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Today (6:51AM)  Acquisition of land for ROB begins (www.thehindu.com)
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Decks have been cleared for land acquisition for the construction of Pachalam ROB with the land owners finally agreeing to surrender their property.
According to District Collector M.G. Rajamanickam, 45 cents will be acquired for the purpose. The land is being purchased at a price of Rs.14 lakh per cent and the evictees will be given a shifting charge of Rs.25,000, in addition to Rs.30,000 for paying rent.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has designed a two-lane ROB at Pachalam with the intention of keeping land acquisition to the minimum.
The project, which is estimated to cost Rs.52 crore, aims at opening a new gateway to Kochi, besides easing the traffic gridlocks in the city.
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Meanwhile, acquisition of land for the Edappally flyover project is nearing completion with all but one of the 26 landowners submitting their consent letters in this regard.
Today (6:49AM)  Metro rail in more cities: Venkaiah (www.thehindu.com)
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The Union government is considering a proposal to expand its urban metro system by launching metro rail networks in all cities with one million-strong population, Union Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu has said.
The idea is to bring more cities under the national urban metro network.
Norm relaxation
“At present, metro rail projects are being allotted only to cities with a population of 20 lakh or more. We are now thinking about scaling down the norm to 10 lakh and above to help decongest more cities,” he told the media here on Wednesday.
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urban areas. “We will be adding metro rail networks to connect Vijayawada and Guntur with Hyderabad in addition to projects such as the Lucknow metro and the tri-city metro that are already in the pipeline,” the Minister said, adding that the metro rail in Chennai was expected to commence operations by Vijayadashmi.
Mr. Naidu said the National Democratic Alliance government would soon introduce a new scheme for urban development replacing the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) that expired this March. “The new scheme will be devised drawing lessons from past experiences and the success and flaws of the JNNURM,” he said.
Further, the NDA government was looking forward to work closely with the States to achieve universal housing by 2022.
A scheme aimed at ensuring housing for all would be implemented roping in all the stakeholders.
“The long-term objective is to reduce the cost of borrowing for housing, which can be achieved by providing interest subvention for low-income borrowers,” Mr. Naidu said.
Today (6:48AM)  ECoR notifies change in timings (www.thehindu.com)
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The East Coast Railway (ECoR) has notified changes in the timings of nine trains, including four express trains, in the new train Time Table, which will come into effect on September 1. It also announced that the introduction of 13 new train services would be notified in due course.
The timings of the following nine trains have been changed and their new timings at different stations in ECoR jurisdiction (with effect from September 1) are as under:
18567 Visakhapatnam-Kollam Express will leave Visakhapatnam at 8.30 a.m. and from Duvvada at 9 a.m.
22203 Visakhapatnam-Secunderabad Duronto Express will leave Visakhapatnam at 8.15 p.m. and reach Secunderabad at 6.15 a.m. the next day.
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will leave Sambalpur at 6 a.m. instead of 6.30 a.m. and reach Rayagada at 1 p.m.
18304 Puri-Sambalpur Inter City Express will leave Puri at 3.20 p.m. instead of 3.25 p.m. and reach Sambalpur at 10.10 p.m.
58301 Sambalpur-Koraput passenger will leave Sambalpur at 07.15 a.m. and reach Koraput at 11.30 p.m. instead of its earlier timings..
58422 Puri-Angul passenger will leave Puri at 3.50 p.m. and will arrive at Angul at 9.40 p.m.
58414 Puri-Talcher passenger will leave Puri at 4.15 p.m. and will arrive at Talcher at 10.25 p.m. instead of its earlier timings.
58416 Puri-Cuttack passenger will leave Puri at 8 a.m. and will reach Cuttack at 11.05 a.m. 58417 Puri-Gunupur passenger will leave Puri at 8 a.m. and reach Gunupur at 7.45 p.m.
