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‘Displeased’ PMO tells Ministries: give details of MoUs
Tue, Aug 25, 2015

In a letter to ministries, Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha has asked them to henceforth furnish details of all MoUs to the Cabinet Secretariat within a month of the signing of MoUs.

Inspector Raj must end: Harsimrat Kaur cheers
Fri, Aug 14, 2015

Harsimrat Kaur Badal had maintained that the action on Maggi noodles had created an environment of fear in the industry.

No case against Rajiv, hard to believe Sushma didn’t know: Chidambaram
Fri, Aug 14, 2015

Regarding Anderson’s case, Chidambaram said the BJP and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley did not tell Parliament the whole story.

The story of how Sushma Swaraj gave it back to RSP MP NK Premachandran
Thu, Aug 13, 2015

Sushma intervened to tell the House Premchandran himself had written to her for help to the aged mother of an Indian convict in Oman, serving a life sentence for planned robbery and murder.

Parliament logjam: SP chief Mulayam Singh says ‘let us talk, not stall’
Tue, Aug 11, 2015

As Mulayam Singh spoke in the House, Congress president Sonia Gandhi tried to stop him and Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, said the SP chief was giving only his opinion.

To fence or not to fence for cattle? Semi-bullet train halts in its tracks
Tue, Aug 11, 2015

Railway engineers argue that even if the entire track were to be fenced, nothing would stop cattle — or even humans— from coming on way of the train at level crossings.

Back after suspension, noisy as ever, their placards smaller but flashier
Tue, Aug 11, 2015

The placards, though, were scaled down in size, with Speaker Sumitra Mahajan having decried the use of large placards that had blocked her chair and the treasury benches from TV cameras last week.

MP Tathagata Satpathy’s pitch: Make cannabis legal, why ban porn
Fri, Aug 07, 2015

The government is in the process of repealing 1,863 obsolete and redundant laws and statutes as they have either outlived their utility or are irrelevant now.

Madhya Pradesh twin train derailment: ‘It’s the freakiest of freak accidents’
Fri, Aug 07, 2015

Railway Board member, who inspected the accident site, says the tragedy could have been worse.

Kamayani Express derailed: 12 bodies found half a km away from accident site
Fri, Aug 07, 2015

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Minister of State Manoj Sinha have rushed to the accident site in Madhya Pradesh where two trains derailed killing at least 25 people late Tuesday.

Placards, Lights, Camera Blocked, Action
Tue, Aug 04, 2015

Ravneet and Satav blocked Speaker and minister from TV, Ranjeet Ranjan banged Speaker’s table while Hooda rolled his placard into a loudspeaker.

Suresh Prabhu seeks higher pay for Railway Board Chairman, GMs
Wed, Jul 29, 2015

Wants chairman to be brought on par with Cabinet secretary.

Congress MP Adhir Chowdhury bangs placard in front of Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, she sends him out
Tue, Jul 28, 2015

Adhir was apparently protesting against the government for initiating legislative business despite the agitation by the Opposition.

Rail unions reject Debroy panel report
Thu, Jul 09, 2015

The letter, sent on June 26 to the minister, opposes the creation of an independent rail regulator, considered the heart and soul of the panel’s recommended reform moves.

Veiled Attack on US-External factors helping Dalai Lama’s Tibet agenda: China
Tue, Jul 07, 2015

Apart from their timing, the comments assume significance as SCIO is the the administrative office under the State Council, the chief administrative body of the People’s Republic of China.

5-Nation Tour: In PM Narendra Modi ’s gift basket for Central Asian countries, ancient coins and book on Akbar
Tue, Jun 23, 2015

Modi is scheduled to visit Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan in the second week of July.

Indian Railways to lend a step up to upper berth
Mon, Jun 22, 2015

New ladder designs being tried out in trains, National Institute of Design roped in.

In run-up to UP elections, it’s Ram and Krishna all the way
Mon, Jun 22, 2015

An official from the Tourism Ministry told that while several religion-based tourism circuits were announced earlier this year, including the Jain Circuit, Muslim Circuit and Sufi Circuit, the Ramayana and Krishna circuits are being given precedence, for now.

LIC seeks upward revision of interest rate in loan deal with Railways
Sat, Jun 20, 2015

Much of the success of the Rail Budget depends on funding from outside agencies.

Bibek Debroy panel report: Get regulator in 5 years, then scrap Rail Budget
Fri, Jun 12, 2015

In the new report, the committee has left the job of figuring out how to do that to the Minister of Railways under supervision of the PMO and aided by a dedicated group of officers.

‘RVNL inefficient, but still awarded bulk of projects’
Thu, Jun 11, 2015

Railways’ Civil Engineering branch sends confidential note to Debroy panel.

Gandhi Smriti to get new director
Fri, Jun 05, 2015

The NDA government is learnt to have big plans to commemorate 100 years of Satyagraha in 2017.

Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train may be world’s cheapest
Thu, Jun 04, 2015

The Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train fare works out to about Rs 2,800, calculated on the basis of the current AC-I train fare of Rs 1,895.

India’s first bullet train corridor may be world’s cheapest high-speed service
Thu, Jun 04, 2015

The corridor is expected to have around 10 stations, and is supposed to cost Rs 98,000 crore.

Railways 15-day drive: 80 officers to inspect stations, interact with passengers
Wed, May 20, 2015

The ministry has decided to mark the event with a 15-day drive by carrying out 23 types of activities.

Centre likely to kick off strategic sales with ITDC hotels
Fri, May 15, 2015

The tourism ministry is in the process of moving a Cabinet note soon on strategic disinvestment of ITDC hotels.

Not fit to conduct drug abuse survey, says NSSO
Tue, May 12, 2015

With the country’s ace survey body unsure, the matter has been in a limbo for a year now.

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.