Feb 18, 2015

Railway to increase its earnings by making colorful trains

rail aaye

Railway should decrease its expenditures instead of Increasing fares

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Railway is not interested to run double decker train


Transfer of Ticket checking staff on their own request and administrative grounds.


Promotion and Posting Order of Loco Pilot Goods (Elect) from Sr SLPs and Shunters.

Promotion and posting order of Sr Clerk GP-2800 of Engineering

MACP Benefits Order to Guards.

Applications/Options are invited for Temporary post (Ex Cadre/ Work Charge) of Operating Department/NCR/ALD

Application/Option for One Post of Sr Vigilance Inspector /S&T on deputation basis in Vigilance Organisation/ NCR ALD

Commodity-Wise Freight Revenue Earnings of Railways goes up by 12.43 Per Cent During April 2014-January 2015

The Indian Railways has generated Rs. 86009.27 crore of revenue earnings from commodity-wise freight traffic during April 2014-January 2015 as compared to Rs. 76501.01 crore during the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of 12.43 per cent. Railways carried 906.36 million tonnes of commodity-wise freight traffic during April 2014-January 2015 as compared to 866.14 million tonnes carried during the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of 4.64 per cent. 

During the month of January 2015, Railways generated Rs. 10023.71 crore as compared to Rs. 8795.90 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 13.96 per cent. Out of which, Rs. 4728.91 crore came from transportation of 48.93 million tonnes of coal, followed by Rs. 877.41 crore from 9.95 million tonnes of cement, Rs. 739.06 crore from 10.10 million tonnes of iron ore for exports, steel plants and for other domestic user, Rs. 768.11 crore from 4.82 million tonnes of food grains, Rs. 495.99 crore from 3.55 million tonnes of petroleum oil and lubricant (POL), Rs. 582.31 crore from 3.46 million tonnes of Pig iron and finished steel from steel plants and other points, Rs. 540.27 crore from 4.41 million tonnes of fertilizers, Rs. 190.10 crore from 1.75 million tonnes of raw material for steel plants except iron ore, Rs. 446.05 crore from 4.07 million tonnes by container service and Rs. 655.50 crore from 6.75 million tonnes of other goods.


Industry, others pin hopes on railway budget

BHOPAL: Bhopal may be lucky this time if it gets direct trains to Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai from Bhopal in railway budget. Industry and railway associations have been demanding long distance trains from capital. West Central Railways (WCR) is looking forward to railway budget, which will be presented by Union minister Suresh Prabhu on February 26, sources in railways said 

Time table committee meeting was held recently, where proposal for trains to Mumbai, Howrah, Bangalore, Pune and Ahmedabad from Habibganj or Bhopal was sent by WCR. 

Jamalpur railway workshop gets investment worth Rs 250 crore

PATNA: The 153-year-old Jamalpur railway workshop, the first locomotive workshop of Indian Railways and the largest factory of Bihar, added a new feather to its cap by bagging a contract of Rs245 crore from Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) to manufacture about 1,000 bogie low containers (BLC) wagons. The BLC wagons are known as the 'Rajdhani' of goods train running at the maximum speed limit of 100 kmph on the existing track condition.

Now, Munger, together with this contract and an upcoming ITC dairy plant, has got an investment worth Rs500 crore.

Railway Promotee Officers’ national ECM in Hubballi

As many as 75 delegates representing various zonal railways and production units of the Indian Railways are expected to participate in the Executive Committee Meeting of the Indian Railway Promotee Officers’ Federation (IRPOF) being held in Hubballi on February 18 and 19.

South Western Railway Promotee Officers’ Association (SWRPOA) is hosting the two-day meeting at the Railway Officers’ Club here.

According to a release, issued by General Secretary of SWRPOA Shaju A. Francis, the General Manager of South Western Railway Pradeep Kumar Saxena will deliver the keynote address at the open session of the meeting on Wednesday at 7.30 p.m.

