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Railways launches first solar-powered train; will help Indian Railways save crores
14.07.17 - TEAM PT
Railways launches first solar-powered train; will help Indian Railways save crores



Going ahead with its green initiatives, Railways launched first Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) coaches equipped with solar-power where fan and lighting in coaches will be through solar energy.
 
The train will run from Sarai Rohilla in Delhi to Farukh Nagar in Haryana. A total of 16 solar panels, each producing 300 Wp, are fitted in six coaches. 
 
The new train built at Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai have a life of 25 years and will have a capacity of 89 people per coach and will start operations from Saturday.

There are two motor coaches and eight passenger coaches in the ten-coach train. It will replace an existing non-solar powered rake on the same route.
 
 
 
There has been no change in the fare and the journey will take nearly one-and-half hours. In a bid to make the journey comfortable, cushioned seats have been provided. There are rakes for luggage and a display board in each coach.
 
The train was flagged off by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu from Delhi’s Safdarjung Railway Station. The installed solar rooftop system will generate 7200 KW of energy per year per system which will be used for powering internal lights, fans and other electrical systems of the coach.
 
The total cost of the train is Rs 13.54 crore with the passenger coaches costing around Rs 1 crore each and the two motor coaches costing Rs 2.5 each. The solar panels on six coaches cost Rs 9 lakh each.
 
The project will help offset carbon emissions by 9 tons per coach per year and also save about 21,000 litres of diesel for a solar-powered DEMU with six trailer coaches, thereby bringing cost saving of Rs 12 lakh every year.
 
The railways are planning to introduce nearly 50 more such coaches in the coming days. 
 
Nearly Rs 700 crore will be saved by Indian Railways annually once the full project is implemented, according to Ravinder Gupta, the CEO of Indian Railways Organisation for Alternative fuel. 

The energy generated through the panel will be stored in batteries and can be used during night as well. The two passenger coaches which do not have solar panel will operate on diesel. The train has two parallel power sources — solar power and diesel — and in case of failure of the former, it will switch on to the latter. The train has a power back-up and can run on battery for at least 72 hours. 
 
 
Surplus power generated during peak hours will be stored in a 120 AH battery system. It will help in generating useful data for research for adapting the system for future rollout on all trains of Indian Railways. 

The solar system has been fitted with anti-theft mechanism which can withstand trains running with a speed of more than 100 km/hr.
 
This is the first instance of a diesel-run passenger train fitted with solar rooftop system with battery backup.




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FIR against AIB for posting Meme on PM Modi Using Snapchat Dog Filter
14.07.17 - TEAM PT
FIR against AIB for posting Meme on PM Modi Using Snapchat Dog Filter



The cyber cell of Mumbai police on Friday registered an FIR against All India Bakchod after the comedy group posted a meme showing Prime Minister Narendra Modi using the dog filter on Snapchat.
 
The FIR was registered under section 500 (defamation) of IPC and 67 IT act (Punishment for publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form) taken at cyber police station at Bandra-Kurla Complex.
 
 
AIB had yesterday posted an image of a lookalike of the Prime Minister at a railway station, along with a photo of PM Modi with a Snapchat dog filter, captioned #wanderlust. The meme, seen as a dig at PM Modi's foreign tours, provoked strong reactions. AIB was accused of insulting the PM and hurting national sentiment.
 
This dig didn’t go down well with a Twitter user who took objection to the meme shared by AIB on PM Modi, tagging Mumbai Police on the micro blogging site. In a prompt response, Mumbai Police said that they will forward the complaint to cyber police.


Under criticism by Modi supporters, the AIB had deleted the controversial tweet on PM Narendra Modi. Soon enough, some Twitter users started trolling the AIB - this time for being "scared” of the BJP and deleting the tweet.
 




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MASTER CHRONICLER OF INDIAN POLITICS SPEAKS
Nitish Kumar leader without a party, Congress a party without a leader – both should wed: Ramachandra Guha
13.07.17 - PT Political Bureau
Nitish Kumar leader without a party, Congress a party without a leader – both should wed: Ramachandra Guha



India After Gandhi’s famed author has a view on Congress After Sonia, and it seems pretty interesting, unless you consider it too fanciful. He does, but calls it his personal fantasy.

