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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Indira Gandhi National Open University Lanuches Course for Central Government Employees



A new course for government employees in the country was launched Thursday by the Indira Gandhi National Open University ( IGNOU) and the training division of department of personnel and training (DoPT), an official said.

The new programme is called ‘Distance and E-Learning Programme for Government Employees’ (DELPGE) for which a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between IGNOU and the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and the DoPT.

‘The main objective of DELPGE is to increase the availability and flexibility of options open to employees for enhancing their knowledge and skills in order to improve the functioning of government organisations and the delivery of services to the public,’ said an official of the IGNOU.

The programme includes a masters programme in distance and e-learning, post-graduate advanced diploma, post-graduate diploma and diploma programmes in the subject, among others.

Open to central government employees working in ministries, departments, attached offices and the faculty members of state apex training institutions, the number of seats for each programme is 50.

IGNOU is one of the world’s largest open universities which provides education to 1.5 million students.
Source : SIFY



Friday, November 26, 2010

Beating heart or "off pump" coronary artery surgery is the latest revolution in the management coronary disease


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Streamlining of functioning of CGHS dispensaries


No. S-11030/51/2010-CGHS (P)
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare

Nirman Bhavan New Delhi
Dated : November 22 , 2010

OFFICE MEMORANDUM (Circular No. 1/2010)

Subject : Streamlining of functioning of CGHS dispensaries.

The question of streamlining the functioning of CGHS dispensaries has been engaging the attention of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare for some time now. After considering the suggestions received from various quarters and after discussing the matter with officials of CGHS, it has been decided, as an initial measure, to streamline the functioning of CGHS dispensaries as below :-

(i) There is a need for officers and staff in CGHS dispensaries to further improve the delivery of service to CGHS beneficiaries. There should be a constant and conscious effort to redress most of the grievances and problems of these beneficiaries at the dispensary level so that there is no inconvenience caused to them forcing them to approach higher authorities for redressal of their grievances. The entire staff at the dispensary level have to ensure a polite, positive and responsible attitude to make the service delivery better. The CMO In-charge must make every effort to ensure this user friendly environment. Complaints of rude/impolite behavior need to be checked and stern action taken by CMOs (Incharge).

(ii) It is well established that CGHS beneficiaries need to be provided better service. Senior citizens/pensioners among the CGHS beneficiaries deserve special attention and response. It is re-iterated that senior citizens/pensioners need to be given out of queue treatment and service at each activity level. Despite repeated instructions in this regard, this system is generally not being enforced at the dispensary level. CMOs incharge must ensure compliance of these instructions.

(iii) CMOs In-charge of the dispensaries shall personally make rounds of the dispensary particularly during peak hours to ensure that there is proper environment and beneficiaries particularly pensioners/Senior Citizens are being treated promptly;

(iv) The Zonal Additional Directors/Joint Directors shall convene the meetings of Pensioners Associations once in two months alongwith CMOs (Incharge) without fail.

(v) A complaint/suggestion/feedback Box with details like number of complaints received and disposed etc. under a seal and lock will be kept at each dispensary and will be opened by the CMO In-charge in the presence of at least two members of the Advisory Committee when the Advisory Committee meeting is being held and necessary action taken by the Advisory Committee with regard to complaints/ suggestions/feedback thus received and, wherever required, the matter will be referred to higher authorities for necessary action.

(vi) All Zonal Additional Directors and Joint Directors shall conduct at least five surprise inspections of the dispensaries in Delhi and at least two in other cities in a month and report the outcome of the inspection indicating the areas such as punctuality, availability and behavior of officers/staff, special care for pensioners/Senior Citizens, deficit areas/complaints and also the good work done in each of the dispensaries inspected, by way of a confidential monthly d.o. letter to reach AS & DG (CGHS) without fail on or before 10th of the succeeding month;

(vii) It is seen that a large number of beneficiaries go to the dispensaries for taking repeat medicines. Authorization of repeat medicines will hereinafter be done by any of the CMOs, apart from the CMO In-charge, available in the dispensary;

(viii) The Zonal Additional Directors/Joint Directors will personally monitor and ensure that the empanelled hospitals etc. do adhere to the terms & conditions of MOAs. They will also supervise the services, if any, being provided by the private parties in their zones such as dialysis, dental services etc.

2. Director, CGHS and all Additional Directors/Joint Directors and CMOs In-charge are hereby directed to fully comply with the instructions contained in this Office Memorandum in both letter and spirit. Noncompliance shall be viewed seriously.

(L.C. Goyal)
AS & DG (CGHS)

Retirement age of faculty docters to be raised: Azad



Dharamsala, Nov 24 (PTI) The Centre is considering raising the retirement age of faculty doctors of medical colleges from 65 to 70 years, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today said.

Azad made the announcement while addressing a public gathering after laying the foundation stone of a 150 crore super speciality hospital at Tanda near here.

Highlighting the steps taken by the government to augment the standards of medical education in the country, he said in the last three years, the Centre has raised the number of MD seats in medical colleges up to 4700 per year as against 300 in previous years.

