Bharat Desh Mahaan

A word from Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam former President of India

You must proclaim. India is not an under-developed country; it is indeed a highly developed nation. Do you have 10 minutes? Allow me to come back with a vengeance. YOU say that our government is inefficient. Our laws are too old.The municipality does not pick up the garbage. The phones don’t work. The railways are a joke. The airline is the worst in the world Mails never reach their destination. Our country has been fed to the dogs and is the absolute pits. YOU say, say and say. But what do YOU do about it? Take a person on his way to Singapore. Give him a name? – YOURS.Give him a face? – YOURS. YOU walk out of the airport and you are at your International best. In Singapore you don’t throw cigarette butts on the roads or eat in the stores. YOU are as proud of their Underground Links as they are. You pay $5 (approx. Rs.60) to drive through Orchard Road (equivalent of Mahim Causeway or Peddar Road) between 5 PM and 8 PM. YOU comeback to the parking lot to punch your parking ticket if you have over-stayed, in a restaurant or shopping mall irrespective of your status identity. In Singapore you don’t say anything, DO YOU? YOU wouldn’t dare to eat in public during Ramadan, in Dubai. YOU would not dare to go out without your head covered in Jeddah. YOU would not dare to buy an employee of the telephone exchange in London at £10 (Rs.650) a month to, “see to it that my STD and ISD calls are billed to someone else.” YOU would not dare to speed beyond 55 mph (88 km/h) in Washington and then tell the traffic cop, “Jaanta hai main kaun hoon? (Do you know who I am?). I am so and so’s son. Take your two bucks and get lost.” YOU wouldn’t chuck an empty coconut shell anywhere other than the garbage pail on the beaches in Australia and New Zealand. Why don’t YOU spit Paan on the streets of Tokyo? Why don’t YOU use examination jockeys or buy fake certificates in Boston????? We are still talking of the same YOU. India Sixty – Vision & Mission A project by Indian Institute of Scientific Heritage Page 8 of 14 YOU who can respect and conform to a foreign system in other countries but cannot in your own. You who will throw papers and cigarettes on the road the moment you touch Indian ground. If you can be an involved and appreciative citizen in an alien country, why cannot you be the same here in India? Once in an interview, the famous Ex-municipal Commissioner of Bombay, Mr. Tinaikar, had a point to make. “Rich people’s dogs are walked on the streets to leave their affluent droppings all over the place,” he said. “And then the same people turn around to criticize and blame the authorities for inefficiency and dirty pavements. What do they expect the officers to do? Go down with a broom every time their dog feels the pressure in his bowels? In America every dog owner has to clean up after his pet has done the job. Same in Japan. Will the Indian citizen do that here?” He’s right. We go to the polls to choose a government and after that forfeit all responsibility. We sit back wanting to be pampered and expect the government to do everything for us whilst our contribution is totally negative. We expect the government to clean up but we are not going to stop chucking garbage all over the place nor are we going to stop to pick up a stray piece of paper and throw it in the bin. We expect the railways to provide clean bathrooms but we are not going to learn the proper use of bathrooms. We want Indian Airlines and Air India to provide the best of food and toiletries but we are not going to stop pilfering at the least opportunity. This applies even to the staff who is known not to pass on the service to the public. When it comes to burning social issues like those related to women, dowry, girl child and others, we make loud drawing room protestations and continue to do the reverse at home. Our excuse? “It’s the whole system which has to change, how will it matter if I alone forego my son’s rights to a dowry.” So who’s going to change the system? What does a system consist of? Very conveniently for us it consists of our neighbours, other households, other cities, other communities and the government. But definitely not me and YOU. When it comes to us actually making a positive contribution to the system we lock ourselves along with our families into a safe cocoon and look into the distance at countries far away and wait for a Mr. Clean to come along & work miracles for us with a majestic sweep of his hand or we leave the country and run away. Like lazy cowards hounded by our fears we run to America to bask in their glory and praise their system. When New York becomes insecure we run to England. When England experiences unemployment, we take the next flight out to the Gulf. When the Gulf is war struck, we demand to be rescued and brought home by Indian government. Everybody is out to abuse and rape the country. Nobody thinks of feeding the system. Our conscience is mortgaged to money. Dear Indians, this is highly thought inductive, calls for a great deal of introspection and pricks one’s conscience too… I am echoing J.F. Kennedy’s words to his fellow American to relate to Indians? “ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR INDIA AND DO WHAT HAS TO BE DONE TO MAKE INDIA WHAT AMERICA AND OTHER WESTERN COUNTRIES ARE TODAY” Let’s do what India needs from us. Forward this mail to each Indian for a change instead of sending Jokes or junk mails.

