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New aviation policy: Here’s what’s going to ‘prompt’ people to fly

A day after the first comprehensive national civil aviation policy was cleared by the Union Cabinet, civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju told Bilal Abdi and Sumit Jha...

How Indian Railways plans to save a massive Rs 1500 cr on diesel purchases

Indian Railways, which contained growth in expenditure to 5.4% in the last financial year mainly by curbing operational expenses...

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We are redoubling efforts to raise revenue: Suresh Prabhu

Railway minister Suresh Prabhu discusses the steps being taken to increase the national transporter’s revenue and optimise its operational expenses, in an interview with Bilal Abdi and KG Narendranath. The minister also exp

‘Push & pull’ trials cut travel time of passenger trains by 30 mins

The ‘push & pull’ technique involves placing of two locomotives, one in front of the train and one at the back, essentially providing more stability to the train

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Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence enters aircraft manufacturing, signs agreement with Ukraine’s Antonov

ADA Group's Reliance Defence has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Ukraine-based ANTONOV for assembly, manufacture and MRO of Antonov platforms in India for both commercial as well as military aircraft.

Railways plans executive order route for fare panel

Convinced that a move towards market-based pricing of rail passenger services can’t be put off indefinitely, the rail ministry has decided to set up the proposed Rail Development Authority...

Steps taken by Indian Railways will contribute towards ease of doing business: Mohd Jamshed, Railway Board

Indian Railways, which could not meet its freight-loading and revenue budget targets for FY16, have initiated a slew of measures — cancellation of 10% port congestion surcharge, elimination of dual freight policy for iron o

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IRCTC’s overall revenue witnessed a 31% jump in FY16: A K Manocha

IRCTC has performed well in FY16. Our overall revenue has witnessed a 31% jump and stands at approximately Rs 1,500 crore in FY16, our profit after tax has witnessed a 38% jump in FY16 to Rs 180 crore.

IRCTC’s overall revenue witnessed a 31% jump in FY16: A K Manocha

Amazon shop on IRCTC website: Clocked transactions worth Rs 72.84 cr from apparels, electronics & books

The ‘Shop on Amazon’ tab on the IRCTC website redirects the user to Amazon’s homepage

Indian Railways to meet 10% of energy needs via renewables by 2020

Indian Railways, which has envisioned a plan to generate 1000 MW of solar energy by 2020, claims to be on track to become the largest harvester of rooftop solar plants

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Pace of work went up five-fold in FY16: Adesh Sharma

With the commissioning of the 51-km stretch between Durgawati and Sasaram on the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor, Adesh Sharma, Managing Director of Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL), has reasons to

Pace of work went up five-fold in FY16: Adesh Sharma

Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train: Loan pact with Japan for Rs 1 lakh cr project by 2016 end

Japan has agreed to fund 80% of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project through a soft loan of Rs 79,000 crore at an interest rate of 0.1%, with a tenure stretching over 50 years and a moratorium period of 15 years.

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Indian Railways to run time-tabled freight trains

After recording a dismal growth of 1% freight loading in FY16, Indian Railways has embarked on significant reforms in its freight policies in order to meet the budgeted incremental loading target of 50 million tonnes or 4.5%

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Airlines in no mood to stop increase in cancellation charges

This will also ensure that airlines raise the contribution of ancillary revenue in the total sales to bring it at par with the global airline business model where the former is 10% of the latter.

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Ircon audit report flags concerns over Rs 422 cr payment to foreign agents

An independent audit report has flagged some serious concerns over payment of Rs 422.43 crore to foreign agents by railway PSU IRCON International in respect of projects in two countries.

Ircon audit report flags concerns over Rs 422 cr payment to foreign agents

Increase in cancellation charges by Indigo, SpiceJet: DGCA seeks report from airlines

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has sought a report from all the airlines by Friday explaining the rationale behind the recent increase in cancellation charges.

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Vistara India CEO Phee Teik Yeoh on what went wrong, future plans in India

Phee Teik Yeoh, CEO, Vistara, spoke to FE's Bilal Abdi and Sumit Jha about the challenges faced by the fledgling carrier and its future plans of doubling its capacity by October this year.

Vistara India CEO Phee Teik Yeoh on what went wrong, future plans in India

Vistara looks to stimulate demand for biz class seats

In the new seat configuration, Vistara’s aircraft will have 8 business class seats compared to twice as many till now. The premium economy seats would be reduced by one-third to 24. This would mean that the aircraft would h

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AAI’s annual infrastructure spending poised to jump twofold

Airports Authority of India (AAI) will have to double its infrastructure spending to around Rs 4,000 crore a year over the next three years to expand capacity of at least half a dozen airports

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We are trying to revamp Air India through all measures: Mahesh Sharma

The civil aviation policy is on the anvil as the government is in the final stages of ironing out the creases.

We are trying to revamp Air India through all measures: Mahesh Sharma

Air India stake sale: Govt plans to cut stake to under 51%, says MoS Mahesh Sharma

Minister of state for civil aviation Mahesh Sharma feels that banks and private parties will be keen to hold a stake in Air India, if offered.

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Competitive bidding route to help Indain Railways cut power bill by Rs 3,000 crore per year

Thanks to the adoption of competitive bidding route for buying electricity, Indian Railways (IR) is expecting annualised savings of `3,000 crore starting 2016-17 in maintaining the current level of traction.

Competitive bidding route to help Indain Railways cut power bill by Rs 3,000 crore per year

Rail budget 2016: 12% hike in non-suburban passenger fares

Suresh Prabhu, in his Railway Budget speech on Thursday, didn’t announce any increase in fares, but he seems to have factored in a steep 12% average hike...

Rail budget 2016: 12% hike in non-suburban passenger fares

Rail Budget 2016: Suresh Prabhu on track to boost Indian Railways’ capex by nearly 50%

Operating ratio too to come in at a better-than-expected under 90%

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Air India to hire all pilots on contract

In a departure from its current practice, state-owned carrier Air India has decided that in the future, it will hire all pilots on contract, thus doing away with the permanent-employee status for them.

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Why SpiceJet plans to focus more on cargo and ancillary business

With an eye on steady revenue flow, SpiceJet plans to focus more on the cargo and ancillary business in line with many global carriers, report Malyaban Ghosh and Bilal Abdi in New Delhi.

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Indian Railways ministry asks finmin to share public service obligations cost

The railway ministry has asked the finance ministry to share the cost of its Public Service Obligations (PSO) in 2016-17 till a permanent mechanism is devised for accounting the PSO without undue onus on the transporter.

Indian Railways ministry asks finmin to share public service obligations cost
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