Sunday, December 31, 2017

Officials said the applicants appearing for the exam were often found to be Commerce and Science graduates and post-graduates.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: December 29, 2017
The category include posts related to inspection of tracks, signalling, engineering, telecommunication etc., for ensuring safety of the rail network
.INDIA Updated: Dec 30, 2017  Press Trust of India, New Delhi

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Over one lakh posts related to the railways' safety mechanism were vacant as of April 2017, the government informed Parliament today.
By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: December 20, 2017 
TNN | Dec 21, 2017, 

Sunday, December 17, 2017

The Board also decided to install the ETCS Level-II system on the entire 9,054 km-long Golden Quadrilateral route connecting the four metros to make it a fully accident-free corridor.
All India | Indo-Asian News Service | Updated: December 17, 2017 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Scottish Trade union Congress-STUC-organised demonstration ahead of Scottish Budget calls for an increase in public sector pay and an end to cuts
The officer was transferred with immediate effect to head the less significant position of managing Freight Operations Information System software.

Written by Avishek G Dastidar | New Delhi | Updated: December 15, 2017

Sunday, December 10, 2017


Saturday, December 9, 2017


The Convenor,

Executive Director (E and R),

Safety (A and R) Branch, Railway Board,New Delhi.
The present bio-toilets have been eliciting quite a lot of complaints regarding their upkeep and poor services and would often end up with a revolting stench and be overflowing with human waste because of the lack of timely maintenance.

by Lekshmi Priya SDecember 9, 2017,

Monday, December 4, 2017

Indian Railways had previously launched an upgraded Shatabdi Express Train between New Delhi and Kathgodam under Project Swarna.
Business | NDTV Profit Team | Updated: December 03, 2017 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Currently, Railways gives 14-16 hours of sleep to its drivers, called “headquarters rest”. Maintaining “running rooms” where loco pilots can sleep is a major priority area in railway administration.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Manthan K Mehta| TNN | Updated: Nov 26, 2017,
Death trap: 114 rail accidents in Northern Railway network killed 226 since 2010, reveals RTI query
IndiaIANSNov, 29 2017

Lucknow: A total of 114 rail accidents in the Northern Railway network since April 2010 led to 226 deaths and injuries to 365 persons, an RTI reply has revealed.

From improving operational metrics to transitioning towards electric, Goyal is moving from one policy quagmire to another, trying to shore up as many as he can.

Passengers travel in an overcrowded train at Ghaziabad railway station on the outskirts of New Delhi. Credit: Reuters/Adnan Abidi

Last week, Indian Railways reported four accidents in a span of fewer than 12 hours, in which seven people were killed. This year, until the time of writing, there have been a total of nine railway accidents. This is just one more than the eight accidents that occurred last year (2016).

Three of the four accidents on November 24 occurred due to familiar reasons – two derailments, one of them from a fractured track, and one from a collision with a passing vehicle at an unmanned level crossing. But another accident was a bit of a novelty, almost funny in the way of black humour – an engine got decoupled from the goods train it was hauling, not once but twice. I would please you to know that officials have confirmed that the engine was changed thereafter.

The rise in accidents and casualties in the last few years cannot be traced to any particular deterioration in the way the railways is run, except that if you keep falling behind on replacement of ageing track then the accumulated backlog will at one point start giving up altogether.

That apart, the railways seem to have hit a particular patch of bad luck. All we can do for now is keep looking at what the authorities say and do, and take a view on whether they are on the right track. One piece of positive news is that of railways saving over Rs 5,600 crore in fuel consumption over two years by switching from diesel to electric traction.

The ministry has also affirmed that it plans to switch over completely to electric traction in five years, thus saving Rs 11,500 a year. That is the right approach, particularly when the country is making rapid progress in installing renewable energy capacity. Using such energy will not only reduce costs but also help fight environmental pollution.

But the railways will simultaneously run into a major problem. What to do with the high-tech diesel locomotives it is committed to procuring from a new plant being put up in Bihar by the leading global manufacturing firm General Electric (GE)? This project, valued at $2.6 billion, including the Bihar plant costing Rs 2,052 crore, was ten years in the making and represents the largest investment by GE in its 100-year existence in India.

On learning about the railways’ rapid electrification plan, GE threw a fit and spoke of dire consequences like adverse impact on the ‘Make in India’ programme and foreign investment. It would have helped if while announcing the five-year electric traction agenda, the railway minister Piyush Goyal had also signalled how the GE project issue could be sorted out.

It has also been reported that the minister has ordered a hard look at 171 projects worth Rs 1.5 lakh crore which have made no progress in ten years, have no local or state government support and will mostly not be financially viable. In the case of many of these, even land has not been allotted.

Cancelling such projects is all for the good but the problem is these have all been announced as part of the railway budgets presented by Lalu Prasad and Mamata Banerjee and passed by the Lok Sabha. The house can, of course, bury them but all the projects have local political ballast and striking them off the list as the country has already got into a pre-election mode will take some doing.

