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Thursday, December 22, 2016

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CBSE for compulsory Class X board exams from 2018




Currently, it is optional for CBSE students to choose either the board exam or a school-based examination.

Board exams for Class X are set to become compulsory for all CBSE students from 2018 as CBSE’s governing body on “unanimously approved” a proposal in this regard.

At the meeting of the CBSE governing body, its members agreed that from the academic session 2017-18, compulsory board exams should be introduced for all students of Class X, sources told PTI in New Delhi.

The decision will now have to be approved by the government before it is implemented.

Currently, it is optional for CBSE students to choose either the board exam or a school-based examination.

HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has in the past favoured making board exam compulsory for CBSE students as is the practice in all State boards.

The sources said while there is a view that for the Class X Board exams, 80 per cent weightage will be given to the marks scored in examinations while 20 per cent weightage will be given to school-based evaluation.

In another key decision, the CBSE has decided to recommend to the HRD Ministry that the three-language formula, under which Hindi, English and modern Indian language are taught, should be extended to class IX and X as well from the current VI to VIII, a source said.

Officials added that the board also favoured sending a recommendation to the Centre that those languages which are listed in schedule VIII of the Constitution should be taught under the three-language formula while languages which are “purely foreign” should be taught as a “fourth language as an elective subject”.

In the past the HRD Ministry-run Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) used to offer German as a third language, but the practice was later discontinued.

The final call on these decisions will be taken by the government, a senior official said.

Transfer/Posting Order of IPOs in Bihar Circle on 20.12.2016


First India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) branch in January 2017

Ranchi: India Post, Jharkhand, will become the first in the country to open a bank branch India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) in January.


The basic preparations in terms of infrastructure, manpower and training have been completed.

The move to came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that all post offices should be converted to banks by January next year. The IPPB was incorporated as a public limited company, under the department of posts, Government of India, in August 2015 with 100% government equity.

Talking to TOI, post master general, Jharkhand circle, Anil Kumar said that the first bank branch will begin operations at GPO, Doranda, for which a separate building has been constructed. "Once the GPO branch becomes functional, all other post offices in the state will also start functioning," Kumar said.

There are more than 2,800 India Post offices across the state and the number is likely to be increased to 3,400. "In addition, we have over 100 panchayat seva kendras (PSK) and over 4,000 postmen who can work as business correspondents," Kumar said.

The postmen are being provided with PoS machines. Officials will not only receive money for deposits and disburse payments but will also open new accounts, sell insurance instruments and register money orders. At present, the postal department has issued kits to over 2,700 post offices, which includes a biometric device, printer and a tab for digital transactions.

Kumar said that more than 500 people have already been trained on financial inclusion tools, the usage of PoS machines and briefed on the functioning of post offices as business correspondents. "We have hired experts from Infosys and Rico for training our staff and the training is going on in Ranchi and Jamshedpur," Kumar said.

India Post has also issued debit cards to saving account holders in post offices and once the banking facility begins, more debit cards will be issued. "It will work as full-fledged banks in the wake of the existing robust infrastructures in the remote corners of the state," Kumar said.

Out of 456 post offices, 358 have already been brought on the CBS platform and this is all set to boost the banking structure of Jharkhand post offices once the headquarter branch becomes operational.

Government likely to bring ‘Go Cashless’ ordinance to ban salary in cash



The Central government, following the conclusion of a high-level meeting, that is underway is expected to pass an ordinance to amend Wages Act for payment to labour. In another major step by the central government, with its ambitious dream of achieving a complete cashless economy, will be encouraging to make salary payments in cheques. Although some reports suggest that cheque payments might not be compulsory. According to India Today, this move by the government would not phase out cash payments. Reports suggest that quite often employers do not declare the apt number of their employees and the government’s cashless move is expected to bring transparency to the system. According to CNN TV18, the government also wanted to include private employees and the cabinet was yet to finalise modality. The Central government also reportedly stated that the of the state government wanted they could notify and make payments by cheques or move the salary directly into accounts.

It has to be noted that ordinance is currently only liable to government employees, although the thought of extending it to the private sector might also be discussed during the meeting. The move is aimed at preventing the exploitation of labourers. The government might also encourage to make payments in a cheque to the first graft. It has to noted that the cheque option was not compulsory to pay salary. One of the other possible reasons for the passing of the ordinance might also be to ban the under-reporting the number of employees.

