20.07.21 Daily UKPSC Current Affairs




One scheme, 3 CMs, 2 different names: Mahalaxmi Yojana launched in Uttarakhand




Mahalaxmi Yojana, the Uttarakhand government’s ambitious scheme for new mothers and the newborn girl child, was inaugurated by chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami.

The scheme has seen quite a few twists and turns since it was announced by former CM Trivendra Rawat a couple of months ago. He had named the scheme ‘Soubhagyawati Yojana’ and was all set to inaugurate it when he had to step down.

His successor, Tirath Singh Rawat changed the name of the scheme to Mahalaxmi Yojana and was gearing up to launch it. But on the very day he was to inaugurate it, he was summoned to Delhi and subsequently had to let go of the CM’s chair.

Under the scheme, the new mothers and newborns would be provided with clothes and other accessories by the women and child welfare department.

A total of 16,929 women have been initially identified to be benefitted across the state as part of the scheme. The Mukhyamantri Mahalaxmi kit is being provided to the mother and the newborn girl child on the birth of the first two girls or twin girls.

For mothers, the kit has dry fruits, two pair of socks, one scarf, two towels, one blanket or sheet, two cotton bedsheets, two packets of sanitary napkins, nail cutter, four bathing soaps, four detergent soaps and 500ml mustard oil.




Nelson Mandela International Day – 18th July


The UN observes July 18 every year as Nelson Mandela International Day. This day acknowledges Nelson Mandela’s contribution to the struggle for democracy and the promotion of a culture of peace all over the globe. This day is an occasion for all to take action and inspire change.


♦ On July 18, 2009, the first Mandela Day was observed in the city of New York. The UNGA adopted a resolution on November 10, 2009, declaring 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day. Nelson Mandela day marks his contribution to peace through his active involvement in resolving conflicts, promoting human rights, international democracy, reconciliation, and addressing racial issues.





Launch of SIATP Programme


School Innovation Ambassador Training Program (SIATP) has been launched to enhance the innovation capability of the students.


♦ The SIATP programme aims at nurturing students with innovation capabilities, develop them a culture of innovation and lay the base of a new and vibrant India.

♦ It was launched jointly by the ministries of Education and Tribal Affairs.

♦ The program launched is a joint effort by the Ministry of Education’s Innovation Cell, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, CBSE and AICTE.

♦ The initiative will benefit a large number of schools for tribal children across the country by giving wings to the children’s creativity and providing a platform so that they can provide something new to the world with their ideas.

♦ The program is aimed at 50000 schoolteachers.


  1. Foundation Day of Indian Council of Agriculture Research
  2. Foundation Day of Indian Council of Agriculture Research


Foundation Day of the Indian Council of Agriculture Research is on 16th July. And this year is the 93rd foundation day.

About ICAR:

♦ Indian Council Agriculture Research is an autonomous body responsible for coordinating agricultural education and research in India.

♦ Indian Council Agriculture Research is the largest network of agricultural research & education institutes in the world.

♦ This body reports to the Department of Agricultural Research and Education under the Union Ministry of Agriculture.

♦ The Union Minister of Agriculture serves as its president.

♦ Headquarters: New Delhi

♦ ICAR is earlier known as the Imperial Council of Agricultural Research. And, it was established on July 16, 1929, as a registered society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.


Infection spreading in local clusters: Government


Even as there is a consistent decline in daily cases of Covid since May, some states are recording a high share of cases, health officials said underlining need for proactive measures to contain the infection in localised clusters and remain vigilant against wider spread.

Five states — Kerala, Maharashtra, TN, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha — accounted for 73.4% of total new cases in July. Despite the declining trajectory of cases, the share from these states to the total count is increasing, particularly Kerala and Maharashtra — that add up to more than 51% cases reported in July so far.


There are also states like Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh that are witnessing a surge in cases. The Centre has deputed teams to 11 such states to assist governments in controlling the spread. Besides northeastern states, the teams have been sent to Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Kerala and Odisha.

The Centre is also worried over the slowdown in rate of decline in daily new cases that have stagnated at an average of around 40,000 cases since last three weeks. Currently, there are 55 districts in 13 states reporting over 10% positivity. While Rajasthan tops the list with nine such districts, Kerala and Manipur have eight districts each, Meghalaya has seven and Nagaland five districts.




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