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Today (12:28AM)  Tragedy at station exposes cracks in railway preparedness (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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Posted by: Jayashree ❖ Amita**  24374 news posts   
NEW DELHI: The incident at New Delhi station that claimed the life of one person has once again exposed cracks in Northern Railway's preparedness. While officials claim they are doing their best to avert mishaps during festive seasons, there was utter chaos at the station with Bihar-bound passengers trying to board both reserved and unreserved coaches on Saturday.
Railway authorities appear to be at a loss as a proper crowd control mechanism was not in place at the station, especially on platform number 16 from where most of Bihar-bound trains depart. The reserved coaches were overflowing with passengers, most of whom were travelling without reservation. This led to a situation where genuine ticket-holders were seen struggling to find space under wash-basins and in toilets.
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look at the situation where people have to sit in toilets to reach their destination," said Sita Mandal, one of the passengers waiting for a Bihar-bound special train.
The footfall at the station shoots up by more than 40% during Chhath Puja. Eyewitnesses said overcrowding led to a stampede-like situation on platform number 16 with passengers, including the elderly, women and children, struggling to board the train as soon as it arrived.
"It seems the railways have not learnt any lesson from past tragedies. They have not made any effort to control the crowd," said Srikant Sharma, who was waiting to catch Poorva Express on platform 16. He said lack of information about train schedule and delays added to passengers' woes.
"My train is six hours late and the rush of people waiting for the next train is increasing. The railway minister could have made more trains available for in view of Chhath Puja," Sharma added.
Railway officials present at the station said there was not much they could actually do. "We have taken the necessary precautions to avoid overcrowding at the station. For instance, barring women and the elderly, other people are not allowed to buy platform tickets from October 21 to 28. We are also as many trains as resources permit. But we cannot restrict passengers from entering the station and boarding trains. If we start forming queues and letting only a few people in at a time, there will be kilometre-long lines, which will make the matter worse," said a senior railway official.
On Saturday, passengers were seen occupying almost one-third of the space meant for public movement at platform number 16. At the ticket counters too, many families were sitting on the floor, waiting to catch their trains. ''We cannot force the passengers out of the station. They have got valid tickets. What can they do if the train is delayed by hours? Many people stay back at the station,'' said an RPF guard. Few police personnel were present on the platforms.
Today (12:10AM)  From Nov 1st 4 New Trains from SBC (www.sanjevani.com)
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From Nov 1st 4 New Trains from SBC
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2. SBC-YPR-Hosur
3. SBC-Nelamangala
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Yesterday (10:19PM)  AHMEDABAD - SECUNDERABAD :: PREMIUM SUPERFAST SPECIAL TRAIN (www.irctcnews.com)
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Yesterday (10:19PM)  India’s Infra Players counting on China, Japan Aid (www.railnews.co.in)
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Posted by: J A I H O  631 news posts   
नई दिल्ली New Delhi: Every time the government changes, fresh plans are drafted to re-build India. The three-month-old NDA government is no exception to the rule. It too has chalked out plans to lay fresh roads, build more ports and introduce new trains. What’s new is that these will be built by Beijing and Tokyo working with local players. While the modalities of how Asia’s two major economies are going to take the mission forward (through bilateral projects, PPP, or only financial assistance) are still unclear, their impetus is expected to help the India’s infrastructure sector, which is ailing owing to a shortage of funds and technical expertise.
The Chinese have pledged to invest $20 billion in infra projects, of which $6.8 billion is dedicated to putting up two industrial parks. The Japanese have done their bit for India in the
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past as well, by funding big-ticket projects like the Delhi Metro and the under-construction Dedicated Freight Corridor. But Tokyo’s $35-billion investment proposal for new infrastructural projects, including the much-touted bullet train, has doubled its stake. With Asia’s largest economies playing a role, India’s infrastructure sector (see table) seems set for a great leap forward.
InfraSituation Report: The sector certainly needs help. Policy paralysis, delays in project implementation, demand slowdown and shortage of resources like coal have eroded the investor’s internal rate of return, and foreign direct investment (FDI) fell from Rs 30,000 crore in FY08 to Rs 9,500 crore in FY14, according to the Economic Survey. Ruchir Parekh, managing director of Ahmedabad’s Thar Dry Port, says: “The sector hasn’t moved forward for lack of funds and procedural delays.” In 2012-13, the economy grew at a decadal low of 5 per cent, impacting infrastructure investment, which stood at Rs 5,34,645 crore, the least since 2010-11. According to the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), the infrastructure sector needs $1.07 trillion in the next five years.
