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Mar 19 2014 (9:12AM)  Major train accident averted (www.kashmirmonitor.in)

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Mar 19 2014 (9:12AM)
Station Tag: Banihal/BAHL added by Soumitra Chawathe**/301079

Mar 19 2014 (9:12AM)
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Qazigund: A major train accident was averted on Tuesday following the timely alert provided by Track Patrolling Party (TPP) who spotted a crack in the railway track at Hillar Shahabad halt in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district. Train carrying hundreds of passengers was ready to take off from Qazigund to Banihal and it was quickly stopped after the news about the damaged track reached the control room.
Station Superintendent Qazigund, Muhammad Shabir said that timely alert provided by TPP saved the lives of hundreds of passengers. “Our TPP as usual were passing by the railway track during the early hours of Tuesday noticed the crack. They immediately alerted a railway lineman who informed the railway authorities and halted the Qazigund-Banihal Passenger Train, which usually starts from the location at 7 in the morning.
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Railway maintenance personnel rushed to the spot and carried out emergency repair works. The train, which was delayed by nearly two and an hour’s resumed its service at 9:30 a.m.
Sources said that full repair works were completed by around 9 a.m. after which train service was resumed.
Railway officials said that crack in the railway track developed due to torrential rains. “The railway track from Qazigund to Banihal has been laid on open land and usually there remains possibility of land sinking after the rainfall or snowfall,” Station Superintendent Qazigund said. (CNS)
Mar 09 2014 (4:28PM)  CR gets its first base kitchen | The Asian Age (www.asianage.com)

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The first base kitchen on the Central Railways’ Mumbai division was inaugurated on Saturday evening at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) by S.K. Sood, general manager of CR.
Although it is a mini-kitchen, around 3,000 meals and 2,000 breakfasts will be made in this kitchen. The step is important because in 2010, the railway board took a decision to take away catering from the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) in order to improve supervision of the cleanliness and the food quality. The base kitchen is built at an expense of `1.48 crore.
The CR chief public relations officer Atul Rane said, “It will take at least a month for the kitchen to be in full swing due to the fact that it will be producing so much food on a
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daily basis.”
The food will be given to the vegetarian and non-vegetarian Janahar canteen currently situated on the second floor, near the outstation platforms at the CST. “In the beginning, along with the Janahar canteen, the 13 overnight trains that go from Mumbai to Pune will start getting food from the base kitchen as well as the Duronto Express that leaves from CST to Howrah,” said Mr Rane.
Another addition to the CR’s headquarters is the inclusion of the original blueprints of the CST, which was designed by the British architect Frederick William Stevens, in the heritage walk. Currently, the CR charges `250 for viewing the architectural marvels inside the CST, because of which it was declared a heritage site.
Mr Rane said, “If you have a look at the blueprints, you will notice that the original drawings and the structure in front of you is exactly the same.”
Feb 13 2014 (3:23PM)  Despite two new weekly trains, activists unhappy (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

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Feb 13 2014 (3:23PM)
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AURANGABAD: Even as the city got connected by two weekly trains as per the interim railway budget announced on Wednesday, activists have expressed their disappointment saying that long pending demands have been ignored.
The two new trains are likely to start any time before the end of the current financial year.
Besides announcing the new trains connecting Aurangabad to other parts of the country, Union railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge also announced the survey for doubling of line between Parbhani and Parli in the Marathwada region.
Of the seven trains announced for South Central Railways (SCR), two are for Nanded division including Aurangabad-Renigunta via Parbhani train and Nanded-Aurangabad via Purna and Parbhani train.
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Railway authorities said that the SCR has got a sizeable share of the new express trains announced in the interim railway budget. Of the 55 new express trains, 15 will cater to SCR, a significant 28% share.
Omprakash Varma, president of Marathwada Railway Vikas Samiti, said, "There were many key demands made by the commuters from the region that have been ignored by the railway authorities. The railways have disappointed the people belonging to the region, especially from Aurangabad. Although the SCR is saying that it has got 28% share in the newly announced express trains, our question is what has Aurangabad, one of the fastest growing cities, got?"
Santosh Somani, an activist belonging to Railway Pravasi Sena, said, "Despite all the efforts made by railway activists and commuters, the region is being denied of its rightful share for the past many years. We appreciate the announcement of two new weekly trains, but many important things have been ignored."
The railway authorities also said that both the double-decker express trains announced in the budget are allocated for SCR. It is the first time that a double-decker express train has been announced for SCR. These trains will operate on Kacheguda-Tirupati and Kacheguda-Guntur routes. Besides, all three express trains for which frequency has been increased in the budget belong to the SCR. These trains are Vijayawada to Hubli express, Bidar to Yesvantpur express and Secunderabad to Hubli express, which will run daily instead of thrice a week.
Raj Somani, another activist, said, "The railway authorities are not providing us any of the important trains that we have been demanding for many years. Many trains that are season-specific should be regularised."
Besides, provision for surveys to double two rail sections on the SCR — Latur Road to Kurduwadi and Parbhani to Parli — has been made in the budget.
Feb 13 2014 (3:18PM)  Long-awaited air-conditioned local trains to roll out in five months (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

