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Indian Railways adds 2 more Coaches to ‘Lifeline Express’ for Detection and Control of Oral, Breast and Cervical Cancer

Till date the 'Lifeline Express' has taken up projects at 177 places across India

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New Delhi, Dec 8, 2016: The Indian Railways on Thursday added two more coaches to the ‘Lifeline Express’ for the detection and control of oral, breast and cervical cancer, officials said.

The two additional coaches were added during a ceremony held here which was attended by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Union Health Minister J.P Nadda.

Nadda said that this initiative will help in reaching out to rural areas which have insufficient medical facilities, or areas hit by natural disasters.

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“I thank Indian Railways for this approach as we have to provide health services wherever possible, especially in the inaccessible places where the train can go,” Nadda elaborated.

Earlier the ‘Lifeline Express’ had five coaches.

The ‘Lifeline Express’ which started its journey in 1991 has so far treated over one million disabled poor in rural India, all free of cost, made possible with the ‘donated’ services of over 200,000 medical professionals from around the world.

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According to the railways, the ‘Lifeline Express’ will have three fully equipped operation theatres for free-of-cost services for the rural poor across India.

Till date the ‘Lifeline Express’ has taken up projects at 177 places across India.

It has performed more than one lakh surgeries for the restoration of mobility, vision, hearing and correction of facial deformities.

The ‘Lifeline Express’ is also popularly known as the ‘Magic Train of India’. (IANS)

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Ministry of Railways And Google Launch An Application To Preserve Indian Railways

The Indian Railways started its journey in 1853 between Boribunder and Thane, and has expanded to be the fourth largest railway network in the world.

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Indian Railways is one of the most important and controversial transport in India. Wikimedia Commons
Indian Railways is one of the most important and controversial transport in India. Wikimedia Commons

In a first-of-its-scale heritage mapping and digitisation project, Google and Ministry of Railways on Friday launched a project that aims to preserve the cultural heritage of the Indian Railways.

The two-year digitisation project “The Railways-Lifeline of a Nation” is a comprehensive digital document viewable on Google’s Arts and Culture website. It was launched at the National Rail Museum here.

The project is divided into “Journeys”, “People”, “Heritage” and “Engineering” sections, each containing visual and textual narratives that rail enthusiasts can access for free.

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India has many railways stations famous for various reasons. Wikimedia Commons

It comprises photographs, documentaries, text, virtual tours, 360-degree videos, online exhibits, and maps, pertaining to the Indian Railways.

Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal via video-conferencing said that the project is an experience for the “1.3 billion people of India about what the 1.3 million railway employees are doing for serving them”.

“From the Nilgiri mountains to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Station, let the people of India relive their childhood… through the train journey to Madhira and through the Darjeeling toy train; let’s show them the Kangra Valley, the Kalka-Shimla experience so that it could be enjoyed by someone in Coimbatore or Ooty,” he said.

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Vijayawada Railway Station was constructed in 1888. Wikimedia Commons

Along with several railway lines, the project also documents stories of 32 railway employees including engineers, ticket checkers, trackmen, and shunters.

Also capturing stories from the Indian Railways are other sections like the street art, literature, Bollywood, music, and sports, which demonstrate the inseparability of trains and culture.

The online project will also materialise as digital exhibits at 22 stations in India including New Delhi, Bengaluru, Coimbatore, Guwahati, Howrah, Secunderabad and Varanasi, Google said.

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Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal via video-conferencing said that the project is an experience for the “1.3 billion people of India .

The event also saw the inauguration of a permanent exhibition of these online resources in the National Rail Museum premises.

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Notably, the Indian Railways started its journey in 1853 between Boribunder and Thane, and has expanded to be the fourth largest railway network in the world. (IANS)