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1998 saw floods which devastated two-thirds of the country.
About 80 films are produced in Bangladesh each year.
Airports: Zia international airport, Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet, domestic airports at Chittagong, Jessore, Sylhet, Cox's Bazar, Rajshahi and Saidpur
All people over 18 can vote in elections.
All the auto-rickshaws in Dhaka run on LNG (thank God – I can’t imagine how bad the pollution would be in addition to that spewed out by all the cars and dodgy old buses!).
Although manufacturing and services are increasing in importance, almost two-thirds of Bangladeshi workers are employed in agriculture. Most factories and enterprises are owned by the government, and tend to be inefficient.
Apart from cyclones, Bangladesh regularly suffers from extensive flooding caused by monsoon rains and melting snows from the Himalayas.
Area : 143,998 sq. km.
Bangla is an Indo-Aryan language descended from Sanskrit. It has a unique script, also based on Sanskrit.
Bangladesh also suffers regularly from substantial flooding caused by monsoon rains and melting snows from the Himalayas.
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Bangladesh declared independence from Pakistan on March 26, 1971.
Bangladesh first raised its flag on March 2nd, 1971 in Dhaka University, Dhaka.
Bangladesh first raised their own flag on April 18th, 1971 Calcutta's Pakistan mission. Later on it was declared to be Bangladesh Mission.
Bangladesh follows the system a parliamentary democracy, with the elections being held every five years.
Bangladesh had been ruled by Britain and Pakistan. It declared independence from Pakistan on March 26, 1971.
Bangladesh has a lack of rock for construction, and therefore there are hundreds of brick kilns with massive chimneys scattered across the country. Once the bricks are fired, they break them up into ‘rock’ to use as aggregate for construction.
Bangladesh has a number of archaeological and historical sites dating back as far as the third century BC, but the frequent floods and the damp climate have destroyed much of the country's heritage.
Bangladesh has a tropical climate with hot and humid summers (March to June).
Bangladesh has one of the largest coastal mangrove forests in the world; it forms part of the Sundarbans National Park, a World Heritage site.
Bangladesh is a developing country, with per capita income of just about $1,300 US/year. Nevertheless, the economy is growing rapidly, with a 5-6% annual growth rate from 1996 to 2008.
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Bangladesh is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the OIC, SAARC, BIMSTEC, and the D-8.
Bangladesh is blessed with deep, rich and fertile soil, a gift from the three major rivers that form the deltaic plain upon which it sits. The Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna Rivers all wend their way down from the Himalayas, carrying nutrients to replenish Bangladesh's fields.
Bangladesh is bordered by India and Burma (Myanmar).
Bangladesh is divided into 6 administrative divisions.
Bangladesh is home to the Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world. The word Sunderban is Bangla for ‘beautiful forest’. It’s home to the last remaining population of endangered Royal Bengal tigers, of which there are only 400 left.
Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries of the world and has a high rate of poverty and corruption.
Bangladesh is spread over an area of 147,570 square kilometers (56,977 square miles). Its population is approximately 144,233,000.
Bangladesh means the land of the Bengalis.
Bangladesh Monument ( Sriti Shoudha): Shabhar (at the edge of Dhaka).
Bangladesh Monument established: For the memory of those people who sacrificed their lives in 1971
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Bangladesh often suffers from flooding and cyclone strikes - an average of 16 cyclones hit per decade. In 1998, the worst flooding in modern memory struck due to an unusual melt-off of Himalayan glaciers, covering two-thirds of Bangladesh with flood water.
Bangladesh original flag color is Dark shiny Green and inside a Circle of Red bright color. The Green Stand for the villages of Bangladesh and Red stand for the Freedom. Although Bangladesh did have flag with Green, Red, and a map of Bangladesh in Yellow inside the red circle. But original stayed as Green and Red.
Bangladesh start printing money in March 4th, 1972.
Bangladesh used to be part of India (as was Pakistan) and was called West Bengal. When Pakistan split from India in 1946, West Bengal went with it.
Bangladesh was earlier known as East Pakistan.
Bangladeshis are the friendliest people on the planet (well this isn’t a fact, but I think it’s true).
Bangladesh's provisional capital city: Mujibnagar.
Bengali is the official and most widely spoken language in Bangladesh.
