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Current Affairs - June 2013

Current Affairs - June 2013

Current Affairs June 2013 Questions and Answers for preparing Exams| RBI Assistant Exam|SSC | UPSC | Civil Services | Bank | RRB and all other Competitive Examinations.


Latest Current Affairs from 4th Week of June 2013 in PDF- useful for all competitive Examinations!!!!!


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Q1. Which team lifted the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 on 23 June 2013?
Ans. India
Note: India beat England by 05 runs in the final. Final was held at at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England.
Man of the Match- Ravindra Jadeja
Man of the Series- Shikhar Dhawan

Q2. Who was sworn in as Australia’s new prime minister on 27 June 2013?
Ans. Kevin Rudd
Q3. Name the Secretary of State of the United States who completed his India visit on 25 June 2013?
Ans. John Kerry
Note: He was on three-day visit to India from 23 June 2013 to 25 June 2013.

Q4. Who was named the most powerful celebrity on 26 June 2013 by Forbes?
Ans. Oprah Winfrey
Note: Oprah Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. She is best known for her multi-award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show which was the highest-rated program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011.

Q5. International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was observed recently. Identify the date on which it was observed?
Ans. 26 June
Note: The United Nations General Assembly declared 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in the year 1987. The objective of observing this day is to strengthen the action as well as cooperation in order to achieve the aim of a society free of drug abuse.

Q6. Union Cabinet of India on 28 June 2013 gave its approval to the proposal for the ....................... communication satellite project along with procurement of launch services and insurance. (Visit-http://currentaffairs4examz.blogspot.in/)
Ans. GSAT-15
Note: GSAT-15 is part of the Indian Research Organisation’s (ISRO`s) efforts towards in-orbit spare capacity to meet contingency and to protect the services of existing users.

Q7. Name the former Italian Prime Minister who was sentenced to 7 years Jail in Sex Trial and banned from public office for life?
Ans. Silvio Berlusconi

Q8. Which country became the first country in South Asia to end testing ofCosmetic product on animals in the month of June 2013?
Ans. India

Q9. Name the Walmart India Head who resigned on on 26 June 2013?
Ans.  Raj Jain
Note: Ramnik Narsey was named as the interim head of India operations. Raj Jain served WalMart for six years. Ramnik Narsey, as of now, was the senior vice president for Walmart International.

Q10. 39th edition of the G8 Summit concluded on 18 June 2013. Where it was held?
Ans. Lough Erne in Northern Ireland

Q11. Name the country which maintained the top most position in ICC ODIrankings recently released?
Ans. India
Note: India has the rating points of 123 now and its nearest rivals, England as well as Australia have the ranking of 113 points. South Africa, on the other hand has rating of 111.

Q12. The I &B ministry in the Month of June 2013 has cancelled the license of 15 channels and suspended the license of seven others for 30 days. Name the reason for such a move by the ministry?)
Ans. They  failed to abide by with licensing conditions.
Note: Most of channel whose license are cancelled are regional.

Q13. Who was on 28 June 2013 appointed as Secretary of Information & Broadcasting Ministry?
Ans. Bimal Julka
Note: Julka will succeed Uday Kumar Varma, who will retire from his office on 30 June 2013.

Q14. US Ambassador to India Nancy J Powell on 23 June 2013 announced that US would provide .................... US dollar through the United States Agency forInternational Development (USAID) to NGOs that are working for affected areas of Uttarakhand?
Ans. 150000

Q15. Name the marketplace located in Delhi which has been ranked fifth in the list of world’s most expensive office market due to its strong demand amid limited supply as per the CBRE report?
Ans. Connaught Place

Q16. International Olympic Day was celebrated across the world on 23 June 2013. What was the purpose of this day?
Ans. This day is celebrated for promotion of participation of people in the sports all across the world, irrespective of athletic, gender or age ability.

Q17. Largest as well as the brightest moon of the year 2013, called the Supermoon was observed on 23 June 2013. What was special about Super moon?
Ans. Supermoon is said to be that situation when the moon is closer to Earth inthe orbit than every other day.

Q18. Name the landmark bill passed by United States Senate on 27 June 2013?
Ans. Immigration Bill

Q19. Name the prestigious award which was received by Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on 28 June 2013 from UN for his mass contact programme initiative?(Visit-http://currentaffairs4examz.blogspot.in/)
Ans. United Nations Public Service Award

Q20. Muthoot Finance got in-principal approval from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for establishing as well as operating which type of ATMs recently?
Ans.  White Label ATMs (WLAs)
Note: The White Label ATMs (WLAs) are the ones which are not owned and operated by the bank but by another non-bank entity. By paying a stipulated fee, anyone can use it for the purpose of financial transaction with any other bank branch.

Q21. Who was appointed as the coach of Australian Cricket team recently?
Ans. Darren Lehmann
Note: He was appointed replacing Mickey Arthur who was sacked two weeks before the Australia Ashes Tour which was set to start on 10 July 2013.

Q22. A book entitled Ziauddin Barni’s Tarikh-i-Firoz Shahi was released on 28 June 2013. Who released the book?
Ans. Vice President of India, Hamid Ansari

Q23. Which Indian Port regained top position in Seafood Exports for second consecutive year recently?
Ans. Pipavav port
Note: It is the first private sector port of India located in Saurashtra, Gujarat, remained at the top most position for second year in a row in FY13 on the basis of quantity.

Q24. Which film won Golden Goblet on 23 June 2013 for best feature film at the 16th Shanghai International Film Festival?
Ans. The Major, a Russian film.

Q25. Computerworld Honors Laureate selected which India Govt. Project for 21st Century Achievement Award 2013 under the category Economic Development?
Ans. UIDAI

Q26. Who established the new world record on Federation Internationale de l'Automobile's (FIA) world electric land speed record when the lightweight electric powered car reached the top speed of 328.6 km per hour?
Ans. Drayson Racing Technologies

Q27. United Nations General Assembly designated which day of June as the UN Public Service Day in its resolution?
Ans. 23 June
Note: This day is celebrated across the world to celebrate the virtue as well as value of public service to the community.

Q28. Who became First Man to Successfully Walk across Grand Canyon on Tightrope on 23 June 2013?
Ans. Nik Wallenda

Q29. Name the unique scheme for energy conservation launched by Rajasthan government on 27 June 2013?
Ans. Mukhyamantri Bijli Bachat Lamp Yojna

Q30. Who bagged a Silver medal for India at the 3rd China Open boxing tournament on 22 June 2013?
Ans. Manjeet Singh

Q31. The Vice President of India, Hamid Ansari released a book entitled Healing Memories: Civilizations in Dialogue on 24 June 2013. What was the issue being discussed in the book?
Ans. Dialogue among cultures and civilizations expressing circumvention of conflict and seeking solutions to problems on the norms of civilized behaviour.

Q32. Japan's highest Mountain and famous landmark Mount Fuji was in news recently. Why was it in news?
Ans. It was given world heritage status by the UNESCO World Heritage committee on 20 June 2013.

Q33. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi on 26 June 2013 flagged off first train which connects Banihal in Jammu with Qazigund in Kashmir. The trainalso chugged through the 11-kilometer Pir Panchal railway tunnel. What is special about Pir Panchal railway tunnel?
Ans. It is the longest tunnel of India and is a part of 17.7 kilometer Qazigund-Banihal railway track.

