• Rajasthan

    Cong 99
    BJP 73
    RLM 3
    OTH 24
  • Madhya Pradesh

    Cong 114
    BJP 109
    BSP 2
    OTH 5
  • Chhattisgarh

    Cong 67
    BJP 15
    JCC 7
    OTH 0
  • Telangana

    TRS-AIMIM 95
    TDP-Cong 21
    BJP 1
    OTH 2
  • Mizoram

    MNF 26
    Cong 5
    BJP 1
    OTH 8

* Total Tally Reflects Leads + Wins

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu bets on partnerships for improving Indian Railways 

By: | Published: April 5, 2016 6:24 PM

Multi-stakeholder partnerships was the key to improving Indian Railways at the earliest, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Monday.

Multi-stakeholder partnerships was the key to improving Indian Railways at the earliest, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Monday.

“We have a comprehensive plan to transform Indian Railways. Doing it at the earliest involves multi-stakeholder partnerships in its various areas,” Prabhu said at the annual session of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here.

Admitting that providing a superior rail experience was a challenge, Prabhu stressed the need to increase capacity exponentially with sustained investments.

“Although the government is making efforts, partnerships will be the key in this endeavour,” Prabhu asserted while addressing captains of the industry at the day-long session on “Opportunities in Indian Raiways – scope for partnerships”.

Citing partnerships with Japan in modernisation and expansion, the minister said many agreements were signed to leverage opportunities for a quantum leap in technology absorption.

On financial viability of the railways, Prabhu said efforts were on to augment non-rail revenue by monetising assets and modernising stations through public-private participation, multilateral organisations, self-help groups and others.

Railway board member (traffic) Mohammad Jamshed said the performance parameters of railways had improved in fiscal 2015-16 despite headwinds.

Rajiv Lall, chairman of the CII National Committee on Infrastructure Financing and IDFC Ltd., spoke on the corporatisation of railways.

I have great faith in my players: Barcelona coach Enrique
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Barcelona, April 4 (IANS) FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique emphasised on Monday that he has “great faith” in his players despite the 1-2 La Liga derby defeat against Real Madrid, noting that the players have taken the path to “win titles”.

Barcelona were defeated 1-2 by Real Madrid on Saturday in La Liga after the Catalan club remained unbeaten for 39 games. Barcelona will now face Atletico Madrid on Tuesday in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.

At a press conference ahead of the Atletico Madrid clash here on Monday, Enrique praised his squad pointing out that “I have great faith in my players and in the path they’ve taken to win titles for Barcelona.”

“They are competitive and totally reliable. They are unique. We will compete to the maximum, for sure,” the coach indicated.

On the attacking trio, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, the coach noted that they are “the best in the world, but they are not machines.”

As for the Champions League tie against Atletico, Enrique said “Atletico Madrid are a top-notch team, very dangerous in different ways, and very complete. That’s why they are where they are.”

Barcelona, defending champions of the Champions League title, still lead the La Liga standings ahead of Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, despite Saturday’s defeat.

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