Avishek G Dastidar


Utkal Express derailment: ‘Block ka time nahin hai, gaadiyan bahut hain’
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

Audio clip shows request to stop rail traffic for maintenance work was denied

Utkal Express derailment: Railways’ problem with trackmen, too qualified for manual labour
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

Of the almost 2.2 lakh trackmen in India, the number of those with graduate and postgraduate degrees and diplomas has increased manifold, the railways says

Utkal Express derailment toll up to 22, probe blames negligence: Track was under repair, Rlys cracks whip on top officials
Mon, Aug 21, 2017

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 derails in Uttar Pradesh: 20 die, over 80 injured as 14 coaches go off track
Sun, Aug 20, 2017

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.

Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani theft: Cash and valuables worth lakhs stolen, passengers are suspects
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

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.

Change in metrics a factor in infra boost under NDA
Wed, Aug 16, 2017

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.

Northeast lines under water, 50 trains cancelled or stranded
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

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.

Govt plans sops for industries servicing foreign tourists
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

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.

Put in more hours, I’ll do an hour more: PM Narendra Modi to officers
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

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.

New system for rating bureaucrats open to bias: Anand Sharma
Wed, Aug 09, 2017

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: Ready to fight character assassination aimed at my daughter, says father
Tue, Aug 08, 2017

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.

Mumbai to Delhi in 13 hours, Railways to upgrade existing train
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

The Railway Ministry is now assessing the results and will conduct further trials, said sources.

Arun Jaitley raises voting rights issue with Sports Minister Vijay Goel
Sat, Aug 05, 2017

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.

In Rajya Sabha, Opposition flexes muscle over vehicle law amendment
Thu, Aug 03, 2017

The deputy chairman will then consult parties and take a call on whether the bill is a fit case for the perusal of the joint select committee.

Lalu Prasad Yadav rail hotels: Don’t recall anything, says tender panel
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

The three-member committee had processed and green-flagged the bids by Sujata Hotels for the hotels under the scanner — BNR Puri and BNR Ranchi — in December 2006.

In India’s most overflowing trains, Bihar-Delhi-Bihar is Track No. 1
Mon, Jul 31, 2017

New entrant in Top 10 list: Jharkhand to Kerala train, reflecting rapidly changing work migration pattern

5 Questions: ‘They must look at the tank and remember people have sacrificed their lives’
Fri, Jul 28, 2017

Having raised the issue of installing an army tank in JNU during Zero Hour on Thursday, Meenakshi Lekhi tells Indian Express that without the army protecting the country’s borders, campuses like JNU would not have the peace to thrive.

Tejas, ‘future of train travel’, running sans safety clearance
Thu, Jul 27, 2017

Launched by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in May, Tejas runs between Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Karmali in Goa. Tejas has the highest ticket fare per kilometre for trains in the country, with an executive chair-car seat costing around Rs 2,940 with food for the 552-km trip.

Railways plans 3-week inspection of catering units
Wed, Jul 26, 2017

Days after the CAG report slammed the Railways over the quality and hygiene of its food, the national transporter plans to conduct a three-week rigorous inspection of all catering units, food and water served on trains and sold in stations.

Railways blueprint confirms its fears: Air travel will be No. 1 choice in three years
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

The blueprint analyses government statistics to show that 25 per cent of domestic air travel happens over inter-city distances within 500 km — a segment where the Railways was always believed to enjoy a monopoly — contrary to popular perception that air travel is chosen only for 800-1,000-km distances.

Driverless cars will lead to job loss, won’t allow, says Nitin Gadkari
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

Gadkari, a proponent of electric vehicles, said he has also told global automakers that India will not reduce import duty on e-vehicles or its parts.

Railways write to sports ministry on voting rights
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

Railways has taken up the issue of it losing voting rights in national sports federations with the Sports ministry. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has shot off a letter to Vijay Goel calling the move 'erroneous interpretation' of the rules and has warned that it would “hurt sports” in the long run.

Lok Sabha sits for minutes, 3 bills tabled
Wed, Jul 19, 2017

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the House barely 10 minutes into the beginning till midday and then again for the entire day after resuming for about 15 minutes.

Railways raised red flag last year on hotels in CBI’s FIR against RJD chief Lalu Prasad
Tue, Jul 18, 2017

In February 2016, following a note from the Railways’ finance wing, Odisha-based East Coast Railway raised the first red flag, writing in a letter to the Railway Board that BNR Puri had become a “commercial project”, and that Railways should claim 40 per cent of its share of revenues.

CBI seeks files on all rail deals under Lalu regime
Thu, Jul 13, 2017

The ministry has also been asked to draw up a list of all key railway officers in positions of influence on commercial matters during this period, their present posting, contact details etc, sources told The Indian Express.

Railways, Services miffed as IOA voting rights scrapped
Thu, Jun 29, 2017

Vijay Goel said the ministry was just applying the 2011 Sports Code. “They are also government (the board) and we are also government, and we are applying the code as it mandates one state, one vote. That apart, if I get representations on it, I will review it,” he said.

Govt revising policy to promote cruise tourism
Wed, Jun 28, 2017

Officials are fine-tuning the policy that will be out by next month. It will be uniform for five major ports identified for development of cruise tourism: Mumbai, Kochi, Chennai, New Mangalore, and Goa.

IRCTC site crashed for 17 hours in a month, ticket woes for lakhs
Tue, Jun 27, 2017

“There was a technical problem. It was resolved Friday. Since then. the website has been working fine,” Sanjaya Das, Additional Member, Railway Board (Computer and Information Systems) said on the crashing of IRCTC website.

Railways gets green signal for ‘creeping’ rail fare hike
Mon, Jun 26, 2017

Currently, the Railways recovers only 57 per cent of the cost in passenger services and around 37 per cent in suburban services. Class-wise, only the AC III tier fetches it a profit, but that is neutralised by the losses from other classes.

Air India chief in race to be Railway Board member
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

Air India and its chief Ashwani Lohani were in news recently when the airline refused to fly Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad because of the latter's alleged misbehaviour with an airline staff. Later, all airlines refused to fly the MP for days.

Developing crucial links for connectivity
Wed, Jun 21, 2017

High on Nitin Gadkari's agenda are the four strategic road projects along the China border in Northern, Eastern and Southern parts of Arunachal Pradesh with a combined road length of 568 km at a total cost of around Rs 7,500 crore.

60% of all east-bound trains ran late in May
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

In May, data shows, only 3.04 per cent trains lost punctuality due to law and order problems.

Container Cargo Business: Railways may lose competitive edge post GST
Tue, Jun 13, 2017

The GST regime will impose a 12 per cent tax on container cargo moved by the railways whereas the same container moved by road will attract only 5 per cent GST

Fire in belly, tracks at Jharia coal belt to be closed from June 15
Sun, Jun 11, 2017

The Railway Board’s civil engineering department on Saturday issued a letter to East Central Railway, instructing that all train operations should be stopped from June 15, after giving the people proper notice

Reviving Waterways: Rs 1000-crore freight village in Varanasi gets Yogi Adityanath backing
Wed, May 31, 2017

The village, a one-of-its-kind infrastructure platform, will anchor movement of goods by railways and roadways ultimately dovetailing with the waterways’ scheme of things, as per plans.

Fire underground, Railways scrambles to exit Jharia
Wed, May 31, 2017

This is seen as the first serious effort by the Centre to solve the 100-year-old problem by dousing the flames and restoring the land.