Did you know, there are 196 countries in the world today? In fact, there are so many countries, whose names are also not recognized by many of us. There are so many informative facts about different countries.
Let's take a look at 10 Interesting and unknown facts about different countries that you need to know:
1. The country which still follows a traditional calendar that is seven years behind the rest of the world
Ethiopia still follows a traditional calendar that is seven years behind the rest of the world. Because of the strong presence of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the country, the traditional calendar of that church is still influential in Ethiopia. The calendar came about in the 16th century, when most of Christianity changed the date Jesus is believed to have been born on, but those in Ethiopia decided to maintain the original date. Because of the time discrepancy, Ethiopia held celebrations for the new millennium in 2007, seven years after the rest of the world.
2. The country which falls in all 4 hemispheres
Kiribati is the only country on the planet to fall into every one of the four hemispheres of the globe, straddling the equator and stretching out into the eastern and western hemispheres. Kiribati was also the first country to see the dawn of the third millennium on 1st January 2000.
3. The country which is smaller than Central Park in New York City
Smaller than Central Park in New York City – Monaco: Although Vatican City is smaller (.17 sq mi) than Monaco (.8 sq mi), not at all like Monaco it doesn’t have any permanent residents which leaves Monaco as the smallest permanently inhabited nation in the world… Smaller than Central Park.
4. The most diverse Country
The Most Diverse Country in the world is India: In almost every category – culturally, economically, climatically, racially, linguistically, ethnically, and religiously India is either the most diverse countries in the world, or the runner-up.
5. The Least Religious Country
A 2007–2008 Gallup survey found Estonia to be the least religious country in the world. The survey asked respondents from around the world, “Is religion an important part of your daily life?” Only 14% of Estonians answered in the affirmative, the lowest of all nations. In contrast, in that same poll, Egypt had a 100% “yes” rate.
6. There is another country which has Hindi as its official language
Fiji is the only country other than India with Hindi as an official language. Native Fijians make up 54% of the population. Under British rule, Indian labourers were brought to Fiji to work on the sugar cane crops. Descendants of these labourers are called Indo-Fijians and today they account for around 40% of the population.
7. There are countries which do not have an Army
There are 22 countries in the world that do not have an army, the large majority comprising tiny island states or enclaves. Incidentally, this doesn’t include the Vatican City, which has the c as a military corps.
8. The country which has 23 native languages
There are 23 native languages recognised by the government in Guatemala. Overall, about 40% of the population speak one of these languages, including Quiche, Kekchi, and Mam.
9. The country which lies in 2 continents
Istanbul, Turkey, is the only country which falls in 2 continents.
10. The country which has the most amount of Obese people
Nauru has the most amount of Obese population in the world with over 95% of its population overweight.
India has the largest democratic government in the world, with 29 states, 29 chief festivals, 22 main languages and 1600 dialects.
The Indian army just celebrated its 65th birthday. It is the second largest army in the world, having the largest voluntary, democratic and multicultural body, free from political interferences, and has fought against the maximum number of world enemies. It has won more than 62 awards for valor, fought in the most hazardous conditions, been a part of UN peacekeeping forces, helped the UN by contributing over 8000 troops, helped its countrymen during plague and distress, and has been a champion in many difficult sports competitions.
2 lakh office workers receive tiffin lunch in Mumbai at the measly rate of Rs 600/month from 5000 people, with an efficiency rate of 99.9%.
India’s Amul produces over seventy million tones of milk every year.
Hero Cycles produces six million cycles a year thus making it the largest manufacturers of cycles in the world.
The Indian railway is the largest in the world with 115,000 kms of tracks, 10000 daily trains, , 1.4 million employees. It carries over 24 million passengers a day! It sure is sturdy and reliable.
What about our famous Bollywood movies? They provide food and shelter to 7.2 million people and gross Rs 6000 crore a year in about 300 films. Bollywood produces more films a year than Hollywood.
What about studies? Did you know that it is more difficult to get admission into IIM Ahmedabad than the Ivy Leagues of USA?
The Indian curry (from the Tamil word kari) is the most famous in the world. Whenever Indian food is mentioned, the word curry is always present. There are a plethora of curries and they are available in every corner of the world. Curry reduces cancer and heart diseases.
Indian food has its roots tracing back from 3000 B.C with the Indus Valley population. The Basmati rice (from the Sanskrit word fragrant) is produced in large amounts (seven million tonnes a year) and India is the world’s biggest manufacturer of rice.
There are also some weird foods like black rice which turns purple on cooking, sorpotel (made from discarded parts of any animal), baby shark curry and nahkham (ashes and dried fish).
The Tirumala Devasthanam Hindu temple earns Rs 500 crore/year and attracts 45000 devotees/day!
The Nehru jacket with its detailed cut and finishes and the mandarin collar is an inspiration to suits all over the world.
The Indian sari is traditional attire that only belongs to this country and is considered a brand for Indian wear worldwide. It is an art to wrap the sari like a circle around the body and create elegant folds.
Mukesh Ambani (one of the richest person in the world) has a 800,000 square feet house that has 27 floors and cost over one billion dollars to construct.
India uses simple methods. The Angadia couriers have 5000 employees carrying priceless diamonds in simple packs and transporting them all over India. The Lijjat papad company started on Rs 80 and with seven women making papads on a terrace. Its sales touched Rs 300 crore and this company provides jobs to 40000 people.
India still believes in using the digit 0 before dialing any STD code!
The Indian voting count is the largest in the world, amounting to over 550 million votes cast in 2014.
