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More lower berths for elderly, e-tickets easier for disabled
New Delhi : The Indian Railways is fulfilling its social obligations towards Divyang, senior citizens and women travellers, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Thursday while presenting the rail budget in the Lok Sabha.
 
Prabhu said that for Divyang (differently able), the railways have introduced one-time registration for availing concessions while booking tickets online, online booking of wheelchairs and Braille-enabled new coaches. 
 
Also, the quota of lower berths has been increased for senior citizens and women. 
 
“In the coming financial year, the railways is increasing the senior citizen quota per coach by 50 percent, resulting in almost 120 lower berths per train for senior citizens,” he said.
 
The minister said that in pursuance of the objectives of Accessible India campaign, Indian Railway will ensure that all stations under redevelopment are made disabled friendly. 
 
He said that at least one disabled-friendly toilet on all platforms in A1-class stations will be built in the next financial year. 
 
To make travel hassle-free for common man on dense routes, the railways would introduce a long-distance, fully unreserved, superfast train service -- called Antyodaya Express -- on these routes, Prabhu said. 
 
Besides, there would be more unreserved coaches in some long distance trains to enhance the carrying capacity. These coaches will also have facility for potable water and a higher number of mobile charging points, the minister said.
 
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Counter tickets can be cancelled through cellphone: Prabhu
New Delhi : The Indian Railways is launching a procedure enabling commuters who had booked tickets from Passenger Reservation counters to get them cancelled through their cell phones.
 
Currently people have to visit the reservation counter personally to cancel their tickets.
 
"We are introducing a new process for cancellation of counter tickets through the 139 helpline post verification using 'One Time Password' sent on registered phone number," Railway Minister Suresh Parabhu said in the Lok Sabha on Thursday while presenting the Railway Budget - 2016-17.
 
New procedure will allow passengers to cancel their tickets from anywhere in the country through telephonic services of the Indian Railways.
 
The government will also install ticket scanners at various stations to address the ticket-less menace.
 
"Bar coded tickets, scanners and access control to be introduced on a pilot basis on major stations to tackle the menace of ticket-less travel and ensure hassle free travel for passengers," Prabhu said.
 
"Indian Railways intends to commence sale of tickets through hand held terminals for the benefit of the suburban and short distance travellers. This would enable deployment of multiple 'Points of Sale' with minimal infrastructure requirement," he said.
 
The Indian Railways intends initiating sale of short-distance and platform tickets through ticket vending machines installed on busy train terminals which would be made compatible with not only cash but also credit and debit cards.
 
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Coming, a 'made in India' Android smartphone for Rs.251!
New Delhi : What can you buy with Rs.251 -- a meal at McDonald's or a cold coffee at Starbucks? Well, if technology has its way, you will be able to buy the world's cheapest -- and "made in India" -- Android smartphone for this much money.
 
Offered by an Indian company Ringing Bells, "Freedom 251" is a smartphone that has features like Android 5.1 operating system, a 4-inch qHD IPS display, a 3.2-megapixel primary and a 0.3-megapixel front camera, for just Rs.251. 
 
Set for launch on Wednesday in the Capital, it has 3G connectivity and has a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory and supports external memory cards of up to 32GB.
 
The smartphone comes with pre-installed apps like Swachh Bharat, Women Safety, WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter, among others.
 
To power "Freedom 251", the company has put a 1,450mAh battery and claims to have a service network of 650 centres across India.
 
The smartphone will be available for pre-order on the company website from February 18.
 
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jossie

2 years ago

This could be another scam in the making with BJP leaders involved in the launch of the cheap smart Phone.

How can some company claim to sell phone at Rs 251/- where as Industry expert say that the cost cannot be less than Rs 3000/-. Today paper say that the company expect to make a profit of Rs 31/- from each phone sold.

Andrew Vinoj

2 years ago

I believe it to be a fraud

Ramesh Poapt

2 years ago

vow!!! Great !!!
Achhe din aye kya!!!

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