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Welcome to the September 2017 edition of INDIA LIVE, your source for what's happening with India, presented by the Embassy of India, Washington D.C.

India's innovation growth rate is expected to rise significantly over the next 15 years, placing it ahead of fellow "BRICS" nations Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa, according to a new study from China's Science Technology Exchange Center.

Journey into the origins and evolution of Hindustani classical music.
India's Hyperloop Route to Turn One-Hour Trip Into Six Minutes 
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies and the Andhra Pradesh state government plan to develop a Hyperloop transportation route between Amaravati and Vijaywada - reducing a one-hour trip to just six minutes.

N. Sitharaman Is First Female, Full-Time Defense Minister     

Nirmala Sitharaman, India's new Defense Minister, is the first woman to occupy the position full-time. The only other woman to hold the office was Indira Gandhi, who also served simultaneously as prime minister. 

Embassy Celebrates India's 71st Independence Day

The Embassy of India in Washington, DC, celebrated the country's Independence Day on August 15. Ambassador Navtej Sarna unfurled the national flag and read President's address to the nation. Young artists and musicians sang the Indian national anthem and other patriotic songs on the occasion.

Varanasi: The World's Oldest City Is Getting a Makeover
Varanasi, Hinduism's holiest site on the Ganges River in northern India, is one of 100 places selected to transform their aging infrastructure and become "Smart Cities."
India's cities are filled with treasure houses and architectural marvels, while its villages are known for country walks during the magical "cow-dust hour" before sunset and Jeep rides into tribal areas to visit talented artisans. When visiting India, there are essential spots to see - many think of the Taj Mahal or a river cruise down the Ganges. But other iconic experiences range from getting up close and personal with tigers at Bandhavgarh National Park to visiting Hindu temple towns like Madurai, pictured above, and Trichy and Thanjavur.