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Photo of Man Sleeping On Luggage Rack Of Mumbai Local Blows Internet Away

The local trains in Mumbai are infamous for being one of the busiest in the world. The number of people who board these trains to travel to different parts of Mumbai can give anyone chills down their spine. People have documented their struggle, just to get onboard a local train. And those who manage to get on the train, have described how they had to travel for a long time standing in a single position.

So, when there is news about a man sleeping on the luggage rack of a Mumbai local, it is bound to generate interest. The photo going viral shows the man wearing a pair of jeans and t-shirt sleeping with his eyes covered with a cloth.

Taken by a fellow passenger, the photo was shared on Reddit with the caption “a little jealous ngl”. Soon, users started flooding the comment section, calling it a “daredevil act”.

“Doesn’t the cloth over his eyes look awfully similar to a ladies’ Kurta?” A user wrote.

“Yeh samaj hume chain se jeene nahi dega” another user wrote.

Commuters who take Mumbai local are familiar with overcrowded coaches and difficulties in getting a seat. But the man in now viral photo is sleeping carefree on the luggage rack.

“That’s what is available for common people of Mumbai…look at the rest of the people watching jealously..sad low class,” a user commented.

At least 2,342 trains run on the Mumbai sururban network and carry about 7.5 million commuters daily across a distance of 390 kilometres. The daily commuters on Mumbai locals constitute around 40 per cent of the daily commuters of Indian Railways.

Railway Protection Force Personnel Killed In Terror Attack In Pulwama

Two personnel of the Railway Protection Force were attacked by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district today. Head Constable Surinder Singh and Assistant Sub-Inspector Devraj were shot near a tea stall in Kakapora, sources said. The two were taken immediately to a hospital, where doctors declared Surinder Singh dead on arrival.

A cordon and search operation was launched after they attack, but the attackers have managed to escape, police sources said.

There has been a spurt in terrorist attacks in Kashmir ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit, due on April 24. PM Modi will address a major rally near Jammu which will be attended by thousands of panchayat members to mark the Panchayat Raj Day.

Over the last three weeks, terrorists have stepped up attacks on security forces and civilians in the Kashmir Valley. This was the ninth attack this month.

Targeted killings of outsiders who came to Jammu and Kashmir in search of jobs, and indigenous Kashmiri pandits, have also increased.

There have been multiple attacks on panchayat members as well. Four panchayat members were killed in targeted attacks since last month.

On Friday, a sarpanch or elected village chief, was killed by terrorists in a targeted attack in Baramulla district. Manzoor Ahmed Bangroo  was shot point blank. Critically injured, he died on way to the hospital — the fourth panchayat member to be killed in Kashmir over the last six weeks.

On Wednesday, terrorists killed a migrant worker — a driver — in Kulgam district in what appeared yet another instance of targeted attack. Satish Kumar Singh died on the way to hospital.

4CommentsIn October, seven civilians were killed in five days — among them a Kashmiri Pandit, a Sikh and two non-local Hindus.

Pics Of Horse Travelling In Train Go Viral, Owner Arrested In Bengal

Viral pictures on social media of a horse enjoying a ride in a packed local train has landed its owner in trouble with the RPF arresting him for offences under the Railway Act, an official said on Saturday.

Gafoor Ali Mollah, a 40-year-old man, had decided to give his horse a train ride from Dakshin Durgapur to Netra, a distance of 23 km, instead of trudging back home after a tiring race that the stallion had participated in.

After the pictures of the horse standing among passengers in a vendor compartment of an EMU local train on Thursday became viral, RPF authorities located its owner at his Netra home and arrested him on Friday with the help of the local police.

“He has been booked under various sections of the Railway Act for creating nuisance in railway property and unauthorised occupation in a train,” Eastern Railway spokesperson Ekalabya Chakraborty said, adding that animals cannot be travelling in passenger compartments and a separate wagon has to be booked for the purpose.

Mr Chakraborty also said that the 40-year-old-man and his horse had boarded the train in the evening, when more attention is paid to women’s security in the compartments.

Delhi, Mumbai Railway Stations To Be Redeveloped Under Hybrid Built-Operate-Transfer Model

With the aim to provide enhanced facilities, New Delhi Railway Station and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Mumbai have been identified for redevelopment under the Hybrid Built-Operate-Transfer model, said Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Wednesday.
For the development of Railway stations, the Ministry of Railways has formulated various developmental schemes like Model, Modern and Adarsh Station Schemes for upgradation or augmentation of stations on Indian Railways.

In a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw informed that New Delhi Railway Station and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus are identified for development under the Hybrid Built-Operate-Transfer model of Public-Private Partnership (PPP).

He also informed in his reply that 1,253 railway stations over Indian Railways have been identified for development under Adarsh Station Scheme. Out of these, 1,213 railway stations have been developed and the remaining 40 stations are targeted for development in the financial year 2022-23.

In his reply, the Minister stated that presently, railway stations are upgraded under Adarsh Station Scheme based on identified need of providing enhanced passenger amenities.

Mr Vaishnaw further said that a new scheme of major upgradation of railway stations has been initiated. The facilities envisaged in this scheme include rebuilding, improvement or augmentation of station building, congestion-free non-conflicting entry/exit to the station premises, segregation of arrival/departure of passengers, adequate concourse without overcrowding, integration of both sides of the city wherever feasible, user-friendly signages, well illuminated circulating area and sufficient provision for drop off, pick up and parking, etc.

All facilities of Divyangjans among other facilities as per requirement and feasibility will be provided. So far 41 stations have been identified for major upgradation under this scheme.

Two railway stations, Rani Kamlapati and Gandhinagar were developed and commissioned on November 15, 2021, and July 16, 2021, respectively. One more station, Sir M Visvesvaraya Terminal, Bengaluru is ready for commissioning, Mr Vaishnaw added in his reply.

2 Injured As Train Derails Near Nashik

Minor injuries to two passengers have been reported in the train derailment near Nashik and they have been given primary treatment, informed the Central Railway on Sunday.

“Two minor injuries in train derailment in Nashik have been reported and both the injured have been given primary treatment. There is no need for them to be hospitalised and no deaths have been reported in the incident,” informed the Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of Central railway.

“One body found near the tracks is not of a passenger and is believed to be there before the derailment,” added the CPRO.

A total of 11 coaches of Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT)-Jaynagar Pawan Express derailed near Nashik on Sunday afternoon around 3.10 pm between Lahavit and Devlali in the Bhusaval division.

Due to the incident, seven trains have been cancelled; three have been diverted and two have been short terminated as per details from the Central Railway.