Source: PTI

CREATION OF POSTMASTER CADRE


The Department has released the recruitment rules for creation of Postmaster cadre. The whole order is reproduced below for the consumption of all members/viewers.







Opinion/Suggestion if any on this issue, please forward the same to P3 CHQ and also to Federation for further discussion with the Department.

MOST IMMEDIATE
No.4-17/2008-SPB-II
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg

New Delhi – 110001
Dated, 22nd November, 2010

All Chief Post Masters General

Sub: - Introduction of Postmaster Cadre in Postal Wing.

Sir/Madam,

I am directed to say that Department of Posts operates mainly through its about 25500 Departmental Post Offices. The services it offers have grown in the traditional areas of sale of stamps, booking of Money orders and Registered letters as also in Savings Bank functions, especially where Post Offices disburse NREGA wages to beneficiaries. In many post offices these activities are carried out electronically, new services like e-payment, e-post etc is also offered. Further the Department has also entered into agreements with private players like Western Union for money transfers. In the area of mail, both express, parcel and traditional, the Department of Posts faces tremendous competition. It has to offer excellent services by way of continuous upgrades in quality and in the add on value of its mail products, like IOD, national billing, same day delivery of corporate mail etc.

2. In spite of the long existence of the Post Offices and challenges being faced by the Department from private players in the field there had never been an exclusive cadre for Postmasters. The Postal Assistants, LSG/HSG-II, I etc. are posted to man the posts of Postmasters. This system served the Department quite well till some time back. But now in order to improve/upgrade the functioning of the Post Offices, meet the present day requirement of specialization in Postal office management in the wake of introduction of technology, challenges from market and to increase productivity it has absolutely become essential to ensure that key Post Offices are headed by professional managers. Thus, in order to ensure that professionally qualified, trained and meritorious officials head they key Post Offices, it has been decided to introduce a separate cadre of Postmasters comprising the following grades by carving out the posts from existing General Line posts as ordered vide this Directorates letter No. 13-2/2010-PE-I dt. 03.02.2010.

I. Senior Postmaster 116 Posts

(Rs. 9300-34800 + Rs.4800 Grade Pay)

II. Postmaster Gr – III 495 Posts

(Rs.9300-34800 + Rs.4600 Gr. Pay)

III. Postmaster Gr-II 511 Posts

(Rs. 9300-34800 + Rs.4200 Gr. Pay)

IV. Postmaster Gr-I 2097 Posts

(Rs. 5200-20200 + Rs.2800 Gr. Pay)

3. The Recruitment Rules of the above stated grades have since been framed and notified. A copy of the Recruitment Rules called the Department of Posts, Senior Postmaster (Group B Gazetted), Postmaster (Grade ' III and II' – Group B non – Gazetted) and Postmaster (Grade I-Group C non-Gazetted) Recruitment Rules, 2010, dated 9th September, 2010 is forwarded herewith.

4. The number of posts in the various grades of the Postmaster carved out of the existing General Line Posts in various Postal Circles is being issued separately.

5. Thus it may be noted that:

I. A separate cadre of Postmasters has been created at the level of LSG, HSG-II, HSG-I and PS Group 'B' by carving out the cadre from the existing General Line Cadre Posts in Postal Wing and PS Group 'B' and designated as Postmaster Gr –I, Postmaster Gr.II , Postmaster Gr.III and Senior Postmaster.

II. Initial constitution of the various Grades of Postmasters shall be done by inviting options/applications from the existing incumbents of LSG, HSG-II, HSG-I in Post offices and PS Group, 'B'.

III. In subsequent years all the vacancies in Postmaster Gr.I shall be filled up through a Limited Departmental Competitive Examination, From amongst PAs with 5 years regular service in the grade.

IV. All the vacancies in Postmaster Gr. II Posts shall be filled up by promotion from amongst Postmaster Gr. I with 6 years regular service in the grade (including regular service in LSG, if any).

V. All the vacancies in Postmaster Gr. III posts shall be filled up by promotion from amongst Postmaster Gr. II with 5 years regular service the grade (including regular service in HSG II, If any).

VI. 25% of vacancies in the grade of Sr. Postmaster will be filled up by promotion of Postmaster Gr. III with 2 years of regular service in the grade (including regular service in HSG, I if any) and 75% by Inspector of Posts (IPOs) with 6 years of regular service in the grade on the basis of Limited Departmental Competitive Examination (LDCE).

VII. The officials in PS Gr 'B' and Senior Postmaster (Gazetted) would be eligible for induction in IPOs, Gr 'A' on the basis of a consolidated eligibility list.

6. To begin with the Postal Circles, as per the provisions of the Recruitment Rules, may call for the options/applications with their bio-data from the willing officials holding the posts in the equivalent grades for appointment as Postmaster grade I, II and III respectively. While inviting for the applications it may be categorically stated that:

I. Once and official submits his application he will not be allowed to withdraw the same. II. Officials who are still left with at least two years of service to retire may only apply in order to avoid their dislocation at the fag end of their service.

