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Indian Railways employee dies of serious head injuries in boiler accident

A worker in Indian Railways’ mechanised laundry lost his life on Sunday after an outlet pipe of a boiler hit his head causing an injury.The laundry for washing Railway Hospital linen is located behind the Northern Railway Central Hospital (NRCH) here and the operation and maintenance of this laundry are outsourced to a contractor ‘M/s Laundraid’.The outlet pipe of the boiler broke and a piece of this pipe hit Pradeep.”He was brought to the NRCH where the doctors gave him an immediate treatment and did all possible medical interventions and procedures to treat and stabilise his condition. Since he had a severe injury to head, he was immediately shifted to the RML Hospital by the paramedical staff for further treatment,” Nitin Chowdhary, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO), Northern Railways said, in a statement.He added that while Pradeep was in the RML hospital, the doctors tried to better his condition but after 35 minutes of efforts, the said person could not be saved and he passed away.”General Manager and Divisional Railway Manager, along with senior railway officials, visited the site of incident and also the patient and his relatives at the RML Hospital. A senior officer-level enquiry has been ordered by the General Manager,” the statement further read.

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Kala Ghoda open art street gears up for ‘Peace’ theme event on 26/11

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The open art gallery on K Dubash Marg at Kala Ghoda is geared up for its second event on November 26. The theme decided by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is ‘Peace’, on the occasion of the ninth anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai’s terror attacks.In its second innings, the street will have 30 stalls for artists instead of 21. “For the November 26 event, the civic body and the MTDC have got an overwhelming response and all the stalls are booked by artists. The theme is ‘Peace’ and we are giving preferences to performing artists than exhibitions,” said Swati Kale, General Manager of MTDC.This Sunday, of the 30 stalls, 10 are for Bollywood theme performers, five stalls for Kolbat Art based on the 26/11 theme, and the remaining stalls for Warli and Mandali art, spray painting, jewellery art, and street magic.The 250-metre long open gallery has 21 stalls of 15×15 foot each, rented at Rs 200 per day, giving the city’s upcoming artists a prime platform to showcase their work. The art street will remain open from 11 am to 6 pm every Sunday till May 2018.

Mumbai: Aaditya Thackeray calls for better nourishment for BEST drivers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to ensure BEST drivers are healthy, Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray wants the staff on the bus service to seek the help of nutritionists. “The BEST administration, apart from conducting regular health check-ups, should also take help of nutritionists. The drivers should be provided drinks with glucose to keep them hydrated,” said Thackeray at Wadala bus depot after inaugurating electric buses on November 10.The BEST officials said that they can make provision to offer energetic drinks to drivers and conductors when they arrive at the bus station or depot after their trip, especially during summer. This has been proposed so that drivers don’t get dehydrated riding buses for long hours.Thackeray asked BEST General Manager Dr Surendra Bagde to personally look into this as he is also a nutritionist. Earlier, Four buses have been added to the fleet on Thursday. The introduced buses can run up to 200 km at a stretch once fully charged for three hours.For the initial phase, the buses will run on routes around Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSTM) and Churchgate station, including Route Number 138.The buses cost Rs. 1.61 crore each, which is more than double the price of regular buses and have a seating capacity of 30 people.Meanwhile the BEST employees are struggling to get their salaries on time for which the administration is taking monthly loans of Rs 180 crore. Sources said that if they take the extra effort of having nutritionists and having diet plans for their drivers and conductors then it would add up to the cost.Normally a BEST bus driver operates for 6-9 hours depending on his schedule and route allotted. A single bus runs up to 180 km each day in Mumbai. BEST’s fleet has 3700 buses and operates 504 routes every day.With ANI Inputs

Mathura railway station manager suspended after Hema Malini escapes bull attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after BJP MP Hema Malini narrowely escaped a bull attack at the Mathura Junction railway station, the station manager has been suspended for allegedly failing to curb the menace, an official said today.Station manager KL Meena has not only been suspended but also a probe has been ordered into the incident, Sanchit Tyagi, Divisional Commercial Manager North Central Railway, said.Meena was suspended for failing to stop the cattle menace on the platform, he said.Tyagi said the BJP MP from Mathura was narrowly saved from the attack by a bull when she had gone to the railway station to check for the possibility of revamping the station.PL Meena would look after the Mathura Junction railway station as the station manager in his place, he said.

Awareness drives help animals this Diwali in city

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to veterinarians and animal rescue workers in the city, there were fewer cases of injured animals reported this Diwali. It is believed the shift is due to the anti-cracker awareness drives that have been conducted in schools and pre-schools for many years.Dr Deepa Katyal, a veterinary doctor from Chembur, said, “Last year, my clinic saw 12 injured animals and birds during Diwali. This time the number has reduced by half. I did not see a single case of cruelty this year either. I believe many children preferred celebrating a safe Diwali this year due to the awareness among them. It could be why cases of injured animals and birds have come down.”Omkar Rane of Animal Rescue Squad said, “This year, I found three cases of injured stray dogs during Diwali. Last year it was almost 13. Awareness has definitely increased among children but it needs to be spread to economically weaker sections too.”The fewer cases were noticed by the Bombay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BSPCA) in Parel as well. Dr Mayur Dangar, Manager, SPCA Hospital, said, “We organised several awareness programmes for many school students. The students were educated about not bursting firecrackers below trees as that scares away birds, and on how firecrackers are harmful to animals. This year we got two burn cases of stray dogs and one stray dog came with an asthma complaint.”

Railways to ‘review’ garbage situation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Western Railway (WR) will be conducting a ‘review’ of the garbage which has collected outside the Divisional Railway Manager’s (DRM) office at Mumbai Central. Several complaints have been made regarding the collected garbage. The railways, which claimed to be adhering to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, is now on a back foot.The WR DRM’s office, which is located near the coach center at Mumbai Central, witnesses the dumping of garbage from long distance trains which halt at the terminus for maintenance. This is not collected for several days leading to a stench.”The stench and filth is unbearable and many of our colleagues are falling sick due to the garbage which has been dumped outside the offices. It is not collected for weeks which piles up leading to diseases. Several complaints have been made but we continue to face the problems,” said a WR employee on the condition of anonymity.The frequency at which the garbage is collecting at the spot is now resulting in piles on the road leading to the DRM office and its adjoining offices. “We have been asked to keep our offices and surroundings clean but the DRM office itself has garbage outside its building. The Railways should come up with a solution to resolve the issues,” said the official.Ravindra Bhakar, Spokesperson, WR, said, “We are conducting a review of the garbage which has collected outside the DRM office and we will clear it as soon as possible.”

Do not consider newspaper vendors as hawkers: Nitesh Rane

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Monday, a delegation led by Nitesh Rane, a Member of Legislative Assembly and President of Swabhiman Sanghatana, met the Divisional Railway Manager of Central Railway and asked him not to take action against the newspaper vendors outside railway stations.The delegation asked for a designated spot to be assigned to newspaper vendors.The meeting was held at 10.30 am with the Divisional Railway Manager for Central Railways at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. Nitesh Rane, in his letter to the DRM of Central Railway, asked the authorities not to consider newspaper vendors as hawkers. The letter further requests that Railways should provide a place for the vendor as they play an important role in society by providing newspapers and keeping people informed.The Elphinstone Road stampede, which claimed 23 lives last month, led to the Railways conducting crackdowns on hawkers outside railway platforms and on Foot Over Bridges. Action was also taken on them.”We have been requesting the Railway Protection Force (RPF) not to take action against newspaper vendors, but they did not hear our plea and kept on with the crackdown. This has led to huge financial losses.”, said Ravi Shinde, a vendor from Thane.ACTION TAKENThe Elphinstone Road stampede, which claimed 23 lives last month, led to the Railways conducting crackdowns on hawkers outside railway platforms and on Foot Over Bridges. Action was also taken on them.
The letter further requests that Railways should provide a place for the vendor as they play an important role in society, in keeping people informed.

Railways mulls single food stall at all stns

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a significant change of policy change to create more space on platforms, the Railways will soon start removing extra food stalls from platforms. Instead, it will have a single stall, creating more space for commuters.The other part, the hungry passengers would have to do away with buying their favourites such as samosa, vada pav, ragda, cold drinks and other eatables from the platforms. The railway authorities also claimed that during recent inspections, they have analysed the condition of the food stalls that have been leased on a contract basis.This will include length and breadth of the food stalls on platforms and its concourse area, its total number at every station, number of daily commuters using a station, et cetera.The officials said that the stalls attract a large number of buyers, thereby creating a congestion during peak hours.Railway minister Piyush Goyal, on Saturday, had spoken about decongesting railway stations and make it easy for the mobility of passengers.”The stations in the suburban section is mainly used by office-goers. We need to cater to faster dispersal and passenger movement rather than providing food,” said a senior railway official.”A concept, Multi-Purpose Stall (MPS), has already been approved by the Railway Board,” said a senior railway official “This is to ensure availability of space and decongesting at stations”.The single-stall would keep packed food, medicines, newspapers, books and magazines, milk and cold drinks. The Divisional Railway Manager of each division (the Central and Western Railways has each DRM for Mumbai) will decide the number of MPS and forward it to the Chief Commercial Manager for approval and calling tenders. Once the safety studies are complete, this mechanism would be put into force.

Female GRP staff fear office location

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A senior Government Railway Police (GRP) officer has written to Western Railway (WR) stating that the location of a GRP office at Mumbai Central poses safety risks not just to women commuters who wish to lodge complaints at the office, but also to female GRP staff manning the office.In a letter written last month to the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of WR, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, GRP, has stated that not only is it unsafe for commuters to visit the DCP West Zone, GRP office at Mumbai Central, even female GRP staffers feel insecure as the office is situated at an isolated place. The GRP has asked for a new office space.The DCP office located outside Mumbai Central Railway station passes through the isolated Coach Care Centre of WR. The road is pitch dark in the evening, making it unsafe for female commuters, visitors and also the policewomen working in the ground-plus-one dilapidated structure.DNA accessed the letter addressed to the DRM WR Mukul Jain, General Manager and senior Railway Police officers. It contains photos of the isolated stretch and of garbage collected from the coaches which is dumped by the WR near the DCP office.Turn to P4The letter states, “DCP Railway (West) has its jurisdiction from Churchgate to Bordi Railway station. So, many visitors, including women, come to DCP office for help/grievances. It makes it difficult for ladies to reach this office through such area, which is risky for women’s safety. The same condition is faced by the ladies staff of this office.”The letter contains photographs of the isolated stretch and of garbage collected from the coaches which is dumped by the WR near the DCP office.”We feel unsafe to walk on the stretch which has labourers and rag pickers outside the railway station. Moreover, we always find men standing suspiciously outside the station. We dread taking night shifts as it might lead to some untoward incident. Such is the irony that while we are responsible for safety of commuters, we ourselves feel unsafe in the premise. We demand a safer working place from the authorities,” said a female officer working with GRP.DCP Purshottam Karad, GRP, said, “The condition of the building is bad and we have received complaints from our lady officers that the stretch is risky for women’s safety. We have requested the WR to allocate us a new office space as early as possible. The building is in dangerous condition and it is important that the female commuters feel safe while approaching us.”However, when approached for comment on the issue, DRM WR Mukul Jain, said, “It is untrue that female officers or commuters feel unsafe as there is a Railway Protection Force check-post and it’s a safe area. We are also conducting repairs on the old building. I do not think it is a problem which needs attention.”

