for driving pleasure of customers evoking a sense of being one class above and confidence at the same time.
The i20 Active has a bold and athletic presence achieved through refined, flowing surfaces with bold proportions and sharp lines. The i20 Active adopts strong proportions and profile of a sport styled vehicle.
Its design confidently creates a sense of agility and the unique contours and the new hexagonal grille with chrome surround lends a bold image. Honeycomb designed lower air dam with large engine hood and high ground clearance makes the i20 ACTIVE more masculine and athletic.
 Below are some key exterior elements:
  • Projector Headlamps with LED Day Time Running lamps & Positioning lamps
  • Fog Lamps
  • Skid plates with tusk bar
  • Front air dam with Two-tone front bumper
  • Glossy black finish C pillar
  • Roof Rails
  • Diamond cut 16䠷heel alloys
  • Side molding and cladding
  • Unique fuel cap
  • Chrome door handle
The powerful rear-end is a result of the large tailgate spoiler, steeply raked tail glass for coupe like feeling, hi-tech and unique 3 step wrap around tail lights and rear bumper with skid plates. The theme of a circular rear reflector with reverse lamps defines classy bold looks and also aids safe driving during the night.
i20 Active is built on a platform that endows stylish exterior with very generous interior dimensions. The Intelligent packaging offers an excellent exterior-to-interior dimension ratio, optimising the space that is available to passengers and luggage. The spirit of sportiness is enhanced with two segment unique options of interior colour packages - Tangerine Orange and Aqua Blue.
The i20 Active has several progressive features listed below which contribute to the comfort of the car.
  • Fully Automatic AC
  • Cluster ionizer
  • Rear AC vents
  • Glove cooling box
  • Engine start and stop button
  • Console armrest with storage box
  • Two type interior color package
  • Sporty Aluminum Pedals
  • Driver seat height adjust
  • Sporty Multifunction Steering Wheel
  • Front door arm rest
  • Rear door arm rest
The i20 ACTIVE promises to comfortable seat 3 adults in the rear while ensuring optimum headroom and legroom.  60:40 split seats provide the flexibility to customize both storage and cargo space. Stuff the boot to your need- because i20 ACTIVE offers a boot space of 285 litres. 
The ACTIVE-LY spacious vehicle comes with:
  • Door Map Pocket
  • Center console tray
  • Center console cup holders
  • Seat back pocket
Crisp colour displays, instinctive controls and advanced multimedia systems put a world of enjoyment at your fingertips
  • Integrated 2-DIN music system
  • 1 GB internal memory to store
  • Bluetooth, USB and Aux-in connectivity
  • 8-speaker system
  • Multi-function steering wheel,
Extensive testing and tuning as per Indian road conditions has made the ride and handling of ᩲ0 Active⠳table and comfortable. i20 Active is available with two engine options 1.2 Kappa Dual VTVT petrol and 1.4 U2 CRDi diesel engine.
With an emphasis on practicality, the powertrains have been engineered for optimum performance, power delivery and high fuel efficiency. A range of 1.2 Kappa Dual VTVT  and 2nd Generation U2 1.4 CRDi engines offer maximum drivability in almost all conditions, delivering high power & torque with enhanced fuel efficiency.
The smooth-shifting transmission ensures maximum availability of full engine output and contributes to a smooth and relaxing ride for occupants.
Capacity (cc)
Maximum Power (ps/rpm)
Maximum Torque (kgm/rpm)
1.2 Kappa Dual VTVT Petrol
1.4 U2 CRDi Diesel
ARAI (Certified Figures)
1.2 Dual VTVT Kappa
1.4 U2 CRDi Diesel
All Hyundai cars are developed, tested and built in keeping with the Hyundai safe-drive philosophy. i20 Active expands the already comprehensive list of available active and passive safety equipment by introducing new segment unique technologies.
The body of the i20 Active meets the most stringent requirements with ABS and dual airbags and, in combination with highly efficient restraint systems, ensures maximum possible protection for vehicle occupants.
  • Rear Camera with Steering Adaptive Parking Guidelines
  • Reverse parking sensors,
  • Electro chromic mirror
  • Cornering lamps
  • Impact sensing auto door unlock
  • Smart pedal
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Invite to the 11th National Conference on Electoral and Political Reforms, 21-22 March 2015, Kolkata, West Bengal
Dear Friends,
We invite you to the forthcoming ‘11th Annual National Conference on Political and Electoral Reforms’ organised by West Bengal Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) at the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Golpark, Kolkata, West Bengal on 21st -22nd March, 2015.
The Chief Election Commissioner, Shri H. S. Brahma will be inaugurating the Conference. Representatives of the National Election Watch from each state chapter, members of political parties, government institutions and media will be present to deliberate on issues related to electoral and political reforms in the country.
Topics of discussion during the conference will range from ‘Making flow of money in politics transparent: A case for good governance’, ‘Time to build a functional democracy: Empowering local body institutions’ to ‘Media neutrality and its significance in democracy.’ The complete agenda of the event is attached with the mail.
We will also be holding a Press Conference at the Press Club Kolkata on 20th March, 2015. The conference will start at 4 PM to brief the media on the conduct of the National Conference. At the conference, we will also be releasingthree important reports: (1) ‘Analysis of Election Expenditure of Major Political Parties of West Bengal – Lok Sabha 2014,’ (2) ‘Comparison of Donations Received by Major Political Parties of West Bengal – FY 2012-13 & 2013-14’ and (3) Analysis of Criminal Background, Financial, Education, Gender and other details of MPs and MLAs of West Bengal.
We look forward to your participation in strengthening our efforts and in making the Conference a success.
Yours’ sincerely,
Mr. Biplab HalimCoordinator,
West Bengal Election Watch,
Maj. Gen. Anil Verma (Retd.)Head, NEW/ADR,
011 4165 4200,
+91 88264 79910
Prof. Jagdeep ChhokarIIM Ahmedabad (Retd.)
Founder Member,
+91 99996 20944
Prof. Trilochan SastryIIM Bangalore
Founder Member,
+91 94483 53285
Association for Democratic Reforms
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Gautam Nagar
New Delhi-110 049

