Srinand Jha

Srinand Jha

Srinand Jha covers the Ministry of Railways and writes on politics in the Hindi heartland. Also interested in media and social/cultural issues.

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JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav is expected to announce a countrywide campaign against the policies of the NDA government.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav is expected to announce a countrywide campaign against the policies of the NDA government.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)

Shaky Opposition’s fresh take on unity, to launch campaign against Modi govt

By Srinand Jha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2017 07:58 AM IST
A countrywide campaign against the policies of the NDA government is likely to be announced at the national council meeting of the “real” Janata Dal (United) led by Sharad Yadav.
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RJD leader and former railway minister Lalu Prasad, accompanied by his daughter Misa, arrives at the CBI headquarters in New Delhi on Thursday for questioning.(PTI Photo)
RJD leader and former railway minister Lalu Prasad, accompanied by his daughter Misa, arrives at the CBI headquarters in New Delhi on Thursday for questioning.(PTI Photo)

Lalu Prasad questioned for over 7 hours by CBI in IRCTC hotel scam

By Rajesh Ahuja and Srinand Jha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2017 10:57 PM IST
Lalu Prasad is being investigated over the awarding of maintenance of two railway hotels to Sujata Hotel in exchange for land during his tenure as Union minister.
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Railway minister Piyush Goyal with MoS Manoj Sinha at a press conference in New Delhi on Thursday.(PTI Photo)
Railway minister Piyush Goyal with MoS Manoj Sinha at a press conference in New Delhi on Thursday.(PTI Photo)

Diesel locomotive project with General Electric on track, says Piyush Goyal

By Srinand Jha and P Suchetana Ray | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2017 05:00 PM IST
Minister Piyush Goyal said the government’s focus is on electrification of the Indian railway network but clarified that it won’t jeopardise the contract with General Electric to supply and maintain diesel locomotives for Bihar’s Marhoura project.
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JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav with his party leaders during the national executive meeting in New Delhi on Sunday.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav with his party leaders during the national executive meeting in New Delhi on Sunday.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)

Sharad Yadav says JD(U) faction will ally with Cong, Left to take on BJP in Gujarat

By Srinand Jha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2017 12:08 AM IST
Acting president of the Sharad Yadav-led rebel JD(U) faction also said they will explore a tie-up with Hardik Patel.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe press a button to launch a high speed rail project in Ahmadabad on Thursday(AP Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe press a button to launch a high speed rail project in Ahmadabad on Thursday(AP Photo)

Modi, Abe lay foundation for India’s first Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project

By Srinand Jha and Hiral Dave | Hindustan Times, Sabarmati
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2017 09:11 PM IST
The Rs 1,10,000-crore bullet-train project aims to modernise the country’s crumbling rail networks, which are prone to accidents and long delays
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A worker cleans a hoarding featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe ahead of Abe's visit, in Ahmedabad on September 10.(REUTERS)
A worker cleans a hoarding featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe ahead of Abe's visit, in Ahmedabad on September 10.(REUTERS)

Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train: PM Modi’s flagship project set for takeoff

By Srinand Jha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2017 10:30 AM IST
The high speed train will cut travel time between Mumbai and Ahmedabad by at least five hours.
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RJD chief Lalu Prasad with JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav at an opposition rally in Patna on August 27.(AP Dubey/HT File Photo)
RJD chief Lalu Prasad with JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav at an opposition rally in Patna on August 27.(AP Dubey/HT File Photo)

Opposition parties to meet in Jaipur against NDA govt’s move to ‘create social disharmony’

By Srinand Jha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 09, 2017 10:24 PM IST
While the Opposition camp remains weakened, political observers find a ray of hope in the fact that rivals such as the TMC and the CPI (M) have decided to close ranks to oppose the BJP at the national level.
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BJP politician and member of Parliament Piyush Goyal takes oath during the swearing-in ceremony of new ministers at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi.(REUTERS)
BJP politician and member of Parliament Piyush Goyal takes oath during the swearing-in ceremony of new ministers at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi.(REUTERS)

