Avishek G Dastidar

Articles By Avishek G Dastidar

Railways draws up plan to do away with all manned level crossings

The new plan involves no cost-sharing with states. Instead, Railways has proposed to fund it alone with help of Rs 50,000 crore from the government spread over four years.

PM Modi will form panel to look into simultaneous polls in country

Of 40 invited parties 21 attend meeting, 3 send letters; Congress, TMC, DMK, BSP, SP among those who boycotted.

Now in House: BJP’s Ram vs Trinamool Congress’ Bangla

The 18 new BJP MPs from West Bengal were greeted with loud cheers from the Treasury benches, with members shouting “Jai Shri Ram” every time they walked down to the Well to take oath.

No Cabinet berth for West Bengal, only two ministers of state

There are two Ministers of State (MoS) from West Bengal — Babul Supriyo, who was an MoS in the previous government also and Debasree Chaudhuri.

CAT stays suspension of officer who searched PM Modi chopper, EC seeks action

Shortly after the CAT passed the interim order, the EC revoked Mohammed Mohsin’s suspension, but barred him from election duty and recommended disciplinary action against him to the Karnataka government.

UPSC toppers’ common link: No social media, many engineers

Most of the toppers of the UPSC Civil Services Examination held last year had one thing in common. They all stayed away from social media, to avoid “distractions” and stay focused on their preparation.

I believe that in a democracy, there can be matbhed but not manbhed: Nitin Gadkari

"I am a member of the Sangh, but I was not brought by the Sangh. When L K Advani gave four names (for party chief), there was me, Manohar Parrikar, Modiji and Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Shivraj was sent to Madhya Pradesh, Modiji said he wanted to concentrate on Gujarat and I was made the party chief."

Dispute over wagon procurement: Jindal Rail wins Rs 18 crore arbitration award

Jindal Rail was also aggrieved at the Indian Railways giving part of the wagon order quantity to the second-lowest bidder at a higher rate.

Eye on polls, Railways say yes to MP requests, clears 500 extra stops

After exercising restraint for the better part of its tenure since 2014, the 500 additional stops, all approved by the NDA government in the last three months, is about a 200 per cent jump from 2017-18, when records show only 154 such stops were approved.

A new zone for Andhra Pradesh: What could change for the Railways, state

The TDP (and of late even the BJP’s Andhra Pradesh unit) has been demanding this ever since Hyderabad and Secunderabad — headquarters of South Central Railway — went to Telangana.

Eye on Andhra votes, Piyush Goyal announces new railway zone, goes against report by internal panel

Railways Minster Piyush Goyal announced the decision to create a new South Coastal Railway (SCoR) late Wednesday; he did not take questions from the media.

‘Contract for bullet train may cross Rs 15,000 crore mark’

The contract for the bullet train, to be given out to a single entity, is slated to be floated by next month, decks for which are being cleared on war footing.

Railways to advertise for 1.3 lakh more jobs

This fresh recruitment drive, applications for which will be invited beginning next month, before the present government’s term comes to a close, takes care of the entire existing vacancy list in Indian Railways.

PM Narendra Modi to unveil electric locomotive in Varanasi today

The 2612 horsepower WDG3A diesel loco was converted into a 5000 horsepower electric loco to assume the new class called WAGC3 at a cost of Rs 3.79 crore.

Technical snags led to Vande Bharat halt

“We have located the problem and fixed it. It is nothing major. Ideally it should not happen. But since it is a new technology and the first rake, minor teething troubles are expected,” said an officer working on the project.

Vande Bharat Express suffers snag on way back from Varanasi

The train rolled for several kilometres with a rattling sound, as smoke and a burning smell filled the rear coaches, which officials said are usually the classic signs of “brake binding”.

All lines clear: Ground reality of unmanned railway crossings

On January 31, Union Minister Piyush Goyal announced that the Railways had achieved its target of eliminating all unmanned level crossings on broad gauge lines. The Sunday Express visits five level crossings across four states — the site of some of the worst train accidents in the past five years — to see what has changed on the ground.

Govt plans 100 more Train 18-like trainsets across India

"PM Modi has given permission to make 100 more Train 18-like trainsets to run across India in semi high-speed service. We have already started the tendering process for about 30," Piyush Goyal said

Day after launch by PM Modi, Train 18 breaks down 200 km outside Delhi

Train 18 breakdown: The Vande Bharat Express was being brought back to New Delhi from Varanasi for its first commercial run on Sunday when the breaks jammed in one of the last coaches. However, the train will run as per schedule on February 17.

Minus decorations, Vande Bharat makes maiden run

Celebrations were initially planned during the train’s halt for 40 minutes each at Kanpur and Allahabad. At both places, it was greeted by members of local BJP units, with “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” and slogans against the Pulwama attack in particular, and against Pakistan in general.

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