III. In the event of their appointment as Postmaster their further career progression will be in the hierarchy in the Postmaster cadre only as per the provisions in the relevant Recruitment Rules and not in the General Line.

7. The applications so received may be scrutinized to find out the eligibility of the applicants. Thereafter the applications of the eligible applicants may be placed before the Screening Committee mentioned under Col. 11 of the respective grades for assessing their suitability based on their ACRs and vigilance clearance provided they attain the minimum bench mark of 'Good' Those who are found suitable they may be arranged in the order of seniority for appointment in respective grade of postmaster as they enjoyed in the General Line.

8. If after filling up the posts as per procedure mentioned in above paragraph certain number of posts still remain unfilled the same shall be filled up by promotion as per the provision contained in col. 12 of the respective Recruitment Rules. It may please be noted that in that event the unfilled posts in Postmaster Gr. I will have to be filled up on the basis of Limited Departmental Competitive Examination. The pattern and scheme for Limited Departmental Competitive Examination to fill up the vacancies in the grade of Postmaster Gr.I would follow shortly.

9. All the Postal circles are requested to follow the time-line mentioned below to fill up the posts of Postmaster:

(i) Date of Issue of Circular calling for the options/applications for appointment as Postmaster Grade I, II and III. - 14.12.2010

(ii) Last date for receipt of options/applications along with bio-data - 15.01.2011

(iii) Completion of scrutiny of applications and obtaining Vigilance Clearance and ACR dossiers. - 31.01.2011

(iv) Submission to Screening Committee. - 10.02.2011

(vi) Submission of the minutes to the appointing authority for approval - 01.03.2011

(vii) Issue of appointment orders - 16.03.2011

10. Thereafter the Postmasters so appointed may be deputed for training immediately in consultation with the Training Division of the Directorate.

11. The receipt of the letter may please be acknowledged.

Yours faithfully,

Sd/-
(V. C. Kajla)
Director (SPN)
Tel. No. 23096092

INDIA POST PRESENTATION ON TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS


Presentation on Technological Developments in Department of Posts was held on 23.11.2010 in the presence of Secretary, Department of Posts, Member (Technology), Member (Operations) and other officers of the India Post. The Staff side was represented by Secretary Generals of Federations and General Secretaries of All India Unions.

The presentation was elaborately dealt with the vast changes that are going to take place in the Department of Posts due to large scale induction of Information and communication Technology (ICT). A budget of Rs. 1800 crores has been earmarked for the project which is to be completed by the year end of 2013.

The gist of the presentation can be summed up as follows:

In this era of fast developing Information and Communication Technology, large scale induction and assimilation of modern means of communication has become vital for sustenance and growth of India Post.

Having created a base of more than 12000 computerised Post offices in the country and a pool of trained human resource, India Post is in the process of implementing mass scale computerization and networking of all Departmental Post offices and Branch Post offices on a single integrated and modular platform connected to a National Data Center.

This National infrastructure, so created will enable India Post to provide state-of-the-art ICT services including Mobile remittance and Banking on a core banking platform and provide inclusive banking to rural, remote and hitherto unbanked areas.

The vast network and infrastructure of India Post, have already enabled it to become the preferred point of inter face between Government and the members of public for delivery of social and economic welfare schemes of the Government of India and various state governments. Introduction of modern ICT will help in timely and transparent delivery of social benefit schemes to the beneficiaries viz. MGNREGS, Indira Gandhi Old Age Pension Scheme (IGOAPS).

Computerised and connected network of Post office on a single integrated platform will also help India Post to retail products and services of other service providers viz. Banks, Government & Non Government financial institutions, Government Agencies and Mutual Fund houses in the rural and remote areas.

India Post has already taken initiative for re-engineering processes and making it compatible to suite the new ICT solutions and customer requirements.

One of the pre-requisite for transformation of India Post is upgradation of the skills of the work force and capacity building. Training of the human resources has been given its due importance and recognition in the project. The Services of the newly recruited 15000 Postal Assistants will also be utilized to the maximum extent. The Branch Post offices will not be provided with computers, instead they will be provided with modern-technology oriented hand devices.

Secretary General, NFPE insisted that the services rendered by the existing System Administrators in maintaining the computer network of more than 12000 Post offices is to be acknowledged in its true perspective and they may be absorbed in suitable posts such as System Assistants while implementing the project. The Secretary Post stated that this aspect will be given positive consideration. While we pointing out the delay in discussion on cadre review proposals, it was assured to finalise very shortly. Introduction of accrual based accounting system is also becomes part of the project. The apprehension about the mass redeployment or surplus has been focussed by us for which the Secretary, Posts assured that there will be no staff movements or reduction.

The Leader Staff side requested to arrange a similar presentation to the Circle Secretaries also for which the Secretary (Posts) responded positively.


(i) For the current financial year, the modernization will be restricted up to B class offices, 628 crores had been allotted for this purpose.

(ii)Single handed offices & BOs will be taken in the next year project.

(iii)For Pilot Project six circles have been identified viz. Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh & Assam. It will come into functioning before August 2011.

