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Today (1:35AM)  Indian Railways revenue from commodity-wise freight up by over 14.72% (www.railnews.co.in)

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Aug 23 2014 (1:35AM)
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नई दिल्ली New Delhi: The Indian Railways Revenue Earning has been upped by 14.72 percent during the month of July 2014 and 9.30 percent during April to July 2014 from commodity-wise freight traffic.
The revenue has risen to Thirty Two Thousand Four Hundred and Fifty One (32451.31) crores of rupees as compared to Twenty Nine Thousand Six Hundred and Ninety crores of rupees (29690.16) during the corresponding period last year.
Railways carried 357.58 million tonnes of commodity-wise freight traffic during April-July 2014 registering an increase of 4.25 per cent
Today (1:32AM)  SKF to launch 45T Operational Axle Load new class Compact Tapered Roller Bearings (www.railnews.co.in)

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हैदराबाद Hyderabad: SKF India will show a series of innovative solutions that enhance efficiency and performance at the InnoTrans Fair in Berlin this September, including a new class of compact tapered roller bearing for freight with a 45-ton operational axle load. SKF will be demonstrating its latest solutions for rail that enhance efficiency and performance, at the InnoTrans fair in Berlin from 23th-26th September. Included will be the new class of heavy haul compact tapered roller bearing units (CTBU) from SKF, the world’s first freight bearing rated to 45 tons for operational axle load.
The new CTBU enables increased weight to be carried in freight cars designed for heavy hauls, enabling rail operators to increase profitability by hauling more product with the same train length. “The SKF CTBU is the only heavy haul bearing rated to 45 ton axle load
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on the market,” says Mikael Rydstrom, Global Business Development Manager, Railway and Off Highway Business Unit “This represents a transportation capacity increase from existing solutions of up to 10 tons, allowing customers to increase transported weight of product in existing or new wagon fleets. The new solution was developed as a direct result of customer requests and meets the needs of railway operators who are trending towards carrying heavier loads worldwide.”
Also on display at InnoTrans will be a new generation of tapered roller bearing units for EMU/DMU and passenger cars, which offer extended bearing service life and reduce the risk of bearing fatigue failures. This next generation bearing unit for 160-250km/h trains will be a valuable tool that helps many OEMs and end users to increase safety and match bearing maintenance with wheelset maintenance intervals.
SKF will also be demonstrating monitoring solutions that maximise efficiency in rail applications, including the SKF Microlog handheld analyser tool for various railway applications, and the SKF Multilog On-line System IMx-B – the first wireless full bogie subsystem monitoring solution on the market, capable of online monitoring of wheelset bearings as well as drive system bearings. There will also be on-board and railside lubrication systems on show and a ‘technology preview’ of the SKF InsightTM for freight and passenger rail applications.
SKF continues to increase its Lubrication Systems capabilities to provide customized solutions for the rail industry. With the acquisition of the Lincoln brand in 2010, SKF now offers a complete portfolio of products for wear and noise reduction applications.
SKF’s product range at InnoTrans will include wheel flange lubrication systems to reduce wheel wear and wayside lubrication systems to reduce wear on the gauge face. Suitable for railroad, metro and tramway applications, both systems minimize rail wear and noise emission, including curve squealing.
SKF has recently added new products and services for rail operators to its BeyondZero portfolio, a series of solutions that improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and support more environmentally friendly energy production. These are the SKF Low Weight Railway End Cap, the SKF Low Friction Railway Bearing Seal, and SKF railway wheelset bearing remanufacturing services
Today (1:25AM)  For safety of women commuters, GRP sets up special teams (indianexpress.com)

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Special women GRP teams have been constituted under the Nirbhaya squad for women commuters on Western Railways.
To step up security of women commuters in local trains, the Government Railway Police (GRP) has constituted three teams of 14 women personnel under the Nirbhaya squad to man compartments reserved for women commuters on Western Railway. Similar teams already exist on Central Railway. “Special women GRP teams have been constituted under the Nirbhaya squad for women commuters on WR and five commando groups will also be patrolling stations,” said Dr. Ravindra Kumar Singal, Commissioner of Police (Railways).
The commissioner said that GRP is assessing vulnerable locations at stations, including those which are dimly lit, to increase patrolling there and also have continuous deployment at those locations.
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Singal said that GRP has identified areas where a high number of chain snatching cases are reported.
“We are also preparing a databank where the pictures and related details of the accused are circulated among the staff so that cops at all stations are aware of the accused,” said the commissioner.
The GRP is also working on collaborating with mohalla committees and passenger groups to improve monitoring of stations and trains.
“Often people witness incidents of harassment and take pictures or videos. However, such evidence may not reach us. We will be working with passenger groups so that they can help us in improving monitoring at stations,” said Singal.
Today (1:23AM)  IRCTC Windows App disappoint users (www.railnews.co.in)

