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Today (02:04) Rahul insulted hardwork of railway engineers: Goyal on Train 18's breakdown (

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Hitting back at Rahul Gandhi over his dig at the Make in India programme after Vande Bharat train experienced trouble during its initial run, Union Minister Piyush Goyal said the Congress president has insulted India's intelligence and hardwork by mocking the initiative. After the semi-high speed train ran into trouble early Saturday, Gandhi tweeted, "Modi ji, I think Make in India needs a serious rethink. Most people feel it has failed. I assure you we in the Congress are thinking very deeply about how it will be done."
In a quick response, Goyal tweeted, "Such a shame that you choose to attack the hard work and ingenuity of Indian engineers, technicians and labourers. It is this mindset which needs a reset. 'Make In
India' is a success and a part of crores of Indian lives. Your family had 6 decades to think, wasn't that enough?"
In a Facebook post Sunday, Goyal further said Gandhi has "insulted" India's intelligence and the hardworking engineers of railways who have put in backbreaking effort to build the country's first indigenous semi-high speed train, the Vande Bharat Express. "Somebody who was unable to explain why Engineers Day is celebrated, he insulted the hardworking engineers of railways who have put in backbreaking effort to build India's first indigenous semi-high speed train, the Vande Bharat Express. Rather than encouraging them, he has taunted them," he said.
"Vande Bharat Express is developed and designed in India whereas earlier designs (ICF, LHB) were imported. It costs less than half of the cost to import a similar train. It has set the highest standards in Railways & is already fully booked for the next two weeks," he said.
Escalating the attack on Gandhi, Goyal said the modern coach factory in Rae Bareli, which is Lok Sabha constituency of his mother and Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, is a live example of how Congress makes empty promises. Sharing the details of the turnaround of modern coach factory in Rae Bareli, Goyal said its foundation stone was laid in February 2007 but the construction began only in May 2010. The factory was slated to produce 1,000 coaches. However, only 375 coaches were "refurbished" between 2011 to 2014 during the Congress-led UPA regime whereas it should have been fully manufacturing coaches.
As the prime minister said it only painted coaches and tightened screws during the period, Goyal said. "In August 2014, it finally started production of fully formed coaches. Since then it has doubled production almost every year: 140 coaches in 2014-15, 285 in 2015-16, 576 in 2016-17, 711 in 2017-18. We hope to produce 1,422 coaches in 2018-19," Goyal said in the post.
He underlined that the turnaround of modern coach factory in Rae Bareli required a change from the "pessimistic mindset inculcated by Rahul Gandhi's family", which the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government has done so successfully.
"This turnaround was possible only through better management of resources, coordination and focussed leadership," he said, adding that the factory was a "shining example" of the Make in India programme. The coach factory "has boosted local economy of Rae Bareli. It has created employment opportunities for local youths and invigorated industries in vicinity", he said.
Today (02:03) Vintage train leaves lasting memories (

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KOCHI: After several decades, a train with steam engine carrying passengers chugged into renovated Cochin Harbour Terminus railway station on Saturday morning. The 165-year-old locomotive, EIR 21, received a warm response from passengers on the first day of its two-day stay in the city. People came from far and wide to board the train or to get a glimpse. The 40-seater train chugged off at 11am carrying 31 passengers, including children and elderly people.When the flower decorated steam locomotive train reached Ernakulam Junction from marshalling yard, people thronged to take selfies. The air-conditioned train took around half-an-hour to cover 8km from Ernakulam Junction to Harbour Terminus station.Many boarded the train with cameras to capture the moments of their journey. "My mother booked five tickets for our journey on Friday itself. We came from Kadavanthra early this morning. It is a wonderful journey," says Theresa, a fifth-standard student who came with her...
friends and mother. "It is a part of history and children should know about it. This is our first journey on a vintage train," says Rose George, mother of Theresa who was the first to book ticket for the journey.Many want to keep tickets as memorabilia. "My son working in US has affinity to trains. We want to send him photos of our vintage train journey. This is our second journey on a vintage train. Children should enjoy this ride," says Asha S Mani, who travelled with her husband from Tripunithura.The presence of kids in the train made the journey memorable for many. "Usually my son does not read newspapers. But this morning, after having his milk, my son leafed through newspaper and found the picture of the heritage train. He expressed wish to travel on the train. We rushed to the station and the train was about to start. But the officials made sure we boarded the train," says Anju, who came with her son Nandan, a UKG student from Vyttila.Some others strived hard to catch the train. "I came to know about the service of the train only this morning. Though I travelled on vintage train on Ooty-Mettupalayam stretch, this journey made my dream come true. I wanted to take photo of a vintage train. When I tried decades ago in Ahmedabad, RPF officials threatened me. I could not take from the one from Ooty as well. But officials here allowed me to take photos," says Vinod Thomas, a rubber board official from Tripunithura.Since there is a huge demand for the journey, railway officials will conduct two services on Sunday. Tickets for first service at 11 am on Sunday have been sold out. The second service on the day will be held at 2pm and tickets are available at Ernakulam Junction railway station.
Today (01:57) Maharashtra: Railways rolls out tech to track phones and gold stolen on trains (

