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Rly probe into Lucknow Cantonment ticket sales: ‘Journeys worth Rs 2 cr made illegally, facility for Army misused’
Fri, Jun 22, 2018

"All I can say is that the probe by the Army is on. I cannot share any more details," Colonel Maneesh Singh, probing the matter, told The Indian Express.

Indian Railways orders probe after special booking facility for Indian Army misused
Fri, Jun 22, 2018

Indian Railways special booking: The case documents referred to the CBI place the blame on corruption by defence personnel manning the passenger reservation counter in Lucknow.

Food and facilities to staff behaviour: Mystery shoppers to track Indian Railways services
Thu, Jun 14, 2018

These shoppers, a key component of a quality audit system that is used mainly in market research for the hospitality and retail sectors, will then report their findings to the Railways for follow-up action.

Running since 19th Century, five narrow gauge rail lines to stay
Sun, Jun 10, 2018

In narrow gauge in India, the rails are 2 feet, 6 inches apart, requiring engines, coaches, machinery and maintenance apparatus that are different from the rest of the broad gauge network, whose rails are 5 ft, 6 inches apart.

Union Minister Piyush Goyal pitches cadre-merger idea, Railway officials call proposal ‘disruptive move’
Sat, Jun 02, 2018

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has expressed his desire to open up all posts of the rank of Additional Secretary and upwards in Indian Railways to all eight railway services, virtually abolishing cadre posts.

To give 4G phones to all its staff, Railways wants Finance to relax rules
Wed, May 30, 2018

Currently around 2.5 lakh railway employees use official mobile phones, and the expense towards that is around Rs 180 crore per year.

IRCTC.co.in website gets a facelift, train ticket booking smoother now
Tue, May 29, 2018

On the new irctc.co.in, a user does not require log-in credentials to search for trains, doing away with a major barrier for smooth user experience.

In Baghpat, BJP songs set 2019 tone: Lion vs jackals, marriage of thieves
Mon, May 28, 2018

Earlier this year, arch rivals BSP and SP joined hands to wrest Adityanath’s bastion Gorakhpur and UP Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya’s Phoolpur from the BJP.

On bypoll eve, PM Narendra Modi targets Congress: They worship family, not the country
Mon, May 28, 2018

The Congress, Narendra Modi said, had no faith in democracy and constitutional institutions, referring to the move to bring an impeachment motion against the Chief Justice of India.

After 100 years, world’s oldest steam locomotive back on commercial run
Mon, May 28, 2018

Chairman Railway Board Ashwani Lohani ordered that the steam locomotives, which are in working condition after their restoration, be used for commercial runs for public awareness on railway heritage.

Full text: Leftist lobby trying hard to prove BJP is anti-Muslim, anti-Dalit, says Nitin Gadkari
Thu, May 24, 2018

"There is a lobby of Leftists and anti-Hindutwavadis organisations that do not like the BJP-RSS. Their biggest capital is to create fear among the Muslims, the Scheduled Tribes and the Dalits about the BJP," said Union Minister Nitin Gadkari in an interview with the Indian Express.

Any cut in fuel price will be at the cost of welfare schemes, says Nitin Gadkari
Thu, May 24, 2018

Nitin Gadkari said that subsidising retail prices of petrol and diesel would take money away from irrigation schemes, the Ujwala scheme of free LPG to villages, the rural electrification process, the Mudra scheme of loans, and others.

Four years of Modi government: Roads on course, rivers next, says Nitin Gadkari
Thu, May 24, 2018

Nitin Gadkari said the BJP will fight 2019 on the development plank, and that cleaning the Ganga is his topmost priority in the last year of the government's term.

Four years of Modi government — Railways: Reforms on track, revenue a worry
Wed, May 23, 2018

Sadananda Gowda was replaced within six months by Suresh Prabhu to turn around the Railways, but the next three years saw little perceptible change in the service.

Eye on more non-fare revenue, Indian Railways invites ideas
Tue, May 22, 2018

In a new policy, the Railways has decided to open its doors to any idea or concept from the public that promises more generation of non-fare revenue.

Service & cadre: Not just UPSC exam, score in foundation course may also matter
Mon, May 21, 2018

The government is assessing if the 15-week foundation course for new recruits at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) can be turned into a scoring exercise and if the service and cadre can be allocated based on their “performance” there.

What Railways hope to learn from German rail
Fri, May 04, 2018

In the five working days that each group will spend in Germany, they will see DB’s operations, engineering and human resource management. This is something the Railways have never done before. So, why Germany and DB?

Railway probationers to visit Germany, learn from Europe’s largest network
Thu, May 03, 2018

The batch of 239 soon-to-be officers from various railway services is currently at the National Academy of Indian Railways, Vadodara.

Railway clients get approval to buy their own freight rakes
Thu, May 03, 2018

Informally termed the ‘buy your own wagon’ policy, it allows Indian Railway clients, both in government as well as private sector, to purchase wagons from the market to rid themselves of any wagon shortfall.

Benches of steel for railway stations, with names of sponsoring MPs
Tue, May 01, 2018

To give the project a fillip, the Indian Railways has also adopted a novel “1+1” policy - for every bench an MP sponsors at a station in their constituency, the Railways will install another bench at the same station and display MP’s name on it as the benefactor.

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