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Hockey India names 35 players for national coaching camp

Saturday, November 4 2017

Hockey India names 35 players for national coaching camp

Hockey India names 35 players for national coaching camp Hockey India names 35 players for national coaching camp 17:44 hrs [India], November 4 (ANI): After stamping their supremacy in the continent by winning the prestigious Asia Cup 2017, the Indian men's hockey team will regroup at the Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru for 18-day national camp ahead of the all-important Odisha Hockey World League Final, which is set to begin in Bhubaneswar on December 1. The 35-member core group that includes the 18-member Asia Cup squad as well as players who were part of the India 'A' team that participated in the Australian Hockey League will be put to test starting November 5 in order to select the final team for the season finale in Odisha. While there is no change in the core group which includes the likes of Manpreet Singh, SV Sunil, Sardar Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Chinglensana Singh, Gurjant Singh, Ramandeep Singh, SK Uthappa, Harjeet Singh, Dipsan Tirkey, Akashdeep Singh, Varun Kumar, Armaan Qureshi, Affan Yousuf among others, goalkeepers Akash Chikte and Suraj Karkera will be joined by Vikas Dahiya and celebrated custodian PR Sreejesh who is working on making a comeback after a long haul due to injury. Dragflick specialist Rupinder Pal Singh, fullbacks Birender Lakra and Kothajit Singh too will be available for selection after injury lay-off while forward Mandeep Singh is back in the camp after being rested for the Asia Cup. "It is not only the players making a come back after recovering from an injury who will have to prove their mettle but every single player will have to strive to make his position in the team for the Odisha Hockey World League Final Bhubaneswar 2017. The standards are high to be selected in the team and that's good because it makes players better," asserted chief coach Sjoerd Marijne. Not reading too much into the Asia Cup triumph, Marijne was modest to admit that the team needs to improve a lot more to achieve the desired results at the December event. He said, "Together we have to become more consistent. We have a tendency of dropping our level too low in a match where the opponent ends up coming back into the game. If we make too many technical errors the level drops and that's one of the things we have to improve and focus upon during this camp." Emphasizing on room for improvement, the Dutchman was also quick to draw positives from his team's abilities on the pitch. "The team brings a lot of energy into matches. Our speed and fitness are strong points and if we combine this in a good way with our technical skills then we can be quite lethal," he stated. National Campers: Goalkeepers: Akash Chikte, P.R. Sreejesh, Vikas Dahiya, Suraj Karkera Defenders: Dipsan Tirkey, Pardeep Mor, Birendra Lakra, Kothajit Singh, Surender Kumar, Rupinderpal Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Jasjit Singh Kular, Gurinder Singh, Amit Rohida, Varun Kumar Midfielders: Chinglensana Singh, S.K. Uthappa, Sumit, Satbir Singh, Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh, Harjeet Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Manpreet (Junior), Simranjeet Singh Forwards: Ramandeep Singh, SV Sunil, Talwinder Singh, Mandeep Singh, Affan Yousuf, Nikkin Thimmaiah, Gurjant Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Lalit Upadhyay, Armaan Qureshi. (ANI) SEARCH

Vettel warns Hamilton to expect different outcomes in 2018

Saturday, November 4 2017

Vettel warns Hamilton to expect different outcomes in 2018

Vettel warns Hamilton to expect different outcomes in 2018 Vettel warns Hamilton to expect different outcomes in 2018 17:46 hrs [South Africa], Nov. 4 (ANI): Sebastian Vettel has said that though Lewis Hamilton has grabbed four world championship titles this year, the Ferrari racer will not let him win his fifth in 2018. Mercedes racer Hamilton claimed his fourth world championship title at the Mexican Grand Prix, while finishing fourth in the race, Vettel bid farewell to any chance of championship success this season. Setting aside the disappointing season, Vettel has set his eyes on 2018 now. "Looking at the season, Lewis was the better man and that's why he earned the title," Vettel was quoted, as saying by Sports24. "But next season, I will do my utmost to keep Lewis from getting the fifth title," the Ferrari racer said. He also warned Hamilton to be ready for different results in 2018. "2017 was his year, but 2018 is another story," he said. The 30-year-old also seemed quite confident about the upcoming season as he said, "You never know what will happen in the future. Everything starts again from zero." The German also expressed that he is not afraid of racing against Hamilton and rather loves competing against the Briton. "I'm not afraid of Lewis. On the contrary: I like racing against him," Vettel said. Vettel be back on track in the next Formula One race of 2017, which will take place on November 12. (ANI) SEARCH

