New Delhi: The Ministry of Railways dismissed reports of the discontinuation of Garib Rath, touted to be the poor man’s AC train. “It is clarified that there is no proposal to discontinue Garib Rath Services on Indian Railways,” the ministry mentioned in an official statement.Reportedly, the train service initiated by the former rail minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, will either be completely phased out or be converted into mail or express trains. But the ministry claimed, “Owing to a temporary shortage of coaches on Northern Railway, two pairs of weekly trains of Garib Rath services namely, Train No. 12207/08 between Kathgodam and Jammu Tawi and Train No. 12209/10 between Kanpur and Kathgodam were temporarily operated as Express train services by Northern Railway.” Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedReportedly, the rail ministry asked to stop making of new coaches for the trains. But it is also being clarified that the rail services in both the sectors will be restored from August, 4. By the Garib Rath rail service, passengers can travel in the AC coaches at a lower fare, cheaper than the normal AC-3 tier fares. Therefore, these are very popular services. Currently, there are 26 pairs of Garib Rath services operating on Indian Railways.
Of the 187 States Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), 137 of them participated in the work of the Preparatory Committee for the 2005 Review Conference. The Committee is responsible for assessing the implementation of the Treaty, facilitating discussion between States prior to the start of the Conference, and addressing procedural issues related to the organization of the 2005 meeting as well as future preparatory sessions. During the past two weeks, the Committee, under the chairmanship of Henrik Salander of Sweden, discussed nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, nuclear-weapon-free zones, safeguards and the peaceful use of nuclear energy. Time was also allocated for consideration of specific issues such as nuclear disarmament, regional issues, including the resolution on the Middle East adopted by the 1995 Review Conference, as well as the safety and security of peaceful nuclear programmes. The Preparatory Committee’s second session is scheduled for the spring of 2003 in Geneva. It will be held under the chairmanship of a representative of the Group of Eastern European States.