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  1. Let's be honest, our plans get cancelled more often than the frequency of the Mumbai locals. Whenever there's a group of friends planning a trip to somewhere, there's always one moron who will cancel AFTER you've booked your train tickets. If only they would allow someone else to travel on that same train ticket! Turns out you can. Indian Railways lets you transfer your train ticket to someone else in case your travel plan has changed. All you need to do is to submit a written request 24 hours prior to the scheduled departure of your train. The ticket can be transferred to any family member i.e. parents, siblings or spouse. The statement by IRCTC says: “Chief Reservation Supervisor of important stations are authorised by Railway Administration to permit the change of name of a passenger having a seat or berth reserved in his name.” If the passenger is a student, the head of the institution is required to submit a request 48 hours before the train departure and get the name changed on the ticket. IRCTC also allows a marriage party to transfer tickets, the rules being the same – submitting a written request 48 hours before departure. However, the change is limited to only 10 percent tickets of the entire group. Interestingly, this rule was introduced way back in 1990 and was modified in 1997 and 2002, but there is little knowledge about it. Just like the luxury lounge at New Delhi Railway Station we did not know about! Here's how to transfer your train ticket: © IRCTC H/t- TOI, IRCTC
  2. Ask any Delhiite about their favourite mode of travel and they will give you over a thousand reasons to travel in a metro or a cab. But, ask a Mumbaikar and he will have a dozen more reasons on why travelling in a local train is possibly the best experience one can ever have. It's fine if you don't believe our words, but we are sure you will be convinced after you see Shardul Thakur's picture, which is the testimony of the same. After all it's not every day that you spot your favourite crickter travelling in a local train like any other regular guy, after delivering a kickass performance against South Africa. Twitter Clearly, just like us, Shardul Thakur's fans too were left confused after they saw him in the train. In fact, some even searched for his picture on Google to confirm if it's the same right-arm fast paced bowler they think he is. After getting off his flight, while Thakur could have posed in front of cameras while getting inside a fancy car, he did something totally unexpected and won our hearts with his humility. He went to the Andheri railway station and took a local train to his home in Palghar. Twitter In an interview with The Indian Express, Thakur even joked about how he went from 'business class to first class'. Shardul said that he wanted to get home and had his headphones on, but “I could sense people in the compartment looking at me and wondering whether I really was 'Shardul Thakur'. A few college kids then Googled my picture just to be sure and then asked for a selfie.” Shardul further said that people were actually amazed to see an international cricketer travelling with them, “Some old-timers were recalling how they've been seeing me in the train for years. But my feet remain very grounded. I have not received anything on a platter and worked hard for it.” Success never came easy to Shardul. But the fact that he overcame all the obstacles, achieved what he wanted and yet never forgot being humble is what makes us feel proud of him. People taunted him, called his names and even tried to break his resolute to become a part of the national team; but Shardul overcame it all and became one of the most hardworking, sincere and best players in the team. Twitter “People would often ask me when I'll play for Mumbai and India in the train. Some would taunt me as well saying 'why are you after cricket, itna door se aa ke thodi koi India ke liye khelega. Stop doing time pass'. But I knew what I had to do. I have devoted my life to cricket, and at the same time also finished my graduation.” It's very rare to see a famous celebrity or Cricketer take public transport, without getting swarmed by fans. So when we come across these stories, how can we let it pass just like that? Twitter too was in awe of Shardul's humble nature and let's just say he deserves all that praise and respect that is coming his way. Success earned is definitely due to hours of immense hardwork but it is important to stay grounded at the same time ð @imShard 'Business class âï¸ to First class ð' ð pic.twitter.com/mDq0qahxnS — Lakshmi Narayanan (@lakshuakku) March 3, 2018 Back to the basics.... #ShardulThakur When you are going up in life things like these help a person to be humble and down to earth #Respect#India https://t.co/zEu8S1xDGs — Süsh Dhôrë (@sushD20) March 3, 2018 Shardul Thakur showing you how! #Mumbai pic.twitter.com/Aje8bCqB8O — Cricking (@CricKingApp) March 3, 2018 Even Central Railways tweeted about the same and mentioned how he even went to purchase the ticket before boarding, while there are some who still get penalized for travelling without a ticket. The suburban local train - The best and fastest mode of transportation for the poor and rich, unknown and celebrities, both - @imShard Shardul Thakur on board Mumbai's lifeline after returning from South Africa tour - Purchased ticket before boarding - hats off to his simplicity. pic.twitter.com/62aRUDzR6j — Central Railway (@Central_Railway) March 3, 2018 Shardul Thakur got off the Emirates flight on his return from South Africa with the cricket team. He straight went to Andheri railway station and boarded a local Mumbai train to Palghar, just like he has almost his entire life. Such humility! pic.twitter.com/M7Z70tNExy — Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) March 2, 2018 Times of Ipl Contracts & Times of being a Current India Player too...A Boy still traveling by Train to his home after coming from South Africa..Touched to see these feet on the ground..Do well Shardul Thakur... pic.twitter.com/iezE3DsZNM — Reetinder Sodhi (@ReetinderSodhi) March 2, 2018 'Success is not in what you have but who you are,' Maybe Author Bo Bennett had ace right-arm bowler Shardul Thakur in mind when he said this. Shardul's journey is not only inspiring but worth remembering for those who want to make it big in the world. With Thakur's exceptional performance against South Africa, where he took 4 wickets for 52 runs in the final ODI, we can see that this man will be going places, but in his beloved local train.
