• Indian Railways Engineer Wins MIT Award for His Radical Caterpillar Train Idea

    Ashwani Kumar Upadhyaya, a 47-year-old Indian Railways engineer, recently won an award for his innovative idea of developing caterpillar trains -- a network of lightweight, elevated train coaches that will run at speeds up to 100 km/hr and will take passengers even to the residential areas. Ashwani, who is a 1997-batch officer of the Indian Railway Traffic Service, is posted at the Centre for Railway Information Systems in New Delhi and is currently on a study leave as a PhD scholar in Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. He won in a global competition on innovations that was organised by MIT and had about 500 entries. Ashwani came up with this idea with a fellow PhD scholar Emil Jacob. The caterpillar train is named so because the idea is to install wheels both above and below the coaches. This way, they will be able to run on the tracks as well as hang from them. The tracks would be supported by poles bent to form arches. [caption id="attachment_66004" align="aligncenter" width="660"] Artist's impression of the Caterpillar train. Source: Facebook[/caption] The whole system will run on electricity and the coaches will also have a backup battery to be used in case of emergencies such as a power failure. Every coach will have the capacity to seat 20 people and their small size will help them reach residential areas too. The small size is also supposed to allow trains to be vertically stacked at the depot. The station for caterpillar trains will be a simple platform to be reached via elevators. A console on the train would allow passengers to pick stations. The most surprising thing about this radical urban transport system is that it would cost a fifteenth of the conventional metro rail system. “Currently, all urban mass transit systems are developed on the hub-and-spoke concept — the transport system is the hub and users have to travel from various parts of the city and converge there to use it. But the C-Train goes wherever there is at least a five-metre road,” Ashwani told The Indian Express. The competition, organised by MIT’s Centre for Collective Intelligence, offers a crowd-sourcing platform for people to create ideas and proposals on how the issue of climate change can be addressed. Ashwani now plans to educate eminent academicians and town planners about the benefits of the C-Train at an upcoming conference to be organised by MIT in September. Like this story? Or have something to share? Write to us: contact@thebetterindia.com, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter (@thebetterindia).

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  • 'Chatan' Bhagat loses to Piers Morgan in Twitter-trolling battle

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  • Reliance Jio warns COAI of legal action

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  • France has "misunderstood" burkini, Australian designer says

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  • Sushma slams celebs for opting surrogacy

    New Delhi, Aug 24 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday launched a veiled attack on celebrities for having surrogate babies, saying a "thing which started as a necessity, has now turned into a luxury." Addressing a press conference here, she said, "Celebrities are having surrogate babies. In spite of having two children, they have a third, just because the wife couldn't take the pain, they get someone else to bear their child." The Centre's move implies a strong stand against celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan, who had surrogate babies after two children and even Tusshar Kapoor, who became a single father recently.

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  • Dream Team celebrates “cheat day” after their last performance in New Jersey

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  • This Heroic Sportsman Worked all his Life Helping Others and Died Trying to Save Three Children

