Ravishankar Prasad Inaugurates First Postal ATM in Bihar

Patna:  Expanding utilities of Post offices, the Centre is planning to open 1,000 ATMs (Automated Teller Machines) all over the country to provide facility of cash withdrawal round the clock, Union Information and Technology Minister Ravishankar Prasad said today.

Inaugurating the first postal ATM in Bihar at the GPO (General Post Office) in Patna, Mr Prasad said the facility was part of efforts to increase the point of presence for customers, particularly in the rural areas.

Bihar Finance Minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav and senior state BJP leaders Sushil Kumar Modi and Nand Kishore Yadav were present at the function.

Mr Prasad said efforts were on to link post offices with the digital India Mission.

Source: Ravishankar Prasad Inaugurates First Postal ATM in Bihar

Breaking even: Japan Post financial units pick up slack for ailing postal arm

TOKYO — Japan Post Holdings’ banking and insurance units reported profit growth for the fiscal year ended March, even as its mail delivery business stumbled on rising costs.

Japan Post Holdings’ net profit inched up 1% to 482.6 billion yen ($4 billion) for the term ended March 31. But at mail subsidiary Japan Post Co., net profit fell by half, with its postal and parcels operation suffering its first operating loss in three years.

Source: Breaking even: Japan Post financial units pick up slack for ailing postal arm- Nikkei Asian Review

PHLPost rolls out express services as it turns 23

Filipinos can now avail of new "express" mail services from the Philippine Postal Corp. as it turned 23 on Monday.

This year’s anniversary has the theme “Express sa Bente Tres” to show PHLPost’s capability to deliver mails, parcels, and money transfers.

"PHLPost now pushes for express domestic delivery of mails and parcels, ensuring next-day delivery in identified committed areas all over the country. This improved service comes with a domestic mail tracking system and an SMS notification. Both features are programmed to provide delivery status updates," the agency said.

Read more: PHLPost rolls out express services as it turns 23 | Economy | GMA News Online.

The Last Post for Australia’s letters — but Ahmed Fahour still pockets a tidy salary

AUSTRALIA Post seeks the stamp of approval for new postal charges and services. We’ll pay more for less. Instead of the 70c stamp for a letter with (sort of) next-day delivery, Australia Post will charge $1 for the regular service and $1.50 for a priority service and this is expected to increase to $2. The priority service will mean (sort of) next-day delivery and the regular service may take up to five days.

Remember when posties used to deliver twice a day and once on Saturdays. They used to whistle. Now Australia Post is blowing us off.

We should support Australia Post in its hour of need and to acknowledge its more than 200 years of service to its devoted customers.

There’s only one problem: the salary of Ahmed Fahour, Ausralia Post’s managing director and CEO. We are expected to cover the losses of the postal service while Mr Fahour reportedly earns (are you sitting down?) $4.8 million a year in salary and bonuses.

Read more: Peter Goers: The Last Post for Australia’s letters — but Ahmed Fahour still pockets a tidy salary | The Advertiser.

India Post Seeks Dedicated Aircraft for e-commerce – The New Indian Express

BENGALURU: A plea to sanction a fleet of dedicated aircraft for the Postal Department to deliver e-commerce shipments was made by M S Ramanujan, Chief Postmaster General (CPMG) of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala postal circles.

At a function organised at the GPO on Thursday, where Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad inaugurated five major initiatives for the Bengaluru Division and released a special cover on ‘Golden Chariot’, Ramanujam said the department’s e-commerce business in the last financial year had touched Rs 100 crore and it is slated to reach Rs 200 crore in 2015-2016. “With the booming air cargo business, we need dedicated aircraft for the transfer of air mail cargo,” he said. The department has been facing hurdles in using private airlines and Air India for the purpose, he added.

via Postal Department Seeks Dedicated Aircraft for e-commerce – The New Indian Express.

Now, India Post to sell biscuits, photo frames and mugs

CHENNAI: After introducing auxiliary mail services in an attempt to salvage its sinking fortunes, India Post will now sell biscuits, photo frames and mugs. After opening in Bengaluru and Mysore, Chennai’s first Post Shoppe will come up at the head post office on Anna Salai next month.

Postmaster general Merwin Alexander said the store would also sell pens, markers, gum, books and souvenirs with the India Post logo.

It will be located next to the multiple counters for postal and banking operations, so that customers can pick up stationery, and more.

Read more: Now, India Post to sell biscuits, photo frames and mugs – The Times of India.

Queensland postal worker charged with stealing gift cards from mail

A Longreach postal worker has been charged after allegedly stealing gift cards from mail she sorted.

Police say the 46-year-old woman tried to use a gift card that wasn’t hers on January 4.

That led to officers executing a search warrant, which uncovered another 21 gift cards in her possession.

It is believed they had been collected between October 2014 and January 2015.

via Postal worker charged with stealing gift cards from mail.

India Post Office Starts Core Banking Services

HYDERABAD: People holding accounts with a post office can now operate their accounts from any other post office and also online.  The department of posts, AP Circle, launched Core Banking Services (CBS) on Thursday, offering online banking, mobile banking and SMS alerts. ATMs will be opened in another six months.

The services can be availed at 82 of the 95 Head Post Offices located in the sibling states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, and the remaining 13 also will be shifted to the CBS platform by the first week of February.

Inaugurating the Core Banking Services, BV Sudhakar, chief postmaster-general, AP Circle, said that they would be enabling the CBS through 2,438 Sub Post Offices by June this year. ATMs will be opened in another six months.

He said post offices would also offer cashless service. People can use debit cards of any bank to draw cash up to Rs 1,000 at 63 post offices. Areas where there are no banks or ATMs will be given priority to launch the service.

via Postal Department Starts Core Banking Services – The New Indian Express.

Govt plans to use India Post’s postmen to educate people on schemes and policy

New Delhi: The government is planning to use India Post’s 1.55 lakh-strong branch network to reach out to citizens in far flung and backward areas and educate them about the various policies, schemes and incentives.

The ministry of information and broadcasting runs various awareness programmes for the citizens leveraging the Internet and the social media.

However, these initiatives are still out of the reach of many who live in backward and far flung areas there is no connectivity, sources said.

"This category of population is sizable and within the reach of post offices. I&B ministry can design programmes region-wise, which can then be used by the postman to go to these areas and educate the people," a source said.

Read more: Govt plans to use India Post's postmen to educate people on schemes and policy – Firstpost.

Australia Post data shows more mail being accessed by government agencies

Australia Post disclosed confidential information to law enforcement, security and other government agencies more than 10,000 times in 2013-14, an increase of 25 per cent over the past four years.

According to statistics released by the postal corporation, "specially protected" information, which includes information about letters and parcels and other private client information was provided to government agencies by Australia Post on 5635 occasions – more than twice the number four years ago.

Federal government investigators accessing specially protected information include the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Crime Commission, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the Australian Customs Service, the Australian Taxation Office, Centrelink, Medicare and the Child Support Agency.

Read more: Australia Post data shows more mail being accessed by government agencies.