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NF Railway helping states to deal with flood fury

PR

Maligaon, August 18, 2017: As flood of unprecedented scale affects large areas of Bihar, West Bengal & Assam, N.F. Railway which has borne the brunt at many locations in its network continues to play a proactive role in helping State Governments to deal with the crisis.  In Bihar the railway has not only offered its rakes for movement of NDRF personnel along with their equipments, it has also allowed free of cost movement of fodder food and water across flood affected Bihar in response to the request of District authorities. 

Identified areas in stations of Kishanganj, Araria, Purnia and Katihar District have been earmarked for flood affected people to put up their camps.  Potable water is being supplied in stations in the flood affected areas for the consumption of the local people.  It is also to be mentioned that in the areas affected by flood, refund counters are being kept open round the clock for last five days to facilitate easy refund. 

As much as one crore worth of refund has been given every day during this period.

Meanwhile restoration work is going on in war footing in all locations. Restoration of bridge no -3 at Km 7/2-3 between Kuretha – Maniyan stations in Katihar – Malda Town section, which was damaged at 7-30 hrs on 16th August is expected to be completed today night. More than 1000 labours are working round the clock in this site. This bridge is crucial for train connectivity between Katihar and Malda Town. The flood affected section between Barsoi – Radhikapur was restored and certified fit at 11 am today. 

Website for Gallantry Awardees launched

PIB

New Delhi, August 17,  2017: An online portal dedicated to the gallantry award winners, bestowed since Independence, has been launched today. The domain name of the portal is http://gallantryawards.gov.in

The website gives details of the Chakra Series awardees i.e., Param Vir Chakra, Maha Vir Chakra, Vir Chakra, Ashok Chakra, Kirti Chakra and Shaurya Chakra.

The portal contains information such as name, unit, year, citations and photographs of awardees till date. The Ministry of Defence would welcome any feedback or suggestion for further improvement.

Rail restoration work at flooded sites

PR

Maligaon, August 17, 2017: While the overall flood situation continues to be grim in most part of Bihar and railway track remains breached in many locations, NF Railway has started restoration work in all the locations on war footing.

At Bridge No. 3 located at Km. 7/2-3 between stations Kuretha and Manian in the section Katihar- Kumedpur which was breached at 7.30 am yesterday, NF Railway has been able to mobilize a 45 ft. girder along with a 140 ton crane which has reached site from Eastern Railway. Boulders for restoration have been mobilized from Pakur, Bakudi & Sakrigli. This bridge which is crucial for connectivity from Katihar to Malda is being attended by more than 600 labours working round the clock and it is expected that if flood condition does not deteriorate further the bridge will be restored by tomorrow.

At Bridge No. 133 located between stations Sudhani - Telta of New Jalpaiguri - Malda section which was worst hit with almost 60 m approach being washed away on both up and down line, restoration work has already been started. While DRM/KIR is camping at site, NDRF team from Danapur has also reached the site today.  Work is progressing day and night, and more than 50 wagons of ballast  has been unloaded at site while more than 10 rakes of boulder are on the way to site from various locations of Eastern & N.F.Railway.

At bridge No. MK 8, 9, 11 between stations Kumedpur - Khurial of Malda Town New Jalpaiguri section which have been washed out by flood water from river Mahananda, restoration work is going on in full swing. Senior most officials of Divisions are present at this site to monitor the restoration work.

1140 mt. track has been washed out between Forbeshganj - Jogbani stations in Katihar-Jogbani branch line on 13th August. While track clearance has been given up to Bathnaha, the section from Bathnaha to Jogbani continues to be affected with water level close to track level.

It is to be mentioned that in Alipurduar Division track connection from Fakiragram to Dhubri has been restored from today morning after completion of work at Bridge no. 28. Train connection from Dhubri will be restored and DEMU services will be started from tomorrow. In Lumding Division also the flood affected track between Silghat and Jakhalabandha stations has been attended and restored for movement of traffic at restricted speed.

It is to be mentioned here that entire railway administration is fully mobilized and geared up for meeting the present crisis. Four Track maintainers of Katihar Division namely Shri Dipak Laskar, Shri Biswajit Dutta Gupta, Shri Lankesh and Shri Rupesh Kumar who showed extreme presence of mind and extra ordinary courage to save Bridge No. 132 from wash out by flood water have been awarded by General Manager, N.F.Railway with cash prize. By protecting Bridge no. 132 they have ensured accessibility to Bridge No.133 which is a worst affected site in the railway.

In the meanwhile a medical camp was conducted at Guwahati station for the passengers waiting in the station due to cancellation of train services. N.F.Rly. is running special trains from Guwahati to Dalkhola and From Dibrugarh to Guwahati for clearance of rush caused by cancellation of trains due to unprecedented flood.

Scheme of budgetary support in NE approved

PIB 

New Delhi, August 16, 2017:    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today has given its approval to the Scheme of providing Budgetary Support under Goods and Service Tax Regime for the eligible industrial units located in State of Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and North Eastern States including Sikkim. 

Budgetary support of Rs. 27,413 crore for the said Scheme has been approved for the period from 1.7.2017 till 31.03.2027 for such industrial units located in aforesaid States which availed the benefit of Central Excise exemption prior to coming into force of GST regime.

