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Trains to and from Howrah and Sealdah diverted: Eastern Railway

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A number of mail and express trains of Eastern Railway were diverted through different routes on Wednesday owing to derailment of 15 coaches of Ajmer-Sealdah Express near Rura station in Kanpur-Tundla section. With both Up and Down lines having been blocked owing to the derailment, several trains to and from Howrah and Sealdah were diverted, Eastern Railway sources said in Kolkata.Both 12313 Up Sealdah-New Delhi Rajdhani Express and 12301 Up Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani Express were diverted via Kanpur Central-Jhansi-Agra Cantonment-Palwal route, the sources said. The 12308 Dn Jodhpur-Howrah Express has been diverted via Achhnera-Mathura-Kasganj-Kanpur Anwarganj-Kanpur Central, while 12260 Dn New Delhi-Sealdah Duronto Express was diverted via Khurja-Moradabad-Mughalsarai route.The 12382 Dn Poorva Express, which left New Delhi on Tuesday, would run via Palwal, while 12312 Dn Kalka Mail of Tuesday would travel towards Howrah via Moradabad. ER has opened helpline numbers at important stations of the zonal railway to provide information to the relatives of the passengers travelling by the ill-fated Sealdah-Ajmer Express that met with the accident this morning.The helpline numbers are — Howrah: 10724, Sealdah: 033-23503535, 033-23503537, Asansol: 0341-2306131, 0341-2304614, Barddhaman: 0342-2662535, 0342-2550705, 0342-2662534, Raniganj: 0341-2444022, 0341- 2442630, Durgapur: 0343-2557251, 0343-2557253.

Army pays tributes to 3 soldiers killed in Pampore attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Army on Sunday paid floral tributes to the three soldiers killed in a militant attack on an army convoy at Pampore on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.”In a solemn ceremony at Badami Bagh Cantonment here, many senior officials from security agencies including Jammu and Kashmir Police, CRPF, BSF and SSB, joined General Officer Commanding, Chinar Corps, Lt Gen J S Sandhu and all ranks in paying homage to the martyrs on behalf of a proud nation,” an army official said.Many officials from the civil administration, including Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmed Khan were also present on the occasion.
ALSO READ Terrorists attack army convoy on Srinagar-Jammu Highway in Pampore, 3 soldiers dead Three soldiers were on Saturday killed, while two others jawans were injured in the attack at a place crowded with civilians in Pampore of Jammu and Kashmir.”Martyr Naik (Gnr) Ratheesh C (35) had joined army in 2001 and hailed from Kotolipram, Kannur district in Kerala and is survived by his wife and a son,” the official said. He said 33-year-old Gunner Farate Sourabh Nandkumar of Bhekrai Nagar village in Pune of Maharasthra had donned the uniform in 2004 and is survived by his wife and twin daughters.Gunner Shashikant Pandey (24) had four years of service and was on his way to join his unit in the Valley. Hailing from Zharian area of Dhanbad district in Jharkhand, he is survived by his parents, the official said.The mortal remains of the martyrs would be flown for last rites to their native places where they would be laid to rest with full military honours, he said.In this hour of grief, the Army stands in solidarity with the bereaved families of the martyrs and remains committed to their needs and wellbeing, the official said.

Kerala: Black flags shown to CM Vijayan over fee hike in private medical colleges

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Activists of Youth Congress and Kerala Students Union, the youth and students’ outfits of the Congress party, on Saturday showed black flags to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan near the state Secretariat in Thiruvana as part of their agitation over the issue of fees and admission in private medical colleges.Police said some protesters showed black flags to the chief minister’s vehicle near the Cantonment Gate of Secretariat, the administrative hub, at the heart of the city. The protesters were immediately taken away by the police.Tension prevailed in front of the Secretariat after some protesters blocked the movement of Forest Minister K Raju’s vehicle in the morning as part of the hunger strike of Youth Congress state president Dean Kuriakose, along with another activist Mahesh, which entered the fifth day.Police chased the protesters with lathis and even used water cannons to disperse them. Reacting to the incident, Raju later said it was “quite unexpected” and should not have happened. He also claimed that the protesters banged on his car and waved black flags.In a similar incident in the northern district of Kannur, a group of Youth Congress activists showed black flags to state Health Minister KK Shylaja, police said. Meanwhile, two Congress MLAs — K Sabarinathan and M Vincent — staged a dharna in front of a police station demanding immediate release of party workers, taken into custody in connection with the incidents.Former chief minister Oommen Chandy and opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala condemned the alleged police action against the Congress activists.Chandy demanded a probe into the incident while Chennithala alleged that the police acted against the protesters “without any provocation”.The Youth Congress was demanding scrapping of the agreement between the state government and the management of private self-financing medical colleges, maintaining that the new fees structure was “very high” and alleging corruption.

