Avishek G Dastidar


Kashmir link project to have first cable-stayed rail bridge 
Tue, Oct 11, 2016

The Railways says the new bridge will utilise some of the major assets already created.

Post merger of Budgets, fund access likely to be hassle-free for Railways
Fri, Sep 16, 2016

Currently, Railways spends money through what is known as Demands for Grants presented to Parliament to draw funds from Consolidated Fund of India.

Analysis of Railways data: Tariff hike cannot be principal strategy to address losses, says NITI report
Thu, Sep 15, 2016

The report, an analysis of Railways data prepared by the Aayog’s member economist Bibek Debroy says Railways overstates its losses from “social obligations” by Rs 6,000 crore per year.

In Talgo’s promise of speed, some thrill, several questions before the Railways
Wed, Sep 14, 2016

So is Talgo about to revolutionise the Indian railway experience? Not so fast, explains The Indian Express.

Post merger of Budgets, FinMin won’t take over Railways’ liabilities
Tue, Sep 13, 2016

The only notable change, therefore, as a result of the merger in 2017 will be that the railway minister will not be presenting a separate rail Budget.

Railways price hike an experiment to read the market
Thu, Sep 08, 2016

Point to be noted is that this round of hike affects only .65 per cent of the 23 million passengers using trains every day.

Premium railway fares hiked up to 50 per cent in new dynamic pricing model
Thu, Sep 08, 2016

Presented in the form of a dynamic pricing model — except that the new structure will not see any decrease in fares — the Railways will offer only the first 10 per cent of berths at current prices.

Pressure on freight revenue: The coal hole in Railways book
Wed, Sep 07, 2016

With lukewarm power demand and change in generation scenario, the Railways is getting less coal to transport, resulting in loss of freight income.

Merger of rail departments: Anatomical changes to cure bureaucratic ailments
Tue, Sep 06, 2016

Official circles at Railway Board are deliberating on the matter, but there is little doubt that this time it can be avoided.

Railways flags off a shift from tradition
Wed, Aug 31, 2016

Uses videoconferencing to inaugurate project after project far away, all from Rail Bhawan.

Caterpillar Train gets Railway official global award at MIT
Tue, Aug 23, 2016

The 43-yr-old PhD engineer will now pitch idea to town planners, goal is to take train system into residential areas.

Centre appoints BCG to help redevelop 400 railway stations
Tue, Aug 23, 2016

This comes with policymakers in Rail Bhavan realising that a single redevelopment model cannot be applied to all stations.

Charges against ex-coal secy: IAS fraternity considers legal intervention, BJP offers help
Mon, Aug 22, 2016

As strategy, it has started speaking to legal experts who have suggested that a group of senior, former IAS officers filing a plea separately in the court would have a better locus standi in the ongoing trial.

IAS officers back ex-coal secy H C Gupta, to approach PM Modi
Fri, Aug 19, 2016

One of the major points that came up for discussion was the amendment to the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Dalits face atrocities, govt admits, urges states to act
Fri, Aug 12, 2016

Under Opposition fire, govt alleges Congress ‘humiliated’ Ambedkar

Tamil Nadu train heist: ‘Not informed’ about high-value cargo, says Railway Board
Thu, Aug 11, 2016

Railway authorities were not present when the boxes containing currency were loaded at Salem on Monday evening, and neither were Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel present when the door of the wagon was opened.

My lions have died, I want govt to find out why: Mulayam Singh Yadav
Wed, Aug 10, 2016

Gujarat under then chief minister Narendra Modi had gifted four lions to Uttar Pradesh upon a request from Mulayam and his son, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

Govt proposes tough traffic law, Opposition questions hurry
Wed, Aug 10, 2016

Gadkari said that if the bill could not be passed in both Houses this session, there would be delay in enacting the bill.

From The Gallery: BJP MP R K Singh on Kashmir’s security policy
Sat, Aug 06, 2016

There should be better policing (and) fences — all erected and manned with greater vigil so that infiltration is reduced to zero.... A strict approach needs to be adopted.

