Archive for November, 2010

D.A. Dearness Allowance for the month of January 2011(Expected)

November 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Dearness Allowance Fever is back! All the Government staffs are eagerly waiting for the D.A. hike . .

 In the previous post about Expected Dearness Allowance for the month of jan 2011D.A. Acquires the first place of all other allowances. 

  • All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of  October, 2010 increased by 2 points and stood at 181 (one hundred and eightyone).

  • So the expected DA for the month of January 2011 may  Sure  reach up to 50%.
  • If there is a hike in D.A. , there will be alterations in all other allowances.
So, let us hope for the best. 
Categories: ALLOWANCES, D.A.

Pune Based DRDO Lab Makes Most Powerful Conventional Explosive

November 30, 2010 Leave a comment

   Move over RDX! That’s passé for the needs of the Indian Armed Forces. The DRDO is developing a powerful explosive, – the CL-20, that can substantially reduce the weight and size of the warhead while packing much more punch. In fact, the RDX is not the standard explosive in use with the Indian Armed Forces; the warheads are mostly packed with HMX, FOX-7 or amorphous Boron.

   Scientists at the Pune-based High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) have already synthesized adequate quantity of CL-20 in the laboratory. “It is the most powerful non-nuclear explosive yet known to man,” says Dr. AK Sikder, Joint Director, HEMRL, who heads the High Energy Materials Division. The compound, ‘Indian CL-20’ or ICL-20, was indigenously synthesized in the HEMRL laboratory using inverse technology, he added. “The HEMRL has taken India to an elite club of countries with advanced capabilities in the field of Energetic Materials,” said Shri Manish Bhardwaj, a senior Scientist with the HEMRL. In fact, the CL-20 is such a fascination for the HEMRL that a larger-than-life size model of the compound occupies the pride of place as one enters the portals of the main building of the DRDO’s premier lab in Pune. 

  CL-20, so named after the China Lake facility of the Naval Air Weapons Station in California, US, was first synthesized by Dr. Arnold Nielson in 1987. CL-20, or Octa-Nitro-Cubane, is a Nitramine class of explosive 15 times as powerful as HMX, His/Her Majesty Explosive or High Melting Explosive or Octogen. The HMX itself is more than four times as potent as the Research Developed Explosive or Royal Demolition Explosive or Cyclonite or Hexogen, commonly known as RDX. 

   “CL-20 offers the only option within the next 10-15 years to meet the requirements of the Indian Armed Forces for Futuristic Weapons,” said Dr. Sikder. “CL-20 -based Shaped Charges significantly improve the penetration over armours,” he said, adding that it could be used in the bomb for the 120-mm main gun mounted on the MBT-Arjun. “But the costs of mass production of ICL-20 are still prohibitive,” said Dr. Sikder. Compared to Rs.750 per kilogram it takes to produce RDX in the factory today, the HMX is worth about Rs.6,000 per kg while a kilogram of CL-20 costs a whopping Rs.70,000 per kg. 

   “We have a tie up with industry partner for intermediate commercial exploitation of ICL-20,” said Dr. A. Subhananda Rao, Director, HEMRL. About 100 kgs of ICL-20 has been produced by HEMRL in collaboration with the Premier Explosives Limited (PEL). The CL-20, which looks like limestone or grainy talcum powder, is being manufactured by the PEL factory at Peddakanlukur village in Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh. The Rs.60 crores Hyderabad-based company bagged the DRDO’s Defence Technology Absorption Award, 2007 worth Rs.Ten Lakhs, presented by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on May 12, 2008, their most prestigious award, claimed company sources. 

   “The advantage with the CL-20 is its Reduced Sensitivity,” said Dr. Sikder, enabling easy handling and transportation of the lethal weaponry. In fact, the HEMRL is concentrating on the Reduced Shock Sensitivity (RSS) explosives, such as RSS-RDX, which costs about Rs.1,500-2,000 per kg, and RSS-HMX. “There is a whole array of low sensitivity material or Insensitive Munitions we are working on,” said Dr. Rao. “The world around there is a lot of R&D being pumped into what are called the Green Explosives, as also the advanced Insensitive Munitions (IM) and RSS explosives,” added Dr. Sikder, which reduces the chances of mishap and loss to M4, – Men, Money, Materials and Machines. 

