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Friday , September 20, 2013

Railway finances off track, why is railway going slow on defaulters?


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Rising inflation, falling rupee, rising home loans, fuel hike and an indication coming from railways of a passenger fare hike. Can the UPA II get it more wrong? A passenger fare hike suggested by a junior railway minister may be political harakiri of the UPA, but with long list of pending projects and a much needed upgradation of coaches and bogies is the need of the hour. But can the railway actually do some smart calculations to get its finances in shape. India's biggest transporter the Indian railways have been grappling with multiple ailments over the last few years. The turnaround story of UPA 1 by the former Railway Minister Lalu Yadav has now become a sordid tale of corruption and nepotism. If the unceremonious exit of Pawan Bansal on charges of bribery wasn't embarrassing enough the railway's highest decision making body the railway board is now finding itself....


Monday , November 28, 2011

On campaign trail with Rahul Gandhi


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Rahul Gandhi is an angry man. At Phulpur on 14th Nov 2011, his anger embarrassed the Congress Party when a few central ministers kicked those for whom ironically, Rahul was angry! I think anger makes people talk - and repeat themselves. And that is exactly what RG did. In all his meetings across Central and Eastern UP, during his five-day Jan Sampark Abhiyan, Rahul repeated himself so much that we knew exactly what he was going to say when he spoke at the last meeting at Kushinagar. Nothing had changed since he started the rally at Barabanki. Easy rhetoric landed the Congress General Secretary all over the local newspapers and periodicals - banner headlines, cover stories, anchor pieces. The stories also included that of Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma being booed and he being shown black flags by disgruntled ticket seekers. Sample a couple - "sheesha utaar....


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Marya Shakil is Special Correspondent with CNN-IBN. She covers politics and ministries of the Union of India. Marya also reported the General Elections of 2009 and the state assembly elections of Bihar and UP. She has culled out exceptional quality of news and investigative stories from the Railways Ministry besides relentlessly covering the Railway Budget every year since 2009. Marya is one of the founder members of CNN-IBN, joining the channel immediately after completing her Masters in Mass Communication from Jamia Millia's AJK Mass Communication Research Centre in 2005. She was also awarded a research fellowship with SARAI-Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in 2004. She covered the Bihar floods of 2008, terror attacks on Samjhauta Express in 2007, anti-reservation demonstrations in 2006 and reported on the the families of the CRPF jawans who lost their lives during the Dantewada tragedy. She has anchored and produced several special news documentaries over the last 6 years on a range of issues. Marya covered the Anna Hazare campaign for Jan Lokpal bill. She was also the first TV journalist to report on the night of the clampdown of Baba Ramdev's agitation at the Ramlila Maidan. Marya calls herself a student of politics and society.
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