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Today (9:11PM)  CBI recovers Rs 10 lakh dumped in drain by kin of Rail officer (zeenews.india.com)
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New Delhi: CBI has recovered Rs 10 lakh from a drain near the house of arrested Railway Board official which were allegedly flushed by his relatives at the time of raids carried out by the agency recently.The sources said when CBI team reached the residence of Ravi Mohan Sharma, arrested on October 22 while allegedly accepting bribe of Rs five lakh, relatives sensed trouble and flushed money bundles in the drain before they were stopped by the officials.CBI sources said team of agency officials in toe with labourers are still at Verma's residence looking for cash in the sewage drain.The sources said so far about Rs 10 lakh have been recovered from the drain even as the search continues. According to CBI sources, the arrest is the second biggest after Railway Board member Mahesh Kumar, who was arrested for allegedly giving bribe of Rs 90 lakh to get a lucrative...
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post.Sharma, an Indian Railway Traffic service officer of 1997 batch was arrested by the CBI on October 22 while receiving a bribe of Rs five lakh from 'hawala' link of a Mumbai-based tour operator, the sources said.They said the agency is probing links of Verma with other senior officials of Railway establishment, especially those involved in clearing additional coaches and special train for the clients of tour operator from Surat to Haridwar.CBI has arrested Verma here and two tour operators Rajesh Champaklal Jodhani and Kulin Kumarpal Shah in Mumbai for the alleged bribe which was meant for processing the application for getting coaches for the special trains on priority.The sources said Verma has been sent to four days of police custody by the special CBI court here.They said the agency is also looking at the possibility of initiating a disproportionate assets case against the officials if he fails to explain the sources of the money recovered from him.
Today (8:57PM)  Metro Rail Takes Chennai to Lonely Planet Top 10 (www.newindianexpress.com)
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CHENNAI: There are plenty of surveys in which namma city doesn’t quite come out shining. This isn’t one of them. Despite all the bad publicity about the airport making it to the ‘Worst Airport’ list of The Guide to Sleeping in Airports, Chennai is still ninth on Lonely Planet’s Places to Visit in 2015.Coming on the heels of being featured #26 in the New York Times’ global tourism destinations in 2014, this is bound to do wonders for international tourism.The Lonely Planet list was compiled by Joe Bindloss, a noted guidebook and travel author. Sites like Lonely Planet dictate how attractive a destination is for travellers from Europe and America.“Whenever there is a feature like this, immediately the number of tourists and the interest level from them increases. Though we do not handle them directly, we have a lot of partners who hand us contracts to make local bookings and...
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reservations,” said John Victor, proprietor of Victory Travels in T Nagar.Where NYT had listed the more tried-and-tested tourism staples — Kapaleeswar Temple in Mylapore and Kalakshetra, Lonely Planet attributes it to the up-and-coming Chennai Metro Rail. “Chennai has long been seen as a stepping-stone to other parts of India. But with the opening of the Chennai Metro Rail, the capital of India’s south plans to raise its profile. If nothing else, fast and frequent air-conditioned trains will transform the experience of exploring this humid metropolis,” wrote Bindloss. 
About 6.5 lakh foreign tourists visited the city in 2013. “All the hotels here have great ratings and competitive prices. They’re also part of international tourism alliances,” said Parimala R, who works as a holiday and events planner.
Today (8:40PM)  Passengers stranded following landslip on Nilgiris rail track (www.business-standard.com)
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Around 150 passengers of the Nilgiris Mountian Rail (NMR) Train service were today stranded in the middle of the ghat section following landslip on the track near Aderley Station.
The heritage train, which started at 2.30 PM from Udhagamandalam, was stopped half-way before Aderley following landslip, with boulders on the track, railway officials said.
Around 150 passengers were panic-stricken as they were stranded in the middle of the jungle on ghat sections, amid rains, police said.
Railway authorities arranged vehicles to bring passengers to Mettupalayam, for which they have to climb down about three km and some railway staff are assisting them, railway officials said.
