Monday, 20 August 2018

Win big in pen-paper letter contest [Letter writing competition - India Post]

SPEED POST: Students during the letter contest at Ranchi GPO on Sunday. Telegraph picture

Ranchi: Gabriel Garcia Marquez's No One Writes to the Colonel can now be an epitaph for letter-writing as a whole.

At an age where emails, chatboxes, inboxes and WhatsApp have made pen-and-paper letters almost museum pieces, India Post is hosting a nationwide contest, Dhai Akhar, to revive this form of communication.

On Sunday, Ranchi GPO under India Post held a letter writing contest on its premises near Albert Ekka Chowk in which 30 students from various city schools took part.

Senior superintendent of Ranchi circle K.D. Singh said the contest was organised under the aegis of the national event, on from June 15 till September 30. The theme of the contest is "letter to my motherland" inspired by Rabindranath Tagore's song O Amar Desher Mati. Letters can be written in Hindi, English or a local language by people in two age group categories, Under 18 and Over 18. In both age groups, there are two format categories, inland letter (500 words) and envelope (1,000 words).

In both age groups and for both formats, prizes would be awarded separately. The circle level competition awards prizes of Rs 25,000, Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000. At the national level, the quantum of prizes are Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000.

A GPO office assistant, Basant Singh, who was on invigilation duty on Sunday as children wrote their letters, said interested contestants could send them letters directly too. The best entries at the circle level would be sent to the national level. The letters will be assessed under chief post master general Shashi Shalini Kujur, who is the competition's chairperson for Jharkhand circle.

"In order to participate from Ranchi circle that covers Ranchi, Khunti, Simdega, Gumla and Lohardaga, an interested person can post his or her letter on the theme addressed to Shashi Shalini Kujur, chief post master general, Meghdut Bhavan, Doranda, Ranchi 834002," he said.

Teenagers such as Avi, a Class X student of Kairali School, and Class XI girl Ashima Singh from Delhi Public School, who have grown up in an age of electronic communication and social media overload, said they loved writing letters using pen and paper. "Letter writing has been completely forgotten in the age of WhatsApp and Facebook," Ashima said.

Sriwani, a Class IX student of Kairali School, got philosophical. "Online words seem devoid of feelings," said the girl. "I loved writing the letter as it was in my handwriting and had a human touch."
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India Post Payments Bank [IPPB]

India Post Payments Bank [IPPB]

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Grant of Paid Holiday on Election Date

Grant of Paid Holiday on Election Date

Grant of Paid Holiday to employees on the day of poll

Bye election to fill clear vacancies in the State Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya – 2018 – Grant of paid holiday
No. 12/3/2016-JCA-2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment (JCA-2) Section
North Block, New Delhi
Dated 16th August, 2018
Subject: Bye election to fill clear vacancies in the State Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya – 2018 – Grant of paid holiday – regarding
The undersigned is directed to state that in connection with the Bye Election to fill clear vacancies in the State Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya (35-Ranikor (ST) and 51-South Tura (ST) to be held on 23.08.2018 (Thursday), the guidelines already issued by this Department vide OM No. 12/14/99-JCA dated 10.10.2001 (copy enclosed) would have to be followed for the Central Government Offices including industrial Establishments covered by the said OM.
2. The above instructions may please be brought to the notice of all concerned.
(Debabrata Das)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
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Sunday, 19 August 2018

Your friendly neighbourhood postman is about to become a banker [IPPB]

Your friendly neighbourhood postman is about to become a banker [IPPB]

NEW DELHI: Do you think the once-ubiquitous postman has been reduced to an anachronism in the age of the internet? Think again. Now postmen will be bringing digital banking to the doorsteps of crores of people with the launch of India Post Payments Bank (IPPB).
The government is planning to launch IPPB at a grand function in Delhi’s Talkatora stadium on August 21. Set up us a 100% government-owned public limited company under the Department of Posts, IPPB is aimed at making banking easy for ordinary citizens. It will go live with 650 branches in addition to 3,250 access points co-located at post offices and around 11,000 postmen both in rural and urban area will provide doorstep banking services. It has permission to link around 17 crore postal savings bank accounts. The government plans to link all the 1.55 lakh post office branches with IPPB services by the end of this year. Earlier this year, IPPB had launched its pilot operations in Raipur and Ranchi.

