The coaches of the future Train 18 train sets will be Chair Car type and specially outlined for day travel. These trains will provide several other facilities like CCTVs, speakers, automatic plug doors with retractable footsteps, GPS antennas, in coach displays, mobile laptop charging sockets, modular pantry equipment, and luggage racks with reading lamps, etc.Railway Ministry cancelled the tender of a Chinese Joint Venture firm
Sources told Financial Express Online that the bid by China;s CRRC is expected to be scrapped based on a clause in Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion;s #8216;Make in India; policy. ;If a Nodal Ministry is satisfied that Indian suppliers of an item are not allowed to participate and or compete in procurement by any foreign government, it may, if it deems appropriate, restrict or exclude bidders from that country from eligibility for procurement of that item and or other items relating to that Nodal Ministry,; the clause in Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India), Order 2017 reads.According to the policy the bidder may be considered from a country based on several criteria, one of which is - "a majority of its shareholding or effective control of the entity is exercised from that country ". CRRC Pioneer Electric (India), is a joint venture of CRRC Corporation and a Gurugram based company according to its website.Chinese state owned CRRC Corporation has emerged as a contender for the tender for procuring propulsion systems. According to officials quoted in a PTI report, the present tender for 44 Vande Bharat Express (Train 18) trains sets project would be worth over an amount of Rs 1,500 crore. This is considering that the first Vande Bharat Express, which was launched last year at a cost of Rs 100 crore has a Rs 35 crore propulsion system component. This current tender for the project was floated last year on December 22, and was opened on Friday. This tender is the third such tender, which has been floated for these #8216;Make in India ' trains. The tender that was floated was for the supply of electrical equipment along with other items for 44 Vande Bharat Express train sets, each consisting of 16 coaches.According to the report, the first tender was for as many as 43 sets. The second tender was floated for a total of 37 Train 18 propulsion systems. However, this was cancelled. Surprisingly, major firms such as Mitsubishi, Alstom, CAF, Siemens, Bombardier, and Talgo did not participate in the bids.Following a standoff with China, a Rs 471 crore signalling and telecommunication work contract for a 417 km stretch on the Kanpur Deen Dayal Upadhyay section by a Chinese firm was cancelled by Indian Railways. The national transporter also scrapped a tender for the thermal screening cameras after vendors from India complained of the bid document, which according to them was favouring the Chinese.According to officials, it might take at least two and a half years to manufacture the next Vande Bharat Express. Thus, there is likely to be a delay in the target set by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal who aimed to produce 160 coaches in the year 2019 20, as many as 240 coaches in the year 2020 21 and 240 number of coaches in the year 2021 22 at the ICF, Chennai.The coaches of the upcoming Train 18 train sets will be of Chair Car type, specially designed for day travel. These trains will also offer various other facilities like CCTVs, automatic plug doors with retractable footsteps, in coach displays, speakers, mobile laptop charging sockets, modular pantry equipment, GPS antenna, luggage racks with reading lamps, etc.
Residents of Cayman are no exception. From conch shells being blown, to dancing on the balconies of condos, clapping from doorsteps, and creating an outdoor art gallery, they are displaying Caymankind at its best.Nicola Agemian in Snug Harbour was browsing Facebook on the same day that the 24 hour lockdown was in place. I came across the show your appreciation post to our essential workers, she said.
The Health Ministry said on Saturday that two deaths from COVID 19 had been reported over the 24 hour period, bringing the country'''s death toll from the disease to 162 since the start of the outbreak in the country on February 26. So far, a total of 126,283 diagnostic tests have been carried out across the country, Xinhua news agency reported. With cautious steps, shopping malls, diet centres, zoos and botanical gardens will reopen on May 18, the Ministry of Development and Investments announced in an e mailed press statement.
New Delhi: To fight the increasing cases of novel coronavirus in the city, the Delhi government has chalked out a 'five T plan' testing, tracing, treatment, team work, and tracking and monitoring.Speaking to the media, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said along with these steps, the government is well prepared in dealing with up to 30,000 active cases in the city.
TwitterPinterestPhoto: Courtesy of Everett Collection NetflixFacebookTwitterPinterestThe nominations for the 92nd annual Academy Awards were announced Monday morning, and while there were some definite highlights (Florence Pugh, Parasite s sweep), it was a pretty poor showing for...well, anyone other than straight white men.Following in the Golden Globes footsteps, the academy didn t name a single woman in the best director category. Arguably even more jarring was the fact that zero performers of color were nominated in the best supporting actor and best supporting actress categories, though after past #OscarsSoWhite controversies, maybe we should collectively agree to keep our hopes ground level. How else to deal with the fact that 8 out of the 10 best supporting actress and best lead actress nominations went to blonde, Caucasian women in a year when Jennifer Lopez and Awkwafina gave career defining performances, not to mention So dam Park s breakout turn in Parasite?
