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Vidarbha Express collision: 12 trains cancelled, many diverted

One person was killed, four were injured seriously, and nine sustained minor injuries when Mumbai-Gondia Vidarbha Express collided with derailed bogies of a local train between Kasara and Umbermali last night


Kasara (Mah): Rail traffic was disrupted today on the Kalyan-Kasara section of the Central Railway with 12 trains cancelled and over a dozen others diverted, after the Vidarbha Express collided with derailed bogies of a local train, leaving one person dead and 13 injured, reports PTI.
 
Even as the restoration work on the affected track was on, six long distance trains have been cancelled, nine trains have been short-terminated while over a dozen have been diverted on alternate routes, a railway spokesman said.
 
Six suburban train services between Chhattrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) and Kasara have also been cancelled, besides local train services on the Asangaon-Kasara section, causing inconvenience to a lot of daily commuters on the route.
 
One person was killed, four were injured seriously, and nine sustained minor injuries when Mumbai-Gondia Vidarbha Express collided with derailed bogies of a local train between Kasara and Umbermali last night.
 
The deceased has been identified as—Shakeela Quereshi (65)—a resident of Titwala in Thane district, an official release issued by the Central Railway (CR) said.
 
Railway minister Mukul Roy has announced an ex-gratia of Rs5 lakh to the kin of the dead, Rs1lakh each to the grievously injured and Rs25,000 each to those who sustained simple injuries.
 
Railways have also said that the expenses of those taking treatment at private hospitals would be borne by the department.
 
The cause of the accident is under investigation, Commissioner of Railway Safety, Central Circle, Chetan Bakshi said at the accident site.
 
Earlier, CR General Manager Subodh Jain said that the route affected due to the collision will be fully restored by tomorrow morning.
 
“We will open one of the two lines by Friday midnight and the second one by Saturday morning,” Mr Jain said at the accident site.
 
According to Mr Jain, the mishap occurred after the loco pilot of Vidarbha Express applied emergency brakes on spotting the derailed local train on the tracks.
 
The time lag between the derailed local train coming to a halt and the collision was only 1.17 seconds, and the loco pilot did the best possible thing by applying the brakes, Mr Jain said, adding that this resulted in one of the bogies of Vidarbha Express piling up on top of another.
 
Asked if anti-collision device could have averted the incident, Mr Jain said, “It is very unlikely for an automatic system to be effective even in the slim time lag. Manual intervention was the best possible action in such situation.”
 
A CR statement said that Mumbai-Bhusawal Passenger (51153) and its return service have been cancelled, while Gorakhpur LTT Superfast train (12541) will be terminated at Nashik Road and Secunderabad-Mumbai Devgiri Express (17058) will be terminated at Manmad today.
 
The relief staff of Central Railway and other agencies were working through the night to re-establish the rail-contact between Mumbai and a large part of central India.
 
An additional team from Bhusawal Junction has also reached the site to assist in restoration work, railway officials said.
 
In order to get the twin lines on the Kalyan-Kasara section fully operational by tomorrow morning, the Railway staff has to remove the mangled bogies of Vidarbha Express as well as the local train and repair the damaged tracks and overhead equipment. Additional cranes are scheduled to reach the site to lift the coaches lying on the track.
 
The engine of Vidarbha Express and some coaches of the suburban local train stuck on the track will be pushed aside to clear the way and restore rail movement, officials said. The coaches which can be pulled out by rolling will be removed by using engines, while the rest would be just pushed aside the tracks and would be lifted later on.
 
During the night, the relief workers were successful in bringing down the coach S-10, which had climbed on to another coach due to pressure created by the hard braking.
 
The work will continue through the day, officials on the spot said.
 
Meanwhile, a report from Nashik said rail traffic at Nashik Road Central Railway station was affected following the train accident as many trains going towards Mumbai were diverted on Pune-Daund-Manmad section and to Jalgaon, Nashik Road railway station manager RK Kuthar said.
 
He said Manmad-Mumbai Panchavati Express, Manmad-Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) Rajya Rani Express, Bhusawal-Mumbai-passenger train; Tapovan Express and Manmad-LTT Godavari Express were cancelled.
 
A number of passengers, especially traders who commute to Mumbai daily, were stranded following cancellation of the trains, he said, adding that it will take time to restore the route.

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Taro board rejects Sun Pharma’s offer for complete acquisition

Sun Pharma had proposed to fully acquire Taro with an offer to purchase all the outstanding shares of the Israeli firm at $24.50 per share

 
Israel-based Taro Pharmaceutical Industries said a special committee of its board has rejected an offer from Sun Pharmaceutical Industries to purchase its issued and outstanding shares not held by the Indian pharma firm due to inadequate price, reports PTI.
 
“The Special Committee of the Board of Directors unanimously rejected the 18 October 2011 unsolicited, non-binding offer from Sun Pharmaceutical Industries to purchase all of the issued and outstanding shares of Taro not currently held by Sun Pharma for $24.50 per share as inadequate and not in the best interests of Taro’s minority shareholders,” Taro Pharmaceutical Industries said in a statement on its website.
 
When contacted, a Sun Pharma spokesperson said that the company would not like to offer any comment.
 
