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Friday, April 17, 2015

Taxpayers to disclose bank accounts, foreign travel to I-T

Taxpayers will have to disclose all bank accounts held by them in the country and instances of foreign travel to the Income Tax department while filing their returns for the assessment year 2015-16. 

The Central Board of Direct Taxes, the apex policy making body of the Income Tax department, has notified new Income Tax Return (ITR) forms for the current assessment year, making some additions to the existing format as part of obtaining new information to check the menace of black money. 

The new ITR forms, including the ITR-1 and ITR-2, require an assessee to furnish the number of bank accounts held by the individual "at any time (including opened/closed) during the previous year" with the last balance in his or her account on March 31 of the just concluded fiscal. 

The assessee will also have to furnish the name of the bank, account number/numbers, it's address, IFSC code and any possible joint account holder. 

When it comes to disclosure of foreign travel, the taxman wants the assessee's passport number, the issuance place of the passport, countries visited, number of times such sojourns made and in case of a resident taxpayer, the expenses incurred from "own sources in relation to such travel. 

"The I-T department, last year, had made it mandatory for taxpayers to mention details of all assets they hold in a foreign soil under a new schedule-details of foreign assets and income from any source outside India. 

"The new measures are part of the government's effort to tackle black money in an non-obstrusive manner. The details will add to the taxman's knowledge about a particular assessee," a senior I-T officer said. 

The new ITR forms, this time, also feature a new column to include the Aadhaar number of the assessee. 

Source:-The Economic Times

Civil Services Examination - Amendment in Rule 2

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Court stays recruitment process

The Aurangabad bench of the Bombay high court (HC) has stayed the recruitment process being conducted by the postal department. 

During the entrance examination conducted at 26 centres across the state on March 29, some visually impaired students in Osmanabad were denied entry on the grounds that they were accompanied by writers/scribe having qualification above std X. Thereafter, five visually impaired students had approached the court. 

In January this year, the postal department had invited online applications from eligible candidates for direct recruitment for the posts of postman/mail guard in postal/RMS divisions. 

The department's notification clearly provided specific reservation for visually impaired candidates. Accordingly, the eligible visually impaired candidates applied by January 24 and were provided online admit cards soon. 

Lawyer Swapnil Tawshikar, who filed a writ petition in the HC on behalf of the aggrieved party, told TOI, "In the list of instructions mentioned on the admit cards, visually impaired candidates were allowed to take assistance of scribe/writers for the said examination. However, 25 such candidates, who reached the exam centre in Osmanabad, were not allowed to appear for the examination on the ground that the writers brought by them had education qualification above matriculation." 

Vishal Lohare (24), a native of from Latur district, along with four students decided to represent the 25 candidates who were not allowed to appear for the examination. All the five candidates approached the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay HC and filed a writ petition through lawyers Tawshikar and Anant Devakate. 

Tawshikar said the HC bench comprising justices SS Shinde and PR Bora heard the matter on April 10. The lawyers told the court the guidelines issued by the central government make it clear that visually impaired people can take assistance of writers while appearing for any written examination. The guidelines further mention that there shall be no restrictions on education qualifications, marks and age of the writer.

Source:-The Times of India

Central Civil Services ( Conduct ) Rules, 1964 and the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 - Submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by the public Servants for each year - regarding

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Money Order Service Continues with Addition of Online Money Transfer

The Department of Posts has denied some media reports that its Money Order service has been discontinued. The Money Order service continues to be available to the common man at the same service charge with the same facility of the money being delivered at the door step of the addressee. The Department in a clarification further said that this service had been made more reliable and fast by communicating information about the money to be transferred electronically between the booking and delivery post office. Thus, the money reaches faster to the addressee. The nature of service remains the same and it is also being called an electronic Money Order or eMO.

Department of Posts also has another service offering instant online Money transfer service called as Instant Money Order (iMO), where the receiver can receive payment in cash through Post Office.

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Clarification regarding application of FR 49 - regarding.

