Western Railway Bags Best Zone Award ..

ShriMahesh Kumar,IRSSE, GM, WR, received Railway Board’s prestigious Pt. Govind VallabhPant Shield for overall efficiency and best Zonal Railway Shield  for the year 2010-11from Hon’ble Minister of Railways Shri Dinesh Trivedi during the 56th AnnualRailway National Awards Presentation Function held at New Delhi on Monday thisweek. Pt. Govind Vallabh Pant Shield is awarded to the best Zonal Railway foroverall outstanding performance among the 17 Zonal Railways.

During 2010-11, WR achieved a freight loading of 63.5 million tones as against 58.3million tonnes during the previous year which was about 9% higher. Similarly,WR achieved an earning of Rs.9142.24 crore during 2010-11 which is 12.4% higherthan the previous year.

During2010-11, there has been a considerable reduction in overall equipment failuresincluding Signal/Telecom Equipment failure resulting in improvement ofpunctuality of trains. There has also been a considerable reduction inineffective stock percentage while the utilization of motive power and rollingstock was increased. Continue reading

China Accident; Signalling Exonerated.

AFC: BEIJING — An investigation into a July-23rd high-speed rail crash in eastern China that killed at least 40 people and wounded nearly 200 others has concluded that “poor management” was to blame, state press said Monday.
An investigation into the disaster — China’s worst rail accident since 2008 — was reportedly submitted to the government in September, but has not been made public.
“The main problem lies in the poor management of local railway administration,” the Beijing News quoted Wang Mengshu, deputy head of an investigatory panel into the accident, as saying Sunday.
“They had all the best equipment, but did not maintain it well. The failure of their facilities, along with inadequate operation, resulted in the tragedy.”
But Wang said investigators “found no design flaws in the signal system after investigation and a simulated recreation of the accident.”
China has built the world’s largest high-speed rail system from scratch in less than a decade, but the rail ministry has been accused of overlooking safety in its rush to develop the country’s vast transport network.
Earlier this year the former railway minister, who had overseen construction of much of the high-speed network, was sacked and placed under investigation for corruption.
In the weeks following the accident, authorities announced a halt to new train projects, introduced new speed restrictions on bullet train lines and recalled 54 of the high-tech trains.

Rail mishaps register steady decline

Express News Service
Last Updated : 17 Nov 2011 09:14:59 AM IST

NEW DELHI: From 2,131 accidents in 1960-61 to 61 in the current year, the rail accidents have seen a steady decline ever since Independence. While data relating to the period of 1946-1960 is unavailable, records maintained every year thereafter seem to suggest that the collisions have gone done drastically from 130 in 1961 to just 5 so far this year. Not discounting the fact that these numbers should be nothing more than zero, efforts of the ministry to bring down these numbers are applaudable.

In a response to the RTI filed by Subhash Chandra Agarwal, the Railway Board released statistics of collisions, derailments, level crossing accidents and fire in train incidents right from 1960s when Jagjivan Ram was the Railway Minister.

While the number of minor accidents that have caused damage of less than `2 crore and loss of life are not recorded, the figures have shown a healthy positive trend in reduction of major train accidents. What’s more, the Laloo Yadav and Mamata Banerjee regime of this ministry has brought down these numbers to single digits.

The appreciation for this, however, rests with the Railway boards and its members, who constantly stressed on safety. Reduction in accidents was achieved primarily due to timely replacement of over-aged assets, upgradation of tracks and rolling stocks apart from better signaling, interlocking and usage of other preventive safety devices.

The number of derailments have actually come down from 1,415 in the 1960s to 28 in the current year. Most railway accidents have been attributed to failure of the railway staff.

The Railway Board has not maintained records of majority of accidents during a particular minister’s regime. However, information posted on the Indian Railway Fan Club reveals that Lal Bahadur Shastri had resigned on November 26, 1956, accepting moral responsibility for a train accident at Ariyalur, Tamil Nadu, on the night of November 23, 1956, and two earlier accidents.

Maoists responsible for the Jnaneswari accident

CNN-IBN

Kolkata: After having blamed the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) for the Jnaneswari Express sabotage last year, West Bengal Chief Minister Ms.  Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday CHANGED HER STANCE BY holding the Maoists responsible for the accident.

“You all know that the Maoists perpetrated the Jnaneswari sabotage which killed over 160 people, this fact has now been proved by the investigations,” said Banerjee addressing a rally in Kolkata.

“The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) report submitted in the case before the court, prima facie, pointed out Maoists’ involvement,” she said.

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Change in IP assette declaration limit.

The Government of India (GoI) has modified rules regarding purchase of any movable or immovable asset by its officers and employees. As against old system, now they will have to inform their higher ups if the worth of such assets bought by them was more than their two months’ salary.