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Diesel or electric: Questions of infrastructure costs, logistics and flexibility for Indian Railways
Fri, Feb 16, 2018

The chief of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council Bibek Debroy has now presented a paper saying the policy of 100 per cent electrification needs more study.

PM panel chief Bibek Debroy red-flags Indian Railways electrification plan: Rethink
Thu, Feb 15, 2018

The Railways’ total electrification drive and talk of phasing out diesel completely stem from a Power ministry policy proposal — Piyush Goyal was Power minister then — two years ago, pushing 100 per cent conversion to electric traction.

Indira and Rajiv Gandhi gave lives for country, Dinesh Trivedi reminds PM Modi
Fri, Feb 09, 2018

Trinamool MP Dinesh Trivedi termed the Budget “jumla” (rhetoric) and alleged the government had failed to resolve the problems of farmers or provide better health services, education and infrastructure.

Eye on safety, Railways to launch whistleblower staff website
Mon, Feb 05, 2018

With safety being a priority area for the national transporter, officials said the new anonymous reporting system would turn every employee into the eyes and ears of the administration.

Union Budget 2018, Railways: Rising costs worrying signal
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

In a worrying signal for the national transporter, the rate at which its establishment costs — salaries, pensions and other expenses — is increasing rivals the growth rate it projects for its revenues from all sources.

Union Budget 2018: Railways sets highest ever capital spend, revenue budget
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

The NDA government charted out a plan for the Railways with a capital expenditure (capex) target of Rs 1.47 lakh crore and a revenue target of over Rs 2 lakh crore — the highest ever. It also pledged to upgrade the suburban railway network of Mumbai and Bengaluru.

Expansion and upgradation hallmarks of Railway Budget 2018
Thu, Feb 01, 2018

Railway Budget 2018: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley pegged the capital expenditure target of Rs 1,48,528 crore for Railways, the highest ever. But, only about a third of this money is to be funded from the general exchequer’s coffers

Union Budget 2018-19: Capital spending pegged at Rs 1.5 lakh crore for railways
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

Railways Minister Piyush Goyal is learnt to have fixed a target of around 20 per cent reduction in the transporter’s working expenses in 2018-19 to achieve better financial health by the end of the next fiscal.

Bharat Salhotra interview: ‘GST rate on rolling stock inputs may discourage domestic manufacturing’
Wed, Jan 31, 2018

Today we see on the rolling stock side there is what we call an inverted GST structure. It means the inputs for the rolling stock are taxed much higher than the output, said Bharat Salhotra.

Wreath, govt visit for railway track workers who die on job
Tue, Jan 30, 2018

The death of such railwaymen has been a source of concern for the railways top brass and has led to several interventions in the form of counselling, probes and awareness campaigns.

Budget 2018-19: Railways may end this fiscal with better operating ratio of 95 per cent
Wed, Jan 24, 2018

At 95%, this year’s operating ratio is a marginal improvement over last year’s 96%, as per Revised Estimates of Budget 2018-19, sources said.

Engine-less train: 160 kmph Train 18 to be out in June, Train 20 in 2020
Tue, Jan 23, 2018

Instead of being pulled by a locomotive, they are powered by traction motors fitted underneath each coach to render them self-propelled. Integral Coach Factory officials said the final product would be no less than their European counterparts.

Railway tribunal member RK Mittal faces probe over Rs 50 crore claims
Tue, Jan 16, 2018

Only the Chief Justice of India can order a probe by any investigative agency against the member (judicial) of the tribunal on the advice of the central government — in this case, the Railways Ministry.

Railways probes fake job interviews in Rail Bhavan
Fri, Jan 12, 2018

Officials said that early this month, seven people, who received these fake letters by post, appeared at the Delhi divisional headquarters to meet the Divisional Personnel Officer and join duty.

Railways tweaks coal freight rates
Thu, Jan 11, 2018

Lean season may become costlier: Busy season charges a part of standard tariff.

Stop complimentary passes for luxury trains: House panel
Mon, Jan 08, 2018

It has also directed Railways to stop the practice of providing complimentary passes on luxury trains with immediate effect and has asked to know why such a system was in place to begin with.

In the house this year: Canteen staff trained in top institutes
Mon, Jan 01, 2018

According to a new policy decision, Parliament catering staff to be recruited by the Railways will have to be holders of diplomas in Food Production, Food and Beverage Service or Bakery and Confectionery, or graduates in Hotel Administration. These include chefs, kitchen help, waiters and even bakers.