Praween Kavi in Pune 

Source – PIB

Categories: DRDO

All India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workerson Base 2001=100 for the Month of October, 2010

November 30, 2010 Leave a comment

            All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of  October, 2010 increased by 2 points and stood at 181 (one hundred and eightyone).
       During October, 2010, the index recorded an increase of 11 points inKodarma centre, 7 points in Giridih centre, 6 points in Mercara centre, 5 points each in Bhilwara and Ghaziabad centres, 4 points each in 4 centres, 3 points in 4 centres, 2 points in 12 centres  and 1 point in 32 centres. The index decreased by 2 points in Ludhiana centre, 1 point in 3 centres, while in the remaining 17 centres the index remained stationary.

         The maximum increase of 11 points in Kodarma centre is mainly on account of increase in the prices of Rice, Wheat, Fish Fresh, Milk, Onion, Garlic, Vegetable & Fruit items, etc. The increase of 7 points in Giridih centre is due to increase in the prices of Rice, Wheat Atta, Milk, Onion, Vegetable items, etc. The increase of 6 points in Mercara centre is due to increase in the prices of Rice, Goat Meat, Onion, Garlic, Vegetable items, Firewood, etc. The increase of 5 points in Bhilwara centre is due to increase in the prices of Rice, Goat Meat, Milk, Onion, Tea (Readymade),  Firewood, Auto Rickshaw Charges, etc. and in case of Ghaziabad centre it is  due to increase in the prices of Rice, Wheat Atta, Vegetable items, Tailoring Charges, etc. However, the decrease of 2 points in Ludhiana centre is due to decrease in the prices of Wheat Atta, Arhar Dal, Masur Dal, Moong Dal, Vegetable & Fruit items etc.
The indices in respect of the six major centres are as follows:
S.No City Points
1. Ahmedabad 178
2.  Bangalore 184
3. Chennai

4. Delhi

5. Kolkata

6. Mumbai 181
   The point to point rate of inflation for the month of October, 2010 is 9.70% as compared to 9.82% in September, 2010.
Source – PIB

Categories: CPI

100+ windows shortcuts

November 30, 2010 Leave a comment
CTRL+C (Copy)
CTRL+X (Cut)
CTRL+V (Paste)
CTRL+Z (Undo)
DELETE (Delete)
SHIFT+DELETE (Delete the selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin)
CTRL while dragging an item (Copy the selected item)
CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item (Create a shortcut to the selected item)
F2 key (Rename the selected item)
CTRL+RIGHT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word)
CTRL+LEFT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word)
CTRL+DOWN ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph)
CTRL+UP ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph)
CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Highlight a block of text)
SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text in a document)
CTRL+A (Select all)
F3 key (Search for a file or a folder)
ALT+ENTER (View the properties for the selected item)
ALT+F4 (Close the active item, or quit the active program)
ALT+ENTER (Display the properties of the selected object)
ALT+SPACEBAR (Open the shortcut menu for the active window)
CTRL+F4 (Close the active document in programs that enable you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)
ALT+TAB (Switch between the open items)
ALT+ESC (Cycle through items in the order that they had been opened)
F6 key (Cycle through the screen elements in a window or on the desktop)
F4 key (Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer)
SHIFT+F10 (Display the shortcut menu for the selected item)
ALT+SPACEBAR (Display the System menu for the active window)
CTRL+ESC (Display the Start menu)
ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name (Display the corresponding menu)
Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu (Perform the corresponding command)
F10 key (Activate the menu bar in the active program)
RIGHT ARROW (Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu)
LEFT ARROW (Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu)
F5 key (Update the active window)
BACKSPACE (View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer)
ESC (Cancel the current task)
SHIFT when you insert a CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive (Prevent the CD-ROM from automatically playing)
Dialog Box Keyboard Shortcuts
CTRL+TAB (Move forward through the tabs)
CTRL+SHIFT+TAB (Move backward through the tabs)
TAB (Move forward through the options)

