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Representational image of construction work on the Indian Railways | Photo: ANI

Modi govt has put 498 crawling rail projects worth Rs 6.75 lakh crore on temporary freeze

The projects will be kept alive by allocating token amounts, but some ‘critical’ and ‘super critical’ ones will be prioritised, rail ministry officials say.
Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav

It’s not business as usual, Indian Railways is being transformed: Railway Board chairman

In an interview, Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav spoke about the reasons behind unifying 8 railway services, restructuring of the board & other issues.
India gets GSP benefits worth $5.6 billion out of the $46 billion worth of goods it exports to the US. | Shutterstock

India and US could agree on trade margin regulation for high-end medical devices

US has been asking India to remove price caps on high-end medical devices under the proposed trade deal. Healthcare industry in India against rollback of price controls.
Piyush Goyal

After snubbing Amazon, Modi govt now wants to go swadeshi by selling local goods

Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal urges traders to promote, sell and use swadeshi goods to boost country’s economy.
Vande Bharat Express,

Delay, ‘sabotage’, additional costs — why Vande Bharat train plans risk going off track

Railways has put out new tenders for equipment to manufacture 44 Vande Bharat train-sets, but this is set to delay launch. A senior official has alleged ‘sabotage’ in tweaked tenders.
File image of Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal | Photo: ANI

RCEP in its present form clearly unworkable, says Piyush Goyal at WEF

Referring to India's decision to pull out of RCEP, Piyush Goyal said it had demonstrated for the first time that trade cannot be dictated by diplomacy.

Duty-free liquor limit will save $50 mn or 0.01% of India’s total import bill of $500 bn

According to data with the Association of Private Airport Operators, liquor imports for duty-free sales amounted to around $97 million, or 0.02% of total imports in 2018-19.
Visitors and workers walk inside the Congress Center ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos | Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Davos 2020 begins today — why who’s who of the world meet at this Swiss resort town annually

World Economic Forum is scheduled to be held at Davos from 21-24 January. This year marks the forum’s golden jubilee & some big names are expected to attend it.

Amazon, foreign investment, jobs — what Piyush Goyal is talking about before Davos visit

Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal has been giving interviews ahead of his visit to Davos for World Economic Forum that will take place between 21-24 January.
File image of Amazon chief Jeff Bezos

Day after Piyush Goyal snub, Amazon posts Jeff Bezos letter written to Indian customers

In his open letter posted on the e-commerce firm's website, Jeff Bezos says Amazon will invest US $1 bn to digitise micro & small businesses across India.

On Camera

Modi’s 9-min candle plan Sunday: Needless spectacle or much-needed motivation for Indians?

PM Modi requested Indians to light candles, lamps or mobile torches at 9 pm Sunday for nine minutes in a show of solidarity in the fight against Covid-19.

Defence

Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.