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Yesterday (20:59)  Train coaches damaged (www.thehindu.com)
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The cabin of the diesel loco and the coaches of the Bengaluru – Karaikal fast passenger which has been detained by the protesting students near the Periyar bridge in Salem city since Thursday, have suffered damages due to the act of some unruly elements.
The students blocked the train when it was approaching the Salem Town Railway Station on Thursday evening and they refused to lift the blockade till Friday night.
The negotiations held by the railway officials with the student representatives did not yield results, and the train continued to remain at
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Following this the railway authorities locked the loco cabin and all the compartments. Meanwhile Railway sources said that some miscreants managed to enter the loco cabin and damaged the control panel.
They also damaged the seats and bulbs of all the coaches of the train, the sources added.
  
Yesterday (20:58)  Railway cancels many trains (www.thehindu.com)
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Southern Railway cancelled some trains and partially cancelled a few others on Friday due to the students protest on the jallikattu issue.
The Tiruchi – Rameswaram Passenger, Rameswaram – Tiruchi, Tiruchi – Manamadurai and Manamadurai – Tiruchi passengers were fully cancelled on Friday. The Chennai Egmore - Guruvayur Express was diverted via Manamadurai, Aruppukkottai and Virudhunagar after reaching Tiruchi.
The Tiruchi – Tirunelveli Inter City Express which was diverted via Karaikkudi was partially cancelled between Pudukottai, Karaikkudi and Tirunelveli. The Tirunelveli – Tiruchi Inter City Express was partially cancelled between Tirunelveli and Karaikkudi.
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The Chennai Egmore – Madurai Vaigai Express which left Chennai on Friday was partially cancelled between Dindigul and Madurai, a press release said.
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The release said the Chennai Egmore – Tirunelveli Special Fare Special, Tuticorin – Chennai Egmore Pearl City Express, Tirunelveli – Chennai Egmore Nellai Express, Kanniyakumari – Chennai Egmore Express, Tiruchendur – Chennai Egmore Chendur Express, Sengottai – Chennai Egmore Podhigai Express, Madurai – Chennai Egmore Pandiyan Express and Rameswaram – Chennai Egmore Express were cancelled.
  
Yesterday (20:54)  ‘Higher outlay for railways can spur construction’ (www.thehindu.com)
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The Railway Budget’s merger with the Union Budget will lead to an increased outlay for the railway sector giving significant opportunities for construction sector, rating agency ICRA said on Friday.
“The merger of the Railway budget with the central budget will provide an additional leeway for an increased outlay,” said K. Ravichandran, Senior Vice-President and Group-Head, Corporate Ratings at ICRA. “While a major part of the outlay is expected to be towards the ongoing projects, sizeable newer projects are also expected to be awarded, providing construction opportunities, particularly for large players.”
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plans to spend Rs. 8.56 lakh crore over five years for infrastructure creation.
  
Yesterday (20:53)  SC ready for debate (www.thehindu.com)
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Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, who appeared for the first time in the BCCI-Lodha Committee spat, asked the Supreme Court on Friday, “Why can’t the Railway Minister become an office-bearer?”
He was representing Indian Railways, the armed forces and the association of Indian universities before a Bench led by Justice Dipak Misra.
“We are not shying away from the legal issues. They are interesting. We will have a debate,” Justice Misra said.
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effort to wind the clock back on the litigation came even as amicus curiae and senior advocate Gopal Subramanium and senior advocate Anil Divan gave a list of nine ‘suitable persons’ who can be appointed into the Committee of Administrators to run the BCCI on a daily basis.
On January 2, the Supreme Court Bench led by then Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur had sought the committee to be formed to administer the BCCI for the time being after sacking both BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke.
Justice Misra indicated that the committee cannot hold nine persons and should be smaller. The court said it would consult the list and get back on January 24, the next date of the hearing.
When the court asked about the new CEO who is running daily affairs now for the BCCI, Mr. Sibal said “we cannot put everything on the CEO’s shoulders.” He submitted that the court should allow the member cricket associations to suggest names for the committee of administrators.
“On February 2 and 3, ICC is going to meet. BCCI contributes 70 percent of ICC revenue. There will be negotiations worth Rs. 8000 crore annually... Now who is going to negotiate for BCCI? Everybody who was experienced and who had background have been thrown out... Some people have been disqualified for ‘cooling-off periods’, some have been thrown out for being 70 years old...” Mr. Sibal submitted.
Mr. Subramanium countered that the State associations were given ample opportunities to air their grievances before the July 18 judgment was pronounced and the subsequent January 2 order was passed.
The Supreme Court had already dismissed the review petitions and curative petitions of the BCCI. It has now to comply with the SC directions.
“My friend [pointing to Mr. Sibal] had previously on three occasions given this court his assurance that he would implement the orders of the Supreme Court. Why had he changed his version now?” Mr. Subramanium asked.
“I had only said I would try and persuade the members to accept the Lodha reforms. You [Mr. Subramanium] know the English language better than me,” Mr. Sibal retorted.
Asking the senior lawyers to hold their peace, Justice Misra said the names for the committee would be thoroughly discussed, and only then appointments made.
“This committee is clearly ad hoc. Eventually an election has to be held in the BCCI,” Justice Misra remarked.
“There is no reference to any election in the orders. Anyway, what election will that be when the members of the electoral college have been changed?” Mr. Sibal asked the court.
The hearing further saw the court modify its January 2 order to clarify that those office-bearers who have spent a cumulative period of nine years, either in the BCCI or any of the State associations, would be disqualified from holding office.
The committee of administrators, once appointed by an order of the Supreme Court, would manage the affairs of the BCCI.
The Supreme Court-appointed Justice R.M. Lodha Committee would take on the task of guiding the policy of the cricket body. The administrators would be the pointsmen for ushering in the Lodha panel’s recommendations of transparency and accountability in the cricket administration.
In its January 2 order, the court had endorsed the Justice Lodha panel recommendation to oust BCCI office-bearers and administrators of affiliated State associations who are above 70, who are insolvent, government ministers and servants, office-bearers of other sports and athletic associations, those who have already enjoyed a cumulative period of nine years at the BCCI helm and those charged with criminal offences.
× Administrators who do not fall under any of these categories of disqualification were given a deadline of four weeks to fall in line with the Lodha reforms.
  
