Indian Railways News

Train Runs Over 25 Cows In UP’s Hamirpur District

A train ran over 25 cows near Ragaol railway station in neighbouring Hamirpur district on Friday, officials said.

“The cows were found dead on the track. They were buried in a nearby field,” Superintendent of Police (SP), rural, Hamirpur Hemraj Meena said.

Police personnel have been deployed in the area after some persons alleged the cows were deliberately kept on the track.

Police are investigating the matter.

Second Train In 24 Hours To Be Robbed By Armed Men Near Delhi

Passengers returning from the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad on board the Tata Jat Express were robbed Thursday by armed men near Delhi.

This is the second such incident to have taken place on board a train today while nearing the national capital. Earlier, passengers of two AC coaches of the Jammu-Delhi Duronto Express were robbed.

The second incident took place before 2 am between Badli and Holambi Kalan, railways said.

“The train was attended by RPF and GRP at Sonipat station at 01:55 hrs, where passenger of S-8, Ramnath Maurya, reported loot of Rs. 1,000 and small injury in left hand. He has been provided preliminary treatment at Panipat.

“He said that he will lodge (an) FIR at destination station. The train was not escorted by the RPF. The matter is being thoroughly investigated,” railways said.

Passengers alleged that mobile phones, jewellery and cash were looted from them at gunpoint.

In the earlier incident, a passenger wrote descriptive details on the railways’ complaints portal, alleging how they were robbed at knife point but could not find any help.

Rush For Government Jobs Doesn’t Mean Rising Unemployment”: Piyush Goyal

Union Ministers Piyush Goyal and Prakash Javadekar today rejected claims of largescale unemployment in the country, says that unrelated issues cannot be cited to arrive at such a conclusion.

Mr Goyal — who is in charge of the Railways portfolio — recalled a recent instance of his ministry receiving over 15 million applications for a handful of job vacancies. “Such data is often used to highlight the high rate of unemployment. But the sheer volume of people applying for government jobs in the country should not be seen as a sign of rising unemployment. It is the lure of employment security irrespective of performance levels that attracts people to government jobs,” he said at a workshop on jobs and livelihoods organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Tuesday.

Mr Javadekar, the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, went a step further by remarking that people “who choose not to work” cannot be considered unemployed. “There is no system to collect data from the unorganised sector, the self-employed and a large section of the female population who do not work by choice. Are they unemployed? There are various aspects to this that need to be looked into,” he said.

He backed Mr Goyal’s claim, saying that there was a need to understand the “craze” for government jobs. “We have to find out why people with post-graduate degrees apply for sweeper jobs in the government,” Mr Javadekar said.

Although both the ministers maintained that the government has provided enough jobs in the last five years, they admitted to not having the data to prove it. Their claim comes amid allegations by opposition leaders — especially Congress president Rahul Gandhi — that the government has not been able to generate even a fraction of the employment opportunities promised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the run-up to the last Lok Sabha elections.

Both Mr Javadekar and Mr Goyal said that current labour data takes only those in the organised sector into account, and there is no mechanism to represent increasing alternative job opportunities and emerging sectors that encourage self-employment.

The Railway Minister also stressed on the need to upgrade existing administrative mechanisms for ensuring complete “honesty” in performance reviews. “In the current system, I write appraisals for people I have worked with through the year and then hand it back to them to check. This goes down the line till the bottom of the pyramid. What can I write in that? I have to work with the same person throughout the year,” he said, clarifying that the assessee cannot be shown the review in ideal circumstances

IRCTC Tourism Offers Kumbh Special Tourist Train, Details Here

IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) Tourism is offering a 11 nights and 12 days tour package to Puri, Kolkata, Gangasagar, Gaya, Varanasi and Allahabad. The tour will start from Rajkot, said the tourism arm of the Indian Railways on microblogging website, Twitter. The boarding points include Rajkot, Surendra Nagar, Viramgam, Sabarmati, Anand, Vadodara, Surat, Bhusavala and Nagpur. The tour will be via Indian railways and will commence on January 30, 2019, according to IRCTC Tourism’s official website — The tariff of the package starts at Rs. 11,340 per person.