(iv) Instead of cost accounting, accrual basis system will be introduced. This is almost implemented in all major organizations including Telecom as per the Government of India decisions.

(v) 1800 ATMs will be established after the introduction of Core banking. Call centers to collection of logistics, MO etc will be formed. Track & trace facilities will be implemented for all services.

(vi) On Phase II, the rest of 16 circles will be completed.

(vii) Softwares are being developed as per the recommendations of 'Accenture'.

(viii) Expression of Interest was segregated to three instruments. One major National level Data server. Second 2600 departmental Post office net week interrogators, third Rural ICP hardware solutions. All net work equipments, connectivity, maintenance will be entrusted to vendor for 24 X 7 (Per week). He is solely responsible for everything. The penalty clause provision has been included.

(ix) Data centre, hire space and installation area will be ours. The rest software, maintenance etc will be entrusted to the providers.

(x) While comparing previous year, 13% revenue has been increased in postal operations.
MAIL NETWORK OPTIMIZATION PROJECT

An interaction with the staff side on Mail Network optimization project also took place during the meeting. It is explained that the scope of the project is to (1) optimize India Post Network from collection to delivery (2) to standardize processes with focus on significant quality improvement & reduction in network complexity (3) put in place an effective performance measurement system through regular reviews (4) improve the ambience of mail offices (5) upgrade processing facilities and improve working condition for employees and (6) make staff and customers proud of being associated with India Post. The key operational areas of the network optimization are (i) Speed Post and (ii) First class mail. First class mail optimization study is in progress.

The interaction mainly concentrated on the newly introduced Speed Post Network optimization programme (hubs). The Staff Side pointed out that the introduction of the speed post hubs has resulted in delay in processing and transmission of speed post articles resulting in delay in delivery. This issue should be addressed on top priority basis and corrective measures to avoid delay should be taken. The staff side further pointed out that while more than 80% of the speed post hubs are functioning under the administrative control of RMS Superintendents, the remaining hubs are controlled by Postal Superintendents. This has created on apprehension in the minds of the RMS employees that in the longer run the identity of RMS will be lost and eventually it will be merged with Post offices. Taking into consideration of this aspect, the Staff Side requested that all the Speed Post hubs should be under the control of RMS Superintendents. The Secretary, Posts assured to consider the request positively.
MEETING WITH DDG (ESTABLISHMENT)

The Secretary General NFPE and General Secretaries of affiliated unions of NFPE met DDG (Estt) on 23.11.2010. The following is the outcome of the meeting.

(1) The preliminary (first) sitting of the Cadre Restructuring committee will be held on 26.11.2010 at 3 PM.

(2)The first sitting of the Committee on Postmen related issues will also be held on 26.11.2010.

(3) Regarding the revision of wages of casual labourers it is informed that the file is being sent to nodel Ministry for approval. It is expected to be cleared by the Nodal ministries within 2-3 weeks. The wages will be revised with effect from 01.01.2006.

(4) The Department has issued orders clarifying –

(a) No casual labourers shall be engaged in the Administrative offices i.e. CO/RO/DO/PAO with effect from 1st December 2010.

b) The work of sweepers and scavengers should be combined or the same may be outsourced wherever feasible.

(c) Since duties of waterman, watch and ward, gardening, cleaning etc are now part of duties assigned to Multi Tasking staff, the existing practice of engaging casual laborers as waterman, Gardner, watch and ward and any other miscellaneous category shall be dispensed with effect from 1st December 2010.

THE FOLLOWING ARE OTHER LATEST DEVELOPMENTS

1. Revision of FSC – orders are expected to be released this month itself.

2. Enhancement of Fixed Monetary compensation revising Rs.24/- as Rs.50/- and Rs.85/- for holiday duty will be released next week.

3. The Department has appraised the law ministry about the existence of GS and the promotion on seniority basis to erstwhile Group D now MTS. The law ministry in now approving the revised Recruitment rules. Orders are expected within a fortnight.

4.UPSC has raised some queries on HSG-I Recruitment Rules which had been clarified. The Revised Recruitment Rules will be issued shortly.

5. The file relating to enhancement of OSA has been submitted to J.S. F.A. (Finance) for approval.

6. Direct Recruitment of PA/SAs were completed within couple of days to the extent of around 16000 posts. A Remarkable fast action. We appreciate the decision and decisive action of the department.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

IDA DEARNESS RELIEF FROM 01.07.2010


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sripuram Golden Temple situated in Vellore



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While God waits for His temple to be built of love, men bring stones
- Ravindranath Tagore

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One Rank One Pension for ex-servicemen


The Parliamentary Standing committee on Defence has urged the government to reconsider the demand of “One Rank One Pension” for the ex-servicemen.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence (15th LOK SABHA) on 1st and 7th Reports reiterated that the Government should consider the issue of ‘One Rank One Pension’ afresh. Since the issue of One Rank One Pension was not accepted in the past and more recently the Cabinet Secretary’s Committee set up to consider it also did not recommend the same, it has not been found feasible to accept the demand of One Rank One Pension.

