Thursday Morning News Brief, November 9

Thursday morning brief Nov 9 2017
Good morning!
Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
Himachal Pradesh goes to the polls today with the Congress and BJP locking horns in all 68 assembly seats. The election results, however, will be announced 40 days later on December 18 along with those of the Gujarat polls, to be held next month. 337 candidates including 62 MLAs are in the fray for the Himachal Pradesh assembly elections. Read.
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A team of income tax officials began searches at Jaya TV office in Chennai today. Around 10 officials of the income tax investigation department entered the office of the TV channel in Chennai around 6am. Jaya TV, has been controlled by jailed AIADMK leader V K Sasikala’s family members, led by her nephew Vivek Jayaraman. I-T officials said the searches were being conducted based on information of concealment of income and evasion of tax.
Around 1,38,899, people from India have ‘booked’ a flight to Mars via Nasa’s InSight mission slated for launch on May 5, 2018. Nasa states that those who submitted their names were provided online ‘boarding passes’ for the mission. The names are being etched on a silicon wafer microchip using an electron beam to form letters with lines one one-thousandth the diameter of a human hair. This chip will then be attached to the top hull of the lander.
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The average time that India’s doctors, called primary care consultants, spend with patients is two minutes, a study revealed. In the Indian context, local experts said it is a reflection of overcrowded healthcare hubs and a shortage of primary care physicians. Bangladesh and Pakistan seem worse off, with the length of medical consultation averaging 48 seconds and 1.3 minutes, respectively, according to the largest international study on consulting time.
Senior BJP leaders Amit Shah and Ravi Shankar slammed Rahul Gandhi for using picture of an ex-serviceman for criticising demonetisation. In a bid to highlight woes faced by people post-invalidation of high currency notes in November last year Gandhi had circulated the 2016 picture of Nand Lal standing in a long queue with folded hands and tears in eyes. However, Nand Lal later went on to endorse note ban and functioning of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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