First Suvidha Train to start from 13th July from Gorakhpur to Delhi

First Suvidha Train to start from 13th July from Gorakhpur to Delhi 

Ministry of Railways had earlier announced to run Suvidha trains replacing the Premium Trains from July 2015. Now the first such Suvidha Train is being started from 13th July, 2015 between Gorakhpur and Anand Vihar (Delhi). The booking for this train has started today i.e. 08-07-2015. This train will run from13th July to 30th July 2015. 

The train number 05027 Gorakhpur-Anand Vihar biweekly Suvidha special train will start every Monday and Wednesday (13,15, 20, 22, 27, 29 July 2015) from Gorakhpur at 20:55 hrs and will reach Anand Vihar next day at 11:00 hrs. it will have stops at Khalilabad, Basti, Gonda, Lucknow, Muradabad. 

In the other direction, the train number 05028 Anand Vihar biweekly Suvidha special train will depart every Tuesday and Thursday (14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 july, 2015) at 14:00 hrs and will reach Gorakhpur next day at 05:10 hrs. it will have same stops. 

Suvidha types of trains are planned to be run during peak summer, winter rush seasons, festivals and on other occasions as jointly decided by COMs and CCMs of the zonal Railways. Only confirmed and RAC tickets will be issued on these trains. Advance Reservation Period (ARP) of the train will be maximum 30 days and minimum 10 days. Tickets for the train will be available both at Railway Reservation Counters and e-ticket through IRCTC. Passenger has to produce one of the prescribed Identity Card during journey for verification purpose. No concession, no free/complimentary pass will be applicable and also for children full adult fare shall be charged. 

Minimum fare of Suvidha train shall be Tatkal fare for the class. Fares would increase after booking of every 20% of seats/berths subject to maximum three times of Tatkal fare. Other applicable supplementary charges like reservation charge, superfast charge, service tax etc. shall be levied separately. 50% refund of fare shall be granted upto 6 hours before the scheduled departure of the train or preparation of the chart whichever is earlier. After that no refund shall be permissible. 

In normal circumstances cancellation of Suvidha train is not permitted However, In case of cancellation of train in exceptional circumstances, full refund of fare shall be granted for counter PRS ticket across the counter and for e-tickets full refunds of fare shall be directly credited to the customers account. For any other reason, if berth cannot be given to passenger by Indian Railways, full refund shall be granted to the passenger manually. 

The Suvidha trains are planned to be notified on 7th July 2015. 


Ministry of Road Transport & Highways notifies norms for use of Bio-CNG 

The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has started the initiative of promoting vehicles which are fueled with clean fuels like Bio-Ethanol, Bio-CNG, Bio-Diesel, Electric Batteries, etc. The specifications for test reference fuel for Bio-Ethanol fuel vehicles, emission for Bio-Ethanol Fuel Vehicles, were earlier notified by the Ministry. Now, the Ministry has notified norms for the use of Bio-CNG for testing and exhaust emission for vehicles running on Bio-CNG and the related norms. With this notification, the vehicle manufacturers can manufacture, sell and get the vehicles fueled by Bio-CNG in the country. 


Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot reviews performance of institute concerning welfare of disabled 

A meeting to review the performance of 7 National Institutes under the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities and 8 Composite Regional Centres (CRCs) under these National Institutes was chaired by Minister, SJ&E, Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot in the presence of Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar and Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Shri Lov Verma here today. 

The Minister while addressing the meeting stated that taking a cue from the Prime Minister's Digital India Programme, there is an urgent need to provide a Universal ID should be provided to every Person with Disability in the country and tie-ups should be encouraged with scientific institutions to help in the area of education, skill training and specialized services. 

All the National Institutes under the Department for the first time achieved a target of providing rehabilitation services to more than 10 lakh beneficiaries. A decision was taken to provide modern services in collaboration with even international agencies so that in the rehabilitation centre, aids and assistive devices of superior technology are provided to persons with disabilities. 

New buildings for CRCs are being started in the current year in Patna, Srinagar, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Kozhikode, Guwahati and Lucknow. PDUIPH, New Delhi has for the first time started kits for Leprosy Cured persons and NIMH, Secunderabad has started kits for Mentally Impaired children and students. 

The Minister instructed that grading of National Institutes be carried out to set targets and assess their performance and it should be ensured that the grading should include extent of benefits of skill development and training of youth given. 


Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot felicitates Ms. Ira Singhal, Civil Services topper 

Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, felicitated Ms. Ira Singhal, All India No.1 rank holder in the Civil Services Examination, 2014, in the presence of Shri Lov Verma, Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities and other senior officers/officials of the Ministry here today. 

This is a historic occasion that All India No.1 rank holder of Civil Services Examination is a woman with disability. The Minister stated that she could be the Brand Ambassador for the Department for its schemes and programmes and her achievement shall inspire a whole generation of youth to come forward and achieve glorious heights. 

Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Shri Lov Verma assured her that the problems pointed out by her which are being faced by Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) while appearing in competitive examinations, shall be addressed and the Department will proactively ensure that seamless guidelines are available for PwDs. 

Joint Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Shri Awanish K. Awasthi informed that in consultation with UPSC, SSC, UGC and other educational bodies, the Department will strive to ensure that the guidelines are such that they help and promote the cause of PwDs to achieve their inclusion, participation and empowerment. 


Ministry of Steel & Mines Minister Calls On Chief Minister, Karnataka To Deliberate On Steel And Mines Related Issues In The State Of Karnataka 

Ministry of Steel & Mines Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar called on Chief Minister, Karnataka Shri Siddaramaiah in Belgaum, Karnataka on 7th July 2015, to deliberate on steel and mines related issues in the state of Karnataka.

Shri Tomar stated that auction rules and draft tender documents for auction of mines have been issued. He requested the state government to expedite the auction process so that mining activity gets a boost and state gets more revenue. Shri Tomar informed about the plan to set up a steel plant in the state of Karnataka through a Special Purpose Vehicle and reiterated the commitment of central government to the plan. He further added, “In addition to 13 blocks identified by the state for ML and 9 blocks for PL-cum-ML, action should also be initiated for auction of leases for mines in cases where Supreme Court has cancelled the leases. More areas under mineralization should be identified for auction. For exploration of such areas, central undertakings viz. GSI and MECL shall provide all assistance. Centre and state government must decide the future course of action in case of Bharat Gold Mines Limited. Quick action also needs to be taken for setting up of District Mineral Foundation in different districts.” Issue of reservation of mine for VISL, Bhadravati also came up for discussion. 

Shri Siddaramaiah expressed gratitude to Shri Tomar for the visit. He assured active consideration and positive action in respect of issues that came up for discussion during the meeting. 

Senior officials from Ministry of Steel, Ministry of Mines and office of Chief Minister were present during the meeting. 


Hastkala exhibition cum sale of art objects inaugurated by Tourism and Culture Minister 

The Union Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation inaugurated ‘OBJECT d’ ART’(Hastkala), an exhibition cum sale of art objects and ethnic art décor, at Central Cottage Industries Emporium, Janpath, New Delhi, today. 

The exhibition aims to promote the majestic and decorative craft traditions of India. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that the Government is taking various measures to promote handicrafts, such as linking it with tourism. Dr Mahesh Sharma said that the government is making special efforts to protect handicrafts and preserve the dying crafts. Dr. Mahesh Sharma added that exhibitions such as this play an important role in enabling the artisans to market their products and improve their income. The Minister also made an appeal to all residents of the national capital to take out some time and visit the exhibition. 

The exhibition showcases Dhokra artefacts, oil lamps from the south, metal jali work on wood, Koftgiri craft such as shield with sword, Surahi (replicas from Mehrangarh fort), tile paintings, stone dust paintings, Venkatgiri wall hangings, Sanjhi art, Gond paintings, wooden patina finish panels, painted tiles, marble gold leaf artefacts and a host of other decoratives. It is organized by Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India Ltd. (CCIC), a Govt. of India undertaking under the Ministry of Textiles. 

Shri Pramod Nagpal, MD, CCIC said that the organization aims to provide a marketing platform for the artisans of India. He added that 70% - 75% of the sale proceeds are passed on to artisans. Shri Nagpal said that CCIC is open to enrolling new artisans and weavers, provided their products are of top quality. He said that artisans and weavers may contact any of CCIC’s emporiums for the purpose. 

The Hastkala exhibition is yet another step in the series of special displays being organised by CCIC wherein artisans can directly connect with the global audience and share ideas, encouraging co-creation possibilities for collective growth. The exhibition will be open to general public from July 8 to July 19, 2015, from 1o AM to 7 PM daily. 

Brief highlights of some of the products on display 

Bell metal craft: The bell metal craft or Dhokra is one of the earliest known methods of metal casting. It is the original creative instinct of traditional tribal people of Bastar, Chhattisgarh and is 100% eco-friendly. 

Gond art: The word Gond means ‘Green Mountains’. The work of Gond artists is rooted in their folk tales and culture and thus story telling is a strong element of every Gond painting. 

Koftgiri: Ornamentation on armaments and weaponry was integral to Mughal and Rajput cultures. Motifs cover a wide variety of themes from flora and fauna, mythology to scenes from the lives of kings. Koftgiri is one such majestic craft embellished with precious metals. 

Sanjhi Art: Sanjhi is the art of hand cutting designs on paper. Sanjhi art products are created in stencil, filled with vibrant colors and are used for festive decorations. 


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