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Today (11:02AM)  Meeting today (www.thehindu.com)
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The South Western Railway Passengers Welfare Committee of Davangere has organised a meeting at Rangamahal here on February 1. More than 50 dignitaries, including representatives from rail welfare committee’s across the State, will participate.According to committee general secretary Rohit Jain, the focus would be on Railway Budget 2015-16 and demands for new lines, new trains, doubling of existing lines, and holding surveys.
  
Today (10:58AM)  Solar plant commissioned at Athur Railway Station (www.thehindu.com)
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Solar plant commissioned at Athur Railway Station
  
Today (10:56AM)  Child labourers rescued (www.thehindu.com)
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In a joint operation, police and Childline India Foundation NGO partner HELP rescued six child labourers, hailing from Srikakulam, from the railway station here on Saturday.Ongole II Town CI J. Deva Prabakar said the childrencame by Puri-Tirupati express and were left at the station by a man who had brought them here. The children said they were promised jobs in a spinning mill, with a daily wage of Rs. 150 each, HELP social activist B.V. Sagar said. The children were shifted to ‘Asha Sadan’.
  
Today (10:56AM)  Naidu sure of rail zone for Vizag (www.thehindu.com)
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hief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday expressed confidence that a separate railway zone would be formed with Visakhapatnam as headquarters.At a review meeting with District Collectors, he told them that they would be vested with powers as well as funds, and advised them to work for the betterment of the State.He said the government should work as two units — one at the district level and other at the State level.He said there were wonderful opportunities for development of tourism sector in the State.
  
Today (10:52AM)  Railways takes lead (www.thehindu.com)
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Railways took a 34-run first innings lead against Bengal and a firm grip on the Ranji Trophy Group A game at the Eden Gardens here on Saturday. At close on the third day, Bengal was 187 for five in the second innings, an overall lead of only 153 runs.
Railways resumed the first innings at 219 for six and managed to go past Bengal’s first innings total of 268 thanks to small, but vital, contributions from the tail-enders. Skipper Mahesh Rawat top scored with 71 (224m, 131b, 7x4).
In Bengal’s second essay, Abhimanyu Easwaran left early for 15. Off-break bowler Arnab Nandi sent back Sudip Chatterjee and Manoj Tiwary, leaving Bengal facing another collapse at 86 for three.
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added 54 runs for the fourth wicket off 79 balls to stabilise the innings before Das fell. Skipper L.R. Shukla did not last long, but Saha and Shreevats Goswami held on till close.
A lot will depend on this pair for Bengal to avoid a defeat.
The scores: Bengal — 1st innings: 268.
Railways — 1st innings: Nitin Bhille st Saha b Lahiri 16, Amit Paunikar c Saha b Shukla 0, Rohan Bhosle c Das b Lahiri 13, Arnab Nandi b Lahiri 53, Arindam Ghosh lbw b Lahiri 49, Mahesh Rawat b Banerjee 71, Karn Sharma c Shukla b Dinda 2, Ashish Yadav c Goswami b Lahiri 22, Prashanth Awasthi b Banerjee 25, Avinash Yadav (not out) 12, Anureet Singh c Saha b Dinda 26, Extras (lb-11, nb-1, w-1): 13; Total (in 100.2 overs): 302.
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-25, 3-81, 4-98, 5-174, 6-181, 7-229, 8-262, 9-265.
Bengal bowling: Ashoke Dinda 20.2-9-48-2, Laxmi Ratan Shukla 12-9-9-1, Manoj Tiwary 2-0-11-0, Saurasish Lahiri 32-3-99-5, Amit Banerjee 18-1-73-2, Iresh Saxena 16-1-51-0.
Bengal — 2nd innings: A. Easwaran c Rawat b Avinash 15, Arindam Das b Ashish 38, Sudip Chatterjee lbw b Nandi 28, Manoj Tiwary c Rawat b Nandi 13, Wriddhiman Saha (batting) 39, Laxmi Ratan Shukla b Anureet 13, Shreevats Goswami (batting) 28), Extras (b-5, lb-6, nb-1, w-1): 13; Total (for five wickets in 67 overs): 187.
Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-70, 3-86, 4-121, 5-136.
Railways bowling: Anureet Singh 17-2-50-1, Avinash Yadav 9-1-32-1, Karn Sharma 16-1-52-0, Arnab Nandi 12-4-25-2, Ashish Yadav 13-3-17-1.
  
