Jan 22, 2014

AAP Member’s sting backfires – GRP to check if he was carrying a recce of sensitive areas

Kalyan (KYN): A sting operation conducted by a “whistle-blower” to expose the alleged corruption in the Railway Protection Force (RPF) has backfired on him. The Kalyan court has asked the government railway police (GRP) to check if the complainant was carrying a recce of sensitive areas.

Ambernath resident Satyajit Burman, who claims to be an AAP member, had filed complaint before the magistrate’s court alleging corruption in the RPF. He had allegedly shot a video of RPF personnel letting off accused on court premises after taking bribe. In his complaint, Burman said, “After the accused were produced before court, the RPF personnel collected money from them… I strongly suspect that RPF personnel extorted money they also violated the SC directive by tying accused’s hands with rope.”

But judicial magistrate first class A R Kamble dismissed the complaint on January 13. “The senior inspector of GRP should check the complainant’s antecedents. Police should also investigate if he was doing a recce of sensitive areas, like court and railway station, and if he has any links with anti-social elements to commit any untoward incident,” said the magistrate. He also observed that the court and railway premises are sensitive areas and on the radar of the ultras. He further observed, “He had no permission to take photographs in such sensitive areas.”

The magistrate also observed that it was a routine practice to produce an accused before the court where fine is pronounced on the accused pleading guilty. The fine amount is deposited in court and receipt handed over to the accused. None of the accused persons have filed any complaint orally or in writing with the RPF that the money collected from them was more than the fine amount. Thus, there is no bribe, but the amount collected by the RPF is the amount of fine imposed by the court, the magistrate observed.
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मकान किराया भत्‍ते (एचआरए) पर कर-छूट का प्रावधान,Income Tax Rebate on House Rent

मकान किराया भत्‍ते (एचआरए) पर कर-छूट का प्रावधान,Income Tax Rebate on House Rent

Disaster waiting to happen on Pathankot-Jogindernagar track

Nagrota Suriyam (NGRS): Let alone the expansion of rail network in the hill state; how the railway authorities play with the security of hundreds of people who travel on the Pathankot-Jogindernagar track is proof enough of their lax attitude.

The department’s concern regarding the safety of passengers is evident from the fact that instead of replacing rotten wooden sleepers on the century-old track, railway engineers have come out with an innovative idea of using thin bamboos sticks to prevent the tracks from splitting.

Though the entire track is in a depleted state, the innovation has been applied at bridge number 254 near Nagrota Surian, which is at a height of 1,000 feet.

The rail fastening system, due to rotten wooden sleepers could give in anytime, resulting into an accident as screws, bolts and spikes fixing the plates with sleepers have either got lose or disappeared.

Experts say the rotten wooden sleepers could result in gauge-widening if they split under weight of bogies ultimately leading to derailment.

The sand drums placed on the bridge for balancing have also decayed, but authorities have turned a blind eye to all this. Locals rue that repeated complaints to the railway authorities have fallen on deaf ears.

Are you an engineer point out technical drawbacks: Railway official

Meanwhile, when raised the issue with Ferozepur divisional railway manager NC Goyal, his response was: “Are you an engineer? Who are you to point out such technical issues? If something happens, then we will see. We will be responsible for that.”

When confronted that it could result in a disaster, Goyal said: “Highly qualified engineers have certified the track and we will keep running the trains. Joined with bamboo sticks or any other thing, it’s none of your concern.”

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All four central Delhi Metro stations reopened

The Central Secretariat metro station opened after the Aam Aadmi Party
protest ended in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

New Delhi: All the four metro stations in north block which were closed upon the directions of Delhi Police in view of a dharna by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal have been now reopened.

“All four metro stations reopened at 8.08 pm,” a DMRC official said. The four stations – Central Secretariat, Patel Chowk, Udyog Bhawan and Race Course were completely shut since 6 am on Tuesday in keeping with police’s instructions. The secretary to the Delhi Transport Minister, Saurabh Bhardwaj, had written to DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh this afternoon seeking reopening of the said stations.

“Law and order is the subject of the police and DMRC had forwarded the letter to Delhi Police after it arrived from the (transport) minister’s office,” the DMRC official said. Kejriwal’s dharna came to an end tonight after two police officers were sent on leave in a compromise with the Centre.

Kejriwal had demanded suspension of five law and order officials for alleged dereliction of duty. Earlier, in a statement, Delhi government said that it, “Strongly disapproves of the decision to shut down four Metro stations in central Delhi, which has caused inconvenience to a lot of commuters. Delhi government holds 50 per cent stake in Delhi Metro and questions the decision to shut down (the stations) without consulting it. “The decision is illogical and appears to have been taken on purely political considerations.”