Global news roll


US, Iran top diplomats return to nuclear talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif returned to talks over Tehran’s nuclear program on Tuesday. They are seeking to resolve differences blocking a deal that would curb Iran’s nuclear program and ease sanctions on the country. The new talks came after US Republicans published a letter warning that any deal could collapse the day President Barack Obama leaves office, AP reported.

3 jailed in Myanmar for insulting Buddhism

A court in Myanmar has sentenced a New Zealand bar manager and his two business associates to two years and six months in prison for insulting Buddhism, AP said. The three, including a New Zealand national, were convicted for posting a flyer on social media that showed a psychedelic depiction of Buddha wearing headphones. Phillip Blackwood, 32, Tun Thurein, 40, and Htut Ko Ko Lwin, 26, were given two years on Tuesday for insulting religion and six months for disobeying an order from a public servant. The sentence came as the predominantly Buddhist nation grapples with a surge of religious nationalism.

Australian Roman Catholic archbishop charged with concealing child abuse in 1970s

A Roman Catholic archbishop in Australia was charged Tuesday with covering up for a pedophile priest during the 1970s, AP reported. Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson said he would fight the charge, which carries a potential two-year prison sentence. New South Wales state police allege the 64-year-old failed to report child sex abuse carried out by priest James Fletcher during the 1970s when they both served in the town of Maitland, north of Sydney. Fletcher died in prison aged 65 in 2006, a year into an almost eight-year sentence for assaulting an altar boy between 1989 and 1991.

Foreign ministers of China, Japan, S. Korea to meet this week for 1st talks in 3 years

The foreign ministers of South Korea, China and Japan will meet this week for their first trilateral talks in three years, AP quoted Seoul officials as saying Tuesday. The annual talks began in 2007. They have been suspended since they were last held in April 2012 due to territorial and history disputes, and there have been no meetings since then of the leaders of the three states. The agenda of Saturday’s meeting in Seoul includes ways to strengthen ties between the countries.

