Friday Morning News Brief, September 29

Friday morning brief Sep 29 2017
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Railways has said it is reviewing the flexi-fare ticketing system introduced in elite trains – Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto. The transporter also said there is no plan to hike the fares of other trains as well. Railway minister Piyush Goyal said, “The issue of the flexi-fare scheme has been brought to my notice by the people. It could be improved in a way that it meets the revenue target without hurting people’s pocket.” Read
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The Election Commission (EC) may declare polls to the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assemblies in mid-October. There are indications that the EC may go for a single-phase, mid-November poll in Himachal, while holding a two-phase exercise in December in Gujarat. The EC is also considering simultaneous polls to four Lok Sabha seats which fell vacant due to death of sitting MPs and a few assembly seats depending on preparedness of the state administration and availability of central paramilitary forces.
Airlines not preparing their aircraft to take off on time now risk getting such flights delayed indefinitely. Directorate General of Civil Aviation has told airports that if a flight crew does not initiate push back to begin taxing to the runway within five minutes of air traffic control allowing them to do so, such a flight should be allowed to take off only when some slot is free. Air Traffic Control (ATC) has been asked to decide sequence of departures on the basis of “position and readiness” of aircraft.
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Pakistan yesterday dodged a question on the recent photograph gaffe by its top diplomat in the UN General Assembly. Asked about his reaction to the gaffe, Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson Nafess Zakaria side-stepped the question and instead said “India cannot deny that around 80 Kashmiris were completely blinded deliberately by its forces.” He also accused India of playing the role of a spoiler in Afghanistan.
The Indian Space Research Organisation has released an image of a star cluster from a faint dwarf galaxy located three million light years away. The image was captured by Astrosat, which is India’s first dedicated space observatory launched two years back. Shot by scientists from the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (Bengaluru), the image, with clusters of stars seen in blue and yellow dots, has been put up on Isro’s website.
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