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Saturday, January 31, 2015

BANK NEWS

Chart of Dearness Relief to Pensioners from February,'15
Please see the attached chart prepared by All India Canara Bank Retirees' Federation


B.G.Raithatha,
General Secretary




A young man in his thirties used to stand on the footpath opposite the famous Tata Cancer
Hospital at Mumbai and stare at the crowd in front- fear plainly written upon the faces of the patients standing at death's door; their relatives with equally grim faces running around.. These sights disturbed him greatly..

Most of the patients were poor people from distant towns. They had no idea whom to meet, or what to do. They had no money for medicines, not even food. The young man, heavily depressed, would return home. 'Something should be done for these people', he would. think. He was haunted by the thought day and night. 

At last he found a way-
He rented out his own hotel that was doing good business and raised some money. From these funds he started a charitable activity right opposite Tata Cancer Hospital, on the pavement next to Kondaji Building. He himself had no idea that the activity would continue to flourish even after the passage of 27 years. The activity consisted of providing free meals for cancer patients and their relatives. Many people in the vicinity approved of this activity. Beginning with fifty, the number of beneficiaries soon rose to hundred, two hundred, three hundred. As the numbers of patients increased, so did the number of helping hands. As years rolled by, the activity continued; undeterred by the change of seasons, come winter, summer or even the dreaded monsoon of Mumbai. The number of beneficiaries soon reached 700. 
  • Mr Harakhchand Sawla, for that was the name of the pioneer, did not stop here. He started supplying free medicines for the needy. In fact, he started a medicine bank, enlisting voluntary services of three doctors and three pharmacists. A toy bank was opened for kids suffering from cancer. The 'Jeevan Jyot' trust founded by Mr Sawla now runs more than 60 humanitarian projects. Sawla, now 57 years old, works with the same vigour. A thousand salutes to his boundless energy and his monumental contribution!
There are people in this country who look upon Sachin Tendulkar as 'God'- for playing 200 test matches in 20 years, few hundred one day matches, and scoring100 centuries and 30,000 runs. But hardly anyone knows Harakhchand Sawla, leave alone call him 'God' for feeding free lunches to 10 to 12 lac cancer patients and their relatives. We owe this discrepancy to our mass media! (A relentless hunt on Google failed to procure a photograph of Mr.Sawla.)

Crores of devotees hunting for 'God' in Vithoba temple at Pandharpur, Sai temple at Shirdi, Balaji temple at Tirupati will never find 'God'. God resides in our vicinity. But we, like mad men run after 'god-men', styled variously as Bapu, Maharaj or Baba. All Babas, Maharajs and Bapus become multi-millionnaires, but our difficulties, agonies and disasters persist unabated till death. For last 27 years, millions of cancer patients and their relatives have found 'God', in the form of Harakhchand Sawla.

As you forward interesting jokes and poems instantly, do forward this message. Mr Sawla deserves his fair share of fame.

Sujit Basu posted in Senior Citizen
(Courtesy: Prem Dhamija)

Congratulations




Hello All!
 
My performance from the Finals of the Geneva Competition is finally up on YouTube!  Please enjoy the link below, and please share on your Facebook pages/Social Media platforms, and with your friends!
 
 
Love,
 
Pallavi

What is ailing our judiciary ?



 has one of the largest judicial system in the world with 
over 30 million cases and sanctioned strength of 18871 
judges. But it takes ages to decide a case because the unabated 
practice of unnecessary adjournments as a matter of right 
and liberally granted and further the Supreme court works 
for 180 days in a year and half the year is wasted in holidays. 
It is therefore no wonder that more than 53000 cases are 
pending in SC court alone and around 4 million with High 
courts and 23 million with lower courts. 
In the next three 
decades the pendency is believed 
to increase fivefold and the judges 
strength has to go up four times 
to settle the pending cases and with not many people 
nowadays aspiring for legal profession which is taken 
as a last resort when they could not get an opening elsewhere 
 one could imagine the pressure on the judiciary. 
Further the huge staff is employed only to oversee that 
the documents produced confirms to the norms regarding 
numbering, font, spacing, page margins with the result there is 
inevitable delay in putting up the matter before the appropriate authority.


