Dan Cohen AUTHOR Negotiations over the conference report for a fiscal 2019 spending package covering the military construction-Veterans Affairs, energy-water and legislative branch spending bills appear to be completed, with conferees prepared to sign a final deal imminently. On Friday, House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said the “minibus” would be on the House floor this week. It is still not clear, though, when the text of the conference report will be released, reports CQ. Congressional leaders are aiming to clear two other spending packages prior to the Oct. 1 start of the new fiscal year as well, including a two-bill minibus covering the defense and labor-HHS-education titles.
Honda Mean Mower: Terror distilledReviews editor Manuel Carrillo III had never been scared by any machine with wheels until he met the Mean Mower. A 150-mile-per-hour menace that may offer supercar acceleration, but is nothing like a supercar to drive. Ever wonder what a barrel ride down Niagara Falls is like? Getting the Mean Mower to triple-digit speeds is the internal-combustion equivalent.Click here to read our Honda Mean Mower first drive review. SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY: Monster Jam behind the scenesMonster Jam, the monster truck and off-road-vehicle exhibition gets more entertaining and exciting with each passing year. As it turns out, technology plays a key role in that evolution. Join Roadshow’s resident off-road master, Emme Hall as she gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the Monster Jam of the 21st century. Enlarge ImageA midsize crossover SUV with 400 horsepower? Sign us up. Emme Hall/Roadshow Welcome to Roadshow’s week in review, where we take a look back at the biggest stories from the past seven days. The week began with reviews of not one, but two new Ford Explorers, crammed loads of fun into a few minutes with the 150-mile-per-hour Honda Mean Mower, but ended on a somber note with a tribute to a beloved, fallen colleague.Here’s a look at our most important stories from June 16-22, 2019.Top reviews When you should buy a new car instead of repairing yours Now playing: Watch this: Polestar 1 first driveRoadshow’s Editor-in-Chief, Tim Stevens, takes a spin through soaked Sweden in the new, 600-horsepower Polestar 1. For a car that weighs more than 5,100 pounds, Tim says the Polestar is surprisingly light on its feet. 69 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Ford ExplorerThe Ford Explorer enters its sixth generation for the 2020 model year on new, rear-wheel-drive architecture. Reviews editor Emme Hall has been a busy bee reviewing both the new hybrid variant and the 400-horsepower ST version, which you can check out here. If last year’s Explorer wasn’t already broadly appealing enough, this new one should speak to the masses perhaps like never before.Click here to read our 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid first drive review. 52 Photos Honda Mean Mower is 200 horsepower of bladed terror 14:04 2019 Honda RidgelineMost pickup truck buyers use their rigs not for working, but for commuting. While adept in both those elements, the 2019 Honda Ridgeline is arguably the best in its segment for the daily slog. As a result, reviews editor Manuel Carrillo III is scratching his head as to why more people aren’t buying this incredible, commuter-carpool-friendly pickup.Click here to read our 2019 Honda Ridgeline in-depth review. 28 Photos Cooley on buying a new car versus fixing your old oneAs cars age, they become more expensive to maintain, eventually to the point where they’ll command more money than a new-car payment. If you’re around that point with your old vehicle, don’t be so fast to buy that shiny new set of wheels. Let Cooley break things down for you first. 9:46 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid: Beautiful in blue 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY: We go behind the scenes at Monster… Post a comment Share your voice 38 Photos 0 5:37 Now playing: Watch this: The best hybrid cars and SUVs available in America Top news2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe revealed: We’re quite smitten with the 2019 BMW 8 Series Coupe and Convertible, but for the upcoming 2020 model year, BMW is introducing a more practical Gran Coupe version that has our interest further piqued.Tesla Model 3 Pickup: Can you believe a Tesla Model 3-based pickup is already here? Well, not for you to buy, but one for you to enjoy watching online. YouTuber Simone Giertz is the mastermind behind this build, and we shall now worship at her altar.Bentley goes electric: The flying B will soon be getting a heap of electricity under its wings. By 2023, all of the British brand’s lineup will offer hybrid variants.2020 Kia Seltos debuts: The Kia Seltos is a new, tiny crossover that may be small in footprint, but big on style.Order Domino’s through your Chevy’s infotainment screen: We welcome a simpler way to order pizza, even if that does mean spending more time at the gym.Remembering Davey G. Johnson: Our hearts are heavy this week as we reflect on the life of our dear friend and esteemed colleague, Davey G. Johnson. Rest in peace, you infinitely curious and eternal adventurer. More From Roadshow Top videos 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe stretches out Tags Polestar 1: World’s first drive in Sweden 29 Photos Roadshow
