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Today (00:45)  India gets its first high horse power loco from Alstom France (www.financialexpress.com)
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India’s dream for high horse power locomotive moved closer to reality with the arrival of the first bodyshell of 12000 HP loco from Alstom France at Kolkata port today. This first-of-its-kind high-power electric locomotive will be used to haul freight trains at twice the existing speed by next year. The bodyshell for the fleet of the twin-section electric locomotives which Alstom is to supply to Indian Railways was unloaded at Haldia, ready for delivery to the factory at Madhepura where it will be assembled.
In November 2015, the public transporter inked a contract with the French company to manufacture 800 such train engines over the next 11 years in a joint venture at the Madhepura locomotive factory in Bihar. This is the
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first major FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) project in the rail sector.
The first such locomotive, estimated to cost about Rs 30 crore, will be assembled with components brought in from Alstom’s factories in France and will have its trial run by February next year.
The contract allows for the first five locomotives to be imported, but the remaining 795 are to be manufactured locally in support of the government’s Make in India campaign.
The total contract is worth above three billion euro. This project includes the set-up of a plant at Madhepura (Bihar state) and two maintenance depots at Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh state)and Nagpur (Maharashtra state). The delivery of the locomotives will spread between 2018 and 2028. The locomotive will run at a speed up to 120 km/h.
The Railways is currently using 6,000HP locomotives for freight services. The increase in speed would also result in improving line capacity in the rail network, a railway official said.
As per schedule, 35 locomotives would be rolled out from the factory by 2020, 60 in 2021, followed by 100 every year till the target of 800 is completed.

  
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Yesterday (23:46)  Good news: Railways food must carry details of quantity, supplier, says Railway Minister Piyush Goyal - The Financial Express (www.financialexpress.com)
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Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has asked officials to ensure that meals served on board trains carry information about quantity and the contractor supplying it, as the national carrier continues efforts to improve catering services. In a letter addressed to all zonal general managers, the railway board has said that Goyal has asked that food served to passengers has the name of the supplier or contractor, weight, date of packing and a distinct symbol indicating if it is vegetarian or non-vegetarian. As of now, the packets only mention if the food is veg or non-veg.
“Honourable Minister of Railways has decided that each food box/casserole in which food is packed and sold on trains must have these details,” said the letter from Sanjiv
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Garg, Additional Member (Tourism and Catering), Railway Board.
The letter, which was issued yesterday, said the guidelines should be implemented with immediate effect.
The communication comes days after another letter was sent to the IRCTC and all general managers of Zonal Railways on the instructions of Goyal, asking them to crackdown on overcharging by catering contractors and staff.
The September 5 letter also said that special emphasis should be laid on ensuring hygiene and quality of food served to passengers. These measures come in the backdrop of a CAG report earlier this year which was severely critical of meals served by the railways.
  
Yesterday (23:46)  एक साथ मिले कई तोहफे तो खिले उठे चेहरे (www.jagran.com)
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जागरण संवाददाता, गाजीपुर: जिलेवासियों के लिए बुधवार का दिन खास रहा। एक साथ कई सौगात पाकर लोगों के चेहरे चमक उठे। मंत्री मनोज सिन्हा के सिटी स्टेशन परिसर में आते ही पूरा पंडाल हर-हर महादेव के उद्घोष से गूंज उठा। एनसीसी कैडेटों से गार्ड आफ आनर के बाद वे सीधे मंच पर पहुंचे। इस दौरान पूर्वोत्तर रेलवे के महाप्रबंधक एसपी त्रिवेदी ने मुख्य अतिथि को पुष्पगुच्छ तथा पवित्र ग्रंथ रामायण की प्रति भेंट की।
