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Today (04:46) Tejas Express on Shatabdi routes: Aircraft-like trains likely between Chennai-Bengaluru, Ahmedabad-Mumbai soon (www.financialexpress.com)
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Indian Railways is looking to introduce Tejas Express trains on high occupancy Shatabdi Express routes, learns Financial Express Online. Tejas Express is a more premium version of the Shatabdi Express chair car service and was introduced last year.
Indian Railways is looking to introduce Tejas Express trains on high occupancy Shatabdi Express routes, learns Financial Express Online. Tejas Express is a more premium version of the Shatabdi Express chair car service and was introduced last year on the Mumbai-Goa route. Announced first in Railway Budget 2016, Tejas Express offers several aircraft-like comforts and aims to provide enhanced passenger experience for short-distance journeys. According to the Indian Railways timetable, Tejas Express will be introduced on the Delhi-Chandigarh and Delhi-Lucknow routes this year. According
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to Mohd. Jamshed Member Traffic Railway Board, the plan is to eventually introduce Tejas Express-like premium chair car trains on major Shatabdi Express routes.
“The routes for Tejas Express would be those where trains can run at about 130 kmph. These trains (Tejas Express) will be confined to those routes so that we get the maximum advantage and we run a faster inter-city service,” Mohd. Jamshed told Financial Express Online in an exclusive interaction. “Tejas Express trains are better versions of Shatabdi trains, with higher speeds and better comforts. We will take these new trains to semi-high speed routes where Shatabdis are very well patronised – like Delhi-Chandigarh, Delhi-Lucknow…Chennai-Bengaluru is another one, we can look at the possibility of Ahmedabad-Mumbai,” he said. Asked if these new routes have been finalised, he said, “You can say these routes are already decided because these products (Tejas Express trains) will continue to come.”
A new rake of Tejas Express was recently dispatched from RCF Kapurthala, but Mohd. Jamshed said that the train is not fully ready as yet. “The second Tejas rake is not yet fully ready. We are waiting for some more coaches to come in. We have already got around 12 coaches, but when you start running a train, then you need some spare coaches also. We have the capacity on platforms so we should be running a train of about 17-18 coaches,” he said adding that another rake of Tejas is being made. “We should be able to introduce at least two this year by December positively and a few more later,” he added.
As stated above, Tejas Express offers several aircraft-like comforts such as onboard personalised infotainment screens, reading lights, mobile charging and USB points between seats, attendant calling buttons, seats with comfortable headrests etc. The executive chair car seats even have the feature of leg rests. The second rake of the Tejas Express – which will ply on either Delhi-Lucknow or Delhi-Chandigarh route – has some upgraded features as well. The fabric covered seats have been given a new colour scheme of orange and yellow. The new Tejas Express boasts of windows with automatic venetian blinds which passengers can operate with the help of a button. Anti-graffiti vinyl wrapping on the exterior and interior continues to help keep the train clean. Financial Express Online has got some exclusive images of the new Tejas Express rake, which you can check here.
Tejas Express is indeed a more premium product offering from Indian Railways which aims to offer aircraft-like comforts for short-distance journeys. The introduction of the Tejas Express on major Shatabdi routes is a welcome step, but speed and maintenance would be key factors to ensuring high occupancy.
  
Today (04:46) IIT Delhi metro station to remain FIITJEE-IIT but signage to contain this disclaimer (www.financialexpress.com)
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Two senior officials of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) have told the Union housing and urban affairs ministry that DMRC was not wrong in auctioning the naming rights of IIT Delhi metro station to coaching institute FIITJEE and it was according to the agency’s advertising policy.
Two senior officials of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) have told the Union housing and urban affairs ministry that DMRC was not wrong in auctioning the naming rights of IIT Delhi metro station to coaching institute FIITJEE and it was according to the agency’s advertising policy. However, the DMRC directed FIITJEE to put a disclaimer on the signage reading that it was, in no way, associated with the engineering institute. This was done to
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soothe IIT Delhi’s concerns that co-branding its name with a coaching institute put across a very wrong impression. The DMRC chief, Mangu Singh said that FIITJEE had, since then, put a disclaimer on the metro station that they were not involved in any partnership with the institute.
Recently, a controversy had erupted when IIT Delhi metro station, located just outside the campus of the institute, was named as “FIITJEE-IIT” after DMRC auctioned the naming right of the station to the coaching institute. IIT Delhi took the matter to the Union human resource development (HRD) ministry and said that co-branding signage would give a false signal indicating that the engineering institute was in a partnership with the coaching institute. Post this, the HRD ministry requested the housing and urban affairs ministry to look into the matter wherein the latter had sought DMRC’s response on the issue.
Quoting one of the officials, HT reported that DMRC said that they auction the names and naming rights of metro stations according to their policy. This was being done by the DMRC for the last four years in an attempt to raise more revenue. DMRC chief Mangu Singh said that naming rights have been auctioned for other other stations as well. He said that he will accept the decision of the court and abide by it. As of now, naming rights of over 40 metro stations across the national capital have been auctioned.
  
