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



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


December 29, 2013

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 StateBank 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 Hills, South West Khasi Hills and South West Garo Hills.


What is a Lead Bank Scheme (LBS)?

  • The RBI introduced ‘Lead Bank Scheme’ in 1969, based on the recommendations of the Gadgil Study Group.

  • The basic idea was to have an “area approach” for targeted and focusedbanking.

  • Under the Scheme, each district had been assigned to different banks (public and private) to act as a consortium leader to coordinate the efforts of banks in the district particularly in matters like branch expansion and credit planning.

  • The Lead Bank was to act as a consortium leader for coordinating the efforts of all credit institutions in each of the allotted districts for expansion of branch banking facilities and for meeting the credit needs of the rural economy.

Indians consume double the recommended salt intake: Study


December 29, 2013

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 Indiabetween 1990 and 2010.



As per the research by the University of Cambridge and Harvard School of Public Health:

  • The global average salt consumption in 2010 was around 10 grams per person per day, corresponding to 4 grams per day of sodium.

  • In 181 of 187 nations studied, national intakes exceeded the WHO recommended intake of 2 grams per day of sodium (about 5 grams per day of salt).

  • In 119 countries (88.3% of the world’s adult population), the national intake exceeded this recommended amount by more than 1 gram per day of sodium.

  • There are also major regional variations around this global average. Highest intakes are found in regions lying along the old Silk Road – from East Asia, through Central Asia to Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Is excess consumption of Common Salt (NaCl) harmful?

Yes.  Earlier sudies have found that high or low salt diets are both harmful. The risk of heart attacks, strokes, congestive heart failure, and death from heartdisease, increases considerably when people consume more than 7 grams or less than 3 grams of sodium a day. A recent study by the US based Centers forDisease Control and Prevention (CDC) had found that there is no benefit of reducing salt intake to below 2.3 g per day. The study could not find any consistent evidence to support a link between sodium intake and either a beneficial or adverse effect on health.


Deepika Kumari clinches 34th National Archery Championship


December 29, 2013

Ace archer Deepika Kumari created history by clinching her sixth consecutive title at the 34th National ArcheryChampionships held at JRD Tata Stadium, Jamshedpur. With this achievement, Deepika now holds more individual titles at the national meet than Dola Banerjee, who won 5 national titles. However, the record of winning most individual titles is still held by Bengal archer Krishna Ghatak, with seven consecutive titles between 1975 and 1982.

Top Achievers at the National Meet:

  1. Jharkhand (Gold-10, Silver-2, Bronze-5. Total: 17)

  2. SSCB (Gold-3, Silver-3, Bronze-4. Total: 9)

  3. Punjab (Gold-1, Silver-3, Bronze-4. Total: 8)



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