Avishek G Dastidar

Articles By Avishek G Dastidar

All is well, weddings not called off, trains are packed: Railways MoS on economy

Union Minister Suresh Angadi was speaking in Uttar Pradesh, where he was inspecting the Tundla-Khurja section of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC).

Railway catering firm faces flak for casteist ad

The Indian Railways does not stipulate the intake of candidates by contractors on the basis of caste or religion.

Ahead of Ayodhya verdict: States get MHA advisory, RPF cancels leave

The police have also set up a social media monitoring cell to not only flag incendiary messages, but also scotch rumours, sources said.

Tejas refund-for-delay scheme may not apply in cases of ‘act of God’

The Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express is India’s first regular train run and managed completely by a corporate entity and not by Indian Railways through its zonal units.

Now, Indian Railways looks at 2 giant PSUs to manage its rolling stock

The latest proposal in the project, which is being seen as a major reform in the rail sector, will soon come up for inter-ministerial consultation

Explained: After stellar market debut, here’s how IRCTC will use the money from sale of its shares

IRCTC IPO: This is part of the government's efforts to meet its disinvestment targets. The money from the sale of the IRCTC's shares will go to the government, and not the company.

Pvt-run trains, stations: Secretaries team, Niti CEO will decide, not Railways

Apart from the launch of 150 private trains, the committee will also oversee the development of 50 railway stations and take all critical decisions regarding processes like bidding documents and concessionaire agreements.

Railways plan to fight cash crunch: Get sponsors to clean stations, cut low-demand trains

The August-end figures indicate that Railways has already overshot its spending. Its earnings have grown by about 3.4% while its expenses have grown by about 9% this fiscal.

Motor Vehicles Act: States cut traffic fines but raised no objection at GoM

The GoM was set up by Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on March 2, 2016 to deliberate and recommend changes in the Motor Vehicles Act and the Central Motor Vehicles Rules. It submitted its recommendations in a series of interim reports after every meeting.

Three BJP states move to cut new traffic fines, Nitin Gadkari defends law: ‘Meant to save lives’

Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said states were well within their rights to reduce fines but they will have to “bear the consequences”.

Railways starts to feel slowdown; freight movement of coal, cement slip

As of the fiscal ended March 31, 2019, Railways carried 1,223 million tonnes of freight

I-Day speech: PM Modi mentions Vande Bharat Express even as Railways fine-tunes project

As the second semi-high-speed Vande Bharat train is being readied to be launched between Delhi and Katra in Jammu, the process to bring in the next batches of the Train 18 trainsets has gone through a shift.

How a biometrics-based token system is reducing chaos on railway platforms

Issued 3 hours before train leaves, ensures only genuine passengers get on, cuts out ‘reservation’ by touts.

Letter alerts Railways staff on ‘emergency situation’ in Kashmir Valley, officials say ‘no basis’

The Ministry of Railways immediately “revoked” the letter and said the officer “was not authorised to issue such a letter and did not have the approval of the competent authority to do so either”.

Draft rules ready to make microdots must in vehicles

After deliberating over the idea for some time, the NDA government has come out with draft rules to make microdots mandatory in vehicles.

Explained: How Railways run trains when tracks are waterlogged

Running of trains on submerged or water-affected tracks is tricky. That is why every train driver has a manual to refer to during the monsoon, especially on the Mumbai suburban network.

Lok Sabha passes triple talaq law as Opposition blames Govt for bulldozing Bills

The JD (U)’s stand and the clear position of the Opposition will again make it difficult for the BJP to push the Bill through Rajya Sabha.

Uproar in House over Azam Khan’s remark against BJP MP Rama Devi

As BJP MPs demanded that Khan apologise to Devi, Khan and SP leader Akhilesh Yadav, who was defending Khan, did not relent and walked out of the House.

Railway roadmap: Govt to invite private players to run routes

Centre looks at inviting private players to own, operate trains on select routes.

Government introduces Bill to amend RTI Act, opposition protests

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury challenged the introduction of the Bill but was overruled. The government said the Speaker had the powers to allow introduction of the Bill.