Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A few things about India that is not so well known

  1. India has a nuclear capable missile which can travel at 7mach
  2. Rural population of India is about 60% of Indian population
  3. More than 50% of Indians have mobile phones
  4. Indian mobile network is better than most other mobile networks in the world in terms of quality, coverage and cost(one SMS costs less than 1 cent, calling is at 1 cent per minute).
  5. There is a rural employment guarantee scheme which covers a very large part of Indian population
  6. Medicines in India are very cheap compared to US and cost of healthcare is also a magnitude lower. There are a lot of good hospitals and medical tourism is on the rise.
  7. India has an active fast breeder reactor program which, if successful, would lead to energy security
  8. Some parts of India are very under developed and malnutrition is higher than sahara desert countries
  9. About 40% of Indians are below poverty line and live in very unhygienic conditions
  10. There are about 15 Indian cities where Metro railways in under construction or planned
  11. India now manufactures more 4 mn cars and commercial vehicles per year. This is a 500% jump for last 10 years
  12. India is the largest milk producer in the world. Production was about 120 mn tonnes in 2010. This figure is almost double of US milk production.
  13. Gold consumption of India was about 745 tonnes last year. This is highest in the world and is about 6 times the US consumption. Women in India are crazy about gold and it is bought as investment

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