Sunday, May 12, 2013

Details of Narsingdi District

Background, Geographic Area and Location: Narsingdi zila was previously a sub-division of Dhaka zila. It was upgraded to a zila in 1984. Nothing is definitely known about the name of the zila. It is believed that about 110 years ago there lived an influentiall zaminadar named Narsingha Paul who was well known to the people for his benevolent activities. The zila might have derived its name after the name of that zamindar. It is bounded on the north by Kishoreganj zila, on the east by Kishoreganj and Brahmanbaria zilas, on the south by Brahmanbaria and Naranyanganj zilas and on the west by the Gazipur zila. It lies between 23° 46' and 24° 15' north latitudes and between 90° 34' and 90° 59' east longitudes. The total area of the zila was 1150.14 sq. km of which 73.94 sq. km was riverine.

Annual Average Temperature and Rainfall: Maximum 36°C, minimum 12.7°C and rainfall 2376 mm.

Main Rivers: Meghna, Arial Khan, Haridhoa, Kalagachhia and Paharia. There are high hills with red soil on the northern region of the zila.

Administration: Narsingdi district was a subdivision under greater Dhaka district and was turned into a district in 1984. The zila consists of 6 upazilas, 70 unions, 598 mauzas, 1048 villages, 6 paurashavas, 54 wards and 151 mahallas. 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). Shaheed Asad of 1969 was one of them.

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

Main Crops: Paddy, jute, wheat, sugarcane and vegetables.

Main Fruits: Banana, jackfruit, mango, papaya, pineapple, black berry, guava, olive, lotcon and lichi.

Traditional Transport: Bullock cart.

Main Export Items: Paddy, bamboo, pineapple, guava, vegetables, lungi, shari, fertiliser.