Where lies the solution? The practice of unnecessary adjournments should be aborted. Short dates must be given if the matter is adjourned due to absence of counsel or judge. Matter should be adjudicated on merits. Cost should be imposed on the wrong doer to compensate the difficulty caused to the other party and create deterrence for frivolous and unwarranted litigation. Contempt of court should be dealt not with a kid glove but with an iron hand. Revamping of the malaise in the present judicial system should be taken on top priority so that the aged, innocent and poor litigants are not put to sufferings.
R.K.Viswanathan 

BANK NEWS

BP Talks so far 

An abstract of a circular issued by AIBEA is attached

Yours sincerely,
B.G.Raithatha,
General Secretary

PENSION ANOMALY CHART REVISED

DEAR ALL,

In the chart mailed yesterday, there was a minor error in the last reference period in each cadre. It should read as follows:

1/8/2007 to 31/7/2015 ( pending revision due on 1/8/2012)
The corrected  chart is given below.

With greetings,
C H Mahadevan

Click Here PENSION ANOMALY CHART (revised)

____________________________
The chart published earlier is withdrawn. Ed.

Friday, January 30, 2015

*** Dearness Relief with effect from February,'15 is increased by 51 slabs ***



SN (a 1992 Pensioner)


TIPS FOR IMPROVING MEMORY IN OLD AGE


Dr.K. Lalitha, Prof.D.Jamuna and Prof.P.V.Ramamurti*

1. Give enough attention to what you want to remember and keep the mind calm.
2. Motivate yourself to remember the material by consciously telling yourself of your intent to remember.
3. Understand the meaning and structure and organize the material logically.


4. Associate the material to be remembered by linking it meaningfully with things you remember well and use frequently.
5. Use audio-visual imagery of the items to enhance the memory.
6. Try weaving the items to be remembered sequentially into a story or episode.
7. Use mnemonics and memory devices, (eg., diary stickers), to help you remember.
8. Rehearse and recall the items/ material as frequently as you can.
9. Make a habit of keeping things that you use frequently (eg., eye glasses, keys, pens etc.) in a specific place.
10. Always keep the mind active by exercising it (cross word puzzle Anagrams, Sudoku, reasoning, problem solving etc.)

SC Order: "Heard in-part"

          COURT NO.6                  SECTION XV

                         S U P R E M E C O U R T O F     I N D I A
                                 RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS
                          Civil Appeal Nos.8959-8962 of 2013
  LIC OF INDIA AND ORS                                        Appellant(s)
                                           VERSUS
  KRISHNA MURARI LAL ASTHANA AND ANR. ETC.                   Respondent(s)
  WITH C.A. No.6995/2013
  (With appln.(s) for impleadment as party respondent and appln.(s)
  for implementation of court's order and Office Report)
  C.A. No.9223/2013
  (With appln.(s) for intervention and Office Report)
  C.A. Nos.9409-9410/2013
  (With interim relief and office report)
  Date : 29/01/2015 These appeals were called on for hearing today.

  CORAM :
                         HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE DIPAK MISRA
                         HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE PRAFULLA C. PANT

                

                 (Chetan Kumar)                     (H.S. Parasher)
                  Court Master                        Court Master                            

Thursday, January 29, 2015

RING FINGER EXERCISE

Dear Mr.Gangadharan,

Thank you for accommodating some of my titbits sent now and then.  
I am attaching a file named -Ring Finger exercise, 
which conveys some meaning and purpose in life.
I request you to publish in your Chronicle.
Thank you and with High Regards

v.s.rajamani
coimbatore

Ring Finger Exercise


This simple exercise is based on excerpts from Chinese literature.

RING FINGER EXERCISE Click Here.

