Resume trains at high-speed in Naxal areas: Rlys to police

The railways have asked police in Orissa, West Bengal and Jharkhand to look into the possibility of re-introducing trains at the top speed of 110 km/hr during night hours in Maoist-affected areas. The trains are currently running at 75 km/hr as Railways officials decided to run them at a slower speed in view of the frequent Maoist-called bandhs and threats in their strongholds in these three neighbouring eastern states. At a meeting with police officials, South Eastern Railway General Manager A K Verma said that though it was a year since night trains were resumed in Junglemahal and other extremist- hit areas, the maximum permissible speed of trains was 75 km/hr. Due to this, in December alone 212 trains lost punctuality, he said.

Chinese tourist drowns in Bhagirathi

Krishnagar: A woman Chinese tourist drowned in Bhagirathi river in Nabadwip in Nadia district after she fell from a boat, police said. The accident occurred when Wang Li Zhu (60), part of a 30-member tourist group from China, was crossing the river from Mayapur to reach Nabadwip's Baralghat Tuesday night. The boat carrying the tourists dashed against the jetty and the woman slipped into the water.

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