Class 9 student beaten up, teacher arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 14-year-old student was allegedly beaten up by his class teacher on Thursday. Suhail Ansari, a class 9 student of Oxford English High School near Kurla was beaten up by his teacher Shyam Vishwakarma in the morning after an argument broke out between the two.Suhail, who is recovering from a head injury which he got three months ago, was beaten with a wooden stick on his hand during the first period in school. After being beaten up, he rushed home.”My brother came home crying and said that the teacher beat him up badly. He said that his head was hurting as the stick also hit his head. The school should take responsibility for what happened,” said Shoeb, Suhail’s brother.The family filed a police complaint in the matter at the Ghatkopar police station.”We booked the schoolteacher under relevant sections of the IPC and Juvenile Justice Act. The accused has been remanded to police custody and will be produced in the court on Friday. The victim is being treated at Sion hospital and is out of danger,” said VB Patil, Senior PI, Ghatkopar police station.The school suspended the teacher after the incident.”Despite several warnings to the child, he kept talking in class. However, beating him was not justified. We are taking necessary measures to ensure this does not happen again,” said Khan Mohammed Nadeem, Manager of the school.

BEST facing heavy power fluctuation in slum pockets

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) is grappling issues of power fluctuations and disruptions in several of its supply areas with heavy slums pockets.Owing to the heavy rains and water-logging on August 29, BEST had switched off electricity to avoid any untoward incident and technical failures at their substations. Sources said since then there have been complaints about the power fluctuations especially in slum pockets where consumers do not disclose electricity load. These areas are Worli, Sion, Dharavi, Antophill and Colaba with slum pockets.BEST fears that it’s the increasing electricity usage that’s at the base of the problem. There are cemented porta cabins built one over the other and with the same power cable and meter; people use power guzzling AC and geysers.”There is a need to strengthen our cable network by replacing the old ones. We will also hold camps at these slum pockets,” said Surendrakumar Bagde, General Manager, BEST undertaking. These camps will ask slum dwellers to disclose the electricity load consumed by them so that accordingly substations can be installed.FIGURES SPEAKColaba-Sion/Mahim has a maximum demand (950 MW in summer and 750 MW during monsoon). Of the 10 lakh power consumers in this area, around 2 lakh fall stay in slum pockets

‘Noise rules don’t apply to Metro construction’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Noise pollution rules cannot be enforced at Metro rail construction sites in Mumbai, which come under the Metro Act, a special enactment that can override the general laws under which such rules are framed, a senior official with the MMRCL said in an affidavit on Thursday.Ashok Bhasme, Deputy General Manager (Civil), Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL), made the claim while opposing a petition filed by South Mumbai resident, Robin Jaisinghani, which seeks stoppage of Metro Line 3 construction as it violates noise rules. The Bombay High Court has in interim relief restrained MMRCL from carrying out any construction or ancillary work between 10 pm and 6 am.The affidavit says “In case of Metro Railway there is a separate enactment focusing on Metro railway construction. By necessary implication the noise pollution rules do not apply to metro construction,” the affidavit says.

Woman falls off, dies while fighting robber on running train

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Less than a month after the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) and senior Railway Protection Force (RPF) officers claimed that crime in trains running on the Delhi division of the Northern Railways, have dipped, another horrendous instance has come up to prove them wrong. A woman, who was standing near the door of a moving train, died on Sunday when a robber snatched her purse, making her fall onto the tracks. She succumbed on the spot.Police are trying to identify the miscreant, however they said since the incident took place during the early hours, witnesses couldn’t see the accused, making their tough job even more challenging.The woman was identified as 42-year-old Sudhir Bansal, who was coming to Delhi from Bhiwadi in Rajasthan, with her son Gaurav, to drop him at his new college hostel. According to the police, the incident took place around 5.35 am, when the train, Yoga Express, slowed down ahead of the Old Delhi railway station.”Witnesses told Railway Protection Force officers, that at the time of incident the woman was standing near the gate. As the train slowed down, which is a regular practice due to heavily encroached stretch, a snatcher approached Bansal for her purse which she was carrying. They said, following a short scuffle, the woman fell off the moving train. When they rushed to the gate they found her lying injured but couldn’t see the miscreant who had managed to flee as it was dark,” said a senior officer.The train was stopped and the woman whose limbs had come under the train, was rushed to a hospital, where she was declared brought dead. Police teams along with the RPF and forensics team were sent to the spot to collect evidence.The body has been sent for a post-mortem and a case has registered. Police are also trying to check CCTV footages from the vicinity to identify the accused.Earlier, the Divisional Railway Manager, Delhi Division, RN Singh, had held a press conference last month claiming that incidents of crime have witnessed a drastic dip in Delhi division. He also claimed that various efforts have been taken to ensure vigil at stations and the tracks.However, incidents in the recent past have shown up the DRM’s claim as hollow. A 22-year-old woman was thrown off a running express train when she challenged a robber trying to flee with her luggage, a Muslim teen was lynched on a local train by a mob, which called him a “beef-eater” and “anti-national,” while a man’s body was found in a pool of blood, while another man was shot at on a train in separate incidents All of these horrors have been witnessed in the recent past.

Train accident in Uttar Pradesh: Kaifiyat Express derails in Auraiya district, 50 injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nine coaches of the Delhi-bound Kaifiyat Express derailed in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday morning, resulting in injuries to at least 50 people, in the second rail accident in the state in four days.The train travelling from Azamgarh to Delhi collided with a dumper at around 2:50 am between Pata and Achalda railway stations, a spokesperson for the North Central Railway said.At least 50 passengers were injured and have been rushed to the hospital, said M C Chauhan, General Manager, NCR.NCR sources said that work for a dedicated freight corridor was going on at the site at the time of the accident.Officials have rushed to the spot to provide rescue and relief operations to the passengers.This is the second rail accident since last Saturday when Utkal Express had derailed in Muzaffarnagar distict of UP, killing 22 people and injuring 156.

Kaifiyat Express derails in Auraiya district of UP, 50 injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nine coaches of the Delhi-bound Kaifiyat Express derailed in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh this morning, resulting in injuries to at least 50 people, in the second rail accident in the state in four days. The train travelling from Azamgarh to Delhi collided with a dumper at around 2:50 am between Pata and Achalda railway stations, a spokesperson for the North Central Railway said. At least 50 passengers were injured and have been rushed to the hospital, said M C Chauhan, General Manager, NCR. NCR sources said that work for a dedicated freight corridor was going on at the site at the time of the accident. Officials have rushed to the spot to provide rescue and relief operations to the passengers. This is the second rail accident since last Saturday when Utkal Express had derailed in Muzaffarnagar distict of UP, killing 22 people and injuring 156.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Criminal negligence by Railways

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four engineers were suspended, three top officials — including the Northern Railway General Manager — were sent on leave, while another was transferred for Saturday’s train accident in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar, in which 24 passengers were killed.The action was taken after a Railway inquiry found the Permanent Way Department that checks the routes of regular trains responsible for the derailment of the high-speed Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express near Khatauli Railway station. The inquiry team informed the Railway Ministry that maintenance work was in progress at the accident site and tracks were being cut with the help of hexa blades. It had resulted in removal of some nuts and bolts and displacement of fish plates. The accident that left more than a hundred passengers wounded was caused by the toppling of the 13th coach, sources said.Based on prima facie evidence, the ministry suspended a Junior Engineer, a Senior Section Engineer, an Assistant Engineer and a Senior Divisional Engineer. The Chief Track Engineer, Northern Railway, has been transferred, while the Northern Railway General Manager, the Divisional Railway Manager and the Member Engineering of the Railway Board have been sent on leave. Heads rolled after Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu asked the Railway Board Chairman to fix responsibility “by end of day.” An FIR was registered against unknown persons for causing death by negligence, mischief, and destruction of railway property.Sources at Khatauli Raliway station said the tracks were under repair but authorities did not caution the driver to slow down. The train was running at 105 kmph when thirteen of its carriages jumped the tracks. The train does not stop at Khatauli, about 130 km north of Delhi. Trains passing through the Meerut line of the Northern Railway were either cancelled or diverted till 6 pm on Sunday.The Railways has already approved a proposal to change about 200 metres of damaged tracks near Khatauli. The work on the project is on and trains on this route are supposed to be cautioned to run slow, sources said. Two coaches of the train crashed into a residential area, ramming a house and a college.The Railways’ Additional Director General, BK Maurya, earlier in the day talked about two possibilities. “Either the train driver overlooked the caution board to slow or Railway authorities did not put up any caution board at all. In case of the second possibility, the station master should have called the driver or changed the track. He could have also given the stop signal to avert the derailment.”Two trains had passed the tracks, before the accident, at 15 kmph without any problem, he said, adding, “Over-speeding and gross negligence by Khatauli station authorities seem to be prima facie case behind the derailment,” he said. This was the fourth major accident — third in UP — over the past year on the world’s fourth biggest rail network.Maurya did not rule out the possibility of the driver applying the emergency brakes, reasons for which are under investigation by higher authorities. “Otherwise, the train would not have turned turtle or coaches piled on top of one another,” he said.”Some maintenance work was going on, which might have caused the derailment,” Mohd Jamshed, Member Traffic, Railway Board, also said at a news briefing here.”There is an audio clip of a conversation that we will probe. Also, when we did a site inspection, we saw some equipment of the railways used for track repair present there,” he said.An eye-witness also supported the officials’ theory. “There was a deafening sound before the derailment as if the train hit something. It seemed that the driver saw something at the last moment and applied the emergency brakes,” he said.Sources in the engineering division of the Railways claim that they had warned the Khatauli station authorities of repair work being carried out on the tracks. “We had no knowledge of technical problems,” Khatauli Station Superintendent Rajinder Singh, however, told a news channel.RLYS’ OWN SAHAYAKGangmen, employees who are recruited to maintain railway tracks, are asked to do personal chores at railway quarters, claim sources. Chores include buying vegetables for railway personnel, escorting kids to school, and maintaining the bungalows etc. This could be one of the reasons behind the derailment of Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express on Saturday as these gangmen spend more time doing chores than maintain tracks, sources add.