The Government of India was implementing North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy (NEIIPP), 2007 for North Eastern States including Sikkim and Package for Special Category States for Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh to promote industrialization.  One of the benefits of the NEIIPP, 2007 and Package for Special Category States was excise duty exemption for first 10 years after commencement of commercial production.

Upon repeal of the Central Excise duty laws, the Government has decided to refund the central share of CGST and IGST to the affected eligible industrial units for the residual period in the States of North Eastern region and Himalayan States.  DIPP will notify the Scheme, including detailed operational guidelines for implementation of the scheme within 6 weeks. 

It is estimated that total number of 4284 eligible units located in these States will be benefitted from the above scheme.

“Condemn Censorship of Tripura CM”

PR

Agartala / New Delhi, August 15, 2017: The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:

The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns the refusal by the Doordarshan and All India Radio to broadcast the customary Independence Day address of Manik Sarkar, Chief Minister of Tripura.

The Doordarshan and All India Radio had recorded his speech for the occasion. However, they subsequently informed him that the speech cannot be carried as it is and asked him to “reshape” it. 

This is a gross infringement on the right of a Chief Minister to address the people of his state on Independence Day. This act is reminiscent of the Emergency days and goes beyond as it seeks to gag the elected Chief Minister of a state. The Central Government is trampling upon the autonomy of Doordarshan/AIR and Prasar Bharati by such acts of censorship.

The Polit Bureau demands action against those responsible for prohibiting the broadcast. The Modi Government should stop treating the Prasar Bharati as a department of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

I-Day peaceful in NE India

Correspondent

Agartala, August 15, 2017: Independence Day celebrations were peaceful across northeast India with no report of any untoward incident. The celebrations on Tuesday held amid fanfare and tradition.

Boycott call of a few underground extremist groups has had no impact anywhere in the region except some interior locations in Manipur. Security alert and deployment was huge like past years to maintain peace in all seven states.

Besides programmes at government levels, private organisations and NGOs also celebrated the day in colourful manner. Education institutions were ahead of others in observing the day in respect and gaiety.

Cultural events were part of celebrations. 

Nagaland govt remits sentence of prisoners

Correspondent

Kohima, August 14, 2017: Nagaland government has remitted sentences of prisoners under certain categories in commemoration of the ensuing Independence Day 2017. It has considered those prisoners were convicted by the courts (other than Court Martial) having criminal jurisdiction in the state of Nagaland and sentenced to rigorous imprisonment.

In exercise of the power conferred by Sub­section 1 of Section 432 of the Code Criminal Procedure, 1973 (Act No. 2 of 1974 here-in after referred as the said Code) the Governor of Nagaland is pleased to grant remission of sentences to the different categories of prisoners as specified below, lodged in the jails of Nagaland and outside other than those in respect of whom the sentence is inflicted for an offence against the Order referred to in Sub-section 6 of Section 432 of the said Code passed under any law relating to which the Executive Powers of the Union extends.

The scale of remission of sentence for different categories is specified below:-

CATEGORY                                                              SCALE OF REMISSION

1.         Prisoners sentenced to 10 years and above     - 30 (Thirty) days

2.         Prisoners sentenced to 5 years to 10 years      - 20 (Twenty) days

3.         Prisoners sentenced to 1 year to 5 years         -10 (Ten) days

4.         Prisoners sentenced up to 1 year                     - 5 (Five) days

Incessant rains, flash floods disrupt trains

Correspondent / PR

Agartala / Maligaon, August 13, 2017: Heavy rainfall in the last 48 hours in West Bengal, Bihar, Assam and other northeastern states has resulted in railway operations being severely hampered as rain water has affected railway tracks at several places in Katihar and Alipurduar Division of NF Railway. Railway lines were affected at as many as 12 locations initially, of which seven were already repaired and restored. 

However, the situation aggravated last night when rain water submerged tracks near Dalkhola, Barsoi, Sudhani stations and the main line connecting NE India with rest of the country being blocked with water under a bridge near Kishanganj station flowing over danger level.

As a result, a number of trains had to be stopped at various stations and a number of other trains had to be cancelled or rescheduled/ short-terminated. Some of the trains had to be brought back to originating stations or other convenient stations after attending to watering and taking other measures.

While many rivers in Alipurduar and Katihar Divisions are in spate N. F. Railway authorities are keeping a close watch and continuously monitoring the situation nearby railway bridges and tracks taking all precautionary measures for safe train running.

TRAINS CANCELLED ON 14-8-17(Monday):

1. 15903 Dibrugarh-Chandigarh Express.

2. 15636 Guwahati-Okha Express.

TRAINS CANCELLED ON 13-8-201717(Sunday):

1. 15640 Guwahati-Puri Express.

2. 15658 Guwahati-Sealdah Kanchanjungha Express.