Brookfield eyes mobile towers in India as deal with RCom stumbles

Saturday, November 4 2017

Brookfield eyes mobile towers in India as deal with RCom stumbles

Brookfield eyes mobile towers in India as deal with RCom stumbles Brookfield eyes mobile towers in India as deal with RCom stumbles 18:43 hrs NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A unit of Canada's Brookfield Asset Management said it is evaluating a number of telecom tower portfolios in India to scale its presence after talks to acquire over 40,000 towers from debt-laden Reliance Communications hit a snag. The deal with Brookfield hinged on Reliance Communications or RCom merging its mobile operations with rival Aircel but the merger was called off last month due to regulatory delays and legal uncertainties. "The merger will not proceed and therefore our transaction as previously announced will not proceed either. However, we continue to monitor the evolving situation to determine if revised terms can be agreed upon," Brookfield Infrastructure Partners said in an SEC filing on Nov 3. (http://bit.ly/2zdOh8i) Brookfield said it is still pursuing RCom and other opportunities in this sector to scale its presence in India. RCom, led by billionaire Anil Ambani, had 443 billion Indian rupees ($6.86 billion) of net debt as of March making it the most leveraged among listed Indian telecom companies. The debt load has spooked investors, sending RCom's shares tumbling this year amid worries about whether it could pay back creditors at a time when profits across the sector are slumping due to stiff competition. To shed debt, telecom companies are increasingly looking to spin off their mobile mast businesses while focussing on core mobile services. India's largest phone carrier, Bharti Airtel said on Tuesday it had been approached by global investors interested in a controlling stake in its mobile tower unit Bharti Infratel. The news of the approach from unidentified investors comes a day after Bharti Infratel said it was considering buying the rest of Indus Towers, the biggest mobile mast operator in India. Indus Towers, with nearly 123,000 towers, is owned 42 percent each by Bharti Infratel and Vodafone's Indian unit. Third-ranked mobile carrier Idea Cellular along with its associate owns the remainder. Indian media have reported a consortium led by private equity firm KKR & Co LP is eyeing both Bharti Infratel and Indus Towers. ($1 = 64.5500 Indian rupees) (Reporting by Aditi Shah; Editing by Ros Russell) SEARCH

India's 'Ease of Doing Business' ranking will improve FDI inflow

Saturday, November 4 2017

India's 'Ease of Doing Business' ranking will improve FDI inflow

India's 'Ease of Doing Business' ranking will improve FDI inflow India's 'Ease of Doing Business' ranking will improve FDI inflow 18:59 hrs [India], Nov. 4 (ANI): In the wake of India's progress as highlighted in the recent 'Ease of Doing Business' report published by the World Bank, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) opined that this new achievement would help improve the inflow of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). "This is a great achievement, which will soon bring about a new wave of information, and ultimately help improve growth in the economy. While there has been a rise in private investment, FDI too will improve post this," FICCI president Pankaj Patel told ANI on the sidelines of the 'India's Business Reforms' session here. Echoing similar views, Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) president Shobana Kamineni said that job creation needs to be the prime focus hereafter, adding that the 30 place jump will enable greater transparency. "Following this report, India will be deemed suitable for entrepreneurship and become more attractive as an investment hub. However, following up from this, job creation needs to be the central focus," she said. The World Bank's recent 'Ease of Doing Business index' showed that India has risen as much as 30 positions to rank 100th amongst 190 countries. As per the 2018 version of the Ease of Doing Business index, India has been amongst the world's top ten improvers worldwide and a leading regional reformer. "With the eight reforms enforced in the system, India made paying taxes easier by requiring that payments be made electronically to the Employees Provident Fund and introducing a set of administrative measures easing compliance with corporate income tax," said the World Bank in a statement. The report also mentioned the substantive changes implemented by the Government in 2016-17, including merging of applications for Permanent Account Number (PAN) and Tax Account Number (TAN) for starting a new business. For the unversed, the Ease of Doing Business report is based on how easy it is for companies to do business as well takes in account certain regulations based on ten parameters including starting a business, getting electricity, dealing with construction permits and paying taxes among others. (ANI) SEARCH

