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Today (10:39PM)  MUMBAI - MADGAON :: 2015 ANGANEWADI MELA (www-irctc.blogspot.com)
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Central railways announced new special trains between Mumbai and Madgaon to avoid extra rush of passengers during the Angenwadi Mega.
  
Today (10:17PM)  Railway Minister promises strict action against RPF personnel for thrashing physically handicapped man (www.dnaindia.com)
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In the wake of a physically challenged man being "thrashed" by RPF personnel at Howrah station near Kolkata, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday said serious action would be taken against them if they misbehaved with passengers."We have given strict instructions to Railway Police Force that they cannot misbehave with passengers. We have asked them to deal with them in most courteous and human manner. If anybody is found misbehaving with them, we will take serious action against them," he said.In fact, strict action has been taken against some RPF officials misbehaving with passengers in the past, Prabhu said. "We have taken very serious action against quite a few of them," he added.
Video grabs of RPF personnel brutally thrashing the man after he refused to move out of the station caught on camera was aired by several TV channels on
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The installation of several CCTvs at railway stations has helped the authorities to take action against such RPF officials' misbehaviour, Prabhu said. "At many places we have placed CCTVs and because of this, we have been able to take action," he added.
Prabhu said the Railways have started programmes which trains RPF officials to behave in a courteous and human manner. "In addition to this, we have started training programmes of how to deal with the passengers," he added.
  
Today (9:46PM)  Delhi sees coldest January 29 in six years (m.timesofindia.com)
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NEW DELHI: It was sunny but the coldest Jan 29 in the past six years with the minimum temperature dropping four notches below the season's average at 4.8 degrees Celsius. The Met department forecast dense fog Friday morning. Thursday's maximum temperature was recorded three notches below the season's average at 18.7 degrees Celsius. The visibility at 8.30am was 700 metres which affected arrival of 30 trains to the city while two trains were cancelled, the Northern Railway said. "After dense fog in the morning, Delhi is likely to have clear sky Friday," an official of India Meteorological Department said. Friday's maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover around 19 and 6 degrees Celsius, respectively. Since 2010, the coldest Jan 29 was in 2012 with the minimum temperature being recorded at 5 degrees Celsius. Last year on this day, the minimum temperature settled at 10 degrees Celsius. "Considering that January is nearing its end, today...
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(Thursday) was really cold," said a Delhi resident.
  
Today (9:30PM)  Premium special train from Kamakhya to Bangalore flagged off (zeenews.india.com)
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Guwahati: Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday flagged off a new Premium Special Train service between Kamakhya in Assm and Bangalore Cantonment through remote from Bengaluru.
The train, numbered 22503, left Kamakhya station at 2.30 PM in presence of senior North East Frontier Railway officials who witnessed the flagging off at Bengaluru through video conferencing, NF Railway CPRO S Lahiri said.
The train will have stoppages at New Jalpaiguri, Howrah, Bhubneswar, Vijayawada and Chennai Central.
Premium Special Trains have unique features with its tickets being available only from IRCTC website and all tickets are sold against confirmed reservation. There is no provision of issuing wait-listed tickets in this train.
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fixed but dynamic and also include catering charges, Lahiri said.
Passengers can also book confirmed tickets (if available) through Current Ticket counters at stations even after preparation of the chart.
There will be sleeper classes along with 3-Tier AC and 2-Tier AC accommodations in the train.
  
Today (9:19PM)  Railway Minister Hints at No Cut in Train Fare (www.outlookindia.com)
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Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today hinted that there may not be any cut in train fares in spite of the fall in diesel prices.
"Actually, the Railways recover only 50 per cent of the passenger cost they bear. So, there is already a huge element of subsidy (and passengers are getting benefits as passenger fare is subsidised)," Prabhu told reporters here.
To a query on high speed trains, Prabhu said the government is making efforts to define high-speed trains, but certainly the Railways is focusing on increasing the average speed of both passenger and goods trains.
"There is a misconception about high speed trains. The government is making efforts to define high speed trains, and the Railways is focusing on increasing the average
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speed of passenger and goods trains," he said.
"Besides, the express trains are stopping at too many stops and failing to increase speed," he added.
Prabhu said the government has a new programme and a strategy, which he will announce in the coming railway budget.
The Minister earlier flagged off the first direct train connecting Bengaluru to famous Hindu pilgrimage centre of Vaishnodevi in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Yesvantpur-Katra Weekly Express travels 3246 km in 56 hrs and 40 minutes to reach the foothills of Himalayas, near the mountain shrine of Vaishno Devi.
Prabhu also remotely flagged off three others trains - Patna-Bengaluru, Kamakhya-Bengaluru and Tatanagar-Yesvantpur Express - that started from the other end.
  
