Avishek G Dastidar

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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.

In Lok Sabha, each side accuses the other of running away from a discussion
Fri, Dec 16, 2016

A brief morning session saw BJP MPs, too, holding up placards alleging corruption against the Congress while the Opposition MPs kept seeking a discussion.

E-wallet payments: Top Govt accountant raises a few red flags
Thu, Dec 15, 2016

Speaking to The Indian Express, CGA M J Joseph said that it was a matter of “safety, custody and control” of government money.

Suresh Prabhu proposes: Give up your Railway ticket subsidy
Thu, Dec 08, 2016

While the passenger business is approximately a Rs 50,000-crore pie, Railways is staring at a shortfall of at least Rs 20,000 crore by the end of this fiscal.

In Lok Sabha, an effort to start a barely audible discussion on demonetisation
Tue, Dec 06, 2016

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan appealed to members to start a discussion and offered to waive all rules but in vain as the Opposition insisted a vote follow the debate.

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
Thu, Dec 08, 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.