Sep 28, 2016

Lloyd Electric awarded major India locomotive HVAC contract

GE Transportation has signed a USD 18 million contract with Lloyd Electric & Engineering to supply custom designed air-conditioning units for the India Railways Marhowra Locomotive project, manufactured in company’s factory in Bhiwadi, Rajasthan over a period of 11 years. Download the announcement here: lloyd-loco-hvac-contract-from-ge

Sep 27, 2016

Grant of initial installment of DA/DR to Central Government employees and pensioners w.e.f.1.7.2016

Grant of initial installment of DA/DR to Central Government employees and pensioners w.e.f.1.7.2016

500 more CCTV cameras to up railway security

To beef up security at stations, the Western Railway (WR) plans to install around 500 CCTV cameras on the Mumbai rail network by next July. According to the railway administration, the WR currently has some 1,100 CCTV cameras on its Mumbai network.

RBE No. 101/2016 – Recommendation of 6th Central Pay Commission – Grant of Conveyance Allowance at the revised rates to Railway medical Officers

RBE No. 101/2016 – Recommendation of 6th Central Pay Commission – Grant of Conveyance Allowance at the revised rates to Railway medical Officers

Grant of Group ‘B’ status to various categories of Railway employees such as JEs, SSEs, Chemical and Metallurgical Supdt (having GP 4200, 4600 in PB2): Railway Board Order on CAT Judgement

Grant of Group ‘B’ status to various categories of Railway employees such as JEs, SSEs, Chemical and Metallurgical Supdt (having GP 4200, 4600 in PB2): Railway Board Order on CAT Judgement

Introduction of Declaration Form (New Form No. 11) to replace existing Form No. – 11(New).

Introduction of Declaration Form (New Form No. 11) to replace existing Form No. – 11(New).

Implementation of the recommendations of 7th CPC- Revision of Post-2016 pension cases.

Implementation of the recommendations of 7th CPC- Revision of Post-2016 pension cases.

KNOW ABOUT – DA Announcement and linking factor explored

KNOW ABOUT – DA Announcement and linking factor explored

Incentives likely for high performing Railway staff

New Delhi: The Indian Railways is considering offering incentives to high performing employees as part of reforms aimed at overhauling the national transporter.