Aawaz-e-Punjab won’t be a political party, welcomes any alliance: Navjot Singh Sidhu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Welcoming any alliance for the betterment of Punjab, former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Wednesday said the newly formed front Aawaz e Punjab won’t be a political party and vowed to reinforce positive forces in the state.”The forum welcomes any alliance for the betterment of Punjab and will not be a political party. May Punjab, Punjabiat and every Punjabi win. The launch of the ‘Aawaz-e-Punjab’ forum has had a rousing response in Punjab. Some speculative, some putting two and two together, but the majority towards fighting elections is Punjab,” said Sidhu in a statement.Sidhu said they won’t be a spoilsport and instead facilitate the Punjab election which is due next year.”The Bains brothers have roared like lions and wanted to fight 117 seats in Punjab. Hockey legend Pargat Singh the ‘Eternal Optimist’ was in the affirmative. I have pondered over the fluid- political situation in Punjab, weighed the pros and cons and come to a conclusive decision. We shall not confuse the people of Punjab but give them clarity to vote in Punjab’s interest,” he added.Sidhu said they won’t divide the anti incumbency vote bank which could indirectly benefit the ‘corroborative and collusive Badal-Amrinder nexus which has plundered Punjab in the last 15 years.’He said it would defeat their purpose of bringing a change for the betterment of Punjab.”The past is the best prophet to predict the future. The minimum time taken by a new party to win a state is almost two years, ample testimony to the fact that three months is too short a time for this herculean task. Our battle is to shake the system that has ruined Punjab. Politics is not a profession but a mission. There is no personal or political vendetta, just a burning desire to place Punjab ahead of us and reinforce the positive forces,” he added.Sidhu had recently formed the political front Awaaz-e-Punjab along with former Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader and Jalandhar Cantonment MLA Pargat Singh and independent MLAs Simarjit Bains and Balwinder Bains.Sidhu formally resigned from the BJP earlier on September 16.Sidhu, who’s been annoyed with the BJP for a while now, had resigned from the Rajya Sabha in July.

No consensus on full statehood to Delhi, says Venkaiah Naidu

There is no consensus on the issue of full statehood to Delhi and the situation on the ground has not changed, Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has said.”That issue is pending since long. There is no consensus on that issue. The situation has not changed on the ground. Simply AAP has come to power, that’s why it is saying. Congress was in power for last 10 years. They did not,” he told PTI here during an interview.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He was replying to a query on the demand of full statehood to Delhi.The AAP government had on May 18 released a draft bill on full statehood to Delhi, seeking to bring police, land, municipal corporations and bureaucracy under its control and invited suggestions from the public till June 30, opening another front for tussle with the Centre.According to ‘The State of Delhi Bill 2016’ placed on government’s website for public comments, New Delhi (NDMC) and Delhi Cantonment areas will be kept out of the jurisdiction of the proposed Delhi state. The term Lt Governor will be replaced with ‘Governor’.

Varanasi prisoners go on rampage to protest inmate’s beating, take jail superintendent hostage

Varanasi: The superintendent of a district jail in Varanasi was taken hostage while his deputy was seriously injured as inmates clashed with prison staff on Saturday and took control of a section of the prison barracks.

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The inmates went on the rampage in the morning after two of their prison mates were allegedly beaten up by guards at Varanasi district jail at Chowkaghat in the Cantonment police station area, police sources said.

Jail superintendent Ashish Tiwari was taken hostage by the inmates, who were unhappy over several issues, including “poor quality” of food served at the prison, they said.

The prisoners have taken control of a portion of the jail barracks and locked it from inside, they said. As irate inmates clashed with jail officials, deputy jail superintendent Ajay Rai received serious injuries while several prison guards too were assaulted, they said.

The senior jail official has been taken to hospital, the sources added. A large police force has been deployed in and around the prison with efforts on to enter the barracks seized by the inmates.

