1. The ‘Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Powerplant’ recently seen in the news is located in?
Ukraine. Russian forces seized the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Powerplant, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe. It is located on the banks of the Dnieper river, just 200 kilometers from the conflicted Donbas region where Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian forces have been fighting. Zaporizhzhya is one of the four operating NPPs in the country and has been operating since 1984. It accounts for about 40% of the total electricity generated by all the Ukrainian NPPs and one-fifth of Ukraine’s annual electricity production.
2. Locate the country where a park named ‘Mahatma Gandhi Green Triangle’ has been unveiled recently?
Madagascar. Mahatma Gandhi Green Triangle’ has been unveiled in Madagascar to mark Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. The word green in the plaque (a flat piece of stone or metal) signifies their commitment to sustainable development and saving the environment. The naming of this park as Mahatma Gandhi Green Triangle is a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.
3. Locate the country which has recently hosted the fourth Conference of Parties (COP4) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury?
Indonesia. Recently, Indonesia has introduced a global declaration that calls on parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury to tackle illegal trade of mercury. The declaration was read in Nusa Dua, Bali, where Indonesia is hosting the fourth Conference of Parties (COP4) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury. The conference was held from 21st to 25th March 2022.
4. The ‘Kabwe mine’ recently seen in the news is located in?
Zambia. Recently, high levels of lead were found in the blood of thousands of children living around the Kabwe mine in Zambia. Kabwe has a long history of lead and zinc mining, centered around the now-closed Broken Hill Mine. Due to the mine, the city is also one of the most polluted places on Earth.
5. In the term ‘B 9 or Bucharest Format’, Bucharest is the capital of which country?
Romania. The B9 is a group of nine NATO countries in Eastern Europe that became part of the US-led military alliance after the end of the Cold War. The B 9 or Bucharest Format, often abbreviated as the B9, was founded on November 4, 2015. It takes its name from Bucharest, the capital of Romania. B9, it is also regarded as the “voice of the Eastern Flank” in the NATO alliance. The members of B9 are Romania and Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and the three Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.