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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Deadline to file income tax return for FY2018-19 extended to August 31

The finance ministry has extended the deadline for filing income tax return (ITR) for FY2018-19 by individuals to August 31, 2019 from July 31, 2019. The extension is a much needed relief as there were multiple problems being faced by individuals in filing returns by July 31. July 31 was the deadline to file income tax returns for most individuals and HUFs. This is that category of individuals and HUFs who are not mandatorily required to get their accounts audited for tax purposes. 

Many chartered accountant/tax practioner societies had appealed to the government to extend the ITR filing deadline to provide sufficient time to individuals to file ITR properly. There are many reasons for this. 

This year CBDT had extended the deadline for employers to file their TDS returns, i.e., Form 24Q, from May 31, 2019 to June 30, 2019 and consequently deadline of issuing Form 16 by the employer was also extended from June 15, 2019 to July 31, 2019. Consequently, employees waiting to get their Form 16s to file their ITRs were left with only 21 days to file their tax return by the earlier deadline of July 31. 

Even though it is easier to fill salary details in ITR-1 this year as individuals are required to just copy-paste the same from Form 16, sources of interest income are required to be provided in greater detail. This could be a tedious process. 

Further, while the tax department has started providing pre-filled XML for ITR forms 1 to 4, the pre-filled XML file for ITR-2 does not contain salary details which individuals have to fill-in by themselves. ITR-2 asks individuals to provide detailed break-up of salary such as basic, HRA and so on received by choosing the options from the drop-down menu. 

The calculation of long-term capital gains (LTCG) tax on equity shares and equity mutual funds is also a complicated process due to the grandfathering clause which came into effect from FY2018-19 onwards. In addition to that, individuals were also required to provide details such as ISIN code/Folio number, name of shares/units and so on for sale of equity shares and equity mutual funds. However, later on this was made optional. 

Source:The Economic Times

UPU News: Writing powerful letters: A youth skill that can help change the world

In late 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared 15 July as World Youth Skills Day. The day offers a welcome opportunity for the world to recognize the importance of young people having the necessary skills to prosper and succeed in life.

On this day, the Universal Postal Union (UPU) adds its own voice to all those wanting to help young people acquire the skills and experience enabling them to work and thrive. However, we also wish to raise awareness about our own efforts to promote literacy and the ability of young people to express themselves in writing. 
Since 1971, the UPU has encouraged young writers, aged 9-15, to write letters on a given theme to win exciting prizes. On average over 1.2 million young people take part and the competition is an excellent way of making young people aware of the important role postal services play in our societies. Letter writing can develop their skills in composition, foster enjoyment of the written word and help strengthen the bonds of international friendship.    
Letters can move the world. Martin Luther King, Jr. (“Letter from Birmingham Jail”), Siegfried Sassoon (“A Soldier’s Declaration”) and Emile Zola (“J’accuse!”) have all written letters that had a profound impact on their readers. Last year, the thirteen-year-old winner of the UPU’s 47th International Letter-Writing Competition, Chara Phoka from Cyprus, added her own voice on a powerful and moving subject. 
Chara’s letter tells the story of a violent event and how the letter is forced on a deadly journey. During its perilous travels, the letter changes hands several times: from its author to a courageous young refugee who dies in a harsh sea crossing and finally, in a positive ending, to a relative living abroad.
“Her letter—the letter of an invisible life—tells a harrowing story that speaks to this painful period in the 21st century; a powerful modern allegory that informs as much as it distresses—a story of conflict, of migrant smuggling, of loss and finally of hope,” Deputy Director General of the UPU Pascal Clivaz said.
Mr. Clivaz was speaking during last year’s awards ceremony for UPU’s 47th International Letter-Writing Competition for Young People. The awards ceremony was held on World Post Day, 9th October, which raises awareness about the international postal sector’s role in the lives of people and businesses, as well as its contribution to global social and economic development.
“Through my letter, I wanted to express the way young people feel about instability, conflict and migrant smuggling. I hope that my letter sends a timely message that we need to solve these problems, not just for young people but for everyone,” Chara commented after receiving the gold medal.
Mr. Clivaz told the audience of distinguished guests and staff, “The message is therefore not only a letter of our times, but also a lesson for our times: We must not give up on the “greatness of human life,” we must not give up our humanity, and we must not give up our hope…” The theme of last year’s competition was, “Imagine you are a letter travelling through time. What message do you wish to convey to your readers?”
“With my letter, I wanted to give a voice and an identity to refugee children and give meaning to their lives,” said Chara.