Bankmen's wage case unconnected with LIC's civil appeals


It's good, case is taken up for hearing


LIC HAS MORE ACES UP THEIR SLEEVES


Dear Editor, 

LIC, the Giant opponent, appears to have more Aces up their sleeves. One such Ace is that another and famous Senior Advocate Mr. Abhisek Manoo Singhvi is appointed by LIC to argue their case in SC and the Court has simply obliged the Sr. Advocate on his plea that he is not available till 20th Feb. Our counsels who objected to an earlier 2-week adjournment could not stop this onslaught of 4 weeks adjournment.

All these manipulations simply confirm our suspicion that MOF/GOI is keen that our case should be kept in the back burner for whole of February so that Bankmens Wage Settlement could be clinched without Bank Pensioners puttings fokes in the works sighting our case judgement.

As usual the fragile LIC Pensioners who are in the evening of their lives have to simply look towards the sky for providential Help.

J.M. Aboobucker 

Adjournments: Only preaching, Not an ounce of practice.

Another debacle for our case is adjourned to 25 TH FEBRUARY. 
Nothing unusual and we are used to these suspenses. 

After all we were living on hopes and those hopes have become endless. 
What is the significance and the meaning of ‘ Mention ‘. 
This would better be extinguished from the legal lexicon. 

A pensioner friend in his mail remarked that there is a Government hand 
in these adjournments and as he has rightly predicted that the GOI wants 
our court settlement after they have finalized the negotiation with the banks. 
It could be true as otherwise there is no justification for the Hon court to adjourn our 
case to several weeks ignoring the Mention.

Recently Justice Mizra has vehemently attacked the habit of asking for 
adjournments which was highlighted in the media. 
Is not an ounce of practice worth a ton of preaching. 

Come 25 TH FEBRUARY we are not sure whether we are in for any more 
suspense. In the meanwhile let us keep smiling, enjoy browsing 
Chronicle and keep ourselves healthy in tune with the 
adage : if wealth is lost nothing is lost., But if health is lost everything is lost.

R.K.Viswanathan 

Deplorable Delay

My dear Gangadharanji,
  • I am a firm believer in the saying - justice delayed is justice denied. How many people out of those who retired, say in 1990, are alive today. Delay is extremely unacceptable.
With best wishes, B.D.Bhargava

OUR CASES POSTED TO 26TH FEBRUARY 2015

Our cases were called today a little before lunch time after disposing of 4 Miscellaneous matters. 

An Advocate of LIC stood up and renewed his request for adjournment on the ground of some one being critically ill resulting in the inability of the Advocate on record (Mr Ashok Panigrahi) to appear. 

The adjournment request was vehemently opposed by M/s Renuka Sahu & Mr R K Singh the Pensioners' counsel. Judge was considering posting the matter to next week. 

At that point Mr Abhishek Manoo Singhvi, Sr Advocate informed the Bench that he is appearing for LIC and that he is not free till 20th February. 

Thereupon, the Bench posted the cases to 26th February and ordered the matters as 'PART HEARD'. This part of the direction is a boon for us because it will be listed above Sl No 101 and will have to be definitely taken up on that day. 

It is learnt that the Court was to give 25th Feb as the date but Mr R K Singh, (AoR for Jaipur) mentioned he will not be able to appear on that day. Hence the Court fixed the next day viz 26th. 
Sreenivasa Murty M

SHRI SREENIVASA MURTY INFORMS OUR CASE IS TAKEN UP BY SC AND ADJOURNED TO 26TH FEBRUARY 2015 * AS PER COURT ORDER IT WILL BE TREATED AS PART-HEARD.

BANK NEWS


Click Here for RBONC CIRCULAR DATED 27-01-2015

The Chairman,
LIC of India,
Mumbai

Dear Sir,

  • There are structured periodical meetings with representatives of retirees' Associations in the Banking sector, but no such practice is prevailing in LIC. LIC may kindly consider introducing such a system of regular interaction with representatives pensioners all of whom are senior citizens and very senior citizens.
C H Mahadevan
Executive Director(LIC)(Retd)
Hyderabad 

CH MAHADEVAN

Bring to notice of Bench

Dear Sir,

After our case was listed for final hearing for November in response to  our mentioning in September, there were three sittings with our Sl.No.as 1 and four sittings would have gone by our case being not heard.

