Not just the budget

first_imgThe Indian government’s plan to abolish the annual railway budget is a welcome move which could facilitate more wide-ranging reforms, suggests Raghu Dayal.,Reformers have been campaigning for many years for the scrapping of India’s separate railway budget, and at long last the idea has been accepted by the Modi government. A formal proposal to merge it into the general budget has been issued by the Niti Aayog (the National Association for Transforming India, as successor to the former Planning Commission) and referred to the Finance Ministry, having been endorsed by Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu. The first combined budget could be presented next January.Railway finances were separated from the general budget in 1924, after the Ackworth Committee recommended in 1921 that the railways should ‘assume responsibilities for earning and expending their own income’. The expanding rail network was the backbone of India’s economy, and it was felt that this should be insulated from general budgetary constraints. At the time, railway revenues accounted for almost a third of total government turnover.After more than 90 years of huge economic and societal change, IR’s annual expenditure is today a small fraction of the national budget. Its revenues accrue to the Consolidated Fund, from which grants are provided on the approval of Parliament. Several state-owned and private companies now have a larger turnover than IR. At a time when the government is sweeping away many other shibboleths, a separate railway budget is clearly an anachronism.The current model blurs the line between policy-making and implementation, and nowhere more than in tariff policy. The convention of seeking Parliament approval for tariff changes has been a key factor behind the current irrational rate structure and cross-subsidy of passenger losses, to the detriment of the economy as much as the railways’ own financial health.Ministers could have used their annual budget statement to promote a greater understanding of how railways can be an enabler of economic development, informing parliament about global transport trends, and the role of rail in tackling environment, safety or land use issues. Instead, the budget all too often became a catalogue of micromanagement initiatives as successive ministers sought popularity by supporting projects that would benefit their constituencies, whether remunerative or not.However, it is not just the budget that needs to be questioned but also the justification for a separate railway ministry. The global transition towards integrated logistics and seamless supply chain underlines the imperative of intermodal co-ordination and complementarity, suggesting that rail, shipping, roads and aviation should be grouped under a single ministry, as was briefly trialled 30 years ago. That is how most countries now administer their transport sectors.Coupled to other reforms currently being discussed, the abolition of the railway budget should be part of a process to split up the railways’ political, regulatory and management functions. Parliament and the transport ministry should set the broad objectives, leaving a more business-focused railway with a professional management team to operate the network under the oversight of an independent regulator to protect the wider public interest. As the adage goes, the old order must yield its place to the new.Read more about proposals for reforming Indian Railways in the October 2015 issue of Railway Gazette International, available to subscribers in our digital archive.last_img read more

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Hunters punished with 24-0 thrashing

first_imgRUGBY LEAGUE: THE Hunters started the day on the back-foot when winger Gairo Kapana fumbled the first ball from a towering kick-off by Clifford. The error including missed tackles on the Hunters 10m red zone that also contributed to its consequences that saw the visitors scoring their first try through winger Mathew Musumeci on the far left edge within two minutes. Four minutes later, the Hunters were punished again – this time a poor defensive effort saw an unmarked William Bugden heading to the tryline following a quick dummy half play by hooker Connor Jones. Hunters had several opportunities at hand but their halves combination of Charlie Simon and William Mone who are still trying to work out a combination, continued to struggle to steer their attack. Errors in ball handling, defensive sets and off-sides resulted in the visitors claiming four penalties while the home side had six in open half. The visitors had the last say in the opening half with a 31st minute try to centre Shawn Bowen as Clifford stamped his mark in making it 3/3 conversions for an 18-0 lead at halftime. The Hunters have failed for the second time in their five-year participation in the Intrust Super Cup to post any points at half-time. The Hunters were more determined in the second half and were persistent in scoring points but were continuously denied by the visitors on several occasions. The Pride withstood the Hunters’ attack causing into ball handling errors which they continued to capitalize on. The latter saw Pride fullback Jack Murphy crossing over on the far right edge of Hunters tryline in the 54th minute. Clifford missed the conversion but managed to extend their lead with a successful penalty conversion. Tries scored Northern Pride 24 (Mathew Musumeci, William Bugden, Shawn Bowen, Jack Murphy. Jack Clifford 3/4 conversions, 1 successful penalty) defeated SP PNG Hunters 0. In the curtain raiser match, which is also the Digicel Cup trial match Gulf Isou beat Central Dabaris 18-12. Hunters will host their second home game on Sunday (March 24) against Melbourne Storm feeder club Sunshine Coast Falcons.last_img read more

