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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.

Ukraine’s Zelensky Demands Tough Global Response To Train Station Attack

Ukraine called for more weapons and harsher sanctions after it blamed Russia for a missile attack that killed at least 52 people at a train station packed with women, children and the elderly fleeing the threat of a Russian offensive in the east.
President Volodymyr Zelensky called the strike in Kramatorsk in the eastern region of Donetsk a deliberate attack on civilians. The city’s mayor estimated about 4,000 people were gathered there at the time.

The United States, the European Union and Britain condemned the incident which took place on the same day European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen visited Kyiv to show solidarity and accelerate Ukraine’s membership process.

“We expect a firm global response to this war crime,” Zelensky said in a video posted late on Friday.

“Any delay in providing… weapons to Ukraine, any refusals, can only mean the politicians in question want to help the Russian leadership more than us,” he said, calling for an energy embargo and all Russian banks to be cut off from the global system.

Regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said the station was hit by a Tochka U short-range ballistic missile containing cluster munitions, which explode in mid-air, spraying small lethal bomblets over a wider area.

Reuters was unable to verify what happened in Kramatorsk.

Moscow’s more than six-week long incursion has seen over 4 million people flee abroad, killed or injured thousands, left a quarter of the population homeless and turned cities into rubble as it drags on for longer than Russia expected.

Cluster munitions are banned under a 2008 convention. Russia has not signed it but has previously denied using such armaments in Ukraine.

In Washington, a senior defense official said the United States was “not buying the denial by the Russians that they weren’t responsible”, and believed Russian forces had fired a short-range ballistic missile in the attack.

The Russian defence ministry was quoted by RIA news agency as saying the missiles said to have struck the station were used only by Ukraine’s military and that Russia’s armed forces had no targets assigned in Kramatorsk on Friday.

Moscow has denied targeting civilians since President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion on Feb. 24 in what Russia calls a “special military operation” to demilitarise and “denazify” its neighbour.

Kyiv and Western supporters call that a pretext for an unprovoked invasion.

Ukrainian officials now expect an attempt by Russian forces to gain full control of Donetsk and neighbouring Luhansk, both partly held by Moscow-backed separatists since 2014.

The Kremlin said on Friday the “special operation” could end in the “foreseeable future” with its aims being achieved through work by the Russian military and peace negotiators.

The White House said it would support attempts to investigate the attack in Kramatorsk, which Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson said showed “the depths to which Putin’s vaunted army has sunk.”

At least 52 people have now died in the incident, according to Pavlo Kirilenko, head of the Donetsk regional military administration.

OIL AND GAS

The wreckage of the missile bore the words “(this is) for the children” on its side. Russia has for years accused Ukraine of killing civilians including children with strikes in separatist-held eastern Ukraine.

As Russia concentrates on the east, Ukrainian forces there said late on Friday that they had repelled seven Russian attacks, destroying nine tanks, seven other armored vehicles and two helicopters. Reuters could not independently verify that.

Following a partial Russian pullback near Kyiv, a forensics team on Friday began exhuming a mass grave in the town of Bucha. Authorities say hundreds of dead civilians have been found there.

Russia has called allegations that its forces executed civilians in Bucha a “monstrous forgery” aimed at denigrating its army and justifying more sanctions.

Visiting the town on Friday, von der Leyen said it had witnessed the “unthinkable”.

She later handed Zelensky a questionnaire forming a starting point for the EU to decide on membership, telling him: “It will not as usual be a matter of years to form this opinion but I think a matter of weeks.”

The bloc also overcame some divisions to adopt new sanctions, including bans on the import of coal, wood, chemicals and other products alongside the freezing of EU assets belonging to Putin’s daughters and more oligarchs.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said a potential oil ban would be discussed on Monday, but called oil sanctions “a big elephant in the room” as the continent is heavily reliant on Russian energy.

The United States on Friday broadened its export curbs against Russia and ally Belarus, restricting access to imports of items such as fertilizer and pipe valves.

RECOVERING FROM OCCUPATION

Kyiv wants deliveries of heavier armaments and on Thursday secured a new commitment from the NATO alliance to supply a wide range of weapons.

