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37 killed, over 270 injured in two train accidents in UP, Assam

At least 37 people were killed and over 270 injured today when over a dozen coaches of two superfast Express trains got derailed in Uttar Pradesh and Assam.
A TV grab of Kalka mail, which derailed at Fatehpur-Kanpur (UP) on July 10, 2011. UNI PHOTO
A TV grab of Kalka mail, which derailed at Fatehpur-Kanpur (UP) on July 10, 2011. UNI PHOTO
At least 37 people were killed and over 270 injured today when over a dozen coaches of two superfast Express trains got derailed in Uttar Pradesh and Assam.

At least 37 people were killed and over 200 injured when 12 coaches of the 12311 Up Howrah-Kalka Mail derailed near Malwan railway station on the Howrah-Delhi route of the North-Central railway in Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh.

In another mishap, at least 70 people were injured, 30 of them critically, when a suspected blast derailed four coaches and overturned four others of the Guwahati-Puri Express in lower Assam's Nalbari district this evening.

Police sources here said 37 passengers have been killed in Kalka Mail accident and the death toll could rise as many passengers were still trapped inside two derailed coaches.  However, unconfirmed report put the death toll at over 50.

More than 250 injured are undergoing treatment in different hospitals. As many as 190 of them were admitted to the district hospital here and 54 were admitted to private nursing homes in Kanpur and Fatehpur.

Four helicopters of the Indian Air Force (IAF) were deployed to help in the rescue operations. Several seriously injured passengers were rushed to hospital by army jawans.

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Passengers of the ill-fated train complained of delay in the rescue and relief efforts by the Railways.

A special train has been made available from Kanpur for the passengers of the Kalka Mail for their onward journey. Besides, food packets and water bottles have been provided to the passengers, railway officials said.

NCR spokesman Sandeep Mathur told UNI from Allahabad that the derailed coaches included two AC three-tier, one AC two-tier, two general, five sleeper, one pantry and an SLR coach.

He said 11 coaches had been totally damaged and gas cutters were being used to bring out the passengers from the derailed coaches. The train was running at a speed of 108 kms per hour when the accident occurred.

"A medical relief train with seven doctors and medical equipment has reached from Allahabad. A similar train from Kanpur has also reached the spot," Mr Mathur said.

All the derailed coaches either had overturned or climbed onto other coaches, he said.

Railway Board Chairman Vinay Mittal, along with some of the members of the Board and the Director General of Railway Protection Force (RPF), has rushed to the spot.

The Railways announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh for the next of kin of those killed in the mishap, Rs 1 lakh for the critically injured and Rs 25,000 for those with minor injuries.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has expressed her grief over the accident and announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 1 lakh for the kin of the deceased, Rs 50,000 for the critically injured and Rs 25,000 for victims with minor injuries.

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State Cooperative Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party state president Swami Prasad Maurya, along with UP Chief Secretary Anoop Mishra, have reached the spot and were supervising the relief and rescue operations.

Rescue efforts had picked up with Army jawans taking full control of the operation. A 150-member team from National Disaster Response Force had also reached the scene. Railway officials said the rescue work would continue overnight. Official said the restoration of the route would take at least 48 hours.

The railway officials were yet to establish the cause of the derailment.

In the district hospital, there was a shortage of beds and many of the injured were forced to lie on the floor. Most of the deceased were yet to be identified except for one Kallo Devi (35) of Kanpur. A woman died with her infant child on her lap.

The railways have asked Commissioner Railway Safety P K Vajpayee to inquire into the accident.

Regarding the second incident, Northeast Frontier Railway sources said it occurred at Bhatkuchi, between Rangiya and Ghograpar railway stations.

The train had left Guwahati railway station at 1915 hours on its way to Puri and the accident occurred at about 2020 hours, the sources said.

Four coaches of the train derailed and fell into a paddy field, while four more overturned. All the coaches involved were those immediately behind the engine.

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The sources said preliminary findings pointed towards a blast on the tracks, though confirmation is yet to be received. Passengers of the ill-fated train as well as people of nearby villages also claimed that they had heard a loud explosion just before the accident.

The injured were being rushed to Rangiya and Guwahati, where the state government has issued orders for treatment of the victims on a priority basis. The condition of at least 30 injured was stated to be critical.

Rescue and relief teams have reached the spot and were trying to ensure that no person was trapped in the coaches as well as providing medical aid to those injured.

The main railway line through the section has been blocked following the incident and trains were being diverted via Goalpara, the sources said.

The NFR has set up following helpline numbers after the accident: 0361-2737154/2737155/2731621/622/623 and 9957554804.

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Top UP doctors booked for negligence after patient dies in queue

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Two leading cardiologists of Uttar Pradesh and their subordinate staff have been booked under the serious offence of Section 304 A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for allegedly causing the death of a patient due to sheer negligence by the Kanpur police.
 
The leading cardiologists of the Uttar Pradesh government, reportedly kept a heart patient waiting in a queue in the hospital for hours where he suffered a major heart attack. Later, at the last moment, doctors administered a very high dose of injection, allegedly resulting in an instant death of the patient.
 
The criminal case registered against the senior doctors has now become a cause of concern in the medical fraternity across the state.
 
The FIR register at the Swaroop Nagar police station names Dr Vinay Krishna, Dr Avdhesh Sharma, an unknown doctor and technicians and staff of Echo lab of the prestigious Lakshmipati Singhania Institute of Cardiology.
 
The Singhanias, a well-known industrial group of Kanpur, donated the building of the hospital to the UP government. The hospital is entirely owned and run by the state government.
 