IRCTC’s “Kumbh Special Tourist Train” package details: 

Package Details
Package Name Kumbh special tourist train (WZBD247)
Travelling Mode Train
Station Rajkot
Class SL class/3AC class
Frequency 30.01.2019
Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Hotel Name NA


Here are the key things to know about IRCTC’s package:

1. The tariff for the tour package is different according to the category chosen by the passenger. One needs to pay Rs. 11,340 for sleeper class and Rs. 13,860 for 3AC, which is inclusive of Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Category Price Per Passenger
Standard Rs. 11,340/-
Comfort Rs. 13,860/-


2. IRCTC’s package includes vegetarian meals and hall accommodation at places of night stay.

3. The package also provides tour escorts for announcements and information, and security arrangements for each coach.

4. However, entrance and monument fees, or expenses of personal nature are not a part of the package, noted IRCTC.

5. IRCTC Tourism is also offering a tour package to Chennai, Tirupati and Madurai from New Delhi and to Kerala from Hyderabad.

Railway Protection Force (RPF) Exam Answer Sheets Released

Answer sheets for the Sub-Inspector (SI) and Constable exams have been released by the Railway Protection Force (RPF). Candidates can download the answer sheets using their roll number, date of birth details, date of exam and exam batch. As of now, the SI exam is over. Computer based test for the constable recruitment will be held till February 19. For the Constable exam, RPF will begin the fourth phase of CBT on January 17 for Group A, B and F posts for which admit cards have been released. The fifth phase of CBT for group C and D will begin on February 2.

On the other hand, for the group D exam conducted by the railway recruitment boards (RRB) answer key challenge process will begin today. RRBs will open the objection window 5 pm onwards. Candidates can challenge the answer key submitting relevant documents in support. Railways will levy Rs. 50 per question per challenge submitted by the candidate. The fee has to be remitted through online payment mode. In case the objection raised is found to be correct, the fee paid against such valid objections shall be refunded to the candidate.

After the completion of the objection period, representations from the candidates on the questions or options will not be entertained, said the notice on RRB Group D answer key.

RRB Group D Answer Key: Challenge Official Key, Questions, Options Till January 19

Railway recruitment boards (RRB) will host the objection link for group D answer key today. Candidates can challenge the RRB group D answer key today, 5 pm onwards. For the group D answer keys released last week, the national transporter has allowed candidates to raise objections along with relevant support documents. Experts from the railway recruitment boards (RRB) will assess the challenges submitted by the candidates and will then prepare a final answer key based on which the RRB group D results of the computer based test will be announced. “The decision of RRBs on the objections raised shall be final and binding and no further correspondence shall be entertained from the candidates in the matter,” said the RRBs.

RRB Group D Answer Key: Objection Submission Process


This will be an online process, where candidates have to login to the portal using their exam particulars and fill the form properly. Candidates can raise objections to the question paper and the options given in the question paper, as well. Railways will charge Rs. 50 per question per challenge submitted by the candidate. The fee has to be remitted through online payment mode. In case the objection raised is found to be correct, the fee paid against such valid objections shall be refunded to the candidate.

After the completion of the objection period, representations from the candidates on the questions or options will not be entertained, said the notice on RRB Group D answer key

Railways has not announced the group D result date yet. However officials have confirmed it to NDTV that the results will be announced on February 18. Again, other media reports claim that the result will be released on February 13. Candidates are suggested to wait for official confirmation in this regard. RRBs will intimate candidates of the result date and time through the registered mobile number and email address.

The railway group D exam was held from September 17, 2018 to December 17, 2018 for the recruitment of more than 60,000 posts in Indian Railways. Around 1.9 crore (19 million) applicants had registered for the exam which was held in 400 centres across India. This giant recruitment drive began in February 2018.

12 Trains To Delhi Delayed Due To Fog

Dense fog blanketed the national capital today and affected railway operations with 12 trains to Delhi being affected due to low visibility conditions.

The MeT office had forecast moderate fog for today morning and mainly clear sky and haze/smoke thereafter.

“Maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover around 20 and 7 degrees Celsius respectively,” the weatherman said.