SSC Notice-Combined Graduate Level (Tier-II) Examination-2016


Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has published Notice-Combined Graduate Level (Tier-II) Examination-2016, Check below for more details.


Combined Graduate Level (Tier-II) Examination-2016

The Combined Graduate Level (Tier-II) Examination-2016 was conducted by Staff Selection Commission for 1,49,330 candidates in the Computer Based Mode in two shifts per day at 356 venues in 57 cities (centres) across the country from 30th November 2016 to 2nd December 2016, in which 1,20,933 candidates (80.93%) have actually appeared. The Examination went off successfully without any untoward incident in 333.

The Commission has received representations from some of the candidates alleging that they faced technical and other related problems during the examination at some of the venues. The Commission is having the representations received upto 9th December 2016, objectively and comprehensively examined through the Technical Service Provider. This process will be completed soon. Those candidates, whose grievances are found to be genuine, would be intimated for re-examination. The Commission has decided to conduct re-examination for such affected candidates tentatively on 12-13 January 2017.

The Commission, after due examination of video footages, has taken a serious view of certain candidates found to have been actively involved in disturbing and instigating other candidates to disrupt the process of the examination. The Commission proposes to take appropriate action against such candidates, which may include disqualification and debarment for a period of three years, in consonance with the extant guidelines.

Notification : Click Here

Promotion to Senior Time Scale in the Level-11 of the Pay Matrix (Rs.67,700-2,08,00)


Promotion to Senior Time Scale in the Level-11 of the Pay Matrix (Rs.67,700-2,08,00) {Pre-revised PB-3: Rs.15600-39100 + GP Rs.6600/-] of IPoS, Group 'A'.


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Rs.5000/- Deposit Order Amended, No questions for KYC Account



Kindly refer to the instructions issued on 19.12.16 in connection with deposit of SBN (WOS Notes) into the accounts (in excess of Rs. 5000/- only once till 30.12.2016). Now RBI has advised that the provisions of the RBI Circular No. DCM (Plg) No. 10.27.00/2016-17 dated 19.12.2016 at sub para (i) and (ii) will not apply to fully KYC compliant accounts. The copy of the RBI Circular No. DCM (Plg) No. 1911/10.27.00/2016-17 dated 21.12.2016 is attached herewith. 

The above changes/modification may be communicated to all concerned.
With regards,

Sachin Kishore,
 Director (CBS)
 Sansad Marg,
Dak Bhavan

Holidays to be observed in Central Government offices during the year 2017 - Odisha Circle





Withdrawal of Legal Tender Character of existing ₹ 500/- and ₹ 1000/- Bank Notes (Specified Bank Notes) - Deposit of Specified Bank Notes (SBNs) into bank accounts- Modification


Withdrawal of Legal Tender Character of existing ₹ 500/- and ₹ 1000/- Bank Notes (Specified Bank Notes) - Deposit of Specified Bank Notes (SBNs) into bank accounts- Modification
RBI/2016-17/191
DCM (Plg) No. 1911/10.27.00/2016-17
December 21, 2016
The Chairman / Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer,
Public Sector Banks/ Private Sector Banks / Foreign Banks/ Regional Rural
Banks / Urban Cooperative Banks/ State Cooperative Banks
Dear Sir,
Withdrawal of Legal Tender Character of existing ₹ 500/- and ₹ 1000/- Bank Notes (Specified Bank Notes) - Deposit of Specified Bank Notes (SBNs) into bank accounts- Modification
Please refer to our circular DCM (Plg) No. 1859/10.27.00/2016-17 dated December 19, 2016. On a review of the above, we advise that the provisions of the above circular at sub para (i) and (ii) will not apply to fully KYC compliant accounts.
2. Please acknowledge receipt.
Yours faithfully,
(P Vijaya Kumar)
Chief General Manager

No curbs on deposits in accounts that fully comply with KYC: RBI


For accounts that are not fully compliant with KYC, RBI has said that only Rs. 50,000 can be deposited using the demonetised currency.

The Reserve Bank of India on Wednesday said that restrictions on deposits will not apply to bank accounts that fully comply with KYC (Know Your Customer).

On Monday, the central bank said an individual would be allowed to deposit more than Rs. 5,000 only once in the Rs. 500 and 1,000 currency till December 30 and such deposits could be made after explaining why payments were not made till now.

On Wednesday, the RBI said that after ‘a review’, banks were advised that those restrictions would not apply to accounts that fully comply with KYC.