Thank You,

Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam

Sixth Central pay commission ( 6th , sixth , 6 th pay commission for central government employees)
Friday, August 22, 2008
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As the report for sixth central pay commission has been released by the finance ministry most of the central government employees are some what relieved and this was the moment expected by most of the central government employees.My mom , who is also a central government employee is now happy with the pay commission. My mom told that most of her colleagues didn’t know where to see the pay commission report and calculations of the pay scale.So i just wanna leave link for the pay scale calculator and few highlights of the pay commission.
*****CPC Calculator – new Pay and Arrears *****Highlights of the Pay commission
Below are given the major recommendations of the commission related to allowances, advances, holidays and class entitlements.
1. Dearness Allowance:
the AICPI (IW) will continue to be the index used for calculating DA for Government employees.
Merger of dearness allowance with basic pay is not recommended.
DA will continue to be sanctioned twice a year as on 1st January and 1st July payable with the salary of March and September, respectively.
2. City Compensatory Allowance (CCA):
City Compensatory Allowance to be abolished.
3. Other Compensatory allowances:
Rates of Special Compensatory (Hill Area/Remote Locality), Tribal Area Allowance, Project Allowance and Bad Climate Allowance revisied as follows :
Project Allowance: Rs.1500 p.m. For posts in the grade pay of Rs.5400 and above; Rs.1000 p.m.For posts in the grade pay of less than Rs.5400
The rates of all the above allowances shall automatically increase by 25% whenever the Dearness Allowance payable on the revised pay bands goes up by 50%.
Abolition of Special Compensatory Allowance for Gandhinagar and Special Compensatory (Border Area) Allowance.
As regards Special (Duty) Allowance for postings to North East Regions, the allowance at the existing rates should be paid to all Central Government employees on their posting on transfer to any North East Region irrespective of whether the transfer is from outside the North East Region or from another area of that region.
The condition that the employees have all India transfer liability should also be dispensed with. This will ensure that all employees, irrespective of their group, get the benefit of this allowance on their posting to a new city in North East on transfer.
The Special (Duty) Allowance as well as other concessions allowed to the Government employees in North East region to be extended to the Government employees posted in Ladakh.
Island Special (Duty) allowance: No change is recommended in respect of this allowance. However, this allowance should, henceforth, also be paid to all Central Government employees on their posting on transfer to any place in these Islands without insisting on an all India transfer liability.
Hard Area Allowance to the employees posted in the Nicobar group of Islands to be paid separately along with Island Special (Duty) Allowance. Further, this allowance should also be extended to the Lakshadweep group of islands.
Project Allowance

Bad Climate & Special (Hill Area) Allowance

4. Traveling Allowance:
Travel entitlements
No change in the travel entitlement for travel outside India.
In case of road travel between places connected by rail, travel by any means of public transport be allowed provided the total fare does not exceed the train fare by the entitled class.
In case of places not connected by train, travel by AC bus for all those entitled to travel by AC II Tier and above in train and by Deluxe/Ordinary bus for those who are entitled to travel by First Class/AC III Tier/AC Chair Car/Sleeper Class in train is recommended.
All mileage points earned by Government employees on tickets purchased for official travel should be utilized by the concerned department for other official travel by their respective officers.
The travel entitlements while on tour and transfer to be revised as under :
Travel Entitlement

