Kurigram District:

Kurigram District (Rajshahi division) with an area of 276.45 sq km, is bounded by Cooch Bihar district of west bengal on the north, gaibandha district on the south, Asam Province of India on the east, West Bengal of India and rangpur and lalmonirhat districts on the west. Annual average temperature: maximum 32.3C, minimum 11.2C; annual rainfall 2931 mm. Main rivers: brahmaputra, dharla, tista, dudhkumar, Phulkumar, Sonaburi, Jinjiram Gangadhar, Halhali and Jalchira.

Kurigram (Town) consists of 9 wards and 107 mahallas. The area of the town is 16.17 sq km. The municipality was established in 1972. The town has a population of 66438; male 51.25% and female 48.75%; population density per sq km 4109. Literacy rate among the town people is 39.9%. The town has two dakbungalows.

Administration Kurigram subdivision was established in 1874 and was turned into a district in 1984. The district consists of 9 upazilas, 2 municipalities, 18 wards, 122 mahallas, 73 union parishads, 647 mouzas, 1907 villages and 14 enclaves. The upazilas are bhurungamari, char rajibpur, chilmari, phulbari, kurigram sadar, nageshwari, rajarhat, raumari and ulipur; the municipality is Kurigram Sadar and Ulipur.

Population:

Population 1088918; male 50.57%, female 49.43%; Muslim 83.2%, Hindu 16.5%, Buddhist 0.01%, Christian 0.13%, ethnic population (Koch, Rajbanshi and Santal) 0.16%.

Religious institutions:

Religious institutions Mosque 1963, temple 241, church 3, sacred place 11 tomb 2, most noted of which Lalmonirhat Central Jami Mosque, Thanapara Jami Mosque, Bara Dargah at Lalmonirhat Sadar Upazila, tomb of Blind Hafez at Barakhata under Hatibandha Upazila, Kali Mandir, Puran Bazar Church, Pateshwari Mandir.

Main occupations:

Main occupations Agriculture 50.61%, agricultural labourer 26.05%, wage labourer 3.32%, commerce 7.97%, service 4.1% and others 7.95%.

Traditional transport:

Palanquin (extinct), horse carriage and bullock cart (nearly extinct), and boat.

Main hats, bazars and fairs:

Hats, bazars and fairs Total number of hats and bazars are 81, fairs 48.



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