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Rail Transport in India

Jaipur Festival founder admits to two loves: India and writing

Tell us about the Jaipur Literature Festival. Jaipur is fantastic but always completely exhausting. It's the largest literary event in the Asia-Pacific; we had 60,000 people last year.

Sunday, 22 January, 2012, 12:00am

Universal city

It took 37 years to complete, looks like a flower in bloom, and its exterior is clad in 1,400 discs made with several kilograms of gold. But you're not likely to find the architectural wonder they call the Matrimandir on many tourist itineraries in India.

25 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Terminal velocity

It's raining cows and buffaloes in Mumbai. Schools have closed; low-lying areas are flooded; and the railway, lifeline for millions, is at a standstill.

2 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

The Treehouse Resort, Jaipur

What's the story behind it? It goes something like this: owner Sunil Mehta, who lives in the 'pink city' of Jaipur, in India's Rajasthan state, wanted to buy some fertile land outside the city but didn't have enough money. The only land he could afford was a large tract of dry-as-a-fossil scrubland surrounded by the Aravalli hills.

18 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

'Indian of the Year' targets bigger problem - corruption

Appalled at the way corruption and dishonesty have saturated every corner of Indian society, one of India's most admired figures has launched a campaign to restore morality to its rightful position in public life.

6 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Metro pride

Clean. Efficient. Punctual. Orderly. These are not words that normally come to mind when describing any part of New Delhi, much less any form of transport in the capital.

20 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Rail minister raises a stink over toilets

The most daunting aspect of making a long journey on the Indian railways is the prospect of having to go to the inevitably filthy toilet.

But having experienced the stench of a railway loo recently, Railways Minister Laloo Prasad Yadav has ordered a drastic cleanup.

27 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Rail staff protest as Indian MP fails to pay fine

The refusal by a member of the Indian Parliament to pay a fine of 8,000 rupees (HK$1,290) for travelling in an air-conditioned train without a ticket has sparked a fierce row between the politician and unionised rail staff.

18 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Task force heads IT drive

A national task force was formed last month to accelerate India's drive to become an 'information technology superpower' in the 21st century.

The country has already made giant strides in the multi-billion dollar software industry. Export growth has averaged 50-60 per cent for seven consecutive years and is on target to pass US$4 billion by 2000.

15 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

Institute keeps pace with change

One of the biggest strengths of the Civil Service Training and Development Institute is its ability to adapt to political, economic or social changes and respond to the needs of the civil service.

12 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Road toll blitz offers reprieve for Delhi's deadly buses

DELHI'S dangerous private buses have received a new lease of life on the eve of a police crackdown aimed at reducing the city's rising road toll.

City Transport Minister Rajinder Gupta, accused by critics of buckling under pressure from privately run Blueline bus operators, announced the apparently contradictory measures this week.

16 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Navies complete exercises

The navies of India and Singapore have completed a fourth round of joint manoeuvres in the Bay of Bengal in an effort to enhance ties.

One submarine and a frigate of the Indian Navy and two Victory class corvettes of the Royal Singapore Navy participated in the week-long exercise off the eastern Visakhapatnam coast.

18 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

7,000 trains every day

INDIAN Railways is the second largest network in the world with 63,000 kilometres of track and 7,000 trains transporting 11 million passengers a day. Nearly 1.6 million workers keep the system functioning.

Meanwhile, seven private airlines operate in India, as well as the national carrier, Air India.

26 Jan 1995 - 12:00am