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Kanchanjunga accident: ECR halts issuing of T/A 912, urges cautious driving

The East Central Railway has directed station masters in its area not to issue the note that authorises train drivers to cross signals in case of failure of the automatic signalling system, days after the Kanchanjunga Express-goods train collision in another zone killed 10 people. The decision to suspended the issuing of the T/A 912 written authority letter was taken at a safety meeting of the East Central Railway (ECR), according to a circular issued by the zone on June 21. On June 17, the goods train rammed into the passenger train in West Bengal's Darjeeling District that falls under the Northeast Frontier Railway zone. Drivers of both trains had been issued the T/A 912 as the automatic signalling on the Ranipatra station-Chattar Hat Junction was defective, officials had said. While the Railway Board in its initial response had said the now-deceased goods train was over-speeding, driver unions have claimed there is no speed restrictions mentioned on the note and its member was

Business Standard 22 Jun 2024 1:27 pm

WB Accident | Initial Probe Blames Lapses By Goods Train Crew, Jalpaiguri Divisions Operating Dept

NEW DELHI, June 20: The initial probe into the June 17 Kanchanjunga Express accident has suggested there were lapses by the operating department of the New Jalpaiguri Rail Division and the crew of the goods train that hit the passenger train. Click here to connect with us on WhatsApp At least 10 people were killed, including the passenger trains guard and the pilot of the goods train after it rammed into the stationary Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express in West Bengals Darjeeling [] The post WB Accident | Initial Probe Blames Lapses By Goods Train Crew, Jalpaiguri Divisions Operating Dept appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 20 Jun 2024 3:15 pm

WB train accident: Probe blames lapses by goods train crew, operating dept

The initial probe into the June 17 Kanchanjunga Express accident has suggested there were lapses by the operating department of the New Jalpaiguri Rail Division and the crew of the goods train that hit the passenger train. At least 10 people were killed, including the passenger train's guard and the pilot of the goods train after it rammed into the stationary Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express in West Bengal's Darjeeling district on Monday. The collision occurred near Rangapani station, 30 km from New Jalpaiguri station, causing four rear compartments of Kanchanjunga Express to derail due to the impact by the goods train's locomotive at 8.55 am, the official said. Soon after the accident, Railway Board chairperson Jaya Varma Sinha had said the collision took place because the goods train disregarded the signal. The Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) has started a probe into the cause of the accident. The railways also set up a probe team of six senior officials who have filed the

Business Standard 20 Jun 2024 2:54 pm

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Business Standard 20 Jun 2024 2:27 pm

Signal Failure and Speed Lapses: The Truth Behind the Kanchanjunga Express Tragedy

Signal Failure and Speed Lapses: The Truth Behind the Kanchanjunga Express Tragedy The initial probe into the June 17 Kanchanjunga Express accident has highlighted significant lapses by the operating department of the New Jalpaiguri Rail Division and the crew of the goods train involved in the tragedy. At least 10 people, including the passenger train's guard and the pilot of the goods train, were killed when the latter rammed into the stationary Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express in West Bengal's Darjeeling district on Monday. The collision near Rangapani station, 30 km from New Jalpaiguri station, caused four rear compartments of the Kanchanjunga Express to derail due to the impact at 8.55 am. Following the accident, Railway Board chairperson Jaya Varma Sinha announced that the collision occurred because the goods train disregarded the signal. The Commissioner of Railway Safety has commenced a detailed investigation into the accident's cause. A probe team of six senior rail officials has filed preliminary findings, pointing to signal violations and speed restriction breaches by the goods train driver. However, a dissenting note from one official blamed the operating department for failing to safeguard the route between Ranipatra and Chattar Hat Junction.

devdiscourse 20 Jun 2024 2:06 pm

Bengal rail accident: GRP forms 6-member SIT to conduct parallel probe based on passengers complaint

Kolkata, June 19 (IANS) The Government Railways Police (GRP) on Wednesday announced the formation of a six-member special investigation team for an independent probe in the Kanchanjunga Express-goods train collision in West Bengals Darjeeling district on Monday, based on a complaint filed by a passenger of the train. Superintendent, GRP, Siliguri, S. Selvamurugan, said that []

bhaskarlive 19 Jun 2024 9:38 pm

Toll rises to 10 in West Bengal train accident

SILIGURI, June 18: The toll in the train accident in West Bengals Darjeeling district rose to 10, an official said on Tuesday. While eight bodies were brought to the state-run North Bengal Medical College and Hospital (NBMCH) after the accident on Monday morning, two persons died during treatment, he said. Among the deceased was a []

thehillstimes 19 Jun 2024 1:20 am

Indian Youth Congress Holds Candle March in Wake of Kanchanjunga Express Tragedy

Indian Youth Congress Holds Candle March in Wake of Kanchanjunga Express Tragedy On Tuesday, the Indian Youth Congress (IYC) organized a candle march to honor the victims of the tragic Kanchanjunga Express train accident in West Bengal's Darjeeling district. The candlelight vigil witnessed participation from numerous IYC workers, who paid homage to the deceased passengers. IYC President Srinivas BV highlighted the alarming frequency of rail accidents in the country, stating that 1,117 such incidents have occurred over the last decade, resulting in significant loss of life and property. The fatal collision, involving a stationary Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express and a goods train, resulted in the deaths of nine individuals, including the pilot and guard of the passenger train. The impact caused four rear compartments of the express train to derail, leaving 41 passengers injured.

devdiscourse 18 Jun 2024 8:18 pm

WB train mishap: 6 trains run by NFR cancelled, several diverted

Guwahati: Six trains operated by the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) were cancelled on Tuesday, June 18, while others were diverted owing to the train mishap near New Jalpaiguri in the Darjeeling district on Monday. On Monday morning, a goods train collided with the Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express, leaving at least 11 people dead and many injured. Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 18 Jun 2024 7:15 pm

Bengal train accident: Six trains run by NFR cancelled, several diverted

Guwahati, June 18 (IANS) Six trains operated by the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) were cancelled on Tuesday while others were diverted owing to the train mishap near New Jalpaiguri in Darjeeling district on Monday. On Monday morning, a goods train collided with the Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express, leaving at least 11 people dead and many injured, []

bhaskarlive 18 Jun 2024 6:57 pm

Centre 'destroying' railways: Congress demands Vaishnaw's resignation; poses 7 questions

NEW DELHI: Accusing the government of destroying Indian Railways, the Congress on Tuesday demanded Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw's resignation in the wake of the Kanchanjunga Express accident and said that he has no moral right to remain in the position. The opposition party also took a swipe at Vaishnaw for reaching the accident site riding pillion on a motorcycle, asking whether he is a rail minister or a eel minister. Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge said whenever there is a train accident, Modi government's railway minister reaches the spot under the glare of cameras and behaves as if everything is fine. Narendra Modi ji, tell us who should be held accountable, the Railway Minister or you? the Congress chief asked. Kanchanjungha Express accident: Signal had been defective since 5.50 am, says a railway source Kharge posed seven questions to the government and demanded answers. After a major accident like Balasore, why was not even a single kilometer of the much-hyped Kavach anti-train collision system added, he asked. Why are nearly 3 lakh posts vacant in the Railways, why were they not filled in the last 10 years? According to the NCRB (2022) report, 1,00,000 people have died in rail accidents between 2017 and 2021 alone! Who will take responsibility for this? the Congress chief asked. The Railway Board itself has admitted that the long working hours of loco pilots due to acute shortage of manpower are the main reason for the increasing number of accidents, he said and asked why were the posts not filled. In its 323rd report, the Parliamentary Standing Committee had criticised the Railways for the 'neglect' shown by the Railway Board towards the recommendations of the Commission of Railway Safety (CRS). It was underlined that the CRS investigates only 8%-10% of accidents, why was the CRS not strengthened? Kharge asked. According to the CAG, why was 75% funding reduced in the 'Rashtriya Rail Suraksha Kosh' (RRSK), while Rs 20,000 crore was to be made available every year, he asked. Centre talks about bullet trains, but fails to provide safety: AAP Why is this money being used by railway officials on unnecessary expenses and comfort facilities, Kharge further asked. Why has travelling by train in the common Sleeper Class become very expensive? Why has the number of Sleeper Coaches been reduced? The Railway Minister recently said to use police force against the people 'overcrowding' rail coaches. But does he not know that 2.7 crore people had to cancel their tickets last year due to abysmal shortage of seats -- a direct result of Modi government's policy to reduce coaches? Kharge said. Did the Modi government merge the railway budget with the general budget in 2017-18 to avoid any kind of accountability, he asked. Self-glorification will not undo the criminal negligence perpetrated by the Modi government on the Indian Railways! Accountability needs to be fixed at the top, Kharge said in his post on X. Addressing a press conference at the AICC headquarters here, Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate said the Railways is perhaps the most preferred mode of transport as far as the middle class, lower middle class and the poor are concerned simply because it is the most economical means of transportation. She showed pictures of the Balasore train accident last June and of Monday's accident, and asked what had changed between this period. Shrinate said that as many as 1,117 railway accidents had taken place since 2014-23, which means an accident every three days. These accidents have resulted in loss of life and property, she added. Who is going to take the moral responsibility for this? We have seen the railway ministers in the past own up moral responsibility and resign from their position of power. Bengal train mishap: 9 dead as Kanchanjunga Express rams into goods train But here we have a minister who does not miss an opportunity even in the time of plight and tragedy to make reels. He is not the rail minister, he is the reels minister of India, Shrinate said. Even when he (Vaishnaw) went to Darjeeling and went to the accident site, he rode pillion on the bike without a helmet so that he is better captured in the video. Is that what's your priority? Shrinate asked. She said the Kavach protection that the government had touted had failed the country. What explains the 3,12,000 vacancies in the Indian railways. What explains the 21 per cent vacant positions for loco pilots, she asked. On whether the Congress demands Vaishnaw's resignation, Shrinate said, Without a doubt. A government that is sensitive and accountable will fix accountability for every minister and every department. What explains 1,117 rail accidents in nine years from 2014 to 2023. Who is accountable for that? What did Ashwini Vaishnaw do to not just modernise but make the railways secure from June last year in Balasore to June this year? Unless you will not fix responsibility, unless you will not fix accountability, how should people trust governance, how should people know they will be safe while travelling in railways, Shrinate said. Absolutely, without a doubt, without blinking an eyelid, Ashwini Vaishnaw has no moral authority to remain in the position that he continues to enjoy, she said. Shrinate said the railways is the lifeline of India but today there remains a doubt in the mind of every traveller as to whether they or their dead body will reach the destination. This record has been established by Narendra Modi and his government, she said. The reality is that this government has left no stone unturned to destroy the Indian Railways.

