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Saturday, April 22, 2017

India Post to launch coffee flavoured stamp

Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said that Indian post department is releasing a stamp with Coffee flavour soon. 

"Coffee flavoured stamp will be released by India Post on April 23," Sitharaman tweeted.

In another tweet she mentioned that the release will take place in Bengaluru.

Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha will be releasing the stamp which will be a collector's version, and it will be priced at Rs 100.

Earlier in the day, she stressed on the need for branding Indian Coffee and said the Coffee Board now has to be on its toes in this regard.

She said branding is now one way of ensuring that the market is going to be sustained.

The Minister was speaking after distributing soil health card and launching of a web portal,an initiative of the Coffee Board, towards soil fertility appraisal and soil health monitoring in traditional Coffee growing regions, here.

"Today is an age of branding,we need to brand everything, we need to sell everything, we need to have high profile marketing for everything to even reach the lower end of the pyramid," Sitharaman said.

She said "promotion of Coffee, branding of different coffee should go with a lot more hype. There is a lot of creativity we need to (put) in taking coffee further."

Noting that countries like Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar have done and are doing a lot of things in packaging, value addition, presenting and marketing of the coffee, she said "the Coffee Board obviously is now going to have to be on its toes."

Sitharaman called on the Board for a "breaking the usual trodden path" kind of an approach in branding and marketing of Indian Coffee.

Pointing out at Araku, a new coffee growing area in northern Andhra Pradesh, a hilly tribal area which produces a "good quality" Arabica coffee, she said they have a posh outlet in Paris for Araku coffee.

"I did ask the Coffee board where are we? If Araku on its own can go to Paris, Coffee Board should have pushed itself and said I will market Coorg Coffee. We should brand it."

Sitharaman said newer coffee growing areas have a great deal of enthusiasm and the kind of energy that they have is fantastic, adding that Uttarakhand is growing good coffee, while Himachal Pradesh is attempting to get into coffee with Arabica variety.

Expressing confidence that there would be expansion in growing area under coffee in India and there is immense opportunity, she also conceded that "we have not been able to get solution to white stem borer problem that Coffee growers are facing."

"I am pursuing with the Agriculture Research Institutes across the country on this," she added.

Sitharaman said the reach of the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana will be applicable to even small coffee growers and pointed out that according to information provided to her, about 98 per cent are small growers.

Source:-The Times of India

1948 Gandhi stamps sold for record Rs 4.14 crore

The "unique" strip of four ten-rupee stamps is considered the most important and desirable item of post-Indian independence philately, Jersey, UK-based dealer Stanley Gibbons said in a statement on Wednesday.
The purple-brown stamps are emblazoned with the word 'SERVICE' and were issued to the then governor-general's secretariat for official use. Only single stamps of this kind have previously been recorded to exist in private collections.
The purchase by an Australian investor is the latest in a number of transactions highlighting the strength of the market for rare Indian stamps. Stanley Gibbons sold a single Gandhi ten-rupee stamp to a client in Uruguay last year for 160,000 pounds (approximately Rs 1.32 crore). In March, an Indian stamp where the head of the young Queen Victoria had been inverted in error sold for 110,000 pounds (approx. Rs 91 lakh).
"The market for high-quality Indian rarities is supported by the on-going desire of the wealthy, Indian diaspora and savvy international clients to own these historic assets," the dealer said. Although the firm highlights the strength of the Indian collectibles market, it reported a pretax loss of 29 million pounds last year amid financial restructuring and discovery of errors in its accounting methods.
Source:-The Times of India

Preparation of Seniority list of Stenographer Grade-I as on 01.01.2012/2013/2014/2015/2016/2017

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Assumption of Charge

Shri Lalitendu Pradhan, IPoS-1993 assumed the charge of PMG, Sambalpur Region, Sambalpur today the 20th April, 2017.

Offensive WhatsApp posts can now land group administrator in jail

Think twice before becoming administrator of a group on WhatsApp or Facebook as one is liable for prosecution if any rumour or fake news is circulated on it. 

Social media platforms allow a person to create a group on which members can share views, photographs or videos. 

Concerns have been raised about social media misuse as fake news, morphed photographs and disturbing videos with fabricated local narratives can easily be circulated that can trigger tension and even communal rift in an area. 

In a joint order issued by District Magistrate Yogeshwar Ram Mishra and Senior Superintendent of Police Nitin Tiwari, it has been made clear that any factually incorrect, rumour or misleading information on a social media group could result in an FIR against the group administrator. 

"There are several groups on social media which are named on news groups and also groups with other names which are propagating news and information which is not authentic. These are being forwarded without cross checking," it said. 

Considering this issue, directives are being issued to social media groups, WhatsApp and Facebook group administrators and members, the order said. 

There are over 200 million WhatsApp users in India. 

It directed that social media group administrators should be ready to bear the responsibility and ownership of the groups. 

The administrator must include only those members who are personally known to him or her. 

If any statement is made by a group member which is fake, can cause religious disharmony, or rumour, the group admin must deny it on the group and remove the member from the group, the order said. 

"In the event of inaction from the group admin, he or she will be considered guilty and action will be taken against the group admin," it said.

Such a post must also be reported to the nearest police station so that action can be taken against the member under the law, it said. 