The promised Chinese and Japanese dole outs, aggregating to $55 billion, will account for just 7 per cent of this. Nevertheless, some people in the sector are hopeful. “The trade and economic ties with two large Asian countries will certainly provide new business opportunities and India’s infrastructure market is expected to flourish in the coming years,” says Isaac George, CFO, GVK Infrastructure Ltd. Adds Siddharth Kapur, CFO, Airports, GMR Group: “Given the huge requirement for investments in infrastructure, the focused entry of Japanese and Chinese funding is a welcome move. It will provide a diversification in the sourcing for funds, wherever they are needed.”
Project opportunities: Typically, overseas investments come via one of the four routes. The first is through bilateral funding for public sector projects. The second needs financial vehicles, like foreign institutional investors (FIIs) to pump in equity and debt. The third implies private, long-term investments in the form of FDI; and lastly, capitalization of facilities/projects announced via bilateral funding (like companies setting up facilities to manufacture components for a particular large-scale project. Boeing setting up locomotives facility for metro projects is an example).
“Both China and Japan are expected to assist India in undertaking projects such as railway lines, ports and roads,” says Parekh. The Chinese have signed an MoU to strengthen cooperation in railways, create an action plan, training in heavy haul and cooperate for a high-speed rail project. Besides the industrial parks, they have also agreed to expedite work on the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar economic corridor. “Local companies will have more business as they will certainly be involved in undertaking these projects,” says Parekh.
GVK’s George is not so sure. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent visit, on a macro-level, looks promising with over 24 MoUs, worth $3.43 billion, signed across sectors like aviation, telecom, chemicals and wind power. “But we don’t know yet if these projects will be government-government or PPP projects. That the country needs a financial thrust is evident. But unless barriers to access capital and procedural delays are done away with, the sector will keep struggling,” reasons George.
The $20-billion Chinese investment is lower than what the Japanese have offered, but much higher than the $400 million it has invested in India in the past 10 years. Industry wants India to follow China’s model to revive economic growth, which has been stuck below 5 per cent for two years. “For India to achieve 9 per cent growth, improving infrastructure is key,” says George. As per a Fitch report, China’s investment rate after 2008 rose to 48 per cent, up from 41 per cent between 2002 and 2008. The Chinese added 14,000 km of railway tracks in the same period (2008-11). India, meanwhile, has added only 11,000 km of tracks since Independence.
Challenges: One of the biggest bottlenecks for the sector is capital. According to Planning Commission data, the sector is staring at a debt requirement-availability gap of Rs 13,33,500 crore during the 12th Plan. While the debt requirement is over Rs 32,36,300 crore, only Rs 19,02,500 crore debt is available. The sector needs funds either via FDI, FIIs or from foreign banks. Borrowing from Japan and China in local currency is more economical than in dollars. This is clear from the NTPC example. The state-run corporation borrowed $430 million (approximately Rs 2,650 crore) of capital from Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) early this year in Japanese yen. NTPC raised the capital at an interest rate of 3 per cent, against the 8-9 per cent levied by SBI when borrowing in rupees. Borrowing in dollars is even more expensive as interest rates are over 14 per cent.
For government-government projects, funding is more flexible. For instance, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has so far given India Rs 20,000 crore for the 1,483-km Freight Corridor in three tranches, with an interest rate of 0.01, 0.20 and 0.01 per cent respectively. Of course, the loans come with the rider that the lead partner must belong to Japan and 30 per cent of the material should be sourced from Japanese companies. The Delhi Metro case is similar, where JICA invested $2.7 billion in two phases and Japanese majors got major contracts. Homegrown infra majors thus may lose out on major contracts but can bid for sub-contracts or take up ancilliary business.
Still, optimists like Vinayak Chatterjee, CMD, Feedback Infra, which counts L&T, IDFC and HDFC as shareholders, believe the China, Japan associations augur well for the future. “For long, we have been comfortable doing business with Western companies. Anything Chinese was considered below par. But their infrastructure, be it high-speed trains or skyscrapers, is world-class. It’s time to change our perception about Chinese businesses,” he says.
