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Today (06:34)  Metro maintained normal frequency on Monday (www.thehindu.com)
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Commentary/Human InterestBMRC/Bangalore Metro  -  

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Earlier, BMRCL had announced that the frequency of trains will be reduced on holidays
Despite Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) declaring that the frequency of trains will be reduced on holidays, second Saturdays and Sundays, it was not the case on Monday — a general holiday due to Id-ul-Fitr.
“Monday was a working day for me. I assumed that I will have to wait for 15 minutes before I get a train. But to my relief, there were trains every 10 minutes around noon,” said Sri Latha, who uses the Purple Line.
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BMRCL’s decision to reduce the frequency on certain days was not received well by commuters. BMRCL officials maintain that frequency will depend on the number of passengers, with the operations control room being in a position to increase the frequency if necessary.
“It (south line) is a new line and the tracks need to stabilise. A lot of people are trying out the new train. We need to see how many take the train regularly. Even on Monday, around two lakh people had travelled on both lines by 6 p.m.,” said a BMRCL official.
Defending the move to commence services at 8 a.m. on Sundays against 5 a.m. on other days, officials said they need some time to inspect the track, which is the practice worldwide. “The last trains leave Yelachenahalli, Baiyappanahalli, Nayandahalli and Nagasandra at 11 p.m. They reach their destinations by midnight. We are left with only four hours for track inspection, which is why carry out the work on Sundays. There is not much rush on Sunday mornings and track inspection is a safety requirement,” an official explained.
  
Today (06:33)  Congress activists breached provisions of Metro Act: report (www.thehindu.com)
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Certain provisions of the Metro Railways (Operations and Maintenance) Act, 2002 were breached when Congress activists organised a 'Janakeeya Yatra' on board Kochi Metro trains on June 20, KMRL Director (Finance) Abraham Oommen has said in his probe report submitted to KMRL Managing Director Elias George on Monday.
The yatra was held when party leaders led by the former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Congress MLAs travelled on the metro. The activists had allegedly created pandemonium on the metro premises on the day, causing inconvenince to commuters. The escalators too were halted as too many people jostled for space. They also crowded themselves in trains which have a maximum passenger capacity of 975 passengers.
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to the inquiry report, further legal action would be taken by the KMRL following the stipulated procedures prescribed in this Act, said a press release from the metro agency.
Elaborating on the action that would be taken on the basis of the report, KMRL officials said the station controllers of stations that witnessed the pandemonium would now forward the probe report to the local police station concerned. The police too will conduct an inquiry, following which action would be taken on the basis of the Act (which permits fine and imprisonment for various offences). The local police have been involved since the metro police station manned by 29 personnel has not begun functioning yet.
But they refused to divulge specifics of the rule violations by the party activists.
The KMRL’s inquiry officer had inspected CCTV footages and also questioned witnesses — mostly security guards and other employees at stations, before submitting the report.
  
Today (06:32)  End of fast (www.thehindu.com)
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All across the CapitalMuslims offer Id-ul-Fitr prayers at the Jami Masjid in Feroz Shah Kotla; a mosque near the New Delhi railway station; and the Jama Masjid on Monday.Shiv Kumar Pushpakar, Sandeep Saxena
  
Today (06:32)  Dead peahen found in front of engine (www.thehindu.com)
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A dead peahen was found hanging in front of the engine of a passenger train here on Monday.
Railway sources said a Railway Protection Force constable noticed the bird hanging in front of the engine of the Mannargudi-Manamadurai passenger train while it was entering platform no. 5 at Tiruchi railway junction in the morning.
The information was immediately conveyed to the station manager and the dead bird was removed from the engine, said the sources.
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Today (06:30)  He has been framed, claim kin of accused (www.thehindu.com)
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‘Police in a hurry to solve the case’
The family of the accused in the Junaid murder case on Monday said he was innocent and was being framed by the police in their hurry to solve the case.
Talking to The Hindu over phone, accused Ramesh’s brother-in-law Vinod Kumar maintained that he was at Palwal railway station around 7 p.m., when the incident happened.
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“He was waiting to catch a train to his factory in Ballabgarh. This contradicts the police claim that he boarded the train from Ballabgarh railway station around the same time and stabbed Junaid on being provoked by co-passengers,” said Mr. Kumar, adding that a vendor friend of Ramesh had confirmed this.
Ramesh is a resident of Kailash Nagar near Palwal railway station and is married. He has three daughters and a son.
Mr. Kumar also said that Ramesh was illiterate and had no previous criminal record.
‘Maintains innocence’
“Anyone in his village can vouch for his innocence. It seems the police have framed him in a hurry to work out the case,” said Mr. Kumar. Though Junaid’s family has identified Ramesh as being present at the time of incident, they too have maintained that he did not stab the teenager,” said Mr. Kumar
Haryana Railway Police SP Kamal Deep Goyal, however, claimed Ramesh had confessed to the crime.
“We have evidence against the accused. He was arrested after proper verification. Junaid’s family also identified him as being present in the coach at the time of incident,” said Mr. Goyal, adding that the police were in touch with some of the people who were in the coach at the time of incident.
‘Accused was drunk’
Ramesh purportedly told the police that he had left home on the evening of June 22 for work and boarded a train to Ballabgarh after having drinks with a friend at Palwal railway station.
He then got down at Ballabgarh, but decided to return home as he was heavily drunk.
Slept at railway station
He got into the same coach in which Junaid and his friends were travelling in and got embroiled in a scuffle. A co-passenger then gave him a knife, with which he allegedly stabbed Junaid multiple times. He then jumped off the train at the Asaoti railway station and boarded another local train to reach Palwal. But he did not go home. He slept at the railway station instead, from where he was arrested.
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