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Feb 13 2014 (3:18PM)
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MUMBAI: Mumbai will get its first air-conditioned local in July 2014, announced railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge in his interim budget speech on Wednesday.
The train will be run by Western Railway (WR) between Churchgate and Borivli. Initially, there will be 12 services per day, with eight between Churchgate and Borivli, and four between Churchgate and Andheri. The services will be both fast and slow, and at least four services will be during peak hours.
A WR official said the train will look like the Kolkata Metro train and each coach will have a capacity of 400 passengers, including standees. The seating arrangement will be similar to that of ordinary local trains.
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commuters to move along the length of the train. This will be particularly useful for office-goers who would want to travel in groups, but may not be able to board the same coach at the same time. The train will be uni-class: all coaches will look and feel the same, and there will be no first-class or luggage compartments. The ride is expected to be smooth, as the rakes will have superior suspension and advanced braking features.
The rake was originally scheduled to arrive in April-May 2013, but the Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Perumbur, the manufacturer, was unable to finalize the design. "ICF has developed indigenous technology for the electrical multiple unit (EMU) air-conditioned rake, which will run on 25 KV traction. Delay is normal when the railways plan to introduce new technology," said an official. "Delays had also occurred in the supply of Siemens and Bombardier EMU rakes ordered by Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation."
Feb 13 2014 (3:15PM)  Connectivity swells with 2 premium, 4 express trains (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

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Feb 13 2014 (3:15PM)
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PUNE: Railway passengers have much to cheer as the interim Budget presented by railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge for 2014-15 on Wednesday had three new trains originating from Pune to Howrah, Lucknow and Gorakhpur and three other trains passing via Pune.
The budget has also proposed a push for expansion of the rail network around Pune, by announcing surveys for doubling of Pune-Kolhapur track and surveys of two new rail lines --Pune-Baramati and Pune-Ahmednagar.
Of the new trains, two have been listed under the 'premium train' category. These include Howrah-Pune AC express which will run twice a week via Nagpur and Manmad, and the Yeshvantpur-Jaipur AC express that will run once a week.
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high density to cater to commuters' needs and to meet the demand for more trains during festivals and holidays. They fetch an increased revenue as the fares, like airlines, are charged under a dynamic scheme.
The other four will run as 'express trains' once a week. These include Gorakhpur-Pune via Lucknow, Kanpur, Manmad; Mumbai-Chennai via Gulbarga; Pune-Lucknow via Bhopal, Bina, Jhansi, Kanpur and Hubli-Mumbai via Vijapur and Solapur.
Kharge's interim budget has met some demands raised by commuters' groups. These pertained to better connectivity to destinations in the northern parts of the country including Delhi, Jaipur, Kanpur and Howrah. Though the demand for new trains to Delhi, Jaipur and Amritsar remained unfulfilled, additional trains announced for Howrah, Lucknow and Gorakhpur could address the demand to some extent.
While the administration is already operating direct trains on these routes, new trains will not only increase train frequencies but also help ease some pressure on the existing trains. At present, the administration is operating two trains to Howrah including an AC Duranto express. One weekly train runs to Gorakhpur and to Lucknow.
The budget also mentioned surveys for new lines around Pune and doubling of the Pune-Kolhapur track. Officials in the railway administration said stations between Pune and Kolhapur have already registered an increase in the number of passengers.
Facilities at some stations on the Kolhapur track are being expanded. Electronic display boards have been installed at some stations. A goods shed in Kolhapur was recently upgraded, officials said.
Sources in the transport sector said doubling of Pune-Kolhapur will help increase frequency of trains up to Bangalore via Kolhapur. At present, trains to Bangalore run via Solapur, which is a double track. Sources said a survey of the Pune-Ahmednagar line would establish rail network in the central parts of the state.
Pune-Mumbai sector ignored, say commuters' groups
Pune: Railway commuters' groups are happy about the announcement of six new trains for Pune. However, they said, the Pune-Mumbai sector has been ignored yet again as the budget did not announce any new trains or rail infrastructure between both the cities.
Commuters said there were not many expectations as it was an interim budget. Even so, the railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge has done well by not revising fares and introducing more trains and announcing surveys for new lines.
President of Railway Pravasi Group Harsha Shah said, "The waiting lists for trains to Gorakhpur and Lucknow is always high. It is a timely decision to introduce new trains on these routes. The budget has not addressed the demands of commuters who travel between Pune and Mumbai. There are no specific provisions for expansion of Pune region. The state has not received anything substantial in terms of infrastructure development. The budget has ignored strengthening of rail connectivity within major cities in the state."
Hemant Tapale of Pune-Mumbai Pravasi Sangh said, "We expected allocation of funds for the extension of the third track between Pune and Lonavla. However, the demand was ignored. Pune and Mumbai need more trains especially in the morning hours. We wanted an additional train from Pune reaching Mumbai before 10am. There is a long pending demand for starting a separate terminus for Lonavla-bound trains," he said.
President of the railway travellers service agents' association Manik Birla said, "Many tourists travel to Rajasthan and Gujarat from Maharashtra. We were expecting the announcement of new trains from Pune to destinations in Rajasthan. There is also a need to run a direct train to Tirupati from Pune."
Amey Joshi, a frequent commuter, said instead of waiting for slots to run new trains, the administration should add coaches to existing trains to reduce overcrowding. Coaches can be attached to long distance trains passing via Pune to Mumbai. This will prevent commuters with unreserved ticket from getting into reserved coaches. Joshi said the budget did not specifically mention increasing security at stations and in trains.
Feb 13 2014 (3:13PM)  Pune-Mumbai sector ignored: Commuters (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

