1. Locate the state where Bhitarkanika National Park, a Ramsar Site is located.
Odisha. Bhitarkanika National Park has the second-largest mangrove forest in India and is a Ramsar site. It was declared as a Bhitarkanika National Park in the year of 1988. Bhitarkanika is located in the estuary of Brahmani, Baitarani, Dhamra, and Mahanadi river systems. It is located in Kendrapara district of Odisha. It is one of Odisha’s finest biodiversity hotspots and is famous for its mangroves, migratory birds, turtles, estuarine crocodiles, and countless creeks. It is said to house 70% of the country’s estuarine or saltwater crocodiles, conservation of which was started way back in 1975.
2. Locate the peak from where river Umngot, Asia’s cleanest river originates.
Eastern Shillong Peak (Meghalaya). Recently, the Meghalaya government has scrapped an agreement with private power developers to execute the proposed Umngot hydroelectric project on river Umngot. Popularly known as Dawki river, the Umngot river in Meghalaya is undisputedly the cleanest river in Asia with its crystal clear water. It originates from the Eastern Shillong Peak, which is located 1,800 m above sea level. The river is in the village of Mawlynnong (God's Own Garden) in Meghalaya, close to India’s border with Bangladesh, which is touted as Asia’s Cleanest Village.
3. In which city, was India’s tallest air purifier inaugurated on the International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies?
Chandigarh. India’s tallest air purifier will be inaugurated in Chandigarh on the International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies. It is a 24 meter long outdoor air purification tower and is capable of purifying the air of a radius of around 1 km. It will also show the quality index of the air it inhales and the quality index of the air it will exhale. It functions through electricity.
4. Locate the valley where Bao-dhan (red rice) is grown.
Brahmaputra Valley (Assam). Bao-dhaan is iron-rich red rice grown in the Brahmaputra valley of Assam, without the use of any chemical fertilizer. Recently, the first export consignment of Bao-dhaan from Assam was sent to the US in March 2021.
5. Identify the location from where Bhogdoi river originates?
Mokokchung (Nagaland). In 2019, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change declared Bhogdoi as one of the most polluted rivers in Assam and 351st among the polluted rivers in the country. It originates from Mokokchung in Nagaland where it is also known as Tsujenyong nullah and is the south bank tributary of the River Brahmaputra. It is an inter-state river (flowing between Assam and Nagaland) and joins Dhansiri river near its confluence with Brahmaputra.