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Sunday, November 23, 2014

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On CH Mahadevan's comments

The observations of respected Shri C.H. Mahadevan over the resolutions passed in the EC Meeting of Cl. I Fed. are as usual incisive and analytic.

Dattatraya B Deshpande,

Fine and simple imprisonment for court contempt

Dear Sir,
Two police officers including a DSP were held guilty of contempt of court for disobeying the court order in providing protection to an elderly woman whose land was sought to be illegally grabbed. The Madras HC bench has slapped  fine of RS 750 and to undergo simple imprisonment for two days which the contemnors will undergo without much ado knowing well the facilities provided in the modern jail and they could as well spend the days in calmness and
also have the much needed rest a blessing in disguise. Months ago a learned judge sitting in the Bench remarked " Who is now bothered about the contempt of the court order "
The legal system needs to be revamped, overhauled nuts and bolts and the contempt of the court order viewed seriously as otherwise contempt of the court would remain as a mere mockery with simple imprisonment for few days and a paltry sum as fine.
R.K.Viswanathan

CH Mahadevan's comments on Fed resolution on pension

Dear Sir
Your comment on the resolution of the federation is very very apt and you have hit the nail
on its head by dissecting the same and revealing its hollowness point blank.
Thanking u once again
with regards
Lakshmi Narayana

Resolution on Existence Certificate

I find the posts in your Chronicle in the above matter did not contain one resolution, moved by Kolkata unit, on the issue of "EXISTENCE CERTIFICATE". The resolution demands the present system of furnishing the existence certificate be replaced by Self Certification and/or Digital certification. The resolution was adopted by EC unanimously.

Subir Kumar Mazumder

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Likely Interest Rate cuts - Impact on Retirees


There are strong indications that in coming months RBI may announce series of rate cuts in REPO and Reverse Repo rates to accelerate industrial and economic growth which will affect rate of interest on deposits and advances. As per the opinion being expressed by experts, the rate cut could be in the region of 100 to 150 basis points. It is certainly not a good news for the saver class to which we all retirees belong. Most of the retirees are net savers. The expected rate cut on deposits may reduce interest income of savers from 15 to 20 percent affecting purchasing power of this group adversely as we do not anticipate corresponding reduction in price level of commodity/ service common men are required to buy, in particular of services like doctor fees, electricity bills, telephone bills, travelling expenses etc.

2. In view of this likely scenario, we request our affiliates to advise our members to plan their investments on long term basis right now to insulate them from the forthcoming rate cuts. For example, the retiree may consider to go for 10 years term deposits at present rate to ensure stable higher rate of interest income for the given period. Such investment will neither affect the liquidity as well as advantage of higher rate of interest if such situation arises as the term deposits has unique feature of pre mature payment in favour of the depositors.

3. This circular is being issued in proactive manner to educate our members to do effective financial planning at the right time.

( S.C. JAIN )
GENERAL SECRETARY
ALL INDIA BANK RETIREES' FEDERATION, INDORE

RESOLUTION SANS SOLUTION!‏


RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED BY THE FEDERATION OF RETIRED CLASSI OFFICERS’ 
ASSOCIATIONS ON 10/11/2014

The Resolution No 3 adopted by the Federation in all the collective 
wisdom of the EC members reiterating the commitment to secure 
periodical increase in pensions in line with every wage revision is 
indeed laudable, only it has arrived a bit too late in the day.
The decision to formulate a ‘demand on sound basis at the appropriate 
time’ seems meaningless at this late juncture. If the Federation 
chooses to wait with its fingers crossed for the Supreme Court 
verdict on the Civil Appeals esp. one arising out of 654/2007, there 
are two possible alternate outcomes:
1. The Supreme Court dismisses the Civil Appeals of LIC.In that 
event there will be no need for the Federation to formulate any 
‘demand’.
2. If the Supreme Court, God forbid, delivers a verdict allowing 
LIC’s Appeals, formulation of any ‘demand’ by the Federation will be 
a futile and meaningless exercise.
If the Federation had really any serious commitment in this regard, 
the formulated demands should have been in place long ago and also 
been reflected in the Writ Petition filed in Delhi High Court 
through an enlargement of the prayer for point-to-point upgradation 
of pension for all eligible pensioners, not merely for removal of DR 
anomaly and 100% DR neutralisation for pre-August 1997 retirees. 
THUS THE RESOLUTION, IN MY VIEW, PROVIDES NO SOLUTION!



With greetings,
C H Mahadevan

Resolutions adopted by Fedn of Retd Class I Officers assons

Dear Editor,

Thank you for publishing the Resolutions. I was amused to go through the 3rd, under the heading 'Periodical Pension Increase'. 

