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29th June, 2024 Geography


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Context: Julian Assange is flying to Saipan, a remote Pacific island and part of the Northern Mariana Islands (NMI), to appear in court for the final stages of his legal proceedings.

About Saipan

  • Saipan, an island in the Mariana Islands and a part of the Northern Mariana Islands, a self-governing commonwealth in association with the United States. It is located in the western Pacific Ocean.
  • It is a hilly island, with Mount Takpochao being its highest point at 1,545 feet.
  • Saipan is approximately 14 miles long and 5 miles wide at its widest point, with Laolao Bay and Tanapag Harbor on either side.
  • Tinian, a smaller island, is situated southwest of Saipan, across the Saipan Channel.
  • The seat of government for the Northern Mariana Islands is located on Saipan, with the executive and legislative branches headquartered at Capital Hill and the judiciary meeting at Susupe.
  • Saipan relies primarily on tourism and related industries for its economy, with subsistence crops such as taro, cassava, yams, breadfruit, and bananas being grown.


Indian Express



Q. “Island of Saipan” is frequently seen in the news, it is part of which island group:

A. Caribbean Islands

B. Canary Islands

C. Northern Mariana Islands

D. Balearic Islands

Answer: C