On registering the case against top doctors, the Senior Superintendent of Police, Kanpur, Anant Deo told IANS that he has requested the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the district to conduct a preliminary enquiry into the episode which led to death of the patient identified as Balbir Singh, 50.
 
"As per the norms of the Supreme Court, we have asked the CMO to ascertain the cause of death and negligence on part of the medical team treating the patient. After CMO's report we will take further action," said Anant Deo, an IPS officer of UP Cadre.
 
On the other hand, Director of the Singhania Institute of Cardiology, Prof (Dr) Vinay Krishna said that the treatment was given to the patient as per the International guidelines.
 
"There was no overdose of injections. In fact, we administered the life-saving drugs. We tried our best to save the life of the patient who was having very low blood pressure. It is unfortunate that we could not save him," said Dr Vinay Krishna to IANS.
 
Meanwhile the family of the deceased patient alleged that Balbir Singh, a postman, was suffering from acute chest pain since September 11. On September 12, Balbir went through an angioplasty. On September 13, Balbir Singh was taken for some important test, but was kept waiting in queue for hours.
 
During this period, he suffered another heart attack. The family alleged that later, doctors gave an overdose of injection to Balbir Singh which led to brain haemorrhage. The patient died in the hospital next morning.
 
Balbir Singh's family feels that doctors had ignored the patient which led to his deteriorating health condition ultimately resulting in death. Usually the police does not entertain FIRs under section 304 A, particularly in case of government doctors.
 
However, the SSP Kanpur reportedly instructed the Swaroopnagar SHO to file a report submitted by the family of the patient.
 
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Priyanka slams Modi government over OROP

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Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday accused the Narendra Modi government of politicising the Armed Forces by calling the one rank one pension (OROP) a favour to them.
 
The Congress General Secretary was holding a roadshow while campaigning for her party's Kanpur candidate Sriprakash Jaiswal here. She kicked off her roadshow from Ghantaghar area and concluded it at Bada Chauraha after covering a distance of five kms.
 
Addressing party supporters at the Phoolbagh crossing, she said, "When I was coming here from the airport, there were lots of posters and hoardings along the way. One of the hoardings that read 'Sena ko OROP ka uphaar' (OROP gift to the armed forces) got me thinking.
 
"Is the OROP really a gift and favour to the Armed Forces or is it their right? The right of the Armed Forces is being publicised as a favour by the government. What is this mentality and who will change it?" she asked the crowd.
 
She also targeted the Modi government over demonetisation. "They turned it into a mission of patriotism by telling you that it (demonetisation) will bring back black money. You all were made to stand in queues for the country. But the black money did not come back. On the contrary, a few industrialists benefitted from it," she alleged.
 
The Congress leader also attacked the government for a flawed implementation of the goods and the services tax (GST), which she said had killed thousands of small businesses. 
 
She urged the crowd raising slogans like "Priyanka nahi ye aandhi hai, doosri Indira Gandhi hai" to not compare her with her grandmother. "Please don't humiliate me. I am nothing in front of her. You all know that... she made a sacrifice for the country."
 
She added that she shared her grandmother's will to serve the people. "Whether you give us a chance or not, we will keep serving you all," she said.
 
Comparing her brother and Congress President Rahul Gandhi to Modi, Vadra said, "One (Modi) does not have the strength to endure, while the other who is abused daily endures everything and keeps on smiling. This is called political will and confidence."
 
Earlier arriving at the Fursatganj Airport in Rae Bareli, her mother and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi's parliamentary constituency in the morning, Vadra travelled to Gauriganj by road for a meeting with her party workers as well as senior leaders of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) to discuss poll preparedness in the district.
 
A senior Congress leader told IANS: "BSP district chief Dilip Kumar and JAP district chief Vipin Kumar attended the five-hour long meeting and assured her all help in Amethi, where Rahul Gandhi is facing a stiff challenge from BJP's Smriti Irani."
 
Asked about the absence of Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders from the meeting, the Congress leader said that they will organise a meeting with Vadra, the Congress in-charge for eastern Uttar Pradesh, on their own.
 
The BSP-SP-RLD alliance has not put up any candidate in the Amethi and Rae Bareli seats.
 
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Three injured as 12 coaches of Poorva Express derail near Kanpur

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At least three passengers suffered injuries when 12 coaches of the 12303 Howrah-New Delhi Poorva Express derailed at Rooma near Kanpur in the early hours of today, official sources said.
 
North-Central Railway (NCR) officials told NetIndian that the mishap occurred at around 0054 hours today at a place about 15 km from Kanpur.
 
The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital. One of them had suffered grievous injuries, they said.
 
An accident relief train, along with senior officers and medical personnel, also rushed to the site, they said. A team from the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) had also been sent to the scene.
 
The down line had been restored for traffic and efforts were being made to restore the up line at the earliest, the officials added.
 
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BJP asks me not to contest: Murli Manohar Joshi

Murli Manohar Joshi (File photo: IANS)
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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Murli Manohar Joshi will not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from anywhere as he has been denied a party ticket.
 
In a letter to the people of Kanpur, Joshi said: "Dear people of Kanpur, General Secretary of the BJP Ramlal conveyed to me today that I should not contest the ensuing parliamentary election from Kanpur and elsewhere."
 
Joshi is one of the founding members of the BJP, along with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L. K. Advani.
 
The BJP has also denied a ticket to Advani and replaced him with party President Amit Shah from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat.
 
Advani has represented Gandhinagar six times since 1991. Vajpayee was elected from Gandhinagar in 1996.
 
