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Today (00:44)  Exclusive: Suresh Prabhu's tweets won't save Indian Railways; with rock bottom op ratio, it's never been this bad (www.firstpost.com)
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Posted by: Baaz SGUJ WDP4 with NJP Shatabdi NFRs pride~  114 news posts
Following the footsteps of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and his ministry must be among the most active on social media. However, the ground reality of the Indian Railways is not rosy enough to brag about.
Train accidents in the recent past, unending passenger complaints, and falling revenues are some of the issues that will haunt the railway minister in the upcoming Union Budget presentation on 1 February. This will be the first time in the history of Independent India that the Railway Budget will be presented along with the Union Budget 2017; both b the finance minister.
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of the chief concerns of the railway minister would be the unhealthy operating ratio. Last year’s Railway Budget had set the operating ratio target at 92 percent for the financial year 2016-17, which is sure to be missed giving a dismal picture of the performance of Indian Railways. According to sources in the ministry, Indian Railways is expected to have an operating ratio of 94 percent for the current fiscal.
Operating ratio is the barometer to judge the financial health of the railways. Usually, 90 percent operating ratio is an indicator of good health, which means the Indian railway is spending 90 paise to earn 100 paise. A lower operating ratio is regarded as an indicator of a better financial health of the system.
In the first week of January, Prabhu had admitted, "We have got a huge liability in the form of Seventh Pay Commission award and the growth in coal and steel loading has been flat. In view of this, I think we’ve done a decent job by controlling the operating ratio at 94 percent."
However, the situation seems to be greyer than expected as former top railway board officials and experts feel that the operating ratio will exceed even 94 percent mark. And, this will be enough to say that the financial health of Indian Railways is poor.
"It appears that the operating ratio is likely to cross 100 percent mark, which is quite bad. I don’t know how they will achieve both earnings and tonnage growth," Vivek Sahai, former chairman, Railway Board, told Firstpost.
Operating ratio has proved to be the Achilles heel for the railways this fiscal. In June 2016, the sudden resignation of Railway Board's financial commissioner Sanjoy Mookerjee, three months ahead of his retirement, seeking "voluntary retirement" came as a big "surprise and shocking" to many.
Though Mookerjee, a 1978-batch Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) officer, had chosen to remain tight-lipped throughout on the issue, sources in the railways didn’t rule out the possibility of "strong disagreement on policy issues with the top leadership".
The financial commissioner, who’s also an ex-officio secretary to the Government of India, plays a vital role as the topmost authority in managing finances of Indian Railways, including the Railway Budget.
“Maybe, Mookerjee will speak some day, but we were shocked when he opted for voluntary retirement. We wanted him to continue as he was not only immensely popular but an efficient financial administrator," one of the top railway officials, who worked with Mookerjee, remarked.
Sources said that Mookerjee’s tenure had the challenges of managing the burden of the Seventh Pay Commission, unprecedented external borrowings for infrastructure works, spending on projects, decline in earnings from freights and slowing of passenger traffic.
"Amidst all these pressing factors, managing the operating ratio was a critical issue. Mookerjee was at the helm of budget planning and preparation. Soon after he quit, his position was taken over by other financial commissioners, but his exit gave a negative message as he had played an instrumental role in reining in the railway’s costs at a time when the revenues were down," the source added.
Arunendra Kumar, former chairman of the Railway Board while speaking to Firstpost cautioned: “Operating ratio of this fiscal will go way beyond 94 percent, which is financially alarming, especially when earnings have gone down drastically. The challenge is quite huge before railways.”
Besides operating ratio, other issues such as safety and customer satisfaction are likely to haunt the Railway Budget 2017 as well. The country has witnessed a series of train accidents in the recent past that has raised questions on passenger safety. The ministry’s social media presence notwithstanding, passengers too have taken to social media to gripe about poor amenities on board, including those on premium trains such as the Rajdhani and the Shatabdi.
A large number of complaints have been made related to choked toilets, lack of water supply, quality of bedrolls and food supplied to passengers on board.
“Use of social media like Twitter, etc, is good for improving communication but it doesn’t improve services provided to passengers and their safety. There are also complaints of slow work on doubling lines and delays in opening new ones in some parts. It needs real hard work on the ground,” another former chairman of the Railway Board remarked on the condition of anonymity.
“Adequate supervision and finance go hand-in-hand in providing better safety and customer satisfaction,” said Sahai.

