Monday, December 31, 2012

Lifeline express crushes 6 elephants

Senior station manager assaulted, office ransacked


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Railways ties up funds at zonal levels for 360 pending projects
Disha Kanwar / New Delhi Dec 24, 2012, 01:22 IST

With the Ministry of Railways back with the Congress after 16 years, a fresh wave of change is sweeping through the ministry.
For the first time, the railways has prioritised its 360 pending projects worth about Rs 4 lakh crore and tied up funds with them at zonal levels.





Faced with mounting deficit of over Rs 20,000 crore in the passenger segment, Railways is keen on raising passenger fares between 5—10 paise per km in the coming months to generate about Rs 4,000 crore revenue.
Reviewing the performance of Railways, the Prime Minister’s Office has asked the Chairman Railway Board to finalise and submit its recommendations on the constitution of proposed Rail Tariff Authority (RTA) by December 31.PTI

17 injured as train rams into goods train  
 Dated: Saturday, December 29, 2012

Jaipur: Seventeen persons were injured when a train rammed into a stationary goods train at Marwar-Mundwa station in Rajasthan in wee hours on Saturday. 

Truck mishap: rail traffic resumes
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times

Bhopal, December 29, 2012As many as 17 passenger trains and 12 goods trains got delayed when a truck broke on the railing of Chetak bridge and fell near the railway track on Thursday night.


[ Date : Dec 29th, 2012 ]
BELLARY: A host of passengers of the Kolhapur-bound Hyderabad-Kolhapur express had a miraculous escape after the train rammed into an empty goods train. There were no casualties. However, the engine of the express train and four wagons of the goods train got derailed.

Train versus tortoise, is it?

If a Chinese train covering roughly 2300 km in about 10 hours in one of the severest of cold conditions, makes headlines, the Indian Railways may well be in contention for the dubious distinction of running the slowest trains.

A historic rail link to Kashmir Valley

The train passes through the longest railway tunnel in the country during trial run

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Dec 28: The Railways today said here that the train will chug between Banihal and Baramulla in March next year and in April on Udhampur-Katra section of the prestigious Udhampur-Baramulla rail link.
After the intervention by Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Farooq Shah, the successful trial run of the track tramping machine on Qazigund-Banihal section took place this afternoon.

Four more Central Railway employees shifted in TVI Express scam

NAGPUR: In a face-saving exercise, threemovement inspectors (MIs) and a lobby in-charge were shifted on Thursday evening for their involvement in the TVI (Travel Ventures International) Express scam which involved collecting Rs 15,500 by promising air travel around the world and handsome commission.

Railway engineer, wife convicted of corruption

Express news service : Mumbai, Sat Dec 29 2012, 04:20 hrs
A special CBI court convicted Friday senior Central Railway divisional engineer Arvind Mittal of criminal misconduct under Prevention of Corruption Act.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Mamata has misled people, says parliamentary panel

A parliamentary committee has criticised Mamata Banerjee for “misleading the people” by announcing a scheme without any basis and support in the Railway budget for 2011-12.
In its report tabled in the Rajya Sabha, the Railway Convention Committee disapproved of the manner in which Ms. Banerjee, as Railway Minister, announced the Pradhan Mantri Rail Vikas Yojana for developing backward areas. Under the scheme, she promised to execute 114 socially desirable projects that would require Rs. 5 lakh crore in additional funding.

AIRF meet ends

The three-day 88th annual conference of All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF), which concluded here on Thursday, gave a call to all Railway employees to be prepared for direct action in case the government continues to implement its anti-labour policies under the guise of globalisation.

Kashmir rail project could run into complexities: CAG

Already way behind schedule, the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla-Rail Link (USBRL), aimed at connecting the Kashmir Valley with the rest of the country with an all-weather route, is likely to run into further complexities and higher cost overruns, says the Comptroller and Auditor General.
In its performance audit, the CAG observed that the national project, scheduled to be completed in 2007 at an estimated cost of Rs. 3,077 crore, was now expected to be completed only in 2017-18 at a cost of Rs. 19,565 crore.

Railway fares in Mumbai to rise Rs 2-4 from January 1

MUMBAI: The city's suburban train commuters, used to seeing virtually no upward revision in ticket rates over the years, will finally have to brace themselves for a hike from January 1, 2013. 

Thief on train steals 4 mobiles in 45 minutes

MUMBAI: A thief, Aamir Mohammad Shaikh, stole four cellphones belonging to Central Railway(CR) commuters on Wednesday.

When Shaikh tried to pick his fourth victim's wallet, he was caught. According to theGovernment Railway Police (GRP), Shaikh may have targeted other travellers too.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Unmanned level crossings fast becoming death traps

VISAKHAPATNAM: Fifty-year-old Motilal Murma from Bihar lost both his limbs after being run over by a train at an unmanned level crossing(ULC) in Gopalapatnam on Wednesday. The incident occurred when he was trying to cross the railway track. In another incident, a 55-year-old Kapparada resident, P Appa Rao died after he came under a train at the ULC of Gavara Kancharapalem on December 15.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Railways tops in corruption complaints: CVC

New Delhi, Dec 19 (PTI) Over 8,800 complaints of alleged graft against railway employees were received by the Central Vigilance Commission last year.

A total of 8,805 complaints of alleged corruption were received against Railways employees, followed by 8,430 against banks employees and 5,026 against Income tax officials, 4,783 against Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi and 3,921 against Urban Development employees during 2011, the CVC said in its annual report.