  3. Rescue workers search at the wreckage after a train crash in Kom Hamada in the northern province of Beheira. -Reuters CAIRO: Two trains collided Wednesday in northern Egypt killing at least 10 people and injuring 15 others, the health ministry said, the latest in a string of deadly rail accidents in the country. The crash between a freight train and a passenger train occurred at Kom Hamada in Behaira province. Footage aired by state television showed at least two carriages had derailed in a rural stretch of land. Civilians and medics were seen removing injured passengers and carrying them to ambulances. Health ministry official Alaa Othman told state television that all casualties had been removed from the scene of the accident. The provincial governor Nadia Abdou told AFP that the crash happened at around 1045 GMT and that its cause was "unknown". She pointed out that the ministry of transport and national railways were in charge of the rail facilities in the region. The state prosecutor announced that a team of investigators had been dispatched to probe the accident. String of deadly accidents While the cause of the crash remains unclear, it comes months after 41 people died in a train collision near the coastal city of Alexandria last August. The train drivers who survived that accident were detained for questioning. That was the deadliest train accident in Egypt since a November 2013 collision between a train and a bus killed 27 people south of Cairo. It came a year after a train smashed into a bus carrying school children, killing 47 people. That accident jolted the government which ordered an investigation and sacked the transport minister and the head of the railway authority. It was blamed on a train signal operator who had fallen asleep on the job. The probe, however, did not prevent further accidents. Months later a train carrying military conscripts derailed, killing 17 people. Egyptians have long complained that the government has failed to deal with chronic transport problems, with roads as poorly maintained as railway lines. The deadliest accident on Egypt's railways dates back to 2002 when 373 people died as a fire ripped through a crowded train south of the capital. There have been many other fatal crashes on the busy rail network. In July 2008, at least 44 people died near Marsa Matruh in northwest Egypt when a runaway truck hurtled into a bus and several other vehicles waiting at a level crossing, shunting them into the path of a train. In August 2006, at least 58 Egyptians were killed and 144 injured in a collision between two trains travelling on the same track. In the wake of that crash, an Egyptian court sentenced 14 railway employees to one year in prison for neglect.
  4. Advisor to the chief minister Khawaja Ahmad while visiting the project. LAHORE: The Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) project was run on a trial basis on Monday. The train, as part of its trial run, was run near its depot and authorities said that a 12km long portion of the track, from Dera Gujran to Lakshmi Chowk, will be completed during the current week. Advisor to the chief minister Khawaja Ahmad also visited the project and said four more train sets have reached Lahore for the project. Earlier in December, the Supreme Court of Pakistan dismissed the decision of the Lahore High Court (LHC) halting work on selected sites of the OLMT project. Although the apex court has allowed the Punjab government to go ahead with the project at the same speed, the bench has set 31 conditions to ensure the project's transparency. The conditions include strict monitoring of the construction as well as a dedicated trial period before train operations begin; placement of high-tech devices and hiring of expert monitors to ensure vibrations from the construction don't damage the heritage sites and various measures for the beautification and restoration of the sites. The apex court has also ordered the formation of a five-member experts' committee and three-member technical committee to oversee the project and ensure the protection of the heritage site under question. A Rs100 million fund will also be established by the government to maintain the heritage sites, according to the court order. The $1.6 billion project Launched in May 2014 by Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, in collaboration with a Chinese company, the project is set to be the country?s first metro line, but it got embroiled in a legal battle in LHC which ordered a stay on several sites as the development was trampling over heritage sites in Lahore. A single train within the 27-kilometre rail line has the capacity to carry 1,000 people, out of which 200 can be seated while 800 can commute while standing. The project, which was included in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor earlier in the year, is expected to run on electricity and transport up to 250,000 passengers a day. The capacity is set to be increased to 500,000 passengers by 2025. The original deadline for the project was December 25, 2017.
  5. You might find innumerable stories about people's inhumane, selfish and insensitive attitude towards anything and everything under the sun; but it's rare to find people truly caring and going to extreme lengths for others. So, when we come across such heartwarming stories, how can we just let it go and not share it as far as we can? It is stories like these that make us believe that humanity isn't dead. © Pexels How far can one go to help someone? Well, whatever your answer is, we are sure it doesn't come anywhere close to what this train in Russia is doing, just to help a 14-year-old girl go to school. The Saint Petersburg-Murmansk train has now diverted its route to introduce a new stop in the remote area of Poyakonda, just so it can pick and drop the 14-year-old Karina Kozlova and her grandmother. According to a report in BBC, the trains on the route used to stop only to pick up and drop off the railway staff. This meant that Karina and her grandma had to rely on the train's schedule to reach school or miss it. © Pexels For decades, Karina's grandma Natalia Kozlova was making long trips to take Karina and other children in the Poyakonda locality to school. “Every morning, I waited for the children by the village kiosk, and then we walked 1km to the Poyakonda station,” Natalia reportedly said. She further added, “We took the train to the Knyazhaya station, picking up other children along the way…then took the bus to school. After school, we took the long-distance train home.” © Pexels Thankfully, with the introduction of this stop along the Saint Petersburg-Murmansk route, Karina and her grandma won't have to wait until the end of the day to reach home. Karina happens to be the only child still travelling from Poyakonda to her school and we are sure this move has not eased Karina's travel but also melted millions of hearts, which are currently reading the story. In 2016, Japan Railways decided to keep the abandoned Kami-Shirataki train station in Hokkaido operational, so that a girl could attend her school every day. All images are for Representational purpose.
  6. Randeep Hooda is one of the fittest actors in Bollywood. Be it acting or other activities, the actor is known for doing everything to the best of his capabilities. Many know that the actor is quite active in sports and also co-owns Super Fighter League (SFL) team 'Haryana Sultans'. This time the actor has taken a new job in hand and will help train a handful of Mumbai's firefighters in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). This will be the first-ever MMA firefighter league and his team's captain Ranvindra Balhara will be training the five firefighters for the same. © Twitter The team will be launched next month and it is believed that even Randeep will take a personal session with them. That would be one session to watch indeed! Just to refresh your memory, let us remind you that Randeep was appointed as the face of the city's fire brigade in 2016 and is taking this role very seriously. © Twitter Talking about this step he said in a statement, “It's a matter of honour to contribute constructively to these role models who are risking their lives for us. This is my way of giving back to the universe by creating more grassroot awareness for these heroes. This association will be used to promote the welfare of the fire services personnel and their families as well as empower them with combat skills that highlight discipline and focus at its core.” © Twitter The Chief Fire Officer Prabhat Ragandale will be part of this league as well. As reported by IANS, if everything goes as per plans, this will be the first ever Fire Fighters Combat League. The basic aim of the team is to increase awareness of combat sports and firefighters in our country. Well, this indeed looks like a great initiative and it would be interesting to see how the whole plan works out.
