Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the first Vande Bharat Express train from Kerala


1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the first Vande Bharat Express train from Kerala

Prime Minister  Narendra Modi  flagged   off Kerala’s first Vande Bharat Express train  running between  Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod  at  Thiruvananthapuram Central Station . This train will pass through 11 districts of Kerala. The Vande Bharat train running between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod will cover a distance of about 588 kms in about eight hours. Prime Minister Narendra Modi   also inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of various projects worth more than three thousand two hundred crore rupees . Shri Modi   also dedicated the Kochi Water Metro to the nation. The project aims   to provide seamless connectivity to  the city of Kochi  through  battery operated electric hybrid boats in the vicinity of Kochi. Will connect to 10 islands . The Prime Minister   also laid the foundation stone of Digital Science Park in Thiruvananthapuram. The Digital Science Park is envisaged as a premier research facility for developing digital products and services in collaboration with industry and business units.

2. PM lays foundation stones and dedicates various development projects worth over Rs 4850 crore in Silvassa, Dadra and Nagar Haveli

The Prime Minister  , Shri Narendra Modi,  laid   the foundation stone and inaugurated various development projects worth over Rs 4850 crore  in  Silvassa, Dadra and Nagar Haveli . In these projects,  inauguration of Namo Institute of Medical Education and Research  in Silvassa and laying of foundation stones of 96 projects like government schools, government engineering college, beautification, strengthening and widening of various roads, expansion of fish market and shopping center and water supply scheme etc. in Daman and launch is included. The Prime Minister also handed over the house keys to the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) Urban from Diu and Silvassa.

3. POWERGRID (PGCIL) wins Global Gold Award for CSR work

Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL),  a Maharatna CPSU under  the Ministry of Power , Government of India, has   been   conferred with the Global Gold Award by  Green Organization  .  The award was conferred during the Green World Awards- 2023 ceremony  held  on April 24, 2023   in  Miami , USA . POWERGRID Director (Personnel)  Dr. V.K. Singh  received the award on behalf of the organization. The award was given for  watershed management, community participation and better crop management practices in 10 villages  of Jayapatna block of Kalahandi  district  in  Odisha . This is a recognition of POWERGRID’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) work for improving agricultural productivity and rural livelihoods through It is a 60-month farmer centric project, which was launched at the end of October, 2019. It was introduced to ensure stability with a plan to withdraw. POWERGRID emphasizes on involving itself in several CSR programs towards community and environment.

4.11th high level meeting between Indian Coast Guard and Korean Coast Guard held in New Delhi

The 11th high level meeting  between  the Indian Coast Guard  and  the Korean Coast Guard  took place in New Delhi . Both sides discussed ways to strengthen the existing relationship in accordance with the provisions of the MoU to share best practices, conduct joint exercises and promote training cooperation. The high-level meeting was held under the provisions of the MoU signed in 2016. The meeting focused on operational level discussions and capacity building in the areas of maritime search and rescue.

5. Fourth meeting of India-Mozambique Joint Defense Working Group held in New Delhi

The fourth meeting   of  the India-Mozambique Joint Defense Working Group  was held in New Delhi . The meeting was co-chaired by Amitabh Prasad, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Defense   and  Casimiro Augusto Muio, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of National Defense of Mozambique  . Both sides discussed a wide range of issues including military training and courses, exercises, medicine and capacity building to strengthen defense ties.

6. Organization of two thousand camps of livestock awareness campaign of Animal Husbandry and Dairying Department

The Animal Husbandry and Dairying Department  organized   two thousand camps  under  Pashudhan Jagruti Abhiyan to  spread awareness about  the entrepreneurship program and  to provide  veterinary services at home . The department launched this campaign in all the aspirational districts under Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav Abhiyan. The Animal Husbandry Department has said that through these camps people were informed about schemes related to entrepreneurship, vaccination and other profit-oriented programmes. About one lakh farmers participated in this awareness program organized through virtual medium.

7. Indian National Accounts Estimates for 2019-20 released by Dr. VK Paul, Member, NITI Aayog

 The share of government  health expenditure in the total GDP of the country   increased from 1.1-3 per cent in 2014-15   to 1.3-5 in 2019-20. The share of government health expenditure in total health expenditure also increased from 29 per cent in 2014-15 to 41.4 per cent in 2019-20. Dr. VK Paul,  Member,  NITI Aayog  released the Indian National Accounts Estimates  for 2019-20  . Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan  was also present on the occasion  . The report noted that public spending in the primary health sector has increased, which is in line with the National Health Policy of 2017. According to this, two-thirds of public health expenditure should be on the primary health system.

