Keep abreast of the top news stories from around the world with our weekly current affairs roundup. This week’s highlights include an explosion on SpaceX’s Starship and the launch of Toyota’s Wheels on Web digital store
In today’s fast-paced world, staying informed about current affairs is more important than ever. In this article, we bring you the top 10 stories from the week gone by, so you can stay up-to-date with the latest developments from around the globe.
2. SpaceX Starship Trips During Flight
The SpaceX Agency’s Starship experienced a system explosion due to a frozen valve in the pressurization system during its flight in Texas, US. Elon Musk has declared it as an important lesson for the team. The next testing of Starship is planned within a few months.
3. Syria Becomes the World’s Largest Captagon Dealer
Syria has become the largest producer of Captagon, a hazardous drug used in various activities like youth parties, dieters, double shifters, etc. Reports suggest that $30 to $57 billion worth of Captagon is being sold annually in overseas markets.
4. Clean Ganga Project Launched for Rs 638 Crore
The Ministry of Jal Shakti has announced the launch of the Clean Ganga Project with a budget of Rs 638 crore. The project aims to curb pollution in UP’s Shamli district and clean the Hindon River with four projects worth Rs 407.39 crore.
5. Toyota Company Launches ‘Wheels on Web’
Toyota Kirloskar Motor has launched the ‘Wheels on Web’ digital store, the first B2C platform of its kind in India, which enables customers to view, purchase and book their favourite car models. Buyers can get their vehicles delivered to their homes.
6. India’s First Water Metro to Open in Kochi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the first-ever water metro in Kochi, Kerala, built at a cost of Rs 1,136.83 crore. The project connects ten island communities around Kochi and its surrounding areas. Modi will also visit Madhya Pradesh, Daman and Diu for other projects on April 25, 2023.
7. UK Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab Resigns
Dominic Raab, the UK Deputy Prime Minister, has resigned from his position amid bullying allegations. He was Rishi Sunak’s assistant and deputy minister. Mr Raab is the third minister to resign in the last six months, and no evidence of tormenting conduct has been found.
8. Elon Musk Removes Blue Tick Verification on Twitter
Elon Musk has started the initiative of eliminating blue tick verifications from Twitter profiles. He has urged people to get a subscription for the Twitter Blue version, which comes with eligibility criteria and policies. Users need to pay $8/month or Rs 650/month for web and Rs 900/month for mobile in India.
9. First Hybrid Solar Eclipse in Ten Years
Residents of Exmouth, Australia, witnessed a hybrid solar eclipse on April 20, 2023, a rare phenomenon that occurs when the moon shadows around the Earth’s surface. This event was not visible across India but was seen in some parts of Southeast Asia and Australian cities.
10. India Invites Pakistan and Goa for SCO Meet 2023
India has invited Pakistan and China for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting, scheduled for May 4 and May 5, 2023. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is expected to visit India, making it the first time a Pakistani minister has come to India in the last twelve years. The SCO Group comprises eight nations.
11. Elon Musk to Launch TruthGPT Against ChatGPT
Elon Musk has announced the launch of TruthGPT, a chatbot that offers transparency and truth to its users. The device will compete with OpenAI’s ChatGPT and is less likely to hurt people with its understanding of language