NASA s Mars 2020 rover has passed its driving test. The test was mostly a forward and backward maneuver, with a six wheeled pirouette thrown in. It s autonomous navigation system was also part of the test. Like a toddler s first tentative steps, this is an important milestone.
Key point: A true turning point in the war against the Nazis. January 1945 with World War II in its sixth year found the Allied armies going on the offensive after the Battle of the Bulge, but they were still west of the Rhine and six weeks behind schedule in their advance toward Germany. Closing to the Rhine was not easy. Although U.S. and French units of Lt. Gen. Jacob L. Devers Sixth Army Group had reached the western bank around Strasbourg in late 1944, the river proved too difficult to cross. Even if an assault could have been mounted, the Allied forces would have been too far away from the heart of Germany to pose any meaningful threat. The key to eventual victory lay in the central and northern Rhineland, but three factors delayed an advance: the failure of Operation Market Garden, the British American airborne invasion of Holland, the onset of an extremely wet autumn and harsh winter, and the unexpectedly rapid recovery of the German Army in the wake of recent Allied advances. A coordinated Allied campaign proved difficult to achieve. General Omar N. Bradley s U.S. 12th Army Group was licking its wounds after the almost disastrous Ardennes counteroffensive, and it was clear to Field Marshal Bernard L. Montgomery, commander of the British 21st Army Group, that the Americans would not be ready to undertake a major offensive for some time. Despite its vast reserve of manpower, unlike the critically depleted British Army, the U.S. Army had become seriously deficient of infantry replacements. Monty made the first move. Meanwhile, on January 12, the Soviet Army launched a long awaited, massive offensive from Warsaw toward the River Oder and Berlin. This was just in time, thought Montgomery and General Dwight D. Ike Eisenhower, the Allied supreme commander. By the end of the month, the Russians were only 50 miles from the German capital. While the Americans were recovering, it devolved on the 21st Army Group, still supported by Lt. Gen. William H. Texas Bill Simpson s U.S. Ninth Army, to take over the battle as soon as winter loosened its grip. Monty and Ike agreed that the next stage should be to break through the Germans formidable Siegfried Line and close up to the left bank of the Rhine. The main objective was the historic city of Wesel, on the opposite side of the great river in flat country just north of the Ruhr Valley. It was here that Montgomery had originally sought to seize a bridgehead in September 1944, and common sense still favored it. Accordingly, two well knit, almost copybook offensives were planned for February 8, 1945: Operation Veritable on the left flank and Operation Grenade on the right, adjacent to the boundary with Bradley s 12th Army Group. Monty announced that the 21st Army Group s task was to destroy all enemy in the area west of the Rhine from the present forward positions south of Nijmegen (Holland) as far south as the general line Julich Dusseldorf, as a preliminary to crossing the Rhine and engaging the enemy in mobile war to the north of the Ruhr. Three armies would be involved in the offensives: the Canadian First, the British Second, and the U.S. Ninth. Commanding the Canadian force was the distinguished, 57 year old General Henry D.G. Harry Crerar, a World War I artillery veteran and a man of cool judgment and cold nerves. The ration strength of his First Army exceeded 470,000 men, and no Canadian had ever led such a large force. The British Second Army was led by the skilled, unassuming Lt. Gen. Sir Miles Bimbo Dempsey, a 48 year old World War I veteran of the Western Front and Iraq who later acquitted himself well in the Dunkirk evacuation, the Western Desert, Sicily, Italy, and Normandy. Tall, bald, Texas born General Simpson, commanding 300,000 men of the U.S. Ninth Army, had served in the Philippine Insurrection, the 1916 Mexico punitive expedition, and on the Western Front in 1918. Eisenhower said of the 56 year old officer, If Simpson ever made a mistake as an Army commander, it never came to my attention. With 11 divisions and nine independent brigades, the Canadian Army would clear the way in February 1945 up to the town of Xanten; the Ninth Army, with 10 divisions in three corps, would cross the Roer River and move northward to Dusseldorf (Operation Grenade), and the four divisions of the Second Army would attack in the center. Although he was in customary high spirits about the operation, Montgomery knew that it would be no cakewalk. I visited the Veritable area today, he warned Field Marshal Sir Alan Brooke, chief of the Imperial General Staff, on February 6. The ground is very wet, and roads and tracks are breaking up, and these factors are likely to make progress somewhat slow after the operation is launched. Besides expected opposition from at least 10 well entrenched Wehrmacht divisions, the Allied troops would have to face minefields, flooded rivers and terrain, a lack of roads, appalling weather, and tough going in the