Joshi, 85, had vacated his Varanasi seat for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and contested and won from Kanpur.
 
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Modi launches development projects in Ghaziabad, Kanpur

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched various development projects in Ghaziabad and Kanpur and attended the National Women Livelihood Meet 2019 in his constituency Varanasi during a day's visit to Uttar Pradesh.
 
In Ghaziabad, Modi unveiled a plaque to mark the inauguration of the Civil Terminal of Hindon Airport. He then visited Sikandarpur and laid the foundation stone of Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System. 
 
He also launched various other development projects and distributed certificates to the beneficiaries of various Government schemes.
 
The Prime Minister visited the Shaheed Sthal (New Bus terminus) Metro Station in Ghaziabad and flagged off the metro rail service from Shaheed Sthal Station to Dilshad Garden. He also took a ride in the train.
 
Addressing a public meeting at Sikandarpur in Ghaziabad, he said Ghaziabad was today know by three Cs: Connectivity, Cleanliness and Capital. In this context, he mentioned about increased road and metro connectivity, the city’s 13th rank in Swachh Survekshan rankings and its stature as a business hub of Uttar Pradesh.
 
With the new Civil Terminal in Hindon Airport, people of Ghaziabad can take off to other cities from Ghaziabad itself, instead of going to Delhi. The new metro service from Shaheed Sthal will reduce the sufferings of travellers between Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.
 
Being built at a cost of Rs 30,000 crore, the Delhi-Meerut RRTS system will be the first such transport system in India. Once completed, it will considerably reduce the travel time between Delhi and Meerut. 
 
About the benefits of the newly-launched Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-Dhan Yojana, he said the scheme will provide financial security for informal sector workers during their old age. More than two crore farmers have received their first instalment under the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, he added.
 
During his visit to Kanpur, the Prime Minister inaugurated the Lucknow Metro Rail project and laid the foundation stone of Agra Metro Rail project. He also laid the foundation stone of Panki Thermal Power plant and unveiled plaques to mark the launch of various development projects at Niralanagar.
 
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Addressing the gathering, Modi said Kanpur was the birthplace of many brave leaders who have contributed immensely for the country. The Panki Thermal power plant, once completed, will end the power deficit situation in Kanpur and Uttar Pradesh. Under the Saubhagya scheme, more than 76 lakh free electricity connections have been provided in the State.
 
About the initiatives taken by the Union Government to clean the River Ganga, he said that it was earlier thought to be an impossible task. Due to several measures taken by the government, including the blocking of drains that discharged waste into the Ganga and treatment of sewage, the water quality has improved. 
 
Referring to the Defence Corridor coming up in Uttar Pradesh, he said it will greatly benefit the people of Kanpur. Major infrastructure development was taking place in the State in the form of roads, air and rail connectivity, besides the various metro rail projects in the cities. 
 
He reiterated that by 2022, every single family in the country will have a house. Under PM Awas Yojana, around 1.5 crore houses have been built in the country so far.
 
Modi paid respects to the brave soldiers from Kanpur who lost their lives in Pulwama attack and Budgam plane crash. He said the Union Government was taking strong action against terrorism.
 
The Prime Minister said that it is important to maintain an atmosphere of unity in the country. He appreciated the quick action taken by the Uttar Pradesh Government against those who had attacked Kashmiris recently. He urged all the State Governments to take stern action against anyone who perpetrated such acts.
 
Later, in Varanasi, Modi attended the National Women Livelihood Meet-2019, held at Deendayal Hastkala Sankul on International Women’s Day.
 
He visited the exhibition on products manufactured by Self Help Groups aided by Uttar Pradesh Rural Livelihood Mission. He distributed Electric Chaak, Solar Charkha and Honey Warp to women beneficiaries and appreciation letters to five women Self Help Groups. 
 
Various women Self Help Groups supported by Deendayal Anthodia Yojana, NRLM-Uttar Pradesh, handed over a cheque of Rs.21 lakh to the Prime Minister as their contribution towards ‘Bharat Ke Veer’ Fund.
 
Paying his respect to all women on International Women’s Day, Modi said the women have an important role in creating a New India. He expressed happiness that more than 65 lakh women from around 75,000 locations were participating in the event through video conference. He added that Varanasi was a shining example of women empowerment.
 
Reiterating the Government’s total commitment towards the empowerment of women, he listed the various schemes initiated by the Union Government for the welfare of women and girl children. These covered the fields of health, nutrition, sanitation, education, skill development, self-employment, new gas connections and also on ensuring the safety and security of women. The maternity leave of six months introduced by the government is one of the best in the world.
 
Women were being given priority in all Union Government schemes. They have been beneficiaries in 11 crores out of the 15 crores Mudra Loans given so far, he added.
 
Appreciating the exceptional work done by Self Help Groups (SHGs) in India, he said their work was not only resulting in the betterment of their family but also leading to the development of the nation. The government was giving new energy to the SHGs in terms of better bank loans and support systems. Around 50 lakh SHGs covering around six crore women were now present in the country. He said that the vision of his government was to connect at least one women member in every family with an SHG.
 
The Prime Minister urged the SHGs to be innovative and understand their market better. He asked them to utilize the GEM portal to sell their products to the Government. 
 
He asked women to fully utilize the recently launched Pradhan Mantri Shram Maan-Dhan Yojana, as it provides financial security during old age. He mentioned about the benefits of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi and Ayushman Bharat Yojana. Later, he also interacted with the members of the Self Help Groups in Varanasi.
 