Boundary : Bounded by India from the North. East and West by the Bay of Bengal & Myanmar from the South.
Boundary: Bounded by India from the north, east and west and by the Bay of Bengal and Burma from the south.
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Capital: Dhaka (Present area 414 sq. km. Master plan 777 sq.km.)
Climate change is a major concern for Bangladesh. Sea level rise (associated with global warming) is expected to create m0re than 25 million climate refugees. Climate refugees are people who are forced move to a new country due to global warming.
Climate: Main seasons : Winter (Nov - Feb), Summer (Mar - Jun), Monsoon (Jul - Oct). Temp : Max 34 degree Celsius, Min 8 degree Celsius.
Cricket is the most popular sport in Bangladesh, closely followed by football (soccer).
Currency : The unit of the currency is the Taka. Notes are in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500 Taka. Coins are 1, 5, 25, 50 &100 Paisa. Par value of Bangladesh Taka : UK£ -Taka. 70.00 Variable slightly according to US $1-Taka. 39.00 daily rates.
Currency: The unit of currency is the Taka. Notes are in denominations of 1,2,5,10,20,50,100 and 500 Taka. Coins are 1,5,10,25,50 and 100 Paisa (100 Paisa = 1 Taka)
Currently, there are over 200,000 members in the Bangladesh army.
Cyclone shelters are crucial to saving lives; they need to be easy to reach and centrally located as there is not much time to get to a shelter once a cyclone begins.
Cyclones are a natural hazard in Bangladesh.
Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh, while Bengali is the official language. However, English is also widely spoken and understood.
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Electricity: 220 Volts A.C. in all cities and towns
Ethnic Bengalis make up 98% of the population. The remaining 2% is divided among small tribal groups along the Burmese border and Bihari immigrants.
For centuries, the area that is now Bangladesh was part of the Bengal region of India. It was ruled by the same empires that ruled central India, from the Maurya (321 - 184 BCE) to the Mughal (1526 - 1858 CE). When the British took control of the region and created their Raj in India (1858-1947), Bangladesh was included.
George Harrison organized a concert to raise money for the victims of Bangladesh floods. He also recorded a single called Bangladesh which reached the top twenty in the UK pop charts (1971).
Hindus are the largest minority religion in Bangladesh, at 10.5% of the population. There are also tiny minorities (less than 1%) of Christians, Buddhists and animists.
If global warming brings about climatic change, sea levels could rise by up to a metre. If this happens, low-lying countries such as Bangladesh and the Netherlands could find much of their territory underwater.
Important Fruits : Mango, Banana, Pineapple, Jack-fruit, Water-melon, Green coconut. Guava. Lichis etc.
In 1905 an administrative division of Bengal resulted in the Muslims leaving the Indian National Congress Party and setting up the All India Muslim League; this was an important step in the political movement which led to the partition of India and Pakistan.
In 1988 Bangladesh experienced one of its worst floods leaving many millions of people homeless.
In 1991 a cyclonic tidal wave killed around one hundred and forty thousand people in Bangladesh.
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In Bangladesh you drive on the left-hand side of the road.
In November 2007 thousands of people were killed by Cyclone Sidr.
In Sylhet, the hilly region of north east Bangladesh, there are a number of megalithic monuments, similar to those found in Europe.
In the fourteenth century the armies of Timur (Tamburlaine) conquered Bengal; in the sixteenth century Bobur, a descendant of Genghis Khan, became the first of the Mughal monarchs, ruling from 1526 to 1530. (Both Timur and Bobur were from present-day Uzbekistan).
In the Liberation War of 1971, the catalyst of which was a government-imposed law that Irdu must be spoken across the country – which was rejected by Bangla-speaking people – Bangladesh became independent from Pakistan.
In the parliamentary elections of 1970-71, East Pakistan's separatist Awami League won every single seat allocated to the East. Talks between the two Pakistans failed, and on March 27, 1971, Sheikh Mujibar Rahman declared Bangladeshi independence from Pakistan. The Pakistani Army fought to stop the secession, but India sent troops to support the Bangladeshis. On January 11, 1972, Bangladesh became an independent parliamentary democracy.