SHIFT+TAB (Move backward through the options)
ALT+Underlined letter (Perform the corresponding command or select the corresponding option)
ENTER (Perform the command for the active option or button)
SPACEBAR (Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box)
Arrow keys (Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons)
F1 key (Display Help)
F4 key (Display the items in the active list)
BACKSPACE (Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box)
Microsoft Natural Keyboard Shortcuts
Windows Logo (Display or hide the Start menu)
Windows Logo+BREAK (Display the System Properties dialog box)
Windows Logo+D (Display the desktop)
Windows Logo+M (Minimize all of the windows)
Windows Logo+SHIFT+M (Restore the minimized windows)
Windows Logo+E (Open My Computer)
Windows Logo+F (Search for a file or a folder)
CTRL+Windows Logo+F (Search for computers)
Windows Logo+F1 (Display Windows Help)
Windows Logo+ L (Lock the keyboard)
Windows Logo+R (Open the Run dialog box)
Windows Logo+U (Open Utility Manager)
Accessibility Keyboard Shortcuts
Right SHIFT for eight seconds (Switch FilterKeys either on or off)
Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN (Switch High Contrast either on or off)
Left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCK (Switch the MouseKeys either on or off)
SHIFT five times (Switch the StickyKeys either on or off)
NUM LOCK for five seconds (Switch the ToggleKeys either on or off)
Windows Logo +U (Open Utility Manager)
Windows Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts
END (Display the bottom of the active window)
HOME (Display the top of the active window)
NUM LOCK+Asterisk sign (*) (Display all of the subfolders that are under the selected folder)
NUM LOCK+Plus sign (+) (Display the contents of the selected folder)
NUM LOCK+Minus sign (-) (Collapse the selected folder)
LEFT ARROW (Collapse the current selection if it is expanded, or select the parent folder)
RIGHT ARROW (Display the current selection if it is collapsed, or select the first subfolder)
Shortcut Keys for Character Map
After you double-click a character on the grid of characters, you can move through the grid by using the keyboard shortcuts:
RIGHT ARROW (Move to the right or to the beginning of the next line)
LEFT ARROW (Move to the left or to the end of the previous line)
UP ARROW (Move up one row)
DOWN ARROW (Move down one row)
PAGE UP (Move up one screen at a time)
PAGE DOWN (Move down one screen at a time)
HOME (Move to the beginning of the line)
END (Move to the end of the line)
CTRL+HOME (Move to the first character)
CTRL+END (Move to the last character)
SPACEBAR (Switch between Enlarged and Normal mode when a character is selected)
Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Main Window Keyboard Shortcuts
CTRL+O (Open a saved console)
CTRL+N (Open a new console)
CTRL+S (Save the open console)
CTRL+M (Add or remove a console item)
CTRL+W (Open a new window)
F5 key (Update the content of all console windows)
ALT+SPACEBAR (Display the MMC window menu)
ALT+F4 (Close the console)
ALT+A (Display the Action menu)
ALT+V (Display the View menu)
ALT+F (Display the File menu)
ALT+O (Display the Favorites menu)
MMC Console Window Keyboard Shortcuts
CTRL+P (Print the current page or active pane)
ALT+Minus sign (-) (Display the window menu for the active console window)
SHIFT+F10 (Display the Action shortcut menu for the selected item)
F1 key (Open the Help topic, if any, for the selected item)
F5 key (Update the content of all console windows)
CTRL+F10 (Maximize the active console window)
CTRL+F5 (Restore the active console window)
ALT+ENTER (Display the Properties dialog box, if any, for the selected item)
F2 key (Rename the selected item)
CTRL+F4 (Close the active console window. When a console has only one console window, this shortcut closes the console)
Remote Desktop Connection Navigation
CTRL+ALT+END (Open the Microsoft Windows NT Security dialog box)
ALT+PAGE UP (Switch between programs from left to right)
ALT+PAGE DOWN (Switch between programs from right to left)
ALT+INSERT (Cycle through the programs in most recently used order)
ALT+HOME (Display the Start menu)
CTRL+ALT+BREAK (Switch the client computer between a window and a full screen)
ALT+DELETE (Display the Windows menu)
CTRL+ALT+Minus sign (-) (Place a snapshot of the active window in the client on the Terminal server clipboard and provide the same functionality as pressing PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.)
CTRL+ALT+Plus sign (+) (Place a snapshot of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboard and provide the same functionality as pressing ALT+PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.)
Microsoft Internet Explorer Navigation
CTRL+B (Open the Organize Favorites dialog box)
CTRL+E (Open the Search bar)
CTRL+F (Start the Find utility)
CTRL+H (Open the History bar)
CTRL+I (Open the Favorites bar)
CTRL+L (Open the Open dialog box)
CTRL+N (Start another instance of the browser with the same Web address)
CTRL+O (Open the Open dialog box, the same as CTRL+L)
CTRL+P (Open the Print dialog box)
CTRL+R (Update the current Web page)
CTRL+W (Close the current window)