Lufthansa pilots striking Wednesday over retirement scheme

Pilots at German airline Lufthansa plan to strike on Wednesday, Reuters reported. They seek to raise the pressure on management in a dispute over an early retirement scheme and plans to expand budget flights. Pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) said the strike would focus on short- and medium-haul flights. Lufthansa’s management remained undeterred in its efforts to offer less attractive working conditions for younger pilots, according to the union. The airline said it expected to operate about two thirds of its roughly 3,000 scheduled flights on Wednesday.

S. Korea prosecutors blame North for hacking on nuclear operator in December

South Korean prosecutors on Tuesday blamed North Korea for cyber attacks against Seoul’s nuclear reactor operator last December. The conclusion was based upon its investigation into internet addresses used in the hacking, Reuters said.“The malicious codes used for the nuclear operator hacking were the same in composition and working methods as the so-called ‘kimsuky’ that North Korean hackers use,” Seoul central prosecutors’ office said. South Korea had earlier sought help from Chinese officials after tracing multiple Internet addresses involved to a northeastern Chinese city near North Korea.

Pakistan hangs 10 convicted murderers

Pakistan on Tuesday hanged 10 convicted murderers from prisons across the country, AFP reported. This is the highest number in a single day after the government lifted a six-year-old moratorium on capital punishment, according to officials. The hangings bring to 37 the number of convicts hanged since Pakistan resumed executions in December after Taliban militants gunned down 154 people at a school in the northwest.

Over 1,400 French citizens keep contact with extremists in Syria

France’s Ministry of Interior has calculated the number of French citizens somehow connected to the warring in Syria on the side of Islamic jihadists, reported Figaro on Tuesday. According to Paris’ estimates, 1,422 French citizens have ties to extremists in fighting in Syria. Of them 413, including over 100 women are fighting in Syrian on Islamists’ side right now. About 300 holders of French passports are now making their way to Syria and some 260 former terror fighters have returned to France. Besides all of them some 360 French citizens at home are keeping contacts with extremists in Syria. Approximately 80 French citizens have died fighting in the country.

​Prime suspect in Nemtsov murder has alibi – lawyer

The prime suspect in the murder of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, Zaur Dadaev, who previously confessed to the murder, now states that he has an alibi. According to his lawyer, Dadaev claims to have been“somewhere else” at the time of the murder. The defense team says they will officially declare the alibi to court if Dadaev’s claim is proven to be true. At the moment the layers are checking the credibility of he alibi. The existence of an alibi was previously voiced by another suspect involved in the case – Tamerlane Eskerhanov. According to him, on the night of the murder, he was in a nightclub.

​EU’s Mogherini says meeting with Iran useful, contributed to nuclear deal

Head of EU foreign policy, Federica Mogherini, said that her talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will contribute to advancing the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. “This was a useful meeting and I am confident it will contribute to advancing the process in the coming days and week,”Mogherini said on Monday after the ongoing P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran. Following the meeting, Mogherini and the three European foreign ministers of Germany, France and Britain stressed the need to work towards reaching agreement, as the deadline for a framework deal approaches at the end of March. A full accord is due by July 1.

Anti-Russia sanctions, Minsk deal implementation to be connected – Merkel

Germany will urge EU leaders at a summit later this week to commit to tying any relaxation of sanctions against Russia to the implementation of the Minsk peace deals, Dow Jones quoted German Chancellor Angela Merkel as saying Monday. She will urge her counterparts at the Brussels summit this Thursday and Friday to agree to a “political commitment that sanctions and the implementation of Minsk are closely connected.” The decision on new sanctions will not be considered before June, RIA Novosti reported, citing Merkel.

UN Human Rights Council delays consideration of war crimes report on 2014 Gaza conflict

The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva has postponed until June the discussion on the report about the events in 2014 in Gaza, Tass reported. On March 9, the UN said its investigators who were looking at possible war crimes by sides of the conflict between Israel and Hamas had asked to postpone publication of their report until June, to allow further time to consider further evidence they had received.

