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A Closer Look at The 2020 Yamaha MT-03


2020 Yamaha MT-03







Aptly nicknamed the Hyper Naked Machine, the Yamaha MT 03 is built for fun and carefree driving. You can drive this motorcycle just about anywhere. You will love how easy the clutch shifts you from gear to gear. The design features will leave you impressed as well. This is a vehicle that is really built with the modern bike rider in mind. You can feel comfortable driving this through the neighborhood, and you will enjoy it off the road as well. With the enhancements that have been made with the 2020 version, you will wonder why you have waited so long to get one. Here are ten things that you did not know about the 2020 Yamaha MT-03.


1. Showa suspension is built into its design


In the past, many scooters have gained a bad reputation because of their suspension system. Hit even the smallest of bumps and your body may feeling it for hours. That is not going to be the case with the 2020 Yamaha MT-03 thanks to the Showa suspension that is now built into its design.


2. It has a 149cc single-cylinder engine


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While the 2020 Yamaha MT-03 is not going to have you winning any races against a Harley, you will find that its 149cc single-cylinder engine is surprisingly powerful. You can easily get up to speed with traffic in a respectable manner.


3. There is an LED display system


The new 2020 Yamaha MT-03 makes it easy for you to see all of the important data that you need to know while you are driving. The miles per hour are displayed in big numerals that you cannot miss. You will also be able to see how much fuel you have remaining, along with other critical information that can really come in handy as your driving. This is a weatherproof LED display that looks great during the day and at night.







4. There is a 12V USB Outlet


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Here is something you did not know about the 2020 Yamaha MT-03 that you will be glad you do now. There is a 12V USB outlet on the left storage compartment that provides more than enough power to charge your phone. This is a great feature to have, especially when you are out for a long ride. You will no longer have to worry about running out of battery power when you need your mobile devices the most.


5. The front brake has ABS


Brakes are always important when it comes to bikes. Yamas has really integrated a nice system into this one. You are going to get a 240mm single disc brake in the front. This one is equipped with an ABS system that is enough to get you stopped quickly and safely when needed. The rear brake is 130mm drum style and does not have ABS.


6. The price is already set


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The price has been set for the 2020 Yamaha MT-03, but that does not mean that you know what it is. You will find that Yamaha retail outlets should be featuring this scooter very soon for an impressive $4,290. That brings great value to this class of bike, so you should be able to easily fit it into your budget.


7. It has a smart-key system


Everyone knows that bikes, by their very nature, are targets for theft. While nobody can prevent someone from picking up your bike and throwing it in a truck, that thankfully does not happen very often. With the smart-key system on the 2020 Yamaha MT-03, you will also benefit from anti-theft technology. These keys are almost impossible to replicate and the electronic system makes it difficult to start the bike with it. This is a win-win situation for bike owners.







8. There is ample storage under the seat and it locks as well


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Many scooters lack much storage, but this is one bike that has it integrated into its design. You will find that there is plenty of storage under the seat. You will easily be able to put your helmet under there, along with a few other personal belongings. This will also keep it out of the direct sunlight and any possible adverse weather that you might face along the way. Perhaps the best part of this is that the storage compartment is locked. So you will not run the risk of someone snatching and grabbing things out of there when you are not looking.


9. The windscreen is adjustable


When you get up to high speeds, you will appreciate having a windscreen that adapts to your particular size. That is exactly what you will get with the new 2020 Yamaha MT-03. The adjustable windscreen is a useful feature that many other scooters in this class do not have. You will find that it moves with you and can help block out the wind during those long drives.


10. It has an automatic transmission


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When you are just cruising around the valley, you do not always want to have about shifting gears. With the 2020 Yamaha MT-03 there will be no such concern. You will love the automatic transmission and how it handles. You pull the throttle back and go. With the fuel-injected engine that has been liquid-cooled behind you, it will be difficult to not appreciate the difference that this new scooter brings to the world of motorbikes


Now that you know these ten things about the Yamaha MT-03, you should really go to your nearest dealer and take a look for yourself. Once you take it for a test drive, you will probably be hooked. The price is great and the entertainment factor alone makes this really worth considering. When you bring one home, you will almost definitely be the envy of all your neighbors. Enjoy.










