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
In fresh inputs now available in open source domains, China and Iran are on course to chalk out a comprehensive 25 year strategic partnership based on an agreement signed during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Teheran in January 2016. Iranian President after the visit had stated the visit to be beginning of a new chapter aimed to build economic ties worth up to $600 billion within the next 10 years.Though the number of investments appeared sceptical, it is only now that the details have emerged to give a semblance to the agreement concluded between the two countries in 2016. As per leaked data Iran s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Zarif, during his visit to China in August 2019 presented to his counterpart, Wang Li, a comprehensive roadmap for a 25 year China Iran strategic partnership based on the signing of 2016 agreement by the leaders of two countries.The Iran China strategic partnership is aligned to President Xi Jinping ''s cornerstone of its foreign and domestic policy envisaged under Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) which is the new name for its One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative.As per available information, China is to invest US $ 120 billion for upgrading Iran s transport infrastructure beginning with the 2,300 kilometre road that will link Tehran with Urumqi in China s Xinjiang province. This road will be dovetailed with the Urumqi Gwadar link developed under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor under the New Silk Road . The road link when completed would have an ambitious plan to provide connectivity with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan and thereafter via Turkey into Europe.The connectivity is to be juxtaposed with development and electrification of the main 900 kilometre railway line connecting Tehran to the north eastern city of Mashhad. Another project to be taken up under the strategic partnership is the completion of Tehran Qom Isfahan the high speed train line and extending this upgraded network to link the north west through Tabriz, which is home to a number of key sites relating to oil, gas, and petrochemicals, and the starting point for the Tabriz Ankara gas pipeline.Major expenditure of the US $ 280 billion would be earmarked for developing Iran s petrochemical, oil and gas industries which have suffered immensely as a result of US led economic sanctions. Interestingly, as per reports, China will position up to 5000 Chinese security personnel to protect its projects in Iran. As part of the agreement, China would increase the import of Iranian oil in defiance of US sanctions.Another significant aspect of the strategic partnership is military cooperation between the two countries which includes weapons development, training between Iranian and Chinese armed forces and intelligence sharing. China would also be allowed the use of Iranian air bases although it is any body s guess as to the utility of such measure. There are indications that the strategic agreement has the backing of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, which has sway over strategic matters impacting Iran.There is however also resentment against the Iran China Strategic Agreement amongstIranians who feel that the same has not been disclosed to the Iranian parliament or people; with Iran ''s former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad saying, "The Iranian nation will not recognize a new secret 25 year agreement between Iran and China, " and warned that any contract signed with a foreign country without the people knowing about it will be void.Another important issue that is not lost on every one is total Chinese silence or reaction to the purported salient aspects of the Strategic Agreement between the two countries.Would China risk further isolation after retching up the ante in the South China Sea, Hong Kong and Indo China border is any one s guess. Although China may continue to show defiance to US sanctions against Iran, would it be willing to burn economic ties with middle east and gulf nations who trade substantially with China would be hard to fathom.On the economic front China s overseas investments during the decade gone by averaged the US $ 200 billion annually. Its ability to commit a similar amount specifically towards a troubled region would also be suspect. The CPEC which has been in the works for over a decade with over US $ 60 billion committed to it, is yet to realise its true potential. Any further commitment to link the Xinjiang Gwadar project to Tehran through restive Baluchistan would need careful consideration and commitment by the Chinese.The Iran China strategic agreement signed in 2016 has not seen much movement since the two sides penned it. The details of the road map as revealed now have also been in the public domain for nearly a year now and point towards Iranian predicaments.In essence, the current revelations point to the Iranian wish list who seem to be too eager to come out of isolation from the US sponsored economic sanctions by piggy banking on Chinese shoulders. It also reflects on a measure of acute desperation on part of Iranian leadership as also to satisfy the appetite of the restive population which seems to be desperate to see some measure of economic revival and activity in spite of being endowed with rich mineral and natural resources.From the Indian perspective growing Iran China relationship is a reason for worry and changing strategic landscape. It points to growing Chinese dominance in alignment with Pakistan which threatens its relations with Afghanistan.The development of Chabaharand future of India Afghanistan Iran Trilateral Agreement for the development of Chabaharhas also not seen anticipated progress. Similarly, China backed Pakistan Iran Taliban alignment emerging in India ''s immediate neighbourhood is also a reason for Indian concern.India s relations with Iran cooled off substantially after India agreed to reduce its trade relations with Iran after imposition of sanctions. The visit of President Trump and increasing Indo US economic and strategic partnership seems to have been the last straw. It is unlikely that relations with Iran would improve in the near term.Growing Chinese footsteps in Iran will have a long lasting impact on our relationship with not only Iran but also on Afghanistan and Central Asian nations.(The author is an Indian Army Veteran. Views expressed are personal.)