Q34. Which drug firm on 25 June 2013 announced that it was given World Health Organisation (WHO) pre- qualification for the anti-malarial tablets which will be launched immediately?(Visit-http://currentaffairs4examz.blogspot.in/)
Ans. Strides Arcolab Pharma.
Note: These tablets are called Artemether and Lumifantrine (AL) tablets.

Q35. Japan got its First MOX Nuclear Shipment port since Fukushima incident on 28 June 2013. Name the country from which it was arrived?
Ans. France
Note: The Nuclear Shipment was arrived in order to restart their atomic reactors.

Q36. What was the minimum Support Price for Paddy fixed by Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on 28 June 2013?
Ans. 1310 Rupees per Quintal

Q37. Name the three major medicines banned by Government recently in wake of health risks associated with them?
Ans. Anti-diabetes drug pioglitazone, painkiller analgin and anti-depressant deanxit.

Q38. Union ministry of Information and Broadcasting on 23 June 2013 constituted a committee to review the rate revision of the newspaper advertisements. Who was the head of the committee?
Ans. JS Mathur
Note: JS Mathur is the Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Q39. Who dedicated the first Unit of ONGC’s Mega Power project in Tripura to the nation on 21 June 2013?
Ans. President of India, Pranab Mukherjee

Q40. Union government on 27 June 2013 increased by how many times the price at which natural gas is supposed to be sold to producers of power, fertilizer, minerals and steel?
Ans. Doubled
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AIPAEA - POSTAL ACCOUNTS CADRE RESTRUCTURING PROPOSAL ACCEPTED BY POSTAL BOARD

AIPAEA - POSTAL ACCOUNTS CADRE RESTRUCTURING PROPOSAL ACCEPTED BY POSTAL BOARD

The AIPAEA (All India Postal Accounts Employees Association) has intimated through its official website that the proposal of cadre restructuring accepted by the Postal Board, the content of the post is reproduced here under for your information...

POSTAL ACCOUNTS CADRE RESTRUCTURING PROPOSAL ACCEPTED BY POSTAL BOARD COMRADES,

WITH THE CONSTANT PERSUASION AND FOLLOW UP BY AIPAEA AND UNSTINTING SUPPORT FROM NFPE, FINALLY THE SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF POSTS HAS APPROVED THE CADRE RESTRUCTURING RECOMMENDATIONS RELATING TO POSTAL ACCOUNTS. THE FILE IS BEING PROCESSED TO SEND IT TO THE NODAL MINISTRY, DOP&T FOR FURTHER NECESSARY ACTION.

AIPAEA CONVEY ITS THANKS TO THE SECRETARY POSTS, JS&FA, DDG (PAF) AND OTHER OFFICERS IN THE DIRECTORATE.

THIS RESTRUCTURING WILL BENEFIT THE SORTERS AND LDCs OF PAOS AS THEY WILL GET THE GRADE PAY OF Rs. 2400/- AND CHANGE IN THE DESIGNATION AS ' ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT'.

THE RESTRUCTURING OF JA, SA AND AAO IS UNDER PERSUASION AT THE LEVEL OF AUDIT AND ACCOUNTS JAC.

AIPAEA IS AWARE OF THE FACT THAT WE HAVE TO GO MILES TO TURN THIS PROPOSAL INTO REALITY. AIPAEA IS CONFIDENT OF ACHIEVING THIS WITH THE HELP OF NFPE AND CONFEDERATION.

THANKS TO THE NFPE LEADERSHIP.

Source: AIPAEA
[http://aipaea09.blogspot.in/2013/06/postal-accounts-cadre-restructuring.html]
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Salient Features of New All India Time Table ‘Trains at A Glance’ New Time Table Comes into Effect From 1st July 2013

Salient Features of New All India Time Table ‘Trains at A Glance’ New Time Table Comes into Effect From 1st July 2013 


The Ministry of Railways has released its new All India Railway Time Table known as “TRAINS AT A GLANCE (TAG)” which has come into effect from 1st July, 2013.  In addition to the “Trains at a Glance”, all the 17 Zonal Railways to release their Zonal Railway Time Tables which will come into effect from 1st July, 2013.   Passengers are advised to refer to the new timings  w.e.f. 1st July 2013 before starting the journey.  The new Trains at a Glance will also be shortly uploaded on Railways’ official website i.e. www.indianrailways.gov.in.

The salient features of Trains at a Glance-2013 are as under:


1.      Encouraged by the public response over the past few years all the user-friendly features of Trains at a Glance viz. how to read a table, route map, station index,  trains between important stations,  station code index, Train number index,  Train name index, has been retained.

2.      Commercial information of passenger use and interest viz. advance reservation period, reservation through internet, Tatkal scheme, Refund rules and rail travel concessions have been suitably updated.

3.      Information regarding Vigilance organization, Public grievance machinery, disaster management and catering services have been incorporated.

4.      Railway Budget 2013-14 announcements: The Mail/Express services (introduction, extension and increase in frequency of the existing services) that have been  announced  in the Railway Budget/announced in the Parliament have been incorporated in the new Trains at a Glance are as under:




Name of service
No. of services
Introduction of new trains

Fully AC Express
6
Express Services
76


Extension

Express Services
42


Increase in frequency

Express Services
23

   Source : PIB

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SMS & USSD Based Ticketing System – Non Internet based Mobile ticket booking for train journey

SMS & USSD Based Ticketing System – Non Internet based Mobile ticket booking for train journey

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Railways
28-June-2013 17:30 IST

Mallikarjun Kharge Launches SMS Based Ticketing System

This New System will Improve Customer Convenience and Empower the Common Man: Kharge
The Minister of Railways Shri Mallikarjun Kharge launched SMS based ticketing system at a function here today. While addressing a gathering on the occasion, Shri Kharge said that this user-friendly service which will be effective from today i.e 28th June 2013, is being introduced in order to further improve the customer convenience and empower the common man who does not have access to internet and cannot afford to buy smart phones.

He said that since the mobile penetration in India has increased rapidly and more than 80 per cent people have mobile phones, this new system will be helpful in enabling booking of tickets by masses themselves. Ticket booking through non-internet based mobile, introduced as a pilot project by Indian Railways Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a Public Sector Undertaking of the Ministry of Railways, will also help Railways in overcoming the menace of touting whereby unsuspecting people are fleeced by such elements.

This will particularly be useful for labourers and workers staying away from their home and who have to book tickets for travel to their native place, the Minister added.

The Railway Minister further said that inconvenience in booking reserved railway tickets has been a cause of concern for all.  In order to facilitate easy access, Indian Railways have been making efforts by expanding the    passenger reservation system counters network.  The online booking through IRCTC has now grown up to about 45% of total reserved tickets.  This has eased the rush at counters to a great extent. While internet access in India is only about 10%, mobiles are now in easy reach and more than 80% people in our country use mobile phones, the Minister said.

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman, Railway Board, Shri Vinay Mittal said that Indian Railways’ initiative of launching the non-internet based ticketing through a mobile phone would further enhance the scope and each of ticketing since it has huge potential to tap the power of mobile phone. Shri Mittal said that this service will be improved further with provision of more payment options, user-friendly interface and value added services like alerts and updates.

Payment through mobiles is still in an evolving state and Commercial Banks, RBI and National Payment Corporation of India are working on providing a safe, secured and quick payment mechanism through mobile. As the payment option mature and user gets accustomed to SMS booking, it has the potential of overtaking bookings through internet as well as counters, he added.

