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International Technical Seminar on Monitoring Technology

Correspondent

Maligaon, February 15, 2018: One International Technical Seminar under the aegis of the Institution of Permanent Way Engineers (India) will be held at the BKB Auditorium of Gauhati University on February 23 and 24 on “leveraging developments in Monitoring Technology for optimising Track, Bridge and Tunnel maintenance”.

Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal, along with Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha and Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain are expected to be present during the seminar.

 

In this seminar delegates from all over India and overseas belonging to Permanent Way fraternity will be participating for sharing their experience. During seminar deliberations on monitoring technology for maintenance of track, bridges and tunnels will take place and thought provoking papers supported by extensive field data will be presented.

Indian Railways is witnessing a massive up-gradation and expansion of its infrastructure in the recent times. With continuously increasing traffic, higher speeds and increased axle loads, the demand for inspection and maintenance of the infrastructure is ever increasing. To face the challenges of efficient and reliable movement of high volume of traffic, the traditional man-power intensive, subjective methods of inspection and assessment of condition of infrastructure are no longer sufficient.

The advancement in science and technology has opened up new vistas with a large number of techniques and instrumentation processes available for inspection and condition assessment of infrastructure. Indian Railways has been using several technologies developed from time to time for monitoring of track, bridges and tunnels. The recent developments worldwide provide several new opportunities for cost effective and precision monitoring of assets.

The purpose of this seminar is to attract participation from the international as well as Indian experts in the field of monitoring of track, bridges and tunnels in order to share the knowledge of the latest developments and technologies available in the field to help optimise the maintenance costs and improve reliability of assets.

 

Correspondent

Maligaon, February 15, 2018: One International Technical Seminar under the aegis of the Institution of Permanent Way Engineers (India) will be held at the BKB Auditorium of Gauhati University on February 23 and 24 on “leveraging developments in Monitoring Technology for optimising Track, Bridge and Tunnel maintenance”.

Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal, along with Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha and Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain are expected to be present during the seminar.

In this seminar delegates from all over India and overseas belonging to Permanent Way fraternity will be participating for sharing their experience. During seminar deliberations on monitoring technology for maintenance of track, bridges and tunnels will take place and thought provoking papers supported by extensive field data will be presented.

Indian Railways is witnessing a massive up-gradation and expansion of its infrastructure in the recent times. With continuously increasing traffic, higher speeds and increased axle loads, the demand for inspection and maintenance of the infrastructure is ever increasing. To face the challenges of efficient and reliable movement of high volume of traffic, the traditional man-power intensive, subjective methods of inspection and assessment of condition of infrastructure are no longer sufficient.

The advancement in science and technology has opened up new vistas with a large number of techniques and instrumentation processes available for inspection and condition assessment of infrastructure. Indian Railways has been using several technologies developed from time to time for monitoring of track, bridges and tunnels. The recent developments worldwide provide several new opportunities for cost effective and precision monitoring of assets.

The purpose of this seminar is to attract participation from the international as well as Indian experts in the field of monitoring of track, bridges and tunnels in order to share the knowledge of the latest developments and technologies available in the field to help optimise the maintenance costs and improve reliability of assets.

 

Congress’s poll results to surprise all - Chavan

Correspondent

Agartala, February 14, 2018: Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan anticipated a ‘surprising result’ for Congress in February 18 assembly election in Tripura. He said state’s electorate would not get influenced by fake assurances (Jumla) and would judge failures of NDA government headed by Narendra Modi at the centre. 

He skirted allegations that Congress was fighting as a spoiler to benefit CPI(M) and hurt BJP. “Congress is fighting own course to end sufferings of 38 lakh people of the state”, he said here at a news conference.

Political analysts say Congress is fighting a tough battle after majority leaders and workers switched over to BJP making it the biggest opposition party. BJP even claiming to have occupied political space to dislodge CPI(M) led left front government ending its 25 years long continuous rule.

Congress hopes to gain some mileage after visit of AICC President Rahul Gandhi who will address an election rally at Kailashahar on February 16 on last day of campaigning. Kailashahar is home constituency of PCC President Birajit Sinha who made it to assembly in past five assembly elections.

The party so far host senior like Tarun Gogoi, V Narayanaswamy, Prithviraj Chavan, Bhuvaneswar Kalita and others. It is contesting in 59 seats as one candidate left the race on last day of withdrawal and joined BJP. 

