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Five injured in attack by 'Rohingya miscreants' in Bangladesh

Saturday, October 28 2017

Five injured in attack by 'Rohingya miscreants' in Bangladesh

[Bangladesh], October 28 (ANI): Five people were injured after they were allegedly attacked by Rohingya miscreants in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar last night, The Daily Star reports. According to the news report, a fight broke out when a group of social workers guarding the Balukhali camp tried to stop a gang of Rohingya miscreants, who tried to enter the camp. A police official said the Rohingya refugees in the camp caught two of the attackers, who were handed over to the police, adding, two cut rifles and six cartridges were also recovered from them. More than 5,00,000 Rohingya people have fled to Bangladesh since the Myanmar security forces launched an operation in response to alleged attacks by militants on August 25 against 30 police posts and a regimental headquarters. Earlier this month, Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.H. Mahmood Ali said a total of 3,000 Rohingya refugees were killed since the army crackdown. On October 12, a United Nations report based on interviews conducted in Bangladesh found that brutal attacks against Rohingya people in the northern Rakhine state have been well-organised, coordinated and systematic, with the intent of not only driving the population out of Myanmar, but preventing them from returning to their homes. The Rakhine state is home to the Rohingya community of Myanmar, ethnic Muslims, who have long faced persecution in the Buddhist-majority country, especially from the extremists. (ANI) SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features

Bharat Arun helped me get my swing back: Bhuvneshwar

Saturday, October 28 2017

Bharat Arun helped me get my swing back: Bhuvneshwar

Bharat Arun helped me get my swing back: Bhuvneshwar Bharat Arun helped me get my swing back: Bhuvneshwar Source : Last Updated: Sat, Oct 28, 2017 17:28 hrs India's new ball bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar who has been in fine form has credited India bowling coach Bharat Arun for his improved performance with the ball. Swing has been Bhuvneshwar's forte but in recent years, India's strike bowler in ODI cricket had lost his ability to swing the ball after adding extra pace. However, Bhuvneshwar has found his mojo back and thanked Bharat for helping him bounce back. "He is somebody who manages bowlers really well. At this level you don't want to get too much into the technique. He sometimes pinpoints certain things which can really improve your bowling. For example, I increased my pace but I lost my swing. I did not know how to go about it. "So he shared some fine points that helped me get my swing back. His role in the team is invaluable," he said. "As a player, I feel I have grown in the past couple of years. I have improved my pace without losing on the swing. That is something I am really happy about. In batting also I have improved a bit," he added. Talking about the series decider, Bhuvneshwar said the Kanpur ODI will be another high-pressure encounter. "We have not been challenged like this in a while and it is a short series. So there was pressure in the last game that we could lose the series (having lost the first match). But the way we came back shows the character of the team. Tomorrow's match is also about handling pressure. We will try to play like we played the last game," Bhuvneshwar said. Asked about the approach in a three-match series compared to a longer one, Bhuvneshwar said, "It is a short series but mental approach is the same as any other series. But as I said, we have not been challenged in a while at home, so everyone is looking forward to the challenge." Bhuvneshwar further remarked that playing against familiar foes like New Zealand can work both ways. Most of the top Kiwi players feature in the IPL including captain Kane Williamson and Trent Boult, who have been Bhuvneshwar's teammates at Sunrisers Hyderabad. "Last series I played against New Zealand the planning was easy, it is the same for them also. Knowing them well and vice versa makes planning tougher. So it is a positive as well as a negative," he signed off. SEARCH

