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Today (2:26AM)  Secunderabad - Sirpurkagaznagar :: Diwali Festival Special Train (www-irctc.blogspot.com)
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South Central railways announced new Diwali special trains between Secunderabad and Sirpurkagaznagar to avoid extra rush of passengers during the season...
Today (2:04AM)  Secunderabad - Ahmedabad :: Premium 2014 Special Trains (www-irctc.blogspot.com)
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South Central railways announced new premium special trains between Secunderabad and Ahmedabad to avoid extra rush of passengers during the season. Following are the details...
Today (12:51AM)  Bhubaneswar - Secunderabad :: Railway Recruitment Cell Exam Special Train (www-irctc.blogspot.com)
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Southern railways announced new Railway Recruitment Cell Exam Special Train between Bhubaneswar and Secuderabad to avoid extra rush of passengers during the season...
Yesterday (9:16PM)  अब जनता के सुझाव पर रखे जाएंगे ट्रेनों के नाम (naidunia.jagran.com)
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Posted by: Vaibhav Agarwal*^  374 news posts  
अब रेलयात्री अपनी ट्रेनों का नाम खुद तय कर सकेंगे। रेल मंत्रालय किसी क्षेत्र विशेष में चलने वाली ट्रेनों के नाम वहां की जनता के सुझाव पर रखने पर विचार कर रहा है।
रेल राज्य मंत्री मनोज सिन्हा ने इस बात के संकेत दिए। उन्होंने कहा कि रेलवे के साथ जनता की भागीदारी सुनिश्चित करने के लिहाज से मंत्रालय इस संबंध में विचार कर रहा है।
यदि सहमति बनी तो भविष्य में जनता की पसंद के हिसाब से ट्रेनों के नाम रखे जाएंगे। हालांकि इस संबंध में कुछ नियमों का पालन करना होगा। उदाहरण के लिए धार्मिक आधार पर ट्रेनों के नाम नहीं रखे जा सकते।
Yesterday (9:15PM)  चीन की सीमा के पास भारत बिछाएगा चार रेल लाइनें (naidunia.jagran.com)
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चीन से सटी सीमा के नजदीक भारत चार रेल लाइनें बिछाएगा। इसका सर्वे करने के लिए रेलवे को निर्देश दे दिया गया है। रणनीतिक तौर पर अहम मानी जाने वाली इन रेल लाइन का विस्तार अरुणाचल प्रदेश, असम, हिमाचल प्रदेश और जम्मू-कश्मीर में होगा। इसकी लंबाई करीब एक हजार किलोमीटर होगी। जानकारों के अनुसार, इसका इंजीनियरिंग सर्वे करने पर ही करीब 200 करोड़ रुपए खर्च होंगे।
सर्वे को पूरा करने में करीब दो साल लग सकते हैं। रेल लाइन मिसामारी से तवांग के बीच 378 किलोमीटर लंबी, असम-अरुणाचल प्रदेश, उत्तरी लखीमपुर से सिलापथर तक 248 किलोमीटर की, असम से अरुणाचल प्रदेश, मुरकोंगसेलेक-पासीघाट-तेजू-परशुराम कुंड-रुपई के बीच 256 किलोमीटर और हिमाचल प्रदेश-जम्मू एवं कश्मीर, बिलासपुर-मंडी-मनाली-लेह के बीचच 498 किलोमीटर लंबी रेल लाइन बिछाने की योजना है। पटरी बिछाने के लिए पहाड़ में कई सुरंगें खोदनी होंगी।
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भारत के रेल लाइन बिछाने का चीन विरोध कर सकता है। अभी हाल ही में भारत द्वारा चीन की सीमा के पास सड़क बनाने के फैसले का उसने खुलकर विरोध किया था। इस पर भारत ने अपना रुख साफ करते हुए कहा था कि भारत को अपनी जमीन पर काम करने के लिए किसी से पूछने की जरूरत नहीं है। उधर, भारत से सटी सीमा के नजदीक चीन ने सड़कों और रेल ट्रैक पहले ही जाल बिछा दिया है।
Yesterday (9:06PM)  भोपाल-रीवा दीपावली स्पेशल ट्रेन कैंसिल (www.bhaskar.com)
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Oct 22 2014 (9:06PM)
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Posted by: Vaibhav Agarwal*^  374 news posts  
रेलवेप्रशासन ने भोपाल से रीवा के बीच 23 24 अक्टूबर को चलाई जाने वाली दीपावली स्पेशल ट्रेन कैंसिल कर दी हैं।
रेल मंडल के जनसंपर्क अधिकारी केके दुबे के अनुसार पर्याप्त संख्या में यात्री मिलने के कारण यह गाड़ियां कैंसिल की गई हैं। इन गाड़ियों को क्रमश: 02183 02184 नंबरों से चलाने की घोषणा रेलवे प्रशासन ने की थी।
Yesterday (6:54PM)  ECoR to run 5 special train to Secundrabad for RRC exam- results.amarujala.com (results.amarujala.com)
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East Coastal Railways (ECoR) has decided to run five special trains between Bhubaneswar and Secundrabad for the candidates appearing in the Railway Recruitment Cell examination scheduled to be held next month, officials said here.
