Tuesday, November 29, 2011

National Railway Mazdoor Union(NRMU), Central Railway.
Biennial General Body Meeting Of NRMU held at Katyan on 04.11.11 elected the following as office bearers'
President : Com. YG Joshi
General Secretary: Com. PR Menon
Working General Secretary:Com. SK Bose.

More than a dozen trains remain cancelled due to fog

Delhi:  More than a dozen trains remained cancelled today as dense fog over parts of North India continued to disrupt rail services, leading to delays in arrival and departure of trains from the city.

Smoke in engine delays train

Staff Reporter
Smoke emanating from the engine of the Malda-Howrah Intercity Express raised concerns on Monday, although none of the passengers or coaches was affected in the incident.
Dumka-Jasidih trains
Dumka, June 11: There is good news for the lakhs of kanwarias travelling to Deoghar and Basukinath for the annual Shravani Mela.
DLW to produce first prototype of WDG5 locomotive by February 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Vijay   
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Varanasi: The Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) will produce the first prototype of the WDG5 locomotive by February 2012. K.B.L. Mittal, General Manager, DLW formally initiated the production of the 5500 HP WDG5 locomotive at the Locomotive Frame Shop.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Air India pilots threaten to launch protest


The Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), which represents a section of the pilots of the erstwhile Indian Airlines, has threatened to launch protest from November 30 if the Union Government fails to honour its commitments made in May, an official said here on Wednesday.

Railway personnel put passenger lives at risk

Staff Reporter

Just two days before seven persons were burnt to death onboard the Howrah-Dehra Dun Express in Jharkhand, railway personnel themselves transported 200 litres of diesel onboard a passenger train, putting at risk the lives of hundreds of passengers and violating all norms.


Train driver overshot station by nearly 200 metres

Preliminary investigation reveals some problem with brakes
The coaches of the Qazigund-Srinagar train that derailed at Sedura village, 55 km from Srinagar, on Wednesday

Doon Express fire: Probe begins, verdict reserved
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Dhanbad, November 24, 2011

 Railway police and forensic experts launched a probe on Wednesday to ascertain the cause of the fire that engulfed two AC coaches of the Howrah-Dehradun Express on Tuesday. Seven passengers, including an Australian woman, were killed in the mishap. One of them is yet to be identified.

Kashmir Train Derails, 28 Injured

Observer News Service
Srinagar, Nov 23: Kashmir on Wednesday found a spot on the crowded accident map of the Indian railways with its first train derailment that left at least 28 people injured, three of them children.
Though the police ruled out sabotage, railway authorities said that they would investigate to determine the actual cause of what seems to have given ample warnings of being afoot - signs the passengers said the trainmen ignored.


Tiny device from IIT-Kanpur can prevent derailment After fabricating Jugnu, the country’s tiniest satellite launched last month, Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur graduates have now come up with a matchbox-sized device to monitor wear  and tear of railway tracks and prevent derailment. The new device is aimed at replacing a bulky, box-like contraption that is currently used by Indian Railways.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Loco train tougher to pilot than a plane: Trivedi

K. Balchand, THE HINDU, 21 November 2011
Sachin, Aamir to spread message of railway safety
Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi, who is a pilot-turned politician, said here on Monday that a loco train was tougher to pilot than an aeroplane.

Sub :- Report of 24 hrs hunger fast of Eastern Railway from 10`o Clock on
           15/11/2011 to 10`o Clock on 16/11/11.

Monday, November 21, 2011


AILRSA starts fast in support of demands

Staff Correspondent ,
Dissent: Loco running staff of South Western Railway staging a dharna in Hubli on Tuesday.
In response to the call for nationwide protest given by the All-India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA), the loco running staff of South Western Railway began a 24-hour hunger strike here on Tuesday.
Vacancy Position of Loco Running Staff in South Western Railway.
                                       Sanctioned     Available              Vacancy

Loco Pilot Mail:               150                      139                         11
Loco Pilot Pass:             207                      147                          60
Loco Pilot Goodsl:         614                       496                       118
Loco Pilot Shunting:     168                       108                          60
Assistant Loco Pilot:   1019                       773                        246
TOTAL:                            2158                     1663                        495.

