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COVID-19: First 'Oxygen Express' leaves Mumbai for Vizag

20 Apr 2021

COVID-19: First 'Oxygen Express' leaves Mumbai for Vizag

The first-ever "Oxygen Express" carrying seven empty tankers on Monday left Mumbai for Visakhapatnam, where they will be loaded with liquid medical oxygen for transportation to Maharashtra, reports said.

COVID-19: Railways develops policy to transport liquid medical oxygen

17 Apr 2021

COVID-19: Railways develops policy to transport liquid medical oxygen

The Railways has formulated a policy for the transportation of liquid medical oxygen in cryogenic tankers after a plea by the government of Maharashtra, one of the worst affected states by the coronavirus, to combat the pandemic.

No state has asked to stop train services: Railway Chairman

16 Apr 2021

No state has asked to stop train services: Railway Chairman

No state has asked the railways to stop any train service yet, Railway Board Chairman Suneet Sharma said on Friday, adding that wherever the states have raised concerns about containment zones, passengers have undergone random tests and checks at the destinations.

Shatabdi fire: Railways mulls severe penalty for smoking in trains

20 Mar 2021

Shatabdi fire: Railways mulls severe penalty for smoking in trains

The railways is set to get cracking against those found smoking in trains and is mulling severe penalties, even arrest, for damaging public property after an initial probe in the recent fire in a coach of the Shatabdi Express, a senior official said on Saturday.

Uttarakhand: Major accident averted after train moves in reverse direction

18 Mar 2021

Uttarakhand: Major accident averted after train moves in reverse direction

A major train accident in Uttarakhand was averted on Wednesday after Purnagiri Janshatabdi Express started running in a reverse direction on the railway tracks, but stopped a few kilometers away.

Rail roko: Farmers block rail tracks; 'minimal impact,' says Railways

18 Feb 2021

Rail roko: Farmers block rail tracks; 'minimal impact,' says Railways

Farmers protesting against the central government's new agricultural laws blocked rail tracks in several states on Thursday as part of their "rail roko" protest.

Indian Railways rolls out first AC 3-tier economy class coach

11 Feb 2021

Indian Railways rolls out first AC 3-tier economy class coach

The Indian Railways on Wednesday rolled out its first air-conditioned three-tier economy class coach.

Coach of moving train gets detached in Mumbai, traffic hit

11 Feb 2021

Coach of moving train gets detached in Mumbai, traffic hit

A coach of the speeding Bandra Terminus-Ramnagar Express got detached from the train near Jogeshwari station on Thursday morning, delaying local and long-distance trains on the western line during peak hours. "No passenger was injured in the incident," officials said.

Budget 2021: Rs. 1.1 lakh crore plan for Indian Railways

01 Feb 2021

Budget 2021: Rs. 1.1 lakh crore plan for Indian Railways

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday announced a record sum of Rs. 1.10 lakh crore for the Indian Railways in her Budget 2021 speech.

Two bogies of a passenger train derail in Lucknow

18 Jan 2021

Two bogies of a passenger train derail in Lucknow

Two bogies of a passenger train on its way from Amritsar to Jaynagar in Bihar derailed in Lucknow on Monday morning. No casualties were reported.

IRCTC revamps site and app with various new features

04 Jan 2021

IRCTC revamps site and app with various new features

The Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), the Indian Railways' e-ticketing arm, has upgraded and revamped its website and app to offer a seamless ticket booking experience to passengers.

Old laws a burden, reforms needed: Modi amid farmers' protest

07 Dec 2020

Old laws a burden, reforms needed: Modi amid farmers' protest

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that India cannot build the next century with old laws.

2016 Kanpur train-accident: Not conspiracy, corrosion blamed for 152 deaths

26 Oct 2020

2016 Kanpur train-accident: Not conspiracy, corrosion blamed for 152 deaths

Four years ago, the Indore-Patna Express derailed near Kanpur, killing 152 passengers. The accident, one of the worst to hit Indian Railways, was suggested to be a result of a terrorist conspiracy, even by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In a first, Railways to levy "user-charge" to redevelop stations

18 Sep 2020

In a first, Railways to levy "user-charge" to redevelop stations

To provide passengers with better facilities, the Indian Railways will, for the first time since its inception, charge a nominal user charge from them for crowded stations and the redeveloped ones, Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav said on Thursday.

After Chinese-firm expressed interest, tender for Vande Bharat trains canceled

22 Aug 2020

After Chinese-firm expressed interest, tender for Vande Bharat trains canceled

Indian Railways on Friday announced it was canceling the tender for 44 Vande Bharat trains after a Chinese joint venture firm placed its bids, said reports.

Indian Railways cancels all regular train services till August 12

25 Jun 2020

Indian Railways cancels all regular train services till August 12

The Indian Railways on Thursday decided to cancel all regular time-tabled passenger train services, including Mail/Express, passenger, and suburban trains, till August 12.

#NewsBytesExplainer: Why 'boycotting Chinese goods' will not be easy

20 Jun 2020

#NewsBytesExplainer: Why 'boycotting Chinese goods' will not be easy

A few days ago, soldiers from India and China locked horns in the most gruesome clash along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in decades.

Chinese hackers are planning attacks on Indian telecom, pharma companies

18 Jun 2020

Chinese hackers are planning attacks on Indian telecom, pharma companies

Amid heightened border tensions between India and China, hackers associated with the latter are gearing up to target critical Indian establishments.

Railways terminates contract with Chinese firm after India-China border clash

18 Jun 2020

Railways terminates contract with Chinese firm after India-China border clash

Amid fresh clashes along the India-China border, the Indian Railways has decided to terminate a project contract awarded to a Chinese firm.