Demonetisation was blessing for realty sector, RERA and GST will clean it up

Saturday, October 28 2017

Demonetisation was blessing for realty sector, RERA and GST will clean it up

Though the government's radical measure of demonetisation has disrupted the economy and has hit the real estate sector -- already reeling under prolonged slowdown -- it will turn out to be a blessing in disguise in the medium-to-long term. As an asset class, real estate has been a big source of generating and consuming black money. The cash component in real estate has been there at various levels, beginning with land transactions where it amounts to 30-50 per cent. The cash payout is quite high in luxury housing too. The consumption of cash has been as high as 30 per cent in secondary market transactions. The primary market transactions, however, are by far bereft of cash component as home purchases are financed through loans from banks and housing finance corporations. It is another matter that even in primary market deals, developers have been encouraging cash payouts by luring property buyers with good discounts on property price. The speculative buying by investors through offerings like underwriting and pre-launches has also been involving cash payout, leading to artificial price hike and in turn making homes out of the reach of masses. Demonetisation, coupled with the government's move to check benami transactions through legislation and curbs on cash transactions, was meant to clean up the system. This sudden 'shake up' was, however, not without its adverse impacts. Demonetisation badly affected the liquidity in the capital-intensive real estate sector, deepening the problem of massive fund shortage/cash crunch faced by developers reeling under delayed deliveries, which deterred buyers from purchasing property. The impact was more evident in markets like NCR and Mumbai which were largely investor-driven, compared to southern markets of Bengaluru and Chennai and even Pune in the west, which have been end-user driven. The premium/luxury residential segment, in which the cash component was more in transactions, got impacted by demonetisation. Real estate experts' belief that the impact of demonetisation is only short-term and will not have long-term impact, stems from the fact that developers who have been following transparent and fair practices have not been affected by demonetisation and instead it worked out to their advantage. This also turned out to be a positive development for big global real estate consultants like JLL India which doubled its profits in 2016 over 2014-15, with 60 per cent revenue growth. One key positive impact of demonetisation and RERA (Real Estate Regulation Act) has been that speculative investors deserted real estate and end-users/genuine buyers, who were all these years pushed to the sidelines, came out in large numbers. Now, it is the property consumers who are driving the real estate market, especially residential market, aided by the government's pro-industry and pro-consumer initiatives. The step to promote affordable housing and according real estate industry status for the purpose of making easy and cheap funds available to the sector also helps. Demonetisation has particularly boosted foreign funding. The transparency brought in by demonetisation, aided by RERA, GST reforms and liberalisation of FDI norms, has boosted the confidence of foreign investors, which is clearly evident from the spurt in foreign investments, particularly from pension funds. This will inject much needed liquidity in the sector starved of funds. Targeting consumers, the government under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), is providing substantial interest subsidy to home buyers. The clampdown on floating cash in the system has contributed significantly to curbing inflation which, in turn, helped RBI in cutting interest rates, thereby boosting home buying. The proposed measures to liberalise FSI norms and rationalise stamp duty, will give further fillip to the residential sector, particularly affordable housing. Demonetisation had a salutary impact on property prices by curbing cash transactions and checking speculative pricing, in turn increasing affordability, which is a key to achieve the government's flagship mission of 'Housing for All'. RERA & GST are further aiding demonetisation to control prices. The key provisions in RERA, to speed up project completion, by checking diversion of funds through mandatory escrow account, stringent penalties to check project delays, together with the government's move to make all building sanctions online, will go a long way in checking time and cost overruns of real estate projects, thereby controlling home prices. The ban on pre-launching of projects under RERA will also check artificial spurt in pricing. GST has come to tackle the flow of cash in the purchase of building materials by introducing input credit tax. Further, the government's plans to liberalise FSI norms, especially for affordable homes, and rationalising stamp duty will have a sobering effect on property prices. But for some little lingering effect, economists and real estate experts believe that the overall downside impact of demonetisation has faded and its impact is not going to be there in the next quarter. Says Ashwinder Singh, formerly CEO of JLL India & now CEO of leading real estate consultancy, Anarock Consultants: "Other than in terms of the initial confusion-induced decline in sentiment, the trend that is emerging now, points towards a recovery in buying sentiment with serious buyers already returning to primary markets." The entire demonetisation exercise undertaken by the government and aided by other reforms, like Benami Property Act, RERA and GST, is to be looked at in the backdrop of the government's multi-pronged policy to create institutional and regulatory framework for speedy and steady growth of the economy. And at the centre of all these initiatives is real estate, which is a key contributor to GDP. Going forward, these policy initiatives will help make real estate more organised, transparent, credible and affordable, making the sector investor and consumer friendly. SEARCH