The city witnessed a cold day on Sunday with the minimum temperature settling at 8.5 degrees Celsius.

Indian Railway Announces Junior Engineer Vacancies; Check Post Details, Eligibility Here

Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) have finally released the indicative advertisement for Junior Engineer (JE) recruitment. The application process will begin from January 2, 2019. With more than 14,000 vacancies at stake, it is expected that the number of applications will be humongous. Hence, it becomes all the more imperative for candidates to check the eligibility criteria carefully and apply only after confirming their eligibility for the posts advertised.

The total number of vacancies advertised is 14,033 out of which 13,034 are for Junior Engineer. 49 vacancies are for Junior Engineer (Information Technology), 456 vacancies are for Depot Material Superintendent, and 494 vacancies are for Chemical and Metallurgical Assistant.

Candidates applying for these posts should not be younger than 18 years and older than 33 years. Age relaxation on upper age will be permitted as per the detailed CEN published on the RRB website.

For the post of Junior Engineer, a candidate should have a diploma or a degree in Engineering. For Junior Engineer IT post, a candidate should have a PGDCA/ B.Sc. Computer Science/ BCA/ B.Tech. (Information Technology)/ B.Tech. (Computer Science)/ DOEACC ‘B’ Level course of 3 years duration or equivalent from a recognized University.

In case of Depot Material Superintendent, an applicant should have a diploma or a degree in engineering.

Finally, for the post of Chemical and Metallurgical Assistant, candidate should have a Bachelor degree in Science with Physics and Chemistry with minimum 45 per cent marks.

Railways Develops Robot USTAAD, To Check For Faults In Trains

To make trains more safe by eliminating human errors, Central Railway has developed an AI-powered robot which would click pictures and record videos of the under-gears of trains and send them to engineers for repairs and maintenance.

The mechanical branch of Central Railway’s Nagpur division has developed the robot named USTAAD (Undergear Surveillance Through Artificial Intelligence Assisted Droid), which examines parts of the coach in real time with a HD camera and transmits them over WiFi.

“It captures video and still photographs of the under-gear parts of the coaches in real time and transmit them over WiFi. The engineers can see these videos on big screen as well as record them. The camera of the robot can be rotated in any direction as per command given by the engineers,” Central Railway spokesperson Sunil Udasi said.

“He can also zoom on the spot in case of any doubt. It is equipped with LED flood light and able to capture the videos in low light as well as in dark mode. By use of this robot the chances of mistake and any deficiency overlooked by human eye can be eliminated thus reducing chances of human error,” he added.

With the help of USTAAD, engineers can easily see and examine areas which are hard to see and hard to approach such as cramped or narrow spaces between under-gear parts, he said.

Railways is now considering using USTAAD across zones, once tested more minutely, the official said.

Railway JE Recruitment: 14,000 Jobs To Be Announced This Week, Confirms Official

As many as 14,000 vacancies will be announced by Indian Railways for Junior Engineer (JE) post. ‘The official notification will be released on Saturday,’ said Angaraj Mohan, Executive Director, Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) to NDTV.

Searches on the said RRB JE recruitment started on Wednesday after a job notification, which looks like an official railway notice, was shared on social media. The notification, which shows it to be from the weekly edition of Employment News (dated December 29 to January 4), reads that the registration process will begin on January 2.

In A Year Of Firsts, Indian Railway Sets Up Rail University, Conducts Recruitment For 1.3 Lakh Posts

Candidates are suggested to follow the official website for updates regarding this job.

Under this recruitment, railways will select candidates for Junior Engineer, Depot Material Superintendent, Chemical & Metallurgical Assistant, Senior Section Engineer and Chief Depot Material Superintendent.

Indian Railways will recruit Junior Engineers after three years span. In 2015, the RRBs had released the notice in June for more than 2000 vacancies.

The RRBs are currently engaged in the selection process for close to 1.3 lakh Group C and Group D posts. The first stage selection for both the recruitment, advertised through CEN 01/ 2018 and CEN 02/ 2018, is over. While results for group C exam has been declared, the results for the Group D exam is expected soon.