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17 trains cancelled, 26 disrupted by fog

According to a Northern Railway spokesperson, around 6 am, 17 trains including Gomti Express, Amritsar-New Delhi Express, Jammu-Tavi Express and Sadhbhavna Express stood cancelled, 26 arrived late and six others had to be rescheduled due to poor visibility. The high pollution has added to the fog, forcing the railways, which is already facing bad publicity due to the high accident rate, to take preemptive measures.”

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Airport X’mas for stranded Air India passengers

The Christmas spirit was dampened for passengers travelling to India from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as several flights from Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi were delayed or rescheduled owing to foggy weather conditions in the country. Flights to Mumbai and Delhi were delayed by as long as 12 hours, forcing several passengers to be stranded at the airports who then took to social media to express their displeasure over the delays.”Air India Express, terrible traveling service. Flight from Sharjah to Mumbai IX 252 delayed for more than 10 hours! No response from 24/7 helpline,” tweeted Raj Shah, one of the passengers. The Air India Express flight IX 252 was originally scheduled to take off from Sharjah Airport at 2.25 am on December 25 and reach Mumbai at 6.55 am, however, the flight took off at 4.34 pm on December 25.A source from Air India said, “The flights from Sharjah were rescheduled considering the weather conditions.” Repeated attempts to get in touch with a spokesperson of Air India Express did not yield any result.The Air India Express Mumbai-Sharjah IX 251 was also delayed by more than 12 hours. The flight was scheduled to take off from Mumbai airport on Sunday at 11.30 pm but took off 12.50 pm on Monday afternoon.Several flights were affected at Mumbai Airport on Monday as well due to traffic congestion.

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Mumbai: School bans students, parents from wearing ‘burqa’, ‘hijab’

A private school on the outskirts of Mumbai has banned burqa and hijab in school premises citing security reasons.The school located in Mumbra, said that the decision was taken due to safety and security reasons, according to a report in The Indian Express. The notice issued by the school also stated that the parents and family members of the school will have to lift the veil while entering school premises. The notice also does not allow students to cover their face while leaving school.The school trustee said that as some students left school in covered faces with burqa, the security were not able to know the whereabouts of them when their parents came looking for their children.In another case, the school trustee said that two women in fully-covered face arrived in school asking to take their children home early. However, before the class teacher could come and verify the details of the two women, they left. The school trustee called it a clear attempt of ‘abduction’.However, the school has maintained that they don’t intend to hurt any religious sentiments but it is necessary to reveal their faces on camera.

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Bengaluru techie still missing, had gone to meet OLX buyer, say friends

Ajitabh Kumar, a 29-year-old software engineer, who has been missing since Monday is still untraceable. He had listed his car on online marketplace Olx and left home at Whitefield Area in Bengaluru around 6:30 pm. According to reports, his friends suspect he might have got a call from a prospective buyer. Ajitabh Kumar, who hails from Patna, worked at British Telecom. His phone is switched off since Monday and there is no trace of Ajitabh’s vehicle. The last location of his mobile phone was Gunjur near Whitefied, before it got switched off around 7: 10 pm. According to reports, Police team is investigating all angles after securing date from online classified portals as well. Ajitabh has been living with his childhood friend Ravi after moving to Bengaluru in 2010. He had passed Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in 2018 and now wanted to sell his car.Ajitabh had bought a Maruti Ciaz car by paying Rs 12 lakh and he had quoted Rs 11.8 lakh on OLX a couple of weeks ago. He had also applied for a loan with a private bank to join IIM, The New Indian Express reported Ajitabh’s brother Arnabh as saying. Ajitabh’s friends and relatives have launched an online campaign to find him.

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India is being polarised; community is losing confidence in government: Top Catholic body

The President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) Cardinal Baselios Cleemis on Friday stated that India is getting polarized due to religious affiliation, and the community was losing confidence in the government.In an Indian Express report, Cardinal Cleemis also said that the country was being devided on basis of religious beliefs, which was a bad thing for a democratic nation. “I want my country to be united in a secular fabric. But now, this country is being polarised due to religious affiliations. We should fight against it,” he added.Cleemis’ remarks comes a week after carol singers in a village near Satna in Madhya Pradesh were detained following Bajrang Dal activists alleging they were indulging in forced conversions.Also readCarol singers and priests detained in MP: Bajrang Dal claims forced conversation, Catholic organisations fumeCleemis led a delegation of the CBCI, which met Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday to express their “pain and anguish and seek justice”. Cleemis said Singh’s “spontaneous response” was positive and he assured immediate action. “He said he will see to it that justice is done. I hope he will do his best,” he said, adding that the allegations of forced conversion were baseless.He wanted the government to “decide serious measures to safeguard the interest of citizens. “Make sure that innocent people are treated properly and given protection. The culprits should be punished for their bad acts and for damaging the image of the country. We should stay together, united in diversity,” he said, while speaking to the daily.

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Denied homes, slum dwellers protest against Malad builder

More than 94 slum dwellers have been sitting on a protest against Omkar Developers in Malad alleging that the builder, who had taken up the redevelopment project has not kept up the promise of alloting their homes. Wednesday marks their 575th day of protest. The developer, however, argues that the slum dwellers are ineligible to get these homes because they lived in lofts and not shanties. The protestors have erected a tent on the service road off the Western Express Highway, and sleep there in turns. A board next to this tent has a list of their demands, and another board mentions the number of days of protest.Bacchu Chavan, a slum dweller, said, “In the entire project, there are 4,900 plus slum dwellers. But only 94 residents are protesting. Our issue is that the developer had initially promised us homes and he even gave us rent money for four years. We have the photocopies of cheques where he paid Rs 96,000 per year. However, now he has stopped giving us the rent money, and we have no option except to protest.” A spokesperson from Omkar said, “We would like to emphatically state that the 94 agitators are loft residents and hence not eligible for free housing under the state government SRA policy guideline. Omkar and its working policy are bound by the legal SRA guidelines and the matter hence is between the agitators and SRA. This is a larger matter governing all SRA projects in Mumbai.”According to Pravinbhai, another slum dweller protesting at the site said, “We have had several meetings with the developer and SRA officials, the developer representative had assured us that they are ready to pay us money or give us home in suburbs like Mira Road, but both are not feasible. Talking about the loft, there are many other slum dwellers who were loft residents but have got homes and they are residing there. Then why should we suffer.”

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BHU shocker! GST in Arthshastra, Manu on globalisation baffles MA students

On Monday, when the BHU students of MA Political Science sat for their exams, little did they know that they would have to answer questions linking Kautilya and GST.Sounds bizarre? Well, it’s true. The students complain that the 15-mark questions were out of their syllabus and out of their course material also.Sample this:a: Write an essay on the nature of GST in Kautilya’s Arthashastra.b: Manu is the first Indian thinker of globalisation. Discuss.According to an Indian Express report, the brain behind the question paper is Professor Kaushal Kishore Mishra.Professor Mishra, who set the question paper for ‘Social and Political Thought in Ancient and Medieval India’, said that, ‘interpreted the two thinkers and taught their philosophies through new and current examples like GST and globalisation.’Reacting to those who were criticising the question paper, Professor Mishra said, ‘Isn’t it our job to find newer ways to teach.’While the students of the BHU claim that ‘Sir had dictated the answers, and specifically told us that we would get these questions,’ the colleges affiliated to the central university said that they had no idea about the concept and it was out of their course material.Professor Mishra, who has openly admitted that he is an RSS member, says that his personal views don’t interfere in his teaching.Despite the hue and cry raised by the students, the RP Singh, the head of department, rejected that the questions were out of syllabus.“It is the prerogative of the teacher to set the paper according to his area of specialisation.” Singh was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.
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Twitter users come to rescue of young boy stranded at Jaipur Railway station

One of our worst fears during train journey’s in childhood was the fear of getting lost or stranded in a busy railway station. Unfortunately, some kids inevitably lose their way in busy train stations. Something similar happened with Archit, a boy stranded at Jaipur Railway station. An alert Twitter user on Monday posted a picture of a boy stranded in Jaipur Railway station. He was unfortunately left behind by his family who boarded the 19329 Udaipur Express. The only information Archit could provide was that his father’s name is Bharat Bhushan.After the tweet was retweeted close to 100 times with many tagging the Railway Ministry, help was received. Twitter user Phoenix Fire later tweeted that the boy has met his local guardian in Jaipur station. The boy clearly looked shocked in the picture and one can only imagine what would have happened without the intervention of Twitter’s good samaritans. Here’s how the event unfolded:Twitter user Phoenix Fire later deleted the main tweet after the child found help. In the last few years, there have been increasing number of interventions by Railway Minister after being alerted on Twitter. The practice started with ex-Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu at the helm, but has continued even after change of guard and Piyush Goyal taking over. There have been cases where some Twitter users have even tweeted asking for baby food from the Railway Ministry! But all in all, interventions on Twitter have definitely cut down on number of unfortunate and unforeseen incidents which happen while travelling by train.
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Kerala love jihad case: Hadiya was very happy after talking to her husband over phone, says college dean

Kerala woman Hadiya on Wednesday said that she was “still not free” and not able to meet her husband. A few hours later, she was able to talk to her husband, said College Dean of the Sivaraj Homeopathic Medical College. Hadiya was very happy and relieved after talking to her husband, G Kannan, principal of the college, was quoted as saying by the Indian Express. There are no restriction on her, Kannan was quoted as saying in the media reports. Hadiya, who is at the center of Kerala love-jihad case said on Wednesday that she wants total freedom and also wants to meet her husband. On Monday, the Supreme Court allowed the 24-year-old to go to Tamil Nadu’s Salem to continue her homeopathic studies, away from parental supervision.A day after arriving at the college, Hadiya said she is only asking for her fundamental rights. “I asked for freedom from the court… I do not know whether I got it… I have no phone, haven’t contacted anyone whom I like (so far),” she told reporters.Her marriage had been annulled in May by the Kerala High Court on her father’s appeal after Akhila Ashokan converted to Islam and married Shafin Jahan in 2016. Her father had said the marriage was a form of recruitment by terror group ISIS and she was to be sent to Syria.For the past six months, she said, “I was talking to people (parents) l did not like because of their harassment,” she said.Jahan has challenged the High Court order and also a sanction was given by the apex court to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe allegations of Hindu women being lured by members of terror outfits.The larger issue on the court’s right to intrude on an individual’s autonomy and the reports prepared by NIA on the dangers of forced radicalisation will be taken up in the third week of January.
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14 bogies of coal laden goods train derailed near Odisha’s Jagatsinghpur

Updated: Nov 24, 2017, 01:23 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 14 bogies of a coal laden goods train derailed near Odisha’s Jagatsinghpur district on Friday.The incident occurred at 5:55 am, near Gauli station here.No casualties were reported.The Indian Railways informed that restoration of affected line is expected to be completed by Saturday.Earlier in the day, Vasco De Gama Patna Express derailed was also derailed in Uttar Pradesh’s Chitrakoot district claiming lives of three people and left seven injured.The CPRO of NCR region, Gaurav Krishna Bansal informed that 13 coaches of the train slipped off the track at Chitrakoot’s Manikpur station at 4:18 am when it was leaving from the platform.

