New Election Commissioner of India
⇒ Former Uttar Pradesh chief secretary Anup Chandra Pandey, IAS (Retd.) took charge as the new election commissioner of India on 09 June 2021.
1984-batch IAS officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre, Shri Anup Chandra Pandey, has been appointed as the Election Commissioner by President Ram Nath Kovind.
Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India
⇒ The Central Government has re-appointed Shri Mahesh Kumar Jain as Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India for a period of two years with effect from 22 June 2021, or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
His term was completed on 21 June 2021. Mr. Jain was appointed as deputy governor for three years in June 2018.
Ratle Hydroelectric Power Corporation Limited
⇒ NHPC limited, India’s premier hydropower company under Ministry of Power has formed a joint venture company, “Ratle Hydroelectric Power Corporation Limited” for the implementation of 850 MW Ratle Hydroelectric Project.
The joint venture company has been incorporated on 01 June 2021 with NHPC and Jammu & Kashmir State Power Development Corporation Ltd (JKSPDC) holding equity share of 51% and 49% respectively.
Ratle Hydoelectric Project (850 MW), is a Run of River Scheme located on River Chenab, Kishtwar district, Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
Ministry of Power has already conveyed investment sanction for construction of 850 MW Ratle HE Project at an estimated cost of Rs 5281.94 crore (at November 2018 price level).
International Chocolate Awards
⇒ Paul And Mike, an artisanal Kerala-based ‘bean to bar’ chocolate maker has become the first Indian company to win a silver at the world final (2020-2021) of the International Chocolate Awards.
The company won the award for its ’64 Percent Dark Sichuan Pepper and Orange Peel Vegan Chocolate’.
World Environment Day 2021
Third-oldest Asiatic Elephant in the World, Rani
⇒ An 83-year-Old female Asiatic elephant, Rani was died at Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad due to age-related ailments.
Rani was considered to be the third-oldest Asiatic elephant in the world. The names of the two other oldest elephants are Chengallor Dakshayani (female, 88-year-old) from Travancore Devaswom board who died in 2019, and Lin Wang (male, 86-years-old) from Taipei Zoo who died in 2003.
Elephant Rani was an iconic star and well known for participating in Bonalu and Muharram festivities for a long time. Rani was gifted to the zoo by the last Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan, in 1963.