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Nov 23 (19:44) Trains from Kerala to Delhi to be diverted for one month (www.thehindu.com)
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News Entry# 425694  Blog Entry# 4788395   
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Nov 23 2020 (19:44)
Station Tag: Kosi Kalan/KSV added by Skumar/1911491

Nov 23 2020 (19:44)
Train Tag: New Delhi - Thiruvananthapuram Central COVID - 19 AC Special/02432 added by Skumar/1911491

Nov 23 2020 (19:44)
Train Tag: Thiruvananthapuram Central - New Delhi COVID - 19 AC Special/02431 added by Skumar/1911491

Nov 23 2020 (19:44)
Train Tag: Mangala Lakshadweep Covid - 19 Special/02618 added by Skumar/1911491

Nov 23 2020 (19:44)
Train Tag: Mangala Lakshadweep COVID - 19 SF Special Express/02617 added by Skumar/1911491

Nov 23 2020 (19:44)
Train Tag: Kerala COVID-19 Special/02626 added by Skumar/1911491

Nov 23 2020 (19:44)
Train Tag: Kerala COVID-19 Special/02625 added by Skumar/1911491
Six express special trains from the State to New Delhi and Hazrat Nizamuddin and back will be diverted to facilitate yard remodelling at the Kosi Kalan station in the Agra division.
Thiruvananthapuram Central-New Delhi Kerala Express Daily Special (02625) leaving here from November 26 to December 27 will be diverted via Agra Cantonment-Mitawali-Ghaziabad Junction. New Delhi-Thiruvananthapuram Central Kerala Express Daily Special (02626) from November 28 to December 29 will be diverted via the same route.
Ernakulam Junciton-Hazrat Nizamuddin Mangala Express Daily Special (02617) from November 26 to December 27 and Hazrat Nizamuddin-Ernakulam Junction
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Mangala Express Daily Special (02618) from November 28 to December 29 will also be diverted via the same route.
Thiruvananthapuram Central-New Delhi Rajdhani AC Triweekly Special (02431) from November 26 to December 27 and New Delhi-Thiruvananthapuram Central Rajdhani AC Triweekly Special (02432) from November 28 to December 29 will be diverted via Kota Junction-Jaipur Junction-Alwar Junction-Rewari Junction.
Nov 17 (21:21) Get Cheaper 3AC/CC Fares on Premium Trains: Discounts Available On Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto Services (www.railpost.in)
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News Entry# 425071  Blog Entry# 4782078   
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Southern Railway has announced special discounted fares for premium Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto special trains between 15th and 31st December 2020.

Discounted fares are to be offered only to passengers who book tickets 1-4 days before departure of the train. Only AC Three Tier and AC Chair Car passengers can avail reduced fares.

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offered are to be based on the occupancy levels of the train:

If the accommodation by the train is 60% booked or less, 20% discount will be offered on Base fare.  If the occupancy is 70-80%, only 10% discount is given and where the occupancy is 80% or more, no discount is offered.  The discount is permissible only on base fare.  Other Charges like Reservation charges, Superfast Charges , GST, etc., will be levied separately. 

The ticketing system will automatically apply the relevant discounts based on the occupancy rates on tickets booked online. The discounted fares will also be available for tickets booked at PRS counters.

The discounted fares will be offered on all parts of the journey, be it the first leg and/or the last leg of the journey and/or intermediate sections and/or end to end journey, according to a statement released by Southern Railway.

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Nov 17 (21:51)
sanjay07   1084 blog posts
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Good move by Railway.

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Nov 19 (18:11)
irifan2015
irifan2015   1027 blog posts
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It would be better if 20% seats are offered with 20% discount and another 10% seats with 10% discount. Balance 70% at full fare. For seats with discount, higher cancellation charges can be levied to discourage non serious bookings.
With this way, one can book seat properly without waiting for last 4 days before journey.

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Nov 19 (18:20)
Saurabh®
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Discount is there in only those few unfortunate trains where good no of seats are going vacant due to poor slot/timings.
Unless that is addressed, they will be still last choice of pax in their route despite the discount

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Nov 19 (18:25)
irifan2015
irifan2015   1027 blog posts
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Rajdhani Shatabdi Duronto joining 'unfortunate' list can be avoided if some discount is given.

