Thursday, October 21, 2010



11 February 1981 – Three trains travelling on same track collide with each other in Vaniyambadi, 199 KM from
Chennai. Numerous casualties.

6 June 1981 –
Bihar train disaster, India: Hundreds are killed (300-800) when a train falls into a river.

17 July 1981 – A freight train slams into the back of a Narmada Express train in
Madhya Pradesh, India, near Bhanwartonk Station killing 700 people and injuring 43.

19 July 1981 – In an incident blamed on sabotage, a train traveling to
Ahmedabad from New Delhi, India, derailed in Gujarat, killing 30 people and injuring 70.

31 July 1981 – Six coaches of a train derail near
Bahawalpur, India, killing 43 and injuring 50.


27 January 1982 – A freight train and an express passenger train collided
head-on in heavy fog near Agra, India, killing 50 and injuring 50.

20 March 1982 – A
Mangalore-to-New Delhi train slammed into a tourist bus at a level crossing in Andhra Pradesh, snapping the bus in two, killing at least 59 people on the bus and injuring 25 others.


23 February 1985 –
Rajnandgaon train fire, Madhya Pradesh, India: Over 50 people were killed when an express train caught fire.

13 June 1985 –
Agra rail disaster, Argra, India: 38 people were killed in a collision.


10 March 1986 –
Khagaria rail disaster, over 50 people are killed in a collision in Bihar.


8 July 1987 –
Machieral rail disaster, 53 people killed in the derailment of a train in Andhra Pradesh.


8 July 1988 –
Ashtamudi Lake rail disaster, passenger train falls in the lake after derailing, 107 people drowned.


18 April 1989 –
Lalitpur rail disaster, near Lalitpur, Uttar Pradesh, India: 75 killed when train derails.

1 November 1989 –
Sakaldiha, Uttar Pradesh: Udyan Abha Toofan Express derailed; 48 people died.[1]


16 April 1990–
Patna rail disaster, near Patna, India: 70 killed as shuttle train is gutted by fire.

6 June 1990: Thirty-five killed in a train accident at Gollaguda in Andhra Pradesh.

25 June 1990: Sixty killed as a goods train rams into a passenger train at Mangra in Daltongunj in Bihar.

10 October 1990: Forty killed in a fire in a train near Cherlapalli in Andhra Pradesh.


Oct 31, 1991: Thirty killed as
Karnataka Express derails near Makalidurga ghats in Karnataka,about 60 km from Bangalore on a rainy evening.


Sept 5, 1992: Forty-one killed in a train accident near Raigarh in Madhya Pradesh.


16 July 1993: Sixty killed in an accident in Darbhanga district of Bihar.

Sept 21, 1993: Seventy-one killed as Kota-Bina passenger train collides with a goods train near Chhabra in Rajasthan.


3 May 1994: Thirty-five people killed as Narayanadri Express rams into a tractor in Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh.

26 Oct 1994: Twenty-seven killed as 8001 DN Mumbai - Hawrah mail caught fire on its S5 Sleeper class coach between Lotapahar and Chakradharpur stations (SE Railway) at 02.51 AM.


14 May 1995: Fifty-two people killed as Madras-Kanyakumari Express collides with a goods train near Salem.

1 June 1995: Seventy-three killed in two accidents in West Bengal and Orissa.

20 August 1995:
Firozabad rail disaster, Three hundred and fifty eight killed as Delhi-bound Purushottam Express rams into the stationary Kalindi Express near Firozabad in Uttar Pradesh.


18 April 1996: Sixty killed as Gorakhpur-Gonda passenger train rams into a stationary goods train at Domingarh near Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.

14 May 1996: Thirty-five of a marriage party killed as bus carrying them collides with the Ernakulam-Kayamkulam train at an unmanned level-crossing near Alappuzha in Kerala.

25 May 1996: Twenty-five killed as an Allahabad-bound passenger train rams into a tractor-trolley at an unmanned level crossing near Varanasi.

Dec 30, 1996: Thirty-three people killed in a bomb blast on the Brahmaputra mail between Kokrajahar and Fakiragram stations in lower Assam.


