Daily Archive: August 3, 2018

Confirmation Prediction Tool for Wait-Listed Rail Tickets

A tool has been developed to predict the probability of waitlisted ticket getting confirmed at the time of booking as well as during Passenger Name Record (PNR) enquiry of waitlisted ticket. The tool has been developed using the algorithm of Machine learning.  The machine learning model has been developed using the waitlisted PNR data of past 2 years.  This model creates the pattern for the various waitlist scenarios and predicts the probability for the future date journey.

The salient features of the scheme are as under:-

(i)         It predicts the probability of waitlist status for General Quota.

(ii)        The tool considers the high waitlist scenario of Holiday rush.

(iii)      It displays the trend of last waitlist ticket got confirmed for the same journey during previous year.

(iv)     Prediction of dynamic probability is based on current status.

Currently this feature is integrated with Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) website only. In IRCTC website this feature is operational w.e.f. 13 June, 2018 as under:-

(i)  When the user is doing the booking transaction, and if the status of accommodation availability of the input journey is waitlisted, then the user can check the probability of confirmation.

 

(ii)  At the time of PNR enquiry of waitlisted ticket, the user can check the probability of confirmation.

 

This facility is not available without login.  Further, prediction is based on past trend analysis and gives fairly good probability of right waitlist prediction.

 

This information was given by the Minister of State of Railways, Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

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Enhancing digital transaction in Railways

Indian Railways have made efforts to enhance digital transactions as per policy of the Government by enabling additional modes of payment for ticket booking on the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) website as well as on the ticket booking counters and by giving incentives as detailed below:-

  1. The payment for tickets booked through IRCTC website is made through various cashless modes such as net banking, through credit/debit cards, cash cards,
    e-wallets and Unified Payment Interface (UPI)/Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM). To incentivise payment through digital means, service charge on online booking of tickets was withdrawn for the tickets booked from 23.11.2016. The facility has been extended upto 31.08.2018.
  2. UPI/BHIM is also accepted as payment option while booking tickets through counter. 5% discount on the total value of basic fare in Passenger Reservation System (PRS) reserved counter ticket is given for payments made through UPI including BHIM subject to maximum amount of discount of Rs. 50 on a ticket and value of ticket being Rs. 100 and more.
  3. Indian Railways have tied up with State Bank of India to install 10,000 Point of Sale (POS) machines at various locations of Indian Railways i.e. Passenger Reservation System (PRS)/Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS) ticket booking counters and Parcel/Goods locations.
  4. Booking of tickets through mobile phone has also been introduced wherein payment can be made through credit/debit cards, net banking, e-wallets etc. Bonus of 5% of the recharge value is given at the time of recharge of R-wallet for a period of three months in case of unreserved ticket booking through mobile phone.
  5. Service charge applicable on transactions against credit/debit cards for purchasing journey tickets at UTS/PRS counters has been withdrawn.
  6. International credit/debit cards issued outside India are accepted for booking of
    e-tickets through IRCTC website.
  7. Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVMs) have been introduced to facilitate sale of unreserved tickets which have provision of payment through smart cards. Bonus of 3% of recharge value is given on every recharge of the ATVM smart card for promoting use of ATVM bookings.
  8. 0.5% discount is given on purchase of season tickets through digital means with effect from 01.01.2017 upto 31.08.2018.
  9. 5% discount is given on booking of Retiring rooms through digital means.
  10. Free of cost accidental insurance cover upto Rs.10 lakh has been extended to confirmed/Reservation Against Cancellation (RAC) online ticket holders
    upto 31.08.2018.

The percentage share of tickets booked through digital modes of payment has been increasing particularly in the case of reserved ticket booking. The reserved tickets booked through digital means constituted approximately 66% of total reserved tickets booked in Financial Year (F.Y.) 2017-18 as compared to approximately 60% in F.Y. 2016-17. During the current year 2018-19 (upto June, 2018) approximately 68% of total reserved tickets were booked through digital means.

Apart from passenger ticket booking which is the key operational area for enhancing digital transactions, Railways have also introduced digital payment modes viz. POS machines at Goods/Parcel locations and also Catering. Further, instructions have been given in Catering Policy 2017 to promote digital transactions through static catering units on Indian Railways. It is mandatory for the licensees providing catering service under IRCTC to have BHIM app and Paytm as payment options and all vendors to have BHIM/QR code for processing receipts of payments. Online booking of retiring rooms has also been made available to passengers at selected stations.

