X Factor’s Matt Cardle on ‘F**king Going For It’ in London’s Memphis

first_img View Comments Hockadoo! Memphis the Musical has a new leading man. The West End incarnation of the Tony-winning Broadway hit recently welcomed stage first-timer Matt Cardle to the cast, playing radio DJ Huey Calhoun opposite soul singer and Olivier nominee Beverley Knight as club singer Felicia Farrell. Having come to fame in Britain for winning the seventh season of The X Factor, Cardle has replaced Killian Donnelly in the production at the Shaftesbury Theatre. The genial star spoke to Broadway.com about treading the boards—and learning lines—for the very first time.How did your new theatrical life come about—and Memphis in particular?Doing theater had never crossed my mind! I loved it but it wasn’t on my radar. I had never acted before and it wasn’t something that I thought I would be able to do in the future. But having finished [The X Factor] and been halfway through album number four, my manager called me and said that he had just had Beverley [Knight] on the phone to say that they were looking for a new Huey in Memphis and would I be interested?Were you?In fact, I’d been down to audition for another show in town and things didn’t get very far with that one so I went along and saw Memphis and instantly fell in love with it, as everyone who sees the show does. I was watching Bev very closely, and Killian [Donnelly], and then one thing led to another. It was a case of, I love the show and I had come down and read through the script with the resident director, Tara Wilkinson, and I spoke to my mum and decided that it would be rude not to give it a go.In what way “rude?”Inasmuch as Beverley is such a lovely woman and it was a huge honor to be thought of for something like this, given that I had never in my life picked up a script or ever learned a line!That is amazing, alongside the challenge of playing Huey, who is from an entirely different country and culture.The challenges were coming thick and fast, literally one after the other. First, there was the American accent, and I thought, right, I’ve messed around with accents my entire life but this was the deep south so I had to swerve around that one but I think I managed to do OK.Not to mention tackling a sizable part that brought both Tony and Olivier nominations for its Broadway and West End originators.My dresser told me I’m only ever offstage for 11 minutes, and that time is spent running underneath the stage at full pelt or doing the quickest costume change, sometimes with only 15 seconds or less to spare. There’s no time to sit and think about how things are going, which is good [laughs].How did you actually learn the part?I was watching the show on DVD twice a day and when I went to bed, I would have an audio of the show on my bedside table filtering into my subconscious. I lived and breathed Memphis before we started and then we had three weeks of intense rehearsal. It was like, “Where do I stand? What do I say? How do I say it?” And then, on top of all that, acting with props.Talk about a baptism by fire.I was like, bloody hell. I’m not so much a fish out of water as a goldfish that had landed on the carpet [laughs].At least you only do a seven-show week so you have that eighth show off to catch your breath…or watch from the audience.I get Wednesday afternoon off, but I’m more likely to be lying in bed!What do you think about those who complain that reality TV show alumni are getting cast in musicals over drama students who would give their eye teeth to star in the West End?I would say the same thing in their position! These roles aren’t easy to come by, and people who go to drama school train for years for this kind of thing. So I would not only empathize with their point of view, I would apologize to these people if the reports were coming back that I was rubbish but I think I’m holding my own at the moment. I hope so, anyway!Did your predecessor Killian [Donnelly] give you any advice?He just said, “You gotta f**king go for it!” It’s one of those roles where there’s no point thinking too hard about it. You’ve got to know what you’ve got to do.And of course the material addresses some major themes, beginning with racism in the United States.What I love about the show is that it manages to deal with these issues and to get the message across while also being consistently entertaining. But there are also two or three moments—more than that, actually—where the message comes and stabs you in the gut. There’s no messing about.Had you seen many West End musicals prior to being in this one?Not really. I saw Tommy a long time ago and Les Miz, and I saw Shrek, but I have to say that I was genuinely blown away by Memphis and thought it was just incredible. If I had thought there was no f**king way, I wouldn’t have done it, but I did think there was a slim chance I could pull it off.Now that you’re up and running in this, are you keen to make musical theater an ongoing part of your career?I’ve been given the golden egg here, as you can understand. This is one of the best companies, the best casts, the best shows—these roles don’t come around very often so now that I’ve got this, I’m not looking any further than tonight’s show or tomorrow night’s show.So we’re not going to see you donning a cat suit alongside Beverley [as Grizabella] when Cats returns to the West End later this year?I don’t think so but you never know. I never thought I’d be standing on a stage saying “hockadoo!”Do you even know what that word means?I don’t think anybody knows what it means!last_img read more