Vasco De Gama Patna Express Train derails in Uttar Pradesh; 2 dead, several injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Thirteen coaches of Vasco De Game Patna Express train derailed near Banda district of Uttar Pradesh on Friday. According to ANI, two people died and eight people got injured in the accident. The movement of trains on the route between Patna and Goa have been affected, say reports. The cause of the derailment has not been ascertained as of now. (More details awaited)

Mumbai: Central Railway replaces 6.2 km of tracks during mega block

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Safe travel is a right of every passenger. Now safety of rail assets is finally being given some attention by the Indian Railways, which was in the backburner. For instance, on Sunday, the Central Railway replaced 6.2 km of tracks during the mega block between Thane-Vashi and Thane-Mulund sections. These tracks had become unsafe for trains to ply as it’s condition has deteriorated. In this year itself, there have been several derailments and accidents across Indian Railways; one of the primary reasons being the poor quality of tracks. The railway officials agree that underinvestment in rail infrastructure, poor maintenance and excessive traffic has deteriorated the condition of these tracks. AT A GLANCEMajor Derailments In 2017DescriptionUtkal Express derailment, Aug 18, 2017 Meerut-Lucknow Rajya Rani Express derailment, April 15, 2017 Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express derailment, Jan 22, 2017 Kalindi Express derailment, Feb 20, 2017 ​The life of a rail track depends on the frequency of train movement and its tonnage capacity (load-bearing capacity that coaches carry). In Mumbai, the rail tracks are normally replaced after 1-2 years due to heavy usage while in the interiors where train movement is less, the replacement is done after 10 years too. “The railway ministry has specifically asked all the zones to address safety issues which also includes replacement of old and worn out tracks. Work on new rail lines has been kept on hold and the same tracks have been diverted to rail stretches that need immediate attention,” said a senior railway official.On November 19, near about 300 labourers were deployed for this work. “The rail replacement is done usually on those which have outlived its codal life and on condition basis of rail. However, this is record progress of rail renewal in a single block,” said Sunil Udasi, Chief PRO, Central Railway. These rails came from Bhilai steel plant as 24 panels of 260 meters long each, ferried in a rake. These were inserted in place of old rails during the mega block. The CR officials expect that it would improve safety as the track related technical glitches will definitely reduce.

BMC identifies link road, to connect Andheri Stn, WEH

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will soon connect Nagardas Road with Andheri Subway in Andheri (E) a month after it traced a missing link road connecting the two roads. This bodes well for motorists travelling from Andheri railway station to Western Express Highway throwing open more travel route options for them.The civic body had demolished around 10 to 15 structures last week to create a new road to improve road connectivity and reduce traffic from other roads.BMC’s K East ward that includes Andheri and Vile Parle had traced the missing link early this month.Devendra Jain, assistant commissioner of K/East ward said, “Nagardas Road and Andheri Subway could not be connected due to the existence of some shops. However, in order to release pressure from other roads leading to the highway from Andheri (E) railway station, the BMC decided to connect the missing link.”According to Jain, even the proposed Development Plan 2014-34 includes a provision of connecting Nagardas Road to Andheri Subway. Traffic coming from the Andheri Subway can enter Nagardas Road after taking a right turn near Amar Tarun building to reach the Western Express Highway.”The new link will help ease the traffic flow moving towards Kurla,” said Jain, adding that there is heavy traffic during peak hours due to unavailability of such link roads.The BMC has said that it will rehabilitate the people affected. “We will give alternate land to affected people as per the existing rehabilitation policy,” said Vinay More, another civic official of the K East ward.Jain said that the civic body will soon construct the patch after removing the structures. “The process of laying out the road will be completed in a fortnight,” added Jain.Pradip Waghmare, a resident of Kurla said, “This new link will help us to save at least 20 to 30 minutes during peak hours as we have to take a long route to enter Nagardas Road to move towards Western Express Highway.”

Kolkata-Khulna passenger train service flagged off by PM Modi, Sheikh Hasina

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A new passenger train service between Kolkata and Bangladesh’s southwestern industrial city of Khulna was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina and the West Bengal chief minister.The three leaders launched the train through video conference.A fully air-conditioned weekly passenger train service ‘Bandhan Express’ will run every Thursday from both Kolkata and Khulna.On the occasion, Modi said the ties of friendship between India and Bangladesh have further strengthened.Modi said in Bengali, ‘Aaj ei shubho uplokkhe dui desh bashider amar abhinandan janai. Aaj amader moitreyee, bandhon aro sudriro holo’ (I congratulate the people of the two countries on this auspicious occasion. Our ties of friendship got more strengthened today.)They also inaugurated two bridges over the rivers Meghna and Titas in Bangladesh.Hasina said, “Today is a great day for relations between the two countries with the inauguration of the train services and the two bridges. This train service is a dream come true for people on both sides of the border.”Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee described the launch as a remarkable day for India and Bangladesh.”The relations between the two countries will strengthen in the future,” she said.Immigration and customs facilities were also inaugurated at Kolkata station.

10 passengers of Himalayan Queen Express injured after driver applies emergency brakes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> At least 10 passengers of the Himalayan Queen Express were injured on Wednesday night after the driver applied emergency brakes.The incident took place in Karnal’s Gharaunda in Haryana state.The Station Master of Gharaunda has held the driver responsible for the incident.”Saw that train was in speed and immediately inquired driver about it. However, he didn’t reply. A negligence is on driver’s part,” he said.

Religion over education: Government school teachers forced to turn priests in Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a recent directive, a copy of which is with DNA, as many as 90 teachers from various government schools in Haryana were directed to attend the day-long training for priests to facilitate Kapal Mochan Fair 2017 in Yamunanagar. Many teachers did not report for a training session on October 29. They were served show cause notice and asked to be present for training next day for face department proceedings. According to a report in The Indian Express, most teachers joined the training programme on Monday. “Only two-three teachers have sought exemption on medical grounds. Now there is no need to take action against anybody” Bilaspur’s Sub Divisional Magistrate Naveen Ahuja was reported as saying by The Indian Express. Ahuja defended the move, saying they have taken the help of employees of other departments as well to manage the fair where a large number of devotees show up. “Such duties are being given to teachers for the past five-six years,” he said.Such a move has attracted a lot of criticism as poor results continue to mar the performance of government schools in the state. Many allege that Haryana government is more keen on training its teachers to assist priests for an ongoing five-day religious fair and distribute prasad rather than be in classrooms. Most of these teachers take many classes in a day and now their absence for a week adversely affects the overall development of the students. Teachers remain occupied with non-teaching work throughout the year and despite their objections, they are made to do jobs which are not related to teaching students at schools. Though most of the teachers giving their services as Priests these days remain guarded in their statements, members of the teachers’ union have started openly raising their objections. The orders invited sharp criticism from teachers who condemned the move. “Ya to hum school mein padhaein, ya puja-path karein. It has become a norm to deploy teachers on all kinds of non-teaching duties. When we did not attend the training, we were threatened with disciplinary action. If teachers remain absent from classrooms, how are we supposed to improve the results?” said Jagdeep Singh, a member of the teachers’ union.Earlier, Haryana government seemed to distance itself from the diktat, leaving the ball in the district administration’s court. “It could be the district administration’s order,” said Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.BJP Spokesperson Jawahar Yadav defended the move saying, “It is just about distributing prasad to devotees during the fair. The teachers are not being trained to become full-fledged priests.”However, it is not the first time that teachers have been roped in to perform duties during the religious fair, as over 100 teachers are deployed in the religious fair since 2014, when 110 were on duty inside the temple, 110 in 2015 and 105 teachers were roped in last year.When questioned, Deputy Commissioner, Yamunanagar, Rohtash Singh Kharb said the order was taken due to administrative constraints. “It is a huge event and we need manpower. Out of 2,000 officials employed, 90 of them are teachers. It is a religious fair and teachers are required to assist the pujaris, including giving prasad, handling the donations for eight hours every day. The schools can manage by substituting teachers.”The five day religious far, Kapalmochan-2017 which began on October 31 is organized every year in Yamunanagar and witnesses a footfall of over 5 lakh devotees from across Punjab and Haryana. As many as 2,000 district-level officials are deputed on several duties for the fair, which includes at least 100 teachers every year.

Over 100% occupancy on Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor: WR clarifies RTI reply on Rs 30 crore losses

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after an RTI reply stated how the Mumbai-Ahmedabad train route had incurred losses of nearly Rs 30 crore with 40% of seats remaining empty, the Western Railway authorities on Wednesday clarified that there is over 100% passenger occupancy on Mumbai–Ahmedabad sector.Ravinder Bhakar, Chief PRO, Western Railway in a press release said that during these 3 months, the total earnings on this sector was Rs 233 crore. “There are 9 direct trains between Mumbai and Ahmedabad and back. Except for the Ahmedabad Duronto Express, the other trains have several stops.“The total available berths of these 9 trains from July 1, 2017 to September 30, 2017 works out to 8,03,150 against which actual passengers booked were 8,30,978. Thus the total occupancy was 103%,” said Bhakar.He clarified that the reply given in the RTI query is against the specific question of number of passengers from only Mumbai Central to Ahmedabad and Ahmedabad to Mumbai Central stations. The information does not include information about enroute traffic.The Mumbai – Ahmedabad sector is one of the busiest routes of Indian Railways caterered by 9 direct trains between Mumbai and Ahmedabad and around 25 trains going to onward destinations via Ahmedabad. This sector also serves important enroute stations and industrial towns such as Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat, Vapi, Valsad etc.