Chatterjee, who is also the Chairman for CII’s National Task Force on Infrastructure Projects, adds that the real benefits from both the Japanese and Chinese will be accrued if there’s more FDI from FIIs.
Yesterday (10:18PM)  BHUBANESWAR - BANGALORE CANTONMENT :: PREMIUM SPECIAL TRAINS (www.irctcnews.com)
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Southern railways announced new premium special trains between Bhubaneswar and Bangalore Cantonment to avoid extra rush of passengers during the season.
Yesterday (10:18PM)  Urbanisation, Technology and Sustainability will drive future Rail market: Atkins’ CEO Dr.Uwe (www.railnews.co.in)
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Atkins’ CEO, Prof Dr Uwe Krueger, described how the rail market in coming years will be driven by three main factors – urbanisation, technology and sustainability in a recent seminar held at Berlin. Excerpts of his speech:
Urbanisation
There are many challenges associated with urbanisation, and as the global population is expected to grow from seven to nine billion by 2050, pressure will be put on our existing and future infrastructure making ‘future-proofing’ critical to withstand future risks.
Uwe said: “‘Future proofing’ means a truly holistic approach. It obliges us to think ahead and design infrastructure that will still be fit for purpose in 30 or 50 years from now.”
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rail sector, high speed rail will present a big opportunity as urbanisation will require better connectivity between urban centres and become ever more critical for economic growth. Uwe mentioned how $900 billion in global high speed rail investment is predicted between 2010 and 2020.
Technology
The complex problems of urbanisation will require smart solutions, and this is where the constantly evolving world of technology comes in.
“Technology will enable the rail sector to gear up to the next wave of economic growth. We will need a smart railway to deliver the ambitions of our increasingly smart cities,” Uwe described.
The introduction of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) for example, is facilitating greater interoperability and will boost cross-border services. Atkins is currently helping to deliver Banedanmark’s ERTMS project which includes the complete re-signalling of the country.
In future this system will enable transport networks to connect, bringing together high-speed, metro and light rail with other forms of travel.
Sustainability
As urbanisation increases and technology progresses, so does the pressure on both environmental and economic sustainability. Uwe described how the rail industry has a pivotal role to play in delivering environmentally-friendly and economically sustainable transport systems around the world.
“The rail industry can be proud that it is responsible for only seven per cent of global CO2 emissions in the transport sector, but the industry must not rest on its laurels. Cities occupy only two per cent of the earth’s land yet account for 75 per cent of global carbon emissions and between 60-80 per cent of energy use. Therefore, rail must continue to address issues such as how to reduce the carbon footprint or decreasing the land-take needed for new and existing lines,” he concluded.
Yesterday (10:17PM)  Gateway Distriparks to hold Board Meeting on 31 Oct (www.railnews.co.in)
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मुंबई Mumbai: Gateway Distriparks Limited, a company based in Mumbai, doing business in India in logistics facilitation with three verticals of Container Freight Stations, Inland Container Depots with rail movement and Cold Chain Storage & Logistics will hold a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Company on 31 October 2014, for approval of the un-audited financial results for the quarter ended 30 September 2014.
Yesterday (10:16PM)  Coastal shipping most preferred mode of transport over Rail for Cement Cos: CEO, Allcargo (www.railnews.co.in)
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Cement transport thorough waterways, especially via sea routes, is highly economical for companies located near coastal areas. Capt. Ashok Shrivastava, CEO (Shipping Business), M/s Allcargo Logistics gives his perspective on how logistics via waterway will benefit the cement industry than railway mode… and many more. Excerpts from the interview…
What is the range of services offered by you?
We at Allcargo provide cargo movements around the Indian coastline and nearby coastal countries. Some of the prominent routes we have done for cement industry are Gujarat to Mumbai, Gujarat to Srilanka and Andhra Pradesh to Srilanka.
Should cement companies outsource logistics functions?
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i.e., on the final output. With the renewed focus the key competencies of production, cement companies will reach their markets at a more efficient pace by outsourcing the movement of the product through professional logistics service providers and especially leveraging the most efficient mode of transporting cement, i.e., through coastal shipping.
How has the market scenario changed with time?