To me, the Resolution means as follows:

1.The EC also wants periodical pension increase. 
2. But it has no plans at the moment, how to secure it. 
3. LIC's CA against the Delhi Judgement in its favor, is irrelevant as far as Periodical Pension Increase is concerned. 
4. Some people (the other Petitioners) think that the pending Appeals before Supreme Court will give them the moon. 
5. We (EC) don't think so. So we wait till we are proved right and all others are proved wrong. 
6. Naturally we have nothing else to do till that happens. 
7. We then form a committee to study the situation and decide our strategy. 

My prediction: This committee will never take birth, as it will have no task to perform in the  matter of Pension to LIC retirees. 

Sreenivasa Murty Mulukutla

MEMORANDUM TO SRI ARUN JAITLEY‏

Sri Arun Jaitley,
Hon.Finance Minister,
Government of India,New Delhi

Most Revered Sir,

Reg: Pension Matters of Retired LIC Employees.

I admire your Government’s gracious decision to honour the verdict of Supreme Court of India in respect of One Rank One Pension for Defence Personnel. It is ironical that LIC of India, did not care to implement the verdict dated 12-01-2010 of Hon. Justice Sri MN.Bhandari of Rajasthan High Court in respect of.

1) 100% Neutralisation of Dearness Allowance on pension of Pre-August 1997 retirees of LIC and

2) Upgradation of pension in accordance with wage revisions of employees effected in 1992, 1997, 2002 and 2007.

The special appeal of LIC on this Judgement was dismissed by the division bench of Rajasthan High Court on 21st January 2011. The review petitions filed by LIC on this were also dismissed on 19-08-2011 by the Rajasthan High Court.

The Punjab, Haryana High Court, Chandigarh High Court and Delhi High Court delivered identical judgements and directed LIC to implement the judgement of Sri MN.Bhandari to all pensioners and pay amounts of arrears with 12% interest.

Supreme Court dismissed the two special leave petitions of LIC on 8-08-2013 and ruled that there shall be no stay on the operation of the judgement of Sri MN.Bhandari. Three Special Leave petitions on the verdicts of the above High Court Verdicts are pending before Supreme Court converted as civil appeals.

'MENTION' effect declines !
LIC has been indulging in petty fogging and has been prolonging the litigation with the malicious intention of avoiding its liability. The liability on account of honouring the judgements will be nominal as enunciated in memorandums given to you by our All India Retired Insurance Employees Federation as also its units.

During the period of this tortuous litigation 37% of Pensioners passed away. Most of the remaining pensioners are in late 70’s and wrong side of 80’s .Who continues to live defying death, shadowing to devour them any moment. They suffer disabling ailments, unable to mutter their plight not audible to by standers.

I therefore pray you to give proper directions to LIC authorities to implement the verdicts of courts immediately. We hopefully wait for your gracious and compassionate decision.

With Regards,
Yours faithfully,
KKD.Hanumantha Rao,
President,

Retired Life Insurance Employees Association, Machilipatnam Division.

CREDIT CARD IN THE NAME PF RBI; RBI CAUTIONS AGAIN


The Reserve Bank of India today issued one more alert to the public about the newest form of fraud perpetrated in its name - a credit card issued by fraudsters in the name of the Reserve Bank. Explaining the modus operandi, the Reserve Bank stated that the gullible member of the public is sent a credit card which allows withdrawal of money up to a certain limit, albeit a small sum, from a bank account. Having gained the confidence of the victim thus, the fraudster gets him to deposit a huge sum of money in the same bank account. Once the money is deposited, the card stops working and that would also be the last time the holder of the card (victim) would hear from the fraudster.

Warning against such efforts, the Reserve Bank has reiterated that as India’s central bank, it does not carry out any business with an individual, whether through savings bank account, current bank account, credit card, debit card, online banking services or receiving and holding funds in foreign exchange or any other form of banking services. The Reserve Bank has listed out the other kind of prevalent frauds, such as:


  • Fictitious offers of large sum of money/lottery winnings by email or through phone calls by posing as RBI official.
  • Fake Reserve Bank website for online transactions
  • Luring members of public to secure their bank accounts against such frauds by asking them to share the bank account details, including user id/password, through an email or by clicking on a link given in email.
  • Offer of employment in the Reserve Bank through email

The Reserve Bank has also stated that fictitious offers are also made in the name of other public institutions, such as, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Income Tax authorities, Customs authorities or public figures like Governor, Dr. Raghuram Rajan or other senior RBI officials. 

The Reserve Bank has pointed out that once the moneys are paid in fraudsters’ accounts, there are remote chances of the members of public recovering the moneys.

The Reserve Bank has once again cautioned members of public that falling prey to such offers can result in compromising one’s own crucial personal information that may be misused to cause direct financial and other loss to them. They, in their own interest, should refrain from responding to such offers in any manner. Rather, they should immediately lodge a complaint with Cyber Crime branch of the Police, the contact details of which are available in the Reserve Bank’s press release issued earlier (Complain to Local Police/Cyber Crime Authorities against Fictitious Offers of Money from Abroad).

