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Today (06:52)  Patrolling on rise along Panvel railway track areas (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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NAVI MUMBAI: The railway protection force (RPF) has enhanced security along railway tracks in Panvel areas following recent incidents of suspicious objects being found there.Recently, two metal objects and defunct gelatin sticks were found lying on the tracks near Taloja, Kalamboli and Jasai.
"There has been increased patrolling along the tracks at Taloja, Kalamboli, Jasai and Panvel areas. Around 35 RPF personnel have been deployed; we cannot divulge any more details for security reasons," said an RPF official.
Another official informed that due to a spate of recent incidents such as metal parts,
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and other equipment being found on the tracks here and near Diva station in January, the anti-terrorist squad (ATS) and the intelligence wing have been informed to check on any sabotage angle.
Navi Mumbai based activist Ravi Srivastava said, "Enhanced security along the railway tracks is a welcome move. But, the authorities must ensure that there are no spare parts lying near the tracks." He added that hi-tech surveillance systems must also be installed along the tracks.
  
Today (06:52)  Railways begins advance Aadhaar verification for senior citizens (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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Aurangabad: With Aadhaar verification to become mandatory from April 1 for senior citizens seeking concessional tickets, the Indian Railways has appealed to the passengers to take benefit of the advance verification process it has facilitated.
The advance verification can be done on the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) website by using a registered log-in and password.
"On the IRCTC website, registered users just need to click on 'master list' link under the profile menu and follow the procedure for sharing Aadhaar details. The entire process of advance Aadhaar verification has been
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made passenger-friendly and does not require much time," railway authorities said.
"Also, while selecting senior citizen passengers from the master list is an optional feature as of now, but soon will be mandatory. After this, any passenger availing concession will have to first authenticate his/her Aadhaar details and then select the Aadhaar verified senior citizen passengers from the master list while booking the ticket," they added.
As announced earlier, from January 1 to March 31, Aadhaar verification for getting concessional tickets shall be optional for veterans, but thereafter mention of UIDAI details would be compulsory.
While making an announcement to this effect during December last year, IRCTC chairman and managing director AK Manocha had said that linking of Aadhaar cards with train tickets for senior citizens would end fraudulent bookings and curb cases of impersonation.
Rajesh Shinde, public relations officer of South Central Railway, Nanded division, said passenger community should cooperate with Indian Railways in making Aadhaar linking with ticket booking for veterans a successful initiative.
"Passengers have sufficient time in hand to feed Aadhaar credentials of senior citizens on the online ticket booking system of IRCTC. The move will be beneficial for the railways as well as the passengers," he said.
Omprakash Varma of advocacy group Marathwada Railway Vikas Samiti said it was a good move on the part of railways to facilitate advance Aadhaar verification for senior citizens."The need for Aadhaar verification for senior citizens was being felt for a long time so as to eliminate fraudulent practices. Those who still not have Aadhaar cards can take out the same before April 1," he said.
Speaking with TOI, a few senior citizens expressed the need for setting up physical counters at railway stations for advance Aadhaar verification.
"The senior citizen community has inherent phobia towards online processes and therefore should be aided in the matter of Aadhaar verification," said Nalini Bhamse, a 74-year-old veteran who commutes between Nashik and Aurangabad.
A senior railway official said it was up to the railway ministry to take a call in response to demand for setting up physical counters. "As of now, we have not received any formal representation from the veterans saying that they have some issues or reservations about the online process for advance Aadhaar verification," he said.
  
