Thursday, August 09, 2018

WhatsApp limiting message forwards to five users is good news for India

irculation of fake news and information on WhatsApp lead to several incidents of lynching in some parts of the country. Soon after these incidents occurred, the Indian government asked the Facebook-owned instant messaging platform to take actions for curbing the spread of fake and provocative content on its platform. WhatsApp acknowledged the problem and has now come up with a solution for it. WhatsApp has limited the users for forwarding messages to just five from twenty. With the new update, WhatsApp believes that this initiative will help check the spread of fake news and misinformation on its platform.

This means, unlike earlier, you will no longer be able to forward a message to more than five people at once. The feature has already started rolling out and will come to all -- over 200 million -- WhatsApp users in India. "The limit has started to appear this week for people in India who are on the current version of WhatsApp," the Facebook-owned messaging platform announced on Wednesday. So, to get the feature reflected on your WhatsApp you'll need to update the app to the latest version.

The forward message limit to five users is said to be only for the Indian users. Globally, WhatsApp allows users to forward messages to up to 20 chats. WhatsApp has also informed that users in India forward more messages, photos, and videos than any other country in the world.

In addition to the new update, WhatsApp has also posted a new video with the aim to educate its users on how to spot fake news and hoaxes. This, according to the instant messaging app will also help spread of fake and misinformed news.

"This week, WhatsApp is publishing a new video that explains the importance of the 'forward' label and calls users to 'double check the facts when you're not sure who created the original message,'" WhatsApp noted.

On rolling out these new changes to the platform, WhatsApp said, "We are deeply committed to your safety and privacy which is why WhatsApp is end-to-end encrypted, and we'll continue to improve our app with features like this one."

Earlier this week, as reports claim, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) had asked telecom operators to find measures to block WhatsApp, Facebook, Telegram and Instagram in case of misuse and threat to national security and public order. In response, the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), however, said that the Indian government should find out "more effective" measures steps to curb fake news, instead of blocking social media apps.

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Direct Recruitment of Officers in Scale II, III IV & V - IPPB Notification

Direct Recruitment of Officers in Scale II, III IV & V - India Post Payments Bank ( A Government of India Undertaking)

Important Dates :

Payment of Application Fee 01.08.2018 to 15.08.2018
Opening date of Online Registration 01.08.2018
Closing date of Online Registration 15.08.2018



Fundamental Right To Freedom Of Speech Not An Absolute License To Hurt Fellow Citizens’ Religious Sentiments: Kerala HC

‘Persons who take the risk of publication and dissemination of scurrilous and blasphemous messages are not entitled to get the discretion of the court exercised in their favour.’

While rejecting anticipatory bail to a man who posted a comment on Facebook post, insulting members of Islamic community and the prophet, the Kerala High Court observed that the fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression in a secular state is not an absolute licence to injure and hurt the religious feelings and faiths and beliefs of fellow citizens.

Justice R Narayana Pisharadi also observed that the social media provides opportunities for the commission of crimes at a mass level and that the cyber crimes have now become a major threat to the society.

An FIR was registered against Bijumon, who had posted derogatory comments on Muslims and Prophet Muhammad, in a Facebook post. He was charged under Section 153A IPC. He had moved high court seeking pre-arrest bail.

Mentioning wrong provision of law in FIR not a ground to grant anticipatory bail

The high court, though said that offence punishable under Section 153A is not attracted in this case, observed that the comments posted by him in the Facebook insult the members of Islam religion, and thereby would attract Section 295A IPC.

The bench, in this regard, observed: “The fact that the penal provision of Section 295A I.P.C. is not mentioned in the first information report is of little consequence. Mentioning a wrong provision of law in the first information report should not be a ground for rejecting the prosecution case. It should not also be a ground for granting anticipatory bail to the accused. The question is whether the allegations levelled against the accused would constitute an offence and if so, which penal provision is attracted. At any stage of the investigation of the case, the investigating officer could correct a mistake in mentioning a particular section of offence.”

The court then rejected his bail plea on the ground that his custodial interrogation would be necessary to ascertain whether the mobile phone was used by him to post the comments in the Facebook page and also to ascertain whether has got any connection with any fanatic groups or organisations.

Responsible use of the platform in social media has become the need of the hour

The court also observed that cyber crimes have now become a major threat to the society. “Social media provide great benefit to the society. They have brought a revolution in communication. But, they also provide opportunities for the commission of crimes at a mass level. Responsible use of the platform in social media has become the need of the hour. This case is an example for the irresponsible use of the social media to hurt the religious feelings of a class of people in our society,” Justice Pisharadi observed.

The court further observed: “The fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression in a secular State is not an absolute license to injure and hurt the religious feelings and faiths and beliefs of fellow citizens. Persons who take the risk of publication and dissemination of scurrilous and blasphemous messages are not entitled to get the discretion of the court exercised in their favour.”

Madras HC Expressed Same View On Social Media

While rejecting anticipatory bail plea of journalist-turned-BJP leader S Ve Shekher who allegedly shared a derogatory Facebook post on women journalists, the Madras High Court had observed that sharing or forwarding a message in social media is equal to accepting and endorsing the message.

In its order, the high court had said: “Daily we see young emotional boys getting arrested for doing this type of activities in Social media? Law is same to everyone and people should not lose faith in our judiciary. Mistakes and crimes are not same.” 

