Rangpur Division

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Rangpur Division

রংপুর বিভাগ
Map of Rangpur Division
Map of Rangpur Division
Districts of Rangpur Division
Districts of Rangpur Division
Coordinates: 25°50′N 89°00′E / 25.833°N 89.000°E / 25.833; 89.000Coordinates: 25°50′N 89°00′E / 25.833°N 89.000°E / 25.833; 89.000
Country Bangladesh
Established1 July 2010
CapitalRangpur City
Area
 • Total16,184.99 km2 (6,249.06 sq mi)
Population
 (2011 census)
 • Total15,787,758
 • Density980/km2 (2,500/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Rangpuri, Rongpuri
Time zoneUTC+6 (BST)
ISO 3166 codeBD-F
Notable cricket teamsRangpur Riders, Rangpur Division
Websitewww.rangpurdiv.gov.bd

Rangpur Division (Bengali: রংপুর বিভাগ) is one the Divisions in Bangladesh. It was formed on 25 January 2010,[1] as Bangladesh's 7th division. Before that, it was under Rajshahi Division. The Rangpur division consists of eight districts. There are 58 Upazilas or subdistricts under these eight districts. Rangpur is the northernmost division of Bangladesh and has a population of 15,665,000 in the 2011 Census.

The major cities of this new division are Rangpur, Saidpur and Dinajpur. Rangpur has well-known educational institutions, such as Carmichael College, Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University, Rangpur Medical College, Rangpur Cadet College, Begum Rokeya University and Bangladesh Army University of Science and Technology, Saidpur.

Mansingh, commander of Emperor Akbar, conquered part of Rangpur in 1575. Rangpur came completely under the Mughal empire in 1686. Mughalbasa and Mughalhat of Kurigram district still bear marks of the Mughal rule in the region. During the Mughal rule part of Rangpur was under the sarkar of Ghoraghat, and part under the sarkar of Pinjarah.[2] Rangapur Ghoraghat has been mentioned in the Riyaz-us-Salatin. During the early period of the company rule Fakir-Sannyasi Rebellion and peasant rebellion were held in Rangpur.

Administrative Divisions[edit]

Rangpur Division was formed by taking 8 northern districts os Rajshahi Division. Now it has 8 Districts, 58 Upazilas, 1 City Corporation, 21 Pourasavas and 536 Union councils.

Districts of Rangpur Division
District Name Capital Area (Sq km.) Population (2011)
Rangpur District Rangpur 2400.56 2996336
Dinajpur District Dinajpur 3444.30 2990128
Kurigram District Kurigram 2245.04 2069273
Nilphamari District Nilphamari 1643.70 1907497
Gaibandha District Gaibandha 2179.27 2430627
Thakurgaon District Thakurgaon 1781.74 1390042
Panchagarh District Panchagarh 1404.63 987,644
Lalmonirhat District Lalmonirhat 1247.371 1,256,099
Total 16,184.99 15,787,758

Demographics[edit]

Religion in Rangpur Division
Islam
83.70%
Hindu
15.54%
christianity
0.73%
Others
0.3%

According to the 2011 census, the total population of Rangpur Division is 15,787,758 and population density is 980/Sq km. 51.18% of total population is male, and 48.82% is female. Bengali's are the major community. Notable tribal groups are Santal, Munda, Oraon, Rajbanshi and Koch. Most of the people of Rangpur Division are belong to Muslims and Hindus, whereas a small number of adherents of Christianity and other religions are also seen.[3]

Communication[edit]

Rangpur has a good road, rail and air communication with capital as well as other parts of the country. The N5 (National Highway 5) links the division with capital. There are total 21 express train which connects different districts of the division with capital and other part of the country. There are also three Domestic airports, among them Saidpur Airport is the major one.

Legacy[edit]

Rangpur has lent its name to the fruit Rangpur (fruit) and Tanqueray Rangpur Gin.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rajib Mondal (2012). "Rangpur Division". In Sirajul Islam and Ahmed A. Jamal (ed.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  2. ^ Nasrin Akhter (2012). "Sarkar". In Sirajul Islam and Ahmed A. Jamal (ed.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  3. ^ "Rangpur Division". Banglapedia. 27 October 2015.