Bangalore is the capital and largest city of the state of Karnataka in India. With about 5 million inhabitants, it is India's third largest city and fifth largest metropolitan area.
After India gained independence in 1947, Bangalore evolved into a manufacturing hub for heavy industries such as Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Indian Space Research Organization. Within the last decade, the establishment and success of high technology firms in Bangalore have lead to the growth of Information Technology (IT) in India.
IT firms in Bangalore employ about 30% of India's pool of 1 million IT professionals.
The city is also the Training Center for the Indian Air Force, the Madras Engineering Group (MEG) and Central Military Police, the latter two being arms of the Indian Army.
Bangalore is a 1 point "World City", and one of only three "World Cities" of India.
Bangalore Division comprises the districts of Bangalore (Urban and Rural), Chitradurga, Davangere, Kolar, Shimoga, and Tumkur. The administrative headquarters of the division is Bangalore.
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