Seattle-tested coronavirus vaccine shows promising progress; Fauci calls it ‘good news’


A COVID-19 vaccine developed by Massachusetts-based Moderna is ready for more tests after showing a promising immune system response in early-stage trials.


The National Institute of Health said that the vaccine “was generally well tolerated and prompted neutralizing antibody activity in healthy adults.”


Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told The Associated Press that “this is good news.”


Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine trial got its start at Seattle’s Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute.


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TikTok’s India rival booms with 500,000 users added every hour

By Saritha Rai

In late June, when India banned 59 Chinese apps, including global sensation TikTok, the short-video platform stopped working for its 200 million local users. Within hours, an avalanche of new sign-ups pushed the servers of one of its Bangalore-based rivals, Roposo, to breaking point.


Two weeks on, Roposo, which also offers short videos, says it’s peaking at 500,000 new users an hour and expects to have 100 million by month’s end. That’s almost double the 55 million it had before the ban, and puts Roposo among a profusion of Indian startups to benefit from TikTok’s troubles in the country.


The ban from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government covered other big Chinese names such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s UC Web mobile browser and Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s WeChat messaging app, and came amid a brutal border face-off between India and China that left 20 Indian soldiers dead.


While India cited privacy and security concerns, the restrictions are poised to dramatically alter the competitive landscape in the nation’s digital economy. They give local firms a fighting chance at winning a larger chunk of the country’s more than half-a-billion internet denizens. And they could pave the way for some Indian firms to compete more aggressively with global giants such as Amazon.com Inc. and Facebook Inc., who are also seeking to profit from one of the world’s largest digital booms.


“It was a rocket ship instant for the country’s app startups,” said Naveen Tewari, founder of the startup that owns Roposo, munching nuts against the backdrop of the red-brick-walled study in his Bangalore home on a recent Zoom call. “We have a viable chance to become the world’s fourth technology hub after the U.S., China and Russia.”


His decade-old digital advertising startup InMobi, Roposo’s parent, has in earlier years drawn investments from global names such as SoftBank Group. Last year, PayPal co-founder and billionaire investor Peter Thiel backed its unit, Glance, which acquired Roposo in November.


Roposo features videos showcasing moves set to Bollywood music, humor minus the ribaldry, pranks, fashion and even jokes about the coronavirus pandemic. Roposo, as Tewari put it, is the app you won’t be embarrassed to show your mom.


TikTok has faced censure from courts, women’s groups, users and governments for content seen as sexually explicit or for the depiction of events like acid attacks on women. Roposo and other Indian TikTok imitators, on the other hand, market their content as fun that’s more in line with India’s relatively conservative culture.


TikTok didn’t respond to requests for comment for this story. In a June 30 statement, it said it was invited to meet government stakeholders to provide clarifications, and has and will continue to comply with security and data privacy requirements under Indian law. The Chinese app has in the past emphasized its efforts to moderate content and said its policies don’t permit videos that risk people’s safety, promote physical harm or glorify violence against women. Earlier this year, it suspended the account of a prominent content creator for posting a mock acid attack video.


Many Indian apps have a late start, and most lack the sophistication and user-friendly interfaces of TikTok. Nor do they have the investment appetite and the deep pockets of the likes of TikTok parent Bytedance Ltd., which is the world’s most valuable startup and was valued at more than $100 billion in May.


Still, the Indian government’s ban throws open multiple, billion user business models, said Manjunath Bhat, a senior director analyst at Gartner Inc. “India’s entrepreneurs didn’t lack talent, they were just short on ambition,” Bhat said. “The combined effect of the coronavirus lockdown and the app ban presents a never-before, never-again opportunity.”


With Indian names like Chingari (Hindi for spark), Mitron (meaning friends) and Bolo Indya (Tell me, India), a string of small Indian TikTok challengers, have been notching up titanic user numbers since the ban on the Chinese apps. Some like the Moj app are barely weeks old.


Battlers in other categories have also received a windfall as other Chinese names like highly-downloaded image scanner CamScanner were also blocked. The new contenders from a variety of categories have three themes in common. Their apps are made in India. Their data is stored in India. Their content, mainly in regional languages, is attuned to local sensibilities.



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The followers of an Indian spiritual guru, Sri Sri Ravishankar, created Elyments, an all-in-one rival for WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram. Asia’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, of the Reliance conglomerate, launched JioMeet, a video conferencing rival to the popular San Jose-based Zoom.