Rahul Gandhi to campaign in Tripura

Correspondent 

Agartala. February 13, 2018: Congress President Rahul Gandhi will address an election rally at Kailashahar in north Tripura, home turf of PCC Chief Birajit Sinha on February 16. He last visited Tripura in 2014 on eve of Lok Sabha poll. 

State Congress leaders made a fervent plea to Rahul ji to join campaign for party contesting in February 18 assembly election. The party sees a red owing to surge of BJP and massive exodus of rank and file. 

Rahul Gandhi has one engagement of addressing a meeting at Kailashahar during his brief stint on last day of campaigning. 

Neiphiu Rio elected unopposed in Nagaland poll

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Kohima, February 13, 2017: Of 257 candidates nominated, 228 candidates were found to be valid and 29 nominations were rejected. On the last day of withdrawal 32 candidates withdrew their candidature. With this, 195 candidates will be contesting for the upcoming Nagaland Legislative Assembly Elections which is slated on February 27.  

MP Lok Sabha, Neiphiu Rio from 11 Northern Angami II A/C was declared as elected uncontested candidate.

CEO Nagaland said there are 2196 Polling Booths in Nagaland, in 555 Polling Stations where internet is available, there will be live webcasting and others will be videotaped where an assigned operator will look after, all will be monitored by respective RO and DEO, and also CEO Office. The videos will be stored and observed by the Election Commission of India.

He mentioned that everywhere VVPAT will be used. VVPAT allows a voter to physically see the details of the candidate he/she has voted and will be seen by the voter alone in a printed slip in VVPAT which will then be cut and dropped into drop box. He said there are 3300 Ballot Unit and 3400 VVPATs. EVMs and VVPATs will be commissioned from 16th February onwards and will be sent to respective Polling Stations by 21st or 22nd February.

CEO also stated that there are 11,91,530 voters this time, an increase of about 2000 from the last General election. There are 5925 Service Voters who will be voting through Postal Ballot. Since November Polling Stations have been classified in three categories- Critical, Vulnerable and Normal. Cases where in the last Election if voting was more than 75% or a candidate got 75% of the votes or places with complaints of booth capturing falls under Critical category. Cases of threats of intimation to voters or element of violence falls under Vulnerable category and others are placed in Normal category. He added that figures may change with the process of political campaigns. Presently there are 1100 Critical, 530 Vulnerable and 566 Normal Polling Stations which have been classified by DC, SP and respective Administrative Officers.

He further mentioned that 281 CAPF Companies will take part in the State Elections where 77 Companies have already arrived, 204 will join from 20thFebruary onwards after the Tripura Elections  on 18th February, 2018.  There will be atleast one company per Constituency.

He informed that all 55 Election Observers have arrived. There will be 22 General Observers, 22 Expenditure Observers and 11 Police Observers. Each Polling Station will be manned by 7 people including the personnel for manning the Voter Assistance Booth placed outside the Polling Booth, around 18000 Government Employees will be on duty directly. Some Polling Stations will be manned only by women.

List of Party-wise candidates contesting the State General Elections:-

NPF      -58

BJP       -20

NPP      -25

NDPP   -40 (39- one uncontested)

JD(U)   -13

LJP       -2

NCP     -6

Ind       -11

AAP      -3

INC      -18

Contesting Candidates- 195, Elected Uncontested Candidate-1

Voluntary disclosures of safety hazards encouraged

PR

Maligaon, February 13, 2018: All out effort are being undertaken to ensure safety in rail operation as per directive of the Railway Minister. As a part of the initiative, Ministry of Railways has developed a web based platform called “Safety Information Management System (SIMS)” to further emphasize need for Safety First Culture.

As a part of the initiative staff are encouraged as well as rewarded for voluntary disclosure of any unsafe practices / occurrences. For voluntary reporting the required confidentiality is maintained so as to encourage employees to voluntary report safety hazard, safety risks, potential hazardous conditions, unsafe practices, and inadvertent errors. There is also provision to upload images or a document while reporting safety hazards.

In the SIMS home page, a hyperlink is available under “Voluntary Safety Reporting” through which an employee can report any unsafe practices / occurrences either in the form of a confidential report or anonymous report. In both cases on submitting the hazard information, system will automatically generate a unique 13 digit hazard id and the status of the action taken report can also be viewed by the hazard reporting employee through the hyperlink Hazard Status.

