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Disposable linen, automatic doors in premier trains planned - 7/2/2014

Indian Express

Disposable linen in Rajdhani trains, automatic closing doors in Shatabdi and fire suppression system in passenger coaches are some of the proposals set to be announced in the Rail Budget 2014-15.

Besides, announcement of manufacturing high capacity milk van and light weight wagon for transporting salt are also likely to find mention in NDA government’s first Rail Budget on July 8.

Heeding to the demand from the manufacturing sector, the Railways is also finalising its budgetary plan to develop high capacity wagons to transport more steel coils. As per the plan, the state-run transporter is proposing to develop wagons which can carry upto 3944 tons of coils. Currently, the carrying capacity of wagons is 2346 tons.

Aiming at generating more revenue from parcel movement, the Rail Budget is likely to propose development of high capacity parcel vans.

According to sources, better passenger amenities and strengthening of safety and security in trains are likely to be focus of Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda in his maiden Rail Budget.

In a step towards providing better amenities and hygienic condition in trains, railways have decided to start a pilot project of providing disposable bedrolls in Bangalore Rajdhani Express.

There have been complaints regarding the quality of linen provided to Rajdhani passengers.

“So, it has been decided to provide linen made of non-woven polyester fabric which can be disposed off after use. It will be carried out in an experimental way in Bangalore Rajdhani and after getting feedback from passengers, a decision will be taken to adopt in in other Rajdhani trains,” the sources said.

Railways will also start a pilot project to equip Shatabdi coaches with automatic closing door system as a fool-proof safety device. The automatic door system will also be installed in EMU trains for suburban service, as per the plan.

Keeping the increased demand for dairy products and milk output, railways is proposing to develop higher capacity milk van which can carry 44,600 litres as against the current 40,000 litre.

Though the carrying capacity of milk van will be increased, the weight of the new design milk van will be reduced from 37 tons to 29.7 tons, as per the plan.

Monsoon Finally Lashes Mumbai With Heavy Rains, Slows Down Traffic - 7/2/2014

NDTV Heavy rain lashed Mumbai and large parts of coastal and western Maharashtra on Wednesday, providing welcome relief from the extended summer in the city. 

Though delayed by over three weeks - the normal date for onset of monsoon is June 10 - the steady downpour today resulted in water-logging in low-lying areas and created disruptions in road and rail traffic within the city and outside. Most low-lying areas are now submerged. 

Traffic came to a halt or crawled at some sections on the SV Road in the western suburbs and LBS Marg in the eastern suburbs. Suburban trains on Western Railway, Central Railway and Harbour Line ran into delays.

There were traffic snarls on some sections of the Eastern Express Highway as also Western Express Highway, which slice the city vertically.

"A depression in the Bay of Bengal has helped bring the rains. It will continue for a few days after which it may decrease," said VK Rajeev, director at the Regional Meteorological Centre.

Earlier in the day, a delegation from Maharashtra had met the agriculture minister to discuss the monsoon situation. A separate contingency plan had already been worked out with state governments for drought-prone regions, such as Vidharbha in Maharashtra, to ensure there is no shortage of drinking water and fodder.

Meanwhile, heavy rain was reported from Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Nashik, Ahmednagar and Satara districts in the coastal and western parts of the state.

Mumbaikars' favourite hill stations like Lonavala, Matheran, Panchagani and Mahabaleshwar were also soaked by the heavy rain, further cooling the constantly high temperatures of then past three months.

By noon, Mumbai recorded a healthy 105 mm rainfall, raising hopes of postponement of the proposed water cuts planned by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai.

Rainfall has also been reported in the catchment areas of various lakes in Thane and Mumbai which supply drinking water to the western megapolis.

Pilot error led to C-130J Hercules crash: IAF sources - 6/29/2014

Indian Express

Error in piloting is understood to have been found as the reason behind the crash of Air Force’s C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in March in which five service personnel, including four officers, were killed near Gwalior.

The Court of Inquiry is almost complete and error in piloting is believed to have been the reason behind the crash, highly placed IAF sources said.

The aircraft, worth over Rs 900 crore, had crashed while practicing a tactical operation along with another C-130J Super Hercules aircraft after taking off from Agra on March 28.

All the crew on board — four officers and one Warrant Officer — lost their lives in the mishap.

The IAF Court of Inquiry under an officer of the rank of Air Commodore (equivalent to a Brigadier in Army) is in the final stages and the report will be soon submitted to the Defence Ministry, IAF spokesperson Group Captain Gerard Galway said.

India recently inducted six C-130J Super Hercules aircraft which were bought from the US at a cost of around Rs 6,000 crore (USD 1 billion) four years ago.

The inquiry was held back for some time in the early stages as the black box of the aircraft had suffered damage and had to be sent to the original equipment manufacturer Lockheed Martin Corporation’s facility in the US.

The home base of the 77 squadron ‘Veiled Vipers’ operating the ill-fated aircraft is Hindan in Ghaziabad near here. The aircraft has recently landed at Ladakh’s Daulat Beg Oldie air field near the Sino-India border and have helped in boosting IAF’s capability to airlift troops closer to the border in times of emergency.

