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Jun 02 2012 (12:07AM)  Science Exp to raise awareness on biodiversity (zeenews.india.com)
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New Delhi: Science Express -- a 16-coach train for promoting scientific temper -- is all set to begin its fifth journey on Tuesday, this time to raise awareness about the country's unique biodiversity.
The 'Science Express - Biodiversity Special (SEBS)' will seek to reach out to over a million people and will be stationed at Hyderabad from October 9-19 when the city would host the 11th meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.
The train will culminate for the year at Gandhinagar on December 22.
A collaboration between the Environment Ministry and the Department of Science & Technology, the train will be flagged off by Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan on the occasion of World Environment
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Day on June 5 from Safdarjung Railway Station here.

Of the 16 coaches comprising the SEBS, eight are dedicated to showcasing biodiversity spread across the various bio-geographical zones -- the Trans-Himalaya and the Himalayas, the Gangetic Plain, North East India, the Desert and Semi-Arid Zone, the Western Ghats, the Deccan Peninsula and the Coasts and Islands.
Three other coaches have exhibits on climate change, energy and water conservation. During June-December 2012, the train will travel almost 18,000 km, halting for three to four days at each of the 52 locations.
According to the ministry, the exhibition is expected to draw more than 1.5 million visitors, while indirectly it is likely to engage over five million people.
The Science Express began as an Indo-German venture in 2007 and has toured the country four times.
  
Jun 02 2012 (12:04AM)  CPI-M flays minister for rail accidents (canindia.com)
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(IANS) The CPI-M Friday blamed Railway Minister Mukul Roy for the increasing number of railway accidents and said he appeared to be more engrossed in Trinamool rather than official work.
After detailing the number of accidents in recent times, the Communist Party of India-Marxist said in a statement: “The responsibility for this shocking state of affairs lies with Roy.
“He seems more preoccupied with the Trinamool Congress affairs and assignments in West Bengal.”
It urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh not to “ignore the dereliction of duty by the railway minister and remain a hapless spectator”.
In the latest accident Thursday, the Howrah-Dehradun Express
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derailed in Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh killing five people.
On May 22, the Hampi Express rammed into a goods train killing 25 passengers. On May 6, six coaches of the Ferozpur-Punjab Mail derailed in Rohtak.
It said “the talk of sabotage by the railway minister and (West Bengal Chief Minister) Mamata Banerjee cannot hide the fact that the railways are in a poor state with elementary safety standards being neglected”.
  
Jun 02 2012 (12:02AM)  Motorman dies as train hits truck (ibnlive.in.com)
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Kolkata, June 1 (PTI) In another rail mishap, a motorman died when the Kharagpur-Tata Memu Passenger dashed against a truck at an unmanned level crossing at Sardiha in West Midnapore district under South-Eastern Railway this evening. SER CPRO Soumitra Majumder told PTI that the train started from Kharagpur at 6:20 pm and "we got information that it later dashed against a truck between Sardiha and Jhargram at an unmanned crossing". He said motorman A K Pal was initially taken to Jhargram Sub-divisional Hospital in a serious condition. "Now it is confirmed he is dead," Majumder said. A medical van has rushed to the spot but "all the passengers in the train were safe and there was no injury to any passenger", he said. The UP line, which got blocked due to the incident, would be cleared by 10:20 pm and the train would be hauled to Sardiha. Yesterday five persons...
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were killed and 50 injured when seven bogies - five sleeper and two general coaches - of Howrah-Dehradun Doon Express derailed near Mahrawa station in Uttar Pradesh.
  