French Open Super Series: Sindhu, Srikanth eye final berth

Saturday, October 28 2017

French Open Super Series: Sindhu, Srikanth eye final berth

Paris: Rio Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu will be aiming to book her place in the French Open Super Series finals when she takes on Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the last-four clash of the women's singles event here on Saturday. Yesterday, second-seeded Sindhu decimated China's Chen Yufei 21-14, 21-14 in a one-sided quarter-final clash that lasted for more than 40 minutes at the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium. Meanwhile, Kidambi Srikanth, who recently clinched his maiden Denmark Open title last week, will also look to reach the summit showdown of the tournament when he square off with his fellow countryman H S Prannoy. After losing the first game to Shi Yuqi of China, Srikanth rebounded strongly to clinch a 8-21, 21-19, 21-9 win and reserve his place in the semis. Prannoy, on the other hand, swept aside Jeon Hyeok-jin of South Korea 21-16, 21-16 in his last-eight clash of the men's singles event. It should be noted that Srikanth is aiming to clinch his fourth Super Series title of the year. SEARCH

More Excitement Than Pressure Ahead Of Series Decider, Says Tim Southee

Saturday, October 28 2017

More Excitement Than Pressure Ahead Of Series Decider, Says Tim Southee

More Excitement Than Pressure Ahead Of Series Decider, Says Tim Southee With the three-match One-day International (ODI) series tied at 1-1, the visitors are more excited than tense at the prospect of winning their maiden ODI series in India at Kanpur, said pacer Tim Southee. The visitors came close to winning the series last year before going down 2-3 and now they have another shot at going past the formidable Virat Kohli-led side in their own backyard. Southee further added that there was an air of excitement at the training and the team is freshened up after an off day. But the pacer maintained that the series is on the line. “No pressure, it’s more excitement I would say. There was an air of excitement around the guys today at training. Obviously, we feel freshened up after the day off yesterday. The series is on the line tomorrow,” Southee said. “That’s what we play for and like I said, good sides have come here and walked away empty handed. I guess it’ll be nice to seal the series here. But India is a tough team in their own conditions as they have shown that over a while,” he added. India have won their last six ODI series in a row after losing at home in October 2015, when they went down 2-3 to South Africa. The cooler weather means conditions at Kanpur are different to what teams faced in Mumbai and Pune, and Southee said his team would have to adapt quickly to have any chance of winning tomorrow. “The beauty of a series is as it goes on it’s the same for both teams. You get more information about the opposition batters and there’s information going out there as well. “Obviously it’s a different ground and it offers different challenges, so if we can adapt to that quickly and see what is working then we’ll go a long way in a good bowling performance,” he said. The pacer himself is looking forward to bowling in the pleasant weather. “Training today was nice; it wasn’t too hot. We know that coming to India, the heat is always a challenge. What we experienced in Mumbai was something, some of the players never experienced before…the humidity and the amount of fluids lost. Pune was relatively nice. It is different again here.” Asked if the current side is among the most prepared to tour India, Southee said, “We were involved in a lot of preparations coming into the series. Various guys were participating in different competitions around the world, be it in the Caribbean or in England or some of the guys on the A tour here.” “Some of the guys had breaks too. We came together in Mumbai where we had two good warm-up games before that first one-dayer. India bounced back nicely. Now with the series on the line, as I said, a lot of good sides have come here and haven’t been able to move India over, so it’ll be very satisfying if we could do that tomorrow.” (With PTI inputs)