It may be recalled that the total value of the project for 44 Vande Bharat Express trains in the country is more than Rs. 1,500 crore. In a letter to Goyal, Cat General Secretary Praveen Khandelwal said that the Chinese company is one of the six companies offering tenders for purchase of propulsion system or electric traction contracts of these railways in a joint venture with a company of CRRC Corporation Gurugram.CAT has said that the Indian Railways project is a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi;s call for make in India, so the Chinese company should not be allowed to participate in the project in view of this fact and the current circumstances. The letter says that the Ministry of Railways should insist on Indian companies for this project.
Dharamshala, Jul 11 (UNI) New powerful diesel engine of ZDM 3 category will soon run between Pathankot and Joginder Nagar railway stations in Kangra Valley to make travel easier and comfortable.Dharamshala, Jul 11 (UNI) Himachal Pradesh Industries Minister Bikram Singh Thakur today said that the celebrations of the birth anniversary of Pahari Gandhi Baba Kanshi Ram was not possible this time due to the Corona epidemic, but Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur through his official Facebook has remembered him on his birthday. Describing the entire life of Pahari Gandhi Baba Kanshi Ram as life dedicated to the nation, Industries Minister Bikram Singh Thakur told UNI that Baba Kanshi Ram started a public awakening campaign for the attainment of freedom through songs and his poems and even today he is remembered as 'Veer Purush'.
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.
At least 22 people, including 20 Sikhs - nine men, 10 women and a child - were killed when the driver of a coaster bus they were travelling in reportedly tried to take a shortcut to avoid a railway crossing and rammed the vehicle into a passenger train near Farooqabad in Sheikhupura of Punjab province. The bus had 27 people on board.A day later, the tiny Sikh community in Pakistan is yet to come to terms with the loss. Most families affected by the accident lost more than one member. A man has lost his wife, brother and a four year old daughter while a six month old girl and her three brothers have been left orphaned with both their parents dead. A family has stood witness to its six members being wiped out in one go.
The local administration said that the coaster minibus in which they were travelling, from Sri Nankana Sahib to Peshawar, rammed into a train near Farooqabad. While the railway crossing was closed as the train was awaited, the driver allegedly tried to cross tracks from another spot, and the vehicle rammed into the coming train.All of them were Pakistan nationals and hailed from Peshawar. They had come to Nankana Sahib to attend prayers after a relative of theirs had died and also visited Nankana Sahib gurdwara. They were returning to Peshawar via Farooqabad where they had planned to stop over at Gurdwara Dera Sacha Sauda.
LAHORE, PAKISTAN : A passenger train crashed into a bus carrying Sikh pilgrims at an unmanned railway crossing in eastern Pakistan on Friday, killing 20 people, including seven women, officials said. At least eight pilgrims were injured.The accident happened in the district of Sheikhupura in Punjab province, according to Raja Ijaz, an official at the state run emergency service. Ghazi Salahuddin, the district police chief, said the dead and injured were taken to a nearby hospital.
The unfortunate accident happened near Farooqabad railway station. The train was headed to Lahore from Karachi when the bus rammed into it. The accident took place at a railway crossing which had no barriers. The wounded were admitted to a nearby hospital.The Sikh pilgrims were returning from Nankana Sahib in Punjab. The train hit the Shah Hussain Express which was coming from Karachi to Lahore at Farooqababd today afternoon.
