1. Locate the place where ‘Rangdum Monastery’ is situated?
Ladakh (Kargil district). The Archaeological Survey of India is planning to declare the Rangdum Monastery located in Ladakh (Kargil district) as a monument of national importance. The move aims to look into the opportunities for expansion of tourism in the Ladakh region in the backdrop of the decision to split Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories.
2. Identify the state where ‘Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary’ is located?
Assam. Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary has the highest density of one-horned rhinos in the world and second highest concentration in Assam after Kaziranga National Park. It is often called ‘Mini Kaziranga’ due to similar landscape and vegetation.
3. ‘Petta Thullal’ is a ritualistic sacred dance of which state?
Kerala. Petta Thullal is the ritualistic sacred dance to celebrate the victory of good over evil in the legend of Lord Ayyappa. It also denotes the beginning of the last leg of the annual Sabarimala pilgrimage season in Kerala.
4. ‘Thotlakonda Buddhist Monastery’ which collapsed recently is located in which state?
Thotlakonda Hill, Andhra Pradesh. Mahastupa of the Buddhist heritage site of Thotlakonda, which was reconstructed in 2016 by the State Archaeology department, collapsed recently. It is 2000 years old monastic complex with remnants of stupas, chaitya grihas and viharas atop Thotlakonda Hill, Andhra Pradesh.
5. Identify the state where ‘Donimalai mines’ is located?
Bellari district, Karnataka. National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) is set to restart mining at Donimalai in Bellari district of Karnataka. NMDC, which owned Donimalai mine since 1968, suspended operations in November 2018 after the Karnataka government sought 80% premium on iron mined to renew its lease for another 20 years.