Journalist KJ Singh murder case: Man speeding away in journalist’s car executed double murder, say cops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man who hails from Uttar Pradesh has been arrested in Mohali in connection with the murder case of senior journalist KJ Singh and his mother, Gurcharan Kaur. Police on Thursday claimed to have cracked the murder with the arrest of accused Gaurav who was driving KJ Singh’s green Ford Ikon car that was missing since the double murder on September 22. According to media reports, the knife used in the crime was recovered from the Gaurav. KJ Singh’s car documents were also recovered from him.According to the police, the accused told them that on the night intervening September 22-23, he reached KJ’s residence at about 10.30 pm, repots The Indian Express.“He entered KJ’s residence by scaling a low-height boundary wall. He rang the door bell twice and then took cover in the dark. When KJ opened the door, the accused first assaulted him. Since KJ was tall and well-built, a scuffle took place. The accused was carrying a knife with which he stabbed KJ Singh multiple times, dragged his body to the bedroom and then slit his throat. Since KJ’s mother was also present in the house at that time, the accused killed her as well. Later, he stole the television – kept it in KJ’s car – and escaped,” one of the investigating police officers told The Indian Express.“Since he was arrested a few hours ago, we are yet to interrogate the accused thoroughly. We also need to find out if he executed the murders alone or whether he had any accomplices,” SSP Chahal told The Indian Express.Senior Journalist KJ Singh, 64, and his 92-year-old mother were found murdered on September 23 afternoon. While Singh’s throat had been slit and he had been stabbed in the stomach, his bedridden mother was strangulated. A special investigation team was set up Punjab police chief Suresh Aroa after Chief Minister Amarinder Singh made a specific request in this regard. KJ Singh a former news editor with The Indian Express had also worked for The Tribune and The Times of India in Chandigarh.

MMRDA issues notice to Metro 7 consultant

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) on Monday said that it has issued notice to the general consultant of Dahisar East-Andheri East Metro-7 corridor after a bunch of iron rods tilted towards the ground near Aarey Colony at Western Express Highway (WEH) on Saturday afternoon.A notice issued by MMRDA dated October 23, 2017, to M/s. AICA Consortium, general consultant for Metro-7, reads, “Accident was occurred at Pier no 5 near Aarey station on Saturday. It was found that the pier reinforcement was bent towards the Service road resulting the closing of service road.”The notice further adds, “You are requested to examine the causes of the accident and submit your report and re-commendation to avoid such incidents in future within 7 days from issue of this letter.”Praveen Darade, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, said, “We will issue show cause notice to contractor J Kumar Infrastructure also by today (Monday).”An email query sent to J Kumar Infrastructure on Monday did not get any response. J Kumar Infrastructure had said on Saturday: “we shall take best possible efforts to avoid such instances in future”.

No special treatment given to HRD minister’s PS: Railways

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The railways on Monday downplayed reports which claimed that an extra coach was attached to a train for Union Minister Prakash Javadekar’s private secretary on October 21, saying he was one of the many passengers accommodated in the additional coach due to the huge rush.Officials said Vinay Srivastava, the Human Resource Development Minister’s private secretary who was travelling with his wife and two children, had requested for seats on Padmavati Express between Lucknow and Delhi railway station, but denied that the extra coach was attached to accommodate his request. Srivastava is a 1992-batch Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers official. “During this holiday season as many as 68 extra coaches have been attached to different trains. In fact nine extra coaches have been attached from Lucknow on October 21 and October 22 alone.”This is a routine exercise to accommodate the additional rush. This time it just so happened that one of the passengers was a PS to a Union minister,” said Northern Railway spokesperson Neeraj Sharma. Sharma also said that even a public announcement for the coach was done and it was almost full by the time it reached Delhi. Many passengers were able to travel that day because of the additional coach, he said. However, the official said the matter will be probed in light of media reports which claimed that the move had inconvenienced some passengers.

Three held in Rajasthan for terror links

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three terrorists who killed a policeman in Jammu & Kashmir were arrested from the Merta Road station while travelling on Jammu Tawi Express. They were caught by the GRP and the CRPF, which have handed over them to ATS on Friday. The trio – Sohail, Omar Hussain and Wasid Rashid of Kulgam – was then handed over to the Jammu & Kashmir Police on Saturday, said SP Vikas Kumar of ATS Rajasthan over phone.According to information received from the sources, three people were caught on the basis of suspicion after conducting a search on the Jammu Tawi Express. When they did not give any satisfactory answer, the Jammu & Kashmir Police were informed and their photographs were sent. The information that came shocked the authorities as they were involved in the killing of a policeman. It is believed that Sohail was the mastermind of the murder of a policeman which took place on October 14.“We were already tipped off by the J&K Police and we acted accordingly,” said an official of the GRP. When contacted, a J&K Police officer said that Sohail is wanted in many militancy related cases. “He (Sohail) is most wanted among them. With regards to others, we are ascertaining their role. We have dispatched a team to Rajasthan and we would be bringing them here,” he said.

Mohali: One month after murder of senior scribe KJ Singh, his mother, SIT releases sketches of 5 suspects

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Special Invetigation Team (SIT) investigating the murder of senior journalist KJ Singh and his mother Gurcharan Kaur on Saturday released the pictures of five suspects who allegedly murdered the duo last month in Mohali.According to an Indian Express report, the Mohali SP(D) Harbir Singh Atwal said that the images were released after analysing CCTV footage of several cameras installed in the locality. “Out of the five men, two were wearing turbans while three have a hair cut and all the suspects are looking in their mid-30s,” Atwal added.Atwal further said that they had sent the pictures to all the police stations in the state and also contacted Haryana, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh police. So far, 70 people including family members, servants and former servants have been questioned.On September 23, senior journalist KJ Singh and his mother were found dead in Mohali. Singh was found with his throat slit with a sharp-edged weapon.Singh’s 92-year-old mother was allegedly strangulated. The house was ransacked and things were missing, the police said. Singh began his career with the Indian Express. After a brief stint with the Times Group, he worked with The Tribune.At present, he was not associated with any media organisation.

Tejas Express says food on-board was ‘satisfactory’, blames kids who vomited for ‘vitiating air quality in AC coach’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> An inquiry report on the suspected food poisoning incident on-board the Tejas Express train has found no problem with the food quality, and said the unease was triggered after two children vomited “vitiating the air quality in the a/c coach”.The report by a Central Railways team said the quality of the food served on-board the premium train was “satisfactory”.It said the first case of uneasiness was reported after two children in a group of tourists from Himachal Pradesh vomited in the air-condition coach.”The vomiting smell triggered uneasiness in others and then another two children vomited. This further vitiated the air in the coach and then two more children vomited. This triggered uneasiness in their parents,” the report stated.”After this incident, few other passengers of C1, C2, C5, C7 coaches who passed through this coach also complained of uneasiness,” the report adds.A three-member committee comprising senior railway and IRCTC officials was formed yesterday after 26 passengers had taken ill on-board the Mumbai-bound Tejas Express from Goa after breakfast.The report, accessed by the PTI, also said that another tourist group from Kolkata complained of uneasiness.The groups tour manager said they had been travelling continuously for the past 16 days in Maharashtra and Goa and were carrying their own cooks and food materials, including fish (Hilsa) from Kolkata, the report said.”He very clearly and categorically said that there was no problem with food quality,” the report added.It, however, didn’t say if the group had had food served on the train or the food they were carrying. It also did not clarify if the smell of the fish triggered the vomiting.The railways said its officials spoke to 20 passengers and their statements were recorded.In the conclusion, drawn from the statements of the passengers and officials on duty, the report said, it appears the food served “on Tejas Express was of satisfactory quality”.”He (the Kolkata tour manager) said he had had everything served by waiters but found no problem with the food. Six passengers of his group had fallen ill and were sent to Chiplun hospital,” the report said.The report also included the statement of a doctor, Sanjay R Nimbalkar, who was travelling with his family and attended to the ill passengers.The doctor in his statement to the railway officials has said he himself had had the food and found no issues with its quality.The PTI independently spoke with Dr. Nimbalkar who confirmed he had found no problem with the quality of the food — bread, egg omelet, mango drink, tea, coffee and mineral water.The report stated that the packaged food served on trains were also checked – soup, poha, cake, bread sticks, kokum sarbat and mango punch – and they were all well within their expiry date.However, it said some passengers had complained about a smell from their omelets and the “quality of omelet may be ensured while serving”.

Food quality was ‘satisfactory’, unease caused children to vomit in Tejas Express: Report

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An inquiry report on the food poisoning incident on-board the Tejas Express train has found no problem with the food quality, and said the unease was triggered after two children vomited “vitiating the air quality in the a/c coach”.The report by a Central Railways team said the quality of the food served on board the premium train was “satisfactory”.It said the first case of uneasiness was reported after two children in a group of tourists from Himachal Pradesh vomited in the air-condition coach.”The vomiting smell triggered uneasiness in others and then another two children vomited. This further vitiated the air in the coach and then two more children vomited. This triggered uneasiness in their parents,” the report stated.”After this incident, few other passengers of C1, C2, C5, C7 coaches who passed through this coach also complained of uneasiness,” the report adds.
ALSO READ 26 passengers taken to hospital due to food poisoning on Tejas Express; probe orderedA three-member committee comprising senior railway and IRCTC officials was formed yesterday after 26 passengers had taken ill on-board the Mumbai-bound Tejas Express from Goa after breakfast.The report, accessed by the PTI, also said that another tourist group from Kolkata complained of uneasiness.The group’s tour manager said they had been travelling continuously for the past 16 days in Maharashtra and Goa and were carrying their own cooks and food materials, including fish (Hilsa) from Kolkata, the report said.”He very clearly and categorically said that there was no problem with food quality,” the report added.It, however, didn’t say if the group had had food served on the train or the food they were carrying. It also did not clarify if the smell of the fish triggered the vomiting.The railways said its officials spoke to 20 passengers and their statements were recorded.In the conclusion, drawn from the statements of the passengers and officials on duty, the report said, it appears the food served “on Tejas Express was of satisfactory quality”.”He (the Kolkata tour manager) said he had had everything served by waiters but found no problem with the food. Six passengers of his group had fallen ill and were sent to Chiplun hospital,” the report said.The report also included the statement of a doctor, Sanjay R Nimbalkar, who was travelling with his family and attended to the ill passengers.The doctor in his statement to the railway officials has said he himself had had the food and found no issues with its quality.PTI independently spoke with Dr. Nimbalkar who confirmed he had found no problem with the quality of the food — bread, egg omelet, mango drink, tea, coffee and mineral water.The report stated that the packaged food served on trains were also checked – soup, poha, cake, bread sticks, kokum sarbat and mango punch – and they were all well within their expiry date.However, it said some passengers had complained about a smell from their omelets and the “quality of omelet may be ensured while serving”

Godhra train fire: India court commutes death sentences

The Godhra train fire led to some of India’s worst riots in which more than 1,000 people died.