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Thirteen new trains have been placed in the new Time Table and the introduction of these new trains will be notified in due course. These trains are Visakhapatnam-Chennai Central Weekly Super Fast Express, Visakhapatnam-Paradeep weekly Super fast Express, Paradeep-Santragachhi weekly Super Fast Express, Gandhidham-Puri weekly Express via Vizianagaram & Titlagarh, Visakhapatnam-Secunderabad AC weekly Super Fast Express, Howrah-Yesvantpur AC weekly S/F Express, Tata Nagar- Baiyyapanahali weekly Express via Jharsuguda, Titlagarh, Rayagada & Visakhapatnam, Kamakhya- Baiyyapanahali weekly Premium via Howrah & Bhubaneswar, Howrah-Chennai AC weekly Premium, Kamakhya-Chennai weekly Premium, Sambalpur-Bhawanipatna daily passenger via Titlagarh, Visakhapatnam-Gunupur daily passenger via Nawapara and Rourkela-Sambalpur daily passenger except Sunday.
Today (6:47AM)  Yet another chain snatching incident on train (www.thehindu.com)
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Passenger of Puducherry-Dadar Express loses 3.5 sovereigns
In yet another case of robbery on a moving train, an unidentified man snatched away a chain weighing 3.5 sovereign from a 45-year-old passenger of the Puducherry-Dadar Express during the early hours of Wednesday.
This incident comes a week after two women were robbed of their jewels and cash in Tiruttani-Arakkonam electromotive unit train on the night of August 19.
Bharathi (40) of Nemilicheri and her relative Prema alias Prasanna (42) were robbed on the moving train.
The robber had also inflicted cut injuries on Bharathi as she resisted his attempt. The incident took place between Tiruttani and Arakkonam.
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Katpadi Railway Police said the passenger — Ravindra Babu — had lodged a complaint at the station that an unidentified person had snatched away his chain weighing 3.5 sovereigns. He was asleep on a berth when the incident occurred.
However, police said they were yet to file a case in this regard.
Further details will be known only after inquiry, they added.
Today (6:46AM)  Buffaloes run over by train (www.thehindu.com)
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Nine buffaloes and a calf were run over by a train between Thiruvalangadu and Mosur near Arakkonam on Tuesday night. Arakkonam railway police said the incident occurred at 9.30 p.m. The buffaloes were straying on the tracks.
Today (6:46AM)  SHIV SENA FOR EARLY COMPLETION OF ROB (www.thehindu.com)
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The cadres of the Shiv Sena staged a demonstration in front of the Collectorate here on Wednesday, demanding the early completion of Putheri Railway Overbridge (ROB) work in Nagercoil.
Later, they submitted a petition to the Collector. A. Sivaji, State general secretary of the party, said the construction of the 740-metre-long ROB at an estimated cost of Rs.21.40 crore began in 2009, and work was still going, affecting smooth flow of traffic.
Early completion of the work would ease traffic and help reduce number of accidents on this stretch, he added.
A. Chokkalingam, district party unit president, presided.
Today (6:45AM)  Train timings to be revised from September 1 (www.thehindu.com)
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Departure and arrival timings of several trains from and to Mangalore Central Railway Station will be changed from September 1 following implementation of the revised timetable.
A release from Southern Railway said train no. 16649 Mangalore Central-Nagercoil Parasuram Express, which used to leave Mangalore Central at 4.50 a.m. would leave at 5 am from September 1. train no. 56640 Mangalore Central-Madgaon Passenger would leave at 5.50 a.m. instead of 6.20 a.m. as at present.
Train no. 56643 Mangalore Central-Kabakaputtur Passenger would leave at 6.05 a.m. instead of 6 a.m.; 56324 Mangalore Central-Coimbatore Junction Fast Passenger would leave at 7.40 a.m. instead of 8 a.m.; 12602 Mangalore Central-Chennai Central Mail would leave at 1.20 p.m. instead of 1.15 p.m.; 12686 Mangalore Central-Chennai Central Express would leave at 4.20 p.m. instead of 4.15 p.m.;
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22638 Mangalore Central-Chennai Central West Coast Express would leave at 10.20 p.m. instead of 10 p.m.; train no. 22852 Mangalore Central-Santragatchi Vivek Express would leave at 11 pm instead of 10.45 pm and train no. 56661 Chervathur-Mangalore Central Passenger would leave Chervathur at 6.30 am instead of 6.50 p.m.