Sumit Ghosh, cofounder of Chingari, says many of the China short video apps have adult content designed to grab attention and ensure they go viral. “In contrast, our algorithms are built to ensure trash will never trend on Chingari,” said Ghosh. Its videos are slow-dripped to users to check for offensive content. If multiple users complain, videos are pulled off.


Ghosh and his cofounder began building the app just over a year ago when data consumption started exploding. It catered to Indians in smaller towns who hungered for relatable, Indian language content. In the months that followed, the founders closely matched TikTok, feature for feature, adding everything from livestreams to AR filters, the computer-generated special effects that users can layer over real-life video and images.


Bangalore-based Chingari, which had 3.5 million users on the day of the ban, says it has crossed 17.5 million. Its overwhelmed founders are now creating a company, Chingari Media Pvt. They are drawing up a corporate and equity structure, testing revenue strategies and growing their eight-engineer team. TikTok influencers – stars with huge following who market products and services – are popping up by the thousands on Ghosh’s Twitter asking to be on Chingari as verified users. He says his startup is in “late funding talks”.


In New Delhi, Trisha Girdhar’s influencer management agency could portend the future. Until last month, TikTok accounted for the bulk of her earnings. Now, the 22-year-old is now straining to shift her star clients – influencers from far-flung towns like Akola, Nabha, Katni and Birati – to Roposo and other platforms. “Brands are looking seriously at our influencers,” said Girdhar who herself specializes in belly dancing videos and has a fan following on Roposo.


Roposo itself is getting a deluge of influencer marketing agencies and celebrities wanting to come aboard. It’s discussing contracts with celebrity users and content creators. It’s investing in camera filters and Indian themes. “This isn’t an opportunity just for entrepreneurs,” said Tewari. “Investors ought to be rushing over.”

John Browne steps down as Huawei UK chairman ahead of government ban



(Reuters) Former BP chief John Browne is stepping down as chairman of Huawei’s UK operation ahead of the British government banning the Chinese company from the country’s 5G networks later on Tuesday.


“When Lord Browne became chairman of Huawei UK’s board of directors in 2015, he brought with him a wealth of experience which has proved vital in ensuring Huawei’s commitment to corporate governance in the UK,” a Huawei spokesperson said. 


“He has been central to our commitment here dating back 20 years, and we thank him for his valuable contribution.”


Sky News, which first reported the news, said Browne had given notice in the last few days that he would step down from the board of Huawei UK in September, six months earlier than his tenure was due to end.


Source: Reuters; Reporting by Paul Sandle, editing by Andy Bruce 

MSMEs may get up to Rs 1 lakh crore salary support


NEW DELHI: The government is discussing ways to boost consumer demand in the economy, with one option being the possibility of providing salary support of up to Rs 1 lakh crore over the next three years to MSMEs which employ a certain minimum number of employees, as a way to boost demand in the economy.


“This is one way to boost the demand in the economy which has been suffering,” a senior government official told ET. At present there are close to 6 crore MSME’s in the country and they form the backbone of the economy, the official said.


The official added that a minimum number of employees hired by the unit could serve as selection criteria and the support could be extended for up-to three years.


MSME’s have been at the core of financial package of the Modi government, which in May announced a Rs 3 lakh crore emergency credit line guarantee scheme (ECLGS) under which 100% guarantee coverage will be provided by the National Credit Guarantee Trustee Company for additional funding of up to Rs 3 lakh crore to eligible MSMEs and interested Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency (MUDRA) borrowers in the form of a guaranteed emergency credit line (GECL) facility.


Last week, the finance ministry said banks had sanctioned loans of about Rs 1.2 lakh crore under ECLGS. However, disbursements against this stood at a little over 61,000 crore till then.

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Made-in-China malware eyes Indian healthcare services, educational institutions

Most of the hackings are through phishing emails, malicious advertisements on websites, and third-party apps and programs, experts said.

SynopsisHealthcare services and educational institutions have been the targets, said Sanjay Bahl, Director-General of the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), India’s nodal cyber security agency.





MUMBAI | DELHI: India has faced increased cyber-attacks from China and Pakistan since the nationwide lockdown was imposed end-March and the country continues to encounter threats from malware that







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