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Yesterday (12:05)  Andhra Pradesh : Hirakhand Express Accident, 39 Dead, Many Injured (www.indianrailwaynews.com)
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Yesterday (12:01)  Secunderabad: Centre plans airport model for Secunderabad railway station (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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HYDERABAD: The 143-year-old Secunderabad railway station is among 23 other stations that have been shortlisted by the Centre to be modernised with the help of private players. As part of the planned facelift, authorities hope to transform the station and recreate an airportlike ambience complete with swank restaurants and shopping complexes. The Secunderabad station is among the 'core stations' connecting the north and south of the country as well as the south to the east. It caters to 1.6 lakh passengers daily. "A blueprint of development plan is being prepared by SCR authorities currently . Once the blueprint is ready, it will be sent to the Ministry of Railways for approval," said M Umashankar Kumar, chief public relations officer, South Central Railway. The 23 core stations will be developed at a cost of around Rs 4,000 crore, while the overall cost of building facilities in and around the stations is expected...
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to be around Rs 25,000 crore. The Boston Consulting Group, which conducted feasibility studies for 55 stations, found 23 including the Secunderabad station requiring an overhaul. Among the other stations that will be revamped are the Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada stations. Apart from modernising the Secunderabad station, private developers who will be roped in will also get the rights to develop surplus land near the station. The land can be used for building hotels and other facilities. The lease will be for 45 years as per the plan.

  
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Yesterday (11:59)  North Central Railway working on pilot project to avert train accidents (www.hindustantimes.com)
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In order to overcome the problem of rail fractures during winters to prevent train accidents, North Central Railways is working on a pilot project at Bamrauli station under divisional railway manager (DRM) of Allahabad.
“At present patrol-man is able to cover only 1 km of rail line for checking rail fractures. However, line rail monitoring system would locate the fracture in a span of 25 km,” GM Arun Kumar Saxena said.
The system would help in reducing accidents as rail fractures would be found earlier, he said, adding he carried out an inspection
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from Rundhi station to Mathura junction to check for security, punctuality and passenger amenities.
The work of the fourth line between Rundhi and Palwal would be completed by March end, he said.
“Fourth line, when completed, would not only reduce traffic congestion but would pave way for separate corridor for Kota as well as for Jhansi,” Saxena said.
He said third line between Mathura and Jhansi has been given a green signal and funds have also been made available for Rail Vikas Nigam Limited.
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He said two lifts and an escalator have been introduced. Wi-fi facility has been launched at Mathura junction station and remodelling of the yard there is in progress.
“The efforts are on to connect platform 7 and 8 side of the area of the yard with the main yard,” he concluded.
He also took note of the suggestion that Chapra Express and Jaipur Express between Lucknow and Mathura junction should be run on different days instead of the same day as it would also boost revenue.
“Since it falls in other railways, a suggestion for changing timing and days of the aforesaid trains would be sent to the GM concerned,” he said.
DRM Agra Prabhas Kumar said technical knowledge is being given to employees for the new system.
“Gyan Sagar has been introduced for uplifting knowledge of technical and non-technical staff,” he said.
  
Yesterday (11:58)  46th All India Railway Gymnastics Championships concludes (www.freepressjournal.in)
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Eastern Railways overpowers rest five zones
Ujjain : The three-day 46th All India Railway Gymnastics Championship concluded here on Saturday. General Manager Western Railways GC Agrawal was the chief guest of the programme.
According the spokesperson of Railways, 50 men and 8 women participated in the competition. In male group Partho Mandal secured 1st rank, Sundar Verma secured 2nd and Pradeep Das secured 3rd position according to final results of the competition for All Round Best Men . In female gymnast Pranati Nayak ranked 1st, Pranati Das ranked
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2nd and 3rd rank was secured by Payal Bhattacharya.
According to results of team championship for the All India Railway Gymnastics Championships, the Eastern Railways stood first, South Railways IInd and North Railway secured 3rd place in the competition while 4th, 5th and 6th places were occupied by Western Railways, South Central Railways and South Railways, respectively.
  
Yesterday (11:57)  Hirakhand Express tragedy: Sonia Gandhi expresses concern over rise in train accidents (indianexpress.com)
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The Congress President hoped that the Indian Railways will undertake lasting measures to ensure railway safety after frequent train accidents in recent months.
