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Increase in average annual exposure to PM2.5 air pollution in India from 1990 to 2013. The increase was 28.8% in East Asia and Pacific, 30.5% in Latin America, and 10% in Middle East and Africa. There was a decrease of 28% in PM2.5 in Europe and Central Asia during this period. (Source: World Bank)


Number of F student visas issued by the U.S. to Indian citizens in financial year 2015. F is a non-immigrant visa. F visa holders are allowed to enter the United States to attend university, high school, private elementary school, seminary, conservatory, or other academic institutions (including language training programs). (Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs, United States Department of State)

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Number of post offices in India as of 31st March 2015. This makes India’s Department of Posts the largest postal network in the world. 89.86% of India’s post offices are in rural areas. (Source: Department of Posts)


Number of nuclear power reactors installed in India by the Department of Atomic Energy as of 24th February 2016. These reactors have a combined power generation capacity of 5,780 MW. (Source: Department of Atomic Energy)



Number of insurance companies in India as of 5th February 2016. Of these, 24 are life insurance companies, 29 are non-life insurance companies, and 1 is a reinsurance company. (Source: Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India)


Number of PAN (Permanent Account Number) Cards allotted during financial year 2013-14. Of these, 98.07% were allotted to individuals whereas the rest were allotted mainly to firms and companies. (Source: Income Tax Department)


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Highest ever temperature recorded in India. This was on 19 May 2016 in the town of Phalodi, Rajasthan. On the same day, 25% of meteorological subdivisions tracked by the India Meteorological Department recorded maximum temperatures that were either markedly above normal (+5.1 degrees Celsius or more) or appreciably above normal (+3.1 to +5.0 degrees Celsius). (Source: Ministry of Earth Sciences)