Dr. Subi Chaturvedi lauded for 'path-breaking research' on social media, politics

Saturday, November 4 2017

Dr. Subi Chaturvedi lauded for 'path-breaking research' on social media, politics

Dr. Subi Chaturvedi lauded for 'path-breaking research' on social media, politics Dr. Subi Chaturvedi lauded for 'path-breaking research' on social media, politics 19:02 hrs [India], Nov. 4 (ANI-NewsVoir): Dr. Subi Chaturvedi received her PhD. from IIT Delhi on Saturday at the convocation presided by President Ram Nath Kovind and Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman of the IIT Delhi Board and the Aditya Birla Group for her 'path breaking' research on new media technology, social media, political communication, e-governance, news gathering, deepening democracy and their impact. This is the first primary study in India with senior editors and journalists, and their use of social media in the field of political communication and technology. It has staggering findings and detailed case studies on key ministries of the government including MEA and Railways. It proposes a unique model for the media and the government for technology adoption and enables the creation of a 24X7 responsive government for truly actualising the power of over a billion mobile connections and 350 million internet users. The study is particularly significant for developing countries and emerging economies where access, connectivity, digital literacy and capacity building remain critical issues. The first of its kind study done by Dr. Subi Chaturvedi during her PhD at IITD is significant for political parties and the government as they go into election mode. The technology model proposed examining the motivation of influencers online will enable better mapping and structured channels of engagement for focused and precise delivery of key messages. Lead to better Campaign management as well. Where over 180 constituencies are expected to be impacted directly with social media, this can be a game changer for general elections 2019. Twitter and social media have emerged as essential tools of the cyber arsenal for most parties and give an instant connect and real-time feedback. There are lessons in the study for the discipline of management, as well as information and communication flows, as traditional institutions of socialisation get subverted and the top down model gets increasing replaced with many to many forms of communication, which are loosely structured, decentralising power and democratising the public sphere. For brands and the corporate world these insights mapping the online time spent, the social media preference, the detailed analysis of Twitter adoption in India for breaking news will be invaluable for brand building, management and recall. Complex issues of internet Governance and facilitative policies for citizen empowerment are also explored. What ultimately makes or breaks news, how agendas are set, framing, priming and agenda setting takes place and ultimately how social media, in particular Twitter is being used for breaking and making news. These mediums also allow new heroes to be discovered and amplify multiplicity of views and opinions, plurality of voices and can help create the next generation of political whiz kids breaking barriers and effectively challenging dynastic legacies. The art and craft of political communication due to rock bottom data prices and new and emerging tools of communication can now be honed to a science with the intersection of liberal arts, interdisciplinary research such as this, and big data analytics, classifying both consumer and citizen preferences and causes to their last mile. (ANI-NewsVoir) SEARCH

Usman Khan sidelined for six months due to stress fracture

Saturday, November 4 2017

Usman Khan sidelined for six months due to stress fracture

Usman Khan sidelined for six months due to stress fracture Usman Khan sidelined for six months due to stress fracture 19:04 hrs [Pakistan], Nov 4 (ANI): Pakistan have dealt with a major blow as left-arm pacer Usman Khan has been sidelined for at least six months due to a stress fracture. The 23-year-old sustained the injury after Pakistan's narrow two-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second T20 in Abu Dhabi, and was subsequently forced to miss the final game of the tour - the historic T20I in Lahore. Now, the medical screening confirmed a lumbar-bone stress in the back of Usman, who had stunned Lanka with impressive figures of five for 34 in just his second ODI two weeks ago. As a result of the injury, Usman will remain out of action for at least six months. Reflecting on Usman's injury, Pakistan head coach said that though the news is disappointing, it would give him best chance to recover quickly. "It is disappointing but this [course of treatment] will give him the best chance of recovering as quickly as possible," ESPNcricinfo quoted Usman, as saying. It should be recalled that the pacer had been plagued by the same injury in the early days of his career in 2013, after making his debut for Pakistan in T20I cricket. (ANI) SEARCH

