Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Coming, privatisation of railway passenger segment

K. Balchand

Kharge launches High Speed Rail Corporation stressing need for safe, reliable and affordable transport

Innovative measures boost Railways' freight volume

Coal, iron ore have seen dip in their traffic; cement and steel have helped Indian Railways to keep pace with its budget targets
Press Trust of India
New Delhi, 29 October: Going ahead with the ambitious high speed rail project, railways today announced formation of High Speed Rail Corporation even as railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge said care should be exercised in adopting new technology.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Excellence can be achieved only through equality: URA

Special Correspondent

‘Common school system is an important founding stone for equal society’

Monday, October 28, 2013


Finalized by the Staff Side at the meeting of 25.10.2013

A. To examine the existing structure of pay, allowances and other benefits/facilities, retirement benefits like Pension, Gratuity, other terminal benefits etc. to the following categories of employees.

Sri. Mallikarjun Kharage,
The Hon'ble Minister for Railways,
Government of India, Railway Board, Rail Bhavan, New Delhi.
 Respected Sir,
We the loco running staff of ----------------------- division, ----------- Railway, whole heartedly welcome your honour on assuming charge as Minister for Railways, and extend sincere cooperation in leading the Railways efficiently. We would like to submit the following few lines for your favourable consideration please.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Bullet train plan picks up speed, rail authority coming soon

Srinand Jha , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 27, 2013

Plans to run bullet trains at speeds of 300-350 kilometres per hour have been re-activated in the run-up to the 2014 general elections, with railways minister Mallikarjun Kharge set to formally launch a High Speed Rail Corporation at an international conference in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

East Coast Railway – surging to the TOP Innovations, Investment through PPP mode & Extensive use of Advanced Signalling System

Friday, October 25, 2013

Turkish energy workers in anti-privatization march

Turkish workers marched last week from the Aegean region to the capital Ankara in a demonstration against the privatization of lignite mines and thermic power stations.

Greek municipal workers protest comments of finance minister in Athens

On October 17, Greek municipal employees protested in Athens against the New Democracy/PASOK government’s austerity measures. Workers protested outside the Finance ministry of Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras.

Thousands of workers protest Portugal austerity

Thousands of Portuguese workers protested in the country’s two largest cities on October 19 against the government’s proposed 2014 budget. The conservative ruling party aims to slash the budget deficit to 4 percent of GDP next year from 5.9 percent in 2013

Anti-austerity march through Rome

An estimated 25,000 marched through Rome on Saturday against austerity measures, including cuts to welfare programs and a shortage in low-income housing.
Wealth and poverty in America
25 October 2013
Five years after the financial crash of 2008, in the midst of growing poverty and social misery, the US ruling class is amassing unparalleled levels of wealth.
Express rail service to boost China-Europe trade
Xinhua | October 24, 2013 By Agencies
A regular express train from Poland to Southwest China's Sichuan Province is expected to be inaugurated by the end of this month, authorities with Sichuan's Chengdu City said on Thursday.

Several trains cancelled, diverted due to rains in Andhra

Floods: ECoR takes steps for safe train operations

Friday, 25 October 2013 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR
The East Coast Railway has taken steps to ensure safety of passengers and safety of train operations during times of heavy floods and waterlogging in many areas.
Thursday, October 24, 2013, 

Railways planning semi-high-speed trains to cut journey time between Delhi & Mumbai

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Rly plans speed boost for premier trains, to make them "semi Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto services to between 160km to 200km per hour

French call in drones to fight rail thieves

23 Oct 2013 14:01
French rail operators are banking on drones to help save them €30 million a year in stolen cables. SNCF is currently testing the use of the unmanned aircraft as their latest tactic to fight the chronic problem of cable theft.

No further fare hike till next rail budget: CRB Chairman

Manna Dey
Prabodh Chandra Dey (born 1 May 1919), better known by his nickname Manna Dey, is a playback singer in Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada, and Assamese films.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

No change likely in train fares till next Budget: Rail Board Chairman

Our Bureau
New Delhi, Oct 23:  
There is unlikely to be any further change in rail fares till the next Budget, which will be due around July, the Railway Board Chairman, Arunendra Kumar, told reporters here today.

Express train that travels at a speed of 10.6 kmph in Karnataka

Gulam Jeelani, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, October 23, 2013

At a time when the railways is mulling high-speed trains across the country, an express train takes six hours and 35 minutes to cover a distance of 69 kilometers between two stations of Karnataka, travelling at a speed of 10.6 km per hour.
The Indian Railways will provide special meals on demand for diabetic and ailing passengers travelling on Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains.
Indian Railways Successfully Tackled Train Operations During Phalin Cyclone Crisis

            The Indian Railways geared up its entire machinery in a big way in the most efficient and prompt way to ensure and manage  smooth and safe railway operations in the areas affected by the recent cyclonic storm ‘‘PHAILIN” which hit the east coast of the country.
Venue: -        CLI Auditorium, Central Labour Institutute,  Sion – Chunabate Road
                        Sion, Mumbai – 400022

Monday, October 21, 2013

NIT on 21.10.13: Eventhough new judge for NIT was appointed, the notification is still to be done by Ministry of Labour. Next date for hearing is fixed on 16.12.2013.

China punishes eight in railway corruption case

Oct 21 (Reuters) - China's anti-graft authorities have punished eight people at a state-owned rail construction firm for spending more than $100 million on hospitality last year, a disciplinary body of the Communist Party said on Monday.

