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RailTel set to seal Rs 1,500 cr deal with foreign firm for project railways wants to junk

Railways signed an MoU with RailTel last year to upgrade India’s antiquated signalling systems with European tech. Atmanirbhar Bharat has made it change its mind.
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Indian Railways to go ‘corporate’, asks zones to prepare marketing plans to boost business

Railway Board tells zonal railway general managers it will regularly review Business Development Units, which are tasked with doubling freight loading by 2024.
Vande Bharat Express,

Railways could drop Chinese company bid for 44 Vande Bharat trains under Rs 1,500-cr project

The CRRC, which emerged the lone contender for the bid, could get dropped in light of the diplomatic tensions between India and China.
An electric-locomotive powered train of the Indian Railways

Private trains to begin operations by 2023, prices could compete with airfares: Railways

Private participation in passenger train operations will only be 5 per cent of the existing 2800 mail/express trains, Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav added.
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Railways to set up business units in each zone to double freight volume, draw road traffic

In a letter, Railway Board said multi-disciplinary business units will be set up & ads will be released to publicise that such units are available & Railways is keen to attract new traffic.
An Indian Railways goods train | Photo: ANI

Modi govt makes first move to privatise Railways, invites private players to run 151 trains

The Railways Wednesday invited Request for Qualifications for private companies to operate 151 passenger trains on 109 Origin Destination pairs of routes.
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Railways begins scheduled freight trains on pilot basis to match speed of passenger trains

Till now, only passenger trains in India were scheduled, while freight trains ran whenever they were loaded. 
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No new posts, remove re-engaged staff — austerity measures by Railways to soften Covid blow

A letter by Railways Financial Commissioner to all general managers, says traffic earnings of Railways until end of May 2020 have already dropped by 58%.
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Pakistani cyber actors compromised 4 Indian Railways computers: Intelligence Bureau letter

A letter sent to the Railways last month said 4 computers in use at different offices have been attacked by malware through a process called spear-phishing.
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Railways sees upward growth in freight earnings for 10 days of June

Data on the railways freight earnings show the shortfall for the first 10 days of June was much lesser than the cumulative shortfall for this year so far.

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India pioneered TV education, but smartphone classes during Covid let down its poor students

Trauma faced by students for being able to afford smartphones and laptops for online classes could have been avoided if the govt implemented the DTH scheme.
HDFC Ltd chairman Deepak Parekh

Why loan restructuring is any day better than a moratorium — HDFC’s Deepak Parekh explains

Deepak Parekh says at ThePrint’s ‘Off The Cuff’ that by giving a loan moratorium, the RBI is creating a problem for later on.


Women Army Officers outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi on 17 February (for representation only)

Army to call special selection board to screen women officers for permanent commission

Some women officers said the process is still ambiguous and more clarity is needed as many have been asked to undergo a junior command course next month.
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Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.