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Today (5:14AM)  Lower berth quota for pregnant women, elderly to be raised in Indian Railways | The Financial Express (www.financialexpress.com)
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Lower berth quota for pregnant women, elderly to be raised in Indian Railways By: PTI | New Delhi | March 26, 2015 12:02 pm Post Comments
Railways has decided to enhance the quota of lower berths for senior citizens and pregnant women in sleeper class coaches of its trains. (Reuters)
Railways has decided to enhance the quota of lower berths for senior citizens and pregnant women in sleeper class coaches of its trains. The quota which is automatically alloted to them through the passenger reservation system, will be raised from a combined quota of two lower berths per coach to four, said a statement issued by Railways. There will, however, be no change in this quota being earmarked in 3A and 2A classes, it added. Railways has also decided that the existing reservation
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quota of six berths for female passengers being earmarked in long distance Mail/Express trains should made available in the middle of the coach. To the extent feasible, the facility will be made available to the senior citizen and their quota would be earmarked in the middle of the coach, the statement said. To the extent feasible, the facility will be made available to the senior citizen and their quota would be earmarked in the middle of the coach, the statement said. (AP) Currently, there is a provision in the computerised passenger reservation system to allot lower berth automatically to male passengers above 60 years and female passengers above 45 years subject to availability of the same at the time of booking of ticket. As per the statement, instructions have also been issued to ticket checking staff to assist senior citizens and physically handicapped persons, who have been allotted middle/upper berths, by allotting them vacant lower berths available in the train on first come first serve basis.

  
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Yesterday (10:38PM)  RPF personnel rescue kidnapped girl from Rajdhani Express (www.business-standard.com)
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An 18-year-old girl who was allegedly kidnapped and being taken to Delhi was rescued from a first class coach of a Rajdhani Express by RPF personnel of South Central Railway.
The RPF Security Control Room received information about the kidnapping of Asmoju from the Government Railway Police (GRP), Bangalore station, yesterday.
Immediately, the SCR Security Control issued instructions over phone to the on-duty RPF train-escorting staff to nab the culprit and rescue the girl.
"The escorting staff, immediately swung into action, and after a thorough search with caution, traced the girl travelling with a person in H-1 Coach (First AC) of the Bangalore-Hazarat Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express (yesterday) while, the train was about to reach Secunderabad railway station," SCR said in a statement.
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The person who allegedly kidnapped the girl and taking her to Hazarat Nizamuddin in Delhi was later identified as M Nizam.
The RPF handed over Nizam and the girl to GRP, Secunderabad, it said, adding, GRP is carrying out further investigation in the case.
  
Yesterday (10:26PM)  Rail may replace 3 normal coaches in CR, WR with AC (www.asianage.com)
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While the original plan was to introduce a single air-conditioned train, the railways are now considering adding three air-conditioned coaches to existing trains. This way, commuters will retain the option of travelling in either normal or air-conditioned coaches instead of depending on one air-conditioned train that might be available only at particular times.
“The initial plan to bring in one entirely air-conditioned train is being re-considered and instead, three coaches from each 12-coach train will be removed and replaced with air-conditioned coaches. So, everyone who wants to travel in these coaches will have to first buy tickets,” said an official on condition of anonymity.
The change in plan is also due to the fact that railway officials are not sure if passengers will buy tickets to fill one whole air-conditioned train as
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fares would be four times that of normal first-class tickets. “We do not want to incur losses because of air-conditioned trains since officials feel that after the novelty of the air-conditioned train wears off, there might not be enough passengers to even recover the cost of train, let alone earn profits,” the official added.
The initiative will first apply to 56 and 68 Siemens-manufactured coaches currently running on Central and Western Railway, respectively. To begin with, Siemens’ rakes will get three air-conditioned coaches with only Siemens electrical equipment. When the 72 Bombardier rakes come in, they too will be given three air-conditioned coaches fitted with Bombardier electrical equipment.
Officials said a total of 49 air-conditioned coaches would be required for both CR and WR. “This seems promising since the closed door on WR’s first-class compartment has been operating during peak hours so people are already experiencing shutting of doors during peak time. The theory is being tested on every train now on with the added advantage of it being air-conditioned,” the official said.
  