To lend credence to any decision on the ground of viability, it is necessary to independently assess their projected rate of return through an audit by a third party. Once this is done, the government can be told by the railways that if it wants to continue with a particular project on political or welfare grounds (for example, it is good for the livelihood of people in the particular region) then this is the amount of subsidy or budgetary support it has to get on an ongoing basis. But if we know the current mindset of the finance ministry, such money will be hard to come by.

If past practice is anything to go by, the railways will keep talking about such inherently loss-making projects but at the end of the day keep having to support them for local political reasons and be satisfied with the overall budgetary support annually available.

On the issue of finances, the railway minister seems unusually sanguine.

There are many opportunities to monetise assets and “frankly I will not be constrained for funds at all,” he has assertedand assured that there is “enough funding for all safety-related projects.” As for the investment required for growth-related projects, “we will be able to raise a large part of that fund internally within the railways.”
Chris Grayling said routes dumped in the Beeching Review 50 years ago could be brought back to ease pressure on commuter routes – and 'unlock' jobs and growth
By Steve Hawkes, Deputy Political Editor 28th November 2017, 
November 29, 2017 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The railway ministry can now move a resolution in both Houses of Parliament adopting the Railway Convention Committee's recommendations for a waiver on dividend for 2016-17

Shine Jacob | New Delhi Last Updated at November 16, 2017 

Monday, November 13, 2017

The hooter will be louder as the level crossing nears, and finally, it will be silent after the train passes by.

by Vidya Rajaabout 

Each year the number of deaths that occur at level-crossings of the railways across India seem to rise.

Friday, November 10, 2017

By Express News Service | Published: 09th November 2017 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Zonal Office Bearers. Updated as on 01.11.2017
Central office bearers’ and Zonal secretaries’ meeting of AILRSA was held at Chand Kalyana Mandapam, Vijayawada on 1st and 2nd November 2017. The meeting was presided over by a presidium consisting of com. L.Mony, com. T.Hanumaiah and com. M.P.Deo. attended by 44 members and all most have spoken express their view and suggested on agenda. 
Central office bearers’ and Zonal secretaries’ meeting of AILRSA was held at Chand Kalyana Mandapam, Vijayawada on 1st and 2nd November 2017. The meeting was presided over by a presidium consisting of com. L.Mony, com. T.Hanumaiah and com. M.P.Deo. attended by 44 members and all most have spoken express their view and suggested on agenda. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

How the caution orders protect the rail track and ensure the safe passing of trains over caution spot ---

While locomotive / train runs on track it puts a force on rails which reaches to ground through fully fit resilient pads , sleepers and ballast . In case anyone or more not fully fit to transfer the load to ground then by three ways train can pass safely over the unfit / less fit portion of track ----
By Kamal Mishra, Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Oct 31, 2017, 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

          The Chairman
          Railway Board,
          Rail Bhavan, New Delhi.
Technical snag in diode panel cited as reason

The locomotive of the Machilipatnam-Secunderabad Express train caught fire late on Friday night. The alert loco pilots and the guard extinguished it in time and prevented a mishap.
Chairman of railway board to conduct surprise inspection to check on hawkers in Mumbai
MUMBAI Updated: Oct 27, 2017   Aroosa Ahmed  Hindustan Times
The officials are scheduled to appear before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways headed by Trinamool MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay on November 9.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh objects to 25 points of wage code, including slapping penalty of eight-day wages if a worker strikes for a day.
INDIA Updated: Oct 25, 2017  Saubhadra Chatterji Hindustan Times, New Delhi
S. Vijay Kumar THE HINDU CHENNAI, OCTOBER 25, 2017 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


Long-distance trains in India, irrespective of destination, have one thing in common — they are almost always late. In an effort to solve this chronic problem, Indian Railways has decided to increase the speed of nearly 500 trains.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Oct 23, 2017,
Railway workers had warned the government about network safety five months ago, reports The Economic Times.
ByMoneycontrol News

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Structural and process-related issues do plague Railways. But we’re aware of the nation’s growing aspirations, hence keep reforming and overhauling.
PTI New Delhi Last Updated: October 20, 2017 

Friday, October 20, 2017

"We have got tremendous focus on HR and we will be taking good care of our human resources", he has said. Lohani also reiterated that railways will do away with all "frills" so that there will be less "protocol" and "ceremonial things."