What is a payments bank?

A payments bank is like any other bank, but operating on a smaller scale without involving any credit risk. In simple words, it can carry out most banking operations but can’t advance loans or issue credit cards. It can accept demand deposits (up to Rs 1 lakh) and offer remittance services, mobile payments/transfers/purchases and other banking services like ATM/debit cards, net banking and third-party fund transfers.
The objectives of setting up of payments banks is to increase financial inclusion by providing small savings accounts and payments/remittance services to migrant labourers, low-income households, small businesses and other unorganised sector entities.

Here are a few unique services offered by the India Post Payments Bank:

Doorstep banking
Doorstep banking service is one of the most distinct features of IPPB, making it very accessible. With an aim to ease access and encourage adoption of new-age banking and payment instruments, IPPB will utilise the services of postmen to offer doorstep banking in rural areas. IPPB’s doorstep banking will offer following services: account opening; cash deposits/withdrawals; money transfers; recharge and bill payments; third-party services like insurance, loans and investments; and other account-related services like updating PAN/nomination details, requesting account statement, issuing standing instructions and QR card issuance.

What you pay for doorstep banking:

  • Customer On-boarding: NIL
  • Digital Transaction (Transaction other than cash deposits and withdrawals): Rs 15 per Transaction
  • Cash Transaction (Cash Withdrawal, Cash Deposit): Rs. 25 per Transaction
Limits of Cash Deposit & Cash Withdrawal at Access Points & Doorstep
*Limits are per customer per day
QR card
Besides mobile banking, phone banking and SMS banking, QR card is another service IPPB is offering. With the help of QR card, you can access your bank account, and make transactions without having to remember the account number. All the transactions will be authenticated via biometric verification, which means if you lose your QR card, your money would still be safe. You can make transactions using your QR Card in three steps: scan the code, authenticate through biometric verification; complete the transaction.

Linkage with post office savings account

Existing India Post savings bank account holders will be allowed to link their accounts to IPPB accounts. IPPB's regular savings account has a cap on maximum end-of-day balance of Rs 1 lakh. With the linkage feature, the end-of-day balance above Rs. 1 lakh can be swept into the customer's linked post office savings account. IPPB's regular savings account offers interest rate of 4% p.a. which is paid quarterly and does not require customers to maintain any monthly average balance. Also, there's no restriction on the number of cash deposits and withdrawals.
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Classification of Posts - Gazette Notification [DoPT]

Classification of Posts - Gazette Notification [DoPT]

Gazette Notification of India on Classification of Posts under rules CCS 1965. Hindi and English version of Gazette Notification are listed below

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Saturday, 18 August 2018

5 steps to handle workplace harassment as an employee

5 steps to handle workplace harassment as an employee

Workplace Harassment is an area that is gaining visibility due to the impact it has on overall organizational culture as well as employee well-being. It is the single most important reason for work-related stress.
Many people use workplace harassment and sexual harassment interchangeably, or believe it to be the most harmful. However, they are not the same. Sexual harassment is a subset, or one of the types, of workplace harassment. Also, bullying, belittling or shaming, aggression, discrimination, and abuse at the workplace also qualifies as harassment and is equally harmful.

At a workplace, harassment is prohibited on the following grounds of discrimination – race, colour, religion, national origin, ancestry, place of origin, age, physical disability, mental disability, marital status, and/or sexual orientation.

As per the definition shared by the Supreme Court, ‘Sexual Harassment’ includes unwelcome sexually tinted behaviour, whether directly or by implication, such as physical contact and advances, demands for sexual favours, sexually coloured remarks, showing pornography, or any other unwelcome physical, and verbal or non-verbal conduct of a sexual nature.

Here are some common real-life comments made at Indian workplaces, including MNCs:

“You are so tall, are you sure you need those heels?”

“Walk slowly, I can feel the ground shaking when you are around.” (Comments received by a fat person.)

“Rani can afford to buy that expensive car as her income is her pocket money, whereas I am the sole breadwinner, and that is why I deserve the promotion more than her.”

“Hey Pakistani, how are you doing today?” (Boss addressing an Indian Muslim junior team member.)

“Let’s look at promoting that Reddy guy first, that Tamil guy can wait.” (Preferential treatment based on origin or community.)