Expressing shock and anguish at the tragic Hirakhand Express train derailment in Andhra Pradesh which has claimed 27 lives so far, Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi said that she was concerned over the rising number of train accidents, and hoped that the Indian Railways will undertake lasting measures to ensure railway safety. In a statement, Gandhi expressed her condolences to all families who have lost their near and dear ones in this tragedy hoped that Railway authorities and the State Government are undertaking relief and rescue operations expeditiously, besides providing medical help. “Mrs. Gandhi hoped that Railways will undertake lasting
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measures to ensure railway safety is a priority,” the statement by Congress read. Meanwhile, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi also offered his condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in the accident.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his condolences to the kin of the deceased and assured that the Railway Ministry is closely monitoring the situation. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also tweeted saying that the NDRF teams have already reached the spot to carry out rescue and relief operations.
One NDRF team from Visakhapatnam is present at the derailment site in Andhra and four teams from Bhubaneswar are en route for rescue operations. Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced rupees two lakh as compensation for the kin of deceased in the horrific Hirakhand express derailment in Andhra Pradesh last night, which claimed the lives of 26 people.
He also announced 25,000 rupees for the injured and 50,000 rupees for the seriously injured. Prabhu, along with Railway Board Chairman A K Mittal, is rushing to the derailment site in Andhra. At least 26 people were killed and more than 50 injured when coaches of Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express derailed near Kuneru station in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh last night.
Chief PRO of East Cost Railway JP Mishra said the incident took place around 11 PM when the train was going to Bhubaneswar. He said, four accident relief vans have been sent to the accident site. He said, the reason behind the incident is yet to be ascertained. Meanwhile, Railway Ministry sources have told ANI that the element of sabotage has not been ruled out yet.
The number of casualties are likely to go up as the train was running at high speed while crossing Kuneru station where it had no stoppage. The injured have been shifted to hospitals at Parbatipuram and Rayagada. A team of doctors have reached the accident site. Vijayanagaram and Rayagada District Administration are taking active part in rescue operations. Several trains on Vijayanagaram and Rayagada routes have been diverted.
  
Yesterday (11:56)  Railway officers say ISI link unlikely, NIA calls police claim ‘curious’ (indianexpress.com)
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Railways officials said that all facts known so far do not point towards any explosion on the tracks, or any sabotage.
BIHAR POLICE may have ignited speculation on a suspected link of Pakistan’s ISI in the recent train accidents in Kanpur, especially the one near Pokhrayan that killed more than 150 passengers, but railway officials and investigating authorities remain sceptical.
Railways officials said that all facts known so far do not point towards any explosion on the tracks, or any sabotage.
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said in the Pokhrayan mishap of November 20, statements made by the loco pilot and the assistant loco pilot before railway authorities, as well as in the presence of the Commissioner of Railway Safety, never mentioned any explosion. These two functionaries are best suited to report any event of tracks being blown away by low-intensity explosives to cause derailment. “Statements made by the drivers point closer to a derailment due to classic rail fracture than tracks blown by explosives,” said a source.
Thorough assessment by zonal railway functionaries immediately after the accident never threw up any indication of external factors such as sabotage in tracks or coaches. Removal of fish plates or vital track pieces missing — the conventional signs of sabotage — were never detected at the section concerned.
After the accident, the driver reported that he found the overhead equipment shaking, and that he felt a jerk when he applied emergency brakes. He found that 14 coaches had derailed.
Sources in NIA, which sent a team to Motihari on Wednesday, also called Bihar police’s claims “curious” and “unprecedented”.
An NIA officer said, “If it is true, then it would be unprecedented. We have not come across this sort of sabotage activity funded by ISI.
Two people, among the group, who could not engineer a terror attack were apparently killed for their failure — this ruthlessness is not something witnessed in recent past. Things will be clear only after examination of evidence and the accused (arrested).”
For railway officials, this was reminiscent of the Howrah-Delhi Rajdhani Express accident in Rafiganj, Bihar, when 14 coaches fell in Dhawa river from a bridge on September 9, 2002, killing over 120 people. Then Railway Minister Nitish Kumar, now the Bihar CM, had called it “sabotage” and even “terror link” — a claim subsequently echoed by then chairman of Railway Board I I M S Rana.
Subsequent probe by the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) revealed it was a failure in the railway system.
Sources recall that then Home Minister L K Advani had questioned Nitish’s claim of sabotage or terror link since there was no indicator of either.