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Nov 19 (19:10)
Saurabh®
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Jaise mas SBC shatabdi band hui, usko discount bhi nahi bacha pata.
Uske bajaay brindavan exp chalaane se bina discount ke achcha kamaai hoga
Nov 17 (01:50) Moderna says preliminary trial data shows its coronavirus vaccine is more than 94% effective, shares soar (www.cnbc.com)
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News Entry# 424983  Blog Entry# 4780818   
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Moderna said preliminary phase three trial data shows its coronavirus vaccine is more than 94% effective in preventing Covid-19 — a result CEO Stephane Bancel called a "game changer."

The analysis evaluated 95 confirmed Covid-19 infections among the trial's 30,000 participants. Moderna, which developed its vaccine in collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said 90 cases of Covid-19 were observed in the placebo group versus five cases observed in the group that received its two-dose vaccine. That resulted in an estimated vaccine efficacy of 94.5%, it said.
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Shares of the company jumped more than 12% in premarket trading.

The announcement comes on the heels of similar news last week from Pfizer's late-stage Covid-19 vaccine trial as pharmaceutical companies across the world race against the clock to find ways to prevent the virus, which has spread to more than 54.4 million people, killing more than 1.3 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told CNBC on Monday that U.S. Food and Drug Administration will move "as quickly as possible" to clear Pfizer and Moderna's coronavirus vaccines for emergency use.

Bancel called it a "pivotal moment."

"Since early January, we have chased this virus with the intent to protect as many people around the world as possible. All along, we have known that each day matters," he said in a statement. "This positive interim analysis from our Phase 3 study has given us the first clinical validation that our vaccine can prevent COVID-19 disease, including severe disease."

The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company also said there were no "significant" safety concerns, adding the vaccine was generally safe and well tolerated with the majority of adverse events in participants being labeled as mild or moderate. Side effects included pain at the injection site and, after the second dose, fatigue, muscle pain and headaches.

"Knowing that we have a vaccine that would help more people who would take it is just a wonderful feeling," Bancel said in an interview with CNBC. "As you know a lot of people have been reluctant in surveys to take a vaccine because I think we're worried about the politicization of a vaccine, they're worried about what you get with a flu shot you know 50% to 60% efficacy."

With an efficacy rate of 95%, "that's a game changer, I believe," he said.

Bancel said the company plans to test the vaccine in teens "very soon," followed by children under the age of 12. "We have to be very, very careful because safety is priority No. 1," he said in a separate interview on CNBC's "Squawk Box," adding most trials test vaccines on healthy adults first to assess safety.

Investors were expecting Moderna's vaccine to be highly effective after Pfizer, another front-runner in the Covid-19 vaccine race, said last week that its product was more than 90% effective. Moderna's candidate, like that of the Pfizer-BioNTech partnership, is using messenger RNA, or mRNA, technology. It's a new approach to vaccines that uses genetic material to provoke an immune response.

Medical experts note it remains unclear how long the vaccine provides immunity and whether or how often people may need periodic booster shots.

"These vaccines are going to be approved and then rolled out with basically a few months worth of data. You're not going to do a two-year study to see whether it's effective for two years with more than 200,000 people dying this year" in the U.S., said Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, the World Health Organization's chief scientist, said other questions remain about the vaccine, including whether it decreases the infectiousness of the virus and whether it is highly effective in subgroups like the elderly. She said the WHO-backed COVAX initiative is also thinking about the equitable distribution of the vaccine, which will initially be in short supply.

"We're looking at at least the first half of next year as being a period with very, very limited doses," she said. "Supplies are going to be limited. There are bilateral deals that many of the companies have done. So many of the doses have already been booked by some countries."

Moderna said Monday its vaccine remains stable at 36 to 46 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature of a standard home or medical refrigerator, for up to 30 days. It can be stored for up to six months at negative 4 degrees Fahrenheit. By comparison, Pfizer's vaccine requires a storage temperature of minus 94 degrees Fahrenheit.

On a call with reporters Monday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, said the promising data from Pfizer and Moderna doesn't mean people should let their guard down, urging Americans to continue to wash their hands, wear masks and maintain their distance from others.

Moderna told investors on Oct. 29 that it was "actively preparing" for the global launch of its potential vaccine after completing enrollment in its phase three trial a week earlier. It said about 37% of the participants were from minority communities and 42% had other conditions or ages that put them at high risk of severe disease. Males outnumber females in the trial by 53% to 47%.

Out of the 95 Covid-19 cases, 20 participants identified as being from "diverse" communities, including 12 Hispanic people, four African Americans, three Asian Americans and one multiracial. Fifteen were adults over the age of 65.

