Railway budget 2011 : Mamta didi

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  • RAILWAY BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS
  • Mamata apologises for missed targets. Will do better this year, she promises.
  • No changes in fares
  • As expected, West Bengal gets priority in Mamata’s railway budget.
  • Senior citizen concessions for women start at age 58 instead of 60.
  • Senior Citizen concession raised to 40 percent
  • 50 per cent concession on fares for media personnel and their families twice a year.
  • Revenue will exceed Rs 1 lakh crore, a 9.9 per cent increase over last year’s number.
  • Railways facing money shortage, passing through difficult phase, says Mamata.
  • 10 year-backlog in recruitment will be addressed right away.
  • Ticket booking charges reduced by 50 per cent.
  • Smart card ‘Go India’ tickets to be introduced.
  • Mamata proposes bridge factory in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Manipur to get diesel locomotive centre.
  • Mamata plans to raise Rs 10,000 crore from tax-free bonds.
  • Incentives for states with no ‘Rail Roko’ agitation: Two extra trains and two new projects
  • Railways to create 10,000 shelters for the poor.
  • Fund for social causes will be called PM Rail Vikas Yojana.
  • Anti-collision device is ready, three zonal railways will commission it soon.
  • Nandigram to get railway industrial park, Singur to get metro coach factory.
  • Track-making centre to come up at Uluberia in West Bengal.
  • 2011 is Green Energy Year for railways, says Mamata.
  • PPPs with major universities to modernise Railways
  • International training centre to come up at Agra.
  • New Duronto trains on Allahabad-Mumbai, Pune-Ahmedabad, Sealdah-Puri, Madurai-Chennai, Chennai- Thiruvananthapuram and Mumbai Central-New Delhi routes.
  • Parliament adjourns for lunch.
  • As expected, West Bengal gets priority in Mamata’s railway budget.
  • ‘Let me drink some water,’ Mamata tells MPs.
  • Mamata listing out new trains as MPs’ murmurs get louder.
  • New Duronto trains on Allahabad-Mumbai, Pune-Ahmedabad, Sealdah-Puri, Madurai-Chennai, Chennai- Thiruvananthapuram and Mumbai Central-New Delhi routes.
  • New Shatabdhis between Pune and Secundrabad, Jaipur and Agra.
  • Mamata promises railway jobs for 16,000 ex-servicemen.
  • Multi-purpose smart cards for long-distance travel.
  • Double-decker AC trains for Ahmedabad-Mumbai, Jaipur-Delhi.
  • New trains for states going to the polls.
  • Capacity of 107 Mumbai trains to be increased.
  • New trains for Vivekananda, Tagore birth anniversaries.
  • Mamata announces three new Shatabdhis.
  • Mamata announces new Duronto trains.
  • 50 per cent concession on fares for media personnel and their families twice a year.
  • Concessions for the physically challenged on Rajdhani and Shatabdhi trains
  • Senior citizen concessions for women start at age 58 instead of 60.
  • Railways will strengthen suburban networks in Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Bengaluru.
  • Suburban networks of Hyderabad and Secunderabad will be improved.
  • Proud of my state, will do more for it, says Mamata.
  • Kindly continue, Meira Kumar tells Mamata.
  • Haven’t announced anything major, yet MPs are shouting, complains Mamata.
  • Speaker Meira Kumar smiling, waiting for screaming MPs to settle down.
  • MPs on their feet, shouting Mamata down.
  • ‘Poora karne deejiye,’ Meira Kumar tells screaming MPs.
  • Lalu is speaking, but no one can hear him in the din.
  • West Bengal-orientation of Mamata’s proposals irk MPs.
  • Mamata screams back at fellow-MPs. Meira Kumar calls for calm.
  • Please sit down, please sit down, please sit down, Meira Kumar tells MPs.
  • Don’t shout, Mamata tells MPs.
  • Shouts drown out Mamata’s voice as she announces projects for West Bengal.
  • Kolkata Metro will expand its network.
  • Railways will go from strength to strength, says Mamata.
  • Revenue will exceed Rs 1 lakh crore, a 9.9 per cent increase over last year’s number.
  • Kolkata to get 15 new suburban trains.
  • 2011 is Green Energy Year for railways, says Mamata.
  • Safety measure: All unmanned level crossings will be removed.
  • Railways facing money shortage, passing through difficult phase, says Mamata.
  • 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore: Train will go to Bangladesh on a commemorative journey.
  • If you shout, I won’t grant you anything, Mamata ribs fellow-MPs.
  • International training centre to come up at Agra.
  • Mamata quotes poetry, Lata Mangeshkar songs.