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MUMBAI: For the first time for Indian Railways, a dedicated cyber cell is coming up in Mumbai where the RPF will use technology to probe theft and track down touts involved in unauthorized ticket booking. The cell, being set up by Western Railway, will likely be at Mumbai Central and have an RPF staff of 28. Passengers on premium trains like the Rajdhani are more vulnerable to high-value theft. Such passengers include traders carrying precious stones or people carrying ornaments. On long-distance trains leaving Mumbai at night, thefts are reported more frequently in Gujarat and MP as passengers fall asleep by the time their train enters these states. In many instances, culprits turn out to be co-travellers from the same coach holding a valid ticket. “Organized groups are involved in high-value theft. Last February, we busted four members of a Haryana gang for stealing jewellery and cash worth Rs 14 lakh...
from an NRI traveller's bag at Vadodara station,” said a crime branch officer. The foursome had offered help to the traveller to move her bags. During investigation, officers spotted on CCTV footage a man moving suspiciously at the station, which led to the bust. “Identifying suspects on CCTV footage isn't simple as one needs to study every frame in multiple videos. Cyber cell officers would be trained in what to look out for. Dossiers will be compiled on organized gangs,” said a senior officer. Mobile device forensics, including call data record (CDR) analysis and how to track a number from cellphone tower dump data, will be the prime focus of the cyber cell (see graphic for details). Cyber cell officers will also be trained on analyzing IP addresses, studying ticket booking data to analyze booking patterns and bank information analysis to track down touts. Unauthorized sale of tickets peaks in the holiday season. “Online booking starts at 8am and the highest chances of illegal software being used by touts occur in the next few minutes. Studying booking data is cumbersome, but the IP address or bank account used for booking serves as evidence in court,” an officer said.
Today (01:56) Direct train service to Khajuraho begins (

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Indore: The much-awaited Khajuraho-Indore-Khajuraho Special Express train, which was flagged off from Khajuraho on Saturday, began its maiden journey from Indore on Sunday fulfilling the demand of direct train service between Indore and Khajuraho. A total of 154 passengers boarded the train, which left from platform number 1 of at 3:55pm. Of them, 132 passengers were of sleeper class, 14 of AC-3 and 8 of AC-2. Indore-Khajuraho Special Express (19663) will run from Indore on four days- Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday in a week. In return, Khajuraho-Indore Special Express (19664) will depart from Khajuraho on every Sunday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. The train will depart from Indore at 3:55pm and reach Khajuraho at 6am next day covering stations like Ujjain, Sant Hirdaram Nagar, Sanchi, Vidisha, Bina, Lalitpur, Tikamgarh, Khargapur and Chhatarpur. In return, the train will depart from Khajuraho at 11:30pm and reach Indore at 1:30pm next day. “It...
was a long pending demand of various organisations, public representatives and passengers. It will connect Malwa region with Bundelkhand,” said a Ratlam division of Western Railway spokesman.
Central Railway has decided to run 10 special trains o­n special charges between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Mumbai – Karmali, Pune – Sawantwadi, Panvel - Sawantwadi and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus - Sawantwadito clear the extra rush of passengers during Anganewadi Mela.The details are as under:
A) Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Mumbai – Karmali o­ne Way specials (2)
Train No. 01157 Special will leave Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Mumbai at 00.40 hrs o­n 23.2.2019 & 24.2.2019 and will arrive Karmali at 13.30 hrs same day.
Halts: Dadar,
Thane, Panvel, Roha, Khed, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kankavali, Sindhudurg, Kudal, Sawantwadi Road and Thivim.
Composition: One AC-3 Tier, 4 Sleeper Class, 6 Second Class reserved and 6 General second class .
B) Karmali - Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Mumbai o­ne Way Superfast specials (2)
Train No. 02006 Special will leave Karmali at 14.05 hrs o­n 23.2.2019 & 24.2.2019 and will arrive Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Mumbai at 23.55 hrs same day.
Halts: Thivim, Sawantwadi Road, Kudal, Sindhudurg, Kankavli, Ratnagiri, Chiplun, Khed, Roha, Panvel, Thane and Dadar.
Composition: One AC-3 Tier, 4 Sleeper Class, 6 Second Class reserved and 6 General second class.
C) Pune – Sawantwadi Road – Pune specials (2)
Train No. 01431 Special will leave Pune at 22.55 hrs o­n 25.2.2019 and will arrive Sawantwadi Road at 12.30 hrs next day.
Train No. 01432 Special will leave Sawantwadi Road at 14.10 hrs o­n 27.2.2019 and will arrive Pune at 02.45 hrs next day.
Halts: Lonavala, Karjat, Panvel, Roha, Khed, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kankavali, Sindhudurg and Kudal.
Composition: One AC-2 Tier, Five AC-3 Tier, 8 Sleeper Class and 6 General Second Class.
D) Sawantwadi Road – Panvel – Sawantwadi Road specials (2)
Train No. 01160 Special will leave Sawantwadi Road at 14.10 hrs o­n 26.2.2019 and will arrive Panvel at 23.00 hrs same day.
Train No. 01159 Special will leave Panvel at 23.40 hrs o­n 26.2.2019 and will arrive Sawantwadi Road at 09.45 hrs next day.
Halts: Kudal, Sindhudurg, Kankavli, Ratnagiri, Chiplun, Khed and Roha.
Composition: One AC-2 Tier, Five AC-3 Tier, 8 Sleeper Class and 6 General Second Class
E) Lokmanya Tilak Terminus – Sawantwadi Road – Lokmanya Tilak Terminus specials (2)
Train No. 01161 Special will leave Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 01.10 hrs o­n 25.2.2019 (mid-night of 24/25.2.2019) and will arrive Sawantwadi Road at 12.00 hrs same day.
Train No. 01162 Special will leave Sawantwadi Road at 14.10 hrs o­n 25.2.2019 and will arrive Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 00.20 hrs next day.
Halts: Thane, Panvel, Roha, Khed, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kankavali, Sindhudurg and Kudal.
Composition: One AC-2 Tier, Two AC-3 Tier, 8 Sleeper class and 6 General second class.
Reservation: Bookings for all above Special trains on Special charges will open from 16.2.2019 at all PRS locations and o­n website 4 General Second Class and 2 General second class cum guards’ brake van (SLR) will run as unreserved coaches. Tickets in unreserved coaches can be booked through UTS.
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