Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tips For Kids to Safe Diwali Celebrations With Fireworks

Diwali the festival of lights brings fun and togetherness. For children fireworks new clothes and sweets make this festival the most eagerly awaited of the year.

Unfortunately injuries from fireworks spoil the fun for many families – and though Diwali is a holiday for most of us fire departments and hospitals around the country are on constant alert to tackle the various mishaps.Each year brings a fresh crop of cases involving loss of eyesight and serious burns and injuries caused by fireworks. Most of these cases involve children.Freak accidents invariably occur when kids are allowed to play with fireworks unattended. The most common reason is wrong handling of fireworks.Parents need to take some precautions to avoid such tragedies. For instance it is extremely important to know the difference between a legal consumer firework and a dangerous explosive device.

The latter can cause serious injury or even death. Both parents and their children need to stay away from anything that is not clearly labeled and does not display the manufacturers name and instructions for proper use.Fundamentally children must understand that fireworks are not toys that they burn at approximately the same temperature as a household match and that they can ignite clothes and cause burns and injuries if used improperly.

Parents must never allow young children to handle fireworks without close adult supervision. Even seemingly harmless sparklers and ‘flower pots can be dangerous for very young kids especially to those under age five.Most of these and similar nonexplosive fireworks can create havoc if lighted in busy areas. Rockets can shoot off into non intended directions to injure people and even enter homes to set things inside on fire.

Fireworks Safety Tips For Kids

We often do not realise the potential danger and therefore ignore even the most rudimentary precautions. Caution and proper care can ensure a safe and fun filled Diwali “ it all boils down to a few 
simple dos and donts.

Never allow your kids to play with fireworks unattended


1. Supervise children while they light fireworks.Make sure you buy Fireworks from a licensed shop.
Read the instructions and follow all safety precautions instructed with regard to the use of fireworks.

2. Make them light fireworks outside the house.

3. Have them hold sparklers away from the body

4. Keep ˜flower pots and chakras on even flat ground while lighting them

5. Have them light up rockets only on open ground

6. Ensure proper distance from the fireworks away at a distance while they are lighting them

7. Make sure they are wearing closed footwear and close fitting clothes of thick material instead of loose or flowing garments while lighting fireworks

8. Keep a water bucket and burn ointment or aloe vera gel handy

9. Check the area before igniting fireworks to ensure that no inflammable materials are near

10. Ensure they light only one firework at a time

11. Discard used fireworks in a bucket of water this way you can avoid people from stepping on to and hurting their feet from used fireworks which are thrown on the ground



1.  Don't burn crackers in crowded, congested places, narrow lanes, near sources of fire or inside the house.

2.  Don't let children burst crackers unaccompanied by an adult. Keep an eye on them constantly.

3.Don't put fireworks in your pocket. Careless smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths in North America.

4.  Don't dare to examine un-burst crackers.. leave it!! Light a new cracker.

5. Don't show the Dare-devilry of lighting crackers on own hands. One tends to light bombs, by bringing them close to the candle or incense, rather than bringing the incense close to the bomb. Avoid doing such feats, as there are chances of the firework falling on someone passing by.

6.  Avoid long loose clothes, as they are fast in catching fire.

7.  Strictly avoid using matches and lighters for bursting crackers for Diwali as they have open flames that can be dangerous.

8.  Never ignite aerial fireworks (like rockets) if there is any overhead obstruction present like trees and wires.

9. Never ever leave a lit match, agarbatti (incense stick) or sparkler near unused crackers.

10. Never experiment with crackers or make your own fireworks.

11. Avoid bursting crackers on the roads-it could cause a major road accident.

12. Never ever light a cracker while holding it in your hand. See to it that you put it down and then ignite it.

13.   Don't keep your face close to the cracker while trying to light it.

14.  Do not throw fireworks at people.

15. Never give any firework item to small children.

16.   When crackers take time or do not ignite immediately, do not keep in trying to burst them. Move away immediately. Throw some water to diffuse them.
Finally Diwali is a family festival  it should be a source of joy for everyone including kids. But these small but important steps can ensure that the Festival of Lights does not bring darkness into your lives.


