1. Locate the Wildlife Sanctuary where India’s first bamboo-dwelling bat with sticky disks has been found?
Nongkhyllem Wildlife Sanctuary (Meghalaya). India’s first bamboo-dwelling bat with sticky disks, has been found near Nongkhyllem Wildlife Sanctuary in Meghalaya. The bat species Eudiscopus denticulus, aptly called disk-footed bat, is very distinctive in appearance with prominent disk-like pads in the thumb and bright orange colouration. It has been found roosting in internodal spaces of bamboo stems. This species is known to thrive in a few localities in Southern China, Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar. In Meghalaya, it was recorded in the Lailad area near the Nongkhyllem Wildlife Sanctuary, about 1,000 km west of its nearest known habitat in Myanmar.
2. Identify the state where the ‘Polavaram Irrigation Project’ is located?
Andhra Pradesh. Polavaram Project is located in Andhra Pradesh on the river Godavari, near Polavaram village. It is a multi-purpose irrigation project as the project once completed will provide Irrigation benefits and will generate HydroElectric Power. In addition, this project will also supply drinking water. It will facilitate an inter-basin transfer to the Krishna river basin through its Right canal. The Project has been accorded national project status by the union government in 2014 (under Section-90 of Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2014).
3. Identify the waterbody which was designated as the first Indian wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention?
Chilika Lake, Odisha. Chilika is Asia's largest and world's second largest lagoon. It lies on the east coast of India in the state of Odisha, separated from the mighty Bay of Bengal by a small strip of sand. It is the largest wintering ground for migratory birds on the Indian sub-continent and is home to a number of threatened species of plants and animals. In 1981, Chilika Lake was designated the first Indian wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention. Major attraction at Chilika is Irrawaddy dolphins which are often spotted off Satapada Island. The large Nalabana Island (Forest of Reeds) covering about 16 sq km in the lagoon area was declared a bird sanctuary in 1987.
4. The ‘Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve (NNTR)’ is located in?
Maharashtra. The Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve (NNTR) is situated in Gondia and Bhandara districts of Maharashtra. Strategically, the Tiger Reserve is located in the heart of the central Indian Tiger landscape which contributes almost one sixth of the total tiger population of the country. It was notified as the 46th Tiger Reserve of India in December 2013. NNTR comprises the notified area of Navegaon National Park, Navegaon Wildlife Sanctuary, Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary, New Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary and Koka Wildlife Sanctuary.
5. Identify the place where the world's highest railway bridge is constructed in india?
Jammu & Kashmir. Recently, Indian Railways completed the arch closure of the iconic Chenab Bridge in Jammu & Kashmir. It is the world's highest railway bridge and is part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project (USBRL). The Project was declared as a Project of National Importance in March 2002. This bridge is 1,315-metre long and is the highest railway bridge in the world being 359 metres above the river bed level. The completion of the steel arch is a major leap towards the completion of the 111 km long winding stretch from Katra to Banihal.