In the case of Original Application No. 15 and 45/2010 the Armed Forces Tribunal, Chandigarh had passed the order dated 3.3.2010 with directions to the respondents to take final decision in the matter.

The said order was examined and speaking orders explaining the position were issued on 10.07.2010 to the petitioners.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Shri MM Pallam Raju in a written reply to Shri Vilas Muttemwar and others in Lok Sabha today.

Departmental proceedings against Government Servants – consultation with UPSC


No. 39011/12/2009-Estt (B)

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions

(Department of Personnel & Training)

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New Delhi, dated the 16th November, 2010

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Departmental proceedings against Government Servants – consultation with the Union Public Service Commission for advice.

The undersigned is directed to say that the existing instructions issued by this Department provide that the disciplinary proceedings taken against Government servants should be processed and completed expeditiously. Occasionally, the charged officers approach the Courts to quash the disciplinary proceedings and in many such cases the courts give direction to the Government to complete the proceedings within a time limit prescribed by the court. In certain instances the Government seeks further time from the court and in certain other instances, the petitioners file contempt petitions for not having completed the proceedings as per the court orders. In many of such cases , the UPSC has to be consulted as per the existing regulations, before the final orders are issued.

The UPSC has brought to the notice of this Department that In the above cases, some Ministries / Departments have stated in the affidavit flied before the Court that the matter has been pending with the UPSC and the delay in completing the proceedings was due to the delay In result of advice from the UPSC although such canes had been returned by the Commission to the Administrative Ministry to rectify the deficiencies noted by it In this connection, attention of Mlnlstrles/ Departments Is drawn to this Department’s OM of even number dated 10.5.2010 and 14.9.2010 In which it has been reiterated that the Commission generally takes 3-4 months to render its advice matter the complete case record8 have been received by the Commission and that the Ministries / Department should ensure that the prescribed proforma for mending the case records to the UPSC filled with due care and attention to avoid any back reference by the Commlaelon to rectify the deficiencies.

A case may not be taken as delayed on the part of UPSC If the Commission has returned the same to the Administrative ministry to remove deficiencies.

All Ministries / Department. are requested that In cases where the Courts are being apprised the time taken in finalizing a disciplinary proceeding through affidavit, information In regard to the pendency of the matter before the Union Public Service Commission may be correctly projected.

CA Subramanyan
Director

Study Leave for Fellowships offered by reputed Institutes


NO. 13023/2/2008- Estt.(L)

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pensions

(Department of Personnel & Training)

****

New Delhi, the 18th November, 2010

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Study Leave for Fellowships offered by reputed Institutes.

Study Leave is normally granted to a Government Servant for a course of study having direct and close connection with the sphere of his duty. However, it can also be granted for studies which may not be closely or directly connected with the work of a Government Servant, but wliich are capable of widening his mind in a manner likely to improve his abilities as a civil servant and to equip him better to collaborate with those employed in other branches of the public service. Keeping in view the above spirit, this Department had allowed Study Leave to those selected for the award of Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowships in relaxation of the rules.

2. In light of the above, this Department is examining the feasibility of bringing more Fellowships under the purview of Study Leave, on the same terms and conditions as the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowships. All Ministries/Department are requested to provide relevant /requisite inputs regarding fellowships offered by reputed institutions which may be of benefit to their area of work. It would be appreciated if the feed back is received by the under signed by 15th December 2010. The same may be mailed to the under signed at pads@nic.in.


(Simmi R.Nakra)
Director

Friday, November 19, 2010

Where do we belong in this UNIVERSE?



UFO in Warangal, India during Diwali Festival


When you say UFO people always expect it to be a phenomena which will occur or be sighted in United states and other western countries but there are so many cases in india which are authentic and rarely make it to the lime light of media and even if it makes still go unheard after a while... is it due to people are ignorant of these kind of phenomenon or lack of interest? what ever it is below is the video which was taken in warangal using the cell phone while taking videos of fireworks during this diwali festival, you can clearly see the blueish disk like lights zooming around the fireworks clearly caught on the tape.


It is said the the school teacher who took videos of this phenomena has made cd and sent it to various research center in india for further investigation



Guys what do you think i bet it is not CGI because these local people do not have enough talent to pull out such a hoax what ever it is just Penn in your ideas.
-Need to Know

Thursday, November 18, 2010

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10 Ways to Tune up Your Computer - by Ron Doyle


Everything needs a tune up: cars, pianos—even your computer! Here are ten ways for you to tune up your PC to help keep it running smoothly and efficiently.

What you'll need:

•Windows-based PC

•USB drive (1GB minimum)



1. Keep your PC up to date

One of the best things you can do to protect your PC is also one of the easiest: Make sure you are set up to get automatic updates from Microsoft. If you use Windows and other Microsoft software, such as Microsoft Office or Windows Live Essentials, then you should use the Microsoft Update service. You'll also get notices about new Microsoft software that you can download for free.

So how do you turn on automatic updates? Simple: Go to the Microsoft Update Web site. If you don't have automatic updates turned on, we'll help you through the process.

