What Is India News Service
Wednesday, November 07, 2007


Railways : Indian railways, which made its beginning with a train from Mumbai to Thane in 1853, a stretch of 34 kilometers, is one of the world's largest transportation system today.  The total network route km is 63,028 and the number of employees 1.54 million.  The number of trains every day is around 11,000, of which 7000 are passenger trains.

Roadways : India's road networks, one of the largest in the world, aggregate to about 3.3 m. km. About 60 % of the freight and 87 % of the passenger traffic move on National and State Highways, which are around 1,72,000 km. in length.  The length of National Highways is over 58,000 km. 



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)

India’s green energy proponents are looking for a major policy boost to the sector, one that will significantly increase the use of renewable sources for energy generation, including in the transportation sector. (Giving Green Power A Policy Boost, Business Line, N. Ramakrishnan , 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)

Seen as an initiative to move away from the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to other sources of energy, the first-ever India-Africa Hydrocarbon Conference and Exhibition takes off in the Capital on Tuesday in the backdrop . . . . (India-Africa Hydrocarbon Meet Today, Hindu, Sujay Mehdudia, Nov 06, 2007)

That it has purchased the Indian motors and fans business of French transportation and energy company Alstom. (Regal Beloit Buys Alstom Unit, Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

The rapidly growing appetite for fossil fuels in China and India is likely to help keep oil prices high for the foreseeable future threatening a global economic slowdown, a top energy expert said. (Fossil Fuel In Great Demand , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

Outsourcing is a familiar concept to the business world. Since it has gained immense popularity in recent times, it is tempting to think of it as new. (Outsourcing Strategy, Business Line, R. Devarajan, Nov 05, 2007)

The dead in this part of the state have to wait for long till they reach a final resting place because the arrangement for transportation of bodies from a premier medical institute of the state has been withheld in the files of the Planning Department. (Jammu Hospital Makes Dead ‘Wait’ , Tribune, Tejinder Singh Sodhi, Nov 05, 2007)

A small plane crashed into a heavily populated neighbourhood in Sao Paulo on Sunday, killing at least 7 people, authorities said. (Seven Dead In Plane Crash In Brazil , Times of India, 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)

Even as the country’s policymakers are mulling whether or not to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in commodity futures exchanges, comes a report from Financial Markets International (FMI) making out a case for allowing foreign . . . . . (Us Consulting Firm Makes Out Case For Fdi In Commodity Bourses, Business Line, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 03, 2007)

California wildfires pumped nearly 8 million metric tonnes of climate-warming carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in just a week, about one-quarter as much as fossil fuels do in that state in a month, scientists said on Wednesday. (California Fires Unleash Co2, Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 02, 2007)

Drivers who were getting seven to 10 miles a gallon from their Crown Vics were getting 25 to 30 from their hybrids. (Simple Solution: Vote For Green Leaders , Deccan Herald, Thomas L Friedman, Oct 31, 2007)

Pakistan and India have entered into mutual arrangement for cross-border movement of trucks transporting import and export cargo through Wagha. First Indian truck carrying import cargo crossed the border on October 1, 2007 under this arrangement. (Pakistan-India Trade From Porters To Trucks, Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 30, 2007)

If the ET awards had a category for the non-Indian multinational that built a businesses in India of the scale, scope and profitability of either ICICI, Bharti or Infosys, it is a reasonable guess that the jury would not have . . . . . (Winning In The Indian Market , The Economic Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 29, 2007)

Sri Lankan soldiers carry the coffin of an officer who was among the servicemen killed in the LTTE’s air attacks on a military air base. (Ltte’S Growing Air Power, Tribune, Gurmeet Kanwal, Oct 29, 2007)

With the recent spate of flyover constructions in Chennai, pedestrians and bicyclists have been swept out of the main thoroughfares as if they don’t even exist. (India’S Road To Intelligent Urbanism, Indian Express, Sujatha Byravan, Oct 29, 2007)

What does globalisation have to do with caste relations in India? How does secularism differ from country to country? Can game theory be used to negotiate stable political coalitions? Read on. (Class Apart, Some Mps, Indian Express, Editorial, Indian Express, Oct 29, 2007)

THE first computer hard disk drive (HDD) was introduced by IBM in 1956. Called the 305 RAMAC (Random Access Method of Accounting and Control), this first data storage system comprised 50 disks, each about 60 metres in diameter, and stored about five . . . (A Disk Revolution, Frontline, R. Ramachandran, Oct 25, 2007)

The US Department of Homeland Security and its Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have been going ahead with something that could keep a lot of blameless people off planes, no matter what theyre wearing, and might fill up dossiers with . . . (Secure Flight Insecurities , Deccan Herald, Editorial, The Deccan Herald, Oct 24, 2007)


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