city, west-central Bangladesh. It lies along the Ichamati River, which is a tributary of the upper Padma River (Ganges [Ganga] River). An industrial centre, Pabna has mills for jute, cotton, rice, flour, oil, paper, and sugar. It also produces pharmaceuticals. Hosiery and hand-loomed products are important cottage industries. Historical remains include the 19th-century Hindu temple of Jor Bangla and the Pabna Jubilee tank (a water reservoir excavated in 1887). Pabna was incorporated as a municipality in 1876; it has several general and specialized hospitals, including a mental hospital, and numerous government and private colleges.
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