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  • According to RBI, remittance inflows from overseas Indians reached $29 billion in 2006-07 from $2.1 billion in 1990-91
    Some disturbing figures of prostitution cited were: 10 million in Bombay, 9 million in Calcutta, 7 million in Delhi and 3 million in Agra. According to a World Bank report for 2005-2006, India has half of the world’s child labour victims which represent one of the seediest aspects of global stratification
  • Gujarat has more than 8 lakh NRI accounts with total NRI deposits for Rs 17,486 crore. NRI deposit worth Rs 8,390.15 crore is distributed by these for districts,,,Jan., 2007
  • Mumbai, India has population of of 17 million people, more than half of whom live in shanties surrounded by garbage – and, consequently, by rats.
  • New Delhi, Oct 9, 2007: The Indian stock market boom has made the Ambani brothers arguably the richest in the world if one clubs the fortunes of Mukesh and Anil, which at USD 91.41 billion is far ahead of even the Walton family of Wal-Mart.
  • As of Sep., 2007, there are 5,30,000 cases were pending in various courts of the Punjab state. There are only 250 judges in the state and they had to deal with lakhs of cases.
  • India now is home to 83,000 millionaires and the country saw the world’s second fastest growth, at 19.3 per cent, in the number of high net-worth individuals in 2005
  • The survey showed southern states, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu ranked top by attracting the maximum investment of Rs 2617 crore and Rs 1479 crore respectively followed by Mahaarashtra with Rs 1210 crore.
  • In 2005, $24 billion came into the country as remittances, out of which nearly 45 per cent was from the Gulf countries. Indians in the US have so far invested $5.2 billions in India.
  • According to the World Bank, cash remittances from Indians abroad have more than doubled since 1995, and totalled $22 billion last year, China, at $21 billion, was close behind
  • According to the latest review of the State Level Bankers Committee, NRI deposits in Kerala stood at Rs 29,641 crore (Rs 296.41 billion), an increase of Rs. 822 crore (Rs billion) from the Rs 28,819 crore (Rs 288.19 billion) registered on September 30, 2005.Non-resident deposits in the state constitute 40.67 per cent of the total bank deposits in Kerala. The state has 3,554 commercial bank branches. Of these, 2,410 are public sector banks.
  • There are over 1,500 software companies in Bangalore, employ 26,000 professionals in IT services. It generates export earnings worth Rs.22,000 crores.
  • India has 25 million drug users, which makes the country account for 1/10th of the problem drug users in the world.
  • According to the National Crime Records Bureau, 6,995 dowry deaths were reported in the year 2000 alone.
  • There is about $180 billion global software industry, India probably has a 0.2% share.
  • NRI is now biggest lender: In the quarter ended December ’05, NRI deposits accounted for 28% of India’s outstanding external debt, while multilateral organizations formed 26.8% of the total debt.
  • NRIs generate about $100 billion annually and pump back about $30 billion each year
  • ”Bollywood,” the world’s biggest film industry, employing upward of 100,000 peopl
  • Some 70,000 students from India come to the US for academic studies each year
  • British High Commissioner in India Michael Arthur said 14,000 Indian students landed in the UK each year to study and will rise to about 25,000
  • Heart disease after 40 years of age was higher among Indians as compared to the rest of the world. More than
    60 million Indians were expected to suffer from this disease by 2010.
  • India is the world’s largest mango producer, accounting for more than 50 per cent of the world’s output
  • Every Indian Owes Rs. 4,700: India’s 1000 people have a foreign debt of $105 billion. This means that every Indian carries a foreign debt burden of $105 (roughly Rs. 4,700) on his or her head. India’s population moved past the one billion mark in the middle of 2001
  • NRIs send almost $10 billion back home annually
  • With 800 movies per year, India’s film industry overshadows Hollywood.
  • The organised lottery market in India is US$7bn (2% of GDP).
  • India consumes a fifth of the world’s gold output.
  • Indians account for 45% of H1-B visas issued by the US every year.
  • Growing at 6%, in 25 years Indian GDP (on a PPP basis) will be at the same level the US is at today.
  • Six Indian ladies have won Miss Universe/Miss World titles over the past 10 years. No other country has won more than twice.
  • Bank deposits in India roughly equal 50% of its GDP Œ again, among the highest in the world.
  • Indian Railways is the largest railway network in the world under single management.
  • India has the third-largest army in the world, nearly 1.5 million strong.
  • India is the largest producer and consumer of tea in the world, accounting for more than 30% of global production and 25% of consumption.
  • India is the world’s premier center for diamond cutting and polishing. Nine out of every 10 stones sold in the world pass through India.
  • India has the highest number of annual bulk drugs filings (77) with USFDA.
  • India is home to the largest number of pharmaceutical plants (61) approved by USFDA outside the US.
  • India’s Hero Honda is the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer, with 2002 production of 1.7m units.
  • Other than US and Japan, India is the only country to have built a super computer indigenously.
    Indian Railways is the largest employer in the world, with a staff of 1.6 million people.
  • It is the second-largest cement-producing country in the world, producing more than 110m tonnes.
  • Of the Fortune 500 companies, 220 outsource their software-related work to India.
  • There are 8,500 Indian restaurants in the UK, 15% of the country’s total dining-out establishments.
  • India is the largest democracy in the world, with nearly 400m voting in the last national elections. India has the second-largest pool of scientists and engineers in the world.
  • India has the third-largest investor base in the world.
  • According to the Gemological Institute of America, up until 1896, India was the only source of diamonds.
