What set Indian Railways on path towards derailment? Find out here
The 1.4-million-employee strong behemoth, Indian Railways—with a 65,000-km long network—has unfortunately had a bad patch for last two decades with, political leadership steeped in populism and pandering to various demands for new passenger trains, oblivious to the fact that the existing system may not be able to sustain it. Undoubtedly, the increase in passenger rail traffic due to these new trains introduced brought in much-needed revenues, but at a cost. Not only the freight traffic, the breadwinner, suffered, but also the maintenance of assets vital to safety (in particular, tracks) went for a toss.
Ryan International School murder case: Parents stage protest; government ready for CBI probe
Hundreds of parents today staged a protest outside the Ryan International School here for a CBI probe into the murder of a 7-year-old student, a demand which the Haryana government was inclined to accept as a government committee reported “security loopholes” in the school.The state government directed the Gurgaon Police to book the owner of Ryan International School Albert Pinto under section 75 Juvenile Justice (care and punishment act) Act 15 for punishment for cruelty to child meted out by the custodian in the charge sheet to be submitted in the court within 7 days.
Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, other cities property sales: Will you be buying during Diwali? Here are options before homebuyers
It’s going to be another dull Diwali for real estate players, the third in a row. Launches of new properties, which have been trending down for about a year now — the drop in H1 of 2017 was 40% to 62,738 units —could well drop further at a time when the economy is slowing and consumer confidence is low. While Sandeep Runwal, director, Runwal Group, is hopeful the pace of project launches will pick up closer to the festival, Ambar Maheswari, CEO, Indiabulls AIF, is doubtful of it. Maheshwari believes launches will come off in line with the trend in the past several quarters.
Secret tunnels, irregularities galore detected at Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters: Haryana’s Public Relations Department
No proper record of dead bodies being sent from the hospital running inside the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters was maintained while a skin bank was running without license, a senior official said as the mammoth “sanitisation” exercise of the complex was completed today. Secret tunnels, including one which linked jailed sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s plush residence with female disciples’ hostel, an empty box of AK-47 cartridges, an illegal firecracker factory were among other shocking detections made, according to Haryana’s Public Relations Department Deputy Director, Satish Mehra.
Blue Whale menace: Smart phones banned in Lucknow schools
Use of smart phones by children in Lucknow schools has been banned by the education department in a bid to keep them away from the ‘Blue Whale Challenge’, an online dare game linked to teen deaths across the world. Guardians of students have been asked to monitor their wards and ensure they are not engaged in the game. The orders come after a 14-year-old boy allegedly hanged himself in his room in Indira Nagar locality last week with the incident being linked to the Blue Whale game.
Part of under-construction flyover collapses; 1 dead, 11 injured in Bhubaneswar
One person was killed and 11 others were injured, four of them critically, after a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed near Bomikhal in Bhubaneswar. Officials said around 15 labourers were working on the flyover when the structure collapsed this afternoon. An injured worker, undergoing treatment at Capital Hospital, said, “A portion of the flyover collapsed when we were busy plastering its roof.”