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Coonoor and in view of the landslip, the services of NMR were cancelled for tomorrow, officials said.
Today (8:37PM)  Station names to change, railway codes will remain (www.thehindu.com)
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Railway authorities here are yet to receive directions on implementing the change in names of cities in the State. While names on railway stations, electronic information boards and tickets will change, the code that Railways uses for cities will remain.Anil Kumar Agarwal, Divisional Railway Manager, Bangalore, South Western Railway, said revising the old names “will be an expensive affair”, but added that the Railways’ unique code for cities have never been changed, even in the past.Prakash Mandoth, former member of the Zonal Railway Users’ Consultative Meetings of Southern Railway, Chennai, said, the code will remain the same as it is like a vehicle number given by the RTO. But the other changes could happen after the government sends a copy of the gazette notification, with change in names to the Railways.
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Even platform tickets are computerised,” he said.
K.P. Krishnaprasad, a regular commuter said that when Bezwada became Vijayawada, its code remained BZA and when Waltair became Visakhapatnam (Vizag), its code remained WAT. A member of the Indian Railway Fans Club (IRFCA) said, “Indian Railways seems to have no specific policy for changing codes when changing names of stations.” When Bombay Victoria Terminus was renamed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the code changed from BBVT to CSTM, but Mumbai Central retains its BCT code.
Today (8:32PM)  South East Central Railway hold Rabbani to draw in NDFA League (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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NAGPUR: South East Central Railway (SECR) held formidable Rabbani Club, Kamptee to a goalless draw in the Super Six tie of the Meghe NDFA Elite Division Football League at the Motibagh ground on Friday.
SECR forwards Ritesh Kalakoti and Aquib Faraz had a couple of good chances but could not capitalize on them.
Rabbani too had few opportunities but Zahid Ansari and Mohammad Yasim failed to convert them.
On Saturday, City Police will clash with Rahul Club at 2.45 pm at the same venue.
At the Police Line Takli ground, Pawan Masram netted an all-important goal in the 26th minute as Shakti Club beat Anjuman Club in the relegation tie
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Today (8:30PM)  Railway ministry convened meeting over Agartala-Akhaura rail link (news.webindia123.com)
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Ministry of Railway has convened fourth inter-departmental steering committee meeting to review the progress of Agartala (Tripura) - Akhaura (Bangladesh) railway connectivity on October 27 next in New Delhi, Tripura state transport department officials said here today. The meeting is scheduled to discuss the funding provision of the project and also to finalise the modified DPR of the project for connecting India and Bangladesh to boost socio-cultural and business tie between two countries. Chief Resident Commissioner of Tripura government in New Delhi Pravin Srivastava will represent the state in the meeting and apprised the latest position of the project, said Transport minister Manik Dey and also asked to flag the issue of funding for much waited inter-country railway link. He said third meeting of the committee was held in Dhaka in June last but in past three months there was not much headway in the project. Besides, all other stakeholders,...
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officers from Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) would also attend the meeting to speed up the project. Ministry of DoNER was supposed to handle the funds for Agartala-Akhaura rail project under the Planning Commission awards, denied to take responsibility, as Modi led NDA government has decided to knock down Planning Commission of India, he said. "We have successfully conducted survey of the proposed alignment in Tripura part", Dey said adding that the survey report proposed Rs 302 Cr fund for the project. IRCON, a central government PSU, was entrusted with the responsibility to handle all operations of construction of the railway lines between Akhaura and Agartala over a distance of 15 Km. About 4.5 Km land area out of proposed 5 Km stretch of rail-line in Tripura part was demarcated. However, modified DPR of the project suggested diverting the railway route in Indian side that increased the length of the proposed railway line. During the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Dhaka visit in January 2010, both countries had agreed to set up a second railway link between the two countries through Agartala. Accordingly, an 11-member steering committee was constituted. Bangladesh and India signed a MoU in February last year for linking Agartala and Akhaura railway stations to connect Bangladesh railways with the north eastern states. UNI BB RST10:41 NNNN
Today (8:29PM)  CBI recovers Rs 10 lakh from drain near Railway officer's residence (www.siasat.com)
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The Central Bureau of Investigation has recovered Rs 10 lakh from a drain near the house of arrested Railway Board official which were allegedly flushed by his relatives at the time of raids carried out by the agency recently.