  • Meira Kumar makes a farmaish:’ Where are your couplets?’
  • 10 year-backlog in recruitment will be addressed right away, says Mamata.
  • Elderly workers will be transferred to less strenuous positions.
  • Ticket booking charges reduced by 50 per cent.
  • Smart card tickets to be introduced.
  • Mamata apologises for missed targets. Will do better this year, she promises.
  • Railways environment-friendly and fuel-efficient, says Mamata.
  • Railways to get help from IITs to develop new technology.
  • Trouble-free states can decide what reward projects they want.
  • Two extra trains and two new projects for states with no rail roko agitations.
  • Rail is ‘desh ka service’, stop rail roko agitations, urges Mamata.
  • Lalu suppresses a yawn as Mamata delivers budget speech.
  • Anti-collision device is ready, three zonal railways will commission it soon.
  • Fund for social causes will be called PM Rail Vikas Yojana.
  • Mamata to set up fund to support social causes.
  • Mamata plans gas-based power plant in Maharashtra.
  • Questions and shouts distract Mamata, but she resumes her budget speech.
  • Mamata on new connections: “If rail connectivity is there, every connectivity will increase in this country.”
  • Railways to create 10,000 shelters for the poor.
  • Mamata plans to raise Rs 10,000 crore from tax-free bonds.
  • More than 4 lakh travelled on Izzat tickets, priced at Rs 25.
  • Railways’ infrastructure will be expanded, says Mamata.
  • Nandigram to get railway industrial park.
  • Singur in West Bengal to get metro coach factory.
  • Track-making centre to come up at Uluberia in West Bengal.
  • Manipur to get diesel locomotive centre.
  • Mamata proposes bridge factory in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • New coach factory at Rae Bareilly will deliver first coach in three months, says Mamata.
  • Difficult to meet individual demands, but collective demands can be met, Mamata tells MP.
  • Key material for locomotive, coach production not easily available in India, says Mamata.
  • Mamata talks about railways’ measures to support industry.
  • Mamata thanks staff, passengers, unions, describes railways as “arteries of this pulsating nation”.
  • Mamata begins budget speech, thanks PM for support.
  • Slowdown in industrial growth is temporary, says economic survey.
  • Savings, investment rates may rise, says government’s economic survey.
  • Economic survey out, says probability of second dip recession low.
  • Parliament resumes; Pranab says he lost his cool because too many questions were thrown at him.
  • Pranab takes a dig at CPM, parliament adjourned for five minutes.
  • Legal restrictions preventing disclosure of names of those with black money, says Pranab.
  • Pranab Mukherjee faces angry questions on black money, loses his temper.
  • Rail fares may go up in June-July, after elections in West Bengal are done.
  • Parliament opens; Pranab speaking on black money menace.
  • Mamata may revise catering policy, announce more kitchens.
  • Mamata may announce survey for 107 new routes, say sources.
  • Railways spent Rs 50 crore on developing anti-collision device, but accidents persist.
  • Safety compromised: 336 lost their lives in 90 train accidents in 2010-11.
  • Mamata expected to address passenger safety. Ninety per cent of accidents avoidable, say experts.
  • Locomotive drivers are overworked, and railways need to hire more.
  • Mamata all set to present her fifth railway budget. She may favour Bengal since this is election year.
  • Railway stocks look up as budget announcement nears.
  • Mamata may announce more express trains for Bengal, NE states.
  • No hike in passenger fares expected; freight rates may also remain untouched.
  • Railway safety a concern: 250 train accidents, and over 500 deaths, between 2009 and 2011.
  • Railway stocks down by 1 to 4 per cent, but perform better than yesterday.
  • Mamata preoccupied with Bengal politics, not paying attention to railways, complain critics.
  • Growing economy needs more railway capacity, but growth lagging, says railway planning expert.
  • Mamata’s white paper demolished Lalu’s profitability claims. Are railway finances a mess?
  • Countdown begins for presentation of rail budget. TV channels expect ‘please-all’ proposals.
  • Mamata expected to offer concessions to students, farmers.
  • Mamata may raise production targets for wagons, coaches and locomotives.
  • Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee reaches Parliament to present the Rail Budget
  • Mamata Banerjee reaches Rail Bhavan, will present the Budget in the Parliament
  • Budget is of the people, for the people, by the people: Mamata Banerjee
  • Follow us live for Railway Budget at 11AM
  • Fare hike unlikely
  • Rail stocks derail ahead of Budget
  • Industry hoping for implementation of rail projects
  • Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee is set to present her fifth Rail Budget in the Parliament today

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