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Govt could create posts in Railways to ensure merger doesn’t hurt anyone: Railway Board head

Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav says a new committee headed by cabinet secretary will look into modalities of the merger of 8 services.
Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav

It’s not business as usual, Indian Railways is being transformed: Railway Board chairman

In an interview, Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav spoke about the reasons behind unifying 8 railway services, restructuring of the board & other issues.
bullet train project

Change in Maharashtra govt hasn’t hurt Bullet Train project, won’t delay it: Rail Board head

Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav says 53% of land has already been acquired & a joint measurement survey has been carried out for 93% of the land.
Mortal remains of CRPF jawans who lost their lives in Pulwama terror attack

Vivek Katju remembers Pulwama, Seema Sirohi says Trump visit to swing Indian-American votes

Today’s political, economic & strategic punditry from Vivek Katju, Seema Sirohi, Premvir Das, Swati Narayan & many others.
File image of crew members on the Lucknow-New Delhi Tejas Express, India's first privately-operated train | Photo: PTI

Why Modi govt plan to run 150 private trains by year-end seems like an impossible task

From preferential treatment for private trains to troubles with employee unions, several issues are making the railway privatisation plan appear doomed.
Trains at Howrah railway station | Photo: ANI

Nirmala Sitharaman’s Budget dashes hopes of stimulus package for struggling Indian Railways

According to the Union Budget, the Indian Railways will need to spend 97.4 paise to earn every rupee in 2019-20, and 96.2 paise per rupee in 2020-21.
Vande Bharat Express,

Delay, ‘sabotage’, additional costs — why Vande Bharat train plans risk going off track

Railways has put out new tenders for equipment to manufacture 44 Vande Bharat train-sets, but this is set to delay launch. A senior official has alleged ‘sabotage’ in tweaked tenders.
Indian Railways (Representational image) | Commons

Railway Protection Force raids e-ticket racket with suspected links to terror financing

The force has arrested Ghulam Mustafa a self-taught software developer from Jharkhand who allegedly had around 563 personal IRCTC IDs, and suspicious list of 2,400 SBIs and 600 regional rural banks account.
RAILWAYS

Hindustan Zinc looks to gain big time from overhaul of Indian Railways

Modi govt’s $1.5 trillion plan to upgrade & build infrastructure to shore up growth will boost outlook for zinc, used to galvanize steel & prevent corrosion.
File image of RJD MP Manoj Kumar Jha, who is also a member of the Standing Committee of Railways | India.gov.in

Merging railway services could compromise safety: RJD MP on standing panel writes to PM Modi

In a letter, MP and member of Standing Committee of Railways Manoj Jha, says merger proposal brought without consensus of non-technical civil servants.

On Camera

Supreme Court of India being renovated

Me Lord, use your time for something better: My response to SC order on criminals in politics

Wouldn’t it be better if SC focussed its energy on tackling the root causes – the inordinate delays and miscarriage of justice in India's legal system?
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Will the spectacle of Trump visit without a trade deal boost India-US ties?

Five days ahead of US President Donald Trump’s visit to India, he has said that “the big (trade) deal” is being saved for “later”.

Defence

A pair of US Navy Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawks. Sikorsky was later acquired by Lokheed Martin | Lockheedmartin.com

Cabinet clears $2.4 billion deal for MH-60 Romeo helicopters for Navy ahead of Trump visit

The 24 MH-60 Romeo helicopters will meet the immediate requirement of the Indian Navy that is looking to step up vigil on enemy activity.

Amit Shah’s performance as minister will now determine the success of Modi-Shah power pair

Modi-Shah share a unique power equation unlike Nehru-Patel and Vajpayee-Advani. After Delhi defeat, Shah enters a new, unfamiliar phase of his political career.