8. GI tag given to Manamadurai Pottery

Manamadurai  , a small village in  the Sivagangai district  of  Tamil Nadu  , is known for making pottery . This tradition has been passed down from generation to generation, and today Manamadurai pottery is recognized worldwide for its unique style and craftsmanship. Manamadurai pottery has recently   earned the Geographical Indication (GI) tag .

9. Mana became the country’s first village on the Indo-China border

The Border Roads Organization (BRO) has put up a sign board of  ‘ India’s first village ‘  at the entrance of  Mana, a border village  situated on the  India-China border  in  Chamoli district  of  Uttarakhand . Its photo  Chief Minister of the state Pushkar Singh Dhami  Shared on social media. While uploading the photo, Dhami wrote that now Mana will not be known as the last but the first village of the country. CM Pushkar Singh Dhami told that in October last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had addressed the border village Mana as the first village of the country and our government is always dedicated to the all-round development of the border areas. In a program organized in Mana on October 21, 2022, Modi had stamped the Chief Minister on calling Mana the first village of the country instead of the last village of India and said that now even for him every village situated on the borders is the first village of the country. Is.

10. Stolen idol of Lord Hanuman belonging to Chola period retrieved

A stolen idol of Lord Hanuman  belonging to  the Chola period  has been recovered and   handed over to the Idol Wing  of  Tamil Nadu .  The idol of Lord Hanuman was stolen from the Vishnu temple  of  Sri Varatharaja Perumal  located at  Pottavelli Vellore  in  Ariyalur district of Tamil Nadu  . This statue  dates back to the late Chola period (14th-15th centuries). is related to. It was documented by the “French Institute of Pondicherry” in 1961. The statue was handed over to the High Commissioner of India in Canberra. The statue was returned to India in the last week of February, 2023 and handed over to the Idol Wing of Tamil Nadu as case property on 18.04.2023.

11. Exercise Cope India-2023 concludes at Air Force Station, Kalaikunda

The sixth edition  of  Air Force Exercise Cope India-2023  was conducted  during the last two weeks  at Air Force Stations located at Kalaikunda, Panagarh and Agra . It   is part of a regular air exercise between the Indian Air Force (IAF)  and  the United States Air Force (USAF) , which is slated to conclude on 24 April 2023.  Frontline aircraft such as Rafale, Tejas, Sukhoi-30MKI, Jaguar, C-17 and C-130 participated in the exercise from the Indian Air Force  . F-15 ‘Strike Eagle’ fighter jets, C-130, MC-130J, C-17 and B1B strategic bombers participated from the US Air Force side. Air personnel from Japan’s Air Self Defense Force also participated in the exercise   as observers.

12. G7 Agriculture Ministers issue official statement calling for extension and full implementation of Black Sea Grain Deal

Agriculture ministers  of   the  Group of Seven (G7)  have issued an official statement calling for the extension and full implementation of the  Black Sea Grain Initiative (BSGI) deal that  allowed Ukraine to export more than 27 million tons of grain from its Black Sea ports. it occurs. The deal   was brokered by  the United Nations and Turkey  in  July 2022 , but Russia  (which attacked Ukraine in February 2022) has indicated that it will facilitate its grain and fertilizer exports by  May 18, 2023. Will not allow this deal to continue beyond . The G7 ministers disapproved of the way Russia created trouble in this context. All of them have insisted on being on the side of Ukraine and helping those most affected by Russia’s actions. G7 members have emphasized providing assistance for peace and reconstruction in Ukraine, including assistance in rebuilding infrastructure related to agricultural land.

13. ITC Limited achieves a remarkable feat by helping form 78 Farmer-Producer Companies (FPCs)

ITC Limited,  one  of India’s leading private companies,   has achieved an extraordinary feat by helping form  78 farmer-producer companies (FPCs) ,  also known as farmer producer organizations . FPC is a company  owned and operated by farmers Is. It helps these farmers to sell the crops they grow together and as a group, making it easier to get better prices for their products. Farmers can also save money by working together on items like equipment and supplies, and share knowledge and expertise to improve their farming practices. This allows them to be more efficient and profitable as a group rather than competing with larger, more well-organized businesses on their own. ITC acted as a Cluster-Based Business Organization (CBBO) to help form the FPC. A concept was introduced in the Union Budget 2019-20 to provide hand-holding support to FPCs and meet the target of creating 10,000 FPOs by the year 2024. According to data from the Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs,

