Richa Sharma

Railways Board pulls up zones over surrender of funds for doubling of projects

The money for doubling works has mostly been arranged from the Rs 1.5 lakh crore loan by LIC and any surrender of that fund would reflect badly on part of railways.

16 Jan 2018

Railway officials to camp at divisions for safety works

With safety- and track-related works running behind schedule, the Railway Board has directed top officials to camp at divisions to ensure timely completion of work.

16 Jan 2018

More train mishaps occur on newly laid infrastructure

An analysis has found that more train accidents have occurred on newly laid infrastructure, raising concern about the quality of work done.

14 Jan 2018

Ministry refuses captive breeding of Chiru antelope

The Ministry of Environment and Forests has refused to allow captive breeding of the Tibetan antelope, whose underfur is used for making the famous shahtoosh shawls.

12 Jan 2018

Railways’ demand for 10 per cent hike hits a roadblock

Railways was told it was not possible to give budgetary support of Rs 60,000 crore demanded by it, which was a 10 per cent jump from Rs 55,000 crore in 2017-18.

11 Jan 2018

For Indian trains, it’s better late than never

The Japanese obsess over the punctuality of their trains, the Swiss take pride in their federal railways being Europe’s most punctual train company, but in India, it is safety over punctuality.

07 Jan 2018

Indian Railways extends SMS delay alerts to 1,400 trains from today

Starting January 3, Indian Railways will extend its SMS alerts for departure delays of over an hour to cover about 1,400 trains, including premium, superfast and express trains.

03 Jan 2018

Tiger, tiger, not burning bright: 115 big cats died in 2017 across the country

The highest number of 30 tiger deaths was reported from Madhya Pradesh, followed by 25 in Maharashtra and 17 in Assam.

02 Jan 2018

Little appetite among travellers for IRCTC e-catering on trains

Two years after it was launched, there are few takers for Indian Railways’ e-catering service, which aims to provide quality food of greater variety to passengers.

31 Dec 2017

Forest clearance not needed till 16km

To expedite building of strategic infrastructure like roads, border posts, fencing and surveillance towers along the International Border in Myanmar, Bhutan and Nepal, the Ministry of Environment and

27 Dec 2017

Continuous exposure to cellphone radiation can affect brain, says research

The study by researchers from the University College, Trivandrum showed that radiation from mobile phones can elevate levels of neurotransmitters in cockroaches that are also present in humans.

26 Dec 2017

From tea to non-veg thali: Meals on trains to cost more from next year

A GST of five per cent is levied on food served at stations while the tax rate on food served in trains is 18 per cent.

24 Dec 2017

Price rise on menu: Meal on trains to cost more in the New Year

Passengers may soon have to shell out more to buy tea or meals in trains and at stations as the railways is planning to review tariff on food items. 

24 Dec 2017

Environment laws flouted to clear hydroproject in Jammu and Kashmir

Bypassing environment concerns and site visits, a panel of the Ministry of Environment and Forests has cleared the construction of an 800 MW hydroelectric project under the Indus Water Treaty inside K

21 Dec 2017

Gujarat results bring new hope in Opposition camp

After the Congress gave the ruling party a run for its money in the Gujarat polls, Opposition parties are hopeful of a united front to take on the saffron unit in the 2019 General elections. 

19 Dec 2017