He has said that the purpose of conducting the meeting was to discuss the parity in Group B Officers’ scales for unorganised categories like Public Relations Officers, Law Officers, Gazetted Head Master/Mistress, Rajbasha Adhikaris, Pharmacy Officers, Nursing Officers, etc.
Source - the hindu

22 railway staffers examined over train derailment

Feb 18, 2015, Bengaluru, dhns: The statutory enquiry into the derailment of the Bangalore-Ernakulam Inter-City Express train near Anekal on February 13, which claimed nine lives, started on Tuesday at the Divisional Railway Manager’s office here.

Commissioner of Railway Safety, Satish Kumar Mittal, along with an observer and other senior officials, examined 22 staff members of the South Western Railway on day one of the two-day enquiry.

The enquiry started at around 10 am and went on till 6.15 pm. Mittal said the statements of the 22 staffers, including the loco pilot of the train, A T Fernandes, the Anekal Station Master, the Assistant Station Master and gangmen, were recorded.

“We have examined the staff. Some may have to be examined again on Wednesday. We will gather all evidences and submit a preliminary report within one month. Thereafter, a final report will be prepared. The maximum time for submitting the report is six months. We have to analyse the entire evidence before arriving at a conclusion,” Mittal said.

On Tuesday, no member of the public turned up to give evidence. “The public should come forward and help us if they have any information about the accident. We are a statutory body and if anyone has any information, it will be of great help for the enquiry,” Mittal said.

Divisional Railway Manager A K Agrawal and Chief Safety Officer of South Western Railway, M K Vikrant, the observer for the enquiry, were present.

Rail breakage

The office-bearers of the All India Loco Running Staff Association submitted a memorandum to Mittal urging for a fair enquiry into the accident. The association stated that a rail breakage was reported just a day before the February 13 incident.

“Loco pilot Durgesh Kumar C had reported the rail breakage - a crack in the welding joints which sometimes causes derailment. After maintenance, the track was given a fit-to-run clearance at a permitted speed of 80 kmph.

A glance through the signal and track defect register will give a clear idea of the bleak future of the Indian Railways,” General Secretary C Sunish said.

The association said the administration was harassing the loco crew alone by subjecting them to repeated medical examinations and questioning them as if they were criminals. “The loco pilots are always blamed and victimised after every derailment, while no one takes responsibility for the prevailing poor system.

For every accident, the railway administration tries to blame the loco pilot and they have succeeded in the incident involving 12864 Express (Yesvantpur-Howrah) at Kuppam in Andhra Pradesh on June 3, 2014.

“To cover up the system failure, a loco pilot was removed from service. The loco pilot in this incident has an unblemished service record and has never been involved in any derailment earlier. He has experienced ballast crushing, which is interpreted as boulders, and the administration is forcing him to find boulders,” the association claimed.
Source - deccan herald

BMC's high FSI development plan raises railway hopes

The new 20-year Development Plan (DP) proposed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) – from 2014 to 2034 – has raised hopes among railway officials in the city that it might breathe life into the comatose plans for the commercial development of railway land.

The new 20-year Development Plan (DP) proposed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) – from 2014 to 2034 – has raised hopes among railway officials in the city that it might breathe life into the comatose plans for the commercialdevelopment of railway land.

Mumbai: Buildings near railway stations to get less parking space

To encourage use of public transport, BMC’s new Development Plan will slash the parking space in structures which use an FSI greater than 6.5 and are near railway, Metro and Monorail stations

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) plans to slash parking spaces for buildings close to railway stations that use up a floor space index (FSI) of more than 6.5. The intention is to curb usage of private vehicles near railway stations and other public transport systems like the Metro and Monorail.

The intention of the plan is to curb usage of private vehicles near crowded stations. File pic

mid-day had reported yesterday that the civic body had drawn up a draft development plan (DP) in which it had proposed to hike the FSI up to as much as 8, with buildings near railway stations to be granted a greater share.