Utkal derailment: Action taken against Secy-level officer, 7

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cracking the whip, the Railways tonight sent on leave its three top officials, including a secretary-level Railway Board official, suspended four and transfered one in the wake of Utkal train derailment which appeared to have been caused by negligence. The action against the eight officers came hours after Member (Traffic) of the Railway Board, Mohd Jamshed, indicated that negligence appeared to have caused the derailment in which 22 people were killed and 156 injured, 26 of them critically. Member (Engineer) in the Railway Board, Aditya Kumar Mittal, Northern Railway General Manager R K Kulshrestha and Divisional Railway Manager (Delhi) R N Singh were sent on leave, said a Railway Ministry statement. Mittal, a secretary level officer, is the senior-most functionary to be sent on leave in the wake of the accident, said a Railway official, describing it as an “unprecedented move”. Officials are usually sent on leave till the time the probe is over and the responsibility fixed. Kulshrestha and R N Singh had visited the accident site last night and were part of the first central team which inspected the damaged track. R K Verma, Senior Divisional Engineer, Delhi division, Rohit Kumar, Assistant Engineer (Meerut), Inder Jeet Singh, Senior Section Engineer (Muzzafarnagar) and Pradeep Kumar, Junior Engineer (Khatauli) have all been suspended, the statement said. Chief Track Engineer, Alok Ansal, has been transferred, it added. “This is the strictest possible action that could have been taken and the intention was to send out a message that officers at each level have to take responsibility. It is a clear case of negligence,” a senior Railay Ministry official said while refusing to be identified. The action was taken on the basis of an internal report which is learnt have said that the rail track was found cut by a hacksaw and as a result there was a gap in the tracks, according to officials in the know. The report also said that the fish plate and the nut bolt on a section of the tracks were not fixed properly, they said. The train, which was on its way from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand, had 23 coaches, of which 13 derailed at Khatauli in UP, R N Singh said earlier in the day. Six coaches of the train, which was running at a speed of over 100 kmph, were severely damaged, he added. One coach crashed into a house. Survivors were rescued and bodies pulled out till late last night and rescue operation by the National Disaster Response Force got over at around 3 AM. The death toll in the accident went up to 22 this evening, with one more person identified as Sushil Kumar succumbing to his injuries in a hospital in Ghaziabad, according to District Magistrate of Muzaffarnagar G S Priydarshi. Of them, 15 bodies have been identified. Principal Secretary (Information) to the UP government Awanish Kumar Awasthi said 156 people were injured in the derailment and many among them remain critical. More than 50 injured passengers have been discharged after medical treatment while free medical treatment of another 102 injured passengers is in progress, UP Cabinet minister Satish Mahana told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Utkal Express Derailment: Northern Railways General Manager sent on leave, 4 officers suspended

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Railways after preliminary enquiry have cracked down on senior officials for the accident which happened in Muzaffarnagar on Saturday evening. A probe was ordered to ascertain the exact cause of last evening’s derailment, with Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today directing Railway Board Chairman to fix responsibility on “prima facie evidence by the end of day”. Complying with the order, Indian Railways have acted against several high-ranking officials. Northern Railway General Manager R N Kulshrestha has been sent on leave. Divisional Railway Manager (Delhi), Member Engineering (Railway Board) has been also sent on leave over derailment. Chief Track Engineer, Northern Railways has been transferred. Railways have suspended Junior Engineer and Sr Section Engineer (Permanent Way), responsible for track maintenance Assistant Engineer and Senior DivisionalEngineer have also been suspended. Negligence at the local level appeared to have caused the derailment of Utkal Express here, one of the deadliest train accidents in the recent times in which 22 people were killed and over 150 injured, 26 of them grievously, officials indicated today. The train, which was on its way from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand, had 23 coaches, of which 13 derailed, said Divisional Railway Manager, Delhi Division, R N Singh. Six coaches of the train, which was running at a speed of over 100 kmph, were severely damaged, he added. One coach crashed into a house.
ALSO READ Utkal Express derailment: Train accidents have soared up during Modi regime, says CongressThe railways have deployed high-tech cranes and scores of workers to clear the tracks near Khatauli. Two 140-tonne cranes were being used since early this morning to clear the derailed coaches, from which survivors had been rescued and bodies pulled out till late last night. Rescue operation by the National Disaster Response Force got over at around 3 AM. The death toll in the accident today went up to 22, with one more person identified as Sushil Kumar succumbing to his injuries in a hospital in Ghaziabad, according to District Magistrate of Muzaffarnagar G S Priydarshi. Of them, 15 bodies have been identified.Principal Secretary (Information) to the UP government Awanish Kumar Awasthi said 156 people were injured in the derailment and many among them remain critical. A preliminary probe has found that maintenance work was being carried out on the tracks which might have caused the derailment, said Mohd Jamshed, Member Traffic, Railway Board, at a news briefing in New Delhi today. The senior official, who rushed to the spot in Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh where the accident occurred, said he had seen maintenance tools on the tracks.
ALSO READ Utkal Express Derailment: Gross negligence by Khatauli station authorities resulted in tragedy, says ADG Railways “Prime facie, it seems maintenance work was being carried out on the tracks…. Some maintenance work was going on, which might have caused the derailment of Utkal Express,” Jamshed said. He said a probe would reveal if any maintenance work was being done on the tracks without permission. “Prima facie, the information is that there is divisional responsibility involved if work was being done without seeking permission. By this evening we will know if any of our staff was responsible for this,” he said. It was not “clear” what kind of work was going on at the site, the official said. “However, any work on tracks has to follow a manual. We have maintenance manuals which lay down guidelines for work on any kind of railway infrastructure,” Jamshed said, adding the probe will reveal if the procedures were followed.The probe, which will begin tomorrow, will be conducted by the Commissioner of Railway Safety, Shailesh Kumar Pathak, who will look into “every angle, be it sabotage, technical lapse or manual fault”. “There is some audio clip of some conversation that we will probe. Also, when we did the site inspection, we saw some equipment the railways use for track repair present there,” he said. “Whenever this kind of a big accident happens, coaches get smashed, toppled, capsized and derailed. In this case, a 200-metre track has been damaged completely. It has to be investigated in detail. All measurements are being taken and every lapse is being taken into account,” Jamshed said.The senior officer also said the Railway Police had lodged an FIR in the case at Khatauli under sections that included mischief causing destruction of railway property, causing death by negligence, causing grievous hurt, endangering life and personal safety. Explaining the procedure for maintenance followed by the railways, Jamshed wondered if it was followed in this case.”Fixed infrastructure on which the rail network runs like tracks, overhead equipment and signals are regularly maintained as per schedule. Maintenance of tracks is done during operations by blocking them as per requirement, according to fixed time and schedule. Written permission needs to be taken for this work,” he said. He also said sometimes repair needs to be done on an emergency basis, but even then, if the next station is informed, the consequent trains are stopped. “Then we get our supervisors on the track which is inspected and repaired after which the trains are allowed to run with a speed restriction. Red flags are also shown to trains in case there is a problem on the tracks,” he said. He said it would be investigated if these protocols were followed this time.

Train accidents have soared up during Modi regime, says Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress Party on Sunday launched a scathing attack against the Centre over the deadly Utkal Express derailment and indicated that casualties and death due to train accidents soared up after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power. Speaking to ANI, Congress leader Manish Tewari said that over 27 rail accidents have taken place since BJP came to power which claimed 300 people?s life. ?What happened is extremely unfortunate and tragic. Our hearts and mind are with those who lost their life in this rail accident. The government must walk an extra mile to extend extra help. But the fact remains that ever since the Modi Government came into office, there have been 27 major railway accidents. Over 300 people have died and close to 900 people have been seriously injured. So, there it is time for introspections and reflection,? he added. Taking a potshot at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tewari said somebody has to take moral responsibility for these incidents. ?When Suresh Prabhu was brought in, he is a good man he was recounted as a reformer, who would completely revamp the Indian railways. Rather than revamp of the Indian Railways we are seeing that the number of major accident. So, he should seriously introspect that should he be continuing as railway minister,? he said. Echoing similar sentiments, Sandeep Dikshit said instead of making big plans if the government would have concentrated on daily safety and security aspects of railway then it would have been better. ?I would like to pay my grief with the families. If you see into the whole incident it shows that there was some negligence on the part of administration. Though I don?t know the technical reason behind the accident but there it shows that there were some laxity shown on the ground,? he said. ?Government should work on the safety and security of people rather than talking about bringing bullet trains or such things which beings headlines,? he added. He further urged Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu to ?copy? former railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav?s ?good management? and work accordingly. ?There is no doubt that Lalu ji did very good well as a railway minister. Even the critics would agree to it. I would request Suresh Prabhu ji to take some copy some of Lalu ji?s work and work accordingly?Suresh Prabhu had a good record when he was in the Power Ministry. It can be possible that the Rail Minister is not able to understand the complexities of Railways. He (Lalu) gave good management, trains were running on time and financed better,? he added. Meanwhile, all the trains on the Meerut line have been cancelled or diverted till 6 p.m. Affected rail route is expected to be cleared and traffic is likely to be restored by 7 p.m. today. According to a statement by the Northern Railway, General Manager R.K. Kulshrestha is personally monitoring the relief work at site and Addl. General Manager, Northern Railway Manju Gupta is observing medical assistance work in the hospital personally. Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha along with Member Traffic, Railway Board and DG/Health Railway Services had visited the accident site last night and directed senior railway officials to ensure proper and timely relief and rescue work and provide best possible medical assistance to affected passengers. Manju Gupta, Addl. General Manager, Northern Railway along with Senior Doctors is personally monitoring the medical assistance to injured persons in Meerut and Muzaffarnagar hospital. A total of 156 passengers have been injured and 23 passengers reported dead in this unfortunate accident. Many injured person have discharged after providing first aid assistance. Injured passengers have been admitted in Meerut and Muzaffarnagar Hospitals.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Utkal Express derailment: No room for laxity, fix responsibility by today, Rail Min Suresh Prabhu tells CRB

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the wake of the Utkal Express derailment that killed 23 people, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has ordered the Chairman of the Railway Board (CRB) to fix responsibility by day end based on prima facie evidence.”Will not allow laxity in operations by the Board. Have directed CRB to fix responsibility on prima facie evidence by end of day,” Prabhu tweeted.Further updating on the rescue and restoration operations that are underway, the Union Minister informed that 7 derailed coaches have been tackled.Meanwhile, all the trains on the Meerut line have been cancelled or diverted till 6 pm.Affected rail route is expected to be cleared and traffic is likely to be restored by 7 pm on Sunday.According to a statement by the Northern Railway, General Manager RK Kulshrestha is personally monitoring the relief work at site and Additional General Manager, Northern Railway Manju Gupta is observing medical assistance work in the hospital personally.A total of 97 passengers have been injured and 23 passengers reported dead in this unfortunate accident.Out of 97 injured persons, 26 passengers are grievously injured while 71 have simple injuries.Many injured person have discharged after providing first aid assistance. Injured passengers have been admitted in Meerut and Muzaffarnagar Hospitals.