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PUNE: Railway commuters' groups are happy about the announcement of six new trains for Pune. However, they said, the Pune-Mumbai sector has been ignored yet again as the budget did not announce any new trains or rail infrastructure between both the cities.
Commuters said there were not many expectations as it was an interim budget. Even so, the railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge has done well by not revising fares and introducing more trains and announcing surveys for new lines.
President of Railway Pravasi Group Harsha Shah said, "The waiting lists for trains to Gorakhpur and Lucknow is always high. It is a timely decision to introduce new trains on these routes. The budget has not addressed the demands of commuters who travel between Pune and Mumbai. There are no specific provisions for
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expansion of Pune region. The state has not received anything substantial in terms of infrastructure development. The budget has ignored strengthening of rail connectivity within major cities in the state."
Hemant Tapale of Pune-Mumbai Pravasi Sangh said, "We expected allocation of funds for the extension of the third track between Pune and Lonavla. However, the demand was ignored. Pune and Mumbai need more trains especially in the morning hours. We wanted an additional train from Pune reaching Mumbai before 10am. There is a long pending demand for starting a separate terminus for Lonavla-bound trains," he said.
President of the railway travellers service agents' association Manik Birla said, "Many tourists travel to Rajasthan and Gujarat from Maharashtra. We were expecting the announcement of new trains from Pune to destinations in Rajasthan. There is also a need to run a direct train to Tirupati from Pune."
Amey Joshi, a frequent commuter, said instead of waiting for slots to run new trains, the administration should add coaches to existing trains to reduce overcrowding. Coaches can be attached to long distance trains passing via Pune to Mumbai. This will prevent commuters with unreserved ticket from getting into reserved coaches. Joshi said the budget did not specifically mention increasing security at stations and in trains.
Feb 13 2014 (3:11PM)  Pune metro gets Centre’s in-principle approval (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

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Feb 13 2014 (3:12PM)
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PUNE: The Pune metro project moved another step up the ladder after Union minister for urban development (UD) Kamal Nath accorded an in-principle approval for the plan on Wednesday.
The project will cover 31.51 km along two corridors—PCMC building to Swargate and Vanaz to Ramwadi.
The approval will enable the state to set the wheels rolling for the early implementation of the project through a Special Purpose Vehicle, equally and jointly owned by the Centre and the state government.
Shashikant Limaye, officer on special duty for the Pune Metro project, said the approval means the Centre will issue a government resolution about the next plan of action and other details for the implementation of the project.
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"The Centre will communicate with the state, after which work on the logistics and other details will start. It will take one or two months to get things in place and then actual work would start," Limaye added.
The approval does not mean the Centre is committing itself to provide funds for the project. Ramesh Chand Meena, under secretary to the government of India, in his letter to the state government, has said that stakeholders' objections should be addressed.
The Centre has also warned the state that the approval is not a prior approval for the project in part or whole for financial assistance.
"The in-principle approval is solely to enable the state to proceed with the project. There will be no liability on the part of the government of India till the project is finally approved. The state government shall bear/meet/ arrange funds from other sources without resources from the government if the proposed funding, either partly or fully, from the government of India does not get approved," the letter stated.
Jan 03 2014 (1:41PM)  Mega Block on 5.1.2014 (cr.indianrailways.gov.in)

