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The Future of Rail Report "The Future of Rail" Report has been released by the International Energy Agency (IEA)+ International Union of Railways (UIC) It examines how the role of rail in global transport might be elevated as a means to reduce the energy use and environmental impacts associated with transport. Rail is among the most energy efficient modes of transport for freight and passengers-while the rail sector carries 8% of the world's passengers and 7% of global freight transport, it represents only 2% of total transport energy demand. Indian railways will account for nearly 40% of total global rail activity by 2050.
IEA: Established in 1974 as per framework of the OECD. Headquarters (Secretariat): Paris, France A candidate country must be a member country of the OECD. But all OECD members are not IEA members (Ex:Chile, Iceland, Israel, Latvia and Slovenia) . . Global Energy & CO2 Status Report 2017. World Energy Outlook World Energy Statistics 2017. World Energy Balances 2017. Energy Technology Perspectives International Union of Railways (UIC) The International Union of Railways (UIC) is an international body of the rail transport industry. The UIC was created on 17 October 1922 with the aim of standardising industry practices. At present, UIC had 194 members across 5 continents
Integrated Security System The ISS will comprise CCTV cameras, access control, personal and baggage screening system and bomb detection and disposal system which together provide multiple checking of passengers and baggage from the point of entry in the station premises till boarding of train. However, unlike at airports, passengers need not come hours in advance, but just 15-20 minutes ahead of their departure times to ensure that they are not delayed because of the security process . . E-Drishti Software The E-Drishti software is developed by Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS). This software includes an interface which provides summary information on punctuality of trains for the previous day. There is also an interface which provides information on current train running on the Indian Railway network . . .
The High level safety review committee constituted for the ministry of Railways has recommended many measures to prevent rail accidents. The committee headed by Dr Anil Kakodkar, former Atomic Energy Commission chairman Elimination of both manned and unmanned level crossings within the next five years as a measure of avoiding accidents and deaths. Such a step would "not only eliminate the accidents at level crossings which account for 65 per cent of total deaths due to train accidents but will also improve the line capacity Number of accidents by type in Indian Railways (2009-10 to 2014-15) 373 349 38 29 14 Derailments Level Crossing Accidents Collisions Fire in trains Misc. accidents
Rakesh Mohan Committee Report 2002 gave radical suggestion of corporatization of Indian Railways and set up of Indian Rail Regulatory Authority (IRRA). Anil Kakodkar Committee 2012 gave suggestion over high-level safety review of Indian railways. . Sam Pitroda Committee 2012 gave suggestion over modernization of Indian .Bibek Debroy Committee 2015 suggested Mobilization of Resources for Major The Standing Committee on Railways headed by Sudip Bandopadhay submitted its Railways. Railway Projects and Restructuring of Railway Ministry and Railway Board report on Safety and Security in Railways on December 14, 2016. a separate department solely entrusted with providing safety and security. observed that slow expansion of rail network has put undue burden' audio-visual warning to road users about an approaching train
One of the reasons for derailment is defect in the track or rolling stock. Of the total track length of 1,14,907 km in the country, 4,500 km should be renewed annually. However, of the 5,000 km of track length due for renewal currently, only 2,700 km of track length was targeted to be renewed. Linke Hoffman Busch (LHB) coaches
Payouts to ryots from this month itself: Garg Beneficiary data already in place . The government will start disbursing a substantial amount under the income support scheme for small farmers this month itself as beneficiary data are already in place, a top o tilet speech on Friday Financescheme under which 6.000 per Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) Scheme, under which 6,000 per In his interim Budget speech on Friday, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal announced the ear would be provided to farmers holding cultivable land of up to 2 hectare. "lt has been decided to implement the scheme with effect from December 1, 2018. The allocation of 20,000 crore, required for the current fiscal, has been made in the Budget .
Naveen adds scholarship to ryots' scheme .Want farmers' children to pursue higher studies, says Odisha Chief Minister Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced a scholarship scheme as a new component of the recently launched KALIA (Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and ncome Augmentation) scheme on Sunday. Addressing a farmers' conclave in Keonjhar district, Mr. Patnaik said that the children of the beneficiaries of KALIA will be provided scholarship under the KALIA Chhatra Bruti programme for pursuing higher education.
Govindaraja Temple, Tirupati Sri Govindarajaswamy Temple is an ancient Hindhu-vaishnavite temple situated at the heart of the Tirupati city in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh state in India. The temple was built during 12 century and was consecrated in the year 1130 AD by Saint Ramanujacharya.11 The temple is one of the earliest structures in Tirupati and also one of the biggest temple complex in Chittoor district. The Tirupati(down hill) city is built around this temple. The temple at current is being administered by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams
Plan to ban water sachets in Araku Valley .Follows ban on plastic carry bags in the region; final call on proposal soon Araku Valley is a hill station and valley region in the southeastern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It's surrounded by the thick forests of the Eastern Ghats mountain range. The Tribal Museum is dedicated to the area's numerous indigenous tribes, known for their traditional Dhimsa dance, and It is also home to several tribes and they perform the Dimsa and Mayur dances during the Itika Pongal, the popular hunting festival in the month of April. Premium Tag for Coffee grown in Araku Valley Coffee Board has applied for registration of Araku coffee under Geographical Indications to protect the unique identity of the coffee grown by the tribal communities of Araku Valley in Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. . Arabica coffee from the Araku Valley area has gained popularity as a high quality speciality coffee internationally, through the "Integrated Coffee Development Project.
.'Eco-Circuits Projects' - Swadesh darshan Scheme Tourism Ministry has sanctioned Rs. 460.74 Crore for Five Ongoing 'Eco Circuit' Projects. Eco Circuit is one of the thematic circuits identified for development under Swadesh Darshan Scheme. . . The five eco circuit projects are in the states of Uttrakhand,Mizoram, Kerala, Telegana and Madhya Pradesh.
Amazon evaluating changes to FDI rules To avoid 'unintended consequences U.S. e-tail giant Amazon sees "very good long-term prospects" in the Indian market but is evaluating recent changes in FDI rules for online marketplaces to ensure there are no "unintended consequences" for customers and sellers on its platform, a top company official has said. With the new rules coming into effect from February 1, Amazon.in has removed a number of products, including mobile accessories and batteries, from its platform. Its Pantry, service that delivers grocery items is also now unavailable in India. .
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A 'pink revolution' quietly takes shape in Maharashtra High quality pork to benefit farmers, consumers A 'pink revolution' is quietly taking shape in Maharashtra. The objective is to breed imported pigs to address the problem of protein deficiency in a sizeable section of the population that has been deprived of access to affordable meat besides providing livelihood to farmers. The company is planning to partner with farmers by supplying them pigs imported from Canada. They would be bred under hygienic conditions for production of high quality meat. Many consumers stay away from consuming pork as local pigs are mostly bred under unhygienic conditions. .
A booster dose for consumption, investment Focus must now be on relentless implementation of the reforms announced in the Interim Budget The Interim Budget should spur consumption that, in turn, would impel the private investment cycle. After three years of prudence, the NDA government slipped on the fiscal deficit target in fiscal 2018, and then again in 2019. For fiscal 2020, in the Interim Budget, it has penciled in fiscal deficit at 3.4% of GDP, or 30 basis points (bps) more than envisaged under the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Act Interim Budget's focus on rural India and agriculture was expected. The pension and personal tax proposals come as the icing. This should push up consumption, especially in the social strata that has a higher propensity to consume, and in the process, animate a slothful private-sector investment cycle . .