Yesterday (20:52)  President clears change in rules for rail budget merger (www.thehindu.com)
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The Govt. will present the Union budget 2017-18 on February 1
President Pranab Mukherjee has approved changes in government rules to allow merger of rail budget with the central budget.
The Department of Economic Affairs has been entrusted with the work relating to preparation of central budget, including rail budget, as per a recent order issued by the Cabinet Secretariat.
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the nod to amend the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961 in this regard and the department will now prepare both the budgets.
The Union Cabinet had in September last year approved certain landmark budgetary reforms relating to the merger of railway budget with the general budget from 2017-18 onwards.
The presentation of separate railway budget started in 1924, and has continued after Independence as a convention rather than under Constitutional provisions.
The Cabinet had also given the nod for advancement of the date of budget presentation from the last day of February.PTI
  
Yesterday (20:51)  Ganja seized at railway station (www.thehindu.com)
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Sleuths of the Excise and Prohibition wing (Chittoor urban) on Friday seized ganja stocks in gunny sacks, and took two persons, including a woman, into custody.
According to information, the duo had alighted from the Seshadri Express from Vijayawada, and were about to move out of the railway station complex in an auto, when the policemen apprehended them and seized the contraband stock worth several lakhs of rupees.
As per the preliminary report, the seizure included dry ganja material weighing about 18 kg estimated about Rs. 36,000. One of the accused has been
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identified as Mara Matya Konda (42) of Koyyuru of Visakhapatnam district.
  
Yesterday (20:48)  AG seeks recall of verdict backing Lodha report (www.thehindu.com)
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Since when hasthe SC becomea reformist body,asks Rohatgi
A new Supreme Court Bench led by Justice Dipak Misra on Friday came in for an unexpected surprise when Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi appeared for the first time in the BCCI-Lodha Committee spat, seeking a complete recall of the Supreme Court’s July 18 judgment upholding the Lodha reforms.
Mr. Rohatgi said he represented Railways, the armed forces and the association of Indian universities.
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All three of his clients were full members of the BCCI and ‘great contributors’ to Indian cricket and cricketers, until the Supreme Court upheld the Lodha reforms in its July 18, 2016 verdict which changed the membership pattern on geographical basis of ‘One State One Vote.’
The July 18 judgment downgraded the three from full members to ‘associated members’ and stripped them of their voting power.
“Our full memberships were taken from us by the court without even issuing a notice to us... Tell us what was our fault? We promote teams, we have been promoting cricket for years, we give players jobs and they rise. We were full-time members,” Mr. Rohatgi said.
He said he had “no love lost” for the BCCI but bothered about his clients. The comment was countered by opposing lawyers, saying this late intervention by the AG only revealed “a love affair” with the BCCI. Mr. Rohatgi said the BCCI was a private body, and what the Lodha Committee had done was to intervene in the “internal affairs of a private society.”
“The BCCI remains a private society even though its functions resemble that of a national character. Where is your jurisdiction? Take the case of Delhi District Cricket Association. It is a ‘company’ under Section 25 of the Companies Act. How can you decide the eligibility of the president, secretary and other office-bearers of a private company... these aspects have to be debated. We want a recall of the orders,” Mr. Rohatgi submitted.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, counsel for several State cricket associations like Maharashtra who are members of the BCCI, interjected to say it was “about time you [Mr. Rohatgi] made an appearance in this case.”
“I am asking for a recall of your orders. The Lodha Committee was appointed by this court to punish those found guilty in the IPL match-fixing. Then you told them to reform cricket... since when has the court become a reformist body?” the Attorney General asked the Bench, which also comprised Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud.
Mr. Sibal said the entire July 18 judgment of the Supreme Court and the January 2, 2017 order categorising disqualifications for cricket administrators should be “reopened.”
Mr. Rohatgi questioned the logic behind disqualification of ministers and government servants from becoming office-bearers of the BCCI.
× "Why can't the railway minister not become an office-bearer?" Mr. Rohatgi asked.
  
