Sunday, January 31, 2016

Chairman Railway Board A K Mital said that Railways is most economical mode of transportation even then railway traffic is going down as compared to the other modes of transport. He pointed the reason behind that Railways has not spent enough for developing basic infrastructure for the freight sector. 
Documents detailing plans for the 142km rail link connecting Jakarta and Bandung have yet to be submitted: Indonesian transport minister
CHENNAI: More than 2,500 members of the Dakshin Railway Employee Union staged a protest at the Moore Market Complex in Chennai on Thursday morning placing a charter of demands including those related to their wages.
'The moment I get off the engine, I forget I'm a driver in the Indian Railways'
Shivam Saini January 30, 2016
The ambitious Rs 81,459-crore project envisages freight rail lines along the western corridor between Delhi and Mumbai and the eastern corridor between Ludhiana and Howrah, running through Delhi
Gangmen, now redesignated as track maintainers, are most vulnerable to getting run over by trains while performing their duty round-the-clock. About 400 gangmen are killed every year in train accidents while on duty.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

AGRA: Soon, no more hours-long train delays in the name of fog. Railways is conducting test trial of thermal imaging technology on express train so that trains operate normally even in dense fog.
New Delhi: Central trade unions, including BJP-backed Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), have decided to go on a strike on March 10, to protest against central as well as some state government's "anti-worker" policies and changes in laws through labour reforms.
The transformation of Indian Railways will be complete only if the next transformation, if and when required, does not involve much of a role by the minister
Press Trust of India | New Delhi January 29, 2016 

CBI has registered a corruption case against a Deputy Chief Engineer of the railways for allegedly amassing assets of Rs 64.22 lakhs disproportionate to his known sources of income. 

We will not allow ‘hire and fire’ amendments as planned by the govt.: labour leader
While all the five central trade unions — INTUC, BMS, AITUC, CITU and HMS — have agreed on a four-day ‘work to rule agitation’ in March demanding withdrawal of disinvestment in the state-owned Coal India, four of them have come to a consensus on one-day strike across the country on March 29.
A photography exhibition by amateurs captures the life and the story of people on railway platforms

Saturday, January 23, 2016

RMT general secretary Mick Cash criticises Arriva’s decision to give contract to overseas company instead of to British train manufacturer Bombardier
Only a detailed study on the failure of the Railways' carrot-and-stick policy to speed up project execution in 2015-16 may yield some interesting insights. This in turn may help to restructure the organisation

Ramakrishnan T S January 23, 2016 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Indian Railways' ambitious Rs 2500 cr trainset project, a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' programme has suffered a setback as the shortlisted bidders have sought more time and changes in the bidding documents before submitting the financial bids.
By: PTI | New Delhi | January 21, 2016 
A meeting of leading trade unions here has resolved to organise an agitation on February 2 in protest against the delay in arriving at a new wage pact for the textile workers here.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Over this period (by 2025), India is expected to see a 105% growth in HNWI population to 483,800 from 236,000, the report added.

AGENCIES | Tue, 19 Jan 2016 , New Delhi , PTI
Chennai: A senior officer of Southern Railway, known or his no-nonsense and straightforward approach, has been transferred, allegedly due to strong-arm tactics adopted by the Southern Railway Mazdoor Union (SRMU). SRMU claims to be the sole recognised employee union of the zonal railway .
New Delhi: Safety measures at unmanned level crossings and arrangements for disabled at rail premises will be some of the additional issues that will be examined by a parliamentary panel on Railways.
Freight traffic performance of Indian Railways (IR) remained weak for the second consecutive month in December 2015. It carried 94.6 million tonnes of revenue-earning freight as compared to 95.5 million tonnes in December 2014, translating into a year-on-year (y-o-y) fall of 0.9 per cent. This resulted in a hit on the Railways' freight earnings in December, which stood at Rs 9,442 crore, down 3.4 per cent y-o-y.
There are various reports in the media about the impact of the 7th CPC recommendations on the common man and the government resources at large, the reports suggest that the Government may postpone the 7th CPC implementation also till its finances are set right. 

