PLACES IN NEWS - 2019 June

June 30

82 members of the Special Rhino Protection Force (SRPF) has been raised to protect the one horned rhinos of Kaziranga National Park in Assam. It is initiated by central Government as well as state government of Assam to control rhino poaching in the park. It is trained to combat poachers and understand animal behavior, deployed in Kaziranga National Park. Kaziranga National Park is home to World’s largest population of One Horned Rhinoceros that are listed as vulnerable on IUCN Red list of Threatened Species.

June 7

To mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Indian Embassy in Saudi organized ‘Gandhi Cycle Rally for Peace’ in association with the Diplomatic Quarter Authority and Saudi Cycling Federation. The rally was flagged off by Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

June 1

The Elephanta Festival of art and culture commenced at the iconic Gateway of India in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The festival was inaugurated by state Tourism Minister Jaykumar Rawal. The festival is held on Gharapuri Island (also known as Elephanta Island) where Elephanta Caves are located. They are the rock-cut Caves that were constructed around the mid-5th to 6th centuries AD. They are a collection of Buddhist caves and temples primarily dedicated to Lord Shiva.