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May 18 (20:59) Delhi Metro, other metro networks in country to remain shut during Lockdown 4.0; details (

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Delhi Metro lockdown 4.0 rules: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is already ensuring the proper maintenance of its vast network by running some empty trains daily.
Delhi Metro resume date: With the Narendra Modi government extending the ongoing nationwide lockdown to May 31, Delhi Metro and other metro networks across the country such as Kochi Metro, Bangalore Metro, Jaipur Metro, Noida Metro, Chennai Metro, Kolkata Metro etc will not be allowed to resume services. The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a fresh set of guidelines for Lockdown 4.0 which starts from May 18 and will extend till May 31.
announcement comes even as most metro networks across the country were preparing to partially resume services with social distancing norms for passengers being proposed. Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government had in its recommendations to the Centre said that Delhi Metro services should be allowed to resume.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is already ensuring the proper maintenance of its vast network by running some empty trains daily. This is being done to test signalling systems and the rolling stock and to also make sure that the corporation is ready to start services as and when allowed. Delhi Metro stations have already started marking out passenger spaces with social distancing norms – lines have been drawn on the floor to maintain distance between passengers queuing up to enter the stations through AFC gates and on platforms.
Various reports have suggested that whenever the metro services begin in various cities, the Central Government may make it mandatory for travellers to have the Aarogya Setu app on their mobile phones. Indian Railways, which is running special passenger trains, has already made it compulsory for passengers to make use of the Aarogya Setu app.
While metro rail services will continue to remain shut, the Ministry of Home Affairs has left it to the state governments to allow for intra-state movements through private vehicles and buses. All domestic and international flight services, except for special ones permitted by the Ministry of Home Affairs will continue to remain suspended.
May 18 (20:58) These 5 people will monitor Modi’s Rs 21 lakh cr economic package; PM forms informal GoM (

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assigned an informal group of ministers (GoM) with the responsibility of monitoring his Rs 21 lakh crore special economic package.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assigned an informal group of ministers (GoM) with the responsibility of monitoring his Rs 21 lakh crore special economic package. The GoM will be responsible for tracking the implementation of the economic package that the Prime Minister announced last week, The Indian Express reported on Monday citing unidentified sources. The GoM will consist of top leadership from the government including, Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Railway and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, and Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri.
announcement of the economic revival package was followed by the Finance Minister’s five-day marathon press briefings where she laid out the reforms totaling an economic value of Rs 21 lakh crore. These reforms and stimulus measures are expected to help the Indian economy on its feet in the post-coronavirus world. The GoM could start meeting from today itself as the Finance Minister has already laid out all the elements of the relief package, The Indian Express report said.
India will also initiate the fourth part of the nation-wide lockdown with certain restrictions being eased across the country. The overall package, as announced by the Finance Minister, stood at Rs 20,97,053 crore, included the Rs 1.92 lakh crore stimulus from measures announced by Modi recently such as the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package worth Rs 1.7 lakh crore. The package has tended to the needs of the MSME sector, as well as looked reformed certain agricultural infrastructure of the country. The central government has stepped up reforms for sectors including coal, minerals, defence production, air space management, and airports.
The economic revival package, according to the Prime Minister will shape the future of India as he initiates efforts to re-package India as an integral part of the global supply chain and attract firms that are eyeing an exit from China. Prime Minister Modi in his address last week said that India will become ‘atma-nirbhar’ as the nation kick-starts the economy after having stayed shut since the last week of March.
May 18 (20:58) ‘No approval pending’: Bhupesh Baghel slams Piyush Goyal for doing politics over special trains for migrants (