Bolt wins 150m race at Copacabana beach

first_imgUsain Bolt opened his season with a 150-metre win on a track set up at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.Bolt cruised to victory in 14.42 seconds, falling short of the world-best mark of 14.35 he set on the streets of Manchester in 2009. Antigua and Barbuda’s Daniel Bailey was second, ahead of Bruno Lins of Brazil and Alex Quinones of Ecuador.Bolt said he was satisfied with his performance after the race, which was held under scorching heat on a four-lane track built on Copacabana beach in the host city of the 2016 Olympics.“It was my first sprint race, definitely a good start for the season,” Bolt said. “I’m looking forward to coming down here in 2016.”Bolt celebrated by dancing with a few Brazilian dancers after the run, which was an official event supervised by the IAAF.He threw his running shoes to the fans, who endured huge lines to try to get near the track to see the Jamaican star up close.Bolt, the first man to successfully defend the 100 and 200 titles at the Olympics, was in Rio for four days, visiting social projects and participating in promotional events. Bolt said he is still “not sure” if he will compete at the London Diamond League meet in July, but agent Ricky Simms reiterated on Sunday that he is working to ensure the Jamaican returns to England.“We’ve had positive negotiations, it will be great for him to go back there a year after everything that happened last year,” Simms said. “It’s going to be a good event. We’ve just got a few things to finalize. In the next months, hopefully, we’ll find solutions.”The London meet, celebrating a year since the Olympics, would be one of his last competitions before the world championships in Moscow in August.Also Sunday, double-amputee Alan Oliveira of Brazil beat American runner Jerome Singleton at the Copacabana track. Oliveira originally was to race against Oscar Pistorius, who withdrew after being charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Oliveira beat the South African in the 200 at the London Paralympics.“I hope everything is solved, that the truth is told and that all parties solve this. Let’s see, let’s see how things will unfold,” Oliveira said. “He’s a great athlete inside the track, did what he did for Paralympic sport and I hope he continues to do so.”last_img read more

WHS Bulletin: Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

first_img*There will be a box outside of Ms. Vaughn’s room to put song suggestions in for the homecoming dance- feel free to stop by.Follow us on Twitter. Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Friday, Jan. 23, 2015:Friday• Boys Chaparral Tournament, 6:30 p.m. Saturday• Boys Chaparral Tournament TBD• JV Wrestling at Stafford 9 a.m.Friday lunch: Chicken Pattie, mashed potatoes/gravy, green beans, pineapple chunks, hot roll/jelly.Monday lunch: Taco soup, tortilla chips, fresh broccoli, chilled pears, snickerdoodle cookie.Today’s News *A Thuderstorm! The lights go out! An Agonized Voice! A Pistol Shot! The lights come up! A blonde in black lace stands over a dead man holding a bloody dagger! The detective examines the body and announces, “He’s been strangled!” Do you want to be one of the first to know what really happened? Come audition for the all school murder-mystery production on Monday from 3:30-5:00 and Thursday from 4-6:30. Audition forms are with Mrs. Kelly in room 106. Cast and crew members are wanted. Dead or alive, but preferably alive. *Good luck to the Special K Basketball players for their game today vs. Derby. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Warriors HQ Podcast: Durant makes an example of the Clippers

first_imgDon’t view the Warriors’ Game 3 victory as the team trying to prove a point.No, they were merely trying to restore order to a series that never should have been tied.With the lesson learned in Game 2 — they had a 16-minute stretch where they, per Stephen Curry, “literally [forgot] how to play basketball,” resulting in choking away a record 31-point lead — still fresh in their mind, Golden State led Game 3 from the opening tip to final buzzer, winning 132-105.After a beat-down like that, …last_img read more