Bhubaneswar-Secunderabad special train would leave Bhubaneswar at 2210 hours every Friday between October 31 to November 28 and arrive at Secunderabad at 2100 hours on the following days.
On its return journey, Secunderabad-Bhubaneswar special train would leave Secunderabad at 1800 hours on every Sunday between November 2 to November 30 and arrive Bhubaneswar at 1630 hours on the next days during the period, they said.
Yesterday (10:54AM)  22 से दौड़ेगी फैजाबाद-अनवरगंज एक्सप्रेस - Faizabad-anwarganj express running on 22 October -Patrika.com (www.patrika.com)
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लखनऊ। भारत सरकार के रेल बजट 2014-15 में प्रस्तावित स्पेशल ट्रेन का संचालन आज मंगलवार को फैजाबाद से किया जाएगा। यह ट्रेन प्रतिदिन लखनऊ से होते हुए उन्नाव, कानपुर, और अनवरगंज तक दौड़ेगी। इस ट्रेन के चलने से हजारों दैनिक यात्रियों को राहत मिलेगी जिसके चलते उनमें हर्ष का माहौल है।
उत्तर रेलवे लखनऊ मंडल के वाणिज्य प्रबंधक ने बताया कि यह ट्रेन ( 14221/14222 ) का शुभारंभ सासंद लल्लू सिहं करेंगे तथा यह ट्रेन 22 से प्रतिदिन चलेगी। यह गाड़ी फैजाबाद से सुबह 5.05 बजे चलेगी तथा अनवरगंज सुबह 10.20 पर पहुंचेगी।
इसी तरह यह अनवरगंज से दोपहर 12.55 पर चलेगी जो लखनऊ दोपहर 2.40 पर पहुंचेगी और यह गाड़ी उसी दिन फैजाबाद शाम छह बजे पहुंचेगी। - See more at: click here
Yesterday (10:52AM)  IRCTC, City Bank partner to facilitate passenger buy Rail tickets on EMI (www.railnews.co.in)
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नई दिल्ली New Delhi: Indian Railways and Citibank have partnered to offer IRCTC website users the ability to pay ticket fares in monthly installments (EMIs).
At present, the facility is available for Citibank credit card subscribers.
IRCTC users will have to click on the EMI option on the payment screen, instead of credit card, debit card, cash card, and net banking to avail the service. Users will then need to select Citibank from the dropdown, feed in their Citibank credit card details and authorize the payment of the entire ticket fare. Users can then pay back Citibank in monthly installments.

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Kishor CBE chain 1Σ17262 19275 14795 19330**   3845 blog posts   122 correct pred (62% accurate)  
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Is EMI limited to only City Bank ? or is extended to all Banks listed for "online payment' in 'make payment' page

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The news item clearly states "Citi Bank". Obviously only Citi Bank credit card holders are eligible.

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Looting gets emi facility .. Great
When a tkt from sbc to vskp goes at 7000₹ and for 4 ppl, it will be close to 29000₹, how can a salaried person afford to pay at once

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railway is doing business :P

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Agree, Railways is no longer a carrier meant to cater to the masses.
Yesterday (10:51AM)  China’s ‘Railway Development Fund’ to help ease CRC’s financial woes (www.railnews.co.in)
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बीजिंग Beijing: China’s newly established railway development fund might serve as an expedient measure to help finance the country’s railroad construction projects over the next two years and help ease financial pressure on the China Railway Corporation (CRC) as it is mired in heavy debt after it took over a portion of business from the former Ministry of Railways in 2013, Guangzhou’s Southern Weekly reports.
