Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The cabinet on Wednesday approved the formation of joint venture companies with state governments to undertake various railway infrastructure projects.
1. Re-compute the minimum wage on the basis of the actual commodity prices as on 01.7.2015 and factor the Dr. Aykroyd formula stipulated percentages for housing and social obligations, children education etc. Revise the fitment formula and pay levels on the basis of the so determined minimum wage;

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The deal signed between India and Japan for the development of high speed rail is path-breaking
Two coaches of KalkaShirdi Sai Express (22455) were gutted after these caught fire when the train was parked at the washing yard of the Ambala Cantt railway station here on Monday afternoon.
BEIJING: Asia's largest underground railway station will open on Wednesday in the China's Shenzhen city, enabling high-speed trains to slash the travel time between Guangzhou and Hong Kong to half an hour.
Railway jobs 2016: The Railway Recruitment Board has released the official notification. Know how to apply online, exam pattern, eligibility, important dates, exam fees and number of jobs in various categories
By: Express Web Desk    Dec 29, 2015

Monday, December 28, 2015

The veteran leader of railway trade union and the stalwart of the loco running staff struggle and the former General Secretary of All India Loco Running Staff Association, Southern Railway Com R S Pandian passed away in Madurai at the age of 79 on December 28, 2014 after suffering a heart attack.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

There is a proposal to change the nomenclature from Railway Regulatory Authority to Railway Development Authority and make it broadbased, a senior Railway Ministry official said.
By: PTI 
New Delhi Published:Dec 27, 2015

Saturday, December 26, 2015

BEIJING, DEC 26:

The trial run of China’s first domestically manufactured magnetic levitation 19-km-long line began today.
Indian Railways' tender for nearly 15,000 wagons among other equipment holds promise for firms, but margins are a key to watch

Friday, December 25, 2015

Informed sources have told Al-Masry Al-Youm that approximately 55 general independent trade unions submitted a memorandum to the chairman of the National Human Rights Council to demand that restrictions on trade unions and labor freedoms be lifted.
738 commuters have died till November this year by falling from Mumbai local trains. The safety of commuters should take priority over the unrealistic bullet train project

N Sundaresha Subramanian | New Delhi December 24, 2015 
Mumbai: The proposed Rs 98,000-crore Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet project along with the diamond quadrilateral project that seeks to build 6,000 km of high-speed rail network, can create a whopping $51 billion business opportunity for the MSME sector, says a report.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

NEW DELHI: Members of a railway union has opposed the new pension scheme and demanded that the employees should be kept out of the ambit of the scheme.
The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed a bill allowing doubling of wage ceiling for calculating bonus to Rs 7,000 per month for factory workers with establishments with 20 or more workers, with the benefits being applicable retrospectively from April 2014.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

RJD chief Lalu Yadav has written a strongly worded letter to the Prime Minister raising questions about the viability of bullet trains in India. Holding the NDA government responsible for the deteriorating financial health of Indian Railways, Mr Yadav on Tuesday wrote a two-page letter to PM Narendra Modi objecting and asking him to withdraw his decision. Mr Lalu Yadav termed the bullet train in India as a “white elephant”.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Com MN Prasad, Com Tapan Sen with Railway Minister Sri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu on 15.12.15

Monday, December 21, 2015

Shri Ravindra Gupta, General Manager, South Central Railway stressed up o­n the need to attain the best with regard to Safety and Punctuality, which indicates the efficiency of rail services and achieve passenger satisfaction. He was addressing a high level review meeting attended by senior officials of various departments of the Zone today i.e., 21stDecember, 2015, at Rail Nilayam, Secunderabad. The review meeting also involved video conferencing with the Divisional Railway Managers of Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Guntur, Guntakal and Nanded Divisions. 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

NEW DELHI: The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has observed that the crew management system (CMS), a critical IT application of the Indian Railways lacks sufficient security measures to prevent unauthorised access to the system.
NEW DELHI: The Comptroller and Auditor General has expressed dismay over absence of land management cells (LMCs) in many railway zones and divisions despite the need for such a body to maintain accurate land records for prevention of encroachments.
Indian Railways train accident: 
Seven coaches of Katihar-Amritsar Amrapali Express derailed in Bihar's Khagaria district early today.
By: PTI | Patna | December 20, 2015 
Notice for cwc meeting

I hereby call the CWC meeting at Jodhpur in NWR on 11th & 12th Feb 2016 starting from 10:30 hrs on 11th Feb 2016 and will be concluded at 12th Feb 2016 at 17:00 hrs. All CWC members are request to attend positively.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

GUWAHATI, Dec 18 - Members of the Purbanchaliya Rail Karmi Parishad staged a daylong dharna at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, recently over various demands regarding Assam and the North Eastern region.
Opportunity to demand more trains, end anomalies in timings

Kerala has got an opportunity to demand more trains and end anomalies in the timings as it has been asked to host the Indian Railway Timetable Conference (IRTTC) early next year to finalise the railway timetable for 2016-17.
NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday filed a chargesheet against two former chief commercial managers of railways, a businessman, CEO of a private firm and eight companies for allegedly causing a loss of Rs 19.5 crore to the transporter by selling cheaper packaged water in place of Rail Neer.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Technology based Training in Zonal Railway Training Institute (ZRTI) to Improve Professional Competence of Trainees - Shri Ravindra Gupta, General Manager, South Central Railway vows to make ZRTI the Best on the Indian Railways.
By Sridhar Vivan, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Dec 15, 2015, 
Last week India and Japan signed a Rs 98,000-crore project to lay India's first bullet train network between commercial nerve centre of Mumbai and Ahmedabad. This came after talks between prime minister Narendra Modi and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe. Modi said that this step would revolutionize the Indian railways and would also speed up India's journey into the future.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

MASSIVE RALLY AND HUNGER FAST AT NDLS ON 14 & 15 DEC 2015

Com.M.N.Prasad, Com KAS Mani , Com. PN Soman, Com. KC James, Com JS Tank , Com RR Bhagat and Com. Ram sharan arrives at NDLS on 7th December to oversee the preparations of Mass Rally and 36 hours hunger fast and to meet Ministers, MP’s and Railway Board Officials.
To

The Cabinet Secretary 

(Chairman, Empowered Committee of Secretaries), Government of India 

Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure  39A, North Block , New Delhi – 110001 
TO

Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu,

Hon’ble Minister for Railways,

Govt. of India, New Delhi.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

AILRSA 36 hours fast from 10 hrs of 14.12.2015 in front of Rail Bhavan. Accommodation for the comrades participating the program is in AMBEDKAR BHAVAN, Aram Bagh, Jhansi Rani Road, Near to VEDEOCON Tower.
All India | Agencies | Updated: December 12, 2015 

Friday, December 11, 2015

It was in operation in the Nilgiri Mountain Railway section.