"Nitish Kumar is a country-level leader without a party while Congress is a national party without a country-level leader…the Congress should let Nitish Kumar do a friendly takeover (and) Rahul Gandhi will do his party the greatest favour if he chooses another profession,” said the master chronicler of contemporary Indian politics, Ramachandra Guha, describing the fanciful scenario as his personal fantasy.
Guha has appeared in various interviews, including one with Barkha Dutt at the India International Centre and another with NDTV, as part of a promotional exercise for his smashingly successful tome, 'India After Gandhi,' that hit Indian bookstores with a bang in an updated 10th anniversary edition avataar.
 
His summarised version of India after 70 years of Independence: "India is a 50-50 democracy.”
 
Guha called Prime Minister Narendra Modi "the most driven Indian politician" and a master practitioner of the statecraft of politics, but had much disdain for Modi's main challenger Rahul Gandhi, the vice president of the Congress and widely seen as the man waiting in the wings to take over the party.
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"I think Rahul Gandhi will do himself, the Congress party and his country the greatest favour if he were to just choose another profession."
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His admiration for Nitish Kumar seemed boundless. 
 
"Like Modi, he (Nitish) has no family burden, but, unlike Modi, he is not a megalomaniac. He is not sectarian and focuses on gender, a rare quality among Indian politicians," he said at the event at India International Centre. If Guha’s use of the word ‘burden’ to describe someone with filial ties was problematic, Barkha Dutt did not buttonhole him on that one.
 
"I think Rahul Gandhi will do himself, the Congress party and his country the greatest favour if he were to just choose another profession," Guha said in response to a question about the future of Congress in his tv interview. Guha’s book is virtually the only one of its kind that provides a narrative political history of post-Independence India.
 
Guha, who has been of late very disparaging about Indian political parties currently in opposition, told NDTV’s Nidhi Razdan, "Too many people are deluding themselves about the Congress party (and in future) may be we do not need the Congress party, or may be a (French president Emmanuel) Macron like figure will emerge." To Barkha Dutt, he said the best that the Congress can do by 2019 was to progress from 44 seats in the Lok Sabha to 100.
 
Suggesting a lifeboat scenario for what he clearly saw as a drowning party, Guha said it would be a dream scenario solution if the Congress was to give Nitish a walkover for a "friendly takeover of the (Congress) party" since the latter desperately needs a leader, someone that the Gandhi scion is certainly not.
 
"Like Modi, he (Nitish) has no family burden, but, unlike Modi, he is not a megalomaniac. He is not sectarian and focuses on gender, a rare quality among Indian politicians"
 
Guha called Modi "the master of symbolism" and hailed him for his unparalleled energy, and said Modi and Amit Shah are leaders in who "you get what you see".
 
He said many people had voted for Modi thinking he will eventually move away from the hardline Hindutva forces, but that has not happened, and so they have been disappointed. On the other hand, those who thought Modi will turn out to be a great economic reformer have also been disappointed.
 
He termed certain actions of Modi, such as refusing to meet Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in the wake of stone pelting spree and instead fobbing her off to Home Minister Rajnath Singh as reflecting a lack of sagacity and statesmanship.
 
"Though he is supposed to be a master of symbolism, he got that one wrong. It shows lack of sagacity and statesmanship," Guha said, adding he has updated 'India After Gandhi' with an epilogue covering the developments in the last ten years, the rise of Modi, the latest twists in Kashmir and the slide in the democratic functioning of India's public institutions.
 
Guha also said the Indian Army remained largely a secular, apolitical, plural institutions though there are some worrying signs. "We should worry, but not too much,” he said, while singling out the Army chief for criticism over his remarks about Kashmir’s stonepelters. 




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Comment by: Rupinder kaur

Guys has done great favour to India, which no Congress man could dare to say. He is absolutely right for his recommendation. Hope Congress listens for the sake of Indian people.

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Woman who was Locked In Dark Room By Family For 20 Years, Rescued in Goa
12.07.17 - team pt
Woman who was Locked In Dark Room By Family For 20 Years, Rescued in Goa



A woman, who was locked in dark room for 20 years, was rescued by the police in Goa.

The woman, now in her 50s, was confined in the room for alleged "unnatural behaviour" and it was an NGO which informed the police about her following which she was rescued.
 
