Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Mahindra Thar Launched


NEW DELHI, INDIA - The much awaited utility car of the year has been launched today by Mahindra & Mahindra. This sports utility vehicle, named as Mahindra Thar 4X4, will first hit the market in Rajasthan and Kerala and later, it would be introduced in the rest of the nation.
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Mahindra Thar 4X4, is expected to offer a huge competition to the dominance of Jeep Wrangler, as it would offer similar features like that of Wrangler at a much lower prize. This car is already creating a rave in the market all over Europe and South Africa, due the smooth ride it offers during the off-road journeys. Mahindra Thar would be the first non-commercial car to be launched by the company with a 2.5-liter along with a 78 kilo Watt and 2500CC turbo-diesel engine. It operates on the basis of Euro 4 emissions standards. The peak torque of the car would offer an impressive 247 Nm at 1800 rpm at its peak. The other important features that accounts for its looks are open style motoring and a removable hardtop roof. The double-action shock absorbers would facilitate a leaf-spring suspension. It also offers a 2-speed gear-reduction, along with an approach angle of 46 degrees and departure angle of 30 degrees to make the car all more tempting and hardy.
The automaker Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. has earned a different position in the Indian market, as the only car manufacturer, that deals with mainly off-road hardy cars. Where most of its sedans could not create a popularity in the market, Mahindra Thar 4X4 is expected to be as good as its other multi-utility vehicles like Scorpio and Bolero. This car would cost something around Rs 6 to Rs 8 lakh depending on the other intricate features of its models.

Indian forces can enter Myanmar chasing terrorists


Indian security forces can enter Myanmar to hunt for terrorists after taking due permission from Myanmarese authorities, it was decided in Aizawl on Monday. And to boost their crackdown on Indian separatists hiding in Myanmar, it was also decided that Myanmarese security officials have promised to learn English or Hindi to overcome communication problems.
The decisions to curb trans-border movement of terrorists, arms smuggling and prevent drug trafficking came at a meeting of officers from the Indian home ministry and Myanmar's Chin state.
Both sides agreed to improve border security and share information on cross-border terrorism, a Mizoram home department official said.
The meeting took place in eastern Mizoram's Champhai town on Friday.
The official said: "Myanmar authorities have agreed to allow Indian security forces to enter Myanmar territory along the border after getting permission from the (local) army post commander."
The Indian delegation was led by home ministry's joint secretary S. Singh and the Myanmar officials headed by U. Nay Wing, the army commander of Chin state.
According to Indian officials, several militants from the northeast have taken shelter in Myanmar and Bangladesh and have set up bases and training camps.
"After the Bangladesh crackdown against northeast militants, many Indian guerrillas took shelter in the jungles and hills of Myanmar," a Border Security Force (BSF) official said.
The official said that though Mizoram was the only state in the region free of separatist activities, militants from other states occasionally used its borders for safe passage.
The next meeting of the border liaison officers will be held in Myanmar in April 2011 to review the progress of the joint action.
Mizoram has a 404-km border with Myanmar and a 318-km border with Bangladesh.
Four Indian states - Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram - share the 1,640-km border with Myanmar manned by Assam Rifles. The dense forests in most parts make the border porous and highly vulnerable.

World Bank's Rs 1,072 crore for Meghalaya roads


The World Bank will pump in Rs 1,072 crore for road connectivity in rural areas of Meghalaya, Union Minister of State for Rural Development Agatha Sangma said on Monday. The implementation of the projects in the state is proposed to start from 2011. Altogether 567 habitations of the total 756 habitations eligible for road connectivity will be covered under the project which is expected to be completed within five years, Sangma said.
She, however, lamented that the state needs to gear up to implement the project.
"The institutional arrangement of the state need be made efficient to handle the funds. While the state has no separate department to implement the PMGSY schemes, the PWD department has a cell that look after it. But that cell is not functional," she said after reviewing the implementation of the PMGSY schemes in the state.
She expressed the need for more engineers and skilled workforce.