Sunday, March 31, 2013

Railways asked to speed up projects

Guwahati, March 10: A parliamentary panel has asked the ministry of railways to make all-out efforts to clear hurdles coming in the way of its projects in the Northeast so that early rail linkages can be provided to people of the region.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Revision of Reservation Fee, Tatkal Charges etc., Announced in Railway Budget 2013-14 to come into Effect From 1st April, 2013
It has been announced in Railway Budget 2013-14 in connection with revision of Reservation Fee, Supplementary charges for Superfast Trains, Withdrawal of Enhanced Reservation Fee, Clerkage Charges, Cancellation Charges and Tatkal Charges. The revisions will come into effect for tickets issued o­n and after 01stApril, 2013. The details of revisions are as under:-

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

'Since Railways do not have funds, work not in progress'

LUCKNOW: A banner at an under-construction building in the Cantonment area highlights the state of a railway project in a rather unique way. The contractor has put up a banner at the building which reads, "This work is being done by Northern Railways. Since Railways do not have funds, work is not in progress". The state of the project has been so blatantly highlighted that even railway officials cannot deny shortage of funds, which has put the project in limbo.
Nairuthya Railway Employees Union affiliated to CITU  filed the nomination on 25.03.13 at Hubli. NREU General Secretary Sri MS Venkatesh Murthy submitted the nomination papers before Chief Personnel Officer, South Western Railway Sri Hari Krishnan.

Two years on, Bangalore-Nelamangala train no closer to reality

Bangalore, March 25, 2013,
SWR ays related file pending for clearance with Railway Board

Friday, March 22, 2013

Our railway network is a huge dustbin

Mahesh P. Bhave

SWR’s bi-monthly gazette released

Staff Correspondent

Thursday, March 21, 2013

First lot of French rails for metro arriving

Special Correspondent

NPS to allow deferred withdrawal

The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) has allowed investors in the New Pension Scheme (NPS) to opt for ‘deferred withdrawal’ of their money at the time of exit, as against the current practice of ‘phased withdrawal’.

Mysore railway station gets Tourist Friendly Station Award

New Delhi, March 20, 2013, DHNS:
The award is in recognition of its passenger amenities

Monday, March 18, 2013

Railways - MACP  - Clarification

(Railway Baord)
New Delhi, dated 05.03.2013
The General Manager (P)
Chittranjan Locomotive Works
Sub:- Granting 3rd financial upgradation under MACP Scheme - Clarification regarding.
Ref:- CLW’s letter No.CMA/Ruling/453, dated 19-02-2013.

Crime against women on the rise in trains

New Delhi, Mar 18 (TruthDive): In spite of Indian Railways claiming enhanced security for women passengers, crime against women like rape, molestation and eve-teasing are reportedly on the rise in moving trains when compared to the previous year.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

News From Railway Gazette international 
17 March 2013

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Action For Rail

The rail unions are working together on a campaign to save rail from the government’s ‘cuts and austerity’ policies and to stave off the implementation of the McNulty Report.
The united rail unions launched their ‘Action for Rail’ campaign at Euston station on 28 May. Pictured here are John Page (TSSA), Bob Crow (RMT), Brendan Barber (TUC) and ASLEF’s Tosh McDonald.
Fiscal discipline will keep us going’

Interview with Vijaya Kanth, Financial Commissioner, Indian Railways.

Protest against ‘irregularities’ in recruitment process’

Staff Correspondent

Friday, March 15, 2013

Loco running staff demand steps to bring down accidents

Staff Correspondent

Thursday, March 14, 2013

  Station masters' demands

Call to fill vacancies

Czech Republic offers to help India on rail corridors, nuclear power

Trade minister says Czech firms will be interested in building and supplying technology for the railway corridors

‘Slapping’ cop suspended, probe ordered
Tribune News Service
Yamunanagar, March 13
The SHO of the Government Railway Police Force, Brijpal, who was yesterday caught in camera slapping at least 15 persons for trying to cross the Yamuna using a railway bridge, was today placed under suspension by the authorities of the GRPF.

