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The National Library
By: admin - 14 May 2014 - Comments Off

The National Library, which was inaugurated on 1st February, 1953,  by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad has its roots way back in time during the early days of Kolkata, during the first half of the 19th Century. [...]

The Victoria Memorial Hall
By: admin - 13 April 2014 - Comments Off

The Victoria Memorial, officially the Victoria Memorial Hall, was built in the memory of Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom. Lord Curzon had planned for the Victoria Memorial Hall. King George V, then the Prince of Wales, laid the foundation [...]

The Belvedere
By: admin - 13 April 2014 - Comments Off

 The Belvedere Estate consists of Belvedere House and the 30 acre (120,000 m²) grounds surrounding it, in which the National Library of India is housed. It is located near the Alipore Zoological Gardens, in Calcutta. Belvedere House was the former Viceregal Palace [...]

The Howrah Bridge
By: admin - 12 April 2014 - Comments Off

The Howrah Bridge is a suspension type balanced cantilever bridge that spans the Hooghly River in West Bengal, India. Commissioned in 1943, the bridge was originally named the New Howrah Bridge, because it links the city of Howrah to its twin city, Kolkata (Calcutta). On 14 June 1965 it [...]

The Ochterlony Monument
By: admin - 12 April 2014 - Comments Off

The Shaheed Minar(Martyrs’ Monument), formerly known as the Ochterlony Monument is a monument in Kolkata that was erected in 1825 by Major-general Sir David Ochterlony, commander of the British East India Company, to commemorate both his successful defense of Delhi against the Marathas in 1804 [...]

Rebuilding Kolkata — Post Plassey
By: admin - 12 April 2014 - Comments Off

Siraj was held responsible for the losses to the city of Kolkata owing to battles in June 1756 and in January and February of 1757. He was made to atone for these losses in [...]

The Black Hole Tragedy 20th June 1756
By: admin - 11 April 2014 - Comments Off

Siraj-ud-Daullah, the young, inexperienced and impulsive Nawab of Bengal, was neither very fond of the Europeans nor of their expansion plans. He was aroused by the open defiance of his authority by Governor Drake [...]

Siraj and Kolkata — 1756-1757
By: admin - 11 April 2014 - Comments Off

Introduction: The “Firman”, granted by Emperror Firrukhshiyar to the British in 1717, empowered them to gain a considerably strong foothold in Bengal. But the then Bengal governor Murshif Quli Khan and his successor Alivardi [...]

Location and Origin of Villages
By: admin - 11 April 2014 - Comments Off

As mentioned earlier that the East India Company obtained the rights to purchase 38 villages adjacent to the settlement at Kolkata. Of these 38 villages, five were on the western bank of the river [...]

Sale of Villages
By: admin - 10 April 2014 - Comments Off

The death of Aurangzeb on 3rd March, 1707, triggered a bitter struggle for succession among his three sons by the names of Muazzam, Muhammad Azam and Muhammad Kaambaksh. The eldest among the three, Muazzam, [...]

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