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Historic Kalka-Shimla toy train to get speed boost, zero stops

Plan is to increase speed of Kalka-Shimla toy train to 30-35 kmph from current 22-25 kmph. This will mean passengers won't be able to alight from train during transit.
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Modi govt gives Railways Rs 1.58 lakh crore in interim budget, the highest ever

Finance minister Piyush Goyal said 2018-2019 has been the safest for the Indian Railways and all unmanned level crossings on the broad gauge network were eliminated.
Kulhad chai

Tea in kulhad cups will return to railway stations after 15 years

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has instructed caterers at Varanasi and Rae Bareli stations to use terracotta-made 'kulhads', glasses and plates.
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By March 2019, each rail division to get Rs 20 crore to make one model station

The divisions have been asked to focus on developing the infrastructure of stations based on footfall and revenue.
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Railways will soon show status of reserved & vacant seats just like airlines

Railway minister Piyush Goyal has instructed officials to make the reservation charts public with the help of the Centre for Railway Information Systems.
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BJP leader takes a train from Amritsar to Ayodhya, says no ‘achhe din’ in railways

BJP’s Laxmi Kanta Chawla, travelling on Saryu-Yamuna Express, has a message for Modi & Piyush Goyal — stop thinking of bullet trains, Indian Railways.
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Punjab panel blames railway staff & Dussehra event organisers for Amritsar train tragedy

As many as 61 people were killed in the Amritsar train tragedy this October, when they were mowed down while watching Ravan dahan on Dussehra.
Relatives of victims of train accident block the accident site in protest | PTI

Two weeks after the tragedy, Indian Railways decides to probe Amritsar train accident

The railways said that even though it was not mandatory for it to probe this case, the Amritsar tragedy had 'become a matter of great public discourse'.
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Good news for rail passengers: Flexi-fare scrapped in 15 top trains, reduced in 101

The Indian railways has decided to scrap flexi-fare in 15 premium trains while the scheme will be discontinued in 32 other trains during lean season.
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Special ‘unity’ train with 1k people left Varanasi for unveiling of Patel statue

Railways run a special train with 1,000 passengers for the unveiling of Sardar Patel statue

On Camera

Andhra Pradesh HC’s media gag sign of a new culture where judges pass a firman

The High Court simply accepted former Advocate General's word at face value that the FIR in relation to land purchase in Amravati is political vendetta against him.
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Netflix & Amazon Prime are the latest weapons in India’s telecom price war

With demand for entertainment shifting online, telecom firms are offering subscriptions to services from Netflix & Amazon Prime to win customers.

Defence

Indian pilots climb out of a Rafale fighter jet that was operationally inducted into the IAF on 10 September 2020 | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

CAG report flags vendors’ ‘dilly-dallying’ on offsets deals, cites Rafale as example

The CAG made the observations in its latest report, which was tabled in Parliament Wednesday.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?