The struggles of the 2015 Ohio wheat crop

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After a late planting, slow start and less that ideal late winter conditions, the 2015 Ohio wheat crop has had its fair share of challenges. Now add to that having to wait in the field for weeks after intended harvest dates due to over-saturated fields. Jeremy Goings still has some wheat to get to and hopes that dockage will be manageable and straw will be useable once the dust settles. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visited Goings Farm on July 21st and talks with Jeremy about the prospect for his wheat and how this year will effect his 2016 wheat decisions.last_img read more

Choosing Exactly How Your Life is Difficult

first_imgLife is difficult and full of suffering. Survival itself comes with adversity. Success, by whatever measure you choose, is difficult, requiring time, energy, and competence—and perhaps a bit of good fortune. With all of this being true, you get to choose what kind of suffering you prefer.You might prefer healthy suffering, the kind that provides meaning, purpose, and a host of other rewards. Alternatively, you may prefer a type of suffering that produces only greater suffering.Unhealthy SufferingIf you develop the habits of laziness, sloth, procrastination, and a general lack of industriousness, you will surely suffer the outcomes those habits invariably produce. You will have too little of what you want, be worth too little to those who might provide you with opportunity, do too little of what needs to be done—when it needs to be done, and produce little.If you believe that other people are responsible for your current state, that they prevent you from having the things you want or need, or if you envy others who have more than you have and believe that life is inherently unfair, you will suffer without a positive change to the current state. The longer you carry these beliefs and the more they become embedded in your thinking, the more you will suffer. Your suffering will show up first as complaining, then negativity, then cynicism, and then nihilism (a chronic form of suffering).Wanting reality to be something different from what it is, believing the world should conform to what you consider to be ideal, or believing you are entitled to something without having worked to obtain it, will all cause you to suffer. Though you suffer, reality will not conform to your ideal, nor will anyone recognize your entitlement.Some try to avoid the forms of suffering by abusing drugs, alcohol, or other substances, leading only to new and greater forms of suffering, even if they experience momentary relief from their suffering. Some try to avoid work and cheat the system, only to suffer later after the discovery of their bad decision. Their low moral intelligence produced their suffering (even if that decision was a momentary lack of character and ethics). Still others seek comfort by breaking the commitments they make to the most important people in their lives, a pattern that not only creates suffering for them but causes others to suffer greatly.This is an unhealthy type of suffering, producing no benefit to the one who suffers.Healthy SufferingIt takes effort and energy to be industrious, to take the initiative, to fight the desire to seek comfort instead of exertion, and produce something of value in this world. It takes effort and energy, including doing things you don’t want to do when you don’t feel like doing them. It takes becoming a person of value, someone who produces outcomes others value enough to trade other things of value in order to obtain those outcomes. The suffering here is not only less than its opposite, but it also provides positive outcomes as a reward. The delayed-gratification while delayed, does show up eventually.Because of the way human beings develop, we don’t like to be responsible for our mistakes, our digressions, and our failures. As children, we lie about the missing cookies or the broken lamp. We make excuses as to why we fail the math exam. Much of what shows up in all forms of media provides a narrative that other people are to blame for your state. Believing that you are completely and entirely responsible for every aspect of your life is a difficult position to hold at best, and suffering at worst. However, the fact that you are responsible also comes with the benefit of being empowered to change what you want (or need) to change. That empowerment, when acted on, allows for the changes that improve your life wherever you decide to place your focus.Accepting reality isn’t easy, especially if you are an idealist. Even though life continues to improve for most of Earth’s population, there are still so many things that could use improvement—including too much unnecessary suffering. The choice to accept reality and to refuse to believe you are entitled to have things the way you want them is difficult. It is, however, the most realistic and fairest view of how things are better, but not good enough. Accepting reality opens the opportunity to make a difference and improve things when and where you can. Maybe you can’t eradicate malaria or polio, but you can help someone, and you can make a difference.Humans are easily tempted. They are tempted by food, drink, entertainment, distractions, and pleasure. Trading pleasure for meaning, purpose, and character means walking away from temptations of pleasure. As difficult as it is to push temptations away, that small suffering is nothing compared to the longer term—and much greater—suffering that follows consistently poor decisions.These are positive choices you can make to deal with difficulties and suffering.Life is full of difficult things and suffering. You can make positive choices about how you suffer and move towards a better life (even if not an easy one, and even if it is one where there are occasionally events that cause you great suffering). You might also make negative choices that seem to alleviate your suffering or discomfort, allowing you to avoid difficulties and discomfort now, only to suffer much more—and with much more significant consequences in the future. Essential Reading! 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Rajasthan brings eastern canal project back to centre stage

