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Katra - Qazigund Kashmir Rail Link Project of Indian Railways

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New Delhi, Dec 9, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB-India) The Indian Railways have done it again. It has completed the construction of the tunnel on the most challenging section of the Kashmir Rail link Project between Katra and Qazigund. The 1483 metre tunnel has come up at Sangaldhan near Ramban and has been completed in a record time of 28 months. Katra – Qazigund section is a stretch of 129 kilometres of rail track, out of which as much as 103 kilometres will be in the form of tunnels. Of these, about 70 are major tunnels.

The Railways achieved a similar breakthrough in July this year by constructing a 1671 metre tunnel in the same section.

The completion of the second tunnel is a major achievement for the railways in view of the stupendous engineering challenges it had posed. The success has also overcome the alignment problems which had cropped up earlier.

Carrying rail to Kashmir has been a dream project for the Central Government. It began with the construction of Jammu-Udhumpur line which was completed about 5years ago. It is now being extended to Katra, the base station for the popular Vaishno Devi yatra. Work on this section is in full swing. The tail end of the project, between Qazigund to Baramulla in the Kashmir valley, has since been completed and thrown open to public.

The entire line, called the Jammu-Udhampur-Katra-Quazigund-Baramulla link, is being developed to provide an alternative and reliable transportation system to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. At present the valley is connected by only a road link. The present project is the only railway line in mountainous ranges in India that is being constructed in broad gauge. The project is quite challenging and a prestigious one, as the 345 kilometres route crosses major earthquake zones in a most inhospitable terrain. It will have about 30 stations en-route.

At that time, the proposal was to construct the track over the Pir Panjal range, touching a height of 11,000 feet, following the Mugul road. But none of the proposals came to fruition because of significant engineering challenges. It was only in 1994 that the Indian Railways took up the project in right earnest but lack of funds led to delay in its execution. Only after it was declared a National Project in 2001 by the Central Government, funds started becoming available for its execution. The line connects states winter capital Jammu to its summer capital Srinagar.

The first stretch of the project between Jammu and Udhumpur is 53 kilometres long and passes through picturesque sub-mountainous region. It has 158 bridges out of which 36 are major ones. It also has a tunnel length of 10 kilometres. This section was thrown open to the public in April 2005.

Diversity Lottery Visa Tips for USA: Top 5 Things To Remember And Common Mistakes

New York, NY, October 28, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / malebits press release) Parwani Law Firm, P.C. - A New York based Immigration Law Firm has compiled the following list addressing common mistakes immigrants make while applying for the Diversity Lottery.

New British Visa Rules Explained

Calcutta, Dec 2, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / openPR)The UK immigration cap announced by the government features a range of tight restrictions and drastic reductions in UK visa numbers.

The UK Government has announced a permanent cap of 21,700 on skilled immigration to take effect in April of 2011. Moreover, Tier 1 UK Visa will be restricted to entrepreneurs, investors and 'exceptionally talented' individuals and Tier 2 UK Visa will be restricted to graduate level occupations.

The government's planned cap on immigration is unlikely to affect the numbers of IT workers from outside the European Union taking up positions in the UK, according to industry groups. The cap, announced by Home Secretary Theresa May on Tuesday, will limit the number of non-EU staff who can come to the UK to work.

Jet Airways of India Spreads Wings Into Italy with Milano-New Delhi Flights

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Calcutta, 29 November 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / Online PR News) Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline, today announced that it will commence daily non-stop flights from Milano Malpensa to New Delhi from December 5th, 2010 in code share with Alitalia, producing Milan the twenty-fourth international destination on Jet Airways’ network.

Naresh Goyal, Chairman, Jet Airways, said: “We consider Milan a strategic destination, getting the company and commercial center of Italy. India, an emerging marketplace with a booming economy is a youthful and vibrant marketplace that holds beneficial potential. Jet Airways and I consume pride in bringing a taste of Modern India to Italy. Based on our experience in Europe, with a direct flight we expect the marketplace to grow by 30%. During the very first month we already have 89% occupancy on the new flight from Milan. We are therefore incredibly optimistic about this flight. Our product and our service inside air and on ground are anything incredibly special, warm and distinctive and we’re certain that the Italian marketplace will enjoy this”.

Rocco Sabelli, Managing Director of Alitalia, said: “We are incredibly happy to jobs with Jet Airways. This agreement represents a incredibly essential development for Alitalia. Connecting Italy from the principal worldwide destinations, reinforcing our leadership position inside Italian marketplace and our offer of intercontinental flights from Milan is a further step in our strategy. Alitalia stands out as the very first SkyTeam airline for getting signed an agreement with Jet Airways”.

“I am particularly happy from the new daily direct flight to Milano Malpensa – New Delhi operated by the largest Indian airline. This link will support to strengthen the relationships in between our market, wherever only the North West recorded 50% of exports to India, and a single from the major globe powers with powerful economic growth” – mentioned Giuseppe Bonomi, Chairman, SEA Milan Airports – “Malpensa confirms its leadership inside relationship with East Asia thanks also to this new flight activated inside a short time thanks our trade policy that has brought sure results: today Malpensa connects 168 destinations, reaching 86 cities outside Europe and 110 airlines”.