It has been four years since we are working in this sector and the market scenario has improved at a faster pace. With increasing economic traction across our GDP, not only will coastal shipping will be a game changer for the cement industry, but will also take a major share in overall India´s logistics and supply chain space.
What are the preferred modes of transportation, and why?
At present across India coastal shipping is still the most preferred mode of cement transportation with rail being the second most opted mode. Coastal shipping vessels carry huge volumes of load and the transportation is much faster and economical compared to rail as well as road transport routes, which are comparatively congested.
What is your opinion on using river routes for transport?
River routes can be used to tap those companies who are away from the coastline in other words they lie in hinterland. Coastal and inland waterways synergy can be explored on a large scale. Efforts are done on National Waterway 1 and 2 and there is continuous movement of coal through National Waterway 1 (Kolkata-Allahabad).
How can one ensure that goods move without delays?
I think the responsibility lies with all stakeholders of the trade, but every entity can do its best to make sure the proper documentation of the cargo is in place, timely delivery of the cargo to the logistics provider for transportation is made. Also, working in a coherent and cohesive way and through a continuous channel of communication can add tremendous value in terms movement of cement across India´s hinterland.
What are your estimates about the growth of this sector?
We are just witnessing the tip of the iceberg in terms of growth of the sector. With India´s focus on manufacturing, infrastructure, making India the global trade hub, this sector will be directly proportional to our GDP growth rate in years to come.
Yesterday (10:15PM)  Container Wagon manufacturing Co., M/s Jessop workers demand dues (www.railnews.co.in)
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कोलकाता Kolkata (KOAA): Employees of the Durgapur Jessop factory submitted a memorandum to the state labour department demanding their dues.
An employee said that the factory management have not cleared their salaries for the past nine months. A section of employees also alleged that the valuable spare parts of the factory, are being stolen regularly under the nose of the management.
Though the Dum Dum Jessop factory was reopened following the intervention of the state government, but no initiative was taken to reopen the company’s factory at Durgapur.
Durgapur Projects Limited (DPL), used to supply electricity and water for the factory, but it disconnected the electricity and water connections after not getting the dues for past few months.
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Local administration have asked the police to make inquiries regarding the theft of the machinery parts from the factory. A senior official of the labour department said the local administration is trying to get in touch with the factory management to resolve all matters, including the clearing of the dues of the factory workers. The factory was set up in 1958 at Durgapur. Cranes, container wagons and rollers were manufactured there.. The Ruia group acquired the factory in 2003; it was earlier run by the Department of Heavy Industries.
The Ruia group had said that machinery parts for the railways will be manufactured from the factory, but production has not been started.
Jessop & Company Limited is India’s oldest engineering company, established in 1788. Pawan Kumar Ruia is a brave man – he had to be, as the man who bought out Kolkata’s sick Jessop & Co from the Centre under the privatisation programme of the erstwhile National Democratic Alliance government, despite vociferous opposition from the Left Front government in West Bengal.
The history of Jessop & Co. Ltd goes back to year 1788 when Breen & Company was founded in Calcutta. In 1820, Henry and George, sons of William Jessop acquired Breen & Company on behalf of Butterley Company, which was established by William Jessop in Derbyshire. These two companies were merged in 1820 to be renamed as Jessop & Company. The company, during British Raj was a large engineering giant having its head office at 63, Netaji Subhas Road, Kolkata and large manufacturing facilities spread over 63 acres at Dum Dum.
The management of company was taken over by Government of India in 1958 and subsequently in 1973, the company was wholly taken over by the Government of India and Jessop became public sector undertaking. In 1986, with the formation of Bharat Bhari Udyog Nigam (BBUNL), a public sector holding company under administrative control of two government ministries, Department of Heavy Industry and Ministry of Industry, Jessop became a subsidiary of the holding company.
In 2003 Government of India, divested its stake in Jessop & Co. Ltd under privatization programme and sold its 72% stake to Ruia group owned by Pawan Kumar Ruia, who turned it into a profit making entity.
Yesterday (10:14PM)  Konkan Railway invites applications for the post of Assistant Company Secretary (www.railnews.co.in)
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Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL), a Public Sector Undertaking under the Ministry of Railway, has invited applications from experienced professionals for the post of Assistant Company Secretary on regular basis. The last date for submission of application is 25th November 2014.
