The Congress party will launch an “affirmative and positive” campaign in Rajasthan to counter the “acrimonious” charge of the BJP and advocate a new model of governance while highlighting the failures of the Vasundhara Raje-led government, Member of Parliament Sachin Pilot has said.Buoyed by the results of recent byelections to local bodies, where the Congress fared well, the party has decided to strengthen its base at the booth level. It would reach out to every voter through an aggressive mass contact programme to be launched soon, the Rajasthan Congress chief said. He said the Congress would not merely highlight the BJP’s failures, but would offer them a better alternative.“We will present the people with the blueprint of a model of alternative governance which will be holistic and inclusive, will care for the young and old, create jobs and have a vision to take the State forward,” Mr. Pilot said. Rajasthan goes to the polls in 2018.
Let me state the definition of a car that would do a head of state proud, well a head-of-state of a country that is doing well economically that is. The car should have presence; the engine should be powerful enough to supply power to half your colony and at the same time be appreciated for being green, the car should be luxurious but also sporty enough to give some of the sports cars a run for their money; last but not the least, the car should have a heritage that should be well known and something that I would be proud to buy into.As far as heritage goes, Bentley is right up there, having established itself on the proving grounds of one of the toughest endurance races the world has ever seen, the Le Mans 24hr races. But its flagship, the Arnage, was now dated. So Bentley went back to the drawing board and decided to use things from its past as the building blocks of the car that is now known as the Mulsanne.The car itself looks rather slab sided from the front. The rest of the car is pleasing with smooth flowing lines that are traditional as well as modern, strong haunches and a rear that is dominated by large exhaust pipes. The headlamps are reminiscent of the original Bentley flagship.The engine on the Mulsanne houses cutting edge technology. The engine consumes less fuel depending on the load situation and can even shut down four of its eight cylinders under 2000 rpm so as to be about five per cent more fuel efficient overall. Although the car itself has turned out to be heavy, the 1000 Nm of torque can propel it to over 100 kmph in just over five seconds and to a top speed of nearly 300 kmph.The car is surprisingly easy to drive. Electronics help keep it stable under hard acceleration and emergency braking which was often required on my drive on the scenic roads near Inverness in the north of Scotland. The engine has oodles of power and the eight-speed conventional automatic gearbox works very well. Gear shifts are seamless and with eight ratios there is no perceptible jerk when the gears shift. Keeping in touch with its sporty nature, the Mulsanne has gear shift paddles on the steering wheel as well. The drive experience is good and the rear seats even better, but what stands out is the Naim Audio made 20-speaker 2200-watt music system. For untrained ears, it’s the best that I have heard in a car till date and audiophiles have also been praising it.On the move the loudest noise comes from the tyres on tarmac, and that itself is slight enough for you not to notice. I would have liked the exhaust note to have been a little more striking but perhaps the nobility and the intended buyers of the car prefer the silence.You may have second opinions on the looks but there is no denying that Bentley has achieved what it set out to. The production for next year is already sold out and all you can do is join the queue for a car in 2012. Price: 1.1 crore (approx)advertisementOn the road: In the Scottish HighlandsInverness is a town that does not fit in with the pristine surroundings; it’s an ugly jumble of modern and ancient buildings, narrow streets and industrial areas, not suited to be seen in the Bentley Mulsanne. I have of course, the V8 under the hood and over a thousand newton-metres of torque to call upon, and I put it to good use as the concrete jungle of the capital of the Scottish Highlands disappears behind me. It is perhaps the picture postcard landscapes that Scotland presents that makes me want to get away from Inverness, because it’s a pretty decent city, and ranks very high (in the top 10) in the quality of life index of British cities.The mountain roads are narrow and after a heavy downpour, glisten in the harsh sun, a ribbon of sunlight upon the bright green Scottish highlands, to misquote the famous British poet who drew his inspiration from the Welsh mountains. Is this all wrong, I wonder. For roads like these, one needs a super agile, fast accelerating, light car that can play the straights, pirouette around the curves and accelerate hard till the next turn. The Mulsanne on the other hand is huge (I wonder if two Mulsannes can pass by each other on these Scottish roads) and it does take a lot to get the nearly three tonne mass of steel, alloy, fluids and flesh up to speed and then bring it to a near stop for the tight corner.The roads in the Scottish Highlands seem to be at the side of the valleys with smoothened out hills on either side and a river or a lake to keep the road company, more often than not. This too is picture postcard country much like in Austria but the difference is that the hills here are lower and much more rounded and the greens are brighter as compared to the darker greens in Austria. The men working in the countryside seem to wear netting around their faces, something I presume we would use here to keep the bees away while we are busy stealing their honey. In Scotland I am told these midgets breed in hundreds of thousands in summers and can cause high discomfort when they bite.