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I would never die for my beliefs because I could be wrong—Bertrand Russel

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Life isn’t about finding yourself it is about creating yourself—George Bernard Shaw

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Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed—Arthur Schopenhauer

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Reform is china’s second revolution—Deng Xiaoping

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The first requisite of civilisation is that of justice—Sigmund Freud

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The well known sci-fi author Ron Hubbard once said—if you really want to make big money, you should start a religion.’

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You can stop speaking to someone, but you cannot stop being related—BURMESE PROVERB

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Assassination is the extreme form of censorship—George Bernard Shaw

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People make the nation and not the other way round

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Society is never interested in religion because religion is individual and society is always afraid of individuals—Osho

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The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves, that we are underlings—Shakespeare

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It is always better to try and fail rather than fail to try

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‘Quis custodiet ipsos custodies?’ (Who will guard the guards)

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One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well—VIRGINIA WOLF

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The ant that breaks the line is the one that finds new sources of food for the community. Rebellion is fundamental to innovation—Shekhar Kapur

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I am aware of being conscious but not conscious of being aware

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Make every problem look smaller than you

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India is famous for having many sick industries but no sick industrialist

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BEAUTIFUL LINES & INTERESTING THOUGHTS

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  • Mind without heart, intelligence without conduct, cleverness without goodness are tools, but only for mischief.
  • Behave the way you can always behave—Annonymous.
  • Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody—Benjamin Franklin
  • I would not wish any companion in the world but you—Shakespeare.
  • The Rig Veda tells us: “Let noble thoughts come to us from everywhere.”
  • “Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied.”
    ― Jane AustenPride and Prejudice
  • “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
    ― Jalaluddin Rumi
  • “One thing you can’t hide – is when you’re crippled inside.”
    ― John Lennon
  • Justice as Lord Atkin said is “no cloistered virtue”
  • Sometimes words that fail to make their effect at the time are remembered later—Agatha Christie
  • Give your clients the earliest delivery consistent with quality—whatever the inconvenience to us—Arthur Nielson
  • Opportunities present themselves every day. You just have to be alert and ready to act.—MARK OSTROFSKY, US ENTREPRENEUR
  • Sometimes it’s worse to win a fight than to lose—Billie Holiday
  • The best of us must sometimes eat our words—JK Rowling
  • The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation—BERTRAND RUSSELL
  • What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and value of nothing—Oscar Wilde
  • Slow down and steady up—annonymous
  • All work and no play/makes Jack a dull boy. To which the cautionary response goes ‘All play and no work/ Makes Jack a mere toy.’ TOI Editorial
  • Don’t talk about yourself; it will be done when you leave—Wilson Mazner, US playwright
  • Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgement- Mario Puzo- Godfather
  • We’ve seen over time that countries that have the best economic growth are those that have good governance- Ramez Naam US writer
  • A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue, That’s why there are so few good conversations- Truman
  • History does not repeat itself exactly but, as Mark Twain put it, it often rhymes.
  • If you have built castles in the air … now put the foundations under them—Henry David Thoureau
  • Margaret Thatcher’s warning that those standing in the middle of the road get run over.
  • The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation—Vladmir Lenin.
  • Carlyle- the history of the world is but biography of great men.’ Some so called great men have their hands deep in blood.
  • Boris Pasternak author of Dr Zhivago called silence the best sound on earth’
  • The greatest obstacle to excellence is you! A caddy once told a champion golfer, “There’s a perfect shot waiting out there. All you have to do is to get yourself out of the way.”
  • In short, I will part with anything for you but you- Mary Wortley Montagu, Writer.
  • There are good times and there are bad times, but one must never forget the hard times—Annonymous.
  • When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry—William Shakespeare.
  • Kritam Lokham Purushoabhijayte- Man himself builds his own world.
  • The boxer Muhammad Ali refused to wear his seat-belt on a plane. “Superman doesn’t need a belt,” he insisted. Tying his belt for him, the stewardess replied, “Superman doesn’t need a plane either.”
  • Exhibitionists: at a wedding they want to be the bride. At a funeral the corpse. Julius Caesar who was an incorrigible egotist, was kidnapped when he was a child. He was held for a ransom of 11,000 gold pieces. Horrified exhorted his captors to raise the sum to 250,000 gold pieces so as to preserve his prestige.
  • You only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out—Warren Buffet
  • The whole of western science has developed from Greek philosophy. It stands on the foundations of Greek Philosophy, and one of Greek philosophy’s basic beliefs is that time travels in a straight line.
  • The bread that falls off your plate nearly always lands on the buttered side.
  • Evil manners live in brass, but our virtues we write in water.
  • There is a Mexican saying that we die three deaths: the first time we die is when our bodies die. The second is when our bodies are lowered into the earth, out of sight. The third time we die is when our loved ones forget us.
  • Being different and thinking different makes a person unforgettable. History does not remember the forgettable.- Suzy Kassem, US writer.