  7. Emergency crews attend to the site of a train collision near Pine Ridge, Lexington County, South Carolina, US, February 4, 2018 in this image obtained from social media. ? REUTERS COLUMBIA: An Amtrak passenger train collided with a CSX freight train in South Carolina, US on Sunday, killing at least two people and injuring at least 70, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) reported. The train with 139 passengers and eight crew members aboard was traveling between New York and Miami when it collided with the freight train and derailed, Amtrak said in a statement. ?Amtrak Train 91, operating between New York and Miami, came in contact with a CSX freight train at around 2:35 a.m. in Cayce, South Carolina,? Amtrak said in a statement on its website. ?The lead engine was derailed, as well as some passenger cars.? The train was part of Amtrak? Silver Star Service and was headed for Miami, local media reported. ?The injuries range from cuts and bruises to severe broken bones. All the injured have been transported to local hospitals,? said SCEMD public information officer Derrec Becker. The Lexington County Sheriff?s Department said on its website that a shelter for passengers was set up at a nearby middle school and that everyone was off the train and the Red Cross was assisting them. Amtrak and the Lexington County Sheriff?s officials were not available for immediate comment.
  8. Originally built a few years before World War II for luggage storage, the underground bunker was repurposed after war broke out. Photo: AFP PARIS: It lies hidden deep beneath Paris's bustling Gare de l'Est railway station, its sprawling subterranean rooms and sparse furniture pristinely preserved if a little dusty. Originally built a few years before World War II for luggage storage, the underground bunker was repurposed after war broke out. French railway historian Clive Lamming said its 1939 overhaul was to provide "a place to retreat in case of an air attack" so staff could keep the trains running east towards Germany. Leading this AFP reporter through a concrete airlock and heavy door to the shelter, he said: "The concern was gas." "We remembered World War I -- a perfectly airtight place was needed," he added. Originally built a few years before World War II for luggage storage, the underground bunker was repurposed after war broke out. Photo: AFP With its three-metre (10-foot) thick concrete ceiling, it was designed for about 70 people to be able to take refuge in the small rooms of the 120-square-metre (1,300-square-foot) shelter. But, in the end, the bunker never really saw any action -- Paris was largely spared from air attacks during WWII, and there was little danger of poison gas. After France´s defeat in 1940 and Nazi occupation, the bunker was requisitioned by the Germans and traces of their presence remain, including a sign that reads "Notausgang" (emergency exit). "In my opinion, it hasn´t been finished," said Lamming, as a high-speed TGV train loudly rumbled overhead. 'Sleeping Beauty' Today, few of the thousands of travellers passing through the busy central Paris station will likely have any inkling of the time capsule under their feet. Just a discreet trapdoor on the platform opens up to reveal a staircase leading down to the bunker, which is not publicly accessible except on certain occasions. Originally built a few years before World War II for luggage storage, the underground bunker was repurposed after war broke out. Photo: AFP "For 80 years, it has been ´Sleeping Beauty´," Lamming said. "Everything is in mint condition from 1939." Entering the machine room is like stepping back into the 1930s, with the old contraptions, dials, copper piping and Bakelite handles only in need of a good polish. The room also has two bicycles. If the power went out, ventilation would have been provided by batteries -- if they failed, anyone sheltering in the bunker was to hop on the bikes and pedal to circulate fresh air. Other rooms also feel frozen in time, like the telephone exchange with its tangle of wires, but most are more spartan, furnished with a few period tables and chairs where staff could have directed the train traffic above. The shelter was designed to host 72 workstations, and some yellowing documents remain. There is even a bed. Post-war, with its purpose, now passed, it gradually took on an almost mythic status among employees of SNCF, France´s national train operator. "The aim is to preserve it," especially as the shelters built in other stations at the time have all disappeared, said the SNCF branch in charge of stations. Chances to visit are rare as the bunker was not built for large crowds but it does open up for annual Heritage Days events.
  9. Almost a week ago, you must have seen a video going viral on the internet for its sheer stupidity. The video was of a man in Hyderabad, who 'like a boss' was clicking a selfie as a train approached him. From what we saw in the video, the ending was pretty horrific and he appeared to have either died or suffered serious injuries. If you didn't come across this video before, then have a look: Shocking!! A youth was seen close to a railway track in #Hyderabad in order to take a video selfie with the MMTS. A man can be heard asking him to move, though he insists to get the perfect shot, before the train hits him off. The youth reportedly is alive. @SCRailwayIndia pic.twitter.com/wMIGaxS1je — Hyderabad Times (@HydTimes) January 24, 2018 While the video went viral and took the country by storm, we all were left wondering about why would anyone be stupid enough to do something like this? And now, adding to the absurdity of this whole fiasco, it turns out that the man is indeed alive and has no serious injuries. A journalist posted a video where you can see him joking around with his friends: Now that's what I call a miracle !! The stupid Selfie man hit by speeding train is doing fine with no visible or serious injuries. #Hyderabad pic.twitter.com/I7aYWUFnzX — Aashish (@Ashi_IndiaToday) January 25, 2018 If you are wondering, 'Y he do dis?' then we have the answer. Another journalist revealed on her Twitter that the man in the video- Shiva and his friends decided to record this idiotic stunt in order to fool people. But we bet they never thought it would escalate so quickly. This guy Shiva n his friends created MMTS train accident fake video, fooled ppl as accident took place, this guy works in a gym at Madapur as general instructor, got this info from my teammate who goes to this gym, now this guy is absconding pic.twitter.com/QebASR3FcS — Nellutla Kavitha (@iamKavithaRao) January 25, 2018 Now it isn't exactly clear whether or not he suffered from any injuries at all, but from the newly surfaced videos he definitely looks in a jolly good state and we are of course relieved to see him healthy. Apparently, he claims he was trying to create awareness about the value of life when weighed against the dangers of taking such dangerous selfies. But that in no way compensates for what he did and how it could have had serious consequences.