There is clairvoyance in Indo Pak relations about Pakistan s anti India agenda that is difficult to obfuscate. Its support to anti India activities is well documented and well recognised. The latest in a series of such hostile actions are bizarre accusations of False Flag operations against itself that merits attention. The reasons given for India to launch false flag operations are equally bizarre and keep changing every time it makes the bogey of false flag.The first reference to false flag operations by India against Pakistan was made by its Prime Minister Imran Khan in a Twitter post on 23 August 2019 when he attributed the reasons for his fear as Indian accusations for some terrorists from Afghanistan having entered J amp;K for terrorist activities. He also claimed that the operation would be launched to divert international attention from Indian actions in J amp;K.Thereafter the accusations of false flag operations became too frequent and reached its nadir during from May 2020 beginning again with a Twitter message again by its Prime Minister on 06 May 2020 which stated as follows "I have been warning the world about India ''s continuing efforts to find a pretext for a false flag operation targeting Pakistan. Latest baseless allegations by India of infiltration across LoC is a continuation of this dangerous agenda. This time the reasons for false flag had changed; terrorists from Afghan to infiltration across LoC.False flag operations by India seems to be the pet theme of Pakistani establishment to imply that India would resort to false flag actions every time there has been a terrorist related incident to accuse Pakistan to send across a message to internal and external audiences.From making such calls once or twice a year earlier, Pakistani establishment from Prime Minister to Foreign Minister, Railway minister and Inter Services Public Relation spokesman have made several calls of an impending false flag operation by India.In the latest message of false flag attack by India it ''s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi reiterated on 24 June that "India ''s mood is clear as it wants to divert attention from its border dispute with China to Pakistan, ", adding that India was finding excuses to launch a false flag operation against Pakistan. Incidentally the statement was made in the aftermath of India s decision to cut diplomatic strength from in one another s countries by half.As is amply clear the reasons for false flag threat keep changing and are reflective of a confused and regressive mind set aimed at appropriating insinuations to India without any basis of facts.Pakistan leadership s false flag syndrome is an outcome of uncertainty and fear psychosis emanating from lack of confidence in their own capabilities to govern. It is also an outcome of the baggage of the past, having nurtured and supported non state actors as part of state policyThe concept of the false flag comes under the domain of conspiracy theory wherein an operation conducted by one party or government is made to appear as though it were sponsored by another party or government.False flag operations have been a part of statecraft since ancient times. But times have changed and no country, especially a democratic one, with an ever alert fourth estate will resort to such an agenda. Although authoritarian and monotheistic states have never shied away from such operations if it furthers their interests. Without naming any state we have witnessed plenty of false flag operations in the recent past.Pakistan itself has been a practitioner of false flag operations since long. Due to a long history of having nurtured state (read Pakistan Army) controlled proxies it has conducted and continues to conduct false flag operations with impunity in its own, restive areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. Its earlier such operations in Sind against MQM and East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, are well known and documented.Pakistan s desperation has been growing since 2019 when India laid out clear red lines and demonstrated its will to execute its policy statements with actions like trans border surgical strikes and airstrikes like at Balakote. The Pakistan Deep State and chiefly its Army has been at their wits end trying to come up with an effective counter to pursue their policy of "bleeding India with a 1000 cuts ".Today Pakistan stands discredited in world fora due to pursuing an unstable anti terrorism narrative. It continues to actively provide support and safe sanctuaries to terrorist outfits heavens such as Haqqani network and its affiliates having direct linkages with Al Qaeda. On the other hand, it portrays itself as a victim of terrorism, little realising that these are an outcome of its own devious outlook and game plan has gone horribly wrong. International opinion is against Pakistan and even its most trusted friend, China has not been able to get it off from the FATF grey list due to its continued support to terrorist funding.No country takes Pakistan seriously when it tries to project itself as a victim of terrorism. Similarly, it is unlikely it will be taken seriously when it tries to portray itself as a victim of false flag operations. Pakistan is desperate and it reflects in its statements and actions of peddling half truths and lies. Never the less India needs to sit up and take notice of a false and malicious agenda being pushed by Pakistan against India and its entities.(The author is an Indian Army Veteran. Views expressed are personal.)