CONCOR looks for M&A to double revenues in 5 years

19vzskp3-CONCOR_20_1590904eThe ₹ 6,000 crore CONCOR, the only listed company of Indian Railways with a cash surplus of ₹ 2400 crore and zero debt on its balance sheet, wants to double its revenues in next five years. CMD, Anil Kumar Gupta shares his future growth plans including mergers and acquistions. Excerpts:
Long term vision for the company:
The long-term vision is to make it a ₹ 12,000 crore in the next five years. We want to go international, have presence in more countries outside (presently we are in Nepal), be a more involved logistics player providing end-to-end logistics for companies. We would like to be in some areas of short sea shipping, by being a non-vessel opening common carrier so that we are able to handle end-to-end international movement, in association with shipping firms. We are in rail and road transportation, value-added logistics, air cargo and to some extent coastal shipping.
We would look at possibility of merger and acquisition of existing companies. We have not done any merger and acquisition as yet. But, we would like to have businesses in related fields and acquire firms instead of building them-ground up. This has been on our radar for quite some time. But, the business and shipping scenario in past has not been very good. We are waiting for some improvement in scenario when we can have a de-novo look at it. Being a PSU, we will be doing professional valuations as done before.
Capacity utilisation of present rakes and terminals:
We have some 300 rakes, whose capacity can be increased by 15 per cent. Moreover, with the coming of dedicated freight corridor, our use of railways’ wagons will go down because of double stacking involved. Today, for instance, we do 100 rakes of double stacking per month. We are open to ordering more wagons.
Has wagon procurement process increased now?
Not yet. Another reason for that is we are waiting for new designs for the (higher capacity) wagons of dedicated freight corridor route. We have given orders. But, we have requested the manufacturing companies to slow the supply down and wait for approval of designs of new wagons.
On Concor’s capital expenditure plans for the next few years:
Of ₹ 6000 crore capital expenditure planned for the five year plan of 2012-2017, we now think we will spend about ₹5300-₹5400 crore. We spend about ₹ 1100 crore a year. For the next five years, the Board has not yet finalised, but we think the same level of investment will be required in future.
On top emerging ports:
About 90 per cent business moves through Mundra, Pipavav, JN Port and Chennai. Remaining moves through Vizag, Krishnapatnam, Cochin and Kolkata. We feel for 3-4 years situation will remain unchanged with marginal movement towards Mundra and Pipavav. On West coast, we don’t see any other port emerging. On East coast, there may be a built of cargo. Paradip, which was not handling any containers, is now trying to get into the space. Krishnapatnam has come up very well and we have now started providing train services between Krishnapatnam and Bengaluru, Secunderabad; on a regular basis. Vallarpadam is coming up. Dhamra, also, we are hoping. We hope Kolkata will grow.
On Private Freight Terminals as a business:
PFT, for us, is just starting.
On international plans:
Container Corporation of India (Concor), the only listed firm of Railway Ministry, now plans to go international. It is now looking to acquire companies for mergers and acquisitions.
On traffic:
We had accepted a target of 12.5 per cent in April from the Ministry. But looking at present trend, we will expect a growth of 8-9 per cent.
We have already lost four months. We have re-defined the target to 8-9 per cent. From October-end particularly, we expect to see an increase. Revenue-wise, the reset will be similar.
We are seeing some good signs in domestic.
On impact of recent policy changes by the Railway Ministry:
We have been talking to people for parcel traffic. They have not yet come forward as they feel rates are very high. We have to talk to the Ministry on their expectations. Other commodities being allowed will have some positive impact, which we have started seeing. They had opened 46 commodities.
On FHEL facility:
We are concerned with FHEL. Last year, we only focused on leasing of chambers, which was not very good. This year, because of Kashmir issue, Kashmiri apples have not come. Himachal (Pradesh) apples are very costly.
The management has decided to float an expression of interest in Rai invite parties to manage and operate the complex.
On e–commerce players as customers:
E-Commerce players have started talking to us seeking warehousing space from where they can aggregate and supply.
What is the latest on route between Islamabad and Istanbul?
There are two Trans Asian Routes – One is from Kumling, China to Rotterdam, Europe – where trains are being operated. The second is planned from Singapore to Europe via South Asia and Turkey.
For train from Turkey to Islamabad, a start has been made and trials are there. The plan is to extend this train from Islamabad to (Delhi, Kolkata) India, which can go up to Dhaka. The plan was to have protocols between India, Bangladesh and India, Pakistan in place so that container trains can operate on this route. That meeting was to be held in October. But, now, with the given situation, we don’t know.
From Dhaka, there is a metre gauge-cum-broad gauge line, which can come to Delhi, then Attari (on India Pakistan border) and then to Lahore, and subsequently Iran, till which there is broad gauge line. Then Turkey has a small sea move movement involved, on which they have to build a track, and the train can then go up to Europe.
Last meeting, it was decided that Indian Railways, Bangladesh Railways and Pakistan Railways will be meeting so that the train from Islamabad could run via Attari, Delhi, Kolkata, Gede-Darshana (India-Bangladesh border) to Dhaka.
Strategy ahead given that the average lead of trains is coming down:
This has to vary depending on traffic. Concor’s strategy will have to be focus on short distance; and hub and spoke.
On continuity in Board, at a time when fresh faces are joining:
The succession plan was decided long before. These officials were part of our team and have answered investor conferences. We must have done 40 conferences, of which 38 they were spearheading. When I joined, I had decided that there should be no succession crisis. There is no discontinuity. Person is never important. Concor is in safe hands.
On difficult times faced while deciding succession plan:
Many leaders don’t share everything with people down below as they think somebody will take over. I don’t agree with that view. So, people should be clear with the team below…We have had no dissents in the Board. We had a dream run in last 9 years!