Alpana Killawala
Principal Chief General Manager
(RK sahni)

RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED BY FEDN OF RETD CL.I OFFICERS


Our case in the Supreme Court

In the last couple of days four of our pensioners left for their heavenly abode from Bangalore, perhaps they would be watching from above what happens regarding DA & Pension updation. Two of them were very seniors and one of them a retired BM was telling me a week ago that we will definitely get the benefit this week but alas...

Mr M. Sreenivasa Murthy expressed that the action plan shall take place before 27th and reassured to-day that he will start his efforts in right earnest. I appreciate that he is only leader who has come out anguished and wants do some thing to get over the unexpected turn of events.

The hearing was fixed 12th after mentioning option was explored in the last week of September but then we if we have to wait and look out for hearing week after week is indeed a horrible situation, a result of morbid system.

I wish all the best and pray success to Mr.Murthy's efforts.

T SAMPATH IYENGAR
BANGALORE

Friday, November 21, 2014

Our cases in Supreme Court





The Weekly Advance Cause list for 24th to 27th Nov is in the SC website. We continue to languish at SL No 58. Suggests we may not be on Board on 26th & 27th. 

Some thing has to be done to pull ourselves out of this unenviable situation. I believe something can be done. Will start my efforts in right earnest. 

Sreenivasa Murty Mulukutla

       PENDING PENSION CASES AND OUR LEGAL SYSTEM


YESTERDAY I CAME TO KNOW FROM THE NOTE OF MR. C. H. MAHADEVAN THAT TWO PENSIONERS FROM BENGALURU WHO WERE IN THEIR EIGHTIES LEFT THIS WORLD WITHOUT GETTING THEIR LEGITIMATE INCREASED PENSIONARY BENEFITS.   AGAIN TODAY I LEARN THAT ANOTHER  PENSIONER MR. G.D. KOHLI FROM PATIALA HAS GONE IN THE SAME WAY.
  • WHOME SHOULD WE BLAME:
  • THE L.I.C. WHO DECIDED IN THEIR OWN BOARD MEETING BY A  RESOLUTION ON 24.11.2001 TO GIVE WEIGHTAGE OF 11.25% IN THE BASIC PENSION AND ALLOW FULL NEUTRALISATION OF DEARNESS RELIEF AND THEN WITHOLD THEIR OWN DECISION FOR IMPLEMENTATION.
  • OR THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA IS TO BE BLAMED FOR SITTING ON THIS BOARD RESOLUTION AND NOT GIVING CLEARANCE AND ALLOW THE POOR OLD PENSIONERS TO SUFFER.
  • OR THE LEGAL SYSTEM WHICH HAS TAKEN SUCH A LONG TIME TO COME OUT WITH  CLEAR DECISION AND DIRECTIONS TO  LIC/GOI TO IMPLEMENT THE DECISION AND GIVE THE PENSIONARY BENEFITS TO THE VERY SENIOR CITIZENS OF THE COUNTRY.

IT IS SAID THAT IF A PERSON FILES A CIVIL SUIT IN A COURT, THE BENEFITS OF HIS SUIT WILL BE TAKEN BY HIS GRAND CHILDREN. THE LEGAL SYSTEM IS SUCH THAT YOU CAN TAKE AS MANY ADJOURNMENTS AS YOU PLEASE AND PROLONG THE CASE FOR YEARS AND THE COURTS WILL ALSO TAKE THEIR OWN TIME.

MR. K.M.L. ASTHANA HAD FILED HIS PETITION FOR FULL NEUTRALISATION OF DEARNESS RELIEF IN 1998. AGAIN HE FILED ANOTHER PETITION FOR REVISION OF BASIC PENSION WITH EVERY INCREASE IN WAGES TO IN-SERVICE EMPLOYEES  IN 2007. THE JAIPUR BENCH OF RAJASTHAN HIGH COURT (SINGLE JUDGE) GAVE ITS HISTORIC JUDGMENT ON 12.01.2010.

THE APPEALS OF L.I.C. AGAINST THE JUDGMENT WERE DISMISSED BY THE HIGH COURTS  AT ALL STAGES. AGAIN THE PUNJAB AND HARYANA HIGH COURT AND DELHI HIGH COURT ALSO GAVE SIMILAR JUDGMENTS LONG BACK. BUT L.I.C. HAS NOT HONOURED THE JUDGMENTS AND PREFERRED TO GO TO THE SUPREME COURT IN APPEAL.

NOW THE CASE IS PENDING BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT SINCE 2011. MORE THAN THREE YEARS HAVE PASSED  BUT NOTHING HAS HAPPENED. THE POOR AGED PENSIONERS ARE RUNNING FROM JAIPUR TO NEW DELHI, FROM BENGALURU  TO NEW DELHI, FROM CHENNAI TO NEW DELHI AND FROM CHANDIGARH TO NEW DELHI.  HOW LONG THIS WILL CONTINUE?