Dear Comrades,
VII-CPC – Terms of reference-

               The members of the National Secretariat of the Confederation available at New Delhi met on 23rd Oct. 2013 and again on 24th October, 2013 to discuss and formulate our views on the 7thCPC terms of Reference.  On the basis of the discussions, we prepared a draft terms of reference and submitted it for consideration of the Staff Side.  The important points we placed in our draft for the consideration of the staff side were:-

(a)    The Commission to examine the present structure of pay and allowances and suggest changes.
(b)    To give effect to its recommendations from 1.1.2011 i.e. wage revision must be after       every five years.
(c)    D.A (50%) to be merged with pay with effect from 1.1.2011.
(d)    To determine Interim relief taking into account the erosion in the value of wages over the years,
(e)    To include GDS within the ambit of the 7th Central Pay Commission.
(f)     To revise the retirement benefits and accord pension maintaining parity in quantum in respect of past, present and future pensioners.
(g)    To extend the statutory defined benefit pension to those who have entered service after 1.1.2004.
(h)    To settle the anomalies raised in various fora of JCM on a priority basis and within a specified time frame.
(i)      To provide cashless/hazzle free Medicare to employees and pensioners.

The Government of India had convened a meeting of the Staff side representatives on 24.10.2013 to discuss the terms of reference.  The meeting took place at 3.00PM on 24th under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Personnel.  Besides the points mentioned above, the staff raised many other matters connected with the setting up of the CPC. viz. the inclusion of labour Representative as a Member of the Commission; the anomalous  situation brought about by the Grade pay based MACP Scheme; the requirement of a mechanism to settle the 6th CPC related anomalies;  the need to allow the proposals of Cadre Review to be examined by the Government independently without referring it to CPC;  to have members in the Commission who have gained  expertise to impart to the Commission the nuances and functional requirements of various Departments;  to relook at the new Pay Structure brought in by the 6th CPC in the light of the experience between 2008 to 2013 etc.  In conclusion the staff side requested the Government to provide it with a draft terms of reference taking into account the views placed by them.  It was also proposed by the Staff Side that on exchange of the draft terms of reference prepared by the Staff Side and the Official Side, a meeting with the Secretary, Personnel and Secretary, Expenditure could be arranged to iron out the differences, if any.
The Staff Side met again on 25th at its office and deliberated upon various views presented by different organisations and finalised the draft terms of reference. We shall publish the said draft terms of reference as and when the same is submitted to the Government.
It is obvious that despite the unanimous position taken by all the organisations, the Government may not necessarily agree with many of the basic issues, viz. Date of effect, merger of  DA, Interim Relief, Coverage of GDS etc.  We appeal to our affiliates/ State COCs to continue the campaign amongst the employees to generate necessary sanctions.
With greetings,
Yours fraternally,
Secretary General


Finalized by the Staff Side at the meeting of 25.10.2013.

A.     To examine the existing structure of pay, allowances and other benefits/facilities, retirement benefits like Pension, Gratuity, other terminal benefits etc. to the following categories of employees.

1       Central Government employees – industrial and non industrial;
2       Personnel belonging  to  All India services;
3       Personnel belonging to the Defence Forces;
4       Personnel called as Grameen Dak Sewaks belonging to the Postal   Department;
5        Personnel  of Union Territories;
6      Officers and employees of the Indian Audit and Accounts                     Department;
7       Officers and employees of the Supreme Court;
8       Members of Regulatory bodies (excluding RBI) set up under Act of      Parliament.

B.     To work out the comprehensive revised pay packet for the categories of Central Government employees mentioned in (A) above as on 1.1.2014.

C.     The Commission will determine the pay structure, benefits facilities, retirement benefits etc. taking into account the need to provide minimum wage with reference to the recommendation of the 15th Indian Labour Conference (1957) and the subsequent judicial pronouncement of the honorable Supreme Court there-on, as on 1.1.2014.