Concessional travel & Low fares major reasons behind Railways’ losses: NITI Aayog

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New Delhi: Pointing out that Indian Railways, the nation’s largest transporter, suffers losses every year owing to its orientation towards social service — i.e. charging low fares which are way below its costs, and granting a range of concessions to passengers belonging to 53 categories like senior citizens, war widows, patients suffering from life threatening diseases, and physically challenged-persons among others — the NITI Aayog, while glossing over the life-long free travel to which MPs (both sitting as well as former) are entitled in trains, has suggested that Indian Railways should take steps to address the social cost of its passenger service business.

Prabhu hints at Railways’ impending ‘change’

Kozhikode: Coming out with a clear message that Railways would indeed undergo transformation, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday said the Centre would encourage investment and private participation. His remarks came at an interaction organised by the Malabar Chamber of Commerce here.

Promo of China CRRC Concept Intelligent Train at Berlin InnoTrans2016

CRRC shows its full range at InnoTrans

Berlin: A highlight of the CRRC stand at InnoTrans 2016 is a concept model for a possible intercontinental high speed train, which the company is promoting for future landbridge rail services between China and Europe.
Bringing together expertise from the company’s various passenger and freight rolling stock businesses, the double-deck trainset would have passenger accommodation on the upper deck and space for airline-style modular freight containers below. These would be suited to high-value premium products and express packages, rather than conventional containers.
The Intercon trainset would draw on CRRC’s family of ‘Chinese standard’ high speed trains, of which the 350 km/h variant achieved a speed of 420 km/h in July during testing on the pilot section of Zhengzhou – Xuzhou high speed line. Five pre-series trainsets are now in commercial operation on the Harbin – Dalian route, and CRRC expects to start series production before the end of this year. Development of a 250 km/h variant is currently underway, with the first train expected to roll out next year.

Alstom unveils emission-free Coradia iLint Locos

Zero-Emission Hydrogen-powered Train unveiled in Germany

Berlin: Two years after inking the first letters of intent (LoIs) with various German states and entities, French multinational Alstom’s zero carbondioxide (CO2) emission passenger train is set to grace the European country’s rail network.
Launched on Tuesday at railway trade fair InnoTrans, in Berlin, Germany, the new Coradia iLint locomotive is being promoted as a hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered alternative to diesel-powered locomotives and a more cost-effective choice compared to the electrification of lines.
Germany would be Alstom’s launching pad on route to the delivery of lower CO2 emission products, Alstom chairperson and CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge said at a press briefing on the sidelines of the trade show.

Sep 26, 2016

Latest list of CGHS Diagnostic Centres and Dental Hospitals in Bangalore July 2016

Latest list of CGHS Diagnostic Centres and Dental Hospitals in Bangalore July 2016

Post Audit of 7th Pay Commission fixation of pay/arrear claims should be completed with in 3 months –  Fixation of pay and arrears

Post Audit of 7th Pay Commission fixation of pay/arrear claims should be completed with in 3 months –  Fixation of pay and arrears

7th Pay Commission salary hike to spur savings more than consumption: UBS

7th Pay Commission salary hike to spur savings more than consumption: UBS

New plan for Konkan on World Tourism Day


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Chief Minister Fadnavis to unveil details, which will include adventure and water sports

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will unveil a new tourism development plan for the Konkan region at the Konkan Tourism Development Conference, being held to mark World Tourism Day on September 26.

Jointly organised by the Maharashtra government and

More murals coming up in rail stations

Colour in commuting:Volunteers spruce up Chepauk MRTS station as part of Daan Utsav activities.— Photo: M. Karunakaran.

In the coming weeks, the dirty and dreary suburban and MRTS railway stations will turn into colourful spaces with walls adorned with murals. From school students to corporates, volunteers have come forward to create murals in 20 suburban and MRTS stations as part of Daan Utsav, the festival of joy of giving, that begins next week.

Railway green mission makes little progress

A massive tree plantation mission rolled out by the Ministry of Railways to promote greenery along huge stretches of railway track and vacant land across the country has evoked lukewarm response, with at least eight zones, including Southern Railway, making hardly any progress.

Months ahead of the monsoon, the Railway Board directed all zones to embark on a massive tree plantation programme as part various green initiatives.

 

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