Nature’s plentifulness comes to the interiors of train coaches in India

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wildlife1New Delhi : Nature, environment, wildlife and train – a new set of image collage is going to take shape when train coaches will sizzle with the wild roar images of residents of jungles.
The bland and barren coaches of passenger trains may soon have exciting images of tigers, cranes, trees and other wildlife painted on them.

Starting from Rajasthan, the Indian Railway is actively considering a proposal of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to paint coaches and stations with the images of wildlife to spread awareness about conservation and promote tourism through pictorial representation.

Ustad-the tiger

“We are considering a WWF-India proposal of having pictorial representation of natural habitats and wildlife on certain trains and stations to create awareness about the need for conservation and protection of forest, tiger, birds other species,” said a senior Railway Ministry official.

As per the plan, tiger will be the main theme of the campaign apart from birds such as crane. There will also be trees, bushes, waterbodies to showcase greenery and jungle life. To begin with, railway stations at Sawai Madhopur and Bharatpur and coaches of Nizamuddin-Kota Jan Shatabdi Express will have paintings of wildlife and forest.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu already had a discussion with tiger conservationist Valmik Thapar for taking forward the message of conservation through pictorial representation at Sawai Madhopur and Bharatpur railway stations and on some selected passenger trains.

WWF-India will set up a project design team which will work out details with the railway officials. The project may be later extended to trains linking wildlife sanctuaries.

The design team will visit the two railway stations shortly to get a first hand idea of the sites and potential for pictorial depictions.

The pictorial representation of wildlife and forest will also serve to promote sanctuaries as tourist destinations.

Paintings will be done by local artists and WWF-India will provide technical and necessary financial support to the artists and designers involved in the exercise.

AI engineers threaten to knock doors of court against management

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air indiaNew Delhi : A decision to absorb 50 odd Air India Express (AIE) engineers became a reason to lock horns between the management and the engineers. A section of Air India Engineers have threatened to take the airline management to court if it does not reverse its decision to absorb 50 odd Air India Express (AIE) engineers into subsidiary AIESL on the ground that the move would adversely impact their carreer prospects. They claimed that engineers coming from Air India Express, who have been getting early promotions, would get seniority upon transfer thereby adversely affecting the career prospects of AI engineers. Air India Engineering Services Ltd (AIESL) currently has 900 aircraft maintenance engineers (AME) with 500 of them from erstwhile Indian Airlines (narrow-body fleet) and the rest from Air India (wide-body fleet).

On the other hand, Air India Express has a total of around 105 engineers. Of these 55 are of Air India Express itself and the remaining 50 on deputation from Air India. Air India had hived off its engineering and cargo businesses into two separate subsidiaries– AIESL and Air India Transport Services Limited (AITSL)–in 2013.

It is feared by the existing head count that The absorption of these engineers from AIE into the AIESL would further block their promotion avenues. Hence they will protest the decision and would soon move Mumbai High Court seeking a stay.

These engineers were initially hired on a temporary basis on the condition that their services will be regularised only after five years and that too depending on the performance.

ICMR DG assures absence of newer mutant strains in Delhi dengue outbreak

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dengueNew Delhi : There is no new mutant strain of dengue which is affecting people of Delhi and if citizens do their bit then the epidemic can come under control very soon, said newly-appointed Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director General Dr Soumya Swaminathan.

In an exclusive interview give to media agency, Swaminathan, a paediatrician and a researcher on infectious diseases, informed that there were four sero types circulating in India and this year, Delhi has seen more of sero type 4 and 2.
Asked wheteher the scare on dengue was genuine, and wheteher it can culminate into an epidemic or an outbreak, Swaminathan replied that this year data is what we see every year, during and after the monsoon, and from what we know so far, of the number of cases and the sero types of dengue virus that are circulating, we are seeing the same pattern as we have seen in previous years. There are four sero types of the dengue virus, 1, 2, 3 and 4. It looks like the dengue sero type 4 and 2 are more common this year. Every year there is a different sero type that is more common and that varies from year to year. The clinical manifestations are also the same.

Replying to the impact of any new strain of dengue doing its rounds, Swaminathan strictly negated the possibility saying, there is no new strain of dengue, it is the same strains of dengue.The virus infestation she added, typically, peaks in the month of October, post monsoon. But, this year because we have not seen much rain in Delhi and there is no water stagnation, it is possible that it is already peaking and that we may see an actual decline in the cases in the next few weeks. If it rains again, and water starts collecting here and there, there are chances of a rise.