1. Who among the following has been appointed as the director on the central board of Reserve Bank of India (RBI)?
a. Tarun Bajaj
b. Michael Patra
c. Shaktikanta Das
d. Viral Acharya
• The government has appointed Economic Affairs Secretary Tarun Bajaj as a director on the central board of Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
• He will succeed Atanu Chakraborty, who retired on April 30.
• The Reserve Bank’s affairs are governed by a central board of directors who are nominated/
• appointed under Section 8(1) of the RBI Act, 1934. The board is appointed by the Government of India in keeping with the Reserve Bank of India Act.
• They are appointed/ nominated for a period of four years.
• The board meets once in every six months and nearly once in every quarter. It consists of the
i. Official Directors: Full-time-Governor and not more than four Deputy Governors
ii. Non-Official Directors: Nominated by Government-Ten Directors from various fields
and two government Official And four directors each from four local boards
2. Mustafa al-Kadhimi has been appointed as the Prime Minister of which of the following countries?
• Mustafa al-Kadhimi has been appointed as the new Iraqi Prime Minister after the Iraqi parliament approved Kadhimi’s government at an emergency session.
• He has become Iraq's first proper Prime Minister after Adel Abdul Mahdi resigned in November 2019 due to massive anti-government protests.
3. Which of the following committees had recommended the abolition of posts in Military Engineering Service?
a. DB Shekatkar committee
b. MS Shikhawat committee
c. Shekhar Ahuja committee
d. Rawat committee
• Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh has approved the proposal of Engineer-in-Chief of Military Engineering Services (MES) for optimisation of more than 9,300 posts in the basic and industrial workforce.
• The Union Ministry of Defence had constituted a Committee of Experts under Chairmanship of Lt Gen (Retd) DB Shekatkar for recommending measures to enhance the capabilities of the armed forces.
• The committee had recommended measures to enhance combat capability and rebalance defence expenditure of the Armed Forces.
• One of the recommendations made by the Committee was to restructure the civilian workforce in a manner that the work of MES could be partly done by departmentally employed staff and other works could be outsourced.
4. Which of the following is the mobile application launched by Ministry of Ayush?
c. Arogya Kavach
• The Ministry of AYUSH has developed Ayush Sanjivani mobile app with the purpose of generating data of a target of 5 million people.
• The core expected outcomes includes to generate data on acceptance and usage of AYUSH advocacies and measures among the population and its impact in prevention of COVID 19.
5. With which of the following has CSIR-IGIB signed MoU for licensing ‘KNOWHOW’ for rapid diagnosis of COVID-19?
a. Tata Sons
b. Piramal Foundation
c. Reliance Foundation
d. Azim Premji Foundation
• An MoU was signed between Council of Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR) constituent lab, Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB) and TATA Sons for licensing of ‘KNOWHOW’ for FNCAS9 Editor Linked Uniform Detection Assay (FELUDA) for rapid diagnosis of Covid19.
• It includes the transfer of the knowledge for scaling up the ‘KNOWHOW’ in the form of a kit that can be deployed for Covid-19 testing on ground as early as the end of May.
• Fleuda is a completely indigenous scientific invention and has been designed for mitigating the ongoing Covid-19 situation and cater to mass testing.
• It is a paper-based test strip that detects the latest coronavirus in an hour.