Ashwani Lohani is new Railway Board chairman

Ashwani Lohani is also the Chairman and Managing Director of Air India

Ashwani Lohani is also the Chairman and Managing Director of Air India

Air India Managing Director Ashwani Lohani was later appointed as the chairman of the Railway Board.

Mittal's resignation has been accepted, a Railway Ministry spokesperson told IANS earlier.

Meanwhile, few hours ago, Suresh Prabhu met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and offered his resignation. In 1980, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi signed an order to sack the entire Railway Board for non-performance. Although he had earlier dismissed the allegations levelled against him, he made a decision to resign on moral grounds today following the derailment of Azamgarh-Delhi Kaifiyat Express, which injured 74 passengers. The Utkal Express accident was the result of the train derailing as it sped past a station where the tracks were under fix.

In a series of emotional tweets, Prabhu said he was "extremely pained" by the two derailments in Uttar Pradesh.

He had served as DRM, Delhi Division; Director, National Rail Museum; and Chief Administrative Officer, Rail Alternate Fuel.

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"Necessary communication in this regard has been sent to the Ministry of Railways", a press communique on Lohani's appointment read. Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday tweeted his grief over the two tragic rail accidents and took full responsibility for them.

- Lohani enjoys registration in Guinness Book of World Records for successfully running the "Fairy Queen Express", the world's oldest working steam locomotive.

A qualified mechanical engineer, who also has degrees in electrical, metallurgical and electronics and telecommunication streams, Lohani is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. He was scheduled to retire in 2018 and would have been the longest serving chairman of the Railway Board if he had continued.

Two days before he retired in 2016, Mital, said to be close to Prabhu, was given a two-year extension. Mittal was facing flak after the Utkal Express derailment in Muzaffarnagar on Saturday. "However, taking action against the Board members can prove counter-productive", former Railway Board Chairman Vivek Sahai said.

Currently, the board has 10 members excluding Lohani.

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