  10. Scene of incident. -Courtesy Rep. Greg Walden Twitter WASHINGTON: A train carrying Republican US lawmakers to a retreat in West Virginia collided with a garbage truck Wednesday, with some members of Congress saying there were injuries in the accident. "The train carrying GOP members to our retreat had a collision, but Rebecca and I are both okay," congressman Bradley Byrne said on Twitter, referring to his wife. "Security and doctors on board are helping secure the scene and treat injuries." Local authorities had yet to release statements about the accident, and the nature of the injuries was not known. It was not clear in particular if any members of Congress were among those injured. Paul Ryan's office said the Republican House speaker was "fine." Vice President Mike Pence - the keynote speaker at the three-day retreat west of the US capital - was to fly in later in the day, and was not on the train. House Republican Greg Walden tweeted a photograph of the scene, showing people standing off the train tracks next to a badly damaged truck, with debris strewn on the ground. "We're fine, but our train hit a garbage truck. Members with medical training are assisting the drivers of the truck," Walden said. "The train hit a garbage truck, they're asking for doctors on the trains to help," said the Twitter feed of congressman Roger Marshall, who is also a licensed physician. "Right now Dr. Marshall is helping people who are injured." Republican members of the House of Representatives and the Senate left Washington earlier Wednesday bound for the historic Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, for their annual retreat.
  11. RAWALPINDI: Security forces on Tuesday evening cleared the portion of the damaged track near Magoli railway station in the province's Dera Murad Jamali area, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The track was damaged earlier in the day and around a four-foot portion was damaged in the cracker explosion. ISPR said all passengers were shifted from the incident site under security provided by the Frontier Corps. The statement added that the passengers of the affected train were provided the required administrative assistance during shifting from the train and subsequent movement towards Jacobabad. =
  12. These days people would go to any lengths to go viral on the internet, because internet fame is the only kind that matters now, apparently. But, going overboard and risking your own life in the process is just plain stupid. Seeking adventure is normal and understandable, but pushing all the limits to do it doesn't make sense at all. For some inexplicable reason, death-defying stunts cause an uproar on social media and therefore influence more people to do it. One such viral video that is everywhere on the internet right now, is that of a Kashmiri man and his stupid stunt involving a moving train. In the video, a guy can be seen lying down on the rail track to let a speeding train pass over him. That makes so much sense, right? No room for errors in this plan at all. After completing this really 'brave' stunt, the guy is even seen celebrating. Why are you celebrating? Because you didn't die? A big shocker. The video caused such an uproar online that even Omar Abdullah, the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, tweeted about it, condemning such stupid acts. Along with the video, he said, “There is something drastically wrong with this sort of adventure seeking. I can't believe the stupidity of these young men.” There is something drastically wrong with this sort of adventure seeking. I can't believe the stupidity of these young men. pic.twitter.com/83lLWanozR — Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) January 23, 2018 Agreeing with him, people shared their own outrage over the video as it can easily cause other people to copy such stunts and start a stupid and fatal trend. Has Any Action Been Taken? Rather madness. The law enforcing authorities must take action against such people. Tantamount to attempted suicide (Section 309 of RPC). We lose our youth to violence, traffic accidents and other mishaps on daily basis. Can't afford further loss. — YusufJameelÛÙس٠جÙÛÙ (@jameelyusuf) January 23, 2018 He Can Never Be Wrong. Einstein was spot on when he said about the infiniteness of human stupidity :-) — Ramana (@CRamanaKumar) January 23, 2018 It's So Hard To Look At That. Oh my goodness!! His pheran was flapping as the train went over. What if it had got caught in something?! Silly boys think they're invincible. — Hinna (@hinnac) January 23, 2018 There's One More Reason. These mad people should be put behind bars, this adventure could have been a reason for derailment. — Mah Shooq. (@MashooqAhmad) January 23, 2018 That Would Be A Good Punishment For Being This Senseless. There is all chances that some one will one day sh*it on him from the train's toilet. — Rajkumar S (@raj2569) January 23, 2018 Actually, A Lot Of People Thought Of That. It's all fun and games until someone on the train uses the loo. — Narasinga (@syrinje) January 23, 2018 Instant Karma. No one using the toilet? He could hv got a bath too. — venkat (@venkat1962) January 23, 2018 While we don't know if any action has been taken against him, he has apologized for the video. Still, one can only imagine the beating he will get once his mom finds out about this.
  13. LAHORE: Pakistan Railways and Iranian Railways have decided to restart a fortnightly passenger train between the two countries before Muharram. The decision was taken in a joint meeting of railway authorities of the two countries. It was decided that train would go to either Mashhad or Qom in Iran. The regular running of 15 freight trains, on the demand of merchants, between Quetta and Zahedan was also discussed in the meeting. The proposed dates for trains would be shared by Iran at a later date. The up-gradation of Spezand and Taftan (ML-III) sections was also discussed during the meeting. Usually, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from Iran is imported via road. The Pakistan Railways has now proposed for specialised containers to transport LPG from Iran. The Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul (ITI) train also came under discussion during the meeting between the railway authorities of the two countries.
  14. Workers stand next to a wreckage after a train crash near Hennenman in the Free State province, South Africa, January 4, 2018. REUTERS JOHANNESBURG: More than a dozen people were killed and hundreds were feared injured after a train struck a lorry, derailed and burst into flames in South Africa on Thursday. Footage from television news showed fire engulfing one of the train?s carriages after the accident, which occurred as it traveled between Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg. Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi said the train, which was carrying 700 passengers, jumped the tracks after hitting the truck, which was attempting to negotiate a level crossing. He said preliminary investigations suggested 12 people had died in the crash and 268 were injured, including four critically. Emergency services said 14 people had died, and dozens were hurt, calling the minister?s injury estimate premature. ?I have been briefed that the accident was the result of a truck that was driving through a level crossing... You can see for yourself the truck driver was taking chances,? Maswanganyi said on the news channel of national broadcaster SABC. He said the driver had survived and police were investigating. Emergency services and rail officials were not immediately able to confirm the circumstances of the crash. South Africa has the continent?s largest railway network, but it has been plagued by mismanagement and under-investment that has seen train use dwindle despite it being the cheapest from of public transportation. In a recent report, the government?s Rail Safety Regulator (RSR) said that, in the 2016/17 financial year, 495 people lost their lives in the country?s railway environment and 2,079 were injured. The death toll was up 5 percent increase from the previous year.
