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Today (6:51PM)  EEWS will be a tremendous boon to railway workers (www.afternoondc.in)
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To overcome the recurring accidents involving rail track maintenance teams of railway employees getting hitting by running trains during the routine maintenance of railway tracks, Mumbai Railway Division have come up with Electronic Early Warning System (EEWS).
New electronic early warning system's sensors detect the arrival of trains and transfer the signals to hooters installed at the work site. Following the alarm,  the workers proceed to a safe site before the train arrives at the work site.
Number of accidents on the railway track involving railway employees has reached alarming proportion. According to the railway data, in 2011-12 an estimated 147 accidents took place and eight members of maintenance team succumbed and remaining lost their limbs.
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to 191 and seven railway employees died in these accidents. In 2013-14, a total of 209 accidents were recorded and number of death rose to 16. In the present year from April to July, 108 accidents have taken place even as two employees died in the accidents while the rest lost their limbs.
These accidents took place despite use of the conventional manual alarm system. In the conventional manual alarm system, two people stand on two opposite directions of the work site holding red flags to indicate to the coming trains, 'Go slow, work is progress'.
However, conventional alarming systems had significant shortcomings like distance being too short to decrease the speed of the train, person holding flag takes break for loo and sometimes due to low visibility, flag is not visible from distance and all these factors cumulatively led to accidents.
The new system for additional safety of work site has been developed by the Mumbai division. It can detect the vibrations in the track through an accelerometer at 1200 metres ahead of work site and transfers signals to the receiver unit at the work site which activates the hooter.
Chief Public Relation Officer Narendra Patil said, “This new system is  pathfinding. It will save scores of lives of railway employees who work on railway track and are vulnerable to being hit by railways.”
He added, “Maximum delay recorded in the detection and activation of alarm is just five seconds which is considerably very effective. Above all the entire unit is very cost effective. Besides, it is very handy, weighing a mere 500 grams, which is lightweight to carry to the work site.”
Today (6:51PM)  Derailment on CR throws rail traffic off gear (www.afternoondc.in)
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Office goers in the city had a bad day on Thursday as more than 60 local trains were terminated following derailment of an express train at Kalyan station.
Suburban local trains were running as late as one hour and forty minutes till evening. Officials confirmed that there were no casualties.
Several local trains were stuck along the tracks, one behind another, waiting for the green signal. Huge crowds were seen on the platforms of the Central Railway stations. Along with the local trains, several long distance trains were also cancelled, diverted or rescheduled.
Yesterday, early morning, the engine and a bogey of the Amaravati-Mumbai Express derailed while entering platform No.1 in Kalyan station. The derailment blocked the path of local trains for
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hours and consequently the local train schedule crashed.
Central Railway Public Relation Officer A.K. Singh said, “In all 63 suburban services were cancelled on Central line. However, there was no effect on the Harbour and Transharbour line services which were running as per schedule.”
Central Railway General Manager Brig Sunil Sood accompanied by Divisional Railway Manager Mukesh Nigam and other officials visited the accident site to supervise the restoration work. The traffic resumed on Up line at 7.20 am and on Nashik-Itagtpuri-Kalyan Up line it resumed at 8.33 am.
Today (6:50PM)  Double-decker trial run successful (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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LUCKNOW: The carriage directorate of RDSO has sent the final report of the double-decker's safety trial run to the railways.
Sources in Research Designs and Standards Organization (RDSO) said the report was sent to Northern Railway and North Eastern Railway on Wednesday. The trial has been successful, they said.
It's now for the railways to plan the train's schedule once the sanction from the Commissioner, Railway Safety, comes. The safety trial run was between Lucknow Junction and Anand Vihar terminal on October 17 and 18.
The train will run from Lucknow via Moradabad. It has 12 coaches and every coach has a seating capacity of 110 passengers. The train, meant to run on the 500km Lucknow-New Delhi route, was stationed at Gomtinagar station
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for about five months.
A double-decker needs route-specific clearance while a regular coach is given clearance once after which it can ply on any route. Due to its height, a double-decker train oscillates while moving and has to be given clearance for every route before it gets to run. Its lower window is at the level of the platform.

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Today (2:14PM)  Chinese rail to Nepal and India’s concerns (www.niticentral.com)
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The arrival of the train from Lhasa to Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city, along with the opening of the Kyirong landport between Tibet and Nepal, are bound to change the regional strategic balance. While both the railway line and the new port will undoubtedly give a tremendous boost to the bilateral relations between China and Nepal, it may also have other consequences for both nations …and India.
On April 11, the official China Tibet Online had announced that “The Kyirong Port in southwest China’s Tibet bordered with Nepal will be formally opened in October this year [2014].”