Need a ‘five-year plan’ for Indian railways- BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Following the derailment of 14 coaches of the Puri-Haridwar-Kalinga Utkal Express which killed 23 people, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday suggested a five-year plan for the Indian Railways, adding that all the money earned by the Railways should remain with it. Speaking to ANI here, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said, ” We should have a five-year plan where we put enormous resources in that all the money earned by the railways remain with it. No dividend should be passed on to the Finance Ministry and the budget of the Railway Ministry should be returned to the railway ministry.? Launching a counter attack at RJD Chief Lalu Yadav’s accusation that railway minister is responsible for the derailment, Swamy stated that all these problems have been accumulated over the years and the worst period was when the former was the railway minister. “When Lalu, in order to show improvement and to attract the schools from abroad to visit here and do some image build up, he overloaded the tracks and added 5-6 extra boggies, introduced whole big series of trains. I tell you, there was track saturation and the tracks were not being replaced but should be replaced after 30-40 years as they have become weak & worn out. By the time we came to power there was a cash crunch,” he said. Hailing Suresh Prabhu for his total dedication for his job, Swamy said “he is best railway minister we ever had.” A total of 97 passengers have been injured and 23 passengers reported dead in this unfortunate accident. Out of 97 injured persons, 26 passengers are grievously injured while 71 have simple injuries. Many injured person have discharged after providing first aid assistance. Injured passengers have been admitted in Meerut and Muzaffarnagar Hospitals. Meanwhile, all the trains on the Meerut line have been cancelled or diverted till 6 p.m. Affected rail route is expected to be cleared and traffic is likely to be restored by 7 p.m. today. According to a statement by the Northern Railway, General Manager R.K. Kulshrestha is personally monitoring the relief work at site and Addl. General Manager, Northern Railway Manju Gupta is observing medical assistance work in the hospital personally. Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha along with Member Traffic, Railway Board and DG/Health Railway Services had visited the accident site last night and directed senior railway officials to ensure proper and timely relief and rescue work and provide best possible medical assistance to affected passengers. Manju Gupta, Addl. General Manager, Northern Railway along with Senior Doctors is personally monitoring the medical assistance to injured persons in Meerut and Muzaffarnagar hospital.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

WR to run 40 additional services from new 5th line

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The travel of lakhs of commuters on the Western Railway (WR) is set to get easier as the proposal to use the fifth line between Andheri and Borivli has been accepted. The fifth line, which is currently used to run long-distance trains, is ready and will have local trains plying on it within a month. This will ensure that more suburban trains are available for commuters.”The Commissioner of Railway Safety has given clearance to run local EMU (electric multiple unit) trains on this (fifth) line. We are hoping to start operations in less than 45 days,” said AK Gupta, General Manager, WR.The EMU trains will run only during peak hours between 8.30 am and 11.30 am, and 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm. With stagnation in the existing network, additional services cannot be added. The fifth line is set to help decongest the line and add more services on their network.In the last one year, the number of daily commuters between Andheri and Borivli has increased from 11.29 lakh to 11.69 lakh. Only seven of the 37 stations on WR contribute to nearly 35 per cent of total daily commuters carried by them.”The fifth line will now allow us to operate nearly 40 additional services. Moreover, the Harbour line on Andheri-Goregaon belt too will be ready soon,” said a WR official.Each train carries nearly 4,200 people per 12-car rake during peak hours. In an hour at least 15 services will ply in each direction with an average headway of four minutes creating more room for commuters and increasing carrying capacity to 63,000 an hour.Over the past few days now, WR officials have been carrying out modifications to their system including to overhead cables, its poles, and other peripheries.

Bhandary appointed Tulu Sahitya Academy chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Popular theatre artiste and organiser A C Bhandaray has been appointed as the president of the Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy. Bhandary, 74, is the honorary president of Akhila Bharata Tulu Sahitya Okkuta and has been active in the field of politics and organising folk events. He had also established himself as a threatre artiste during the 1970s. His lead role in a play named ‘Manager Kanthu’ had earned him immense appreciation. Bhandary has held various positions in temple committees in Dakshina Kannada district. He was honoured with the Dakshina Kannada District Rajyotsava Award for his service to the field of theatre and folk art in 2004. He was one of the founders of ‘Tulu Koota,’ the first ever Tulu organisation to have been established in Dakshina Kannada district during the seventies, a release here said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

After impressive showing at WWC, Jhulan Goswami offered promotion by Air India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fast bowler Jhulan Goswami was today promoted by her employers, Air India following Indian women cricket team’s impressive runner-up finish in the ICC World Cup.”The Air India CMD had called me in Delhi and I was offered the promotion from (Deputy Manager),” Goswami told PTI after her arrival here this evening.For Jhulan, who claimed 3/23 to restrict England to 228/7 in the final, there will be a few months’ break now before India set its sight on next year’s Women’s World Twenty20 in the West Indies.”We’ve been playing non-stop cricket so at the moment there will be a break. Next year, we have World Twenty20 and we will prepare for that as a team,” she said.Women’s IPL may be a possibility after their World Cup show and Jhulan said: “Of course I will be available as a player. I’m still fit enough to play in IPL, if at all it happens.”Mithali Raj and Co’s dream World Cup run was halted by England with a shocking nine-run loss in the final.”The nine runs regret will remain forever. We dominated the match for 85 per cent but they snatched the match with their show in the death overs. This opportunity will never come again. We will have to start from zero again,” Jhulan said.”Many (senior players) may not be around next time. I will try my best but cannot say at the moment as four years’ is a long time,” she said.”But the World Cup has taught us how to be mentally tough. This will show women’s cricket a new direction, quite similar to what happened in Australia and England.” Jhulan was a member of the 2005 women’s World Cup team who had also finished runners-up losing to Australia by 98 runs. “We did not get that much coverage (that time). The Women’s Cricketers’ Association also did not have the money to get so much publicity,” she said.”But the way the ICC has promoted this time, it’s the best World Cup and the facilities were at par with men’s World Cup,” she concluded.

One in three Indians use public WiFi to watch porn in public spaces: Survey

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One in three Indians surveyed has admitted to having used free public Wi-Fi to watch adult content at places like hotels, airports, libraries and even workplace, says a study by Norton by Symantec.The global study, which included over 1,000 respondents from India, found “more than one in three Indians admit to using public Wi-Fi to watch adult content”.But Indians are not alone in this behaviour. At a global level, one in six respondents admitted to using public Wi-Fi to watch adult content.This includes response of people from across countries like Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Brazil, the US and the UK.Hotels/Airbnb (49 per cent), friend’s place (46 per cent), cafe/restaurants (36 per cent) and workplace (44 per cent) were among the top venues with Indian respondents saying they used the public Wi-Fi at these places to access adult content.
ALSO READ Pornhub 2016 Review shows that for Indian viewers, it’s all about loving their nation!Interestingly, 31 per cent respondents said they had watched adult content on streets using public Wi-Fi, while 34 per cent had done so at a bus/train station.About 24 per cent admitted to have used public Wi-Fi at libraries, while 34 per cent said they had used the service at an airport.It is also interesting to note that access to Wi-Fi becomes a deciding factor for a significant chunk of Indians when it comes to choosing hotels, airlines and places to eat.Such is the love for free Wi-Fi that 73 per cent respondents said “they wouldn’t think twice about exchanging, sharing or even doing something to get a strong, free signal”.There is a deep divide between what people think is safe when it comes to using public Wi-Fi versus the reality, says Ritesh Chopra, Country Manager (Consumer Business Unit) at Symantec.”What someone thinks are private on their personal device can easily be accessed by cyber criminals through unsecure Wi-Fi networks or even apps with privacy vulnerabilities,” he adds.The cybersecurity solutions firm also noted that 96 per cent of Indian respondents had acted in a risky manner online using a public Wi-Fi.While 68 per cent had logged onto their social media accounts, 46 per cent had access work emails, 30 per cent said they had accessed their financial information using public Wi-Fi.Asked about their reaction if hackers accessed/posted their private chat/text conversations, 33 per cent respondents said they would feel angry, while 30 per cent said they would be embarrassed if such a thing were to happen.About 41 per cent said they would be “most horrified if financial details were stolen and published online”.’

Portion of under-construction ROB collapses,2 killed 5 injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A pillar of an under-construction railway overbridge collapsed near Sasaram station in Bihar today killing two labourers and injuring five. The accident disrupted movement of trains on the Grand Chord line of Gaya-Mughalsarai rail section after 10 am. The incident occurred barely 100 metres from Sasaram station in Rohtas district when the iron pillar of the under-construction overbridge collapsed, a Railway official said. The deceased have been identified as Nathan and Faidul, both in their early 20s, Sasaram Station Manager Umesh Kumar said. The deceased and the injured were working as labourers in the under-construction project, he said. Except one injured who hailed from Amritsar, the six others were residents of Khudnabari village in Barpeta district of Assam. While three persons have been admitted to a nearby private hospital, two persons including Rakibul, who sustained serious injuries, were admitted to Sasaram sadar hospital, the station manager said. Rakibul was later referred to Patna Medical College and Hospital. Heavy rainfall in the past couple of days might have led to the incident, official sources said. Only an investigation would reveal as to what led to collapse, the sources said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Local train hits buffer at Sealdah station, no casualty

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An EMU local hit the buffer of a platform at the Sealdah terminal station here, causing derailment of two wheels of a compartment, an Eastern Railway official said. No passenger or any other person on the platform suffered any injury, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Sealdah, Basudev Panda said. The Down Sonarpur-Sealdah local train hit the buffer of platform 13 in Sealdah South section at 10.20 am, he said. “A train is supposed to stop four to five metres before the buffer, but despite being at a very slow speed, it overshot and hit the buffer,” Panda said. Two wheels of the front compartment of the train got derailed under the impact of the collision. An inquiry has been ordered into the accident and the motorman (driver) of the train has been suspended, the DRM said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan hails Facebook for its profile pic guarding tools

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala’s Chief Minister, has praised social networking site Facebook’s initiative of introducing new tools in India to protect profile pictures of users, saying this will ensure online safety for women.In a Facebook post, Vijayan said he appreciates Facebook’s “excellent initiative” towards ensuring online safety in India, particularly for women.Vijayan, who has been active on Facebook since he assumed the office of chief minister last year, also quoted FB-COO Sheryl Sandberg’s words on the need to ensure online safety for women.”I especially quote Fb-COO Sheryl Sandberg’s words –We must do all we can to protect women online and off, because when you take care of women, you take care of society–,” he said in the FB post.He also said, “Hope other social media companies and internet service providers will also work towards this goal.”The chief minister further assured all support and cooperation from the Kerala government.In a move that may help reduce misuse of images on the popular social networking site, Facebook has introduced new tools in India that will allow users to protect their profile pictures from being downloaded and shared.Aarati Soman, Product Manager at Facebook, wrote in a blog post, “We are piloting new tools that give people in India more control over who can download and share their profile pictures.” The new tools, developed in partnership with safety organisations, including Centre for Social Research and Learning Links Foundation in New Delhi, are designed to give people more control over their experience and help keep them safe online.Users in India will start seeing a step-by-step guide to add an optional profile picture guard.Through the addition of this gaurd, users will no longer be able to download, share or send the profile picture in a message on Facebook.Facebook authorities added that Facebook users who are not your friends will not be able to tag anyone, including themselves, in your profile picture.