  
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Baaz SGUJ WDP4 with NJP Shatabdi NFRs pride~   609 blog posts   35 correct pred (61% accurate)
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"In June 2016, the sudden resignation of Railway Board's financial commissioner Sanjoy Mookerjee, three months ahead of his retirement, seeking "voluntary retirement" came as a big "surprise and shocking" to many.
Though Mookerjee, a 1978-batch Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) officer, had chosen to remain tight-lipped throughout on the issue, sources in the railways didn’t rule out the possibility of "strong disagreement on policy issues with the top leadership"."

  
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Baaz SGUJ WDP4 with NJP Shatabdi NFRs pride~   609 blog posts   35 correct pred (61% accurate)
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For many can continue to argue that Mr Prabhu has given new projects and initiatives to IR which include twitter complaint handling thing, the unending complaints from the passengers side puts a serious question:
Is Railways willing to carry forward this twitter grievance redressal and hope to gain media limelight once in a while, or
Do they have honest intention to reach a phase where they hardly give passengers any chance for any complaint ?
  
Today (00:42)  व्यापारियों ने महाप्रबंधक को सौंपा ज्ञापन (www.jagran.com)
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आजमगढ़ : उद्योग व्यापार प्रतिनिधि मंडल के जिलाध्यक्ष पदमाकर लाल वर्मा के नेतृत्व में व्यापारियों का समूह बुधवार को पूर्वोत्तर रेलवे के महाप्रबंधक से मिला और अपनी मांगों का ज्ञापन सौंपा। इनकी मांगों में जनपद से कोलकाता व मुम्बई के लिए प्रतिदिन ट्रेन चलाई जाए। प्लेटफार्म नंबर दो का निर्माण अभी तक नहीं हुआ जो 2010 से लंबित है इसे जल्द पूर्ण कराया जाए। एसी प्रतीक्षालय बनवाया जाए। गेट संख्या 28बी मूसेपुर से रेलवे का निजी मार्ग है, उसे ठीक कराया जाए। महाप्रबंधक ने व्यापारियों को आश्वासन दिया कि उनकी समस्याओं का समाधान किया जाएगा। ज्ञापन सौंपने वालों में पदमाकर लाल वर्मा घुट्टुर, संत प्रसाद अग्रवाल, मनोज बर्नवाल, अशोक अग्रवाल, राजेन्द्र कुमार, शारदा प्रसाद, अनिल शुक्ला, मनीष गोयल आदि शामिल थे।
  
Today (00:41)  निर्माण के दौरान टूटी पाइप, अफरा-तफरी (www.jagran.com)
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आजमगढ़ : शहर के सिधारी रेलवे क्रां¨सग पर बन रहे ओवरब्रिज के निर्माण के दौरान बुधवार की सुबह दस बजे के करीब अचानक जेसीबी से नगर पालिका की सप्लाई होने वाली पाइप टूट गई। इसकी वजह से पावा बनाने के लिए खोदे गए गड्ढे में पानी भरने से अफरा-तफरी की स्थिति व्याप्त हो गई। ठेकेदार व कर्मचारी मौके से भाग निकले। यही नहीं सड़क कट-कटकर पूरी तरह से गिरती रही। दहशत के बीच लोग किसी तरह से इधर से निकल तो रहे थे लेकिन कट-कट गिर रही सड़क से दहशत व्याप्त था।
पिछले कई माह से सिधारी रेलवे क्रां¨सग पर ओवरब्रिज का निर्माण चल रहा है। कई खंभे भी बन रहे हैं। क्रां¨सग के उत्तर तरफ बड़ा गड्ढा खंभा बनाने के लिए
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बुधवार की सुबह दस बजे के करीब जेसीबी लगाकर गड्ढा खोदा जा रहा था। इस दौरान अचानक पानी सप्लाई होने वाली पाइप टूट गई। इसकी वजह से गड्ढे में पानी भरने लगा। मामला गंभीर होते देख मजदूर व ठेकेदार मौके से भाग लिए। थोड़ी ही देर में गड्ढा पूरा भर गया। सड़क चारों तरफ से करार कटकर गिरने लगी। इससे अफरा-तफरी मच गई। हालात यह हुई कि इधर से आवागमन पूरी तरह बंद हो गया। कुछ लोग इधर से जा रहे थे लेकिन भय बना हुआ था। शाम तीन बजे तक पानी नहीं रूका था और सड़क पूरी तरह से कटती जा रही थी। ट्यूबवेल की पाइप बंद करने के लिए गड्ढा खोदा जा रहा था। इधर से आने जाने वालों का आवागमन पूरी तरह से बंद था।
  
Yesterday (22:28)  Minister of Railways Unveils Mission 41k (pib.nic.in)
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Roundtable Discussion with External Stakeholders on Energy Initiatives of Indian Railways
Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu unveiled Mission 41k during the Roundtable Discussion with External Stakeholders on Energy Initiatives of Indian Railways. Shri Suresh Prabhu said that Ministry of Railways has come up with Mission 41k to save Rs. 41000 crore in the next decade in Railways’ energy costs. To implement this comprehensive strategy with the participation of various stakeholders, we shall take advantage of regulatory frameworks, look at new technologies. He said that this is an opportunity to relook at everything and determine an ideal baseline. All electrification works done in the last decade would be doubled and this would change the energy mix of Indian Railways. Indian
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Railways has set a target of 1000 MW of solar power and 200 MW of wind energy.
