Monthly Archives: June 2012

East Coast Railway effects major change in train timing from 1st July

East Coast RailwayThe timings of twenty one numbers of trains have been changed and differed from the earlier scheduled time at different stations in East Coast Railway jurisdiction WITH EFFECT FROM 1st July 2012. 

01.22811 Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express will leave Bhubaneswar at 11.20hrs instead of it’s existing scheduled departure at 11.30hrs. This train will arrive Cuttack at 11.47hrs and will leave at 11.49hrs.

02.12819 Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Odisha Sampark Kranti Express will leave Bhubaneswar at 15.25hrs instead of it’s existing schedule departure at 15.40hrs. The timings of this train at Cuttack and Jajpur Keonjhar Road have been changed.

03.The timings of 12801 Puri-New Delhi Purusottam Express has been differed at Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Jajpur Keonjhar Road.

04.12074 Bhubaneswar-Howrah Jan Satabdi Express will leave Bhubaneswar at 06.00hrs instead it’s existing scheduled departure at 06.20hrs. The timings of this train at Cuttack, Jajpur Keonjhar Road and Bhadrak has been changed.

05.12278 Puri-Howrah Duronto Express will leave Puri at 06.15hrs instead of its existing schedule departure at 06.20hrs.

06.22202 Puri-Sealdah Duronto Express will leave Puri at 19.45hrs instead of its existing schedule departure at 19.50hrs.

07.18410 Puri-Howrah Sri Jagannath Express will leave Puri at 22.30hrs instead of its existing scheduled departure at 22.50hrs. The timings of this train at Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Jajpur Keonjhar Road and Bhadrak has been changed.

08.18449 Puri-Patna Baidyanathdham Express, 15639 Puri-Guwahati Express and 18419 Puri-Darbhanga Express will leave Puri at 13.45hrs instead of it’s existing scheduled departure at 14.05hrs. The timings of this train at Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Jajpur Keonjhar Road has been changed.

09.18416 Puri-Banspani Express and 18414 Puri-Paradeep Express will leave Puri at 06.30hrs instead of it’s existing scheduled departure at 06.00hrs. The timings of this train at Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack have been changed.

10.12584 Puri-Valsad Express will leave Puri at 05.00hrs instead of its existing schedule departure at 05.25hrs. The timings of this train at Khurda Road and Bhubaneswar have been accelerated.

11.18425 Puri-Durg Express will leave Puri at 17.15hrs instead of its existing schedule time at 17.45hrs. The timings of this train at Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack have been accelerated.

12.18304 Puri-Sambalpur Inter City Express will leave Puri at 15.25hrs instead of it’s existing schedule departure at 15.45hrs. The timings of this train at Khurda Road and Bhubaneswar have been accelerated.

13.18108 Koraput-Rourkela Express will leave Koraput at 16.30hrs instead of it’s existing scheduled departure at 17.00hrs. The timings of this train has been changed at Rayagada.

14.18006 Koraput-Howrah Samaleswari Express will leave Koraput at 07.00hrs instead of it’s existing schedule departure at 06.45hrs. The timings of this train at Sambalpur have been accelerated.

15.18448 Jagadalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express will leave Jagadalpur at 14.30hrs instead of it’s existing scheduled departure at 15.30hrs. The timings of this train at Koraput & Rayagada have been accelerated and changed at Vizianagaram and Brahmapur.

16.17479 Puri-Tirupati Express will leave Puri at 12.25hrs instead of it’s existing scheduled departure at 13.00hrs. The timings of this train at Khurda Road and Brahmapur have been accelerated.

17.18411 Bhubaneswar-Visakhapatnam Inter City Express will leave Bhubaneswar at 07.00hrs instead of it’s existing scheduled departure at 06.35hrs. The timings of this train have been changed at Khurda Road, Brahmapur and Vizianagaram.

18.18463 Bhubaneswar-Bangalore Prashanti Express will leave Bhubaneswar at 05.30hrs instead of it’s existing scheduled departure at 05.45hrs. The timings of this train at Khurda Road, Brahmapur and Vizianagaram have been accelerated.

However, 18410 Puri-Howrah Jagannath Express passing through Bhubaneswar Station and 12801 Puri-New Delhi Purusottam Express passing through Cuttack Station after midnight will now pass before midnight respectively as per the new Time Table. Therefore, the date of journey of Howrah bound Jagannath Express from Bhubaneswar & New Delhi bound Purusottam Express from Cuttack will be same as in the originating stations. 

EXTENSION OF TRAINS:

18005/18006 Howrah-Koraput-Howrah Samaleswari Express will be extended to Jagadalpur, 18418/18417 Bhubaneswar-Jharsuguda-Bhubaneswar Rajyarani Express will be extended to Rourkela and 58207/58208 Raipur-Kesinga-Raipur passenger will be extended to Bhawanipatna. THE DATE OF EXTENSION OF THESE TRAINS WILL BE NOTIFIED IN DUE COURSE.

