Avishek G Dastidar


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.

For regulator, Railways favours executive order route
Tue, May 31, 2016

Giving tariff-setting powers to the regulator right now would entail going to Parliament with a Bill to amend the Railway Act, which Railways is not keen to do at the moment.

From June 15, Railways to start trial in which passengers can opt out of meals on Rajdhani, Shatabdi
Fri, May 27, 2016

Railways to begin 45-day trial on two Rajdhanis and as many Shatabdis from June 15.

Rs 94,000 crore is capital expenditure, said Railways, a quarter of it only on paper
Tue, May 10, 2016

Almost 15 per cent capex, or Rs 15,081 crore, shown by the Railways in 2015-16 represents work done by joint venture companies in the railway sector.

Bullet train project: Arvind Panagariya, top officials to visit Japan
Thu, May 05, 2016

Panagariya, along with the Foreign Secretary, Railway Board Chairman and Secretaries of Department of Economic Affairs, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion are scheduled to meet in Tokyo on May 16.

Five Questions: ‘Bureaucracy has become arrogant… politicians weak’
Sat, Apr 30, 2016

During Zero Hour on Friday, BJP MP Udit Raj raised the issue of MPs ‘losing their influence’. He talks to Avishek G Dastidar about what prompted him to raise the issue

Vijay Mallya may be absent, his question on bullet train shows up in Rail Ministry
Thu, Apr 28, 2016

Mallya’s notice for a question, which arrived in Rail Bhawan on Tuesday, took officials by surprise, given the circumstances surrounding him.

Railways helps clear Kolkata flyover debris
Sun, Apr 24, 2016

The last of the debris was cleared on Saturday.

Kolkata flyover collapse: Construction firm was on Railway Ministry’s watchlist
Fri, Apr 01, 2016

S C Agnihotri, Chief Managing Director, Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), told The Indian Express, “Because of non-performance, we had terminated a few of their contracts.”

Gatimaan Express, India’s fastest train, hits tracks next week
Fri, Apr 01, 2016

The train will have 12 coaches of Executive Class as well as chair cars. It is yet to be decided whether to allow commercial booking for the inaugural run or start it the following day.

The curious case of 2 Mamatas, 2 Roys, and one angry Suresh Prabhu
Thu, Mar 31, 2016

Expecting Bengal CM, Railway Minister rolled out red carpet for her namesake MP.

Toothpaste costs more than train travel: Railway officials to Suresh Prabhu
Thu, Mar 31, 2016

According to the calculations, a small tube of toothpaste costs more than the lowest train fare from Delhi to Chandigarh. The bus fares for the route are much more.

India’s ‘fastest train’ beats first Shatabdi by all of two minutes
Sun, Mar 27, 2016

March 22 trial shows Gatimaan remains hobbled by track, speed restrictions; Chairman, Rail Board, says high-speed trains world over run on straight tracks.

5 Questions: Budget has only treated symptom, not real illness, says P S Chandumajra
Tue, Mar 15, 2016

Speaking to The Indian Express, P S Chandumajra said govt needs to do more for farmers.

A bedtime story: Journey of a Railway linen set, part of an 18-lakh-set daily operation
Sun, Mar 13, 2016

The Rail Ministry told Parliament last month that Railways washes its blankets once every two months. Tracing the journey of one Railway linen set, part of an 18-lakh-set daily operation.

Mission Raftaar: Rajdhanis, Shatabdis to run with 2 engines to cut time
Tue, Mar 08, 2016

In the trial run between Ajmer and Delhi, the Shatabdi cut travel time by 40 minutes.

If we are serious about fighting corruption, we must have death penalty: Lok Sabha MP Rajesh Ranjan
Thu, Mar 03, 2016

Pappu Yadav speaks to The Indian Express on the issue.

Rail Budget highlights: 7 cr emails, 1 cr SMSes on track
Fri, Feb 26, 2016

A quarantined facility in Rail Bhawan was busy preparing these targeted highlihts since Thursday morning and by evening the mails and the SMSes started firing.

Rail budget: ‘Zero accident’ plan to prevent mishaps
Fri, Feb 26, 2016

There have been 233 accidents since 2014-15 till date on the rail network, almost similar to the corresponding period in the two years preceding that.

Pay commission payout: New action plan to cushion impact
Fri, Feb 26, 2016

With this background, the finance wizards of Railways have created an action plan to exorcise the CPC bogie deftly next fiscal without hiking either fares or freight rates.

Railway budget: Non-tariff revenue (or non-fare box revenue)
Fri, Feb 26, 2016

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu put unprecedented emphasis on this term in his rail budget speech, and also in the philosophy of the budget. What does it mean?

Rail budget: No hike in fares; 3 more freight corridors, cut in goods tariff on its way
Fri, Feb 26, 2016

As per the Budget, Railways will rationalise freight rates in the next few months to make it more competitive vis-a-vis the road sector.

Railway Budget 2016: Suresh Prabhu may window-dress fund woes
Thu, Feb 25, 2016

In terms of a rejig of services, Prabhu may also announce a move towards a common seniority for at least the eight Railway services. The step, if taken, is bound to invite controversy.