Washington: In an unusual gesture, the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee held a Congressional reception to welcome India’s new ambassador, Arun K. Singh at Capitol Hill, the seat of US legislature.
A number of lawmakers attended the reception on Wednesday, which was organised in association with the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, the largest country-specific caucus in the US congress.
The committee’s Republican Chairman, Ed Royce, its top Democrat member, Elliot Engel, together with co-chairs of the caucus – Democrat Ami Bera and Republican George Holding co-hosted the event.
Leaders of the Indian American community from across the US a well as the think tank community and academia also attended the event.
In their welcome remarks, both Royce and Engel spoke warmly of Singh’s contribution in promoting India-US relations.
Welcoming Singh, who has previously served as deputy chief of mission here, back to Washington DC, Royce reiterated his commitment to promoting India-US ties. Engel called India and US as ‘natural partners’ with common strategic and geo-political outlook.
Holding called the India-US relationship as the founding relationship of 21st century and advocated strengthening bilateral economic ties.
The lone Indian Congressman, Bera called the relationship ‘non partisan’ and recognized, that the diaspora brings vibrancy to the bilateral ties.
Singh, thanking the leadership of the House committee and the Caucus on India and Indian Americans, noted the important contributions made by the Caucus to bring the people and governments of the two countries closer.
He described the bipartisan support for India-US relations in the US Congress as a source of strength for the India-US strategic partnership, that now spans across almost all dimensions of human endeavour.
Founded in 1993 by Frank Pallone and Bill McCollum, the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, is the largest single country caucus in the House of Representatives. (IANS)
Indian Railways is one of the biggest railways networks in the world
India has railways stations which are famous for various reasons
Indian railways stations are famous for various reasons from being beautiful to being a haunting place
India has one of the biggest railways departments in the world. And also, one of the largest numbers of railway stations as well. Indian railways stations are not only railways stations but are also one of the apexes of India pre and post-colonial history.
Railways have a huge behind the increasing Indian economy, the revenue generated is huge. Railways were introduced by Britishers in India and since then it has become of the biggest assets of India. They are not only a mode of transportation but also have a huge historical background.
Here is the list of some of the most famous Indian Railway Station.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) or the Victoria Terminus (VT) as it popularly known is in Mumbai. It is one of the largest railways stations in India. It is also one of the most famous and has found a place in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites because of its magnificent gothic architecture. The station was built in 1887 to celebrate the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria.
Lucknow Charbagh Railway Station
It is one of the most beautiful railway stations in India. It has 9 platforms and other 4 which are under construction. The Lucknow Charbagh Railway Station has a magnificent architectural masterpiece. It was built in 20th century by the British and looks more like a monument than a railway station. It is one of the two major railways stations in Lucknow and is well-connected to the whole country.
Howrah Junction in Kolkata is the oldest railway station in India. It is also one of the largest railway stations in India with 23 platforms. Howrah Junction can handle more trains than any other Indian railway station. Despite being renovated several times, it still holds the magnificence of the British and Bengali architecture.
Cuttack Railway Station
Cuttack is a city in Odisha. The Cuttack Railway Station in Odisha is one of the most beautiful and cleanest Indian railway stations. This railway station is famous for its architecture which is said to be inspired by the Barabati Fort, which is located in the Kalinga region of Odisha.
Vijayawada Junction Railway Station
Vijayawada Junction is one of the largest railway stations in India and is situated in Andhra Pradesh. It was constructed in 1888 and is famous for its architecture. It is also one of the busiest railway stations in India. It is also famous for its white structure.
Begunkodor Railway Station
Begunkodor Railway Station is in West Bengal. This station us famous because it is said to be haunted. Due to this, the station has been abandoned for 42 years. The station is said to be haunted by the ghost of a woman draped in a white sarees.
New Delhi Railway Station is one of the largest railway stations in New Delhi and India. It is also the main railway station of Delhi. The railway station situated between the areas of Ajmeri Gate and Paharganj and sees the one of the largest crowd of commuters.
Barog Railway Station
Barog in Himachal Pradesh is a little railway station which is famous for its elaborate history. The railway station is surrounded by beautiful mountains. It is also famous for the ghost of its engineer which is said to be haunting the railway station. The station is also famous because of various folklores surrounding it.