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नई दिल्ली New Delhi: In September last year, the ministry of railways quietly announced an application for users of its e-ticket portal Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC), but made it available only for Windows phone and Windows 8 device users, who account for less than 10 per cent in the Indian market.
The app, which is available free-of-cost on then Windows store, has been rated four stars by 2,199 users since September 2013, when it was launched. However, most users of the Windows operating system who have tried to use the app have been disappointed so far.
“The app requires you to generate a TPIN before logging in. It took me multiple tries and over 30 minutes before I gave up the attempt,” said city-based school teacher Prerna Maggu.
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“I managed to generate the TPIN, but when I tried to book a ticket, the site was down for maintenance,” said Bangalore-based IT professional Mayur Naidu.
Reviews like these abound on the Windows Store. Problems range from not being able to book or cancel tickets, to slow connection issues and the app not syncing with the online application.
The app can be used to “plan a trip, make railway reservations, check the PNR status and perform all the tasks already available on the IRCTC website,” the press note from the railways ministry had said last year.
Last week, the ministry had announced a Train Enquiry Mobile App on the Window platform, which will be followed by an Android version soon.
In the second quarter last year, the Android operating system accounted for 91 per cent of the Indian market, according to market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) data. Only 5.4 per cent of Indian users preferred Windows OS. According to CyberMedia Research, Windows platform accounted for 3 per cent and 1.5 per cent of the India smartphone market in the first and second quarter, respectively, this year.
“It is a very misplaced strategy for India. IRCTC has not done its due diligence,” said Greyhound Research CEO Sanchit Vir Gogia. “An app that serves a large section of the public should not be limited to one vendor,” he added.
Similar to IRCTC, Jet Airways had also launched an App exclusively for Windows in May last year. It later followed it up with apps for Android and Apple’s iOS to cater to a wider user base. The IRCTC has not announced plans to develop its App on any other OS so far.
Several attempts to reach IRCTC officials did not elicit a response. “Microsoft helps entities such as IRCTC develop an app, but once it is up and running, it is the responsibility of the publisher to maintain it and ensure smooth functioning,” a Microsoft spokesperson said.
Today (1:22AM)  Double-decker train stranded on maiden run (indianexpress.com)
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The Goa-bound train, which started from LTT at 5.30 am, was stuck at Roha after loco pilot refused to go further.
The first journey of the air-conditioned double-decker train from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) to Goa turned to be a damp squib as it was halted for an hour at the Roha railway station after no replacement for the locopilot was arranged on time. Train 02005 holiday special left LTT at 5.30 am and was scheduled to halt at Thane, Panvel, Chiplun, Ratnagiri and Karmali. An additional operational halt was provided at Roha between 8.20 am and 8.25 am for change of crew, in line with a recent notification of the CR on August 14.
At 8.20 am, the holiday special train ferrying around 500 passengers halted at the Roha station. However,
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the five-minute operational halt continued till 9.40 am as no replacement for locopilot was provided by railway authorities.
Since the train was running through Central Railway (CR) and Konkan Railway (KR), a confusion over the provision of train crew resulted in the delay. During the operational halt, the CR train crew, comprising locopilot, assistant locopilot and guard, were to be replaced by a KR crew.
According to senior CR officers, while replacement for a guard and assistant locopilot were present, a locopilot was not available.
KR officers claimed that the locopilot refused to continue the journey despite the 10-hour working rule. Since Roha is just three hours from LTT, KR officers maintained that he was duty-bound to bring the train up to Ratnagiri, which is eight hours from LTT.
“A replacement of the locopilot was to be provided at Ratnagiri,” said a KR officer. Following the incident, action has been initiated against locopilot B P Singh. Senior officers said he was following rules.”KR authorities were informed about the notification and the change of crew prior to the train undertaking its first journey. If the crew was not required to be changed, as claimed by KR, why would the CR halt the train at Roha,” said a CR officer, who did not wish to be named.
Today (1:20AM)  Railway Minister Gives Away Cash Award to Railway Sportspersons for Winning Medals at CWG-2014, Glasgow (indiaeducationdiary.in)
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New Delhi: The Minister of Railways Shri D.V.Sadananda Gowda gave away cash awards to those Indian Railway sportspersons, who as a part of Indian contingent, won medals for India at recently concluded Commonwealth Games-2014, (CWG) at Glasgow, Scotland, at a felicitation function in New Delhi today. The cash awards are Rs. 25 lakh for winning Gold Medal, Rs. 20 for Silver Medal and Rs. 15 lakh for winning Bronze Medal 
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of Railways Shri D.V.Sadananda Gowda said that it made the heart of each railway man swell with pride to see the Indian Railways athletes win laurels for the country and kept the country’s flag flying high in the recently concluded 20th CWG held at Glasgow, Scotland from 21st July to 3rd August 2014. He said that whenever there is a call by the country to
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perform – Indian Railway delivers, whether it is in the field of transportation or in the field of sports. The Railway Minister said that right from 1928 when Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) was constituted, Indian Railways has gone from strength, never waving in our commitment to the promotion of sports. With an annual recruitment to around 500 sportspersons each year, Indian Railways strive to indentify and promote the best sporting talent in the country. Railway coaches also have been instrumental in shaping up the Indian sportspersons and form a sizable part of the national team. 
While congratulating the railway sportspersons for their outstanding performance in CWG, the Railway Minister assured railway sportspersons that RSPB will continue to provide all support so that they can concentrate and strive to deliver excellence on the field. He hoped that a sizable contingent from Indian Railways will represent India in the forthcoming Asian Games in South Korea in September 2014 and continue to do the nation proud. 
Shri Arunendra Kumar, Chairman, Railway Board, stated that sportspersons of Indian railways have been performing well in the sports arena and always shown great enthusiasm. He said the Ministry of Railways is committed to the cause of sports and games in the county and will continue to promote this sector in the best possible way. He also congratulated Railway players who won medal at the Glasgow CWG-14. 
In his opening remarks, Member Staff, Railway Board, and President RSPB, Shri A.K..Mital said that Indian Railways takes immense pride in the fact the Railway family has 3 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, 19 Padamshree, 147 Arjun, 8 Dhyanchand, 6 Dronacharya awardees. The contribution of Railway sportspersons, as a part of Indian contingent in CWG-14, has been significant. Out of total 64 Medals won by India, Railway players bagged 9 Medals. The performance of Railway weightlifters and wrestlers in particular has been remarkable. They have contributed two Gold, four Silver and three Bronze Medals. The names of the Gold Medal winners are – Shri Sushil Kumar: Men’s freestyle 74 kg wrestling (Northern Railway), Shri Satish Sivalingam: Men’s 77 kg weightlifting (Southern Railway) , Silver Medal winners are Shri Mandeep Jangra: Men’s 69 kg boxing (Northern Railway), Shri Chinglensana Singh: Hockey (Western Railway) , Ms. Ayonika Paul: Women’s 10 metre air rifle shooting (Central Railway), Shri Rajeev Tomar: Men’s freestyle 125 kg wrestling (Northern Railway) and Bronze Medal winners are- Ms. Pinki Rani: Women’s 48-51 kg boxing (North Western Railway), Ms. Swati Singh: Women’s 53 kg weightlifting (North Eastern Railway), Shri Omkar Otari: Men’s 69 kg weightlifting (Western Railway).. 
He said that Railway Minister’s generous awards will go a long way in encouraging the Railway sportspersons to perform excellently in the international arena as well as reinforcing their faith in Railways’ commitment to the sporting cause. 
Also present on the occasion among others, were Member Engineering, Railway Board, Shri V.K.Gupta, Member Traffic, Railway Board Shri D.P.Pande, Member Mechanical, Railway Board, Shri Alok Johri and Financial Commissioner Ms. Rashmi Kapoor. Director (Sports) and Secretary RSPB Ms. Rekha Yadav conducted the proceedings.
Today (1:17AM)  South Eastern Railway stops train movement for 45 minutes to allow elephants to cross tracks (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

