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Governor Koshyari donates 1 lakh for Postal Staff affected by Covid - 19
Amount includes prize money from letter writing competition and personal contribution*
Maharashtra Governor Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari today made a personal donation of Rs.1 lakh to the Maharashtra Posts for the treatment of the postal staff affected by the Corona virus Disease, Covid – 19.
A cheque of Rs. One Lakh addressed to the ‘Maharashtra Postal Circle Welfare Fund’ was handed over by the Governor to the Chief Post Master General of Maharashtra Harish Chandra Agarwal at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai on Tuesday (23 June).
Assistant Post Master Shrinivas Vyavahare was also present.
The amount of Rs. 1 lakh includes the sum of Rs.25000 received by the Governor as Prize money from the department of posts and his personal contribution of Rs.75000.
The Governor had won the first prize in the letter writing competition for his essay in Hindi ‘Bapu, Aap Amar Hai’
The letter writing competition was organised by the Department of Posts on the occasion of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
The competition, named ‘Dhai Akhar’ was held in November 2019 in Inland Letter and Envelope category for participants below 18 years and above 18 years of age.
According to the officials of Posts, more than 80000 participants had taken part in the competition held to promote the culture of letter writing.
“Looking at it directly can cause severe damage to the eye and
vision. There are special goggles made for looking at the Sun. These goggles
filter the sunlight for safe viewing”
On: 20 JUN 2020 11:25AM by PIB Delhi
·By TV Venkateswaran
A rare celestial event, annular solar
eclipse, popularly called as ring of fire eclipse will be visible this Sunday.
The first solar eclipse of this year takes place on the summer solstice, which
is the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere. While people living along the
path annular eclipse passing through Anupgarh, Suratgarh, Sirsa, Jakhal,
Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar, Dehradun, Tapowan and Joshimath will be able to see
the annular phase, people in rest of India can witness a partial eclipse.
When Moon comes between the Sun and Earth, the shadow falls on
the surface of the Earth. The Sun is entirely covered by the Moon for a brief
period. Those places that are engulfed by the dark, dense umbral shadow of the
Moon experience the total solar eclipse. In the regions that plunge into the
soft diffused penumbral shadow of the Moon experience the partial eclipse. In
all solar eclipse the Sun, Moon and Earth may not be perfectly aligned, and
then we only have a partial eclipse. When the three celestial bodies happen to
be in a straight line, we have Total solar eclipse.
"Annular solar eclipse is a particular case of the total
solar eclipse. Like the total solar eclipse, the Moon is aligned with the Sun.
However, on that day, the apparent size of the Moon happens to be a wee smaller
than the Sun. Hence the Moon covers the central part of the Sun, and the
rim of the Sun appear like a 'ring of fire' in the sky for a very brief
moment" explains Samir Dhurde of The Inter-University Centre for Astronomy
and Astrophysics, Pune.
The distance between the Earth and
the Moon at the moment of the eclipse can dictate the type of eclipse that will
take place. The distance between the Earth and the Moon is always changing due
to the egg-shaped elliptical orbit of the Moon. This means that there are times
where it is closer to the Earth and appears slightly bigger in the sky and
times where it is farther away and appears somewhat smaller in the sky.
Coincidentally, during the eclipse that takes place on June 21, 2020, the
apparent size of the Moon is smaller than that of the Sun by 1%.
At the onset of the solar eclipse,
Sun gives a characteristic appearance of a bitten apple. A small part of the
Sun is covered by the disc of the Moon. After that, slowly and steadily the
disc of the Moon embraces larger and larger part of the Sun. On a narrow track
that the Moon's shadow traces on Earth during an annular solar eclipse, people
can see the Moon traversing on the Sun and covering the central part. As the
Moon is not able to block out the entire Sun, a bright ring of sunlight around
the Moon will be visible. This is how this type of eclipse earned the nickname
the "ring of fire" eclipse.