Train no. 22637 Chennai Central-Mangalore Central West Coast Express would arrive at Mangalore Central at 3.50 a.m. instead of 4.20 a.m.; 16604 Thiruvananthapuram-Mangalore Central Maveli Express would arrive at 8.05 a.m. instead of 8 a.m.; 56661 Chervathur-Mangalore Central Passenger at 8.25 a.m. instead of 8.45 a.m.; 12685 Chennai Central-Mangalore Central Express at 9.05 a.m. instead of 8.30 a.m.; 16855 Puducherry-Mangalore Central Express at 9.30 a.m. instead of 9.50 a.m.; 22851 Santragatchi-Mangalore Central Vivek Express at 9.30 a.m. instead of 9.50 a.m.
Train No. 56655 Kannur-Mangalore Central Passenger at 10.35 am instead of 10.40 a.m.; 16857 Puducherry-Mangalore Central Express at 11.10 a.m. instead of 9.50 a.m.; 17606 Kacheguda-Mangalore Central Express at 11.10 a.m. instead of 11.20 a.m.; 12601 Chennai Central-Mangalore Central Mail at 12.25 p.m. instead of 12.20 p.m.; 22610 Coimbatore Junction-Mangalore Central Intercity Express at 1.50 p.m. instead of 1.40 p.m.; 56323 Coimbatore Junction-Mangalore Central Fast Passenger at 7.35 p.m. instead of 7.50 p.m. and train No. 16650 Nagercoil Junction-Mangalore Central Parasuram Express would arrive at 8.25 p.m. instead of 8.30 p.m., the release said.
Timings of trains from and to Mangalore Central have been changed
Today (6:45AM)  More trains rescheduled on Konkan stretch (www.thehindu.com)
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Timings of some of the trains running via Mangalore Junction continue to be rescheduled owing to the derailment of a goods train on Konkan Railway stretch on August 24 even as the Konkan Railway Corporation said it is making every effort to restore the damaged tracks between Veer and Karanjadi.
A release from Southern Railway said train no. 22114 Kochuveli – Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (bi-weekly) train scheduled to leave Kochuveli at 12.35 a.m. on Thursday is rescheduled to leave at 10.45 a.m. the same day.
Train no. 16346 Thiruvananthapuram – Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Netravati Express scheduled to leave Thiruvananthapuram at 9.50 a.m. on Thursday is rescheduled to leave at 12.30 p.m. on the same day. Train no. 12224 Ernakulam – Lokmanya Tilak Termininus Duronto Express scheduled to leave Ernakulam at 11.30 p.m.
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on Wednesday is rescheduled to leave at 6.30 a.m. on Thursday.
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Meanwhile, a release from KRCL said that about 500 metres of track had been damaged due to the derailment. Movement of trains is facilitated by placing temporary sleepers even as track restoration is in full swing as a result of which the speeds of trains have come down. Normalcy is expected to be restored in a day, the release said.
Track restoration in full swing, say authorities
Today (6:43AM)  Special trains from Chennai (www.thehindu.com)
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Southern Railway will run superfast special trains in the Chennai Central-Thiruvananthapuram Central-Chennai Central sector between August 28 and September 1 to clear the rush of passengers.
Train 06007 Chennai Central-Thiruvananthapuram superfast special will leave Chennai Central at 6.15 p.m. on August 28 to reach Thiruvananthapuram Central at 11 a.m. the next day, a Railway release said.
In the return direction, Train 06008 Thiruvananthapuram-Chennai Central superfast special will leave Thiruvananthapuram Central at 8.20 p.m. on August 31 to reach Chennai Central at 12.35 p.m. the next day. Advance reservation has begun.
Today (6:43AM)  Gowda to discuss State’s needs with officials (www.thehindu.com)
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Steps to overcome the constraints in areas of safety, speed, security, and service will be the focus of a meeting of top railway officials from the State to be chaired by Union Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda in Kochi on Thursday.
The discussion takes place against a backdrop of a meeting Mr. Gowda recently had in New Delhi with MPs from the State following the alleged neglect towards Kerala in his maiden budget.
All aspects related to the railway network in the State will come up at the meeting, which will be a thorough review of the projects sanctioned in the Railway Budgets over the years and the progress of the works, Railway sources told The Hindu .
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review meeting of the officials of the State after Mr. Gowda took over the reins of the Railways.
Rakesh Mishra, General Manager, Southern Railway; Sunil Bajpai, Divisonal Railway Manager, Thiruvananthapuram; and Anand Prakash, Divisional Railway Manager, Palakkad; will make a presentation that will focus on nine key areas.
