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This Man Was Filmed Singing At A Railway Station. Millions Are Listening

India’s got talent – and nothing proves it better than these videos. Three videos of a man, singing at a railway station, have been viewed over 6 million times on Facebook. With his wonderful voice, the man – identified in the comments section as Souvik Mukhopadhyay – has wowed millions of viewers since clips of him singing went viral on social media.

The videos, all shot at a railway platform, show Mr Mukhopadhyay surrounded by an appreciative audience as he sings. They were uploaded to Facebook by Sushil Singh on June 21, who writes that he encountered Mr Mukhopadhyay singing while on his way to Nainital, Uttarakhand. NDTV has reached out to Mr Singh for a comment.

Speaking to NDTV, Mr Mukhopadhyay says, “I was travelling from Asansol (in West Bengal) to Haldwani (in Uttarakhand) when the train stopped at a station and my friends asked me to sing. I didn’t know I was being recorded. I didn’t even know the name of the station. It was only when I reached Haldwani that my supervisor told me my videos were being shared on Facebook.”

From the beautifully nostalgic ‘Sandese Aate Hain’ to Arijit Singh hits like ‘Muskurane Ki Wajah Tum Ho’, he sings them all does a wonderful job of it too, as evidenced by the cheers of the audience. Listen to him below:

SAIL despatches record load of 260-metre Rails to Indian Railways

Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP), the flagship entity of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) in Chhattisgarh, has recorded its best ever loading of rails for despatch to the Indian Railways (IR) in the month of June 2017.

According to BSP officials, the plant has loaded 27 rakes of 260-metre-long rails from its rail and structural mill (RSM) and universal rail mill (URM) in June. The entire load in hand was meant to be sent to IR, to which BSP is the sole supplier as far as rails are concerned.

Officials added touted this to be the highest loading recorded in a single month since the plant’s inception. From the URM alone, a 14-rake consignment was dispatched to the IR.

Following the commissioning of the new URM, the plant has been rolling out the world’s longest 130-metre rails in a single piece.

Overall, loading has been good since the first quarter of FY17 with the BSP welding 65-metre-long rails from its RSM unit into 260-metre-long rail panels. The welding is done at the mill’s long rail complex and the final panels are loaded for dispatch to the IR.

During the April-June period this year, the plant loaded 65 rakes of 260- metre-long rails. This was until June, the highest dispatch recorded by BSP in any quarter.

In fact, the number of rakes loaded for dispatch has been increasing every month since the beginning of the current financial year. In April, a load of 17 rakes were sent off, while in May this increased to 21.

Railway to diversify its Freight basket, eyeing for smaller Cargo

With the policy to encourage private freight terminals in place, the union railway ministry is now eyeing for smaller cargo which will help the ministry diversify its freight basket.

“Railways traditionally have been doing business in bulk commodities that too in ten major commodities like ore, cement and others,” Prabhu said addressing the third conference on logistic organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).

The minister further said, “What is important now is that over a period, we will have to diversify the freight basket and to do that, we need smaller quantities of freight.”

Prabhu suggested that the public-private partnership initiatives can go a long way in achieving the aim of accommodating smaller cargo.

“Some players can bring in cargo to the railway point, and there are private freight terminals which can keep them and then it can go on the rail,” Prabhu said.

He stated that the vision document to make Indian Railways the best in the world by 2030 was ready, and that ground work had started. The minister said that the railways are working on a structured plan which will encourage multi-model transportation process.

“The multi-model transportation will help to connect ports and also contribute to bringing in even urban transportation into reality,” he said mentioning about the announcement to promote private freight terminals. He said adding his ministry is working with other ministries to make all these things a reality.

Referring to the new GST regime, Prabhu said, “many things have happened in India, and this is the right time to take those things ahead.”   “Five days ago, we created a unified market by bringing in a path-breaking legislation. Now we can move goods from one place to another without any hindrance,” he said.

Prabhu said the railway ministry was working with “All other colleague ministries to make multi-modal transportation model a reality.”

Prabhu also said that this is right time to think about logistics as a new destination for investment.

Mumbai Woman Jumps In Front Of Oncoming Train. Disappears. And Then This

Passengers falling in front of a train is not so rare in Mumbai. Ten people die on the tracks every day on suburban railway system.