Vacancies: 01 (UR)
Post: Assistant Company Secretary
Age limit: 40 years as on January 01, 2015
Pay Scale: PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 with GP Rs.4800/-
Selection Procedure: The shortlisted eligible candidates will be required to undergo Personal Interview and prescribed medical examination before being employed in
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Educational Qualifications: Should be an Associate Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India with at least three years of professional experience. Additional qualification of Law Degree (LLB) / Chartered Accountant (CA)/ Institute of Cost and Works Accountants (ICWA) is desirable (though not essential) along with proficiency in Computer.
How To Apply: Applications in prescribed format, completed in all respects along with enclosures and clearly mentioning the Notification No. and Post applied for should reach “Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL), Belapur Bhavan, Plot No. 6, Sec-11, CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai-400614″ on or before 17.30 hours of 25/11/2014.
Important Dates: Last date for applications to reach office: November 25, 2014.
Yesterday (9:32PM)  Tripura: GOI to convene meet on Indo-Bangla rail project on Oct 27 (www.tntmagazine.in)
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AGARTALA: The central government invited officials from all concerned stakeholders in the Agartala-Akhaura international rail project, which is currently underway, including the Government of Tripura to attend an inter-disciplinary meeting at New Delhi on October 27. The meeting came as a sudden reminder to the much-silenced rail project discussions since the third meeting of the project steering committee was held in June this year.
A highly placed source in the state government today said that the Ministry of Railways and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had absolutely no communication with the state government over the fourth project committee meeting of the Agartala-Akhaura international rail project scheduled in the second week of September. The meeting was abruptly postponed and no communication ensured in response to pursuits from the state government, the source said.
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Asked about response from the Government of India, the official said that the Ministry of DoNER, which was supposed to handle the funds for the Agartala-Akhaura rail project under the Planning Commission awards, denied to take responsibility.
“We have successfully conducted survey of the proposed alignment in the Tripura part”, the official stated adding that the survey report proposed a Rs. 302 crore fund requisition to the central government.
Resident Commissioner of Delhi Tripura Bhawan would be attending the meeting on behalf of the state government.
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 – a project that would literally change the way bilateral relations between India and Bangladesh were defined. Sources inside IRCON said that over 4.5 Km land area out of the 5 Km stretch of rail-line required for the project in Tripura sector was demarcated.
The government source today, however, informed that the proposed project length in the Indian side from Akhaura till Nischintapur was found to have extended from 5 Km to 6.5 Km.
Yesterday (9:32PM)  Wild elephants hold up rail traffic, damage crops in AP (www.thehindu.com)
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A herd 18 elephants from the Tamil Nadu forests that crossed into Kuppam at 1.30 a.m. on Saturday caused disruption in rail traffic on the Chennai-Bangalore section.
The man-animal conflict in Kuppam -- the tri-State junction leading to Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu and Karnataka -- took a new turn in the small hours of Saturday when a herd of 18 wild elephants emerged on the railway track, holding up movement of trains for an hour. The elephants destroyed crops along the railway track.The forest officials and locals said that the herd from the Tamil Nadu forests crossed into Kuppam at 1.30 a.m., and started moving along the railway track at Mallur, near Kuppam railway station. The forest officials contacted the railway officials and asked them to slow down the rail traffic on the Chennai-Bangalore section.The Kaveri Express was halted for about 15
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minutes, allowing the pachyderms to cross the tracks. A couple of goods trains also were held up on the section. The officials at Jollarpettai railway junction were also informed about the movement of elephants.The forest officials said that by Saturday morning, a herd of 11-elephants were spotted at Balla near Kuppam on the AP side, while another group had crossed into Tamil Nadu. Damage of crops was reported at long stretches in Avulanattam, Pathichenu, Kusuru and Puligunda hamlets.The Divisional Forest Officer (Chittoor West), T. Chakrapani, rushed to Kuppam in the early hours to monitor the situation. About 80 personnel of the department, including watchers, trackers and beat officers spread into the vulnerable villages.
A senior official told The Hindu that in case of emergency, steps would be taken to deploy wildlife management experts to tackle the elephants. The proximity of the herd to the human habitations is causing worry among the officials and villagers.
Yesterday (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.
Yesterday (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.
Yesterday (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.
Yesterday (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.
Yesterday (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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Yesterday (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
Yesterday (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.
Yesterday (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.
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