Independence: 26th, March. They celebrate it on this day because in 1971 at that time's East Pakistan changed it's name to Bangladesh and declared they were no longer part of Pakistan and started the fight for freedom.
India was the first country to acknowledge Bangladesh as an independent new born country.
Islam is the main religion practiced in Bangladesh.
Islam is the major religion in Bangladesh. Almost 90% of the population are Muslims. Islam is the state religion but other religions can be practiced in harmony.
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It has been discovered that water from the tubewells contains high concentrations of naturally occurring arsenic that causes various types of cancer. In many villages up to a third of the people are believed to have some degree of arsenic poisoning.
It is thought that the 1970 cyclone may have killed up to five hundred thousand people.
Jute is traditionally one of Bangladesh’s biggest products, but it is now becoming less economical; nevertheless, you can see large quantities of it being grown and processed in the rural areas. The jute looks like teepees as it dries.
Kabbadi is the national sport of Bangladesh. This unique sport originated in India.
Lily is the national flower of Bangladesh.
Literacy rates in Bangladesh are improving as the poverty rate falls, but still only 50% of men and 31% of women are literate.
Location : Latitude between 20'34" and 26'39" North, Longitude between 88'00" and 92'41" East. A more detailed map can be found at the Xerox Parc Map Viewer focused on Bangladesh; This allows you to zoom in and out !
Location: Latitude between 20 degree 34' and 26 degree 39' north. Longitude between 88 degree 00' and 92 degree 41' east.
Lt. President General (Major at that time) Ziaur Rahman called out all the Bengalis on 27th March 1971 from Chittagong to join the war for freedom.
Mahasthangarh is Bangladesh's oldest known city site.
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Main Tourist Attractions: Colorful tribal life, longest sea beach, centuries' old archeological sites, home of the Royal Bengal Tiger, largest tea gardens, interesting riverine life, etc.
Major industries : Jute, Sugar, Paper, Textile, Fertilizer, Cigarette, Cement, Steel, Natural Gas, Oil-Refinery, Newsprint, Power Generation, Rayon, Matches, Fishing & Food Processing, Leather, Soap, Carpet. Timber. Ship-Building, Telephone, etc.
Major Industries: Jute, sugar, paper, textiles, fertilizers, cigeratte, cement, steel, natural gas, oil-refinery, newsprint, power generation, rayon, matches, fishing and food processing, leather, soap, carpet, timber, ship-building, telephone, etc.
Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank, which Mr Yunus founded, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006. The bank provides lending schemes for the poor, especially women, living in Bangladesh.
Name & sign of Bangladesh Airline: Bangladesh Biman and sign is BALACA (Goose).
National Animal: The Royal Bengal Tiger.
National Anthem Writer : Noble Prize Winner, RABINDRANATH THAGOR.
National Anthem: Amaar shonar Bangla, Ami tomaye bhalobashi.
National bird: Doyel.
National Days : Mourning Day-February 21, Independence Day-March 26, Revolution Day-November 7 and Victory Day-December 16.
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National Fish: Ilish Mach (Hilsha).
National Flower: Shapla.
National Fruit: Kathal (Jack-Fruit).
National Game: Kabaddi (Ha-Do-Do).
On 26 December 2004, a quake occurred under the sea near Aceh in north Indonesia (8.9 on the Richter scale); this produced tsunamis causing flooding and destruction in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Thailand, Seychelles, Sri Lanka and the east coast of Africa (Kenya and Somalia).
One important source of income for Bangladesh has been workers' remittances from the oil-rich gulf states such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Bangladeshi workers sent $4.8 billion US home in 2005-06.
Over the years, aid agencies including the World Bank have provided over a million tubewells (made by sinking concrete pipes in the ground until they reach underground water reserves) to provide water for people in Bangladesh. The wells helped prevent the spread of cholera from contaminated water in shallow wells, ponds and rivers.
Padma, Meghna, Jamuna, Brahmaputra, Madhumati, Surma and Karnaphuli are the main rivers in Bangladesh.
Population : Total estimated population 118 million. Density of population per sq. mile is 7,656.
Population growth has slowed dramatically, however, thanks to a fertility rate that has fallen from 6.33 live births per adult woman in 1975 to 2.74 in 2007. Bangladesh also is experiencing net out-migration.