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Four wagons of a goods train laden with sugar derailed near Sanaura railway crossing, on the Jalandhar-Dhilwan route, on Wednesday.
Four wagons got damaged and sugar spilled around the tracks. However, no causality has been reported. The driver, assistant and the guard of the train were safe.
“The incident occurred on the Jalandhar-Dhilwan route in the late afternoon. The train was loaded with sugar. The four wagons got derailed along with the guard’s coach. It was on its way to Pathankot. The wagons got derailed near the Sanaura village railway crossing. The technical
team is looking after the repair of the tracks,” said GRP SHO Baldev Singh Randhawa.
He further informed, that incident took place due to a fault in the coupling (equipment that connects two wagons). Restoration work is in progress and normal train services on the line are expected to be restored soon, he said.
Meanwhile, the derailment caused a lot of inconvenience to the passengers, as for hours, the scheduled trains were either diverted or cancelled on the route. The long route trains have been diverted, informed officials.
Today (02:15) VIP quota train tickets racket busted by cops (www.asianage.com)

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The railway police said that Singh came under the scanner after a senior politician lodged a complaint with it.
Mumbai: The Government Railway Police (GRP) has arrested the son of a public relations’ officer (PRO) of a member of the Uttar Pradesh (UP) Legislative Council, for allegedly forging recommendation letters to book VIP quota railway tickets in holiday special trains.
The accused was arrested from UP, and the Mumbai railway police said that he used to forge letterheads of senior railway officials, MPs and MLAs. The accused used to fax recommendation letters to
the railway, seeking reserved tickets in VIP quotas.
The accused, identified as Devpratap Chaturbhuj Singh (29), had been duping the railway since April. Singh, who was arrested from Lucknow, used to charge Rs 2,500 per ticket for getting it reserved in the VIP quota.
Samadhan Pawar, deputy commissioner of police, GRP (CR), said, “He comes from a well-to-do family and did this for easy money. He would download the letterheads from the internet and after making changes to them, would shoot them to the railway by fax. There was no return inquiry into the authenticity of these letters by the railway.”
The officials said that there was no involvement of an insider in the forgery. Singh is however being questioned further.
Singh forged letterheads of K.P. Bakshi, additional chief secretary (home) of the Maharashtra government on April 24 and secured VIP tickets against PNR number 820-4778903. He also forged letterheads of UP lokayukta J.C. Uparethi on April 25 to book tickets in the VIP quota against PNR number 870-8816041. Further, he forged letterheads of several Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs from UP and Bihar, said officials.
The railway police said that Singh came under the scanner after a senior politician lodged a complaint with it. The accused would make mass bookings on holiday special trains and give confirmed tickets to his customers.
A case of cheating, forgery, forgery for cheating has been registered under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code and Singh has been remanded to police custody for further investigation.
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Today (01:53) Railways are concerned over security of women passengers (www.dailypioneer.com)

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Concerned over security of women passengers, the Railways is mulling to colour women’s compartments in trains so that they be easily differentiated from other compartments in the trains.
The NER, Lucknow Division has received a letter from the Railway Board in which they have been asked to carry out programs to make women passengers aware about security during travel. 
Well placed sources disclosed that the move was initiated in to ensure women passengers’ safety. “Presently, compartments reserved for women is written on the coaches of a train. But male passengers overlook this in
a hurry or violate the norms intentionally and we take preventive measures to stop this practice. If the colour of the coach is different, it will be easily detected. There are plans to fix the location of t hese coaches in a train too,” sources disclosed. 
They said the Railway Board has also asked Divisional Railway Manager, NER, Lucknow division to carry out programs including street corner plays (Nukkad Natak), distribute pamphlets, audio and video clips through radio stations to make women and children aware about safety measures and about Railway Protection Force (RPF) Helpline number during emergency.  
They said the RPF along with Railways cultural organizations will carry out security awareness drive. Under the drive, the NER Lucknow Division will be carrying out awareness drives at all railway stations under its jurisdiction. The Railways will take the help of TV sets and vantage places at stations to spread awareness among women passengers.      
PRO, NER, Lucknow Division, Alok Srivastava confirmed that a plan was in the offing. “The colour of coaches for women was yet to be decided and a decision will be taken by the Railway Board soon,” he said.
Srivastava said that preparations in regard of carrying out security awareness program was being drafted at NER, Lucknow Division. “We are preparing catchphrase to make women and children passengers aware about security which the Railways is providing. The Railways has also declared 2018-19 as 'Women and Children Year ' and the programs will be conducted on this lines,” he said. 
Presently, compartments reserved for women are available in some trains like Lucknow Mail and Kahsi Vishwanath Express. Nearly half the compartment (36 berths) is reserved for handicapped persons while the other half is for women travellers.
Today (01:49) Rain disrupts train services (www.telegraphindia.com)
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Odisha Rain disrupts train services TOUGH TIME: Passengers remain stranded because of rain and thunderstorm at Bhubaneswar railway station on Wednesday.

Bhubaneswar: Rail services were disrupted in the Puri-Bhubaneswar-Bhadrak section following heavy rain in the city on Wednesday.
Similarly, one scheduled flight of Vistara (Bhubaneswar-Delhi) was also diverted to Calcutta for the rain.
An East Coast Railway official said that because of the stormy weather, overhead wires got snapped at some places, while the signalling system was also equally affected.
The railway officials said that around six trains had been cancelled, while about 10 were stranded at various stations.
While the Cuttack-Puri shuttle train was stopped midway after a Cesu wire snapped near Lingaraj station, the Angul-Puri Passenger train was stranded at Bhubaneswar station. Both the Tata-Kacheguda and the Talcher-Puri trains were also halted at Mancheswar. Similarly, the Cuttack-Paradip-Cuttack Passenger was cancelled from both the directions, along with the Cuttack-Bhadrak-Cuttack Passenger.
Passengers waited for more than four hours for restoration of the services, and the train services became normal in the afternoon. A number of passengers also walked down to various destinations from the Lingaraj Passenger halt. "We came to know that the overhead wires got snapped, so there was no point in waiting for hours. That's why, I decided to take a walk for around 1km in the rain to hire an auto-rickshaw to reach Rasulgarh," said Akash Tripathi, a passenger.
Passengers at Bhubaneswar railway station had a harrowing time after floodwater inundated the station. A number of passengers were stranded at the station hoping the water level to recede. "Most of the passengers were forced to wade through knee-deep water for finding a safe place to keep their luggage. If the situation is so bad in the summer, one can imagine what we are going to face during the rainy season," said another passenger.
The railway officials said that to tackle the waterlogging problem, a micro-tunnelling system had been adopted at the railway station. "A concrete pipe has been pushed for 104 metres beneath the ground from one end of the platform to the other end. The pipe has also been connected with the drain to discharge the rain water," said a railway official.
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