Pakistani police break up church attack protests in Lahore

Police in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore broke up Christian protesters with tear gas and baton charges Monday, Reuters said. The protests came a day after suicide bombers killed at least 16 people outside two churches, one Catholic and one Protestant. The protesters, angry at the lack of security for Christians in the majority-Muslim country, blocked a major highway in the city. Sunday’s attacks, claimed by a faction of the Pakistani Taliban, occurred minutes apart in a majority-Christian suburb of Lahore.

Bosnia donates 550 tons of arms to Iraq

Bosnia has donated more than 550 tons of surplus arms and ammunition to Iraq, the Balkan country’s defense minister said Monday. The move is part of Bosnia’s involvement in the US-led coalition against Islamic State militants, Reuters reported. The donation was made on request from the US and comprises arms and ammunition produced decades ago, Minister Zekerijah Osmic said.

Kurds in Iraq probe 2 possible Islamic State chemical weapon attacks

Kurdish forces in Iraq are investigating two other possible chemical weapons attacks by the Islamic State group, AP reported, citing a top official. The two purported chemical weapon attacks resemble one reported last week by Kurdish officials. They say an independent laboratory concluded the militants used chlorine gas against its Peshmerga forces in a January 23 truck suicide attack. The claims were not immediately verified by international authorities. The two newly announced attacks happened on December 26 and January 28, but the authorities did not discuss them for fear of causing panic.

Burned belfry of Moscow’s Novodevichy Convent to be restored by autumn

The belfry of the world famous Novodevichy Convent in Moscow, which is on a UNESCO world heritage list, has been closed for restoration following a fire that broke out last night, Tass reported, citing officials. The belfry’s cupola and some of its bells will have to be replaced, Deputy Culture Minister Grigory Pirumov said Monday. Only the cupola needs replacing because it was exposed to a very strong wind and high temperatures and has been knocked out of shape and moved sideways as a result, he said.

Saudi 2015 execution tally rises to 45

A man convicted of murder was beheaded in the Saudi capital on Monday, taking to 45 the number of executions since January 1, AFP said. The beheading of Saad bin Abdullah al-Jadid was reported by the official SPA news agency. Saudi Arabia has carried out around 80 executions annually since 2011, with 87 recorded last year.

EU to maintain sanctions against Crimea

The EU will maintain sanctions against Crimea, Russia, and wants the UN to consider similar measures, RIA Novosti reported, citing a statement of EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini. The EU reaffirmed its position not to recognize the reunification of the Crimean peninsula with Russia after a year has passed since that event, according to the statement approved by the EU’s foreign ministers.

Investigators bring charges against 3rd suspect in Nemtsov killing

Investigators have brought charges against Khamzat Bakhayev, who was detained in connection with murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, RAPSI quoted Bakhayev’s lawyer Sophia Rubasskaya as saying on Monday. Bakhayev, who pleaded not guilty, was charged with murder and illegal weapons trafficking. On March 8, the Basmanny District Court in Moscow ordered to arrest five suspects in the case.

Israeli candidates campaign in last day before parliamentary election

Israeli election candidates are making their final appeals to voters Monday, the eve of the parliamentary election. It will determine whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can secure another term in office. Latest polls have shown Netanyahu’s Likud party trailing the centrist Zionist Union by about four seats, AP said. Netanyahu’s rival, Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog, promises to repair ties with the Palestinians and the international community and also bring relief to the country’s struggling middle class.

Houthis militants lift house arrest on Yemeni PM, cabinet

Yemen’s dominant Houthi group on Monday released Prime Minister Khaled Bahah and his cabinet ministers after nearly two months under house arrest, Reuters quoted government spokesman Rajeh Badi as saying. Bahah said on his Facebook page the move was a goodwill gesture to ease talks on Yemen’s political transition. Bahah, who resigned in January after the Houthis captured the presidential palace, said he had no intention of resuming his post.

More than 50 IS fighters killed by airstrike in Iraq

More than 50 fighters of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) have been killed in an airstrike that targeted their meeting in the north of Ramadi, Al Arabiya reported, citing the operations command of Iraq’s al-Anbar province. Those killed reportedly included foreign militants with senior command posts within ISIS.

