1. The Umed Paoni Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary recently seen in the news is located in?
Nagpur, Maharashtra. A tigress and her two cubs were found dead in the Umed Paoni Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary, Nagpur, Maharashtra. Umed Paoni Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary has a connection with Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve through forest along Wainganga river (a tributary of Godavari). The sanctuary is home to resident breeding tigers, herds of Gaur, wild dogs and also rare animals like flying squirrels, pangolins and honey badgers.
2. Identify the state where the foundation stone for the ‘New Anubhava Mantapa’ often referred as the first Parliament of the world is laid?
Basavakalyan, Karnataka. Recently, the Chief Minister of Karnataka has laid the foundation stone for the ‘New Anubhava Mantapa’ in Basavakalyan, the place where 12th century poet-philosopher Basaveshwara lived for most of his life. It will showcase the 12th Century Anubhava Mantapa (often referred to as the “first Parliament of the world”) established by Basaveshwara in Basavakalyan where philosophers and social reformers held debates. The building will adopt the Kalyana Chalukya style of architecture.
3. The Mukundpura CM2 meteorite is named after Indian village where it fell, it is located in?
Jaipur, Rajasthan. A recent study has shed light on the mineralogy of the meteorite named Mukundpura CM2 which fell in Mukundpura village near Jaipur in 2017. The meteorite Mukundpura CM2 was classified to be a carbonaceous chondrite. The composition of carbonaceous chondrites are also similar to the Sun.
4. Identify the state where the Geological Survey of India (GSI) has found reserves of Vanadium?
Arunachal Pradesh. A recent exploration by Geological Survey of India (GSI) has found reserves of Vanadium in Arunachal Pradesh. Vanadium is a chemical element with the symbol V. It is a scarce element, hard, silvery grey, ductile and malleable transition metal with good structural strength.
5. The ‘Dzukou valley’ which was recently seen in the news for forest fires is located in?
Nagaland and Manipur. The Dzukou Valley, popularly known as the ‘valley of flower’, is located at the border of Nagaland and Manipur. Situated at an altitude of 2,438 metres behind the Japfu mountain range, it is one of the most popular trekking spots in the North East. Dzukou valley and Japfu peak are located adjacent to the Pulie Badze Wildlife Sanctuary (Nagaland). There have been instances of forest fires in Dzukou valley. The 90-sq km green valley has been prone to forest fires for decades - in 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2006.