gloomy, tangled Reichswald and Hochwald forests. Montgomery won final approval for the great dual assault on the Rhine on February 1, and the preparations were hastily finalized under tight security. Strict blackout regulations were enforced, and a cover story was concocted to convince the enemy that the offensive would be in a northerly direction to liberate Holland, rather than an eastern thrust into Germany. Daytime gatherings of troops were forbidden unless under cover; large concentrations of vehicles, weapons, and ammunition were camouflaged or concealed in farmyards, barns, and haystacks, and rubber dummies of tanks and artillery pieces were positioned along an imaginary battle line where they might attract the attention of enemy patrols. Logistical feats were accomplished speedily as thousands of men, vehicles, and equipment were transported to the forward assembly lines. The British and Canadian soldiers worked around the clock. Sappers built and improved 100 miles of road using 20,000 tons of stones, 20,000 logs, and 30,000 pickets, and 446 freight trains hauled 250,000 tons of equipment and supplies to the railheads. It was estimated that the ammunition alone all types, stacked side by side and five feet high would line the road for 30 miles. Engineers constructed five bridges across the River Maas, using 1,880 tons of equipment. The biggest was a 1,280 foot long British designed Bailey bridge. Outside Nijmegen, an airfield was laid in five days for British and Canadian rocket firing Hawker Typhoons, which would support the offensive. Meanwhile, a formidable array of armor and specialized vehicles was assembled. It included Churchill, Cromwell, Centaur, Comet, Valentine, and Sherman heavy and medium tanks; Bren gun carriers, jeeps, half tracks, and armored cars; amphibious Weasel, Buffalo, and DUKW cargo and personnel carriers; and 11 regiments of Hobart s Funnies, Churchills and Shermans fitted with antimine flails, flamethrowers, and bridging equipment. Invented by Maj. Gen. Sir Percy Hobart, these had proved invaluable in the Normandy invasion and the clearing of the flooded Scheldt Estuary by Crerar s army. Under the command of the Canadian First Army, the Veritable offensive was to be spearheaded by the seasoned British XXX Corps led by 49 year old Lt. Gen. Sir Brian G. Horrocks. He returned from leave in England to plunge into preparations for the largest operation he had ever undertaken. A much wounded veteran of Ypres, Siberia, El Alamein, Tunisia, Normandy, and Belgium, the tall, lithe Horrocks nicknamed Jorrocks by his mentor, Montgomery was a charismatic officer who led from the front and was regarded as one of the finest corps commanders of the war. Horrocks regarded Monty s overall plan for the offensive as simplicity itself. The XXX Corps was to attack in a southerly direction from the Nijmegen area with its right on the River Maas and its left on the Rhine. Forty eight hours later, said Horrocks, our old friends, General Simpson s U.S. Ninth Army, were to cross the River Roer and advance north to meet us. The German forces would thus be caught in a vise and be faced with the alternatives, either to fight it out west of the Rhine or to withdraw over the Rhine and then be prepared to launch counterattacks when we ourselves subsequently attempted to cross . In theory, this looked like a comparatively simple operation, but all battles have their problems, and in this case the initial assault would have to smash through a bottleneck well suited to defense and consisting in part of the famous Siegfried Line. Horrocks decided to use the maximum force possible and open Operation Veritable with five divisions, from right to left, in line: the 51st Highland, 53rd Welsh, 15th Scottish, and the 2nd and 3rd Canadian, followed by the 43rd Wessex and Maj. Gen. Sir Alan Adair s proud Guards Armored Division. On the morning of February 4, Horrocks briefed his commanders in the packed cinema in the southern Dutch town of Tilburg. Clad in brown corduroy trousers and a battlefield jacket, the unpretentious general drew a warm response as he crisply outlined the offensive, radiated confidence, and moved from group to group with a friendly and humorous word. Like Montgomery, he made a practice of keeping all ranks informed about operations. 1 2 3 4 Next View the discussion thread. copy; Copyright 2019 Center for the National Interest All Rights Reserved
Moreover, industry observers pointed out that the latest measures announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will assuage investors nerves and bring back confidence in the Indian economy. In one of the most important measures, the government has rolled back higher surcharge on foreign and domestic portfolio investors."The current announcements will have significant impact on the sentiments of both domestic and international investors and is likely to arrest the fall in equity and currency markets," Edelweiss Professional Investor Research Chief Market Strategist Sahil Kapoor told IANS. "This coupled with fall in oil should lead to a significant bounce back in the coming days. Expect Nifty to find a base at recent lows and rally towards 11,400 to 11,600 range over the next few weeks."