Chief Safety Officers of each Zonal Railways will act as a nodal officer of the system, who will forward the same to the concerned department, Division or Railway Board for prompt necessary action.

Congress releases poll manifesto

Correspondent

Agartala, February 12, 2018: Former AICC Observer for Tripura and incumbent Chief Minister of Puducherry V. Narayanaswamy released Congress manifesto for assembly election here on Monday. Congress which is fighting for its existence made promises socio-economic, education and welfare sectors if voted to power in February 18 assembly election in the state. 

State Congress Working President Maharaja Pradyot Kishore Manikya and AICC Secretary Bhupen Bora were present at the programme in the Congress Bhavan. Two Congress MLAs including PCC Chief Birajit Sinha and former PCC Chief Gopal Roy were absent as they are in fray in a contest mainly fought by BJP and Congress.

Congress is contesting in 59 seats in 60 member assembly after a candidate withdrew nomination and subsequently joined BJP. 

BJP cadres to resist poll manipulation

Correspondent

Agartala, February 12, 2018: BJP national President Amit Shah on Monday issued a veil warning that his party workers and supporters will counter violent means of CPI(M) cadres during assembly election slated for February 18. He charged Congress of conniving with CPI(M) to counter BJP by remaining absent in campaign scenario.

He termed 25 years of left rule in the state as full of failures, misrules and nepotism. He assured complete restore of law and order through non bias and non partisan attitude after installation of BJP government in Tripura.

Amit Shah cautioned a section of government officials to refrain from working at behest of CPI(M) and follow code of conduct. He said BJP would approach election commission proper utilization of central security forces available in the state.

Security preparations in Nagaland

Correspondent

Agartala, February 11, 2018: The Office of CEO informs that the State of Nagaland would be getting 281 companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) as security measures for the forth coming 13th Nagaland Assembly Election, 2018. Out of these 281 companies, 77 companies have already arrived in the State and have been distributed in all the Districts.

The companies which have arrived are been used for area domination, MVCP and for providing environmental security.

The CEO also informed that the companies which have arrived are from CRPF, BSF, ITBP, RPF and SSB. The remaining 204 companies will be arriving in Nagaland after completion of the polls in Tripura on 18th Feb.2017.

CEO also informed that section of CAPF are also been used at Static police check posts for checking of cash, arms, liquors and other illegal items.

CPI(M) candidate dies

Correspondent 

Agartala, February 11, 2018: CPI(M) candidate of Charilam tribal reserved constituency Ramendra Narayan Debbarma died of massive cardiac stroke on Sunday evening. The sitting MLA from the constituency was 68. 

The Election Commission of India countermanded the election at Charilam constituency in west Tripura. After his demise assembly election on February 18 will now take place in 59 segments. 

CPI(M) ans its rival political parties condoled death of veteran tribal leader. 

Train hits killing passing elephants

Correspondent

Maligaon, February 11, 2018: 15611 Guwahati – Silchar Fast passenger dashed against a herd of elephant at km 167-7 between stations Hawaipur and Lamshakhan under Lumding Division of NFRailway on Saturday morning. Five elephants have died as a result of the dashing.

The engine got derailed by its front trolley as a result of which the train with all passengers got detained at the location. Divisional Railway Manager along with senior officials of Lumding Division reached the site along with Accident Relief Train from Lumding after which efforts were started for rerailing the locomotive. The section was ultimately restored when the train left the site after the engine was rerailed.

It is to be mentioned here that the incident took place at a location where there was no notified elephant corridor. However based on inputs received from forest department a speed restriction of 30kmph had been imposed and all trains were instructed to slow down while passing by issuing caution order to the loco pilots. While prima facie Enquiry has release that the train was within its stipulated speed, a departmental Enquiry has been ordered to find out details of apples and adherence to protocols.

There has been a manifold increase in the incidents of elephant crossings during the recent past and trains are constantly slowed down whenever any information of herd movement is shared with the railway by the forest department. It is only because of the close coordination between field level officials of both the forest and railway department that as many as 200 imminent dashing have been prevented this year alone.

However the incidents have to be seen in the light of recent spurt of man – animal conflicts. NF Railway has to ensure the safety of all train movements and at the same time it is ready to do all the needful for mitigating elephant mortality on railway tracks. 

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