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Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Avishek G Dastidar

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Coronavirus: Govt eyes more isolation coaches, Navodaya schools for COVID patients
Tue, Apr 07, 2020

While the Railways had identified 20,000 coaches as its overall capacity, it has issued orders to convert 5,000 non-AC coaches into isolation units. By Monday, it had already converted around 2,500 coaches into isolation units.

Coronavirus: DRDO nod to coverall suits made by Railway workshop
Mon, Apr 06, 2020

Northern Railway, which made the breakthrough after another railway unit failed to get its samples passed, has raw material to make 3,000 coverall suits.

Railways asks staff to install corona tracker Aarogya Setu
Mon, Apr 06, 2020

The move is an attempt to give a big push to develop a database of robust numbers and add to the intended usefulness of the tech.

Amid yoga, TV and chai, group at Varanasi station asks: Will trains take us home?
Sun, Apr 05, 2020

These passengers have been waiting for their trains since Sunday, March 22, when the government observed Janata Curfew. The “curfew” ended, but their wait for a train did not.

ICMR to test prototype: Railway unit first to make ventilator
Sun, Apr 05, 2020

The heart of the device is the compressed air container to work the Ambu bag with air without any moving parts like servo motor or piston or link mechanism.

It was 1974 total strike of Railways that first showed India what life was without trains
Sun, Apr 05, 2020

For the country’s Railway system, described with the beaten-to-death cliché “Lifeline of India”, shutting itself down indefinitely and directing its vast machinery to keep only the essentials running required just a flipping back of a few pages.

Indian Railways asks zones to plan phase-wise restoration of services
Sat, Apr 04, 2020

India coronavirus lockdown: Indian Railways suspended all its services on March 22. Only trains which were already running were allowed to reach their destinations.

Extend lockdown, need more PPEs: Officers on ground
Fri, Apr 03, 2020

The 'National Preparedness Survey on COVID-19' says in its prelude to one of the questions that the government’s aim was to “evade further community transmission” and chalk out a strategy in case community transmission takes place.

COVID-19 lockdown: Goods trains stuck as no workers to unload them, Railways says will levy fines
Fri, Apr 03, 2020

Owing to a complete halt of construction activity, at least 300 goods trains full of cement are lying idle at unloading points. Other commodities, too, are facing a similar situation.

Allow limited resumption or we lose markets to China: Exporters to Govt
Thu, Apr 02, 2020

During an interaction on Monday with Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal, exporters said if India does not begin shipments at this juncture, its export market will be taken over by Chinese products.

TN traces 110 new cases to Tabligh congregation, other states zero in, too
Thu, Apr 02, 2020

Earlier in the day, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in its first statement on the issue, said 154 COVID-19 cases across the country had been traced to the Delhi meet.

Contact tracing for Delhi cluster: 3 trains to South on the radar of Railways
Wed, Apr 01, 2020

The three trains from Hazrat Nizamuddin to Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu covered a distance of over around 2,000 km through multiple states.

Coronavirus Lockdown: Goods trains deliver N95 mask samples for DRDO tests
Wed, Apr 01, 2020

Not taking chances with quality, the defence lab has beesn pressed into service and it has so far received samples from manufacturers in Ludhiana, Delhi and Ambala.

Half the beds in 125 rail hospitals to be marked for corona patients
Tue, Mar 31, 2020

Based on the kind of scale indicated to it, the Railways on Monday sounded out its zonal units that it may need to convert up to 20,000 coaches into isolation units in coming days and issued orders to start with converting 5,000 coaches.

No more essential and non-essential: curbs on goods transport lifted
Mon, Mar 30, 2020

Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla sent a letter to chief secretaries of all states and UTs clarifying what is allowed as per the latest order.

Special trains to shutdown: Centre and states had early warning
Sun, Mar 29, 2020

Through 24 hours after the Janata Curfew on March 22, an estimated 10,000 migrant workers from Maharashtra travelled to Bihar in five special trains.

Indian Railways converts coach into COVID-19 isolation ward
Sun, Mar 29, 2020

Two of the four toilets have been converted into bathrooms. The middle berth on one side in each cabin has been removed while the lower berth there will act as the patient bed. It is envisaged that each coach will comfortably hold around 10 patients and all the other three berths opposite the patient berth have been removed.

Coronavirus: Railways to give full refund for cancelled ticket for journey between March 21-April 14
Sat, Mar 28, 2020

Passengers who had cancelled their planned journeys during this period would get the entire money back now.

Doctor in Tamil Nadu is second Railways person to test positive
Sat, Mar 28, 2020

Colleagues and family members have been placed on quarantine, including her mother, sources said.

300 migrants found crammed in two trucks, thousands in a railway train
Fri, Mar 27, 2020

“The men are primarily construction workers returning from Hyderabad to different parts of Rajasthan,” Rajkumar said, adding that police were probing how they had managed to get that far from Hyderabad without being intercepted.

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