Twitter’s Hilarious Reply To Ross Taylor’s Question For Virender Sehwag

Saturday, October 28 2017

Twitter’s Hilarious Reply To Ross Taylor’s Question For Virender Sehwag

Twitter’s Hilarious Reply To Ross Taylor’s Question For Virender Sehwag Ross Taylor posted a question for Virender Sehwag on Instagram. © AFP Kane Williamson-led side is currently touring India for a three-match One-Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International (T20Is) series. Apart from the on-field rivalry, cricketers from both teams seem to be enjoying each other’s company. After Ross Taylor and Tom Latham stitched together a massive 200-run partnership to get their team over the line in the first ODI, former India opener Virender Sehwag took to Twitter to appreciate Taylor’s knock of 95 off 100 balls. He had tweeted, “Well played @RossLTaylor Darji ji. Great effort after handling the pressure of Diwali orders”. Following which, cricketing fans were treated to some great banter between the New Zealander and Sehwag — that also in Hindi. Ahead of the third and final ODI at Kanpur, the stylish right-handed batsman took some time off to go bowling and then posted a photo on Instagram of his name being misspelt on the scoreboard. “Tenpin bowling #Kanpur styles. Started with Taylor, then I was ‘Darji’ which in Hindi means ‘Tailor’… now I am Taler ???? wonder how else my name can be spelt ??. Any ideas? #Taylor #Darji #Taler #India @virendersehwag,” wrote Taylor. No sooner was this post uploaded on Twitter, Twitteratis flooded the comments section with hilarious suggestions for his name. Hahahahha YES YOUR REAL NAME IN HINDI GULABKUMAR DARJI — Dhaval Dabhi (@djdabhi) October 27, 2017 We can also call you “Rose” instead of “Ross” — Lakshay Soni (@Lakshay_Soni3) October 27, 2017 Slowly you will become Taller — Ankit Singh (@imankitttt) October 27, 2017 Hahahahaha @virendersehwag aapka asar agya sir @RossLTaylor darji ji ko kya tweet kra hai #ViruPanti — Parth (@parth8474) October 27, 2017 The Virat Kohli-led side will be aiming to win the final match in order to keep their winning momentum intact. However, it certainly won’t be easy against a strong New Zealand outfit. Sunil Gavaskar, in an exclusive chat with NDTV, had said that New Zealand have been presenting different challenges to the Indian side as compared to the other teams in recent times. The final ODI will be played in Green Park Stadium, Kanpur. SHARE

Tejashwi Yadav corners Bihar CM over Rohtas liquor deaths, 8 cops suspended

Saturday, October 28 2017

Tejashwi Yadav corners Bihar CM over Rohtas liquor deaths, 8 cops suspended

Tejashwi Yadav corners Bihar CM over Rohtas liquor deaths, 8 cops suspended Tejashwi Yadav corners Bihar CM over Rohtas liquor deaths, 8 cops suspended Source : 16:45 hrs [India], October 28 (ANI): Former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav on Saturday slammed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over the death of five people due to consuming illicit liquor. Eight policemen have so far been suspended in connection with the case. Speaking to ANI, Yadav alleged that the Chief Minister is not concerned about the implementation of liquor ban in Bihar. "In Bihar, liquor ban is only on papers. Nitish Kumar is not bothered about its implementation and had imposed a complete ban for political benefit," he said. Yadav added, "In reality, there is no ban as such in Bihar. The only change that took place is that now liquor is being sold at a higher price." He asserted that Bihar's condition is deteriorating and blamed Kumar for this failure. "Everywhere people are dying after consuming spurious liquor. The law and order has become worst. There is mafia raj in Bihar today... This is Nitish Kumar's failure," he said. At least five people were killed and four others were stated to be critical after consuming illicit liquor in Danwar village of Bihar's Rohtas district. Shahabad Deputy Inspector General of Police Mohd Rehman confirmed the incident and suspended the Station House Officer (SHO). Rehman said that strict action will also be taken against the excise department. The DIG along with the District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police reached the spot to take stock of the situation. On 26 November 2015, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had announced that alcohol would be banned in the state from April 1, 2016. (ANI)