The sources said when the CBI team reached the residence of Ravi Mohan Sharma, arrested on October 22 while allegedly accepting bribe of Rs 5 lakh, relatives sensed trouble and flushed money bundles in the drain before they were stopped by the officials.
CBI sources said team of agency officials in toe with labourers are still at Verma's residence looking for cash in the sewage drain.
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Sharma was arrested by the CBI on October 22 while receiving a bribe of Rs 5 lakh from 'hawala' link of a Mumbai-based tour operator, sources said.
The sources said so far about Rs 10 lakh have been recovered from the drain even as the search continues. According to CBI sources, the arrest is the second biggest after Railway Board member Mahesh Kumar, who was arrested for allegedly giving bribe of Rs 90 lakh to get a lucrative post.Sharma, an Indian Railway Traffic service officer of 1997 batch was arrested by the CBI on October 22 while receiving a bribe of Rs 5 lakh from 'hawala' link of a Mumbai-based tour operator, sources said.They said the agency is probing links of Verma with other senior officials of Railway establishment, especially those involved in clearing additional coaches and special train for the clients of tour operator from Surat to Haridwar.The CBI has arrested Verma and two tour operators Rajesh Champaklal Jodhani and Kulin Kumarpal Shah in Mumbai for the alleged bribe which was meant for processing the application for getting coaches for the special trains on priority.The sources said Verma has been sent to four days of police custody by the special CBI court in New Delhi.They said the agency is also looking at the possibility of initiating a disproportionate assets case against the officials if he fails to explain the sources of the money recovered from him.
Today (8:27PM)  No short-cut when railway gates close - The Hindu (www.thehindu.com)
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Railway level crossing near Pandeshwar makes the journey longer.
Though the Pandeshwar-Mangaladevi Road is a thoroughfare between central and south Mangalore including Kerala, at times motorists curse themselves for taking this ‘short-cut’ after wasting more than 20 minutes in the process.
All because of the railway level crossing near Srinivasa College on the railway line to Bunder. Since the line caters only to goods trains moving to and from the Bunder area – which do not stick to any timetable – one cannot predict the exact time of closure of the gate.
A proposal for construction of a road over bridge (RoB) at the location is yet to materialise despite it was sanctioned in the Railway Budget presented by Union Railway Minister D.V.
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Sadananda Gowda recently. While the State government is claiming that the RoB might not be needed at the spot because the Southern Railway (SR) would be closing down the goods shed yard, the SR has said it had no such plan.
In the bargain, it is the daily commuters who are affected. A.P. Aithal, a resident of nearby Subhashnagar, said motorists would be forced to wait at least for 20 minutes, particularly during the peak evening hours when the gate closes. Vehicles would pile up to 200-300 metres on either side of the road. Even after the gate opens, motorists struggle to cross the railway line as there was only a two-lane road at the crossing, while the other stretches of the road is four-laned, he said.
Ambuja, a resident of Pandeshwar, said that besides affecting vehicular movement, the level-crossing poses a grave threat to pedestrians. With the lack of sufficient space for pedestrians to walk near the crossing, they were forced to squeeze between the moving vehicles, she said.
Government nod Anand Prakash, Divisional Railway Manager of SR, Palakkad, told The Hindu the Railways had prepared the plan and estimates, which was awaiting the State government approval. The RoB project is proposed to be executed through a 50:50 cost sharing basis, he said. Mr. Prakash also said the Railways had no proposal to close down the goods shed.