Progress of sanctioned works, safety-related works, speed of trains, cleanliness, catering, operating performance, earnings, safety performance for the last five years, and pre-departure constraints will be the core areas in the presentation. These areas form part of the 4S (Safety, Speed, Security, Service) Mission chalked out by Mr. Gowda for the Railways.
The meeting, which will commence at 11 a.m., will also discuss pending projects such as the coach factory at Kanjikode, wagon unit at Cherthala, doubling of the Ernakulam-Kayamkulam sector via Kottayam and Alappuzha, and terminal facilities at Kottayam and Nemom.
Today (6:42AM)  Masaipet tragedy the result of bus driver’s carelessness (www.thehindu.com)
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The probe by the Government Railway Police (GRP) into the causes for the train mishap that resulted in the death of 14 children and two others when it rammed the school bus they were travelling in, has almost confirmed that it was due to the carelessness of the bus driver.
However, investigating officers have established that the bus driver was not on phone when he was driving over the unmanned level crossing. When contacted, Superintendent of GRP-Secunderabad S. Chandrasekhar Reddy said they had examined the driver’s mobile call data records and found that no call was on at the time of the accident.
“He can be blamed for carelessness, but he paid with his life. We will close the case as he is no more,” Mr. Reddy added.
Today (6:41AM)  Konkan Railway to run special trains for festival rush (www.thehindu.com)
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Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd. (KRCL) has announced 214 special trains so far to cater to the rush of passengers during the Ganesha festival. It has also beefed up security as the festival begins this week end.
Vaishali Patange, chief public relations officer of KRCL, said on Tuesday that there would be 130 reserved special trains and 46 premium reserved special trains, including 20 double-decker trips.
To cater to the last minute unscheduled passenger rush, 38 unreserved special trains had also been announced between Sawantwadi and Dadar and between Ratnagiri and Lokmanya Tilak terminus.
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Guards and local police had been conveyed to the authorities. CCTV cameras had been installed at Khed, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kankavali, and Sawantwadi stations.
Medical staff with first aid kits would be stationed at Khed, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kankavali, and Kudal stations for immediate medical attention. A pharmaceutical counter would be set up at Ratnagiri station. Catering establishments at station had been directed to maintain additional stock to meet the demands of passengers.
“Co-ordination is being made with MSRTC authorities to link bus timings with train timings; advance timings of opening of ticket windows for issue of current ticket by an hour at major stations; and additional ticket counters had been set up in Ratnagiri region,” she said.
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Today (6:40AM)  Direct trains to Vailankanni big boon for Goans (www.heraldgoa.in)
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VASCO: About 1,000 pilgrims from Goa left for Vailankanni to attend the novenas and feast by a direct train from Vasco Railway station on Wednesday.
Speaking to Herald, Station Manager M Thamaraja Selvan said starting from Wednesday, three direct trains to Vailankanni, one on August 30 and the other on September 3, will leave from Vasco Railway station at 12 noon and reach the next day at about 3 pm and the same train will leave Vailankanni at 8 pm.
“On September 7, the direct train to Vailankanni will leave Vasco Railway station at 7.50 am. Besides the direct train there will be other trains that will leave for Vailankanni via Bangalore,” informed Selvan.
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direct trains on August 30, September 3 and 7 to Vailankanni are almost 75% booked. Speaking to Herald, some pilgrims have thanked the earlier government for starting the direct trains to Vailankanni, especially during the feast of Vailankanni. The pilgrims said earlier they used to face a lot of difficulty in reaching Vailankanni, as they had to go via Bangalore. “We had to spent at least six-seven hours at Bangalore station to catch our connecting train to Vailankanni. With the starting of direct train four years back, the pilgrims reach Vailankanni in time,” said a pilgrim.
Speaking to Herald, former minister Jose Philip D’Souza said it was a demand from the pilgrims from Goa to start direct trains to Vailankanni, especially at the time of the feast of Our Lady of Vailankanni.
Today (6:40AM)  Son’s engagement party turns sour for Sadananda (www.thehindu.com)
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Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda was shocked out of his wits on the occasion of the engagement ceremony of his son Karthik on Wednesday. Kannada actor, Mythriya Gowda, used the auspicious occasion to announce that Karthik had already married her. Ms. Mythriya went public on some TV channels with the allegation.
