Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Chairman Mittal resign

Aug 24, 2017, 02:19
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Chairman Mittal resign

With heads rolling in the Railways after two train accidents in five days, the government on Wednesday replaced its Board Chairman A.K. Mittal with Air India chief Ashwani Lohani even as Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu offered to quit on moral grounds.

Former Chairman Mittal had tendered his resignation to Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu in the wake of back to back two train derailments in last four days. Mr Prabhu said PM Modi had asked him to "wait".

Lohani's appointment should specially be seen in the context of Prime Minister's Office flagging concerns over slow pace of progress in railways so far and he will now have a task to bring a change in railways.

On Wednesday there was another accident where a truck loader hit the Azamgarh-Delhi Kaifiat Express train on the Kanpur-Etawah section in Uttar Pradesh, injuring as many as 100 passengers, according to agencies. The Utkal Express accident was the result of the train derailing as it sped past a station where the tracks were under fix.

His appointment as CMD Air India in September 2015 had taken many by surprise as his previous appointment as Chief Administrative Officer, IROAF (Indian Railways Organisation for Alternate Fuels) was considered a punishment appointment. "It's not the job of bureaucrats to take moral responsibility".

Sun & Clouds For Today's Eclipse
Conditions are expected to remain partly to mostly sunny in the early afternoon as the eclipse moves toward its max coverage. Mid-level clouds might increase into the afternoon, especially in southeast Nebraska, doing more to obscure the eclipse.

Barcelona to Wear Special Shirt in Honour of Recent Terror Attack Victims
Football will take a back seat at the Nou Camp on Sunday as Barcelona pay tribute to the victims of the terror attack in the city.

Chelsea launch £25 million swoop for Arsenal wing-back
Chelsea have tabled a bid worth £25million for Arsenal attacker Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, according to a report . The 23-year-old has just one year left on his contract and has been linked with Liverpool as well as the Blues.

- Lohani enjoys registration in Guinness Book of World Records for successfully running the "Fairy Queen Express", the world's oldest working steam locomotive.

Ashwani Lohani is an officer from the 1980 batch of the Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers. Officials say under Mr Lohani, the struggling airline posted an operational profit of Rs 500 crore a year ago and improved its performance.

General Manager, Northern Railway, R.N. Kulshrestha, and Divisional Railway Manager, Delhi, R.N. Singh were also sent on leave.

Senior railway officials said Mital was not happy that senior officials of the ministry had to face the brunt of the fallout of the Utkal Express derailment.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
  • LeBron James and Dwyane Wade could reunite with Cavaliers

    LeBron James and Dwyane Wade could reunite with Cavaliers

    Time is ticking down for both sides if indeed Wade would like to go to another team for the 2017-2018 season. A buyout seems a matter of when, and Miami or Cleveland appear the most likely of landing spots.
    Crystal Palace vs Huddersfield Town

    Crystal Palace vs Huddersfield Town

    We know we were very clinical and had bit of luck when they missed chances. "You take risks of course". We started well but after 10 minutes the game changed.
    Trump aide sparks convention uproar

    Trump aide sparks convention uproar

    The argument erupted when Gordon, who was moderating the panel, repeatedly trashed President Trump and got snarky with Manigault. She claimed she was there to talk about her personal experience with violence, as some of her family members have been murdered.
  • International Space Station flies across sun during eclipse

    International Space Station flies across sun during eclipse

    What at first appeared to be a sunspot or some other irregularity, in fact turned out to be the space station. From Earth, it was an incredible sight - and from space, today's historic total eclipse was just as stunning.
    Manchester City outcast Samir Nasri completes move to Antalyaspor

    Manchester City outcast Samir Nasri completes move to Antalyaspor

    The permanent deal, which is subject to global clearance, brings an end to Nasri's six-year stay at the Etihad Stadium. Guardiola chose to take Nasri on the club's pre-season tour of America last month to put him in the shop window.
    Sims 4 Finally Gets Pets

    Sims 4 Finally Gets Pets

    Even though The Sims 4 debuted three years ago, it's seen 20 percent growth month-over-month in monthly active users on PC. There's also a new area being added to the world titled Bindleton Bay, with areas to play with pets and take walks.
  • Malaysian FM Apologizes to Indonesia for Flag Blunder

    Malaysian FM Apologizes to Indonesia for Flag Blunder

    President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo demanded an apology for hurt national pride but also cautioned against exaggerating the incident with his neighbour.
    Trump praises North Korea's Kim for 'wise' decision on Guam

    Trump praises North Korea's Kim for 'wise' decision on Guam

    Perry is an expert on nuclear war and says the North already has more than a dozen nuclear weapons. Much of the discussion focused on North Korea , which also poses a threat to Japan.

    Dolphins Adam Gase says Ryan Tannehill will be ready for 2018

    The day after learning McMillan had indeed torn his ACL in the preseason opener, Miami signed linebacker Junior Sylvestre. He instead rehabilitated the partially torn ligaments and underwent stem cell treatments.
  • Doug Marrone:

    Doug Marrone: "I'm looking for someone that's gonna lead this offense"

    Admittedly, in his first two years, Bortles looked like the emerging "franchise quarterback" every team lusts after. He completed 59 percent of his passes last season for 3,905 yards with 23 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
    Huawei Mate 10's Bezel-less Display Looks Gorgeous in 3D Renders

    Huawei Mate 10's Bezel-less Display Looks Gorgeous in 3D Renders

    The renders revealed a full-screen display on the smartphone, with extremely narrow bezels on the top and bottom. The Huawei Mate 10 is said to be priced at over $1,000 marking it as one of Huawei's most expensive devices.
    Premier League Summer Transfer Window to Close Before Start of Next Season?

    Premier League Summer Transfer Window to Close Before Start of Next Season?

    Albion agree with plans for the summer transfer window to close for Premier League clubs before the start of next season. However, clubs from other European leagues could sign players from England in line with their own domestic deadlines.
popular