Monday, March 30, 2009

Free access to ATM - Reserve Bank of India (RBI)

RBI/2007-2008/260
DPSS No.1405 / 02.10.02 / 2007-2008

March 10, 2008

The Chairman / Chief Executive Officer
(All Scheduled commercial banks including RRBs)

Dear Sir

Customer charges for use of ATMs for cash withdrawal and balance enquiry

1. Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) have gained prominence as a delivery channel for banking transactions in India. Banks have been deploying ATMs to increase their reach. While ATMs facilitate a variety of banking transactions for customers, their main utility has been for cash withdrawal and balance enquiry. As at the end of December 2007, the number of ATMs deployed in India was 32,342. Commensurate with the branch network, larger banks have deployed more ATMs. Most banks prefer to deploy ATMs at locations where they have a large customer base or expect considerable use. To increase the usage of ATMs as a delivery channel, banks have also entered into bilateral or multilateral arrangements with other banks to have inter-bank ATM networks.

4. In view of this, RBI had placed on its website an Approach paper and sought public comments. The comments received have been analysed. Based on the feed back a framework of service charges would be implemented by all banks as under:


Sr.No.

Service

Charges

(i)

For use of own ATMs for any purpose

Free (with immediate effect)

(2)

For use of other bank ATMs for balance enquiries

Free (with immediate effect)

(3)

For use of other bank ATMs for cash withdrawals

  • No bank shall increase the charges prevailing as on December 23, 2007 (i.e. the date of release of Approach Paper on RBI website)


  • Banks which are charging more than Rs.20 per transaction shall reduce the charges to a maximum of Rs.20 per transaction by March 31, 2008


  • Free - with effect from April 1, 2009.

5. For the services at (1) and (2) above, the customer will not be levied any charge under any other head and the service will be totally free.

Fore more details.

Source: Reserve Bank of India (RBI)

Monday, March 23, 2009

FoxClocks - Time - Clock - TimeZone

FoxClocks is an extension for Firefox, Thunderbird and Sunbird to display world times in your statusbar (or any toolbar).

FoxClocks is simple but powerful: if you like, you can just have your local time in your statusbar. Or you can keep an eye on the time around the world with multiple clocks. You can set each clock's colour individually, or have a clock change colour during certain hours: for example you can make your Tokyo clock turn green when it's a good time to Skype your friends in Japan.



FoxClocks lets you keep an eye on the time around the world - or just your local time - by putting small clocks in your statusbar.

What's new in FoxClocks 2:

* Keep up-to-date with automatic time zone database updates (can't reach the Internet? Update automatically from your LAN)
* Set your clocks to change colour, e.g. make your clocks green from 9 to 5 local time
* Style your clocks: bold, italic, underlined
* Move your FoxClocks settings between computers
* Choose the right time zone more easily with a new Zone Picker (English-only)
* Show your clocks in the statusbar/toolbar, just in a tooltip, or both
* Sort your clocks by name or local time

Source / Links:
http://www.stemhaus.com/firefox/foxclocks/
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1117

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Voters ID FAQs - Election Commission

Voters ID FAQs - Election Commission
(If you are 18 or above, Don't forget to Vote this time.)

What is a voter ID card? Who is eligible to have a voter ID card?

Voter ID card or Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC) is an identification card issued by the Election Commission to all eligible voters, to enable voter identification on election day.

All those who are already enrolled in the voter list are eligible to receive a voter ID card. .

Is a voter ID card essential for voting?

No. This is a very commonly held myth! Only 2 things are mandatory for voting. 1. Your name should be there in the list of registered voters i.e. in electoral roll or voter list.of your polling booth.

2. You should carry an approved identity proof document.

If you are issued with a voter ID card, you have to compulsorily carry it on the day of voting as an identity proof. If you do not possess a voter ID card, you can carry any one of the approved identity proof documents on election day.

Does the possession of voter ID card entitle me for voting?

No. the mere possession of voter ID card DOES NOT entitle you to voting, because it is mandatory for your name to appear in electoral roll or voter list.

Once you have found out that your name is there in the electoral rolls, and you possess an approved identity proof document (voter ID card or others), you are entitled to vote.

Do I need to register separately to get a voter ID card? How is it different from voter registration?

Yes, you need to register separately to get a voter ID card. You need to fill a different form (Form 001) for this. You can do this either at the time of submitting your voter registration form (Form 6) or after you have submitted your voter registration form and your name appears in the voter list.

