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Engineers' Day: The Indian legends making us proud

15 Sep 2019

Engineers' Day: The Indian legends making us proud

Not many people know this, but the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna awardee M Visvesvaraya is commemorated as Engineers' Day.

Indian Railways: E-tickets to get costlier as service charge restored

01 Sep 2019

Indian Railways: E-tickets to get costlier as service charge restored

In what might come as a disappointment to passengers, e-tickets booked through Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) are set to get costlier, starting from today, ie. September 1.

Indian Railways to ban single-use plastics from October 2

26 Aug 2019

Indian Railways to ban single-use plastics from October 2

The Railway Ministry has directed all units of the national carrier to enforce a ban on single-use plastic material within its premises, including trains, from October 2, 2019.

After tickets, Railways withdraws 'Main Bhi Chowkidar' tea cups

30 Mar 2019

After tickets, Railways withdraws 'Main Bhi Chowkidar' tea cups

After about a week of discontinuing tickets with PM Narendra Modi's picture, Indian Railways has withdrawn their tea cups printed with BJP's campaign line, 'Mai Bhi Chowkidar' (I am also a watchman).

Soon, watch free movies and shows in Mumbai local trains

15 Mar 2019

Soon, watch free movies and shows in Mumbai local trains

Mumbai local rail network is considered an essential lifeline of the city.

Childhood revived: You can soon board a train to Malgudi

08 Mar 2019

Childhood revived: You can soon board a train to Malgudi

Malgudi Days' fans, rejoice!

After breakdown, Train 18 commences its maiden commercial run

17 Feb 2019

After breakdown, Train 18 commences its maiden commercial run

A day after it broke down on its way to Delhi from Varanasi, India's first indigenously-built semi-high speed train, Train 18, recently christened Vande Bharat Express, began its maiden commercial journey on Sunday.

Indian Railways' e-Drishti software: All you need to know

24 Jan 2019

Indian Railways' e-Drishti software: All you need to know

In a bid to enhance transparency and vigilance in the Railways department, the Indian Railways, in association with Centre For Railway Information Systems (CRIS) has launched a software system called e-Drishti.

New Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express: Free Wi-Fi, VR headsets, and more!

22 Jan 2019

New Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express: Free Wi-Fi, VR headsets, and more!

The Indian Railways recently launched a third Rajdhani Express between Mumbai and Delhi that was flagged off by Railways Minister Piyush Goyal on 19 January.

Train 18: Meet the brains behind India's first engine-less train

16 Jan 2019

Train 18: Meet the brains behind India's first engine-less train

Train 18, India's first indigenously built engine-less train, recently became the fastest train in the country after hitting speeds of over 180 kmph in a trial run.

Indian Railways: Major eco-friendly steps taken by the national transporter

06 Jan 2019

Indian Railways: Major eco-friendly steps taken by the national transporter

With the vision of supporting the cause of environment protection and preservation, the Railway Ministry has taken various measures, in recent years.

#AmritsarTrainTragedy: Probe gives clean-chit to Railways, blames people's negligence

23 Nov 2018

#AmritsarTrainTragedy: Probe gives clean-chit to Railways, blames people's negligence

The negligence of people led to the train tragedy in Amritsar on Dusshera that killed 61, an inquiry by the Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety (CCRS) SK Pathak has concluded.

No more blue coaches: Indian trains are getting a makeover

18 Jun 2018

No more blue coaches: Indian trains are getting a makeover

The Indian Railways is all set to get a makeover, and the dark blue coaches of the trains will be a thing of the past soon.

Four years of Modi Govt: Piyush Goyal on Railways performance

13 Jun 2018

Four years of Modi Govt: Piyush Goyal on Railways performance

In interviews with Hindustan Times and Economic Times, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal gave his two pennies on the Indian Railways' performance after four years of the Modi government.

Cabinet Reshuffle: Smriti removed from I&B Ministry; Piyush gets Finance

14 May 2018

Cabinet Reshuffle: Smriti removed from I&B Ministry; Piyush gets Finance

Ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, there has been a major cabinet reshuffle in the Modi-led government.

Surat railway station to be developed as a world-class facility

30 Apr 2018

Surat railway station to be developed as a world-class facility

Surat railway station will be the third in India and second in Gujarat after Gandhinagar to be developed as a world-class facility under Railway Ministry's station redevelopment program.

Railways to extend 'Give it up' to all fare-concession holders

21 Apr 2018

Railways to extend 'Give it up' to all fare-concession holders

Buoyed by "Give it up" scheme's success with senior citizens, Indian Railways is set to extend the scheme to include other concession holders to offset nearly Rs. 33,000cr subsidy burden in annual passenger fares.

