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Today (6:59AM)  Railway worker kidnapped in Tamenglong (e-pao.net)
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Tamenglong : One railway worker identified as Hadendra Kumar Rabidash, a supervisor of Nayak Infrastructure Pvt Ltd has been reportedly kidnapped by suspected Kuki militants on April 17 from Tousem area of Tousem Police Station in Tamenglong district.Nayak Infrastructure Pvt Ltd is now engaging in railway construction works at Dolakhan of Vungaichungpao village, Tousem subdivision.
Hadendra Kumar Rabidash was reported missing on April 17.However, his abduction was confirmed only on April 19.A missing report has been filed at Jiribam Police Station and a case has been registered under section 365/34 IPC and 25 (I-C) Arm Act in connection with the kidnapping.
The case was later transferred to Tousem Police Station on Monday.
Police sources said that a group of heavily armed men
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suspected to be Kuki militants kidnapped the railway worker.
"We are yet to investigate the incident", they said.
  
Today (6:58AM)  Railway division to roll out more amenities (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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MADURAI: The railways has set aside Rs 4 crore to develop Madurai and Rameswaram stations in order to promote tourism. Celebrating the 60th Railway Week, Madurai railway division rolled out more passenger amenities in stations coming under its jurisdiction. Divisional railway manager, Sunil Kumar Garg announced that both these stations would be jointly developed in association with the Union ministry of tourism. Predominant pilgrimage centres of south, these two stations attract lakhs of pilgrims every year.
During this financial year, the division will undertake various passenger amenity works. At various stations, general improvement work to benefit the passengers such as provision of platform shelters, raising the height of the platforms, watering arrangements, toilets, urinals and provision of seating including cleanliness drive have been carried out at a cost of Rs 6.5 crore.
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Works have been awarded to raise the height of platforms in Sankarankovil, Sivakasi, Rajapalayam, Kadayanallur, Tirumangalam, Manamaduai, Paramakudi stations at a cost of Rs 9 crore. The division has also proposed to provide 10 elevators in Madurai, Dindigul and Tirunelveli Junctions at a cost of Rs 3 crore. Madurai Junction will get a new foot overbridge at a cost of Rs 6 crore, Garg said.
Listing out the achievements of the division, Garg said the division has bagged Southern Railway's Zonal Commercial Efficiency Shield, Inter-Divisional Safety Shield, Manpower Planning Efficiency Shield and Best Family Welfare Centre Shield for best efficiency and performance during the year. Southern Railway general manager Ashok K Agarwal had given away the awards at the railway week celebrations in Chennai on April 16. The DRM also congratulated the seven employees and one officer of Madurai division who received individual awards from the general manager.
The division will aspire to maintain zero accident figures this year too and 13 unmanned level crossings have been eliminated in last financial year. In this fiscal, 33 unmanned level crossings will be eliminated in the division, he said. Elaborating on the achievement of the division, he said the division recorded a growth of 33% in overall earnings and 20% in passenger earnings as compared to last year.
The newly-converted Palani - Pollachi section and newly-electrified Madurai - Tuticorin - Tirunelveli section were commissioned. One pair of passenger train between Tirunelveli and Tiruchendur, one pair of passenger between Punalur - Kanyakumari and three pairs of special trains on Palani - Pollachi section were introduced, besides strengthening the communication network in the division through optical fibre cable link between Virudhunagar and Tenkasi stations which was recently commissioned.
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Today (6:58AM)  CBI uncovers massive railways 'freight scam' (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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NEW DELHI: In perhaps it's biggest ever operation, 500 CBI officers along with vigilance officers of Indian railways carried countrywide joint surprise checks at 65 locations unearthing major irregularities in the weighment of freight carried in trains.
Almost two-third of the revenue of Indian Railways' comes from freight earnings. The irregularities are not only leading to losses of several thousand crores for the transporter but also weakening tracks on long routes where the freight wagons move.
READ ALSO: CBI raids houses of 5 railways officials in publicity scam
The agency will soon register multiple FIRs. Several senior officers of railways, private vendors and freight transporters are under the scanner. The CBI suspects losses of Rs 4,263 crore may have been caused going by
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figures of 2012-13 alone but are probing under-reporting of weighment of past three financial years.
The agency says that manipulations have been found in the software of static and in-motion weigh bridges that are used by railways for weighment purposes. Electronic In-Motion Weigh Bridge (EIMWBs) have been developed by Indian Railways in consultation with Research Development and Standards Organization (RDSO). Around 200 such bridges have been installed by Indian Railways at different locations throughout India to weigh freight in transit. RDSO had approved six vendors for establishing (EIMWBs). Goods trains passing at the speed of 15 km per hour get automatically weighed by this system.
CBI received information that this system at several places was manipulated in such a manner that over loading of the wagon is concealed and weight is shown within the permissible limit. CBI suspects that highly sophisticated methods have been used to manipulate the software.
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"The manipulation has been done through collusion amongst railway officials, private vendors and freight operators and is not only causing huge financial loss to the government exchequer but also corresponding gain to private freight operators/private persons and is damaging railway tracks, wagons, etc. and is adversely affecting railway safety," said a CBI official.
The four-day joint surprise checks, which started on April 17, along with vigilance department of the railways and digital forensic experts were carried out at over 65 EIMWB locations involving major freight traffic points in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, UP, Punjab, Jharkhand, Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, MP, Maharashtra, Goa, Rajasthan and Gujarat etc.
During the checks, CBI found that "systematic under-weighment was found at many locations leading to the EIMWB recording a lower than actual weight. The quantum of under-weighment increased with an increase in speed of the rake."
Digital analysis conducted by CBI found "old weighment logs showing past manipulations in weighment, manipulations in entries pertaining to wagon type". A CBI officer said, "The software was set in a way in EIMWBs that it will always show less weight in the wagon."
READ ALSO: Ten steps that can put the railways back on track
Indian Railways, the single largest mode of transport in the country for movement of freight across long distances, had a freight earning of Rs 85,262 crore for 1008 million metric tonne of freight transported, which constitutes 67% of total revenue earned by the railways," said the officer.
In railways, the goods are either transported in packed bags of uniform sizes or in loose form. These are required to be weighed at the originating station or en-route or at the destination point. The weighment is required to plug the leakage of revenue and to avoid over loading of wagons. The railways collect freight charges from various transporters who transport goods in wagons from one place to another place in the country. These charges are levied based on the weight of the goods that are loaded in the wagons.
The railways said it was a "joint surprise check by railways' vigilance department and CBI to streamline the system and check irregularities, if any".
  