3. 12344 New Jalpaiguri Sealdah Darjeeling Mail

4. 15483 Alipurduar Jn – Delhi Sikkim Mahananda Express

5. 13148 New Coochbehar – Sealdah Uttar Banga Express

6. 12346 Guwahati – Howrah Saraighat Express

7. 13150 Alipurduar Jn – Sealdah Kanchan Kanya Express

8. 13142 New Alipurduar – Sealdah Tista Torsha Express of 13.08.2017 is cancelled from New Jalpaiguri

9. 12378 New Alipurduar – Sealdah Padatik Express of 13.08.2017 is cancelled from New Jalpaiguri

10. 15655 Kamakhya – Katra Express

11. 15930 Dibrugarh – Chennai Express

12. 14055 Dibrugarh – Delhi Brahmaputra Mail

13. 12423 Dibrugarh – New Delhi Rajdhani Express

14. 15909 Dibrugarh – Lalgarh Avadh Assam Express

15. 15960 Dibrugarh – Howrah Kamrup Express

16. 12505 Guwahati – Anand Vihar NE Express

17. 12364 Haldibari – Kolkata Express

18. 75708 / 75707 Siliguri – Radhikapur – Siliguri DEMU

19. 15464 / 15463 Siliguri – Balurghat – Siliguri of 13.08.2017 is cancelled. The rake will work as 55422 Balurghat – Malda Town passenger.

20. 75720 / 75719 Malda Court – Siliguri – Malda Court DEMU

STRANDED TRAINS IN UP DIRECTION

13141 Sealdah – New Alipurduar Tista Torsha Express short terminated at New Jalpaiguri.

15959 Howrah-Dibrugarh Kamrup Express regulated at Dalkhola from 11-50 hrs.

15934 Chandigarh – Dibrugarh Express regulated at Dalkhola from 11-50 hrs.

23141 Sealdah – Haldibari Tista Torsha Link Express regulated

STRANDED TRAINS IN DOWN DIRECTION

14055 Dibrugarh - Delhi Brahmaputra Mail controlled at New Jalpaiguri from 11-25 hrs and being taken back to Dibrugarh.

22512 Kamakhya – LTT Super Fast Express controlled at New Jalpaiguri from 11-45 hrs and being taken back to Kamakhya.

12378 New Alipurduar Sealdah Padatik Express short terminated at New Jalpaiguri

13245 New Jalpaiguri-Rajendranagar Capital Express controlled at Katihar and originate from Katihar

15960 Dibrugarh – Howrah Kamrup Express controlled at Guwahati from 07-35 hrs are being taken back to Dibrugarh

12423 Dibrugarh – New Delhi Rajdhani Express controlled at New Bongaigaon is being taken back to Dibrugarh.

12510 Dibrugarh – Bangalore Express controlled at Barpeta Road is being taken back to Guwahati.

19306 Guwahati – Indore Shipra Express controlled at New Bongaigaon from 08-14 hrs is being taken back to Guwahati

15909 Dibrugarh – Lalgarh Avadh Assam Express controlled at New Coochbehar from 06-53 hrs is being taken back to Dibrugarh.

12518 Guwahati – Kolkata Garib Rath Express controlled at Dhupguri is being taken back to Guwahati. 

Stranded passengers in various stations were provided all possible basic amenities by the local Railway authority and the trains filled up with water at nearest possible watering points. 

Irate father kills boy on crave for girl child

Correspondent

Agartala, August 12, 2017: While infanticide of girl child has been a common phenomenon in Indian society, a reverse yet bizarre incident occurred in Tripura. A poor tribal man who had a long crave for girl child killed his infant son in a hysterical expression. 

The tragic incident occurred at remote Nalchari village in Sabroom subdivision of north Tripura district, on Tuesday, police said in a belated report on Saturday. They said killer father named Swadhin Tripura has been arrested.

Swadhin Tripura had two sons and his wife Annalaxmi gave birth to their third son three months ago. She told police that her husband had a long desire to have a daughter and he became very upset after birth of another boy.

On Tuesday Swadhin suddenly became furious and murdered his three month old son. Witnessing disheartening occurrence, Annalaxmi fled to forests to save her two other sons. She later appeared to police station to inform the incident and lodge a complaint.

A police team rushed to the spot and arrested Swadhin Tripura from his home. The killer has confessed to committing the crime and blamed his wife for not delivering a girl child. 

Worse flood situation in Agartala, 6000 marooned

Correspondent

Agartala, August 11, 2017: Agartala has been witnessing unprecedented flood situation in decades with residential and commercial areas submerging owing to incessant rains on Friday. Situation also worsened in other areas of west Tripura district and elsewhere in Tripura. 

Officials said at least 6000 people have been shifted to makeshift camps across the state. They reported two drowning incidents, but gave no details.

Flowing of water above danger level in most of rivers caused severe concern. River Howrah in Agartala is flowing 1.2 meter higher than danger mark which forced the district administration to alert people through public address system.

West Tripura District Magistrate Dr Milind Ramteke informed that they have opened 26 makeshift camps. 17 of them in Agartala to accommodate flood affected people.

In west district (including Agartala) roughly 1200 people have taken refuge in camps. More are coming as NDRF and other forces deployed in rescue operation.

The state government has issued a general alert across the state in view of continual rains. It is also in touch with Ministry of Home Affairs for necessary assistance. 

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