Source: whiskey image via ShutterstockIndia exports over $415 million worth of hair a yearHindus donate their hair in temples as a spiritual offering, especially those who can’t afford to donate money or jewellery. About 40,000 pilgrims are believed to donate their hair every day. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIndia’s 25 richest people have a combined net worth of $174.8 billion, which is about as much as Ukraine’s GDPMukesh Ambani is India’s richest man and is worth $24.2 billion. Ukraine has a nominal GDP of $176.2 billion, according to the IMF. Source: Lewis WhyldAbout 25% of India’s land is turning into desert – that’s the equivalent of three United KingdomsOveruse and changing rainfall patterns have led to massive land degradation in India. Some 81 million hectares of land in the country face “desertification.” This has raised concerns about food security. Source: Press Association ImagesIndia has the world’s largest dairy cow populationThere were 44.9 million dairy cows in India in 2011 and about 260 dairy million cows in the world. Of the world’s dairy cows, 17.2% reside in India. Source: Aijaz RahiIndia saw 371 suicides a day in 2012In 2012, 135,445 people died by suicide in India, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). Suicide rates were the highest in Puducherry at 36.8 for every 100,000 people. Student suicides are a huge problem as well. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIndia was the fourth most dangerous country for journalists last yearIndia saw 13 reporters killed in 2013, according to the International News Safety Institute (INSI). Syria and Iraq, both countries dealing with armed conflict, had the highest number of deaths, followed by the Philippines. Activist Narendra Dabholkar who edited a weekly magazine in the country was gunned down in August last year. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe most expensive home in India cost $1 billion to build, about the same as Somalia’s GDPIndian billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s home, Antilla, cost $1 billion to construct, making it the most expensive home in the world. Somalia has a GDP of $1.3 billion. Source: Arun K. Mishra/Dinodia- Mamita Badkar.Read: New visa to let Chinese and Indian tourists travel freely between Ireland and UK>Read: Ten wounded in sword fight at Indian temple> INDIA IS ONE of the world’s largest economies, and it has the second largest population.This means things in India tend to be fairly large-scaled — consider its network of roads, consumer spending, or its youth population. But it also experiences some problems on a large scale like suicides and road accidents.We pulled together some staggering statistics from the sub-continent that you probably didn’t already know. If you did, well done smarty-pants.India’s road network is long enough to loop around the Earth over 117 timesIndia’s road network totals 4.7 million kilometres and is the second largest in the world. Earth has a circumference of 40,075 kilometres. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesNew Dehli’s air is the most polluted in the worldThe World Health Organization found that New Delhi’s PM 2.5 — particulate matter that is 2.5 micrometers or less and that is dangerous for lungs — mean was 152 micrograms per cubic metre. This was nearly three times that of Beijing which has an annual mean of 59. Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesThe wettest place in the world is in India, and it averages about 40 feet of rain a yearWhile Cherrapunji, India, likes to advertise itself as the wettest place in the world, it is argued that a neighbouring town, Mawsynram, could in fact top it. On average, Mawsynram gets about 467.35 inches of rain per year, while Cherrapunji gets up 463.66 inches. Hawaii’s Mount Waialeale receives about 450 inches of rain each year. Source: Mahesh Kumar A.One person died on the roads in India every three minutes in 2012India saw 138,258 people die in road collisions in 2012. But in terms of the number of deaths per 100,000, India’s road death rate equalled 18.9 for every 100,00 people, only slightly higher than the global average of 18. Source: Rajesh Kumar SinghIndia will become the world’s youngest country by 2020By 2020, the median age in India will be 29. The population in the 15-34 age group is expected to rise from 430 million in 2011 to 464 million in 2021. Source: Rajesh Kumar SinghIndia consumes about half the world’s whiskeyIndia consumed about 1.2 billion litres of whiskey in 2012. While India is the world’s largest whiskey market by volume, on a per capita basis, France takes the top spot.
