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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees - Revised Rates effective from 01.07.2014

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Fighting parents hurt ability to recognise emotions

(PTI) Parents who quarrel in front of their children may be harming their kids' ability to identify and control emotions, according to a new study.

Exposure to verbal and physical aggression between parents may hurt children's ability to regulate their emotions, the study found.

LDCE for promotion to the cadre of Postmaster Grade I 2014 held on 20.07.2014 display of Provisional key

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Now, do a stand-up job at work

The headlines have been coming thick and fast: 'Sitting is killing you', 'Sitting is the new smoking', The war on sitting'. In the ever-changing landscape of health hazards, sitting is the new villain - as a Time magazine gif portrays it, a grim reaper creeping up behind you to lop your head off even as you idly hit 'like' on Facebook posts. 

Fitness experts believe the war on sitting can be fought with a simple weapon: by standing more. Of course, ideally all humans should do their jobs while moving around, but since that is not a possible solution in a knowledge economy, the next-best alternative is to stand as much as you can. Or so say the advocates of the 'stand at work' culture, which is slowly filtering into India. 

Source:-The Times of India

Online vigilance clearance for government officials

An online mechanism has been started to provide vigilance clearance for posting, promotion and empanelment of senior government officials. 

The clearance by Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is needed for senior level positions or empanelment and also for board-level appointments in the Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), etc. 

For this, CBI is required to provide inputs on officers being considered for such appointments to the anti-corruption watchdog. An online facility to share information on vigilance clearance has been made operational, official sources said. 

The move will help in reducing the time taken in this procedure which was earlier being done manually and used to take about three months, they said. 

The CVC on an average gets at least 300 reference per month seeking vigilance clearance for officials of All India services -- Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service(IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS), central services officers and board level appointments in PSUs and banks. 

A total of 315 vigilance clearances were processed and issued by the Commission for the board-level appointments last year. These were in addition to about 3,000 such clearances sought in respect of All India Services and Group A officials, the sources said.

Source:-The Economic Times

Long work hours may raise risk of heart disease

Are you a workaholic? Your habits may raise your risk of heart disease, a new study has warned. 

Working for more than 40 hours a week may increase one's risk of developing coronary heart disease, or narrowing of the blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart, it says. 

"The longer hours employees worked, the higher their chances of developing coronary heart disease within 10 years, with those working 61 to 70 hours having a 42% increased likelihood of developing the disease, those working 71 to 80 hours having a 63% increased likelihood, and those working more than 80 hours having a 94% increased likelihood," said Dr Yun-Chul Hong, senior author of the study, from the Department of Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine, Seoul National University. 
Researchers evaluated the association between long working hours and risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) estimated by Framingham risk score (FRS) on 8,350 Korean adults. 

The subjects were asked about working hours and health status. Participants also completed physical examinations and biochemical measurements necessary for estimation of FRS. 

Multiple logistic regression was conducted to investigate the association between working hours and the 10-year risk for CHD estimated by FRS. Compared to those who work 31-40 hours, significantly higher 10-year risk was estimated among subjects working longer hours. 

As working hours increased, the odds ratio (OR) for the upper 10% of estimated 10-year risk for CHD increased up to 1.94. 

The study was published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 

Source:-The Times of India

UPU News:- New Caribbean Postal Training Centre starts operations

Twenty-two postal staff from the Caribbean are on 17/09/2014 concluding the very first workshop to be held at a new postal training centre in Bridgetown, Barbados.

The workshop, on how to effectively integrate customs, transport, security and domestic operations, is the first of many that will now be delivered at the training facility inaugurated this week.
The Universal Postal Union (UPU), the Caribbean Postal Union (CPU) and the Government of Barbados worked together to establish the facility, designed to help strengthen postal staff’s competencies and the region’s capacity.
Using a train-the-trainer approach, 1,280 people are expected to be trained by 2016 on topics ranging from operations, quality of service and e-commerce to product management and more.
The idea is to train a certain number of people at the Bridgetown facility, so they can then train their own colleagues back home.

New era

Opening the centre on Monday 15 September, Adriel Brathwaite, attorney general and minister of home affairs, said the Caribbean Postal Training Centre came at a critical time, when postal administrators in the region were grappling with greater demands and expectations from their stakeholders.
“It will signal a new era for the ongoing training of postal managers and assist significantly in the advancement of the sector generally,” he said.
At the recent annual meeting of the Caribbean Postal Union, UPU Director General Bishar Hussein encouraged  the region’s governments and postal organizations to support the centre and make good use of it.
The postal training centre is part of the main goals of the UPU’s Caribbean development plan, which includes developing human resources to increase their technical knowledge and expertise in the postal sector.
“The new training centre will make the delivery of training programmes in the region more cost-effective and efficient,” added the UPU’s director for development cooperation, Abdelilah Boussetta, who attended the inauguration.
The next workshop, on sustainable development, is scheduled in November.

JTS DPC for the vacancy Year 2014-15 - regarding.

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