In his welcome address, the Chairman-cum-Managing Director, IRCTC, Shri Rakesh Tondon said that this is, indeed, IRCTC’s successful effort in making railway ticket booking even easier through SMS or menu based USSD technology which works on all mobile phones.  Through this service, customer can not only book ticket but also can search for stations, trains, availability, PNR enquiry, make cancellation etc, he added.

Launch of ticket booking service through mobile phones had been announced in Railway Budget 2012-13.    This initiative will go a long way in customer convenience.  With the passage of time, it is expected that mobile booking will surpass reserved ticket booking by all other modes like internet and counters.  Mobile booking is not only convenient but it also saves time and money.  The user will have to get mobile money account opened from his/her bank or mobile money providing agencies as approved by the Reserve Bank of India.

The key features of ticket booking on mobile:
  • Ticket can be booked within minutes;
  • basic mobile phones are sufficient; no internet connection is required;
  • The user will get ticket details on SMS instantly.
  • SMS along with valid ID in original can be used for travel, no printout is required.

Book your ticket through USSD:
USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) based booking for Airtel subscribers*
Registration
•     Register for Airtel money by dialing *400#.
•     Load cash on this or recharge from any Airtel money outlet.

Booking Flow

•     Dial *400# and select book tickets option.
•     Select Reservation.
•     Enter your IRCTC User ID.
•     Enter the details of ticket (station, train no. date of journey, class etc.).
•     Enter mPIN for authorizing payment.
•     Booking confirmation SMS is sent by IRCTC and same can be used during journey along with valid ID proof.
•     Fare & IRCTC service charges are debited from your Airtel money account.
•     Charges: No PG Charges.
•     Agent / IRCTC Service Charges: As applicable
Helpline No.: 121
Helpline Email : 121@airtelmoney.in

Book your ticket through SMS:
1. SMS based booking through 139*
Registration
•     Register your mobile number with IRCTC as well as with your bank.
•     Bank provides MMID (Mobile Money Identifier) & OTP (one time password) for authorization of payment.  (More than 25 banks are providing this facility. For details, visit website:  http://www.npci.org.in/bankmember.aspx.)
Booking Flow
•     Send SMS, in the following syntax, to 139
      BOOK
•     You will receive Transaction ID alongwith other details.
•     Make payment through sending an SMS, in the following syntax, to 139
      PAY and your ticket is booked.
•     Service is available to all mobile subscribers.
•     SMSes @ Rs 3/- per SMS (2 SMSes are required for each booking).
•     PG charges Rs 5/- for ticket amount Rs 5000/- (as applicable by bank).
•     Agent / IRCTC Service Charges: As applicable
Helpline No.: 139
Helpline Email : smsticket139@bharatbpo.in

2. SMS based booking through 5676714*
Registration
Register your mobile number with IRCTC as well as with m-wallet (http://www.zipcash.in/user/nlogin.aspx)
Send SMS, to 5676717, in the following syntax START for user authentication (first time only)
Booking Flow
  • Send an SMS to 5676714 to book a ticket in the following syntax:
  • BOOK,, , ,, ,,
  • You will receive the Transaction number.
  • Send the 2nd SMS, for payment, in the following syntax.
1.   “PAY , MPAY, ” for authorizing payment through MPAY
or
2.   “PAY  ,,, ,” for authorizing payment through IMPS.
  • After payment is made booking confirmation is sent to your mobile.
  • Charges: No PG Charges. Agent / IRCTC Service Charges: As applicable. SMSes @ Rs 3/- per SMS (2 SMSes are required for each booking).
Helpline No. : 8882001001
Helpline Email : support@saarthii.com

3. SMS based booking through BSNL*
User should have the following:
1.   BSNL SIM card installed.
2.   Java enabled mobile phone.
3.   Andhra Bank Prepaid card.

This is a menu driven application where user has to enter the details asked for in simple step-by-step process to get the ticket.
Registration
•     Install the application.
•     Select the Register option to get the mPIN.
Booking
•     Click the icon BSNL Prepaid Card
•     Select Ticketing > Train (IRCTC)
•     Fill up the journey details such as From stn, To Stn, Train No, DOJ, Class, Quota, passenger details.
•     Enter the mPIN to get the ticket information.
•     Charges: No PG Charges. Agent / IRCTC Service Charges: As applicable. SMSes without charges.
Helpline No. : +91-8801298038
Helpline Email : bsnl.support@pyrogroup.com
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90% DA from July, 2013 may be announced in view of AICPIN, May 2013

90% DA from July, 2013 may be announced in view of AICPIN, May 2013

Expected DA : 90% DA from July, 2013 may be announced in view of  AICPIN, May 2013


Expected Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief from July 2013 : Central Government employees and Pensioners will get one more installment of additional DA and DR from July 2013 will be 10%, as per the release of AICPIN for the month of May 2013. Though the requirement of one more month of AICPIN for June to finalise the enhancement of Dearness allowance, there is possible to get 90% Dearness allowance and Dearness Relief from July 2013. The calculation table describes the steps as under:

Month / Year B.Y. 2001=100 Total of 
 12 Months
12 Months 
 Average
% Increase 
 over 115.763
App. DA DA %
Dec-12 219 2512 209.33 93.57 80.83 80
Jan-13 221 2535 211.25 95.49 82.49 82
Feb-13 223 2559 213.25 97.49 84.22 84
Mar-13 224 2582 215.17 99.41 85.87 85
Apr-13 226 2603 216.92 101.16 87.38 87
May-13 228 2625 218.75 102.99 88.97 88
Jun-13 Expected



90
 
Labour Bureau released the statistics number of Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) for the month of May 2013 on its official portal , which is important factor to calculate additional DA and DR to CG employees and CG Pensioners and the same is reproduced here for your information.
 
Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW)-May, 2013 
The All-India CPI-IW for May, 2013 rose by 2 points and pegged at 228 (two hundred and twenty eight). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by 0.88 per cent between April and May compared with 0.49 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The largest upward contribution to the change in current index came from Food group which increased by 1.22 per cent, contributing 1.64 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Arhar Dal, Fish Fresh, Poultry (Chicken), Milk, Chillies Green, Garlic, Ginger, Tomato, Root & Green Vegetables, Tea Leaf, Tea (Readymade), Cigarette, Country Liquor, Electricity Charges, Medicine (Allopathic), Repair Charges, etc. are responsible for the rise in index. However, this was compensated by Petrol putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 10.68 per cent for May, 2013 as compared to 10.24 per cent for the previous month and 10.16 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 13.24 per cent against 12.39 per cent of the previous month and 10.61 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.
At centre level, Chennai and Nagpur recorded the largest increase of 8 points each followed by Nasik (7 points) and Warrangal, Coonoor, Hubli Dharwar, Madurai and Tripura (6 points each). Among others, 5 points rise was registered in 2 centres, 4 points in 14 centres, 3 points in 6 centres, 2 points in 12 centres, and 1 point in 12 centres. On the contrary, a decline of 6 points was reported in Delhi, 5 points in Ghaziabad, 4 points in Srinagar, 3 points in 2 centres, 2 points in 2 centres and 1 point in 7 centres. Rest of the 10 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 38 centres are above All-India Index and other 38 centres’ indices are below national average. The index of Jabalpur and Haldia centres remained at par with all-India index.

The next index of CPI-IW for the month of June, 2013 will be released on Wednesday, 31 July, 2013. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureau.gov.in.