Today (6:53AM)  AND THE INTACH AWARD GOES TO… (www.thehindu.com)
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South Central Railway owes the INTACH Heritage Award bagged by its Lallaguda Railway Carriage Workshop last week to one perseverant Scottish gentleman who came exploring his ancestry. Nicholas Graves from Aberdeen visited the workshop in mid-February to learn about his maternal great-grandfather, who worked at the workshop in the early 20{+t}{+h}century.
It was fortuitous for SCR that word of Mr. Graves’ visit prompted historian and INTACH convener P. Anuradha Reddy to make her maiden visit to the workshop. The workshop fascinated Ms. Reddy and the rest they say, is history.
Reporting by T. Lalith Singh, M.L. Melly Maitreyi, Rahul Devulapalli, M. Sai Gopal and Rohit PS
  
Today (6:43AM)  Thumbs up to Chennai Metro Rail (www.thehindu.com)
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Officials recommend sanction after conducting safety audit
Chief safety experts have given the go-ahead for running of Chennai Metro trains.
After the first leg of the final safety audit, carried out earlier this month, the commissioner of metro rail safety (CMRS), Bengaluru, has recommended sanction for Chennai Metro trains — referred to as ‘rolling stock’ in engineering parlance.
Speaking to The Hindu , an official of CMRS said, “We have given our recommendation for sanction to the board; we were quite satisfied with the inspection of ‘rolling stock’. Now, it is only a matter of time before the approval comes.” CMRS officials were back in Chennai on Monday for the final leg of inspection of stations and track.
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Sources said they inspected the stations and track from Koyambedu to Ashok Nagar. On Tuesday, a few more places will be inspected.
Safety certification by CMRS is mandatory before the first Metro Rail service between Koyambedu and Alandur can be thrown open to the public.
Safety certification by CMRS is mandatory before Chennai Metro is thrown open for use
  