A Swiss made steam locomotive will soon become an added attraction at the Rail Museum in the city. The over 50-year-old coal-fired loco was once in operation in the picturesque Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) section, declared a World Heritage Site.
The Red Line train left the Braintree Station south of Boston just after 6 a.m. today and was eventually stopped just past North Quincy Station when T personnel shut off power to the third rail.
MAMUNI DAS
NAVADHA PANDEY/MAMUNI DAS
Protect against the injustices of 7th CPC

Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur and company (7th CPC) have finished their work of giving recommendations to decide the kitchen budget of 45 Lakh families of central Govt. Employees for the next 10 years. Of course the report came for the first time earlier than the proposed the date of implementation, but the demand for five year revision or 7th pay revision from 2014 is not accepted.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

NEW DELHI: Indian Railways spent 97.8 paise in the first half of this financial year to earn a rupee but said this worrying trend would be arrested by March.
RC Acharya |     Dec 09, 2015 
Sidhartha & Mahendra Singh | TNN | Dec 10, 2015,

HIGHLIGHTS
• Rs 98,000 crore project was cleared by the cabinet on Wednesday

• The deal is expected to be announced during Japanese premier Shinzo Abe's visit

• Japanese PM Shinzo Abe will arrive on Friday on a three-day visit to hold annual summit talks with Narendra Modi

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Meeting of the National Joint Council of Action (Railways, Defence and Confederation) was held on 08.12.2015 at JCM National Council Staff Side office, New Delhi.
AGRA: After more than two decades of wait and years of trial on indigenous developed collision warning system, Indian railway is all set to introduce world's most advanced Train Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) on the world's third largest rail network covering 66,000km route.
AlLRSA Central Leaders met with the CRB Sri.AK.Mittel today with presence of com. P.Karunakaran.MP, Com.MN.Prasad,Com. KC.James,Com. JSTank,Com Ramsaran,Com. PN.Soman, Com.RR.Bhagath, Com.KAS.Mani, and Com P.PKarunakaran.MP are meeting with CRB
NEW DELHI: Describing rail security as crucial and a much larger concern, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today said global cooperation is required to tackle the issue as railways is considered a soft target by terrorists.
PTI
Earlier, it was reported that SBI had gone back on its commitment to extend USD 1 billion to the company for funding the USD 15-billion Carmichael coal mine project which also includes building a railhead to and a port at Abbott Point. 
ALL INDIA LOCO RUNNING STAFF ASSOCIATION

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New Delhi: Short circuit, poor maintenance and lack of awareness are major reasons of fire in trains,
according to the findings of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

Besides the audit report found that the automatic smoke/fire detection device in the running trains are not successfully implemented.
He said there were three centrally-run mental health institutes, 40 state-run medical hospitals and 398 departments of psychiatry in various medical colleges (183 in government and 215 in private) across the country to treat patients suffering from mental illnesses, including schizophrenia both in urban and rural areas.
By Kamal Mishra

Pune-Howrah service was truncated at Kalyan; bookings were opened two hours before the departure because of poor coordination between Central Railway and South Eastern Railway.
The agency decided to lay a trap for the senior official and asked the firm owner to negotiate the bribe amount with Singh, said sources.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Restriction of Outsiders in Trade Unions

The Ministry of Labour and Employment has taken steps for drafting the Labour Code on Industrial Relations, by simplifying, amalgamating and rationalizing the relevant provisions of the following three Labour Laws:-
Chief public relation officer (CPRO), Northern Railways, Neeraj Sharma on Tuesday said fog and the negligence of the driver could be the main reasons for the mishap which took place at 8
The incident happened in wee hours of Tuesday, 8 December morning, around 2 am at platform number 5 of CST.
The new train runs is battery operated unlike the previous one which ran on diesel.
Written by Divya Goyal | Chandigarh | Updated: December 8, 2015
Japan is expected to win the right to construct India's first bullet train, after losing an Indonesian high-speed rail deal to China, the Nikkei business daily reported on Tuesday.

Japan will offer more than 1 trillion yen ($8.11 billion) in loans to construct India's Rs 98,000 crore fast train, according to the report.
Manoj Sinha, Hindustan Times, Ramgarh |  Dec 08, 2015 
 Tuesday, December 8, 2015 

Monday, December 7, 2015

NEW DELHI: Siemens Limited has bagged an order worth Rs 377 crore from Indian Railways' Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW), Varanasi for supply of traction motors.
Three PPP projects worth Rs 3016 crore are being executed through the annuity route and in-principle approval has been accorded to six others worth Rs 3078 crore.
By: PTI | New Delhi | December 6,
Panaji: Railway minister Suresh Prabhu flagged off by remote the Mumbai-Margao-Mumbai 1,000 passenger capacity double decker express train on Sunday from the Kala Academy in Panaji. The service will be operated three times a week. Prabhu said that the railways will soon sign an agreement with the Japanese government to improve safety and standards of Indian railways.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

AMANDA MACIAS0DEC 6, 2015, 

Saturday, December 5, 2015

ANIL KUMAR SASTRY

Come April, anyone reserving a berth in a train for a child aged five years and above will have to cough up the regular adult’s fare.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Modernisation/upgradation of stations is undertaken according to their category based on earnings of the stations irrespective of their location, on a continuous basis as per availability of funds. Presently, development of stations is taken up under ‘Adarsh Station Scheme’.
Various measures taken by Indian Railways to prevent accidents at level crossings are as under:
ANS New Delhi Last Updated: December 4, 2015

Thursday, December 3, 2015

On Indian Railways trains, cases of rape, robbery, kidnapping and theft have increased in 2014 as compared to the previous year, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha informed the Lok Sabha.
The Ministry of Railways has rolled out a slew of austerity measures, including a ban on creation on new posts and curbs on foreign travel, hospitality and entertainment. Besides a drastic cut on the use of telephones and internet, the cost-control measures call for reviewing operation of trains with less than 50 per cent occupancy and closure of services in uneconomic branch lines. The move to tighten the belt comes ahead of the implementation of the 7{+t}{+h}Central Pay Commission with effect from January 1, 2016.
3,500 people stranded at Chennai airport, Chennai International Airport closed till 6 December
Worst continuous rainstorms in 100 years, 15 teams of National Disaster Response Force in Chennai, More rain expected, next 48 hours crucial, Adyar river in spate, 35,000 cusecs discharged, TN Chief Secretary has told Centre that the state has "enough medicines, food, drinking water"

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The proposal, to be deliberated by the board on Wednesday, prompted the civil services cadres to form a separate union and submit a memorandum in protest on Tuesday.
R. RAJARAM
New Delhi, Dec.1 (ANI): Railway engineers from across the country gathered at the Jantar Mantar area of central Delhi on Tuesday to voice their objections to the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission.
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA  MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAILWAY BOARD)

No. E(P&A)I-2015/RT -38             RBE No.143/2015         New Delhi dated 10/12.-11-2015

The General Managers,
All Indian Railways.

Sub:- Strengthening of Administration – Premature retirement of Railway servants- Periodical review under rule 1802 (a)/1803 (a)/1804 (a)- R. II, 1987 edition – Regarding.
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF FINANCE DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
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Dear Sir.

The Report of the 7th Central Pay Commission was submitted to the Governmenton 19.11.2015. A COPY of the Report is placed on the website of Ministry of Finance (www.finmin.nic.in)

Monday, November 30, 2015

National Secretariat of the Confederation of Central Govt Employees & Workers held on 27-11-15 at New Delhi after detailed deliberations on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) has decided as follows :
When a part of Dabhol power plant in Maharashtra resumed supply at 8.47 on Thursday morning, there was probably a loud cheer in Rail Bhavan

Sunday, November 29, 2015

New Delhi: India is expected to spend a whopping $95 billion (over Rs 6.34 lakh crore) on ramping up its rail infrastructure, a step that will help in increasing the country's manufacturing competitiveness, a report says.
Union Railway minister Suresh Prabhu said that the ministry was committed to improving the quality of services and adequate measures were being taken for it. In this direction, an agreement was being signed with the UP government to bring about changes in major railway stations of the state.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

NEW DELHI: Modernisation of Indian Railways that is under way can boost the country's GDP by 2.5-3 per cent over a period of time, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said today.

"Railways itself in my opinion could contribute to 2.5 per cent to 3 per cent of GDP over a period of time and that will happen," Prabbu said at a function.
By Express News Service     28th November 2015

BENGALURU: The All-India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) organised a protest on Friday against the “retrograde recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission” in Bengaluru, Mysuru and Hubballi.

