National Current Affairs

Cabinet approves renaming of Kandla Port as Deendayal Port

The Union Cabinet has approved proposal of Union Ministry of Shipping to rename of Kandla Port in Gujarat as Deendayal Port, Kandla. The port was renamed after BJP ideologue Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay who had dedicated his entire life for public service and was epitome of simplicity, honesty and selfless service for poor and down-trodden. It was renamed as part of Upadhyay’s 101st birth anniversary celebrations.

Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay

Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay was born in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, on September 25, 1916 and died on 1 February 1968. He was a Bharatiya Jan Sangh leader and Indian politician. He had conceived philosophy on ‘integral humanism’, which was later adopted by  Jan Sangh and BJP.

Throughout his life, he had worked tirelessly for Indianisation of democracy, honouring public opinion, selflessness and respect for law of the land. All his actions were based on principles of ‘Integral Humanism’ and also upheld values of democracy founded on tolerance, discipline, selflessness and respect for law of land.

Kandla Port

Kandla Port is one of twelve major ports in country. It is situated on Gulf of Kutch in Gujarat. It is largest port of India in terms of volume of cargo handled (around 100 million tons freight). It was constructed in 1950s as main seaport to serve in western India, alternative to Karachi port which came under Pakistan’s control after partition. In March 2016, Kandla Port had created history by becoming first Major Port in country to cross 100 million tons freight handling capacity.


Cabinet approves MoU between India and Switzerland on Technical Cooperation in Rail Sector

The Union Cabinet has approved Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Ministry of Railways, and Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications of Swiss Confederation on Technical Cooperation in Rail Sector.  The MoU was signed in August, 2017.

The MoU will enable technical cooperation in areas such as traction rolling stock, Traction Propulsion Equipments, Freight and Passenger Cars,  EMU and train sets, Railway Electrification Equipments , Train scheduling and operation improvement, Tilting Trains, Railway Station modernization, Multimodal transport and Tunneling technology.


The Union Ministry of Railways has signed various MoUs for technical cooperation in ail sector with various foreign Governments and National Railways in areas such as high-speed corridors, raising speed of existing routes, heavy haul operations, development of world-class stations and modernization of rail infrastructure etc.

The cooperation under these MoUs is achieved mainly through exchange of information on developments in areas of railways technology and operations, knowledge sharing, technical visits, training & seminars and workshops in areas of mutual interest.

These MoUs provide global platform for Indian Railways to interact and share latest developments and knowledge in railway sector. They also facilitate exchange of technical experts, technical documents and reports, training and seminars focusing on specific technology areas and other interactions for knowledge sharing.