Truck hits Trivandrum-Delhi Rajdhani Express in MP, two coaches derail

Two coaches of the Delhi-bound Rajdhani Express from Trivandrum in Kerala derailed when a truck broke through a closed manned level crossing and crashed into the train in Madhya Pradesh early this morning.
The driver of the truck suffered serious injuries in the incident but none of the passengers of the train was injured, Western Railway sources said.
The truck dashed into the B7 and B8 coaches of the 12431 Trivandrum-Hazrat Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express at around 0644 hours toay, after breaking through the barrier, between Meghnagar and Thandla Road stations on the Ratlam-Godhra section of Western Railway.
Senior railway officials as well as a medical van and an accident relief train reached the site soon afterwards, the sources said.
Both the Up and Down lines were infringed as a result of the mishap and efforts were on to start the Up line at the earliest by removing the debris of the truck, they said.
"All possible help is being provided to the passengers. There is no injury to any train passenger," the sources said.
"All the passengers of affected coaches have been shifted to the other coaches and 12431 Rajdhani Express has been moved ahead from the accident site leaving the affected coaches. Restoration work is on to start the lines at the site as soon as possible," they added.
The Railways have set up the following helplines:
Ratlam: 01472-230126, 07412-232230, 01472-232382.
Trivandrum: 0471-2321205, 2321194

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Ajmer-Ratlam Express extended upto Indore via newly constructed Q-Track

The 19653 /19654 Ajmer-Ratlam Express was extended upto Indore via the newly constructed broad gauge Q-Track with the flagging off performed by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu along with Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan through video conferencing from Rail Bhavan today.
The dignitaries who attended the programme at Rail Bhavan end included Members of Parliament and Members of Legislative Assembly of the local area. Chairman, Railway Board, A. K. Mital, Member Traffic Railway Board, Mohd Jamshed and other Railway Board Members and senior officials were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms Mahajan, said, “Today’s train extension shall be beneficial to everyone in Madhya Pradesh area. Under the leadership of Suresh Prabhu most of the demands regarding rail connectivity in Indore region have already been fulfilled and the area does not have any more demands.
“Indore-Dahod track work is in progress. Railway connectivity with the industrial township of Pithampur has been accomplished and container services have also started. Mhow station development is ensured. Army has given land for it. Madhya Pradesh won't lag behind in the process of growth. I appreciate the leadership of Suresh Prabhu ji under which the difficult work of making tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir area was completed,” she added.
Mr Prabhu said, “Allocation to Madhya Pradesh has been raised to Rs. 2871 crore in the last two years from Rs. 632 Crore in the previous year which is increase of 354%. In 2017-18 Rail Budget allocation, it is further raised to 750% more. Funds are no more impediment in the process of growth.
“Gauge conversion, doubling and tripling projects have gathered pace in Madhya Pradesh. Projects of Rs. 56,547 crore are being implemented. Seven new surveys are conducted and have been sanctioned. Gauge conversion from Chittorgarh, Ratlam, Indore work has been completed. Indian Railways and Madhya Pradesh Government will soon form Joint venture company. State Government has given assent. Next Year on Gudi Padwa, it shall be done,” he added.
The extension of the train will provide an additional connectivity between Ajmer and Indore via Ratlam through the newly commissioned broad gauge section. There will be no change in the timings of the train between Ajmer and Ratlam, an official press release added.

14 dead, 16 injured as bus falls into pit near Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh

14 dead, 16 injured as bus falls into pit near Ratlam
At least 14 people died and 16 others suffered injuries when a private bus carrying them veered off the road and plunged into a pit filled with rain water near Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh today, official sources said.
District Magistrate B. Chandrashekhar told NetIndian over the telephone that the deceased included three women and 11 men.
He said both the driver and the conductor of the bus were among those who lost their lives.
There was no accurate estimate of the number of passengers the bus was carrying, and district officials and agencies were continuing to search for more bodies in the pit, which is part of an abandoned mine. A team from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) had reached the scene and were helping out with the rescue operations, Mr. Chandrashekhar said.
The bus was on its way from Ratlam to Jaora when the mishap occurred around 10.30 am at 12 Patthar Khadan, about two km from Namli. Various accounts suggested that the driver of the bus lost control over the steering wheel, resulting in the tragedy. The entire bus was submerged under the water, sources said.
The injured were rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the loss of lives in the accident.
“Extremely distressed by the loss of lives caused by the bus accident in Ratlam, MP. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. I wish those injured in the bus accident in Ratlam a quick recovery," he said on microblogging site Twitter.

We have to improve our death bowling: Dhoni

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni stressed the importance of death bowling after Chennai Super Kings stole a thriller against Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here tonight.

