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  • India has the largest Postal Network in the world with over 155,015 Post Offices (as on 31.03.2009) of which 1, 39,144 (89.76%) are in the rural areas.
  • According to a 2012 report of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, India tops the lists of Banana producers worldwide with approximately 32 million metric tons of production.
  • The Himalayas (in Sanskrit 'hima' means snow and 'alaya' means abode) or Himalaya Mountains are often called "The Roof of the World". They extend to 2400 kms in length and encompass about 15000 glaciers, including, the 70 km long Siachen Glacier which is the second longest glacier in the world outside the polar region.
  • The Indian flag has three colors - saffron for courage and sacrifice, white for truth and purity, and green for peace and prosperity; the center of the white band has the Ashok Chakra representing the Laws of Dharma (righteousness).
  • Chess originated in India during the Gupta empire (early 6th century). It was known as chaturanga, the Sanskrit for four divisions of the army viz., infantry, cavalry, elephants and chariotry.
  • Darjeeling Himalyan Railway, Mumbai CST, Neelgiri Mountain Railway and Kalka Shimla Railway have been declared as 'World Heritage Site' by the UNESCO.
  • As per the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), India ranks as the largest producer of milk in the world.
  • The name India is derived from the river Indus. The name Indus itself is derived from the Sanskrit Sindhu (सिन्धु), which has Persian roots.
 

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