Pune-based businessman books two trains, sponsors pilgrimage tour for those who can’t afford

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a noble gesture, the Pune-based businessman booked two full trains and sponsored a week-long pilgrimage for thousands of people who can’t afford it due to financial issues.Shivdas Manohar Ubale who runs a restaurant in Wagholi are and owns a few farms, sponsored a pilgrim to Kanyakumari, Madurai and Rameswaram, reported Indian Express.Initially, Ubale was going to book a single train, but as the number of inquiries kept increasing, he booked two trains. The two trains, carrying nearly 2,000 passengers each, left from Khadki station in Pune on August 15 and August 16.”We had asked the pilgrims only to carry their clothes and also made the arrangements for food and accommodation,” said Vasundhara Ubale.To take care of the passengers, the couple who also accompanied the pilgrims, had appointed 50 volunteers and five doctors in each train.“There are a lot of people who wish to visit such places but are often not able to do so due to financial constraints. Since August is the month of shravan , I wanted to do something religious this year, so I decided to organise this pilgrimage,” Ubale told the daily.Earlier too, Ubale had sponsored the train tickets of 500 pilgrims to Varanasi.

Watch: Sushma Swaraj appeals to people to find Geeta’s parents, offers Rs 1 lakh reward

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Sunday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj appealed to people to help Geeta, a deaf and mute Indian girl who was brought back from Pakistan in 2015.Almost two years after she was brought back from Pakistan, authorities still haven’t been able to track her parents or relatives.Swaraj said: “I announce that whoever helps us in finding Geeta’s parents will be given Rs 1 lakh as a reward.”Geeta was 7 or 8-years-old when she was found sitting alone in the Samjhauta Express at Lahore station by Pakistan Rangers 15 years ago. She was then adopted by Bilquis Edhi of Edhi Foundations. Her story came to light after the release of Salman Khan- starrer “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”, in which the character essayed by Salman reunites a Pakistani girl with her mother.

BHU hospital head, backed by V-C Tripathi, asked Fiji woman to ‘sleep in his room’ was convicted of sexual assault

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Banaras Hindu University Vice-Chancellor G C Tripathi has been accused of trying to push through the faculty appointment of Dr O P Upadhyay, convicted of sexual harassment by a Fiji court. The issue of regularisation of Dr Upadhyay’s appointment as Medical Superintendent of Sir Sunderlal Hospital was discussed on Tuesday during Executive Council’s meeting. One of the Executive Members raised the objection, mentioning Upadhyay’s conviction in a sexual harassment case by a Fiji court. Testimony of 21-year-old Fiji womanAccording to a report in The Indian Express, Fiji woman gave her testimony before a magistrate at Nasinu in January 2013. As per the Indian Express report, she deposed: “He (Upadhyay) held my hand and insisted I should see the house. When we reached his room, he said I should come and sleep in his room. It was in Indian Hindi. He held my shoulder… rubbed my thighs… and kissed my cheek again.” Upadhyay was also accused of touching victim inappropriately at various places. The fact that he had met her for the first time that day and continued with his inappropriate behaviour convinced the court of Upadhyay’s “indecent intentions”.Five-year-old caseThe above assault took place on August 25, 2012, in Fiji. Upadhyay had moved to Fiji on deputation in 2012 as Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor of Fiji National University (FNU). ConvictionUpadhyay was convicted of “indecent assault” by a magistrate court. Appeal in the High Court of FijiUpadhyay, through his counsel, appealed in 2014. The High Court of Fiji turned down the appeal and upheld the conviction order which started with 18 months imprisonment for the indecent assault. The court order gives complete details of the assault and sequence of events that convinced it that prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubts. Upadhyay’s stand“The university (BHU) had taken legal opinion in my matter and it was decided that the decision of a court abroad does not hold good in our country. Hence, I was interviewed and selected by the selection committee. I was on study leave (in Fiji). It was a case of extortion and because I resisted, I was falsely accused,” Upadhyay reportedly told the Indian Express. Upadhyay, after his return to India, was handed charge as Medical Superintendent of Sir Sunderlal Hospital at BHU campus in April 2016.

Durga Puja: Gold sari and Big Ben wow Kolkata crowds

Replicas of London structures and a sari made out of pure gold are highlights of a Hindu festival.

Panama papers: ED may summon Amitabh Bachchan and family

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Enforcement Directorate has received replies from actor Amitabh Bachchan and his family members to notices issued to them in connection with its probe in the Panama Papers case and they could be summoned soon, officials said.Officials in the anti-money laundering agency said they had issued notices to the Bachchan family some time back asking them to explain their foreign remittances since 2004 under the Liberalised Remittance Scheme (LRS) of the RBI.They said the Enforcement Directorate has now received their replies to the notices issued under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).”The replies have been received. They could be soon summoned as part of the probe,” sources said.Amitabh Bachchan’s name had cropped in the Panama Papers case which is also being probed by the Income Tax Department.The taxman is probing Bollywood megastar’s offshore remittances.Dubbed as Panama Papers , an investigation of a stockpile of records from Panamanian legal firm Mossack Fonseca by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalist had named several world leaders and celebrities who had allegedly stashed away money abroad in offshore companies.The documents had surfaced last year.Hundreds are being probed by the Mumbai team of ED in the Panama Paper case, and some of the names include several Bollywood celebrities who were summoned under Section 37 of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).Information from nearly 1.15 crore encrypted documents — now being called the “Panama Papers” — leaked from the files of the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, have revealed terabytes worth of information about thousands of companies and hundreds of persons who set up offshore companies to evade tax and launder money.The information was first leaked to German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ)’s journalist over a year ago. The information was later handed over to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). The documents were then made available to about 100 media organisations, all members or ICIJ including The Indian Express. These media organisations sifted through the scores of documents, investigated the linkages, joined the dots and, eventually made the information public on April 4.Panama Papers is now the largest international cooperation of its kind in the world. In the last one year, around 400 journalists from more than 100 media organisations in over 80 countries have taken part in researching the documents. Journalists from media organisations like Süddeutsche Zeitung, BBC, Guardian, Falter, The Indian Express, among others, have worked on the project. The leak is now touted as the biggest data leak to journalists.Indian industrialists, Bollywood actors, politicians named in leaked Panama papers for tax evasion According to a report in The Indian Express, 500 Indians are on the list, from Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, real-estate developer DLF’s KP Singh, to politicians Anurag Kejriwal.The documents contain data of over 214,000 offshore companies set up in the last forty years. However, ICIJ has maintained that many of these companies are likely to be for legitimate purposes also.

BHU teacher recalls Saturday horror, says ‘police kept on beating us’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On a day when the chief proctor of BHU resigned amid growing pressure, an Assistant Professor has revealed the horrors of September 23rd lathicharge on the girl students on the campus.Pratima Gond, an Assistant Professor of Sociology at BHU’s Mahila Maha Vidyalaya, told the Indian Express how she was assaulted by the policemen on that fateful night.Recalling the horror, Gond said that she wanted to help a girl who had fallen on the ground during the lathicharge.She was also trapped in the chaos. Gond said that she kept on telling the cops that she was a teacher, yet they kept on beating her.She said that there was no violence at the protest and the policemen didn’t listen to anyone.The visibly shaken teacher sustained injuries on her arms and hands as she tried to save her from the assault.The statement is in stark contrast to the BHU administration’s narrative that there were students from the outside and they were throwing stones and petrol bombs at the Vice-Chancellor GC Tripathi’s house.The use of brute force on the non-violent protest by the girl students demanding action in an alleged molestation case has changed the history of the 100-year-old BHU.Never in the past, did the students came out in open against the university officials.Varanasi Police Commissioner Nitish Gokarn’s report has also blamed the BHU authorities for mishandling the situation.The report also points out that the administration didn’t act on time.

Blue Whale Challenge: After Haryana student’s suicide, police confiscates 5 phones of his friends

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid rising concerns over the Blue Whale Challenge, the Haryana police have confiscated mobile phones of five friends of a 16-year-old boy who committed suicide on Saturday.The police have tracked 11 friends of Karan Thakur suspected to be in the grip of the deadly game and seven are from the DAV Senior Secondary School where he was studying, reported Indian Express.The police contacted their parents and got their mobiles confiscated. Along with Karan’s phone, they have been sent to the Digital Investigation Training and Analysis Centre in Gurgaon to analyze the data and retrieve deleted information.Police told the daily that they took a decision to get the mobile data examined by experts in Gurgaon.The report also said that the Panchkula police have issued an advisory on Tuesday, which said: “Reach out to your kids before the Blue Whale does”. The five-point advisory asks the parents to monitor their children’s online activity.Schools have also been asked to observe any visible marks like cuts or wounds on the body and verify the precise cause.In the last few months, the deadly online game has claimed several lives. Last week, a 12-year-old boy was found dead on railway tracks in Uttar Pradesh.The Blue Whale Challenge is reportedly a suicide game in which the player is given certain tasks to complete over a period of 50 days and the final task leads him or her to commit suicide.The player is also asked to share photos after finishing each challenge.Admitting to being the driving factor behind the suicides of youngsters playing the game, Philipp Budeikin, who claims to have created the game, says that the victims were just ‘biological waste’.”Victims were ‘happy to die’ and I am ‘cleansing society’,” Budeikin told police when he was arrested in May this year.A 17-year-old Russian girl has also been arrested by police for allegedly being the mastermind behind the Blue Whale Challenge, that encouraged players to commit suicide.

Veteran scribe and his mother killed in Mohali

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A veteran journalist and his aged mother were found murdered at their home in Mohali on Saturday.A former news editor with The Indian Express in Chandigarh, Karam Jeet Singh, 66, and his mother Gurcharan Kaur, 89, used to live together, while Singh’s sister Yashpal Kaur visited them often. She came to the house around 1 pm on Saturday, to find the two of them lying in pools of blood in separate rooms. The house was ransacked.Singh’s throat had been slit with a sharp-edged weapon while his mother was reportedly strangulated to death. According to the police, Singh must have tried to fight the attackers as he had deep injury marks on his abdomen and hands. The forensic teams were called in to examine the blood stains on the house’s door, which was found to be open. There was a trail of blood going from the door to inside the house.While Singh’s relatives claimed that some household items, including his old car and a television, were missing, in its initial investigation, the police have ruled out burglary.”It is too early to say anything. Prima facie, burglary does not appear to be the motive behind the crime. We have some important clues in the case and will nab the accused soon,”IG Pramod Kumar said.According to the police, the incident took place at 10 pm on Friday night. Singh had last talked to his brother, who lives in Chandigarh, around 7:30 pm. The post-mortem report is awaited.Meanwhile, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) under the IG, Crime, has been formed to probe the double murder, on the directions of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. The CM also directed DGP Suresh Arora to ensure a thorough investigation into the incident, besides directing the police to step up security in the area and take steps to ensure safety and security of people.Expressing deep shock over the incident, former Deputy Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal said: “The media has lost a leading light, who was one of the senior-most news editors of this region. I have fond memories of interacting with him. He was a most upright and professional journalist.”Badal further said the perpetrators of this ghastly crime must be booked as soon as possible. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sukhpal Khaira also condemned the incident.Singh started his career with the Chandigarh edition of the Indian Express, before working briefly with the Times of India. He had last worked for The Tribune in Chandigarh. The incident has led to a shock wave among the journalist fraternity in the region, who condemned the incident and called for speedy justice.