When the cops entered the dark room, they found her naked. The woman, reported to be in her fifties, was reluctant to move out of the dirty room. The only medium to contact the outside world for her was a window, through which she was served food and water by her family.
 
The shocking incident took place in Candolim village, not far from the beach resorts that draw thousands of tourists from within the country and abroad. The police has sent the woman for treatment.

The team had raided the house on information provided by 'Bailancho Saad', a civil society group that works for women's rights. The non-profit had received a tip off over email from a person who claimed to have seen the woman.
 
She was kept in a room with no electricity while the rest of the house was occupied by her brother's family.
 
According to cops, the family confined her in a room after she returned home finding that her husband already had a wife.

She was briefly married to a man from Mumbai, but returned home soon after finding that he was already married. "Her family members locked her in the room after she started behaving abnormally after her return from Mumbai,” the official said.
 
According the woman's brother, she was mentally unstable and therefore was confined to a room.  

"She would insist on not wearing any clothes. She was under treatment for sometime, but it was discontinued. We used to provide her with food and look after her," the woman's brother said.




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Amarinder meets Modi, seeks centre's support for industarial development in Punjab
11.07.17 - TEAM PT
Amarinder meets Modi, seeks centre's support for industarial development in Punjab



Punjab CM Amarinder Singh on Tuesday sought Prime Minister Modi’s support in promoting the state’s industrial development to revive its economy and enable job creation for the unemployed youth.

At a meeting with the Prime Minister here, Amarinder also sought the Centre’s support for resolution of the agrarian crisis in Punjab. He further requested the Prime Minister’s intervention to settle the Rs. 31000 crore debt, resulting from the CCL legacy gap of Rs. 12,500 cr and the exorbitant interest of Rs. 18,000 imposed on it by the Centre.

The said debt would require Rs. 3240 crore to be spent every year on debt servicing for the next 20 years at the cost of the welfare schemes of the state, he said, urging that the entire matter be re looked into and the burden be proportionately shared by all concerned agencies in a just and fair manner. He pointed out that the gap had resulted from difference in actual expenditure and expenditure approved in cost sheet approved by the Department of Food & Public Distribution (DFPD), Government of India, and the inability of the State Government agencies to fully repay the CCL. The DFPD had repeatedly assured the state government to address the issue but there had been no movement on this front so far, he added.

On the CBI investigation into cases of sacrilege and targeted killings of RSS, Hindu and Shiv Sena leaders, taking place in Punjab since January 2016, the Chief Minister noted that despite their best efforts, the central and state police and intelligence agencies had failed to make a breakthrough. He requested that central intelligence and investigation agencies be instructed to augment their efforts to trace these cases, especially in view of recent inputs indicating plans of militant/radical organisations and individuals to launch more such targeted attacks in Punjab.

Amarinder once again called upon the central government to provide necessary funds to Punjab for meeting the recurring annual costs, apart from the capital cost of raising two IR Battalions sanctioned by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in 2016 for strengthening of border management in the state. He also sought extension of the Security Related Expenditure (SRE) scheme, currently being implemented in Left Wing Extremism affected states, to Punjab in view of the large-scale attempts to destabilize the state and perpetrate disharmony.

Calling for special financial provision by MHA for strengthening of Intelligence Infrastructure in the sensitive border state, the Chief Minister said substantial investments were urgently needed to build capacity in many areas, such as lawful interception, social media monitoring, etc. He expressed serious concern over the growing use of social media, such as Facebook and WhatsApp, to spread misinformation and fan communal passions to create a law and order problem across the country, including Punjab. He sought the Centre’s help in monitoring of social media, and also suggested various measures that could help the central and state governments curb its misuse.

He reiterated his request for deployment of two CAPF companies at the high security jails in Punjab, where hardcore terrorists and dreaded gangsters are lodged. Observing that the Union Home Minister had already approved the stat government’s request in this regard, he said Punjab was willing to provide an equal number of IRB companies to the Centre in exchange.

Punjab was particularly vulnerable to proxy war and trans-border terrorism, narco-terrorism, and cross-border smuggling of drugs, weapons, explosives, as well as influx of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FCN) from across the border, Captain Amarinder warned, seeking central support for augmenting security measures in Punjab.




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