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West Bengal at a Glance: The Land of Bengal Tiger

19-JAN-2016 09:11

    West Bengal is a state in eastern India and is the nation's fourth-most populous state, with over 91 million inhabitants. Spread over 34,267 sq. miles (88,750 km2), it is bordered by the countries of Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan, and the Indian states of Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Sikkim, and Assam. The state capital is Kolkata. This state is most famous for Royal Bengal Tiger in Sundarvan.

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    Source: www.in4india.com

    Main Facts about West Bengal:

    Area

    88752 Km2

    Population

    3.33 Crores (2011 census)

    Principal official Language

    Bengali and English

    Established

    15 August 1947 (province) and statehood in 26 Jan. 1950

    Neighbouring States/UTs

    Odisha, Jharjhand, Bihar Sikkim

    Capital 

    kolkata

    Members of Parliament

    Lok Sabha 42 (Rajya Sabha Seats_ 16)

    Legislature

    Unicameral (Assembly seats 294)

    Airports

    Dum-Dum International, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Kalaikunda, Panagarh, Coochbehar 

    Ports

    Kolkata, Haldia

    Festivals

    Durga Puja is most favourite, Kali Puja, Diwali, Vasant Panchami, Lakshmi Puja, Holi, Shivratri, Janma-Shtmi, Id-Ul-Fitr

    Economy  Size

    US$ 138.27 billion,

    Service industries contributes 58% of state GDP while Agriculture just 18%.

    Industries

    Engineering, Automobile, Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Aluminium, Jute, Cotton Textile, Tea, Pepper, Leather, Footbear, Bicyle, Dairy, Poultry

    Literacy

    77.08%

    Density

    1,029/persons/km2 (2,700/sq mi)

    Districts

    20

    Sex Ratio (as per 2011 census)

    947/Thousand Male

    Principal  Dances

    Chhau(Purulia), Ravindra Nritya

    Principal Rivers

    Bhagirathi,Ganga,Mayurakshi,Damodar Teesta,Torsha,Jaldhaka,Mahananda,Subarnarekha and Rupnrayan

    Principal Minerals

    Coal, China Clay, Petroleum

    Main Crops

    Rice, Wheat, Maize, Barley, Gram, Peas, Jute, Tea, Pan Leaf, Oilseeds, Tobacco, Sugarcane

    Tourist  Spots

    Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (Toy Train),Jaldapara National Park,Shantiniketan,Bishnupur Terracotta Temples,Howrah Bridge,Sunderbans delta of India,Howrah station,Eden Gardens, Belur Math

    Religions

    Hinduism (70.53%)

    Islam (27.01%)

    Christianity (0.72%)

    Buddhism (0.30%)

    Sikhism (0.07%)

    Jainism (0.06%)

    Other Religions (1.03%)

    Atheist (0.001%)

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