1. Identify this place where Alexandrine Parakeet has been used as mascot of voter awareness.
Jhalawar, Rajasthan. District administration of Jhalawar in Rajasthan is using the Alexandrine Parakeet, as the mascot of voter awareness program for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Also known as Gagroni parakeet, it derives its name from the Gagron fort of Jhalawar, it is also known for imitating the human voice.
2. Identify this place where Nandhaur Wildlife Sanctuary is located.
Uttarakhand. With the number of tigers steadily on the rise at the Nandhaur Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttarakhand, the authorities have sought the ‘Tiger Reserve Status’ for it. The number of tigers at the sanctuary when it came into being in 2012 was 9 which rose to 27 in 2018. The number is expected to cross 32 this year.
3. Identify this place where Garia Puja is celebrated as a major festival.
Tripura. The Garia Puja is a major festival in Tripura. The festival is held from the last day of the month of Chaitra till the seventh day of the month of Vaishakha according to Hindu calendar. This festival is celebrated as a harvest festival by the ethnic tribes Tripuris and Reangs. In the festival, a bamboo pole is worshipped with flowers and garlands by the tribals which symbolize the Lord Garia.
4. Identify this place where researchers recently sighted a number of migratory East Asian birds.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The birds include Horsfield’s Bronze Cuckoo (Chalcites basalis) which is native of Australia and New Guinea, Zappey’s Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cumatilis) bird from China and Javan Pond Heron (Ardeola speciosa) which is usually found in Thailand and Cambodia. During their migration from north to south, these birds make a stopover at the Andaman and Nicobar islands for a few weeks rests before they can fly along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF).
5. Identify this place where Manjira sanctuary is situated.
Telangana. The Manjira sanctuary situated along the river Manjira in Telangana. Originally a crocodile sanctuary, today more than 70 species of birds are spotted here and is home for the vulnerable species mugger crocodile. This crocodile does not migrate seasonally, inhabiting the same locale in wet seasons or dry seasons. This species makes burrows on land in a wide variety of habitats. Mugger crocodile has been listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.