Today (06:51)  One-month-old abandoned at railway junction rescued (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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Trichy: Government Railway Police (GRP) rescued a one-month-old baby boy near the unreserved ticket booking hall at Trichy railway junction early Monday morning. Police have registered a case and are attempting to trace the whereabouts of the baby's mother.
Meanwhile, the infant has been admitted at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital (MGMGH) by the police. Hospital sources said that the infant has been put under observation as he is very weak.
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the unreserved ticket booking centre at Trichy railway junction at 6.30am on Monday. Since the baby was crying, one passenger gave him some milk purchased at the milk booth. A team of GRP personnel headed by sub inspector Laxmi rushed to the spot and rescued the boy and subsequently sent word to MGMGH by neonatal 108 ambulance.
When contacted, S Mary Lilly, dean of KAP Viswanatham Medical College told TOI that as the infant was too weak, he had been put under medical observation. The doctors could not find any other complication regarding the infant's health.Many children, who run away from homes due to various reasons, are often rescued at railway stations. Most of these children are stranded at Trichy as it is geographically located in the heart of the state.
To rescue and ensure safety of these children, the district collector has insisted that Child Line and railway authorities set up a children's help desk at the junction. The desk would also promote awareness about the child helpline number- 1098, officials said.
As per the collector's instructions, the desk will be set up at Platform 1 of Trichy railway junction from March 1 after obtaining necessary permissions from the railway authorities. The desk would be manned by a child line official and a GRP round the clock to attend to grievances pertaining to child safety.
Meanwhile, in another incident, two minor boys aged 10 and 15 years, who had left home at Khaja Nagar in Mannarpuram, to play, had gone missing since Sunday evening. After a complaint was lodged by Kannan, father of one of the boys, with KK Nagar station, police have launched an investigation.
  
Today (06:50)  Railway to loco pilots’ wives: Keep husbands happy (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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PATNA: Unhappy marriages are also a reason for the train accidents caused by carelessness of loco pilots. This was the message conveyed to spouses of loco pilots at a first-of-its-kind session organised for them at the Danapur DRM's office on Sunday.
They were also counselled to ensure tension-free atmosphere at home so that loco pilots did not stress themselves about home-related worries while on duty inside locomotives.
The 50-odd participants were shown a video on the rigorous life of a loco pilot away from home. "The movie underlined the need for a loco
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pilot to be in a proper frame of mind as he is kind of the in-charge of the lives of hundreds of passengers on board his train," a railway official said, adding a happy marriage guarantees peace of mind which, in turn, adds to mental alertness of spouses.
DRM R K Jha told TOI the women, who also shared their household issues with the safety officials, were told about the need for the loco pilots to take proper rest when they are home after hectic duty hours."Most of the loco pilots' wives are educated women... It was not difficult to make them understand that their husbands have to work for long hours, even after the sundown. They, therefore, need to be properly taken care of while at home," divisional safety officer B P Mandal said.
Ranjana Devi and Snehlata admitted the video film was highly educative and threw light on the greater responsibility of loco pilots. They said they knew a railways' circular did not allow their husbands to have spicy food while on duty.
Soni Devi and Puja Kumari, however, regretted that the railways' running room at Fatuha lacked proper facilities for loco pilots. "There is no cooking facility," said one of them.
According to Jha, the safety interaction meeting with loco pilots' wives is being organised across the country at the directive of railway minister Suresh Prabhu.
  
Today (06:49)  Sewagram docs treat unknown railway accident victim, unites him with family (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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NAGPUR: Empathy, dedication and the will to serve by the doctors, nurses, paramedical and non-medical staff at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS) Sewagram, not only brought back a 25-year-old 'unknown' patient (later identified as Ravindra Khilari) from the clutches of death but also united him with his family after an effort of four months and twenty days. It wasn't just the medical care that gave the patient new lease of life. The hospital staff, from nurses to ward boys, fed him, bathed him and even donated money for providing food supplements to the patients. The entire treatment cost the hospital a few lakh but the it didn't charge anything from him. Dr Amit Singh, a resident doctor, told TOI that the patient had fallen from a train near Wardha while travelling on Howrah-Mumbai train. He was brought to the hospital by the railway police and since the patient...
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was unconscious and on ventilator for over a month, there was no communication possible. The hospital requested the railway police to trace his address that they found on his aadhaar card which helped him get to his wife. But his wife did not have money to travel from her village, Jhatira in west Midnapore district in West Bengal to Wardha. "Both husband and wife could speak only Bengali. hence the communication was difficult. But we told our Bengali students to talk to him and it helped. Initially he was disoriented but later was fine," said Dr Singh. Luckily patient's brother-in-law, Sanjeet Khilari, could somehow get help from IIT Kharagpur students and take the patient back. "The patient had head injury, multiple fractures in his hands and was bleeding from many places. He was unconscious and on ventilator for a month. We took help from Dr Shyam Babhulkar for neurological swellings and he told us that there was no surgical intervention possible. We treated him conservatively in surgical ICU. He now has a near normal speech but would require a lot of care for his hands in the form of physiotherapy," said Dr Bhupendra Mehra, treating general surgeon. Head of Surgery Department Dr Dilip Gupta said that it was due to the nursing care that the patient didn't get a single bed sore even after being on bed for three months. "After Ravindra started walking, he became a darling of entire ward. He would cry and everyone would make him laugh. Now our only worry is that he should not become a liability on his family," said Dr Gupta. The doctors team who treated him besides Dr Mehra included consultants Dr Siddharth Rao, Dr Tushar Nagtode, Dr Akshay Pednekar, Dr Samuel Vuite. The residents team headed by Dr Singh included Dr Bushara Shazmeen and Dr Sushil Kumar.

