Lisa Nicole Brennan-Jobs (born Lisa Nicole Brennan; May 17, 1978) is an American writer. She is the daughter of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and Chrisann Brennan. For several years, Jobs denied paternity, which led to a legal case and various media reports in the early days of Apple; they eventually reconciled.
Making a Murderer is an American web television series that first streamed on Netflix on December 18, 2015. The first season recounts the story of Steven Avery, a man who was imprisoned for the sexual assault and attempted murder of Penny Beerntsen, and who was later exonerated, only to be subsequently accused of the murder of Teresa Halbach.
Steven Avery (born July 9, 1962) is an American convict from Manitowoc County, Wisconsin who was accused of raping Penny Beernsten, and served 18 years in prison for a sexual assault conviction, but was released when DNA analysis pointed to another man. He was exonerated and released from prison on September 11, 2003.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a 2015 American epic space opera film directed, produced, and co-written by J. J. Abrams. The seventh installment in the main Star Wars film series, it stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Max von Sydow.
This is a list of aviators by nickname.
Saudi Arabia is not known to have a nuclear weapons program. From an official and public standpoint, Saudi Arabia has been an opponent of nuclear weapons in the Middle East, having signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and is a member of the coalition of countries demanding a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in the Middle East.
Sian Samantha Blake (born 1972), also known by her stage name Syan Blake, is a British actress, best known for playing Frankie Pierre on the British television show EastEnders, appearing in 56 episodes between 1996 and 1997. Blake went on to become a sign language teacher and interpreter. Blake and her two sons disappeared in December 2015.
The 2003 invasion of Iraq lasted from 20 March to 1 May 2003 and signaled the start of the Iraq War, which was dubbed Operation Iraqi Freedom by the United States (prior to 19 March, the mission in Iraq was called Operation Enduring Freedom, a carryover from the War in Afghanistan).
Maxine Francesca "Frankie" Pierre is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders. She appears between 18 June 1996 and 31 March 1997, played by Syan Blake. Portrayed as a "super-bitch" and home wrecker, Frankie attempts to ruin the established relationships of several characters during her year in the soap, purposefully seducing attached men.
Java is a general-purpose computer programming language that is concurrent, class-based, object-oriented, and specifically designed to have as few implementation dependencies as possible. It is intended to let application developers "write once, run anywhere" (WORA), meaning that compiled Java code can run on all platforms that support Java without the need for recompilation.
Star Wars is an American epic space opera franchise, centered on a film series created by George Lucas.
The Revenant is a 2015 biographical western film directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu set in 1823 Montana and South Dakota, which was inspired by the experiences of frontiersman and fur trapper Hugh Glass. The screenplay was written by Mark L. Smith and Iñárritu, based in part on Michael Punke's The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge.
Zinedine Yazid Zidane (French pronunciation: [zinedin zidan], born 23 June 1972), nicknamed "Zizou", is a retired French footballer and current coach of Real Madrid. He played as an attacking midfielder for the France national team, Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus and Real Madrid.
Royal Rumble (2016) is an upcoming professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by WWE. It will take place on January 24, 2016 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. It will be the 29th event under the Royal Rumble chronology and the first WWE pay-per-view of 2016. This will be the fifth Royal Rumble to be held in the state of Florida after the 1990, 1991, 1995 and 2006 editions.
Films generate income from several revenue streams, including theatrical exhibition, home video, television broadcast rights and merchandising.
Melanie "Mel" McLaughlin (born 3 September 1979) is an Australian sport presenter for Network Ten. McLaughlin previously worked for Fox Sports where she hosted multiple football (soccer) shows including Kick Off, Indian Super League and Fox Sports FC, while also being a regular on Fox Sports News.
Solitaire, also known as Microsoft Solitaire (including in the About box in some versions), is a computer game included with Microsoft Windows, based on a card game of the same name, also known as Klondike.
Hailey Rhode Baldwin (born November 22, 1996) is an American fashion model.
The Hateful Eight is a 2015 American Western-mystery film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern as eight strangers who seek refuge from a blizzard in a stagecoach stopover some time after the American Civil War.
This is a chronology of deaths in 2016. Names are reported under the date of death. Names under each date are reported in alphabetical order by family name or pseudonym.
