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Jan 24 2017 (16:59)  Southern Railway cancels 31 trains (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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CHENNAI: Southern Railway has announced cancellation of 28 trains departing on Sunday and three others departing on Monday. Though no reasons were given, it is understood that trains have been cancelled due to the disruptions caused by the ongoing pro-jallikattu protests.
Trains cancelled on Sunday
1.Train No.16105 Chennai Egmore - Tiruchendur Chendur Express
2. Train No.12633 Chennai Egmore - Kanniyakumari Express
Train No.22661 Chennai Egmore - Rameswaram Sethu Express
4. Train No.12693 Chennai Egmore - Tuticorin Pearl City Express
5. Train No.16723 Chennai Egmore - Thiruvananthapuram Central Ananthapuri Express
6. Train No.12661 Chennai Egmore - Sengottai Podhigai Express
7. Train No.12637 Chennai Egmore - Madurai Pandian Express
8. Train No. 16101 Chennai Egmore - Rameswaram Express
9. Train No.22623 Chennai Egmore - Madurai Mahal Express
10.Train No. 12694 Tuticorin - Chennai Egmore Pearl City Express
11. Train No.16106 Tiruchendur - Chennai Egmore Chendur Express
12. Train No.22662 Rameswaram - Chennai Egmore Sethu Express
13. Train No. 16102 Rameswaram - Chennai Egmore Express
14. Train No. 12662 Sengottai - Chennai Egmore Podhigai Express
15. Train No.12634 Kanniyakumari - Chennai Egmore Express
16. Train No.16724 Thiruvananthapuram Central - Chennai Egmore Ananthapuri Express
17. Train No.12632 Tirunelveli - Chennai Egmore Nellai Express
18. Train No.16182 Manamadurai - Chennai Egmore Silambu Express
19. Train No.12690 Nagercoil - Chennai Central Express
20. Train No.17236 Nagercoil - KSR Bengaluru Express
21. Train No. 76807 Tiruchchirappalli - Manamadurai Passenger
22. Train No.76808 Manamadurai - Tiruchchirappalli Passenger
23.Train No. 56713 Tiruchchirappalli - Palakkad Town Passenger
24. Train No.76831 Tiruchchirappalli - Karaikudi Passenger
25. Train No.06064 Tirunelveli - Chengalpattu Express Special
26. Train No.16609 Nagercoil - Coimbatore Passenger
27. Train No,16610 Coimbatore- Nagercoil Passenger
28.Train No.16611 Tuticorin - Vanchi Maniyachchi Passenger
Train cancelled on Monday
1. Train No.56712 Palakkad Town - Tiruchchirappalli Passenger
2. Train No.76830 Karaikudi - Tiruchchirappalli Passenger
3. Train No. 16612 Vanchi Maniyachchi - Tuticorin Passenger
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Jan 24 2017 (16:56)  Worst-ever train mishap for East Coast Railway (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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BHUBANESWAR: For the East Coast Railway, the Saturday night mishap at Kuneru in Andhra Pradesh in which 39 people were killed is the worst ever in its history in terms of casualties since it was formed as a separate railway zone in 2003.
The derailment in Vizianagaram district comes barely two months after 146 people died when 15 coaches of Patna-Indore Express derailed while crossing a bridge, 70km from Kanpur, in November last year.
However, within the ECoR jurisdiction spread over three states of Odisha, AP and Chhattisgarh, the biggest mishap before Kuneru
was in February 2009 when 14 coaches of Coromandal Express (Howrah-Chennai) had derailed near Jajpur Road in Odisha, 120km north of Bhubaneswar, killing 15.
"The Saturday mishap casualty is the highest in single incident under ECoR zone," said ECoR chief public relations officer J P Mishra.
The railway sources said a goods train standing on a parallel track near Kuneru helped minimize the magnitude of damage of the derailed train. The derailed coaches of Hirakhand Express were saved from free fall by the rear side of wagons of the stationary goods train. Three wagons of the goods train were damaged, said a senior official.
Hirakhand Express had no scheduled stoppage at Kuneru. The Hirakhand Express was coming from Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh and was going to Bhubaneswar. A portion of the train (link) from Junagarh in Kalahandi district gets amalgamated at Rayagada. The accident happened barely half-an-hour after the train left Rayagada for Bhubaneswar. It was scheduled to reach here at 8.30am on Sunday.