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Central Railway
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MEGA BLOCK o­n 5.1.2014
Central Railway will operate Mega Block o­n its suburban sections for carrying out maintenance work o­n Sunday 5.1.2014.
ON DN SLOW LINE BETWEEN BYCULLA AND VIDYA-VIHAR STATIONS
FROM 11.20 AM TO 3.20 PM.
Dn slow line services leaving Byculla from 11.04 am to 3.21 pm will be diverted o­n Dn fast line between Byculla and Vidyavihar stations halting at Parel, Dadar, Matunga, Sion and Kurla stations and further re-diverted to Dn slow line proper at Vidyavihar.
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locals leaving Thane station from 11.21 am to 3.25 pm will halt at Mulund, Bhandup, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar and Kurla stations in addition to their scheduled halts and will arrive destination15 minutes behind schedule.

Dn fast line services leaving Mumbai CST from 11.15 am to 2.51 pm will halt at Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Bhandup and Mulund stations in addition to their scheduled halts and will arrive destination 20 minutes behind schedule.
All slow locals arriving & leaving CST between 10.00 am to 4.00 pm will arrive their destination 10 minutes behind schedule.

UP HARBOUR LINE BETWEEN KURLA AND CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI TERMINUS &
UP AND DN HARBOUR LINES BETWEEN VADALA ROAD AND MAHIM STATIONS
FROM 11.30 AM TO 3.30 PM.
Dn Harbour line services to Bandra/Andheri leaving Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus from 10.20 am to 4.04 pm and Up Harbour line services towards Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus leaving Bandra /Andheri from 10.40 am to 3.44 pm will remain suspended.
Up Harbour line services towards Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus leaving Kurla from 11.08 am to 3.20 pm will run via Main line between Kurla and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. These trains will not halt at Currey Road and Chinchpokli stations.

Harbour line passengers for Bandra/ Andheri are permitted to travel Via Main line and Western Railway from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm o­n 5.1.2014.
All Up and Dn Harbour line services leaving and arriving Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus between 11.00 am and 5.00 pm will arrive destination about 10 minutes behind schedule.
Due to these blocks suburban trains are likely to be more crowded than usual. Passengers are requested not to take any risks while travelling. They are also requested to avoid travelling o­n foot board, roof top of locals and not to board extremely over crowded trains. Passengers are requested to bear with the Railway Administration for the inconvenience caused.
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Date: January 3, 2014
This news comes to you from Public Relations Department, Central Railway, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai.
Jan 03 2014 (1:31PM)  Temporary Stoppage At Ghanpur Station for Two Express Trains (scr.indianrailways.gov.in)

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Jan 03 2014 (1:31PM)
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Jan 03 2014 (1:31PM)
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Jan 03 2014 (1:31PM)
Train Tag: Hyderabad-Sirpur Kaghaznagar Intercity Express/17011 added by Soumitra Chawathe**/301079

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An additional stoppage will be provided for Tr. No. 12706/12705 Secunderabad-Guntur-Secunderabad Express and for Tr. No. 17011/17012 Hyderabad– Sirpurkagaznagar-Hyderabad Express at Ghanpur Station on Secunderabad–Kazipet section o­n an experimental basis for a period of six months with effect from 5th January 2014 as follows.
1.Train No. 12706 Secunderabad-Guntur Express will arrive / depart Ghanpur at 09 17 / 09 18 hrs. In the return direction, Train No. 12705 Guntur–Secunderabad Express will arrive / depart Ghanpur at 19 30 / 19 31 hrs.
2. Train No. 17011 Hyderabad–Sirpurkagaznagar Express will arrive / depart Ghanpur at 07 10/07 11 hrs. In the return direction, Train No. 17012 Sirpurkagaznagar–Hyderabad Express will arrive / depart Ghanpur at 14.17 / 14.18 hrs
Sep 19 2013 (9:35AM)  Nuclear energy to fuel Indian Railways in future? (www.daijiworld.com)

