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Today (09:17)  Work on culvert to delay link road project (www.thehindu.com)
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Work on a culvert is expected to further delay the opening of the three-km-long road that runs parallel to the MRTS line from Taramani to Velachery station.
Currently, many motorists use the shortcut to get from Taramani to Perungudi and vice versa. Work on the remaining stretch from Perungudi to Velachery, which includes construction of a “balancing culvert”, is still on.
“We hope to complete the re-laying work on road from Perungudi station to Velachery in the next three months,” said an official from of Southern Railway. Currently, work on three spans is
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“In the initial plan, only three spans were proposed. Now, Chennai Corporation wants three more connecting structures to be built, for which we need to call for a fresh tender and this will take more time,” said the official.
The work on the culvert is important as it will channelise the flow of water from the neighbouring areas.
Many residents are waiting for the work on the link road to be completed as this stretch will considerably reduce the travel time for motorists. Vehicles coming from Inner Ring Road can avoid Taramani-Velachery Road. Similarly, those coming from OMR and heading towards Velachery can use this shortcut.
The link road will benefit those commuting to the companies on the IT Corridor, CSIR Road at Taramani and the Inner Ring Road.
  
Today (09:13)  A footboard journey that waved the green flag for death (www.thehindu.com)
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In a gruesome incident, three commuters travelling by the Chengalpet-Chennai Beach train slip and die near St. Thomas Mount Station; four others seriously injured
When A. Praveenraj (19) and K. Manikandan (22) boarded the train at Perungalathur Railway Station on Monday morning, they were only sticking to a schedule. It was their routine — to take a suburban train from Perungalathur to their work place, an air-conditioner services company in Kodambakkam. Since the local fast train would not stop at Kodambakkam, they would alight at Mambalam railway station and make their way to Kodambakkam.
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Thursday, both of them were killed on the spot near the St. Thomas Mount railway station while travelling footboard in the packed Chengalpet-Chennai Beach fast local service (train no.40518) after they fell down from the train along with five other commuters. One of the commuters who fell — Jaisingh (24) — succumbed to injuries in the hospital later. The seven persons fell from the train when it was speeding around 90 km per hour. Eyewitness accounts said one of the youngster’s backpack got entangled in the ladder attached to a signal post near the track.
The remaining four persons who were severely injured are undergoing treatment at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital. Railway officials immediately reached the spot within a few minutes as it was located close to the St. Thomas Mount railway station.
Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel M.C. Sampath and P. Sasibooshan, who were the first to reach the accident spot, were shocked at the gruesome nature of the accident — they found body parts scattered around the tracks, and the cries of those injured rent the air.
Severed body parts
Mr. Sampath said: “When we reached the spot, we had to piece together the severed body parts of two persons, while five other victims obviously had grave injuries. Our first priority was to save those who were injured. Within a few minutes, ambulances reached the service road near the railway track and the injured were sent to the Chromepet Government Hospital.”
Mr. Sasibooshan said he was able to guess how the accident happened, after he spotted a lone backpack hanging on to the mangled iron ladder that was attached to the signal post. Sudhakar, a friend of Praveenraj, who was travelling on the same train, said as far as he could see, the bag of one of the footboard travellers got entangled with the signalling post, when the train was nearing St. Thomas Mount railway station. “Even as we tried to pull a few of those falling off the train, it was of no avail. Everything was over in a flash,” he recounted, mourning his friend.
Awareness campaigns
K.K. Ashraf, Senior Divisional Security Commissioner, RPF, told The Hindu, “the RPF along with Government Railway Police (GRP) has been creating awareness drives at railway stations to check trespassing and footboard travelling regularly.” He said the four persons undergoing treatment have been identified as K. Gopinath (29), M. Manikandan (20), J. Madhusudhanan (27) and S. Devaraj (26).
P. Vijayakumar, Superintendent of Government Railway Police, said, “We have organised awareness programmes in coordination with RPF advising the passengers not to resort to dangerous modes of travel such as travelling on footboard and on rooftops. But this kind of accident still takes place.”
4 run over last year
In a gruesome incident in September last year, four workers from Odisha were run over by an EMU train near Nungambakkam Railway Station as they were walking on the track.
  
