Solberg in WRC return on Italy powerstage with Pirelli test car

One-time World Rally champion Petter Solberg believes his chance to compete on the powerstage of next month’s Rally Italy is the perfect litmus test for Pirelli’s new gravel tyres.



a car covered in snow: Solberg to contest WRC Italy powerstage with Pirelli


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Solberg to contest WRC Italy powerstage with Pirelli

The Norwegian, who beat Sebastien Loeb to the 2003 WRC title, will get back behind the wheel of a WRC-spec Citroen C3 on the closing 4.28-mile Sassari test using Pirelli’s freshly-developed Scorpion KX rubber.

The 45-year-old, also a two-time World RX champion, will be navigated by three-time WRC event winner Andreas Mikkelsen after he was recruited by Pirelli to lead its research and development programme ahead of its WRC return next season.

Pirelli will take over from Michelin as the official tyre supplier to the WRC in a deal that starts next year and runs until the end of 2024.

It previously held the position from 2008 to 2010 before

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Japan first public test flight of a flying manned car SD-03

  • Japan-based SkyDrive has completed its first public manned flying car test on Aug. 25.
  • The SD-03 successfully cruised around the test field for four minutes with a pilot.
  • Three days after the test flight, SkyDrive announced that the company raised around $36.6 million in a Series B round of funding.
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The idea of a flying car is no longer as futuristic as it sounds: Japan-based SkyDrive has completed its first public manned flying car test.

The flying SD-03 demonstration took place on Aug. 25 at the Toyota Test Field in Japan, where SkyDrive develops its products, according to the company’s news release. This occasion also serves as the country’s first public manned flying car test, which took place two years after SkyDrive was formally launched, and seven years after the start of the flying car development under Cartivator, SkyDrive’s founding company and joint

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Boy from Bengal’s Gosaba Rides 75kms on Bicycle to Appear for JEE Test in Kolkata



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Boy from Bengal’s Gosaba Rides 75kms on Bicycle to Appear for JEE Test in Kolkata

Appearing for the NEET-JEE exam amid a pandemic hasn’t been easy. While the threat of coronavirus made aspirants, parents and activists apprehensive about the conducting of the exam and triggered protests from many quarters, floods and lack of transport in view of lockdown in several areas also added to the woes of students.

However, a 19-year-old boy, Diganta Mondal, from Gosaba in Sunderbans couldn’t afford to miss the exam even in absence of transport. The boy accompanied by his father, Rabi a carpenter by profession, cycled for six hours to reach the exam centre in the city suburbs 75 km away on Wednesday. He had to travel for two more hours on public transport to finally reach the exam centre in Salt Lake Sector V, the Times of India reported.

The

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Road test backlog tackled with increased tests and overtime, transportation minister says



a sign on the side of a building: According to Transportation Minister Ric McIver, the province is doing what it can to plow through the existing backlog by taking measures that include approving overtime for examiners.


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According to Transportation Minister Ric McIver, the province is doing what it can to plow through the existing backlog by taking measures that include approving overtime for examiners.

The Alberta government is working to catch up on a backlog of road tests that grew during the COVID-19 shutdown.

The suspension of services across the province in March included most driver’s exams and all Class 5 road tests while professional road tests have continued throughout the pandemic.

Bookings for Class 5 road tests reopened to the public in July, and a month later, slots are full all over Alberta — until October.

According to Transportation Minister Ric McIver, the province is doing what it can to plow through the existing backlog by taking measures that include approving overtime for examiners.

But part of what has made the road test booking process lengthy, and so quick to fill, are 

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A WHO driver was killed when his vehicle carrying coronavirus test samples was attacked in Myanmar

A World Health Organisation vehicle carrying coronavirus test samples came under fire in Myanmar, in an attack that killed the driver and seriously injured a government official, the UN said Tuesday.

The attack happened on Monday in Minbya, in the country’s northwestern Rakhine state, where the military has been fighting with the Buddhist insurgent group Arakan Army.

The UN’s Myanmar mission named the driver as Pyae Sone Win Maung, saying it was “deeply saddened” to confirm his death.

Driver killed in attack on WHO vehicle carrying coronavirus samples in Myanmar
Pyae Sone Win Maung was driving a World Health Organisation vehicle carrying coronavirus test samples when it came under fire in Myanmar. (Supplied by Pyae Sone Win Maung’s family.)
“The WHO colleague was driving a marked UN vehicle from Sittwe to Yangon transporting COVID19 surveillance samples in support of the Ministry of Health and Sports. The United Nations is seeking further information on the circumstances of the incident,” the mission said in
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