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New Delhi, Sep 9 : The Indian Railways will not manufacture any new rake of the Vande Bharat Express in this financial year, Railway Board Chairman V.K. Yadav said on Monday.

Yadav said, the ICF (Integral Coach Factory) plant in Chennai will not manufacture any new set of the Vande Bharat Express, which was earlier known as Train 18 in this financial year.

He said the ICF will manufacture 40 sets of the Vande Bharat Express in 2020-21 and 2021-22.

The decision was taken after looking at the recommendation for some modifications in the existing design, Yadav said.

He said that another set of the Vande Bharat Express between Delhi and Katra will start in the coming days.

However, he refused to share the actual dates of the new services of the train.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the Vande Bharat Express chair-car train from New Delhi to his parliamentary constituency Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh on February 15 this year.

It covers the 850-kilometre distance in eight hours, compared to the 12 hours by other trains.

The gleaming blue-nosed train comes with the best amenities, including high-speed on-board WiFi, GPS-based passenger information system, touch-free bio-vacuum toilets, LED lighting, mobile charging points and a climate control system that automatically adjusts the temperature.

The 16-coach train has two executive compartments with 52 seats each and trailer coaches with 78 seats each. The executive class coaches have rotating seats to match the direction of the train.

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Samsung ‘Galaxy Fold’ coming to India on Oct 1

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New Delhi, Sep 24 : Samsung is finally bringing its much-anticipated and most-premium smartphone “Galaxy Fold” to India on October 1 — just a month after its global debut in South Korea — highly-placed sources told IANS on Tuesday.

The smartphone-cum-tablet “Galaxy Fold” smartphone is likely to be priced between Rs 1.5 lakh-Rs 1.75 lakh in India. It will be sold through select retail outlets and will be available only via pre-book mode, the sources added.

Galaxy Fold will come with exclusive access to specialized customer care services – including one-on-one access to Samsung experts, and a 24/7 support hub online or over the phone.

The smartphone was originally set to be released on April 26 but the manufacturer delayed it to fix units that experienced display issues.

Galaxy Fold comes with a 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display and six cameras. The device has a secondary 4.6-inch screen on the cover of the phone. It opens up with 7.3-inch infinity flex display and when closed, it becomes 4.6 inch display with a 12:9 ratio.

The premium smartphone is backed by 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 octa-core SoC, paired with 12GB of RAM and 512GB storage.

“Galaxy Fold” combines consumers’ favourite smartphone and tablet features to deliver a new kind of experience — from a new form factor and materials to its unique foldable UX, versatile camera and premium performance.

“Consumers have responded positively to larger screens, and the Galaxy Fold’s revolutionary form factor offers a bigger, more immersive screen without sacrificing portability. This is what we call innovation of new mobile experience in action,” DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT and Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics said in a statement recently.

Galaxy Fold is Samsung’s fourth 5G smartphone, following the Galaxy S10, Note 10 and A90, reinforcing its product portfolio for the ultra-fast network.

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RBI bars PMC Bank from business transactions

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Mumbai, Sep 24 The Reserve Bank of India has placed the Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative Bank Ltd, Mumbai from carrying out any kind of business transactions, here on Tuesday, sparking panic among the banks depositors and sending shock waves in city trading community.

The apex bank’s Chief General Manager Yogesh Dayal said that as per the RBI directions, depositors cannot withdraw more than Rs 1,000 of the total balance in their savings/current/other deposit accounts.

The PMC Bank has been barred from granting, renewing and loans and advances, make any investments, accept fresh deposits, etc, without the prior written approval from RBI.

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End of Boeing 737 MAX grounding up to individual countries, says US FAA

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Two Boeing 737 MAX aircraft crashed over the past year — the first in Indonesia in October 2018 and the second in Ethiopia in March. The second tragedy led to world aviation authorities and carriers either grounding all 737 MAX series aircraft or closing their airspace to them.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Monday that the FAA continues to follow a thorough process, not a prescribed timeline, for returning the aircraft to passenger service, adding that “aach government will make its own decision to return the aircraft to service, based on a thorough safety assessment”.

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