原文题目:China's bullet trains come to a halt: Power failure


China's newly launched high-speed bullet train faced flak after the service between Beijing and Shangahai was paralysed for nearly 90 minutes following a power breakdown due to thunderstorms.

In the first major malfunction since its launch on June 30, nineteen trains on the Beijing-Shanghai rail link came to a standstill for nearly 90 minutes on Sunday, railway authorities said.

The trains, which usually cover a distance of 1,318-kms in about five hours, arrived late by several hours, invoking angry reactions from passengers.

Several microbloggers, who were present in the train during the incident, wrote about their harrowing experience during the journey on the Internet.





"The light is off, air-conditioning is off, carriage is stifling, and there is a lack of oxygen," netizen Susan Chen wrote in her microblog.

In another blog, passenger Banalin said: "After waiting in the sweltering carriages for more than half an hour, passengers began to lose patience and became agitated."

Another passenger wrote that the public address system on the train kept explaining that the breakdown was due to the heavy rain.




Another passenger, Wang, said some 1,000 passengers sat in the darkness and air-conditioners were not working during that time.

After running for 20 minutes, the train stopped again. "Almost all the facilities in the train were out of service. We were very hungry and could not even grab a cup of water. It was terrible," she said, the State-run China Daily reported.

The accident has increased safety concerns about the landmark railway, which was launched one year ahead of its schedule.




A publicity official with the Chinese ministry of railways said that the delay were to ensure passenger safety.

There were similar incidents in 2007, the first year that China started to use bullet trains.

Still, many microbloggers said they would not choose high-speed trains after this incident, as punctuality and the ability to operate regardless of the weather were meant to be its advantages.





U S of asses
by Dona Paula (View MyPage) on Jul 12, 2011 08:51 AMI can see the americans having the chuckle over this.


by George Varghese (View MyPage) on Jul 11, 2011 11:24 PM | Hide repliesGood for you. We enjoy this tarnish to your image.
We hope very soon you run out of capability to generate electricity to run even your electric bulbs.


Re: china
by deepak kotnis (View MyPage) on Jul 11, 2011 11:57 PM
great. you cant do anything, so pull other peoples legs. typical indian.


China's bullet trains come to a halt: Power failure
by pramod badwaik (View MyPage) on Jul 11, 2011 05:59 PM

Howrah - Pune train are daily late for 9 HRS.


So sad.........
by varghese (View MyPage) on Jul 11, 2011 05:58 PM | Hide replies

I offer my condolences and sad griefs to all my rediff chinese supporters..its really slant eyed tears that i could offer you guys..


Re: So sad.........
by deepak kotnis (View MyPage) on Jul 11, 2011 11:58 PM
u seem like a china hater, what excatly do u love, kids doing potty on the rail tracks of a financial capital. i am sure you love it.


rediff, dont be sarcastic?
by Kalyanasundaram Venkatesh (View MyPage) on Jul 11, 2011 05:49 PM

I really cannot understand why Rediff editors are publishing this kind of articles; what do they want to prove in publishing this article? Just two days only one of our train running in 108km/hr speed got derailed due to the worst maitenance of railway tracks and killed more than 60persons;dont these Rediff editors feel shame to critize china's bullet train got delayed for 90minutes due to poor weather compared to the accident in our own country due to poor maintenance by our own people?

what is more shameful? poor maintenance of our railway tracks by our own people OR poor weather? Rediff editors better use their common sense and brain before publishing these kind of bullshit things. Just check out the accident data of our indian railways for the past two years and compare it with the china railways accident data for the past two yearr; then we will find how good our credibility is.

We should be ashamed of this article compared with the accident happend just two days back in UP killing more than 60 people.




Bullet Train
by RAJMOHAN NAIR (View MyPage) on Jul 11, 2011 05:45 PM

Indian trains are named as 'Snail Trains'. These are as old as the stone-age. Still our rulers are claiming India will be world power after five years. Any mirracle will happen????


No big deal for Indians used to many hours delay by IR
by Cric Fan (View MyPage) on Jul 11, 2011 05:43 PM | Hide replies

Trains with no facilities and delayes of many hours is common in India. When it happens in China or Japan, it is a rare occurrence and hence catches the headlines. IR should learn from these countries and improve. They are like ostriches with heads in the sand and will never look at world standards.


sonia gandhi wants all indians dead.
by philip (View MyPage) on Jul 11, 2011 05:28 PM

china is threatening the world markets.
china will circle around india.the central
government will not wake up


some people
by Zero h (View MyPage) on Jul 11, 2011 05:21 PM

are happy with the news about India's problems...they will not accept issues in other countries...l00sers


Which is faster?
by wu (View MyPage) on Jul 11, 2011 05:20 PM | Hide replies

When in normal service, China’s bullet train is much much faster than india tortoise train. But when it comes to accident, it is another story. As China’s train came to a still. And india’s train speeding into….