During the visit, Modi offered prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath temple. Addressing a gathering at the temple after a symbolic ground-breaking ceremony, he said he was blessed to be associated with the project of Kashi Vishwanath Dham. 
 
He complimented the officers involved with the project, for performing their task with devotion. He thanked all the people who had property around the temple, and have allowed its acquisition for the project.
 
He said the Kashi Vishwanath Temple has survived the vicissitudes of centuries. He praised Queen Ahiyabai Holkar for her work on the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, over two centuries ago. Since then, not much thought had been given by those in power, to the entire area around the temple.
 
About 40 temples near the Kashi Vishwanath Temple had encroached upon over time, have now been freed of that encroachment. The entire Temple complex is now in the process of rejuvenation, and the results are becoming visible. A direct link is being established between the River Ganga and Kashi Vishwanath Temple.
 
This project will become a model for similar projects elsewhere and provide a new global identity to Kashi, he added.
 
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IGL to supply CNG, PNG in Fatehpur, Hamirpur and balance areas of Kanpur

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Public sector Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL), the largest CNG distribution company of the country, today said it had received a letter of intent (LOI) from Petroleum & Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) after 10th round of bidding to lay City Gas Distribution (CGD) network in the geographical area comprising districts of Fatehpur, Hamirpur and Kanpur (except area already authorized) in Uttar Pradesh. 
 
The project will be aimed at providing supply of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Piped Natural Gas (PNG) in these districts and it is expected that the first CNG station and piped gas connection would be made available within a year, a press release from the company said.
 
The announcement in this regard was made by Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries and Member of Parliament from Fatehpur, at a function here today.
 
IGL Managing Director E. S. Ranganathan outlined the plans of IGL to set up CNG refueling infrastructure and piped gas facilities in the area. He announced that, as per minimum work programme, IGL plans to set up 7 CNG stations and provide PNG connections to 14,400 households in the next two years across the geographical area. 
 
He added that, along with domestic kitchens, IGL would also be providing gas connections to industries and commercial establishments like hotels, restaurants and hospitals in the region.
 
IGL, a joint venture of PSUs GAIL (India) Ltd. and BPCL, is already engaged in supplying CNG and PNG in Delhi, Gautam Budh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Rewari and Gurugram.
 
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Cabinet approves Rs. 11,076 crore Kanpur Metro Rail Project

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The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the Kanpur Metro Rail Project with two corridors that will connect major public nodes and city cluster areas of Kanpur.
 
The estimated cost of the project is Rs. 11,076.48 crore and the project will be completed in five years, an official release said.
 
 
According to the release, the length of the ITT-Naubasta corridor will be 23.785 km, partly elevated and partly underground, and comprise 22 stations (14 elevated and 8 underground).
 
The length of the Agriculture University-Barra 8 corridor is 8.60 km, comprising four elevated and four underground stations, it said.
 
The IJT Kanpur - Naubasta corridor will pass through the heart of the city and cover several prominent educational institutions, railway and bus stations, including IIT Kanpur, CSJM University, GSYM Medical College, Jhakarkati Bus Station and Kanpur Central Railway Station.
 
The Agriculture University - Barra 8 corridor will provide connectivity to various densely populated residential areas such as Kakadeo and Govind Nagar.
 
About 40 lakh population is expected to be benefitted by the project directly and indirectly once commercial operations begin, the release said.
 
The proposed corridors will have multi-modal integration with railway stations and will have feeder network of bus, intermediate public transport (IPT) and non-motorized transport (NMT). The project will have non-fare box revenue from rental and advertisement as well as Value Capture Financing (VCF) through mechanism of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and Transfer of Development Rights (TDR).
 
Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation, a 50:50 jointly owned company of the Government of India (GoI) and the Government of Uttar Pradesh (GoUP) will be reconstituted as Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (UPMRC) for implementation of the project.
 
The financing of Kanpur Metro Rail Project will be partly from GoI and GoUP on equal equity basis and partly as soft loan  from bilateral and multilateral international funding agencies.
 
The Government of Uttar Pradesh has already allocated Rs. 175 crore for this project during the financial year 2019-20.
 
Kanpur is one of the largest cities in Uttar Pradesh with an estimated population of around 41 lakh. It has historical importance with large scale industrial and commercial activities. Urbanization and rapid growth of vehicular traffic has led to severe stress on the urban transport system in the city resulting also in a deterioration in air quality. 
 
"In this backdrop, it is imperative to strengthen the public transport system in Kanpur and the Metro project will be able to meet this need.  While approving the project, the Cabinet has also stipulated that city bus services in Kanpur should be strengthened within one year of the approval of the Metro Project," the release added.
 
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Kovind inaugurates centenary celebrations of DAV College in Kanpur, addresses annual day of BNSD College

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President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the centenary celebrations of the DAV College in Kanpur today.
 
He also graced and addressed the alumni association conference and annual day function of the BNSD Inter College and Shiksha Niketan, Kanpur.
 
In his younger days, the President had studied in both the institutions.
 
Earlier in the day the President visited the Balaji Mandir, Kanpur and the Dhamma Kalyana Kanpur International Vipassana Meditation Centre.
 
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Kovind to visit Uttar Pradesh on February 24-25

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President Ram Nath Kovind will visit Lucknow and Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh on February 24 and 25.
 
On February 24, the President will inaugurate the Apollomedics Super Speciality Hospitals in Lucknow. 
 
On February 25, he will inaugurate the centenary celebrations of the DAV College, Kanpur as well as grace the alumni association conference and annual day function of the BNSD Inter College and Shiksha Niketan in Kanpur.  
 