This information was given by the Minister of State of Railways, Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

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Accidental Prime Minister’s director Vijay Gutte arrested

“Accidental Prime Minister’s director Vijay Gutte arrested, producer Sunil Bohra could be arrested soon”

Recently film Accidental Prime Minister’s producer Sunil Bohra’s company winding up case came in news recently whereby the Bombay High Court ordered that Sunil Bohra’s company be liquidated after Bohra’s cheques bounced multiple times to complainants. This was in wake of Ratnakar Gutte, the father of the upcoming high-profile film The Accidental Prime Minister’s director Vijay Gutte, being probed for cheating thousands of farmers by his company Gangakhed Sugar and Energy Private Limited. And now the film ‘s director Vijay Ratnakar Gutte and son of sugar baron Ratnakar Gutte, has been arrested by the Directorate General of Goods and Services Tax Intelligence (DGGSTI) in Mumbai for alleged Goods and Services Tax (GST) fraud of at least Rs 34 crore.
Vijay Gutte’s firm, VRG Digital Corp Pvt Ltd, has been accused of taking “fake invoices” involving GST of Rs 34 crore for animation and manpower services received from Horizon Outsource Solutions Pvt Ltd, a company that has come under the scanner of the government agency for GST fraud of over Rs 170 crore. The Accidental Prime Minister was launched with much fanfare with Anupam Kher essaying the role of former PM & Congress Manmohan Singh. Now the film’s director has been sent to judicial custody at Arthur Road jail till August 14 while his producer Sunil Bohra’s company Bohra Bros is on the verge of being liquidated, apart from facing multiple cheating & fraud cases against him across Delhi & Mumbai, including an FIR. Sunil Bohra known to be close to superstar Aamir Khan has been in the past too accused of cheating, especially during hit film Tanu Weds Manu, whereby the court had directed police to lodge FIR against him. In the wake of all recent developments, Sunil Bohra may soon be arrested. Wonder where does this leave the Accidental Prime Minister ?

Government to move to SC for reservation in AMU and JMI

New Delhi: Government will file a petition in Supreme Court to ensure reservation to schedule caste, schedule tribe and backward classes in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), Delhi. Answering a question regarding giving constitutional status to National Backward Classes Commission during debate on 123th amendment bill, Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment said Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia New Delhi are central universities, but due to their minority status, reservation to schedule caste, schedule tribe and backward classes is not available.

Government mill move to Supreme Court to provide them reservation as these are central universities, he said.

Railways Likely to Increase Vacancies To 60,000

New Delhi: The Railway Ministry on Thursdasy announced that it is likely to increase the vacancies for Assistant Loco Pilots and Technicians from 26,502 advertised earlier to nearly 60,000.

“The Ministry had earlier announced the recruitment for 26,502 such posts in February. More than 47 lakh candidates applied to take the recruitment examination. The notified 26,502 vacancies are likely to be increased to about 60,000,” a Ministry statement said. The Indian Railways is likely to recruit more than one lakh personnel on various posts in the current financial year through the Railway Recruitment Board. The Ministry said that maximum care has been taken to allocate centres to the candidates in the same or nearby cities for the recruitment test which will be held soon. “More than 71 per cent candidates, that is, nearly 34 lakh candidates, have been allocated centres within 200 km of their hometowns. About 99 per cent candidates with disabilities, and women, have been allotted centres within 200 km of their hometowns.”

Around nine lakh candidates from Bihar, 9.5 lakh from Uttar Pradesh and nearly 4.5 lakh from Rajasthan applied for the recruitent exam. “Interstate movement of some candidates is inevitable,” the Ministry said. “It was ensured that candidates who had applied early are accommodated in their own or nearby cities and states whereas those who applied late had to be moved out,” it added. (IANS)

Want to crack IAS exam? Here’s the golden opportunity

Hyderabad: MS IAS Academy is conducting an entrance test on 12th August 2018 at All India level for admitting candidates who are desirous of taking up Civil Service as their career.

Mr. Anwar Ahmed, MD of MS Education Academy informed that 49 centers in 21 states will conduct this entrance test. It will also be held in 6 cities of Telangana State.

It may be mentioned MS Education Academy started providing free coaching to the candidates as its corporate social responsibility so that a large number of candidates can make their career bright by joining Civil Services.

The last date for online registration for admission into the coaching program is 10th August. The test will be held in two phases. The first phase will consist of a written test and the second phase will be an interview. Successful candidates of the written test will be called for an interview at Hyderabad.

Interested candidates may visit the website of MS Education Academy

 

Jet Airways Mulls Pay Cuts, Cost Reduction

Airline major Jet Airways on Thursday said it is in talks with employees and key stakeholders to implement cost reduction measures like pay cuts.

According to the airline, the ongoing talks with employees, including pilots, is in line with its stated focus of creating a “healthier and a more resilient business”.

“Jet Airways has been implementing several measures to help it reduce cost as well as realise higher revenues for desired business efficiencies,” the airline said in a statement.

“Some of these include sales and distribution, payroll and maintenance, among many others. As part of this approach, the airline management is in dialogue with key stakeholders to enlist their full support and cooperation for realising necessary savings across all parts of the business.”

The company said that it is committed to create a growth-oriented and sustainable future.

Currently, the airline is in the process of adding 225 B737 MAX aircraft which will be inducted into its fleet over the next decade, of which 11 are slated to join within this financial year.

IANS