Economy

As of April 2021, according to the World Gold Council (WGC) data, No. 1 country that hold the most gold – the United States (8,133.5 tonnes).

As of April 2021, according to the World Gold Council (WGC) data, India’s position among the countries that hold the most gold – 9th (687.8 tonnes).

International

On 25 May 2021, __ has approved a ‘UNESCO Global Convention on the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications’ facilitating the recognition of qualifications of citizens in secondary and higher education in more countries, particularly outside Europe – Estonia.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and ___ on 25 May 2021 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to launch a BioHub facility under WHO BioHub initiative at Swiss biosafety laboratory in Spiez that will allow rapid sharing of pathogens between laboratories and partners to facilitate a better analysis and preparedness against them – Switzerland.

Person in News

New Director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) – Subodh Kumar Jaiswal.

New managing director and chief executive officer of Chennai-headquartered Indian Bank – Shanti Lal Jain.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has appointed Indian citizen __, who works at the British deputy high commission in Chandigarh as a consular officer, as an honorary Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) – Mohini Singh.

State Current Affairs

23rd speaker of the Kerala assembly – M. B. Rajesh.

New Pro tem speaker of the Puducherry assembly – K Lakshminarayanan.

Deloitte has partnered with the __ government to launch a supervised, virtual home care initiative to help people quickly access healthcare for mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19 under the ‘Sanjeevani Pariyojana’ – Haryana.

Science & Technology

___, in partnership with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Department of Operational Support, has been working towards developing a mobile tech platform ‘UNITE AWARE’ that helps increase situational awareness and provides terrain-related information to peacekeepers – India.

The spacecraft’s nuclear-powered energy module, named “Zeus,” is designed by ___ to generate enough power to propel heavy cargo through deep space – Roscosmos, Russia’s federal space agency.

General Knowledge

International Energy Agency (IEA) – Established: 1974; Secretariat: Paris, France; Members: 30.

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) – Founded: 17 November 1966; Headquarters: Vienna, Austria.

International Energy Forum (IEF) – Established: 1991; Secretariat: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Members: 72.

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) – Founded: 26 January 2009; Headquarters: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Members: 160.

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