STATES AND UTS
The Andaman and Nicobar islands are replete with mystery and endless natural beauty. Once famous for the cellular jail or the erstwhile ‘Kalapani’ (black waters)associated with India's independence movement, the Union territory has now transformed into one of India’s best tourism spots. Located in the Bay of Bengal, the Andaman and Nicobar islands are also home to the earliest tribal community 'Jarawa' who live on a separate island. Only 36 islands are inhabited in this cluster of 572 islands spread over 8249 kms....
Published 02-Aug-2014 17:03 IST | Updated 07:34 IST
India's rice bowl and home to the world's richest Hindu temple, the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is among the first linguistically formed states in Independent India. The state has witnessed many twists and turns ever since it was formed in 1953 as Andhra comprising 11 districts in the Coastal and Rayalaseema regions. With the merger of Telangana in 1956, Andhra became Andhra Pradesh with Hyderabad as its capital. The Telangana agitations which rocked the state in 1969 were quelled and the state moved onto...
Published 16-Oct-2014 10:38 IST | Updated 06:57 IST
Arunachal Pradesh, land of the rising sun, is situated in the north-eastern part of India. It is popularly known as the 'Land of the Dawn-lit-Mountains' and is the first Indian state to be touched by the rays of the morning sun. With a population exceeding 13.82 lakh (2011 census), Arunachal Pradesh is the 26th most populous state in India. It has an area of 83743sq. km and is the 14th largest state in terms of area.
Published 16-Jul-2014 17:00 IST | Updated 08:50 IST
The land of the mighty Brahmaputra River, Assam is the gateway to the northeastern part of India. Assam, the abode of Mother Goddess Kamakhya is the largest north eastern state. Assam is famous for its sprawling tea gardens, natural beauty, petroleum resources, wild life reserves (specially one horned Asiatic Rhino), temples and monuments. The state has a population of over 30 million (3.1 crore)(2011) census. It has an area of 78,438 sq.km comprising of 27 districts spread over three main geographical areas: the...
Published 23-Jan-2015 09:38 IST | Updated 09:48 IST
A major state in the eastern region of India, Bihar is the birth place of two ancient religions Buddhism and Jainism. Ancient Bihar known as Magadha was the center of first republic in the world at Vaishali. It was also home to the two great centers of learning at that time, Vikramshila and Nalanda University. With a population exceeding 100 million (10 crore)(2011 census), Bihar is the 3rd most populous state in India. It has an area of 94,163 sq.km spread over 38 districts and is the 12th largest state of India...
Published 25-Sep-2014 21:49 IST | Updated 10:01 IST
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The union territory of Chandigarh serves as the joint capital of the north-Indian states of Punjab and Haryana. The city is famous for its urban planning designed by Swiss born French architect Le Corbuiser. The name Chandigarh means "The Fort of Chandi" and the city derives its name from an ancient temple called Chandi Mandir. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Chandi. In 2010, based on a national government study, the city was reported as the cleanest city in India.
Published 02-Aug-2014 17:07 IST | Updated 09:43 IST
The young state of Chattisgarh is also an ancient land, referred to in ancient texts as "Dakshin Kosala". Chhattisgarh is one of the rapidly developing states of India. Chhattisgarh takes its name from 36 ("Chattis" means thirty-six in Hindi and "Garh" means Fort) princely states in this region from very old times. The state is noted for green forests, scenic hills and plateaus, rivers, waterfalls, ancient caves and temples and the last but not least for its rich tribal population. The state has a population of...
Published 25-Sep-2014 21:58 IST | Updated 07:52 IST
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For all those who lovee forests and enjoy discovering rare species of trees, pack your bags and make a beeline for Dadra & Nagar Haveli! Situated in the western part of India and spread over 491 square kilometers, the union territory with a population of 3,42,853 (2011 census), adjoins the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. Silvassa is the capital of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
Published 02-Aug-2014 17:12 IST | Updated 08:08 IST
The second smallest union territory by size, Daman & Diu are located on the western coast of India. Daman and Diu are spread over an area of 112 sq km. and lie between the state of Gujarat and the Arabian sea. While Daman is located on the Gujarat coast, near the city of Surat, Diu is a very small island located close to Junagadh of Gujarat. It is bounded on the north and south by Bhagwan and the Kalem rivers respectively, on the east by the Gujarat and on the west by the Arabian Sea. It has a population of over...
Published 02-Aug-2014 17:22 IST | Updated 09:14 IST
Delhi is the capital of the world’s largest democracy, India. Delhi is the seat of the union government of India. The National Capital Territory/Region of Delhi is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. Situated in Northern India,it is the largest city of the country. Located on the banks of the river Yamuna, Delhi shares its borders with the states of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. It covers an area of approximately 1483 square kilometer and divided into 11 districts. With a population of over 16 million...
