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SBI Will Deduct Money From Your Account – Here’s What You Need To Know

India’s largest lender, State Bank of India (SBI) will charge for withdrawal from bank branches and ATMs from June 1, 20017. The banks will also charge for the torn and damaged notes from branches. The government has also decided to exact 5% TDS for those who pay more than Rs 50,000 per month. The money will be deducted at the source. Other financial services will also get dearer.

The first four transactions will be free of cost after which the bank will charge Rs.50 service tax per transaction. From ATMs of other banks, SBI will charge Rs. 20 per transaction. From SBI ATMs, the bank will charge Rs. 10 per transaction. Even the online services will not be free. IMPS, UPI, and IUSSD transactions above Rs 1 lakh will be charged Rs 5. from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2 lakh, Rs 15 will be charged. And from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh, Rs 25 will be charged apart from service tax. If one want to exchange bank notes, money would be charged after the transaction of Rs 5000.

SBI will also charge penalty on keeping low balance in the accounts. For metro cities the minimum balance is Rs.5,000 and Urban & Semi urban areas it will be Rs.3,000 to Rs.1,000.

World Blood Donor Day 2017 – Health Benefits of Blood Donation

Blood Donation is something which is considered good for the health and body. After the first 48 hours of blood donation the body of the donor starts replenishing the red blood cells which are lost. This replenishment process keeps the body staying healthy and productive at work. If not planning to donate blood this World Blood Donor Day then start planning as it will help you keep your body healthy. Apart from the fact that it is a noble deed, blood donation is largely recommended by doctors and medical experts for health reasons. If you are donating then you should know that it can be highly beneficial for your health. The theme for this year’s World Blood Donor Day is Give blood. Give now. Give often.

Health Benefits of Blood Donation

Blood Donation Stimulates the development of New Red Blood Cells – Within the first 48 hours of blood donation, the donor’s body starts replenishing the lost red blood cells. The replenishment process helps in staying healthy and productive at work.

Blood Donation helps in improvement in cardiovascular health – According to research, when there is a rise in the iron level in blood, it raises chances of heart diseases. People should donate blood from time to time and particularly men in order to reduce the iron level in the blood. This can lessen the probability of heart attacks by 88%. Regular blood donation lowers the risk of strokes and other severe cardiovascular events by 33%.

Blood Donation helps in Free blood Analysis – On donating blood, the donor receives a free mini health screening and blood tests. His blood pressure, hemoglobin and overall check up is done. Before any blood donation, the candidate is screened for hepatitis, syphilis, HIV and other diseases. In case, the test results turn out to be positive, it is informed immediately and complete confidentiality is maintained. A person found to be suffering from any one of diseases mentioned, he or she is deferred from donating blood on a permanent basis.

Blood Donation Burns Calories – Donating blood can burn approximately 650 calories for each pint that is like 450 ml of blood.

Blood Donation Reduces the probability of Cancer Risks – According to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, it is believed that iron increases the free-radical damage which paves way to risks of aging and cancer. People who donate blood from time to time are at lesser risks of cancers of lung, liver, colon, throat and stomach.

Donate Blood! Stay Healthy and Happy!

State Wise Data Enrolled For Goods and Service Tax

With just one month left for the roll out of the Goods and Services Tax the businesses in Gujarat, Karnataka and Chandigarh are the most prepared for the new indirect tax system. According to the sources, 92% of the taxpayers have enrolled for GST.

Around 5.50 lakh taxpayers in the Karnataka have enrolled for the Goods and Services Tax. Karnataka is followed by the Gujarat where 5 lakh taxpayers have enrolled for the GST. After which Chandigarh has 16,000 tax payers enrolled for the new tax system. In Andhra Pradesh 88.6% of more than 2.29 lakh taxpayers, Maharashtra 87.80% of more than 8 lakh taxpayers and Tamil Nadu 87.29% of over 6.30 lakh taxpayers. The States that have more than 80 per cent enrolment for the Goods and Tax Services are Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab.

Jammu and Kashmir has only 4.92% of the more than 58,000 taxpayers have enrolled for Arunachal Pradesh and Assam the percentage stands at 28.10% of 5,476 taxpayers and 27.92% of more than 2 lakh taxpayers respectively. Manipur has recorded 45.41% of 3,940 taxpayers, Meghalaya 19.39% of 24,296 taxpayers, Mizoram 37.53% of 2,313 and Nagaland 58.22% of 4,847.

Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a comprehensive indirect tax on manufacture, sale and consumption of goods and services throughout India to replace taxes levied by the central and state governments. It was introduced as The Constitution (One Hundred and First Amendment) Act 2016, following the passage of Constitution 101st Amendment Bill. The GST is governed by GST Council and its Chairman is Union Finance Minister of India – Arun Jaitley.