 

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HIDDEN FACTS

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By Kamlesh Tripathi

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HIDDEN FACTS

 

A survey shows around 70% of Indians are non-vegetarian these days.

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There is a huge amount of debate about GM crops these days. It has tremendous potential to impact on yields if used with appropriate safeguards. Without GM we need another 175-222 million hectares of farmland to feed our population.

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China on demand side, is trying to nudge its population towards a more vegetarian diet.

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One estimate pegs the economic loss because of Bengaluru traffic congestion at Rs 3,700 crore a year; including a whopping 50 crore litres of annual fuel losses. Extrapolate these figures to Delhi, Mumbai and other Indian cities and we have a full-blown economic crisis on hand.

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Traffic jams: I can easily do 5 or more meetings in a day even if they are spread across Singapore or any European city. In Delhi or Bengaluru, I can never plan more than 2 or maximum 3.”—Rishi Seth—A PR and marketing start-up person.

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Gadkari’s ministry measures its performance in kilometres of new roads built per year. What good are these new roads, or the existing roads for that matter, when they are rank incapable of moving people and goods quickly—Rishi Seth, PR and marketing startup professional.

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India has the worst record of road accident deaths in the world; every four minutes a person dies on our roads.

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India is held at ranson by some of the most corrupt and incompetent civic bodies.

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WHO’s report on Road Safety 2015 gave India a rating of 3 or 4 out of 10 for enforcement of laws on speed limits, drunk driving or wearing helmets on two wheelers.

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Tata sons is into over 100 lines of business.

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In 2016 air passengers in India grew by an impressive 23.17%

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Nearly 4% of New Zealand’s population is of Indian origin and Hindi is the third most widely spoken language in Auckland.

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India is New Zealand’s largest source of skilled migrants and 29,000 Indian students are currently enrolled at our academic institutions making them the 2nd largest overseas student population studying in New Zealand.

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India’s GDP is valued today at $2 trillion. Amitabh Kant, chief executive of Niti Aayog says if all goes well it could touch $10 trillion by 2032. A shorter term assessment would have it reaching $ 5 trillion in the next decade, by 2025-26

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India is now the fastest growing major aviation market—the number of air passengers has been growing more than 20% year-on-year. In the past 12 months, more than 9 crore passengers flew and another 5 crores  or so flew internationally. In the next few years India will become the 3rd largest aviation market in the world after the US and China.

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INTERESTING FACTS

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The Chinese economy is five times bigger than India’s.

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The Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) reserved for India just 19.48% of the total waters of the six-river Indus system

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India is selling 25 million smart phones per quarter and the anticipation is 700 million smart phones in hand by 2020. Internet penetration is growing with 332 million internet users in India. Is now second largest international market, ahead of the US.

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Aadhar is the only billion-user platform outside the US and the only government one.

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India is the largest young country in an ageing world and will continue to have a young population for the next 25 years, whereas China has started ageing.

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Thailand has 25 million international visitors per year while India has only 8 million.