As Piyush Goyal takes charge of railway ministry, many challenges await him

By Srinand Jha | New Delhi, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2017 09:53 PM IST
The government is trying to revamp the transporter, but it continued to creak and groan under the weight of its own contradictions despite frequent changes at the helm.
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RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav (right) with rebel Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Sharad Yadav during the 'BJP bhagao, desh bachao' rally at Gandhi Maidan in Patna on Sunday. Lalu’s elder son Tej Partap Yadav is also seen.(PTI)
RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav (right) with rebel Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Sharad Yadav during the 'BJP bhagao, desh bachao' rally at Gandhi Maidan in Patna on Sunday. Lalu’s elder son Tej Partap Yadav is also seen.(PTI)

Nitish’s JD(U) to seek Sharad Yadav’s disqualification as Rajya Sabha MP

By Srinand Jha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2017 09:39 PM IST
As per Schedule 10 of the Rules of Procedure and Business of the Rajya Sabha, a member can be disqualified if he voluntarily gives up the membership of the party by which he got elected.
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Railway police and local volunteers look for survivors in the upturned coaches of the Kalinga-Utkal Express after an accident near Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh. According to data-journalism website IndiaSpend, 333 people died in train derailments alone in the last three years.(AP File)
Railway police and local volunteers look for survivors in the upturned coaches of the Kalinga-Utkal Express after an accident near Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh. According to data-journalism website IndiaSpend, 333 people died in train derailments alone in the last three years.(AP File)

India’s irony: Rlys shows improved safety record but scores high in fatalities

By Srinand Jha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2017 05:00 PM IST
The Indian Railways logged just 0.20 mishaps through 2012 in terms of accidents per million train kilometres. This is better than what many developed countries, including Sweden, Belgium, Austria and Finland, can boast of. However, India has the ironic distinction of being on top of the heap when it comes to rail fatalities.
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Ashwani Lohani was chairman and managing director of Air India before his new appointment with the Railway Board.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT File Photo)
Ashwani Lohani was chairman and managing director of Air India before his new appointment with the Railway Board.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT File Photo)

Who is Ashwani Lohani, the ‘turnaround man’ who takes over the Railway Board

By Srinand Jha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 23, 2017 10:31 PM IST
Ashwani Lohani, whose departure as Air India CMD was described by an official as “bad news” for the national carrier, is taking over the reins of the Railway Board at a time of crisis for the country’s largest transporter.
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Ashwani Lohani, who was the chairman and managing director of Air India, at his office in New Delhi.(Livemint photo)
Ashwani Lohani, who was the chairman and managing director of Air India, at his office in New Delhi.(Livemint photo)

Air India’s Ashwani Lohani is new Railway Board chief, Suresh Prabhu offers to quit

By Srinand Jha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2017 09:36 AM IST
Ashwani Lohani faces a big challenge as the government is trying to revamp the world’s fourth-largest rail network that has 12,000 passenger trains and 7,000-odd stations, and carries 23 million passengers each day.
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Mangled coaches of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express being removed from the tracks in Khatauli near Muzaffarnagar on Sunday.(PTI)
Mangled coaches of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express being removed from the tracks in Khatauli near Muzaffarnagar on Sunday.(PTI)

Utkal Express derails: Officials suspended, probe report blames staff negligence

By Srinand Jha | New Delhi, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2017 12:08 PM IST
An FIR has been registered against unknown persons in the derailment of Kalinga Utkal Express in Muzaffarnagar district, police said.
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Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, former PM Manmohan Singh and former JD(U) president Sharad Yadav attend a day-long convention 'Sajha Virasat Bachao Sammelan' in New Delhi on Thursday.(PTI)
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, former PM Manmohan Singh and former JD(U) president Sharad Yadav attend a day-long convention 'Sajha Virasat Bachao Sammelan' in New Delhi on Thursday.(PTI)

If we fight together, BJP won’t be seen anywhere, says Rahul Gandhi at Oppn meet

By Saubhadra Chatterji and Srinand Jha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2017 09:26 PM IST
At gathering led by JD(U)’s Sharad Yadav, Gandhi urges opposition leaders from SP, Left and others to join hands to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party
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Sharad Yadav at the Parliament House in New Delhi, on August 2, 2017.(Sushil Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Sharad Yadav at the Parliament House in New Delhi, on August 2, 2017.(Sushil Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

JD(U) rift: Nitish-Sharad face-off likely at parallel meets

By Srinand Jha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2017 12:15 AM IST
The event is expected to be attended by several Opposition parties as a show of strength.
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Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi (right).(AFP FILE PHOTO)
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi (right).(AFP FILE PHOTO)