  
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A freal royal hero~!!
words are not enough for the deeds..great!
  
Today (06:49)  RS member Chhaya Verma raises unemployment issue in railways (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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RAIPUR: Pointing to the problem of unemployment during her press conference, Rajya Sabha member Chhaya Verma said that around 600 candidates from Chhattisgarh, who have completed their apprentice training under Apprentices Act, 1961, are still waiting for a permanent job in the Indian Railways.
Speaking to the mediapersons at Congress Bhavan, the member of Parliament assailed South East Central Railway (SECR) Bilaspur Zone for their laid-back attitude and inactiveness when it comes to recruiting apprentice trainees over the past seven years."In these seven years, Railway Recruitment Board of the SECR has conducted recruitment only twice - in 2010 and 2014 for D grade posts. Moreover, the then SECR general manager was unenthusiastic in recruiting these candidates during his tenure," she said in
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her speech. On the other hand, Central Railway Mumbai Zone, which is the native place of railway minister Suresh Prabhu conducted active recruitments. Data shows that 169 candidates were recruited in 2011, 190 in 2013, 235 in 2014 and 699 in 2016.
Verma said that a delegation of All India Railway Apprentice Association SECR Bilaspur Zone submitted a memorandum to SECR Bilaspur Zone general manager Girish Pillai on Saturday, demanding regular job be given to the apprentice trainees. She said that she will raise the issue in Parliament unless the Railway Recruitment Board gives permanent job to the apprentice trainees.
As per information, Indian Railways trains apprentices under Apprentices Act, 1961 in certain designated trades. The Act was enacted by the Union government to regulate and control the training of apprentices.
Railways engages apprentices in workshops of civil, mechanical, engineering departments besides production units, diesel and electric loco sheds, carriage and wagon depots apart from electrification projects.
  
Today (05:59)  హెచ్‌ఆర్‌ఏ 30 శాతానికి పెంపు! (www.sakshi.com)
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న్యూఢిల్లీ: కేంద్ర ప్రభుత్వ ఉద్యోగుల హెచ్‌ఆర్‌ఏ(ఇంటి అద్దె భత్యం) 30 శాతానికి పెరగనున్నట్లు సమాచారం. ఆ మేరకు అలవెన్సుల్లో మార్పులు చేర్పుల కోసం ఏర్పాౖటెన అలవెన్సుల కమిటీ తన నివేదికను త్వరలో ఆర్థికమంత్రికి సమర్పించనుంది. విశ్వసనీయ సమాచారం మేరకు మెట్రో నగరాల్లో పనిచేస్తున్న ఉద్యోగుల మూలవేతనంపై 30 శాతం హెచ్‌ఆర్‌ఏ ఇవ్వాలని కమిటీ సూచించింది. జస్టిస్‌ ఏకే మాథూర్‌ నేతృత్వంలోని ఏడో వేతన సంఘం సిఫార్సుల్లోని మూల వేతనం, పెన్షన్ పెంపునకు కేంద్రం ఆమోదం తెలపగా... అలవెన్సులకు సంబంధించిన సూచనల్ని కమిటీకి అప్పగించింది. కేబినెట్‌ సూచన మేరకు జులై 2016న కేంద్ర ఆర్థిక కార్యదర్శి నేతృత్వంలో అలవెన్సుల కమిటీని ఏర్పాటుచేశారు.
ఏడో వేతన సంఘం 196 అలవెన్సుల్ని పరిశీలించి అందులో 51 రద్దు చేయాలని, అలాగే 37 అలవెన్సుల్ని వేరే వాటిలో కలపాలని సూచించింది. ఉద్యోగులు నివసిస్తున్న ప్రాంతాల వారీగా మూలవేతనంపై 24, 16, 8 శాతం హెచ్‌ఆర్‌ఏ ఇవ్వాలంటూ ఏడో వేతన సంఘం సూచించింది. ఒకవేళ డీఏ(కరవు భత్యం) 50 శాతం దాటితే హెచ్‌ఆర్‌ఏ 27 , 18, 9 శాతాలకు మార్చాలని, డీఏ 100 శాతం
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దాటిన పక్షంలో హెచ్‌ఆర్‌ఏ 30, 20, 10 శాతంగా ఇవ్వాలని సిఫార్సు చేసింది. తాజాగా అలవెన్సుల కమిటీ హెచ్‌ఆర్‌ఏ పెంపుతో పాటు మొత్తం 192 అలవెన్సుల్లో 52 రద్దు చేయాలని, 36 అలవెన్సుల్ని ప్రస్తుతమున్న వాటిలో లేదా కొత్త వాటిలో కలపాలంది.
  