INCREASE IN FREQUENCY:

22603/22604 Kharagpur-Villupuram-Kharagpur Express will run twice a week instead of once in a week i.e. on every Wednesday & Friday from Kharagpur and on every Monday & Wednesday from Villupuram from 1st July 2012.

NEW TRAINS:

It has been decided to introduce Shalimar-Chennai-Shalimar weekly superfast w.e.f. 3rd July 2012 from Shalimar and w.e.f. 5th July from Chennai. 22825 Shalimar-Chennai weekly Super Fast Express will leave Shalimar on every Tuesday at 12.20hrs and will arrive at Chennai at 17.00hrs on the next day. In the return direction, 22826 Chennai-Shalimar weekly Super Fast Express will leave Chennai on every Thursday at 16.15hrs and will arrive at Shalimar at 21.30hrs on the next day. This train has One AC-2 tier, 02 AC-3 tiers, 09 Sleeper Classes, 04 General Second Class Coaches and 02 Guard cum Luggage Vans in its composition having stoppage at Bhadrak, Jajpur-Keonjhar Road, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Khurda Road, Brahmapur, Palasa, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam in East Coast Railway jurisdiction between Shalimar & Chennai.

Apart from this, One new weekly super fast train between Visakhapatnam & Chennai, One new weekly super fast train between Visakhapatnam & Sai Nagar Shirdi, One new weekly super fast train between Visakhapatnam & Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT), One new weekly Garib Rath express train between Puri & Yesvantpur, One new weekly super fast train between Puri & Chennai, One new weekly super fast train between Bhubaneswar & Tirupati, One new daily link express train between Bhubaneswar & Bhawanipatna via Vizianagaram, One new passenger train between Gunupur & Palasa, One new weekly AC express train between Secunderabad & Shalimar, One new weekly express train between Puri & Bikaner, One new tri-weekly express train between Durg & Jagadalpur, One new weekly super fast train between Asansol & Chennai via Jharsuguda-Sambalpur-Vizianagaram have also been included in the new Time Table. Introduction of these new trains will be notified in due course.

Senior Cong leader resigns from party

Senior Congress leader Pramod Rath resigned from the party on Wednesday but with allegations against the party high hats.

Briefing the media regarding the reason behind his resignation, Rath said the Congress party in Sambalpur was functioning in a totally undemocratic way. He further alleged, “Naba Das, the MLA of Jharsuguda, is interfering in the day-to-day affairs of the party and creating problems here in collaboration with Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).”

Rath questioned the reason the party for not giving a candidate for the post of chairperson while Congress is the single largest party in the Municipality.

“This shows the nexus among Naba Das, BJP and BJD in Sambalpur that has weakened and defamed this national party,” said Rath. He further questioned why Naba Das is interfering when Sambalpur district unit of the party is capable enough to handle its matter.

“If he is so much interested for Sambalpur politics, let him come here and contest the election,” challenged Rath.

He made another allegation that Das was also responsible for the defeat of so many Congress candidates in the State Assembly elections in the undivided Sambalpur district and it is known to all including the party seniors in Delhi and Bhubaneswar.

It needs mention that Rath is not only a Congress leader since long, but also the president of the Sambalpur District Bar Association and former Governor of the Rotary district.

In another development after election of the chairperson, a Congress councilor, Anita Nayak, also resigned from the Congress, protesting the decision of the party not to field any candidate for the post of chairperson.

“This is nothing but surrendering before the Opposition for personal gains,” alleged Nayak after tendering her resignation.

It is further interesting that the newly elected chairperson, Kalpana Sahu, admits that she had been elected to this post with the help and blessings from Naba Das, the Jharsuguda MLA and Prasanna Acharya, the Health Minister.

A section of leaders both in Congress and BJD have taken this matter seriously and are preparing to draw the attention of their respective party heads to the development.

Naba Das could not be available for comments. President of the Sambalpur District Congress Committee Rajkishore Das said, “Naba is not only the MLA of Jharsuguda but also a general secretary of the Pradesh Congress Committee. He has every right to interfere in party matters not only at Sambalpur but anywhere in the State.”

Unregistered child care homes under govt scanner

Unregistered child care homes have come under the state government’s scanner after trafficking of 37 children, including 36 from the state, came to light in two Christian institutions in Tamil Nadu recently. One of the trafficked children was found to be from Jharkhand.

The women and child development department has asked the child welfare committees (CWCs) in various districts to monitor the unregistered institutions, while the government is yet to ascertain the reason behind the illegal ferrying of children to the churches in the southern state.

Director social welfare (Odisha) Sujata R Karthikeyan said an unregistered institution doesn’t mean a bad one. “These are of three categories. Certain institutions don’t go for registration because they don’t need government funding. The second category includes those who don’t know the procedure. The third include the dubious ones,” she said.

