Avishek G Dastidar


IRCTC site crashed for 17 hours in a month, ticket woes for lakhs
Tue, Jun 27, 2017

“There was a technical problem. It was resolved Friday. Since then. the website has been working fine,” Sanjaya Das, Additional Member, Railway Board (Computer and Information Systems) said on the crashing of IRCTC website.

Railways gets green signal for ‘creeping’ rail fare hike
Mon, Jun 26, 2017

Currently, the Railways recovers only 57 per cent of the cost in passenger services and around 37 per cent in suburban services. Class-wise, only the AC III tier fetches it a profit, but that is neutralised by the losses from other classes.

Air India chief in race to be Railway Board member
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

Air India and its chief Ashwani Lohani were in news recently when the airline refused to fly Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad because of the latter's alleged misbehaviour with an airline staff. Later, all airlines refused to fly the MP for days.

Developing crucial links for connectivity
Wed, Jun 21, 2017

High on Nitin Gadkari's agenda are the four strategic road projects along the China border in Northern, Eastern and Southern parts of Arunachal Pradesh with a combined road length of 568 km at a total cost of around Rs 7,500 crore.

60% of all east-bound trains ran late in May
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

In May, data shows, only 3.04 per cent trains lost punctuality due to law and order problems.

Container Cargo Business: Railways may lose competitive edge post GST
Tue, Jun 13, 2017

The GST regime will impose a 12 per cent tax on container cargo moved by the railways whereas the same container moved by road will attract only 5 per cent GST

Fire in belly, tracks at Jharia coal belt to be closed from June 15
Sun, Jun 11, 2017

The Railway Board’s civil engineering department on Saturday issued a letter to East Central Railway, instructing that all train operations should be stopped from June 15, after giving the people proper notice

Reviving Waterways: Rs 1000-crore freight village in Varanasi gets Yogi Adityanath backing
Wed, May 31, 2017

The village, a one-of-its-kind infrastructure platform, will anchor movement of goods by railways and roadways ultimately dovetailing with the waterways’ scheme of things, as per plans.

Fire underground, Railways scrambles to exit Jharia
Wed, May 31, 2017

This is seen as the first serious effort by the Centre to solve the 100-year-old problem by dousing the flames and restoring the land.

Assam: Two derailments, one shutdown after Railways ignored safety warning
Mon, May 22, 2017

Assam line in operation after corrective steps taken: Railways

Railways starts firing officers convicted of corruption
Thu, May 11, 2017

All these officers had been fighting legal battles for years in CBI courts before their conviction.

‘Islamists will kill me if I don’t hide… if they do nothing, Bangladesh govt will arrest me’
Wed, May 10, 2017

A Bangladesh blogger tells The Indian Express why he fled the country

US-Based MNC Says Same Name Can Lead To Confusion: Caterpillar train runs into legal hurdle
Mon, May 08, 2017

Through the notice, served on March 31, Caterpillar has “requested” Upadhyaya to choose a different name as the use of the term Caterpillar “infringes its trademark rights” and causes confusion.

In audio clip, PAC man heard telling Railway officer: ‘Tumhara baap bol rahen hain’
Sat, May 06, 2017

Divisional officers have shot off a letter to headquarters in protest and sought action in the matter.

Pulling in: The all-new AC 3-tier coach
Wed, May 03, 2017

At least 10 design innovations, coach ready to roll out this month

Train Ka Dabba: Tracking the journey of a railway meal
Sun, Apr 23, 2017

With avenues of lodging complaints in real time increasing thanks to social media, and the NDA government encouraging feedback through Twitter, the numbers have been growing.

Dantewada village without mobile network awarded for going cashless
Sat, Apr 22, 2017

The award for implementation of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana went to Gomati district of Tripura and Jalna district of Maharashtra.

Indian railways train toilets set for makeover
Thu, Apr 20, 2017

Made of imported Korean material, the interiors of western-style toilets for AC coaches are predominantly white with soft, non-reflective LED illumination.

Railway officer Achal Khare to lead bullet train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad
Wed, Apr 19, 2017

Khare is currently Adviser (Infrastructure), heading the directorate that is responsible for the bullet train project, Public Private Partnership and FDI in the Railway ministry. He is from the Indian Railways Civil Engineering cadre.

