Enlarge ImageHarley-Davidson’s all-electric Livewire is now available for preorder at dealers across the US, but will it sell? Harley-Davidson Harley-Davidson is betting big on its first production electric motorcycle, the Livewire and if you want to buy one, you better bet big too — in Vegas, that is. Harley announced on Monday at CES that the Livewire is now available for preorder with plans to go into production this fall. Though if you want in on the future, you’ll have to pay H-D $29,799 of your hard-earned American dollars for the privilege. If that seems like a boatload of greenbacks for a two-wheeled conveyance, it is, but Harleys have never really been what you’d call “cheap” so what exactly is the Motor Company planning on giving you for your money? Well, to start, Livewire will do 110 miles on a charge, though Harley states in its press release that those are urban miles, so if you plan to go full-on Wild Hogs, expect significantly less range. Livewire will make the sprint to 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds which would be great for a car but is nothing to write home about when it comes to motorcycles. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Based on photos, the Livewire looks like a more aggressive and sporty machine than your average Harley-Davidson model and the marketing materials for the bike tell us that it has lean-sensitive anti-lock brakes and traction control. Both of these are excellent features to have, especially in something that has the instant torque of an electric vehicle. Another thing you can generally expect for your money when you’re looking at a Harley is that it will be very well-built with excellent finishes, and the Livewire will probably live up to its family legacy on that front. Riders will also get access to a Livewire-specific app that will offer up service and maintenance notices, charging locations and vehicle location data, in case some ne’er-do-well attempts to purloin your fancy new electric motorbike. The other thing that we now know about the Livewire is that the “Revelation” electric drivetrain produces a new, futuristic “signature Harley-Davidson sound” which we can only assume is either a robotic voice making the classic potato-potato sound of Harley’s 45-degree V-twin engine or the noise that cars make on the Jetsons. We’re hoping for the latter. 85 Photos CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire first ride: Harley’s electric future is bright More From Roadshow Motorcycles Electric Cars 10 Share your voice All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire is the sporty electric streetbike we need 47 Photos Tags CES 2019 Comments Harley-Davidson
Airbus Helicopters said it is in consultations with Indian conglomerates – Tatas, Mahindra and Mahindra and Reliance Industries, to jointly manufacture military helicopters. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” initiative envisages foreign arms makers to form partnership with Indian companies to enable local manufacturing of arms, to reduce imports. A general view of helicopters being assembled at the Airbus production facility in Donauwoerth, Southern Germany October 9, 2014.ReutersAirbus HelicoptersThe subsidiary of the Airbus Group is offering to build its light utility AS550 Fennec and the medium lift EC725 in India, to replace India’s ageing Cheetah and Chetak helicopters.”We are in the selection process, talking to different industries to form a JV (joint venture),” Rainer Farid, a senior Airbus Helicopters executive told Reuters on Friday at Aero India 2015 in Bengaluru. In 2014, India decided to scrap the earlier proposal to acquire 197 light utility helicopters in order to allow local companies to join international majors and build the helicopters within India through joint ventures.Russian helicopter manufacturers and US-based Sikorsky are also expected to bid for the order.Currently, state-run Hindustan Aeronautics, based in Bangalore is the only Indian producer of helicopters, meaning global defence firms will have to find partners with Indian conglomerates who have ventured into the arena, with the opening of the sector a little more than a decade ago.However, Farid, who was speaking on the sidelines of the ongoing Aero India 2015, noted that the task of establishing necessary vendor units in India was going to be tough, given that such vendors don’t exist as of now.The Narendra Modi government has increased foreign direct investment in the defence sector up to 49%, in the belief that more international firms would be willing to tie up and start producing locally.On Wednesday, India’s Bharat Forge announced its joint venture with Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems to produce the Spike anti-tank guided missile.