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Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel's response comes after Piyush Goyal appealed to states like West Bengal, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand to approve more trains to ferry stranded migrants back home.
Chhattisgarh lockdown news: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has accused Railways Minister Piyush Goyal of doing politics over running special trains to ferry migrants back home during the lockdown period. The CM of the Congress-ruled states also rubbished charges that approval to run trains to bring back migrants are pending with his government. He said there is no approval pending and asked Goyal to fight the coronavirus pandemic together with the states.
Goyal ji first said that Chhattisgarh is not giving permission for trains. We responded to him that the state has given all approvals. There is no approval pending with Chhattisgarh (for running of trains). He has not responded to it yet,” he said.
“It is my request to Goyal ji that this is not the time for doing politics or giving challenges. It is time to fight the coronavirus pandemic together. It is time for helping migrant workers,” Baghel added.
The Chhattisgarh CM’s response comes after Goyal appealed to states like West Bengal, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand to approve more trains to ferry stranded migrants back home.
Baghel claimed that he had sought permission from Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka among others for running the trains, which is still pending. Both the sending and receiving states need to give permission for running of trains.
He said the state government has paid over Rs 1.16 crore for ferrying migrant workers working in other states to Chhattisgarh.
Earlier, the BJP had alleged that the Congress-ruled states are not granting permission to Shramik Special trains to enter their states. According to party spokesperson Sambit Patra, to run a Shramik Special train, approval is required from the originating state and the culminating state, but West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and others are not giving permission.
He had claimed that the Chhattisgarh government has allowed entry to only 10 trains even as lakhs from the state are stranded in different parts of the country and are awaiting help.
May 18 (20:54) Indian Railways develops RAIL-BOT robot to assist hospital staff in COVID-19 patient care; see features (
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Indian Railways develops robot to assist hospital staff! In the light of COVID-19 pandemic, Indian Railways develops a Robot to assist the management of medical wards in serving medicine and food to patients! The Robot named RAIL BOT (R-BOT) has been developed by the South Central Railway to assist in hospital management functions towards patient care. According to a press release issued by the zone, before being deployed for use in Central Railway Hospital, Lallaguda, Secunderabad, the R-BOT underwent extensive trials and demonstrations. The robot is being used to provide medical accessories or equipment, medicines as well as to serve food to patients in the hospital, without any need for physical contact.
With the help of this Robot, doctors, nurses and other
medical staff are able to stay away from the risks of contacting novel coronavirus infection. According to the zone, the R-BOT is operated through a unique mobile app that has been developed as part of the innovation, supported by the WiFi facility. The R-BOT supports sensor-based features, which are capable to read patients’ body temperature and transmit the same for display o­n the mobile phone. In case of any abnormal high-temperature reading, the R-BOT is capable of raising an alarm so as to alert the medics attending to the patients.
Some of the salient features of R-BOT are as follows:
1.It enables real-time video camera facility with Pan and Tilt functions.
2.The Robot acts as two-way audio and video communication with recording. This feature allows for smooth interaction between doctors and patients.
3.To enable communication in complete darkness, it uses infra-red technology with emergency night lamp and night vision.
4.Also, to circumvent any foreign object in its way, the Robot holds 08 direction motion control with observation avoidance sensors as well as motion detection.
5.It can read the body temperature remotely and transmit the same o­n app, also serving as an alert mechanism for cautioning o­n patients’ high temperatures.
6.It boasts a speed of 1 Km per hour with a load-carrying capacity of 80 kg.
May 18 (20:51) Indian Railways continues work for world’s highest rail bridge with COVID-19 precautions (
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Chenab Bridge status: The construction work on the world’s tallest railway bridge starts amid lockdown! The development work on Indian Railways’ Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) project has started after taking permission from the government. The Chenab Bridge, which is a part of the USBRL project will soon become the world’s tallest railway bridge. According to Piyush Goyal chaired Railway Ministry, the construction work on the 359 metre high Chenab Bridge has started amidst the lockdown period, imposed due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. However, all COVID-19 safety precautions are being ensured at the construction site, the ministry said. Watch the video here:
Construction work on USBRL project has started after taking permission from state govt.
to the Railway Ministry, many COVID-19 safety precautions are being ensured including sanitization prior to entry of workmen, entry of workmen into handwash area by maintaining physical distance, contactless handwash facility, safety shoes disinfection, digital thermal scanning, briefing by safety department and doctor, etc.
In the 111-kilometre long stretch between Katra and Banihal, which is a part of the USBRL project, the Chenab bridge forms a crucial link. The Chenab rail bridge will be 35 metres taller than the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris! Also, once the construction work is completed, the Chenab railway bridge will surpass the record of China’s Beipan river Shuibai rail bridge (275 metres).
Earlier this year, Chairman of Konkan Railways, Sanjay Gupta was quoted in a PTI report saying that the construction of the railway bridge over the river Chenab is the most challenging task of the Kashmir rail link project, carried out in Indian Railways’ 150-year-long history. According to him, being developed in hostile terrain, the structure has used more than 5,462 tonnes of steel and the bridge has been designed to withstand wind speeds of up to 260 kmph. The Chenab railway bridge will be 359 metres above the river bed. An ambitious project, which was declared a national project in 2002, the USBRL will connect Kashmir Valley to Indian Railways’ network.
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