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  • The world’s highest cricket ground is in Chail, Himachal Pradesh. Built in 1893 after leveling a hilltop, this cricket pitch is 2444 meters above sea level.
  • India has the largest number of post-offices in the world.
  • The Indian Railways is the largest employer in the world; it employs over a million people.
  • Until 1896, India was the only source of diamonds in the world.
  • The Bailey bridge is the highest bridge in the world; it is located in Ladakh valley between the Dras and Suru rivers in the Himalayan Mountains. It was built by Indian Army in August 1982.
  • The name of India is derived from river ‘Indus’, the valleys around which early settlers lived.
  • The ‘Place Value System’ and the ‘Decimal System’ were developed in India in 100 BC.
  • The people of India have had a continuous civilization since 2500 BC, when the inhabitants of the Indus river valley developed an urban culture based on commerce and sustained by agricultural trade.
  • The foundation of modern Indian Navy was laid in 17th Century when the East-India company had established a maritime force, thereby graduating in time to the establishment of the Royal Indian Navy in 1934.
  • The national flag of India was designed by Pingali Venkayyaand, an Indian freedom fighter. The flag was adopted in its present form during the meeting of constituent held on 22 July, 1947 a few days before India’s Independence.
  • Among all the animals chimpanzees are genetically closest relative of humans.
  • A single strand of hair can withstand the strain of 100 grams. And if the scalp was strong enough, an average head of hair could hold 10-15 tonnes.
  • At birth, a baby Kangaroo is about the same length as a paper clip.
  • Nearly a third of people between the age of 25 and 34 in the United Kingdom have a tattoo.
  • Some honeybee queens quack.
  • The skin of a hippopotamus secretes its own moistener and sunblock.
  • Astronauts aboard the International Space Station usually see the sun “use” once every 90 minutes – that’s about 16 sunrises every 24 hours.
  • A study says, a cow with a name produces more milk than one without.