Published 02-Aug-2014 17:38 IST | Updated 20:46 IST
Goa is internationally popular as the land of sun, fun and beaches. Famous for beaches, churches and a laid-back lifestyle, Goa is the smallest state of India with an area of 3,702 sq km. It has a population of one and a half million (around 15 lakh) (2011 Census) making it India's fourth smallest state in terms of population. Goa shares its borders with Maharashtra and Karnataka, while the Arabian sea caresses its shores to the west. Panaji is the capital of Goa and Vasco da Gama is its largest city.
Published 25-Sep-2014 22:03 IST | Updated 07:55 IST
Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has said that Goans are "annoyed" with the behaviour, attitude and way of life of Nigerians living in the coastal state. Speaking to IANS, Parsekar also said that he was getting complaints against Nigerians on many occasions from locals.
Published 31-May-2016 13:14 IST
Located on India's western coast, Gujarat is the birthplace of 'Bapu' or Mahatma Gandhi who achieved independence for India. The 'Iron Man of India' Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel also hailed from here. Today the mercantile state is a hub of economic growth and known for the host of business icons it has spawned over the generations.
Published 01-Aug-2014 15:22 IST | Updated 09:32 IST
Thanks to its association with the epic 'Mahabharat', Haryana is considered a cradle of Indian culture and civilization. Located in the northern part of India, the state is famous as the stage where the history of the country was forged through wars. The great war of the 'Mahabharata', is believed to have been fought in Kurukshetra of Haryana. The three battles of Panipat which decided the future of India in medieval times were are also won and lost here. Haryana is also linked to the Indus valley civilization.
Published 01-Aug-2014 15:27 IST | Updated 09:44 IST
Himachal or the Land of Snow lies in the lap of the Himalayas located in the Northern region of India. Himachal Pradesh is characterized by hills, valleys and snow capped mountain peaks. The state has a population of over 6.8 million (68 lakhs). With an area of 55,673 sq km, Himachal Pradesh is one of the smaller states in India. The state is bounded by Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana and Uttarakhand and an international border with the Tibet Autonomous Region.
Published 01-Aug-2014 15:41 IST | Updated 09:42 IST
Delhi: Twelve years after Mufti Abdul Qayyum Mansuri was sentenced to death in the Akshardham temple attacks in 2002, the Supreme Court on May 2014 acquitted him of all charges. Little wonder that he rates India a “far better country” for Muslims in the world.
Published 05-Jan-2016 19:11 IST
Set like a jewelled crown on the map of India, Jammu & Kashmir, the northern-most state of the country, is famous for its natural beauty and is aptly called the "Heaven on Earth". The state is famous for its snowcapped mountains, green meadows, enchanting lakes and lush green forests. RajTaringini the chronology of the Kashmir Kings written by Kalhana, eulogises the beauty of Kashmir as, "Kasmira Parvati Paroksh; Tat Swami ch Maheswara", which means Kashmir is as beautiful as Goddess Parvati and its owner is the...
Published 01-Aug-2014 15:49 IST | Updated 20:00 IST
The tribal dominated state Jharkhand is also popular as'the land of forests'. The state is famous for its rich mineral resources. Jharkhand is situated in the eastern part of India. The state has a population of over 30 million (3 crore) (2011 census). With an area of 79,714 sq.km spread over 24 districts, Jharkhand is the 15th largest state of India. Jharkhand is bordered by five states namely West Bengal,Chattisgarh,Odisha,Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Ranchi is the capital of the state.
Published 01-Aug-2014 15:51 IST | Updated 09:32 IST
The South Indian state of Karnataka is famous for silk, coffee and IT. With a population exceeding 60 million people, Karnataka is the 9th largest state in India by population. In terms of area, Karnataka is the eighth biggest state in India. Bengaluru popularly known as the silicon valley of India, is the capital of Karnataka. The state is bounded by the Arabian Sea on the west and shares its borders with the sates of Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
Published 01-Aug-2014 16:22 IST | Updated 09:30 IST
Kerala’s serene scenic beauty has aptly earned it the epithet “God’s Own Country”. Since ancient times, Kerala is also famous world over as a treasure trove of spices. Located on the south-western part of India, Kerala is a coastal state nestling against the Arabian Sea to the west and bordering Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. It covers an area of 38,863 sq km. With a population of over 30.3 million (3.3 crore), Kerala ranks as the 12th largest state by population in India. Thiruvananthapuram is the state capital.
Published 01-Aug-2014 16:26 IST | Updated 09:25 IST

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