8 July 1997: Thirty-three people killed in bomb blast on a passenger train at Lehra Khanna railway station in Bhatinda district in Punjab.

28 July 1997: Twelve people killed in a collision involving Karnataka Express and Himsagar Express near Faridabad on the outskirts of Delhi.

Sept 14, 1997: Eight-one killed as five bogies of the Ahmedabad-Howrah Express plunge into a river in Bilaspur district of Madhya Pradesh.


4 April 1998: Eleven people killed near Fatuha station on Howrah-Delhi main line as Howrah-Danapur Express derails between Fatuha and Bankaghat stations.

24 April 1998: Twenty-four killed and 32 injured at Parali Vaijanath railway station in Maharashtra as 15 wagons of a goods train Ram into the Manmad-Kachiguda Express.

Aug 13, 1998: Nineteen killed and 27 injured as a bus rams into the Chennai-Madurai Express train at an unmanned level-crossing on the new Karur-Salem bypass road on the outskirts of Karur town.

Sept 24, 1998: Twenty people, including 14 school children, killed and 33 injured when a train engine rams into a bus at an unmanned level-crossing near Bottalaapalem village in Andhra Pradesh.

Nov 26, 1998:
Khanna rail disaster, over 212 people die as Jammu Tawi-Sealdah Express rams into three derailed bogies of Amritsar-bound Frontier Golden Temple Mail at Khanna.


16 July 1999: Seventeen killed and over 200 injured as the new Delhi-bound Grand Trunk Express from Chennai collides with derailed wagons of a goods train near Mathura.

Aug 2, 1999: 268 killed and 359 injured in a collision involving Awadh-Assam Express and Brahmaputra Mail at Gaisal in North Frontier Railway's Katihar division.


On 9 September 2002,
Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani Express derailed at 2240 hrs near Rafiganj station between Gaya and Dehri-on-Sone stations, resulting in over 150 dead


On 15 May 2003, fire breaks out in Golden Temple Mail at 3.55 hrs between
Ludhiana and Ladhowal stations, resulting in 36 deaths and 15 injuries

On 22 June 2003, the train engine and first four coaches of Karwar-Mumbai central Holiday Special derailed and capsized at about 21.15 hrs.52 persons lost their lives and 26 others were injured.

On 2 July 2003,
Golconda Express derailed at Warangal station at 10.25 hrs. 21 persons were dead and 24 injured.[2]


16 June 2004 matsyagandha express mangalore to mumbai derails when stiking with a huge boulder on konkan railway line. 14 dead


29 October 2005 Repalle secunderabad delta passenger derailed at valigonda in nalgonda district of Andhra pradesh.Some of the rakes fell in the musi River killing at least 80 persons. This was due to severe rain.


11 July 2006 – A
series of bomb attacks strikes commuter trains in Mumbai, India, killing at least 200.[3]

18 August 2006 two carriages catch fire on the Chennai-Hyderabad Express near Secundrabad station

9 November 2006 – 40 die and 15 injured in a West Bengal rail accident.[
citation needed]

20 November 2006 – A bomb explodes on a train near Belacoba station in
West Bengal, India, killing 7 and injuring 53. See 2006 West Bengal train disaster.[4]

1 December 2006 –
Bihar, Bhágalpur in the Ganges a portion of the 150-year-old 'Ulta Pul' bridge being dismantled collapsed over a passing train of India's Eastern Railways, killing 35 and injuring 17.[5][6]


13 February 2009 – Twelve carriages of the
Coromandel Express derails soon after the train left Jajpur Road station near the city of Jajpur in the state of Orissa.[7] Interestingly, the accident occurred on the day of Railway Budget presentation when Railway Minister Mr Lalu Prasad Yadav boasted about increased safety measures at Indian Railways.


21 October 2009 – 21 people died and several others injured when locomotive of Goa Express rammed the rearmost carriage of stationary Mewar Express near Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. Initially the railways officials held driver responsible for overlooking the signal but in the investigation it was proved that the signal was given green even though Mewar express was held up ahead due to chain pulling by passenger. Railways.[8]

11 November 2009: 10 coaches of 6210 Mysore-Ajmer express derails 80 km before Pune; No casualties reported.


2 January 2010 –
Three accidents involving five trains took place in Uttar Pradesh due to dense fog conditions.[9][10][11][12]

The first accident took place near the town of
Etawah, about 170 miles (270 kilometers) southwest of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state, when the Lichchavi Express entering the station rammed into the stationery Magadh Express train stopped there. Ten people, including the driver of one of the trains, were injured.

