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Avishek G Dastidar


Income Tax hurdle now stands in way of bullet train project
Sun, Apr 24, 2022

The consultants for whom the Japanese want exemption are employed with Japan International Consultants and JE, the two Japanese firms engaged in design aspects of the project and given a grant by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Controversial ‘newspaper’ distributed on train, IRCTC warns licensee
Sat, Apr 23, 2022

The licensee for the train, PK Shefi, told The Indian Express that the paper got circulated as a supplement inserted by the vendor into the approved newspapers. But a passenger who found the paper tweeted that it was not an “insert”.

5 Questions: Congress MP from Assam’s Nagaon, Pradyut Bordoloi
Thu, Apr 07, 2022

He has demanded a separate time zone for the Northeast region.

Sharad Pawar calls on PM Modi, says spoke on Koshyari, ED action on Sanjay Raut
Thu, Apr 07, 2022

During the meeting, Pawar said, he also complained about the delay by Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari in approving the 12 names recommended by the State Cabinet for nomination to the Legislative Council.

Modi, Deuba jointly flag off cross-border train
Sun, Apr 03, 2022

This is going to be Nepal’s first broad gauge passenger train service, all of which has been hand-held by India from the start.

Covid, rains slow down highway construction; set to miss target
Mon, Mar 21, 2022

Since April 1 last year to March 10 this year, around 8,278 km of highways have been constructed. By the end of February, the length of highways built stood at 8,045 km, a shortfall of almost 3,000 km when compared to the progress by this time last fiscal.

Real normalcy in J&K after removal of Article 370: Nirmala Sitharaman
Tue, Mar 15, 2022

Presenting a blow by blow rebuttal to Opposition charges about the Kashmir after the removal of Article 370 in 2019, a combative Sitharaman said that Kashmiris were denied rights enshrined by Constitution all these years.

Cattle hits on tracks: Railways finds early success with in-house software
Wed, Mar 09, 2022

The system is particularly crucial for Prayagraj-based North Central Railway, which saw over 6,500 of the 26,000 cases of cattle run over that were recorded in 2020-21. Covering over 3,000 km of tracks, this zone hosts parts of the high-profile Delhi-Howrah and Delhi-Mumbai corridors.

Explained: Kavach, the Indian technology that can prevent two trains from colliding
Sat, Mar 05, 2022

An indigenously developed technology that can prevent two trains from colliding was showcased on Friday. What is Kavach, and how does it work? What's new?

Explained: Can India meet the target of 400 Vande Bharat trains in three years?
Thu, Feb 24, 2022

The Budget has announced 400 more of these semi-high-speed trains in the next 3 years. What is the timeline for the rollout, what will it cost, and how will the new trains be different from the two already running?

Setback to Kerala govt: Railways rethinks, takes stand against K-Rail in court
Sat, Feb 05, 2022

The proposed Rs 63,943-crore K-Rail, officially titled SilverLine, is being promoted by Kerala Rail Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL), which is a joint venture of the state government and the Rail Ministry. The project has faced stiff opposition across the state.

In a year, 25,000 km in highways; ropeways on public-private mode
Wed, Feb 02, 2022

🔴 Enhanced outlay of Rs 1.99 lakh crore for highways sector

Budget 2022-Railways: Govt plans to get 400 new, lighter, safer Vande Bharat trains
Tue, Feb 01, 2022

With an eye on farmers, the rail sector will also develop ‘One Station One Product’ which will leverage the local produce carried on the railways, Sitharaman said.

Protests in UP, Bihar, Railways puts recruitment drive on hold
Thu, Jan 27, 2022

Reaching out to protesters, the Railways announced a high-level committee, headed by Deepak Peter Gabriel, principal executive director of industrial relations in the ministry, to engage with them.

Railways warns protesters: Conduct unbecoming, may lead to jobs ban
Wed, Jan 26, 2022

Thousands of people protested in Bihar on Monday against the alleged “inaccurate results” of the Railway Recruitment Board's (RRB) Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC) competitive exam, 2021.

35,000 posts, 1.25 crore aspirants: railway recruitment process, and controversy
Wed, Jan 26, 2022

On Monday, thousands of candidates who had appeared for the Railways' recruitment exam protested in Bihar against the results released earlier this month. What posts was the exam for? What is the controversy, and how has Railways responded?

5 Questions: NDPS Act is being misused to defame Maharashtra, says Arvind Sawant
Tue, Dec 14, 2021

🔴 Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant speaks to Avishek G Dastidar about the misuse of NDPS (Amendment) Bill, 2021.

LS nod for NDPS (Amendment) Bill amid protests by Opposition
Tue, Dec 14, 2021

The NDPS (Amendment) Bill, 2021, moved by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman seeks to correct what the government termed a “clerical error”, which was rectified by an ordinance promulgated in September this year and the Bill is to effect that change into the Act.

40% fatal crashes due to rear-end collisions: highway audit
Mon, Nov 29, 2021

The four audited stretches had witnessed over 6,500 accidents over the past three years, of which over 1,600 were serious and fatal ones.

States yet to avail of Centre’s Good Samaritan scheme
Mon, Nov 29, 2021

🔴 The Road Transport and Highways Ministry announced this scheme so that taking a road crash victim to hospital is not just hassle-free but there is also the incentive of a reward and recognition.

Explained: The Bharat Gaurav scheme launched by Railways for private players
Thu, Nov 25, 2021

Through the Bharat Gaurav policy, the Railways has liberalised and simplified a part of operations that was otherwise carried out mostly by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). 

How protesting farmers were targeted by Govt, BJP
Sat, Nov 20, 2021

From PM to Tomar to Prasad to Goyal to BJP IT cell: chorus was that protests hijacked by ‘anti-national’, Naxalites, tukde tukde gang

Cooked meal service back on trains soon
Sat, Nov 20, 2021

This decision effectively restores train services to the pre-pandemic state. Ready-to-eat meals, however, will continue to be served on demand. The cooked food service may start from December 1, or even earlier, subject to how prepared licensees are.

As wait gets longer for PPP funds, Railways falls back on direct funding for station redevelopment project
Thu, Nov 18, 2021

Instead of PPP, Railways has decided to return to the old Engineering-Procurement-Construction (EPC) model of execution, The Indian Express has learnt. Under this model, it will be the paymaster of the work to be carried out by construction firms.

Holograms, AR and touchscreens: immersive digital experience now greets National Museum visitors
Mon, Nov 15, 2021

Now, visitors don’t just have to view an inscription of a prehistoric cave, read about it on a display and move on to the next object.