Today (10:42AM)  Rail Budget: Introduction of vacuum toilets likely (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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NEW DELHI: Water conservation initiatives such as introduction of environment-friendly vacuum toilets and changes in the design of existing lavatories in trains are some of the proposals likely to be announced in the forthcoming Rail Budget.
According to a senior railway ministry official, a concrete plan of action for water management at stations and trains will be reflected in the Rail Budget 2015-16 to be announced by railway minister Suresh Prabhu, who is keen on promoting environment-friendly activities in the transporter.
Railway ministry will also announce the grand plan of water audit across the rail system in the country.
The official said that since vacuum toilet consumes one-fourth less water than the existing lavatories, Railways is keen to try it
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in some selected trains.
There is a plan to install 80 vacuum toilets in Delhi-Chandigarh Shatabdi Express on a trial basis and a budgetary provision is likely to be made for it in Prabhu's maiden rail budget, he said.
Environment-friendly and vacuum-based toilets prevent corrosion of rail tracks as they stop waste discharge on the tracks, he added.
Railways will tie up with civic authorities to make the vacuum toilet system operational, as it entails construction of safety tanks and sewerage link for the disposal of waste at stations.
The official, however, clarified that installation of bio-toilets in trains will continue with some minor design change in it. "Replacement of conventional toilet with bio-toilet will continue as it is the stated policy of Railways to have environment-friendly hygienic toilet system in the entire rail system," he said.
"Certain modifications in the bio-toilet design is required to make it function more smoothly," he added.
Malfunctioning of bio-toilets were reported in some cases during the trial run. "Steps are being taken to tackle it with some changes in the design."
Apart from trains, Railways is planning to install bio-toilets at stations also.
The change in the design in existing toilets is also to make them more user-friendly and hygienic as improving passenger amenities will be focus area in the budget proposal.
  
Today (10:40AM)  Modi-Engine Prabhu to Take Steam out of Sops (www.newindianexpress.com)
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NEW DELHI: Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu is most likely to skip the sop station. Handpicked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Prabhu, known for turning around the power sector during Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure, is cautiously running to replicate the success in the Indian Railways. His financial prowess will be put to test when Prabhu presents his maiden Rail Budget on February 26.
Unlike former rail ministers Mamata Banerjee and Lalu Prasad who announced populist projects like Rs 850-crore new rail coach factory at Kanchrapara-Halisahar near Kolkata, Rs 262-crore electric and diesel engine components manufacturing unit in Dankuni in West Bengal and Gaya-Nalanda rail line project worth over Rs 550 crore in Bihar, Prabhu is expected to avoid populism and seek course correction in the budget to put the cash-strapped government transport behemoth back on track.
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Railways spend 94 paise of every rupee earned, leaving six paise only as surplus. This surplus is continuously on decline due to non-revision of fare. The surplus, after paying obligatory dividend and lease charges, was Rs 11,754 crore in 2007-08 and is estimated to be Rs 602 crore in 2014-15. Railways got the highest even plan outlay of Rs 65,445 crore in 2014-15.
Prabhu, a Chartered Accountant, is well versed with the economic principles. It will reflect in the Rail Budget. According to a senior railways ministry official, the emphasis this time will be on generating extra revenue through innovative measures, improving basic amenities and services.
Prabhu is not expected to announce any new rail line project. There will be minimal new trains and no slash in passenger fare owing to a drop in the global fuel prices. Three elements—new projects, new trains and the fare are the soul of the Railway Budget. But the 2015 Rail Budget will be different as it would focus more upon completion on pending and ongoing projects.
There are nearly 380 pending projects worth Rs 2 lakh crore which were sanctioned in last 30 years. Majority of these projects, mainly new rail lines, were announced by Lalu and Mamata in their states Bihar and West Bengal—to please their constituency. In some cases, the state governments have not even allotted any land, and there has been no progress.
Prabhu, 61, who hails from coastal Konkan, has been given a green signal from the Prime Minister’s Office to announce tough measures in Rail Budget for course correction in Indian Railways, which reported a loss of Rs 30,000 crore in the passenger segment in 2014. The former environment minister was also appointed as Modi's 'sherpa' to assist him at the G20 summit in Brisbane last year. Before his appointment as rail minister, Prabhu was appointed head of a government panel on power revamp called Advisory Group for Integrated Development of Power, Coal and Renewable Energy by Modi.
And to take forward his task, Prabhu has already constituted a select committee comprising of top railways ministry officials to prioritise the pending projects on the basis of economic viability and necessity, as it is not possible to allocate funding for all 380 projects.
“One cannot drop non viable rail projects as it is a politically sensitive matter, especially with election scheduled in Bihar in 2015 and West Bengal in 2016. What we can do is allotting minimal funds for the least priority projects and put them in limbo,” said a ministry official.
The ministry has sought Rs 55,000 crore from the Finance Ministry as general budgetary support (GBS) and is expected to get Rs 37,000 crore. A good nearly Rs 20,000 crore is expected to be allocated for completion of pending projects, including 11 National Projects. Completion of the pending rail projects in the northeast states will be the key focus areas and priority will be given to National projects and strategic projects on the bordering states of the country.
  
