On its 250th birthday, the Survey of India will send 30 mountaineers, armed with the most modern equipment, to measure the height of Mount Everest.Pallava Bagla reports. India's oldest scientific organisation, the Survey of India, was set up in 1767, 10 years before the world's oldest democracy, the United States, was even born! Americans were still fighting a bloody civil war when India's official map maker started gathering geographical wisdom of the sub-continent. Working silently, hidden ... Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
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