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Viksit Bharat Ambassador: From rail tracks to stations revamp, Ashwini Vaishnaw explains transformation in Railways

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New Delhi, May 16 (IANS) Union Minister for Railways, Communications and IT, Ashwini Vasihnaw on Thursday gave a detailed insight into the transformative journey of the Indian Railways in Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government and explained how it was being tailored to take it to next level.

The Union Minister, addressing the Viksit Bharat Ambassador event in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar East region, said that new railway tracks are being added to the existing infrastructure, railway stations being refurbished across the country and Vande Bharat trains are being readied to power the way the country commutes.

He said that Railways was run as ‘personal fiefdom’ during previous regimes, with the then governments exploiting the public carrier for their own political dividends, but it was after PM Modi came to power that drastic changes began taking shape.

“The first change was improvement in the train toilets and cleanliness and hygiene on stations, which nobody would have imagined some years ago,” Ashwini Vaishnaw said.

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The Union Minister pointed out that about 2.5 crore people in the country travel on trains on daily basis, which is equal to Australia’s population.

On a yearly basis, about 700 crore people travel in the country via Indian Railways.

The Union Minister, highlighting the neglect and ignorance of Railways during the Congress-led regimes, said that an average of 4 km rail tracks per day, amounting to 1,500 km in an year — was being built while 5,300 km railway track was developed in the past financial year alone.

He also said that the waiting list on trains will be completely done away within the next 5-6 years.

The Union Minister said that 300 railway stations are undergoing makeovers, including 128 in Maharashtra alone and said that Shivaji terminal, at a whopping investment of Rs 2,700 crore, is being developed as a world-class station while retaining its heritage.

He also took feedback from the Viksit Bharat audience on the structure, design and convenience of Vande Bharat trains and showed a video of Vande Metro and explained how it would add to the ease and comfort of travel.

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Ashwini Vaishnaw said that the Vande Metro is set to bring revolution in public transport by ensuring fast connectivity and convenient travel between cities.

He also told the audience that three more corridors of bullet trains are being added, which will lay the foundation for the new generation’s prosperity.

–IANS

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Bomb threat for IndiGo flight at Delhi airport turns out to be hoax (Ld)

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New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) An IndiGo flight bound for Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh received a bomb threat at Delhi airport on Tuesday morning, which later turned out to be a hoax, police said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI Airport) Usha Rangnani said that at around 5 a.m., information was received regarding a paper found in the lavatory of an Indigo flight scheduled to depart for Varanasi, with the word ‘bomb@5.30’ written on it.”

“Following the standard security protocols, a thorough inspection was conducted, and no suspicious items were found,” said the DCP.

According to airline officials, IndiGo flight 6E2211 operating from Delhi to Varanasi with 176 passengers onboard, had received a specific bomb threat at the airport.

The threat call was received at around 5.40 a.m., said officials.

“All necessary protocols were followed and the aircraft was taken to a remote bay as per guidelines by airport security agencies.

All passengers were safely evacuated via the emergency exits,” said an airline official.

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In a similar incident on May 16, a tissue paper, with the word “bomb” written on it, was found in the Air India flight AI819 lavatory at Delhi airport, prompting security agencies to conduct an inspection, but it turned out to be a hoax.

–IANS

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Two injured as DTC buses crash in southwest Delhi

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New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) Two people sustained injuries after a Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus hit another stationary bus in southwest Delhi’s Nauroji Nagar on Tuesday morning, police said.

Sharing the details, police said that information was received on Tuesday morning at Safdarjung Enclave police station regarding an accident at Nauroji Nagar bus stand on Outer Ring Road between two DTC buses.

Upon reaching the spot, it was revealed that a DTC electric bus driven by Akash was picking up passengers from the Nauroji Nagar bus stand when another DTC bus driven by Chandveer hit it from the rear side.

“Two persons namely Mukesh Kumar and Shamshula, both residents of Durga Park, West Sagarpur, received minor injuries and are undergoing treatment at AIIMS Trauma Centre,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southwest) Rohit Meena.

“Legal action is being taken in the matter,” the DCP added.