Voter registration is the process to get your name included in the electoral rolls or voter lists of your constituency. Remember, it is mandatory to get voter registration done while it is not mandatory that you possess a voter ID card, to be eligible to vote!

How do I register to get a voter ID card? How does the process work?

To register for a voter ID card, you must fill and submit (Form 001).You can submit Form 001 and get a voter ID card in either of the following ways:

1. If you are submitting your voter registration form (Form 6 / 8 / 8A) to your Electoral Registration Officer (ERO), you can also submit Form 001A to apply for a voter ID card at the same time.Click here to download and understand how to fill Form 001A.

2. After you have become a registered voter i.e. after your name appears in voter list, you can submit Form 001C to your ERO. Click here to download and understand how to fill Form 001C.

3. At specific time periods, Election Commission of India (ECI) organizes drives to issue voter ID cards to all registered voters through Designated Photographic Locations (DPL). During these drives, the ECI advertises in all major newspapers of the state. Citizens whose names appear on the voters' list are also given information notices by the EROs of each area. The notices issued contain useful information such as the name and age of the person, the house number, the constituency number, and the polling booth or part number. It also mentions the date on which the voter IDs will be issued for a particular polling booth / part and address of DPL.

Once the voter receives the notice, he/she must visit the DPL which is generally a school or government office in the locality. Each DPL will usually have two systems equipped with digital cameras. The voter ID card is issued in 10 to 15 minutes.

While most of the above applies to all states in India, there might be some differences in the way in which different states issue voter ID cards. To know the exact rules, please visit the website of your state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO).

What is Form 001? How do i fill it? Form 001 is the application form required to be filled and submitted by voters to get a photo voter ID card, also called Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC).

There are 2 types of Form 001:

1. Form 001A (click to download): For those who are applying for a voter ID card at the same time of applying for voter registration through Form 6/ 8/ 8A. Follow the instructions below to fill out Form 001A:

  • Enter the name of your state and Assembly Constituency (AC) in relevant fields. If you do not know your AC name and AC number, you can check it right here at jaagore.com
  • Enter your name, the name of your relation and your address as mentioned in your voter registration form (Form 6 / 8/ 8A)
  • Submit two copies of your recent passport size photograph. One pasted on right side top corner of Form 6 / Form 8 / Form 8A with your signature affixed across the photograph. The other photograph should be pasted on this application for the purpose of preparation of Elector Photo Identity Card (EPIC).
  • Please enclose an attested photocopy of any photo-bearing document for verification of the photograph. In case the document is self-attested, then show the original at the time of submission of the Form in person]
  • Drop this for alongwith your voter registration form (Form 6 / 8/ 8A) at the office of your Electoral Registration Officer (ERO)

    2. Form 001B (click to download): For those who are applying for a voter ID card at the same time of applying for voter registration through Form 6/ 8/ 8A. Follow the instructions below to fill out Form 001B:

  • Under section I, enter the name of your state and Assembly Constituency(AC) in relevant fields. If you do not know your AC name and AC number, you can check it right here at jaagore.com
  • Enter your name, the name of your relation and your address as mentioned in your voter registration form (Form 6). Minor corrections in spellings of names and relation's name and EPIC No. can also be filled.
  • Enter your date of birth and attach a valid age proof document to the form.
  • Affix 2 of your recent passport sized photographs one signed and other unsigned. Please enclose an attested photocopy of any photo-bearing document (from amongst the list mentioned in Form 001B) for verification of the photograph and date of birth. In case the document is self-attested, then show the original at the time of submission of the Form in person]
  • Drop this form at the office of your ERO.

    3. Form 001C (click to download) -- For those who are already registered on electoral rolls, and are applying for a photo electoral roll or getting a voter ID card. Follow the instructions below to fill out Form 001C:

  • Enter the name of your state and Assembly Constituency(AC) in relevant fields. If you do not know your AC name and AC number, you can check it right here at jaagore.com
  • Under section I, enter your name, the name of your relation and your address as mentioned in your voter registration form (Form 6)
  • Ask your Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) to fill out section II, at the time of submitting your Form 001C.
  • Under section III, enter your date of birth and attach a valid age proof document to the form
  • Under section IV, affix 2 of your recent passport sized photographs -- one signed and other unsigned. Please enclose an attested photocopy of any photo-bearing document (from amongst the list mentioned in Form 001C) for verification of the photograph and date of birth. In case the document is self-attested, then show the original at the time of submission of the Form in person]
  • Drop this form at the office of your ERO

    Should I pay for a voter ID card?

