Citizens' Issues
Rajdhani catches fire at New Delhi rail yard
At least five coaches of the Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express train were damaged in a fire that broke out while the train was in the New Delhi railway station yard on Tuesday after dropping off the passengers, officials said.
 
However, no casualty was reported. 
 
Nineteen fire tenders were pressed into service after a call was received from the railway station at noon, said an official of the Delhi Fire Service.
 
According to the official, at least five coaches of the train were damaged in the fire. 
 
"After dropping the passengers, the train was halted at the yard near the washing line and was being readied for its return journey," he said.
 
The official added that the cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained.

User

COMMENTS

vishal

2 years ago

the working of the Indian Railways is still at the pre historic stage in India. It was reported in News yesterday the Mail from Bangalore to Chennai was halted by a thief after he looted jewels from ladies in a compartment near Jolar Betai. What were the Railway Police doing till the train was stopped and the thief made his escape. The passengers never get to know the answer. In the meanwhile we are talking about bullet trains.

Tamil Nadu cancels land allocation to Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages
An industries department official told IANS on the condition of anonymity: 'A show-cause notice has been issued to the company on land allocation'
 
The Tamil Nadu government has cancelled the land allotted to Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd for its plant in Erode district, said an official.
 
An industries department official told IANS on the condition of anonymity: "A show-cause notice has been issued to the company on land allocation."
 
However, Additional Chief Secretary C.V.Sankar and the managing director of the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu Ltd (SIPCOT) R.Selvaraj were not available for comments and clarifications when contacted by IANS.
 
Local people including farmers were against the cola plant at Perundurai and in March around 3,500 shops in Erode district had downed their shutters in protest.
 
The company was allotted around 71 acres in SIPCOT's industrial estate in Perundurai.
 
People were protesting against the plant as they feared it would deplete the ground water resources in the district. Perundurai is about 445 km from Chennai.
 
All the political parties, except the ruling AIADMK, had called for the protest against the plant.
 
Coca-Cola's bottling plant in Plachimada in Kerala was also strongly opposed by the local people.
 
The Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages had planned to set up the plant at an outlay of around Rs.500 crore.
 
Curiously the government's decision comes ahead of the global investors meet to be held here next month.
 
However, the AIADMK government had earlier categorically declared that it would not allow industrial projects that affect the farmers.

User

COMMENTS

vishal

2 years ago

It is heartening to know Tamil Nadu people are vigilant about their water needs and their desire to protect ground water levels. I have not seen such attitude in Karnataka.

Meenal Mamdani

2 years ago

Tamil Nadu govt has made a good decision. Coca-Cola and other bottling companies siphon off ground water without informing the govt how much they have used. The companies also do not make any effort to recharge ground water.
Bottling companies in California too have come under the scanner for this same reason.

Gold sales to rise 25 percent on Akshaya Tritiya
To usher in good luck in their lives on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya, buyers have already started trickling in various jewellery shops on Tuesday and retailers expect sales to be higher by 25 percent over a usual day.
 
Akshaya Tritiya is a holy day for Hindus and Jains and is believed to bring good luck and success. It is considered to be an auspicious day to bring home gold.
 
"We have been hard-selling Akshaya Tritiya since a week as many customers prefer to buy their favourite ornaments ahead of the auspicious day to avoid crowd and last-minute rush," Deepak Jain of Dhanalakshmi Jewellers in Bangalore told IANS.
 
Many customers, however, will collect the ordered ornaments on Tuesday.
 
Pankaj Parekh, vice-chairman, Gems & Jewellery Export Promotion Council told IANS that sales are expected to be higher across the country as in March the import of yellow metal was on the higher side.
 
According to reports India's gold imports more than doubled to 125 tonnes in March from 60 tonnes in the same period a year ago.
 
"More than belief, it's a sentiment among the Hindus to buy gold and silver ornaments on this day for personal use or gift them to their near and dear as a means of blessing or to wish them prosperity through the year," Jain said.
 
"More and more people are now buying gold on Akshaya Tritiya day in Chennai which is a good sign for the industry," Jayantilal Challani, president, the Madras Jewellers and Diamond Merchants Association, told IANS.
 
"This year there are couple positive points for the trade to expect atleast 15 percent sales growth as compared to last year's Akshaya Tritiya. The gold prices have come down this year. There is a difference of around Rs.2,200 per sovereign this year as compared to last year's price," Challani added.
 
In the national capital gold price was hovering around Rs.27,000 per 10 grams on Tuesday. "We expect normal sales today (Tuesday) as people are not very confident of the price. In the last six to eight months price has varied between Rs.26,000-27,000 per 10 grams. People will again start buying if prices fall sharply or rise," Rahul Gupta, director, P.P. Jewellers told IANS.
 
He mentioned that gold price has hovered around Rs.26,000 per 10 grams for quite some time and now it will only go up.
 
"Secondly more shops have come up here which has led to the expectation that there would be newer jewellery designs. This year jewellery shops are not offering free pick-up and drop facilities unlike in 2014. Some jewellers offer free silver articles equal to the weight of gold purchased," Challani added.
 
Leading gold and jewellery showrooms in Bangalore, including Navarathan, Bheema, Lalithaa, Titan, Krishnaiah Chetty, Gitanjali Jewels, D'damas, Joyalukkas and Nakshatra are luring customers with attractive discounts and freebies.
 
"We are offering 20 percent discount on purchase of gold items between Rs.10,000 and Rs.50,000 and 25 percent discount on purchase of Rs.50,000 and above," a sales executive of Gitanjali Jewels told IANS.
 
With diamonds becoming popular among the trend, upwardly mobile and youth, many retail outlets selling the sparkling items are offering free gold coins of 2-5gm or 25g silver coin or item for purchase of 1 carat diamond.
 
Jewellers reported brisk sale in gold jewellery in Mumbai on the auspicious occasion of Akshaya Tritiya.
 
"Pure gold biscuits are priced at Rs.27,999 per 10 grams while 22 carat gold jewellery is going at Rs.26,500. By noon, our members have reported very encouraging trends as sales continue to be brisk," Mumbai Jewellers Federation President Rakesh Shetty said.
 
"Prices are stable for the past 10 days at Rs.26,950 for 24 carat variety. We expect very good sales this time, compared to last time when prices had gone up to Rs.30,000-Rs.31,000," Prayas Dugar, director, Indian Gem and Jewellery Creation, told IANS.
 
"This year, there can be an increase on volume by 15 to 20 percent on account of Akshay Tritiya and we are expecting good demand on the jewellery segment, rather than gold and silver coins. People are focusing more on fancy and ornamental jewellery rather than the traditional ones," he added.
 
He said the preference was for small gold jewellery like rings, earrings and chains, with some opting for bangles and heavy chains, too, and occasional pure gold biscuits also being sold.

User

We are listening!

Solve the equation and enter in the Captcha field.
  Loading...
Close

To continue


Please
Sign Up or Sign In
with

Email
Close

To continue


Please
Sign Up or Sign In
with

Email

BUY NOW

The Scam
24 Year Of The Scam: The Perennial Bestseller, reads like a Thriller!
Moneylife Magazine
Fiercely independent and pro-consumer information on personal finance
Stockletters in 3 Flavours
Outstanding research that beats mutual funds year after year
MAS: Complete Online Financial Advisory
(Includes Moneylife Magazine and Lion Stockletter)