Friday, January 31, 2014

Currency Notes withdrawal


JESA Dispatch 201 sheds light on the recent circular of the Reserve Bank of India regarding withdrawal of all series of Banknotes (currency notes) issued prior to 2005. We disseminate this information in public interest.



JESA Dispatch 201: Withdrawal of All Series of Indian Currency Notes Issued Prior to 2005

DCM(Plg) No.G-17/3231/10.27.00/2013-14
January 23, 2014
The Chairman / Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer
All Scheduled Commercial Banks
Primary(Urban) Co-operative Banks/RRBs
Dear Sir /Madam
Withdrawal of all old series of Banknotes issued prior to 2005
As you are aware, RBI has been following a policy of phasing out of certain series of banknotes from time to time. It has now been decided that all old series of banknotes issued prior to 2005 will be completely withdrawn from circulation.
2. Accordingly, the following plan of action has been formulated:
(i) All older series of banknotes issued prior to 2005 would be acceptable for all kinds of monetary transactions only till March 31, 2014.
(ii) Thereafter, the public will be required to approach bank branches which would provide them exchange facilities on an ongoing basis.
(iii) These notes will continue to be legal tender.
(iv) From July 01, 2014, to exchange more than 10 pieces of ` 500 and ` 1000 notes, bank branches should obtain from non-customers, proof of their identity and residence.
(v) A public notification informing public of the exercise and soliciting their co-operation and enabling them to identify the older series is issued separately. A copy of the same is enclosed for ready reference.
3. Please issue suitable instructions to all your branches, to provide exchange facilities to members of public and to stop re-issue of the older series banknotes issued prior to 2005. Notes of such series tendered over the counters may be sorted immediately and deposited in the currency chests under the Linkage Scheme or forwarded to the nearest Issue Office of Reserve Bank of India for disposal.
4. Please also advise your branches to extend all cooperation to the members of public so that the withdrawal is carried out in a smooth and non-disruptive manner, without any inconvenience to the public.
Please acknowledge receipt.
Yours faithfully
(Dr. Sanjeev Sharma)
General Manager in-Charge
The Reserve Bank has decided to withdraw all currency notes issued prior to 2005, including Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations, to curb black money and fake currencies.
Notes issued before 2005 does not carry year of printing while the valid notes will have the year printed on the reverse side.
"After March 31, 2014, it (RBI) will completely withdraw from circulation all bank notes issued prior to 2005. From April 1, 2014, the public will be required to approach banks for exchanging these notes," the RBI said in a statement.
The public can easily distinguish the currency notes issued before 2005 as they do not have the year of printing on reverse side.
The year of printing in a small font is visible at the middle of the bottom row in notes issued after 2005 (see the image above).

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Heartwarming [from]

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport.
We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us.
My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us.
My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly.
So I asked, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!'
This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.'

He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment.

As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you. Don't take it personally.

Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.

The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day.
Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets,

so ... Love the people who treat you right.
Pray for the ones who don't.
Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!
Have a garbage-free day!

"Faith is not believing God can, it is knowing that God will."


Monday, January 20, 2014

Pope fires blistering broadside at those who shame the Church

As Vatican officials face a UN inquiry, pope castigates Church people who caused 

The Catholic Church was slammed at the U.N. on Thursday about how they have historically handled cases of sex abuse by priests, as a committee investigated their adherence to the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, which requires all signatories "to take all appropriate measures to keep children from harm."

Pope Francis has addressed the sexual abuse issue as part of his Vatican reforms with the creation of a commission on abuse, and on Thursday morning he also denounced the problem in a blistering homily that spoke of the scandal and shame of the church.

Vatican Radio reported that he said:

"But are we ashamed? So many scandals that I do not want to mention individually, but all of us know...We know where they are! Scandals, some who charged a lot of money.... The shame of the Church!

But are we all ashamed of those scandals, of those failings of priests, bishops, laity? Where was the Word of God in those scandals; where was the Word of God in those men and in those women? They did not have a relationship with God! They had a position in the Church, a position of power, even of comfort. But the Word of God, no! 'But, I wear a medal,' ‘I carry the Cross ' ... Yes, just as those bore the Ark!

Without the living relationship with God and the Word of God! I am reminded of the words of Jesus about those for whom scandals come ... And here the scandal hit: bringing decay to the people of God, including the weakness and corruption of the priests.'

The Vatican is currently facing criticism for rejecting an extradition request from Poland regarding the ex-papal nuncio to the Dominican Republic, Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski. Wesolowski, the highest-ranking Vatican official to be investigated for alleged sex abuse to date, is currently thought to be living in the Vatican.

Source: Huffington Post Religion

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Divya Kala Kendra Mumbai

PDDM Centre of Fine Arts (Diya Kala Kendra) Launched

Published Date: January 15, 2014

Aims at spreading the Good News of Jesus through the medium of dance and music.

Aimed at spreading the Good News of Jesus through the medium of dance and music, Divya Kala Kendra (Centre for Sacred Arts), situated at “Prarthanalaya”, Bandra-Mumbai, offers Certificate Courses in Music and Dance to those interested, and are above the age of 7.
Sister Disciples of the Divine Master (PDDM), a religious Congregation for women, founded by Bl. James Alberione, has launched this new apostolic initiative , as part of their Liturgical Apostolate on January 5, 2014, the Feast of Epiphany.
Explaining the purpose of the new initiative Sr Kanikai Mary, the Provincial Superior of the Sister Disciples, said that in the Indian tradition, music and dance belong to the realm of divine worship. And the new centre will train young people who can authentically incorporate these forms into the Liturgy, thus making the Liturgy more relevant and meaningful in the Indian context.
Moreover, she added, Fr Alberione, our founder, had always reminded us of this saying “worship the Lord in Art and Beauty”, and hence the new Centre is a long-cherished dream come true for the Sisters.
Sisters Amita Mascarenhas and Sushma Dungdung of the Sister Disciples who are directing the Courses at Divya Kala Kendra are professionally trained in their respective fields for many years, and having completed their studies they have been training young people in different institutions in the city over the past few years.
The Sister Disciples are part of the Pauline Family that is celebrating the Centenary of its foundation, this year. And Divya Kala Kendra is their special contribution to the Indian Church and to the Paulines around the world, during the Centenary year.
–Fr Alfonso Elengikal,SSP

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