New Delhi: There is no proposal to hike rail fare even as price of diesel has gone up as a result of increase in excise duty and cess, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said in the Rajya Sabha on Friday. “At present, there is no proposal to change fares because of diesel price increase,” he said. Goyal also said that consumption of diesel by the Railways has been coming down over the years as it was moving to electric traction and there is a plan for 100 per cent electrification by 2022. During the Question Hour, Congress leader B.K. Hariprasad wanted a reply from the Railway Minister on whether fluctuation in petroleum products would have its impact on passenger and freight fares. While presenting the Budget earlier this month, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman proposed to increase excise duty and cess each on petrol and diesel by Re 1 per litre. The Railways is the third largest consumer of diesel in the country but it has been fast moving to green energy in a big way to reduce carbon footprint and protect the environment. Goyal had earlier said that the public transporter consumes about 1.27 per cent of the total electricity consumption of the country and three per cent of diesel for its energy needs.
Australian star Markella Kavenagh is the first actor to join the cast of Amazon’s much-awaited ‘Lord of the Rings’ series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor, who has featured in shows such as ‘Romper Stomper’, ‘The Cry’ and ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’, will portray the role of Tyra. Further details of her character are yet to be revealed. The streamer had recently announced that ‘Jurrasic World: Fallen Kingdom’ helmer JA Bayona will be directing the first two episodes of the show. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainHe will also serve as executive producer alongside partner Belen Atienza. Bryan Cogman, who worked as a writer and co-executive producer on ‘Game of Thrones’, also boarded the project as a series consultant. He is helping out the writing team of Patrick McKay and JD Payne, who were announced as series developers last year. Amazon has made a multi-season production commitment to the TV series. It will produce the show in cooperation with the Estate of J R R Tolkien, publishing house HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. However, the series will not be a retelling of Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning trilogy. It will explore story set before the events in the first LOTR novel, ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’.