Friday, November 27, 2015

A 24-hour strike November 23 hit the transit authority of the city of Charleroi, Transport en Commun, impacting the metro, buses and mainline railways.
Coal sector trade unions will decide their stand on opposition to the proposed divestment of the government’s stake in Coal India at a forthcoming meet at Chhindwara on November 20 and 21 “We are opposing this move” S. Q. Zama, General Secretary of the INTUC affiliated Rashtriya Koyla Khadan Mazdoor Sangh, told The Hindu.
Flight attendants will stage a walkout following an entrenched battle over wages and pension provisions. Their union has accused management of failure to "react appropriately" to employee concerns.
Both sides of an allegedly corrupt deal to provide a union boss with a free work on his house have accused the trade union royal commission of bias.
The Zimbabwe Rural District Council Workers’ Union (ZRDCWU) has filed a constitutional application challenging the recently passed Labour Amendment Bill, arguing it gives more power to the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare and thus infringes on the union members’ constitutional rights.
NEW DELHI: Trade unions, including the RSS-affiliate Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, have slammed the Seventh Pay Commission report, saying the rise in minimum wages does not match inflation over the last 10 years and that the real overall increase in pay was much less than what was proposed.
The Indian Railways' target of doubling of 12,000 kms of existing corridors in the next 5 years, has been termed as "aggressive" by the transport advisor, who also said that more than 300 projects are still pending with it due to lack of resources and other constraints.
In line with the budget commitment made by Indian Railways towards installation of solar plants as part of its 'Solar Mission' to reduce dependency on fossil fuels, the transporter has come out with a policy on solar capacity panels on rooftops of railway stations.
This will save Indian Railways Rs 1,000 crore annually on its energy bill

BS Reporter | New Delhi November 27, 2015 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

BAREILLY: What do train drivers say when they have to pee? "I am sick."

Usually, when someone says he is sick, he is supposed to be unwell. But in the Indian Railways this is the official message that is flashed by loco pilots driving express and superfast trains if they wish to answer nature's call.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

New Delhi, Nov 25 (IANS) The All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) said on Wednesday it has deferred the all India bank strike proposed for December 1-2.
7TH PAY COMMISSION REPORT SUBMITTED TO GOVERNMENT OF INDIA ON 19.11.2015

Ø RETROGRADE RECOMMENDATIONS EVER MADE BY PAY COMMISSION

Ø ONLY 14.29% INCREASE IN PAY AFTER 10 YEARS EQUAL TO TWO DA INSTALMENTS
A delay of 38 minutes by a train in reaching Bengaluru has proved costly for the South Western Railway, which has to now pay a compensation of Rs 20,400 to a passenger who had boarded the train at Mandya.
With the Signing of the Agreement, the Factory Commences Production of Modern Stainless Steel Wagons
According to NFIR functionaries, the main points of contention are the commission's recommendations to set minimum salary for the government employees, abolition of several allowances, and tweaking of the formulaes used to deduce several allowances.
SHANGHAI: A consortium led by China Railway Group (CRG) has been awarded a 10 billion yuan ($1.57 billion) contract to build the Hungarian section of a railway linking Budapest with Serbia's Belgrade, in China's first high-speed rail win in the European Union.
AILRSA Bengaluru Divisional Biennial General Body Meeting held on 24.11.15 at St. Mathews Church Hall, in Bengaluru Railway colony.

Friday, November 20, 2015

This is roughly 70% of the national transporter's budgeted wage bill of Rs 40,435 crore for the current financial year

BS Reporter | New Delhi November 20, 2015 
Railmen oppose recommendations

The 7{+t}{+h}Pay Commission Report is a ‘total disappointment’ and the All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) National Executive Committee will meet in Delhi soon to take a decision on holding a nation wide strike by railway and other Central Government employees, according to AIRF assistant general secretary Ch. Gandhi.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

In late September 2013, P. Narayana Vadivu broke new ground in the annals of Southern Railway.

When the 39-year-old woman Loco Pilot cranked the nearly 120-tonne diesel locomotive to haul an empty freight train from Vriddhachalam to Ariyalur, it was the first time in Southern Railway history that an “all women crew” headed by her executed the task.
All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) is a fighting organization representing the Assistant Loco Pilot, Shunting Loco Pilot, Loco Pilot Goods, Loco Pilot Passenger, and Loco Pilot Mail of Indian Railways.

The New Indian Express has published a report from New Delhi on 18.11.2015

“Railways wants to analyse call records, loco pilots warn of strike”.
CHENNAI: As he gradually increased the speed of the express train that had just left Ongole station, loco pilot Velmurugan felt a shudder running through him when he saw a young woman jumping in front of his train, dragging a reluctant child with her. It was around 7 pm, and the woman wore a yellow sari which perhaps made it a bit easier to spot them at dusk.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Commission has completed its deliberations and will submit the report to the Government of India on 19.11.2015 at 19:30 hours

http://7cpc.india.gov.in/
After US, Japan has the largest market share of pension fund assets across the world with around 12% share

The ministry has ordered all its loco pilots and assistant loco pilots to furnish details of phones and numbers given to them by the organisation as part of its Closed User Group plan.
Written by Avishek G Dastidar
New Delhi: Nov 18, 2015,

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Like any other boy of his age, 10-year-old Siddesh Manjunath would walk to railway tracks near his house every day and wave at passing trains. This habit of the class IV boy from Avaregere village in Davanagere saved the life of around 850 passengers on March 15, this year as he noticed a nearly two-inch crack on the rail and stopped a passenger train by waving his red T-shirt.
World | Agence France-Presse | Updated: November 15, 2015 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

The government has said that there has been no change in FDI policy related to retail and defence, Upadhyay said after meeting with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley
Officials of the meteorological department said Chennai might continue to receive moderate to heavy rainfall till Tuesday.
Plan to invite certifying agency in December for audit

The Diesel Loco Shed in Tiruchi is working towards achieving the Integrated Management System (IMS) certification before this fiscal. The shed is engaged in the maintenance of a fleet of broad gauge diesel locomotives of different variants including the high horse power ‘EMD’ type engines.

Friday, November 13, 2015

The high-power committee also has secretaries of Department of Economic Affairs and Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

COIMBATORE: The railways has some bittersweet news for passengers. While it doubled ticket cancellation charges, it reduced the deadline to cancel waitlisted and reservation against cancellation (RAC) tickets to half an hour prior to departure of the train. The changes, which were announced earlier, came to effect on Thursday.
HYDERABAD: Dozens of loco pilots (train drivers) sleep-deprived due to odd working hours are demanding that vacancies be filled and they should be allowed to sleep when off-duty Around 120 Loco pilots in the SCR zone on Monday protested at the Secunderabad station against what they called `donkey workload'.


Eurostar Service Delayed After Train Crashes Into Wild Boar
Canadian Pacific on Wednesday said a broken rail caused a weekend freight train derailment in Wisconsin that resulted in an oil spill and a precautionary evacuation.
Alstom today said it has received letter of award for €3 billion contract from Indian Railways to supply 800 electric locomotives with a long—term associated maintenance.