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KOLKATA: Efforts to save wild elephants from being run over by trains seems to be moving in the right direction. On Thursday night, South Eastern Railway (SER) stopped movement of all trains In the Rourkela — Jharsuguda section of the Chakradharpur Division for 45 minutes to allow nearly 22 pachyderms to cross the tracks that pass through an elephant corridor in the Sundargarh district of Odisha. The speed of trains that started moving after this was restricted along a seven km stretch.
"Around 10 pm on Thursday, the Chakradharpur Division received an urgent message from the forest department of Odisha regarding a herd of 22 elephants spotted close to the tracks between the Kalunga and Kansbahal stations. The 12151 Lokmanya Tilak - Samarsata Express was passing that spot at that time. The loco pilot was immediately contacted over the walkie-talkie and
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asked to proceed with extreme caution in 'whistle blowing continuously' mode. As soon as this train was out of that stretch, all movement was suspended for the next 45 minutes till the forest department sent us clearance," said Soumitra Majumdar, chief passenger transportation manager, SER.
According to him, the stretch is a busy one and several trains had to be 'controlled' at stations till clearance was received. "Even after 10.45pm, we issued a speed restriction of 50 km per hour on trains passing the stretch till 6 am on Friday. At 50 km per hour, a loco pilot can apply brakes and stop the train if he picks up the silhouette of a jumbo close to the tracks. Normally loco pilots do not overspeed when there are speed restrictions as the penalty is severe," Majumdar said.
In 2013, there have been two elephant run-over cases in SER. One of these occurred on October 14 between the Khemasuli and Sardiha stations in West Bengal. An elephant was found dead on the Up line at 6.42 pm. A herd of elephants were surrounding the carcass, blocking both the Up and Down tracks. On November 26, 2013, the Howrah-bound Geetanjali Express hit an elephant between the Sagra and Sonakhan stations in Odisha.
"We are taking extra effort to ensure better co-ordination with the forest departments regarding elephant crossings. We are taking adequate precautionary steps to ensure that elephants have a safe passage and these majestic animals are not harmed or hit by trains. Regular meetings are held with forest department officials, especially in Rourkela where this problem exists," the CPTM said.
Today (1:16AM)  Major fire averted at heritage Railway building in Chennai (www.business-standard.com)

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A major fire was today averted at the headquarters of the Southern Railway here after fire fighters swiftly doused a blaze that gutted a room on the second floor of the heritage structure.
"A suspected electrical fault triggered a blaze in a 10 x 20 cabin in a corner of the 3,000 sq ft hall on the second floor," Station Officer, Fire and Rescue Services, M Ganesan, who led the fire fighters in the operation, said.
By 3.30 am, the fire was noticed and reported to Fire Control room. Within a few minutes the first fire tender reached the spot from nearby Esplanade Station followed by four others from other fire stations, he said.
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besides electrical wiring were damaged," he said, adding, the entire operation was over in 45 minutes.
The fire might have spread to other rooms since a wooden plank on the window of the cabin extended to the next room.
"We noticed it and fully doused the fire on this plank. If that had not been done quickly it might have posed difficulties and perhaps more damage as it extended to nearby room," he said.
A major fire broke out in the more than a century-old heritage building, housing State Bank of India here, last month, resulting in the collapse of a portion of it, but no one was injured.
Today (1:16AM)  Priority drifts in Railway Budgeting may derail Sabari Rail Project (www.railnews.co.in)

