Wednesday Morning News Brief, October 25

Wednesday morning brief Oct 25 2017
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Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
The Election Commission may declare the dates for Gujarat polls today. The much-awaited announcement will come 13 days after the EC declared the dates for Himachal Pradesh polls, and will close the window which has been used by the state government to announce projects worth over Rs 11,000 crore and close to two dozen measures for various groups.
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Electronic devices like laptops may soon be disallowed from check-in bags because of fears of fire. International aviation agencies have started considering banning big personal electronic devices from check-in bags. Once a decision is taken by any leading aviation agency, India is also going to follow suit, said a senior DGCA official. Power banks, portable mobile chargers and e-cigarettes are already banned in check-in baggage in India.
China President Xi Jinping got elevated to the ranks of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. The Communist Party enshrined his political thought in the party constitution. The move also cemented Xi’s power base in the party, ensuring him a second term. A gathering of 2,300 delegates at the five-yearly Communist Party Congress unanimously passed an amendment to the constitution to include “Xi Jinping Thought for the New Era of Socialism with Chinese Special Characteristics” as one of its guiding principles.
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With an eye on China, the Navy is ramping up its new “mission-based deployments” in the Indian Ocean Region. The plan is to deploy “mission-ready warships” and aircraft along critical sea lanes of communications as well as “choke points” ranging from the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Aden to the Malacca Strait and Sunda Strait.
The railways is set to launch a revamped website and new Android-based IRCTC mobile App to ensure easier ticket booking. The new website will be passenger-friendly, clutter-free with easier log-in and navigation and will not have the problem of getting timed out during booking of a ticket. The transporter has also plans to start a mechanism to send SMS alerts to travellers about arrival and departure of trains on a real-time basis.
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