He will also visit the Dhamma Kalyana Kanpur International Vipassana Meditation Centre where he will inaugurate its new block, an official press release said.
 
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Kovind to visit Kanpur, Lucknow on Saturday

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President Ram Nath Kovind will pay an official visit to Kanpur and Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh tomorrow.
 
In Kanpur, the President will attend the International Conference on Women’s Health, Wellness and Empowerment organised by the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India and the Kanpur Obstetric and Gynaecological Society.
 
He will also address a seminar organised by the Talent Development Council, Kanpur, and unveil the statue of late freedom fighter Shyamlal Parshad.
 
On the same day in Lucknow, Mr. Kovind will inaugurate the 4th International Science Festival organised by the Ministry of Science & Technology, the Ministry of Earth Sciences and the Vijnana Bharati, an official press release said.
 
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Six killed in road accident in Kanpur district of Uttar Pradesh

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At least six persons were killed and eight others critically injured on Saturday when a speeding sand-laden truck rammed into a roadside slum in Uttar Pradesh, police said.
 
The accident took place in Maharajpur town in Kanpur when the driver suddenly lost control over the vehicle which was going towards Allahabad. The driver escaped from the spot.
 
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SpiceJet to add Kanpur as its 7th destination under UDAN

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Low-cost carrier SpiceJet today said it would launch its operations from July 3 to Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, its seventh destination under UDAN, the government's regional connectivity scheme (RCS).
 
SpiceJet was awarded Kanpur under the first round of UDAN, a press release from the airline said.
 
Tickets for the RCS seats on this flight will be available at Rs 2,313 (all inclusive). With the introduction of the daily direct flight services on the Delhi-Kanpur-Delhi route, passengers from Kanpur can now conveniently travel to a host of other cities both on SpiceJet’s domestic as well as international network via multiple onward connections from Delhi, the release said.
 
With the addition of the Delhi-Kanpur-Delhi flight, SpiceJet now operates 15 flights under UDAN on the Mumbai-Porbandar, Mumbai-Kandla- Mumbai, Hyderabad-Puducherry-Hyderabad, Jaipur-Jaisalmer-Jaipur, Delhi-Adampur-Delhi, Chennai-Hubli-Chennai and Hyderabad-Hubli-Hyderabad routes.
 
Shilpa Bhatia, Chief Sales & Revenue Officer, SpiceJet said, “SpiceJet is delighted to announce the launch of its much awaited flight services from Kanpur – a city which we firmly believe has tremendous potential for air travel. With the launch of this flight, Kanpur will be connected with multiple domestic and international destinations on our network that will immensely benefit both business and leisure travelers.”
 
Deploying its Bombardier Q-400 aircraft, SpiceJet will be operating the flight from the T2 terminal at the Delhi airport. Starting July 3, SG 8745 will take off from Delhi at 12.10 pm and reach Kanpur at 1.15 pm, whereas the return flight, SG 8746, will take off at 1.35 pm and reach Delhi at 2.55 pm.
 
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Kovind inaugurates international conference ‘Agricon 2018’ and ‘Agriexpo 2018’

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President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the international conference ‘Agricon 2018’ and ‘Agriexpo 2018’ at Chandrashekhar Azad University of Agriculture & Technology (CSAUT) here today.
 
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that in a country as vast as India, problems of farmers in different regions are different. 
 
"We will have to find solutions according to their needs. Water is a common concern. In this regard, the Government has promoted the concept of 'per drop, more crop' and this message should reach every farmer in the country," he said.
 
Mr. Kovind emphasised the need to see grain production, dairy farming, animal husbandry and fisheries, poultry, horticulture and sericulture as part of a composite approach to modern agriculture. There is also need to encourage the food processing industry to give farmers a better price and a better deal for their produce, he said.
 
The President said that it should be remembered that when any farm-based product is exported from the country, the name of India is associated with it. Therefore, there can be no compromise with quality. For demand for such products to be sustainable, quality has to be maintained and people have to have faith in it being of international standard, he said.
 
The President said that in today’s age the slogan of “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan” has become ever more relevant. "While our Army is valiantly battling terrorists and continuously striving to keep our borders and our nation safe, our farmers are working hard to ensure food security for the country. The government is fully committed to empowering both our Armed Forces and our farmers," he said.
 
Later in the day, the President delivered the Barrister Narendrajit Singh Memorial Lecture at VSSD College, Kanpur.
 
Addressing the gathering, the President said the poor pay heavily for delay in justice delivery. "To overcome such delay, we must make constant efforts for judicial reforms," he said, adding that he was happy to note that many High Courts are taking effective steps to deal speedily with long-pending cases.
 
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President Kovind to visit Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday

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President Ram Nath Kovind will visit Uttar Pradesh tomorrow to  inaugurate the international conference ‘Agricon 2018’ and ‘Agriexpo 2018’ at Chandrashekhar Azad University of Agriculture & Technology (CSAUT) at Kanpur.  
 
He will also deliver the Barrister Narendrajit Singh Memorial Lecture at VSSD College, Kanpur, before returning to Delhi, an official press release added.
 
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DRDO transfers technology for bullet proof jacket

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Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has transferred the technology for bullet proof jacket (BPJ) to MKU Limited, Kanpur for manufacturing these for Indian Army and para-military forces personnel.
 
Dr. S. Christopher, Chairman DRDO and Secretary, Department of Defence R&D, Dr S Christopher handed over the technology at a function held here yesterday when documents and related licence agreement between DRDO and MKU Limited were exchanged. 
 