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तिरुवनंतपुरम Tiruvananthapuram (TVC): With the Ministry of Railways under the BJP Government insisting that the Kerala Government bear 50 per cent of the cost of the Sabari Rail project, the State’s dream of having a railway line to the pilgrim centre will likely be shattered.
The State Government has already made it clear that it cannot raise half of the total project amount, which is estimated at Rs.1800 Crore. Though the alignment for the proposed railway line has been completed, the Central Government is yet to consider funding the project.
Jose K Mani MP said that land acquisition for the project in Ernakulam district and alignment in Kottayam district have been completed. However, no fund was earmarked for the Sabari Rail project in this year’s Railway Budget.
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“When the MPs from Kerala met Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda, they had made it clear that the fund should be provided by the Central Government as the project was conceived in 1997-98. A decision in this regard is yet to be taken by the Central Government,” he said.
Aryadan Mohammed, who is in charge of the Railways in Kerala, had informed the Central Government that it was difficult for the State to bear a portion of the total cost.
12tvark02-Sabari_ra_922387eThe proposed project, from Angamaly in Ernakulam district to Azhutha near Sabarimala, has a great potential for pilgrimage tourism as the line will be passing through Bharananganam.
Government chief whip P.C.George, who represents the Poonjar Assembly constituency, said that a dispute over funding was still on between the State and Central governments. He pointed out that the Central Government should be convinced about the need of the Sabari rail.
“There were problems with the alignment in Kottayam and Idukki districts, which delayed the preliminary works of the project. Now, all the hurdles in land acquisition and alignment have been cleared,” he said.
Now, the fund needed for land acquisition has to be mobilised as all the other formalities for the project have been completed, and some of the works have been completed from Angamaly to Kalady. As the delay in starting the project is continuing the project cost will also go up, and the Sabari Rail project could reach a dead end.
The estimated cost of the project, which stood at around Rs 570 crore when it was conceived in 1997-98, has risen to more than Rs 1,800 crore now. If materialised, the project would benefit millions of devotees visiting the Sabarimala temple and the St Alphonsa pilgrimage centre at Bharananganam.
According to former MP P T Thomas, the biggest hurdle in the implementation of the project is the alignment for rail.
“Now, it has been cleared and some of the works up to Kaladay have been completed. Though initially there was some delay in finalising the alignment later it was cleared.
“There is a move from certain quarters to review the alignment, which could delay the project further,” he alleged.
Today (1:16AM)  Onam rush: Southern Railway to run special trains (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

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CHENNAI: Southern Railway has announced special trains from Chennai to Thiruvananthapuram, Mangalore and Ernakulam, between Trichy and Mangalore and between Nagercoil and Mangalore to clear extra rush of passengers during the Onam festival.
Advance reservations for the trains will commence on August 23.
No 06346 Ernakulam Junction-Chennai Central superfast special train will leave Ernakulam at 7pm on September 4 and 11 (Thursdays) and reach Chennai Central at 7.15 am the next day.
No 06345 Chennai Central - Ernakulam Jn. superfast special train will leave Chennai Central at 10.30pm on September 5 and 12 (Fridays) and reach Ernakulam at 10.45am the next day.
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3-tier, 11 sleeper class, 2 general second class and 2 luggage-cum-brake van coaches.
The trains will stop at Aluva, Thrissur, Palakkad, Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Erode, Salem, Jolarpettai, Katpadi and Arakkonam.
No 06346 Ernakulam - Chennai Central superfast special train will stop at Perambur also.
Special trains between Nagercoil - Mangalore Jn
No 06306 Nagercoil - Mangalore Jn special train will leave Nagercoil at 9 pm on September 7, Sunday, and reach Mangalore Jn at 12.45am the next day.
No 06305 Mangalore Jn - Nagercoil special train will leave Mangalore Jn at 2.45pm on September 8, Monday, and reach Nagercoil at 5.50am the next day.
The composition of the trains will be 1 AC 2-tier, 2 AC 3-tier, 12 sleeper class, 3 general second class and 2 luggage-cum-brake van coaches.
The trains will stop at Kulitturai, Parassala, Neyyatinkara, Thiruvananthapuram, Varkala, Kollam, Kayankulam, Chengannur, Tiruvalla, Chenganaseri, Kottayam, Ernakulam Town, Aluva, Thrissur, Shoranur Jn., Kuttipuram, Tirur, Kozhikkode, Vadakara, Thalassery, Kannur, Payyanur, Kanhangad and Kasaragod.
Special trains between Tiruchchirappalli - Mangalore Jn
No 06801 Tiruchchirappalli - Mangalore Jn special train will leave Tiruchchirappalli at 7pm on September 6, Saturday, and reach Mangalore Jn at 9am the next day.
No 06802 Mangalore Jn-Tiruchchirappalli special train will leave Mangalore Jn at 12.30pm on September 7, Sunday, and reach Tiruchchirappalli at 12.20am on September 8, Monday.
The composition of the trains will be 1 AC 2-tier, 2 AC 3-tier, 13 Sleeper Class, 2 General Second Class and 2 luggage-cum-brake van coaches.
The trains will stop at Karur, Erode, Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Shoranur Jn., Kuttipuram, Tirur, Kozhikkode, Vadakara, Thalassery, Kannur, Payyanur, Kanhangad and Kasaragod.
Special trains between Chennai Central - Mangalore Jn
No 06003 Chennai Central - Mangalore Jn. superfast special train will leave Chennai Central at 6.30pm on September 4 and 11 (Thursdays) and reach Mangalore Jn at 11.15am the next day.
No 06004 Mangalore Jn - Chennai Central special train will leave Mangalore Jn at 2.45pm on September 5 and 12 (Fridays) and reach Chennai Central at 7.45am the next day.
The composition of the trains will be 3 AC 2-tier, 3 AC 3-tier, 12 sleeper class, 2 general second class and 2 luggage-cum-brake van coaches.
The trains will stop at Arakkonam, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Shoranur, Kuttipuram, Tirur, Kozhikkode, Vadakara, Thalassery, Kannur, Payyanur, Kanhangad and Kasaragod.
No 06004 Mangalore Jn - Chennai Central special train will stop at Perambur also.
Special train from Thiruvananthapuram to Chennai Central
No 06348 Thiruvananthapuram - Chennai Central special train will leave Thiruvananthapuram at 7pm on September 3, Wednesday, and reach Chennai Central at 11.30 am the next day.
The composition of the train will be 2 AC 2-tier, 2 AC 3-tier, 13 sleeper class and 2 luggage-cum-brake van coaches.
The train will stop at Kollam, Kayankulam, Chengannur, Tiruvalla, Changanassery, Kottayam, Ernakulam Town, Aluva, Thrissur, Palakkad, Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Erode, Salem, Jolarpettai, Katpadi, Arakkonam and Perambur.
Today (1:16AM)  City railway station to get a facelift (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

