It’s not just Tendulkar. Last year, following repeated requests from Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant, the then Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had sanctioned work for an upgrade at the Elphinstone Road station.
Responding to Piyush Goyal’s remarks Thursday, Nitish Kumar told The Indian Express he had always maintained that “full electrification of railway engines” was “not practical and possible” at this stage.
Western Railway suburban service will get 32 new trains whereas Central Railway will get 28 - 14 for the trans-harbour and 14 for the main line, as per plans drawn up by the respective zonal railways. The final numbers are still being worked out.
The probe report had indicted the station master for violation of the General Rules, where it is said that if the station master gets to know of conditions unsafe for train movements, he shall take all precautionary measures
The Prime Minister said the high speed corridor and other developments in the rail sector like doubling of lines and the Dedicated Freight Corridor were all part of the larger plan for economic growth through robust transport infrastructure.
After Goyal’s orders and the ministry’s directive, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has promptly contacted its catering contractors to convey an ultimatum. Violation will invite heavy penalty.
VIP quota, Emergency Quota or “EQ” as they are called, constitutes four per cent of all reserved berths made available for the 1672 mail/express train passengers every day. Which means an estimated 50-60,000 extra berths.
Even though a formal Board meeting is yet to take place, as Board chairman Ashwani Lohani was away, given Goyal’s reputation of being a hard taskmaster, work is on to show the minister a blueprint soon.
“The tragic railway disaster is a glaring symptom of the crying need for structural and process reforms cutting across hierarchies down upto the ground level that this great organisation needs, along with a genuine focus on HR. Indeed a very sad day,” Ashwani Lohani wrote
Utkal Express derailment: Railway Board Member (Engineering) Aditya Kumar Mittal, Northern Railway General Manager R K Kulshreshta and Delhi Divisional Railway Manager R N Singh were “sent on leave” with immediate effect
Utkal Express derailment: According to preliminary information received by the Railways, 14 coaches between the first five and the last four went off the tracks suddenly, including 10 non-AC Sleeper, one AC-III tier, one AC-II tier and a pantry car — only two wheels of the 14th coach were dislodged.
In one of the most high-profile cases of train theft in recent years, cash and valuables worth lakhs were stolen from around 20 passengers on the Rajdhani by thieves who, police suspect, were travelling in the train as bona fide, ticket-holding passengers.
Since 2014-15, Railways has been measuring its achievements on the basis of how many kilometers of lines were “commissioned”, as opposed to how many kilometers were physically constructed during a particular financial year.
Ten trains that started from various parts of Assam and other areas of NF Railway were taken back to base stations. Key trains as Dibrugarh Rajdhani, Purvottar Sampark Kranti, Amritsar Katihar Express etc were among several cancelled.
One of the focus areas is the meetings, incentives, conventions, exhibitions (MICE) sector, which is fast growing yet nascent in India. The draft Cabinet note proposes to bring Indian players engaged in this industry under a “zero-rate GST” regime if the payments are in foreign exchange, to boost exports.
Officials said it was an inspirational speech and that the PM did not touch upon any specific issue as such. “Move beyond files and go to the fields” — that was the message the PM conveyed. The PM said that district collectors should convey the benefits of GST.
The report mentions that most central posts of joint-secretary level and upwards go to IAS officers and adds that the majority of top posts should not go to any one service leaving others services out in the Central Staffing Scheme.
Chandigarh stalking case: Determined to fight the case of stalking of her daughter to the end, senior Haryana-cadre IAS officer V S Kundu on Monday said that "supporters of criminals" have started a campaign aimed at "character assassination" of his daughter.
Arun Jaitley has written to Sports Minister Vijay Goel seeking a reversal of its order which removed the voting rights of Railways and Services in national sporting bodies and Indian Olympic Association after Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu also made same request.