2. Performance

Next, you should “look under your PC's hood” to see how efficiently your computer is operating. To check your PC's performance in Windows 7, click the Start button, type Performance in the Search box, and then choose Performance Information and Tools in the search results.

Your system's processor, memory, graphics handling, and your hard drive are rated according to their capabilities. If you need more information on what these ratings mean click the What do these numbers mean? link found under your base score.

3. Action Center

In Windows 7, Action Center is a central area for messages and warnings about security that need your attention. When there is nothing to report you won't even realize it's there, but when something occurs that you should know about, you will see an Action Center flag notification in your taskbar.

When you click the warning you can choose to resolve the issue from there. You can also open the Action Center itself to see other notifications and actions you can take to help keep your PC running smoothly.


4. ReadyBoost

If you have a USB drive with at least 1GB to spare you may be able to make your system faster using ReadyBoost. ReadyBoost uses available storage space on a removable device to boost your system speed. Most flash drives and flash memory cards can help speed up your computer.











5. CPU Utilization

Your Central Processing Unit (CPU) is the brains of your computer. It organizes the processes in your computer to help keep it running smoothly. If you're wondering if an application may be slowing down your system, you can check the Performance tab in Windows Task Manager to see if the online movie you are watching is taking more than its fair share of power.

Windows Task Manager provides details on each process running on your computer, allowing you to find those programs affecting your PC's efficiency.


6. Check for Viruses and Spyware

Has your computer really slowed down since you bought it? Are windows occasionally popping up or programs starting independently? Is your hard drive constantly spinning? These and other problems may be caused by viruses or spyware.

Be sure your computer has protection against viruses, spyware, and malware. If you don't already have security software installed, try Microsoft Security Essentials.


7. Clean up your hard drive

Just like your closet needs a good cleaning occasionally, your hard drive does too. To unclutter your hard drive use Disk Cleanup. When you use Disk Cleanup you will toss out those old unneeded temporary files, all the trash in your recycle bin, and many other bits and pieces that are no longer needed.

Run it on a regular basis and you will be amazed at your computer's efficiency.





8. If you don't use it, uninstall it

Even a brand new computer has programs that you never use and don't need. If you don't use a program, uninstall it. This goes for pre-installed software, trial software you decided not to purchase, or software that you've replaced with an updated version.

Many unwanted programs run in the background upon startup whether you are using them or not. They take up disc space and memory. If you don't need the program, uninstall it. One warning: If you don't recognize a program name or know what it does, don't uninstall it until you've checked to see if it's software essential to running your PC.

9. Defrag your hard drive

Over time, files on your computer are moved around the hard drive. Eventually it takes your computer longer to find various parts of the programs which have been moved or fragmented. To boost your computer's speed and overall performance defrag your hard drive on occasion. In Windows 7, Disk Defragmenter rearranges fragmented data, making your computer operate more efficiently.




10. Try troubleshooting for performance

Your PC may also have some simple or more complex issues that Windows 7 can repair for you. Try a troubleshooting program to automatically fix those issues.

In Windows 7, the performance troubleshooter checks specifically for performance issues and the maintenance troubleshooter will look for hard drive maintenance issues. Both are quick and easy to use and may provide you with some useful suggestions.

Just for fun folks









Voluntary Retirement Scheme in Railways


Safety Related Retirement Scheme (SRRS) was introduced in January 2004 exclusively for two frontline safety categories i.e.. Drivers and Gangmen.

The ward of the employee seeking retirement under the scheme is considered for appointment in the respective category subject to fulfillment of eligibility / suitability etc. The existing scheme has been renamed as Liberalized Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment for Safety Staff (LARSGESS) and will cover all safety categories including Gangman with grade pay of Rs. 1800/-.

The condition of having minimum 33 years qualifying service has been reduced to minimum 20 years and the eligibility age group from 55-57 years to 50-57 years. However, in the case of Drivers, the condition of qualifying service i.e. 33 years and eligibility age group i.e. 55-57 will remain the same.

The scheme will result in younger workforce and boost morale of staff by way of provision of job to their eligible dependent wards.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways, Shri E. Ahamed in a written reply in Rajya Sabha on 12.11.2010.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Yoga for you...










Installation Procedure for Passbook Printers - Department of Posts


PassBook - Printer Settings1. Press station 1 + local +station2 & ON the printer (30sec)& insert the paper.


