Wednesday, 18 May, 2022
TopicFreight trains

Topic: Freight trains

Less carbon, more automation—Covid lessons became key agendas for Asia-Pacific at UNESCAP

Poor connectivity in the Asia-Pacific became clear during Covid-19. Before we get back on track, transport needs to change.

Railways to monetise assets worth Rs 54,000 cr to raise funds, has identified projects, land

List of projects identified for monetisation will be submitted to the NITI Aayog by next week. The railway ministry has been told to expeditiously take up projects for monetisation.

Railways draws up big plan to double its loading capacity by 2024, calls for ‘reinvention’

In a letter, the Railway Board lists several steps needed to boost infrastructure to achieve the target. It also says funds will be made available based on the Railways' performance.

Punjab’s protesting farmers playing into Modi govt’s hands, says state Congress chief

The Modi government has invited protesting farmers for talks on 13 November in a bid to end the impasse. But Sunil Jakhar says Centre’s intentions are suspect.

Power crisis, urea shortage, piled-up grain stock — how goods train suspension has hit Punjab

With goods trains not plying in Punjab since 2 Oct, both govt & private thermal plants are facing acute coal shortage. Urea for farms is also not reaching state, leading to shortage.

Railways to set up business units in each zone to double freight volume, draw road traffic

In a letter, Railway Board said multi-disciplinary business units will be set up & ads will be released to publicise that such units are available & Railways is keen to attract new traffic.

Railways begins scheduled freight trains on pilot basis to match speed of passenger trains

Till now, only passenger trains in India were scheduled, while freight trains ran whenever they were loaded. 

To boost revenue, Railways offers discounts if customers book ‘round-trip’ freight haulage

Ministry of Railways writes to zonal managers, stating that the railways must start competing with road transports who offer round-trip discounts on goods.

Domestic logistics challenges drive steel mills in India to tap global market for iron ore

Transporting key raw materials from local mines has become difficult as freight and passenger trains jostle for space on the same tracks.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping | Representational image| kremlin.ru

Chinese economy is feeling the heat. Blame Xi’s political Lysenkoism, vaccination policy

Smarting from the failures of his Great Leap Forward campaign, which hit the economy hard, Mao launched the 1962 war with India to rally the nation behind him.
Congress supporters staged a protest against inflation in Ranchi on 10 May | ANI

As inflation breaks records, Modi govt plans to counter criticism ahead of anniversary & polls

While retail inflation hit an 8-year high of 7.8% in April, wholesale inflation surged to a 9-year high of 15.08% on the back of elevated food and energy prices in the same month.

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Satellite image of the development on the site | Twitter | @detresfa_

China building ‘bigger, broader’ 2nd bridge at Pangong Tso that can carry armoured columns

China's People's Liberation Army aims for multiple routes to counter any possible operations by the Indian forces on the southern banks of the Pangong Tso in the future.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.
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