1. Identify the City where the 27th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change was recently held.
New Delhi hosted the 27th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change. The BASIC Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), its Kyoto Protocol and its Paris Agreement, and to promote a global green and low carbon transition and ecological civilization.
2. Identify the State in which the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is located.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Kerala, in the rain shadow region of the Western Ghats, adjoining Tamil Nadu. It is the habitat for the endangered Grizzled giant squirrel in India. The sanctuary has the unique throny scrub forest with xerophytic species. The major portion of the area is covered with grass lands. There are also several patches of shoals. Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary was in news recently due to the sighting of a rare bird species- Sri Lankan Frogmouth.
3. Identify the State where the Konark Sun Temple is located.
The Konark Sun Temple is located in Odisha. The 13th century Sun Temple, conceived as a gigantic solar chariot with 12 pairs of ornamented wheels dragged by seven horses, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. The Konark Sun Temple has been in news recently due to the controversy surrounding alleged irregularities in the Archaeological Survey of India’s restoration of the temple.
4. Identify the State where the Nal Soravar Bird Sanctuary is located.
Nal Soravar Bird Sanctuary is located in Gujarat. This wetland has been identified for conservation under the Central Asian Flyway Action Plan - as it is a congregation site for several migratory water bird species. The Nal region is a low-lying area between the plains of the Central Gujarat and Eastern Saurashtra. Owing to its low lying topography, it is believed to represent a filled up sea link, that previously existed between the Little Rann in the north and the Gulf of Khambat in the south. Remnants of this sea are thought to be represented by the Nal Sarovar.
5. Identify the State/Union Territory where the Sentinelese, an aboriginal tribe, live.
The North Sentinel Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands is home to the Sentinelese tribe. The Sentinelese, an aboriginal tribe of hunter-gatherers, have lived isolated from the outside world for almost 60,000 years. The Sentinelese are assumed to be direct descendants of the earliest humans who emerged from Africa. Their language is incomprehensible to even other tribes in the region. The Indian government has had strict laws that ensure that they are isolated. These laws prohibited anyone from making any unauthorised contact with these isolated aboriginals. The tribe was recently in news after they killed an American national who was illegally trying to contact them.