RBI board approves Rajiv Ranjan as MPC member after Mridul Saggar retires.

  • The Reserve Bank of India’s central board approved the nomination of Rajiv Ranjan as a member of the monetary policy committee.
  • Ranjan replaces Mridul Saggar, who retired last month.
  • Ranjan was an advisor in-charge in the monetary policy department, before he was elevated as an executive director.
  • Ranjan has a master’s degree from Delhi School of Economics and a PhD from Mumbai University.
  • Ranjan will be a part of the monetary policy review meeting next month, scheduled between 6-8 June.

Indian students from Punjab and Tamil Nadu win NASA 2022 Human Exploration Rover Challenge.

  • Two Indian student groups from Punjab and Tamil Nadu have won the NASA 2022 Human Exploration Rover Challenge.
  • The challenge involved as many as 91 teams, including 58 colleges and 33 high schools.
  • The challenge required US and international student teams to design, engineer, and test a human-powered rover on a course simulating terrain found on rocky bodies in the solar system.
  • The annual NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge has been going on for over 25 years.

Former NITI Aayog officer Archana Gulati selected by Google as India Policy Head.

  • Internet major Google has appointed former joint secretary at Niti Aayog Archana Gulati as head of public policy in India.
  • Gulati was looking after digital communications policy matters at the government think tank and took voluntary retirement in April last year.
  • She was an officer on special duty in the telecom secretary office from May 2017 to August 2019.

Tokyo Olympian discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur provisionally suspended.

  • Olympian discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur has been provisionally suspended by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for testing positive for a banned substance.
  • Kamalpreet, who was tested on March 29, was suspended for the presence/use of the prohibited substance stanozolol in her sample.
  • This is a violation of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.
  • Kaur had made it to the Tokyo Olympics final, finishing sixth with a throw of 63.7m.

RPF launches Focused effort under "Operation Satark" from 5th April to 30th April, 2022.

  • RPF launches Focused effort under Operation Satark from 5th April to 30th April, 2022.
  • Railway Protection Force has recently started Operation Satark with an objective of taking action against illicit liquor/FICN/illegal tobacco products/unaccounted gold and any other items being transported through railway network for the purpose of tax evasion and smuggling.
  • Railway Protection Force (RPF) is a security force under the ownership of Indian Railways, Ministry of Railways, Government of India.
  • It was formed in 1872 under the Railway Protection Force Act, 1957.

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