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Yesterday (11:45PM)  Minor fire outside Rajiv Chowk Metro station (www.tribuneindia.com)

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New Delhi: A minor fire today broke outside the Rajiv Chowk Metro station here, forcing authorities to halt the train service and close the station for a while.According to fire officials, a rubber mat near gate number 1 and 2 caught fire and thick smoke emanating from it entered the station due to which the fire alarm was sounded at the station.Passengers were evacuated as services were interrupted briefly and later resumed by 1.28 pm.Three fire tenders were rushed to the site and the fire was brought under control.Rajiv Chowk station is a main interchange station on busy Dwarka and Nodia City Centre/Vaishali route (Blue Line) and Jehangirpuri and HUDA City Centre route (Yellow Line).A DMRC spokesperson said that the fire or smoke did not emanate from the Metro system.However, as a precautionary measure the station was closed at 1.22 pm and reopened at 1.28 pm as everything was under...
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control and safety ensured.The spokesperson claimed that the smoke emanated due to burning of PVC material outside the gate in Central Park, which also opens in the station toward B-block of Connaught place.
Incidentally, "Fire Safety week" is being observed by Delhi Metro from April 14 to April 20.
Earlier, on April 11, passengers noticed sparks and smoke emanating from the last coach of a moving metro train from Jahangirpuri to HUDA City Centre (Yellow Line).
The train was halted between the two stations and the passengers deboarded the train after some sparks were seen in the rear car causing panic among passengers.
Yesterday (11:04PM)  Cops conduct surprise checking at city railway station (www.tribuneindia.com)

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Amritsar : Over hundred cops, along with the flying squads constituted by the district administration, today carried out a surprise checking at the Amritsar railway station and Inter-State Bus Terminus to check the misuse of money during the Lok Sabha elections.The police, along with flying squad officials, have erected check posts at various points in the city. The security has also been beefed in the city.Paramapal Singh, ADCP (City -I), along with other police officials, jawans of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and the Government Railway Police (GRP) conducted a checking at the railway station. They frisked passengers and their luggages.Parampal Singh said the objective of carrying out the surprise check was to ensure foolproof security before the election day.
He said the misuse of money to influence people during elections was a well-known fact and every step was being taken
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to stop the illegal practice.
He said more such raids would be conducted in the days ahead.
Yesterday (2:43PM)  200 new frisking booths for women in Delhi Metro (economictimes.indiatimes.com)

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NEW DELHI: Delhi Metro premises will soon see women commuters being frisked in total privacy as more than 200 new security cabins are being installed for them at the stations of the rapid transport system.The fresh blue-coloured frisking booths are being procured by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation ( DMRC) and women constables of the CISF will use them to frisk women passengers using the Delhi Metro.In the first phase, these booths will be installed in the Metro stations on the Blue Line (Dwarka Sector-21 to Vaishali/Noida City Centre) and subsequently they will placed at all other stations on the Metro network in the national capital region.Close to 200 such boxes will be installed. "The new infrastructure is part of our enhanced measures to make Metro commuters comfortable and secure. Apart from these new women frisking booths, we have also introduced new mechanisms to fine tune Delhi Metro security services,"...
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CISF chief Arvind Ranjan told a news agency.The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is the mandated security agency to secure the 134 stations of the Delhi Metro against any terror or sabotage attempts and it has deployed close to 5,000 men and women for this task.Close to a dozen such booths have already started functioning and as compared to the previous cloth draped or hard-board made security boxes, these cabins ensure total privacy of the female passengers during frisking.
As part of the new protocols devised in the Delhi Metro by the CISF, security personnel have now begun a 'profiling' of commuters on the basis of which they are subjected to varied level of security checks.
The force, as part of a month-old 'pilot' project to initiate these measures, has initially brought eight Metro stations under its purview.
As part of the new drill, the X-ray baggage screening machines at some select stations are now kept right next to the door-frame metal detectors where the commuters are frisked by CISF jawans.
A security official explained that by this method, the CISF personnel right behind his colleague, who is frisking commuters, is able to clearly analyse the indicators of the metal detector and simultaneously also gives time to the personnel to intelligently profile a suspect.
Once the 'pilot' project reaches an optimum level and is seen to be successful, Ranjan said, more Metro stations would be brought under the new security protocols mechanism.
Under this plan, the CISF has also deputed a select group of its personnel and officers who roam around in these select Metro stations talking to commuters about following few norms mandated for the security of passengers like making a queue while going for personal frisking and observance of rules on platforms.
Passengers at eight stations- Dwarka Sector 8, 12, 13 and 14, Yamuna Bank, Civil Lines, Vidhan Sabha and Race Course- are being urged to cooperate with the CISF personnel and urged to follow some routine courtesy and safety drills like standing behind the precautionary 'yellow line' when the train rolls in the station and allowing passengers to de-board first before hopping in.
The force is gearing up to the new measures as footfalls on the Delhi Metro are increasing everyday with close to 25 lakh people using the mass rapid rail network each day across stations spread in the national capital region including Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon and Faridabad.
Yesterday (2:42PM)  200 new frisking booths for women in Delhi Metro (www.business-standard.com)