21 new railway stations to come up on Konkan route

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd (KRCL) is planning to develop 21 new stations on its route and double 147-km stretch of the track, an official has said. As a part of the modernisation project, 21 new railway stations would be added at strategic places on the Konkan route, KRCL’s General Manager (strategic planning and business development) Joseph E George told reporters here yesterday. The addition will take the total number of stations on the route to 87 and reduce the distance between two stations to 8.3 kms from 12.75 kms, he said. “A total 147 kms of the railway track would be doubled under the expansion and modernisation project on the Konkan route at a cost of Rs 3,000 crore,” he said. Around 35 kms of the railway track that would be doubled will pass through Goa region, George said at an interaction held on the achievements of railways in the state in last three years. The KRCL will also take up electrification work at a cost of Rs 1,110 crore, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Corp Bank cheated of Rs 27 crore, CBI files 3 cases

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered three separate cases against two then chief managers of Corporation Bank; the director and proprietor of private firms, and others on the allegations of cheating the bank of around Rs 27 crore.Agency sources alleged that the accused — named in FIRs — have floated various firms for the purpose of cheating the bank fraudulently by taking loans on the basis of fake and forged documents. The sources added that private agencies also played an important role by providing false reports to get the loan sanctioned. Huge losses in crores were caused to Corporation Bank as a result.The agency carried out searches at 10 locations across the National Capital Region in this regard. “Searches have been conducted at 10 places, seven places in Ghaziabad; and one place each in Delhi, Gurugram and Noida in the office-cum- residential premises of private persons and the bank officials which led to recovery of documents relevant to the case,” a senior CBI officer said.The first case was registered against Pawan Arya, then Chief Manager of Corporation bank of South Delhi, Sukanta Chandra Rout, then Chief Manager and the Branch Manager, Corporation Bank of Vasant Vihar Branch, Raj Kumar Karanwal and Manish Kumar Karanwal, directors of Lancer Healthcare Pvt. Ltd, SK Verma and Chakradhar Muduli, both private persons, Sandeep Sharma, an advocate, and Solomon Consulting Pvt. Ltd and others. The case has been registered under allegations of cheating the bank by getting a loan of Rs 9 crore to Lancer Healthcare Pvt. Ltd on the basis of false, fake, and forged documents.The second case was registered against the firm Solomon Consulting Pvt. Ltd, bank employees Arya and Rout, the lawyer Sharma and Manish Kumar, SKVerma and Chakrakdhar Muduli on the allegations of cheating the bank by getting a loan sanctioned to the said firm to the tune of Rs 9 crore against fake, false and forged documents.The third case was registered against the same set of persons, as in the second case, on the allegations of cheating the bank for getting loans to the tune of Rs 9 crore sanctioned to the same firm on the basis of fake and forged documents.The three casesCase 1: Registered under allegations of cheating the bank by getting a loan of Rs 9 crore for Lancer Healthcare Pvt. LtdCase 2: Registered on the allegations of cheating the bank by getting a loan sanctioned to Solomon Consulting Pvt. Ltd employees to the tune of Rs 9 croreCase 3: Registered against the same set of persons, as in case 2, on the allegations of cheating the bank for getting loans to the tune of Rs 9 crore

Allahabad HC issues notice to top officials of Honda on

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Allahabad High Court has issued notice to two top executives of automobile giant Honda on a petition filed by a city resident who lodged a complaint regarding delivery of a defective car. A single judge bench of Justice Pankaj Naqvi passed the order yesterday, issuing notices to the car company’s chairman based in Japan and the CEO of its Indian subsidiary, on the petition filed by Amit Kumar Srivastava. The court issued notices to all the respondents in the matter with directions to file a reply within four weeks. The matter has been posted for further hearing on August 21. According to Srivastava’s counsel Anoop Trivedi, “the petitioner had bought a Honda Amaze car two years ago which developed a snag shortly after purchase. He was told that there was a manufacturing defect in the engine, fixing which would involve a huge expenditure”. “Subsequently, the petitioner lodged a complaint at the lower court which issued summonses to the CEO and the General Manager of the company’s dealer in the city. However, his prayer for issuing summonses to the company’s top executives was not heeded by the lower court,” Trivedi claimed. Then a criminal revision petition was filed in the high court so that appropriate directions are issued to the lower court, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mumbai civic chief inspects pre-monsoon work on Harbour line

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Top civic and Railway officials today carried out an inspection of ongoing pre-monsoon cleaning and desilting work of culverts and nullah flowing along side tracks on the Harbour corridor. Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Ajoy Mehta and General Manager of Central Railway D K Sharma were part of the inspection team. The officials reviewed the progress of the cleaning and desilting work on the Harbour corridor, part of the Central Railway, to ensure tracks are not flooded during the monsoon, said a civic official. Mehta asked the Railway officials to ensure nullahs are unclogged before monsoon so that train services are not affected during rains, he said. A statement issued by the civic body said Mehta visited Masjid, Sandhurst Road, Wadala, GTB Nagar, Chuna Bharti, Govandi and Mankhurd stations.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maharashtra: Govt sets up panel for looking into loans for farmers

Due to drought conditions, natural calamities and other reasons, farmers are left unable to repay their loan, and on defaulting, become ineligible for a fresh agricultural loan. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra government has set up an 11-member committee to give recommendations on bringing debt-ridden farmers back into the credit system. However, it has set not any deadline for the high-level committee, headed by the Additional Chief Secretary (Finance), to submit its report.A Government Resolution (GR) issued on May 11 said that due to drought conditions, natural calamities and other reasons, farmers are left unable to repay their loan, and on defaulting, become ineligible for a fresh agricultural loan. There are around over 27 lakh farmers who are still out of the institutional credit system and such farmers need to be brought back to the credit system, it said.The committee has General Manager Reserve Bank of India,; Additional Chief Secretary (Planning); Principal Secretary of Agriculture, Divisional Commissioner of Pune; Cooperation Commissioner and Registrar Cooperative Societies, Chief General Manager NABARD and others as its members.
ALSO READ Loan waiver for Maharashtra farmers: Fadnavis goes to Delhi with Shiv Sena ministersDuring the recent budget session of the state legislature Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had said that the government also wanted to put in place a system for 1.34 crore account holder farmers, who regularly repaid loans. He had said that the government will have to bear a burden of Rs 30,500 crore if it waives loans of 31 lakh farmers.

CBI carries out searches in Rs 500-crore land scam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI today carried out searches at seven locations, including the office and residential premises of an army officer, in an alleged land fraud worth Rs 500 crore.The case relates to alleged fraud by Lt Col M G Thimmaya, the then Estate Manager, DRDO, and a property developer N H Rustumji in filing a joint memo before the Supreme Court in a land dispute matter.Thimmaya allegedly gave the memo in the Supreme Court in the land dispute matter which was different from that cleared by the Defence Ministry.”The allegation is related to criminal conspiracy between the accused during the year 2004-06, pursuant to which the officer abused his official position and cheated the Government through the transfer of 12 acres and one gunta of land in favour of a private person against the decision taken by the Ministry of Defence,” CBI Spokesperson said here today.The agency on Monday carried out searches at the residential permises and office of Thimmaya, now with Defence Ministry in Hyderabad, and Rustumji in Bengaluru.The vigilance department of the Defence Ministry had pegged the alleged scam at Rs 500 crore.

High speed coaches for Tejas Express to roll out soon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The passengers of Delhi- Chandigarh section will soon enjoy a comfortable ride at high speed of 160 kmph as the Rail Coach Factory (RCF) here is all set to roll out the first rake of 19 coaches in a couple of days. The newly designed coaches are capable of running at a speed of 200 kmph but due to constraints related to rail tracks these coaches will run at a speed of 160 kmph, RCF General Manager R P Nibaria said here today. The GM said he expects that the Tejas express, in which some of these coaches will be fitted, will run by the end of this month though a final decision will be taken by the railway board. He said that the first rake comprising 19 coaches including sixteen non-executive and two executive chair cars besides one power coach will be handed over to the Northern Railway by May 15. He said the first rake is ready for its roll out but RCF has demanded the security guards from Northern Railway as very costly gadgets have been fitted in the new coaches. Their arrival is expected within the next three days, he said. Initially the Railway Board had decided to run the first high speed train Tejas express on Mumbai-Goa section but now the allotment has been made to Northern Railways, he said. The GM said that it is for the first time in the Indian railways history that an ‘automatic entrance plug door’ has been introduced which provides better sound and heat insulation adding that doors installed in the entire rake would be controlled by a guard panel. He said that the luxury chair car is fitted with nine inch LCD screen with touch screen control on the back of every seat and a personalized infotainment system besides USB charging facility is fitted on every seat. The other features include highly comfortable and adjustable e-leather upholstery, redesigned arm rest and adequate leg support. The GM said that new coach is fitted with improved couplers which would provide jerk free comfortable ride even at high speeds and coaches are fitted with new braking system. Facilities like wi-fi and a mechanism where passengers can call attendant by using the bell attached to panel, would be provided. Tejas coaches also have got improved lavatory and bio toilets with airlines like vacuum evacuation besides sensor taps and soap dispenser, he said. He said that the cost of each coach is Rs 3.25 crore and a coach is manufactured within six months. He said the next two rakes of these high speed coaches will be rolled out by March next year. The railway has already announced to run Tejas express on Mumbai-Goa, Delhi-Chandigarh and Surat to Mumbai sections.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