Some among those who fall on the tracks miraculously survive too. CCTV cameras at railway stations have often shown how some railway passengers literally cheat death.

On June 23, Ghatkopar station on the Central Railway saw a similar incident when a woman jumped in front of a train but when the train had passed, she was nowhere to be seen. Passengers were flabbergasted and failed to understand where she was. The CCTV cameras once again provided the answers. CCTV footage on the adjacent platform showed the woman exiting the station minutes after she fell under the train.

A closer examination of the CCTV footage shows the lady was flat on the tracks when she jumped in front of the train. Once the train stopped the woman, officials believe must have come out and then made a dash for the adjacent platform. Three minutes later, the woman was caught on CCTV on the adjacent problem exiting the station, which confirmed that she was alive and had indeed managed to pull off a miraculous and daring escape.

This episode comes nearly two months after a similar incident involving 19-year-old Pratiksha Natekar who also had a brush with death. The video of her standing on the tracks and getting hit by a train engine was widely circulated on social media. It was even reported that she was on earphones and didn’t hear the train coming. Ms Natekar had told NDTV that at the time, she was listening to music on her cellphone. And she has appealed to all to learn from her experience.

“I would appeal to everyone to not plug in earphones while using the railways. Don’t use headphones while boarding a train or waiting for a train,” Ms Natekar, told NDTV. In fact, it is best to use a foot-over bridge to cross tracks, added the girl, whose survival has been hailed as nothing less than miraculous.

China To Build World’s Most Challenging Railway For $36 Billion

Breathtaking scenery and breathtaking dangers – both will face Chinese engineers as they embark on building the world’s most difficult railway.

The Sichuan-Tibet Railway will be the second railway into Tibet region after the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. The railway line will go through the southeast of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, one of the world’s most geologically active areas, Xinhua news agency reported.

“The construction and operation of the Sichuan-Tibet Railway must overcome the biggest risks in the world,” said You Yong, chief engineer of the Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) who leads a scientific and technological support team to avoid disasters in the mountains.

The China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co Ltd, which is designing the line, said it will run from Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, and enter Tibet via Qamdo. It will reach Lhasa, capital of Tibet.

The total construction length will be about 1,700 km and it will cost about $36.88 billion.

Railway Ministry sanction Rs.748 Crore Jeypore-Nabarangpur new Rail line project

The Ministry of Railways has sanctioned a new broad gauge (BG) line between Jeypore and Nabarangpur in Odisha, officials said. The 38 km long new line project will be implemented on cost-sharing basis of 50 per cent each between the Railways and Odisha government.

As per the announcement of Budget 2016-17, Ministry of Railways sanctioned New BG line between Jeypore & Navarangpur  in Odisha. The length of the new BG line is 38 Kms. The cost of the project is 747.91 Crores. The project will be completed in 3 years. The project shall be implemented on Cost-sharing basis (50% by Ministry of Railways under GBS and 50% by State Govt. of Odisha)

The Project is important for connecting Navarangpur District of Western Odisha, with Jeypore, an existing Station on Kottavalasa- Kirandul line. This line will provide connectivity to important towns viz. Koraput, Jeypore, Jagdalpur, Dantewada. Further, the line is useful for connecting Navarangpur to Junagarh/Kalahandi District and result in short lead to many other places of Odisha, Chhattisgarh & Andhra Pradesh.

Further,  State Govt. of Odisha will be bearing entire cost of land and 50%  of the construction cost of the project.

The salient features of new BG line is as under:

Construction of New Broad Gauge Railway Line between Jeypore & Navarangpur (38 Km)

Name of the Project

New B.G. Railway Line between Jeypore & Navarangpur

Length

38 Km

Cost

Rs 747.91 Crores.

Completion Cost

Rs 791.47 crore

Completion Period

3 years

Mode of funding

Cost-sharing basis (50% by Ministry of Railways under GBS and 50% by State Govt. of Odisha)

States/Districts served

Odisha / Koraput and Navarangpur

Background

The Project is important for connecting Navarangpur District of Western Odisha, with Jeypore, an existing Station on Kottavalasa- Kirandul line. This line will provide connectivity to important towns viz. Koraput, Jeypore, Jagdalpur, Dantewada. Further, the line is useful for connecting Navarangpur to Junagarh / Kalahanidi District and result in short lead to many other places of Odisha, Chhattisgarh & Andhra Pradesh.

