Mahindra on Monday announced that the popular Scorpio automatic variant is discontinued from the company’s line-up. In a recent interaction with a customer on Twitter, Mahindra revealed that the company has discontinued the automatic gearbox variant to the popular Scorpio SUV. Mahindra has unlisted the Scorpio AT from their company’s portfolio in India. However, the company has not officially announced the news.Although the reason for discontinuing the Scorpio AT is still unclear, we think low sales and demand could be the reason. Moreover, it could also be that the company is readying a facelift for the Scorpio and hence wanted to clear the remaining inventory. The reason is however, unclear and will only know once the company makes an official announcement.The Mahindra Scorpio AT, launched in India in 21015, came with a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine that churned out peak power of 120 bhp and peak torque of 280 Nm, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Moreover, the Scorpio AT was available with a 2WD variant and a 4WD variant with the prices ranging from Rs 13.13 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) and Rs 14.33 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) respectively. The automatic variant was available only in the top-end S10 trim level. The Scorpio also came with a five-speed gearbox.Watch this space for more information.ALSO READ:Mahindra working on giving more power to the XUV500ALSO READ:Toyota Innova Touring Sport vs Mahindra XUV500
REGINA – Alex Taylor says her grandfather, whom she affectionately calls poppa, looked so cute wearing his Saskatchewan Roughriders gear that she had to take his picture.That’s when he asked if the photo would go viral — not really knowing what that meant.“I didn’t know it at the time, but he was just talking about viral in the literal definition, like, ‘Do you think it’ll spread?’ He didn’t realize that viral is a pop culture term now with the internet,” Taylor said Tuesday.“He had no idea, and I thought he knew exactly what it meant because he knows what Twitter is.”Taylor’s grandfather, Bob White, wore a long-sleeve Rider shirt and a green hat with a big “S” on the front when he was at her house on Saturday to watch his beloved Canadian Football League team play.White, 86, has been a fan since quarterback Glenn Dobbs played in the early 1950s.Taylor tweeted the picture and wrote: “My grandpa asked if I thought this picture of him in his Rider gear would go viral. Kinda want to try make it happen @sskroughriders.”After that, she said, “it just blew up.”“All of a sudden so many people were sharing it,” she said.“That’s Rider nation for you.”As of Tuesday morning, the photo had been retweeted more than 9,000 times and liked nearly 13,000 times.White was surprised, too, said Taylor.“He was like, ‘That’s amazing,’ but he just couldn’t really wrap his head around the idea — the fact that 13,000 people had seen him. He was, like, ‘Just me, a grandpa?’”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said Monday.
Quebec Premier Francois Legault apologizes to First Nation and Inuit peoples in the province’s National Assembly on Wednesday.APTN News Quebec Premier Francois Legault has followed one of the calls to action in the Viens report and apologized to First Nations and Inuit peoples for long-standing discrimination in their dealings with the province.Legault made the formal public apology today at a sitting of the provincial legislature and said the government is ready to act on recommendations contained in the report issued this week.The apology was the first of 142 calls to action laid out by the Viens commissioner Jacques Viens, which concluded that the province’s Indigenous communities suffered systemic discrimination.Legault called the findings in the report devastating and pledged that the Quebec government will work with Indigenous leaders to implement the recommendations.The Quebec government has convened a meeting of First Nations and Inuit leaders on Oct. 17 to discuss further action.The apology came as many Indigenous chiefs and leaders looked on from the visitors’ gallery of the national assembly’s legislative chamber.“I offer Quebec’s First Nations and Inuit members the most sincere apology from all of Quebec,” Legault said. “The state of Quebec has failed in its duty to you, and it asks you today for forgiveness.”But on Monday, the day the report was released, the head of the Assembly of First Nations in Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) said it was “too weak,” and didn’t go far enough in recommending the changes needed.Fast forward to Wednesday and the apology, Ghislain Picard said in a statement that while the AFNQL recognizes the gesture of reconciliation, “First Nations are looking towards the future while worrying that [Quebec] does not understand the urgency of taking immediate action to correct the current situation.”“[Legault] may attempt to make amends for the past, but I especially wish that he would do so for today, when the Government of Quebec, on this very day, stood before the court and continued to affirm that [the province] has never recognized the right to self-determination of Fist Nations, and that it refuses to recognize that First Nations police services are essential services,” Picard explained.For two and a half years, Viens led the inquiry that was charged with looking into the relationship between Indigenous peoples in Quebec and some of the province’s public services.The inquiry was called after a number of First Nations women in Val d’Or, a mining city 525 kilometres northwest of Montreal, complained about physical and sexual abuse by members of the province’s police force, the Sûreté du Québec.The 520 page report contains 142 calls to action. Not just for police, but for other public services such as health, justice and social services.The recommendations include more money for housing, implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and making services more friendly for non-French speaking Indigenous people.Viens says the calls to action are meant to combat what he describes as systemic racism in the province.“In a developed society like ours, this finding is unacceptable,” he said.Picard said the report confirms what First Nations people have been saying for a long time.He welcomed the report but worries about accountability around its [email protected]@aptnnews-with files from Lindsay Richardson, Tom Fennario and The Canadian Press