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Delhi Metro premises will soon see women commuters being frisked in total privacy as more than 200 new security cabins are being installed for them at the stations of the rapid transport system.The fresh blue-coloured frisking booths are being procured by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and women constables of the CISF will use them to frisk women passengers using the Delhi Metro.In the first phase, these booths will be installed in the Metro stations on the Blue Line (Dwarka Sector-21 to Vaishali/Noida City Centre) and subsequently they will placed at all other stations on the Metro network in the national capital region.Close to 200 such boxes will be installed."The new infrastructure is part of our enhanced measures to make Metro commuters comfortable and secure. Apart from these new women frisking booths, we have also introduced new mechanisms to fine tune Delhi Metro security services," CISF chief Arvind Ranjan...
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told PTI.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is the mandated security agency to secure the 134 stations of the Delhi Metro against any terror or sabotage attempts and it has deployed close to 5,000 men and women for this task.
Close to a dozen such booths have already started functioning and as compared to the previous cloth draped or hard-board made security boxes, these cabins ensure total privacy of the female passengers during frisking.
As part of the new protocols devised in the Delhi Metro by the CISF, security personnel have now begun a 'profiling' of commuters on the basis of which they are subjected to varied level of security checks.
The force, as part of a month-old 'pilot' project to initiate these measures, has initially brought eight Metro stations under its purview.
Yesterday (2:15PM)  Tadoba, Pench likely to be on Deccan Odyssey route (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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NAGPUR: In a major plan to boost tiger tourism in Vidarbha, the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has put Tadoba and Pench tiger reserves in the itineraries of luxury train Deccan Odyssey.Talking to TOI, joint managing director of MTDC Satish Soni said, "We have proposed the two tiger reserves in the Deccan Odyssey itinerary and a proposal in this regard has been sent to the Railway Board last month. A meeting to discuss the issue will be held on Tuesday." Soni was in the city to release former principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF) Prakash Thosre's book 'The mammals of Maharashtra' on Thursday."Looking into the extensive railway operations, we need their permission to make available tracks to take the train to Chandrapur for Tadoba and Nagpur for Pench," said Soni.
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and Ganpatipule, beaches, lions and tigers. Adding Tadoba and Pench to it would be more exciting. Already, many foreign tourists visit Kanha and Tadoba after reaching Nagpur, which is also known as 'gateway to tiger capital'.
Former president of Vidarbha Economic Development (VED) Council Vilas Kale said the MTDC move will boost tourism in Vidarbha. "Elite class and celebrities travel in Deccan Odyssey will make Vidarbha popular," he said.
The forest department too should pitch in by starting safaris in Canters. "The irony is at a time when demand for Tadoba is more, the management has restricted routes and number of entries," lamented Kale.
Soni admitted that much attention has not been paid to boost tourism in Vidarbha, but MTDC now plans to spend Rs200 crore in the region in the next three years. Of the Rs37.5 crore sanctioned in 2012-13, Rs 5 crore has been spent in six places including Paoni, Bhandara and Ramtek.
The joint MD said apart from the ongoing works last month, the Centre sanctioned Rs 45.5 crore under Central Finance Assistance (CFA) for mega ecotourism circuit in Ramtek-Gondia-Bhandara and Chikhaldara in the region. The state too has sanctioned Rs 7 crore.
"The works will include beautification of lakes at seven places, budget hotels and ecotrails," said Soni.
The biggest boost for tourism will be development of tourism facilities and beautification of world famous Lonar crater. "The MTDC will spend Rs 100 crore for Lonar. For funds and support, we've signed a memorandum of under standing (MoU) with authorities in Quebec, a Canadian province, and Wakayama, a city in Japan," said Soni. The state has also sanctioned Rs10 crore for Lonar.
Yesterday (12:22PM)  Sikh pilgrims return after Besakhi festival (www.thenews.com.pk)

