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Meherpur District (KHULNA division) with an area 716.08 sq km, is bounded by KUSHTIA district and West Bengal of India on the north, CHUADANGA district and West Bengal on the south, Chuadanga and KUSHTIA districts on the east, West Bengal on the west. Main rivers are Bhairab, Mathabhaga and Kazli; Main depressions: Dharlar Beel, Chandbeel, Kolar Beel, Patapukur Beel, Gopalpur Beel, Bamandi Beel, Salika Beel, Terogharia Beel, Elangi Beel. Annual average temperature: highest 37.1C and lowest 11.2C; annual rainfall 1467 mm.

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Health centres

Sadar hospital 1, upazila health complex 1, TB hospital 1, health and family planning centre 18, maternity and child welfare centre 1, missionary hospital 2 and private clinic 9.

Land use

Cultivable land 46582 hectares, fallow land 165 hectares; single crop 13%, double crop 70% and triple crop17%; land under irrigated 63%.

Value of land

The market value of land for construction of first grade is Tk 200,000 per katha

Meherpur Sadar

Meherpur Sadar Upazila with an area of 374.10 sq km, is bounded by GANGNI upazila and West Bengal (India) on the north, DAMURHUDA upazila and West Bengal (India) on the south, Gangni and ALAMDANGA upazilas on the east, West Bengal (India) on the west. Main rivers are BHAIRAB; Chand Beel and Bijan Beel are notable.

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Educational Institutions

Average literacy 25.23%; male 27.36%, female 23.11%. Educational institutions: government college 2, non-government college 5, vocational training institute 1, collegiate school 2, government high school 2, non-government high school 45, junior school 11, government primary school 120, non-government primary school 80 and madrasa 11.

Cottage Industries

Weaving, garments, bamboo work, goldsmith, blacksmith, potteries, wood work, welding.

Main Exports

Chilli, jute, tobacco, mango, banana, sweet potato, kachu, sugarcane molasses.

Religions institutions

Mosque 566, temple 19, church 7, tomb 3.

 

Newspapers and periodicals

Weekly Mujibnagar (1988), Weekly Meherpur (1992) and Fortnightly Pashimanchal, Monthly Sadhak (1913), Palli Shree (1935), Simanta (1962), Probaha (1979), Weekly Parichay (1985), Weekly Chumbak (1986).

Cultural Organisations

Club 25, public library 7, theatre stage 2, theatre group 15, literary organisation 2, shilpakala academy 1, officer's club 2, cinema hall 6, playground 28.

NGO Activities

Operationally important NGOs are BRAC, PROSHIKA, ASA, Nijera Kari, Palasheepara Samity, Kumaridanga Palli Unnayan Sangstha, Child and Mother Welfare Foundation and Sandhani.

Communication facilities

Roads: pucca 160 km, semi pucca 47 km and mud road 997 km; waterways 15 nautical mile.

 
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Historical Events

The PROCLAMATION OF INDEPENDENCE was read at the village Baidyanathtola, now Mujibnagar, on 17 April 1971. On this day the first provisional government of Bangladesh took oath here. The Pak army killed 8 persons at village Amjhupi on 18 April 1971.

Mujibnagar: Located at a distance of about 7 km. from the town of Meherpur.

Archaeological Heritage

Gosaidubi Mosque at Karamdi, Dargahs of Sheik Farid and Shah Enayet, Mazars of Barkat Bibi and Bagudewan, Ballavpur Mission, Teragharia Marrut, Shiva Mandir at Ballavpur, Alampur Mandir, Bhabanipur Mandir, Neelkuthis at Aamjhupi, Bhatpara and Saharbati.