RAILWAY MINISTERS

  • Timeline of 1975 Lalit Narayan Mishra murder case December 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Timeline of the 1975 murder case of then railway minister Lalit Narayan Mishra: June 2, 1975: Mishra goes to Samastipur to declare open the Samastipur-Muzaffarpur broad gauge railway line. A bomb explosion on the dais seriously injures him. June 3, 1975: Mishra dies at the railway hospital in Danapur. June 9,...
  • Wi-fi service launched at New Delhi railway station December 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Close to five lakh passengers travelling via the New Delhi railway station, the busiest in the country, will now be able to connect to the internet through the wi-fi service, which was launched at the station on Monday. Terming internet as a "new necessity", Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said...
  • Delhi court convicts 4 people in 40-year-old ex-railway minister LN Mishra murder case December 8, 2014

    New Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday convicted four people in a case relating to the murder of former railway minister LN Mishra at a function in Bihar nearly 40 years ago. The court has fixed December 15 for hearing arguments on the quantum of punishment. The case relates to the bomb...
  • Railway minister Suresh Prabhu calls for fast tracking pending projects November 30, 2014

    Kolkata: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu advised Metro Railway and Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Ltd (KMRC) authorities to resolve the hurdles and accelerate the progress of their pending projects. "All pending projects need to be expedited to prevent further escalation of project costs," Prabhu said after reviewing various project works in...
  • Suresh Prabhu takes charge as Union Railways Minister November 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party leader Suresh Prabhu took charge as the new Union Railways Minister replacing Sadananda Gowda. Prabhu, a qualified Chartered Accountant returned to the Union Cabinet on Sunday after having served in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government during when he won kudos for imparting a new dynamism to...
  • No sudden increase in my assets: Railway Minister October 27, 2014

    Mangalore: Railway Minister DV Sadananda Gowda has rejected charges that there has been a sudden increase in his assets by over Rs 10 crore since he joined the Union Cabinet, saying he had never misused public money as a "dedicated politician." Disclosing details of his assets, he said the reports about...
  • Railway Minister, senior officials to pick up brooms for Oct 2 cleaning drive September 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Gearing up to be part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Swachchh Bharat Mission', Railways have identified 119 stations to be spruced up by its specially designated staff across the country on October 2. While Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda will lead from the front by himself picking up the broom...
  • Railway Minister's son appears before police for questioning, refuses to talk about the case September 15, 2014

    Bangalore: Railway Minister DV Sadananda Gowda's son Karthik presented himself before the Bangalore Police on Monday in connection with alleged rape, kidnap and cheating of a Kannada actress. Karthik is currently out on bail, but has been asked to present himself at the police station every 15 days. He continues to...
  • Railway Minister Gowda's son questioned for 2nd day over actress' charge September 13, 2014

    Bangalore: Railway Minister DV Sadananda Gowda's son Karthik Gowda underwent a gruelling questioning for the second consecutive day on Saturday in connection with alleged rape, kidnap and cheating of a Kannada actress. After another round of marathon questioning, DCP North TR Suresh said, "We are...
  • ExRailway Ministers slam Rail budget, call it 'prorich, Modi gadget' July 8, 2014

    New Delhi/Patna: Former Railway Ministers were not on the same track as incumbent Sadananda Gowda on Tuesday, calling the Rail budget "prorich" and a " Modi gadget" which has nothing new to offer. As Gowda's predecessors picked holes in his maiden Rail budget, Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister,...
  • Railway minister lists four new ways to mobilise resources July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda on Tuesday listed four new ways to mobilise resources to upgrade and expand projects in his maiden budget. According to Gowda, the cashstrapped railways will mobilise resources for infrastructure creation and up gradation through the funds of the railways' staterun public sector companies (PSUs). The...
  • Former Railways Minister Mallikarjuna Kharge to be the leader of Congress in Lok Sabha June 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Union Minister Mallikarjuna Kharge will be the leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha, said Janardan Dwivedi on Monday. The nomination of Kharge, a Dalit leader and a second term member from Gulbarga, was made by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who has brushed aside demands that either she...
  • Rail Budget 2014: A mere 14minute show due to antiTelangana protests February 12, 2014

    New Delhi: When Union Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge stood up in Lok Sabha to deliver his first Budget speech, little did he imagine that it would go down in the history as one of the shortest speeches read out in Parliament. With antiTelangana MPs shouting slogans in the House, Kharge's maiden...
  • Railway Minister takes steps to prevent fire incidents on trains January 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Against the backdrop of two fire mishaps on trains, Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge on Tuesday directed audit of each passenger rake and ensuring of best quality fire retardant material as part of preventive measures. Reviewing safety measures of the railways, he asked the General Managers to take all possible...
  • Former Railway Minister Pawan Bansal's Facebook 'likes' shoot up, approaches police December 26, 2013

