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Residents of Kanpur are quite touchy when it comes to their precious home town. For many, home towns are a place that never let you down, a place you know from the inside out. However, there are still many aspects of the town that are easy to miss out, most of them related to the history and the culture of the city. Today, we bring to you 5 of the lesser known facts about Kanpur that will bring the city closer to your heart.

The name has been changed over 20 times

The name ‘Kanpur’ seems to be sticking around but actually, the name has been changed over 21 times. With different spellings, variations, pronunciations and what not, the spelling of the name underwent major changes. When India was ruled by the British, the spelling was changed to better suit their accents and was later changed to what it is now.

It has the second oldest 9 hole golf course in India

There’s no denying that Golf is something of an elitist game. Only the rich and the powerful indulge in it and what does that say about Kanpur? Well, the city is home to India’s second oldest half golf course with 9 holes. Even today, it is well preserved and is an important part of Kanpur’s past.

It is home to one of the oldest natural zoos in India

This is one that brings a smile to the face and uplifts the heart. Allen Forest Zoo is not just one of the oldest zoos in India, but is also one of the few natural zoo in the country. Here, you can witness the nature in all its glory as there are no cages, and the animals live in their natural habitat.

Kanpur was a vital part of the Ramayana

You heard it, folks. Kanpur is not just historically important, but mythologically too. It is believed that the ancient town was heavily spoken of in the Ramayana. To back this, many utensils from the era when those texts were written were found while excavating Jajmau Teela.

Kanpur brought the industrial revolution in India

Often regarded as the leather city of the world, Kanpur also spearheaded India’s foray into the industrial revolution. During the British era, the city was seen as a great place to begin with all these activities and that is why the city is such a fast progressing town even today. This is one fact that we are eternally grateful for.

Surgery & casualty wards to soon become functional at South Goa District Hospital

Outpatient departments (OPDs) are already operational at the new South Goa District Hospital.

The multi-storied South Goa District Hospital (SGDH) is being upgraded with new facilities to lessen the load off older hospitals and health institutes. As per reports, the new hospital is likely to house the surgery and casualty departments soon in a bid to clear space at the Hospicio Hospital. Earlier also, all outpatient departments (OPDs) were relocated to the spacious new SGDH for the same reason.

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Mumbai local trains to operate at 100% capacity from today!

The suburban train services were suspended on March 22, 2020 on account of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

After running restricted operations for over a year, Mumbai's local train services are all set to resume with 100% seating capacity from today. This is being done in order to account for the increased flow of commuters on the trains. Till now, the Central and Western Railways had been operating with 1,702 and 1,304 services respectively, which account for 95.75% of their total capacity. Today onwards, this number will go up to 1,774 in the CR division and 1,367 in WR, thus making complete use of the total capacity on the two lines.

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Atal Indore City Transport bags national award for Excellence in Urban Transport

Indore CNG bus fleet is a 'green' step towards environmental protection.

After winning several titles in the cleanliness category, Indore has now managed to create another record for itself. The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has recognised the Atal Indore City Transport run by the Indore Municipal Corporation with an Award for Excellence in Urban Transport. Reportedly, this honour marks Indore as the 'City with Most Innovation Financing Mechanism' for managing its public transport services.

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​Two Paralympics Gold medalists from Jaipur get nominated for Khel Ratna Award

This is the first time in the 30-year-old history of Khel Ratna that 2 players from the city are being conferred the award.

Two Paralympics players from Jaipur have been recommended for the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Award, the highest rank for sports in the country. Notably, this is the first in the 30 year-old-history of Khel Ratna that 2 sportsperson from the same city will be conferred with the award. The two nominated players are Avani Lekhara and Krishan Nagar, who bagged gold medals at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020.

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The Lucknow centre of Sports Authority of India has set up a new weightlifting hall in the city, in order to give a boost to the sport. Spread over 15,000 square meters, this circular building has ample space to allow 100 players to practice at a single time. Pegged to be the largest in India, this hall is equipped with 26 platforms and machines worth 1.5 crores. These platforms can also be increased in number, as per need.

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Railways launch special trains from Mumbai to UP & Bihar to manage the festive rush

Check the full schedule of new trains & timings here:

Keeping in mind the upsurge of festive passenger load, Indian Railways has announced the launch of several special trains from Mumbai to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Reportedly, the festive fleet will map through Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat too, easing travel for the locals here as well. Check the full schedule of new trains & timings here:

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