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College Football Uniforms – 2017 Season

first_imgAll Activity Posted December 30, 2016 5,026 Share on other sites Share on other sites College Football Uniforms – 2017 Season 8,685 0 All Activity Location:Tucson, AZ Share on other sites Page 1 of 238   Grand Pooba of Walksylvania 3 2,128 1 6 Supposedly Georgia is moving to the Mach Speed template next year. Unknown what the changes, if any, will be. It’s Kirby Smart’s first change to put a stamp on the program. He did away with the bones on the back of the helmet this season. They kept the same uniforms and added a black jersey to the rotation this past year. Posted December 30, 2016 Recommended Posts 5,026 Clintau24 buckeye Members Members Posted January 1, 2017 Unlike the past couple years when starting this thread, is it just me or does it seem quiet on the uniform front for next season so far. By now, I’ve usually been able to see some changes already announced, but I can’t seem to recall or find anything for 2017. I am a couple days earlier than usual when starting this but thought why not… Any who, let’s get everyone’s favorite topic going and see where we stand for next season. Fire away… Share this post Favourite Logos:Auburn, White Sox batter, South Alabama Jaguars, Tulane Angry Wave Share this post 73 Share this post Location:Auburn, AL Share this post By buckeye, December 30, 2016 in Sports Logo News 2,128 Members 8,685 Link to post Members 17,487 posts Location:San Antonio, Texas Share on other sites Share on other sites 1 14,123 posts 5,026 5,026 3 1 Link to post 0 11 minutes ago, aawagner011 said: Members 1,500 posts 4,807 posts This topic is now closed to further replies. Unlike the past couple years when starting this thread, is it just me or does it seem quiet on the uniform front for next season so far. By now, I’ve usually been able to see some changes already announced, but I can’t seem to recall or find anything for 2017. I am a couple days earlier than usual when starting this but thought why not… Any who, let’s get everyone’s favorite topic going and see where we stand for next season. Fire away… Share on other sites Share this post Posted December 30, 2016 Link to post Share on other sites MJWalker45 39 posts 6 1 do and what they decide to go with. 1,482 Members Followers 16 Link to post Link to post Members 482 H11K Members 8,685 WSU151 Man I hope so. The gradient look is awful. Sad to see it extended to the basketball program, so I’m not sure if they’ll dump it altogether  2 I would predict the jerseys would either be the exact same, just on a new template, or a simplification such as the removal of contrasting cuffs and collars. There won’t be any radical changes. Perhaps we’ll also see the reintroduction of red britches occasionally on the road. That would be nice. Switching back to standard block numbers would help. Location:San Antonio, Texas Posted December 30, 2016 Members Right now I’m most interested in seeing what Under Armour has in store for UCLA.   1 Maybe we’ll see a change in the bear logo?  I’m guessing the logo now belongs to the school/athletic department, but that was a big Nike design.  Those jerseys are pretty nice in their simplicity.  No huge gold collars. Do we have an updated list of schools that are changing uniform suppliers?  Only ones I really know of are Cal and UCLA to Under Armour. lahaye7 Share on other sites According to a friend of mine (who is a very reliable source) Arizona should be in line for getting new uniforms next season, will be interesting to see if they Next WSU151 Sign in to follow this   0 0 WSU151 8,685 4,807 posts Location:DC area 0 In all kinds of weather California will be joining UA as well. The original uniform that was rolled out was a throwback to their 1983 style look. It may not be the finished product though as proven by Wisconsin.  Posted December 30, 2016 Posted December 30, 2016 Share on other sites 395 2,128 551 551 Share this post lahaye7 Share on other sites Share on other sites Forums Home Share this post Prev Posted December 30, 2016 Those came out before Miami’s uniforms so they could keep it if it was part of their contract. That seems to be the new trend, after X amount of years, the logos and even fonts belong to the school. 0 0 2,128 482 SportsLogos.Net Webfooter H11K Switching back to standard block numbers would help. Maybe lighten the blue by a shade or two as well. 1,482 10 minutes ago, lahaye7 said: do and what they decide to go with. Posted January 1, 2017 Share on other sites Members I sure as heck hope Arizona goes more traditional. I actually don’t mind the gradient sleeves, but the number font is terrible and the colored numbers on a colored jersey is awful, too. Hope they resurrect the double stripe look. Share this post IIRC, schools have been unveiling next year’s unis around spring ball and their scrimmages. I too am looking forward to UA/UCLA (hope they start wearing gold pants on the road, Clarendon font and stop with the black/grey/steel baloney)  Share on other sites 1,482 aawagner011 Sports Logo News 919 Posted December 30, 2016 919 Page 1 of 238   MJWalker45 Posted December 30, 2016 Webfooter Members Share this post Share this post 2,128 5 482 Link to post Location:Tucson, AZ aawagner011 Link to post 551 3,823 posts 0 Members Just now, Clintau24 said: WSU151 1 Link to post Share this post Members Next aawagner011 Location:DC area Share this post 1,712 posts 1,371 