Is This The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga 1.5-Litre Diesel Model?

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga's new 1.5-litre diesel engine has been under development for a while now

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga’s new 1.5-litre diesel engine has been under development for a while now


  • The new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is likely to get the new 1.5 diesel in 2019
  • The 1.5-litre diesel engine could replace the existing 1.3-litre engine
  • The new Ertiga 1.5 diesel will come with a 6-speed manual gearbox

Images of an on-test new-gen Maruti Suzuki Ertiga have surfaced online, and this could very well be the upcoming 1.5-litre diesel model. While there is no badging on the MPV that could assert our belief, this particular 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga does come with a 6-speed manual gearbox, which is what we are expecting the new diesel engine to be paired with. Maruti Suzuki has been working on the new 1.5-litre oil burner for a while now, and it’s expected to replace the existing Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre DDIS motor in the Ertiga and the Ciaz.


Arab countries need to improve education systems, says UN official

Arab countries need to improve their education systems, a leading UN official has said, with only the UAE performing impressively in the sector.

Hany Torky, the UNDP’s chief technical adviser, said GCC countries were spending the same amount of money on education but only the UAE was making an impact.

“So far the UAE has appeared as a leader in knowledge not just in the Arab countries but also across Asia. No other country has performed so well as the way UAE has done and continues to do that,” he told Arab News. “The reason can be the quality of teachers, corruption, using resources in the right manner, quality of students. All these factors count for a lot.”

He was speaking to Arab News while sharing the latest results of the Global Knowledge Index, which this year placed the UAE 19 out of 134 countries. It ranked 13 in pre-university education and 20 in higher education.

Torky said the idea of education needed to be redefined in the region because of technological breakthroughs including artificial intelligence, virtual reality and coding.

“We need to use technology to improve social and communication skills. Teachers cannot be replaced by robots. However, robots can help teachers to perform better.”

Saudi educationalist Omar Farooqi said a teacher’s role would change dramatically and they would become more like guides or advisers.

“The problem comes in the form of parents and top-to-bottom implementation of technology in schools,” he told Arab News, “otherwise if you look at the youth population in the Arab world, it is larger than the adult population. Therefore, these children have grown with technology in their hands and on their fingertips. They are more than willing to embrace it.”

The UAE was quick to adopt technology and trends faster than anywhere else in the Arab world, he added, and technology was also a way to revamp the curriculum in public sector schools.

“The Public (school) sector needs a complete revamp of standards from top to bottom of school operations. Private schools, on the other hand, are heavily geared primarily toward commercial success. Therefore the quality of education versus tuition fees is not appropriately balanced. Once it is balanced out, then there is cause for optimism for the private sector to take the lead in helping the public system set higher governance standards through strong strategic collaboration,” said Farooqui.

The Global Knowledge Index is produced annually by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Foundation in partnership with the UNDP.


Furniture And Decor Inspired By Patrone’s 2019 Color Of The Year: Living Coral

Pantone announces their 2019 Color Of The Year!Getty

Pantone just announced their 2019 color of the year is Living Coral. They describe it as “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.”

Designers React

Designers are very excited about this choice including Aurore Martial of Domus Venus who told me, “After Ultra Violet last year, we’re definitely entering into an era of warmer and happier tones. Earthy tones are really in vogue, reminiscent of the 70s color palettes. I think we see a lot more of these pastel warm colors these days that are easily combined together to create beautiful mixes. I’d happily put it next to green shades or desert tones. It’s good to see more life coming in, this Living Coral is breathing a fresh air of happiness in interiors, hopefully, people won’t be as scared of using color in their homes too. If they are, and still want to stick to neutrals, the coral could be used as a nice contrasting color on accessories or woodwork.”

As Martial explained, this color might the mood-boosting shade we all need in our homes right now, “I like the addition of ‘living’ next to coral. It makes the traditional coral tone brighter and more invigorating. I almost feel in spring when I see it, yet it feels quite soothing too.”

How To Add Orange

An orange guest room.

“I Am A Tariff Man,” Trump Says, As China Talks Show Signs Of Sputtering

'I Am A Tariff Man,' Trump Says, As China Talks Show Signs Of Sputtering

Trump threatened to slap tariffs if China did not make changes in its trade relationship with US.

