Monday, Mar 30, 2015

AVISHEK G DASTIDAR

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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.

Station-to-home drop service among new ideas cleared by Suresh Prabhu
Mon, Jan 05, 2015

IRCTC has been given go-ahead to explore business of operating helicopter services at Vaishno Devi.

Rail Reform 1: Minister won’t decide on tenders
Fri, Jan 02, 2015

Prabhu gives powers to zonal railways, Board members.

Centre appoints new Rail Board chief, eight GMs
Thu, Jan 01, 2015

With Aurnendra Kumar ending his term Wednesday, A K Mithal was appointed the new chairman.

Railways to use ‘clone trains’ to tackle fog delay
Wed, Dec 31, 2014

A new strategy of rolling out ‘clone trains’ is being tried to ensure that popular trains at least depart on time.

Panel calls for regular hike in rail fares
Wed, Dec 31, 2014

Makes case for fare hike in suburban trains by 2 paise per km every two months till they reach a break-even point.

Tracking Transition 2014: Post election hope, ministries face challenge of delivering
Wed, Dec 31, 2014

After the election fuelled by hope, where the ministries stand, and what to expect?

Railways can earn Rs 10,000 cr a year from ad space: report
Mon, Dec 22, 2014

Audit report submitted to Prabhu calls for formulation of a comprehensive publicity policy.

Railways bid to make journeys musical hits royalty hurdle
Mon, Dec 15, 2014

Railways’ attempt to add music to journeys to and from Kolkata has hit an unforeseen roadbloack: a price tag.

India’s fastest train may derail existing ones
Thu, Dec 11, 2014

Gatimaan Express will require slower trains to step aside and let it pass.

Hyundai ‘hid’ info: Delhi Metro mega contract under scanner
Tue, Dec 09, 2014

In April 2013, the DMRC awarded a contract of 486 coaches for the Phase-III of Delhi Metro to Hyundai Rotem.

Zonal Railway sat on file to secure unmanned crossings
Fri, Dec 05, 2014

Appointment of 50 gate counsellors at unmanned level-crossings could have prevented the accident.

Zonal railway sat on file to secure unmanned crossings
Fri, Dec 05, 2014

On October 29, the ministry even reminded all zones that non-implementation of the instructions were causing such accidents.

Sreedharan questions govt over crucial railway posts lying vacant
Tue, Dec 02, 2014

The post of Member Electrical has been vacant for months. Two more Members will be retiring by December 31.

China seeks to fund India’s first rail university, wants say in curriculum
Mon, Dec 01, 2014

As of now, the Railways is struggling with some teething trouble in its quest to set up the first university.