Slovakia has donated its S-300 air defence system to Ukraine, while Britain will send a further 100 million pounds ($130 million) of military support.

In Prague, defence sources said the Czech Republic had delivered tanks, rocket launchers, howitzers and infantry fighting vehicles and would ship more.

Residents of areas north of Kyiv were meanwhile still coming to terms with a month-long occupation.

In the village of Yahidne, residents recounted how more than 300 people were trapped for weeks in a school basement, with names of those who did not survive or were killed by soldiers scrawled on the wall.
Reuters was not able to verify independently the accounts. Reporters saw one freshly dug grave and two bodies wrapped in white plastic sheets.

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.

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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.

Banks’ Strike May Impact Several Essential Services

Banking services are likely to be impacted as a joint forum of central trade unions have called for a two-day nationwide strike on March 28 and 29. However this may also affect other services too like transportation, railways as well as electricity supply.

Let’s read on to know why the strike has been called and what could be its implications.

  1. All Indian Trade Union Congress General Secretary Amarjeet Kaur said, “We are expecting participation of over 20 crore formal and informal workers during the strike.”
  2. Ms Kaur said that the strike is expected to hit rural parts of the country also, where informal workers of farming and other sectors will join the protest.
  3. The strike notices were given by workers’ unions of various sectors such as roadways, power, coal, steel, oil, telecom, postal, income tax, copper, banks and insurance. Unions in railways and defence sector will carry out mass mobilisation in support of the strike at several places, the joint forum said.
  4. The unions’ demands include scrapping of the proposed changes in labour laws, privatisation of any form and the national monetisation pipeline. Increased allocation of wages under MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act) and regularisation of contract workers are also part of their demands.
  5. Meanwhile, the power ministry on Sunday advised all the state-run utilities and other agencies to be on high alert and ensure round-the-clock electricity supply and stability of the national grid.

AAP Alleges Non-Cooperation From Railways Over Its Pilgrimage Scheme

The AAP on Thursday alleged non-cooperation from the Ministry of Railways over its ‘Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana’, a scheme to enable senior citizens to undertake free pilgrimage.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Member Sanjay Singh alleged that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was not even permitted entry into a railway station to meet seniors citizen going on pilgrimage under the scheme.

“The Railways had not permitted entry to an elected chief minister at a station in Delhi who was supposed to go to meet senior citizens going on a pilgrimage,” Mr Singh alleged.

He asked Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, who was present in the House, not to behave in such a way with an elected chief minister.

The Upper House was discussing the working of the Ministry of Railways.

According to Mr Singh, this was done despite repeated phone calls from him and the chief minister’s residence.

“You are trying to stop senior citizens from going to Ayodhya for pilgrimage,” he said.

“If you want to fight, then face us in elections. Why are you targeting elderly pilgrims… why are you opposing Arvind Kejriwal?” Mr Singh also accused the BJP of running away from MCD elections in the national capital.

“When we wanted to talk to you on this (elections), you neither talked to us on the phone nor replied to our messages. This behaviour is not good,” he said.

This was followed by uproar from the treasury benches, but Bhubaneshwar Kalita, who was presiding the proceedings of the House, asked the AAP parliamentarian to complete his speech on the subject of discussion.

The AAP MP asked Mr Vaishnaw to be sensitive towards senior citizens as his ministry too has announced travel concessions for them.

He also asked about the status of welfare steps for porters announced by former railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav.

Meanwhile, Abdul Wahab of Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) alleged discrimination against southern states and sought a separate railway zone for Kerala.

Rupa Ganguly of the BJP raised the issue of labourers hired by contractors of Railways and suggested setting up of a portal with their information.

She further said illegal immigrants are hired by some contractors jeopardising the interests of Indian citizens.

Birendra Prasad Vaishya of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) complimented the government for a budgetary allocation of around  11,400 crore for the northeast, which is 37 per cent higher than the last budget and is an all-time record.

He requested the minister to set up a coach factory in the northeastern region and fill up around 10,000 vacant posts in the Northeast Frontier Railway, a move that will provide employment to the local people.