The same website reported that Kyirong port would be promoted as a tourist destination for mainland visitors. Knowing that more than one lakh Chinese tourists visited Nepal last year, the new port may be synonymous
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of a Chinese invasion of the former Himalayan kingdom.

The website, affiliated with Xinhua asserted: “The Kyirong Port enjoys a long history of being the largest land trading port between Tibet and Nepal.”
Let us not forget that during the 1792 Tibet-Nepal War, the Manchus troops called by the Tibetan government to defeat the Gorkhas used Kyirong route to invade Nepal.
NITI SPOTLIGHT
ARUN SHOURIE'S INTELLECTUAL LEGACY
Arun Shourie on Long Term Thinking


What will be the other consequences of the opening of a new port between Tibet and Nepal?
Economically, the new border infrastructure will undoubtedly benefit both sides of the border. On April 11, 2014, Dong Mingjun, vice-chairman of the Tibetan Autonomous Region’s (TAR) government told the media: “The Kyirong Port will serve as a link between China and the South Asian countries. It is expected to bring a big number of visitors into Tibet and boost its tourism.”
Can Kyirong really be a link between the Tibet and India?
Presently, it appears to be wishful-thinking on the part of the Tibetan officials. But there is no doubt that Chinese tourists and goods would be poured into Nepal through the Lhasa-Shigatse railway line and then through the highway between Shigatse and Kyirong (a branch of the highly-strategic G219 highway linking Tibet to Xinjiang, known in India as the Aksai Chin Road).
In August, the E-Kantipur reported: “Chinese arrivals to Nepal crossed the 100,000 mark last year reaching an all-time high of 113,173, largely due to improved air connectivity between Nepal and China. The figures released by the Tourism Ministry showed that air arrivals jumped 55.3 percent to 62,616 and overland travellers surged 44.7 percent to 50,557. Arrivals from China in 2012 amounted to 71,861 persons.”
Wu Chuntai, the Chinese Ambassador to Nepal recently announced that the number of Chinese tourists to Nepal would reach 250,000 within a couple of years.
For India, it could be a serious security issue, if several lakhs of Chinese tourists starts pouring into Nepal, will some of them be tempted to illegally cross the porous border with India? It is very much possible; it will have to be looked into by the Indian security agencies.
China too, has a problem.
The recent visit of Lobsang Gyaltsen, the Chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region’s (TAR) government to Kathmandu points to the Chinese anxieties.
According to the E-Kantipur, “Tibet region chief stressed better ties in security”.
The Nepali media calls him ‘Luo Sang Jiang Cun’, it is the Chinese way to spell Lobsang Gyalsten’s name! Imperialist powers always adapt the pronunciation of local names to the twists of their own tongue.
Gyaltsen (Mr. Luo, for the E-Kantipur) apparently urged Kathmandu “to put in place measures to curb ‘anti-China activities’ in Nepal.”
Leading a six-member ‘Tibetan’ delegation to Kathmandu, Gyaltsen met with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bam Dev Gautam and Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Bahadur Pandey.
What did they talk about?
“Bilateral issues including Tibetan assistance to bordering Nepali districts figured”, says the Nepali paper which notes that ‘Luo’ did not utter the word ‘refugee’ while speaking about his Tibetan countrymen who live in Nepal, but he repeatedly spoke of ‘anti-Chinese elements’.
Laxmi Prasad Dhakal, the spokesperson of the Home Ministry said that “he urged us to curb anti-China activities and take stern action against those involved in such activities.”
He sought a better coordination between security agencies on both sides of the international border to curb (Tibetan) activities.
Home Minister Bam Dev was quoted as saying: “The Chinese side seems worried about increasing criminal activities along the Nepal-China border”.
Why is Lobsang Gyalsten so obsessed with his countrymen activities in Nepal? It may be because of the forthcoming opening of Kyirong landport. One of the consequences of a new port is that it could facilitate the escape to Nepal of Tibetans resenting the Chinese rule. This makes Lhasa extremely nervous.
Gyaltsen told the Nepali ministers: “China doesn’t have any refugee as such [in Nepal]”, however he added that the Tibetans crossing the border into Nepal were doing it illegally.
The ministers politely assured the Tibetan leader that the Nepali soil would never be used against its neighbours, i.e. China.