Rule-1 to Rule-98 of Postal Manual Volume-IV

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Competitive Examination limited to Gramin Dak Sevaks for the post of Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants for unfilled vacancies up to 31.12.2018, held on 14.07.2019

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Recognition of Service Associations under CCS(RSA) Rules, 1993 - Declaration of result of the verification of the membership

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Forfeiting of candidature on any other choice of GDS posts,whenever a selected candidate joined on the first offered post-reg

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Implementation of approved recommendation of GDS Committee on rationalisation of categories of Gramin Dak Sevaks.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Merger of Postmaster cadre (Grade-I, II & III) with the General Line Cadre (LSG, HSG-II & HSG-I)

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UPU News:-From A to B: how your mail flies around the world

When ordering an item online, many of us expect our package to arrive quickly to our front door, but few of us consider how it crosses continents to get there – that is because cooperation between Posts and airlines, facilitated by the UPU and IATA, means customers don’t have to worry.

Cooperation between Posts and airlines goes back more than 60 years, with the UPU and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) – which today represents some 290 airlines – having worked together since 1956.
“In the ‘global supply chain’ items are moved across the globe and airline transport is one of the most efficient modes of moving items across continents, so the air transport sector is not only considered a partner, but a central and integral section of the supply chain,” explains Noor Adan, the UPU’s Supply Chain Management Coordinator.
“Today, the vehicle for postal-airline cooperation is the UPU-IATA Contact Committee,” he adds.
Through the Committee, the two organizations are able to coordinate their efforts to move postal items through the air. It has a work plan, which, over the past several years, has focused on electronic data exchange, safety and security standards, and operational matters, such as mail handover and quality of service.
It also develops guidelines on air transport and organizes capacity-building workshops for Posts and airlines.

Completing the communication loop

Facilitating the exchange of electronic data interchange (EDI) messages between Posts, airlines and Customs has been a priority over the last several years as e-commerce drives up international parcel volumes.
UPU Transport Programme Manager Jan Bojnansky explains that the UPU envisions a future where all supply chain partners are able to send, receive and search for data for each leg of an item’s journey – something he refers to as the “global postal model”. The model includes two flows for airlines – pre-loading and pre-arrival information.
In the last two years, the Contact Committee has doubled the number of Posts and airlines able to exchange electronic data to more than 120 designated postal operators and over 60 airlines.
“The information received helps with the visibility and traceability of items while in the airline’s custody – they get a list of items in each dispatch, addresses, information needed for identifying security risks or for Customs purposes,” he says.
In April, the UPU’s Postal Operations Council and Council of Administration approved a proposal to let some supply chain partners, such as airlines and Customs, have access to the organizations technical solutions for EDI.
“Right now we are simply pushing data to each other. The wider access policy approved by the UPU Councils allows for a centralized platform so stakeholders can access what they need on demand and pull the data required,” says Bojnansky.
Airlines should be fully connected to exchange data with Posts in two steps by March 2023 to meet all new regulatory requirements, with two pilot projects already underway – one between Qatar Airways and La Poste France, and one between Swiss International Air Lines and Swiss Post.
In the long term, Adan and Bojnansky say that the UPU will need to work on a volume-forecasting tool as more airlines request pre-advice on shipment volumes.
The Contact Committee is working on the new monitoring and reporting system to measure transportation times on the dispatch and consignment levels. It will also measure the compliance of transport messages to all EDI standards once more Posts and airlines are connected and exchanging the new data elements focused on security and critical operational times.

Promotions and Postings in Postal Service Group 'B' Cadre

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Congratulation to Shri Prasanta Ku. Patra (President), Shri S.N. Mishra and Shri Madhu Mirdha for long awaited Promotion and good wishes for their future endeavor.