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DECEMBER 23 ,2016
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London Bridge cake model is
big attraction in Bengaluru
THE centre of attraction at this
year’s 42nd annual cake show in
Bengaluru was the 500kg London
Tower Bridge made entirely of
Making the towers, suspension
cables and getting the Victorian
gothic look took over 700 hours.
Mr Sam Ramachandran, one of
the cake artists, who made the
7.3m by 2.1m cake structure, said:
“It took a lot of patience because
everything has to be according
to measurements. It is much like
The show, organised in associa-
tion with the National Consumer
Fair, was inaugurated on Dec 19 at
St Joseph’s Indian High School.
Gujarat bans hookah bars
THE Gujarat government has
decided to ban hookah bars across
the state. The decision was made at
a state cabinet meeting chaired by
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.
Home Minister Pradipsinh Jadeja
said youngsters were falling prey to
the habit and getting into debt.
“Eventually some of them got
involved in anti-social behaviour.
It’s become a matter of concern,”
He added that the penalty for
running the bar will be an im-
prisonment of one to three years
and a fine between Rs20,000 and
Counselling centre for Kerala
Police to open in January
IN A bid to curb suicides, crime
and addiction among Kerala police
personnel, an in-house counselling
centre will be set up for them in
The centre named HATS — Help
and Assistance to Tackle Stress
— will be set up in Thiruvanantha-
The decision to open such a facil-
ity was taken after a high number
of Kerala police personnel was
found to be under stress. Nine to
10 police personnel commit suicide
every year, 28 per cent have crimi-
nal cases filed against them and 35
per cent are addicted to smoking
Kolkata could see driverless
Metro trains from March 2018
DRIVERLESS trains could be a
reality for Kolkata Metro commut-
ers from 2018.
An official from the Indian
Railways, Mr Yatish Kumar, said
the new trains could be imported
from China and will be for existing
metro routes, including the new
East-West and Dum Dum-Garia
metro sections. Chennai, Bengaluru
and Lucknow already have driver-
‘Dial 100’ police service
launched in Ghaziabad
THE Ghaziabad district police has
launched a ‘Dial 100’ centralised
service for making emergency calls
to the police.
The centralised control room of
the service in Uttar Pradesh has
been set up at Lucknow, where 300
professionals work round-the-clock
to attend to distress calls.
It is equipped with the latest
Internet- and telephony-based con-
nectivity to respond immediately
to the calls from all 70 districts of
A total of 3,200 police jeeps and
1,600 motorcycles across the state
have been attached to the control
Hefty fine for littering in public
THE National Green Tribunal
(NGT) has said a fine of Rs10,000
will be imposed on anyone found
throwing garbage in a public place.
It said all authorities were under
“statutory” obligation to ensure
that waste was collected, transport-
ed and disposed of in accordance
with the Solid Waste Management
The bench, headed by NGT
chairman, Justice Swatanter
Kumar, said segregation of waste
and disposal, depending on the
type of waste, must be ensured. It
was hearing a petition filed by Mr
Kudrat Sandhu against violation of
waste management norms in Delhi.
Punjab gets first
INDIA’s first fully air-conditioned
bus terminus, the Mohali busopolis,
was inaugurated in Mohali town in
The terminus, which looks like
an airport terminal, will operate 24
hours and cater to 1,900 buses.
All buses from Mohali town, ad-
joining Chandigarh, will now ply to
various destinations across Punjab
and neighbouring states from the
The facilities at the new bus ter-
minus include food court and retail
outlets, free Wi-Fi, ATMs, cyber ca-
fes and medical aid and pharmacy,
UP chief minister Akhilesh
inaugurates record number
of projects in a day
UTTAR Pradesh Chief Minister
Akhilesh Yadav went on a ribbon-
cutting spree on Dec 20, setting a
record of inaugurating 910 projects
in one day.
Apart from that, he laid 13
foundation stones, distributed
free laptops to 26,000 students
and gave away cheques under the
Samajwadi Pension Scheme to
An official said that the proj-
ects inaugurated on the day were
spread in 59 of the 75 districts
of the state and cost more than
Rs51,000 crores. Elections in UP
are to be announced soon. Once
elections are announced, inaugura-
tion of projects are not allowed.
Villagers in Rajasthan walk
miles to charge their phones
VILLAGERS in Rajasthan’s tribal
district of Banswara may have
three mobile operators compet-
ing to serve them but as long they
don’t have electricity at home, they
have to walk several kilometres ev-
ery day to neighbouring villages to
charge their phones, allowing local
shopkeepers to earn a side income.
On average, they charge Rs10 to
Rs15 for recharging the devices,
which offers them an additional
income of Rs3,000 to Rs6,000 a
Because of this, the villagers
spend nearly double the amount
for the recharge, while the de-
vice would have cost them about
Rs1,500 to Rs2,000.
Mascots to keep
watch on Delhi’s
open defecation issue
coloured mascots called
‘Swachh Sewaks’ have been
deployed to curb open
defecation and urination in
Lutyens’ Delhi (left).
