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Using 1000 as a base number to express birth and death rates

Note: This was originally written as an answer to a Quora question: While expressing birth and death rates as “per 1000 people”, why do we choose 1000 instead of any other number? Often, the purpose of statistics is not just to show quantitative data, but also to present easily interpretable information or estimate. Saying “one in […]

Why is it called “West Bengal” when there is no “East Bengal”?

Note: This was originally written as an answer to a Quora question: Why is it still called “West Bengal” when there is no East Bengal any more? Calling West Bengal as “Bengal” would indicate that Bangladesh isn’t part of Bengal—this would be wrong. This is Bengal. “Bengal” is the name of a region. A region […]

Some spelling lessons in Hindi: हिन्दी or हिंदी?

My answer to: Why is the name of the Hindi language sometimes written as हिन्दी and sometimes as हिंदी? (To vote and comment on Quora, visit the link here.) Sanskrit and traditional Hindi: 25 of the Sanskrit/Hindi consonants are divided into five groups of five consonants each, depending on the location where the sound comes […]

How is the standard meridian of a country calculated?

My answer to: How is standard meridian of India (or any nation) calculated? (To vote and comment on Quora, visit the link here.) The international convention says that longitudinal difference between two standard meridians should be a multiple of 7.5 degrees, so that time difference is always in half hours or full hours (7.5 deg […]