Source: Central Government News
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Saturday, 29 June 2013

SELF-CERTIFICATION OF DOCUMENTS INSTEAD OF ATTESTATION OF DOCUMENTS BY GAZETTED OFFICERS – DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE REFORMS RECOMMENDS SELF-CERTIFICATION OF DOCUMENTS IN LIEU OF GAZETTED OFFICER’S ATTESTATION.

SELF-CERTIFICATION OF DOCUMENTS INSTEAD OF ATTESTATION OF DOCUMENTS BY GAZETTED OFFICERS – DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE REFORMS RECOMMENDS SELF-CERTIFICATION OF DOCUMENTS IN LIEU OF GAZETTED OFFICER’S ATTESTATION. 

    No.K-11022/67/2012-AR
    Government of India
    Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
    Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances
    Sardar Patel Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
    New Delhi-110001. Dated the 10th May, 2013

    
    OFFICE MEMORANDUM


Subject: Self-certification

The Second Administrative Reforms Commission in its 12th Report titled “Citizen Centric Administration – The Heart of Governance”, has recommended, adoption of self-certification provision for simplifying procedures. (www:darpg.gov.in)

2. Taking a cue from this some Ministries/State Governments have adopted the provision of self-certification of documents like marksheet, birth certificate etc. by the applicants/stakeholders instead of asking for an attested copy of the documents by a Gazetted Officer or filing of affidavits. Under the self attestation method, the original documents are required,to be produced at the final stage.

3. You will appreciate that the above method is citizen friendly and obtaining either an attested copy or affidavit not only cost money but also involves wastage of time of the citizens and the Government officials.

3.  It is requested to kindly review the existing requirements of attested copy or affidavit in various application forms in a phased manner and wherever possible make provision for self-certification of documents, after obtaining the approval of the competent authority.


Sd/-
(Sanjay Kothari)
Secretary to the Government of India
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Windows 8.1: Everything You should Know

Windows 8.1: Everything You should Know

Microsoft rolled out the next version of windows, 8.1, at its annual Build developers conference on 28 June, 2013. It's a big deal. Windows 8 was a crazy ambitious step, what follows is just as important. This is what Microsoft's taken from your months of feedback (or just, yelling).

Almost everything coming in 8.1 seems like a genuine improvement. The question, then, is exactly how much improvement. It's not so much good news/bad news as good news and wait that's all the good news?

We'll be updating this post throughout Microsoft's keynote (refresh to see the latest updates), but we've started you with an overview of what's going into the update.

To Start
Well, you can boot to desktop now. You can also boot basically anywhere else you want, too-the All Apps screen, individual apps, the Start Menu.

The Start button also returns, but it only flings you into the Start Screen-no old school Start menu.
There are also some new tile sizes: The smaller square tiles (like Windows Phone 8's), which let you cram more stuff onto your homescreen, and the gigantic square tile, which can display a bunch of information, like emails or calendar appointments.

You can select a group of tiles at once and drag them into their own group, which you can name, like a folder.

Swiping up from the Start screen brings up All Apps, which can now be sorted in more ways. This is a nice improvement from the swipe-then-tap required to bring this up in Windows 8.
The start screen can be customized to more colors and has some ""motion accents"" that move as you scroll through the metro tiles. Or, blessedly, you can just put your desktop wallpaper behind the Start screen.

As a whole, the changes to the Start screen are pretty indicative of the update as a whole. A few functional improvements, some of which are highly anticipated, but just as much window dressing and little flourishes.

Wider Customization

Microsoft's big push for 8.1 is to make Windows feel more customizable, and that goes beyond the Start screen.

The most visible change is the tweak to multitasking. ""Snap View"", or the ability to pin a Metro app to either side of the screen, has been changed to let you drag to resize the apps. Meaning: If you want to have, say, Mail on the left side and a browser on the right, you can have each app take up 50 percent of the screen, or drag the divider around to your liking.

In addition to this, you can have up to four apps snapped as vertical columns on your screen. All screens can take four apps, but obviously you're going to want a larger monitor to handle them (16:9 or 21:9 being ideal).

Microsoft has looked into allowing you snap apps as horizontal rows-either at the top and bottom of the screen, or within columns created by snapped apps-but that's not currently possible. Yell about this some more and maybe it'll show up in an update down the road.

The lock screen can now be a moving collage of photos from your PC, SkyDrive, and Phone.

SkyDrive

SkyDrive features more prominently in 8.1. You can decide in all your apps whether to view files on your PC or on SkyDrive, and where things are saved. We'll add further features as they're announced.

Settings

We're going to see a lot of new APIs today that will allow developers tomake apps more customizable. We're also told that the first party Microsoft apps will have more options as well. We'll have more details as the specific APIs are announced.

Search

Search is a big addition for Windows 8.1. Well, ""change"" is probably more appropriate.
In Windows 8, Search was broken down to search by applications, on the web, in the store, through your files. You decided which you'd see.

In 8.1, Search is universal. Searching for any term will bring up a ""hero"" display if you press enter, showing you results from the web, in your files, and anywhere else, which you scroll through.
If you just type into the field, though, the pane on the right hand side of the screen will display results in real time, a lot like Apple's Spotlight. This is a good thing, in theory, but we still want to see how it works in a day to day setting.

3D Printing

Microsoft is partnering with Makerbot, 3D Systems, Form Labs, Autodesk, and several other software and hardware companies to add 3D printing support to 8.1.

Good thing? Bad thing?

Windows 8.1 brings good stuff to the table. The question isn't really if it's good, but if it's good enough. A lot of that will depend on how the new developer tools are implemented going forward, and how much developer support overall improves this year.

Source : http://www.gizmodo.in

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India Post applies for banking licence

India Post applies for banking licence 

MUMBAI: With the Reserve Bank of India's deadline for applying for a bank licence fast approaching, the number of companies that have joined the list is rising. IndiaInfoline, Bajaj Finserv and the India Post are among the recent entities that have joined the ranks of licence seekers.

"Bajaj Finserv Ltd has submitted its application to Reserve Bank of India on June 26, 2013 for a Licence to commence banking business in terms of section 22 of the Banking Companies Act, 1949. It is proposed to do this by converting its subsidiary Bajaj Finance Ltd into a Bank in terms of RBI Guidelines for Licensing of New Banks in the Private Sector dated February 22, 2013" the company said in a statement.

Although the postal department has been expressing its ambitions to float a bank for long, RBI would have to create a special dispensation for India Post as it does not fit into several of the criteria prescribed by the central bank. Besides the prescribed norms, the postal department would face a huge challenge in putting in place a core banking solution that would facilitate a centralized view of all its accounts. However, there are many who feel that the postal department is ideally suited to spread RBI's objectives of financial inclusion. The department already mobilizes small investments through the postal saving scheme and it has a network that is larger than any bank.

IFCI, Bajaj Finserv, India Infoline would join a host of other entities like Religare Enterprises,Aditya Birla group, JM Financial and Srei, which have lined up plans to foray into the banking sector.

Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/

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Dopt orders 2013 : Guidelines regarding grant of vigilance clearance to members of the Central Civil Posts / Central Civil Services

Dopt orders 2013 : Guidelines regarding grant of vigilance clearance to members of the Central Civil Posts / Central Civil Services


No. 11012/11/2007-Estt.A
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training



North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 21st June 2013


Office Memorandum


Subject : Guidelines regarding grant of vigilance clearance to members of the Central Civil Services/Central Civil Posts.
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 14.12.2007 on the above subject and to say that it has been decided to modify Para 2(c) thereof as under:

"(c) Vigilance clearance shall not be withheld unless (i) the officer is under suspension (ii) the officer is on the Agreed List, provided that in all such cases the position shall be mandatorily revisited after a period of one year (iii) a charge sheet has been issued against the officer in a disciplinary proceeding and the proceeding is pending (iv) orders for instituting disciplinary proceeding against the officer have been issued by the Disciplinary Authority provided that the charge sheet is served within three months from the date of passing such order (v) charge sheet has been filed in a Court by the Investigating Agency in a criminal case and the case is pending (vi) orders for instituting a criminal case against the officer have been issued by the Disciplinary Authority provided that the charge sheet is served within three months from the date of initiating proceedings (vii) sanction for investigation or prosecution has been granted by the Competent Authority in a case under the PC Act or any other criminal matter (viii) an FIR has been filed or a case registered by the concerned Department against the officer provided that the charge sheet is served within three months from the date of filing / registering the FIR / case (ix) the officer is involved in a trap / raid case on charges of corruption and investigation is pending."


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(J.A. Vaidyanathan)
Director (Establishment)


Source : www.persmin.nic.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/11012_11_2007-Estt-A-1.pdf]
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Indian Employment News Weekly Updates : Job Highlights for the week from 22 June 2013 to 28 June 2013

Indian Employment News Weekly Updates : Job Highlights for the week from 22 June 2013 to 28 June 2013

Employment News Weekly is updating some important opportunities under the title of ‘Job Highlights’ on its portal to the young Indian Job Seekers…

In this respect, this week six fantastic opportunities are given below…

Job Highlights  (22 June- 28 June 2013)

1. Sashastra Seema Bal requires 645 Constable Driver. Last Date : 01.08.2013

2. Reserve Bank of India, Mumbai requires 68 Security Guard. Last Date : 12.07.2013

3. Medical Officer Selection Board (CAPFS) requires 608 specialist Medical Officers (Deputy Commandant), Medical Officers (Assistant Commandant) and Dental Surgeons(Assistant Commandant) Last Date : 13.07.2013

4. Andhra Bank requires Company Secretary. Last Date : 13.07.2013

5. Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (MHA) requires Dy. Judge Attorney General (Dy. Commandant). Last Date: 22.07.2013
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Friday, 28 June 2013

Next time you go to the Post Office, it may well turn out to be a bank

Next time you go to the Post Office, it may well turn out to be a bank

A long-pending dream of India Post to have banking operations is now taking a final shape. The Department of Post has moved a Cabinet note with the government providing Rs 500 crore as seed capital to India Post for this purpose. This is the minimum paid up capital required under the final norms for banking licenses put up by the Reserve Bank of India.

Financial help from the government is needed since India Post ran a deficit of Rs 5,805.9 crore in 2011-12, though 8.5% lower than Rs 7,899.3 crore in the previous year.

India Post plans to start banking operations in 50 branches, a key official said.

The official said all the initial work on applying for a banking license to RBI has been completed and the only task left now is to formally submit its application.

The deadline for submitting applications is July one and in between only two working days are left.

"Our officer is in Mumbai and we will file the application before the deadline," the official said.

When asked that it would be too costly an affair to convert a post office into a bank, the official explained that both post office work of India Post and banking operations will simultaneously exist.

She said India Post can always squeeze a little space in its existing post offices. "We can give the bank a completely different branding and so the bank and post office can coexist ," she said.

"That little space for bank branches will be built from the scratch. But, the existing infrastructure across 1,50,000 post offices will be leveraged. We are naturally the most fit candidate to open a bank as no one can match the department's reach," the official said.

She said India Post has around 1,50,000 post offices, while all the other bank branches combined would come to around 50,000 only.

"So, other aspirants have a reason to worry, but we qualify RBI's eligibility criteria in all respects," the official said.
When other private banks can have a lean and mean approach in terms of bank branches and can still be successful, so can India Post, the official asserted.

But, the idea is to not to open branches across all the 1,50,000 post offices, but have a selective play. "If we cover the entire network, it will be too extensive, therefore we will open in places where there are not other banks etc. And our post man could act as a banking correspondent enabled with micro-ATMs," she said.

To become a bank, India post will have to restructure its shareholding. There is a stipulation in the RBI's norms that promoter companies of entities wishing to set up banks should be 51% held by the public. At present, India post is 100% government of India holding.

India Post has long nursed an ambition to start a bank, called Post Bank of India.

Earlier, the finance ministry is understood to have opposed India Post’s plan as the postal service doesn’t have the expertise needed in relevant areas, such as handling credit.

The Department of Post has a few savings instruments like post office savings scheme, besides acting as a distributor for mutual fund companies. It also has a life insurance scheme— Postal Life Insurance.

India Post's plans will also help the UPA’s ambitious Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) Scheme as the programme falters because of poor last mile connectivity of banks.

The official said the banking correspondent model as enshrined in DBT will be performed by postman. He will get an additional commission of 0.07% over and above his regular salary for every new deposit.  The official said that moves are also afoot to link all post office branches with core banking solutions (CBS), which would further enable them to function as a full-fledged bank.

Source : http://www.business-standard.com/
[http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/next-time-you-go-to-the-post-office-it-may-well-turn-out-to-be-a-bank-113062700753_1.html]
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Thursday, 27 June 2013

One rank one pension : Ex-servicemen talk to Antony to resolve pension anomalies

One rank one pension : Ex-servicemen talk to Antony to resolve pension anomalies

Ex-servicemen of Lucknow have approached defence minister AK Antony with their demand to rectify anomalies in their pension policies. Retired soldiers of the army, navy and air force, under the pan India banner — Indian Ex-servicemen Movement (IESM) — have, in a letter to the minister, pointed out a “serious lacuna’’ that the ministry of defence (MoD) has committed while formulating the pension guidelines for retired personnel.

“On completing 21 years of service, a major rank officer gets a pension higher than a lieutenant colonel, colonel, brigadier or a major general,” said wing commander (retd) AK Sahai, who is also the Lucknow convener of IESM.


Source : Central Government Staff News
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Steps taken by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for relief operations in Uttarakhand : An update

Steps taken by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for relief operations in Uttarakhand : An update 

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare 

26-June-2013 17:39 IST

Steps taken by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for relief operations in Uttarakhand : An update 
  • Three Central Public Health Teams have been posted to Uttarakhand. The teams have reported to Principal Secretary (H) on 23.06.2013. Eight additional teams are also kept on standby, ready to move at short notice.
  • District units of Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP), NRHM is conducting health surveillance in all affected districts. After picking up early warning signals, Diarrhoea cases in Haridwar (Alwalpur), Uttarkashi (Udvi) and Rudraprayag (Chandrapuri) have been managed at incipient stage. No outbreak of water borne / food borne / air borne or direct contact diseases has been reported from affected areas.
  • MOHFW has deputed a high level team to Uttarakhand to review the public Health measures.
  • A specialist from National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme has been placed with the State Government for providing assistance on matters pertaining to vector borne diseases.
  • 3 teams for providing Psycho-social support have been arranged from NIMHANS, Bangalore. In addition, specified number of specialists (as decided by the State Government) from the field of Cardiology, Psychiatry and Internal Medicine (2 each) have been placed with the State Government.
  • State Government has requested to supply specified quantity of 60 drug and non-drug items. Interim supplies of 3 truckloads of these medical supplies have been delivered.
  • On State’s request, 10,00,000 chlorine tablets is being procured by MOHFW.
  • Indian Red Cross Society has deployed a two member team from National HQ on 19th June 2013 to Uttarkashi and another team to Pittoragarh. A high level team from the HQ has also visited the State for assessment and coordinating relief work with State Red Cross unit.
  • IRCS has provided 7 truckloads of relief material that includes tents, family packs, kitchen sets, blankets, lanterns etc.
  • 1100 bags for carrying dead bodies have been arranged through Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS). Additional 500 bags procured by MOHFW have also been sent.
  • The situation is being monitored by the Ministry.
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Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Declaration of Written Result - Combined Defence Services Examination (I)-2013