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The International monetary fund estimates that Indian per capita income more than tripled from about $550 in 1991 to $ 1800 last year.

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In 1991, the world’s most populous country accounted for a scant 3.6% of global gross domestic product. By 2015 this had nearly doubled to 7%.

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WHO estimates that the average Indian lives 10 years longer today (68 years) than a quarter century ago. But he has yet to catch up with the average Indonesian (69 years), and continues to lag behind the average Chinese (76 years).

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Between 1991 and 2015, India slashed infant mortality by more than half- from 86 deaths to 38 deaths per 1000 births.

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The international Telecommunications Union estimates that mobile subscriptions in India reached 79% of population last year, up from 62% just five years earlier. That sounds awfully impressive until you realise that in China the mobile penetration is 93% and in Indonesia it’s a stratospheric 132%.

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Back in 1950s and 1960s, US steelworks and auto workers were by far most productive in the world, and could demand high, rising wages. But today the workers in developing countries have acquired skills that are almost as good.

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Before the industrial revolution, China and India accounted for over half of world GDP, but their share fell to barely 7% in the 20th century.

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In the 20th century Europe was twice devastated by World Wars, letting the US forge ahead. US hegemony followed in the second half of the 20th century. Even US workers without college degrees had skills that were globally scarce, and so attracted high pay.

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The world Bank says the number of poor people globally more than halved from 1.75 billion in 1990 to just 702 million in 2015; the proportion of people in extreme poverty fell from 37% to 9.6%; and the world Gini coefficient (which measures inequality) fell from 75% to 62%.

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The US is indeed a great country, but for completely different reasons. It has been the most welcoming country for immigrants in history. Half the start-ups in Silicon Valley are by people of Chinese or Indian origin. Many Nobel Prizes have been won by first or second generation immigrants.

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What a lie: Out of the 6753 candidates of the 2009 Lok Sabha elections that were scrutinized, only four admitted that they had exceeded the limit of election spending as prescribed by ECI while 30 said they had spent 90%. The rest claimed that they had spent 52-55%.

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The telecom industry saw only 40% of the spectrum on offer being sold in 2016. In particular, the complete absence of any bids in the 700 MHz and 900 MHz bands came as a rude shock.

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Recently, interesting though intriguing data from 70-80 countries show that anxiety levels increase when there is less work (James Tozer in the Economist, citing a study done by the World Bank, in 2015).

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Economic liberalisation in China and India are commonly thought to have started in 1978 and 1991 respectively.

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INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT INDIA AND THE WORLD- DO YOU KNOW SERIES-1

