Avishek G. Dastidar, The Indian Express

Avishek G. Dastidar

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Past articles by Avishek:

Irked by derailments in Andhra, Railway Board chair tells official to stay at site and find solution

The directive was issued in a countrywide meeting to review the safety aspects of Indian Railways on Wednesday evening, attended by the entire Railway Board, General Managers and Divisional Railway Managers from across India. → Read More

During 2-day programme, new Gujarat Assembly members to learn about their privileges and ethics

This Gujarat Assembly has 105 new faces, so instructors as well as guest speakers including experts, senior parliamentarians and ministers, will emphasise on privilege and ethics of elected MLAs. → Read More

Chicken biryani at Vijayawada, idli at Katpadi: How India travels, eats

While chicken biryani may be the undisputed king on the list, vegetarians are not far behind. Dosa, even if a distant second to chicken biryani, is a popular dish, with 2,000 plates being ordered at, again, Vijayawada station every month. → Read More

267 trains cancelled due to heavy fog, poor visibility: Railways

Monday the second day in a row that train services continued to be disrupted due to the prevailing weather conditions in northern India. → Read More

Goods trains facing erratic brake system, Railways seeks solution

These red flags come at a time when the Railways is moving to ramp up freight operations. The Dhanbad incident alone led to traffic on the Delhi-Howrah main route being held up for about 24 hours. → Read More

Politics on tracks: The launch of Vande Bharat train routes and India’s busy election calendar

Trains have always been a vehicle of politics for govts of the day. Railway ministers have launched trains at will through their Rail Budgets, mostly with an eye on “home” states or constituencies. → Read More

How not wearing a seat belt can kill — and why people still refuse to wear them

Even in the pandemic year of 2020, 41 people died every day due to non-wearing of seat belts. Many Indians think wearing a seat belt spoils their clothes, hits their image → Read More

Explained: The corruption allegations against Satish Agnihotri, the dismissed chief of the bullet train project

Satish Agnihotri, an Indian Railway Service of Engineers officer of the 1982 batch, did not fit the advertised age criteria of mid-fifties, and was never in the race for the post. → Read More

Officers of 1983, ’84 batches to vie for first IRMS top panel slots: Railways

As per the circular, officers from 1983 and ’84 batches in the eight organised Group-A services (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Traffic, Accounts, Personnel, Signal and Stores) are eligible to apply. → Read More

Explained: Kavach, the Indian technology that can prevent two trains from colliding

Kavach, an indigenously developed Automatic Train Protection System showcased on South Central Railway Friday, is earmarked for aggressive rollout on 2,000 km in 2022-23, according the Budget proposals → Read More

Budget 2022-Railways: 400 energy-efficient Vande Bharat trains on track, support for farmers

The highlight of Sitharaman’s announcement, part of a larger, multimodal plan for infrastructure development under the umbrella of PM Gati Shakti, is the new Vande Bharat trains. → Read More

Explained: The controversy over recruitment to over 35000 Railway jobs

Controversy over the railway recruitment process or, for that matter, the recruitment process by any large government agency, is not new. → Read More

5 Questions: NDPS Act is being misused to defame Maharashtra, says Arvind Sawant

🔴 Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant speaks to Avishek G Dastidar about the misuse of NDPS (Amendment) Bill, 2021. → Read More

Explained: The Bharat Gaurav scheme launched by Railways for private players

Through the Bharat Gaurav policy, the Railways has liberalised and simplified a part of operations that was otherwise carried out mostly by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). → Read More

How protesting farmers were targeted by Govt, BJP

From PM to Tomar to Prasad to Goyal to BJP IT cell: chorus was that protests hijacked by ‘anti-national’, Naxalites, tukde tukde gang → Read More

Railways to soon restore cooked food on trains

Cooked food may start to be served from December 1, or even a bit earlier, subject to preparedness by the licensees. → Read More

As wait gets longer for PPP funds, Railways falls back on direct funding for station redevelopment project

Instead of PPP, Railways has decided to return to the old Engineering-Procurement-Construction (EPC) model of execution, The Indian Express has learnt. Under this model, it will be the paymaster of the work to be carried out by construction firms. → Read More

Railways shuts down 9-yr-old joint venture company IRSDC

The station development project, as per the order, will go to the respective zonal railways now — basically going back to the old system. → Read More

Over 27,000 cattle deaths on tracks in Covid year

A little over 38,000 cows were run over in the “normal” year before the pandemic, April 2019 to March 2020. → Read More

In protest season, PM Modi reaches out to farmers, invokes Charan Singh

Addressing a function after laying the foundation stone of a state university named after “Jat king” and freedom fighter Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh in Aligarh, Modi said the Centre had paid Rs 1 lakh crore directly to small farmers during the pandemic, of which over Rs 25,000 crore went to farmers in Uttar Pradesh. → Read More