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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ms. Kalpana Rajsinghctt (lPoS-1992) posted as PMG, Berhampur

To view Directorate Order No.1-6/2014-SPG dated 16th July, 2014 please Click Here.

Filing your returns? It’s wise to stick to I-T dept's official site

The last date for filing Income Tax (I-T) returns is just about a week away and it's time to get your documents in order to get started with the process. If you have a taxable income of over Rs 5 lakh, you must file the returns online. The process has become less complicated this year with the I-T department's official e-filing site (incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in) introducing the much simpler Java utility. 

"It is user-friendly and faster, with separate tab for head of income and tax details being provided. Also provided is the option to pre-fill some personal and tax information such as PAN(permanent account number), name, TDS etc," points out Sonu Iyer, partner and national leader, human capital services, EY. 

However, keep your bank statements, Form-16 issued by your employer and a copy of the last year's returns near you before you begin. 

You then need to register yourself on the portal, where your PAN will act as your user ID. You can click on 'Quick e-file ITR' on the left hand side menu and follow the instructions after selecting the applicable form. Pay the income tax due, if any; verify all the information and hit the 'submit' key. Finally, if you haven't filed the return using a digital signature, you need to print the verification form (ITR-V), sign it using a blue ink and send it to the I-T department's central processing centre in Bangalore by ordinary or speed post, within 120 days of filing your returns electronically. 

Pay and File 

If you find the task daunting, you may also use private portals like taxsmile. com, cleartax.in and myITreturn. com that facilitate filing of return. 

You can also check out mobile applications from BlackBerry and makemyreturns.com. 

The private portals essentially offer two types of plans — one, where you are required to complete the process on your own and the other, where the portal's helpdesk assists you. If your return-filing is complex and detailed, consider opting for this assistance. But you will have to pay a fee of Rs 299-1,500, depending on the site and your requirements. Those earning less than Rs 5 lakh are offered this service for free. 

"For those drawing an income of over Rs 5 lakh, we charge a fee. All calculation engines are embedded (filer need not know the tax laws) in the page, making it easy to file returns," says V Srinivasan, MD and CEO, taxsmile.com. In addition to these, the portals also offer value-added services like tax credit verification, ITR-V submission and refund tracking for a fee. "Our income tax return review service entails tax experts scrutinising the return prepared by users. This helps in ensuring accuracy," says Saakar Yadav, managing director of my IT return.com. 

Choose Sites Carefully 

I-T department recently put out a cautionary advice against using certain mobile applications without naming any, stating that one must use them at their own risk. So, ensure that you are using a legitimate portal or an application. Also, read the privacy policy of the portals before going ahead with the process to ascertain how the information collected will be handled by these sites and applications. 

For example, check if the firm's policy states that your data won't be shared with third parties without your consent. Moreover, you have to consider its track record too. "You need to assure yourself th at the sensitive information that you provide will not be misused. Therefore, do a background check to ascertain the return filing portal's reputation and its parent company's antecedents. Transacting through credible entities will provide some comfort," says Suresh Surana, founder, RSM Astute Consulting. Considering that the new version of the forms on the department's portal is simpler, attempt filing on the official site first. Switch to private sites only if you find the process on the department's site cumbersome.

Source:-The Economic Times

No proposal to change five-day week: Government


There is no proposal to change the present five-day week for the employees of central government ministries and departments, Lok Sabha was informed today. 

"No," said Jitendra SinghMinister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions in a written reply to a question whether the government plans to change the five days per week working for central government servants. 

There were reports that the government was considering increasing the five-day week schedule to six days. 

The minister said there was also no proposal to enhance earned leave and casual leave being granted to the employees. "There is no such proposal under consideration of the government," he said.

Source:-The Economic Times

Consolidated Instructions on Probation/Confirmation in Central Services - regarding.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Transfer and Posting in ASP Cadre in Berhampur Region

The following transfer and posting order has been issued vide RO Berhampur Memo No. ST/11-62/2014 dated 01-07-2014



1.   Sri S S Padhi PI RO Berhampur has been promoted to ASPos Cadre on adhoc basis and posted as ASP (HQ), O/O SRM, RMS BG Division, Berhampur.