कार्यक्रम की शुरुआत दीप प्रज्ज्वलन से हुई। रेलराज्य मंत्री ने कहा कि अक्टूबर अथवा नवंबर के पहले सप्ताह में केंद्रीय सड़क परिवहन मंत्री नितिन गटकरी जनपद में आएंगे और जिले से वाया जमानियां सैय्यदराजा मार्ग के फोर लेन के साथ ही ताड़ीघाट-बारा मार्ग, सैदपुर-बहरियाबाद-चिरैयाकोट तथा सैदपुर-हंसराजपुर-दुल्लहपुर-मरदह मार्ग को
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नेशनल हाइवे बनाने के काम का शिलान्यास करेंगे। बुलेट ट्रेन के जिक्र को बढ़ाते हुए कहा कि भारत पहले भी दूसरे देशों से कर्ज लेता रहा है लेकिन पहला मौका बना है जब नरेंद्र मोदी के काल में जापान ने 0.1 ब्याज दर पर बुलेट ट्रेन के लिए देश को 88 हजार करोड़ रुपये का कर्ज दिया है। सभागार बनाने के लिए जापान तैयार हुआ है। इस मौके पर ओमप्रकाश राय, कृष्ण बिहारी राय, बाबूलाल बलवंत, प्रभुनाथ चौहान, सच्चिदानंद ¨सह, विजय शंकर राय, नरेंद्र ¨सह, राजेश्वर ¨सह, अखिलेश ¨सह, ओमप्रकाश तिवारी बच्चा, शशिकांत शर्मा आदि थे। संचालन पूर्वोत्तर रेलवे के सीपीआरओ संजय यादव ने किया।
रंग-बिरंगे गुब्बारे व फूल-मालाओं से सजी थी ट्रेन:
ट्रेन को रंग-बिरंगे गुब्बारे तथा फूल-मालाओं से सजाया गया था। ट्रेन की सभी श्रेणी की आरक्षित बोगियों की अधिकतर सीटें फुल थीं। प्लेटफार्म नंबर एक से ट्रेन जैसे ही चली प्लेटफार्म एक वैष्णो माता के जयकार से गूंज उठा। जब तक ट्रेन खड़ी रही लोग अंदर जाकर उसकी जायजा ले रहे थे।
स्वच्छता ही सेवा है
रेल राज्यमंत्री ने मौजूद जनसमूह से सफाई अभियान को अंतिम मुकाम तक पहुंचाने का आह्वान किया। कहा कि स्वच्छता ही सही मायनों में सेवा है। स्वच्छता अभियान को प्रधानमंत्री ने शुरू किया इसे अंजाम तक पहुंचाना हम सभी की जिम्मेदारी है।
अब ट्रेनों की जरूरत नहीं
जिले को अब ट्रेनों की नहीं बल्कि स्वीकृत परियोजनाओं को समय से पूरा कराना ही प्राथमिकता होगी। मनोज सिन्हा ने कहा कि लगभग सभी प्रमुख महानगरों के लिए ट्रेनों की सीधी सेवा और आसपास के जिलों को जोड़ने के लिए पैसेंजर ट्रेनों की सुविधा उपलब्ध हो गई हैं।
पत्रकारों से हुए मुखातिब
ट्रेन को हरी झंडी दिखने के बाद रेल राज्यमंत्री पत्रकारों से मुखाबित थे। जिले में विश्वविद्यालय की मांग पर बोलते हुए इसके लिए पर्याप्त भूखंड की जरूरत होगी। अगर 100 एकड़ भूखंड मिल जाए तो यूनिवर्सिटी की स्थापना की जाएगी। कहा कि केंद्रीय विद्यालय के भूमि चिह्नित हो गई है। राजस्व विभाग भूमि का स्थानांतरण करेगा। उसके साथ ही भवन का निर्माण शुरू हो जाएगा। सिटी रेलवे स्टेशन पर ट्रेक की समस्या पर जवाब देते हुए कहा कि लाइन का दोहरीकरण का कार्य हो रहा है। इसके पूरा होते ही सिटी रेलवे स्टेशन पर ट्र्रैक की कमी नहीं होगी।
जनभागीदारी में मंत्री ने एप किया लांच
रेल व संचार राज्य मंत्री मनोज सिन्हा ने जिलाधिकारी आवास के पास जनभागीदारी कार्यक्रम के समापन समारोह में न सिर्फ अपनी मौजूदगी कराई बल्कि उन्होंने एप लांच कर जिले के बदलते स्वरूप में एक और नगीना जड़ दिया। मंत्री के निजी सहायक सिद्धार्थ राय के नेतृत्व में स्वच्छता, समग्रता को समर्पित यह कार्यक्रम महीने भर से चल रहा है। इस मौके पर खुशहाली के प्रतीक रंग-विरंगे रंगों से चाहरदीवारियों व पुलियों को रंगने का स्थानीय बच्चों द्वारा श्रद्धा भाव से किया गया काम लोगों के दिल में उतर गया।
मंत्री ने कहा कि प्रधानमंत्री नरेन्द्र मोदी जन्मदिन मनाते नहीं है पर अवसर पर कभी सैनिकों के बीच तो कभी समाज के निचले व पिछड़े लोगों के बीच अवसर मनाना उनके ¨चतन को प्रदर्शित करता है। देश महात्मा गांधी की 150 वीं जयंती मनाने जा रहा है।भारतीय जनता पार्टी एक पखवारे 17 सितम्बर से दो अक्टूबर तक स्वच्छता अभियान चला रही है। कहा कि स्वच्छता कार्य में हर व्यक्ति कार्यक्रम का संचालन सिद्धार्थ राय ने करते हुए इसे बच्चों तथा जन चेतना से जुड़े लोगों की उपलब्धि बताया। इस मौके पर जिलाधिकारी के बालाजी, अच्छेलाल गुप्ता, रासबिहारी राय, अखिलेश राय, प्रवीण ¨सह, मुराहु राजभर, चतुर्भुज चौबे, संकठा मिश्रा, अनिल पांडे, राजेश भारद्वाज, अमरेश गुप्ता, सुमित तिवारी, गर्वजीत ¨सह, साधना यादव, मनोज बिन्द, तेरसु यादव, धनेश्वर बिन्द, विभा पाल, रंजन तिवारी, शीला सोनकर, सुरेश बिन्द सहित तमाम लोग थे।
  
Yesterday (22:32)  Office-goers cheer Metro for saving on time, money (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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LUCKNOW: The city, which is frequently slowed down by jams, witnessed smooth traffic around Kanpur Road on Thursday. This was made possible by Lucknow Metro, which gave fast, uninterrupted rides to commuters and with none of the hurdles it had run into on the opening day. As several office-goers enjoyed the experience of quicker commute, the noise and air pollution level on roads seemed lower. Though it is only a small section on which the Metro has begun to run, the area is hub of commercial activities because of airport, offices, institutions, shops, besides private set-ups. The priority section gave biggest relief to office goers, shopkeepers and students who travel long distances to reach their destination. Krishnanagar resident Geetanjali, who commutes to her office in Hazratganj everyday, rode on the Metro for the first time and was happy to save time. She said, "I had to take several means of transport...
