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Imperial Gazetteer of India, v. 23, p. 189.


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As the river is fed from the snows, it attains its greatest voiume in the
summer months, and thus water would be abundant just at the time
it is most needed. A canal would be made from Dargai, with branches
running west to Abāzai, the head of 1:he parent canal, and south-east to
the Indus at Pehür and the Kābul river at Jahāngira. These branches
would practically command all of Peshāwar District north of the Swāt
and Kabul rivers which is not already canal-irrigated-an area of about
60o square miles.
Syāmbāzār.-Village in the Ar~mb~gh subdivision of Hooghly
District, Bengal, situated in az° 54'' N. and 8q° 34 E. Population
(r9°I)~ 3494• Its weavers are famous for their tasar silk fabrics, and
it carries on some trade in tasar cocoons and ebony goods. Badan
ganj, a village about a mile distant, has a large timber trade. It has an
old sarai or resthouse dating, according to an inscription on it, from
1747•
Syāmnagar.-Village in the .Barrackpore subdivision of the
District of the Twenty-four Parganas, Bengal, situated in az° 50' N.
and 88° z4' E., on the east bank of the Hooghly river, with a station
on the Eastern Bengal State Railway, r9 miles north of Calcutta.
Population (r9or), roz. A short distance east of the station are the
ruins of an old fort surrounded by a moat, 4 miles in circumference,
built in the eighteenth century by a Rājā of Burdwān avs a refuge from
the Marāthās. The fort qow belongs to the Tagore family of Calcutta,
and its ramparts are studded with thick date plantations. A Sanskrit
college and a charitable dispensary are maintained by Mahārājā
Sir Jotindra Mohan Tagore. Syāmnagar lies within the GnRULrn
municipality.
Sydapet.-Subdivision, ticluh, and town in Chingleput District,
Madras. See SAIDAPET.
Sylhet District (Srihatta).-District on the south-west frontier of
Eastern Bengal and Assam, lying between z3° 59' and z5° r3' N.
and 90° 56' and ga° 36' E., with an area of 5,388 square miles.
It is bounded on the north by the Khāsi and Jaintiai Hills ; on the
east by Cāchār; on the south by the Lushai Hills and t:he State of Hill
Tippera ; and on the west by the Eastern Bengal Districts of Tippera
and Mymensingh. Sylhet consists of the lower valley of the Barāk or
Surmā river, a rich alluvial tract about To miles wide,
bounded north and south by mountains, and open- physical
ing westwards to the plain of Eastern Bengal. The aspects.
greater part of the District is a uniform level, only broken by clusters
of little hillocks called tilas, and intersected by a network of rivers and
drainage channels. During the rainy season, from Jtme to October,
the torrents that pour down from the surrdunding hills convert the;
entire western part into a sea of water. The villages are, as a rule,
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