Chinese regulator questions Qihoo 360 over $7.5 billion listing

Saturday, November 4 2017

Chinese regulator questions Qihoo 360 over $7.5 billion listing

Chinese regulator questions Qihoo 360 over $7.5 billion listing Chinese regulator questions Qihoo 360 over $7.5 billion 42 hrs By Samuel Shen and Alexandra Harney SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese regulators are questioning anti-virus software maker Qihoo 360 Technology Co Ltd's disclosures in its planned $7.5 billion backdoor listing. The Shanghai Stock Exchange sent a letter of enquiry to elevator maker SJEC Corp, Qihoo 360's listing vehicle, requesting more information about the software maker's business model, financial details and restructuring history, SJEC said in a statement on Saturday. The scrutiny came a day after SJEC said it would acquire Qihoo 360 through an asset swap and injection which would allow the formerly New York-listed software firm to list on China's A-share market. Qihoo 360 was delisted from the New York Stock Exchange in July 2016. The deal, which requires approval from regulators, is being watched as a litmus test for whether Beijing is relaxing curbs it imposed last year on A-share backdoor listings by overseas-listed Chinese companies. Chinese regulators have increased their scrutiny of company disclosures since the 2015 stock market crash as part of efforts to better protect small investors. In the letter of enquiry, which was published through an exchange filing, the Shanghai Stock Exchange asks how Qihoo 360 arrived at the conclusion that it controls 94.8 percent of China's PC anti-virus software market with monthly active users averaging over 500 million. "Please disclose the data sources and methodology, and indicate if there were redundant calculations or dormant users." Regulators also sought explanations for why Qihoo 360's earnings rose so rapidly during the first half of this year. The company reported one billion yuan in net profit during the January-June period, exceeding its full-year total of 744.4 million yuan in 2016. The exchange also asked about the basis and rationale for Qihoo's forecast that its profit would surge over 70 percent to 3.8 billion yuan in 2019, from an expected 2.2 billion yuan this year. In addition, the exchange raised questions about whether, after frequent restructuring over the past three years, Qihoo 360's ownership structure was sufficiently clear to qualify for a listing. Reached by telephone, SJEC said there was no one available to answer questions regarding the statement over the weekend. Qihoo 360 executives did not immediately reply to a request for comment on Saturday. (Editing by Stephen Powell)

Will destroy UK, Switzerland over emergence of 'Free Balochistan' posters: Pak defence expert

Saturday, November 4 2017

Will destroy UK, Switzerland over emergence of 'Free Balochistan' posters: Pak defence expert

Will destroy UK, Switzerland over emergence of 'Free Balochistan' posters: Pak defence expert Will destroy UK, Switzerland over emergence of 'Free Balochistan' posters: Pak defence expert 17:45 hrs [Pakistan], Nov. 4 (ANI): A Pakistan defence expert has suggested that the country should consider creating gangs of terrorists and separatists to dismember the United Kingdom and Switzerland for allowing the flagging of ' Free Balochistan ' posters. "In retaliation, Should Pakistan also create terrorist/separatist gangs in Pakistan who should work to destroy/dismember UK & Switzerland? (sic)," Zaid Hamid, a Pakistani political commentator and defence expert, said in a tweet. He alleged that the UK was hosting the biggest terror network against Pakistan. "UK is hosting the biggest terror network operating against Pakistan. Altaf Hussain is a British citizen & mass murderer under UK protection," Hamid tweeted. Hamid's reaction came after London taxis with the words ' Free Balochistan ' written on both sides were seen plying outside Buckingham Palace in what can be called as a new push by overseas Baloch groups to attract global attention to their cause for independence from Pakistan. 'Free Balochistan' posters embossed on several vehicles running on the road were seen in London this week to highlight human rights violations in Balochistan province. Pakistan on Friday summoned British High Commissioner Thomas Drew over the emergence of 'Free Balochistan' posters, which it said directly attacked its territorial integrity and sovereignty. A Baloch activist said that Pakistan's reaction over the posters is testimony to its suppressive nature, and its aggression to try to curb their rights in the UK. "Pakistan's reaction is testimony to its suppressive nature, aggressively trying to curb our rights in UK, imagine the situation in Balochistan," Bhawal Mengal? said in a tweet. Earlier, similar posters featuring 'Free Balochistan' had appeared in Geneva, including on the side of buses, demanding freedom for the separatist Balochistan region of south-west Pakistan. Pakistan had at that time also summoned Switzerland's envoy over the display of such posters in Geneva. The World Baloch Organisation (WBO) had organised a protest in September in front of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva to raise awareness of human rights violations in Balochistan. Human rights activists, Baloch representatives and allies of the Baloch cause came together during the 36th Session of the UNHRC to protest against gross human rights violations inflicted upon indigenous Baloch people. For decades in Balochistan, economic exploitation through the plundering of natural resources, and the systematic economic, social and political exclusion of indigenous Baloch people, has become the norm. In addition to this, enforced disappearances, extra-judicial killings and an escalating crackdown on freedom of expression are used as covert tools to brutally repress the Baloch peaceful struggle for justice, rights and equality. Since the construction of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)has begun, the Baloch have been forcefully cleared, enforcedly disappeared and effectively excluded from the project at all levels - despite plentiful promises made by the Pakistani authorities of development and employment.