Redeveloping 400 stations: After some delay, plan chugs off from Rail Bhawan
Wed, Aug 03, 2016

The government’s thrust to redevelop 400 stations is finally seeing movement with the Railways planning to initiate a number of steps towards giving shape to this ambitious project.

From eight cadres to two: Railways to merge Group A service cadres
Tue, Aug 02, 2016

The proposed move, which will streamline the recruitment process, will be significant for the much-talked of restructuring of the national transporter.

On last working day, Railway Board Chairman, AK Mital ‘reappointed’ for 2 years
Sat, Jul 30, 2016

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, communicated the decision around midday Friday — which would have been Mital’s last working day.

Railway officers to hold MBA degrees
Thu, Jul 28, 2016

A salient feature of the arrangement is that private players can get their recruits to take the course on their own expense.

Ex-ASI official BR Mani who led digging in Ayodhya named National Museum DG
Tue, Jul 26, 2016

Mani and his team courted controversy in 2003 when their excavation report stated that features of a 10th-century temple were found beneath the site where the 16th-century Babri Masjid stood until its demolition in 1992.

Niti panel charts out limitations of current fiscal year cycle
Thu, Jul 21, 2016

The panel headed by Niti Aayog member Bibek Debroy has prepared a detailed note on the history, need, legal provisions for and the way forward in India’s search for an alternative budgeting cycle. T

Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train: Amid failure to secure land for station, panel suggests elevated corridor at extra Rs 10K cr
Fri, Jul 08, 2016

The decision was taken by the empowered committee of secretaries headed by NITI Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya on the bullet train project earlier this week.

Cabinet reshuffle: Work in Rlys on track, Manoj Sinha gets telecom also
Thu, Jul 07, 2016

By getting independent charge of telecom, while retaining railways, Sinha is being viewed as among the biggest gainers in the reshuffle.

Day one of cabinet reshuffle: New ministers take charge
Thu, Jul 07, 2016

Post the Cabinet reshuffle, the newly inducted ministers take charge in theie new offices.

Crowdsourcing Concepts: Tamil Nadu engineers win Railway prize for idea on non-stinky loos
Mon, Jul 04, 2016

Entries were sought on the online platform mygov.in and the RDSO website — and engineers, students, architects, entrepreneurs and others from various walks of life responded.

Railways links promotion of top officers to department’s income
Wed, Jun 29, 2016

The KPIs for the officers have been set against five broad categories of performance linked directly to the health of Indian Railways.

Should financial year sync with calendar year? Govt to discuss
Tue, Jun 28, 2016

The government wants to understand how India stands to gain if the Budget cycle is altered to sync with the calendar year.

Months before retirement, Railway Board financial commissioner puts in his papers
Sun, Jun 26, 2016

Financial Commissioner is an ex-officio Secretary to Government of India. It is the topmost post managing finances of Railways, including the Budget.

No more Rail Budget? Niti Ayog note to PMO terms it as ‘failed’ exercise
Wed, Jun 22, 2016

NITI Aayog argues in favour of scrapping the exercise, NDA govt seeks Railway Ministry’s views.

Railways to install 35,000 CCTVs in 1,000 stations for women passengers’ safety
Fri, Jun 10, 2016

Railways has accorded this project top priority, with Chairman of Railway Board personally monitoring its progress.

Maharashtra stops Rs 98,000-cr bullet train project in its tracks
Wed, Jun 08, 2016

The state government is learnt to have told Railways that since only a small portion of the bullet train corridor — one of Modi’s pet infrastructure projects — falls in Maharashtra, such a large revenue loss cannot be justified.

Station uplift to Rail University, PM Modi unhappy at ‘slow pace’ of progress
Mon, Jun 06, 2016

These included the redevelopment of 400 stations and setting up of a Rail University, and other initiatives such as using advertisements for generating revenue.