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LAHORE: Sikh pilgrims on Saturday left for India via Wahga by special trains in high security provided by the Pakistan Railways Police. Sikh pilgrims had come to celebrate the Besakhi festival. Special security arrangements had been made by the PR police for the security of Sikh special trains and railway stations. PR SSP Lahore Shariq Jamal personally supervised the arrangements to which PR IG Ibn-e-Hussain appreciated his performance.
Yesterday (12:14PM)  CR nod for Parel terminus, work to start soon (www.asianage.com)

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Central Railway commuters can breathe easy with the delayed Parel terminus having been given the green signal, though work will start only post monsoon. The decision was taken after a two-day closed-door meeting, where railway board officials informed CR authorities that the final phase of expenditure and execution of the `924-crore terminus had been approved with official tenders to be floated by the end of April. A huge help to commuters, this will not only broaden platforms to a total of 480 metres, it will allow 15-coach trains to ply and afford more room for passengers to go in and out of the station. Alongside the Parel terminus, officials also gave their nod to the long-awaited fifth and sixth lines from Kurla to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST). A senior railway board official, on condition of anonymity said, “This meeting was very important as we were to give a final okay,...
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which can enable the CR to start bids for tenders, which takes a while so they have until monsoon to sort out details as to who to allot the contract as it will again need our approval.” However, Suburban Railway Users’ Consultative Committee member, Subhash Gupta felt that the decision had been taken too late and was concerned about the increase in the number of passengers. First envisioned in 1999, the estimated cost of the project has risen from the earlier `332.95 crore to the present `924 crore. Officials said that the Parel terminus will allow the CR to have an additional 100 services if the plan is completed. The terminal itself will be able to hold trains and the space created with additional fifth and sixth lines will help in starting services from the terminal station and go forward to Dadar. It will also help in decongesting Dadar as commuters from Lower Parel on the Western line will catch trains from Parel instead of Dadar.

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मत दो मत दान करो   686 blog posts   76 correct pred (59% accurate)  
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Big news for us. I wrote on pg portal just 3 day before..
To take attention on no. Of fast locals. MORLY/E/2014/03529

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srinivasvasanthi   557 blog posts   4 correct pred (36% accurate)     Ph:+919489109789
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Hope Dadar Terminal may be augmented for the long distance trains with 24 coaches.

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good news for Mumbai travellers

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Is this only for Suburban Services or Long distance trains also??

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For long distance trains as well....

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Suburban only...

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good news for CR and all mumbai commuters

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Why not for Long distance ones as well shall be very useful,may be they can decongest Dadar TT/CSTM as well...

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To decongest CSTM/Dadar TT there is LTT :)
Parel is only planned for suburban traffic in order to decongest Dadar, And i think only slow services will originate/terminate there...

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sir ji agar parel long distance trains ke liye nahi suburban services ke liye hoga to phir kyu naam de rahe hai parel station ko parel terminus ka ?
Yesterday (12:13PM)  NFR appreciates service by VDP, public (www.assamtribune.com)

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GUWAHATI – The NF railway authorities today appreciated the role played by members of the Village Defence Party (VDP) in rescuing the passengers after the derailment of the Dimapur-Kamakhya BG express near Jagiroad in the early hours of April 16.
More than 50 persons were injured in the accident, in which nine coaches were derailed.Immediately after the accident, the members of the local Village Defence Party of Tegheria area carried out the rescue operations followed by the helping hands of local police, NDRF and CRPF jawans, Fire Fighting staff of Hindusthan Paper Corporation and the local people.They rescued the passengers from the capsized coaches and arranged ladders, lighting facilities as well as public address system for rescuing the passengers at the site during that odd hour. Further, vehicles were also arranged by them for transporting the injured passengers to the
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nearby hospitals for medical attention without any delay. The villagers living nearby to the accident site helped the passengers by arranging drinking water etc, said a Railway release.
Yesterday (12:12PM)  Farooq failed to represent Kashmir in parliament: Karra (www.risingkashmir.com)

