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Nine passengers die in train derailment near Bengaluru

Days before railway minister Suresh Prabhu presents his budget, nine passengers were killed and 16 seriously injured when nine bogies of the Ernakulam-bound Express train from Bengaluru derailed&nb

Almighty Prabhu and five-point action plan to rescue the railways

Even while invoking the almighty ‘prabhu’ on bring his ministry back on rails; Suresh Prabhu unveiled a five-point programme on reforms and governance. As he presented th

Passengers get first class treatment

After computerization of ticket booking that was a big relief to passengers, railway minister Suresh Prabhu took another big leap in passengers’ amenities on Thursday. These co

Railways to focus on safety: Manoj Sinha

The railway ministry wants people travel in trains out of willingness and not out of compulsion, Manoj Sinha, MoS, has said. Talking about efforts made by the Indian railways to ensure safe and com

Record booking of 13.45 lakh tickets by IRCTC

Wednesday was the first day of booking railway tickets four months in advance and there was a huge rush at counters. But the record seems to have been set by IRCTC website with 13.45 lakh tickets b

Rail staff to observe June 30 as black day, against private sector entry

Opposing private players in railways, the employees’ union has given a call for observing ‘black day’ on June 30 (Wednesday). “We have decided to observe blac

Morning briefing: Supreme court to take a call on CBI probe into Vyapam scam today

The Supreme Court will take up the plea for a CBI probe in the Vyapam scam today. Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had declared on Wednesday that he would also back such a reques

Cabinet okay for huge power transmission system, redevelopment of 400 railway stations

The union cabinet on Thursday approved several proposals in infrastructure and power sectors, and also opened up investment doors. The cabinet has opted for a new Swiss Challenge Met

Prabhu goes personal to boost rail staff spirit

With the kind of attacks it is facing, the railway ministry needs to keep up the morale of its staff. A personal birth greeting would be one such booster. Railway minister Suresh Pra

Rail miniratna IRCTC shines with e-wheelchair facility

Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is integrating the e-wheelchair facility with its tourism portal for the benefit of old, sick and differently-abled people who can pre-book w

RailTel celebrates foundation day on profitable note

Celebrating its 16th foundation day on Wednesday, government-run RailTel’s chief said that the company earned revenue of Rs 555 crores in the previous financial year. RK Bahugu

Manoj Sinha highlights 10 key developments in railways

Manoj Sinha, union minister of state for railways, said that as soon as the NDA government came into power, the focus shifted to decongesting and expanding the railway network.  Speaking at th

Opening new horizons for railways development

The Indian railway budget for 2016 clearly indicates that the government’s investment plans are high for the next five years. This means that many people will be hired by the recruitment boar

Should Railway Budget be scrapped?

Should Railway Budget be scrapped?

IRCTC to convert old coaches of Palace on Wheels into eateries

  The Indian Railways want its catering and tourism enterprises IRCTC to convert the old coaches of Palace on Wheels into theme-based restaurants. These restaurants will be placed strategicall

A 50-year-old dream gets on track

It is like a dream come true as we were disconnected from the rest of the country,” said an ecstatic Babloo Rai, a resident of Mau town in Uttar Pradesh after it was announced that a 51-km br

We have plan for revival of MTNL: Manoj Sinha, MoS Telecom

Minister of state for railways Manoj Sinha, who doesn’t hesitate to call a spade a spade, has also taken charge of the telecom ministry, which is conducting the largest-ever spectrum auct

All you need to know about rail tickets surge pricing

Facing criticism on dynamic surge pricing for premium train tickets, the railway ministry has clarified that the dynamic pricing is being done for experimental basis and will be reviewed after some

IRCTC to cater to 23 more trains

 Indian railways has given catering responsibility of 23 more trains to IRCTC as part of its efforts to bring the management of food supply services on trains under the national transporter&rs

