Tags 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better VW will update fuel economy labels for affected cars. Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow Owners of certain Volkswagen Group models are in for a payday, if a modest one. VW Group of America said on Friday it’s reached a settlement with plaintiffs over a lawsuit that alleged VW knowingly overstated fuel economy in a selection of vehicles.The settlement is worth $96.5 million and does not include an admission of guilt from Volkswagen. The automaker will also adjust fuel economy figures for 98,000 vehicles sold between 2013 and 2017 by 1 mile per gallon to reflect US labeling requirements.Owners and lessees will be paid from the settlement fund to reimburse them for extra money spent on fuel based on the allegedly false fuel economy ratings. Payments will depend on length of ownership with a sum of $5.40 to $24.30 heading to owners for each month they owned or leased the vehicle. The figures are all still subject to court approval, however.Further, VW said it will adjust its Greenhouse Gas Credits with the EPA to remove any additional credits it gained from the fuel economy discrepancy. Eventually, owners will need to submit a claim, but the process to do so isn’t ready just yet.The EPA began investigating the gasoline-powered vehicles following VW’s 2015 diesel scandal. Testing by the California Air Resources Board and EPA found transmission software that caused the models to shift differently during government testing to post better fuel economy than in the real world. According to the EPA, the software was present on 1 million vehicles, but only the 98,000 cars were discovered with lower fuel economy. 1 Share your voice More From Roadshow Comment Review • 2019 VW Golf GTI Rabbit review: The best daily driver gets better 32 Photos 2:07 More about 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a miss Volkswagen Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2018 Volkswagen e-Golf: 5 things you need to know 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is a bargain sport sedan Car Industry
internet People have been experiencing slow internet since Monday morning as mobile phone operators have been asked to slow down internet speed in the morning for 150 minutes to check question paper leaks during the SSC examinations.The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has instructed the operators to slow down internet speed from 8:00am to 10:30am from 12 to 24 February, says UNB.The instruction was given in a bid to prevent question paper leakage during the ongoing the Secondary School Certificate examinations, according to the BTRC.The internet was slowed down for 30 minutes from 10:00pm on Sunday as trial run following the directive of BTRC.Although the government took some measures to stop question paper leaks, the SSC question papers are being leaked out from the very first day of the examination.
HM ErshadRuling Awami League is now in a shaky position in view of its declining popularity, according to former military ruler HM Ershad’s Jatiya Party (JaPa).If the principal opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) joins the electoral race with full strength, JaPa leaders believe, the AL will fall into further vulnerability.In such a situation, the JaPa, which is both in the AL’s cabinet and the official opposition party in parliament, will bargain hard with the AL for increasing the number of seats for contesting the 11th parliamentary polls.”The Jatiya Party will demand 100 seats to contest from the Awami League-led alliance,” a senior leader of JaPa told Prothom Alo, adding that Ershad would soon talk to the alliance leader and prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, to raise the matter.The JaPa policymakers believe the AL-led government would not have got legitimacy, nor could it have stayed in power in its full term after the one-sided polls on 5 January 2014, had the JaPa not been with the AL government.The party is at the same time the ‘determinant of power’ and a ‘safeguard’ for the AL camp, according to JaPa leaders.The AL will desperately need JaPa, no matter whether the BNP joins the election or boycott it, they added.”If other parties including the BNP contest the elections, it would be tough for the Awami League alone to overcome the challenge. And if the BNP boycotts the election, JaPa’s participation is a must to show the elections as an inclusive one,” said one of them.So, the JaPa leaders said, they have taken the decision in principle to demand more seats. The top leaders held several meetings on the matter.”We will raise the demand for 100 seats. We know as the Awami League is a big party, they have some limitations. We have formed an alliance as well. The election must be held with all. The question is: If the Awami League cannot win or if the election is not possible without us, why will we be deprived of [more seats]?” JaPa general secretary ABM Ruhul Amin Hawlader said.The JaPa top leaders feel the party will be more benefitted if they win more seats than securing two or three cabinet portfolios. Leaders and activists of the party at the grassroots may get higher facilities in the respective constituencies, than they receive three cabinet members from the party, the party leaders said.However, some JaPa leaders think the party should bargain for higher number of cabinet portfolios, should the AL-led grand alliance win the next general elections.A senior presidium member of JaPa, who preferred not to be named, said the party had a written agreement with the AL for giving 80 seats for JaPa in 2014. But many of the candidates withdrew their nomination following Ershad’s sudden announcement to boycott the polls, the leaders recalled. As section of the party candidates under Rowshan Ershad’s leadership were still in the race, the party’s candidates were eventually declared winners in 34 seats.The scenario is completely different this time around as the AL government is in trouble with allegations of corruption and killing, apart from challenge arising out of any decision of the BNP.The government’s isolation from the people was exposed in the recent movements for quota reform and road safety, the JaPa leader pointed out.They observed that the joining an alliance with the AL involves certain risks for the JaPa. So, they feel, they should be rewarded.The JaPa policymakers no longer want to play the role of a ‘domestic’ opposition party in the next parliament.The leaders want to become a strong coalition partner if it joins the AL-led government, winning more seats in parliament.Accordingly, the JaPa is trying to expanding its political alliance to enhance negotiation power. The JaPa chairman, Ershad, has already negotiated with the 59-party Sammilito Jatiya Jote including two registered Islamic parties.The JaPa will field candidates in 300 seats if the BNP boycotts and try to exploit the anti-incumbency factor for changing the regime, JaPa co-chairman GM Quader said.He added that the JaPa will form electoral alliance with the AL in case the BNP joins the race.*This piece, originally published in the print edition of Prothom Alo, has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin
A Korean music festival, incorporating a mix of dance, ballad, electronic, rock, hip-hop and R&B among other styles of pop music is scheduled to be held in the city soon.Organised by the Korean Cultural Centre, part of the Korean Embassy the K-POP festival, which is currently in its third edition is set to be held on 30 August here according to organisers.Apart from the national capital, Mumbai, Chennai and Dimapur are the other cities, which will play host to the festival. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival is currently seeking applications for participation from aspiring singers and dancers who can send in videos of their performances to organisers.‘K-POP fever has amplified in India and we were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the people last year’, says Kim Kum Pyoung, Director, Korean Cultural Centre.He further adds, ‘It’s the ultimate platform to showcase the talent and personality of very gifted performer chosen from all corners of India!’ Meanwhile, winning teams at the upcoming festival would be awarded an all expenses paid trip to South Korea sponsored by the Korean Cultural Centre (KCC) and Korea Tourist Organization (KTO).They will also get an opportunity to perform in the K-POP World Festival in Changwon, organisers said.