Safety will be main focus, says new Railway Board Chairman

Taking charge of Indian Railways after two back-to-back train accidents that claimed over 20 lives, new Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani said his focus will be on safety.

"Our main focus will be on safety," Lohani said after assuming charge at the Rail Bhawan here.

He also said that he will also try to maintain cleanliness at railway premises and on upkeep of

Nepal-India defence cooperation interdependent: Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that defence cooperation between India and Nepal is important to keep borders of the two countries secure as New Delhi and Kathmandu signed eight memoranda of understanding (MoUs), including four on post-earthquake reconstruction.

"Cooperation in defence and security is of high priority for us," Modi said while jointly addressing

Prabhu thanks Modi for appointing Lohani as CRB

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for agreeing with his suggestion to appoint Ashwani Lohani as the new Chairman of the Railway Board to implement newly-launched initiatives.

"Welcoming Ashwani Lohani and thanks to Prime Minister for agreeing with suggestion to have him to steer rail board to implement launched initiatives," Prab

EESL ropes in petrol pumps and post offices

Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) is roping in post offices and some 55,000 petrol pumps to expand its reach for retailing energy efficient electrical products. "We have tied up with PSU oil retailing companies - IOC, BPCL, and HPCL for roping in 55,000 petrol pumps in the country to sell our products," EESL managing director Saurabh Kumar said at the 10th Environment and Energy C

Organic farming in India has huge potential, opportunities: Niti Ayog CEO

India has a huge potential for consumption of organic products and attempts should be made by progressive farmers to promote it, said NITI Ayog CEO Amitabh Kant on Wednesday.

"Some should become great organic farmers. India need couple of success stories. If farmers get better unit realisation value, many will emulate it. Sikkim has done outstanding work in the field of organic f

`Permanent counters for LED bulbs, fans at petrol pumps`

As many as 55,000 petrol pumps across India will distribute LED bulbs, tubelights and energy efficient fans in a bid to ease access to these items, an official of the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under the Ministry of Power, said here on Wednesday.

"We are expanding our outlets. We are adding post offices and petrol pumps to our network. We have just signed the agre

Niti Aayog invites applications for 'Mentor India'

The Niti Aayog on Wednesday invited applications for its "Mentor India" campaign aimed at engaging industry leaders to mentor students in various schools across the nation.

Envisaged to be the largest formal volunteer mentor network, the campaign is aimed at maximising the impact of Atal Tinkering Labs, a statement from the Niti Aayog said. 

Under the campaign

Air India CMD Lohani appointed chairman of Railway Board

Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani has been appointed as chairman of the Railway Board after the incumbent A K Mital resigned from the post, officials said. The announcement by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet came hours after Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu indicated that he had offered his resignation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi following the recent trai

India`s proposed pharma marketing rules hit legal roadblock

By Zeba Siddiqui

MUMBAI - India's plan to bring in marketing rules to curb unethical promotional practices in the country's drug industry faces an indefinite delay after it hit a legal roadblock, marking a setback for public health groups.

The country's law ministry has rejected draft marketing rules, which were prepared by the Department of Phar

GST could increase cost benefits by 5% in 3 yrs: Retailers

The implementation of goods and service tax (GST) could possibly increase overall benefits for retailers by up to 5 per cent over the next three years, according to the Retailers Association of India (RAI), reported PTI. "GST could increase the overall cost benefit of retailers by up to 5 per cent over three years," Kumar Rajagopalan, chief executive officer of RAI, told PTI here toda

Railway projects inaugurated in Odisha

Union Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha on Wednesday launched several railway projects and flagged off a train in the newly commissioned electrified section between Sambalpur and Jharsuguda in Odisha.

Sinha launched the railway projects through video conferencing from Rail Sadan here.

Sinha inaugurated an electrified section between Sambalpur- Jharsuguda and flagged

Real estate may turn around in India in 2017: Report

Real estate in India may see a strong turnaround in 2017, as 55 per cent of 750 localities across 14 major cities witnessed price increment of 2.8 per cent, a report released on Wednesday said.

The price increment in the lower-mid and affordable segments, which comprise 65 per cent of these localities, signals the return of consumer interests and transactional activity. 

