Avishek G Dastidar

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Poor suffering, rich not bothered, I designed this shirt to show that, says Naramalli Shivprasad
Wed, Nov 30, 2016

NDA member tells The Indian Express why he joined Opposition in protest.

On this man rests a rail system
Sun, Nov 27, 2016

Machines to inspect tracks are few, finances are stretched, and despite the flurry after the Kanpur accident, maintenance is low on priority.

Railway Board decides on operational changes after Indore Patna Express accident
Tue, Nov 22, 2016

The conventional ICF coaches will only run on slower trains and not superfast express trains.

Indore Patna Express derails: Despite push by minister, outdated coaches make up bulk of fleet
Mon, Nov 21, 2016

For over a year now, the Railway Board has been stalling this process, saying the industry would not be able to match the scale of production of the new coaches.

Indore Patna Express derails: Out of 695 passengers, 128 had opted for insurance plan
Mon, Nov 21, 2016

Railways is now mulling a proposal to make the travel insurance default for each e-ticket booked unless a passenger opts out, sources said.

Indore Patna Express derails: Train accident kills 120, many feared trapped; fractured rail likely cause
Mon, Nov 21, 2016

Fourteen coaches of the Indore-Patna Express had derailed at Pukhrayan in Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh early Sunday morning.

Pension liability pushes Railways to tipping point
Wed, Nov 16, 2016

The pension liability for this year is around Rs 42,000 crore.

CCTV, coffee machine, GPS info system in new AC-III Tier coaches of trains
Wed, Nov 02, 2016

The new coaches will initially be deployed on the all-AC-III tier Humsafar service, which is tentatively scheduled to start operating between Delhi and Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.

Revenue crisis: Indian Railways spending Rs 114 to earn every Rs 100
Wed, Nov 02, 2016

The operating ratio, an indicator of how healthy the financials are, has touched 114 per cent — way off target of 92 per cent.

Kashmir link project to have first cable-stayed rail bridge 
Tue, Oct 11, 2016

The Railways says the new bridge will utilise some of the major assets already created.

Post merger of Budgets, fund access likely to be hassle-free for Railways
Fri, Sep 16, 2016

Currently, Railways spends money through what is known as Demands for Grants presented to Parliament to draw funds from Consolidated Fund of India.

Analysis of Railways data: Tariff hike cannot be principal strategy to address losses, says NITI report
Thu, Sep 15, 2016

The report, an analysis of Railways data prepared by the Aayog’s member economist Bibek Debroy says Railways overstates its losses from “social obligations” by Rs 6,000 crore per year.

In Talgo’s promise of speed, some thrill, several questions before the Railways
Wed, Sep 14, 2016

So is Talgo about to revolutionise the Indian railway experience? Not so fast, explains The Indian Express.

Post merger of Budgets, FinMin won’t take over Railways’ liabilities
Tue, Sep 13, 2016

The only notable change, therefore, as a result of the merger in 2017 will be that the railway minister will not be presenting a separate rail Budget.

Railways price hike an experiment to read the market
Thu, Sep 08, 2016

Point to be noted is that this round of hike affects only .65 per cent of the 23 million passengers using trains every day.

Premium railway fares hiked up to 50 per cent in new dynamic pricing model
Thu, Sep 08, 2016

Presented in the form of a dynamic pricing model — except that the new structure will not see any decrease in fares — the Railways will offer only the first 10 per cent of berths at current prices.

Pressure on freight revenue: The coal hole in Railways book
Wed, Sep 07, 2016

With lukewarm power demand and change in generation scenario, the Railways is getting less coal to transport, resulting in loss of freight income.

Merger of rail departments: Anatomical changes to cure bureaucratic ailments
Tue, Sep 06, 2016

Official circles at Railway Board are deliberating on the matter, but there is little doubt that this time it can be avoided.

Railways flags off a shift from tradition
Wed, Aug 31, 2016

Uses videoconferencing to inaugurate project after project far away, all from Rail Bhawan.

Caterpillar Train gets Railway official global award at MIT
Tue, Aug 23, 2016

The 43-yr-old PhD engineer will now pitch idea to town planners, goal is to take train system into residential areas.

Centre appoints BCG to help redevelop 400 railway stations
Tue, Aug 23, 2016

This comes with policymakers in Rail Bhavan realising that a single redevelopment model cannot be applied to all stations.

Charges against ex-coal secy: IAS fraternity considers legal intervention, BJP offers help
Mon, Aug 22, 2016

As strategy, it has started speaking to legal experts who have suggested that a group of senior, former IAS officers filing a plea separately in the court would have a better locus standi in the ongoing trial.

IAS officers back ex-coal secy H C Gupta, to approach PM Modi
Fri, Aug 19, 2016

One of the major points that came up for discussion was the amendment to the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Dalits face atrocities, govt admits, urges states to act
Fri, Aug 12, 2016

Under Opposition fire, govt alleges Congress ‘humiliated’ Ambedkar

Tamil Nadu train heist: ‘Not informed’ about high-value cargo, says Railway Board
Thu, Aug 11, 2016

Railway authorities were not present when the boxes containing currency were loaded at Salem on Monday evening, and neither were Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel present when the door of the wagon was opened.

My lions have died, I want govt to find out why: Mulayam Singh Yadav
Wed, Aug 10, 2016

Gujarat under then chief minister Narendra Modi had gifted four lions to Uttar Pradesh upon a request from Mulayam and his son, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

Govt proposes tough traffic law, Opposition questions hurry
Wed, Aug 10, 2016

Gadkari said that if the bill could not be passed in both Houses this session, there would be delay in enacting the bill.

From The Gallery: BJP MP R K Singh on Kashmir’s security policy
Sat, Aug 06, 2016

There should be better policing (and) fences — all erected and manned with greater vigil so that infiltration is reduced to zero.... A strict approach needs to be adopted.

Redeveloping 400 stations: After some delay, plan chugs off from Rail Bhawan
Wed, Aug 03, 2016

The government’s thrust to redevelop 400 stations is finally seeing movement with the Railways planning to initiate a number of steps towards giving shape to this ambitious project.

From eight cadres to two: Railways to merge Group A service cadres
Tue, Aug 02, 2016

The proposed move, which will streamline the recruitment process, will be significant for the much-talked of restructuring of the national transporter.

On last working day, Railway Board Chairman, AK Mital ‘reappointed’ for 2 years
Sat, Jul 30, 2016

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, communicated the decision around midday Friday — which would have been Mital’s last working day.

Railway officers to hold MBA degrees
Thu, Jul 28, 2016

A salient feature of the arrangement is that private players can get their recruits to take the course on their own expense.

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.