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CHQ News:- Sad demise...

Shri T. M. Krishnaswamy, ASP (Vig.) o/o the PMG, Calicut (Kerala) reported expired today at about 7.45 hours due to heart attack at Jipmer Hospital, Pondichery. 

Shri T. M. Krishnaswamy was closely associated with the Association. Presently he was unanimously elected as Vice President-II in CHQ and earlier he hold Assistant General Secretary Posts and Organising General Secretary twice. 

He has also worked as Circle Secretary and President to All India Association of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendents Posts Kerala circle Branch for years together. We know that the officer is not only very sincere and hard worker in his work but on many occasions he helped a lot to CHQ. CHQ will always remember him for his co-operation and valuable guidance extended to CHQ from time to time.  

All the General Secretaries during All India Conference permitted Shri T. M. Krishnaswamy to read out our Associations Annual Report in the August house in his sweet voice. 

All India Association of Inspectors and Assistant Superintendent of Posts, Odisha Circle Branch mourns the sad demise of Shri Krishnaswamy. May the departed soul rest in peace in heavenly abode.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Central Civil Services (Joining Time) (Amendment) Rules, 2015.

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UPU News:- Posts can help bridge e-commerce divide for SMEs

The Universal Postal Union and Posts worldwide have an important role to play in helping facilitate trade so that small- and medium-sized companies can take part in the global economy, according to speakers on the second day of the UPU’s World Strategy Conference in Geneva.

With their vast network of outlets – some 640,000 worldwide – and wide range of services, including digital, financial and logistics services, postal operators can help micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) become participants in the global e-commerce market.
To date, large, multinational organizations have benefitted the most from the explosive development of the e-commerce sector, according to Xiaozhun Yi, deputy director general, World Trade Organization.
But Yi and other speakers agreed there is great potential to grow SMEs, which play a vital role in many economies around the world. E-commerce can open the door to new markets and business opportunities for SMEs, while reducing their transaction costs, increasing their overall competitiveness, Yi explained.
However, the obstacles preventing SMEs from taking that step are numerous and vary from country to country. In developing countries, for example, infrastructure is often a challenge. Barriers include lack of Internet access. Lengthy customs procedures for exporting goods can also be daunting for SMEs, which cannot afford to pay a customs broker, as Sandra Davoren, Secretary General of the Caribbean Postal Union told delegates.
 Arancha Gonzalez, the International Trade Centre’s executive director, believes lower trading costs are “essential” for SMEs, and are a deciding factor in whether a small business stays in its domestic market or expands abroad.
“Logistical efficiency and improvements in the facilitation of trade are essential ingredients for the competitiveness of SMEs, Gonzalez explained. “It’s very important that organizations like UPU take this and put this at the heart of the agenda.”
Peru’s SERPOST revealed its efforts in this area. In 2007, Peru launched its participation in the programme designed specifically for SMEs called Exporta Facil.
Originally a Brazilian concept, Exporta Facil enables SMEs to use online tools to cut red tape, such as electronic customs forms, through the Post. The postal operator automatically receives the information and can immediately process and dispatch the item abroad.
The service is also accessible: SMEs can send items 365 days a year at outlets throughout the country. They also benefit from lower costs, according to Friberg Quispe Grajeda, director general of SERPOST. The postal operator is also reaping benefits, with more than 18 billion USD in exports sent via Exporta Facil to date.
 “E-commerce is growing and our aim as a state is to develop an instrument that facilitates the delivery of parcels to other destinations,” Grajeda told the conference.
 Of course, the IT revolution has also changed other areas of business for the post. Amid declining letter volumes and booming package delivery, posts, governments and regulators are taking a closer look at universal service obligations. Different approaches are emerging throughout the world. Canada, for example, is stopping door-to-door mail delivery in favour of community mailboxes.
In Europe, where Internet and mobile penetration is high and postal networks are firmly established throughout rural and urban regions, the future focus should be on creating a better and more secure network for parcels, according to Torstein Olsen, director general of Norwegian Post and the Telecommunications Authority. “A new definition of postal services may be required,” Olsen said. 
In Africa, in contrast, there is still much work to be done in terms of expanding the network of postal offices to rural areas so that all citizens have access to postal services. Ethiopia, for example, has embarked on a project in which it is transforming telecom centres in rural villages into centres that provide telecom, IT and postal services.
The lack of addressing systems is a major issue for Africa as well, according to Younouss Djibrine, secretary general of the Pan African Postal Union (PAPU). Improving infrastructure is a key pillar in PAPU’s preparations for “tomorrow’s universal postal service”, along with the diversification of services and postal regulation.