Senior journalist KJ Singh, his mother found dead in Mohali, cops suspect murder

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior journalist KJ Singh and his mother were found dead in Mohali on Saturday.Singh was found with his throat slit with a sharp-edged weapon.Singh’s 92-year-old mother was allegedly strangulated.The house was ransacked and things were missing, the police said.Mohali SSP has reached the house. Initial reports suggest that cops suspect it to be a case of murder. “There was injury marks on their necks,” Mohali Deputy Superintendent of PoliceAlam Vijay Singh said.Singh began his career with the Indian Express. After a brief stint with the Times Group, he worked with The Tribune.At present, he was not associated with any media organisation.It is still not clear whether it was just a case of burglary or it was a pre-meditated murder for some reason.Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal was among the first to react to the alleged murder.He took to Twitter and expressed his shock over the incident.

Two coaches of an empty Agra-Gwalior Passenger train derail in Agra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two coaches of an empty Agra-Gwalior Passenger train derailed at the Agra Cantonment railway station in the early hours on Saturday.Railway officials said the train was moving to the yard for cleaning when the derailment took place around 4 am.No one was injured in the accident, they said.Train operations were not affected by the derailment, the officials said.There have been a series of derailments in the past few weeks.On August 20, 14 coaches of the high-speed Kalinga-Utkal Puri Haridwar Express had derailed in Muzaffarnagar, killing at least 23 people and leaving scores injured.On September 7, there were three derailments in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Delhi. In the Delhi accident, one person was injured.​

In Varanasi, PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Rs 305 crore Deendayal Hastkala Sankul

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Varanasi for his two-day visit to his parliamentary constituency on Friday afternoon.He was received by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Governor Ram Naik at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport.According to a itinerary tweeted by the BJP, PM Modi began his trip with Tulsi Manas Temple darshan. He also launched a postal ticket based on Ramayana.Later, he inaugurated a handicraft trade centre in Bada lalpur. Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath were also present at the event.Around 7 pm in the evening, PM Modi will launch several projects in his parliamentary constituency, including flagging off Mahamana Express between Varanasi and Vadodara, two bridges on holy river Ganga, two power sub-stations.

Mumbai rains: Complete list of inter-city trains cancelled

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Though the heavy rains pounded the Mumbai city and suburbs for the second day on Wednesday, WhatsApp messages of certain major roads being closed for vehicular traffic are fake.Heavy rains have disrupted flight operations at the Mumbai airport and delayed suburban train services in the financial capital. The situation has worsened in Borivali, situated in North-West Mumbai. Heavy rain continues in the area and residents have shifted their belongings elsewhere. Most people have also parked their cars in other places. Earlier, the police said that the traffic situation in Mumbai as of now is by and large normal, police said, “Worli Sea Link, Pedder road, Sion Bridge are open with smooth traffic movement.”Mumbai police also said that there is water logging at SV Road where traffic has been diverted through Linking Road.Meanwhile, 63 Jet Airways, 8 Indigo, 3 Spicejet and 1 GoAir flights cancelled due to bad weather at Mumbai airport.Meanwhile, trains were cancelled. Here’s the complete list:Intercity trains were cancelled on 20/9 and 21/9Trains Cancelled JCO 20/9/201722102 Manmad-CSMT Rajyarani Express12118 Manmad-LTT Godavari Express 11007 CSMT-Pune Deccan Express22101 LTT-Manmad Godavari Express 11010 Pune-CSMT Singhadad ExpressTrains Cancelled JCO 21.9.201722102 Manmad-CSMT Rajyarani Express11007 CSMT-Pune Deccan Express22101 CSMT-Manmad Rajyarani Express11010 Pune-CSMT Sinhagad Express12127 CSMT-Pune Intercity Express JCO 22.9.2017Trains Partially Cancelled on 21.09.201712118 Manmad-LTT Godavari Express between Nasik Road and LTT12117 LTT-Manmad Godavari Express between LTT and Nasik RoadTrains diverted JCO 20.9.2017 and 21.9.2017 via Manmad-Daund 11025 Bhusaval-Pune Express11026 Pune-Bhusaval Express

Mumbai rains:Traffic affected in some areas; flights diverted

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bouts of heavy rain lashed the city on Tuesday, causing water-logging in some areas and leading to traffic snarls on arterial roads. Flight operations at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) were shut between 6.49pm and 7.16pm due to low visibility in the evening, and seven flights were diverted. Heavy rains began about 1pm, and within just seven hours, the Colaba observatory recorded 108.9mm of rainfall, while the Santacruz observatory recorded 134.9mm of rains till 8pm. Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) officials said that Mumbai might witness similar heavy spells of rains on Wednesday as well. Heavy rains along with gusty winds were the result of an active weather system along the Arabian Sea, they said.The rains caused water-logging in at least four areas, while 182 de-watering pumps were started at around 14 chronic flooding spots to flush out rain water. Andheri Subway, Hindmata, Mithibai junction on S V Road in Vile Parle, and Milan Subway in Santa Cruz saw water-logging in the evening. There was also water-logging on Veera Desai Road.Vinod Tawde, minister for School Education, Higher and Technical Education said for student safety the state government had declared a holiday on Wednesday, and will compensate it with one day less of Diwali vacation. Latest updates: Heavy traffic jam at Jijamata Bhosale Road, North bound traffic from Shivajinagar junction. Backlog up to Mahavir platinum. North bound traffic affected at Andheri subway due to a mini bus breakdown & Andheri tab due to mini tempo breakdown. North-bound traffic affected on Eastern Express Highway due to accident. Minor accident on freeway forcing traffic to move slowly. Bandra-Worli sea link is moving now. Huge traffic near Aarey colony on WEH. Traffic moving slow on LBS road Ghatkopar.WR services are normal. Trains running slow between Andheri to Borivli.Link road is flooded causing traffic jamBMC also issued a high-tide warning for 4.25 m at 11:46 pm on Tuesday, and of 4.54 m at 12.03 pm on Wednesday.There was heavy traffic on the Eastern Express Highway, the Amar Mahal flyover, the Santacruz-Chembur Link Road, Jijabai Bhosale Road and on the Sion Bandra Link Road. Traffic movement was slow in both directions on the Kavi Keshavsut Flyover. There was also heavy traffic on the north-bound arm of the Western Express Highway from Kalanagar to Vakola flyover, and from Bandongri to Andheri bridge.North-bound traffic was also slow on Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, with a pile-up till Ambedkar Statue due to slow traffic on the freeway. Traffic towards Bandra Worli Sea link was restricted due heavy winds and rain, which led to long traffic jams at both ends of the Sea Link.While there was no water-logging on railway tracks, train services on the Harbour line were affected between 2.40pm to 315pm due to a tree that fell on the overhead cables between Vile Parle and Santacruz. Services between CSMT and Andheri were affected due to this, while the main line remained operational. Western Railway (WR) officials said said that trains were running between CSMT and Bandra during this period.Later in the evening, there were issues at Bandra after track circuit failure and technical fault at Vasai. “There are delays of 10 minutes or so. There are barely 3 cancellations,” said Mukul Jain, Divisional Railway Manager (Mumbai), WR.On the Central line, there were announcements made where people were asked to leave in the available trains due to heavy rains. “The trains are running late by 10 minutes or so but there were barely any cancellations,” said Ravindra Goel, Divisional Railway Manager (Mumbai), Central Railway.Commuters however complained of crowded platforms and trains, and that trains were running late especially beyond Thane and Borivali, further north.According to the disaster management cell of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), a case of land slide was reported in Bhandup in S-ward. A total of 17 cases of tree fall were reported, of which 11 were in the western suburbs.The disaster management cell of BMC said that from 2pm to 8pm on Tuesday, the rainfall received in Andheri, Bandra and Borivali was 148 mm, 112mm and 127 mm rainfall respectively. Till 8pm, the western suburbs received around 77 mm rainfall, while City and eastern suburbs received 48mm and 57 mm respectively, it said.In the morning, aggregator cabs charged 3-4 times the regular fare after drivers of Ola and Uber went on a flash strike. A section of drivers of the 45,000 Ola and Uber cabs in Mumbai went off road demanding assured earnings, security against assault on them and other issues.Nearly 60 percent of their cabs went off road in the morning hours, though the mobile aggregators claimed that there was barely any impact. “Our cabs were running as usual. There was hardly any problem,” said an official from Ola Cabs. The drivers decided to go strike in a closed-door meeting late on Monday night.“We regret the disruption caused to our rider and driver-partner community, due to a small group of individuals. We remain committed to serving the city and ensuring that our driver partners continue to access a stable income, while giving riders a convenient, reliable option to get around Mumbai,” said Uber spokesperson.

Blue Whale Challenge: School in Chhattisgarh asks students about online suicide game in exam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid concerns and demand to ban Blue Whale Challenge game, a Delhi Public School branch in Chhattisgarh asked students a question about the online game in the exam paper.The question was asked to the students of the Korba branch of the school in the semester exam.The students writing the Hindi language exam were asked to write in their own words (50) how two friends might converse about Blue Whale, reported the New Indian Express.Several school students have allegedly committed suicide falling prey to the online game.“Framing such question for students is an open violation of safeguards that we have been advocating. We will seek an explanation from the school,” said D K Kaushik, the Korba district education officer.Last week, the Supreme Court issued a notice to the Centre on a plea seeking a complete ban on the Blue Whale Challenge and sought a detailed reply on the matter within three weeks.The Blue Whale Challenge is reportedly a suicide game in which the player is given certain tasks to complete over a period of 50 days and the final task leads him or her to commit suicide.The player is also asked to share photos after finishing each challenge.Admitting to being the driving factor behind the suicides of youngsters playing the game, Philipp Budeikin, who claims to have created the game, says that the victims were just ‘biological waste’.”Victims were ‘happy to die’ and I am ‘cleansing society’,” Budeikin told police when he was arrested in May this year.A 17-year-old Russian girl has also been arrested by police for allegedly being the mastermind behind the Blue Whale Challenge, that encouraged players to commit suicide.

