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New Delhi, Sep 10 : Talgo stands for Tren Articulado Ligero Goicoechea Oriol, which means light articulated train. India’s first high-speed Talgo just is on a trial run from Delhi to Mumbai today.

So what makes Talgo Train special ?
The Talgo train can run at top speed of 160-220 km per hour. If the trial run succeeds ,it will run between Mumbai and Delhi and is likely to cut down the travel time to around 12 hours, from the current 17 hours by Rajdhani train for the first time.

The high speed train have the technology to keep the passengers and interiors happy even when the temperature outside crosses 50 degree Celsius or drops below -20 degree Celsius.

Talgo train

The Spanish made Talgo will save up to Rs 1 crore and require less maintenance as compared to the LHB coaches used in Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains.

What about  the Coach structure?
It has nine coaches with two executive classes, four chair cars, a power car, a cafeteria, and a tail end coach for staffs and equipment. The facilities include footrests, reading lights, tables, audio entertainment control for all the passenger’s seat and will have monitors for video entertainment.

Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu whose aim was to boost ultra – high speed technology has been pitching for faster movement of trains. “It is dream of the Railways to take not more than 12 hours to travel from one part of India to the other and idea is to enhance the average speed of all trains, so that everyone benefits,” Prabhu said at a recent global meet.
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Hopefully very soon you could enjoy the luxury of Spanish coaches to reach your destination much ahead of time! 


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Election Commission orders repoll in 6 polling stations in Tripura



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Agartala, Feb 23: The Election Commission on Friday directed the Tripura Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) to conduct a repoll in six polling stations on Monday, an official said.

One polling station falls in Dhanpur segment, from where Chief Minister and CPI-M politburo member Manik Sarkar is contesting.

While the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist criticised the Election Department officials for “criminal negligence” in performing polling duties on February 18, the Congress flayed them for playing a “biased role” and criticised both the Election Commission and the state election machinery.

“The Election Commission has asked the CEO to conduct repoll in six polling stations in six Assembly constituencies across Tripura on February 26,” an official of the Tripura Election Department said.

The official said the EC also issued orders regarding VVPATs (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails) of seven polling stations in seven Assembly constituencies since their respective Presiding Officers did not allegedly get clearance from EVM (Electronic Voting Machines) control units of the votes cast during the mandatory mock poll before the start of actual polling.

The Election Commission said in four polling stations in four Assembly seats, the total number of electors did not tally with the total number of votes recorded.

“The Election Commission has also asked the Returning Officers of these four Assembly constituencies not to declare results without prior permission, if the winning margin is one vote,” the official added.

The CPI-M Tripura State Secretary Bijan Dhar criticised the Election Department for what he called “criminal negligence” regarding polling in 59 of the 60 Assembly seats.

“Due to technical problems in EVMs-VVPATs the voters suffered inordinate delay in casting their ballots till February 18 midnight. This happened because of incompetence and apathy of the election officials,” Dhar said in a media statement.

Chief Electoral Officer Sriram Taranikanti earlier said that 191 (6 per cent) VVPATs and 89 (5 per cent) EVMs malfunctioned across the state.

Dhar said technical glitches in EVMs-VVPATs were reported from around 520 polling stations and demanded a probe.

Tripura Pradesh Congress Vice-President Tapas Dey, without naming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said officials of the Election Commission and the Election Department were biased in favour of a particular party.

Over 92 per cent of Tripura’s 2,536,589 voters cast their votes in Sunday’s peaceful elections in 59 of the 60 Assembly seats, setting a new record in the electoral history of India.

In the 2013 and 2008 Assembly polls, Tripura registered 92 per cent and 91 per cent voting respectively.


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Chhattisgarh: Swachh Bharat Abhiyan mascot Kunwar Bai passed away at the age of 106



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Kunwar Bai, Mascot of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (File Photo)

Kunwar Bai, who was chosen as the mascot for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan by PM Narendra Modi for building toilets by selling off her goats passed away at the age of 106.

Kunwar Bai was felicitated Kotabharri village of Dhamtari in Chhattisgarh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also met her during a programme to declare Two development blocks – Ambagarh Chowki and Chhuriya – of Rajnandgaon open defecation free.

The leader appraising Bai’s efforts said,“An elderly woman of 104 years who stays in a remote village, does not watch TV or read papers, but the message of building toilets under clean India mission somehow reached her. She sold off her goats to build a toilet at home and also encouraged others from the village to build.”

The leader also asked media to share the inspiring story of story Kunwar Bai instead of covering him.


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India successfully test fires nuclear capable ballistic missile ‘Dhanush’



Dhanush Ballistic Missile - File Photo

Bhubaneswar, Feb 23: India on Friday successfully test-fired nuclear-capable ‘Dhanush’ ballistic missile from a naval ship off Odisha.

The surface-to-surface missile, with a strike range of 350 km, was test-fired from the ship positioned near Paradip in the Bay of Bengal, said a defence official.

The trial was carried out by the Strategic Force Command (SFC).

Dhanush, a naval variant of the indigenously-developed ‘Prithvi’ missile, is capable of carrying a payload of 500kg and hitting both land and sea-based targets, the sources said.

The missile launch and its flight performance were monitored from Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) base off Odisha coast.

The missile has already been inducted into the defence services.


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