posts 4 Posted December 30, 2016 1,482 Members 2 1,844 MJWalker45 23 minutes ago, WSU151 said: 17,487 posts 2,128 MJWalker45 Share this post jakgol 4 They also need to get the striping situation figured out. Link to post Location:San Antonio, Texas 2 Mississippi State will likely get new maroon jerseys to match the maroon pants that were unveiled earlier this year. 8,685 17,487 posts Link to post 1 Link to post Favourite Logos:Auburn, White Sox batter, South Alabama Jaguars, Tulane Angry Wave Link to post Share on other sites I wouldn’t call it awful, just poorly executed. Especially since they use separate lines of color that fade down instead of blending it. I know Rich Rod was pissed when he couldn’t do the gradient numbers, and that really messed the whole look up. So I bet we will see something more traditional. 2,128 Location:Oregon California will be joining UA as well. The original uniform that was rolled out was a throwback to their 1983 style look. It may not be the finished product though as proven by Wisconsin.  Members They’ve been talking about this for years. People within our athletic department first said shortly after the uniforms were released in 2013 that they were absolutely coming the second year of this template (2014). Then, 2014 rolled around and the story had changed that it was hard for Nike to manufacturer the shiny silver and still use the advanced and lightweight materials. That’s why you see teams like the Cowboys and Raiders with shiny silver pants but they are the old style, heavy materials. Slowly, the story just went away. I’ll believe it when I see it. Personally, I’m indifferent to whether they have a sheen or not. My gripe with the current pants is they are too light of a gray. They almost just look dirty. Darken them a shade or two, and I’d be perfectly happy with that, even if they weren’t shiny. I’m pretty sure the “silver britches” they wore during the Herschel Walker era when they first became popular were just matte gray. Forums Home 8,685 Isn’t next year the year that shiny silver britches come back? Location:DC area Link to post 30 minutes ago, buckeye said: Man I hope so. The gradient look is awful. Sad to see it extended to the basketball program, so I’m not sure if they’ll dump it altogether  8,685 3,823 posts Share on other sites Posted January 1, 2017 Location:Atlanta, GA 1,844 Prev College Football Uniforms – 2017 Season Link to post 5,026 Members Share on other sites Clintau24 Members WSU151 I would predict the jerseys would either be the exact same, just on a new template, or a simplification such as the removal of contrasting cuffs and collars. There won’t be any radical changes. Perhaps we’ll also see the reintroduction of red britches occasionally on the road. That would be nice. SportsLogos.Net 5,026 8,685 Share on other sites WSU151 22,252 posts 551 Posted December 30, 2016 8,685 1 Posted December 30, 2016 1,627 posts 551 See Red 5 WSU151 551 aawagner011 8,685 1,844 5,026 73 2,128 Share this post Clintau24 5,026 H11K Location:DC area Share this post Members Share this post 5,026 1,844 College Football Uniforms – 2017 Season Link to post buckeye Sports Logos 919 Members Sign in to follow this   Clintau24 Location:Atlanta, GA Isn’t next year the year that shiny silver britches come back? Location:Tampa, FL See Red Followers 16 Posted December 30, 2016 1,482 Sports Logo News 14 minutes ago, MJWalker45 said: Location:Columbus, Ohio See Red Link to post 1,844 22,252 posts Supposedly Georgia is moving to the Mach Speed template next year. Unknown what the changes, if any, will be. It’s Kirby Smart’s first change to put a stamp on the program. He did away with the bones on the back of the helmet this season. They kept the same uniforms and added a black jersey to the rotation this past year. In all kinds of weather Share on other sites Share this post Location:Atlanta, GA 73 2 Link to post 13 minutes ago, H11K said: H11K MJWalker45 395 14,123 posts Posted December 30, 2016 I’m not sure this is all that newsworthy but Florida got a bunch of Jordan brand gear in advance of their bowl game this year so that had some people in team circles wondering if Florida would be switching to Jordan brand full-time but I guess they will not be.  Whether they do or don’t, I think the uniforms need some kind of refresh. 1,627 posts See Red Go To Topic Listing 2 minutes ago, MJWalker45 said: Share this post Grand Pooba of Walksylvania Members Commenting now to get the star on the feed. 0 8,685 17,487 posts Location:Auburn, AL Share on other sites jakgol 4 IIRC, schools have been unveiling next year’s unis around spring ball and their scrimmages. I too am looking forward to UA/UCLA (hope they start wearing gold pants on the road, Clarendon font and stop with the black/grey/steel baloney)  4,807 posts aawagner011 1,844 8,685 According to a friend of mine (who is a very reliable source) Arizona should be in line for getting new uniforms next season, will be interesting to see if they 22,252 posts 2,128 Share this post Link to post 0 395 Grand Pooba of Walksylvania Link to post WSU151 MJWalker45 Or italicizing the numbers like the basketball team.  I’m not sure if the fonts are the exact same, italics aside, but they work much better on the basketball uniforms. Posted December 30, 2016 Link to post Share on other sites Share this post Posted January 1, 2017 3 1,482 aawagner011 Sports Logos Posted December 30, 2016 Location:Tampa, FLlast_img read more

