Wednesday, July 29, 2015

E-retail firms boost Postal Department revenue

MUMBAI: With e-commerce platforms increasingly turning to the Indian Posts to deliver their orders to customers, the fast flourishing e-retail business has become a revenue generator for the state-run agency, whose traditional operations are dented by the deep penetration of e-mail and mobile phones.

Realising the potential, the 
Postal Department has set up a dedicated e-commerce and parcel processing center in the country's commercial hub Mumbai. Spread across 12,000 sq ft, the facility at Parel in the city has bagged good business in a short span, handling around 5,000 orders a day.

The department officials expect at this pace the traffic would soon increase to 10,000 parcels per day. The facility has a capacity to process 30,000 parcels per day.

Quite a few e-commerce companies have already approached the department seeking tie-up with India's oldest and most trusted National postal facility including major players like 
AmazonSnapdealFlipkart, E-bey, Telebrand India, TVC network, Quick Services and Red Box.

"The commercial agreement started taking place last year and by now we have had commercial tie-up with 46 e-commerce companies in Mumbai region, 7 in Pune and 6 in Goa," said a senior official from the Postal Department.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Methods to prepare Postal / Sorting Assistant Examination


There will be a single objective type exam for both the posts followed by  typing test for Postal Assistant and Sorting Assistant Examination 2015.

sections     reasoning     maths   english    general awareness 
no of 
questions       50             50        50                 50

there will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.

General Intelligence/reasoning
Semantic Analogy, Venn Diagrams, Symbolic/Number Analogy, Drawing inferences, Figural Analogy, Punched hole/pattern-folding & unfolding, Semantic Classification, Figural Pattern – folding and completion, Symbolic/Number Classification, Indexing, Figural Classification, Address matching, Semantic Series, Data and City matching,Number Series, Classification of centre codes/roll numbers, Figural Series, Small & Capital Letters/number-coding, decoding and classification, Problem Solving, Embedded figures, Word Building, Critical Thinking, Coding and de-coding, Emotional Intelligence, Numerical operations, Social Intelligence, Symbolic operations, Trends, Space Orientation, Other sub-topics, if any.

English Language :
Spot the Error, Fill in the Blanks, Synonyms, Antonyms, Spellings/Detecting Mis-spelt words, Idioms & Phrases, One word substitution, Improvement of Sentences, Active/Passive Voice of Verbs, Conversion into Direct/Indirect narration, Shuffling of Sentence parts, Shuffling of Sentences in a passage, Cloze Passage, Comprehension Passage.
Numerical Aptitude:

Number Systems: Computation of Whole Number, Decimal and Fractions, Relationship between numbers.
Fundamental arithmetical operations: Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Square roots, Averages, Interest (Simple and Compound), Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Alligation, Time and distance,Time and work.
Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra (and their simple applications),Elementary surds (simple problems), Graphs of Linear Equations.
Familiarity with elementary geometric figures and facts: Triangle and its various kinds of centres viz. Centroid, In-centre, Orthocentre, Circumcentre, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles.
Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons (sum of the internal angles of a polygon), Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square Base.
Trigonometry (for acute angles 0 with 0≤0≤90), Trigonometric ratios, Degree and Radian Measures Standard Identities, Complementary Angles, Heights and Distances (simple problems only)
Use of Tables and Graphs: Histogram, Frequency polygen, Bar-diagram, Pic-chart.

General Awareness:
Questions are designed to test the ability of the candidate‟s general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions are also designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of an educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture Geography, Economic Scene, General policy and scientific research.


Follow these steps:
  1. Gather syllabus for the exam and plan accordingly. find your strong points and sharp them.
  2. After the syllabus collect all the required study material.
  3. Follow a routine (means you have to study daily)  don't follow a time table it will hard to follow just make sure you cover all the topics in due time.
  4. 3-4 months approx are enough to prepare.
  5. Try to make your own shortcuts.
  6. Practice papers (the most important)you have to beat the time there and for this you should increase your speed.   I advise you to have some practice papers which is available easily on market.
  7.  Don't focus on single subject only you have to prepare all of four subjects   try to study atleast two of them daily.
  8. Please do not buy any single book which covers all the four sections of exam have separate books and  separate study material for each section.