The New Indian Express 18 Jun 2024 4:28 pm

Kanchenjunga Express accident: Call of duty leads to excise officer's death

State excise officer, Caleb Subba, died in a goods train collision on the Kanchenjunga Express while traveling from Darjeeling to Manikchak in the unreserved compartment.

The Times of India 18 Jun 2024 2:12 pm

Tragedy in Darjeeling: Train Accident Claims 10 Lives

Tragedy in Darjeeling: Train Accident Claims 10 Lives A tragic train accident in Darjeeling, West Bengal, has resulted in the loss of 10 lives, an official confirmed on Tuesday. Eight bodies were initially brought to the state-run North Bengal Medical College and Hospital (NBMCH) following the accident on Monday morning, with two additional victims succumbing to their injuries during treatment. Among the deceased was a six-year-old girl who was admitted in critical condition. Dr. Sandip Sengupta, dean of student affairs at NBMCH, stated, 'The girl had fractures in her legs and a liver-spleen injury. She died while undergoing treatment.' In total, thirty-seven people were admitted to the hospital after the accident. 'Three persons are in the trauma care unit and have undergone surgery. Several patients have fractures, while most sustained superficial injuries. Our primary goal is to send them home in good health, and our team is working tirelessly,' Sengupta added. The accident occurred when a goods train collided with the stationary Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express near Rangapani, approximately 30 km from the New Jalpaiguri station in Siliguri, on Monday morning.

devdiscourse 18 Jun 2024 2:11 pm

Kanchanjunga Express-goods train collision: Death toll rises to 11, child succumbs to injuries

Kolkata: The death toll in the Kanchanjunga Express-goods train collision in West Bengals Darjeeling district has risen to 11, said officials. Eleven-year-old Sneha Mondal, a passenger of the Kanchanjunga Express, was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit of North Bengal Medical College & Hospital (NMCH) at Siliguri Monday. Officials said that since then the []

orissapost 18 Jun 2024 1:39 pm

Bengal train mishap: GRP to start probe based on plaint by passenger

Kolkata, June 18 (IANS) The Government Railway Police (GRP) will start an independent investigation in the Kanchanjungha Express-goods train collision in West Bengals Darjeeling District on Monday, based on a complaint filed by a passenger on the ill-fated train. It is learnt that the passenger filed a complaint stating that human error led to damage []

bhaskarlive 18 Jun 2024 1:23 pm

Railways to hold inquiry into Kanchenjunga train accident in West Bengal on June 19

An official inquiry into the Kanchenjunga Express tragedy, resulting in eight deaths and 25 injuries, will be conducted on June 19 by Janak Kumar Garg, the chief commissioner of Railway Safety, Northeast Frontier Railway, at ADRM/NJP's chamber. Train services have resumed in the Phansidewa area of Darjeeling district where the incident occurred.

The Times of India 18 Jun 2024 10:37 am

Train services resume at Darjeeling accident site

Train services resume at Darjeeling accident site Train services resumed on Tuesday on the railway line in the Phansidewa area of the Darjeeling district where the Kanchenjunga Express train met with an accident on Monday, killing 8 people and leaving around 25 people injured. A Railway official told ANI that, the restoration work on the railway line had started yesterday night. The trial of an engine was carried out upline towards NJP (New Jalpaiguri Junction) on Monday. Surendra Kumar, DRM Katihar, Northeast Frontier Railway told ANI that for the last 24 hours, all the workers have been working very diligently to restore the railway line. For the last 24 hours, all the railway workers have been working very diligently. There was incessant rainfall last night, yet they were working to restore the line...Almost 90% work has been done...All causes that could have contributed to this incident are being examined by CCRS, Surendra Kumar said. Meanwhile, the accident-hit Kanchanjungha Express with its unaffected coaches arrived at its destination station, Sealdah in Kolkata, in the early hours of Tuesday after the completion of restoration work. The accident took place about 10 km from the New Jalpaiguri station, in the Katihar division of Northeast Frontier Railway, at 8.55 a.m. The accident happened when a goods train collided with the Kanchanjunga Express. The goods train hit a stationary Kanchanjunga Express from behind on the same track at speed Due to the accident, several trains running under the Northeast Frontier Railways were cancelled or diverted on Tuesday. According to an official release from the Northeast Frontier Railways, five trains, including (15719) Katihar-Siliguri Intercity Express, (15720) Siliguri-Katihar Intercity Express, (12042) New Jalpaiguri-Howrah Shatabdi Express, (12041) Howrah-New Jalpaiguri Shatabdi Express and (15724) Siliguri-Jogbani Intercity Express have been cancelled for today. Train number 12523 from New Jalpaiguri to New Delhi Superfast Express has been rescheduled to leave at 12.00 hrs, as per the release by Northeast Frontier Railways Chief Public Relations officer Sabyasachi De. As per the railways, train number 20504 from New Delhi--Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express, 13176 from Silchar--Sealedah Kanchanjungha Express, and 12523 from New Jalpaiguri--New Delhi Superfast Express were diverted. (ANI)

devdiscourse 18 Jun 2024 10:13 am

Bengal train mishap: Death toll rises to 10, Kanchanjunga Express returns to Sealdah

Kolkata, June 18 (IANS) The death toll in the Kanchanjunga Express-goods train collision in West Bengals Darjeeling district has risen to 10, said officials, adding that the train has returned to Sealdah. A senior official from the state administration confirmed that a passenger of the Kanchanjunga Express, who was injured in the mishap and was []

bhaskarlive 18 Jun 2024 9:54 am

9 die, 41 hurt in West Bengal train collision

New Delhi: In a grim reminder of the Balasore tragedy that claimed 296 lives last June, nine persons were killed and 41 injured today after a goods train rammed into the Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express from behind in West Bengal's Darjeeling district. Among the deceased were the pilot of the goods train and the guard of [] The post 9 die, 41 hurt in West Bengal train collision appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 18 Jun 2024 9:52 am

Centre talks about bullet trains, but fails to provide safety: AAP

NEW DELHI: With nine people killed and 41 others left injured in the Kanchanjunga Express accident in Darjeeling on Monday, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw to take moral responsibility for the accident. Train accidents that have happened in the recent past raise many questions, yet the central government is silent instead of answering, AAP national general secretary (Organisation) Sandeep Pathak said in a statement. The Kanchanjunga express, going to Sealdah in West Bengal from Agartala in Tripura, was on the Down line and a goods train rammed into it from behind near the New Jalpaiguri station, around 600 km from Kolkata. The Prime Minister and Railway Minister should answer how long will such train accidents keep occurring. You talk about running bullet trains in the country but cannot provide safety to an ordinary passenger. How will this work?, the AAP leader asked. Pathak asked whether the collision resulted from signal failures or errors and whether anti-collision devices were present. Railway Minister should answer three questions. First, it is being told that both the trains were running on the same track, so did your signal system fail, or was there any human error? Second, were anti-collision devices installed in these trains? If they were installed, why did this accident happen and if they were not, when will anti-collision devices be installed in these trains?, he asked. The ministry said that Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw reached the accident site in the afternoon. The Modi government has talked about this Kavach (protection device) for years.What progress has been made on it? Pathak asked. In a statement, the ministry said nine people suffered grievous injuries and 32 simple or minor injuries.

The New Indian Express 18 Jun 2024 7:54 am

Human Error In Bengal Train Accident? What Railway Board Boss Said

Prima facie findings into the Kanchanjunga Express accident in West Bengal show that the goods train violated speed restrictions it had to follow given the defective automatic signalling system on the section and rammed into the stationary passenger train while over-speeding, the Railway Board said on Monday. Seven passengers and two railway staffers were killed and 41 injured in the accident that occurred on the Ranipatra Railway Station (RNI)-Chattar Hat Junction (CAT) stretch in the state's Darjeeling district in the morning.

NDTV 18 Jun 2024 7:25 am

NDTV Ground Report: Rescue Ops Done, Restoration Work Underway At Bengal Train Accident Site

Nine people, including two railways employees, have died and several injured after an express train collided with a goods train in Darjeeling district of West Bengal Monday morning. Kanchanjunga Express was travelling from Agartala in Tripura to Sealdah in Kolkata when a goods train hit it from behind near Rangapani station, close to New Jalpaiguri. While a probe is still underway, railways say they suspect human error. NDTV's Vedanta Agarwal reports from the collison site.

NDTV 17 Jun 2024 11:37 pm

Bengal train tragedy: Goods train loco pilot did not follow norms, say officials

Railway ministry officials clarified that the loco pilot involved in the Darjeeling train crash did not follow speed restrictions during a defect in the automatic signalling system, leading to the fatal accident.

The Times of India 17 Jun 2024 11:24 pm

Railways Minister visits accident sites

Siliguri, June 17 (UNI) Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnav on Monday visited the accident site at Ranidanga and interacted with the injured in the hospital. As per the latest report, nine people were killed and 41 injured after a goods train hit the Sealdah bound Kanchanjunga Exp from Agartala (Tripura) at Ranidanga near Phansidewa in Darjeeling... The post Railways Minister visits accident sites first appeared on Central India's Premier English Daily .

Central Chronicle 17 Jun 2024 10:58 pm

Bengal train mishap again brings Kavach safety system under spotlight

Kolkata, June 17 (IANS) Following the tragic train mishap in West Bengals Darjeeling district on Monday morning where a goods train collided with the Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express, leaving at least nine people dead and many injured, it was found that Kavach, the made-in-India system to help prevent accidents when two trains are moving on the []

bhaskarlive 17 Jun 2024 10:43 pm

More than 300 deaths, 12 train derailments, fire incidences and thousands of injuries in past two years: Indian Railways has a lot to answer for

The tragic train derailment incident in West Bengals Darjeeling has underscored the uphill task staring in front of the Indian Railways to avoid any mishaps and fatalities in future.