Declaration of Written Result - Combined Defence Services Examination (I)-2013

On the basis of the results of the Combined Defence Services Examination (I)-2013 held by the Union Public Service Commission On 17 February, 2013, 9888 candidates with the following Roll Numbers have qualified for being interviewed by the Service Selection Board of the Ministry of Defence, for admission to

 (i) Indian Military Academy,Dehradun 136th Course commencing in January, 2014 
(ii) Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Course commencing in January, 2014 
(iii) Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (Pre-Flying) Training Course for 195rd F(P) Course commencing in January, 2014 
(iv) Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai  99th SSC Course (for Men) commencing in April, 2014 and 
(v) Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai, 13th  SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course commencing in April, 2014.

        The ratio of candidates shortlisted for the examination per vacancy is 1:18.95


        The candidature of all the candidates, whose Roll Numbers are shown in the lists below, is provisional.  In accordance with the conditions of the admission to the examination, they are required to submit the original certificates in support of age (date of birth), educational qualifications, NCC (C) (Army Wing/Senior Division Air Wing/Naval Wing) etc. claimed by them, alongwith attested copies of thereof, to Army Headquarters, A.G.’s Branch/Rtg./CDSE Entry, West Block 3, Ground Floor, Wing No. I, R.K. Puram, New Delhi-110066, in case of IMA/SSC as their first choice and to Naval Headquarters (R&R Section), Room No. 204, C-Wing, Sena Bhawan, New Delhi-110011 in case of Naval as their first choice, and to PO3 (A) Air Headquarters, ‘J’ Block, Room No. 17, Opp. Vayu Bhawan, Moti Lal Nehru Marg, New Delhi-110011 in case of Air Force as their  first choice.  The original Certificates are to be submitted within two weeks of completion of the SSB Interview and not later than 13th November, 2013 (1st February, 2014 in case of SSC only).  The candidates must not send the original certificates to the Union Public Service Commission.


        In case, there is any change of address, the candidates are advised to promptly intimate directly to the Army Headquarters/Naval Headquarters/Air Headquarters as the case may be.


        The Union Public Service Commission have a Facilitation Counter near Examination Hall Building in its Campus. Candidates may obtain any information/clarification regarding their examination/recruitment on working days between10.00 AM to 5.00 PM, in person or over telephone Nos. 011-23385271, 011-23381125 and 011-23098543 from this Facilitation Counter.  Candidates can also obtain information regarding their result by accessing UPSC website http.//www.upsc.gov.in
        

The marks-sheet of candidates who have not qualified, will be put on the Commission’s website within 15 days from the date of publication of the final result (after conducting SSB interview) and will remain available on the website for a period of 60 days.        


Source : PIB

http://pib.nic.in/archieve/others/2013/jun/d2013062502.pdf
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SPEECH MADE BY MRS. SANDHYA RANI, IPS, POSTMASTER GENERAL, (BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & TECHNOLOGY) AP CIRCLE, AS CHIEF GUEST IN THE WOMEN’S CONVENTION HELD AT HYDERABAD ON 09.06.2013

SPEECH MADE BY MRS. SANDHYA RANI, IPS, POSTMASTER GENERAL, (BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & TECHNOLOGY) AP CIRCLE, AS CHIEF GUEST IN THE WOMEN’S CONVENTION HELD AT HYDERABAD ON 09.06.2013 


