6 August 2013 Current Affairs

Raghuram Rajan Appointed as the New Governor of RBI

On 6 August Chief economic adviser Raghuram Govind Rajan has been appointed as the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).He will take up the mantle of governorship in the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) from 5 September 2013. The present incumbent – D Subbarao will demit his office on 4 September 2013.Rajan will have a term of three years.He will be the 23rd Governor of RBI.He is 50 years of age and so far, he is the youngest person to become the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India.He was appointed as the youngest-ever Economic Counselor and Director of Research (chief economist) at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from October 2003 to December 2006.Rajan was appointed as Chief Economic Advisor to the Ministry of Finance, Government of India on 10 August 2012.

Sharapova Tops ‘ Forbes ‘ List of Best Paid Female Athletes

On 6 August Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova has topped the ‘ Forbes ‘ list of highest-earning female athletes for the ninth-straight year, raking in $29 million over the last 12 months.American Serena Williams is second on the list with earnings of 20.5 million US dollars, Chinese star Li Na in third with $18.2 million and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in fourth with $15.7 million.

Astronomers Discovered Lowest-mass Exoplanet Around a Sun-like Star

On 6 August Astronomers have announced that they had discovered the lowest mass exoplanet ever to be found orbiting a sun-like Star. The planet has the cryptic name GJ 504b.The image of the exoplanet was captured by making use of the infrared data from the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii. The newly captured exoplanet was dubbed as GJ 504b. It is the lowest-mass planet ever detected around the star, by making use of the direct imaging techniques.GJ 504b has the dark cherry blossom, a dull magenta colour.This planet orbits around its star at approximately 9 times the distance Jupiter orbits around the Sun.The researchers found that GJ 504b is about four times more massive than Jupiter and has an effective temperature of about 237 degrees Celsius.

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