LET US WAIT FOR OUR TURN TO COME IN THE SUPREME COURT  AND WISH A FAVOURABLE DECISION COMES. BUT WHO KNOWS – THE L.I.C. MAY LIKE TO GO FOR REVIEW OR ANOTHER APPEAL TO  A HIGHER BENCH.

LET US WISH THE ALMIGHTY BESTOWS BETTER SENSE TO THOSE WHO ARE WITHHOLDING THE   BENEFITS TO THE PENSIONERS AND THEIR CASES AT ANY LEVEL.

IS IT THAT THE FINAL DECISION WILL HELP ONLY THE OLD PENSIONERS. NO—THE BENEFIT WILL GO TO THE NEXT GENERATION OF PENSIONERS ALSO. IT WILL GO EVEN TO THOSE WHO ARE  WITHHOLDING OUR CASES TODAY BEING OCCUPANTS OF HIGH POSTS. THEY FORGET THAT ONE DAY THEY HAVE ALSO TO RETIRE AND MAY FACE THE SAME FATE.

OUR  NEW PRIME MINISTER HAS BEEN ADVOCATING FOR IMPROVEMENT OF OUR SYSTEMS. LET US THINK OF WRITING TO HIM.  LET THE ASSOCIATIONS THINK OF WRITING LETTERS TO THE PRIME MINISTER DRAWING HIS ATTENTION TO THE FATE OF L.I.C. PENSIONERS AND REQUEST HIM TO INTERVENE.


amazing handiwork !

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KS Raman

The devil is playing havoc, since my mind has nothing to concentrate upon. So random thoughts, some of which have arisen over the last fifty years when I spent my life in the organization, I mean LIC, occupies the mind mostly. How I wish someone like Dr.Raghuram Rajan should have headed this milching cow of GOI. In the earlier days I recall Some bureaucrats like BHIDE, PANDE, KAUL  occupied the top post to make LIC an extended dept of the Govt. Then came persons from the Corporation itself but were found, with the exception of Shri J.R. Joshi, to continue dancing to the tunes of the finance  ministry and thereby bringing in no radical change but bent backwards to the whims and fancies of the Govt. T.A.Pai was extremely a different person, having political ambitions and played some populist cards.

Came the direct recruits.The best  green graduates of course went to occupy the bureaucracy. Better ones came to public undertakings including LIC.. The freshers were supposed to bring in (in theory) newer ideas,new outlook and dynamism. Without an iota of doubt they were mostly brilliant and enthusiastic personnel, but (with due apologies and mean no disrespect to the clan) the ones who joined LIC fell into the eddy of plus and minuses and continued the traditional old methodology .  For years I have attended the Branch managers Conferences and the same routine question “how much increase u will show to the corresponding period”. The only change I noticed was in the ‘menu’.So jokingly we used to ask  what is the menu instead of agenda.

Came Ishwar Dayal and the nomenclatures replaced the old ones, but the contents remained the same. Sycophants were happy to continue their usual chore of carrying tales, backbiting etc. To them  both the promotees and freshmen were the same.
The chief executives found that they could earn more by the TA and DA flying to New Delhi and wait on the Babus. The more Wait the more DA.

Suddenly now I find me walking towards the western horizon which has turned bloody Red, which in turn will make way for the darkness. It will be a long wait for the dawn if any. Of course for us the pensioners waiting is not new. Afterall we have waited for almost two decades. Many of us  have left with a non fulfilled desire and many more will go.

It is natural that the lady with her eyes blinded cannot look at the judicial system that has thrust upon us. But I feel she can at least hear what’s going on and delver and help in delivering justice, which has already been delayed thereby denying the true aspirations of the senior citizen.

Thank you devil, u can leave me now > my mind has recalled some nostalgic moments.

Present position of our case at SC

Amen!





TILL TODAY (20-11-2014) EVENING  THERE IS NO LISTING OF OUR CASE. IT IS STILL PENDING. CORRECT POSITION WILL BE KNOWN ONLY BY 25TH EVENING WHEN CHAMBERS CAUSE LIST OF NEXT DAY IS PREPARED BY THE REGISTRAR  OF SUPREME COURT. 
ALL OF US ARE EAGERLY LOOKING TOWARDS THE SUPREME COURT AS TO WHEN WE WILL GET JUSTICE.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Video for you: tricksters world !

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(We gratefully acknowledge technical help we received from RK Sahni in uploading the video. -Ed.)

SN's fury

Shri SN’s fury against the judiciary is understandable. 
All the tall talk about the National litigation policy wherein 
the Government is committed to be a responsible 
litigant to protect the fundamental rights of its citizen 
and it will not unnecessarily litigate for the sake of litigating 
and eschew the philosophy “ Let the court decide “ appear to 
be hog wash.These kind of sermon we had enough and the 
latest being “ More governance less government “This 
could be another hocus pocus as otherwise a spate of 
memorandum submitted to the Finance ministry gone 
into the cold storage as it appears to be.