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Mumbai, Sep 19 (Mid-Day): Forget missiles and rockets, nuclear energy could soon be fuelling your local and long distance trains, if things go as planned. The Indian Railways (IR) is toying with the idea of using nuclear power to compliment their power system, and is in talks with the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) as well.
On September 13, the members from Railway Board, headed by Member Electrical Kul Bhushan, had a meeting with DAE officials. Sources in the railways said that they are keen on setting up a nuclear power plant in the future. “We want to look at the option of using nuclear power for our railway system and so discussed with DAE the construction of an exclusive nuclear plant in the future,” said a senior railway official.
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is already facing vehement opposition from locals and anti-nuclear activists over land acquisition and the possible ill-effects of two major nuclear plants at Jaitapur in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra and Kudankulam in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu.
The DAE has the authority to set up nuclear plants for the railways to generate power for its trains. Railway officials added that the nuclear plant could be set up in any state of India. In Mumbai, the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) operates nuclear plants.
At present, railway lines across the country get their supply of electricity from a national grid where generated power is first pooled in and then distributed among different states. For nuclear energy to fuel trains, a separate grid has to be set up especially for the railways.
“Once the power is generated, it can be distributed through substations of Indian Railways which would then feed overhead cables that supplies electricity to trains,” explained a senior railway official, admitting that the cost of setting up these nuclear power plants and establishing an isolated, independent system would incur heavy costs.
SK Malhotra, head of the public awareness in DAE, said, “The railways has shown interest in a dedicated power plant. There have been meetings but no MoU has been signed yet. Sources claimed that they are presently checking the possibility of an in-principal agreement between the two and are identifying a suitable location for the plant.
Aug 19 2013 (1:55PM)  35 crushed to death under the wheels of train in Bihar (www.newsbullet.in)

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Patna: At least 35 people, most of them pilgrims, were crushed to death under the wheels of Saharsa-Patna Rajya Rani Express at Bhamara Railway Station in Bihar this morning.
The victims, mostly kanwarias (devotees of Lord Shiva), were standing on the railway tracks at the station when the Rajya Rani Express hit them at the station under Samastipur division of East Central Raiway.
"According to information received till now 35 people are dead & around 25-30 people have been injured," Dinesh Chandra Yadav, MP Khagaria.
Additional Director General of Police S.K. Bhardwaj confirmed the death of 35 Hindu pilgrims (Kanwariyas) when the Rajya Rani Express train mowed them down while they were trying to cross the rail track at the Dhamara railway station
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on the Saharsa-Mansi route of the East Central Railway (ECR).
The death toll may increase because detailed information is yet to come from the accident site, he said.
At least 12 of them died on the spot after being run over by the speeding train, officials said.
Bhamara station where the accident took place falls in between Saharsa-Mansi section of Samastipur division.
The train reportedly ran over some people boarding another passenger train on an adjoining track.
Soon after the incident, angry pilgrims and locals set ablaze six bogies, including one AC coach, of the train and attacked railway officials.
Train services have been suspended on the route following the accident, officials said.
In the month of Shravan (July-August), thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit a temple in Deoghar, Jharkhand, where they offer holy water from the Ganga river to Lord Shiva at an ancient temple.
Kanwariya pilgrims in Bihar collect water from the Ganga in Sultanganj in Bhagalpur district. They carry this holy water in "kanwars" (a single pole, usually of bamboo, with two water pots dangling from opposite ends) and cover 105 km on foot to reach the temple.
After offering the holy water, they return to their native places in vehicles or trains.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed grief at the incident and asked railway officials to launch rescue operations and arrange proper treatment for the injured.
Aug 19 2013 (1:49PM)  Speeding Rajya Rani runs over several Kanwarias, kills at least 35, train driver beaten to death (daily.bhaskar.com)

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Khagaria (Bihar): Saharsa-Patna Rajya Rani Express train crushes several people to death, most of them Kanwarias (Shiva devotees) near Bhamara Ghat railway Station in Bihar on Monday morning. Following the incident, the mob turned violent and beat the train driver to death.

The incident happened at around 9 am when a speeding Rajyarani Express train ran over good number of Shiva devotees, who were crossing the railway track between Badla Ghat and Bhamara Ghat railway station under Samastipur division of East Central Raiway.

According to the sources, the pilgrims were going to Katyayni temple to offer morning prayers when the inciident took place. An angry crowd of Kanwarias set the train to
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fire after pelting stones on it.

Arun Malik, DRM, Samastipur informed that several people were died. A relief van had rushed to the spot.

Several people have been held captive at the station by the devotees, train services have also been suspended on the route following the accident, he added.