Indian Railways' RailTel to launch Railwire rural broadband service

Ticket windows at post offices big hit

A joint effort of the department of post and the Railways to offer railway ticket windows has been beneficial to not only these two parties, but also the passengers. During the celebration of National Postal Week recently, the postal department pledged to carry on this robust growth in revenue. “We are overwhelmed by the robust response we have received, and now plans are on to popularise it among customers from our channels,” said Col K.C. Mishra, chief postmaster general of the Maharashtra circle.

Measures to combat misuse of Izzat scheme yield results

21st October 2013 

Measures taken by the Railways to ensure issuing of Izzat concession tickets to just eligible candidates have succeeded in putting a check on rampant misuse of the scheme. According to figures available with the Thiruvananthapuram division of the railways, if the total number of users of the scheme in 2010-11 was recorded to be 1,30,714, it came down to 1,29,115 in 2011-12.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Loco pilots’ stir

Loco pilots go on hunger strike

Friday, October 18, 2013

Golden Rock Railway Workshop overhauls high-power Siemens motors

Top posts will be filled soon, says Rly. Board chairman

K. Balchand
Immediately after his regularisation as Railway Board Chairman Arunendra Kumar on Thursday fast-tracked the process to end ad hocism, and fill vacant posts at the higher levels within the next few days.

Railway passenger safety continues to be compromised

K. Balchand
The fire that broke out in the pantry car of the 12435 Dibrugarh-New Delhi Rajdhani Express in the early hours of Tuesday once again poses a question mark on the seriousness of the railways towards safety of passengers.

Railway engineers protest

Special Correspondent
Railway engineers led by the Indian Railways Technical Supervisors’ Association (IRTSA) staged a demonstration at Chennai Central seeking removal of anomalies in the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission before finalising the Seventh Pay Commission.

Faluknama express derails at Mangalagiri

October 18,2013
Mangalagiri: The Faluknama express just missed out an accident at Mangalagiri in Guntur district on Friday morning. At 4 a.m. on Friday morning, when the train left from Vijayawada and reached Mangalagiri, the bogies got delinked from the main engine. When this happened, the train was rather at slow speed as there was a turning. The train was taken 3 kms back to Krishna canal junction for necessary repairs. Later, at 6.42 a.m, the train left for Secunderabad. Due to this incident, Faluknama express is running late by 2.30 hrs from scheduled time.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

106th anniversary of Nilgiris Mountain Railway celebrated

Railway Ministry accepts cadre restructuring proposal


Sri. Arunendra Kumar will in full charge of Railway Board Chairman

NEW DELHI: After being headless for more than three months, railways is expected to get a full-time chairman on Tuesday, ending the bloody fight among senior railway officials for the coveted post.

Sources said the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has cleared the elevation ofArunendra Kumar, currently 'interim' railway board chairman and member (mechanical) as full-time chairman and the rail ministry is likely to issue orders on Tuesday.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Railway signal,high-tension towers,platforms damaged in Odisha

The running of major trains between Kolkata and Chennai passing through Odisha would be affected due to these developments

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Rail Tariff Authority coming, passenger fares set to rise

Special Correspondent

Board hopeful of achieving ambitious revenue target for the year

Friday, October 11, 2013

  The Chairman,Railway Board,
 Rail Bhavan, New Delhi.
Respected Sir,

                              Sub: Views and Suggestions of AILRSA on the recommendation  of the High Power Committee to review the duty hours of    Running and other Safety related categories of staff.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Tracking down railway memories

10th October 2013 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Rly. Board chief post: PMO’s ‘no’ to Kharge’s proposal

K. Balchand
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has returned Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge’s recommendation of appointing South Western Railway general manager A.K. Mittal as chairman of the Railway Board, according to highly placed sources.

Railway Revenue Earnings up by 11.41 Percent During April - September 2013
The total approximate earnings of Indian Railways on originating basis during 1st April to 30th September 2013 were Rs. 65354.64 crore compared to Rs. 58661.79 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 11.41 per cent.

Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways Invite Suggestions on the Subject ‘Suburban Train Services of Indian Railways, with Particular Emphasis on Security of Women Passengers’

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Mumbai-Goa Mandovi Express derailment: Konkan Railway remains affected

Gas fuelled turbine-electric locomotive prototype

06 Oct 2013

Saturday, October 5, 2013

     Sri. Ashok Kumar Mittal
     General Manager,
     South Western Railway,
     Kesavpur, Hubli.


Sub: Payment of PLB 2013 through Bank-Reg.

Ref: 1) RB D.O.Lr. No. 2003/AC-II/21/13 dated 17.08.2004 to GM/SWR
        directing the South Western Railway to pay the salary through     
        ECS/Bank/ Cheque.

       2) Ministry of Railways (RB) addressed the GMs of All Railways in their         
        Lr.No. No.E (P&A) II -2012/PLB -4 dt. 18.10.2012  based on W.P.
        (CIVIL) NO. 6052/2012 OF 2012

History of Central Pay Commissions

Government of India have set up six pay commissions to review and recommend wage structure for all civil and military divisions including Railways.

Japanese team begins spadework for Chennai-Bangalore corridor project

N. Anand
The Chennai-Bangalore Industrial Corridor (CBIC) project got a boost with a fact-finding team from the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) commencing its spadework for the project.
Rlys may hike freight tariff soon
Passenger fares unlikely to be tinkered
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, October 3
The Railways could soon announce an increase in the freight with the proposal to hike the fares being under active examination of the Railway Minister who would take a decision soon.

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