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Madagascar: Island country in the Indian Ocean
Madagascar, officially the Republic of Madagascar, and previously known as the Malagasy Republic, is an island country in the Indian Ocean, approximately 400 kilometres off the coast of East Africa. At 592,800 square kilometres (228,900 sq mi) Madagascar is the world's second-largest island country. The nation comprises the island of Madagascar and numerous smaller peripheral islands. Following the prehistoric breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana, Madagascar split from the Indian subcontinent around 88 million years ago, allowing native plants and animals to evolve in relative isolation. Consequently, Madagascar is a biodiversity hotspot; over 90% of its wildlife is found nowhere else on Earth. The island's diverse ecosystems and unique wildlife are threatened by the encroachment of the rapidly growing human population and other environmental threats.


Madagascar PM inaugurates solar plant at Indian embassy on Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary [Video]

Madagascar PM inaugurates solar plant at Indian embassy on Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary

Prime Minister of Madagascar, Christian Ntsay inaugurated the solar power plant at the Embassy of India, Antananarivo on the occasion of the 151th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on Oct 02. Many..

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Indian diplomat recites poems on Hindi Diwas [Video]

Indian diplomat recites poems on Hindi Diwas

Indian Ambassador to Madagascar and Comoros Abhay Kumar recited Hindi poems on the occasion of Hindi Diwas or Hindi Day. Abhay, who is also a poet, recounted the third part of the famous Hindi poem..

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