The goods and services tax (GST) council chaired by finance minister Arun Jaitley has urged states to approve state GST laws by the end of May to smoothen the roll-out of the historic tax reform by its target date of 1st July.

All You Need to Know About ‘WannaCry Attack’ Ransomware Virus

The city gets on high alert against the WannaCry Attack Ransomware Attack. The virus has so far affected more than hundreds of countries, organizations and businesses across the world. It’s high time for the city based companies, government and law enforcement agencies to update their systems to protect their data from the virus attack. The cyber cell of the Chandigarh and Punjab area has issued warnings about this virus attack to the department. But in case someone is attacked by the virus here’s what you need to do about it.

Ransomware Virus

Ransomeware is a programme or malware software that gets into the computer by downloading some link, encrypts its data and locks down the system. The owner cannot access it until he agrees to pay up the ransom of $300 Bitcoins. It is not guaranteed that after paying of the ransom the attacker will let you access your computer.

How to Protect yourself from the WannaCry Attack Ransomware Virus?

Any Windows operating system be it on your laptop/desktop/server/mobile/palmtop/ etc. are vulnerable to WannaCry Ransomware Attack.

Ensure that your Anti Virus is up to date otherwise update it right away for maximum protection.

Completely Ignore the Mails or messages which are carrying some kind of attachment or links for example .exe files. These kind of files are not to be opened strictly.

Download or open the files which are from authentic source.

Immediately create backup of your necessary files over an external hard drive backup device.

Use strong and unique passwords for every service you use. Avoid using same set of passwords everywhere.

Check with your IT administrator to make sure that every computer you use at work is completely protected from the Malware.

In case someone is hit by the the WannaCry Attack Ransomware Virus, the cyber cell of India has urged avoid paying ransom as it will encourage them to get out more ransom from the victims. The analysts have predicted these attacks are more likely to increase in future.

Fathers Day Date 2017, History and Celebrations Around the World

Every Year, Fathers Day is celebrated throughout the world on various days. Most of the countries celebrate this day on the third Sunday of June. This year Father’s day occurs on 18 June, 2018. Fathers day is celebrated to honor the fatherhood, paternal bonds and the male parenting. People across the globe celebrate this day by offering gifts and spending time with their loved dads.

How did Father’s Day begin?

The exact origin has been disputed. Most believe it began with Sonora Dodd, from Washington, who came up with the idea after hearing the Mother’s Day sermon in 1910 and thinking (not without good reason) why the dads didn’t have their own day too. She and her siblings had been raised by their father after their mum died in childbirth. Dodd began a campaign and the rest is history.

Other people argue it was Grace Golden Clayton from West Virginia, who suggested celebrating the day in 1908. She apparently put the suggestion forward after a mine explosion in a nearby town killed more than 360 men – the idea being it was a day for children to remember their fathers.

Celebration of Father’s Day in India

India traditionally has a two-week celebration since ancient days dedicated to celebrate ancestors called the Pitrupaksha. Father’s Day is not celebrated in all parts of India. But is observed on the same day as the USA, the third Sunday of June by mostly westernized urban centers. The event is not a public holiday. The day is usually celebrated only in bigger cities of India like Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi Bengaluru, Kolkata, Hyderabad and others. After this day was first observed in the United States in 1908 and gradually gained popularity, Indian metropolitan cities, much later, followed suit by recognizing this event. In India, the day is usually celebrated with children giving gifts like greeting cards, electronic gadgets, shirts, coffee mugs or books to their fathers.

Rags Doll Museum Inaugurated at Rock Garden on Nek Chand’s Second Death Anniversary

The UT Administrator V P Singh Badnore inaugurated the doll museum at Nek Chand Rock Garden Chandigarh. The museum has been inaugurated at the phase 3 of the garden on the second death anniversary of its creator Nek Chand. The museum has 200 rag dolls which are made of waste clothes made by Nek Chand in the 1970. New dolls of the same theme are also included in the museum.

According to sources, MP Kiron Kher, UT Adviser Parimal Rai and UT home secretary Anurag Agarwal also came for the inauguration and to pay homage to Nek Chand’s sculptures where he used to work from.

The Rags Doll Museum appears like a village where the dolls are kept. The village scene depicts the women and men cooking on a chulha and artificial trees and huts are installed. Also, there was a exhibition on Nek Chand and making of the garden. A seminar was also held on which showcased the importance and need to conserve Rock Garden. Rock Garden Society, which manages the beautiful and creative garden was working on rag doll museum, for the past one year. The museum will also display documentaries and short films related to their work, tools, cycle, old pictures, awards and other belongings.