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  • Hooch the crudest form of liquor, is prepared in the most unhygienic of conditions and consumed by the underclass—people who can’t afford even country liquor. ET 24.6.15 chat room
  • The number of private ITIs in India did grow from under 2000 in 2007 to 10,000 in 2014.
  • According to World Bank data, barely 16% of Indian companies were providing enterprise based training in 2007. The shortage of skilled personnel has raised input costs for them, so that more of them now provide in-firm training (36% in 2014)
  • Sensex has delivered nearly 9% excess returns over inflation over long periods. Equities are real gold over a period of time.
  • Equities: At 17.1% CAGR, Rs 10,000 has become-290 times in 36 years. Equities are real gold over a period of time.
  • Liquid biopsy being tested in the US may soon become a boon for cancer treatment.
  • India slipped six places in one year in the global happiness index to be ranked 117th out of 158 nations in 2015. Switzerland tops the chart.
  • In Delhi transport contributes to majorly to emissions (PM2.5) 38%.
  • India has again topped the global remittance chart for 2014, pulling in $70.38 billion which is 3.7% of the country’s $2 trillion GDP from its migrant work force. China follows with $64.14 billion.
  • The average age of AAP cabinet is 42 years.
  • China company erects 57 storey skyscraper in just 19 days.
  • Mission Indra-dhanush would be carried out in two phases-1st 201 high focus districts where nearly 50% of all unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children reside. While 201 districts are being covered in the 1st phase, 297 will be targeted in the second phase in 2015-16. This mission aims to cover 89 lakh children.
  • Only 65% of our children are presently covered-under Universal Immunization Programme (UIP) Mission Indra-dhanush’s configuration will cover 90% full immunization coverage by 2020.
  • India’s information technology revolution happened on its own.
  • It has been found that in 63% of cases people are ignorant about the benefits of immunization in India.
  • It takes a contingent of 30,000 strong international media to cover Olympic games function with events spread far and wide.
  • India has one individual gold medal to show for 92 years of Olympic participation.
  • Aadhar has emerged as one of the largest bio-metric identification programmes in the world with unique identification authority of India issuing nearly 82 crore cards covering nearly 67% of the Indian population.
  • A house insurance costs just Rs 6-12/day however only less than 1% people who can afford it have house insurance.
  • MSME sector which produces 45% of manufacturing output and 40% of total exports- receives only cursory treatment without any tangible steps to make it part of global value chains or improving access to needed technologies & markets.
  • Search engine giant Google is facing anti-trust charges in Europe- abusing its dominant position & manipulating on line traffic.
  • In India we know that 1 in 2 girls are married before the age of 18. If a girl has a baby between 15 and 19 she’s twice as likely to die.
  • India is one of the countries with the highest maternal mortality.
  • Delhi has more than 500,000 manual rickshaws on its streets: Of these, less than a fifth are licensed. And 80% of rickshaw pullers continue their back breaking labour by paying ‘hafta’ to the police that amounts to Rs 10 crore per month.
  • India has 58 million private enterprises, the great majority of which are MSME category. These enterprises provide employment for more than 85% of the working population of India.
  • Unorganised sector have to borrow credit at 2-2.5% per month in India.
  • At present a mere 35 million households of a total of 250 million are in the direct tax net in India.
  • Indian goods travel via Singapore to reach Bangladesh in three weeks; now they will go directly to Bangladeshi ports in a week.
  • Europeans began to wear underwear only in the 17th century when they discovered soft and affordable Indian cloth brought by the East India Company.
  • With 5,000-mile coastline, India has historically been a great trading nation and in some periods, commanded as much as 20% share of world trade compared to 2% today. It always had a positive balance of trade with the world until the industrial revolution in 19th-century England when the mills of Lancashire made our handloom textiles technologically obsolete.
  • Sweden ranks as world’s most gender-egalitarian countries based on a firm belief that men and women should share power equally. Sweden also has a feminist party
  • MAM Ramaswamy-Chennai industrailist holds the record for the most wins in Indian Turf history
  • Indian economy is a startling 82% of entire SAARC region.
