2 People in News- Swaminathan Gurumurthy & Meenakshi Valand
1. Government nominates Swaminathan Gurumurthy to RBI Central Board
The government has nominated r Swaminathan Gurumurthy to the Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India. The name of Gurumurthy, who had termed the demonetisation exercise a “success” and an “investment”, was approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Appointments Committee of the Cabinet as per provisions of Section 8 1C of the RBI Act, 1934. The provisions allow the government to nominate anyone as a part-time, non-official Director. Gurumurthy will get a four-year tenure. The ACC also nominated businessman Satish Kashinath Marathe to the RBI Board.
2. Bharuch woman set to be India’s first to give birth after uterus transplant
Meenakshi Valand is set to be the first Indian woman to deliver her baby after undergoing a uterine transplant. She is being monitored daily to record the foetal heartbeat while other vital parameters are assessed. Shivamma Chalgeri from Solapur in Maharashtra and Meenakshi Valand underwent the country’s first uterine transplants on May 18 and 19 last year. Mothers of the two women donated the uterus in both cases. Shivamma and Meenakshi have normal ovaries which were were harvested and sperms were taken from their respective husbands to prepare the embryos. Four embryos were frozen in Shivamma’s case and eight in Meenakshi’s case. The uterus transplants will take time to adjust and embryo transfers did not result in pregancy the first time in both the cases. In Shivamma’s case the embryo transfer has been planned for the third time on August 15 while Meenakshi’s second embryo transfer was successful.