Category "India"

23Mar2019

Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat is the only place where one would find the Asiatic Lions. On the IUCN Red List, the Asiatic Lion is listed under its former scientific name, Panthera Leo Persica as endangered because of its small size and area of occupancy. The Asiatic Lion is one of the five pantherine cats inhabiting in India, along with the Bengal Tiger, Indian leopard, snow leopard and clouded leopard. They are also popularly known as ‘Indian Lion’. […]

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22Mar2019

All India Radio, popularly referred as AIR, is the National Public Radio broadcaster of India. It was officially known since 1956 as Akash Vani (voice from the sky). The All India Radio (AIR) was established in 1930. It is the sister service of Prasar Bharti’s Doordarshan, an Indian Television broadcaster. Headquartered in the Akashvani Bhavan building in New Delhi, it houses the drama section, the FM Section, the National Service and is also home to the Indian Television station Doordarshan Kendra. […]

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21Mar2019

The Koh-I-Noor or Kohinoor as it is popularly called, is one of the largest cut diamonds in the world. Weighing in at an astonishing 195.6 carats, the Kohinoor diamond is variously described as colourless or finest white. Believed to have been mined in India’s Kollur Mone or in one of the mines of Golkonda, sometime during the 1300’s, this amazing diamond was an incredible 793 carats before its first cutting. While in the hands of the Kakatiya Dynasty, the diamond weighed in at 186 carats. England’s Consort Prince Albert had it cut down to its present size in order to increase its brilliance. Kohinoor is Persian for ‘mountain light’. […]

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20Mar2019

Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmantage, better known as Mary Kom is an Indian Olympic boxer from Manipur. Also, popularly called as ‘Magnificent Mary’, she is the only woman to become World Amateur Champion for a record six times, and also the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the seven world championships. […]

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19Mar2019

On 8 November, 2016, the Indian government made the announcement that INR 500- and INR 1000 banknotes would be invalid and that new INR 500 and INR 2000 banknotes would be issued. The move was initiated in order to crack down on counterfeit cash that was being used to fund illegal activities. It was also seen as a way to encourage digital transactions in more areas than before. This policy was known as ‘demonetisation’. […]

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18Mar2019

The Karni Mata Temple, located in Deshnoke (near Bikaner, Rajasthan), is dedicated to a goddess of the same name. However, its popularity is derived from the several thousand rats that live – and are worshipped – in the temple premises. […]

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21Jan2019

The Indian general election of 1951–52, held from 25 October 1951 to 21 February 1952, was the first election to the Lok Sabha after India became independent on August 15, 1947. 1849 candidates competed for 489 seats in the Lok Sabha, and more than 173 million people (out of a population of about 360 million) were eligible to vote – which made it the largest election conducted at the time. Voter turnout stood at 45.7 per cent. […]

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19Jan2019

Kodinhi, a village in the Malappuram district in Kerala, has the unusual reputation of having the most number of twins in the country. It is estimated that there are at least 400 pairs of twins in a population of 2,000 families. The national average of twin births is not more than 9 in 1,000 births – in Kodinhi, it is around 45 in 1,000 births. […]

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18Jan2019

According to the 2011 census, Sikkim is the least populated state in the country. Sikkim is famous for its historical temples and beautiful views. The state sees a lot of tourists every year. The population of the state is just 6,07,688 and the state is spread over an area of 7096 square kilometres. 75% of the people live in rural areas and the remaining 25% people live in urban areas of the state. […]

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14Jan2019

Literacy rate in India has always been quite uneven, with different States and Union Territories having their own literacy rates. Kerala is the only state that has constantly been credited to being called the most literate state in India. According to Census 2011, Kerala has the highest total literacy rate and the highest female literacy rate as well. […]

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11Jan2019

Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation or IRCTC as it is popularly referred as, is a subsidiary of the Indian Railways that handles catering tourism and online ticketing operations of the Indian Railways, with around 5 to 6 lakhs bookings everyday is the world’s second busiest. Its tagline being “Lifeline of the Nation”. […]

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17Dec2018

The name ‘India’ refers to the river Indus, or Sindhu. When the ancient Greeks, while exploring the world, reached the shores of the Indus, they referred to the people living there as ‘Indoi’ or the people of the Indus. Later, the Persians changed this to Hindus. […]

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15Dec2018

Dahi, thaiyr, mosaru – curd has many names in India. But whatever they call it, most Indians have at least a bit of it every day, in some form or other.

