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Avishek G Dastidar


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.

Habibganj to Rani Kamlapati: How a railway station’s name is changed
Tue, Nov 16, 2021

It is a common misconception that Indian Railways can change the name of its stations. That is not the case.

India moves to patent the over century-old logos of Darjeeling’s ‘Toy Train’
Sun, Nov 07, 2021

Sources said there are plans to patent the logos of India's other mountain railways as well, such as the Mettupalayam-Udagamandalam Nilgiri Mountain Railway, the Kalka-Shimla Railway, and the Matheran Hill Railway.

Railways red flags Kisan Rail subsidy: exceeded year’s quota in August
Mon, Nov 01, 2021

The Railways has conveyed to the Ministry of Food Processing Industries that the amount required to cover the relief this year would be almost three-fold the money sanctioned, records reviewed by The Indian Express show.

IRCTC shares sharply recover after Govt scraps order on 50% convenience fee revenue sharing
Sat, Oct 30, 2021

IRCTC, a government-controlled company that provides ticketing, catering, and tourism services, had informed the stock exchanges after market hours on Thursday that the ministry had written to it, asking to share the revenues from convenience fee in a 50-50 ratio.

Explained: What are the draft rules notified by Centre for carrying a child on motorcycle?
Thu, Oct 28, 2021

This is for the first time that the government has brought out a draft notification to amend the Central Motor Vehicles Rules (CMVR), 1989, to introduce such safety provisions in the legal framework for operation of vehicles in India.

Railways changes policy, PSUs to now compete in open market for tenders
Wed, Oct 27, 2021

In an order issued on Tuesday, the Railway Ministry withdrew the earlier policy, promulgated during the time of Vaishnaw's predecessor Piyush Goyal in December 2019, that had mandated that the Railway Board would first screen and award the work to eligible Public sector undertakings (PSUs).

91% stock from Coal India mines being sent to power plants
Fri, Oct 22, 2021

Of the eight Coal India mining companies in the country, Mahanadi Coalfields Limited in Odisha is supplying the highest stocks

Railways shuts down 9-year-old joint venture company IRSDC
Tue, Oct 19, 2021

The station development project, as per the order, will go to the respective zonal railways now — basically going back to the old system.

Over 27,000 cattle deaths on tracks in Covid year
Mon, Oct 18, 2021

A little over 38,000 cows were run over in the “normal” year before the pandemic, April 2019 to March 2020.

Railways braces to transport coal to power plants round the clock
Tue, Oct 12, 2021

Instructions have gone out to the principal chief operations managers of all zonal railways to man operations control rooms round the clock and produce hourly bulletins for the ministry and the general managers.

Pilgrimage stop in first stretch of revamped rail link to Nepal
Mon, Oct 11, 2021

Popular since the early 20th century, the rail link between Nepal and India is ready to resume on the neighbouring country's first-ever broad gauge passenger service.

Railways gives jobs to 2,800 family members of employees who died of coronavirus
Thu, Oct 07, 2021

The Indian Railways lost 3,256 officials of various ranks and departments—who were working at stations, tracks and workshops, among other places—to Covid-19 since March 2020.

India now processes 70% of its waste, says PM Modi launching Swachh Bharat 2.0, AMRUT 2.0
Fri, Oct 01, 2021

Pointing out that the country processes around 1 lakh tonnes of urban waste every day, the Prime Minister said the next target is to ensure that no untreated sewage flows into rivers

Expect Zojila tunnel to be ready before 2024 polls, says Gadkari
Wed, Sep 29, 2021

“They are supposed to complete it by September 2026. I have asked them to finish it by December 2023 so that the Prime Minister can inaugurate it before Republic Day of 2024. It's a challenge I know, but I'm confident they can do it on time,” Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said.

Zojila tunnel: Kashmir to Ladakh, all year round
Wed, Sep 29, 2021

At 14.15 km, the Zojila tunnel will be India’s longest road tunnel, and Asia’s longest bi-directional tunnel. A look at its features, and why it's significant.

Escape from snow: Set for early completion, 6.5-km Z-Morh tunnel to link Sonmarg, Srinagar all year
Tue, Sep 28, 2021

The 6.5-km escape tunnel is ready to be partially opened for controlled traffic around November, giving tourist destination Sonmarg connectivity to Srinagar, as also maintaining supplies through the winter for the first time.

Govt to weed out old files as PM directs clearance of all pending grievances, assurances by Oct 31
Mon, Sep 27, 2021

Starting September 13, all ministries, departments and subordinate offices, as per instructions from Cabinet Secretariat, have been preparing the material and identifying the scope of the work to be done.

Finance to upgrade, World Bank offers plan for Railway expansion
Sun, Sep 26, 2021

The World Bank top brass shared its vision for the Railways and what it proposes at a presentation to Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and other top brass last week.

Dream chasers: Bihar’s Shubham Kumar tops UPSC exam, Bhopal’s Jagrati second
Sat, Sep 25, 2021

The list of top-20 rank holders in this year’s UPSC Civil Services Examination, touted as the toughest exam in the country, is a varied mix.

Coal crunch at power plants, govt looks to boost storage, transport capacity
Wed, Sep 22, 2021

With coal stock depleting to critical levels in a number of thermal power plants, three ministries concerned went into a huddle on Tuesday and chalked out the various measures.