Electro-Motive Diesel plans to serve Indian Railways by latest technology

Electro-Motive Diesel is working jointly with Research Designs and Standards Organization and Diesel Locomotive Works on new locomotives

Through its subsidiary, EMD Locomotive Technologies Pvt Ltd, Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc (EMD) is expanding its base in India to better serve Indian Railways by bringing the latest technology to the country.

In a landmark achievement for Indian Railways, a complete high-horsepower locomotive design has been completed by Research Designs and Standards Organization and Diesel Locomotive Works, of Indian Railways, with the support of EMD. This diesel locomotive has an output of 5,500 bhp, which will make it the strongest diesel locomotive ever to run on the Indian rail network. In combination with its record high tractive effort of 560 KN, it can pull significantly more load at higher speeds, thus enabling Indian Railways to increase the system throughput in the rail network.

The WDG5 locomotive includes electronic fuel injection, radial grids and high adhesion, lightweight fabricated bogies. It has modern driver interface and crew-friendly features, such as an air conditioned cab and toilet, which is another first for the Indian Railways' fleet.


Telemarketers flood subscribers with messages before the implementation of new TRAI rule banning bulk SMS transmission

Recently, TRAI announced that a user can only send 100 SMSs a day, effective from 27th September; users have faced a sudden spurt in spam bulk messages since the past week

After being harrowed by pesky telemarketing calls and messages, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) finally came to the rescue of subscribers by recently announcing a cap on the number of SMSs a user can send in a day. Accordingly, only 100 such messages can be sent in a day. This would be effective from 27th September.

Telemarketing companies are most likely to be affected by the decision. According to subscribers' complaints, there has been a sudden spurt in the number of spam SMSs from these telemarketers.

Experts say that telemarketing companies are using the available service to the hilt, to promote their products/services before the new TRAI rule comes into effect.

"Earlier, I used to get a maximum of two promotional messages (on a daily basis). But since last week, I get at least five such SMSs, offering services and discounts on spas, parlours, books, festive shopping and possibly everything," says a Mumbai-based homemaker.

In fact, telemarketers are also personalising these messages to make them readable. For instance, they are adding a person's name to the promotional message. "I was surprised to see my name in the promotional message offering discounts to me on some rudraksha (holy beads) rings," Sanjay D'souza, marketing professional (name and profession changed on request) told Moneylife.

Achintya Mukherjee, secretary, Bombay Telephone Users' Association told Moneylife, "Since the past 10 days, particularly, the messages by the telemarketers have risen substantially. They are trying to use the service in every possible way before 27th September. But telemarketing companies will come up with (other) ways of sending messages. Even some professionals use their personal contacts for the purpose of their businesses. For example, insurance agents message people from their personal contacts and their business details. Such service is not personal but commercial and is surely an intrusion.

"Instead of staring the Do Not Disturb (DND) registry, TRAI should have started a 'Do Disturb' registry where people who would like to get such calls and messages will register themselves. To see if DND really works, we have to wait and watch till 27th September," he added.

RS Mathews, director-general, Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI), says, "All service providers have made necessary arrangements at their end to meet with the TRAI compliance to stop telemarketing calls from 27th September. However, relaying the consumer concerns on the TRAI 100 SMS per day limitation, telecom industry body COAI has expressed valid concerns.

"While we are eager to stop the menace of pesky communications which is essentially an invasion of consumers' privacy, we are equally concerned that consumers' rights are protected and that they should have (the) freedom to choose any method of communication—be it voice or SMS—suitable to their requirements without putting any artificial restriction," adds Mr Mathews.

Meanwhile, bulk SMS sending websites have also started sending spam messages, promoting their service plans. One such SMS (not corrected for grammar) reads, "Promote ur product by sending Bulk SMS 1000 [email protected], 10k (10,000) [email protected]; 50,000 [email protected],000, 1L [email protected],000, Buy as low as 1 paisa, visit www.GroupSmsIndia.com..."

Now it remains to be seen if this deluge of spam SMSs is actually capped after the TRAI deadline of 27th September.



Vikas Gupta

5 years ago

Please rectify the mistake in ur editorial its 100 SMS per DAY not per month.
Secondly, Restrictions should not be on SIM basis as Bulk SMS are through internet only.

Gopinath Prabhu

5 years ago

What a foolish step. Group SMS are sent using Internet and not SIM. So its foolish to restrict SMS. Tomorrow you might restrict the call duration. Its against our fundamental rights.

Gold sheds Rs600, silver loses Rs500 on global cues

Trading sentiments dampened after the gold fell by over $225 in Asia in the last two trading sessions, its worst two-day slump since 1983, on speculation that the European governments will struggle to contain the region's debt crisis

New Delhi: Gold prices closed the day at Rs26,740 per 10 grams today, registering a loss of Rs600, due to panic selling by stockists, sparked by a steep fall in global bullion markets, reports PTI.

The metal had suffered the steepest single day fall by plunging Rs1,540 to touch an intra-day low of Rs25,800 per 10 grams in the opening trade.

Trading sentiments dampened after the gold fell by over $225 in Asia in the last two trading sessions, its worst two-day slump since 1983, on speculation that the European governments will struggle to contain the region's debt crisis.

Silver followed suit and shed Rs500 to Rs53,500 per kg.

The metal has lost Rs10,500 in last two trading sessions as industrial units refrained from buying during high volatility.

In Singapore, gold tumbled $124 to $1,532.72 an ounce and silver by 9.70% to $26.07 an ounce.

Market analysts said retailers' adopted cautious approach and refrained from buying on expectation that the precious metals' prices may fall in the coming days, which further dampened the sentiment.

Back home, gold of 99.9% and 99.5% purity moved down by Rs600 each to Rs26,740 and Rs26,600 per 10 grams, respectively. The metal has lost Rs1,160 in the last three sessions.

Sovereigns held steady at Rs21,200 per piece of eight grams on restricted buying.

Silver ready closed at Rs53,500 per kg, down by Rs500.

It had opened lower at Rs50,800. Silver weekly-based delivery plunged by Rs2,960 to Rs50,800 per kg.

Silver coins tumbled by Rs5,000 to Rs56,000 for buying and Rs57,000 for selling of 100 pieces.


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