Categories: TRICKS

10 safety mantras for those living alone

November 30, 2010 Leave a comment
   And, although living alone in a new city or town can be a challenging experience, it also means you need to be more careful about safety. These are the 10 rules required to abide by to stay safe.

  1. Keep personal information personal 
            Do not give out your mobile number or address to strangers. This thwarts unwanted visits or calls from people with dubious motives. Request to be de-listed from bank directories and club lists.
  1. Answering the doorbell? Stay alert 
            A peephole is a must, as is a security chain attached to the door. Home deliveries should be attended to at the door, so keep your money ready before opening it. Apply the same rule to ALL strangers.
  1. Observe your surroundings 
            When choosing a home to rent, make sure the path to your home is well lit. Report non-functional streetlights in your society and ensure that fused bulbs in your building are replaced instantly. Dark places can encourage crime, so watch out.
  1. Be an alert traveler 
            I never wear headphones while traveling late; it cuts me off from the outside world and may give the impression that I am not alert, making me seem vulnerable.
            – If you are using public transport, avoid discussing personal details on the phone. Be watchful about being followed and take a self-defence course if possible. While driving alone, lock yourself up in the car and don’t ever give lifts to strangers.
            – Bipin Doshi, an executive producer with Sahara One who often travels late, has a useful tip: “Don’t let the cab driver take a ‘shortcut’ through unknown lanes and be more careful if he has been chatty along the way.”
            – Ruchika Agarwal, an art director who has been living in Mumbai on her own says, “I never share taxis with strangers at night and always keep my cell phone charged while on the move. I also carry pepper spray. I may sound paranoid, but I don’t there’s anything wrong with being concerned for your safety.”
If a situation arises, remember the eyes are the most vulnerable part of the body, so attack a predator there. The neck and knees are the next two sensitive areas. You may be weaker than your predator but, if you make some smart moves, you can escape.
  1. Keep friends, colleagues and family informed 
            Make sure they all have your home address. Keep a friend’s number on speed dial. If possible, alert one or two friends about your late night schedule so they can raise an alarm if they can’t reach you for a while. If you are traveling out of town, keep your family and friends informed, and call them when you get back.
  1. Secure your home 
            Make sure to lock your door before stepping out, even if it is for just five minutes. Get a good branded lock and fix new ones when moving into a new place (with the permission of the landlord, of course). This will ensure that previous tenants can’t sneak in.
  1. Be careful with your keys 
            Keep car and house keys separate. I make it a point never to give my bunched house and car keys to valet parking attendants at clubs. These keys can easily be duplicated, while your address can be obtained from your car’s license plate. Also, while duplicating your house keys, stand and get it done yourself instead of coming back to pick it up later. Ensure the key-maker is not making two sets. Do not hide keys under the doormat, over the ledge of the door or in the garden, and never leave them with security guards at your housing society.
  1. Hiring house help? 
            When you move into a new place, do not hire the first maid who walks into your house or one willing to charge the least money. Talk to the neighbours if possible. Hiring a maid referred by a trusted neighbour could be your best bet. It is also a good idea to register her details with the nearest police station.
  1. If you get locked out 
            Keep a duplicate set of keys with a friend who lives nearby. You could also keep a pair in your office drawer, which must be kept locked. If your landlord lives nearby, you can borrow his or her copy for an emergency, but that means you need his or her number on your cell phone.
  1. Going out of town? 
            Shut all windows and doors; switch off all lights and electrical appliances. You could consider keeping the lights at the entrance on, to illuminate possible hiding places around your house. Avoid leaving keys behind with neighbours not well known to you. The bottom line is being smart and you stay safe.
Categories: SAFETY, TRICKS, Uncategorized

