Kolkata is the world’s largest processor of jute.
Taj Bengal, Kolkata, was the first hotel which is having its own ATM. Name the bank which setup the ATM for Taj Bengal is HDFC Bank.
Kolkata based physician Subhash Mukhopadhyay was the second doctor to perform a successful in-vitro fertilization in the world leading th the birth of Kanupriya Agarwal, alias Durga.
Kolkata has a nickname, the 'City of Palaces' , because of the abundance of European-style buildings.
The Indian Botanical Gardens at Shibpur, near the Bengal Engineering College, is home of the largest banyan tree in the world (the banyan tree with the biggest girth), according to the Guinness Book of Records.
The Calcutta Mounted Police was born in 1912. They were virtually the body-guards of the Viceroy and the Governor. In later years, the 'Mounted Police' became indispensable for combating sudden violent scarmishes and reinstating peace and order in the anarchy-prone areas. At the inception horses for the 'Mounted Police' were brought from Australia. These horses were cared and looked after meticulously but of when they grew old, they were shot dead mercilessly. Then, they were sent to the zoo for being fed by the carnivores.
The European physicians in Calcutta met on 1st March.1823, to found the 'Calcutta Medical & Physical Society'. The venue of the meeting was The Asiatic Society.
National Library is the largest library in India.
Calcutta was the capital of British India from 1772. It became the Royal capital of India on 1st November 1858. Calcutta then became the Imperial capital of India on 1st January 1877 and remained so till 1911 when the capital was moved to Delhi.
India has 7 Nobel Prize winners, either by birth or citizenship, to date and 4 of them are directly connected to Kolkata.