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Today (17:42)  Power breakdown in Kolkata Metro, thousands stranded in tunnel (www.thehindu.com)
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Thousands of passengers of Kolkata Metro were stranded in the tunnel of the metro railways for about 15 minutes after power outage affected the service of the underground railways here on Thursday morning.
Metro authorities blamed Calcutta Electricity Supply Corporation (CESC) for the disconnection of power without any prior information.“Electricity supply was disconnected at 9.53 a.m.Normal metro services resumed at 10.08 a.m.,” Indrani Banerjee, Chief Public Relations Officer, Metro Railways saidThe trains which were in the tunnel came were rolled and brought to the platforms, she said.Passengers claimed that it was pitch dark in the tunnel and the platforms after power outage. There was a huge rush in the trains when the power outage occurred.According to the CESC, the major fault at
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its Budge Budge power station led to the power blackout.Power supply to different areas in Kolkata was also disrupted due to the CESC fault. The defect of power has been over come with the support of power distribution companies of West Bengal Government.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has called a meeting of senior officials of power department to access the situation. Over a million of students are writing a Class X Madhyamik Examination during the day.
  
Today (17:38)  Spaces: Necklace Road station (www.thehindu.com)
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Commentary/Human InterestMMTC/Hyderabad MMTS  -  

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An MMTS station where life moves at a leisurely pace, away from the maddening crowd
On a weekday morning, when most other railway stations in the city witness a flurry of activity, life at the Necklace Road MMTS station seems to be a breeze.
Not very far away, the Khairatabad flyover is clogged with traffic. The parking lot at this station is nearly empty, barring two cars and a few two wheelers.
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the other entrance to this station, from Raj Bhavan Road, one would have to fight for parking space. “Many officer goers get off at this station and head towards Raj Bhavan Road and Begumpet. The parking lot towards that exit is a busy one. Here I have nothing much to do,” says Rahul, who mans the parking lot. His two sons are taking turns riding a bicycle with Mohammad Ifroze, whose auto is parked a little away.
“Madam, auto chahiye kya?” he asks aloud, amid his cycle rounds with Rahul’s younger son. He doesn’t get to ferry too many passengers on weekday mornings and afternoons. Evenings are busy, he says, with more people commuting around Necklace Road, Lumbini Park, NTR Gardens and Prasads multiplex. On Sunday evenings, the area surrounding the MMTS station comes alive with many more auto rickshaws ferrying commuters, small time vendors selling cotton candies and makka butta. The zone is also frequented by those who like to feed hordes of pigeons through the day.
A few yards away from the parking lot, the walls of the constructions nearby sport a new look, thanks to the paintings by St+Art Foundation and its team of artists.
Pune-based artist Nilesh’s painting of a man about to dip a chunky Osmania biscuit into a cup of Irani chai, against the backdrop of Charminar, is his ode to the city.
FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) by artist duo Swathi and Vijay is another stunning painting, depicting a youngster so caught up with tracking and making his presence in the online world that he gets stuck in a make-believe world and doesn’t step out into reality.
Inside the MMTS station, at first glance, you’re taken in by the spic and span waiting area and platforms.
With the station being relatively less crowded and cleaner, a few fashion designers have also explored the area for portfolio shoots.
The long walkways leading to and fro the station platforms are covered by a blue, dust-laden canopy. A few commuters halt at the IRCTC cafeteria, Food Track, for a quick snack. The cafeteria is basic, stocking biscuits, samosas and veg puffs. The menu changes each day and offers lemon rice or tamarind rice for lunch.
  