  15. As often described, life is undeniably a big hurdle race wrought with obstacles at every point. No matter how hard you prepare or train yourself for it, the satisfying finish line of the great hurdle painfully extends with every milestone. And, the life of a budding athlete is no different, especially in a country like India. The world of Indian sports has been witness to inspirational stories of prominent stars whose perseverance and sheer will to succeed propelled them from their humble origins to the pinnacle of the sport. Milkha Singh is a prime example in athletics, MS Dhoni in cricket, Deepika Kumari in archery and Mary Kom in boxing, amongst many others. In this day and age, these stories of overcoming personal struggles can go a long way in boosting morale, notching up inspiration levels and giving people that very thing called hope to go that extra mile. The latest story of Nisar Ahmed - who survived the worst to break new ground - is no different. © BCCL Sitting by the railway tracks in the Bada Bagh slums of Delhi's Azadpur area, a tin shack with plastic sheets and a few sparse bricks for a makeshift space - Nisar calls home - trembles each time a train passes by. But, despite the mighty train setting the ground rumbling, the tin shack stands it ground and refuses to collapse. That's probably where this 16-year-old gets his motivation from. Given the condition of his residence, it's not really surprising to hear that Nisar's father is a rickshaw puller and mother is a housemaid. With a combined monthly income of a mere Rs 5000, there is little doubt that the family finds it difficult to put food on the table. But, Nisar, despite his tough life, didn't give up. “There are a lot of things that worry me, but when I am training or running, they stay out of my mind,” he told the Indian Express. So what's his dream? The answer is another question: “Who would want his mother to work at someone's home?” © BCCL Channelling his anger and frustration into something more meaningful, Nisar found solace in athletics. He began running bare-foot in school competitions before his physical education teacher saw the potential in the scrawny boy and realised he needed proper training. With limited funds at their disposal, Nisar's family didn't shy away from spending most of their monthly income on the needs of their son. Thereon, slowly and steadily, Nisar went on to excel in the field and bagged first-place finishes in national and school championships. In November 2017, the youngster rewrote the under-16 national record in the 100 metres after clocking 10.85 seconds at the 33rd National Junior Athletics Championships. He also eclipsed the existing 200 metres mark of 22.11 seconds after recording the national best at 22.08 seconds. © Twitter But, all of his hardships and struggles have brought him to this moment, where an unknown slum dweller from Delhi is on the verge of training with the world's best sprinter, Usain Bolt. Nisar is among 14 budding athletes chosen to undergo a month's training at the hallowed Racers Track Club - home of Bolt and his coach Glen Mills - in Kingston, Jamaica. In a first partnership of its kinds, athletes in the age group of 15-18 years from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Odisha and Delhi were selected under the initiative undertaken by the Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) and Anglian Medal Hunt - a sports management company. The Kingston club assessed the applicants on their capabilities and potential before agreeing to a four-week training programme. "Some friends, whom I train with, occasionally invite me to their big houses. I never bring friends home because there is no place even to seat them. I cry sometimes because God has given me a very tough life. But it is my poverty that has inspired me to work hard in the face of such challenges," a brave Nisar told TOI. © BCCL "I am very excited to travel to Jamaica for training. I will learn there and one day will win a medal for the county," he added. A four-week training programme might not seem much for the cynics, but for someone like Nisar, the minuscule opportunity is nothing short of an achievement, gained on the back of hardwork and the sheer will to break new ground. Just like his 10x10-foot tin shack that continues to defy the trains passing by, Nisar has also managed to stand his ground and refused to collapse even as life burdened him with great challenges and hurdles which are arguably capable of uprooting anyone's confidence, let alone a 16-year-old.
  16. Authors of self-help books are still struggling to find the most generic statement that instantly guarantees success but all of them agree that performing an action consecutively for 21 days makes it a habit. As it turns out, they made this claim by doing as much research as a five-year old who decides that his dream is to operate elevators professionally. What Does Science Have To Say About The Myth of 21 Days? © Thinkstock In his book "Making Habits, Breaking Habits", Jeremy Dean, a certified psychologist, cited research carried out at University College London and summarised the results, "There are all sorts of stories explaining its origins (the 21 day rule), most of them standing on science-free ground. On average, across the participants who provided enough data, it took 66 days until a habit was formed. And, contrary to what was commonly believed, missing a day or two didn't much affect habit formation.” The time it takes to form a habit depends on the person and the nature of the habit. If your aim is to have a glass of water before breakfast then the 21-day rule works fine. If you aim higher, don't be surprised if you find yourself naked on the street on the 22nd day of being sober. Why Bother With Understanding Habits Think of your brain as a computer. Either way, each habit is a little autopilot program that you can load into your brain and then perform automatically in the given context. Most people use the autopilot software created randomly by the events and environment of their lives. If you ordered a large pizza the first three times you binge-watched a TV series, odds are that you will order one for the fourth series you watch as well. © Thinkstock Habits have three important characteristics. Firstly, habits come under the purview of our subconscious mind. We raise our hand to turn on the light when we enter a room even during a power cut, out of habit. Secondly, it happens automatically in response to a context (that of entering the room). Habits are strongly rooted in context and environmental stimulus. Lastly, because of their repetitive nature, they provoke little emotional response by themselves. Which means, if you start listening to your favourite song every day on your way to work then soon enough, it won't be your favorite. Pro tip: Want to get over an annoyingly catchy Honey Singh song? Make it your alarm tone! The Trick To Forming Good Habits Habit formation requires patience, determination and other qualities that no one has by default. It's a struggle but the catch is that it gets easier with repetition because it provokes no emotional response. Here are 6 things to keep in mind before starting your journey: 1. Make sure the ultimate goal is achievable The first thing is to truly believe that the ultimate goal is worth achieving. To determine whether a goal is worthy of effort, force yourself to think about the negative aspects of your goal and the obstacles you will face. Proceed further only when you're sure that the probability of success is high. 2. Don't visualize the end result Visualising the end result fools the mind into believing that it has already reached its goals. Instead, visualise the process of working towards the goal. Imagine yourself sweating profusely in the gym and women covering their faces or taking wildly roundabout routes to avoid your treadmill. This is a much more realistic and practical image of how the habit formation process is going to feel like. © Pexels 3. Don't break the chain Jerry Seinfeld, a famous American comedian, came up with a simple way of keeping track of one's progress. He wanted to inculcate the habit of writing jokes every day. He bought a huge wall calendar and he would strike off the date on the calendar by making a big cross if he wrote a page of jokes that day. Then, his only aim was to simply not break the chain of crosses. 