CR runs 1.4-km train, country’s longest Train

CR runs 1.4-km train, country’s longest Train

The Central Railway (CR) has achieved a unique feat. From January, it has been running the country’s longest freight train.

While the 118-coach-long behemoth is not a technological marvel (it has been put together simply by joining two regular freight trains), running it poses technical challenges. There are issues like driver-guard communication, and starting and braking the train at the appropriate time. There are also operational problems related to tight curves, steep gradients and track crossings.

“Such a long freight train has been pressed into service because there is tremendous pressure from March to June to run extra passenger trains for accommodating the summer rush,” said V Malegaonkar, chief PRO, CR.

Though ‘freight train’ has been mentioned in the singular, it merely refers to the type of the train: 1,373-metre long with a trailing load of 9,000-10,000 tons, to be hauled by four electric engines (two in front and two in the middle). In reality, many such trains can be put together for any duration. In January and February, for example, CR ran 67 and 75 of the trains (or services), respectively.

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ONLY BANK A/C NUMBER REQUIRED FOR E-FUND TRANSFERS NOW

ONLY BANK A/C NUMBER REQUIRED FOR E-FUND TRANSFERS NOW

Looking to speed up the transfer of funds electronically, banks will henceforth only take into account customers’ account numbers for such transactions, ignoring other details like names. The new mechanism is intended to reduce the possibility of any errors and comes into effect from January 1, 2011. This is in line with a Reserve Bank directive under which customers would need to mention their account numbers twice for every electronic fund transfer request made through the Internet, as well as at bank branches.

The central bank had directed the banks to put in place the appropriate systems and procedures to comply with the directive from the New Year. As per the RBI guidelines, the banks would need to process all inward electronic transactions solely on the basis of the account number of the customer. The new system would be applicable for all electronic payment gateways, such as RTGS, NEFT, NECS and ECS, besides fund transfers initiated by customers at bank branches or over the Internet.

Although electronic payment methods are aimed at achieving expeditious fund transfers through a computerised system, the earlier practice involved manual intervention too, on account of the tedious process of matching various details such as customers’ names and branch details. The situation becomes more difficult in India, where some people tend to write their names in different manners when opening banks accounts. "In the Indian context, given the many different ways in which beneficiary names can be written, it becomes extremely challenging to perfectly match the name field contained in the electronic transfer instructions with the name on record in the books of the destination bank."

"Any manual intervention not only delays completion of the instruction, but also provides scope for error and fraudulent intent," the RBI said. As all the banks in the country work in a Core Banking Software (CBS) environment, no two customers have similar account numbers across banks and as such, the RBI observed that account numbers could easily considered as the sole criteria for transfer of funds electronically. Although it would still be mandatory for the customers’ name to be mentioned while making electronic fund transfers, only the account number will be relied on for the purpose of affording credit, the RBI said.

The banks would use details such as the customers’ names for post-credit checking, as well as in the case of customers falling in high-risk categories. In order to keep the account numbers error-free, the customers would need to input the account number information more than once while conducting electronic fund transactions either over the Internet or at bank branches, the RBI said.

Source: SIMPLE TAX INDIA.ORG

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MARCH TO PARLIAMENT WILL BE MILE STONE IN TRADE UNION UNITY

MARCH TO PARLIAMENT WILL BE

MILE STONE IN TRADE UNION UNITY

After United Trade Union actions by Central Trade Unions and particularly 7th September strike the decision of Central Trade Unions to March to Parliament on 23rd February will further strengthen Trade Union Movement and will be a mile stone in trade union unity. The March to Parliament will create history when trade unions from different colours sheds and ideologies will march together to highlight the common demands of (i) Curb on price rise (ii) increase in employment (iii) Effective implementation of labour laws for workers of unorganized sector (iv) Stop disinvestment of public sector. More than five lakhs workers from throughout the country is likely to reach Delhi to join the protest march on above demands.
The workers particularly from unorganized sector are most suffering lots because neither Central Government nor State Government are caring for them. They are not being paid minimum wages, no dearness relief, no working hours, no service security, no ESI, no P.F. The labour laws are likely fairly tales for them. The worst effected people in the country due to price rise are working class and particularly who are daily wage earners. The unity forged by Central Trade Unions for these common problems is really commendable.
In the mean time 23rd October in Mumbai merger of HMKP into HMS is also a step which has created a sense of amalgamation in to working class. HMS has taken the lead and we hoe the others should follow the suite.

