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Home Minister Amit Shah addresses the Rajya Sabha Thursday

The return of Amit Shah on Republic & Aaj Tak, Amish Devgan’s ‘faultless’ China logic

A quick take on what prime time TV news talked about.
File image of Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal at BJP HQ in New Delhi | PTI

‘Tears’ to tweets — why Piyush Goyal’s throwing everything he’s got to fight Shramik PR mess

As Railways Minister, Piyush Goyal is overseeing the massive Shramik Express initiative, which is meant to facilitate the biggest human migration India has seen in decades.

Stray trains: Poor planning by Indian Railways or overwhelming load on some routes?

The Indian Railways reacted to the controversy over ‘stray trains’ by calling it “route rationalisation” of Shramik Specials, which are meant to ferry migrant workers back home.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan | ANI File Photo

Kerala govt slams Railways, Centre for sending train from Mumbai ‘without intimation’

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said the matter has been brought to PM’s attention, while Finance Minister Thomas Issac said ‘Railways wants to be super spreader’.

Yogi vs Uddhav vs Piyush Goyal: Will politics over migrant workers hurt economic revival?

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray’s accusation that the Railways is not running enough trains to ferry migrant workers sparked a Twitter war with Railway minister Piyush Goyal.
Migrants from Jaipur arrive by Shramik Special train at Danapur junction, during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus

States’ consent not needed for Shramik trains now, Modi govt brings in order after disputes

Home Minister Amit Shah and Railways Minister Piyush Goyal had accused opposition-ruled states of not allowing trains for migrant workers to enter their states.
Migrants from Tamil Nadu at Danapur station board a train to reach their destination, in Patna on 11 May 2020

Railways adds 500 passengers to Shramik Special trains, no details on social distancing steps

Railways officials said over 4.5 lakh passengers have reached their home states via Shramik Specials so far. A majority of these trains — 272 of 363 — were headed to UP and Bihar.
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.

On Camera

Students in a classroom | Representational Image | Commons

Covid shows online teaching can be the future, but physical classrooms still the real deal

Despite the convenience and utility of online teaching during a pandemic, there's a strong case to be made for why physical classroom's shouldn't go out of style.
Representational image of digital payment | Samyukta Lakshmi/Bloomberg

Coronavirus succeeds where demonetisation failed as Indians dump cash for digital payments

Value of UPI transactions reached all-time high June as people feared handling banknotes amid the pandemic. Electronic fund transfers have also rebounded.

Defence

Sig Sauer

Indian Army to order second batch of 72,000 Sig 716 assault rifles from US

The new rifles will replace the existing Indian Small Arms System (Insas) rifles used by the forces and manufactured locally by the Ordnance Factories Board.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.