OpIndia 17 Jun 2024 10:01 pm

Nine killed, 60 injured in Bengal train collision: What we know so far

At least nine people were killed and 60 injured on Monday when a goods train collided with the Kanchanjunga Express in West Bengal's Darjeeling district. The collision occurred near Rangapani station, 30 km from New Jalpaiguri station, causing four rear compartments of the Kanchanjunga Express to derail due to the impact from behind by the goods train's locomotive. Prima facie findings into the Kanchanjunga Express accident in West Bengal show that the goods train violated speed restrictions it had to follow given the defective automatic signalling system on the section and rammed into the stationary passenger train while over-speeding, the Railway Board said on Monday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences, calling the incident in West Bengal tragic and stating his prayers for the swift recovery of the injured. In a post on X, Modi said the ailway accident in West Bengal is saddening. Condolences to those who lost their loved ones. Here's what we know so far: What preliminary investigation says The incident occurred around 9 am near Rangapani, close to the New Jalpaiguri station. The Kanchanjunga Express was on its way to Sealdah from Agartala when the accident took place. A preliminary investigation revealed that the passenger train was stationary on the tracks when the goods train rammed into it from behind. The deceased included seven passengers, the pilot of the goods train and the guard of the passenger train. Senior West Bengal Police officials, however, put the casualty count at 15. Pointing towards a possible human error on the part of the loco pilot of the goods train, Railway Board chairperson Jaya Varma Sinha said the collision may have happened because the goods train disregarded the signal and hit the Kanchanjungha Express. The guard's compartment on the rear end of the passenger train was completely damaged. Two parcel waggons were in between the guard's rearmost coach and a general compartment, which helped to minimise injuries to passengers, the official said. Railway Minister vists spot, announces ex-gratia Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw reached the spot, took stock of relief operations and announced compensation for the injured and kin of the deceased. Enhanced ex-gratia compensation will be provided to the victims: Rs 10 lakh in case of death, Rs 2.5 lakh towards grievous injuries, and Rs 50,000 for minor injuries, Vaishnaw posted on X. He said the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) has started a probe into the cause of the accident and added that measures will be taken to prevent a recurrence of the circumstances that led to the accident. 'Failed' automatic signal behind the crash? Internal documents showed the goods train was allowed to cross all red signals as the automatic signalling had failed. The document, a written authority called TA 912, was issued to the driver of the goods train by the station master of Ranipatra, authorising him to cross all red signals, a railway source said. According to reports, the automatic signalling system between RNI (Ranipatra Railway Station) and CAT (Chattar Hat Junction) had been defective since 5.50 am. Train No. 13174 (Sealdah-Kanchanjunga Express) departed Rangapani station at 8:27 am and stopped between RNI and CAT. The reason for the stopping of the train is unknown, the source told PTI . 'Kavach' not in place on mishap route: Railways The Railways' 'Kavach' or anti-train collision system was not in place along the Guwahati-Delhi route, where the accident took place. Railways Board Chairperson Jaya Varma Sinha said that Kavach, an automatic anti-collision train protection system, is being planned for the route. It is not there right now, she said. Several long-distance trains diverted Long-distance train services from north Bengal and the northeastern part of the country were affected by the accident. Eastern Railway officials said route diversions of several long-distance trains were being made through the Siliguri-Bagdogra-Aluabari zone instead of their usual route, as the tracks remained blocked at the accident site. 'Railways totally parentless': Bengal CM Mamata Alleging that the railways have become otally parentless, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed on Monday that it was only keen on increasing fares and not improving passenger amenities. The railways have become totally parentless. Though the ministry is there, the old glory is missing. Only beautification is being done, but they do not care about passenger amenities. They are only keen on hiking fares, she claimed. She criticised the Railway Ministry, alleging that it wasn't implementing the anti-collision system properly, which could reduce the impact of such accidents. The number of train accidents has gone up. Accidents are not in anyone's control; this is a fact. But the railways is not implementing the anti-collision system properly, she said.

The New Indian Express 17 Jun 2024 9:55 pm

Kanchanjunga Express Disaster: Goods Train Violates Speed Norms, Causes Fatal Collision

Kanchanjunga Express Disaster: Goods Train Violates Speed Norms, Causes Fatal Collision In a tragic turn of events in West Bengal, preliminary findings into the Kanchanjunga Express accident reveal that a goods train, while over-speeding, collided with a stationary passenger train. The Railway Board confirmed that seven passengers and two railway staffers lost their lives, with 41 others injured in the incident. The disaster unfolded on the Ranipatra Railway Station (RNI)-Chattar Hat Junction (CAT) stretch in Darjeeling district, where the goods train had been given authorization to cross multiple red signals due to a defective automatic signaling system. However, the train was traveling above the permissible speed limit, leading to the fatal collision. The driver of the goods train allegedly disregarded the norms, while the Kanchanjunga Express driver followed all protocols, including stopping at red signals for the requisite time and proceeding at a cautious speed. The Railway Board holds the over-speeding goods train responsible for the devastating accident.

devdiscourse 17 Jun 2024 9:25 pm

Bengal train accident: Death toll rises to 9, 41 injured

Bengal train accident: Death toll rises to 9, 41 injured Kolkata: The death toll in the train accident in West Bengals Darjeeling district where a goods train hit the Silchar-Kolkata Kanchanjunga Express on Monday morning has risen to nine, officials said. The took place close to the Rangapani railway station near New Jalpaiguri, on the [] The post Bengal train accident: Death toll rises to 9, 41 injured appeared first on Mangalorean.com .

Mangalorean 17 Jun 2024 8:41 pm

Kanchanjunga Express accident: Nine killed, 41 hurt, says railway ministry

New Delhi: Seven passengers and two railway staffers were killed and 41 more injured in the Kanchanjunga Express accident in West Bengals Darjeeling district Monday, according to figures released by the railway ministry. In a statement, the ministry said nine people suffered grievous injuries and 32 simple or minor injuries. The Up line has been []

orissapost 17 Jun 2024 7:40 pm

Kanchanjunga express accident: 9 killed, 41 injured, says railway ministry

Seven passengers and two railway staffers were killed and 41 more injured in the Kanchanjunga Express accident in West Bengal's Darjeeling district on Monday, according to figures released by the railway ministry. In a statement, the ministry said nine people suffered grievous injuries and 32 simple or minor injuries. The Up line has been cleared and train operations have started, it said and added that he 'Down line' will also be cleared shortly. The Kanchanjunga express, going to Sealdah in West Bengal from Agartala in Tripura, was on the Down line and a goods train rammed into it from behind near the New Jalpaiguri station, around 600 km from Kolkata. According to initial ground reports based on the statements of the local police, 15 people were said to have lost their lives in the accident. However, the ministry clarified that the number of deaths is nine, so far. Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw reached the accident site in the afternoon, the ministry said.

Business Standard 17 Jun 2024 7:16 pm

Kanchenjunga Express train accident: Rescue work completed, focus on restoration of line

The accident took place at Ruidhasa near Rangapani station in the Katihar Railway Division ahead of New Jalpaiguri Junction at around 8:45 am today. The area falls in the Siliguri subdivision of Darjeeling district.

OpIndia 17 Jun 2024 6:14 pm

Rescue operation completed: Ashwini Vaishnaw visits Kanchenjunga Express train accident site

Rescue operation completed: Ashwini Vaishnaw visits Kanchenjunga Express train accident site Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Monday inspected the Kanchenjunga Express train accident site in Darjeeling district and said that the rescue operation has been completed. Right now our focus is on restoration. This is the main line. The rescue operation has been completed. This is not the time for politics. I will also meet the injured, Vaishnaw told reporters. The Railways Minister also visited the North Bengal Medical College in Siliguri and met the injured. At least eight people have died and about 25 to 30 are injured as a goods train collided with the Sealdah-bound Kanchanjungha Express on Monday morning near New Jalpaiguri, a senior North Frontier Railway (NFR) official said. The accident took place at Ruidhasa near Rangapani station in the Katihar Railway Division ahead of New Jalpaiguri Junction at around 8:45 am today. The area falls in the Siliguri subdivision of Darjeeling district. Kanchanjungha Express which runs between Silchar in Assam to Sealdah in Kolkata was on its way from Agartala in Tripura to Sealdah when the goods train hit it from behind, according to Sabyasachi De, Chief Public Relations Officer - Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR). A wagon of the Kanchenjunga Express train was suspended in the air after a goods train rammed into it at Ruidhasa near Rangapani station under the Siliguri subdivision in the Darjeeling district. Meanwhile, rescue efforts to extricate trapped passengers are ongoing. Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and police are present at the Kanchenjunga Express train accident site in Ruidhasa in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal. (ANI)

devdiscourse 17 Jun 2024 6:09 pm

Rescue operation over, focus on restoration now, says Railway Minister after visiting train accident site

New Delhi, June 17 (IANS) Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw rushed to the train mishap spot in West Bengals Darjeeling district on Monday, hours after a goods train hit the Silchar-Kolkata Kanchanjunga Express, killing at least nine persons. After reaching the accident site close to the Rangapani railway station near New Jalpaiguri, the Union Minister []

bhaskarlive 17 Jun 2024 6:00 pm

Not Time For Politics: Ashwini Vaishnaw Amid Opposition Fire Over Crash

Hours after a train crash in West Bengal's Darjeeling district left at least nine people dead and 50 injured, Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has reached the accident site near Rangapani station. Mr Vaishnaw took a flight from Delhi to Bagdogra, followed by a drive and a bike ride to the accident spot. He also visited the injured admitted to a nearby hospital.

NDTV 17 Jun 2024 5:21 pm

Kanchanjunga crash: Railways blame dead driver; row over 'signal defect'

Kanchanjunga train crash: As many as 15 people died while 60 were injured after a goods train rammed the Kanchanjunga Express from behind in West Bengal's Darjeeling on Monday

Business Standard 17 Jun 2024 5:05 pm

Video: Railways Minister Reaches Bengal Train Accident Site, Takes Stock

Hours after a train crash in West Bengal's Darjeeling district left at least nine dead and injured 50 others, Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has reached the accident site near Rangapani station

NDTV 17 Jun 2024 4:41 pm

Kanchanjunga Express Collision: THESE Trains Diverted, What Led to Accident? Details...