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by Ravi (View MyPage) on Jul 11, 2011 05:20 PM

Why rediff showing news of China's fastest train, running, criples. Why should we bother. Why we are getting envious on China. Our democracy is weak and our leaders are money looters, currupt, mafia, don, smugglers, molesters and many more.


Dont highlight too much
by Indian (View MyPage) on Jul 11, 2011 05:17 PM

05 hrs delay in india is a regular cup of tea. Why are we highlighting that of China & creating a news for us. We have plenty of issues to deal with.


this is not news for indians
by mahe (View MyPage) on Jul 11, 2011 05:15 PM | Hide replies

this happens everyday in india and without a good enough reason like power failure ...


by JOEL SILVA (View MyPage) on Jul 11, 2011 05:06 PM | Hide replies

Typical loser mentality....rather than aim to match these achievements, we are trying to find faults.... If we had similar services that ran properly or better than we have the right to talk

i have been to china and the infrastructure in the major cities is fantastic. I am not a big fan of china but credit has to be given where it is due.



Re: Typical
by BD Patel (View MyPage) on Jul 11, 2011 05:21 PM
Totally agree with you. If we can achieve even 25% of what China has done in last 20 years, it will be a miracle!!


launched ahead of schedule...
by Ok Well (View MyPage) on Jul 11, 2011 04:52 PM | Hide replies

Have you read the line, it says...
Launched one year ahead of schedule.
Can we dream of such a thing in INDIA.


Re: launched ahead of schedule...
by Ajit Birdi (View MyPage) on Jul 11, 2011 05:46 PM
If it was India it would read
Launched 10years after schedule.


Re: launched ahead of schedule...
by Ganesh Shankar (View MyPage) on Jul 11, 2011 05:14 PM
Launched 100YRS after Schedule can be dreamt in OUR INDIA.


Arun Premraj
by Arun Premraj (View MyPage) on Jul 11, 2011 04:24 PM

thats ok.. still better than our kalka accidents


by Superfine Ent (View MyPage) on Jul 11, 2011 04:22 PM

Even after break downs, its still a bullet train.

There will b problems but its always there in any new project.



sour grape
by David Dak (View MyPage) on Jul 11, 2011 03:57 PM | Hide replies

It was a thunderstorm and natural disaster not like indian train derailling that has killed almost 100 people. Rediff, you do not need to be sour grape. China's fast trains will be there and will become better and better. Anybody thinking otherwise will be diappointed.


Re: sour grape
by Raj (View MyPage) on Jul 11, 2011 04:12 PM
well said. Its indian mentality to criticise some good work, which can be never done in india.


Re: Re: sour grape
by chanakya maurya (View MyPage) on Jul 11, 2011 04:21 PM
This reminds of the crowd gathered to witness the engine start of the first steamer. All said the engine will not start. It started. All said it wont move the steamer. It moved it.

Then still clutching to their clumsy critical cocoon they said now he would not be able to stop it. He wont return. He did stop. He did return, and today huge vessels and gigantic tankers are ferrying into the ocean. Why cant we just dream. If we can dream we can make them come true.



Re: Re: Re: sour grape
by Raj (View MyPage) on Jul 11, 2011 05:19 PM
unfortunately in india most of the projects start with dream and remain pipedreams. This is the reality.


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chewing more than what it can eat
by A (View MyPage) on Jul 11, 2011 03:22 PM | Hide replies

China is overdoing things to show it muscles and power to the world.. it will backfire and collapse any time now.


Re: chewing more than what it can eat
by Sheetal Kaur (View MyPage) on Jul 11, 2011 03:29 PM
Fat chance of that, china is not India.


Re: Re: chewing more than what it can eat
by chanakya maurya (View MyPage) on Jul 11, 2011 04:24 PM
The muscle and power being exhibited by China are genuine and any under estimation thereof will be a very very big stupidity. People are getting killed in India without thunderstorms just by human folly. China is no fool and would cost India dearly if the latter fails to wake up in time and harness her resources in the right direction.


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