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Royal Enfield Meteor 350 vs Honda H’ness CB350: A checklist



By Shahrukh

Royal Enfield had recently launched one of the most awaited bikes of the year, the Meteor 350 in India on November 6. The manufacturer has stepped up its game in term of performance of the bike and improvement in design. Reports said the bike was launched in Thailand on Friday.

The Meteor 350, which replaces the Thunderbird 350X, comes with a new powerful engine, chassis, and suspension. Apart from these important changes, the Meteor 350 comes with more eye-catching features than the Thunderbird series. The Meteor promises a more refined ride than the Thunderbird and also improved handling, one of the reasons for this is that it is comparatively lighter. 

The new Meteor 350.

Just before the Meteor came out, Honda launched the H’ness CB350 in India recently. The way it’s built, the retro H’ness CB350 looks like a challenger to the throne occupied by Royal Enfield for aeons. But will it be able to tackle the Meteor 350? Automobile journalists have oohed and aahed and omigosh-ed over the bike for its new technology.

The Royal Enfield’s Meteor 350 comes in an all-new dual cradle frame instead of the single-frame unit which was seen on the Thunderbird X. The motorcycle is larger with a longer wheelbase and better ground clearance.

Here are details of both the bikes, their prices, features, and specifications, etc.

The Meteor 350’s Fireball version comes at Rs 1,75,817, Stellar at Rs 1,81,326 and Supernova Rs 1,90,536 in Delhi.

The Honda H’ness comes in two variants: CB350 Deluxe at Rs 1.85 lakh  and CB350 Deluxe Pro at Rs 1.9 lakh.

Obviously, Meteor 350 looks cheaper than the H’ness CB350. Along with that, Royal Enfield is giving more features as compared to the H’ness, but Honda has thought this through. It has a powerful engine and is offering a smoother clutch and downshifts in emergencies become easy because of the slipper clutch.

The Meteor 350 cruiser has an analog speedometer and a digital display which tells important things like how much fuel is left, what time it is and what gear you’re in.

The smaller display on the right is Royal Enfield’s new Tripper navigation system, where a rider can pair one’s smartphone with the instrument console. Once done, the console will reflect turn-by-turn navigation indication as well as the distance. This handy thing is called the Tripper, you know, the trips you will make on the Meteor. If you decide not to use the Tripper Navigation, this display will simply show you the time. Meteor 350 also has a USB port.

Honda H’ness CB350 comes equipped with a semi-digital instrument panel that offers information like speed, tachometer, odometer, trip meter, gear-position indicator, fuel gauge, average fuel efficiency, etc. CB350’s Deluxe Pro variant also gets Honda Smartphone Voice Control (HSVC) system that allows riders to pair a smartphone with the instrument console via Bluetooth and access features like telephony, turn-by-turn navigation, music, etc. The HSVC also allows riders to control smartphone via voice commands, although this requires a special headset which will be sold as an accessory. Other features on the H’ness CB350 include Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) system that helps in maintaining rear-wheel traction and hazard switch.

Royal Enfield Meteor 350 specifications

The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 has a new 349 cc, single-cylinder, 4-stroke, air-oil-cooled, electronic fuel injection engine that develops 20.2 bhp of maximum power and 27 Nm of peak torque. The engine is paired with a 5-speed transmission which gives the rider a sporty riding experience. The alloy wheels (19-inch front and 17-inch rear) are standard and have tubeless tyres. It comes with disc brakes both at the front (300mm) and rear (270mm) with dual-channel ABS.

As for the Honda H’ness, it has a 348.4 cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder motor. This power plant belts out 21.07 PS and 30 Nm, which is more than the Meteor. Apart from this, the H’ness has a slip-and-assist clutch, along with a torque control system (which prevents the rear wheel from slipping), which makes it a much easier bike to ride for newbies. Honda has also given the H’ness a thumping exhaust note, making it a proper rival to the Royal Enfield motorcycles.

