The Republic of India is a country in, and the namesake of, the Indian subcontinent. It is bordered by Pakistan to the northwest, the People's Republic of China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north, and Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east. India's coastline stretches for over seven thousand kilometers. Its neighbours in the Indian Ocean are the island nations of the Maldives to the southwest, Sri Lanka to the south, and Indonesia to the southeast. India is the second most populated country in the world, with a population of over one billion, and is the seventh largest country by geographical area. It is a constitutional republic, consisting of twenty nine states and seven union territories. The word India derives from the Old Persian cognate for the Sanskrit word Sindhu, the Indus river. The Constitution of India also recognizes Bhārat listen (help·info) as an official name with equal status.
A centre of important historic trade routes, India is home to the Indus Valley Civilization. India is the birthplace of four world religions:Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Hinduism. It also has the third largest Muslim population in the world, after Indonesia and Pakistan. Hinduism is the largest religion in India. However, India is a secular country. The country has witnessed significant economic and military growth after the liberalization of the Indian economy. India is also well known for upholding the concept of peace, as was demonstrated by its peaceful method of freedom struggle.
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Malwa (Malvi:माळवा) is a region in western India occupying a plateau of volcanic origin in the western part of Madhya Pradesh state and the south-eastern part of Rajasthan. The region had been a separate political unit from the time of the Aryan tribe of Malavas until 1947. The plateau that forms a large part of the region is named the Malwa Plateau, after the region. Most of the region is drained by the Chambal River and its tributaries; the western part is drained by the Mahi River. Ujjain was the capital in ancient times, and Indore is presently the largest city. The culture of the region has had influences from Gujarati, Rajasthani and Marathi cultures. Malvi is the most commonly used language, especially in rural areas, while Hindi is widely understood in cities. The first significant kingdom in the region was Avanti, an important power in western India by around 500 BCE, when it was annexed by the Maurya empire. The fifth-century Gupta period was a golden age in the history of Malwa. The region has given the world prominent leaders in the arts and sciences, including the poet Kalidasa and the polymath king Bhoj. (more...)
Munnar is a small town located in Idukki district, of the southern state of Kerala in India. The name is most often used to refer to the whole tourist area, of which the town forms a part. It is located at the confluence of the mountain streams Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. It is surrounded by wild jungles and is wet and cold for most of the season.Though part of Kerala state, Tamil workers brought from Tamilnadu and their successors are now majority in Munnar.
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- India's GDP growth for September (2017) quarter was at 6.3 percent.
- India held 2017 Global Enterpreneur meet at Hyderabad.
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- Demonetisation pulls down India GDP growth rate to 6.1% in Q4 2016-17
- India — which till now found a place under the common umbrella with other 'developing' countries —will now be called 'lower-middle income country/South Asia'.
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- Yakub Memon, 53, terrorist and chartered accountant, convicted of financing the 1993 Bombay bombings, executed by hanging.
- More than 2,500 people die due to a heat wave across the country.
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India is the world's largest democracy.
The number zero was invented in India by Aryabhata, a mathematician and astronomer.
Trigonometry and Calculus are studies, which originated in India. The 'Place Value System' and the 'Decimal System' were developed in India in 100 B.C.
Chess originated in India during the Gupta Empire.
One of the largest employers in the world is the Indian Railways, employing over a million.
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