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More interesting facts on Calcutta
- the Indian Meteorological Department was set up as a result of a tropical cyclone that hit Calcutta in 1864, and the subsequent famines in 1866 and 1871 due to failing monsoons?
- the Esplanade in Calcutta, which formed a favourite promenade for "elegant walking parties" in the eighteeth century, now sees some 200,000 to 300,000 vehicles pass through during rush hour?
- the Maratha Ditch was excavated around Calcutta, India, as a protection against attacks by Marathas, who, however, never attacked?
- the first organized postal system in India was established between the British East India Company factories at Madras and Calcutta during the tenure of Edward Harrison?
- the tyranny and the perceived dread of Gobindram Mitter, a British deputy in Calcutta, earned him a place in a Bengali rhyme?
- the neighbourhood of Bowbazar was the site of Calcutta's first horse drawn tram line (model pictured), opened in 1873?
- the Chappell Ganguly controversy in Indian cricket resulted in fiery street protests in Ganguly's home town of Calcutta and then raised debate in the Parliament of India?
- one person was killed and another injured when they entered a tiger's cage in Alipore Zoological Gardens, Calcutta, and tried to put a floral garland round his neck?
- Kumortuli neighbourhood of Calcutta supplies images of Goddess Durga to Indian communities in about 90 countries?
- Coronation Park was the site of the 1911 Delhi Durbar that marked the shifting of the capital of India from Calcutta to Delhi?
- Motilal Sheel, a Bengali merchant in Calcutta (now Kolkata) in British India in the early 19th century, donated the land on which the Calcutta Medical College was built in 1835?
- Sabarna Roy Choudhury sold to the British, for Rs. 1,300, the land rights of Sutanuti, Kalikata and Gobindapur, that ultimately merged to become Calcutta?
- it has often been claimed that the 1948 Southeast Asian Youth Conference, held in Calcutta, marked the starting point for various armed communist insurgencies in different Asian countries?
- construction of 'Tagore Castle' in Pathuriaghata, a Calcutta neighbourhood, was modelled on that of an English castle, a departure in the way of building residences in India?
- Job Charnock landed at Sutanuti on 24 August, 1690 with the objective of establishing the settlement, which is now Calcutta?
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