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May 18 2017 (12:45)   Hindutva is the flavour of the season for Indian Railways under BJP regime

Railfan~   1 news posts
Entry# 2281546   News Entry# 302751         Tags   Past Edits
Hindutva is the flavour of the season for the Indian Railways.
After the BJP-led NDA government assumed office in May 2014, names of trains, stations, rail circuits or schemes have been largely inspired by the saffron ideology.
Christening of “Mahamana Express” after former Hindu Mahasabha president Madan Mohan Malviya and the Antodaya Express in memory of Bharatiya Jana Sangh ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyaya are the pointers to the latest trend.
BJP is the offshoot of the Jana Sangh.
The Indian Railways also launched the “Deen Dayalu’ coaches to commemorate Upadhyaya and renamed Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji terminal as the Chhatrapati Shivaji ‘Maharaj’ terminal to strengthen the myth surrounding the Hindu warrior king.
The state-owned transporter is also renaming 16 other zones, suburban and wayside stations in the Western Railways.
The Osiwara station, for instance, has been rechristened as the Ram Mandir station, while the Eliphistone Road station is now called the Prabha Devi station.
Critics allege the BJP is on a renaming spree to appeal to religious sentiments and consolidate its support base along faith lines.
The party also courted controversy by renaming some popular roads in the national capital allegedly pandering to its Hindutva ideology.
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) renamed Dalhousie Road as Dara Shikoh Road, the Race Course Road as Lok Kalyan Marg and Aurangzeb Road after former president APJ Abdul Kalam.
Dara Shikoh, elder brother of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb translated the Upanishads in Persian.
But the BJP’s Hindutva push is not restricted to names alone.
On Saturday last the Railways announced a plan to conduct a preliminary engineering and traffic (PET) survey to lay a broad gauge line connecting the “Char Dhams” (four Hindu pilgrimage sites) in Uttarakhand.
A circuit train connecting religious centers such as Haridwar and Vaishno Devi is also on the anvil.
Train names and schemes are also heavily borrowed from the Sanskrit lexicon. The “Uday” – a train shortly to be launched – is an acronym for “Utkrisht Double Decker Air Conditioned Yatri”. The Special Unit for Transport Research and Analytics is called the “SUTRA”.
Train names have always remained symbolic of the dominant political ideology of the period.
In the first flush of the country’s independence, trains took patriotic names such as the Azad Express, Satyagraha Express, Chauri Choura Express, Hutatma (Martyr) Express or the Jallianwala Bagh Express.
After the socialists had their brush with power at the national level, trains acquired egalitarian names such as the Jan Nayak Express (in memory of Jayaprakash Narain) or the Janata (People’s) Express, Kisan Express (farmer’s train), the Sampoorna Kranti (total revolution) express .
A large chunk of trains have feminine names: Archana Express, Gitanjali Express, Pooja Express, Meenakshi Express, Padmavati Express or the Shipra Express. While such names are probably inspired by mythological, religious or historical figures or locations, another set of trains have been named purely on religious line. These trains are Akal Takht Express, Ala Hazrat Express, Amarnath Express, Bhagirathi Express, Golden Temple Mail, Kashi Vishwanath Express, Mahabodhi Express among others.
One category has historical names (Haldighati Fast Passenger, Kalinga Utkal Express, Hampi Express, Lichavi Express, Mauyra Express, Tipu Express, Vaishali Express or the Vikramshila Express), while a clutch of trains have been named after the rivers of India (Ganga-Damodar Express, Godavri Express, Ganga Sagar Express or the Ganga-Sutlej Express).
Some trains have a simple names (Steel Express, for instance), while others have attention-grabbing names such as the Honeymoon Express.

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May 19 2017 (02:16)
GoldPacific   281 blog posts   91 correct pred (72% accurate)
Re# 2281546-7            Tags   Past Edits
Why is Indian cultural getting tagged to "Hindutva"? This is a controversial post. Whats wrong in using Sanskrit oriented names. Hindutva would come in had they used Hindu Deity names for trains.

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★★  General Travel
May 11 2017 (23:37)  

nsahu0201~   655 blog posts   43 correct pred (83% accurate)
Entry# 2273220            Tags   Past Edits
Am@zing r@ilway
station name in indi@

May 11 2017 (23:40)
GoldPacific   281 blog posts   91 correct pred (72% accurate)
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Funny and a really interesting post... Thanks for sharing.