Further,  State Govt. of Odisha will be bearing entire cost of land and 50%  of the construction cost of the project.

Outcome

Once implemented, this important rail line will connect Navarangpur District of Western Odisha, not connected with railway line, with Jeypore, the existing station on Kottavalasa- Kirandul line, thus connecting other important towns viz. Koraput, Jeypore, Jagdalpur, Dantewada.  This line will also connect Navarangpur with Junagarh/Kalahandi District and result in short lead to many other places of Odisha, Chhattisgarh & Andhra Pradesh.  Besides freight  traffic viz. Maize, Rice, fertilizer, cement, wheat, POL etc. is expected from various villages en-route.

The cost of the project is Rs 747.91 crore and is expected to be completed in three years.

The project is important for connecting Nabarangpur district of western Odisha with Jeypore in the southern region to an existing station on the Kottavalasa-Kirandul line.

The new line will provide connectivity to important towns like Koraput and Jeypore in Odisha and Jagdalpur and Dantewada in Chhattisgarh.

The line will also be useful for connecting Nabarangpur to Junagarh in the Kalahandi district.

Odisha government will bear the entire cost of land and 50 per cent of construction cost of the project.

The link will be a boon for transporting maize, rice, fertiliser, cement, wheat and others from various villages and towns en-route, the officials added.

On 11 Oct 2016, Ministry of Railways signed MOU with the Odisha State Government for new rail line from Jeypore to Nabarangpur & Malkangiri; Odisha Govt sharing 50% & 25% of costs.

 

Former Railway Officials Charged Over Rail Neer Scam By Special Court

A special court has taken cognisance of a charge sheet against some former officials of the Indian Railways and others for allegedly causing a loss of Rs. 19.5 crore to railways by selling cheaper packaged water in place of Rail Neer in Rajdhani and other super-fast trains.

Special Judge Virender Kumar Goyal took note of the CBI’s final report in the matter, slapping charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating and corruption against the accused.
“Cognizance has been taken against the accused persons. Issue summons to the accused persons and notice to their sureties for August 17,” the court said.

Those named in the CBI charge sheet include then Chief Commercial Managers MS Chalia and Sandeep Silas, CEO of R K Associates, director of the company Rajeev Mittal, Sharan Bihari Agarwal, besides private companies Satyam Caterers, Ambuj Hotels, PK Associates, Sunshine Caterers, Doon’s Caterers, Vrindavan Food Products, Food World, and RD Sharma and Sons.

The agency claimed that the “accused had shown favour to these private firms in supply of cheap packaged drinking water (PDW) other than mandatory ‘Rail Neer’ on premium trains, including Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express”.

 It said that during searches at various places, including Delhi and Noida, at the residence and official premises of private caterers, a huge sum of cash of about Rs. 28.5 crore was recovered, along with large number of incriminating documents.

The final report said that from January 1, 2013 till December 31, 2014, the licensee caterers had not picked up Rail Neer as per the quota prescribed by IRCTC and supplied other cheap brands of PDW which were not allowed in Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains.

“They had allegedly claimed reimbursement from Northern Railway as was prescribed for supply of Rail Neer,” it added.

Mumbai Monorail Likely To Open For Public After Monsoon

Here’s how we know that the Wadala-Jacob Circle Monorail is finally a step closer to becoming a reality soon: The MMRDA is going to approach the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) for the inspection of the line before it can be thrown open to the public. The last deadline that the corridor was supposed to meet and missed was in December.

The development was confirmed by additional metropolitan commissioner, Sanjay Khandare, who said, “The trial runs along the monorail phase II have already begun and they are going as per plan. By month end, we plan to approach the CRS for the safety certification of the line.” Not only will the CRS check the alignment, but also travel in the monorail and conduct various inspections, based on which the final clearance would be given.

Sources from MMRDA told mid-day that they planned to throw open the corridor to public post monsoon. In the coming months, more monorail rakes are also expected to arrive in the city, as the population using the two corridors – once operational in conjunction – is expected to double from the current ridership, which has been running in losses.

Kolkata Traffic System To Change As East West Metro Tunnel Work Begins

Kolkata will witness several changes in the traffic system in the heart of the city as construction of underground tunnels for the East West Metro railway begins this week in the bustling business zone.