Moderna said it plans to apply for emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration in "the coming weeks." The trial will continue to accrue additional data relevant to safety and efficacy even after an application is submitted, the company said.

By the end of the year, Moderna expects to have approximately 20 million doses of the vaccine ready to ship in the U.S., the company said. It said it remains on track to manufacture 500 million to 1 billion doses globally in 2021.

Between Moderna and Pfizer, Azar told CNBC there will be roughly 40 million doses of vaccine available by the end of this year, enough to inoculate about 20 million people since both vaccines require two shots. The goal is to provide enough coronavirus vaccine doses to all Americans who want to be vaccinated against the disease by the second quarter of 2021, Azar said.

The company already has supply agreements in North America, the Middle East and in other regions of the world. It announced in August that it had reached a deal with the U.S. government to supply 100 million doses of its vaccine. The deal gives the federal government the option to purchase up to 400 million additional doses. The U.S. had already invested $955 million in Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine development, bringing its total investment up to $2.48 billion, the company said at the time.

In August, Moderna said it was charging between $32 and $37 per dose for its vaccine for some customers, under cheaper "pandemic pricing." The company said it was in discussion for larger volume agreements that will have a lower price.
Sep 17 (22:53) Chennai Egmore - Madurai (in both directions) section speed increased from 100 to 110 kmph (www.tnrailnews.in)
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News Entry# 418752  Blog Entry# 4718803   
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Sep 17 2020 (22:53)
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Sep 17 2020 (22:53)
Station Tag: Chennai Egmore/MS added by Skumar/1911491
Southern Railway has taken commendable efforts in increasing the speed in Chennai Egmore – Madurai  (in both directions) from existing 100 kmph to 110 kmph. This has been authorized by Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) after conducting inspection in the section. All observations made by the CRS during the inspection has been complied with after undertaking various track improvement works and after conducting several speed trials in that section.
With this the sectional speed in Chennai Egmore- Madurai (in both directions) has increased from 100 kmph to 110 kmph for passenger carrying trains. Necessary advice shall be given to Loco running staff and guards through internal communication for running of trains at 110 kmph.
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Jul 23 (20:07) Woman fights off kidnappers in Delhi's Shakurpur, saves her four-year-old daughter (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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NEW DELHI: There was high drama at Sunder Block locality in Shakarpur when a kidnapping attempt on a four-year-old girl outside her house was thwarted by her mother who showed exemplary courage and saved her.
The incident was captured on a CCTV camera in which some neighbours can be seen chasing the kidnappers, forcing one of them to dump his bike and flee on foot.
DCP (east) Jasmeet Singh said that the abandoned bike in fact led the police to one of the kidnappers later identified as Dheeraj
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It was found that the kidnapping was planned by the child’s uncle Upender who hired the two men for Rs one lakh so that they
could abduct the child so that he could hold her for ransom and extort money from the child’s father. A FIR under sections of
kidnapping has been registered against them.
The first footages recorded around 4pm, while the girl was seen playing outside her house while her mother was keeping a watch on her. Two men, wearing formal attire approached the child’s mother and asked for a glass of water. As soon as she
stepped inside, one of the men picked up the child and tried to pull her on the bike. Hearing the cries of the girl, her mother
rushed out and pushed bikers due to which they lost balance and were forced to leave the child and flee. Instead of driving
away, one of them started walking while the other tried to start the bike.
In the meantime, a neighbour heard the woman’s call for help and chased after the men. In the second footage recorded in a
camera, installed few metres away another neighbour heard the calls for help and blocked the lane with his scooter, blocking
the way for the kidnappers. The man also managed to push one of the kidnappers who was riding the bike and tried to nab the
other. However, during this one of the kidnappers pulled out a pistol and threatened the neighbour due to which he backs off.
The cops reached within a few minutes and seized the bike. It was found that a fake number plate was fixed on it. The engine
and chassis number were recovered and the bike was found to be registered with Dheeraj, who was nabbed from Govindpura
area of Krishna Nagar.
“He had first tried to mislead us and did not name the other accused, but later broke down during sustained interrogation,” said
DCP Singh. Based on his interrogation, Upender was tracked down as well.
Upender told the cops that he had planned to extort money from his elder brother by kidnapping his daughter, since he had no
income. He had dropped out of school while he was in class 8 and did odd jobs, whereas his brother owned a garments shop
in Gandhi Nagar. Police have launched a manhunt to nab the other kidnapper
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