Today (04:45) Jobs alert! Delhi Metro is hiring; check vacancies, eligibility criteria, other details (www.financialexpress.com)
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DMRC is recruiting eligible candidates to fill vacant seats including that of Deputy Manager and Managers. Both the vacant posts are related to DMRC's design department.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd., abbreviated to DMRC is recruiting eligible candidates to fill vacant seats including that of Deputy Manager and Managers. Both the vacant posts are related to DMRC’s design department. The willing candidates need to apply for the vacant posts within June 26, 2018. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Ltd, a Joint Venture company with equity participation from Government. of India and Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi has been entrusted with the responsibility of implementation of the rail based Mass Rapid Transit System for Delhi.
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The willing candidate needs to follow the online process for applications. The eligible candidate can apply by visiting the official website of DMRC- www.delhimetrorail.com.
Important Dates:-
Last date of receipt of application through the speed post- June 26, 2018.
Name of pre-qualified candidates to be published on DMRC’s official website- July 6, 2018.
Interview to fill the vacant posts will take place in the third week of July (tentatively).
Final results will be published by July end (tentatively).
Age Limit:-
The candidates who are applying for the vacant posts should attain the age of 45 years as on January 1, 2018.
Vacant posts:-
Deputy General Manager (Design)- 2 postsManager (Design)- 3 posts
Selection Process:-
There will be a three-stage process for selection- Interview. Group Discussion and Medical Examination.
Educational Qualification and Experience:-
Deputy General Manager (Design): To apply for Deputy General Manager (Design) a candidate should be a Civil engineer with a total of nine years experience in any Government Organisation or PSU.
Manager (Design): To apply for Manager (Design) post, a candidate should be a Civil engineer with a total of 6 years experience service at Gazetted/Executive level in any Government organisation or PSU.
  
Today (04:42) Now, rent an e-car from Hyderabad Metro station at Rs 40/hour! (www.newindianexpress.com)
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These self-drive automatic cars can be rented through a mobile app simply by submitting your driver’s licence; likely to be a big hit among techies, say officials.
Battery charging points have been set up for self drive rental electric ZoomCar at Miyapur Metro Station, in Hyderabad on on Friday | Vinay Madapu
MD, HMRL NVS Reddy inspecting bio toilets installed at Miyapur Metro station, in Hyderabad on Friday | Vinay Madapu
HYDERABAD: In
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a first, the Hyderabad metro rail in association with Zoomcar has launched an electric car rental service from the Miyapur Metro Station. The 25-car strong fleet will be available for a ride along the metro corridor, where power grid is setting up charging stations. The facility will be extended to the airport and other localities in the near future. These cars can be booked on rental basis using an app. What more, they cost just `40 an hour. The booking can be done by submitting a driver’s licence. Alternately, you can also rent it for a whole month by paying `10,000. Interestingly, cars taken on monthly rentals can be dropped off at stations when not being used. This way, a part of the rental cost can be recovered when the vehicle is not being used.  
The vehicles operate on lithium ion batteries and take about 90 minutes for full charging. “The facility will be a big boost for IT employees as it will improve the last-mile connectivity between offices and the Metro station,” said HMRL managing director NVS Reddy. “Hyderabad has become the first city in the country to have this set up. We do not want our city to turn into a gas chamber like Delhi. If we can improve shared mobility we can have fewer cars on the road,” he added. 
“We will also be setting up multi-level car parking facilities and ensure that these car parks have all basic facilities a person would require. So far 42 properties have been acquired for metro related works,” said Reddy. We are also providing opportunities to private people, where HMRL will act as the nodal agency and use the land for metro related works but the ownership of the land will remain with the original owner.”
Rent a car for whole month for just `10k The cars can be booked on rental basis using an app. The booking can be done by submitting a driver’s licence. Alternately, you can also rent it for a whole month by paying `10,000.
If you pee at a Metro station, it will now turn into bio-fertiliser! Hyderabad: HMRL will set up odourless urinals at metro stations that will convert the urine into biofertilizer on an experimental basis. The three urinal set up at Miyapur metro rail station costs `3 lakh, if the experiment is successful then 30 more will be set up along the metro rail corridor. The odourless urinal through a bio-fertilisation process was developed by Subash Patil, a visually challenged scientist from Pune. The process separates the water and breaks down the ammonia and urea components of urine.  The “Three in one flower model” urinal was designed by one Bhupathi Reddy who build the first model at Miyapur five months ago. A single such urinal can save 1.3 lakh litre of water
  
Today (04:40) Train services suspended in Kashmir for security reasons after Anantnag​ encounter (www.newindianexpress.com)
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SRINAGAR: Train service was again suspended on Saturday as a precautionary measure in the Kashmir valley, where four militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Anantnag district.
A state police constable and a civilian were also killed and several others injured in the encounter and subsequent demonstrations in the valley.
Train service was resumed only on Friday after remaining suspended for a day due to security reasons in the Kashmir valley, where separatists had called for a general strike in protest against the killing of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari by unidentified
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gunmen and civilians in security force action.
A fresh advisory was received last night to suspend train service in the valley on Saturday, a senior railway official said.
This is the seventh time, second in Governor's rule, train service had been suspended in the valley this month.
Therefore, no train will chug on Srinagar-Badgam and Baramulla, on north Kashmir track today.
Similarly, trains will not run on Badgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region, he said.
Four militants, including IS JK chief, were killed in a fierce encounter with security forces at Srigafwara Khiram in Anantnag on Friday during a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO).
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