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Employees should not be deprived of promotions arbitrarily: HC

Employees should not be deprived of promotions arbitrarily: HC

New Delhi, Feb 28, 2012(PTI): The Delhi High Court today said though employees have no “vested” right to promotion they should not be deprived of it “arbitrarily” and without any reasonable ground by their employers.
“It is true that no employee has a vested right for promotion but respondents (employer) cannot act arbitrarily and without any reasonable excuse defer the meeting of Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) and thereby deprive the employee of his legitimate expectations for being considered for promotion to a post if he is eligible for being promoted,” a bench of justices B D Ahmed and V K Jain said.
The court’s observations came in a verdict by which it allowed a plea of Sahadeva Singh and asked the Centre to treat him as promoted to the post of Deputy Commissioner (Crops) from January 1, 2005, against one of the two posts which were vacant since 2004 in the Agriculture Ministry.
Singh had challenged the judgement of the Central Administrative Tribunal which had in 2007 dismissed his plea saying though an employee has a right to be considered for the promotion he cannot demand the promotion.
Singh, who was promoted as Assistant Commissioner in 1999, had alleged he was not considered for the promotion to the next higher post of Deputy Commissioner (Crops).
He had told the court that two vacancies for the Deputy Commissioner (Crops) arose in 2004 and since no person working in the feeder cadre was eligible for promotion, the vacancies were carried forward to the year 2005.
It was further said that in 2005, Singh became eligible for promotion to the post of Deputy Commissioner (Crops) as he has completed 5 years service in the grade of Assistant Commissioner on June 28, 2004.

All India Association of IPs/ASPs GS visited to Directorate on 29/02/2012.

GS visited to Directorate on 29/02/2012.
Today, I along with Ex-GS Shri Roop Chand visited Directorate and met with the Member (P), various DDGs and other concerned officers. The following issues were discussed with them. The present status in respect of the issues is furnished below for the information of all CHQ Office Bearers, Circle Secretaries and members.

1. Up-gradation of GP of IP from Rs. 4200/- to Rs. 4600/-.

File relating to implementation of Hon. CAT Ernakulam Bench judgement dated 19/10/2011 is still under examination in view of our letter dated 22/2/2012. File is likely to be sent to Ministry of Finance shortly.

2. Restructuring of Inspectors Posts Cadre.

Next Meeting of the committee constituted to look into promotional prospects of IPOs/ASPs is likely to be convened by the Department in near future in view of decision of AIC conveyed to the Member (P) on 22/2/2012.

3. Holding of supplementary DPC for promotion to PS Gr. B for the year 2011.

Decision has been taken by the Department to hold supplementary DPC. This process is likely to be completed within next 3-4 months.

4. Holding of DPC for the promotion to JTS, Group A.

File is under process, which is likely to be completed within 2-3 months.

5. Declaration of result of IP examination 2011.

Marksheet from CMC has been received by the Department which is under scrutiny. After scrutiny the result will be declared shortly.

6. Revision of rates of remuneration for performing duty as Invigilator in the examination.

File is still pending with Internal Finance.

7. Re-allotment of surplus IPs to their Home Circles.

The issue is not under consideration at Directorate. Surplus IPs can go to their Home Circle only after relieving by the concerned circle in which they are working.


Grant of Paid Holiday to employees on the day of the Poll

Press Note
Grant of Paid Holiday to employees on the day of the Poll – reg.

The Election Commission of India, vide its letter no. 78/2011/EPS, dated 10th January, 2012, had issued instructions to the Chief Secretaries of the States of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and the Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Department of Personnel & Training, inviting their attention to the provisions of Section 135B of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, which provides for the grant of paid holiday to the employees on the day of the poll.

The Commission has reiterated that the above mentioned Section of the RP Act, 1951 requires that all establishments and shops including those which work on shift basis shall be closed on the day of poll in the Constituency where a General/ bye-election is to be held. However, there may be cases where a person is ordinarily resident of the Constituency and registered as an elector, may be serving/ employed in an industrial undertaking or an establishment located outside the Constituency having a general/ bye-election. It is clarified that in such a situation, even those electors including casual workers working outside the constituency concerned would be entitled to the benefit of a paid holiday extended under the Section 135B(1) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. For example, the voters in the State of U.P. will be entitled to get a paid holiday from their employers, even if their location of employment is in Delhi or any other State.