  • The Kumbh Mela festival, held every 12 years in the city of Allahabad, attracts 25 million people Œ more than the population of 185 of the 227 countries in the world.
  • India is ranked the sixth country in the world in terms of satellite launches.
  • The Indian city of Varanasi, also known as Benares, is the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the world today.
  • SIKH religion the 5th largest religion in the world with twenty two million followers all around the globe
  • The state of Kerala whose 2.5 million Diaspora alone contributed the 50% of $ 102 Billion of foreign exchange reserves that India enjoys as of December 2003
  • Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) and Association of Basic Operators (ABTO) released the latest subscriber base data: the total mobile population in the country has crossed the 33 million mark in March 2004. While the GSM segment saw a growth of 97 per cent in the year 2002-03, in the last fiscal (2003-04), it saw a growth of 106 per cent. For GSM operators, the average subscriber additions during the year was 1.1 million per month, although in the past four to five months additions have been at the rate of 1.4 million per month.
  • India, which currently gets a puny US$3 billion annually in foreign direct investment (FDI), including barely US$300 million from NRIs. In order to sustain a yearly economic growth rate of 7 per cent, India must attract at least US$10 billion a year in foreign investment. Neighbouring China gets US$53 billion, some 60 per cent of it coming from overseas Chinese.
  • Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) and Association of Basic Operators (ABTO) released the latest subscriber base data: the total mobile population in the country has crossed the 33 million mark in March 2004. While the GSM segment saw a growth of 97 per cent in the year 2002-03, in the last fiscal (2003-04), it saw a growth of 106 per cent. For GSM operators, the average subscriber additions during the year was 1.1 million per month, although in the past four to five months additions have been at the rate of 1.4 million per month.
  • Overseas ticket, video, and DVD sales now account for perhaps 40% of revenues for Bollywood, a multibillion-pound industry
  • According to the Census, 32 per cent of India’s over one billion population lives in cities.
  • Ludhiana has the largest number of Mercedes car owners in India
  • 20 million NRIs.sends $21 billion worth of remittances back home
  • 28 million Indians residing abroad, over eight million are from Punjab
  • Trauma-related deaths occur every 1.9 minutes in India
  • The Indian Film industry produces about 1000 films a year for a worldwide audience of 3.6 billion, compared with Hollywood’s 740 films for 2.6 billion viewers
  • 2.75 m passengers fly between India and U.S. annually
  • India has 4.58 million HIV/AIDS patients, second only to South Africa’s 5 million.More needs to be done.
  • „India has the largest population of street children in the world. At least eighteen million children live or work on the streets of urban India”
  • India has 1% of the world’s vehicles, but 6% of vehicular deaths
  • India received a staggering USD 22 billion through NRI remittances last year, more than any other country in the world, a World Bank report
  • India is the only country that is home to 20 million migrants from its neighbouring countries
  • Indian companies invested 2 billion dollars in merger and acquisitions world-wide.
  • India: Total foreign inward remittance to the country from NRIs is to the tune of US $ 21.7 billion approx.per year. Bank of Maharashtra handled inward remittance of US $ 12.69 million during the year ended March 2005 and US $ 8.49 million during the half year ended September 2005
  • Do you know, that stocks of over 15 local companies — run and owned by people of Indian origin — are actively traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSE)?
  • Over 20% of all properties worth over Rs 1 crore are bought or funded by NRIs.
  • According to national statistics, approximately 6,000,000 auto wrecks occur each year, causing close to 40,000 fatalitiesIndians make up a large proportion of the 6 million foreign workers in Saudi Arabia.
  • The Indian airline industry will charge NRIs-3 times more than the Indian residents. The hotels will charge us more than 3-4 times the normal price. Is this really the country I want to visit or suggest anyone to visit?
  • NRI (non-resident Indians) had invested $ 34 billion in the last financial year 2004, including $ 7 billion in fixed deposits
  • India ranks eighth among the world’s most indebted countries- With an external debt of US$113,590 million till September 2004,, but prudent external sector policies pursued since the economic reform in 1990s placed her at a comfortable level, the Economic Survey said.
  • 50% of Indian children aged 6-18 do not go to school.
  • 17 million children in India work as per official estimates, NGOs numbers though are higher at 100 million
  • Kerala has 1.6 million NRKs, with about 90 percent in the Middle East.
  • Among the `top 10 kidnap countries’, India ranked seventh after Colombia, Mexico, the former Soviet Union, Brazil, Nigeria, and the Philippines. Ecuador, Venezuela and South Africa were also in the list.
  • In India, 70 per cent of the population live in rural area. There are 360 million uneducated people in India. The country’s population is below 25 years of age
  • It is estimated that 20 per cent of all engineers in India are unemployed. Architecture degree holder of the 1999 batch made Rs 3,930 per month in 2001. A peon in a government job starts at Rs 5,500
  • It is estimated that the number of HIV positive Indians could jump from 4 million today to 25 million by 2010. Prostitution is illegal, yet a flourishing business with estimates putting the number of sex-workers in India at approximately 2 million generating an income of over $1.5 billion a year, most of which is garnered by agents and pimps.
  • India is a major diamond cutting and polishing hub, accounting for nine out of ten stones sold in the world market. With a 17 percent share in the export basket, India exports around $8 billion worth of diamonds and jewel