The fund was established on Sept. 25 to attract private investment into the railway sector to financially support the CRC, according to the paper. CRC is the fund’s major backer, and the individual investment arms of the four banks will act as investors in the fund.
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the Agricultural Bank of China and China Construction Bank, as well as the Fujian province-based Industrial Bank Co.
The fund’s duration will be 15 to 20 years and will ensure stable and reasonable returns on investment.
The country is currently facing a shortfall in capital for several of the construction projects related to new rail lines, with some high speed railways facing particularly sizeable shortages.
For a long time, investment in the construction of railways had been under the jurisdiction of the government, with the capital sourced mainly from the central and local governments, along with it issuing bonds and taking loans from banks. Bank loans contributed the lion’s share of the capital.
Since the 2008 financial crisis, China has begun investing aggressively in railway construction to maintain steady economic growth. As a result, the Ministry of Railways had spent 663.8 billion yuan (US$108 billion) as of 2013 and the massive outlay earmarked to upgrade the country’s rail network gave rise to institutionalized graft within the ministry.
Before the Ministry of Railways was disbanded in 2013 when railway construction still fell under the jurisdiction of the ministry, it has not come under pressure for the repayment of its huge debt. However, the situation changed after the CRC was established, since the central government has become even more enthusiastic about investing in railway construction, forcing the company to take on more and more debt, according to the report.
Yesterday (10:50AM)  Cabinet nod for Kochi Metro extension to Kakkanad soon (www.railnews.co.in)
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कोच्चि Kochi: Chief minister Oommen Chandy said that the cabinet will soon give its nod to extend the Metro rail to Kakkanad. After holding a meeting to review the progress of Metro rail works on Monday, Chandy expressed his satisfaction over the work so far. Later, he said the Metro would be completed as per schedule.
The meeting decided to take urgent measures to ensure the timely completion of the rail project. The chief minister requested mayor Tony Chammany to hand over the land and building owned by the corporation near south railway station for the Metro station.
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a par with that given to other local bodies for surrendering land for development projects.
The railway is expected to surrender their land near Ernakulam south railway station for the Metro rail soon. The revenue department has given Rs 24 crore to railways.
The matter is pending before the office of the general manager, Southern Railway.
The rules will be notified in a month, he said. However, the district administration will acquire land forcibly if land owners are not ready to part with their land even after repeated pleas by the government.
While Rs 10 crore is needed to acquire land for Pachalam ROB, around Rs 19 crore will be required for the work on ROB till March, 2015.
Later, the chief minister unveiled the miniature design of the Metro station. Chandy was accompanied by DMRC principal advisor E Sreedharan, KMRL MD Elias George, minister for power and railways Aryadan Mohammed, revenue minister Adoor Prakash and excise minister K Babu among others.
Yesterday (10:49AM)  Integral Coach Factory to roll out more Stainless Steel Coaches (www.railnews.co.in)
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पेरम्बूर Perambur (PER): All coaches that are rolled out by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) here will be made of stainless steel by 2019.
Last fiscal, 25 LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch) stainless steel coaches were made. This year, 75 coaches will be rolled out, Ashok K Agarwal, General Manager, ICF, told reporters here on Tuesday.
By 2015-16, it will be scaled up to 300 coaches and the next year, 600. While the conventional coaches have a lifespan of 25 years, stainless steel coaches would increase the lifespan by 10 years.
“We will also be introducing bi-directional swing doors for all AC coaches. The railway board has requested us to work on the design and we have submitted it,” Mr. Agarwal said. This would
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allow passengers to exit easily in case of emergency.
At present, doors in AC coaches open only inwards. For the existing coaches the swing doors will be retrofitted at the maintenance workshop. The process will begin in six months.
The ICF, which was set up in 1955 with Swiss collaboration, has rolled out 48,708 coaches till September 2014. Last year, 1,622 coaches were made here, for which it received ‘Best Production Unit’ award from the Railway Ministry.
This fiscal, the Chennai unit has made 824 coaches in the first six months, a 24.5 per cent jump when compared to the corresponding period last year.
“The railway board target for this year is 1,696 coaches. We will end up making 1,710 coaches,” Mr. Agarwal said.