DM Raj Mani Yadav and senior prison department officials are at the jail to deal with the situation, the sources said, adding that an NDRF team has been dispatched to the prison.

Varanasi prisoners go on rampage to protest beating of inmate, take jail superintendent hostage

Varanasi: The superintendent of a district jail in Varanasi was taken hostage while his deputy was seriously injured as inmates clashed with prison staff on Saturday and took control of a section of the prison barracks.

Representational image. IBNLiveRepresentational image. IBNLive

Representational image. IBNLive

The inmates went on the rampage in the morning after two of their prison mates were allegedly beaten up by guards at Varanasi district jail at Chowkaghat in the Cantonment police station area, police sources said.

Jail superintendent Ashish Tiwari was taken hostage by the inmates, who were unhappy over several issues, including “poor quality” of food served at the prison, they said.

The prisoners have taken control of a portion of the jail barracks and locked it from inside, they said. As irate inmates clashed with jail officials, deputy jail superintendent Ajay Rai received serious injuries while several prison guards too were assaulted, they said.

The senior jail official has been taken to hospital, the sources added. A large police force has been deployed in and around the prison with efforts on to enter the barracks seized by the inmates.

DM Raj Mani Yadav and senior prison department officials are at the jail to deal with the situation, the sources said, adding that an NDRF team has been dispatched to the prison.

Narrow escape for 40 passengers as Bengaluru-bound train derails in Vellore

Chennai: It was a narrow escape for more than 40 passengers of the Bengaluru-bound Kanyakumari-Bangalore City Express after four of its coaches derailed in Vellore district, around 170 km from Chennai, the Southern Railway said.

There were conflicting reports about the number of passengers injured in the accident, with some placing the number at 15, while others 40.

The Southern Railway in a statement said the coaches derailed at 4.15 a.m. between Somanayakkanpatti and Patchur of the Bangalore Railway Division.

No lives were lost in the accident.

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According to railways, buses were arranged to transport passengers to Bengaluru and senior officials have reached the accident spot.

Owing to the accident the Southern Railway has cancelled 11 trains between Chennai-Bengaluru, Jolarpettai-Bengaluru and Arakonam-Bengaluru.

The Chennai-Mysore Shadabdi Express for Friday has been partially cancelled between Jolarpettai and Mysore.

Similarly, the Mysore-Chennai Shadabdi Express has been partially cancelled between Mysore and Jolarpettai.

Train number 16614 between Coimbatore-Rajkot has been diverted via Tirupattur, Jolarpettai, Katpadi and Renigunta.

For Passengers’ assistance, the following help line numbers are provided by the Southern Railway:

Madurai: 0452-2308250
Salem: 0427-2431947
Trichur: 0487-2430060
Thiruvananthapuram: 0471-2320012
Palakkad: 0491-2555231 / 0491-2556198
Bangalore: 080-22156553, 080-22156554, 080-22873103
Bangalore Cantonment: 080-23339162
Krishnarajapuram: 080-25650308

IANS

Kanyakumari-Bangalore Express train derails, 10 injured

The Kanyakumari–Bangalore Express derailed between Somanayakanpatti and Patchur region in Tamil Nadu in the early morning hours of Friday. Atleast 10 people are reported to be injured in the accident.Rail PRO Anil Saxena said that relief and rescue operations are in full swing and medical aid is being given to the injured. “As a result of the derailment, 11 coaches were affected. 8-10 injured persons have been admitted to a hospital. We have rushed some buses to the accident site to clear the stranded passengers,” he said. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He assured that things are under control and everything is being attended to. Helpline numbers at Bangalore City and at Bangalore Cantonment stations:Bangalore City – 080 22156553, 080 22156554, 080 22873103Bangalore Cantt – 080 23339162 Railway- 58885(With ANI inputs)

Pathankot attack: Did the terrorists have inside help?

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is investigating whether an insider had a role to play in facilitating the entry of terrorists who carried out the Pathankot attack on 2 January.According to a report in a leading English daily, the agency is probing whether the concertina wire on the boundary wall of the airbase was cut from inside by a collaborator. The condition of the damaged wire as well as the fact that the light at the location was not working, had aroused suspicion. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sources told the daily that forensic tests are being done on the wire to get some clarity on this. Apart from establishing whether a recce was done to plan the route that the terrorists would take, the agency is also examining phone records of calls made to and from the airbase.Earlier on Tuesday, a suspected spy, who was working as a labourer at Mamoon Cantonment in Pathankot, was arrested by Punjab police. A smartphone was also recovered from his possession containing pictures of vital installations and sensitive equipment in the cantonment area, police said. The Pathankot air base houses fighter jets and attack helicopters, and the terror attack had resulted in the death of seven security personnel along with six militants.Meanwhile, Pakistan said on Monday that it plans to seek more evidence from India, days after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the outcome of the investigation into the assault would be made public soon. A Pakistani government team investigating the Pathankot airbase attack will ask the foreign ministry to seek more evidence from India.