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PREP WRESTING: Thousand Oaks defeats Simi Valley

first_imgHost Thousand Oaks jumped out to 17-0 lead after four matches and never trailed in defeating Simi Valley 41-26 Thursday night in a Marmonte League showdown that might have earned the winning Lancers a berth in the Southern Section Div. V Dual Meet championships. “This is really big,” said Thousand Oaks senior co-captain Matt Ritterbush, “because from what we were looking at, whoever won this match was probably going to take second in league.” Matt Bruno of Simi Valley temporarily slowed the Lancers’ momentum with a major decision at 160, but Thousand Oaks posted pins in its final four wins – by Tylor Connor at 171, Brett Parker at 215, Colin Sasaki at 112 and Joey McLaughlin at 130 in the final match of the night. Sasaki gave the Lancers a big spark with his pin, coming with 34 seconds left in the final period of his match after Simi Valley’s Nathan Mullett (275) and Chris Barr (103) had delivered back-to-back pins to pull the Pioneers within 29-19 with four weight classes remaining. Thousand Oaks clinched the team victory at 112 pounds, when Jason Moore yielded just three points in a decision loss to Simi Valley’s Jeff Chuang. “I know he was frustrated to lose, but he did what the team needed,” Lyne said of Moore. Simi Valley season wins leader Mikey Murphy won by major decision at 125 to improve to 22-3. Jon Hamm won by decision at 189 for the Pioneers’ other victory on a night Thousand Oaks turned in what Lyne called its best match of the season and got full credit from Greene. “It was a big match and hats off to Thousand Oaks,” said the Simi Valley coach. “They wrestled us tough.” Dave Shelburne, (818) 713-3609 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The victory left Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley one win back of No. 1-ranked Marmonte leader Royal of Simi Valley, which won the league and Div. V Dual Meet titles last season. Simi Valley could force a three-way title tie with a season-ending win at Royal in two weeks. But Pioneers coach Guy Greene said his team was effectively out of postseason team consideration after the 15-point loss to Thousand Oaks, since point differential is the league’s three-way tiebreaker, and Royal already has a 20-point win over Thousand Oaks. “We gave up too many pins,” Greene said after Thousand Oaks secured five of its eight victories by pin. “The way it started out they had the snowball going, in terms that they had (early) weights they could win. We let our people that could win later let that influence how they wrestled.” Lyne said early momentum was a factor and thought Thousand Oaks got a break when 135 was determined to be the starting weight. His Lancers supported that thinking by winning five of the first six matches. Trevor Lima (135) and Behrod Katebian (140) got the early run started with back-to-back major decisions, Brandon Eaton followed with a pin at 145, and Ritterbush contributed a hard-fought decision at 152. center_img Thousand Oaks, ranked No. 5 by the Daily News, improved to 18-5, 4-1 with the win over the No. 4-ranked Pioneers (4-1, 4-1). “We’ve got to beat Calabasas and Newbury Park, and they’re two very good teams,” said Thousand Oaks coach Kerry Lyne, “but if it finishes out that way, we’ll go.” last_img read more

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