Today (10:35AM)  Not many new trains are expected in Railway Budget this year (www.govemployees.in)
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Indian Railway is already lurching under the huge financial debt and railway minister is working day and night to utilize the funds in a best way. Please read this news paper report and know what else is stored in this year’s budget:-
  
Today (10:32AM)  Rail Budget: Introduction of vacuum toilets likely (www.business-standard.com)
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Water conservation initiatives such as introduction of environment-friendly vacuum toilets and changes in the design of existing lavatories in trains are some of the proposals likely to be announced in the forthcoming Rail Budget. According to a senior Railway Ministry official, a concrete plan of action for water management at stations and trains will be reflected in the Rail Budget 2015-16 to be announced by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, who is keen on promoting environment-friendly activities in the transporter. Railway Ministry will also announce the grand plan of water audit across the rail system in the country. The official said that since vacuum toilet consumes one-fourth less water than the existing lavatories, Railways is keen to try it in some selected trains. There is a plan to install 80 vacuum toilets in Delhi-Chandigarh Shatabdi Express on a trial basis and a budgetary provision is likely to be made for it...
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in Prabhu's maiden rail budget, he said. Environment-friendly and vacuum-based toilets prevent corrosion of rail tracks as they stop waste discharge on the tracks, he added. Railways will tie up with civic authorities to make the vacuum toilet system operational, as it entails construction of safety tanks and sewerage link for the disposal of waste at stations. The official, however, clarified that installation of bio-toilets in trains will continue with some minor design change in it. "Replacement of conventional toilet with bio-toilet will continue as it is the stated policy of Railways to have environment-friendly hygienic toilet system in the entire rail system," he said. "Certain modifications in the bio-toilet design is required to make it function more smoothly," he added. Malfunctioning of bio-toilets were reported in some cases during the trial run. "Steps are being taken to tackle it with some changes in the design." Apart from trains, Railways is planning to install bio-toilets at stations also. The change in the design in existing toilets is also to make them more user-friendly and hygienic as improving passenger amenities will be focus area in the budget proposal.
  
Today (10:27AM)  Cop steps into drain to rescue bleeding man, gets rewarded (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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MUMBAI: It was the call of humanity more than duty. Constable Devendra Shinde of the Government Railway Police (GRP) force got into a drain to pull out an accident victim, and then halted a train to ferry him to the nearest railway station for medical aid. Shinde, who is attached to the GRP's Borivli outpost, was feted with a certificate and a cash reward of Rs 5,000 by additional director general (railways) Sanjay Barve.
Around 11am on January 21, Shinde was on duty at Malad station when some passengers alighted from a train at platform 1 and told him that a man had gone overboard between Malad and Goregaon stations. A senior official said that Shinde showed rare alacrity by hotfooting it to platform 2 where he took a train headed towards Churchgate and had a word with the motorman
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of the train. The motorman dropped Shinde at a spot where a crowd had gathered near a nullah into which a commuter, Sultan Shaikh, was lying injured.
"While onlookers were reluctant to step into the nullah, Shinde got in without batting an eyelid. Shinde then stood on the railway tracks and waved out to the motorman of a train headed towards Borivli," said the official, adding that the onlookers were a tad hesitant to help out as Shaikh was bleeding profusely.
As the train halted, Shinde requested the onlookers to help get Shaikh on the train. "That's how he got the injured man to Malad station," said the official, adding that Shaikh was then taken to hospital.
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