Jan 5, 2017

Train crashes at end of platform; 100 people injured



(AFP photo)

NEW YORK: A packed Long Island Rail Road rush hour train crashed at the end of a platform as it pulled into a major transportation hub, hurling passengers onto the floor and slamming them into each other.

The front of the slow-moving train hit a bumping block as it pulled into Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn, left the tracks and smashed into a small structure, apparently a work area.

Railways disrupted due to protests across West Bengal

TMC workers had blocked rail tracks in different parts of the state in the protest.

The Eastern Railways issued a statement saying that train services were affected in West Bengal on Wednesday. TMC workers had blocked rail tracks in different parts of the state in the protest.

“Train services in different sections of Howrah division were affected today due to obstructions at different stations for different time periods on non-Railway causes,” said the statement. Train movements were obstructed at Singur, Seoraphuli-Tarakeswar section from 10 am till noon, and at Dankuni, between Bandel and Bansberia stations from 11 am to 11.30 am and on the Katwa section as well. In the evening, train movement was obstructed at Rishra station and Srerampore station.
Source - Indian Express

Railways’ new ‘Tejas’ coaches to have LCD screens, Wi-Fi; Sanjeev Kapoor to finalise menu (Watch Video)


Indian Railways, LCD Screens, Wi-fi- India Tv

In its bid to provide a world-class travelling experience to passengers, Indian Railways, the fourth-longest network in the world, is planning to roll out top-notch facilities for new trains.

Railways is looking to unveil new services in the new year which include services such as cuisines curated by a celebrity chef coupled with ultra-modern facilities to make their journey a memorable experience.

Railways set to launch non-fare revenue policies



Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. (PTI File Photo)

NEW DELHI: With a decrease in freight and passengers earnings, Railways is all set to announce a series of measures which are expected to boost railway non-fare revenues within a year by nearly six times—from `300 crore to nearly `1800 crore.

Mumbai: Students spread rail safety message

At least 20 students from the school staged a ‘band performance’ at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) and Churchgate on Wednesday to express the motto to ‘Be Safe’.
Along with the help of Government Railway Police, messages against trespassing , performing stunts and supporting security of women were propagated. Express

Budget 2017: Costly train rides ahead as railway ministry mulls safety cess

The railway ministry may push for a special levy on train fares to create a dedicated Rs 1.2 lakh crore safety fund; finance ministry likely to finance 25 percent of the this fund Shreya Nandi Moneycontrol Passengers may have to shell out more for travelling by train as the railway ministry may impose a specific cess on train tickets to fund the Rs 1.20 lakh crore safety fund-- Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh.

Pakistan releases 219 more Indian fishermen from jail as ‘goodwill gesture’



An Indian fisherman stands in a prison van on his arrival at the railway station in Karachi, after his release from prison. (AFP Photo)

Pakistan on Thursday released 219 Indian fishermen who had allegedly strayed into its waters. Despite a thaw in bilateral ties, Pakistan has now released 439 Indian fishermen as a “goodwill gesture” in the last 10 days.  

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu steps in to give IRAS post to blind girl


Suresh Prabhu

A day after DNA reported how Pranjal Patil, 28, a visually challenged woman from Ulhanagar who had cracked the UPSC examination, was initially informed that she would get a job in the Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) and later told by the Railways that blind candidates were ineligible, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu intervened on Wednesday and directed that Pranjal be allotted an IRAS post.

AFFORDABLE AIRFARES GIVE RLY RUN FOR ITS MONEY



The stage is set for another round of fare war between national transporter and national carrier with Air India (AI) planning to introduce a fare structure that will be either cheaper than AC II railway fares on certain routes or on par with it. Under the planned scheme, fare of the New Delhi-Mumbai Air India flight will be Rs 2,401 against the Rajdhani’s AC II fare of Rs 2,870. While AC-II New Delhi-Patna fare in Rajdhani is Rs 2,290, Air India will offer its Economy Class seats at Rs 2,315.

Indian Railways awards wheel lathe contract



INDIA: HYT Engineering has won a contract to supply nine CNC underfloor wheel lathes to Indian Railways.