Further to the Breaking news earlier reported, A tragic collision occurred on Monday morning between a goods train and the Kanchanjunga Express on the busy route connecting Kolkata's Sealdah station and New Jalpaiguri station in Siliguri. The accident, which took place in West Bengal's Darjeeling district, resulted in the deaths of 15 people and left at least 60 others injured. What Led to the Collision? Investigations have identified two main factors that likely caused the collision between the goods train and the Kanchanjunga Express. 1. Missing Kavach System One of the significant reasons for the collision was the absence of the Kavach system, an Indian-developed safety mechanism designed to prevent accidents when two trains are on the same track. Reports indicate that the Kavach system was not installed on the tracks in Darjeeling where the collision occurred. Following the crash, an old video of Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw explaining the Kavach system has gone viral, highlighting its importance. Jaya Varma Sinha, Chairman of the Railway Board, stated that plans are underway to install the Kavach system on the Delhi-Guwahati route, covering over 6,000 km of tracks by next year, with Bengal included in the 3,000 km set to receive this protection within the year. 2. Goods Train Overshot Signal The second contributing factor was the goods train overshooting a signal. Officials confirmed that the goods train had missed the signal and subsequently rammed into the Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express. Among the deceased were the pilot and co-pilot of the goods train, as well as the guard of the passenger train. Impact on Train Services In the aftermath of the collision, 19 trains have been cancelled. The affected trains include: 19602 New Jalpaiguri - Udaipur City Weekly Express (17.06.24) 20503 Dibrugarh - New Delhi Rajdhani Express (16.06.24) 12423 Dibrugarh - New Delhi Rajdhani Express (16.06.24) 01666 Agartala - Rani Kamlapati Special Train (16.06.24) 12377 Sealdah - New Alipurduar Padatik Express (16.06.24) 06105 Nagercoil Jn. - Dibrugarh Special (14.06.24) 20506 New Delhi - Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express (16.06.24) 12424 New Delhi - Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express (16.06.24) 22301 Howrah - New Jalpaiguri Vande Bharat Express (17.06.24) 12346 Guwahati - Howrah Saraighat Express (17.06.24) 12505 Kamakhya - Anand Vihar Northeast Express (17.06.24) 12510 Guwahati - Bengaluru Express (17.06.24) 22302 New Jalpaiguri - Howrah Vande Bharat Express (17.06.24) 15620 Kamakhya - Gaya Express (17.06.24) 15962 Dibrugarh - Howrah Kamrup Express (17.06.24) 15636 Guwahati - Okha Express (17.06.24) 15930 New Tinsukia - Tambaram Express (17.06.24) 13148 Bamanhat - Sealdah Uttar Banga Express (17.06.24) 22504 Dibrugarh - Kanyakumari Express (17.06.24) This incident underscores the urgent need for improved safety measures and systems across India's railway network to prevent such tragedies in the future. BREAKING: Kanchanjunga Express Collides with Goods Train in West Bengal, Several Injured Help Desk Set Up for Kanchanjungha Express-Goods Train Accident: Helpline Numbers For SoS What is'Kavach? Indian Railways Floats Tender for 10,000 km of 'Kavach' System, Details Here

News Track 17 Jun 2024 4:11 pm

Tragedy in Darjeeling as trains collide, lack of Kavach raises questions

A viral video of Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw explaining the capabilities of Kavach has sparked renewed scrutiny

Business Standard 17 Jun 2024 4:05 pm

Signal Overshot, Missing Kavach System: 2 Factors That Likely Caused Goods Train To Collide With Kanchanjunga Express

Siliguri: A goods train collided with the popular-with-tourists Kanchanjunga Express, killing 15 people and injuring at least 60 in Darjeeling district on Monday. What possibly caused the Kanchanjunga Express collision? Two factors have been singled out that likely contributed to the goods trains collision with the Kanchanjunga Express. Missing Kavach System A missing Kavach system [] The post Signal Overshot, Missing Kavach System: 2 Factors That Likely Caused Goods Train To Collide With Kanchanjunga Express appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 17 Jun 2024 3:35 pm

19 Trains Cancelled After Kanchenjunga Express Accident

Siliguri: 19 trains have been cancelled after the Kanchenjunga Express train met with an accident in the Phansidewa area of the Darjeeling district, West Bengal. These include: 1. 19602 New Jalpaiguri Udaipur City Weekly Express of 17.06.24 2. 20503 Dibrugarh New Delhi Rajdhani Express of 16.06.24 3. 12423 Dibrugarh New Delhi Rajdhani [] The post 19 Trains Cancelled After Kanchenjunga Express Accident appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 17 Jun 2024 3:22 pm

President Murmu Conveys Condolences for Kanchanjunga Express Train Accident Victims

New Delhi: President Droupadi Murmu on Monday conveyed condolences to the people who lost their lives in the Kanchanjunga Express train accident in West Bengal and also prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured. The news of the loss of lives due to a train accident in Darjeeling, West Bengal is deeply distressing. My thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured and success of relief and rescue operations, the President wrote in her post on X. The news of the loss of lives due to a train accident in Darjeeling, West Bengal is deeply distressing. My thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured and success of relief and rescue operations. President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) June 17, 2024 On Monday morning, a goods train rammed into Kanchanjunga Express near New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal, killing 5 people and injuring 25 others. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also conveyed his condolences and said that the accident is saddening. PM Modi also announced exgratia of Rs 2 lakh from the PMNRF to the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to the injured. Earlier, West Bengal Cheif Minister Mamata Banerjee and Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw also conveyed their condolences to the victims.

Deccan Chronicle 17 Jun 2024 3:17 pm

Kavach Security System, Which Could Have Prevented Bengal Train Crash, Was Absent On Darjeeling Tracks

Kavach system was developed by the Research Design and Standards Organisation (RSCO) with three Indian firms and controls the speeding of trains

News18 17 Jun 2024 3:15 pm

7 Deadliest Train Accidents In India In Past 3 Decades

At least eight people died in a two-train collision near West Bengal's iconic hill station of Darjeeling, reflecting the need for upgraded safety systems.

NDTV 17 Jun 2024 2:58 pm

15 Dead, 60 Injured in West Bengal Train Tragedy

NEW JALPAIGURI/KOLKATA, June 17: At least 15 passengers died and 60 others were injured, after three rear coaches of the Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express derailed on Monday morning as a goods train collided with it in West Bengal's Darjeeling district, officials said. The toll could rise, as multiple agencies of the state and Centre were simultaneously [] The post 15 Dead, 60 Injured in West Bengal Train Tragedy appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 17 Jun 2024 2:43 pm

Bengal rail accident leaves 15 dead, 60 injured; toll could rise

New Jalpaiguri/Kolkata: At least 15 passengers died and 60 others were injured, after three rear coaches of the stationary Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express derailed on Monday, June 17, as a goods train collided with it in West Bengals Darjeeling district, officials said. The toll could rise, as multiple agencies of the state and Centre were simultaneously Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 17 Jun 2024 2:06 pm

Mamata to visit train accident site in New Jalpaiguri, review relief ops

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will on Monday visit the train accident site in New Jalpaiguri to take stock of relief operations, an official said. At least 15 passengers died and 60 others were injured, after three rear coaches of the stationary Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express derailed on Monday morning as a goods train collided with it in West Bengal's Darjeeling district. The chief minister is going to visit the accident spot in New Jalpaiguri to take stock of the relief operations, the official told PTI. The three rear compartments derailed under the impact of the collision from behind by the locomotive of the goods train near Rangapani station, about 30 km from North Bengal's New Jalpaiguri station, railway officials said.

Business Standard 17 Jun 2024 2:05 pm

Darjeeling Train Accident: 15 Dead, 60 Injured as Freight Train Collides with Kanchanjunga Express

Darjeeling, June 17 (Udaipur Kiran) A tragic train accident occurred in Darjeeling, West Bengal, on Monday morning around 9 AM when a freight train collided with the Kanchanjunga Express (13174) from behind. The collision resulted in significant damage to three coaches of the Kanchanjunga Express. According to PTI, 15 bodies have been recovered so ... Read more

Udaipur Kiran 17 Jun 2024 1:50 pm

Could Kavach Have Prevented Bengal Train Accident? What Railways Said

Kavach, the indigenously-developed railway safety system that helps prevent train accidents if two trains are travelling on the same line, was not available on the tracks in Darjeeling where the two trains collided today.

NDTV 17 Jun 2024 1:49 pm

15 Dead, 60 Injured As Goods Train Rams Into Kanchanjunga Express In West Bengal

NEW JALPAIGURI/KOLKATA, June 17: At least 15 passengers died and 60 others were injured, after three rear coaches of the Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express derailed on Monday morning as a goods train collided with it in West Bengals Darjeeling district, officials said. Click here to connect with us on WhatsApp The toll could rise, as multiple agencies of the state and Centre were simultaneously working on war footing along with locals to rescue passengers who could still be trapped inside, they [] The post 15 Dead, 60 Injured As Goods Train Rams Into Kanchanjunga Express In West Bengal appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 17 Jun 2024 1:34 pm

Kanchanjunga Express crash reason identified; goods train driver among dead

Three compartments of the Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express derailed after being hit by a goods train from behind in West Bengal's Darjeeling on Monday, killing 15 people

Business Standard 17 Jun 2024 1:33 pm

Tragic Train Collision in West Bengal: 15 Dead, 60 Injured

Tragic Train Collision in West Bengal: 15 Dead, 60 Injured In a devastating incident, at least 15 passengers perished and 60 others were injured when three rear coaches of the Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express derailed on Monday morning. The derailment was caused by a collision with a goods train in West Bengal's Darjeeling district, officials confirmed. Rescue operations are underway, involving multiple agencies from both the state and central governments. Locals have also joined the efforts to save passengers who might still be trapped inside the derailed coaches, despite inclement weather posing additional challenges. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the kin of each deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured. Meanwhile, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw rushed to the site to oversee the relief operations personally.

devdiscourse 17 Jun 2024 1:28 pm

Bengal rail accident: Death toll rises to eight (Ld)