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Srinagar : Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Srinagar Lok Sabha seat, Tariq Hameed Karra Saturday lambasted Farooq Abdullah for his failure to represent Kashmir in Parliament. He, however, hailed Mamata Banerjee for developing West Bengal when she was a railway minister.Addressing people during a road show at Mehjoor Nagar area of Srinagar city Karra said parliament members don’t have to be mute spectator but should rather highlight aspirations of people inside the parliament house.“Strangely Farooq Sahib talked about Andhra Pradesh, Assam and Punjab and failed to talk about Kashmir,” he said, adding “Mamata Benaji being a women turned directions of all railway tracks towards Bengal but Farooq Sahib failed to talk about Kashmir.”Chairperson of All India Trinamool Congress (AITMC), Banerjee in 1999 joined the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government and was allocated the Railways Ministry.In first railway budget presented in 2002, she fulfilled many of her promises...
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to her home state West Bengal.
She introduced a new biweekly New Delhi-Sealdah Rajdhani Express train and four express trains connecting various parts of West Bengal.
Karra said Farooq Abdullah as Union Minister failed to utilize the money for developmental works in Kashmir.
“PDP deserves your vote and support keeping in view the comparison between the past performance of NC and PDP. NC has failed to implement their slogans since 1947,” Karra said, adding, “We have to play our role in resolving the Kashmir issue and address the issue of unemployment in Kashmir.”
Farooq Abdullah was elected to Rajya Sabha from Jammu and Kashmir for his first six year term in 2002. He was subsequently re-elected in 2009 and later he joined United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government as a Cabinet Minister and was given portfolio of New and Renewable Energy.
Karra in his road show asked people not to forget hollow promises of NC they made during 2008 elections. “NC claimed they would provide job to middle pass youth, however highly qualified youth are wandering jobless in valley. This is the real face of NC which people should not forget.”
Asserting that people want a complete change from the present regime Karra said PDP wave was quite visible in Jammu region as well. “In Jammu there is a tough competition between BJP and PDP only,” he said.
Reacting to Farooq Abdullah’s recent statement that he would have attacked PDP leaders and workers if he had bombs and guns, Karra said, “He is feeling the heat for his defeat and is using such statements out of his frustration.”
Karra said people supported NC in hard times however in return they were victimized in every aspect.
Referring to 1996 election Karra said NC disappointed Kashmiri people even after getting public support at hard times. “In return, NC gave miseries and sold out dignity of Kashmiri people when it came to power after 1996 elections.”
During the rise in militancy in the state after 1987 elections Abdullah government was dismissed and the state was brought under President’s rule. In 1996, Abdullah was once again sworn in as Chief Minister of the state, his fifth time.
“PDP always acted as a bridge between India and Pakistan to dwindle the void between the two neighboring countries. We advocated participation of youth, who had otherwise been compelled to choose other ways after being exploited politically and socially,” Karra said.
Karra, the PDP’s face in Srinagar and one of its most vocal leaders, lost 2008 Legislative Assembly polls against NC’s Irfan Shah but is upbeat about his fight for the Srinagar Parliamentary seat against NC President and three-time chief minister of the state, Farooq Abdullah.
“Unlike NC, we talked only about Indo-Pak peace which gradually would help in resolving Kashmir issue.”
Taking a dig on NC Karra gave all the credits of developmental works executed in the city areas. “Unfortunately, NC didn’t take care of the works already executed in the areas. Instead, they lured people and got support in 2008 elections,” Karra said, adding that the situation would have been completely different had people extended their support to PDP.
Yesterday (12:10PM)  Infant abandoned at railway station (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

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CUTTACK: A newborn girl was found abandoned at Cuttack railway station on Saturday.
Police said the infant was wrapped in a piece of cloth and dumped outside the office of the station manager. A peon spotted the baby around 7 am and informed his seniors.
Railway police also tried to trace the baby's parents but in vain. "It seems somebody has intentionally dumped the baby at the railway station," said an official of the Government Railway Police.
Officials of a social organization, Childline, shifted the baby to Basundhara, a children's home, after medical check-up. "The baby is three to four days old and is completely healthy," said Narayan Shukla, a staff of Childline. In 2011, two baby girls were found abandoned at the
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railway station. The babies were packed in a carton.
Yesterday (11:46AM)  DMRC hopes to resume work at Muttom yard (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

