Feb 8, 2014

BJP Kisan Morcha hold rail roko protest in Phagwara

PHAGWARA, FEB 7: Activists of BJP’s Kisan Morcha on Friday staged a brief ‘rail roko’ by stopping New Delhi-Amritsar Shatabdi Express for a few minutes at local railway station here to press for their demands.

Activists demanded implementation of M S Swaminathan panel’s recommendation on giving due share of profit from crop sale to farmers and Rs. 10,000 per acre compensation during natural calamities among other demands.

The protesters, led by Morcha’s leader Avtar Singh Mand, staged their demonstration on the rail track by squatting in front of the train.

Though Mand claimed that the train was stopped for 15-20 minutes, official sources said that the train stopped hardly for 3-4 minutes.
Source..the hindu business line

IMRT Notified for Admission to a Post Graduate Programme on Metro & Rail Technology

The Institute of Metro & Rail Technology (IMRT), Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh has invited Applications from engineering graduates for Admission to its Post Graduate Programme on Metro & Rail Technology (PGPMRT). The Institute of Metro & Rail Technology is a research and training institution in Metro and Rail Technology, to learn building, maintaining and operating metro & rail systems

Name of course: Post Graduate Programme on Metro & Rail Technology (PGPMRT)

Course Duration: 1 year PGPMRT 

Important Dates:
Priority Application Submission last Date: 28 February 2014
Regular Application Submission Last Date: 30 April 2014
Application Fee Charge: Rs.1000/-

Eligibility Criteria:
1.The minimum criterion to be considered for admission is a Graduation (completed in 2011 or later) in the Core Engineering disciplines of Civil, Mechanical, Electrical & Electronics, Electronics & Communication and Power Systems.  
2. There is no minimum percentage / grade of marks specified for selection

Selection Criteria: The course is aimed at engineers who have a good understanding of civil, mechanical, power systems, electrical, electronics, and telecommunication concepts they will be admitted based on their aptitude, attitude and overall academic record.

Preference: Applicants who have been assessed competitively in exams like GATE or GRE will have an added advantage. 

Course tuition fee: INR 780,000 inclusive of taxes, payable in four installments. 
Source .. Jagran Josh

New rail division in Gulbarga: hopes pinned on Kharge

Ahead of the Vote-on-Account slated for February 12, people of the State have pinned their hopes on Railway Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge to announce the creation of a new railway division in Gulbarga and bring it under the South Western Railway (SWR).

The demand for a railway division in Gulbarga, one of the major freight-intensive locations of the Railways, has been pending for over four decades. Even the H.C. Sareen Committee appointed by the Railway Ministry (1984) had recommended the creation of a new division as it is the most backward region in the State.

In a recent letter to Mr. Kharge, Prakash Mandoth, member of South Western Railway Zonal Railway Users Consultative Committee, said that what was needed was political will for the creation of the new division. He gave the example of the creation of the Salem division in 2008 by the then Railway Minister Lalu Prasad following pressure mounted by the United Progressive Alliance partner, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.

Tremendous growth

As a revenue division of the State, Gulbarga has been witnessing tremendous growth in the past decade, he said. Gulbarga also has a permanent Bench of the High Court of Karnataka. A Greenfield airport is coming up and information technology and textile parks have been proposed. The region has nine mega cement plants besides the proposed thermal power plants of NTPC at Bijapur.

Mr. Kharge’s announcement on the administrative office of the Sholapur division of the Central Railway (CR) in Gulbarga is not enough. It should culminate in a full-fledged division, he said. Important railway stations of the region — Raichur, Halkatta, Yadgir, Wadi, Shahabad, Gulbarga, Sedam, Chittapur, Tandur and Bidar are divided among the Central Railway, Mumbai, and South Central Railway (SCR), Secundrabad. People in Karnataka have to approach either Sholapur and Nanded or Secundrabad and Guntakal of the South Central Railway for grievance redressal or to get new trains, Mr. Mandoth said.

While about Rs. 2,000 crore revenue is generated by the Railways in the region, it is essential to create the division to fulfil the aspirations of the people, he said. Mr. Mandoth urged the Minister to take the same initiative he had taken to get special status to Hyderabad Karnataka region under Article 371 J, to create the new division too. The new division may include Hotgi-Indi Road; Hotgi-Mantralayam Road; Gulbarga-Bidar new line; Bidar-Latur Road; Gadag-Wadi new line and Koppal-Raichur new line.

All-India helpline for rail passengers soon

With instances of molestation increasing on trains, the Indian Railways has decided to launch an all-India security helpline number for passengers soon.

The railways has informed the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways, which enquired into the security of women passengers in suburban trains, that the process of launching the four-digit number 1322 at a cost of Rs. 4.7 crore is on.

Although it will be managed by a professional call centre, complaints will be monitored by a DIG and four inspectors. They will be transmitted to the zones concerned for action.

The report noted an increase in the incidents of molestation of women on suburban trains. The committee chairman, T.R. Baalu, said during the members’ visit to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal, Mumbai, women complained of unauthorised entry of male passengers in reserved compartments, molestation and harassment, and snatching of chains and handbags. The Railways claimed that 6,400 men had been prosecuted for entering ladies’ compartments.

Source - The Hindu





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