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Samjhauta Express, Stopped By Pak At Wagah, Reaches Delhi 5 Hours Late

Samjhauta Express, the bilateral train service between India and Pakistan, reached Old Delhi railway station nearly 5 hours after its scheduled arrival time. This is because the train departed for Delhi from Attari with 117 passengers in the early hours of Friday after a delay of around five hours.

The Samjhauta Express train was supposed to leave at 8 pm but was delayed due to immigration check.

The Samjhauta Express train with 76 Indian and 41 Pakistani nationals departed from Attari at around 1 am, chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of Northern Railways said.

Following heightened tensions between India and Pakistan in the wake of the abrogation of Article 370, which accorded a special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Islamabad unilaterally decided to suspend the train services on its side on Thursday.

However, Indian Railways clarified that the train service has not yet been suspended but Pakistan authorities refused to send their crew to India citing security concern.

The Samjhauta Express was standing at the Wagah side of the border in Pakistan with around 110 passengers. An Indian engine brought the train from Wagah to Attari.

The Samjhauta Express, commonly called the friendship express, is a bi-weekly train – running on Thursday and Monday – between Delhi and Attari in India and Lahore in Pakistan. Services began in 1976 under the Simla Agreement signed between the two countries.

The word Samjhauta means “agreement” in both Hindi and Urdu.

Last time, the operations of Samjhauta Express were suspended on February 28, following the Pulwama terror attack that was carried out by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) that killed 40 Indian soldiers on February 14. However, services resumed later.

Man Drives Auto On Mumbai Railway Platform To Help Woman In Labour, Charged

In a humanitarian gesture, an autorickshaw driver in Mumbai drove his vehicle on to the Virar railway station platform to help a woman who went into premature labour.

The driver was identified as Sagar Kamlakar Gawad, 34, a resident of Dongarpada in Virar

According to police, the incident occurred on Sunday morning when a seven-months pregnant woman and her husband were travelling in the compartment reserved for disabled persons. Due to delay in services caused by incessant rains in the area, the train had halted at the station when the woman started developing labour pain.

“Seeing his wife’s condition, the husband started panicking and rushed out of the compartment to ask for help. He found Gawad, whose auto was parked in the space allotted by Western Railway (WR) right next to platform number two. He urged Gawad to help him, following which, he brought his autorickshaw on the platform and rode towards Sanjeevani Hospital in Virar,” said police inspector Praveen Kumar Yadav, Virar RPF.

an delivered a premature baby in the hospital. Later, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) arrested Gawad for violating rules. He was also produced before the court on Monday but was released on bail with a warning. “Even though Gawad’s intentions were good, he has violated the rules. Driving on the platform could have injured commuters,” said Mr Yadav.

Sagar Kamlakar Gawad was charged under Sections 154 (rash travelling or negligent act) and 159 (disobedience of drivers) of the Railway Act, 1989.

Mumbai Schools, Colleges Shut Today Amid Heavy Rain Forecast: 10 Points

Rainfall resumed in parts Mumbai this morning after a lull overnight, adding to the difficulties that Monday office commuters in the country’s entertainment and financial hub would face as rainwater flooded many parts of the city. The weather office has forecast continuous rain in Mumbai and heavy rainfall in nearby places today. All suburban trains are running except on the Kalyan to Karjat and Kasara route, said Central Railway spokesperson Sunil Udasi. “It’s nature’s fury, and the railway administration is doing everything possible for normalisation of services. Kindly bear with us and plan your journey accordingly,” said Mr Udasi. The Maharashtra government has sought six more teams of the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) for Mumbai, Thane and Palghar to evacuate people if needed.
  1. Mumbai University has postponed its exam for open learning students scheduled today, said the university’s spokesperson Vinod Malale. All schools and colleges in Palghar, Thane, Raigad and Mumbai are also closed today.
  2. All government employees in Mumbai and its satellite towns have been allowed to report late to work today. The government has asked people to stay at home unless it’s absolutely necessary to go out.
  3. “Some government offices providing emergency and essential services will remain open. Private office staffers may move out only if essential,” said the city’s civic agency Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
  4. No air traffic disruption was reported this morning. On Sunday, there were six go-arounds (aborted landing of an aircraft) and two diversions at Mumbai airport.
  5. Hundreds of passengers who were stranded at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus were given refreshments by the BMC. They had to wait at the station for hours after 12 trains were cancelled and six were stopped midway to their destinations after tracks came under rainwater.
  6. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy to very heavy rainin Mumbai and its suburbs, and extremely heavy rain at isolated places in the next 24 hours. Heavy rain also hit Nashik and Pune, where the water level in rivers has been rising.
  7. On Sunday, a 52-year-old woman and her son were electrocuted in their home after a live wire came in contact with water. In Pune’s Lonavala district, a 10-year-old boy died and his younger sister was injured after a wall of their house collapsed.
  8. At least 400 people from a residential area near Mithi river in Mumbai were shifted after its water level crossed the danger mark following heavy rain on Sunday.
  9. The Indian Air Force on Sunday airlifted 56 people from Khandvali, a rain-hit village in Thane district near Mumbai, after Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis sought its help to rescue the villagers.
  10. Some 150 students of MIT College in Pune, who were stranded in their college building as water level rose due to heavy rain, were shifted to a safe place by a team of the fire department on Sunday.