Kashmiri man arrested in Punjab for supplying photos of army cantonment to Pakistan

Chandigarh: A man from Jammu and Kashmir was arrested by Punjab Police on Tuesday for allegedly spying for Pakistan in Pathankot, by clicking photographs of sensitive defence establishments, police said.

Irshad Ahmed, who belongs to Surankote area of Jammu and Kashmir, was working as a labourer with a contractor in Punjab.

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Representational image. AFP

Police recovered photographs of Mamun Cantonment, the largest cantonment of the Indian Army, and other defence installations in the area, from the spy’s possession, an officer said.

“He was supplying photographs to his ISI handlers in Pakistan,” the officer said.

Sources said that based on interrogation of the arrested spy, his brother was also arrested from Jammu region on Tuesday.

Pakistani terrorists had attacked the sensitive Pathankot Air Force Station on 2 January, leaving seven security personnel dead. All six terrorists were killed by security forces.

On 27 July, 2015, three terrorists from Pakistan had attacked Dinanagar town, leaving seven people, including four security personnel, dead.

IANS

Odd-even rule ends, chock-a-block traffic back in New Delhi

Severe traffic snarls were witnessed on Saturday in several parts of the national capital, a day after the odd-even scheme restricting the movement of private cars ended in the city.Around 9 AM, severe traffic congestion was reported in the Delhi Cantonment area. Within an hour, there were long tailbacks witnessed at the stretches between Pankha Road and Uttam Nagar in west Delhi and between Pusa Road and Shadipur in central Delhi, a traffic official said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>By 11 AM, the congestion at Delhi Cantonment area led to a chock-a-block situation in and around Dhaula Kuan, where hundreds of commuters were stuck in a severe jam.Also read- Odd-even regulation ends: Kejriwal appeals people to follow rule voluntarilyMeanwhile, traffic snarls were reported at east Delhi’s Khichdipur, outer Delhi’s Burari bypass and the flyover at northeast Delhi’s Shahdara. In east Delhi, long tailbacks were witnessed at Preet Vihar and Vikas Marg, the official said.By noon, the traffic snarls at west Delhi and central Delhi worsened, and its ripple effect was witnessed at Rajouri Garden and Patel Nagar areas respectively, the official added.

Arvind Kejriwal urges youth to take patriotic path

Youth must choose between the “right and wrong”, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said, describing them as future leaders and major contributors to the growth of the country.Addressing over 2,000 cadets at the NCC (National Cadet Corps) Republic Day Camp here, Kejriwal underlined the necessity of “giving back” to the country and taking the “patriotic” path. “Youth are the future of the country and each cadet trained by NCC across the country are the leaders of the future and major contributors to the growth of our great nation,” the Delhi CM said at the camp, adjacent to Garrison Parade Ground in Delhi Cantonment.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On his arrival, he was presented a guard of honour by cadets drawn from all three wings — Army, Navy and Air Force — while two band contingents enthralled the crowd. “As good citizens of this country you have a corresponding obligation. Each one of you must decide for yourself what is right and what is wrong. Which course is patriotic and which is not,” he said. DG NCC Lt Gen Aniruddha Chakravarty identified the priority areas of the organisation as coastal areas, tribal areas, border areas and increase in the number of girl cadets.”In mountaineering we conduct two expeditions and this year both the expeditions have been all girls. This was done in the run up to the all girls Mt everest expedition that we plan to carry out in May-June this year,” he said. The camp comprising 2,069 cadets, including 695 girls drawn from the 17 NCC Directorates covering all the states and Union Territories, will culminate into the Prime Minister’s Rally on January 28.Kejriwal said a citizen can contribute by partaking in various social services and community development activities undertaken by NCC cadets like “blood donation, anti dowry pledge, anti corruption, anti drugs, and disaster relief work”.

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