Today (9:18PM)  Haryana govt to partner with Railways to strengthen state network (zeenews.india.com)
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Chandigarh: With a view to strengthen the rail network in the state, the Haryana government has decided to enter into a partnership with Indian Railways by forming Special Purpose Vehicle for raising of funds.
Both the parties will form, establish and get registered a company with limited liability, a Haryana government release said here today.
The name of the proposed Joint Venture Company will be 'Rail Infrastructure Development Company (Haryana) Limited' to be called as 'H-RIDE' or such other name as may be made available by the concerned Registrar of Companies and as agreed upon by the consent of parties, it said.
"The main objectives of the H-RIDE will be to expedite project development and implementation by resorting to resource mobilisation, securing traffic
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guarantees and involvement of strategic partners in project funding and implementation.
"It will also initiate mobilisation of revenues from the State Government by other non rail operation sources and coordinate with organisations or local bodies in charge of urban development and for the purposeful resolution of various ancillary matters connected with the project development," the release further stated.
A MoU in this regard will soon be signed between both the state holders, it said.
As per the proposed MOU, the Ministry of Railways will complete the construction of projects in a time bound manner and to the timetable mutually fixed by both the parties.
Also, it will supplement the resources raised by H-RIDE, to a maximum extent of 25 per cent of the balance project cost, subject to allocation made in railway budget.
The Ministry will share the net surplus realized equally with H-RIDE for a period of 30 years from the date of commission of the project. Besides, it would also replace assets during the end of the project life of 30 years, make technological upgradations and any capacity enhancement work from its own resources or in partnership with the strategic partner wherever considered desirable by the Ministry.
The State will make available government land free of cost, free from all encumbrances and with all requisite clearance to Ministry of Railways for execution of identified projects. The government will also create a non-lapsable fund for this specific purpose.
The rail projects which would be taken up for speedy implementation as part of the MoU include Karnal-Yamuna Nagar Railway line, Fatehabad-Mansa-Bhatinda Railway line, Jakhal-Ratia-Fatehabad Railway line, Bhiwani-Loharu-Pilani- Churu Railway line, Rewari-Palwal via Bhiwari Railway line, Yamuna Nagar-Chandigarh Railway, Delhi-Sohna-Nuh-Ferozpur- Jhirka-Alwar Railway line and Hisar-Sirsa via Agroha Fatehabad Railway line.
  
Today (9:16PM)  Railway minister hints there may not be any cut in train fares (www.financialexpress.com)
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Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today hinted that there may not be any cut in train fares in spite of the fall in diesel prices. “Actually, the Railways recover only 50 per cent of the passenger cost they bear. So, there is already a huge element of subsidy (and passengers are getting benefits as passenger fare is subsidised),” Prabhu told reporters here. To a query on high speed trains, Prabhu said the government is making efforts to define high-speed trains, but certainly the Railways is focusing on increasing the average speed of both passenger and goods trains. “There is a misconception about high speed trains. The government is making efforts to define high speed trains, and the Railways is focusing on increasing the average speed of passenger and goods trains,” he said. “Besides, the express trains are stopping at too many stops and failing to increase speed,” he added. Prabhu said...
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the government has a new programme and a strategy, which he will announce in the coming railway budget. The Minister earlier flagged off the first direct train connecting Bengaluru to famous Hindu pilgrimage centre of Vaishnodevi in Jammu and Kashmir. The Yesvantpur-Katra Weekly Express travels 3246 km in 56 hrs and 40 minutes to reach the foothills of Himalayas, near the mountain shrine of Vaishno Devi. Prabhu also remotely flagged off three others trains – Patna-Bengaluru, Kamakhya-Bengaluru and Tatanagar-Yesvantpur Express – that started from the other end.
  
