India (Part 3)

India Amazing Facts 4u

50  Amazing Facts about India | Amazing Facts 4U

  1. India at one point of time was amazingly the highest taxed nation in the world. Under the Emergency and  Poverty removal schemes , income tax levels in the early 1970s rose to a maximum of 97.5%, a record for non-communist economies.
  2. Amazingly the most lengthy law suit ever in India was that filed by a mahant (temple keeper) in Pune in 1205 AD which was decided in 1966, 761 years later.
  3. According to section 43, of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 of Indian constitution , “Any private person may arrest any person, who in his presence commits a non-bailable and cognizable offence.”
  4. The Indian space research organisation (ISRO) , the space agency of India successfully launched its lunar probe, Chandrayaan-1 in 2008. In 2013, it also launched it’s mars orbiter mission which is currently on-route to mars.
  5. Amazingly India is the only country other than US and Japan, to have built a super computer indigenously.
  6. Agni III is the most accurate missile in the world in its range category and BrahMos is the fastest operational cruise missile in the world.
  7. The Delhi is the World’s Second most bird-rich Capital city after Kenya’s Nairobi.
  8. India has in fact more than 70,000 newspapers; published in more than 325 languages. This includes daily’ weekly and bi-weekly publishment. More than 12000 magazines are published in 20 different languages in India.
  9. India is the world’s biggest newspaper market with amazing 100 million copies sold each day. India has a combined readership of more than 120 million.
  10. India has the largest number of news channel in the world. India has more than 690 satellite channels aired 24/7.
  11. It is the fastest growing telecom market in the world with 900 million mobiles.
  12. India has largest number of post offices in the World numbering 550000. One can send live bees and even internal organs of humans via Indian Postal Service .
  13. Amazing fact is that 100 million people come to India’s Kumbh Mela Festival  , the world’s biggest gathering of humans.
  14. The largest milk producing country by volume in the whole world is India.
  15. Amazing fact is India’s electorate of 815 million is nearly four times as large as the next largest , US with 219 million in the 2012 presidential poll. It is bigger than the next five – US , Indonesia , Brazil , Russia , Bangladesh put together. There were nearly 8,30,000  polling stations.
  16. Indian polling stations have to be there even for remotest areas. There were 24 stations in Arunachal Pradesh having 3 to 9 voters in inaccessible areas with no motorable roads. The polling officials had to trek in hilly terrains for two days to reach them.
  17. The Modakurichi constituency in Erode district in Tamilnadu had amazing 1050 candidates in a general election to the Tamilnadu legislative assembly in 1996. The total number of registered voters in Modakurichi is less than 4000. Many candidates stood for election just to defeat the candidates of the major two parties which had their deposits forfeited due to very few votes garnered.
  18. The ballot paper in Modakurichi  election was a big mat sized paper, on which people had to crawl on their knees to get to their candidate’s icon in order to vote.  Since there was no box to drop , voters threw the folded ballot papers in a open window of the room which was later sealed.
  19. The world’s largest pilgrimage centre is a Hindu Sri Venkateswara Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu in city of Tirupati in state of Andhrapradesh. On an average 30000 people visit the temple daily and around $5,00,000 is in fact donated in charity every day and annual Gold offering goes as high as 3,000 Kg.
  20. About 600 barbers deftly shave over 20,000 heads a day, making Sri Venkateswara Temple, Tirupati India the world’s largest barbershop and major exporter of hair .
  21. Total distance covered by the 14,500 trains on the Indian Railways every day equals 3.5 times the distance to moon.
  22. India is the largest producer of films in the world. India produces an average of 3000 films each year. Indian film industry is multi-lingual. It is the largest film industry in terms of ticket sales. Nigerian film industry is known as Nollywood, is now the second-largest producer of movies in the world.
  23. India produces more films per annum than USA, yet USA has a revenue from films that is 50 times more than that of India’s film industry.
  24. Ramoji  Film city located in Hyderabad in fact holds Guinness world record as the world’s largest film studio.
  25. The water between India and Sri Lanka in Palk Strait is only 3 feet to 30 feet deep. It was reportedly passable on foot until 1480 AD when a cyclone moved some sand around.
  26. Thums Up is the market leader of cola brands in India even though Coca Cola bought it from Indian owner and de-marketed it so that coke can take over its position but hasn’t succeeded.
  27. People have tried to patent products from Aryuveda. India successfully fought turmeric and basmati Patents in USA, Neem patents in Europe and subsequently created the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy & a Traditional Knowledge Digital Library.
  28. Standard Fireworks based in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu is in fact the world’s largest manufacturer of pyrotechnic products (fireworks).
  29. The largest soup kitchen in the world is in India. The Langar at the Golden Temple Amritsar in state of Punjab feeds about 100,000 people daily.
  30. Half of the world’s ships end up in the shipyards of Alang in the Bhavnagar district of Gujarat to be dismantled.
  31. Sabir Bhatia , an Indian founded Hotmail, the first free email service.
  32. Vinod Dham , an Indian designed the Pentium series of processors for Intel.
  33. The co-inventor of the USB is also an Indian, Ajay Bhatt.
  34. The South American Country of Guyana has Indians as the largest ethnic group, the descendants of laborers from India, who make up about 43.5% of the population of Guyana.
  35. The Bhut Jolokia is among the hottest chili in the world. It grows in Assam, Nagaland and Manipur in India.
  36. Only four countries namely China, USA, Indonesia and Brazil have a population higher than that of largest Indian state Uttar Pradesh and it will soon overtake Brazil.
  37. Amazingly any Indian citizen, who is not a resident of states Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland needs a special permit to enter these states.
  38. There is about 2 hour difference between Arunachal Pradesh in Easternmost point & Gujarat in Westernmost point even though whole India has one time zone ( GMT +5.30 hr).
  39. India amazingly has a series of coins in circulation that are in Braille.
  40. Gujarat Forensic Sciences University situated in Gandhinagar, capital of Gujarat is the only University across the world, dedicated to Forensic & Investigative Science which is established by the Government of Gujarat.
  41. The Indian coins have a mark at the bottom under the date of issue of coin which tells where it was made . Marks are diamond, dot , star or no mark.
  42. It’s amazing that until 2002, it was a crime to display Indian national flag in public by a common man.
  43. Amazing fact is that state of Rajasthan in India has an open prison with no walls, no cells and no guards. No prisoner has ever escaped in 51 years.
  44. BSNL , the Government telecom operator pays 53% of its revenue as salaries. Private operators pay less than 10%.
  45. Forbes awarded the highest 6 Sigma performance rating to Mumbai’s Dabbawalas who deliver over 2,00,000 meals from individual homes to offices every day and back with mostly illiterate delivery staff using no computers ,employing decades old marking system through cycle, buses and railways through multiple operators.
  46. It’s amazing that India wastes 59 Million tons of Fruits and Vegetables due to a lack of proper supply chain every year (30% of our annual produce).
  47. The marathon and 10,000 m records for running barefoot is held by an Indian, Shivnath Singh since 1978.
  48. Haj subsidy to Makka is approximately Rs. 70,000 ( About $ 1150) per person per year and each year. On an average about 1,00,000  Muslims have benefited every year since 1973. Amazing fact is no subsidy is available to majority Hindu population for their pilgrimage.
  49. According to The Economist’s “Big Mac Index,” Venezuela currently has the world’s most overvalued currency, while India has is the most undervalued currency.
  50. Mahindra is in fact the largest manufacturer of tractors in the world.

By Amazing Facts 4U Team 

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