SiddharthTwitterActor Siddharth was trolled heavily after he mocked Akshay Kumar’s non-political interview with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Twitterati says he is not eligible to US President Donald Trump.Akshay Kumar recently had a non-political interview with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and he was seen asking questions about his personal life. The interview created a lot of buzz in the media during this election season. While the Prime Minister’s followers were impressed with, the people from the left wing mocked Akshay and Modi over the questions about how you eat fruit, your sleep and work habits.Siddharth is very active on social media and he often voices his opinions on various current affairs. His posts show that he has his leaning towards the left. Weeks after the above went on air, the actor took to his Twitter account to mock Akshay Kumar. He said that he wants to interview US President Donald Trump and ask him about how he eats fruit.Siddharth tweeted on May 3, “Hey @realDonaldTrump since you’re getting ready to be re-elected soon, might I suggest an interview with me during your elections? I have crucial questions about how you eat fruit, your sleep and work habits and also your cute personality. I have an Indian passport. DM me please.”His Twitter post did not go down well with many followers of Narendra Modi and Akshay Kumar, who trolled and condemned in their replies. They asked Siddharth about his stardom and contribution as an actor. Here are some of their mocking comments posted in response to him.Rohit Jaiswal @rohitjswl01Forget abt Donald Trump Siddharth… Even Your own Master @RahulGandhi will not give you any Interview, you know why… Coz ur Not Worth it…. First try to match up with #AkshayKumar stardom, your lifetime collection = his Day 1 collection…. and Yes Brother #AayegaToModiHiGaurav Pandya @GauravPandyaWhy not? provided u have done some work for US citizens, contributed selflessly for US army, donated generously during natural calamities.. and yea, u should be one of the highest tax payers in US.. Before u take a barb against @akshaykumar , u should have answered all these Qs 70 replies 230 retweets 1,142 likesJack @RoflJack_Obviously. One needs to pay tax amounting to trillions, serve in Army for 150 years, Donate billions in natural calamities to ask very crucial questions like whether The President of USA eats mango.Himanshu Kulkarni @hk_2025This is what happens when you are a failed actor but you still want to be popular for whatever reason it may beHemanth Kashyap @HemanthKashyap8Look who is giving too much of importance to…. whom ?… haha..ofcourse himself. You r not yet that big bro.. chill..do somemore work and grow. Good luck..Purba Mukherjee @Oye_BubblyyySure. If you are working in the US, a famous and bonafied personality, contributed to American society, and of American origin (born there). Why not? Indian PM knew Akshay even before the interview. Does @realDonaldTrump know you?Monee M @moneemishraWar cry of an unsuccessful Bollywood actor who may be filling a no tax return since how many years we don’t know @Actor_Siddarthବିବେକ ଆନନ୍ଦ ସିଂହ @urviveksinghWhat about PM Rajiv Gandhi ji’s interview with Mrs Simi Garewal? Does that ring a bell? @akshaykumar being a Canadian has done what you Liberandus can’t. Any questions? Suggestions? Confusions? Let me know.
Xerox Corp will split into two companies, one holding its legacy printer operations and the other its business process outsourcing unit, it said on Friday, in a bid to be more nimble after years of trying to integrate the businesses.Activist investor Carl Icahn, who first revealed a stake in Xerox in November, will get three board seats on the outsourcing company. He tweeted on Friday that “the separation will greatly enhance value for Xerox Corp shareholders.”Xerox shares rose nearly 6% to $9.78.Xerox Chief Executive Officer Ursula Burns said in an interview on Friday that the strategic review had been underway before Icahn publicly revealed he had bought Xerox shares.”The reason why it was easy to get to a decision is because we do have two businesses that rotate around two different axes,” Burns said.Xerox also posted fourth-quarter results, with profit rising 42.5% and costs and expenses falling 7.3%.The company, whose shares had fallen more than 30% in the past 12 months, has tried to turn itself around by focusing on software and services as customers cut printing costs.The document technology company, which will make printers and copiers, will have annual revenue of $11 billion, while the business process outsourcing company will have $7 billion in revenue.Regarding the two companies potentially attracting interest from buyers, Burns acknowledged that Xerox’s board and executives would speak to anyone interested.”They are both strong and both large companies. But this would not be a small buy at $11 billion and $7 billion,” she said.Susquehanna Financial Group LLP analyst James Friedman said he thinks Xerox’s services business once it separates is “an easy acquisition for someone but they will try and grow it themselves.”Xerox had been trying to turn itself around, shifting focus to software and services as corporate customers cut printing costs and consumers shift to mobile devices.Burns, who took the helm in 2009, said on Friday the leadership and names of the new companies were yet to be decided.Xerox also increased its quarterly dividend 11% to 7.75 cents per share, payable on 29 April to shareholders of record on 31 March.Under Burns, Xerox took a leap into the services market in 2010 with its $6.4 billion acquisition of Affiliated Computer Services Inc.Burns said the services business has changed over the years and is not just the old ACS asset. In December 2014, it sold its informational technology outsourcing arm, previously part of ACS, to France’s Atos SE for more than $1 billion.The split, expected to be complete by the end of 2016, will deliver $2.4 billion in savings over the next three years, Xerox said.Lazard and Goldman Sachs were advisers to Xerox while Centerview Partners advised the board of directors.
