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Thursday, May 06, 2021

Avishek G Dastidar


Nitin Gadkari’s NHAI roped in for oxygen plants project
Thu, May 06, 2021

On Tuesday, the government selected NHAI as the nodal agency for civil works of the oxygen plants — this is given its expertise in quick execution, as also its footprint across the country, officials said.

John Kerry says net-zero not US message, welcomes activism like Disha Ravi’s
Fri, Apr 09, 2021

The US has been pushing for net zero carbon emissions, under which a country compensates for the greenhouse gases it generates by making provisions for absorption and removal of an equal amount.

Chenab arch to bridge distance between Kashmir, Kanyakumari
Mon, Apr 05, 2021

The arch, the most difficult part of the Rs 1,400-crore bridge over Chenab, is a major leap towards the completion of the 111-km long-winding stretch from Katra to Banihal. It will symbolise the Kashmir rail link, to be ready for at least a century.

Highway construction at around 37 km a day, a record: Gadkari
Thu, Apr 01, 2021

Nitin Gadkari said the target would be even more in the coming years.

Corporate houses being allowed to get into banking is promoting crony capitalism: BSP MP Ritesh Pandey
Fri, Mar 26, 2021

"The RBI’s internal committee has recommended that corporate houses be allowed to get into banking. There is a huge conflict of interest if it is allowed" says BSP MP from Ambedkar Nagar, Ritesh Pandey.

Nuns forced off train: Railway Police initiates probe; VHP leader who alerted cops says did no wrong
Fri, Mar 26, 2021

The ABVP members had allegedly falsely accused the women of engaging in forced religious conversion.

Nuns forced off train; Shah promises action after protest by Kerala CM
Thu, Mar 25, 2021

The incident, which occurred at Jhansi station on March 19, was brought to light in a video that showed the women being heckled, prompting a wave of outrage across Kerala from where the nuns are -- and an assurance from Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

Amit Shah assures action against culprits after nuns harassed in UP
Wed, Mar 24, 2021

Earlier in the day, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan sought Shah’s intervention in the incident of four Christian women harassed purportedly by Bajrang Dal activists in a train in Jhansi last week.

Govt PSU ‘fully involved’ in Chabahar project, work halted by US sanctions
Wed, Mar 24, 2021

The Union Budget for 2021-22 has allocated Rs 100 crore for the development of Chabahar Port.

Param Bir letter rocks Lok Sabha: BJP wants MVA govt out, Sena-NCP defend it
Tue, Mar 23, 2021

Sena and NCP MPs, including Supriya Sule, protested against the use of Zero Hour for raising a “political issue”.

Lok Sabha passes Insurance Bill, FDI hiked to 74%
Tue, Mar 23, 2021

The Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on March 17.

Smoking in toilet may have sparked Shatabdi fire: probe
Sat, Mar 20, 2021

The report says one passenger of the affected coach has given a written statement that the smoke detector alarm went off in the coach when the fire started.

New scrapping policy: mandatory fitness test for vehicles, incentives for owners
Fri, Mar 19, 2021

Announcing the “Voluntary Vehicle-Fleet Modernisation Programme” in Lok Sabha on Thursday, Gadkari said that commercial vehicles over 15 years old and personal vehicles over 20 years old will be marked for scrapping if they fail to pass the test.

Explained: Salient features of the new Vehicle Scrapping Policy
Fri, Mar 19, 2021

The central government will develop a website for single-window clearance, on which the applicant willing to set up an RSVF will apply with documents and fee. State governments are to clear the proposals in 60 days.

Nitin Gadkari to brief Parliament on vehicle scrapping policy
Thu, Mar 18, 2021

Under the policy, old vehicles are supposed to undergo mandatory fitness tests in automated fitness centres to be set up across India.

Govt points to ‘self-reliance’ as Oppn slams Covid management
Thu, Mar 18, 2021

Congress leader Manish Tewari alleged that the WHO chair is currently held by Health Minister Harshvardhan and that a joint team of WHO and China have absolved India’s eastern neighbour from the accusations of spreading the virus across the world.

Perishable items clause hurdle, key Northeast produce misses Kisan Rail sop
Sun, Mar 14, 2021

While the Kisan Rail, launched in July last year, has transported over 80,000 tonnes of fruits and vegetables so far from various parts of the country to bigger markets, it has not been able to take unique products of the Northeast to elsewhere in India.

Railways set to compile fire safety instructions into its system
Sun, Mar 14, 2021

There were no casualties on Saturday. The Railways has decided to compile all its instructions on fire safety in its system, the various Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) — coaches, buildings, stations, etc — and compile a single protocol, sources said.

Can trade scrapping certificate or use it to get discount on new car: Ministry
Sun, Mar 14, 2021

Announced in the Budget for 2021-22, the new policy is set to be notified soon, and plans to create an ecosystem which provides incentives to old vehicle owners to decide in favour of scrapping, even if the vehicle has residual life.

After Covid struck, PM took call to save lives first, economy later: Piyush Goyal
Thu, Mar 11, 2021

The decision was aided by studying past global pandemics and their responses by countries and their consequences, he said.

‘Trust deficit’ hampering seamless movement of goods between India, Bangladesh: World Bank
Wed, Mar 10, 2021

The World Bank report found that it is about 15-20 per cent less expensive for a company in India to trade with a company in Brazil or Germany, than with a company in Bangladesh.

To reduce China role, India takes first steps to make cargo containers
Fri, Mar 05, 2021

India has currently no capability to manufacture its own cargo containers. They are all manufactured by foreign players, mainly Chinese.

InvIT in rail sector: Officials discuss possibilities with NITI
Thu, Feb 25, 2021

AFTER ROADS and power sector, the next InvIT or infrastructure investment trust is likely to be in rail sector, which is increasingly looking to lure private investments in all areas of its operations.

New freight plan: Loaded trucks will take the train
Tue, Feb 23, 2021

That's the new business model designed by the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL) for one of its newly opened stretches in the western region with a projected annual earning close to Rs 100 crore, a senior official told The Indian Express.

Protesting agri laws, farmers block rail tracks in several states, Rlys says minimal impact
Fri, Feb 19, 2021

According to officials, even though protesters had given the call to stop trains noon onwards, disruptions started from 9 am. By the evening, however, trains on all routes were operating normally, Railways said.