Curd is a superfood. It is packed with vitamins and minerals. It has calcium, protein, phosphorus, zinc and Vitamin E. It also has a whole lot of digestive enzymes. That means it not only is very nutritious, it also helps your body absorb the nutrition from other things you eat. […]

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13Dec2018

India first took part in the Olympic Games in the year 1900, at Paris. Of course, India was not an independent country at that time, it was under British rule. It sent just one representative – an athlete named Norman Pritchard. And he won two silver medals! […]

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12Dec2018

The Birla Planetarium in Kolkata is said to be the first planetarium established in India. Situated at Chowringhee Road (near the Victoria Memorial) in South Kolkata, it is the largest planetarium in Asia and the second largest planetarium in the world. Popularly known as ‘taramandal’, the planetarium was inaugurated on 2 July 1963 by Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India. […]

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11Dec2018

India ink (also known as Chinese ink) is a black or colored ink that was once widely used for writing and printing. It is now more commonly used for drawing and outlining, especially for comics. While the ink was actually invented in China (as early as the 3rd millennium BC), it was called ‘India ink’ by the British due to their trade links with India. […]

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10Dec2018

Also known as ‘The Flying Sikh,’ Milkha Singh is a former track and field sprinter, who was the first gold medallist from independent India at the Commonwealth Games. […]

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21Nov2018

There are 29 States in India. And 22 major languages are spoken in our country! Wow! These languages are listed in our Constitution, under what is known as Schedule 8. Therefore, they are also known as Scheduled Languages. They are, in alphabetical order, Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. […]

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20Nov2018

Everyone in India knows that Diwali, or Deepavali, as it is called in the South, is a festival of lights. But did you know that the reasons for celebration are different in different regions of India?

In the north, it marks the return of Lord Ram to Ayhodha after 14 years in exile. During that time he had killed many demons, including Ravana, the king of Lanka. The people of Ayodhya welcomed him with fireworks and lighted lamps, and that practice continues today. […]

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20Nov2018

The earliest known written record of surgical procedures done in India are found in a book named Sushruta Samhita, written more than 2,500 years ago! It is also probably the world’s oldest written detailed record of surgeries. The surgeries described include plastic surgery – the science of repairing and reconstructing damaged parts of the body.  Sushruta, the author of the book, was probably the first person to perform such operations. […]

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19Nov2018

If you answered ‘Jana gana mana’, you got it wrong. Jana gana mana is our national anthem. The national song is Vande Mataram written by Bankim Chandra Chatterji. In fact, earlier, it was more popular than Jana Gana Mana written by Rabindranath Tagore, and was almost chosen as the national anthem. […]

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19Nov2018

Ghum (also known as Ghoom) is a small hilly region in Darjeeling, West Bengal – and is home to the highest railway station in India at an altitude of 7,407 feet. The place is also the home of the Ghum Monastery and the Batasia Loop, a bend of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Construction of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway started in 1879, and the railway track reached Ghum on April 4, 1881. Presently, after climbing from Siliguri to Ghum, the train starts descending about 1,000 feet to Darjeeling, whereby it first crosses the double loop at Batasia. […]

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17Nov2018

INS Vikrant (name drawn from ‘vikranta,’ which means ‘brave’ or ‘courageous’ in Sanskrit) was an aircraft carrier of the Indian navy. The ship was initially to be built as HMS Hercules for the British Royal Navy during World War II but the ship’s construction was put on hold when the war ended. India purchased the incomplete carrier in 1957, and finished building it in 1961. INS Vikrant was commissioned as the first aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy, and Captain Pritam Singh was the ship’s first commanding officer. On May 18, 1961, the first jet, piloted by Lieutenant Radhakrishna Hariram Tahiliani, landed on her deck. INS Vikrant formally joined the Indian Navy’s fleet in Mumbai (then Bombay) on November 3, 1961. […]

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