Jun 01 2012 (11:07PM)  Special train to spread biodiversity awareness (www.newstrackindia.com)
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New Delhi, June 1 (IANS) In a bid to raise awareness about the unique biodiversity of the country, the central government will be running a 16-coach train named 'Science Express - Biodiversity Special (SEBS)' for the next two years, covering over a million people.
A collaboration between the Environment Ministry and the Department of Science & Technology, the train will be flagged off by Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan on the occasion of World Environment Day on June 5 from Safdarjung Railway Station here, said an official of the ministry.
Of the 16 coaches comprising the Science Express - Biodiversity Special, eight are dedicated to showcasing the myriad biodiversity spread across the various bio-geographical zones -- the Trans-Himalaya and the Himalayas, the Gangetic Plain, North East India, the Desert and Semi-Arid
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Zone, the Western Ghats, the Deccan Peninsula and the Coasts and Islands.
With India hosting the 11th meet of the Conference of Parties (CoP-11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP11) in October, the train will be stationed at Hyderabad Oct 9-19 for delegates and dignitaries to experience the rich biodiversity of the country.
The train will culminate for the year 2012 at Gandhinagar on Dec 22. "The eight coaches, highlighting biodiversity across the bio-geographic zones in the country, will focus on a range of areas like biological diversity, critically endangered species, biodiversity hotspots and other facets like marine, coastal, forest, microbial and agro biodiversity and their linkage with livelihoods, besides on challenges of conservation," the official said.
Three other coaches have exhibits on climate change, energy and water conservation.
During June-December 2012, the train will travel almost 18,000 km, halting for three to four days at each of the 52 locations.
According to the ministry, the exhibition is expected to draw more than 1.5 million visitors, while indirectly it is likely to engage over five million people.
A specific outreach programme will be held at local schools and institutions associated with the ministry's National Environment Awareness Campaign (NEAC) and the National Green Corps (NGC) to attract more students.
  
Jun 01 2012 (10:56PM)  Chargesheet submitted against TTEs (ibnlive.in.com)
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KOLLAM: The chargesheet against the two TTEs, who allegedly hurled abusive words at poet M R Jayageetha, her husband and DYFI area secretary Shivaprasad in February, was submitted at the Kollam Chief Judicial Magistrate Court.
The chargesheet filed by the investigation team led by Ernakulam DSRP Prasad J has charged the two TTEs S Jaffar Hussain and G R Praveen under Section 509 (words or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and Section 294(b) (uttering obscene words in any public place) of the IPC, Section 34(act done by several persons) and Section 119(1)(a) of the Kerala Police Act 2010 (special gestures and acts degrading the dignity of women in public place).
Jayageetha, a research officer at the State Planning Board, had to face the harassment of the
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two accused while travelling in the Thiruvananthapuram -Chennai Super Fast Express on February 17. Her husband, Shivaprasad, who reached the station after being informed about the mistreatment, too had to face the abusive words of the TTEs at the Kollam Railway Station. She fainted following the incident and was admitted to a private hospital.
The issue had created a stir and the two TTEs were suspended by the Southern Railway. Following the intervention of Railway union leaders, the suspension was revoked. Top officials had promised to take action against the two if found guilty.
  
Jun 01 2012 (10:43PM)  Vivek Express to tour North East (www.business-standard.com)
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The exhibition train-Vivek Express showcasing the life and work of Swami Vivekananda will be touring the areas falling under the North East Frontier Railway from June four next.
The two-coach exhibition train, travelling through the length and breadth of the country to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, will leave Raiganj in West Bengal on June 3 and will subsequently travel to New Coochbehar, Kamakhya, Mariani, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Lumding, Rangiya and Katihar till June 20.
Swami Vivekananda's life time works have been displayed in the two coaches in an endeavour to highlight the selfless service rendered by the great sanyasi to the cause of humanity, NF Railway spokesman S Hajong said here today.
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from 08.00 am to 08.00 pm and all are requested to visit the exhibition to pay a fitting tribute to the great social worker of India. The train was inaugurated by then Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee on January 12, 2011.
  