Ministry looking into Sherin Mathews's adoption process: Maneka Gandhi

Saturday, October 28 2017

Ministry looking into Sherin Mathews's adoption process: Maneka Gandhi

Ministry looking into Sherin Mathews's adoption process: Maneka Gandhi Ministry looking into Sherin Mathews's adoption process: Maneka Gandhi [India], October 28 (ANI): Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi on Saturday said that the ministry is looking into the adoption process of Sherin Mathews, whose body was found in a culvert in suburban Dallas in Texas. Maneka's statement came after External Affairs Minister (MEA) Sushma Swaraj requested her to probe the adoption process of the three-year-old Sherin. "We all are concerned about the case. I and Sushma Swaraj ji are working on it. This is a very responsive government. In Sherin Mathews' case, I called the adoption committee members for a meeting the very next day," she told ANI. MEA Swaraj had on Friday requested Maneka to look into the adoption process of Sherin. In the wake of the incident, the ministry has decided to issue passports to the adopted children only after approval of the Ministry of Child Development. Sherin Mathews of Richardson, Texas, went missing on October 7 and her body was found from a culvert in suburban Dallas, Texas the next day. Initially, Sherin's father, Wesley Mathews, told the authorities that he had asked the child to stand outside their home at around 3 am on October 7 as punishment for not drinking her milk but she later went missing. He, however, later confessed that the child choked to death while drinking milk and he moved the body out of the home. Wesley has been charged with child endangerment.(ANI)

Three-nation tour at 10 billion dollars investment, agricultural technology: AP CM

Saturday, October 28 2017

Three-nation tour at 10 billion dollars investment, agricultural technology: AP CM

Three-nation tour at 10 billion dollars investment, agricultural technology: AP CM Three-nation tour at 10 billion dollars investment, agricultural technology: AP CM Source : 16:46 hrs [India], October 28 (ANI): Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday said that his three-nation tour was aimed at bringing 10 billion dollars investment into the state. Speaking at a press conference here, Naidu said, "My three-nation tour is aimed at 10 billion dollars investment and 50,000 jobs. I have this time focused on agricultural technology as continuation to our focus on Information and Technology (IT)". He added that Telugu people are the richest community in Silicon Valley and are Andhra Pradesh's pride. "In the past three years, we have cleansed agriculture sector. We gave priority to water management, so that most problems of the farmers are solved. Food habits are changing worldwide, so we widened our focus on horticulture too," Naidu asserted. He further said a mega seed park will be set up in association with Iowa University in the United States. "We have come to agreement with Wageningan University in Netherlands also. In November, we are going to hold a hackathon in association with Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. Bill Gates will attend the event on the last day," Naidu added. He was accompanied by a high-level delegation who travelled to the United States, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and United Kingdom from October 18 to 26. (ANI)

Goa Police Chief wins award in Prime Ministers Essay Competition 2017

Saturday, October 28 2017

Goa Police Chief wins award in Prime Ministers Essay Competition 2017

Goa Police Chief wins award in Prime Minister's Essay Competition 2017 Goa Police Chief wins award in Prime Minister's Essay Competition 2017 Source : 16:46 hrs [Goa], Oct.28 (ANI): Dr. Muktesh Chandra, Director General of Police, Goa, has been awarded 3rd Prize in the Prime Minister's Silver Cup Essay Competition 2017 conducted at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad. The theme of the essay was National Security Strategy: From "Cold War to Code War". Dr. Chandra is also a very talented flute artist and has mesmerized his audience on several occasions, especially Vande Matram. He has also been awarded medal for Meritorious Service Presidents Police Medal for Distinguished Service, Police Medal for Hard Duty, UN Service Medal and 50th Anniversary of Independence Medal. Dr. Chandra joined Indian Police Service in 1988 and has remained posted to several places, including DIG Goa and Special Police Commissioner (Crime and Traffic Delhi) and IG Daman and Diu. He has served as the Centre Director of the Cyber Division and the National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre in the NTRO under Prime Minister's Office. He has also served as the United Nations Police Observer and monitored, trained and advised police in Bosnia and Herzegovina in Europe for one year. He has written a number of articles on cyber crime and related topics which have been published in various journals and newspapers. He was a member secretary of the joint working group which formulated guidelines for the protection of the National Critical Information Infrastructure. He is a graduate in electricals and telecommunications engineering from Delhi University and holds a degree in law from Delhi University, a diploma in cyber crime and a masters degree in criminology and forensic science. He has done his doctorate information security management from IIT Delhi. He has also done a hostage negation course at the Louisiana State Police Academy, USA, and the Law Enforcement Executive Development Course with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Los Angeles, USA. (ANI)