    A sudden surge of 'likes' on his Facebook page has astounded former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, who has approached the police and sought an inquiry. Suspecting foul play, the Congress MP from Chandigarh on Wednesday lodged a complaint with IG, Police, Chandigarh stating that the number of 'likes' on his...
  • Bihar train horror: Could the accident have been avoided? August 19, 2013

    In an exclusive interview to IBN18 EditorinChief Rajdeep Sardesai, former railways minister Dinesh Trivedi said if we won't mordenise the Railways, then there will be more frequent accidents. ...
  • Need private sector to help skill youths: Mallikarjun Kharge July 9, 2013

    Mallikarjun Kharge Age: 70 Designation: Railway minister Career: Elected to the Karnataka State Assembly 10 times since 1972. Elected to the Lok Sabha in 2009 from Gulbarga Interests: Reading sports books, removing superstition Q. India has set a target of skilling 50 crore young people by 2022. Do you think it is achievable? A:...
  • WB: Left Front asks Mamata to come clean on graft allegations May 24, 2013

    Kolkata: The Left Front on Thursday asked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to respond to allegations by a senior West Bengal IPS officer about "corrupt practices" when she was the railway minister. "Serious allegations of corruption have been levelled by a senior and respected IPS officer from the state. We don't to...
  • Bansal 'threatens' scribe, press club seeks apology May 13, 2013

    Chandigarh: Disgraced former railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on Sunday had a brush with the media in Chandigarh, barely hours after returning from New Delhi where he quit from the union cabinet. The city press club has sought an apology from him. Bansal got furious when a media person asked...
  • PM's role must be probed in coal scam report sharing , says CPM leader May 11, 2013

    CPM leader Nilotpal Basu said both Pawan Kumar Bansal and Ashwani Kumar should have been sacked earlier. ...
  • Sibal gets Law Ministry, CP Joshi gets Railways May 11, 2013

    New Delhi: A mini Cabinet reshuffle is in the offing, according to sources, after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sacked Pawan Kumar Bansal as the Railway Minister and Ashwani Kumar as the Law Minister. Telecom MinisterKapil Sibal has got additional charge of Law Ministry while CP Joshi has once again got...
  • Pawan Bansal quits as Railways Minister May 10, 2013

    New Delhi: Pawan Kumar Bansal on Friday evening resigned as Railway Minister following allegations of corrupt practices by his close relatives and aides. Sources say that Bansal resigned after Congress President Sonia Gandhi met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and asked him to force the Railway Minister to put in his...
  • 'The Chandigarh club': The rise of Pawan Bansal's family empire May 10, 2013

    New Delhi: Questions are being raised about Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal's family. In another revelation, a Chartered Accountant with links to companies owned by Pawan Bansal's wife and sons was appointed a director in the Canara Bank when Bansal was MoS Finance. Here is a look at the business...
  • Pawan Bansal: Low profile man in highprofile controversy May 4, 2013

    Chandigarh: An advocateturnedpolitician, Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal has gradually moved his way up in his political career while maintaining a clean image. However, this will be impacted by a bribery scandal in which his nephew Vijay Singla figures prominently. Bansal, 64 (born July 16, 1948), who is into his...
  • Railway Board Chairperson hints at another round of fare hike March 23, 2013

    New Delhi: Railway passenger fare may see another round of hike soon. Railway Board Chairperson Vinay Mittal hinted on Saturday that passenger fares could go up when fuel surcharge becomes applicable in October. Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal had on January 9, 2013 announced a hike in railway fares, the first...
  • All eyes on Pawan Kumar Bansal for today's Rail Budget February 26, 2013

    New Delhi: All eyes will be on Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on Tuesday on whether he yields to pressure of hiking passenger fares yet again or looks at other measures to mobilise resources to offset the burden of the recent diesel price hike. Bansal had on January 22 hiked...
  • Pawan Kumar Bansal to present Rail Budget on Tuesday February 25, 2013

    New Delhi: All eyes will be on Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on February 26 on whether he yields to pressure of hiking passenger fares yet again or looks at other measures to mobilise resources to offset the burden of the recent diesel price hike. Bansal had on January 22...
  • Will quit if charges are proven against me: MoS Railways October 29, 2012

    Kolkata: Controversy has already come calling for one of the three ministers sworn in from West Bengal during the big Cabinet reshuffle on Sunday. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, who was sworn in as the Minister of State for Railways, has now said that he will resign if criminal charges are proven...
  • CP Joshi takes charge as Railway Minister September 24, 2012

    New Delhi: Union minister CP Joshi on Monday formally took charge as the new Railway Minister until the Cabinet reshuffle takes place. Joshi was given the additional charge of the Railways on Saturday, a day after Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy quit the post after his party chief Mamata Banerjee...
  • Jairam Ramesh likely to be new Railway Minister September 21, 2012

    New Delhi: A Cabinet reshuffle is on the cards as a result of the Trinamool Congress's exit from the UPA. Sources say the Congress is keen on keeping the Railway portfolio after Trinamool Minister Mukul Roy walks out. Sources say Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh could be shifted to Railway,...