One of the most important changes is the shutting down of the Brabourne Road flyover, which carries huge traffic round the clock from Howrah through Howrah bridge to the metropolis, for three days.

The critical construction of the underground corridor from the banks of River Hooghly towards Dalhousie in the heart of the city, through the highly congested Burrabazar area using a tunnel boring machine (TBM) would begin from the midnight of July seven.

 “The TBM will start working from the river bank into the city on July six,” general manager (administration) of Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Ltd (KMRCL) A K Nandy told PTI.

“Traffic on the flyover and underneath at Brabourne Road will be closed from July eight to July ten,” Mr Nandy said. “We have held talks with the city mayor and Kolkata Police for arrangements in this regard,” he added.

Traffic that passes through the flyover will be diverted to other roads like Strand Road and Mahatma Gandhi Road as well as the second Hooghly bridge, which is located a few kilometres away from Howrah bridge.

 Burrabazar, through which Brabourne Road passes, is known as the trading hub of eastern India and is always choc-a-bloc with vehicles and pedestrians on working days.

Two major roadblocks in the construction of the tunnel in the Burrabazar area and Mahakaran station at Dalhousie were recently removed after KMRCL got the go-ahead from the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) and Calcutta High Court.

The ASI permitted KMRCL to lay the underground metro line and build Mahakaran station at the Dalhousie area, near the Currency Building and two synagogues, which are heritage structures.

Laying down the conditions for such construction, the National Monuments Authority said “all construction above the ground, including Mahakaran Metro station, shall be beyond the 100-metre prohibited area of Centrally Protected Monuments.”

The construction of the tunnel will require vacating two very old buildings, one each on Strand Road and Raja Woodmunt Street, on both sides of the flyover.

Some other buildings may also be vacated later as the TBM approaches the Dalhousie area through Brabourne Road, Mr Nandy said.

The high court had given the go-ahead to plans to temporarily shift the residents of these buildings during construction of the tunnel.

“We have made arrangements for the stay of the residents of these two buildings in a hotel and we will also provide food to them,” Mr Nandy said.

AFCONS, which is carrying out the construction work of the tunnel, had moved the high court seeking relief over delay owing to the issues related to occupiers who are not evacuating some old buildings in the Burrabazar area and permission for construction near or under the three heritage buildings in the Dalhousie area.

The 14.67 km-long East West Metro corridor connecting Howrah with Salt Lake Sector V has suffered delays in it’s completion schedule owing to various reasons.

A decades-old minibus stand in front of former state secretariat Writers’ Buidling, from where 16 routes to different parts of the city originated, will be dismantled, with the work starting on Wednesday.

“These buses will now do a round about of the Dalhousie area and move out after passengers alight and board,” city Mayor Sovan Chatterjee said.

Several tram routes, which travelled to and from Dalhousie area, the city’s oldest office district, will also be suspended for three years during which construction of the tunnels and Mahakaran station will be done.

Railways in the process of developing SFC: Suresh Prabhu

Indian Railways is in the process of developing a Southern Freight Corridor (SFC), which would be connected to one of three corridors, Union minister Suresh Prabhu said on Sunday.

The three Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFC) planned by the Railways will provide logistics support to the ‘Make in India’ campaign and one of the corridors will be connected with the Southern corridor for the benefit of smooth movement of freight from Southern states, Prabhu told reporters here.

“The southern states will significantly benefit from the DFC as it will be connected to southern part of the country,” he said.

Stating that freight corridors will completely criss-cross the country boosting freight movement, Prabhu said, “We will have to develop a huge backbone of infrastructure for the logistics, if Make in India has to succeed.”

He said that 10 products were the mainstay of Railway’s income and two-third of the revenue came from the freight.

However the income from freight was on a declining trend in the last couple of years, despite increase in tonnage, and in order to augment revenue, freight rates will be reduced soon, Prabhu said.

To a query on plans to help farmers in distress, Prabhu said that the Railways has operated additional freight trains to lift onions from Maharashtra to help the farmers.

Noting that transportation of the produce was the biggest problem being faced by the farmers, the minister assured that Railways will extend any support required for them and asked Container Corporation of India to look into the issue.

Stating that the farmers, who are in difficulty, are of the top priority of the Government, Prabhu said that if required necessary cold chains and storage facilities can be extended to them.

To another question on GST implementation, he said “It is good for economy.”