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Rajdhani express (representative image)

Shatabdi and Rajdhani trains look at 90-minute shorter travel time by 2022

Rail ministry has also proposed to increase average speed of all other passenger trains — from 60 to 80 km/h — & freight trains — from 24 to 45 km/h.
People in J&K wait for their trains

Railways set to launch its commando unit, to be deployed in troubled areas like J&K

The Indian Railways' Commandos for Railway Safety (CORAS) has been set up to guard passengers and goods on trains in critical rail sectors in the country.
Annual Kanwar Yatra

For kanwariyas, this is a time for free train rides — the ‘ticket’ is their saffron clothes

Kanwariyas say no one dares question them, and even TTEs don’t ask for tickets. But passengers complain of harassment, want separate coaches for kanwariyas.
Railway minister Piyush Goyal

Railways will offer incentives to contractors for early completion of projects: Piyush Goyal

Railways minister Piyush Goyal also said that monitoring is being done at various levels and meetings held with authorities concerned to resolve pending issues of progress of projects.
Indian railways

In 100-day plan of railways — reducing Delhi-Howrah, Delhi-Mumbai travel time by 5 hours

The plan is one of the 11 proposals prepared by the railways with instructions to implement them by August 31.
Indian railways

Railway officers must travel frequently by trains, chairman tells general managers

Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav advised managers to also interact with passengers when they travel by train.
RAILWAYS

Railway TTEs will now have to check cleanliness in toilets of general, sleeper coaches

Railway TTEs will also have to keep a tab on cleaning schedule in the coaches, and water availability. Order to be issued this month.

Girish Karnad’s ‘Tughlaq’ on a ‘bigger stage’ and Railways’ massage services

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.

Navratna PSU sells investments, takes loan to ‘bail out’ railways with Rs 3,000 cr payment

Container Corporation made advance freight payment of Rs 3,000 cr to Indian Railways at the fag end of FY19, helping improve its operating ratio.

India’s had 45 railways ministers in 72 yrs — why Rail Bhavan can’t hold on to its bosses

The railways ministry, which oversees a lifeline millions of Indians rely on daily, has changed hands at a dizzying pace since 1947.

On Camera

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden (R) and US President Donald Trump speak during the first US presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, on 29 September

Trump-Biden debate had no highlights, only lowlights

The first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and his democratic challenger Joe Biden must have been one of the nastiest presidential debate in US history.
File image of Department of Economic Affairs Secretary Tarun Bajaj | Photo: ANI

India will not meet its Rs 2.1 lakh crore disinvestment target in 2020-21, DEA secretary says

Govt retains its Rs 12 lakh crore borrowing limit for the full financial year, which means it can borrow Rs 4.34 lakh crore in the second half.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Ordnance factories hit back at Army claims, cite export orders, accidents of other equipment

In a statement, OFB said only 19 per cent of the accidents involving defence ammunition between January 2015 and December 2019 could be attributed to the board.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.