GSLV Launch
Its Launch places India in the select league of nations with the capability to send space missions

Facts and figures in a nutshell

General Information

Population 846 million (1991 Census)

Area 3.3 million square kilometers

Geographical location Lies between latitudes 8 4' and 37 6 ' north and longitudes 68 7 ' and 97 25' east

Coastline length 7,600 km

Languages 17 major languages, 844 dialects

Major religions Hinduism (Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism) , Islam, Christianity,

National anthem Jan gana mana written by Rabindranath Tagore

National emblem Replica of the Lion Capital of Sarnath

National flag Horizontal tricolor in equal proportion of deep saffron on the top, white in the middle and dark green at the bottom. In the center of the white band is a wheel in navy blue colour.

National animal Tiger, Panthera tigris

National bird Peacock

National flower Lotus

National tree Banyan

National fruit Mango

National currency Rupees (One Rupees=100 paise)

Political structure

India Sovereign, Socialist, Secular, Democratic Republic

The Indian Union 26 States and six centrally administered Union Territories

Form of government Parliamentary, based on universal adult franchise Legislature Parliament, consists of President and the two Houses, known as Rajya Sabha (Council of States) and Lok Sabha (House of the People ) Executive Consists of President, Vice-President and Council of Ministers led by the Prime Minister Judiciary Independent of executive Economic indicators

Growth of exports 28.8 per cent in 1995-96

Power generation 414.1 billion kilo-watt hour in 1995-96

Coal production 270 million tonnes in 1995-96

Crude oil production 35.2 million tonnes in 1995-96

Railway passenger traffic 3,915 million in 1994-95

Railway freight traffic 382 million tonnes in 1994-95

Total road length 2.04 million km in 1995

Telephone connections 10.5 million in 1994-95

Iron ore export 26.0 million tonnes in 1994-95

Exports of electronics, computer software Rs 24,340 million in 1994-95

Exports of decentralised cotton cloth 949 million sq. meters in 1994-95

Foodgrains production 191.1 million tonnes in 1994-95

Sugarcane production 258.4 million tonnes in 1994-95

Cotton production 12.1 million bales in 1994-95

Oil seed production 21.4 million tonnes in 1994-95

Cement production 62.4 million tonnes in 1994-95

Nitrogenous fertilizer production 7.95 million tonnes in 1994-95

Nuclear energy generation 8 billion kilo-watt hour in 1994-95

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