Buildings which use up an FSI of more than 6.5 near public transit systems will get half the parking space mandated by the Development Control Rules. File pic for representation

As per the Development Control Rules of the civic body, for every 100 square metres of built-up area, a residential building would be granted a parking slot of 1.33 (one parking slot and an additional one-third of the slot). For commercial buildings, every 100 square metres of built-up area would be given one parking slot.

mid-day’s report on additional FSI in the DP

However, in case the structure is close to a railway station, or a Metro or Monorail station, and uses an FSI of more than 6.5, the civic body has slashed the mandated parking allocation by half i.e. every 100 square metres of built-up area in such a building would get 0.66 of the area of a parking slot for a residential building, and half a slot for a commercial building.

The DP states that this step is proposed to encourage people to avoid using private vehicles and use public transport instead. Civic chief Sitaram Kunte has categorically refused to comment on the DP till Wednesday.

However, a senior officer from the DP department said, “The main reason for providing higher FSI near stations is to accommodate a larger population which can walk to and from the station, thereby reducing vehicular traffic on the road.”

As per BMC’s data, ownership of private vehicles is expected to increase to 197 per 1,000 citizens by 2031, as compared to 82 per 1,000 citizens in 2005. The records also suggest that 51 per cent of daily trips (journey from starting point to destination) of citizens is on foot.

The plan seems to have met with disapproval from realtors. A builder told this paper, on condition of anonymity, that essentially, the BMC is discriminating against residents staying near stations. “It is not necessary that these people want to travel only by train,” he said.

Dr Sanjay Chaturvedi, executive editor, Accommodation Times, a real estate newspaper, said, “This parking policy is arbitrary. The BMC wants people to use public transport, but are transport systems up to the mark to handle this additional burden? The population will increase because of higher FSI.”

The DP department officer said, “We are not stopping people from parking their vehicles. They can use commercial parking spaces that will be made available near stations.” In the draft DP, the civic body has made specific allocations of commercial parking zones near stations where people can park their cars.

As an incentive for the realtor who will create these zones, the BMC is allowing the builder to utilise 15 per cent of the total area of the parking zone for commercial purposes i.e. shops, establishments, etc. The only clause that needs to be adhered to is that the road fronting the parking lot should be 18.3 metres wide.

The DP will be tabled in the BMC house soon, and suggestions and objections will be invited from the public. After the necessary changes have been made, the plan is expected to be passed by April 3.

Source - Mid Day

Ukraine soldiers taken prisoner in fighting for railway hub

Despite ceasefire, Ukraine is not at peace

LUHANSKE, Ukraine (AP) — Under a near-constant barrage of artillery fire, Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels fought fierce street battles Tuesday for control of the strategic railway hub of Debaltseve, a battle impeding implementation of a peace plan.

A key railroad junction between the separatist east's two main cities of Donetsk and Luhansk, Debaltseve has been the focus of fighting over the past two weeks and capturing it would be a prize for the Russia-backed rebels.Ukraine denied rebel claims to have taken control of the town but acknowledged the separatists had seized parts of it. The battle came despite a weekend cease-fire that obliged both sides to start moving back their big guns on Tuesday.

The defense ministry said street battles continued there Tuesday and government soldiers had been ambushed and taken prisoner, but gave no details on how many were seized. Rebel spokesman Eduard Basurin said hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers had surrendered in Debaltseve.

Associated Press journalists were turned back by Ukrainian forces at Luhanske, a village about 10 miles (15 kilometers) north of Debaltseve and were unable to assess the status of the fight.

The leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, one of two separatist entities, was wounded in the leg and hospitalized in the neighboring Luhansk region, Russia's RIA-Novosti news agency quoted a Luhansk rebel official as saying. Zakharchenko's life was not in danger, the report said.

The Ukrainian presidential office called on the European Union and NATO to condemn the Russia-backed rebels for violating the cease-fire brokered by the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France last week.
Ukrainian government soldiers sit on top of their armored vehicle driving on a road stretching away …

Vice President Joe Biden condemned violations of the cease-fire in eastern Ukraine which the White House is blaming on pro-Russian separatists and Russian forces.

