Wednesday morning news brief, October 11

Wednesday morning brief Oct 11 2017
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Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
Supreme Court will examine the concept of ‘living will’ where removal of life support is authorised in case of an irreversible coma. A “living will” is a document prepared by a person in a healthy state of mind specifying that if s/he slides into a vegetative state, the debilitated existence should not be prolonged with life support systems. Doctors will be guided by the “living will” in such cases and the relatives won’t have to pull the plug. Read here
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A rock was thrown at Australian cricket team’s bus in Guwahati as they returned to their hotel after the second T20. “Pretty scary having a rock thrown through the team bus window on the way back to the hotel!!,” batsman Aaron Finch tweeted on Wednesday. The rock is “believed to be roughly the size of a cricket ball” but none of the players were hurt but “understandably shaken up.”
International Monetary Fund lowered India’s growth forecast for 2017 to 6.7% from its earlier estimate of 7.2%. The IMF cited lingering impact of demonetisation and transition cost to GST as the reason for slowdown but said India is expected to regain the fastest growing major economy tag next year. Earlier this month, RBI lowered its growth forecast for 2017-18 to 6.7% from 7.3%.
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The 8.8 km long tunnel at Rohtang pass in Himachal Pradesh will be opened soon after a delay of about three years. The tunnel will give all-weather access to the Lahaul-Spiti region. It will also cut the distance between Manali and Keylong by 48km. Tribals in the Lahaul valley will be connected to rest of India during winters. The project is of immense importance for Indian Army as it will get easier access to areas near Pakistan and China.
Catalonia proclaimed independence from Spain but said its effects would be suspended to allow for talks. The Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont on Tuesday said, that the referendum earlier this month had given his government a mandate to create a sovereign republic, but he would not immediately push ahead with independence from Spain. Political leaders in Spain and Europe have come out against an independence declaration.
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