The daily wage/casual workers are also entitled for a holiday and wages on poll day as provided in Section 135B of the R.P. Act, 1951.


Election Commission of India
New Delhi , 27th February , 2012
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All India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers

All India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers

All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of January, 2012 increased by 1 point and stood at 198 (one hundred & ninety eight).

During January, 2012, the index recorded maximum increase of 9 points each in Haldia and Bhilai centres, 7 points in Jamshedpur centre, 6 points each in Tiruchirapally and Srinagar centres, 5 points in 2 centres, 4 points in 7 centres, 3 points in 7 centres, 2 points in 11 centres and 1 point in 18 centres. The index decreased by 3 points each in Rangapara Tezpur and Godavarikhani centres, 2 points each in Madurai and Mercara centres, 1 point in 8 centres, while in the remaining 16 centres the index remained stationary.

The maximum increase of 9 points in Haldia and Bhillai centres is mainly on account of Housing Index and increase in the prices of Wheat, Mustard Oil, etc. The increase of 7 points in Jamshedpur centre is mainly due to Housing Index and increase in the prices of Mustard Oil, Goat Meat, Vegetable & Fruit items, Tea (Readymade), Firewood, Soft Coke, Barber Charges, etc. The increase of 6 points in Tiruchirapally and Srinagar centres is mainly on account of Housing Index and increase in the prices of Rice, Wheat Atta, Mustard Oil, Milk, Vegetable & Fruit items, Tea (Readymade), etc. The decrease of 3 points in Rangapara Tezpur and Godavarikhani centres is due to decrease in the prices of Rice, Onion, Chillies Green, Vegetable items, etc. The decrease of 2 points in Madurai and Mercara centres is due to decrease in the prices of Rice, Wheat, Fish Fresh, Poultry (Chicken), Onion, Vegetable & Fruit items, etc.
The indices in respect of the six major centres are as follows

1. Ahmedabad 192
2. Bangalore 200
3. Chennai 187
4. Delhi 181
5. Kolkata 184
6. Mumbai 199

The point to point rate of inflation based on CPI-IW (General) for the month of January, 2012 is 5.32% as compared to 6.49% in December, 2011. Inflation based on Food Index dipped to the level of 0.49% in January, 2012 as compared to 1.97% in December, 2011.
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GOVERNMENT FILES APPEAL AGAINST JUDGMENT ON MODIFIED PARITY IN PENSION

GOVERNMENT FILES APPEAL AGAINST JUDGMENT ON MODIFIED PARITY IN PENSION



LEGAL BATTLE FOR JUSTICE CONTINUES FOR PENSIONERS
GOVERNMENT FILES APPEAL AGAINST PRINCIPAL CAT JUDGMENT ON MODIFIED PARITY IN PENSION
TO PRE 1.1.2006 PENSIONERS

The Government has filed an Appeal against the 1ST November 2011 judgment of the Principal Bench of Delhi Central Administrative Tribunal onmodified parity in pension to the pensioners retired prior to 1.1.2006. You may remember that the Principal Bench of Delhi CAT had directed implementation of OM dated 1.9.2008 based on the Government's Resolution dated 29.08.2008 accepting the recommendation of 6th CPC for modified parity of pension to pre 1.1.2006 pensioners by nullifying the clarificatory orders issued subsequently that denied the real content of the 6th CPC recommendation as accepted earlier by the Union Cabinet through its Resolution dated 29.08.2008. However now the Government has filed an Appeal against the judgment of the CAT. The legal battle therefore is not over for the pensioners

IRM/ASRM association merged into IP/ASP Association

IRM/ASRM association merged into IP/ASP Association

Circle Working Committee Meeting held on 26/02/2012 at Mumbai with a grand success. Shri Ramamurti C/S of IRM/ASRM Association, Maharashtra Circle Branch along with his team attended CWC meeting and requested for merger of All India Association of IRM / ASRM, Maharashtra Circle Branch in to All India Association of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendents, Posts Maharashtra Branch. CWC has granted the permission for merger.