Spokesperson of Hindu organisation which gave list of ‘fake babas’ goes missing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad spokesperson Mahant Mohan Das has gone missing. Incidentally, this organisation had released a list of 14 ‘fake babas’ earlier this month. Mohan Das was travelling from Haridwar to Kalyan, near Mumbai and went missing, according to IANS report. The report quotes railway police as saying that the last location which was tracked from his mobile phone was of Meerut on September 17. He was travelling by the Haridwar-Lokmanya Tilak Express in coach A-1. Das has gone missing on 16th September. It was first spotted by an associate of him, who was waiting in Bhopal station to provide food. However he was unable to trace Mohan Das. Soon the police was alerted and when they went to the A1- coach they could merely find some of Das’ belongings on the seat. According to report, eyewitnesses told the police that Das never returned to the coach after train crossed the Nizamuddin railway station in New Delhi. From then all efforts to trace Mohan Das has bore little fruit. A lead about him being traced in Indore has turned out to be wrong. According to Indian Express report, Mahant Mohan Das had earlier received threats from disciples of Gurus whom they declared as fake. It was confirmed by Mahant Narendra Giri, who is the President of Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad. The report quotes him saying that they suspect a case of abduction. The Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad​, the highest decision-making body of Hindu seers, released a list of 14 fake and fraudulent sadhus and saints including jailed Gurmeet Singh of Dera Sachcha Sauda (Sirsa), Asaram Bapu, Nirmal Baba, and Radhey Maa on September 10. After holding a meeting in Allahabad, the Akhara Parishad released the list of these 14 so-called saints who are misguiding and fleecing the people of the country in the name of religion. Mahant Narendra Giri, chairman of the Akhara Parishad demanded that they be arrested, jailed, and their properties seized.Following are the names of the fake sadhus: Asaram Babu alias Asamul Shirmalani, Radhey Maa alias Sukhvinder Kaur, Sachchidanand Giri Alias Sachin Dutta, Gurmeet Singh, Om Baba alias Vivekanand Jha, Nirmal Baba alias Nirmaljeet Singh, Ichchadhari Bumanand alias Shivmurti Dwivedi, Swami Aseemanand, Om Nawam Shivay Baba, Narai Sai, Kushmuni, Swami Brahspad, and Malkhan Giri.The decision to issue the list was taken a few days ago by the parishad in the wake of Gurmeet Singh’s 20-year sentence. The body has issued an appeal to the Hindu Samaj to beware of these fake sanths, who are tainting the name of the lot.

Private buses to go on strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If you are planning to go to Pune or Goa next week, do not expect to ride in an air-conditioned or semi luxury bus. Bus owners running 33,000 private buses across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) will be on strike, along with school and company bus operators, from September 18 midnight till September 20.Operators associated with the Mumbai Bus Malak Sanghatana, the largest association of bus owners in MMR, are taking their buses off the road, claiming harassment by traffic police. They claim that over the past two days, the police has been clamping down on buses running on city roads.”There are barely 100 buses that run on Mumbai roads during peak hours. How can the Traffic Police claim that we are the reason behind traffic jams?” said Malik Patel, president, Mumbai Bus Malak Sanghatana.The bus body claims that the Mumbai Traffic Police has issued an order to bar private buses from plying between 7am to midnight in south Mumbai; and from 8am to 11am and 7pm to 11pm in the suburbs. This is being done to ease traffic snarls caused by heavy vehicles.Around 18,000 private buses operate in Mumbai, which not only ply inter-city and inter-state, but also ferry people to workplaces. Sources in the Sanghatana said that the traffic police want them to park school buses beyond Mumbai limits even though they ferry children in south Mumbai.According to the private bus operators, their buses with passengers inside, have been stopped by the Traffic Police during the last couple of days. The bus association claims that nearly 200 buses have been detained and made to park at Wadala, Dockyard Road, Santacruz or on the highways; of which around 150 are used by families for picnics and by companies to ferry their employees every day.Krishna Nayak, owner of Raghvendra Travels, claimed, “At around 7 pm today, a 49-seater bus was made to stop near Vile Parle on the Western Express Highway. It was hired by students of N M College for Panvel. The children were asked to alight and go on their own. The bus is now with the Traffic Police.”Traffic authorities are issuing challans and asking drivers to pay anywhere between Rs 1,200 to Rs 3,000 as fine, the association claims. Each bus carries around 40 passengers, which is a good form of vehicle pooling as it replaces 30 cars, the association argues.

Bengaluru: Four-year-old girl sexually assaulted in school, security guard arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the issue of a five-year-old girl’s rape inside a classroom in Delhi is still raging, a girl studying in a school in Bengaluru was allegedly sexually assaulted in the school premises.The incident took place in a private school in Dasarahalli near Peenya.According to reports, the girl was assaulted by the security guard in the school’s toilet. The accused identified as Obalesh, has been arrested under the Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences (POCSO) When the girl was taken to the hospital, the doctor indicated that she must have been sexually assaulted.”CCTV visuals from multiple cameras at the school has been recovered. “We are awaiting a detailed medical examination report,” a senior police official told The New Indian Express.”The school has CCTV cameras in every corner and we examined the footage for four hours,” the officer said.On Tuesday night, the girl’s parents and locals protested outside the school, following which the police had to resort to a mild lathicharge to disperse the crowd, reports said.

Cops arrest two men with 790kg of marijuana worth Rs54 lakh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The crime branch arrested two men for peddling drugs in Delhi and neighbouring cities, and recovered about 790kg of marijuana worth Rs 54 lakh from them.Jagdish Kumar Arya and Saroj Subudhhi were nabbed from ITO and New Delhi railway station, respectively.A special task force was sent to the station after the crime branch recieved a tip off about the drug racket. The accused would smuggle marijuana into the city from Bhubaneswar in Orissa. They normally travelled on the Rajdhani Express.Jagdish was apprehended near ITO with 548kg of marijuana in his tempo. However, after interrogation, he informed the police about another consignment coming from Bhubaneswar. A team raided New Delhi railway station, nabbed Saroj and recovered 242kg of marijuana in six cartons.Saroj revealed that they had two more associates, Anil and Sarvan.According to the police, Jagdish is a driver by profession. He came to know Sarvan who was a tenant in the same building as his. Sarvan introduced him to drug peddling. Both of them started procuring marijuana from Bhubaneswar, which was brought to Delhi by car initially. Later, the two met Anil, who helped them smuggle the drug through railways.Drug haulJagdish was apprehended near ITO with 548kg of marijuana in his tempo. A team raided New Delhi railway station after they got a tip off, and nabbed Saroj and recovered 242kg of marijuana in six cartons.

Jammu: Empty coaches of Sealdah Express derails; nobody injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An empty coach of Sealdah express today derailed at the Jammu railway station here, an official said.However, no one was injured in the incident, he said.An empty boggie of the Sealdah Express derailed when it was being brought to the platform from washing area, a railway officer told PTI.No train except the Sealdah express has been delayed, he said.The train, which was scheduled to depart from Jammu at 6.55 PM, will now leave at 23.30 pm after another coach will be added to it, the officer said.The reason behind the derailment is being ascertained, he said.

Madhya Pradesh: Hundreds of students clear Class X, XII open school examination without appearing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hundreds of students in Madhya Pradesh have reportedly cleared Class X and XII open school examination without appearing for it.During a preliminary inquiry, the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), an autonomous body that works under the HRD Ministry found that candidates passed the examination without giving it.The Institute has written to the HRD Ministry seeking an investigation by ‘vigilance agencies’ into irregularities across three examination centres — Ratlam, Umaria and Sehore, reported Indian Express.“I do not want to name the vigilance agency at this moment.” said NIOS chairman Chandra B Sharma told the daily when asked if he had sought a CBI investigation.A three-member inquiry committee has been set-up to look into complaints of irregularities.Over two lakh candidates appeared for the secondary and senior secondary-level examination held in March-April.

Ryan International School: Gurugram incident a stark reminder of Vasant Kunj tragedy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Varun Thakur is a shattered man. Within a span of roughly one hour, he lost his younger child. His 7-year-old son was found dead inside the toilet of Ryan International School in Gurugram. This is not the first time Ryan International School has witnessed such a brutal incident inside their campus. Last year, the school hit national headlines after body of a class I student was found inside the tank at the school. However, it must be noted that the 2016 incident took place in a different campus in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj area. Ryan International Schools is a group of private educational institutions located in India and abroad. At present, the group has 304 schools across 18 states in the country and 43 outside India.Last year, a six-year-old student Devansh Meena went missing on January 30 after taking part in a poetry competition. Nobody questioned his disappearance, it was only hours later, an electrician found his body inside the water tank in the school campus. He was immediately rushed to the AIIMS where he was declared brought dead. The incident was widely reported in the media raising eyebrows over children’s safety in the school. The school authorities were criticised for their negligence on the matter and allegedly trying to cover up the heinous incident.The father of the student made strong claims that his son was sexually assaulted before he was murdered. He also claimed that Ryan principal had threatened his family to keep mum about the matter. According to an Indian Express report, Ramheet Meena, the victim’s father had said, “I saw the body. There were some injury marks and cotton on his private parts. The principal has been threatening me since the beginning, saying that keeping quiet will be good for me.” “He was done to death,” Meena was quoted as saying by the newspaper.The police had held the principal and class teacher responsible for the incident and had booked them for negligence in the matter. It seems like Ryan International School have still not learnt their lesson. A year later, another boy was found brutally murdered inside the Gurugram campus of the school. Two CCTV cameras were installed near the washroom, but sources say they were not working .The truth behind deaths of both Devansh and Pradhuman is still not clear. With police still trying to piece together the puzzle, the parents can only hope for justice in the end.

Three derailment and one near miss, Railways faces tough day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three trains jumped off the tracks and another derailment was averted today in Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi and Maharashtra within a span of nine hours, the latest in a string of such incidents which saw the exit of Suresh Prabhu as railway minister in the Cabinet reshuffle last Sunday.The first derailment occured at 6:25 am when seven coaches of the Jabalpur-bound Shaktipunj Express went off the tracks near the Obra Dam station in UP’s Sonbhadra district.Within hours, at around 11:45 pm, the Ranchi-Delhi Rajdhani Express derailed near Minto bridge in the national capital, leaving one person injured. These were folowed by yet another derailment of a goods train in Maharashtra’s Khandala at 3:55 pm, railway officials said.An accident was averted after locals spotted a fracture in a track between Farrukhabad and Fatehgarh in UP, minutes before the Kalindi Express was scheduled to pass the place, officials said in Farrukhabad.Ironically, these mishaps occurred on a day Piyush Goyal, the new railway minister, chaired a high-level meeting with Railway Board officials to discuss ways for ensuring safe operation of trains.The spate of derailments over the past few weeks has raised concerns over the safety of railway operations despite large-scale overhaul of the infrastructure of the public sector transporter in the last couple of years.Railway Ministry officials said today’s derailments did not result in any major damage or casualties as all of them were approaching stations and were travelling at slow speed.”We are upping our efforts to stop such incidents. In these cases also, our officials took immediate measures to make sure that the passengers do not suffer. We cleared the tracks quickly and the minister has issued instructions to officials to probe the matter,” said Railway spokesperson Anil Saxena.Saxena said while the Shaktipunj incident occurred at around 6:25 in the morning, the passengers were off to Jabalpur by 7:28 am.The hattrick of derailments are the first since Goyal shifted to Rail Bhavan after the Cabinet recast. Suresh Prabhu, his predecessor, had reportedly offered to step down taking moral responsibility for two previous accidents.On August 20, 14 coaches of the high-speed Kalinga-Utkal Puri Haridwar Express had derailed in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district, killing at least 23 people and leaving scores injured. The train was on its way to Haridwar from Puri.Three days later, nine coaches of the Delhi-bound Kaifiyat Express had derailed in the Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh after it collided with a dumper, which had strayed on to the tracks, leaving around 100 passengers injured.