10 bank officials arrested in Rs 6-crore fraud case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ten officials of Indian Overseas Bank (IOB), two of them retired, were today arrested in an alleged Rs 6-crore fraud case, police said. The officials, posted in different branches of the public sector bank in the city, have been accused of defrauding the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) through fraudulent withdrawal of over Rs 6 crore. The arrested accused include Senior Manager of Mehdipatnam Branch T Sreenivasa Rao, G Manjula, Assistant Manager of Adarsh Nagar Branch, Ravichandra, Assistant Manager of Chikkadpally branch, P Bala Krishna, V Rama Chary Padma Nabhan (both retired Assistant Managers). The others are T K Bayamma, N Krishna, Malini Narasimhan, K Radhika and R V Pandu Ranga Sarma (all clerks), the police said in a release tonight. The bank officials fraudulently passed, cleared or altered cheques of HMDA in connivance with the prime accused Lunavath Shankar Naik and other accused Y Vijay Mohan Krishna and Raju Ahmed. All three were arrested in March, it said. According to the police, the accused defrauded HMDA during 2008-2016 by forging cheques issued in favour of a private security agency, Sai Security Services. HMDA authorities had issued 55 cheques, to the tune of Rs 76,67,735, in the name of Sai Security for their services to the state-run body. But Naik, in connivance with Mohan Krishna, an audit officer in HMDA, and Ahmed, opened fake account in the name of Sai Security Services. They altered some of the cheques issued by HMDA and swindled an amount of Rs 6.03 crore in connivance with the arrested IOB employees (both serving and retired), the release added. They were booked on charges of cheating and forgery, among others under IPC, and placed under arrest, the police added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

LinkedIn rides on India to cross 500mn mark

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Professional networking platform LinkedIn has crossed the 500-million mark globally, helped by strong addition in user base from markets like India.With a base of over 42 million members and a growth of more than 40 per cent in the last two years, India is the second largest market for LinkedIn after the US. LinkedIn has members from across 200 countries and territories.”Contributing over 35.5 per cent to the APAC community of more than 118 million members, India retains the first spot within the region. China follows second with a member base of over 31 million, while Australia comes in third with more than 8 million members,” LinkedIn said in a statement. Within India, Gurugram ranks highest as India’s most connected city with an average member having 319 connections.Bengaluru and Mumbai members had 200 and 176.24 average connections respectively, during the analysed period. ‘Staffing and Recruiting’ industry has the most number of average connections, followed by ‘Venture Capital and Private Equity’ and ‘Human Resources’ coming in at a close third.”India is the largest member base outside the US and continues to be among the fastest growing communities. We are confident that this positive trajectory will be aided by the roll out of LinkedIn Lite to all members in India today,” LinkedIn India Country Manager Akshay Kothari said.

Passenger train derails in Bidar district, one injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One person was injured after the engine and four coaches of the Aurangabad-Hyderabad passenger train derailed between Khalgapur and Bhalki stations in Bidar district in the early hours today. “The engine and four bogies of train number 57550 derailed around 1:45 AM. The injured has been admitted to a hospital,” police said. The train derailed between Kalagapur and Bhalki stations in Karnataka on the Parli-Vikarabad section of Secunderabad division, Chief Public Relations Officer of the South Central Railway M Uma Shankar Kumar said. Restoration measures have been taken up on a war footing. SCR’s General Manager Vinod Kumar Yadav is personally monitoring the situation and has rushed to the spot along with the officials concerned. After detaching the derailed coaches, the remaining portion of the train, consisting of eight coaches, moved to Kalagapur railway station, Kumar said in a statement. Special buses have been arranged to transport the passengers from Kalagapur to Bidar railway station. The Bidar-Hyderabad Intercity Express has been rescheduled to accommodate the passengers of the derailed train, he said. Police said some passengers proceeded on their onward journey after the rest of the bogies were attached to another engine, while others were sent in 10 buses of the state transport department. They said some trains have been diverted or rescheduled due to the derailment. The South Central Railway tweeted that a high-level committee comprising Chief Safety Officer, Chief Track Engineer, Chief Motive Power Engineer and Chief Traffic Manager would probe the derailment.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Karnataka: One engine, four coaches of Aurangabad- Hyderabad passenger train derail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Aurangabad-Hyderabad passenger train derailed on Friday. The train derailment took place between Khalgapur and Bhalki stations in Karnataka state. There has been no injury to the passengers.The incident took place on the Karnataka-Hyderabad border place, which comes under the Hyderabad railway zone. The Disaster Management, Senior Officers and General Manager are in action.A high-level enquiry has been ordered by the General Manager and he will be reaching the spot soon. The helpline numbers to get information about the accident have been announced: 040-23200865 for Hyderabad, 02446-223540 for Parli, 08416-252013 for Vikarabad and 08482-226329 for Bidar.Speaking about the derailment, Anil Saxena from Railways, said, “One engine and four coaches were derailed. No injuries or casualties reported.”The Aurangabad-Hyderabad passenger train accident is the latest in a string of derailments that have happened on Indian Railways. Just this month, eight coaches of the Rajya Rani Express derailed near Rampur in Uttar Pradesh while last month, at least 50 people were injured after Mahakaushal Express derailed, also in Uttar Pradesh.

Sugar mill self-immolation bid: second union leader too dies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The second union leader of a private sugar mill who had attempted self-immolation over non-payment of arrears, died after battling for life for 10 days, police said today. Suraj Baitha, also a worker of the mill, lost his life in Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) late last night where he was being treated since April 10, East Champaran Superintendent of Police Jitendra Rana said. Another union leader Naresh Shrivastava, who along with Baitha, had attempted self-immolation during a sit-in protest demanding non-payment of arrears and reopening of the sugar mill, had died in PMCH on April 11. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had ordered an inquiry into the incident. The SP said that an FIR was registered against mill owner Vimal Nomani and Manager R P Singh. Rana said that the manager was arrested from Lucknow on April 16 while the owner was absconding. The SP said that relatives of the two victims have alleged that the owner and the manager of the mill had orchestrated their killing with the help of anti-socials. The protesters had attacked a police team which had gone to the dharna site to take them to District Magistrate for talks and in the melee the two union leaders were seen burning. The fire was doused and the two badly burnt union leaders were rushed to PMCH on that day.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

15 bogies of coal-laden train fall into dry river bed, no

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A goods train laden with coal derailed and 15 of its bogies fell into the dry bed of river Markanda near here. There were no casualties. The incident occurred on the Ambala-Saharanpur rail section near village Tandwal in the afternoon, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Ambala, Dinesh Kumar said. The 15 bogies of the train derailed and fell in the bed of river Markanda which was almost dry these days. The derailment took place when the train was crossing the Markanda river bridge, the official said. According to another railway official, a portion of the rail track and the bridge was damaged. A rescue team of Ambala Railway Division led by senior officers rushed to the site. DRM Kumar also reached the incident site. He said the bogies were being removed from the tracks so that the traffic on Ambala-Saharanpur route could be restored. “For the time being, the rail traffic on the up and down routes was closed. The normal traffic could be restored by late evening,” he said. The cause of the accident could not be ascertained immediately.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

I-T Dept raids on govt functionaries in UP, Uttarakhand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Income Tax Department on Wednesday conducted raids at the residence and office of four government functionaries in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. As per sources, the officials raided the residence/ business premises of Siddharth Nagar, a local body chairman, where they recovered Rs. 10 crore (approx) undisclosed cash. This crackdown has also revealed that search operations at the home and office of a Noida based officer were conducted where the officials stumbled upon unaccounted cash payment for purchase of immovable property worth over Rs. two crore in name of the officers? wife. The IT Department officials raided the house address of an Uttarakhand PSU official, which led to evidence of misuse of position for seeking illegal gratification in collusion with contractor. However, the IT Department also conducted searches relating to a group mainly involved in chit-fund businesses at 43 premises in Tamil Nadu, 29 in Kerala and six in Karnataka. Earlier in April, the Income Tax Department carried out raids on properties belonging to a Karnataka minister as well as Karnataka Congress’ women’s wing president in various locations across the state. Also, in a similar case, search on a General Manager of a state PSU in Uttarakhand led to substantial evidence of misuse of official position for seeking illegal gratification in collusion with a Rishikesh based contractor.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Taking a cue from PM Modi, schools participate in Swachh School Drive for Earth Day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With Earth Day approaching on April 22, a number of schools from Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru have decided to participate in the Swachh School Awards, keeping in mind Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.The initiative, which has been organised by NGO United Way that has operations in the three cities, aims at ensuring schools – both public and private – have adhered to all the rules laid down to ensure a clean India.Speaking to DNA, Anil Parmar, Senior Manager of United Way Mumbai said that there are two factors that define a ‘Swachh School’. “Firstly, we need to ensure the schools have proper infrastructure including sanitation facilities, cleaning drinking water etc. for its students. Secondly, students must be culturally aware of right cleanliness and sanitation practices,” he said..The contest covers good practices across categories like awareness & education on cleanliness, community engagement for betterment of environment, cleanliness infrastructure, waste management, sanitation & hygiene, drinking water, water conservation, energy conservation. Citing examples of schools that have stepped up when it comes to creating awareness about sanitation and hygiene, Parmar spoke of schools in the three cities that have segregated dry and wet waste. “There are children who don’t finish their dabbas. The schools tell them to deposit the wasted food at a point within the school premises where a team collects it. This waste is then reused as compost,” he said.Parmar added that students – who are from Class 1 and Class 10 – end up taking what they have learnt at school to their homes. “If an adult tells another adult not to litter, then nobody cares. But when a child chides and adult for littering, then the adult thinks about his/her actions,” he said.Currently, 50 schools have registered themselves for the Swachh School drive, but Parmar says that since it’s summer vacation, the number isn’t bad. “We expect the number of schools to go up to 500 by April 30, which is the last day of registration,” he said.The schools will then be scrutinised by the NGO and the best ones will be awarded. “They won’t be cash prizes, but rather funding for projects within their school to make them better,” added Parmar.Schools can participate in this contest by visiting https://www.unitedwaymumbai.org/swachhschool

CBI registers FIR against Bank of Maharashtra official

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI has filed an FIR against an official of Bank of Maharashtra for allegedly allowing deposits of demonetised currency notes totalling more than Rs 28 crore post-demonetisation. It is alleged that Rs 28.87 crore was deposited in new benami accounts at the Ambawadi branch of the bank in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad district after November 8, 2016 in violation of rules, CBI spokesperson R K Gaur said here today. The CBI FIR alleged that the money was first moved into these benami accounts before being transferred through RTGS to another account. Branch Manager Bharat Popat has been named as an accused in the FIR along with others. None of the accounts were KYC compliant.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nabard sanctions Rs 115 cr loan to Haryana for rural roads

