Avishek G Dastidar


Govt notifies amended SC/ST law
Tue, Jan 26, 2016

The new law widens the scope and definition of offences committed against SCs and STs, adding new offences to the list.

Modi flags off Mahamana Express: Key features of this swanky train
Sat, Jan 23, 2016

For the refreshed interiors loaded with more ease of use, Railways has decided to charge 15 per cent more than the usual fare for Mahamana Express.

Now, Swachh survey to rank railway stations
Fri, Jan 15, 2016

As many as 400 busy stations will be assessed based on their footfall, earnings and the categories that Railways already has for classifying its stations.

7th Pay Commission Expenses ‘Burdened’ railways rings FinMin, but govt ain’t sharing the load
Wed, Jan 13, 2016

Railways has said that the part of the burden on its revenues by way of discharging its “public service obligation” be picked up by the government.

Reading between the railway tracks: Turnaround plan and the numbers
Tue, Jan 12, 2016

The Railways’ operating ratio touched 98% in September, and settled in the vicinity of 97% in October. Achieving the target of 88.5% by March looks difficult; and the Railways would do very well to better last year’s 91.8%.

Centre slashes funding to Railways by Rs 12,000 crore for ‘poor pace of work’
Wed, Jan 06, 2016

The Railways had also requested the Finance Ministry to share its burden of having to keep its fares low and carry essential goods either cheap or even free of cost.

A lukewarm core sector to turn the heat on Railways
Wed, Jan 06, 2016

Review of projections by various ministries & industry representatives paints a gloomy picture for FY17.

Bullet trains will go to private operator after first 5 years
Wed, Jan 06, 2016

The Arvind Panagariya-led Committee on Innovative Collaborations, which had approved the project, has incorporated this policy move which has subsequently been approved by the Cabinet.

Digital makeover: SMS new ticket as Railways may go paperless
Thu, Dec 24, 2015

The SMS tickets might also carry advertisements, so that the national transporter does not have to bear the cost of sending them. Railways has already started talking to advertising agencies in this regard.

Indian Railways hikes Tatkal ticket charges; to be applied starting Dec 25
Thu, Dec 24, 2015

While a passenger has to shell out Rs 200 for the Tatkal booking of Sleeper class instead of Rs 175, for AC-3 the maximum revised charge is Rs 400 instead of Rs 350 earlier and minimum is Rs 300 instead of Rs 250, according to the Railway notification.

No let-up in demands for Jaitley’s resignation
Wed, Dec 23, 2015

Rajya Sabha demands for Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s resignation.

AAYUSH or AYUSSH? AYUSH minister to consider
Sat, Dec 19, 2015

AYUSH, an acronym for Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy, could do with a change of name to include more traditional schools of medicine prevalent in India.

Railways: 47,000 jhuggis holding up Rs 260 crore projects in Delhi
Tue, Dec 15, 2015

Official data available with the Railway ministry shows that in the last three years, it has been able to retrieve only 112 hectares across the country.

With help from Japan, Centre-state joint venture to usher in first bullet train
Sat, Dec 12, 2015

The approval given by the Cabinet makes it possible to execute this project under the provisions of the existing Railway Act, 1989.

Board wants only engineers as Indian Railways officers
Wed, Dec 02, 2015

The proposal, to be deliberated by the board on Wednesday, prompted the civil services cadres to form a separate union and submit a memorandum in protest on Tuesday.

How each uses party prism to look at Babasaheb
Fri, Nov 27, 2015

The Congress objected, saying Ambedkar wanted it but did not include it considering the “prevailing situation in the country” at that time.

Railways: No proposal by panel to upgrade zonal GMs
Fri, Nov 20, 2015

Pushing the demand, the railways had said that a general manager manages territories extending to multiple states, commanding a workforce of nearly 80,000 to one lakh personnel.

Rahul Gandhi dares PM Narendra Modi, BJP says he is rattled and running away
Fri, Nov 20, 2015

Breaking his silence on BJP leader Subrmanian Swamy's allegations about his British nationality, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said he is not scared of the government and is ready to go to jail if found guilty.