Railways to provide all necessary facilities from limited resources: Pawan Kumar Bansal

SME News, Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012

SIDDHARTNAGAR: The Railways facing difficulties in view of passenger fares not being increased but the ministry is putting its level best to provide all the necessary facilities to the passengers from its limited resources, as announced by Union Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Monday, December 17, 2012

Mumbai’s lifeline is a big killer Railway Mishap Toll Crosses 2,500 This Year

Mumbai: Five commuters died on Saturday following injuries sustained in railway mishaps, according to the government railway police (GRP). The number of accidental deaths on the railways had crossed 2,550 till September this year, with more cases being reported on the Central line than on the Western line. 


Crumbling coaches, pests greet train passengers in Kerala


Monday, December 17, 2012

Rail fares to go up next year: Minister

Sunday, 16 December 2012
Visakhapatnam, December 16:
Train fares might go up next year as an increase has become necessary to meet the financial situation of the Railways which was "not sound", Minister of State for Railways Kotla Suryaprakasha Reddy said.


Indian Railway to build a 15-km track linking Agartala with Bangladesh

A railway link between Tripura capital Agartala and Bangladesh's southeastern city of Akhaurah would soon come into a reality, as the neighbouring nations are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) soon.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Ministry of Railways   14-December, 2012
Expansion of Railway Network
As on April 1, 1950, Railways had 53,596 route kilometers which increased to 64,600 route kilometers as on March 31, 2012.

Railways plan seven bullet train corridors

14 December 2012, New Delhi, Team MP

The minister of state for railways Kotla Surya Prakash Reddy wants to take railways into high speed gear. He pitched for bullet train corridors that may change the way the India travels. 

Ministry of Railways  14-December, 2012
Average Speed of Trains:

Speed of trains is dependent on various factors including the maximum permissible speed of sections over which train is operated, type of signalling system, type of rolling stock deployed, stoppages en-route, etc. The details of average speed of trains including halts (kilometers per hour) for the year 2011-12 is given below:

Railway modernisation, safety will need $120 billion

 Friday, December 14, 2012,
New Delhi: The modernisation and safety of Indian Railways will require Rs 660,000 crore (USD 120 billion), Parliament was told on Friday. 

569 'Model' Railway Stations Developed

New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS): The railways have developed 569 "model" railway stations and work is on on another 25, parliament was informed Friday.

727 km of Rail Lines Added in 2011-12

New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS): A total of 727 km of railway lines were added across the country in 2011-12, with Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh accounting for the bulk, parliament was told Friday.

Railways cuts plan outlay by Rs 4,000 crore for 2012-13

In its budget for 2012-13, Railways had proposed its highest ever plan outlay of Rs 60,100 crore. It was planning to generate Rs 18,050 crore through internal resources.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Kashmir rail's cost overrun Rs 5.5K crore, to be ready by 2017 end

PTI Dec 6, 2012, 05.36PM IST
NEW DELHI: Government today said its ambitious Kashmir rail plan has the largest cost overrun of Rs 5,500 crore among those rail projects which have been delayed by more than a decade.

FRIDAY, 07 DECEMBER 2012 18:53.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has set a deadline of December 31 for an inter-ministerial group to finalise its proposal for setting up a Rail Tariff Authority that will suggest rationalisation of passenger fares which have not seen a hike for the last nine years.

Mamata-appointed railway panels dissolved

Tue, Dec 11 2012 New Delhi,
The various committees whose members were appointed by the then railway ministerMamata Banerjee have been dissolved, Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said Tuesday.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Railway revenue earnings up by 19.23%

India Blooms News Service

New Delhi, Dec 10 (IBNS) The total approximate earnings of Indian Railways on originating basis during 1st April to 30th November 2012 were Rs.78868.17 crore compared to Rs. 66150.48 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 19.23 per cent.

Railways gear up for foggy challenge

Neha Shukla, TNN Dec 8, 2012,

LUCKNOW: Railway has chalked out a detailed safety and operational plan to gear up to challenge of fog through a multi-pronged strategy. Railway had commenced planning of trains operations in September and has cancelled 13 pairs of trains, partially cancelled 3 pairs of trains and diverted 2 pairs of trains. Railway has also overhauled its safety machinery to ensure zero failure of its equipment and working systems.

PPP in Railways:

A number of policies were announced during Eleventh Five Year Plan to encourage private investment in terminals and wagons. These include: Private Freight Terminal policy (PFT), Special Freight Train Operations (SFTO) policy, Automobile Freight Train Operators (AFTO) policy, Auto-hub-ancillary policy, Operation of Container Trains, R3i (Railways’ Infrastructure for Industry Initiative) and R2CI (Rail connectivity to coal and iron ore mines) policies to facilitate participation of private sector in the development of Railway Infrastructure. 

CGE to get bigger and better quarters

The quarters of central government employees are set to become bigger and better.

Ahead of the election season, the urban development ministry is planning to not just 
increase the houses' areas by an average of 25 per cent but also fit them out with modular kitchens and electric chimneys. The last time the housing norms were revised was in 1981.

Thursday, December 6, 2012


Katju wants media regulator with punitive powers

‘Media persons care two hoots for Press Council as it can only admonish’

Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju on Wednesday sought a statutory regulator with punitive powers, one that was “more representative,” for the media.
Mr. Katju told journalists here on Wednesday that many media persons “cared two hoots” for the Press Council of India (PCI), which only had powers to admonish newspapers. He said many journalists did not even respond to the notices issued by the PCI as they knew it had no punitive powers such as suspending publication licences for newspapers, while the electronic media was out of its ambit.

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