Monday, July 21, 2014

Nothing royal about Rajdhani Express, only cockroaches

 Nothing royal about Rajdhani Express, only cockroaches
by Last Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014, New Delhi: Although Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda has announced a comprehensive revamp of railway catering services, commuters on long-distance trains continue to undergo the ordeal of being served poor quality food.

Will eliminate open discharge toilets by 2022

Will eliminate open discharge toilets by 2022: Railways tells NHRC

Bhubaneswar (BBS):  Indian Railways plans to eliminate direct discharge type toilet systems from its entire fleet of passenger coaches by March 31, 2022, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has been informed.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

CAG Redflags Rlys over PPP Projects

CAG Redflags Rlys over PPP Projects

Published: 19th July 2014 

Anomalies in railway PPP projects'- CAG

'Anomalies in railway PPP projects'

New Delhi, July 18, 2014, DHNS:

Friday, July 18, 2014

Railways takes measures to prevent train derailments

Railways takes measures to prevent train derailments

In a written reply to a question raised by an MP in Lok Sabha, Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Railways has given the following measures taken up by Indian Railways to prevent derailments:

Thursday, July 17, 2014

This train is brought to you by…



This train is brought to you by…

AFP

Funding for Byappanahalli coach terminal hangs fire

Funding for Byappanahalli coach terminal hangs fire

Renuka Phadnis
While the Railway Budget has proposed setting up a coach terminal at Byappanahalli, officials said its funding has yet to be worked out.

Death toll rises to 22 in Moscow metro accident

Death toll rises to 22 in Moscow metro accident

DPA
The death toll climbed to 22 following a derailment in the Moscow subway, a news report said on Wednesday.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Railways to cancel as many as 1250 stoppages

Railways to cancel as many as 1250 stoppages popularly known as ‘MP stops’

New Delhi: A long list of additional train stoppages, mostly cleared after pressure from local MPs, costs the Railways about Rs 1.00 Crore loss daily. Now, the cash-strapped ministry has decided to scrap as many as 1,250 such stoppages across the country. While the ministry has told Parliament that the stoppages are being reviewed, sources confirmed that these will cease to exist by September 2014.

Nilgiri Mountain Railway celebrates 9th Anniversary of World Heritage site status

Nilgiri Mountain Railway celebrates 9th Anniversary of World Heritage site status

Coonoor (ONR):  The quaint railway station in Coonoor wore a festive look on Tuesday.  The occasion was the 9th anniversary of the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) being bestowed the status of a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).  Various organisations joined hands to commemorate it in a fitting manner.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Bullet trains and holy cows



Bullet trains and holy cows

If the first Bharatiya Janata Party Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, loved production of nuclear bombs, the second BJP Prime Minister seems to love bullet trains. Ever since a US visa was denied to him, he’s developed love for China and Japan. Obviously, he imported the idea of bullet trains from there.

Railways Get Proposals Worth Rs 15,000 Cr in PPP Mode: Gowda

 
Railways Get Proposals Worth Rs 15,000 Cr in PPP Mode: Gowda
New Delhi | Jul 15, 2014
 
Indian Railways have received proposals totalling Rs 15,000 crore for development of various projects under the PPP mode, Railway Minister Sadanada Gowda said today.

A rail link, a pipe dream

A rail link, a pipe dream

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Four Railway Officials Suspended for Wrong Tracking of Train

Delhi: Four Railway Officials Suspended for Wrong Tracking of Train

New Delhi Four railway officials, including two Assistant Station Masters, were suspended today in connection with diversion of a train to a wrong station on Sunday.

Sr DEN Pune Division arrested by CBI

Pune Railway Division engineer arrested for fraud
- ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 

PUNE: The Central Bureau of Investigation has detected an alleged scam of about Rs 27 lakh involving the Pune Railway Division regarding purchase of railway equipment.

The investigative agency has arrested Senior Divisional Engineer of Pune Railway Division Satyajit Das (59) and four others for fraud in the purchase of railway track clips.

Moscow subway derailment kills 20

Moscow subway derailment kills 20

AP

A rush-hour subway train derailed on Tuesday in Moscow, killing 20 people and sending at least 150 others to the hospital, many with serious injuries, Russian emergency officials said.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

‘Budget only for corporate sector’

‘Budget only for corporate sector’

Doubling work will be completed without damaging Tipu's armoury:



Doubling work will be completed without damaging Tipu's armoury: Sadananda Gowda

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Loco pilots face termination if found drunk on duty

Loco pilots face termination if found drunk on duty

Smriti Sharma Vasudeva, Bangalore, July 8, 2014, DHNS:
Setting a sterling example at a time when the railways is seeking to put in place stringent laws against drunken driving, loco pilots and motormen of South Western Railways have so eschewed the habit, that in the last five years, none have been reported drunk on duty.

Union Budget 2014-15 Highlights



Some relief to individual and salary tax payers, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presenting Union Budget 2014-15 today in Parliament.

Income Tax exemption limit raised to Rs.2.5 lakh and also raised to Rs 1.5 lakh under Section 80C 

Railway Budget: PPP, a pie in the sky

Railway Budget: PPP, a pie in the sky
Updated: Jul 8, 2014 07:05 PM , By Arvind Jayaram
He implemented a bold fare hike shortly after taking over, but it’s clearly not enough to keep the Indian Railways afloat. Railway Minister DV Sadananda Gowda has looked to a public-private partnership model as the solution to the Indian Railways’ desperate state of finances. But empirical evidence shows that railways has a very poor track record in attracting investments through this route.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Kerala, T.N. may see marginal rise in RPF

‘Kerala, T.N. may see marginal rise in RPF’

R. Sujatha

DA 7 %

The Dearness Allowance for Central Government employees and pensioners may increase to 107% from July 1, 2014 onwards.  CPI as on May 2014 is 244 points which shows an increase of 2 points over April 2014. DA as on May 2014 is 106.17%. 

On the track to innovation in Railways

On the track to innovation in Railways

Anil Kakodkar

Augmenting research, promoting greater engagement with the academic community and ensuring safety can make the Railways ready for the future