Hundreds of visitors from the tricity came to pay tribute to Nek Chand, who brought the city on the global map with his work. Nek Chand before his death, shared some of his drawings which suggested to expand the garden. He wanted to create a one way path to move out of the beautiful garden. The Nek Chand society shared that it will take more than a year to construct the exit route at the garden. Nek Chand also wanted to construct a small waterfall restaurant there.

Visitors from abroad also came to see the creative work of Nek Chand and were impressed by his work. They suggested that the water in the ponds and waterfalls needs to be cleaned up.

Facebook Planning to Secretly Determine User’s Emotions via Webcams

The social media giant Facebook is planning to secretly determine user’s emotions through their webcams and smartphone cameras. Facebook has just filed a patent that will allow the network to photograph the user without their permission.

According to the sources, the patent document reveals that the company would also analyze those images to see how users feel that will help them keeping the users on Facebook for longer time. Even though there is already technology in place to curate a user’s news feed by taking note of what pages are unfollowed and other factors, the new system would assist in automating the process.

For instance, if one is smiling in his pictures looking at one of his friends pictures, the Facebook Algorithm would use this information and will show more pictures of that friend in his News Feed.

Another example included in the patent application explains that if you looked away from your screen when a video of a kitten played, Facebook would stop showing similar type of videos in your Feed.

However, Facebook has not put these plans into action yet and there’s no guarantee that it ever would in future.

It was also revealed in 2014 that the site conducted an experiment to see if it could manipulate users emotions by adjusting the feed of 700,000 users, later admitting that Facebook failed to communicate clearly why and how they did it.

It’s hard to see the public reacting favorably to having their photos taken without their permission.

It is also been said about whether Facebook could face legal action because of the technology, but legal experts say the company’s established user regulations may prevent this.

James Grimmelmann, Law Professor of University of Maryland shared that he thinks it would be very difficult for someone to successfully sue Facebook over this. Some class action lawyers may try in the hopes of negotiating a cash settlement, but the obstacle is the terms of service. Facebook’s terms of service say they can use data for research, and they don’t make any promises about giving you an unbiased news feed.

In its Data Use Policy, Facebook reserves the right to use data for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research and service improvement.

Post Graduate Government College For Girls Chandigarh PGGCG – 42

Post Graduate Government College for Girls (PGGCG) is one of the leading institute of higher education in Northern India. The college with its impressive building and rich infrastructure cater to the academic and professional needs of girls not only from Chandigarh and adjoining rural areas but also from different states of India.

Established in 1982 in a school building in Sector 19, the PGGCG used to have Arts and Commerce streams only. Later, in 1987 the college campus was shifted to Sector 42, Chandigarh. Spread over 18 acres of land, adjacent to the International Heritage Palm Garden, the college is situated in southern part of Chandigarh- the City Beautiful.With its imposing edifice, majestic building- blocks and rich infrastructure, it caters to the academic and professional needs of girls not only from Chandigarh and adjoining rural areas but also from different states of India. The college campus has nine gardens, an Information Technology Block, a fully air-conditioned library with a compendium of 38,010 books, equipped with INFLIBNET, computer and internet facilities, gymnasium and a state-of-art auditorium. The college has extracurricular and sports activities as well. Students have won accolades at national and international level in 19 sports events.

The Post Graduate Government College for Girls in Sector 42 provides 365 subject combinations in Arts stream, 13 combinations in Science stream and Honours courses in 13 subjects. Other than this there are two vocational courses sanctioned by the UGC which are also running in the college.

PGGCG – 42 has been accredited Grade ‘A’ by NAAC and the college secured 32nd rank in the National Institutional Ranking Framework, MHRD, Government of India, thereby, placing them among the top 50 institutions in the country and 1st in India as far as government institutions are concerned.

Today PGGCG – 42 has 4,234 students on its rolls and teacher strength of 129. An in-house 200 kWP SPV Power Plant, a project of the Chandigarh Renewal Energy Science and Technology Promotion Society with a provision of 800 SPV panels, was also dedicated to the college by the Chandigarh Administration.


College has three N.S.S. units having 100 N.S.S volunteers in each unit. Ten days NSS camp was inaugurated on 26.9.06 by Mrs. Swati Sharma, I.A.S, S.D.M. (E), Chandigarh Administration, N.S.S. Volunteers in collaboration with different NGO’S organized various activities like Blood Donation, Tree plantation, Cycle rally and health awareness program at college level, Volunteers participated in a number of projects namely campus cleanliness, training in first-air and fir-fighting and various awareness drives against AIDS, Drug Absuse, health and sanitation and pulse polio.


College has started with N.C.C. (Army Wing) sub unit from the session 2006-07. At present, 56 students have been enrolled for senior wing girls cadets.