Shiva Gopal Mishra

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Reckoning of Running Allowance as pay for the purpose of deduction of Income Tax

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWA BAORD)

No. F(X)I-91/23/3                           New Delhi, Dated 28-12-2010

As per Standard List I, II, III

Sub: Reckoning of Running Allowance as pay for the purpose of deduction of Income Tax.

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In continuation of Board’s letter of even number dated 13.07.2000, a copy of the Notification of Ministry of Finance (Central Board of Direct Taxes) No. S.O. 2820(E) dated 22nd November 2010 regarding substitution of the letters figures and words "Rs.6,000/- per month" with letters, figures and in sub rule (2) in the table against serial number 4 in column 4 is enclosed for information and guidance.
Receipt of this letter may please be acknowledged.

s/d
(V.Rama Manohar Rao),
Joint Director, Finance (Exp.)-I,
Railway Board

DA : As Above

 

With the Efforts of AIRF, Railway Board has issued orders for reckoning of Running Allowance as pay for the purpose of deduction of Income Tax.

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Employees may not be able to challenge CAT judgment in SC

Employees may not be able to challenge CAT judgment in SC

Bad news is in store for government employees contesting matters relating to their service conditions in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) as they may not be able to challenge the judgment in the Supreme Court.
Government employees not satisfied with CAT orders on their service matters will continue to appeal in High Courts as government’s plan to enable them approach the apex court directly has received a thumbs down from the top law officer.
Recently, the Department of Personnel had asked the Law Ministry whether the present system of CAT orders being challenged in High Courts be changed to fast track disposal of cases of government employees relating to their service conditions and employment rules.
The Law Ministry referred the matter to Attorney General Ghoolam Vahanvati who opined against the move saying a 1997 Supreme Court judgment on the issue should continued to be followed.
"As of now, the buck stops here (on the issue)," Law Minister M Veerappa Moily told PTI when asked to comment on Vahanvati’s opinion.
He said his ministry was trying to find a solution. "But I would not like to add anything more to it," he added.
When the CAT was established in 1985 by an Act of Parliament, its rules clearly stated that its judgments on service related matters of state and central government employees can only be challenged in the apex court.
While the same rules is in operation even today, a 1997 Supreme Court ruling held that judicial review is the basic feature of the Constitution and a High Court’s power on judicial review cannot be taken away.
After the judgment, appeals against CAT rulings were entertained in High Courts.
"The Armed Forces Tribunal Act has been borrowed from CAT. Appeals against Tribunal’s orders can only be challenged in the Supreme Court. But in CAT’s case, it has become a three tier system…the entire purpose of CAT has been defeated," said a CAT functionary.
He said while CAT usually disposes off a case in six months, appeal in High Court often takes years.
"They pay Rs 50 as fee to move CAT, but they have to pay thousands of rupees in High Court…if the matter reaches Supreme Court, the time and cost involved is massive," he said.

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RRB scams busted, trial begins

December 24th, 2010

Major scams busted, trial begins

Corruption scandals and financial scams also made their presence felt in 2010. The Central Bureau of Investigation busted a major railway recruitment scam involving the Mumbai RRB chairman, S. M. Sharma, and the ADRM Jagannadham, on September 18.

A chargesheet has been filed against Sharma, his son Vivek Bharadwaj, G. Sethy, senior divisional personnel officer, DRM, Raipur, A.K. Jagannadham and others. The scam involved leaking question papers for the assistant loco pilot and assistant station master examinations held on June 6 and June 13.

The big Satyam scam, exposed last year, progressed this year to the stage where the CBI ensured that the bail of the key accused, Ramalinga Raju, was cancelled by the Supreme Court. The trial has begun and Raju was sent back to jail after spending several months in the comfort of a hospital room.

Source: DC

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