Launched Friday, the "New Music Daily" playlist features new releases from "the most important artists mdash;from across the world and across genres," Apple wrote. New Music Daily replaces the Apple Music "Best of the Week" playlist, delivering a fresh set of jams seven days a week instead of one."Think of it like the playlist that never sleeps, updated every day with new music you simply can't miss," the Cupertino tech giant wrote.
Stop auto downloading via mobile data One of the best WhatsApp tricks that can actually help you save some precious mobile data is to stop auto downloading feature in your smartphone. First, you need to disable the app s ability to download media on mobile data. For this, you need to follow these steps, 1. Go to Settings gt; Data and storage usage gt; When using mobile data. 2. Next uncheck the downloading of photos, audio, videos and documents via mobile data option from your phone. 3. Tap on the file you want to download it. WhatsApp Low data usage on call WhatsApp also has the option to lower your data when you are on WhatsApp calls, they are said to be a handy feature on the platform which can consume a fair bit of mobile data if you re a heavy user or on a limited plan. To save your data on WhatsApp calls you can follow these steps 1. Go to Settings gt; Data and storage usage gt; Low data usage 2. Tick the box to lower the amount of data used in a call.
Either Mehbooba Mufti has a remarkable interest in pop culture or a younger person is tweeting from her social media account as on Friday, Mufti quote tweeted PM Narendra Modi #39;s comment about whether his government will take action against Dawood Ibrahim and Hafiz Saeed.PM Modi had said: "Don #39;t waste our time by taking names. If there will be any danger to the country, no matter where it might be on land, in air, or even in space we have taken steps, we will continue to take steps, " he said.
The slow, inevitable reintegration of Hulk Hogan into the WWE Universe continues.The path from disgraced wrestling legend to literally Chris Hemsworth has gone through a lot of steps, from a hosting gig at WWE 's controversial Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia to a Raw appearance in tribute to his late friend Mean Gene Okerlund. He also popped up to help announce WrestleMania coming to Tampa, FL, in 2020. The latest, at least according to a report from Mike Johnson over at PWI, is a return to WrestleMania. Well, WrestleMania weekend, at least.
North Korea is restoring facilities at a long range rocket launch site that it dismantled last year as part of disarmament steps, according to foreign experts and a South Korean lawmaker who was briefed by Seoul's spy service.The finding follows a high stakes nuclear summit last week between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump that ended without any agreement.
The full list of special releases coming to UK record shops as part of Record Store Day 2019 has been revealed.545 limited edition products ranging from live LPs, boxsets, albums never before released on vinyl, movie soundtracks, remix EPs, and unreleased rarities will be available across 7", 10", 12", picture disc, coloured vinyl and flexidisc ( ) formats.
Moral victory and a patriotic song on her lips, Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday evening called off her Save India dharna with Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu by her side, pledging to take her protest to Delhi next week and signalling intent not to allow any let up in her movement against Narendra Modi.The 70 hour dharna, which began at Esplanade s Metro Channel in the heart of Calcutta following a confrontation with the CBI that had sent a team to question city police commissioner Rajeev Kumar on Sunday in connection with the Saradha probe, was lifted hours after the Supreme Court directed the officer to faithfully cooperate with the CBI at all times but restrained the agency from taking any coercive steps, including arrest .
CTA President and CEO Gary Shapiro took to the CES keynote stage to share CTA s state of the consumer technology industry. He was joined by CTA Executive Vice President of CES, Karen Chupka, who gave attendees a preview of what they ll experience this week in Las Vegas including vehicle technology, digital health, smart cities, sports tech and more. Shapiro announced the release of CTA s newest book, Ninja Future, which explores the accelerating pace of innovation and gives a 360 degree view of the latest tech trends. Next, Shapiro announced the launch of the 2019 International Innovation Scorecard, an evaluation of 60 countries and the EU across 25 indicators, ranking how well they support innovation. He was joined on stage by cabinet level officials from three countries named Innovation Champions in the Scorecard: Dr. Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade for the U.K.; Mona Keijzer, State Secretary of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy of The Netherlands; and Mailis Reps, Minister of Education and Research, Estonia. The three accepted awards on behalf of their countries. In closing, recognizing the benefit that diversity offers our industry, Shapiro announced that CTA will invest $10 million in venture firms and funds focused on women, people of color and other underrepresented startups and entrepreneurs.
In response, Mayor Marty Walsh said Tuesday he would propose several steps, including a firefighter cadet program to recruit and train more female firefighters, while developing a "strategy for changing the culture and implementing a welcoming and respectful work environment in all firehouses."A Boston firefighter was charged last year with sexually assaulting a female colleague, and at least three sexual harassment claims have been filed with the state's anti discrimination agency in recent years.