Ashwini Vaishnaw: News

23 Sep 2023

Vande Bharat Express

PM Modi to inaugurate 9 Vande Bharat trains on Sunday

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reportedly flag off nine Vande Bharat Express trains on Sunday, including two services on the South Central Railway (SCR), two in West Bengal, and one each in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Odisha, and other states.

16 Sep 2023

Indian Railways

Vande Bharat sleeper, metro trains coming soon: Everything to know

The Indian Railways (IR) is set to roll out its first version of sleeper coaches under the Vande Bharat Express project by March 2024, ANI reported.

11 Sep 2023


G20's rail-port corridor: India's answer to China's BRI

The proposed India-Middle East-Europe economic corridor will be substantially different from China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has said.

17 Aug 2023

Indian Government

Police verification mandatory for SIM card dealers, bulk connections discontinued

Indian government has now made police verification mandatory for SIM card dealers and has discontinued bulk connections, in an effort to combat fraudulent activities.

16 Aug 2023

Narendra Modi

'Vishwakarma' loan scheme for skilled workers gets Cabinet nod

Vishwakarma Yojana—the loan assistance scheme announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Independence Day address—received approval from the Union Cabinet on Wednesday.

Digital Personal Data Protection awaits Rajya Sabha showdown today

The Digital Personal Data Protection (DPDP) Bill is set to be tabled in the Rajya Sabha today by Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw.

Lok Sabha passes Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2023

The Lok Sabha on Monday passed the Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2023, with a voice vote, amid strong protests from the opposition.

07 Aug 2023

Om Birla

Why Editors Guild is opposing Data Protection Bill's certain provisions

The Editors Guild of India (EGI) has raised serious concerns regarding certain provisions of the Digital Personal Data Protection (DPDP) Bill, which was tabled in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

01 Aug 2023

5G Technology

India's 5G milestone: 3 lakh sites covered in 10 months

India's telecom industry has reached an impressive milestone with over three lakh 5G mobile sites installed in just 10 months since the launch of the service.

09 Jul 2023

Indian Railways

Indian Railways to roll out vintage 'electric T Train' soon

Keeping the old-world charm intact, the Indian Railways is set to soon roll out new vintage-style steam engines with the comfort of Vistadome and Vande Bharat Express coaches, reported News18.

21 Jun 2023

Vande Bharat Express

Vande Bharat's sleeper version to be launched by March 2024

Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has said that the first batch of Vande Bharat Express sleeper trains would be rolled out in March 2024.

16 Jun 2023

Sukesh Chandrasekhar

Odisha train accident: Conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar offers victims Rs. 10cr

Conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar has offered to donate Rs. 10 crore to the victims of the Odisha train accident, which killed 288 people and injured more than 900.

11 Jun 2023


How victims of Odisha train accident were identified using AI 

The triple train tragedy in Odisha's Balasore threw multiple challenges for the authorities, and the biggest one was the identification of scores of bodies.

07 Jun 2023


51 hours, 2,300 personnel: All about Balasore accident rescue

The triple train crash near Odisha's Balasore, which claimed the lives of 288 people and injured over 900 others, saw more than 2,300 personnel carry out an arduous rescue operation lasting for 51 hours.

CBI takes over Odisha train tragedy probe on Centre's request 

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday took over the investigation into the Odisha triple train crash, which killed around 278 people and injured over 900.

#NewsBytesExplainer: Why CBI is probing Odisha train tragedy

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will likely take over the investigation of the Odisha train tragedy soon following the request of Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw.

05 Jun 2023


Odisha train accident: Passenger trains back on track after restoration

After nearly 60 hours of laborious rescue and restoration work following the triple train accident in Odisha's Balasore, passenger trains resumed operations on the repaired tracks on Monday.

05 Jun 2023


Odisha train accident: Railways seeks CBI probe amid political outburst

The Railways has sought a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the Odisha train accident after Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw claimed the "root cause of the accident" and the individuals behind the "criminal" act were identified.

04 Jun 2023

Lalu Prasad Yadav

Odisha train accident: Opposition demands Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw's resignation

Top opposition leaders have asserted that Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw should resign in the aftermath of the terrible train tragedy in Odisha.

04 Jun 2023


Odisha train accident: Root cause identified, says Railways Minister Vaishnaw 

Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Sunday that the root cause of the triple train crash in Odisha's Balasore—which killed nearly 300—had been identified.

03 Jun 2023


Odisha train tragedy: 'No time for politics,' says railway minister

Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Saturday visited Odisha's Balasore, where nearly 290 people reportedly died after three trains collided in one of the worst train accidents in India.

29 May 2023

Vande Bharat Express

PM Modi virtually flags off Northeast's first Vande Bharat Express

Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually flagged off northeast India's first Vande Bharat Express train from Guwahati in Assam to New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal on Monday.

17 May 2023

Narendra Modi

What is India's new $2bn-worth PLI scheme for IT hardware

The Indian government has finally heard the pleas of the IT industry. On Wednesday, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme 2.0 for IT hardware.

16 May 2023

Indian Government

CEIR-based 'Sanchar Saathi' portal launched: How it'll protect smartphone users

Smartphones are an integral part of our lives. However, they are prone to being forgotten or stolen.

