[Notes] Some Important Places in News



Place
Details
Category
Myitkyina
- Recently here meeting of ethnic minorities+ govt held . Situated on the banks of river Ayeyarwady 
cult.foreign
Kuthanur
-Palakkad dist. Mega lithic burial site has been found Kayarampara in kuthanur (kerala). In  past it was known for learned men & scholars.
What is Mega lithic – a very large stones that has been used to constriet a str/monuments.
cult.local

Namphake (Assam)
-  On the bank of Burhidihing & One of the oldest and most respected Buddhist monastery of Assam .
– here Tai Phake community which has its roots in china (Yunan province )and Myanmar.
Language spoken- Tai Pnake and Assamese both.
Thai Phake- Also shares their cultural similarties with thai people in northern Part of Thailand.   
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Periyar Tiger Reserve and Mudumalai tiger reserve:

Periyar Tiger Reserve here long billed vultured sighted after a long time .Long billed  are good scaverger and having indangered status.
Long Billed Vultured-à till now their population servived only in ram Nagaram /near banglore.
EnB.
Hamad International Airport- (Doha)
World’s first airport which has unrestricted operation for all commercial aircrafts. It is high tech upgraded Airport. But Missed official opening dates-Reason civil defence issue . Now will be open in 2014
GK
Myitkyina- Capital of Kachin. (Myanmar)

Myanmar’s largest non state armed force ethnic kokang armed groups and Kuki.
Demands – (i) Withdrawl of army froms ethnic minorities territory
(ii) Granting such teritory autonomous status.
(iii) If we surrender will gove. Absorb our armed groupsinto feudal armies.

IR
Cauvery basin(North) and mannar basin(west of Sri Lanka)
– Oil blocks of Sri Lanka. ONGC videsh with Crain  India will bid for this blocks.
Importance :- China has its interest over these blocks. After CHOGM incidence , India want to strengthen its ties (but Indian local politics dominates over national interest).    
oil



counter insurgency
Counter insurgency & Anti terror school –Three such school at :
Ranchi (rural)
Latehar
Hazari bagh    
security
Doyang area of Wokha dist of Nagaland
Migratory birds “amur falcons”  came here from Siberia. Later there locations were also tagged by satellite in Africa.Doyang river is famous here.
Nagaland – birds are killed so govt spread awareness to save “amur falcons” 
ENB
DARJLEELING TOY TRAIN
DARJEELING HIMALYAN RAILWAY- UNESCO STATUS IN 1999
Routes- Kuseong- Darjeeling  and siliguri- rongtong.
Tracks were damaged due to land sliding – so chances to loose UNESCO status.
Ghoom is the highest point on route . It is 1st highest station in asia and 2nd in the world
ENB
Kuril islands
Disputed island  bw RUSSIA AND JAPAN
IR
MIAOENGANG (CHENGDU , SICHUAN PROVINCE ) CHINA
Joint military exercise bw India and china , known as “HAND IN HAND 2013”
IR
PAMBAN BRIDGE or Indra gandhi bridge
CONNECTS Rameshwarm to Pamban mainland. Now IIT/Madras team is looking  into its strength.
India’s 1st cantilever bridge. – completed 100 years. 2nd longest sea bridge after Bandra worli sea link (Rajeev Gandhi sea link)
(So Rajeev is larger than Indra)
GK
Karwar port (Karnatka)
Here INS vikramditya will come on jan 2014
Security
BMEC (BANGLORE MUMBAI ECONOMIC CORRIDOR)
U.K. +INDIA JOINT project. Investment bu UK
IR
Sangdo (south korea)
HQ. Of “Green Climate fund”.
ENB
mumbai
Australian consulate office open here
GK
Gurgaon
11th (ASEM) Asia Europe meeting of foreign ministers
GK
AMAZON region
World’s biggest rain forest .
Loosing its forest cover much faster due to-
Soyabean production, extensive farming
ENB

Central island of samar and leyte (Phillippines)
Typhoon Haiyan damaged mostly in Tacloban (Leyte province of Phillippines)
GK
Medog

Close border with Arunanchal Pradesh. China opened a new high way to connect various cities of china.
IR
AYNI Airbase of Tajikistan

Strategic location. Russia has airbase here. It is now refurbish by India. Actually Farkhor is India’s airbase in Tajikistan. It is counter attack on China’s “string of pearl” diplomacy.

IR
Hokersar wetland (Srinagar J&K India)
Protected bird sanctuary. It is only ramsar site of J&K.
Due to political nexus -à illegal construction -à its wetland area is shrunken.
Other wetlands of J&K-
Shallabugh, Hygan, wullar and Mirgund
ENB
Coorg block (in Kerala and karnatka) 3000km^2 area
Ancient microcontinent discovered here. Broken off from Madagascar or Africa.
Geography
Manfouha (S. Arabia)
Violence against migrant workers of Africa. Reason- Notaqat policy, which expanded employment opportunities of Saudi nationals.
IR
Andhra Pradesh
Prakasham, Guntur,Krishna, Nellore- affected by Cyclone HELEN.  (don’t confuse with Haiyen (Phillippines) and Phalin (orrisa)
National
Kadur –Chikmagalur (Rail line)
Connect chikmagalur with Hubli Banglore main line.Rail line – broad gauge. Govt new policy – all railway lines should be converted into broad gauge.
National
Senkaku or Diaoyu
This is a disputed island in East china sea. Dispute bw China and Japan.Called Senkaku by japan and Diaoyu by china.
Now china  set up air defence zone over it.
IR
Krishna dist of Andhra P.
Planning – to consider it as new capital of AP.
Other choices- Guntur- But here problem is land and water.
VZK-  not have central location
·         Guntur is famous for red Chilli.

national
Gulf of Mannar+ Gulf of Kutch+A& Nicobar
Here coral reef ecosystem is threaten by soft coral (carijoariisei). It is growing very fast + monopolised the food and space of original coral reefs. They are translocated through ships.
1st reported in Kundol island of nicobar.
*Mahatma Gandhi marine national park- Andaman
ENB
Qatar
2022 FIFA world cup organiser.
Abusement of migrant workers and complains of forced labour reported by AMNESTY.
IR
Tokyo
5th Indo-US- japan trilateral meet.
Discussion over- Reconstruction of Afganistan.
India+ japan--à Fright corridor and Delhi Mumbai industrial corridor (Assistance from Japan)

IR
Jalandhar  attari gas pipeline
India will export gas to Pakistan . Gas provided by GAIL
IR
India – Vietnam -
7 new oil blocks offered  to India.one block allotted in Uzbekistan (Kossar block).In return India will train 500 vietnames sub marines + $100 million credit line (includes 4 naval boats)
Previous allotted blocks to india in South china sea-
Block 6.1-à no objection by china
Block 127---à Yes, Objection by china
Block 128---à Again objection.
India returned 127 and 128 blocks with pity excuses like- No oil  or financially not viable.But Everyone knows the reality.
oil
Priya vihar Hindu temple
Near border area of Thailand and Cambodia
-          UNESCO world heritage status. 900 years old temple .
Now – dispute is not over the temple but the land nearby area of temple.
ICJ- favoured Cambodia’s claim.
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Reference:
The Hindu

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