Eastern Ghats Current Affairs - 2020

Landslide Susceptibility mapping of Himalayas

The scientists from the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology operating under the Department of Science and Technology carried out a study covering 84 square kilometres in the Lesser Himalayas. According to the study, 15% of the region is highly susceptible to landslides. Highlights Mussoorie in Uttarakhand witnessed several landslides recently. The increase in the disaster Read More…

Chaitra Jatra Festival cancelled in Odisha due to Corona Virus

On March 16, 2020, the Odisha Government cancelled the famous Chaitra Jatra festival due to the threat of Corona Virus. About Chaitra Jatra Festival The Chaitra Jatra festival is celebrated in the month of Chaitra during Tuesdays. The second and third Tuesdays are more crowded. March 17 being second Tuesday, the festival has been cancelled. Read More…

Peacock Parachute Spider: Rare tarantula sighted for first time

Researchers have sighted critically endangered species of tarantula- Peacock Parachute Spider for first time beyond its known habitat in the Eastern Ghats. Its known habitat is in degraded forests near Nandyal in Andhra Pradesh. Recently, it was spotted in a cave in Pakkamalai Reserve Forests (in Eastern Ghats) near Gingee in Villupuram district of Tamil Read More…

Dutta’s Mahendragiri gecko: New species of gecko discovered in Andhra Pradesh

Scientists have discovered new species of gecko in the Eastern Ghats in northern Andhra Pradesh. It was identified from few areas in northern Mahendragiri range and scattered coastal hills in northern Andhra Pradesh. The new species has been named Hemidactylus sushilduttai or Dutta’s Mahendragiri gecko, after eminent herpetologist Sushil Kumar Dutta from Odisha. Key Facts Read More…

Hemidactylus kangerensis: New species of large gecko discovered in Eastern Ghats

Researchers have discovered new species of gecko at Chhattisgarh’s Kanger Ghati National Park in Eastern Ghats. It common name is the Kanger valley rock gecko and scientific name is Hemidactylus kangerensis, named after the valley were it was discovered. Kanger valley rock gecko Kanger valley rock gecko is fairly large and can grow to over Read More…