2.   Sri Raghunath Sahu, ASP (HQ), O/O SRM, RMS BG Division, Berhampur has been transferred and posted as ASP (OD), O/O SSPOs, Berhampur Division, Berhampur against the vacant Post.

Image, A Psychological Prison

By: Swami Sukhabodhananda

For every hour you remain angry you give up sixty minutes of joy. Ask yourself: Why do we lose our joy for petty things? Unimportant things have become more important. Joy is the most important energy but we lose it for a viewpoint that seems more important than joy. Has something gone wrong in the way we look atlife?  We give up our life for winning our point of view, or getting a status in life or money or position. One has to learn to drop this foolishness. Anger is an expression of foolishness.

Two Angry Lions
There is the famous story of two lions, which were ready to fight each other to quench their thirst. There was sufficient water for both. But they fought on the issue of who should drink water first and in the process both were very thirsty but winning was more important than quenching their thirst. They stubbornly fought with tooth and claw and their emotions went very wild. They continued attacking each other. Blood was all around but still they fought. Then they found vultures were around waiting to see who is going to die, so that they could have their food. Realising their foolishness, they left the scene. They thought that they will be devoured by the vultures and so decided to end their fight. Anger is the sure way for self-defeat.

Every emotion is energy. Anger and sorrow is also energy. Sorrow creates its own material and that is imagination. When you are angry you imagine a subjective world and justify why you are angry. It creates an illusory world. You are unconscious of your inner projections. You take imagination to be real. You identify with this imagination and create its psychological prison. To be alert to how your mindimagines, projects and creates a psychological prison is a part of being inwardly awake.

It’s About Compassion
If you are alert, you will transform this anger energy into compassion. The object of anger will become an object of compassion. Transforming this energy is being wise. Why do you get angry with the other?

The other does not fit into your image of how you should be. So your struggle is to see that the other falls into your image, which is what most of us want.  The world is not indebted to fit into our mental image. We have not questioned why we create an image.  One may justify that it is natural to create an image. Stop justifying and let us think wisely.  You have an image of your spouse or boss. You want them to fit into your petty image. Why do you have an image? You feel secure if you have image of the other. It is easy for you to operate and make others wrong. It requires great alertness, not to have an image and then look at the other. Then intelligence will flow as to how to deal with the other rather than your conclusion of how to relate.

When intelligence operates there is creative harmony but when conclusions operate there is inner deadness. Your corporate world, family world and personal life will be better rather than being bitter.

Source:-The Times of India

Monday, July 21, 2014

Modification in transfer and posting in ASP cadre-Bhubaneswar HQ Region

The following modification in transfer and posting in ASP cadre is issued vide C.O. Memo No. ST/24-15(2)/2014 dated 21-07-2014.

Sl No
Name of the Officer S/Shri
Present place of Posting
Revised posting on modification of transfer
Remarks
1
B.K. Mishra
ASP(OD), Balasore under orders of posting as ASP(OD), Bhadrak
ASP-II, Bhubaneswar RMS
Vacant Post
2
Bharat Ku. Patra
IP, BG 1 st RMS BG Division under orders of Posting as ASP-II, Bhubaneswar RMS
ASP(Staff), Circle Office, Bhubaneswar
Against diverted post of ASP(BD), RMS N Division kept attached to Circle Office

