‘Tejas Express’ Flagged Off Today: all you need to know

When: 22 May, 2017
Where: Mumbai, India
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Tejas Express

The ‘Tejas Express’, India’s newest train, will make its first trip today i.e 22 May, 2017 from Mumbai to Goa. The luxury train is expected to complete the journey in less than nine hours, which makes it faster than the Janshatabdi. The train was revealed to the public in Mumbai on Sunday. The bright yellow superfast train promises a flight-like experience on the track at less than Rs 1,500 a ride. Its first commercial journey was flagged off by Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu this afternoon. The much-awaited Tejas Express, boasts several modern facilities on-board like LED TV and tea, coffee vending machine, has been flagged off from Mumbai to Goa today.

The Tejas Express has German coaches fitted with LED screens, coffee vending machines and Wifi connectivity. The train will have thirteen coaches including one executive coach with a capacity of 56. All doors are centrally controlled. The train also has CCTV cameras, besides fire and smoke detection facilities. Its body is “graffiti proof”. The ticket fares will be cheaper than flights but 20 per cent higher than that of the Shatabdi Express.

The Tejas will take rail travel to a different level altogether. First of its kind, it will be a game changer. Each coach has cost Rs 3.25 crore, which have leather seats, LCD screens and a call button to summon attendants.  The train will run between Mumbai and Goa five days a week. During monsoon, it will run for three days. Tejas Express trains will also be launched between Delhi and Chandigarh and between Surat and Mumbai.

Here’s all you need to know about the luxurious train:

  1. Fully-loaded

The train has got all the ultra-modern amenities like on-board infotainment, wi-fi, CCTV, fire and smoke detection facilities, tea and coffee vending machine etc. General manager of central railway, who inspected the train at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai (CSTM), on Sunday, likened Tejas Express with an “aeroplane moving on the ground”.

  1. Speed

India’s first premium train will run at an average speed of 130kmph.

  1. Design

The train, manufactured at the Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala, will have automatic entrance door, a first in non-suburban train in Indian railways. The graffiti proof, vinyl-wrapped specially designed exterior has a bright colour theme of orange and yellow. Tejas Express has a dust-proof/sealed inter car gangway. The express will also be pressed into service in Delhi-Chandigarh and Delhi-Lucknow sectors, according to the railways.

  1. Route and Schedule

The Tejas Express would operate between Mumbai and Karmali (Goa) five days a week during non-monsoon period and three days a week during monsoon by halting at Dadar, Thane, Panvel, Ratnagiri and Kudal stations.

  1. Capacity

The 20 coach train will have one executive AC chair car with 56 seating capacity and 12 AC chair cars with 78 seat capacity of each coach.

  1. Fare

Tejas Express’s executive class fare+ is Rs 2,940 (with food) and Rs 2,540 (without food), and for AC chair car the fare has been fixed at Rs 1,850 (with food) and Rs 1,220 (without food). Besides the railways has also planned optional on-board catering services.

  1. Safety

The high-speed train has all the safety measures like suppression system, fire suppression system, smoke detection and fire detection. A GPS-based passenger information display system and a digital destination board has also been installed for the convenience of the passengers.

  1. Braille assistance

Tejas Express has also got Braille assistance installed for visually challenged passengers.

  1. Cleanliness

The train has bio-vacuum toilets facility in all the coaches. It will also have other features like hand dryers, water level indicators and touch-less water taps.

  1. Response from public

According to central railway, passengers have shown positive response in booking advance trains for the train. The ticket booking started within minutes of its opening this morning and in the first four hours, 207 passengers booked tickets for the AC chair car and 10 for executive AC chair car.

 

International Museum Day 2017

When: 18 May, 2017
What: International Museum Day
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The worldwide community of museums is celebrating International Museum Day today i.e, 18 May 2017. The theme chosen for 2017 is “Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums”. The objective of International Museum Day is to raise awareness of the fact that, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.”

Participation in International Museum Day is growing among museums all over the world. In 2016, more than 35,000 museums participated in the event in some 145 countries. The International Council of Museums (ICOM) has recently announced that the central topic of International Museum Day 2017 will be “Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums”. This theme focuses on the role of museums that, by working to benefit society, become hubs for promoting peaceful relationships between people. It also highlights how the acceptance of a contested history is the first step in envisioning a shared future under the banner of reconciliation.

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According to ICOM, by choosing to say the unspeakable in museums, the theme of the International Museum Day 2017 looks at how to understand the incomprehensible aspects of the contested histories inherent to the human race. It also encourages museums to play an active role in peacefully addressing traumatic histories through mediation and multiple points of view.

Every year since 1977, ICOM has organised International Museum Day, which represents a unique moment for the international museum community. On this day, participating museums plan creative events and activities related to the International Museum Day theme, engage with their public and highlight the importance of the role of museums as institutions that serve society and its development. The objective of International Museum Day is to raise awareness of the fact that, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.” Organised on and around 18 May each year, the events and activities planned to celebrate International Museum Day can last a day, a weekend or a whole week. ICOM is inviting cultural institutions of all types around the world to join in this celebration, which will focus on the link allowing for a vision of the future above and beyond taboo subjects and towards a better understanding of one another.

