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Some of the primary environmental issues facing India are air pollution, poor waste management, water scarcity, deforestation, and loss of biodiversity.1 India constitutes 2.4% of the worldâ's land while supporting 16% of the worldâ's population, and such overpopulation has contributed to a severe loss of natural resources.2 Agriculture, industry, and energy sectors are all in competition for the scarce supply of water in India.3 Common natural disasters that plague India are floods, droughts, cyclones, earthquakes, and landslides.4 Earthquakes are particularly devastating to the country because of the densely populated urban settlements.5 58.6% of Indiaâ's landmass is prone to earthquakes and 68% of the cultivable land is prone to droughts, further contributing to Indiaâ's rank as the 5th most vulnerable country in the world to natural ...See More disasters.6 Show Less

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1 http://www.fsdinternational.org/country/india/envissues
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3 http://www.redcross.org/what-we-do/international-services/where-we-help/asia/india
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NEWS.com.au 
Matthew Wade rallied with his first Test half-century since Australia's 2013 tour of India but the top-ranked Test side turned the screws superbly. Momentum shifted dramatically when Yadav snared the scalp of Warner for 56, breaking the first century ... See more..
The Seattle Times 
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's markets regulator has barred Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries and 12 others from trading in equity derivatives for a year for allegedly fraudulent trades made 10 years ago. The multibillion-dollar Reliance Industries ... See more..
BBC News 
Police have launched an investigation after an Indian MP admitted beating an airline employee with a slipper. Ravindra Gaikwad said he "hit him 25 times with my sandal" for "arrogance" after failing to get a business class seat on an Air India flight ... See more..
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Hindustan Times 
However, the Mumbai batsman hit a rare slump as India missed one of its most reliable player's contribution in the longest format. A shoulder injury to Virat Kohli, ahead of the Dharmasala Test against Australia, saw him becoming India's 33rd Test ... See more..
Washington Post 
Nilanjana Bhowmick is a journalist and writer in India. On Monday, Amnesty International released an unusual statement asking the new chief minister of India's largest state to publicly retract his anti-Muslim statements. The last such statement by the ... See more..
SkySports 
Australia are expected to be unchanged for the winner-takes-all fourth and final Test against India, in Dharamsala. The tourists need only avoid defeat to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy but would slip down to number three in the ICC world rankings ... See more..
SkySports 
Ravichandran Ashwin to Nathan Lyon. Off break half volley, middle stump on the front foot driving, to mid on for no runs, fielded by Kumar. 86.5. Ravichandran Ashwin to Matthew Wade. Off break length ball, off stump on the front foot pushing, to long ... See more..
New York Times 
A water buffalo plant in Uttar Pradesh. The Indian state's new government is shutting down parts of the buffalo meat industry. Credit Andrea Bruce for The New York Times. MUMBAI — When the newly elected government of India's most populous state began ... See more..
India Today 
Sushma Swaraj has said that the US has given a list of 271 people claiming they were illegal migrants from India, but the government has not accepted it and would allow their deportation only after proper verification. Speaking during the Question Hour ... See more..
RTE.ie 
The body of an Irishwoman killed at a tourist resort in India has been flown home. Danielle McLaughlin will undergo a further post-mortem examination in Dublin after a post mortem in India showed she had suffered cerebral damage and constriction to the ... See more..
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Geography

Southern Asia, bordering the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, between Burma and Pakistan
Area

Total 3,287,263 sq km
Land 2,973,193 sq km
Water 314,070 sq km

Climate

varies from tropical monsoon in south to temperate in north ;
Natural Resources

coal (fourth-largest reserves in the world), iron ore, manganese, mica, bauxite, rare earth elements, titanium ore, chromite, natural gas, diamonds, petroleum, limestone, arable land ;
Natural Hazards

droughts; flash floods, as well as widespread and destructive flooding from monsoonal rains; severe thunderstorms; earthquakes

volcanism: Barren Island (elev. 354 m) in the Andaman Sea has been active in recent years Barren Island (elev. 354 m) in the Andaman Sea has been active in recent years ;
Current Environmental Issues

deforestation; soil erosion; overgrazing; desertification; air pollution from industrial effluents and vehicle emissions; water pollution from raw sewage and runoff of agricultural pesticides; tap water is not potable throughout the country; huge and growing population is overstraining natural resources ;

Demographics

Nationality
Indian
Population
1,220,800,359 (July 2013 est.)
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India is developing into an open-market economy, yet traces of its past autarkic policies remain. Economic liberalization measures, including industrial deregulation, privatization of state-owned enterprises, and reduced controls on foreign trade and investment, began in the early 1990s and have served to accelerate the country's growth, which averaged under 7% per year since 1997. India's diverse economy encompasses traditional village farming, modern agriculture, handicrafts, a wide range of modern industries, and a multitude of services. Slightly more than half of the work force is in agriculture, but services are the major source of economic growth, accounting for nearly two-thirds of ...See More India's output, with less than one-third of its labor force. India has capitalized on its large educated English-speaking population to become a major exporter of information technology services, business outsourcing services, and software workers. In 2010, the Indian economy rebounded robustly from the global financial crisis - in large part because of strong domestic demand - and growth exceeded 8% year-on-year in real terms. However, India's economic growth began slowing in 2011 because of a slowdown in government spending and a decline in investment, caused by investor pessimism about the government's commitment to further economic reforms and about the global situation. High international crude prices have exacerbated the government's fuel subsidy expenditures, contributing to a higher fiscal deficit and a worsening current account deficit. In late 2012, the Indian Government announced additional reforms and deficit reduction measures to reverse India's slowdown, including allowing higher levels of foreign participation in direct investment in the economy. The outlook for India's medium-term growth is positive due to a young population and corresponding low dependency ratio, healthy savings and investment rates, and increasing integration into the global economy. India has many long-term challenges that it has yet to fully address, including poverty, corruption, violence and discrimination against women and girls, an inefficient power generation and distribution system, ineffective enforcement of intellectual property rights, decades-long civil litigation dockets, inadequate transport and agricultural infrastructure, limited non-agricultural employment opportunities, inadequate availability of quality basic and higher education, and accommodating rural-to-urban migration. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$4.761 trillion (2012 est.); $4.579 trillion (2011 est.); $4.25 trillion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

27.9% of GDP (2012 est.); 30.1% of GDP (2011 est.); 31.9% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

rice, wheat, oilseed, cotton, jute, tea, sugarcane, lentils, onions, potatoes; dairy products, sheep, goats, poultry; fish
Industries

textiles, chemicals, food processing, steel, transportation equipment, cement, mining, petroleum, machinery, software, pharmaceuticals