Placement of Pharmacists in the Entry Grade Pay of Rs.4200/-(NFG) on completion of 2 years service in the Grade Pay Rs.2800/-(Railway Board)

November 29, 2010 Leave a comment

(Railway Board)

S. No. PC-VI/ 238

RBE No.165/2010
New Delhi, dated 19.11.2010

The GMs/CAOs(R),
All Indian Railways & Production Units
(As per mailing list)

Subject: Placement of Pharmacists in the Entry Grade Pay of Rs.4200/-(NFG) on completion of 2 years service in the Grade Pay Rs.2800/-

1.  In terms of Board’s letter No.PC-VI/2009/1/RSRP/10 dated 30.03.2010, the Pharmacists (Entry Grade) in the pre-revised scale Rs.4500-7000 have been granted Grade Pay Rs.2800 in Pay Band-1 (Rs.5200-20200) w.e.f.01.01.2006. On completion of two years of regular service in the Grade Pay of Rs.2800, the Pharmacists (Entry Grade) in PB-1 (Rs.5200-20200) are eligible to be granted non-functional upgradation to the next higher Grade Pay of Rs.4200 in the Pay Band-2 (Rs.9300-34800).

2. A reference has been received from NFIR stating that some of the Zonal Railways are insisting on rendering of two years service by the Pharmacists in Grade Pay Rs.2800 for being placed in Pay Band-2, Grade Pay Rs.4200 in the revised pay structure ignoring the service rendered by them in the pre-revised pay scale Rs.4500-7000 and requested for issue of suitable clarification to the effect that the service put in by them in the pre-revised scale of Rs.4500-7000 which corresponds to Grade Pay Rs.2800/-should also be taken into account for counting two years service in Grade Pay Rs.2800 stipulated in Board’s letter No.PC-VI/2009/I/RSRP/10 dated 30.03.2010.

3. The matter has been considered in Board’s Office and it is clarified that the regular service rendered by the Pharmacists in the pre-revised scale Rs.4500-7000 should be counted as service in Grade Pay of Rs.2800 for being placed in Non-functional Grade of Pharmacists in Pay Band-2 (Rs.9300-34800), Grade Pay Rs.4200 in terms of Board’s letter No.PC-Vl/2009/I/RSRP/10 dated 30.03.2010

4. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

(Koshy Thomas)
Joint Director, Pay Commission-II
Railway Board.

Click here to view the order.

Categories: RAILWAY

TuneUp Utilities – keeps your computer healthy

November 28, 2010 Leave a comment

    Many aspects of the day-to-day use of your computer have negative effects on performance.

      Speed up your computer performance using Tune Up Utility.
You will find everything you need to accelerate your system here.

    Installing lots of programs and using the wrong Windows settings can significantly slow your computer down over time.

   Expert users know this and can adjust system settings to achieve maximum performance.

    With the TuneUp Utilities modules in this category, a few mouse clicks are enough to optimize your system for maximum performance – and you don’t have to become a Windows guru.

    TuneUp Speed Optimizer checks your computer for things that might slow your system down or problems that often cause your computer to behave unpredictably, and removes them at the touch of a button.

     Meanwhile, it is always ready to help you with valuable tips on hardware and software configuration.
One of the most powerful tools for accelerating your system is TuneUp Drive Defrag. This module organizes the files on your hard disk so that they can be accessed more quickly. The advanced defragmentation system will allow Windows and programs to start substantially faster.

TuneUp StartUp Manager lets you finally turn off those annoying unnecessary autostart programs. Autostart programs are those programs that start automatically when Windows starts up, often in spite of the fact that you don’t want or need them.
TuneUp Registry Defrag optimizes and defragments the Windows registry, which becomes bigger and bigger during the course of your normal work.

TuneUp Memory  Optimizer module, available for Windows versions up to Windows XP, monitors the system memory in Windows and automatically optimizes it when you are not working.

Clear the unwanted temporary files it keeps the system clean by clearing the unwanted Temp files.

Fix and repair the registry errors Don’t worry about the registry errors.. It will completely fix and repair the errors

Here is a Screen Shot of the Tune Up Utility Window..

Categories: SOFTWARES