In a second similar
Gorakhdham Express and Prayagraj Express collided near the Panki railway station in Kanpur, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) southwest of Lucknow, and left five people dead and about 40 others injured.

Another accident has been reported from
Pratapgarh, 61 km from Allahabad. The Sarayu Express broke into a tractor trolley at an unmanned railway crossing leading to the accident. Though nobody is injured following the incident, the engine of the train is severely damaged.

3 January 2010 – All seven coaches of the
Arunachal Pradesh Express, running between Murkongselek and Rangiya, derailed at a place between Helem and Nij Bogaon in Assam in the early hours, but none of the passengers were hurt.[13]

16 January 2010 – Three people died and around a dozen were injured when two express trains(The Kalindi Express and Shram Shakti Express) collided in thick fog in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, 16 January 2010. The accident happened near
Tundla, 25 kilometres from Agra, when the driver of one of the trains apparently did not react to a signal, slamming his train into another on the same track.[14][15][16][17]

17 January 2010 – Two persons were killed and four others injured when their car was hit by a train at an unmanned crossing on Sunday afternoon in
Barabanki district. The accident happened when the Lucknow-Sultanpur Harihar Nath Express hit the car at Barha railway crossing under Haidergarh police station area. Two persons traveling in the car died on the spot while the four others who sustained serious injuries have been referred to Trauma Centre in Lucknow. Train traffic on this route was disrupted for nearly two hours after the accident. This is the fifth accident in series of similar train accidents.[18][19]

22 January 2010 – A goods train derailed near Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh on Friday, disrupting rail traffic in the region, officials said. No one was injured. The accident took place at Sathiyaon station near Azamgarh, some 300 km from here, when three bogeys of the goods train derailed, an official said. Traffic was disrupted on the busy
Varanasi-Azamgarh-Gorakhpur route.[20]

8 May 2010 – The
Visakhapatnam - Secunderabad/Hyderabad 2727 Godavari Express escaped from a mishap, as the engine loses the link between the coaches, the driver/Trainman informs the railway station about the detachment and joins the coaches once again, the train safely arrives at the secunderabad railway station on Saturday morning (May 8, 2010)

25 May 2010 – A
Rajdhani Express train travelling from Delhi to Guwahati derailed in Naugachia, Bihar at IST 6:40 am (UTC+5:30).[21] All passengers survived and 11 sustained minor injuries.[22] The train derailed as the driver applied emergency brakes after listening to a loud explosion nearby. Currently, no Maoists link is being indicated. There were no casualties reported as the coaches did not fall off the tracks. All passengers were taken from the train. The injured were treated by the medical officials present on the spot.The derailment halted all railway traffic in the Delhi-Guwahati line. While five passenger trains, including the Tatanagar -Chapra Express, have been cancelled, at least three express trains have been diverted. These include the Awadh Assam Express, Mahananda Express and the Barmer-Guwahati Express.[23] A special 17-coach train was sent to take the 986 passengers on-board the derailed train to their destinations.

28 May 2010 –
West Bengal, the Gyaneshwari Express train derailment, a suspected Naxalite terrorist attack kills at least 170 people when the Gyaneshwari Express is derailed by an explosion, and then struck by a goods train.[24]

4 June 2010 – Mini bus was hit by the Coimbatore-Mettupalayam special train at an unmanned level-crossing at Idigarai near Coimbatore on Friday. Five people were killed in the accident.

