Mihir Sen:facts,biography

Mihir Sen was a Indian swimmer who swam the English channel in 1958. He was the first Asian to swim the English channel.
Picture of Mihir Sen
Mihir Sen (1930-1997)

  • He was born in a poor middle class Bengali family on 16 November, 1930, in Purulia, West Bengal.
  • His father was Ramesh Sengupta and mother was Lilabati Sengupta. Sen’s family moved to Odisha when Mihir was eight years old.
  • He studied at the Utkal University and earned a degree in law. Later, with the help of chief minister Biju Patnaik, he went to England for higher studies. 
  • Mihir Sen got his recognition in 1958, when he swam across the English Channel on 27 September 1958. Besides the English Channel, he also swam across Palk Strait in 1966, Strail of Gibraltar, the Bosporus Canal and the Panama Canal.
  • He was also a successful businessman. His company was the country’s second largest silk exporter. Later, His financial situation became unstable and lost everything he had earned.
  • He won the Padma Shri award in 1959 and Padma Bhushan in 1967. He was also listed in the Guinness Book of World Record.
  • He died in 1997.

Quick Information about Mihir Sen
Date Of Birth:16 November, 1930
Family:Father: Ramesh Sengupta, Mother: Lilabati Sen
Education:Utkal University
Known for:First asian to swim English Channel
Awards:Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan
Died:1997

Facts and information about Indian National Highways

Indian national highways are the part of Indian road network. It provides a valuable support to the transportation system of India.
National Highways of India
  • NHAI (National Highways Authority of India) is responsible for the maintenance, building and up gradation of National Highways (NH). It operates under the “Ministry of Road transport and Highways” of Government of India.
  • The total length of all the national highways is about 71,243 KM (till 2014). Out of these only 15,000 KM roads are 4 or 6 laned and rest are 2 laned.
  • NH7 is the longest NH (2369 KM) from Varanasi to Kanyakumari and NH47A is the smallest National Highway (6 KM) from Ernakulam to Kochi Port.
  • NH only comprises 2% of all the roads in India. But it carries 40% of total traffic.

List of National Highways


StateNational Highways
Andhra Pradesh4, 5, 7, 9, 16, 18, 43, 63, 202, 205, 214, 214A, 219, 221 & 222
Arunachal Pradesh52, 52A & 153
Assam31, 31B, 31C, 36, 37, 37A, 38, 39, 44, 51, 52, 52A, 52B, 53, 54, 61, 62, 151, 152, 153 & 154
Bihar2, 2C, 19, 28, 28A, 28B, 30, 30A, 31, 57, 57A, 77, 80, 81, 82, 83, 83, 84, 85, 98, 99, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107 & 110
Chandigarh21
Chhattisgarh6, 12A, 16, 43, 78, 200, 202, 216, 217, 111, & 221
Delhi1, 2, 8, 10 & 24
Goa4A, 17, 17A & 17B
GujaratNE-I, 6, 8, 8A, 8B, 8C, 8D, 8E, 14, 15, 59, 113 & 228
Haryana1, 2, 8, 10, 21A, 22, 64, 65, 71, 71A, 72, 73, 73A , 71B & NE-II1512
Himachal Pradesh1A, 20, 21, 21A, 22, 70, 72, 88 & 73A
Jammu & Kashmir1A, 1B, 1C & 1D
Jharkhand2, 6, 23, 31, 32, 33, 75, 78, 80, 98, 99 & 100
Karnataka4, 4A, 7, 9, 13, 17, 48, 63, 67, 206, 207,209, 212 & 218
Kerala17, 47, 47A, 49, 208, 212, 213, & 220
Madhya Pradesh3, 7, 12, 12A, 25, 26, 26A, 27, 59, 59A, 69, 75, 76, 78, 86 & 92
Maharashtra3, 4, 4B, 4C, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 16, 17, 50, 69, 204, 211 & 222
Manipur39, 53, 150 & 155
Meghalaya40, 44, 51 & 62
Mizoram44A, 54, 54A, 54B, 150 & 154
Nagaland36, 39, 61, 150 & 155
Odisha5, 5A, 6, 23, 42, 43, 60, 75, 200, 201, 203, 203A, 215, 217 & 2243704
Puducherry45A & 66
Punjab1, 1A, 10, 15, 20, 21, 22, 64, 70, 71, 72 & 95
Rajasthan3, 8, 11, 11A, 11B, 12, 14, 15, 65, 71B, 76, 79, 79A, 89, 5585, 90, 113, 112, 114 & 116
Sikkim31A
Tamilnadu4, 5, 7, 7A, 45, 45A, 45B, 45C, 46, 47, 47B, 49, 66, 67, 68, 205, 207, 208, 209, 210, 219, 220, 226 & 227
Tripura44 & 44A 400
Uttaranchal58, 72, 72A, 73, 74, 87, 94, 108, 109, 123, 119, 121, 87 Ext. & 125
Uttar Pradesh2, 2A, 3, 7, 11, 12A, 19, 24, 24A, 24B, 25, 25A, 26, 27, 28, 28B, 28C, 29, 56, 56A, 56B, 58, 72A, 73, 74, 75, 76, 86, 87, 91, 91A, 92, 93 ,96, 97 , 119 & NE-II
West Bengal2, 2B, 6, 31, 31A, 31C, 32, 34, 35, 41, 55, 60, 60A, 80, 81 & 117
Andaman & Nicobar223