27 Mar 2023


India's first quantum computing-based telecom network is now operational

India's first quantum computing-based telecom network link is now operational in Delhi, between Sanchar Bhawan and the National Informatics Centre office located in CGO Complex.

17 Mar 2023

6G Technology

When will India get 6G: Here's the telecom minister's response

Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said that 6G technology is expected to launch in India around 2029-2030. 100 patents have already been acquired for this technology.

14 Mar 2023

Vande Bharat Express

Surekha Yadav, Asia's 1st female loco pilot, operates Vande Bharat

Asia's first female locomotive pilot Surekha Yadav has now become the first woman to operate the Vande Bharat Express.

24 Jan 2023


Meet BharOS, India's answer to Google's Android and Apple's iOS 

Android and iOS now have a new rival in the name of BharOS, which is built by JandK Operations, a non-profit organization incubated at IIT Madras.

16 Sep 2022

Vande Bharat Express

India to get first hydrogen-powered train by 2023: Railway Minister

India is all set to get its first hydrogen-powered train by 2023, Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw announced on Friday.

New Data Protection Bill, Digital India Act in pipeline: Centre

The Centre is working on a revision of the Data Protection Bill and a Digital India Act, the Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology and Communications, Ashwini Vaishnaw, said on Monday.

02 Aug 2022

Bharti Airtel

5G auction ends: Looking at bids of Jio, Airtel, Adani

India's first 5G spectrum auction came to an end on Monday after 40 rounds of intense bidding.

28 Jul 2022

Bharti Airtel

5G spectrum auction: Reliance Jio emerges as top bidder

The third day of India's first 5G spectrum auction has commenced with the 10th round now underway. Five rounds of intense bidding were witnessed yesterday.

27 Jul 2022

Reliance Jio

5G auction: Day 1 bids exceed Rs. 1.45 lakh crore

The second day of India's first 5G spectrum auction has started with the fifth round now underway. Four rounds of bidding took place yesterday.

21 Jul 2022


Indian Railways orders 39,000 wheels from Chinese manufacturer

The Indian Railways has placed an order for 39,000 wheels for passenger coaches with a China-based firm, Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Wednesday.

15 Jun 2022

Narendra Modi

5G in India: Launch soon as Cabinet approves spectrum auction

The Union Cabinet, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has finally authorized the Department of Telecommunications' (DoT) 5G spectrum auction, which means that India will soon have 5G services.

20 May 2022

Narendra Modi

Union minister Ashwini Vaishnaw makes India's first 5G call

IIT Madras played host to a historic event as union minister Ashwini Vaishnaw made the first 5G call on a trial network using indigenously-developed telecom gears.

13 Jan 2022

West Bengal

5 dead, 20 injured as Bikaner-Guwahati Express derails in Bengal

At least five people have reportedly been killed as the Bikaner-Guwahati Express got derailed in Moynaguri, West Bengal on Thursday evening.

15 Dec 2021

Narendra Modi

Centre clears Rs. 76,000cr scheme to push semiconductor chip production

The Indian government on Wednesday approved a scheme worth Rs. 76,000 crore to push designing and production of semiconductor chips and display boards in the country.

05 Dec 2021

Railway Ministry

Parking fee back at New Delhi railway station

The Northern Railways has resumed charging parking fees for both commercial and private vehicles at the New Delhi railway station from the last couple of weeks.

15 Sep 2021

Narendra Modi

Telecom reforms: Cabinet approves 100% FDI through automatic route

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved some much-needed reforms in the telecom sector, including 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) through the automatic route.

14 Sep 2021

Jammu And Kashmir

Railway Minister promises train service to Kashmir before 2024

Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Monday promised that rail link with the Kashmir Valley would be open to the public before 2024, an official spokesperson said.

02 Aug 2021

Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi to host Opposition leaders over Pegasus row tomorrow

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is set to host members from 14 Opposition parties to discuss a collective strategy against the government over the Pegasus spyware controversy.

Union Minister calls Pegasus scandal 'non-issue'; says Opposition's behavior 'unfortunate'

Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi Friday said the Pegasus spyware controversy was a "non-issue" and the government will only discuss issues related to people.

23 Jul 2021

Amnesty International

Here's what Amnesty really said about the Pegasus controversy

Global human rights group Amnesty International said in an official statement that it fully stands by the findings of the Pegasus Project.

'Attempt to malign our democracy': IT Minister on Pegasus controversy

Ashwini Vaishnaw, the Union Minister for Information Technology, today said in the Parliament that the "Pegasus Project" is an attempt to malign our democracy and its institutions.

08 Jul 2021


Meet Ashwini Vaishnaw, who replaces RS Prasad as IT Minister

India saw a flurry of resignations from some of the top jobs in the country on Wednesday.

15 Mar 2021

Oxford University

#OxfordUniversity racism row: India to raise the issue when required

Weighing in on the Oxford University racism row, External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, on Monday said India will take up the matter with the UK when required. He was responding to BJP MP Ashwini Vaishnaw's query in the Parliament.