The learned Judges who were ear marked to sit in the Bench on 12 NOV to hear and dispose the tied CAs very well knew that these were the cases languishing for more than a decade and that too concerning many senior citizens battling with ageing blues and already in the sun set of their life and anxiously looking forward to an earlier settlement of their legitimate rights in their life time. Among them several left this world and the rest living counting their days. All these have not moved the court to take up the case on a priority basis. Too many cases to handle with disproportionate number of courts in existence and not enough judges to hear the pending cases were the reasons cited for the delay in the disposal of the cases. Aware of this the Government has not taken any steps to remedy the situation. On the contrary they have established family courts and Lok Adalad to expedite family dispute and divorce cases. Similarly the Government could have also established Fast track courts to handle Senior citizens cases and fixing a definite time frame to dispense judgment although the concept has been in the air but nothing so far has happened. An ounce of practice is worth a ton of preaching. Let there be real less government and more governance at least in the case of senior citizens whose problems either inside the court or outside of it needs to be addressed immediately. Will the Government do it ?

R.K.Viswanathan 

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Our cases in the Supreme Court

Dear Editor,

As feared and expected, our cases do not find a place in the Twenty final hearing matters listed in the Daily List for 20th Nov before Justice Deepak Misra's Bench.
  • The next date to watch the status is Friday (evening) Nov 21, for the Advance Weekly List for the following week. If the Sl No in it is much better than last week's 58, there is some hope for 26th/27th (Wednesday/Thursday) for our being within 20. 
Some sincere efforts are on to handle and get over the unexpected turn of events. The action plan hopefully should take shape before 27 Nov.
--
Thanks and regards,
M. Sreenivasa Murty

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

India Post prefers ‘full-fledged bank licence’
BEENA PARMAR  MUMBAI

Government-owned India Post official on Thursday expressed its desire to become a universal bank, at a time when RBI has suggested it to apply for a payments bank.
“The RBI needs to see whether it wants to give a full service bank or a payments bank licence. The Department wants a full-fledged bank,” said Pradipta Kumar Bisoi, Chief Postmaster General, Department of Post.
The RBI said it is due to release final guidelines on payment and small banks by this month end. India Post (also known as Department of Post) is one of the front runners in applying for the licence.
Speaking on the sidelines of an event, Bisoi said, “We are already doing (what) a payment bank (does)…So, we don’t know the difference between what the department is doing right now and what the payment bank is.
According to him, a high-powered committee has been formed three months back including former cabinet secretary TR Subramaniyam and Mohandas Pai among others to give recommendations by the end of this month. Hence, the application of the licence will depend on the committee and the Government.
Bisoi also told reporters that the Department has stopped the deployment of ATMs, which it had started earlier this year, due to some technical issues.
To become a universal bank, Bisoi said the Department will have to do some work around upgradation in terms of technology and employees. “It is for the government to decide what and when to apply,” he added.
In its attempt to become a bank, the government entity is also growing its electronic money order and mobile money transfer from the physical one, post office saving deposits, postal life insurance, offering services to book railways tickets and tying up with e-commerce firms among other services to “make post offices a one-stop solution”.
Recently, Communication and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had said India Post, with the world's largest postal network and its unparalleled rural reach, was best suited to offer delivery services to e-commerce firms.
The government is investing Rs. 5,000 crore for the IT modernisation of India Post. “We have about 800 offices across the country already under core banking services and 25,000 of the total 155,000 will come under core-banking and the rest will be linked by the end of next year,” Bisoi said.
We are also looking at giving hand-held devices to over 150,000 post offices in the rural areas,” he added.
Currently, India Post has a total deposit base of about 6 lakh crores.

(R.B.KISHORE)

Is there God in the Heaven?

How many days or weeks the hapless pensioners to keep hoping to get the updated increased
pension?

Is there no system or no one answerable why a case posted on a day does not come up for
hearing? Why the Courts do not have proper time frame? Why list out dozens of cases for a
day when hardly a few cases are called up?

Why raise the expectations of beleaguered pensioners of their case coming up for hearing on an anticipated date? When it is said to be a date for final hearing, why is not taken up the same day or very next day?

How many more pensioners do the GOI, MOF, the LIC Management or the courts expect or want to die before delivery of the final justice?

Why the courts do not immediately fix the next date of hearing when the case could
not be heard for some genuine or unavoidable reasons on the allotted date? Why a provision of
'mentioning ' if the same cannot be maintained.

Is there God in the Heaven? Will the justice, the final justice in favour of pensioners be delivered?

When will be the end to the agonising wait to get the verdict of the Supreme Court of India?

SN ( a 1992 pensioner )

SC civil appeals

FRIENDS

AS PER THE SUPREME COURT CAUSE LIST AND CASE 
 STATUS REPORT, THE ABOVE CASE DOES NOT APPEAR 
IN THE LIST OF 19TH OR 20TH NOV. 2014. 

WITH BEST WISHES AND REGARDS

H.K. AGGARWAL

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Our cases before the Supreme Court

Dear Editor,

The Final Daily Cause List for 19th Nov 2014 is uploaded on the SC Website a while ago. The Bench sits up to 1.00 PM only and we are not on Board tomorrow.