As sons rise, dynasties continue reign on Indian politics

By Srinand Jha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2017 05:56 PM IST
Former Union minister Ajit Singh’s son Jayant Chaudhary was on Sunday promoted as the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) vice-president.
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JD(U) removed Sharad Yadav as head of its parliamentary party in the Rajya Sabha.(PTI File Photo)
JD(U) removed Sharad Yadav as head of its parliamentary party in the Rajya Sabha.(PTI File Photo)

Nitish faction removes Sharad Yadav as JD(U)’s Rajya Sabha head, considers steps against dissidents

By Srinand Jha and Anil Kumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Patna
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2017 10:57 PM IST
JD(U) is contemplating “precipitous steps” to suspend leaders or workers who have been attending Sharad Yadav’s rallies in Bihar.
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Former PM Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi and NCP leader Sharad Pawar during an all-opposition party meeting in New Delhi, in June this year.(Arvind Yadav/HT File Photo)
Former PM Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi and NCP leader Sharad Pawar during an all-opposition party meeting in New Delhi, in June this year.(Arvind Yadav/HT File Photo)

Sharad Pawar’s NCP skips Opposition meeting called by Sonia Gandhi, raises doubt over unity

By Srinand Jha and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2017 11:14 PM IST
The skipping of the opposition meet comes amid reports that two MLAs of the NCP in Gujarat may have voted for the BJP and not for Congress candidate Ahmed Patel in the Rajya Sabha elections.
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Congress leader Ahmed Patel’s dramatic victory in the Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat has galvanised the party to organise a conclave of Opposition leaders in New Delhi to work out a plan for the 2019 general elections.(HT PHOTO)
Congress leader Ahmed Patel’s dramatic victory in the Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat has galvanised the party to organise a conclave of Opposition leaders in New Delhi to work out a plan for the 2019 general elections.(HT PHOTO)

Opposition leaders meet in Delhi to plan stopping BJP’s march in 2019

By Srinand Jha and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2017 01:21 PM IST
In yet another exercise, Opposition leaders are planning to realign themselves to take on the BJP in the 2019 general elections.
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Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and JD(U) colleague Sharad Yadav flank RJD chief Nitish Kumar (centre) during a Grand Alliance event in November, 2015. Yadav and party leaders loyal to him are angry with Kumar for breaking the so-called Grand Alliance.(HT FILE)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and JD(U) colleague Sharad Yadav flank RJD chief Nitish Kumar (centre) during a Grand Alliance event in November, 2015. Yadav and party leaders loyal to him are angry with Kumar for breaking the so-called Grand Alliance.(HT FILE)

Sharad Yadav-led JD(U) faction plans to expel Nitish Kumar over alliance with BJP

By Srinand Jha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2017 03:59 PM IST
Sharad Yadav to begin Bihar tour where he will meet members of the party ahead of a key meeting on August 19 where both factions are expected to clash
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BSP chief Mayawati ‘s ambivalence about attending the RJD’s rally in Patna on August 27 may scuttle Lalu Prasad’s attempts to stitch a coalition against the BJP.(PTI)
BSP chief Mayawati ‘s ambivalence about attending the RJD’s rally in Patna on August 27 may scuttle Lalu Prasad’s attempts to stitch a coalition against the BJP.(PTI)

Mayawati keeps Lalu guessing, undecided on attending RJD’s Patna rally

By Srinand Jha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 08, 2017 01:30 PM IST
A corruption case hanging over her could be a disincentive for BSP chief Mayawati to take a clear-cut political position against the BJP at this point in time.
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Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav and Bihar MLA Rabri Devi in happier times.(Santosh Kumar/ HT Photo)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav and Bihar MLA Rabri Devi in happier times.(Santosh Kumar/ HT Photo)

Bihar switch: Tough days ahead for Nitish as dissenting voices grow louder in JD-U

By Srinand Jha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2017 01:02 PM IST
Twelve heads of state units across the country have asked party founder-president Sharad Yadav to convene a national convention for discussing Nitish Kumar’s “unilateral decision” to align with the BJP after snapping ties with the Grand Alliance in Bihar late last month.
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India’s 163-year-old State-owned transporter has clearly been unable to fix its catering business as the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has pointed out in a report tabled in Parliament(AFP)
India’s 163-year-old State-owned transporter has clearly been unable to fix its catering business as the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has pointed out in a report tabled in Parliament(AFP)

