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Welcome to the January 2016 edition of INDIA LIVE, your source for what's happening with India, presented by the Embassy of India, Washington D.C.

India's  mobile   phone subscriber base has hit 1 billion users, according to data released by the  country's telecom regulator . But experts see the milestone as the beginning of some dramatic action rather than as a climax.  "A big chunk of these mobile subscribers will become smartphone users in the next couple of years, that is the thrilling next wave," said Amresh Nandan, research director at  Gartner, a US-based IT firm.

Spices have been an essential part of human civilization for centuries. See how India played a pivotal role in their history.

ISRO has made every Indian smile with pride in 2015. Some of its achievements in 2015 were the launching of the fourth satellite of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), testing of the new high power cryogenic engine that will power the GSLV Mk-III, launching a space observatory, launching of India's heavy communication satellite GSAT-15 and much more.

India Still Top Choice for Global Tech R&D, Study Shows
Prime Minister Modi, India's Most Talked About Person on Twitter
With more than 3.4 million tweets, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the most talked about person on Twitter in India, according to data compiled by social media analytics firm Blueocean Market Intelligence. The Prime Minister led with 3,416,000 tweets. Prime Minister Modi also generated positive chatter with his engagement with world leaders and CEOs for "Make in India" and "ease of doing business" pitches. 

Remembering Rajan Devadas, Renowned Indian Photojournalist

Anoushka Shankar, Asif Kapadia Nominated for Grammy Awards


On December 15, the Embassy of India in Washington, DC, hosted guests at the Embassy Residence for its annual Hanukkah Reception, which included Indian Jewish traditions.

The Indian art market may be set for a boom, with top-end offerings seeing some record-breaking sales.  At a Christie's auction in Mumbai, a canvas by artist Vasudeo S. Gaitonde sold for $4.4 million, a record high for an Indian painting at an auction. 

Indian Book Market to Grow to $11 Billion by 2020

At 65,  Steve McCurry   is one of the world's best-traveled photojournalists, but in 1978 he was still relatively new to globe-trotting. It was his first time in Asia, and, when he arrived in India, he was stunned.  "I was so taken with the excitement, the array of different religions, the disparity between rich and poor, people living in a very ancient way and other people living in quite a modern way," he said.  In the course of his storied career, McCurry has returned to India many times to document political and social milestones as well as scenes from everyday life, such as his image featured above. Highlights from three decades of McCurry's travels are featured in the exhibit, "Steve McCurry: India," at New York's Rubin Museum of Art.