D.     To determine the Interim Relief needed to be sanctioned immediately to the Central Government employees  and  Pensioners mentioned in (A) above;

E.     To determine the percentage of Dearness allowance/Dearness Relief immediately to be merged with Pay and pension 

F.      To settle the anomalies raised in various fora of JCM.                                                     

G.    To work out the improvements needed to the existing  retirement benefits, like pension, death cum retirement gratuity, family  pension and other terminal or recurring  benefits maintaining parity amongst past, present and future pensioners and family pensioners including those who entered service on or after 1.1.2004.

H.    To recommend methods for providing cashless/hassle-free Medicare facilities to the employees and Pensioners including Postal pensioners.


ಕನ್ನಡ ರಾಜ್ಯೋತ್ಸವದ  ಹಾರ್ದಿಕ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು 


Monday, October 21, 2013

Some more photos

Com.H.R.Eshwarappa, DS, Postmen and Gr D presenting memento to Sri B.Chandrakanta Kamath,SPOs, Shimoga Division,

                               Com.Rajakumar H V, DS, ED Union presenting Vote of thanks.



                                                                   View  of Audience.

                                           Exhibition of Prizes

                                     Com.Chandrashekhar S narrated the whole programme

                                    Sri B.K.Srinivasan, Postmaster delivering the speech.

                                Com.S.S.Manjunath, Circle Secretary P III

                                       Com.S.Ramesh, Ex Circle President and one of the Judge for the Debate.

                                    Com.Prrakash Rao, Co Ordinator of the programme

        Kum.Manjula took the third place in the debate receiving the  prize from                      Com.S.S.Manjunath

Chi.,Rajeev winner of First prize receiving prize from Sri B Shantahappa Dnl President, GDS Union

  Com.B.Sudhanandappa, President P III delivering Presidential Address

      Com.B.Shantappa, President ED Union delivering Presidential Address


             Com.G.Raghavendra, DS P III giving memento to Sri B.K.Srinivasan.

              Com.Prahlada Rao, Circle President, ED Union giving memento to Com.S.S.Manjunath

Com.H.R.Eshwarappa,DS, Postmen & Gr D, giving memento to Sri Sasvehalli Sathish, one of the Judge

Com.H.R.Eshwarappa,DS, Postmen & Gr D, giving memento to Sri Ananta Shastry, one of the Judge

Com.G.Raghavendra, DS, P III, giving memento to Sri S, Ramesh one of the Judge

Com.H.C.Rakshit giving memento to Sri B.Shanthappa, President ED Union.

                                                         QUIZ   PROGRAMME

  Quiz Master Com.Prakash Rao and along with Sri B.Chandrakantha Kamath, SPOs, Shimoga, Com.S.S.Manjunath, CS P III, Com Prahlada Rao, Circle President, ED Union and Sri B.K.Srinivasan, Postmaster, Shimoga HO

 Technical Team comprising of Com.S.Chandrashekar, Com, H.C.Rakshit, Com Surendra, and Com H.Raghavendra

   Third Prize winners in Quiz Com.Shivananda S, Com Vijay G Sarode and Com V.Jayadeva

Com Prahlada Rao greeted with memento by Com H.Raghavendra

 First Prize winners in Quiz- Com.G.Hoovappa, Com. Subrahmanya Havanur, and Com. Ashwini Madhyasta
Second Prize winners in quiz- Com Mahendrappa, Com Yogesh  and Com Mahananda Ninganoor.

                                                            View of the Quiz hall

Saturday, October 12, 2013

7TH Pay commission - NEXT ?

Till this moment, the oral announcement only made by the Finance Minister to constitute 7th CPC for Central Government employees. There is no further action to constitute the committee for 7th CPC and we cannot say anything about the members of the committee and when it will be constituted.

Thee is no authentic information about the date to constitute the committee for preparing recommendations for 7th CPC. However, the committee will take maximum of 24 months to submit their recommendation report to Indian Government. The implementation of the 7th CPC is likely to be implemented from 1st January, 2016 to all Central government employees.

Not only the Central government employees, all government servants including their family members are keenly watching the news about 7th Central Pay Commission, because the same procedure / recommendations of Central Pay Commission are followed by state government to their employees.
Revision of pay has been implemented by the government once in ten years through the pay commissions and an employee can get a maximum of three pay hike in entire service. So, it is very excited to know the details of modifications in all the respect of pay.