Yesterday (20:45)  Man arrested with 10 kg alprazolam (www.thehindu.com)
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A special team of the Excise Enforcement, working under the Assistant Commissioner of Excise, Nizamabad, and Excise Station House Office staff of Kamareddy conducted a raid at Kamareddy railway station and arrested one Kalali Kurumoorthy Goud of Mahabubnagar district and recovered 10 kg alprazolam, on Wednesday.
In the interrogation, the accused disclosed the name of another person, Kalali Monesh, who was supplying contraband substances from Dupalli taluk in Karnataka. The excise staff from the Enforcement Department, Narayanpet Excise Station officers, and Saidapur police in Karnataka jointly raided the den of Monesh and recovered three kg chloral hydrate on Friday.
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Yesterday (20:44)  4 arrested for double murder (www.thehindu.com)
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Four persons have been arrested in connection with a double murder case in west Delhi’s Moti Nagar.
On January 12, the bodies of two men were found lying near the Jakhira bus stop. The faces of both bodies were crushed with stones, said DCP (West) Vijay Kumar.
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were identified as Guljar and Anil Shah.
It was also found that Guljar was part of a group that was involved in luggage thefts at bus stands and railway stations, said the officer.
“Guljar used to take money from this group and he had been putting pressure on the group to increase the money. When Mohd. Azad had objected to it, Guljar managed to get him arrested,” said the officer.
Since their activities were affected, Mohd Azad, along with his group members, Sonu, Samshad and Akbar decided to kill Guljar.
“On January 9, Azad called Guljar for a drink. Guljar came there along with his associate Anil. When Guljar and his associate were under the influence of liquor, Azad and his associates strangulated them with mufflers,” he said. — PTI
  
Yesterday (20:43)  Saving the city with a CRS (www.thehindu.com)
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Around 25 local trains that currently connect Bengaluru’s core with smaller district towns carry over two lakh passengers every day. Seven of these trains were introduced in recent years following constant pressure from daily commuters. Seven or eight of these trains are long distance trains and pass through and provide connectivity to Bangarpet, yet another traffic generating destination for Bengaluru.
It is more than five years since demand has been raised for a Commuter Rail System (CRS) around Bengaluru. The feasibility report prepared by RITES in collaboration with the Centre for Infrastructure, Sustainable Transport and Urban Planning (CISTUP) of the India Institute of Science in 2013 has been gathering dust since then.
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State government has not taken up the matter with the Railway Board thereafter, although there have been pleas to push the proposal towards realisation.
Fresh brainstorming over the issue by Praja-RAAG, a public advocacy forum, has highlighted the potential such a network would have in improving the rail connectivity with suburbs and its beneficial impact on mobility within the city. The original proposal had envisioned the network to embrace towns on seven different directions with rail lines already existing over 440 kilometres.
But more than anything else, the CRS project can be put in place with a sum of Rs. 9,000 crore with major expenditure going into only upgrading the existing facilities rather than raising any new infrastructure and sparing the city of any disfigurement. Sanjeev V. Dyamannavar, Praja activist for Commuter Rail, says, the network already has nearly 40 stations and can take another 25 to provide easy access to suburbs. Major expenses would be incurred on doubling and electrification of track, provision of auto-signalling and yard and pitline development for stationing and maintenance of rakes, elevation of platform, adding new halts and stops, skywalks over platforms and development of stations and ticketing facilities. Of the estimated Rs. 8,759 crore expenditure envisaged on the CRS, the South Western Railway will be expected to invest nearly three-fifths i.e., Rs. 5,125 crore. The remaining Rs. 3,634 crore would be the exclusive financial expenditure on providing rakes, nine to fifteen-car EMUs etc.
It is pointed out that the Railways have sufficient land and spare capacity to double the track and take additional load of rail-users.
A comparison between Namma Metro and Commuter Rail Service (CRS) reveals that benefits from the latter far outweigh the investment required.
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