Get set to zip from Delhi to Chandigarh on board Tejas Express high-speed coaches soon

Train passengers on the Delhi-Chandigarh section will soon enjoy a comfortable ride at a speed of 160 kmph as the Rail Coach Factory (RCF) in Kapurthala is set to roll out the first rake of 19 coaches in a couple of days.

The newly designed coaches are capable of running at a speed of 200 kmph but due to constraints related to rail tracks these coaches will run at a speed of 160 kmph, RCF general manager RP Nibaria said on Thursday.

Nibaria said he expects that the Tejas Express, in which some of these coaches will be fitted, will run by the end of May though a decision will be taken by the railway board.

FIRST RAKE READY BUT AWAITS SECURITY

He said that the first rake, comprising 19 coaches including 16 non-executive and two executive chair cars besides one power coach, will be handed over to the Northern Railway by May 15.

The first rake is ready for rollout but the RCF has demanded security guards from Northern Railway as costly gadgets have been fitted in the new coaches. Their arrival is expected in three days.

Initially, the Railway Board had decided to run the first high speed train Tejas Express on the Mumbai-Goa section but now the allotment has been made to Northern Railway, the general manager said.

FIRST RAKE READY BUT AWAITS SECURITY

He said that the first rake, comprising 19 coaches including 16 non-executive and two executive chair cars besides one power coach, will be handed over to the Northern Railway by May 15.

The first rake is ready for rollout but the RCF has demanded security guards from Northern Railway as costly gadgets have been fitted in the new coaches. Their arrival is expected in three days.

Initially, the Railway Board had decided to run the first high speed train Tejas Express on the Mumbai-Goa section but now the allotment has been made to Northern Railway, the general manager said.

AUTOMATIC PLUG DOOR, LCDs AND USB CHARGING

He said that it is for the first time in the history of Indian railways that an automatic entrance plug door has been introduced which provides better sound and heat insulation. Doors installed in the entire rake will be controlled by a guard panel.

He said that the luxury chair car is fitted with nine-inch LCD screen with touch screen control on the back of every seat and a personalised infotainment system besides USB charging facility is fitted on every seat.

The other features include highly comfortable and adjustable e-leather upholstery, redesigned arm rest and adequate leg support.

NEW BRAKING SYSTEM, WI-FI AND BIO TOILETS

The new coach is fitted with improved couplers that will provide jerk-free comfortable ride even at high speeds and coaches are fitted with new braking system.

Facilities like wi-fi and a mechanism where passengers can call attendants by using the bell attached to a panel will be provided.

Tejas coaches also have improved lavatory and bio toilets with airlines such as vacuum evacuation besides sensor taps and soap dispenser.

Suspicious men sighted in Pathankot, search operation underway

The Punjab Police along with other security agencies began a massive search operation in some areas of Pathankot and Gurdaspur districts on Wednesday after four to six suspicious men were sighted in the area.

Chandigarh: The Punjab Police along with other security agencies began a massive search operation in some areas of Pathankot and Gurdaspur districts on Wednesday after four to six suspicious men were sighted in the area.

The joint search operation is still underway.

The search operation was launched hours after some unidentified men travelling in a Scorpio SUV broke a police barrier in the Gurdaspur district on Tuesday.

A Punjab Police officer was quoted as saying by IANS that there were at least six persons inside the vehicle when it jumped the barrier.

The SUV was later found abandoned, the report said.

The SUV also carried a fake registration number plate and, after primary investigation, it was found that the car was stolen at knife-point from a person in Vijaynagar area of Jammu.

Security agencies remained on high alert in border districts of Gurdaspur and Pathankot following the terrorist attacks on the Pathankot Air Force base in January 2016 and in Dinanagar town in Gurdaspur district in July 2015.

Both districts share an international border with Pakistan. Both districts are close to the strife-torn Jammu and Kashmir.

Navjot Singh Sidhu to pay Rs 24 lakh from personal fund to Amritsar farmers who suffered crop damage by fire

Navjot Singh Sidhu made the announcement on Sunday following his visit to the Othian village where wheat crop spread over 300 acres was destroyed in a devastating fire.

Amritsar: Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, who is now a minister in the Punjab government, has announced a compensation of Rs 24 lakh from his own pocket to the some farmers who have suffered heavy losses after their crop was damaged by devastating fire.

Sidhu made this announcement on Sunday after he visited the Othian village where wheat crop spread over 300 acres was destroyed in a devastating fire.

The fire occurred after a high-tension wire snapped during a storm, leading to a short circuit.

Deputy Commissioner, Amritsar, Kamaldeep Singh Sanga said, “The crop spread over 300 acres was damaged after a high tension wire fell in a field due to a storm.”

The MLA from Amritsar East said the farmers will be compensated at a rate of Rs 8,000 per acre.

“I understand this is not enough, and this is the reason I have come here today. To further compensate the farmers as I feel their pain, I will give the same amount out of my own pocket,” said the minister, adding that it was his duty to held the people of Rajasansi segment who had always supported him.

“I do television. I earn money. So there is no harm in compensating the farmers,” he said.

“It adds up to Rs 24 lakh and I will pay from my personal funds. I do not want to put burden on the state exchequer,” he said.

In the past, too, Sidhu had given Rs 1 crore for the ‘Go Green, Go Clean’ campaign in Amritsar. He was the Amritsar MP at that time.

Murder convict uploads selfie on Facebook from Ludhiana jail, booked

Gurpreet Singh, who is serving a life sentence for murder, uploaded a selfie on May 4 on Facebook using a smartphone. Two days later, he posted another selfie along with the two inmates with the caption, “Yaar jail vich (Together in jail)”.

A murder convict in the Ludhiana Central Jail clicked a selfie with two inmates and uploaded it on Facebook from his smartphone, showing the easy access prisoners have to phones and internet despite recent incidents of security breach in Punjab’s prisons.

When jail officials learnt about Gurpreet Singh uploading the FB post, they booked him and the two other inmates Raghwinder Singh and Govardhan under the Prison Act on Wednesday.

Gurpreet Singh, who is serving a life sentence for murder, uploaded a selfie on May 4 on Facebook using a smartphone. Two days later, he posted another selfie along with the two inmates with the caption, “Yaar jail vich (Together in jail)”.

The convict even tagged his friends and the picture got likes and comments.

It was then that the Khanna superintendent of police and the jail staff swung into action and raided the prison barracks. They recovered the smartphone and found that Gurpreet had uploaded a post three hours before being caught.

Assistant sub inspector Harbhajan Singh, the in-charge at Tajpur Road police post, said the jail authorities lodged a complaint and the police will bring the three prisoners on production warrant for questioning.

NOT A FIRST

The Ludhiana jail authorities have recovered five mobile phones from the prison in the past week. A month ago, members of a gang assaulted their rival in the jail and videotaped the incident on a phone before circulating it on WhatsApp groups.

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