    No, if you are getting a voter ID card for the first time.

    Who issues the voter ID card?

    Election Commission of India (ECI) through your Electoral Registration Officer (ERO)

    What should I do if I lose my voter ID card?

    You must lodge an FIR with the police in the area you lost your voter ID card / EPIC and submit a copy of the FIR along with Form 002, to your Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) or Designated photography Location (DPL) asking for a replacement. You must also pay a fee of Rs. 25.

    My voter ID card has been lost / destroyed/ mutilated. What should I do to get a replacement? Which form should I fill?

    You must apply for a duplicate voter ID card, through Form 002 (click to download). You will have to submit this Form to your Electoral Registration Officer (ERO).

    If I shift my address, do I need to get a new voter ID card?

    No, once issued, your voter ID card is valid FOREVER.

    The voter ID card is useful only as a voter identification document at polling booths on election day. Therefore, it remains valid even if you have changed your address from one area to another within the same city, one city to another within the same state or even from one state to another.

    Details on my voter ID card are wrong / Details related to my voter ID card in the electoral roll are wrong. How do I get it corrected?

    You should apply for rectification of these errors through Form 004 (click to download). You will have to submit this at the office of your Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) or at the Designated Photography Location (DPL) when the process of Voter ID Card preparation is going on.

  • I've just turned 18. Can I register to vote?

    You can register if you are 18 years or older as on 1st January of the year when the electoral rolls are getting prepared. Currently, this will be 1st January, 2008.

    Therefore, if you have completed 18 years of age after 1st January 2008, you can apply for your name to be listed on the electoral rolls getting released on or after 1st January 2009.

    If you are going to complete 18 years of age after 1st January 2009, you are not eligible to register for voting for the upcoming general elections in April 2009.


    Sources:
    Courtesy: rediff.com | jaagore.com
    CEO / ECI: Election Commission of India

    Are you a Traffic Violator in Bangalore? Find it here



    Bangalore - Search for Traffic Violations


    If you have violated any Traffic rules in Bangalore City & if a case has been registered on your vehicle. You can check those details in the below link.

    Enter your vehicle number and see the cases booked against you.
    http://125.17.140.50/BPSFineDetails/BPSFineDetails.aspx

    *** Drive Safe, Follow Traffic Rules ***

    Courtesy/Source: Bangalore Traffic Police Dept - http://www.bangaloretrafficpolice.gov.in/

    Aeroexpress Bus in RGIA - Hyderabad International Airport

    Hyderabad Internation Airport - Aeroexpress Bus Service

    Aero Express



    Please Note -

    Begumpet (starts from Paryatak Bhavan)
    Secunderabad (starts from Keys high school)

    at a frequency of -
    1/2 an hour between 3.30AM to 11.30AM
    1 hour between 11.30AM to 3.30PM
    1/2 an hour between 3.30PM to 11.30PM
    1 hour between 11.30PM to 3.30AM

    Charminar (City college)
    Mehdipatanam (Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital)
    HITEC City (Opposite Silparamam)

    at a frequency of –
    1 hour between 00.30AM to 11.30PM

    Courtesy/Source: www.hyderabad.aero | http://hyderabad.aero/services/aero_express.html

    Friday, March 13, 2009

    Indian Government - pgportal.gov.in - Online Public Greivance Portal


    Indian Government - Online Public Greivance Lodging/Monitoring System

    http://pgportal.gov.in/

    Grievance Redress Mechanism is part and parcel of the machinery of any administration. No administration can claim to be accountable, responsive and user-friendly unless it has established an efficient and effective grievance redress mechanism. In fact, the grievance redress mechanism of an organization is the gauge to measure its efficiency and effectiveness as it provides important feedback on the working of the administration.

    How to?
    Goto: http://pgportal.gov.in/
    1. Lodge your Greivance here
    2. Lodge your Reminder on past grievance registered with us
    3. View the Action Status of Your Grievances Lodged earlier with us
    4. Change Password
    5. Forgot Password?
    6. Contact Us
    Departments & Activities:
    • Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances
    • Directorate of Public Grievances (DPG)
    • Public Grievance redress mechanism in Central Government Ministries/Departments/Organisations
    • Types of PUBLIC GRIEVANCES
    • SYSTEMIC PROBLEM AREAS
    • Performance Review – Foreseeing areas of dissatisfaction
    • Identification of Grievance Prone Areas and Analysis
    • Information & Facilitation Counters (IFC)
    • On Line Registration of Grievances
    • Prompt and Effective Redress of Grievances
    • Review and Monitoring of Grievance Redress Mechanism
    • ROLE OF REGULATORS, OMBUDSMAN AND LIKE BODIES