Today (8:57PM)  Suburban rail for Bengaluru to cost Rs 1,000 cr in phase I (www.business-standard.com)
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Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu says corporates will be encouraged to take up projects such as modernisation of railway stations
The Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) has submitted a report on a suburban rail project for Bengaluru which has been under consideration for a long time.
In Phase I, the project is expected to cost Rs 1,000 crore. After that, phase II and phase III would be taken up, and a Railway corporation has been formed for implementing this, said Suresh Prabhu, minister for railways.
"It has to be taken to its logical end," he told reporters, here after flagging off three trains from three different stations remotely.
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encouraged to take up projects such as modernisation of railway stations. Private businesses are now mandated to spend 2% of their profits towards CSR. "The firms should be encouraged to spend these funds on improving stations and its facilities," Prabhu added.
Even as the suburban rail is being mooted for Bengaluru, an Integrated Transport Solution Authority is also being planned for Bengaluru. This, said Prabhu, is because big cities today need an integrated solution to meet the demands of increasing pressures on the transport infrastructure and an agency like that will help better coordinate and thus help improve city's transport infrastructure.
The Union minister also mooted floating of special purpose vehicles (SPVs) in pact with state governments for the Railways' modernisation projects and for implementing new ones. "The states will hold equity in them," he said.
He said, this will also help the Railways increase their revenues. Also, the priority projects of the respective states can be taken up. "This will ensure that the states will not accuse Centre of discriminating against any state in particular and will generate revenues for states," Prabhu added.
In case of Karnataka, till now over Rs 24,000 crore worth of projects have been sanctioned and Rs 16,000 crore worth of these projects are being taken up with a 50% contribution from the state.
While stating that the Railways is in a precarious financial condition, he said, all passenger trains are loss-making today, and the Railways subsidises passenger fares by 50% or so. Hence, he said there was an urgent need to find a solution to mitigate the financial condition of the Railways.
  
Today (8:56PM)  No derailment of narrow gauge train: NFR (zeenews.india.com)
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Kolkata: The Northeast Frontier Railway Thursday denied that a toy train of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway had derailed near Chnabhatti on January 26 leading to the death of a passenger as reported in a section of the press."There had not been any derailment of narrow gauge train near Chnabhatti on 26th January 2015 and the report that three coaches of the toy train derailed is misleading," N F railway CPRO S Lahiri said.The NF railway CPRO said in a statement that after one of the three coaches of the toy train derailed near Chnabhatti, around 30 km from here, tourists got panicked and started jumping from the train leading to the death of a woman and causing injury to several others.
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the running train leading to her death," the statement said.
  
Today (8:50PM)  आज से शुरू हुई एक नई प्रीमियम स्पेशल ट्रेन (www.palpalindia.com)
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नई दिल्ली. केंद्रीय रेल मंत्री सुरेश प्रभु ने एक नई प्रीमियम स्पेशल ट्रेन सेवा को हरी झंडी दिखाकर रवाना किया. यह ट्रेन असम के कामाख्या से बंगलुरू के बीच लगेगी.यह नई ट्रेन 22503 कामाख्या स्टेशन से दोपहर 2:30 बजे चलेगी. रेलवे के अधिकारियों का कहना है कि प्रीमियम स्पेशल ट्रेन न्यू जलपाईगुड़ी, हावड़ा, भुवनेश्वर, विजयवाड़ा और चेन्नई सेंट्रल में रुकेगी.
बता दें कि प्रीमियम स्पेशल गाड़ियों की शुरूआत हाल में की गई है. इसमें आरक्षण के लिये टिकट सिर्फ आईआरसीटीसी की वेबसाइट से ही कराया जा सकता है. इसमें सिर्फ कंफर्म टिकट ही मिलता है.
इस ट्रेन में प्रतीक्षा सूची के टिकट जारी करने का प्रावधान नहीं है. हालांकि, प्रीमियम ट्रेन का किराया तो तय है, लेकिन उपलब्धता कम होने पर बढ़ जाता है.इस ट्रेन का टिकट चार्ट बनने के बाद करंट
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टिकट काउंटर से भी लिया जा सकता है. प्रीमियम ट्रेन में एसी-3 और एसी-2 टियर के अलावा स्लीपर के कोच भी रहते हैं.
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