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Railways could drop Chinese company bid for 44 Vande Bharat trains under Rs 1,500-cr project

The CRRC, which emerged the lone contender for the bid, could get dropped in light of the diplomatic tensions between India and China.
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Private trains to begin operations by 2023, prices could compete with airfares: Railways

Private participation in passenger train operations will only be 5 per cent of the existing 2800 mail/express trains, Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav added.
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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.
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Modi govt makes first move to privatise Railways, invites private players to run 151 trains

The Railways Wednesday invited Request for Qualifications for private companies to operate 151 passenger trains on 109 Origin Destination pairs of routes.
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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. 
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No new posts, remove re-engaged staff — austerity measures by Railways to soften Covid blow

A letter by Railways Financial Commissioner to all general managers, says traffic earnings of Railways until end of May 2020 have already dropped by 58%.
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Pakistani cyber actors compromised 4 Indian Railways computers: Intelligence Bureau letter

A letter sent to the Railways last month said 4 computers in use at different offices have been attacked by malware through a process called spear-phishing.
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Railways sees upward growth in freight earnings for 10 days of June

Data on the railways freight earnings show the shortfall for the first 10 days of June was much lesser than the cumulative shortfall for this year so far.
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Railways terminates contract with Chinese company but ‘not due to LAC conflict’

The 2016 contract was for a signalling project. If the project’s funder, World Bank, doesn’t accept the decision, the Railways is ready to fund it on its own.
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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.

On Camera

Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala | Commons

Padmanabhaswamy verdict can reduce the rich temple to go to Communists with a begging bowl

The Supreme Court has also ordered a 25-year audit of the Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Even scam-tainted promoters or companies have not had to face such long-term audits.
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After luring Google & Facebook, Mukesh Ambani plans to build a global digital company

Mukesh Ambani unveiled a slew of services from Jio, including a 5G network as early as next year and a mega video-streaming platform.

Defence

The new SiG 716 G2 rifles in use with the Indian Army | By special arrangement

Rifles, missiles, ammunition, drones — armed forces on shopping spree amid LAC tensions

Unprecedented emergency powers given to armed forces under the capital budget, for purchases of new equipment and systems, are likely to ease bottlenecks.
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Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.