(Representational Image)PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty ImagesA policeman guarding a Lok Sabha polling booth in Bengaluru was attacked by a man in an inebriated state at Begur Main Road on April 7. The incident occurred when some local policemen were checking vehicles in the area. When they saw 41-year-old Manjunath roaming in the vicinity, they got suspicious and stopped him for questioning.However, Manjunath was too intoxicated to process what they were saying and got very aggressive. He got verbally abusive and took an officer by the collar of his shirt. When another police officer tried to diffuse the situation, he too was beaten up by Manjunath.”The accused was completely drunk and was not in a position to listen to officials. We were on night patrolling as it is election time. During the time, we spotted Manjunath standing near a local bar late in the late night. He was angry with the officials and even assaulted a couple of officers. He was arrested and produced in front of the court,” a policeman was quoted as saying by Bangalore Mirror.Manjunath was then taken to the police station. However, he was too drunk to process the situation and refused to answer the questions posed by the policemen.The Bommanahalli police station have filed a case under sections 353 (an assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 504 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code, reports Bangalore Mirror.
Screenshot of TSBIE websiteThe goof up of the Telangana intermediate results 2019 has landed Chief Minister KCR aka K Chandrasekhar Rao in a big mess with many people holding him responsible the suicide of eight students.The Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE) declared the results of the Intermediate / Class 12 on April 18. But the results of many were found to be faulty, which landed students, their parents and entire family members in deep distress. Some students including the nephew of TDP leader and Rajya Sabha MP CP Ramesh committed suicide as they failed to clear the intermediate examination.On April 22, the opposition parties held a protest and demanded a judicial probe with a sitting judge of high court into the declaration of the TSBIE results. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who got alerted by this dharna, had a meeting with officials and Education minister Jagdish Reddy on April 22 nd set up a committee to inquire into the handling of the process by a private IT firm called Globarena Technologies.While the probe is underway, more students went on to take extreme step, which sent shock waves across the state. Many people including some celebs condemned the Telangana government for its failure. Meanwhile, they also requested students not to commit suicide for not fault of theirs.Director Maruthi had tweeted, “Dear Students Exams R not judges of our skills & future. I am average at studies but later became topper in animation, studies didn’t made me director but my passion towards films. So don’t loose heart, Dear parents train ur children to face Life, don’t pressure/bother abt exams My deepest condolences to all the families of intermediate students who lost their lives. It’s very sad to see they loose their precious life because some one else mistake :(“Two days passed after setting up the committee, but it is come out with the reports and government is yet to take any action. Amidst this, another student has lost his life today and he is eight to commit suicide in six days. Journalist Suresh Kondi tweeted, “OMG..Another sucide..!! It’s getting worse.. What’s happening in sir..@KTRTRS @TelanganaCMO R U there..? #InterBoard #intermediateResults.”Many people, who are upset with Telangana government, blasted KCR today again. Film critic Hemanth Kumar CR wrote, “The Telangana Government has to own up moral responsibility for the shoddy job of the Intermediate education board. The students become ineligible to sit for other competitive exams, when they fail. It is heartbreaking to read about so many students committing suicides.”Hemanth Kumar added, “We could all talk about how your marks don’t really make a difference in the long term, but before that, the govt and education dept can’t rob students of their opportunities for no fault of theirs. There has to be some accountability too.”Political analyst Anshul Saxena tweeted, “Do you know how many Students have committed suicide in last 48 hours in Telangana after the results of intermediate (plus 2)? 6 students. Huge protests are going on & Many students allege careless evaluation of answer sheets. But No Media debates and KCR Govt is also sleeping.”