Railways must exit catering business and focus on managing train services

By Srinand Jha | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2017 07:35 AM IST
India’s 163-year-old State-owned transporter has clearly been unable to fix its catering business as the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has pointed out in a report tabled in Parliament. From Mamata Banerjee to M Mallikarjuna Kharge, Dinesh Trivedi – or the incumbent Suresh Prabhu – why have all railways ministers failed to tackle the on-board catering business?
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JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav at his residence in New Delhi on Thursday.(PTI Photo)
JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav at his residence in New Delhi on Thursday.(PTI Photo)

CPM’s Yechury, Cong’s Azad meet Sharad Yadav after Nitish wins trust vote in Bihar

By Srinand Jha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 28, 2017 09:36 PM IST
The opposition leaders met Yadav, the JD(U)’s leader in the Rajya Sabha, apparently in an effort to convince him to break ranks with party chief and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar after he broke the grand alliance and renewed ties with the BJP.
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JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav talks on the phone at his residence in New Delhi on Thursday.(PTI)
JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav talks on the phone at his residence in New Delhi on Thursday.(PTI)

Rumblings in JD(U) over Nitish’s ‘unilateral’ decisions

By Srinand Jha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2017 12:47 AM IST
A section of leaders gathered at senior party leader Sharad Yadav’s residence to discuss possibilities of an alternative course of action.
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Lalu Yadav with Nitish Kumar during the oath taking ceremony in November 2015.(HT File Photo)
Lalu Yadav with Nitish Kumar during the oath taking ceremony in November 2015.(HT File Photo)

Nitish’s resignation as Bihar CM hits idea of Grand Alliance at national level

By Srinand Jha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2017 01:05 AM IST
Nitish Kumar’s exit from a coalition with RJD’s Lalu Prasad and the Congress underscores the challenges of such pacts, where once rival regional parties attempt joining hands, often as secular coalitions, to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party.
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Amid frosty ties with alliance partner JD (U), RJD chief Lalu Prasad is scouting for potential new partners.(HT PHOTO)
Amid frosty ties with alliance partner JD (U), RJD chief Lalu Prasad is scouting for potential new partners.(HT PHOTO)

Lalu prepares for life after Nitish, plans alternative pact with Maya and Manjhi

By Srinand Jha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2017 08:54 AM IST
RJD chief Lalu Prasad is keen to cobble up an alternative platform with the BSP and Jiten Ram Manjhi’s Hindustan Awam Morcha (HAM) to counter alliance partner and chief minister Nitish Kumar.
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Meira Kumar with Opposition leaders at Parliament during filing of her nominations for the presidential poll.(HT File Photo)
Meira Kumar with Opposition leaders at Parliament during filing of her nominations for the presidential poll.(HT File Photo)

Presidential poll: How damaging is Meira Kumar’s defeat for Opposition unity?

By Srinand Jha and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2017 07:50 AM IST
Chinks in the opposition camp surfaced as over a hundred of its legislators cross-voted in favour of BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA)’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind.
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Many JD(U) leaders are said to be uncomfortable with Nitish Kumar’s equation with the BJP.(HT PHOTO)
Many JD(U) leaders are said to be uncomfortable with Nitish Kumar’s equation with the BJP.(HT PHOTO)

JD(U) rumblings: ‘Party likely to split if Nitish Kumar allies with BJP’

By Srinand Jha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2017 09:39 PM IST
Many JD (U) leaders, unhappy with Nitish Kumar’s new equation with the BJP, could be preparing for life outside the party.
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The tense law and order situation has prompted the government to rethink deploying the luxury train along the Banihal-Baramulla stretch in Kashmir.
The tense law and order situation has prompted the government to rethink deploying the luxury train along the Banihal-Baramulla stretch in Kashmir.

Kashmir unrest may drive luxury glass-roof trains down south

By Srinand Jha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2017 10:55 AM IST
Given the unrest in Kashmir, the government is thinking of moving the train to Andhra Pradesh’s Araku Valley, or even routes in Goa and Kerala.
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