Shri M.B.Dapase Dy. Manager MMS Mumbai along with his team consisting of Shri P.C.Sharma Asstt Manager, Shri S.S.Kamble Asstt Manager & Shri Tatkare Assistant Manager joined All India Association of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendents, Posts Maharashtra Branch . They gave donation of Rs.1001/- to our Association.
 
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New List of Postal Guide - By KAIRALI BOOKS SYNDICATE

New List of Postal Guide - By KAIRALI BOOKS SYNDICATE


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Books for Postmaster Grade I in PO’s

1. V.K.Balan’s Master Guide for DC Exam for the Post of
Postmaster Grade I in Po’s 2011-12 ed Rs. 875/-


Books for Postal Operations - For Detailed Study
1. Nabhi’s RTI Act one should know 2011 ed Rs. 190/-
2. Swamy CCS CCA Rule 2012 Rs. 300/-
3. Swamy CCS Conduct Rule 2012 Rs. 175/-
4. Swamy FHB Vol I 2009 ed Rs 390/-
5. DOP’s FHB Vol II 1985 ed Rs. 200/-
6. Upkar’s Computer General Awareness Rs. 40/-
7. Upkar’s Latest General Knowledge 2011 Rs. 120/-
8. Postal Manuals Vol II, III, IV, V, VI, Pt.I, II,III, VII, VIII
PO Guide Pt I, II, IV (Call for Prices)


Books for LGO (PA/SA) Exam
1. V.K. Balan’s Master Guide to LGO’s (PA/SA) 2011-12 (Eng) Rs. 325/-
2. Kairali’s Master Guide to LGO’s in Hindi 2011-12 ed
(as per new syllabus) Rs. 350/-
3. Upkar Vastu Nisht ganith (Objective Arithamatic) ( Hindi) Rs. 215/-
4. Upkar quicker objective arithamatic (English) Rs. 199/-
Help Book
1. Postal Manual Vol V (Diglot) Rs. 300/-
2. Postal Manual Vol VII (For RMS) (Diglot) Rs. 250/-
3. Post Office Guide Part I (Diglot) Rs. 350/-
4. Post Office Guide Part II (Diglot) Rs. 300/-
5. Post Office Guide Part IV (Diglot) Rs. 200/-
6. Postal Manual Vol VI Pt I, II, III (Eng & Hindi) Rs. 800/-each
Books for PS Group ‘B’/Postmaster Group B Exam
1. V.K.Balan’s Master Guide for P S Group B/PMs
(Paper I-II) 2011-12 Under print
2. Postal Manual Vol II, III, IV, VII, VIII & Post Office Guide
Part I, Pt II, Pt III (Call for Prices) Hindi/English ed 1985ed
3. Hand Book for Material Management By S. Gopala Krishnan Rs. 295/-
4. PO Small Savings Schemes Vol I,II, III By Kawaljeet Singh (ADG) Rs . 620/-
5. Hand Book PO SSS 2011ed By Kawaljeet Singh Rs. 120/-
6. Swamy Manual on Office Procedure 2012 Under Print
7. Swamy Manual on Establishment & Administration 2012ed Rs. 925/-
8. Upkar’s Ever latest General Knowledge Rs. 120/-
9. Bahari’s Manual on office procedure 2008 Rs .250/-
Books for Paper II
1. Swamy CCS Conduct Rule 2012 Rs. 175/-
2. Swamy CCS CCA Rules 2012 Rs. 300/-
3. Swamy General Financial Rules 2010 Rs. 230/-
4. Swamy FRSR Part I 2011 (General Rule) Rs. 410/-
5. Swamy FRSR Part II 2012 (TA Rule) Rs. 200/-
6. Swamy’s FRSR Part III (CCS Leave Rules 2011) Rs. 150/-
7. Swamy FRSR Part IV (DA & HRA) 2011 Rs. 215/-
8. Swamy FHB Vol I Rs. 390/-
9. Dop FHB Vol II(Diglot edn) Rs 200/-

