Indian Railways - General awareness questions on current affairs

1)   Which country's railways is introducing dedicated train services for global and national tourists?

a. India
b. Pakistan
c. Bangladesh
d. Sri Lanka
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: India

Explanation:
Indian Railways plans a dedicated train service for domestic and international tourists, catering to customers at different income levels.

This is a part draft tourism policy which IR is bringing out for the first time in a bid to increase private partnership in running tourist trains.

A concept of tourist train with differential tariff will be worked out. The train will comprise different classes of accommodation like Sleeper 3A, 2A and 1A coaches, as per demand.

The IR will operate the train on different circuits with normal tariff or with a mark up. Service providers like Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will manage other services such as hotel accommodation and sightseeing for domestic and international tourists.

The Railways also proposes to reserve special coaches for tourists on trains running through tourist spots across the country.

It will auction such dedicated tourist coaches to tour operators at a premium based on which the tour operator may carry the passengers/tourists to be booked by it.

An effort will be made to involve private participation in operating more (hill tourist) trains and also to improve the financial conditions in hill railways in general through Public Private Partnership.

There will be ‘Bharat Darshan Trains’ catering “for the masses” with sleeper class coaches.

For promoting religious tourism, the IR proposed introducing Astha Circuit Trains and State Tirth Trains.

While the former will be operated by the IR at its own expense, the latter will be run on request from state governments at their cost.

Indian Railways: Know More

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Number of employees: 1,331,000
  • Founded: 16 April 1853
  • Revenue: 1.683 trillion INR (US$25 billion, 2015–2016)
  • Divisions: 17 Railways Zones


2)   Who has authored “Indian Railway- The Weaving of a National Tapestry”?

a. Bibek Debroy
b. Sanjay Chadha
c. Vidya Krishnamurthy
d. All of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: All of the above

Explanation:
The Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu on 30 March 2017 released a book on the Indian Railways - “Indian Railway-The weaving of a National Tapestry.”

The book was jointly authored by Bibek Debroy (Member, NITI Aayog), Sanjay Chadha (Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce) and Vidya Krishnamurthi.

The theme of this book is the historical development of railways in India.

The book is divided into chapters dealing with different periods of development in chronological order.

It builds its foundations from periods prior to 1853, when the first commercial passenger railway was inaugurated.

The authors wanted to create a cross between an academic book and a coffee table book.

The result is a narrative built around a series of anecdotes of railway history. The book manages to convey considerable amounts of information in a conversational manner.

The story begins with the early plans for building railways in the Indian sub-continent in the 1830s, continues with the debates in the 1840s and the advent of the railways in the 1850s and 1860s.

The final chapter, which covers the period of consolidation and change during the 1870s onwards, is the most absorbing.

The last chapter covers the period from the beginning of the 20th century until independence. The book is perhaps best characterised as Indian Railway History - An anecdotal version.

Indian Railways: Know More

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Number of employees: 1,331,000
  • Founded: 16 April 1853
  • Revenue: 1.683 trillion INR (US$25 billion, 2015–2016)
  • Chief Subsidiary: Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation
  • Parent organization: Ministry of Railways


3)   Which University Institute has entered into an agreement with Indian Railways?

a. Monash
b. Macquerie
c. Canberra
d. Adelaide
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Monash

Explanation:
Australian research centre Monash University Institute of Railway Technology and Indian Ministry of Railways Corporation Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited signed an agreement to this effect.

IRT with partners Balaji Railroad Systems Ltd (BARSYL), leading railway consultants in India, PwC, and Indian Institute of Bombay (IITB) were selected as the preferred supplier from a competitive global selection process.

They will provide guidance on the establishment of a new applied research and development institute in India known as SRESTHA (Special Railway Establishment for Strategic Technology & Holistic Advancement).

SRESTHA will be locally engaged, but have a global reach.

It will have the aim to become a world leader in the advancement of rail.

Significantly, the project will provide guidance to the Indian Railways on international models that will be adapted to the Indian railway environment.


4)   Railways has launched the website of National Rail Plan for which year?

a. National Rail Plan 2017
b. National Rail Plan 2016
c. National Rail Plan 2020
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: None of the above

Explanation:
In a further move to take the Indian Railways at an advanced level, Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu in a programme held in Rail Bhawan on 8th Dec launched website of National Rail Plan, 2030.

The website can be accessed at http://www.nationalrailplan.in. This dedicated website for National Rail Plan (NRP, 2030) has been developed for all stakeholders to give their inputs for purposeful study as Railways’ planning cannot be done in isolation.

In order to provide long term perspective to planning for augmenting the railway network Ministry of Railways have decided to develop National Rail Plan (NRP 2030) in consultation with all the stakeholders including State Governments, public representatives and other relevant Central Ministries.

NRP-2030 will endeavour to harmonise and integrate the rail network with other modes of transport and create synergy for achieving seamless multi modal transportation network across the country.

Indian Railways needs to form a concrete plan about its doings in the coming 10-20 years. He said that after receiving ideas Railways will capture all the requirements from the different stakeholders.

Indian Railways- National Rail Plan 2030

  • The Indian Railway Network is a key component of the Country’s Transport System. Transporting
  • Presently Railway planning is presently not based on some integrated plan.
  • The network plan shall take into account connectivity to backward region.
  • It will also take up Congestion in the existing network and futuristic development of Industrial corridors.
  • Deficits in existing network are to be planned for removal.
  • National Rail Plan 2030 has been envisaged which shall not only take care of existing corridors but also the identification and development of new corridors & connections.


5)   Indian Railways have included which gender in ticket reservation and cancellation forms?

a. Male
b. Female
c. Transgender/Third gender
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Transgender/Third gender

Explanation:
Indian Railways and IRCTC have included transgender as the third gender in the option alongside male and female in ticket reservation and cancellation forms .

Decisions taken on a representation made by a lawyer will include the facilities for reservations and cancellations online as well as offline.

The ministry in its circular referred to the direction of the apex court of April 2014, which had said that hijras, eunuchs, apart from binary gender, be treated as third gender for protecting their rights.

"It has, therefore, been decided to include the third gender/transgender option alongside male/female in reservation /cancellation requisition form. This information will be captured by the system and tickets to transgender will be issued on full fare," the circular stated.


6)   Indian Railways has developed an advanced system to reduce train accidents. What is it called?

a. Tri-Netra
b. Eklavya
c. Tri- Jyoti
d. Tri-Shakti
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Tri-Netra

Explanation:
Indian railways will get an advanced system called Tri-Netra on trains to help lower train accidents by keeping record of track maintenance.

It will also provide better visibility during foggy days

The system is made of a high-resolution optical video camera, high-sensitivity infrared video camera and a radar-based terrain mapping system.

Tri-Netra is short for “terrain imaging for diesel drivers infrared, enhanced optical and radar assisted system”.

The system provides a locomotive pilot a proper view of up to one kilometre on a straight track, even during inclement weather
This helps in maintaining high speed in limited visibility and avoid delay in arrivals.


7)   Railways has installed the first ultra modern computer based signalling system at which junction?

a. Kurla
b. Khurja
c. Kanpur
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Khurja

Explanation:
Indian Railways has installed the first ultra modern, computer based signalling system to ensure faster movement of over 250 trains at the Khurja junction between Kanpur and Ghaziabad. Train’s path will now be cleared by central operator working on a VDU/ Visual Display Unit. The cost of this project was INR 440 crore. Most of it came from the German Development Bank and system will lead to centralised traffic system for management and handling of traffic.