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Maximum Time Limit for Disposal of Various Types of Cases as per Office Procedure (MoP)

Fixation of Maximum Number of Days for Disposal of Various Types of Cases
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No.A/88296/Policy Corr/CAD/A-2(B)
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
(Office of JS & CAO)

OFFICE ORDER

Sub: FIXATION OF MAXIMUM NUMBER OF DAYS FOR DISPOSAL OF VARIOUS TYPES OF CASES

1. General instructions regarding disposal of various types of cases in Govt Depts already exists under Chapter XI ‘Check on Delays’ in the Manual of Office Procedure (MoP). However, Para 60 of the MoP emphasises that each Ministry/Department should fix time limits for disposal of as many types of cases as possible handled in the Department through departmental instructions.

2. In accordance with Para 60 of MoP and to streamline the existing practice of disposal of cases in Adm division of CAD’s office, it has been decided to lay down norms for disposal of different cases / requests / applications on a time bound manner under normal circumstances. The under mentioned nature of cases have been considered feasible for the purpose of timely disposal / finalization of cases/requests / applications received from officers / members of staff:-
S. No. Subject Time Limit for Disposal
working days)
1. Grant of Advance / Withdrawal from
GPF
03 Days
2. LTC Advance (Adm Entry) 02 Days
3. LTC Final Claim Adm Ent 05 Days
4. Forwarding of Application for
outside posts
01 Day  after CCA
approval 
5. Forwarding of Application for type
test
02 Days
6. Forwarding Application for
Allotment / Possession of Govt Accommodation
02 Days
7. Application for CGHS card (New /
Renewal)
02 Days
8. Opening of Service Book on New
Apptts including all Nominations. NPS form etc.)
10 Days
9. NOC for Passport 15 Days 
10. NoC for Visiting Abroad 15 Days 
11. Medical Reimbursement claim under
Delegated Powers
05 Days
12. Sanction of Medical Advance under
Delegated Powers
03 Days
13. Grant of Permission under Conduct
Rules
As prescribed under Conduct Rules
14. Change of Home Town for LTC
recorded in Service Book
03 Days
15. Issue of LPC on Transfer 07 Days
16. Permission to Undertake Higher
Study or Course
05 Days
17. Fixation of Pay on Promotion 15 Days
18. Leave Applications 15 Days
19. Payment of Pay and Allowances On due date
20. Sanction of Hindi Awards and
Special Increments
05 Days
21. WIP / VIP Reference 07 Days
22. Parliament Question Starred and Unstarred 05 Days or on demand whichever is
less
23. Preparation of Bill for Leave
Encashment on LTC
03 Days

Note: The cases where final disposal is dependent upon various clearances from other offices, processing of the case must commence immediately.
3.All officers and staff are requested to furnish their applications / requests complete in all respects so that their requests may be disposed of within the time limit mentioned above. In case of delay, they may kindly bring the matter to the notice of the SAO / Dy Dir of concerned Adm Section.

4. This issues with the approval of JS & CA).

sd/-
(Dr. S.K. Mishra)
Dy CAO (Admin)
For JS & CAO

Source: Confederation

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India Post Payments Bank ties up with PNB, Bajaj Allianz for rural services

The government’s payment bank venture, which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is also in talks with the country’s largest lender, State Bank of India (SBI), for services like loans and mutual funds.

India Posts Payments Bank (IPPB), which will start operations in 650 branches from August 21, has tied up with public sector lender Punjab National Bank (PNB) and private insurer Bajal Allianz for providing third-party services with focus on unbanked areas, especially rural India. The government’s payment bank venture, which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is also in talks with the country’s largest lender, State Bank of India (SBI), for services like loans and mutual funds.

Two rounds of meeting have taken place on this already, sources said. That apart, to increase penetration of banking services in rural areas, the Department of Posts (DoP) is training its more than 3 lakh postmen to act as agents of IPPB. Under this, a IPPB account holder can call up the bank branch concerned for using services from home. The postman will visit the home of the account holder and, through PoS machine, will provide banking services.

“This plan is being formulated on a larger scale. There will be minuscule charges, between Rs 20-50 based on the banking request. The charges are also being deliberated. Authentication of the account holder will be done through Aadhaar. Initially, 11,000 postmen will provide door-step banking services, which will later expand to over 3 lakh postmen,” sources said.

Moreover, all the 1.55 lakh post offices in the country will have a counter for IPPB by December-end. Another notable feature is that IPPB account holders will be able to deposit more than the RBI prescribed limit of Rs 1 lakh for payment banks. Here, IPPB has receive permission to link around 17-crore post office saving banks (POSB) accounts. What this means is that whenever a deposit in IPPB account exceeds Rs 1 lakh, it can be transferred to POSB. At present, there are around 37 crore different types of accounts at post offices, which will be linked to IPPB gradually. 

IPPB Office Order No.01/2018-19 : Sharing test version of Mobile Banking APK through Social Media is an Offence

All staff members are strictly advised that sharing of mobile banking APK is not allowed without the permission of competent authority. Non compliance os these instructions will be viewed seriously and will be liable for disciplinary action.


Date of next increment - Rule 10 of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016 : DoP

The undersigned is directed to invite attention to Rule 10 of CCS (RP) Rules 2016 which provides, inter alia, that there shall be two dates for increment namely 1st January and 1st July of every year, instead of the provision of one date of increment on the 1st July during the 6th Pay Commission pay structure. The Rule further provides that an employee shall be entitled to only one annual increment either on 1st January or 1st July depending on the date of appointment, promotion or grant of financial upgradation. The Sub-Rule (2) thereof provides that increment in respect of an employee appointed or promoted or granted financial upgradation including upgradation under MACP during the period between the 2nd day of January and 1st day of July (both inclusive) shall be granted on 1st day of January and the increment in respect of an employee appointed or promoted or granted financial upgradation including upgradation under MACP during the period between 2nd day of July and 1st day of January (both inclusive) shall be granted on 1st day of July.