NEW DELHI: To ease pressure during peak hours, Railways has decided to stagger booking of tatkal tickets by allowing reservations in AC class from 10 am to 11 am and non-AC class from 11 am. The new tatkal booking schedule will come into effect in the next couple of days, a senior railway official said. It is also toying with the idea of giving refund on cancellation of tatkal tickets, the percentage of which would be calculated based on a time frames. The public transporter has decided to rechristen premium trains as "Suvidha" trains with an overhaul in the fare structure, cancellations and bookings, Railway Board Member (Traffic) Ajay Shukla said. Announcing the changes in timing of tatkal bookings for AC and non-AC classes, he said the measures were taken to ensure "fast service while booking online and reducing passenger rush at the counters". Talking to reporters, Sharma said the IRCTC website had recently registered three crore hits in a day, slowing the server in the … [Read more...] about Indian Railways changes Tatkal ticket timings, 50 per cent refund on cancellation
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On the proposal to link the electoral list with the 12-digit biometric number, the law secretary is said to have given a favourable opinion and assured the ECI that a cabinet note would soon be prepared to change the two laws - the Representation of People’s Act and Aadhaar law. … [Read more...] about Govt plan to amend law to link Aadhaar to voters’ list is on track, EC told
While the list of Sirtfoods is lengthy and includes a variety of foods ranging from buckwheat to arugula (rocket), soy, onions, dates and even capers, finding an item on a menu that was Sirtfood-friendly was way harder than I thought and something that I struggled with a few times during the two weeks that I followed the diet. … [Read more...] about Adele’s Sirtfood Diet is being hailed a game-changer – but is the eating plan too strict?
"We do choose to take a lot more breaks individually even though the schedule might not allow you to," Kohli said. "You are going to see a lot of that in the future from many players. Not just myself, especially from the guys who are playing all three formats. It's not that easy. Then being captain and having intensity in practice session and discussing the game, so it does take a toll on you. So I am not in that space at the moment. So periodic breaks for me seems to work pretty okay. At a time when the body doesn't respond as well, maybe when I am 34-35, you might have a different conversation at that stage. But for the next 2-3 years, I have no issues at all. Can keep going on with the same intensity and I also understand that the team wants a lot of my contribution in the next 2-3 years so that we can ease into another transition phase that we faced some 5-6 years ago. So the mindset is on the larger picture, and from that point, I am preparing myself for a rigorous three years … [Read more...] about Kohli to reassess plans after three more years of all-format grind
If you were to advise this government on key issues, what would you tell them to do?In my book I have outlined a number of ideas which I think should be on the future agenda. The bottom line is that the government should outline a credible action plan to get the economy back to 8% growth as quickly as possible. Reviving private investment and rejuvenating public sector banks is critical. We also need to bring about much needed reform in GST. In all this, we need the widest possible consultation, listening to expert opinion outside the government. But to do this we need to be realistic. If we feel we are on track to hit the $5 trillion target, nothing more needs to be done. The trouble is we are not. The problems are very clear. We have to get the GDP growth up to 8% as quickly as possible. Unless we do this we will not be able to generate the jobs we need. We also need to improve our export performance which has actually deteriorated. The government should outline a credible programme … [Read more...] about People talk of a fear factor depressing investment but Budget doesn’t address it: Montek Singh Ahluwalia
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