Monday, November 9, 2015

MUMBAI: Claiming that all budgetary announcements made in the Railway Budget this year have been fulfilled, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today listed a slew of projects currently in the pipeline for the country's biggest employer.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

NEW DELHI: Railways is considering to float green bonds, a first of its kind by the public transporter, to fund its clean energy projects. We may look at issuing green bonds in order to fund clean energy and energy efficiency focused initiatives in railways, said a senior Railway Ministry official.
Union defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday said that the official notification for the ‘One Rank, One Pension’ (OROP) scheme will be issued before Diwali even as armed forces veterans staging a protest to press their demand of the scheme said that they will return their medals across the country on November 9-10.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS(RAILWAY BOARD)

RBE No.140/2015   No.E(P&A)II-2015/Bonus-1         New Delhi, Dated 02/11/2015

The General Managers/CAOs (R),    All Indian Railways & Production Units,

Saturday, November 7, 2015

To

Shri

Honorable Member of Parliament
To

Sri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu

Hon’ Minister for Railways,

Rail Bhavan, New Delhi.
Robbers targeted passengers on three trains and made away with fifty sovereigns of gold, near ‘outer signal’ area, known in official parlance as ‘Gooty Home Signal’, less than a kilometre from the Gooty railway junction. According to officials of the RPF, robbers targeted Nanded Express bound for Bangalore.


Will ease travel between the two cities as more trains could be run
Officials say speed restrictions lead to technical failures in long distance trains, whereas the slopes on the Kalyan-Kasara stretch cause woes for local trains

What have steep gradients or slopes got to do with failures in engines lugging numerous coaches, and breakdowns in local trains? A lot, Central Railway (CR) officials think.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

MUMBAI: A teenager from Kanjurmarg, succumbed to the burn injuries he sustained due to electrocution, while trying to click a selfie, on the rooftop of a train, parked at the car shed near Nahur station.
CHENNAI: Engineers working at Basin Bridge Train Care Centre here held a lunch-hour demonstration on Wednesday to protest against rundown and unhygienic working conditions at the yard where trains are inspected and certified for journey.
High Speed Rail Corporation of India Limited is holding a study on developing high speed rail projects in the country.
CHENNAI: Southern Railway's loco running staff who drive long distance trains, suburban trains and goods trains staged a protest in front of Moore Market Complex suburban terminal demanding that railways introduce recommendations of a high power committee which suggested better regulation of working hours and increasing rest time.
MUMBAI: Work on doubling of tracks on Konkan Railway will start from November 8, a senior official said today.

Monday, November 2, 2015

TO

Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu,

Hon’ble Minister for Railways,

Govt. of India, New Delhi.
CHENNAI: As the railways plans to introduce semi-high speed trains, Southern Railway is gearing up to equip its signalling and communication system in a way that there will be no human errors when trains are run at 160 kmph.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Indian Railways is launching a new scheme tomorrow under which waitlisted passengers can get confirmed accommodation in next alternative train if they opt for the option while booking their tickets online.
By: PTI | New Delhi | October 31, 2015
CHENNAI: As Indian Railways is planning to introduce semi-high speed trains, Southern Railway is gearing up to equip its signalling and communication system in such a way that there will not be human errors when trains are run at 160kmph.
Agra: In its bid to ensure safety and punctuality of the country's first semi-high speed train Gatimaan Express, Indian Railways has erected about 50km of barbed wire fences and walls at vulnerable zones of the high-speed corridor. The barriers have been installed to stave off stray animals from crossing the track.

Friday, October 30, 2015

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
Sources said the Railways is giving finishing touches to the formalities and awaiting the conclusion of the Bihar Assembly elections to make the announcement for locomotive-factory projects at Madhepura and Marhowra.
Mr Mohd Jamshed has taken over as General Manager of Northeast Frontier Railway. Prior to his posting to the apex post of General Manager, he has held several important assignments in the Ministry of Railways and o­n Northern, Eastern and Central Railways including- Additional Member Railway Board, Chief Operations Manager, Chief Vigilance Officer, Chief Safety Officer, Divisional Railway Manager and Executive Director Railway Board.
CHENNAI: Indian Railways is developing a backup for signalling system to prevent disruption train services as happened at Itarsi railway station in Madhya Pradesh a few month ago.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

A local train exceeding speed limit was stopped by the automatic application of emergency brakes at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) on Wednesday.
The DoPT has also asked the Railways how many “work charged posts” have been phased out after completion of the projects.
THANE: Central Railway fast trains to and from Mumbai are running late following a rail fracture reported between Thane and Diva early this morning. The railways have imposed speed restrictions on the stretch, following which trains are running at restricted speed thus affecting their punctuality.
After Tuesday's incident when a guard’s cellphone output was broadcast over the public announcement system, WR plans to expedite the process of getting new radio-based communicators for guards and motormen
DOPT Order: The Annual Property Returns required to be filed under the CCS(Conduct) Rules, 1964 for the year 2015 which are required to be filed by the 31st January, 2016, may be filed in the forms prescribed under the CCS(Conduct) Rules, 1964. The returns would be required to be filed by all the Government servants belonging to Group 'A', 'B', 'C' and erstwhile Group 'D'.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Mumbai: Following the derailment of seven coaches of a Churchgate-bound fast local near Vile Parle station last month, the Railway Board is now planning to install a safety device that can monitor a train’s axle and alert the motorman in case of a malfunction.
NEW DELHI: In an attempt to bring in administrative efficiency, the railways has expedited the appointment process for top level posts to fill up 10 vacancies of general managers (GMs) of zonal railways and 50 divisional railway managers (DRMs) in 2015.
CHENNAI: With train passengers demanding more privacy at a premium, a group of engineers at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai has suggested that AC III tier and AC II tier coaches can have two cabins each with light-weight aluminium doors.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) will hand over a cheque of Rs 2,000 crore to Indian Railway Finance Corporation (IRFC), the first tranche of its financial assistance, tomorrow for investment in capacity augmentation projects.
By: PTI | New Delhi | October 27, 2015 
Postal workers at Belgium Post (BPost) struck for several days last week. The employees walked out in opposition to plans to scrap bonuses for Saturday work and to management’s demands for greater flexibility.
Texas aluminum refinery workers hold rally to mark one year of lockout

Monday, October 26, 2015

Seeks fulfilment of its long-pending demands from government

Sunday, October 25, 2015

NEW DELHI: Japan has offered to finance India's first bullet train, estimated to cost $15 billion, at an interest rate of less than 1 percent, officials said, stealing a march on China, which is bidding for other projects on the world's fourth-largest network.
Indian Railway has developed a vandal-proof warning system for unmanned level crossings which is working satisfactorily for the last three months on Coimbatore-Metupallayam section.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has also announced that the Railways will soon start country's first-ever double decker Shatabdi Express that would ply between Mumbai and Goa.
PANAJI: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has announced that the Railways would soon start country's first-ever double decker Shatabdi Express that would ply between Mumbai and Goa.
AILRSA demand that the Ministry of Railway should accept / implement the recommendations of the HPC 2013, with due consideration of the modifications as suggested by us along-with some other vital demands. In order to press our demand the CWC decided to submit a petition to the Petition Committee, Lok Sabha and simultaneously hold a 36 hours fast before the Railway Board commencing on 14th December 2015.
STAFF REPORTER
On September 15, seven coaches had derailed due to an axle failure in a local train at Vile Parle station.
Since broad gauge Lumding-Silchar line was opened for goods traffic in March, after about Rs 5,500 cr was spent on upgrade, there have been 9 derailments & 14 instances of track-subsiding. This gives rise to questions about construction quality


Bibek Debroy October 22, 2015 
Tender likely in December, bidding to be over by March 2016
Sudheer Pal Singh | New Delhi October 24, 2015
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has announced that the Railways would soon start country's first-ever double decker Shatabdi Express that would ply between Mumbai and Goa.
By: PTI | Panaji | October 24, 2015
Staff employed by the Spanish state rail company, RENFE, and the rail infrastructure company, ADIF, have been holding three-hour strikes every Friday since the beginning of September.

