Railways witness two per cent decline in passengers
- There has been a decline in number of train passengers in recent years as people travel short distances using personal and commercial vehicles, Lok Sabha was informed today.
- The decline was mainly due to fall in the number of short distance passengers even as the number of long distance travellers improved, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said in a written reply.
- The number of passengers were 8,421 million in 2012-13 which was reduced to 8,397 million in 2013-14. The number further declined to 8,224 million in 2014-15, a fall of 2.06 per cent as compared to 2013-14.
Sushma Swaraj in Pakistan: Attends first day of the Heart of Asia conference in Islamabad
- Sushma Swaraj is in Islamabad to carry forward bilateral ties with Pakistan, which got a new momentum after PM Modi’s short meeting with Nawaz Sharif during Paris climate summit.
- External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj today called on Afghan President Ashraf Ghani here and discussed connectivity, terror threats to the war-torn country and the peace and reconciliation process there.
- Swaraj, who was accompanied by foreign secretary S Jaishankar and India’s envoys to Pakistan and Afghanistan, met Ghani for nearly 30 minutes on the sidelines of the ‘Heart of Asia’ Conference, during which they also talked about India’s willingness to join Afghanistan-Pakistan trade and transit agreement.
- “India is prepared to cooperate at a pace which Pakistan is comfortable with. But today let us at least resolve to help Afghanistan — in the best traditions of good neighbourliness.” – Swaraj said.
Govt proposes joint venture between NPCIL and NTPC, NALCO
- Inorder to give boost to nuclear power generation in the country, the government has proposed joint ventures between Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) and other Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) like NTPC , Nalco etc
- This merger is subject to the passing of Atomic Energy Amendment Bill 2015 introduced in the Lok Sabha this week.
- “The JVs proposed with other PSUs is to pool equity for expanding installed nuclear power capacity. Considering the large equity requirements of the planned expansion of nuclear power programme, these JV with with energy majors like NPCIL and NTPC, NPCIL and Indian Oil Corporation Ltd and NPCIL and NALCO Power Ltd will be taken up by these companies after allotment and approval of the same by the government,
DHL to invest $16.3 million and introduce drones in India
- Global logistics provider DHL is planning to invest about $16.3 million in all its business segments in India and introduce new technologies, including drones, for deliveries and managing logistics, a senior company executive said today.
- “We are investing in all divisions in India,” said Matthias Heutger, senior vice president for strategy marketing and development.
- Speaking at the launch of DHL Asia Pacific Innovation Centre here, he said the group will be introducing new technologies including drones for deliveries and managing logistics in the Indian market in the future.
- “The use of drones in the delivering and managing logistics is becoming increasingly important globally, especially in the remote and disaster hit areas,” he told PTI.