Shri Prabhu also informed that around 15 – 16 Roundtable Conferences with Stakeholders are in the pipeline on various initiatives of Indian Railways. He said that a Round Table discussion is planned on Data Analytics. Indian Railways generates massive amounts of data and has a huge captive audience. Ability to optimally utilise these will generate additional revenue for the Indian Railways.
Chairman Railway Board, Shri AK Mital said that a target of moving 45% of the freight traffic can be achieved only when it can move freight in a cost efficient manner. This has led to Railways competing with road sector. At present 70% traffic runs on electric traction. In next 6 -7 years target has been set to run 90% of the traffic on electric traction. By procuring electricity through open access, the cost of electricity procurement comes down drastically which contributes 25% of the working expenses. He also said that Ministry of Railways has launched Mission Raftaar to increase the average speed of movement by 5 kmph every year. Another important Mission for Indian Railways is the establishment of High hp Locomotive manufacturing plants at Madhepura and Marhaura.
Member Traction Shri AK Kapoor said that Railways have about 50 % tracks electrified as of now which greatly contributes in keeping the energy bill low & reducing the carbon footprint. Ministry of Railways want to take electrification to 90% in next few years through our Mission Electrification with an aim to reduce dependence on imported fuel, change energy mix, and rationalize the cost of energy for Railways. As part of this, it has embarked upon electrification of additional 24,000 Rkm, i.e., about 90% of Railway BG routes in next 5 years by taking the present rate of electrification from 2000 Rkm to 4000 Rkm in next 2 years. To achieve this, Ministry of Railways have planned to incorporate EPC Mode of Contracts for Railway Electrification Projects, Mechanise the execution through Self Propelled Wiring Trains etc. This will increase the mobility, reduce energy bill to improve viability of Railways and also reduce carbon footprint. Ministry of Railways wish to develop partnership, improve our delivery of electrification projects by having suggestions from industry.
The Roundtable Discussion was attended by members and senior officials from the Railway Board and representatives from various Government and Private agencies in the field of energy, International Experts and Industry Associations.
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India’s economy has seen unprecedented growth during the last decade with average growth of 7–8% per annum in last few years. With economic growth, the passenger and freight traffic on the Indian Railways is expected to grow from 3,635 billion passenger kilometres and 961 billion tonne kilometres respectively in 2005 to 19,427 billion passenger kilometres and 6,677 billion tonne kilometres respectively by 2030 i.e., an increase of more than 6 folds.
Rail as a mode of transport needs to enhance its capacity. The saturation of capacity of the Indian Railways on the Golden Quadrilateral has weighed heavily on the mind of Indian policymakers while taking the decision to construct dedicated freight corridors (Dedicated Freight Corridor). The construction of these Dedicated Freight Corridors would enable the Indian Railways to meet the growing demand for freight transport and induce a modal shift of freight traffic from road to rail. Since both corridors are to have more energy efficient locos powered by electric traction, the completion of Dedicated Freight Corridor project would lead to higher operational efficiency, resulting in substantial energy saving and significant reduction of GHG emissions.
Energy is a vital input for production and growth. Considering universal energy access and energy security as one of the fundamental development goals for the country, Government of India (GoI) has undertaken a two pronged approach – energy efficiency and Reduction in cost of energy. India has a definite plan for progressing more towards use of cleaner energy and factor in energy efficiency in its usage. Railways are taking number of steps to reduce energy consumption by using various energy-efficient technologies.
Although, rail as a mode of transport has less specific energy consumption than road for passenger and freight movement, the share of the road sector in Indian transport has witnessed a steady rise at the cost of the rail sector.