“It’d be great for the landowners to have that kind of support from down south, and it should be meaningful to the government,” he said.“One group after another has come out asking the government to do the right thing here. So far they’ve been ignoring it. I don’t know how much more they can stand.”Metro Vancouver is a political umbrella group representing 23 different local governments in the Lower Mainland, representing about 2.4 million people.Several municipalities in the province have already supported the call for a moratorium on the project, including Richmond and Cumberland.Advertisement Critics of the Site C dam are in Vancouver this afternoon to convince local governments there to join their call in delaying the project.Representatives of the Peace Valley Landowner Association (PVLA), along with Hudson’s Hope Mayor Gwen Johansson, are set to appear before the Metro Vancouver Intergovernment and Finance Committee at 1 p.m. to convince the committee to call on Premier Christy Clark to put a moratorium on the dam’s construction, and send it to a review by the British Columbia Utilities Commission.The group has brought with them US energy economist Robert McCullough to present his findings on the $8.8-billion project.- Advertisement -The PVLA commissioned McCullough to review the project, with his findings reporting that the dam is three times as costly as alternative options for generating new power in the province.According to McCullough’s report, the province would see $200 million in savings by deferring the construction by two years and referring the project to BCUC review.Ken Boon, president of the landowner’s association, said the securing the support of Vancouver municipalities will be a boost to the group’s cause.Advertisement The province exempted Site C from BCUC review under 2010 Clean Energy Act.In 2014, a a federal and provincial joint-review panel called on the government to send the project to BCUC for review.The province brushed off that call, and has repeatedly said construction will begin this summer.
A Jamaica Emerging Manufacturers’ and Services (JEMS) Village is among the new features at the 2018 Expo Jamaica trade fair, slated for the National Arena and National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston from April 19 to 22.The Village, aimed at enhancing patrons’ experience, will showcase micro and small business industries, including castor oil, nutraceuticals, beauty and spa care, aromatherapy, and bamboo products.Speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank at the Agency’s head office in Kingston, Jamaica Manufacturers Association (JMA) Executive Director, Imega Breese McNab, said while 42 booth spaces were reserved for the JEMS Village, “to date we have sold more than (these); so (this is) clear testament that there are businesses which are looking for (exposure through) this (type of) platform.”“From the previous expo, we realized that there were small and medium businesses that did not have the funds to purchase the larger booths. So we thought it would be helpful to (provide) an area within the exhibition that allowed the smaller businesses to showcase their products/services. This would also facilitate interactions between the exhibitors of micro and small businesses and the buyers on a stage that they would never (otherwise) have had (in order to have an) opportunity to engage (with each other),’ she noted.Mrs. McNab explained that there are specific selection criteria for businesses interested in and desirous of benefiting from the JEMS Village initiative.“We are looking to support companies that are earning less than $20 million annually, those that are tax compliant and registered with the Companies Office of Jamaica and are employing less than 10 persons. All of this information is required before selection… is considered,” she said.Mrs. McNab also indicated that a park and ride service for the patrons is another new feature.“We are encouraging patrons… to drive to Kings House, park their vehicles there and hop onto one of the shuttle buses that will be heading to the expo venues. It is free parking and transportation,” she informed.The Executive Director said this is to ensure ease of travel and prevent congestion for the 20,000 persons expected to attend the event.She also advised that patrons will be admitted to the expo through a new entrance at the National Indoors Sports Centre that connects them the National Arena, thereby affording them access to exhibitors in both buildings.Another new addition is the ‘Fun Zone’ which includes a petting zoo featuring animals from the Hope Zoo.“There will also be popcorn, Snow Cones and cotton candy (being served), and a bounce-a-bout and rock climber,” Mrs. McNab further said.Additionally, the Food Court will be expanded across the entire front area of the arena.“Caribbean Broilers (CB) are back on board as the official food court partners. CB has indicated its intention to build out a more elaborate and bigger food court to better cater to the needs of the over 20,000 patrons who pass through the show annually,” she said.Meanwhile, Mrs. McNab advised that new partner, Wisynco, has sealed its commitment to the show and will be assisting in making the event eco-friendly by using various platforms to educate patrons on the need for recycling and keeping the environment clean through its various initiatives.There will also be a farmers market, coordinated by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority, for persons who may be seeking produce.The Jamaica Manufacturers Association and Jamaica Exporters Association are collaborating with Jamaica Promotions Corporation for the biennial trade show’s 46th staging this year under the theme: ‘Advancing Breakthroughs’.General admission is $800 for adults, $200 for children under 12; and free for youngsters two years and under.Patrons can purchase tickets online at www.expojamaica.com. Speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank at the Agency’s head office in Kingston, Jamaica Manufacturers Association (JMA) Executive Director, Imega Breese McNab, said while 42 booth spaces were reserved for the JEMS Village, “to date we have sold more than (these); so (this is) clear testament that there are businesses which are looking for (exposure through) this (type of) platform.” Story Highlights Mrs. McNab explained that there are specific selection criteria for businesses interested in and desirous of benefiting from the JEMS Village initiative. A Jamaica Emerging Manufacturers’ and Services (JEMS) Village is among the new features at the 2018 Expo Jamaica trade fair, slated for the National Arena and National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston from April 19 to 22.