Gyalsten, with his one-point agenda, also called on President Ram Baran Yadav, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Dipak Chandra Amatya. He discussed “possible Tibetan assistance to 15 northern districts of Nepal.” A Foreign Ministry official said there are indications that from next year, the Tibetan government will expand the cooperation in this field.The present cooperation is centered around security and the training of the Nepali border guards to catch the Tibetans who would try to escape Tibet.Already in July 2010, a meeting termed ‘Nepal-China Border Security and Law Enforcement Talks’ was held in Kathmandu. Both sides had agreed to set up ‘focal points’ in the respective Home Ministries in Kathmandu and Beijing. A senior Nepali Government official had told The Kathmandu Post: “The Chinese side assured full support to enhance capacity building, training of Nepali security personnel to be deployed across the northern border, seeking Nepal’s full commitment on information sharing on anti-China activities to contain [them].”In August 2011, an unnoticed development took place. Zhang Qingli, the then hardliner Party boss in Tibet, accompanied the Politburo Standing Committee member, the now disgraced Zhou Yongkang to Nepal. Zhou was then the supreme security czar of the Middle Kingdom.A few months later, Chen Zhimin, the Chinese Vice-Minister of Public Security led a delegation to Nepal. According to the official communique issued after the visit: “The two sides exchanged views on cooperation of police affairs and law enforcement and reached consensus on some issues.”The Nepali Press reported: “The Chinese offered ‘logistic support’ worth $300,000 dollars in the form of laptops, searchlights or metal detectors.”As the date approach for the opening of Kyirong, Lhasa is more and more uneasy. The purpose of Gyaltsen’s visit to Kathmandu was to tell the Nepalis to watch out and not accept anymore ‘refugees’.Lhasa is indeed nervous that Tibetans could cross the border and enter Nepal and then proceed to India (or worse stay in Nepal).India should also watch carefully the afflux of Chinese tourists as it can turn out to be a serious security issue in the years to come.
Today (2:14PM)  Chinese rail to Nepal and India’s concerns (www.niticentral.com)
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The arrival of the train from Lhasa to Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city, along with the opening of the Kyirong landport between Tibet and Nepal, are bound to change the regional strategic balance. While both the railway line and the new port will undoubtedly give a tremendous boost to the bilateral relations between China and Nepal, it may also have other consequences for both nations …and India.
On April 11, the official China Tibet Online had announced that “The Kyirong Port in southwest China’s Tibet bordered with Nepal will be formally opened in October this year [2014].”
The same website reported that Kyirong port would be promoted as a tourist destination for mainland visitors. Knowing that more than one lakh Chinese tourists visited Nepal last year, the new port may be synonymous
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of a Chinese invasion of the former Himalayan kingdom.

The website, affiliated with Xinhua asserted: “The Kyirong Port enjoys a long history of being the largest land trading port between Tibet and Nepal.”
Let us not forget that during the 1792 Tibet-Nepal War, the Manchus troops called by the Tibetan government to defeat the Gorkhas used Kyirong route to invade Nepal.
NITI SPOTLIGHT
ARUN SHOURIE'S INTELLECTUAL LEGACY
Arun Shourie on Long Term Thinking


What will be the other consequences of the opening of a new port between Tibet and Nepal?
Economically, the new border infrastructure will undoubtedly benefit both sides of the border. On April 11, 2014, Dong Mingjun, vice-chairman of the Tibetan Autonomous Region’s (TAR) government told the media: “The Kyirong Port will serve as a link between China and the South Asian countries. It is expected to bring a big number of visitors into Tibet and boost its tourism.”
Can Kyirong really be a link between the Tibet and India?
Presently, it appears to be wishful-thinking on the part of the Tibetan officials. But there is no doubt that Chinese tourists and goods would be poured into Nepal through the Lhasa-Shigatse railway line and then through the highway between Shigatse and Kyirong (a branch of the highly-strategic G219 highway linking Tibet to Xinjiang, known in India as the Aksai Chin Road).
In August, the E-Kantipur reported: “Chinese arrivals to Nepal crossed the 100,000 mark last year reaching an all-time high of 113,173, largely due to improved air connectivity between Nepal and China. The figures released by the Tourism Ministry showed that air arrivals jumped 55.3 percent to 62,616 and overland travellers surged 44.7 percent to 50,557. Arrivals from China in 2012 amounted to 71,861 persons.”
Wu Chuntai, the Chinese Ambassador to Nepal recently announced that the number of Chinese tourists to Nepal would reach 250,000 within a couple of years.
For India, it could be a serious security issue, if several lakhs of Chinese tourists starts pouring into Nepal, will some of them be tempted to illegally cross the porous border with India? It is very much possible; it will have to be looked into by the Indian security agencies.
China too, has a problem.
The recent visit of Lobsang Gyaltsen, the Chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region’s (TAR) government to Kathmandu points to the Chinese anxieties.