  • It takes a contingent of 30,000 strong international media to cover Olympic games function with events spread far and wide-
  • Nepal’s rebuilding to cost 10 billion dollars- Finance Minister of Nepal.
  • Barely 4% of all households in India are headed by women. Over 70% of currently married men are household heads compared to 3% of married women.
  • 41% of all girls aged 19 in India have married and in this context in rural India 47.3% of 19 year old girls had been married, in the urban areas the corresponding figure was 29.2%.
  • A study carried out by Comptroller and Auditor General of India last year on land acquired by the centre between 2006 and 2013–the period between which UPA was in power–reveals that a land mass as thrice the size of Noida was acquired under special economic zone but more than half of it had not been put to use.
  • 80 richest people own more wealth than what is owned by one-half of the human race and very soon just 1% people will own wealth which equals what the rest 99% of would have.
  • In 2001, world’s three richest people owned personal wealth greater than the GDP of 34 poorest nations.
  • In 2001, 51 of 100 top revenue-generating institutions were business operations and not nation states.
  • The average protein intake of a person in India through normal diet has dipped 6-10% in the past two decades with almost 86% of rural and 70% of urban population not getting the government designated 2400 kcal/day. While the richest get over 2518 kcal each day the poorest get less than 1679 kcal—a difference of almost 50%.
  • Food amounts for almost half of the consumer price index (CPI) basket of India.
  • 6 crore small entrepreneurs employ 12 crore people in India.
  • 10 million new workers enter the job market every year in India.
  • The daily intake of oil and fat consumption per person has increased from 31 gram to 42 gram in rural areas and from 42 gram to 52.5 gram in urban areas between 1993-94
  • Today 77% women in India get sterilized
  • Ayurveda is a 6000 year old science.
  • 80 Mumbaikars died everyday due to heart attacks between March 2014 and March 2015 up from 67 deaths daily during the same period the previous year.
  • 41% of all girls aged 19 in India have married, and in that context: In rural India 47.3% of 19 year old girls have been married, and in urban areas the correspondence figure is 29.2%
  • India slipped six places in one year in the global happiness index to be ranked 117th out of 158 nations in 2015. Switzerland tops the chart.
  • India has around 3500 engineering colleges and churns out 14 lakh engineers a year.
  • It has been found that in 63% of cases people are ignorant about the benefits of immunization in India.
  • India has one individual gold medal to show for 92 years of Olympic participation.
  • Aadhar has emerged as one of the largest biometric identification programmes in the world with unique identification authority of India issuing nearly 82 crore cards covering nearly 67% of the Indian population.
  • Bottom 50% of households consume only 25% of subsidised LPG; 41% of PDS kerosene is lost as leakage , only 46% of remainder (or 27% of the total) is consumed by poor households.
  • Hindu India has been the sole nation on earth where Jewish community has never been persecuted even though they have been living here for more than two thousand years.
  • India has never invaded any country in the last ten thousand years of its history.
  • Delhi Metro aims at carrying 25 lakh commuters daily.
  • There are in India 5.7 crore own account enterprises.
  • Childhood deaths used to be 12/100 in India in 1990s. That’s down to 5/100. But 56% die in the first month.
  • At least 60% Indians are still stuck in farming, which produces only 13.9% of the nation’s GDP.
  • Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, saw opening of 12.5 crore accounts in 8 months.
  • SUVs have grown to more than 30% of the total luxury vehicles sold in India.
  • Delhi is fast becoming the world’s pollution capital, and around a fifth of Delhi’s population is caused by traffic.
  • 20th century saw the worst of violent wars in human history.
  • Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is India’s biggest private sector employer  with 2.5 lakh employees and top recruiter of women, will dole out a special reward amounting to Rs 2,628 crore ($423 million), probably the biggest-ever bonus payout by an Indian company.
  • Our nuclear reactors which were operating at around 50% of capacity a few years ago are now operating at about 83% capacity, thanks to uranium procured from other countries.
  • Let’s put it this way. If you send a silly person on an important job and he acts true to his nature, who is real silly? The man who acted silly or the one who sent him?
