India's First

Gowtham Mandarada By Gowtham Mandarada, 15th Apr 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2__pij1c/
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Some known things about India. India is a land of spice and variety in all senses – from the colourful attire to language, geography and culture and traditions. And yet, it is unique, knitted through a common thread to form an enriched entity that is very much Indian in its essence. Presenting some interesting facts on India’s ‘firsts’ that will give you a flavour of the land…

India's First

India is a land of spice and variety in all senses – from the colourful attire to language, geography and culture and traditions. And yet, it is unique, knitted through a common thread to form an enriched entity that is very much Indian in its essence. Presenting some interesting facts on India’s ‘firsts’ that will give you a flavour of the land…

The earliest school of medicine in the world was Ayurveda.
The world’s first university is Takshashila (700 BC).
The first printing press was set up in Goa in 1556 by the Portuguese.
The first rupee in India was minted during the reign of Sher Shah Suri in 1542.
The first English newspaper in India was the Bengal Gazette printed in 1790 by James Augustus in Calcutta.
The oldest para-military force of India is the Assam Rifles (1835).
India’s first oil well is at Digboi (1890).
The first postage stamp was issued in India in 1852 at Karachi (which was a part of India before partition).
The first railway line was opened on April 16, 1853 between Bombay and Thane.
The first telegraph line was laid between Calcutta and Agra in 1854. This line was 1280 km long and extended up to Lahore in 1857.
The first telephone system was started in 1881 from Calcutta.
The first veterinary college was opened in Parel in Bombay in 1885. It is still in existence and is the oldest veterinary college in Asia.
The first cinema house in India was built by J F Madan in 1907 in Calcutta.
The country’s first general elections were held in 1952.
The first hydroelectric project in India was started in Shivanasamudram, across the River Kaveri in 1902.
Bangalore along with Mysore, was the first city to get electricity in India.
The first Indian state to set up a women’s court was Andhra Pradesh.
The first marine national park was started in Jamnagar, Gujarat.
The first talkie film was Alam Ara (1931).
The first television reception center was based in Arvi, Maharashtra.
The highest airfield in the world is in Thoise, Ladakh.
India’s first Antarctica expedition was on January 11, 1982.
India’s first satellite Aryabhatta was launched on April 19, 1975.
India’s first indigenously built submarine was INS ‘Shakti’ (commissioned on February 7, 1992).

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th Apr 2013 (#)

Very interesting information indeed, thank you Gowtham - siva

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