Travel Vacations In Kolkata and India

Kolkata, West Bengal, India, Republic of, October 29, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / Kolkata is the city of culture and festival. It is also the city of palaces and a favourite one for the travelers from all over the world. People love to visit this place time to time due to its extraordinariness. Travel Vacations in kolkata promise to give different flavours of the same place. British made the place as their favourite one and they made it the capital of the country for a long period. The city still possesses the ethnicity and the sophistication of the old culture. The best Kolkata Travel Guide can make your vacation a little more attractive. They can give you the charm of visiting the various places with the background story. Kolkata is a very ancient city and you can find an interesting story behind any place while you are visiting. This enhances the pleasure of traveling increasing the interest. Even you can get the access of such stories while you are surfing with the India Travel Information. The best tourist guide can make you’re the visit more interesting by a planning through the contrast between and the ancient culture and tradition of North Kolkata and the modern western look of the South Kolkata. The fragrance of North Kolkata can bring you back to time of kings and their reigns whereas the South Kolkata can give the charm of western look and lifestyle in dazzling shopping malls.

Bikaner City, Rajasthan, India - Golden Sand of The Desert Creates a Dream Like Image

Bikaner, India, Oct 20, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / pressreleasepoint) Bikaner is popularly referred to as the 'Camel City of Rajasthan'. Bikaner lies on the ancient caravan routes that linked Western/Central Asia and North India with the seaports of Gujarat. Bikaner thus flourished as a major trade center during the medieval period. The kingdom of Bikaner was established by a Rathore Prince, Rao Bikaji, son of the founder of Jodhpur, Rao Jodhaji in 1488 A.D. He was able to carve out a state named after him after hardship of 30 years. Let us explore the attractions of the Bikaner city.

Opening of Cambodia Railroad Puts Pan-Asian Railway Firmly on Track

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA, Oct 22, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / ADB) - The first segment of a new international standard railroad officially opened in Cambodia today, a major step towards the creation of a long-awaited Pan-Asian railroad.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing $84 million in support of the reconstruction and repair of 650 kilometers (404 miles) of rail stretching from Cambodia's border with Thailand, through the capital city of Phnom Penh, and southward to Sihanoukville, the country's main seaport.

The Government of Australia is providing an additional $21.5 million in support of the $141 million project.

Top International Business Suites & Hotel in Pune, India gets new General Manager

Pune, India, October 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / prurgent) Marriott International, the leading world-wide lodging company appointed Ms. Ranju Alex as the General Manager at Courtyard by Marriott, Pune Hinjewadi.

In her new role, Ranju will lead Courtyard by Marriott, Pune Hinjewadi and will be responsible for all the aspects of the day to day management and operations of the property. She joins the Marriott Group after being the officiating General Manager at the Oberoi Grand Hotel, Kolkata. Ranju brings with her close to two decades of valuable experience in management and operations, in various capacities spanning over multiple designations in the hospitality industry. She began her career as a Management Trainee in the prestigious Oberoi Centre of Learning & Development (OCLD) and went on to achieve a gold medal in the programme. Being with the top notch brand at the Oberoi Grand Hotel, Kolkata, Ranju moved on the ladder in roles varying from Housekeeping Manager, Rooms division Manager to the Officiating General Manager. An outright operations person, Ranju’s credo has always been Guest Satisfaction.

Indian Railways New Catering Policy 2010 to improve quality of food served in Indian trains

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By H. C. Kunwar
Deputy Director (M & C), Press Information Bureau, New Delhi

New Delhi, India, Oct 4, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) To build lasting relationships with passengers based on trust,  satisfaction and mutual benefits, the Ministry of Railways has decided to manage catering and hospitality services at stations and on trains at its own in a phased manner under the new Catering Policy-2010 which was unveiled last month.

The need for a new Catering Policy has emanated from a variety of consideration.  First and the foremost is the need to address the public perception and concerns regarding steep decline in the quality of catering services as substantiated by the ever increasing number of complaints received.  Secondly, given the fact that Catering is a passenger service first and profit centre later, there is a need to redefine Railways’ approach towards catering in this direction.  Moreover, with the majority of rail users consisting of General and Sleeper Class passengers, there is a need to reorient the Policy towards addressing the need to cater to this section especially in view of the fact that most long distance trains are having fewer halts and that too for a very short duration.  Given the vast expanse of railway network, it was felt necessary that to effectively supervise and monitor catering services, the reach and the resources of the railway network had to be leveraged in order to ensure a better supervision and monitoring of the catering services.  Lastly, there were issues regarding contract management and emergence of oligopoly in the catering contracts which was against healthy trade practices and against the spirit of mobile catering services.

Wonders Never Cease (Giza, Egypt)

The plateau of Giza houses the most famous constructions in human history; the pyramids of Cheops, Chephren, Mycerinus and the Sphinx. The other smaller ones here belong to the queens. It is said that when Cheops became the king of Egypt, there was no place at the royal necropolis in Dahshur for his own pyramid. He moved his court and residence further north towards a commanding rock cliff, ideal for a gigantic pyramid. Thus was born the ‘Wonder’ that did not need any speculation about its appearance, shape and size

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