4. It's fine if you skip a day, don't be so hard on yourself Another aspect of habit formation that the self-help authors miscommunicated is that skipping a day or two doesn't have a major impact on the process. As long as you keep bouncing back for progressively longer stretches of time, you are on the right track. So, if leg day was too rough then don't strain yourself the next day. That's your deceitful brain trying to get you injured so that you don't have to go to gym altogether. 5. Layering Don't bite off more than you can chew. It's easier to approach tiny specific goals. Returning to the example of exercising daily, start with doing cardio once a week, then twice, then thrice and so on and so forth. Similarly, add strength training gradually to your exercise routine. Breaking down habits and layering them is the only way to achieve automaticity for a complicated and physically gruelling task like exercise. This process is for creating a strong habit and not designed for building six packs in one month. For that, you need a genie in a bottle. © Pexels 6. Implementation intentions It helps to use the if-then format to create specific goals, also called implementation intentions. For example, suppose your aim is to be healthier, your implementation intention can be, 'if I'm about to get in the car for a short trip, then I should walk.' Implementation intentions can be used to shield your weak habit from adverse thoughts. For example, 'if I feel too tired to practise the piano after work, then I will first listen to some inspirational music to help motivate me.' or 'if I'm about to troll celebrities on the internet, then I will get a life first.' How To Break A Bad Habit Breaking bad habits is simpler in theory but much harder in practice. It is recommended to consult a psychologist or counsellor and the support of a family member is often necessary to phase out bad habits. As an overview, here are the three main points that one should remember: 1. Practise mindfulness. Recognising when, where and how the bad habit is triggered is the first step to breaking it. 2. Willpower is a limited resource, use it but don't rely on it. Instead, try to use the pre-commitment strategy. If you're tired of pulling down your Twitter timeline every 5 seconds, add a browser plugin like StayFocusd that irreversibly blocks social media sites after a certain period of time. Since habits are rooted in context, if you get rid of the trigger, your willpower will have an easier time. © Pexels 3. Focussing on suppressing bad habits leads to constantly thinking about the bad habit. This is counterproductive. Research suggests that the solution is to replace the bad habit with an alternate habit. If you are visiting adult websites too often, start playing blitz chess online. Have you ever seen Viswanathan Anand act inappropriately? No because it's impossible to be aroused while playing chess. Try it! Conclusion The fact that we can rewire our neural pathways to live better lives is impressive and inspirational. As the old saying goes, “The mind is a wonderful servant, but a terrible master.” So, get out there, upgrade your brain and build that six pack! With inputs from: “Making Habits, Breaking Habits” by Jeremy Dean
  17. BHAKKAR: Multan-bound Mehr Express collided Friday night with a trailer truck carrying sugarcane produce here near the city's Shah Alam area, rescue officials said. Two of the train's bogies, as well as its engine, consequently derailed, causing the 128 down track to be halted for railway passage, rescue sources explained. At least four people ? three passengers and the train driver ? were injured during the accident, with an emergency medical aid team dispatched immediately. The train had departed from Rawalpindi and was on way to Multan, rescue officers mentioned, adding that the collision occurred when the trailer carrying produce got stuck at the railway track.
  18. Workers had cleared all the wrecked train cars blocking a major West Coast highway by Wednesday morning, two days after the Amtrak train derailed in Washington state while speeding onto a bridge, state transportation officials said. It took about a day longer than hoped, but crews had carted off the biggest chunk by the afternoon: the 270,000-pound (122,470-kg) locomotive involved in the Monday morning rush-hour crash in the city of Dupont, which killed three train passengers and sent about 100 people to hospitals. The affected southbound stretch of Interstate 5, which runs from the Canadian border to Mexico, will remain closed indefinitely, the Washington State Department of Transportation has said. Workers were clearing debris and may need to make repairs to the road surface, the department said. Federal investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are seeking answers about the crash?s cause in interviews with the train?s engineer and a trainee conductor who were in the locomotive?s cab. NTSB members say they are focused on whether the engineer was distracted, but are timing their interviews with the crew this week around their recuperation from injuries. Investigators are also examining the wrecked train cars, which have been taken to a nearby US military base. ?The debris is being taken to the same place where all the rail cars are and I am sure it will be inspected just as if it is evidence,? Washington State Patrol Captain Dan Hall told a news conference. ?There is still some debris down there that is significant in size.? The accident occurred during the train?s inaugural run on a new, slightly quicker route between Olympia and Tacoma, with 86 people aboard, 80 of them passengers, Amtrak said. It was traveling at 80 miles (129 km) per hour, more than twice the speed limit for the curved portion of track leading to the bridge. NTSB investigators have found that the train?s emergency brakes were automatically activated during the derailment rather than being engaged manually by the engineer. They also said a safety system known as positive train control, which automatically slows trains if they go too fast, was not installed on the rail line. Congress had extended a mandatory deadline for having the system installed on all passenger railways to 2018. The derailment placed Amtrak, the country?s main passenger rail service, under renewed scrutiny following a series of fatal incidents. At least two of the three people killed in the derailment were transit enthusiasts who wanted to ride the inaugural run along the new route. The Pierce County Medical Examiner?s Office identified the third victim through fingerprints as Benjamin Gran, 40, of Auburn, Washington, on Wednesday afternoon.