Railway practice to “overcharge” goods customers unhealthy: Niti Aayog

Niti Aayog, in its report Impact of `Social Service Obligations` by Indian Railways, said that inefficiency in railways cost structure significantly contributes to the losses in passenger service b

RailTel, Google unveil free wi-fi service at CST Mumbai

Indian Railways’ plan of providing free wi-fi internet service at 100 stations by the end of this year got a boost on Friday after RailTel, in collaboration with Google, unveiled the service

Broad gauge rail track conversion in northeast to be completed soon

Railway board chairman A.K. Mital on Friday said that the conversion of metre gauge tracks into broad gauge in the north eastern states would be completed by the end of current fiscal to give a boo

Thirst quencher

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), the commercial arm of Indian Railways, intends to push the production of Rail Neer to bridge the gap between demand and supply.

Get IRCTC’s concierge service by dialing 139

Concierge service, introduced by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), can now be availed through round the clock 139 Interactive Voice Response (IVR) facility. The concierge ser

Aadhaar-based rail reservation mandatory for senior citizens

 Railways reservation for senior citizens will be directly linked to Aadhaar or Unique Identification (UID) cards on a mandatory basis for both counter and e-tickets from April 1, 2017. 

National Rail Plan, 2030 unveiled

 The ministry of railways has come up with National Rail Plan, 2030 to provide long term perspective to plan for augmenting the railway network. In order to give a platform to concer

A device that will help train drivers see through the fog

 After getting promising results of the trials of TRI-NETRA system, the railways plans to install the device in loco engines to ensure timely operations of trains during foggy weather.

Ensure train timings are updated in real time: CAG to railways

“Accuracy and real time updation of arrival/departure timings of trains may be ensured to provide accurate and reliable information to the passengers,” recommended the C

BHEL gets major order from Chittaranjan Locomotive Works

 The Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has bagged a major order for the supply of 118 traction converters for 3 Phase 6,000 HP Electric Locomotives. Indian Railways’ Chit

IPRCL to provide rail connectivity to ports

 Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) and ministry of shipping’s joint venture,  Indian Port Rail Company Limited (IPRCL), has completed the pre-feasibility study of a heavy haul rail co

Railways doubles the compensation to accident victims

Over a month after hundreds of people lost their lives in Indore-Patna Express accident at Pukhrayan in Kanpur, railways has decided to double the compensation paid to train accident victims.

A swipe won’t get you a ticket here

One day last December, Shyam Kishore got into an argument with a railway clerk at Meerut City station. Kishore, who commutes daily by train between Meerut and Ghaziabad, had decided to renew his mo

Railway Budget: A new track

This time of the year, the corridors of Rail Bhawan on Delhi’s Raisina Road, would normally have been abuzz with activity as officials would be at work tightening the nuts and bolts of the ra

Railways should provide cheaper food, stop vendor exploitation: NAPM

The National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) – a body of representatives and associations of railway caterers – has asserted that its suggestions should be considered by the

Train accidents derail railway safety

Three horrific train accidents have taken place in quick succession. The latest accident took place on January 21, when the Hirakhand Express was derailed in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh

Trains to tragedy

At a time when we are thrilled at the thought of the arrival of hyperloop transportation technology enabling high-speed travel inside a partially vacuum tube and introduction of the bullet trains,

Budget 2017: No service charge for online railway tickets

Presenting the union budget 2017-18, finance minister Arun Jaitely announced 1.31 lakh crore for the capital and development expenditure of Indian Railways. A total of Rs 55,000 crore has been allo

Maneka Gandhi writes to Suresh Prabhu on disabled woman’s petition

An online petition prompted union women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi to help facilitate comfortable train travel for a wheelchair bound woman. Recently, the petition

Reform first, privatise later: Bibek Debroy to railways

Before privatisation and corporatisation, the Indian Railways need to undertake major reforms including commercial accounting, decentralisation and human resource among others, said Bibek Debroy, e

