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Today (05:52) UNESCO, Indian Railways join hands to chalk out conservation management plan for DHR (

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Darjeeling: Meetings between UNESCO and Indian Railway representatives will be held on November 20, 21 and 22 to discuss the Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP) for the world heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railways (DHR). The plan has been completed.
A UNESCO team comprising experts has been preparing a CCMP for the DHR since 2016. The project involved survey, documentation and dialogue and took into consideration institutional management, finances, legal and technical aspects.
Over the years, the value of the heritage railway has been steadily decreasing, caused by rampant encroachments, unplanned constructions along
the tracks blocking the view and dumping of garbage.
"We will be holding a meeting with Railway authorities on November 20, 21 and 22 at the Elysia Building, DHR headquarters, located in Kurseong. The plan has been completed but the implementation part needs to be discussed. We will table the report and discuss with the authorities the steps required to safeguard this world heritage site and to how to sustain it," stated Abhisekh Sonar, an architectural expert who is part of the UNESCO team, while talking to Millennium Post.
DHR was inscribed as a world heritage site on December 2, 1999. On Tuesday, it commemorated the World Heritage Week.
World Heritage Week is celebrated all over the world from November 19 to 25. It is celebrated mainly by the students of schools and colleges, in order to make people aware about the importance of heritage sites and their preservation. Apart from taking students for a joyride from Darjeeling to Ghoom and back, a community workshop was also organised at the Darjeeling Railway Station.
"The workshop includes a UNESCO presentation of 52 slides. This presentation is given in schools, specially in far flung areas. Students are sensitised on different categories of heritage, importance of heritage and the need to preserve heritage," stated Nitin Giri, specialist, UNESCO.
The need for community participation for preservation of the world heritage site was discussed. The history of DHR was part of the presentation as well, including freight trains, postal mail, ambulance train and the trolley. Rabgay Rai, a 3rd year student of Darjeeling Government College who had taken part in the celebrations, stated: "The DHR carries our history. Slowly, the community is becoming aware of the importance of this world heritage site. Students are coming forward now. It is our responsibility to preserve it."
In the year 1879, work first started on DHR, then called the Darjeeling Steam Tramways. The stretch from Siliguri to Kurseong was opened on August 23, 1880, while the Siliguri to Darjeeling track was inaugurated on July 4, 1881. The name of the rail company was then changed to Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Company. The DHR covers a 88 km stretch from Darjeeling to New Jalpaiguri. It starts at 398 feet at New Jalpaiguri in the plains and climbs up to 7,407 feet at the highest point in Ghoom.
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Today (05:51) Indian Railways ticket booking for Mahakumbh mela: Good news! Unreserved tickets available 15 days in advance (

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In a circular, railways have said that it was anticipating a huge rush during the event and to release some of the pressure from mela stations, it has decided to enhance the period of purchase of "reverse" tickets during the event. 
To clear the rush of passengers travelling to Allahabad during the period of Mahakumbh mela next year, railways have decided to extend the window for buying unreserved tickets to 15 days from the current three days on the Indian Railways ticketing app.
This facility is only available to travel to 12 stations in Allahabad.

