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New magazine to spice up rail travel

PATNA: Railway minister Mamata Banerjee has taken a decision to launch a new railway magazine "Rail Bandhu" on April 16 to mark the celebraion of Railway Week across the country. The proposed magazine will be brought out by the railways on the pattern of magazines of the Air India and Indian Airlines. It will be the first of its kind in the railways.

According to a Railway Board official, "Rail Bandhu" will be distributed to passengers free of cost while undertaking train journey. The magazines will be made available in all premier trains, including the Rajdhani Express, Shatabdi Express and other mail and express trains, to provide entertainment to elite class passengers, he said.
The official said about one lakh copies of the magazine would be brought out initially. The railways intends to increase its number to 10 lakh in future so that it could be distributed in each zone of the railways. "The magazine will have 60 pages, of which 30 pages will have news items and articles while the remaining pages will cover other topics ," he said, adding the railways has planned to publish interesting articles about Rabindranath Tagore's famous work "Geetanjali", vignettes of the saloon car travel during the British period and stories by Ruskin Bond in the inaugural issue.
Besides, the inaugural issue of the magazine will also feature stories about development of games and sports in the railways. Stories about success and achievements of outstanding railway sportspersons, including winners of gold, silver and bronze medals in the Commonwealth and Asian Games, will also be published in the inaugural issue, sources said.
"Rail Bandhu" will also highlight places of historical importance to visit by tourists. The railways has been running several pairs of tourist special trains to cater to the needs of tourists both from abroad and the country. "In fact, the railways has already declared development of tourism in the country on priority basis. The new magazine is likely to provide a variety of interesting and informative stories about development and achievements of the Indian Railways at the country level," the board official said.

Source - Times of India

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