Can we bring this to the notice of the Bench tomorrow and request them to list our case as No.1 before Miscellaneous Petitions.

T SAMPATH IYENGAR
BANGALORE

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Letter for provisional premium

Re: Group Mediclaim Policy for 2015-2016 : 
Premium Deductions from In-service/Retired 
Employees

Click Here for LIC Central Office Circular

You said it


Comments registered using Chat Box facility

BANK NEWS

Banking News compiled by AIBEA

FORWARDED HEREWITH

B.G.Raithatha,
General Secretary

Click Here for BANKING NEWS JAN.27,28

Thursday again, continue to be on top with three misc.cases


Tomorrow's Final Daily List has come. We continue to be at Sl.No.101 (First case again) with three Miscellaneous matters before ours.

Out of the three, two are 'part heard' and one an adjourned matter.

I am informed that the chances our matters reaching tomorrow are slim and am advised, I need not travel to Delhi tonight. 

Mention will be made tomorrow appropriately, for a definite date (say Feb 4) and to be on top of the Board. If it happens accordingly, we have a chance of our cases being taken up at 10.30 AM on the relevant day. 

Extract from the Daily cause-list:

DAILY LIST FOR THURSDAY, 29TH JANUARY, 2015 
COURT NO. 6 SUPREME COURT OF INDIA Page 69 

HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE DIPAK MISRA HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE PRAFULLA C. PANT 

MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS AFTER NOTICE MATTERS 

PART HEARD 

1. SLP(CRL) NO. 10228/2014 IIA A/N 1ST LISTING M/S KOTHARI POLYMERS LTD AND ORS VS. SIU(X)/SPE/CBI, NEW DELHI MR. VIPIN KUMAR JAI MR. B. V. BALARAM DAS 

2. SLP(CRL) NO. 5583/2012 II A/N-H 15TH LISTING STATE OF RAJASTHAN VS. ROSHAN SINGH & ORS. (WITH OFFICE REPORT) (FOR FINAL DISPOSAL) MR. AJAY CHOUDHARY MR. ANUPAM LAL DAS MR. MUKUL KUMAR 

ADJOURNED MATTERS 

3. W.P.(CRL.) NO. 11/2015 X ADJD-H 1ST LISTING SURINDER SETH VS. GOVT. OF NCT OF DELHI AND ORS. (WITH APPLN. (S) FOR EX-PARTE STAY, BRINGING ON RECORD ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS, EXEMPTION FROM FILING O.T. AND OFFICE REPORT) MRS. PRIYA PURI MS. GARIMA PRASHAD MR. P. N. GUPTA MR. D. S. MAHRA 

APPEALS AND WRIT PETITIONS FOR HEARING SPECIALLY DIRECTED / ADJOURNED MATTERS 

101. C.A. NO. 8959-8962/2013 XV SD LIC OF INDIA AND ORS VS. KRISHNA MURARI LAL ASTHANA AND ANR ETC. (WITH APPLN. (S) FOR DIRECTIONS AND DISMISSAL OF APPEAL AND PERMISSION TO FILE ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS AND OFFICE REPORT) MR. ASHOK PANIGRAHI MR. RAMESHWAR PRASAD GOYAL WITH C.A. NO. 6995/2013 (S. IV) (WITH APPLN. (S) FOR IMPLEADMENT AS PARTY RESPONDENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF COURT'S ORDER AND OFFICE REPORT) , C.A. NO. 9223/2013 (S. XIV) (WITH APPLN. (S) FOR INTERVENTION AND OFFICE REPORT) , C.A. NO. 9409-9410/2013 (S. XV) (WITH INTERIM RELIEF AND OFFICE REPORT) MR. ASHOK PANIGRAHI MR. JAY SAVLAMR. SAJITH. PMS. SUSHMA SURI, DR. KAILASH CHANDMR. JAY SAVLAMR. SAJITH. PMR. T. L. GARGMS. SUSHMA SURI [ AS FIRST CASE ]     

Thanks and regards,
Sreenivasa Murty M

HEARING TOMORROW ?

