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Train Enquiry on Mobile

In India trains often run late so its very usual for passengers to check whether train is on time or not. Indian Railway has provided various enquiry options like 139 telephone number to which anyone can call or can send SMS to find about train status. One disadvantage of using 139 number is that calling or sending SMS to this number is chargeable for the user and sometimes the information received is not correct or complete. One other better option is to check the status yourself on Internet on Train Enquiry website (http://www.trainenquiry.com) provided by Indian Railway.
 
This website has been developed by CRIS (Centre for Railway Information Systems) and RailYatri. The website is very simple and easy to use. Train status can be checked by entering train name, train number or station name in the search box provided on homepage of website. User guide has also been provided on the website itself for the benefit of users (http://www.trainenquiry.com/HowItWorks.aspx).
 
Facility to check status on-the-go on mobile phones has also been provided. There is no native application for various smartphone platforms like Android, iOS, Windows Phone or Blackberry etc; rather they have developed a separate mobile website (i.e. mobile web application) for this purpose. Whenever a user visits trainenquiry.com website on his/her mobile browser, he/she will be redirected automatically to the mobile website. If this does not happen due to any reason, the same mobile website can be accessed by visiting http://mobile.trainenquiry.com or http://www.railyatri.in in the mobile browser. This website has been designed specially for touchscreen smartphones using jQuery Mobile which is a touch-optimized web framework for smartphones & tablets. Most of the touchscreen mobile phones available in the market should not have any issue in displaying the website.
Mobile website is also again very simple and easy to use as it can be seen in the screenshots above. This mobile website is very useful specially for the passengers during their journey. So next time when you are travelling by train visit trainenquiry.com on your mobile instead of calling 139.
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India Against Spam – Forward Unwanted SMS/Calls to TRAI on 1909

Are you tired of getting spam SMS on your mobile? Or you are constantly receiving calls for selling you plots, flats, credit cards, loans etc? This problem is being faced by almost every mobile user in India. Some people are receiving so many spam SMS in a day that they had lost interest in reading SMS. Sometimes genuine SMS are kept unread or read after much delay due to this issue. Few persons have stopped receiving calls from every unknown number.
 
Everybody is looking for a solution to stop these unwanted SMS and calls. Few years back Telecom Authority of India (TRAI), the telecom regulator of India, has introduced DND (Do Not Disturb) service. A person can register his/her mobile number on DND and as per policy all unwanted SMS and calls should be stopped. But this is not working at all, ever after registered for DND, there is no stop of these unwanted SMS and calls. To take notice of that TRAI has introduced reporting of these unwanted SMS and calls to 1909, the official TRAI number of DND, which is a very good initiative. A person can call on 1909 to register complaint or a SMS can be sent to 1909. 1909 is a toll free number so there will be no charges to call or send SMS. But there is a process of reporting to 1909 which is available on TRAI website (Link). For example, SMS should be sent in a defined format “COMP TEL NO XXXXXXXXXX, dd/mm/yy, Time hh:mm”. After successful registration of complaint, if this is first chance the culprit will be warned and in second chance the number will be closed.
 
But if you are using Android phone, you just have to click one button and complaint will be registered automatically. This is possible because of application India Against Spam available for Android phones. This application has very simple interface as you can see in below screenshots. It lists all SMS and calls received recently and you just have to select the SMS or number. It will ask you to confirm the complaint and after clicking on send the complaint will be registered on 1909. It also delete the SMS automatically if the option is enabled in settings available for the application.


All feature of this application are as below –
  • Register for DND directly from app.
  • Report a spam message or call with a single tap.
  • Hides messages/calls from your address book contacts.
  • Hides message older that permissible limit.
  • Auto-deletes reported message(configurable).
  • Auto-saves outgoing message(configurable).
  • Messages about non-standard format can be reported from within the app.
So, why are you waiting? Just download the application and join the India Against Spam war. This application can be downloaded from Google Play Store, download links are available below as well.