1. The Scientists from the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) have found a new mammal species of the White Cheeked Macaque from?
Arunachal Pradesh. Recently, the Scientists from the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) have found a new mammal species in the country — the White Cheeked Macaque (Macaca leucogenys). While the species was first discovered in China in 2015, its existence was not known in India before this. It is only now that Indian scientists have discovered its presence in the remote Anjaw district in central Arunachal Pradesh.
2. The ‘Devika River’ originates from which state of India?
Jammu and Kashmir. Devika river originates from the hilly Suddha Mahadev temple in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir and flows down towards western Punjab (now in Pakistan) where it merges with the Ravi river. The river holds religious significance as it is revered by Hindus as the sister of river Ganga. River Devika project, built at the cost of over Rs 190 crore, will be complete by June, 2022. The work on the project was started in March 2019 under the National River Conservation Plan (NRCP).
3. The ‘Tarapur massacre’ is associated with which state of India?
Munger (Bihar). Recently, Bihar Chief Minister has announced that 15th February would be commemorated as “Shahid Diwas” in memory of the 34 freedom fighters who were killed by police in Tarapur town (now subdivision) of Bihar’s Munger district 90 years ago. The Tarapur massacre was the biggest carried out by the British police after the one in Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar in 1919.
4. The ‘Pattabhirama Temple’ where Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has organised ‘Devayatanam conference’ is located in?
Hampi, Karnataka. Recently, the Union Culture Minister inaugurated Devayatanam, a one-of-a-kind conference on temple architecture of India, at Hampi, Karnataka. It is a part of the celebration under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and is being organized on 25th-26th February by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) of the Ministry of Culture. The inaugural session took place at Pattabhirama Temple in Hampi.
5. Identify the Tiger reserve which derives its name from ‘Simul’ (silk cotton) tree and geographically lies in the eastern end of the eastern ghat?
Similipal Tiger Reserve. Similipal Tiger Reserve derives its name from ‘Simul’ (silk cotton) tree. It was formally designated a tiger reserve in 1956 and brought under Project Tiger in the year 1973. It has been part of the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserve since 2009. It is situated in the northern part of Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district. Geographically, it lies in the eastern end of the eastern ghat.