"If we miss this opportunity, in
India we have to wait for about 28 months for the next solar eclipse. The
next solar eclipse , which will be a partial solar eclipse, visible from India
will take place on October 25, 2022. It would be visible in the western part of
India" said Aniket Sule, Chairperson, Public Outreach & Education
Committee of the Astronomical Society of India.
Sun is a very bright object, and
looking at it directly can cause severe damage to the eye and vision. There are
special goggles made for looking at the Sun. These goggles filter the
sunlight for safe viewing. "Often the Public Outreach and Education
Committee of Astronomical Society of India and other astronomical institutions/
planetariums and other science popularisation agencies usually make
arrangements for safe viewing of the eclipse. However, due to the lockdown this
time, we are not able to make solar filters available. Further, we strongly
advise people not to gather in large numbers to view the eclipse given the
pandemic situation. There are easy tips for viewing the eclipse from the safety
of your home" says Arvind Paranjpye, Director, Nehru Planetarium, Mumbai.
Allying rumors that the eclipse will
mark the end of coronavirus, Aniket Sule said "Solar eclipse is
caused when the Moon comes in front of the Sun for a short time. As seen from
Earth eclipses occur somewhere in the Earth 2 to 5 times a year. Eclipses do
not impact microorganisms on Earth. Likewise there no danger in eating of
stepping out during an eclipse. No mysterious rays come out of the Sun during
Tips for viewing the eclipse:-
Do not use sunglasses, goggles,
exposed x-ray sheet or lampblack over a glass. They are not safe. Nor is
viewing the Sun's image on the surface of the water.
Welders glass #13 or # 14 can be used to see the Sun directly with naked eyes.
Make a pinhole in a card sheet and hold it under the Sun. At some
distance, keep a screen of white paper. Image of the Sun can be seen on
this sheet. By adjusting the gap between the sheet and the screen, the image
can be made larger.
Look at the shadow of a bush or a tree. With the gaps between the leaves acting
like a pinhole, numerous images of the eclipsed Sun can be seen on the ground.
You can use a strainer for making pinhole images.
Cover the 'compact' makeup kit mirror
with black paper, with a small hole at the centre. Reflect the image of the Sun
on a distant wall in shadow. You can get a projected image of the eclipsed Sun.
Bhuj will be the first town in India
to see the beginning of the eclipse 9:58 a.m. The eclipse ends 4 hours
later at Dibrugarh, Assam at 2:29 p.m. Ghersana at the western boundary of
India will be the first to witness the annular phase of the eclipse at 11:50
a.m. It will last for 30 seconds. Kalanka peak in Uttarakhand will be the last
major landmark to see the annular eclipse at 12:10 p.m. lasting for 28 seconds.
All Circle /
Divisional and Branch Secretaries of NFPE Affiliated Unions
NFPE FEDERAL EXECUTIVE MEETING
NFPE Federal Executive Meeting was held on 19.06.2020 at 11am through
Com. P.V. Rajendran
President, presided over the Meeting.
Welcomed all General Secretaries and NFPE Office Bearers and stated about the
need of Federal Executive Committee Meeting through Video Conferencing as the
physical meeting is not possible due to Covid-19 Crises. After Federal Council
held at Mathura in November -2019 , Federal Executive meeting was notified to
be held on 1st February -2020 but after spread of Corona Virus
and due to so many restrictions imposed on travelling and gathering by
Government of India , the same was postponed.
Most of the General
Secretaries and NFPE Office Bearers participated in meeting. Some could not
take part in deliberations due to technology related problems. They were
requested to send notes and they have sent notes.
The agenda as
mentioned below was read out by Secretary General on direction of President
which was approved by the house.
2.Review of situation arisen out of Covid-19
3.Review of agitational programmes on 1st May
and 22nd May -2020 on the call of NFPE and Confederation of
Central Government Employees & Workers.
5.Any other items with the permission of Chair.