    The govt. wants people to use this tool to highlight the problems they faced while dealing with Government officials or departments like

    1) Railways

    2) Posts

    3) Telecom (incl. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) & Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL)

    4) Urban Development ( Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Land & Development Office (L&DO), Central Public Works Department (CPWD), etc)

    5) Petroleum & Natural Gas

    6) Civil Aviation (Air India, Airports Authority of India, etc)

    7) Shipping, Road Transport & Highways

    8) Tourism

    9) Public Sector Banks
    Allahabad Bank Andhra Bank Bank of Baroda Bank of India Bank of Maharashtra Canara Bank Central Bank of India Corporation Bank Dena Bank Indian Bank Indian Overseas Bank Industrial Development Bank of India Ltd National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development Oriental Bank of Commerce Punjab & Sind Bank Punjab National Bank Small Industries Development Bank of India State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur State Bank of Hyderabad State Bank of India State Bank of Indore State Bank of Mysore State Bank of Patiala State Bank of Travancore Syndicate Bank UCO Bank Union Bank of India United Bank of India Vijaya Bank

    10) Public Sector Insurance Companies
    GIC of India Life Insurance Corporation of India National Insurance Company Ltd. The New India Assurance Company Ltd. The Oriental Insurance Company Ltd. United India Insurance Company Ltd.

    11) National Saving Scheme of Ministry of Finance

    12) Employees' Provident Fund Organization

    13) Regional Passport Authorities
    Regional Passport Office, Ahemadabad Regional Passport Office, Amritsar Regional Passport Office, Bangalore Regional Passport Office, Bareilly Regional Passport Office, Bhopal Regional Passport Office, Bhubaneswar Regional Passport Office, Chandigarh Regional Passport Office, Chennai Regional Passport Office, Cochin Regional Passport Office, Coimbatore Regional Passport Office, Dehradun Regional Passport Office, Delhi Regional Passport Office, Ghaziabad Regional Passport Office, Goa Regional Passport Office, Guwahati Regional Passport Office, Hyderabad Regional Passport Office, Jaipur Regional Passport Office, Jalandhar Regional Passport Office, Jammu Regional Passport Office, Kolkata Regional Passport Office, Kozhikode Regional Passport Office, Lucknow Regional Passport Office, Madurai Regional Passport Office, Malappuram Regional Passport Office, Mumbai Regional Passport Office, Nagpur Regional Passport Office, Patna Regional Passport Office, Pune Regional Passport Office, Raipur Regional Passport Office, Ranchi Regional Passport Office, Shimla Regional Passport Office, Srinagar Regional Passport Office, Surat Regional Passport Office, Thane Regional Passport Office, Trichy Regional Passport Office, Trivandrum Regional Passport Office, Visakhapatnam

    14) Central Government Health Scheme

    15) Central Board of Secondary Education

    16) Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan

    17) National Institute of Open Schooling

    18) Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti

    19) Central Universities

    20) ESI Hospitals and Dispensaries directly controlled by ESI Corporation under Ministry of Labour

    Source: http://pgportal.gov.in/

    Thursday, March 05, 2009

    Trains Availability Calendar for Indian Railways

    Trains Availability Calendar for Indian Railways

    http://www.cleartrip.com/trains/calendar

    Cleartrip's train search and booking product has been our most successful new product since we launched the site. Given its popularity, we've received tons of feedback and requests for new features. The most frequent requests have been for checking availability across a wide range of dates. Lots of people looking to travel by train aren't very date sensitive--they're more concerned with getting on the first available train. Train seats sell out fast, so letting users see availability across a range of dates instantly is extremely helpful.



    Source: blog.cleartrip.com

    Tata Nano Launch - 23 March 2009

    Tata Nano



    Hi All,
    We have announced the domestic launch of its much-awaited car, the . Tata will be launched at a function in Mumbai on March 23, 2009. The cars will be on display at Tata Motors dealerships from the first week of April 2009. Bookings will commence from the second week of April 2009.

    We are making arrangements for the widest possible network to book the car, so that prospective customers can conveniently avail of booking facilities at their locations, across India. The booking process and other details will be announced on March 23, 2009.

    You can log on to our website www.tatanano.com for all the updates, to air your views in forums and participate in contests. We hope to see you and your friends and family there.

    Bye for now,

    Tata Team

    (Source: www.tatanano.com)
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