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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

IRCTC launches new App for faster booking of tickets
Railways today launched a new ticketing App, IRCTC Rail Connect, to facilitate booking of train tickets in a faster and easier way. Equipped with latest technology, the new App also makes possible booking of tatkal ticket, ladies quota, premium tatkal quota booking and current reservation. Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) Limited, which handles online train ticket bookings, has synchronised the new App, IRCTC Rail Connect, with its website. Travellers will be able to search and book train tickets, check their existing reservations or cancel them, and get upcoming journey alerts, the IRCTC release said.

Railways’ new policy okays advertisement in trains, stations
Aiming at about Rs 2,000 crore earnings in a year, the railways today unveiled non-fare revenue (NFR) policy, allowing trains, level-crossings and areas along the tracks to be used for advertising. The NFR policy envisages various schemes for revenue-yielding activities including train branding, rail radio scheme and using platforms for installing ATMs and renting out less-crowded platforms for wedding or teaching purposes across the country. Long-term sustainability is not possible with revenue from just freight and passenger fare. "We have to explore non-fare revenue," Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said here after launching  policy.

Spread awarness about digi-payments on youth day: UGC to varsities
The UGC has asked universities and colleges to involve youth to create awareness about digital payments on the occasion of the National Youth Day which is celebrated on January 12 every year. In a letter to vice chancellors of all central universities, UGC Secretary Jaspal S Sandhu referred to a HRD Ministry letter forwarding a Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports communication in this regard. Sandhu said the Youth and Sports Ministry has suggested that all the youth organisations should act in synchronised manner  on the National Youth Day.

Back from foreign tour, Rahul holds series of meetings
Back from his week-long foreign tour, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today held a series of meetings with party leaders including those from poll-bound Punjab to finalise the rest of tickets in the high stakes battle. Punjab PCC chief Amarinder Singh was among the leaders who met the Congress Vice President who participated in the central election committee meet.

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