Called by a group of rail unions including the CCOO, they are pressing for a new collective bargaining agreement and less arduous roles for older staff.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Mumbai Mirror | Oct 21, 2015,    By Kamal Mishra

The latest circular issued by the Railways has strictly barred all motormen on duty from using their cellphones and have also asked the railways telecom directory to keep a record of their usage, much to the ire of the motormen.
KOCHI: The Railway Protection Force (RPF) in the State, which is responsible for ensuring safety of passengers, is functioning with the minimal staff strength that was sanctioned back in 1983, despite a steep increase in crimes in recent years.

Railways has already fallen short of its targets for earnings, its capital expenditure figures show that it is hopelessly lagging behind in spending money even when the funds are assured

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Business Line-KPM BASHEER
Accidents signify a breakdown in efficiency; railways needs a managerial transformation
By: Raghu Dayal | October 20, 2015 
When Suresh Prabhu took over the mantle of Railway Minister, many thought that his last name is ironic, only God can save the Indian Railways, the largest Public Sector Undertaking from coming to a grinding halt in the near future. Utter lack of application of commercial principles to the functioning of Railways for decades has led to the financial mess that stares Prabhu in the face.
The sharpest declines (by an average of 21 per cent) were seen in countries hardest hit by the crisis, such as Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Portugal and Romania.
To
Sri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu

Hon’ Minister for Railways,

Rail Bhavan, New Delhi.
NEW DELHI: Increase in salary bill due to Seventh Pay Commission and Implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) will not strain government’s fiscal position, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha today said.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Most travellers in India know that the start of a festival season is a testing time. If you have not planned well in advance, getting train tickets for a safe and comfortable journey is almost impossible just before and during the festival season.
We decided in the CWC at NGP held on 30th and 31st Aug 2015 to stage an indefinite fast before the Railway Board in the month of December 2015 on demands of the implementation High Power Committee recommendations on duty hours, rest, night duty, periodical rest, with modification suggested by AILRSA along-with implementation of minutes of Railway Officers’ meeting on SPAD, review the measure of punishment on SPAD and implementation of High Level Safety Review Committee.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Production of China's first fully automatic subway trains has been completed, officials announced on Monday.
NEW DELHI: In order to prevent accidents due to track failures, Railways is coming out with a modern track maintenance module with a state-of-the-art technology to detect rail fracture in advance.

V.S. PALANIAPPAN
PTI, New Delhi | Oct 18, 2015 18:47 IST
Ajith Athrady, Oct 17, 2015: NEW DELHI: DHNS:

Saturday, October 17, 2015

The National Secretariat Meeting of the Confederation held at Hyderabad on 09th October 2015 while endorsing the decision of the National Joint Council of Action (Railway, Defence & Confederation) to organize massive protest dharna at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on 19th November 2015 and also Nationwide Protest Demonstration in front of all works spot & offices, has decided to further intensify the protest action against the negative attitude of the NDA Government by organizing the following programmes: -

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Wednesday that the Railways will be a significant contributor to the 'Make in India' programme through its focus on indigenising production of a host of segments, including state-of-the-art locomotives, high-end equipment and processes, that go into the working of the network.
Indian Railways  today entered into a agreement with Adani PowerBSE 4.28 % for supplying 50 MW electricity at Rs 3.69 per unit for three years, which will result in saving of around Rs 150 crore annually.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

India’s longest rail-cum-road bridge, the Bogibeel bridge on the Brahmaputra river in upper Assam, will be commissioned in June 2017, an official of the Northeast Frontier Railway said here on Wednesday.
Two unrecognised unions of Southern Railway, Southern Railway Employees Sangh (SRES) and Dakshin Railway Employees Union (DREU) have complained about the delay in disbursement of productivity-linked bonus in Southern Railway, except for Salem railway division, announced by the Railway Board.
NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 14 :
Indicating a shift in the approach of the core underlying principle of Indian Railway’s product procurement, Hemant Kumar, Member (Mechanical), Railway Board, said they would prefer to buy “technology” rather than “products”. He was speaking at a conference on railways here on Wednesday.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Financial loss to Rlys touches Rs 200 cr | Import-export, tourism, goods transportation hit

29 trains cancelled on Sunday
Protesting farmers continued to block rail traffic at Mansa, Rampura, Shergarh, Pathrala (Bathinda), Dagru (Moga), Mucchal (Amritsar) due to which Ludhiana-Ferozepur, Ludhiana-Amritsar, Bathinda-Ambala and Ambala-Ferozepur routes were hit
The detailed plan was drafted and submitted by engineer PG Patankar, and the cover of his report was designed by iconic poet Arun Kolatkar.
Aarefa Johari ·
Chinese authorities on Tuesday approved the construction of four new railway lines stretching over 2,000 km, at a total investment of 253.3 billion yuan ($39.6 billion).

Monday, October 12, 2015

Shri S. Mookerjee has taken over today i.e. 01/10/2015 as the new Financial Commissioner (FC) (Railways) and ex-officio Secretary to the Government of India. He takes charge after Smt. Rajalakshmi Ravi Kumar retired as FC on superannuation on 30.09.2015. Prior to this posting, Shri S. Mookerjee was posted as Director General, National Academy of Indian Railways(NAIR), Vadodara.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

NAGPUR: A controversy over the railway ministry's quixotic move to close down its prestigious British-era graduate institute for railway mechanical engineers is fast gathering momentum.
In a move that is likely to benefit about 12.58 lakh non-gazetted railway employees, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the payments of productivity-linked bonus (PLB) equivalent to 78 days’ wages for the financial year 2014-15 to them. The total payments is estimated at Rs.1,030.02 crore, according to an official release.
The proposed colour scheme of the trains is supposed to liberate the designers and break the monotony.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

NEW DELHI: Trade unions, including the RSS-backed Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), have said the government's proposed industrial relation draft bill cannot be supported as it will make it easy for companies to hire and fire workers.
MADURAI: Miscreants pelting stones at trains are putting passengers at risk, with some of them managing to cause serious injuries. Three such incidents took place in a period of 10 days recently, in which five people, including a loco pilot, suffered injuries. Rail users and employee unions have urged railway authorities to take immediate action to curb this menace.
KOCHI: Loco-pilots of the Railways fear that the imminent festival season would be a taxing time for them, like in the previous years, as the additional train services would worsen their already burdened schedule, owing to severe manpower shortage.

Indian Railways employees are likely to be given 78-day wages as productivity-linked bonus (PLB) for the fiscal 2014-15, the same as in the last three years, despite the financial crunch.
By: PTI | New Delhi | 
In-what could prove to be a setback to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan of setting up railway universities in India, an internal report of the Railway Board has suggested that such universities are not necessary.
EIGHTEEN months after the Kasara-bound CST train derailed between Titwala and Ambivali station on March 20, 2014, leading to the death of 18-year-old HSC student Dhaval Lodaya and injuries to 12 other passengers, parents of the deceased boy have filed an FIR against Central Railway’s (CR) electrical department blaming the latter for the mishap.
New Delhi: Salary and allowances of Delhi MLAs may see a whopping two-and-half fold hike from current Rs 88,000 per month to Rs 2.10 lakh if recommendations of an expert panel are accepted by the government.
F.No.3/1/2015-JCA   Government of India    Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
North Block, New Delhi                                               Dated 5th October 2015


OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Monday, October 5, 2015

Payment of Bonus (Amendment) ordinance 2007 according to which section 12 of the payment of Bonus Act 1965 had been amended raising the ceiling for calculation purpose from salary of 2500/- P.M. to Rs.3500/-P.M. w.e.f. 01.04.2006. Also amended the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 to raise the eligibility limit for payment of bonus from the salary or wage of Rs. 3500/- per month to Rs. 10000/- per month.
Indian railways Maharajas’ Express, the world’s leading luxury train, chugged out of a Delhi station on Sunday on a royal odyssey to take its patrons across the famed ‘Golden Triangle’, signaling the beginning of its first journey of the new tourist season.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

NEW DELHI: Railways has decided to close down the Special Class Railway Apprentice Examination (SCRA).

