Top 5 Current Affairs: 4 April 2018

Apr 4, 2018 17:05 IST
Top 5 Current Affairs: 4 April 2018

Government launches Digital Initiative for Ease of Export

Union Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation Minister, Suresh Prabhu on April 03, 2018 launched the digital initiatives by Export Inspection Council (EIC) for ease of export.

In order to continue the vision for credible inspection and certification and to strengthen the confidence on Indian produce, three portals have been developed to reduce transaction time and cost in a transparent manner.The portals not only provide an opportunity for ease of export but also plays an important role in the Go Green initiative by reducing paper usage and saving millions of trees.

Turkey launches construction of first-ever nuclear plant

The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan along with Russian President Vladimir Putin on April 3, 2018 launched the construction of Turkey's first-ever nuclear power plant in Mersin region, a large port city on the Mediterranean coast of southern Turkey.

Once completed the power station will contribute around 10 percent to the electricity needs of Turkey, which is significant as the nation has few energy resources of its own. The first stage is due to be completed by 2023, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of modern Turkey's founding. It is expected to be completed fully by 2026.

NIRF India Rankings 2018 released: IISc Bengaluru adjudged best institution in India

Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar on April 3, 2018 released the NIRF India Rankings 2018 in various categories on the basis of performance of higher educational institutions.

The Indian Institute of Sciences, Bengaluru topped the list of Overall Rankings followed by IIT Madras at 2nd position, IIT Bombay at 3rd, IIT Delhi at 4th and IIT Kharagpur at fifth position. IISC Bangaluru also topped the University rankings, followed  by Jawaharlal Nehru University and Benares Hindu University at second and third position, respectively.


NASA's Hubble Telescope captures the most distant star ever seen

The Hubble Space Telescope of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has discovered the most distant star ever seen named 'Icarus'. This huge blue star is located over halfway across the universe. It took nine billion years for the Icarus' light to reach the Earth.

The team including Jose Diego of the Instituto de Fisica de Cantabria in Spain, and Steven Rodney of the University of South Carolina in the US named the star as 'Icarus' after the Greek mythological character who flew too near the Sun on wings of feathers and wax that melted.

Chocolate production may be harming environment: Study

A recent study has revealed that chocolates may be significantly harming the environment, as the chocolate industry is reportedly producing tonnes of greenhouse gases in a year.

The study found that the UK chocolate industry alone produces about 2.1 million tonnes of greenhouse gases a year. The gas emissions are equivalent to the annual emissions of the whole population of a city as large as Belfast in Northern Ireland.

The study also found that it takes around 1,000 litres of water to produce one chocolate bar.

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