Sariska National Park hikes its Safari Rates

When: 01 May, 2017
Where: Sariska National Park, Rajasthan
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The tiger safari in Sariska Tiger Reserve has become costlier after the recent hike. Tourists will now have to shell out more money for the Gypsy safari, starting this month i.e. May, 2017. The forest department has now increased the Gypsy safari fee with a hike of Rs 1,000, with effect from from May 01, 2017. With only 13 to 14 tigers compared to Ranthambore Tiger Reserve’s 60, sighting a big cat has become rare in Sariska.

Sariska was given the status of a tiger reserve and became a part of India’s Project Tiger in 1978. The forest cover of Sariska reserve (1,100 sq km) is larger than Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, which spans over barely 392 sq km along with 60 tigers. Though Sariska lost all its tigers to poaching by 2005, it is now home to 14 big cats after relocation of tigers, distributed over a vast expanse of forest. To add to the woes, the forest department had copied the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve model and introduced three or four designated zones for tourists in Sariska.

 

Celebrating International Mothers Day: A free yoga session for mothers!

When: 14 May, 2017
What: Yoga session for women who are mothers
Where: Central Park, Jaipur
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Whether it’s prenatal yoga, mommy-and-me classes, or offerings at many schools around the country, we’re seeing a steady rise in yoga and in people who support the practice. So in honor of Mother’s Day and in the spirit of all the budding yogis, Things to do in Jaipur has curated a heartwarming gift from you to your mother this mother’s day – A free yoga session for your mom!

As a tribute to mothers in the pink city, Things to do in Jaipur is bringing together women who’s schedule is typically jam-packed and making time for a yoga class can cause more stress than it’s worth. As caregivers, it’s crucial for mothers to also care for themselves. Mothers tend to put the needs of their children and family before their own needs but if the mental body is out of balance, then the physical body will be out of balance as well. And Yoga is the answer. There are many health benefits associated with yoga, including everything from reducing stress and lowering blood pressure. And Things to do in Jaipur encourages you to share your practice with your mother, grandmother, daughter, or any other special mom in your life. It is a complete package for beginners as well as regular practitioners and has something for everyone – of all age groups.

How can you be part of this event?
Step 1 – Post a selfie with your mother on your Facebook/Instagram account.
Step 2 – Use hash tag #yogaformymom #thingstodoinjaipur.
Step 3 – Register yourself on the website.

⦁ The lucky first 35 people stand a chance to gift their mothers a free yoga session.
⦁ The picture with maximum likes and shares will also win a ‘Special Activity’ voucher from Things to do

Limited seats available. Register now at www.thingstodoinjaipur.com

Jaipur’s Rambagh Palace among the top 10 Heritage Hotels in the world

When: 19 April, 2017
Where: Rambagh, Jaipur
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Jaipur’s iconic hotel, ‘Taj Rambagh Palace’ has been declared among the top 10 heritage hotel properties in the world. This ranking was declared last week by the prestigious travel publication of the United Kingdom, ‘Travel Weekly’. Among the rankings the Rambagh is placed at the 6th rank. It is the only heritage hotel in the country to be feature in this list.

The magazine quotes the renowned travel company, Cox & Kings which describes the 19th century Palace as one of the best selling hotels among higher-end clients. It goes on to say that originally a hunting lodge of the Maharaja of Jaipur, it was converted into a hotel in 1957. “The Palace now houses 78 restored rooms and suites with elaborate décor filling the interiors, hand- carved marbles latticework, sandstone balustrades and ornate cenotaphs. Guests can explore the Mughal Gardens and dine in what was once the Palace Ballroom, complete with crystal chandeliers and 18th century French architecture. Try yoga, meditation and Indian treatments at the Spa, safe in the knowledge they’re staying somewhere that is, quite literally fit for a prince.”

It is to be recalled that the Rambagh Palace had also been declared as the best hotel in the world by Conde Nast Traveller Reader’s Awards in 2009. Among the other top heritage hotels announced by the Travel Weekly are – Omni Shoreham Hotel (US), Treetops Lodge (Kenya), The Don CeSar (US), Hotel de Rome (Germany), Parador de Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Canada), Raffles Hotel (Singapore), Inkaterra La Casona (Peru) and Intercontinental Marseille Hotel Dieu (France).

Celebrating Earth Day – 2017

When: 22 April, 2017
What: Earth Day
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The world’s largest environmental movement

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Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day events in more than 193 countries are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network. Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on the environmental issues that the world faces. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in nearly 195 countries to build environmental democracy. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. We work through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns.

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Twenty years later, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage.

Earth Day 2017’s Campaign is Environmental & Climate Literacy – Environmental and climate literacy is the engine not only for creating green voters and advancing environmental and climate laws and policies but also for accelerating green technologies and jobs.