A senior official with the Mangalore City Corporation, however, said the corporation was not aware of the cost-sharing project. It had also not submitted any proposal to the Railways to construct an RoB, he said.
Today (7:28PM)  ONE TRIP OF PREMIUM SUPERFAST SPECIAL TRAIN BETWEEN AHMEDABAD AND SECUNDERABAD via VADODARA and SURAT ON 02/11/2014 (www.wr.indianrailways.gov.in)
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ONE TRIP OF PREMIUM SUPERFAST SPECIAL TRAIN BETWEEN AHMEDABAD AND SECUNDERABAD via VADODARA and SURAT ON 02/11/2014
To facilitate passengers during the festive season, Railway will run o­ne trip of Premium Superfast Special Train No. 07017/07018 between Ahmedabad and Secunderabad via Vadodara & Surat
Train No. 07017 Ahmedabad-Secunderabad Premium Superfast Special Train will depart Ahmedabad at 17.15 hrs o­n 02nd November, 2014 (Sunday) and reach Secunderabad at 14.45 hrs the next day. This train will reach Vadodara station at 19.00 hrs and Surat at 20.55hrs the same day.
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07.30 hrs o­n 01st November, 2014 (Saturday) and reach Ahmedabad at 04.15 hrs the next day. This train will reach Surat & Vadodara stations o­n 02nd November, 2014 at 00.55 hrs & 03.05hrs respectively.
The train will halt at Vadodara, Surat, Kalyan and Pune stations in both directions.
The train will have AC II Tier, AC III Tier, Second Sleeper class and Pantry car.
The booking of train no. 07017 Ahmedabad- Secunderabad Premium Superfast Special will open from 26th October, 2014 through Internetonly.
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Today (7:27PM)  South Central Railway to Observe Vigilance Awareness Week (www.scr.indianrailways.gov.in)
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South Central Railway to Observe Vigilance Awareness Week
The South Central Railway will observe Vigilance Awareness Week from October 27th to November 1st, 2014,as directed by the Central Vigilance Commission, New Delhi. This week is observed to coincide with the week in which the birthday (31stOctober) of Sardar Vallabhai Patel falls. Shri Sardar Patel is credited with the setting up of administrative structure of Government of India post independence. The objective of the Vigilance Awareness Week is to bring about alertness amongst the public and government employees through participative and pro-active vigilance management, to bring down the menace of corruption to zero.
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is “Combating Corruption- Technology as an enabler”.
The Vigilance wing of SCR will organize programmes during the week to cover Zonal Headquarters, six Divisions, three major Workshops and field units to create awareness against corruption /malpractices and to bring about system improvement through use of technology.
The Week will commence o­n Monday , i.e. 27.10.2014 with employees of all units taking a Pledge in the forenoon o­n eradication of corruption in all spheres of public life The Pledge will be administered by Sri P.K.Srivastava, General Manager/SCR at the Zonal headquarters and by the respective heads at other offices.
A special programme has been organized o­n 27th October, afternoon in Rail Nilayam premises which shall be attended by the General Manager, Principal Heads of departments, Senior Officers, and Supervisors. Sri P.C.Parakh, IAS(Retd) ex. Secretary to Govt. of India will be the Chief Guest and deliver the keynote address.
Programmes such as Quiz Contests, Skits, Presentation of case studies and Panel discussions are being organized throughout the week at Headquarters and Divisional offices. A special drive will be undertaken to generate public and staff awareness against corruption by launching campaign through posters and personal counselling by Vigilance Officials at important public and staff contact areas in the field.
Today (6:50PM)  IRCTC New User Creation Faster Method (www-irctc.blogspot.com)
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Today (4:24PM)  Ahead of Chhath Puja, Massive Overcrowding on Delhi-Bihar Trains (www.ndtv.com)
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With only five days left for Chhath Puja, a Hindu festival, thousands of devotees thronged the New Delhi Railway Station today to catch the Bihar bound trains.
