1. Identify the state where Galos communities are found?
Arunachal Pradesh. The Galos are one of the major communities which dominate Siang, Lepa Rada, Upper Subansiri and Namsai districts of Arunachal Pradesh. The Galos belong to the Tani group inhabiting Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, besides Tibet. Galo community has been recognized as a Scheduled Tribe in the Amendment to the Constitution (ST), Order, 1950, Part-XVIII. Mopin is the main festival in Galos which is celebrated for the prosperity of the villages. They also perform Popir dance.
2. Identify the state where Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus was prevalent recently?
Odisha. Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV) is a rare disease that has killed five elephants in Odisha. EEHV is as a type of herpes virus that can cause a highly fatal hemorrhagic disease in young Asian elephants between the ages of 1 and 12. There is no cure for herpes viruses in animals or in humans.
3. Identify the place from where the graves of Chalukyan rulers have been unearthed recently?
Pattadakal, Karnataka. The graves of Chalukyan rulers have been unearthed in a village near Pattadakal, Karnataka. The findings are significant since there are no clear details available of the places where Chalukyan rulers lived. Neither they have left behind documents nor evidence of their graves. It is believed that they wanted their death to remain a secret and built their graves in a discreet manner. Chalukyan kings were famous for building gigantic temples with intricate architecture which could be found at places such as Aihole, Badami and Pattadakal.
4. Identify the state which recently excluded ‘unrepresented tribes’ from the provisions of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution?
Meghalaya. Recently, the Government of Meghalaya has decided to exclude ‘unrepresented tribes’ from the provisions of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution. The five minor tribes namely, Bodo-Kachari, Hajong, Koch, Mann, and Rabha are clubbed together as ‘unrepresented tribes’ for nomination in Meghalaya’s autonomous tribal councils.
5. Recently the Central Government has planned to create a wide ‘Green Wall’ between which two places?
Porbandar to Panipat. The Centre is mulling an ambitious plan to create a 1,400km long and 5km wide green belt from Gujarat to the Delhi-Haryana border. The plan is inspired by Africa’s ‘Great Green Wall’ project, running from Senegal (West) to Djibouti (East), which came into effect in 2007. The green belt being planned from Porbandar to Panipat will help in restoring degraded land through afforestation along the Aravali hill range. It will also act as a barrier for dust coming from the deserts in western India and Pakistan.