-The estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been killed in Malaysia, a South Korean government source told Reuters on Tuesday.Kim Jong Nam, the older half brother of the North Korean leader, was known to spend a significant amount of his time outside the country and had spoken out publicly against his family’s dynastic control of the isolated state.He was believed to be in his mid-40s.Police in Malaysia told Reuters on Tuesday an unidentified North Korean man had died en route to hospital from Kuala Lumpur airport on Monday. Abdul Aziz Ali, police chief for the Sepang district, said the man’s identity had not been verified.An employee in the emergency ward of Putrajaya hospital said a deceased Korean there was born in 1970 and surnamed Kim.South Korea’s TV Chosun, a cable television network, said that Kim was poisoned at Kuala Lumpur airport by two women believed to be North Korean operatives, who were at large, citing multiple South Korean government sources.The South Korean government source who spoke to Reuters did not immediately provide further details.South Korea’s foreign ministry said it could not confirm the reports, and the country’s intelligence agency could not immediately be reached for comment.Kim Jong Nam and Kim Jong Un are both sons of former leader Kim Jong Il, who died in late 2011, but they had different mothers.Kim Jong Nam was believed to be close to his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, who was North Korea’s second most powerful man before being executed on Kim Jong Un’s orders in 2013.In 2001, Kim Jong Nam was caught at an airport in Japan traveling on a fake passport, saying he had wanted to visit Tokyo Disneyland. He was known to travel to Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China.He said several times over the years that he had no interest in leading his country.”Personally I am against third-generation succession,” he told Japan’s Asahi TV in 2010, before his younger had succeeded their father.”I hope my younger brother will do his best for the sake of North Koreans’ prosperous lives.”
The five day celebration of classical music in the Capital came to an end with a spellbinding jugalbandi between two maestros Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma and Pt Hari Prasad Chaurasia on Saturday. The two classical music doyens came together for the music lovers in the national capital at Siri Fort Auditorium. The final day of the festival was characterised by the best of classical music, a full house and a lot of excitement to match up to it, as the veteran santoor maestro and the legendary flautist performed together. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The five day celebration was marked by the best of classical music presented by veteran vocalists, sitar, sarod, santoor, flute and veena players. The performances by some of India’s most celebrated classical music artists lit up the Capital and attracted the lovers of the classical music tradition. Capital witnessed legends like Pandit Jasraj, Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan, Vidushi Girija Devi, Meeta Pandit and Manjari Asnare. Vocalists were supported by renowned artists like Veena player Ustad Mustafa Raza; sitar maestro Budhaditya Mukherjee, sarod maestro Pt. Biswajit Roy Chowdhury, santoor maestro Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma and renowned flautist Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe festival was presented by Delhi Government’s Department of Art, Culture and Languages along with the Punjabi Academy under the theme Delhi Celebrates. Each day at Delhi Classical Music Festival was undoubtedly one of its kind. ‘As part of Delhi Celebrates we make sure that art and culture get its due spot in the national capital. Our country’s rich and soulful classical music traditions have gifted us with a culturally-rich identity. This week-long festival aims to promote the best of Indian classical music amongst music lovers,’ said Rawail Singh, Secretary, Punjabi Acacdemy.