–IANS

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No feasibility study needed for solar rooftop connections up to 10 kW in TN

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Chennai, May 28 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has directed the state power utility TANGEDCO not to conduct a technical feasibility study for solar rooftop proposals of up to 10 kilowatts.

The regulatory commission in the state in an order dated May 23, has directed the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) to exempt consumers using solar rooftops of up to 10 kilowatt power based on Rule 7(A) of Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Amendment Rules, 2004.

The TNERC came out with the directive after TANGEDCO ordered an exemption on solar rooftops with a capacity of up to only 3 kilowatts.

The directive was required after several households complained that there was a delay in installing rooftop solar systems in households by the TANGEDCO.

The regulatory commission also directed TANGEDCO that the sanction power of the Grid Interactive Solar Photovoltaic Power System capacity of up to 10 kW should be delegated to the lower-level field officers.

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While TANGEDCO has to conduct the study and produce the feasibility report for a solar rooftop project in households within a fortnight, consumers told IANS that there has been an inordinate delay.

Meenakshi Sundaram, a retired College professor, who wanted to install a solar rooftop connection of 8 kW, told IANS that there has been a long delay from Tangedco and several consumers like her were dejected.

–IANS

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LS polls: PM Modi to campaign in Jharkhand, Bengal today

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New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will campaign in Jharkhand and West Bengal on Tuesday for the seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

The Prime Minister will hold a public meeting in Jharkhand’s Dumka at 12:15 p.m., followed by another two in West Bengal’s Barasat at 2:30 p.m. and Jadavpur at 4:00 p.m.

Prime Minister Modi is also scheduled to offer floral tributes at the statue of Subhas Chandra Bose in Kolkata Uttar at 5:55 p.m. and then begin a roadshow. After the roadshow, he will offer floral tributes at the statue of Swami Vivekananda at 7:00 p.m.

Major political developments that will unfold across the country on Tuesday:

* Union Home Minister Amit Shah will hold public meetings in Odisha’s Chandbali at 12:30 p.m., Jajpur at 2:15 p.m., and Puri at 4:00 p.m.

* BJP President J.P. Nadda will address public meetings in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur at 11:00 a.m., Mandi at 1:15 p.m., and Rohru at 3:15 p.m.

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* INDIA bloc partners Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav will address ‘Parivartan Sankalp Sabhas’ in Uttar Pradesh’s Rudrapur (Bansgaon Lok Sabha constituency) at 3:15 p.m. and Gangapur (Varanasi) at 5:10 p.m.

* Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will address election rallies in Pipiganj, Gorakhpur at 11:10 a.m. and Mirzapur at 1:00 p.m. From there, he will go to Bihar to hold public meetings in Fatuha (Patna) at 3:10 p.m., Bhojpur at 4:30 p.m. and Patliputra at 6:00 p.m.

* Samajwadi Party leader Dimple Yadav will address an election rally at 1 p.m. in Uttar Pradesh’s Dohrighat (Mau) for the INDIA bloc candidate from the Ghosi Lok Sabha constituency.

* Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and Nishad Party chief Sanjay Nishad will address a public meeting in the Chauri Chaura Assembly constituency of the Bansgaon Lok Sabha constituency.

* Gujarat Congress President Shaktisinh Gohil will address a press conference at 12 noon at the party headquarters in New Delhi.

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–IANS

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IndiGo flight receives bomb threat at Delhi airport

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New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) An IndiGo flight bound for Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh received a bomb threat at Delhi airport on Tuesday morning, prompting authorities to declare an emergency, police said.

According to airline officials, IndiGo flight 6E2211 operating from Delhi to Varanasi had received a specific bomb threat at the airport. The threat call was received at around 5.40 a.m., said officials.

“All necessary protocols were followed and the aircraft was taken to a remote bay as per guidelines by airport security agencies. All passengers were safely evacuated via the emergency exits,” said an airline official.

“The flight is currently undergoing inspection. Post completion of all security checks, the aircraft will be positioned back in the terminal area,” the spokesperson added.

More details are awaited.

–IANS

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