                                            PRESS RELEASE:

On 10.07.2011 Kalaka mail accident near Fathehpur resulting death of 71 passengers and injured 264, along with many accidents which caused a bad image to Railways. To check the growing number of rail accidents, the Railway Minister, Mr Dinesh Trivedi, on 16.09.11 announced the setting up of a high-level Safety Review Committee.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Indian Railway may be wasting $10 billion worth of resources

Lok Sabha passes Railway Budget for 2013-14

New Delhi , Wed, 13 Mar 2013 ANI

Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal announces 19 more trains; Lok Sabha passes rail budget

Focus on safety, passenger amenities: Railway minister

Mar 13, 2013
New Delhi: The railways will focus on safety and passenger amenities, railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said on Wednesday as the Lok Sabha passed his ministry’s budget for 2013-14.
“We increased funds for safety. We need to give better services if we increase the fares. There are many complaints on cleanliness,” Bansal said while replying to the debate on the railway budget 2013-14 in the lower house of parliament.

Safety plays at Railway stations
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, March 13, 2013For the first time, a professional theatre group has been roped in to educate people about safety precautions to be adhered to at crossings.

Central Railway may not be able to switch from DC to AC by March end
Kailash Korde, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, March 13, 2013
Central Railway (CR) may not be able to switch from 1,500 volt direct current to 25,000 volt alternating current up to Thane before the end of the financial year.

Central Railway fast-tracks servicing, to cut down on delays

MUMBAI: The Central Railway (CR) efforts to streamline resources and manpower to address the backlog in carrying out periodic service of Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) coaches has paid off, with it being able to service more coaches till this February than in the year before.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

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Sri.Chandra Prakash,Joint Secretary , Ministry of Labour and employment and appellate authority  dismissed the appeal filed by General Manager, Southern Railway, Chennai against the decision of Regional Labour Commissioner(C) , Chennai regarding the reclassification of Loco Pilots as INTENSIVE.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Strike notice at Caterpillar Belgium

Trade unions at Caterpillar in Belgium stand united in face of Caterpillar’s announcement that it intends to lay off 1,400 workers at its plant in Gosselies.

Trade unions are battling in New York for the status of women

Union women from around the world are gathered in New York for the United Nations’ 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW57), starting on 4 March 2013.

50,000 Brazilians march for labour rights

The march organized by Brazil's trade union centres and social movements highlighted the need to strengthen the internal market in order to make progress on pay, employment and labour rights.

Third steam loco for NMR rolls out of Golden Rock

R. Rajaram


General Manager admits funds crunch

Staff Reporter
Acknowledging that the railway was facing a financial crisis, Southern Railway General Manager Rakesh Misra on Friday said the fund allocation for the Southern Railway zone during 2013-14 was around Rs. 800 crore.

Rail safety panel pilloried Finmeccanica firm last year
Sanjib Kr Baruah, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, March 08, 2013
  A high-level committee headed by noted nuclear scientist Anil Kakodkar and ‘Metro man’ E Sreedharan to review safety features of the Indian Railways had in 2012 lambasted the working of a train protection system implemented in Chennai.

China masters high-speed train braking technology: Official

BEIJING: China has mastered braking technology designed to stop the world's fastest trains that travel at speeds of 500 kmph, a Chinese railway scientist has said.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Steps to improve Security Arrangements at Important Railway Stations
The Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) has constituted two separate Fire Safety Audit Teams A and B to identify areas requiring further upgradation to match the latest fire safety norms to international standards and to conduct checks in few select Railway at stations, coaching deports, workshops etc., for assessment of compliance of RDSO and Board’s instructions regarding fire safety. Fire Safety Audit Teams are yet to submit their reports.
Manning of Unmanned Railway Level Crossings                
            It has emerged from the analysis of pattern of accidents that manning of unmanned level crossing is not an ideal solution.  Therefore, the policy of manning of unmanned level crossings has been reviewed.  Accordingly, Indian Railways have decided to progressively eliminate all unmanned level crossings by:

China to finish Tibet rail line close to Indian border soon

Last Updated: Friday, March 08, 2013,
Beijing: China will finish its rail network in Tibet up to Xigaze city located close to Indian border by next year, allowing its military to move men and material with relative ease besides beefing up transportation in the strategically important Himalayan region.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Electric locomotive with `Amul' branding inaugurated

PTI Mar 5, 2013,
VADODARA: The first electric locomotive (engine) of Railways under Vadodara division with `Amul' branding was inaugurated on Monday.

Railway TTEs go on mass leave

Chennai: Ticketless travelers aboard trains starting from Chennai Central and Egmore have been having a field day since December 2.

