Daily Current Affairs 23 July 2020 With Video Lecture

What is Swamitva scheme?

  • Survey of Villages and Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas
  • Launched by Ministry of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj.
  • On National Panchayati Raj Day – April 24.
  • Aim: To provide an integrated property validation solution for rural India.
  • The residential land in villages will be measured using drones to create a non-disputable record.
  • Property card for every property in the village will be prepared by states using accurate measurements delivered by drone-mapping.
  • These cards will be given to property owners.
  • Benefits of the scheme:
  • It will help in streamlining planning and revenue collection.
  • Better-quality Gram Panchayat Development Plans (GPDPs).
  • The accurate property records can be used for facilitating tax collection, new building and structure plan, issuing of permit etc.

Vriksharopan Abhiyan

  • Today, Home Minister Amit Shah will launch “Vriksharopan Abhiyan”.
  • The scheme will focus on creating green spaces by planting tree saplings in mined out areas.
  • Vriksharopan Abhiyan will be organized by Ministry of Coal involving all Coal/Lignite PSUs today.
  • During this large-scale plantation would be carried out in mines, colonies, offices and other suitable areas of Coal/Lignite PSUs and seedlings will be distributed in the nearby areas for promoting plantation by the society.
  • Going Green is the key thrust area of coal sector, It involves maximization of green cover through ecological reclamation

Delhi Sero-Survey

  • The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare [MoHFW] commissioned a sero-surveillance study in Delhi.
  • Survey is done by the National Center for Disease Control [ NCDC] in collaboration with Govt of National Capital Territory of Delhi, following a rigorous multi-stage sampling study design.
  • What is a serological survey?
  • A serological survey seeks to assess the prevalence of disease in a population by detecting the presence of specific antibodies against the virus.
  •  It can also be conducted to check if a person has developed immunity to certain diseases.
  • It indicates past infections (and which triggered an immune response) and is not used to detect active infections.
  • The Sera (a part of blood) of samples were tested for IgG antibodies and Covid-19 infection using Covid Kavach ELISA kits approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
  • Key findings:
  • A total 21,387 samples were randomly collected across the 11 districts of the capital, which were then divided into two groups, of less than 18 years and older.
  • 22.86% of the people surveyed had developed IgG antibodies, indicating they had been exposed to the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19.

G20 Digital Minister’s Meet

  • The Digital Economy Ministers Meet is hosted by Saudi Arabia.
  • Theme: Realizing Opportunities of the 21st century for all
  • Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology represented India during this virtual meeting.
  • Digital platforms have to be responsive and accountable towards the sovereign concerns of countries.
  • India to put in place a robust personal data protection law which will address the data privacy related concerns and ensure availability of data for innovation.
  • There is a need for building trustworthy Artificial Intelligence systems that can transform the society.

India – Maldives agreements

  • Contract for setting up Neighborhood Fish Processing Plants
  • These fish-processing plants are the first in a series of High Impact Community Development (HICDP) projects that India and Maldives have committed to execute together under a total grant of USD 5.5 million.
  • India-Maldives sign agreement to establish “Emergency Medical Services”.
  • Financed by India under grant assistance of 20 million USD for neighbouring countries.
  • This will help to increase the collaboration between the countries, especially in the areas of health care facilities, disaster responses during critical times, etc.

23rd July

  • National Broadcasting Day – It is on 23 July in 1927, the 1st ever radio broadcast in country went on the air from Bombay Station under a private company called the Indian Broadcasting Company (IBC).
  • 23rd marks the birth anniversaries of two great sons of India—Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Chandra Shekhar Azad.

Current COVID19 Situation in India


Vriksharopan Abhiyan will be organized by:

  1. Ministry of Coal
  2. Ministry of Home Affairs
  3. Both A and B
  4. None of the above

Answer – A

What is Sera?

  1. Part of Eye
  2. Part of Blood Sample
  3. Drink
  4. Virus

Answer – B

The Digital Economy Ministers Meet is hosted by:

  1. India
  2. Saudi Arabia
  3. US
  4. UK

Answer – B

Who is Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology?

  1. Prahlad singh
  2. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank
  3. Ravi Shankar Prashad
  4. Amit Shah

Answer – C

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Sakshi Sahu

    Senior Lecturer, General Knowledge, SSBCrackExams, Master's in Politics and International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi, Bachelor's in Commerce and Computer Applications from DAVV Indore, Former research fellow at Ministry of women and Child Development New Delhi, 1 Year teaching experience (UPSC CSE).

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