5. Daily Allowance
The recommended rates of daily allowances are illustrated in above Table.
The rates of all the components of Daily Allowance shall automatically increase by 25% whenever the Dearness Allowance payable on the revised pay bands goes up by 50%.
In case of stay or journey on Government ships, boats etc.or journey to remote places on foot/mules etc. for scientific/data collection purposes in organisations like FSI, Survey of India, GSI etc., daily allowance will be paid at rate equivalent to that provided for reimbursement of food bill. However, in this case the amount will be sanctioned irrespective of the actual expenditure incurred on this account with the approval of the Head of Department/Controlling Officer. For journey on foot, an allowance of Rs.5 per kilometer traveled on foot shall be payable additionally. This rate will also be increased by 25% whenever DA payable on revised pay scales goes up by 50%.
6. LTC & other benefits:
travel entitlements under LTC should also be same as those on official tour and transfer except no daily allowance be payable for travel on LTC.
The facility shall be admissible only in respect of journeys performed in vehicles operated by the Government or any Corporation in the public sector run by the Central or State Government or a local body.
Encashment of Earned Leave upto 10 days along with LTC to the extent of total of 60 days be continued,
The leave encashed at the time of availing LTC not be deducted from the maximum amount of Earned Leave encashable at the time of retirement.
Consequently, the employees would be eligible to encash 300 days of Earned Leave at the time of their retirement, even though they may have encashed Earned Leave of upto 60 days during their career while availing LTC, whether to their home town or to any place in India.
The Railways employees be allowed to avail of this encashment at the time of availing of passes for a maximum of 60 days in the entire career subject to the condition that successive encashment cannot be made before a minimum period of two years has elapsed.
7. Transport Allowance:
in the revised scheme of pay scales, all the allowances and facilities will be governed by Grade Pay.
the existing condition which prohibits grant of Transport Allowance to the employees who have been provided with official accommodation within one Kilometer of the office is removed.
Other conditions regulating the grant of this allowance shall remain unchanged.
Physically disabled employees shall continue to draw this allowance at double the normal rates.
This, however, will be further subject to the condition that Transport Allowance in the case of physically disabled employees shall, in no case, be less than Rs.1000 per month plus the applicable rate of dearness allowance.
Employees in pay band PB-4 who are entitled to the use of official car for travel between residence and office may be given the option to draw transport allowance at a higher rate of Rs.7000 p.m. plus dearness allowance provided they give up the use of official car for travel between residence and office.
The Commission recommends following rates for Transport Allowance :

Transport Allowance
8. House Rent Allowance:
the Commission recommended merger of C Class Cities (having population of 50,000 to 5 lakh) with `Unclassified Towns’ (having population of less than 50,000).
The existing population criterion for classifying towns and cities for purposes of HRA is being retained but population in the urban agglomeration should be taken into account for classifying a city for purposes of HRA.
HRA in A-1 cities be paid at the rate of 30% of the total of revised pay in the running pay band and grade pay thereon.
Erstwhile A, B-1 and B-2 categories are being merged.
The following rates of House Rent Allowance:

9. Education Allowance:
the Commission recommended merger of Children Education Allowance and Reimbursement of Tuition Fee which will henceforth be reimbursement upto the maximum of Rs.1000 per child per month subject to a maximum of 2 children.
Hostel subsidy may be reimbursed upto the maximum limit of Rs.3000 per month per child. The limits would be automatically raised by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance on the revised pay bands goes up by 50%.
10. Holidays:
The Government offices will remain closed only on the 3 National holidays.
No other closed holidays be allowed.
Restricted Holidays available to an employee shall be increased to 8 with the list of Restricted Holidays being suitably enlarged to include all the erstwhile Gazetted Holidays therein.
Every Head of Department (HoD) should be allowed the option of declaring the office closed for a maximum of two Restricted Holidays in a year based on local considerations.
The number of Casual Leave, Half Pay Leave and Earned Leave available to Government employees shall remain unchanged.
The number of casual leave for physically disabled employees will stand increased to 12 days. From 1/9/1981, Teachers, Principals and Head Masters working in schools and from 28/7/1984, Librarians, Laboratory Assistants and Watermen working in schools have not been allowed the facility of half pay leave. This facility needs to be restored for these categories as the present rules place them in difficulties in times of sickness, etc.
These categories should be made eligible for half pay leave on par with other Central Government employees.
11. Deputation (Duty) Allowance:
· the rates of Deputation (Duty) Allowance and Central (Deputation on Tenure) Allowance may continue to be paid at the rate of 5%, 10% and 15% of the aggregate of pay in the pay band and grade pay without any pecuniary limit. This will, however, be subject to the limit that the aggregate of pay in the pay band and Deputation (Duty) Allowance/Central (Deputation on Tenure) Allowance does not exceed Rs.39,200 being the minimum pay in the pay band PB-4.
12. Miscellaneous Allowances
· The Commission recommended doubling of the extant rates of Cycle Allowance, Washing Allowance, Cash Handling Allowance, Special Allowance, Night Duty Allowance and Split Duty Allowance.
· The rates of these allowances will be increased by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance payable on revised pay scales goes up by 50%.
· Machine Allowance withdrawn.
13. Over Time Allowance
· Abolition of compensation in the form of Over Time Allowance or any other similar allowance to any of the Central Government employees except those belonging to the categories of operational staff and industrial employees governed by statute.
14. Advances
A. Interest Free Advances
The Commission recommended that the existing amount of following interest free advances should be doubled:-
– Festival Advance
– Advance in the event of natural calamity like flood, drought, cyclone, etc.
– Advance for training in Hindi through Correspondence Course.
The rates of these allowances shall be increased by 25% every time dearness allowance on revised pay bands increases by 50%. All other existing conditions in respect of various interest free advances shall be maintained without any change.
B. Interest Bearing Advances
· no interest should be charged on advances for purchase of warm clothing and bicycle. Like in the case of other interest free advances, the existing rates of advances for purchase of warm clothing and bicycle should also be doubled.
· The Commission was of the view that in order to spread the benefit in a more equitable manner, it was desirable to provide only for the element of interest subsidy and make available various interest bearing advances to Government employees through arrangements with public sector banks.
· The Government will give an interest subsidy equal to 2 percentage points in rate of interest being charged by the bank to the employee.
· The interest subsidy for employees with disabilities will be equal to four percentage points in the rate of interest being charged by the bank.
· Simultaneously, the existing limit of various interest bearing advances should also be doubled for the purpose of getting the subsidy. This limit should automatically be increased by 25% every time the dearness allowance payable on revised pay bands goes up by 50%.
· The eligibility for taking the advances should also be removed because the repaying capacity would, in any case, be considered by the concerned bank at the time of processing the loan application.
15. Non-Practicing Allowance (NPA)
Accordingly, the Commissions recommends that Doctors should continue to be paid NPA at the existing rate of 25% of the aggregate of the band pay and grade pay subject to the condition that the Basic Pay + NPA does not exceed Rs.85,000.
16. Risk Allowance:
Risk Allowance is withdrawn.
Employees be provided with free medical and life insurance of Rs.5 lakhs for employees in PB-1 pay band; Rs.7 lakhs for employees in PB-2 pay band; Rs.10 lakhs for employees in PB-3 pay band/higher pay bands/scales.
The amount of the insurance should automatically be increased by 50% every time the DA payable on the revised pay goes up by 50%. The entire expenditure on paying premium for this insurance will be borne by the Government.
The amount insured will be paid in case of any serious injury/death sustained in the course of employment and will be over and above the other benefits available to all categories of Government employees.
These employees should also be provided with additional health benefits with mandatory health check-ups every quarter and enhanced leave, wherever the same is necessary for proper recuperation.
17. Uniform related Allowances:
the Commission recommends the following rates of Uniform Allowance for different categories of such personnel :
Initial grant Rs.14000; Renewal grant Rs.3000; payable after every three years
Uniform allowance for Coast Guard officers:-
Initial grant Rs.16000; Renewal grant Rs.5000; payable after every three years.
Existing rates of Kit Maintenance Allowance be doubled for all categories of employees presently in receipt of this allowance. Uniform Allowance for nurses should also be increased to Rs.500 per month.
The rates of Uniform Allowance and Kit Maintenance
Allowance for all the above categories shall be increased by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance on revised pay bands goes up by 50%.
18. T.A. on Transfer
The Commission recommends that transportation of personal effects by road at the rates prescribed for `other places’ should be allowed in respect of places connected by train as well without subjecting it to the extant restriction that these can not exceed 1.25 times of the eligible train fare. The revised entitlements of transport while on transfer shall, therefore, be as follows :-