18 June 2010 – At least 27 persons were injured, two of them critically, when the 8084 Amaravati Express from Vasco-da Gama to Howrah derailed near Koppal (Karnataka) after ramming into a road-roller at an unmanned level crossing.
19 July 2010 –
Sainthia train collision occurred in Sainthia, West Bengal, India, when the Uttar Banga Express collided with the Vananchal Express. Casualties stand at 63 people dead[27] and more than 165 people injured, with many still trapped in wreckage[28][29][30]

17 August 2010 – Four people got killed in a train accident which occurred on
Faizabad-Lucknow rail-section at Goryamau railway station of Barabanki district located between Rudauli and Rozagaon towns.[31]

24 August 2010 – Two persons escaped with minor injuries when the four-wheeler on which they were travelling was hit by a speeding train coming from
Lucknow and going towards Sultanpur) at an unmanned railway crossing under Gosainganj police station in Lucknow district.[32]

20 September 2010 - 33 died and over 160 injured when speeding freight going towards
Indore, Madhya Pradesh collided with Indore - Gwalior Intercity Express at Badarwas,Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh.

The freight was in a real blast over 95 kmph. The collison was so hard that the loco of intercity Express remained on same place and the coaches behind it jumped over it. It is said that the locopilot of the freight overshot the signal and pointmsan was unable to divide the loop line from the main line and the freight went on the same line where Intercity Express was standing.

21 September 2010 - Five wagons of a goods train derail between
Phaphund and Kanchausi near Kanpur on the Kanpur-Tundla section at about 8:20am Tuesday morning. Following the incident, the electric supply to the over head equipment is cut off so that the movement of trains is stopped. Railway traffic on the down line is restored at about 3:50pm while traffic on the up line is restored at about 3:10pm.[33]

24 September 2010 - At least 12 people were injured when the engine and a bogie of the
Kasganj-Lucknow Rohilkhand Express derailed near Kasganj railway station early Friday. The train derailed at 5:30 am while passing through a culvert near Kasganj in Kanshi Ram Nagar district.[34]

4 October 2010 – A goods train heading from
Lucknow to Moradabad, derailed near Rasoiya station in Uttar Pradesh's Bareilly district, some 200 km from Lucknow derailed. Rail traffic on the busy Delhi-Lucknow route was disrupted. Two wagons of the train derailed and damaged the railway tracks. This affected movement of several long and short distance trains. No casualty was reported.[35]


  1. Great expectations

    Life is full of surprises, particularly if you are a newly - wed . Expressjodi you a glimpse into the future and tells how to be prepared to face married life

    Love is all about romance whereas marriage is a lot about responsibility. When two different individuals from different backgrounds live together, differences of opinion on things like spending habits, career, having and raising a baby, sharing household responsibilities etc, are bound to crop up, the key is to broaden your outlook and accept all the changes that marriage brings, and to remember that marriage is a momentous change for you and your spouse. And, fear not, over a period of time, you will find a way to make it work.


    With marriage comes a whole lot of responsibility. "From the time you ger married, the decisions you make will not be yours alone, but your partner's as well. This is because your choices will impact both of you. But this doesn't mean that you're tied to a ball and chain. "It only means you have a companion with you for life. In fact, in your capacity as a spouse, you become your partner's caretaker, friend, confidante and even punching bag etc.


    Arguments over money are bound to happen, so be prepared for it. And unless you establish some ground rules for dealing with financial issues, you will continue to have these arguments. Bear in mind that you are now a part of a unit, and no longer flying solo.

    In - laws or outlaws?

    if you thought that marriage is all about sharing your life with your significant other, think again, and this time, factor in your in - laws into the equation. When you're used to a particular lifestyle, moving in with your in - laws can be a rude shock. You will be required to make changes in your daily routine. Like waking up a little earlier to help around the house or rescheduling your plans on weekends or even modifying some of your eating habits. these might seem like an additional burden, particularly if you are a working woman. Remember to keep an open mind when it comes to handling your in - laws. They may be rigid in their ways, but there is always a way to work out a compromise.

