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Indore-Patna Express Derails near Kanpur: Over 100 Killed, nearly 200 Injured

Fourteen coaches of the Indore-Patna Express rolled off the track a little, around 3 am in Pukhraya that is 100 km from Kanpur

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November 20, 2016: The Indore-Patna Express derailed near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh killing more than 100 people and injuring nearly 200 people on Sunday morning.

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• Fourteen coaches of the Indore-Patna Express rolled off the track a little, around 3 am in Pukhraya that is 100 km from Kanpur. The train carrying more than 500 passengers were mostly sleeping at that point of time.

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• Passengers heard a bang, they were jolted awake and were thrown around. “We heard a deafening noise…I am lucky to be alive and safe,” a passenger said, according to a report.

• “There must be a fault in the track as 14 bogeys have derailed and this happened despite regular checking of the tracks,” said the Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha.

• “More bodies were pulled out from the two coaches that fell on the side,” said Daljeet Singh Choudhary, a senior police officer.

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• Hours after the accident, a team of army personnel, doctors joined along with 250 rescue workers.

• Many of the survivors were moved to a nearby town so that they can leave via trains or buses.

• As the rescuers have not been able to access one of the coaches, it is feared that the number of deaths may rise.

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• Rs 3.5 lakh exgratia will be given for the families of those killed in the derailment and Rs 50,000 for those grievously injured, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said.

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• Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “anguished beyond words” and also said that he had spoken to Suresh Prabhu who was monitoring the case closely.

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PM Narendra Modi: Government bringing Stringent Consumer Protection Law

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New Delhi, October 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the government was in the process of enacting stringent legislation aimed at protecting consumers along with setting up a Consumer Protection Authority (CPA).

“Consumers’ protection is this government’s priority. We are in the process to bring a new law on consumer protection keeping in mind the need of the country and business practices here,” Modi said at an International Conference on Consumer Protection for East, South and South-East Asian Countries.

“We are in the process of forming a Consumer Protection Authority, which will have executive powers, for immediate redressal.”

The rules were being streamlined to solve consumer problems in less time and at less cost, he added.

“The stress is being given on consumer empowerment. Strict provisions are being contemplated against misleading advertisements,” Modi said.

He said India was among the few countries which had enacted a law a year after the UN adopted guidelines on consumer protection in 1986.

The Prime Minister also said the prices of commodities were set to go down and consumer protection for their interest effects due to the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Due to the GST, the competition among companies was going to increase. So prices will go down. It will help consumers from lower middle class and poor sections,” Modi said.

“Earlier, transportation by trucks would take five days but it has come down to just three three days now as checkposts on borders have vanished after the GST. It means transportation cost has gone down. This is going to be transferred to consumers,”

Taking a dig at those opposed to the GST, he said: “Some people may be taking advantage of the lack of awareness. However, the benefits will be transferred (to consumers) in days to come.”

Talking about the conference, Modi said: “It shows how seriously we take the needs of our citizens and how we strive hard to solve their problems”.

“It is the first conference in the region, where everyone is trying in their own ways to save the interest of consumers. However, we have to keep in mind that the world is going towards a single market,” Modi said.(IANS)