India’s top 5 exported cars: Ford EcoSport, Chevy Beat, Volkswagen Vento & more

The Ford EcoSport is India’s most exported car. Ford India exported 90,599 units of the EcoSport in the past 12 months, between April 2017 and March 2018. In the preceding year, Ford exported 79,539 units of the EcoSport, which means that the exports of the compact SUV have grown by nearly 15 %. The high number of EcoSports exported has allowed Ford to become India’s top exporter, beating other automakers such as Nissan, Volkswagen and Hyundai in the process. Ford manufactures the EcoSport at its Chennai factory. The sub-4 meter…

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Will see if more devolution to states served its purpose: Finance Commission

Headed by former RBI Governor Y V Reddy, the 14th Finance Commission had recommended a record increase in the states’ share in the Union taxes. NEW DELHI: Finance Commission chairman N K Singh today said the panel will ascertain whether increasing the share of Union taxes to states to 42 per cent, along with rationalisation with Centrally Sponsored Schemes, has served its purpose. The 15th Finance Commission has been asked to recommend, among other things, a road map for sound management of government finances. “We will also look at whether the much higher devolution…

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Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+: Battery Capacity, Charging Ports, and More Revealed

HIGHLIGHTS Galaxy S9 is expected to sport a 3000mAh battery Galaxy S9+ will reportedly have a 3500mAh battery Both phones are expected to feature a USB Type-C charging port Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are all set to be unveiled at the Galaxy Unpacked 2018 event on February 25. Most of the specifications, features, and price details are already out in the public domain, although several new leaks have revealed new details of the upcoming smartphones. Most notable among these are the leaked shots of the battery units of the Galaxy S9…

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC Detailed: Kryo 385 CPU, Adreno 630 GPU, Secure Processing Unit, and More

HIGHLIGHTS Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 enhances overall performance by up to 25 percent Snapdragon 845 features Qualcomm Spectra 280 ISP The chip comes with Snapdragon X20 LTE modem Just a day after its formal announcement, Qualcomm on Wednesday revealed the major components making Snapdragon 845 a compelling processor for next-generation flagship Android devices. The new SoC is based on the company’s custom Kryo 385 architecture that is touted to speed up the performance by up to 25 percent compared with last year’s Snapdragon 835, while an Adreno 630 GPU is available to enhance on-screen graphics. The San…

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Xiaomi Says Planning to Set Up More Manufacturing Plants in India

Xiaomi India, popular for its smartphone brand, has plans to set up more plants and add capacity to manufacture phone and products in other categories. The company currently has three manufacturing plants – two for phones in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh and one for power banks in Noida, its Vice-President Manu Jain told reporters in Hyderabad. “We are definitely exploring. We want to add more capacity. We want to set up more plants, not just for phones, even for other categories like Mi-band. There are many other categories…,” he said….

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TSA Changes Could Make Thanksgiving Travel Even More Painful

There’s nothing fun about traveling during the holidays—especially Thanksgiving. Crowds are immense. People are cranky. And now, in addition to all of that, the airport security line could be a new sort of nightmare. The Transportation Security Administration is in the midst of phasing in new procedures that could increase wait times in security lines at airports across the country, according to Politico. Among them: Travelers are now required to remove any electronics larger than a cellphone from their carry-on bags and place them in a separate bin. (That’s a significant change from…

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Study abroad: Youngsters bring back more than memories

What are the things you’d expect to bring back from a study-abroad trip — memories of friendships forged, a precious certificate, trinkets and souvenirs? For many students, though, the most precious takeaways are intangible — a cookbook with recipes from all around the world, each contributed by a different classmate; a habit of recycling that you refuse to abandon; sometimes even a renewed determination to always wear a sari to special events. We talked to five students, some of whom are back and some who are still making new memories…

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There’s more to Canada than Toronto. Here’s why you need to explore Ontario soon

Canada’s most populous province, Ontario is home to nearly 40% of all Canadians. It is diverse and vibrant from the multicultural metropolis of Toronto, Canada’s biggest city, to the First Nations villages on the Hudson Bay shores to the north. There are charming towns, historic settlements, a beautiful chance for cruising amid Saint Lawrence River’s Thousand Islands, as well as vast wilderness in national and provincial parks like the much-loved Algonquin. Ontario celebrates its diversity year-round, from the Stratford Shakespeare Festival to the Toronto International Film Festival and RBC Ottawa…

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Planning a trip to Amsterdam? A proposed tourist tax hike could make it more expensive

In an effort to attract big spenders and curb “falafel-eating” tourists, who spend most of their holiday loitering around the red-light district, Amsterdam’s city officials are considering a tourist tax hike that could make visits to the Dutch capital more expensive. Currently, visitors pay 5% of their room rate in the city centre, which is expected to rise to 6% next year. But if Alderman Udo Kock has his way, that could rise to as much as €10 per night in 2019, according to local newspaper Het Parool. Because while the…

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The adventures of Suki: This Bengal cat probably travels more than you

Suki’s vivid coat, which resembles that of a leopard’s, reflects the illustrious adventures that the Bengal cat has been on. From a canoe ride to a hike through a mushroom-filled forest, Suki is busy exploring the world with her human, Canada-based travel photographer Marti Gutfreund.   Gutfreund explained in an email to DesignTAXI that Suki entered her life after her last feline passed away. “My partner and I do a lot of hiking and camping together. [After] our last kitty passed away…we really wanted to have a pet that we didn’t always have…

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