[Mumbai]Chuk Chuk Punjab Mail Completes 107 Yrs,Deccan Queen Turns 89
The Punjab Mail, one of the oldest long-distance trains in the country, completed 107 years Saturday.
June 1 is also the birthday of the Deccan Queen, which connects Mumbai and Pune. The popular train completed 89 years of its operation Saturday.
The Punjab Mail, or `Punjab Limited’ as it was then called, steamed out on June 1, 1912 from Mumbai, heading for Peshawar, now in Pakistan.
A service meant primarily for white `sahibs’ initially, it soon started catering to lower classes too.
Third class cars started appearing on the Punjab Mail by the mid-1930s.
It got an air-conditioned car in 1945. Now it runs on electric power.
It was known to be the fastest train of British India.
Now its northward journey ends at Firozpur Cantonment after covering 1,930 km within 34 hours and 15 minutes.
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[Mumbai]Chuk Chuk Punjab Mail Completes 107 Yrs,Deccan Queen Turns 89
[Kanpur,UP]Kanpur-Jhansi Track Video Graphed:Derailment Probe :Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu has ordered Probe The Derailment
Railways have videographed the entire Kanpur-Jhansi track to ascertain the reasons for the derailment of the Indore-Patna Express that has left close to 100 dead.
General Manager of North-Central Railway Arun Saxena told reporters that investigation will be conducted by the Commissioner of Railway Safety.
Asked if someone could have tampered with the tracks, he said the Commissioner of Railway Safety, who will arrive here from Kolkata tomorrow, would be able to provide an answer to it.
“Anyone with further evidence or statements can approach the Commissioner to record his statement,” he said.
He added.”We did videography of the whole track for scrutiny,”
The S1 and S2 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express bore the major brunt of the damage ailment today as they smashed into each other.
The whereabouts of the ticket collectors and staff from the two coaches is also not know,
Two other coaches, S3 and S4 also went off track but were not damaged to a great extent. The third AC BE also suffered damage.
100 have been killed, 76 others grievously injured and 150 others have sustained serious injuries in the derailment.
Prime Minister Of India Narendra Modi expressed grief over the loss of lives in this derailment
“Anguished beyond words on the loss of lives due to the derailing of the Patna-Indore express. My thoughts are with the bereaved families,” he said in a tweet
The Prime Minister said that Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu is personally monitoring the situation
“Prayers with those injured in the tragic train accident
I’ve spoken to @sureshpprabhu, who is personally monitoring the situation closely,” Modi said
[Hoshiarpur,Punjab] Battery Throws Security Into Tizzy And Rail Movement Cancelled
A battery was found near the Jalandhar-Pathankot railway track in Mukerian today, throwing security agencies into a tizzy.
After the battery was found at about 10:30 AM, train movement on the rail track was suspended for about 20 minutes,
As per Hoshiarpur Police DSP Bhupinder Singh, “A battery without any wire has been found near the Jalandhar-Pathankot rail track by Government Railway Police in the morning,” .
Police said army personnel were inspecting the battery.
Security agencies have been on alert amid tension between India and Pakistan following surgical strikes on terror launch pads in PoK by the army.
[New Delhi]Now Pay Flex Fare in 3 Premier Trains: Rajdhani+Duronto[54+Shatabdi This Is In Addition To The Other Supplementary Charges
Indian Railways have decided to put in place the flexi fare system for premier trains – Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi from September 9.
The base fare for Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi trains will be on flexi fare system, There are total 42 Rajdhani trains, 46 Shatabdi and 54 Duronto trains
However, there will be no change in the existing fare for 1 AC and Executive Class of travel in premier trains.
While 10 % of the seats will be sold in the normal fare in the beginning, it will go on increasing by 10 % with every 10 % of berths sold with the ceiling limit at maximum 50 % depending upon the demand.
For 2 AC and Chair Car, the maximum hike is 50 % while for 3AC, it is 40 %
Other supplementary charges like reservation charges, superfast charge, catering charges, service tax as applicable shall remain unchanged.
[New Delhi] “AAP” Now Lashes out at Rahul Gandhi Also Over Slum Demolition Issue
As a political slugfest broke out over slum demolition issue, AAP today hit back at Rahul Gandhi alleging such actions were also carried out under Congress rule while Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called him a “child”.
