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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’.
Migrants from Tamil Nadu at Danapur station board a train to reach their destination, in Patna on 11 May 2020

Indian Railways to operate 2,600 Shramik Specials to ferry 36 lakh migrants in next 10 days

The chairman of the Railway Board said that 260 Shramik trains have operated every day on an average for the last four days, carrying 3 lakh passengers daily.
Migrants from Lucknow wait to board Shramik Special train to reach their native places at Panvel Railway Station, during the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown, in Navi Mumbai, on 20 May | PTI

Shramik train leaves for UP but ends up in Odisha, Railways says it’s a move to ease traffic

Officials say most trains are being run on just a few routes and all have been heading to just UP or Bihar, causing the congestion.
File photo | Migrant labourers wave from a train as they leave for Barauni in UP, during the nationwide lockdown, in Amritsar, 10 May | PTI

Mamata Banerjee asks Railways to not send Shramik trains till 26 May due to Amphan

The state government said that district administrations are involved in relief & rehabilitation work and will be unable to receive special trains for few days.
Screenshot from an ANI video shows the crowd that gathered at Bandra Terminus Tuesday morning | ANI

Behind latest migrant crush at Bandra station, a rumour and hope of finally going home

A Shramik train was scheduled to depart from Bandra for Bihar at noon. However, several migrants said there was a rumour that two more trains were to set off later in the day.
Indian Railways | Representational image | Photo: ANI

Consent of destination states not required to operate Shramik Special trains: Railways

This came after Home Ministry issued a standard operating procedure for the national transporter to run these trains to ferry migrants to their native places.
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.
Migrant workers jostling to board buses at Ghaziabad's Ramlila Maidan Monday | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Social distancing nightmare in Ghaziabad as hundreds of migrants jostle to get to trains

Migrants say confusion was caused by lack of clarity over boarding buses that would ferry them to the railway station, officials say crowd wouldn’t listen.

On Camera

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at the book release of 'Gandhi Ko Samajhney Ka Yahi Samay' in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Listen to Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. You won’t say RSS lacks intellectual bandwidth

Mainstream Indian media used to denigrate and ridicule RSS. But it is now publishing its chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statements as front-page news.

Iraq PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi bets big on economic reforms

Kadhimi's govt is pushing a soup-to-nuts overhaul in the next three to five years. The path of least resistance would have been to wait until the general election next summer.

Defence

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

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.