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Six wheels of Bandra-Jaisalmer Humsafar Express got derailed, but no passenger injuries have been reported.JAIPUR Updated: Oct 14, 2017 
HT Correspondent  Hindustan Times
Saudi Railways Organisation chief hails test a success as train travels from Jeddah to Makkah
Rail freight .com Published on 17-10-2017 

Only fifteen per cent of UK’s rail industry workforce is female. Furthermore, of all train drivers in the UK only six per cent is a woman. In Scotland, female train drivers represent only four per cent. This comes down to one single female driver.
Somesh Jha THE HINDU  NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 15, 2017 

Monday, October 16, 2017

This will be the first ever diesel-electric locomotive running on Indian tracks which complies with the international UIC 1 standard on emissions, the company said.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Updated: October 11, 2017   By Business Desk

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

PTI | Oct 10, 2017,


The Railway Women's Welfare Organisation (RWWO) president has issued an advisory to RWWO members to avoid splurging
Indian Railways to build fuel-cell battery locomotive   Written by David Briginshaw
The Hindu Business line OUR BUREAU

Monday, October 9, 2017

PTI   October 8, 2017 | 

Chandigarh, Oct 8 (PTI) A passenger train today collided with a concrete mixer truck at an unmanned level crossing in Punjabs Fazilka, killing the locomotive driver, officials said.
R. Vimal Kumar THE HINDU TIRUPUR , OCTOBER 09, 2017

‘Migrant labourers mostly unaware of their rights about bonus entitlement’
Railway board has asked all senior officials to relieve the railway staff who have been engaged as domestic help in their homes

Saturday, October 7, 2017

DECCAN CHRONICLE.  PublishedOct 4, 2017, 

The incident occurred near Wonderla amusement park at Manchanayakanahalli in Bidadi police limits on the city outskirts on Tuesday morning.
Rakesh Ranjan Last Updated: October 5, 2017 | 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The railways will examine the driver's health conditions and an inquiry has been ordered.
All India | Written by Monideepa Banerjie | Updated: October 02, 2017 
Rakesh Ranjan Business Today New Delhi Last Updated: October 3, 2017 

Monday, October 2, 2017

FRONT LINE oct 2017
Lohani’s remarks came after some officials had gone to the airport to receive him, despite asking them not to do soMUMBAI Updated: Oct 02, 2017 
Aroosa Ahmed  Hindustan Times
Moneylife Digital Team    02 October 2017
By Yathiraju | Express News Service | Published: 02nd October 2017 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Passengers then alighted from the train and besieged the station master's room to know the delay for the train's departure.

Friday, September 29, 2017

By Nikhil Kumar, Huizhong Wu and Omar Khan, CNN   September 29, 2017
Union minister Piyush Goyal says the Indian Railways is working with Isro to explore the use of space technology to make travel by trains more safer
Yashwant Sinha writes: The economy is on a downward spiral, is poised for a hard landing. Many in the BJP know it but do not say it out of fear

Written by Yashwant Sinha | The Indian Express Updated: September 27, 2017

Saturday, September 23, 2017


Friday, September 22, 2017

Mahamana Express: A Train Connecting Varanasi and Vadodara, Two Constituencies That Elevated Narendra Modi from CM to PM
Train ploughs into a flooded station at 60mph sending a wall of water over terrified passengers waiting on the platform

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

TNN | Sep 17, 2017, 
Narendra Modi Cabinet meeting Live Updates: 12.3 lakh Railway staff to get Productivity Linked Bonus this festival season

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Indian Railways has decided to recruit one lakh people in safety category (popularly known as sanraksha shreynee). Here are all the details.

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Railway Board is also working on a plan to immediately halt the rehabilitation of diesel locomotives, and ensure that no new investments are made on infrastructure to maintain stocks.

Friday, September 15, 2017

The concept of the Need-Based Minimum Wage has evolved in India over sixty years of Independence and owes its origin to the Directive Principles of the Indian Constitution and the welfare policy of the Government.
Newsclick looks at some of the main anti-worker components in the Wage Code Bill.
15 Sep 2017
In the first six months of 2017, 29 train accidents were reported of which 20 were due to derailments, according to a Parliamentary question in Lok Sabha on July 19, 2017.

News18.comUpdated:September 15, 2017,
IndiaDebobrat GhoseSep, 08 2017 

New Delhi: Three back-to-back train derailments in less than 12 hours paint a grim picture of the track safety of Indian Railways.
TNN | Updated: Sep 15, 2017, 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Out of the estimated Rs. 1,08,000 crore cost of the project, at least Rs. 30,000 crore would have to be shelled out by the Maharashtra government.
India's first bullet train project, work on which was launched by PM Narendra Modi and Japan's Shinzo Abe, will connect Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
BABU BEAT  Derailed by overwork

RICHA MISHRA The Hindu Business line 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

tnn | Sep 9, 2017, 

Ahmedabad: The Ajmer division has on Friday announced a reward for Suryanagari loco pilot, K M Yadav, whose alertness prevented a major tragedy from taking place on Wednesday night. Yadav the loco pilot of the Bandra-Jodhpur Suryanagari express had experienced an unusual jerk between Chitrasan and Jethi station between Palanpur and Abu Road Junctions, and immediately informed authorities.
The retrofitting of the current ICF coaches will be an interim safety measure, before converting the entire fleet to the LHB coaches.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Past acts of commision and ommission are now fast catching up with the Railways, and it will be a long and slow struggle before the health of its assets is regained
Crumbling structures, shortage of basic amenities compound woes of occupants
Published : Sep 11, 2017, 
Siddharth Prabhakar| TNN | Sep 11, 2017

