Shibganj Upazila, Chapai Nawabganj

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Shibganj Upazila
শিবগঞ্জ
Upazila
Shibganj Upazila is located in Bangladesh
Shibganj Upazila
Shibganj Upazila
Location in Bangladesh
Coordinates: 24°41′N 88°10′E / 24.683°N 88.167°E / 24.683; 88.167Coordinates: 24°41′N 88°10′E / 24.683°N 88.167°E / 24.683; 88.167
Cuntry  Bangladesh
Division Rajshahi Division
District Nawabganj District
Area
 • Total 525.43 km2 (202.87 sq mi)
Population (1991)
 • Total 422,347
 • Density 804/km2 (2,080/sq mi)
Time zone BST (UTC+6)
Website Official Map of Shibganj

Shibganj (Bengali: শিবগঞ্জ) is an Upazila of Nawabganj District[1] in the Division of Rajshahi, Bangladesh.

Geography[edit]

Shibganj is located at 24°41′00″N 88°10′00″E / 24.6833°N 88.1667°E / 24.6833; 88.1667. It has 67,009 households and total area 525.43 km².

Demographics[edit]

As of the 1991 Bangladesh census, Shibganj has a population of 422347. Males constitute 51.25% of the population, and females 48.75%. This Upazila's eighteen up population is 203072. Shibganj has an average literacy rate of 21.1% (7+ years), and the national average of 32.4% literate.[2]

Administration[edit]

Shibganj Upazila is divided into Shibganj Municipality and 15 union parishads: Binodpur, Chakkirti, Chhatrajitpur, Daipukuria, Dhainagar, Durlovpur, Ghorapakhia, Kansat, Mobarakpur, Monakasha, Noyalavanga, Panka, Shahbajpur, Shyampur, and Ujirpur. The union parishads are subdivided into 199 mauzas and 407 villages.

Shibganj Municipality is subdivided into 9 wards and 31 mahallas.[3]

Chairman: Doctor Professor Keramat Ali

Women Vice Chairman: Mrs. Shayema Begum

Vice Chairman: Shahidul Haqu Haidari

Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO): Irteza Hassan [1]

Pukhuria village[edit]

In between Shibganj and Kansat lies a small village Pukhuria with natural pictures and mango trees. Pukhuria village is situated on the bank of river Ganges where river Ganges enters Bengal. This village had Muslim and Hindu populations.

New Alidanga village[edit]

This village lies in the center of Shibganj pourosova. This is a very small village. This village is just beside the river Pagla which is one of the major river in Shibganj upazila. The main crematorium of Shibganj upazila is situated in this village. This crematorium is not an ordinary crematorium. This crematorium has a long and a glorious history and this is one of the main tirthaksetra of Hindus. A very big religious fair is also arranged every year around this crematorium.

Hindu heritage[edit]

Shibganj has a few well known places with Hindu heritage, Kanshat town and Kansat Bazar. Most of the wealthy Hindus left East Pakistan for India after Partition of India in 1947. One of Hindu families used to live by the side of the Shahanbandha lake or pookoor and the origin of village's name Pukhuria. The Hindu family was known as Ghosh family. Ghosh family had a manor by the side of the lake and surrounded on three sides by mango, coconut and date palm trees. This manor had an entrance with Ashoka trees. Ghosh family lived there for hundreds of years. Ramesh Chandra Ghosh was born there and studied at Malda Zilla School and Calcutta University and became a lawyer, after having MA LLB. He practised Law at Chapai Nawabganj of Malda District and later at Malda town. He was a politician and imprisoned by British colonial government of India during independence movements of the 1940s. He was a political colleague of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Ramesh Chandra Ghosh married Shoilobala Sen of Coochbehar. Family of Shoilobala Sen was a friend of the then Maharaja of Cooch Behar. They had 4 sons and 2 daughters. Their eldest daughter was the first female who graduated (BA) from Calcutta University in that area. One son became principal of a college at Howrah near Kolkata, two sons became physician graduating from Kolkata NRS Medical College (formerly known as Campbell Medical College), and another became Chief Architect of Calcutta and had postgraduate qualification from United States. One of their physician sons went to UK and married an English lady and settled there and worked in UK National Health Service and had several achievements. He is mentioned in "Who's Who Indians in Britain."

Eldest daughter Manorama after graduating from Calcutta University was appointed Headmistress (Head Teacher) of Nawabganj Girls' High School and stayed there till beginning of 1952. Four sons of Ramesh Chandra Ghosh were students of Nawabganj HariMohan High School and passed Matriculation Examination with Scholarships and other achievements. Now the Ghosh family is spread to 4 continents of the world. There is a book being published in London about Pukhuria Village and Ghosh family and the offsprings- "Once upon a time in a place in India". This book is about history of Pukhuria of last several hundred years and the Ghosh family. The book is compiled by Mailika Klaus, Grand Daughter-in-Law of Ramesh Chandra Ghosh and Soilobala Ghosh, who is European of Estonian origin and multilingual. One of the Grandsons of Ramesh Chandra Ghosh, Robin, is a Barrister in London and get mentioned in NewsPaper of London in his success in High Court/Crown Court cases. Other Grand children are high achievers in England, US and Australia besides in India.

Library[edit]

There is a library named Akimuddin Gronthagar at Jaminpur. It contains a philosophy 'knowledge is entry'. The library was established on 4 May 2008. Within a year it worked very good with the students of science. Akimudin Gronthagar arranged three camps to observe the century's only total Solar eclipse of July 22, 2009.[4][5][6] It has more than 500 books and other tools and papers. It has a team led by Jahangir Alam Sur, science writer and enthusiast. The team arranges many program on science.

Notable residents[edit]

٭ Mainur Reza Choudhury, Chief Justice Supreme Court of Bangladesh[7][citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Md. Jalal Uddin Ahmed (2012), "Shibganj Upazila (Nawabganj District)", in Sirajul Islam and Ahmed A. Jamal, Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.), Asiatic Society of Bangladesh 
  2. ^ "Population Census Wing, BBS.". Archived from the original on 2005-03-27. Retrieved November 10, 2006. 
  3. ^ "District Statistics 2011: Chapai Nawabganj" (PDF). Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Thousands watch long solar eclipse". Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  5. ^ "People watch century's last solar eclipse". Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  6. ^ "People watch century's last solar eclipse". Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  7. ^ Hoque, Kazi Ebadul (2012). "Chief Justice". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. 

External links[edit]

  • Gaud travel guide from Wikivoyage