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Current Affairs: 9 October 2016

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2016 for his resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end. The award was also a tribute to the Colombian people who had not given up hope of a just peace as well as to the families of the countless victims of the war.

Nobel Peace Prize 2016 for Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos

Maharashtra becomes 17th state to join UDAY Scheme

Maharashtra became the 17th state to Central Government’s Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojna (UDAY) scheme. It will help Maharashtra to reap benefits worth Rs 9,725 crore by way of cheaper funds, transmission losses, energy efficiency and coal reforms during the period of the turnaround.

Rs.114 cr approved for HRIDAY projects

The Union Ministry of Urban Development has approved projects worth Rs.114 crore under HRIDAY scheme for improving infrastructure facilities around core heritage sites in five cities. These five cities are: Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Amritsar (Punjab), Dwaraka (Gujarat), Puri (Odisha) and Warangal (Telangana).

India to host conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

India will host the Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) next month. The three-day conference, to be held from November 3, is being organised in collaboration with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

Doordarshan, IGNOU sign agreement for telecast of Gyan Darshan channels

Doordarshan and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) have entered into an agreement for transmission of four Gyan Darshan educational channels. Gyan Darshan ran successfully till June 2, 2014, but was shut down by ISRO to facilitate its migration from INSAT 3C to GSAT-10.

New Solar Powered Guard Van of Goods Train flagged off

Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has flagged off the newly manufactured ‘Guard Van of Goods Train’, in New Delhi. The train has been equipped for the first time with Solar powered Light, Fan, Mobile Charging Point along with the facility of Zero discharge Bio Toilet.

Former CIC Shailesh Gandhi authors e-book on RTI

Shailesh Gandhi (69-year), former Central Information Commissioner (CIC) has authored an e-book in order to lend a better interpretation of the Right To Information (RTI) legislation for common people. The e-book (81-page) named ‘RTI Act- Authentic Interpretation of The Statute’.

Justice Mohanty Appointed Acting CJ Of Jharkhand HC

Justice Pradip Kumar Mohanty has been appointed as the acting chief justice of the Jharkhand High Court. He will replace Justice Virendra Singh.

Rajeev Rishi Elected as IBA Chairman

Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) of Central Bank of India Rajeev Rishi has been elected as the Chairman of the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) for the financial year 2016-17. Rishi took charge from Chairman and Managing director of Dena Bank Ashwani Kumar.

8th October : Indian Air Force Day

The Air Force Day 2016 is being observed annually on 8th October across India. This is the 84th celebration of the Day that began in 1932.