Today (07:46)  Track work for Metro Rail in north Chennai begins (www.thehindu.com)
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Laying of tracks initiated along 13 km Washermanpet stretch
Work on the Chennai Metro Rail line in north Chennai is finally seeing some progress with track laying being initiated for the underground stretch at Washermanpet.
The laying of tracks — from Washermanpet Metro Rail station to AG-DMS Metro Rail station, a distance of about 13 km — started a week ago, sources said.
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tunnelling work from Washermanpet to Chennai Central is nearly complete but work is still in progress from Chennai Central to AG-DMS. According to CMRL officials, the tunnelling to Chennai Central was quite challenging due to the unpredictable soil conditions and density of population in the localities.
“It will take at least six months to lay the track from Washermanpet to Chennai Central and perhaps, another six months to reach AG-DMS. Soon, the work on signalling and electrification will also start. The priority will be to complete the work from Washermanpet to Chennai Central. Meanwhile, the tunnelling work in the remaining part of Anna Salai will be over and the track work can begin there too,” an official said.
Larsen and Tourbro was given the contract to lay tracks for the elevated corridors from Koyambedu to St. Thomas Mount and Little Mount to Chennai airport, and the underground corridor from Thirumangalam to Egmore.
But for the stretch between Washermanpet and AG-DMS, Kalindee Rail Nirman Engineers Limited will carry out the laying of tracks.
  
Today (07:44)  New wing in Tiruchi railway division (www.thehindu.com)
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To monitor environment-related issues
An Environment and Housekeeping Management (EnHM) Wing has been created in Tiruchi Railway Division to coordinate housekeeping activities in major stations within the division and improve cleanliness on board trains maintained in Tiruchi and those originating from here.
It will work under the control of the Divisional Railway Manager. A senior scale officer has been posted to head the wing at the divisional level here. The Divisional Environment and Housekeeping Manager heading the wing here will have a team of health inspectors, senior supervisors.
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said the wing would be responsible for coordination of integrated housekeeping function of trains, major railway stations and coach maintenance depots. Its functions include mechanised cleaning of all ‘A1’ and ‘A’ category railway stations restricted to all passenger interface areas, mechanised cleaning of coaches in depots and coach maintenance depots in addition to pests and rodents control.
In Tiruchi Railway Division limits, Broad Gauge Coaching Complexes are situated at Tiruchi and Villupuram railway junctions where passenger coaches are maintained and serviced regularly.
On Board Housekeeping Services (OBHS) in trains and petty repairs to amenity fittings in toilets at stations form part of the housekeeping activity.
A senior railway officer said OBHS was in vogue in six long trains originating from Tiruchi Railway Division including the Tiruchi – Howrah – Tiruchi Express, Mannargudi – Bhagat Ki Kothi - Mannargudi Express, Puducherry – Mangaluru (via Tiruchi) and Villupuram – Kharagpur – Villupuram Express.
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The Tiruchi Division accounts for a total of six ‘A’ category stations – Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Kumbakonam, Mayiladuthurai and Villupuram. The wing would monitor all environment-related issues including energy conservation and organise cleanliness-related programmes.
  
Today (07:43)  Demonstration held (www.thehindu.com)
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The members of All India Railway Engineers’ Federation at Thoothukudi staged a demonstration here on Wednesday evening demanding action against an employee.
N. Ramasubramanian, senior section engineer, said he was allegedly abused and manhandled on February 16 by C. Bharathi, an employee, when he asked Mr. Bharathi to verify and close the attendance registers pertaining to a level crossing gate in his jurisdiction.
He also alleged that Mr. Bharathi, also an office- bearer of Southern Railway Mazdoor Union (SRMU), assaulted him with a steel rail piece and caused grievous injury.
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had been admitted to government medical college hospital here for the last six days.
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The local police had registered a case, but no action had been taken yet, the members said. Hence, the Federation wanted the police to pursue the case quickly.
  
Today (07:40)  EMU stoned, guard hurt (www.thehindu.com)
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A guard employed by the Southern Railways, who was on duty on an EMU, was injured after miscreants allegedly threw stones at him.
Randeerkumar (34) was on board a Chennai Beach-Tambaram train. As it was nearing Pallavaram around 4.45 p.m. on Wednesday, he suffered severe chest pain.
He was rushed to a private hospital in Pallavaram, from where he was discharged later in the day.
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his complaint, Mr. Randeerkumar said he was hit on the chest by a stone. He informed the Pallavaram station master of the incident.
Another guard was deputed to the Pallavaram railway station from Tambaram for the rest of the journey. The EMU was detained at Pallavaram station for 25 minutes due to this incident and services were delayed.
  