As regards 20th Nov, the chances are bleak going by the Advance Weekly List released on Friday the 14th where our matters were at Sl No 58.  But the correct status for 20th Nov will be officially known only tomorrow evening Viz., Wednesday the 19th Nov.   
Thanks and regards, 
M. Sreenivasa Murty

RACE BETWEEN SURVIVAL AND DEATH‏

Yesterday when a retired friend was talking to me over the 
phone,he gave the shocking news that two LIC pensioners aged more 
than 80 yrs passed away in Bangalore. My friend recalled how one of 
them used to frequently and expectantly enquire whether any pension 
upgradation is coming soon whenever he was meeting him.
What a pity that instead of the benefits of justice arriving, the Lord 
of Death had stolen a march.
Such a development needs to be brought to the poignant notice of the 
Supreme Court at every available opportunity by our counsel for 

stressing the urgency for delivery of justice.

C H Mahadevan

CA 8959 - 62/2013‏ - LIC VS KM ASTHANA & ORS

FRIENDS 

AS PER THE SUPREME COURT CAUSE LIST AND CASE STATUS REPORT, 
THE ABOVE CASE DOES NOT APPEAR IN THE LIST OF 19TH OR 20TH NOV. 2014. 

WITH BEST WISHES AND REGARDS
H.K. AGGARWAL

Monday, November 17, 2014







WORDS AND FIGURES NOT MATCHING.
IS THERE ANY WAY OF MAKING WORDS (IN LIC PENSION RULES 1995) 

MATCHING THE FIGURES (OF APPROPRIATE UPGRADED PENSION)?
MAY BE SUPREME COURT MAY ONLY MAKE IT HAPPEN!


Greetings.
C H Mahadevan

40 men security to Baba Ramdev


NEW DELHI: Controversial yoga guru Baba Ramdev has been provided with a Z-category security by the central government taking into account his "vulnerability to attacks from his opponents".

The decision has been taken by the home ministry after receiving inputs from security agencies and increased perception of threat to Ramdev, official sources said.

So far, Ramdev was entitled to Z-category security only within the jurisdiction of Uttarakhand as per

a decision of the state government.

Close to saffron forces, Ramdev, founder of Haridwar-based Patanjali Yogpeeth, had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this month.

The sources said Ramdev will be given commandos of one of the paramilitary forces with immediate effect. As many as 40 security personnel will be guarding him round-the-clock.

Ramdev has been vocal for several years demanding action to bring back black money stashed abroad and punishment to those found guilty.

As part of his anti-corruption movement, he had held a public rally for a few days at Ramlila Maidan here in 2011. Following a police crackdown, he fled the site donning woman's attire.

(the times of india)

" Words and figure do not match "




Dear Editor,
It was five in the evening, the bank is almost closed.
All of a sudden the BM received a phone call from a lady.
In a sweet voice she said: Sir I urgently need RS 50000.
Her voice was so sweet and captivating the BM could not say No.
He instructed the cashier to keep the cash ready and
with reluctance he obeyed his boss.
After a while a dark complexioned lady with the ugliest face came to the bank to present the cheque.The BM was disappointed as he was expecting a cute lady. He told the lady that they had already closed the cash for the day and asked her to come next day. The cashier was so furious and asked the BM if his intention was not to pay why he was made to sit late.
BM : It is the universal rule of the banking that.....
if words and figure differ payment will be declined.

Regards
R.K.Viswanathan
When we worked on this cartoon,
pleasantly realised how an idea could
be conveyed in fewer words thru
the medium of cartoon!

Welcome To A Roaming-Free India!

NEW DELHI, INDIA: The new telecom policy has been announced! The two most important notes are free roaming all across India and nation-wide mobile number portability.

The policy definitely envisions providing a "secure, reliable, affordable and high quality converged telecommunication services anytime, anywhere for an accelerated inclusive socio-economic development".

The thrust of the new telecom policy is on the penetration of telecom services in the rural areas of the country. According to the document, the plan is to increase the penetration level of telecom services in the rural areas from the current level of around 39 percent to 70 percent by 2017, and achive 100 per cent by the year 2020. This is not going to be easy, but given the solid moves India has made in telecom services, it is a goal waiting to be achieved!
  • Another significant addition to the policy is the increase in the broadband speed to a minimum of 2Mbps, a change that will come into force with immediate effect. This should be good news for those users who are still on dial-up or lower speeds.
Delinking of licenses from the spectrum is yet another positive step. The new policy will allow the telcos to offer services on any technology by using airwaves. Neither will it restrict them to use the technology for any particular service using any specific frequency band.

Introduction of the unified licence was also approved. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has been authorised to finalise the new unified licensing regime.