2. it shows station1=continue,station2=skip,local=config

3. Press local, it shows Menu : config

4.. Press station1 to continue until the printer name display as OLEVETTI

5. Press station2, the display changes to IBM

6. continue press station1 button until it displays save changes to Y

7. switch off the printer and swith on

Add New PASSBOOK PRINTER(It is for COM1 / Serial Port)

Start -> Setting -> printer -> Add Priner -> next -> Local Printer -> Next -> Select COM1 - Serial port -> Manufacturer ( IBM) -> Printers ( IBM Pro Printer 1 or 2) Give Name as ( PASSBOOK PRINTER) -> Next -> Next -> Finsih*

for Vista OS : Select Gereric -> 9 Pin Compatible WidePapper

Settings:Printer and Fax (Inside the Window) Right Click in the Blank space -> Server Properties -> Tick on the Create New Form -> Form Name ( give name as "PASSBOOK" ) -> Measurement ( in Inch)

Width: 8.20

Left : 0.20

Top : 0.70

Hight : 5.80

Right: 0.00

Bottom : 0.20

SaveRight Click Installed PASSBOOK PRINTER-> Properties -> 1. Device Setting -> Select PASSBOOK and Apply

2. Device Setting -> Printing Preferences -> Advanced -> Select Paper size PASSBOOK

3. Right Click -> properties -> Ports -> COM1 -> configure port -> Flow Control -> Xon / Xoff -> Apply -> OKSet as " PASSBOOK PRINTER " as DefaultTry to Print SB Passbook Best

Procedure Simplified for issue of Disability Certificate



The Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Rules 1996 have been amended in December last year. The amended rules enable a simplified and decentralized procedure for issue of disability certificate. Disability certificate can now be issued by a single doctor in respect of obvious disabilities at the level Primary Health Centre (PHCs)/Government Medical Practitioner, Community Health Centres and Hospitals at the Sub-Divisional level. In case of non obvious disabilities, certificate can be issued by a specialist. Only in case of multiple disability, a Medical Board is required. Further, Medical Certificate is to be issued as far as possible within 7 days from the date of application but in any case not later than one month.

State Governments have also been requested to make similar amendments in their PwD Rules and notify their medical authorities accordingly.

A Committee consisting of representatives of various stake holders, experts in disabilities etc. has been set up in April this year to study the suggestions received from State Governments, concerned Central Ministries and several other sources on the proposed amendments to the PwD Act, 1995 and to prepare a new draft Legislation aligning it with the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

This information was given by Shri. D. Napoleon, the Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.
Source: PIB

Just for fun folks


An employee applied for leave as follows:

Since I have to go to my village to sell my land along with my wife, please sanction me one-week leave.


Leave letter by a sincere husband to take care of his wife at home:

"My wife is suffering from sickness and as I am her only husband at home I may be granted leave".


Another Leave-letter from a gem who was performing his daughter’s wedding:

"as I am marrying my daughter, please grant a week’s leave.."


Mail received by Administration dept:

"As my mother-in-law has expired and I am only one responsible for it, please grant me 10 days leave."


Another employee applied for half day leave as follows: "Since I’ve to go to the cremation ground at 10 o-clock and I may not return, please grant me half day casual leave"


Another one. "I am suffering from fever, please declare one day holiday."


A leave letter to the headmaster by our friend’s son:

"As I am studying in this school I am suffering from headache. I request you to leave me today"


Another leave letter written to the headmaster by our friend’s son:

"As my headache is paining, please grant me leave for the day."


From an employee who was performing the "mundan" ceremony of his 10 year old son: "as I want to shave my son’s head, please leave me for two days.."


A candidate’s job application:

"This has reference to you r advertisement calling for a ‘ Typist and an Accountant - Male or Female’… As I am both(!! )for the past several years and I can handle both with good experience, I am applying for the post.

Covering note: "I am enclosed herewith…"


Another one:

"Dear Sir: with reference to the above, please refer to my below…"



Letter writing:

"I am in well here and hope you are also in the same well."
 
Collection by - K.V.Sridharan, General secretary, AIPEUP3CHQ


Monday, November 15, 2010

Messages asking for personal information - Don't miss it Netizens


On Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 2:36 PM I received an email from pwd.classaction@gmail.com as follows;

"Due to anonymous registration of our email service, We have detected that your account information on our database is out of date, as a result of that we request that you verify your account Information by filling the details as requested below. Failure to verify your information will result in account suspension.
Account


Password


Birthdate


Location

Note: This warning is for Google members only
Thank you for using Google Account"



One of you may also had received such mails. My friends, don't worry this is not a legitimate email and you should not bother to reply for such emails. This type of emails are just SCAMs.

The following article from google might be very much helpful to you:

Some spammers send fraudulent mass-messages designed to collect personal information, called 'spoofing' or 'password phishing.'




Here are a few ways you might recognize these messages:



•They ask you to provide your username and password or other personal information (e.g. Social Security number, bank account number, PIN number, credit card number, mother's maiden name, or birthday). Even if they appear to be from a legitimate source, or contain an official-looking webpage, be careful. Spammers often ask for this information in an attempt to steal your Gmail address, your money, your credit, or your identity.

•You might see a warning from Gmail when you open one of these messages. These phishing alerts operate automatically, much like spam filtering. Gmail's spam filters automatically divert messages that are suspected of being unwanted messages into 'Spam'. Similarly, Gmail's phishing alerts automatically display warnings with messages we suspect are phishing attacks so you know to exercise caution before providing any personal information.



You should always be wary of any message that asks for your personal information, or messages that refer you to a webpage asking for personal information. One thing to be sure of: Google or Gmail will never ask you to provide this information in an email; if the message asking for it claims to be from us, don't believe it.