The order, issued yesterday, says while freedom of expression on social media is important, it also comes with a responsibility. 

Varanasi is the Lok Sabha constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

The administration has directed that no statement or post which can hurt religious sentiments should be forwarded to any other group or person else legal action will be taken. 

It also directs that case under cyber crime law, Information Technology Act and IPC will be filed in case of violation of these guidelines. 

The order also makes it clear that orders of the Supreme Court and various high courts will be considered while initiating action. 

It needs to be seen how Varanasi police which is facing severe staff crunch implements such an order as WhatsApp and social media are not limited to the boundaries of the district.

Source:-The Economic Times

Transfer and Posting in ASP Cadre in Berhampur Region

The following orders of transfer and posting have been issued vide RO, Berhampur Memo No. ST/11-20/2013 Ch-II dated 18.04.2017.

Name of the officer

Present place of posting
Posting on Transfer/ Promotion
Yerra Polayya
ASP(ML), RO, Berhampur (on Offg)
ASP(ML), RO, Berhampur on regular basis
On regular promotion to ASP Cadre
R K Maharana
ASP(Hq), Kalahandi Dn,
ASP(I/c), Bhawanipatna Sub Dn
On transfer due to completion of present tenure
Debadatta Jena
IP, Umerkote Sub Dn (Koraput Dn)
ASP(Hq), Koraput Division on adhoc basis
On adhoc promotion to ASP cadre
Ch Jawahar Rao
IP, Digapahandi Sub Dn (Berhampur Dn)
ASP(Hq), Phulbani Division on adhoc basis
On adhoc promotion to ASP cadre
Ramesh Ch Sahoo
IP, Nimapara Sub Dn (Bhubaneswar Dn)
ASP, Phulbani Sub Dn on adhoc basis
On adhoc promotion to ASP cadre

Special Casual Leave for CWC on 07-05-2017

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

HRD forms panel on implementing 7th pay commission's recommendations in educational institutions

The HRD Ministry has formed a committee to review the recommendations made by a UGC panel on implementation of the seventh pay commission's recommendations in educational institutions. 

The development comes against the backdrop of teachers' associations of various universities threatening to go on strike over the "delay" in implantation after the UGC panel submitted its report earlier this year. 

"Seventh Pay Review committee for implementing the recommendations (of the 7th pay commission) in educational institutions, universities and colleges has submitted its report to the Ministry. I have constituted a committee headed by Higher education secretary to study them," Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters. 

The committee will have officials from Finance Ministry and other relevant offices and it will submit its final recommendations which will go to Cabinet, he added. 

Javadekar urged the teachers to refrain from going to strike in view of the examination time and to avoid any disruption in the academic functioning of the varsities. 

"I appeal to everyone not to stage any protests as exams are around the corner and the Ministry will ensure that justice is done to everyone. 

"Those who had some doubts whether government is moving in this direction, let me dispel their doubts that we have already started action and soon they will get good news," he added. 

The pay review committee of the University Grants Commission (UGC), which was formed last year and was headed by it member VS Chauhan, had recommended scrapping ad-hoc and temporary appointments of teachers across universities. 

The panel had also suggested that pay of teachers should be in accordance with the seventh central pay commission, which means the overall salary of teachers would also go up if the suggestion is accepted by the human resource development (HRD) ministry. 

Linking grants to universities to the vacant posts filled by them was also among the recommendations made by the committee. 

Source:-The Economic Times

SBI Card imposes fee on cheque payments

In a first, SBI Card — an arm of State Bank of India — has decided to impose a charge on payments made by cheque. The card company recently communicated to customers that henceforth payments of below Rs 2,000 made through the cheque drop box will attract a fee of Rs 100. 

Speaking to TOI, SBI Card MD and CEO Vijay Jasuja said, "A large number of cheques were being dropped late into the boxes and subsequently disputes were raised on late payment charges. We have done a deep analysis. It is not possible that every month the bank is making a mistake in cheque collection". 

To avoid such disputes the bank has decided to discourage cheque payments

SBI Card is the only issuer in the country which is not a bank and is registered as a finance company. As a result, it incurs a cost in collecting and depositing cheques for clearing. 

According to Jasuja, 92% of cardholders are settling their bills through non-cheque mode. 

The fees do not apply to SBI account holders, who make cheque payments across the counter. In such cases the cheques are not sent for clearing and the payment is made as an intrabank transfer. However, non-SBI cheques would incur fees even if deposited across the counter in branches. 

"Of the 8% who are paying by cheque, around 6% have bills of over Rs 2,000 and it is only the remaining 2% who are getting affected," Jasuja said. 
He added that while the company was disincentivising cheques, it was providing incentives to those paying online by way of higher reward points. 

SBI Cards claims to have 14 modes of bill payments but most of them involve access to internet over mobile or desktop. Without a mobile phone or internet connection the only paperless way of payment is through standing instructions. 

"We are only looking at recovering that clearing cost. When we are talking about digitisation and all modes are available, what is the need of paying by cheque?," said Jasuja.

Source:-The Economic Times

The services of Shri Pawan Kumar Singh (IPoS-2000), presently working as Director (Mails & SP), Delhi Circle, are placed at the disposal of D/o Sports for appointment as Director under the Central Staffing Scheme

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