Today (03:54)  Railway to loco pilots’ wives: Keep husbands happy (m.timesofindia.com)
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PATNA: Unhappy marriages are also a reason for the train accidents caused by carelessness of loco pilots. This was the message conveyed to spouses of loco pilots at a first-of-its-kind session organised for them at the Danapur DRM's office on Sunday.
They were also counselled to ensure tension-free atmosphere at home so that loco pilots did not stress themselves about
PATNA: Unhappy marriages are also a reason for the train accidents caused by carelessness of loco pilots. This was the message conveyed to spouses of loco pilots at a first-of-its-kind session organised
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for them at the Danapur DRM's office on Sunday.
They were also counselled to ensure tension-free atmosphere at home so that loco pilots did not stress themselves about home-related worries while on duty inside locomotives.
The 50-odd participants were shown a video on the rigorous life of a loco pilot away from home. "The movie underlined the need for a loco pilot to be in a proper frame of mind as he is kind of the in-charge of the lives of hundreds of passengers on board his train," a railway official said, adding a happy marriage guarantees peace of mind which, in turn, adds to mental alertness of spouses.
DRM R K Jha told TOI the women, who also shared their household issues with the safety officials, were told about the need for the loco pilots to take proper rest when they are home after hectic duty hours.
"Most of the loco pilots' wives are educated women... It was not difficult to make them understand that their husbands have to work for long hours, even after the sundown. They, therefore, need to be properly taken care of while at home," divisional safety officer B P Mandal said.
Ranjana Devi and Snehlata admitted the video film was highly educative and threw light on the greater responsibility of loco pilots. They said they knew a railways' circular did not allow their husbands to have spicy food while on duty.
Soni Devi and Puja Kumari, however, regretted that the railways' running room at Fatuha lacked proper facilities for loco pilots. "There is no cooking facility," said one of them.
According to Jha, the safety interaction meeting with loco pilots' wives is being organised across the country at the directive of railway minister Suresh Prabhu.
  
Today (03:43)  Train derailment: NIA arrests key accused (www.oneindia.com)
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The case pertains to planting of a pressure cooker IED on the railway track at Ghorasahan, Motihari.

Patna, Feb 20: The National Investigation Agency has arrested one person in connection with the train derailment case. Ranjay Shah was arrested by the NIA in Bihar's Motihari.
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of Patna-Indore Express train accident being produced in NIA civil court. Image courtesy: PTI.
Shah is a close associate of accused Umashankar who was earlier arrested by the Bihar police. He has been arrested twice before, once in a theft case and later in an Arms Act case.
The case pertains to planting of a pressure cooker IED on the railway track at Ghorasahan, Motihari.
The Bihar police which first cracked the case found that an ISI module operating out of Nepal had roped in people to cause train derailments in India.
The case was later handed over to the NIA for investigation.
  