  19. Delhi Metro has changed the lives of the citizens in the national capital. But over the past few years, it has attracted quite a lot of negative attention due to a number of reasons. Whether it was delayed trains or the rise in fares, people have jumped onto the opportunity to criticize the service and now they've got another reason. The inauguration of automated trains running on the Magenta line of Delhi Metro is supposed to take place on 25th of December this year. So naturally, the authorities were running some trials just days before it. But what happened next might change the entire schedule of DMRC. As a trial of the driverless train was being carried out, the train failed to stop at the desired station and crashed into a wall at the Kalindi Kunj Depot. Delhi: Empty metro train on trial run, breaks through boundary at Kalindi Kunj depot. Matter being probed. pic.twitter.com/kiqWn7TCVH — ANI (@ANI) December 19, 2017 Apparently, it was because of the fact that the person responsible did not check the brakes before the trial run which lead to this mishap. And luckily, no injuries were reported. But by now, we know folks on Twitter can turn anything and everything into a meme and this incident was a no-brainer for meme generators and trolls. Have a look: 1. Too enthusiastic! She : Come over, nobody's at home He :#delhimetro pic.twitter.com/Y7QFEwu0PS — Rohit Sharma (@imWrong45) December 19, 2017 2. Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi was supposed to inaugurate, this makes perfect sense. Modi on the 25th of Dec be like pic.twitter.com/qO7uFagQSc — Anirudh (@anirudhdg) December 19, 2017 3. Salman jokes were obviously expected. Whose spreading the rumour that Salman was driving the metro.#DMRC #Metro #MagentaLine #SalmanKhan #TigerZindaHai pic.twitter.com/PItgBB5YGB — Maanvir (@MaanvirMinhas) December 20, 2017 4. For God's sake, do not break boundaries like this! Is that what you mean? #DelhiMetro pic.twitter.com/zPD7cCKFY8 — Rohit Sharma (@imWrong45) December 19, 2017 5. 'Sab kuch hi todh diya'. Tere liye hi toh signal tod taad ke Aaya Dilli wali girlfriend chhod chhad keððhttps://t.co/I1hHt5YuLL — Abdul Mustafa (@abdulmustafa01) December 19, 2017 6. Delhi women will relate to this! muze delhi pasand nahi he ! me to chali delhi se bahar pic.twitter.com/SLzH8FIWNf — Om (@ohokohokok) December 19, 2017 7. Uh-oh! A driverless #MagentaLine #DelhiMetro crashes into boundary in Kalindi Kunj! This is the second accident caused by a vehicle being operated without a driver... First was Salman Khan's SUV!! — Being Oblivious (@TheOneDhawan) December 19, 2017 8. Apply aloe-vera to treat the burn A driverless #DelhiMetro crashes into a wall. This is also the story of congress. — Mr. Bun (@MrFunyMan) December 19, 2017 9. We need Smriti Irani to comment on this. Dekhoji, you don't understand a bit. Just by crashing we have created job for 1000+ to build the place again. #DelhiMetro — Rose Mondy (@Rosmondy) December 19, 2017 10. Inspired by Delhi guys! Metro signal : sir YeH dead end hai sir aap ko rukna padega . Delhi metro : abey tujhe pata hai mera Baap Kaun hai ?!#sadone #iknow #DelhiMetro #delhimetrocrash — Neelesh P (@docpaps) December 20, 2017 11. Spider-Man, where you at? The only person who could've saved the #MagentaLine #DelhiMetro today... pic.twitter.com/s6tsQMFLf0 — Being Oblivious (@TheOneDhawan) December 19, 2017 12. Amubja Cement FTW! #DelhiMetro should have used Ambuja Cement for constructing the wall, deewaar ka tootna naamumkin hota — Italian Bahu (@ItalianBahu) December 19, 2017 Keeping the memes and jokes apart, we hope that this incident is taken seriously and that nothing like this ever happens again.
  20. Safety investigators hope the engineer of an Amtrak passenger train that careened off a bridge onto a highway in Washington state can help explain why his locomotive was going more than twice the speed limit when the deadly derailment occurred, officials said on Tuesday. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials said they plan to interview all the crew members in the next two days, once they sufficiently recover from injuries suffered in the wreck, including a conductor-in-training who was in the locomotive cab with the engineer at the time. Safety board member T. Bella Dinh-Zarr told reporters that NTSB investigators would seek to determine, among other factors routinely examined, whether the engineer was distracted while driving the ill-fated train. She also said investigators had determined that the train?s emergency brakes were automatically activated while the derailment was occurring, rather than engaged manually by the engineer. In addition, she confirmed that a safety system known as positive train control (PTC), which automatically slows trains if they are going too fast, was not installed on the section of track where the wreck occurred. None of the crew, all of whom are believed to have survived, has been identified, and were hospitalized, Dinh-Zarr said. Three people aboard the train were killed in the Monday morning wreck near the town of DuPont, in which all 12 carriages and one of the train?s two locomotives tumbled off the rails, officials said. Another 100 people were taken to hospitals, 10 with serious injuries. Some motorists on Interstate 5 were among the injured, though nobody on the highway died. The accident occurred as the train was making its inaugural run on a new, slightly quicker route between Seattle and Portland, Oregon, with 86 people aboard, 80 of them passengers, Amtrak said. Recorded data recovered from the rear locomotive showed the train was going 80 miles (129 km) per hour on a curved stretch of track where the speed limit was 30 mph (48 kph), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials said on Monday night. The board said it was investigating whether other factors besides speed were involved. Speaking at an afternoon news conference on Tuesday, Dinh-Zarr said that a conductor ?who was getting experience and familiarizing himself with the territory? was present in the locomotive cab with the engineer. NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson described that second Amtrak employee as a ?conductor-in-training.? Dinh-Zarr said it was not unusual for conductors who are learning a new train route to ride in the cab with the engineer. She said another conductor was posted in the passenger section of the train at the time. The derailment placed Amtrak, the country?s main passenger rail service, under renewed scrutiny following a series of fatal incidents.