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Varanasi: A central team of India Tourism and railway authorities visited the city railway station to explore the potential areas of development and tourist amenities on Friday.
The team led by regional director-north, India Tourism Arun Srivastava, along with officials of tourism and railways, inspected the station.
According to sources, there is a plan to invest a fund of Rs 10 crore for Varanasi and other selected railway stations to improve facilities for passengers and tourism amenities, including a waiting hall, fully modernized facility centre for foreigners, integrated passenger enquiry system, and improvement of other facilities. The team will submit the proposal to the ministry for approval.
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tourism Shripad Yesso Naik had made it clear that the city would get prominence in the budgets allocated for tourism promotional activities. The tourism department would spend a fund of Rs 12.5 crore for beautification of 24 railway stations including Varanasi railway station.
Today (1:16AM)  रेलकर्मियों को गोल्डन सम्मान - Golden respect to railway employees - (www.patrika.com)

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इटारसी।रेल विभाग की सेवा में अपनी जिंदगी खपाने वाले रेल कर्मचारियों को उनके रिटायरमेंट पर विभाग गोल्ड प्लेटेड सम्मान देने की तैयारी हो गई है। यह सम्मान रेलवे के सेवानिवृत्त कर्मचारियों को गोल्ड प्लेटेड चांदी के सिक्कों के रूप में दिया जाना है। चार साल बाद रेलवे को इस सम्मान को देने का होश आया है। रेल मंत्रालय ने वर्ष 2007 में सेवानिवृत्त होने वाले कर्मचारियों की सेवा को देखते हुए उनके सम्मान के लिए योजना बनाई थी। योजना के तहत रेल विभाग में बरसों सेवा देने के बाद सेवानिवृत्त होने वाले कर्मचारियों को गोल्ड प्लेटेड चांदी के सिक्के सम्मान स्वरूप दिए जाने के निर्देश जारी किए थे।
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से चालू करने के लिए करीब दो साल की मेहनत के बाद रास्ता बना लिया है। भोपाल मंडल के हिसाब से रेलवे के कार्मिक विभाग ने करीब 2300 सिक्के बुलाए हैं जिनका वितरण जल्द शुरू किया जाएगा। यह सिक्के नवंबर 2011 से मार्च 2013 के बीच भोपाल मंडल में रिटायर हुए कर्मचारियों को भेंट किए जाएंगे। जो दूसरे शहरों मे बस गए हैं उन्हें यह सम्मान देने की व्यवस्था की जाएगी।
सिक्के नहीं बनने की वजह से करीब चार साल से योजना बंद थी। हम इस महत्वपूर्ण योजना को पुरानी तिथि से ही लागू करेंगे और छूट गए सेवानिवृत्त कर्मचारियों को सम्मानित करेंगे। यह रेलवे के लिए भी गौरवान्वित होने का अवसर है।अशोक दुबे, वेलफेअर इंस्पेक्टर इटारसी चार साल बाद लगा ब्रेक
रेल मंत्रालय द्वारा वर्ष 2007 से चालू की गई यह योजना अक्टूबर 2011 तक हर निरंतर चलती रही। इन 4 सालों में भोपाल मंडल के करीब 2300 सेवा निवृत्त कर्मचारियों को यह सम्मान दिया गया मगर उसके बाद सिक्कों का निर्माण नहीं होने से योजना में ब्रेक लग गया। इन चार सालों में हजारों कर्मचारी सेवानिवृत्त हो गए। कई कर्मचारियों के नाम ऎसे भी हैं जो इस दुनिया में नहीं हैं।
Today (1:13AM)  U.P.Government approves Lucknow Metro Rail project Phase-I (www.railnews.co.in)

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U.P.Government approves Lucknow Metro Rail project Phase-I
लखनऊ Lucknow (LKO): Uttar Pradesh government today approved eight km route of Lucknow Metro Rail project’s first phase of North-South corridor for starting work.
The approval was made in a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
The route will be from Transport Nagar to Charbagh railway station on which work would be started with finance from state government agencies with condition that if in any case the Centre did not finance it, the state government would bear its entire expenditure, Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan told reporters here.
The deadline for completion of the work is December 2016.
Today (1:11AM)  India an Important Market for JICA: says DDG/JICA (South Asia Dept.) in an Interview (www.railnews.co.in)

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India is planning massive railway and highway expansion projects, both at the national and state levels, to build up its infrastructure and bring in foreign businesses.
The country has become an ever more important market for many Japanese companies that are seeking to export their infrastructure-related technology and know-how in tandem with the Japanese government.
Katsuo Matsumoto JICAIn a recent interview with RailNews, Katsuo Matsumoto, Deputy Director General of the South Asia Department of the Japan International Cooperation Agency talked about the state of India’s transportation system and the challenges to its improvement, as well as prospects for Japanese businesses. Excerpts of the interview follow:
Q: What is your view of India’s current transportation networks?
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A: India is seeing a rapid increase in traffic and transportation volume, but its social infrastructure projects are not keeping pace. Roads play a central role in India’s transportation, accommodating 85% of total passenger traffic and 60% of total cargo shipment.
The country has a total of 4.11 million kilometers of road, the second most in the world. But it has about half of the world’s average amount of roads in terms of density per person. India’s road traffic volume grows by 9.1% a year, but road construction isn’t fast enough to keep up. Major roads and city streets are severely congested, and so India faces a huge issue.
In 1998, the Indian government mapped out the national highways development project and has since pushed for building highways and main regional roads throughout the country. The Golden Quadrilateral highway network linking Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai has been nearly completed, along with the East-West corridor and the North-South corridor. Currently, the government is working to make multi-lane roads, such as turning two-lane roads into four-lane roads.
Q: Is the government making progress on the construction of expressways?
A: The government is trying to broaden expressway networks through a public-private partnership scheme. Much progress has been made on those expressways in suburbs of major cities as they are considered lucrative projects. In contrast, not many private companies have shown interest in expressway construction in rural areas due to poor profitability, and things have stalled over the past few years.
Q: India is also known for its railway network. What kind of issues does India’s railway system face today?
A: As a former British colony, India has a history of extensive railway networks. Its total railway track length exceeds 65,000 km, the fourth-largest in the world. Even with the railways, cargo transport is increasing at about 15% a year in volume, with its transportation capacity nearing the limit.
Q: There has been much attention on whether India will adopt the Japanese high-speed train system. What is your take on that?
A: Japan and India have jointly financed a business feasibility study on a high-speed train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai. Many Indians take domestic flights between major cities, so there must be strong demand for high-speed trains. If Japan can win a contract for India’s first high-speed train route with itsshinkansen bullet train system, chances are high that India will also adopt the Japanese system for the six following projects due to train track joint issues.
Aside from the bullet train, subway projects also present an opportunity for Japanese companies. JICA currently offers assistance to subway system projects in five Indian cities, but there are such projects in the pipeline for 22 cities with a population of over 2 million each.
Q: New Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reportedly puts much focus on rebuilding the country’s railway system. What do you think of that?
A: Indeed, Modi stresses the need to improve and modernize India’s railway system and identifies that as one of his top priorities. That said, land acquisitions and other necessary procedures tend to take too long in India and things do not necessarily go as planned. However, his government is determined to push ahead with this project.
There may be some high risks (associated with the high-speed train project), such as requests for local production and participation in the management. Even so, India remains to be an attractive market for Japanese businesses.
Today (12:54AM)  Top Kollywood Film Stars give surprise to Namma Metro commuters (www.railnews.co.in)