Aam Aadmi Party and Trinammol Congress protested near the Mahatma Gandhi statue outside Parliament condemning the demolition by Railways in Shakur Basti area of West Delhi after it was blamed for the death of an infant.
AAP also protested in Parliament over the issue after Speaker Sumitra Mahajan rejected an adjournment motion moved by it.
Taking a swipe at Rahul Gandhi, who said that both Kejriwal government and Modi government were responsible for the situation after visiting the site, AAP leader Ashutosh said his statements reflect the reasons behind Congress’ defeat in Lok Sabha polls, in which it was reduced to 44 seats.
This is Rahul-used to talk about Kalavati,” AAP leader Ashutosh said on Twitter.
Lashing out at the Congress Vice President, Kejriwal tweeted, “Rahul Gandhi is still a child. His party probably did not tell him that Railway comes under the central government, and not under the Government of Delhi.”
Kejriwal’s remark came as Rahul Gandhi reportedly questioned why AAP MPs were protesting outside Parliament when it is their government that rules Delhi.
AAP leader Sanjay Singh said the Congress leader is suffering from “memory-loss” or his attacks on Kejriwal government are because of a possible “deal” struck between the Modi government and him in the Natioanl Herald case.
“Where were Congress activists when Home Minister Satyendar Jain and AAP Delhi unit convenor Dilip Pandey were at the site trying to halt the demolitions. Rahul Gandhi is suffering from memory loss. These jhuggis were demolished earlier as well and the Congress was in power both at the Centre and the state.
“Perhaps, a deal must been struck between Modi and Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case which is why he is targeting the Kejriwal government,” Singh tweeted.
AAP sources said the matter will be raised in the Rajya Sabha by TMC and JD(U).
A fresh confrontation raged between the Arvind Kejriwal Government and Centre over the death of the infant girl at the slum cluster in West Delhi that was demolished by Railways.
The AAP government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the demolition drive and death of the six-month girl though railways has said that the incident had “nothing to do with removal of encroachments”.
Kejriwal has also sought a meeting with Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu over the issue. .
[Mumbai]Railway Minister Prabhu Orders Probe into Local Train Accident At Churchgate Station
Indian Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu today ordered a probe into the accident at Churchgate Station here wherein a local train crashed into the dead end, injuring five passengers and disrupting suburban services on the Western Railway line.
Minister Tweeted “Ordered enquiry into freak accident at Churchgate. All lapses of any kind… responsibility will be fixed, action will be taken,”
Following the incident, Western Railway (WR) had launched an inquiry and suspended motorman L S Tiwari, guard Ajay Gohil and loco inspector M G Verma of the locomotive yesterday.
The speeding train, coming from Bhayander, rammed into the dead end on platform number 3 of Churchgate station at about 11.20 AM, as the motorman failed to stop the train in time. As a result, its first coach jumped onto the south-end concourse of the platform.
Due to the impact, the wheels of the first coach were seen hanging in the air, ripping apart all the technical equipment in its lower part and also the overhead wire on upper side.
According to Shailendra Kumar, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Mumbai Division the reason for the motorman not being able to halt the train in time is yet to be ascertained.
In order to check whether Tiwari was drunk, a breath analyser test was conducted, which proved negative. However, for further assurance, his blood sample has been collected, the DRM had said.
The mangled coach was removed from the track and work to restore services for train operations from platform number 3 were still on.
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Shri Arunendra Kumar has been appointed as Chairman of Railway Board (Ministry of Railways) and ex-officio Principal Secretary to Government of India.
Shri Kumar took charge as Chairman Railway Board today i.e. 16th October 2013. Prior to this Shri Arunendra Kumar had been holding additional charge of Chairman, Railway Board since Ist July 2013 besides his regular posting as Member (Mechanical) Railway Board and ex officio Secretary to the Government of India. Shri Arunendra Kumar joined Railway Board as Member (Mechanical) on 1st May 2013. Prior to this Shri Arunendra Kumar was General Manager, South East Central Railway (SECR) (Headquarter: Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh) from 9th November 2011 to 30th April 2013.
An officer belonging to 1976 batch of Indian Railways Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME) (Special Class Railway Apprentice Examination 1971),
Shri Kumar is an outstanding athlete and excellent player of Badminton. Shri Kumar has featured on National Geographic Channel in the serial “Seven Mega Cities of the World” and holds a record of longest Live TV Interview by a Railway Officer on National TV Channel.