Daily Archive: June 5, 2018

Now, Huge Fine For Excess Baggage On Trains Too

New Delhi : Like airlines, carrying extra luggage on railways will now involve extra charges and a penalty. For decades, the railways have been lenient about passenger luggage — so much so that many passengers are not even aware how much baggage they are allowed to carry. Railway officials say the laxity has led to enormous quantities of luggage being carried, and a resulting barrage of complaints from fellow passengers.

Like airlines, railway rules say there are extra charges for the excess baggage, though at a lower rate. Extra luggage has to be booked in advance, and it has to be stowed in the luggage van.

Now, officials say excess baggage carried without paying fees will draw a penalty – the amount will be six times the fee, officials said.

The railways will start enforcing the rules through a special drive in the first week of June across all zones. Unlike at airports, where luggage of each passenger is weighed, the railways will depend on random checks. And besides the weight, they will also check for baggages that are bulky.

"The rules were already in place, we are just enforcing them strictly now," Ved Prakash, a senior official of the Railway Board’s Information department was quoted as saying by news agency Press Trust of India.

According to the rules, a passenger in first class air-conditioned compartment is allowed 70 kg of luggage for free and a maximum of 150 kg. An AC two-tier passenger can carry 50 kg of luggage for free and a maximum of 100 kg. A sleeper class and a second class passenger can carry luggage weighing upto 40 kg and 35 kg. The maximum baggage allowed is 80 kg and 70 kg.

This Ferrari 250 GTO Is The Worlds Most Expensive Car

What is possibly one of the most famous Ferraris of its era and even amongst the 250s, a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO bearing the chassis number 4153 GT has sold for a record $ 70 million. And before you ask, that is about Rs 469 Crore! The car has been sold to known American Ferrari collector David MacNeil, CEO of a company called WeatherTech that makes floor mats and accessories for cars. It is not uncommon to see classic cars go for a pretty penny. After all, as an investment, classic cars are regarded to be one of the safest bets and at the end of the day, you can also drive and enjoy them. The Ferrari 250 GTO has been on the top of the charts when it comes to ‘the most expensive car in the world’ with one selling for about $ 35 million in auction a few years ago and then another allegedly going for $ 50 million to a private seller. And now all these records have been smashed and how!

#CORRECTION A 17-year-old student was found dead by her parents at their residence in Tiruvannamalai, allege that she consumed poison after failing NEET exam; police investigation underway.

A 17-year-old student was found dead by her parents at their residence in Tiruvannamalai, allege that she consumed poison after failing NEET exam; police investigation underway.

Haryana announces 2% DA hike for state government employees

Chandigarh: The Haryana government on Tuesday announced a 2% increase in dearness allowance (DA) of its employees, effective retrospectively from 1 January 2018.

The state government thus raised the DA on the pattern of the Centre from the existing 5% to 7%.

Making the announcement in Chandigarh, Haryana finance minister Abhimanyu said this enhancement would entail an additional financial burden of about Rs309.54 crore on the state exchequer for 14 months from January 2018 to February 2019 in the financial year 2018-19.

He said the government has also decided that the rate of DA admissible to employees, who continue to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay band or grade as per the 6th Pay Commission, would also be enhanced from the existing rate of 139% to 142% of the pay, with effect from 1 January 2018.