Kolkata, June 17 (IANS) The death toll in the Kanchanjungha Express-goods train collision has risen to eight, said officials on Monday. According to the Additional Superintendent of Police, Darjeeling district, Abhishek Roy, the dead include the loco pilot of the goods train that had hit the Kanchanjungha Express. Roy did not rule out the possibility []

bhaskarlive 17 Jun 2024 1:20 pm

PM Modi Takes Stock Of Bengal Train Collision

New Delhi: Extending his condolences to the families of the people killed in this mornings train accident in West Bengals Darjeeling district, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that he has spoken to officials to take stock of the situation and Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw is also headed to the site. Describing the collision [] The post PM Modi Takes Stock Of Bengal Train Collision appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 17 Jun 2024 1:09 pm

President Murmu, PM Modi condole loss of lives in West Bengal train accident

President Murmu, PM Modi condole loss of lives in West Bengal train accident President Droupadi Murmu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top leaders on Monday expressed their condolences over the accident in Darjeeling involving the Kanchenjunga Express train and a goods train in which at least eight passengers were killed and over 20 people sustained injuries. The news of the loss of lives due to a train accident in Darjeeling, West Bengal is deeply distressing. My thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured and success of relief and rescue operations, Murmu posted on X. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah also expressed their grief over the incident. The railway accident in West Bengal is saddening. Condolences to those who lost their loved ones. I pray that the injured recover at the earliest. Spoke to officials and took stock of the situation. Rescue operations are underway to assist the affected. The Railways Minister Shri @AshwiniVaishnawJi is on the way to the site of the mishap as well, Prime Minister Modi posted on X. Union Home Minister took to his social media platform X to express his condolences to family members of the deceased. The railway accident in New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal is very sad. I express my condolences to those who have lost their loved ones in this unfortunate accident and wish for the speedy recovery of the injured, Amit Shah wrote on X. Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar also extended condolences to the bereaved families of the accident victims. The loss of lives in a train accident in Darjeeling, West Bengal is truly distressing. I extend my sincere condolences to the bereaved families, and pray for the speedy recovery of the injured, Dhankhar posted on X. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, in a post on X, said, Very sad news received about the train accident in New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal. I pray to God to grant the souls of the departed a place in his feet and provide strength to the bereaved family to bear this immense sorrow. I pray to Baba Kedar for the speedy recovery of the injured. The tragic train collision between the Kanchenjunga Express and a Goods train is extremely unfortunate. My heart goes out to the families of those who have lost their lives and prayers for the swift recovery of the injured, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma posted on X. Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has left for Darjeeling to visit the site of a train accident involving the Kanchenjunga Express train and a goods train that killed at least five passengers and left over 20 people injured. He will reach Bagdogra airport which is 40 kilometres away from the accident site. Meanwhile, Indian Railways officials in Delhi are monitoring the situation at the accident site. Around 25 people have been injured and they have been shifted to the nearby hospital. They are non-fatal injuries. The rescue operation is going on a war footing. We are trying to finish the rescue operation as soon as possible. Senior officials have already reached the site. According to the preliminary information Kanchenjunga was hit from the rear by a goods train...We have information of 8 deaths, Northeast Frontier Railway Chief Public Relations Official Sabyasachi De told ANI. Partha Pratim Roy, Chairman, of North Bengal Rashtriya Paribahan Nigam said 10 buses of North Bengal Rashtriya Paribahan Nigam have left for the accident site to rescue stranded passengers of the Sealdah-bound Kanchenjunga Express. 10 buses of North Bengal Rashtriya Paribahan Nigam have left for the accident site to rescue stranded passengers of the Sealdah-bound Kanchenjunga Express. Also, additional bus services from Siliguri-Kolkata from Siliguri Tenzing Norgay bus terminus will be operational from this afternoon, said Partha Pratim Roy. Kanchanjungha Express which runs between Silchar in Assam to Sealdah in Kolkata was Sealdah bound when the goods train hit it from behind near Rangapani station, located close to New Jalpaiguri in North Bengal, according to Sabyasachi De, Chief Public Relations Officer - Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR). Teams of NDRF and Police are present at Kanchenjunga Express train accident site in Ruidhasa. A passenger of the Kanchenjunga Express train, while speaking to ANI said, I was travelling in B1 coach when the train was hit. I have been rescued, I have suffered an injury on my head. (ANI)

devdiscourse 17 Jun 2024 1:03 pm

Kanchanjunga Express Accident | Goods Train Rams Into Kanchanjunga Express, 8 Dead

In a major mishap, a Goods train rammed into Kanchenjunga Express near Rangapani Station in West Bengal on June 17. The impact of the accident can be seen as the wagon of Kanchenjunga Express train suspended in the air. The Rangapani station, the place where the incident happened, comes under Siliguri subdivision in Darjeeling. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team rushed to the spot to initiate the rescue operations. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took stock of the situation and initiated action on a war-footing.

NDTV 17 Jun 2024 12:44 pm

A year apart, Kanchanjungha train mishap brings back memory of Coromandel tragedy

Kanchanjungha Express Train Accident: The recent collision of the Kanchanjungha Express with a goods train in Darjeeling district, West Bengal, has raised concerns about railway safety. Similar to the Coromandel Express disaster in June 2023, signalling errors were reportedly a factor. The Coromandel Express collision, which resulted in India's worst railway disaster in three decades, highlighted the need for improved safety measures. The incidents underscore the importance of addressing issues in signalling and communication systems to prevent such tragedies in the future.

The Economic Times 17 Jun 2024 12:27 pm

Bengal: 5 persons dead, over 20 injured after goods train rams into Kanchenjunga Express in Darjeeling

Five passengers have died and 20-25 injured in the accident. The situation is serious. The incident occurred when a goods train rammed into Kanchenjunga Express, said Abhishek Roy, Additional Superintendant of Police (SP) Darjeeling Police.

OpIndia 17 Jun 2024 12:27 pm

Is Rain Hampering Rescue Ops? Darjeeling MP Speaks To NDTV From The Accident Site

Is rain hampering the rescue operations after a fatal train accident involving a Kanchanjunga Express and a goods train in Darjeeling? Darjeeling MP Raju Bista speaks to NDTV from the accident site.

NDTV 17 Jun 2024 12:23 pm

Accident Saddening, Rescue Ops Underway: PM Modi On Bengal Train Collision

Extending his condolences to the families of the people killed in this morning's train accident in West Bengal's Darjeeling district, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that he has spoken to officials to take stock of the situation.

NDTV 17 Jun 2024 12:14 pm

Help Desk Set Up for Kanchanjungha Express-Goods Train Accident: Helpline Numbers For SoS

Indian Railways has set up a help desk with helpline numbers for families seeking information about passengers injured in the Kanchanjungha Express-goods train accident. Help Desk number at Sealdah 033-23508794 and033-23833326 Helpline No. GHY Station 03612731621 Latest Developments - What We Know So Far Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw took to social media platform X (formerly Twitter) to confirm ongoing rescue operations at war footing. Unfortunate accident in NFR zone. Rescue operations going on at war footing. Railways, NDRF and SDRF are working in close coordination. The injured are being shifted to the hospital. Senior officials have reached the site, Vaishnaw wrote. The accident occurred when the 13174 Kanchanjunga Express from Agartala collided with a goods train near Rangapani, close to New Jalpaiguri station, according to the divisional railway manager of NFRs Katihar Division. Local media videos showed a pile-up between the two trains with one compartment nearly vertical in the air, where rescue workers and locals were seen milling around. It was not immediately clear if there were casualties in the accident. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee shared in a post on X, Shocked to learn, just now, about a tragic train accident, in Phansidewa area of Darjeeling district. While details are awaited, Kanchenjunga Express has reportedly been hit by a goods train. DM, SP, doctors, ambulances and disaster teams have been rushed to the site for rescue, recovery, medical assistance. Action on war-footing initiated. BREAKING: Kanchanjunga Express Collides with Goods Train in West Bengal, Several Injured Breaking! Vehicle carrying 17 falls into deep gorge near Badrinath Highway, Rudraprayag Tragic Terror Attack in Jammu and Kashmir: Bus of Pilgrims Plunges into Gorge, 10 Dead and 30 Injured

News Track 17 Jun 2024 12:11 pm

Tragic Train Collision in West Bengal: Five Dead, Dozens Injured

Tragic Train Collision in West Bengal: Five Dead, Dozens Injured At least five people lost their lives and approximately 30 others were injured following a collision between a goods train and the Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express near Rangapani station in West Bengal on Monday, according to police sources. The crash occurred when the locomotive of the goods train struck the rear compartments of the express train, causing three of them to derail, railway officials reported. Rescue operations are in full swing around 30 km from North Bengal's New Jalpaiguri station. The injured are being transported to nearby hospitals for treatment. 'Five persons have died in the accident till now, and around 30 people suffered injuries, which are not fatal,' a senior police officer disclosed. Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw stated: 'Unfortunate accident in NFR zone. Rescue operations are ongoing at a war footing. Railways, NDRF, and SDRF are working in close coordination. Injured individuals are being shifted to the hospital. Senior officials have reached the site.' Divisional Railway Manager of North Frontier Railway's Katihar division confirmed that the 13174 Kanchanjunga Express, en route to Sealdah from Agartala, met with the accident around 9 am. One of the train's compartments detached and settled atop the goods trains locomotive post-collision, he added. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed shock in a social media post, noting: 'Shocked to learn, just now, about a tragic train accident in the Phansidewa area of Darjeeling district. While details are awaited, the Kanchanjunga Express has reportedly been hit by a goods train.' 'DM, SP, doctors, ambulances, and disaster teams have been rushed to the site for rescue, recovery, and medical assistance. Action on a war-footing has been initiated,' she further stated. A passenger from Agartala aboard the S6 coach of the Kanchanjunga Express recounted a sudden jerk causing the compartment to screech to a halt. He reported delays in the relief and rescue operations. 'My wife, child, and I somehow managed to come out of the mangled coach. We are currently stranded... The rescue operations also started quite late,' he told a television channel.

devdiscourse 17 Jun 2024 12:05 pm

Tragedy Strikes as Goods Train Collides with Passenger Train in West Bengal

Tragedy Strikes as Goods Train Collides with Passenger Train in West Bengal A goods train smashed into the rear of a passenger train in India's West Bengal state on Monday, killing at least five people and injuring about 30, a police official said, as rescue teams worked to extricate others feared trapped. Media showed images of the pile-up, with containers from the goods train strewn on the tracks and one carriage nearly vertical in the air in the accident, which followed another a year ago that was the worst in more than 20 years. The goods train hit the Kanchanjunga Express, which was on its way to Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, from the northeastern state of Agartala, causing three carriages of the passenger train to go off the rails. So far, five people are dead and we have rescued 25 to 30 injured, Abhishek Roy, a senior police official in the eastern state's district of Darjeeling, where the accident happened, told news agency ANI. Their injuries are not fatal. We have rescued them with their luggage. Railway officials said more people were feared trapped inside the mangled carriages, but there were no immediate details. Residents of the area heard a loud sound and saw the pile-up when they got to the site, several told ANI, in which Reuters has a minority stake. Rescuers were tackling the aftermath on a war footing, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said in a post on X. Chances of a large number of casualties were reduced, however, since two of the three derailed carriages of the express train were laden with goods, said a railway official who spoke on condition of anonymity. About 288 people died a year ago in India's worst rail crash in more than two decades in the neighbouring state of Odisha, caused by a signal failure.

devdiscourse 17 Jun 2024 11:32 am

Kanchanjunga Express Train Accident Cause: How did the train disaster happen?