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May 12 2017 (09:10)
nsahu0201~   655 blog posts   43 correct pred (83% accurate)
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Thanks bhai . . Whatsapp par aayi thi ye

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General Travel
May 11 2017 (04:22)   12454/New Delhi - Ranchi Rajdhani Express (Via Daltonganj) | CNB/Kanpur Central (10 PFs)

PURU SK DLX MB PRINCE OF RAJDHANI EXPRESS~   1276 blog posts   230 correct pred (66% accurate)
Entry# 2271768            Tags   Past Edits
What is the problem today with RNC rajdhani???
All rajdhani has OT it

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May 12 2017 (05:13)
GoldPacific   281 blog posts   91 correct pred (72% accurate)
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Just read it in newspapers, The contract of the Catering company got cancelled on 8th May. When the Pantry staff got this news at NDLS, about 40 of them got down at the station itself, leaving only 4,5 employees. Due to this, food could not be served to most passengers. Lots of passengers started tweeting and stopped the train at CNB and summoned Railway staff / Ministry officials too got involved.
As a repercussion the IRCTC Base Kitchen at Ranchi got surprise visitors yesterday from SER HQ and they did inspection of all the food and packaging for the NDLS bound RAJ. Probably IRCTC will now handle the catering for RNC Raj too now onwards (I am not sure about this
रांची. गर्मी में यात्रियों की भीड़ को देखते हुए रांची रेल मंडल ने पिछले अप्रैल से तीन समर स्पेशल ट्रेनों को शुरू किया था। इनमें से हटिया-भोपाल (हबीबगंज) और रांची-लखनऊ स्पेशल ट्रेन को यात्रियों का अच्छा रिस्पांस नहीं मिल रहा है। - रांची के डीआरएम एसके अग्रवाल ने इन दोनों ट्रेनों को बंद करने का प्रस्ताव कोलकाता स्थित दक्षिण-पूर्व रेलवे मुख्यालय को भेजा था। मुख्यालय में फिलहाल हटिया-भोपाल स्पेशल ट्रेन को बंद करने पर सहमति बन गई है। - जीएम एसएन अग्रवाल के स्तर से इस पर एक-दो दिन में अंतिम निर्णय लिए जाने की उम्मीद है। डीआरएम अपने प्रस्ताव में कहा था कि इन दोनों ट्रेनों को चलाने से रेलवे का ऑपरेशन कॉस्ट काफी महंगा पड़ रहा है। क्योंकि पर्याप्त यात्री नहीं मिल रहे हैं। ऐसे में इन्हें बंद कर देना चाहिए। रेलवे की रिपोर्ट के अनुसार तीसरी स्पेशल ट्रेन रांची-छपरा एक्सप्रेस को यात्रियों का अच्छा रिस्पांस मिल रहा है।...
हटिया-हबीबगंज ट्रेन के लिए रेलवे को 20 फीसदी यात्री भी नहीं मिल रहे हैं
- रिपोर्ट के अनुसार हटिया-हबीबगंज ट्रेन के लिए रेलवे को 20 फीसदी यात्री भी नहीं मिल रहे हैं। जबकि इस ट्रेन की पूरी रैक एसी है। इसमें लगे जनरेटर कार की वजह से डीजल की खपत ज्यादा है। ट्रेन को एक ट्रिप चलाने पर रे20 से 25 लाख रुपए खर्च हो रहे हैं।
- हटिया-हावड़ा ट्रेन ढाई घंटे लेट : हावड़ा-हावड़ा ट्रेन के देर से पहुंचने के कारण हावड़ा से हटिया आनेवाली क्रियायोग एक्सप्रेस रविवार को करीब ढाई घंटे विलंब से खुली। यह ट्रेन रिशेड्यूल होकर रात 10:10 की जगह 12:30 बजे हावड़ा स्टेशन से खुली। बताते चलें की हटिया-हावड़ा की रैक ही आगे हैदराबाद जाती है।

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May 08 2017 (23:42)
GoldPacific   281 blog posts   91 correct pred (72% accurate)
Re# 2268531-18            Tags   Past Edits
Why do you think that the Dharti Aba Express too is going through similar fate, did you check the Seat Status? Contrary to your statement the HTE-ERS Dharti Aba seems pretty popular.
Pls. see the seating availability that I have just taken:

May 09 2017 (00:08)
Stop using IR for political advantage   667 blog posts   18297 correct pred (75% accurate)
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Dharti Aba wud be more popular within 6 months. Still many pax don't knw abt this trn. Hr koi humari tarah twitter ya IRI follow nhi krta din raat. Jo log PRS me jaake ticket booking krte h unme se aadho k paas ya to net nhi hota ya to net hote hue v unhe uska utilisation krna nhi ata. Aur agr aap conventional methods hi use kroge to ye v laazmi h k aapko nayi trns k baare me pta nhi chalega kyuki hr koi stn pe lge notices ko v dhyan se nhu padhta na hi ticket seller k paas itna tym rehta h batane ka. Isliye nayi trns ko patronage nhi milta. Aur India me avi v prs counter se ticket krwane walo ki sankhya jyada h. In logo ko hum hi logo se pta chalta h k nayi trns v shuru hui h route me. Ek example...
btata hu. Its my personal experience. Mjhe job k exam k liye delhi ana tha hwh se. Exams mostly sunday ko hote h to I chose 12379 Jalianwala bagh exp frm SDAH kyuki uska timing convenient tha mere liye. Mne ticket book kri via net. Papa k tym me NDLS jaane wali 2 hi badhiya trns thi. Deluxe (now-a-days, known by Poorva) n kalka mail. Papa ne pucha k ticket kisme book kiye ho. Mne bola h ek trn SDAH se Jalianwala bagh.papa ko iske baare me pta nhi tha. Wo bole k kesa trn me book kr liye ho,Deluxe nhi tha kya? Mjhe hasi aa gya n I said k ab srf Deluxe hi nhi h NDLS k liye. Aur v bht saari trns h aur ye badhiya trn v h." Phr papa kuch nhi bole. Ese kai instances ho chuke h mere saath.to patronage ka ek aur cause ye v h k bhto ko pta hi nhi hota k koi nayi trn inaugurate v ho gyi h.

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★  Travel Question
Apr 23 2017 (11:25)  

RF Shanku^~   954 blog posts   376 correct pred (64% accurate)
Entry# 2246923            Tags   Past Edits
Why the most of trains come from UP & BIHAR are so dirty.
You can easily see Trash, Empty food wrapper​ & Gutkha Packets(Tobacco) everywhere in train.
Spiting marks are on every windows & doors as well as in toilets & washbasin.

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May 05 2017 (05:51)
GoldPacific   281 blog posts   91 correct pred (72% accurate)
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Wonder how did you derive at such a conclusion. However, if that is true to whatever extent, that can obviously be related to one major reason : Overcrowded trains ... Possibly Bihar and UP have one of the highest demands for Railway services. Number of trains serving the region are not sufficient for the demand. Cleaning a train en-route which is perennially overcrowded will be a very difficult task even if there were enough cleaning staff on board.

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May 05 2017 (07:56)
Shivam~   3902 blog posts   1161 correct pred (87% accurate)
Re# 2246923-25            Tags   Past Edits
Its nowhere related to overcrowding, the EMU trains in Kolkata,Chennai and Mumbai should be dirtiest according to your pov then :)

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May 08 2017 (23:59)
GoldPacific   281 blog posts   91 correct pred (72% accurate)
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One can't compare Point to Point suburban travelers with long distance passengers. The needs and usage patterns are different. EMUs don't even have toilet / wash basin.
General Travel
Mar 29 2017 (12:46)  

Waiting for Advanced results and JoSAA allocation~   2838 blog posts   75 correct pred (64% accurate)
Entry# 2214866            Tags   Past Edits
Rajkot Surat and Vadodara deserve more no. of originating/terminating trains due to high demand and passenger footfall.

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May 05 2017 (00:52)
GoldPacific   281 blog posts   91 correct pred (72% accurate)
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This is misleading ..Currently Gaya has very limited no of flights and that too only to Delhi and 2 International Destinations mostly catering to Buddhist tourists. The Flight options that you've shared are all Connecting ones. Notice the duration, 14H - 21Hrs ... In this duration Trains reach Delhi / Mumbai from Gaya ... I think currently Gaya only has 1-2 flights daily to DEL on an average and not 14 and 15 as you have wrongly derived.

May 05 2017 (03:04)
Railfan~   1811 blog posts   472 correct pred (86% accurate)
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Gaya has daily connectivity to Delhi and biweekly connectivity to kolkata by Air India. Rest we have few international connectivity to south asia and that too depends mostly on season.
Private airline offers to provide domestic connectivity to Gaya airport was declined by government and thus we have a only few flights.

May 05 2017 (05:47)
GoldPacific   281 blog posts   91 correct pred (72% accurate)
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Do you know why did the state government decline the flight slots?

