1. Identify this State recently in news for rat hole mining.
Meghalaya: Despite a ban, rat-hole mining remains a prevalent practice for coal mining in Meghalaya, where a mine has recently collapsed. Rat hole mining involves digging of very small tunnels, usually only 3-4 feet high, which workers (often children) enter and extract coal. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) banned it in 2014, on grounds of it being unscientific and unsafe for workers. The state (Meghalayan) government has challenged the NGT ban in the Supreme Court.
2. Identify this place where ‘Diamond Triangle’ is situated.
Odisha: Prime Minister inaugurated the museum at Lalitgiri in Odisha which is one of the earliest Buddhist settlements. ? Three sites - Lalitgiri (the red hill), Ratnagiri (hill of precious gems), Udayagiri (the hill of the rising sun) are known as the diamond triangle of Odisha representing a rich heritage of architecture and sculpture of the post Mauryan era Indian art which touched a new zenith of excellence.
3. Identify the place where Dachigam National Park is situated.
Jammu and Kashmir: Dachigam National Park is a beautiful place, located about 22 Kilometers from Srinagar District of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.The Park is famous for its unique and diverse wildlife and bird species. The park contains the last viable Hangul (Kashmiri Stag) population in the world.
4. Identify the place where Information Fusion Centre – Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR) has been launched.
Gurugram, Haryana: The Information Fusion Centre – Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR) was launched on 22 Dec 18, at Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC) Gurugram. IFC-IOR aims to engage with partner nations and multi-national maritime constructs to develop comprehensive maritime domain awareness and share information on vessels of interest. The intention of this collaborative endeavour shall be to secure the global commons for a peaceful, stable and prosperous region towards the well-being of all.
5. Identify the place which was recently in news for petroglyphs.
Andhra Pradesh: Andhra Pradesh’s second largest petroglyph site, containing about 80 petroglyphs, has been discovered at Mekala Benchi in Kurnool district. Kandanathi, with 200 petroglyphs, the biggest petroglyph site in Andhra Pradesh is also in Kurnool district. Petroglyphs are rock carvings (rock paintings are called pictographs) made by pricking directly on the rock surface using a stone chisel and a hammerstone.