Halloween Costume
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
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By seeing the post title as Halloween costumes , you would be puzzled, rite? There is a reason behind the title of the post. Okay let me first explain you what Halloween means .Halloween is a Blissful juncture on which people dress up with different kind of costumes and costumes are the most important part of Halloween. On the day of Halloween children disguise themselves in costumes and go to their neighboring doors and ring the calling bell and ask for trick or treat for getting some gifts or candy’s or some other items similar to that .So now Halloween is soon approaching and in order to buy costumes for Halloween you can visit one of the most popular costume paradise who design and release costumes especially for Halloween. And also all the costumes in this store are fully safe and also it follows the Halloween costume safety released by the government.costumecauldron is one of the most popular online shopping store for costumes and the goods are delivered very quickly than other online stores. Due to its most dedicated service and timely delivery costumecauldron is liked by all people and still it continues to be at the top in online costume business.The above costume the girl wears is one of the parts of Angel and fairy costumes. The highlights of this costume are, it has long white gown which makes the little girl look like fairy or angel. The costume also has chiffon sleeves trimmed in silver which adds value and beauty to the whole costume. And the most attractive part of this costume is , it includes wings and a headpiece.The boy above who looks like a clown wearing the Halloween costume is one the best costumes from costumecauldron .The costume has a red polyester jumpsuit with polka dots all around the costume. All costumes under this clown category come with matching hat and a ruffle collar.

Happy independence Day
Friday, August 15, 2008
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Today August 15th 2008 , we celebrate our 62nd independence day.I wish that our Indian economy must grow better and inflation must be kept under check and Let’s all hope that our India must grow as a super power and let’s work towards that.We can do whatever possible to take our India to great heights.And today most of the central government employees , including my mother are happy since our P.M is going to announce the 6th central pay commission.And Government has also accepted to give the pay commission arrears from 1st January 2006.Jai Hind .