Are air-conditioned trains, cabs, flights safe? Here's what experts say

04 Jun 2020

Are air-conditioned trains, cabs, flights safe? Here's what experts say

Experts have repeatedly raised questions about the use of air-conditioning in view of the coronavirus outbreak.

200 trains resume services today: Check full list here

01 Jun 2020

200 trains resume services today: Check full list here

From today, June 1, the Indian Railways will be running 200 special trains (100 pairs), with more than 1.45 lakh passengers traveling on the first day itself.

Lockdown 5.0: Here's what is likely to be allowed

29 May 2020

Lockdown 5.0: Here's what is likely to be allowed

As the fourth phase of the coronavirus lockdown nears its end, multiple reports have claimed that the curbs will be extended.

71 Shramik Special trains were diverted, not lost, says Railways

29 May 2020

71 Shramik Special trains were diverted, not lost, says Railways

After reports emerged that several Shramik Special trains got lost midway, the Indian Railways on Friday said 71 trains had to be diverted.

Bookings for limited trains start today: Guidelines for passengers

11 May 2020

Bookings for limited trains start today: Guidelines for passengers

Nearly two months after train services were suspended across India, the Railways announced on Sunday that limited trains will run from Tuesday, bookings for which will start at 4 pm today on IRCTC's website.

Coronavirus: India records biggest single-day spike; death toll crosses 2,200

11 May 2020

Coronavirus: India records biggest single-day spike; death toll crosses 2,200

India on Sunday recorded its highest single-day jump in coronavirus infections. The nation's tally crossed 67,000 with roughly 4,300 new cases. The nationwide death toll also crossed 2,200 on Sunday.

Yediyurappa requests migrant workers to stay; Karnataka halts trains

06 May 2020

Yediyurappa requests migrant workers to stay; Karnataka halts trains

The BJP-led Karnataka government has applied brakes on trains meant to ferry migrant workers to their home states, urging them to stay back as their exodus threatens construction industry and other economic activities.

Never talked about charging migrant workers for transport, says Centre

04 May 2020

Never talked about charging migrant workers for transport, says Centre

Amid reports that migrant workers were asked to pay to be sent home across states, the Centre on Monday said that it had never talked about charging them for the transport.

Coronavirus lockdown: Railways, flights to remain suspended till May 3

14 Apr 2020

Coronavirus lockdown: Railways, flights to remain suspended till May 3

Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended the nationwide lockdown till May 3, Indian Railways toed the line.

Coronavirus: India's death toll crosses 200; Maharashtra nears 100-mark

10 Apr 2020

Coronavirus: India's death toll crosses 200; Maharashtra nears 100-mark

Four days after crossing the 100-mark, India's death toll due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) surged past 200 on Thursday.

Railways, shut for first-time, asked to build more isolation coaches

07 Apr 2020

Railways, shut for first-time, asked to build more isolation coaches

The coronavirus pandemic has put a monumental strain on India's healthcare system, which was never at par with that of the developed countries.

Coronavirus: How Railways plans to use train coaches as isolation-wards

28 Mar 2020

Coronavirus: How Railways plans to use train coaches as isolation-wards

With all passenger trains suspended amid a 21-day nationwide lockdown, the Indian Railways has converted a train coach into a prototype isolation ward in New Delhi for patients of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The long haul: Indian cities go under lockdown, courtesy coronavirus

23 Mar 2020

The long haul: Indian cities go under lockdown, courtesy coronavirus

To contain the spread of coronavirus, several Indian cities finally took a cue from what is happening in other countries — a lockdown.

Coronavirus: Indian Railways cancels all passenger trains till March 31

22 Mar 2020

Coronavirus: Indian Railways cancels all passenger trains till March 31

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, all passenger trains in India have been canceled till March 31, Indian Railways announced on Sunday.

Google is ending its free 'Station' Wi-Fi program: Here's why

18 Feb 2020

Google is ending its free 'Station' Wi-Fi program: Here's why

Five years after launching a project to offer free Wi-Fi at some of the busiest railway stations, Google has decided to end the project.

Tata Group among companies interested in running 150 private trains

02 Feb 2020

Tata Group among companies interested in running 150 private trains

The Tata Group is among the companies that have indicated an interest in running private trains, Railway Board Chairperson Vinod Kumar Yadav said Saturday.

Government will launch its own internal messaging app, like WhatsApp

24 Jan 2020

Government will launch its own internal messaging app, like WhatsApp

India has been at loggerheads with Facebook-owned WhatsApp over non-traceability of messages.

#IndianRailways: Now, you can find vacant train seats after chart-preparation

11 Jan 2020

#IndianRailways: Now, you can find vacant train seats after chart-preparation

The Indian Railways has introduced a new feature to ensure smooth and hassle-free train travel.

Trains to get costlier as Railways hike fares starting today

01 Jan 2020

Trains to get costlier as Railways hike fares starting today

Starting January 1, 2020, Indian Railways will be hiking train fares across its network, barring suburban train services.

Indian Railways to make anti-CAA protesters pay Rs. 80 crore

31 Dec 2019

Indian Railways to make anti-CAA protesters pay Rs. 80 crore

Indian Railways isn't letting the vandals, who destroyed its property while protesting against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), go unpunished and plans to make them pay, quite literally.

In a first, Health ATM installed at Lucknow railway station

06 Nov 2019

In a first, Health ATM installed at Lucknow railway station

In a move to improve medical facilities for its passengers, the Indian Railways has installed two 'Health ATMs' at the Charbagh railway station in Lucknow, on Monday.