Started in 1927, the SCRA, one of the oldest programme in India involved selection of about 30 candidates by the UPSC to the undergraduate programme in Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (IRIMEE) at Jamalpur.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

China’s ties with the United States are quietly moving to the next level, signaled by a high-speed rail contract and a string of hi-end investments that could help Beijing's transition towards an innovation based economy.

Shifting of Tipu’s armoury may take time
Nagpur, Oct 1: The anti-corruption wing of CBI has arrested two officers of Railway Protection Force for allegedly demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 5,000 from a tea vendor.
National Joint Council of Action in the meeting on 30.09.15 at New Delhi decided to defer the Indefinite Strike from 23rd November 2015 to FEB 2016. Since 7th CPC is likely to submit their report by December and Govt may not take any decision due to Bihar election.
An altercation between a Loco Pilot and an Assistant Loco Pilot on board a diesel locomotive at Tiruchi Junction led to a fisticuff between them with both of them sustaining injuries.
LUCKNOW: A major train mishap was today averted near Mohanlalganj, on the outskirts of the state capital, due to alertness of Prayag-Lucknow passenger train driver when he noticed 50 cm rail track missing.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Can one pin-point an evil mind in all cases of cheque bouncing?

There are two types of cases that come before our courts of justice. There are civil litigation cases and those that involve crimes. The trial courts are different for these two types of cases. Civil courts are presided over by judges. Criminal courts have magistrates deciding over crime matters. Of course, in smaller towns, the distinction gets blurred.
European Trade Union Confederation Urges Revamp of Asylum Rules

'Do not ignore constructive role of trade unions'
by Elamaram Kareem (State general secretary, CITU)

Deputy chairman Rob Halfon argues that militant unionists alienate many members who have sympathy with Tory party policies

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

BEIJING: China has approved construction plans for three railway projects worth a total of 109.3 billion yuan ($17.2 billion), the country's top economic planner said in statements on its website on Monday.
While earnings from freight continuously suffered, those from carrying passengers — an area where the railway has a monopoly in most segments


New Delhi: The railway ministry has decided on the firms and consortia that will study the technical feasibility of three bullet train corridors- High Speed Rail in India- that comprise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious Diamond Quadrilateral.
Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chairman and CEO of GE, by his own admission believes the $148-billion conglomerate with a diverse portfolio ranging from light bulbs and power equipment to healthcare and locomotives is witnessing its biggest transformation in history.
BAREILLY: A sleek design with aluminium coaches powered by double engines — one each on the front and rear—and each coach with individual backup power, besides cruising speeds of up to 250 kmph will be among the highlights of high-speed trains to be introduced in the country shortly.
CHENNAI: Four express trains and six suburban trains on Chennai-Gummidipoondi-Gudur route were delayed by an hour after the locomotive of Madurai-Nizamuddin Sampark Kranti Express broke down near Ennore railway station here at 10am.
KOLKATA: The motorman and guard of a Howrah local train on Tuesday rescued a man who was knocked down while crossing the tracks and helped him get hospitalised within 45 minutes.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

NEW DELHI: Railways has kicked off a restructuring exercise with the intent of pruning additional officers in the 'top-heavy' organization by appointing a private firm Deloitte which will suggest ways to right size its manpower of gazetted officers.

The Economist explains, Why trade unions are declining  Sep 28th 2015,
By Sridhar Vivan, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Sep 29, 2015,

It is common for us to wait for trains to arrive at the station. However, on Monday, the train was at the platform, with its engine switched on and passengers on board, but the train didn't move an inch as the entire railway staff at Kolar railway station were waiting for one man — the loco pilot!
Police seek identity of rail users who pulled emergency cord, left train and walked back along tracks after discovering it would miss next station

Railway Board to identify vulnerable accident areas


NEW DELHI: In line with the 'Digital India', a knowledge portal for dissemination of detailed information on Indian Railways was launched today by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.
On 28 Sept 2015 at NIT Mumbai:

After the retirement of Sri. K Shankar( witness from Railways, to be cross examined), Railway did not post a new person as witness. On 28.09.2015 Com DS Koparkar attended NIT Sitting at Mumbai on behalf of Secretary General. Court adjourned for cross examination of Railway witness on 27 November

Sunday, September 27, 2015


Indian Railways On A Fast Track
A brief overview of the state of Indian Railways through two simple charts.

Railways have been an indispensable part of the Indian subcontinent. Being one of the world’s largest networks it spans 1,15,000 km of track over a route of 65,436 km. Despite its record of constant increase in the number of passenger-journeys, the Indian railways faced a rather unpleasant decline in the number of passengers travelling in the year 2014.
Jaipur: Suspended IAS officer Ashok Singhvi was on Saturday denied bail by a local court in Udaipur in a case related to bribery involving Rs 2.55 crore. Singhvi is among eight persons who were arrested recently by Anti-Corruption Bureau in the case and are presently under judicial custody in Udaipur.
The country’s largest car maker, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, has reached a wage settlement with workers of its Gurgaon and Manesar plants, under which employees will get an average salary hike of around Rs 16,800 per month spread over three years.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Armed with Rs 1,50,000 crore from Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) and lots of room to raise money through bonds, one was expecting Suresh Prabhu to ramp up the pace of capex.

Friday, September 25, 2015

An international trade union body on Wednesday criticised Iran’s record on trade union rights, warning that recent months have seen increasing repression of trade union activists.

Thursday, September 24, 2015


Birmingham MP Jack Dromey slams new trade union strike bill
Power, roads and railways ministries were expected to spearhead Narendra Modi government’s growth agenda. Market observers have been tracking these ministries closely, especially since the ministers heading them have a strong track record. Power ministry seems to have hit a temporary roadblock with the state electricity boards after doing a commendable job in coal allocation.

The Labour leader said that he would set up a 'ministry for employment rights' if he becomes Prime Minister with 'a positive rights-at-work agenda'
Union leaders at TUC conference say members could vote no in referendum if PM undermines employment safeguards

Millions of trade union members could vote against the UK staying in the EU if the government waters down workers’ rights.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Shri A.K.Mital, Chairman Railway Board held a high level Full Board meeting on 4thSeptember, 2015 with the General Managers (GM’s) of Five Zones viz., East Coast Railway, Southern Railway, South Central Railway, South East Central Railway and South Western Railway at Rail Nilayam, Secunderabad.
Jeremy Corbyn’s unexpected rise as the Leader of the Opposition in the U.K. is just another example of a broader phenomenon taking place across the world: the leftward shift of the masses. His triumph provides some useful lessons for the Left in India
BENGALURU: A Digital Dynamic Queue Management System was inaugurated by the divisional railway manager of Bengaluru railway division, Sanjiv Agarwal at the City Railway Station on Tuesday.
A consortium led by China's national train operator has been chosen to conduct a feasibility study for a 1,200 kilometre-long high-speed rail link between Delhi and Mumbai, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


The inquiry committee tasked to look into the Harda twin-train accident that claimed the lives of about 30 people has categorically held the railway administration of Bhopal rail division responsible for the mishap on August 4.

