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23 firms including Bombardier, Alstom attended meet on running private trains, says Railways

The Railways has invited 12 Request for Qualifications for private participation in operating passenger trains through introduction of 151 modern trains.
Indian Railways | Representational image | Photo: ANI

Sliding doors, Braille signage, coach surveillance — Railways demands from private operators

A draft specification for private trains, shared by the Railways, says they would provide noise-free travel to passengers and be capable of running at a speed of 160 km/hr.
File photo of the Rail Bhavan | Commons

Railway officers resist ‘unilateral, shocking’ decision to end posting of bungalow peons

The Railway Board decided Thursday that no new ‘bungalow peons’ or TADKs will be appointed. Its decision was backed by the railway ministry.
Indian Railways | Representational image | Photo: ANI

PMO to take stock of railway services merger tomorrow as ministry wants process fast-tracked

Railways Minister Piyush Goyal is expected to brief the PMO Saturday on the progress of the merger of eight railway services into a unified Indian Railway Managerial Service.

Railways’ Kisan Rail transporting perishable goods to be flagged off Friday

The initiative was announced during this year's Budget. The first train from Devlali in Maharashtra to Danapur in Bihar will leave on 7 August at 11 am and run on a weekly basis.
File image of Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal | Photo: ANI

Piyush Goyal pushes to ‘fast track’ merger of railway services, seeks to convince officers

Railways Minister Piyush Goyal met officers of different railway services Wednesday to address concerns over proposed merger, find ways to bypass hurdles.
(From left) Former railway board chairmen Ashwani Lohani, Arunendra Kumar, Vivek Sahai and S.S. Khurana | Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur

For these top Railways bosses, the train of jobs doesn’t stop even after retirement

Retired railway officials, especially Railway Board chairpersons, can be seen taking up private or PSU jobs in sectors directly linked to what they dealt with while in govt.
A model of the proposed Ram Mandir-themed station in Ayodhya | Twitter | @RailwayNorthern

Phase I of Ram Mandir-themed station in ‘supernatural’ Ayodhya to be ready by 2021 — Railways

In a statement, Northern Railways said the station in the 'holy city' of Ayodhya, which has 'supernatural importance', will have state-of-the-art facilities.
The 10 locomotives were handed over to Bangladesh Railways on 27 July | Photo: Indian Railways

10 locos that India gifted to Bangladesh were all second-hand but that’s what ‘Dhaka sought’

After Indian Railways gifted the 10 locomotives to Bangladesh on 27 July, Modi govt has come under scathing criticism in Dhaka for not handing over brand new ones.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Shyam Benegal’s DD show Yatra heroed the train in 1986, long before SRK and Kajol in DDLJ

The 15-part series came to life thanks to the Indian Railways, which provided Benegal with a 10-bogey train for 50 days at the cost of Rs 30 lakhs.

On Camera

Erdogan’s assault on Macron is the height of cynicism

There was a time when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan didn’t see the West as Turkey’s enemy and even wanted to join the European Union.

Turkey waging new war of economic liberation, says Erdogan after country’s currency falls

Erogan's speech follows the Turkish lira weakening to a record low of 8.3849 per dollar on Friday.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

Here is why US changed Rajnath Singh’s statement on ‘reckless aggression’ by China

Both the US State and Defense departments have added footnotes to the transcripts they released on Rajnath Singh’s remarks at 2+2. The State Department has also updated the text.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

5 reasons for the crisis in global Islam

If tens of crores of Muslims across the world feel they are victims of mass Islamophobia, their holy prophet shown deliberate disrespect, it is a sense of crisis and siege.