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Current Affairs (12th April, 2023)

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Jalabala Vaidya Passes Away at The Age of 86

  • Jalabala Vaidya, legendary theatre actor and co-founder of the capital’s iconic Akshara Theatre, died in New Delhi on April 9 after a battle with respiratory ailments. She was 86.
  • Jalabala was born in London on August 12, 1936, to journalist, author and freedom fighter Suresh Vaidya and Marjorie Franckeiss Vaidya, a half English, half Italian classical singer.

Railway Will Start ‘Ramayana Yatra’

  • Railways will restart the "Ramayana Yatra" train from New Delhi.
  • It will cover several prominent places associated with the life of Lord Ram, including Ayodhya, Prayagraj and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and places in other states.
  • Ramayana Yatra is started under the Bharat Gaurav Scheme of Indian Railways.

Bharat Gaurav Scheme:

  • Launched in November 2021, under the scheme, trains now have a third segment for tourism. Till now, the Railways had passenger segments and goods segments.
  • It was announced under the theme-based tourist circuit trains. These trains will be run by both private players and IRCTC, in theme-based circuits.
  • Anyone, from societies, trusts, consortia and even state governments can apply to take these trains and run them on special tourism circuits based on a theme.

India Will be Third Largest Economy by 2027-28: Piyush Goyal

  • During his address to the Indian diaspora community in France on Monday, Union Minister Piyush Goyal stated that India is set to become the third-largest economy by 2027, up from its current position as the fifth-largest economy.
  • He further projected that India's economy, which currently stands at $3.5 trillion, will reach $30-35 trillion by 2047, coinciding with the country's 100th year of independence.

Uttar Pradesh Inaugurated the World’s First Vulture conservation and Breeding Centre

  • In the Maharajganj district of Uttar Pradesh, the world's first centre for the conservation and breeding of the critically endangered Asian king vulture is set to open.
  • The 1.5-hectare Jatayu Conservation and Breeding Centre (JCBC) aims to breed and release captive-bred king vultures into the wild in order to maintain a sustainable population of the species.
  • The JCBC, which is estimated to be worth Rs 15 crore, has a food processing centre, an incubation centre, nursery aviaries for young birds, breeding and holding aviaries, and hospital and recovery aviaries.

INS Vikrant Gets Back Its 'Original' 1961 Bell

  • The bell that was installed on the first INS Vikrant, which served in the Indian Navy for 36 years starting in 1961, has been returned to the country's most recent and first "Made-in-India" aircraft carrier with the same name, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissioned last year.
  • After India purchased the British-built aircraft carrier HMS Hercules and gave it an Indian name, the bell was installed on the first INS Vikrant in 1961.

David Warner Score 6000 Runs in IPL

  • David Warner entered into the record books by becoming the third batter to complete 6000 runs in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL).
  • David Warner, has also been the beneficiary of the Orange Cap multiple times in IPL 2015, 2017 and 2019, arrived at the achievement of 6000 runs with a limit during a match against Rajasthan Royals at the Barsapara Arena in Guwahati.

Election Commission Grants National Party Status to AAP

  • The Election Commission (ECI) granted national party status to the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party. Formed in November 2012, the Aam Aadmi Party has got national party status in just 10 years.
  • The ECI said the AAP was elevated as a national party based on its electoral performance in four states -- Delhi, Goa, Punjab and Gujarat.

Amit Shah Launches ‘Vibrant Villages Programme’

  • Home Minister Amit Shah launched the Vibrant Village program at Kibithu, a border village in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • The overall development of rural areas and their transformation into self-sufficient and prosperous communities are the goals of this program.

Vibrant Villages Program

  • It is a Centrally sponsored scheme, announced in the Union Budget 2022-23 (to 2025-26) for development of villages on the northern border, thus improving the quality of life of people living in identified border villages.
  • It will cover the border areas of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Ladakh.
  • It will cover 2,963 villages with 663 of them to be covered in the first phase.
  • Vibrant Village Action Plans will be created by the district administration with the help of Gram Panchayats.
  • There will not be overlap with Border Area Development Programme.

First Edition of Dogri Version of Indian Constitution

  • Union Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Kiren Rijiju released the first edition of the Dogri version of the Constitution of India at University of Jammu.

Dogri Language:

  • Dogri is a language spoken in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir and is one of the 22 official languages recognized by the Indian Constitution.