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Rs 500 fine for not wearing mask on trains, railway premises, says Railways

The order also said that this would come into immediate effect for a period of six months till further instructions are issued in this regard.

No state has asked to stop train services yet, says Railway Board chairman Suneet Sharma

Addressing a press conference Friday, Sharma said the railways has highlighted that all Covid safety protocols are being followed by the states on the IRCTC's e-ticketing website.
Railways Minister Piyush Goyal speaks in the Lok Sabha, on 16 March 2021 | PTI Photo

Indian Railways will never be privatised, to remain with govt, Piyush Goyal tells Lok Sabha

The Railway Minister said Railways is the property of every Indian and will remain so. However, he said private investment should be encouraged for efficient functioning.

Full cooperation extended in fighting fire that killed 9 in Kolkata — Railway authorities

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee earlier said there was a lack of assistance from railway authorities in the firefighting operation and that senior railway officials were not present.
An Indian Railways goods train | Photo: ANI

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.
An Indian Railways goods train in New Delhi | Photo: ANI

More exclusivity, alternate paths — what Railways could offer to private players to run trains

The final bids for 150 private trains, scheduled to begin operations on 109 routes by 2023, are expected to come by 31 March.
Indian Railways (Representational image) | Commons

More private trains, higher spending, green energy focus — what Rail Budget could look like

Ministry of Railways has sought a rise in its capital expenditure from the existing Rs 1.6 lakh crore to 1.8 lakh crore. But the actual increase could only be up to Rs 8,000 crore.
A view of a Railways saloon coach operated by the IRCTC. | Photo: Twitter/@RailMinIndia

Railways drafts new rules for use of luxury saloon coaches by IRCTC for tourism

The new Railways guidelines allow the IRCTC to decide the tariff structure to be charged from tourists for the saloons.
Adani Wilmar sells a whole range of FMCG products under the Fortune brand | Screenshot

Viral video claiming Adani has taken over Indian Railways is false, it’s just an ad

The short minute-long video shows a train with posters of ‘Fortune Chakki Fresh Atta’ and ‘Adani Wilmar’ stuck on it.
Indian Railways | Representational image | Photo: ANI

Railways to implement plan to trim staff positions, says move won’t shrink number of jobs

In a letter dated 24 November, the Railway Board has asked general managers of zones across the country to put a freeze on all new posts and surrender 50% of vacancies.

On Camera

Representational image of a Titanosaur skeleton cast on display at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago via Wikimedia

US has highest number of museums but China draws most visitors: Study

Many are familiar with the Louvre in France, the world’s most famous and visited museum. But there are other interesting choices that deserve their place on a bucket list.
Andy Jassy, chief executive officer of web services at Amazon.com Inc., speaks during the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Summit in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.| Photographer: David Paul Morris | Bloomberg

Amazon’s future CEO firm on India expansion amid protests by local vendors

Speaking to partners and customers in India, Andy Jassy announced a $250 million venture fund for startups working on innovations for small businesses, agriculture and health care solutions.

Defence

CDS General Bipin Rawat | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Backed by disruptive tech, China tried push & shove tactics but India stood firm: CDS Rawat

At the Raisina Dialogue, Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Bipin Rawat says some countries seek to reshape rules that govern global order via geopolitics coupled with geo-economics.
Illustration by Soham Sen

There’s a need to hold up a mirror to Modi govt on Covid management, and this is the picture

Between premature victory mood that allowed Kumbh & elections, and lack of urgency on vaccines, Modi govt has walked into its biggest crisis. The way out needs realism, humility and one ‘Ram baan’ weapon.