Avishek G Dastidar


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
Thu, Feb 02, 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.

Gujarat govt to help Railways acquire land for bullet train project
Thu, Jan 12, 2017

Not only that, to help the bullet train to gain ridership, the government will also integrate various other modes of public transport with the high-speed rail network.

National High Speed Rail Corporation: Race to head bullet train project heats up, 7 shortlisted
Mon, Jan 09, 2017

The shortlist before the search committee, headed by the Cabinet Secretary, is dominated by civil engineers.

Industry players to have key role in National Railway University
Sun, Jan 08, 2017

The varsity would go beyond the scope of a conventional university as per the plan, which envisages 1.2 lakh enrollments over 10 years at on and off-campus centres across India.

Revised Budget Estimates: Despite shortfall in earnings, Railways fixes operating ratio at 94 per cent
Wed, Jan 04, 2017

The target for the operating ratio — money spent to earn every rupee; the lower the better — set in the last Rail Budget was 92 per cent.

Tracking Infrastructure: From low-cost housing push by govt through PMAY to Railways fixing operating ratio at 94 per cent
Wed, Jan 04, 2017

On Saturday, the government has announced creation of two new middle-income categories under PMAY in urban areas and one scheme for rural areas.

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana: Broader interest subsidy a fillip for low-cost housing
Wed, Jan 04, 2017

After PM's latest announcement, loans of up to Rs 9 lakh and Rs 12 lakh will now get interest subvention of 4% and 3%, respectively, against initial scheme providing loans of up to Rs 6 lakh at subsidised rate of 6.5%

Track fittings in rails missing, essential drills given a miss: Suresh Prabhu
Fri, Dec 30, 2016

These are some of the findings of a task force that Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had formed after the Indore-Patna Express accident near Kanpur last month.

PM Modi intervenes, gets Railways and Defence to put aside land tussle
Thu, Dec 29, 2016

In the monthly Pragati meeting of video-conferencing between the Prime Minister, chief secretaries and union secretaries of infrastructure sectors, the Railways listed the item in November and presented the facts.

Gurgaon could become first in country to get Caterpillar Train
Tue, Dec 27, 2016

C-Train, envisages a citywide network of lightweight, elevated train coaches running at about 100 kmph on a track supported by poles bent into arches.

The parties launched by Devi Lal, Chandumajra and Shibu Soren aide
Tue, Dec 27, 2016

In Haryana, Punjab and Jharkhand, groups that merged or morphed into larger parties are among the 255 delisted by Election Commisison

Parties on Paper: This party died long ago, left behind 70-year-old PM fan
Fri, Dec 23, 2016

According to Carunia, the BJP made her a key member of its women’s wing, Akhil Bhartiya Mahila Morcha, and also head the party’s Christian cell in Delhi.

Where the parties are supposed to be: Dashed political dreams, homes & clinic
Fri, Dec 23, 2016

The Indian Express finds out what stands at the registered offices of some of the 255 parties delisted by EC for failing to contest polls over 10 years.

Railway Ministry unable to create credible seniority list for 276 officers
Tue, Dec 20, 2016

The hold on promotions in the past two years and the subsequent six-month delay has caused many people to even retire with lower benefits than what they are entitled to.

L K Advani again: We will earn a bad name, I feel like resigning
Fri, Dec 16, 2016

Advani was expressing his displeasure about the continued Parliament logjam, the second time he has done so this session.