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  • Ministry of Railways – Achievements & Initiatives

    Dear Friend,

    As always it gives me immense pleasure to write to you again.

    It is our Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s firm belief that Railways can give Gati and Pragati to the nation.We are driven by his vision to make Indian Railways the growth engine of our country. As I look back at the financial year gone by, I can say that we had many success and few misses. I am satisfied but not content.Innovative policies which we introduced have started giving dividends resulting in increase in both passenger and freight traffic. We reversed trend of declining number of passengers and carried 8221 million passengers which is 70 Million more than the last year. I would like to thank all my stakeholders for the connect and their trust on Indian Railways.
    To remove bottlenecks, which are created because of the under investment over last many years,it was imperative to work on infrastructure creation. By working on infrastructure augmentation we aspire not only to catch up with the rising demand but also to be ready for future demand.I am glad that we have been able to achieve significant success. Some of the key highlights have been:

    • Highest ever 2855 kms of new lines, gauge conversion and doubling commissioned
    • Highest ever 953 kms of new line commissioned
    • Entire meter gauge has been converted to broad gauge in north east region
    • Highest ever 2013 kms of electrification done
    • Highest ever 1503 unmanned level crossings eliminated
    • Highest ever 1306 Road Over Bridges and Subways completed.

    We are working on an ambitious Rs. 8.56 Lakh crore investment plan in the next five years. We have gone beyond the traditional method of financing and are leveraging innovative financing models for fueling our capital expenditure plan. We have formed Joint Ventures with states to speed up infrastructure augmentation keeping the specific needs of every state in perspective.
    It is our endeavor to provide superior travel experience to our passengers. We have taken a number of measures to ensure with significant success. Augmenting passenger amenities, new train products, special trains, increase in carrying capacity are just some of the measures we have taken to provide comfort to our passengers. However, we have a lot more to do and we will not rest. Some of the significant achievements in 2016-17 have been:

    • Launched new train products: Hum Safar, a completely air conditioned luxury service at affordable price with improved aesthetics, amenities and Antyodaya, a completely unreserved long distance service with improved coaches
    • We commissioned 48 lifts and 61 escalators
    • High speed Wi-Fi was provided at 100+ stations
    • On Board Housekeeping facilities were extended to 157 more trains making a total of 830 trains
    • Attached 586 coaches in regular trains, generating an additional capacity of 43,420 berths
    • 150 toilets provided for Divyang
    • Total 1313 stations have been provided with 100 % LED lights
    • We ran 31,438 trips of special trains

    Sustainability is another thrust area. We have mainstreamed sustainability and it is no more a peripheral activity. We are working on not only reducing our carbon footprint but also creating positive environmental impact. Some of the highlights in 2016-17 have been:

    • 4 MW of installed solar capacity added
    • Record 34,000 bio-toilets fitted. In last six years 36,000 bio-toilets were provided
    • Energy audit conducted at 205 stations
    • 1313 stations have been provided with 100 % LED lights
    • We came up with a new Water Policy for efficient use of water resources
    • We came up with Mission 41k to achieve a savings of Rs. 41,000 Cr in next 10 years by energy efficiency

    It is worth mentioning that since India’s independence the freight traffic in Indian Railways has increased by about 1400% and passenger kilometers by about 1700%, but the route kilometers have grown by just 23%. This has resulted in congestion on the tracks. 40% of the sections are running with more than 100% line capacity utilization. With increased capital expenditure we are trying to de-congest the network. However, infrastructure creation is a time consuming activity. We have also created a Rail Sanranksha Kosh with a total investment of Rs.1 lakh crore. We want to see a quantum jump in the safety performance on the Indian Railways in the next few years. We are introducing latest technology and moving from preventive to predictive maintenance. The augmentation of more physical infrastructure in terms of more railway lines, road over bridges, better signalling, safety related works etc. are impacting the punctuality of trains a little.But the works which we are undertaking now were long overdue and would give much better service delivery in the times to come. We are working on improving the punctuality of trains, and we seek your cooperation. while we have made major inroads in many areas, a lot is yet to be done and we have ambitious plans ahead.Some of the significant plans we are working on and which will facilitate in bench marking of Indian Railways with the best in the world are:

    • Rs. 8.56 Lakh Crore capital expenditure plan
    • Mission “Zero fatality” to ensure complete safety
    • 100% Elimination of Unmanned level Crossings
    • Mission One ICT to leverage IT in all aspects of Indian Railways’ functioning for greater efficiency
    • Dedicated freight corridor to segregate passenger and freight traffic and thus reduce congestion considerably
    • Setting up Rail Development Authority (RDA), an independent regulator to recommend passenger and freight fares and set service level benchmarks
    • Rs. 1 Lakh Crore Rail Saranksha Fund for spending on upgrading safety standards
    • Mission Raftar to enhance both average and highest speed of trains
    • Implementation of accounting reforms to ensure co-relation between input parameters and organisational outcomes
    • Mission 5 Cr trees to plant trees for environment conservation
    • Redevelopment of stations into world class terminals having best-in-class amenities
    • Enhancing non fare revenue through advertisements, monetisation of real estate etc.
    • To connect all capital cities of North Eastern States with broad gauge by 2020
    • Making Indian Railways 100% human waste discharge free through use of Bio-Toilets
    • Generation of 1000 MW solar power, thus becoming one of country’s largest solar power producer

    Our Honorable Prime Minister has taken keen interest in Railways and under his leadership, as we continue on our journey to take Indian Railways to greater heights, your cooperation is important to us. Let us work together to make Indian Railways, one of the best in the world


    Suresh Prabhu

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  • 10 FAQs about exercise and weight loss.


     10 FAQs about exercise and weight loss

    Weight loss is not as easy popping pills, running 10 laps, cutting out fat from your diet or starving yourself. Weight loss is a combination of balanced eating, and full body exercise that focuses on different physical fitness aspects regularly. Above all, let’s not forget the two key aspects that weight loss is impossible without – determination and patience. Today we check out the top 10 FAQs about exercise and weight loss that constantly crop up in daily conversation.Is a daily walk enough to lose weight? 
    Walking, irregularly at a leisurely pace, without any focus on healthy eating and portion control, will not help you lose weight.On the other hand, if you follow a good daily walking routine at a brisk pace, and balance it with a healthy diet maintained with clever portion control, then you might be able to lose weight.Weight loss is not a walk in the park. It demands brisk walking; approximately one and a half kilometers daily. Brisk walking is recommended as one of the exercises to maintain your weight, especially for an older population, and help fight joint problems. Walking also makes you energetic and improves your cholesterol level.To lose one pound of body weight, you need to burn 3,500 calories.

    Will weight training make me look like a bodybuilder?
    If you thought lifting heavy weights will give you a WWE body, then you’re wrong. Even if you wanted to build big muscles, you wouldn’t be able to do it this easily. Weight lifting increases muscle endurance, which in turn increases metabolism and burns fat at a faster pace. In fact, weight training will give you a toned and lean look. A little secret to weight training: Work those muscles till they tire out for effective training. If you walk away from a workout with enough energy to go dancing, then you’re not doing it right.

    Do I need a pre-workout snack?
    Yes, you do need a pre-workout snack as it is a source of energy for your workout session. It is recommended to include carbs in your snack as this is the store house of energy. A good pre-workout snack helps you to contract your muscles with ease, avoiding cramps. Besides, it prevents dizziness and hunger during and after your workout. Hence for better performance a pre-workout snack is a must.

    However, this does not mean that you eat more even if you eat a full meal just an hour or two before the workout. Analyse your energy requirement at the time of exercise, especially if you exercise before breakfast in the morning.

    Do I need a post-workout snack?
    Here, the answer – without a doubt – is yes, you do need a post-workout snack to aid in the recovery process of the muscles. This snack makes sure you have all the nutrients for your body to recover. It is mostly recommended to have protein shake either made from natural products or the artificial whey protein.

    Are dance workouts enough for weight loss?
    Most of us are skeptical about it, but yes dancing can help you lose weight. But, there are several buts in this statement. Let’s begin with the most obvious one –

    But, the dance workout must challenge you. A simple routine that doesn’t make you sweat and utilise energy, momentum and strength will be a low burn workout, and not help you lose weight. High intensity dance form like club, Bollywood and Zumba are a hit with individuals trying to lose weight.

    But, your instructor must plan well-rounded workouts that focus on all body parts. These should also involve elements of cardio and weight bearing movements. Without these essentials any workout is incomplete. Luckily, most dance workouts involve the movement of various muscles which is one of the components to a successful weight loss.

    But, not if you’re irregular. The capacity and time that you require to lose weight varies from person to person. Therefore, work this out for yourself.

    But, not if you don’t eat a healthy, well-portioned diet. This is quite self-explanatory.

    How much water should I drink during a workout?
    You need to stay hydrated when you’re working out, so make sure you have enough water in you. This will help to stay hydrated:

    – Two hours before you step into a gym, drink two glasses of water
    – A sip every 2-3 minutes during the workout.
    – And again two glasses of water after your workout

    Remember to stay well-hydrated during exercise, irrespective of indoors or outdoors. Your body will tell you when to drink water if your exercise routine is challenging enough.