After string of derailments, new Railway Minister Piyush Goyal goes in damage control mode

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the back of three train derailments, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal today asked the Railway Board to divert rails marked for construction of new lines to stretches prone to accidents and where replacement was due.He also directed the board officials to expedite procurement of new rails to complete laying of tracks in pending projects and eliminate unmanned level crossings within a year.Chairing a meeting with top Railway Board officials, the minister asked them to take up track replacement and renewal on a priority, an official said.”The procurement of new rails should be expedited on a large scale with a view to completing construction of new lines in time,” the minister was quoted as having told the officials.Goyal also instructed the board to install anti-fog LED lights in locomotives to ensure unhindered and safe train operations during winter.Goyal, who assumed office after the exit of his prececessor Suresh Prabhu following a string derailments, also said the process of replacing old coaches with modern LBH bogies should be speeded up.”The Minister emphasised that safety is paramount and there cannot and should not be any compromise on this front,” said the senior official.Today, three trains jumped off the tracks while derailment of another was averted in Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi and Maharashtra within a span of nine hours.The hattrick of derailments was the first since Goyal assumed office following Sunday’s rejig in the Union Council of Ministers.On August 20, 14 coaches of the high-speed Kalinga-Utkal Puri Haridwar Express had derailed in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar, killing at least 23 people and leaving scores injured.Three days later, nine coaches of the Delhi-bound Kaifiyat Express had derailed in the Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh after it collided with a dumper, which had strayed on to the tracks, leaving around 100 passengers injured.

Kochi-bound Air India flight with 102 passengers on-board veers off taxiway

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Air India Express aircraft from Abu Dhabi, carrying 102 passengers and six crew members onboard, veered off a taxiway at Kochi airport in the wee hours on Tuesday.The incident took place at around 2:40 am when the Air India Express IX452, the Abu Dhabi to Kochi flight, was approaching to the parking bay.All the passengers are reportedly safe and have been evacuated.

On-time performance: Air India chief Rajiv Bansal says will act on those who fail to act

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Air India chief Rajiv Bansal has send out a stern message against employees’ lapses and said the airline will “act on those who fail to act” in ensuring on-time flights.Taking over the reins of the disinvestment-bound national carrier less than two weeks ago, Bansal has initiated steps to cut down costs at various levels along with focus on bettering on-time performance (OTP), increasing passenger yields and improving customer satisfaction.The airline, which operates nearly 400 flights everyday, has been facing flak for delays.”We will affirmatively act to improve our performance and we will act on those who don’t act,” Bansal told PTI in an interview.The chairman and managing director of the airline stressed that whatever action is required will be taken with respect to ground handling, crew, in-flight, engineering checking and food supplies, among other aspects.”We are working on that actively to ensure there are no delays. I will act on those who fail to act,” he said, adding that the message has been conveyed to those down the line.Air India has some “very good time slots”, but if the flights do not operate on time, then the value of the slot is lost, Bansal said.The OTP of Air India’s domestic flights from four metro airports stood at 65.5 per cent in July, way lower than many other local carriers, according to official data.Asserting that there will be zero tolerance for flight delays due to issues of ground handling and technical glitches, he said these are matters internal to the company.”There are around 400 flights a day and I cannot focus on each of them, but my first priority is to look at the first flights of the day from Delhi and Mumbai. I am trying to push for better OTP round the clock,” he made it clear.Apart from running the airline profitably and ensuring better OTP, two other key priorities for Bansal are increasing passenger yields and improving customer satisfaction.”We plan to invest in technological upgradation in the fare management system. That is the pricing tool. I am doing it both in Air India and Air India Express, where I have much larger market share,” he said.Air India Express is the low-cost international arm of the carrier and a major player on Gulf routes.On how the employee morale would be kept high amid the government working on the modalities of stake sale, Bansal acknowledged that there is “obviously uncertainty” even as he said there is a general feeling that divestment would not necessarily lead to job cuts.”It might lead to an improved airline that performs better. Those who are doing their job well, I think their jobs are not at risk,” he added.The Air India chief also cited examples of privatisation of Delhi and other airports, saying it was a pleasant surprise that those who were doing good, in fact, got better remuneration.A senior IAS officer, Bansal had worked with the civil aviation ministry during 2006-08 — when it saw privatisation of the Delhi airports as well as the merger of Indian Airlines with Air India.The national airline, which has more than Rs 50,000 crore debt burden, eked out an operating profit of Rs 105 crore in 2016-17.

Rail line revived in Vasind-Asangaon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Finally after more than 97 hours, the Vasind-Asangaon section has become operational. The first train on the affected line, which remained shut since August 29 after the Nagpur-Mumbai Duranto Express derailed, was run at 7.54 am. The CR officials said that they declared the track to be safe on the Up-line between Asangaon-Vasind route at 6.25am. The alignment work on the new OHE cables was completed by 7.40 am and by 7.54 am the first train — 12154 Bhopal Habibganj-Mumbai LLT — left Asangaon station and reached Vasind at 8.34 am.“We have put speed restriction and trains are running at 10kmph. And Down-line trains have been made operational at speeds of 30kmph. Speed restrictions will be reviewed from time to time,” said Sunil Udasi, Chief PRO, CR.Quick actionMore than 500 railway men were pressed into action, and even local villagers came to help by offering food. This train was carrying 1090 passengers and all were rescued safely, and none were injured.

No option for passengers at LTT but to wait

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The derailment of Duronto Express near Asangaon and heavy rains on Tuesday disrupted Central Railway (CR) services in a big way. Many long-distance trains were rescheduled or cancelled.At Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT), 12 trains were rescheduled and three were cancelled. Till 12 noon on Wednesday, six trains were re-scheduled and three stood cancelled. “This resulted in one lakh people getting stranded on LTT since Tuesday morning,” a CR official said. LTT runs 29 trains every day. However, since Tuesday, the railway station has become like a bus stand. “As and when a train arrives, we immediately leave it for another destination,” the official added.Not only passengers were waiting for trains, there were also long queues for cancellation of tickets. On Wednesday at LTT, the CR returned Rs 5 lakh to the passengers as refund on ticket cancellation.Passengers were seen waiting on the platforms, either sitting or sleeping. The CR made no additional arrangement for the stranded passengers.Ravi Mesrani who had come down to Mumbai for a holiday, said, “I came from Bilaspur for with my friends three days. But due to heavy rains, we could not visit any locations except two or three Ganpati mandals nearby. I got a message from CR that our LTT-Bhuwaneshwar train of 12.15 am on Tuesday was rescheduled at 11.15 am Wednesday. We came to the platform at 10 am but it’s 12.30 pm now and there is no announcement for our train. We have no option but to wait.”At LTT, around 180 CR staff was active since Tuesday morning. A CR official said, “There was water logging up to the platform. There were point failures and they were manually operated. Our workers were working in 3-feet deep water. The three trains which we ran on Tuesday were without signal.

DNA Morning Must Reads: Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto Express derails, Doklam stand-off ends, P Kashyap on PV Sindhu’s form and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto Express derails near Asangaon in Maharashtra; rescue operation underwayDays after the derailment of Kaifiyat Express in Uttar Pradesh, five coaches, and the locomotive of Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto Express derailed near Asangaon in Maharashtra on Tuesday morning. Read more here2. India, China decide to end Doklam stand-off; diplomatic success ahead of Modi’s trip to BeijingIndia and China have agreed to “expeditious disengagement” at Doklam, thereby ending a military stand-off that has lasted more than two months, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Monday. Read more here3. North Korea fires missile over Japan, sharply escalating tensionsNorth Korea fired a missile that flew over Japan and landed in waters off the northern region of Hokkaido early on Tuesday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, marking a sharp escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula. Read more here4. Surprised to see Sindhu get tired: Parupalli KashyapIndia’s ace shuttler Kashyap says silver medallist should have conserved energy for last stages of Worlds final against Okuhara. Read more here5. Kajol reveals her only condition to romance a younger hero on screenA younger actor romancing an older actress isn’t a new phenomenon in Bollywood. Kareena Kapoor Khan has acted with two — Imran Khan (Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu and Gori Tere Pyaar Mein) and Arjun Kapoor (Ki & Ka). Read more here

West Bengal: Two men lynched to death by villagers for allegedly stealing cows in Jalpaiguri

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two youth, suspected to be cow thieves were allegedly lynched by the villagers near Dhupguri of Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal. According to a report in Indian Express, the incident took place on Sunday morning around 3 AM in a village 15 km from Dhugpuri town.The deceased have been identified as Hafizul Sheikh and Anwar Hussain. Hafizul Sheikh hailed from Dhubri district in Assam and Hussain was a resident of Patlahawa, Coochbehar district in Bengal.The victims were reportedly travelling on a pickup van in the village with seven cows. It’s believed that they lost their way and alarmed villages stopped the van but they fled.Later, a larger group of villagers blocked the path of the van and while the driver fled, the two passengers were caught.It’s believed that the villagers lynched the two on suspicion of being cow thieves, and when police recovered their bodies and took them for post-mortem, they were declared dead. “The bodies have been sent for post-mortem and we have started an investigation,” said a senior police officer of Jalpaiguri district.Police are still unaware whether the victims were cow thieves or cattle traders, who had gone to buy the cattle from the nearby market in the area.

Police complaint filed against Rishi Kapoor for posting ‘pornographic image of a child’ on Twitter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A police complaint was filed against Rishi Kapoor for allegedly sharing an offensive picture of a child from his social media handle. The complaint was lodged by Advocate Adil Khatri of a Mumbai-based NGO.According to the Indian Express, the complaint was filed because the veteran actor had posted a ‘nude and pornographic image of a child on Twitter handle’.Khatri said that he wanted to teach Kapoor a lesson because he ‘played with cyber laws’. Khatri told Indian Express: “We have filed a complaint with Mumbai Police Commissioner, Mumbai Cyber Cell and Ministry of Woman and Child Development against actor Rishi Kapoor for posting nude and pornographic image of a child on his Twitter account @chintskap.”He added: “We don’t know who the child in the picture is, but it is offensive as the child is naked and a headphone has been stuck into his private parts.”Kapoor often gets in trouble for his tweets, and the last time he caused outrage was when he made sexist joke about Team India captain Mithali Raj during the Women’s World Cup final.