Dear Sri Gangadharan, 

Court rose for the day after hearing Four out of Nine Miscellaneous cases. The remaining Misce cases are shifted to next Tuesday. This development gave rise to an assumption in some quarters that our cases (Sl No 101) will be taken up as the first item tomorrow. 

According to Mr Jay Savla's Associate (who was in the Court till the Bench rose) no such assumptions can be made till tomorrow's official list comes out tonight. 

Thanks and regards,
Sreenivasa Murty M

Another disappointing day

COURT RISES FOR THE DAY !

M Sreenivasa Murty

Chairman's speech in the Information Sharing Session

"The speech makes a pathetic reading as it is a cold narrative of a few randomly selected routine pieces of information, already available in the public domain. There is an unmissable 'disconnect' staring all over.  

"It is perhaps too much to expect any reference to Pensioners or their plight. After all, they are nothing more than a 'baggage' for LIC." 

INFORMATION SHARING SESSION - LIC CHAIRMAN'S SPEECH


LIC Chairman's speech made during 
INFORMATION SHARING SESSION 
on 24th January 2015 
now available. 

Click Here LIC CHAIRMAN'S SPEECH

We are the lowest cost pension providers in the world today, says PFRDA Chairman

The passage of the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) Act, 2013, in September, 2013 and its subsequent notification in February, 2014 was a major milestone in the history of pension reforms in the country. Armed with statutory powers, PFRDA has the mandate to develop, promote and regulate the pension industry with its flagship programme, National Pension System (NPS), to serve the retirement needs of the people.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BANK NEWS

Circular issued by Union Bank of India regarding 
Staff Welfare Measures to serving and retired employees

    We forward herewith (Click below) the Circular issued by the Bank sent to us by Shri M.K.Mundul, Joint General Secretary, Union Bank Retired Employees' Association (Maharashtra).

Yours sincerely,
B.G.Raithatha,
General Secretary

Click Here STAFF WELFARE SCHEMES IN UNION BANK OF INDIA

DESIRABLE FOOD HABITS IN OLD AGE

Dr.Sujatha Ramamurti*


1. Eat a balanced diet that includes adequate carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals from natural sources.

2. It is good to eat only when hungry and in moderate quantities.

3. Eat clean, well cooked, warm and easily digestible food.

4. Drink enough (about ten glasses a day) clean boiled and cooled water free from
pollutants.

5. Avoid too hot, spicy, irritant food.

6. Eat slowly and chew the food well.

7. Eat foods rich in fiber and antioxidants (eg., course grain, greens, fibrous fruits and vegetables).

8. If you are a diabetic, hypertensive, heart diseased, or otherwise sick eat as per doctor’s advice.

9. It may be advantageous to take a multi vitamin and mineral supplement (as per RDA).

10. Take a good breakfast, a moderate lunch and a light evening/night meal.  Avoid eating in between meals.

* Prof.of Nutrition, S.V.University, Tirupati-2.

WHAT'S THE POSSIBILITY...

If LIC Advocate quotes Justice Misra's words and presses for
adjournment, the case may be postponed. 

OUR PENSION CASES BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA‏

Dear Editor, 

The Final Daily List for tomorrow the 28th January 2015, is now available.

As I have earlier reported, our matters continues to be listed at Sl No 101 AFTER NINE Miscellaneous matters. Also, the Court sits up to 3.25 PM Only.

For the above reasons, as well as keeping in view the verbal directions issued by Justice Dipak Misra on 21st February in the Court (for posting our cases in the First Week of February), our matters are unlikely to be taken up for hearing tomorrow and there is no great chance of 'something happening'. 

The counsel would watch the proceedings and make a mention for a 'definite date' (ie., Feb 4 and for posting as the First case again).       

