Bansal http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/35735/all en India pledges more comfort on creaking rail network http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/india-pledges-more-comfort-creaking-rail-network <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>India on Tuesday pledged better catering, comfort and cleanliness as part a $11.7-billion budget for Asia's oldest rail network along with steps to help stop trains mowing down people and elephants.</p> <p>Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal hiked freight rates by five percent in his budget for the sprawling state-run network, India's main form of long-distance transport despite competition from airlines and roads.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/india-pledges-more-comfort-creaking-rail-network" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bansal Disaster Indian society Level crossing Pawan Kumar Bansal AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 11:16:26 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5766815 at http://www.globalpost.com India pledges more comfort on creaking rail network http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/india-pledges-more-comfort-creaking-rail-network-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>India on Tuesday pledged better catering, comfort and cleanliness as part of a $11.7-billion budget for Asia's oldest rail network along with steps to help stop trains mowing down people and elephants.</p> <p>At the same time, Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal -- setting the stage for what is expected to be a belt-tightening national budget on Friday -- hiked rail freight rates by around five percent.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/india-pledges-more-comfort-creaking-rail-network-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bansal Business Disaster AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:16:35 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5767369 at http://www.globalpost.com