The charge was denied by Karthik, who told presspersons that he did not know Ms. Mythriya at all. Mr. Sadananda Gowda also expressed surprise over the charges, maintaining that his life was an open book. He termed the allegations an effort to tarnish his image.
Speaking to presspersons in Kushalnagar, he said some political forces could not tolerate his political rise and were behind such allegations. Some TV channels also described the actor as a Congress worker.
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Ms. Mythriya is a model-turned actor. She started her career as a model five years ago and made her film debut in Surya, The Great , starring Ajay Rao and directed by Rushi. She also acted in Hrudaya I Miss you, directed by Satya, starring Yogesh. She has also starred in a Tamil film Theekuchi . Her on-going projects are Malinga and Premagni . Sources close to her family said they plan to approach the Karnataka State Commission for Women.
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Today (6:39AM)  Sadananda’s son booked for rape (www.thehindu.com)
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A case of rape has been registered against the son of Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda on a complaint by a woman who claimed that she is married to him, even as his engagement ceremony took place on Wednesday. Mr. Gowda expressed shock at the allegation and suspected a conspiracy and attempt to blackmail, while his son Karthik rejected the woman’s claim.
Today (6:39AM)  Hyderabad Metro to get an aesthetic touchs (www.thehindu.com)
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Imagine a blue streak of light all along the three metro rail corridors – L.B. Nagar to Miyapur, JBS to Falaknuma and Nagole to Raidurg – with signboards too in light emitting diodes (LED) run on solar energy. Greenery throughout the length of the railway with creepers on piers, ornamental plants or shrubs beneath the viaduct.
Also, handrails and different tiles to help pedestrians and the disabled, separate parking space for emergency vehicles, signboards indicating the destinations beneath, green screens for ad campaigns, sculptures at appropriate spaces and murals on the viaduct walls.
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will be eco-friendly and aesthetic.
Rohit Andrade of Earth Work (Bangalore), Oscar of Oscar & Ponni Architects (Chennai) and Harish Vangara of iammies Landscapes (Hyderabad) bagged the first three prizes, including cash awards of Rs. 8 lakh, Rs. 6 lakh and Rs. 4 lakh respectively. A jury comprising of metro rail officials, retired defence architect Col N.A. Kumar, Biodiversity Board Member-Secretary and former GHMC Director of Urban Forestry N. Chandramohan Reddy and others chose the winners of the contest – design competition for landscaping below metro rail viaduct – which attracted up to 35 valid entries. The designs had to indicate plants that can camouflage the concrete piers to a certain height, absorb pollutants in the air, are drought resistant and so on.
Narsimhan V.V.L. of Narasimham Associates (Hyd), K.B. Srivastava of K.B. Consultants (Hyd) and Elza D’cruz of Beacon Architecture Ltd. (Bangalore) got the consolation prize of Rs. 2 lakh each. Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma and Principal Secretary (Municipal Administration & Urban Development) S.K. Joshi gave away the prizes.
Both the senior officials hailed the ‘imaginative’ presentations and expressed happiness over the metro rail project taking aesthetics as well as eco-friendly aspects as seriously as the civil engineering aspects. The approved designs took into consideration the city’s heritage and environment, pointed out Mr. Sharma. The designs will now become the property of HMR and will be implemented across the three corridors by also taking into account the 200-odd skywalks coming up, said HMR MD N.V.S. Reddy. – Special Correspondent
Designs to make metro rail viaduct attractive and eco-friendly selected in a contest
Today (6:38AM)  Masaipet mishap the result of bus driver’s carelessness (www.thehindu.com)
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The probe by the Government Railway Police (GRP) into the causes for the train mishap that resulted in the death of 14 children and two others when it rammed the school bus they were travelling in, has almost confirmed that it was due to the carelessness of the bus driver.
However, investigating officers have established that the driver of the bus belonging to the Kakatiya Techno School, Toopran, was not on phone when he was driving over the unmanned level crossing in Masaipet of Veldurthi mandal in Medak district. Among those who lost their lives were six girls and eight boys, all below 12 years of age apart from the driver, who too was killed.
When contacted, Superintendent of GRP-Secunderabad S. Chandrasekhar Reddy said they had examined the driver’s mobile call data
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records and found that no call was on at the time of the accident. “He can be blamed for carelessness and gross negligence, but unfortunately, he paid with his life. We are close to finalising the case and will close it as he is no more. We found that all the records pertaining to the two-year-old bus were in order, including the Fitness Certificate,” Mr. Reddy added.