Speed of railway traffic has been increasing gradually, however for ensuring sustained efforts in the direction of substantial increase in the speed of freight and passenger traffic, and time bound delivery, Ministry of Railways have launched Mission Raftaar. To achieve the objectives of higher speed under Mission Raftaar, Ministry of Railways are also manufacturing energy efficient high horsepower electric locomotives and Electric Multiple Units at our plants in Madhepura, Kancharapara and Diesel locomotives factory at Marhaura. These locomotives shall be manufactured in India under the ‘Make in India’ program of the government. Looking at the future needs of this fast growing nation, it has been decided to upgrade speed potential on some routes to 160 kmph. For this, 2x25 kV Electrification system shall be implemented.
Railway has plans to change its energy mix and shall be using Green Energy. Railway is going to install solar and wind plants for using green energy on its system. To change energy mix towards Green energy in a phased manner, Ministry of Railways plan to set up 1000 MW solar and about 200 MW wind plants.
Development of new technologies shall provide opportunities for new innovations by entrepreneurs and local industries shall support the government’s ‘Stand up India’ program. This discussion will help the Indian Railways to explore new energy-efficient technologies and develop a roadmap for sustainable future growth.
For taking forward these deliberation, this roundtable discussion has been organised in the field of Railway Electrification, Energy Management, Fuel Efficiency and Electric & Diesel Traction. These discussions will help Indian Railways meet its goal to serve people in a more effective and efficient manner.

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Yesterday (22:25)  रेल मंत्री ने ‘मिशन 41के’ पेश किया (pib.nic.in)
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भारतीय रेलवे की ऊर्जा संबंधी पहलों पर बाह्य हितधारकों के साथ गोलमेज परिचर्चा
रेल मंत्री श्री सुरेश प्रभाकर प्रभु ने भारतीय रेलवे की ऊर्जा संबंधी पहलों पर बाह्य हितधारकों के साथ गोलमेज परिचर्चा के दौरान ‘मिशन 41के’ के बारे में विस्‍तृत जानकारी दी। श्री सुरेश प्रभु ने कहा कि रेल मंत्रालय ने अगले दशक में रेलवे की ऊर्जा लागत में 41,000 करोड़ रुपये की बचत करने के लिए ‘मिशन 41के’ तैयार किया है। उन्‍होंने कहा कि विभिन्‍न हितधारकों की भागीदारी के साथ इस व्‍यापक रणनीति पर अमल के लिए हम नियामकीय रूपरेखाओं से लाभ उठायेंगे और नई प्रौद्योगिकियों पर गौर करेंगे। उन्‍होंने कहा कि यह सभी चीजों पर नये सिरे से गौर करने और एक आदर्श आधार-रेखा निर्धारित करने का
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एक अच्‍छा अवसर है। रेल मंत्री ने कहा कि पिछले दशक में किये गये समस्‍त विद्युतीकरण कार्यों को दोगुना किया जायेगा और यह भारतीय रेलवे के ऊर्जा मिश्रण को बदल कर रख देगा। भारतीय रेलवे ने 1000 मेगावाट सौर बिजली और 200 मेगावाट पवन ऊर्जा का लक्ष्‍य रखा है।
श्री प्रभु ने यह भी बताया कि भारतीय रेलवे की विभिन्‍न पहलों पर हितधारकों के साथ लगभग 15-16 गोलमेज सम्‍मेलन आयोजित करने की तैयारी चल रही है। उन्होंने कहा कि डेटा विश्लेषण पर एक गोलमेज परिचर्चा आयोजित करने की योजना है। भारतीय रेलवे बड़ पैमाने पर डेटा सृजित करती है और इसके पास स्‍व उपयोग के लिए विशाल ऑडियंस हैं। इन सभी का इष्‍टतम इस्‍तेमाल करने की क्षमता हासिल कर लेने से भारतीय रेलवे के लिए अतिरिक्‍त राजस्‍व सृजित करना संभव हो जायेगा।
रेलवे बोर्ड के चेयरमैन श्री ए. के. मित्तल ने कहा कि कुल माल ढुलाई के 45 फीसदी को ढोने का लक्ष्‍य तभी हासिल किया जा सकता है जब इससे ढुलाई करना किफायती साबित होगा। इसके परिणामस्‍वरूप रेलवे अब सड़क क्षेत्र के साथ प्रतिस्‍पर्धा करने लगी है। मौजूदा समय में 70 फीसदी ढुलाई बिजली कर्षण (विद्युत ट्रैक्शन) पर होती है। अगले 6-7 वर्षों में 90 फीसदी ढुलाई विद्युत ट्रैक्शन पर करने का लक्ष्‍य तय किया गया है। खुली पहुंच के जरिये बिजली की खरीद सुनिश्चित करने से विद्युत खरीद की लागत काफी कम हो गई है, जिसका संचालन व्यय में 25 फीसदी हिस्‍सा होता है। उन्‍होंने यह भी कहा कि रेल मंत्रालय ने आवागमन की औसत गति में हर वर्ष 5 किलोमीटर प्रति घंटे की वृद्धि करने के लिए ‘मिशन रफ्तार’ शुरू किया है। भारतीय रेलवे का एक अन्‍य महत्‍वपूर्ण मिशन मधेपुरा और मरहौरा में उच्च अश्वशक्ति (एचपी) वाले लोकोमोटिव विनिर्माण संयंत्र की स्थापना करना है।