​Your readers will be updated on the developments tomorrow, as quickly as practicable. As advised by Mr Jay Savla, Advocate, I will not attend the Supreme Court tomorrow.  
 
Thanks and regards,
Sreenivasa Murty M

DAILY LIST FOR WEDNESDAY, 28TH JANUARY, 2015 
COURT NO. 6 SUPREME COURT OF INDIA Page 63 
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE DIPAK MISRA HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE PRAFULLA C. PANT 

[ THIS COURT WILL SIT UPTO 3.25 P.M. ]

CONTEMPT CASE FILED BY PANCHKULA/CHANDIGARH PENSIONERS

Dear Editor,

The Contempt case against LIC & UoI, filed by our Pensioners of Panchkula/Chandigarh, was called today in the High Court of Punjab & Haryana, a little before lunch. 

As per the telephonic information I received from Chandigarh, (I spoke with Mr Brijjit Singh, Mr SN Chchabra and later with the dealing Advocate, Ms. Alka Chhatrath), LIC engaged a Sr advocate Me Atma Ram, who informed the Bench that LIC had already paid the amounts due in the HC Registry and there is no need to continue the contempt proceedings. There were arguments from both the sides.

On LIC counsel's request, Court directed the Petitioners to file the calculation details of the amounts claimed by ALL 31 Petitioners instead of the two illustrative examples given.

As suspected, LIC made yet another attempt to delay a decision in the contempt proceedings, on some pretext. We now await the Order passed by the court (to be available in a day or two) to know where exactly we stand and to decide further course of action 
 
Thanks and regards,
Sreenivasa Murty M

SR.DM & ORS Vs. SHREE LAL MEENA - SLP LIKELY TO BE LISTED ON 10-02-2015

There are some employees/officers who had completed 20 years of service and 
resigned from service after 1/1/1986. But the pension scheme of LIC was notified 
only on 28 th June 1995.Some of such officers have represented for coverage 
under the LIC (Employees) Pension Scheme.
In SheelkumarJain vs New India Assurance Co, the Supreme Court had held that 
resignation had to be treated as voluntary retirement in such cases making the 
resignees as eligible for being brought under the Pension Rules 1995 of the New 
India.Some Banks have also followed the rulings in the judgment.
Now there is an SLP(C) No 24108/2012 in Senior Divisional Manager,LIC & Ors vs 
Shree Lal Meena pending in the Supreme Court reportedly on the same subject and as 
per SC web-site it is likely to be listed for hearing on 10/2/2015.
In the above mentioned context, I had forwarded the AIBEA mail to ED(P) so that 
LIC can consider taking a pro-active decision.


Kind regards.
C H Mahadevan


I give below the status of the case:

"SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
Case Status Status : PENDING
Status of : Special Leave Petition (Civil) 24108 OF 2012
SR.DIVNL.MANAGER L.I.C & ORS. .Vs. SHREE LAL MEENA
Pet. Adv. : MR. D. N. GOBURDHAN 
Res. Adv. : MR. ANSAR AHMAD CHAUDHARY
Subject Category : SERVICE MATTERS - RETIRAL BENEFITS

Listed 2 times earlier 
Likely to be Listed on : 10/02/2015

Last updated on Jan 24 2015"
The case is likely to be listed on 10/2/2015.
Kind regards.
C H Mahadevan

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No more Laxman rekhas: Common Man orphaned...

Legendary cartoonist and creator of the Common Man, R.K. Laxman, one of post-Independence India’s greatest caricaturists, died of a cardiac arrest at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital here on Monday evening. He was 93.

RK Laxman , who joined The Times of Indiathe year India gained Independence and chronicled its ups and downs for over half a century, drew his last breath in Pune as the sun set on our 66th Republic Day.

The creator of the Common Man made millions of our readers smile every morning, but more importantly he captured the mood of a nation in the space of a small single column. It's both funny and sad that countless of his "You Said It" pocket cartoons still seem so relevant.