Moving away from the usual norm of foreign funds buying completed infrastructure projects in India, a Chinese equity hedge fund is expected to invest in an Indian firm for the construction of highways, reported the Hindustan Times. Hong Kong-based Silver Spring Capital will soon invest Rs. 2,000 crore ($300 million) in Hyderabad-based infrastructure developer Transstroy India Limited.”This transactionâ€‰is a clear evidence of investors’ enthusiasm in long-term infrastructure projects,” a senior government official said.Foreign direct investment in roads and highway sector is crucial to build projects of international standards. Nitin Gadkari, Union minister for road transport and highways, too has been keen on such investment since coming to power.However, FDI inflows have been afflux into the infrastructure support services with 100 percent FDI allowance under automatic route. Construction and maintenance of highway bridges, toll roads, vehicular tunnels and cargo handling, including collection of toll, have witnessed reasonable investments.In 2015, BIF India Holdings, part of Canada-based Brookfield Asset Management, acquired six road and three power projects for Rs. 563 crore from Gammon Infrastructure. In another ongoing acquisition talks, Singapore wealth fund GIC is expected to buy 11 road projects from Reliance Infrastructure.From April 2000 to December 2015, India received FDI to the tune of Rs. 1.14 lakh crore (around $24 billion) in the construction sector that includes roads and highways. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) said the inflows amounted to 8.7% of the total FDI inflows in the period.Sources told HT that the Silver Spring Capital “proposal is currently subject to government approval and is likely to be cleared soon.”Transstroy, at present is constructing two highway projects. One, a 54-km stretch from Coimbatore to Mettupalayam in Tamil Nadu, and the second, a 121-km highway from Obedullaganj to Betul in Madhya Pradesh.
Salman Khan InstagramSalman Khan is one such actor who is often asked about his marriage plans, but he hardly entertained such questions with a straight answer. However, the superstar now revealed why he still did not get married, and probably will not ever.Salman, who has been busy promoting his film Bharat, recently opened up about marriage. The actor said that he does not believe in the institution of marriage, but in companionship.”I don’t believe in marriage. I think it’s a dying institution. I don’t believe in it. Companionship? Yes,” he told Bombay Times when asked about the speculations around his marriage.However, when asked if he would like to become a father, Salman replied saying “when it has to happen, it will happen”. Well, Salman’s fans can now be sure that their favourite actor is not going to tie the knot ever.On the work front, Salman’s big movie Bharat is going to be released on June 5. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, the film features two actresses – Katrina Kaif and Disha Patani.Based on the 2014 South Korean drama Ode To My Father, Bharat will present Salman in multiple avatars, showcasing his childhood to old age. The trailer of the film received positive response, and it is expected to have a bumper opening at the box office.
Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergReutersFacebook investors have increased pressure on Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to step down after a New York Times investigation suggested that the social network hired a Republican-owned political consulting and PR firm that “dug up dirt on its competitors”.According to a report in The Guardian on Saturday, Jonas Kron, Senior Vice President at Trillium Asset Management which owns a substantial stake in Facebook, “called on Zuckerberg to step down as board chairman in the wake of the report”.”Facebook is behaving like it’s a special snowflake. It’s not. It is a company and companies need to have a separation of chair and CEO,” Kron was quoted as saying.The New York Times report suggested that Facebook hired Definers Public Affairs, a Washington, D.C.-based conservative firm which did PR work for the social networking giant “and dug up dirt on the company’s competitors and its critics”.In a press call, Zuckerberg denied he had any prior knowledge about this firm.”After reading the article, I got on the phone with our team and we are no longer working with this firm,” he said.Definers allegedly “encouraged the depiction of Facebook’s critics as anti-Semites and had published news articles criticising Facebook’s competitors”.Another Facebook investor Natasha Lamb from Arjuna Capital said the combined role of chairman and chief executive means that “Facebook can avoid properly fixing problems inside the company”, said the report.According to TechCrunch, founded by a Republican campaign manager known for his dirt-digging prowess, Definers is far from a normal, politically neutral contractor.In a statement, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg also denied any knowledge of the firm.Facebook said that it used the consultant Definers Public Affairs to look into the funding of “Freedom from Facebook” to demonstrate that it was not simply a spontaneous grassroots campaign, as it claimed, “but supported by a well-known critic of our company,” presumably liberal financier George Soros.”To suggest that this was an anti-Semitic attack is reprehensible and untrue,” the company added.Facebook has also refuted the allegation that it knew about Russian activity as early as the spring of 2016 but was slow to investigate it at every turn.As a fallout of the report, Facebook stocks fell 3 per cent on Friday to $139.53, the lowest since April 2017.