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Jamuna bridge opens

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first_imgBANGLADESH Railway was expecting to link its West and East zones with the introduction of a Rajshahi – Joydepur through service via the Jamuna bridge from June 25 (RG 6.02 p326). East of the bridge the broad gauge trains will use dual-gauge track which has been installed as far as Joydepur on the metre gauge East Zone. Conversion to dual gauge of the West Zone’s broad gauge line from Parbatipur to the bridge will be completed in July, and BR expects to finish the installation of signalling and telecommunications on the east-west route in October.A metre-gauge shuttle will operate between Joydepur and Dhaka until the 34 km section of the main line is converted to dual gauge and upgraded next year. Once this has been completed, west-east services will run into the capital’s Kamalpur station. Broad gauge trains will run at up to 120 km/h, whilst the speed of metre gauge trains will be raised from 35 km/h to 100 km/h.According to East Zone General Manager Mokhlesur Rahman, work is to start soon on a US$104·5m branch line upgrading project. The government has agreed in principle to buy 150 coaches for the East Zone and 100 for the West, and South Korea is to provide US$26m to fund 11 new locomotives. The East Zone has begun procurement of 30 new coaches, and US$13m has been approved for refurbishing existing vehicles.H A feasibility study has been completed for the construction of a railway between Dohazari and Cox’s Bazaar.last_img read more

Beijing starts metro upgrading

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first_imgBEIJING METRO Corp announced in March that it was starting work on a network-wide upgrading and renovation programme ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games.Costed at 4·3bn yuan, the package includes replacement of track, trains, signalling and communications equipment on Lines 1 and 2, parts of which are now approaching 30 years old. A new smart card based fare collection system will also be introduced by the end of 2007, covering all metro lines in the Chinese capital.In total 52·2 km of track will be relaid. Around 180 trainsets will be replaced with new air-conditioned stock, and the signalling renewal will allow peak headways to be cut from 3min to 2·5min.Hong Kong’s MTR Corp, Beijing Capital Group and Beijing Infrastructure Investment Co have initialled the formal PPP concession agreement with Beijing Municipal Government to equip and operate Line 4, although this is still subject to approval by the National Development & Reform Commission. The 29 km route between Majialou and Longbeicun will be the capital’s principal north-south metro line, serving 24 stations. Civil engineering has been underway since October 2003. The PPP concessionaires will provide the rolling stock and other E&M systems and operate the line. Total cost of Line 4 is put at 15·3bn yuan, of which the city will fund around 70%.last_img read more

Dominica PM wants more debate on marijuana issue

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first_imgLocalNews Dominica PM wants more debate on marijuana issue by: Caribbean Media Corporation – March 11, 2015 Share ROSEAU, Dominica, (CMC) – Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says he is not completely sold on the idea of decriminalising small amounts of marijuana as regional countries debate the issue.Speaking on the state-owned DBS radio, Skerrit asked what would be done with the “excess’ if the authorities agree to enact legislation allowing for the use of small quantities of the illegal drug.“What do you do with the excess, and you don’t want to be encouraging the trafficking of this drug to other countries and what would be your relationship with the rest of the world?”He said, in Colorado in the United States where the drug has been decriminalised concerns are being raised by many other states “about the amount of marijuana coming from Colorado to their own states and is creating a problem for them.“I think it is important for us to have a discussion, there is nothing wrong in discussing, there is nothing wrong in having various views and approaches but I think it is important for us to have the discussion. All I would say is that when one makes a suggestion, when one makes a recommendation, one has to take many other things into consideration”.Prime Minister Skerrit said it is not just about legalising the drug, but “it is about having a serious discussion and allowing different views to contend and let us see what is the best way forward.“But I think it is important for us to look at taking small steps with regards to the marijuana issue,” he told radio listeners.Last month, Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart said that Caribbean leaders had established a committee to examine all issues of the marijuana debate since regional countries would not want to wake up one morning and have to be importing marijuana from the United States where the product has been decriminalized in some states.He acknowledged that the region was being spurred forward by the developments unfolding in North America.“For some time we have been lectured…about the illegality and the undesirability and all other negatives about marijuana. But then all of a sudden we are hearing from those same sources that there is nothing as wrong with it as they had first thought,” he said.Stuart, who will take over the chairmanship of the regional grouping in July, told reporters that “there has been a concern if we remain asleep too long, when we in fact wake up from our slumber we will be importing marijuana from the United States of America rather than making effective use of our own”.But Prime Minister Stuart was clear to indicate that “this is not to say that we [are] going to blindly rush into legalising marijuana”. Share Tweetcenter_img 190 Views   one comment Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Two Hilcorp Exploration Wells Proposed for Ninilchik

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first_imgHilcorp plans to begin clearing vegetation in late fall, construct a gravel pad and begin drilling two wells to be completed by May 2016. The first community meeting on the project was held in Ninilchik in October 2014. It’s not clear how many jobs the wells might create. The company says 88% of its workforce are Alaskan residents. The DNR is taking comments on the application until Oct 10. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Two new oil and natural gas exploration wells may be drilled in Ninilchik if Hilcorp’s application to the Department of Natural Resources is approved. The company now owns virtually every platform in the Cook Inlet and is now considering greater exploration in the onshore Deep Creek Unit, southeast of Ninilchik.last_img read more