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Titled ‘Strengthening Safety on Indian Railways’, the report was submitted by the international organisation last week.

by Lekshmi Priya Sabout
Another jolt to Railways, four wagons of goods train derail near Hardattpur railway station in Uttar Pradesh
Piyush Goyal, who has a background in accounts and law, has been made railway minister in the third cabinet reshuffle following his performance as power minister
Cabinet reshuffle, Narendra Modi, Union Ministers, Bureaucrats, IAS, IPS Officer, Swearing in ceremony, NEW DELHI

Saturday, September 2, 2017

The newly-appointed Chairman Railway Board has decided to personally felicitate both the loco pilot and assistant loco pilot of the train.

Friday, September 1, 2017

The committee, set up by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu under the Minimum Government and Maximum Governance campaign, is considering changes in the present practice of a pan-India tariff even for suburban and other short distance services.
The state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) are researching trains that can 'fly on the ground'
South Western Railway workers to be balloted over strike action

RMT says new franchise owner First MTR must give cast-iron assurances over the future of train guards on the network
By Tony Robson   31 August 2017

Train drivers and guards in the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) are to strike from September 1 in a long running dispute against the introduction of Driver Only Operated (DOO) trains by the three transport operating companies (TOCS) – Southern GTR, Northern Rail and Merseyrail.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The President of the Swiss Confederation, Doris Leuthard, on Thursday said that both countries will sign trade agreements and a Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU) on railway infrastructure.

Shri Bandaru Dattatreyaji,   Hon’ble Minister for Labour and Employment,

Government of India,New Delhi.

The Chairman, Railway Board  Government of India

Rail Bhawan  New Delhi
TNN | Updated: Aug 30, 2017, 
An India Today investigation into the August 19 train wreck has found that it was anything but oversight by railway authorities.
PTI | Aug 30, 2017, 


Among those sacked are 11 gangmen, one ironsmith and a junior engineer
They were workers in the Kathauli section where the accident took place
More than 20 people were killed in the accident
In the wake of three train derailments in the last fortnight, a rough estimate made by the government pegs the number of trackmen being used as ‘domestic help’ at 50,000 when they should be used exclusively to keep a vigil on railway tracks.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Passengers were confused as nothing was communicated to them on the unscheduled long halt at the station. Presuming the disturbance in the state as the cause, many passengers made enquiries in a state of panic
Siddharth Prabhakar| TNN | Updated: Aug 26, 2017,

Chennai: The recent derailment of Utkal Express in Uttar Pradesh on August 19 where over 20 people died has forced the railway board to do a re-think on the rest provided to engine drivers, known as loco-pilots in railway parlance. This is to ensure that safety of passenger trains is not compromised due to over-worked pilots.
S. Vijay Kumar THE HINDU CHENNAI,AUGUST 25, 2017 

Railways has laid out guidelines for a ‘Zero Accident’ regime
Ants had created panic last March when they appeared in the first class compartment of a metro in the Central line
The Indian Railways invests in new technologies and persists with old staffing patterns. This must change

In 2015-16, a majority of train accidents were caused due to derailments (60%), followed by accidents at level crossings (33%).
With water logging in several places in Mumbai along the railways and low lying areas has brought the city and its transportation to a halt.
Ahead of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit, the Japanese government is sending a team of railway safety experts to India following a request by New Delhi last month.
While railway mishaps are turning alarmingly frequent — yet another derailment of coaches was reported near Mumbai on Tuesday morning — one reason for the poor state of affairs is paucity of manpower at the transporter’s safety-related departments.

Monday, August 28, 2017

By S Lalitha | Express News Service | Published: 28th August 2017 
What stops a high profile career bureaucrat from leaving the power corridor and step into the lucrative boardroom of the private sector?
By: Reema Lokesh | Updated: August 28, 2017 
Lohani, the chairman of the Railway Board (CRB), has made it clear to the ministry officials that 'VIP culture' must be stopped to bring about a substantial change in the system.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Though, he offered to resign in recent light of train accidents, in his two years of tenure, Prabhu was seen bringing passenger friendly reforms in the country’s largest public sector enterprise.
Challenges on the railroadBy K V Priya Posted On : August 25, 2017 in Business & Politics , News - India & You , New Delhi
Somit Sen| TNN | Updated: Aug 25, 2017, 
The problem of railway accidents is not of safety standards but the execution of standards
Business  Sindhu BhattacharyaAug, 24 2017 

