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Passengers wait outside New Delhi railway station to board trains to their home states, on 12 May 2020

Passengers have to agree to state quarantine protocols before booking tickets: IRCTC

The rule comes days after around 50 passengers who arrived in Bengaluru from Delhi on 14 May refused to be quarantined at an institutional facility & created a ruckus.
Indian Railways | Representational image | Photo: ANI

Railways to open select counters for MPs & freedom fighters on special train routes

Ticket fare concessions can only be availed by patients, students and people with disabilities while no concessions for senior citizens are applicable, officials said.
Migrant workers opposite New Delhi Railway station on 11 May 2020

No internet or debit card, migrants gather at New Delhi station in hope of booking tickets

Some migrant workers were upset that IRCTC website wasn't working initially, while some say they were asked to pay more at cyber cafes to book tickets.
Indian Railways (Representational image) | Commons

IRCTC website down on Day 1 of passenger train bookings, to restart by 6 pm

The Indian Railways is planning to run 15 pairs of trains from Tuesday, and bookings for these were initially supposed to begin at 4 pm Monday.
The coach in the Kashi-Mahaka l Express

Lord Shiva allotted seat on Kashi-Mahakal Express’ inaugural run for blessings, says IRCTC

The train connects three Jyotirlingas in Indore, Ujjain and Varanasi and will see its first commercial run on 20 February.
Indian Railways (Representational image) | Commons

Railway Protection Force raids e-ticket racket with suspected links to terror financing

The force has arrested Ghulam Mustafa a self-taught software developer from Jharkhand who allegedly had around 563 personal IRCTC IDs, and suspicious list of 2,400 SBIs and 600 regional rural banks account.
Rajdhani express (representative image)

Railways to hike meal prices on Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto trains

Prices of tea and meals in first class compartments will be higher by around Rs 5 - Rs 15, according to the Railways Board.
An electronic ticker board indicates British pound to Indian rupee currency exchange rate outside the Bombay Stock Exchange building in Mumbai| Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Newly listed Indian companies are outperforming veterans due to demand for niche stocks

S&P BSE IPO Index has risen more than three times the amount of the S&P BSE Sensex Index this year.
The newspaper advertisement by Brandavan Food Product Company | ThePrint

‘Agrawal Vaish’ applicants only — railway vendor’s job ad sparks outrage, IRCTC takes action

Brandavan Food Products issues apology to IRCTC after its community-specific ad triggers backlash on social media.
Once the new IRCTC service kicks in, passengers will be able to book the excess luggage and pay online.

Indian Railways passengers can soon book excess luggage on IRCTC website & avoid fines

By the end of the year, Indian Railways will introduce a new option on the IRCTC website to book luggage above free allowance limit.

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Militarisation of US police since 9/11 makes it see protesters as ‘enemy’, writes an officer

A study of police-involved deaths between 2012 and 2018 found that police kill average 2.8 men every day in the US. The risk of death was higher for black men, like George Floyd.

Harsh Vardhan questions Delhi govt: Is Arvind Kejriwal failing in handling Covid-19 crisis?

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan Thursday raised concerns about rising Covid cases and low testing levels in Delhi.

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Indian and Chinese soldiers during a military exercise in Meghalaya last year | Representational image | ANI

‘April status quo’ discussed as India, China generals hold 7-hour meeting over Ladakh

The formal meeting between the top military officers of India and China started around 11.30 am and is believed to have lasted until the evening.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why Modi doesn’t feature in a list of India’s reformist prime ministers

Despite big ideas, Modi comes off poorly as a reformer, because his bureaucrats lack the motivation to push reforms and are beginning to enjoy unbridled power.