Sun Pharma had proposed to fully acquire Taro with an offer to purchase all the outstanding shares of the Israeli firm that would have entailed an outgo of $367.5 million (over Rs1,810 crore).
 
Sun Pharma, which holds 66.5% stake in Taro, had said it was proposing to acquire 15 million outstanding shares at a price of $24.50 per share.
 
Sun Pharma had acquired a controlling stake in Taro in September 2010.

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Should you buy generic products or national brands?

The strategy is to experiment and try. When choosing generic products, customers should try to eliminate their prejudices and give the non-branded item a fair shake


A recently published Consumer Affairs story (http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2012/07/whats-the-real-deal-behind-generic-products.html) has revealed that consumers are generally confused and unable to spot the difference between a generic, private label and national brand. If at all, most tend to choose national brands over generic ones because of the familiarity and brand recall. But are national brands better than generic and local brands?
 
“Branded manufacturers often do not produce a true match to their own brand, while private label manufacturers work hard to match national brand quality where applicable,” quoted Bert Edwards, who according to Consumer Affairs, has been in the private label industry for nearly 30 years. At this juncture, consumers might ask, “What is a private label brand?”
 
A private label brand is a generic product having the manufacturer’s own label. For instance, in your local mom & pop store, you might see an atta or dhal branded with its own label. Therefore, it is nothing but a generic knock up, with better packaging and quality assurance. This is different from the national brand like Aashirvaad Atta that is found almost on all stores. Whereas private labels are found only on stores that market their own labels.
 
Earlier, generic products used to be all about the cost and not quality. The idea was to sell it at the lowest cost possible, wherein the same product bought one day would be good and terrible the next day. This is much like the vegetable market, where you will need to inspect each and every piece of the product, which maybe good or bad. “For years many retailers simply offered ‘generic’ products—they often looked for the lowest price, and quality did not really factor in,” says Edwards in the Consumer Affairs piece.
 
However, this soon began to change as consumers grew health conscious and started focussing on quality rather than just the product. This prompted generic manufacturers to step up the plate and produce good quality items. The branding on their part is the marketing effort to be able to sell the generic brand. 
 
So should consumers go for national branded items, private labels or stick to plain generics? The strategy that Consumer Affairs advises is to shop around the same way you shop around for national brands—experiment and try. They advise that consumers should also remember to use the same shopping logic when looking for private labels as when looking for national brands.
 
Sometimes the ambiance can be an indicator of the product in store. “In addition, shoppers should use the overall appearance and level of quality in other store areas to give a better indication on the quality of its private label items,” says Consumer Affairs. In other words, if the products are not looking good and are spoilt, then it is an indication that other products will also be bad. 
 
Sometimes, even places like the vegetable market, where non-branded items are found, can be good. Edwards says, “When choosing a private label item, customers should try to eliminate their prejudices and give the non-branded item a fair shake. “
 
The piece concludes with Edwards stating, “The bottomline is, with the quality of private label products available at many retailers, you should be buying private label products because it saves you money on products you like, not because you are settling on those products to save money.” 
 
(Courtesy: ConsumerAffairs.com/ Daryl Nelson)

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COMMENTS

Sunil Goswami

6 months ago

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anantha ramdas

5 years ago

As a high BP patient, for long, I have been using Plendl; couple of months ago, the big blue chip company stopped the supplies of 2.5mg and a month later totally it went off the market from where I had bought some 5mg.

Then I went back to my doctor and he recommended a generic substitute which combined both Plendl and Tenormin, which I am now using and keeping close check on the pressure. Of course, keeping a greater control on the intake of salt.

Generic medicines, in due course, will ensure that branded products will start facing stiff competition and prices will be reduced to reasonable levels.

Rajkumar Singh

5 years ago

Tiharwale accepts that the only difference a customer experiences while Banking at ICICI and Andhra Bank, is the service (attitude) of the staff". And what I said, "The bottomline should have been, if the buyers want to have their controls over the quality as well as price of any commodity, they should encourage or rather prefer private label products to national products, IF available at the retailers", HERE available also means - attitude and service of the staff, which is the main cause of concern and lagging at the nationalised banks for being a government servant!

TIHARwale

5 years ago

"you should be buying private label products because it saves you money on products you like, not because you are settling on those products to save money.” rightly said. as a former banker i have seen that good number of customers go for brand name even as products ( with exactly same features are available at a lower cost in a particular bank when same product is tagged with a higher cost at another bank. the most common case is credit / debit cards offered by Bank be it VISA/Master. not many understand irrespective of card issuing bank the transaction is routed thro VISA/Master card server so processing efficiency remains the same. Similarly the core banking software running in more than 50% of leading banks in India is Infosys owned Finacle. So the only difference customer experiences while Banking at ICICI and Andhra Bank is due to staff knowledge and attitude as the the software at the disposal of staff in both the Bank,s is the same where as Andhra Bank offers the facility to customer the same facility at a cheaper price compared to ICICI.

Rajkumar Singh

5 years ago

The bottomline should have been, if the buyers want to have their controls over the quality as well as price of any commodity, they should encourage or rather prefer private label products to national products, IF available at the retailers.

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