just one more week of waiting

Approved Sixth Pay Commission report getting finer
Sources said a wait for one more week may bring Sixth Pay Commission Report in Black and White as Men in
charge are making the 6CPC report finer which was earlier approved by cabinet broadly a week back.
One of the senior level officers who are finalising the 6CPC implementation told that after the approval by the
Cabinet, the report has been handed over to DOPT (Department of Personnel and Training) for making it
executable. The Official has also told that the following areas are being concentrated by DOPT now before
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– Pay Fixations relating to Group D cadre as the same is to be retained as per Cabinet’s approval against the
6CPC recommendations otherwise.
– Workability of Uniform Date of increment (during every July of the year) recommended by 6CPC.
– Possibility of reducing HRA to higher level Officers stationed at A1 Cities, as 30% HRA on the Pay of certain
high level cadres exceeds Market Rent prevails at Metropoliton Cities.
– Adjustments in Grade Pays relating to certain Pay scales of Group C and Group B which were merged by
Sixth Pay Commission recommendations.
– Modility in the Grant of Personal Pay in the background of fixed annual increment which was the basis for
payment of Personal Pay so far has been replaced with percentage based annual increment.
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New Pay and Arrears Calculators based on approved Sixth Pay Commission (14 August 2008) Report Posted: 20 Aug 2008 12:47 PM CDT
After much wait it’s time for New Pay and Arrears Calculators based on Pay Commission report approved by Cabinet.Just enter your basic pay as on 1.01.06, new grade pay as per pay commission recommendations, New HRA rate, Old HRA rate, Increment month, New TA amount and the amount of increment in the fields specified.The Calculator meant for Pay Band up to PB-2, would take into account the revised Merger Ratio of 1.86 times of Basic Pay as on 1.1.06 and the annual increment of 3% (during every July). In respect of the Calculator meant for Pay Band above PB-3 and above, since there is no uniformity in the merger ratio (unlike in the case in respect of upto PB-2 which had uniform merger ratio of 1.74 times of BP earlier), the revised pay bands could not be calculated without the release of pay band details by the Govt for certain pay scales. we assure to sort out this issue once the entire pay band details are released by the Govt. The revised calculator for PB-3 and above, has been incorporated with the changes such as annual increment of 3%, and application of merger ratio of 1.86 times of basic pay as on 1.1.2006 for most of the scales (where 1.74 times applied in 6CPC recommendations). We have taken the pay bands recommended by 6CPC as such in respect of scales which were not fixed based on 1.74 merger ratio by 6cpc in their recommendations.
For Pay Band – 1 and 2
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3 medals for India, at least bronze for Vijender Posted: 20 Aug 2008 11:40 AM CDT
India’s fledgling Olympic campaign on Wednesday received a sensational boost with unheralded grappler Sushil Kumar clinching a bronze medal and boxer Vijender Kumar assuring himself of at least a bronze to give the country a record three medals for the first time ever.After Abhinav Bindra’s gold-winning feat during the first week of the sporting extravaganza, the 25-year-old Sushil Kumar shot into fame by winning a bronze medal in the wrestling arena while Vijender has put himself on course for a silver or gold medal on a historic day for Indian sports.Sushil and Vijender’s heroics not only provided the late sparks to an otherwise dismal campaign but has created a record of sorts as India had never returned with three medals from the Olympics.India had won two Olympic medals in the 1952 Helsinki Games when the hockey team had won the gold medal and wrestler KD Jadhav had won a bronze medal, a record which had stood for 56 long years.While Sushil and Vijender did the country proud, there was some heartbreak for the Indians with another medal contender pugilist Jitender Kumar losing his quarter-final bout despite a valiant effort in the ring.After days of disappointments, it turned out to be a day to cherish for the Indians as Sushil found his way to the record books by becoming only the second wrestler in India’s Olympic history to win a bronze medal in the men’s 66 kg freestyle category.Vijender then brought more cheers for the contingent by beating Ecuador’s Carlos Gongora in the quarter finals of the 75 kg category with a 9-4 verdict.Sushil’s campaign seemed nearly over when he lost his first round battle against eventual silver medallist Andriy Stadnik but repechage provided him a ray of hope and the Indian proved simply irresistible as he beat three grapplers on the trot to win the bronze.Down in the dumps after his opening round defeat, Sushil came up with an incredible show, beating Doug Schwab (USA), Albert Batyrov (Belarus) and finally the losing semifinalist Leonid Spiridonov (Kazakhstan) in the repechage rounds to earn his slice of history.Incidentally, in the 2006 Doha Asian Games also, Sushil had beaten Leonid to win the bronze.“Probably you may say that there was no expectation from the people back home and the media too. But me and my coach (Satpal) always knew I had a fair chance of winning a medal and I’m happy I could achieve that,” a beaming Sushil said after winning the medal at the China Agricultural University here.“While it is good not to have that burden of expectation on your shoulder, I think we can give even more provided we get better facilities,” said the wrestler.Against Leonid, Sushil grabbed early initiative by scoring two technical points that proved decisive in the end.Though the Kazakh grappler scored one in the second period and managed to thwart Sushil, the Indian proved his superiority again in the third period and eventually prevailed 3-2 to trigger frenzied celebration among the Indians present at the venue.“I thought I’ll do whatever it takes and the end result is the medal is mine. It’s an unforgettable moment in my life and it seems I’m living in a dream,” Sushil said.Jitender faltered when it mattered the most and missed the Olympic medal by a whisker, losing his quarterfinal bout in the 51 kg event.Jitender, who entered the ring with 10 stitches on his chin necessitated by a cut he had received in his previous match, threw everything at his experienced Russian rival Georgy Balakshin but the European champion maintained his superiority throughout four rounds to win the tie 15-11.The seasoned Russian pugilist also had a better idea of when to engage and when to evade which gave him an edge throughout against Jitender.After a rather sedate opening round which the Russian led 2-1, both started breathing fire and unleashed flurry of punches to share 10 points but Jitender simply lost the plot in the third round.“I’m sorry I could not win the medal but I tried my best,” rued Jitender, blood dripping from the cut he had received in the chin.In table tennis, an erratic Achanta Sharath Kamal joined the fast-growing list of home-bound Indians after 32 minutes of futility in the second round of the men’s event.The lanky Indian tried every trick in the book before eventually bowing to his Chinese-born Austrian opponent Chen Weixing and crash out with a 1-4 defeat in just over half an hour.It turned out to be a learning experience indeed for the Indian at the Peking University Gymnasium where Chen, armed with stinging whiplash forehand and vicious backhands, prevailed 11-5, 14-12, 11-2, 8-11 and 12-10.

Suspended Eemployee Entitled to Pay Commission Recommendations – Court Posted: 20 Aug 2008 08:22 AM CDT
Delhi High Court on Monday ruled that a government employee who was suspended would be entitled to the enhanced pay scales recommended by a new pay commission.Dismissing the central government’s contention that a suspended employee would not be entitled to the recommendations of a new pay commission, a bench comprising Justices Madan B. Lokur and J.R. Midha said such an officer was entitled to enhanced subsistence allowance.The court’s ruling came in connection with a case in which the Ministry of Commerce and Industry had challenged an order of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), which held that a suspended employee was entitled to higher allowances based on the recommendations of the Fifth Pay Commission.The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry had put R.K. Chopra under suspension, during which period the Fifth Pay Commission report was implemented.The government challenged the CAT order, which had enhanced the allowances of Chopra during his suspension period.

