What Is India News Service
Thursday, November 08, 2007


Indian Railways, which made its beginning with a train from Mumbai to Thane in 1853,  is the largest transportation in the world run under a single management as well as the world's single largest employer with over 1.54 million employees.  About 4.5 billion people, equivalent to 4 Indias, use its services annually.  Its revenues touched Rs. 440 billion in the year 2004.  It operates nearly 11,000 trains (including 9000 passenger trains) every day that pass through almost 7,000 stations and over 63,028 km of tracks across India.



The world’s largest commercial utility employer and largest rail organization is now also the world’s largest transport organisation in the fight against climate change. (Railways Send Out Green Signal, Hindustan Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

The Foreign Office on Wednesday summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner Manpreet Vohra and protested the denial of a visa to Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed. (Fo Summons Indian Envoy Over Visa Denial To Rashid, Daily Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin, when he travelled to Teheran last month, became the first Russian leader after Josef Stalin to visit Iran. (Friend In Need, Frontline, Vladimir Radyuhin , Nov 07, 2007)

Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said on Tuesday that India had refused to issue him a visa for an official trip. (Sheikh Rashid Says India Refused Him Visa, Ihc Refutes Claim, Daily Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

At the recently held four-day World Toilet Summit in New Delhi, delegates from 40 nations made a pledge to “mobilise governments, UN agencies, financial institutions, corporate bodies, sanitation service providers, local bodies and other . . . . (Better Sanitation , Deccan Herald, Editorial, The Deccan Herald, Nov 07, 2007)

IS the war in Iraq and Afghanistan really a fight for the last traces of oil and gas left on earth? After Alan Greenspan’s (former chairman of the US Federal Reserve) outburst comes the report of the Germany-based Energy Watch Group to . . . . . (Oil Wars Have Already Started, Dawn, Editorial, Dawn, Nov 07, 2007)

The Railways seemingly continues to thrive on "Lalunomics", as it is the LJP now, on the pattern of the RJD, that is targeting this biggest public sector unit(PSU) to ferry its supporters from Bihar and Jharkhand during its proposed rally. . . (Now, Ljp Wants To Use Railways For Its Rally , Tribune, Ambarish Dutta, Nov 06, 2007)

Surpassing the record of the Millau Road Bridge in France, a bridge being constructed on the Chenab in the small hamlet of Kauri in Reasi district of Jammu, is all set to become the world’s tallest bridge. (Kashmir To Have World’S Tallest Bridge, Statesman, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

The Chief of the Army Staff, General Pervez Musharraf, has declared, according to Sheikh Rashid, the railways minister, a state of “Emergency Plus” because his order carries with it a Provisional Constitutional order (PCO) associated . . . . . . (Wages Of Confrontation, Daily Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

In many ways Indian journalism is at crossroads. Media houses are facing ever-increasing competition. Market forces and globalisation have brought about changes, which were unthinkable even 10 years ago. (India, In Print, New Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

The biggest challenge before the Railways to take train to the Kashmir valley is to construct a bridge between Kouri and Bualak villages over the Chenab. (Jammu To Boast Of World’S Highest Railway Bridge , Tribune, Dinesh Manhotra, Nov 05, 2007)

The Rs 727-crore Jiribam-Toupul Railway Project — Manipur’s first rail link with the rest of the country — has come under the shadow of an NSCN (I-M) diktat that orders all work be ceased on the project. (Nscn (I-M) Diktat Bans Manipur’S First Rail Link Project, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

Experts at the World Toilet Summit Friday urged Indian railways to stop trains scattering hundreds of thousands of litres of human waste across the country every day. (Indian Railways Urged To Manage Human Waste Properly, Daily Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 03, 2007)

When the government announced a council headed by the prime minister to look at land reforms, was it just an attempt to pacify the sheer numbers who walked from Gwalior to Delhi? Or does the government actually think that there . . . . . (The Ground Beneath Their Feet, Indian Express, Sonu Jain, Nov 03, 2007)

Regulation is inevitable in all areas of activity and it should be transparent with rights of consultation for all. (Regulation In India: Inevitable Reality , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 03, 2007)

Apropos Mr Chandan Mitra's article, "Class Apart" (October 21), the review of 10 MPs interacting with teachers at the Yale University was thought provoking. (China Leaps, India Lags, Pioneer, Prafull Goradia, Nov 02, 2007)

After decades of wait, a train has finally started chugging on rail tracks in Kashmir. (Trial Run Of Train Successful , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 02, 2007)

Tucked away in a narrow by lane off Triplicane High Road, the nondescript building doesn’t look like a newspaper office from the outside. (Newspaper Nurtures Art, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 02, 2007)

In a major offensive Maoist guerrillas, also known as Naxals, blasted a railway track in Begusarai district of Bihar today. (After Bihar, Maoists Target Jharkhand, Tribune, Ambarish Dutta, Oct 31, 2007)

An Indian court on Tuesday sentenced eight people to life in jail for their role in the massacre of Muslims during rioting in western Gujarat state five years ago, media reports said. (Eight Get Life For Gujarat Massacre , Dawn, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 31, 2007)


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