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ID proof to be a must for AC rail travel from February

Thursday January 19th, 2012 in India, Railways, Travel News | Be the first to Comment »

NEW DELHI: Aiming to check misuse of rail tickets, the railways has made it mandatory for all passengers travelling in AC classes to carry an identity proof with them during the journey. The decision will be implemented in all trains across the country from February 15, according to a circular issued by the Railway Board.

As of now, only passengers travelling on Tatkal tickets and e-tickets have to carry original identity proof during the journey. If more than one passenger is travelling on one ticket, any one passenger in a group is required to carry the original ID proof.

“The move is aimed to prevent cases of travelling on transferred tickets,” a railway official said, adding that this will check black marketing of rail tickets. Those failing to produce original ID proof will be treated as travelling without ticket and will be charged accordingly, the official said.

The acceptable ID proofs include voter ID issued by Election Commission, PAN card, passport, driving license, Photo ID card having serial number issued by central/state government, nationalized bank passbook with photo, credit card issued by banks with laminated photos, student ID card with photo or Aadhaar card, the official said.

The decision comes in the backdrop of railways finding increasing cases of misuse of tickets like transfer of tickets, black marketing and involvement of touts. During 2010-11, 63,854 such cases were detected and 2,480 people were apprehended. In 2008-09, 20,240 cases of ticket transfer were reported and 2,521 were apprehended, an official said.

Zonal railways have been instructed to publicize the decision to prevent any inconvenience to the public. Also, necessary instructions have been issued to all officials concerned, particularly ticket checking staff. The Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) has been asked to make necessary changes in the software so as to incorporate the message in rail tickets for the benefit of passengers.


More snow in Shimla, Manali

Shimla, Jan 5 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh’s picturesque tourist resorts Shimla and Manali witnessed light to moderate snowfall Thursday, cheering up the hospitality sector as tourists started to pour in.

While Shimla saw a light spell of snowfall in the evening, nearby places like Kufri and Narkanda have been experiencing moderate snowfall since morning, a Met official said here. Shimla experienced the season’s first snowfall Wednesday evening.

Manali town, which saw a low of minus one degree Celsius Thursday, experienced nine centimetres of snow till Thursday morning.

As news of the snow flashed across the plains, tourists started arriving at Shimla and Manali and nearby snow-bound tourist destinations.

‘It’s really marvellous to see Shimla’s Mall Road landscape and Jakhu Hill trees wrapped in a white blanket. It was a dream that came true for us,’ said Neha, who is here with her husband Jatin Sachdeva.

Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corp. general manager Yogesh Behl said: ‘This weekend we are expecting a spike in tourist arrivals.’

The picturesque tourist destinations of Chitkul, a village close to the China border, and Kalpa, both in Kinnaur district, saw moderate snow, according to reports reaching here.

Most hill stations, including Kasauli, Dharamsala, Palampur and Chamba, saw intermittent rain throughout the day.

Shimla recorded the night temperature of 2.6 degrees Celsius, while it was minus 2.6 in Kalpa of Kinnaur district and 4.5 degrees in Dharamsala.

‘The higher reaches in Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti, Kullu, Shimla and Chamba districts have witnessed moderate to heavy snowfall during the past 24 hours (since Wednesday). Such conditions would continue till Saturday,’ the official added.

© Indo-Asian News Service

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Chinese New Year 2012 – Year of Dragon

As the chinese new year falls on a different date every year, the question on everybody’s mind is When is Chinese New Year 2012?

Chinese lunar New Year is commonly known as Chinese New Year or spring festival. This is an important annual festival celebrated by Chinese round the globe. The festival is based on Chinese calendar and starts on the first month (as per the Chinese calendar) and ends on the fifteenth day of the first month. Chinese new year 2012 will be celebrated on 23rd of January and is the year of Dragon, the most auspicious animal as per the Chinese zodiac. This new year features contemporary and traditional Chinese cultural activities, dances, festivities, singing, Chinese opera, arts and crafts, karaoke competition, innumerable stalls of culinary delights, lion dances, chess competitions, children’s events, calligraphy, dragon parades to name a few.

The Chinese New Year festival is open to all, irrespective of age barriers. They key here is to explore the rich Chinese cultural heritage by being a part of it. In present years, the festival has turned out to be one of the most celebrated festivals. Most countries declare an official holiday on Chinese New Year and year 2012 is not an exception as well. Lunar New Year is known as Tet Nguyen Dan in Vietnam, Setsubun in Japan and Korean New Year in South Korea. The Chinese New Year forms a great annual event in the Chinese communities. You will find families and friends gathering for reunion dinner and markets buzzed with activities.

Chinese New Year is celebrated round the globe including countries like Singapore, Indonesia, Mainland China, Macau, Hong Kong SAR, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Festivities also take place in different countries with major Chinese ethnic populations. Though Chinese New Year is celebrated with pomp and glory in Japan, Cambodia and Philippines, yet it’s not a public holiday here.

Chinese New Year is complete when accompanied with Chinese New Year Songs which convey the meaning of good luck, and blessings.

Holding the fifth rank in the cycle, year of dragon follows the rabbit and comes after a regular interval of twelve years. The Chinese New Year doesn’t fall on any particular date; hence it is necessary to go through the calendar so as to come up with the accurate date on which the year of the dragon actually falls.

People grouped under the dragon years or more simply people born in the year of the dragon exhibit characteristics like-

  • * Enterprising
  • * Innovative
  • * Self-assured
  • * Flexible
  • * Passionate
  • * Brave
  • * Unanticipated
  • * Scrutinizing
  • * Generous
  • * Charismatic
  • * Free spirited
  • * Smart and witty
  • * Original

However, they possess a couple of negative characteristics as well. For instance, they crave for attention and are egoistical by nature. They aren’t modest and have a bossy temperament. Their general tendency is to dominate others. They detest solicit advice and may be insensitive and tactless to their partners.


Dragons are blessed with good health. The only thing that bothers them is stressful situations. At work, dragons are pretty imaginative and prefer taking a radical approach towards their work.


Dragons share similar kind of objectives as well as goals in life. The best suited occupations on their part are as follows-

  • * Inventors
  • * Computer analysts
  • * Campaigners
  • * Architects
  • * Engineers
  • * Philosophers
  • * Lawyers
  • * Brokers
  • * Advertising agents
  • * Psychoanalysts
  • * Salepeople
  • * PR People
  • * Managers
  • * Officers in the armed forces
  • * Politicians

As dragons are born under the same animal symbol, they often share similar likes and dislikes. Some of the likes and dislikes are as follows-


  • * Preferred color: Greenish-Blue
  • Gems and Stones: Sapphire, Opal, Amber
  • Preferred Gifts: Tarot cards, mirror, camera, a family crest, cell phone
  • Pastimes and Hobbies: Computer programming, fossil hunting, public speaking, astrology





  •    * Taking orders
  •    * Lethargic people
  •    * discounted ideas
  •    * redundant bureaucracy