PMCAA Annual Meeting (Washington, DC)
Patiala Medical College Alumni
Association is holding its next annual meeting in Washington,
DC at the Ritz Carlton Tyson Center, McLean VA right next
to DC from Thursday, July 26 through Sunday, July 29, 2018.
Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly
referred to as "Washington", "the District",
or simply "D.C.", is the capital of the United States.
The signing of the Residence
Act on July 16, 1790, approved the creation of a capital district
located along the Potomac River on the country's East Coast.
The U.S. Constitution provided for a federal district under
the exclusive jurisdiction of the Congress and the District
is therefore not a part of any state. The states of Maryland
and Virginia each donated land to form the federal district,
which included the pre-existing settlements of Georgetown
and Alexandria. Named in honor of President George Washington,
the City of Washington was founded in 1791 to serve as the
new national capital. In 1846, Congress returned the land
originally ceded by Virginia; in 1871, it created a single
municipal government for the remaining portion of the District.
Washington had an estimated population
of 681,170 as of July 2016. Commuters from the surrounding
Maryland and Virginia suburbs raise the city's population
to more than one million during the workweek. The Washington
metropolitan area, of which the District is the principal
city, has a population of over 6 million, the sixth-largest
metropolitan statistical area in the country.
The centers of all three branches
of the federal government of the United States are in the
District, including the Congress, President, and Supreme Court.
Washington is home to many national monuments and museums,
which are primarily situated on or around the National Mall.
The city hosts 176 foreign embassies as well as the headquarters
of many international organizations, trade unions, non-profit
organizations, lobbying groups, and professional associations.
A locally elected mayor and a
13-member council have governed the District since 1973. However,
the Congress maintains supreme authority over the city and
may overturn local laws. D.C. residents elect a non-voting,
at-large congressional delegate to the House of Representatives,
but the District has no representation in the Senate. The
District receives three electoral votes in presidential elections
as permitted by the Twenty-third Amendment to the United States
Constitution, ratified in 1961.
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