About India

  • India is the largest democracy in the world.
  • India invented the Number System and Zero (invented by Aryabhatta).
  • The world’s first university was established in Takshashila in 700 BC.
  • Ayurveda of India is the earliest school of medicine known to the world.
  • The art of navigation was born in the river Sindh 6000 years ago. The very word ‘Navigation’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Navgatih’.
  • Bhaskaracharya calculated the time taken by the earth to orbit the Sun (5th century) as 365.259756484 days.
  • The value of ‘pi’ (() was first calculated by Budhyana in the 6th century and also propounded the Pythagorean Theorem.
  • Chess was invented in India.
  • The place value system or the decimal system was developed in India in 100 BC.
  • India has the world’s largest postal and rail network. Indian Railways is the world’s single largest employer.
  • India is a software power and leader in the knowledge based economy and has one of the largest pools of software engineers in the world. The country is also the largest manufacturer of tractors and leather goods.
  • India ranks first in the production of milk and butter, mango, tea, raw sugar, jute, coconut, cashew and also in the cutting, processing and manufacturing of gems and jewellery.
  • India is the second largest producer of vegetables and fruits, rice, groundnut, sugarbeet, tobacco, motorcycles and scooters.
  • India is the third largest producer of wheat and the fourth largest producer of cement.
  • The country is the fourth largest economy in terms of purchasing power.

India in Global

  • The number of companies listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange, at more than 6,000, is second only to NYSE.
  • Four out of 10 Silicon Valley startups are run by Indians.
  • The organised lottery market in India is US$7bn (2% of GDP).
  • India consumes a fifth of the world’s gold output.
  • Indians account for 45% of H1-B visas issued by the US every year.
  • Growing at 6%, in 25 years Indian GDP (on a PPP basis) will be at the same level the US is at today.
  • Bank deposits in India roughly equal 50% of its GDP ? again, among the highest in the world
  • Indian Railways is the largest railway network in the world under single management.
  • India has the third-largest army in the world, nearly 1.5 million strong.
  • India is the largest producer and consumer of tea in the world, accounting for more than 30% of global production and 25% of consumption.
  • India is the world’s premier center for diamond cutting and polishing. Nine out of every 10 stones sold in the world pass through India.
  • India has the highest number of annual bulk drugs filings (77) with USFDA.
  • India is home to the largest number of pharmaceutical plants (61) approved by USFDA outside the US.
  • India’s Hero Honda is the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer, with 2002 production of 1.7m units.
  • Other than US and Japan, India is the only country to have built a super computer indigenously.
  • Indian Railways is the largest employer in the world, with a staff of 1.6 million people.
  • It is the second-largest cement-producing country in the world, producing more than 110m tonnes.
  • Of the Fortune 500 companies, 220 outsource their software-related work to India.
  • There are 8,500 Indian restaurants in the UK, 15% of the country’s total dining-out establishments.
  • India is the largest democracy in the world, with nearly 400m voting in the last national elections. India has the second-largest pool of scientists and engineers in the world.
  • India has the third-largest investor base in the world.
  • According to the Gemological Institute of America, up until 1896, India was the only source of diamonds.
  • Indians are the richest immigrant class in the US, with nearly 200,000 millionaires.
  • India is ranked the sixth country in the world in terms of satellite launches.
  • There are over 70,000 bank branches in India – among the highest in the world.
  • With 800 movies per year, India’s film industry overshadows Hollywood.
  • Six Indian ladies have won Miss Universe/Miss World titles over the past 10 years. No other country has won more than twice.
  • The Kumbh Mela festival, held every 12 years in the city of Allahabad, attracts 25 million people (more than the population of 185 of the 227 countries in the world).
    The Indian city of Varanasi, also known as Benares, is the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the world today.

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