On why the ICF does not participate in Metro rail bids, Mr. Agarwal, said, “The railway board decides participation in such bids. In future if any client approaches us, we will take it to the board.”
Yesterday (10:47AM)  South Central Railway to prepare Standard Protocol to handle Natural Calamities (www.railnews.co.in)
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सिकंदराबाद Secunderabad (SC): The South Central Railway decided to formulate a standard protocol today to tackle any emergency arising out of natural calamities like Cyclone Hudhud.
SCR General Manager P K Srivastava held a safety review meeting with senior railway officials in this connection to discuss the protocol, The SCR said in a release issued here today.
“While complimenting railway officials for quick restoration of railway tracks, Srivastava underscored the need to ensure that railway track structure could withstand the fury of nature, especially by making the track non-susceptible to breaches due to heavy rains,” the SCR release said.
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a length of 350 metres on the Visakhapatnam rail route last week, it said.
Srivastava directed the Divisional Railway Manager to study the topography and geographical conditions in the vicinity of railway tracks and vital installations situated in cyclone-prone areas, in detail, the release said.
“He emphasised that preventive steps like appropriate diversion of nearby canals, proper de-silting of cross culverts passing across the track, provision of adequate water way at narrow cross culverts where water gushes across the railway track with more force and putting in place additional pipes and stone pitching near the track should be taken up on a priority basis to avoid the possibility of erosion of earth or breaches to the railway track,” the release said.
The SCR general manager instructed senior officials to thoroughly inspect vulnerable areas and undertake corrective work to avoid any scope for tracks getting affected in case of cyclones or heavy rains, the release said.
“In this connection, South Central Railway has initiated preparation of a standard protocol with details of micro-level plans on preventive measures to be taken, preparatory steps to be put in place, including mobilisation of men and material, to meet any emergency situation.It has also clearly defined roles of various agencies involved in relief and restoration activities,” the release said.
Yesterday (10:46AM)  Japanese majors eye Railways Electric Loco supply deal as India looks at Tech transfer (www.railnews.co.in)
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नई दिल्ली New Delhi: Japanese majors, such as Toshiba, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric and Mitsui are keen on participating in the supply of 200 electric locomotives to Indian Railways for use on the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor and its feeder lines.
Last week, these firms participated in a pre-bid meeting held in the Railway Ministry, said sources. The locomotive project entails designing, manufacturing, supplying, installing, testing and commissioning 700 kW electric locomotives and also constructing a maintenance depot, along with a transfer of technology component.
Japanese firms are keen on the project because the locomotive supplies are a part of the tied loan extended by Japan to fund the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor. The loan condition stipulates that 30 per cent should be procured from Japanese firms.
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However, in keeping with the Prime Minister’s ‘Make in India’ mantra, the Railway Ministry has mandated that the winning firm should transfer the technology to at least two vendors in India, one of which should be the Indian Railways’ production unit – Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW).
The tender stipulates that 40 locomotives will be imported from Japan, 30 will be assembled in India from semi- knocked down (SKD) components, and another 30 will be assembled in India from completely knocked down kits.
Another 100 locomotives will be built with indigenised components manufactured by third part vendors in India, of which 40 locomotives will source traction motors, bogies and body shell from CLW’s factories at Dankuni or Chittaranjan.
Apart from having to maintain imported locomotives, the winning bidder will have to maintain 100 locomotives manufactured in India for six years. “This clause will also ensure that the transfer of technology to Indian firms has been done in the best possible way,” said an official.