MATHS  ---          M. TYRA
G.K.        -----        LUCENT'S

Thanks to Postalassistantexam.blogspot.in

News : Bharat Ratna APJ Abdul Kalam Passed Away : Former Indian President Bharat Ratna APJ Abdul Kalam (Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam) Passed Away today. He was reportedly collapsed on stage while giving a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong and immediately rushed to hospital.Doctors say he suffered from a cardiac arrest.

Dr Kalam was born in Rameswaram on October 15, 1931, to a boatman. He played a pivotal role in India's Pokhran-II nuclear test in 1998, the first since the test by India in 1974. He was known as Missile Man India for ensuring the success of Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP). For his achievements, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Bharat Ratna, and then he became the 11th President of India in 2002. He was THE BEST and the ONLY president of India who inspired youth. His life itself is a motivational lesson for the modern youth. 

APJ Abdl Kalam : Timeline of Important Dates : 

1931 : A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was born on 15th October. 
1954: Graduated from Saint Joseph's College, Tiruchirappalli. 
1955: Enrolled at the Madras Institute of Technology to study aerospace engineering. 
1960: Joined Aeronautical Development Establishment of Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) as a chief scientist. 
1969: Was transferred to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). 
1981 : Honored with Padma Bhushan 
1990 : Honored with Padma Vibhushan 
1992-1999: Served as the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of Defence Research and Development Organisation. 
1997 : Honored with Bharat Ratna 
1997 : Honored with Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration 
2002-2007: Served as the 11th President of India. 
2015 : Passed Away on 27th July. 

Famous Books by Abdul Kalam :

Developments in Fluid Mechanics and Space Technology (1988) 
India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium (1998) 
Wings of Fire: An Autobiography (1999) 
Ignited Minds: Unleashing the Power Within India (2002) 
The Luminous Sparks (2004) 
Mission India (2005) 
Inspiring Thoughts (2007) 
Indomitable Spirit (2007) 
Envisioning an Empowered Nation (2010) 
You Are Born To Blossom: Take My Journey Beyond (2011) 
Turning Points: A journey through challenges (2012) 
Target 3 Billion (2011) 
My Journey: Transforming Dreams into Actions (2013) 
A Manifesto for Change: A Sequel to India 2020 (2014) 

Transcendence My Spiritual Experiences with Pramukh Swamiji (2015)

Revised rates of Licence fee for General Pool Office Accommodation

Revised rates of licence fee  per sq.m per month (from 01.04.2014 to 31.03.2017) 
 recoverable from Banks, Post offices, private persons,
 non-Government Organizations and ineligible /
commercial department in respect of General Pool Office Accommodation (GPOA):
Directorate of Estates Order

No.1 801 5/1/201 0-Pol.III
Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
Directorate of Estates
Nirman Bhawan,
New Delhi-110 108.
Dated the 21st July, 2015

Subject: Licence fee recoverable from Banks, Post offices,
 private persons, non-Government Organizations and ineligible /
 commercial department in respect of General Pool Office Accommodation (GPOA).

India sheds a tear for `people`s president` APJ Abdul Kalam: 7-Day Mourning Declared, No Holiday for Union Govt Schools, Offices

Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015


 No.12035/9/89-Pol.II (Vol.II)
Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
Directorate of Estates
Nirman Bhavan,
New Delhi-110 108.
Dated the 20th July, 2015

Sub: Modification of paragraph 6 of the guidelines dated 19.9.2014 of Inter-pool exchange between General Pool Residential Accommodation and Departmental Pool and inter-pool transfer of accommodation with General Pool in Delhi

            The undersigned is directed to refer to the Directorate of Estates O.M. of even number dated 19.9.2014 vide which guidelines for Inter-pool exchange between General pool residential Accommodation and Departmental Pool and inter-pool transfer of accommodation within General Pool in Delhi have been issued.