Here's what you can do to protect yourself and stop fraudsters:



•Check the email address of the sender of the message by hovering your mouse cursor over the sender name and verifying that it matches the sender name.

•Check whether the email was authenticated by the sending domain. Click on the 'show details' link in the right hand corner of the email, and make sure the domain you see next to the 'mailed-by' or 'signed-by' lines matches the sender's email address. For more information on email authentication, please visit our Email Authentication article.



•Make sure the URL domain on the given page is correct, and click on any images and links to verify that you are directed to proper pages within the site. For example, the Gmail URL is http://mail.google.com/ or, for even more security, https://mail.google.com/. Although some links may appear to contain 'gmail.com,' you may be redirected to another site after entering such addresses into your browser.

•Always look for the closed lock icon in the status bar at the bottom of your browser window whenever you enter any private information, including your password.

•Check the message headers. The 'From:' field is easily manipulated to show a false sender name. Learn how to view headers.

•If you're still uncertain, contact the organization from which the message appears to be sent. Don't use the reply address in the message, since it can be forged. Instead, visit the official website of the company in question, and find a different contact address.

•If you enter your Google account or personal information as the result of a spoof or phishing message, take action quickly. Send a copy of the message header and the entire text of the message to the Federal Trade Commission at spam@uce.gov. If you entered credit card or bank account numbers, contact your financial institution. If you think you may be the victim of identity theft, contact your local police.

•Gmail doesn't send unsolicited mass messages asking for passwords or personal information. If you think your Gmail address has been compromised or taken over, please click here so we can help resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

* If our system flags a message as phishing, but you've validated the source from which the message originated, click the down arrow next to Reply at the top-right of the message pane, and select Report Not Phishing to let us know the message is legitimate. And if you receive a message that our phishing detection system doesn't pick up on, click Report Phishing to send a copy of the message to the Gmail Team.

Click here to view the original article

BLOSSOMS AND BUTTERFLIES by Deepa Kylasam Iyer


Every year, children’s day is celebrated on 14th November to celebrate the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru in India. Nehru was an iconoclast, a man who lived decades ahead of his times. It is befitting him to associate his birthday with hope for the future- the children of India. Children go to school in wonderful colour dresses for once shedding their dreary uniforms. They sing, dance, play and eat sweets at school. They fondly remember Chacha Nehru. Then they all get back to school and their routine the next day only to be children next year. It is just one day a year when they are allowed to be themselves.

In the hyper-realist view of life, we always find practical difficulties to be ourselves and be peaceful. In our race against time, we will not let our children stand and stare. We will not let them dream and giggle over nothings, to fall asleep and yawn loudly, drag their feet and splash in the puddle. We will not let them find their colours; we even deny that they have wings. They are for us our own extension, our future, our anxiety personified and sometimes our perpetual regrets too. I am not generalising; I have been fortunate to be born to two wonderful human-beings myself. But I want to stop, pause and remind us that often we leave our children to the company of loneliness and neglect. The big issues are too hard to miss- we do have poverty, child abuse and child labour. These are problems that loom like a dark cloud fogging our future like an ominous premonition. But here in the space of a few words, I want to focus on small things.

Small things are always easily missed- like the sadness and emptiness in a child’s eye, its silent scream for attention. I do not know how many of us have ever observed the gradual disappearance of the blossom and the butterfly in our child, the metamorphosis of our fluttering butterfly into an unbreakable façade- the process of dreams freezing, hopes vanishing and the coming of a stony silence between us. We give our children a good second look, when it is too late and irreversible and wonder whatever happened to that little bundle of joy.

Children are not born, they are brought into the world. They are joyful beings, it is sadness that takes some education. They arrive in the spring and look around the world in great awe, with great expectations. They smile and laugh for no reason, their tinkling laughter is brought to us to shake us out of our own stupor and see our life in a new light. They are the blossoms that bring the angels back and by angels I mean the human capacity to believe in irrational, impossible things; to be mad once again! The purity of a child’s thought is the beginning of all poetry. I believe whenever Man has done great things, it is only when he went back to the beginning and captured an image or a thought in all its purity and thought as if he were a child.

It is heart-breaking to see a drooping flower about to disappear and a butterfly about to die. I have only seen it too many times to forget. This November 14th, can we all celebrate Children’s day? Can we all celebrate the child in us? Will it be too much if I ask you to remember the happiest thought as a child and find the old chord and play the music once again where you left? It may be hard, but it is worth a try. And all those who are blessed with your little angels, do take care of them. They are the only blossoms and butterflies of this lonely planet...

Posted by Deepa Kylasam Iyer
Source: Beyond The Obvious

Friday, November 12, 2010

How to disable USB Mass storage device in your system


Most virus infections are due to USB pen drives. Here is small registry tool to disable USB Mass storage devices to be used on system. Before using this Backup your Registry. REGEDIT > FILE MENU > EXPORT to a safe place.
Use attached file to Disable or Enable USB mass storage devices.


Source: dop systemadministrators




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