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बंगलूरू Bangalore (SBC): The Metro has not only the changed the way people commute but is now catching the attention of filmmakers too as Namma Metro trains and stations are now the happening places for movie shoots in Bangalore. The makers of Rana Vikrama starring Puneeth Rajkumar shot a few sequences at the Bangalore Metro Station on Monday. According to Pavan Wadeyar, this is first film in Sandalwood to be shot in a Metro. “Ranavikrama is the first #Kannada movie to shoot in #NammaMetro (sic),” he tweeted.
Ranavikrama producers too are likely to be billed Rs 2.9 lakh, the charges fixed for the four-hour schedule: two hours on the train and the rest in station areas.
A few months ago, a Telugu film unit had landed in the MG Road station.
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Now it’s Sandalwood’s turn to board the train.BMRC had raised a bill of Rs 2.9 lakh from the Telugu film.
Metro-stationThe introduction scene of Adah Sharma was shot there. It shows Puneeth waiting for her at the station. “As Adah arrives, the couple exchange a few words, get into a train and go home,” he says.
Apparently, it was a quite a feat to plan a shoot at such a location but it did not deter the makers of the film. “A shoot in the Metro station costs `70,000 per hour. Since Rana Vikrama is a Kannada film, we got a 25 per cent discount and paid `40,000 per hour. We also had to pay for the insurance of the train that cost `2.50 crore and a bank guarantee of `5 lakh to get permission. I was particular about shooting the scenes in the station, so I didn’t mind waiting for 15 days to make it happen,” he explains.
For all the trouble that the crew went through, the shoot went smoothly, says Pavan. “There wasn’t much of a crowd in the station during the shoot, but we did have locals who had gathered to watch,” he adds.
Meanwhile, Adah was so excited to work with Puneeth that she posted a selfie taken with the star on Twitter. “First kannada film on the metro rail :) thank u @PavanWadeyar ! And here’s a selfie with powerstar Puneeth rajkumar(sic)!” she tweeted.
The shoot continued on Brigade Road behind Rex theatre. “There is an old house where a family scene is being shot with Puneeth, Adah and Sudha Belawadi,” Pavan says.

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Today (12:51AM)  High-speed trains: Railways seek report from DRMs within 2 weeks (zeenews.india.com)

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New Delhi: Expediting government's plan of running semi high-speed trains in identified routes, Railways on Thursday asked the DRMs to present a report within two weeks, as it prepares to conduct the second trail run on Delhi-Agra section next week and introduce a train by November.
The Divisional Railway Manager (DRMs) of about 19 divisions falling under the identified nine corridors were asked to conduct a detailed study about running trains at 160 km, the issues involved and present the report in two weeks, Chairman Railway Board Arunendra Kumar told reporters after chairing a high-level meeting.
He said the project would be implemented section by section and the process would start after the submission of the reports.
Today's meeting was attended by all
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the members of the Railways Board, other senior Railways officials and heads of Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO).
"During the detailed discussion, DRMs of Delhi and Agra also made a detailed presentation to the other DRMs as to how they went about in execution of the project in their divisions," Kumar said.
The Narendra Modi-led government had proposed to run trains at 160 kmph in nine identified corridors in the Railway Budget this year. These are Delhi-Chandigarh, Delhi-Kanpur, Nagpur-Bilaspur, Mysore-Bangalore-Chennai, Mumbai-Goa, Mumbai-Ahmedabad, Chennai-Hyderabad and Nagpur-Secunderabad. The proposed routes also included the Delhi-Agra section and the first trial run on the section has already been concluded.
"Now, we will conduct the second trial run next week and by November we will introduce a train running at 160kmph on this section," Kumar said, adding the train will comprise 12 coaches.
He, however, did not divulge the fare rates of this train, saying these are yet to be decided as the emphasis right now is smooth execution of the project.
Railways has already received clearance from Commissioner of Railway Safety for running the semi-high speed train on this section.
The first trial run on the section was conducted on July 3 and the train reached Agra in about 90 minutes from Nizamuddin station.
Today (12:44AM)  Overnight illegal construction of Mazar (mausoleum) on Rly Land sparks tension in Varanasi (www.railnews.co.in)

