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Current Affairs : 9 September 2016 

ISRO successfully launches advanced weather satellite INSAT-3DR

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched its advanced weather satellite (INSAT-3DR) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
  • INSAT 3DR would join the operational Search and Rescue service provided by INSAT 3D to various users, including Coast Guard, Airport Authority of India, Shipping, Defence Services.
  • INSAT-3DR will provide a variety of meteorological services to the country.
  • The operational life of the INSAT-3DR is about ten years

8th September: International Literacy Day

  • The International Literacy Day is being observed every year on 08 September to emphasize the importance of literacy to individuals, society and communities .
  • This year, the world is celebrating 50th International Literacy Day and the theme is “Reading the Past, Writing the Future“.
  • The day was established in 1966 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Government appoints J. Satyanarayana as the chairperson of UIDAI

  • The Union Govt. has chosen a retired IAS officer and former DEITY Secretary J. Satyanarayana as the Chairperson of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
  • He succeeds former Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani (first Chairman of the UIDAI) and had stepped down from the post in 2014.

Union Govt. announces financial package for Andhra Pradesh

  • Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has announced a financial package for Andhra Pradesh.
  • It includes full funding of Pollavaram irrigation project, tax concessions and a special assistance.
  • The funding of Pollavaram project would be met by the Centre from 1st of April 2014.
  • The state will also get a railway zone.

Railways to implement Flexi Fare system in Rajdhani, Shatabdi & Duronto trains

  • ndian Railways have decided to implement Flexi Fare system in Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains.
  • Under the scheme, the base fares will increase by 10% with every ten percent of berth sold, subject to a prescribed ceiling limit.
  • Supplementary charges like reservation charges, Superfast charge, Catering charges and Service tax will be levied separately

DoT unveils new norms on SIM up gradation

  • The Department of Telecom (DoT) has come out with new guidelines on SIM up gradation from 2G to 3G or 4G.
  • It can be done with a clear go-ahead from mobile users and on their request.
  • The new guidelines have already come into effect.
  • Now, The subscriber will have to generate a request customer care or online or point of sale of the company.
  • Once the request is received, the operator will issue a new SIM card to the subscriber.

Gujarat CM dedicates 2 Mbps connectivity to 6,000 villages

  • Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has dedicated 2 Mbps download and 512 kbps upload digital connectivity to 6,000 villages at a ceremony in Gandhinagar.
  • Now 6,000 villages out of 14,000 are given 2 Mbps connectivity through BSNL network.
  • As these villages are out of the V-SAT platform, the rest of the villages served by V-SAT will also get faster connectivity.
  • Gujarat Government has set the target to achieve 100 percent village connectivity through optical fiber network 2nd October next year.