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Indian Railways likely to have glass-roof Coaches for Passenger and Express trains on selected Routes

The basic objective behind such a project is to promote tourism and woo upscale tourists from both India and abroad

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New Delhi, October 11, 2016: With a view of modernising the old get-up of the passenger and express trains, the Indian Railways is set to introduce rail coaches with the glass ceiling and infotainment systems, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) said on Monday.

The new train coaches with glass top ceiling have been jointly designed by IRCTC, the Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO), and Integral Coach Factory (ICF) at Perambur (Chennai), and will be introduced in selected trains from December this year.

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“Three such coaches will roll out from ICF in December this year. The first coach will be tagged in a regular train in the Kashmir Valley while the other two will be part of some train careening through the picturesque Araku Valley (KK Line, Waltair station) on the South-Eastern Railway,” said IRCTC Chairman and Managing Director A.K. Manocha.

He also said that the trains having such luxurious coaches giving an aerial view would be decided later.

According to IRCTC, these coaches, the first of their kind in India, are being manufactured at the ICF and each has a manufacturing cost of around Rs four crore.

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“The basic objective of such a project is to promote tourism and woo upscale tourists from both India and abroad,” Manocha said.

“There are some trains with the glass ceiling in foreign countries, like Switzerland, which enjoy the patronage of tourists. We believe such coaches would also give a fillip to rail tourism in India,” he added.

Giving details of the project, IRCTC’s Group General Manager (Infrastructure) Dham Ghaj Prasad said the coaches with glass top ceiling would be the first of its type in India and would rival the best anywhere in the world.

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He also said that the work on the project started in 2015. “The first such coach is all set to roll out this month (October) itself. The coaches will be ultra luxurious with rotatable chairs to provide the passengers with an aerial view through the partly glass ceiling,” Prasad said.

“Further, the coaches will have ample leg space and also equipped with modern infotainment system for the benefit of tourists,” he added. (IANS)

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  • Aakash Mandyal

    Indian Railways with Glass roof ……Facinating…… well, with time it is necessery to transform our railway structure.

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?