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Daily Current Affairs – 22 July 2020 : Today Gk Updates
1. PM Modi to address India Ideas Summit today
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver the keynote address at the India Ideas Summit today.
The theme for this year’s India Ideas Summit is ‘Building a Better Future’.
The virtual Summit will witness discussions on areas including India-US cooperation and future of the relation between the two countries in a post pandemic world.
Key speakers at the Summit include External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Senator of Virginia and co-chair of Senate India Caucus Mr. Mark Warner, Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, among others.
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The two-day Summit is being hosted by the US-India Business Council. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the formation of the Council.
2. Delhi’s sero-prevalence study finds 23.48 per cent people affected by Covid-19
A Sero-Prevalence study conducted in Delhi to understand the proportion of population exposed to corona infection shows that 22.86 per cent of the people are affected due to coronavirus.
The study also indicates that a large number of infected persons remain asymptomatic.
This Study was conducted from 27th of June to 10th of July in all the 11 districts of Delhi. 21387 blood samples were collected from selected individuals and were tested for IgG antibodies using the ELISA testing kits.
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It is one of the largest Sero-Prevalence studies conducted in the country using the ELISA testing.
3. Govt extends work from home for IT, BPO companies till Dec 31 due to COVID-19
– Government has extended connectivity norms for work from home for IT and BPO companies till December 31 this year due to COVID-19 pandemic.
– In a tweet last night, the Department of Telecommunications said, it has further extended the relaxations in the terms and conditions for other service providers up to 31st December 2020 to facilitate work from home in view of the ongoing concern due to COVID-19.
– The time period for work from home was expiring on July 31.
4. Union HRD Minister launches “Manodarpan” to provide psychosocial support to students
The Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank launched MANODARPAN initiative to provide psychosocial support to students for their mental health and well-being in New Delhi.
The initiative aims to facilitate a sustainable psychological support system for the students as well as their families and teachers.
The initiative has been included in the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, as a part of strengthening human capital and increasing productivity and efficient reform and initiatives for the education sector.
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As a part of the initiative, the HRD Minister also launched a national toll-free helpline number.
5. Amarnath Yatra cancelled amid COVID-19 pandemic
Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board has decided to cancel this year’s Amarnath Yatra in view of coronavirus situation.
LG, who is Chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) presided over 39th Board meeting in which the Board members participated virtually through video conference to discuss the conduct of this year’s Yatra.
The Board suggested that it would not be advisable to conduct Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2020 and it would be advisable to cancel it this year in larger public interest.
The Board however said it will continue the Live Telecast/ Virtual Darshan of the morning and evening Aarti.
6. First batch of 5 Rafale fighter jets likely to arrive in India by July end
The first batch of five Rafale fighter jets is likely to arrive in India by the end of this month.
Indian Air Force said, the aircraft will be inducted at Air Force Station Ambala on 29th July subject to weather.
Indian Air Force aircrew and ground crew have undergone comprehensive training on the aircraft, including its highly advanced weapons systems and are fully operational now.
Post arrival, efforts will focus on operationalisation of the aircraft at the earliest.