    Bablu Martin was a cricket and football player. He dedicated his entire life to sports and to helping people. On Saturday, he lost his life trying to save three children from being buried under the debris of a building that collapsed in Maihar. At around 10:30 am on August 20, Benedict (Bablu) Martin, a 40-year-old sportsman from Maihar in Madhya Pradesh, was going back home after conducting his routine coaching classes. On the way, he stopped in front of the Madhya Pradesh Housing Board building to have tea with his friends at a roadside stall. All of a sudden, he saw the three-storey structure of the Housing Board building tilting dangerously. [caption id="attachment_66018" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Benedict (Bablu) Martin[/caption] As soon as he spotted a 12-year-old girl standing under the building, Babloo made a dash to save her from being buried under the debris of the now collapsing edifice. He managed to rescue her and another child too, before going back to try and save another. Unfortunately, while the child was saved, Bablu himself never found his way back to safety. [caption id="attachment_66023" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] The collapsed building under which Bablu was trapped.[/caption] Bablu was trapped inside the debris, buried up to his neck. It took one-and-a-half hours for the people gathered around to pull him out. Other than the efforts of these locals, no other medical help reached the accident spot. Finally, the people rushed him to the nearest hospital where his wounds were quickly stitched in a haphazard manner and he was referred to a hospital in Satna. Bablu was still alive at this point. The ambulance in which Bablu was being transported to Satna had no medical staff. A temporary oxygen mask was placed over his mouth – it kept falling according to his older brother and a friend who accompanied Bablu in the ambulance. Due to heavy rainfall over the previous days, the road to Satna was closed. So the ambulance changed course and headed to a hospital in Katni, where the doctors declared Bablu ‘brought dead’. “My brother did his job. The people who pulled him out from under the debris also did their job. But the authorities and the system did not! One can reach Maihar from Bhopal in 1.5 hours by air. But no doctor from Maihar reached him in those 1.5 hours. He could have survived if he was given first aid immediately when he was trapped. He saved three lives. He would have saved 30 if he was alive! As there were no medical staff in the ambulance, we didn’t even know when our brother left us,” said Bablu’s brother Rabert (Raju) Martin. Bablu was a member of the Chattisgarh State Cricket Sangh (CSCS). He had represented Satna in cricket and soccer tournaments across the state. He also ran his own cricket coaching centre, known as Sharada Cricket Coaching Centre, where he used to teach cricket to kids for free. A dedicated sportsman, Bablu was not only good at cricket but also played football. He taught football to kids at the Maihar Sporting Club. It was Bablu who first encouraged girls to play football and cricket in Maihar. About 35-40 girls played football regularly at the Maihar Sporting Club under Martin’s guidance. One of them will be representing the district in the state level football championship soon. “Martin was a gem of a person. I knew him since childhood and he was the one who taught me wicket keeping and batting. He was a big fan of cricketer Azharuddin. He followed Azhar’s style in fielding and batting and Kapil Dev’s in bowling. You would think it was Azhar who was fielding if you saw Bablu on the cricket field from afar,” said Islam Ahmed Mansuri, a close family friend of the Martins. Bablu had no interest in academics from early on in life. His parents sent him to five different schools and even a boarding school in Allahabad. But all he wanted to do was to play cricket and other sports. Finally, Bablu left his studies altogether after Class 8 and became a full time sportsman. He started coaching children in cricket and football. He was so crazy about sports that if no one helped him financially, he would spend his own money to buy sports equipment for his students and arrange for their transport to matches outside Maihar. In a country where academic achievement is highly prized, Bablu did his best to encourage children to play sports. “Once, Bablu was suffering from malaria and had been put on a drip. But when he heard that there was a tournament taking place in town, he removed the drip himself and took off from the hospital without telling anyone,” recalled Raju fondly. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has announced that the government will pay Rs 5 lakh to Bablu’s family and give a government job to one family member. He has also promised to fulfil the family’s wish of naming a sports complex in Bablu’s honour in Satna, as encouraging sports as a career for the coming generations was Bablu’s only dream. Bablu’s mother and wife are still in shock and could not speak a word. His two sons, 6-year-old Vaibhav and 4-year-old Ahem still feel their father has gone for another tournament and will be back soon. [caption id="attachment_66011" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Bablu Martin's sons- Vaibhav and Ahem[/caption]  “Up until 4 days ago we were all upset with my brother – that he doesn’t take any responsibilities at home, does nothing to help financially, that he just keeps playing and helping others. But we didn’t know what great things he was doing. We came to know after his death that he helped people so much. All his students, including the 40 girls who he taught football and cricket to, came to the graveyard for his funeral. We are all proud of him for helping so many people all his life, for encouraging children to take up sports and finally, for giving up his life to save three children. Not just me, any brother would be proud to have such a brother who left the world helping someone and became immortal,” says Rabert Martin. You can write to Rabert Martin at rabertrtpl@rediffmail.com .

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    Rajinikanth personally invited a woman and congratulated her at his farm house for perfectly recreating Kabali dialogues in a viral video.

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  • Hardik Patel used quota stir to become leader, amass wealth: aides

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  • Illicit gold: India's smugglers shut out refiners, banks

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  • Aman Verma bids adieu to 'Amma', gets emotional

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  • Rahul Gandhi never accused RSS as an institution for Mahatma Gandhi's killing: SC

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  • BJP's Zafar Islam plays safe on fatwa on cow urine items

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