Railway RRB Paramedical Exam Answer Key To Be Released Next Week

 Railway recruitment boards (RRB) will release the answer key for the computer based test held for paramedical category posts. As per the latest notification released by the RRBs on the paramedical category recruitment, the answer keys will be released on August 5. Candidates who took the exam can download the answer keys along with the question paper and response sheet from the official website of the RRBs. In addition to this, candidates can file objections against the official answer key, if they find any.

In order to file objections, candidates have to pay Rs. 50 per objection submitted. “In case the objection raised is found to be correct, the fee paid against such valid objection will be refunded to the candidate. The refund will be made to the bank account number from which the candidate has made the online payment,” said the RRBs.

The objection window will close on August 8. “Candidates are advised to raise objection(s), if any, well before the final date and time i.e., 08.08.2019, 23.59 hrs. after which no representation from the candidates on the questions/options/keys etc., will be entertained,” the notification added.

RRBs Expected To Release Junior Engineer Result, NTPC Exam Dates Soon

With not just one but four major recruitment announced this year and Junior Engineer recruitment announced at the cusp of last year, Railway Recruitment Boards’ hands are full. The recruitment process for paramedical posts has already begun with computer-based tests starting on July 19. However, any updates on the exam dates for other recruitment are yet to be released.

Reports suggest that the computer-based test for RRC Group D posts will be conducted around September-October 2019. The application status for RRC Group D 2019 recruitment has already been released.

The tentative exam dates for RRB NTPC and RRB Ministerial and Isolated categories posts was between June and September. With July almost over and the computer-based test for paramedical posts concluded, it is highly likely that RRBs would announce the examination date for one or both remaining recruitment.

About the RRB JE recruitment that was announced in December 2018, RRBs have completed the computer-based test process, released provisional key, invited objection, and have released the final answer key after resolution of the objections received. The result for the RRB JE 2018 exam will be released shortly.

Candidates who qualify in the first stage CBT for RRB JE recruitment will have to appear for 2nd stage CBT. The details for the second stage CBT for RRB JE recruitment is expected to release alongside the result for first stage CBT.

Bullet Train Project To Be Completed By 2023, Says Piyush Goyal

The Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail (MAHSR), also known as Bullet Train Project will be completed by 2023, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said in the Rajya Sabha today.

In a written reply, Piyush Goyal said that the bullet train project that spans across 508 kilometres, has been sanctioned by the Government.

“This project is being executed by a special purpose vehicle namely National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL), with the financial and technical assistance from the Government of Japan. The total estimated cost of the project is Rs. 1,08,000 crore,” he said.

So far, the expenditure of Rs. 3226.8 crore has been incurred on the project up to June 2019, he said in his statement.

Asked when the government will expand the bullet train network all over the country, Mr Goyal said, “Bullet Train or High-Speed Rail Projects are highly capital and technology-intensive, and therefore, their proposals for other sections are subject to technical feasibility, financial and economic viability and availability of funding”.

Three Murders Within 24 Hours In Cuttack, Special Team To Trace Killers

A special police team has been formed to identify and trace the killers in the wake of three murders in the city since Tuesday, an officer said. Two police inspectors and 11 constables are in the team, senior police official Akhileswar Singh said today.

The first body was recovered from Ranihat Bridge on Tuesday morning. Two bodies, one from near SCB Medical College and another from neighbouring OMP market, were recovered on Wednesday morning.

The throats of all the three bodies were slit and their heads were found to be smashed with a heavy object, he said.

The mutilated bodies and untraced killers have sparked rumours of the involvement of a suspected ”stoneman” behind the murders.

The police has stepped up night patrolling and the homeless are being told to sleep at shelter homes, Mr Singh said.

The Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Commissionerate Police also plans to take several steps to help prevent more such murders.

The Government Railway Police (GRP) has been alerted to remain vigilant as many sleep in the open in station areas.

On June 28, two persons were found to have been killed in the same manner in Paradip, near

Nine persons were killed by a suspected ”stoneman” in Berhampur in 1998.

 

6.83 Lakh Vacancies In Central Government, Hiring Underway For 3.89 Lakh: Minister

The government on Thursday told the Rajya Sabha that there has been a reduction in number of vacancies in various departments of the central government. Replying to supplementaries during Question Hour, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh said filling up of vacancies in the government was a continuous process and efforts were being made to reduce them further. “The government is already working in this direction. If you go by the vacancy figures, the percentage of the vacancy strength has been constantly reducing over the past five to six years.

“When this government came in, in the year 2013-14, ending March 31, 2014 before the government took over, the vacancy percentage was 16.2 per cent. The successive year it is 11.57 per cent. Then in 2015-16 it is 11.52 per cent, then in 2016-17 it is 11.36 per cent. In fact, the record is better in the central government than many of the states,” he said.