These reports are totally wrong.
Threatening to go on "indefinite strike", All-India Railwaymen's Federation (AIRF) today raised various demands including review of new pension scheme and filling up of large number of vacant posts in the railways.
The protest will be organised under the banner of All India Railway Engineers Federation (AIREF).

Monday, January 18, 2016

Railways are conservative in dealing with contract management with private players and need a liberal policy to attract significant private investment in rail sector, Railway Board Chairman A K Mittal today said.

He stressed that ease of doing business should be there to increase volumes.

"Railways should address the concern of private players for attracting private investment. If there is a risk then the risk factor has to be addressed," he said at a function here.

"We have to be fair in dealing with the contract management. Railways should not shy away from renegotiating in the interest of railways as well as investors," he said, adding, "Ease of doing business should be there to increase volume of business."

Voicing dissatisfaction over the pace of development of terminals, he said, "Whether it is a freight terminal or coach terminal we have done very little on improving terminals."

Seeking more investment in terminals, Mittal said the number of private terminals is not sufficient. "There is a need for adequate investment in terminals. There are only 27 private terminals while approvals have been given for 47 more.

We should have 400 private terminals by now."

He said Railways focus is on steel, cement and automobile sectors and there should be improvement on loadings of these goods.

Noting the development in railways since Independence, he said, "We have increased freight rate on a regular basis but not passenger fares. That is why passenger fare is lowest and the freight rate is substantially on the higher side. Today, there is hardly any scope of increasing freight rate any further."

On the contrary, Mittal said spending on the road sector is more than twice than on the rail sector. "As a result there is congestion on rail route because rail network has not expanded much."

Admitting that there has been a fall in passenger booking on small distance routes, he said roads are becoming good while trains are running late because of congestion.

"However, we are trying to spend more on infrastructure," he said.

Speaking at the event, Railway Board Member (Traffic) Mohd Jamshed said railways as a transporter is facilitating investment by stakeholders in terminals as well as rolling stock.

"Railways is opening up strategic partnership with private players in the new area of rolling stock. Railways is inviting private investment in wagons ...and so far 195 rakes have been procured entailing an investment of approximately Rs 3500 cr," Jamshed said.

He said a paradigm shift took place recently when Coal India signed an MoU with railways for procurement of 2000 wagons for Rs 500 cr.
This was well above the 800 yuan (or Rs 8.23 lakh crore) target for the year as the country continues to ramp up infrastructure.

The recommendations of the seventh central pay commission (CPC) would reduce, rather than increase, the ‘take-home’ salary of almost 90% of Indian Railways’ workforce, the largest railway trade union has alleged. It has also threatened to go on an indefinite strike in the first week of March in response to the panel’s recommendations. 
MRPL officials said the company's board had already given approval for the project and around 30 acres of MRPL land would be utilised for the purpose.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Constitution of an Empowered Committee of Secretaries to process the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission
All India | Press Trust of India | Updated: January 17, 2016 
BENGALURU: Members of the All Indian Loco Running Staff Association have come down heavily on the report prepared on the accident of the Bangalore-Ernakulam Inter-city Express.
PTI | Jan 17, 2016,

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Labour and SNP both desperate to prevent Conservative crackdown on workers’ rights from taking effect in Scotland
Many of railway engineer Nigel Gresley’s trains were named after birds, so putting a mallard at his feet in his new statue seemed like a neat little visual pun. But not everyone agreed – and thus the duckers and the anti-duckers went to war
BENGALURU: After more than one 100 years of keeping its cash safe in mammoth, iron chests, the South Western Railway (SWR) has finally decided to modernise.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Immigrants, according to the report, include naturalised citizens, permanent residents and temporary visa holders.