Sunday, July 20, 2014

More features for AIIMS Bhubaneswar announced

Dr Harsh Vardhan assures Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik of central health support
 “I want to see AIIMS Bhubaneswar develop into the most modern hospital in India, bigger and better than AIIMS Delhi,” Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Health Minister, told reporters in the Odisha capital today. He went on to make ten significant announcements which underscore the government’s commitment. These are:
*An integrated treatment facility for patients combining AYUSH and allopathic medication and techniques.
*A 100-bed, super-speciality Mental Health and Neurosciences Centre.
*A 100-bed super-speciality Nephrology Centre with dialysis and kidney transplant facilities.
*A Cancer Super-Speciality centre, with 100 beds.
*Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, another 100-bed super-speciality facility.
*A brand new Department of Occupational and Environmental Health.
*A Department of Geriatric Medicine.
*AIIMS Bhubaneswar’s ‘satellite’ in Balasore to be a 300-bed multi-speciality hospital. It is coming up on a 25 acre plot provided by the state government.
* Balasore unit to have on its campus a School of International Public Health in collaboration with a reputed overseas institution.
*All BSc (Nursing) students at AIIMS Bhubaneswar to henceforth receive a monthly stipend of Rs 500.
The Health Minister spent over an hour inspecting the out and in-patient departments of AIIMS. He made it a point to look into minute details. His attention moved to the registration slips which are routinely handed out to new patients and he noted that the health advice printed on them were not of much value. So he recommended that every 15 days a new message should be printed. This way, he suggested to Dr A.K. Mahapatra, the Director of AIIMS Bhubaneswar and the senior officials by his side, there could be greater awareness generation of the simple truisms of healthy living.
The Bhubaneswar AIIMS, much like the five others set up recently, is suffering a serious shortage of faculty and non-faculty staff. Dr Harsh Vardhan announced the clearing of decks for a recruitment drive beginning August 1.
“We have only 65 filled faculty positions in each AIIMS at the present time, a shortfall of 250. So I have decided to hire on contractual basis for the first two years because we need to get the facilities functional fast,” he told reporters.
About recruitment to faculty and non-faculty positions, the Minister said he has decided to give the Director of each of the AIIMS the authority to chair selection committee meetings. The system of getting officials from other Institutions to chair the interview sessions has, effectively, been discontinued.
In the afternoon the Health Minister spend some time with the students and inspected their living quarters. He noted that large neon signs were necessary on the exterior of the hospital.                            
Source:-PIB

Saturday, July 19, 2014

23 daily habits that will make you smarter

Getting smarter isn't something that happens overnight. Instead, you have to build your intelligence every day through intentional daily habits.

In a recent Quora thread, "What would you do to be a little smarter every single day?", readers shared their advice on good habits you can establish.

Here are some simple actions that could help you become a smarter person.

1. Come up with 10 ideas every day. Think about how to reduce poverty, how to solve a daily problem you have, interesting movie ideas, or anything. It doesn't matter what subject your ideas fall into, as long as you're working your brain and your idea muscles. Your list might even lead to a new startup idea or writing subject. — Claudia Azula Altucher

2. Read the newspaper. It will help you become more aware of the important things happening around the word. You'll learn to form your own opinions and connect the dots between seemingly unrelated things. You'll also have a lot more to talk about at parties or with friends. — Manas J Saloi

3. Play devil's advocate. Take something you recently learned and generate a unique opinion on it that wouldn't immediately come to mind. Try to support it with evidence, and be open to the idea that new evidence will change your opinion. Repeat this every day, and you'll become much better at thinking outside the box.

If you're feeling stuck, try reading and critically evaluating the editorial section of papers. They will help you understand how other people form arguments and express their opinions. — Peter DePaulo

4. Read a chapter in a fiction or non-fiction book. Aim to read a book a week. You can always find pockets of time to read, whether on your daily commute or while you're waiting in line. Goodreads is a great way to keep track of everything you read and to also find a community of other readers.

Fiction books are great for understanding characters and getting absorbed into another perspective, while non-fiction books are great for introducing you to new topics, from politics to psychology. — Claudia Azula Altucher

5. Instead of watching TV, watch educational videos. Sometimes, it's more fun to watch things about a subject you love than to read about it, and you can learn a lot from other people's experiences.

You can find fun, educational videos on Khan Academy or watch TED talks. You can also find good ones on Youtube's channel SmarterEveryDay. In videos, the information is often presented in a digestible, memorable way, so you can be assured they'll stick. —Hendrik Sleeckx

6. Subscribe to feeds of interesting information. Follow interesting voices on Facebook and Twitter, so you'll always learn something new when you look at your newsfeed or dashboard. For example, if you want to keep up with the latest news in science and technology, subscribe to the "I Fucking Love Science" page on Facebook. You can also follow email newsletters, such as Cal Newport's Study Hacks and Today I Found Out. — Saurabh Shah

7. Check in with your favorite knowledge sources. Every day, scroll through Quora, Stack Overflow, specialty blogs, or any other sources that satiate your hunger for knowledge. This is an extremely easy habit, because other users are curating the content for you, so all you have to do is follow the ones who write about topics interesting to you. Try using Pocket to save articles for later reading, and then try to get through them before going to sleep at night. — Manas J Saloi

8. Share what you learn with other people. If you find someone to debate and analyze ideas with, you can add to each other's knowledge and gain new perspectives. Also, when you can explain ideas to someone else, it means you've definitely mastered the concept. You can even share what you learn without directly talking to someone. Many people like to start blogs so they can engage others in online dialogue. — Mike Xie

9. Make two lists: a list of work-related skills you want to learn now and a list for things you want to achieve in the future. Google Docs is a convenient way to keep track of your lists. For both, decide what you want to learn, compile sources that will teach you these skills, and then work on them each day.

