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Dhaka Division


24.30° N 89.92° E


3,424.39 km²

Time zone

BST ( UTC+6 )

Population  ( 1991 )
 -  Density
 -  Literacy rate

 - 950.23/km²
 - 29.6%

Tangail ( Bengali : ???????? ???? ) is a district ( zila ) in central region of Bangladesh . It is a part of the Dhaka division . The population of Tangail zila is about 3.2 million and its surface area is 3,414.39 km². The main town of Tangail District is the district town Tangail . It is surrounded by the several districts, such as Jamalpur district on the north, the Dhaka and Manikganj districts on the south, the Mymensingh and Gazipur districts on the east, and the Sirajganj district on the west. The main rivers that cross the Tangail district are the Jamuna , Dhaleshwari , Jhenai, Bangshi, Lohajang, Langulia, Elongjani, Jugni, Fotikjani and the Turag.

  • 1 Subdivisions
  • 2 History
  • 3 Education
  • 4 Economy
  • 5 Transport
  • 6 Heritage of Tangail
  • 7 Places of interest
  • 8 See also
  • 9 Footnote
  • 10 External links

The subdivision of Tangail was established in 1870 . It was turned into a district on December 1 , 1969 . The district consists of 5 corporations , 8 municipalities , 72 wards , 211 mahallas, 103 union parishads and 2431 villages . Tangail is subdivided into 12 subdistricts ( upazila / thana ). The name of the upuzilas are: Tangail Sadar, Sakhipur, Basail, Madhupur, Ghatail, Kalihati, Nagarpur, Mirzapur, Gopalpur, Delduar, Bhuapur and Dhanbari.


The famous Kagmari Conference (1957), Sannyasi revolt (1850) and Peasant revolt (1858) were originated from this district. During the Liberation War , Abdul Kader Siddiqui of Tangail independently led military operations against Pakistan army. His group, named Kaderia Bahini, led many successful guerrilla operations in this district. In 1996, a devastating tornado caused heavy damage to a few villages of Tangail.


Administrative building of Government Saadat College

In Tangail, the average literacy is 29.6%; male 36.1%, female 22.4%. Before the Liberation War , some educational institutions were established by notable persons in Tangail. In 1926 , the Government Saadat College was established by Wazed Ali Khan Panni, a zamindar and educationalist of Tangail. He named it after the name of his grandfather Saadat Ali Khan Panni. Govt.M.M.Ali College established by Mr. Vasani at Kagmari(1km away from main city) is one of the topest college in Bangladesh.Kumudini College established in 1943 by Ranada Prasad Saha (R.P.Saha), philanthropist of Tangail. He named it after the name of his mother Kumudini. Later the college was converted into Kumudini Government Womens' College. He also established Bharateswari Homes in 1945 at Mirzapur . He named it after his grandmother Bharateswari Devi. Mirzapur Cadet College , the third cadet college of Bangladesh established in 1963 . The then president of Pakistan Field Marshall Ayub Khan took initiatives to establish this cadet college.

Currently, there are 5 Government high schools in the city . Among these schools, Bindubashini Government Boys' High School ( 1880 ) and Bindubashini Government Girls' High School ( 1882 ) were established by a zamindar of Santosh and M.A.Karim High School established by Mr. Karim (Silimpur). Tangail has 341 non-government high schools, 86 satellite schools, 4 government colleges, 48 non-government colleges, 3 university colleges, 1 law college, 1 homeopathy college, 1 polytechnic institution, 1 medical assistant training school, 2 nursing institutes, 1 police academy, 201 madrasas , 40 junior schools, 937 government primary schools, 395 non-government primary schools, 1 teachers' training school, 146 community primary schools and 1304 NGO operated schools. There is also a science and technology university named Mawlana Bhashani Science & Technology University located at Santosh, Tangail.


Paddy fields in Tangail

Agriculture is the main occupation of the Tangail district. About 49.53% people are involved with agricultural activities. Its main agricultural products are paddy , potato , jute , sugarcane , sesame , linseed , wheat , mustard seed and pulse . About 338653 hectares cultivable lands are available in Tangail. The main fruit products are mangos , jackfruit , bananas , litchis , and pineapples . Other sectors, such as fisheries (446), diaries (189), industries , weaving and poultry farms (538) are also developing in the Tangail district.Tangail is the home of the weavers of world famous "Tangail Saree " a handloom saree made of both cotton and silk thread having handworked butti design or allover flowery design or contemporary art motiff appreciated, bought,and used by womens & girls of Bangladesh and Indian origin living all over the world.Tangail Saree is the most popular among all sarees.Some of the Weavers have migrated to India after partition in 1947. Haridas Basak a leading Saree merchant in Tangail who helped the weavers to settledown at Fulia,Samudragarh and Dhatrigram in west Bengal his Saree shop is still in Tangail.


Tangail has a station on a new broad gauge line of Bangladesh Railways which connects the western and eastern systems.And by road.

Heritage of Tangail
  • Cham-Cham
  • Tangail Tanter Saree
  • Household utensils made of bell metal
  • Madhupur Pineapple
  • Seetal Pati ( Hinganagar Village )

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