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Haryana CM announces extension of Delhi Metro upto Jhajjar town

Jhajjar: Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today announced the extension of the Delhi Metro up to Jhajjar town. He made this announcement while addressing a gathering at the state-level ‘Kisan Sammelan’ organised on the campus of Government Polytechnic Institute here today.

He, however, did not say anything about any communication with the Metro authorities regarding the plan. “Apart from lying the Rohtak-Jhajjar-Rewari railway track and AIIMS-II, Rs 3,135 crore has so far been spent on the overall development of Jhajjar district which is earlier considered to be a backward one. Now, I wish to bring Metro up to Jhajjar town,” Hooda said.

He claimed that Jhajjar would be developed on the lines of Gurgaon during the next five years. “I intend to bring the blue water of Bhakra to this area, which has been stalled by the opposition party in the court in connivance with Punjab. I am hopeful that the stay will be cleared soon and this area will also get Bhakra water,” Hooda said.

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Sreedharan reviews Kochi Metro work

Kochi: To make space for hulking machines that will shortly begin to pound SA road for the Metro Rail’s Kadavanthra station works, the traffic police have advised motorists to take AL Jacob flyover and Subhash Bose Road to reach Vyttila.

The construction barricades have been causing traffic hold-up as the four-lane road narrows down to two lanes in front of GCDA office. “This can be prevented if cars and smaller vehicles use alternative routes to reach Vyttila. Delay can be avoided if people begin their trip earlier than usual,” said K.S. Baby Vinod, Assistant Commissioner of City Traffic Police.

Similarly, vehicles moving from Vyttila to MG Road can turn left at Elamkulam, take Chilavanoor Road and Ponneth Temple Road, enter Girinagar and Panampilly Nagar and gain access to South overbridge. Piling for the station will commence shortly at the site. Mr. Sreedharan also checked out the site near Ernakulam Junction railway station.

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Closing Date for IRFC Tax-Free Bonds extended till Feb 7

Indian Railways Finance Corporation has extended its Rs 8,600-crore tax-free bond offering, after failing to garner adequate subscription. According to the earlier schedule, the issue was to close on Monday. Now, it has been extended till February 7. IRFC has raised about Rs 2,300 crore, against the total issue size of Rs 8,660 crore, including an option to subscribe bonds worth an additional Rs 7,163 crore. The initial subscription was for Rs 1,500 crore. Meanwhile, National Highways Authority of India’s tax-free bond issue, opened more than a week after the IRFC one, has been fully subscribed, according to provisional figures, primarily due to a relatively attractive coupon rate. The coupon rate offered by NHAI is 8.27 per cent and 8.5 per cent for bonds with tenures of 10 years and 15 years, respectively, while that offered by IRFC is 8.22 per cent and 8.4 per cent for bonds with the same tenures. The coupon rate offered to retail investors — those investing up to Rs 10 lakh — is 25 basis points higher. “Both NHAI and IRFC are not offering the best rates they were allowed to offer. However, the rates offered by NHAI are slightly more attractive and, therefore, the issue has been lapped up first,” said an investment banker.
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Cabinet approval for Setting up of a Rail Tariff Authority (RTA) a Welcome Change!

New Delhi: There is welcome change of track at the railways going forward, with the Union Cabinet approving the setting up of a Rail Tariff Authority which now, make tracks for Railway reform after long years of wanton populism in tariff setting and sheer giveaways, an independent assessment and the proper fixation of user charges, to speedily modernise and overhaul the railways would now be in place.

As India picks up economic speed, we do need efficient tariff setting to boost the quality of rail services, improve safety and purposefully step up much-needed investment.

However, it remains to be seen whether the role of the RTA would merely be of an advisory or a recommendatory nature, which would defeat its purpose. What is required are binding provisions in law for arm’s-length pricing of rail services. The required legislative changes surely need to be effected and notified without delay.

Besides, it is possible that the RTA, with its members presumably superannuated bureaucrats, would opt to keep fare revisions in abeyance never mind costs, simply to please the powers that be. Note that such a stance has been par for the course in other regulatory bodies, in power for instance, with rates conspicuously unrevised year after year.

Hence the need for regulatory accountability; there must be clear-cut provision in the RTA Act for its members to be periodically subject to scrutiny by select parliamentary committees, and through them, the wider public. The massive cross-subsidisation of passenger fares by freight rates, which now amounts to over Rs.32,000 crore annually — or about a third of the rail budget — needs to be rationalised. The practice of jacking up freight rates to heavily subsidise passenger travel actually leads to high costs right across the board. We need to put paid to such muddled populism. Fast.
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Recruitment of Asstt. Loco Pilot & Technician Categories in Railways

RRB invites application for Recruitment of Asstt. Loco Pilot & Technician Categories in Railways. Date of Publication of Centralised Employment Notice No. 1 - 18.01.2014, Date & Time of Closing : 17.02.2014, Date of Written Examination: 15.06.2014. Total Vacancies:-26567





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