Stipend hiked for Medical Postgraduate residents in Kerala

Kerala government has hiked the stipend to postgraduate medical residents.  According to G.O.(Ms).No. 262/2015/H&FWD dated TVPM, 18-11-2015, the monthly stipend of PG residents with effect from 01-09-2015 shall be: Junior Residents: 1st yr- 43,000 2nd yr-44,000 3rd yr-45,000 Senior Residents: 1st yr- 47,000 2nd yr-48,000 3rd yr-49,000

Settling in

So I’ve slowly settled in at my new place of work. The workplace is a nice environment. For a change,¬†it doesn’t have the corporate aura that ceremented the previous medical college that I worked in. I guess the difference lies in the way management runs things. The latter was an institution that seems to have […]

Income tax return

Just a small tip regarding filing IT return: In the Total salary calculation, deduction under section 10 for HRA is to be calculated, and the subtracted amount is to be entered as salary. Professional taxes if any paid are also to be deducted before salary is entered. The total deductions under Section 80C can only […]

Jothydev’s 3rd Annual Diabetes Conference

I attended the Jothydev’s 3rd annual diabetes conference at Taj Vivanta on 8-9 August 2015. It was a very exciting conference, being attended by the stalwarts in the Diabetes world. There were lectures, orations, workshops and discussions about various aspects of the Diabetes mellitus. A talk by Dr V.Mohan from Mohan’s Diabetic hospital was most […]

Star Health insurance policy fail

Medical insurance by private companies is a farce. Take the example of Star Health’s Star Wedding Gift and Star Comprehensive Insurance which specifically covers pregnancy related hospitalisation expenses. The terms under this policy are hilarious. 1. You can take the policy for a pregnant woman, but the delivery will be covered only after 3 years. […]

Updating encashment details in Spark

You have to update Encashment details of previous month before Spark allows you to process Salary for this month. Menu option: Salary->SDO Salary->”Update Encashment Details” Bill Number: Enter as YYYY-MM (Eg: 2013-08) Date of encashment: Date on which treasury credited it to your account, or you received it as cash. Cash/TSB Amount: This is the […] digs its own grave

On 15th May, one of India’s forerunners in the online shopping scenario began to painfully dig its own grave. I was one of the earliest adopters of, swayed at the time by their lip smacking offers, like “Get Rs 1000 off when you shop for Rs 2000” or something similiar. I forget exactly […]

Hotel Altius Nest, Kodaikanal, a haven for honeymooners and families

Altius Nest, though a relatively new entrant, is a pearl among the various hotels dotting the landscape of Kodaikanal. I chose Altius as our honeymoon destination, going by the various positive reviews on Tripadvisor, and I’m really glad I did so.   Booking Wanting to save some bucks, I was searching for a honeymoon destination […]

IMA’s Medical Millenium event

Yesterday I attended IMA’s Medical Millenium conference at Kovalam. It was a much hyped event conducted at Hotel Udayasamudra and Hotel Samudra, two reputed resorts at Kovalam from 7-9 November 2014. After participating in the KENTCON 2014 conference at Perinthalmanna, what struck me immediately was the lack of hospitality on the part of the organizers. […]