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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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The Families Of Victims In Railway Accident Incident In India Stage Protests

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the accident a "heart-wrenching tragedy" and asked officials to provide immediate assistance to the injured.

People gather at the site of an accident after a train traveling at high speed ploughed through a crowd of people on rail tracks near Amritsar, India. VOA

Angry relatives of the scores of people who were killed in India when they were run over by a speeding train staged protests Saturday while one of the country’s railway officials maintains the railway is not responsible for the tragic accident.

The train was traveling at high speed when it ploughed through a crowd Friday at a religious festival on the outskirts of the northern city of Amritsar, killing 59 people, Punjab state’s Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh, told reporters Saturday. Singh said 57 others were injured and an official investigation would be carried out over the next four weeks.

The Jalandhar-Amritsar express was traveling at 90 kilometers per hour when it hit the crowd, which had gathered on the tracks to watch a fireworks display marking the Hindu festival of Dussehra.

The Hindu festival of Dussehra.

Hundreds of relatives of the victims engaged in sporadic protests on and near the tracks Saturday, calling for action against local authorities and the train operator, who was questioned Saturday by police.

Authorities moved the protestors off the tracks and brought in reinforcements to control the crowd.

‘No lapse on our part’

The railway accident was India’s worst in years, but the junior minister who manages Indian Railways, the world’s fourth largest rail system, refused to accept responsibility.

A man mourns next to the burning pyre of a family member who died after a train traveling at high speed ploughed through a crowd of people, at a cremation site in Amritsar, India. VOA

“Railways cannot be blamed. Railways were not informed about the ceremony,” Manoj Sinha told reporters Saturday. Speaking to reporters, Sinha ruled out any punitive action against his staff, saying, “There was no lapse on our part and no action against the driver will be initiated.”

Local government officials said the festival takes place every year on the outskirts of Amritsar and that railroad authorities are alerted to run the trains at slow speeds.

Witnesses said the victims did not realize the train was coming because of the sound of the fireworks and celebrations.


Some witnesses said the train did not sound its whistle as it sped past the festival site.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the accident a “heart-wrenching tragedy” and asked officials to provide immediate assistance to the injured.

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India’s railway network remains the main form of travel in the vast country, where railway accidents are relatively common.

Millions of Hindus celebrate the Dussehra festival by burning giant effigies of the demon Ravana, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil. (VOA)