Preliminary report by the CRS is still due for the Pokhrayan accident.
  
Yesterday (11:54)  Madurai railway junction isolated as demonstrators lay siege at both ends (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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MADURAI: For a busy railway station buzzing with activity everyday, Madurai Junction wore a gloomy look on Friday with worried passengers scattered here and there. The station has become totally isolated from the railway network as jallikattu protesters held siege from both entries for the second consecutive day. Due to this, no train could be operated through Madurai. The rail roko began on Thursday afternoon after a group of protesters managed to stop the Coimbatore - Nagercoil passenger on top of the Vaigai river bridge near Sellur, on the northern side of the station. Whether it was well-conceived or coincidental, the spot where the train was detained turned out to be a strategic advantage for the protesters as the train stood in between the bridge and use of any force by police will prove dangerous in the middle. The protesters stayed on the spot the entire night and continued their siege....
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At the same time, another group picketed the Tiruchendur - Pollachi passenger at the entry of the southern part of the station on Thursday evening and the siege continued to Friday. Thus, the junction has been cut off from both sides. On Thursday, Madurai railway division managed to operate most of the Chennai-bound trains by diverting them via Virudhunagar - Aruppukottai - Manamadurai. On Friday, the siege was held in various places including Karaikudi, crippling the division from operating any trains on alternate routes. As a result, all express trains bound to Chennai and Bengaluru from southern districts were cancelled. Later in the evening, the alternate route was relieved by protesters and officials from the division said they will be able to divert some trains on Saturday if there are no protests. Officials said that passengers will receive full refund of the tickets. While most passengers realizing the situation by Thursday night cancelled their tickets and found alternate modes of transport, some stayed back in the station itself hoping that train services will resume. However, adding to their woes, most of the shops remained shut inside the premises as well as outside. For their part, protesters refused to withdraw their siege at Madurai Junction. They said they will not backtrack on their protest till jallikattu actually happens in the state. They raised slogans against the central and state governments criticising chief minister and Prime Minister and demanded to ban PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals). They also refused to allow any politicians from taking part in the protest. Meanwhile, DMK functionaries held a protest outside the station as announced by the party high command. Led by district secretaries, V Velusamy and Thalapathi the cadre gathered in front of the junction and raised slogans demanding jallikattu and banning of PETA. Change in pattern of train services on Jan 21 Trains fully cancelled: Train no, 16612 Coimbatore - Tuticorin Link Express Trains partially cancelled: Train no. 12635 Chennai Egmore - Madurai Vaigai Express which left on January 20 is partially cancelled between Dindigul and Madurai Train no. 16724 Thiruvananthapuram - Chennai Egmore Ananthapuri Express scheduled to leave on January 20 is partially cancelled between Nagercoil and Chennai Egmore Trains diverted: Train no. 12668 Nagercoil - Chennai Egmore Express which left on January 20 was diverted via Virudhunagar, Manamadurai, Karaikudi and Trichy Train No. 06061 Chengalpattu - Tirunelveli special fare special which left on January 20 was diverted via Trichy, Karaikkudi, Manamadurai and Virudhunagar Vox Populi Passengers Atul Nath, Farmer, Lucknow, UP I came to Madurai for an eye surgery. Rail roko has affected many people from other states like me. We don't know when the train services will resume. Instead of blocking trains, the protests could be even more powerful if offices of chief minister and assembly are held to siege by the protesters N Panchatcharam, Retired railway staff from Villupuram We came to attend a wedding near Madurai and have been stranded in the junction since Thursday. Protesting for jallikattu is good but there are more pressing concerns like water, farmers' suicide. Protesters A Kaliswaran Young businessman When central government came out with orders after orders like demonetization, we quietly obliged. Our cultural identity is at stake but central government is not ready even to consider our genuine struggle to protect our culture with an ordinance. No matter what, we will continue the rail roko A Kausalya MBA student
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Yesterday (11:48)  Jallikattu protests: Southern Railway cancels, diverts trains (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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CHENNAI: Southern Railway on Saturday cancelled nine trains and six trains will be terminated before their destinations in view of the demonstrations that are being held across the state demanding jallikattu.