The policy favours encouraging domestic manufacturing of telecom equipment, an area that has not really had too much success in the past. As of now, there seems to be no clear cut plan on what manufacturers of telecom equipment will stand to gain, should they choose to manufacture in the country. One hopes the policy document has answered this question.

As for call charges, they could rise, given that there will be free roaming. But, that seems a separate issue, isn't it? In the meantime, welcome, everyone, to a roaming-free India!

- Pradeep Chakraborty
(rk sahni)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Night Shift Workers Prone to Memory Loss: Doctors





HYDERABAD: People working on late-night shifts for long periods of time are prone towards memory loss and lack of concentration, warn experts.

A recent research has revealed that long-term shift work can help one earn more but it could adversely affect one’s brain functions such as memory and processing speed. Disruption of the body clock as a result of shift work could generate physiological stress which may, in turn, affect the functioning of the brain.

“This happens mainly due to disruption of sleep pattern. The circadian rhythm is controlled by the hypothalamus. If that is disturbed, whatever memory issues which are to be consolidated in the brain get affected. Usually, short-term memory loss is affected among the patients,” says Dr B Chandrasekhar Reddy, neurologist at Mediciti Hospital.

Doctors highlight the importance of adequate sleep during night and feel that those working on night shifts or who stay up late for one reason or another are extremely prone to memory loss. “The memory reinforcement or storage happens during the night time. Sleep has got a lot of important functions, one of which is consolidation of memory. Whatever a human being learns during the day, he needs to have a good sleep at night to retain it for long. People who do not sleep in the night will have memory impairment in the long term. It also causes lack of concentration and other issues,” observes Dr Sudhir Kumar, senior consultant neurologist at Apollo Hospitals.
  • Experts point out that daytime sleep is not biologically normal. “The reason for this is that for sleep we have a hormone called melatonin. This is a sleep hormone which is released only at night, between 9 pm and 11 pm. The most natural time to fall asleep should be during this time,” explains Dr Sudhir. Experts point out that symptoms of memory loss and lack of concentration are most commonly being observed among young

    people who work on late-night shifts. Ten per cent of young people working in the IT sector suffer from memory loss. The issue is common among children too, who stay up late at night, browsing the Internet. One in 10 patients of memory loss is a child, experts reveal.
  • “There is a severe lack of concentration among children. Today, they are able to focus on anything for not more than 15 to 20 minutes. This is because they are not sleeping for the right amount of time,” Dr Sudhir points out. “Also, many children are drowsy and grumpy in the morning and parents have a tough time trying to wake them up to reach school in time. Everybody should get a minimum of seven to eight hours of sleep to avoid issues such as lack of concentration and memory loss,” he counsels.
(the new indian express)

Delhi - Chennai High Speed rail corridor




Railways minister Suresh Prabhu has fast-tracked plans to build the world’s second-longest high-speed rail corridor between Delhi and Chennai that will see trains running at speeds of 300km/hour, covering the 1,754-kilometre distance between the two cities in six hours.

The corridor is likely to cost Rs. 2 lakh crore and is proposed to be developed jointly with China, home to the world’s longest high-speed rail line between Beijing and Guangzhou.

A high-level Railways team will visit Beijing on November 24 to complete formalities with Chinese counterparts for the project’s feasibility study, ministry officials said.

The team – comprising officials of the High Speed Rail Corporation and the Rail Vikas Nigam Limited– will sign an agreement with the China Railway Siyuan Survey and Design Group.

“An Indian Railways team will visit China for training. The study on the Delhi-Chennai line can be expected to begin early next year”, ministry officials said.
The exercise will be completed free of cost by the Chinese company, in line with terms of the September 18 Memorandum of Understanding signed in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in New Delhi.
The Delhi-Chennai corridor is part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “diamond quadrilateral” project that aims to build a network of high-speed trains between different cities, including Delhi-Mumbai, Mumbai-Chennai, Chennai-Kolkata, Kolkata-Delhi and Mumbai-Kolkata. Shortly after taking charge on Monday, Prabhu took several decisions to expedite the PM’s pet project.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is currently conducting a feasibility study on the proposed Mumbai-Ahmedabad stretch, India’s first high-speed rail project.

India’s engagement with China in rail development began as recently as last month, when the Railways signed a pact with the China Rail Eryuan Engineering Group Company for ramping up speeds on the Mysore-Bangalore-Chennai line.

HOW WE WISH TO HEAR & RECEIVE PENSION 
UPGRADATION BENEFITS & also SOME OF DYNAMIC 
RAILWAY MINISTER'S DREAM PROJECT FOR GOLDEN 
QUADRILATERAL SOUNDED BY HON. PM , THAT TOO POOLING 
INDIAN ELEPHANT & CHINESE DRAGON TALENTS COMBINE !!---R.B.KISHORE 

(the hindustan times)
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Saturday, November 15, 2014

JUSTICE VR KRISHNA IYER entered 100th year today



By ANIL DIVAN


Justice Krishna Iyer, who enters his hundredth year today, took the Supreme Court in a new direction while evolving radical principles


Justice Vaidyanathapuram Rama Iyer Krishna Iyer was born on November 15, 1915, was sworn in as a judge of the Supreme Court on July 17, 1973 and retired at the age of 65 on November 14, 1980. He now starts his journey to complete a century.