If a person is found reliev-
ing himself in the open, the
mascot will blow a whistle,
catch the person on the spot
and take action.
The New Delhi Municipal
Council (NDMC) intro-
duced the mascots as there
will be a Swachh Bharat
(Clean India Mission) sur-
vey in January.
The NDMC was placed
fourth in last year’s Swachh
Bharat rankings and is
trying to reach the top this
December 23, 2016
say, KTM’s Duke (I really
don’t care about the others).
Besides its retro look, I love it
for the range of things it can ac-
complish without going out of its
“My first need, while buying my
bike, was a good, stable, commuter
bike for earning my livelihood.
Second, I always wanted a bike
that could also do a bit of sport
adventure, like conquering the Hi-
Today, Eicher Motors sells
around 50,000 units of the various
Bullet models each month, which
not long ago was more than the an-
nual production capacity.
The company is also in the pro-
cess of expanding its production
capacity to 900,000 units by 2018
by setting up a new plant.
Those who are tracking the com-
pany would certainly term the
Royal Enfield story as a great turn-
around story that happened at the
right moment after it lost its way
with the advent of fuel-efficient
100cc bikes in the 1980s.
Like the brand, the problems
faced by Bullet buyers till two de-
cades back were legendary — oil
leaks, maintenance costs and more.
However, the company started to
address the quality issues first and
began rolling out defect-free bikes
by taking a re-look at its manu-
facturing process, quality control
systems and the entire production
chain, identifying and resolving in
the process 122 problems.
As Bullets were not bought
for power or fuel efficiency but
for their looks, the focus was on
styling and branding. New mod-
els such as the Thunderbird were
launched to attract the youth.
Around this time, the software
boom happened, and people start-
ed to look at lifestyle bikes.
And now, the reverberating thud,
thud, thud — the Bullet’s unique
exhaust note — is being heard in
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seen in several
Indian movies, is
ALK about an aspirational
or iconic motorbike in India,
and the 350cc Enfield Bullet
(now Royal Enfield Bullet) chugs
straight into our minds.
Today, in the midst of all the
midget bikes choking city roads,
there is an increasing population
of Bullets majestically making
their way to the rhythmic exhaust
sound of thud, thud, thud, much to
the appreciative and longing looks
Perhaps it is because it is the
only motorbike that has featured
in several Indian movies, ridden by
heroes and villains.
The bike has also spawned new
business ventures such as Helmet
Stories, an adventure tourism com-
pany in Mumbai.
One interesting factor that
emerges while talking with Bullet
owners is that they are very loyal
to the brand. And the brand loyalty
Bullets are no longer the pre-
serve of men.
One intrepid female rider, Ms
Sarah Kashyap, told IANS in Chen-
nai: “Even though people said I
was like an ant on an elephant
while riding a Bullet during the ini-
tial days, I loved riding it. While on
a Bullet, my feet will not touch the
ground, I only tip toe. But that is
not a problem.”
Hailing from Punjab, Ms Kashy-
ap grew up in a state where Bullets
are found in many houses. Her en-
thusiastic participation in races and
rallies to Leh and other places rid-
ing the Bullet prompted the manu-
facturers to employ her.
For the majority of Bullet owners
in India, it was a dream machine to
be acquired when possible.
Chennai-based Bullet-lover R.
Balaji said: “My first interest was
the Jawa bike. Anyone who had a
Jawa in those days would naturally
aspire to have a Bullet. My uncle
gave me his Bullet.
“Later, I bought my own 350cc
Bullet. And now, I have also bought
a 500cc Bullet.”
“It is sturdy and hardy. It helps
to maintain a good right-angled
back while riding. No pressure on
the mid-central/lumbar vertebrae
or the cervical region. This is be-
cause of the perfect handle-bar
position,” business executive Erol
Jorge told IANS.
For Mr Engelbert D’Mello, a
businessman in Goa, the Bullet
was his dream bike and he always
wanted to own one. He realised his
dream in 2012.
“It is a legend among bikes. It
is one of the easiest bikes to kick-
start. Plus the sound has its own
charm. One can just cruise on the
bike forever,” he said.
On the other hand, Mr Vir Nakai,
a partner in Helmet Stories adven-
ture tourism company, has made a
good business out of his love for
the Bullet by starting his venture
with a partner.
With a fleet of 12 Bullet bikes,
Helmet Stories organises adven-
ture motorcycle rides to different
Mr Nakai said: “For adventure
travel, the Bullet is the best. The
bike enables the rider to chug
along at a steady pace — and take
in the surroundings — and not
speed away, which is the case with
high-powered foreign bikes.
“Many of our clients are for-
eigners who know about bikes.
They may initially hesitate to ride
a Bullet, but once they are up on
the seat and start riding, they fall in
love with it. Recently, three of our
clients bought Bullets after going
In the words of reporter Soibam
Rocky Singh, who works for an
English daily in the national capi-
tal and who has twice ridden in the
Himalayas: “Royal Enfield Classic
350 is my first bike. And there are a
lot of reasons why I choose it over,
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