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May 05 2017 (07:18)
BAHUBALI IS BRAND~   5276 blog posts   99 correct pred (62% accurate)
Re# 2214866-51            Tags   Past Edits
Airport par haq center govt ka hota hai

May 05 2017 (09:19)
सजन रेडियो बजाईयो जरा*^~   31440 blog posts   69887 correct pred (81% accurate)
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I know it was misleading but I replied Subrat who says only Patna Airport operational in Bihar so given data of Gaya

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★★★  General Travel
May 01 2017 (21:56)   75208/Muzaffarpur - Sitamarhi - Samastipur DEMU | SMI/Sitamarhi Junction (5 PFs)

©The Dark Lord™~   7101 blog posts
Entry# 2258738            Tags   Past Edits
2017 ki Bhartiye Rail ka ek chehra ye bhi, Ye haal rooj ka hai.
Video- Credit to Owner.

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May 04 2017 (02:36)
GoldPacific   281 blog posts   91 correct pred (72% accurate)
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IR will induct more services only when there is profitability in doing so. Just having too many people using the train unfortunately doesn't directly correlate to revenues. The point that is critical is how many people are really buying tickets. If that percentage is low then IR would obviously be hesitant to introduce more trains. Also, as we all already know that Passenger and Suburban trains are really loss making avenues for IR. Only Long distance trains make some profit. So these days IR is not keen on introducing such services that will put unnecessary burden to the exchequer and tax payers.

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इंडियन रेलवे अपनी सभी ट्रेनों से AC-2 कोच खत्म करने की योजना बना रही है। वहीं, रेलवे इसकी जगह AC-3 कोच बढ़ाएगी। हाल में रेलवे की ओर से जारी आंकड़ों के अनुसार सिर्फ AC-3 कोच ही सबसे ज्यादा मुनाफा कमा कर देता है। इसीलिए माना जा रहा है कि रेलवे नॉन-एसी स्लीपर कोच की संख्या घटाकर भी AC-3 कोच बढ़ाए जा सकते हैं और कम रिस्पॉन्स के चलते 143 ट्रेनों में फ्लैक्सी फेयर सिस्टम को भी वापस लिया जा सकता है। इसकी जगह सभी ट्रेनों के बेसिक फेयर में 10 से 15 फीसदी तक की बढ़ोतरी होने की उम्मीद है।
ट्रेनों से हटाये जाएंगे AC-2 कोच रेलवे के सूत्रों से मिली जानकारी में बताया है कि 13 हजार पैसेंजर ट्रेनों में धीरे-धीरे
AC-2 कोच कम होंगे और फिर इन्हें खत्म कर दिया जाएगा। जिन पैसेंजर ट्रेनों में अभी 20 या 22 कोच लगते हैं, उन्हें बढ़ाकर 24 करने का फैसला हुआ है। ऐसी ट्रेनों में जो एक्स्ट्रा कोच बढ़ाए जाएंगे, वो AC-3 के ही रहेंगे। यह भी पढ़े: 5 साल में पहली बार रेलवे के लिए बड़ी खुशखबरी, एक साल में यात्रियों की संख्या 7 करोड़ बढ़ी
रेलवे इसीलिए उठा रहा है ये कदम
रेलवे के पिछले साल के आंकड़ों के मुताबिक AC-3 कोच ने उसे सबसे ज्यादा कमाई करके दी है। इसीलिए रेलवे अधिकारियों का कहना है कि एसी-2 के लिए उसी समय मांग होती है। जब एसी-3 में जगह नहीं होती। स्लीपर में चलने वाले करीब 30-40 फीसदी यात्री अब एसी-3 का सफर चाहने लगे हैं।यह भी पढ़े: संसदीय समिति का रेलवे स्टेशनों के पुनर्विकास कार्यों में तेजी लाने पर जोर
SMS पर दी जाएगी ट्रेन लेट होने की सूचना मंथली सीजनल टिकट का किराया भी बढ़ाया जा सकता है। जल्दी ही टिकट कैंसल करने के नियमों में भी बदलाव किया जाएगा। ट्रेन लेट होने पर पैसेंजर्स को इसकी जानकारी एसएमएस पर दी जाएगी। चार दर्जन से अधिक ट्रेनों की पहचान कर उन्हें समय से चलाने, उन्हें अप टू टाइम बनाने को लेकर भी कदम उठाए जाएंगे। भारतीय रेलवे ने डाली पुराने कुंओं में नई जान, पानी पर हर जोन में होगी प्रति महीना 22 लाख रुपए की बचत
फ्लैक्सी फेयर हो सकता है ख़त्म
राजधानी, शताब्दी, दुरंतो ट्रेनों में फ्लैक्सी फेयर सिस्टम का भी रेलवे रिव्यू कर रहा है। इस सिस्टम को बंद करने और इसके बदले में ऑप्शनल सिस्टम लाने पर सोचा जा रहा है। यह भी सोचा जा रहा है कि सभी ट्रेनों के बेसिक फेयर में 10% से 15% का इजाफा किया जाए। मंथली सीजन टिकटों के रेट भी बढ़ाए जाएं।
रेलवे के मुताबिक, पिछले साल 9 सितंबर से 31 अक्टूबर के बीच राजधानी, दुरंतो और शताब्दी एक्सप्रेस में 5 हजार 871 बर्थ खाली रही थीं। फ्लैक्सी फेयर सिस्टम को ही इसकी वजह माना गया था।