Meanwhile, Lok Sabha MP from Khagaria, Dinesh Chandra Yadav said that the incident was unfortunate. He stated that 35 people were killed and nearly as many injured.
Aug 19 2013 (1:47PM)  Rajya Rani Express crushes 35 pilgrims to death in Bihar (www.indiatvnews.com)

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Saharsa (Bihar): At least 35 people, most of them pilgrims, were crushed to death under the wheels of Saharsa-Patna Rajya Rani Express at Bhamara Railway Station in Bihar this morning.
The victims, mostly kanwarias (devotees of Lord Shiva), were standing on the railway tracks at the station when the Rajrani Express hit them at the station under Samastipur division of East Central Raiway.
Angry locals and pilgrims set ablaze two bogies, brutally assaulted the train driver and took railway officials hostage.
ADG law and order S K Bharadwaj confirmed the death of 35 Kanwariyas when the Rajya Rani Express train ran over them as they were trying to cross the railway track at the Dhamara railway station on the Saharsa-Mansi rail route of
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the East Central Railway (ECR).
The train was travelling from Saharsa to Patna when the accident took place between 8 a.m. and 8.30 a.m. The express train does not have a scheduled stop at Dhamara station.
"The accident took place when pilgrims were trying to cross the railway track after alighting from a local train," he said.
Soon after the incident, angry pilgrims and locals set ablaze two bogies, including one AC coach, of the train and attacked the railway officials.
"Some angry people attacked the train driver and seriously injured him. They beat him up mercilessly. Besides, some railway officials have been held hostage by them," a police official said.
Chief Public Relation Officer of ECR, Amitabh Prabhakar told IANS over telephone from Hajipur, its headquarters near Patna, that the situation is nearly out of control at the railway station following the incident as hundreds of angry people have been agitating.
"The railway officials are not in a position to visit the accident site...," said, adding that there is a lot of "confusion".
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed sadness and asked top railway officials to launch rescue operations and arrange proper treatment for the injured.
Aug 19 2013 (1:45PM)  20 dead as Rajya Rani Express runs over them, mob assaults driver (ibnlive.in.com)

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Patna: At least 20 people died as the Rajya Rani Express ran over them at the Dhamara station near Saharsa in Bihar on Monday morning. The death toll is expected to rise as over 40 other people were reported to be injured.
Following the accident, angry villagers reportedly took the Rajya Rani Express driver hostage and lynched him to death and set two trains ablaze. However, Arunendra Kumar, Railway Board Member (Mechanical) who is holding additional charge of Chairman, Railway Board, claimed that the driver was only injured.
The Railway Board Chairman also said that the train was running as per its scheduled route and some people were walking on the tracks at the time of the accident. "It's a three-track station. Two trains were already standing at the station. and the
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crowd was moving on the third track. A super fast train was coming on that track and they were run over," Arunendra Kumar said.
"The train was passing through line number 2 when it ran over some people. Angry locals have set the train on fire. They have not allowed officials to reach the site," said railway PRO Amitav Prabhakar.
The injured have been rushed to the hospitals in Saharsa and Katihar. The train ran over the people who were getting off a local train at the railway station to go to a local temple for worship. The local train has also been set ablaze by the angry locals.
The train was running from Saharsa to Patna and it did not have a stoppage at the Dhamara railway station and was running at full speed.
There is complete chaos at the accident site as people are not letting ambulances come in. Some railway officials have also been reportedly beaten up by the locals.
The Dhamara station lies in a flood prone area. Therefore, senior administration officials from Patna will face difficulties in reaching the station.
Administration officials have been trying to pacify the locals and trying to pursue them to help in the rescue operation.
Reacting to the accident, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said, "What has happened is unfortunate. The driver of the train should have slowed down."
Jun 28 2013 (11:04AM)  खंडाळा घाटात एक्सप्रेसवर दरड कोसळली (onlinenews1.lokmat.com)

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लोणावळा,दि.२८- मुंबई-पुणे रेल्वे मार्गावर खंडाळा घाटात दुरांतो एक्सप्रेसच्या इंजिनवर दरड कोसळल्याची घटना शुक्रवारी सकाळी घडली.यात इंजिनचालकासह गाडीतील सर्व प्रवासी सुरक्षित आहे.
सकाळी साडे सहाच्या सुमारात पुण्याच्या दिशेने जाणा-या निजामुद्दिन-पुणे दुरांतो एक्सप्रेसच्या इंजिनवर खंडाळ्यातील मंकी हिल पॉईंटजवळ दरड कोसळली. सुदैवाने या दुर्घटनेतून इंजिन चालक बचावला असून गाडीतील अन्य प्रवासीही सुखरुप आहेत. मात्र यामुळे मुंबईहून पुण्याकडे जाणा-या एक्सप्रेस गाड्यांची वाहतूक खोळंबली आहे.दरम्यान, मदतकार्यासाठी रेल्वेच्या तज्ज्ञाचे मदत पथक लोणावळा येथे दाखल झाल्याचे वृत्त आहे.
Jun 26 2013 (9:08AM)  Tight security in Banihal: PM to inaugurate rail tunnel today (www.kashmirtimes.com)