Biden spoke by telephone with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The White House said the violation occurred in and around Debaltseve and it was confirmed by special monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Biden also condemned Russia and the separatists for blocking the monitors' access and said that has allowed the separatists to continue attacks unabated. He said if Russia keeps violating the agreements reached with Ukraine, costs for Russia will increase.

The war in eastern Ukraine has already killed more than 5,600 people and displaced more than a million, the United Nations said Monday. It has also left the country's industrial heartland in ruins.

On Tuesday, a deadline passed for both sides to begin pulling back heavy weapons from the front line.

Rebel commander Vladimir Kononov said on Russian television that most of Debaltseve was under separatist control and urged the Ukrainian troops to surrender.
Ukrainian artillery is at a position outside of the village of Luhanske, some 20 kilometers (14 mile …

"Their only choice is to leave behind weaponry, lay down arms and surrender," he said.

The announcement by the rebels came after fierce fighting that appeared to be focused on Debaltseve. Both sides in the conflict claim the town is on their side of the cease-fire line, and the issue was not resolved under the cease-fire deal.

Rebel official Basurin announced in a televised briefing that the separatists "will take the initiative" and begin to pull back their big guns from some sections of the front line. He did not provide a timeline.

The Ukrainian government, however, insisted on a comprehensive cease-fire before pulling back its weaponry.

AP reporters saw near-constant artillery rounds fired Tuesday from Ukrainian government positions at rebel fighters around Debaltseve. Sustained shelling was heard in the area all morning, some coming from Grad rocket launchers.

"The situation in Debaltseve is extremely complicated and is changing by the hour," Ukrainian military spokesman Andruy Lysenko said late Tuesday. "Several groups of the enemy have burst into the city."
Residents push their bicycles across a road in the village of Luhanske, some 20 kilometers (12 miles …

The cease-fire deal, which was to take effect early Sunday, specifies the pullout begin on the second day after the parties stop fighting. This condition has not been met, Lysenko said.

"As soon as the fire ceases ... we will be ready to begin the withdrawal," he said.

Fighting has stopped or subsided in some parts of war-torn eastern Ukraine, however. Basurin said Tuesday the separatists had not seen any violations of the cease-fire in the area around the rebel stronghold of Donetsk since 8 p.m. Monday.

The continued fighting comes as concern remains about whether the United States will decide to send lethal weapons to Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday at a news conference in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, that, "according to our information, these weapons are already being delivered." He did not elaborate but said the consequences of new weapons for Ukraine would be "the number of victims, of course, can increase. But the result will be the same as it is today. This is unavoidable."

He also suggested the Ukrainian forces in Debaltseve should lay down their arms.

"I reckon that the leaders of the fighters ... would not hold these people, prevent them from leaving the conflict zone and returning to their families," he said.

Rupert Colville, spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, told a briefing in Geneva on Tuesday that the U.N. was "alarmed" by reports of continued shelling and has not been able to get reliable information on casualties or the well-being of civilians.

"It is unclear how many civilians are still there," he said. "We are particularly concerned about the civilians trapped in the area. We believe there may be a few thousand hiding in cellars, struggling to get food, water and other basic necessities."

Elsewhere, at least one rebel leader claimed that his troops had begun to withdraw their heavy weapons.

"I was at the front line last night, and our tanks, our artillery were pulling back," Igor Plotnitsky, the leader of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic, northeast of Debaltseve, was quoted as saying by the Russian news agency Tass.

His claims could not be independently. However, Lysenko said Ukrainian troops "have not noticed any such actions" on the ground.

Also Tuesday, an explosion hit a business in the Black Sea city of Odessa operated by the local head of Automaidan, a group that had been a strong factor in the protests that drove out Russia-friendly Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych almost exactly one year ago, local media said. No injuries were reported.

Heintz reported from Moscow. Nataliya Vasilyeva in Moscow, Geir Moulson in Berlin and Balint Szlanko in Artemivsk, Ukraine, contributed to this report.
Source - news.yahoo





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