According to the E-Kantipur, “Tibet region chief stressed better ties in security”.
The Nepali media calls him ‘Luo Sang Jiang Cun’, it is the Chinese way to spell Lobsang Gyalsten’s name! Imperialist powers always adapt the pronunciation of local names to the twists of their own tongue.
Gyaltsen (Mr. Luo, for the E-Kantipur) apparently urged Kathmandu “to put in place measures to curb ‘anti-China activities’ in Nepal.”
Leading a six-member ‘Tibetan’ delegation to Kathmandu, Gyaltsen met with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bam Dev Gautam and Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Bahadur Pandey.
What did they talk about?
“Bilateral issues including Tibetan assistance to bordering Nepali districts figured”, says the Nepali paper which notes that ‘Luo’ did not utter the word ‘refugee’ while speaking about his Tibetan countrymen who live in Nepal, but he repeatedly spoke of ‘anti-Chinese elements’.
Laxmi Prasad Dhakal, the spokesperson of the Home Ministry said that “he urged us to curb anti-China activities and take stern action against those involved in such activities.”
He sought a better coordination between security agencies on both sides of the international border to curb (Tibetan) activities.
Home Minister Bam Dev was quoted as saying: “The Chinese side seems worried about increasing criminal activities along the Nepal-China border”.
Why is Lobsang Gyalsten so obsessed with his countrymen activities in Nepal? It may be because of the forthcoming opening of Kyirong landport. One of the consequences of a new port is that it could facilitate the escape to Nepal of Tibetans resenting the Chinese rule. This makes Lhasa extremely nervous.
Gyaltsen told the Nepali ministers: “China doesn’t have any refugee as such [in Nepal]”, however he added that the Tibetans crossing the border into Nepal were doing it illegally.
The ministers politely assured the Tibetan leader that the Nepali soil would never be used against its neighbours, i.e. China.
Gyalsten, with his one-point agenda, also called on President Ram Baran Yadav, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Dipak Chandra Amatya. He discussed “possible Tibetan assistance to 15 northern districts of Nepal.” A Foreign Ministry official said there are indications that from next year, the Tibetan government will expand the cooperation in this field.The present cooperation is centered around security and the training of the Nepali border guards to catch the Tibetans who would try to escape Tibet.Already in July 2010, a meeting termed ‘Nepal-China Border Security and Law Enforcement Talks’ was held in Kathmandu. Both sides had agreed to set up ‘focal points’ in the respective Home Ministries in Kathmandu and Beijing. A senior Nepali Government official had told The Kathmandu Post: “The Chinese side assured full support to enhance capacity building, training of Nepali security personnel to be deployed across the northern border, seeking Nepal’s full commitment on information sharing on anti-China activities to contain [them].”In August 2011, an unnoticed development took place. Zhang Qingli, the then hardliner Party boss in Tibet, accompanied the Politburo Standing Committee member, the now disgraced Zhou Yongkang to Nepal. Zhou was then the supreme security czar of the Middle Kingdom.A few months later, Chen Zhimin, the Chinese Vice-Minister of Public Security led a delegation to Nepal. According to the official communique issued after the visit: “The two sides exchanged views on cooperation of police affairs and law enforcement and reached consensus on some issues.”The Nepali Press reported: “The Chinese offered ‘logistic support’ worth $300,000 dollars in the form of laptops, searchlights or metal detectors.”As the date approach for the opening of Kyirong, Lhasa is more and more uneasy. The purpose of Gyaltsen’s visit to Kathmandu was to tell the Nepalis to watch out and not accept anymore ‘refugees’.Lhasa is indeed nervous that Tibetans could cross the border and enter Nepal and then proceed to India (or worse stay in Nepal).India should also watch carefully the afflux of Chinese tourists as it can turn out to be a serious security issue in the years to come.
Today (2:09PM)  Rail link to Rameswaram restored (www.thehindu.com)
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Rail link between Ramanathapuram and Rameswaram, which remained cut off on Thursday night, was restored on Friday morning and the first train left from here at 10.55 a.m.
Railway officials from Madurai completed the job, on a war-footing, of fastening around 850 metres of rails at Thangachimadam, between Rameswaram and Pamban railway stations.
"The Railway police gave us clearance for starting restoration work at 8.02 a.m. and we completed it in 53 minutes," the Senior Divisional Safety Officer, A. Ravichandran, said.
However, rail movement could be taken up on the sections only after the Engineering department officials gave a track fitness certificate after making a trolley inspection between Mandapam and Rameswaram railway stations.