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JAMMU, June 25: As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi are scheduled to inaugurate 11-kilometer long rail tunnel between Banihal-Qazigund at Banihal tomorrow, tight security arrangements have been put in place at the venue i.e. Railway Station Banihal.
The whole venue and its suburbs have been thrown out of bound for civilians and it has been virtually converted into fortress. The vehicular movement in the area has been restricted while sharp shooters have been deployed at all sensitive points around the venue with three tier-security setup including that of police, RPF and CRPF.
Additional deployment has been made with backup of Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs) at Banihal Railway Station. The venue has been thoroughly frisked using metal detectors. Sniffer dogs were also pressed into service and the whole area
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has been sanitized manually by the security forces. Security has also been strengthened along the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.
Singh and Gandhi will jointly flag off the first train at around 11.50 AM on the 18-km-long section between Banihal in Jammu and Qazigund in Kashmir, marking the start of the rail service to the Valley.
The 8-coach train will make regular operation from Banihal to Baramulla from June 27 after the inaugural run on June 26. The Banihal-Baramulla-Banihal train will make five trips daily beginning at 7.10 AM from Banihal and 7.35 AM from Baramulla.
Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge, Governor NN Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah along with other central ministers Farooq Abdullah and Ghulam Nabi Azad are expected to be present on the historic occasion.
"We have seven pairs of trains to run between Banihal and Baramulla. Earlier there were five rakes only but now it has been increased," said a senior Northern railway official.
The Banihal-Qazigund section, which includes an 11-km-long tunnel, will reduce the distance from 35 km (by road) to 18 km. It has been constructed at a cost of Rs 1,691 crore. This rail section is very significant, as it will provide an all-weather link to Kashmir Valley that often gets cut off from the rest of the country due to snowfall during winters.
Meanwhile, with the first batch of the Amarnath Yatra scheduled to leave from the city on June 27, Police today said that they are taking "extra precautions" to ensure a safe and sound pilgrimage.
So far nearly three lakh people have registered for the annual yatra which will be flagged off from Jammu by Minister for Tourism G A Mir.
"Whatever is required from the security point of view is being done. Additional deployment has been made at Jammu Railway Station,” a senior police officer said.
With just one day left before the start of the 55 day long annual Amarnath pilgrimage the authorities here including security personnel regulating the pilgrim traffic may find it difficult to stop the minors and senior citizens of 75 years of age from accompanying their parents/children on the arduous yatra track.
Learning from its past mistakes the Shrine Board had issued strict guidelines this year disallowing all the children under 13 years of age, senior citizens above 75 years of age and women with six weeks of pregnancy not to undertake the yatra.
Ignoring all such guidelines a large number of pilgrims have started arriving here to undertake the pilgrimage. Several community halls earmarked for the Amarnath pilgrims have already started receiving pilgrims.
Surprisingly, several pilgrims have brought their minor children along with them to join the yatra without paying attention to the SASB guidelines.
When contacted the pilgrims, camping in Jammu said, "When we are coming for the yatra we cannot leave behind our children. It is up to the government and the authorities to see whether they can stop us from performing the pilgrimage because we have minor children".
The majority of the pilgrims were upbeat and were scared by the attack on the security forces in Srinagar or incidents of flash floods in Uttarakhand. We are here o perform darshan of holy Shivling inside the cave shrine of Amarnath and we are all set to join the first batch of pilgrims, head of the pilgrim group who arrived here from Allahabad said.
It may be mentioned that the age limit was fixed by the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) after deliberating on the recommendations made by the National Disaster Management Authority and Nitish K Sengupta Committee.
Last year when over 100 deaths were reported along the yatra track the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) had recommended that "no child under the age of 11 years, no person above the age of 75 years and no woman with more than six weeks' pregnancy should be allowed to undertake the pilgrimage." The yatra is scheduled to begin from June 28 and continue till August 21 this year.
According to the SASB, the fixing of age limit will help ensure that only physically fit people embark upon the arduous 55-day pilgrimage to the holy Himalayan cave shrine of Lord Shiva.
Jun 26 2013 (9:07AM)  दरड कोसळल्याने कोकण रेल्वे खोळंबली (onlinenews1.lokmat.com)