For accounts that were not fully compliant with KYC, the RBI said, only Rs. 50,000 could be deposited using the demonetised currency.

Source : http://www.thehindu.com/

Medical entrance test NEET to be held in 8 languages





NEW DELHI: The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission in medical colleges will be held in eight languages- Hindi, English, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu- for the academic year 2017-18.

Also, the candidate qualifying NEET will be eligible for all India quota and other quotas under the state governments and institutes irrespective of the medium taken by candidates, subject to other eligibility criteria, the Union health ministry said in a statement.

In May, Union health minister JP Nadda had held a meeting with the health ministers and health secretaries of 18 states/Union Territories towards implementation of NEET across states.

Joint secretary, Medical Education, AK Singhal said, "The collaborative efforts of Central health ministry with the state health ministries have lead to this decision so as to bring parity for the students who have taken the state board exams."

NEET has replaced AIPMT and has been made mandatory for admissions in all-India medical/dental colleges which means no other state can conduct its separate medical entrance.

Government Clarification on Amendment to Payment of Wages Act


Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment
21-December-2016 13:41 IST


Government Clarification on Amendment to Payment of Wages Act 

It is seen from the media reports that there is a general impression that is being created that the Government is bringing an amendment to the Payment of Wages Act to make mandatory the payment of wages to the workers only through cheque or accounts transfers. This is not the correct position.

It is clarified that the government proposes to bring an amendment to Section 6 of the Payment of Wages Act which will further provide crediting the wages in the bank account of the employees or payment through cheque along with the existing provisions of payment in current coin or currency notes.

This is being done to facilitate the employers from making payment of wages using the banking facilities also in addition to the existing modes of payment of wages in current coin or currency notes.

Also, the appropriate Government (Centre or State) will have to come up with the notification to specify the industrial or other establishments where the employer shall pay wages through cheque or by crediting the wages in employees’ bank account. It is, therefore, clear that the option of payment through cash is still available with the employers for payment of wages.

It may be understood that the Payment of Wages Act was passed in the year 1936 (eighty years ago) and the situation prevailing at that point of time has completely undergone a technological revolution. Most of the transactions now take place through the banking channels. The proposal of Ministry of Labour and Employment to bring an amendment to Section 6 of the Act is an additional facility of crediting the wages in the bank account of the employees or payment through cheque along with the existing provisions of payment in current coin or currency notes.

The above proposed amendment will also ensure that minimum wages are paid to the employees and their social security rights can be protected. Thus the employers can no longer under-quote the number of employees employed by them in their establishments to avoid becoming a subscriber to the EPFO or ESIC schemes.

It is also pointed out that the states like Andhra Pradesh/Telangana, Kerala, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Haryana have already come out with notifications to provide for payment through banking channels.
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Source : http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=155718

First India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) branch in January 2017





Ranchi: India Post, Jharkhand, will become the first in the country to open a bank branch India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) in January.

The basic preparations in terms of infrastructure, manpower and training have been completed.

The move to came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that all post offices should be converted to banks by January next year. The IPPB was incorporated as a public limited company, under the department of posts, Government of India, in August 2015 with 100% government equity.

Talking to TOI, post master general, Jharkhand circle, Anil Kumar said that the first bank branch will begin operations at GPO, Doranda, for which a separate building has been constructed. "Once the GPO branch becomes functional, all other post offices in the state will also start functioning," Kumar said.

There are more than 2,800 India Post offices across the state and the number is likely to be increased to 3,400. "In addition, we have over 100 panchayat seva kendras (PSK) and over 4,000 postmen who can work as business correspondents," Kumar said.

The postmen are being provided with PoS machines. Officials will not only receive money for deposits and disburse payments but will also open new accounts, sell insurance instruments and register money orders. At present, the postal department has issued kits to over 2,700 post offices, which includes a biometric device, printer and a tab for digital transactions.

Kumar said that more than 500 people have already been trained on financial inclusion tools, the usage of PoS machines and briefed on the functioning of post offices as business correspondents. "We have hired experts from Infosys and Rico for training our staff and the training is going on in Ranchi and Jamshedpur," Kumar said.

India Post has also issued debit cards to saving account holders in post offices and once the banking facility begins, more debit cards will be issued. "It will work as full-fledged banks in the wake of the existing robust infrastructures in the remote corners of the state," Kumar said.

Out of 456 post offices, 358 have already been brought on the CBS platform and this is all set to boost the banking structure of Jharkhand post offices once the headquarter branch becomes operational.