Indian Railways has come a long way since the time of steam engines. Connectivity between Delhi and Mumbai through a high-speed bullet train is no longer a pipe dream, but an imminent prospect.

Nagpur: The administration has failed to take action against a woman doctor at the Nagpur Central Railway Hospital for declaring a live patient dead last month.
BHOPAL: A joint surprise inspection by Central Bureau of Investigation and vigilance department of railways found sub-standard quality of ballast (crushed stones) supplied to railways in Madhya Pradesh by a private company ignoring safety concerns.

Monday, September 21, 2015


LONDON: Britain's new opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn vowed Sunday to press ahead with plans to renationalise the rail network to create a "People's Railway", if his party got into power.

In his first major policy announcement since becoming leader, the left-wing politician said England's rail franchises would be brought under public ownership as the contracts for each one expire, media reports said.

Passengers will soon be able to travel from Kunming to Bangkok for only RMB700.00 (THB3,931), a third of the current airfare. That new cheaper mode of transportation will be a 840 kilometer trans China-Thai railway, which was announced over the weekend and is set to be completed in three years time.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

In view of the fact that review Petition filed by UOI RP (C) NO. 2565/2015 in SLP (C) No. 6567/2015 UOI Vs M.O. Inasu dismissed by HSC on 28.8.2015, and Following file notings of DOPW (obtained under RTI)let us hope DOP&PW will now issue necessary instructions extending benefit of full min. pension to all pre 2006 pensioners irrespective of Q.S. rendered.
The joint consultative machinery for all Central Government staff has demanded that one rank one pension be implemented for all current and future pensioners. The demand is to implement it in the Seventh Pay Commission.
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared a proposal to increase dearness allowance (DA) to 119% from 113%, which will potentially benefit over one crore government employees and pensioners.

Based on a research published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on June 17, 2015, the Indian Army and Indian Railways have reserved places in the WEF's list of the world's biggest employers. Being at the 8th and 9th positions, the Indian Army and Indian Railways are the only Indian organisations who have secured the positions in the list.
Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hinted that his government would welcome greater private investment in Indian Railways. Meanwhile, in Britain, the Labour Party’s PM-designate Ed Miliband came under pressure to commit to re-nationalising the railways if his party came to power.

It’s the first week of January, so it’s time for that painful annual ritual – the introduction of yet more rail fare rises. No wonder rail passengers have had enough. Fares are increasing much faster than wages, with regulated ticket prices having risen by more than 20% since 2010.
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          Sr. Divisional Personnel Officer,
          ...................... Railway,
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Indian Railways will join hands with ISRO to get online satellite images for improving safety and enhancing efficiency.

Saturday, September 19, 2015


Tribune News Service, Jalandhar, September 18

National president of Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) and former MP G Sanjeeva Reddy today announced that various trade unions would hold another nation-wide strike on November 23 in line with a similar protest held earlier on September 2. He said that over one crore workers across the country would go on strike that day.

Conservative MP David Davis said it was like something out of “Franco’s Spain.” Leading human rights groups called it “a major attack on civil liberties”. Vince Cable described it as “vindictive,” “ideological” and “provocative”. Business associations warned it could have “unintended consequences”.

NEW DELHI: A mechanism to alert train drivers about unmanned railway crossings on the pattern of planes will be launched soon, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today.

He said the technology has been devised by engineers of Varanasi-based diesel locomotive factory on his advice.

The agreement includes $100 million in initial capital

A consortium led by China Railway Group and XpressWest Enterprises LLC are teaming up to build a high speed railway that connects Los Angles to Las Vegas, according to a report Friday in Bloomberg News.

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Railways is at a loss as to why the number of passengers travelling in trains is going down despite no increase in fares. The railways have lost 150 million passengers in the five months of the current financial year, and Suresh Prabhu is worried.

New Delhi: The recent unusual spurt in the number of train accidents on Indian Railways, particularly cases of derailments, has come at a time the top management at the Railway Board is gripped in an unusual setting – the absence of a full-time Member (Traffic), who looks after safety related aspects, for more than seven months since February.

Ten trade unions stage a nationwide strike and send a strong signal to the Centre, frustrated by the government’s evasive response to tripartite agreements and their demands on a range of issues, including labour reforms and regularisation of contract labourers. By T.K. RAJALAKSHMI

Suresh Prabhu holds meeting with GMs on strengthening safety mechanism

NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 16:

Worried over the increasing number of accidents, the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu convened a special meeting of General Managers on “Safety in Rail Operations” here on Tuesday.
BAREILLY: In a move that heralds the beginning of the era of high-speed trains in the country, the first batch of 30 divisional railway managers (DRMs) are off to Italy to study the nitty-gritty of running and maintaining the track, the security aspects and other infrastructure required for such trains. The officials will attend a 15-day specially-designed course at SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan.

New Delhi, Sep 18: Inching towards fulfilling its announcement made in this year's railway budget, the Indian Railways on Friday said it has developed a prototype of hybrid vacuum toilet which uses only 500 ml of water for flushing.


A loco-pilot was injured after unidentified youths pelted stones at him when he was driving the Sengottai-Madurai Passenger here on Friday.

In an interactive session, Girish Pillai, Advisor-Infrastructure, Indian Railways, highlighted key features of the Indian Railways’ five-year action plan.


New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said that reports of Seventh Pay Commission for central government employees was coming shortly.

Friday, September 18, 2015


The news report that passenger traffic on the Indian Railways fell by 150 million in the first five months of the financial year is alarming. Such a sharp fall of passengers in a buoyant economy only spells trouble for an organisation which is the backbone of the transport sector. This is certainly only a precursor on how the deterioration in quality of services is going to impinge on the growth of railways in the coming years. Worse things are likely to happen soon.

After frustrated commuters attacked a stationmaster on Tuesday night, the All India Station Masters Association has asked that their uniform be cancelled, as it makes them easy targets when train services are disrupted

Central government specifically has asked the 7cpc to submit its report only by 31-12-2015 though by now the report is ready. This raises the apprehension about the character of the recommendation which may affect the govt's face. This will force also the JCM staff side to postpone the strike date. However prepare the workers on the demands using the gap.
Mumbai: Thodupuzha native Vishwanathan Nair, a loco pilot with the Western Railway, averted a rail disaster with his timely intervention here.
Tribune News Service Bathinda, September 15

Locomotive pilots blocked railway track on platform number one on Monday late night over beating of a driver by an assistant station master at Ahmedgarh. The blockade led to delay of Rewari-Ganganagar passenger train by three hours.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


AILRSA App was inaugurated by Com. Basudeb Acharia, Vice President, CITU at ERNAKULAM on 15.09.2015.

IRKED OVER the recent rail accidents, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu Tuesday pulled up the general managers (GMs) — officials in charge of running operations in the 17 railway zones — telling them that he would not listen to any excuses on the safety front. He also gave them a six-month deadline to take appropriate action.


RAIL Vikash Nigam (RVNL), a special purpose vehicle set up by India's National Railway Board to manage electrification projects in the states of Rajasthan, Karnataka, and Telengana, has awarded Isloux Corsán, Spain, three contracts to electrify three lines totalling 563 single track-km.
This is probably what you call shaken, not stirred. Soon after a series of rail mishaps in last few months have started questioning railway ministry's ambitions, the railway minister Suresh Prabhu is keeping no stones unturned to make Indian Railways safer.

Sunday, September 13, 2015



A mobile application for use by the railway passengers of South Western Railway to lodge their complaints on security issues in trains and railway stations was launched here on Friday.


