Places in News

Places in news and current affairs for preparation of the Geography papers and map locations for UPSC Civil Services and State related examinations of 2019.

Cyclone Gaja Impacts salt production

The cyclone Gaja had hit the coasts of Tamil Nadu and Andra Pradesh with a speed of about 184 kmph. The cyclone had also deposited a huge amount of sludges in the coastal areas.

Salt Production at Vedaranyam takes a hit

The town of Vedaranyam, in southern Tamil Nadu, is famous for two things salt pans and the bird sanctuary. Due to its location with Palk Strait in the South and Bay of Bengal in the East, Vedaranyam received double blow because of back to back cyclones.

As a result of back to back cyclones, seawater from both sides with slush entered the salt pans up to eight Kms from the shoreline. As the water receded it left behind the slush in salt pans including bunds, brine pits, bore wells and roads. Nearly 3,500 acres of salt pans are buried under the slush of one-foot height.

The salt production at Vedaranyam cannot be revived unless the sludge is removed.  It is estimated that the cost of clearing sludge comes to around one lakh per acre. The responsibility of the clearing of salt pans is vested with the Centre as salt is placed in the central list. A central team had recently visited the Vedaranyam to access the damage.

4th edition of Kochi-Muziris biennale inaugurated

Fourth edition of Kochi-Muziris biennale was inaugurated by Kerala Chief Minister at Parade Ground in Fort Kochi, Kerala. The Biennale was curated by Anita Dube and become the first Biennale in world in which participation of women accounts for half of the participating artists. The 108-day long event will showcase 94 artists in 10 venues of the city. The Theme of the Biennale is – “Possibilities for a Non- Alienated Life”.

Kochi Muziris Biennale

It is the largest contemporary art exhibition of India held in Kochi, Kerala. The event is the combined effort of Kochi Biennale Foundation and government of India. The aim of the initiative is to bring artist from around the globe and promote contemporary art. Contemporary artists Bose Krisnamachari and Riyaz Komu proposed the state government the idea of Biennale on the lines of Venice Biennale. First Kochi-Muziris Biennale began in December 2012.

Kochi Biennale Foundation

It is a non-profit charitable trust founded in 2010 for promoting art and culture educational activities in India. It is the primary organization to host Kochi-Muziris Biennale. It also works towards the conservation of heritage properties and upliftment of tradition art.