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Egmore Express was the first train to leave the station at 10.55 a.m. The train that was scheduled to leave at 5 p.m. on Thursday was among three express trains that were stranded in the island after a 1,000-member strong mob damaged the tracks by removing the elastic rail clips at Thangachimadam.
The fishermen were angered at the pronouncement of capital punishment by a court in Sri Lanka to five fishermen from Thangachimadam in a case of smuggling narcotics substances on Thursday.
In the overnight violence the road link between the mainland and the island was also cut off by the local people who had put up scores of hurdles inlcuding burning of tyres and wooden logs. However, they called off their agitation after midnight following talks held by the officials of district administration and the ruling party MP, Anwar Raja.
Bus services that was suspended from and to the island was restored early in the morning giving much relief to tourists and pilgrims who were stranded at Rameswaram and Ramanathapuram.
Few hundred passengers of three express trains had to spend their night at the railway station following the rescheduling of the trains.
Today (9:58AM)  Rameswaram cut off (www.thehindu.com)
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Rail and road link to Rameswaram remained paralysed on Thursday after fishermen removed the rail track for at least one kilometre at Thangachimadam and blocked the road from Pamban.
Three trains to Chennai could not be operated, and a mob set fire to a State Transport Corporation bus and damaged the windscreen of half-a-dozen buses.
The police were caught unawares as a large contingent was on security duty at Pasumpon for the Muthuramalinga Thevar jayanthi.
Today (9:57AM)  Learn about Indian Nobel laureates while on the go (www.thehindu.com)
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Thousands of commuters visit the Rajiv Chowk metro station every day with a majority of them in a hurry to catch a train or to be the first to exit.
The large number of footfalls also means that if someone is looking to spread awareness or send out a message, it is the perfect place .
All one needs to do is to make it interesting enough for people to stop and spare a few minutes.
To refresh the public’s memory about Indian Nobel laureates, a Nobel Memorial Wall has been inaugurated at the Rajiv Chowk metro station.
The wall is an initiative of the Embassy of Sweden and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation
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(DMRC).
The exhibition was inaugurated on Sunday morning by Mangu Singh, Managing Director, DMRC, Eivind S. Homme, Ambassador of Norway to India, and Harald Sandberg, Ambassador of Sweden.
The wall exhibits portraits of Rabindranath Tagore, C.V. Raman, Har Gobind Khorana, Mother Teresa, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Amartya Sen, Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, and this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi.
While some of the laureates are well-known, the write-up below the portrait throws light on those winners whose life and work is known only to people in their field of work.
Mr. Singh said that the contributions of the Nobel laureates have given India a recognition across the world. “And the exhibition gives an opportunity to the youth to know more about our Nobel laureates while they are on the move.”
Pushpa Mitra, who takes the metro every day, says, “It has become a mechanical process. You just move with the sea of passengers at the station without bothering to observe what is around. Therefore, it came as a pleasant surprise on Sunday as that there was exhibition giving information about Indians who have won the Nobel Prize.”
She says she hardly has time to visit the numerous exhibitions in the city but if there is one on her way to office, she will surely take out five minutes to view a slice of art, culture, history, or a campaign.
The exhibition is part of the Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week 2014 that will be on till November 1.
In its eighth edition, it will be held across 10 cities, and it is a multi-activity annual event organised by the Embassy of Sweden in India in cooperation with leading Swedish companies.
The week is observed in memory of Swedish innovator, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Alfred Nobel.
The exhibition is part of the Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week 2014 that will be on till November 1
Today (9:56AM)  FIRST HIGH SPEED TRAIN ON DELHI-AGRA SECTOR ON NOV 10 (www.thehindu.com)
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The first high-speed train between Delhi and Agra with a speed of 160 km per hour is expected to run on November 10 as Kapurthala Rail Coach Factory is all set to roll out the first rake of fourteen coaches of the train.
Rail Coach Factory (RCF) has manufactured four coaches of the high speed train so far and the work was going on war-footing to manufacture the remaining 10 coaches by November 10 to turn out the first rake, RCF General Manager Pramod Kumar said on Thursday.
The GM said the approximate cost of one high speed coach would be between Rs 2.25-2.50 crore.
He said that high speed coaches manufactured in RCF for Shatabdi and Rahdhani express trains are capable of
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running at the optimum speed of 160 kilometer per hour.
Today (9:48AM)  Loss to CONCOR assets put at Rs. 47 lakh (www.thehindu.com)
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The Multi-Modal Logistics Park (MMLP), the first phase of which was inaugurated in May this year, has suffered a loss about Rs.10 lakh during the very severe cyclonic storm Hudhud.