Sunday, November 20, 2011


For a few hundred rupees, a journey from one end of India to another

Sushanta Talukdar
Travel by AC coaches to cost less than travel by low-economy airlines
India's longest rail journey, from Dibrugarh in Assam to Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu by the newest train, Vivek Express, costs just Rs. 673 by second class sleeper.


Now, northeast & south come closer

Sushanta Talukdar
Until Friday night, Bijan Sonowal could think of nothing much other than his uncle Niranjan's kidney ailment and their upcoming journey to Vellore for his treatment.
On Saturday morning, some of that anxiety lifted for Bijan, a resident of Silapathar of upper Assam's Dhemaji district. When he and other members of his farming family boarded the train for Vellore at Dibrugarh, they learnt they were going to be part of a historic journey.
Guwahati, November 18
A new weekly train ‘Vivek Express’ covering the country’s longest rail route from Dibrugarh in Assam to Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu will commence operations from tomorrow.

The train will be flagged off from Dibrugarh by Union Minister of State for Development of the North Eastern Region, Paban Singh Ghatowar, NF Railway spokesman, S Hajong said.
Covering the distance of 4,286 km in approximately 83 hours, the weekly train will leave Dibrugarh every Saturday at 11.45 pm and reach Kanyakumari on Wednesday at 10.25 am. On the return direction, it will leave Kanyakumari every Saturday at 2 pm and reach Dibrugarh on Wednesday at 3.30 am. — PTI

Cash crunch hits Railways, advanced security system delayed

NEW DELHI: The cash crunch in Railways has hit the crucial Rs 344-crore security project involving installation of advanced surveillance system at sensitive stations across the country.

No service tax for non-AC rail, cabs and autos

The government has kept non-AC second-class train and metro travel and pre-school and recognised education institutions out of service tax in the revised draft of ‘taxation of service based on negative list’ released Friday.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi hints at public- private-partnership model to raise funds for railway

New High Level Appointments in Indian Railways General Managers (GMs) of 13 Zonal Railways and Railway Production Units have been appointed with effect from 9.11.2011 as per the list given below: 


No walking the talk on walkie-talkies

... What bullet-proof jackets are to law enforcement officers, walkie-talkies are to Indian Railway drivers and guards: The last resort for preventing a tragedy. Few items are more critical to Railways safety than walkie-talkies. They provide an emergency communication option to avert disaster or immediately summon an Accident Relief Train (ART) in case of a mishap. Compromising on the quality of this instrument by tampering with its purchase process can lead to more blood on the tracks. But does that put at least walkie-talkies beyond corruption? Apparently not.

Government gives nod for 26% FDI in pension funds
 Hindustan Times
The government is finally going ahead with the 26% foreign direct investment in pension funds and setting up of a regulator for them. The decision — too hot to be handled in the past because of the fierce resistance from the Left — was taken by the cabinet on Wednesday.

Railways on Track to Disaster

Populist measures, stubborn refusal to hike passenger fares threaten Indian Railway
Seven months into financial year 2011-2012, Indian Railways threatens to go the Air India way, staring at a deficit of over Rs. 3,000 crore and losing Rs. 18 crore a day. Its cash reserves are down to a meagre Rs. 75 lakh from Rs. 13,431 crore in 2008 when Lalu Yadav exited as minister. Rising establishment costs and salary bill, populist measures, a stubborn refusal to hike passenger fares and no new sources of revenue have brought Railways to this pass. It spent nearly Rs. 96 for every Rs. 100 it earned last year, what is known as the Operating Ratio. It is now expected to cross 100 per cent, unprecedented in the past two decades.

