1. Identify this State where Lake Chilika is located.
Odisha. The recent ‘Cyclone Fani’ which hit the eastern coast of India at Odisha, has created four new mouths in Chilika Lake. Before Fani hit the Odisha coast, Chilika lake had only two active mouths - the point where it meets the sea. But, now four new mouths have opened due to wave energy with high tidal prism. With the opening of new mouths, a lot of sea water is entering Chilika Lake and, thereby increasing salinity of Chilika lagoon.
2. Identify this place where Barn Owl Campaign is being held.
Lakshadweep. The Union Territory of Lakshadweep has recruited three pairs of barn owls from Kerala to hunt down rats responsible for deteriorating its coconut yield. In Lakshadweep islands, rats live on the treetops. In fact, the fronds overlap, allowing the rodents to move easily from one tree to another. This is the reason for not employing accomplished rat hunters like cats or rat snake for the purpose. Lakshadweep has gone for this biocontrol measure as islands are a designated organic zone, where the use of chemicals for pest control is not allowed.
3. Identify the region to which Grizzled Giant Squirrel is endemic.
Western Ghats. The grizzled giant squirrel is endemic to western ghats, usually known to nest in the region ranging from Chinnar Wildlife sanctuary in Kerala to Anamalai Tiger Reserve and Palani hills in Tamil Nadu. However, researchers have sighted nests of the grizzled giant squirre (Ratufa macroura), at Pakkamalai Reserve Forestnear Gingee, Tamil Nadu, in the Eastern Ghats. Earlier it has also been spotted in Tiruvannamalai forest, TN in the Eastern Ghats.
4. Identify this place famous for its Pattachitra Painting.
Odisha. Cyclon Fani has damaged many pieces of Pattachitra paintings. Pattachitra style of painting is one of the oldest and most popular art forms of Odisha.
5. Identify this State which is executing Kalasa-Banduri Project.
Karnataka. Karnataka Neeravari Nigam Ltd. (KNNL), is executing the Kalasa-Banduri project worth nearly Rs. 850 crore. It involves the construction of dams and canals across Kalasa and Banduri, two tributaries of the Mahadayi river to divert water to the Malaprabha river (tributary of Krishna), which supplies the drinking water needs of the 3 districts- Dharwad, Belagavi and Gadag of Karnataka. The project was in a legal battle between Karnataka and Goa government over sharing of water of Mahadayi river.