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Indian Railways

Indian Railways is a statutory body under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Railways, that operates India's national railway system. It manages the fourth-largest railway network in the world by size, with a route length of 67,956 km (42,226 mi) as of 31 March 2020. 45,881 km (28,509 mi) or 71 per cent of all the broad-gauge routes are electrified with 25 kV 50 Hz AC electric traction as of April 1, 2021. The first railway on Indian sub-continent ran over a stretch of 21 miles from Bombay to Thane. The idea of a railway to connect Bombay with Thane, Kalyan and with the Thal and Bhore Ghats inclines first occurred to George Clark, the Chief Engineer of the Bombay Government, during a visit to Bhandup in 1843. The formal inauguration ceremony was performed on April 16, 1853, when 14 railway carriages carrying about 400 guests left Bori Bunder at 3.30 pm "amidst the loud applause of a vast multitude and to the salute of 21 guns." The first passenger train steamed out of Howrah station destined for Hooghly, a distance of 24 miles, on August 15, 1854. Thus the first section of the East Indian Railway was opened to public traffic, inaugurating the beginning of railway transport on the Eastern side of the subcontinent.

Indian Railways News

Debashis Chandra appointed as Director (Catering Services) of IRCTC

Debashis Chandra, who was serving as Group General Manager (East Zone), has been appointed as Director (Catering Services) of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC)....

IRFC becomes first PSU to exclusively list Green Offshore Bonds in stock exchanges

IRFC is the first Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) to list its offshore bonds exclusively at Indian stock exchanges established in the GIFT City, Gandhinagar....

Exploring new avenues: RITES inks MoU with IIT-Roorkee

RITES and IIT-Roorkee have signed an MoU towards leveraging each other’s expertise and pushing the company's vision of building sustainable and robust infrastructure in the country and abroad....

COVID: Ashwini Vaishnaw takes stock of Railways' oxygen plants, issues directions

Union Minister for Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw directed the senior officials of various railway zones and divisions to facilitate the use of railway hospitals and health infrastructure for the general public....

Ajit Kumar Sinha (IRTS) bags 'ET Inspiring Leader in Northern States Award'

IRTS officer Ajit Kumar Sinha has been awarded 'ET Inspiring Leader in Northern States Award' for successfully handling Tejas train operations and promoting tourism in Uttar Pradesh....

Konkan Railway's Subhash Chand Gupta set to be next CMD of MRVC

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) panel has recommended the name of Subhash Chand Gupta for the post of Managing Director (MD) of Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC)....

V Shanker appointed as Part-time Govt Director on IRCTC Board

The Central government has approved the appointment of V Shanker (IRTS) as Part-time Government Director on the Board of IRCTC ....

MRVC posts job vacancy for Director (Finance); salary up-to 3.40 lakh per month

Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) has posted a job vacancy through the PESB portal for the engagement of the Director (Finance). Eligible and interested candidates can apply for the job before January 1....

IRCTC announces appointment of independent directors on its board

The central government has approved the appointment of Vinay Kumar Sharma and Namgail Wangchuk as independent directors on the board of IRCTC....

RailTel bags a work order worth Rs 22.39 crore from CRIS

Railtel Corporation of India Limited (RailTel) has received work order worth Rs 22.39 crore from the Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS)....

IRCTC among seven stocks that could see MSCI inclusion: Report

Edelweiss Alternative Research suggests that stocks like IRCTC, Zomato, SRF, Tata Power, Mindtree, Godrej Properties, and Mphasis could see the inclusion in the MSCI index in the upcoming rejig....

IRCTC's tourist train 'Sri Ramayan Yatra' gets overwhelming response

The first tour of 'Sri Ramayan Yatra,' starting from Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station on November 7, covering the visit of all prominent places associated with the life of Lord Shri Rama is fully booked....

RailTel bags work order worth Rs 86.90 crore from Konkan Railway

RailTel Corporation of India Ltd (RailTel) has received work order worth Rs 86.90 crore from Konkan Railway Corporation....

Rail Electrification in North East: Guwahati to Delhi train route is fully electric, watch video

In a historical achievement, CRS authorization has been received for the introduction of AC electric traction to & from Guwahati Railway Station....