Nimr Baqir al-Nimr (Arabic: نمر باقر النمر Nimr Bāqr an-Nimr; 1959 – 2 January 2016; also Romanized Bakir al-Nimr, al-Nemr, al-Namr, al-Nimer, al-Nemer, al-Namer), commonly referred to as Sheikh Nimr, was a Shia Sheikh in al-Awamiyah in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province whose arrest and later execution created diplomatic tension between Shia and Sunni governments.
Dilwale (translation: The Big Hearted) is a 2015 Indian romantic action comedy film directed by Rohit Shetty, and produced by Gauri Khan and Rohit Shetty under the banner of Red Chillies Entertainment and Rohit Shetty Productions respectively.
On 2 January 2016, a group of heavily armed terrorists attacked Pathankot Air Force Station, part of the Western Air Command of the Indian Air Force. Six terrorists and seven security forces personnel were killed in the initial battle. The gun battle and the subsequent combing operation lasted about 17 hours on 2 January.
Foo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a one-man project following the death of Kurt Cobain and the resulting dissolution of his previous band. The group got its name from the UFOs and various aerial phenomena that were reported by Allied aircraft pilots in World War II, which were known collectively as foo fighters.
Thomas Richard Coughlin (born August 31, 1946) is an American football coach. Coughlin most recently served as the head coach for the New York Giants, a position he served in for 12 seasons, where he led the Giants to victory in Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI.
Aokigahara (青木ヶ原), also known as the Suicide Forest or Sea of Trees (樹海, Jukai), is a 35-square-kilometre (14 sq mi) forest that lies at Mount Fuji's northwest base in Japan. The forest contains a number of rocky, icy caverns, a few of which are popular tourist destinations. Aokigahara forest is dense, shutting out all but the natural sounds of the forest itself.
Daisy Jazz Isobel Ridley (born 10 April 1992) is an English actress.
Epiphany (Koine Greek: Ἐπιφάνεια, Epiphaneia, "Manifestation", "striking appearance") or Theophany, (Ancient Greek: (ἡ) Θεοφάνεια, Τheophaneia meaning "Vision of God") also known as Three Kings' Day, is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God in his Son as human in Jesus Christ.
SuperGroup plc is a British international branded clothing company, and owner of the Superdry label. Superdry products combine vintage Americana styling with Japanese inspired graphics.
Steven Universe is an American animated television series created by Rebecca Sugar for Cartoon Network. The series revolves around the eponymous Steven Universe (Zach Callison), who helps protect his town of Beach City alongside the Crystal Gems—Garnet (Estelle), Amethyst (Michaela Dietz), and Pearl (Deedee Magno). The series was renewed in July 2015 for a third season.
Saartjie "Sarah" Baartman (before 1790 – 29 December 1815) (also spelled Bartman, Bartmann, Baartmen) was the most famous of at least two Khoikhoi women who, due to their large buttocks (steatopygia), were exhibited as freak show attractions in 19th-century Europe under the name Hottentot Venus—"Hottentot" was the then current name for the Khoi people, and is now considered an offensive term.
Bajirao Mastani is a 2015 Indian epic historical romance film co-written, produced and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who also composed the music score of the film. The film stars Ranveer Singh as Bajirao I, Priyanka Chopra as Kashibai, and Deepika Padukone as Mastani. Tanvi Azmi, Vaibbhav Tatwawdi and Milind Soman appear in supporting roles.
Donald John Trump Sr. (born June 14, 1946) is an American business magnate, investor, author, television personality, and candidate for President of the United States in the 2016 presidential election. He is chairman and president of The Trump Organization and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts.
In chess, Fool's Mate, also known as the "Two-Move Checkmate", is the checkmate in the fewest possible number of moves from the start of the game.
Sherlock is a British-American crime drama television series based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Doctor John Watson.
Adam Douglas Driver (born November 19, 1983) is an American actor. He made his Broadway debut in Mrs. Warren's Profession (2010).
Steven Paul "Steve" Jobs (/ˈdʒɒbz/; February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was an American information technology entrepreneur and inventor.
David Alan Gest (born May 11, 1953) is an American producer and UK television personality. Gest produced the highest rated musical television special in history, 'Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration: The Solo Years' in 2001 which was the last reunion of Michael Jackson and the Jacksons in 17 years and Jackson's last solo concerts.
