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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Amazing facts to know about India on 68th Independence day

India is celebrating its 68th Independence day on 15th August, 2014.  India has a long history to tell about itself since independence till now.  On the occassion of 68th Independence day celebrations in India....    I wish all  Indians in India and abroad  a
  "Happy  Independence Day".

On the occassion of 68th Independence day celebrations of India,  Here are some of the interesting and unknown facts related to India and independence.

  • The name `India' is derived from the River all Indus, the valleys around which were the home of the first inhabitants of India. The Sanskrit name for India is Bharat Ganarajya. That is the reason why it is also called Bharat. The name “India” comes from the Indus River, which is where earliest settlers made their homes. 
  • National flag was hoisted first on August 7, 1906 at the Parsee Bagan Square in Calcutta. The flag was composed of horizontal strips of red, yellow and green. The red strip at the top had eight white lotuses embossed on it in a row. The green strip had a white sun on the left and a white crescent and star on the right. 
  • The current flag has three colours in it. The top strip saffron stands for courage and sacrifice; the middle portion white for peace, truth, purity and green for faith, fertility and chivalry. The Ashok Chakra at the centre of the flag — righteousness. 
  • India never invaded any country in her last 100000 years of history. 
  • The first version of the current national flag was made by Pingali Venkayya at Bezwada in 1921. It was made up of two colours-red and green-representing the two major communities. Gandhiji suggested the addition of a white strip to represent the remaining communities of India and the spinning wheel to symbolize progress of the Nation.
  • The World's largest road network is in India which covers 1.9 million miles ( 3057750 Kilometers ) all over the country.
  • Cherrapunji in Meghalaya state is the wettest spot in the world.  The place receives at least 425 inches ( 1079.5 cm) of rain every year which is more than 5 times than the tropical rain forests of South Afrtica!
  • There are around 1555618 post offices and over 566000 employees in Indian postal network which is the largest in the world.
  • Indian railways is the single largest  civilian employer in the world, with nearly 1 million employees.
  • The State Bank of India has the largest number of branches in the world with 15,000 branches and more..
  • India is one of the only three countries which make super computers ( the USA and Japan are the other two ).
  • The value of "pi" was first calculated by the Indian Mathematician Budhayana, who also explained the Pythagorean Theorem.
  • The largest planned township in the world is the Navi Mumbai which was developed in 1972.
  • India produces more movies than any other countries in the world.  Bollywood is the largest film industry in the world.
  • There are 500000 active mosques in India, more than any other country in the workd including the Muslim countries.

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