IAF has also placed orders for another six such aircraft, which are planned to be deployed in Panagarh, West Bengal, near the headquarters of Indian Army’s 17 Strike Corp being raised to counter the threat along the border with China.

Mangalore Woman finds scissors in her stomach four years after undergoing Surgery - 6/29/2014

Mangalore Woman finds scissors in her stomach four years after undergoing Surgery

Mangalore : In a case of sheer medical negligence, which almost cost a woman her life, a doctor at a hospital in Mangalore left a pair of scissors in her stomach during hysterectomy- a procedure which involves surgical removal of uterus.

All the more shocking is the fact that the scissors remained in her stomach for four years.

On Saturday, June 28 the lady spoke to the media persons about her ordeal and held the doctors of Mangalore Nursing Home responsible for the blunder.

The lady, a resident of Madoor near Kotekar stated that four years ago (February 22, 2010) she was admitted to Mangalore Nursing Home for hysterectomy. After a successful operation she was discharged and after few days she started developing swelling in her joints. The doctors whom she consulted declared that swelling was common in patients who undergo the surgery. The lady endured the pain for four years and also went into depression.

Few days ago when no other treatment procedure was working she was referred to a skin specialist. The skin specialist in turn asked her to undergo scanning as a common procedure. To her utter shock the scanning report revealed the presence of scissors in her pelvic area.

The lady then came to the hospital and demanded explanation from the doctors who had conducted hysterectomy on her. The doctors who analyzed the report admitted negligence on their part.

The relatives of the lady then went to Kadri Police Station to file a complaint.

She then came to the hospital to demand an explanation from Dr Poornima Nair and Dr Rohit Gatti who had operated upon her.

Accusing the doctors of negligence, she said, “When I came to the hospital today, I was told to negotiate and hush up the matter without letting anyone else know. However, I decided to bring the matter before the media so that it does not happen to other patients. I will not compromise on this.”

She further said that though she had not decided on her future course of action, she said she was determined not to seek any further treatment in the same hospital.

Dr Poornima Nair, in her defence, said that a surgery is a team work and if any such incident occurs, it is the responsibility of the entire team and not of any single person. She moreover pointed out that the surgery was done on the central portion of the pelvis where the uterus was located, whereas the pair of scissors was found towards the side.

“We cannot say for sure that it was our mistake. It may have been done by some other doctor. Unless we operate again we cannot know what exactly happened,” she said.

Ramadan starts on Sunday - 6/28/2014


  The first of Ramadan will be on Sunday, June 29, 2014, according to the UAE Moon Sighting Committee.

Dr Hadef Jua’an Al Daheri, Minister of Justice, said after the committee’s meeting at the Judiciary Department in Abu Dhabi, that after contacting neighbouring countries and following all Sharia procedures to site the new crescent of Ramadan, the crescent was not seen on Friday night, hence, Saturday will be the completion of the month of Sha’aban and Sunday, June 29, 2014, will be the first day of Ramadan.

Dr. Al Daheri extended sincere greetings on the advent of the holy month of Ramadan,to President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, their brothers Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, and General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

He also congratulated the people of the UAE and Muslims all across the globe.

Lighting of stove might have sparked GAIL pipeline fire: Police - 6/27/2014

Indian Express Andhra Pradesh Police said the lighting of a stove by a tea vendor might have sparked Friday’s fire in the GAIL pipeline in East Godavari district after leaked gas from the line enveloped the area.

As per initial information, there was a major gas leakage from the pipeline around 4.30 AM at Nagaram village in Mamidikuduru Mandal of the district which spread to nearby areas and lighting of a stove at a tea shop triggered the fire and a blast, IGP North Coastal Zone Atul Singh said.


However, he said only after a detailed inquiry the exact cause of the incident will be known.

The impact of the blast was such that a crater was created on the ground. The fire spread rapidly to the houses in the area gutting them. At least 14 persons were charred to death and 18 others injured in the fire, Singh said.

The gas supply through the pipeline has been suspended by the authorities following the incident, he said.

“The fire has been doused now. Detailed investigation will be carried out in the incident… We will look into what safety measures were taken by the GAIL authorities…,” the IGP said.

The massive blaze, which spread to nearby houses and coconut farms, has been put off by the fire fighters, and the ONGC authorities also rushed its four fire tenders, officials said.

The underground pipeline used to carry gas and crude oil extracted from offshore units up to refineries to Razole and Narsapur.

Uddhav Thackeray, Shah Rukh Khan among water bill defaulters - 6/27/2014


The BMC has come out with a list of water bill defaulters and it includes the names of some high-profile residents of the city.

The list, which was published on June 26, included the name of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, his late father Bal Thackeray, renowned Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan and well-known architect Hafeez Contractor.

The BMC published the list in accordance with an order passed by the state information commission in December 2013.

A senior civic official said the names in the list are of those who have failed to clear their dues within 45 days of the bills being sent to them.

