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Today (15:35)  'Indian Railways earns Rs 14 bn via reserved ticket cancellation in FY17' - Moneycontrol.com (www.moneycontrol.com)
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The Indian Railways collected Rs 14.07 billion through cancellation of reserved tickets on the request of the commuters in FY 2016-17, registering a 25.29 per cent rise over previous year's earning under this head.
This information was revealed by the Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS), an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Railways, in response to a query under the Right to Information (RTI) by activist Chandrashekhar Gaud.
"In its reply, the CRIS informed that earnings through ticket cancellation has gone up to Rs 14.07 billion during fiscal 2016-17, from Rs 11.23
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billion in 2015-16. The earnings under this head amount were Rs 9.08 billion in fiscal 2014-15 and Rs 9.38 billion in FY 9.38 billion. This information is provided under the Passenger Reservation System (PRS)," Gaud told PTI today.
The Railways is also earning revenue through the cancellation of unreserved tickets.
As per the RTI reply, the Railways earned Rs 17.87 crore in FY 2016-17 through Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS). This amount was Rs 17.23 crore in FY 2015-16 and Rs 14.72 crore in FY 2014-15.
Gaud said the rules related to the refund on cancelled tickets were changed in November 2015 under Railway Passengers (cancellation of tickets and refund of fare) Rules 2015, under which cancellation fee was increased up to two times.
The RTI activist claimed that although he had sought the files related to the amendments to rules, the transporter refused to provide this information terming it as part of the 'commercial confidence.'
Gaud said the Railways should change the rules for the refund in the interest of passengers.
  
Today (15:34)  Railway tickets in Tamil from Pongal | Chennai News (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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CHENNAI: In about six months time, paper tickets issued from railway counters will have details printed in a local language apart from English and Hindi. This resolution was taken at a meeting of the Passenger Amenties Committee headed by TN BJP member H Raja at New Delhi on Wednesday. Railway Board officials have agreed to the PAC request.
The issue was raised by Aseervatham Achary, member from Tamil Nadu. "I got representations from people that they were unable to understand what's printed on tickets as it was only in Hindi or English. Some of them were duped into paying fines by TTEs," Achary told TOI.
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the board officials were not too keen initially, persuaded by the PAC, they agreed to modify the software used for printing tickets in 6 months, to coincide with Pongal, Achary said. Tickets will be printed in Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati or Odiya based on the zones, he said.
  
Today (15:27)  Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu launches final survey work for Leh rail line (indianexpress.com)
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Kicking off the final location survey of the 498-km long Bilaspur-Manali-Leh line, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Tuesday laid the foundation stone for the survey of the strategically vital rail project at Leh in Ladakh. Coming up at a high of 3,300 metres, the rail line is touted to be one of the highest railway tracks in the world.
In order to connect Leh with a broad-gauge railway line with the rest of the country, the Railways has taken up the final location survey, a precursor to actual construction from Bilaspur to Leh through Manali. The work has been entrusted to RITES, a Railways PSU, and is planned to be completed by March 2019 with an approximate cost of Rs 157 crore.
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The all-weather Leh rail network is one of the four important railway connectivities identified by the defence ministry along the China border.
Speaking on the occasion, Prabhu stated that this rail development project receives special emphasis from the NDA government as it would provide logistics support and thus serve the country’s strategic interests while also providing safer, reliable all-weather connectivity for Leh.
The road connectivity to the area gets cut off from other parts of country due to heavy snowfall, thus necessitating all-weather rail connectivity both for strategic as well as socio-economic needs. The project would also spell a multiplier effect on the socio-economic development of Leh boosting opportunities for the lead tourism sector here.
The proposed new rail line will connect all important locations between Bilaspur and Leh namely Sunder Nagar Mandi, Manali, Tandi, Keylong, Koksar, Darcha, Upshi and Karu.
  
