Avishek G Dastidar


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” and rates would depend on whether the commodity is used by a rich person or a common man.

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.

India takes lead to run freight train from Dhaka to Istanbul
Fri, Mar 03, 2017

Codenamed the ITI-DKD-Y corridor, the container train’s route is scheduled as Dhaka-Kolkata-Delhi-Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul.

UP Elections 2017: PM Modi says cross-border plot in Kanpur train accident, probe unclear
Sun, Feb 26, 2017

This is the first time that Modi has spoken out about the probable cause of the derailment, endorsing the Bihar police’s claim that it was an act of sabotage.

In UP poll season: EC says no to many of Centre’s proposals
Sat, Feb 25, 2017

In both instances, the EC asked the ministries to wait for the election to get over, officials said. Similarly, the Railway Ministry sent a list of 23 stations it wanted redeveloped, and wanted to announce the move through a function.

In poll season, EC no to many govt moves
Sat, Feb 25, 2017

The BJP-led NDA government seems to have tried to push a host of initiatives meant for election-bound states despite the fact that the model code of conduct was in operation.

Railways showing signs of revival: Goods trains gain traction
Wed, Feb 22, 2017

January sees record loading of 98.42 MT of freight as movement of cement, steel & coal gains momentum.

Merger of services not an option, says Railways
Tue, Feb 21, 2017

Prabhu had agreed to this idea and had asked for a team of senior officers to prepare the modalities.

China is protecting a terrorist, says BJP MP from Arrah R K Singh
Fri, Feb 10, 2017

Raising the issue of Masood azhar, BJP MP from Arrah R K Singh tells The Indian Express that India should ban all Chinese goods.

Uproar in Rajya Sabha as Opposition members target PM Modi
Fri, Feb 17, 2017

Accusing Modi of dragging political debate to a “new low”, members from Congress, CPM and JDU also joined hands to slam the PM for not agreeing to reply to clarifications by JD(U) member Sharad Yadav.

Samajwadi Party members missing, BJP makes a power point
Fri, Feb 10, 2017

Goyal said there were 1.6 crore households in the state which were still unelectrified despite the Centre allocating the required funds.

Mumbai students make gadget to keep trains litter-free
Tue, Feb 07, 2017

Passengers have to only push a pedal to open the duct and plunk the waste.

Railways to show green signal to a train in Andaman and Nicobar
Mon, Feb 06, 2017

240-km track from Port Blair to Diglipur will benefit tourists, defence forces.

Derailments: Rail tribunal steps in to fast-track relief payment
Mon, Feb 06, 2017

The Tribunal passed the order to negate possibility of victims and their families being duped by middlemen.

In Budget, Uttar Pradesh gets Rs 7,118 crore outlay for rail projects
Sat, Feb 04, 2017

In terms of average allocation, this is 541 per cent more than that during the UPA tenure between 2009 and 2014.

Budget 2017: Highest budgetary support, but Rail finances a concern
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

After struggling to meet its own targets in earnings all-year round, Railways expects to end the year with a Rs 12,000 crore shortfall in earnings.

Railways taken by surprise over listing of its 3 PSUs
Mon, Mar 20, 2017

According to sources, the Railways officials were only asked if the ministry had any objection to the listing of some of its PSUs for better fund infusion and market competitiveness.

Budget 2017: 7 per cent hike in train fares likely in next fiscal
Wed, Feb 01, 2017

The announcement of fare hike is unlikely to feature in the Budget speech. The railways is likely to increase fares of its highly subsidised passenger segment, especially the non-AC classes in 2017-18.

Woman clerk transferred for ‘refusing to sing’, top Railway official faces action
Thu, Jan 26, 2017

According to Tiwari, she got a call from divisional officials on the night of January 15 asking her to prepare three songs for the farewell party.

In letter to Rajnath, Prabhu cited 6 recent mishaps
Wed, Jan 25, 2017

Suresh Prabhu listed six incidents of “possibility of criminal interference by outsiders”

‘Social media updates by SRK and team led to overcrowding’
Wed, Jan 25, 2017

Someone on the train had pulled the alarm chain as well and delayed the train’s departure by about six minutes

Hirakhand mishap: Never said sabotage caused accidents in Kanpur, says Rail Board chief
Tue, Jan 24, 2017

Bihar Police had recently given rise to the theory that the back-to-back derailment near Kanpur late last year had “ISI links”.

Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express derailment: Third train accident in 2 months, 40 killed in Andhra
Tue, Jan 24, 2017

This was the third major derailment in a little over two months. On November 10 last year, 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express derailed at Pukhrayan, 60 km from Kanpur, resulting in at least 150 deaths.

One from wishlist: Rs 1 lakh crore fund for safety on tracks
Fri, Jan 20, 2017

Sources said the safety upgrade will take five years of dedicated approach in “mission mode”.

Railway officers say ISI link unlikely, NIA calls police claim ‘curious’
Thu, Jan 19, 2017

Railways officials said that all facts known so far do not point towards any explosion on the tracks, or any sabotage.

Allow public works in prohibited areas of monuments: Culture ministry
Wed, Jan 18, 2017

The ministry has circulated a Cabinet note proposing to amend the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 to this effect.

Capital expenditure: Less than a quarter remaining, target only half way through
Wed, Jan 18, 2017

The total expenditure incurred in the 24 main plan heads that signify actual asset creation in Railways during a particular year, the expenditure, so far, is just about Rs 600 crore more than last year’s figures.

Alleging bias, non-IAS officers petition PM Modi
Sat, Jan 14, 2017

Arguing their case, the Confederation of Civil Service Associations has added to the petition a record of how the number of non-IAS Group A Service officers posted as Secretaries has declined over the years.