In the view of above scenario, so many questions and doubts are raising among the Central government employees…

The questions and doubts are given below for your information…

1. When will constitute the committee for 7th CPC..?
2. Who are all will be as chairperson and members of the committee..?
3. Minimum pay scale in 7th CPC (7000 in 6th CPC)
4. Multiplication factor in 7th CPC (In 6th CPC 1.86)
5. Is ‘Grade Pay’ structure will continue in 7th CPC also..!
6. Percentage of Increment will be fixed as 10%..!
7. ACP – MACP – what will be next..?
8. ‘Tuition Fee’ then ‘Children Education Allowance’ and next…?
9. Any major changes in LTC Rules
10. Voluntary Retirement Scheme will be announced..?
11. Rectification of anomalies arising in implementation of 6th CPC
12. Any changes in ‘Fixation of Pay’on promotion
13. Rates of HRA (now getting 30%, 20% and 10%)
14. Expectations more on the calculation of Dearness allowance with AICPIN
15. About interest free and bearing advances
16. Minimum Pension (Now Rs.3500)
17. Any ‘Women employees welfare schemes’ (like CCL)
18. Travelling allowance and Daily allowance rules and rates
19. Weightage for promotion
21. Rates of Transport allowance (Now Rs.400, 600, 800, 1600 and 3200 + DA)
22. Modification in Qualifying Service for pension
23. Additional Pension scheme

Readers are requested to send their comments and suggestions on this post.
click the below link to download as pdf : 7th PAY COMMISSION DATE

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Expected DA From Jan 2014 - Possibility Of Increase Of DA By 11%

As per the present state DA has reached 90 %. At this juncture, Central Government Employees are eagerly waiting to know the percentage of increase in the month of Jan 2014. The DA increase in the month of Jan 2014 does have certain importance in it. Because when DA reaches 100%, there is a possibility of increase of certain allowances also simultaneously.

As per the recent publication of AICPIN value, DA has reached the height of 93.93 % at present. During the coming four months, if the AICPIN value increases by 1point, there is a possibility of DA reaching the 100 % mark. Likewise, if the average becomes 2point, there is a chance of reaching 101 % as DA. During the ensuing four months, based on the value calculation of AICPIN, it would be possible to calculate DA accurately. Still, there is maximum possibility of increase of DA by 11 %       


Q1. Which mobile manufacturer and Microsoft Corporation on 3 September 2013 announced that both companies have decided to enter into a transaction whereby Microsoft will purchase substantially all of its Devices & Services business?
Ans. Nokia

Q2. Who took over the charge as the 23rd Governor of Reserve Bank of India on 4 August 2013 as a successor of outgoing Governor of RBI, Dr. Subbarao?
Ans. Raghuram Rajan

Q3. Name the famous British broadcaster and writer died on 31 August 2013 aboard the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth where he was scheduled to give speech?
Ans. David Frost

Q4. Which country won the Asia Cup Hockey 2013?
Ans. South Korea

Q5. Name the Pakistan President who stepped down on 08 September after successfully completing his five-year term, paving the way for Mamnoon Hussain to take over?
Ans. Asif Ali Zardari

Q6. Name the sports event which was included in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games after it defeated baseball/softball and squash for a spot in the competition?
Ans. Wrestling

Q7. Who will be sworn in as the 28th prime minister of Australia after clinching an historic victory and ending six years of Labor rule?
Ans. Tony Abbott

Q8. Which internet giant has adopted a new logo for the first time since its founding 18 years ago?
Ans. Yahoo

Q9. Where was the G-20 summit 2013 held?
Ans. St. Petersburg in Russia.

Q10. Name the former Indian cricket team captain who was announced by Union Health Ministry as brand ambassador for its National Tobacco control Campaign?
Ans. Rahul Dravid

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An ode to Indian postal system
        Trailing the journey of the Indian postal system from 1668 till 2007, Arvind Kumar Singh’s book“Bharatiya Dak: Sadiyon Ka Safarnama” has been chosen by the Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development for the Shiksha Puraskar or the Education Award for the year 2009. The award was launched by the Government of India in 1992 for encouraging original writings in Hindi in the field of education.