Chhath Puja, dedicated to the Sun God, is celebrated six days after Diwali and is one of Bihar's most popular festivals.
As people packed themselves into train coaches with some even squatting inside the bathrooms, many of them said they were travelling without tickets.
"We don't have confirmed tickets, but we have to leave today," said a passenger.
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reach them on the phone."
The policemen present at the platforms helped manage the crowd, but they could not do more as they are not authorised to stop passengers from entering the train.
Meanwhile authorities admitted that the 35 special trains started for this festival are not enough.
"There is a huge gap between demand and supply. We are running 35 special trains from Delhi to Patna...admit this is not enough to manage festival rush," said Anurag Sachan, New Delhi's Divisional Railway Manager.
"Normally we sell 35,000 unreserved tickets, but yesterday we sold 60,000...I would like to appeal to people to maintain law and order," he added.

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Today (3:57PM)  METTUPALAYAM- OOTY NILGIRI MOUNTAIN RAIL BLOCKED DUE TO LAND SLIDE.RESCUE WORKS ON (epaper.dinamalar.com)
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Today (3:49PM)  Secunderabad-Hubli Train to Run up to Nov 30 (www.newindianexpress.com)
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HYDERABAD: In order to clear extra rush of passengers, the South Central Railway has decided to extend running of the special trains for some more days.
Hubli-Secunderabad tri-weekly special train has been extended to run for 26 more trips. It will depart from Hubi at 08:50 pm on November 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27 and 29 and arrive in Secunderabad at 11:45 am the next day.  In the return direction, it will depart from Secunderabad at 04:00 pm on Nov 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28 and 30 and arrive in Hubli at 07:50 am on the next day. Mysore-Santragachhi weekly premium superfast special train will run for two more trips. Accordingly, the train will depart from Mysore at 06:00 am on Nov 5 and arrive in  Santragachhi
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at 03:45 p.m. the next day. It will depart from Santragachhi at 05:50 am on Nov 7 and arrive in Mysore at 04:45 pm the next day. Yesvantpur-Jaipur weekly superfast train has been extended to run for 8 more trips. It will depart from Yesvantpur at 11:30 am on Nov 6, 13, 20 and 27 and arrive in Jaipur at 06:35 am on Saturdays.  The train will depart from Jaipur at 10:15 pm on Nov 8, 15, 22 and 29 and arrive in Yesvantpur at 05:55 pm on Mondays. Mysore-Varanasi bi-weekly superfast special train will depart from Mysore at 06:00 am on Oct 31, Nov 2 and arrive in Varanasi at 01:30 am on Tuesdays and Sundays. It will depart from Varanasi at 09:50 pm on Nov 2 and 4 and arrive in Mysore at 04:45 pm on Thursday and Tuesday.
Today (3:49PM)  Passengers to get no refund on premium train tickets (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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LUCKNOW: Railways is running lot of premium trains to clear the rush of passengers. But passengers will get no refund on the tickets of premium trains.
While reservation on regular trains commences 60 days in advance, it is 15 days in case of premium trains for the benefit of passengers who plan their journey at short notice and want a confirmed accommodation.
Premium trains are seasonal and occasion-specific such as for festivals or holidays and have been introduced to meet the passenger rush.
The main feature is quick transit with an average speed of more than 60kmph, limited stoppages apart from providing freedom from touts and unauthorised travellers.
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the premium trains is 15 days, the ticket fare follows a dynamic pricing model and can be booked only online via IRCTC website (www.irctc.co.in)
Vacant berths will be offered at the current day booking counters in the originating stations and will not be sold over the reservation counter.
Today (3:42PM)  NTES app lets you know train schedules, info on cancelled trains, live trains and more (tech.firstpost.com)
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A new app has been released by the Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) called National Train Enquiry System (NTES) which is now available for download on all smartphones and tablets running Android 2.3 and upwards. The new mobile app for Android devices has many interesting features which includes checking on the current running status for trains along with time of arrival and departure. Even if trains are cancelled, you can view all the details on the website along with the location of your train between stations.
