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Madagascar: Country with Rich Floral and Faunal Diversity

The Malagasy are of mixed Malayo-Indonesian and African-Arab ancestry who first inhabited Madagascar. During 1787–1810 Madagascar was ruled by the King Andrianampoinimerina and later on his son Radama I ruled Madagascar from 1810 to 1828. Radama I played vital role in unifying various small provinces to form to the greater kingdom of Madagascar. In 1885 French occupied Madagascar and made its protectorate by abolishing the monarchy and Queen Rànavàlona III was forced into exile to Algiers. Till 1958 Madagascar was a republic under French rule and finally became an independent country in 1960.

Madagascar Profile: Overview of Facts and Figures

    · National Name: Republic of Madagascar
    · Capital: Antananarivo
    · Total area: 587,041 sq km (226,658 sq miles)
    · Population: 20.2 million (via UN, 2008)
    · Currency: Ariary
    · Languages: English (official), French (official), Malagasy (official)
    · Ethnicity/ Races: Malayo-Indonesian (Merina and related Betsileo), Cotiers (mixed African, Malayo-Indonesian, and Arab ancestry - Betsimisaraka, Tsimihety, Antaisaka, Sakalava), French, Indian, Creole, Comoran
    · Religion: indigenous beliefs 52%, Christian 41%, Muslim 7%
    · GDP (Per Capita): $1,100 (2008 est.)
    · Life Expectancy: Male: 60.58 years, Female: 64.51 years (2008 est.)
    · Literacy Rate: Male: 75.5%, Female: 62.5% (2003 est.)

Geographical Information on Madagascar:
Madagascar is an island nation in the Indian Ocean located on the southeastern coast of Africa opposite Mozambique. Madagascar enjoys two types of season a hot, rainy season from November to April, and a cooler, dry season from May to October. Southeastern trade winds are common in Madagascar and the island occasionally experiences cyclones

Culture, Cuisine and Economy of Madagascar:
The culture of Madagascar is vibrant due to influence of the colonial powers and people who migrated here from the different parts of the world. According to anthropological studies, it is assumed that the first humans arrived in Madagascar about 2000 years ago and they were mostly from regions like India, Arabia and the continent of Africa. Madagascar people have great reverence for their ancestors. Also magic is widely practiced to treat and cure sickness and ailments and bring victory in war.

The cuisine in Madagascar is simple to prepare and tasty. The food of Madagascar is prepared simply without using much of spices but the lack of spices does not make the food insipid. Rice is the staple Madagascar food whereas Zebu is the local cooked beef popular through out the Madagascar. Zebu is also made from chicken, crab, pork, fish, corn, peanuts and potatoes. Fresh fruits and vegetables are also used in abundance.

The economy of Madagascar is based upon agriculture, fishing and forestry. The export of coffee and vanilla contributes much to the Madagascar economy apart from the exports of sugarcane, cloves, cocoa, rice and cassava.

Tourist Attractions of Madagascar:
Madagascar is famous for its miles stretched golden beaches and biodiversity. The wildlife and forests remain the center of attraction for the tourists. Madagascar nurtures some of the rare varieties of birds and animal species that can’t be seen anywhere in the world. Apart from this Madagascar is also famous for its sparsely crowded beaches, beautiful scenery and tropical islands.

Antananarivo: Antananarivo is the capital city of Madagascar and situated in a slanting valley near the Island center. This city is famous for its colorful flower market, botanical and zoological gardens that feature rare and exotic plant and animal species.

Canal Des: the French colonists constructed Canal Des Pangalanes, which connects number of lakes and rivers along the eastern shore of Madagascar. The Canal site also features lush vegetation that includes vanilla plants, coconut and cinnamon trees.

Major Sight-seeing Places in Madagascar include:

    · Masoala Peninsula
    · Tulear
    · Toamasina
    · Nosy Be
    · Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

Action, comedy, drama - a summer bonanza for movie-goers

April 29, 2012 at 11:14 AM

New Delhi, April 29 (IANS) Movie aficianados are in for a summer delight! From Hollywood treats like "The Avengers" and "Madagascar 3" to Bollywood potboilers like "Jannat 2" and "Rowdy Rathore", a heady mix of romance, drama, action and comedy await movie-goers this holiday season.

'Madagascar 3' on Indian screens June 8

April 17, 2012 at 5:01 PM

New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) The third instalment of animation film "Madagascar" is set to release in India June 8.

Major quake rattles Sumatra, tsunami alert in India

April 11, 2012 at 3:39 PM

New Delhi/Hong Kong, April 11 (IANS) Many states along India's east coast felt tremors as a high intensity earthquake rocked Sumatra Wednesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. A tsunami warning has been issued in India and 27 other countries

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Tsunami alert following Indonesia quake

April 11, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Hong Kong, April 11 (IANS) A tsunami alert has been sounded in 28 places across the world, including India, after a massive earthquake rocked Indonesia Wednesday.

Ice cream prices could soar worldwide

April 3, 2012 at 8:00 PM

London, April 3 (IANS) Vanilla, one of the world's favourite flavours - and also one of the most expensive - is grown mainly in Madagascar, Mexico and India. But a worldwide shortage of vanilla pods could send ice cream prices soaring, experts have warned.

30 Indonesian women 'accidentally' colonised Madagascar 1200 yrs ago

March 21, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Washington, Mar 21 (ANI): The land of strange animals and an incredible biodiversity hotspot, Madagascar was also one of the last places to be inhabited by humans.

30 Indonesian women 'accidentally' colonised Madagascar 1200 yrs ago

March 21, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Washington, Mar 21 (ANI): The land of strange animals and an incredible biodiversity hotspot, Madagascar was also one of the last places to be inhabited by humans.

India acquiring weather re-connaissance aircraft for better cyclone forecasting: NDMA

February 28, 2012 at 7:11 PM

New Delhi, Feb 28 (ANI): National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Vice Chairman Shashidhar Reddy on Tuesday informed that India is acquiring weather re-connaissance aircraft to ensure better cyclone forecasting.

Super-tiny chameleons could be world's smallest known reptiles

February 16, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Washington, Feb 16 (ANI): Four newly discovered species of miniaturized chameleons in Madagascar have been categorized among the smallest among the known reptiles in the world.

Southern Indian Ocean humpback whales sing different songs

February 2, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Washington, Feb 2 (ANI): Scientists have found that humpback whales on both sides of the southern Indian Ocean sing different tunes.

Southern Indian Ocean humpback whales sing different songs

February 2, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Washington, Feb 2 (ANI): Scientists have found that humpback whales on both sides of the southern Indian Ocean sing different tunes.

Gift your Valentine 'Cocoa-Roach' for everlasting love

January 29, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Washington, Jan 29 (ANI): Bronx Zoo in New York has offered lovers the opportunity of naming a roach after their loved one and a 100 percent solid dark chocolate "Cocoa-Roach", to make sure that the 'special someone' knows their lover's feelings are forever.

Gift your Valentine 'Cocoa-Roach' for everlasting love

January 29, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Washington, Jan 29 (ANI): Bronx Zoo in New York has offered lovers the opportunity of naming a roach after their loved one and a 100 percent solid dark chocolate "Cocoa-Roach", to make sure that the 'special someone' knows their lover's feelings are forever.

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