Today (15:26)  Railways to Offer Tickets in Regional Language Besides English and Hindi (www.news18.com)
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Bengaluru/New Delhi: The Indian Railways' Passenger Amenities Committee has given an in-principle go-ahead for printed tickets to be made available in the local language, apart from Hindi and English, from January 1, 2018.
In a victory of sorts to language campaigners from across the country, the Board gave its nod after the issue was raised by Committee member Aseervatham Achary at a meeting on Wednesday.
"We had come across so many people in Tamil Nadu who had had problems with their tickets -- there were people who didn't know if they had the
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right tickets, there were people who didn't know if they were in the right train. In some cases, people paid penalties for no fault of theirs -- because they couldn't read what was printed," Achary told News18.
Initially, officials were reluctant to add on a third language: a) because they have worked with a dual language policy for a really long time, and b) because they still use archaic Cobol software which would be difficult to change immediately.
"I told them, this is not acceptable in a digital era. Railways is the nation's largest service provider. Today you have cellphone companies who give services in three languages when you call their toll-free number. Is it not our duty to bring in the third, regional, language in States that don't speak Hindi," Achary said.
The software will be updated by the end of the year, and this would be applicable for all classes of journeys, and would be for passenger tickets bought manually at counters -- and not those booked online (online tickets can be booked anywhere in the world -- so a regional language would be difficult to implement there).
Tickets will have the language of the State where it is issued, for example, if you book a ticket somewhere in Andhra Pradesh for a train that starts in Kanyakumari and travels through five states, your ticket will be in Telugu.
The move evoked a lukewarm response from activists who have been holding campaigns against Hindi imposition. Karnataka, that has seen the most vociferous protests against the Central government's attempts to 'push Hindi down people's throats,' as it were, were cautious in welcoming the move and are waiting for the full order of the Ministry of Railways to get more clarity.
"It may be a momentary relief to hear that Kannada will be seen on railway tickets, but the fact that Kannada tickets are available in Karnataka, but Hindi tickets available everywhere in the country, remains the same. We still welcome the positive action taken," said Vallish Kumar, who had spearheaded the #HindiBeda campaign in Bengaluru last week.
Another campaigner, Vasant Shetty, felt that the change could have happened much earlier.
"If not for the pressure of achieving Hindi usage targets set by the official language implementation committee, the Railways would have stopped their fascination for Hindi long back and would have focussed on providing services in people's languages across India," Shetty said.
But campaigners do feel this is a step in the right direction, and more commuter-friendly.

  
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NDA government resumed the regional languages printing of railway tickets which are discontinued by the congress regime during 2005.
This is good for our National integration and all the regional peoples are satisfied on seeing regional languages in the printed tickets
  
Today (15:26)  Jabalpur: Weekly special train between Jabalpur and Coimbatore | Mangaluru News (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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MANGALURU: Railway has decided to extend running of train 02198/02197 between Jabalpur and Coimbatore to clear extra rush of passengers.
Train 02198 Jabalpur - Coimbatore weekly special train will leave from Jabalpur at 11am on every Saturday (from July 8 to September 23). Train will reach Coimbatore at 5am on third day. Train 02197 Coimbatore - Jabalpur (weekly) special will leave from Coimbatore at 7pm on every Monday (from July 10 to September 25) and reach Jabalpur at 12.45pm on third day.
The train will halt at Narsinghpur, Gadarwara, Pipariya, Itarsi, Harda, Khandwa,
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Bhusaval, Manmad, Igatpuri, Panvel, Roha, Khed, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kankavali, Kudal, Thivim, Madgaon, Karwar, Kumta, Mookambika Road Byndoor, Udupi, Mulki, Mangaluru junction, Kasaragod, Kanhangad, Payyanur, Kannur, Thalasaery, Vadakara, Kozhikkode, Tirur, Soranur junction and Palghat stations.
Composition of the train is 18 coaches including one composite (2 tier + 3 tier) coach, one three-tier AC coach, 10 sleeper coaches, four general coaches and two SLR coaches.
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