सदस्‍य (ट्रैक्शन) श्री ए के कपूर ने कहा कि रेलवे में अब तक लगभग 50 फीसदी मार्गों को विद्युतीकृत किया जा चुका है, जो ऊर्जा संबंधी बिल को कम रखने और कार्बन के उत्‍सर्जन को कम करने में बहुमूल्‍य योगदान दे रहे हैं। रेल मंत्रालय अपने मिशन विद्यतीकरण के जरिये अगले कुछ वर्षों में विद्युतीकरण को 90 फीसदी के स्‍तर पर ले जाना चाहता है, ताकि आयातित ईंधन पर निर्भरता घट सके। ऊर्जा मिश्रण में बदलाव लाना और रेलवे की ऊर्जा लागत को तर्कसंगत करना भी इसके प्रमुख उद्देश्य हैं।
गोलमेज परिचर्चा में रेलवे बोर्ड के सदस्‍यों और वरिष्‍ठ अधि‍कारियों तथा ऊर्जा क्षेत्र की विभिन्‍न सरकारी एवं निजी एजेंसियों, अंतर्राष्‍ट्रीय विशेषज्ञों और उद्योग संगठनों ने भी भाग लिया।
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Yesterday (22:12)  Booking unreserved tickets made easy (www.thehindu.com)
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After successful implementation of mobile ticket booking app ‘UTSONMOBILE’ for suburban train travel by the Chennai Division, the Southern Railway has extended the facility to the passengers of Salem Railway Division to book unreserved tickets, with a slight modification.
Passengers booking tickets using the application should collect tickets from the automatic ticket vending machines (ATVMs) installed in railway stations, by entering the mobile number and booking ID available on the show ticket option. They cannot travel without the printed ticket from the vending machines.
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such as Salem, Coimbatore, Tirupur, Erode, Mettupalayam, Karur, Salem Town, Attur and Chinna Salem.
The UTS application can be downloaded on Android / Windows based smart phones from respective App Store using mobile number as identity proof.
R-wallet
The passenger can register as a user of this application and charge his R-wallet (Railway Wallet).
The passenger has the option of charging the R-wallet either at UTS counters or by logging on to www.utsonmobileindian
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In case of passengers finding difficulty in collecting the ticket from the ticket vending machines, they can contact the UTS booking counter for getting the same.
For more details, the commuters can log on to www.utsonmobile
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Helpline
The passengers can also make use of the helpline number 044-25351621 in this regard.
  
Yesterday (22:09)  Five held for placing concrete slab on railway tracks (www.thehindu.com)
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Five persons who opposed the ban on jallikattu, and placed concrete slab on railway tracks at Pallipalayam on January 13 were arrested on Monday night.
At 9.30 p.m. on January 13, the engine of train number 56101 Mettur Dam – Erode Passenger hit the concrete slab placed along the Anangoor – Cauvery Railway Station sector. The train was stopped immediately by the loco pilot Anil Kumar.
But no damage was reported to the train and the journey continued after a delay of over 30 minutes.
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Railway Police registered a case under Section 150 (1) (a) (attempting to wreck a train by putting stone on railway track) of Indian Railways Act, 1989.
Inquiries revealed that M. Ranjith Kumar (23) of Korakattupallam in Pallipalayam, along with his four friends – M.S. Senthil Kumar alias ‘Kutti’ (32) of Govindampalayam, M. Santhana Krishnan (30) of Kadachanallur, K. Subramani alias ‘Suppi’ Subramani (30), and M. Mani alias ‘Tempo Mani’ alias ‘Thamba Mani’ (25) of Sathya Nagar – placed the slab on the tracks in an inebriated condition.
