Railways to start 18-day ‘Ramayan Yatra’ on April 7
The Railways will restart the “Ramayan Yatra” train on April 7 from New Delhi, covering several prominent places associated with the life of Lord Rama, including Ayodhya, Prayagraj and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and also places in other states too, railway officials said.
A press statement by the Indian Railways said, “Tourists travelling in the train will be given a halt in Ayodhya where they will visit Shri Ram Janmabhoomi temple, Hanuman temple and will be able to see Saryu aarti. Train will also cover Nandigram, Sitamarhi, Janakpur, Buxar, Varanasi, Prayagraj, Chitrakoot, Nashik, Hampi, Rameshwaram, Bhadrachalam, Nagpur, among others in an 18-day tour.”
Indian Railways has taken a initiative to run Bharat Gaurav tourist trains to promote the “Dekho Apna Desh” and “Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat” vision of the Indian government.
According to Indian Railways, the proposed train tour is going to be operated in Bharat Gaurav Deluxe AC tourist train having modern amenities such as AC-I and AC-II class coaches accommodating 156 tourists.
Features include two fine dining restaurants, a modern kitchen, shower cubicles in coaches, sensor-based washroom functions, foot massager etc.
The train has enhanced security features of CCTV cameras and security guards for each coach. Tourists can also board/deboard at Delhi, Ghaziabad, Aligarh, Tundla, Etawah, Kanpur and Lucknow railway station.
The first halt of this train will be Ayodhya followed by Bharat Mandir at Nandigram, Sitamarhi in Bihar where tourists will be visiting Sita’s birthplace and Ram Janki temple in Janakpur, Nepal.
After Sitamarhi, the train proceeds for Buxar, Varanasi where the tourists will visit the Kashi Vishwanath temple and corridor, the Tulsi Mandir and Sankat Mochan Hanuman temple.
Afterwards, the train will follow to Prayagraj, Shringverpur and Chitrakoot, Nasik, Hampi, Rameshwaram, Bhadrachalam, Nagpur and ending at Delhi, said the statement by the Railways.
Kapil Dev bats for 360-degree batsman Suryakumar Yadav
Team India’s Mr 360-degree batsman Suryakumar Yadav performed miserably with the bat in the recently-concluded ODI series against Australia. The aggressive batter was dismissed for three golden ducks in three matches against the visitors.
Though SKY has impressed fans across the globe with his whirlwind batting in T20Is, he has not been able to replicate his T20 success in the 50-over format of the game. He only averages around 24 in ODIs which is not a justice to his immense talent.
With Suryakumar failing to perform consistently in ODIs, fans have called for the inclusion of Sanju Samson in India’s ODI squad. However, legendary all-rounder and former World Cup-winning India skipper Kapil Dev has thrown his weight behind the beleaguered Suryakumar.
As per Kapil, the coach, captain, and selectors are doing the right thing by backing Suryakumar.
“A cricketer like Surya who has played so well will always get more chances. Don’t compare Surya with Sanju Samson, it doesn’t seem right. If Sanju goes through a bad phase then you will talk about somebody else. This should not happen,” said Kapil.
“If the team management has decided to back Suryakumar then he should be given more chances. Yes, people will talk. Let them give their opinion but ultimately it’s the management’s call,” he added.
BSF Jawans recover huge cache of explosives from Maoist dump in Malkangiri
The jawans of the Border Security Force (BSF) recovered a huge cache of explosives from Taimal forest in Swabhiman Anchal of Malkangiri district. All the explosives were dumped at an isolated place and were recovered by a special team of 88 battalion of the BSF.
It is suspected that the explosives were hidden in the dump by the ultras with the intention of targeting the security personnel in the region.
As per official reports, one gun, 2 empty SBML shells, 11 hand grenades and 28 detonators besides 3 steel tiffin boxes and other articles have been recovered from the dump.
In January last year, the security forces recovered a huge quantity of explosives during a combing operation in the Swabhiman Anchal (Cut-off region) of Malkangiri district. The explosive dump was detected by the personnel of the Special Operation Group (SOG) and the District Voluntary Force (DVF).
Malkangiri Superintendent of Police (SP) Nitesh Wadhwan said four tiffin bombs and 20 web belts and huge quantities of medicines were found. The security forces also had recovered a huge cache of explosives and country-made weapons from a Maoist dump ahead of the panchayat polls in the month of February last year.
Country-made guns, a Tiffin-box IED (weighing 05 Kg), 4 broken country-made pistols and revolvers, a walky-talky set and detonators were recovered from the Maoist dump.
(Reported by Jitendra Beura, OTV)
Resentment over corrupt practices by public servants in Odisha
At a time when the BJD-led government is claiming that a clean and corruption-free government is ruling the State, the ground reality tells a different story.
The residents of Dhumant Panchayat under Sadar block office in Kendrapara district on Thursday staged a sit-in at the block office, protesting against officers demanding PC (percentage commission) to get their work done.
“I was awarded a project worth Rs 1.5 lakh. They deducted Rs 25,000. From the rest Rs 1.25 lakh, Rs 6,700 was again deducted towards the PC of some officers including the chairman,” alleged a contractor, Chittaranjan Mallik.
“In the PC transaction, all from top to bottom, including the BDO madam, are involved. Sarpanch’s middlemen are demanding Rs2,000 to provide ration cards,” alleged Debadutta Jena, a Dhumata Panchayat resident.
When asked, Kendrapada block chairperson Rashmita Sethi said, “I am not aware of such allegations. I will take action after receiving complaints.”
A similar picture emerged from Koraput district.
Dambaru Jani, a resident of Dinda Rajaguda village under Boriguma block, is a PMAY beneficiary. Two years ago, he was awarded a house under the yojana. Instead of Rs 1,30,000, he was given Rs 1,00,000. For the rest Rs 30,000, he has been moving from the block office to the bank, but to no avail. Family members have reportedly been told that the money has been kept towards PC.
“For the last installment of Rs 30,000, my father has been moving from block office to bank,” alleged Dambaru Jani’s daughter.
The PC practice is also rampant at Soro municipality in Balasore district.
A contractor of Soro area, Abinash Patra had constructed a market complex at Anantapur square at a cost of Rs 51 lakh. But his bill is yet to be cleared. Patra alleged the Municipality JE is deliberately harassing him as he didn’t pay the PC as he demanded.
The Opposition too raised the PC issue in the House on Wednesday.
“Here BDOs demand 40 percent PC. Even the Vigilance department officials are being caught red-handed while accepting bribes. They (BJD) are earning money through this unfair means and spending the same in elections,” alleged Leader of Opposition (LoP), Jayanarayan Mishra.
In his reaction, ruling BJD MLA Amar Satpathy said, “Anyone found guilty, action has been taken against them which was not the case earlier. They have also been convicted. We are not allowing corruption.”
(Reported by Manoj Swain, T Gouri Shankar, Niranjan Behera and Harihar Chand, OTV)
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