The MMLP, the first of its kind in Andhra Pradesh, being established by the Container Corporation of India (CONCOR), is planned to be built on a 100-acre site, opposite the Visakhapatnam International Airport, over a period of two years at an estimated cost of Rs.370 crore.
In the first phase, a 5,075 sq.m. warehouse and an administrative building have been constructed. “The gale has damaged about 1,000 sq. m. of the 5,075 sq.m. warehouse and this is minimal considering the 180-200 km/ph strong winds during the cyclone. As many as 40 of the 88 polycarborate sheets (which allow natural light into the
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main shed, and about 1,000 sq.m. of bare galvalume sheets have been damaged and need replacement,” CONCOR General Manager Gouri Shankar told The Hindu on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the CONCOR Container Freight Station (CFS) at the port area has suffered a loss of Rs.37 lakh due to Hudhud. “The roof of the warehouse of our CFS is badly damaged, two HHT towers had collapsed and the boundary wall was damaged at some places,” he said.
Cargo loss “The glass panes and windows and CCTV surveillance cameras at the administrative building of the CFS were damaged. The cargo loss is yet to be assessed by the clients,” Mr. Gouri Shankar said.
The MMLP, which was designed to offer integrated logistical solutions to the trade not only in Andhra Pradesh but also in the neighbouring states of Odisha and Chhattisgarh, would have a private freight terminal, container freight stations and facilities for empty container storage and handling besides container repair facilities. There would be covered and temperature-controlled warehouses with a total space of 4.5 lakh sq. ft.
“A 2-km long railway track would be laid with seven lines to the yards. Approval has been received from the railways for construction of bridges and this project is expected to be completed in two years,” Mr. Gouri Shankar added.
Today (9:42AM)  Train regulations to continue (www.thehindu.com)
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Regulations introduced to take up girder work on the Neduvannur bridge, near Chowara, between the Angamali and Aluva railway stations on Wednesdays and Saturdays will continue till November 8. Railways had cancelled and partially cancelled some trains to take up the work that commenced this month, a release said.
The 06336 Kochuveli- Guwahati- Kochuveli weekly special via Perambur will run till January 28 to clear the rush of passengers. The 06336 Kochuveli- Guwahati service will leave Kochuveli at 12 noon on Sundays from November 2 to January 25 to reach Guwahati at 8.15 a.m. on Wednesdays. — Special Correspondent
Today (9:39AM)  BJP-led NDA govt. must bring back black money to India: Kharge (www.thehindu.com)
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The leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha M. Mallikarjun Kharge said the BJP has the moral responsibility to stand by its promise on bringing back the black money stashed away in foreign banks to India. “This was the main agenda of the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections and they have the responsibility to stand by it,” he said.
Speaking to presspersons after laying the foundation stone for the construction of a 33/11kV power distribution centre in Yadgir taluk on Thursday, Mr. Kharge urged the centre to publish the names of all the persons hiding their black money in foreign banks instead of blaming the Congress.
To a question, Mr. Kharge said he was confident the Congress would do well in the Jammu and Kashmir, and Jharkhand Assembly elections under
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the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. Mr. Kharge urged Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda, to complete the sanctioned rail projects, including the Gulbarga Railway Division, a new line between Wadi Junction in Gulbarga district and Gadag and a rail coach building factory at Yadgir, at the earliest.
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Mr. Kharge gave full marks to the State government for implementing pro-people programmes and giving a major thrust to the power and infrastructure sectors. Mr. Kharge said that true to the tradition of the Congress governments, the first priority of this government was also development.
He said after the construction of the power distribution centre, the people living in as many as 20 villages and 30 tandas would be getting not only uninterrupted power supply, but also quality power supply to their houses as well irrigation pumpsets. He complimented district in-charge Minister Baburao Chinchansur for his efforts to get the sanction for the power station.

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671 names given to Supreme court, its on SC to decide now, not govt

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DVS is proving not so good RM as of now not even single train announced in last two budgets was flagged off in KA... some of them are running as special trains...

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I do agree. Even in his home state not significant works have been started so far.Let us wait till tomorrow 1st Nov as he has promised to flag off 4 trains.

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Nobody can be like Kharge saab... for Karnataka... in short stint he made so much in most railways deprived state of Karnataka! DVS should learn from Kharge
Today (9:36AM)  One held on charge of setting woman ablaze (www.thehindu.com)
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The police on Thursday arrested a youth as part of investigation of a case in which a 41-year-old woman was set ablaze inside the coach of a stationary train at the Kannur railway station on October 20. She was rushed to a hospital but succumbed to burns.A police team, led by Town East Sub-Inspector Lal Kumar, arrested Suresh Kannan, 24, son of Pachiappan of Ambedkar Colony of Kamakshipuram, Theni, from the Thrissur railway station. The police said Suresh Kannan and the woman were acquaintances. According to the police version, they had travelled to Mahe on October 20.