Later, they watched the train hitting the slab from a distance and ran away.
This is the second incident in recent times. On December 23, 2016, an electric engine of train number 11022 Tirunelveli – Dadar Chalukya Express hit concrete slabs placed on the tracks near Thoppur.
  
Yesterday (22:04)  DCW notice to DoPT over visually impaired woman’s plea (www.thehindu.com)
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The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Tuesday issued a notice to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) in connection with a complaint by a visually impaired woman alleging cancellation of appointment in the Ministry of Railways due to her disability.
Posting reallocated
The woman, who cleared the civil services exam in 2015, alleged that she was initially allotted Indian Railways Accounts Service (IRAS). “However, she claimed her appointment was cancelled because of her blindness and later when she followed it up with DoPT, she was reallocated to Postal and Telecommunication, Accounts
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and Finance Service,” DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal said in her notice to the DoPT Secretary B. P. Sharma.
The case comes at a time when the Disability Rights Group (DRG) protested outside the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) office on Monday after an official was allegedly reverted back to his previous posting due to his disability.
‘Report in a week’
Ms. Maliwal said that while the woman was allotted IRAS as per her rank in CSE-2015, her appointment was cancelled by the Ministry of Railways. “She has alleged that after several weeks of follow-ups she has now been allocated IP and TAF service which is in contravention of her rank, merit and preference of service.”
“Crucial time for training and foundation course has been wasted due to systemic delays. Immediate action must be taken,” the notice read.
The commission has also sought a factual report of the woman’s candidature within a week and the reasons for rejection of IRAS.
  
Yesterday (22:03)  CST booking hall gets LED lights (www.thehindu.com)
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The ‘star chamber’ booking hall at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) has been fitted with specially-designed low-wattage LED spotlights. “The lighting scheme is designed to highlight the architectural design and the stars of this chamber booking hall, which is part of the world heritage CST building,” said Central Railway chief PRO Narendra Patil.
“Earlier, the lighting was with 50 metal halide lamps of 70-250 watt, which have been replaced with 260 15-watt LED spotlights,” Mr. Patil said. “Besides improving the aesthetic look of the chamber, there is saving of electricity of around 250 kWh unit per day as the lighting load is reduced to 10-12 kw.” — PTI
  
Yesterday (21:57)  ISI behind Kanpur train accident, claim suspects (www.thehindu.com)
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Three persons arrested by the Bihar police have claimed that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was behind the recent train accident in Kanpur and the bomb that failed to explode on a railway track in Ghorasahan in East Champaran district of the State.
Fifteen coaches of the Ajmer-Sealdah Express (no.12987) derailed near Rura, around 70 kilometres from Kanpur, on December 28. Though there were no deaths, 44 persons were injured in the accident.
Earlier, on November 20, Indore-Patna Express train derailed near Kanpur, killing over a hundred passengers and injuring many more. On October
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1, a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was detected on a railway track in Ghorasahan and it was safely defused by the police.
“In the course of our investigation into the Ghorasahan IED, we arrested three persons who confessed to their involvement. They said they were acting on the instructions of people based in foreign countries… It’s the subject of an investigation, but they have said they had links with Pakistan’s ISI,” Jitendra Rana, Superintendent of Police, East Champaran, told journalists in Motihari, district headquarters, on Tuesday.
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Mr. Rana said intelligence agencies had been informed about the arrests and the foreign links of the accused.
The arrested persons were identified as Uma Shankar Prasad, Moti Paswan and Mukesh Yadav. Moti Paswan, police said, claimed that the ISI was involved in the Kanpur rail accident and that he and some others from Kanpur had executed the job.
Two of his accomplices, Zubair and Ziyaullah, had already been arrested in Delhi. “Moti Paswan identified both of them from photographs shown to him,” said Mr Rana.
‘₹3 lakh to plant bomb’
Moti Paswan told the police one Braj Kishore Giri, who was recently arrested in Nepal, had given ₹3 lakh to Dipak Ram and Arun of Adapur village to plant a powerful IED on a railway track in Ghorasahan. “When they failed to trigger the explosion, Giri killed them in the jungles of Nepal,” he said.
Information had also come from the Nepal police that the ISI had paid Braj Kishore Giri ₹30 lakh to blow up railway tracks in India, police said.
“They may also have been involved in the Indore-Patna Express accident on November 20 last year. But this can only be confirmed after a thorough investigation,” said Mr. Rana.
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