Gadkari digitally flags off RORO ship from Chennai Port to Bangladesh

Saturday, October 28 2017

Gadkari digitally flags off RORO ship from Chennai Port to Bangladesh

Gadkari digitally flags off RORO ship from Chennai Port to Bangladesh Gadkari digitally flags off RORO ship from Chennai Port to Bangladesh Source : 16:46 hrs [India], October 28 (ANI): Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday digitally flagged off a RoRo cum general cargo vessel MV IDM Doodle carrying a consignment of 185 trucks from Chennai Port to Mongla port in Bangladesh. Gadkari informed that these trucks exported by M/s. Ashok Leyland Ltd were being sent to Bangladesh through the land route covering a distance of about 1500 kilometres. Transport through the sea route will save about 15-20 days of travel time, Gadkari, the Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, said. For this trip alone that involves transport of 185 trucks, a total of about three lakh vehicle kilometre of road travel will be saved as the land route is longer and much time is lost at the congested Petrapole-Benapole check point at the Indo-Bangladesh border, he said. He added that besides saving time, coastal transport will also be more cost effective and environment friendly. The Minister called upon all automobile manufactures to use coastal shipping mode for transporting their vehicles. M/s Ashok Leyland Ltd is currently exporting around 12,000 truck chassis to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and countries in Africa. The volume to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka is likely to increase by 80 percent in the coming years. Now, more than 500 trucks per month are expected to be exported via the sea route which will take away a lot of traffic from our roads. The Coastal Shipping Agreement between India and Bangladesh was signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Bangladesh in June 2015. Based on the agreement sea transportation from Indian ports to Bangladesh ports is being treated as coastal movement, making it eligible for 40 percent concession on vessel related and cargo related charges. For coastal movement through RoRo vessels, 80 percent concession on vessel related and cargo related charges are applicable in Indian Ports. Initiatives like this are aimed at providing innovative logistic chain solutions under Sagarmala. The ultimate objective is to save logistic costs and time of transportation and boosting trade by making Indian goods competitive in International markets. The fuel consumption at per tonne cargo is much lower via sea route, so transportation by sea will also reduce carbon footprints on the environment. Further, the modal shift to coastal shipping will save wear and tear of the new vehicles and also reduce traffic on congested roads. (ANI)

Sex CD row: After scribe's arrest, FIR against Chhattisgarh Congress chief

Saturday, October 28 2017

Sex CD row: After scribe's arrest, FIR against Chhattisgarh Congress chief

Sex CD row: After scribe's arrest, FIR against Chhattisgarh Congress chief Sex CD row: After scribe's arrest, FIR against Chhattisgarh Congress chief Source : SIFY Last Updated: Sat, Oct 28, 2017 16:14 hrs New Delhi : Chhattisgarh Public Works Department Minister Rajesh Munat has filed a complaint against state Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel and senior journalist Vinod Verma for allegedly tarnishing his image through a "fake" sex CD. A case was registered last evening at the Civil Lines police station in Raipur against Baghel, Verma and others under section 67 (A) of the Information Technology Act following the minister's complaint, Station House Officer, Civil Lines, Hem Prakash Nayak told PTI. "A copy of the CD has been submitted to the police station and it will be sent for forensic examination," he said. Munat, considered close to Chief Minister Raman Singh, was accompanied by state BJP president Dharam Lal Kaushik, his over half-a-dozen cabinet colleagues and other party leaders, while filing the complaint. Talking to reporters yesterday, Munat had alleged that the CD in question was fake and urged the chief minister to order a probe to find the truth. "The (sex) CD is fake. It is an attempt to malign my image," he had said. The minister further appealed to the chief minister and Kaushik to get the matter investigated from any agency. Yesterday, the Civil Line police had also arrested two AAP supporters for allegedly blackening Munat's nameplate while protesting outside his official residence over the row. Verma, who was arrested in connection with an extortion and blackmailing case from Ghaziabad by Chhattisgarh police yesterday, had claimed that he had a sex CD of the Chhattisgarh minister. Police also claimed to have recovered 500 "porn" CDs, a pen drive and a laptop from Verma. A Ghaziabad court had granted the Chhattisgarh Police the transit remand of Verma till October 30 and he is expected to reach Raipur this afternoon. SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features