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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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Railways terminates contract with Chinese company but ‘not due to LAC conflict’

The 2016 contract was for a signalling project. If the project’s funder, World Bank, doesn’t accept the decision, the Railways is ready to fund it on its own.
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To boost revenue, Railways offers discounts if customers book ‘round-trip’ freight haulage

Ministry of Railways writes to zonal managers, stating that the railways must start competing with road transports who offer round-trip discounts on goods.
Workers converting a railway coach into an isolation ward at Shakurbasti railway station in Delhi | Photo: ANI

Railways deploys 54 isolation coaches in Delhi to help in Covid fight — here’s how they work

The Centre has decided to deploy a total 500 railway coaches to boost Delhi’s bed capacity by 8,000, in light of the increase in Covid-19 cases.

Mumbai local trains could resume next week, but only for essential service providers for now

Indian Railways has asked Maharashtra govt to prepare SOPs to run the Mumbai local trains for select categories of people.
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To cut costs, Indian Railways to axe thousands of retired staff it had re-hired

Railways’ finances have taken a further hit in light of the Covid lockdown, which brought passenger trains to a complete halt until the Shramik operations were launched in May. 
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Railways looking to ensure ‘multi-tasking’ at junior levels as part of service merger plan

Zonal railways have given suggestions on how to merge services at the lower levels. Merger of 8 existing rail services was approved by Union Cabinet last December.

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Representational photos | Hindu priests perform evening prayers at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi | Kanishka Sonthalia/Bloomberg

Want to preserve secularism in India? Well, preserve the Hindu ethos first

Secularism in the Indian context would mean maintaining equidistance from  all religions. Unfortunately, that equidistance never happened.
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Defence

The negative import list for defence systems was unveiled by Rajnath Singh Sunday | File photo: ANI

India’s negative defence import list has some hits, some misses & quite a bit of confusion

A study of the 101 items put in the negative list shows that over one-fourth are already manufactured in India and have not been imported for a long time.
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Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.