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Chirirbandar Upazila


Chirirbandar Upazila (dinajpur district) area 308.68 sq km, located in between 25°31' and 25°48' north latitudes and in between 88°42' and 88°53' east longitudes. It is bounded by khansama upazila on the north, phulbari upazila and west bengal state of India on the south, parbatipur and saidpur upazilas on the east, dinajpur sadar upazila on the west.

Population Total 265176; male 137252, female 127924; Muslim 202367, Hindu 60644, Buddhist 381 and others 1673. Indigenous community such as santal belong to this upazila.

Water bodies Main rivers: little jamuna and atrai.

Administration Chirirbandar Thana was established in 1914 and it was turned into an upazila in 1984.

Upazila
Municipality Union Mouza Village Population Density (per sq km) Literacy rate (%)
Urban Rural Urban Rural

-

12

145

141

6591

258585

859

52.6

44.3

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Area
(sq km)

Mouza

Population

Density
(per sq km)

Literacy rate (%)

5.59

1

6591

1179

52.6

Union
Name of union and GO code Area (acre) Population Literacy rate (%)
Male Female

Amarpur 23

7751

11868

10948

45.42

Aulia Pukur 31

8423

12211

11355

41.83

Abdulpur 7

7539

17731

16277

41.44

Alokdihi 15

2665

8172

7238

52.16

Isabpur 55

6596

12526

11605

44.73

Tentulia 94

3562

5847

5678

39.47

Nasratpur 63

2847

9933

9345

39.50

Punatti 71

9313

13255

12420

47.92

Fatehjangpur 47

6364

13665

13253

45.60

Bhiail 39

9678

11180

10507

45.76

Saintara 79

7627

12613

11422

45.17

Satnala 87

3909

8251

7876

45.49

Source Bangladesh Population Census 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

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Archaeological heritage and relics Baroduari Mosque.

Historical Events The Muslim share cropper Samir Uddin and the Santal Shiburam Majhi were shot dead by the British soldiers in the tebhaga movement on 4 January 1947. During the war of liberation in 1971 one freedom fighter was killed in an encounter with the Pak army at a place called Dash Mile.

Marks of the War of Liberation Mass killing site and mass grave (Ranibandar JB High School ground).

Literacy rate and educational institutions Average literacy 44.5%; male 49.9%, female 38.7%. Educational institution: college 9, secondary school 77, primary school 183, madrasa 39. Noted educational institutions: Chirirbandar Degree College, Ichhamati Degree College, Curenter Hat College, Dakshin Palashbari High School (1929), Alokdihi KB High School (1937), Binnakuri High School (1948), Naokhair Girls' High School (1951), JB High School, Ichhamati' Fazil Madrasa.

Cultural organisations Club 45, cinema hall 1, library 1.

Main sources of income Agriculture 70.43%, non-agricultural labourer 3.66%, industry 1.13%, commerce 12.47%, transport and communication 3.07%, service 4.88%, construction 0.60%, religious service 0.18%, rent and remittance 0.18% and others 3.40%.

Ownership of agricultural land Landowner 50.04%, landless 49.96%; agricultural landowner: urban 45.91% and 'rural 50.14%.

Main crops Paddy, jute, wheat, sugarcane, potato, pulses, oil seed.

Extinct or nearly extinct crops Aus paddy, betel leaf, tobacco.

Main fruits Mango, litchi, banana, jackfruit.

Fisheries, dairies and poultries This upazila has a number of dairies, poultries and hatcheries.

Extinct or nearly extinct traditional transport Palanquin, bullock cart and horse carriage.

Noted manufactories Rice mill, husking mill, saw mill, oil mill.

Hats, bazars and fairs Hats and bazars are 53, fairs 8, most noted of which are Ranibandar Hat, Bhusibandar Hat, Champatali Hat, Ghantar Hat, 'Binnakuri Hat, Chirirbandar Hat, Kutubdanga Hat, Durgadanga Mela, Pirganj Mela and Kaliganj Mela.

Main exports Paddy, rice.

Access to electricity All the unions of the upazila are under rural electrification net-work. However 16.36% of the dwelling households have access to electricity.

Sources of drinking water Tube-well 92.03%, pond 0.60%, tap 0.21% and others 7.16%.

Sanitation 7.31% (rural 6.91% and urban 24.15%) of dwelling households of the upazila use sanitary latrines and 20.78% (rural 20.64% and urban 26.52%) of dwelling househodls use non-sanitary latrines; 71.91% of households do not have latrine facilities.

Health centres Upazila health complex 1, union health and family planning centre 11, satellite clinic 2.

NGO activities brac, ITCL, thengamara mahila sabuj sangha, Bangladesh Jubo Oikkya Kalyan Sangstha, Sustain. [Rezaul Karim]

References Bangladesh Population Census 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics; Cultural survey report of Chirirbandar Upazila 2007.