In a circular, railways have said that it was anticipating a huge rush during the event and to release some of the pressure from mela stations, it has decided to enhance the period of purchase of "reverse" tickets during the event. 
"If a passengers purchases an unreserved return ticket through UTS app from any station on Indian railways for journey to any one of the 12 stations in Allahabad region serving the Mahakumbh Mela, the return ticket shall be allowed to be booked up to 15 days in advance excluding the date of journey," it said.
This means that if a passenger at Nagpur wishes to purchase ticket to any station in Allahabad mela area and back, he can purchase the same 15 days in advance. No refund shall, however be allowed on such return tickets.
This facility will however be allowed for tickets purchased on or after January 11, 2019 up to March 2019. 
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Passengers can purchase unreserved tickets through the UTS app three days in advance (excluding the day of journey) for journey of 200 km and above.
The 12 stations where this facility can be availed are - Allahabad Junction, Allahabad City, Naini, Subderganj, Rambag, Prayag Ghat, Daraganj, Phaphumau, Jhusi, Vindhyachal, Chheoki and back. 
Railways have made massive plans for the event. Projects worth more than Rs 700 crore are underway at Allahabad in preparation for the mela which will begin on January 15, 2019.
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Today (05:48) IRCTC Refund Rules: How Much Indian Railways Charges For Cancellation Of Tickets (
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Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) offers refund of money on online ticket cancellations done via it's website/app. After online cancellation of tickets, the refund is credited back to the account used for booking as for normal internet tickets, after deduction of certain cancellation charges, noted IRCTC on it's official website- The cancellation penalty varies depending on the class of travel, distance for which reservation is done, quota used for booking, time before departure of the train and Passenger Name Record (PNR) status. Here are 5 things to know about IRCTC ticket cancellation charges:1. If a confirmed ticket is cancelled more than 48 hours before the scheduled departure of the train, Indian Railways charges Rs 240 for AC first class/executive class, Rs 200 for AC 2 tier/first class, Rs 180 for AC 3 tier/AC chair car/ AC 3 economy, Rs 120 for sleeper class and Rs 60 for second class. 2....
Cancellation charge per passenger on confirmed tickets when done in between 48 hours and 12 hours before the scheduled departure of the train costs to 25 per cent subject to the minimum flat rate mentioned. 3. Cancellation charge per passenger on confirmed tickets when done in between 12 hours and up to 4 hours before the scheduled departure of the train or up to chart preparation whichever is earlier, costs to 50 per cent of the fare, subject to minimum cancellation charges, noted IRCTC.4. No refund is given by Indian Railways after chart preparation in case of a confirmed online ticket. However, in such a scenario, user can use the online TDR (Ticket Deposit Receipt) filing facility and track refund status of the case, mentioned IRCTC.5. Partially confirmed tickets can be cancelled up to half an hour before the scheduled departure of the train. Refund on unused RAC/WL (Waitlisted) tickets is given up to half an hour before the scheduled departure of the train subject to deduction of clerkage charge.
Today (05:48) To avoid repeat of Amritsar like tragedy, Railways to make 3000 km wall: Report (

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Almost a month after the gruesome train tragedy in Amritsar, the Indian Railways has reportedly decided to build a 3,000 km wall to keep trespassers away from tracks in residential areas.As per a report of Indian Express, Railway minister Piyush Goyal have taken that decision just few days after the Amritsar mishap.The walls will have a height of 2.7 metres and will be made with reinforced cement concrete. These will be built along railway tracks in residential areas of both suburban as well as non-suburban areas, reported the Indian Express. The project will cost the government about Rs 2,500 crore.The walls are also expected to stop dumping along tracks while aiding increase in train speed.Over 60 people lost their lives and several got injured when a speeding train mowed down Dussehra revellers who gathered on the tracks to witness the burning of Ravan effigy.
Today (02:28) Special trains for Karthigai Deepam - The Hindu (
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Southern Railway will operate special trains during Karthigai Deepam festival in Tiruvannamalai.
According to a press release, the special trains will be operated between Villupuram-Tiruvannamalai on November 22 and 23 (both directions on the two days). The Villupuram-Tiruvannamalai train will depart from Villupuram junction at 10 a.m. and arrive at Tiruvannamalai at 12 noon.
It will ply through Venkatesapuram, Mambalapattu, Ayandur, Tirukoilur, Adichachanur, Andampallam and Tandarai stations.
Tiruvannamalai-Villupuram special train will start from Tiruvannamalai at 1 p.m. and reach Villupuram junction at 2.45 p.m. in the same route.
Another special train will be operated between Villupuram and Tiruvannamalai on November 22 and 23/24 (both directions on the two days).
It will depart from Villupuram junction at 10 p.m. (Thursday, Friday) and arrive at Tiruvannamalai at 11.40 p.m.
It will start from Tiruvannamalai at 4.15 a.m. (Friday, Saturday) and reach Villupuram at 5.55 a.m.
MEMU special trains would be operated between Vellore and Tiruvannamalai on November 22 and 23. It would start from Vellore Cantonment at 9.30 p.m. and reach Tiruvannamalai at 11.20 p.m.
It would ply through Kaniyambadi, Kannamangalam, Arni Road, Polur, Agaram, Turinjapuram stations.
The trains would depart from Tiruvannamalai at 4.15 a.m. and reach Vellore cantonment at 5.55 a.m, a press release said.

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