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Friday, February 09, 2018

Now, trains to run faster during fog
Trains will now run faster - at 75 kmph, instead of the present 60 kmph - during fog or other adverse weather conditions, according to a policy decision taken by the Railway Board. The decision was taken during a full board meeting held on February 2. "With use of fog devices in locomotives, the maximum permissible speed during foggy or inclement weather condition is enhanced from 60 kmph to 75 kmph subject to the judgement of the loco pilots," the board said in a letter to all railway zones yesterday. The GPS-enabled fog safety device to alert the loco pilot about approaching signals is being used across zones.

Modi should apologise for sexist Ramayana comment: Mahila Cong
The women's wing of the Congress today called for an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his "utterly sexist" remark about party MP Renuka Chowdhury, saying that the comment insulted every woman in the country. The All India Mahila Congress said Modi should apologise to the nation and to Chowdhury for his "Ramayana" comment. The remark belittled the office of the prime minister and was an insult to every woman in the country, Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev said. Chowdhury had burst out laughing when Modi claimed in the Rajya Sabha yesterday that the concept of Aadhaar was mooted in 1998 by then home minister L K Advani.

Status quo in Doklam: Sushma Swaraj
There have been no new developments at the face-off site with China in Doklam and its vicinity and status quo prevails in the area, the government said today. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha that India had consistently maintained that it was only through diplomatic channels that differences on such matters could be addressed. "On the basis of persistent diplomatic communications, disengagement of Indian and Chinese border personnel in the Doklam area was accomplished on August 28 last year," she said.

Bumpy start to UP budget session as members heckle governor
The UP Assembly's budget session opened on a stormy note today as slogan-shouting lawmakers from opposition parties let loose a barrage of paper balls and balloons while Governor Ram Naik addressed a joint sitting of the state legislature highlighting the achievements of the Yogi Adityanath government.

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