1. Arun Jaitley, former Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister, in a letter to Modi, has recused himself from any responsibility in the new NDA government, citing health challenges.
2. In the ICC ODI team rankings, World Cup hosts England lead the table with 125 points closely followed by India at the second position with 121 points and South Africa at the third position with 115 points.
3. As per the latest ICC player rankings, India’s Virat Kohli leads the batting ranking table, while fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah leads the bowling rankings chart.
4. The ICC World Cup 2019 will begin on May 30 with the opening match between England and South Africa.
5. The oath-taking ceremony will be attended by the leaders of the BIMSTEC Member Countries; Sooronbay Jeenbekov, the President of Kyrgyzstan; and Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth. Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina will not be able to attend the ceremony as she will be on a three-nation visit at the time to Japan, Saudi Arabia, and Finland.
6. The United States recently removed India from its currency monitoring watch list. The US placed India, China, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, and South Korea in the bi-annual currency watch list in October 2018.
7. The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is observed every year on May 29 to pay tribute to the invaluable contribution of civilian personnel and to honor over 3,800 peacekeepers who sacrificed their lives while rendering peacekeeping services.
8. There would be 48 matches in total in the World Cup. Of the total 48 matches of the world cup 2019, 45 will be in the Group Stage where each team will play nine Group Stage matches.
9. Sri Lanka signed a tripartite agreement with India and Japan for development of eastern terminal of Colombo port. Sri Lanka Port Authority (SLPA) will hold 51 percent majority stake in the port; while Japan and India will have combined stake of 49 percent.
10. Scott Morrison has been sworn in as Australia’s Prime Minister, 11 days after retaining the position in the country’s general election. He was sworn in by Queen Elizabeth’s official representative in Australia, Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove, at a ceremony in Canberra. Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack was also sworn in.
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