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KOCHI: In an effort to resolve the ongoing crisis and resume Metro's construction activities at Muttom, the district administration has started giving compensation to landowners in Thrikkakara north village on Saturday. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is hopeful that they would be able to resume work from Monday.Work at Muttom yard had come to a halt on April 15 after a section of the landowners, who had surrendered their land for Metro, staged a protest demanding payment of their compensation.They insisted on releasing money in a time-bound manner. The agitators had also stated that they would not allow any work at the site unless their grievances were addressed. There are 107 landowners for the 18 acres of land that was taken over for the project. They are entitled a compensation of Rs 27.60 crore. Sources said DRMRC has lost five working days in the process. "Works including earth filling, piling...
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and construction of a road under-bridge came to a standstill," said a DMRC official.
Following the deadlock, Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) had initiated talks with landowners to resolve the crisis. The Metro agency said that though the landowners were supposed to be compensated on April 15, Lok Sabha polls and ensuing holidays delayed the plan.
KMRL MD Elias George said: "The distribution of compensation to landowners from Thrikkakara north village has begun and owners from Aluva west village will be given money in the coming days. Since we have started distributing compensation, we are hopeful that the work would resume soon and we will be able to meet the deadline."
Yesterday (11:31AM)  Railways to Run 26 Summer Special Trains (www.newindianexpress.com)

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In order to clear the extra rush of the passengers during the summer season, the Railways has decided to run 26 special trains between Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and Ernakulam Town Railway station. As many as 14 Ernakulam weekly specials and 12 Kochuveli specials will be operated during this period.
Train No 01065 will leave Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 1.20 pm on every Tuesday from April 29 to June 10 and will arrive at Ernakulam at 7 pm the next day.Train No 01066 will leave Ernakulam at 11.30 pm on every Wednesday from April 30 to June 11 and will arrive at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 03.10 am on Fridays.The trains will have halts at Thane, Panvel, Roha, Khed, Chiplun, Sangameshwar, Ratnagiri, Kankavali, Kudal, Thivim, Karmali, Madgaon, Karwar, Murdeshwar, Bhatkal, Mookambika Road Byndoor, Kundapura, Udupi, Manglore Jn, Kasargod, Kanhangad, Payyanur, Kannur, Thalassery,
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Vadakara, Kozhikode, Tirur, Kuttippuram, Shoranur, Thrissur, Aluva and Ernakulam Town.
Train No 01067 will leave Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 2.20 pm on every Friday from May 2 till June 6 and will arrive at Kochuveli at 11.30 pm the next day. Train No 01068 will leave Kochuveli at 12.35 am on every Sunday from May 4 to June 8 and will arrive at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 5 am the next day.
The halts are at Thane, Panvel, Roha, Khed, Chiplun, Sangameshwar, Ratnagiri, Kankavali, Kudal, Thivim, Karmali, Madgaon, Karwar, Murdeshwar, Bhatkal, Mookambika Road, Byndoor, Kundapura, Udupi, Manglore Jn., Kasaragod, Kanhangad, Payyanur, Kannur, Thalassery, Vadakara, Kozhikode, Tirur, Kuttippuram, Shoranur, Thrissur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur, Kayankulam and Kollam.
Yesterday (10:31AM)  Indo-Bangla railway meeting begins tomorrow (www.thedailystar.net)

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The three-day annual India-Bangladesh Inter-Governmental Railway Meeting will begin in Dhaka tomorrow to discuss various railway issues of the two countries. Additional Director General (Operations) of Bangladesh Railway Shah Zahirul Islam will lead Bangladesh side while Railway Board's Additional Member (Traffic) AK Maitra will lead the Indian delegation. The meeting will undertake a complete review of railway cooperation between the two countries and ways and means to improve connectivity and services, says a press release. The measures include making travel by Maitree Express more convenient and comfortable, re-opening of old rail connectivity points such as Birol (Bangladesh), Radhikapur (India), Chilahati (Bangladesh), Haldibari (India) and opening of new points, including Akhaura and Agartala. Freight train operations and the feasibility of introducing container train services between the two countries will also be discussed.
Yesterday (10:31AM)  Minor fire outside Rajiv Chowk metro briefly hits services (www.business-standard.com)