  • Only 3% are vegetarian in America, 9% in the U.K., a noteworthy 10% in Italy and Taiwan and surprisingly 8.5% in Israel. And in this particular area, we Indians are the kings, 40% of our huge population is vegetarian.
  • With its meagre 7.5 million foreign tourist arrivals per year, India is losing out on a major employment expansion opportunity.
  • India has around 1,000 diplomats which is far fewer than Britain that has  over 6,000 and China that has around 7,500 diplomats.
  • The  current estimate for India’s landless is around 100 million households, which would constitute at least 300 million families of our population. Another 200 million rural families subsist on less than bighas and must supplement their meagre incomes with some form of labour.
  • India’s future prosperity depends on its urban centers which already contribute a little over two-third of the GDP.
  • The contribution of nuclear energy in electricity generation in India is not more than 3.5%.
  • World’s military expenditure is estimated to have been $1.74 trillion in 2013 or 2.4% of global GDP.
  • In the next five years 22% of China’s GDP growth is estimated to come from the digital sector.
  • The world’s last typewriter clattered off the Godrej line in 2011.
  • Finland has the highest borrowing of library books in the world.
  • Indian Railways is the second biggest procurement agency after defence, spending almost Rs 1 lakh crore a year. It is also the largest buyer of diesel in India.
  • More than 45,000 trucks from North Indian states enter Delhi everyday, plying on Euro III diesel which has 350 ppm sulphur and is greatly more polluting than the 50 ppm sulphur Euro-IV fuel
  • India needs to reverse groundwater usage. Already, the figures suggest that well over half the irrigation requirements are now met by mining groundwater and 15% of all aquifers are in a critical condition.
  • Restaurants abroad that pass of as Indian are often run by Bangladeshis and Pakistanis, rather than persons of Indian origin.
  • At present Rs 3,77,616 crore or 4.2% of Indian GDP is spent across sectors in subsidies.
  • National Optic Fibre Network (NOFN) aims to link India’s 2.5 lakh gram panchayat through 70,000 km of high speed optic fibre in the next three years- thereby enabling 600 million Indians to harness the benefits of modern communication.
  • Our urban population is 377 million or 31% of the total. By 2031 it is projected to rise to 600 million.
  • The first modern Caesarean section was performed by German Gynecologist Ferdinand Adolf Kehrer in 1881.
  • Of 250 million mobile users in India 180 million access internet on mobile, this will shoot up to 500-600 million in a few years
  • Studies show maximum viewing is of two-minute videos and in terms of text 400 words.
  • Mark Twain, is the pen name for Samuel Langhorne Clemens.
  • India is one of the biggest arms importer of the world.
  • Indian gambling market is estimated around $60 billion annually
  • A woman is raped in India every 20 minutes.
  • India’s luxury car market has grown eight times in the last seven years from 4000 units in 2007 to 33,000 units in 2014. And as per car experts the number is expected to hit 100,000 units by 2020.
  • Prime residential prices in Re/sq ft. Monaco-339723, Hongkong-293944, London-283215, New
  • York-174362, Singapore-151419, Shanghai-121608, Paris-116851, Miami-99210, Beijing-97087, Mumbai-61300, Dubai-40455, Delhi-33400, Bengaluru-18600.
  • All India Brewers Association- Beer sales account for only 50% of liquor sales in India- Much lower than in China, Brazil, US & UK. Wine accounts for only 1% of liquor sales.
  • Mumbai has 30 of India’s 68 billionaires.
  • On top of the billionaire list is New York with 114, followed by Moscow 91, Hongkong 53, London 49, Beijing 37 and Mumbai 30
  • Ricky Ponting holds the world record of 24 straight wins in ODI cricket captaincy.
  • Year 2015 is designated by the UN as the ‘Year of Light and technologies.’
  • 22% of households in cities and 31% in villages are in debt.
  • Sri Lankan cricketer Sangakara is a great collector of books
  • Lakshadeep has in all 36 islands.
  • India is pushing its shipyards to build more ships and other vessels for small Indian Ocean island countries in this region.
  • India was a maritime power before China had even heard of the term.
  • A Chinese naval strategist declared China needed 6 aircraft carriers to ‘secure’ the Indian Ocean.
  • According to the Census 2011, 41% of India’s population is under 18. Yet only 4.5% of the total budget is earmarked for children.
  • Today, the number of child labourers in India varies from 50 lakhs to 5 crores in different estimates.
