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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Adhoc arrangement in PS Group-B Cadre- Calling for documents thereof

Documents viz Special Report, Disc-Vig clearance and Currency of punishment report and ACR/APAR for last 5 years has been called for from the following IP/ASP line officials who are coming under the zone of consideration for Adhoc arrangement in PS Group-B Cadre vide C.O. Letter No.ST/2-4(3)/2014 dated 22-04-2014.
Sl. No.
Name of the Officer
Present Posting
S/Shri Banambar Sethi
IP(PG), Koraput Division
Lingaraj Pradhan
ASP(HQ), Sambalpur Division
P.C. Mohapatra
ASP(I/C), Cuttack City Division
B.B. Negi
ASP(HQ), Balangir Division
Sk. Md. Noman
ASP(OD), Bhadrak Division
Sanjay Ku. Patra
ASP(HQ), Berhampur Division
Isidor Ekka
ASP(I/C), Rourkela
Padmanav Das
ASP(HQ), Aska
Raghunath Sahu
ASP(HQ), RMS BG Division
R.K. Pattnaik
ASP(Vig), RO, Berhampur
Kamalendu Panda
ASP(Vig), RO, Sambalpur
S.N. Satpathy
ASP(OD), Bhubaneswar
J.K. Jena
B.M. Dasmohapatra
ASP(HQ), Keonjhar

The Unit Heads have been requested to submit the above mentioned documents by 30.04.2014. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TRAI to soon mandate minimum wireless internet speed

Soon consumers will have clarity and assurance on the minimum download speed they would get from their telecom operator, be it 2G or 3G services, as telecom regulator TRAI is gearing up to mandate mobile services companies to ensure details in this regard under quality of service rules. 

"The Authority (TRAI) has been receiving a number of complaints from consumers regarding the poor download speed experienced by them. The Authority after examining the issue felt that there is now a need to mandate the 'minimum download speed' for the wireless data services," TRAI said in its latest consultation paper. 

At present, there is no binding regulation on telecom operators to deliver wireless service at a particular minimum speed

"The Authority has been receiving complaints from consumers regarding the vaguely offered tariff plans and poor download speed experienced by them. 

"The Authority after examining the issue, to protect the interest of consumers, has felt that there should be clarity on tariff plans offered to the consumers", the paper said. 

Consumers are being wooed by telecom companies in advertisements regarding high speed wireless data services and product pack in which they are promised high speed of up to 7.2 megabit per second or 21 megabit per second. 

In general, even at 7.1 mbps speed, a mobile or dongle user should be able to download a video file equivalent to full-length movie in around 12-14 minutes. 

Telecom operators have reported to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India that minimum download speed delivered on their most high speed 3G service is in the range of 399 kbps (less than minimum broadband speed is 512 kbps) to 2.48 mbps. 

The regulator is of the view that the minimum download speed for 3G and CDMA EVDO service should be 1 megabit per second with 95 per cent success rate. For GSM and CDMA 2G the minimum speed should be at 56 kilobit per second and for CDMA high speed data it is 512 kbps. 

It has proposed for each tariff plan for data services, the minimum download speed should be mentioned on all sale vouchers, website, advertisement etc. 

TRAI has sought public views on its consultation paper by May 5 and counter comments on it by May 12. 

There were 4.19 crore wireless broadband subscriber in January using services either through dongle or mobile phones as per data released by TRAI.

Source:-The Economic Times

Railways launches new mobile app to track train schedules

Now rail users can get information on expected arrival and departure timings of a particular train on their mobile phones besides tracking its position on a real time basis. 

Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS), the information and technology arm of railways, has launched a new mobile application which can be used for various enquiries including train timings, a senior railway official said. 

CRIS has enhanced the train enquiry system by developing the mobile app and a desktop application on Windows 8 platform for train enquiries with support from Microsoft, he added. 

National Train Enquiry System (NTES) is railways' back-end system which provides information to the public about train schedules on a near real time basis through various interfaces like nationwide unique rail enquiry number 139, website (, mobile interfaces, touch screens, enquiry counters and display boards at stations. 

