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Dec 17, 2014
The leopard that was fournd dead near Devanuru in Kadur taluk.
A two-and-a-half-year-old female leopard was found dead on a railway track near Devanuru Railway Station in Kadur taluk on Monday. The wild animal had injuries on the head and one of its legs was cut. It was suspected to have been hit by a train.
M.S. Manik, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Chikkamagaluru Division, told The Hindu that the animal must have come to the railway platform in search of stray dogs. “The leopard may have accidentally come in the way of the train. During post-mortem, it was noticed that it had serious head injury. A leg was also cut,” said the officer. Veterinarians conducted post-mortem on Monday evening and later it was cremated.
Meanwhile, environmentalists have expressed suspicion over the death of the leopard. G. Veeresh, environmentalist, told The Hindu that the scene at the spot did not look like an accident. “If the animal was hit by a train, its body should have been cut into pieces. It seems, the animal was killed somewhere else and thrown on the railway track,” he said. However, Mr. Manik refuted the allegations. “Our preliminary findings show that it died after being hit by train,” he said.
New Delhi: The Wi-Fi service at New Delhi railway station which was launched earlier this month by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu is turning out to be a complete flop show for the passengers.
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According to reports, visitors at the station often complain that even registering for the service is a huge task, leave alone using the internet. Several points at the station do not receive the Wi-Fi signals while the speed of the Wi-Fi is also very slow, which makes it difficult to access the internet, passengers claimed.
However, railway officials assured that a technical team is working to solve the bug.
Suresh Prabhu has launched the Wi-Fi service at New Delhi station on December 8. After the launch, the railway officials have claimed that passengers will be able to connect with internet through Wi-Fi at all the 16 platforms free of cost for an initial period of 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, the user would have to purchase a scratch card of Rs 25 for 30 minutes and Rs 35 for an hour which would be valid for 24 hours.
India and China have amplified their partnership in the railway sector with the start of a 12-day programme that would train Indian personnel on running trains carrying heavy bulk cargo.
The training programme on “heavy-haul technology” for the first batch of 22-officers began on Monday in Beijing’s Jiaotong University. The training is being imparted under the supervision of the National
Railway Administration of China. It would be followed by the training of four more batches within a two-year span.
The programme follows the signing of the Sino-Indian Memorandum of Understanding and Implementation Plan on Cooperation in Railways during the September visit to India of the Chinese President Xi Jinping.
India and China are already working together on a feasibility study of a high-speed rail link between Delhi and Chennai. China is also establishing two model railway stations in Bengaluru and Bhubaneswar.
Besides, the Chinese are working with their Indian counterparts to increase train speeds that includes modification of existing tracks, between Chennai and Mysore, which will pass through Bengaluru.
KOLHAPUR: The Railway Passengers' Association has come up with a list of demands for the overall makeover of Chhatrapari Shahu Maharaj Terminus. They have demanded the authorities to prepare a master plan that will help in listing out the requirement of development, changes and construction of facilities.
Shivnath Biyani, president of Kolhapur Railway Passengers' Association, said, "The railways is spending lakhs of rupees every year on maintenance of the building and small scale repair works. If a master plan is prepared, it will save its annual expenditure and the funds will be utilized in a better manner."
Issues such as land measurement, its effective utilization, vacant or unused machinery, rail lines, possible extension of platforms can be effectively solved if a master plan is prepared, he said. Besides, the terminus is will complete 125 years in 2016, which could be an opportunity for the Central Railways to announce major financial assistance for its makeover.
"We want our demands to be heard now so that the concept of master plan is included in pre-budget meetings of the railways. We are hopeful that the Union government provides some funds to the railways," Biyani said.
When asked about the top issues pertaining to the railway station's makeover, Biyani said, "First, the Central Railway officials should find out how much land bank it has in Kolhapur. Recently, it was found that the railways own some 12,000 sq ft of land, which was earlier presumed to be 8,000 sq ft. Once the land bank data with its superstructure is prepared, it will help in designing plans for redevelopment. It will also help in finding out whether some part of land is encroached upon."
Mohan Shete, former station manager, said, "Kolhapur terminus can be included in the Union government's model station category so that it gets special status with more funds for the construction of a new building, increasing the height of the platform, more ticket windows and clean facilities. The station was built by Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj about a century ago to facilitate the district's business with other areas. We should continue to work on these lines."
He said there are some vacant rail lines, which have not been used effectively. Barring some minor changes, no major development has taken place at the railway station since the last several years, he said.
Shete said Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu is from Maharashtra and hoped that he takes the demands seriously. Prabhu has represented the Rajapur Lok Sabha constituency twiAce and he was an active MP during his tenure. His proximity to Konkan is being considered as a plus point for accelerating the project. In its 2012-13 railway budget, the Union government had sanctioned some funds for conducting a detailed survey for the route. The feasibility report is already available with the Union railway ministry, but the project could not take wings mainly due to lack of funds for constructing the new rail line. The aerial distance between Kolhapur and Rajapur is 90 km and 105 km by road.
Source-Times Of India
Is the French railway system fueled by le sexisme? That’s the question many people have been asking since a 36-page document from the state-owned railway, SNCF, leaked today on Twitter. In it, the SNCF showcased its guidelines on proper grooming for its employees. No big deal, right?
Wrong, say critics. The document advises female employees on everything from proper nail-polish colors (clear, pastel pink, or red) to makeup application. “Simple and elegant makeup is strongly recommended,” the document says. According to SNCF, that translates to foundation, a touch of blush, black mascara, and plain lipstick (again: transparent, pink, or red). For the “best appearance,” the document urges employees to wear waterproof mascara; to intensify one’s look, grooming one’s brows is advised.
Hands, too, deserve attention. “Your hands are often sought, so take care of them,” the document urges. “Don’t hesitate to moisturize them regularly.” As for perfume, make sure it’s soft and subtle. And so forth.
On Twitter, many French people are up in arms, calling the document sexist and even racist, since the recommended peach and rose blushes are unlikely to show up on dark-skinned train operators.
...qui finissent toujours mal. Des contrôleuses sont ds des trains pour pratiquer une fonction, non pour faire montre de charmes éventuels."— Shetty (@ShettyShet) December 16, 2014
"….[Female] conductors are on trains to do a job, not to look charming."
For its part, SNCF points out that the document also advises male employees. “Beards and mustaches are in style,” it says. “If you opt for this style, keep it clean or opt for a regular shave.” Men, too, are advised to hydrate hands and wear subdued scents.
But is this beaucoup fuss over very little? SNCF thinks so, pointing out that none of the guidelines—for men or women—are obligatory. “It’s only advice for best appearances, to make our service as professional as possible for clients,” SNCF stated to Le Figaro. “It’s nothing mandatory.”
Are the suggestions misguided, sexist, appropriate—or something else entirely? You tell us! Vote below and let us know what you think.
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