Nine coaches consisting one guard-cum-luggage van, two general second class, four sleeper class and two AC coaches were damaged in the accident, the sources said. The limit of ECoR, with headquarters in Bhubaneswar, spreads to most parts of Odisha, parts of Srikakulam, Vizainagaram and Visakhapatnam districts of Andhra Pradesh besides Bastar and Dantewada districts of Chhattisgarh along the country's east coast.
Jan 24 2017 (16:55)  Central Railway suburban services hit as fire breaks out in hutments close to tracks in Mumbai (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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MUMBAI: Suburban trains services on Central Railway were affected on Monday evening peak hour rush due to a fire in a few hutments close to railway tracks between CST and Masjid stations.
Railway officials said that there was possibility of fire spreading on the tracks, which is why services on platform numbers 7 and 8 were shut temporarily in the evening. "This has been done in the interest of passenger safety," said an official. "We are running trains on the slow tracks and from the other platforms at Mumbai CST station. A few fast trains are being operated on the slow track upto Byculla before being diverted on the fast track," he stated.
services were delayed and passengers returning back home during peak hours were majorly inconvenienced. "Our train stopped near Masjid station for a long time. Also, the trains were packed as the frequency was affected," said a passenger.
Chief Fire Officer P S Rahangdale said that they recieved a call around 6 pm on Monday about the fire and 12 fire engines and six water tankers were rushed to the spot. "As the area is very congested the railway line nearby was affected. By 6.22pm the fire spread around, however we managed to confine it to 15-20 hutments," said Rahangdale.

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Rules of town planning are made for safety of inhabitants which is not well understood by the public.
Slums are one of the the worst kind of town planning violations and hence most unsafe for the occupants as well as the environment.
Jan 24 2017 (16:53)  Commission of Railway safety begins inquiry into Hirakhand tragedy (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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BHUBANESWAR: The Commission of Railway Safety (CRS), an independent body which is working under the administrative control of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, on Monday began its probe into the derailment of Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express at Kuneru in Andhra Pradesh, 24 km from Rayagada in Odisha late on Saturday night leaving 40 dead and over 50 injured.
As per the notification of the East Coast Railway (ECoR), Ram Kripal, Commissioner of Railway Safety, South Central Circle, Secunderabad, is appointed for the investigation into the derailment case.
Kripal at first visited the hospital at
Parvathipuram where injured persons are undergoing treatment. Later he reached the derailment spot near Kuneru station and inspected the damaged tracks and devastated site.
After completing inspection at the site, he visited district headquarters hospital at Rayagada to meet injured persons. He discussed with the victims about the accident.
According to the schedule, Kripal started a statutory inquiry in the evening at Railway officer's rest house at Rayagada. He conducted hearing of different railway staff regarding the incident.
Kripal said he has collected information during his preliminary inquiry. "It is not possible to tell cause of the accident right now. Detail investigation into the incident is on. We will examine the document related to work schedule of the personnel, who were on duty that night," he said, adding, "This is a statutory inquiry as per the Railways Act. It will continue till a Commission of Inquiry is set up."
Sources said the commissioner will take statement of all persons directly connected with the case like drivers, guards, station masters and other staff. Then he will ask for viewpoints or appreciation report from all senior railway officials.
The commissioner will also call for information from willing members of public having knowledge of the case. Passengers or people of local area who rescued the accident victims can depose before the commissioner.
He will call for all vital readings and measurements of all the coaches and tracks including previous repair details, deficiency detected any in recent past. "If required, he will cross question and examine the parties involved in the case. He will also find out whether railway has practiced healthy systems or not," said the source.
The commissioner will submit his report to the Ministry of Civil Aviation marking a copy to Ministry of Railways.
Though the reason of the accident is yet to be known, some railway officials attributed the accident to track damage or lack of proper attention during alignment of the coaches of the train. The commission will probe the case from all angles. "It will try to find out the actual reason of the derailment. The commissioner will find out whether the train derailed due to track damage or poor alignment of coaches or sabotage," said a railway officer.
After holding hearing at Rayagada, the commissioner will start hearing of the case from Wednesday at divisional railway manager's office, Dondaparthy, Visakhapatnam to till its completion. "Any member of the public having knowledge relating to this accident and matters connected therewith and desiring to give evidence may do so at above places on the dates of inquiry or write to the commissioner of the railway safety," said the notification issued by the ECoR.
Jan 24 2017 (16:50)  Railways inquiry gives clean chit to staff (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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VISAKHAPATNAM: The commission of railway safety under the Union ministry of civil aviation began its preliminary inquiry into the Hirakhand Express mishap on Monday. Ram Kripal, commissioner of the wing for the southern circle, arrived here from Secunderabad, visited the accident spot and interacted with eyewitnesses and railway officials.