Afghan forces kill 10 militants affiliated with ISIS

Afghan security forces have killed 10 fighters who claimed to be from the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Afghanistan, Reuters reported. The militants, all associated with the IS, were killed in an operation in the southern province of Helmand on Sunday, according to Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri. One of the militants as Hafiz Wahidi, the nephew and successor of Mullah Abdul Rauf, a veteran militant killed last month in a drone strike.

Leaders of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan to meet in Astana on March 20

The presidents of Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus will meet in Astana on March 20, TASS quoted a spokesman for the Kazakh leader as saying on Monday. Vladimir Putin and Aleksandr Lukashenko have reportedly confirmed they will attend the meeting. Multilateral trade and economic cooperation will be discussed, and the presidents are also expected to focus on global economic issues and the Ukrainian crisis.

Iran, US resume nuclear talks in Switzerland

US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif resumed nuclear talks on Monday in the Swiss city of Lausanne, Reuters said. The aim of the negotiations is to try to narrow gaps before a March 31 deadline for a political deal. Kerry has urged Tehran to make concessions that would allow six world powers to reach a political framework agreement for a nuclear deal that would lift sanctions in exchange for curbs on Tehran’s nuclear program.

Putin orders combat alert for Northern Fleet

President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Northern Fleet, certain units of airborne forces and the Western Military District to be put on full combat alert from 05:00 GMT on Monday, TASS reported. Snap checks will serve to evaluate the capabilities of the Northern Fleet to ensure Russia’s military security in the Arctic, according to Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu.

Brazilian protesters in 150 cities demand president’s ouster

Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians marched on Sunday in more than 150 cities around the country to demand President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment amid a sprawling graft inquiry at state-run oil firm Petrobras, AP reported. The biggest of the protests took place in Sao Paulo. Prosecutors call a kickback scheme at Petrobras the biggest corruption scandal ever uncovered in Brazil. At least $800 million was paid in bribes and other funds by construction and engineering firms in exchange for inflated Petrobras contracts.

Venezuela’s Maduro granted legislative powers

The Venezuelan parliament has granted President Nicolas Maduro legislative powers on Sunday for a period lasting nine months. It comes in the midst of the current situation in the country, which the leader has in the past described as an attempted coup by the US. The decree has already become known as the ‘anti-imperialist law’ and comes at Maduro’s own request, shortly after sanctions imposed on Venezuela by the Obama administration’s targeting of high-ranking government officials. This took place just as the country was holding massivemilitary drills, presumably as a show of force to Washington. Critics of Maduro’s political apparatus have continued raising the issue of human rights and believe the new decree to be a power grab.

6.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Papua New Guinea

An earthquake measuring 6.3 in magnitude has struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The quake’s epicenter was located six miles (nine km) northwest of the town of Rabaul, on the northeastern part of the island. No casualties or damages have been reported thus far
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National Consultation on “ Upholding Constitutional Rights of Minorities,

We would like to inform you that National United Christian Forum (NUCF) is organizing  a National Consultation on “ Upholding   Constitutional Rights of Minorities, with Special Reference to Christians” on 17th March, 2015 at Delhi Bible Institute, 50 Amrita Shergil Marg, from 10 am to 5 pm.
The NUCF members are: National Council of Churches in India (NCCI), which represents Protestant and Orthodox Churches in India, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), which represents all the Catholic Churches in India and EFI Council of Churches (EFICC), which represents the Evangelical Churches in India. Important leaders from the Christian Community are participating in this consultation from all over India including Presidents of CBCI, NCCI and EFICC: His Eminence Basilios Cardinal Cleemis, President, CBCI; Bishop Dr. Taranath. S. Sagar, President NCCI; and Bishop Dr. C. V. Mathews, EFICC.
Mr. Justice Cyriac Joseph, Member National Human Rights Commission and Prof. Dr. TK. Oommen will be addressing the gathering.
The purpose of the consultation is to understand the contemporary scenario of India and to deliberate upon a united response of the Indian Churches.
We will be issuing a press statement immediately after the consultation in the evening on 17th March 2015.
Fr. Joseph Chinnayan, CBCIRev. Dr. Roger Gaikwad, NCCIRev. Dr. Richard Howell, EFICC

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