German regulators tell Facebook to stop processing user data from WhatsApp, China gives Bangladesh 500,000 doses of Sinopharm Covid vaccines, North Korea claims it has no Covid-19 infections, Saudi Arabia to organize Mecca pilgrimage this year under special conditions, UPSC Civil Services 2021 preliminary exam postponed, Stalin writes to PM asks GST to be removed on Covid vaccines, BCCI appoints Ramesh Powar as head coach of Indian women’s cricket team, Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine to be available in Indian market from early next week,

United Nations has said that India will be the world's fastest growing major economy in 2022.

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India’s recent decision authorising 5G trials without Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE is a sovereign one, US said. 

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RBI announces Rs 50,000 cr  for a tenure of three years  for banks priority lending for Covid healthcare. 

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Bill and Melinda Gates announced that they are divorcing. They would continue to work together at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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GST revenue collected in the month of April is at a record high of Rs 1,41,384 crore which is the highest since the introduction of GST.

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 Economists feel this is a very positive decision as it would help in improving the environment in the stock market.

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Bureaucracy

Senior diplomat Reenat Sandhu has been appointed as Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

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Investigation

CBI on Saturday filed a FIR against former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh over allegations of corruption. 

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Opinion

Scientists have found that the Himalayas are not uniform and assume different physical and mechanical properties in different directions.

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