Today (09:13)  PUFFING devil (www.thehindu.com)
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Trevithick knew it would work. But, looking at the engine, the wagons and the people gathered around he had some doubts. Would it be possible?
February 21, 1804 CE, Mining town of Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, Britain
“We’re idiots!” Richard Hill, who ran the Plymouth Ironworks, cursed under his breath. “To run a carriage on the tram line with a...with an engine! What can it do that a horse can’t, pray?” He sputtered. “I shouldn’t have agreed to this nonsense; who cares about what some fool of an engineer says? Trevithick is an
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idiot, and we’re going to lose 500 guineas each...”
To his left, a stocky, well-fed man’s harsh features broke into a triumphant grin. “Got the money?” Richard Crawshay of the Cyfarthfa Ironworks asked. “Because, really...ever hear of wagons running on steam and coal, all by themselves? What are they? Ghosts?” His friends cackled.
“Keep your peace, Crawshay,” counselled a third man standing next to Richard Hill. He was dressed simply but elegantly in a topcoat and boots, but his normally pleasant face was haggard as he crossed the small yard, toward a group of men working industriously. “All right, lad?” He asked a tall, gaunt man who appeared to be their leader.
The tall man, bending over a massive wheel, straightened with a smile. “Right and tight, Mr. Homfray, Sir,” he assured, trying to wipe clean his coal-smeared face. “She’ll run,you’ll see.” He went back to tightening a screw; issued orders to shovel more coal, and fiddled with a steam pressure gauge.
Samuel Homfray of the Penydarren Ironworks stared at the bulky iron carriage parked on the tram line, its large wheels, pipe; stove and the billowing steam, the five wagons behind the “engine” brimming with iron, the 70 men milling about, waiting to get on to the wagons… and felt a sudden, sharp stab of fear.
“This is all a mistake, Trevithick,” he mumbled, suddenly. “Let’s just call it off. There’s no way your precious engine can pull a load such as this. No machine can do what only man or beast can.”
Richard Trevithick, inventor and mining engineer peered down at the nervous man. “It’ll work, Sir, never you fear.” He gazed across the yard at Richard Crawshay whose expression was clearly sceptical. “You’ll make your 500 guineas.”
“It’s not the money...” Homfray began, before being interrupted by Richard Hill.
“It is the money,” spat the other man.
Homfray sensed the engineer’s spirits begin to flag and his sudden pessimism vanished. “You’re about to do something new, Trevithick,” he looked squarely into the younger man’s eyes. “You know what you’re doing, which is why I brought you here. Do not lose heart.”
Trevithick swallowed, and stared at the men loading the wagons, chattering, laughing, staring at him, the tracks; everything. They doubted him, he knew. Nothing like this had ever been done before. People from even the surrounding villages had begun to arrive, attracted by the spectacle of “wagons driven without horses”.
An iron resolve gripped him, “We’re ready, Sir,” he said, in a steady voice.
Shouts; people scurrying here and there; ladies exclaimed and pointed; ragged children shrieking and suddenly, 70 men had crowded into the wagons; Homfray, Hill and Crawshay climbed aboard as well as a man called Giddy, a government engineer.
Orders were given, steam billowed even more. “Start!” Trevithick shouted.
In anticipation
A moment of tense silence. Everyone held their breath, waiting. Would this weird contraption move? How could it, without horses? Who would drive it? How would it stop and start?
One minute. Two. Four. Seven. Nothing.
“Oy, this here’s just a crock of nonsense,” came a young voice and then there was a chorus of cackles and mocking shouts. “Get a move on, boy. Will this pile of junk never budge?”
“Hey, Trevithick has this thing reached Cardiff yet?” rang out Crawshay’s voice, followed by a wave of laughter, and Trevithick felt his face flame with embarrassment.
And then, it happened. A creak...a crank...and then the huge wheels turned with a groan. There was a loud whistle, a puff of white steam, and the engine began to pull the carriage forward, much to the exhilaration of the passengers. Homfray was jubilant; Hill was relieved; Giddy was, well, giddy with excitement, and Crawshay looked like someone had stolen his favourite toy. And Trevithick?
Trevithick couldn’t stop tears of happiness flowing down his cheeks. They lasted all nine miles, from Penydarren to Abercynon — all 10 tons, five wagons and 70 men, in roughly four hours. Without horses or pack animals, with an engine. A steam engine. What a marvellous feat, people murmured, awed. Nothing would ever be the same again.
The wagons ground to a halt on their return journey — a bolt sheared; a boiler leaked and the resulting fire took hours to put out. The wagons didn’t get back to Penydarren until the next day.
But the “puffing devil” as the crew immediately christened it, had made it.
“You lost the bet,” Crawshay barked as the wagons clattered back into the yard of Penydarren. “Your engine broke down before it returned. Fork out the money.”
“But the bet was for the wagons to run, drawn by the steam engine,” Hill protested. “And they did. You were there!”
“Tell you what,” Crawshay drawled. “You needn’t pay in return for one thing.”
“What’s that?”
“The rights for the steam engine. The right for your what did you call it?”
“The train,” Trevithick answered, grinning. “The first ever, moving train.”
Historical Note: Richard Trevithick (April 13, 1771 – April 22, 1833) is known as the first to invent and demonstrate a fully functional, high-pressure steam engine, conducting the first train run in the world, in Wales even before George Stephenson, which makes him the Father of Railways. Interestingly, Trevithick didn’t do well in school. And the bet mentioned in the story is absolutely true, though there’s no information about how it was resolved.
PAVITHRA SRINIVASA
  