Today (6:40AM)  Theft in train: Three women relieved of ornaments (www.thehindu.com)
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Three women passengers were relieved of their ornaments on the 16352 Nagercoil-Mumbai CST Balaji Express near Hasthavaram railway station in Kadapa District late on Sunday night.
The train left Renigunta railway junction at 10.45 p.m. and reached Hasthavaram by 11.37 p.m., while the offence took place just before midnight, roughly 4 k.m. from the station. When the train came to a screeching halt, five to six persons travelling in the guise of passengers got down, snatched the ornaments of women passengers through the windows and fled the spot. The stolen ornaments, in all, weighed about 50-60 grams.
“We believe it to be the handiwork of local offenders. No lethal weapons were used to harm the passengers”, Ramana Kumar, Circle Inspector, General Railway Police, Renigunta, told The Hindu. The theft appears casual as
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the victims still had some ornaments on their necks, which remained untouched.
A case has been booked at Renigunta, the jurisdictional headquarters of the railway police, which is situated a whopping 85 k.m. from the scene of offence.
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Today (6:39AM)  GRP coordination meeting today (www.thehindu.com)
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Government Railway Police (GRP) from four southern States will meet in Vellore on Tuesday for a coordination meeting to discuss measures to prevent and detect property offences on trains.
On Monday, Seema Agrawal, Inspector General of Police, Railways and P. Vijaya Kumar, Superintendent of Police, GRP Chennai Railway Police district were at Jolarpet to review the security arrangements following three chain snatching incidents on board the Bangalore – Chennai Mail during Monday midnight in Jolarpet limit, Chains were snatched from three women travelling in the train at around 12.30 a.m. to 1 a.m.
The theft occurred in between Bangarapet in Karnataka and Jolarpet railway stations in Vellore district in Tamil Nadu jurisdiction. The senior officers were here to review the security arrangements.
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The coordination meeting, which was scheduled much earlier, will see participation of GRP from all four southern States – Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Officers from Railway Protection Force in Vijayawada, Guntakal, Bangalore and Palakad will also participate as they had a criminal investigation department, officials said.
“We want to coordinate with GRP of other southern States and also enable exchange of information to reduce, prevent and detect property offences.
We have strengthened our presence on trains in Chennai railway police district but such offences also take place in bordering areas, hence raising the need for coordination,” the official said.
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For instance, the officer said the meeting will see how the GRP, Chennai could work along with their counterparts in Bangalore on preventing offences in between and look at the possibility of whether Tamil Nadu police can be engaged in beat till Bangarapet.
Already, 250 GRP personnel of Chennai Railway Police district travel on trains between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m.
“Our personnel have been deputed on this march on trains from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. as this is the vulnerable time.
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A team consists of four persons and they travel on trains in the entire region including trains starting from Coimbatore, Salem, Hosur and Jolarpet,” he added.
In fact, GRP personnel were waiting to board the Bangalore-Chennai Mail at Jolarpet station and travel till Chennai when the passengers reported the chain snatching incident.
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Today (6:38AM)  Train schedule unchanged (www.thehindu.com)
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Train 16343 Thiruvananthapuram Central-Palakkad Town Amrita Express will leave Thiruvananthapuram Central at 10.30 p.m. as per its original schedule, Railways said.
Railways had earlier announced a delayed departure on account of subway work.
  
Today (6:38AM)  Palakkad-Pollachi line gauge conversion over (www.thehindu.com)
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Railways to carry out along the route in three weeks’ time
The much-awaited gauge conversion between Palakkad and Pollachi to enhance rail connectivity between north Kerala and pilgrim centres such as Rameswaram, Erwadi, Madurai, and Palani in Southern Tamil Nadu is finally turning into a reality with the Railways preparing to conduct a trial run in three weeks’ time.
Railway officials said almost all work on the gauge conversion was over and just finishing touches were remaining. Of the 54-km stretch, 22 km are in Tamil Nadu. The rest of the stretch is in Kerala spreading between Meenkara dam and Palakkad Town railway station. Work on all the five stations, including Palakkad town station, and locoshed at Vadakannikapuram, has been completed. “It was a long-drawn public agitation that
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prompted the Railways to complete the works at least now. The inordinate delay has caused a huge drain on the Railways’ coffers apart from causing severe hardship to passengers,’’ said M.B. Rajesh, MP.
The metre-gauge line between Pollachi and Palakkad was closed down in 2008 with an assurance that it would be reopened in 16 months as a broad gauge.
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Today (6:37AM)  Man hit while crossing track (www.thehindu.com)
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A middle-aged man was on Monday killed after he was hit by an EMU train while crossing the rail track at Kote Gaon railway crossing, the GRP said.
Bhagwan Bansal was trying to drive across the track on his scooter, the police said. The victim, who was seriously injuried, was rushed to a hospital, where he was declared brought dead. — PTI
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