“With this launch, it has now become easier for the public to get information on expected arrival and departure timings of a particular train and other related information for the benefit of rail passengers,” a senior Railway Ministry official said.
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app This move by the Indian Railways will benefit commuters who travel on a daily basis and will make their experience far less stressful. CRIS, an IT wing of railways had earlier launched a mobile app for Windows 8 platform in August 2014. One of the best features of the app is “spot your train” which provides information such as its current position and expected time of arrival and departure at a particular station. Other features are ‘train schedule’, ‘trains between stations’, ‘live station’ and ‘information on cancelled rescheduled & diverted trains’. ”Live Station’ query provides list of trains expected to arrive at/depart from any station in next 2 or 4 hours. The National Train Enquiry System (NTES) is a comprehensive system which provides information to public about train running on near real time basis through various interfaces like nationwide unique rail enquiry number 139, website (www.trainenquiry.com), mobile interfaces, Touch Screens, counter enquiry and display boards at stations. CRIS has now made available mobile app for two most commonly used platforms that is Windows and Android. NTES app is available as free download from the Google Play Store. Recently, we had also seen the launch of the IRCTC Connect app on the Play Store. It is a free to use app and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. It will work with Android smartphones running Android 4.1 and higher. Couple of months ago, IRCTC had launched an official app for the BlackBerry 10 platform.
Today (3:23PM)  Small railway stations in Tiruchi become easy targets for burglars (www.thehindu.com)
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RPF suggests a series of measures to thwart the offence
Burglars don’t seem to have spared even railway stations in their desire to make a quick buck. A series of burglaries have been reported in small railway stations falling within the jurisdiction of Tiruchi Railway Division.
A couple of burglaries were reported in quick succession recently - one at Kattur near Lalgudi and the other at Pennadam with culprits decamping with cash from these two smaller railway stations manned by a clerk-in-charge.
The burglary at Pennadam railway station was daring as the emboldened culprits struck in the afternoon when the lone clerk-in-charge went out for lunch and made away with cash kept inside.
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offence at Kattur station is believed to have been committed in the odd hours with the crime coming to light the next morning when the clerk-in-charge reported for duty. The two instances are the latest in the slew of burglaries reported in the clerk-in-charge stations in the last one-and-half years in the vast jurisdiction of Tiruchi Railway Division encompassing over 10 revenue districts.
Burglars who had been targeting smaller stations manned by clerk-in-charge in the main line section (Villupuram – Tiruchi via Mayiladuthurai and Thanjavur) last year, chose to strike now at stations falling in the chord line section (Villupuram – Tiruchi via Vriddhachalam and Ariyalur).
Sources say burglaries had occurred in 2013 at Pasupathikoil, Swamimalai, Tirunageswaram and Tiruvidaimarudhur railway stations - all of which were manned by clerk-in-charge.
The offences at Kattur and Pennadam stations are the two burglaries having been reported so far in the current year. Cash burgled from these wayside stations ranged from Rs.1, 200 to Rs.3,500.
Consequent to the chain of burglaries last year, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) here had suggested a series of measures to the divisional railway authorities in an effort to thwart such offences including putting in place rolling shutters. The Tiruchi Railway Division alone accounts for 25 clerk-in-charge stations from where the collections are sent to the divisional headquarters through train cash chest regularly.
Majority of these burglaries were reported at these stations in the night hours barring the case of Pennadam, say officials of the RPF which is plagued by manpower shortage. The existing strength was being utilised for various RPF posts, bomb detection squad, special intelligence bureau, crime intelligence bureau and dog squad. The manpower shortage in RPF Tiruchi Division alone was over 180, say the sources.
Railway officials say grill gates were being put up in those clerk-in-charge stations which did not have this facility. Necessary remedial measures were being taken wherever defects were noticed in the door, the officials added.
