1. ‘Suranga Bawadi’ which was recently included in the World Monuments Watch List is located in?
Bijapur, Karnataka. Suranga Bawadi, situated in Bijapur Karnataka, has entered the World Monuments Watch List under “Ancient Water System of the Deccan Plateau” of the World Monument Funds. Suranga Bawadi is an integral part of the ancient Karez System of supplying water through subterranean tunnels. It was built by Adil Shah-I of Adil Shahi dynasty of Bijapur in the 16th century to supply water to Vijaypura in Karnataka.
2. The ‘Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary’ is located in which state?
Arunachal Pradesh. A new species of non-venomous burrowing snake, named ‘Trachischium apteii’ has been found in the forested area of the Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary near the town of Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh.
3. ‘Atapaka Bird Sanctuary’ which was recently in news is located at?
Kolleru Lake, Andhra Pradesh. The Atapaka Bird Sanctuary at Kolleru Lake has become a safe breeding ground for two migratory species namely, Grey Pelicans and Painted Storks. Grey Pelican and Painted Stork both are near threatened species under IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
4. ‘Willingdon Island’ which was recently seen in news is located in?
Kochi, Kerala. Willingdon Island is a seaport located in the city of Kochi, Kerala. It is the largest man-made/artificial island of India and is surrounded by backwaters (a part of a river in which there is little or no current). It was carved out of Vembanad Lake and is connected via road and rail. The island is connected to the mainland by the Venduruthy Bridge.
5. Identify the place where the India’s first ‘Plastic Park’ is being developed?
Jagatsinghpur, Odisha. Odisha has become the first state to start working on developing a ‘Plastic Park’, located in Jagatsinghpur district. The government has planned to establish Plastic parks in the States of Assam (Tinsukia), Madhya Pradesh (Raisen), Odisha (Jagatsinghpur) & Tamil Nadu (Thiruvallur) are approved for implementation till 2019-20.