Kanchanjunga Express Train Accident Cause: The collision between the Kanchanjunga Express and a goods train in Darjeeling has prompted an investigation into the cause of the accident. As rescue efforts continue, authorities are focusing on providing medical assistance to the injured and ensuring the safety of rail operations.

The Economic Times 17 Jun 2024 11:29 am

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NDTV 17 Jun 2024 11:28 am

Train Accident: Goods train collides with express train near Darjeeling, 2 dead, 6 injured

A major accident has happened near Darjeeling. A goods train has collided with an express train. So far 6 people have been reported injured in the accident. The good thing is that no one has lost their life. A major accident has happened near Darjeeling. A goods train has collided with an express train. So [] The post Train Accident: Goods train collides with express train near Darjeeling, 2 dead, 6 injured first appeared on informalnewz .

informalnewz 17 Jun 2024 11:16 am

BREAKING: Kanchanjunga Express Collides with Goods Train in West Bengal, Several Injured

BREAKING NEWS.....In a tragic incident near New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal, the Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express was struck from behind by a goods train, resulting in several passengers being injured. The collision occurred in the Phansidewa area of Darjeeling district. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her shock over the incident in a post on social media platform X. She stated, Shocked to learn, just now, about a tragic train accident in the Phansidewa area of Darjeeling district. While details are awaited, Kanchenjunga Express has reportedly been hit by a goods train. DM, SP, doctors, ambulances, and disaster teams have been rushed to the site for rescue, recovery, and medical assistance. Action on war-footing initiated. Efforts are currently underway to transfer the injured passengers to nearby hospitals for treatment. Senior officials are at the scene to manage the rescue operations and ensure that the injured receive prompt medical care. MoreDetails to come...... Breaking! Vehicle carrying 17 falls into deep gorge near Badrinath Highway, Rudraprayag Fire Breaks Out at Acropolis Malls Food Court in Calcutta BREAKING: Tejas Rajdhani Express Coach Derails in Ghaziabad, No Injuries Reported

News Track 17 Jun 2024 11:11 am

5 killed, several injured as goods train rams into Sealdah-bound Kanchenjunga Express in West Bengal's Darjeeling

5 killed, several injured as goods train rams into Sealdah-bound Kanchenjunga Express in West Bengal's Darjeeling At least five passengers were killed and over 20 people sustained injuries after a goods train rammed into Kanchenjunga Express train in West Bengal's Darjeeling district on Monday, police said. Five passengers have died and 20-25 injured in the accident. The situation is serious. The incident occurred when a goods train rammed into Kanchenjunga Express, said Abhishek Roy, Additional Superintendant of Police (SP) Darjeeling Police. Kanchanjungha Express which runs between Silchar in Assam to Sealdah in Kolkata was Sealdah bound when a goods train hit it from behind near Rangapani station, located close to New Jalpaiguri in North Bengal, according to Sabyasachi De, Chief Public Relations Officer - Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR). Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said rescue operations are being carried out on a war footing. Unfortunate accident in NFR zone. Rescue operations going on at war footing. Railways, NDRF and SDRF are working in close coordination. The injured are being shifted to the hospital. Senior officials have reached the site, Vaishnaw posted on X. Sealdah Eastern Railway has set up a control desk at Rangapani station. Visuals from the site showed a wagon of Kanchenjunga Express train suspended in the air. Sources in the Railways said that the goods container train overshot the signal and hit the rear parcel coach of the Kanchanjunga Express. The train has two parcels and one coach for the guard. Personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Divisional Railway officials have reached the accident site. A total of 15 ambulances and medical equipment have also reached the site of the mishap. Officials are reviewing the situation, the Railway officials said. The accident took place at Rangapani area in the Katihar Railway Division ahead of New Jalpaiguri Junction at around 8:45 am today. Earlier in the day, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the accident took place in Phansidewa area of Darjeeling district.Shocked to learn, just now, about a tragic train accident, in Phansidewa area of Darjeeling district. While details are awaited, Kanchenjunga Express has reportedly been hit by a goods train, Mamata Banerjee said in a post on X. The DM, SP, doctors, ambulances and disaster teams have been rushed to the site for rescue, recovery, medical assistance. Action on war-footing initiated, the West Bengal chief minister said. (ANI)

devdiscourse 17 Jun 2024 11:08 am

LIVE Updates: 5 Dead After Kanchanjunga Express-Goods Train Collide In West Bengal's Darjeeling

Several passengers were injured after the Kanchanjunga Express travelling to Kolkata from Assam's Silchar collided with a goods train in Darjeeling district of West Bengal. The goods train rammed the passenger expressfrom behind near Rangapani sta

NDTV 17 Jun 2024 10:57 am

Kanchanjunga Express Collides with Goods Train in West Bengal

A Kanchanjunga express train collided with a goods train on Monday morning near New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal. However, there are unconfirmed reports of injury to a few persons in the accident that took place around 9 am, reported PTI citing senior North Frontier Railway (NFR) official saying. The 13174 Kanchanjunga Express from Agartala collided with the goods train near Rangapani close to New Jalpaiguri station, the official said. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed concern over the incident and said doctors, ambulances and disaster teams have been rushed to the accident site. Shocked to learn, just now, about a tragic train accident, in Phansidewa area of Darjeeling district. While details are awaited, Kanchenjunga Express has reportedly been hit by a goods train. DM, SP, doctors, ambulances and disaster teams have been rushed to the site for rescue, recovery, medical assistance. Action on war-footing initiated, wrote the West Bengal CM on X. Shocked to learn, just now, about a tragic train accident, in Phansidewa area of Darjeeling district. While details are awaited, Kanchenjunga Express has reportedly been hit by a goods train. DM, SP, doctors, ambulances and disaster teams have been rushed to the site for rescue, Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) June 17, 2024 Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said that rescue operations are going on at war footing and the injured persons are being shifted to hospital. Unfortunate accident in NFR zone. Rescue operations going on at war footing. Railways, NDRF and SDRF are working in close coordination. Injured are being shifted to the hospital. Senior officials have reached site, the minister wrote on X. Unfortunate accident in NFR zone. Rescue operations going on at war footing. Railways, NDRF and SDRF are working in close coordination. Injured are being shifted to the hospital. Senior officials have reached site. Ashwini Vaishnaw (@AshwiniVaishnaw) June 17, 2024

Deccan Chronicle 17 Jun 2024 10:50 am

Goods Train That Hit Kanchanjunga Express Had Overshot Signal

The good trains that hit a Kolkata-bound express train this morning in West Bengal's Darjeeling district had overshot the signal, officials said.

NDTV 17 Jun 2024 10:50 am

Kanchenjunga Express train meets with accident in Darjeeling

The National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF), divisional team of the Indian Railways and 15 ambulances are said to reached the accident site.

The Economic Times 17 Jun 2024 10:42 am

Goods train rams into Sealdah-bound Kanchenjunga Express in West Bengal's Darjeeling, several feared dead

Goods train rams into Sealdah-bound Kanchenjunga Express in West Bengal's Darjeeling, several feared dead

The Economic Times 17 Jun 2024 10:41 am

Bengal train mishap: Five dead, several injured as Kanchanjunga Express rams into goods train

KOLKATA: Atleast five passengers are now feared to be dead and 20-25 injured after a Sealdah-bound Kanchanjungha Express collided with a goods train on Monday morning near New Jalpaiguri. Prima facie, the collision is suspected to have caused due to the goods train overshooting of the signal (ignoring red light) and hitting the Express. Meanwhile, the Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw is expected to reach the accident site shortly. This comes after the Opposition and several others mounted pressure over his resignation. The situation is serious. The incident occurred when a goods train rammed into Kanchenjunga Express, says Abhishek Roy, Additional SP of Darjeeling Police. Kanchanjunga Express derailed after being hit by the goods train from behind. Three bogies have been derailed. #TrainAccident | Five passengers have died, 20-25 injured in the accident. The situation is serious. The incident occurred when a goods train rammed into #KanchenjungaExpress , Abhishek Roy, Additional SP of Darjeeling Police, said. (ANI) pic.twitter.com/brC3ThK5Gq The New Indian Express (@NewIndianXpress) June 17, 2024 The divisional railway manager (DRM) of North Frontier Railway's Katihar division said unconfirmed reports suggest that a few persons may have been injured in the accident. The two rear compartments were derailed under the impact of the collision from behind by the locomotive of the goods train near Rangapani station, about seven km from North Bengal's New Jalpaiguri station, he said. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, in a post on X, said Shocked to learn, just now, about a tragic train accident, in Phansidewa area of Darjeeling district. Shocked to learn, just now, about a tragic train accident, in Phansidewa area of Darjeeling district. While details are awaited, Kanchenjunga Express has reportedly been hit by a goods train. DM, SP, doctors, ambulances and disaster teams have been rushed to the site for rescue, Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) June 17, 2024 DM, SP, doctors, ambulances and disaster teams have been rushed to the site for rescue, recovery, medical assistance. Action on war footing initiated. The 13174 Kanchanjunga Express was bound for Sealdah from Agartala when the accident occurred around 9 am, the railway official said. #WATCH | West Bengal | Wagon of Kanchenjunga Express train suspended in the air after a goods train rammed into it at Ruidhasa near Rangapani station under Siliguri subdivision in Darjeeling district today; rescue operation underway pic.twitter.com/rYnEfC3vic ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2024 List of helpline numbers: GHY Station 03612731621, 03612731622, 03612731623 LMG helpline no. 03674263958, 03674263831, 03674263120, 03674263126, 03674263858 Help Desk number at Sealdah in connection with Kanchanjunga train collision:- 033-23508794, 033-23833326 Help line Number at Katihar 09002041952, 9771441956 KIR station 6287801805 Railway here in Delhi claimed : The Container train overshooted the signal and hit rear portion of Kanchanjunga train. The Klanchanjunga coach has two parcel van and guard coach in rear . The NDRF , divisional team and 15 ambulance have reached the site and Railway ministers pic.twitter.com/kxzTDv6UIO Rajesh Kumar Thakur (@hajipurrajesh) June 17, 2024