first_imgThe Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project, which proposes to transfer excess waters from the Chambal river basin to 13 districts facing water scarcity, was once again highlighted at the national level with the State Water Resources Minister B.D. Kalla seeking a special Central assistance for it. He also sought preference for the desert State because of its difficult geography.₹43,000 crore sought Addressing a conference of State Ministers on Jal Jeevan Mission in New Delhi on Monday, Mr. Kalla sought an assistance of ₹43,000 crore for the ERCP and the Chambal-Brahmani-Bisalpur link project for permanent solution to the drinking water problem. He said development of water resources and linking of surface water bodies were the key areas of work in the State.The ERCP has come to the centre stage of demands raised by the State after the formation of the Congress government, which has been reminding Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the promises made in his election rallies for declaring it a national project.The previous BJP government in the State had also lobbied for the Centre’s approval for the ambitious project with an estimated budget of ₹40,000 crore as a major initiative for interlinking of rivers. The Central Water Commission has already given in-principle approval to the project’s feasibility report.Cabinet note Besides supplying drinking water in 13 districts, the mega project will also provide irrigation water to an additional 2 lakh hectares of land. The Union Ministry of Water Resources had reportedly finalised a Cabinet note on the ERCP as an intra-basin water transfer scheme last year.The project, linking Parvati, Kalisindh and Chambal rivers, is expected to benefit 40% of the State’s population with the supply of drinking and irrigation water. It will also supply water to the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor and take care of the flood and drought situation in the area.Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had affirmed at the 5th Governing Council meeting of NITI Aayog earlier this year that the ERCP would facilitate solution of the water scarcity issue in eastern and south-eastern districts of the State at least till 2051.The ERCP will ensure availability of water in Jhalawar, Baran, Kota, Bundi, Sawai Madhopur, Ajmer, Tonk, Jaipur, Dausa, Karauli, Alwar, Bharatpur and Dholpur districts and create an additional command area of 2 lakh hectares for irrigation. It will facilitate restoration of dependable yield of the existing 26 major and medium irrigation projects en route — reduced to 30% — to their original status.Jal Jeevan Mission Mr. Kalla also raised the issue of availability of water under the Jal Jeevan Mission and said the target for Rajasthan should be enhanced from the supply of 55 litres of water per person per day to 70 litres. He said the Centre should also pay ₹5,073 crore of its share in the implementation of various rural water supply schemes in the State.last_img read more

