8 October 2013 Current Affairs

Britain’s Peter Higgs and Belgium’s Francois Englert Won 2013 Physics Nobel Prize

Britain’s Peter Higgs and Francois Englert of Belgium won the Nobel Prize for physics on 8 October .They were awarded for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles. Their contribution forms the cornerstone of modern particle physics.Higgs and Francois Englert discovered a quantum field which is a distribution of energy, throughout the universe. It is a field with special properties. When the field is disturbed, waves travel through it. The dimmest possible wave is called a particle in the field. They called this field as Higgs field. In the Higgs field particles are called as Higgs Boson.

Election Commission Appoints 42 Awareness Observers

The Election Commission on 8 October appointed 42 awareness observers for assembly polls to be conducted in five states- Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Rajasthan. These awareness observers will oversee the management of electoral process as well as help in increasing the voter turnout. In the meanwhile, the awareness observers will also keep an eye on the paid news.

HRD Ministry To Launch 50 Free Educational Live DTH Channels

The HRD Ministry on 8 October announced that it will launch 50 DTH educational channels soon. All these channels will be different from the existing programmes on air including Gyan Darshan as new one will be more interactive.All these channels will air programmes which will be live and not pre recorded. The Ministry also announced that the new initiatives will be one of the largest anywhere in the world of its kind. Later, the number of these channels will increase to one thousand.

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