The lathes will be capable of simultaneously reprofiling both wheels of a locomotive, coach or wagon wheelset without needing to remove brake gear or other components.

The turnkey contract includes construction of foundations and buildings to house the lathes. There is a two-year warranty period, which will be followed by five years of maintenance.
Source - Railway gazette

Amendment in RRs for revising the upper age limit as 30 years for the recruitment made under Combined Graduate Level Examination conducted by SSC for the post carrying Grade Pay of Rs. 4200, 4600 & 4800/-.

Amendment in RRs for revising the upper age limit as 30 years for the recruitment made under Combined Graduate Level Examination conducted by SSC for the post carrying Grade Pay of Rs. 4200, 4600 & 4800/-.



No.AB-14017/48/2010-Estt.(RR)

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel P.G & pensions

Department of Personnel and Training
North Block, New Delhi

Dated: 28th , Dec 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Sub: Amendment in RRs for revising the upper age limit as 30 years for the recruitment made under Combined Graduate Level Examination conducted by SSC for the post carrying Grade Pay of Rs. 4200, 4600 & 4800/-.

7th Pay Commission: Top 2 developments before Budget 2017 raise hopes for Central government employees

7th Pay Commission: Top 2 developments before Budget 2017 raise hopes for Central government employees



With the dust at least partly settled over demonetisation and the subsequent disruption at the finance ministry, there seems to be renewed cheer among Central government employees of a decision on allowances as recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC). Two developments in this regard are worth taking note of, even as Budget 2017 is about a month away.
As has been reportedly earlier, the second amnesty scheme for tax defaulters – Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, 2016 – estimated to net the Modi government a substantial amount, the financial outgo of Rs 1,02,100 crore no longer seems to be a hurdle.
 
However, the note ban decision and the spate of activities that followed the decision about raising allowances to the back burner made employees restive.
 
Now they hope the government will quickly move on the issue that involves about 47 lakh Central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners, of which 14 lakh employees and 18 lakh pensioners are from the defence forces.
 
 
While a website claiming to represent bureaucrats said that the finance ministry is likely to pay the enhanced allowances (possibly along with arrears) after Budget 2017 in February, another said that employees have sought a meeting with the ministry to resolve the issue at the earliest.
 
“Government is very pleased to pay the higher allowances to its employees after Budget. The acute cash crunch in banks and ATMs that prevailed for a month following the demonetization move of the government has eased from January 1, as the daily withdrawal limit from ATMs has been increased from Rs 2,500 to Rs 4,500. Hence, the Finance Ministry felt it would be wiser to announce of higher allowances after Budget,” the Sen Times quoted a senior finance ministry official as saying.
 
Another significant development is a communication by the staff side National Council of the Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) seeking an early redressal of the issue.
 
“Almost four months have passed (since September 1, 2016 meeting) without any outcome. All the Central Government Employees are quite agitated as well as are having mental agony because allowances of the VII CPC, have not been implemented. You are therefore, requested to fix-up a meeting of the Committee on Allowances, at an earliest to resolve the issues placed in the memorandum of the Staff Side(JCM) on various allowances,” the letter read.
 
The CPC examined 196 allowances and gave its recommendations on abolishing or raising some of them while recommending others to be subsumed with other perks. It had proposed 138.71 percent hike in HRA and 49.79 percent for other allowances, while submitting its voluminous report in November 2015.
Source - ribtimes.co.in

Mumbai: Central Railway gets more CCTV cameras inside women’s compartments

Mumbai: The Central Railway (CR) has received an approval to install 50 Close-Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV) in compartments reserved for women to ensure their safety after reports of thefts inside the coaches.

According to the railway officials, so far the CCTV cameras are installed in four trains and the work is in process for installing the cameras in the remaining 12 trains. More than three cameras have been installed in each train. The cameras are being installed at the Matunga workshop.

Railways set to launch non-fare revenue policies



Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. (PTI File Photo)

NEW DELHI: With a decrease in freight and passengers earnings, Railways is all set to announce a series of measures which are expected to boost railway non-fare revenues within a year by nearly six times—from `300 crore to nearly `1800 crore.