"The performance was great, we need to improve our death bowling drastically. We didn't get off to a good start, the pressure was there on the middle order. You can't really afford to play too many dot balls, you have to be there till the 15th or 16th over to cash in," said Dhoni.
Man of the Match Ravindra Jadeja, who nowadays is ridiculed as Sir Jadeja on the social media, said he was not trying to play silly shots.
"(With reference to Sir) they are just making fun in a lighter way, not a serious way. I was confident about my batting, I scored two triple-hundreds this season. I was not trying to play any silly shots, it was a good wicket," he said.
Royal Challengers skipper Virat Kohli said his team lost the match in the last six over.
"It was our game to lose in the last six overs. We are relying on big partnership as of now, a few small partnerships will do good for us. RP, T20 is a game like that, I'm still proud of him," he said.

12 killed in stampede during religious gathering near Ratlam


At least 12 people were killed and over a dozen others injured in a stampede during a Muslim religious gathering in Madhya Pradesh's Ratlam district last night, police said.

The incident occurred when a number of people tried to enter the gate at Hussain Tekri - which attracts a large number of Hindu devotees as well - in Jaora town on the occasion of Chehallum.
Eight people died on the spot, while four succumbed to their injuries while receiving treatment in hospital.
Ten of the deceased were identified as Rajasthan's Tonk-resident Nand Kishor (30), Kota-resident Ramkanya (40) and Ajmer-resident Hazra Bi (60), Gujarat's Dahod-resident Mahesh Bheel and Madhya Pradesh's Bhopal-resident Biharilal (21), Guna-residents Narendra (20) and Mirabai (45), Ratlam-residents Kavita Gautam (21) and Bithubai and Gwalior-resident Rajaram Soni. Two other deceased were yet to be identified.
Collector Rajendra Sharma has ordered a magisterial probe into the incident.  State Home Minister Uma Shankar Gupta, District Incharge Minister Sartaj Singh and Director General of Police S K Raut reached the spot and met the injured at the hospital.
Expressing grief over the incident, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 1 lakh each to the deceased's kin, while the district administration provided an immediate financial assistance of Rs 10,000 each.

Man accused of 1992 murder of Indian family in Dubai sentenced to death

A CBI court in Ahmedabad has convicted Ravjibhai Manubhai Pawar of the murder of his Indian employer and four other members of his family in Dubai in 1992 and sentenced him to death.

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that its investigations had shown that Pawar, while working as a domestic servant in Dubai, had kileld Mr Ramesh K Sagar and four others of Mr Sagar's family on January 4, 1992.

He was also accused of rape and of stealing household articles, including clothes, ornaments and cash.

Pawar feld from Dubai on January 5 and came to India. On the basis of an Interpol alert, he was nabbed on January 10 by the Gujarat police and a first information report (FIR)was registered.

Since the accused was an Indian national and the offence took place outside India, the case was entrusted to the CBI. The Dubai Police had also registered an FIR and collected evidence, which was used by the CBI during investigation and trial of the case, the release said.

The chargesheet was filed on January 23, 1992 in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chikhli. The trial court found him guilty and convicted him.

The case was registered by the CBI, Ahmedabad (now Gandhinagar) Branch on April 27, 1992 on the basis of the request and consent of the Government of Gujarat for futher investigation of the case filed at the Chikhli Police Station, the release added.


Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express catches fire; all passengers safe

Three coaches of the 12951 Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express caught fire in the early hours of Monday near Ratlam in Madhya Padesh, but none of the passengers was injured and all of them were safe, railway officials said.
File photo of Rajdhani Express.
File photo of Rajdhani Express.

Three coaches of the 12951 Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express caught fire in the early hours of today near Ratlam in Madhya Padesh, but none of the passengers was injured and all of them were safe, railway officials said.

Ministry of Railways spokesperson Anil Saxena told NetIndian that the incident occurred around 0210 hours today while the train was running between Bikramgarh Alot and Thuria stations in the Kota division of West Central Railway.

"All the passengers in the affected coaches are safe. There were no injuries to anyone," he said.

He said the incident occurred at a spot about 90 km from Ratlam. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, but it affected one of the pantry cars and two III AC coaches on either side, B6 and B7.

Mr Saxena said some railway officers who were travelling on the train swung into action immediately. The train was stopped immediately and, with the help of the onboard staff, passengers were evacuated from the affected coaches.

The affected coaches, including B5, which was partially damaged, were decoupled from the rest of the train so that the fire was cofined to those coaches.

The fire had damaged the overhead traction system and, therefore, diesel engines were pressed into service to haul the coaches to Bikramgarh Alot and Thuria. Later, all the unaffected coaches were combined at Phuria and the passengers of the damaged coaches were adjusted in the other coaches.

The train had finally resumed its journey to Delhi from Thuria at 0821 hours this morning, Mr Saxena said. The second pantry car was meeting the needs of the passengers, he said.

He said the Railways' fire brigade from a nearby station and a medical team had reached the spot in about an hour and 15 minutes after the incident was reported.

Railway Board Additional Member (Mechanical) Arunendra Kumar, Additional Member (Electrical) R N Lal and Director (Safety) Ashish Mehrotra had also rushed to the spot.

The Railways have announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5000 to each of the passengers in the three coaches for any inconvenience caused to them, Mr Saxena added.


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