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A minor fire today broke outside the busy Rajiv Chowk metro station here but smoke emanating from it sounded the fire alarm at the premises, forcing authorities to halt the train service and close the station for a brief period. According to fire officials, a rubber mat near gate number 1 and 2 caught fire and thick smoke emanating from it entered the station due to which the fire alarm was sounded at the station. Passengers were evacuated as metro services were interrupted for a brief period and later resumed by 1.28 PM. Three fire tenders were rushed to the site and the fire was brought under control. Rajiv Chowk metro station is a main interchange station on busy Dwarka and Nodia City Centre/Vaishali route (Blue Line) and Jehangirpuri and HUDA City Centre route (Yellow Line). A DMRC spokesperson said that the fire or smoke did not emanate from the...
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metro system. However, as a precautionary measure the station was closed at 1.22 PM and reopened at 1.28 PM as everything was under control and safety ensured.
The spokesperson claimed that the smoke emanated due to burning of PVC material outside the gate in Central Park, which also opens in the station toward B-block of Connaught place.
According to eyewitnesses, people were evacuated from the platform by security officials after platform area was filled with smoke.
Incidentally, "Fire Safety week" is being observed by Delhi Metro from April 14 to April 20.
Earlier, on April 11, passengers noticed sparks and smoke emanating from the last coach of a moving metro train from Jahangirpuri to HUDA City Centre (Yellow Line).
The train was halted between the two metro stations and the passengers deboarded the train after some sparks were seen in the rear car causing panic among passengers.
Yesterday (10:27AM)  Metro rail project expedited: Jayalalithaa (www.deccanchronicle.com)

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Chennai: Asserting that the Chennai metro rail project has been expedited to benefit the people, chief minister J. Jayalalithaa said once completed, it will significantly improve the connectivity in the city.
“You will have access to all important places in the city. You will get additional benefits if you elect our party candidate V. N. P. Venkataraman in the by-elections,” chief minister addressing a rally in Nanganallur here on Saturday said.
The AIADMK supremo who kickedstarted her campaign in the city at Alandur assured to provide more benefits for the residents if they elected the AIADMK candidate in the April 24 election.
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students, she said if the voters of Alandur Constituency elected Venkataraman it would enable the party to bring greater benefits to them, including Central Schemes besides expediting the railway projects.
She also called upon voters to elect AIADMK’s K N Ramachandran who is contesting from the Sriperumbudur Lok Sabha Constituency under which Alandur was included. The by-poll to the Alandur Assembly Constituency has been necessitated following the resignation of Panrutti Ramachandran who after quit the DMDK and joined the AIADMK.
Yesterday (10:24AM)  Auto Drivers Fleece Metro Commuters (www.newindianexpress.com)

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Auto drivers at stands near the Byappanahalli Metro station are ripping passengers off. They are cashing in on the helplessness of Metro commuters and those who arrive in the area from out of town.People who regularly take autos from Lal Bahadur Shastrinagar (LBS) and Annasandrapalaya in HAL, say auto drivers regularly demand double the meter fare.Mohammed Ishaq, a native of KGF, who frequently commutes on the route, says, “My in-laws live near Annasandrapalaya in HAL. I take a train once in a week to come to the city for business, and visit them. I have to get down at Byappanahalli station.  The auto drivers charge `150 for just 5 km. The normal fare should be about `70. This is daylight robbery.”Udaykumar Singh, a resident from Lal Bahadur Shastrinagar, says, “The auto drivers never go by the meter. They lay down many conditions before they let us get in.”Singh visits his...
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parents in UP frequently and when he get off at the K R Puram Metro station, the auto drivers start with `250 and settle for `200.“This is for just 5 km. I have to take my wife to Manipal Hospital every week and the drivers refuse to go by meter. They charge `120. This again for 4 km,” Singh said.Additional Commissioner for Traffic and Security B Dayananda said, “We have taken stern action against those violating the rules, including the erring auto drivers. We will write to the Transport Department recommending cancellation of the driving licences of such drivers.”
He said citizens could log on to the BTP website and write a complaint and action would be initiated against erring drivers.
“Some auto drivers demand excess fare and tarnish the name of good auto drivers,” General Secretary of the Autorickshaw Drivers’ Union (ARDU) Rudramurthy said.
Yesterday (10:22AM)  Metro diversion at ITO to trigger snarls (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