The economic agreement President Donald Trump said he reached with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Saturday showed signs of unraveling Tuesday, with the White House threatening new penalties against Beijing and multiple officials seeking to downplay expectations for an eventual deal.

Investors, who had applauded the deal on Monday, turned sharply negative Tuesday. In midday trading, the Dow Jones industrial average had dropped more than 600 points or about 2.4 percent.

Trump, in a series of Twitter posts, threatened to slap a range of import penalties on Chinese products if they did not make major changes in their economic relationship with the United States.

“President Xi and I want this deal to happen, and it probably will,” Trump wrote. “But if not remember, I am a Tariff man. When people or countries come in to raid the great wealth of our Nation, I want them to pay for the privilege of doing so. It will always be the best way to max out our economic power.”

This is a much different characterization of the China talks than just three days ago, when Trump had dinner with China’s president at a meeting of the Group of 20. After the dinner, Trump said they reached the framework of a deal that would come together in 90 days.

“It’s an incredible deal,” Trump told reporters after the dinner. “It goes down, certainly, if it happens, it goes down as one of the largest deals ever made.”

He later said China had committed to buying large amounts of U.S. agricultural products and completely removing all tariffs on U.S. automobiles, a huge shift from its current 40 percent penalty. Chinese officials, meanwhile, did not confirm any of these details. They wouldn’t even acknowledge that there was a 90-day deadline under which they were operating.

In the past 24 hours, there were signs that White House officials were beginning to backpedal from some of their initial optimism. In his Twitter posts on Tuesday, Trump said they might need an extension if the 90-day timeline didn’t prove sufficient.

Meanwhile, White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said there wasn’t an actual agreement for China to remove auto tariffs, but that he expected China to eventually do it as a measure of good faith.

He also said that China’s vice premier, Liu He, had told him there would be changes made “immediately” to show the Chinese were serious about a new agreement. But Kudlow acknowledged Tuesday that so far they haven’t seen any evidence of concrete steps being taken.

“I have no assurances” China will change, Kudlow said, speaking at an event hosted by the Wall Street Journal. He acknowledged that Chinese leaders have stopped short of following through on deals in the past, but he said he believed the involvement of Xi in the discussions Saturday would lead to a different outcome.

“It looks to me that the ball is being moved in the right direction,” Kudlow said.

There are significant differences between the two governments over what was agreed at the dinner, according to a side-by-side comparison of their post-meeting statements prepared by Bloomberg. The Chinese have not acknowledged a 90-day deadline for the talks or said that they plan to “immediately” increase purchases of U.S. farm goods.

Chinese officials are puzzled and irritated by the administration’s shaky handling of the meeting’s aftermath, according to a former U.S. government official who has been in contact with them. Even before the Buenos Aires talks, Trump last month had stated incorrectly that the Chinese government “got rid of” the Made-in-China 2025 program of subsidized technology development in response to his objections.

The comments by the president and his top advisers over the past 48 hours have only added to China’s confusion about their negotiating partners.

“You don’t do this with the Chinese. You don’t triumphantly proclaim all their concessions in public. It’s just madness,” the former official said, who asked for anonymity to describe confidential discussions.

White House national security adviser John Bolton, who also attended the Saturday meeting, said the verdict was still out on what China would ultimately do.

“We need to see some major changes in their behavior,” he said, speaking at the same event as Kudlow. “Nobody is under any illusions.”

Kudlow also said the goal was to eliminate all tariffs on any imports, which is a departure from what Trump wrote Tuesday in a Twitter post, when he said he was a “tariff man.” Trump has not promised to lift all tariffs against Chinese goods.

Trump has argued that China for decades has abused global trade rules to lure away U.S. jobs, steal U.S. intellectual property, subsidize its own companies, and strong-arm U.S. firms. Many Democrats and Republicans, as well as global leaders, have agreed with Trump’s assessment, and he has taken an adversarial approach with Beijing, saying he believes this is the only way to force changes.