New Delhi: The Railway Board, the premier decision making body of the country’s largest transporter, comprises a chairman and members for five different functions - Traffic, Traction, Rolling Stock, Engineering and Staff. In the hierarchy of the Indian Railways, the Board is right after the Railway Minister and his Ministers of State.
Safety in Indian Railways   by PRS Legislative Research

Safety has been one of the biggest concerns in the Indian Railways system. While the number of accidents have gone down over the last few years, the number still remains over 100 accidents a year. In light of the recent train accidents in Uttar Pradesh (UP), we present some details around accidents and safety in the Indian Railways.
Will change ‘VIP culture’, bring ‘working culture’: Ashwani Lohani after taking charge as Railway Board chairman
Around 84 pct of Railways revenue comes via digital modes: Mohd Jamshed, member-traffic, Railway Board
The carrier has introduced various initiatives, especially after demonetisation, to offer customers ways to make payments through digital modes.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Amid the calls for fixing accountability, one wonders where are the voices that speak of the need for fixing faults.

In the wee hours of Wednesday, August 23, the destinies of passengers aboard the Kaifiyat Express, bound for Delhi, received a major jolt in Auraiya — in another derailment in Uttar Pradesh, the second in five days.
Ashwani Lohani, who was at the helm of Air India for two years was appointed as the Chairman of the Railway Board, after incumbent A K Mital tendered his resignation on Wednesday after Kaifiyat express derailed near Auriya in Uttar Pradesh.
THE HINDU Bengaluru Jay Shankar   ,AUGUST 22, 2017 
Arvind Chauhan| TNN | Updated: Aug 20, 2017, 

The incident took place near Chamrola station, 180 km away from Delhi on Sunday morning at around 7:35 am.
Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 23 (PTI): A branch of a tree fell on the locomotive of an express train coming here from New Delhi at Chingavanam near Kottayam this afternoon, but none was injured.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Union Railway minister Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday said he was personally monitoring the situation of Kaifiyat Express derailment.
By: ANI | New Delhi | Published: August 23, 2017 
Who is Ashwani Lohani: Meet new Railway Board Chairman; things you may not know about him
The Narendra Modi government on Wednesday appointed Ashwani Lohani as the new Chairman of Railway Board. The big development comes on the day when Suresh Prabhu offered to quit from the post of Railways Minister.
With 16 percent of the safety posts lying vacant, patrolling of rail tracks difficult
By Express News Service | Published: 22nd August 2017 

CHENNAI: Two days after Utkal Express derailed in Uttar Pradesh, leading to the death of 24 passengers, the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) has demanded the implementation of extended traffic blocks, required manpower and track machines to ensure proper track maintenance.
By Express News Service | Published: 22nd August 2017
By Alex Gonz├ílez    23 August 2017

A new study by the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL) reveals that economic inequality in Mexico is much higher than had been previously estimated. According to the study, the top 10 percent of Mexicans received over two thirds of the country’s income in 2012, while the bottom 10 percent earned just 0.4 percent that same year. This level of inequality is 77 percent higher than what had been previously calculated using official data.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority said the crash happened around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday.
SEPTA said 33 people aboard the train were injured.Published 3 Hours Ago 

Accident in 2011 claimed lives of 12 and injured 71
According to the railways, under the rolling stock production programme, there will be only 801 conventional coaches manufactured in 2017-18 and, subsequently, no such coaches will be produced.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:August 20, 2017
Editorial | 21 Aug 2017 

 The fate of Indian Railways hangs by a loose thread, and unless amended urgently it could fall flat on its face beckoning tragedy upon hundreds who rely on this system while also rattling our entire economy that largely depends on the railways for effective transportation and communication across difficult terrains in the Indian peninsula.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Authorities said the "Fuxing" bullet train will shorten the travel time between Beijing and Shanghai by more than an hour.
World | NDTV News Desk | Updated: August 21, 2017 
Derailments drove the toll up.
Rukmini SEditor, Data & Innovation
Railway Ministry sources said 346 accidents have occurred since 2015 when Prabhu took over the portfolio. He seems to be making the same mistakes as his predecessors.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

According to initial findings, at least 15 metres of the track had been removed for repair works at the time of the accident on Saturday evening.
Here are major train accidents in the country in recent past

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday said that he has asked for responsibility to be fixed, based on prima facie evidence, by the end of the day in the deadly Kalinga Utkal Express derailment in Uttar Pradesh.

Saturday, August 19, 2017


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Railway Strike.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Nepal is building a new railway network to boost its ailing economy—helped by the rivalry between its powerful neighbours, China and India

Friday, August 11, 2017


The Chairman,

Railway Board,

Rail Bhavan, New Delhi.
TNN | Updated: Aug 11, 2017, 

India is set to celebrate her 70th Independence Day in four days. But incidents such as these set us back 70 years. 