The Indian Army General Staff Qualitative Requirement (GSQR) No. - 1438 BPJ technology has been developed by Defence Materials & Stores Research & Development Establishment (DMSRDE), a Kanpur-based premier laboratory of DRDO. This technology is challenging and one of the most significant matured personal protection systems developed by DRDO among the various GSQRs of Indian Army meeting NIJ III+ Standard, an official press release said.
 
Dr. Christopher urged MKU, Kanpur to maintain a strict vigil on the quality of the Bullet Proof Jackets and to collaborate with DRDO to absorb the DRDO developed technologies. 
 
The function was attended by Director General, Naval System & Materials Cluster of DRDO, Dr S V Kamat; Director of DMSRDE Kanpur, Dr N Eswara Prasad; Managing Director of MKU Limited, Neeraj Gupta besides various corporate Directors of DRDO headquarters. 
 
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Kovind launches ‘Swachhta hi Seva’ campaign from Ishwariganj village of UP

President Ram Nath Kovind launching a nationwide sanitation campaign, ‘Swachhta hi Sewa’, at Ishwariganj village in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh on September 15, 2017.
President Ram Nath Kovind launching a nationwide sanitation campaign, ‘Swachhta hi Sewa’, at Ishwariganj village in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh on September 15, 2017.
President Ram Nath Kovind  launched a nationwide sanitation campaign, ‘Swachhta hi Seva’, from Ishwariganj village in this district of Uttar Pradesh yesterday.
 
On the occasion, Mr Kovind also administered the ‘Swachhta hi Seva’ pledge to create a clean, healthy and new India. He honoured village-level champions who contributed to making Ishwariganj village ‘Open Defecation Free’. 
 
Addressing the gathering, the President said India is fighting a decisive battle for cleanliness and hygiene. Today, all have taken an oath committing themselves to ensure public, personal and environmental hygiene, he said.
 
He stressed that cleanliness is not the responsibility of only sanitation personnel and government departments. It is a multi-stakeholder national movement. "Together, we should make the effort to clean our houses, public places, villages and cities. The aim is cleanliness and hygiene everywhere, with implications for health and sanitation and overall prosperity of our people," he said.
 
Achieving the goals of the Swachh Bharat Mission expeditiously will be an appropriate tribute to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, he added.
 
 Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath,  Union Minister of Drinking Water & Sanitation Uma Bharati and Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, Lok Sabha MP from Kanpur.
 
Earlier in the day, the President visited the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Smriti Vatika in Lucknow and paid his respects at the statue of the late social thinker and political leader Deen Dayal Upadhyaya.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has named the nationwide sanitation campaign from September 15 to October 2 as “Swachhta Hi Seva”. The third anniversary of Swachh Bharat Mission falls on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
 
The drive is being coordinated by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, the convening Ministry for the Swachh Bharat Mission.
 
Swachhta Hi Seva campaign will see a large-scale mobilisation of people from all walks of life to undertake ‘shramdaan’ for cleanliness and construction of toilets and to make their environments free from open defecation.
 
It also involves targeted cleaning of public and tourist places. The participation will involve everyone from the common citizen to Union Ministers, Governors, Chief Ministers, legislators, celebrities and top officials.
 
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Reaching out to the poor and marginalised and providing them with sustainable sanitation services would be the hallmark of this campaign.
 
The Ministry has identified special dates during the campaign period. It includes three Sundays, 17th, 24th September and 1st October when people will be mobilised for large-scale shramdaan for toilet construction, cleaning of public places, bus stands, school and colleges, statues, hospitals and ponds in rural and urban areas. A special cleanliness drive is planned in 15 identified tourist places on October 1.
 
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, is scheduled to visit a village in Karnataka on September 17, which is being celebrated as “Seva Diwas” and offer shramdaan for toilet construction and general cleanliness.
 
On Seva Diwas, September 17, Doordarshan has organised a World TV Premiere of “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha”, a film that has an overwhelming message about access and usage of toilets at 11 am.
 
At the culminating event of the fortnight on October 2 Gandhi Jayanti, which is also the Swachh Bharat Diwas, national awards for essays, films and paintings, and other Swachh Bharat awards will be presented to Swachhta champions from across the country and all walks of life.
 
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Kovind to visit Uttar Pradesh on September 14-15

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President Ram Nath Kovind will pay a two-day visit to Uttar Pradesh from tomorrow, an official press release said here today.
 
Tomorrow, the President will attend a civic reception in Lucknow. On September 15, he will launch the ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ Programme at Ishwariganj village in Kanpur, the release added.
 
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43 injured as 12 coaches of Kaifiyat Express derail in Auraiya district of UP

 
43 injured as Kaifiyat Express derails in UP
At least 43 passengers suffered injuries when 12 coaches and the engine of the 12225 Azamgarh-Delhi Kaifiyat Express derailed in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh after a dumper collided with the train at an unauthorised crossing in the early hours of today.
 
The dumper was attempting to cross the tracks at a place where crossings are not allowed when it stalled and was hit by the engine of the train, resulting in the derailment, between Pata and Achalda stations on the Kanpur-Tundla section of Allahabad Division of North Central Railway, official sources said.
 
Today's accident has occurred just four days after 21 passengers died and 97 others suffered injuries when 14 of the 23 coaches of the 18477 Utkal Express, from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand, derailed at Khatauli, about 25 km from Muzzafarnagar, in Uttar Pradesh, last Saturday evening.
 
North Central Railway spokesman Gaurav Krishna Bansal told NetIndian over the telephone that 43 passengers had suffered injuries and were taken to nearby hospitals. Of them, four had serious injuries while 39 had received "simple injuries", he said.
 