Joy is a 2015 American semi-biographical comedy drama film written and directed by David O. Russell and starring Jennifer Lawrence as Joy (loosely based on Joy Mangano), a self-made millionaire who created her own business empire.
Natalie Maria Cole (February 6, 1950 – December 31, 2015) was an American singer, songwriter, and performer. The daughter of Nat King Cole, Natalie rose to musical success in the mid–1970s as an R&B artist with the hits "This Will Be", "Inseparable", and "Our Love".
Darren Day (born Darren Graham; 17 July 1968, Colchester, Essex) is an English actor, singer and television presenter, well known for his West End theatre starring roles.
Emma Willis (née Griffiths; born 18 March 1976) is an English television presenter and former model, best known for her television and radio work with Channel 5, BBC, ITV and Heart FM.
This is a list of Bollywood films that are scheduled to be released in 2016.
Ethan Anthony Couch (born April 11, 1997) is an American teenager given 10 years probation in juvenile court, on 4 counts of intoxication manslaughter, for recklessly driving drunk on June 15, 2013 in Burleson, Texas.
Supergirl is an American superhero fiction action-adventure drama television series developed by Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, that airs on CBS. It is based on the DC Comics character Supergirl (Kara Zor-El), created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino, and stars Melissa Benoist in the title role.
Mia Khalifa (Arabic: ميا خليفة; born February 10, 1993), also known as Mia Callista, is a Lebanese American pornographic actress and adult model.
The Big Short is a 2015 American biographical comedy-drama film directed and co-written by Adam McKay. It is based on the 2010 book of the same name by Michael Lewis, about the financial crisis of 2007–2008 brought on by the build-up of the housing market and credit bubble. The film stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt.
The Forest is an upcoming American supernatural horror film directed by Jason Zada and written by Ben Ketai, Nick Antosca, and Sarah Cornwell. The film stars Natalie Dormer and Taylor Kinney and distributed by Gramercy Pictures, Icon Film Distributon and TriStar Pictures will be released in theaters on January 8th 2016 in the United States.
Bajirao I (18 August 1700 – 28 April 1740) was a noted Indian general who served as Peshwa (Prime Minister) to the fourth Maratha Chhatrapati (Emperor) Shahu from 1720 until Bajirao's death. His other names include Bajirao Ballal and Thorale (Marathi for Elder) Bajirao. He was also popular with the nickname 'Rau' (in Marathi 'राऊ').
Facebook is an online social networking service headquartered in Menlo Park, California. Its website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg with his Harvard College roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes.
Deepika Padukone (pronounced [d̪iːpɪkaː pəɖʊkoːɳ]; born 5 January 1986) is an Indian film actress and model. One of the most popular and highest-paid Indian celebrities, she has established a career in Hindi films, and is the recipient of two Filmfare Awards. Padukone, the daughter of the badminton player Prakash Padukone, was born in Copenhagen and raised in Bangalore.
Web scraping (web harvesting or web data extraction) is a computer software technique of extracting information from websites. Usually, such software programs simulate human exploration of the World Wide Web by either implementing low-level Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), or embedding a fully-fledged web browser, such as Mozilla Firefox.
Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria (December 1, 1949 – December 2, 1993) was a notorious Colombian drug lord whose cartel, at the height of his career, supplied an estimated 80% of the cocaine smuggled into the United States.
The Bachelor is an American reality television dating game show which debuted on March 25, 2002, on ABC. The show is hosted by Chris Harrison.
Chelsea Vanessa Peretti (born February 20, 1978) is an American stand-up comedian, actress and writer. She is known for portraying Gina Linetti on the Fox comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Paste named her Twitter one of the "The 75 Best Twitter Accounts of 2014", ranking it at #75.
Kylo Ren (born Ben) is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise. He was introduced in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, where he was portrayed by Adam Driver. Kylo Ren is a pseudonym for Ben, the son of original Star Wars trilogy characters Han Solo and Leia Organa.
The United States of America (USA), commonly referred to as the United States (U.S.) or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major territories and various possessions. The 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C., are in central North America between Canada and Mexico.
Leati Joseph "Joe" Anoaʻi (born May 25, 1985) is an American professional wrestler, former professional Canadian football player, and a member of the Anoaʻi family. He is currently signed to WWE, where he performs under the ring name Roman Reigns and is the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion in his second reign.