    How long do I have to exercise to lose weight?
    First rule, you need to burn more calories in order to lose weight and control your calorie intake. Circuit training, cardio exercises and cross training ensures you lose the flab at a faster pace. How long your weight loss takes depends on how dedicated you are. It’s just that simple. The more you focus on being regular with challenging workouts and the more you control what you eat, the quicker you will lose weight.

    The key point here is to research and consult with experts in order to zero in on what workout and which diet works best for you.

    Can I eat whatever I want if I workout every day, and still lose weight?
    One can’t consider this question without considering age, level of daily physical activity besides workouts, and what you mean by ‘whatever.’ When one is younger, under 30 years of age, exercise and activity play a dominant role in deciding weight control. Here, one can eat a lot and get away with it as the body retains some basic muscle tone from childhood years. Even this is subject to how fit an individual was as a child.

    As you cross over to your 30s and 40s, however, it becomes a different story. One’s weight loss or gain is then controlled more by diet and less by workouts. 70-30 is a safe split, where diet stands for 70, and exercise for 30. Therefore, it is important to focus on healthy food and portion control.

    Can’t I just lose weight by dieting?
    Exercising and healthy eating go hand in hand. The question here is more about what you mean by ‘diet.’ A diet is not a meal plan that makes you starve. A healthy diet is one that makes room for nutritious food in smart portions. In fact, you will find that once you get on the healthy eating track, you will eat a lot more than you did earlier.

    Technically you can lose weight with a crash diet, but it’s only temporarily – make no mistakes about this. You will gain more weight once you go back to eating regular meals, as most crash dieters often do.

    Why do I need to build muscle to lose weight?
    Weight loss without focus on muscle strength is like building a house without any pillars. You can build a house from mud, but come rain and the walls will crumble and fall. Similarly, muscles are the building blocks of a healthy and fit body. A person with low muscle composition will have high body fat. This means that any weight loss through crash dieting or over-doing cardio will be extremely short-lived.

    The more your muscle base, the better is the capacity for your body to burn calories more efficiently on a daily basis. Your metabolism increases when you build muscles, hence it is important to build muscles to lose weight. Additionaly, gaining muscle strength helps you avoid many lifestyle diseases, and stay limber well into old age.

    (source : The Times of India on 17.08.2012)


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  • Law Of The Wild says kill only when you are hungry

    Law Of The Wild says kill only when you are hungry

    Photographer Michel Denis-Huot, who captured these amazing pictures on safari in Kenya ‘s Masai Mara in October last year, said he was astounded by what he saw. “These three brothers (cheetahs) have been living together since they left their mother at about 18 months old,’ he said. ‘On the morning we saw them, they seemed not to be hungry, walking quickly but stopping sometimes to play together. ‘At one point, they met a group of impala who ran away. But one youngster was not quick enough and the brothers caught it easily’.”  These extraordinary scenes followed:


    and then they just walked away without hurting him……….

    Life is short… forgive quickly, love truly, live honestly…and never regret anything
    that made you smile!


    (contributed by: Mohan Rao on 06.10.2011)

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  • Jonglage Strip Tease

    Video of Jonglage Strip Tease



    (contributed by: Mohan Rao on 17.08.2011)

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  • One second laugh

    • Just read that 4,153,237 people got married last year, not to cause any trouble but shouldn’t that be an even number?
    • Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool. I gave him a glass of water.
    • I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.
    • If I had a dollar for every girl that found me unattractive, they would eventually find me attractive.
    • I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom until they are flashing behind you.
    • When wearing a bikini, women reveal 90 % of their body…men are so polite they only look at the covered parts.
    • A recent study has found that women who carry a little extra weight, live longer than the men who mention it.
    • Relationships are a lot like algebra. Have you ever looked at your X and wondered Y?
    • America is a country which produces citizens who will cross the ocean to fight for democracy but won’t cross the street to vote.
    • You know that tingly little feeling you get when you like someone?
    • That’s your common sense leaving your body.
    • Did you know that dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish?
    • My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We’ll see about that. I think my neighbor is stalking me as she’s been googling my name on her computer. I saw it through my telescope last night.
    • Strong people don’t put others down. They lift them up and slam them on the ground for maximum damage.
    • They said Money talks …but all mine ever says is good-bye.
    • You’re not fat, you’re just… easier to see.
    • If you think nobody cares whether you’re alive, try missing a couple of payments.

    (source: user amohanrao on 29.11.2016)

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