2.         The matter has been reviewed and it has been decided by the competent authority to substitute the paragraph 6 of the existing guidelines dated 19.9.2014 as below:

            “6. Inter-pool exchange may be allowed only in cases where a Department is offering a higher type of accommodation from its Pool in lieu of lower type of accommodation of General Pool in respect of Type I to VI(Special) accommodation. However, in respect of exchange of Type V and above accommodation, inter-pool exchange may be allowed if the same or higher type of accommodation is offered by the Department from its Pool in lieu of the type of accommodation in General Pool.”

3.         All other terms and conditions laid down in the guidelines dated 19.9.2014 will remain unchanged.           
(Swarnali Banerjee)

Deputy Director of Estates(Policy)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

hursday, July 23, 2015

No.PF-PJCA/2015                                                                     Dated: 22nd July,2015

            Ms. Kavery Bajerjee,
            Department of Posts,
            New Delhi-110 001

Sub:   Progress on the items of PJCA Strike Charter of Demands.

Ref:   Directorate, SR Division No. 08/07/2014-SR dated 5th May,2015.


            Kindly refer to the discussion held in the meeting on 30.04.2015 on PJCA Strike Charter of Demands. There is no remarkable progress on most of the items.
            Though all items are important but two items are most important which are mentioned below and the reply given by the Department is also reproduced below:

            Item -2 Inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) in the terms of reference of      7th Central Pay Commission.  Grant of civil servant status to GDS and grant        of all benefits of departmental employees on pro-rata basis without any       discrimination.

             Reply: It was decided that the proposal will be strongly recommended and           referred to D/o Expenditure for reconsideration. (Action DDG (Estt)

            Item. 9: Implement cadre restructuring in postal, RMS, MMS and Postal            Accounts as per the proposal signed with the JCM (DC) staff side

            Reply:  The proposal for cadre restructuring of Gr. ‘C’ employees, will be sent to DOP&T next week.  The proposal for MMS and DAP will be sent to DOP&T          within a period of two months. (Action DDG (Estt) / DDG(PAF)  

            But it is very sorry to say that no progress is reported on the both items. It is learnt that 7th CPC is now preparing report and may submit its report to Finance Ministry  upto 31s August, 2015 and its report will be implemented w.e.f. 01.01.2016. But there is  no response  about inclusion of GDS in 7th CPC. The poor GDS employees are eagerly waiting the favourable decision but it appears that they are being deprived from their basic rights and natural justice.

            Similar is the position of Cadre Restructuring. After lapse of three months period there is no response from Department. During the meeting it was assured that cadre restructuring will be implemented before 31st July 2015 though later it was not mentioned in the minutes. If the Cadre restructuring proposal is not implemented before 7th CPC report, the entire process will go in vain and Postal employees will be deprived from their benefit.

            It is therefore requested to kindly bestow your personal attention on the matters and cause early redressal of the grievances to maintain co-ordial relations between staff and administration failing which the unions will be compelled to launch agitational programmes.

            Hoping for a positive response,

Yours Sincerely

(D. Theagarajan)                                                                         (R.N. Parashar)
Secretary General                                                                  Secretary General
         FNPO                                                                                          NFPE                       

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The 46th session of India Labour Conference concluded Yesterday at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi where the recommendations and conclusions were adopted on 5 chosen agenda items after the at length tripartite deliberations which lasted 2 days.
In his concluding remarks, the chairman of the ILC and Labour and Employment Minister of state (Independent Charge) , Shri Bandaru Dattatreya reiterated his Governments commitment to reform process with tripartite consensus to promote the employment generation at a massive scale particularly for the aspiring youth population of this country.
The consensus conclusions/recommendations on each of the agenda items are reproduced here:
     Implementation of the conclusions/ recommendations of the 43rd, 44th and 45thIndian labour conference, particularly on contract labour, Minimum wages and scheme workers and tripartite mechanism Conclusions of the committee are as follows:-
     The committee debated the recommendations of the 43rd, 44th and 45th Indian labour conference at length and expressed its concern over non-implementation of the conclusions, particularly on contract labour, Minimum wages, scheme workers and tripartism. It was therefore unanimously recommended that concrete measures should be undertaken to expeditiously implement the recommendations in letter and spirit. Periodic reviews should be undertaken by the stakeholders.
Recommendations of conference committee on “social security for organized, unorganized and migrant International workers”