Left trade union’s all-India strike cripples life Posted: 20 Aug 2008 07:00 AM CDT
Left-sponsored strike against inflation and government policies has hit normal life and the effect is being felt in several parts of the country but Left-ruled West Bengal has come to a complete standstill.Everything is shut– shops, schools, colleges, offices and even the IT sector companies. There are no taxis or buses on the roads. The streets of Kolkata are completely deserted.The strike has been called by eight major trade unions including the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and Centre for Industrial Trade Union (CITU).Its also backed by 40 employees associations across sectors like public sector banks and airport ground handling staff.All Delhi flights to Kolkata have been cancelled. Delhi flights to Kochi and Thiruvanthapuram in Kerala have also been affected.Two flights from Delhi to Port Blair and Mumbai have also been cancelled.Airports Authority of India’s 22,000 employees are on strike between 7 am and 7 pm affecting ground handling at airports.The Kolkata airport was the worst affected due to the strike. It wore a completely deserted look. Not a single flight landed at the airport since the morning.Indian Airlines has been able to operate only two flights out of Kolkata since the morning whereas Kingfisher three and Jet Airways just one flight.The streets of Kolkata are empty. The entire state of West Bengal has come to a standstill. No long distance train have left Howrah and Sealdah since Wednesday morning. Some passenger trains left Howrah and Sealdah but were blocked soon after.And the flights to Kolkata which were supposed to depart from Delhi before 9.00 am and now stand cancelled are JetLite flight number S2 319, Kingfisher flight number IT 601, Indian Airlines flight number IC 401, Air India flight number AI 9401.The effect of the strike is being felt more in the Left-ruled states of West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura.Flights on passenger heavy routes like Kolkata, Trivandrum and Cochin have been affected.Airport employees are protesting against privatisation of airports and rationalisation of employees’ pay-scales. 250 Indian Air Force personnel have been deployed at 21 airfields across the country to ensure smooth air travel.Not a single long distance train left from Howrah or Sealdah since morning. Some passenger trains did leave in the morning but were blocked soon after they left the station.Many long distance trains coming to Howrah from different parts of the country are still stranded as trade union activists have blocked the railway tracks.Banking transactions across the country will also be hit with employees’ associations at all Public sector banks joining the strike, except for State Bank of India which was on strike on Monday.The bank employees are protesting against the new economic policies of the government, especially with regards to mergers which have lead to job cuts.Strike cripples life in West Bengal, TripuraThe 24-hour industrial strike on Wednesday paralysed the Left-ruled states of West Bengal and Tripura and affected life elsewhere in the eastern region, barring most of the North Eastern states.Additional policemen and Rapid Action Force personnel were deployed in Kolkata to maintain law and order, though the situation was totally peaceful, Inspector General (Law and Order), Raj Kanojia said.The protesters did not spare the IT sector in Salt Lake here from the purview of the strike. Local CPI-M MP Amitava Nandi said, “Nowhere in the country is the sector kept out of the purview of the strike.”Train and air services were disrupted in the state, while public transport was off the roads.The picture was also the same in Tripura, the other left-ruled state in the region with government offices, banks, public sector undertakings like ONGC and GAIL India Ltd recording no attendance.In Bihar, five left parties called a simultaneous bandh, which severely hit banking services across the state, though offices of the state government and undertakings were largely unaffected.Air and rail services were normal in the state.In BJD-BJP ruled Orissa, markets and business establishments were closed, with public transport off the roads in Bhubaneswar. Cuttack and the steel city of Rourkela were, however, unaffected.In Assam, normal life was affected in parts as hundreds of CPI, CPI(M), CPI(ML) and AISF picketers were picked up by the police for attempting to block trains and traffic on national highways.Shops, markets and banks in Guwahati kept their shutters down. Though government offices were open, attendance was thin.All flights between Guwahati and Kolkata were cancelled. However flights between the city and Delhi, Mumbai and Northeastern states remaining unaffected.Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram were unaffected by the shutdown, though shops, markets and business establishments were closed in Manipur and attendance in government offices was below normal.Today’s strike was called by Left trade unions against surging inflation, price rise and the ‘anti-people’ economic policies of the Centre.

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