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Narsingdi District ( dhaka division) with an area of 1140.76 sq km, is bounded by kishoreganj district on the north, narayanganj and brahmanbaria districts on the south, Brahmanbaria and Kishoreganj districts on the east, gazipur district on the west. Annual average temperature: maximum 36°C, minimum 12.7°C; annual rainfall 2376 mm. Main rivers are Meghna, Arial Khan, Haridhoa, Kalagachhia and Paharia. There are high hills with red soil on the northern region of the district.

Narsingdi (Town) consists of 9 wards and 33 mahallas. The area of the town is 14.76 sq km. Narsingdi municipality was established in 1972. The town has a population of 42023; male 54.52%, female 45.48%; density of population per sq km is 2847. Literacy rate among the town people is 51.6%.

Administration Narsingdi district was a subdivision under greater Dhaka district and was turned into a district in 1984. The district consists of 6 upazilas, 3 municipalities, 27 wards, 55 mahallas, 69 union parishads, 652 mouzas, 1060 villages. The upazilas are belabo , monohardi , shibpur , raipura , palash and narsingdi sadar .

Archaeological heritage and relics Silver coin discovered at Wari Batteshwar village (c third century AD), imitated gold coin (c. eighth century AD) discovered at village Wari, stone image (Sena period) found at Narsingdi town, silver coin of Gias Uddin Azam Shah at Algi village, silver coin (Sultani period) at Panchdona, three domed mosque (1524) at Ashrafpur, single domed mosque (eighteenth century) and tomb of Shah Monsur at Kumardi, two copper plate inscriptions (seventeenth century) found at village Ashraffpur, Bibi Joynab Mosque (1719), Parulia Mosque (1716), Raghunath Mandir (c seventeenth century).

Historical events During the mass upsurge in 1969 three persons were killed and many wounded on 29 December when police fired indiscriminately on procession at Hatirdia Bazar (Monohardi).

Marks of War of Liberation Memorial 1, mass grave 4, mass killing site 1.

Population 1891281; male 50.77%, female 49.23%; Muslim 93.28%, Hindu 6.40%, Christian 0.03%, Buddhist 0.03%, ethnic nationals 0.11% and others 0.15%.

Religious institutions Mosque 1671, temple and math 59, tomb 10.

Literacy and educational institutions Average literacy 29.57%; male 35.03% and female 23.66%. Educational institutions: university college 1, primary teacher's training institute 1, government college 4, non-government college 18, government high school 8, non-government high school 156, junior high school 20, madrasa 1229, government primary school 655, non-government primary school 92, youth development training centre 1, technical college 2. Noted institution: Narsingdi University College, Narsingdi Mohila College (1955), Balapur High School (1905), Sir KG Gupta High School (1919), Hatirdia High School, Brahmandi Government Boy's High School (1930), Adiabad Muslim High School (1912), Shaheed Asad Government College, Narsingdi Government Girl's High School (1934), Shibpur High School (1918), Poradia Muslim High School (1930), Charsindur High School (1919), Parulia High School (1933), Khidirpur High School (former George Merry Academy 1912), Chalakchar High School (1933), Satir Kalikumar High School (1901).

Cultural organisations Club 51, cinema hall 16, public library 16, tourist spot 3, community centre 54, cooperative society 150, bar council 1, circuit house 1, shilpakala academy 1.

Locally published newspapers and periodicals Dainik Barta, Dainik Uttap, Dainik Grameen Darpan, Weeklies- Narsingdir Khabar, Aotikram, Khorak; periodicals- Bandhan, Meghna, Grameen Khabar, Narsinghahi.

Main occupations Agriculture 42.42%, fishing 1.4%, agricultural labourer 11.37%, wage labourer 3.17%, handloom 5.83%, industry 2.2%, service 9.3%, commerce 13.35%, transport 2.04% and others 8.92%.

Land use Total cultivable land 89045 hectares, fallow land 22154 hectares; single crop 24.36%, double crop 55.07% and treble crop land 20.57%.

Land control Among the peasants 31% are landless, 40% small, 24% intermediate and 5% rich.

Value of land The market value of the land of the first grade is Tk.10000 per 0.01 hectare.

Main crops Paddy, jute, wheat, sugarcane and vegetables.

Extinct or nearly extinct crops Indigo and tobacco.

Main fruits Jackfruit, mango, papaya, pineapple, black berry, guava, banana, olive and litchi.

Fisheries, dairies, poultries Dairy 80, live stock development centre 3, artificial breeding sub centre 6, poultry 127, hatchery 129.

Communication facilities Roads: pucca 967 km, semi pucca 372 km, mud road 1890 km; waterways 108 nautical mile; railways 52 km; river port 1.

Traditional transport Palanquin, bullock cart and horse carriage. These means of transport are either extinct or nearly extinct.

Manufactories Jute mill 10, textile mill 2, fertiliser factory 2, power station 1, sizing mill 60, calendaring mill 5, printing mill 120, processing mill 120.

Hats, bazars and fairs Hats and bazars are 121, most noted of which are Nardingdi Bazar, Shekherchar Bazar; Baul Mela (Narsingdi) is also notable.

Main exports Paddy, bamboo, pineapple, guava, vegetables, lungi , shari , fertiliser.

NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are brac , asa , grameen bank , SAS, Red Crescent, BAVS, Prabaha, Samaj Sangstha, Dipyaman Narsingdi and Marie Stopes.

Health centres District sadar hospital 1, diabetics hospital 1, upazila health complex 6, satellite clinic 17, health and family planning centre 54, eye hospital 1, nursing home/clinic 7. [Md Mosharraf Hossain Sarkar]

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