-Yogendra PratapSuzuki GSX R-1000The moment the new Suzuki GSX R-1000 rolled into our garage, I knew this was the best ‘show off’ superbike one can buy. Given of course, you can’t afford the gorgeous and stratospherically priced Ducati 1198 that is. Of all superbikes currently available in India, the GSX best fits the Transformer image; it seems if would just disassemble itself and turn into a towering robot with a deep throaty voice. What it does though is attract lots of eyeballs. The GSX isn’t a gentle beast like the Honda Fireblade (relatively of course), and you get a hint of it when you mount it. The engine has the typical four cylinder awaking noise followed by a hum that misses a beat once in a while as it idles in anticipation. Slot into first and begin rolling and suddenly, the GSX feels very alive indeed. One might be pottering about in 6th gear with the revs barely above 3000 rpm, but get too excited with the throttle and it lurches ahead like a predator.As the engine revs keep piling (and these pile up really fast, mind you), the world turns into a blur, and more often than not one ends up looking skywards. With such manic acceleration we were on the brake more often than the throttle, and the front brake itself, was quite a revelation. There’s so much bite, feel and progression, it really needs to be felt to be believed. It also causes such fierce weight transfer to the front that holding the brakes hard for a longish time had us on the front wheel when we least wanted. Price 12.75 lakh (ex-showrrom)–Vikrant singhColumn courtesy: Auto Bild Indiaadvertisement
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—San Miguel’s loss to Columbian Dyip wasn’t just treated as an ordinary defeat back in the Beermen’s camp.The defending Philippine Cup champions saw it as a challenge, and nearly almost an insult, and they promptly vowed to change their ways before they faced Barangay Ginebra.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ Christian Standhardinger happy for Andray Blatche, questionable for 6th Fiba window PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments Marcio Lassiter, who came up big in the clutch for the Beermen against Ginebra, said it was their fault why they lost since he knew they didn’t play at their best when they lost to the Dyip.“It definitely hurts you know, we just expect to play better,” said Lassiter who had 16 points, five rebounds, six assists, and two steals against Ginebra. “We knew what was wrong. We figured it out and we just have to get going at it, keep on working to be better.”“Pretty much that loss was not us, that’s very uncharacteristic of us and tonight was a better showing of how we’re capable of playing.”San Miguel held a big lead at the start of the fourth quarter against Ginebra, 78-57, but nearly lost it in the end after the Gin Kings went on a frenzied 32-16 run to trim the margin to five, 94-89, after LA Tenorio’s triple with 1:29 left in the game.That was when Lassiter went to work his magic when he caught Von Pessumal’s errant pass and calmly drained a big three-pointer for the Beermen’s 97-89 lead 1:15 remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lassiter’s dagger, however, wouldn’t have happened if not for the quick thinking of Pessumal and the backup shooting guard’s late stay on the floor was even unlikelier.Pessumal played around 10.6 minutes a game in the past season usually serving as backup to Lassiter, Chris Ross, and Alex Cabagnot but with San Miguel missing key players including new acquisition Terrence Romeo the substitute winger had to step in.“I just stay ready to play every game,” said Pessumal, who 13 points, three rebounds, and two assists in 26 minutes of play. “I’m thankful to coach Leo [Austria] because he trusted me to be in the starting 5 so it means a lot to me. I have to repay him also.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants San Miguel has built a dynasty having won six of the possible 12 titles including four straight Philippine Cups and the team was expected to run away with an easy victory against the Dyip, who only has one playoff series in their existence, but the opposite happened as humble Columbian stunned the Beermen 124-118.The mighty Beermen, who regained their form, promptly recovered and dumped the Gin Kings on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum as if reminding the rest of the league of their powerhouse status.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We we’re truly hurt because that was our first game and we lost,” said 2013 MVP Arwind Santos in Filipino. “Everyone expected that we would win the game [against Columbian] but we failed. And since we failed that we saw how we were beaten and we saw our errors on defense.”Santos, who tied his career-high of 34 points in the loss to the Dyip, was quieter in the win against Ginebra putting up just six points but had one steal and two blocks on the other end of the floor.