sPEECH MADE BY MRS. SANDHYA RANI, IPS, POSTMASTER GENERAL,
(BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & TECHNOLOGY) AP CIRCLE, AS CHIEF GUEST IN THE WOMEN’S CONVENTION HELD AT HYDERABAD ON 09.06.2013, IN CONNECTION WITH THE 9TH FEDERAL COUNCIL OF NFPE
President of the National Federation of Postal Employees Women’s Convention, Mrs. Shakunthala, distinguished guests on the dais, leaders and invitees who have come from across the country to attend the 9th Federal Council meeting of the National Federation of Postal Employees, ladies and gentlemen, my heartfelt greetings to all of you. It is a pleasure to be here with you today and I would like to thank the organizers for inviting me.
From the time I joined the Department of Posts as an young officer some 25 years ago, many changes have come in, especially in the role, approach and scope of Trade union activism. The nature of industrial relations and collective bargaining has also changed in the light of globalization, technology, changed business processes, etc.
I would like to share, my thoughts with you today in the context of three broad themes 
i.      The first one relates to Women & Trade Union movement in the Indian context,
ii.     The 2nd one is about women in Department of posts,
iii.    Thirdly I will touch briefly upon about the significant organizational changes underway in Dept.of Posts and possible responses while balancing our personal aspirations and staff unions’ concerns.
In the context of Women and Trade Union movement, the questions that are often asked are: inadequate women’s participation, equality of women, discrimination in workplace, lack of adequate safeguards for women employees, continuing with the responsibility of housework, etc. Women in our country, as elsewhere in the world, have been discriminated against in every sphere – within the family, at the workplace, in society and in public/political participation. Women are increasingly joining the workforce to supplement family income, especially in urban areas. In rural areas they have always participated in agriculture labour and related works.
According to the Directorate General of Employment and Training in 2005, among the 393 lakh job-seekers enrolled with them, only 106 lakhs are female job seekers. In other words female job seekers account for only about 27% of the total job seekers. This is also indicative of the fact that much of the employment of women is in unorganized sector pushing them into exploitative and low end jobs.
Increased employment in organized sector, while empowering women to earn higher incomes, and take up challenging jobs, has also made them to more vulnerable to stress, struggle to balance work and home life and sometimes to sexual harassment in different forms. Further, either due to personal choices or due to the intangible glass ceiling operating very few women are found in higher managerial positions.
Overall the unionized labour is a very small number in our country, (less than 2% according to ILO in year 2000). According to the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO), in 1999-2000 out of total workforce of 397 million, only 28 million workers were employed in the formal sector and thus formally unionized. Active participation of women in labour union movement has been historically very low. In recent times with overall decreasing union memberships, far lesser number of women join them or actively participate in the TU deliberations on regular basis. With few of them attending regular TU meetings it is not unexpected that issues of concern to women employees do not get center stage in union items. Women are also under-represented at all levels of union leadership and decision-making.
I believe that Trade Union leadership can and should do much more to encourage and facilitate participation of women in trade union activities. Being effective home makers ensures that women have certain refined skills, especially at balancing competing interests/concerns, negotiating impossible situations. Hence, they should be encouraged to take up leadership roles in the Union actively. Issues relating to women should also get center stage, like lack of amenities in work places, exploitation, especially of unorganized contingent women employees, often working long hours and not drawing even minimum wages, etc. should be taken up actively. At the policy level, Trade Unions can also take up the case of special investment opportunities for female employees with say higher interest rates. This will help the women become more secure and empowered as well as greater productive investments will be made for development of the country. Another area that TUs can also pushing for a special bench or special sessions of CAT and higher Courts to be held periodically to handle cases field by Women employees on priority, so that they are not required to miss office or use personal/home time in running around CAT and other courts. Trade Unions should facilitate greater leadership development and Training for its Women members.
My second theme relates to women employees in Department of Posts. As per census of Central Govt. Employees, only 7.53% of total Central Govt. Employees are women. However, an interesting aspect of this is that in Communications and IT sector, the share of women employees is 12.20%. It is p[ossible that in some Circles, especially in South India, the percentage of women employees could be 30-50%. Surprisingly in Railways Women employees are only 4.63% of the total work-force. Considering the number of railway employees being the largest of the central govt. work force, in actual numbers this would be much higher than many departments. It is seen that in AP postal Circle less than 15% of total departmental staff are women.
In the Department of Posts there are several issues of concern to women employees working as GDSPost Women, Postal Assistants, Post masters, Supervisors, Inspectors & OfficersSome of these are lack of basic amenities in post offices, restrictions relating to rule-38 or rotational transfers under spouse category, child care leave not being granted on administrative grounds, posting of women in night sets, increasing number of cases of sexual harassment at work place etc. Issues relating to women GDS employees and especially of the unorganized sector contingent women employees like sweepers, water women, scavengers, etc. which do not even form part of the Trade Union activism.
Women employees face typical unreasonable biases in the department like the perception of not being as capable as men at work. Sometimes one comes across Supervisors asking for male members in the team so that they can sit late hours to complete work! I do not obviously agree with that view. Women employees are by and large committed and sincerely attend to their work. They are the best asset that the department has. However, we do come across instances of lack of adequate sensitivity in dealing with women employees in the department.
For instance, majority of our POs are C class POs, usually located in rural areas, which lack basic amenities or facilities. Instructions exist about hiring good buildings. But sometimes practically such buildings are not available. Ideally, as a policy all Departmental POs should have own buildings with proper facilities, considering that Government is a model employer. While this is not always feasible, considering the resource gaps, the Divisional Heads should ensure that buildings with basic amenities are hired, or landlord should be insisted upon to provide basic amenities. Further, Divisional Head should also keep in mind availability of basic facilities in a PO, while considering posting women employees there.
While the Central govt. rules require posting of spouses to the same station, as far as possible, in practice there are lot of gaps in implementing these instructions. The restrictive handling of Rule 38 requests under Spouse category based on lack of vacancy, non-fulfillment of minimum 5 years condition for granting Rule-38 transfer, etc. should be used sparingly by the competent authority. Sometimes adequate managerial posts may not be available, but for the operative staff as far as possible spouse category requests should be accommodated.
Another service condition that comes to mind is the recognition that women as the principal home maker and allows themchild care leave. Though every women employee is entitled to avail 730 days of child-care leave during her entire service, in practicality it is not being granted owing to various administrative reasons. While the shortage of staff is one reason, the other one is the reluctance of the fellow employees to undertake additional responsibility if one among them is badly in need of child-care leave and wants to avail it immediately. I must confess that I am personally not a great advocate of child care leave as an entitlement, and that it should be taken with great responsibility. However, I do recognize that there will be certain conditions in an employee’s life that may require granting of the same without delay. Women employees should use this privilege judiciously and should be allowed to do so.
It is true that there are certain areas of work where women are given priority in the department. One such thing that comes to my mind relates to Compassionate appointments. Such appointments are restricted to 5% in case of departmental employees, but for Grameen Dak Sewaks there are no such restrictions. While assessing eligibility for compassionate appointment special consideration is given to wife of the deceased employee in terms of calculation of points, as well as selection. Under the definite, accurate and transparent yard-sticks to assess the extent of indigent circumstances of the family of the deceased employee, points are awarded to various attributes relating to indigent circumstances. Any case which scores 51 points merit selection. IN an obvious and encouraging policy guidelines for ensuring that dependent women get a better chance, if the wife of the deceased is the claimant for compassionate appointment and not her children; 15 additional points are awarded in her case automatically. This boosts her chances of getting the compassionate appointment. Trade Unions can do much to promote awareness about this provision among all GDS employees and their families.
There are many women centric issues that TUs should take up provision of Crèche/day care facility at or near work place with more than 10 women employees; rest room/change room facility, annual medical checkup for over 40 years women, taking a clear and uncompromising stand against sexual harassment at work place, etc.
The third and last theme that I would like to touch upon today relates to the significant organizational changes that Department of Posts is undergoing. The issues that I would like to highlight relate to the approach of all officers and employees, especially women employees in meeting the emerging challenges. With an aim to retain the existing customer base and also win new clientele and businesses several innovative technologies are being put in place. Huge amount of technological changes are emerging in the department. The Core System Integration applications, Core Banking Solutions, the new initiatives relating to mail operations are going to herald major changes in the way we do work in the Department. With this, the work culture of the Department will see a sea-change. The departmental employees and GDS at different levels need to rise to the challenge and do their best to make this as smooth as possible. Officers, Post Masters and Supervisors need to work with their SystemAdministrators and PAs as a team to reach higher standards of performance. With an aspiration to provide the last mile connectivity to all kinds of services, 1,30,000 Branch Post Offices are going to be provided with Hand held devises. It will certainly make the life of GDS Branch Post Masters relatively easy, especially in terms of book keeping. But it would also mean greater responsibility.
In the emerging changes in the technological and business environment, we need to work in teams, understand our individual roles, educate and skill our fellow colleagues. Unfair expectations of the administration, if any, could surely be challenged. But we all should work towards realizing the positive objectives of the major projects underway in the Department of Posts. That is the only hope for us to remain relevant as an organization and play significant role in the development of our country.
While at the micro level we all should work towards making work places more safe and secure for women employees, there is an extra responsibility on all of us to welcome the inevitable changes in a positive manner and skill ourselves adequately to meet the changing needs of the internal and external environment. I am sure in the Federal Council meetings all related issues will be discussed in thread bare and based on your respective ideological positions certain policy decisions will be taken. I request that while balancing personal expectations/aspirations of the cross section of employees, the organizational interests/requirements need to be kept in mind.
In the final I believe each one of us should ask ourselves the question to what extent we are making work places safe, empowering and invigorating to women employees. And we each need to do our bit to enhance the same in which ever office we are working in.
I wish all the participants at the Federal Council meeting and especially women employees interesting discussions and courage to take challenging decisions and work towards achieving the same.
thank the organizers once again for inviting me to this Women’s Convention.
(E-mail ID of Mrs. Sandhya Rani, IPS is pmgbdap@gmail.com)
Source : www.aipeup3chq.com
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Recognition of KVPSS (Kendriya Vidyalaya Pragatisheel Shikshak Sangh) as Second Association – regarding.

Recognition of KVPSS (Kendriya Vidyalaya Pragatisheel Shikshak Sangh) as Second Association – regarding.


KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA SANGATHAN
18, Institutional Area, Shaheed Jeet Singh Merg
New Delhi 110 016
F.11083-3/2012-KVSHQ (Admn-I)
Date 12.06.2013
Memorandum
Sub: Recognition of Kendriya Vidyalaya Pragatisheel Shikshak Sangh (KVPSS) as Second Association — reg.

