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Saturday, 9 August 2008

Trivia of Kolar Gold Fields

1 People from as far as Kolar could see the lights of this once prosperous city

2 KGF was known as "Little England" by the British, due to its more temperate weather and a landscape more similar to Britain's. It also had a sizable Anglo-Indian Population who worked in the various mines in different capacities.

3 The city is on the Deccan Plateau of central and south India, about 2891 feet above sea level

4 The Champion Reefs mine was the second deepest underground mine in the world when it was operational.

5 Silicosis, a form of pneumoconiosis caused by inhalation of crystalline silica dust, was first identified in KGF

6 National Institute of Miners Health had its headquarters in KGF

7 One can see the old British bungalows and buildings even today in good shape in KGF

8 Mr.K.H.Muniyappa union minister has been successful in reopening this closed mines and giving life to the almost dead city. It is told that it was his election promise.

9 KGF has been in the news recently in connection with the murder of S.Manjunath, the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) manager who was killed for doing his duty. He was from Vivek Nagar.

10 KGF played a major part in the prosperity of the British Empire

11 A collaboration of particle physicists from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, Osaka City University, Japan and Durham University, UK recorded the first cosmic ray neutrino interaction in an underground laboratory in KGF mines in 1965.

12 KGF also has the distinction of having a Golf course started by the Britisher's dating back to 1885 and affiliated to Indian Golf Union


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