Railways wants to analyse call records, loco pilots warn of strike
Wed, Nov 18, 2015

The ministry has ordered all its loco pilots and assistant loco pilots to furnish details of phones and numbers given to them by the organisation as part of its Closed User Group plan.

High-speed railway network: Panel under NITI takes over appraisal process
Fri, Nov 13, 2015

The high-power committee also has secretaries of Department of Economic Affairs and Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion.

LJP blames comments by BJP, RSS for defeat in Bihar election
Mon, Nov 09, 2015

Having bargained hard to bag 40 seats to contest as part of the NDA, the LJP managed to win only two.

Locomotive Factories in Bihar: In cold storage for years, two Railway projects to start soon
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

Sources said the Railways is giving finishing touches to the formalities and awaiting the conclusion of the Bihar Assembly elections to make the announcement for locomotive-factory projects at Madhepura and Marhowra.

DoPT scanner on Railways over creation of top posts for projects
Wed, Oct 28, 2015

The DoPT has also asked the Railways how many “work charged posts” have been phased out after completion of the projects.

As CJI, I told PMs of way to insulate judges from lure of post-retirement jobs: Lodha
Sun, Oct 25, 2015

Only those who opt for full salary would be empanelled for selection for posts that require retired Supreme Court or high court judges.

Different leadership, same story: Railways still behind on fund utilisation
Wed, Oct 21, 2015

Railways has already fallen short of its targets for earnings, its capital expenditure figures show that it is hopelessly lagging behind in spending money even when the funds are assured.

Temple towns in mind, train toilets to be discharge-free
Sun, Oct 11, 2015

Toilets in trains across India are being modified so that not a drop of toilet waste falls in the stations at such “holy” places.

Indian Railways to get fresh design upgrade this Diwali
Thu, Oct 08, 2015

The proposed colour scheme of the trains is supposed to liberate the designers and break the monotony.

Ministry report may put brakes on PM Modi’s Railway varsities plan
Wed, Oct 07, 2015

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu is yet to take a call on the matter.

Railway growth story yet to pick up steam
Sat, Dec 26, 2015

While earnings from freight continuously suffered, those from carrying passengers — an area where the railway has a monopoly in most segments — was almost Rs 1,900 crore lower than what it should have been to meet the targets.

‘Displeased’ PMO tells Ministries: give details of MoUs
Tue, Aug 25, 2015

In a letter to ministries, Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha has asked them to henceforth furnish details of all MoUs to the Cabinet Secretariat within a month of the signing of MoUs.

Inspector Raj must end: Harsimrat Kaur cheers
Fri, Aug 14, 2015

Harsimrat Kaur Badal had maintained that the action on Maggi noodles had created an environment of fear in the industry.

No case against Rajiv, hard to believe Sushma didn’t know: Chidambaram
Fri, Aug 14, 2015

Regarding Anderson’s case, Chidambaram said the BJP and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley did not tell Parliament the whole story.

The story of how Sushma Swaraj gave it back to RSP MP NK Premachandran
Thu, Aug 13, 2015

Sushma intervened to tell the House Premchandran himself had written to her for help to the aged mother of an Indian convict in Oman, serving a life sentence for planned robbery and murder.

Parliament logjam: SP chief Mulayam Singh says ‘let us talk, not stall’
Tue, Aug 11, 2015

As Mulayam Singh spoke in the House, Congress president Sonia Gandhi tried to stop him and Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, said the SP chief was giving only his opinion.

To fence or not to fence for cattle? Semi-bullet train halts in its tracks
Tue, Aug 11, 2015

Railway engineers argue that even if the entire track were to be fenced, nothing would stop cattle — or even humans— from coming on way of the train at level crossings.

Back after suspension, noisy as ever, their placards smaller but flashier
Tue, Aug 11, 2015

The placards, though, were scaled down in size, with Speaker Sumitra Mahajan having decried the use of large placards that had blocked her chair and the treasury benches from TV cameras last week.