The New Indian Express 17 Jun 2024 10:28 am

Bengal train mishap: Kanchanjungha Express collides with goods train near New Jalpaiguri

KOLKATA: The Sealdah-bound Kanchanjungha Express collided with a goods train on Monday morning near New Jalpaiguri, a senior North Frontier Railway (NFR) official said. There are unconfirmed reports of injury to a few persons in the accident that took place around 9 am, the divisional railway manager of NFR's Katihar Division said. The 13174 Kanchanjunga Express from Agartala collided with the goods train near Rangapani close to New Jalpaiguri station, he said. #WATCH | West Bengal | Wagon of Kanchenjunga Express train suspended in the air after a goods train rammed into it at Ruidhasa near Rangapani station under Siliguri subdivision in Darjeeling district today; rescue operation underway pic.twitter.com/rYnEfC3vic ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2024

The New Indian Express 17 Jun 2024 10:28 am

Goods Train Crashes Into Kanchanjungha Express In Bengal, Many Injured

Several passengers have suffered injuries after an express train collided with a goods train in Darjeeling district of West Bengal this morning

NDTV 17 Jun 2024 10:27 am

Trains collide in Bengals Darjeeling; CM Mamata initiates rescue ops

Kolkata: Several passengers were injured when a goods train collided with the Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express from behind near New Jalpaiguri in north Bengal. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said in a post on X, Shocked to learn, just now, about a tragic train accident, in Phansidewa area of Darjeeling district. While details are [] The post Trains collide in Bengals Darjeeling; CM Mamata initiates rescue ops appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 17 Jun 2024 10:25 am

Tragic Train Collision in Darjeeling: Passenger and Goods Train Crash

Tragic Train Collision in Darjeeling: Passenger and Goods Train Crash A passenger train was 'reportedly' hit by a goods train in Darjeeling district of India's eastern state of West Bengal, the state's chief minister said on Monday. Shocked to learn, just now, about a tragic train accident, in Phansidewa area of Darjeeling district, Mamata Banerjee said in a post on X, adding that details were awaited.

devdiscourse 17 Jun 2024 10:07 am

Debotri Dhar | Time to steer Delhi-Dhaka ties out of troubled waters

Last month a video of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed, the leader of the Awami League party, went viral, in which she was seen questioning the boycott Indian products social media campaign that was launched by the countrys main Opposition, the BNP. In the video, the Prime Minister was scathingly reminding male members of the Opposition about their wives Indian saris. Why are they not taking away their wives saris and setting them on fire? she asked at a party meeting, leading to an Opposition leaders reply that his wife had a quilt made out of hers. Analysts have pointed to how the sari has since become a political football. India-Bangladesh bilateral ties span defence, trade and investments, water and energy, and go back a long way. The 1947 Partition of India, which led to the creation of West and East Pakistan, would soon witness allegations of cultural discrimination and human rights abuses inflicted on the Bengali population by West Pakistan. In 1970, the Bengali Awami League won a decisive majority in Pakistans general election. Refusing a democratic transfer of power, the Pakistan Army launched a brutal crackdown. In March 1971, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman issued a call to the Bangladeshi nationalist movement; in retaliation, the Pakistani Army launched Operation Searchlight, leading to the killing of an estimated 300,000 to 3,000,000 Bengali civilians. The operation led to a large refugee influx into India, with the numbers swelling to 10 million. A reprehensible aspect of the war were the camps for the systematic rape and forced impregnation of Bengali women. Thousands of these birangonas , or warrior women, caught in the big battles between men, later gave testimony about their months-long sexualised torture, even as many were abandoned by their community. Like the people and products of various countries, such as the Indian sari, nations themselves too sometimes become political footballs. This was the challenge the birth of Bangladesh faced, becoming as it had a football not so much between India and Pakistan, but between two greater powers, the United States and the Peoples Republic of China. New Delhi made repeated attempts to reach out to Washington for help, especially since the refugee influx, while welcome on moral grounds, was becoming economically unsustainable for India, given the latters already extremely high population and density per capita. However, Washington chose to support Islamabad and to deny the Bengali genocide, terming it as an exaggeration, if not a lie. A key reason for this was that Pakistan was Americas only channel to China, as Henry Kissinger noted in his White House papers. At that time, then US President Richard Nixon and Kissinger, who would later be his secretary of state, were trying to build relations with Beijing to negate the Soviet influence by taking advantage of the Sino-Soviet conflict. The Nixon administration even sent the Seventh Fleet led by the nuclear-powered aircraft-carrier USS Enterprise to the Bay of Bengal to aid Pakistan against India. Ultimately, India negotiated a friendship treaty with the Soviet Union and, following a December attack by Pakistan, provided military support to the Mukti Bahini. Under the instructions of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, and the strategic leadership of Army Chief Gen (later Field-Marshal) Sam Manekshaw, the Indian Army helped bring about a quick victory, leading to Pakistans surrender on December 16, 1971. Recently, US ambassador to India Eric Garcetti acknowledged that Americas tilt towards Pakistan and China in the 1970s had led to India thinking of America as not a trustworthy partner. Taking a principled stand, New Delhi repatriated, without retaliation, nearly one lakh Pakistani prisoners of war under the 1972 Shimla Agreement. Later described by Bangladeshs Constitution as father of the nation, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Bangabandhu, also became a friend to India. After his assassination in 1975, his daughter has continued that friendship. Now back in power for a third term, Sheikh Hasina alleged American interference in Bangladeshs general election, claiming the US wants a regime change, arguably to bring in the conservative BNP. Meanwhile, many are aware that the Bangladeshi anti-India hashtags are similar to the India Out ones in the Maldives backed by China (no arguments here), a bulk of these hashtags originating from the social media handles of the Bangladeshi diaspora in the US and other Western nations. Given these impending geopolitical realities, outstanding bilateral issues with Dhaka need to be diplomatically addressed on a priority basis. A critical one pertains to the Teesta water-sharing, as the agreement has been stalled since 2011. The Teesta flows out from Indias Sikkim, and through West Bengal, before entering Bangladesh. Its the fourth largest river system shared with Bangladesh after the Ganga, Brahmaputra and Meghna. During the drafting of the 1947 Boundary Commission Report demarcating the boundary between India and then-East Pakistan, the Muslim League had asked for Darjeeling and other districts in Teestas catchment area, the bulk of which was given to India. Despite subsequent efforts under the India-Bangladesh Joint Rivers Commission and the Ganga Water Treaty, and visits by successive Indian Prime Ministers, the water issues are yet to be resolved. Beijing has proposed financing large development projects on the Teesta, which have drawn criticism from environmentalists. Some hydropower is needed in this context, so New Delhi must remain proactively engaged in Bangladeshs sustainable development, and to find a durable water-sharing solution. Since releasing more water to Bangladesh can adversely impact irrigation in some poorer districts in West Bengal, chief minister Mamata Banerjee should be invited to the consultative process, for the Centre and the state to collaborate in the interest of the nation. The renewal of the Ganga Water Treaty should also be on the agenda. In accordance with its neighbourhood first policy, New Delhi was right to invite the Bangladesh Prime Minister to the G-20 summit hosted by India last year and, more recently, to Prime Minister Narendra Modis third-term swearing-in ceremony. Bangladesh will no doubt evaluate Chinas debt-and-encirclement traps. Geopolitical equations do change, so India on its part must hold on strongly to this friendly nation, whose national anthem Amar Sonar Bangla was composed by none other than Bengals own Rabindranath Tagore, who also composed Indias national anthem. Meanwhile, I am visiting Kolkata, preparing for a lecture and enjoying wearing saris, including Benarasi and Dhakai. Footballs, even political ones, can sometimes have a mind of their own, and the timeless sari that has always beckoned with its beauty is not fading out of sight anytime soon.

Deccan Chronicle 17 Jun 2024 12:10 am

Monsoon to advance into north Bengal in few days, heavy rainfall likely

The southwest monsoon is likely to advance into the whole of sub-Himalayan West Bengal and some parts of Gangetic West Bengal in the next four to five days, the Met Department said on Friday. Heavy to very heavy rainfall at one or two places is very likely to continue over the state's northern districts, which are reeling under relentless downpour for the past few days. While the sub-Himalayan districts are facing disruption in a few areas owing to heavy rain, some districts in south Bengal are likely to experience heatwave and severe heatwave conditions for the next few days, the weather office said. It also warned of landslides in the hilly areas of Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts. The water level is likely to rise in rivers flowing through the sub-Himalayan districts, including Teesta, Jaldhaka, Sankosh and Torsa, it said. The Met Department recommended regulation of traffic and avoiding movement in landslide-prone areas in the hills. In the past 24 hours till 8.30 am on Fr

Business Standard 14 Jun 2024 8:13 pm

HC tells CBI to name Bimal Gurung in 2010 Tamang murder charge sheet

Kolkata, June 14 (UNI) The Calcutta High Court has reversed a lower court order and directed the CBI to include Gorkha leader Bimal Gurung in a chargesheet into the murder of his rival Madan Tamang in Darjeeling Hills in 2010, court sources said Friday. The Justice Subhendu Samantas single bench order came Thursday following a... The post HC tells CBI to name Bimal Gurung in 2010 Tamang murder charge sheet first appeared on Central India's Premier English Daily .