The Western Dedicated Freight Corridor is being built between Dadri and Jawaharlal Nehru Port, with a ¥136 billion loan from Japanese International Cooperation Agency. The loan, which has a 40-year tenure, was extended at 0.2 per cent. The corridor is expected to handle double-stack container movement
Yesterday (10:45AM)  मालगाड़ी की तीन बोगी पटरी से उतरी - three bogies derailed of a goods train -Patrika.com (www.patrika.com)
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हजारीबाग/बरकाकाना। रविवार की रात करीब 11 बजे एक खाली मालगाड़ी के तीन डिब्बे पटरी से उतर गए। साथ ही बिजली के खंभे व रेलवे पटरी लगभग 300 मीटर तक क्षतिग्रस्त हो गई। घटना से बरकाकाना-बरवाडीह का मुख्य रेल मार्ग साथ ही बरकाकाना-गोमो मुख्य मार्ग बाधित हो गया
यह मालगाड़ी दस नंबर रेलवे साइडिंग से कोयला खाली कर भुरकुंडा की ओर जा रही थी। इसी दौरान मालगाड़ी की तीन बोगियां पटरी से नीचे उतर गई। इस घटना के घटित होने से कुछ ज्यादा जान-माल की हानि नहीं हुई है। रेलवे जांच में लगा है कि आखिर यह घटना हुई कैसे, कहां गड़बड़ी थी। - See more at: click here
Yesterday (10:44AM)  BEML Ltd bags INR 5.7bn Order from DMRC (www.railnews.co.in)
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बंगलौर Bangalore (SBC): BEML Ltd:Says it has bagged a prestigious order of 5.7 bln Indian Rupees from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation for the supply of 70 Cars which are in addition to 92 Cars being manufactured for Delhi Metro.
Yesterday (10:43AM)  Jharkhand renews MoU with Rlys, earmark Rs.66.18 Cr for long-pending track laying works (www.railnews.co.in)
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रांची Ranchi (RNC): The Jharkhand cabinet today resolved to renew the MoU between the state and railways for its long-pending track-laying projects till March 2017, earmarking Rs 66.18 crore in fiscal 2014-15 for their speedy completion.
The move follows October 16-17 visit of Union railway minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda who promised all possible help to poll-bound Jharkhand to complete the projects. For this, Gowda asked the state government to release funds as early as possible.
“This financial year, a sum of Rs 66.18 crore has been earmarked. The cabinet has also resolved to renew the period of MoU (between state government and railways for track laying work) till March 2017,” cabinet secretary J.B. Tubid said.
The cabinet counted six pending track-laying projects, work
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on which had started in 2002, comprising stretches of Koderma-Hazaribagh-Barkakana-Ranchi, Ranchi-Lohardaga-Tori, Koderma-Giridih, Koderma-Tilaiya, Dumka-Rampurhat and Deoghar-Dumka.
For all practical purposes, tracks have been laid on the Deoghar-Dumka stretch. Ranchi Dumka Intercity Express runs on it. The cabinet referred to “six” projects possibly for convenience.
State government officials maintained that out of total 565km lines under six projects, so far 365km were complete.
The MoU between the railways and state government, after extensions, expired in March 2013. About a couple of months ago, the state cabinet resolved to renew the agreement till February 2016 on condition that the projects would be completed in the given time or else Railway Board would bear all costs. It is learnt that the railways did not find the deadline feasible.
Inflation has been a thorny problem. When the projects started in 2002, the total cost was estimated at Rs 1,997 crore with the state’s share being 67 per cent. Later, Centre and state shares were revised to an equal 50 per cent each. But, with the passage of time, costs have escalated some three-fold, with latest estimates putting the total expense at Rs 5,775 crore. So far, the state has given over Rs 2,219 crore to the Railway Board for these projects. It needs to give around Rs 1,002 crore more
Yesterday (10:42AM)  Mauritius selects Shapoorji Pallonji Group’s AFCONS Infra Ltd for Light Rail System (www.railnews.co.in)
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मॉरीशस Mauritius: The Ministry of Public Infrastructure has awarded a partnership of Indian construction company AFCONS Infrastructure Ltd and CAF a contract to build a 37 km light rail line from the capital Port Louis to Curepipe.
Much of the route, known locally as métro leger, would use the alignment of the standard gauge Mauritius Government Railways’ Midland Line, which closed in 1964. There would be 20 stops, some of which will be designed as hubs for bus feeder services.
Of the 11 companies submitting expressions of interest in April 2013, six were shortlisted, with only AFCONS and China State Construction Engineering Co responding to the request for proposals in November. CSCE was subsequently disqualified, as it has been blacklisted by the World Bank.
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AFCONS and CAF submitted both a base proposal and an alternative proposal, which were assessed by project consultant Singapore Co-operation Enterprise. Its quote was reduced from an initial US$862m to US$786m.
The Indian government is providing a US$600m credit line, with US$200m at 1% interest and US$400m at less than 2%. The remaining US$250m will be raised on the local market. The government has pledged that light rail will be no more expensive to use than buses when it opens in October 2018.