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January 2023 starts with positive prospects for the price of gold




Even in 2023, many traders share an interest in gold, not just because this is one of the most popular precious metals, but also thanks to the accessibility of gold (or other gold derivatives) trading. With growing political uncertainty, 2022 ended on a disappointing note for bulls, but 2023 is a whole other story, and prospects seem to be more optimistic.

Past performance should not be treated as a 100% accurate forecast tool, but there are a few variables that gold bulls should keep in mind, moving into 2023.


The first of these variables is seasonality, and the good news is that January continues to be the most suited month for the price of gold to rise, based on data going back to 1972. More specifically, the average monthly returns in January are estimated at 1.6%, followed by 1.0% in February.

During the last several months, central banks around the world increased their gold reserves at an irregular pace, as a result of geopolitical factors. Once Russia started the war on Ukraine, assets held by high-ranking businessmen and Russian institutions were seized. This makes liquid assets such as US Treasuries less attractive, especially when it comes to countries that have an antagonistic view compared to the USA.

Peak USD bullishness?

According to data available on the website of Easymarkets, gold is trading at around $1,800 after a slow but steady recovery, beginning November 2022. This is a result of peaking USD performance against other currencies.

The FED hiked rates fast, which meant flows favoring the Dollar, and that in turn did not act as a tailwind for gold. Now that the USD has seemingly paused its rally, gold has more room to go up, unless risk aversion once again becomes dominant in the market.

In terms of macroeconomics, US inflation is already slowing, while Europe and Japan seem to be lagging by at least a few months. The same goes for economic conditions, which can be seen deteriorating worldwide. That is not supportive of a continued rise of inflation and at some point, it could be a reason for the FED to pivot and start cutting interest rates.

Interest rates

When plotting the price of gold on top of US Treasury rates, a negative correlation can be spotted. Rates up lead to gold going down and since the market is already anticipating a peak in tightening, government bonds are set to rise in 2023.

That means interest rates have less upside potential, supporting a continued rise in the gold price as the year starts. Remember that all financial assets, regardless of risk profile, are sensitive to interest rates, because they affect market liquidity, as well as the discounting effect for future returns.

There are no certainties when predicting where gold will be at the end of January, but if seasonality, the US Dollar, and interest rates act as a confluence of positive factors, the first month of 2023 can continue the precious metal’s rise.

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An Insight Into Legality Of Horse Racing Betting In India



Horse Racing

Regarding gambling, few countries have such a long and fascinating history as India. Horse racing is one of India’s most popular forms of betting and has been for centuries.

Horse racing betting is an activity loved by locals and fantastic entertainment, highly valued internationally. The industry employs millions of people, including jockeys, trainers, and grooms, and fills stadiums worldwide with passionate punters.

However, there are still many questions about whether or not online horse betting is legal in India. To try and understand more about the legalities involved and get an insight into horse racing betting in India, more generally, has become more critical than ever before. In this article, we take a look at some of these issues to clear up any confusion that may arise when considering wagering on equine events in the nation.

What is the Legal Status of Horse Racing Betting in India?

The legal status of horse racing betting in India is complicated. While it is considered legal and regulated, certain restrictions apply to the activity.

For example, online betting on horse races is not allowed, and only approved physical racecourses are permitted to offer this service. Additionally, specific regulations have been put in place by the Central Government’s Ministry of Home Affairs, which states that any form of gambling or wagering must occur within a licensed premise or area.

This means that even if you were to find a way to bet on a horse race online, you would still be required to visit an authorized racetrack or facility to do so physically. Fortunately, you can check our recommended sites for betting on horse races in India, which are approved by the government and operate within the confines of the law. The listed websites are reliable and secure, allowing you to place bets without the worry of any legal repercussions.

Therefore, while it is possible to bet on horse racing in India legally, the activity must be done within a licensed and regulated environment.

How Can I Bet on Horse Racing in India?

If you’re looking to place a bet on a horse race in India, the best way to do so is by visiting the nearest licensed racetrack. Here, you will be able to find one of the many bookmakers available and get started with your betting.