China plans to spend $115 billion on railways in 2017: Xinhua



People stand next to a train at a railway station in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China June 6, 2016. REUTERS/Aly Song

China plans to spend 800 billion yuan ($115.09 billion) on building railways this year, the same budget as last year, to grow its network to 150,000 kilometers, state news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday.

Secunderabad Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister for Railways Flags off Train No. 17419 Tirupati – Vasco Da Gama Express through Remote Video Link from New Delhi

Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister for Railways Flags off Train No. 17419 Tirupati – Vasco Da Gama Express through Remote Video Link from New Delhi

 

Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister for Railways flagged off a new train service between Tirupati and Vasco Da Gama through remote video link from New Delhi today i.e. o­n 29th December, 2016. Simultaneously a function was held at Tirupati Railway Station to flag off the Train No. 17419 Tirupati – Vasco Da Gama Express by the host of dignitaries.
Addressing the gathering through video conference, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that a most cherished wish to run a direct train between Tirupati and Vasco Da Gama has been fulfilled today. The train will meet the aspirations of the people fro

Introduction of Train Services between Rayadurg and Kalyanadurga

Railway Board has approved extension of Tr.No.57477/57478 Tirupati-Guntakal-Tirupati Passengers o­n the new Raidurg - Kalyandurg section. The regular services of
Tr. Nos. 57477/57478 Tirupati – Kalyandurg - Tirupati services will commence from 31st December, 2016 The Schedule details of the trains are as follows:

WESTERN RAILWAY TO ATTACH EXTRA COACH IN BANDRA TERMINUS - CHANDIGARH EXPRESS ON TEMPORARY BASIS

For the convenience of the passengers and to clear the rush, Western Railway has decided to augment extra coach in o­nE pair of train o­n temporary basis. The details are as under:-
Sr.
No
Train No.
From
To
No. & Type of coach
Details of Schedule
1
  22451 / 22452
Bandra (T)
Chandigarh
One Sleeper Class
Ex Bandra (T): Upto  16.01.2017
Ex Chandigarh: Upto 15.01.2017
                                                                          
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IMPLEMENTATION OF AADHAAR BASED TICKETING SYSTEM FOR PRS TICKETS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS

   Ministry of Railways has decided to implement 1st phase of Aadhaar based ticketing system for PRS tickets (both counter and e-tickets) for senior citizens. The detailed procedure is as under:-
1.From 1st January, 2017 to 31st March, 2017 requirement of Aadhaar verification for getting concessional tickets for senior citizens shall be o­n voluntary basis.

6 AC WEEKLY SPECIAL TRAINS BETWEEN PUNE AND AJMER. BOOKINGS OPEN

Railways have decided to run 6 AC weekly special trains between Pune and Ajmer to clear the extra rush of passengers. The details are as under:

Train No. 01319 AC weekly special (3 trips) will leave Pune at 00.25 hrs o­n 3.1.2017, 10.1.2017 & 17.1.2017 ( Tuesdays ) and will arrive Ajmer at 23.30 hrs same day.

31-December, 2016 16:54 IST Year End Review 2016

PASSENGER AMENITIES, SERVICES
       Personalised take away bedrolls service launched.
     Main Concourse at Hazrat Nizamuddin Station commissioned Along with Enhanced Passenger Amenities and Executive Lounge at Agra Cantt
       Catering made optional in identified Trains (some Shatabdis & Rajdhanis)
       Initiation of “Janani Sewa” announced – i.e. Hot Milk, Hot Water and Baby Food items at stations and children’s menu items on Trains.
       Released Brochure on “Passenger Business Initiatives”.

Indian Railways Extends the facility of 10% rebate in Basic Fare on Vacant Berth/Seats after Preparation of First Chart In All Kinds of Trains This Facility will be Available With Effect From 1st January 2017

In continuation with its earlier announcement of providing 10% rebate in the basic fare on the vacant berths/seats after preparation of first chart in Rajdhani/Duronto/Shatabdi trains, Indian Railways has decided to extend this rebate in the reserved class of all other trains w.e.f. 01.01.2017 on an experimental basis for six months.


The detailed provisions are as under

1.1. 10% rebate shall be applicable on the base fare of last ticket sold for a particular class and train just before preparation of first chart.

 

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