 

Mr Singh said the record in the central government was far better than Karnataka where he said it had gone down from 27.3 per cent in 2014-15 to 32.56 per cent in 2018-19.

He also informed the House that steps to fill up almost 4 lakh vacancies in central government departments was underway and would be filled up by 2020.

The minister also pointed out that the Congress had claimed in its manifesto for the recent Lok Sabha polls that it will fill up the 4 lakh vacancies in the central government departments and the PSUs.

 

But, he said, the party did not mention that the process for filling up the vacancies had already started during the last NDA regime.

Mr Singh said there is a total vacancy of 6,83,823 in all departments of central government, out of which almost half 3,89,069, almost 4 lakh, were already in the process of being filled up in the beginning of the year.

“All of 4 lakh vacancies in central government and PSUs, judiciary and Parliament will be filled up before March 2020.

 

But the catch is that the process of filling the vacancies had already been in the process. So we are already pro-active in filling up of vacancies,” the minister said.

In his written reply, the minister said vacancies in Central Government Ministries/Departments, their attached and subordinate offices arise due to retirement, resignation, voluntary retirement, promotion, transfer, transfer on deputation, termination of service, dismissal from service, death etc.

 

Based on the vacancies reported by the user Departments, the SSC has started recruitment process to fill up 1,05,338 posts during the year 2019 and 2020, the minister said.

“During 2017-18, the Centralised Employment Notifications (CENs) for 1,27,573 combined vacancies of various Group C and Level-1 posts were notified by the Ministry of Railways  For new and future vacancies to arise in two years’ time, another five CENs covering 1,56,138 vacancies of various Group C and Level-1 posts have been issued in 2018-19.

 

“Thus, recruitment process to fill up 3,89,069 vacancies has already started,” the minister said.

To reduce the recruitment cycle, some recruiting agencies have switched over to computer based on-line test and interview for non-gazetted posts has been discontinued, he said in a written reply.

The minister also said provisional appointment is being made pending verification of antecedents of the candidates.

Garib Rath Train Restored On Two Routes, Says Railways

The Railway Ministry on Friday rolled back its decision to replace services of Garib Rath in Kathgodam-Jammu and Kathgodam-Kanpur route by mail or express trains, and the services of the low-cost no-frills AC train will be resumed from August 4, officials said.

It said due to temporary shortage of coaches on Northern Railway, two pairs of weekly trains of Garib Rath service were temporarily operated as express services.

“Services of Train no. 12207/08 Garibrath Express between Kathgodam and Jammu Tawi and Train no. 12209/10 Garibrath Express between Kanpur and Kathgodam restored with effect from August 4, 2019,” the rail ministry tweeted following protests over discontinuation of the two trains recently.

An official from the ministry said no plans are underway to replace the Garib Rath trains, 26 of which are operational across the country.

The initiation of Mail or Express trains in the said route also means that train fare would go up passengers. For example, a Delhi-Bandra Garib Rath ticket that was priced at Rs. 1,050 will cost Rs. 1,500 – Rs. 1,600 in case of Express trains.

Garib Rath — touted to be poor man’s no frills AC three-tier train — was planned to be phased out by the national transporter and replace those with express trains with higher fares.

The train was started in 2006 by then Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and the target was middle and lower income classes. The first ”Garib Rath” was flagged off from Bihar”s Saharsa to Amritsar in Punjab.

However, the manufacture of new coaches for the train has already been stopped putting a question mark on their continuance as the present coaches are 10-14 years old and require heavy maintenance for which railways have to incur heavy cost.

Indian Railway To Begin RRB Paramedical Exam Tomorrow; 62 Per Cent Applicants Female

Touting it the largest recruitment drive for Paramedical staff by the carrier, Indian Railway will begin the computer-based test (CBT) for recruitment of paramedical staff tomorrow. The RRB Paramedical examination will be conducted in three shifts over three days – July 19, July 20, and July 21. As per a release by Indian railways, more than 4.39 lakh candidates have applied for 1923 posts that were advertised by Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) in march this year.

The Test will be held in 345 Test Centres in 107 towns/cities across the country. The marks of the candidates will be normalized since the exam will be conducted in nine different shifts.

As per the data released by the National Carrier, 62 per cent of the total applicants are female. Also, more than 50 per cent candidates will be appearing for the exam for Staff Nurse post. There are also 28 number of Transgender (TG) candidates in the fray.

The largest number of candidates who have applied for this recruitment are from Uttar Pradesh (64,596 applicants) followed by Rajasthan (62,772 applicants), Maharashtra (38,097 applicants), and Kerala (35,496 applicants).

This is also the first recruitment by Indian Railways in which reservation for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) will be available to eligible candidates. Against 10 per cent of the total vacancies earmarked for EWS candidates, 4,654 EWS candidates will be appearing in the Tests.

The examination will be conducted in 15 different languages including English and Hindi. A candidate will be able to view the questions in English and in the language they have opted as the medium of test.

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