Yesterday (10:23PM)  4 arrested for looting train passengers in Kanpur (www.business-standard.com)
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Four persons of a gang who allegedly looted railway passengers by lacing their food with intoxicants were today arrested, railway police said.
The railway police intercepted the gang at the Kanpur Central railway station. During checking, 225 gram intoxicant powder, a pistol, two cartridges, a knife, mobile phone, and Rs 1,500 were seized from their possession, a railway police spokesperson said.
The accused have been identified as Mukesh Kumar from Auraiya, Nurul Hasan from Bahraich, Ajay from Kannauj, and Raman from Hamipur, he said.
They have confessed to having looted train passengers and are being interrogated and information about their accomplices is being collected, he said.
  
Yesterday (10:20PM)  Now, lodge e-report of missing item on moving train (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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Agra: Passengers don't need to go to a railway police station to lodge an FIR about missing items in Uttar Pradesh anymore.
They can register their complaint of missing items on moving train, thanks to a dedicated web portal and a multi-interface app. The app, which was on a trial basis since January, will now be fully functional.
ADG (Railways) S Javeed Ahamd, "A mobile and web-based app, called UPP Lost Article Report App will now help train passengers to report about any article lost while travelling across the state of Uttar Pradesh."
"Loss of nearly 40 items such as PAN card, voter ID card, credit card, wallet, laptop, phone, mark sheet and other items can now be reported through the app," he
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The app, available on Android and iOS, can also be downloaded from the official website of the UP police for free.
To use the app, one has to register oneself to log in. Following this, one will receive an OTP (one-time password). If you have lost a wallet and it had your voter ID card, PAN card, credit card etc, then you don' t need to file multiple complaints as the app provides several lost categories while filing the report.
Speaking about the workings of the new system, government railway police (GRP) said the information of the lost item would then be registered in a database belonging to the State Crimes Record Bureau, based in Lucknow. A digitally signed lost article report would then be generated and sent to the complainant's mobile phone and email-id. This would be useful for the authority issuing the duplicate document because they insist on having a police report of the lost item.
GRP officials also said they were working to upgrade the existing app. "The modified app will be able to show status updates of the case," the officials said.
  
Yesterday (9:58PM)  Double-decker train may be scrapped (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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KOLKATA: The country's first air-conditioned double-decker train between Howrah and Dhanbad, which was flagged off in 2011, has come a cropper. Eastern Railway (ER), which went through a lot of trouble to accommodate the train, has now been forced to cancel it due to lack of patronage.
The rake is now lying unused with no other railway zone showing any interest in using it. ER will give it one more try by changing the timings in the next time-table. If it still fails to attract passengers, the train will be scrapped.
"The train has unique features. It is wider than other trains and during trials, the outer shell scraped against the edge of the platforms. There used to be deep scratch marks on the exterior after every trial run. The Commissioner of
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Railway Safety (CRS) would never allow commercial runs unless this defect was rectified. Finally, a decision was taken to shorten the width of platforms along its path. Work was undertaken in nearly 20 stations and there was a lot of inconvenience to commuters. There are several utilities that run along the edges of platforms. These had to be shifted as well," a senior ER official said.
There was also trouble with the overhead equipment (OHE). The double-decker coaches are higher than conventional ones and the overhead wires were too close to the roof for comfort. It was decided to raise the height of OHE, along a single track, for the stretch between Howrah and Dhanbad.
"Trouble is that the average occupancy rate of the train remained between 15 and 20%. It gets difficult to run a train unless the minimum occupancy is about 40-45%. After suffering losses, we were forced to cancel it. We will take a final decision on whether to run the train after the new time table is released," an ER official said.

  
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Yesterday (9:53PM)  Trial run on Shoranur-Kozhikode electrified line conducted (www.business-standard.com)
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Trial run on the newly electrified lines between Shoranur and Kozhikode was successfully conducted by Southern Railway's Palakkad division today.
The Electric loco left Shoranur at 9.00 a m and reached Kozhikode at 11 10 a m. And in the return direction it left Kozhikode at 12.00 non and arrived Shoranur at 14.00 p m., a press release from the PRO, Palakkad division said today.
Local MP, M K Raghavan and railway officials were present at Kozhikode station to receive the train which was flagged off at Shoranur by senior officials of the southern railway.
  
