May 7, 2015

Apple takes over Indian Railways



Apple takes over Indian Railways (Getty Images)

American multinational, Apple Inc. headquartered in California, US, has taken over Indian Railways. This could be one of the biggest mergers ever in the history. Indian Railways, which is known for making losses and its lack of efficiency, is now expected to change overnight after the new management comes on board.

One of the biggest revolutions that Apple is going to bring to the booking system of tickets is, 'One-swipe booking'. It could be used with just one hand. People would be able to book train tickets in less than 20 seconds. We know that words like '20 seconds' and 'book train tickets' sound unbelievable in the same sentence. But apparently, that's what Apple Inc is proposing to change.

But there's a teeny-weenie 'conditions apply', from now on only people with Apple products will be able to book train tickets. If you use a laptop, tab or phone of a company other than Apple, then you'll have to approach your rich family members or friends to help you with the booking.

This means lower middle class will now just travel by buses or sell their kidneys to first buy an Apple product or take a flight.

Pricing of every other service in collaboration with Indian Railways would also be affected. For example, a bottle of water in train will now cost around Rs 500. A vegetarian meal that costs between Rs 80-100 will now be priced at Rs 2000. If you want to adjust the air-conditioning according to your need, then there will be extra charges for that too.

The trains will get renovated and updated every two months and then prices will also get revised with this process in every two months. The biggest challenge for Apple was to balance demand and supply.

We think Apple has done a good job with revising prices to make sure that at least the demand decreases if supply can't be increased
.Source - TOI

Order for Merger of 50% DA, Retirement age news goes viral in Social Media

Recently rumour mill went overdrive in social media with the following news that
1.central government decided to Merge 50% DA with basic pay with effect from 1.1.2015 and order will be issued within 15 days
2. Encashment of Earned Leave to be curtailed to 180days instead of existing 300 days.
3.It went on to say that age of Retirement will be on completion of 33 Years of service or at the age of 58 Years whichever is earlier
According to the Social Media , the above strong decisions were taken in last three meeting of cabinet committee to recommend 7th pay commission. Further the post published in social media warned the central government employees that if above decisions are implemented; they should not expect more from 7th Pay Commission. Since it is considered to be the indication of what the think tank of central government will do for its employees.
We enquired about this rumour with one of the Member to the National council JCM, who recently met the 7th Pay Commission. According to him, the central government has firm on its decision not to accept the Merger of DA with Pay, since the due date of the 7th Pay Commission to submit its recommendation is nearing and the central government in many occasions cleared that the recommendation of 7th pay commission will be implemented from 1.1.2016. So there is no question of issuing order for merger of 50% DA with effect from 1.1.2015.
Further he clarified that the present government wanted to use the man-hours of central government employees productively by introducing new systems like bio metric attendance etc. Hence curtailing EL Encashment will lead the central government employees to take more leave if it is not allowed for encashment. So there is no need to implement such proposal as government point of view is against taking leave by Govt officials.
There is mixed response from the sources whether the retirement age of central government employees will be revised or not. It is believed that the present government is in favour of reducing retirement age to 58. But at the same time government doesn’t want loose resources of knowledge gained through experience by reducing retirement age of Government employees. Since the work culture of government service is deteriorating day by day due to various factors , govt would like to retain the experience of the senior Government officials . Anubhav is the one of the initiative introduced by the central government to improve the work culture of youngsters in government service. So there will not be any change in retirement age of central government employees at present.

Source - gservants

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