Wednesday, May 06, 2015

AVISHEK G DASTIDAR

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Headless cultural bodies to get bosses by month-end
Wed, May 06, 2015

National Archives, Lalit Kala Akademi among 10 organisations on govt agenda.

House panel disagrees with Railways logic
Wed, May 06, 2015

Railways maintains many claims by those who fall off trains dubious, Standing Committee asks it to make commuting safer.

Rlys invites bid from top 4 audit firms
Tue, May 05, 2015

The world’s top four audit firms would soon be in a race to bag the mammoth assignment of advising the country’s largest employer, Indian Railways.

Now, officials who ‘fudge’ train status data to pay ticket refunds
Sat, May 02, 2015

The Railway Ministry seeks to weed out the menace of “wrong reporting” of punctuality data in an attempt to paint a rosy picture of train performance in the system.

Opposition calls her arrogant, Smriti Irani does not yield
Tue, Apr 28, 2015

The MPs demanded that Irani express 'regret' for asking TMC MP Sugata Bose to 'have the patience to sit down and listen'.

Why link PM Narendra Modi to all communal issues, asks Speaker Sumitra Mahajan
Thu, Apr 23, 2015

The issue of violence and verbal attacks against minority communities had been raised by the Congress.

Govt wants to divide Net among corporates: Rahul Gandhi
Thu, Apr 23, 2015

Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad says govt working on a framework, ‘final decision with me, not TRAI’.

When Speaker had to cut Prabhu short
Wed, Apr 22, 2015

Talking about the need to generate internal resources, Prabhu had said the standing committee’s recommendation is “a little confusing”.

Telangana stir, weather, bikes among Railways reasons for ferrying less people
Tue, Apr 21, 2015

The reasons were enlisted in Railways’ reply to a specific question by Standing Committee on Railways.

Rahul Gandhi terms NDA government ‘suit-boot ki sarkar’
Tue, Apr 21, 2015

Rahul’s 20-minute speech, in the form of an intervention during a debate, saw multiple interruptions from BJP MPs.

Venkaiah Naidu is Narendra Modi govt’s defence against Rahul Gandhi
Tue, Apr 21, 2015

Naidu said plight of farmers a legacy inherited from the “50 years of Cong rule” and it had no moral right to question the govt’s ordinances.

House panel punches holes in Rlys story
Mon, Apr 20, 2015

Standing committee’s report to be tabled in Parliament today; questions decision on no new lines

Bullet train project to cost Rs 1 lakh cr
Mon, Apr 13, 2015

In its latest interim report submitted last week, Japan has factored in the cost escalation through the years that it will take to finish the project.

PMO asks why trains late, Railways looks at Emergency for tips
Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Railway Minister Prabhu is learnt to be taking stock of punctuality figures and asset-failure on a daily basis.

Report calls for satellite monitoring of railway operations
Sat, Mar 28, 2015

An in-house report on traffic-optimisation submitted to Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.

Chinese tourists likely to get visa-on-arrival
Wed, Mar 25, 2015

The announcement for this new service is likely to be made by PM Modi during his visit to Beijing in May this year.

Explained: Overshoot to kill
Sat, Mar 21, 2015

Friday’s accident that killed 32 people in Rae Bareli occurred after the train overshot a signal, refusing to stop at Bachrawan station and hitting a track dead-end.

Maneka to approach Jaitley over funding for WCD Ministry
Sat, Mar 21, 2015

Maneka Gandhi said she along with Health Minister J P Nadda planned to approach the Finance Minister for more funds.

The great railway scam: This is why you can never book a ticket at 8 am
Thu, Mar 19, 2015

A probe revealed that daily 4,000 confirmed berths are hoarded by touts within a minute of the reservation system being thrown open to public.

Faster arbitration, commercial HC wings
Thu, Mar 19, 2015

A bill to amend the Arbitration Act will be brought during the current session, Sadananda Gowda said.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley rebuts opposition: Budget not for rich, will make states richer
Tue, Mar 17, 2015

14th Finance Comm has recommended a 10 per cent increase in the states’ share in Union taxes to 42 per cent.

From the gallery: 5 questions to Mallikarjun Kharge of Congress
Fri, Mar 13, 2015

Leader of Congress in LS Mallikarjun Kharge tells Avishek G Dastidar that their concerns about Rail Budget remain unaddressed.

Opposition puts soul into land bill debate
Wed, Mar 11, 2015

In the debate on the land amendment bill, the government, hit back, turning the spotlight on acquisition in Haryana.

LIC likely to come to Rlys rescue, bridge funding gap
Mon, Mar 02, 2015

LIC sources confirmed that the move is at an advanced stage and modalities are being finalised. A formal announcement is expected shortly.

Prabhu gets PM Narendra Modi thumping his desk
Fri, Feb 27, 2015

Prabhu expanded the WiFi facility — a project Modi has been pushing for — to all B-category stations

Can’t tell passengers we will take you on board but won’t care for your needs: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu
Fri, Feb 27, 2015

The Railways Minister talks to Avishek g Dastidar about the rail budget, and what lies ahead.

No new train services, Suresh Prabhu keeps Rail Budget firmly on track
Fri, Feb 27, 2015

"There will be no hike in railway passenger fares. We will focus on improving passenger amenities," he said.

Rail Budget 2015: Prabhu’s maiden budget to steer clear of populist demands
Thu, Feb 26, 2015

359 railway projects remain to be completed which will now require as much as Rs 1,82,000 crore.

Nitish Kumar parades his numbers, Patna High Court asks him to wait
Thu, Feb 12, 2015

Nitish was accompanied by Mulayam Singh Yadav and Lalu Yadav. Governor asks Manjhi to take floor test on Feb 20

Bihar politics: Nitish Kumar to meet Pranab Mukherjee, MLAs in tow
Wed, Feb 11, 2015

President’s House gives appointment for 7 pm; delegation to include Sharad, Lalu, Mulayam

Bihar crisis: Jitan Manjhi refuses to resign, accuses Nitish Kumar of being hungry for power
Mon, Feb 09, 2015

On Sunday, Bihar Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary too recognised Nitish as the new leader JD(U) legislature party leader.

Former CAG to join Rlys as ‘honorary advisor’
Fri, Jan 23, 2015

This is Rai’s first formal assignment after retirement.

Prabhu to push ‘Make In India’ projects
Wed, Jan 21, 2015

The strategy, is likely to find mention in Prabhu’s Rail Budget next month, talks about finalising plans of manufacturing of new technology rolling stock in a year.

Centre to launch fund to support SC entrepreneurs
Wed, Jan 14, 2015

Each entrepreneur from SC can borrow from the fund a minimum of Rs 50 lakh and a maximum of Rs 15 crore.

Remapping Northeast: Centre to link region with Hindu circuit
Mon, Jan 12, 2015

PMO tells Tourism Minister to spend 15 days in Northeast over next 3 months.

As two ministries spar, 65 new coaches lie idle
Mon, Jan 12, 2015

The railways has argued that safety and speed trials of new coaches are done using the designated weight and not people.