4 September 2014 Current Affairs

Union Cabinet Approved 7% Hike In Dearness Allowance

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on 4 September gave its approval for the release of an additional installment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners with effect from 1 July 2014. This hike is an increase over the existing rate of 100 percent of the Basic Pay or Pension to compensate for price rise. This means that the DA has reached to 107 percent of the Basic Pay and the hike would benefit more than 30 lakh central employees and about 50 lakh pensioners.

Japanese Researchers Developed 30-minute Ebola Test

Researchers at Japan’s Nagasaki University, in collaboration with Eiken Chemical, have developed a new method called RT-LAMP to detect the presence of the Ebola virus in 30 minutes. The RT-LAMP (reverse transcription-loop-mediated isothermal amplification) technique by synthesising and amplifying the DNA of the Ebola virus detected the Ebola virus, as well as the viruses of Marburg hemorrhagic fever and Lassa fever.


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