Saturday, 3 December, 2022
TopicIndian Railways

Topic: Indian Railways

Vande Bharat Express is changing Indian Railways. Now Indians need to do their bit

The preconceived notions about Indian Railways – stinking train, dirty compartments, unusable toilets – are challenged by Vande Bharat Express.

Hi-tech machines, 9,000+ workforce — inside Integral Coach Factory making Vande Bharat trains

ICF in Chennai is one of world's largest coach factories, producing over 4,000 coaches a year. Workers racing against time to meet target of 75 Vande Bharat trains by 15 August 2023.

Week after Metro work resumes in Kolkata’s Bowbazar, more cracks in houses & another evacuation

Work had abruptly stalled in May after cracks appeared in houses in Durga Pithuri Lane. Authorities say 142 people have been evacuated after underground work resumed last week.

Logistics sector estimated to grow over 3 trillion in 35 years—India must leverage it

Newly launched National Logistics Policy can merge modes of transports and handle issues plaguing the sector.

Unfenced tracks, stray cattle — why nose cone covers were designed to shield Vande Bharat trains

Nose cone-shaped covers of Vande Bharat trains are designed to absorb impact of collision with stray cattle. Over 26,000 cases of 'cow run over' by train were recorded in 2021-22.

Sleeker, swifter, with revolving seats — Modi flags off Gandhinagar-Mumbai Vande Bharat Express

The third Vande Bharat Express can attain its maximum speed of 160 kmph in 142 seconds. It has seating capacity of 1,128 and was manufactured at Integral Coach Factory in Chennai.

Stations, gymkhanas, bungalows—New book takes Indian Railways past beyond KBC, UPSC questions

Vinoo N. Mathur’s book, which took 10 years in the making is a tour de force of the history and the architectural styles of railway buildings.

Railways has to carry the growth burden in ‘Amrit Kaal’, HR restructuring is key

Since the recruitment in the railways via Engineering Services has stopped, there will be the need to have officers with sound skills to head key verticals.

A 20-year battle for Rs 20 — lawyer who sued Railways & won says it wasn’t just about money

In 1999, Tungnath Chaturvedi was overcharged Rs 20 for 2 train tickets in Mathura. A consumer court on 5 August directed railways to refund amount with interest & pay Rs 15,000 fine.

Buy your own wagons, don’t depend on railways alone — govt tells 8 power firms to avert crisis

In first 2 months of 2022-23, several power plants ran out of coal due to delays in transportation. As a result, Indian Railways had to cancel passenger trains to make way for freight trains.

On Camera

YourTurn

File photo of Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan | ANI

Arif Mohammad Khan vs Kerala govt isn’t a new faceoff. Old cases show Governor wears two hats

Under UGC provisions, a search committee is appointed to find suitable candidates for the V-C post. Governors make their selection from among these names.

51 cow universities, old pension scheme, jobs — what RSS affiliates want from 2023 Budget

Welfare schemes and ‘self-reliance’ figure high on Sangh organisations’ wishlists for finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman ahead of the Budget, which she will present on 1 February.

Defence

A soldier with 'Arjun', a black kite trained to down enemy drones, during the Yudh Abhyas exercise being held in Auli, Uttarakhand | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

It’s a plane, no it’s a bird! Army’s training eagles & falcons to swoop down on hostile drones

The birds are also being trained for surveillance at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut, with cameras fitted to their heads to record videos.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.