GE Transportation and Indian Railways to launch 1,000 fuel-efficient trains by 2025. Here are 4 technologies key to this initiative. The Indian Railways aims to be more fuel-efficient and become a bigger part of the ‘Digital India’ narrative. Here is an overview of how GE Transportation envisions this.
The idea suggested by the parliament panel of going back to the old ways of subsidizing ‘socially desirable projects’ is one from the previous era.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Ten central trade unions decide to hold a three-day protest in Delhi in November to press for their 12-point charter of demands including minimum wage and social security

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Railway Ministry is now assessing the results and will conduct further trials, said sources.
Resolutions are adopted in extended CWC meeting held at Nagpur on 3rd & 4th Aug 2017.
Extended Central Working Committee meeting of AILRSA was held at Maheswari Bhavan, Nagpur on 3rd and 4th of August 2017. The meeting was controlled by a presidium consisting of Com. L.Mony, Com. R.R.Bhagat and Com. M.P.Deo. Secretary General submitted a detailed report and Central Treasurer submitted the finance report. 48 delegates from all the 16 zones except one i.e. NFR took part in deliberations.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

PM Modi and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe will together lay the foundation stone of the 508-km corridor between Ahmedabad and Mumbai during the Japanese premier's visit to India in September.
By: FE Online   Sat August 05 2017, 
Prashant Rupera| TNN | Aug 4, 2017,

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Indian Railways is fighting on several fronts to tackle issues such as quality of service, freight loss and passenger amenities, among others, and the size of the institution makes it even harder to resolve all issues.
Team MP | 4 Aug 2017 

| Kolkata In a tragic incident, a railway guard was killed at Liluah Rail workshop when a wheel of a goods train accidentally fell on him on Friday morning. 55-year-old Adesh Singh remained trapped under the heavy wheel for sometime when he was rescued by his comrades and was rushed to the local hospital where he was declared brought dead.
IndiaChandan KumarAug, 04 2017 

Indian Railways has decided to remove one toilet each from over 40 thousand coaches citing space constraints. As per reports, the Indian Railways lacks sufficient space to keep food trays and beverages in train coaches. They are generally kept in the vestibule near the toilet area, which not only is a health hazard but also unclean, CNN-News18reported.

Friday, August 4, 2017

                               GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS

                                    REPORT OF TASK FORCE ON SAFETY

Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) on 06.12.2016 constituted a Task Force to suggest system and process to improve the safety performance of Indian Railways with the following officers:

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Published : Jul 23, 2017, 
The technical glitches in long distance trains in motion will be recorded by high-quality CCTV cameras.
TNN | Updated: Jul 29, 2017, 
The unusual snag caused an hour-long delay
Offbeat | NDTV Offbeat Desk | Updated: August 01, 2017 
I used to love train travel – but it has become an inexcusable rip-off
People are holding their breath on the completion of the tunnel while ensuring that the Great Wall is not damaged in the process, the Global Times reported.WORLD Updated: Aug 01, 2017 
PTI, Beijing

Monday, July 31, 2017

National Council( JCM) representing the employees in Central Govt sector- Income Tax, Audit etc, Postal Employees, Defence Employees and Railway Employees jointly conducted a convention at New Delhi on 11.12.2014 and adopted a joint declaration demanding the Central Government to settle the ten point charter of demands also against the anti workers policies. Subsequently National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) was formed. Due to various reasons strike action was delayed.

Friday, July 28, 2017

By S Lalitha | Express News Service | Published: 26th July 2017 

BENGALURU: For three months, these petty thieves had put the safety of rail passengers at risk as well as baffled the Railway Police by their nocturnal activity of dismantling signal posts along the Bengaluru-Tumakuru railway tracks and selling them in the scrap market.
Launched by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in May, Tejas runs between Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Karmali in Goa. Tejas has the highest ticket fare per kilometre for trains in the country, with an executive chair-car seat costing around Rs 2,940 with food for the 552-km trip.
Some services carried twice as many people as trains were designed for, Department for Transport figures show
At least 18 of the injured need hospital attention, emergency services said. The driver was among the injured, they said.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Indian Railways likely to stop providing blankets in AC coaches
With his acknowledged reputation Suresh Prabhu as IR’s helmsman raised expectations that it would be rescued from the tail-spin it had lapsed into. Prabhu underscored in his last budget speech the need to “reorganise, restructure and rejuvenate” railways.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Krishnendu Bandyopadhyay| TNN | Jul 25, 2017, 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Sweden's MTR Express unveils Trainy McTrainface after public poll.
The name won 49 percent of votes versus alternatives including Miriam and Poseidon.
It comes after British officials rejected a vote to name its polar research vessel Boaty McBoatface.
Karen Gilchrist | @_karengilchristFriday, 21 Jul 2017 |

MTR Express
Artist's impression of the MTR Express' newly unveiled Trainy McTrainface

A train operator in Sweden has vowed to name one of its trains Trainy McTrainface in a bid to bring "joy" to all those disappointed when the U.K. overturned a public vote to name a polar research ship with a similar quirky name.

