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Avishek G Dastidar


‘People need to pay to enjoy good services’: Nitin Gadkari on tolls on highways
Fri, Sep 17, 2021

The Union Minister made the statement while inspecting a stretch of the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway near Sohna in Haryana.

Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh’s samadhi in Vrindavan: Memory revived, a memorial forgotten
Wed, Sep 15, 2021

On the bank of Yamuna’s Keshi Ghat in Vrindavan, under a towering banyan tree, the memorial is not hard to find, but not easy to recognise as that of a legend in whose name a state university is being established for which Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone on Tuesday.

In protest season, PM Modi reaches out to farmers, invokes Charan Singh
Wed, Sep 15, 2021

Addressing a function after laying the foundation stone of a state university named after “Jat king” and freedom fighter Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh in Aligarh, Modi said the Centre had paid Rs 1 lakh crore directly to small farmers during the pandemic, of which over Rs 25,000 crore went to farmers in Uttar Pradesh.

Railways shuts enterprise that invited bids for hydrogen fuel trains; no effect on projects
Thu, Sep 09, 2021

“Ministry of Railways has decided to close down the Indian Railways Organization for Alternate Fuels' with effect from September 7, 2021,” an order issued on Tuesday stated.

Delhi: Senior railway official goes undercover to catch errant staffers
Wed, Sep 08, 2021

Carrying a travel bag and wearing chappals, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager Praveen Kumar took a round on Sunday. Complaints had been pouring in on the railway helpline and the official grievance website, RailMadad.

Explained: What is the new BH series registration plates for vehicles?
Tue, Sep 14, 2021

Relocating a car or a two-wheeler to another state may often be a pain. The new system of allotting BH series registration to vehicles will be completely online without the vehicle owner having to figure out complicated red-tape.

Vehicle scrapping policy: Why scrap old vehicles, and how?
Fri, Sep 03, 2021

India’s vehicle scrapping policy, unveiled in March, has now been launched. A look at how owners of old vehicles should test for fitness, and why such a policy is important for the economy and environment.

Despite red flags, Railway University gave contract to firm of Board member
Mon, Aug 09, 2021

All contracts are as per due process, says NTRI Acting Vice-Chancellor

On Railway table: New Vande Bharat trains, station revamp model
Mon, Aug 02, 2021

Officials said that India is only the ninth country in the world to make 180-kmph traisets and at current prices, the Vande Bharat trainsets are cheaper than their global counterparts.

Despite red flags from Rlys for 20 years, proposal to elevate top rail safety auditor’s post moved yet again
Sun, Jul 25, 2021

The Commission is an independent auditor of railway accidents and safety aspects in rail operations.

Explained: In new policy, what owners can or can’t do with their vintage vehicles
Tue, Jul 20, 2021

Rather than only regulating vintage cars and two-wheelers with strict dos and don’ts, the policy seeks also to enshrine the freedom and passion of owners of such vehicles.

‘AC Economy’ class of railway travel ready for rollout
Tue, Jul 20, 2021

Duronto trains under Western Railway and other trains originating from several parts of the country will be sporting these new AC-Economy coaches - which have 83 berths instead of 72, as in the AC-III tier coaches.

Vande Bharat push: 10 trains to link 40 cities for India@75
Sun, Jul 18, 2021

Among his first moves after assuming office, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw is learnt to have reviewed the project and directed that the rollout plan be advanced to connect at least 40 cities with the Vande Bharat trains by August 2022 to show a visible upgrade in the country’s rail services.

Rules for vintage vehicles ready: No commercial use, special registration plate
Fri, Jul 16, 2021

Currently, there are no existing rules to regulate the registration process of vehicles of heritage value. These rules are proposed to be inserted as sub-rules 81A, 81B, 81C, 81D, 81E, 81F, 81G in the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989.

Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed corridor, station revamp top Ashwini Vaishnaw’s agenda
Fri, Jul 09, 2021

The high-speed trains project is currently staring at a minimum of five years of delay before the stretch between Mumbai and Ahmedabad can be commissioned.

Rs 103 crore on July 1, FASTag toll data shows traffic back on highways
Mon, Jul 05, 2021

By June-end, toll collected through this electronic mode touched Rs 97 crore in a day, and by July 1, Rs 103 crore. This is just short of the all-time daily high of Rs 107 crore in March, just before the second wave hit, official data shows.

14 ‘super-critical’ projects completed last year, Railways aims to finish 27 more by Dec
Tue, Jun 29, 2021

Railways had cherry picked 58 such projects a few years ago to prioritise its resources on them. Spanning 3,750 km, these projects are works of multi-tracking, that is construction of double, third, fourth line on the busiest routes.

In the works: web of oxygen plants in districts of every state
Sat, Jun 26, 2021

The Centre is aiming at 1500 such plants by August-end, more or less translating to two such plants in every district of the country, officials said.

Amid second wave, NHAI, contractors kept workers back with vaccines, food
Mon, Jun 21, 2021

Early April, contractors and officials consciously drove home the message that labourers are much better off, and safer, staying in their camps at work sites than heading to their villages.

Echo of second wave wane in Railway data: Dip in oxygen delivery, rise in demand on long routes
Sun, Jun 20, 2021

Around 32 lakh passengers, mostly migrants and labourers, took long-distance trains out of states such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal within the last seven days.

Railways puts out SOP for staff to deal with train fires
Tue, Jun 15, 2021

This is part of what railway staff are supposed to do in case a running train catching fire, according to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on incidents of fire, created by Indian Railways for the first time.

Model Tenancy Act: what changes for property owners and tenants
Fri, Jun 04, 2021

In absence of a model law, there are informal agreements with arbitrary clauses and often litigation arising out of disputes. What is the MTA and how does it change this?

Railways may open its sports facilities to outsiders for commercial use
Tue, Jun 01, 2021

The Railways ministry officials have assessed that these sporting complexes remain underutilised for the major part of the year, leaving the scope for commercial utilisation.

Traveller traffic on Railways slumps in April-May, regular trains almost halved
Sun, May 30, 2021

Regular train services have been curtailed since April this year not just in response to reduced demand but also to discourage non-essential travel. From around 1,500 a day before the second wave, the number of regular trains has been reduced to 865 a day.

Railways sees freight earnings soar to more than pre-Covid times
Wed, May 26, 2021

Overall freight earnings have touched Rs 2,000 crore, slightly more than for the same period in 2019-20, and over 50% more than last year.