Current Affairs: 6 October 2016

Tiny machines win chemistry Nobel prize

  • The 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been awarded for the development of the world's smallest machines. 
  • Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir Fraser Stoddart and Bernard Feringa will share the 8m kronor (£727,000) prize for the design and synthesis of machines on a molecular scale. 
  • They were named at a press conference in Sweden. 
  • The machines conceived by today's laureates are a thousand times thinner than a strand of hair.

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Nayanjot Lahiri bags prize for book on Ashoka

  • Professor Nayanjot Lahiri (History) at the Ashoka University has been awarded the 2016 John F. Richards Prize for her book Ashoka in Ancient India 
  • The Richards Prize is awarded annually by the American Historical Association (AHA) to the best book in South Asian history. 
  • The prize will be awarded at the Association’s 131st Annual Meeting in January, 2017.

5th October: World Teachers’ Day

  • The World Teachers’ Day (WTD) 2016 is being observed across the world on 5th October (since 1994). 
  • The theme for the World Teachers’ Day 2016 is Valuing Teachers, Improving their Status. 
  • According to UNESCO, World Teachers’ Day represents a significant token of the awareness, understanding, and appreciation displayed for the vital contributions that teachers make to education and development.

CBSE to discontinue practice of re-evaluation of answer sheets from 2017

  • Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to discontinue the provision of re-evaluation of answer sheets from next year. 
  • Since 2014, re-evaluation of answer sheets was done in around 10 subjects for class XII examinations. 
  • The actual number of students who applied for re-evaluation was only around 1.8% and the number of beneficiaries even less.

Union Cabinet approves amendments to HIV and AIDS Bill, 2014

  • The Union Cabinet has approved amendments to the HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2014. 
  • The Bill seeks to safeguard rights of HIV-affected people, as well as to prevent and control spread of HIV and AIDS. 
  • The bill has the provision for creating an enabling environment for people living with HIV so that they can get better access to antiretroviral therapy (ART). 
  • Those who will not comply the rule will be given punishment of minimum 3 month and upto 2 years with fine of up to one lakh rupees.

Noted Kerala artist Yusuf Arakkal passes away

  • Veteran artist Yusuf Arakkal (71-year) has passed away due to heart attack in Bengaluru, Karnataka. 
  • Recently,he has released a book called Faces of Creativity, which is a comprehensive collection of portraits of fellow artists.

Maria Sharapova drugs ban reduced from two years to 15 months

  • Russian Tennis star Maria Sharapova’s doping ban has been reduced from two years to 15 months. 
  • The Court of Arbitration for Sport cut nine months off the suspension imposed on Sharapova, who was tested positive for a banned substance “Meldonium“. 
  • Now, Sharapova can come back in April and return to Grand Slam play at the French Open. 
  • The CAS panel found that Sharapova bore some degree of fault for the positive test, saying a 15-month sanction was appropriate.

BRICS U-17 football tournament begins in Goa

  • The first edition of the BRICS Under-17 Football tournament begins in Goa. 
  • The tournament featuring Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) has been organised on the occasion of the 8th BRICS summit that will be held in Goa on the 15th of this month. 
  • The inaugural match will be played between Brazil and China.

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