Trainy came in miles ahead when MTR Express, a subsidiary of Hang Seng-listed MTR Corporation which runs trains between Gothenburg and Stockholm, invited Swedes to come up with a name for one of its fleet of new engines.

The move is seen as a public triumph after the British Research Council ignored the results of a public vote to name its new polar research ship Boaty McBoatface last year. The vessel was instead named after British broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough.

"(This is) news that will be received with joy by many, not just in Sweden," MTR wrote in a statement.

Trainy McTrainface gained 49 percent of votes versus other names including Hakan, Miriam and Poseidon. It is to be unveiled at an official ceremony in Gothenberg this fall and will be joined by other new members of the fleet, Estelle and Glenn.

MTR Corporation is listed on the Hong Kong exchange and has holdings in railway networks in the U.K., Sweden, China and Australia, as well as property developments in Hong Kong.

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong announced on Tuesday a controversial plan to allow mainland officials to enforce Chinese laws inside a Hong Kong train station, an immigration set-up critics say will encroach on the city's autonomy and endanger existing freedoms.
From the sectionUK
By Agencies - Published at: Jul 25, 2017
25 Jul 2017

The General Secretary, AIRF

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An unidentified commuter threw the bag from a CST-bound train around 12.30pm
"A mechanism may be put in place to ensure strict compliance to norms of cleaning blankets and pillows as per required periodicity," the CAG report recommended.
The blueprint analyses government statistics to show that 25 per cent of domestic air travel happens over inter-city distances within 500 km — a segment where the Railways was always believed to enjoy a monopoly — contrary to popular perception that air travel is chosen only for 800-1,000-km distances.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

July 23, 2017,  SA Aiyar in Swaminomics | Economy, India | TOI

Having established a reputation as an incrementalist who shuns radical change, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has suddenly changed expectations by opting to privatise Air India. This is such a huge public sector giant with so many subsidiaries and lakhs of employees that nobody ever dreamed it could come first in the list of Modi privatisations. Yet that is the case.
Kapil Dave & Himanshu Kaushik| TNN | Updated: Jul 23, 2017, 

In Ahmedabad, details are being finalized for the station for the bullet train
Shinzo Abe and Narendra Modi will also take part in the launch of two Japan Industrial Parks

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Yogesh Tejwani| TNN | Updated: Jul 22, 2017, 

Bhopal: The much awaited rains in the state have left the loco-pilots of West Central Railway (WCR) worrying. Heavy downpour forces them to crane their necks outside the window to check the signals. Time and again they even have to clean the wind shields — hanging half outside to manage the task — all this because the wipers of most of the trains are faulty.
Fri, 21 Jul 2017- , PTI

Over 350 railway officers are facing cases of major penalty, the government informed the Rajya Sabha today.
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu says the government is working with companies like Hyperloop to increase the speed of trains to more than 600 km per hour
Here are 5 important points to know
In a scathing report, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has revealed major lapses in the Indian Railways catering services and said that the food and water sold at the railway stations and trains are “unfit for human consumption.”

Friday, July 21, 2017

PR case was filed initially at CAT Bangalore on 30.03.1999

Relief sought:

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Cabinet today cleared a 15 per cent hike in salaries for public sector company employees.

The Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved implementation of the recommendations of the 3rd Pay Commission for central public sector enterprises’ (CPSE) employees, an official said here.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

By Ibu Sanjeeb Garg    By PUBLIC On Jul 18, 2017

Beating the Rhetoric
PTI| Updated: Jul 17, 2017,

MUMBAI: Automations solutions provider Siemens Limited today said it has bagged the contract to install state-of-the-art IGBT technology for Indian Railways. 
THE ASIAN AGE. | ARPIKA BHOSALE    Published : Jul 16, 2017, 

Stress is common among drivers who are on duty during peak hours.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Scheme valid for a year or till the vacancies get filled; retirement benefits to stay the same; daily remuneration to be decided
The flash floods resulted from an alarming rise in the water levels in the Nagavalli and the Kalyani rivers.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

By Karishma Ravindran | Jul 16, 2017

Mumbai : Ever thought why a motorman honks in a different pattern at a station, other than a single whistle which is blown like a ritual before the train chugs out of the platform.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu launched a new integrated mobile app 'SAARTHI - synergised advanced application rail travel help and information' for passengers.

Friday, July 14, 2017

IndiaPTI    Jul, 13 2017 

New Delhi: The government, the biggest litigator in the country, faces 369 contempt cases across courts, a Law ministry document states.