IRFC shares rise as profit grows at 59% for Q2'FY22

IRFC shares closed 1.44 percent higher at Rs 24.60 apiece on Monday as the Indian Railways PSU posted healthy profit growth of 59% at Rs. 3,003 crore for Q2'FY22....

IRCTC shares recover as the Q2FY'22 profit surges to Rs 158.5 crore

IRCTC shares closed at Rs 856 apiece (NSE) which is 1.22 percent up from Friday's close at Rs 845 in the wake of robust Q2FY'22 results announced Monday....

Now what is going to happen to IRCTC shares? Should you buy or sell?

IRCTC shares plunged as much as 30 percent in early trade on Friday but recovered following reversal of the order by the ministry of railways which required IRCTC to share 50 percent of its revenue earned from convenience fees....

IRCTC integrates bus booking on its tourism portal

Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) on Monday announced that it has integrated bus booking serving on its tourism portal....

Indian Railways launches 2 long haul freight trains 'Trishul' and 'Garuda'

Indian Railways on Sunday has successfully operated two long haul freight trains ‘Trishul’ and ‘Garuda’ for the first time over South Central Railway (SCR)....

Cabinet approves productivity-linked bonus for railway employees for FY21

About 11.56 lakh non-gazetted Railway employees are likely to benefit from the productivity-linked bonus....

Widespread mergers, closures of Railway PSUs likely; RVNL, CRIS, CORE, RailTel on list

Principal Economic Adviser Sanjeev Sanyal has proposed a widespread rationalisation plan for Railway organisations and PSUs which could see several mergers and closures....

IRCTC to conduct 'Sri Ramayan Yatra' by AC tourist train; Read for details

IRCTC is offering a special tour 'Sri Ramayan Yatra' on Ramayana Circuit under 'Swadesh Darshan' covering prominent places associated with the life of Lord Shri Ram....

Govt forms Secretary-level team to address low coal stock in thermal power plants

The Ministry of Power has formed a team comprising of representatives from the ministry, the CEA and CIL to address the problem of low coal stock in certain thermal power plants....

IRCTC inks pact with cordelia cruises for luxury cruise ships business in India

IRCTC has signed an agreement with Cordelia Cruises for the promotion and marketing of the first indigenous luxury Cruise ships in India....

Railways to rework bidding process for private passenger trains: Sources

Indian Railways is going to reevaluate and rework the bidding process for Rs 30,000 crore private passenger trains as the ongoing bidding after it has failed to receive any interest from the private players....

REMC organises seminar on ‘Emerging Trends of Energy Transition in Indian Railways’

REMC Limited, a subsidiary of RITES Limited, organised a virtual seminar titled ‘Emerging Trends of Energy Transition in Indian Railways’ to celebrate its 9th Foundation Day....

Indian Oil & CRIS sign agreement for digital integration to monitor rake movement

Indian Oil has signed an agreement with the Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS) for digital integration with end-to-end visibility of petroleum products and LPG rakes....

IRCTC offering 'Rakshabandhan Cashback' to female passengers

IRCTC is offering exclusive cashback of 5 percent on train fare to female passengers travelling on its two premium trains during the period between August 15 and August 24....

Railways to raise Rs 1,800 cr from land monetisation in 2021-22: Ashwini Vaishnaw

The Ministry of Railways has set a target of raising Rs 1,800 crore from monetisation of railway land parcels, property development of land and airspace for financial year 2021-22....

Railways surpasses the target of route electrification in COVID year

Indian Railways has surpassed the target of electrification of Broad Gauge (BG) network in the COVID affected year by achieving the 6,015 RKMs against the target of 6,000 RKM....

In a first, Railways supplies 200 MT of liquid medical Oxygen to Bangladesh

For the first time ever, Indian Railways' Oxygen Express has transported 200 MT liquid medical Oxygen (LMO) to Bangladesh in 10 containers....

Asset monetisation: Railways to monetise assets worth Rs 54,000 cr between 2021-25

Railways has identified assets, including trains, railway redevelopment projects, land parcels, and railway colonies, among others, worth Rs 54,000 crore for monetisation....

Solar Mission: NCR generates 37 lakh units of solar power in first 3 months of FY'22

North Central Railway (NCR) zone of Indian Railways has generated over 37 lakh units of solar energy in the first three months of the current fiscal (FY 2021-22)....