That approach so far has amounted to slapping tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese imports and vowing to impose penalties on all other imports if China doesn’t make changes. The changes U.S. officials have sought include forcing Beijing to lower tariffs on U.S. goods, stop dumping cheap steel and aluminum into foreign markets, and halting the theft of intellectual property, among other things.

As part of the talks Saturday night, Trump agreed not to increase existing tariffs on Chinese goods or impose any new ones for 90 days, while talks took place. Global investors, who had feared for months that a protracted trade war could hurt economic growth, seemed to cheer the cease-fire on Monday, but U.S. markets slid back on Tuesday as it became clear that there were few concrete commitments that came out of the discussions so far.


Fourteen-year-old boy dies after unidentified vehicle hits bike

Fourteen-year-old boy dies after unidentified vehicle hits bike

A 14-year-old boy died after his motorcycle was hit by an unidentified vehicle in Shahadra’s Krishna Nagar on early Sunday, police said.

The deceased was identified as Divya Sharma, a student of class VIII, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdra) Meghna Yadav.

The motorcycle was registered in his father’s name, she said. Police received a call at around 7.30 am regarding the accident.

The boy took out the motorcycle while his parents were asleep, Yadav said. Police are scanning the CCTV footage of the area, the DCP said.

In another similar incident, five persons were killed and as many injured in two road accidents in West Champaran and Aurangabad districts on Wednesday, police said. Three persons were killed in Kama Bigaha village under Town police station area of Aurangabad when their was hit from behind by a speeding truck, Deputy Superintendent of Police Anoop Kumar said.

He said the deceased, including a man and his daughter, hailed from Dhanbad town in neighbouring Jharkhand and they were on their way to an unspecified destination in Uttar Pradesh. Three other occupants of the car suffered serious injuries in the accident and they have been referred to a hospital in Gaya, the DSP added.

In West Champaran, two motorcyclists, one of them a private bank official in neighbouring East Champaran, were knocked down by a speeding autorickshaw on the Narkatiyaganj-Sahodara road, district Superintendent of Police Jayant Kant said.


Drivezy raises $20 million in funding round led by Das Capital

(From left) Drivezy co-founders Ashwarya Singh, Vasant Verma and Hemant Kumar Sah.

Car and bike rental platform Drivezy on Wednesday said it has raised $20 million in a Series B round led by existing investor Das Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm founded by serial entrepreneur Shinji Kimura. Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd and Axan Partners, among others, also participated in the round, said Drivezy co-founder Abhishek Mahajan. With this, it has so far raised about $31 million from external sources.

The money will be used to improve the startup’s technology infrastructure, besides strengthening its marketing initiatives across India. The company, which also raised an additional $100 million through an asset financing deal, plans to deploy about 50,000 vehicles over the next three years.

The Bengaluru-based peer-to-peer car and bike rental platform offers vehicles on an hourly, daily and monthly basis, for ₹100-2,500 per day, depending on the vehicle.

Drivezy was founded in 2015 by Mahajan, Amit Sahu, Ashwarya Singh, Hemant Kumar Sah and Vasant Verma. The platform allows vehicle owners to offer their cars and bikes on rent to registered customers.

“The sharing economy in India is thriving and has picked up real pace in the past five years, especially within the mobility sector. With less than 8% of Indian citizens owning a car, the rapidly growing car and bike sharing industry could provide convenient and sustainable mobility to millions of urban Indian residents. This fresh investment will allow us to cement our foothold as the market leader in the growing vehicle sharing market in Indian,” Drivezy CEO Ashwarya Singh said in a statement.

The platform is operational across eight cities, including Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad, catering to 37,000-40,000 customers a month. Out of the total customer base, 60% people are two-wheeler users, and the company expects that number to reach 70% in the next two years, said Mahajan.

Investors are pouring funds into scooter rental startups, including Vogo (backed by ANI Technologies Pvt. Ltd. and Hero MotoCorp Ltd), Rapido and Bounce, Mint reported in this month. Sachin Bansal, co-founder of Flipkart, is also planning to invest about $100 million in electric scooter startup Ather Energy.


Environmentally-Friendly Bathroom


The bathroom is probably the most overlooked area of an eco-conscious home. The simplest measures can go a long way to reducing both water and energy wastage in the bathroom.