High-speed bullet train derails in Japan: Media reports

ELECTION RESULT,  Nov 26 to 28 ,2007

Inside China’s marvel

Coming soon: Railway white paper blasting Didi dreams

Avishek G Dastidar : New Delhi, Wed Mar 06 2013, 00:28 hrs

Soon after she took over the Railway Ministry at the beginning of UPA-II, Mamata Banerjee had brought out a "white paper" saying that there was no truth in the rosy picture painted by her predecessor in UPA-I, Lalu Prasad, about Railways' finances. Four years later, the Congress is going to give Mamata a taste of her own medicine.

(dated March 6, 1963)

ICF men warn of tool-down strike

M. Dinesh Varma

Protesting against outsourcing of coaches’ design know-how
Workmen at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) have warned of a tool-down strike this Wednesday in protest against a Railway Board missive to the ICF to hand over the design know-how of manufacturing certain types of high-value coaches to a few private contracting firms.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Rlys to enter ‘Select Billion Tonnes’ club in freight

New Delhi, Mar 4, 2013, PTI:
Indian Railways will soon enter the “Select Billion Tonne” club in freight movement that hitherto had just three countries — the US, Russia and China.

Diesel dent in rail kitty

By Our Special Correspondent | 
New Delhi, March 4: Indian Railways will incur a revenue loss of Rs 300 crore annually because of last week's hike in bulk diesel prices by Re 1 per litre by state-owned oil firms.
However, railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal today ruled out any immediate hike in freight rates or passenger fares.

Lost pooches, elephants of little value for Indian Rlys

By Yogendra Pratap Singh | Hindustan Times 
Bhopal, March 5 -- There is a popular adage in Hindi - mara hathi bhi sava lakh ka hota hai (even a dead elephant fetches you Rs. 1.25 lakh). However, Indian Railways does not subscribe to this view.
If you have dispatched an elephant to another place through Indian Railways' parcel service and it gets lost, misplaced or dies on the way, the maximum compensation that railway awards you is Rs. 6,000.

City still on waitlist for better rail facilities

Anil Kumar Sastry

Disability rights is off the rails

Javed Abidi

Fading glory of America’s railways

Narayan Lakshman

If there is one thing that the history of America’s experience with railroad construction teaches, it is that globalisation happened long before the Internet, indeed even much further back in time than the 20{+t}{+h}century’s neat reorganisation of post-colonial territories into nation-states.

stalled revolution

K. Balchand

India’s Railways are caught in a time warp. They serve millions, but are unable to meet modern standards. China is racing ahead, while U.S. rail plans face opposition. The world view.

Monday, March 4, 2013

SWR officials violated Railway Board guidelines on recruitment: AITUC

Staff Correspondent
It is in connection with appointment of Group ‘D’ employees
The Dharwad district unit of the All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) has alleged that the railway officials had violated guidelines while issuing orders on appointment of Group ‘D’ employees in South Western Railway.

Stone thrown at train again

Staff Reporter
After the stone-throwing incident involving the double-decker train bound for Chennai, another case of vandals throwing a stone at a train was reported on Sunday. It is said that vandals threw a stone at the Yeswanthpur-Kannur Express as it was approaching Carmalaram Railway Station at around 9 p.m.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Train test shows potential problems

02nd March 2013 09:36 AM
The Bangalore-Chennai Linke Holfmann Busch (LHB) coach double-decker train was on display for the second time this week at the city railway station on Friday was already sporting a few broken windows.
Railway officials present stated that this was due to stones which were pelted at the train during its journey. With the lower level of seating that the double-decker coach will entail, this can prove to be a harrowing experience for people seated at the lower level.

49 elephants killed on railway tracks since 2010

Mar 1, 2013

Telecom, tourism, railways best in service sectors: Economic Survey

27th February 2013 04:39 PM
Telecom, tourism and railways have been the best performers in services sector in India, the 2012-13 Economic Survey tabled in parliament Wednesday said.

Railways campaign against stone throwers

BANGALORE: The Railway Protection Force of South Western Railways will conduct a public awareness campaign against throwing stones on trains on Saturday.

Skits, drama and play cards will be displayed for public at Lingarajpuram at 3pm and Banaswadi at 4pm, as a part of the campaign, said a release from South Western Railways

Railways reboots PPP programme: An offer that draws big response by private companies

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