  • Have you seen or heard of a bigger glutton and despot than Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe who celebrated his 91st birthday with elephant on menu for guests at the lavish 1-million pound bash. According to the mirror, two young elephants were shot and feasted on by the president’s 20,000 guests while the country’s poor struggle to scrape a living. A farmer had donated the elephants to Mugabe along with a lion and a crocodile to be stuffed. Members of the Zimbabwean government offered 40 cows that are due to be held at Victoris falls.
  • Only 43 people since Independence have been conferred the Bharat Ratna.
  • Between census 2001 and 2011, India witnessed a spurt of urban clusters, with the number of towns increasing from 5161 to 7935 in a decade India’s urban population likely to grow to 40% by 2030 from current 31%
  • India posed to be world’s 3rd largest construction market by 2025.
  • India has 7500 km of coastline with opportunities for port and harbour development.
  • India is world’s 2nd largest road network handling more than 60% of freight and 90% of passenger traffic in the country- 64,000 kms of new highways to be developed.
  • India is world’s 3rd largest network of railways spanning 64,600 kms and 25,000 kms of new lines to be added by 2020.
  • Indian airline traffic expected to treble to 450 million by 2023 from 169 million in F-14 and make India world’s 3rd largest aviation market by 2020.
  • Increase in infrastructure investment of 1% of GDP results in additional 34 lakh jobs in India (Compared to 15 lakh in USA and 13 lakh in Brazil)
  • India requires Rs 70 Lakh crore investment required till 2030 for development of urban roads, affordable housing and transportation systems- Rs 39 lakh crore to be invested over the next 20 years to build urban infrastructure for smart cities alone.
  • Contribution of railways to Indian GDP to increase to 3% in 2020 from 1% in 2012.
  • Rs 2 lakh crore to be invested in solar and wind power projects in wastelands and uninhabited regions in India- 50,000 villages to receive electricity through off grid solar by 2030.
  • Indian wedding industry is now valued at 25.5 billion dollars a year
  • Narendra Modi was the first Prime Minister to visit Parliament canteen where he had an ordinary thali costing Rs 29.
  • Indian Census Data: There are about 66 lakh more women who are “currently married” than men.
  • Indian Census Data: More than 18 lakh girls under the age of 15 are married.
  • Indian Census Data: Out of total 120 crore population about 58 crore were married at the time of census 2011.
  • Indian Census Data: among 58 crore married persons 29.3 crore were women while 28.7 crore are men.
  • Indian Census Data: Kerala has the highest skew with 1.13 married women for every married man.
  • Indian Census Data: In the 20-25 age group about 69% of women were married while just over 30% of men were married.
  • Indian Census Data: India’s population in 2011 was 121 crore and, of this , 4.6% or 5.6 crore are widowed, with women out numbering men by a long way; when in 2001 only 18.5 lakh or 0.7% of the then population of 102 was widowed.
  • There are in India 5.7 crore own account enterprises.
  • Delhi Metro aims at 25 lakh commuters daily.
  • India has never invaded any country in the last ten thousand years of its history.
  • Hindu India has been the sole nation on earth where the Jewish community has never been persecuted even though they have been living here for more than two thousand years.
  • Bottom 50% of households consume only 25% of subsidised LPG; 41% of PDS kerosene is lost as leakage, only 46% of the remainder (or 27% of the total) is consumed by poor households in India.
  • The slum population of India has increased from 5.23 crores in 2001 to 6.55 crores in 2011
  • The value of goods that lay unused in urban India was pegged at over Rs 56,000 crore
  • Indian Railways has 66,000 km of rail tracks of which only 13,000 km has been added in the last ten years
  • GOI spent Rs 320 crores on republic day in 2014 an increase from Rs 145 crores in 2001
  • It takes Rs 2.5 lacs per minute to run the Indian Parliament
  • Central Board for film certification certifies 13,500 films every year.
  • Garment factories are India’s second largest employer of the women with 1.2 crore women
  • Last year more than 1000 women were murdered for so called honour crimes in Pakistan
  • 1% owns 48% of global wealth since 2009. 1 in 9 people don’t have enough to eat.
  • More than 1 billion people live on less than $1.25 a day.
  • People younger than 45 years of age account for 40% of all heart  related deaths in India as compared to 10% in the US. So are you exercising enough.
  • Gita is one of the all time best sellers. It is 5153 yeras old says RSS.
  • The Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) act prescribes that the central government deficit should not exceed 3% of GDP.
  • It is generally believed in the Indian context, the acceptable level of inflation in 4%, and the comfort zone is +/- 2%. In developed economies, the acceptable level of inflation is only 2%