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DMK competes with AIADMK in Parliament

NEW DELHI: Competitive politics saw UPA ally DMK and political rival AIADMK on the same side, trying to corner the Congress-led UPA government over the issue of atrocities against Sri Lankan Tamils. For a second day in a row, proceedings in both Houses of Parliament were disrupted as both...

Mar 15 · >

Akhilesh to be sworn-in as UP chief minister today

LUCKNOW: It was in 1994 that Akhilesh, then around 20, was clicked with his chief minister father Mulayam Singh Yadav for the first time ever during a special photo shoot for a news magazine. A little over 18 years later, Akhilesh will be clicked with Mulayam once again on...

Mar 15 · >

Railway budget exposes UPA’s frailty

The railway budget presented on Wednesday, hailed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and finance minister Pranab Mukherjee as reformist and progressive—it raised rates, the first for a rail budget in almost a decade— seems to have put the government in a familiar place (a mess) in an unfamiliar way...

Mar 15 · >

Our Priority Is To Consolidate What We Have Done, And We Hope To Be Permitted To Do So: Vinay Mittal & Vijaya Kanth

After presenting the Railway Budget, Railway Board Chairman Vinay Mittal and Financial Commissioner Vijaya Kanth spoke to Business Standard on the proposals. Edited excerpts: How much additional revenue would come from the passenger fare rise? What is the long-term vision on this front? Freight traffic on Indian Railways is...

Mar 15 · >

Interview with Railways minister : Indian Railways was headed for the ICU, I pulled it out: Dinesh Trivedi

In an interview with Business Standard, Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi says if there is no rise in fares, the Indian Railways would come to a grinding halt. Edited excerpts: You are heading a government that claims to belong to the aam aadmi. Yet, you have increased fares. Wherever I...

Mar 15 · >

Rail Budget – MP Deepender Hooda Press note

Chandigarh, March 14 – Congress M.P. Mr. Deepender Singh Hooda has thanked the UPA Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Union Railway Minister Mr. Dinesh Trivedi for sanctioning number of new railway projects for Haryana State in railway budget 2012-13, which was presented today in...

Mar 14 · >

Rail Budget is Bold and Pragmatic: CII

Appreciating the Railway Budget presented today by Hon’ble Mr Dinesh Trivedi, Railway Minister, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) stated that it is a bold and pragmatic Budget and meets the needs of the country over the longer term. “The Rail Budget is largely in alignment with CII’s pre-Budget...

Mar 14 · >

Railway Budget 2012-13: A Modest Revision In Rail Fares, In Almost A Decade, To Reduce Working Losses

By S. Sethuraman The Railway Minister Mr Dinesh Trivedi, in his maiden budget for railways in 2012/13 presented to Lok Sabha on Wednesday, holds out plans of greater safety for passengers and modernization of the largest undertaking in the 12th plan period with a modest revision of fares for...

Mar 14 · >

Statement On Railway Budget By Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII

CII appreciates the bold and pragmatic budget presented by the Hon’ble Railway Minister. The heightened focus on safety and modernisation is welcome and meets many CII pre budget recommendations. Increase in fares after several years will impart greater flexibility for future requirements. We also welcome the stress on public...

Mar 14 · >

Sirsa recorded 10% increase in the literacy rate

Chandigarh, March 14 – The Sirsa District in Haryana has recorded a ten percent increase in the literacy rate due to the effective implementation of various programmes under the Backward Area Grants Commission. In fact, a revolutionary increase of 11 percent has been witnessed in female literacy rate during...

Mar 14 · >