Railway minister launches Wi-Fi service on Kolkata Rajdhani

Wednesday April 3rd, 2013 in India, News, Railways, Travel News | Be the first to Comment »

NEW DELHI: Passengers travelling on the Delhi-Kolkata Rajdhani train will now be able to connect to the internet through Wi-Fi facility.

Railway minister Pawan Bansal on Tuesday launched the facility as a pilot project on the Howrah Rajdhani. It was a challenge for the national transporter to provide continuous internet access on a moving train as it passes through all types of terrain.

After successful technical trials, the pilot project was simultaneously launched on the Howrah Rajdhani in both directions. At present, the facility is being extended free of cost to passengers.

To log on, passengers will have to access the Indian Railway Wi-Fi network. Passengers will be able to register by providing the PNR and other details like mobile number . On validation of the data entered by the passenger, the login ID and password will be sent through text message to the registered mobile number. The login ID and password will remain valid for the entire journey.

Railways wants to extend the facility on other elite trains such as Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto Express based on customer feedback.

Source: The Times of India 

Flyers may have to remove belts, shoes for airport checks

NEW DELHI: Flyers in India may soon be required to take off their shoes and belts to clear pre-boarding security checks just like in all US and some European airports.

The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has conducted a pilot project for this at Delhi’s terminal 1D and is now examining the possibility of implementing the procedure that involves asking passengers to put away all metallic objects before they pass through detectors and then get frisked.

“We have got data from the pilot project at Delhi and are examining the modifications that need to be made to existing x-ray machines at security counters. The conveyor belt will need to be longer to accommodate more items going though the scanner and the output conveyor belt (from where baggage is picked up after screening) will also need to be modified,” said a senior official.

In western airports where passengers are required to take off their shoes and belts, flyers put the footwear along with cabin baggage in the same try with the laptops kept separately. In India, however, aviation security authorities recognize that local customs and traditions may require having separate trays for footwear as people may not like to put their other stuff in the same tray as their shoes.

“We plan to have same colour trays just for shoes and other metallic objects at all airports so that there is uniformity,” said the official.

This change in security check practice is being considered by BCAS to shorten serpentine queues at frisking counters as well as enhance the quality of checking. “The idea is not to have any metallic object (except medical implants) on the person of a flyer before sending him or her to detectors currently used or the millimetre wave technique body scanners being considered for some airports. If despite that there is a beep sound, then just that portion will be frisked from where the beep emanated,” said sources.

The BCAS is examining the millimetre wave technique body scanners as it does not show the contours of the body, thereby minimizing fears that these machines will be an intrusion on privacy. The health issues involved with the machine are also being examined. Body scanners using two other techniques—back scatter and x-ray—have been rejected by BCAS.

Source: The Times of India

A dream Trek : Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Ladakh, India


A Dream Trek : Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Ladakh, India

Chadar Frozen River Trek


This trek is considered as one of the most exciting and unique treks – a very special and an extraordinary trek on shiny ice on the bank of Tsarap River. This trek is so exciting that even Discovery and the National Geographic channels have both made films on it.


Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Ladakh, India, TheTourPlanners.com, TTP, The Tour Planners

Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Ladakh, India


* The word Chadar means blanket and is used to refer to the trek along the frozen Zanskar River.

* The most amazing thing about the frozen river is how unfrozen it is.

* Spring water prevents the blanket from completely smothering the river which in places retains it rapids.

* All the more fear some in temperature of -30ºC the trek goes by shuffling along the icy path.

* It allows one to penetrate this isolation and also to examine some of the villages along the Zanskar River in the midst
of winter and thus catch a glimpse of the life cycle during this unique time of the year.

* A spectacular and at times challenging trek across the Zanskar with opportunities to savour ancient Buddhist monasteries and remotes villages nestled in the depths of deep gorges valley of Trans Zanskar ranges.

* Chilling and Lingshed are the only sizable villages on this trek until Hanamur and Pidmo before Pishu and Zangla in Zanskar, all the rest are names of places and caves along the route.

Frozen Waterfall on Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Ladakh, India

Frozen Waterfall on Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Ladakh, India _ Photograph by Vani Maradi


You will be dropped by a vehicle at Chilling Sumdo (crossed road) then your trek leads in a narrow valley filled with breath-taking views of ice-peaks and unexpected hanging icicles that will attract your gaze for some time. You will spend the night at cave camps with the help of a born fire that will keep you warm and relaxed.

Reference Link : Chadar Trek

Travelers to Kerala take care..

Wednesday August 1st, 2012 in News | Be the first to Comment »














The CPM will observe a dawn to dusk hartal in Kerala tomorrow in protest against the arrest of CPM Kannur district secretary P Jayarajan. Jayarajan has been arrested in connection with the murder of Muslim Youth League activist Abdul Shukkoor. He has been booked for the conspiracy behind the murder of Shukkoor. He was arrested when he appeared before the Kannur Town Police for a third round of interrogation Wednesday morning. Jayarajan, who was produced in the court was later remanded for 14 days and sent to Kannur Central Jail.



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Indian Railway introduces new Tatkal rules

Thursday July 12th, 2012 in India, Railways, Travel News | Be the first to Comment »

The Indian Railway has introduced several measures to ensure Tatkal train tickets reach the common man. Booking counters will now open at 10 am instead of 8 am, the day before the journey from the originating station.

The Indian Railway has introduced several measures to ensure Tatkal train tickets reach the common man. Booking counters will now open at 10 am instead of 8 am, the day before the journey from the originating station.

“No normal ticket will be issued during this time unless there is no passenger for the Tatkal tickets,” an Eastern Railway release said.

ER spokesperson Samir Goswami said Tatkal tickets cannot be booked on internet reservation system during the special time of 10-10.30 am for next day trains.

All travel agents including those of IRCTC will not be allowed to book Tatkal tickets between 10 am to 12 noon from counters as well as on the Internet. There will be separate queues and counters for Tatkal buyers.

CCTVs are being installed at booking centres as well. One will have to carry self attested identity proofs for buying a Tatkal ticket.

The Tatkal revamp comes after the IBN network exposed how touts were cornering these tickets.


Online Tatkal booking made easier:

The Indian Railway has also put in place measures to make online Tatkal bookings easier. High capacity database servers have been installed. The Internet bandwidth has been increased from 344 mbps to 450 mbps.

Web service agents have been permitted to book only one Tatkal ticket per train per day on the internet only after 12 noon. Individual users can now book only two tickets between 10 am and 12 noon

An IT-Anti Fraud Squad has been created. A complaint cell has also been set up. One can email or call these numbers: agentcomplaint@irctc.co.in (011-23745962) or care@irctc.co.in (011-39340000).

(With additional information from PTI)

Source: moneycontrol.com