Odisha schoolgirl commits suicide over pencil, notebook - 6/27/2014


Bhubaneswar: A 14-year-old girl committed suicide in Odisha after her parents said they didn't have enough money to buy her basic stationery like pencil and notebook and other study materials.

The girl named Jayanti, a resident of Aska town in Ganjam district which is about 170km from state capital Bhubaneswar, had been requesting her parents to pay some money for her studies after the school - where she was recently promoted to class 7 - opened June 23.

Her parents said they needed some time to arrange the money. Upset with the delay, the girlon Wednesday poured kerosene on herself and set herself on fire at home when her parents were away, a police official told IANS.

She sustained over fifty per cent burn injuries. Some neighbours rescued her and took her to the local hospital where she died, the official said.

The girl’s father Bijoy Nayak was a daily wage worker and recently suffered a paralytic stroke and is now unable to add to the family income. Her mother Iswari works as a maid.

The couple has three other minor children as well.

Rewind: India win the '83 World Cup - 6/25/2014

TOI Rewind: India win the '83 World Cup

June 25, 1983. The day that Indian cricket came of age, and a match that changed the course of the game's future.

The venue was Lord's, the spiritual home of cricket, where a packed house witnessed one of sport's biggest upsets. West Indies captain Clive Lloyd won the toss after which the defending champions and overwheling favourites were briefly frustrated by Kris Srikkanth's 57-ball 38 - which included a resounding square cut for four off Andy Roberts - but a collapse from 90 for 2 left India undercooked.

Once Srikkanth and Amarnath, whose sheet anchor 26 would prove to be invaluable, were separated, Yashpal Sharma's run of solid form ended in failure and the all-round trio of Kapil Dev, Kirti Azad and Roger Binny all stumbled. Sandeep Patil got a bit of support from the tail to get the total to 183, crucially ensuring India batted for 54.4 overs.

Balwinder Sandhu took new ball and gave India an immense breakthrough, foxing Gorden Greenidge with an inswinger that hit the West Indies opener on the fingers and crashed onto the stumps. It was the first of two pivotal moments. The second, Kapil's running catch to dismiss the dangerous Viv Richards, was the turning point. After hitting three successive fours, Richards sized up a length ball that he thought would fetch him a fourth boundary, except the ball took the top part of his bat and spiraled in the air over midwicket. Kapil never lost sight of the ball as he sprinted backwards about 20 yards, smiling as he ran. In the end he covered good ground and pouched the catch that won the match and sparked manic celebrations back home.

Suddenly, West Indies were 66 for 4. Lloyd, struggling with a hamstring strain, departed next when he drove Madan Lal to Kapil in the covers, to make it 66 for 5. It got worse at 76 for 6, but a stubborn rear-guard effort between Jeff Dujon and Malcolm Marshall threatened to undo all the good work. Kapil then turned back to Amarnath and, in typically languid style, he dismissed both batsmen to leave West Indies at 124 for 8. Jogging, hiding the ball behind his back, hitting the seam and extracting extra bounce, Amarnath stunned the defending champions. The final nail was hammered when he trapped Michael Holding lbw, a scene captured on television and photographs for all Indian fans to cherish forever.

"Mohinder has the laziest, relaxed way of bowling, as if he's jogging, but these are deceptive moves as he trips them by making the ball wobble and induce all kinds of indecisiveness in batting," wrote Kapil years after Indian cricket's most famous day. It was a fitting attribute to a fine allrounder who won the Man-of-the-Match award in the semi-final and final.

Brief scores: India 183 in 54.4 overs (Kris Srikkanth 38, Mohinder Amarnath 26; Andy Robers 3/32, Malcolm Marshall 2/24, Michael Holding 2/26) beat West Indies 140 in 52 overs (Vivian Richards 33, Jeff Dujon 25; Amarnath 3/12, Madan Lal 3/21) by 43 runs

Cops may meet Preity Zinta today for statement - 6/24/2014

TOI MUMBAI: Actress Preity Zinta, who is back in the city, is likely to record her statement with the Marine Drive police on Tuesday. The statement would either be recorded at her residence or at Wankhede stadium, where the alleged incident took place.

The actress after landing in Mumbai by a British Airways flight on Sunday morning reached her Bandra house and stepped out for a meeting later in the night, said a source. She gave the media the slip and was out of her house for two hours. "Our officers will go to her residence to record her detailed statement. Later, she could be asked to come to Wankhede stadium for spot panchnama," said additional commissioner Krishna Prakash. A police source said that a woman officer will be part of the team that records Zinta's statement against her former industrialist boyfriend, Ness Wadia. Preity has lodged an FIR against Wadia, accusing him of issuing threats and abusing her.

"We are in the process of recording the witnesses' statement. The future course of action will be taken once Zinta's statement is recorded and corroborated with that of witnesses," said a police officer.

The police chief had called the actress back from Los Angeles, where she had flown to immediately after registering the FIR at Marine Drive police station on June 13. She has accused Ness, who along with her co-owns IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab, of pulling her hand and publicly humiliating her as a woman by using foul language and profanities against her at Wankhede stadium during a T20 match on May 30.

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