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

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