Today (09:12)  Probe ordered into train passing home signal (www.thehindu.com)
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South Central Railway General Manager Vinod Kumar Yadav has ordered a departmental inquiry into the incident of Train No. 57626 Manuguru – Secunderabad Kakatiya Express passing the home signal at Jangaon Railway Station on February 22.
The General Manager personally reviewed the incident and instructed the staff and officials to follow safety procedures meticulously and advised them to look into the system improvements in train operations on a continuous basis.
A team of Junior Administrative Grade officials will undertake a detailed inquiry into the incident and submit the report to the General Manager
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for further course of action, a SCR press release on Thursday said.
  
Today (09:08)  TDP, BJP resolve to work for victory of joint nominee Madhav (www.thehindu.com)
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Ministers exude confidence in organisational strength of TDP
Top leaders of the BJP and the TDP came together on Thursday, expressing their resolve to work in tandem for the victory of joint nominee to the North Andhra Graduates Constituency in the Legislative Council P.V.N. Madhav.
BJP State president and Visakhapatnam MP K. Haribabu said that the Modi Government was fulfilling all the provisions in the AP Reorganisation Act. Special package would meet the development needs of the State. He said the dream of the region would come true with a decision on the
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railway zone soon.
TDP leaders said the Chief Minister was particular on cadres and leaders working hard for the victory of the BJP nominee. The victory of Mr. Madhav would be of significance as it would help in getting further assistance from the Union Government for the development of the State. Panchayat Raj Minister Ch. Ayyanna Patrudu and HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao exuded confidence on the organisation strength of TDP.
Mr. Patrudu said that the TDP leaders should take up a personal campaign meeting electors, and the Chief Minister was likely to contact the voters over phone. Mr. Srinivasa Rao said efforts should be the same if the TDP fielded its nominee.
Mr. Patrudu and Palakol MLA and party observer for the general body meeting Nimmala Rama Naidu assailed the criticism of opposition leader Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy on TDP fulfilling the promises made in manifesto.
Mr. Patrudu recalled the comment made by Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy in Assembly that they had five years to fulfil the promises. MLC M.V.V.S. Murthy described the election as a litmus test.
Mr. Madhav said special package would get all incentives under SCS and good news would soon be heard on the railway zone.
TDP (Urban) president Vasupalli Ganesh Kumar presided. Senior BJP leader P.V. Chalapathi Rao, MLC Pappala Chalapthi Rao, MLAs P.G.V.R. Naidu, K.S.N.S. Raju, Sarveswara Rao, V. Ramakrishna Babu, and Palla Srinivasa Rao spoke.
Anakapalle MP M. Srinivasa Rao participated.
  
Today (09:05)  ‘Deaths this year statistically lower’ (www.thehindu.com)
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In the wake of Thursday’s horrific train accident, Railway authorities have claimed that there has actually been better policing and increased awareness among the public, which has helped bring down the number of deaths caused on the tracks in 2016.
The number of deaths reported due to trespass, suicide, and falling down in railway property has come down by 123. This year the total number of deaths was 1,297 against 1,410 last year.
A senior official of the Government Railway Police (GRP) said though no study has been carried to find the reasons
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for the down trend, better coordination with officials of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) by reaching out to the commuters through organising awareness camps and strictly enforcing rules to prevent crossing of railway tracks have brought down the death rate. The senior official also acknowledged the better civic sense of the commuters in avoiding crossing of railway tracks helped the reduction of accidents.
The figure shows reduction in deaths in several important railway stations in the city, including Egmore, Korukkupet, Perambur and Avadi. In Korukkupet the number of deaths has come down to 91 persons this year from 116 in 2015. Similarly in Egmore the total number of deaths has seen a dip from 92 (2015) to 75 (2016) and in Avadi from 84 to 61.
The GRP official said in Korukkupet, where awareness was poor, a strategy of joint patrolling with RPF was worked out and as part of this a watch tower was also built to keep round-the-clock watch to prevent petty offences and crossing of railway track. These steps helped in not only bringing down crime rates but also deaths in the Korukkupet limit.
However, the GRP should be concerned about spike in the death rates in a few important railway stations in south Chennai. In the Tambaram limit the number of deaths recorded was 132 in 2016 against 106 the previous year.
  