Railway officials from nearby stations, including Allahabad, Kanpur and Etawah, have rushed to the scene of the mishap to oversee relief operations.
 
Among others, the General Manager of North Central Railway and the Divisional Railway Manager, Allahabad have left for the scene, the sources said.
 
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Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu is monitoring the rescue and relief efforts and has directed senior officers to reach the site immediately, they said.
 
Mr. Bansal said work on restoration of normal rail traffic on the affected section was in progress and was expected to be completed soon.
 
Apart from railway officials and staff, district administration officials, police and other emergency services personnel rushed to the scene. A team from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was also sent to the spot.
 
Following the accident, the Railways have cancelled or diverted some trains, the sources said.
 
The Railways have set up the following helplines for the benefit of passengers and their relatives:
 
New Delhi: 011-23342954, 23341074
Delhi: 011-23962389, 23967332
Nizamuddin: 011-24359748
Anand Vihar 09717648382
Ghaziabad 09412715210
Allahabad: 0532-1072, 220095, 220096, 220097
Etawah-05688-1072, 266382, 266383
Lucknow-0522-2237677, 9794830975
Faizabad-05278-222603
Kanpur-0512-1072, 2323015, 2323016, 2323018
Aligarh-0571-1072, 2403458, 2403055
Tundla-05612-1072, 220337, 220338, 220339
Shahganj-9794839010
Allahabad-0532-1072, 2408149, 2408128, 2407353
Fatehpur-05180-1072, 222025, 222026, 222436
Hathras: 05722-107200, 242741, 242742, 242803
Khurja: 05738-1072, 253084, 253085, 253308
Chuna: 05443-1072, 222487, 222137, 290049
Mirzapur: 05442-1072, 220095, 220096, 220097
 
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21 injured as 12 coaches of Kaifiyat Express derail in Auraiya district of UP

At least 21 passengers suffered minor injuries when 12 coaches and the engine of the 12225 Azamgarh-Delhi Kaifiyat Express derailed in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh after a dumper collided with the train at an unauthorised crossing in the early hours of today.
 
The dumper was attempting to cross the tracks at a place where crossings are not allowed when it stalled and was hit by the engine of the train, resulting in the derailment, between Pata and Achalda stations on the Kanpur-Tundla section of Allahabad Division of North Central Railway, official sources said.
 
Today's accident has occurred just four days after 21 passengers died and 97 others suffered injuries when 14 of the 23 coaches of the 18477 Utkal Express, from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand, derailed at Khatauli, about 25 km from Muzzafarnagar, in Uttar Pradesh, last Saturday evening.
 
North Central Railway spokesman Gaurav Krishna Bansal told NetIndian over the telephone that 21 passengers had suffered "simple injuries" in today's accident and had been taken to nearby hospitals.
 
Railway officials from nearby stations, including Allahabad, Kanpur and Etawah, have rushed to the scene of the mishap to oversee relief operations.
 
Among others, the General Manager of North Central Railway and the Divisional Railway Manager, Allahabad have left for the scene, the sources said.
 
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu is monitoring the rescue and relief efforts and has directed senior officers to reach the site immediately, they said.
 
Mr. Bansal said work on restoration of normal rail traffic on the affected section was in progress and was expected to be completed soon.
 
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Apart from railway officials and staff, district administration officials, police and other emergency services personnel rushed to the scene. A team from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was also sent to the spot.
 
Following the accident, the Railways have cancelled or diverted some trains, the sources said.
 
The Railways have set up the following helplines for the benefit of passengers and their relatives:
 
New Delhi: 011-23342954, 23341074
Delhi: 011-23962389, 23967332
Nizamuddin: 011-24359748
Anand Vihar 09717648382
Ghaziabad 09412715210
Allahabad: 0532-1072, 220095, 220096, 220097
Etawah-05688-1072, 266382, 266383
Lucknow-0522-2237677, 9794830975
Faizabad-05278-222603
Kanpur-0512-1072, 2323015, 2323016, 2323018
Aligarh-0571-1072, 2403458, 2403055
Tundla-05612-1072, 220337, 220338, 220339
Shahganj-9794839010
Allahabad-0532-1072, 2408149, 2408128, 2407353
Fatehpur-05180-1072, 222025, 222026, 222436
Hathras: 05722-107200, 242741, 242742, 242803
Khurja: 05738-1072, 253084, 253085, 253308
Chuna: 05443-1072, 222487, 222137, 290049
Mirzapur: 05442-1072, 220095, 220096, 220097
 
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Eleven coaches of Mumbai-Lucknow AC Superfast Express derail in UP, no one injured

 
11 coaches of Lucknow-bound Superfast Express derail at Unnao
Eleven coaches of the Lucknow Air-conditioned Superfast Express from Mumbai derailed at Unnao railway station, about 20 km from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, today but none of the passengers suffered any serious injuries, official sources said.
 
Passengers of the affected coaches were cleared to their destinations in a relief train as well as in buses and cars, official sources said.
 
Senior railway officials, incuding the General Manager of Northern Railway and the Divisional Railway Manager, Lucknow, rushed to the spot to oversee relief efforts, they said.
 
The Up line was not affected by the mishap and normal train movement was restored on it soon, the sources said.
 
The Railways set up helplines on telephone numbers 0522-2234607, 9794830973 and 9794830975.
 
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Cabinet okays transfer of Defence land in Kanpur to KVS for school building

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The Union Cabinet yesterday approved the transfer on lease of 6.5628 acres of Defence land to Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) at Air Force Station Kanpur (AFS Kanpur). 
 
