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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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


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.


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.


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.

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