Placement Cell

The placement cell of the PGGCG – 42 provides assistance to students regarding placements, cover awareness, job opportunities and awareness regarding higher studies in the fields of Arts, Science and commerce. The college has an active career Youth Club comprising a hundred students from all the streams. They are in regular contact with the activities of the placement cell. The college train these students in the technique of profile making, group discussions and interviews. They are further guided to disseminate the information gained to at least five students each thus setting a chain of awareness regarding their career opportunities available after graduation. During the month of November, the various companies are invited to interact with the students through awareness and there towards the closing of the session the February and March interviews are conducted. Selected students are given placement letters in the campus.

Last year many reputed companies such as Wipro, Dell, EXL, AIISEC, Frank Finn, TCY and CMRD come here for the placements. The placement cell comprises five faculty members and holds regular discussions with placement cell of other city colleges and with higher authorities i..e. DPI (colleges) and UGEIB in order to abreast of the latest developments in the placement field.

RBI Announced New Rs 500 Currency Notes – Here’s What You Need To Know

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced new Rs.500 currency notes. The new notes will have some different features. The one noticeable feature of the new currency notes is the inclusion of an inset letter “A”. Besides, in the new notes the signature of the RBI Governor will be on the reverse side.

The main features of the Rs. 500 banknotes are:

– The size of Rs. 500 notes is 66mm x150mm

– Colour of the Rs. 500 notes is stone grey

– The Rs. 500 notes bear the year of printing and the Swachh Bharat logo printed and an image of Red Fort on the reverse side.

The banknote also has these features such as:

– Intaglio printing of Mahatma Gandhi portrait

– Ashoka Pillar emblem, bleed lines

– Circle with Rs 500 in the right

– The identification mark which enable the visually impaired person to identify the denomination.

Reserve Bank of India shared that In continuation of issuing of Rs. 500 denomination banknotes in Mahatma Gandhi (new) series from time to time which are currently legal tender, a new batch of banknotes with inset letter “A” in both the number panels bearing the signature of Dr. Urjit R. Patel Governor, Reserve Bank of India; with the year of printing ‘2017’ on the reverse, are being issued. RBI had also noted that some of the captioned banknotes would have an additional character * (star) in the number panel in the space between the prefix and the number.

The design of these notes is similar in all respects to the Rs. 500 banknotes in Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series, Reserve Bank of India added. The current Rs. 500 notes have inset letter E.

The central bank had demonetized old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes on November 8 last year. After that RBI introduced new Rs. 500 and 2000 currency notes.

According to sources last week Reserve Bank of India shared that nearly 83 per cent of the currency has been remonetized and denied there was any shortage of cash in the system. The data on the amount of demonetized notes returned, however, is still not available.

Chandigarh at Higher Risk of Diabetes – Here are Symptoms, Effects and Prevention

The residents of the Chandigarh at higher risk of diabetes. A study released last week had found that the overall prevalence of diabetes is 14 percent in Chandigarh highest in 15 states which were included. The poor of the city beautiful have also found having diabetes. The results have been found by the Indian Council of Medical Research Indian Diabetes study and published in The Lancet & Endocrinology.

The city beautiful Chandigarh has the highest per capita income, which means people here like stay indoors and are less involved in physical activity. This is the reason why the city has top in the percentage of diabetic cases. According to the doctors highest per capita income, genetic predisposition and huge number of migratory population are some of the reasons behind it. Physical inactivity, excessive intake of junk food which is rich in carbohydrates are the two main reasons behind diabetes. Let’s find out the symptoms, effects and prevention of diabetes.

Diabetes is a chronic, metabolic disease which is characterized by elevated sugar levels of blood glucose which leads overtime to serious damage to blood vesels, kidneys, eyes and nerves. The common type is type-2 diabetes which usually occurs when the body become resistant to insulin or doesn’t make insulin in adults.

Diabetes Symptoms

Excessive excretion of Urine, thirst, weight loss, constant hunger, vision changes and fatigue. These symptoms can occur suddenly.

Effect of Diabetes

– The diabetes can damage the blood vessels, heart, kidneys, eyes and nerves.

– Combined with reduced blood flow, neurotherapy in feet increases chance of foot ulcers, infection and eventual need for limb amputation.

– Adults suffering from diabetes have a 2-3 increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.

– Diabetic Retinopathy is an in important cause of blindness and occurs as a result of long term accumulated damage to the small blood vessels in the retina.

– Diabetes is the major cause of kidney failure.

How Diabetes can be Prevented?

  • Achieve and Maintain healthy body weight
  • Eat a healthy diet, Strictly avoid Sugar and Saturated fat intake
  • Be Physically Active
  • Avoid Tobacco Use
  • Diagnosis and Treatment

Early Diagnosis can be accomplished through relatively inexpensive testing of blood sugar. Treatment of diabetes involves diet and physical activity along with lowering blood glucose and the levels of other known risk factors that damage blood vessels.