Avishek G Dastidar

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Last year, Railways told MP Sachin Tendulkar: new overbridge provision has been sanctioned
Sat, Sep 30, 2017

It’s not just Tendulkar. Last year, following repeated requests from Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant, the then Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had sanctioned work for an upgrade at the Elphinstone Road station.

Rethink in Govt, Piyush Goyal says GE’s diesel locomotive project in Bihar is on track
Fri, Sep 29, 2017

Responding to Piyush Goyal’s remarks Thursday, Nitish Kumar told The Indian Express he had always maintained that “full electrification of railway engines” was “not practical and possible” at this stage.

60 new train services to take off in Mumbai local network
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

Western Railway suburban service will get 32 new trains whereas Central Railway will get 28 - 14 for the trans-harbour and 14 for the main line, as per plans drawn up by the respective zonal railways. The final numbers are still being worked out.

Journey time of over 500 trains being cut
Sun, Sep 24, 2017

Around 50 ordinary mail/express trains will get upgraded to “superfast” services after completion of an internal audit of running time of around 700 trains.

‘Khatauli station master wrongly held responsible for Utkal Express derailment’
Sun, Sep 24, 2017

The probe report had indicted the station master for violation of the General Rules, where it is said that if the station master gets to know of conditions unsafe for train movements, he shall take all precautionary measures

Utkal Express accident: Note on tracks was ‘tampered’
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

As per norms, if a track if called “unsafe,” even the juniormost staffer on the track (a gangman) is empowered to stop a train by raising flags and does not require a block for it.

Eye on electrification, Railways looks at winding up Bihar diesel project
Mon, Sep 18, 2017

The Railway Board is also working on a plan to immediately halt the rehabilitation of diesel locomotives, and ensure that no new investments are made on infrastructure to maintain stocks.

Bullet train loan rate 0.1%, free in a way: PM Narendra Modi
Fri, Sep 15, 2017

The Prime Minister said the high speed corridor and other developments in the rail sector like doubling of lines and the Dedicated Freight Corridor were all part of the larger plan for economic growth through robust transport infrastructure.

PM Modi on cost of bullet train project: ‘In a way it is free’
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

PM Modi said that the project was made possible thanks to the Japanese loan of Rs 88,000 crore at an attractive 0.1 per cent interest to be repaid over 50 years.

Deadline for bullet train advanced by a year: Piyush Goyal
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

The year 2022 coincides with 75 years of India’s Independence and Modi is likely to mention that in his speech on Thursday while declaring the intent of advancing the completion date.

Railway catering staff told not to seek tips, Piyush Goyal sets 48-hour deadline
Sun, Sep 10, 2017

After Goyal’s orders and the ministry’s directive, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has promptly contacted its catering contractors to convey an ultimatum. Violation will invite heavy penalty.

Railway users demand VIP quota berths be made available for common man
Sat, Sep 09, 2017

VIP quota, Emergency Quota or “EQ” as they are called, constitutes four per cent of all reserved berths made available for the 1672 mail/express train passengers every day. Which means an estimated 50-60,000 extra berths.

Utkal Express derailment: Piyush Goyal sets agenda, safety top priority
Fri, Sep 08, 2017

Construction of new lines will continue to get the required push with speedy procurement of new rails, but safety will be the priority, as per sources.

Utkal Express derailment: Engineer who cut tracks, two officials responsible, finds probe
Fri, Sep 08, 2017

The probe found that as early as 9.22 am on August 19, engineers were aware that the glued joint of the track — a signal separation apparatus — was broken and rails needed to be cut to fix it.

Railway Board starts work on cleaner, faster train system
Wed, Sep 06, 2017

Even though a formal Board meeting is yet to take place, as Board chairman Ashwani Lohani was away, given Goyal’s reputation of being a hard taskmaster, work is on to show the minister a blueprint soon.

Suresh Prabhu cleared tracks, will continue to run on those: Piyush Goyal
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

With Prabhu, the new Commerce and Industry Minister, by his side at the minister’s chamber in Rail Bhavan, Goyal called him his “mentor” and “elder brother”.

Piyush Goyal, 53, Minister, Railways: Idea implementation the task, for visible change
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

With less than two years to go for the next election, Goyal needs to implement a Railways roadmap already approved under the PMO’s watch.

Suresh Prabhu offers to quit as Railway Minister, Air India chief Ashwani Lohani to head Railway Board
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

Suresh Prabhu, sources said, called up the Prime Minister around 7 am and offered to step down. Modi asked him to come for the Cabinet meeting scheduled for 10.30 am.