Today (07:40)  Tatkal Special train today (www.thehindu.com)
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South Western Railway will run a Tatkal Special train between Yeshwantpur and Dharwad to clear extra rush during the Shivaratri festival. Train No 06538 Yeshwantpur-Dharwad Tatkal Special will leave Yeshwantpur at 8.30 p.m. on Thursday and reach Dharwad at 5.35 a.m. on Friday.
In the return direction, Train No 06537 Dharwad-Yeshwantpur Tatkal Special will leave Dharwad at 7.40 p.m. on Sunday and reach Yeshwantpur at 5 a.m. on Monday. Advance booking for the train is open, a release said. The Railways is also running a weekly Tatkal special (06579 and 06580) between Yeshwantpur and Visakhapatnam.
  
Today (07:37)  HC directs CBI to probe railway official (www.thehindu.com)
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The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court has directed the CBI to probe a complaint against the Chief Commercial Manager, Southern Railway for allegedly misusing his position and collecting money from the public for private gain. Passing orders on a writ petition filed by advocate M. Ramesh, the Bench of Justice S. Nagamuthu and Justice V. Muralidaran directed the CBI to investigate the complaint within three months.
The petitioner alleged that Ajeet Saxena, Chief Commercial Manager, Southern Railway, claiming to be a disciple of Maha Avatar Baba, was posing as Additional Secretary and collecting huge sums from the public as donation in the name of Sharangaghath Foundation.
  
Today (07:37)  Case against engine driver (www.thehindu.com)
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Captain Hodgsons, Additional District Magistrate, Tharrawaddy, yesterday began the trial of Basti, engine driver, Burma Railways who was prosecuted under Section 101, Railway Act, for endangering the lives of public by running his train, No 154 down goods, from Prome against signals and thereby colliding with No. 11 up passenger train which was standing at Okpo station on the 24th November causing considerable damage to the station buildings, railway stock and permanent way. Several witnesses were examined for the prosecution. Seven The goods train, according to evidence, was not entering the station cautiously. The accused’s defence was that the case was false as witnesses were friends of the Assistant Station Master in whose department they all worked. The Magistrate framed charges.
  
Today (07:36)  Dhoni travels in train with Jharkhand cricket team (www.thehindu.com)
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Dhoni, who leads Jharkhand in one-dayers, did not ask for anything special in his first train ride in more than 13 years.
The South Eastern Railway served a very special passenger on Tuesday night when its former employee Mahendra Singh Dhoni preferred to travel by train with his Jharkhand one-day cricket team from Ranchi to Howrah to participate in the Vijay Hazare Trophy here.
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passengers including Dhoni,” South Eastern Railway chief public relations officer Sanjoy Ghosh told PTI.
Dhoni boarded the Kriya Yoga Express at 9.40 pm in Ranchi and disembarked in Howrah at 6.50 am this morning after crossing the Kharagpur platform early this morning at 4.15 am.
The excitement for the World Cup-winning skipper was palpable as a relaxed-looking Dhoni shared a selfie with his millions of followers on social network.
“We had a prior information about this and so we had arranged special security when they boarded in Ranchi last night and upon their arrival this morning in Howrah,” Ghosh said.
Before making the India team Dhoni was employed by SER as a TTE from September 2001 till July 2004 in Kharagpur, something that is well-documented in his biopic “MS Dhoni”, a blockbuster last year. “Railway is India’s lifeline and everyone travels by train at some point. It’s Dhoni’s greatness that he opted to take train and be with his wards instead of flying,” Ghosh added.
Dhoni, who was removed as skipper of Indian Premier League side Rising Pune Supergiants a few days ago, had played last two seasons only as wicketkeeper for Jharkhand.
But having relinquished Team India captaincy from all formats, Dhoni opted to lead his state and all eyes would be on the ‘captain cool’ in this season’s domestic one-dayers beginning February 25.PTI
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