      Published by National Book Trust, the book has already been translated into three languages -- English, Hindi and Assamese -- and is going to be translated in seven to 12 more languages.

       “This book has been a best-seller on the subject and that the new editions will have a new look,” said an NBT representative.

       One of its chapters titled “ Chittiyon KI Anokhi Duniya – the unique world of letters” has also been included in the NCERT book of Class VIII which runs into seven pages.
Titled the “Moving encyclopaedia of Indian Post” in English, the book has 43 chapters and explains in detail the postal systems during the times of kings and nobility, modern and rural postal systems, postmen’s lives and the hardships they face, postcard, letterbox, earlier postal services through pigeons to dak-bunglows to horses and elephants and from male runners to rail, air etc.

        It notes that that stalwarts in their own fields like Noble Laureate C.V. Raman, authors Munshi Prem Chand, Rajinder Singh Bedi, Nirad C. Chaudhary and Mahashewta Devi, actor Dev Anand and celebrated Dogri writers Shivnath and Krishna Bihari ‘Noor’ were once postal department employees.

          Arvind Singh’s book has been written for the layman and is about the post Independence status of the postal services. It covers the challenges met by the carriers of postal services and its heroic survival despite the onslaught of technology via mobile, internet and private couriers.

            Recalling a story about another person who wanted to write on the subject, the 52-year-old author, who hails from UP, said: “A postman in Allahabad wanted to write a book on the subject but due to financial constraints and ill health he died. He would get me my money order which I used to wait desperately for in my college days in Allahabad. Once when I didn’t get any money order, I went to see him. He was ill. I came to know that day that he used to give me money from his own pocket if my money order didn’t reach on time. It humbled me immensely and raised my curiosity to know more about the lives of postmen. But due to the lack of any research material, I had to run across the whole of India and meet almost every postman, virtually every post office to know the reality behind this unique service.” (Source The Hindu 10.10.2013)

Monday, October 7, 2013





                In view of the Postal week to be held from 09.10.2013 to 15.10.2013, under the auspicious of AIPEU  unions,  a district level Kannada Debate competition will be held at Shimoga on 16.10.2013.  The subject for debate is –“In spite of the private courier system and advanced technology, the present postal services are still relevant”. Principals of   all the colleges in the division has been addressed in this regard with a  request to send at least two candidates from each college.  

              All EC Members are requested to contact the colleges in their places of working and pursue the matter with Principals  and get the good numbers of participants.

              The entries may please be send to Com Rakshith H C, Postal Assistnat, Shimoga HO  Mobile No; 9611532182

11 ways to protect yourself and your family from mobile phone radiation

  1. refer to use headset / headphone / earphone or speaker mode while talking on mobile phone. Last choice should be Bluetooth headset. You’ll get less radiation in this way.
  2. Use your phone when you have the maximum number of bars of signal. When signal quality is poor, your phone emits more radiation.
  3. Turn your headset off when the phone is not in use.
  4. Reduce cell phone use to only the most necessary calls, and when you do use it, keep your calls short and to the point.
  5. Consider SMS, if possible rather than talking on phone. You can also make templates in your phone settings to avoid repetitively used messages.
  6. Consider replacing your current phone with a low-radiation phone. Different cell-phone models emit different amounts of radiation, so one way to reduce your exposure is to purchase a cell phone with a lower SAR (specific absorption rate), a number that indicates how much radiation is absorbed by the human body when the handset is being used at maximum power.
  7. Carry your cell phone away from your body—in a purse, briefcase or computer bag—not in your pocket where it is pressed up against you.
  8. Most cell phones emit the most radiation when they first connect with the cell tower. One way to reduce your exposure to cell-phone radiation is to wait until your call has been connected before you put the phone to your ear.
  9. If your cell signal is down to a few bars, consider waiting to use your phone. Again, it’s a power thing: less signal means more power is required for use.
  10. Consider using corded / landline phones instead of mobile phone.
  11. NEVER give mobile phone to pregnant lady or kids. Instead, give games like Chess, Tambola etc. to kids to play.
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