At 96.9 per cent, Railways posts worst operating ratio in 16 years last fiscal
Wed, Apr 19, 2017

On the expenditure side, Railways was hoping that the figures would be around Rs 1.21 lakh crore.

Rail Neer ‘scam’: Suresh Prabhu okays prosecution of 2 officers despite CVC advice
Wed, Apr 12, 2017

One of the officers — from the Indian Railway Traffic Service — has now written to Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha seeking his intervention.

Lok Sabha passes bill for backward classes panel
Tue, Apr 11, 2017

Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot called it a “historic step” towards the welfare of OBCs.

Higher fine for traffic violations, punitive actions for services delay
Tue, Apr 11, 2017

The Lok Sabha passed the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill, 2016 with all parties supporting the Bill.

Praise for ‘sincere’ Nitin Gadkari and his traffic reforms across parties
Sat, Apr 08, 2017

Motor vehicles amendment bill comes back from standing committee, welcomed in Lok Sabha

Railways fires food contractor after MP raises issue in Rajya Sabha
Tue, Apr 04, 2017

Rail PSU IRCTC took over the food service of the train from Friday.

Jabalpur-Hazrat Nizamauddin Mahakaushal Express derails, 12 injured
Fri, Mar 31, 2017

Initial probe hints at weld failure in the tracks as likely cause for derailment of eight coaches.

Four key bills on GST get Lok Sabha green signal: Decks cleared for July rollout of uniform tax regime
Thu, Mar 30, 2017

Arun Jaitley, who steered the passage of the Bills, told the House that the GST will make commodities “slightly cheaper”

In GST speech, Mulayam Singh Yadav tells BJP to keep promises to UP voters
Thu, Mar 30, 2017

“Aap ne bahut bada bahumat jeeta hai.. jitna socha nahin tha use zyada jeeta hai... ab vaada nibhaaiye (You had not imagined you would win such a huge mandate. Now fulfil the promises),” he said.

PSUs’ dividend: Railways may resist transfer of money to Central coffers
Wed, Mar 29, 2017

Finance ministry appears to be of the view that with merger of the Budgets, even though Railways maintains operational autonomy, its finances stand subsumed in the overall government finances.

5 Questions: It’s a lie that Centre has agreed to Greater Nagalim demand, says Ram Prasad Sarmah
Wed, Mar 29, 2017

BJP MP from Assam tells AVISHEK G DASTIDAR why he wants Centre to intervene

Now, Lok Sabha asserts ‘sacrosanct’ right to fix MP pensions
Sat, Mar 25, 2017

On a PIL filed by an NGO, Lok Prahari, a Supreme Court bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar observed Tuesday that pension and perks to MPs seem prima facie unreasonable.

Shiv Sena MP takes August Kranti Rajdhani to Mumbai after top airlines blacklist him
Sat, Mar 25, 2017

As the clamour for action against Gaekwad grew, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju promised action.

Railway’s Vikalp scheme for waitlisted train travellers: Rollout on April 1, but read the fineprint
Wed, Mar 22, 2017

The Railways is selling the idea with the proposition that if someone opts for Vikalp, while getting a waitlisted ticket in an ordinary mail/express train, then she might get accommodated on a Rajdhani or Shatabdi Express at no extra cost.

5 Questions: CPM’s Lok Sabha MP from Raiganj Mohammed Salim
Sat, Mar 18, 2017

Mohammed Salim, CPM’s Lok Sabha MP from Raiganj, tells Indian Express why he demanded that the issue of allegations pertaining to narada against Tmc MPs be referred to the Ethics Committee.

Sushma Swaraj returns, welcomed by MPs all round, aggressive as ever
Thu, Mar 16, 2017

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan interrupted the routine of members tabling official papers and welcomed Sushma, who greeted everyone with folded hands and took a sip from the glass.

Pakistan railway not to send official at trans-Asia connectivity meet
Wed, Mar 15, 2017

Iran and Turkey, two other key countries, have also opted out of the conference.