“We men can talk about cup-sizes, so why can’t you women talk about car brands?”

So how do you tackle it if you are facing harassment at work?

Classify – sexual harassment or workplace-related harassment?

Understanding the nature of the harassment and classifying it accordingly is the first step. Be aware of the behaviours that fall under each type of harassment since reporting and then implications are aligned to that. Carry out your own research on key aspects of sexual harassment before you decide to proceed.

Speak up and say “no”

Taking a stand and being able to demonstrate respect for oneself is the next step. You need to be firm and frank in categorically speaking up to discourage such behaviour. Remaining silent and not trying to put a stop to it immediately can send mixed signals to the harasser.

Confront the harasser and explain how you felt

Telling the harasser exactly how humiliating or offending such instances of harassment are is a good idea. Explaining how it made you feel and the impact of their behaviour is important. Document the details of the incident and the need to stop the behaviour on email to the harasser. This documentation seems to be the most effective way to stop the behaviour as there is clear proof of having warned this person.

Document the incident, note down witnesses, and gather evidence

To report any case or incident, getting as many facts ready as possible is important. These are required to verify and authenticate your complaint as well as to ensure that the harasser knows the type of behaviour that has caused the complaint to take place. There might be witnesses who were present during the incident. If it was harassment via an online medium, there are snapshots that can be shared. Time and place of the incident are also critical to the complaint.

Take it to the HR or to the POSH committee or to the management

Once you have carried out all the above steps, and if the issue still persists, then take your complaint to your internal sexual harassment committee/HR/Management and share it. They may have initial queries for you, so remember to answer those cohesively and truthfully. You should also be aware of the next course of action from their end and your role in the coming days as the enquiry progresses. Irrespective of any concerns you may have about how it will be perceived or handled, reporting harassment is absolutely critical, for your own well-being as well as for that of others who might have or might suffer the same.

If the last step fails and the organization does not take action to address workplace harassment incidents, it should realize that employees in current times are self-motivated and empowered. They could take the route of their choice to make their voices heard. It could be similar to the Nike way, where the women did a secret survey and shared the report with the CEO, or they may follow Uber’s Susan Fowler’s footsteps of taking it to the media. These steps could disrupt the way the organization operates and its image in the corporate world and result in big changes at the top management level too.

Source - NDTV 
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Final Seniority list of the Direct Recruit Officers of 2006 to 2009 batch and promotee officers of Scale of the Indian Postal Service, Group A in Select list year - 2005 to 2008

Final Seniority list of the Direct Recruit Officers of 2006 to 2009 batch and promotee officers of Scale of the Indian Postal Service, Group A in Select list year - 2005 to 2008

Final Seniority list of the Direct Recruit Officers of 2006 to 2009 batch and promotee officers of Scale of the Indian Postal Service, Group A in Select list year - 2005 to 2008 in Junior Time accordance with rotation of vacancy

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IPPB Account Opening for General Public to Start From Monday i.e. 20.08.18

IPPB Account Opening for General Public to Start From Monday i.e. 20.08.18

Mail from AGM-Customer Service (IPPB)

Respected Sir,

As an outcome of discussion held today with the Secretary (Posts), it has been decided that pan India IPPB account opening for the general public will start from Monday i.e. 20.08.18.

It is further requested that relevant stakeholders in DoP are accordingly advised.


Shiv Sunit Shukla
AGM-Customer Service
India Post Payments Bank Ltd
E-mail :

Message received as Forwarded through WhatsApp

We wish to inform that account opening for general public to start from Monday i.e. 20.08.18. Please take care of following





Above four instructions shall remain inforce till further instructions.
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Message from TCS Security Team - Ransomware Attack in Post Offices 2018 [Alert!!!]

Message from TCS Security Team - Ransomware Attack in Post Offices 2018 [Alert!!!]

As per today's Risk report it has been observed that approx. on 200 systems ransomware variant has been detectedOn all the detected systems Symantec has cleaned/deleted the virus. 

Ensure the systems are compliant at field location and are running with higher version of SMB. If any system, which is non-complaint and infected with this ransomware variant then there is huge chances of losing the data.

Please ensure that Symantec AV is updated in all systems,  GUP servers are up to date wherever available and OS security patches are installed. Details of systems where AV is not installed or up to date is already shared. Pl take immediate necessary action on the same
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