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Overnight illegal construction of Mazar (mausoleum) on Rly Land sparks tension in Varanasi
वाराणसी Varanasi (BSB): Tension gripped Konia locality in Jaitpura area following a bid to construct a mazar (mausoleum or tomb) on railway land on Thursday. Konia locality has a mixed population of Muslims and Hindus and is located along the Varanasi-Chapra railway line. The Muslim dominated locality is located on one side of the tracks while Hindus on the other side. According to reports, a group of Muslims along with so called clerics cleaned approximately 1000 Sq.Ft area on the railway land on Wednesday during mid night.
By the wee hours of Thursday morning, they started constructing a mazar at the same site. However, people from other community reached the site and opposed the move. The news of
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Hindus opposing the illegal construction of mazar gone viral and within few minutes, a large number of muslims gathered and started fighting with the other community, while a group of muslims started stone pelting from various corners.
The news of the incident brought officials on their toes. Circle officers of Chetganj and Kotwali rushed to the spot along with police force of five police stations and PAC.
After it was confirmed that the construction was being undertaken on railway land, the officials seized the construction material and warned those involved in the act. The Government Railway Police (GRP) and Railway Protection Force (RPF) were called to handle the case as the land belonged to the railways.
A camp has been established at the site in view of the prevailing tension in the locality.
Today (12:10AM)  South Western Railways to launch Wi-Fi facility (www.business-standard.com)