Government sources said there were at least 160 unregistered child care organizations in 15 districts of Odisha. These include 16 in Gajapati from where the maximum number of children were illegally sent to Tamil Nadu. The other districts with unregistered child care organizations include Balasore, Bhadrak, Bargarh, Balangir, Boudh, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Gajapati, Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Kandhamal, Puri, Sambalpur, Sonepur and Sundargarh. CWCs in these districts have been asked to strictly monitor the activities of the institutions and identify the dubious ones. The government is in the process of mapping similar institutions in other districts.

Apart from the unregistered ones, there are 132 registered child care organizations, including 46 children homes and other 85 child care organizations, receiving government assistance.

Due to the presence of a large number of unauthorized homes in tribal-dominated areas, officials suspect these institutions may be trafficking children by convincing their gullible parents of providing the children a better life. Parents of the rescued children from Gajapati district allegedly received Rs 5,000 from the middlemen who facilitated their transfer. It, however, could not be independently verified as government authorities neither confirmed nor denied the allegation.

The first group of 18 of the 37 rescued children boarded a train from Chennai to Odisha on Thursday. “They took the Chendur Express train to Chennai on Wednesday. From there, they took another train to Odisha on Thursday. Two of our officials and two from Odisha are accompanying them,” said Kanyakumari district social welfare officer Devikumari.

Odisha director social welfare Karthikeyan, however, declined to share details about their journey citing the Juvenile Justice Act prevents creating a media frenzy around child victims. The rest of the 18 Odia children will come a day later.

Child rights activists pointed out that the exposed trafficking incident may be the tip of the iceberg as nobody knows the activities of the unregistered homes. “The scale of trafficking through different syndicates may be still higher as Odisha is emerging as a source for trafficking women and children,” said Ranjan Mohanty, convenor of Odisha alliance on convention on rights of the child, a voluntary organization.

Mohanty, who also represents Odisha in the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, said without a high-level inquiry nothing can be said about the scale, purpose and route of trafficking of women and children.

The US Department of State, on its website, has recently mentioned that women from Odisha along with north eastern states in India were subjected to servile marriages in states such as Haryana and Punjab. The same report described India as a source, destination, and transit country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex-trafficking.

Elephant population rises to 1930 in Odisha

Elephant Satkoshia SambalpurDespite death of 149 elephants, mostly due to poaching and electrocution during last two years in Odisha, the population of pachyderms has increased to 1930 from 1886 in 2010.

“The elephant population in the state is 1930 which comprises 334 tuskers, 1087 females, 46 of unknown sex and 463 calves,” State Forest and Environment Minister Debi Prasad Mishra told reporters here.

Stating that about 7,000 people were involved in the three-day elephant census carried out in 38 forest divisions on June 1, 2 and 3, the minister said no elephant was sighted in seven divisions.

While the population of jumbos rose in five regions like Angul, Rourkela, Baripada, Berhampur and Bhubaneswar, the number of pachyderm declined in three regions of Bhawanipatna, Sambalpur and Koraput.

The previous census, conducted in 2010 showed the elephant population at 1886 comprising 332 tuskers, 1064 female, 42 unknown sex and 448 calves. There were three elephant reserves namely Mayurbhanj, Mahanadi and Sambalpur. There were 14 elephant corridors in the state, the minister informed.

Though there had been increase in the elephant population, they died in large number during last three years.

While 51 elephants died in 2009-10, the casulty figure in 2010-11 and 2011-12 was 83 and 66 respectively. “At least 21 elephants have died in 2012-13,” Chief Wildlife Warden P N Padhi said.

To a question, Padhi said the male-female ratio of elephants in the state was 1:3.33, while the national average had been 1:4.

“I do not subscribe to the argument that the population of tuskers declined due to poaching,” Padhi said to another query.

The government have been planning to implement Elephant Corridor Management Plan across 14 jumbo corridors by way of cleaning water bodies, plantation of elephant friendly fodder trees and plants and ensuing connectivity between habitats.

Sambalpur councilor Anita Nayak resigned from the Congress

 Anita Nayak, a councilor in Sambalpur, resigned from the Congress on Wednesday, a day after Kalpana Sahu, a rebel BJP candidate, was elected chairperson of the local municipality.

Election for chairperson of the Sambalpur municipality was necessitated after Reena Trivedi was ousted from the post following a no-confidence vote against her in May.

Nayak resigned from the Congress protesting against the party decision to support Sahu, who quit BJP and contested as an Independent. She was elected unopposed after Congress provided silent support to her. Nayak was interested to contest for the post but her party did not allow her to do so.

In her resignation letter submitted to the party president, Nayak described the party decision as “suicidal” because Congress was in a winning position. “Congress having majority in the municipality surprisingly took such a decision which I am opposed to. I do not want to remain in the party any more,” she said. She alleged that some vested interests in the party ashamed the party by taking such decision. A Congress leader in Sambalpur, Asaf Ali Khan, expressed deep concern over the development and demanded disciplinary action against party councilors for extending support to a candidate of another party. “We are afraid that large sums of money had exchanged hands during the election. We demand action against the councilors for supporting a BJP rebel candidate,” Asaf said.