Indian Railways News

Indian Railways News

Railway JE Exam Begins On May 22

Railway Junior Engineer exam will begin on May 22 and admit cards will be released online May 18 onwards. This is the first selection process, to be conducted by the railway recruitment boards (RRB), for recruiting Junior Engineer, Depot Material Superintendent and Chemical & Metallurgical Assistant posts. Candidates who have registered for the exam can check the exam city and date beforehand. “Link will be published in RRBs’ official websites shortly and candidates will be informed through their Registered Mobile and e-Mail ID,” reads the official notification released on RRB portals.

The RRB JE exam will comprise 100 questions and candidates will be allowed 90 minutes to attempt the exam. For every negative answer, one-third of the total marks will be deducted from the total marks allotted to the particular question.

Mock tests will be available online on RRB portals and candidates can take the exams and acquaint themselves with the online test pattern.

On the exam day, candidates should carry the original ID proof, e-call letter and passport size color photograph to the exam hall.

On the other hand, RRBs will conduct the aptitude test for ALP, technician posts on May 10. The exam, however, has been postponed in Odisha (except for Rourkela).

Indian Railways Season Ticket Rules, Validity, Distance, Details Here

Indian Railways issues season tickets to passengers who travel regularly between residence and their place of work or study. Season tickets are issued for suburban as well as non-suburban sections. Fares for first class monthly season tickets (MST) are four times the second class MST fares. Mumbai local trains are one such example of suburban railway system being run by Indian Railways. Passengers who regularly travel in trains usually opt for season tickets in order to save time on buying tickets from counters. (Also Read: Tatkal Ticket Charges, Rules, Booking Timings Other Details Here)

Here are details of rules, distance covered and validity of season tickets being issued by Indian Railways:

1. Season tickets are issued up to 150 kilometres only. Season tickets for more than 150 kilometres are issued only on those sections where they were being issued prior to 1951 (except on those sections where they have been withdrawn due to lack of demand), according to Indian Railways website

2. Season tickets are not valid for travel in reserved coaches and trains. They are valid for travel by passenger trains. In the case of mail/ express/superfast trains, they are valid for travel by only those mail/express/superfast trains where it has specifically been permitted by Railway administration, Indian Railways noted.

3. Season ticket can be renewed 10 days in advance of the date of expiry. In such cases, it will be made valid only after the date of expiry and not from the date of renewal, Indian Railways said.

4. Season tickets to students are issued for first and second class up to the maximum distance of 150 kilometres.

5. The student monthly season tickets are charged at half of the normal adult season ticket fare and student quarterly season tickets will be charged at 2.7 times of the student MST fare, according to Indian Railways.

Woman, 22, Delivers Baby At Mumbai’s Virar Railway Station

A 22-year-old woman delivered a baby on a local train coach at Mumbai’s Virar station, earlier today. The mother and the baby are in good health and have been admitted to a hospital, reports news agency ANI.

On Thursday, a 36-year-old woman delivered a baby at the Virar railway station near after she went into labour on her way for a regular medical check-up.

The woman, Sweety Sheikh, who was travelling in a local train, began feeling labour pain at around 7.15 am. She got off the train at Virar, where she was escorted to the Government Railway Police office located at the station.

Head constable Priyanka Mane arranged curtains to cover the office where Sweety delivered the baby after some time.

Last month, Thane railway station in Maharashtra saw two successful childbirths.

Last week, on-board the Konkan Kanya Express, a 20-year-old woman went into active labour and was taken to “One Rupee Clinic” at Thane station when the train stopped.

On April 7, a woman delivered a baby boy at the Thane railway station after she went into labour while travelling to Kurla. The woman officials of the Railway Protection Force took the woman to the “One Rupee Clinic” where the staff helped her deliver the baby.

Train Delayed, Hundreds Miss Medical Entrance Test In Karnataka

The National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test, better known as NEET, decides whether students can get into medical college. Thousands sat for the examination in Bengaluru on Sunday afternoon.

However, many others heading to Bengaluru from north Karnataka could not make it on time for the test because of the Hampi Express getting delayed.

The South-Western Railways is now hoping that it can help the students get another chance. “SWR will write to the Ministry of HRD to conduct re-exam for students (who travelled by Hampi Express that reached SBC/Mysuru today) who missed NEET. We will send a letter tomorrow morning…” its public relations officer said in a message, referring to a media group.

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy expressed his concern over the students’ career getting jeopardised due to the delay in train services. “Hundreds of students from North Karnataka districts have missed the #NEET Exam being held today at Bengaluru due to a 7-hour delay of the Hampi Express. A last-minute change in the exam centres and lack of proper communication of the same has created confusion among students. I request PM @narendramodi, Rail Minister @PiyushGoyal, @HRDMinistry , @PrakashJavdekar to intervene and ensure that students who have missed the opportunity today get another chance to write the #NEET2019 Exam,” he tweeted.

Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah claimed that the central government was to blame for the incident. “Mr. @narendramodi, You pat your own back for others’ achievements but will you also take the responsibility for your cabinet min’ incapabilities. Hundreds of students in Karnataka may not be able to take up NEET because of delay in the train services,” he tweeted.

“Mr. @narendramodi, Ask @PiyushGoyal to work properly for next few days and then we will set it right. Also, ensure that the aggrieved students get another chance to write NEET exam,” the Congress leader added.

The examination has already been postponed in cyclone-hit Odisha, and a fresh date will be announced soon. Students who missed the Karnataka exam are hoping that they will be given another chance.