Hand Book 2012
Swamy Hand Book for Central Government Employees 2012 Rs. 240/-
Nabhi’s referencer for Central Governmet Employee 2012 Rs.240/-
Bahari’s Hand Book for Central Government Employee 2012 Rs. 240/-
Nabhi’s Year Book for C G Employees 2012 (Hindi) Rs. 240/-
Bahari’s Kendriya Karmachari Niyamavali 2012 Rs. 240/-


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Increment issue - Dopt order for Granting one increment to the Central Government Employees may be issued very soon...

Increment issue - Dopt order for Granting one increment to the Central Government Employees may be issued very soon...
The order for Granting one increment to the Central Government Employees may be issued in the first week of March 2012
Sources close to the DOP&T informed that the issue of granting one increment to the government servants, whose increment date falls between February 2006 and June 2006, has been forwarded to Finance Ministry for its approval. According to the sources, the Finance Ministry gave its approval to this proposal as agreed by the Government in the National Anomaly Committee.

The Federations representing National Anomaly Committee approached the Government to issue the order very soon, since the decision of granting one increment to the govt servants was taken in the National Anomaly Committee on 5th January 2012. It is believed that the federations were informed that due to the ongoing Elections for state assemblies in some states, issuing order is delayed. As per the Election Schedule the elections for state assemblies for 5 States are commenced on 28-1-2012, and the 6th phase of U.P and Goa State assembly elections will be completed by 03-03-2012. So, keeping in view of the above, we can expect that the order for Granting one increment to the Central Government Employees may be issued in the first week of March 2012.

According to the decision which is agreed by government in National Anomaly Committee, the govt servants will be granted one increment in the pre revised 5 CPC scale on 01-01-2006, and then it will be multiplied by 1.86 and the pay in the Pay Band in the 6 CPC will be fixed accordingly.

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DEAR POSTMASTER - A WORD WITH YOU

DEAR POSTMASTER,




                                                                     नमः पूर्वाय गिरये पश्चिमायाद्रये नमः।
                                                                     ज्योतिर्गणानां पतये दिनाधिपतये नमः


Here are 52 Monday morning stress reduction mantras – one for each week of the year.  I choose one Mantra every Monday morning and sit silently for a few moments, repeating it slowly in my mind as if I were meditating.  I also write the mantra on a post-it note and stick it next to my computer monitor for the duration of the week.  This weekly ritual has helped me reduce unnecessary stress in my life by reminding me to keep things simple and within a reasonable perspective.
The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.
- Sydney J. Harris