A recap of Week 3 in the Big 12

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! USATSI_8083651_154512258_lowresIt was an interesting weekend for the Big 12, to say the least.Clint Trickett is going to win the Heisman, and maybe Texas isn’t so bad after all. The top teams in the league took care of business, while some of the hybrid (good or bad, we aren’t sure yet) teams suffered a setback.Let’s take a quick look around the Big 12, and examine how teams performed. Oh yeah, Big 12 play starts next week.Oklahoma State vs UTSAIn Daxx Garman’s first start since Apollo 13, the Cowboys were victorious over the Roadrunners in a game that was never really in question.Garman went 16-30 with 315 yards on the day while also throwing for two TD’s, including this gem to Brandon Sheperd.The Cowboy offense looked great on a few drives, but that seemed to be the exception. Between Daxx’s constant bombs and Tyreek never really making his presence felt, the offense never established any sort of rhythm of identity.The Cowboy defense, however, looked very stout. UTSA was held to only 206 total yards and 11 first downs the entire evening. Gundy and the gang will have a bye week to figure things out before Texas Tech comes to town next Thursday.Final ResultOklahoma State – 43UTSA – 13This WeekByeOklahoma vs TennesseeIn what was billed as another edition of Bob Stoops against the SEC, the Sooners looked like the favorite to win the Big 12in their first real challenge of the young season.Trevor Knight and the Oklahoma offense looked solid, racking up 454 total yards on the evening. Knight went 20-33 with 308 yards and one TD, while also adding one TD on the ground. The three-headed Sooner rushing attack (Ford, Perine, Ross) had another respectable night on the ground, rushing for a combined 129 yards and one TD.Mike Stoops’ defense held Justin Worley and the Tennessee offense to only 313 total yards, while also forcing three turnovers. The Sooners look like a complete team poised to snag one of the four playoff spots come December.This type of performance, especially against his favorite conference, has Coach Stoops doing some type of jig.Final ResultOklahoma – 34Tennessee – 10This [email protected] West VirginiaBaylor at BuffaloNot a whole lot to say about this one, other than Baylor did what they should have done. Bryce Petty looked healthy, as he racked up 416 yards and 4 TDs through the air in only three quarters. Shock Linwood added 97 yards and 2 TDs on the ground for the Bears.KD Cannon continued to look electrifying, as he hauled in 6 receptions for 189 yards and 1 TD.Baylor wasn’t really tested in their three non-conference games, but they were impressive nonetheless. I don’t see the Bears having any trouble until their matchup with Oklahoma in Norman on November 8th.Final ResultBaylor – 63Buffalo – 21This WeekByeWest Virginia at MarylandDana and the Mountaineers redeemed themselves after last year’s beat down at the hands of the Terps. In a game that saw West Virginia blow a 28-6 lead in a way that only a Dana-coached team would do, a late field goal by Josh Lambert allowed them to escape College Park with a victory.Clint Trickett had himself a day, going 37-49 with 511 yards and 4 TD’s. 216 of those yards went to Kevin White, who is quickly emerging as one of the Big 12’s top targets.The West Virginia defense did look susceptible at times, giving up several big plays that allowed the Terps to climb back into the game late. The Mountaineers look like they could have a say in the outcome of the Big 12 this year, and we could find out just how much this week against Oklahoma.Final ResultWest Virginia – 40Maryland – 37This WeekOklahoma @ homeKansas at DukeIs this matchup some sort of sick joke in regard to college basketball season? If so, I hope the basketball version doesn’t disappoint quite as much.Duke racked up 511 total yards, including 245 on the ground from freshman running back Shaun Wilson. Jayhawk QB, Montell Cozart, went 11-27 and only 89 yards as the offense never got rolling. This was the 25th straight road loss for Kansas, and things don’t seem to be getting any better.Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 11.04.48 AMFinal ResultDuke – 41Kansas – 3This WeekCentral Michigan @ homeIowa State at IowaOnce again, why does Iowa State do this to their fans? Are they good, or are they not?One week after taking K-State to the brink, the Cyclones got a last-second victory this week over Iowa to secure the Cy-Hawk Trophy.Cyclone QB, Sam Richardson, had another impressive day, going 25-37 with 255 yards and 2 TD’s. In what was a defensive struggle most of the day, the Iowa State defense held Iowa to 275 total yards while also forcing two turnovers. It was a Cole Netten field goal with two seconds left that finished off the Cyclone rally.Iowa State is going to give several teams in the Big 12 trouble, especially when those teams travel to Ames (what a great name for a city, by the way).USATSI_8083617_154512258_lowres Final ResultIowa State – 20Iowa – 17This WeekByeTexas Tech vs ArkansasI think Jonathan Williams and Co. are still scoring touchdowns. The Tech defense was horrid, allowing 438 rushing yards and 7 TD’s to the Razorback offense.Is it bad when the opposing QB throws for 61 yards and you still get beat by 21 points?The Tech offense also sputtered at times, with Davis Webb only throwing for 252 yards. I said it last week, but I just don’t see the same swagger in this year’s Red Raiders.Davis Webb looks apprehensive, which obviously isn’t a plus in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense. Like Oklahoma State, Tech has a bye week to get things figured out on both sides of the ball.Final ResultArkansas – 49Texas Tech – 28This WeekByeTCU vs MinnesotaTCU took care of business Saturday as the Golden Gophers made the trek to Fort Worth. The Horned Frog defense look solid, holding Minnesota to only 268 total yards.They also held Minnesota to only 99 rushing yards, which is well below the Gophers’ season average of 233 yards per game.The TCU offense also looked sharp for most of the game, with Trevone Boykin throwing for 258 yards and 2 TD’s while adding 92 yards on the ground.The up-tempo TCU offense only had one scoring drive last over two minutes, and only had the ball for just over 25 minutes the entire contest. Boykin will need to take full control of this newly installed offense if the Horned Frogs are to have a special season.Final ResultTCU – 30Minnesota – 7This WeekByeTexas at UCLA (in Arlington)In what was probably the most exciting Big 12 game of the week, the Longhorns came up just short against the UCLA Bruins at Jerry World.I was thoroughly impressed in how the Longhorns rebounded after last week’s dismantling at the hands of Taysom Hill.Tyrone Swoopes threw for 196 yards and 2 TD’s, but looked much more comfortable in the pocket than last week. The opening coin toss might have led Longhorn fans to believe that it was going to be another rough night.UCLA won the toss and deferred to the second half, then Texas said it wanted to go on defense. When a team defers, you take the ball because the team that deferred will get the ball to start the second half.Long story short, UCLA got the ball to start both halves.UCLA QB, Brett Hundley, got hurt on the Bruins’ second possession, which led to Jerry Neuheisel (son of Rick) taking over. Neuheisel threw for 178 yards and 2 TDs, the last of which proved to be the game-winner.Despite the loss, Texas showed plenty of promise heading into Big XII play.Final ResultUCLA – 20Texas – 17This WeekByeTotally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.last_img read more