With reference to his request dated 25.10.2012 regarding recognition of Kendriya Vidyalaya Pragatiheel Shikshak Sangh (KVPSS) s Second Association, the approval of the Chairman, KVS is hereby accorded for recognition of Kendriya Vidyalaya Pragatisheel Shikshak Sangh (KVPSS) as Second Association (teaching-staff) in terms of KVS (Recognition of Association) Regulations 1995.

However, the said recognition will continue subject to fulfillment of terms and conditions as stipulated in Appendix-XLII(A) of Education Code for Kendriya Vidyalayas as amended from time to time.

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Dr.E.Prabhakar)
Joint Commissioner (Pers.)
Sh. P.V.Chhikara
General Secretary,
Kendriya Vidyalaya Pragatisheel Shikhsak Sangh,
78, Village Tatesat, PO Jaunti,
Delhi-110081


Source: www.kvsangathan.nic.in
[http://kvsangathan.nic.in/CircularsDocs/cir-admn-12-06-13(1).pdf]

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Clarification on TDS (Income-Tax) by PCDA – RANK PAY

Clarification on TDS (Income-Tax) by PCDA – RANK PAY

While disbursing the payments of Rank Pay Arrears I-Tax(TDS) @ 10% was deducted (where correct PAN No. is available) and Income Tax (IT) @ 20% has been deducted (where PAN No. is not available). The amount has been credited to IT head. The above deductions will be reflected in the 26AS return filed by this Office.

Source: https://pcdaopune.gov.in/
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UTTARAKHAND TRAGEDY - CONFEDERATION APPEALS TO ALL CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES TO DONATE ONE DAY WAGES TO PRIME MINISTER’S RELIEF FUND

UTTARAKHAND TRAGEDY - CONFEDERATION APPEALS TO ALL CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES TO DONATE ONE DAY WAGES TO PRIME MINISTER’S RELIEF FUND


Excessive and unexpected rainfall resulting in furious floods has battered beyond measure, the Himalayan hill state of Uttarakhand.  Whole villages, stretches of roads and communication links have been affected.  More than 1000 persons met with tragic death.  Thousands, including those from other parts of the country who were undertaking pilgrimages to religiously significant temples in the region, remain stranded.  Hundreds of houses and buildings along the banks of Alakananda and the Bhagirathi has been swept away in Rudraprayag district alone.  Thousands have become homeless.

As the magnitude of the tragedy caused in Uttarakhand continues to unfold, Prime Minister Sri. Manmohan Singh has issued an appeal for generous donations to support the victims who have suffered extensive devastation.  Prime Minister appealed that - “At this moment, the affected people need our help to tide over the calamity that has fallen upon them, to survive and to rebuild their lives.  I request all citizens of India to stand with our distressed fellow countrymen, and actively participate in the national effort to support them at this difficult time”.

It is needless to say that the Central Govt. Employees have an urgent and important role to play in helping the flood victims and we shall have to rise upto the occasion, as in the past when such national calamities occurred.  The National Secretariat of the Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers calls upon the entireity of Central Govt. Employees to donate one day’s salary to the Prime Minister Relief Fund and extend our full support to the flood victims to rebuild their lives.

All the Affiliates of the Confederation, State Committees (C-O-Cs) and CHQ Office bearers are requested to make maximum efforts to collect and remit the donations to Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General, Confederation

Source: www.confederationhq.blogspot.in






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Monday, 24 June 2013

Railways to carry relief material for Uttarakhand free of cost

Indian Railways to carry relief material for Uttarakhand free of cost


The Ministry of Railways has decided that relief material, viz. food, medicines, clothes, building materials, utensils etc, will be carried to Uttarakhand free of cost by coaching trains, from any station in India, for a period of 15 days, i.e. from 25.06.2013 to 09.07.2013.

The relief material will be consigned to the District Magistrate of the concerned district on production of a certificate from the consignor that the consignment is a gift in kind or has been purchased with the funds donated by public for flood victims and has not been paid for by the Government or any of its agencies.

No claim for any loss or damage to consignment carried under this arrangement will be entertained unless it is clearly proved that the loss or damage took place due to willful negligence on the part of the Railways.

Source: PIB
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Direct Recruitment in PFRDA: Filling up for the one post of Staff Car Driver

Filling up one post of Staff Car Driver in the PFRDA on direct recruitment

PENSION FUND REGULATORY & DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
1ST FLOOR, ICADR BUILDING, PLOT No. 6, VASANT KUNJ INSTITUTIONAL AREA
PHASE-II, NEW DELHI-110070.
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Dated: 20th June, 2013
Vacancy Circular

Subject: Filling up one post of Staff Car Driver in the PFRDA on direct recruitment

The PFRDA proposes to fill up one post of Staff Car Driver in the pay scale of Rs.6350-220(4)- 7230- 260(3)- 8010- 300(3)- 8910- 400(2)- 9710- 500(4)- 11710- 680(3)- 13750 (20years). Suitable candidates may apply for the same in the ‘proforma’ enclosed. The eligibility for consideration of application is as under:-

(1) Qualification required :
i. 8th Standard pass from recognized school
ii. Possession of valid driving license for motorcar
iii. Knowledge of motor mechanism
iv. Experience of driving a motor car for at least 3 years
(2) Age Limit : From 18 to 33 years (as on 01.07.2013)
(3) Period of Probation :  if any Two years

2. GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS:
i. The applications along with the particulars of candidates giving full information of
qualifications and experience etc. may reach the undersigned up to 4th July 2013.
Applications should by accompanied by attested copies of certificates in support of age, qualifications & experience, Caste/Tribe/Community as applicable.

ii. Applications which are incomplete or received after the prescribed date will not be considered. The Authority takes no responsibility for any delay in receipt of application or loss thereof in postal transit.

iii. Mode of Selection will be Driving skill/knowledge Test and Interview. The Authority reserves the right to modify the selection procedure, if deemed fit.

iv. The Authority reserves the right to relax any of the eligibility criteria in deserving cases.

v. The Authority reserves the right to cancel the vacancy circular on any grounds.

vi. Canvassing in any form will disqualify the candidate.

vii. If the candidates are not eligible or have knowingly or willfully furnished incorrect or false particulars or suppressed material information, their candidature will be liable to be cancelled at any stage of the selection. If the candidate qualifies in the selection process and subsequently it is found that he/she does not fulfill the eligibility criteria, his/her candidature is liable to be cancelled, without prejudice to any other action which Authority may deem fit to take.

viii. The decision of Authority in all matters would be final and binding, and no
correspondence in this regard would be entertained.
4. HOW TO APPLY:

i. Candidates who satisfy the eligibility norms may apply strictly in the proforma enclosed

ii. Applications should be sent in a cover superscribing the post applied for ‘PFRDA –
Application for the post of Staff Car Driver’ to the following address so as to reach latest by July 4, 2013.
Deputy General Manager (Admin & HR)
Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority
1st Floor, ICADR Building
Plot No.6, Vasant Kunj Institutional Area, Phase-II
New Delhi 110 070.
iii. Applications received after last date is liable to be rejected and no correspondence
will be entertained in this regard.

PENSION FUND REGULATORY AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
PROFORMA

APPLICATION FOR THE POST OF STAFF CAR DRIVER
Original form will download in this Link

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