1.       Everything I do is by choice.  There is always another option.
2.       I will strive to be the best I can be, but I will never try to be someone I’m not.
3.       I must keep dreaming.  Wanting what I don’t think I can have is the first step to making my dreams a reality.
4.       I won’t use where I’ve been to justify where I am.  I will use where I am to jump-start where I’m going.
5.       Right now is the only guaranteed moment in my life.  I will make the best of it.
6.       Think big.  Start small.  One bite of the elephant at a time.
7.       I will prioritize my obligations and do the important things first.
8.       I will not try to please everyone.  I will simply do what I know is right.
9.       The more productive I am, the luckier I will become.
10.   There is nobody else exactly like me, with my exact abilities, talents and ideas.
11.   I’m not supposed to have all the answers.
12.   Laughing, crying, joy and anger – all are vital, all make me human.
13.   I can’t change who I am.  I can only change what I know and how I apply this knowledge.
14.   I will slow down and become conscious of life’s simple pleasures.
15.   I will focus more on less.  I will get rid of stuff I do not use.
16.   I will not try to read other people’s minds.  I will not make other people try to read mine.  I will communicate effectively.
17.   I can help myself by helping those around me.
18.   I will take ownership of my actions so my actions never own me.
19.   Every person has a unique definition of success.  To me, success means…
20.   I will never make decisions in a state of emotional haste.
21.   If I want to remember it, I will write it down in a trusted location.
22.   I will do something today that makes me happy.
23.   Everyone doesn’t have to like me and I don’t have to like everyone.
24.   The one with nothing to hide is always the one left standing tall.
25.   My habits define my life.
26.   I will say no when I should.
27.   I will stand firm by my values without senselessly promoting them.
28.   We are all weird in our own way.  This makes life beautiful.
29.   Everyone has a story.  There’s a reason why people are the way they are.  I will appreciate them just the way they are.
30.   I cannot make someone love me.  I can only be someone who can be loved.
31.   The biggest mistake I can make is doing nothing because I’m scared to make a mistake.
32.   Nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
33.   What other people think of me isn’t that important.
34.   If I want to believe in myself more I will start doubting others less.  Because where I most easily doubt others is where I most easily doubt myself.
35.   I will ask questions if I’m not sure.
36.   I will let go of things I can’t change and instead concentrate on things I can.
37.   There are extraordinary things going on in my life.  I have a lot to be thankful for.
38.   Today is a new beginning – a chance for me to do something extraordinary.
39.   No matter how small, I will celebrate my successes today.
40.   I will thank people who have helped me and I will return the favor as soon as I am able.
41.   There are ideas, products and cultures I do not yet understand.  I will keep an open mind.
42.   The most important things in my life are my health, my family and friends, and my education.  Everything else is secondary.
43.   There are thousands of little things that just aren’t worth fighting for – I will let them go.  I will choose my battles wisely.
44.   I will stay out of other people’s drama and not needlessly create my own.
45.   I will always be honest with myself and others.
46.   Every mistake I make is progress.  I must learn from my mistakes and the mistakes of others.
47.   I will treat everyone with the same level of respect I would give to my grandfather and the same level of patience I would have with my baby brother.
48.   Nothing is permanent.  However good or bad a situation is now, it will change.
49.   Life is short and people are not perfect.  I will forgive myself.  I will forgive others.
50.   Missing a once-in-a-lifetime chance leads to regret, or creativity.  Because what can’t be redone can still be outdone.
51.   No matter how it turns out, it always ends up just the way it should be.  Either I succeed or I learn something.  Win-Win.
52.   I will not waste my time on jealously.  I’m in competition with one person and one person only – myself.  I’m competing to be the best I can be.
Please feel free to edit this list to meet your own needs.


Have a wonderful week ahead !!! 

The Supreme Court on Friday warned the Union government and its departments that bureaucratic delays could not be cited as an excuse or a ground for filing appeals beyond the period of limitation of 90 days.


The Supreme Court on Friday warned the Union government and its departments that bureaucratic delays could not be cited as an excuse or a ground for filing appeals beyond the period of limitation of 90 days.
A Bench of Justices P. Sathasivam and J. Chelamesar said: “the law of limitation undoubtedly binds everybody, including the government. The claim on account of impersonal machinery and inherited bureaucratic methodology of making several notes cannot be accepted in view of the modern technologies being used and available.”