An interface of NTES website along with a mobile version of it was launched in September 2013 earlier which has proved to be quite useful for train passengers, said the official. 

Among the many features of the new mobile app is the 'spot your train' feature which offers information such as its current position, expected time of arrival and departure at a particular station. 

The 'Train schedule' feature provides complete schedule of a train with all stoppages enroute and its scheduled arrival/departure at the station, distance and day count. 

In "Trains between stations" query, one can find out the list of all types of trains available between any two stations on railway network. 

The mobile App also has "cancelled trains" option which displays all trains marked as cancelled. It displays trains which are cancelled through the entire route as well as trains which are cancelled on partial route. 

Besides, it also provides features for query on rescheduled and diverted trains. 

The App has been launched for Windows 8.0 phones and will be further developed for other mobile platforms.

Source:-The Times of India

DGCA allows in-flight use of mobiles, laptops on flight mode

New Delhi, Apr 23 (PTI) 'Please put your mobile phones on the flight mode'. Now on, you may hear an airhostess announcing this before your flight takes off instead of asking you to switch it off!! 

This has now become possible with the DGCA today amending the rule which bans use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) and allowing their usage in all phases of flight but on a non -transmitting or flight mode, official sources said.

Rates of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 1.1.2014 to the employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised scale as per 5th CPC

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Rates of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 1.1.2014 to the employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised scale as per 5th CPC

Row over rates stalls CGHS facility at private hospitals

The stand-off between health ministry and certain private hospitals over fixing of rates and the payment for various surgical procedures and treatment has left CGHS beneficiaries in a real fix. With several big hospitals stopping the cashless facility till the issue is resolved, the beneficiaries are left to fend for themselves.

Health ministry data states that 24 of 407 private hospitals empanelled under the CGHS have decided 'unilaterally' to discontinue the credit facility. This list includes eight Delhi hospitals like Fortis Vasant Kunj, National Heart Institute, Delhi Heart and Lung Institute. An official from Moolchand Hospital, south Delhi said that their bills are pending too but they are continuing the cashless facility.

As the profit margins are less, patients claim that many hospitals, which are officially on the CGHS panel, refuse admission to beneficiaries after citing non-availability of bed.

"The CGHS patients are back to 1970s when cashless treatment was only available in government hospitals. Then, almost everyone flocked to AIIMS and Safdarjung," said Narayan Dutt (name changed on request) who retired from the home ministry two years ago.

Under the facility, the CGHS beneficiaries could simply go to any of the empanelled private hospitals for treatment and the payment would be claimed by the hospital directly from government. The discontinuation of this facility has resulted in many patients being forced to pay from their own pockets. The beneficiaries also claim that the reimbursements from CGHS are tedious.

Girdhar Gyani, director general of the Association of Health Providers of India (AHPI) said that some hospitals have been forced to discontinue cashless facility due to long-pending bills. "The CGHS has not been clearing due bills. Delayed payments affect the cash flow. Also, we are demanding a revision in the rates fixed by CGHS for various procedures and room tariffs to sustain ourselves," he said.

To this, a senior official said, "The health ministry has already taken steps for clearing the pending bills on a priority basis, and it is almost cleared. As far as revision of rates is concerned, the tendering process for it has been completed."

Source:-The Times of India

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

7th CPC Questionnaire

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Induction Training for Inspector Posts (Departmental)

Induction Training for Inspector Posts (Departmental) will be conducted at PTC, Darbhanga during the period from 05-05-2014 to 02-08-2014. Odisha Circle has been allotted required number of seats.  

Deputation to PTC, Darbhanga

Shri Sambhu Ku. Singh, Inspector Posts, Baripada West Sub-Division, Baripada is temporarily transferred to Postal Training Centre, Darbhanga on deputation basis vide Circle Office Memo No.ST/20-01/2008 dated 22-04-2014 on his selection as Instructor vide Director, PTC, Darbhanga Letter No.A-1/Selection/Instructor/Ch-V dated 09-04-2014 for a period of four years.