The soil testing is done to identify the nature of the soil and the rock strata and to ascertain if the site can support the structure. The construction of the corridor will begin in 2018 and is expected to be completed by 2023.
Mumbai, Feb 20: Work for the much awaited Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train commenced as soil testing for the ambitious project has finally made its stride on Sunday. To ascertain soil condition, the drilling of the seven-km undersea route of the rail corridor is underway. The construction of the corridor will begin in 2018 and is expected to be completed by 2023. The 508 km long Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor will cover 12 stations and will have a 21 km tunnel
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under the sea.
As per the detailed project report by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) which is the funding agency for the bullet train project, the passengers will get the thrill of riding under the sea at a speed of 350 kmph. The bullet train is expected to cover 508 km in about two hours and will run at a maximum speed of 350 kmph and operating speed of 320 kmph.
A senior Railway Ministry official in his statement said that the soil and rocks below the 70-metre-deep sea are being tested as part of the geotechnical and geophysical investigation undertaken for the entire project. The test will also cover the 21-km-long underground tunnel between Thane and Virar , PTI quoted the official. The high-speed train project connecting two major metropolia, Mumbai and Ahmedabad, is proposed at an estimated cost about Rs 97,636 crore. 81 per cent of the funding for the project will come by way of a 50-year loan at an interest rate of 0.1 per cent and a moratorium on repayments up to 15 years.
Why is soil testing done?
The soil testing is being done to identify the nature of the soil and the rock strata and to ascertain if the site can support the structure. The geo-investigation is a vital process as it ascertains the bearing capacity of the soil below 70 feet at the sea. The study will also help to mark the final location for the alignment and exact spots for the pillars on which trains will run between the two metropolia.
India s pact with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
The railway ministry and National High-Speed Rail Corporation (HNSRC) in December 2016 signed a tripartite pact with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the development of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor. The project will be completed at a cost of approximately Rs 1 lakh crore in which Japan has agreed to fund 81 per cent of the project through a soft loan of Rs 79,000 crore.
Gujarat signs MoU with Indian Railways
During the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in January this year, the Gujarat government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) worth Rs 77,000 crore with High-Speed Rail Corporation (HSRC), which falls under the railway ministry for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project. The MoU was signed in the presence of chief minister Vijay Rupani and deputy chief minister Nitin Patel. Out of the total cost of Rs 1.10 lakh crore for the project, Gujarat government would get 70 per cent share, the state government said in a release.
NITI Aayog reviews bullet train progress
Last week the Niti Aayog reviewed the progress of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail project. The meeting was chaired by Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya and was also attended by 20-member Japanese delegation. This was 4th meeting on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project. The ground-breaking ceremony is expected to take place during the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe later this year.
Features of the bullet train:
Proposed halts will be Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC)- Thane-Virar-Boisar-Vapi-Surat-Bharuch-Vadodara-Anand- Ahmedabad.
Top speed of the bullet train- 350 kmph
Travel Time reduced to 2 hours from existing 6-7 hours by train
Mumbai-Ahmedabad rail corridor work to begin in 2018
Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet train expected in 2023
Fare Likely to be 1.5 times the AC train fare
Estimated cost of the project is about Rs 97,636 crore
81 per cent of funding will come by way of a loan from Japan
The Indian Railways has already allotted Rs 200 crore for the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) in which Maharashtra and Gujarat will have equity of 25 per cent each and the Indian Railways will have 50 per cent, PTI reported. A total of 12 stations will be covered during the 2-hour long journey; four of which are in Maharashtra and eight in Gujarat. The 12 stations include Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati.
The Railway Ministry stated that it expects around 36,000 daily users per day both ways by 2023, going up to 186,000 by 2053. The total journey time of the fast train will be 2.07 hours and of trains stopping at each station will be 2.58 hrs, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said.
After its construction, the underwater passage will considerably reduce the distance between Mumbai and Ahmedabad to two hours than the normal 6-7 hours covered by trains. There will be a stretch after Thane creek towards Virar which will go under the sea as per the detailed project report by JICA. Most part of the 508-km- long corridor, barring the 21-km-long tunnel is proposed to be on the elevated track. The elevated corridor has been opted by the Railways to avoid land acquisitions and the need to build underpasses.
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