Theme for World Bee Day 2021 (20 May) – “Bee engaged – Build Back Better for Bees”.
First state in India that allowed reimbursement of goods and services tax (GST) paid on Covid-related donations made to the state and state-run facilities – Haryana.
On 19 May, __ has launched a fully digitised, end-to-end, Loan Processing System (LPS) for its MSME and Agri. Products – IDBI Bank Limited.
The __ has proposed a framework for setting up the Gold Exchange in India – Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).
As per report by the Australia-based Minderoo Foundation, India’s rank in terms of per capita plastic waste production – 94th (First position: Singapore and Australia).
World’s largest producer of single-use plastic – China (India ranks third).
India’s rank in EY’s Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index 2021 – Third (First two positions: The US and China).
Organiser of the World of Work Summit, entitled “International action for a human-centred COVID-19 response”, that will take place on 17 June and 18 June 2021 – International Labour Organisation (ILO).
Host of the Smart Cities international online forum on 25-26 May 2021 – Moscow, Russia.
On 19 May 2021, ___ launched a 6- month Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID) Program on rehabilitation of Divyangjan – Union Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.
__ has clinched the first position in the recent ranking released by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs based on the progress of the implementation of the Smart City Mission’s schemes – Jharkhand.
Person in News
Winners of the 2020 Millennium Technology Prize, a prestigious global science and technology prize awarded by Technology Academy Finland (TAF) for their development of revolutionary sequencing techniques which means DNA can now be read in super-fast times – Shankar Balasubramanian and David Klenerman (Cambridge University chemists).
2021 Miss Universe pageant – Miss Mexico Andrea Meza.
State Current Affairs
On 18 May 2021, Government of __ signed a MoU with the National Health Authority to join the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat Scheme (PM Jana Arogya Yojana) – Telangana.
The government of ___ announced that it will set up a Legislative Council (Vidhan Parishad) – West Bengal.
The cabinet of __ approved the launch of the ‘Chief Minister Plantation Promotion Scheme’ to promote plantation in the state – Chhattisgarh.
Science & Technology
__ successfully sent a new ocean-monitoring satellite ‘Haiyang-2D (HY-2D)’ into orbit – China.
National Security Guard (NSG) – Founded: 15 October 1984; Headquarters: New Delhi.
Special Protection Group (SPG) – Founded: 30 March 1985; Headquarters: New Delhi.
Competition Commission of India (CCI) – Founded: 14 October 2003; Headquarters: New Delhi.
National Company Law Tribunal – Constituted: 1 June 2016; Headquarters: New Delhi.
National Green Tribunal (NGT) – Established: 18 October 2010; Principal Bench: New Delhi.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) – Founded: 20 February 1997; Headquarters: New Delhi.