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Cabinet okays MoU for Rs 159 cr bridge at Indo-Nepal border

The government today approved an MoU to be signed with Nepal for construction of a Rs 159-crore bridge on Mechi river at Indo-Nepal border. "The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today approved a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to be signed between India and Nepal for laying down implementation arrangement on cost sharing, schedules and safeguard issues for starting c

Air India chief Ashwani Lohani to head Railway Board

Air India chief Ashwani Lohani was on Wednesday named Chairman of the Railway Board to succeed A.K. Mittal, who stepped down in the wake of repeated train accidents.

An official statement here said the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved Lohani's appointment. 

Lohani belongs to the Indian Railways Service of Mechanical Engineers of the 1980 batch. 

Cabinet approves transfer of 40 acres of AAI land to MMRDA

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the proposal for transfer of 40 acres of Airports Authority of India (AAI) land at RR station, Dahisar to Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) for its metro shed swapping with 40 acres of State Government land at Gorai, Mumbai. “The land transaction will enable MMRDA to complete the Metro rail project in Mumbai,” according

Government implements new laws on solar power procurement: Reports

The Indian Government has said that it has implemented new rules for buying power from grid-linked solar power projects through competitive bidding under the National Solar Mission to improve transparency and standardise auctions.

Commenting on the issue, a Power Official told the media, “These guidelines, prepared by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), cover the gr

SS rail coaches can minimize impact of train mishaps: ISSDA

An industry body has said that rail coaches made of stainless steel instead of carbon steel can minimise the impact of train accidents. Commenting on the issue, the Indian Stainless Steel Development Association (ISSDA) said, "If all the railway coaches in the country could be made of stainless steel instead of carbon steel, it can bring down the number of lives lost in train accidents sig

DIAL to construct new integrated terminal at IGI airport

Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) has said that National capital's Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport will get a new integrated terminal like T3, under the facility's expansion plans. As per reports, the expansion plan for the airport was revealed by Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), the operator of IGI airport.

According to DIAL, the budget passenger

Idea, Vodafone lose customers, Airtel adds users in July: COAI

Four private telecom operators, including Idea Cellular and Vodafone, lost 43.7 lakh customers while Bharti Airtel added 6 lakh new users in July 2017, the data published by industry body COAI showed according to the PTI.

Total mobile customer base of five COAI members that include Aircel and Telenor declined by 37.74 lakh to 82.6 crore in July from 83 crore at the end of June. "

India PC sales dip 18% in June quarter to 1.75 mn

The PC market in India registered an 18 per cent decline at 1.75 million units in April-June 2017 due to the impact of GST rollout but is expected to recover in the coming months, research firm IDC said as per the PTI report. The consumer PC segment tumbled 22.7 per cent year-on- year to 0.81 million units in the second quarter of 2017, while commercial PC market declined by 13.4 per cent y-o-y

Mergers can reduce PSBs` need for govt capital: Arundhati Bhattacharya

State Bank chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya today called for more consolidation among the public sector banks, saying this could reduce their dependence on government for capital, reported PTI. The statement comes after SBI merged all its five subsidiaries and Bharatiya Mahila Bank, which resulted in a massive spike in its provisions and bad loans ratio that touched double digits in the first co

Industry 4.0: Innovative towards smart manufacturing

The department of heavy Industries have approved four chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) on industries 4.0 by the end of this month, said Girish Shankar, Secretary (HI), Department of Heavy Industries said at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi on Tuesday. We are going to connect these centers into a hub and call it SAMARTH (Smart and Advanced Manufacturing and Rapid Transformation Hubs) Udyog, said Gi

Our psyche stopping India from becoming tourism hub: Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the tourism industry has a huge potential to generate employment in India and the only thing standing in the way is "our psyche".

Modi said tourism cannot grow only through government advertisements but it needs word of mouth.

"But our psyche is such that if we go to a place and find it beautiful, the first thing we

Odisha calls for private investment in tourism sector

Odisha Tourism Minister Ashok Chandra Panda on Tuesday appealed to the private investors to invest in the tourism sector and tap its full potential.

He also invited the doyens of the tourism industry to participate in the first Odisha Travel Bazaar (OTB) scheduled to be held on October 15-17 in Bhubaneswar.

It would be organised by the Department of Tourism in partnership wi

AAI considering to operate Boeing 777-200 plane from Calicut

The proposal to operate Boeing 777-200 aircraft from the airport to Gulf countries is under the active consideration of the Airport Authority of India (AAI). A team of DGCA and AAI officials who had visited the airport on April 26 and found that Boeing 777-200is compatible for operations as its requirements were close to the lenght of the airport, it said.

The team also recommended to