“They got drunk. On their return from Mahe, the man demanded that both of them should proceed to Goa. The woman turned this down and boarded a Kannur- Ernakulam train. He went out, purchased petrol, poured petrol on her and allegedly set her ablaze,”
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Today (9:35AM)  Nilgiris district experiences welcome break from wet spell (www.thehindu.com)
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Bogged down by wet, nippy and overcast conditions for weeks together, people in various parts of The Nilgiris including Udhagamandalam and its surroundings woke up on Thursday to a blue sky and warm weather.The break was welcomed by all sections of the society and it triggered a flurry of activity in gardens, farms, tea estates, factories, construction sites etc where work had been hit by the inclement weather that had prevailed for a long time.
Standing crops
Pointing out that farm and garden operations like removal of weeds had to be put on hold due to the hostile weather, the Joint Director of Horticulture N. Mani told The Hindu that the break from the wet spell would benefit standing annual crops like potato and also tea.The respite from the constant rain almost
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every day has facilitated collection of seeds from withering plants at the Government Botanical Garden, one of the main tourist attractions at the hill station.Lawn maintenance works have also been initiated, taking advantage of the dry weather.
Farm workers also heaved a sigh of relief as the incessant rains had subjected them to considerable inconvenience when it came to carrying out their operations.
Pointing out that the rainfall experienced along the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) line between Coonoor and Mettupalayam during the past two months was about two-and-a-half times more than the corresponding period last year, railway sources said that the break would help speed up restoration works at Adderlie where a landslide had occurred two days ago. Traffic on the section, popular with tourists, had been hit for several days.
While hoping that the flow of tourists would increase, representatives of the hospitality and travel sectors said that the authorities should repair damaged roads without delay.
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Farm and garden operations like removal of weeds put on hold due to the hostile weather
Today (9:18AM)  Violence in Rameswaram (www.thehindu.com)
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A wave of anger swept through the fishing hamlets around Rameswaram following news of the Colombo High Court verdict.
About a kilometre of railway tracks were removed, a bus was torched and road traffic between Rameswaram and the mainland remained cut off as protests turned violent. Shouting slogans against the Centre for “deceiving” them, Thangachimadam fishermen blocked traffic at Pamban.
Today (8:06AM)  Kothapalli Railway Line Karimnagars Dream Project To Be A Reality! (etelangana.org)
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The longstanding dream of Karimnagar people may be closer to reality now. After the Telangana State government went the extra mile in bearing expenses, the railway board reportedly agreed in principle for the new broad gauge railway line from Manoharabad to Kothapalli in Karimnagar.   The railway line was first proposed by Chief Minister KCR during his stint as Karimnagar MP in 2004 to the then UPA Government. After he took over as CM in June, KCR proposed that the TS Government would share one-third cost of construction of the railway project and providing the land free of cost besides paying annuity for the first five years after commissioning of the project. This clinched the deal with the railways. The 146 kilometre railway line from Manoharabad in Medak to Kothapalli in Karimnagar could cost around Rs 1000 Cr and a third of that combined with land acquisition by TS Government...
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could cost Telangana around Rs 600 Cr. Once the land acquisition amount is deposited with railways, it will kickstart works on the project, which will connect Karimnagar district headquarters to Hyderabad.
Today (8:03AM)  Shatabdi express train coaches re-allotted (www.thehindu.com)
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The composition of train No.12243/12244 Coimbatore — Chennai Central — Coimbatore Shatabdi express trains will be revised with effect from November 1, as the train will have modern state-of-the art and higher seating capacity LHB coaches in place of the conventional AC chair cars.
Consequent to the replacement of coaches, the seats for the passengers who are booked in C-10 coach from November 1 will be re-allotted to other coaches at the time of charting.
A press release of the Salem Railway Division that was issued here on Thursday urged the passengers who have booked for their travel in C-10 coach of Shatabdi Express to verify their coach and seat number on the date of journey from the enquiry counter / reservation charts / travelling ticket examiners (TTEs), before commencing their journey
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Today (8:03AM)  Shifting of Tipu’s armoury soon (www.thehindu.com)
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The shifting of the 18th century armoury belonging to Tipu Sultan, which was hindering the progress of track-doubling work between Bangalore and Mysore, will commence in due course.The armoury at the Srirangapatana railway station bisects the alignment of the second track, which cannot be laid until the monument is shifted.Sources in the South Western Railway told The Hindu that when the tender was floated last year inviting bids to translocate the monument, there were no takers.The tenders were floated again in June this year and M/s PSL-Wolfe Pvt. Ltd., which is a firm registered in New Delhi, was awarded the contract.Translocation of the armoury as a single block entails moving it from the floor level from its existing location to a new site 100 metres away.This is done by inserting a suitable supporting system underneath the monument, lifting it using unified hydraulic jacks and transporting it on suitably-designed carriers.Besides, the...