UPU News:- Speakers address innovation challenges

The innovation challenge facing postal operators worldwide dominated discussions on the first day at the Universal Postal Union’s World Strategy Conference as postal executives, government representatives and private companies debated how to best respond and adapt to the rapid changes thrust upon the sector by technological change.

“Together we must take stock of our organizations and the postal sector today, and shape our future tomorrow,” UPU Director General Bishar Hussein told the conference.
The rapidly expanding e-commerce sector was of particular interest during the opening day of the conference. While this sector promises great growth for postal operators, it brings many challenges as well. Consumer demands when it comes to delivery of e-commerce goods, for example, are changing quickly. As well, it is still unclear whether e-commerce giants, such as Amazon, are interested in handling last-mile delivery themselves.
“The future of commerce is a blurred landscape, where the consumer dictates how, where and when he will consume,” said Stefan Krawczyk, associate general counsel and head of government relations at eBay. “That means the delivery operators will have to adapt to what the consumer dictates.”
Postal operators are already changing the way they deliver packages, including introducing package lockers and sending delivery notifications to customers via text messages. Krawczyk, however, stressed that consumers are looking for transparency and predictability when it comes to package delivery. A seller in Europe needs to feel certain that when they send an item to a buyer in South America, it will arrive on time. They also want the service and pricing to be transparent and logical, Krawczyk added.
Dimitry Strashnov, director general of Russian Post, seconded that viewpoint. Postal operators, for example, should analyze what kind of delivery their customers need and expect. “Do we need to deliver all the parcels in one day or two days?” Strashnov asked. “Would a customer be satisfied having three-to-five day delivery but with a high predictability level. Can we deliver on the promise? This is getting more and more important today because the cost of five-day delivery is lower than one day.”
Postal operators must also be efficient to maintain their profitability, Strashnov said. This, in turn, allows them to invest in their infrastructure to create new products.
The development of new products is an important focus for postal operators worldwide. Take Saudi Post, which is leveraging its established assets such as its transportation infrastructure, last-mile delivery network, postal offices and technology to expand its range of products, according to Mohamed Saleh Ben Taher Benten, the organization’s chairman and chief executive officer. For example, Saudi Post has transformed its transportation network into a logistics network. Its NAQEL logistics joint venture, in which it holds a majority stake, provides services for many different industries in Saudi Arabia, including fashion retailers and food processors.
Another attractive area for expansion is postal financial services. In Indonesia, the government has asked the Post to conduct a pilot project called the “post savings account” in six provinces as many people in that country still store their cash at home, according to Kalamullah Ramli, Indonesia’s director general of the ministry of communication and information technology.
The development of such value-added services is what makes Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Morocco’s minister of industry, trade, investment and digital economy, optimistic about the future for his country’s postal operator.
“From my point of view, posts will continue to be profitable in coming years if they modernize,” Elalamy told the conference.
However, it’s not just the postal operators that have to adapt, but the rules as well, according to speakers at the conference. Philippe Wahl, president of France’s La Poste, said work on the development of the UPU’s global integrated postal programme, known as ECOMPRO, is necessary for the further development of the e-commerce market.
“We need to communicate and exchange information with all members from the UPU,” Wahl said. “It’s the next big step we are taking together.”