Carrie Frances Fisher (born October 21, 1956) is an American actress and writer. She is best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy (1977-1983) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
Sylvester Gardenzio "Sly" Stallone (/stəˈloʊn/; Italian pronunciation: [(ɡarˈdɛntsjo) stalˈloːne]; born July 6, 1946) is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, and director.
2015 in film is an overview of events, including the highest-grossing films, award ceremonies, festivals, and a list of films released and notable deaths.
The Star Wars sequel trilogy is the third film trilogy in the American space opera franchise Star Wars, created by George Lucas. It is being produced by Lucasfilm Ltd. The trilogy will consist of episodes VII through IX and follows after Return of the Jedi (1983) in the saga's chronology.
Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (/dɨˈkæpri. oʊ/; born November 11, 1974) is an American actor and film producer. DiCaprio began his career by appearing in television commercials, after which he had recurring roles in TV series such as the soap opera Santa Barbara and the sitcom Growing Pains in the early 1990s.
January 5 is the fifth day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 360 days remaining until the end of the year (361 in leap years).
Paul DePodesta (born December 16, 1972) is the chief strategy officer for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). Formerly a front office assistant for the Cleveland Indians, Oakland Athletics and most recently the New York Mets, he was also general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler.
Mastani was the second wife of the Maratha Peshwa Bajirao I. She is said to have been a beautiful and brave woman, skilled in arts, literature, and warfare. She had been dearly loved by Peshwa Bajirao but always neglected by his mother and his brother.
Joy Mangano (born May 3, 1956) is an American inventor, businesswoman, and entrepreneur known for inventions such as the self-wringing Miracle Mop and Huggable Hangers.
Marvel's Jessica Jones, or simply Jessica Jones, is an American web television series created for Netflix by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise, and is the second in a series of shows that will lead up to a Defenders crossover miniseries.
Chrisann Brennan (born 1954) is an American painter and writer who wrote the autobiography The Bite in the Apple about her relationship with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. She is the mother of Jobs's first child, Lisa Brennan-Jobs.
Barack Hussein Obama II (US /bəˈrɑːk huːˈseɪn ɵˈbɑːmə/; born August 4, 1961) is the 44th and current President of the United States, as well as the first African American to hold the office. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Harvard Law Review.
Affluenza, a portmanteau of affluence and influenza, is a term used by critics of consumerism. It is thought to have been first used in 1954 but it gained legs as a concept with a 1997 PBS documentary of the same name and the subsequent book, Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic (2001).
David Bowie (/ˈboʊ. i/; born David Robert Jones, 8 January 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, painter, and actor. Bowie has been a figure in popular music for over four decades, and is known as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s.
Hugh Glass (c. 1780 – 1833) was an American frontiersman, fur trapper, and explorer. Born in Pennsylvania to Scots-Irish parents, Glass became an explorer of the watershed of the Upper Missouri River in present-day Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and the Platte River area of Nebraska.
Anne Jacqueline Hathaway (born November 12, 1982) is an American actress and singer. After several stage roles, Hathaway appeared in the 1999 television series Get Real. She came to prominence after playing Mia Thermopolis in the Disney film The Princess Diaries (2001) and in its 2004 sequel.
Star Wars (later retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope) is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The first release in the Star Wars saga, it stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, and Alec Guinness. David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker and Peter Mayhew co-star in supporting roles.
Quentin Jerome Tarantino (/ˌtærənˈtiːnoʊ/; born March 27, 1963) is an American filmmaker and actor. His films are characterized by non-linear storylines, satirical subject matter, an aestheticization of violence, utilization of ensemble casts, references to pop culture, their soundtracks, and features of neo-noir film.
Stephen Andrew Baldwin (born May 12, 1966) is an American actor, director, producer and author. He has starred in many films, such as Threesome (1994), The Usual Suspects (1995), Bio-Dome (1996), Fled (1996), The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000) and The Flyboys (2008).
Google Inc. is an American multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products. These include online advertising technologies, search, cloud computing, and software.
The Bundy standoff was an armed confrontation between protesters and law enforcement that developed from a 20-year legal dispute between the United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and cattle rancher Cliven Bundy, over unpaid grazing fees on federally owned land in southeastern Nevada.