Lebanon PM resigns from Saudi Arabia fearing for life

Saturday, November 4 2017

Lebanon PM resigns from Saudi Arabia fearing for life

Lebanon PM resigns from Saudi Arabia fearing for life Lebanon PM resigns from Saudi Arabia fearing for life 19:01 hrs [Saudi Arabia], November 4 (ANI): Fearing for his life, Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Hariri has resigned during a trip to Saudi Arabia. In a televised address from Riyadh, Hariri suggested he feared for his life and said the atmosphere in the country is similar to the one that existed before his father, the late prime minister Rafik Hariri, was assassinated in 2005, The Independent reports. He also launched a vicious tirade against Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah group for what he said was their meddling in Arab affairs. The Independent quoted him as saying that "The evil that Iran spreads in the region will backfire on it and its arms in the region will be cut off". Hariri accused Tehran of spreading chaos, strife and destruction throughout the region. Lebanon is sharply divided along a camp loyal to Saudi Arabia, headed by the Sunni Muslim Hariri, and a camp loyal to Iran represented by Hezbollah. Hariri also said that Hezbollah's policies have put Lebanon "in the eye of the storm." "Hezbollah was able in past decades to impose a status quo in Lebanon through its weapons directed at the chests of Syrians and Lebanese," The Independent quoted him as saying. Hariri was appointed prime minister in late 2016 and headed a 30-member national unity cabinet that included the Shiite militant Hezbollah. The government has largely succeeded in protecting the country from the effects of the civil war in neighboring Syria.

Kapil Dev Feels S Sreesanth Should Back His Claims Of BCCI Bias

Saturday, November 4 2017

Kapil Dev Feels S Sreesanth Should Back His Claims Of BCCI Bias

9 Kapil Dev Feels S Sreesanth Should Back His Claims Of BCCI Bias Kapil Dev says that Sreesanth should give enough reasons to back his claim of BCCI bais. © AFP Former India captain Kapil Dev wants alleged match-fixer S Sreesanth to cite enough examples to back his claims of facing a rough treatment from the BCCI. Sreesanth had been suspended for life on charges of match-fixing and has since been fighting his case in the court. The BCCI has stuck to its stand of not removing the life ban imposed on the Kerala pacer. “If he (Sreesanth) thinks that way (BCCI has been biased), then he has to give enough reasons to back his claim. Every person feels he should be playing for the country but at the end of the day, only eleven players are going to play,” Kapil told reporters. He was replying to a PTI query about the stalemate between Sreesanth and BCCI. However Kapil maintained that it is Sreesanth’s personal opinion. “These are Sreesanth’s personal views. I cannot comment much on his personal views,” he added. Sreesanth had yesterday said that he would approach the Supreme Court to get the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI lifted. Sreesanth’s allegations of discrimination against the governing body yesterday was reportedly rejected by Neeraj Kumar, BCCI Chief for Anti-Corruption and Security Unit . Sreesanth had earlier said:”All I said was that there were 13 accused and why they were treated differently. This is the only thing I asked. I never asked to reveal their names. More than anyone else, I know much better about it because I was the one who had undergone the toughest possible time,” he had said. SHARE

