Southern Rly records Rs 1,167 cr freight earnings in April-October period

on Sunday said it

clocked several milestones between the April-October period in handling of freight besides earning revenues of Rs 1,167.57 crore.

In October alone, carried 2.09 million tonne of freight, generating revenues of Rs 162.42 crore.

Between April and October, the figure was 14.78 million tonnes, which fetched a revenue of Rs 1,167.57 crore, a press release said.

The highest loading of rice and paddy was recorded in October for the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation, totalling 2.61 lakh tonnes.

As many as 56 trains of automobiles, again a best ever loading of automobiles, was carried out by

Four loads of harvesters from Chinna Salem to various destinations in Andhra Pradesh and neighbouring Karnataka was among the cargo carried, the release said.

Southern Railway was the destination railway for carrying several essential commodities like fertilisers, food grain, cement, iron and steel and coal.

The combined effect of higher speeds of freight trains, quick and efficient unloading at the terminals improved the availability of wagons, not only for the Southern Railway, but also for Indian

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Indian economy set to bounce back, emerge stronger from Covid crisis: Ficci

President Sangita Reddy on Sunday said India’s strategy of dealing with the Covid-19 crisis has paid off and the country’s economy is set to bounce back and emerge stronger. She said it was time to take bold actions and push the growth agenda vigorously.

“The dilemma for governments across the world was creating a balance between protecting lives and livelihoods. India took the path of a strict lockdown to ramp up health infrastructure and focused on human lives. This strategy has paid off,” Reddy said. She observed that science evolved to give better cures, medical infrastructure was created, supplies like PPEs ramped up and our death rate has been contained.

“It’s clearly time for bold actions on the livelihood front. The recent monetary policy assures that the government and the regulator will do everything it takes to keep the economy afloat. Let us start pushing our growth agenda vigorously,” said Reddy.

“As we can see the initial green shoots of recovery have begun,” she added. Reddy noted that the PMI for manufacturing and services has recovered to 56.8 and 49.8, respectively in September 2020. Besides, there has been a pick-up in e-way bill

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Campaigning At Hectic Pace, Trump Vows To Disprove Polls

Donald Trump vowed to again defy the polls as he sprinted through five swing states Sunday in a blitz of campaigning against Joe Biden with just two days left before a US presidential election that has already mobilized a record number of early voters.

The last-minute scramble came as polls showed Biden maintaining his overall lead but with some slight tightening in key states including Pennsylvania, where he leads by four points, and Florida, now a tossup, according to a RealClearPolitics average of polls.

US battleground states
 AFP / Sophie RAMIS

“We’re now leading,” Trump insisted before a raucous rally of supporters in Washington Township, Michigan. “Look, we’re leading in Florida. We’re leading in Georgia… They say it’s a very close race in Texas. I don’t think so. They did that four years ago and I won in a landslide.”

Snow flurries fell on Trump and the crowd as he shivered and joked repeatedly about the brisk winds and freezing conditions.

President Donald Trump -- pictured at a rally in Tampa, Florida -- has stuck to his strategy of downplaying the danger of the coronavirus and calling for businesses to reopen

President Donald Trump — pictured at a rally in Tampa, Florida — has stuck to his strategy of downplaying the danger of the coronavirus and calling for businesses to reopen
 AFP / Brendan Smialowski

He warned, in a state

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