When placing a bet at the track, it is essential to remember that you must be 18 or over to participate and that all bets must be made in Indian Rupees (INR). Before placing any wagers, it is also essential to familiarise yourself with all applicable laws. It is also important to note that any winnings from horse racing betting must be declared and taxed accordingly.

Horse Racing vs. other forms of gambling

Horse racing betting is a form of gambling which has been around for centuries and is seen as one of the most popular forms in India. In comparison to other forms of gambling, such as casino games or sports betting, horse racing betting offers a much more traditional and social experience.

In addition to this, because it is only allowed at licensed racetracks, it is also considered safer than other forms of online gambling, which the government does not regulate.

Cricket betting is also hugely popular in India, with many people wagering about the outcome of cricket matches. While this form of gambling has been legalized in recent years, it is still considered illegal if done online. This means that cricket betting must be done through licensed bookmakers at physical premises or racetracks.

Tips for Horse Racing Betting in India

When betting on horse racing in India, there are a few tips that you should keep in mind.

  1. Choose Your Racetrack Carefully – Not all racetracks are created equal, so choosing the best suits your needs is crucial. Research the track’s history and review any reviews or ratings.
  2. Do Your Research – Before placing a bet, do your research and get to know the horses you are betting on. Look at their past performances and find out about their trainers and jockeys.
  3. Set a Budget – Gambling can be an addictive activity, so it is vital to set yourself a budget and stick to it. This will help ensure you don’t overspend and stay within your means when betting on horse races in India.
  4. Understand the Odds – Before placing a wager, it is essential to understand the odds. This will help you make an informed decision and ensure you get the best value for your money.
  5. Utilise Technology – Take advantage of technology and use apps or websites to track results, compare odds and get tips on which horses are likely to perform well in upcoming races.
  6. Check the rules and regulations of the racetrack you’re visiting to ensure that your bets are within the limits and guidelines.

Following these tips ensures that your horse racing betting experience in India is safe and enjoyable.

General requirements to take part in Horse Racing Betting in India

To take part in horse racing betting in India, you must be 18 or over and have an Indian ID that can be used to verify your age. Additionally, you will need to provide proof of residence and a valid credit/debit card for online transactions.

Furthermore, it is essential to remember that all races are governed by the rules and regulations of the track in which they are held, so it is necessary to familiarise yourself with these before placing any bets. Also, it is essential to note that horse racing betting is only allowed at licensed racetracks, so it is necessary to check the licensing status of any track you visit.


In conclusion, horse racing betting in India is legal and regulated, but certain restrictions apply to the activity. To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience when placing bets, it is important to familiarize yourself with all relevant laws and regulations and do your research before wagering on any horses. Additionally, choose your racetrack carefully and set a budget, so you can avoid overspending or get into financial difficulty.

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Thatware LLP Founder Tuhin Banik Opens Up On Importance Of Picking The Right SEO Agency




The digital industry is booming right now it is going to get bigger and better every single time. There are many digital marketers that are changing the industry and Thatware LLP Founder Tuhin Banik is one of them. In his glorious career, he has taken the industry to a whole new level and introduced the country to Artificial Intelligence, especially in the field of SEO (Search Engine Optimisation).

According to Tuhin Banik,

“The most common question that people ask me is what is the Best SEO agency in India and the truth is there is no right answer to this question. What people forget is every business is different and has unique requirements. So, the best SEO agency has to be the one that works for you and your business. It is important to understand what tools the agency has at their disposal and how they are applying them.”

He further added,

“I have always had the vision of using AI tools for SEO as I feel that gives us better data and helps the brand to compare and improve their vision. However, the most important thing is knowing that what works for one client, might not be the best fit for another one. That is the reason why I always make sure to have a thorough discussion with the client to understand what they are looking for. So, there are no shorts unfortunately, all you can do is try to understand your goals and work according to them.”

Tuhin has been always inclined toward technology and that’s the reason he pursued a bachelor’s degree in Technology followed by a Master’s degree in digital marketing and a Nano degree in artificial intelligence.

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