Today (09:05)  2 students injured in knife attack (www.thehindu.com)
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Police on Thursday investigated a case relating to attack on two college students by a group of students from another college.
According to police, Ajay and Naveenkumar, students at a college on Kamarajar Salai in Chennai were returning home in an EMU train in Tiruvallur district on Wednesday. When the train reached Atthipet, a gang of 10 students from another college, who followed the duo, attacked with knives on the train itself.
Even after the train stopped at the station, the gang chased them and inflicted several injuries on them and fled the
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Passengers and onlookers rescued the two injured students. They were admitted to Government Stanley Hospital.
Government Railway Police, Korukkupet registered a case and conducted further investigation.
Stones hurled at bus
In a separate incident, college students hurled stones on a MTC bus in Perambur on Thursday. When the bus, bound to Tiruverkadu from Perambur, was about to start with 20 passengers, a few students stopped the bus and quarrelled with the bus driver for not stopping the bus near Pachiyappa’s College on Wednesday.
The students hurled stones and damaged the front windshield. None was injured in the incident.Sembium police have registered case.
  
Today (09:02)  NF Railway to operate special trains (www.assamtribune.com)
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NF Railway to operate special trains
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GUWAHATI, Feb 23 - The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has decided to run two special trains from the city to clear rush of passenger during the ensuing Holi festival.
Special trains will run in Kamakhya-Anand Vihar-Kamakhya and Guwahati-Gorakhpur-Guwahati routes.
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02503 Super Fast Holi special will leave Kamakhya for Anand Vihar on March 8 and March 15 at 10 am, while the 02504 will leave Anand Vihar for Kamakhya on March 10 and March 17 at 5.15 am.
The train will have AC 2 tier, AC 3 tier and sleeper class coaches.
Meanwhile, the 05609 Holi special will leave Guwahati for Gorakhpur on March 10 and March 17 at 9 pm, while the 05718 Holi special will leave Gorakhpur for Guwahati on March 11 and March 18.
The train will have AC 2 tier, AC 3 tier, sleeper class and general second class coaches.
  
Today (08:56)  पार्सल ऑफिस में अनियमितता का मामला रेलमंत्री तक (m.jagran.com)
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पार्सल ऑफिस में अनियमितता का मामला रेलमंत्री तक पहुंचा
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 02:31 AM (IST)

जागरण संवाददाता, अलीगढ़ : रेलवे के पार्सल ऑफिस में अधिकारियों और बाबूओं की मिलीभगत से गोलमाल के आरोप लगते रहे हैं। 21 फरवरी को विजीलेंस के छापे में अनियमितता सामने आने के बाद कार्रवाई में एक बाबू को निलंबित कर दिया गया। अब सांसद सतीश गौतम
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ने भी रेलमंत्री को पत्र लिखकर पूरे मामले की विस्तृत जांच कर ठोस कार्रवाई की मांग की है।
पत्र में लिखा है कि पार्सल ऑफिस में स्थानीय अधिकारियों व कर्मियों द्वारा अवैध रूप से धन उगाही हो रही है। यह हैरान करने वाला है कि स्टेशन पर मिलीभगत कर लाखों रुपये का नुकसान रेलवे को पहुंचाया जा रहा और स्थानीय अधिकारियों को इसका संज्ञान नहीं। यदि एक रेलवे स्टेशन पर यह स्थिति है तो संपूर्ण देश में इसका आंकड़ा क्या होगा? उन्होंने जांच के अलावा बुकिंग के नियमों को पारदर्शी करने, पार्सल ऑफिस को कैमरे की जद में लाने आदि की मांग भी की।
दस्तावेज हों सार्वजनिक : रेलवे जेडआरयूसीसी के सदस्य संदीप कुमार गुप्ता व संजय पंडित ने कहा कि दस दिन पूर्व आए एक बाबू को निलंबित कर देने मात्र से इस बड़े भ्रष्टाचार के मामले का पर्दाफाश नहीं हो सकता। वर्षों से इस विभाग में तैनात बाबुओं व संबंधित अधिकारियों के खिलाफ भी जांच होनी चाहिए।
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