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The Railways will launch Wi-Fi facility on four popular intercity trains in the Mysore Division on a pilot basis.
This was revealed today by South Western Railway Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Rajkumar Lal at a meeting with Railway catering contractors on improving catering services at railway stations and on trains, especially with regards to hygiene and taste.
A modern base kitchen was coming up at Mysore for supplying rail passengers tasty food prepared in hygienic conditions, he stated adding that work on the subway connecting all platforms at Mysore was also progressing. Commissioning of a computerised advanced reservation centre at the post office in NR Mohalla and setting up of the ‘Yatri Ticket Sewak Kendras’ — a PPP initiative in city areas — were also on the agenda of the division, the
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DRM added.
Addressing the meeting convened against the backdrop of the directive by the Railways Minister stressing upon the need for improvement in Railway’s catering services, the DRM told catering contractors that inspections by officers and supervisors would be intensified and warned that major deficiencies noticed during inspections would be viewed very seriously. Besides penalty of Rs 25,000 per occasion, licence of such contractors would be revoked if improvements are not forthcoming.
Rajkumar Lal also stated that it was now mandatory for all catering contractors to obtain certificates from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). He asked the licensees to ensure staff employed by them wore the prescribed uniform and name badge.
Personal hygiene of food handlers was also very important. Disposal of garbage generated by catering units at stations/on trains, as per the comprehensive guidelines issued, was the primary responsibility of the contractors. Any deviation resulting in unhygienic atmosphere would attract harsh penal action.
Speaking on the concept of economy meals, popularly known as ‘Janatha Khana’, the DRM was of the opinion that instead of poories, an alternative like thick curd rice, could be a viable option since food habits in South India were different.
Yesterday (10:36PM)  Railway Minister Gives Away Cash Award to Railway Sportspersons for Winning Medals at CWG-2014, Glasgow (pib.nic.in)
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“Indian Railway Delivers, Whether it is in the Field of Transportation or in the Field of Sports” – Gowda
The Minister of Railways Shri D.V.Sadananda Gowda gave away cash awards to those Indian Railway sportspersons, who as a part of Indian contingent, won medals for India at recently concluded Commonwealth Games-2014, (CWG) at Glasgow, Scotland, at a felicitation function in New Delhi today. The cash awards are Rs. 25 lakh for winning Gold Medal, Rs. 20 for Silver Medal and Rs. 15 lakh for winning Bronze Medal
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of Railways Shri D.V.Sadananda Gowda said that it made the heart of each railway man swell with pride to see the Indian Railways athletes win laurels for the country and kept the country’s flag flying high in
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the recently concluded 20th CWG held at Glasgow, Scotland from 21st July to 3rd August 2014. He said that whenever there is a call by the country to perform – Indian Railway delivers, whether it is in the field of transportation or in the field of sports. The Railway Minister said that right from 1928 when Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) was constituted, Indian Railways has gone from strength, never waving in our commitment to the promotion of sports. With an annual recruitment to around 500 sportspersons each year, Indian Railways strive to indentify and promote the best sporting talent in the country. Railway coaches also have been instrumental in shaping up the Indian sportspersons and form a sizable part of the national team.
While congratulating the railway sportspersons for their outstanding performance in CWG, the Railway Minister assured railway sportspersons that RSPB will continue to provide all support so that they can concentrate and strive to deliver excellence on the field. He hoped that a sizable contingent from Indian Railways will represent India in the forthcoming Asian Games in South Korea in September 2014 and continue to do the nation proud.
Shri Arunendra Kumar, Chairman, Railway Board, stated that sportspersons of Indian railways have been performing well in the sports arena and always shown great enthusiasm. He said the Ministry of Railways is committed to the cause of sports and games in the county and will continue to promote this sector in the best possible way. He also congratulated Railway players who won medal at the Glasgow CWG-14.
In his opening remarks, Member Staff, Railway Board, and President RSPB, Shri A.K..Mital said that Indian Railways takes immense pride in the fact the Railway family has 3 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, 19 Padamshree, 147 Arjun, 8 Dhyanchand, 6 Dronacharya awardees. The contribution of Railway sportspersons, as a part of Indian contingent in CWG-14, has been significant. Out of total 64 Medals won by India, Railway players bagged 9 Medals. The performance of Railway weightlifters and wrestlers in particular has been remarkable. They have contributed two Gold, four Silver and three Bronze Medals. The names of the Gold Medal winners are – Shri Sushil Kumar: Men’s freestyle 74 kg wrestling (Northern Railway), Shri Satish Sivalingam: Men’s 77 kg weightlifting (Southern Railway) , Silver Medal winners are Shri Mandeep Jangra: Men’s 69 kg boxing (Northern Railway), Shri Chinglensana Singh: Hockey (Western Railway) , Ms. Ayonika Paul: Women’s 10 metre air rifle shooting (Central Railway), Shri Rajeev Tomar: Men’s freestyle 125 kg wrestling (Northern Railway) and Bronze Medal winners are- Ms. Pinki Rani: Women’s 48-51 kg boxing (North Western Railway), Ms. Swati Singh: Women’s 53 kg weightlifting (North Eastern Railway), Shri Omkar Otari: Men’s 69 kg weightlifting (Western Railway)..
He said that Railway Minister’s generous awards will go a long way in encouraging the Railway sportspersons to perform excellently in the international arena as well as reinforcing their faith in Railways’ commitment to the sporting cause.
Also present on the occasion among others, were Member Engineering, Railway Board, Shri V.K.Gupta, Member Traffic, Railway Board Shri D.P.Pande, Member Mechanical, Railway Board, Shri Alok Johri and Financial Commissioner Ms. Rashmi Kapoor. Director (Sports) and Secretary RSPB Ms. Rekha Yadav conducted the proceedings.
रेल मंत्री श्री डी.वी.सदानंद गौड़ा ने हाल में सम्पन्न ग्लास्गो राष्ट्रमंडल खेलों में भारत के लिए पदक जीतने वाले रेलवे खिलाड़ियों को नई दिल्ली में आयोजित एक समारोह में आज नकद पुरस्कार प्रदान किए। स्वर्ण पदक जीतने वाले खिलाड़ी को 25 लाख रूपये, रजत पदक जीतने वाले को 20 लाख रूपये और कांस्य पदक जीतने वाले को 15 लाख रूपये की नकद धनराशि प्रदान की गई।
इस अवसर पर रेल मंत्री ने कहा कि इन खिलाड़ियों ने देश का सिर गर्व से ऊंचा किया है। ग्लास्गो, स्कॉटलैंड में 21 जुलाई से 03 अगस्त, 2014 तक 20वें राष्ट्रमंडल खेल आयोजित किये गये थे। श्री गौड़ा ने कहा कि रेलवे खेल संवर्धन बोर्ड (आरएसपीबी) के 1928 में गठन के बाद से भारतीय रेलवे ने मजबूती से खेल को बढ़ावा दिया है। हर वर्ष रेलवे में करीब 500 खिलाड़ियों की भर्ती की जाती
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है। भारतीय रेलवे देश में सर्वश्रेष्ठ प्रतिभावों का पता लगाने और उन्हें बढ़ावा देने के लिए प्रतिबद्ध है।
रेलवे खिलाड़ियों को राष्ट्रमंडल खेलों में उनके उत्कृष्ट प्रदर्शन के लिए बधाई देते हुए रेल मंत्री ने खिलाड़ियों को आश्वासन दिया कि आएसपीबी उन्हें हर संभव सहायता प्रदान करता रहेगा ताकि वे इस क्षेत्र में उत्कृष्टता बनाये रखें।
रेलवे बोर्ड के अध्यक्ष श्री अरुणेन्द्र कुमार ने कहा कि भारतीय रेलवे के खिलाड़ियों ने हमेशा अच्छा प्रदर्शन किया है और हमेशा उत्साह दिखाया है। उन्होंने ग्लास्गो राष्ट्रमंडल खेलों में पदक जीतने वाले रेलवे के खिलाड़ियों को बधाई दी। राष्ट्रमंडल खेलों में भारत द्वारा जीते गये 64 पदकों में से रेलवे के खिलाड़ियों ने 9 पदक जीते। 74 किलोग्राम पुरूष फ्रीस्टाइल कुश्ती में उत्तर रेलवे के श्री सुशील कुमार, 77 किलोग्राम पुरूष भारोत्तोलन में दक्षिण रेलवे के श्री सतीश शिवलिंगम ने स्वर्ण पदक जीता। 69 किलोग्राम पुरूष बाक्सिंग में उत्तर रेलवे के श्री मंदीप जांगड़ा, हॉकी में पश्चिम रेलवे के श्री चिंग्लेनसांणा सिंह, महिला 10 मीटर एयर राइफल सूटिंग में मध्य रेलवे की सुश्री आयोनिका पॉल, पुरूष फ्रीस्टाइल 125 किलोग्राम कुश्ती में उत्तर रेलवे के श्री राजीव तोमर ने रजत पदक तथा महिला 48-51 किलोग्राम बॉक्सिंग में उत्तर पश्चिम रेलवे की सुश्री पिंकी रानी, 53 किलोग्राम महिला भारोत्तोलन में उत्तर पूर्वी रेलवे की सुश्री स्वाति सिंह, पुरुष 69 किलोग्राम भारोत्तोलन प्रतियोगिता में पश्चिम रेलवे के श्री ओंकार ओटारी ने कांस्य पदक जीता।
रेलवे बोर्ड के सदस्य और आरएसपीबी के अध्यक्ष श्री ए.के. मित्तल ने कहा कि रेल मंत्री द्वारा उदारतापूर्वक दिये गये पुरस्कारों से रेलवे खिलाड़ियों को अंतर्राष्ट्रीय प्रतियोगिताओं में उत्कृष्ट प्रदर्शन करने के लिए प्रोत्साहन मिलेगा।
इस अवसर पर रेलवे बोर्ड के सदस्य श्री वी.के.गुप्ता, श्री डी.पी.पाण्डे, श्री आलोक जौहरी, वित्तीय आयुक्त सुश्री रश्मि कपूर, और आरएसपीबी सचिव सुश्री रेखा यादव मौजूद थीं।
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