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New and Improved 2 Vande Bharat Trains Launched in Mumbai

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Mumbai: Indian Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for two new Vande Bharat Trains that are starting today. The new and upgraded version of Vande Bharat Express will run between Mumbai and Solapur and Mumbai and Sainagar Shirdi. The Mumbai-Solapur train, the ninth Vande Bharat train to be launched in India, will connect the country’s commercial capital to the City of Textiles and Hutatmas in Maharashtra, while the Mumbai-Sainagar Shirdi Vande Bharat Express will boost connectivity to important pilgrimage centers in Maharashtra’s Nashik, Trimbakeshwar, Sainagar Shirdi, and Shani Singapur.

The Vande Bharat Train is an indigenous, semi-high speed and self-propelled train set equipped with state-of-the-art passenger amenities. According to Indian Railways, Vande Bharat 2.0 is equipped with advanced and improved features enabling it to reach a maximum speed of up to 180 km/h. The train also weighs 392 tonnes, which is a reduction from the previous version, and is equipped with Wi-Fi connection on-demand facilities and 32-inch screens providing passengers with information and entertainment.

In addition to these amenities, the Vande Bharat Express 2.0 is also environmentally friendly as the air conditioning units are 15% more energy efficient. The train also features a photo-catalytic ultraviolet air purification system in the roof-mounted package unit for air purification, and the side recliner seats, which were previously only available to executive class passengers, have now been made available for all classes. The executive coaches also have the added feature of 180-degree rotating seats.

The Vande Bharat Express 2.0 is equipped with advanced safety features, including an indigenous train collision avoidance system, KAVACH. It also offers various superior and aircraft-like traveling experiences, making it a much faster, more comfortable, and more convenient mode of transportation for railway passengers. The existing superfast train takes 7 hours and 55 minutes, while Vande Bharat will complete the same journey in just 6 hours and 30 minutes, saving travelers 1 hour and 30 minutes of travel time.

In conclusion, the Vande Bharat Express 2.0 is a major step forward for Indian Railways and offers a new level of convenience and comfort for railway passengers. With its advanced features and improved speed, it will become a popular choice for travelers looking for a comfortable and convenient mode of transportation. The Prime Minister’s decision to flag off these two trains from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus is a testament to the importance of this initiative, and the Railways Minister’s gratitude is a testament to the success of the Vande Bharat Express 2.0.

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Siddaramaiah Considers NIA Probe for Rameswaram Cafe Blast

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah discusses potential NIA involvement in the investigation of the Rameswaram cafe blast.

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Chief Minister Siddaramaiah addressed concerns regarding the Rameswaram cafe blast, emphasizing the government’s commitment to ensuring a thorough investigation. The blast, which occurred at a popular eatery in Brookfield on March 1, left 10 people injured and sparked demands for a National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe.

Siddaramaiah acknowledged that the Central Crime Branch (CCB) was currently handling the investigation. However, in response to the BJP’s call for an NIA inquiry, he stated, “We will consider it if necessary. The investigation is underway, and no suspects have been apprehended yet.”

The Chief Minister also criticized the BJP’s attempts to politicize the incident, particularly referencing their accusation of labeling Bengaluru as ‘Bomb Bangalore’ instead of ‘Brand Bangalore.’ He pointed out previous bomb blasts that occurred during BJP’s rule and questioned their accountability during those instances.

Addressing concerns over public safety, Siddaramaiah stressed the seriousness with which governments approach such incidents. “Bombings are never trivial matters. Our priority is always the safety and security of the public,” he affirmed.

He further challenged the BJP to refrain from politicizing the issue and instead focus on supporting efforts to ensure justice and prevent future incidents. “While I condemn the act of bombing, it is crucial that we do not engage in political gamesmanship at the expense of public safety,” Siddaramaiah emphasized.

In conclusion, Siddaramaiah’s remarks underscored the government’s commitment to a thorough investigation into the Rameswaram cafe blast and their willingness to consider involving the NIA if deemed necessary. He reiterated the importance of prioritizing public safety above political agendas, urging all parties to work together towards this common goal.

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Bhandara Mane Demolition: Three Arrested in Ullal, Karnataka

Three arrested in Ullal for the demolition of an under-construction Bhandara Mane near Kondana Daivasthana. Get insights on the incident, legal actions, and reactions.

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in Ullal, Karnataka, three individuals have been apprehended by the Ullal police regarding the demolition of an under-construction “Bhandara mane” near the revered Kondana Daivasthana. Commissioner of Police Anupam Agrawal identified the arrested individuals as Muttana Shetty, Dheeraj, and Shivraj.

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The Kondana Daivasthana, overseen by the endowment department, witnessed the unlawful demolition of the Bhandara mane structure, located on government land adjacent to the Daivasthana premises. Miscreants utilized an earthmover to carry out the demolition during the early hours of Sunday morning.

Following a complaint lodged by Kotekar TP Chief Officer Anand, the police initiated legal proceedings under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Karnataka Prevention of Destruction and Loss of Property Act. The sections invoked include IPC Sections 143, 147, 148, 295, 427, along with Section 2A of the aforementioned Karnataka Act.

Interrogation of the arrested individuals revealed that the Bhandara mane construction lacked proper authorization, having been erected without consent from the Daivasthana’s 16 ‘gurikararu.’ Despite complaints to authorities like the Assistant Commissioner and Tahsildar, no corrective measures were taken, prompting the accused to take matters into their own hands.

Expressing dismay over the incident, U T Khader, Assembly Speaker and representative of the Mangalore Assembly constituency, condemned the demolition. He emphasized the significance of preserving religious structures and directed law enforcement to swiftly act against the perpetrators.

The demolition of the Bhandara mane stands as a somber event tarnishing the district’s reputation, prompting calls for justice and stricter enforcement of property laws. Stay tuned for further updates as the legal proceedings unfold in this case.

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JP Nadda will reach Karnataka on Monday on a two-day visit.

BJP national president J P Nadda’s two-day visit to Belagavi includes public engagements and organisational meetings.

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JP Nadda will reach Karnataka on Monday on a two-day visit.
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BJP national president J P Nadda is set for a significant two-day visit to Belagavi, Karnataka. Scheduled from Monday onwards, his visit encompasses a series of public engagements and crucial organisational meetings. On Monday, he is expected to arrive at Sambra Airport, Belagavi at 08.30 pm. The itinerary kicks off with a core committee meeting for Chikodi, Belagavi, Bagalkot, and Vijayapura parliamentary constituencies at Kakati, Belagavi at 09.00 pm.

The following day, Tuesday, holds various important events. At 11.15 am, Nadda will address the booth karyakarta sammelan at Kiwad Ground, Chikodi. This will be followed by an interaction session with beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Swanidhi Yojana at ITC Welcome Hotel in Belagavi at 02.15 pm. Later in the day, at 05.15 pm, he is scheduled to interact with intellectuals at Jirge Auditorium in Belagavi.

The visit underscores BJP’s commitment to engaging with local communities and strengthening organisational structures. Stay updated on J P Nadda’s visit to Belagavi for insights into the party’s strategies and engagements.

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