There was an in-principle agreement for coverage of all workers organized as well as unorganized under social security with support wage by Government, if required, for providing decent living conditions. The committee recommended that:

       I.            Mechanism for identification and registration of unorganized workers should be provided. Special drive should be launched for the said purpose and, if required, direct registration by the Government.
      II.            Schemes for organized/ unorganized workers should be made efficient.
     III.            Budgetary provisions should be made for those unorganized workers who are not covered under any specific social security scheme.
   IV.            The cost of registration of unorganized workers should be borne by the Central/ State Government.
      V.            There should be proper utilization of fund collected through building construction cess and administrative expensed should not be for what is not stipulated.
    VI.            The Anganwadi/ Asha/ Mid-day meal and other such workers, the committee   reiterated that they should be extended coverage under ESI/ EPF.

   VII.            As regards ESIC, the following recommendations were given:-

a.     ESIC to expand to cover all states/ UTs. All districts where scheme is running at present should be covered fully/
b.    The ESIC scheme to be expanded to unorganized sector by reducing the threshold form present 10. Self employed  should be provided medical benefit, in phases.
c.     The ESIC should directly run the health services in all the states. Stated should not be asked to bear the cost of Medical expenses.
d.    Medical Facilities should be expanded at a fast pace; establishments of hospitals and dispensaries should be decided based on geographical necessity.
e.     All construction workers should be covered under ESI.
f.     ESI coverage for round the clock for medical benefit.

    VIII.    As regards EPF, recommendations were:-

a.     Medical Scheme to EPS pensioners from the surplus Corpus of EDLI Scheme.
b.    Extension of coverage by reducing threshold form 20 to 10. ‘Member of LUB opposed this’
c.     Coverage of both inter-state and international migrant workers under EPF Act.
d.    EPF pension should be enhanced and linked with price index.

  IX.       Wages definition should be uniform for all labour laws.
  X.        There should be a mechanism so that employers can deposit social security contributions at single window.
  XI.       For construction workers, there should be a single contribution from employer.
  XII.     Implementation of the decisions taken by 43rd, 44th and 45th ILC with regard to Social Security.
     However, on the point of optional schemes for ESI & EPF, the employee’s representatives strongly opposed whereas the employers representatives were of the view that options should be available.

     Removal of Conditions on payment Ceiling eligibility Limits, Decisions to pay Minimum Bonus without linking to loss when the performance indicator satisfy grant of bonus- The major conclusions emanating from the discussions in the committee are as follows:

     The Conference committee on amendment of Bonus Act – Removal of Conditions on Payment Ceiling, Eligibility Limits. Decisions to pay Minimum Bonus without linking to loss when the performance indicator satisfy grant of bonus constituted to discuss the Agenda item No. 3 of 46th session of the Indian Labour Conference met under the chairmanship of Captain Abhimanyu, Minister of Labour, Govt. of Haryana. Shri Om Prakash Mittal, General Secretary, Laghu Udyog Bharti (LUB) and Ms. Meenakshi Gupta and Mr. B.B. Mallick, Joint Secretary, MoLE respectively were the Vice-Cheirman and Member Secretary of the Committee. The Committee had the representation of all the stake-holders (Workers’ Group, Employers’ Group and State Government).

2.  At the very outset, the chairman of the committee welcomed all the representatives. He observed that the issue of bonus has been pending for long. He expressed the hope that all the partners would understand and appreciate the position of each other and give recommendations keeping in the view the larger national interest. The Vice-Chairman also welcomed all the Members. Thereafter, the Member Secretary introduced the subject. The agenda has following 3 issues:-

(i).        Removal of calculation ceiling;
(ii).       Removal of Eligibility Limit; and
(iii).     Decisions to pay Minimum Bonus without Linking to loss when the performance indicator satisfy grant of bonus.