Jun 01 2012 (10:41PM)  Motorman seriously injured as train hits truck (ibnlive.in.com)
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Kolkata, June 1 (PTI) In another rail mishap, a motorman was seriously injured as the Kharagpur-Tata Memu passenger train dashed against a truck at an unmanned level crossing at Sardiha in West Midnapore district under South-Eastern Railway this evening. SER CPRO Soumitra Majumder told PTI that the train started from Kharagpur at 6:20 pm and "we got information that it later dashed against a truck between Sardiha and Jhargram at an unmanned crossing". He said seriously injured motorman A K Pal has been taken to Jhargram Sub-divisional Hospital and his condition was stated to be serious. A medical van has rushed to the spot but "all the passengers in the train were safe and there was no injury to any passenger", he said. The train got stranded and efforts were on to resume its journey. Yesterday five persons were killed and 50 injured when seven bogies - five sleeper and...
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two general coaches - of Howrah-Dehradun Doon Express derailed near Mahrawa station in Uttar Pradesh. The accident took place near Mahrawa under the Lucknow Division of Northern Railway.
  
Jun 01 2012 (10:34PM)  Rail traffic resumes between Mihrawan-Khetasarai route (ibnlive.in.com)
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New Delhi, Jun 1(PTI) Train services were restored today after repair of track affected due to derailment of 11 coaches of Howrah-Dehradun Doon Express between Mihrawan and Khetasarai stations on Lucknow division. The track was damaged due to the accident and it was repaired by 3.10 PM and train services resumed from 5 PM today, said a senior Northern Railway official. While railways had to cancel many trains, some were also diverted due the accident which claimed five lives. The trains which were diverted include Ferozpur-Dhanbad Ganga Sutlej Express, Gorakhpur-Lok Manya Tilak Terminus Godan Express, Muzaffarpur-Delhi Sadbhavana Express and Varanasi-Ahmedabad Sabarmati Express. Prayag-Faizabad passenger will remain cancelled today, according to the official.
  
Jun 01 2012 (10:33PM)  Night running of freight trains suspended on K-K Line (www.thehindubusinessline.com)
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KOLKATA, JUNE 1:  The night running of trains, mainly freight trains, on the 450-km long Kirandul-Kottavalasa (K-K) line has remained suspended for the past few days following a Maoist threat and intelligence reports, according to East Coast Railway sources.
As a result, no trains are running on the route between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., the sources point out.
“The restriction on night running of trains on the K-K Line will be in force till June 8”, the sources observe adding, “the extension of the restriction, if any, will depend on the intelligence inputs”.
The K-K Line is used mainly for transportation of iron ore from NMDC's mines at Bailadila in Chhattisgarh to Visakhapatnam partly to meet the requirement of Vizag Steel Plant
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and other steel and sponge-iron producers in the area and partly for exports through Visakhapatnam port.
Right now, following night restriction, about 11-12 rakes are moving on the route against 15-16 in normal situation.
  
Jun 01 2012 (6:14PM)  Nokia Siemens wins GSM-R contract for Kolkata Metro (www.rail.co)
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Nokia Siemens Networks has won a contract to provide GSM-R infrastructure for the Kolkata Metro.
The contract was awarded by Indian Railways, however, the value of the contract is not known.
As per an estimate in 2012-13, Railway Ministry will be spending $400 million on the modernisation of signalling and telecommunication to enhance safety and communication system within rail network.
This deployment will improve the safety of the Kolkata metro line while lowering operational costs for Indian Railways.
Nokia Siemens is already serving Indian Railways’ rail network spanning 3,500 km across four zones and it has become the market leader with 60% share in global GSM-R market.
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Nokia Siemens will be providing its energy-efficient Flexi Base Stations and Flexi Base Station Controllers that offer vastly improved capacity. It will also provide its In-Building Solution to enhance indoor coverage for the Kolkata metro project.
The company is supplying all operational components including switching centres, Intelligent Network (IN) platforms, service and management platforms, controller data transmission elements and mobile handsets for drivers.
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