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to reach office and biggest problem was reaching Charbagh because of heavy traffic around Alambagh and Charbagh. Besides the inconvenience of changing transport, I used to waste an hour reaching office because of jams but with Metro, I saved about 20 minutes." Senior government employee Khatter Singh, has to drive down to Faizabad Road daily from his home in Transportnagar and faces problems because of traffic congestion on the route. From Thursday, he has decided to use metro route to cover half the distance till Charbagh and then take a shared auto. "The Metro ride gives air-conditioned comfort, besides facilities like clean drinking water and it will now save my time too," said Singh. Railway employee Nitish Kumar, however, rued lack of parking facility at the Metro stations. He said his office in Charbagh is far from the Metro station and it's hard to get transport from there. "Driving a bike is easier for me as I can reach my office directly and if Metro stations had parking facility, I could have parked my bike there to reach office and back." Frequent user of cab service, Usha Shukla was happy to save money using Metro rail. She said she had to pay Rs 180 to commute from Krishnanagar to Hazratganj but she saved Rs 100 thanks to Metro.
  
Yesterday (22:31)  Lucknow metro: Tobacco chewing commuters on Lucknow Metro's radar (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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LUCKNOW: In the City of Nawabs, security officials deployed at the Lucknow Metro stations are on a task to sniff out tobacco from commuters and have weeded out over 20 kg tobacco products in the first two days of its launch. Metro passengers in the city have been trying various tricks to smuggle tobacco and related products inside coaches. "The passengers, who are in the habit of carrying tobacco products, are not ready to give up and try to smuggle it pan masala and other products in their pockets, socks and belts," a security personnel deployed at the Charbagh Metro Station said. In the first two days of its launch, Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) security collected over 20 kgs of tobacco and related products. "During frisking while entering Metro premises, Metro officials were able to collect approximately 20 kg tobacco and other related items like pan, pan masala, cigarette etc....
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from commuters," LMRC MD Kumar Keshav said. The confiscated items will be handed over to the municipal corporation for disposal. "I am very thankful to commuters for their cooperation in frisking and keeping the metro clean. Lucknow Metro is a green and environment friendly public transport and it is our duty to keep it clean. The efforts of LMRC and public will definitely help in keeping metro a clean public transport," the MD said. Of the total eight stations, six kgs of tobacco products were seized from Charbagh followed by Transport Nagar, where four kg of tobacco products were seized. Many of those caught gave excuses that they were not aware that tobacco products were not allowed inside the metro. "Out of five, every third commuter was carrying a tobacco product and was found chewing tobacco. It is a difficult task to check them. But we are on our toes and committed to keep the metro clean," a security member said.The 8.5-km-long 'Priority Corridor' from Transport Nagar to Charbagh, which is part of the Phase 1 of the project, is operational from 6 am to 10 pm everyday. Over 32,000 passengers had boarded Lucknow Metro on the first day of the commercial run on September 6 while the number came down to over 28,000 on the second day yesterday. LMRC has set a target to complete the entire 23 km track from Amausi to Munshipulia by March 2019. This includes a 3.5 km underground track between Hussainganj to Hazratganj.
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