Writing the judgment, Justice Sathasivam said: “In our view, it is the right time to inform all the government bodies, their agencies and instrumentalities that unless they have reasonable, and acceptable explanation for the delay and there was bonafide effort, there is no need to accept the usual explanation that the file was kept pending for several months/years due to considerable degree of procedural red-tape in the process. The government departments are under a special obligation to ensure that they perform their duties with diligence and commitment. Condonation of delay is an exception and should not be used as an anticipated benefit for government departments. The law shelters everyone under the same light and should not be swirled for the benefit of a few.”
The Bench said: “It needs no restatement at our hands that the object for fixing time-limit for litigation is based on public policy fixing a lifespan for legal remedy for the purpose of general welfare. They are meant to see that the parties do not resort to dilatory tactics but avail of their legal remedies promptly.”
In the instant case, Living Media India Ltd., which publishes Reader's Digest and India Todaymagazines, was denied permission by the Postal Department to avail of the concession to post the magazines along with booklets containing certain advertisements. The Delhi High Court, allowed the writ petition filed by the company and a Division Bench also upheld the single judge's order.
Former Attorney General and senior advocate Soli Sorabjee, arguing for the respondent, pointed out that since in this case the Postal Department had filed the present appeal in the Supreme Court after a delay of 427 days, it should not be entertained. However, Additional Solicitor General Harin Raval cited earlier decisions to justify the ground for condonation of delay.
The Bench said:
“Considering the fact that there was no proper explanation offered by the department for the delay except mentioning of various dates, according to us, the department has miserably failed to give any acceptable and cogent reasons sufficient to condone such a huge delay.
“It is not in dispute that the person(s) concerned were well aware or conversant with the issues involved including the prescribed period of limitation for taking up the matter by way of filing a special leave petition in this court. They cannot claim that they have a separate period of limitation when the Department was possessed with competent persons familiar with court proceedings.”
The Bench noted that even the certified order copy was obtained only after four months.
The Bench said: “In the absence of plausible and acceptable explanation, we are posing a question why the delay is to be condoned mechanically, merely because the government or a wing of the government is a party before us. Though we are conscious of the fact that in a matter of condonation of delay when there was no gross negligence or deliberate inaction or lack of bonafide, a liberal concession has to be adopted to advance substantial justice, we are of the view that in the facts and circumstances, the Department cannot take advantage of various earlier decisions.”
The Bench, while dismissing the appeal on grounds of delay, did not go into the issue on merits.

· Postal Department filed appeal after a delay of 427 days
· No proper explanation offered by department for the delay

Source : thehindu dtd 24/02/212

RETURN OF INCOME - EXEMPTION TO SPECIFIED PERSONS FROM REQUIREMENT OF FURNISHING A RETURN OF INCOME UNDER SECTION 139(1) FOR ASSESSMENT YEAR 2012-13

SECTION 139 OF THE INCOME-TAX ACT, 1961 - RETURN OF INCOME - EXEMPTION TO SPECIFIED PERSONS FROM REQUIREMENT OF FURNISHING A RETURN OF INCOME UNDER SECTION 139(1) FOR ASSESSMENT YEAR 2012-13
NOTIFICATION NO. 9/2012 [F. NO.225/283/2011-ITA(II)], DATED 17-2-2012
S.O........... (E). - In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (IC) of section 139 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961), the Central Government hereby exempts the following class of persons, subject to the conditions specified hereinafter, from the requirement of furnishing a return of income under sub-section

(1) of section 139 for the assessment year 2012-13, namely:-
1. Class of persons. -An individual whose total income for the relevant assessment year does not exceed five lakh rupees and consists of only income chargeable to income-tax under the following head,-
(A) "Salaries";
(B) "Income from other sources", by way of interest from a saving account in a bank, not exceeding ten thousand rupees.
2. Conditions,- The individual referred to in para 1,-
(i) has reported to his employer his Permanent Account Number (PAN);
(ii) has reported to his employer, the incomes mentioned in sub-para (B) of para 1 and the employer has deducted the tax thereon;
(iii) has received a certificate of tax deduction in Form 16 from his employer which mentions the PAN, details of income and the tax deducted at source and deposited to the credit of the Central Government;
(iv) has discharged his total tax liability for the assessment year through tax deduction at source and its deposit by the employer to the Central Government;
(v) has no claim of refund of taxes due to him for the income of the assessment year, and
(vi) has received salary from only one employer for the assessment year.
3. The exemption from the requirement of furnishing a return of income tax shall not be available where a notice under section 142(1) or section 148 or section 153A or section 153C of the Income-tax Act has been issued for filing a return of income for the relevant assessment year.
4. This notification shall come into force from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.

