Bilal Abdi

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Suresh Prabhu led Indian Railways freight revenue falls 10%

Indian Railways, which has been striving to boost its freight revenue and tonnage through various freight rationalisation steps, continues to struggle, with its freight revenue declining by more than 10% in the second quarter

Will Indian Railways buy the fancy Talgo trains? Check out the hurdles

While trial runs of Talgo have seen it touch record speeds, several hurdles would need to be cleared if the Indian Railways is to procure the train coaches

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Indian Railways to introduce 2,900 special trains to meet festival rush

Keeping the festive season rush in mind, Indian Railways (IR) plans to introduce 2,900 special trains between now and November 10, 300 more than what was introduced in the corresponding period last year.

Indian Railways will not cut freight rates this financial year: Mohd Jamshed, Member Traffic, Railway Board

At a time when the Indian Railways is struggling to regain its market share and meet its freight loading targets, Member Traffic, Railway Board, Mohd Jamshed tells Bilal Abdi that there won’t be any more "freight tariff rat

Indian Railways development authority: Suresh Prabhu led ministry divided over route

The railways ministry, which was in the final stages of preparing a Cabinet note for setting up the proposed railway development authority (RDA) via an executive order, is now divided over which route to take.

No stopping railways’ capex engine, April-August figure up 31%

Capital investment may be stagnating in general, but government agencies seem to be partly bridging the deficit. Indian Railways, which had seen an unprecedented 52% jump in capex in the last financial year, is maintaining th

Indian Railways: Forget the surge, it’s still cheaper to take the train

Travelling by train even after paying surge prices is cheaper than taking a flight on a low-cost carrier this festive season.

Indian Railways: No rollback of rail flexi fare

Scheme not to be extended to other trains as of now

Railways unable to save on energy cost as states delay issuing NOCs

NOC entitles transporter to waiver from cross-subsidy surcharge

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Indian Railways set to move from surplus/shortfalls to profit/loss; here’s how

Moving a step closer to a corporate-like presentation of its financial numbers, Indian Railways, which has always fought shy of recognising profits and losses and merely talked about surpluses/shortfalls, has made its entire

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Indian Railways shies away from hiking passengers fares, eyes non-fare receipts boost

With Indian Railways’ traffic receipts struggling to grow (its traffic receipts up to July were trailing the budget estimate for the period by 13%) and a shift to commercial pricing in the passenger segment easier said than

Foreign airlines picked for foreign flights

The share of domestic carriers in the international passenger market declined in January-March 2016 compared with the same period a year ago, report Bilal Abdi and Sumit Jha in New Delhi.

If Indian Railways had its way you’ll ride at 500 kmph on maglev trains; here’s how

Magnetic levitation trains, or maglev trains, are trains which use electromagnetic suspension systems to levitate on steel rails, which essentially reduces friction and allows the train to reach very high speeds.

Indian Railways hums ‘collaboration’ mantra, targets board overhaul

The exercise will start with unification of various railway cadres in a hope to align them according to business lines

IRCTC changes tracks to take on travel portals like Cleartrip, Yatra & Makemytrip

IRCTC, railway ticket booking platform, is partnering with internet-led companies such as Paytm, BlaBlaCars and Amazon to expand its footprints...

Air India looks to Narendra Modi Cabinet to save Rs 900 cr annually

This can be used towards retiring its aircraft-related debt and cut its interest outgo. Currently, the annual interest outgo from the airline is R4,500 crore.

Airlines’ costs set to soar over pilots’ crisis; here’s why

A fairly big shortage of pilots two years down the line — estimated at around 2,000 — could drive up costs for airlines. While employee costs constitute around10% of an airline’s overall revenues, the need to pay pilots

Centre looks to give India wings, eyes SCO nod

The civil aviation ministry is likely to come out with a separate category of flying licence, known as scheduled commuter operator (SCO) permit, which will facilitate entry of new carriers that can ply on the new routes. This

Indian Railways to fast-track land monetisation; eyes Rs 19,000 cr revenue

The cash-strapped India Railways is looking at land monetisation with renewed vigour.

Indian Railways freight concessions hit revenues hard, but outlook up

The freight concessions being offered by Indian Railways (IR) as part of a strategy to boost volumes and increase market share have had an adverse impact on its revenue in the short term...

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Indian Railways turns to LED screens to power up revenue generation

With Indian Railways’ traffic receipts struggling to grow and a shift to commercial pricing in the passenger segment easier said than done, the transporter has intensified the efforts to augment its so-called non-farebox re

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FDI in aviation: How Vistara, Air Asia India, Jet are affected

The clarification came after the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) notified the changes in FDI policy in the sector

For the aam aadmi to be able to fly, implementation of new aviation policy critical

While the new aviation policy has framed the sectoral priorities right, how it is implemented will be critical

New Civil Aviation Policy: How flying may get more expensive

With the new civil aviation policy proposing to extend the so-called hybrid till model for determining airport charges to state-run (Airport Authority of India-operated) airports also, passengers will have to fork out more as

Indian Railways likely to lose more passengers if airfare capped

The government’s move to cap air fares to tier-II and tier-III cities at `2,500 is likely to further erode the market share of the railways in passenger traffic.

Suresh Prabhu sweetens Indian Railways deal to power up PPPs

With the potential investors’ initial response to the public-private partnership (PPP) model for railway stations’ redevelopment being lukewarm, the government is set to make the terms more attractive for them.

Don’t want foreign airlines to have majority stake in Indian carriers: Govt

The government’s intention in raising the FDI limit in scheduled domestic airlines to 100% via the approval route was not to let foreign airlines acquire Indian carriers, a senior official said on Wednesday.

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