1. Identify the country where the ‘Movimiento San Isidro’ protest started against the state censorship of artistic work?
Cuba. The Movimiento San Isidro started two years ago and has now become a platform for Cuban dissidents both within and outside the nation. The Movimiento San Isidro, or the San Isidro Movement (MSI), started two years ago (2018) to protest state censorship of artistic work through Decree 349. To protest against the decree, artists, poets, journalists and activists gathered in San Isidro, a Black-majority locality that is among Havana’s poorest yet most culturally active regions.
2. The Kilauea volcano, recently seen in the news, is located in?
Hawaii. Recently, Kilauea volcano in Hawaii’s Big Island erupted which was followed by an earthquake of magnitude 4.4. Kilauea, also called Mount Kilauea (“Much Spreading” in Hawaiian), is located in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the southeastern part of the island of Hawaii, U.S.A. It ranks among the world's most active volcanoes. It is an elongated dome built of lava eruptions from a central crater and from lines of craters extending along east and southwest rifts, or fissures.
3. Identify the country which has successfully commissioned its nuclear fusion reactor ‘HL-2M Tokamak’?
China. China successfully powered up its “artificial sun” nuclear fusion reactor for the first time recently, marking a great advance in the country’s nuclear power research capabilities. The nuclear reactor is expected to provide clean energy. The HL-2M Tokamak reactor is China’s largest and most advanced nuclear fusion experimental research device, and scientists hope that the device can potentially unlock a powerful clean energy source. HL-2M Tokamak device is used in it to replicate the nuclear fusion process that occurs naturally in the sun.
4. Identify the country which has recently launched the ‘Beresheet 2 project’?
Israel. Recently, Israel launched the Beresheet 2 project aimed at landing an unmanned craft on the moon in 2024. Earlier, Israel’s Beresheet probe crash landed on the Moon. The Beresheet probe was a private mission to the Moon by Israeli non-profit SpaceIL organisation. Beresheet in hebrew (spoken in Israel) means Genesis.
5. ‘Hawker Culture’ recently inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity belongs to which country?
Singapore. Hawker Culture in Singapore has been inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity at the 15th session of the Intergovernmental Committee (IGC) that was held online. It is a living heritage shared by those who prepare hawker food and those who dine and mingle over hawker food in community dining spaces called hawker centres. It reflects Singapore’s multicultural identity as a people and nation, and resonates strongly with Singaporeans across all races and social strata.