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nabard has sanctioned a loan of Rs 115.36 crore to the Haryana government under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund for 2016-17 for upgrading 27 rural roads in 10 districts. The districts are Bhiwani, Palwal, Hisar, Jhajjar, Mahendergarh, Rewari, Karnal, Panipat, Jind and Kaithal. Nabard’s Haryana Regional Office Chief General Manager Arun Shukla said the aggregate length of the roads is 230.73 km. The roads will be upgraded by way of reconstruction on account of raising, widening and strengthening by increasing the crust thickness and construction of minor bridges so that it can withstand increased traffic load. “Due to increase in intensity of vehicular traffic with varying speeds, the movement of two-way traffic and overtaking of vehicles on existing 3.66/5.5 m wide roads is inconvenient. Therefore, the rural roads and bridges in Haryana need construction and up-gradation,” he said. The project aims to improve facilities in agriculture and rural development and improve the quality of life in the villages by providing round-the-year better connectivity with nearby hospitals, educational institutes, godowns and marketing centres. With this, the cumulative assistance sanctioned to the Haryana government under RIDF has reached Rs 5,910 crore involving 4,296 projects in various areas like irrigation, rural connectivity, water supply, anganwadis, girls’ toilet blocks, veterinary hospitals/dispensaries and solar power plant, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

ECR converts 29 unmanned Railway crossings into manned one

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The East Central Railway zone has converted 29 unmanned crossings into manned ones during the last financial year, which also saw improvement in punctuality of trains running. The ECR also closed 10 unmanned crossings having low traffic pressure and built ROB (Rail Over Bridge) at three other places, ECR General Manager D K Gayen said addressing the 62nd Railway week celebration. ECR comprises five divisions including Danapur, Sonepur, Mughalsarai, Dhanbad and Samastipur. DRM of all divisions along with other senior officials were present at the function conducted by Chief Public Relations Officer Arvind Kumar Rajak. The ECR GM said that the zone with headquarters at Hajipur, which came into existence 14 years ago, earned Rs 2604.28 crore from passenger fair in 2016-17, which is 7.18 per cent more than earned in 2015-16. There was improvement in trains punctuality too, he said. In terms of Mail Express trains 1.29 per cent improvement was registered in timely running while it was 9.28 per cent for passenger trains as compared to 2015-16. Dhanbad division was declared the winner in overall performance while Danapur and Mughalsarai held the second positions.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CBI case against SBM AGM for causing loss of Rs 14 cr

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI has registered a case against a branch manager of erstwhile State Bank of Mysore for allegedly allowing a private company to siphon off funds worth Rs 14 crore of a public sector undertaking through forged documents. CBI sources said N N Rajendra Kumar, the then Additional General Manager of State Bank of Mysore, allegedly entered into a criminal conspiracy with unknown persons allowing closure of four fixed deposits (FDs) of Rs 14.95 crore belonging to Dr Ambedkar Development Corporation Limited (ADCL), a PSU under Karnataka government. They said Kumar, allowed pre-closure of these FDs by taking fake and forged letters purportedly issued by ADCL. The proceeds from the pre-closed FDs were allegedly further transferred to multiple accounts held in the names of shell companies. During the initial probe, the CBI found that auditor of Pirgal Group of companies had allegedly created dummy accounts and created four shell companies in which he had made his office boys as the directors of these companies. The agency found that funds were transferred to these four shell companies. The sources said agency carried out searches at six locations in Karnataka and seized phones, laptops from the premises of these accused.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MD, 3 officials of Jaypee Infratech booked for duping investor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jaypree Infratech’s Managing Director and three other senior officials of the firm have been booked for allegedly duping an investor, police said today. A cheating case has been registered against the firm’s Managing Director, Manoj Gaur, Joint Managing Director Sameer Gaur, Senior Chief Manager Rajiv Talwar and Chief Manager Manoj based on a complaint filed by a Ghaziabad resident, Nikhil Chandel, at Dankaur police station, SP (rural) Sujata Singh said. Chandel alleged that he had in 2013 booked a flat in Jaypee Group’s “Sports City” project and that the builder had promised to hand over possession in three years. He said that on the completion of the deadline, he visited the project site and found that the builder had not even started the construction work. “The complainant then approached the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority, which told him that the builder is yet to get the layout of the housing project sanctioned,” the SP said. Chandel complained about it in a tweet to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and later filed a complaint the police station, she said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Leverage technological advances to ensure safety: SCR GM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>South Central Railway (SCR) General Manager Vinod Kumar Yadav today stressed on the need for engineering officials to leverage the technological advancements to ensure safety. Yadav, who reviewed the performance of engineering department over the zone with senior divisional engineering officers from various divisions here, asked them to leverage the technological advancements and ensure perfect track conditions and accord highest priority to the safety of train services. He also undertook review of the various aspects pertaining to traffic facility works, track renewals, track machine progress, progress of bridges, elimination of level crossing gates, water conservation, rain water harvesting and passenger amenities works on all Divisions, SCR Chief Public Relations Officer M Umashankar Kumar said in a release.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CBI recovers cash, properties worth crores from BSNL AGM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI today claimed to have recovered cash and properties worth crores during its searches at the residential premises of a BSNL Additional General Manager arrested for alleged bribery. In an operation late last evening, the agency had arrested Gupta Chandra Bidika, Additional General Manager, Microwave Project, Bhubaneswar. He was caught red handed allegedly taking bribe of Rs one lakh for clearing bills worh Rs 10 lakh of a contractor. “Searches were conducted at the residence of the accused at Bhubaneswar and Rayagada District (Odisha) which led to recovery of cash for Rs 14.93 lakh, USD 603, three bank locker keys; documents related to properties, including flats, plots at Bhubaneswar and shares, debentures, policies etc,” CBI spokesperson R K Gaur said. The agency sources claimed they had recovered documents related to a three-bedroom duplex flats at localities of Dharam Vihar, Netaji Subhas Enclave, Dreams Villa in Bhubaneswar. The documents related to plots in Bhubaneswar, Khurda and Puri have also been seized by the agency, they said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CBI arrests BSNL official for accepting Rs. one lakh bribe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday arrested Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) microwave project Assistant General Manager (AGM), G.C. Bidika while accepting Rs. one lakh bribe from the complainant passing the pending due amount. Bidika was caught red-handed by the CBI officials while accepting Rs. one lakh bribe. The total outstanding bribe amount was Rs. 10 lakh. An FIR has been registered and investigation is currently underway in this regard.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Crack in tracks apparently led to derailment: Railways

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A crack in the tracks prima facie caused the derailment of eight coaches of Mahakaushal Express near Mahoba station in Uttar Pradesh today. Speaking on the sidelines of a function, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said that “according to the Divisional Railway Manager, prima facie fresh weld failure on left side caused the derailment.” Fresh weld means it was not an old crack and that the crack developed suddenly and could not be detected. While the UP ADG (Law and Order) Daljit Chaudhary said 52 passengers were injured in the mishap, Sinha said 21 were injured, including one seriously. The derailment took place near Mahoba station in Uttar Pradesh. The DRM of Jhansi Division and General Manager of North Central Railway have rushed to the site after the accident to supervise the rescue and relief operations.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Watch | From Singham to shame: Hands folded, Ravindra Gaikwad refuses to talk to press onboard train

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After being barred by all the airlines, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad who assaulted Air India staff member took a train to Mumbai on Friday. Air India and six private airlines banned the 56-year-old MP from flying as he refused to apologise for the incident that triggered nationwide outrage. IndiGo cancelled Gaikwad’s ticket for the Delhi-Pune flight, which he had booked for Friday.Later, another airline Vistara too banned the 56-year-old MP from boarding its flight. The press caught up with him in Kota and the normally exuberant Sena MP refused to say much saying that he’d let Uddhav Thackeray or Anil Desai speak for him. Earlier in the day, the MP from Osmanabad in Maharashtra downplayed reports suggesting that Air India is considering banning him from boarding its flights. “I have the tickets, they can’t blacklist me. I will board the Delhi-Pune Air India flight this evening. How can they not allow me?” he said. “I will not apologise. It was not my fault, it was his fault. He should apologise. First ask him to apologise then we will see,” Gaikwad told the media.Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has sought a report to determine the facts before he decides on what happens next for Gaikwad. Air India Duty Manager Sukumar, who was assaulted by Gaikwad, today asserted that the elected representatives need to behave in a decent manner.”I am not scared at all, either with Gaikwad or with the Shiv Sena. I have been serving public and have also faced many who get irritated on such issues. It’s a common thing for me,” he added. Sukumar further said that he had requested Gaikwad to deboard the aircraft as cleaning staff had to complete their work following which he got angry.”I had requested him (Gaikwad) to de-board the aircraft as the cleaning staff had to complete their work. On which he got furious and raised his hands,” said Sukumar.Earlier, the Centre also took cognizance of the incident and assured a thorough probe into the matter.

Post Airlines snub Gaikwad takes train route to Mumbai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After being barred by all the airlines, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad who assaulted Air India staff member took a train to Mumbai on Friday. Air India and six private airlines banned the 56-year-old MP from flying as he refused to apologise for the incident that triggered nationwide outrage. IndiGo cancelled Gaikwad’s ticket for the Delhi-Pune flight, which he had booked for Friday. Later, another airline Vistara too banned the 56-year-old MP from boarding its flight. Earlier in the day, the MP from Osmanabad in Maharashtra downplayed reports suggesting that Air India is considering banning him from boarding its flights. “I have the tickets, they can’t blacklist me. I will board the Delhi-Pune Air India flight this evening. How can they not allow me?” he said. “I will not apologise. It was not my fault, it was his fault. He should apologise. First ask him to apologise then we will see,” Gaikwad told the media. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has sought a report to determine the facts before he decides on what happens next for Gaikwad. Air India Duty Manager Sukumar, who was assaulted by Gaikwad, today asserted that the elected representatives need to behave in a decent manner. “I am not scared at all, either with Gaikwad or with the Shiv Sena. I have been serving public and have also faced many who get irritated on such issues. It’s a common thing for me,” he added. Sukumar further said that he had requested Gaikwad to deboard the aircraft as cleaning staff had to complete their work following which he got angry. “I had requested him (Gaikwad) to de-board the aircraft as the cleaning staff had to complete their work. On which he got furious and raised his hands,” said Sukumar. Earlier, the Centre also took cognizance of the incident and assured a thorough probe into the matter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Here’s why Speaker cannot intervene in Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad-Air India case…

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The shocking incident of Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad assaulting an Air India Duty Manager is not under the domain of the Speaker, leaving the matter almost entirely in the hands of the police. According to sources, the matter is not in the Speaker’s domain because the incident took place outside the Parliament.According to the procedure the police is supposed to inform the Speaker’s office on the action against the MP.On Thursday, Gaikwad wrote a letter to Civil Aviation Minsiter Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, while listing out the problems faced by him in the flight. Gaikwad in his letter said that he was misled by the Air India and stated that he was given business class ticket, but later he came to know that there was no business class section in the flight.
ALSO READ Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad beats up AI staffer, says I hit him 25 times, not onceListing his problems, the Shiv Sena MP asked the Aviation Minister and the Speaker to probe the matter and to find the reason behind these issues highlighted by him. Meanwhile, Air India registered two FIRs against Gaikwad for hitting an Air India staffer with his slipper over sitting issue and for forcibly holding the flight and delaying it for 40 minutes.

