Page-4 of Current Affairs - December, 2013

Australian school introduces world’s first standing classroom to combat childhood obesity

As part of a novel experiment, Mont Albert Primary School in Australia has launched the world’s first standing classroom which aims to combat the menace of childhood obesity. In this experiment being conducted by  the researchers of Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, a grade six class at this school has been fitted with height-adjustable ..

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State civil services officers to face UPSC test for promotion to AIS

State civil services officers will have to face a Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) test and interview for their promotion to the three All India Services (AIS). The Ministry of Personnel recently changed the rules for promotion from state services. The move was opposed by some states including Tamil Nadu. The selection to IAS, IPS and ..

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SBI to act as lead bank for four newly-formed Meghalaya districts

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) designated SBI to act as the lead bank in four newly constructed districts in Meghalaya. The central bank also assigned State Bank of India (SBI), the district working codes for the purpose of Basic Statistical Returns (BSR) reporting. The four new districts of Meghalaya are North Garo Hills, East Jaintia ..

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Indians consume double the recommended salt intake: Study

As per a study, the intake of salt by Indians is nearly twice the amount recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Indians consume about 3.7 grams of sodium, corresponding to about 9.3 grams of salt per day. The positive thing is that salt (or sodium) intake has decreased slightly in India between 1990 and ..

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Service Tax revenue grew over 300 times in past two decades

Finance Ministry is focusing on service tax revenue which has grown significantly by over 300 times in past about two decades.  As per official data, the finance ministry has earned revenue of about Rs 1.32 lakh crore in 2012-13 (provisional figures) compared to Rs 407 crore in 1994-95. The ministry had set a target for 2012-13 to ..

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