Jail, 100 times bribe fine for two policemen

Jail, 100 times bribe fine for two policemen


 
New Delhi,Feb25,2012(IANS): Two policemen who demanded a bribe of Rs.100 from a commuter bus driver were sentenced to a jail term and fined 100 times the bribe amount by a special court here Friday.
Special Judge N.K. Sharma sentenced Additional Sub-Inspector Vikram Singh and constable Vikram Singh of one-and-a-half years rigorous imprisonment and fined them Rs.10,000.
“They, by corrupt and illegal means, abused their official position as public servants and obtained pecuniary advantage of Rs 100,” said the court.
Police Caught Taking Bribe.
According to the prosecution, the two had Feb 7, 2004 demanded Rs.100 from complainant Satish Gupta to allow his vehicle to ply through Kodia Pul Bus Stand in old Delhi.
Gupta said that the duo also threatened him to fine him if the bribe was not paid.
Gupta then approached the anti-corruption branch and lodged a complaint.
A trap was laid and Gupta given a Rs. 100 note treated with a chemical and a recording device was attached with him to caught the accused red-handed while taking the bribe.

By: T K B SEN

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Union Labour Minister’s Appeal to Trade Unions

Union Labour Minister’s Appeal to Trade Unions

Union Labour and Employment Minister Shri Mallikarjun Kharge has appealed to the major central trade Unions to desist from going on countrywide general strike on February 28,2012.The Minister has issued the following appeal here today:


‘ I am pained to learn that all major central trade unions have decided to observe a countrywide general strike on 28th february 2012 when the whole attention of the country is focussed on achieving high economic growth. It may be appreciated that the UPA Government has taken strong measures to contain price rise, as a result of which prices of commodities have decreased significantly in recent months. It is well-known that the interest of the common man is paramount for the UPA Government in all policy decisions, particularly relating to the weaker sections of society, farmers and working class. In pursuance to these avowed objectives the Ministry of Labour and employment has taken many radical steps to improve the lot of working class. Most of the issues relating to labour raised by the central trade unions have already been addressed to a substantial extent. However, i do assure all the central trade unions that i am always open to discussions on any of the issues relating to labour at any time and resolve the same amicably through consultations.

There is no denying the fact that the proposed strike will not only cause colossal economic loss to the country but also bring hardship and inconvenience to the common man.

In view of the above and in the interest of the country I would fervently appeal to all the central trade unions to desist from going on strike on 28th February 2012. “

Samir/
(Release ID :80526)



Source : PIB dtd 24/02/2012

Aakash, the world's cheapest tablet, will be fully indigenous and its improved version is likely to be launched by the government at the same price.

Aakash, the world's cheapest tablet, will be fully indigenous and its improved version is likely to be launched by the government at the same price.
Upgraded Aakash should be available at same price: Sibal
HRD minister Kapil Sibal said that Aakash, the world's cheapest tablet, will be fully indigenous and its improved version is likely to be launched by the government at the same price.
Times of India

NEW DELHI: HRD minister Kapil Sibal said that Aakash, the world's cheapest tablet, will be fully indigenous and its improved version is likely to be launched by the government at the same price.

Sibal said Datawind - the manufacturer of the product - will not be associated with it anymore and the government has roped in C-DAC and ITI for further development of the tablet computer.

''There have been some problems with Datawind I must confess. Therefore, I have got into the act. IT ministry has got C-DAC and ITI into the act and I am going to ensure that this product is fully indigenous and truly an Indian product," he said.

On whether the new tablet will be available within the same price range as that of the earlier product, he said, "Yes that's what we hope. It is to be upgraded."

On the possible timeline for launching it, he said, "Well, 2012 should see the sun... Aakash-II should be launched. There have been some hiccups in the way. Remember when you do a project of this nature and when your dream is as big as this, things are never that smooth."

Welcoming competition from market for development of the tablet, he said the objective is to give a quality product to the children. "I think it's a great thing if there is competition. Ultimately my objective is to get a quality product in the hands of the children. I have set the benchmark, it has changed the mindset of the world, I can tell you that," the minister said.

Everybody wants to produce a tablet which is of quality and which is reasonably affordable, he noted. "So if the whole world wants to produce, I don't care who produces, if ultimately it is produced by somebody for children," he added. The Aakash tablet is priced at approximately $49 (Rs 2,414).