Govt distances itself from Anant Kumar Hegde, Opposition says should say sorry or quit
Thu, Dec 28, 2017

Vijay Goel made a statement on Anant Kumar Hegde’s remarks: “I want to clarify that we have full confidence in the Constitution. We do not agree with the minister’s comments.”

Higher cess on luxury cars, extended run to law on Delhi slums
Thu, Dec 28, 2017

The GST-related bill seeks to replace an ordinance issued in September hiking to 25% the GST cess on cars from mid-size to hybrid and luxury.

FRDI Bill: Depositors’ money safer than ever, says Arun Jaitley
Fri, Dec 22, 2017

FRDI Bill: Jaitley says no need to create fear psychosis, government will consider what panel recommends

Opposition gives dissent notes on Motor Vehicles Bill
Thu, Dec 21, 2017

Opposition parties have said that proposed new provision of getting vehicles registered by dealers, instead of the present practice of dealers going to the local Regional Transport Office for this, was an interference in a state’s domain of powers

Parliament Winter Session: New law to make seaplanes a mode of transport, says Nitin Gadkari
Wed, Dec 20, 2017

“I told the civil aviation minister, either you make a law or I [Shipping Ministry] will call it ‘air boat’ and make a new law to enable it,” Gadkari said

Indian Railways failed to keep stations catering to pilgrimage centres free from human discharge: CAG
Tue, Dec 19, 2017

While inspecting Jammu mail in Katra, it was found that bio-toilets had been fitted in only six out of its 23 coaches.

Railways proposes recreational foreign tour for its staff
Sun, Dec 17, 2017

The Secunderabad-based South Central Railways floated a proposal Friday for a six-day “recreation tour” of Singapore and Malaysia for non-gazetted serving employees. Interested employees have been asked to pay 25 per cent or Rs 15,000 via demand draft.

Railway board chairman removes top officer, two others over alleged misconduct
Fri, Dec 15, 2017

The officer was transferred with immediate effect to head the less significant position of managing Freight Operations Information System software.

Railways signal to states: Speed up land deals for projects, we will review funding
Fri, Dec 15, 2017

According to a new policy move, the Railways will start manual work and tendering of contracts only after the entire parcel of land needed for the project has been acquired.

Railways halts 2004 job scheme for children of staff opting for VRS
Tue, Dec 12, 2017

The move comes after the Punjab and Haryana High Court said in July, while hearing a case over the scheme, that it violated the Constitution on the 'principle of equal opportunity' for all in government jobs.

Railway restores Andhra mountain bridge in record 58 days
Sat, Dec 09, 2017

On October 6-7, a 700-ton boulder fell on the half-a-decade-old “bridge number 249” in the Araku Valley region of Andhra Pradesh; shattered its pier and rendered the country’s highest broad-gauge freight line useless.

PM Narendra Modi’s idea since 2014, railway university road map ready
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

The university project has been on the PMO’s wishlist for Railways for the past three years.

Railway push to heritage conservation: Steam engines to return to mountains
Mon, Dec 04, 2017

Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani announced Saturday that the mountain lines where trains are currently pulled by diesel engines will instead host steam engines.

Railway offices to move out of Mumbai’s iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus
Sun, Dec 03, 2017

The idea to turn CSTM into a “world-class rail museum” comes from Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, who wanted the building conserved appropriately as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

For ongoing projects, Railways GST-neutral, will bear extra tax burden
Fri, Dec 01, 2017

Sources said the move “may have a cascading effect” as other ministries and some state government agencies have made informal inquiries to the Railways about the decision.

To help track sleepy drivers, Railways to test IIT-Kharagpur’s solutions
Fri, Dec 01, 2017

Currently, Railways gives 14-16 hours of sleep to its drivers, called “headquarters rest”. Maintaining “running rooms” where loco pilots can sleep is a major priority area in railway administration.

Railways engineers asked to identify, fix defects on tracks
Wed, Nov 29, 2017

In view of the winter, which sees a rise in rail fracture due to the cold, Lohani is understood to have directed the railways to intensify patrolling of tracks.

Railway Infrastructure: Piyush Goyal seeks higher financial threshold to speed up projects; cites growing costs
Wed, Nov 29, 2017

As on April 1, 2017, Railways is sitting on projects worth around Rs 4 lakh crore in new lines, doubling and gauge conversion.