Indian-origin scientists and engineers in the U.S. grew 85% between 2003 and 2013, says a report by the National Science Foundation, a key funder of research in the United States as well as a monitor of demographic change among scientists and technologists.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

BENGALURU: A Union government-backed survey has revealed a disturbing trend: in the six years since the Right to Education Act, around 60 lakh children between ages six and 13 years remain unschooled in the country.
BENGALURU: A combination of human errors by three parties had resulted in the Bengaluru-Ernakulam Intercity Express derailment near Anekal that resulted in the death of nine persons and left 42 injured, a statutory inquiry has established. A top engineer could face the axe while others face lesser punishment.

Commissioner of Rail Safety (CRS) Satish Kumar Mittal, in a final report submitted to the Railways on the February 13, 2015 mishap to Train no. 12677 over two months ago (which is yet to be made public), has held the Senior Section Engineer (SSE) of Hosur, Ravinder Rao, the Loco-Pilot (LP) A T Fernandes and the Integral Coach Factory at Perambur collectively responsible, according to top railway officials.

Speaking to Express, a top official said that disciplinary authorities from the Railways have filed a 'Major Penalty Chargesheet' against the SSE while a minor penalty chargesheet has been filed against the LP and the Perambur factory.

The SSE has been held heavily responsible because a rail fracture had occurred a few feet away from the accident spot on the same track a day ago.

"The fracture was set right but ideally, trains should be permitted to run at slow speed only for a couple of days at least in the aftermath of any rail track issue. The Engineer permitted trains to run at slow speed for some hours but permitted regular speed within 24 hours of the fracture detection," he added.

The ill-fated train was running below 80 kmph only though the regular permissible speed is 100 kmph along the track. "However, the SSE should not have allowed it to run even at that speed due to the incident on February 12. Hence he is guilty of negligence," the official said. 

The driver has been held culpable as his reaction time was not faster, the official added.

The body of coach D9 pierced into D8 causing the tragedy, the official said. "The vital part of the coaches, the underframes were old and corroded. This caused a quicker collapse of the coaches resulting in higher casualties and injuries. The frame should have been strengthened," he added. Hence, the Rail Coach Factory at Perambur has been held responsible by the report.

Future Course

Elaborating on the action that would be taken against them, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Bengaluru Division, Sanjiv Agarwal said different Enquiry Officers have been set up in the month of December to give those held guilty a chance to explain their stand and recommend appropriate action against them. "A major penalty chargesheet is a very serious issue in a government department. The person is likely to face demotion or even removal from service," Agarwal said.

In the case of minor chargesheet, increments are withheld and paid cumulatively or the individual is censored, Agarwal said. 

"It will take between two to three months for the Enquiry Officer to recommend the appropriate punishment," he added.
The government would spend Rs.8.5 lakh crore to overhaul the Indian Railways, Minister of State forRailways Manoj Sinha said here on Wednesday.
Arvind Chauhan | TNN | Jan 13, 2016, 
Mail Today Bureau New Delhi : January 13, 2016 | 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

NEW DELHI: Finance Ministry has rejected the request of Railways for Rs. 32,000 crore as revenue grant, sought to tide over the impending impact of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations on the public transporter.

Monday, January 11, 2016

The 42nd Amendment made formal the Constitution’s basic commitment to the idea of a secular state—quite contrary to the BJP position that the amendment incorporated the idea in the Preamble. By A.G. NOORANI
Trade unions react strongly to the fresh set of amendments the government has introduced in the Factories Act without discussions with them. By T.K. RAJALAKSHMI
Mumbai | Press Trust of India |  January 10, 2016 
Seven hundred and sixty kilometres, 59 stations, 92 tunnels, 2,328 bridges, one man holding it all together.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

AGRA: In two separate incidents, railway employees became a cause of embarrassment for the Indian Railways by forcing trains to make unscheduled halts.
A train runs on a particular route only to ensure that a girl can go to school. Isn't that overwhelming?

