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    26 Killed in Indian Train Fire

    Indian police officers cover their faces with masks as they note details of charred bodies of passengers near the site of a train accident at Kothacheruvu, about 155 kilometers (96 miles) north of Bangalore, India, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013.Indian police officers cover their faces with masks as they note details of charred bodies of passengers near the site of a train accident at Kothacheruvu, about 155 kilometers (96 miles) north of Bangalore, India, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013.
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    Indian police officers cover their faces with masks as they note details of charred bodies of passengers near the site of a train accident at Kothacheruvu, about 155 kilometers (96 miles) north of Bangalore, India, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013.
    Indian police officers cover their faces with masks as they note details of charred bodies of passengers near the site of a train accident at Kothacheruvu, about 155 kilometers (96 miles) north of Bangalore, India, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013.
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    Railway officials in southern India say the death toll for a fire on a train has risen to 26 people.

    Authorities say at least seven people were injured when the fire broke out on one of the coaches of the train early Saturday in Andhra Pradesh state.

    Officials say most of the passengers were sleeping when the fire started.

    The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but authorities suspect it was caused by a short circuit.

    The train was traveling from Bangalore to Nanded in the western state of Maharashtra.

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    by: jayaram from: chennai
    December 29, 2013 8:01 AM
    I admit that train fares are quite low to expect any high standard service from them. In any case it is too much that even the safety aspects are grossly neglected by the organisation which has monopoly in the sector. If we don’t value human life we stand to loose our credibility and our right to claims of a progressive state. Merely seeking growth in gdp and capital market performances neglecting all other areas is not the hallmark of a progressive state. We are not applying our mind where it matters most! We are not strengthening those areas which could function as a catalyst for growth. Our priorities and sentiments are highly deplorable. I am afraid we might turn into a banana state with very feeble public response in favor of issues encountered by weak and long suffering sections of people.

    by: dhananjay from: nagpur
    December 29, 2013 6:31 AM
    Its really shame to listen such news every time, Indian railway should take appropriate steps/measures, to avoid such accidents so much money has been spend for railways, Indian railway its a request pl start working in an efficient way

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