Central Chronicle 14 Jun 2024 3:18 pm

Bengal govt issues alert for northern districts after rain wreaks havoc in Sikkim

KOLKATA: Following incessant rainfall causing devastation in neighbouring Sikkim resulting in overflowing of the Teesta river, the West Bengal Irrigation department issued an alert for the northern districts of the state, an official said on Friday. The release of water from the barrages has resulted in rising the water level of the Teesta and because of that there is a threat of flood in areas on both sides of Teesta in Jalpaiguri district, he said. Teesta is one of the major rivers of the state, and Jalpaiguri district is in the floodplain of this river. A barrage across the river was built at Gajoldoba in the district. Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts in the northern part of West Bengal share borders with Sikkim where rain-triggered landslides left a trail of destruction and six dead people on Thursday. The water of Teesta is rising because of the release of water from barrages in Sikkim. Teesta is coming down with great speed and an alert has been issued in this regard. We have taken all precautionary measures. Leaves of all the officials have been cancelled, the official told PTI . The Jalpaiguri district administration has been using public address system asking inhabitants near the Teesta to move to higher land, he said, adding that the fishermen were advised not to venture into the river. In several places, Teesta is almost getting into townships. So much water is coming down from the mountain that it is not possible for the barrage to stop that. As a result, plain lands will be affected. Irrigation department officials have been sent for on-site inspection, he added. When contacted, an official of the Jalpaiguri Sadar Sub-Divisional office said the alert has been sounded in all blocks. Everything from boats to rescue equipment has been kept ready. Residents have been asked to leave river banks, he said. On Thursday, a sub-divisional magistrate went to Maynaguri to review the flood situation of the Jaldhaka River, he said, adding that the administration is working to evacuate the villagers of Odlabari gram panchayat to a safe distance. In neighbouring Sikkim, at least six people were killed and 1,500-odd tourists stranded as massive landslides triggered by incessant rainfall caused devastation in Mangan district on Thursday. A newly-constructed bailey bridge at Sangkalang collapsed snapping the link between Mangan with Dzongu and Chungthang. Landslides blocked stretches of roads and several houses were inundated or damaged, while electricity poles were swept away.

The New Indian Express 14 Jun 2024 2:40 pm

Bengal govt issues alert for northern districts after heavy rain in Sikkim

Following incessant rainfall causing devastation in neighbouring Sikkim resulting in overflowing of the Teesta river, the West Bengal Irrigation department issued an alert for the northern districts of the state, an official said on Friday. The release of water from the barrages has resulted in rising the water level of the Teesta and because of that there is a threat of flood in areas on both sides of Teesta in Jalpaiguri district, he said. Teesta is one of the major rivers of the state, and Jalpaiguri district is in the floodplain of this river. A barrage across the river was built at Gajoldoba in the district. Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts in the northern part of West Bengal share borders with Sikkim where rain-triggered landslides left a trail of destruction and six dead people on Thursday. The water of Teesta is rising because of the release of water from barrages in Sikkim. Teesta is coming down with great speed and an alert has been issued in this regard. We have taken

Business Standard 14 Jun 2024 2:16 pm

South Vietnam: a paradise unexplored

KOCHI: If the wanderlust in you is suddenly restless, but at the same, the practical side of you is apprehensive about the high cost of an international trip, then Vietnam is your best bet. The Southeast Asian country offers majestic sun-kissed beaches, expansive green cover, silent hill stations, bustling nightlife, throbbing markets and much more. But what equally endears Vietnam for Indian travellers is its cheap cost of living and its genial inhabitants. Northern Vietnam has been explored much by tourists as major attractions such as the capital Hanoi and Halong Bay, famous for limestone islands and turquoise-emerald water. However, the southern parts of this beautiful nation are equally packed with bounties of nature. The icing on the cake is that apart from the booming metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City, the rest of the destinations are yet to be explored on a wider level and that gives the tourists access to a handful of virgin beaches, pristine water bodies, islands and historical sites. Ho Chi Minh City Ho Chi Minh is a bustling city, thats leaping fast forward, but simultaneously steeped in its rich past. Here eye-catching architecture with its boulevards and open spaces harmoniously coexist with high-rises and skyscrapers. The city literally never goes to sleep and at night it takes a vibrant and flamboyant form as Saigon River peacefully flows by. Some of the major landmarks here are Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Opera House and the Central Post Office. The walking street is another attraction as music, dance and booze give the downtown a jazzy look as night falls. Da Lat Roughly 300 km from Ho Chi Minh City, Da Lat is the largest city in the central highlands and is situated 1,500m above sea level. It has a striking similarity with the Indian hill stations of Darjeeling and Shillong and is known to be the most famous honeymoon destination of the Vietnamese. The road to the hill station is windy and flanked by a vast expanse of pine forest. As evening sets in, the place gets enveloped by a thick cover of mist. The marigold, cherry-like apricot and flame trees flower during the spring to usher in a riot of colours in this hill station. Unmissable in the cable car, which gives tourists a panoramic view of the place. There are numerous waterfalls, such as Roaring Elephant Falls, and lakes that enrich the serenity of the place. The spot is also famous for its night market, coffee plantations and coffee houses. Winter clothes and footwear can be purchased at throw-away prices, while the renowned Da Lat coffee can be purchased from local coffee houses, which also dish out local culture in a nutshell. Vinh Hy Bay Ninh Thuan This is an unblemished coastal province in the south-central part of the country. Ninh Thuan, some 270km off Ho Chi Minh City, has awesome beaches, sprawling vineyards, mountains and secluded bays to flaunt. The sea and the mountains run parallel to each other and the topography and the climate the province has two rainy and dry seasons facilitate viticulture, which is growing fast. Ninh Thuan is Vietnams largest grape producer and there are about two dozen vineyards here. The majority of the grapes are purchased and taken to Da Lat for winemaking. Samten Hills About 40 km from Da Lat is located Samten Hills, a Tibetan Buddhist resort, which is resplendent with a spiritual aura thats amplified by Tibetan architecture. Perched on a hilltop, one can have a panoramic view of the agricultural land lying below and extending several kilometres from the resort. The Vajrayana Buddhist chants resounding in the background compliment the quaint beauty of the place. The whole atmosphere resembles a Buddhist commune of far-away Himalayas. Samten Hills boasts the worlds largest Tibetan prayer wheel, a unique heritage gallery built in accordance with Vajrayana Buddhist art, and statues of Amitayus and Maitreya Buddhas. Vinh Hy Bay Located in Ninh Thuan is Vinh Hy Bay, a concealed geographical gem, where the turquoise sea meets the clean white sandy beaches. This is a spot where one can just sit back and unwind. There are options for fishing, snorkelling, water sports and boating. The coral reefs and caves facing the sea are the other attractions. The reporterwas on a sponsored trip to South Vietnam organised by WebCRS, The Ministry of External Affairs and the Government of Vietnam

The New Indian Express 14 Jun 2024 9:44 am

Toy train death puts in focus encroachment along iconic Darjeeling railway

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was accorded the World Heritage Status by UNESCO in 1999. DHR authorities blame carelessness of people crossing the tracks for the accidents

The Hindu 14 Jun 2024 3:51 am

Water levels surge in Teesta river even as heavy rainfalls flood parts of north Bengal

Authorities are on high alert across Darjeeling and Kalimpong amid heavy rainfall and landslides in Sikkim

The Hindu 13 Jun 2024 10:26 pm

Bimal Gurung to Face Murder Charges: HC Orders CBI to Reframe Case

Kolkata: In a big blow to Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung, the Calcutta High Court has directed the CBI to include him as an accused and also frame charges against him in the case of murder of All India Gorkha League (AIGL) president Madan Tamang in Darjeeling 14 years ago. Tamang was hacked to death by Mr Gurung's aides in the hills in broad daylight on May 21 in 2010. The CBI probed the murder on the orders of the HC following a plea by Bharati Tamang, the wife of the slain AIGL chief, and chargesheeted 48 GJM leaders including Mr Gurung in May of 2015. All the accused surrendered before the City Sessions Court in Kolkata on December 21 in 2016 and got bail. In August of 2017, the same court dropped Mr Gurungs name from the list of accused after his counsel submitted that his client was in Kalimpong the day Tamang was murdered and that the CBI had no proof against him. Ms Tamang also challenged this legally. Hearing her petition on Thursday, Justice Samanta of the HC observed that the City Sessions court judge had committed an error by dropping Mr Gurung's name. He said in his order, Complicity against Bimal Gurung has been sufficiently established. The order stated, The charge of this case is required to be framed against Bimal Gurung with other accused persons. The alleged portion of the impugned order passed by the Learned Chief Judge of City Sessions Court through which Bimal Gurung was discharged from this case is hereby set aside.

Deccan Chronicle 13 Jun 2024 10:14 pm

Travel tips: Want to go on a tour but budget is becoming a hindrance, these are the 5 cheapest places where you will feel happy

If you are planning to travel in summer but are unable to understand where to go. Everyone likes to travel, but due to high expenses the plan often gets cancelled. But there is no need to worry because there are many places where tours can be done cheaply. There are many places in India where you can travel very cheaply. Go alone or with family. Now budget will not be a hindrance in traveling. Here are some cheap and beautiful places. Darjeeling Darjeeling is a very beautiful place to visit, the tea gardens here are famous all over India. The mountains and valleys here will touch your heart. This is the best place to visit in summer. The best thing is that it is very cheap. Varanasi Varanasi is a spiritual place, people come from far and wide to see Ganga Ghat and Ganga Aarti. From Assi Ghat you can visit Ganga Aarti and Kashi Vishwanath. You will get a different kind of peace here. You can come here with your family and roam here cheaply. If we assume that you can easily roam around in up to 5 thousand rupees. Rishikesh Famous as the yoga capital, Rishikesh is very beautiful. You will have a lot of fun visiting this place surrounded by mountains and beautiful valleys. In Rishikesh, you can do both adventure and meditation. There are ashrams here to stay, there are cheap hotels here. You can take a bath in the Ganges, as well as you can enjoy Ganga Aarti here. For adventure, you can do river rafting and bungee jumping. Rishikesh is the best place for tourist places. Lakhs of tourists come here every year. Auli in Himachal Pradesh Auli Bugyal, also known as Auli, is located in Uttarakhand, North India. It is one of the beautiful hill stations of India. Auli is the perfect place to visit in summer and experience some adventure on the slopes of the Himalayas. (PC: Freepik)

Kalam Times 13 Jun 2024 3:51 pm