Yesterday (10:41AM)  SCR bags two ‘Performance Efficiency’ Shields at All India Level from Railway Minister (www.railnews.co.in)
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सिकंदराबाद Secunderabad (SC): South Central Railway has been bestowed with the prestigious Performance Efficiency Shields in 2 Categories (Departments) at All India Level for best performance amongst all Zones on Indian Railways for the year 2013-14. These are – Stores Department and Electrical Engineering Traction Shields.
South Central Railway excelled in all fields of Stores activities (Materials Management) during FY 2013-14 due to which SCR Stores department has been adjudged as the best and awarded Stores Shield for the Materials Management by Railway Board.
The availability of Safety items was maintained at 100% level throughout the year and the overall availability of items was at 99.85%. Stores Department of SCR has introduced 100% e-Procurement, e-Auction and Materials Management Information System which has resulted in improving efficiency / transparency to a great extent.
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Photo 1SCR has also been awarded Electrical Engineering Traction Shield on account of safe, reliable, efficient maintenance & operation of assets in Electric Traction Distribution and Electric Rolling Stock including Electricl Locos/EMUs/MEMUs. The improvement in safety, punctuality and reduction in energy consumption was achieved by reduction of failures of assets and improvement in availability and reliability.
In addition to above, during the year 2013-14, a total of 106 route Kms (equivalent to 300 track Kms) of Over Head Electrical line was energized which include Tadipatri – Guntakal section and 2nd line from Venkatachalam Road Jn. to Krishnapatnam. Four major Sections viz., Guntakal-Wadi, Gooty-Dharmavaram, Nallapadu-Guntakal and Vijayawada-Machilipatnam-Narsapur section are under electrification.
Cost of Maintenance & Operation on Electric Traction was also brought down improving overall Operating Ratio of SCR. The electrical trains achieved improved performance of punctuality of both long distance trains and commuter trains. On freight train operations, highest ever 103977 Million Gross Train Kms were carried by Electrical trains over SCR.
These Performance Shields for exemplary performance of SCR were presented tO Shri P.K.Srivastava, General Manager/SCR by Shri D.V.Sadananda Gowda, Hon’ble Minister for Railways as part of the 59th Annual Railway Week Central celebrations held at Bangalore, this month recently.
Yesterday (10:39AM)  Ex-MD of Alstom Transport India to face bribery charge in UK (www.railnews.co.in)
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लंडन London: A former managing director of Alstom Transport India, the first person to face charges in connection with a bribery investigation into the UK subsidiary of the French train and turbine giant, will appear in court next month.
At a preliminary hearing at Southwark Crown Court in London earlier this month, Robert Hallett, former managing director of Alstom Transport India, was among some of the company officials requisitioned to appear before Southwark Crown Court in reference to the allegations.
A preliminary hearing date will be fixed for him when he appears before the court on November 3.
A number of officials from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) also allegedly received bribes from the UK firm, a British court was told at
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the hearing on October 6.
Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) had issued legal proceedings against Alstom Network UK Limited on bribery charges in India, Poland and Tunisia.
The fraud investigator believes the firm may have paid around USD 8.5 million in bribes over a period of six years to secure contracts in Delhi, Warsaw and Tunis.
Simon Farrell for the prosecution laid out details of alleged recipients of the bribe payments in all three regions but did not name any officials from DMRC.
A case management hearing will now take place on January 28, 2015, and the deadline for evidence to be submitted to the court is November 18.
The detailed charge in reference to the DMRC states: “Alstom Network UK Limited (formerly Alstom International Limited) together with certain of its directors and others between the 1st day of August 2000 and the 9th day of August 2006 did corruptly give or agree to give payments to an official or officials or other agents of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd.”
It states that
i) the sum of INR 19,895,000 disguised as payments ii) the sum of 3,131,600 Euros disguised as a payment in respect of a Consultancy as inducements or rewards for showing favour to the Alstom Group in relation to the award or performance of a contract with the said Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd for a Train Control, Signaling and Telecommunications System for the Delhi Metro Phase 1 (‘SYS 1′).
“An offence contrary to section 1 Prevention of Corruption Act 1906.”
The SFO investigation commenced as a result of information provided by the Office of the Attorney General in Switzerland concerning the Alstom Group, in particular Alstom Network UK Limited. The UK’s financial watchdog had filed charges back in July
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