Rafael "Rafa" Benítez Maudes (born 16 April 1960) is a Spanish football manager. He is the only manager in history to have won the UEFA Cup, UEFA Champions League, and FIFA Club World Cup. Benítez joined Real Madrid's coaching staff at the age of 26, going on to work as the under-19 and reserve team coach, and assistant manager for the senior team.
The Shannara Chronicles is an American television fantasy/science fiction series based on the The Sword of Shannara Trilogy books by Terry Brooks that premiered on MTV on January 5, 2016.
Jessica Campbell Jones Cage is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos, the character first appeared in Alias #1 (November 2001) as a former superhero who became the owner and sole employee of Alias Private Investigations. Jones has since starred in two ongoing series (Alias and The Pulse).
Mark Richard Hamill (born September 25, 1951) is an American actor, voice actor, writer, producer, and director. He is best known for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy – Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Return of the Jedi (1983) – a role he reprised in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
Creed is a 2015 American sports drama film, directed by Ryan Coogler and written by Coogler and Aaron Covington. The film stars Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Johnson Creed, Apollo's son, with Sylvester Stallone reprising the role of Rocky Balboa. It also features Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashād, Tony Bellew, and Graham McTavish.
The Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms and was adopted on December 15, 1791, as part of the first ten amendments contained in the Bill of Rights.
Allen Neal Jones (born June 2, 1977), better known by his ring name A.J. Styles, is an American professional wrestler, best known for his twelve-year tenure working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), where he was the poster boy of the organization and is one of the TNA originals and at one point even acquired the nickname "Mr. TNA".
The periodic table is a tabular arrangement of the chemical elements, ordered by their atomic number (number of protons in the nucleus), electron configurations, and recurring chemical properties. The table also shows four rectangular blocks: s-, p- d- and f-block. In general, within one row (period) the elements are metals on the lefthand side, and non-metals on the righthand side.
Harrison Ford (born July 13, 1942) is an American actor and film producer. He gained worldwide fame for his starring roles as Han Solo in the original Star Wars epic space opera trilogy and the title character of the Indiana Jones film series.
Oscar Isaac (born Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada; March 9, 1979) is a Guatemalan American actor and musician. He is known for his lead film roles in the comedy-drama Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination, the crime drama A Most Violent Year (2014) and the science fiction thriller Ex Machina (2015).
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol (Spanish pronunciation: [reˈal maˈðɾið ˈkluβ ðe ˈfuðβol]; Royal Madrid Football Club), commonly known as Real Madrid, or simply as Real, is a professional football club based in Madrid, Spain. Founded in 1902 as Madrid Football Club, the team has traditionally worn a white home kit since inception.
Mary Angela "Angie" Bowie (née Barnett; September 25, 1949) is an American cover girl, model, actress and musician. She was married to English musician David Bowie until their divorce in 1980; the couple had one child, film director Duncan Jones.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, or simply Rogue One, is an upcoming American epic space opera film directed by Gareth Edwards and written by Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz, from an idea by visual effects supervisor John Knoll.
Jennifer Jason Leigh (born February 5, 1962) is an American actress. She has appeared in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Easy Money, Flesh + Blood, The Hitcher, The Hudsucker Proxy, Single White Female, Dolores Claiborne, Last Exit to Brooklyn, Georgia, Short Cuts and The Hateful Eight. She is also the co-writer and co-director of the film The Anniversary Party, made with fellow actor Alan Cumming.
American Horror Story: Hotel is the fifth season of the FX horror anthology television series American Horror Story. It premiered on October 7, 2015. The series was renewed in October 2014, with the subtitle Hotel being announced in February 2015.
United States presidents issue executive orders to help officers and agencies of the executive branch manage the operations within the federal government itself.
Saudi Arabia (/ˌsɔːdiː əˈreɪbiə/, /ˌsaʊ-/), officially known as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), is an Arab state in Western Asia constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula. With a land area of approximately 2,150,000 km2 (830,000 sq mi), Saudi Arabia is geographically the second-largest state in the Arab world after Algeria.
Vincent Kennedy "Vince" McMahon (born August 24, 1945) is an American professional wrestling promoter, former announcer, commentator, film producer, actor, and retired professional wrestler. He currently serves as the majority owner, chairman, and CEO of professional wrestling promotion World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
India, officially the Republic of India (Bhārat Gaṇarājya), is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country with over 1. 2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world. India is a federal constitutional republic governed under a parliamentary system consisting of 29 states and 7 union territories.