Yesterday (9:50PM)  Uttarakhand PHD Chamber to discuss rail projects with Prabhu (www.business-standard.com)
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After Chief Minister Harish Rawat, it is now the turn of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry to call for speeding up and strengthening of rail projects in Uttarakhand.
The state unit of the Chamber would hold a meeting with Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and other senior railway officials at New Delhi on Friday on rail projects in the state.
A delegation of the Chamber headed by its state Co-Chairman Rajiv Ghai and Secretary Anil Taneja will participate in the meeting.
"Be it rail over bridges or new rail lines, we will ask the railway minister to speed up the pending projects in Uttarakhand," said Taneja.
Last month, Rawat had held telephonic talks
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with Prabhu and called for speeding up pending rail projects in the state. The chief minister had also asked Prabhu to give relaxation in certain rail parameters and standards to push the railway projects in Himalayan states particularly in Uttarakhand, keeping in view their strategic locations for sharing vast borders with China.
Since China has developed big infrastructure along its border with Uttarakhand, top priorities should also be given to the state as far as the development of railway projects were concerned, the chief minister said.
The state government has sent a request to the northern railway for running intercity express trains between Lucknow-Bareilly-Kathgodam, New Delhi-Kathgodam and Kathgodam-Dehradun. The government has also requested the railways to conduct the survey of Bageshwar-Tanakpur railway line, senior government officials said.
The state government is also expecting the Railway Vikas Nigam Limited, which is implementing the 125.09-km Rishikesh-Karnaprayag project, to speed it up. The foundation stone for this rail project in the Garhwal region, at a preliminary cost of about Rs 4295 crore, was laid three months before the 2012 Assembly elections in the state. The project was one of the key poll planks of the ruling Congress at that time.
  
Yesterday (9:49PM)  IRCTC to allow only one ticket per login between 8am to 12pm (www.medianama.com)
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The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) implemented a new rule, that will allow only one ticket per user in one login session. The restrictions will be in place between the peak hours of 8am to 12pm, during which time users will be logged out automatically after making a single e-ticket booking.
The restriction will apply to IRCTC agents as well. However, the agency will allow tickets to be booked for onward journeys or return journeys without logging the user out. Users will also be able to book tickets without restrictions outside the 8am to 12pm timeframe, while defence bookings with a warrant can take place without restriction.
According to IRCTC, this move will overall help reduce the number of transactions made by the agents and like, as they will
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have to login after each transaction. Even if the agents use an automated software to re-login, the minute or so wasted there, should allow legitimate users to perform their transactions.
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IRCTC has been taking various steps to stop agents from hogging tickets. This is especially true since 2012 when it was alleged that a daily 4-5 minute down-time at 8am on its website, was orchestrated to ensure that touts have exclusivity over emergency tickets. In the ensuing month IRCTC took steps like allowing agents to book only one tatkal ticket per train per day on the website after 12pm, and allowing individual users only 2 tickets between 10am and 12pm.
Ticketing initiatives: IRCTC’s online ticketing site is known to have significant traffic load issues, although it had launched a new ticketing platform last year, which appears to be one that actually stays up. The agency also introduced cash on delivery (CoD) payment option for buying train tickets in partnership with BookMyTrain.com just last month. In October last year, Indian Railways had tied-up with Citibank to offer EMI facility for e-ticket bookings on IRCTC. The same month, IRCTC also released its official Android app. The app allows users to search for and book rail tickets, check existing reservations, cancel reservations and get upcoming journey alerts.
Other developments:
– IRCTC partnered with UBI to offer a RuPay prepaid card which will let users book train tickets and buy goods or services from the IRCTC portal, earlier this week. The card can be loaded with an amount convenient for the user to book railway tickets, and good and services from the IRCTC website. Every month, the first five transactions done through the card on IRCTC to buy railway tickets will be free of cost for the first 6 months.
– The rail agency tied up with Amazon.in to sell various products to IRCTC customers. However, the products are not sold on IRCTC’s website, instead clicking on ‘Shop by Amazon’ redirects users to Amazon.in, which sports an IRCTC logo on it.
– Last month, IRCTC tied up with Jubilant Foodworks to deliver Dominos’ pizza to your seat if you’re traveling across selected stations in India. The organization had mentioned this will be a service to trains that currently do not have pantry cars, however it would be extended to trains with pantry cars in the future.
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