It will be used for construction of school building and other associated infrastructure in partial modification of its earlier decision on 16.06.2011 wherein it had approved transfer 8.90 acres of defence land to KVS at AFS, Kanpur, an official press release said.
 
The defence land is being transferred on lease basis at a nominal rent of Rs. 1 per annum without any premium in terms of existing Government policy on the subject. The infrastructure for the school will be built by the KVS as per their norms and with their own funds, the release said.
 
Kendriya Vidyalaya at AFS Kanpur is functioning since August 1985 from a temporary barrack-type accommodation which does not fully meet the requirements of a school as per laid down specifications. The existing accommodation has become inadequate to accommodate the increased number of students and required facilities. 
 
The transfer of land would enable KVS to construct its own school building with all the required facilities and amenities for both students and teachers, the release said.
 
The formalities relating to transfer of land to KVS would be completed within a period of two months. KVS will thereupon construct school buildings etc. on the leased land as per their own specifications and at their own cost, it added.
 
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Five dead, several more feared trapped as under-construction building collapses in Kanpur

 
5 dead, several feared trapped as building collapses in Kanpur
At least five people died and several more are still feared trapped under the debris after an under-construction six-storeyed building collapsed in the Jajmau area of Kanpur city in Uttar Pradesh yesterday.
 
Rescue teams managed to extricate a three-year-old girl alive in the early hours of today after she lay buried under the rubble for about twelve hours, official sources said.
 
In all, about 15 people have been brought out alive from the debris but the authorities feared that about 30 people might still be trapped.
 
The rescue teams, using gas cutters and earthmovers, searched through the night for survivors, the sources said. Sniffer dogs and special cameras were being used to look for signs of life under the rubble, they said.
 
Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and personnel of the Army have joined the search and rescue operations.
 
Most of the victims were said to be workers and members of their families, mainly from Chhattisgarh.
 
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61 injured as Sealdah-Ajmer express derails near Kanpur

At least 61 passengers suffered injuries when 15 coaches of the 12987 Sealdah-Ajmer Express derailed near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh early Wednesday morning, official sources said.
 
61 injured as Sealdah-Ajmer express derails near Kanpur
At least 61 passengers suffered injuries when as many as 15 coaches of the 12987 Sealdah-Ajmer Express derailed near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh early this morning, official sources said.
 
The mishap occurred around 0520 hours close to Rura station on the Kanpur-Tundla section of the Allahabad Division of North Central Railway (NCR), about 50 km from Kanpur, blocking both the up and down lines on the busy Kanpur-New Delhi route for several hours, railway officials said.
 
According to them, the affected coaches were the sixth to the 20th from the engine and included 13 sleeper coaches (S1-S13) and two general coaches.
 
The sources said the injured were admitted to nearby hospitals for  treatment, where the condition of two was said to be serious.
 
Senior officials of the Railways, the district administration and the police as well as personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rushed to the scene to help in the rescue and relief efforts.
 
An accident relief train and medical vans were also rushed to the spot.
 
Railway Board Chairman A K Mittal was among those who rushed to the scene of the mishap.
 
Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu announced an enhanced ex-gratia payment of Rs. 50,000 for those who suffered grievous injuries and Rs. 25,000 for those with simple injuries.
 
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A statutory inquiry will be conducted into the accident by the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS), Northern Circle, under the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
 
Stranded passengers of the affected trains were later cleared towards their respective destinations. They were also provided with drinking water and snacks at Kanpur station by the Railway Administration.  
 
Due to this accident, the traffic on Kanpur – Etawah section has been affected and Railways had to divert, short-terminate and cancel certain trains passing through this section which are being notified by the respective Zonal Railways.
 
Earlier, Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu said earlier in the day that he was monitoring the situation and had directed senior officials to rush to the site immediately.
 
"Immediate medical help being provided to the injured. Mobilized resources,directed all concerned to ensure rescue and relief," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
"Thorough investigation will be carried out to ascertain the cause," he added.
 
The Railways have set up the following helpline numbers for passengers and their relatives: 
 
Kanpur 0512-1072, 2323015, 2323016, 2323018
Allahabad 0532-1072, 2408149, 2408128,
Etawah 05688-259376 
Tundla 05612-220337, 220338
 
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Several injured as Sealdah-Ajmer Express derails near Kanpur

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Several passengers suffered injuries when 15 coaches of the 12987 Sealdah-Ajmer Express derailed near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh early this morning.
 
The mishap occurred around 0520 hours between Rura and Metha stations of North Central Railway, about 50 km from Kanpur, official sources said.
 
An accident relief train and medical teams have reached the scene of the accident, they said.
 
District administration and police officials had also reached the scene and were supervising the rescue and relief efforts.
 
Rail traffic on the busy route has been disrupted and efforts were being made to restore normal movement of trains at the earliest.
 
Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu said he was monitoring the situation and had directed senior officials to rush to the site immediately.
 
"Immediate medical help being provided to the injured. Mobilized resources,directed all concerned to ensure rescue and relief," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
"Thorough investigation will be carried out to ascertain the cause," he added.
 
Mr. Prabhu said he had directed the Chairman of the Railway Board and all senior officials to ensure the best possible help to the victims.
 
"Ex gratia will be paid to injured . All passengers are being provided with necessary assistance to ensure least inconvenience.Doing our best," he said.
 
He said the the Railways were working with hospitals and the Kanpur Dehat district administration to offer the best possible care for the victims.
 
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