Virat Kohli Brutally Trolls Hardik Pandya For His English Songs Playlist

Saturday, November 4 2017

Virat Kohli Brutally Trolls Hardik Pandya For His English Songs Playlist

6 Virat Kohli Brutally Trolls Hardik Pandya For His English Songs Playlist Hardik Pandya has cemented his place in the Indian team in a short period of time. Apart from his hard-hitting batting style, Pandya is also famous for his cool persona. Be it inking tattoos or sporting different hair-styles, Pandya is always in the news. But there is one thing still unknown about the India all-rounder — his choice of songs. Captain Virat Kohli , while speaking on a show ‘Breakfast With Champions’ with television host Gaurav Kapur, revealed some hilarious details about Pandya’s all-English playlist. “We play just Punjabi music in the dressing room. Most of the players do not carry their iPods. Hardik Pandya has an iPod. It has all English songs,” Kohli said during the show. “Pandya listens to English songs but he doesn’t know five words of even a single song,” Kohi said. “He just grooves to the music beats. We all get irritated with his songs,” the Indian skipper said. “I have an iPod and it has all Punjabi songs. I do listen to romantic songs sometimes,” he said. Kohli also spoke about the ‘Punjabis’ in the team. “There should be a couple of Punjabis in the team. Shikhar Dhawan is there. Me too. We have logistics manager who is Punjabi – Hrishikesh Upadhyay. He is a Gujarati but born in Jalandhar. He is very entertaining,” the 28-year-old said. Continuing to troll Pandya, Kohli said he hasn’t seen anyone as lost as the all-rounder. “Pandya is one of the entertaining members in the team. But, I haven’t seen anyone as lost as Pandya in my life,” he said. The Indian skipper shared an incident when Pandya pronounced Ashwin’s name wrong. “Pandya doesn’t think before speak. Once he wanted to take Ash’s (Ravichandran Ashwin) name but he ended up saying –‘Ravikashyap Ashwin kya bowling karta hai yar’. He is very good at heart but he doesn’t have any control over his tongue,” Kohli said.

One life, one mission - to improve life of my countrymen: PM Modi at India's Business Reforms event

Saturday, November 4 2017

One life, one mission - to improve life of my countrymen: PM Modi at India's Business Reforms event

One life, one mission - to improve life of my countrymen: PM Modi at India's Business Reforms event One life, one mission - to improve life of my countrymen: PM Modi at India's Business Reforms event Source : SIFY 12:00 hrs New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday attended the ‘India’s Business Reforms’ event at Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra in New Delhi where he talked about the recent rankings the country recieved in the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ index published by the World Bank. “I sense a well deserved mood of celebration here, World Bank has recognised stupendous work done by us towards ease of doing business,” said PM Modi while beginning his address. Prime Minister Modi said that his life's "only mission is to bringing change in the country and to its 1.25 billion people is my mission. " Recognising India’s 30-rank leap into the top 100 economies on World Bank’s ‘ease of doing business’ index, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that the country’s effort has gathered momentum and India is at a position from where it is easier to improve further. Speaking at India's Business Reforms event at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in the capital, the Prime Minister said “I sense a well deserved mood of celebration here. World Bank has recognised the stupendous work done by us towards ease of doing business.” India breaking into the top 100s’ club came on the back of a slew of reforms like faster to start business, reduction in procedures and time involved in obtaining a building permit, easier access to credit, protecting minority investors, ease of paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and easier resolution of insolvency. “Ease of doing business also leads to ease of life,” said Modi, adding that the government has abolished 1,200 archaic laws that complicated the ease of doing business in India. India’s ranking on the World bank’s ‘ease of doing business’ list also brought much relief and reason to celebrate for the Modi government which had been reeling under criticism for worrying economic indicators. SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features