"Based on preliminary feed back from railway staff at Rayagada and Kuneru stations, the team came to the conclusion that the derailment was not the mistake of railway staff. However, the team will conduct a few more exercises to identify the actual reason. Kripal is slated to hold one more meeting with officials in Visakhapatnam at 10.30 am on Tuesday," a railway source told TOI.
train services in the Rayagada-Vizianagaram section has been restored. The track was fit for traffic by 4.25 am on Monday.
Jan 24 2017 (16:46)  Over 5,000 students stage road, rail roko (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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Salem: Protests by students against the ban on jallikattu continued on the second day on Thursday in the city with blocking of roads and resorting to rail roko. The protests gained steam after the news of Prime Minister Narendra Modi refusing to intervene in the issue spread through social media and TV channels.
More than 5,000 students entered into Salem Town Railway station and blocked the way for Karaikkal-Bengaluru Express train when it stopped at the station for a while. The road traffic outside the station was also halted for nearly 30 minutes as the students staged sit-in protest on the road.
Salem town police rushed to the spot and explained to the protesters that an ambulance was stuck in the traffic at Mulluwadi Gate area. The protesting students immediately withdrew their protest at Town Railway station. A few minutes later, the train headed to Bengaluru.
In another incident, more than 2,000 blocked another train plying to Karaikkal from Bengaluru near Periyar over-bridge around 1.20pm. Some youths climbed atop rail engine and compartments. Similarly, a few students climbed atop an advertisement hoarding placed near the railway track.
The traffic came to a standstill on Bretts Road, Cherry Road, G H Road and Mulluwadi Gate Road for more than an hour due to the protests by students.
The Salem city police diverted all the vehicles to Anai Medu Road, Maravaneri Road and Four Road to clear the traffic. The students clearly stated that they will not withdraw their protest until the Supreme Court and the central government lifts the ban on jallikattu. After an hour, the railway gates were opened. However, the students did not allow the train to start its journey even after 8pm.
Likewise, the students and public protested for jallikattu in various parts of the district including Attur, Edappadi, Mecheri and Tammampatti. In Tammampatti, where usually jallikattu will be conducted on Kaanum Pongal, shops were shut down to mark their support for students protest.
Similarly, more than 10,000 students took part in the protest at the VOC Ground in Erode. Along with the students, their parents, relatives and neighbours also participated in the protest. One of the students, M Pavithra, suddenly fainted while protesting at the ground for the second day. She was rushed to the government hospital for treatment. Tension prevailed for a while at Mullamparappu near Erode, after protesters released seven huge 'Kangeyam' bulls which were brought for the temple puja. Later, the bull owners caught the bulls after police officials requested them.
Similarly, more than 5,000 students protested in Dharmapuri, Namakkal and Krishnagiri districts on Thursday seeking to lift the ban on jallikattu.
Due to students' protests, train No.11064 Salem-Chennai Egmore Express has been diverted via Jolarpet, Katpadi, and Arakkonam. Similarly, train no 16855 Puducherry-Mangalore Express has been diverted via Jolarpet, Katpadi, Karur and Erode. The rail protest was still on at the time of going to press.

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still youth is also moron
5000 students are the upcoming future of India and believes in these yuck rail roko
shame of that youth and that silly Indians

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This is an old news. Incident mentioned happened last thursday. Now things are normal and trains are running.
Jan 24 2017 (16:44)  Rail service hit as local train knocks down man at Sodepur (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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KOLKATA: Train service at Sealdah main line was disrupted during office hours on Thursday after an old man was knocked down by a local train near the Sodepur railway station in North 24 Parganas.Following the incident, daily passengers and locals turned violent and vandalised the station and ransacked the station master' room.The protestors also put up a rail blockade since morning at the busy railway station in the northern outskirts of the city disrupting movement of trains.
GRP and Barrackpore police commissionerate police rushed to the spot.
Jan 24 2017 (16:43)  Titwala railway station: Angry slum dwellers disrupt rail services (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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THANE: Angry slum dweller on Thursday afternoon staged a protest at Titwala railway station. The protesters were upset about demolition of Indira Nagar slums by Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC), so chose to disrupt suburban services. Hundreds of people — slum dwellers and local residents — swarmed at the railway tracks near Indira Nagar slums between Ambivali and Titwala at 3.15 pm.
The railway administration has requested KDMC to arrange around 100 extra buses to help commuters. The police managed to clear the tracks at 4.31 pm after more than hour of the protest.
the services were restored, the first train to pass site was Patna-CST Suvidha express. As the railway schedules were disrupted due to the jam, authorities noticed delay of 15 to 20 minutes in train running time.