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NEW DELHI: Brace yourself for traffic jams at the ITO intersection. Delhi Metro, which is constructing a station in the area, has once again changed the traffic plan at the intersection. This time, only a narrow strip on the main carriageway of Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg will be open to vehicles before the traffic signal.
The diversion, which winds around the area already earmarked for construction, will allow DMRC to finish work on the Metro station. "The diversions are expected to be in place for two months," said a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation official. The station, which is being constructed using the cut and cover technology, is almost complete. DMRC hopes to make the subways on Indraprastha Marg and DDU Marg, which are part of the station, open to public in two months' time as well, the official added.
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Now, only a narrow strip is available after the bus stop on the Pearey Lal Bhawan side of Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg for traffic coming from Delhi Gate. The left turn at the red light is only accessible after navigating the narrow strip, making it difficult to access the turn. Motorists say, with the high volume of traffic on this stretch, the waiting time at the intersection has increased due to the diversion.
Earlier, one portion of Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg-from the ITO intersection till the turn for Kotla Marg -had been closed. Parking along the service lane and on Kotla Marg was also done away with as traffic was routed through these roads. Vehicles were allowed to park on the carriageway itself.
According to traffic police, one lakh vehicles cross ITO everyday, while around four or five lakh people use the intersection. The ITO crossing is used to access Old Delhi, east Delhi, outer Ring Road as well as south Delhi. DMRC hopes the Metro station here will help bring down the volume of traffic significantly, said officials.
Yesterday (10:20AM)  Mumbai Metro joins station branding ride (www.business-standard.com)

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Vodafone branded station on the Gurgaon Rapid Metro line. Micromax, Airtel and Induslnd Bank have also branded stations for 3-5 years in the network
The Mumbai Metro will be the second mass transit project in the country to use station branding for revenue. The first phase of the Metro between Versova and Ghatkopar is auctioning rights to name 12 stations on the line.Gurgaon Rapid Metro, built by Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) in November 2013, was the first to auction naming rights for four stations. Station branding could help build more Metros in Indian cities. Most Metro projects in the country are undertaken by a partnership of state and central governments. Only a few, like the Hyderabad Metro being built by Larsen & Toubro, are private. Non-fare revenue is crucial for the success of mass transit systems in India with
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fares kept deliberately cheap under populist pressure.
Station branding is successful internationally, but it has just taken off in the country and Metro operators here have low expectations. The Mumbai Metro, built for Rs 2,356 crore on a 35-year concession, expects only 5-10 per cent of its revenue from beyond ticket sales, of which 40 per cent is slated to come from advertisements and station naming rights, a spokesperson for Mumbai Metro said in an email response to Business Standard.
Station naming contracts are usually awarded for five years, which can be extended by five more years. Sources close to the bidding process for the Mumbai Metro stations said annual rights were sold at about Rs 2-6 crore for each station. The name of the successful bidder will prefix the name of the station and the company will have rights to 13 elements like areas in the station, pamphlets and brochures, on the Mumbai Metro website, and during announcements.
Similarly Gurgaon Rapid Metro earlier expected just about 10-15 per cent of its overall revenue to come from non-tariff avenues, about 40 per cent of which came from station branding. Barely four months after the start non-fare-box revenue has jumped to 30-40 per cent as the branding initiatives including train wrapping kicked off. The contract period is about 3-5 years and players such as Vodafone, Micromax, Airtel and Induslnd Bank have branded the four stations.
And the associated brands see a synergy with modern urban transport and use branding opportunity as a way through which they can sneak into the busy schedule of an urban consumer.
This association has positively impacted our scores for depth of brand. The Vodafone Store at the station provides commuters a quick access to our products and services, said Ronita Mitra, Senior Vice President — Brand Communication & Insights, Vodafone India.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the most successful metro in the country, has abstained from using branded stations. With a working network of 189 km, the “excessive presence” of private players could undermine the DMRC brand, said a company executive on condition of anonymity. He added the idea was discussed some time ago, but was not thought viable, along with a proposal for advertising in Metro coaches.
DMRC earns about 65 per cent of its revenue from non-operational activities like consultancy, retail, real estate development, advertisements and bank deposits. An increased dependence on non-fare revenue is not without its risks. The Delhi Airport Metro line expected about 70 per cent of its revenue to come from real estate and retail development, the expectation failed to materialise, and the line is losing about Rs 4 crore a month. Reliance Infrastructure, the private partner, exited the first private-public urban infrastructure project in the country citing breach of the concession by DMRC.
But as the engagement of private players in urban infrastructure increases, the pressure to break even early can only raise the reliance on non-fare revenues. The 72-km Larsen & Toubro Metro Rail Hyderabad Limited project is based on a model of 50 per cent revenue from fares, 45 per cent from property development and five per cent from advertisement and other miscellaneous sources.
Internationally, governments and Metro operators have made much more money through station branding. Dubai Metro was the first project in the world to sell station naming rights. This was followed by Metros in Chicago, Boston, Houston, London, Philadelphia, Montreal, Rio de Janeiro and Gurgaon.
Yesterday (10:18AM)  Minor fire outside Rajiv Chowk metro station halts services briefly (economictimes.indiatimes.com)