5% GST levied on food, drinks supplied in trains, platforms

06 Apr 2018

5% GST levied on food, drinks supplied in trains, platforms

Clearing all doubts about GST on Railway services, the Finance Ministry confirmed a 5% GST would be levied on food and drinks supplied on trains and platforms.

Mumbai: 'Pay as you please' for free-urinals in suburban stations

04 Apr 2018

Mumbai: 'Pay as you please' for free-urinals in suburban stations

The free urinals at the suburban railway stations in Mumbai will now have a drop-box at the exit where you can 'pay as you please' for the service.

Bengaluru to get two more railway tracks on Cantonment-Whitefield stretch

22 Mar 2018

Bengaluru to get two more railway tracks on Cantonment-Whitefield stretch

Bringing cheer to 62,000 daily commuters, the Railway Ministry sanctioned Rs. 492.87 crores for laying down two more railways tracks from Bengaluru Cantonment to Whitefield.

Delhi-Jaipur semi high-speed train can cut travel-time to 90 minutes!

07 Mar 2018

Delhi-Jaipur semi high-speed train can cut travel-time to 90 minutes!

One of Indian Railways' many planned projects is a semi high-speed train between Delhi and Jaipur running at 200kmph.

Railways plans 10,000km of new high-speed corridors for faster journeys

13 Feb 2018

Railways plans 10,000km of new high-speed corridors for faster journeys

The Railway Ministry is reportedly planning 10,000km of new high-speed corridors which will allow overnight trains to run at speeds of up to 250kmph.

Railway employees to soon get whistleblower website for anonymous complaints

05 Feb 2018

Railway employees to soon get whistleblower website for anonymous complaints

The last year saw several train accidents, throwing light on the lack of safety procedure in the Indian Railways.

Railways to install 12 lakh CCTV cameras in 11,000 trains

24 Jan 2018

Railways to install 12 lakh CCTV cameras in 11,000 trains

The government is expected to set aside Rs. 3,000 crore in Budget 2018 for the Indian Railways for purchasing 12 lakh CCTV cameras to improve passenger security and provide a more secure travel experience.

Teaching Kannada becomes compulsory in all Karnataka schools

15 Jul 2017

Teaching Kannada becomes compulsory in all Karnataka schools

After setting aside 5% jobs for state civil services, for aspirants who studied Kannada in school, Karnataka government has now made teaching Kannada compulsory in all schools.

Railways to build Rs. 8cr high-tech train for next President

24 Jun 2017

Railways to build Rs. 8cr high-tech train for next President

While India is yet to decide on its next President, looks like the Railway Ministry is already busy with preparations for Pranab Mukherjee's successor.

Suresh Prabhu asks Railways officials to crackdown on train delays

19 Apr 2017

Suresh Prabhu asks Railways officials to crackdown on train delays

Union railways minister Suresh Prabhu has asked all Indian Railways officials to check delays in train schedules and rectify the issue, else they would face action.

2 killed every 3 days in train accidents

17 Mar 2017

2 killed every 3 days in train accidents

Data revealed that of the 1018 train accidents in the last 8 years, only 4.7% of them were caused by sabotage. In addition, the 1018 accidents took 1940 lives and injured over 3200.

18 train sabotage incidents in first 60 days of 2017

14 Mar 2017

18 train sabotage incidents in first 60 days of 2017

The Railway Ministry said that this year there have been 40 incidents of sabotage between Jan-Feb along the railways tracks, as opposed to 45 such cases in all of 2016.

PMO warns Railways, asks to fix safety issues

22 Feb 2017

PMO warns Railways, asks to fix safety issues

In the wake of several railway accidents that left over 225 dead, the Prime Minister's Office has written to Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, indicating displeasure with the department's performance.

Dynamic fare system in Humsafar Express tains

28 Nov 2016

Dynamic fare system in Humsafar Express tains

Indian Railways is likely to introduce the dynamic fare system in Humsafar Express trains after witnessing a decline in its earnings.

Bullet train to hit Indian tracks soon!

28 Oct 2016

Bullet train to hit Indian tracks soon!

The Indian Railways is all set to move swiftly and ensure faster train travels as the construction work on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed corridor is going to begin soon.

Proposal for $5 billion railway development fund

05 Sep 2016

Proposal for $5 billion railway development fund

The Railway Ministry is on the verge of finalizing a proposal for the Railways of India Development Fund (RIDF).

Indian Railways introduces Rs.10 lakh insurance cover for passengers

03 Sep 2016

Indian Railways introduces Rs.10 lakh insurance cover for passengers

The Indian Railways introduced an innovative scheme that helps enable its rail passengers to opt for insurance coverage of upto Rs.10 lakh.