Table of Contents

Shower over Bath

The most obvious first step is to switch to showers as a primary choice overfilling a bath, except if you have a “power shower.” An average comparison of 62 liters per shower to 80 liters per bath shows how much you can save every time.

Reduce water usage further by showering for shorter periods and lather soaps and shampoos while switching off the water in between.

TIP: Collect grey water in buckets while you shower and water your plants. If you must bath, use the water to pre-rinse the day’s eco-friendly cloth nappies before you pull the plug.


Improve the Shower Head

A green bathroom remodeling project doesn’t have to be a huge one, to start with. Start with an aerator – an inexpensive gadget that screws onto your bathroom faucet.

It restricts water flow and can also be attached to your shower head.

Showers are only one up on baths with normal shower fixtures. Power showers which last for more than 8 minutes use on average 136 liters each time.

Switch to an eco-friendly aerating shower head, which gives the feel of a power shower, but saves water and uses far less energy.


Flick the Lights

The bathroom is often the last place in the house to be switched to LED or more eco-friendly lighting options.

Older lighting fixtures or halogen bulbs use excessive energy in comparison. LED lighting is a superior option, especially in the bathroom.

TIP: Even better, turn off the lights and light a few romantic candles or candle ‘lanterns’ instead. It is far more calming than glaring electric lighting.


Automatic Faucets

In theory, you could turn off the tap between brushing and washing your face, but the reality is that many of us don’t. An automatic faucet can force everyone in your household to be more eco-friendly, plus it is fun!


Flushed Out

Most of the water use each day routes through the toilet cistern! The average toilet uses 9 liters per flush and we are literally flushing money down the drain each time we pull the chain. Low flow toilets and dual flush systems are not the only green options these days.

Paper-less Automatic Toilet

The Toto toilet from Japan is a true marvel. The dual flush system is efficient and Toto also completely eliminates the need for toilet paper! To top it off, it may just save a virgin rainforest in the process.

As one of the biggest waste products in the world, toilet paper (which is made from trees!) is sent on its way to contaminate the underground water systems.

98% of all toilet paper sold in the United States is harvested from untouched forests.

Modern convenience also perpetuates the demand for ‘soft’ new paper instead of using recycled paper.

Instead of toilet paper, the Toto uses a small wand to expel gentle, tiny water bubbles while a click of a button starts the dryer to finish the job.

It is fresher and cleaner, plus you can continue to browse your smartphone or read your magazine while it does its thing.

TIP: Invest in a gadget like the Drop-A Brick, which you pop into the tank. Some water companies even give these types of devices away, free of charge.

Want to know how much water you use in a day? Check out the U.S. Geological Survey’s calculator.


It is time that we started using recycled water (or “greywater”) to do the flushing.

Greywater systems come in all sizes – a small, sink-toilet filter (like the one pictured here), or a large, household-wide system to collect from sinks, dishwashers, washing machines, and showers (like the one pictured here).

The water you save is filtered, and can be used for flushing a toilet, and watering the garden all summer long, regardless of watering restrictions.

Drain water heat recovery (or greywater heat recovery) recovers and reuses hot water heat from the dishwasher, washing machine, and shower!

You could save as much as 60% of your heat energy by installing a system like this, and take one step closer to being self-sustainable.


Alternative Heat

Radiators are huge energy guzzlers, which are largely unnecessary in smaller bathrooms. More economical heating options are heated towel rails and underfloor heating.

Efficient Water Heaters

If the climate in your area is suitable, switch to a solar powered hot water system, not only for the bathroom but the kitchen and laundry, too.

A traditional hot water tank can also be converted into a tankless water heater, which uses a fraction of the energy. Insulating the water heater also works on efficiency.



Dena Bank Merger: Bankers To Go On Strike On December 26

Dena Bank Merger: Bankers To Go On Strike On December �26

The United Forum of Bank Union (UFBU) – a consortium of nine unions in the banking sector – will strike work on December 26 opposing the merger of Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank, the All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) said on Saturday.

The AIBEA is one of the constituents of the UFBU.