Source from Internet http://mocomi.com/facts-about-india/
Chittorgarh is located on the banks of Gambhiri and Berach River. A repository of folklore, historical events and rich cultural heritage, Chittorgarh draws thousands of backpackers and historical travelers every year. The Chittorgarh fort is a proud monument that is proof of the heroic battles fought by warriors like Maharana Pratap, Gara and Kumbha. The whole town is dipped in historical splendor with beautiful monuments surrounding you everywhere you go. The Vijaystambha, Kirtistambha, Padmini’s palace and Bassi fort are some of the other historical places in India that speak volumes about the Mauryan dynasty and its subsequent successors.
Let's take a look at 10 Interesting and unknown facts about India's famous historical place Chittorgarh:
1. During the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee in the year 2013, the Fort of Chittorgarh alongside the 5 other forts in Rajasthan has professed a UNESCO World Heritage Site under Hill forts of Rajasthan.
2. The Chittorgarh Fort was built during the 7th century AD by the Mauryans and was named after the Mauryan ruler Chitrangada Mori, and was used until 1568.
3. When men lost charging their enemy across the fort walls and lost the battles. Women being brave to have committed mass self-immolation (Jauhar). This makes the fort to signify the tribute, courage, and sacrifice. During 7th and 16th centuries considered death as a pride rather than being surrendered under the invading troops.
4. Earlier the fort consisted of 84 water bodies but now it is decreased to 22. These could have the capacity of 4 billion liters of water. That is equal to the water needs of 50,000 army men. The water bodies include of ponds, wells, and such resources.
5. There are seven gateways in the fort which was built during 1433-1468 by Rana Kumbha. The names of the gates include that of the Paidal Pol, Bhairon Pol, Hanuman Pol, Ganesh Pol, Jorla Pol, Laxman Pol, and Ram Pol, the final and main gate.
6. Rani Padmini was one of the prominent queens of those times. She was the wife of king Rawal Ratan Singh, the Rajput ruler of Chittor.
7. To commemorate the victory of Sultan of Malwa; Mahmud Shah I Khlaji in 1440 AD, the tower of victory named Vijay Stambha or Jaya Stambha was raised by Rana Khumbha. This is an expression of victory triumph- also called the symbol of Chittor.
8. When viewed from the higher view, the fort is shaped like a fish. It has a boundary of 13 km with a determined length of 5 km and it covers an area of 700 acres.
9. The fort of Chittorgarh contains a total of 65 notable buildings, including 4 memorials, 4 palaces, and 19 temples.
10. Having dimensions of 37.2 meters high and 47 square feet area, and has a perimeter of 13 km (8 miles), and is situated on an 180-meter high hill.
Ambani’s new house is called Antilia and according to a number of reputable publications, it is the most expensive home in the world. Antilia is actually the first house to exceed a net worth of one billion dollars.
Anant Ambani, the 17-year old son of India’s richest man, is exceptionally spiritual. Numerous reports state that Anant Ambani is visiting the Lord Balaji temple as frequently, as possible.To prove his faith, the affluent teenager decided to make a special donation for the temple. Anant Ambani ended up providing a sacred white elephant as a special present to Lord Balaji.
Mukesh loves showering family members with love and affection. On the occasion of one of her birthdays, Nita Ambani received a jet plane worth 62 million dollars.
Isha Ambani, the daughter of Mukesh and Nita, and is the youngest billionaire heiress. Isha, who was only 16 at the time, ranked second in the Forbes list of top ten billionaire heiresses in 2008. At that tender age, Isha was the owner of an 80-million dollar share of Reliance Industries.
Mukesh Ambani holds a number of awards and records. Fortune magazine gave him the 13th place in a ranking of Asia’s Most Powerful People in Business.
Jack Ma, is the chairman of Alibaba’s record-shattering $25 billion IPO, which now sits as one of the largest companies on the market.
1. JACK MA’S LIFE IS FULL OF FAILURES -- When he applied for admission to the Hangzhou Teacher’s Institute (now Hangzhou Normal University), Ma failed the college entrance exam twice. He eventually graduated in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in English.
By 1995, he decided teaching wasn’t for him, so he decided to try his hand at business. Around this time, he even applied to a job at KFC in Hangzhou, only to be rejected. Ma also started a translation company, and on a trip to Seattle, he discovered the internet, inspiring him to start his first legit business, China Yellow Pages. While it is regarded as China’s first internet-based company, China Yellow Pages was also a failure.
As we all know, however, Ma’s second company, Alibaba, is doing much better.
2. His First Salary was just 12-15 USD per month -- At the University where he taught English, he was the only teacher assigned to 500 students. His pay was 100 to 120 Renminbi, which is around $12 to $15 per month. Before moving on, he taught there for 5 years.
3. He used to guide tourists for free for 8 years and that’s how he learned speaking English fluently -- When Jack was 12 years old, he grew a strong desire to learn English. He’d guide tourists from foreign countries for free and learn English by conversing with them. It went on like this for 8 years.
4. This is why Jack chose the name ‘Alibaba’ -- Jack was always clear that he wanted to take his company to the global level and that’s why he wanted a global name. Alibaba is easy to spell, and people everywhere associate that with “Open, Sesame,” the command that Ali Baba used to open doors to hidden treasures in One Thousand and One Nights.
5. Forest Gump is his lifelong hero.-- Every time he gets stressed out, he watches the movie again. What does Ma get from Forest Gump? “No matter whatever changed, you are you.”
6. Products from China do not hold a high reputation in much of the world. Due to this among other factors, the US government had listed Ma’s website, Alibaba.com as a “notorious market” for some time. This is defined as a company that does not follow US government copyrights and business regulations.
7. In January of 2013, Jack Ma announced his unexpected resignation as CEO of Alibaba Group in May of the same year. He stated that he would still be working for the company as Executive Chairman, saying he was too old for the Internet now. His resignation has raised many questions regarding his health and the real reason he has decided to retire at the young age of 48.