The actor booked an Airbus of the budget airline Air Asia that left from Mumbai''s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport to Silchar (southern Assam), Kumbhirgram airport late Tuesday.'When we contacted Sonu Sood after cyclone Nisarga hit Mumbai and we became stranded at the Mumbai railway station, the kind hearted actor helped us by providing food and shelter for more than a week. He later arranged a flight which took us to Silchar,' 34 year old Kabir Ahmed told IANS.
In April May, when Chinese factories returned to work, the increase was over 40 per cent, said Oleg Belozerov, general director and chairman of the board of Russian Railways on Friday. International partnership and digital technologies have brought more transit cargo to the railways during the pandemic, he noted.In April this year Russian Railways reduced the rates for transiting empty 40 and 45 foot universal containers from third countries to China by up to 40 per cent. This measure, which is applicable until 31 August, was proposed in order to support the continuance of transit traffic between Europe and China.
The spirit of collaboration between the states and the Centre the glue that keeps the Indian federal structure together has been missing in the case of MaharashtraCooperation between states and the Centre can be a deterrent against a pandemic. Sadly, this spirit of collaboration the glue that keeps the Indian federal structure together has been missing in the case of Maharashtra, which is bearing the heaviest burden of Covid 19 cases in India. The friction is such that the chief minister, Uddhav Thackeray, was forced to underscore the need for constructive consultations between the Bharatiya Janata Party led Central government in Delhi and the Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition the Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress are its constituents that rules Maharashtra. Mr Thackeray has complained of being kept in the dark on a number of crucial decisions taken by the Centre; the imposition of the lockdown and, later, the resumption of flights are among them. Mr Thackeray s point about the mismanagement of the migrant worker crisis in the absence of such cooperative federalism would have many takers, especially among his peers in Opposition ruled states. The Bengal chief minister has been critical of the railways ministry for its mismanagement of Shramik Special trains.
Just close to the famous twin arches of Anna Nagar in west Chennai, a group of people from the Northeast are waiting on the footpath at a sparsely shaded spot. Surrounded by suitcases and bags, they are looking up the main road for the bus that would pick them up and take them to the Central Railway Station. There they would board the first Shramik Special meant for the Northeast that would terminate at Manipur ''s Jiribam railway station.Waiting for the bus, Namdi says he and his elder sister, 30 year old Ling, have been working in Chennai for the past five years. While he was employed as a salesperson on the counter for a high end textile showroom at Phoneix Mall in Velachery, his sister worked as a beautician in a parlour nearby. ”Chennai has been kind to us until this lockdown happened. We managed on our savings for a while before deciding to return home and stay there until things became normal, ” he adds.
New Delhi: Worried over the mass exodus of migrant workers to respective home states, industries now want them to return so that economic activities could restart at the earliest, once the lockdown is over. According to a quick survey by the trade body PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) to assess the impact of Covid 19 pandemic on businesses and maintaining profitability, 49% of the respondents said that retaining the full workforce would be a major challenge. The respondents in the survey said that payment of salaries to employees and working capital would be the major challenges while businesses prepare for increasing sales volumes, competitiveness and cost cuttings. Migration of workers is still going on across the country. While a large number of them have already travelled back to their respective villages on foot or by buses, arranged by the state governments, the Centre has so far operated more than 800 Shramik Special trains ferrying more than 10 lakh such workers to their home states. PHDCCI president Dr D.K. Aggarwal said: Since the inception of the lockdown period, most of the migrant workers had moved to their native places. Further, due to the absence of public transport services like buses and railways, migrant labourers are not able to reach their work places and, therefore, full resumption of exempted activities has become difficult. Apart from these issues, country s supply chain has been massively disrupted due to the ongoing Covid lockdown. The Centre, on its part, has initiated discussion with employers bodies like CII, FICCI and Assocham. Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar held a webinar with these bodies to discuss issues like restarting economic activities, job creation and measures to improve the situation of MSMEs to enable them to discharge their liabilities under labour laws. There was a general demand to suspend labour laws, barring some key provisions across the country for the next two three years to help industries come out of the crisis induced by the lockdown to combat the Covid 19 pandemic. The industry bodies suggested a slew of measures and sought relaxations like increasing working hours to 12 hours per day from the existing eight hours per day to help them revive operations, according to a statement by the Ministry of Labour and Employment. The statement said that the industry associations suggested to suspend the labour laws for the next 2 3 years except for provisions like minimum wages, bonus and statutory dues, to help the industry come out of the present crisis . According to survey, besides retaining the full workforce, other challenges for businesses in the post lockdown include maintaining price cost margins profitability (61%), payment of wages salaries to employees (60%), availability of working capital (58%), repayment of loans payment of EMIs (53%), high costs of capital (52%), availability of finances loans (51%), costs of social distancing (51%), weakening of demand (51%) and compliances of labour laws (50%). Due to the lockdown, majority of the factories businesses companies are shut with no or little revenue, all export orders are getting cancelled and units unable to repay loans. Majority of the respondents have responded that this will make them less likely to retain of the full workforce. Further, most of the retrenchment is likely to take place in labour intensive sectors. Thus, 49% of respondents opined that retention of the full workforce will be highly challenging in the post lockdown scenario, Aggarwal said. The survey revealed key plans of the businesses in post lockdown such as increasing the sales volume (67%), enhancing competitiveness of business (65%), cost cutting of business operations (64%), enhancing business operations in the domestic market (60%), focus on innovation, research and development (58%), enhancing the price cost margin (53%), reducing the workforce in business operations (50%), increasing the scale of business operations (44%), diversify business operations (43%) and enhancing business operations in the international market (36%). The PHDCCI has said that the labour laws in India need to be made more effective, flexible and in sync with emerging economic and industrial scenario. Most of the respondents have responded that given the disruptions caused by Covid 19 and the resultant lockdown, following the relatively rigid provisions in different labour laws prevalent in the Indian economy will become difficult and hamper the revival of industry. Thus, 50% of respondents opined that compliance of labour laws will be highly challenging in the post lockdown scenario, the trade body has said. It has demanded that the government should pay 75% of salary of the workers of the lockdown period and employer contribution in EPFs during the lockdown period should be brought down to zero to ease the financial burden of the industry. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, interestingly, has announced reduction in the statutory PF from 12% to 10% for three months. She also said that government will pay the PF for firms with 100 staff, earning less than Rs 15,000, as announced earlier under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Scheme.
GovernmentRights21 hours agoNew Delhi: On Friday, 16 migrant workers were crushed to death by a goods train when they were attempting to make their way to Aurangabad railway station with the hope of catching a train to their homes in Madhya Pradesh. They were walking along the railway track to avoid being thrashed by the police on the roads and with the knowledge that trains aren ''t running.
By the late 1800s, Britain s national rail system had sprouted from one line to reach across Great Britain, propelling cargo and passengers alike. By the looks of it, you d think Britain s railways had been expanding for over a century. The inaugural Liverpool Manchester route only launched in the 1830s and it was a period of Railway Mania in the coming decades which saw massive amounts of investment poured into the industry. Investors came out of nowhere to propose new tracks just as their American adventurists counterparts rushed to California to find gold. By 1880, British rail business was booming. Space was being traversed unlike any time before.Rail travel not only rapidly shaped how people in Europe saw travel more broadly, but how they perceived space and time itself. A 1939 Quarterly Review article alludes to the establishment of a UK wide rail system, which would see the whole population of the country at once advance en masse, and their chairs nearer to the fireside of their metropolis by two thirds of the time which now separates them from it. With the railway one could travel to and from Manchester with a quickness hitherto unseen, but the true exploitation of space is how the train traveler perceives their journey.
When we reached Collectorate, the men on duty shooed us away. So we came back to Sabarmati. Here, we were told registration had started, so we went backMar 23, 2020
The railways transported 20 litres of camel milk to a family in Mumbai after a woman tweeted about its non availability for her three and a half year old autistic child, who is allergic to goat, cow and buffalo milk.This good deed of the railways came to light on Saturday when senior IPS officer Arun Bothra tweeted about it.