Thursday, May 30, 2013

Detention of Post Parcel by Customs in India

1.      Post Parcel has been detained by Customs since the value of the contents exceeds permissible limit of Rs.2000/-. The dutiable articles, intended for personal use, imported by post or air, are restricted subject to value limit of Rs.2000/-(CIF), as per the conditions laid down under the CTH 9804 under the clause 3(1)(i) of Foreign Trade (Exemption from application of Rules in certain cases) order, 1993. In view of the above restriction the goods having value more than Rs.2000/-(CIF) become restricted for import and the same are liable for confiscation under Section 111 (d) of the Customs Act, 1962 and the Importer is liable for penalty under Section 112(a)(i) of the Customs Act, 1962.

2.      Bonafide gifts upto a value limit of Rs.10000/- imported by Post are allowed free of duty under Notfn No.171/93 – Cus. Dated 16.09.1993 (as amended). Items imported as gift are restricted for importation under Foreign Trade (Development & Regulation ) Act, 1992. The gift articles exceeding limit of Rs.10000/- are leviable to duty @ 41.492%.

3.      Bonafide commercial samples and proto types upto a value of Rs.10000/- are also allowed free of duty under Notfn No.154/1994 dated 13/07/1994 (as amended), subject to the condition that the said goods have been supplied free of charge.

4.      The goods intended to be imported other than articles for personal use and gift are chargeable to duty under respective chapter heading, subject to production of IEC No. and other relevant documents required for such import. Persons importing goods for personal use and the goods not connected with trade or manufacture or agriculture, are exempt from IEC code. In case the customs duty payable is not more than Rs.100/- the same is exempt vide Notfn No.21/2002-Cus, dated 01.03.2002 (as amended).

5.      The post parcel containing Medicine / Chemicals shall be released only after obtaining a NOC (No Objection Certificate) from Drug Controller / Chemical Examiner, Addl. Drug Controller available in the office.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

EMS (Speed Post) providers garner top marks in 2012

Performance levels for express mail services (EMS – the courier service of the Posts) have reached new heights, despite increasing demands.

This was confirmed by 38 countries being commended on the quality of their EMS offerings for 2012.
Twelve countries won gold awards: Azerbaijan, Great Britain, Hongkong (China), Hungary, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Macao (China), Malaysia, Poland, Spain and Sweden.
Silver winners were: Australia, Barbados, El Salvador, Finland, Kiribati, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Vanuatu and Vietnam.
Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Israel, Italy, Moldova, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, and Serbia took bronze.
Performance is measured using a variety of factors, such as the percentage of on-time deliveries and timely responses to customer inquiries.

In Pursuit of an 'Idea' with the theme "Creative Collaboration on Open Government Data for Innovation".

The Institute of Informatics and Communication, University of Delhi and National Informatics Centre have organised a unique event:In Pursuit of an 'Idea' with the theme "Creative Collaboration on Open Government Data for Innovation".
The event kick-started on 24th May, 2013, amid great enthusiasm.
The event is taking place in two phases.
  • The first phase is dedicated to generation of 'New Ideas', which is open for all.
  • In the second phase, undergraduate and postgraduate students of Delhi University will shape the shortlisted 'New Ideas' into apps/visualizations/info-graphics/data-sanitation projects in collaboration with mentors from a set of diverse fields ranging from data analytics, business, social science, academics, management, data journalism, etc. They will work on various sectors, including but not limited to Trade, Energy, Agriculture, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Education & Skill Development, Health & Family Welfare and an Open category relevant to the emerging needs of the country.
For more details, please visit Data Portal India.
You are invited to share your 'New Idea' of innovation. With your creative imagination and passion, you can help address the real world problems and serve public interest.
Idea submission will close on 7th June, 2013. Hurry up to share your idea with us!
In case you have any queries, feel free to contact us at
You can connect with us on Twitter at @DataPortalIndia and on Facebook at You can also join our Facebook Event Page.
We hope you will enjoy this event!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

RichCopy : Microsoft Tool : Copying files fast across a network

If the number of files is huge, the sizes of the files vary greatly and you are copying across a network, RichCopy’s multi-threaded copying is the only way to go.

One of the Microsoft tools that was being used by Microsoft programmers to copy or move files in faster speed. This tool was developed in 1996 but it was being used internally by Microsoft and was not made available for public usages. However, at a later stage they made it available for free public download and now you can also experience faster file copying and moving with this small Windows utility, called RichCopy.

RichCopy can copy multiple files at a time with up to 8 times faster speed than the normal file copy and moving process. Surprisingly it copies and moves files even faster than RoboCopy tool and XCOPY command. Since the tool was being used by the developers, they made it pretty effective and stable .

download Microsoft Rich copy 4.0

Grant of one increment in pre-revised pay scale – OM dated 19.03.2013 – clarification

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 22nd May, 2013
Subject: Grant of one increment in pre-revised pay scale – OM dated 19.3.2012 – clarification regarding.
The undersigned is directed to invite a reference to this Ministry’s Office Memorandum of even no. dated 19.3.2012 which provides that those Central Government employees who were due to get their annual increment between February to June during 2006, may be granted one increment as on 1.1.2006 in the pre-revised pay scale as a one time measure and, thereafter, will get the next increment in the revised pay structure on 1.7.2006.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The question to merge DA with basic pay does not arise ..Finance Ministry replied in Lok Sabha.

ANSWERED ON-07.05.2013
Dearness Allowance as Dearness Pay

(a) whether the earlier Pay Commissions for Central Government Employees had recommended that a certain percentage of Dearness Allowance to be treated as Dearness Pay;

(b) if so, the details thereof; and

(c) by when the salaried class as well as pensioners are likely to be benefited so as to overcome the hardship being faced by them to maintain their day-to-day household expenses?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Whether Service Book of an Employee can be supplied under RTI

This question if gets an answer as ‘yes’ may sound a bit weird and unwarranted in employee’s point of view as nobody would like supply of personal records to public.

Of Course there is sense in employee’s case in this issue as Service book of an Government Employee contains very important information about his/her service including disciplinary proceedings taken against him/her.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Scan Blog or Website for Virus or Any Suspicious Files.

Use below mentioned tools to scan blog or webpage for any virus.

There are 3 Online tools to scan Blog or Web pages .

1. Google Tools
Just Change with your Site URL.

2.AVG Online Webpage Scanner

3.Dr WEB Tools

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Telecast of a programme titled 'INDIA POST: Achievements and challenges' organised by Lok Sabha TV.

Smt P. Gopinath, Secretary (Posts), Shri Alok Saxena, DDG (PMU), Ms. Rajul Bhatt, Director (PMU) have participated in a panel discussion on "India Post : Achievements and Challenges" organized by Lok Sabha Tv.
The hour long panel discussion will be telecast on 11.05.2013 (Saturday) from 7 P.M. to 8 P.M. under the Programme "Public Forum". A repeat telecast of the same would again take place on the same day at 11 P.M.

Utility to update the revised international speed post rates from 01-05-2013

    Utility to update the revised international speed post rates from 01-05-2013 is available at

Run the InternationalEMSTariffRevision_2013 exe in the machine where Point Of Sale Server component is installed. Enter the path of PointOfSale Server component and the SQL server name and click on Update to update the new International EMS tariff rates.