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project also envisages placing the heritage structure at the new location in the same orientation as at present and integrating the structure with the new foundation.
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In the process, no damage should be caused to the historic structure which was used to store arms and ammunitions. Sources said this will be the first time that a monument would be translocated as a single block, though many structures have been dismantled and reassembled again.
The project will cost about Rs. 13.66 crore and has to be completed in 9 months from the date of commencement and during this period, the Pandavapura-Srirangapatana-Naganahalli section will operate as a single-line section.
Once the monument is shifted, the 13-km single-line stretch on this section will be converted into a double-line section.
The Bangalore-Mysore double line work is officially slated to be completed by March 2015, but for the Naganahalli-Pandavpura section till the monument was shifted.
Shifting of the armoury was a major roadblock impeding the pace of the track-doubling work ever since it was noticed in early 2008, and initially there was resistance from the State Archaeological Survey.
However, a Cabinet decision was taken to shift the monument but this had to be cleared by the National Monument Authority of the Archaeological Survey of India which gave its clearance in early 2013.
Archaeological experts had pointed out then that the structure was made of lime mortar and bricks and hence could not be dismantled as in case of structures built using granite or slab stones.
There was considerable delay when the ASI had urged the Railways to realign the track but it was dismissed as impractical as the supporting piers — on which two major bridges across the river Cauvery on either side of Srirangapatana railway station was to be laid — had already been completed.

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Good news. At last we can have the benefit of Double line in the very near furutre to reach MYS/SBC in two hours.Thanks to THE HINDU for highlighting this news

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I really hope this time the news will be a reality
Today (8:02AM)  Change in train timings (www.thehindu.com)
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The Southern Railway has announced that the following trains are being cancelled, rescheduled or regulated due to agitations by fishermen in the section between Rameswaram and Ramanathapuram.
According to an official press release, Train Number 56726 scheduled to leave Rameswaram at 6 p.m. on October 30 has been fully cancelled.
Four trains have been rescheduled. Train Number 16102 Rameswaram – Chennai Egmore Express which was scheduled to leave Rameswaram at 5 p.m. on October 30 has been rescheduled to leave at 9 a.m. on October 31.
Train Number 16714 Rameswaram – Chennai Egmore Sethu Express scheduled to leave Rameswaram at 8 p.m. on October 30 has been rescheduled to leave at 9.30 a.m. on October 31.
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Train Number 22621 Rameswaram – Kanyakumari Express which was scheduled to leave Rameswaram at 8.45 p.m. on October 30 has been rescheduled to leave at 10 a.m. on October 31.
Train Number 56724 Rameswaram – Madurai Passenger scheduled to leave Rameswaram at 5.35 a.m. October 31 has been rescheduled to leave at 10.30 a.m. on the same day.
Two trains have been regulated and partially cancelled. Train Number 56725 Madurai – Rameswaram Passenger which left Madurai at 6.05 p.m. on October 30 has been regulated/short terminated at Manamadurai and is partially cancelled between Manamadurai and Rameswaram.
Train No.16734 Okha – Rameswaram Express scheduled to arrive Rameswaram at 7.45 p.m. on October 30 has been regulated/short terminated at Ramanathapuram and is partially cancelled between Ramanathapuram and Rameswaram.
Today (7:59AM)  Agartala-Akhura rail link project to get funds in Nov (www.thehindu.com)
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The Union Government has paved the way for acquisition of land to implement the Agartala-Akhaura rail link project.
Tripura government officials on Thursday said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has committed necessary funds to the department of North-eastern region (DONER) for the purpose.Progress was made at a recent meeting in New Delhi attended by officials of the MEA, DONER, Ministry of Railways, project implementing agency IRCON and the Tripura government. It resolved to initiate the process of fund transfer in the first week of November.About 100 acres of land would be required for laying the railway line and construction of a side road.
The MEA is to spend the entire money required for the ambitious 15-km (10 km on Indian side) rail link project that would immensely boost passenger and goods
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transportation to and from North-east India.
India has earmarked Rs 252 crore for the project to comply with a bilateral agreement with Bangladesh signed in 2010.
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