Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTA) during the period January-May 2011 was recorded at 25.23 lac with a growth of 11.5%, as compared to the FTAs of 22.63 lac for the same period last year. Arrivals in May 2011 grew by 7 per cent as India received 3.69 lac foreign tourists during the month as compared to a 3.45 lac during the same period last year.
During the period January - May 2011, a total number of 5004 Visa-on-Arrival, (VoAs) were issued. The largest group of tourists who availed the Visa-on-Arrival scheme to visit India in May this year was from the Philippines.
38-foot-long dosa finds its way to Guinness book

Dosa masters preparing a lengthy dosa to get into the Guinness Book of World Records during the golden jubilee celebrations in Vijayawada .Hoteliers here created a new Guinness record, dishing out a 38.2-foot-long dosa, the longest ever made. The feat was performed in the presence of Guinness Book of World Records Adjudicator Elizabeth Smith on the sprawling ground of the Siddhartha College of Arts and Science College as part of the golden jubilee celebrations of the Vijayawada Hotel Owners' Association. The hoteliers outdid the previous record for the longest dosa, that was 32.5 feet long and was made by Sankalp Restaurant in Ahmedabad in August, 2009.

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The world's smallest horse Einstein which is just 20 inches tall turns one year old


Fifteen States and Union Territories have grown by less than 1.5% per annum during 2001 2011, while the number of such States and Union Territories were only four during the previous decade.

The top five populous States in India are: Uttar Pradesh (199.6 million), Maharashtra (112.4 million), Bihar (103.8 million), West Bengal (91.3 million) and Andhra Pradesh (84.7 million).

Decadal Growth Rate of population during 2001 -11 of the six most populous States, (i.e., Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh), have all declined during 2001-11 compared to the previous decade (1991-2001).

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