Sunday, June 30, 2013

FNPO affiliated Unions General Secretaries meeting will be held at FNPO Office (T-24 Atul Grove Road, New Delhi110001) on 24th July 2013 under the Chairmanship of Shri.T.N.Rahate.

Ref: FWC/2013                                                                                              Dated:  29.06.2013                                                                                

The General Secretaries
FNPO Affiliated Unions
Dear Colleagues,
As decided by our FWC, which was held in Ahamedabad on 01.06.2013,  our FNPO affiliated Unions General Secretaries meeting will be held at FNPO Office (T-24 Atul Grove Road, New Delhi110001) on 24th July 2013 under the Chairmanship of Shri.T.N.Rahate. 
The following will be the Agenda for discussion in the meeting:
1.      Our strategy on VII Pay Commission and 50 % DA Merger;
2.      Finalization of Agitation programme on GDS issues;
3.     Scrap the New pension schme.                                                                                                                                                                       4    Nomination of RJCM members in Circle;                                                                                                                                                    
5.   Any other Subject with permission of the Chair
All the FNPO Affiliated Unions General Secretaries are requested to attend the meeting without fail.
Thanking you,
            Yours sincerely,
Secretary General)  

Saturday, June 29, 2013

10 Healthy reasons to eat apples

Apple has several health benefits, but this forbidden fruit from the Garden of Eden is also a great weight loss food.
Apples combine certain nutrients in a way that sets them apart from all other fruits and makes  them a food of choice for achieving several health goals. Here's what apples can do for youwhen it comes to your health

*Data courtesy: Washington Apples

Unique support for heart health
Apples are a rich source of phytonutrients known as quercetin, catechin, phloridzin and  chlorogenic acid. These unique phytonutrients help protect the cardiovascular system from Oxygenrelated damage. In addition, the high fibre content (pectic) in apples helps keep your LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels low and under control. People who eat two apples per day may lower their cholesterol by as much as 16 percent.

Alzheimer's prevention
A study on mice at Cornell University found that the quercetin in apples may protect brain cells from the kind of free radical damage that may lead to Alzheimer's disease.

Lung cancer prevention
According to a study of 10,000 people, those who ate the most apples had a 50 percent lower risk of developing lung cancer. Researchers believe this is due to the high levels of the flavonoids quercetin and naringin in apples.

Breast cancer prevention
A Cornell University study found that eating one apple per day can reduce the risk of breast cancer by 17 percent. By eating three apples per day can reduce the risk by 39 percent and those who eat six apples per day can reduce their risk by 44 percent.

Colon cancer prevention
One study found that rats fed an extract from apple skins had a 43 percent lower risk of colon cancer. Other research shows that the pectin in apples reduces the risk of colon cancer and helps maintain a healthy digestive tract.

Liver cancer prevention
Research found that rats fed an extract from apple skins had a 57 percent lower risk of liver cancer.

Diabetes management
The pectin in apples supplies galacturonic acid to the body which lowers the body's need for insulin and may help in the management of diabetes.

Weight loss
A Brazilian study found that women who ate three apples or pears per day lost more weight while dieting than women who did not eat fruit while dieting.

Bone protection
French researchers found that a flavanoid called phloridzin that is found only in apples may protect postmenopausal women from osteoporosis and may also increase bone density. Boron, another ingredient in apples, also strengthens bones.

Asthma help
One recent study shows that children with asthma who drank apple juice on a daily basis suffered from less wheezing than children who drank apple juice only once per month. Another study showed that children born to women who eat a lot of apples during pregnancy have lower rates of asthma than children whose mothers ate few apples.
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Windows 8.1: Everything You Need to Know

Microsoft rolls out the next version of windows, 8.1, at its annual Build developers conference today. It's a big deal. Windows 8 was a crazy ambitious step, what follows is just as important. This is what Microsoft's taken from your months of feedback (or just, yelling).                                                              
Almost everything coming in 8.1 seems like a genuine improvement. The question, then, is exactly how much improvement. It's not so much good news/bad news asgood news and wait that's all the good news? We'll be updating this post throughout Microsoft's keynote (refresh to see the latest updates), but we've started you with an overview of what's going into the update.

To Start

Well, you can boot to desktop now. You can also boot basically anywhere else you want, too-the All Apps screen, individual apps, the Start Menu.                    

The Start button also returns, but it only flings you into the Start Screen-no old school Start menu.There are also some new tile sizes: The smaller square tiles (like Windows Phone 8's), which let you cram more stuff onto your homescreen, and the gigantic square tile, which can display a bunch of information, like emails or calendar appointments.                                                                        

You can select a group of tiles at once and drag them into their own group, which you can name, like a folder.

Swiping up from the Start screen brings up All Apps, which can now be sorted in
more ways. This is a nice improvement from the swipe-then-tap required to bring this up in Windows 8.

The start screen can be customized to more colors and has some ""motion
accents"" that move as you scroll through the metro tiles. Or, blessedly, you can just put your desktop wallpaper behind the Start screen.
As a whole, the changes to the Start screen are pretty indicative of the update as a whole. A few functional improvements, some of which are highly anticipated, but just as much window dressing and little flourishes.

Wider Customization

Microsoft's big push for 8.1 is to make Windows feel more customizable, and that goes beyond the Start screen.

The most visible change is the tweak to multitasking. ""Snap View"", or the ability to pin a Metro app to either side of the screen, has been changed to let you drag to resize the apps. Meaning: If you want to have, say, Mail on the left side and a browser on the right, you can have each app take up 50 percent of the screen, or drag the divider around to your liking.

In addition to this, you can have up to four apps snapped as vertical columns on
your screen. All screens can take four apps, but obviously you're going to want a larger monitor to handle them (16:9 or 21:9 being ideal).

Microsoft has looked into allowing you snap apps as horizontal rows-either at the top and bottom of the screen, or within columns created by snapped apps-but that's not currently possible. Yell about this some more and maybe it'll show up in an update down the road.

The lock screen can now be a moving collage of photos from your PC, SkyDrive,
and Phone.


SkyDrive features more prominently in 8.1. You can decide in all your apps whether to view files on your PC or on SkyDrive, and where things are saved. We'll add further features as they're announced.


We're going to see a lot of new APIs today that will allow developers tomake apps more customizable. We're also told that the first party Microsoft apps will have more options as well. We'll have more details as the specific APIs are announced.

 Search is a big addition for Windows 8.1. Well, ""change"" is probably more

In Windows 8, Search was broken down to search by applications, on the web, in the store, through your files. You decided which you'd see.

In 8.1, Search is universal. Searching for any term will bring up a ""hero"" display if you press enter, showing you results from the web, in your files, and anywhere else, which you scroll through.

If you just type into the field, though, the pane on the right hand side of the screen
will display results in real time, a lot like Apple's Spotlight. This is a good thing, in theory, but we still want to see how it works in a day to day setting.

3D Printing

Microsoft is partnering with Makerbot, 3D Systems, Form Labs, Autodesk, and several other software and hardware companies to add 3D printing support to 8.1.
Good thing? Bad thing?

Windows 8.1 brings good stuff to the table. The question isn't really if it's good, but if it's good enough. A lot of that will depend on how the new developer tools are implemented going forward, and how much developer support overall improves this year.

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