3. It was mentioned that last revision in the limits (Calculation Ceiling – Rs. 3500 and Eligibility Limit-RS. 10,000) was done in 2007 based on the recommendations of the 41st ILC.

4.  The committee had very intense detailed discussions on all the aspects of the Agenda Item no. 3.

(i).        The Trade Unions were of the view that all the ceilings under the payment of Bonus Act. 1965 i.e. eligibility ceiling, calculation ceiling and maximum percent of bonus payable need to be removed. They further expressed that they would like to reiterate the stand taken by them in the tripartite meeting held on 20 October, 2014.

(ii).       The Employers, representatives were of the view that total removal of various ceilings may lead to spurt in industrial relation issues. They observed that while making any change in the payment of Bonus Act, 1965 productivity of the workers and paying capacity of the employers have to be taken into account. They further observed that they are not in favour of indexation of cost of living for the purpose of ceiling and bonus calculation. The term ‘Employee’ should be substituted by the term ‘workman’ as defined under the industrial disputes Act. The present system of prescribing limits both for eligibility and calculation should be retained.

(iii).                     The State Government representatives were of the view that minimum, limit of bonus (8.33%) may continue. Regarding limits with regard to calculation and payment ceiling it was stated that they had no comments to offer. They further observed that distinction between statutory bonus and productivity linked bonus is quite relevant in this regard.

(iv).                     The State Government representatives also suggested that the central Government may consider notifying the limits for eligibility of bonus and calculation of bonus through and administrative process based on tripartite mechanism rather then legislative process every time. Appropriate amendment to the payment of Bonus Act, 1965 may have to be carried out accordingly.

Labour laws Amendments proposed/ done by central or State Governments Conclusions of the committee are as follows:-

1.  The committee reiterates historical role of tripartite mechanism functioning in the country before any enactment/ amendment of labour laws.

2.  Any labour law amendments/ enactment should take into account three purpose namely:
(i).             Rights and welfare of workers;
(ii).                       Sustainability of enterprises and job creation; and
(iii).                     Industrial peace.

3.  The labour laws need to be relooked and updated in a time bound manner.

4.  Committee recommends that the overall exercise of the labour law amendments should be discussed in the tripartite forum and the broad and specific proposals should also be discussed in tripartite meetings.

Recommendations of committee on “Employment and Employment Generation” of 46 the Indian Labour conference (ILC) are as follows:-

1.    The committee noted that the recommendations of 43rd to 45th ILC on Employment & Employability need to be fully implemented.

2.    Recognising the employment potential in micro and small industry, especially in rural areas, an effective single-window system be established to promoted agro-based and micro & small industries with facility like concessional finance etc. A system for centralized marketing of products manufactured by these industries can also be developed.

3.    Enhance the outlays and threshold for public employment generation programmes in both rural and urban areas.

4.    Fill up vacant posts in Central Government, State Governments and Public Sector Undertakings in a time bound manner.

5.    Reiterate the necessity for publishing quarterly employment and unemployment data.

6.    With Central and State Government moving to on-line systems for employment exchanges there is a need for capacity building of Employment Exchanges officers for their revised roles under National Career Service (NCS). Need for integration of Central and State IT initiatives to avoid duplication.

7.    Utilization of idle capacity in Vocational and Educational Institutions and closed/ sick industry for demand responsive training.

8.    Enhance and expand areas for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) with effective assessment.

9.    Enhance number and improve quality of assessors for vocational training and consider including ITI faculty for assessments.

10.  To identify labour-intensive industries and new areas where jobs can be created like renewable energy and reusable resources etc. and providing employment liked training.

11.   Evolve strategies for increasing female workforce participation in both public and private employment.
Source : PIB Release, 22.07.2015