Speed of DelhiMumbai DelhiHowrah route will be raised to 160 kmh Rlys

first_imgNew Delhi: The government has approved the railways’ proposal to increase the train speed on Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah routes to 160 kmph which will reduce travel time by 3.5 hours and five hours respectively, making them overnight journeys.While the cost of the project for the Delhi-Mumbai route will be Rs 6,806 crore, the cost for the other route will be Rs 6,685 by 2022-23. This was part of the ministry’s 100 day agenda. The decisions were taken in the Cabinet meeting held on Monday, but were made public on Wednesday. It was during this Cabinet meeting that the decisions on Kashmir were discussed with Union ministers. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe increased speed on these routes will ensure improved service, safety and will create capacity, a statement from the government said. Increasing the speed of the Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah sections to 160 kmph will ensure up to 60 per cent increase in average speed of passenger trains and doubling of average speed of freight traffic, the statement said. Together these two routes account for 29 per cent of passenger traffic and 20 per cent of freight traffic. The government has also approved the ministry’s plan to construct a new line between Vaibhavwadi-Kolhapur (now Shri Chhatrapati Shahumaharaj Terminus) (108 km) with an estimated cost of Rs 3,439 crore. The project will be completed by 2023-24 and will be executed by Construction Organization of Central Railway.last_img read more

Partly cloudy skies forecast

first_imgNew Delhi: It was a cool Thursday morning in the city, with the minimum temperature settling at 18.7 degrees Celsius, normal for the season. Partly cloudy skies are forecast for later part of the day with the maximum temperature settling around 39 degrees Celsius, said a MeT department official. Humidity was 69 percent at 8.30 AM, he said. The maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded at 17.6 and 36.8 degrees Celsius, respectively, on Wednesday.last_img

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