News: The government maintained its silence on the Mehul Choksi deportation case in the Caribbean islands, even as the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda claimed he had information that India has sent a jet to Dominica to provide documentation and take custody of the fugitive businessman.
2. HAMBANTOTA PORT
News: The Tamil Nadu police have been put on high alert after Sri Lanka passed the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill, giving complete control of the Hambantota Port to China.
About Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksha Port or Hambantota Port:
The Hambantota Port (also known as the Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port) is to be a maritime port in Hambantota, Sri Lanka.
As one of seven main ports for the nation, this will be Sri Lanka’s second largest port, after the Port of Colombo.
The Port of Hambantota will serve ships travelling along the east-west shipping route which passes six to ten nautical miles (19 km) south of Hambantota.
3. PADMANABHASWAMY TEMPLE
News: An elephant, gifted by the erstwhile Travancore king Sree Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma to the famed Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple here in Kerala, died following prolonged illness. The female jumbo, named Mathilakam Darshini, was believed to be aged around 58. A favourite of the devotees and the local people, the elephant had been a constant presence at various temple rituals.
About Padmanabhaswamy Temple:
The Padmanabhaswamy temple is a Hindu temple located in Thiruvananthapuram, the state capital of Kerala, India.
The name of the city of Thiruvananthapuram in Malayalam translates to “The City of Lord Ananta”, (City of the Divine Serpent) referring to the deity of the Padmanabhaswamy temple.
The temple is built in an intricate fusion of the Chera style and the Dravidian style of architecture, featuring high walls, and a 16th-century gopura.
The titular Maharaja of Travancore, Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma, is the trustee of the temple.
4. KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK
News: The Assam government has approved a proposal to increase the firepower of the guards of Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve and provide commando training to them.
About Kaziranga National Park:
Kaziranga National Park is a national park in the Golaghat, Karbi Anglong and Nagaon districts of the state of Assam, India.
The sanctuary, which hosts two-thirds of the world’s great one-horned rhinoceroses, is a World Heritage Site.
According to the census held in March 2018 which was jointly conducted by the Forest Department of the Government of Assam and some recognized wildlife NGOs, the rhino population in Kaziranga National Park is 2,413.
The park is home to large breeding populations of elephants, wild water buffalo, and swamp deer.
Kaziranga is recognized as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International for conservation of avifaunal species.
When compared with other protected areas in India, Kaziranga has achieved notable success in wildlife conservation. Located on the edge of the Eastern Himalaya biodiversity hotspot, the park combines high species diversity and visibility.
Kaziranga is a vast expanse of tall elephant grass, marshland, and dense tropical moist broadleaf forests, criss-crossed by four major rivers, including the Brahmaputra, and the park includes numerous small bodies of water.
Kaziranga is located between latitudes 26°30′ N and 26°45′ N, and longitudes 93°08′ E to 93°36′ E. The park area is circumscribed by the Brahmaputra River, which forms the northern and eastern boundaries, and the Mora Diphlu, which forms the southern boundary. Other notable rivers within the park are the Diphlu and Mora Dhansiri.
Kaziranga has flat expanses of fertile, alluvial soil, formed by erosion and silt deposition by the River Brahmaputra.