Places in news for CSE Prelims 2021

Places in news is an important topic for CSP. The idea of this thread is to share all important places I have covered from newspapers, hoping something clicks ;)

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12. Masirah Islands - Oman - one of the largest nesting grounds of Loggerhead Turtles in the world - population trend of Loggerhead Turtles shows that there has been a 79 per cent decline in the nesting population on the Masirah island.

Oman - Masirah Island - Hitchhiking - Mentawai

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13. Odisha’s largest freshwater lake, Ansupa Lake, which silted up following drastic reduction of water inflow from the Mahanadi, is being redeveloped by intervention initiated by the State government. 
Chilika Development Authority, the nodal agency, has taken up restoration measures under funding from National Plan for Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems.
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Five Sites are:

  1. Rakhigari (Haryana)
  2. Hastinapur (Uttar Pradesh)
  3. Sivasagar (Assam)
  4. Dholavira (Gujarat)
  5. Adichanallur (Tamil Nadu) 
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14. Chite Lui is a river that runs through Aizawl in Mizoram and has high sentimental value attached to it. However, rampant urbansation has left the river dying. River originates from Bawngkawn range in north Aizawl and flows through a distance of around 20 kilometres in eastern Aizawl before joining the Tuirial river at the southern end of the city.
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15. Absence of secondary algae in the reef areas of Shingle Island (Gulf of Mannar) confirmed the recent death of coral colonies due to the smothering effect of the microalgae .
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16. Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary - Bhutan


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In News due to Newly discovered gas fields andd ownership issues of Turkey and Greece. 

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Areas where Kurds are found.
Why in News? They were critical in defeating ISIS, US promised to further their self rule demand, but back tracked and now turkey relentlessly suppressing them declaring them as terrorists.
Kurds originally want a KURDISTAN!

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18. Shaksgam Valley: Shaksgam Valley or the Trans Karakoram Tract is part of Hunza-Gilgit region of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK), and is a disputed territory claimed by India but controlled by Pakistan. It borders Xinjiang Province of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to the north, the Northern Areas of POK to the south and west, and the Siachen Glacier region to the east. Shaksgam Valley was ceded to China by Pakistan in 1963 when both countries signed a boundary agreement to settle their border differences. 

Brijesh P asked: Why did Pakistan and under what terms and conditions cede  the Shaksgam Valley to China? What is the geo-strategic significance of the  Valley? | Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence

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MT. SINABAUG- Recently erupted volcano!

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Why in news? Discussions and Plans to build a check dam to enclose North Sea entirely.

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In News due to West Bank Annexation Plan plus diplomatic relations with UAE.
And, UPSC Loves it.

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All places taken from The Hindu at different point of time

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Timbuktu
Agadez
Zinder
Niger
Kano
Edo
Nigeria

Addis adaba
Dar es salaam
Ethiopia
Incirlic, KurecikTurkey
Mabul IslandBorneo, Malaysia
Port of IzmailUkraine
Idlib, Azaz, Rojava, Kobane, hasakah, Ras Al din, Baghouz, Manbij, Sarrin, PalmyraSyria
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Islands Lesbos, Chios, Samos 

In news because of Turkey and Greece tussle in the Aegean Sea.

Also worth remembering Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus.


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Hope Island- near Kakinada..Part of Corina WLS

​Coringa WLS(mangrove)- part of godavari estuary

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Grand Ethiopian renessaince dam..and other places around. Remember that Ethiopia is landlocked

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Grand Ethiopian renessaince dam..and other places around. Remember that Ethiopia is landlocked

Largest landlocked country. 

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