Today (12:19PM)  CRIS launches App on Android platform for train enquiry (articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com)
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NEW DELHI: Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) has launched a mobile app on Android platform for train enquiry.
The new mobile app for Android devices has many features. "With this launch, it has now become easier for the public to get information on expected arrival and departure timings of a particular train and other related information for the benefit of rail passengers," a senior Railway Ministry official said.
CRIS, an IT wing of railways, earlier launched mobile app for Windows 8 platform in August 2014.
One of the best features of the app is "spot your train" which provides information such as its current position and expected time of arrival and departure at a particular station.
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Other features are 'train schedule', 'trains between stations', 'live station' and 'information on cancelled rescheduled & diverted trains'.
'Live Station' query provides list of trains expected to arrive at/depart from any station in next 2 or 4 hours.
The National Train Enquiry System (NTES) is a comprehensive system which provides information to public about train running on near real time basis through various interfaces like nationwide unique rail enquiry number 139, website (www.trainenquiry.com), mobile interfaces, Touch Screens, counter enquiry and display boards at stations.
CRIS has now made available mobile app for two most commonly used platforms - Windows and Android. NTES app is available as free download.
Today (12:18PM)  Huge rush in trains, private buses hike fares in Indore (www.hindustantimes.com)
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There is a huge rush in major trains this festive season with a long waiting list, particularly in the trains bound for Mumbai, Delhi, and Patna. With a large population from Indore working in other major cities, there is huge rush from October 26 to October 29 when people will return after celebrating Diwali.
In fact, western railways has stopped the reservation for Indore-Mumbai Avantika Express for sleeper and III AC coaches for October 26 as even the waiting list threshold has been breached.
Railway officials say that the Western Railways has introduced special trains and also increased the number of coaches but the bookings have been overwhelming.
Meanwhile, the bus operators have hiked the fare of Mumbai-Indore and Pune-Indore buses by threefold
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as the demand for buses has increased with trains running full. As against a fare of Rs. 400, many bus operators are charging Rs. 1,200.
Today (12:03PM)  Railway passengers bear the brunt of festival rush in Delhi (www.thehindu.com)
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Even as the Railways are aiming to launch high-speed train service in the country, lakhs of low-income passengers are forced to travel in near inhuman condition on the mail and express trains, owing to the festival rush.
The Railways for their part are operating special trains besides augmenting the carrying capacity of the regular trains to cater to the festival rush.
But clearly this is not enough as was evident at the New Delhi railway station on Friday.
Most of the trains connecting the Capital and other North India destinations to different places in Bihar, Jharkhand and Eastern Uttar Pradesh were running beyond capacity and passengers with valid tickets found themselves stranded as the coaches were jam-packed.
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It was almost impossible for many of the passengers to even step into the general compartments of most of these trains.
While the authorities had taken several crowd management measures at the railway stations in the city, they failed to meet the increased demand of trains especially for passengers travelling in the unreserved category. Desperate passengers were forced to complete their hours-long journey in the toilets of the trains.
The situation was even grimmer for those travelling with their families.
“I tried to get into one of the compartments, but retreated as people are sitting even on the footrest. All trains are running full, and this is an annual affair. We don't understand why the Railways can’t add more general coaches when the maximum rush is clearly visible in this category,” said Sambhu, who was unable to board the Mahabodhi Express to Gaya at the New Delhi railway station on Friday.
Most of the East-bound trains like the Vaishali, Lichhavi, Sampark Kranti, Magadh, Vikramshila, Swatantra Sainani Express etc. are running overcrowded.
The officials, however, said they are operating several special trains to meet the festival rush.
“In view of heavy rush of passengers for Chhath festival, Northern Railway has started an additional special train No.04446 for Patna. All the coaches of this train are unreserved. The special train left Anand Vihar Terminal at 3 p.m. on Friday and it would run via Moradabad,” a Northern Railway official said.
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