BHEL, railways tie-up for rooftop solar photo voltaic systems

 Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), a Maharatna enterprise, has signed an agreement with the railways to install 2 MWp roof top solar photo voltaic (SPV) systems at diesel loco modernisa

Here`s what should be on your reading list this weekend

Thanks to the high-speed broadband connectivity, practicals and complex subjects are taught using YouTube at the school. “Life-saving activities like heart pumping during a cardiac arrest can

Co-develop technologies with India, Prabhu tells foreign firms

 Railway minister Suresh Prabhu has urged global technology players to come forward to co-develop technologies with India. “India is not just another destination where we can i

If Prabhu is really angry, why is he not taking on the railway board?

Gone are the days of Lal Bahadur Shastri, Madhav Rao Scindia and Nitish Kumar who hogged the limelight and even moral space by resigning after train accidents that claimed human lives. Railway mi

Train passengers die as rail safety panel recommendations gather dust

 The derailment of Puri-Haridwar Kalinga Utkal express at Khatauli has once again raised serious questions on the railways’ safety claims. At least 21 people were killed and many were in

Major train accidents since May 2014

With two major train accidents in succession this week, we list the major train accidents that have occurred since 2014:    26 May 2014 –

Suresh Prabhu hints he wants to quit, Railway board chief resigns

Railway minister Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday dropped a hint that he has offered to resign while Chairman Railway Board AK Mital tendered his resignation following two major train accidents.

Will put an end to corruption, VIP culture in railways: Lohani

 Former Air India chief Ashwani Lohani on Thursday took the charge as Chairman Railway Board and said his main thrust would be to put an end to corruption and VIP culture. Lohani tol

Duranto train derails, no one seriously injured

An express train headed to Mumbai derailed on Tuesday. Railways said that no one sustained serious injuries. The derailment took place barely six days after an express train derailed near

Lohani lays emphasis on highest level of safety

Chairman railway board (CRB) Ashwani Lohani wrote a letter to railwaymen to ensure highest level of safety, just hours after the derailment of Nagpur-Mumbai CST Duranto express on Tuesday.

Prabhu transformed railways: Piyush Goyal

 Piyush Goyal, who took over as the railway minister on Monday, lauded his predecessor Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu for building the roadmap of railways’ extensive growth and for bringing in

Two trains derail, no casualties

 Two express trains—Shaktipunj express and Ranchi-New Delhi Rajdhani -- were derailed in Sonbhadra and Delhi respectively on Thursday. However, railways claimed that none of the passenge

Rise in coal based thermal power generation

 There has been growth of 17 percent in coal based thermal power generation, primarily due to reduction in hydro power generation by 12 percent, in nuclear power generation by 36 percent and o

What’s ailing Indian Railway?

Poor safety, slow trains and demand fast outpacing the capacity are the main challenges being faced by the Indian Railway (IR). The question that should be asked is why Indian Railways is not abl

Flexi fare system to be reviewed: Goyal

 Railway minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday said the safety issue is of paramount importance and more measures are being taken to ensure safer operations. He laid emphasis on making t

Sloppy planning

Once is a mistake. Twice is a pattern. And thrice is a habit. The working of Indian Railways reflects all three at the same time. Yes, it is one of the busiest networks in the world and transports

CAG spotted shortcomings in railway foot over bridges

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), in separate reports, had focused on railway foot over bridges (FOB) and called for building more FOBs of prescribed size. As many as

Will Railway Board wake up from slumber?

The derailment of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express on August 19 at Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh which killed 23 people has raised serious questions on the functioning of the railway board.

SAIL told to increase production

 Union steel minister Birender Singh criticised Steel Authority of India (SAIL) officials for tardy progress in critical areas of strategic importance.    The m

Coal India despatches 250 coal rakes in a single day

 In order to strengthen coal transportation and coal production, Coal India Limited (CIL) transported 250 rakes of goods train through the railways on November 14, the highest ever in November



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