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NEW DELHI: A minor fire today broke outside the busy Rajiv Chowk metro station here but smoke emanating from it sounded the fire alarm at the premises, forcing authorities to halt the train service and close the station for a brief period.According to fire officials, a rubber mat near gate number 1 and 2 caught fire and thick smoke emanating from it entered the station due to which the fire alarm was sounded at the station. Passengers were evacuated as metro services were interrupted for a brief period and later resumed by 1.28 PM. Three fire tenders were rushed to the site and the fire was brought under control.Rajiv Chowk metro station is a main interchange station on busy Dwarka and Nodia City Centre/Vaishali route (Blue Line) and Jehangirpuri and HUDA City Centre route (Yellow Line). A DMRC spokesperson said that the fire or smoke did not emanate from the...
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metro system.
However, as a precautionary measure the station was closed at 1.22 PM and reopened at 1.28 PM as everything was under control and safety ensured. The spokesperson claimed that the smoke emanated due to burning of PVC material outside the gate in Central Park, which also opens in the station toward B-block of Connaught place.
According to eyewitnesses, people were evacuated from the platform by security officials after platform area was filled with smoke. Incidentally, "Fire Safety week" is being observed by Delhi Metro from April 14 to April 20.
Earlier, on April 11, passengers noticed sparks and smoke emanating from the last coach of a moving metro train from Jahangirpuri to HUDA City Centre (Yellow Line). The train was halted between the two metro stations and the passengers deboarded the train after some sparks were seen in the rear car causing panic among passengers.
Yesterday (10:10AM)  Irish tourist sexually assaulted at Bangalore railway station (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

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BANGALORE: An Irish tourist in route from Bellary to Ernakulam had a bitter experience in the AC waiting room of the City railway station in Majestic. She was molested by a senior citizen when she was half asleep on a couch in the waiting room.
Railway Police on Thursday arrested R Kashinath, 61, reportedly an evangelist from Davanagere. He molested the tourist on the pretext of draping a blanket around her shoulders.
The woman, 30, a psychiatrist, told police that Kashinath made two attempts to molest her. "I shooed him away when he offered me his blanket, as it was filthy. I was half asleep when he entered the AC waiting room the second time and molested me while draping the blanket around my shoulders and neck. He fled the room when
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I shouted," she told the Railway Police.
The tourist had arrived from Bellary on the Hampi Express around 6.30am Thursday. "I had a reserved AC berth on the Ernakulam Express, which was to leave at 6.30pm on Thursday. I was feverish and decided to catch up on some sleep," she said.
She paid Rs 150 and settled down on a leather couch in the AC waiting room. "I asked the caretaker, Raja Gopal, for a blanket and he said they didn't have any. Suddenly, this man entered the room and offered his blanket. I refused because it was dirty and stinking," she told police.
Kashinath left the room but returned after 30 minutes. By this time, she had fallen asleep. "He came and draped the blanket around my shoulders and molested me at the same time. I screamed," the tourist said.
When she began shouting for help, Kashinath rushed out of the room again, but other passengers alerted Railway Police. "We detained the accused near the main entrance and the tourist identified him immediately. He confessed and we arrested him," police said.
Kashinath has a 35 year old son and his family resides in Davanagere, police said. "An evangelist, he visited the city often. We are checking his credentials," police added.

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Absolutely shameful. Until we can eradicate this from our country no amount of winning 20-20 world cups and launching satellites will make us great.

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I remember a couple of years back when I was in Thailand a couple of tourists asked me about an incident in Agra where a female tourist jumped from her 2nd floor balcony to avoid being molested by the hotel manager
Of late so many incidents like these are happening to tourists visiting India. When these incidents are reported in foreign media it makes it really embarrassing for Indians traveling abroad. I remember a couple of years back when I was in Thailand couple of tourists asked me about an incident in Agra where a female tourist jumped from her 2nd floor balcony to avoid being molested by the hotel manager. I felt so embarrassed to be an Indian. Actually they canceled their trip to Agra and India after that incident.
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