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Apr 26 2017 (02:30)
GoldPacific   281 blog posts   91 correct pred (72% accurate)
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In my opinion the Railways should not take the finding of this profitability report on just face value. They must determine why there isn't much demand for its AC2 Seats? In my opinion my just giving more coach space but keeping the service levels same as AC3 Railways are unable to justify the price difference. If there is a difference of say 30-35% between AC3 and AC2 then there must be an equally perceivable difference in service levels too. A person paying more will obviously expect better services, better food, cleanliness etc inside such coaches. This is a no brainer and can be learnt from the airline industry. Infact in premium category coaches of All Trains, Rajdhani like services must be provided. For e.g. Newspapers, piped music, WiFi, Gourmet Food etc should be included in the package.. I know I am talking about a very ideal situation, but if IR really...
wants to make a turnaround, they would have to make a marked difference in their services too. I can guarantee that if IR implements luxury feel in such premium category coaches, they can definitely attract back fliers who will like to enjoy the overall experience of a luxurious train journey.

Apr 26 2017 (02:36)
GoldPacific   281 blog posts   91 correct pred (72% accurate)
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Per this chart, the other classes GS / 3 Tier etc have even lrger losses. What is IR doing about those. Per this report it seems, its only profitable to run Garib Rath kind of Trains all over.

Apr 26 2017 (18:43)
©The Dark Lord™~   7101 blog posts
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Sahi pakde hai, AC 3rd hi taaran haar hai isliye Humsafar jaisi ek new train type ko launch kiya gaya.

MY FRIEND IS BACK~   2346 img trains   1601 popular
16508 green flags   99 red flags   7 green per Train
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Please View/Suggest/Flag this Weekly A/c SF

Apr 20 2017 (00:42)
GoldPacific   281 blog posts   91 correct pred (72% accurate)
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You have not accounted for the Reversal required at Ranchi.

Apr 20 2017 (06:36)
MY FRIEND IS BACK~   12765 blog posts   41 correct pred (48% accurate)
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added. thats why i gave 15 mints halt for loco change also.

Apr 21 2017 (05:28)
GoldPacific   281 blog posts   91 correct pred (72% accurate)
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Greened now.
Apr 09 2017 (20:13)   08633/Hatia - Habibganj Special Fare Garib Rath Special

Proud atheist~   4367 blog posts   37 correct pred (63% accurate)
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I wonder even a single seat has been booked or not...Total flop..

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Apr 11 2017 (02:44)
GoldPacific   281 blog posts   91 correct pred (72% accurate)
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I doubt if Hajipur / Sonepur can sustain a full AC Train. For GS Coaches, for sure there would be heavy demand from such places.

Apr 11 2017 (10:27)
Indian Railways the life line of our Nation~   15024 blog posts   137 correct pred (82% accurate)
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Mai bas example de raha hu ki agar ye garib rath Hajipur Sonpur hoke jaati to kam se kam ek do coach to bhar hi jaate but yaha to ek seat tak nahi bhari

Apr 12 2017 (01:01)
GoldPacific   281 blog posts   91 correct pred (72% accurate)
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We must watch close to the travel dates as this is a special train and announced recently ..obviously people will make only last minute reservations if at all. I would wait until the Run days actually to see the demand. I am sure it will fill about 70% of the seats on an avg.

Apr 12 2017 (10:13)
Indian Railways the life line of our Nation~   15024 blog posts   137 correct pred (82% accurate)
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Ok,lets wait
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