    Sharing space

    Marriage involves sharing everything - whether it is sadness or glad tidings, chores or finance, which can be a difficult task. This is why marriage necessitates an equal contribution from both side. " Sharing is absolutely essential for a happy marriage,. Besides making it easier to run the show, it also brings you closer to your partner, and cement a bond in a way that only experience can.
    Differnces of opinion

    Shaadi brings two different individuals together, as well as two sets of arguments for everything. Remember that your husband is as new to the marriage and the relationship as you, and he is facing the same issue for the first time as well.Irrespective of the nature of the relationship, any two people are bound to have differences of opinion at some point of time, It is how you handle these differences that mtters. The best antidote for deviant interest lies in adapting to the situation. "Be carteful not to retaliate for the sake of it,"

    Planning for the future

    As a single independent working woman, you may be used to your lifestyle, going on holidays or splurging on the latest pair of Jimmy Choos. But married life is a journey and you need to plan carefully to get to your destination. "Planning is the key. Make sure you and your husband are on the same page as far as long - term goal are concerned," "Whether or not you plan to have a baby or deciding on investments for the future and are thing that you should discuss in advbance, if you want to avoid unpleasant surprises in you married life,"

  2. Brahmin Shaadi
    Historically, the Brahmins in india were divided into two major groups based on geographical origin of the people. The Brahmin groups that lived to the north of the vindhyas were referred to as Dravida Brahmins. Each group was further divided into five sections according to the regions of their settlement.

    The Sagaai or the engagement ceremony symbolises commitment However, the South Indian Brahmin do not lay stress on the presence of bride and the groom in their Sagaai, rather it focuses on commitment between the parents of the groom and the bride. 'Latto' i.e., 'engagement plate' Which consist of coconut, flowers, turmeric, betel leaves and betel nuts hold more importance, in their engagement ceremony. The Maithil Brahmin bride of bihar makes her wedding affair stand apart by receiving the blessing from the Dhobi's (washerman's) wife - a compulsory tradition in the Bihari Brahmin wedding.

    In Haldi ceremony turmeric powder is mixed with milk, almond oil and sandalwood and applied to the bride and the groom. In Kashmiri Pandit this ceremony has a twist becuase cold, white yoghurt is poured on the bride as an alternative to haldi. ritual is followed by a special custom called Shankha (shell) Paula (coral) in bengali Brahmins, where seven married women embellish the bride's hand with red and white bangles, the shell is supposed to calm the bride and the coral is believed to
    be beneficial for health. Mehndi is also applied on every bride's hands during the Mehndi ceremony. However, a Bengali Brahmin bride applies alta (red dye).

    After the ceremonious arrival of the groom, the garlands are exchanged between the groom and the bride, while the priests chant mantras. Jaimala is the symbol of unifying two souls into one. But in tamil nadu, "Oonjal", a unique jaimala ceremony is performed and could be best decribed as a tug of war. In this ceremony, the women sing songs to encourage the bride and groom to exchange the garlands while the uncles persuade the soon to be couple not to Exchange the garlands.Before the ceremony of jaimala, the bride makes a majestic entry in Bengali weddings.

    Mangal Phere
    Fire is considered the most pious element in the Brahmin weddings and seven circles around that fire holds the seven promises that the nuptial couple make to each other amidst the Vedic mantras. The Brahmin wedding is deemed incomplete without the seven rounds around the sacred fire. Unlike other Brahmin weddings, in Gujarati weddings only four pheras are taken which are called the mangalpheras where the pheras represent four basic human goals of Dharma, Artha, Kama, and Miksha (religious, moral, prosperity and salvation). Likewise in Malayalee Brahmin weddings, pheras are taken only thrice.

    Post wedding ceremony vidaai
    After pheras, the bride's family and friend bid her teary vidaai (farewell). The Kashmiri pundits make their vidaai even more special. their charming ritual, "roth khabar" is performed on a saturday or tuesday after the wedding. In Roth
    khabar, the bride's parents send a roth (bread decorated with nuts) to their son - in - law's family. But the bride accompanies She stay with her parents and returns only when someone from in laws comes to fetch her back.

    Griha pravesh
    The new bride is greeted by her mother - in - law with Arti and tilak. The bride, who is regarded as the Goddess laxmi, enters the groom's house after the groom's house after kicking rice - filled pot. In Kannada Brahmin marriages, the groom changes the name of his wife in the name change ceremony where he decides a name for his wife and inscribes it on a plate containing rice with a ring. In Bihar, a very strange ritual is performs at the groom's place.

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