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ऑनलाइन टीम
रत्नागिरी, दि.२५- संततधार पावसामुळे कोकण रेल्वे मार्गावर रत्नागिरीजवळ दरड कोसळल्याने कोकण रेल्वेची वाहतूक खोळंबली आहे. मंगळवारी सकाळी ही घटना घडली.
कोकण रेल्वे दरवर्षी पावसाळ्यात दरड कोसळण्याच्या घटना घडत असतात.यंदा दरड कोसळू नये यासाठी पुरेशी काळजी घेतल्याचा दावा कोकण रेल्वेने पावसाळ्याच्या सुरुवातीला केला होता. मात्र मंगळवारी सकाळी रत्नागिरीजवळील विलवडेजवळ रेल्वे रुळावर दरड कोसळली. यामुळे कोकण रेल्वेची वाहतूक ठप्प पडली. याचा फटका नेत्रवती, मांडवी, जनशताब्दी एक्सप्रेस या गाड्यांना बसला आहे. घटनेनंतर कोकण रेल्वेचे पथक घटनास्थळी रवाना झाला असून मातीचे ढिगारे रेल्वे रुळांवरुन बाजूला काढण्यासाठी शर्थीचे प्रयत्न सुरु आहेत. मात्र यासाठी नेमका किती वेळ लागेल हे अद्याप स्पष्ट झालेले नाही.
Jun 26 2013 (9:00AM)  अब और भारी पड़ेगा रेल टिकट कैंसिल कराना (business.bhaskar.com)

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अब और भारी पड़ेगा रेल टिकट कैंसिल कराना
नई दिल्ली. पहली जुलाई से रेलवे का टिकट वक्त रहते कैंसिल नहीं कराना और महंगा पड़ेगा। रेलवे ने 15 साल बाद रिफंड नियमों को सरल बनाने के बहाने मुसाफिरों पर और बोझ डाल दिया है। अब अनरिजर्व टिकट हो या रिजर्व, कैंसिल कराने की नौबत आने पर जल्द से जल्द ऐसा करने में ही समझदारी होगी। अनरिजर्व टिकट कैंसिल कराने के लिए अवधि का निर्धारण अब ट्रेन की रवानगी के बजाय टिकट खरीदने के वक्त से किया जाएगा। अब ऐसे टिकट तीन घंटे के भीतर कैंसिल कराने पर क्लर्केज शुल्क (20 रुपये) काटकर बाकी किराया रिफंड होगा। यदि ऐसा टिकट काफी पहले खरीद लिया गया है तो सफर के 24 घंटे पहले तक कैंसिल कराने पर क्लर्केज शुल्क काटकर बाकी किराया रिफंड के रूप में मिलेगा।
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Jun 26 2013 (8:58AM)  'Rise in station master vacancies taking a toll on railway safety' (newindianexpress.com)

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The increasing number of vacancies in the posts of station masters poses a grave danger to the safety of Railways and its services, said office-bearers of the All India Station Masters Association during a hunger strike by the Chennai division of the association on Tuesday.
The association claimed that the Chennai division of the Southern Railways had 190 vacancies among the 928 positions as of December 2012.
There will be a further increase of 45 vacancies by next year by way of retirement, said John Vincent Kumar, national president of the All India Station Masters Association.
“These huge vacancies will have a direct bearing on the functioning and safety of the Railways. As per norms, station masters are to work only for eight
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hours in normal areas and six hours in high intensity areas owing to the stress levels involved. But as of now, most of us are forced to work for 12 hours at a stretch, and even a weekly day off is denied to us. This will affect the station masters and their ability to ensure the proper safety to the passengers,” he said.
The station masters also alleged that this year, the number of summer special trains was reduced by 10 per cent owing to shortage of drivers and station masters.
“The Central Government has put a blanket ban on government recruitments. Though drivers, station masters and guards are excluded from this, the government continues to follow the same policy here too,” claimed N Shanmughasundaram, president of the Chennai division of the All India Station Masters Association.
The association pointed out that the largescale vacancy was a result of the mass recruitment that had taken place in the late 1970s and early 80s.
“That whole batch is retiring in the next few years and this would lead to mass vacancies.
“If the government does not take proactive steps to fill the vacancies, it will lead to multiple problems,” said Shanmughasundaram.
The union demanded that the Railway Board relax recruitment processes to facilitate filling up of vacancies and also to create a body on the lines of the employment exchange to meet the current crisis of mass retirements.
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