Today (6:37AM)  Railway Minister’s son charged with rape and cheating (www.thehindu.com)
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Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda got a shock at the engagement of his son Karthik on Wednesday. Kannada actor, Mythriya Gowda, used the occasion to announce that Karthik had already married her. Ms. Mythriya made the allegation on some TV channels.
The charge was denied by Mr. Karthik, who told presspersons that he did not know the model-turned-actor at all. Mr. Gowda also expressed surprise over the charges, maintaining that his life was an open book. He termed the allegations an effort to tarnish his image.
Speaking to presspersons in Kushalnagar, he said some political forces could not tolerate his political rise and were behind such allegations.
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Ms. Mythriya filed a complaint with the RT Nagar police who booked Mr. Karthik under Sections 376 (rape) and 420 (cheating) of the IPC. The police asked the complainant to undergo a medical examination at Victoria Hospital.
Today (6:30AM)  Foam from metro work spurts on to rail track (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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CHENNAI: Slurry and foam from a metro rail tunnel made way to the railway track near Fort suburban railway station on Wednesday, raising concern and confusion among commuters and railway staff.
Slurry oozed out and submerged one of the two tracks at the station after a suspected opening or loose soil led to leak of pressure generated by the tunneling machine at work 15m below. Metro rail is building a tunnel from the high court to Central, and a portion of the underground alignment passes underneath Fort railway station as it turns from NSC Bose Road to Poonamallee High Road.
The machine was boring underneath the railway track when the accident happened around 6.15pm. Tunnel boring was stopped and metro engineers rushed to the railway station and assessed the damage.
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The slurry was removed immediately before it could cause disruption of trains. "The machine injects foam to soften the earth before boring. It is a harmless chemical," said a metro rail official.
"It was assessed that land on which the platforms and tracks are located is strong enough and allowed trains to pass by after the sludge was removed," said a senior official of metro rail. Changes on the surface like displacement and settling of soil are studied using sensors when a machine is boring underneath. "We would have told the railways to stop train services if the leak had an impact on the surface. Steps will be taken to prevent a repeat. We have to bore under the tracks because the alignment comes under the railway like an arc to turn into Poonamallee High Road from high court," he added.
Metro rail uses earth pressure balance tunnel boring machines which use pressure to hold up a few feet of earth in front of its face before it bores and moves forward. Bore wells and weak soil pose a problem when the machine is used. Bore wells dug by residents were sealed along the alignment to prevent such accidents.
Slurry and foam have burst out from underneath into streets, homes and shops because residents did not inform officials about the presence of bore wells. "An abandoned bore well can create a problem for us because the pressure can come up through the tube," said an official.
Slurry and thick foam leaked into Arunachala street at Chintadripet in June 2013. A hole developed in the middle of the road and spewed out foam due to the pressure generated by a tunnel boring machine beneath the ground. A metro rail tunnel boring machine was then digging underground from May Day Park, opposite Chintadripet railway station, to the new secretariat.
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A budding Kannada actress has accused Karthik Gowda, son of union railway minister D V Sadananda Gowda, of marrying her and then abandoning her for another woman.
The actress made the allegations in Bangalore on Wednesday when Karthik was getting engaged to another woman at Kushalnagar, 300 km from the State capital.
The actress first appeared on the sets of a local news channel on Wednesday evening and levelled the charges. Later, as the news gained momentum, she went to the R T Nagar police station in Bangalore to launch a formal complaint with droves of TV crews in tow.
Police sources revealed that the complaint was lodged invoking sections 376 (rape), 420 (cheating) and 406 (breach of trust). The police was in
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the process of registering an FIR when this story went for publication.
Earlier, the woman alleged she was in a relationship with Karthik for several months. She claimed that he wanted to have a physical relationship with her but she refused as they weren't married.
She claimed that Karthik then took her to a temple in Bangalore on June 5 and tied a thread soaked in turmeric around her neck to formalise a nuptial as per Hindu customs.
She also claimed that Sadananda Gowda and the rest of his family knew about the marriage.
"Now, without telling me he is getting engaged to another woman," she told tv channels.
There has been no reaction from Karthik or Sadananda so far.
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