1. Identify this state which has adopted Miyawaki method of afforestation to grow urban forests.
Telangana. Telangana government has introduced the Japanese “Miyawaki” method of afforestation to grow urban forests and expand the green cover as well as to meet the stipulated plantation target under the Telanganaku Haritha Haaram (TKHH).
2. Identify this city which has entered into sister city agreement with Japanese city Kobe.
Ahmedabad. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of sister-city partnership was signed by Japan and India during the Indian Prime Minister’s visit for 2019 G20 Osaka summit in Japan. It will cultivate, promote and enhance opportunities on the business, academic and cultural front between Kobe in Hyogo, Japan and Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India. In November 2016, India and Japan signed a sister-state relationship MoU for Gujarat and Hyogo prefecture.
3. Identify this State where longest electrified tunnel has been commissioned by the railways.
Andhra Pradesh. The South Central Railway (SCR) had commissioned the longest electrified tunnel of 6.6 km between Cherlopalli and Rapuru stations in the state of Andhra Pradesh.The tunnel is part of the recently completed Obulavaripalli-Venkatachalam new railway line. The new line also facilitates direct and viable connectivity between South Coast and West Coast. It also opens up the viable rail connectivity between Krishnapatnam Port and its hinterland for freight train services.
4. Identify the State where Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin sanctuary is situated.
Bhagalpur, Bihar. Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary. It is located in Bhagalpur District of Bihar, India. The sanctuary is a 50 km stretch of the Ganges River from Sultanganj to Kahalgaon. It was designated as a protected area for the endangered Gangetic dolphins in 1991.
5. Identify this State which has recently declared Cirrochroa thais as its State butterfly.
Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu has declared the Tamil Yeoman butterfly species (endemic to western ghats) as the state butterfly. Tamil Yeoman (Cirrochroa thais) is uniformly orange in colour with a dark brown outer ring. Also known as tamil maravan which means warrior. Tamil Nadu is the fifth state in the country to announce its state butterfly and Maharashtra was the first in the country to announce its state butterfly (Blue Mormon) followed by Uttarakhand (Common Peacock), Karnataka (the Southern Birdwing) and Kerala (Malabar banded peacock or buddha butterfly).