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  3. India: An Overview
  • ECONOMIC GROWTH

    The fiscal 2008-09 has been a difficult year for the global economy and for India in its efforts to sustain the newfound growth momentum of its economy. In the first half of the year there was a sudden spurt in the international commodity prices, in particular in mineral and edible oils which contributed double digit inflation in India.

    Dec 11, 2010
  • DENTAL COUNCIL OF INDIA

    The Dental Council of India is a statutory body established under the Dentist Act, 1948 with the prime objective of regulating dental education, profession and its ethics in the country. Total 224 dental colleges are functioning in the country with an annual intake capacity of about 16,930 students in BDS course during the academic session 2006-07.

    Dec 11, 2010
  • Civil Aviation

    Year 2007-08 has seen unprecendented growth in the field of aviation sector. India ranked 9th during the year 2007-08 in world aviation market while in 2006 it ranked 12th.

    Dec 11, 2010
  • Banking

    Although some form of banking, mainly of the money-lending type, has been in existence in India since ancient times, it was only over a century ago that proper banking began. The earliest institutions which undertook banking business under the British regime were agency houses which carried on banking business, in addition to their trading activities. Most of these agency houses were closed down between 1929-32.

    Dec 11, 2010
  • Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy

    The department of Indian systems of medicine and Homeopathy (ISM&H) established in the ministry of Health and Family welfare in March 1995 was renamed as department of Ayurveda and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) in November 2003. The Indian system of medicine such as Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and drug therapies like Yoga and Naturopathy have been widely practiced in India for centuries.

    Dec 11, 2010
  • Agriculture

    Agriculture is the mainstay of the Indian economy. Agriculture sector contributes about 17.8 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP of India), while 58.2 percent of the population is dependent on agriculture for their livelihood.

    Dec 11, 2010
  • Table: Lok Sabha And Its Speakers From Time To Time

    Table: Lok Sabha And Its Speakers From Time To Time

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  • Local Goverment

    Municipal bodies have a long history in India. The first such Municipal Corporation was set up in the former Presidency Town of Madras in 1688 and was followed by similar corporations in Bombay and Calcutta in 1726.

    Dec 11, 2010
  • Fundamental Rights

    The Constitution offers all citizens, individually and collectively, some basic freedoms. These are guaranteed in the Constitution in the form of six broad categories of Fundamental Rights which are justiceable.

    Dec 11, 2010
  • Fundamental Duties

    By the 42nd Amendment of the Constitution, adopted in 1976, Fundamental Duties of the citizens have also been enumerated. Article 51 ‘A’ contained in Part IV A of the Constitution deals with Fundamental Duties.

    Dec 11, 2010
  • Election Commission

    Superintendence, direction and control of preparation of electoral rolls for, and the conduct of elections, to Parliament and state legislatures and elections to the offices of President and Vice-President of India are vested in the Election Commission of India. It is an independent constitutional authority set up in pursuance of Article 324(1) of the Constitution of India.

    Dec 11, 2010
  • Constitution

    The Constitution which envisages parliamentary form of government is federal in structure with unitary features. President of India is constitutional head of executive of the Union.

    Dec 11, 2010
  • Comptroller And Auditor General

    The comptroller and Auditor General is appointed by the president to keep watch on the accounts of the union and the states. He is responsible to see that the expenses voted by the parliament are the legislature of a state and laid down in appropriation acts are not exceeded or varied.

    Dec 11, 2010
  • Citizenship

    The Constitution of India provides for a single and uniform citizenship for whole of India. Every person who was at the commencement of the Constitution (26 January 1950) domiciled in the territory of India and:

    Dec 11, 2010
  • state emblem

    The state emblem is an adaptation from the Sarnath Lion Capital of Ashoka. In the original, there are four lions, standing back to back, mounted on an abacus with a frieze carrying sculptures in high relief of an elephant, a galloping horse, a bull and a lion separated by intervening wheels over a bell-shaped lotus.

    Dec 11, 2010