Press Information Bureau ,Government of India ;Ministry of Railways                                       11November-2011
Railway Minister Announces Fresh Measures to Prevent Misuse of Tatkal Travel Scheme
The Minister of Railways Shri Dinesh Trivedi at a press conference here today said that several measures are proposed to be implemented in the next one week or so with a view to prevent misuse of Tatkal scheme by agents/unscrupulous elements by the activities during opening hours of the reservation counters:. These measures announced by him are as follows:-

Vigilance control device installed in locos

In a major step aimed at enhancing rail safety and preventing accidents, Southern Railway authorities have embarked on the task of installing Vigilance Control Device (VCD) in all non-micro processor controlled ‘Alco' type diesel locomotives.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


AILRSA Central committee organized a 24 hours hunger fast commencing 10 hours of 15.11.11 to 10 hours of 16.11.11 demanding the following long pending grievances.
1. Improve Grade Pay for Assistant loco Pilots from R.1900/-(Lowest Grade pay in service-Khalasi- is Rs.1800/-) to Rs 2800/-

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Hon’ble Minister for Railways
Rail Bhawan,
New Delhi
Through: - The General Manager,

Result  of 11.11.11
45th meeting of PREM held on 11.11.11 at Rai lBhavan, New Delhi under the chairmanship of Sri Vinay Mittal, Chairman Railway Board with NFIR and AIRF.
Along with many other issues the discussion held on Running Staff matters as follows:
“Chairman Railway Board said that Board is working on these issues and further consultation with the federations will be held for settling the issue.”
As usual, as expected, Stillborn (delivery is success but child is dead).
Come out of illusion, join for intensive struggle.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

New GM of East Coast Railway
PTI | 01:11 PM,Nov 10,2011.
Bhubaneswar, Nov 10 (PTI) An officer of the Indian Railway Traffic Service Indra Ghosh has taken over as the new General Manager of East Coast Railway.
Asthana takes charge as new GM of SCR
Hyderabad, Nov 10 : G N Asthana, General Manager of West Central Railway took charge as South Central Railway (SCR) General Manager yesterday as per the orders issued by Railway Board.

Railway revenue earnings up by 10.13pc
New Delhi, Nov 9: The total approximate earnings of Indian Railways on originating basis during 1st April – 31st October 2011 were Rs. 57338.09 crore compared to Rs. 52065.87 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 10.13 per cent.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

South Western Railway-Reg.No.ALCB-4/DRT/TUA/3/2008-09






Draft of Citizens Right to Grievance Bill 2011.
A draft Citizens Right to Grievance Redress Bill 2011 has been prepared and put up in the public domain for suggestions/inputs from the stakeholders. This was informed by the MoS, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions and PMO, Shri Narayanasamy in New Delhi today.  The Draft aims at creating institutionalize mechanism to ensure delivery of public services in a time bound manner and redressal of public grievances.

4th Conference of CAT at New Delhi.
The fourth Conference of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) will be held at New Delhi tomorrow. The main purpose of the Conference is to deliberate on certain issues concerning the Tribunal and to improve the working conditions of the institution and also to chalk out various measures to be adopted to arrest the pendency of cases. The Conference will be inaugurated by Justice Dalveer Bhandari, Judge of the Supreme Court of India. Shri V. Narayanasamy, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions would also grace the occasion. Mr. Justice J.S. Verma, former Chief Justice of India will be delivering a key-note address. Former Attorney General of India Shri Soli J. Sorabjee will deliver the 2nd Rajeev Gandhi Lecture on Administrative Law, in the afternoon session.

Lok Sabha session
The Ninth Session of the Fifteenth Lok Sabha will commence on Tuesday, the 22nd November 2011. Subject to exigencies of Government Business, the Session is likely to conclude on Wednesday, the 21st December 2011.

Monday, November 7, 2011



Dear Comrades,                                                                                                                

From WP Coal locos to WAP 7/WAG 9 (AC) locos is indeed a great technological leap for the great Indian Railways that frequents National Geographic Channel repeatedly. But when you look at the working conditions and emoluments of the end users that is the Loco Pilots it is extremely depressing and frustrating. We, the Loco Pilots were born on 16th April 1853 when the first train chugged out from Bombay (present Mumbai-CST, for you and me) to Thane. That means 158 long years. We were repeatedly re-molded from coal to Diesel to AC traction. The transformation was not easy for the loco pilots due to the anti labour policies of Railway Board and the bureaucrats. We, the Loco Pilots of Indian Railways continue to suffer even as WE KEEP THE ‘WHELLS-OF-ECONOMY’ OF THE NATION ZIPPING. Time for us to put brakes and fight for our legitimate rights. This GB will be dedicated solely on this format. 

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