Homage was paid to the Martyrs who scarified their life in saving
the mother land after clash with Chinees Army. Besides this homage was paid to
all Trade Union activists, political and social leaders and common man who
expired during this period and who lost their lives due to Covid-19 and other
natural calamities e.g. Amphan and Nisharg Cyclone. One Minute Silence was
observed to pay tributes to all.
Initiating the discussion Secretary General stated that
organizationally more problems are being faced. Due to Covid-19 crisis,
organizational meetings are not being held. Conferences at all level are not
being held due to restrictions on gathering and movement. We have requested
administration to extend Trade Union facilities at all level till normalcy is
restored. Periodical & JCM meetings are also not being held resultantly the
issues are lying unsettled.
Membership Verification was announced to be carried out online,
which we have opposed. New enrollment of new membership and modification which
takes place every year in the month of April , on our request the period
was extended up to June-30 and will be carried out through Check off system
i.e. through submission of letters of authorization.
On unilateral decision of Government to freeze the DA & DR of
employees and pensioners, protest demonstration call was given by
Confederation/NFPE and it was observed throughout the Country.
On 22nd May, protest demonstration call
was given by Confederation and NFPE against change of labour laws and
other policy offensives being unleashed by the Government of India and it was
also observed at all work places throughout the Country maintaining the norms
of NDMA due to Covid-19 crisis .
During this period of Crisis due to Covid-19 Crisis Postal/RMS and
GDS staff has suffered a lot. After being declared postal services as essential
service. Official were put on duty at their risk without providing them
adequate security measures and safe transportation facilities. So many Guide
lines , advisories and instructions were issued by MHA, Health Ministry, DOPT
and Department of Posts. But at lower level officers did not comply with the
same and forced the staff to work under risky conditions. The most dangerous
work was given i.e. Aadhaar enabled Payments Service through IPPB and it caused
infection to Postal employees and at some places some employees expired after
being infected from Corona Virus. Which is very unfortunate?
All General Secretaries and NFPE Office Bearers deliberated on all
the issues and the gist of the discussion on important issues and decision as
Compassionate Appointments should be given to the ward of deceased employees
due to Covid-19, immediately relaxing the norms and all pensionery benefits and
ex-gratia Rs.10 lakh should be given to the family.
Special Casual Leave should be granted to all the employees who could not join
duty under compelling circumstances due to lockdown. Leave period should also
Regarding Membership Verification, for regular & GDS employees it should
not be done online. It should be through check off system as per provision of
CCS (RSA) Rules.
Casual, Part-time, Contingent, Daily rated Mazdoors and out sourced workers
should be paid wages for lockdown period.
Road Transport Net Work proposal should be dropped in RMS.
Decentralization of DAP should be dropped.
should be continued till Covid-19 Crisis is over.
Stop Common Service Centres in Post Offices.
allowance should be granted to Postal and GDS employees temporarily till
service should not be started and unscientific targets for opening of accounts
in IPPB and Aadhaar enabled payments service should not be imposed on
11. One Day
Protest Demonstration on 3rd July-2020
Opposing Change in Labour laws, migrant labourers issues,
against freezing of DA/DR , Scrapping NPS and restoration of OPS ,
should be held at all work places.
Further it was also decided that there are so may other sectional
issues. But the Directorate is also not functioning in full fledged manner due
to Covid-19 Crisis. After normalcy restores, a detailed memorandum on all
issues will be submitted to Secretary Posts for settlement in a time bound
manner after convening a meeting with unions failing which serious agitational programmes
will be lunched culminating into definite or indefinite strike.
Again making appeal for holding protest demonstration on 03rd July-2020 at all work places maintaining the norms of
We on behalf of NFPE, convey revolutionary greetings to all.
Copy to :
1. The Secretary,
Department of Posts , Dak Bhawan, New Delhi-110 001
2. The Director
General, Department of Posts , Dak Bhawan, New Delhi-110001
3. The Member (P),
Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, New Delhi-110001
4. The DDG( SR &
Legal), Department of Posts Dak Bhawan, New Delhi-110 001.
5. The Director
(SR&Legal) Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, New Delhi for necessary action