Provide ‘high-level security’ to judge who convicted Dera chief Ram Rahim: Centre tells Haryana govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hours after Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was proven guilty in rape and sexual assault case, the Centre on Friday asked the Haryana government to provide high-level security to the CBI special court judge who passed the order, officials said.The home ministry told the Haryana government that Judge Jagdeep Singh should be provided highest level of security in view of the threat perception after he delivered the verdict against the Dera head, an official said.The home ministry will analyse intelligence inputs before deciding whether the Judge’s security needs to be handled by a central force, such as the CRPF or CISF, the official said.
ALSO READ Messenger of Destruction: 30 die in Haryana; violence in Punjab & Delhi as Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is convicted of rapeWidespread violence in Haryana and a few neighbouring states followed after the conviction of the Dera chief that led to 30 deaths and scores injured.Angry followers of Ram Rahim went on a rampage, vandalising public properties and burning vehicles.
ALSO READ Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh: The ‘Godman’ who thrived on controversyAn Income-Tax office in Panchkula’s sector 2 and a petrol station in sector 4 were burnt. Two train stations were set on fire in Punjab’s Malout and Balluanna.Arson by the frenzied followers was also witnessed in some parts of Delhi, Punjab, and Rajasthan.Two empty rakes of Rewa Express at Delhi’s Anand Vihar Terminal railway station were set on fire.

Rlys planned additional, safer LHB coaches in July

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While an overhaul is expected in the Ministry of Railways, earlier last month the Indian Railways came up with a revised detailed roll-out plan for the next three years, a copy of which is with DNA. The number of conventional coaches to be manufactured — which are said to be accident-prone — has been further brought down to 802 coaches in 2017-18 from the earlier 1883 coaches for 2016-17.With the introduction of Tejas Express and Humsafar Express, the production of safer and superior Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches will be increased.In July 2017, the Railway Board came up with a revised coach production programme for 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20. They have categorically stated that March 2018 will be the last phase for manufacturing conventional blue-coloured coaches. The Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai will manufacture 601 coaches and Rail Coach Factory (RCF) in Kapurthala will manufacture 201 coaches in the last phase.The Utkal Express which derailed on August 19 comprised these conventional coaches, leading to the death of at least 27 passengers after the coaches collapsed. The decision to discard these conventional coaches was taken after the November 2016 Indore-Patna Express accident in which 150 passengers died. “From 2018-19, we will only be manufacturing LHB coaches and the conventional ones will be slowly phased out once its codal life of 25 years is over,” said a senior railway official.Meanwhile, for the first time the revised production list has mentioned the consistent need to manufacture air-conditioned coaches for Tejas Express — 39 coaches for the first two years and 40 coaches in the third year; and 200 coaches every year for Humsafar Express. The coaches for Tejas Express will be manufactured at the RCF and for Humsafar Express 100 coaches each shall be manufactured by RCF and Modern Coach Factory, Raebareli for the next three years.SAFETY MEASURESThe LHB coaches are designed with safety features like anti-climbing and anti-telescoping, so coaches would not plough into each other during a derailment or accident.

Derailments triggering fear, say rail passengers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two incidents of derailments in less than four days in Uttar Pradesh have induced a sense of fear among train passengers. “Everyone fears for his life. The government should take some corrective measures to ensure that we reach our destinations safely,” said Tarun Kumar, while waiting for the Patna-bound Sampoorna Kranti Express at the New Delhi railway station. The train was running late by nearly six hours yesterday. Several trains were either cancelled or diverted in the aftermath of the derailment of the Kaifiyat Express in Uttar Pradesh’s Auraiya district yesterday morning. At least 100 passengers were injured as 10 bogies of the train went off the rails after dashing against a dumper carrying construction material for railway work. “Our fate lies in the hands of god when we are travelling by train,” said Kumar, who was on his way back from the cave shrine of Vaishno Devi in Jammu. However, some passengers felt it was pointless living under fear because of rail accidents. “We cannot do away with train journeys simply because of derailments. Haven’t you heard of plane crashes?” asked a middle-aged man waiting for a train for Mathura. The passenger believed the government was taking “stern action” against guilty officials. “The Utkal Express accident was not a deliberate act,” he said. On August 19, in one of the deadliest train accidents in recent times, 22 people were killed and over 150 injured, 26 of them grievously, after 13 coaches of the train jumped the rails, with one of them crashing into a house adjacent to the tracks near Khatauli, Uttar Pradesh. Mohit Kumar, a second-year BA student from Ghaziabad, who was onboard the Bareilly-bound Rohtak Express, admitted that there was a sense of fear in the aftermath of the twin derailments. “It is good to think of bullet trains of international standards, but there should be more focus on ordinary trains,” he said, in a reference to an ambitious project of the government. There have been several derailments in Uttar Pradesh of late. On November 20, 2016, over 100 passengers were killed and more than 200 injured when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express derailed near Pukhrayan in Kanpur Dehat district. A little over a month later, on December 28, at least 62 passengers were injured when 15 coaches of the Sealdah-Ajmer Express derailed, while crossing a bridge near the Rura railway station in the same district. In the aftermath of the derailments, the railways got much-needed funds to upgrade safety measures with the budget this year proposing an outlay of Rs 1 lakh crore for the purpose.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rail accidents fallout: Suresh Prabhu takes ‘full moral responsibility’, Rly Board Chairman resigns

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two train accidents in five days had a fallout today with its minister Suresh Prabhu indicating he had offered to quit and Railway Board Chairman AK Mital resigning with Air India chief Ashwani Lohani, a railway enginner, named as his successor.Hours after the second derailment today, Prabhu, 64, said he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking “full moral responsibility” for the back-to-back accidents that triggered calls for his resignation from the Congress. Prabhu said the prime minister had asked him to “wait”, suggesting he had offered to quit. Thirteen coaches of the Kalinga Utkal Express derailed in Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh on August 19 killing 22 people and injuring 156 while 10 coaches of Kaifiyat Express train derailed in UP’s Auraiya district today after crashing into a dumper which strayed onto the tracks. Police said about 100 passengers were wounded in today’s derailment.Prabhu met the prime minister after a meeting of the Cabinet today and left the city soon after, his staff told PTI. “I met the Hon’ble Prime Minister @narendramodi taking full moral responsibility,” Prabhu said in a tweet. The prime minister, he added, had asked him to wait. Union Defence and Finance minister Arun Jaitley when asked for his reaction said the prime minister will take a decision on whatever “request” the railway minister has made.
ALSO READ PM Modi will take a call on whatever ‘request’ Suresh Prabhu made: Arun JaitleyIn a series of emotional tweets, Prabhu said he was “extremely pained” by the two derailments in Uttar Pradesh.”In less than three years as Minister, I have devoted my blood and sweat for the betterment of the Railways. Under leadership of PM, tried to overcome decades of neglect through systemic reforms in all areas leading to unprecedented investment and milestones,” he said. “New India envisioned by PM deserves a Railways which is efficient and modern. I promise that is the path, on which Rlys is progressing now. I am extremely pained by the unfortunate accidents, injuries to passengers and loss of precious lives. It has caused me deep anguish.” Later in the day, a train collided with a lorry at an unmanned rail crossing in Villupuram, Tamil Nadu. Railway officials in Delhi described it as a “minor incident”.
ALSO READ Train accidents: Suresh Prabhu takes moral responsibility, hints at resignation; PM Modi asks him to wait”This responsibility business will not do. Either prime minister should sack the minister or he should accept his resignation,” Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told reporters. Soon after Prabhu’s tweet about meeting the prime minister, the government announced the appointment of Lohani, who is Air India’s Chairman and Managing Director, as Chairman of the Railway Board, succeeding Mital. According to sources, Mital submitted his resignation to Prabhu last evening and it was accepted today morning.”Necessary communication in this regard has been sent to the Ministry of Railways,” said the announcement by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet. An officer of the railway mechanical service who had earlier served as the divisional railway manager in Delhi, Lohani was also the India Tourism Development Corporation chairman and headed the Rail Museum in the Capital. A 1980 batch officer of the railways’ mechanical service, Lohani has the 2007 Limca National Record for the four engineering degrees which he completed between 1977-1999 from Institute of Engineers, Kolkata. He successfully piloted the nomination of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway as a UNESCO world heritage site. He was decorated with the railway national award for outstanding performance in 1996.He also set a Guinness World Record in 1998 for running the oldest working steam locomotive in the world. Mohd Jamshed, Member Traffic, a 1980 batch Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer; Ghanshyam Singh, Member, Member, Traction, a 1979 batch Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineering (IRSEE) officer and Ravindra Gupta, Member, Rolling Stock, a 1975 batch officer of Special Class Apprentice (SCA) were believed to be the main contenders to succeed Mital. Two days before he retired in 2016, Mital, said to be close to Prabhu, was given a two-year extension. He was scheduled to retire in 2018 and would have been the longest serving chairman of the Railway Board if he had continued.Senior railway officials said Mital was not happy that senior officials of the ministry had to face the brunt of the fallout of the Utkal Express derailment. A day after the accident, Prabhu had sent three senior officials, including a member of the Board, on leave. Mital, who previously headed three major railway zones ? Southern Railway, South Central Railway and Central Railway as general manager — felt the action against the officials “affected the morale of the seniors”. Ministry sources said there was “high drama” after Mital’s resignation, with board members requesting him to reconsider his decision. They said some senior officers approached Prabhu, who said the matter no longer concerned his ministry alone.Sources also said the prime minister had a meeting with Prabhu and senior rail officials yesterday afternoon, when he made it clear that seniors would be held responsible for such lapses.

Post Mittal’s resignation, Ashwani Lohani appointed as new Railway Board chairman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani was appointed as the new chairman of the Railway Board on Wednesday soon after A.K. Mittal stepped down from the post. Further, the appointments committee of the Cabinet has approved the decision. The development comes in the wake of Uttar Pradesh witnessing a second train derailment in five days. Lohani hs earlier served as Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Delhi Division; Director, National Rail Museum; and Chief Administrative Officer, Rail Alternate Fuel. He holds the Guinness Record for successfully running the ?Fairy Queen Express?, the world?s oldest working steam locomotive. Mittal took this drastic step after Uttar Pradesh witnessed two train derailments within five days; where 10 coaches of Kaifiyat Express heading towards Delhi derailed after colliding with a dumper near Auraiya district and over 20 people have been injured. Also on August 19, more than 20 died and 200 were injured after 13 coaches of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express ran off the tracks in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district. Earlier in the day, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, hinting that he had offered to quit.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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