'Wait-listed Tatkal passengers to get preference over others'

If an extra coach is added to a particular train, then preference would be given to wait-listed Tatkal ticket holders over other wait-listed passengers

New Delhi: Railways decided to give preference to wait-listed passengers under the Tatkal ticket scheme over other passengers while clearing the waiting list in the event of addition of extra coaches to the train, reports PTI.

To clear the extra rush of passengers, Railways have introduced many summer specials as well as resorted to adding extra coaches in trains.

"If an extra coach is added to a particular train, then preference would be given to wait-listed Tatkal ticket holders. After that other class wait-listed passengers will be adjusted in the coach," a senior Railway Ministry official said.

Passengers shell out more to purchase tickets under the Tatkal scheme.

In November last year, Railways had reduced the advance reservation period of Tatkal tickets from two days to one day (24 hours).

For example, if a train is to depart from the originating station on second day of the month then the Tatkal quota for that particular train will open at 08.00 hours of the first day of the month.

As per the Tatkal scheme, a maximum of four passengers can be booked per PNR for Tatkal tickets and no refund will be granted on cancellation of confirmed Tatkal tickets except in exceptional circumstances.

No duplicate tickets will be issued except only in exceptional cases on payment of full fare, including Tatkal charges.

Tatkal tickets shall be issued only on production of prescribed photo identity card. For this purpose, a self attested photo copy of the proof of identity of any one passenger is required to be attached to the requisition slip.

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US slaps sanctions against Dawood aides Chhota Shakeel and Tiger Memon

Chhota Shakeel is Dawood's lieutenant who coordinates for D Company with other organized crime and terror groups while Memon is a trusted lieutenant who controls the group's businesses across South Asia and is wanted by Indian authorities for his involvement in the 1993 Mumbai bombings

Washington: The United States slapped sanctions against underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's two top aides Chhota Shakeel and Tiger Memon for their role in drug trafficking in the region, reports PTI.

The US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Chhota Shakeel and Ibrahim 'Tiger' Memon as specially designated narcotics traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for their roles as part of a criminal organization run by Dawood Ibrahim known as 'D Company'.

Dawood was named as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist in October 2003, and in June 2006, he was named as a Significant Foreign Narcotics Trafficker.

Also in June 2006, the Dawood Organization was named as a Significant Foreign Narcotics Trafficker.

"Treasury continues to target the nexus of crime and terrorism in South Asia with today's action against one of the world's most notorious criminal organizations," said OFAC Director Adam Szubin.

Chhota Shakeel, 57, is Dawood's lieutenant who coordinates for D Company with other organized crime and terror groups. Memon, 52, is a trusted lieutenant who controls the group's businesses across South Asia and is wanted by Indian authorities for his involvement in the 1993 Mumbai bombings.

Interpol has issued provisional arrest warrants or "red notices" for Shakeel and Memon, both Indian nationals.

As a result of today's action, US persons are prohibited from conducting financial or commercial transactions with Chhota Shakeel and 'Tiger' Memon, and any assets they may have under US jurisdiction are frozen.

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CBI raids Yeddyurappa, kin's residences

The CBI action comes at a time when Yeddyurappa is facing the heat of internal turmoil in the BJP triggered by a revolt by his loyalists gunning for a change of leadership in Karnataka

Bangalore: Swinging into action a day after filing a first information report (FIR) against Karnataka's former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa in connection with illegal mining, officials from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CB) on Wednesday conducted simultaneous raids at the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader's residences here and in some other places in the south-west Indian state, reports PTI.

A joint team of CBI officials from Hyderabad and Bangalore also raided residences of Yeddyurappa's sons BY Raghavendra, MP, and BY Vijayendra as also his son-in-law RN Sohan Kumar here and their home district Shimoga, police sources said.

A nine-member team headed by CBI Inspector General Lakshminarayana commenced the raids at Yeddyurappa's residences in Dollars Colony and Race Course Road here besides a firm owned by one of his sons, the sources told PTI.

The raids come in the wake of the CBI registering a case against Yeddyurappa and others in line with the 11th May Supreme Court directive ordering a probe by the central agency into alleged undue favours shown by him to firms involved in illegal mining in lieu of donations to a charitable trust run by his kin when he was the chief minister.

The raids began at 6.15AM and would continue throughout the day, the sources said.

The CBI action comes at a time when Yeddyurappa is facing the heat of internal turmoil in the BJP triggered by a revolt by his loyalists gunning for a change of leadership of DV Sadananda Gowda with nine ministers and many MLAs submitting their resignations to him.

After aggressive postures that pushed the BJP's first ever government in the south to the brink, Yeddyurappa on Monday said he had decided to quit the party but was putting it off heeding the advise of party senior leader Arun Jaitely and others.

Yeddyurappa, who was forced to quit last year after the Lokayukta report indictment on illegal mining, is also battling a spate of cases for alleged irregularities in land denotification.

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