  21. The Delhi metro train services will run as usual for the rest of the day?from 6.00 am onwards on all lines and from 4:45 am on the Airport Express Line. Photo: AFP NEW DELHI: A metro train crashed through the walls of a station during a trial run in New Delhi on Tuesday, just days ahead of its inauguration by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. TV footage showed the front portion of the engine jutting out of the wall at a metro station in the Indian capital. Delhi Metro was investigating the incident which it said appeared to have been caused by human error on the new line which is intended to eventually be driverless. "A trial train was moved from the workshop without testing the brake system as a result of which, while the train was moving up the ramp for washing, it rolled back and hit the adjacent boundary wall," it said in a statement. "No person was injured in the incident." A driver was on board but there were no passengers. The statement did not say if Modi´s inauguration of the service would go ahead as scheduled on Christmas day. In the run-up to the launch officials had been touting the train´s "new age" signalling system which they said would allow it to run unmanned. India upholds the Delhi Metro -- which boasts a daily ridership of more than a million people -- as an example of its modern mass transit system on par with world standards. It has had its share of controversies though. A fatal accident happened on one of its construction sites in 2010 and in 2013 closed-circuit television footage of lovers fondling in empty coaches was leaked on the internet. In April this year commuters stopped in their tracks at a busy station when X-rated footage began playing on a large TV screen.
  22. At least three people died in the train derailment incident DUPONT, UNITED STATES: The passenger train that derailed in Washington state was traveling 80 miles per hour in a 30 mph zone, transport investigators said late Monday. Bella Dinh-Zarr, vice chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, told journalists "it´s too early to tell" why the train was traveling at such a fast speed, an estimate that came from preliminary information obtained from an event data recorder in the rear locomotive. The Amtrak train -- which Dinh-Zarr said was likely carrying some 80 passengers, three crew and two service personnel -- was traveling on a new route for the first time before plunging off a bridge onto a busy highway, leaving at least three people dead. Federal investigators would be on the scene for a full day Tuesday, she said, kicking off a probe into the incident that would likely last seven to 10 days. Information obtained from the front locomotive´s data recorder, which has been more difficult to access, would potentially lend more insight into the train´s exact speed, according to Dinh-Zarr. Pictures captured following Monday morning´s derailment showed one Amtrak train car overturned and crushed on the interstate highway and others dangling from the overpass. Several other carriages of the 14-car train also ended up on the highway, shutting down a key section of the busy artery that connects the greater Seattle metropolitan area to Olympia. All but one car jumped the tracks. Officials gave no reason for the derailment of southbound Amtrak train 501, the inaugural run of a new service that promised faster connections between Seattle and Portland, Oregon. Local officials had warned only weeks ago that the track still might not be safe enough to handle trains at higher speeds.
  23. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/70e8d6de688ddbcfb07c46e553fbade3.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTIvMTgvMjAxNyA2OjIzOjE1IFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9YlFFMzkxcVpzUEh1ZEhQaEVNVEw5dz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] LOS ANGELES: "Multiple" people were killed early Monday when an Amtrak passenger train derailed in Washington state near the city of Tacoma, sending cars flying off a bridge and onto a busy interstate, officials said. Pictures from the scene showed one train car overturned and crushed on the interstate highway and another dangling down from the overpass above. The train, which was carrying 78 passengers and five crew, was part of a newly expanded faster rail service along the route linking Seattle and Portland, Oregon - featuring new locomotives. It derailed during the morning rush hour at about 7:40 am, about halfway between Tacoma and Olympia, the capital of Washington state. "There's multiple fatalities," said Ed Troyer, spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff´s Department. "It's pretty horrific," he said. Troyer put no number on the fatalities, but local media said at least three people were killed. None of the people in vehicles travelling on the highway below the train were killed, according to Troyer. Local news outlets reported that dozens of people were taken to area hospitals for treatment. "When we got to the scene, it was obvious there were fatalities and injuries, and some people were able to get off the train," Troyer said. "No fatalities on the roadway. As you can see by the large response, we have taken them out and people that were able to walk are under the tents being cared for by multiple groups," he said. Photographs posted online from the scene showed multiple cars had derailed from the train. At least two dropped onto the roadway below, a busy highway that connects Olympia to the busy Seattle metro area just to the north. The accident snarled morning rush hour traffic and officials warned the highway, Interstate 5, would be blocked in that area for a long period of time. "We had just passed the city of DuPont and it seemed like we were going around a curve," passenger Chris Karnes told local CBS News affiliate KIRO-TV. "All of a sudden, we felt this rocking and creaking noise, and it felt like we were heading down a hill," said Karnes, adding that several cars had gone off the tracks and passengers kicked out the windows to escape. "The next thing we know, we're being slammed into the front of our seats, windows are breaking, we stop, and there's water gushing out of the train. People were screaming." Karnes said the tracks were supposed to have been upgraded to accommodate higher speeds. "I'm not sure what happened," he said.
  24. At least four children were killed and seven people were seriously injured on Thursday after a train crashed into a school bus at a level crossing in southern France, police sources said. The bus, which was carrying mainly junior high school students, was struck by the train in Millas about 18 kilometres west (11 miles) of the city of Perpignan, close to the Spanish border. A rescue operation was under way. The head of security for the Pyrenees area, where the collision took place, confirmed the accident involving a train travelling west from Perpignan to the town of Villefranche de Conflent. The bus was transporting mainly junior high-school students. The BFMTV channel said it was struck in the rear. President Emmanuel Macron in a tweet wrote: "All my thoughts for the victims of this terrible accident involving a school bus, as well as their families. The state is fully mobilised to help them." Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne were on their way to the scene from a meeting in the south-central city of Cahors. "It's a terrible event," Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said, expressing "profound sadness".
  25. File photo/Reuters PARIS: A train collided with a school bus outside the town of Perpignan in southern France on Thursday and emergency services were at the scene, a local official said. ?All emergency services have been mobilized and a crisis coordination unit set up,? an official at the local Millas townhall told Reuters. There was no immediate word on casualties. The Pyrenees-Orientales prefect confirmed the accident in a statement on Twitter.