New railway board chief Ashwani Lohani ’s mantra: Energise ranks
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

“The tragic railway disaster is a glaring symptom of the crying need for structural and process reforms cutting across hierarchies down upto the ground level that this great organisation needs, along with a genuine focus on HR. Indeed a very sad day,” Ashwani Lohani wrote

In Suresh Prabhu’s 3 years, 249 deaths from 207 train derailments
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

Data available for the last 10 years show 193 passengers died in derailments in 2016-17 — the highest in a year since 2006-07. Prabhu assumed office in November 2014

Utkal Express derailment: ‘Block ka time nahin hai, gaadiyan bahut hain’
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

Audio clip shows request to stop rail traffic for maintenance work was denied

Utkal Express derailment: Railways’ problem with trackmen, too qualified for manual labour
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

Of the almost 2.2 lakh trackmen in India, the number of those with graduate and postgraduate degrees and diplomas has increased manifold, the railways says

Utkal Express derailment toll up to 22, probe blames negligence: Track was under repair, Rlys cracks whip on top officials
Mon, Aug 21, 2017

Utkal Express derailment: Railway Board Member (Engineering) Aditya Kumar Mittal, Northern Railway General Manager R K Kulshreshta and Delhi Divisional Railway Manager R N Singh were “sent on leave” with immediate effect

Utkal Express derails in Uttar Pradesh: 20 die, over 80 injured as 14 coaches go off track
Sun, Aug 20, 2017

Utkal Express derailment: According to preliminary information received by the Railways, 14 coaches between the first five and the last four went off the tracks suddenly, including 10 non-AC Sleeper, one AC-III tier, one AC-II tier and a pantry car — only two wheels of the 14th coach were dislodged.

Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani theft: Cash and valuables worth lakhs stolen, passengers are suspects
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

In one of the most high-profile cases of train theft in recent years, cash and valuables worth lakhs were stolen from around 20 passengers on the Rajdhani by thieves who, police suspect, were travelling in the train as bona fide, ticket-holding passengers.

Change in metrics a factor in infra boost under NDA
Wed, Aug 16, 2017

Since 2014-15, Railways has been measuring its achievements on the basis of how many kilometers of lines were “commissioned”, as opposed to how many kilometers were physically constructed during a particular financial year.

Northeast lines under water, 50 trains cancelled or stranded
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

Ten trains that started from various parts of Assam and other areas of NF Railway were taken back to base stations. Key trains as Dibrugarh Rajdhani, Purvottar Sampark Kranti, Amritsar Katihar Express etc were among several cancelled.

Govt plans sops for industries servicing foreign tourists
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

One of the focus areas is the meetings, incentives, conventions, exhibitions (MICE) sector, which is fast growing yet nascent in India. The draft Cabinet note proposes to bring Indian players engaged in this industry under a “zero-rate GST” regime if the payments are in foreign exchange, to boost exports.

Put in more hours, I’ll do an hour more: PM Narendra Modi to officers
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

Officials said it was an inspirational speech and that the PM did not touch upon any specific issue as such. “Move beyond files and go to the fields” — that was the message the PM conveyed. The PM said that district collectors should convey the benefits of GST.

New system for rating bureaucrats open to bias: Anand Sharma
Wed, Aug 09, 2017

The report mentions that most central posts of joint-secretary level and upwards go to IAS officers and adds that the majority of top posts should not go to any one service leaving others services out in the Central Staffing Scheme.

Chandigarh stalking case: Ready to fight character assassination aimed at my daughter, says father
Tue, Aug 08, 2017

Chandigarh stalking case: Determined to fight the case of stalking of her daughter to the end, senior Haryana-cadre IAS officer V S Kundu on Monday said that "supporters of criminals" have started a campaign aimed at "character assassination" of his daughter.

Mumbai to Delhi in 13 hours, Railways to upgrade existing train
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

The Railway Ministry is now assessing the results and will conduct further trials, said sources.

Arun Jaitley raises voting rights issue with Sports Minister Vijay Goel
Sat, Aug 05, 2017

Arun Jaitley has written to Sports Minister Vijay Goel seeking a reversal of its order which removed the voting rights of Railways and Services in national sporting bodies and Indian Olympic Association after Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu also made same request.

In Rajya Sabha, Opposition flexes muscle over vehicle law amendment
Thu, Aug 03, 2017

The deputy chairman will then consult parties and take a call on whether the bill is a fit case for the perusal of the joint select committee.

Lalu Prasad Yadav rail hotels: Don’t recall anything, says tender panel
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

The three-member committee had processed and green-flagged the bids by Sujata Hotels for the hotels under the scanner — BNR Puri and BNR Ranchi — in December 2006.

In India’s most overflowing trains, Bihar-Delhi-Bihar is Track No. 1
Mon, Jul 31, 2017

New entrant in Top 10 list: Jharkhand to Kerala train, reflecting rapidly changing work migration pattern