Jawhar Sircar of the Trinamool Congress raised the issue of alleged neglect of suburban train system by the Railways.

He said passengers of three suburban railways of Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai comprise almost half of the daily passenger traffic of the Railways yet their share in the budget is not even one per cent.

“They go in packed like animals, they hang out like birds, this kind of shameful treatment of suburban train must end. It has always been neglected and take this as a fine task,” Mr Sircar said adding Railways officials are not looking at this because of non-profitability.

He also raised questions over the National Monetisation scheme and said, “it is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma” and suggested to the government to bring some transparency.

Vinay P Sahasrabudde of the BJP hailed the schemes such as Kisan Train and said this was implemented with a political will.

Participating in the discussion, Manoj Kumar Jha of the RJD stressed on filling the vacancies across various zones.

Ramdas Athawale, Minister of State for Justice and Empowerment and Republican Party of India MP sought a network of bullet trains across the country while H D Devegowda of the Janata Dal (S) asked the railway minister to look into some of the stalled projects in Karnataka.

Sakaldeep Rajbhar of the BJP sought new trains originating from Uttar Pradesh while Chaudhary Sukhram Singh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party demanded medical staff in superfast trains.

Kanta Kardam and Shiv Pratap Shukla of the BJP also listed the achievements of the Railways during the Covid period.

Woman Raped In Public Toilet At UP Railway Station

A 20-year-old woman was allegedly raped inside a public toilet located near a parking stand at the Pratapgarh railway station, police said on Sunday. The incident took place on March 19, they said, adding that an FIR has been registered in this regard.

Station house officer (SHO) of Kotwali police station R N Rai said the victim along with her husband were waiting to catch a train when the incident occurred.

“The husband went to buy tea in the morning leaving the woman alone. That is when the accused, identified as Anna, approached the woman and gave her a key, telling her that she can use it to access a clean toilet located near the parking stand outside. When the woman entered the toilet, the accused raped her.” The accused fled from the spot after the incident. The husband rescued the wife and informed the police.

Two Railway Links To Connect India, Nepal Soon

India will soon be connected with Nepal by two railway links while it will have six such networks with Bangladesh, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Wednesday.

In an address at a leading institute, Mr Shringla said the railway links between countries are causing a “rapid shrinking of South Asia’s geography” and that the neighbourhood comes first and foremost for India amongst all its foreign policy priorities.

Mr Shringla extensively delved into the importance of connectivity for the expansion of India’s overall engagement with the countries in the region.

“Connectivity within parts of our neighbourhood by road, by water, by rail and by air, and often by multimodal transport, has steadily improved,” he said.

“Railways between countries are causing a rapid shrinking of South Asia’s geography. India and Bangladesh will soon be connected through six rail links and India and Nepal by two rail links,” he said.

At present, a number of rail links between India and Bangladesh are operational.

“Travel between India and three of its neighbours – Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives — does not require visas. Our diplomatic Missions in Sri Lanka and Yangon report an increasing trend in the number of visas being issued,” Mr Shringla said.

He said the second area of focus has been the energy sector.

“The Indian grid is connected to Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh through high-capacity connections. Trans-national movement of electricity in the neighbourhood is a reality,” he said.

The foreign secretary said the countries in the neighbourhood are of special significance to India.

“Our ties with these countries are underpinned by a shared history and culture. Policy initiatives taken by India – and its neighbours — have implications for each other,” he said.

Mr Shringla noted that the neighbouring countries have direct relevance to India’s states bordering these countries, adding that India realises that its prosperity and growth are linked to that of its neighbours.

“We cannot develop unless our neighbours develop. It was in this spirit that the Cabinet Secretary wrote to all government ministries and departments asking them to accord priority to India’s neighbours in their international activities, programmes and projects,” he said.

The foreign secretary said mechanisms have been created to enable greater inter-ministerial coordination and enhanced focus on ‘neighbourhood first’.

“India’s foreign and security policies in this space operate at several levels and dimensions. We have separate bilateral relationships with each of our neighbours. We also interact with them on plurilateral constructs. We work with them within multilateral frameworks,” Mr Shringla said.

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