New Delhi, January 10, 2016 | 

Friday, January 8, 2016

No person can work all the time. But, We, Loco Pilots (Train Engine Drivers) of Railways are always at the disposal of his employer. 
Railways comes out with concept paper on Rail Development Authority (RDA) according to which the proposed body will be an independent and quasi-judicial one with four key functions…
Head on generation system introduced on New Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani would save Rs.5.5 crore in power costs annually
• The Railway Board has changed rules to prevent misuse of senior citizen quota.
• This unscrupulous tactic is used by agents to book more comfortable lower berths.
• In case this transgression is not detected by the TTE, it results in loss of revenue for railways.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

The iconic watchmaker, who took pride as the country’s timekeeper, will finally stop ticking. While many employees lamented the decline of HMT watches — once the unchallenged pioneer in the watch market of the country — they also welcomed the move accepting it as a reality.
Minimum Wage linked to Consumer Price Index must be guaranteed to all workers, taking into consideration the recommendations of the 15th Indian Labour Conference and further enriched by the Apex Court by an add on of 25%.
Faster than fairies, faster than witches,
Bridges and houses, hedges and ditches..
A regulator to fix tariffs is an idea long overdue.
By: The Financial Express | January 7, 2016 
Mumbai: The iconic Parsik Tunnel, which connects Thane to Kalyan via the fast corridor, will complete 100 years this year.
New Delhi: The Railways has sought a financial grant of about Rs 32,000 crore from Ministry of Finance to tide over the impending impact of 7th Pay Commission recommendations on the public transporter.

The Arvind Panagariya-led Committee on Innovative Collaborations, which had approved the project, has incorporated this policy move which has subsequently been approved by the Cabinet.
Written by Avishek G Dastidar
Bengaluru: Come February, it will be a year since the Bengaluru-Ernakulam intercity train derailed near Bidaragere in Anekal, 70km from here, killing nine passengers and injuring more than 20. However, a statutory inquiry report identifying the guilty is gathering dust without any follow-up action.
— By FPJ Bureau | Jan 07, 2016 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

New Delhi: Indian Railways will soon invite bids from private players for the modernisation of 400 railway stations across the country, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday.
The Southern Railway is giving a smart makeover to the railway in Chennai, India, with a variety of new kiosks and plasma screen display boards. The company has already deployed a ticket vending kiosk, with plans to install other kiosks later, according to a report  by India Times.
NEW DELHI: More than half a dozen central trade unions have slammed the government for what they call its policy of giving the industry unhindered powers to "hire and fire" workers on the pretext of improving the ease of doing business through the socalled labour reforms.
Seoul: North Korea announced on Wednesday that it had successfully carried out its first hydrogen bomb test, a development that, if confirmed, would marking a stunning step forward in its nuclear development.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

DMRC-like SPV to be floated in a month for the Rs 98,000 crore Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor
Sudheer Pal Singh | New Delhi January 5, 2016
Mysuru, Jan 05, 2016, DHNS

The South Western Railway (SWR) has displayed various types of high horse power locomotives and other related systems at its stall in the Pride of India expo, held  as a part of the 103rd Indian Science Congress organised by the University of Mysore  at Manasagangotri, in Mysuru. 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

It was in August 2015 that this township on the border of Arunachal and Assam found a place on India’s railway map, when it was connected to the broad gauge network.
By Besta Shankar| January 2, 2016
Pune: Some electrical fittings like bulbs and fans at Pune railway station will run on solar power. The Central Railway, Pune division has signed an MoU with Persistent Foundation for generation of solar power at the station.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Railways wants its land to grow, people who live by the tracks say they have nowhere else to go. Abhishek Angad tracks the talk on both sides.
Written by Abhishek Angad  New Delhi Published:Dec 21, 2015,
Indian Railways ended 2015 on an optimistic note, with India and Japan signing an agreement to help launch a bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

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