Central Railway's chief public relations officer, Narendra Patil, confirmed the developments. He said, "Both up and down lines between Kalyan and Kasara were disrupted. Local police, Railway Protection Force, and Government Railway Police personnel had reached the spot to clear the protesters."
However, the protesters, who are local residents, said they will disperse only after intervention by a minister, he added.
Mumbai commuters have disturbed railway services for their interest on several earlier occasions as well.
Jan 24 2017 (16:40)  Dawood link in Kanpur rail tragedy? (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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NEW DELHI: For the past three days, intelligence agencies and Delhi Police's Special Cell are trying to find a Delhi link to the Kanpur railway accident that killed 150 people in November 2016.
Three men — Zia-ul-Haq, Shoaib and Zubair — are being grilled at the cell's headquarters at Lodhi Colony in south Delhi for the train accident that was supposedly orchestrated by Pakistan's spy agency ISI, sources told TOI. The detained trio live in Jama Masjid area and work with travel agencies.
Police suspect that two of the men were involved in
a conspiracy to blow up the railway tracks and cause mass casualties. They may be arrested late on Thursday.
Two handlers of the accused men have also been identified as Shamshul Hoda, who is based in Dubai, and Brij Kishore Giri, a gangster from Nepal. Hoda deals in fake currency and visas and has links with D Company and ISI. Incidentally, Haq, who was detained at Delhi, is Hoda's nephew and works as a visa agent.
The agencies had acted on the interrogation report of three criminals — Umashankar Patel, Motilal Paswan and Mukesh Yadav — who were arrested in Motihari, Bihar on charges of killing a man Deepak and his uncle, Anil Ram.
Deepak and Anil Ram had placed a cooker bomb on the railway tracks in Ghorasahan of east Chamaparan, Bihar. The operation had failed as the bomb was detected by villagers and defused. This led to their handlers suspecting that the duo had betrayed them. The three men arrested by Motihari police were sent by Giri to kill them.
Paswan was the one who had made the explosive claim of being involved in the Kanpur accident. He said they were in touch with Hoda and Giri for funds and infrastructure to carry out the attack. They also confessed to having chopped off Deepak and Anil Ram's head and sending photographs to Giri and Hoda as proof.
Giri, who received funds from Hoda, had allegedly given Rs 3 lakh to Patel, Paswan and Yadav for the task and promised flats, vehicles and help in producing a Bhojpuri movie. Giri and his two aides, Shambhu and Mujahir Ansari, was later arrested by Nepal Police after an encounter. Giri is in a critical condition as he was shot at least four times in the face-off.
Jan 24 2017 (16:40)  Another rail roko at Titwala delays trains by upto 50 minutes (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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TITWALA: Hundreds of people living in Indira Nagar slums near Titwala station staging a rail roko against the demolition of illegal structures by the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC), disrupting services between Kalyan and Kasara on the Central line on Thursday evening. The protest affected Up and Down services on the CST-Kasara route, with some commuters being stuck for around 50 minutes.
This was second time in a week when people staged a rail roko near Mumbai to protest against demolition of illegal slums. A mob had protested near Dombivli station to protest against demolition of slums on railway land on January 12.
Rahalkar, an activist said, "The protestors should understand that with the rail roko, the illegal construction problem will not get solved. To get justice, they should protest before the civic body."
Kalyan GRP officials said KDMC staff from the A ward office had visited the area to serve notices for demolition of slums on land reserved for an amusement park and civic staff quarters.
Locals gheraoed the civic staff, blaming them for the illegal constructions. Some protestors pelted stones on civic staff and later some gathered on the tracks from 3.15pm to 4.35pm, till Titwala police, Kalyan GRP and RPF personnel intervened.CR spokesperson A K Singh said the incident had nothing to do with the railways but was a "spontaneous protest" by local slum-dwellers. He said, "The protestors blocked train services to oppose the razing of unauthorised constructions by KDMC. It affected the running of few long-distance trains, while at least six trains plying between Kalyan and Kasara were cancelled."
Datta Pable, senior inspector of Kalyan GRP, said, "The process is on for filing of cases against protestors who participated in the rail roko."
Ramesh Jadhav, a commuter, said, "It is sad that people unnecessarily target the Railways and make commuters suffer for mistakes by civic officials and corporators, who normally allow illegal constructions."
Another commuter said, "The railways should take strict action against such protestors, or it will become a fashion to target the Railways on every issue."
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