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Indian Railways to deploy EMU train sets before going fast track with bullet trains

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

The bullet train enthusiasts may have to wait for a little longer as Indian Railways is planning to fix in the creaking system before going fast track.

The government is planning to purchase the cheaper, safer and smarter options of the train sets before the bullet trains make way in India.

The railway ministry in this regard has announced global tenders for purchase of train sets called Electrical Multiple Units (EMU), and is looking at European countries, especially Germany, France and Spain, where such trains are popular.

The train sets will consist of driving cabins at both the ends like the suburban trains and will have the capacity to carry more passengers. These train sets are also safer as they have lesser tendency to turn turtle in case of an accident.

The country officials of France are keen to offer their expertise in semi-high speed rail technology once Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the country on his way to Germany for Hannover industrial fair.

 

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Catalan Former Leader Faces Extradition Threat Again

Catalonia's former leader Carles Puigdemont on Tuesday faced fresh threats of extradition from Germany, where a regional prosecutor's office has requested that he be sent to Spain to face charges of rebellion.

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Activists protest with a giant Catalan flag during a mass rally against Catalonia's declaration of independence, in Barcelona, Spain. VOA

Catalonia’s former leader Carles Puigdemont on Tuesday faced fresh threats of extradition from Germany, where a regional prosecutor’s office has requested that he be sent to Spain to face charges of rebellion.

The Spanish judiciary had sent new documents to German authorities regarding the charges being issued against Puigdemont, meaning the Schleswig-Holstein regional prosecution has requested that an extradition request issued by Spain be considered again by courts, sources from the prosecutor’s office told Efe news.

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The regional court had previously refused to extradite Puigdemont on rebellion charges and was studying whether to hand him over to Spain to face trial over alleged misuse of public funds.

Puigdemont is wanted in Spain for an investigation into possible rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds for his alleged role in Catalonia’s separatist referendum and subsequent declaration of independence, deemed unconstitutional by the Spanish judiciary.

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He fled to Belgium before he could be arrested but was later detained in Germany. (IANS)

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