For example, if you work in a computer-science related field, your first list might suggest you learn something new in Python one day or that you try using MongoDB another day.

For your second list, you can think about long-term goals, such as whether you want to go into marketing or architecture. Write down the small steps you need to take to reach that goal, whether it's by reading the experts in those fields or taking classes at a local college. — Manas J Saloi

10. Make an "I Did" list. At the end of each day, write down what you completed. This will help you feel better about all the things you accomplished, especially if you're feeling discouraged. It will also help you reflect on how productive you were and how you can re-structure your to-do lists for the next day. — Claudia Azula Altucher

11. Write down what you learn. You can start a blog or use an app like Inkpad to help you keep track of everything you learn. Not only will this be a great way to keep a record of everything you're doing, but it's also a good source of motivation to keep you accountable. You will want to learn more if you know that at the end of the day you'll have to write about it. — Manas J Saloi

12. Stimulate your mind. Going on a daily run is a great way to get your brain flowing and to keep your mental health in shape. It's also a great way to think through difficult decisions or process new information. — Rick Bruno

13. Take online courses. Check out this list of the most popular online courses for professionals. Make sure you don't overload yourself; commit to one to two and truly focus on them. The syllabi will also keep you on track, so you know you will be doing something every day, whether it's listening to a lecture or working on an assignment. — Manas J Saloi

14. Talk to someone you find interesting. Even if they're strangers, don't be afraid to approach them. Ask about their interests and how they discovered them. Oftentimes, you learn the most from people you barely know. — Manas J Saloi

15. Hang out with people who are smarter than you. Spend as much time as you can with smart people. Every day, you should strive to have a coffee date or walk with someone who inspires you.

Always be humble and willing to learn. Ask as many questions as possible. If you are always around people who are more knowledgeable than you, you'll have no choice but to learn more. —Manas J Saloi

16. Follow your questions. If you see or hear about something cool, don't just let the moment pass. Follow up — pursue your curiosity and find the answer to your question. — Mike Xie

17. Use a word-of-the-day app. You will increase your vocabulary, which can help you in competitive tests like the SAT or GRE, or even just sound more eloquent in daily interactions.

You can also try to learn new vocabulary in a different language. Every day, try to add five to 10 more words to the foreign language you are trying to pursue. You can use LiveMocha, Basuu, or DuoLingo. — Manas J Saloi

18. Do something scary. "Getting out of our comfort zone always makes us wiser." Every day, push yourself a little further. Try public speaking by joining a ToastMasters class, lead a meeting by volunteering a proposal at work, or reach out to someone you really admire by sending a quick letter or email. — Claudia Azula Altucher

19. Explore new areas. If you can't travel every day, at least try to find something new within your hometown. You'll meet different people, learn new facts, and understand something new about the world. It's a lot more productive than staying at home and watching TV. — Manas J Saloi

20. Play "smart" games. Some games, like chess and Scrabble, expand your mind. Challenge yourself when you play them. For example, play Scrabble without a dictionary. You can also solve puzzles via games like Sudoku, 2048, and Doors. — Saurabh Shah

21. Set aside some time to do nothing. Oftentimes, sitting in silence can help you get inspiration and reflect on your day. — Claudia Azula Altucher

22. Adopt a productive hobby. If you have something you can work on every day, from knitting to fly fishing, you can actively learn more just from doing. For instance, you may try to play a new piece of music every day, read a physics textbook, write a few more pages in your novel, or learn a new computer skill. — Mayank Rajput

23. Apply what you learn. If you recently learned a new coding skill or how to play an instrument, make sure you are using that skill in your life as often as possible. Learning by doing is one of the most effective ways to become smarter. — Himanshu Pal

Source:-The Economic Times

Introduction of Combined Money Order Form

To view Department of Posts Letter No.27-6/2014-PO dated 17-07-2014 please Click Here.