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Puducherry

Administration
Native ameபுதுச்சேரி
Territoire de Pondichéry
Union Territory of Puducherry
Typeunion territory
StatePondicherry/Pondichéry
Districts4
Established date1 July 1963
CapitalPondicherry
Largest cityPondicherry
Government
Lt. GovernorIqbal Singh
Chief MinisterN. Rangaswamy (AINRC)
LegislatureUnicameral
Geography
Total Area189.9 sq mi (492 km2)
Area rank3rd
Demography
Total Population1244464 (2nd)
Official languagesTamil, French, Telugu, Malayalam
Other information
Time zoneIST (UTC+5:30)

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Puducherry (formerly Pondichéry or ) is a Union Territory of India. It is a former French colony, consisting of four non-contiguous enclaves, or districts, and named for the largest, Pondicherry.

In September 2006, the territory changed its official name from Pondicherry to the vernacular original, Puducherry, which means "New village" in the Tamil language. The territory is called புதுச்சேரி (Putuccēri) or பாண்டிச்சேரி (Pāṇṭiccēri) in Tamil, or "Pondichéry" in French. It is also known as The French Riviera of the East (La Côte d'Azur de l'Est).


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