Nippon And Blue Bird Automotive Launch New Car Refinish Service In India

Japanese auto component manufacturer- Nippon and India based Blue Bird Automotive have partnered to provide a high-quality car paint job service and car care in India. The JV has started its first facility in Gurgaon by the name of ‘Nippon Express’ and is claiming to repair any dent or scratch on the exterior of a car quicker than any other OEM. The facility is spread across 22,000 sq. ft. which can accommodate up to 15 cars and is equipped with machine colour tools mixing to curate the accurate shade. Sharad…

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Must do better: Minister urges upgrade in computer teaching

Education Minister Joe McHugh said more must be done to equip second-level pupils for entry to computing courses, after a study showed that almost half of college tech students drop out of their course. Mr McHugh said it was a difficult subject that required a lot of mathematical analysis and “we definitely have to put our hands up and acknowledge the weaknesses and think of what can we do better”. He referred to the introduction of computer science as a Leaving Cert subject as one initiative. Meanwhile, the Irish Computer…

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One in six American adults now wear a computer on their wrist

The days of smartwatches as niche devices might be over, at least in the US. The NPD Group estimated that smartwatch sales jumped 61 percent in the 12-month span ending in November 2018. That’s no mean feat when some companies scaled back their efforts or quit the field entirely. The analyst firm also determined that 16 percent of American adults, or about a sixth of the group, now own smartwatches. There’s a good possibility that you’ll see someone with a smartwatch if you walk down the street, to put it differently. It was mostly…

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UK new car sales fall 1.6 percent in January

LONDON: British new car registrations dropped 1.6 percent last month as a double-digit drop in demand for diesel vehicles continued to weigh down sales, according to data from a car industry body. Sales fell to 161,013 cars, the fifth consecutive month of declines, pulled down by a 20 per cent fall in diesel car registrations, according to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). “To restore momentum, we need supportive policies, not least on vehicle taxation, to encourage buyers to invest in new, cleaner vehicles that best suit their driving needs,”…

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Company makes staff crawl on street as punishment in China, video is viral

A company’s bizarre punishment for employees who couldn’t meet the targets set out for them has left many on the Internet in shock. Videos circulating online show employees of the company being forced to crawl on a busy street as punishment for not achieving their year-end targets. The clips have gone viral and collected a ton a reactions from netizens. The incident took place in Zaozhuang, China’s Shandong Province on January 14. The video shows women, who reportedly work for a company that sells beauty products, crawling down a busy…

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Worst price slump in 18 years shows scale of farm crisis

This financial year, 2018-19 could end up being the worst year for farm incomes in almost two decades, government data indicates in a revelation that emphasises the gravity of the ongoing agrarian crisis and highlights a possible fault line for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. According to Wholesale Price Index (WPI) data for the month of December released on Monday by the ministry of commerce and industry, the WPI sub-component for primary food articles has been negative for six…

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Top SUVs to be launched in 2019

The SUV segment has witnessed a phenomenal rise in demand in recent times. The growing popularity of the segment has encouraged car makers to introduce a fresh set of products in the Indian market. Here below are top 11 SUVs which are due for launch in 2019. Tata Harrier The stylish SUV from Tata Motors, the Harrier is due for its India launch on 23 January. The SUV will be limited to a manual 2.0-litre four-cylinder Kryotec engine which generates 140bhp and 350Nm. The vehicle debuts the IMPACT 2.0 design…

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Mahindra sells 1.77 lakh cars in Apr-Dec 2018

Mahindra’s year-to-date sales starting April 2018 have increased marginally over the corresponding period in 2017. Mahindra managed to sell 177,074 units in these nine months compared to the 176,875 units last year. The December sales, at 15,091 units, are actually 3 per cent lower than those of December 2017. The year 2018, overall, has been a tough one for the automotive market, especially the latter half. After the mid-year sales rally, the market has shrunk again owing to fiscal tightening, rising fuel costs and low market sentiment. Yet, Mahindra’s steady…

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