Railway Board Chairman A.K. Mittal has said that a detailed inquiry has been ordered into the derailment of the Duronto Express at Martur Railway Station, which killed two passengers, and all aspects of the accident would be inquired into by the Commissioner of Railway Safety (Central Circle).


Shimla (SML): One of the most peaceful train journeys in India – the Unesco-recognised Kalka-Shimla heritage railway track – turned into the site of a tragedy on Saturday when three of the five bogeys of a chartered train derailed at Taksal near Parwanoo in Himachal Pradesh, killing passengers for the second time in its over-a-century-old history. Two of the 37 British and Canadian nationals who had booked special train were killed in the accident; 13 others were injured, two of them are seriously hurt.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

In 2015 alone, there have been eight train accidents due to derailment. Nearly 190 people have lost their lives in these accidents this year alone, with hundreds others injured, and thousands others displaced due to disrupted services and diverted trains.


Japan has agreed to modernise railway stations across the country while participating in Indian Railways' $140 billion (Rs 930650 crore) investment plan over the next five years.


Two women passengers were killed and eight others injured when a speeding Duronto Express from Secunderabad proceeding towards Lok Manya Tilak terminus in Mumbai (Train No 12990) derailed at Martur Railway Station, 20 km away from Kalaburagi city in the early hours of Saturday.

To

Sri. Pradeep Kumar Saxena,

General Manager, South Western Railway,

Kesavpur, Hubli.

Thursday, September 10, 2015



SK DHAR(14.02.1936-15.09.2008):

Com. Saroj Kumar Dhar widely known as Com. S.K. Dhar was born in Chattgram district of Bangladesh on 14.02.1936.

RESOLUTIONS:-

The Central Working Committee of AILRSA met at Maheswari Bhavan, Nagpur on 30th and 31st August under the Praesidium consisting of Com.L.Mony, President, Com. N.B.Datta, Working President and Com.K.A.S. Mani, Vice President. About 71 Comrades have attended the meeting amongst which 47 Com. Have spoken on agenda.


Chennai (MAS): Southern Railway has decided to use bio-diesel in a big way in its fleet of diesel locomotives to reduce fuel consumption and cut down its oil bill.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

BEIJING: China's top economic planner on Tuesday approved two railway projects with a total value of nearly 70 billion yuan ($11 billion), the latest move to hasten infrastructure projects to boost growth in the world's second largest economy.

Monday, September 7, 2015



Puvanur (PVN): Having inspected the spot where the Chennai Egmore–Mangalore Express derailed near Puvanur in the Villupuram–Tiruchi chord line section recently, the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS), Southern Circle, S.K. Mittal will conduct a full-fledged inquiry into the accident on September 8.

Sunday, September 6, 2015



HYDERABAD: Chairman of Railway Board chairman AK Mittal held a high-level board meeting with the general managers of five zones at Rail Nilayam in Secunderabad on Friday to discuss plans for raising the efficiency and growth of the railways.
VARANASI: In a bid to contribute to energy conservation and environment preservation through its daily operations, North-Eastern railways (NER) are planning for installation of solar power panels and energy efficient light emitting diodes (LED) which consumes lesser energy and doubles the illumination.

Its recommendations’ impact need not give us jitters because the rise in government wages will amount to only 0.8 per cent of GDP.

Saturday, September 5, 2015



The Mumbai division of the Central Railway (CR) may have a special reason to celebrate Teachers’ Day. A CR employee has been running coaching classes free of cost for children of railwaymen and officers for well over two decades. Anil Mahendru, 50, has taught thousands of children, many of who have got good jobs.

Thursday, September 3, 2015



KOLKATA: The Indian Railways has slashed the cost of transporting iron ore for exports for the first time since March 2012 by levying a flat distance-based charge across all slabs in response to "significant changes in the market".


Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today said for using geospatial technology and satellite technology for various operations of Railways, a Memorandum of Understanding will soon be signed between the Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) (the IT arm of the Ministry) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).


The object in India for such a density of population should be to construct locomotive railways for trunk lines of communication, and horse railways for the short branches, says Bibek Debroy.
The West-Central Railway (Headquarter: Jabalpur) Zone has become the first Railway Zone on Indian Railways to eliminate all unmanned level crossings from its system by 31st August, 2015.
CHENNAI: Railway employees will join an indefinite strike called by central government employees starting November 23 if the Union government does not respond to the one-day strike held by trade unions on Wednesday, said N Kanniah, working president of All India Railwayman's Federation and general secretary of Southern Railway Mazdoor Union (SRMU). Railways was exempted from Wednesday's strike.


MUMBAI: Ahead of the Bihar elections, the government is trying to expedite the much-delayed order for setting up two manufacturing units for railway locomotives that will attract an investment of Rs 42,000 crore in the state and two international majors are leading the race for it.


Normal life was affected in various parts of the country, including in West Bengal, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana as 10 central trade unions on Wednesday went on a day-long nationwide strike to protest against changes in labour laws and privatisation of PSUs.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015



Pune: The National Green Tribunal (West Zone) has directed the environment directorate of the railway ministry to file a reply on the issue of direct discharge through toilets on the Indian Railways system which leads to massive pollution, an activist said on Tuesday.

Friday, August 28, 2015

BENGALURU: Days after Nanded express derailed near Penukonda after a granite truck rammed into, killing five including truck assistant, locomotive engine and a general compartment of Prashanti express, arriving to city from Guwahati derailed in platform 3 of City railway station on Friday noon.

Thursday, August 27, 2015


Two loco pilots of Mayiladuthurai-bound Jan Shatabdi Express were injured when a peacock smashed into the windshield of their cabin on Wednesday .The bird hit took place when the train was passing through Pasur near Karur.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Railway Ministry has ordered an inquiry into the Bangalore-Nanded Express train accident at a manned level crossing in Anantpur district of Andhra Pradesh.Commissioner for Railway Safety, Southern Zone, will conduct the inquiry.


With all the technological and innovative prowess India has, yet another tragic railway accident and the death of rail passengers erodes the faith of people in the country’s largest transport system, the Indian Railways.


The South Western Railway Passengers’ Welfare Committee has appealed to Railway Board Chairman A.K. Mittal to run some special festival trains to different destinations from the division.

Monday, August 24, 2015



Indian Railways has been analysed by expert groups and committees extensively and frequently. Two recent expert panels—led by Rakesh Mohan and Bibek Debroy—currently engage attention. Strangely, IR’s own record of any volitional reform initiatives has been lacklustre.
Haridwar: There is resentment brewing among station masters in the Indian Railways. This is due to non-fulfillment of some of their demands which they consider long overdue. Now, the All-India Station Masters Association's (AISMA) secretary-general V N Chaudhari has called upon them to gear up for chakka jam on November 23 if these demands are not fulfilled by September 2.


Several express and passenger trains were cancelled or diverted on account of the derailment of Train Number 16594 Bangalore City – Nanded Express while passing level crossing gate between Rangepalli and Penukonda Stations on Dharmavaram section of Bangalore Division of South Western Railway on Monday morning.
Five people including a Karnataka legislator were killed early on Monday morning when a granite-laden truck rammed into an express train at a level crossing in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur, the second fatal accident this month involving the railways.

Saturday, August 22, 2015


Echoing one of his predecessors Dinesh Trivedi of the Trinamul Congress, Union railway minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu on Friday compared the Indian Railways’ present condition with that of a patient admitted in the ICU. He also ruled out the possibility of the Indian Railway beating the Chinese Railway overnight and called for investments for infrastructure development to match its pace.

Friday, August 21, 2015

NEW DELHI: Even as railways tries to get control over maintenance of law and order in trains and station premises from state government, the latest government data could bolster its case as it shows security for travelers getting worse over the years.

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