Saturday, August 11, 2012

India Facts on 66th Independence Day

On 15th August this year India will celebrate its 66th Independence day. One of the most diverse and formidably  country  is one of the few nations in the world  never to have attacked another nation without any prior provocation because of its belief in the doctrine of peace.
Some of the facts  about  this country are :

·       The official name for the country recognised by the Constitution of India is Bharat. This is used by many Indian languages.

· India as a nation equal to the size of 30 Switzerland put together. (Seventh in size in the world 3,287,263 km2)

· It is inhabited by 1.2 billion people ( As per 2011 census it stands 1,210,193,422)

· They speak 21 different languages.

· Indians come from 6,100 tribes.

· They enjoy traditionally 17 different forms of music and twelve different dance forms.

· Indian has been home to Aryans, Moguls, Persians, Afghans, Greeks, Dravidians and Westerners including British, Portuguese and Spanish populace.

· It has given birth to Hiduism, Jaininsm. Sikhism and Buddhism and has gracefully accepted Islam, Christianity and Zoroastrianism.

· India has the most number of mosques. It has more than 300,000 mosques which is much more than the Muslim world.

· The game of Chess is believed to have been invented in India.

· India has highest number of post offices in the world.

· Railways in India began on 16th April, 1853. Indian Railway networks comprises of total 114,500 kilometres (71,147 mi) of track and 7,500 stations. The biggest and the largest employer in the world is Indian railways employing over a million people.

· Indian economy in last ten years has a big contribution from BPOs and KPOs. Half the world’s outsourced IT services come from India. It is estimated to be a $47 billion dollar industry

· Largest US retail company Walmart alone outsources $1 billion in IT contracts to India.

· India’s major import is of petroleum and arms. Petroleum products account for 80% of total import bill.

· It is the world's second largest importer of arms and has spent $50 billion on defence purchases in the last decade

· India was the most advanced education centre. World's first university was established in Takshila in 700 BC. Here more than 10,500 students from all over the world studied in 60 subjects.

· The University of Nalanda built in the 4th century was another great achievement of ancient India in the field of education.

· Decimal System, Zero and the value of "pi" were the gifts to world from India. The value of “PI” was first calculated by the Indian Mathematician Budhayan.

· Large population and corruption are two main problems of the country. Result of which is that 42% of the world's poor live in India.

· According to the World Bank over 450 million people in India are living below the international poverty line of $1.25 a day.

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