FIR registered against Shiv Sena’s Gaikwad for hitting Air India staff

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Air India on Thursday registered two FIRs against Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad for hitting an Air India staffer with his slipper over sitting issue and for forcibly holding the flight and delaying it for 40 minutes. A Deputy General Manager (DGM) of Air India has submitted the inquiry report corroborating the incident and is examining creation of no fly list of unruly passengers, said Air India spokesperson. Meanwhile, the Congress Party while condemning the act said that the Shiv Sena has time and again been involved in such violent acts. ?This is not the first time when Shiv Sena MP R. Gaikwad has been involved in violence. The Shiv Sena has time and again showed a culture of violence. My only question is will the Speaker of Parliament take action against him,? said Congress leader Shehzad Poonawalla. Poonawalla also said that it would be important to see whether Air India will be allowed to take action against the MP and take the matter forward or not. ?Will the Shiv Sena sack this MP and if they do not sack him it means that they agree with the action and they justify his actions,? he said. Another Congress leader Pradeep Bhattacharya said Gaikwad?s does not showcase the VVIP culture, adding it is just Shiv Sena?s culture. ?This must be the Shiv Sena?s culture, but this is not a culture of any other party. If he had any issue, he should have protested while the ticket was issued to him. It is not justified to hit the Air India staffer,? Bhattacharya told ANI. Earlier in the day day, an adamant Gaikwad bragged about hitting an Air India staffer followed by a business class sitting issue. ?Yes, I had hit the staff. Do you expect me to hear their abuses quietly? What should have I done? He first misbehaved with me,? Gaikwad told ANI. Meanwhile, the Air India staffer, who was hit by Gaikwad, said that the MP hit him and used bad words and humiliated him in front of the entire crew. ?When I told him what he (Gaikwad) is asking isn’t possible, he became abusive and started using foul language. God save our country if this is the culture and behaviour of our MPs,? the Air India staffer said. Gaikwad was travelling from Pune to New Delhi when the scuffle broke out over the sitting arrangement. The MP claimed that his ticket was for business class but Air India provided him economy class.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nashik techie, who developed app to aid Chennai flood victims, commits suicide

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An engineer from Nashik, who became famous for his mobile phone application that saved thousands of lives during the Chennai floods, was found dead in his residence on Wednesday night.According to a report by The Times of India, Kaushal Bag was found hanging at his residence in Ashokanagar, Nashik on Wednesday night. The cops also found a suicide message recorded in video format on his mobile phone.The Mumbai Naka Police have registered a case of accidental death, but said the reason of his death was still unknown.
ALSO READ Nashik student’s revolutionary safety app now on play storeIt took almost two hours for the family members to realise that something had gone wrong. His brother, Hrushikesh, broke open the door of his room and took him to a nearby private hospital, where doctors declared him dead after preliminary examinations.”While nothing like a suicide note was found near his body, some video clips were found recorded on his smartphone. In the clip, Bag was seen saying that that the decision of committing suicide was his own and no one from his family and friends should be harassed. He hasn’t blamed any person or circumstances for his suicide,” commissioner of police Ravinder Kumar Singal said.A second year information technology (IT) student, Bag became popular after his app ‘Helping Hand’ saved thousands of lives during the devastating flood in Chennai in 2015. In 2015 during the Kumbh Mela, Kaushal had developed Helping Hands as an automated SMS application. The small size application was circulated through a free download link but was not available on the play store and Kaushal’s innovation was not much noticed at the time.During the December 2015 Chennai floods, however, the application caught attention as it helped rescue as many as 18,890 stranded people.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg praised Bag’s innovations on Facebook, and even offered him a job as a Product Manager in Facebook.

Maruti clashes case: Gurgaon court convicts 31, acquits 117

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Yadvendra Sharma is now a free man. After four years, Sharma is now one of the first accused to be acquitted for a crime he claims he did not commit. “I have witnessed the worst years of my life in Bhondsi jail. My son was two months old when they (police) arrested me. By the time I was out on bail, he didn’t recognise me. What could be worse for a father when his own child does not recognise him?” said Sharma, wiping his tears.Sharma, who was a Junior Associate at the Maruti plant at Manesar, was acquitted with 116 others by a Gurugram court in Haryana. Additional District and Sessions Judge RP Goel convicted 31 for murder, arson and rioting at the Maruti plant in Manesar in 2012 out of the 148 accused. Clashes had broken out in the plant between the workers and management, and General Manager (HR) Awanish Kumar Dev was burnt alive.During the hearing, doctors revealed that the contents of the post-mortem report confirmed that the General Manger died of suffocation and had fractured legs.Out of the 31 guilty, Judge Goel convicted 13 under Section 302 for murder and attempt to murder and 18 for rioting and criminal conspiracy.Rajendra Pathak, defence lawyer for the workers, told DNA: “It is a big relief. But we are not completely satisfied. Until it is found who has killed the General Manager, how can they be found guilty?”Public Prosecutor Anurag Hooda called the judgement “historic” and said: “It is a big win for Awanish as 13 people have been found guilty of killing him. We want capital punishment for the 13 convicted.”However, some freed workers questioned the prosecution’s contention and claimed that the charges against them were based on pre-planned conspiracy by the management. Some of them vehemently denied that the workers had any hand in the murder.”Awanishji was one of the few people in management who was aware of the workers’ issues. He had a very strong bond with workers,” said Sunil Kumar, a native of Ambala, who was acquitted after serving three years in prison.”The senior management was apprehensive of the union. The workers were demanding their rights and Awanish was helpful. Who do you think would benefit the most from his death? The workers or the company?” Kumar added.The incident occurred on July 18, 2012, when an argument between the management and workers at the plant turned violent.The police arrested all 148 workers, including union president Ram Meher and treasurer Suresh Dhool, and charged them with the murder of Awanish and rioting, in which part of the plant was vandalised. The company sacked 546 of its permanent workers and 1,700 contract workers.It was only after the Supreme Court granted bail to two workers last year that others, with similar charges against them, also got bail. Most of them had already spent nearly three years in prison.The defence counsel believes that more workers will be set free in the next hearing. “Under Section 323 and 325 of IPC, 14 people were held guilty. The punishment varies from 3 years of jail to 7 years. Every one of them has already served the duration, so we are expecting more of to be released in the next hearing,” said Pathak.The next hearing to fix the duration of imprisonment will be held on March 17. Outside the court, family members waited in hope to see if their loved ones would be acquitted by the court. Family members of Maruti worker Sarabjeet Singh had come all the way from Ambala to hear what would happen to their son.Speaking to DNA, his father Kuljeet Singh said: “We were very happy when he confirmed his job in Maruti Suzuki. It had never occurred to me that a place which he was part of would make make him suffer so badly.” Sarabjeet, who has been held guilty of rioting, will have to wait till March 17 when the court will determine his sentence.Even before the infamous incident on July 18, the plant saw a number of strikes and protests. In 2011-2012, more than 4,000 workers had gone on strike three times to demand better working conditions and the right to form an independent trade union. Though the union was formed, relations between the workers and the management continued to be strained.Kuldeep Jhangu, General Secretary, Maruti Suzuki Kamgaar Union, stated that the court needed to do even more for workers. “The management has succeeded in plotting a conspiracy against the workers who were fighting for their rights. We now want the company to take back everyone who is acquitted and provide a suitable incentive for those suffered for more than four years.”July 18, 2012: A group of workers vandalised the Maruti Suzuki plant, and set it on fire, in which General Manager (HR) Awanish Kumar Dev died.July 19, 2012: A Special Investigating Team set up by the orders of Government of Haryana.July 20, 2012: Maruti sacks 548 permanent workers and around 1,700 contract workers.July 21, 2012: Police arrest 148 workers and charge them with murder.August 21, 2012: Maruti starts production at plant again in the presence of Quick Response Force.February 23, 2015: SC grants two Maruti workers, Sunil Kumar and Kanwaljeet Singh, bail.March 18, 2015: 78 accused workers were granted bail by the Gurgaon district Court.February 19, 2017: 112 accused could not be identified by prosecution witnesses.March 10 , 2017: The court acquitted 117 of the accused. 13 charged with murder. Rest of the 18 charged for rooting and arson.

Ex-PNB manager, four others awarded imprisonment over loss of 3.34 crore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A special court on Wednesday sentenced an-ex manager of Punjab National Bank, Adyar Branch Chennai and four others to imprisonment for causing a loss of 3.34 crore to the bank. The special judge for Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sentenced K.Y. Subramanian, then manager of PNB and two other accused D. Kalaiselvam and N. Devaraj to two years of imprisonment. Meanwhile, the Court also announced S. Vijayakumar and Ravi two more accused three years of imprisonment. A collective fine of Rupees 14 lakh has also been slapped on all five accused. The CBI had registered a case against Senior Manager, Senior Regional Manager of Punjab National Bank, Zonal office, Chennai; then Manager, Punjab National Bank, Adyar Branch, Chennai and the Proprietors of various private firms in Chennai. It is alleged that the accused bank officials had entered into a conspiracy with the private persons and fraudulently sanctioned various facilities viz., Term Loan, Credit facilities, Bill discounting etc., to the private firms based on the forged and fake documents submitted by them as collateral security. A loss of Rs. 3.34 crore (approx) was caused to the Punjab National Bank. After investigation, a chargesheet was filed in the Designated Court.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC quashes FIR lodged by V P Singh’s son against bank official

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Allahabad High Court has slapped a cost of Rs 10 lakh on Ajeya Singh, son of late Prime Minister V P Singh, besides quashing an FIR he had lodged at a police station here two years ago against a top official of the HDFC Bank. A division bench comprising Justice Arun Tandon and Justice Umesh Chandra Srivastava passed the order yesterday, allowing a petition filed by D K Gupta, a Deputy General Manager of the bank who had moved the court challenging the FIR lodged by Singh dated December 26, 2014. The FIR had been lodged at Cantt police station of the city under sections of the Indian Penal Code relating to cheating, forgery, criminal breach of trust and criminal intimidation. Gupta had alleged in his petition that the FIR was lodged to put pressure on him so that recovery proceedings against Singh, who had defaulted on a loan taken on March 16, 2006, were dropped. According to the petitioner, Singh had taken the loan in the name of his company Atlantis Multiplex Pvt Ltd.and his outstanding dues stood to the tune of Rs 40 crore, with interest. The court concurred with Gupta’s submission and quashed the FIR while imposing cost on Singh.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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