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Thursday, October 15, 2009

CGHS Facility to PIB Accredited Journalists

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CGHS Facility to PIB Accredited Journalists

The Cabinet today approved the renewal of CGHS facilities to PIB Accredited journalists according to the following recommendations of the Group of Ministers:

(i) CGHS cards to 1258 PIB accredited journalists may be renewed at the rates determined by Cost Accounts Division, Department of Expenditure.

(ii) Arrears for past years may be recovered in three instalments.

(iii) CGHS cards of 337 family members of journalist already availing CGHS facility may not be withdrawn provided the contribution at the rate fixed is paid for each members of the family.

(iv) Beyond the 337 family member’s presently availing CGHS facility, there

should not be any further inclusion of family members of journalists.

Free access to ATMs of other banks closes on October 15

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From Thursday there will be no more unlimited free cash withdrawals from ATMs of other banks. Now one can only avail of five free cash withdrawals in a month using third-party ATMs.

Each additional transaction will cost Rs 20 while the maximum cash withdrawal from a third-party ATM will be limited to Rs 10,000 per transaction.

Moreover only savings account holders will be able to use ATMs of other banks and current account holders won't have any access.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had earlier agreed to the demands made by Indian Banks' Association (IBA) that there should be a restriction on cash withdrawals using third-party ATMs.

IBA had submitted its recommendations to the RBI in July citing financial burden on banks due to a large number of third party usage and small-ticket withdrawals, resulting in high interchange expenses for banks.

The short-lived freedom of using ATMs of other banks, for services like cash withdrawals and account enquiries, without being charged for the same, was brought in force by the RBI on April 1, just over six months back.

Source:IBN

Grading system in exams criticised by educationists

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Presiding over a symposium organised by Educational Forum, educationist and author, Prem Shankar Khare criticised the policy decision of Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE) and National Council of Educational Research and Training(NCERT) of introducing grading system in examinations and making the high school board examination optional.

He urged the UP Board authorities not to follow the measures suggested by CBSE and refuted the arguments that these changes would check the suicidal cases among students on failing or getting less then expected marks in examination.

Prominent Urdu writer Dr F K Siddiqui said, "Teachers are now being paid handsome salaries by the government and now it is their turn to repay their debts to the society by providing quality education."

Kusum Lata Khare said that teachers are certainly at the centre of all educational reforms but the government and state leaders are more worried about their political games and popularity.
Source:Times of India



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