14. 50 Years of Basic Structure Theory

The doctrine of Basic Structure  turns  50  this year  and  is considered a milestone in India’s constitutional history . The doctrine of basic structure refers to a constitutional principle that   was established by a constitutional bench in the Kesavananda Bharati case of 1973 . The Bench ruled that  Parliament can amend any part of the Constitution as long as it does not alter or amend the basic structure or essential features of the Constitution, While the Court did not define the term ‘basic structure’, it listed several principles that are part of it. The doctrine of basic structure has been interpreted to include the supremacy of the constitution, rule of law, independence of the judiciary, doctrine of separation of powers, sovereign democratic republic, parliamentary system of government, doctrine of free and fair elections, welfare state, etc. Is. The importance of the principle of basic structure is to limit political power, judicial review process and exercise power wisely and the Supreme Court has the right to take the final decision. Judicial independence is vital to the essence of the rule of law and respect for constitutional conventions and practices is vital to maintaining the integrity of the Constitution. S.R. The application of the principle of basic structure can be seen in the Bommai case (1994),

15. Russia attacked Ukraine with a guided bomb

The Russia-Ukraine war  has been going on for more than a year.  Russia is now using guided bombs in war  . Till now Russia was using them sporadically in this war. But recently, the Ukrainian government has reported an increase in the number of guided bomb attacks carried out by Russian forces. These bombs   are equipped with  fins and a satellite control system that  allows precise targeting . Russia has a modern, satellite-guided bomb called the  UPAB-1500B It is called Additionally, the Russian military uses FAB-type bombs, which are high-explosive bombs. Military experts of Ukraine believe that Russia currently has two types of guided bombs. It is difficult for Ukraine to defend itself against guided bombs as they currently use Soviet anti-aircraft missile systems which are not very effective against aerial bombs.

16. Wreckage of Japanese ship Montevideo Maru found after 81 years

The Montevideo Maru  was a ship that  sank during  World War II  , resulting in the deaths of approximately 1,060 prisoners of war and civilians from 14 different countries  .  The wreckage of this ship could not be found for 81 years . Recently  the Silentworld Foundation,  headed by Captain Roger Turner,  a technical director and submarine expert It was discovered by Montevideo Maru was a Japanese cargo ship used during World War II to transport prisoners of war and civilians. On July 1, 1942, the ship was torpedoed and sunk by an American submarine in the South China Sea. The ship carried approximately 979 Australian servicemen and civilians, as well as prisoners from other countries, including the United Kingdom, New Zealand and the Netherlands. Unfortunately, no one on board survived the sinking, and it became one of the deadliest maritime disasters in Australian history.

17. Anzac Day in Australia and New Zealand: 25 April

Anzac Day  is celebrated every year   on  25 April  in  Australia and New Zealand . The day is observed as the National Day of Remembrance which remembers all New Zealanders and Australians who died in war, conflict and peacekeeping operations. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The day was originally planned to honor members of the New Zealand and Australian forces who served in the Gallipoli Campaign.

18. World Malaria Day: 25 April

Every year,  World Malaria Day  is observed on  25 April  by the World Health Organization  and many other international organizations  . This year the theme of Malaria Day 2023 is ‘ Ready To Combat Malaria ‘. Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by a parasite that is transmitted to people through the bite of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has said that during 2015 to 2022, there has been a reduction of 85.1 percent in cases related to malaria in India and the number of people losing their lives has decreased by 83.3-6 percent.

19. International Delegation Day 2023: 25 April

International Delegates Day  is observed every year   on  25 April . The day is celebrated to raise awareness about the work of representatives and representatives of member states at the United Nations. Delegates attend meetings of the United Nations to represent their countries. Delegates speak and vote on behalf of their country in the United Nations General Assembly and elsewhere, such as in the United Nations Security Council, unless a high-ranking politician is present. The representatives are chosen by their respective governments. As a result, they act in the best interest of the government they work for.

20. World Laboratory Animal Day: 24 April

 World Laboratory Animal Day or World Day for Laboratory Animals is observed on 24 April . World Laboratory Animal Day aims to end the suffering of animals in laboratories around the world and promote their replacement with advanced scientific non-animal techniques. Laboratory animals are also used in the beauty products industry for biomedical research, to discover the causes, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Some animals are similar to humans, such as rats that share more than 98% DNA with us, and are prone to similar diseases such as cancer. The day was established by the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) more than four decades ago, and since then the campaign has gained immense popularity and innumerable supporters.