Justice Krishna Iyer’s elevation to the Supreme Court raised eyebrows and scepticism in many legal circles. I must confess that my scepticism soon turned into admiration. Several judicial activists reached the Supreme Court of India in the mid-seventies. Justice Krishna Iyer wielded considerable influence on the thought processes of his colleagues such as Justice P.N. Bhagwati (later Chief Justice of India) and Justice Chinnappa Reddy. They were articulate, sensitive and had a strong desire to translate the vision of the constitution makers into reality.

Krishna Iyer, a revolutionary judge

By 1980, Justice Bhagwati and Justice Krishna Iyer became senior justices and took the Supreme Court in a new direction while evolving radical principles. Justice Krishna Iyer, a revolutionary at heart, principally triggered this internal revolution in the thought processes of his colleagues — a movement vigorously carried forward by Justice Bhagwati and Justice Chinnappa Reddy.

A new public interest jurisprudence was fashioned, the old ‘locus standi’ rules were jettisoned, epistolary litigation was encouraged and a strategy was evolved for giving relief to the disadvantaged and underprivileged. Procedural ‘due process’ was restored to centre stage, overruling earlier decisions. Consequently this radical transformation gave high international stature and visibility to the Supreme Court. It was an explosive enlargement of the court’s jurisdiction. It carved out a niche in the common citizens’ heart whose respect and adoration for the higher judiciary reached glorious heights.

Justice Krishna Iyer’s prolific judgments, his gentle and disarming demeanour as a judge, his unrivalled grasp of facts and law, his empathy for the disadvantaged, and his courtesy and consideration for the young lawyer appearing before him was a unique blend of judicial virtues.

Krishna Iyer wears his compassion on his sleeve: N. Ravi

Justice Krishna Iyer’s interim order of June 24, 1975 — a day before the Proclamation of Emergency on June 25, 1975 — in the Indira Gandhi case has a historical significance. Mrs Gandhi lost her election case and was disqualified. He did not give Mrs Gandhi, the serving Prime Minister, an unconditional stay despite huge media hype. She was allowed to function as Prime Minister, attend the House, but without a right to vote following well-settled precedents.

H.M. Seervai, the great constitutional lawyer but no uncritical admirer of Justice Krishna Iyer, wrote: “As the historian turns from the High Courts to the Supreme Court his task will be harder, for the history of the Supreme Court during the Emergency is a history of two different periods: the first began a day before the Emergency and ended with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s Appeal in the Election Case; the second began with the Habeas Corpus Case and ended with the revocation of the Emergency by a defeated Mrs Gandhi, unwilling to put into the hands of her opponents a weapon she had forged and used against them. Of the first period, the historian will say that the Supreme Court moved towards its finest hour, a day before the Proclamation of Emergency, when, on 24 June 1975, Krishna Iyer J., following judicial precedents, rejected an application made by Mrs. Gandhi that the Allahabad High Court’s order, finding her guilty of corrupt election practices and disqualifying her for 6 years, should be totally suspended. In the best traditions of the judiciary, Krishna Iyer J. granted a conditional stay of the Order under appeal, although he had been reminded by her eminent counsel, Mr. N.A. Palkhivala, “that the nation was solidly behind (her) as Prime Minister” and that “there were momentous consequences, disastrous to the country, if anything less than the total suspension of the Order under appeal were made”.”
Justice Krishna Iyer earned the unintended, unforeseen and doubtful distinction of having judicially fathered the Emergency leading to preventive detention of many opposition leaders including Jayaprakash Narayan, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L.K. Advani and Morarji Desai.

Some reflections on the choice of a Chief Justice

He recalls in his book Off the Bench how the then Law Minister H.R. Gokhale, a good friend, expressed a desire to meet him at his residence after Mrs Gandhi’s disqualification by the Allahabad High Court judgment in connection with her appeal. He politely refused to see him and indicated that the correct way was to file the appeal in the Registry which would be taken up promptly.
After retirement

Justice Krishna Iyer’s crowning glory and finest hour were after retirement. He spurned the lure of pelf and power and governmental patronage and became an unrivalled champion of social justice, constitutional values and the rule of law. He blossomed into an iconic and inspirational figure both nationally and internationally.

The Krishna Iyer effect on the Supreme Court

The renowned Australian Judge Michael Kirby, a former President of the International Commission of Jurists, described him as “incontestably one of the great spirits of the common law of this century.”

Justice Krishna Iyer’s services to the nation, the rule of law, the judiciary and the disadvantaged and underprivileged give him a stature comparable to many who have been honoured with a Bharat Ratna. Many believe that his unique, lustrous and incomparable contributions earn him the sobriquet of Nyaya Ratna.


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