According to its data, as on 12 June, 2017, a total of 1,35,060 government cases and 369 contempt cases were pending in the courts.
Southern rail passengers face more misery as drivers vote to strike in August

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

By Jeff Lusanne  12 July 2017

On Monday, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 308, the union covering 3,600 train operators and dozens of associated rail workers, announced that the local union membership had voted by a margin of 98 percent in favor of a strike against the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).
Wed, 28 Jun 2017, PTI

The union has demanded that the govt waive off the airline's debt instead of selling it to a private player

The Cabinet today cleared disinvestment of beleaguered national airline, Air India which has floundered amid stiff competition from no-frills rivals and reported at least seven years of losses.
The incident taught them what Mumbai’s lifeline meant for the city. Resuming services within three hours after the blast, people were back to using local trains the next day for the regular commute.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Former railway officials and some private companies have been implicated in the Rail Neer scam case.
The Sichuan-Tibet Railway will be the second railway into Tibet region after the Qinghai-Tibet Railway.
Prabhu pointed out that the rail ministry's freight policy encouraged private partnership which would also generate employment opportunities.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


Home to an extraordinary variety of climatic conditions, India can burn you with the sun in one minute and then shower massive rains at the same time, making travelling a terrible experience for many.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Recent RBO are in PDF hence a link is provided here to visit Google drive of AILRSA SWR

By PSR  -July 4, 2017

Monday, July 3, 2017

UDAY Express double-decker train from Coimbatore to Bengaluru soon; boasts of automatic food vending machines, LCD screens and more
Anil Kumar Sastry THE HINDU   MANGALURU , JULY 03, 2017

Sunday, July 2, 2017

11 Types Of Horns And What They Mean In Indian Railways
By Richa Sharma | Published: 01st July 2017 
IndiaPTIJul, 02 2017 

New Delhi: Customer-facing staff of railways will be sporting designer uniforms complete with fluorescent jackets and black and yellow T-shirts from this festive season in October.
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Siddharth Prabhakar| TNN | Jul 1, 2017,

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CHENNAI: Even as encroachers are sitting pretty , and railway administration is unable to evict them due to non-cooperation from the state governmentauthorities, the union railway minister Suresh Prabhu flagged off a 7km line in the city, though the stretch is lying incomplete still.

During his visit to the city last week, Prabhu inaugurated the 7km line between Ennore and Tiruvottiyur in North Chennai. It is part of the Chennai Beach-Attipattu 4th line.But what Prabhu did not know is the fact that the project is still incomplete because Railways is unable to evict encroachers who have built huts and even pucca houses on land meant for laying tracks.

Southern Railway has identified around 750 such structures in six areas across the city , a majority of them in North Chennai, impeding crucial capacity addition projects.These projects are necessary for railways to run more suburban and freight trains as well as speed up existing trains.

Despite repeated requests, state government authorities have not come forward to help railways, senior officials privy to the developments point out.The most recent was a threepage letter written by Vashishtha Johri, general manager of Southern Railway to Tamil Nadu chief secretary Girija Vaidynathan on April 17. A complete list of these encroachments was given in the letter.No reply has been obtained from the state government, railways said. Vaidyanathan did not respond to TOI when asked about the issue.

"It is a political hot-potato.Most of these encroachments are in RK Nagar constituency and hence the police and reve nue department officials don't want to touch it. Whatever eviction has been done is only with the support of Railway Protection Force (RPF)," says a senior railway official.

Top Commentit is the responsibility of State government only and they should do it at their cost , but quicklyN Renganathan

Hutments and other houses have been built on railway land adjoining the tracks in areas like Vyasarpadi, Washermenpet, Minjur, Ennore and Korukkupet. Tracks are used as a site for open defecation by people living in these areas which creates two issues for railways -one, it causes train run-over deaths; and two, the excreta on tracks corrodes the tracks causing safety concerns for trains. Southern Railway is facing a case in National Green Tribunal (NGT) regarding this issue. It has been directed to build a boundary wall to demarcate its territory , but unable to do so due to the hutments.

The residents say they are on this land for many years, some for up to two decades. The state government wants Railways to sanction `100 crore for rehabilitation of slum-dwellers encroaching on railway land. However, this is not acceptable to Railways, as rehabilitation is a state subject, say officials.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Running allowance rate may come to as follows,
List of allowances recommended will be effective from 1st July 2017.
No arrears from 1st  Jan 2016.

A BRIEF narration of NJCA actions and result:

National Council( JCM) representing the employees in Central Govt sector- Income Tax, Audit etc, Postal Employees, Defence Employees and Railway Employees jointly conducted a convention at New Delhi on 11.12.2014 and adopted a joint declaration demanding the Central Government to settle the ten point charter of demands also against the anti workers policies. Subsequently National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) was formed. Due to various reasons strike action was delayed.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

By Isaac Finn   29 June 2017

On June 27, a subway train in New York City derailed near the 125th Street Station injuring 34 riders, including 17 who were taken to the hospital, creating service delays on multiple lines.

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