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Rajshahi

 

Formerly RAMPUR BOALIA, Rajshahi is a divisional city in west-central Bangladesh. It lies just north of the Padma  River. It was constituted a municipality in 1876. Now it is an industrial and educational center. It has a Medical College Hospital, the Varendra Research Museum, a Sericulture Institute, the University of Rajshahi (1953) and a good number of renowned colleges.

Rajshahi is famous for silk, mango and lichi. The chief crops in the area are rice, jute, pulses, and sugarcane. The region's sericulture accounts for almost the entire silk output of Bangladesh. Other cottage industries include weaving, metalworking and woodworking, and pottery. The region is believed to have formed part of the old Pundra or Paundravardhana kingdom whose capital was at Mahastangarg. 

Rajshahi division consists of the districts of Rajshahi, Naogaon, Natore, Chapai Nawabganj, Dinajpur, Panchagarh, Thakurgaon, Rangpur, Gaibandha, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Pabna, Sirajganj, Bogra, and Jaipurhat. The district of Rajshahi has 13 upazilas. Its land area is 2407.01 sq. km. and population 18,87,015.

 

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