The cancelled trains are:
1) Train No 12638 Madurai - Chennai Egmore Pandian Express
2) Train No 12662 Sengotta - Chennai Egmore Podhigai Express
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Train No 12634 Kanyakumari - Chennai Egmore Express
4) Train No 12694 Tuticorin - Chennai Egmore Pearl City Express
5) Train No 22662 Rameswaram - Chennai Egmore Express
6) Train No 22624 Madurai - Chennai Egmore Express
7) Train No 16102 Rameswaram - Chennai Egmore Express
8) Train No 16609/16611 Nagercoil/Tuticorin - Coimbatore Express
9) Train No 22628 Tirunelveli - Tiruchchirappalli Inter City Express
The following trains will be partially cancelled:
On January 21, train No 16106 Tiruchendur-Chennai Egmore Chendur Express will run from Trichy, train No 56700 Madurai - Punalur passenger will run from Tirunelveli to Punalur, train No 12605 Chennai Egmore - Karaikkudi Pallavan Express will run up to Trichy, train No 18496 Bhubaneswar - Rameswaram Express of January 20 will run up to Trichy, train No 18495 Rameswaram - Bhubaneswar Express of January 22 will run from Trichy, train No 12606 Karaikkudi - Chennai Egmore Pallavan Express (January 22) will run from Trichy to Chennai Egmore.
The following trains scheduled to be operated on Saturday are diverted:
Train No 12632 Tirunelveli-Chennai Egmore Nellai Express is diverted via Nagercoil, Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam Town, Shoranur, Podanur, Erode, Jolarpettai, Katpadi and Chennai Beach. The stoppages on the diverted route will be at Nagercoil, Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kottayam, Ernakulam Town, Thrissur, Palakkad, Erode, Salem, Jolarpettai and Katpadi.
Train No 16573 Puducherry - Yesvantpur Express is diverted via Villupuram, Vellore, Katpadi, Jolarpettai and Salem
Train No 17235 Nagercoil - KSR Bengaluru Express is diverted via Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam, Ernakulam Town, Shoranur, Podanur, Erode and Salem. The stoppages on the diverted route will be at Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kottayam, Ernakulam Town, Thrissur, Palakkad, Podanur, Tiruppur and Erode.
Train No.11064 Salem - Chennai Egmore Express is diverted via Jolarpettai, Katpadi, Vellore, Villupuram and Chengalpattu.
Train No.16339 Mumbai CST - Nagercoil Express of 20.01.2017 is diverted via. Erode, Podanur, Shoranur, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram.
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Yesterday (11:47)  Railways trains for concept selling (www.newindianexpress.com)
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NEW DELHI: Indian Railways is coming up with a ‘concept selling’ policy whereby companies can market their products in 13,000 trains. The policy will allow executives to sell products such as insurance policies and investment plans to passengers in trains.
The cash-strapped Railways has been banking on the non-fare revenue (NFR) sector for revenue. Some zonal railways briefly allowed companies to market sample products such as toothpaste, handwash, biscuits and shampoos in trains.
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amount to the Railways annually for brand selling in trains. Company executives will be allowed to talk to passengers during a journey and sell their products,” said a senior railway ministry official.
The NFR policy was launched earlier this month, and is expected to bring an additional revenue of `2,000 crore annually. The policy involves advertising in trains, bridges and other assets, ATMs at railway platforms and digital content for passengers, among others.
“Railways can offer a big platform to firms for marketing as we carry over 2.3 crore passengers daily, who are of different esclass and economic and social backgrounds,” the official added.
In 2016, Northern Railways had allowed companies such as Sensodyne, Lifebuoy and Titan distribute product samples in trains.
“Some trials were carried out to assess the response of passengers in the northern zone. The new policy will also help passengers to utilise their journey time and discuss financial queries with company certified executives while they are travelling,” said a Northern Railway official.
The Railways is assessing the revenue sharing model that can be rolled out before companies.
  
Yesterday (11:46)  Odisha Train Derailment: Railway Minister Announces Inquiry and Ex-Gratia (www.timesnow.tv)
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Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on January 22 ordered an inquiry into the Andhra Pradesh train mishap and announced ex-gratia of Rs two lakh each for the kin of those killed in the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express derailment.
The Commissioner Railway Safety will conduct a detailed inquiry into the train mishap and submit the report at the earliest, Railway spokesperson Anil Saxena said.
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those who have grievously injured," he said.
"Railways will give Rs 25,000 to those who have received simple injury," Saxena further added.
Four coaches of nine derailed coaches have been capsized in the accident killing 32 passengers and injuring many.
This is the third serious train accident in the last three months with the last two happened near Kanpur.
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